Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 16, 2006

Two drivers, Two cars… Drop the flag…It’s all good!

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The News Review:

* McClaren: I need time
* Mac homes in on title talk
* Fan v Fan: Arsenal-Portsmouth
* Two drivers, Two cars… Drop the flag…It’s all good!
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Champions League Draw: The Verdicts…
* Hargreaves remains the closely guarded property of Bayern-Sport…
* Serie A Preview: Catania – Livorno
* Serie A Preview: Messina – Cagliari
* Memories of Munich haunt me every day, says Sir Bobby-Sport-Football…

McClaren: I need time
Ireland Online – Dec 13, 2006
After October?s abysmal Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Macedonia and Croatia that yielded just a single point, McClaren?s side were able to restore some of their battered pride with an encouraging display against Holland last month when only Rafael van der Vaart?s late equaliser denied them victory. However, with England?s hopes of reaching the European Championship finals precariously placed, McClaren knows defeat in Israel when the qualification campaign resumes in March will see the critics sharpening their knives once more. Yet the former Middlesbrough manager does not believe his suitability for the job should be assessed over a matter of months. ?Rome was not built in a day,? he said. ?It is where you end up, not where you are after the initial period… After October?s abysmal Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Macedonia and Croatia that yielded just a single point, McClaren?s side were able to restore some of their battered pride with an encouraging display against Holland last month when only Rafael van der Vaart?s late equaliser denied them victory. However, with England?s hopes of reaching the European Championship finals precariously placed, McClaren knows defeat in Israel when the qualification campaign resumes in March will see the critics sharpening their knives once more. Yet the former Middlesbrough manager does not believe his suitability for the job should be assessed over a matter of months. ?Rome was not built in a day,? he said. ?It is where you end up, not where you are after the initial period. ?We are talking about qualifying for the Euros and we are talking about the World Cup, so are you going to start judging after four or five months??It?s got to be a long term. You have to develop things and that is what we are going to do.

Mac homes in on title talk
Belfast Telegraph – Dec 13, 2006
But as yet, only Ipswich Town have approached the IFA to seek permission to speak to the boss. "I am coming to the stage when I have to start look at other things and look forward and I’ve made no secret of my desire to manage at the highest level," said Sanchez. "That said, I am totally committed to Northern Ireland until the end of the Euro 2008 qualifiers but if a Premiership chairman wanted to give me a job and let me carry on doing the Northern Ireland job then I’d be all for it. "I’m not disappointed that nothing has happened yet though. However, I must say that I was disappointed I wasn’t even given odds to take over at West Ham United but big Iain Dowie was! "Seriously though, I don’t want to leave Northern Ireland when we are in a position to do very well in our group and I’d only take another job if I could continue as Northern Ireland manager until the end of the qualifying campaign. " It’s been a roller-coaster year for Sanchez. Stunning victories, climbing 61 places up the FIFA world rankings and spats with the local media… "I am coming to the stage when I have to start look at other things and look forward and I’ve made no secret of my desire to manage at the highest level," said Sanchez. "That said, I am totally committed to Northern Ireland until the end of the Euro 2008 qualifiers but if a Premiership chairman wanted to give me a job and let me carry on doing the Northern Ireland job then I’d be all for it. "I’m not disappointed that nothing has happened yet though. However, I must say that I was disappointed I wasn’t even given odds to take over at West Ham United but big Iain Dowie was! "Seriously though, I don’t want to leave Northern Ireland when we are in a position to do very well in our group and I’d only take another job if I could continue as Northern Ireland manager until the end of the qualifying campaign. " It’s been a roller-coaster year for Sanchez. Stunning victories, climbing 61 places up the FIFA world rankings and spats with the local media. But does the manager has any regret? Not one bit.

Fan v Fan: Arsenal-Portsmouth
Goal.com – Dec 16, 2006
But I must say the highlight of this season so far is winning at Old Trafford and beating Liverpool 3-0 in the Emirates. Turkey Al Abdulrazzaq (Portsmouth): Unbelievable! I guess that sums it up. I feel that we are battling top teams for top spots like Arsenal and Liverpool and Saturday’s clash will be vital. GOAL: What are your expectations from the season?
Yousef Al-Fahad (Arsenal): 2nd place, it would be sweet to see the look on Mourinho’s face is we take second place.

Two drivers, Two cars… Drop the flag…It’s all good!
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Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Dec 14, 2006
Football Association of Wales secretary David Collins said he decided to look at the possibility of a bid after talks with Welsh Sports Minister Alun Pugh. ?It?s worth investigating if Scotland and Wales could put a bid together,? he said. ?We were in discussions with Scotland a few years ago to see if we could put a joint bid together for the Euro 2008 finals, but that didn?t really go anywhere. ?
The Scottish FA declined to comment on the suggestion, having already failed in a bid to stage Euro 2008 in conjunction with Ireland. Wales has the 74000-seat Millennium Stadium in Cardiff available, plus Swansea City?s new 2000-capacity Liberty Stadium. Cardiff is also planning a 30000-seat replacement for Ninian Park. However, Wales does not have enough other big stadiums for a solo bid… Wales has the 74000-seat Millennium Stadium in Cardiff available, plus Swansea City?s new 2000-capacity Liberty Stadium. Cardiff is also planning a 30000-seat replacement for Ninian Park. However, Wales does not have enough other big stadiums for a solo bid. Scotland would be able to put forward 50000-seat Hampden Park, 60000-seat Celtic Park and 50000-seat Ibrox Park ? all of which are in Glasgow ? and Edinburgh?s 65000 capacity Murrayfield rugby stadium. Poland and Ukraine are also considering a bid to co-host Euro 2016 if they fail to get the event in 2012. ? Sapa-AP

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Champions League Draw: The Verdicts…
Goal.com – Dec 15, 2006
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Hargreaves remains the closely guarded property of Bayern-Sport…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 15, 2006
“Our stance is the same — nothing will happen in the winter break,” Uli Hoeness, the club’s general manager, said. Ferguson has not given up hope of signing Hargreaves, but, if no agreement can be reached in January, he seems increasingly likely to wait until next summer, rather than revisit previous targets such as Marcos Senna, the Villarreal midfield player, or Jean Makoun, of Lille, when trading resumes next month. That is a mark not only of Ferguson’s belief that Hargreaves is the outstanding candidate for the “Roy Keane” role but also of his heightened confidence in the ability of Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher for the challenges ahead. Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz, his assistant, are continuing to explore options to add to their squad in January, but — aside from Henrik Larsson, the former Celtic and Barcelona forward, who will arrive on loan from Helsingborgs in the new year — they are finding there is a lack of quality players available. They have an interest in several young players in Portugal, including Nani, the Sporting Lisbon winger, but, even though David Gill, the chief executive, has insisted there is money to spend, Ferguson is giving serious thought to proceeding with Larsson as the only new face in January. Larsson’s impending arrival has sparked excitement at Old Trafford, with the 35-year-old due to meet his new team-mates in London before taking in their match against West Ham United on Sunday, but he is far from a long-term bet, either in terms of his age or his likely role.

Serie A Preview: Catania – Livorno
Goal.com – Dec 11, 2006
LIVORNO
An off-form Lucarelli has left the goal scoring to Danilevicius and Bakayoko lately, but Arrigoni is expecting a lot more from ex-Capocannoniere (Top Scorer) Lucarelli in the shape of goals: and lots of them. He’ll have to do without centre-back Rezaei although will have his midfield trident of Galante, Kuffour and Grandoni in full working order, but Filippini is uspended. Players To Watch
CATANIA: Giorgio Corona (number 9) – The striker has rippled nets in two of the last three matches, showing that, despite not fully convincing Marino, he’s still capable of totting up the goals and keeping Catania from a defeat and a draw respectively. LIVORNO: Marco Amelia (number 1) – The 24 year-old keeper is on snappy form, only having let in a meagre goal in the past seven games, as well as having equalised with a bit of dead ball marksmanship to pull Livorno level with Partizan in the UEFA tie nine days ago. Possible First Elevens CATANIA (4-3-3): Pantanelli; Silvestri, Minelli, Stovini, Vargas; Baiocco, Edusei, Caserta; Colucci, Spinesi, Corona
LIVORNO (3-5-2): Amelia; Grandoni, Kuffour, Galante; Pfertzel, Morrone, Vidigal, Passoni, Pasquale; Bakayoko, Lucarelli
Prediction
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Serie A Preview: Messina – Cagliari
Goal.com – Dec 11, 2006
Team News
MESSINA
Messina are without Zanchi, the centre-back in the cooler for three weeks for dissent against Torino and Rea joining him for a lighter one-game ban whereas Coppola still has a match to go on his own punishment. Zoro is still unavailable as he struggles to shrug off a groin strain and Olorunleke is out until next year. The good news is that Mark Iuliano is back for playing duties, if not yet 100%. CAGLIARI
Coach Giampaolo is crossing his fingers for a return to form for David Suazo. The Honduran marksman has only hit three so far this year – a far cry from the 22 he bagged last season. Conticchio is out with back pains and D’Agostino is also doubtful with a nagging leg injury, but it appears that keeper Chimenti has overcome his thigh problems and can start. Players To Watch
MESSINA: Christian Riganò (number 9) – With seven goals so far, the centre-forward is on red-hot form despite handing over the duties to Chilean midfielder Cordova last round.

Memories of Munich haunt me every day, says Sir Bobby-Sport-Football…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 11, 2006
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