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October 14, 2006

Time for England players to stand up and be counted

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 3:56 pm

The News Review:

* Takeover talk damaging, Magnusson admits
* Fanzone – Forums
* Hiddink tried to destroy me
* Time for England players to stand up and be counted
* ‘Nutty Walt’ has Scotland fans laughing in sheer disbelief
* England unchanged for German test
* Players cry foul over Stern’s anti-leather idea
* Stars join a whole new blog game
* Kaiser Calls Germany “Miles Ahead” of European Competition
* Hurry to book your room for 2010
* Malta revels in shock win
* Uefa wait on report over fans’ treatment

Takeover talk damaging, Magnusson admits
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 13, 2006
The Icelandic Football Federation president. Magnusson, whose interest in West Ham was revealed by The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, admitted: “There has been some turmoil around the club and it must have affected what’s going on on the playing field… West Ham looked to be on the up and up when the World Cup pair arrived, but since then the team have lost five successive matches. Only goal difference is keeping them out of the bottom three ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Portsmouth. Pardew said: ”Everyone at the club realised about 10 days ago that we have to leave the takeover talk behind us and get on with what we’re all about – and I think we’ve done that. It did have an initial impact on this young squad. But I genuinely think it’s no longer having an impact.

Fanzone – Forums
UEFA – Oct 14, 2006
He was a World Class player last century, in the 90’s when he played for Barcelona. This century he is just another “famous” player who can’t match his “fame”. Look at his performances at the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and now the 2006 World Cup. He even started it well against Angola, but he started to lose some “gas” game after game, to end decadent in the last games. Nesta- what is he doing here?? Why is it that every time there is this kind of things, the “World’s best”, Nesta’s name always shows up? He picked an injury in the World Cup first games and so his contribution to Italy success was short. OK, it’s not his fault he picked an injury, but the fact is that there were many players who had a larger contribution for Italy’s success- for instance, Materazzi. Ribéry- One of the biggest jokes… Ribéry had a good World Cup, but that’s it! It was good, not great; he wasn’t even near one of the World Cup finest players… Like Ronaldo, he has never won a Championship, not to mention bigger trophies, so his “fame” is hard to understand. For England, he was theirs biggest hope in the World Cup but he was average, hasn’t scored a single goal, even managed to get sent off and was the one to blame for theirs elimination. And after the World Cup, he is again playing poor football, his (and Crouch’s) inability to score let England in a bad situation after bad results against Macedonia and Croatia. Thuram- He may have had a good World Cup, but the team he played for the first half of the year had its results considered void by a court. And the team he joined, he warms bench for half of its games. Vieira- In the same situation of Thuram about the first half of the season. He had a very good performance at the World Cup, but then he joined Inter where the most impressive thing he has been doing is getting himself sent off.

Hiddink tried to destroy me
NEWS.com.au – Oct 14, 2006
Lazaridis and his three retiring teammates – Tony Vidmar, Zeljko Kalac and Tony Popovic, who combined for 248 Socceroo caps – had the red carpet rolled out for them in front of almost 50,000 appreciative fans in Brisbane. But while the dashing left wing-back was given a fairytale farewell, his last year in the green and gold was his most painful, falling out of favour with coach Guus Hiddink just as he was about to fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in a World Cup. Unlike most of the contemporary Socceroos, Germany 2006 does not evoke exclusively wonderful memories for Lazaridis, who did not fit in with the Hiddink all-action mould. Lazaridis said: "It was as if Hiddink was trying to break me mentally and physically at certain sessions and I was close to breaking point at some stages. "
The alarm bells were ringing early on and the veteran grew increasingly concerned that he would not make the World Cup squad, with Scott Chipperfield claiming the left-hand flank. While he was picked in the 23-man squad, Socceroos insiders claim the Dutchman tried to replace him with Melbourne Victory midfielder Kristian Sarkies after the squad had reached Germany. "I probably just scraped in if I was being honest… "It was very fitting, very emotional and very sad with guys like Marco Bresciano and Vince Grella hugging me when I was coming off and saying I’ve really helped them in their careers. It was genuine and I will miss them," Lazaridis said. "If someone had said to me your career will involve four World Cup campaigns, a World Cup and 70-odd internationals, I would’ve taken it. "I don’t want people saying you should’ve retired six months ago, like this. Some people have already said I should’ve played on for another year. "I’ve played against the best and it’s fitting that I leave now with something left in the tank. "
Lazaridis was one of the most popular players in the change rooms and he donned the captain’s armband for the post-match festivities in Brisbane.

Time for England players to stand up and be counted
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 14, 2006
I don’t doubt that the players’ pride was heavily bruised in defeat, but a couple of good results in the Premiership will speed the healing process. It’s pay day, after all. We all know that the heady and exotic cocktail of club football in Britain is not particularly conducive to success in the international arena. Most weeks of the year we accept it. All three of the substitutes England used against Croatia are fringe players at their clubs. Of the dozen Premiership players on the rather long short list for Fifa Player of the Year, only three are British. Ask United fans if they have a greater affection for Cristiano Ronaldo or Stewart Downing and you will get a united response.

‘Nutty Walt’ has Scotland fans laughing in sheer disbelief
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 13, 2006
“You could do better? In fact, you think the Krankies could do better, huh?”OK, Walter, let’s cut to the chase. If we did decide to offer you the position, where would we be in two years time, say?”Ha-ha-he-he…just let me make sure I’m hearing you right. Drawing with Italy in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden? The same Italians who you think will go on to win the World Cup in Germany a few months later?”I hope I’m not speaking out of turn here, Walter, but we here at the SFA – who do know a thing about football – have had a sizeable bet on someone slightly closer to home winning the World Cup. I’ll give you a clue – a country managed by a turnip, otherwise known as a Swede on the other side of the border. “Any other predictions you’d like to make while you’re on, Walter? You crack me up, you really do. By October 2006 we’ll be beating France – France!!! – and topping our 2008 European Championship qualifying group with three wins from our first four games?”A word of advice. Don’t call us and we won’t call you… I’ll give you a clue – a country managed by a turnip, otherwise known as a Swede on the other side of the border. “Any other predictions you’d like to make while you’re on, Walter? You crack me up, you really do. By October 2006 we’ll be beating France – France!!! – and topping our 2008 European Championship qualifying group with three wins from our first four games?”A word of advice. Don’t call us and we won’t call you. “On second thoughts, you still there, Walter? You start on Monday. I could do with a good laugh…Talking of laughs, long gone are the days when Sassenach John Burridge (then playing for Hibs) could leave a message on his answering-machine declaring: “Hello, this is Scotland’s top goalkeeper…”While Scotland were surrendering their 100 per cent Euro 2008 record in the Ukraine – although they still top a group which includes the World Cup winners, runners-up and quarter-finalists – England were performing a slapstick routine in Zagreb. English commentators used to carve a career from cracking jokes about Scottish goalies but Paul Robinson surpassed – if that’s the right word – anything perpetrated by Frank Haffey, Alan Rough or Stewart Kennedy in days gone by.

England unchanged for German test
BBC News – Oct 14, 2006
England and Germany have played each other on 10 occasions, with the Germans winning on every occasion. Their last meeting was in September 2003, when two goals from Prinz helped the Germans to a 4-0 victory in Darmstadt. Germany were the only European country to go through their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 100% record, scoring 31 goals and conceeding three. Powell said the match marked the beginning of the planning for the World Cup. “We have to be professional and acknowledge that we are still trying to close the gap on the top nations in the world,” she told the Football Association’s official website. “We wanted the test of playing against the World Champions. ”

England Squad:R Brown (Everton), S Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), K Chapman (Arsenal), L Johnson (Everton), M Phillip (Arsenal), C Stoney (Charlton), R Unitt (Everton), A Asante (Arsenal), J Scott (Everton), V Exley (Doncaster), F Williams (Everton), A Scott (Arsenal), K Smith (Arsenal), L Sanderson (Arsenal), A Barr (Blackburn), K Carney (Arsenal), J Handley (Everton), E Aluko (Charlton), S Smith (Leeds), R Yankey (Arsenal)… Germany were the only European country to go through their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 100% record, scoring 31 goals and conceeding three. Powell said the match marked the beginning of the planning for the World Cup. “We have to be professional and acknowledge that we are still trying to close the gap on the top nations in the world,” she told the Football Association’s official website. “We wanted the test of playing against the World Champions. ”

England Squad:R Brown (Everton), S Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), K Chapman (Arsenal), L Johnson (Everton), M Phillip (Arsenal), C Stoney (Charlton), R Unitt (Everton), A Asante (Arsenal), J Scott (Everton), V Exley (Doncaster), F Williams (Everton), A Scott (Arsenal), K Smith (Arsenal), L Sanderson (Arsenal), A Barr (Blackburn), K Carney (Arsenal), J Handley (Everton), E Aluko (Charlton), S Smith (Leeds), R Yankey (Arsenal).

Players cry foul over Stern’s anti-leather idea
San Francisco Chronicle – Oct 14, 2006
” Amazingly, under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Stern has the power to railroad the switch without consulting the players’ union. Equally appalling, Stern made a soccer comparison in claiming the players will eventually cave in. (At this year’s World Cup in Germany, players questioned the new Adidas ball but soon came to love it. ) Problem is, soccer is a game played with cleats, not bare hands so sensitive to touch. And the reason players (save the goalies) savored the World Cup ball is that it tended to knuckle and swerve on heavy impact, thus increasing scoring chances. Stern is trying to force every NBA player into shooting adjustments at a time when scoring and field-goal percentages are hot-button issues. It’s almost like he’s kidding… “I always liked the feel of my hand on the leather, whether it was cold, wet, snowing, whatever,” said Esiason, calling the Monday night game between Denver and Baltimore. “Come on, Jake (Plummer). Take the gloves off and play football. Biting comment from ex-Raider Lincoln Kennedy on KNBR: “As much as it pains me to say this about my old team, I don’t see them winning a game.

Stars join a whole new blog game
International Herald Tribune – Oct 13, 2006
The International Olympic Committee still discourages Olympians from Web logging during the Games. The National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States is now concerned about the potential for recruiting violations if top high school football and basketball prospects blog and attract mail from would-be suitors. But hardly anyone else is trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle. In many cases, this is no gift to grammar or this rapidly maturing medium. The vast majority of bloggers, some of whom are presumably vast themselves from all that desk jockeying, can't dunk or return Roger Federer's serve. Why should those who can slam a ball through a net or put it back in play feel the need to diarize in plain page view?The answers are varied… Recent featured bloggers: Marat Safin for the men and Nadia Petrova for the women, both from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Some athletes blog for money, including the soccer stars Ronaldinho of Brazil and Claude Makelele of France, who were contracted by msn. com to post regularly during the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Some athletes, like the sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race that ended in June, blog because it is actually required by the rules governing their event. Not that compulsory blogging made for dull reading. This from Mike Sanderson, skipper of the eventual winner, ABN AMRO One, at one stage,"Unfortunately, just as we were tidying up after the keel situation, we hit a whale!!!!"As a journalist, I've been trained to avoid exclamation points as if they were plagiarism, but four of them just might be the appropriate dosage for a whale collision in the open sea. And yet for every genuine high-seas adventure, there are scores of lower- impact entries out there.

Kaiser Calls Germany “Miles Ahead” of European Competition
Deutsche Welle – Oct 14, 2006
The team is playing consistently strong. There has not been this level of performance over a long period of time for many years,” Beckenbauer told the mass-market Bild newspaper Friday. The former soccer great, who also served as head of the 2006 World Cup Organizing Committee, said he was impressed with the German national side which since the World Cup under new coach Joachim Löw has won all five of their games, scoring 23 goals while conceding just one. Löw’s team tops World Cup side… Two Bayern Munich players, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger, have shone playing for Germany, but Podolski is struggling to claim a first-team place at Bayern while Schweinsteiger’s club form has been patchy. Beckenbauer said he would like to see Schweinsteiger play as well for Bayern where he seemed “much more inhibited. ”

Last week, Beckenbauer had told Bild, “The football played by our national team is a lot stronger and is more enjoyable than that which is being played in the Bundesliga. ”

The “Kaiser,” as Beckenbauer is known in Germany, meanwhile said the hooligans who clashed with police in Slovakia would not ruin the good reputation of German fans won at the World Cup. However Germany had to be careful it did not become “a hooligan nation” with “the hosts trembling when Germany comes. ”

“These violent hordes are terrible,” he added. “I can only hope that they will be completely stopped before the next away game and don’t appear again in the stadiums.

Hurry to book your room for 2010
Independent Online – Oct 12, 2006
Match said it would support a South African government objective to encourage the use of non-hotel accommodation by contracting this type of accommodation for visitors. “Match would therefore directly support a key legacy objective of the 2010 World Cup through contracting with non-hotel accommodation,” the organisation said. But some guests are going to have to travel considerable distances from their accommodation to football matches. Due to the limited accommodation in host cities, Match will also have to contract accommodation in what it calls “satellite accommodation areas”. It gives the Garden Route town of George as an example. Match appeared satisfied with the availability of accommodation. “The numbers of rooms that are currently contracted are similar in number to those contracted in respect of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany,” the organisation said… It gives the Garden Route town of George as an example. Match appeared satisfied with the availability of accommodation. “The numbers of rooms that are currently contracted are similar in number to those contracted in respect of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany,” the organisation said. Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will hold a Host City 2010 Fifa World Cup accommodation workshop at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng today. Match is expected to offer further contracts to accommodation owners. The ticket and accommodation arm of Fifa will speak to South Africa’s tourism grading council to ensure that guests are staying in quality-assured rooms. This workshop is expected to be addressed by the local organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan, Van Schalkwyk and SA Tourism chief executive Moeketsi Mosola.

Malta revels in shock win
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 13, 2006
It was Malta’s first win in a European qualifier for 24 years, their first competitive win on home soil in 31 years and their first competitive victory since a World Cup qualifier in Estonia in 1993. Under the headline “Malta conquer Hungary”, The Times described the scenes of joy at the National Stadium. “Complementing fighting spirit with constructive football, the red-shirted players managed to inscribe their names in the history of the local game,” it wrote. In-Nazzjon, one of two daily newspapers in Maltese, led with “Little Malta belittles Hungary… It was Malta’s first win in a European qualifier for 24 years, their first competitive win on home soil in 31 years and their first competitive victory since a World Cup qualifier in Estonia in 1993. Under the headline “Malta conquer Hungary”, The Times described the scenes of joy at the National Stadium. “Complementing fighting spirit with constructive football, the red-shirted players managed to inscribe their names in the history of the local game,” it wrote. In-Nazzjon, one of two daily newspapers in Maltese, led with “Little Malta belittles Hungary. thank you”, while the headline of l-orizzont read: “Malta shines and dominates.

Uefa wait on report over fans’ treatment
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 13, 2006
Police used batons on fans as confusion broke out around the turnstiles into the sections housing the England supporters. A number of England fans without tickets were able to break through the security cordon around the stadium and the security guards panicked. The turnstiles were closed briefly, which only served to panic those fans who had tickets. As they pressed towards the gates, the police took out their batons and some fans received head injuries… Three England players feature on the 30-man shortlist for Fifa’s World Player of the Year award. Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are among 12 Premiership players – six from Chelsea – in contention for the prize which will be awarded in Zurich on December 18. Lampard came second behind Ronaldinho in last year’s awards, but this year’s competition is expected to come down to a contest between Fabio Cannavaro, captain of World Cup winners Italy, and Arsenal’s French striker Thierry Henry, a losing finalist in both the Champions League and the World Cup. The head coaches and captains of all national teams will now vote for their best players from the list, none of whom play their club football outside Europe. Arsenal’s striker Kelly Smith is the only England player on the shortlist for the women’s player of the year award. Fifa World Player of the Year shortlist: Adriano (Inter Milan, Brazil), Michael Ballack (Chelsea, Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid, Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal), Petr Cech (Chelsea, Czech Republic), Deco (Barcelona, Portugal), Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast), Michael Essien (Chelsea, Ghana), Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Cameroon), Luis Figo (Inter Milan, Portugal), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan, Italy), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England), Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France), Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen, Germany), Philippe Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany), Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal, Germany), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan, Italy), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy), Franck Ribery (Marseille, France), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal, Argentina), Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Brazil), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United, England), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal, Czech Republic), Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea, Ukraine), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona, France), Patrick Vieira (Inter Milan, France), Zinedine Zidane (retired, France). Hibernian have given West Brom permission to talk to Tony Mowbray about their vacant manager’s position.

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