Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 20, 2006

Celtic in queue as Pressley ponders next move

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The News Review:

* McClaren looks to class of 2008
* Euro 2008 qualifiers to be available via Internet
* Border controls block Klos move
* Celtic in queue as Pressley ponders next move
* Steven Beacom: Here’s to 2007 heaven
* Magnusson Promises Curbishley Patience
* Areva, Corus, Fiat, Nokia, Shell, UBS: European Equity Preview
* The Prague Post Online: Sports: Roundup

McClaren looks to class of 2008
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2006
He is a leader, a great character. I saw him in the Manchester derby. You need forthright people like that, not just on the field but off it as well. “Barton is not short of a forthright streak, a quality that may alert those established members of McClaren’s squad like Gerrard, Lampard, and Wayne Rooney, who detailed their World Cup experiences in print. Barton was unimpressed by the England Book Club. “England did nothing in that World Cup,” said Barton in a spiky weekend interview, “so why were they bringing books out? ‘We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like s**t… “McClaren’s England XI (probable; 4-1-3-2): Robinson; G Neville, R Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole; Hargreaves; Lennon, Gerrard, Lampard; Rooney, Owen. Subs (probable): Kirkland (g), J Cole, Carrick, Crouch, King. McClaren’s additional members of Euro 2008 development party (probable): Carson (g), Green (g), Foster (g), Richards, Brown, McMahon, G Johnson, Woodgate, Dawson, A Ferdinand, S Taylor, Bridge, Baines, Barry; S Wright-Phillips, Milner, Bentley, Parker, Barton, Nolan, P Neville, Cattermole, Huddlestone, Reo-Coker, Downing, Richardson, M Taylor; Dyer, Ashton, Defoe, A Johnson, D Bent, Walcott, Agbonlahor. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence.

Euro 2008 qualifiers to be available via Internet
International Herald Tribune – Dec 18, 2006
Germany on March 24. The roster of matches mostly includes those involving teams like Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Israel, Armenia, Moldova and Kazakhstan, but also contains games involving World Cup champion Italy as well as England, France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. While most television broadcasters seek matches with the broadest possible audience, Tuzman said his company is aiming for a niche market. “We’re after an audience that are smaller segments not well served,” Tuzman said.

Border controls block Klos move
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2006
Klos — who is in the Ibrox squad for tonight’s concluding Uefa Cup group match against Partizan Belgrade — was seen by the Aston Villa manager as an ideal short-term loan to provide a goalkeeping reinforcement. The first-choice Villa keeper, Thomas Sorensen, sustained a shoulder injury at the beginning of October while playing for Denmark in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Northern Ireland. Sorensen’s deputy, Stuart Taylor, has kept goal for Villa since, but it is understood that O’Neill would like additional cover. However, although registered players can be used for emergency loans between clubs in the same country, they cannot cross borders between transfer windows… Le Guen has to be canny, because the wrong combination of results could see Rangers slip to second or third. Barry Ferguson, the Rangers captain, is not included in tonight’s squad. “Barry has a booking and I do not want to take the risk of losing him for the next stage of the tournament,” Le Guen said. “There will be other changes because we play again on Sunday. We know we only need one point but we are not thinking about that. It’s important for us to beat Partizan because we want to keep winning.

Celtic in queue as Pressley ponders next move
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2006
Although a number of clubs have now contacted Pressley with an interest in signing him when he becomes available in the New Year, it is understood that the 33-year-old would like to secure a consistent first team place. He has already spoken to Gordon Strachan, the Celtic manager, but with other options to explore Pressley is unlikely to make any decision before next week. Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign does not resume until March, but Smith would like to see Pressley settled and match-fit long before that. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that, now he has been officially released by Hearts, he will find a club quickly,” said the Scotland manager. “We have a few players who are not getting regular football and we could do without another one. ” While Pressley weighs his options – as well as Celtic, Dundee United, Derby County, Southampton and Sunderland have all shown interest, with Rangers also possible suitors – attention has turned to Paul Hartley’s situation at Tynecastle.

Steven Beacom: Here’s to 2007 heaven
Belfast Telegraph – Dec 18, 2006
Sanchez’s men were hammered 3-0 at home to Iceland when Eidur Gudjohnsen was allowed to run the show. It was a dreadful performance and suddenly it looked as though we were back to square one. But not so fast, almost a year to the day since England had come to Belfast and gone home defeated, Spain suffered the same fate on a thrilling September night at Windsor when Healy scored a stunning hat-trick in a famous 3-2 win in which the brilliant young Jonny Evans made a sensational international debut. It was a magical evening. Then Sanchez threw his Irish FA coat into the Kop and a day later the mood had changed when I revealed in this newspaper that the manager had told the IFA he wanted out. There followed a remarkable few days when Sanchez’s future was the talk of the country, before he decided that he wanted to stay on after all! The reason given for his desire to leave? The media, who had been mildly critical of him at worst after the Iceland defeat. Even now a few months on, Sanchez’s relationship with the press is frosty… There followed a remarkable few days when Sanchez’s future was the talk of the country, before he decided that he wanted to stay on after all! The reason given for his desire to leave? The media, who had been mildly critical of him at worst after the Iceland defeat. Even now a few months on, Sanchez’s relationship with the press is frosty. If he leads the national team all the way to the Euro 2008 finals, few journalists and even less supporters will care. In his comeback match, Sanchez’s defenders Aaron Hughes, Stephen Craigan, Michael Duff and Evans plus goalkeeper Maik Taylor produced brilliant performances to gain a scoreless draw in Denmark. And then came the perfect way to end the year – a 1-0 home win over Latvia when Healy scored a blinder and the team produced as mature and professional a performance as I’ve seen in many a long year. Seven points out of 12 in the group and well placed to make a challenge for the Euro finals. Amazing really after that shocking display against Iceland.

Magnusson Promises Curbishley Patience
Goal.com – Dec 17, 2006
“Alan has to tell me what players he wants and who he needs to accomplish what we are out for this season and that is to stay in the Premiership,” he said. “Within reason he will get the money he needs. I’m not saying any figures but he will get the money he needs.

Areva, Corus, Fiat, Nokia, Shell, UBS: European Equity Preview
Bloomberg – Dec 17, 2006
Swisscom AG (SCMN VX): Switzerland's biggest telephonecompany will sponsor the Euro 2008 soccer championship to be co-hosted by Switzerland and Austria, Sonntagsblick reported, citinga company spokesman. Instead of cash, Swisscom will make paymentsin kind worth millions of Swiss francs, though not more than 10million Swiss francs ($8. 2 million), spokesman Stefan Nuenlistwas quoted as saying by the newspaper… unit isn't up for sale. Aspokeswoman who asked not to be named “categorically'' deniedthat the Cagliari, Italy-based company is selling its U. The Independent on Sunday reported that Tiscali sent a memorandumof sale to potential buyers for the unit, which could fetch 600million pounds ($1.

The Prague Post Online: Sports: Roundup
Prague Post – Dec 20, 2006
Louis Blues lost 3-2. TRIAL

Slavia Praha's top soccer goalie Matúš Kozáčik is considering departing for the English second division's Leeds United. Kozáčik left for England in mid-December for a one-week trial, and his performance there would determine whether or not the English side offers him a contract. DRIVER

David Vršecký failed to reach 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) to set a world trailer-truck speed record on a closed highway from Prague to Hradec Králové on Dec. Vršecký had to slow down at the speed of 286 kilometers per hour due to slippery road conditions. INDOORS

Sazka Arena will host an indoor tournament in which all top Czech soccer clubs will participate Jan… The tournament will become the first major indoor soccer event in Prague in the past decade. DRAW

Ticket holders for the national team's crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany in Prague March 23 will be drawn by the Czech Soccer Association in late February. Applications for tickets, which cost 500-2,000 Kč ($24-95), should be sent to www.

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