Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 16, 2006

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Croatia top after win in…
* … RIGHTS TO 2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP AND 2007…
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Wins for Ivory Coast and Egypt
* Twellman to have hernia surgery – iht,sports,football,soccer,MLS…
* Bwin swings to 9 mths net loss of 49.8 mln eur, hit by depreciation,…
* Jamaica Gleaner News – Bora ready to work – Wednesday | November 15,…
* Australia finding global groove a year on
* ‘Some of the team did not want to wear the shirt’
* Who can stop New Zealand with World Cup on the horizon?
* England needs a victory in friendly vs. Netherlands
* BBC SPORT | Football | Kevin Nolan column
* Mortlock, Tuqiri to take centre stage
* Grella plays with skip’s band

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Croatia top after win in…
BBC News – Nov 15, 2006
Bolton keeper Jaaskelainen made two superb saves in the second half to keep the home side ahead. Finland lead the group with 11 points from five games followed by Serbia who have 10 points from four matches. Finland have already beaten Poland and drawn with World Cup semi-finalists Portugal. A defensive mistake by former Manchester City defender Daniel Van Buyten enabled Poland to secure a third straight competitive Group A victory as the Poles beat Belgium in Brussels. Van Buyten was dispossessed by Radoslaw Matusiak, who proceeded to slot the ball home. Poland created numerous chances and worthy winners against a lacklustre Belgium side. In the other Group A game Portugal beat Kazakhstan 3-0 with Benfica forward Sabrosa Simao scoring twice.

… RIGHTS TO 2006 CONCACAF WOMEN’S GOLD CUP AND 2007…
FOXSports.com – Nov 16, 2006
The third edition of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup? will take place November 19-26 in Miami, Florida and Carson, California and will feature teams from six countries, including Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and two-time defending champions USA. As part of the agreement, Fox Soccer Channel will offer live coverage of both 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup? semifinal matches on Wednesday, November 22 as well as of the match between the third and fourth place finishers and the final on November 26. The winner and runner-up will automatically qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China while the third-place finisher will face Asian Football Confederation representative Japan in a home-and-away playoff for the final berth to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Fox Soccer Channel will also provide live English language coverage of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup?, the CONCACAF championship of men’s national teams, including all three early round U. Men’s National Team matches, plus one quarterfinal, one semifinal and the final. The tournament takes place June 6-24 at venues around the U.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Wins for Ivory Coast and Egypt
BBC News – Nov 15, 2006
Striker Didier Drogba carried his good form with Chelsea onto the international stage with a goal seven minutes before half-time. Sweden played the tidier football but were punished for lax marking when the English Premier League’s top scorer powered home a header after a cross from the left by Bakary Kone. Reigning African champions Egypt beat 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa 1-0 in London. Emad Moteab, who helped Ahly win the African Champions League on Saturday, got the only goal of the game after just three minutes. The biggest win of the night came in Rabat as Morocco thrashed Gabon 6-0. Bouchaib El Moubarki scored the only goal of the first half. The Atlas Lions then found the target four times in just eight minutes through Jaouad Ouaddouch, Noureddine Boukhari and Hicham Mahdoufi, before El Moubarki scored his second of the game.

Twellman to have hernia surgery – iht,sports,football,soccer,MLS…
International Herald Tribune – Nov 16, 2006
Twellman scored 11 goals with five assists while starting all 32 games and helping the Revolution reach the MLS Cup for the second straight season. The 2005 league most valuable player award winner scored the Revolution’s only goal in this year’s title game, but New England lost to the Houston Dynamo 4-3 on penalties. Twellman was an alternate for the 2006 U.

Bwin swings to 9 mths net loss of 49.8 mln eur, hit by depreciation,…
Forbes – Nov 16, 2006
4 mln eur, after a profit of 8. 4 mln the year before. On a positive note, gross earnings from gaming trebled year-on-year in the first nine months to 289 mln eur, largely as a result of the increase in sporting bets during the football World Cup and strong growth in customer numbers, the group said. It said it anticipates gross revenues for the financial year of around 375 mln eur after a breaking even at EBITDA level before restructuring costs. Recent legal rulings in the US on the online gambling industry have forced the gaming to change its strategy a year earlier than expected. Bwin will now focus predominantly on the European markets. The restructuring will cost around 5… 5 mln eur over the nine months ending Sept 30, almost doubling on the year from 65. Neighbouring Germany held the World Cup this year in June and July. The number of active real money clients betting online now amounts to 1. 1 mln joining in the first nine months, up 250. 7 pct on the first to third quarter last year.

Jamaica Gleaner News – Bora ready to work – Wednesday | November 15,…
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 15, 2006
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Bora Milutinovic arrives at Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. Milutinovic, who has coached a record five separate countries at World Cup Finals, is expected to sign a contract with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) soon as head coach of the nation’s senior football team. The team, which will play Peru for the first time in a friendly international at the National Stadium tonight at 7:00, is currently coached by its long-time boss Carl Brown, whose latest stint has run just over three months and ends with the game. Broad smile

Milutinovic, always armed with a broad smile, greeted members of the JFF hierarchy – president Crenston Boxhill, general secretary Burchell Gibson and treasurer Rudolph Speid inside the passageway outside the customs hall at the Norman Manley International Airport, then did a brief interview with journalists. First up, the Serbian-born coach, who resides in Mexico, defined his tasks as “.

Australia finding global groove a year on
The Age – Nov 16, 2006
No dictaphones will trouble their path. There will be no questions. A year to the day since Australia qualified for the World Cup,nothing captures the new reality of soccer in this nation moreeloquently than the practised ease with which the Matildas havecriss-crossed Asia during the past 12 months in pursuit of sportingglory. Now, with her team preparing to face Japan in a friendly onSunday, Matildas captain Cheryl Salisbury has been named as one ofthe final 20 candidates for the FIFA women’sworld-player-of-the-year award. She says that without the events of the past 12 months, set inmotion by Australia’s move into Asia but thrown into warp speed bythe Socceroos’ performance in Germany, that accolade would neverhave come. “I don’t think so because, before, we wouldn’t have had theexposure,” she said. “People wouldn’t have been paying attention… Indeed, yesterday the Socceroos played out a 1-1 drawwith Ghana in a friendly in London. There’s little doubt that even if events a year ago had notfallen the Socceroos’ way, most of these changes would still havetaken place. Reflecting on the anniversary, departing Football FederationAustralia chief executive John O’Neill says that he had twospeeches prepared for the post-game news conference on November 16,2005. The first anticipated qualification. “(The second) basicallysaid, ‘Yes, we’ve lost, but life goes on — and we’ve got themove into Asia and the continued growth of the A-League to lookforward to’,” O’Neill said. “And obviously we would have been disappointed to have to givethat speech, but I think we would have, with reason, been telling acredible story. But qualification accelerated the resurgence— and nothingillustrates that better than the shift our standing overseas hasmade in the 12 months since.

‘Some of the team did not want to wear the shirt’
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 14, 2006
As a former England player I was embarrassed. Some did not want to wear the England shirt. “Halliday, a member of Club England, the panel that oversee international teams for the Rugby Football Union, re-iterated the often-made call that the structure of top-flight rugby had to change. “The confrontations, the court cases have just got to stop. We need to get an agreement with the clubs that is workable. The present structure is broken and the international results are a direct consequence of that. Players are playing too often and the preparation for England is not good enough… He was dealt a set of cards with an international set-up that was not good. “Jeff Probyn, the former England prop and a past member of Club England, said it would not make sense for Robinson to go: “I don’t think he will resign now. Robbo wants to prove us all wrong and to do well at the World Cup. He’s a very proud guy. “If he is sacked then it is a knee-jerk decision. So then Rob Andrew [the elite director of rugby] takes over for the game against South Africa, and do we sack him if we lose again?”There has to be a collective responsibility. Some of the substitutions looked pre-planned.

Who can stop New Zealand with World Cup on the horizon?
International Herald Tribune – Nov 16, 2006
But coach Graham Henry has ominously only now picked his strongest team for Saturday’s second test against France at the Stade de France. He has made five changes, with centers Ma’a Nonu and Mils Muliaina wining selection in the only real area of contention as Leon MacDonald stays at fullback. “Based on form, this is our best team right now,” Henry said. “Ma’a has been selected on form and Mils has been exceptional at center for the All Blacks before… On Sunday, Ireland meets Australia at Lansdowne Road. Luckily for Robinson, the Springboks are missing eight first-choice players and are coming off a 32-15 loss to Ireland which has coach Jake White also under intense pressure. The Rugby Football Union has agreed with the English clubs that no player will start in more than three of the four November tests, further limiting Robinson’s options. But one player he withdrew for tactical reasons halfway through the match against the Pumas is hoping history repeats itself. Charlie Hodgson scored 27 points as England beat South Africa 32-16 at Twickenham in 2004. “I shut it out of my mind straight away, it has gone,” Hodgson said of his substitution. “From my point of view I don’t see confidence as being an issue — I am a lot stronger mentally than I used to be.

England needs a victory in friendly vs. Netherlands
International Herald Tribune – Nov 14, 2006
McClaren was the second-choice to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson following the World Cup. Poor results in England’s last two 2008 European Championship qualifiers have emboldened the skeptics — a 2-0 loss at Croatia and a 0-0 draw at home with Macedonia. “I’m here to win football matches and expect to get criticized if I don’t — it’s part and parcel of the job,” McClaren said. “It doesn’t deter me. It just makes me more determined to succeed. ” He announced his starting team on Tuesday with 18-year-old defender Micah Richards to win his first cap at right back and become the seventh youngest English international. “He is an exciting player, the new breed of player,” McClaren said of the Manchester City player… McClaren may decide to move Steven Gerrard into central midfield — he dislikes playing on the right flank — to team with Frank Lampard. Despite scoring four times for Real Madrid at Osasuna on Sunday, there is no place for Ruud van Nistelrooy. Van Nistelrooy, dropped after the World Cup, has vowed never to play for the team as long as Van Basten’s the coach. Another top scorer, Robin van Persie, will miss the game with his wife ready to give birth. Van Basten will field a front three of Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt and an out-of-position Rafael van der Vaart. “We know he’s not a true right winger,” Van Basten said of the midfielder. “But Rafael will play it in his own way, just as Robin van Persie always does.

BBC SPORT | Football | Kevin Nolan column
BBC News – Nov 16, 2006
I hope this week I can repay the lads, the fans and the gaffer for putting me straight back into the side, which I was surprised at. If the baby comes along this week and I get a goal I might do a special celebration off the cuff. The Bebeto celebration from the 1994 World Cup has been done a few times so I might think about that if the baby finally surfaces and I manage to score. Because of my suspension I have not played for weeks so I did not expect to be in the England squad. It was nice to hear some people saying I should have been given my chance, but I will just keep playing for Bolton and hopefully England will not be able to ignore me forever. Even if it is just to go up and train with the squad and see how it works would be nice. Some better news came when my Sunday League side Nicosia won 2-1 after extra-time last weekend.

Mortlock, Tuqiri to take centre stage
The Age – Nov 15, 2006
After being hailed a success in Australia’s 29-29 draw with Wales a fortnight ago, the Rogers-Larkham experiment at five-eighth and inside centre respectively flopped in the Wallabies’ scrappy 25-18 win over Italy on Saturday. Rogers is expected to pay the price with relegation to the bench as Larkham reverts to five-eighth when coach John Connolly names his team on Thursday. But Mortlock said Larkham and Rogers would no doubt resume their double act down the track as the Wallabies strive to strengthen an array of combinations to ensure they cope when injuries inevitably strike before and during next year’s World Cup. “D’Arcy and O’Driscoll are both an extreme handful and having two big centres who are obviously a little bit bigger than them – and the fact that the conditions will be more of a tight game, a go-forward style of game – may be the way to go,” Mortlock said. “It’s more of a horses-for-courses logic. “Mortlock said the Wallabies always planned to use the European tour as a fact-finding mission and, although Rogers will be dropped primarily for his poor kicking and option-taking in Rome, Connolly always forecast trialing different backline alignments during the four spring Tests. “Knuckles has always spoken about wanting to see myself and Lote playing together,” he said… “Gone are the days that you can rely on 15 or even 22 guys to turn up week in, week out,” he said. “Firstly, you’re going to have injuries and, secondly, you need to have enough depth in the squad so that you can get the best out of the players by not necessarily starting them in every Test. “I see that as a landscape of what professional football is about nowadays. You really need to have a core of senior players who can adapt to different combinations, and that has been one of the focuses for this tour. “We saw Phil Waugh captain the side (against Wales) and then he wasn’t in the side at the weekend (against) Italy. George Smith came in to be vice-captain. “There is a huge amount of merit in having Stephen and Matty there at 10 and 12 or vice versa.

Grella plays with skip’s band
The Age – Nov 15, 2006
Photo: Getty Images Socceroos coach Graham Arnold — now unofficially withoutthe “interim” next to his job description — will continue tobe bold in his management style by introducing a rotation systemfor the captaincy. Speaking before the friendly this morning (Melbourne time)against Ghana in London, for which midfield enforcer Vince Grellawas made skipper of the national team for the first time, Arnoldmade it clear that as long as he remained in charge, the captaincywould be shared. Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy, a long-timeArnold doubter, last week suggested privately he had tempered hisviews and that the former Socceroos striker was now more likely tostay on until next year’s Asian Cup finals. With at least five matches scheduled between now and the 16-teamtournament, that means at least five more players might get to wearthe armband, with Brett Emerton, Mark Bresciano, Harry Kewell,Scott Chipperfield, Jason Culina and Tim Cahill among thecandidates. Mark Viduka, who skippered the Socceroos in the World Cup, andLucas Neill, who led out the team in its recent appearances inBrisbane and Sydney, are also in the running. Viduka, althoughunable to play, has nonetheless joined the squad in London to offermoral support. “With Dukes out injured, and a lot of senior players eitherretired or indicating they will retire after the Asian Cup, it’sabout looking at the big picture,” Arnold said… Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy, a long-timeArnold doubter, last week suggested privately he had tempered hisviews and that the former Socceroos striker was now more likely tostay on until next year’s Asian Cup finals. With at least five matches scheduled between now and the 16-teamtournament, that means at least five more players might get to wearthe armband, with Brett Emerton, Mark Bresciano, Harry Kewell,Scott Chipperfield, Jason Culina and Tim Cahill among thecandidates. Mark Viduka, who skippered the Socceroos in the World Cup, andLucas Neill, who led out the team in its recent appearances inBrisbane and Sydney, are also in the running. Viduka, althoughunable to play, has nonetheless joined the squad in London to offermoral support. “With Dukes out injured, and a lot of senior players eitherretired or indicating they will retire after the Asian Cup, it’sabout looking at the big picture,” Arnold said. “Obviously, we needto create a new leadership group going into 2010 (the next WorldCup). “The way to do that is to rotate the armband, so that by thetime we get to the major tournaments, the right person will beready to step up.

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