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December 26, 2006

Prem Wrap: United Extend Lead As Chelsea Are Held

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The News Review:

* ‘Big Phil’ to say farewell to Portugal after Euro 2008
* Prem Reaction: Redknapp Praises Primus
* Football review: July-December
* Prem Wrap: United Extend Lead As Chelsea Are Held
* Troubled Cassano set for Real exit
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* Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
* Prem Reaction: Van Persie Likened To Bergkamp
* Prem Reaction: Defoe The Difference, Says Jol
* Van Der Sar: Hostility Spurs Ronaldo On
* The Nooner (Dec. 26) – Merry Xmas For Maniche
* Prem Reaction: Allardyce Has A Goalscorer At Last
* Prem Reaction: Moyes Disappointed At Penalty Snubs

‘Big Phil’ to say farewell to Portugal after Euro 2008
Daily News & Analysis – Dec 26, 2006
The 58-year-old ? known as ?Big Phil? ? told sporting daily Record that it was logical he should finish his term at the helm after Euro 2008 as he felt six years in charge of any team was enough. His comments may spark interest from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as he has said he would like to coach the national side before he retires. ?It is logical and only natural that at the end of Euro 2008 I leave when my present contract comes to an end,? said Scolari, who after winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil guided Portugal to the Euro 2004 final and to this year?s World Cup semi-finals ? their first in 40 years. ?The work of a coach is limited to five or six years. We are already in this time frame but after that, things become more difficult, because they create habits and links with the players which can result in things deteriorating,? added Scolari, who was awarded the paper?s Portuguese sports personality of the year. Scolari also confirmed in the interview that he had been approached both by Portuguese giants Benfica in 2004 and England prior to the last World Cup finals to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson when the Swede left after the tournament. ?The English wanted me to sign the contract during the finals but that I start the job after the finals were over… It simply wasn?t possible. Nobody can sign for one national side and continue to run another. It was a difficult choice but I understood that I could not accept it,? said Scolari. Scolari said he was not clear about what he would do after he finished with Portugal but he would probably coach a club. ?I could stay here, go to another European country or return to Brazil. ?

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Prem Reaction: Redknapp Praises Primus
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
“He is a fantastic family man. You would not meet a nicer boy. He is an honest, whole-hearted player and his partnership with Sol Campbell this season has been fantastic for us. ”
Redknapp added: “He lives for the club and if there is anything to be done around the community, Linvoy is your man. “As a player, he has improved one million percent. ”
Regarding his side’s win, which briefly lifted them to third in the Premiership, Redknapp said: “We deserved the win – during the first half we were miles in front and there was no comparison between the two teams. “I never really felt uncomfortable until they scored with 10 minutes left.

Football review: July-December
TVNZ – Dec 26, 2006
Wellington’s Western Suburbs claimed the Chatham Cup after a 3-0penalty shootout win over Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs. Italian midfielder Benito Carbone joins Sydney FC for afour-game guest stint. England start their Euro 2008 campaign with wins over Andorraand Macedonia while France get some revenge over Italy, taking a3-1 win. Germany record a 13-0 victory over San Marino. Materazzi reveals he insulted Zidane’s sister before theFrenchman head-butted the Italian defender in July’s World Cupfinal. October: In a woeful month for the NZ Knights, the club lose fourstraight games and manager Paul Nevin is given a two-game touchlineban for his part in a brawl with the Central Coast Mariners. Defender Greg Duruz also gets a two-match suspension for hisinvolvement… After recording two 1-1 draws with Adelaide and Newcastle,Football Federation Australia revokes the Knights’ A-League licenseand install New Zealand Soccer to guide the team for the rest ofthe season. Ricky Herbert is made coach and the side are beaten 4-0by Melbourne in the first outing under the national coach. Several players did not fly to Melbourne for the game with adispute over contracts seeing Herbert patch together a team fromplayers already in Australia. New Zealand Soccer are given until the end of January to find aninvestor for the club otherwise its license will revert toAustralia. Auckland City are beaten 2-0 by African champions Al Ahli and3-0 by Asian champion Jeonbuk Motors at the Club World Cup. Brazil’s Internacional beat Barcelona 1-0 to win the title. City return to NZFC action with a 4-3 win over Waitakere in amatch that lasted 99 minutes and saw referee Neil Fox award 19cards, three of them red.

Prem Wrap: United Extend Lead As Chelsea Are Held
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
It was Smith’s first goal in his second spell at the club. Watford continued to put the Arsenal defence under pressure but Hornets keeper Ben Foster kept them in it with good saves from Emmanuel Adebayor and Justin Hoyte. The Gunners went looking for a late winner in some desperation, knowing they could not afforrd to drop more points. And substitute Theo Walcott set it up with an astute pass down the right wing that van Persie ran onto before cutting inside and curling a fine shot past Foster into the far corner on 83 minutes.

Troubled Cassano set for Real exit
Turkish Press – Dec 26, 2006
The 24-year-old five million euros buy from AS Roma is not wanted by coach Fabio Capello – under whose aegis he played at Roma – after failing to settle and a series of incidents which irritated the team management. “They have had enough of his moodswings,” said sports paper AS on Tuesday. “Capello and sports director Pedja Mijatovic want him to leave. ”
Several Italian clubs including Roma, who bought him for 28million euros shortly after they won the 2001 Scudetto, and AC Milan could be interested in Cassano according to the paper, though, Real will not let him go for just any price. Also his estimated wages of 4million euros a year could complicate any eventual transfer… Cassano’s international career has suffered accordingly since he scored on his Italy debut against Poland in November 2003 and played for the Azzurri at the 2004 European championships in Portugal where they went out in the first round group stage. Subsequent to that he was left out by Marcello Lippi because of his expanding waistline and loss of form and not even the move to Real last January could reignite his faint hopes of making the World Cup squad. He has, though, caught the eye of Lippi’s replacement Roberto Donadoni having been included in one of his squad’s for two Euro 2008 qualifiers though he was subsequently dropped from the next two.

uefa.com
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 26, 2006
But now it will start to swing back. People are searching for solutions. ” 27 SeptemberThe official mascots for UEFA EURO 2008™ are unveiled in Vienna, with Austrian and Swiss supporters now given the opportunity to name them. Dressed in red and white football strips, the twins sport the national colours of both Austria and Switzerland. 28 SeptemberIn the latest edition of UEFA’s official publication, uefadirect, Mr Olsson explains the reasoning behind the new rules on locally-trained players. “There are many reasons for wanting to do so, not least a desire to encourage clubs to invest in the training of young local players and to give them a way into first-team football with their clubs, which all too often succumb to the temptation of looking elsewhere for players who are already fully fledged… 28 SeptemberIn the latest edition of UEFA’s official publication, uefadirect, Mr Olsson explains the reasoning behind the new rules on locally-trained players. “There are many reasons for wanting to do so, not least a desire to encourage clubs to invest in the training of young local players and to give them a way into first-team football with their clubs, which all too often succumb to the temptation of looking elsewhere for players who are already fully fledged. It is also a matter of preserving the supporters’ attachment to ‘their’ club. ” 29 SeptemberThe urgent need for a strengthened alliance between politics and sport is emphasised by senior UEFA officials at a keynote conference organised by UEFA and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. “Do we need an alliance between politics and sport? The answer is definitely ‘yes’,” says Mr Olsson. “We are facing growing challenges – racism, illegal betting, doping, corruption, players’ agents and match-fixing.

Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Spartanburg Herald Journal – Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription… – Dec 26, 2006
International career
Robin van Persie received his first full international cap against Romania on 4 June2005. Despite not being an automatic first choice to start for Arsenal, Van Persie was selected as one of the Netherlands’ forwards for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by national coach Marco Van Basten. His first World Cup goal came in the group match against Côte d’Ivoire, a free kick in the 23rd minute. During the Euro 2008 qualifiers, van Persie made an impact during games against Luxembourg and Belarus. Two goals in either halves and an assist helped the Netherlands claim a 3-0 win. He continued his form in the next two games, scoring against Bulgaria in a 1-1 draw and also in the 2-1 victory against Albania a few days later… Despite not being an automatic first choice to start for Arsenal, Van Persie was selected as one of the Netherlands’ forwards for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by national coach Marco Van Basten. His first World Cup goal came in the group match against Côte d’Ivoire, a free kick in the 23rd minute. During the Euro 2008 qualifiers, van Persie made an impact during games against Luxembourg and Belarus. Two goals in either halves and an assist helped the Netherlands claim a 3-0 win. He continued his form in the next two games, scoring against Bulgaria in a 1-1 draw and also in the 2-1 victory against Albania a few days later. Personal life

Van Persie’s mother is a teacher and his father an artist. His father brought him up as a single parent.

Prem Reaction: Van Persie Likened To Bergkamp
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
There was fantastic commitment from Watford and we needed to be patient and resilient. “I said that we have improved on that [the physical aspects of the game], and you could see that tonight. In the air we were strong and in the second half we were not troubled physically at the back. ”
With 10 goals to his name, van Persie is currently Arsenal’s leading scorer. But he does not accept that he is benefiting from the absence of captain and fellow striker Thierry Henry, who is recoverung from injury. “I am playing a bit more. In the first two seasons, especially the first, I had to adapt to the English way,” he said.

Prem Reaction: Defoe The Difference, Says Jol
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
Sometimes you need players to come on and change the game. Today we only had midfield players on the bench and a defender. ”
As for if he would consider selling Defoe, the Dutchman joked: “Three weeks ago Aston Villa were going for Robbie Keane, yesterday they were going for Jermain Defoe, probably next week they will go for (Dimitar) Berbatov as well so it’s probably very expensive!
“It’s not Aston Villa who are making the stories up.

Van Der Sar: Hostility Spurs Ronaldo On
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
Away from home, with the exception of the game at West Ham, we have been quite solid. ”
Ferguson is likely to recall Wayne Rooney to the starting XI against Paul Jewell’s Wigan today, after using him as a substitute at Villa following a midweek family bereavement. That was the first time Rooney had not started a league game for United since his early season three-match suspension, and reflected Ferguson’s desire to keep his strikers as fresh as possible. He said: “I have to think about that when resting the forwards because they have been bearing the brunt for us all of the time. “For the defenders it is much easier but for the forwards who have to produce quality, you have to be careful with the endurance side of things.

The Nooner (Dec. 26) – Merry Xmas For Maniche
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
Bah, humbug!

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Prem Reaction: Allardyce Has A Goalscorer At Last
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
“We have not seen that type of goal from him yet. We have seen a lot of quality runs and skill and finishing. “Today we saw a goalscorer’s goal when he popped up at the far post and tapped it in. It was a great victory having gone 1-0 down.

Prem Reaction: Moyes Disappointed At Penalty Snubs
Goal.com – Dec 26, 2006
“I haven’t seen it (the Johnson penalty claim) but everybody I’ve spoken to said Andy has been pulled,” said Moyes. “Andy reacted as if he’d been pulled back but I’ve not had a chance to see it again. “We’ve given up and we don’t appeal (for penalties) now. We don’t even jump up on the touchline anymore. ”
He added: “We played well and on another day we could have won. “We maybe didn’t have that final bit of craft and guile in the final third, but we dominated most of the first half and we just needed to get a goal in that period really.

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