Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 7, 2006

Staunton will not walk away

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The News Review:

* Scotland tops France 1-0 in Euro 2008 qualifier
* Slovakia beats Wales 5-1 in Euro 2008 qualifying
* Scotland upsets France, Spain loses again in Euro 2008 qualifying
* Staunton will not walk away
* Israel, Russia draw Euro ’08 qualifier
* England miss chance to pull clear
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Slovakia hammering hurts…
* Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland
* globeandmail.com: World Cup
* Arnold ‘sick’ of Hiddink talk
* Snubbed Joaquin softens Spain attack
* Smith revels in greatest triumph
* Strikers have something to prove

Scotland tops France 1-0 in Euro 2008 qualifier
International Herald Tribune – Oct 7, 2006
Since a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria on Sept. 8, 1992, France had won 13 qualifying games away from home and drawn seven in European Championship or World Cup competitions. France coach Raymond Domenech criticized his players for not taking advantage of their first-half chances when his team dominated. He also suggested his stars had lost a winning mentality. “The Scots did give us a few loose balls but we were not fast enough,” he said. “I know what we have to do and what we cannot do. Playing for playing is not enough… France coach Raymond Domenech criticized his players for not taking advantage of their first-half chances when his team dominated. He also suggested his stars had lost a winning mentality. “The Scots did give us a few loose balls but we were not fast enough,” he said. “I know what we have to do and what we cannot do. Playing for playing is not enough. We have to play to win and have that combative attitude again. “We wanted to carry on the euphoria (from the World Cup).

Slovakia beats Wales 5-1 in Euro 2008 qualifying
International Herald Tribune – Oct 7, 2006
“These things make a difference. ” Giggs was sidelined with a hamstring injury and Wales manager John Toshack said his team struggled without the inspirational Manchester United winger. “There was no Ryan Giggs and we do not have the resources to handle that,” Toshack said. “But my players can do better than that. We ended the game looking worse than we are and they ended it looking better than they really are. ” The defeat was Wales’ worst at home since a 7-1 loss to England in Wrexham in 1908. Svento scored his first international goal for Slovakia in the 14th minute, taking a cross from Vittek and chipping the ball past Jones — who marked his 50th appearance for Wales by having No… “But because we had zero in attack, our end product was nullified. We had not done badly until they scored with their first attack. ” Bale, who last year became Wales’ youngest-ever player aged 16 years, 315 days, curled a 37th-minute free kick into the top corner of the net for his first international goal. Slovakia restored its two-goal lead a minute later through Mintal’s powerful long-range shot. It was 4-1 in the 51st minute after another long-range strike — this time from captain Karhan — and Vittek tapped in Slovakia’s fifth in the 59th from a cross from Svento. ___ Lineups: Wales: Paul Jones, Richard Duffy, Gareth Bale, Danny Gabbidon, Lewin Nyatanga, Carl Robinson, Rob Edwards (Joe Ledley, 58), Jason Koumas, Simon Davies (David Cotterill, 88), Craig Bellamy, Robert Earnshaw (Paul Parry, 46).

Scotland upsets France, Spain loses again in Euro 2008 qualifying
International Herald Tribune – Oct 7, 2006
“I know what we have to do and what we cannot do,” France coach Raymond Domenech said. “Playing for playing is not enough. We have to play to win and have that combative attitude again. ” Also in Group B, Italy beat Ukraine 2-0 off goals from Massimo Oddo and Luca Toni for its first win since lifting the World Cup in July. Key Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko missed the match with a fever. Lithuania beat the Faeroe Islands 1-0 in the same group to be third with four points. Italy is fourth with four points and Ukraine is fifth with three.

Staunton will not walk away
rte.ie – Oct 7, 2006
Ireland were embarrassed 5-2 by Cyprus at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia to shatter their hopes of qualification for the Euro 2008 finals. Staunton, who has been in the job for just 10 months, appeared shell-shocked at the post-match media conference, but did not pull any punches. The 37-year-old insists, though, that he is in for the long haul and that he will get it right despite the fact Ireland have now lost their last four matches under his tenure. “I’m not walking away,” said a defiant Staunton when asked whether he felt the result had made his position untenable… Ireland were embarrassed 5-2 by Cyprus at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia to shatter their hopes of qualification for the Euro 2008 finals. Staunton, who has been in the job for just 10 months, appeared shell-shocked at the post-match media conference, but did not pull any punches. The 37-year-old insists, though, that he is in for the long haul and that he will get it right despite the fact Ireland have now lost their last four matches under his tenure. “I’m not walking away,” said a defiant Staunton when asked whether he felt the result had made his position untenable. “This job is certainly not beyond me, and I have full faith in myself and in the younger players.

Israel, Russia draw Euro ’08 qualifier
Jerusalem Post – Oct 7, 2006
England, which was held to a goalless draw by Macedonia at Old Trafford in Manchester, also has seven points from three matches, and sits in first place only on goal-differential. The Israeli camp received good news hours before the match, when star midfielder Yossi Benayoun passed a fitness test and was declared match-fit… It’s safe to assume I’ll now sit out the next few weeks until I regain my fitness. “I don’t think we played a poor game,” Kashtan commented on his team’s performance. “Our first half was not impressive, but we improved in the second half and controlled the tempo of the game. “Russia enjoys a great home-field advantage at this stadium and our achievement today must not be overlooked. Gus Hiddink’s Russia opened the match with an attacking formation and employed a very physical game plan, which led to continuous attacks on Dudu Awat’s goal. The visitors’ defense was soon caught off-guard, giving up a goal in the fifth minute. Betar Jerusalem’s Gal Alberman lost possession in midfield and the ball headed toward the Israeli goal.

England miss chance to pull clear
CNN International – Oct 7, 2006
England’s frustration began to boil over in the closing stages, with pushing and shoving by a group of players in the center circle as play stopped for Stojkov, who was on the ground following a thundering tackle by Ledley King. England kept pushing forward and Gerrard nearly snatched an ill-deserved win with five minutes to go, only for his searing drive to hit the bar, while Crouch headed wide in the final seconds. It was not enough to deny Macedonia a merited point and give McClaren plenty to consider in the days ahead. Flying startThe Russians made a flying start, Andrei Arshavin outsprinting a defender in the fifth minute to slot the ball inside the post from 10 meters. Israel leveled from a rare counter-attack six minutes from time as Shushan pounced to score after Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev had saved from substitute Toto Tamuz. Israel have not lost a competitive match for almost three years after going undefeated in their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. The visitors, missing strikers Yaniv Katan and Omer Golan through injury, rarely troubled Akinfeyev until Idan Tal tested the CSKA Moscow keeper with a low drive from the edge of the box early in the second half.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Slovakia hammering hurts…
BBC News – Oct 7, 2006

Toshack confirmed that he will call John Hartson as planned on Sunday to discuss his fitness and a possible call-up for Cyprus. “John is the only one who has rung me to say he wants to come out of retirement,” said the Wales boss. “There have been rumours about Gary Speed but I have not heard from him. ”

Slovakia coach Dusan Galis was delighted with a performance “without mistakes”. “I am satisfied with the result and with our performance, I believe this will help us before the game against Germany at home,” said Galis. “I was surprised it was so easy, but then Wales were depleted and they did not have Ryan Giggs – these things make a difference.

Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland
BBC News – Oct 7, 2006
After Stephen Ireland’s early strike, goals from Michalis Constantinou and Alexis Garpozis put Cyprus ahead. Richard Dunne levelled before half-time but Constantinou’s penalty restored the Cyprus lead on 50 minutes. Two Constantinos Charalambidis goals plus Richard Dunne’s sending off completed the Republic’s awful evening… Granted, the Irish defenders were not receiving much support from the shapeless midfield with the lack of a central holding player a major problem. However, the Cypriots’ defence looked just as wobbly and firstly Kilbane and then Morrison had efforts blocked as the frantic and helter-skelter nature of the contest continued. Dunne’s booking ensured that he would miss Wednesday’s game against the Czech Republic but the Manchester City defender then made a positive contribution by heading home Duff’s corner in the 43rd minute. The Cypriots still had time to rattle the Irish crossbar in first half injury-time with Kenny getting a vital touch to dangerman Constantinou’s shot. The Republic were back to square one five minutes after the break, with O’Brien’s horrible evening continuing as he conceded a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Stathis Aloneftis.

globeandmail.com: World Cup
Globe and Mail – Oct 7, 2006
I think the 2 yellows equalling a red is a mistake; too many people were sent off after 2 undeserved yellows, screwing up the match in question. Let the ref decide whether a player deserves to be sent off on its merits and by his own judgment, not by a FIFA check-list. As for diving, clearly the strict FIFA rules are not even a deterrent. I suggest the fourth official should be made to review video of dogdy incidents and send a report to FIFA after each game. Regardless of whether or not the ref saw the diving offence during the game, any player revealed by video to have dived even once would be suspended from the next 2 or 3 games. In such a case, for example, even though Malouda won a penalty with a dive yesterday, he would subsequently be handed a suspension. Hey, why not suspend divers from the rest of a tournament?… Being part of this certainly increased my enjoyment of the World Cup because the quality of the debate was very high both among the bloggers and those who made comments. It won’t be long till the season starts again, a fortnight on Saturday in Scotland, and I hope everyone’s team does well unless your team is in the way of what will be Rangers’s UEFA Cup-winning campaign and Scotland’s successful qualificiation ? nah, never mind, we’re in the same Euro 2008 group as France, Italy and Ukraine. I’ll leave the blog with another prediction — mark down Robinho as World Player of the Year for 2007. Posted Monday at 1:04 p. Paul Attfield: I totally agree with you on the diving, Neil.

Arnold ‘sick’ of Hiddink talk
The Age – Oct 7, 2006
Yet his closest Australian friend, for one, is sick of talkingabout the Dutch master. “I don’t want to talk about him anymore because he’s not hereanymore,” said interim coach Graham Arnold, assistant to Hiddinkduring Australia’s historic World Cup run. “He was a wonderful man for me, and I loved working with him,but he’s in Russia now and he doesn’t really care too much aboutanything else, he’s got his own job to do over there. “We talk now as friends, I’ll ask him for advice if I want toask him for advice and he’ll give it to me. It’s justlike I speak to (former Socceroos coach) Frank Farinaregularly… Four veteran Socceroos – Zeljko Kalac, Tony Popovic, StanLazaridis and Tony Vidmar – will bid farewell to the national teamafter Saturday’s friendly against Paraguay. It is a match Arnold said was designed to officially bring to anend the World Cup party, and get the whole country looking forwardto next year’s Asian Cup and the 2010 World Cup – starting withWednesday’s Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Sydney. Yet even with Hiddink half a world away preparing Russia to faceIsrael in Moscow this weekend and Estonia in St Petersburg onWednesday in key Euro 2008 qualifiers, the former Australian mentordominated headlines early this week after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzerquestioned some of his coaching methods, particularly inman-management. All Socceroos interviewed during the week said they had noproblems with Hiddink’s style at the World Cup. Hiddink’s agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen laughed off the comments,saying it had been the first time in his many years as a coach aplayer had raised such an issue. Arnold didn’t want to buy onto the debate this week. “We have a great relationship, I have a different relationshipthan other people have and so have the players and all of theplayers have different opinions.

Snubbed Joaquin softens Spain attack
TVNZ – Oct 7, 2006
“Maybe I didn’t express myself very well, I wanted to say thatthese are difficult times for the national side,” the 25-year-oldwinger told a news conference on Saturday, a day after saying theteam was in chaos. “I didn’t want to go as far as what they have said in thepapers. “I wanted to say that things are not so clear for the nationalside after the defeat against Northern Ireland but it wasn’t my aimto attack the national team nor Luis Aragones. It was certainly a less forthright approach than he took in aninterview with Punto Radio on Thursday night. “Right now the national team is a joke, it’s in chaos and noteven Luis knows which way to turn,” he said. “I know what I’m saying won’t help me get back into the squadbut it’s what I feel. All that is left to me is to work hard to tryand regain the confidence of the coach.

Smith revels in greatest triumph
BBC News – Oct 7, 2006
“I am a little bit disappointed to have lost the game as we could have been better but the defeat shows us where we need to improve. “We need to have more energy and we need to be more aggressive. “Being able to play well is not enough, we have to play to win and we need to have more combative qualities.

Strikers have something to prove
Taipei Times – Oct 7, 2006
Portugal will play Azerbaijan in a Euro 2008 qualifier today. PHOTO: AP Sharp-shooters Wayne Rooney, Nicolas Anelka and Craig Bellamy spearhead a legion of star names determined to salvage battered reputations in Euro 2008 qualifiers today. Rooney returns to the England side to face Macedonia at Old Trafford having served out a suspension imposed for his World Cup quarter-final red card. Meanwhile, Anelka, whose football odyssey has now taken him to humble Bolton, is in line for a shock recall to the French side for the trip to Scotland. Bellamy will skipper Wales for the first time in Cardiff against Slovakia with the backing of coach John Toshack that the fiery attacker will put aside his bad-boy image and lead his country to an opening win. Elsewhere, in today’s 22-match bumper program, World Cup winners Italy have plenty to prove as they take on Ukraine looking to bounce back from their defeat to Group B rivals France last time out… It is the latest incident in a controversial career that has seen him fall out with team-mates, managers and fans off the field while being dogged by red cards on it. But Toshack is standing by his decision to hand Bellamy the armband in the absence of injured Ryan Giggs. “I am not so sure that Craig’s on-field record is too much of a problem,” Toshack said. “It’s not something I have considered or felt the need to think about with regard to making him captain. But his desire in the red jersey cannot be questioned. ”
World Cup winners Italy are second from bottom of Group B with just one point from two games but midfielder Andrea Pirlo insists the world champions will come through today’s crucial test against Ukraine in Rome. Pirlo was at the heart of the Italy team at the World Cup, and believes the team is looking like world-beaters once again despite a draw against lowly Lithuania and defeat to France.

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