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October 6, 2006

Hiddink not bothered by book

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The News Review:

* Portugal takes on defense-minded Azerbaijan in Euro 2008 qualifier
* Germany warming up for Euro 2008 qualifying
* Keane ready for more responsibility
* Hiddink not bothered by book
* Coach McClaren exploring new ideas
* Domenech discounts Paris victory
* Italy needs a win against Shevchenko’s Ukraine
* RTÉ Sport: Wales (v Slovakia) team news
* Taylor eyes start against Danes
* Scots aim to avenge Paris mauling
* Saha fails pre-match fitness test
* Dutch are hit by double withdrawals
* Police warning ahead of qualifier
* Bilic backs West Ham boss Pardew
* Czech Republic to face San Marino with first-choice attack in Euro…

Portugal takes on defense-minded Azerbaijan in Euro 2008 qualifier
International Herald Tribune – Oct 6, 2006
“We are talking as if Azerbaijan don’t count but this is not an easy match. ” Before the start of qualifying for Euro 2008, Azerbaijan had not scored a goal in 845 minutes of competitive international football. Diniyev said its matches against Serbia and Kazakhstan were easy in comparison to playing Portugal. “They had three or four key players to keep an eye on, but Portugal has all 11. ” Finland, Serbia and Belgium top Group A with four points each.

Germany warming up for Euro 2008 qualifying
International Herald Tribune – Oct 6, 2006
Loew is 3-0 since he took over as Germany’s coach from Juergen Klinsmann after the World Cup. His team’s 13-0 victory at San Marino last month was a record in European Championship qualifying history. Germany is still on a high after finishing third at the World Cup at home and Loew will be eager not to lose momentum against Georgia, even though it’s only an exhibition match. “The focus is on the game in Slovakia,” Loew said. “We have an opportunity there to leave our opposition six points behind. ” After two games, Germany leads Group D with six points. It also beat Ireland 1-0 in its opener.

Keane ready for more responsibility
rte.ie – Oct 6, 2006
Staunton serves a one-match touchline suspension for the Euro 2008 qualifier with Cyprus at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia following his dismissal from the dug-out against Germany last month. The Republic boss was highly critical of referee Luis Medina Cantalejo’s decisions during the 1-0 defeat in Stuttgart, resulting in the Spanish official ordering the 37-year-old down the tunnel. Staunton will not be allowed any contact with players or coaching staff from the moment they arrive at the ground, with assistant Kevin MacDonald the man in charge. Tottenham striker Keane, though, knows he will have to play a more active role on the pitch once the game starts, with Staunton reduced to the role of spectator. ‘With that in mind, of course there’s more of an onus on me to get the players going,’ said Keane… Staunton serves a one-match touchline suspension for the Euro 2008 qualifier with Cyprus at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia following his dismissal from the dug-out against Germany last month. The Republic boss was highly critical of referee Luis Medina Cantalejo’s decisions during the 1-0 defeat in Stuttgart, resulting in the Spanish official ordering the 37-year-old down the tunnel. Staunton will not be allowed any contact with players or coaching staff from the moment they arrive at the ground, with assistant Kevin MacDonald the man in charge. Tottenham striker Keane, though, knows he will have to play a more active role on the pitch once the game starts, with Staunton reduced to the role of spectator. ‘With that in mind, of course there’s more of an onus on me to get the players going,’ said Keane. ‘We’ve Kevin MacDonald who will step in, but I’m sure Stan will say his words at the team hotel before we leave for the game. ‘It’s about the players knowing their responsibilities before the game, and I’m sure everything will be covered.

Hiddink not bothered by book
NEWS.com.au – Oct 6, 2006
"Perhaps Mark Schwarzer is just trying to sell his book – or perhaps he really means it very seriously. Either way, Guus won’t be in the slightest bit concerned. "He certainly won’t be changing the way he works just because one player is not happy. "As far as I can see his track record is a little bit more impressive than that of Mark Schwarzer. I view Mark’s comments as a joke. "
Hiddink was unable to comment in person because of coaching commitments with his new employer, Russia, who face Israel tomorrow in Moscow and Estonia in St Petersburg on Wednesday in two crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers. But van Nieuwenhuizen revealed the dilemma faced by Hiddink at the World Cup, where he had two goalkeepers in which he had only limited faith… "As far as I can see his track record is a little bit more impressive than that of Mark Schwarzer. I view Mark’s comments as a joke. "
Hiddink was unable to comment in person because of coaching commitments with his new employer, Russia, who face Israel tomorrow in Moscow and Estonia in St Petersburg on Wednesday in two crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers. But van Nieuwenhuizen revealed the dilemma faced by Hiddink at the World Cup, where he had two goalkeepers in which he had only limited faith. "He had two good keepers in Mark Schwarzer and Zeljko Kalac but neither was brilliant," he added. "That was the situation. He was trying to bring out the best in both of them.

Coach McClaren exploring new ideas
CNN – Oct 6, 2006
Though McClaren said England had defended well in their Euro 2008 Group E qualifier, the quality of the football was clearly not good enough. McClaren said: " It was a great result. and certain aspects, like the defending, were very good.

Domenech discounts Paris victory
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
“They will be dangerous in all areas, from the kick-off to the final whistle. “The Scotland players can cause us problems. They beat the Faroe Islands 6-0, which we have not managed to do. ”

France have beaten Georgia and Italy to be joint top of Euro 2008 qualification Group B with Scotland and take on the Faroe Islands in Sochaux on Wednesday. Domenech believes his side will have to overcome a physical battle, a partisan crowd and the cold weather to win in Glasgow.

Italy needs a win against Shevchenko’s Ukraine
International Herald Tribune – Oct 6, 2006
Italy struggled in its opening two Euro 2008 qualifiers — a 1-1 draw with Lithuania and 3-1 loss to France — and has only one point in Group B. Scotland and France lead the group with six points each, followed by Ukraine and Georgia with three points apiece. “I don’t like saying we need to win at all costs, but we do have to get good results,” said coach Roberto Donadoni, who is facing criticism three months after taking charge. The Italian league hadn’t begun when Italy opened qualifying last month. “The difference now from a month ago is we’re in top form and we have to win,” midfielder Andrea Pirlo said… Shevchenko joined Chelsea at the end of last season after seven years with AC Milan. He’s been in touch with several of his old Milan teammates this week and will face some of them Saturday. “Italy gave me a lot and I’m not talking about Milan victories, but of friends and all that I learned,” Shevchenko said. Shevchenko has only scored two goals with Chelsea, the last on Aug. “There are highs and lows in life. I was tired too after the World Cup,” he said.

RTÉ Sport: Wales (v Slovakia) team news
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Simon Davies can expect to keep his Wales place against Slovakia for tomorrow’s Euro 2008 Group D clash at the Millennium Stadium, despite playing just one minute in the Barclays Premiership since the opening day of the season. Wales boss John Toshack admits he is concerned by the lack of recent opportunities for Davies at Goodison Park, where he was substituted after 75 minutes of the opening game of the season against Watford and has not started another match. Toshack is having to wrestle not only with an abundance of youth in his squad but also a host of players – not just Davies – who are being denied regular first-team football. Lewin Nyatanga, Gareth Bale, Jason Brown, David Cotterill and Richard Duffy have all spent time on the sidelines at club level this season… gif’); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 60px 0px;” >Sport Feeds

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Simon Davies can expect to keep his Wales place against Slovakia for tomorrow’s Euro 2008 Group D clash at the Millennium Stadium, despite playing just one minute in the Barclays Premiership since the opening day of the season. Wales boss John Toshack admits he is concerned by the lack of recent opportunities for Davies at Goodison Park, where he was substituted after 75 minutes of the opening game of the season against Watford and has not started another match. Toshack is having to wrestle not only with an abundance of youth in his squad but also a host of players – not just Davies – who are being denied regular first-team football. Lewin Nyatanga, Gareth Bale, Jason Brown, David Cotterill and Richard Duffy have all spent time on the sidelines at club level this season.

Taylor eyes start against Danes
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
The Birmingham star replaced the injured Carroll 11 minutes into the 3-2 win over Spain last month. “We are all keen to get involved and I was grateful I got the opportunity against Spain,” he said. “Obviously, Roy will be disappointed he did not finish the game but that’s football.

Scots aim to avenge Paris mauling
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
But Burns said the side under Walter Smith were a different proposition. “We’ve developed under Walter,” he said. “Who’s to say a Scotland bursting with passion can’t get something?”

Since taking over from Vogts, Smith’s Scotland side have lost three of their 14 games and currently sit top of Group B in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign… “Not just in the way they could handle the ball but how big, strong and fast they were, guys from top international clubs. “But I don’t feel the same now as I did that night – not at all. Four years down the road and you see the group of players we have and we’ve developed under Walter. ”

Burns said Scotland had recognised what their strengths were and concentrated on utilising them. “But we need to keep pushing to try and get a bit better,” he added.

Saha fails pre-match fitness test
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
And defenders William Gallas and Willy Sagnol have also been passed fit. France coach Raymond Domenech had called up Lyon defender Sebastien Squillaci as cover for Arsenal’s Gallas, who had a hamstring strain. Domenech also called up Nicolas Anelka after losing Sidney Govou for the Euro 2008 Group B qualifier. The Bolton striker has not played for Les Bleus since the meeting with Slovakia in March. Govou scored twice in last month’s 3-1 win over Italy. But he failed to recover from an ankle injury he picked up with Lyon at the weekend and will return to the Ligue 1 champions for further treatment. And France can call upon David Trezeguet, Saha or Anelka to support superstar striker Thierry Henry.

Dutch are hit by double withdrawals
Gulf Daily News – Oct 6, 2006
Bayern Munich’s Van Bommel, called into the squad for the first time since the World Cup finals, said he would not play as long team as Marco van Basten was in charge. “Van Bommel called me and made it clear that he was no longer available. He was so determined that it was no use trying to persuade him,” Van Basten told reporters yesterday. The coach also approached Real Madrid’s Van Nistelrooy to replace the injured Klaas-Jan Huntelaar… The coach also approached Real Madrid’s Van Nistelrooy to replace the injured Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. “Ruud and I spoke with each other but could find no basis for further cooperation,” Van Basten said. Van Basten said he had not ruled out a return for the striker in the long term. Van Basten admitted that, had he phoned the pair when he initially dropped them, he might have been able to prevent the breakdown in the relationship. For the match against Bulgaria Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt will be the central striker with Arjen Robben of Chelsea and in-form Arsenal forward Robin van Persie on the wings in a starting line up of seven English Premiership players. The match in Sofia will be the first serious test for the Dutch, who have beaten Luxemburg and Belarus in Group G games so far.

Police warning ahead of qualifier
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
Extra patrols are being mounted around the ground, Salford Quays and the city centre ahead of the match. Spotters will be used to stop known troublemakers and anyone without a ticket for the sell out match is being advised to stay away. The Euro 2008 qualifier kicks off on Saturday at 1700 BST. Refuse entry

An alcohol cordon will also be in operation and fans with cans and bottles of alcohol will be asked to throw them away. Greater Manchester Police said any supporters turning up drunk will be refused entry to the ground. Supt John Graves, match commander, said: “Those people with banning orders have been sent letters reminding them not to come to Manchester or they will face arrest. “I hope the match will be an enjoyable event for everyone who attends and that a carnival atmosphere will be created by the genuine supporters who attend… Supt John Graves, match commander, said: “Those people with banning orders have been sent letters reminding them not to come to Manchester or they will face arrest. “I hope the match will be an enjoyable event for everyone who attends and that a carnival atmosphere will be created by the genuine supporters who attend. “We will not allow a small minority to ruin the game for the vast majority of true football fans.

Bilic backs West Ham boss Pardew
BBC News – Oct 6, 2006
Pardew is struggling to bed Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano into a struggling Hammers side. Bilic told BBC Sport: “Alan has done his job so well for the last couple of years, and to change after four or five bad results is not a good idea. “I think the manager should have a little bit more time. ”

Bilic became a cult figure on the terraces at Upton Park after being signed by the club’s former manager Harry Redknapp for ?1. 65m in February 1996. He helped save the Hammers from Premiership relegation before moving to Everton for ?4… He helped save the Hammers from Premiership relegation before moving to Everton for ?4. 5m the following summer. Bilic will be trying to manage Croatia to a victory over England in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday but says he still keeps a keen look out for both West Ham and Everton. He was impressed by West Ham’s exploits in their first season back in the Premiership last season and believes Tevez and Mascherano will eventually come good. “When the club bought Mascherano and Tevez I really thought they were going to challenge for a place in the Champions League this season but they have hardly won a game. “I know that Mascherano and Tevez are special players, but they haven’t clicked immediately. “But they will sooner or later and should be a force in the Premiership.

Czech Republic to face San Marino with first-choice attack in Euro…
International Herald Tribune – Oct 6, 2006
6, the 194th-ranked San Marino is likely to find it difficult to keep out Koller and Baros. The Czech Republic will be looking to surpass its biggest winning margin — 8-1 against Andorra in June last year in a World Cup qualifier — but captain Tomas Rosicky would just settle for a win. “It’s not a point to compete with Germany over who can score more goals (against San Marino),” the 26-year-old midfielder said. “The point is it’s a qualifying match and there are three points at stake. “I’m aware that the public tends to think we can win 27-1 after (Germany) won away 13-0 — but that’s absolute nonsense. It’s most important for us to win, avoid any injury, and get ready for the Irish. ” The Czech Republic plays Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday.

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