Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 17, 2006

Solskjaer gives fans more to chant about

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The News Review:

* Hargreaves leg fracture confirmed
* Lennon setback for Spurs and England
* Morale boost for Scotland at rise in the rankings
* Solskjaer gives fans more to chant about
* Scharner brace leaves Everton punch drunk
* Beckham vows to end England agony
* Juventus forced Trezeguet to stay
* BBC SPORT | Football | Uefa lifts ban on games in Israel
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McFadden adds to Smith strike…

Hargreaves leg fracture confirmed
CNN – Sep 17, 2006
"He will be in plaster for at least three weeks. "Then we’ll have to see how the healing process goes," he said. Hargreaves has established himself in England’s defensive midfield in the past three months and the injury leaves coach Steve McClaren with a problem before next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia. It was a poor day for the top clubs in Germany, with Werder Bremen, last season’s runners-up to Bayern, allowing a 2-0 lead to slip as they fell 3-2 at home to Stuttgart, and Hamburg crashing 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund. Jonas Kamper’s 84th minute goal gave Bielefeld their 2-1 victory after Bayern’s new signing Mark van Bommel scored six minutes into his league debut to put the Bavarians ahead. A mistake in defense allowed Artur Wichniarek to equalize in the 25th minute. Bayern, who won 4-0 at home to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, could find none of the same spark in attack and Bielefeld clinched a deserved win from Kamper’s free kick… A mistake in defense allowed Artur Wichniarek to equalize in the 25th minute. Bayern, who won 4-0 at home to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, could find none of the same spark in attack and Bielefeld clinched a deserved win from Kamper’s free kick. Magath said: "I do not want to make excuses but the match calendar has certainly not helped. "There has been an international break, the domestic cup, the Champions League and back to the league. "I am sure we will find our rhythm soon and not lose games like this. "Bayern’s German international Philipp Lahm said: "We did not allow them many chances but we are guilty of not being purposeful enough going forward. "Fortunately for Bayern, who fell to third in the table, their rivals once again failed to capitalize on their slip.

Lennon setback for Spurs and England – Sep 16, 2006
“I am devastated that the injury has flared up again,” said Cole. “I have been pulling my hair out trying to ensure I get fully fit again and staying at the training ground until 5pm every day. “Unfortunately the injury is not healing as I would like and I need to get 100 per cent right. I need to take a few steps back for that to happen and it is unlikely I will be ready for the Liverpool game, which is a big blow for me. “I am desperate to play and the Liverpool game is a big one to miss out on, but I know I need to get this right. ” Meanwhile, Arjen Robben has been included in Chelsea’s squad for the game against Liverpool. The Dutchman has missed four games with a calf injury which he suffered during the warm-up at Middlesbrough earlier in the season… A Uefa statement read: “Matches must be played in the region of Tel-Aviv only and security guarantees are required for every match. Uefa may reimpose a ban at any time if it considers that there has been a deterioration in the security situation. “The decision affects England as they are in the same Euro 2008 qualifying group as Israel, with the away fixture due to be played next March.

Morale boost for Scotland at rise in the rankings – Sep 15, 2006
Even the Scottish national team is getting better and that reflects the status of the SPL. “Actually, what I witnessed when watching the previous Scottish season unfold was a championship which was all but won by Celtic in February — when Hearts came close to imploding over who exactly picked the team at Tynecastle — and which was ultimately secured by a margin of 20 points. And while Scotland took maximum reward from the Euro 2008 double-header against the Faroes and Lithuania, the team that began the campaign kicked off with Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Nigel Quashie (West Brom), Garry O’Connor (Lokomotiv Moscow), Christian Dailly (West Ham), plus the Everton trio of David Weir, Gary Naysmith and James McFadden — seven players based outside Scotland in the starting XI. Yet, as it happens, the stock of Scottish football has indeed risen discernibly in the past week. Walter Smith’s Scotland squad are now 34th in the Fifa rankings, their highest place for five years… As for the unequal contest of resources otherwise known as Manchester United v Celtic, Gordon Strachan’s side confounded the pre-match consensus that they would be swept aside by the resurgent Reds, bent upon exorcising the ghosts of two disappointing European campaigns in succession. Sir Alex Ferguson suggested afterwards that had United scored first, the contest would have been more emphatic in favour of his side. He did not, though, mention the alternative scenario which can be imagined had Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink put Celtic 2-0 up instead of heading straight at Edwin van der Sar just before Ryan Giggs’ swallow dive secured the penalty kick which brought United level. Either way, Celtic did their own morale — and that of the game north of the border — a turn by keeping the issue in doubt until the full three minutes of added time had been played to an absorbing finish. The irony of that game, given Gravesen’s pronouncements last week, was that it was he who gave the ball away twice for the goals that put United ahead. All of which having been said, the reputation of the Scottish game will be tested rigorously in the next month. Scotland must face France at Hampden without the suspended Kenny Miller and probably minus James McFadden, whose ligament tear is likely to take four weeks to heal.

Solskjaer gives fans more to chant about
Ireland Online – Sep 16, 2006
?Even the United fans began to fear the worst for Solskjaer?s career when he signed a new two-year contract last season which included a commitment to an ambassadorial Bobby Charlton-type role. Yet the player himself never accepted his decision to accept the job marked the end of his on-field contribution. By setting short-term targets Solskjaer has slowly forced his way back, not just into the United squad, but Norway?s as well, scoring twice in the Euro 2008 qualification win over Hungary in Budapest earlier this month. ?I can believe it is happening because I set realistic targets along the way,? he said. ?With the patience the manager, the players and the staff have shown me, it was just a matter of time before I reached them.

Scharner brace leaves Everton punch drunk – Sep 16, 2006
But Andy Johnson, the hero of that victory, was one of the few sober heads in blue, scoring another predator’s goal that looked like carrying Everton to joint custody of the Premiership top spot. Following Johnson’s second goal last week, after Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina had spilled the ball, the joke on Merseyside was that he had released a new single entitled Reina-drops keep falling on my head. And although the return of some bloke called Rooney will mean Johnson being denied a starting place for England in next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers, he is certain to be in manager Steve McClaren’s squad. His movement, awareness, intelligence and pure nuisance value, however, mean it cannot be long before he gets an England start, perhaps linking up with the man whose slogan used to be “once a blue, always a blue”. His goal, soon after half-time, was an example of his awareness, burying a rebound after his lookalike Lee Carsley had acted as a decoy at the near post, collecting Tim Cahill’s cross and forcing a save from Chris Kirkland. If Kirkland had been sent off, as he deserved to have been, after he and captain Arjan De Zeeuw had assaulted Cahill in the 17th minute because they were upset by his challenge on the keeper, this game would surely have been different and Everton might even have won by the four goals that would have carried them above Portsmouth to the top of the table… They may not have started as brightly as last season, when they defied all those who predicted their instant demise, yet no one will be tipping them for relegation this time round. Wigan manager Paul Jewell said he thought De Zeeuw was going to get a red card. He and Kirkland only received yellows. And wallowing in this result, as only a former Liverpool player could, Jewell added: “All I’ve been reading this week is how Everton are top of the league. It was nice to get a point against the champions-elect, especially as we were rubbish in the first half.

Beckham vows to end England agony
CNN International – Sep 16, 2006
"But I never saw it coming. It was a total shock. It’s a terrible feeling not playing for England after 10 years of being involved. "Beckham said McClaren had contacted him before last month’s friendly against Greece to tell him he had been left out of the England squad. The former Manchester United star has won 94 caps and it is his stated ambition to join the exclusive ‘100’ club. "I didn’t announce my international retirement because I want to play for England again," he said. "I still want to reach that milestone of playing for England 100 times and help them win the European championship… "It’s a target I set myself a long time ago and I won’t give up now. "Beckham’s chances of a squad recall may have been helped by the news that England winger Aaron Lennon must undergo knee surgery. Tottenham’s Lennon, who plays in the same right-wing role vacated by Beckham, will miss England’s next two Euro 2008 qualifiers at home to Macedonia on October 7 and away to Croatia four days later. McClaren has so far employed Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard on the right of midfield. Tools: Save |
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Juventus forced Trezeguet to stay
CNN International – Sep 15, 2006
Trezeguet, who has been at Juventus since 2000, said he had no other option than to stay at the club. "Of course it took me time to accept that situation. When a player has played the Champions League seven times in a row, it’s not easy, neither for me nor for the others. ""The club officials told me from the start that I had to stay here," he said. "I had no choice. "The 28-year-old Frenchman had avoided addressing the media since missing a penalty in the World Cup final shootout that Italy went on to win on July 9 in Berlin. "Why hide it? The World Cup was negative for me," said Trezeguet, who was used as a substitute by coach Raymond Domenech throughout the tournament… "Why hide it? The World Cup was negative for me," said Trezeguet, who was used as a substitute by coach Raymond Domenech throughout the tournament. "People keep asking me about that missed penalty but my biggest disappointment is to have hardly played in a competition that might have been my last. "Trezeguet, who missed France’s first two Euro 2008 qualifiers because of a groin strain, said he had considered international retirement after the World Cup. "Yes, I asked myself that question," said the forward, who is no longer an automatic choice for Domenech despite having scored 32 goals from 66 internationals. Tools: Save |
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BBC SPORT | Football | Uefa lifts ban on games in Israel
BBC News – Sep 15, 2006
“Uefa may reimpose a ban at any time if it considers that there has been a deterioration in the security situation. ”

Liverpool had to play their Champions League third-round qualifier against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in Kiev in August because of the ban. England are in the same Euro 2008 qualifying group as Israel, with the away game to be played on Saturday 24 March 2007.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McFadden adds to Smith strike…
BBC News – Sep 15, 2006
Kenny Miller, who partnered the Everton man in the wins against Faroe Islands and Lithuania, is suspended for the match at Hampden Park on 7 October. McFadden had to come off after 22 minutes in Lithuania. And Everton have now confirmed that the hamstring injury could rule out the 23-year-old for about four weeks. It means McFadden is also likely to miss the visit to Ukraine four days later.

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