Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 19, 2006

Beckham’s England aim

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* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager
* N Ireland ranked above Republic
* Beckham’s England aim
* RTÉ Sport: Back injury sidelines Reid
* The Prague Post Online: Sports: Roundup
* Dazzling future beckons for Gordon

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Oct 19, 2006
But for their manager Lawrie Sanchez, it is all part of a slow building process which he began in modest fashion when he took over the reins from Sammy McIlroy less than three years ago. Northern Ireland?s Euro 2008 qualifying wins over Spain and Latvia, and a draw away to Denmark, have boosted their campaign and also catapulted them into the top 50 of FIFA?s rankings for the first time. More pertinently, their 45th place leaves them above struggling neighbours the Republic of Ireland ? which has left Sanchez purring with delight. Sanchez told PA Sport: ?It?s fantastic news… ?Now they have knocked over teams like England and Spain and have become a credible force on the international scene and capable of beating sides in the top 10 of world football. ?
Northern Irish football was at a serious low-point when Sanchez arrived and although there has been the odd setback, progress has been steady. ?When I took over the best part of three years ago we had not scored for 13 games in something like two years, and we had not won in 14 games. ? ? Sapa-AFP

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager
Taipei Times – Oct 17, 2006
The Gunners also have six points from two matches in Group G after wins over FC Porto and Hamburg. England’s other representatives, Chelsea and Liverpool, who lead Group A and C respectively, are in action tomorrow. Wayne Rooney, one of England’s many flops in their doomed Euro 2008 trip to Croatia, is certain to face the Danes at Old Trafford despite not having scored in the tournament since his hat-trick against Fenerbahce in September 2004. “I am surprised he has not scored in the Champions League for two years,” said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. “We had a bad campaign last year, so you have to put that aside, but nonetheless, I am surprised. ”
Rooney was in sparkling form on Saturday as United maintained their place at the top of the English Premiership with a 3-1 win at Wigan. He failed to improve his recent run of just two goals in his last 17 games for club and country, but Ferguson claimed he has no worries about the youngster.

N Ireland ranked above Republic
BBC News – Oct 18, 2006
After beating Latvia in their most recent Euro 2008 qualifier, Northern Ireland have risen 13 places to 45 while the Republic slip to 49. It is Northern Ireland’s highest ranking since 1995 and the Republic’s lowest for eight years. Steve Staunton’s Republic suffered a 5-2 defeat in Cyprus before holding the Czech Republic to a draw at home. Under Sanchez, Northern Ireland have risen from 124th place in the rankings. It is an amazing transformation from when Sanchez took over from Sammy McIlroyless than three years ago… Under Sanchez, Northern Ireland have risen from 124th place in the rankings. It is an amazing transformation from when Sanchez took over from Sammy McIlroyless than three years ago. “When I took over the best part of three years ago we had notscored for 13 games in something like two years, and we had not won in 14games,” said Sanchez. “I said at the time the first thing was to score a goal, the next was to wina game and the third was to improve our world ranking from 124th. “We scored in our first game, won our second, are now 45th in the rankings. ”

Sanchez brought in some new players but his success has been built on a mix ofestablished names and new blood. “It has been a mixture of the experienced players who stayed on – some of thosewho could not cope with what we wanted fell by the wayside – and we re-energisedwith some fresh blood from below,” he added.

Beckham’s England aim
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 18, 2006
“The former captain has not played for England since the World Cup and new coach Steve McClaren has yet to pick him. But McClaren believes Beckham, 31, can still play his way back into the squad. With support for recall growing among the public, Beckham said: “It’s nice to be wanted back because two months ago everyone was saying, ‘It’s better now’ and ‘The team is playing better’. ” Beckham cannot command a regular place in the Real Madrid starting line-up but has vowed to fight for his position and says it is not in his nature to accept a role on the periphery of any team. He said: “It’s the reason why I haven’t retired from international football because I still believe that I do have a part to play in the future of England… He said: “It’s the reason why I haven’t retired from international football because I still believe that I do have a part to play in the future of England. “It’s hard to watch England without being in the team,” Beckham said. “It’s still hard and it will be until I’m back in there. But what people have to realise is there’s going to be tough games. There’s going to be good games, bad games, and it’s been two tough games for them – one at Old Trafford where usually our record is good.

RTÉ Sport: Back injury sidelines Reid
rte.ie – Oct 17, 2006
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Back injury sidelines Reid
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Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid faces four months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back. Reid suffered the injury during Ireland’s Euro 2008 qualifying defeat to Germany in Stuttgart at the start of September and has not kicked a ball since. The 25-year-old had been to see a chiropractor in the hope of clearing up the problem but Reid will now not return until the middle of February at the earliest.

The Prague Post Online: Sports: Roundup
Prague Post – Oct 18, 2006
Bureš later finished second in the professional category. Arnold Schwarzenegger won the same trophy in 1967. OLYMPICS

Prague Mayor Pavel Bém has said a public referendum next spring should decide whether or not Prague would submit a bid to host the Summer Olympics. City officials and the Czech Olympic Committee plan to bid to host the 2016 games and possibly the 2020 games. Should the country pursue its Olympic bid, it will need to officially register as a candidate by June 2007. RECORD

Tennis player Jiří Novák has made an entry into professional tennis's record books, completing his third round match in an ATP tournament in Tokyo, Japan, at 3:24 a.

Dazzling future beckons for Gordon
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 18, 2006
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already voiced his admiration for Gordon, who is contracted to the Tynecastle side until 2009, after Scotland defeated the French earlier this month. Now the Hearts captain believes the fans must make the most of Gordon’s presence before the certain move… “We have to take the positives from the game at the weekend,” insisted Pressley. “Although it was only one point, it was a significant result for ourselves because it keeps our unbeaten run going. It also keeps confidence up and it was important for our supporters they did not lose at Easter Road.

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