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September 28, 2006

RTÉ Sport: Benitez hails Crouch double

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The News Review:

* France keep faith with Trezeguet
* Blatter calls for end to final penalties
* Keeper Enke recalled after 7 years
* RTÉ Sport: Benitez hails Crouch double
* Dragutinovic is recalled by Serbia
* Round-up: Lerner heads for total control
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Sunderland | Kavanagh facing six…
* Page calls time on Wales career
* Thursday’s football gossip

France keep faith with Trezeguet
CNN – Sep 28, 2006
"We know him and we know what he is worth. "He is a striker of international class. He is not suddenly going to become a B-rated player because his club was demoted. "From what I have seen, he scores goals when he plays with his side. It’s rather good for his confidence. "Trezeguet’s presence in the squad could come under threat when striker Djibril Cisse returns to action. Cisse, who joined Olympique Marseille from Liverpool on a season-long loan in July, broke his leg during a World Cup warm-up game against China in June.

Blatter calls for end to final penalties
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 28, 2006
“”Football is a team sport but from the penalty spot it’s an individual match. “Blatter also returned to one of his major gripes, hitting out at the high salaries paid to footballers, which he suggested might lead to corruption and a reduction in attendances. “It is not moral, it is not good for our sport,” he said. “They pay too much money to the players. There is an imbalance in their finances and they try to get money by all means. “Barclays have agreed to extend their sponsorship of the Premier League until 2010 for £65. 8 million, almost £9 million more than their current three-year contract… “Barclays have agreed to extend their sponsorship of the Premier League until 2010 for £65. 8 million, almost £9 million more than their current three-year contract. Everton and Scotland defender Gary Naysmith will be sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury, ruling him out of Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifiers next month against France and Ukraine. Striker Darius Vassell expects to return from his knee injury and play for Manchester City by the end of October despite initial fears that he would be out for up to 12 weeks. Goalkeeper Paul Gerrard has signed a four-month contract with Sheffield United. The 33-year-old was released from his contract at Nottingham Forest.

Keeper Enke recalled after 7 years
CNN – Sep 28, 2006
Hanover’s Enke will be named as the third keeper in coach Joachim Low’s squad to be released on Friday, alongside first choice Jens Lehmann and deputy Timo Hildebrand. "I do not think I need to say that I am delighted about the call-up," Enke said. "Now I have to try and keep the faith of the coaching staff. "The 29-year-old Enke, who once played for Spanish giants Barcelona, was last called up to the Germany squad for the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico but did not play. Germany’s next match is a friendly against Georgia in Rostock on October 7 before a Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava four days later. Tools: Save |
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RTÉ Sport: Benitez hails Crouch double
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Benitez hails Crouch double
Thursday, 28 September 2006 08:22

Rafael Benitez hailed Peter Crouch’s spectacular double but he knows he must solve defensive problems if Liverpool are to make any serious impact on the Champions League. The Reds were 3-0 up thanks to Crouch’s fine efforts and a header from Luis Garcia, but ended up hanging on to their precious three points to head Group C as Galatasaray swept back with two fine goals of their own from substitute Umit Karan. It had Anfield in a state of nervous exhaustion by the end of a thrilling game in which they could easily have lost had former Blackburn striker Hakan Suker not missed two decent late chances. Benitez described Crouch as ‘amazing’, with the big striker back in the front line after four games on the bench, hitting goals and form at just the right time to aid England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign next month. Crouch too, was delighted with his display and especially his second goal – a scissor-kick – telling Sky Sports: ‘It was great. It’s nice to get a goal like that. It was obviously a special one… The Reds were 3-0 up thanks to Crouch’s fine efforts and a header from Luis Garcia, but ended up hanging on to their precious three points to head Group C as Galatasaray swept back with two fine goals of their own from substitute Umit Karan. It had Anfield in a state of nervous exhaustion by the end of a thrilling game in which they could easily have lost had former Blackburn striker Hakan Suker not missed two decent late chances. Benitez described Crouch as ‘amazing’, with the big striker back in the front line after four games on the bench, hitting goals and form at just the right time to aid England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign next month. Crouch too, was delighted with his display and especially his second goal – a scissor-kick – telling Sky Sports: ‘It was great. It’s nice to get a goal like that. It was obviously a special one. ‘That second one was my best for the club, you don’t get too many of those.

Dragutinovic is recalled by Serbia
CNN – Sep 28, 2006
But a shortage of experienced defenders has forced the 56-year-old to recall the left back to a 20-man squad for the home double bill. The back four will be boosted by the full recovery of Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic from injury. Striker Mateja Kezman was not included in the squad even though he has completed his three-match ban for a red card in the 6-0 World Cup defeat to Argentina. The Serbians have four points from two matches after beating Azerbaijan 1-0 and drawing with Poland. The group also includes World Cup semifinalists Portugal, Finland and Kazakhstan. Tools: Save |
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Round-up: Lerner heads for total control
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 28, 2006
The statement read: “RAL has now received valid acceptances of the offer in respect of more than 90 per cent of the Aston Villa shares to which the offer relates. “Accordingly, RAL has today issued notices under Schedule 2 to the Takeovers Directive (Interim Implementation) Regulations 2006 to those Aston Villa shareholders who have not already accepted the offer, informing them that it now intends to exercise its rights to acquire compulsorily all the Aston Villa shares outstanding at the expiry of the requisite notice period. “In the meantime, the offer remains open for acceptance. “Lerner, who also owns NFL franchise Cleveland Browns, is expected to de-list Villa from the Stock Exchange and run the club as a private company. It was confirmed in late July that the 44-year-old had held initial discussions regarding a takeover with Ellis. Lerner is chairman of credit card company MBNA, taking over the role following the death of his father in 2002 and is worth a reported $1… Peter Tatchell, of gay rights group OutRage!, said: “We urge Paul to apologise and to express his opposition to homophobia. “Everton defender Gary Naysmith will be sidelined for six weeks because of a medial ligament injury suffered in the weekend draw at Newcastle. Naysmith, the 27-year-old Scotland international, injured his left knee in a challenge with Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins and is expected to be out until November, ruling him out of Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine. Everton physio Mick Rathbone said: “Gary’s scan has confirmed our clinical diagnosis that he has sustained a significant strain of his medial ligament and he is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Sunderland | Kavanagh facing six…
BBC News – Sep 28, 2006
A scan showed the 32-year-old has cartilage damage and will undergo an operation on Thursday. It means he will miss the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and Czech Republic. Kavanagh has been a big success at Sunderland since arriving from Wigan on transfer deadline day. Sunderland boss Roy Keane said: “He faces four to six weeks out and it’s another disappointment for us, they are dropping like flies at the moment. “Graham was struggling with his knee in the second half at Ipswich so we just needed to get it done. “I’d rather have a fit and strong Graham Kavanagh than one struggling with a knee injury.

Page calls time on Wales career
BBC News – Sep 28, 2006
Page was recalled to the Wales squad this week for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and Slovakia. But the 32-year-old spoke to Wales manager John Toshack on Wednesday to explain he felt he could no longer give his full commitment to the cause. “I’ve given it a lot of thought but I feel I can’t be away from the family for 10 days,” said 41-cap man Page. “If I knew I was going to play at the end of it then maybe I would carry on because there is no greater honour than playing for your country. “But with having such a young family and being away for 10 days, it’s not only hard on yourself but also on the children and the wife… “I’ve given it a lot of thought but I feel I can’t be away from the family for 10 days,” said 41-cap man Page. “If I knew I was going to play at the end of it then maybe I would carry on because there is no greater honour than playing for your country. “But with having such a young family and being away for 10 days, it’s not only hard on yourself but also on the children and the wife.

Thursday’s football gossip
BBC News – Sep 28, 2006
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Bradford boss Colin Todd reported some Doncaster fans to the police and the League Managers’ Association over the abuse he received at Belle Vue on Tuesday. (The Sun)

Former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric may splash out on a takeover of Bournemouth. (Daily Star)

Arsenal defender William Gallas has insisted he will be fit for France’s Euro 2008 qualifier with Scotland on 7 October, despite limping off with a thigh injury during the Gunners’ midweek win over Porto. (Daily Express)

Eli Papouchado, the Israeli backing the planned takeover bid of West Ham by Kia Joorabchian, says he knows nothing about football but realises such a deal would provide a “real estate opportunity”. (Various)

Brighton midfielder Paul Reid has been ruled out for six to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. (The Independent)

Fulham want defender Moritz Volz to sign a new contract before his current deal runs out next summer. (The Times)

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has not ruled out the possibility of offering a new contract to defender Mark Delaney, who has been out with a knee problem since the arrival over the former Celtic manager… (Various)

Brighton midfielder Paul Reid has been ruled out for six to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. (The Independent)

Fulham want defender Moritz Volz to sign a new contract before his current deal runs out next summer. (The Times)

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has not ruled out the possibility of offering a new contract to defender Mark Delaney, who has been out with a knee problem since the arrival over the former Celtic manager. (The Independent)

Republic of Ireland and Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh is set to miss at least three key games for country and club in the next fortnight because of a knee injury. (Daily Telegraph)

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