Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 26, 2006

A Week in Football: Forgetful Ferdinand remembers his side of story

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The News Review:

* A-Leaguers make Aussie squad | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Winger Ronaldo in Man Utd…
* A mirror under the veil – and inside the stadium – Film – Entertainmen…
* A Week in Football: Forgetful Ferdinand remembers his side of story
* Olaba to coach Kenya in Angola
* On Advertising: The Italians rub it in – Business – International…
* BBC SPORT | Sport Academy | Your Game | Hosts cruise to opening…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Champions League clockwatch
* Beckham’s still hurting
* DenverPost.com – Balance of power decidedly European
* BBC NEWS | Business | M&B bounces back after World Cup
* Old foes relish fresh battle
* BBC SPORT | Football | Alan Hansen’s column
* ‘The Soccer World Cup needs you’
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Staunton gives McShane a…
* BBC SPORT | Rugby League | International | Harris ready for Wales…
* We’re Europe till we die

A-Leaguers make Aussie squad | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Sep 26, 2006
Strikers Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy are the onlyWorld Cup squad members not included for the friendly againstParaguay in Brisbane on October 7 and an Asian Cup qualifieragainst Bahrain on October 11 in Sydney. Viduka’s wife is expecting a baby, while Kewell and Kennedy areboth injured. Central Coast defender Vidmar, who missed the World Cup becauseof a heart irregularity, along with Sydney FC striker Brosque andAdelaide United’s Dodd are their replacements. Caretaker coach Graham Arnold has also added Melbourne Victory’sKevin Muscat and Newcastle’s Jade North to the squad for the secondmatch. This is to cover the expected retirement of up to five playersafter they take part in the Paraguay friendly. Squad: John Aloisi, Michael Beauchamp, Marco Bresciano, AlexBrosque, Tim Cahill, Scott Chipperfield, Ante Covic, Jason Culina,Travis Dodd, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Zeljko Kalac, StanLazaridis, Mark Milligan, Craig Moore, Lucas Neill, Tony Popovic,Mark Schwarzer, Josip Skoko, Mile Sterjovski, Archie Thompson, TonyVidmar, Luke Wilkshire. Two players to be added to above squad for Asian Cup qualifieragainst Bahrain on October 11 in Sydney: Kevin Muscat, JadeNorth.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Winger Ronaldo in Man Utd…
BBC News – Sep 24, 2006
The Portugal star weighed up his future after the controversy over his alleged part in United team-mate Wayne Rooney’s World Cup dismissal for England. The 21-year-old winger told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s true I said after the World Cup I might have to leave. “But what I want to do is leave my mark on the club and for the fans to say I was one of the club’s great players. ”

Ronaldo was unsure of the reception he would receive back at Old Trafford after Portugal’s stormy World Cup quarter-final with England in July. But he said: “I spoke to my agent and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and I took a calm decision and decided to stay.

A mirror under the veil – and inside the stadium – Film – Entertainmen…
The Age – Sep 26, 2006
Fans were told to assemble at the football stadium to greettheir heroes, and when Panahi and his family went to the stadium toexperience the mood of the nation, they were told that 5000 womenhad forced themselves inside. “This was reported by the print media, and of course thequestion was posed why women are not allowed to watch the game,” hesaid. “After the World Cup, the issue died down and no report ofthat appeared again. A few years later, however, Panahi’s mind returned to thesubject after an incident that may have inspired the film’soptimistic ending. In 2002, Iran was once again preparing for theWorld Cup. “Right away I wanted to go and watch the practice game, and my11-year-old daughter said that she would like to come with me,”said Panahi. “At the stadium entrance, I insisted on bringing mydaughter with me, but they didn’t allow me.

A Week in Football: Forgetful Ferdinand remembers his side of story
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 24, 2006
“Later, when Ferdinand bumped into FA prosecuting lawyer Mark Gay in the loo, he says: “I wanted to put the geezer through the wall. ” Just to remind you, Ferdinand admits to twice being told about the test and of the four United players called that day, he was the only one to forget. Any young reporter fancy a weekend in Rennes, all expenses paid? Then call the FA, who are so desperate for coverage of the England women’s World Cup game on Saturday that they are “happy to pay” for flights and accommodation for anyone prepared to scribble a few lines. The English women need only a draw against France to qualify for next year’s World Cup in China, where one hopes they will not emulate Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and the rest by going out on a penalty shoot-out. In fact, if England continue to perform as poorly as they did at the World Cup in Germany, the FA may soon be “happy to pay” for journalists to cover their games abroad. Wednesday was a momentous day in the fashion industry and not for anything Kate Moss did. Arsenal’s Freddie Ljungberg did his final shoot for Calvin Klein underwear, saying: “It’s been great fun for four years but now I’m hanging up my pants… Side-splitting moment of the week was reading Bolton manager Sam Allardyce’s announcement that he could confidently fight allegations of bung taking because he had “the backing of chairman Phil Gartside”. Would this be the same Phil Gartside who was filmed on Panorama discussing a deal with agent Teni Yerima to sell Jay-Jay Okocha? This was eight days before Gartside announced: “Jay-Jay is a vital asset to our football club and we have not received any offers for him whatsoever. He’s under contract to this football club and there’s no way we would want him to leave. “With a face as straight as Big Sam’s, Gartside added: “Also, we will be investigating the possibility of an illegal approach. Gartside has since told the BBC that he did not want to sell Okocha but could not ignore a generous offer for his player. With such a man behind him, Allardyce has nothing to fear, though he has wisely employed a lawyer, just in case.

Olaba to coach Kenya in Angola
BBC News – Sep 24, 2006
The Frenchman, who won 44 caps and the World Cup with his home nation, was heavily critical of the KFF during his brief and ill-fated tenure. He never signed an official contract and said that he did not have the right conditions to work – citing a lack of budget and the necessary criteria for success. Kenya’s defeat against Eritrea leaves them a tough task to qualify from Group 6, which also includes Swaziland and 2006 World Cup finalists Angola.

On Advertising: The Italians rub it in – Business – International…
International Herald Tribune – Sep 24, 2006
When Zinédine Zidane, the French soccer star, leveled an Italian defender, Marco Materazzi, with a blow to the chest during the World Cup final in July, the incident nearly overshadowed Italy's victory over France. Now, in celebrating their soccer superiority, some Italians, and their sponsor, Nike, are taking a few jabs at the French. A Nike advertising campaign set to appear next month in Italy features stars of the World Cup-winning team like Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo and Materazzi – the victim or villain of the Zidane incident, depending on your soccer allegiance. Print ads, done in the style of classic Italian advertising posters of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, depict cartoon versions of those and other Nike- sponsored players as avatars for mock versions of iconic Italian products. A beaming likeness of Cannavaro, for instance, promotes the "Coppa Cannavaro," a would-be gelato brand that, according to the poster, is "the envy of the world.

BBC SPORT | Sport Academy | Your Game | Hosts cruise to opening…
BBC News – Sep 25, 2006
There was a great save by the Hong Kong keeper, who was by far their best player. England continued with some clever passes and they finished their destruction of Hong Kong with an eleventh goal. Scotland 3-5 Czech Republic
After a lot of confusion over the Scottish National Anthem – the Welsh anthem was played instead – the game finally got underway. The Czech Republic won a penalty in the very first minute! Scotland were not playing well and the Czechs went 2-0 up, using their strength to good effect.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Champions League clockwatch
BBC News – Sep 26, 2006
2118: It is Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick time again, but this time from a position where it seems conceivable he could score. 2115: Fabio Capello makes sure Ruud van Nistelrooy will not be taking the ball home either as he is substituted for Ronaldo, who gets his first run-out since the World Cup finals. 2111: GOAL Real Madrid 5-1 Dynamo KievThere is no sentiment at The Bernabeu as Raul is denied his chance of a hat-trick from a hungry Ruud van Nistelrooy who grabs the ball and slots home from the spot. 2109: Dynamo Kiev are reduced to 10 men when Olexandr Shovkovskiy is sent off by Graham Poll for bringing down Ruud van Nistelrooy in the box. 2108: Wayne Rooney gets a glimpse of the goal but his curling effort is easily gathered by Quim. 2104: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc is called to make his first serious save, but at the other end the lively Kenny Miller comes even closer as he fires in a shot that tests Jesper Christiansen.

Beckham’s still hurting
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 26, 2006
” Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has recalled Charlton Athletic midfielder Andy Reid and handed a senior call-up to West Brom defender Paul McShane. Staunton has named his squad for next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and Czech Republic and has included Under-21 international McShane. Reid was left out of the previous squad as he struggled for first-team football but has since left Tottenham Hotspur to join Charlton. Preston centre-half Sean St Ledger has retained his place in the squad selected to face Germany earlier this season. Staunton said: “Paul is an excellent prospect and he has greatly benefited from his move to West Brom after successful loan spells at Walsall and Brighton last season. “We are developing a team for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and I want players like Paul battling to be part of that. “While we want to win every game, and will be trying hard to qualify for Euro 2008, the main priority is building a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge in two years’ time… Preston centre-half Sean St Ledger has retained his place in the squad selected to face Germany earlier this season. Staunton said: “Paul is an excellent prospect and he has greatly benefited from his move to West Brom after successful loan spells at Walsall and Brighton last season. “We are developing a team for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and I want players like Paul battling to be part of that. “While we want to win every game, and will be trying hard to qualify for Euro 2008, the main priority is building a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge in two years’ time. “John Toshack announced an injury-hit squad for Wales’ next two Euro 2008 qualifiers. Definitely out are Mark Delaney (knee) and Sam Ricketts (fractured cheekbone) while Carl Fletcher (ankle) is extremely doubtful. Captain Ryan Giggs has been named in an initial 24-man squad but is unlikely to be involved.

DenverPost.com – Balance of power decidedly European
Denver Post – Sep 25, 2006
While their international counterparts wondered why the futbol derivation would cause the horde to go completely bonkers, the answer was pretty obvious to anyone who has followed the nation’s athletic fortunes on the world stage lately. It wasn’t so much an overwhelming desire to see the Bengals and Steelers as much as being able to witness a contest in which America had a reasonable chance of succeeding. If you’ve watched the basketball world championships, soccer’s World Cup, Wimbledon or the Davis Cup – even the World Baseball Classic – there’s only one conclusion to be drawn. Now, for the fifth time in the past six meetings, you can add men’s golf to the list. And, as Colin Montgomerie so accurately put it Sunday, the only thing keeping the U… com, the website for British Airways. What can be done about it? Well, the NFL season is only three weeks old – let’s just hope that Richard Branson or some other international billionaire isn’t sitting back and gauging which way the wind is blowing. And then deciding he’s ready for some football. Staff writer Anthony Cotton can be reached at 303-954-1292 or.

BBC NEWS | Business | M&B bounces back after World Cup
BBC News – Sep 26, 2006
The firm said the World Cup tournament had hit sales in its restaurants, which include the Harvester brand. M&B, which also owns the All Bar One bar chain, said like-for-like sales in the ten weeks since the World Cup ended had improved by 5. In Scotland, where a smoking ban was introduced in March, sales were up 2… The firm said the World Cup tournament had hit sales in its restaurants, which include the Harvester brand. M&B, which also owns the All Bar One bar chain, said like-for-like sales in the ten weeks since the World Cup ended had improved by 5. In Scotland, where a smoking ban was introduced in March, sales were up 2. 6% in the 50 weeks to 16 September.

Old foes relish fresh battle
The Age – Sep 24, 2006
I’m probably a bit too slow to catchhim now, so I’ll leave it to the younger boys this weekend. Muscat, 33, is one year younger than Lazaridis and came back tothe A-League a season earlier. Lazaridis achieved his career ambition of going to the World Cupbut saw no game time — a fact that leaves a lingeringdisappointment. “It was great to be there, I thoroughly enjoyed it all and wouldnot have missed it,” Lazaridis said. “I think Guus and Arnie madethe right decisions for all the games, barring Italy. I felt ifever there was a World Cup game where Stan Lazaridis could havecome on with maybe 20 minutes to go and run at the opposition, itwas that game. They were down to 10 men and we could have stretchedthem maybe… They were down to 10 men and we could have stretchedthem maybe. But it wasn’t to be, so that’s life. Lazaridis should get a call-up for the World Cup celebrationmatches against Paraguay and Bahrain next month and if he does, hewill make his exit from international football a happy man, havingsaid his goodbyes in front of a home crowd. “It’s time for me to play one or two last games with the teamand then step aside for the younger lads coming through. Lazaridis laughs when asked about his memories of English derbycollisions with Muscat. “We are the best of mates and there’s a lotof mutual respect, but when you get out on the field all that isforgotten. “He’s left a few stud marks on my chest, ankles, legs all over,but we would be the first ones to buy the beers after.

BBC SPORT | Football | Alan Hansen’s column
BBC News – Sep 25, 2006
For Reading to have the ability to consolidate so early in the season makes me think they can follow Wigan’s lead from last year. Another surprise package is Portsmouth, although if you look at Harry Redknapp’s signings – Sol Campbell, David James, Glen Johnson – maybe their performances should not be so unexpected. Campbell and James were in England’s World Cup squad and Johnson is a kid who maybe has lost a way a bit, but is a really good player.

‘The Soccer World Cup needs you’
Independent Online – Sep 26, 2006
We must prepare our people to be open. The Germans are known to be cold people, but they were so vibrant and friendly during the 2006 World Cup,” Moleketi pointed out. He also said that the event will give South Africa the chance to dispel the view of “Afro-pessimism”. “When people talk of Africa they talk of disease, hunger, wars – strife generally. That’s the world’s African image,” said Moleketi, adding that “2010 will give us an opportunity to say there’s this other Africa which can hold the biggest sporting competition in the world efficiently and like any other European country. We have an opportunity to change the attitude towards Africa and show what Africans can do.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Staunton gives McShane a…
BBC News – Sep 25, 2006
Goalkeeper and vice-captain Given is ruled out after undergoing bowel surgery to repair an injury sustained in Newcastle’s recent league game against West Ham. Meanwhile, McShane is a product of Ireland’s under-age programme having been capped at youth and U21 level and joined West Brom from Manchester United during the summer. “We are developing a team for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign and I want players like Paul battling to be part of that,” said Staunton who will watch the game against Cyprus from the stands after received a red card during the German game. “While we want to win every game and will be trying hard to qualify for Euro 2008, the main priority is building a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge in two years time. ”

Republic of Ireland squad:

Goalkeepers: Kenny (Sheffield United), Henderson (Brighton), Colgan (Barnsley)

Defenders: Andy O’Brien (Portsmouth), Dunne (Manchester City), Carr (Newcastle), Finnan (Liverpool), St. Ledger (Preston), McShane (WBA)

Midfielders: Kilbane (Wigan), O’Shea (Manchester United), Reid (Blackburn), Kavanagh (Sunderland), Miller (Sunderland), Douglas (Leeds Utd), Ireland (Manchester City), Duff (Newcastle), McGeady (Celtic), Alan O’Brien (Newcastle), Reid (Charlton)

Strikers: Elliott (Sunderland), Keane (Tottenham), Doyle (Reading), Morrison (Crystal Palace), Lee (Ipswich).

BBC SPORT | Rugby League | International | Harris ready for Wales…
BBC News – Sep 26, 2006
“The fact he was willing to do that in the first place proves his dedication to his country,” said Wales Rugby League executive chairman Mark Rowley. Harris, 30, will be playing his first game for Wales for almost six years. His last appearance came in the 2000 World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia. Wales are confident that fellow Super League star Keiron Cunningham will also be available for selection. Cunningham, like Harris, has stated his desire to continue his international career with Wales despite ending his Great Britain commitments. When the 29-year-old announced his GB Test retirement in August, Cunningham said: “I’ve not finished with Wales. ”

Wales are aiming to be one of five qualifiers who will join Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, England and France in the finals in Australia in 2008.

We’re Europe till we die
Guardian Unlimited – Sep 25, 2006
Let’s call it Ryderishness. Sport, after all, is supposed an almost automatic test of national identification, as pioneered by Norman Tebbit in his drive to separate Olde Chingford from neo-Karachi. The last big alleged tests of Britishness was who Scottish first ministers (and Scottish aspirant PMs) would support in the World Cup – and who could bear to fly those creepy emblems of St George from their Toyotas and Mitsubishis. But sport, on examination, has lately wrapped its allegiances in some very funny flags of convenience. We are used, by now, to the convolutions of club football: Chelsea, owned by a Russian billionaire and managed by a Portuguese who commands resources rather more substantial than an American Express card; Arsenal, managed by a cerebral Frenchman and lacking, most weeks, any player born in these isles to perform at their Emirates stadium; even Alf Garnett’s old love, West Ham, now teeming with richly rewarded Argentinians. Does any of that staunch devotion on the terraces? It does not. Football life just carries on as usual, a bung here, a tap-up there, a Kazakh or Togo international on every bench… It was a bore, a humiliation, no contest. So Ireland was allowed to join the revels – and, when that didn’t work, we took over “Europe” in 1979, just as Mrs T arrived spitting on an adjacent stage. What is this golfing construct called Europe? For 2006, it is a dozen assorted Swedes, Scots, Spaniards, Irish and English managed by an honorary half-Welshman. They play as something beyond mere nationality. This isn’t a bad-tempered meeting of the European commission on a grey morning in Brussels. This is fun and jokes and back-slapping and a manifest togetherness. This is a team fit for purpose, and a huge crowd roaring them on.

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