Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 17, 2006

‘We are on track’

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The News Review:

* Henry, Ronaldinho up for Golden Ball award
* A Week in Football: Clifford’s clangers on sympathy front
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Ribery agent makes Arsenal…
* ‘We are on track’
* Domestic violence rose significantly on England’s World Cup match…
* Romario arrives for A-League stint | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* I have no reason to quit: England coach
* Nakamura thrives away from Japan
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Zinho points the way ahead
* ESPN.com – NCF – Washington QB Stanback (foot) likely done for season
* Chelsea goalkeeper crisis dominates latest meeting of Champions…
* Robinson ‘starts with clean slate’

Henry, Ronaldinho up for Golden Ball award
Independent Online – Oct 17, 2006
“It will be very tight,” Ronaldinho told France Football. “He (Eto’o) is a great player. The choice is really hard. Henry has played in two finals, one of them the World Cup final. I have won two titles… “He (Eto’o) is a great player. The choice is really hard. Henry has played in two finals, one of them the World Cup final. I have won two titles. Deco, who is the best midfielder, has also won two. ”

Despite failing to shine in the World Cup, Ronaldinho said he had a chance of becoming the first player since Marco van Basten in 1988-89 to retain the trophy. “I think I have done my work,” he said.

A Week in Football: Clifford’s clangers on sympathy front
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 15, 2006
He says: “I don’t think that has anything to do with what we are seeing at the moment. It’s just the number of games he has played. “He got the rest he needed after the World Cup, but when he came back he went straight into football training. He didn’t get any endurance work done. So in the two years he has been with us, he hasn’t done a lot of real pre-season work. That will be addressed next summer. “It is comforting to know that England’s players are not the only big-time Charlies in international football who believe they have a divine right to victory, no matter how many times they lose.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Ribery agent makes Arsenal…
BBC News – Oct 15, 2006
Ribery, 23, was linked with a ?10m move to the Gunners in the summer but stayed at Marseille. His agent Bruno Heidersheid told the News of the World: “Wenger likes Ribery a lot. He wanted to take him this summer but Marseille refused to sell. “Arsene has made it clear he wants to take him next year.

‘We are on track’
Jamaica Observer – Oct 15, 2006
In a calm, but visibly upbeat manner, Boxhill added: “I don’t think you can question his (Milutinovic’s) ability, his track record, and therefore if we have confidence in him as the pilot of the programme, let us just rally around the programme, give it our wholehearted support and take it to where we want it to go, which is South Africa in 2010. ”
The 62-year-old Milutinovic, the only man to have coached five different teams at the World Cup Finals – Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), the United States (1994), Nigeria (1998), and China (2002) – arrived in the island on Thursday on a five-day “familiarisation” visit, and though he has yet to ink the coaching deal, his signing appears only a matter of time. The Boxhill-led JFF, which came into office in 2003, has come in for scathing criticisms from both inside and outside the football fraternity, since the Reggae Boyz failed to advance to the final round of the 2006 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign. The criticisms became more biting following a string of high-profile losses in international games in England, where the team lost 5-0 to Australia last year, and 6-0 against England and 4-1 against Ghana this summer. During this turbulent period, the team plummeted to 77th in the Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings, sparking repeated calls for the administration to quit. To add insult to injury, the Reggae Boyz, without any quality overseas-based professionals, crashed at home in the first round of the Digicel Caribbean Cup two weeks ago, thus failing to successfully defend the title they won in Barbados last year. They also failed to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the US next year.

Domestic violence rose significantly on England’s World Cup match…
USA Today – Oct 16, 2006
“We know that football and alcohol can provide excuses for violent people to be abusive at home as well as in the streets,” said Brian Moore, deputy chief constable of Surrey police and spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers. “This is not the fault of football — this is the fault of violent people taking any excuse to be abusive,” Moore said. The report said effective responses included giving officers head-mounted cameras to record the scene from the moment they arrive, creating specializes units to deal with domestic violence and promoting a special help line telephone number for victims. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Romario arrives for A-League stint | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Oct 16, 2006
The 40-year-old superstar arrived in Adelaide on Monday, jadedand tired from a flight from the United States. Romario was mobbed by schoolchildren and autograph hunters atAdelaide Airport, seemingly overwhelmed by a welcome which includedsamba dancers and Brazilian drummers. A member of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, Romario willplay his first game for Adelaide on November 25. The striker will also play for his US second division side MiamiFC against Adelaide United tomorrow night in a friendly… The 40-year-old superstar arrived in Adelaide on Monday, jadedand tired from a flight from the United States. Romario was mobbed by schoolchildren and autograph hunters atAdelaide Airport, seemingly overwhelmed by a welcome which includedsamba dancers and Brazilian drummers. A member of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, Romario willplay his first game for Adelaide on November 25. The striker will also play for his US second division side MiamiFC against Adelaide United tomorrow night in a friendly. Romario began an impromptu media conference in the airport’sbaggage collection area declaring he was “very tired” but lookingforward to his stint with United. “I’m going to score plenty of goals, I come here to score goals,I don’t know how many,” he said, before apologising for his stiltedEnglish and asking if any of the assembled media spoke Spanish. A minder then acted as interpreter, with Romario saying he washonoured to be considered an ambassador for soccer before beingushered for pictures with samba dancers and then departing.

I have no reason to quit: England coach
The Age – Oct 15, 2006
After England was held 0-0 at home by Macedonia and lost 2-0 atCroatia, McClaren was criticised by several newspapers suggestingthe Football Association had appointed the wrong man. “I’m not even contemplating resigning,” he said. “I’ve every confidence in us qualifying, so I’m not thinkingabout walking away. And it’s too early to talk about me beingsacked. “It’s where you end up, not where we are at the presenttime… And it’s too early to talk about me beingsacked. “It’s where you end up, not where we are at the presenttime. Appointed to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson after the World Cup,McClaren won his first three games in charge without the teamconceding a goal. But he doesn’t have another competitive gameuntil March 24 and, by then, there’s a strong chance England couldeven slip to fourth in its qualifying group. “The job I have taken on is qualification for the EuropeanChampionships in two years’ time. So I feel I should be judged atthe end of qualification,” said the former Middlesbrough managerwho had a successful spell as assistant to Alex Ferguson atManchester United. “A good manager would qualify with these players.

Nakamura thrives away from Japan
Asahi Shimbun – Oct 17, 2006
Celtic faces Portuguese giants Benfica on Tuesday night at Parkhead, another big match for Nakamura to shine in. At this moment all we can ask is for Osim not to select Shunsuke for a few more months and let him continue tearing apart some of the best teams in the world. He currently works for the BBC in London.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Oct 17, 2006
Goalkeepers are overprotected already and there is a risk that referees, and perhaps the Football Association (FA), will do more to look after them. That would be detrimental to the game. We saw it in the World Cup finals, when even tackles that won the ball were punished. It is something that is creeping more and more into football: the authorities? fear of physical contact and desire to reduce it. But everyone must accept that football is a tough and sometimes brutal sport, that the risks are ever-present and to punish aggression to the point where it is all but eliminated would seriously dent the game?s appeal. Without physical contact, football is nothing. Think of injured players and what pops into your mind is probably the image of a bloodied centrehalf ? perhaps the famous picture of Terry Butcher.

Zinho points the way ahead
NEWS.com.au – Oct 15, 2006
article-tools –> RICHARD EARLE October 15, 2006 11:15pm BRAZILIAN great Zinho is adamant Australia should target a premium international coach to replace Guus Hiddink and underpin its 2010 World Cup campaign. The integral attacking midfielder in Brazil’s 1994 World Cup win predicts Australia’s entry into the Asian football confederation requires a technical mastermind in the mould of Hiddink or Dutch counterpart Leo Beenhakker. "If Australia plans to qualify for the World Cup and do well you need a world-class coach," said Zinho, who supplied countless assists to team-mates including Romario and Bebeto in 50 appearances for the Samba kings. "However it can’t be someone who is just used to working with Brazil, Italy or Germany. It has to be someone like Hiddink who also worked with wonders with Korea in 2002. "
Poland mentor Beenhakker has been linked with the Socceroos coaching role currently filled by Hiddink’s World Cup lieutenant Graham Arnold.

ESPN.com – NCF – Washington QB Stanback (foot) likely done for season
ESPN – Oct 17, 2006
“My focus is on doing whatever it takes to get healthy and comeback 100 percent,” Stanback said in a statement. Stanback spent the last two days moving around on crutches withhis foot in a protective boot. Willingham said Stanback should beable to play football in the future. “There is no question you miss his presence on the field andthat leadership has more impact because he does do things on thefield,” Willingham said. “We’ve got to get guys to step up. The injury is the first major setback for the 4-3 Huskies, whohave lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Still,they’re just two wins shy of becoming bowl eligible — the team’sstated goal since August.

Chelsea goalkeeper crisis dominates latest meeting of Champions…
International Herald Tribune – Oct 17, 2006
The accusations led to heavy fines for Mourinho and Chelsea after UEFA found Rijkaard innocent while Frisk, bombarded with hatemail from Chelsea fans, quit the sport. “There’s a difference from the match last year. We are talking about a group stage game and it gives us an opportunity to see some great football, some calmer football and it gives us a chance to see the quality show through,” Mourinho said Tuesday. “The teams aren’t fearful. It’s not a knockout stage. ” Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who missed last season’s games against Chelsea with a knee injury, said the Blues would not be badly weakened by the absence of Cech and Cudicini. “I’m quite sure that the third choice will be very capable of putting in a good performance,” Xavi said… Barcelona has striker Samuel Eto’o missing because of a long-term knee injury and he could be replaced by former Chelsea star Eidur Gudjohnsen, who left Stamford Bridge for Camp Nou at the end of last season. The Spanish champion hopes that captain and centerback Carles Puyol has recovered from the groin strain that kept him out of Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Seville. Italy’s World Cup defender Gianluca Zambrotta looks set to replace injured Juliano Belleti, who scored Barca’s winner against Arsenal in last season’s final.

Robinson ‘starts with clean slate’
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 16, 2006
“This autumn is very much about looking to find out about one or two players as well as seeing how the coaching team works together. We need to see what sort of rugby we can put together. Then, after the autumn series, we can have a really good look to make sure that the group of players going into the Six Nations Championship are the group that can take us through that tournament and on to the World Cup in France in September. “He reiterated that Robinson would have the final word on selection even though he was just one of five voices involved in the selection process along with Andrew and coaches John Wells, Brian Ashton and Mike Ford. “There will be a lot of views expressed in and around that but Andy will be the person to name the team to play New Zealand,” Andrew said. On the vexed question of where former Great Britain rugby league captain Andy Farrell ought to play, Andrew had a clear idea. “It’s fair to say that we’d prefer to see him play as much rugby as he can at inside centre,” he said.

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