Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 11, 2006

Socceroos focus on task

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The News Review:

* England need to score goals | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Scots savour win over France | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Fouled!: How football hijacked our culture
* Socceroos focus on task
* SA won’t be ready for 2010, IOL readers say
* Warner silent as Warriors’ spirit fades
* Chinese choose Dujkovic as coach
* Heart attack kills coach Myernick
* ESPN.com – NBA – Stern confident new NBA ball will win over players
* Crouch’s magic moment hardly needs defining
* Iceland FA chief bids for West Ham
* FAI insist Staunton will not be sacked
* ESPN.com – NCAA – Hays: Lopez’s dual role benefits Portland, US…
* Bahrain needs a miracle
* Roos wound-up for Bahrain

England need to score goals | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Oct 10, 2006
Another good defensive display will be needed in Zagreb againsta Croatian team who thrashed Andorra 7-0 on Saturday and who havenot lost a competitive game at home for 12 years. However, as so often with England, accentuating the positivesmerely papers over the cracks that have been evident for a longtime despite the presence of supposed world class players inmidfield and attack. England’s World Cup campaign was generally dire and they weresomewhat fortunate to escape from Skopje with a 1-0 win from theiraway Macedonia qualifier last month. Yet going into last Saturday’s match, buoyed by somehow beingrated the world’s fourth-best team by FIFA and big wins over Greecein a friendly and Andorra in their first qualifier, new coach SteveMcClaren and his senior players had conveniently forgotten whatheavy weather they made of the likes of Trinidad & Tobago,Paraguay and Ecuador in the World Cup. Now, without suspended midfielder Steven Gerrard, they have toquickly find a way of controlling midfield and creating the chancesthat will give them the chance to come away from Zagreb with thewin that restores full control of the group. Reality check “It was about basics, passing the ball, movement, intensity andtempo and in some respects we didn’t have that,” McClaren saidafter Saturday’s draw. “It’s a reality check for everybody.

Scots savour win over France | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Oct 9, 2006
One newspaper even dubbed their heroes as the unofficial world’sbest after Sunday’s upset 1-0 win over the World Cup runners-up ina Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden Park. The Scottish Sunday Mail, the country’s biggest selling paper,reported: “The result sent shockwaves around the globe and it meansthat Scotland are now the unofficial world champs. “World Cup finalists France took the title by beating tournamentwinners Italy 3-1 in Paris last month, but the plucky Scots havenow snatched that prize from the classy French. A second half goal from Celtic defender Gary Caldwell earned theScots the victory that put them top of Group B on a maximum ninepoints, three ahead of France, after three matches. Thousands of fans stayed behind at Hampden to celebrate beforepacking out pubs and clubs. Headline writers savoured the victory and the Sunday Mail frontpage said: “We’re over Le Moon”, while the back page headline was,”Here Oui Go”. The Scottish Sunday Express front page said: “Vive Les Scots!”with a sub-deck of “Magnificent.

Fouled!: How football hijacked our culture
New Statesman – Oct 9, 2006
Fashion brands, gossip magazines and TV soap operas have been able to do what the Football Association alone could not, hooking millions of women into a sport they conventionally cared little about. Victoria Beckham has clued more of the sisterhood into the game than any outreach strategy. And it was Grazia magazine which, by christening the Wags at this year’s World Cup, defined England’s 2006 campaign. Shocking brand values”Football is no longer about 90 minutes,” says Tony Quinn, head of strategic planning at the advertising agency Leagas Delaney, which counts Reebok among its clients. “It’s about celebrity far more than it is about sport. The more lavish footballers’ lifestyles become, the more we’ve been seduced by them. It’s self-perpetuating.

Socceroos focus on task
The Age – Oct 10, 2006
I didit in Kuwait … we need to learn quickly about what we havegot. “It’s the challenge for this team, these guys are the newleaders. Otherwise 2006 and the World Cup will have been a one-offthing. That (32-year-wait for a World Cup qualification) can’thappen again. A lot of work needs to be done in giving theseyounger players a chance ot play international football. Michael Beauchamp is one of the new breed who will be given anopportunity tonight, one he will be grateful for as it offers achance to atone for his own goal, which ruined the Paraguayresult. He will be the only inexperienced member of a Socceroo sidepacked with World Cup veterans and players from the top leagues inworld football… A lot of work needs to be done in giving theseyounger players a chance ot play international football. Michael Beauchamp is one of the new breed who will be given anopportunity tonight, one he will be grateful for as it offers achance to atone for his own goal, which ruined the Paraguayresult. He will be the only inexperienced member of a Socceroo sidepacked with World Cup veterans and players from the top leagues inworld football. Bahrain will be organised, coach Senad Kreso said yesterday, andwill give it its best shot. But he is not expecting anything otherthan defeat. His biggest concern is the size of the loss. “They tell me seven days before our trip that the Olympic teamgoes to Australia,” Kreso, who has been coach of the BahrainOlympic side since June 1, said.

SA won’t be ready for 2010, IOL readers say
Independent Online – Oct 11, 2006
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Those who think we will be ready said:
Have a little faith and work togetherYet another opportunity for white South Africans to shoot their country down. Clearly so few of you know much about the rest of the world. remember that Fifa (except for one corrupt new zealander) thought we were just as good as Germany for the 2006 world cup. We have a more transparent government than any in the world. We have a huge and cheap labour force to build our stadiums. Our country is one of the top 10 international conference venues in the world and we have hosted world cup cricket and rugby events… on the year of the tournament their stadiums were completed. 2010 here we come!!!!! (Zolani)
As a South African and a proud one at that, I can only hope that all will be ready, but like anything in life nothing is guaranteed. (merylin)

And some took a more complex stance:

I’m sure we will do what is needed for 4 weeks of football. My concern is that the R20,000,000,0000 or whatever could be spent in a better way and not simply for a football tournament leaving, among other things, magnificent empty football stadia. What benefit will accrue to shack dwellers, unemployed, victims of the high crime rate, inadequate transport system used by millions every day, people not near World Cup venues ??
If the stadiums are ready in time, it will be because of the Government eventually throwing all the money they have at the project in order to keep face. It will not be because of their good planning etc.

Warner silent as Warriors’ spirit fades
Jamaica Gleaner – Oct 10, 2006
On Friday evening, the Warriors, led by team captain Dwight Yorke, declared their intention to resign from international duty due to an alleged breach of contract by the T&TFF. A hasty release from T&TFF general secretary Richard Groden, which erroneously accused the players of planning a boycott of Saturday’s friendly against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, suggested that the problem lay with the distribution of sponsorship money. Groden submitted an unaudited statement of income and expendi-ture to the national media, which claimed that the T&TFF received TT$18,255,952 for its part in the Germany 2006 World Cup… A hasty release from T&TFF general secretary Richard Groden, which erroneously accused the players of planning a boycott of Saturday’s friendly against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, suggested that the problem lay with the distribution of sponsorship money. Groden submitted an unaudited statement of income and expendi-ture to the national media, which claimed that the T&TFF received TT$18,255,952 for its part in the Germany 2006 World Cup. Accounting

The players are believed to be concerned about the accuracy of the T&TFF’s accounting. For starters, there was no mention of money accrued from television rights. The deal, which was agreed to between the players and Warner two days before the first leg World Cup play-off against Bahrain, controversially failed to share television money for the Bahrain legs, as well as a host of friendly matches against the likes of Iceland, Wales and the Czech Republic. These matches were televised throughout Europe by high-profile stations like Sky Sports and Euro Sports.

Chinese choose Dujkovic as coach
CNN – Oct 10, 2006
His appointment had been confirmed this week during a two-day meeting of Chinese Football Association officials. It was to be announced after gaining approval from China’s sport ministry, the Beijing News said. "During the meeting, Dujkovic was confirmed (as coach)," Wei Shaohui, director of the CFA’s Olympic affairs office, told the paper. "Because his contract has not yet been settled and his appointment not yet reported to the General Administration of Sports, the decision has not been announced," Wei said. The CFA refused to confirm the appointment or provide any comment… "Because his contract has not yet been settled and his appointment not yet reported to the General Administration of Sports, the decision has not been announced," Wei said. The CFA refused to confirm the appointment or provide any comment. Dujkovic, 60, led Ghana to the second round of the World Cup finals earlier this year and has also coached the national teams of Venezuela, Myanmar and Rwanda. He first established his reputation in Africa by taking Rwanda to the African Nations Cup final for the first time in 2004 and augmented it when he turned around Ghana’s qualifying campaign and led them to a debut World Cup appearance in Germany. There, the Black Stars beat the Czech Republic and the United States to become the only African team to reach the knockout stages, where they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil. A former goalkeeper for Yugoslavia and Red Star Belgrade, Dujkovic started his coaching career at Galenika Zemun and was an assistant at Red Star when they won the European Cup in 1991. The CFA’s search for a foreign coach for their 2008 team has been a secretive and protracted process, with media speculation throwing up various names, including former England manager Howard Wilkinson, Frenchman Jacques Santini and Sven Goran Eriksson.

Heart attack kills coach Myernick
CNN – Oct 9, 2006
assistant coach since 2002 and was former coach Bruce Arena’s right hand man at the past two World Cup finals. "We lost a great person today," said Arena in a statement. "He was an unbelievable husband and father, and the finest football person I’ve ever come across in the United States. He was an amazing resource for football in this country," added Arena. Tools: Save |
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ESPN.com – NBA – Stern confident new NBA ball will win over players
ESPN – Oct 11, 2006
“To make me feel better, I went back and looked at reactionswhen Adidas introduced its new soccer ball,” Stern saidWednesday. “There was virtually identical commentary. ” The Adidas ball, introduced before this year’s World Cup, wasmet with heavy criticism from many players, especially goalkeepers. But few complaints were heard during the tournament. O’Neal said the new basketball “feels like one of those cheapballs that you buy at the toy store, indoor-outdoor balls. ” Stern, in Cologne to attend the final day of a four-teamtournament that includes the.

Crouch’s magic moment hardly needs defining
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 9, 2006
The Liverpool centre-forward’s increasingly impressive international strike rate now stands at 11 defining moments in 14 matches. Another of McClaren’s words is ”key” and the key to England’s second competitive win under his management, McClaren said in Skopje, was to be found in the sleeves-up character of the players whose contributions he had been asked to consider, John Terry and Owen Hargreaves. ”Not every game’s going to be nice, open football,” he agreed. ”Sometimes you have to dig deep, grind out the result and be mentally tough. “And so it went on, the terse message seldom varying as McClaren strove both to accentuate the positive and eliminate the risk of a titbit falling to journalists alert to anything that could be presented as controversial. You cannot blame him — he saw at close quarters how the press turned on his erstwhile boss, Sven-Goran Eriksson — and it is hard to blame the journalists either because the ever more drawn-out process of qualifying for a European Championship can be as tedious for them as it often is for the viewing public. The pity, nonetheless, is that the political sensitivity surrounding English football — Steven Gerrard cannot so much as express surprise that young Theo Walcott was taken to the World Cup without Arsene Wenger being offered equal airtime in which to respond — so constrains McClaren… “And so it went on, the terse message seldom varying as McClaren strove both to accentuate the positive and eliminate the risk of a titbit falling to journalists alert to anything that could be presented as controversial. You cannot blame him — he saw at close quarters how the press turned on his erstwhile boss, Sven-Goran Eriksson — and it is hard to blame the journalists either because the ever more drawn-out process of qualifying for a European Championship can be as tedious for them as it often is for the viewing public. The pity, nonetheless, is that the political sensitivity surrounding English football — Steven Gerrard cannot so much as express surprise that young Theo Walcott was taken to the World Cup without Arsene Wenger being offered equal airtime in which to respond — so constrains McClaren. He should be enjoying every minute while the job is going well. And it is going well. He succeeded Eriksson with a promise to try to make England play as a team and, after beating Greece 4-0 in a friendly marked by attacking verve, they have indeed continued to exude a refreshing ethic. True, their first competitive victory was over Andorra, whom you would expect to lose at least 5-0 in England, but the second win the players had to earn in Skopje against hosts who were rightly praised by their manager, Srecko Katanec, for everything except assistance to Crouch.

Iceland FA chief bids for West Ham
The Age – Oct 11, 2006
“They have a very good manager and great players and are backedby fantastic support. West Ham, FA Cup finalists in May, have not won since theopening day of the season. The London club surprised the transfer market by signingArgentina World Cup duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano ondeadline day but their arrival has failed to spark an upturn inform. The London club announced to the stock exchange last month thatthey had received a takeover bid a day after the transfer coup.

FAI insist Staunton will not be sacked
rte.ie – Oct 10, 2006
Listen live on RT? Radio 1 and log on to RT?. ie for live text updates. Football Association of Ireland president David Blood has insisted Steve Staunton’s position as manager is not under threat – even if the team lose to the Czech Republic tomorrow. Staunton has faced heavy criticism following Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier, with the suggestion the axe is to fall should a fifth successive loss follow against the Czechs. If the Republic are beaten, it will represent the worst start to a campaign since Ireland lost the first four qualifying matches for the 1962 World Cup. Worse still for under-fire Staunton is that former boss Brian Kerr lost just four of the 32 games he was in charge, with just two of those qualifying matches. The statistics are damning as far as Staunton is concerned, but he – and the man who recruited the 37-year-old in chief executive John Delaney – have been given the dreaded vote of confidence by the FAI… Football Association of Ireland president David Blood has insisted Steve Staunton’s position as manager is not under threat – even if the team lose to the Czech Republic tomorrow. Staunton has faced heavy criticism following Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier, with the suggestion the axe is to fall should a fifth successive loss follow against the Czechs. If the Republic are beaten, it will represent the worst start to a campaign since Ireland lost the first four qualifying matches for the 1962 World Cup. Worse still for under-fire Staunton is that former boss Brian Kerr lost just four of the 32 games he was in charge, with just two of those qualifying matches. The statistics are damning as far as Staunton is concerned, but he – and the man who recruited the 37-year-old in chief executive John Delaney – have been given the dreaded vote of confidence by the FAI. ‘There has been a lot of speculation in relation to our manager and our chief executive, and I want to allay fears their positions are under threat,’ asserted Blood. ‘On the contrary, they are consolidating their positions.

ESPN.com – NCAA – Hays: Lopez’s dual role benefits Portland, US…
ESPN – Oct 11, 2006
The circumstances are less than ideal, but the opportunity is impossible to ignore. “It’s difficult, but you can’t replicate playing for your nation,” Lopez said. “That’s just been amazing, playing in the youth world championships and getting to play in these games, and as a young player, just taking every opportunity I can to play with the women’s team. And it’s hard to sacrifice part of my college season, but my team is so understanding and supportive. And they’re a great team, and I know that they can do well without me. And although the Pilots didn’t necessarily thrive without Lopez, tying Florida in their opener Aug. 25 and losing to Florida State two days later (they also lost to North Carolina in the first game with Lopez in the lineup), they did survive.

Bahrain needs a miracle
NEWS.com.au – Oct 9, 2006
article-tools –> David Davutovic October 09, 2006 11:00pm BAHRAIN admits it can only dream of beating the Socceroos in tomorrow night’s Asian Cup qualifier at Aussie Stadium. Australia faces Bahrain’s Olympic team that will feature nine players making their international debuts. Bahrain’s football federation decided tomorrow’s clash was a lost cause with several players injured and up to five unable to get a release from their clubs. With another three senior internationals one yellow card away from suspension for the crunch game against Kuwait in November, they opted to send the Olympic team. Bahrain’s Olympic coach Senad Kreso, who watched Australia draw with Paraguay in Brisbane, quipped he would play 10 players behind the ball. "No that is a dream," said Kreso when asked whether Bahrain could cause an upset. Most of Australia’s players played in the World Cup three months ago – my team has no experience… Bahrain’s Olympic coach Senad Kreso, who watched Australia draw with Paraguay in Brisbane, quipped he would play 10 players behind the ball. "No that is a dream," said Kreso when asked whether Bahrain could cause an upset. Most of Australia’s players played in the World Cup three months ago – my team has no experience. "One Australian player has more games in his legs than my complete squad. "It’s a very strong team and it will be difficult for us but I hope it will be a good experience. "Our goal is to qualify for the Olympics but we have the Asian Games in Qatar in 2006 and this game will be ideal preparation. "
Kreso has brought two senior players to Australia, with three over-age players allowed at the Asian Games.

Roos wound-up for Bahrain
NEWS.com.au – Oct 9, 2006
article-tools –> By David Davutovic October 09, 2006 12:00am SOCCEROO captain Lucas Neill has vowed his team will deliver another upbeat performance in Sydney on Wednesday. Australia host Bahrain in the final Asian Cup qualifier at Aussie Stadium before the tournament proper in 2007 and Neill said the World Cup performance still motivates the players. The Socceroos played the slick, free-flowing football displayed in Germany in the 1-1 draw with Paraguay last Saturday and Neill said there is no turning back. "It has to be the same. We’re professional athletes and we’re playing for Australia and you can’t go in half-hearted and the Sydney crowd will expect to be entertained," he said. "More importantly this team will expect to go out and give 100 per cent and pull off a victory and it’s important for Asian Cup seeding that we get the result. "It wasn’t the novelty of the evening and the fact that it was a farewell night (against Paraguay) that we played that style… "More importantly this team will expect to go out and give 100 per cent and pull off a victory and it’s important for Asian Cup seeding that we get the result. "It wasn’t the novelty of the evening and the fact that it was a farewell night (against Paraguay) that we played that style. "Since the World Cup the bar’s been raised, the expectations are higher and as a result we’re trying to achieve higher levels of performance more consistently. We played a very good side and I thought we dominated for large periods. The boys can be proud of their attitude and approach and at times we made them look very ordinary. "Everyone’s fighting for places and you can’t afford to slip up. "
While Wednesday is the Socceroos’ final qualifier, it will be an Asian Cup debut for Neill and most of his World Cup teammates, who’ve been unavailable for the three prior matches against Kuwait and the Bahrain away leg.

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