Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 14, 2006

Zinedine Zidane: The Making of a Soccer Legend

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The News Review:

* Soccer: France sans Zidane? Victorious
* Solskjaer steals in to stun brave Celtic
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Zinedine Zidane: The Making of a Soccer Legend
* Sliskovic resignation turned down
* England edges Macedonia 1-0 on Crouch’s goal
* Veteran national team star Pavel Nedv?d bows out of international…
* Smith resuscitates Scotland to lead the Group of Death
* Money | Telegraph
* Aragones stays firm after Northern Ireland shock
* England edge out Macedonia
* Hungary to Spend $1 Billion to Steal Euro Soccer Championship
* Hughes renews rivalry
* Fifa is the one sure-fire winner

Soccer: France sans Zidane? Victorious
International Herald Tribune – Sep 7, 2006
In Germany, Zidane summoned one great performance, against Brazil, as he had in Euro 2004, against England. France, it seemed, could not win without him. In July in Berlin, it lost without him. Zidane was sent off after butting Marco Materazzi with 10 minutes left in extra time. Even though in the shootout Zidane would not have replaced David Trézéguet, whose miss was decisive, the two events were linked in the mind of the fans of the Bleus.

Solskjaer steals in to stun brave Celtic
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 14, 2006
Such is Scholes’ feared shooting from range that at one point three opponents, Neil Lennon, Gary Caldwell and Stephen McManus, threw themselves to block another thunderbolt from the former England man. Scholes retired from international football after Euro 2004, keen to spend more time with his growing family and keep fresh for United action, but there were also concerns about his tactical use under Sven-Goran Eriksson. Scholes did not enjoy being played out on the left, the graveyard shift for England midfielders at the time… Such is Scholes’ feared shooting from range that at one point three opponents, Neil Lennon, Gary Caldwell and Stephen McManus, threw themselves to block another thunderbolt from the former England man. Scholes retired from international football after Euro 2004, keen to spend more time with his growing family and keep fresh for United action, but there were also concerns about his tactical use under Sven-Goran Eriksson. Scholes did not enjoy being played out on the left, the graveyard shift for England midfielders at the time.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Sep 6, 2006
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France head into the match as favourites after recording an impressive 3-0 win at Georgia on Saturday, while Italy were embarrassingly held to a 1-1 draw at home by minnows Lithuania. And with the Italian league yet to begin, many of the Italian players are lacking in match practice this season. Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, however, will not be panicked into any rash decisions. ?I?m am not going to make any changes for the match against France,? said Donadoni. ?I?m proud of the players and the whole squad. ?
Meanwhile, England seem more worried by potential racist chanting than their opponents in their next outing against Macedonia in Skopje. The Macedonian FA was fined by Uefa after England?s black players were verbally abused during a Euro 2004 qualifier in September 2003… ?I?m proud of the players and the whole squad. ?
Meanwhile, England seem more worried by potential racist chanting than their opponents in their next outing against Macedonia in Skopje. The Macedonian FA was fined by Uefa after England?s black players were verbally abused during a Euro 2004 qualifier in September 2003. But captain John Terry, who played in that 2-1 win in Skopje three years ago, is confident England can block it out. ? Sapa-AFP

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Zinedine Zidane: The Making of a Soccer Legend
Deutsche Welle – Sep 7, 2006
Now, France and their inspirational captain is just one game away from recapturing the prize they won in 1998. Such is the impact Zidane has had since coming out of retirement; no-one refers much to the strange occurrence that led to his change of heart. Having hung up his international boots after Les Bleus failed to retain their European title at Euro 2004, Zidane agreed to come back after a nocturnal visitation: “One night about three o’clock in the morning I woke up suddenly and began speaking with someone. Afterwards I didn’t tell anyone about it, not even my wife. It was like a revelation, and suddenly I realized I had to go back on my decision to retire. ”

Zizou returns to drive France to qualification… Such is the impact Zidane has had since coming out of retirement; no-one refers much to the strange occurrence that led to his change of heart. Having hung up his international boots after Les Bleus failed to retain their European title at Euro 2004, Zidane agreed to come back after a nocturnal visitation: “One night about three o’clock in the morning I woke up suddenly and began speaking with someone. Afterwards I didn’t tell anyone about it, not even my wife. It was like a revelation, and suddenly I realized I had to go back on my decision to retire. ”

Zizou returns to drive France to qualification.

Sliskovic resignation turned down
CNN – Sep 11, 2006
"The (FA) presidency did not accept the resignations and unanimously gives its support to Ahmet Pasalic and Blaz Sliskovic in performing their duties," the association (NSBIH) said in a statement. Pasalic is the national team director who announced his resignation at the same time as Sliskovic. The pair said they were quitting because they had promised to win the first two qualifying matches in Group C. Bosnia won the opening match in Malta 5-2. Sliskovic and Pasalic said their decisions were final but Bosnian television quoted NSBIH officials as saying Pasalic was a full-time employee of the NSBIH which could reject his resignation… It did not say if this applied to Sliskovic too. The 47-year-old coach renewed his contract earlier this year until 2008. Sliskovic, who has been in charge since 2002, narrowly failed to take Bosnia to Euro 2004 and this year’s World Cup. The team, who have never qualified for a major tournament, next meet Moldova on October 7. The other teams in the group are Greece, Turkey and Norway. Tools: Save |
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England edges Macedonia 1-0 on Crouch’s goal
International Herald Tribune – Sep 6, 2006
Late substitute Artim Sakiri provided Macedonia’s best chance in the 78th minute, firing wide across Robinson’s goal. In the 83rd, Asley Cole cleared the ball off the line after a goalmouth melee nearly gave the hosts the equalizer. “I’m sorry we lost the game to an opponent who was not better than us,” Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec said. Defender Rio Ferdinand recovered from a toe injury to start Wednesday. Steven Gerrard made his 50th appearance for England but made little impact. More than 1,500 police were on hand to provide security in Skopje and at the 18,000-seat Gradski Stadium, where more than 3,000 England fans watched the game. Macedonia, under new coach Srecko Katanec, beat Estonia 1-0 in its opening Group E qualifying match… Macedonia, under new coach Srecko Katanec, beat Estonia 1-0 in its opening Group E qualifying match. Wayne Rooney remained suspended after his red card in the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Portugal, keeping Crouch and Defoe as the starting strikers. England and Macedonia played in qualifying for Euro 2004, with the English being held to a humiliating 2-2 draw at home before winning 2-1 in Skopje. That match was tarnished by racist abuse. Wednesday’s game ended without incident. ___ Lineups: Macedonia: Jane Nikolovski, Nikolce Novevski, Robert Petrov, Goce Sedloski, Igor Mitreski, Velice Sumolikovski, Goran Maznov (Aco Stojkov, 57), Ilco Naumovski (Artim Sakiri, 74), Vlade Lazarevski, Igor Jancevski (Darko Tasevski, 53), Goran Pandev. England: Paul Robinson, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Neville, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard (Michael Carrick, 85), Owen Hargreaves, Stewart Downing, Peter Crouch (Andrew Johnson, 88), Jermain Defoe (Aaron Lennon, 76).

Veteran national team star Pavel Nedv?d bows out of international…
Prague Post – Sep 6, 2006
“After I said it, many of my teammates stared at me in disbelief,” Nedvěd admitted. Goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek confirmed that Nedvěd stunned the team. “We tried to convince him to stay, but he did not leave any back door open this time,” Blažek said. Nedvěd — who plays in Italy with Juventus Turin — said it was not only his age, but also the demotion of Juventus to Italy’s second division that caused his retirement from international play. Juventus was disqualified from Italy’s top division this summer due to its involvement in a major corruption scandal. While many star players left the club, Nedvěd decided to stay. “It would be very difficult for me to get ready for tough international soccer while in the second division,” Nedvěd said… Now, I’m not sure whether I’d be able to keep in top shape, and I did not want to leave the national team as a disgrace. ”

His departure signals the end of an era. Nedvěd captained the national team for the past four years and was a leader of the “golden generation” that brought a silver medal from the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship and a bronze from Euro 2004 and gave the team its first World Cup appearance in 16 years. In 2003, he became the second Czech player in history to win the Golden Ball Trophy for best player in Europe. “He became more Italian than Czech,” said former national team striker Ladislav Vízek, a star in the 1980s.

Smith resuscitates Scotland to lead the Group of Death
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2006
Had Smith and his squad been offered the prospect of leading the world champions by five points with 10 games remaining, two dozen dark blue jerseys would have been seen disappearing down the street with the prize clutched tight in their midst. None of which, of course, makes the Scots favourites to win the section or even reach their first tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup, but it does signify a sea-change. A lie detector test on Walter Mitty could not have produced a more erratic trace than the jagged graph of Scotland’s fortunes under Berti Vogts, whose reign mingled inspiring moments, such as a Euro 2004 play-off victory over Dick Advocaat’s Holland at Hampden Park, with farcical defeats by the likes of Austria at the same venue. There have been facile suggestions that Vogts was lynched by a xenophobic Scottish media mob and that Smith has been favoured with an uncritical ride because he is chummy with quite a few football writers north of the border. This ignores the obvious truth that Vogts would have been lionised had he come close to delivering half of his far-reaching pledges – “We will be at the World Cup finals in Germany and not as hot-dog sellers”, was a typical Hans-Hubert gem – and although his players remained loyal in public, it was evident almost from the start that they found his instructions frequently confusing and contra-dictory… Had Smith and his squad been offered the prospect of leading the world champions by five points with 10 games remaining, two dozen dark blue jerseys would have been seen disappearing down the street with the prize clutched tight in their midst. None of which, of course, makes the Scots favourites to win the section or even reach their first tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup, but it does signify a sea-change. A lie detector test on Walter Mitty could not have produced a more erratic trace than the jagged graph of Scotland’s fortunes under Berti Vogts, whose reign mingled inspiring moments, such as a Euro 2004 play-off victory over Dick Advocaat’s Holland at Hampden Park, with farcical defeats by the likes of Austria at the same venue. There have been facile suggestions that Vogts was lynched by a xenophobic Scottish media mob and that Smith has been favoured with an uncritical ride because he is chummy with quite a few football writers north of the border. This ignores the obvious truth that Vogts would have been lionised had he come close to delivering half of his far-reaching pledges – “We will be at the World Cup finals in Germany and not as hot-dog sellers”, was a typical Hans-Hubert gem – and although his players remained loyal in public, it was evident almost from the start that they found his instructions frequently confusing and contra-dictory.

Money | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 6, 2006
capitalgainstaxhead H1. Who could have predicted that Greece would win Euro 2004?Undeterred, a clutch of economists have taken a stab at forecasting this year’s World Cup winner. The result is a blend of probability models and wishful thinking in the hope that the winning nation can kick-start economic growth. So here are three views. UBS UBS uses a complex blend analysis based on past performance and various factors including the possible effects of home advantage for the host nation. The model also looked at battles between Latin American and European teams and whether a high population makes a difference to a footballing nation’s success… Spain and France on 8. 3pc and Holland on 8pc complete the top five. Germany, which is not awarded a home team bonus, ranks 8th on 5. Trinidad & Tobago is the rank outsider, with a 0. ABN Amro Economists at the Dutch bank have concentrated on identifying the winner that they think will lead to the largest economic boost.

Aragones stays firm after Northern Ireland shock
International Herald Tribune – Sep 7, 2006
“I carry the biggest responsibility for what happened in the match, but I’m not going to tender my resignation to anyone,” Aragones was quoted as saying by sports daily Marca on Thursday. ” Aragones did acknowledged his future as national coach had been cast into doubt by Wednesday’s loss to the minnow at Windsor Park, Belfast. “Of course I would understand if measures were taken. If a gentleman is guilty, the necessary measures are taken. And if I have to go, I will,” he added… “(There are) too many coincidences between two situations which could end in the same way: a new national coach,” Marca said. Even though Spain’s defeat was only its second in 29 games under Aragones, it came just 10 weeks after the team’s World Cup elimination in the second round by France. The veteran coach, who took charge two years ago after Spain flopped in the Euro 2004 finals at Portugal, had promised to quit if his team didn’t do well in the World Cup. However, he chose to remain in charge to lead the qualification bid for the 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland. The media suggested Aragones could be replaced by Vicente del Bosque, who led Real Madrid to two Champions League titles and two Spanish championships in a four-year spell which ended with dismissal in 2003. Del Bosque has only had a brief unsuccessful spell with Turkey’s Besiktas since. However, Del Bosque said it “wasn’t right to blame Spain’s defeat on Luis Aragones.

England edge out Macedonia
Independent Online – Sep 7, 2006
Late substitute Artim Sakiri provided Macedonia’s best chance in the 78th minute, firing wide across Robinson’s goal. In the 83rd, Asley Cole cleared the ball off the line after a goalmouth melee nearly gave the hosts the equalizer. “I’m sorry we lost the game to an opponent who was not better than us,” Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec said. Defender Rio Ferdinand recovered from a toe injury to start Wednesday. Steven Gerrard made his 50th appearance for England but made little impact. More than 1 500 police were on hand to provide security in Skopje and at the 18 000-seat Gradski Stadium, where more than 3 000 England fans watched the game. Macedonia, under new coach Srecko Katanec, beat Estonia 1-0 in its opening Group E qualifying match… Macedonia, under new coach Srecko Katanec, beat Estonia 1-0 in its opening Group E qualifying match. Wayne Rooney remained suspended after his red card in the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Portugal, keeping Crouch and Defoe as the starting strikers. England and Macedonia played in qualifying for Euro 2004, with the English being held to a humiliating 2-2 draw at home before winning 2-1 in Skopje. That match was tarnished by racist abuse.

Hungary to Spend $1 Billion to Steal Euro Soccer Championship
Bloomberg – Sep 14, 2006
The investment plus a pledge by UEFA, European soccer'sgoverning body, to help poorer countries develop the game may beenough to land Hungary and Croatia the 2012 competition, saidTamas Gyarfas, head of the Hungarian organizers of the joint bid. The pair are competing against Italy, the world champion, anda joint bid by Poland and Ukraine. While Hungary's national teamwas a world-beater in the early 1950s, the country was the onlyone out of the five bidders not to qualify for the World Cup thisyear and hasn't competed in a major tournament in 20 years. Noneof its stadiums meet UEFA standards. “Now we'll see how much the nice words are worth,'' Gyarfas,57, said in an interview in Budapest. “We deserve some trust, toget us over the hump and help regain our former glory. '' In the first round of voting in November, Italy scored 11,Hungary and Croatia got nine, and Poland and Ukraine seven,according to UEFA's Web site… Construction is only underway in Gyor, whileSzekesfehervar has completed one section of the revamped venue. The danger is that a country is left with white elephantsafter the event. Farense, in southern Portugal, folded a yearafter hosting games in Euro 2004 because it couldn't afford tokeep its new stadium going with a lack of support. `Stimulant' Aside from a lack of world-class facilities, Hungary also hasto contend with the lack of quality on the field and dwindlinginterest in the sport. With two World Cup silver medals and onebronze from the European championships, the country's team nowranks 59th in the world, one spot above Mali. Hungary missed the last five World Cups and the last nineEuropean competitions. Its clubs haven't qualified for theChampions League, Europe's top competition, in a decade and failedto go beyond the preliminary stages of any tournament this year.

Hughes renews rivalry
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 14, 2006
Hughes became a big admirer of Trapattoni when the two locked horns as international coaches four years ago. Hughes’ Wales team overcame Italy on what he described as “a fantastic night” at a pulsating Millennium Stadium in a Euro 2004 qualifier, an achievement second only to guiding a struggling Blackburn team into Europe. “I have a great deal of respect for him and I like his company,” Hughes said. He will be hoping for another equally unlikely triumph over the wily veteran, whose Salzburg team have won all of their matches on their own artificial pitch this season – two of them in Champions League qualifiers – and are yet to concede a goal at home. Hughes expressed a desire to work alongside Trapattoni one day and did not dismiss suggestions that he was considered as a partner for the Italian when the Tottenham job, which eventually went to Jacques Santini, became available two years ago… “I have a great deal of respect for him and I like his company,” Hughes said. He will be hoping for another equally unlikely triumph over the wily veteran, whose Salzburg team have won all of their matches on their own artificial pitch this season – two of them in Champions League qualifiers – and are yet to concede a goal at home. Hughes expressed a desire to work alongside Trapattoni one day and did not dismiss suggestions that he was considered as a partner for the Italian when the Tottenham job, which eventually went to Jacques Santini, became available two years ago. “If you put their two records together and count the amount of trophies they’ve won between them it shows you the font of knowledge Salzburg can draw from, so we know we face a tough task here,” Hughes said. Hughes is aware of Blackburn’s depressing record in Europe —they have won only one of 16 matches since taking part for the first time as Premiership champions in 1995.

Fifa is the one sure-fire winner
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 6, 2006
The event’s 15 main sponsors are thought to have paid a total of €600m, or €40m each, for the right to be an “Official Partner”. These include Adidas, Avaya, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Emirates, Fujifilm, Gillette, Hyundai, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Philips, Toshiba and Yahoo. The €600m deal is thought to be higher than the sponsorship fees for the last World Cup and Euro 2004 put together. But Fifa has been accused of “advertising clutter” by having too many main sponsors. After the tournament, there will be just six top-tier partners – Adidas, Hyundai, Coca-Cola, Sony, Visa and Emirates – each paying more than €100m for a four year period… The two firms, which were founded by feuding brothers Rudi and Adi Dassler, are each hoping to triumph by being the kit provider for the winning team. Adidas is supplying six teams but Puma leads the field with 12 and Nike has eight kit deals, including with favourites Brazil. But sponsorship does not guarantee success. Toymaker Nici paid €25m for the exclusive rights to make the official World Cup mascot. Its creation, Goleo, a 2. 5-metre tall lumbering lion, has been such a flop that Nici went bust last month.

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