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September 11, 2006

Aragones’ resignation offer is refused

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 11:09 am

The News Review:

* Andrew beats drum for England
* Eriksson fed up with accusations
* Thwaite: Free but at a price
* Aragones’ resignation offer is refused
* Manmarking | England | International | Football | Sport | Telegraph
* Sanchez decides to stay on as Northern Ireland manager
* Honeymoon over as England draw blank
* Ballot-box power means minnows are here to stay
* Slick Bilic knows how to put up a solid defence
* Black Ferns beat Scots 21-0 for berth in semis
* RTE – Sport
* Keep your eyes focused on the ball, urges Boxhill
* Sanchez stays on as N Ireland coach despite criticism
* Klose injury doubt for Chelsea tie
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Wilkinson suffers ligament tear
* Italy kicks off unique Serie A without Juventus
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | England | Rashid Latif column
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Hadden looks to new Scots era

Andrew beats drum for England
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2006
The Rugby Football Union’s new elite director of rugby did not hold back from criticising Andy Robinson, the head coach, though he was at pains to point out that it would be Robinson who had the decisive word in team selection. There was no unequivocal backing of Robinson’s tenure through to… “Other teams have moved on considerably since the last World Cup and it’s pretty clear that England have not. In many ways Andy was left holding the baby and didn’t have the necessary support structures. That was recognised in the Six Nations review. We’ve now got a very strong management structure. Some of that rebuilding wasn’t put in place early enough after 2003.

Eriksson fed up with accusations
Irish Times – Sep 11, 2006
Eriksson was due to be a guest speaker at the FIFA international football symposium in Berlin but Johansson, a Swede like Eriksson, said the former England manager had nothing to gain by coming. Johansson said: “He has had enough. He thinks people have being saying what as**t he is and how incompetent he is, and that, just because England have now won a match, people are saying how bad he was. “He has his money and will still try to have his pride, instead of standing here in Berlin with nobody listening to him because he failed to bring the World Cup to England.

Thwaite: Free but at a price
The Age – Sep 9, 2006
Politics, greed and alleged intimidation provide a complicatedbackdrop to a story that shows the flipside of soccer far from theglamorous spotlight enjoyed by English Premier League stars. “I’m lucky because I’m only 23 but this has taken a big toll,”Thwaite said. “I couldn’t have got through missing 10 months of competitivefootball and the World Cup if I wasn’t strong. The recent verdict from FIFA’s dispute resolution chamber showedThwaite to be the apparent villain of a story packed with moreintrigue than a Hollywood thriller and starring a cast ofheavy-handed club officials, the Romanian Football Association,UEFA, FIFA, and Football Federation Australia. “When business and money is involved, you really learn who youfriends are,” Thwaite said. “You put a lot of trust in some peopleand they turn their back on you. Selected by Guus Hiddink as part of Australia’s World Cupqualifying squad against Uruguay last year, Thwaite would notdisclose the intricacies of his case because of a potential appealagainst the fine.

Aragones’ resignation offer is refused
Irish Times – Sep 11, 2006
“Luis came to the meeting with the idea that he was going to resign, but the president has rejected it, and said that we have absolute confidence in him,” Jorge Carretero, a spokesman for the RFEF, told a news conference.     “Luis has asked for a couple of days to think over his final decision. “    A press campaign for Aragones to go started up after Spain’s 3-2 capitulation to Northern Ireland in the Euro 2008 qualifiers last Wednesday. This setback came two months after a disappointing second round exit from the World Cup in Germany… We have told him we are pleased with his work but if he decides to go we will have to accept it. “    Aragones took over as Spain coach from Inaki Saez in July 2004. Before the World Cup he said he would step down if Spain did not reach the quarter-finals, but he reversed his decision after the tournament. © 2006 ireland.

Manmarking | England | International | Football | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2006
Otherwise a forgettable display. Frank Lampard 5 If the decline of Wayne Rooney has dragged England down, so too has Lampard’s loss of form. The Chelsea midfielder’s play shows no sign of reaching its pre-World Cup levels. Michael Carrick 6 Showed some nice neat passing but nothing to demonstrate why Sir Alex Ferguson thought him worth £18. Owen Hargreaves still looks a better long-term bet. Stewart Downing 4 If he was disappointed by the criticism he received after the Andorra game, Downing is likely to be more offended by analysis of his display against tougher opponents.

Sanchez decides to stay on as Northern Ireland manager
International Herald Tribune – Sep 9, 2006
Sanchez didn’t appear at a post-match news conference after Northern Ireland’s shock 3-2 win over Spain in a 2008 European Championship qualifier on Wednesday, prompting rumors he would quit. After discussions with Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce, Sanchez decided to fulfill his contract that runs through to the end of qualifying. Sanchez says it was criticism from Northern Ireland’s media — and not a possible return to club soccer — that had caused him to consider his position. He has been in charge of the team since January 2004, which included a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over England last September. “Criticism is part and parcel of football, but some of the criticism has been out of all proportion, especially when considering the team had not won for 15 matches and had failed to score in 1,298 minutes before I took over,” Sanchez said in a statement Saturday. “It led me to question whether I wanted to continue as Northern Ireland manager and if the team could continue to make such progress in this climate of negativity… After discussions with Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce, Sanchez decided to fulfill his contract that runs through to the end of qualifying. Sanchez says it was criticism from Northern Ireland’s media — and not a possible return to club soccer — that had caused him to consider his position. He has been in charge of the team since January 2004, which included a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over England last September. “Criticism is part and parcel of football, but some of the criticism has been out of all proportion, especially when considering the team had not won for 15 matches and had failed to score in 1,298 minutes before I took over,” Sanchez said in a statement Saturday. “It led me to question whether I wanted to continue as Northern Ireland manager and if the team could continue to make such progress in this climate of negativity. ” Sanchez said he was astonished by “the level and ferocity of the criticism from certain sections of the media” toward him and his team. “Certainly, the Northern Ireland team deserve more respect for what we have achieved and the progress that has been made these past three seasons,” he said.

Honeymoon over as England draw blank
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2006
After all the talk of a new era, of new beginnings, this was a deeply disappointing performance against one of the genuine minnows of world football. That old chestnut about there being no easy games in international football anymore just will not wash. This display highlighted all the things that were wrong with the old England, if we can so describe a side that is virtually the same as the one that played so dreadfully at the World Cup. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard again both under performed in the centre of midfield, Wayne Rooney looked unfit, as he was in Germany, and England lacked attacking ideas. England, both under McClaren and his predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson, have always maintained that Peter Crouch’s place in the team does not represent a reversion to long-ball football… After all the talk of a new era, of new beginnings, this was a deeply disappointing performance against one of the genuine minnows of world football. That old chestnut about there being no easy games in international football anymore just will not wash. This display highlighted all the things that were wrong with the old England, if we can so describe a side that is virtually the same as the one that played so dreadfully at the World Cup. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard again both under performed in the centre of midfield, Wayne Rooney looked unfit, as he was in Germany, and England lacked attacking ideas. England, both under McClaren and his predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson, have always maintained that Peter Crouch’s place in the team does not represent a reversion to long-ball football. But in their increasing desperation for the goal that would give them maximum points from four games in Group E, the most obvious option started to become the only option as they continually lumped the ball towards his head.

Ballot-box power means minnows are here to stay
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2006
Something has got to give in football’s crowded diary, and trips to San Marino to collect goalscoring records look decidedly expendable. The clamour is for a pre-qualifying competition for the minnows. It already happens in the African Cup of Nations and some of the far-flung World Cup qualifying groups. It is not as if a visit to these football outposts carries the romance of an FA Cup tie with Merthyr Tydfil or Heybridge Swifts. Andorra were surly and cynical at Old Trafford last weekend. It was difficult to have any sympathy for them. Astonishingly, they did beat Macedonia during the last World Cup qualifiers.

Slick Bilic knows how to put up a solid defence
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2006
But make no mistake, after a distinguished career as an uncompromising defender — much of it with West Ham and Everton, both of whom paid record fees for him at the time — Slaven Bilic is determined to be equally hard to beat as coach of his native Croatia. Bilic says his four years in English football were the best of his life, citing the atmosphere in the stadiums and a sense of fair play. He still keeps a sharp eye on West Ham’s and Everton’s results, although his nine-year-old son is now growing up as a devoted Chelsea fan. For all his affection for the English game, Bilic would love nothing more than to put a spanner in the works against Steve McClaren’s team on Wednesday evening… To qualify, you can’t afford to lose home games – and that includes England. “Bilic began his coaching career at his hometown club, Hadjuk Split, before taking over Croatia’s under-21 side in the summer of 2004. In July, after the senior side’s poor performance at the World Cup when they failed to get beyond the second round, he stepped up a level and replaced Zlatko Kranjcar as boss of the senior team, with a brief to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals. A 0-0 away draw with Guus Hiddink’s Russia in Moscow wasn’t a bad way to start. “We were closer than them to getting three points and it was a great result, because no team are going to get an easy game there. This job is a real honour because in Croatia, a bit like in England, it is probably the biggest job after prime minister. The pressure and responsibility are huge, with people watching your every move.

Black Ferns beat Scots 21-0 for berth in semis
Taipei Times – Sep 10, 2006
PHOTO: AFP New Zealand downed Scotland 21-0 and prevented the Scots from reaching the Women’s World Cup rugby semi-finals, where the Black Ferns joined England, France and Canada on Friday. Tuesday’s semis — New Zealand vs. France and England vs. Canada — copies the last Cup in 2002 at Barcelona.

RTE – Sport
rte.ie – Sep 11, 2006
Italy went on to win the final on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time, and the FIFA president said he wished there had been another way to decide the victors. He added: ‘It’s a pity that the World Cup ended with a red card, it should never end like that. ‘A World Cup final should also not be decided by penalty kicks because football is a team sport and that comes down to one on one, but we have no other solution.

Keep your eyes focused on the ball, urges Boxhill
Jamaica Observer – Sep 9, 2006
Let me repeat the goal is to raise the discipline, consistency and to improve the professionalism, so critical for any successful national programme. If we see the transition, then the current administration will say in this regard. mission accomplished, we are on our way. Secondly, fans and experts will be looking seriously at whether players realise that we are on the early stages to World Cup preparation and will be looking closely for players who show they want to make a difference. We need passion, we need match winners, we need skill, we need to see that Jamaican ‘baller talent in the midfield, down the wings and in the defence, we need the unique dribble and alongside all of this, and just as important, we need team spirit and team effort. We will be looking for all these and more. Outside of providing entertainment and discussion, however, players this year have a lot of incentives to play for.

Sanchez stays on as N Ireland coach despite criticism
Taipei Times – Sep 10, 2006
Sanchez didn’t appear at a post-match news conference after Northern Ireland’s shock 3-2 win over Spain in a 2008 European Championship qualifier on Wednesday, prompting rumors he would quit. After discussions with Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce, Sanchez decided to fulfill his contract that runs through to the end of the qualifying phase. Sanchez says it was criticism from Northern Ireland’s media — and not a possible return to club soccer — that had caused him to consider his position. He has been in charge of the team since January 2004, which included a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over England last September. “Criticism is part and parcel of football, but some of the criticism has been out of all proportion, especially when considering the team had not won for 15 matches and had failed to score in 1,298 minutes before I took over,” Sanchez said in a statement yesterday. “It led me to question whether I wanted to continue as Northern Ireland manager and if the team could continue to make such progress in this climate of negativity,” he said… After discussions with Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce, Sanchez decided to fulfill his contract that runs through to the end of the qualifying phase. Sanchez says it was criticism from Northern Ireland’s media — and not a possible return to club soccer — that had caused him to consider his position. He has been in charge of the team since January 2004, which included a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over England last September. “Criticism is part and parcel of football, but some of the criticism has been out of all proportion, especially when considering the team had not won for 15 matches and had failed to score in 1,298 minutes before I took over,” Sanchez said in a statement yesterday. “It led me to question whether I wanted to continue as Northern Ireland manager and if the team could continue to make such progress in this climate of negativity,” he said. Sanchez said he was astonished by “the level and ferocity of the criticism from certain sections of the media” toward him and his team. “Certainly, the Northern Ireland team deserve more respect for what we have achieved and the progress that has been made these past three seasons,” he said.

Klose injury doubt for Chelsea tie
CNN – Sep 11, 2006
"If the match were today I wouldn’t be able to play," said German World Cup star Klose before the squad left for London. Klose will undergo a pre-match fitness test after his thigh muscle stiffened up following Saturday’s shock cup defeat to third-division Pirmasens. Werder will be without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Wiese who is suffering from bronchitis, while number three Christian Vander is also missing through injury. Reserve goalkeeper Andreas Reinke has meanwhile complained about his role as understudy, much to the annoyance of club chiefs. Manager Klaus Allofs said: "I can’t understand his behavior.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Wilkinson suffers ligament tear
BBC News – Sep 11, 2006
“I knew I couldn’t play on, I was just keen to get off the field and get it iced. ”
This new injury is the latest in a long line of problems that Wilkinson has had to endure since kicking England to World Cup glory in 2003. Neck, groin, abductor, biceps and two knee ligament injuries have restricted him to just 15 Premiership starts since that night in Sydney. He did make the Lions tour to New Zealand in the summer of 2005, but has not played for England since the World Cup… “I knew I couldn’t play on, I was just keen to get off the field and get it iced. ”
This new injury is the latest in a long line of problems that Wilkinson has had to endure since kicking England to World Cup glory in 2003. Neck, groin, abductor, biceps and two knee ligament injuries have restricted him to just 15 Premiership starts since that night in Sydney. He did make the Lions tour to New Zealand in the summer of 2005, but has not played for England since the World Cup.

Italy kicks off unique Serie A without Juventus
The Age – Sep 10, 2006
The win inspired unparalleled scenes of jubilation, but realityquickly set in with disciplinary committees and hearings eventuallyruling that “champion” Juventus would be relegated to Serie B andstripped of points for its role in the scandal. AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio were also punished, but fans ofthose three can at least look forward to another season in the topdivision after they escaped relegation. Fiorentina and Lazio will, however, miss out on Europeanfootball, although Milan contrived to get its place in theChampions League back. The upshot is that the kick-off of the Serie A this weekend willbe like no other, for it is the first time Juventus has not been inthe top division. The Turin giant could see its bank balance smashed, marketingand sponsorship budgets hit and television revenues declining as aresult of its relegation. For the first time in living memory, Juve will not feature inEuropean competition either, and the demotion has hit its playingstocks hard. Italy’s World Cup-winning skipper Fabio Cannavaro andinternational teammate Gianluca Zambrotta quit “The Old Lady” afterthe punishments were handed down, the former moving to Real Madrid,the latter to Barcelona… French star Lilian Thuram is another who departed to Barcelona,while Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and French midfielderPatrick Vieira went to Inter Milan. Inter, in fact, enters this season as the defending Italianchampion, having been handed the title (its first since 1989)following Juve’s demotion. Inter began its campaign with one of the more high-profilematches overnight when it visited Fiorentina, which managed to keephold of Italy’s World Cup-winning striker Luca Toni despite claimshe had tried to move to Milan. Inter seems likely to be the biggest beneficiary of Juventus’decline. Not only did it get those two players from the club, butInter has been strengthened further with the loan signing ofArgentinian Hernan Crespo from Chelsea and World Cup winner FabioGrosso, the left-back whose theatrical tumble over Lucas Neill’soutstretched leg earned the Azzurri the last-gasp penalty thatallowed them to beat the Socceroos in that clash inKaiserslautern. Roma, which has been given Juve’s spot in the Champions League,is expected to be one of Inter’s toughest challengers. The three Australians who have been in Serie A for severalseasons will be back for another campaign, with most interestfocusing on Mark Bresciano, who has moved in the off-season fromParma to Palermo.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | England | Rashid Latif column
BBC News – Sep 11, 2006
In my opinion he would be better off just playing one-day matches. It would ease the pressure and allow him to give more to the team and extend his career. He can contribute a lot more as a batsman if he is relaxed and free from the pressures of Test cricket – and the one-day team could do very well in next year’s World Cup as a result. After the ball-tampering row at The Oval, Pakistan were under immense pressure but they emerged defiant in their first ever Twenty20 match and carried on that resilience in the opening three one-dayers. They were in a strong position in the first one, which was rained off, and played equally tough cricket in the next two, but somehow failed to sustain it at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston. The star of the series for Pakistan was Younis Khan. He held the batting together, and showed aggression and caution when the situation required.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Hadden looks to new Scots era
BBC News – Sep 11, 2006
“The players have worked hard and we’re all focused on the World Cup,” he said on the first anniversary of being appointed the Scots’ national coach. “I know we can compete with the best – there’s every reason for us to be excited with the World Cup coming up. “Rugby is very important in Scotland, so it’s vital we do something special. ”

Hadden steered Scotland to third place in this year’s Six Nations tournament.

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