Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 8, 2006

Gordon urging caution after win

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The News Review:

* Soccer: Losing? Blame it on the rain
* Smith focuses on Ukraine as Tartan Army celebrates Euro 2008 victory…
* Sunday’s football gossip
* Gordon urging caution after win
* Gerrard critical of yellow card
* Duff lambasts ‘shocking’ Republic
* Round-up: Ronaldo poised to return
* Scots impale France as England crash
* Aragones given vote of confidence
* RTÉ Sport: Woodgate undergoing treatment again
* David Davutovic and David Kewell
* CCTV International
* Round-up: Wales will face Brazil in friendly

Soccer: Losing? Blame it on the rain
International Herald Tribune – Oct 8, 2006
"It's up to the federation – and perhaps one or two journalists. "It is not certain which positions journalists occupied on the team as Spain surrendered an early goal to Johan Elmander and a late one to Marcus Allbaeck in front of 33,000 satisfied Swedish supporters. After the thrilling early Spanish showing at the World Cup last June, which ended in yet another failure in the knockout rounds, Aragonés has tried everything, even dropping his goal king, Raúl González, without managing to regain the trust of the critics, or of the players. Quite why Rehhagel bothered with his postmatch lament about the elements in Athens no one knows. The rain-flooded pitch meant the match was delayed for 50 minutes. When the mopping up was over, Greece did what it so often did during Euro 2004 – it scored once.

Smith focuses on Ukraine as Tartan Army celebrates Euro 2008 victory…
International Herald Tribune – Oct 8, 2006
“I think that we are beginning to see that now,” the former Rangers and Everton manager said. “The players deserve enormous credit for the way they have applied themselves. It’s not easy for them and it’s good, when they do achieve a result like this, that they get the reward for it. ” The Scots top their group with nine points from three games, France lies second with six and Italy third with four, level on points with Lithuania. Ukraine is fifth with three although it has a game in hand on the teams above. “The table looks great,” Smith said. “It is a nice change to see us up there.

Sunday’s football gossip
BBC News – Oct 8, 2006
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Liverpool striker Salif Diao is set to join Stoke on a three-month loan deal. (News of the World)

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is a January target for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. (The People)

Hamburg have been warned not to make another bid for Aston Villa striker Milan Baros when the transfer window opens in January. (News of the World)

Tottenham will make a fresh bid to sign West Brom captain Curtis Davies in January. (The People)

OTHER GOSSIP

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has been involved in talks over becoming West Ham manager – if Kia Joorabchian’s takeover succeeds. (News of the World)

West Ham chairman Terence Brown will this week pull the plug on Joorabchian’s proposed takeover. (The People)

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd wants to ensure the ownership of the club remains in the north-east… (The People)

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd wants to ensure the ownership of the club remains in the north-east. (Sunday Mirror)

Defender Jonathan Woodgate, who is on loan at Middlesbrough from Real Madrid, is set to be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a groin strain in training. (News of the World)

Wales boss John Toshack wants to recall West Brom striker John Hartson for Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Cyprus following Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Slovakia. (The People)

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker Davor Suker, whose country Croatia face England in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday, believes England never perform when it matters. (News of the World)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic says of England’s 2006 World Cup campaign: “They were pretty bad for a team of such potential. ” (The Observer)

England boss Steve McClaren must decide whether to persist with Wayne Rooney following the 0-0 draw with Macedonia. (Mail on Sunday)

England Under-21 captain Nigel Reo-Coker has urged the Football Association, who want a full-time coach, not to axe boss Peter Taylor if the side qualify for the European Championship.

Gordon urging caution after win
BBC News – Oct 8, 2006
Gordon said the team would not overdo the celebrations ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2008 clash with Ukraine. “We’ve got a hard game ahead of us on Wednesday, so well regroup and do our best,” he told BBC Sport. The keeper said Sir Alex Ferguson and Andy Roxburgh congratulated the players in the dressing room after the game. Scotland made it three qualifying wins out of three with the stunning victory over France. "It’ll be tough on Wednesday, but it’s good to be sitting top of the table" Craig Gordon

The side now travel to Ukraine on Wednesday, sitting at the top of Group B on nine points.

Gerrard critical of yellow card
BBC News – Oct 8, 2006
The yellow card in the 0-0 draw means Gerrard will miss Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier in Croatia and leaves England with a selection dilemma. “I was really disappointed with the referee’s decision,” said Gerrard, 26. “I told him I got the ball and he agreed with me but said the momentum took me into the player. ”

Liverpool star Gerrard added: “England against Croatia is a great fixture. “As a player, you want to be involved in all the big games, so I’m going home really frustrated, not just with not getting three points but also with missing the Croatia game… “I would not be surprised if he goes to Croatia and wins the game on his own for the country. That’s how good Wayne is. ”

Liverpool forward Peter Crouch also came out in support of Rooney and predicted that their England partnership would soon prosper. “I thought myself and Wayne worked well,” he said. “I like playing with Wayne.

Duff lambasts ‘shocking’ Republic
BBC News – Oct 8, 2006
Newcastle winger Duff pulled no punches in his condemnation of the performance in the 5-2 Euro 2008 qualifier defeat. “There was a lot of bad defending, which starts from the front. But the goals we gave away were a joke,” said the Republic star. “We expected to win it, and I don’t know if that was our downfall. But we’re all devastated… Staunton cancelled a warm-down training session in Limassol on Sunday morning and instead called a team meeting to discuss the embarrassing defeat. Duff, spelling out the magnitude of the defeat, added: “When you come to places like Cyprus you have to pick up points. “It’s not acceptable dropping points here, even if we had drawn, that would still not have been acceptable. “It’s also not acceptable for the fans to see us played off the park by a team ranked 60 places below us, but it shows where we are. ”

Only San Marino are below Ireland in the Group D table due to an inferior goal difference and Duff acknowledged: “It’s now an uphill struggle to qualify for the finals. “But there’s no other thing for it, we’re going to have to raise ourselves and try and give the fans something to cheer against the Czechs on Wednesday.

Round-up: Ronaldo poised to return
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 8, 2006
If he does play, it will be his first appearance for United since his antics during Portugal’s encounter with England at the World Cup, that were widely regarded to have hastened Wayne Rooney’s exit from the field. Even Sir Bobby Charlton suggested there would be repercussions following Ronaldo’s gesticulations to referee Horacio Elizondo prior to Rooney’s sending-off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho. Furthermore, Ronaldo had already expressed a desire to join Real Madrid, a claim he repeated after the incident involving Rooney… “Stephen has vast experience on the international scene and it’s great to see him back,” Staunton said. “I feel he still has something to offer while playing for his country. ” The Dublin match is the Irish’s last before they begin their Euro 2008 qualification campaign against Germany in Stuttgart on September 2. Squad: Given (Newcastle), Kenny (Sheff Utd), Henderson (Brighton), Andy O’Brien (Portsmouth), Dunne (Man City), O’Shea (Man Utd), Harte (Levante), Finnan (Liverpool), Carr (Newcastle), Kelly (Birmingham), Miller (Man Utd), Reid (Blackburn), Kavanagh (Wigan), Ireland (Man City), Kilbane (Everton), Alan O’Brien (Newcastle), McGeady (Celtic), Dixon (Tottenham), Duff (Newcastle), Doyle (Reading), Morrison (Crystal Palace), Lee (Ipswich), Elliott (Sunderland), Keane (Tottenham).

Scots impale France as England crash
NEWS.com.au – Oct 8, 2006
article-tools –> DAVE JAMES October 08, 2006 11:10am Scotland clinched a famous 1-0 win over World Cup finalists France to thrillingly prove that there is more to British football than England. Gary Caldwell grabbed the only goal at a wet and wild Hampden Park in Glasgow as Walter Smith’s men maintained their perfect start to their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Meanwhile, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England’s much-hyped team laboured to a 0-0 draw with Macedonia. Caldwell refused to get carried away, insisting his teammates must focus on the trip to Ukraine on Wednesday. "It is amazing – an unbelievable result. One of the best ever for Scotland," he said… France coach Raymond Domenech was so dispirited that he turned his fire on the local ball-boys. "For me the Scots played fairly but I was very disappointed with the ball-boys who slowed down the game and didn’t give the ball back straight away," moaned Domenech. England simply could not find the breakthrough against an impressive Macedonia team, its best chance a Steven Gerrard effort that hit the crossbar five minutes from time. Wayne Rooney, returning to the team following the suspension imposed after his World Cup red-card against Portugal, cut a frustrated and out-of-form figure and was substituted in the second half. "It’s a very disappointed group of players in the dressing room, but rightly so because we have not performed as we know we should have done," said coach Steve McClaren whose team travel to Croatia on Wednesday without the suspended Gerrard. "We have gained a point from the game, but we expect to beat Macedonia and we certainly expect to score against them in a home game. "
Croatia warmed-up for Wednesday’s game with a 7-0 mauling of Andorra with Mladen Petric grabbing four goals.

Aragones given vote of confidence
BBC News – Oct 8, 2006
“I recognize that we have lost two qualifying games and this is a burden but I feel strong enough to continue. ”

The previous time Spain suffered two straight defeats was 15 years ago, also in European qualifying games and when they failed to reach the finals. Spain, who play host to Argentina in a friendly on Wednesday, do not have any Euro 2008 qualifying games until March – when they face Denmark and Iceland.

RTÉ Sport: Woodgate undergoing treatment again
rte.ie – Oct 8, 2006
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Woodgate undergoing treatment again
Sunday, 8 October 2006 18:24

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is undergoing treatment after picking up an injury in training. The 26-year-old, currently on loan to his home-town club from Real Madrid, is understood to have been under the care of the club’s medics for the last couple of days. Boro were not commenting on the situation today amid reports Woodgate will be sidelined for up to three weeks by a groin problem. It is understood the injury could involve his thigh. The Middlesbrough-born England international has been plagued by fitness problems for the last three years. He joined Real in a ?13. 4million move from Newcastle in August 2004 as he continued his recovery from a torn thigh muscle which proved to be more problematical than was first thought… 4million move from Newcastle in August 2004 as he continued his recovery from a torn thigh muscle which proved to be more problematical than was first thought. Indeed, he managed only 14 matches for the Spanish side in two seasons because of injuries and was allowed to join Boro on loan by new manager Fabio Capello in a bid to prove his fitness. Such has been Woodgate’s form for Boro – he was outstanding in his debut as the Teessiders grabbed a 1-1 Barclays Premiership draw at Arsenal and has barely put a foot wrong since – England boss Steve McClaren admitted he only just missed out on an international recall for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia. Manager Gareth Southgate, who will not release Woodgate for international duty until he is convinced he can cope with two games in a week, will hope his latest injury is only a minor one. The defender worked all summer to regain full fitness and has a tailor-made exercise regime designed to protect him from the kind of strains and tears which have affected him in the past. Ironically, if he is sidelined for some time he could miss the derby visit of former club Newcastle to the Riverside Stadium on 22 October. The Magpies considered a loan move for the player during the transfer window but manager Glenn Roeder was concerned about his fitness record.

David Davutovic and David Kewell
NEWS.com.au – Oct 8, 2006
article-tools –> David Davutovic and David Kewell October 08, 2006 11:00pm RETIRED keeper Zeljko Kalac has handed Graham Arnold his greatest endorsement yet – he believes the interim Socceroos coach should be offered a permanent contract after their often inspired display against Paraguay. But his confidence is not shared by Football Federation Australia, whose all-powerful chairman Frank Lowy and close ally and fellow board member Phil Wolanski fly to Europe today to hold talks with Poland coach Leo Beenhakker. The Dutchman led Trinidad and Tobago to the World Cup and yesterday guided the Poles to their first group victory – a 1-0 win in Kazakhstan – in their bid to qualify for Euro 2008. But the urbane 64-year-old, who has a penchant for white suits to match his almost-white hair, is unsettled in his new job and is willing to listen to what Lowy has to say. But Kalac challenges the perception that a foreign coach could extract a better performance than the 1-1 draw against Paraguay. "A foreign coach is not going to get us to play any better than that," said Kalac, after playing his 54th and final game for Australia… article-tools –> David Davutovic and David Kewell October 08, 2006 11:00pm RETIRED keeper Zeljko Kalac has handed Graham Arnold his greatest endorsement yet – he believes the interim Socceroos coach should be offered a permanent contract after their often inspired display against Paraguay. But his confidence is not shared by Football Federation Australia, whose all-powerful chairman Frank Lowy and close ally and fellow board member Phil Wolanski fly to Europe today to hold talks with Poland coach Leo Beenhakker. The Dutchman led Trinidad and Tobago to the World Cup and yesterday guided the Poles to their first group victory – a 1-0 win in Kazakhstan – in their bid to qualify for Euro 2008. But the urbane 64-year-old, who has a penchant for white suits to match his almost-white hair, is unsettled in his new job and is willing to listen to what Lowy has to say. But Kalac challenges the perception that a foreign coach could extract a better performance than the 1-1 draw against Paraguay. "A foreign coach is not going to get us to play any better than that," said Kalac, after playing his 54th and final game for Australia. "It was a great performance by the team under Arnie and hopefully now people will stop speaking about foreign coaches and maybe we’ll continue along the lines of Australians, seeing that Arnie’s doing such a great job.

CCTV International
???? – Oct 8, 2006
From the second, taken by Paul Hartley, Gary Caldwell forced the ball into the net at the far post for the second goal of his international career, sparking huge celebrations in the Hampden stands. It’s France’s first away qualifying defeat in 14 years. England held to Goalless draw by Macedonia
England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign stuttered as they were held to a goalless draw by Macedonia at Old Trafford in Manchester. Neither side came close to scoring in a mundane first half, with Macedonia looking marginally the better organized of the two sides. England dominated the second half. However they found they could not covert the dominance to a goal. Nonetheless, they are still leading Group E with seven points from three games, ahead of second-placed Israel on a goal difference… Neither side came close to scoring in a mundane first half, with Macedonia looking marginally the better organized of the two sides. England dominated the second half. However they found they could not covert the dominance to a goal. Nonetheless, they are still leading Group E with seven points from three games, ahead of second-placed Israel on a goal difference. Slovakia thrash Wales 5-1
In Group D, Wales were beaten 5-1 at home by Slovakia – their heaviest home defeat in a qualifying match. Marek Mintal scored twice, with the other goals coming from Dusan Svento, Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek, as Slovakia moved on to six points from three matches. Wales still have no points after two defeats.

Round-up: Wales will face Brazil in friendly
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 8, 2006
“But it is believed that the financial package on offer for Wales manager John Toshack and his team to travel to London was too good to turn down. It was thought that manager Toshack expressed reservations about the match as the date mentioned was just three days after his side’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic. The match will now take place two days after Brazil play Argentina at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium… “But it is believed that the financial package on offer for Wales manager John Toshack and his team to travel to London was too good to turn down. It was thought that manager Toshack expressed reservations about the match as the date mentioned was just three days after his side’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic. The match will now take place two days after Brazil play Argentina at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium. The pair have been reported for violent conduct and serious foul play respectively, and have been given until Friday afternoon to appeal against disciplinary action.

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