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January 8, 2007

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* Totti undecided over Italy future
* Goal.com – We Have Taunted Real Madrid – Caparros
* Durrant’s day turns into Rangers nightmare
* Edinburgh Evening News – Sport – King Walter is going, bring on next…
* Goal.com – Moyes Cool On Davies Transfer Rumours
* Larsson looks at home on loan-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
* uefa.com – UEFA Women’s C’ship – News & Features – News…
* uefa.com – UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Goal.com – Villa Line Up Bardsley Deal
* Goal.com – The Nooner (Jan 8) – Ronaldo Rolling Out?
* Goal.com – Marcus: Real Suffer Case of the Riazor Blues

Totti undecided over Italy future
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Totti undecided over Italy future
Monday, 8 January 2007 16:44

Roma forward Francesco Totti has revealed he may have played his last game for the Italian national team. Totti has not played for the Azzurri since winning the World Cup in Germany last summer, and was left out of the squad for last November’s friendly international draw against Turkey despite being fully fit and scoring regularly in Serie A. Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has not lost hope that Totti will return for the national team and help Italy qualify for Euro 2008, although the Roma captain remains sceptical. ‘I still don’t know whether I will return to the national team,’ said Totti. ‘Between Donadoni and me there’s no particular problem, but the final in Berlin could have been my last game with Italy. ‘
Italy sit third in Euro 2008 qualifying Group B, two points behind France and Scotland… ‘I still don’t know whether I will return to the national team,’ said Totti. ‘Between Donadoni and me there’s no particular problem, but the final in Berlin could have been my last game with Italy. ‘
Italy sit third in Euro 2008 qualifying Group B, two points behind France and Scotland. The Azzurri’s next competitive outing is at home against the Scots on March 28.

Goal.com – We Have Taunted Real Madrid – Caparros
Goal.com – Jan 8, 2007
More importantly for coach Joaquin Caparros, it started the new year in the best possible way, putting behind the memory of nine consecutive games without a win with a superlative effort. “When the players are more mobile, a team naturally plays pleasing football, and we have taunted a team such as Real Madrid in both halves,” said a proud Caparros. “The important thing was that we did not take a step back [in the second half], as that could have been dangerous. ”
Caparros also credited the fans who had turned up for their support, as much for getting behind their own team as making Real Madrid feel ill at ease. He then went on to speak about the need for unity and commitment. “We have seen exactly why we must all be a collective and strong unit, because that is the secret of today’s football,” he said, with some reference towards the vanquished rivals. “It is necessary to be professional, to have a ‘hundred-percent’ attitude, and to be committed for the entire ninety minutes.

Durrant’s day turns into Rangers nightmare
Belfast Telegraph – Jan 8, 2007
Kris Boyd scored two second-half goals in 15 minutes as Rangers finally hit their stride but the threat of a sustained comeback withered. Ian Durrant, the former Rangers player and stand-in manager, said before the tie that just one match in charge would allow him to die happy. Not this game, which had purgatory written all over it. Le Guen’s successors – probably Walter Smith and Ally McCoist, to be confirmed this week – face a major task to restore the Light Blues into a major force again. The Scottish Football Association’s chief executive, David Taylor, said yesterday that Rangers have now contacted the SFA about hiring Smith, the Scotland manager. "We will be having discussions with Walter tomorrow," Taylor added. It is possible that Smith could continue in charge of Scotland, who currently head their Euro 2008 qualifying group, while mentoring McCoist to take sole charge of Rangers later… The Scottish Football Association’s chief executive, David Taylor, said yesterday that Rangers have now contacted the SFA about hiring Smith, the Scotland manager. "We will be having discussions with Walter tomorrow," Taylor added. It is possible that Smith could continue in charge of Scotland, who currently head their Euro 2008 qualifying group, while mentoring McCoist to take sole charge of Rangers later. Of the prospect of Smith staying as Scotland manager for now, while also working for Rangers, Taylor said: " In the short term it would save us major disruption. " Dunfermline’s reward for winning is a home tie in the fourth round against Heart of Midlothian, the Cup holders, who eased to a 4-0 win at Stranraer on Saturday. The pick of the other fourth-round ties include Celtic travelling to Livingston, and Aberdeen or Hibernian (who play on Wednesday) hosting last season’s runners-up, Gretna. Non-league Deveronvale, who beat Elgin City 5-4 on Saturday, host Partick Thistle.

Edinburgh Evening News – Sport – King Walter is going, bring on next…
Edinburgh Evening News – Jan 8, 2007
So he goes back to being just Walter from now on. He had helped us overcome our own inferiority, rubbishy complex and strut about with a certain gallusness again. Scotland had rediscovered their swagger of late (Bazza Ferguson never really lost his), beating France and charging to the top of our Euro 2008 qualifying group. We were the beer-bellied Bravehearts once again. At times, even Gary Caldwell looked a player. This was because of a revitalised Walter, minus the sleeveless cardigan, with Ally McCoist roped in to help shift some of the drink. Sorry, I mean some of the gloom from the Berti Vogts era… It’s only his heid that’s bigger. Managing Scotland is a huge task and requires maximum focus. It’s not like being in charge of Engerlund or some other diddy nation. Coaching our national team is a big responsibility. Managing Rangers is a big responsibility, especially when big Bazza is nipping your ear with: “Gaffur, ah want ma airumband back. ” One man can’t deal with Ferguson’s gargantuan ego and hope to coach some sense out of Lee McCulloch at the same time. So it’s time for a new national boss.

Goal.com – Moyes Cool On Davies Transfer Rumours
Goal.com – Jan 8, 2007
But Moyes said: “There is nothing in it at all. I wanted James Vaughan in the side and wanted to get him involved. “I chose not to use Simon because we also needed a defender as Nuno Valente has suffered with a hamstring problem.

Larsson looks at home on loan-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 8, 2007
He is trying to do in ten weeks what Solskjaer has been doing for ten years at Old Trafford, but already he looks a fine asset. The idea of him returning to Helsingborgs to play in front of 10,000 people just as the English and European campaigns reach “squeaky-bum time”, to borrow Sir Alex Ferguson’s memorable phrase, will surely be the cause of much agonising if this clever performance proves typical of his brief loan spell. It was not only his goal — a wonderfully executed finish — that brought a full house at Old Trafford to its feet, but the movement, the turns, the lay-offs and, on one occasion, a bit of Ronaldoesque juggling followed by an aerial back-heel to a team-mate. Larsson’s only disappointment will be that he did not score earlier. He had set himself up with one neat pirouette in the first half, only to shoot at Kiraly, and then struck the goalkeeper’s legs when put through by Michael Carrick’s chip. In the 55th minute, he finally hit the target, taking one touch and then using minimal backlift to find the top corner from near the penalty spot. The loan fee of £800,000 split between player and his Swedish club looks money well spent.

uefa.com – UEFA Women’s C’ship – News & Features – News…
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 8, 2007
In 2005, 20 sides competed for seven places alongside home team England while this time there will be 12 nations in Finland, including the hosts, with 30 contenders vying for berths from an initial entry of 46. BenefitsThe decision to expand the finals has met with widespread approval, not least from Michael Käld, who as Finland coach has seen at first hand the benefits of reaching a EURO. He led Finland to the semi-finals on their first qualification in England and has been observing the growth of women’s football in his country ever since. “It’s very good 12 teams will be in the finals,” he told uefa. “You can see what happened in Finland after 2005 which was the first time we qualified.

uefa.com – UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 8, 2007
Dosunmu ineligibleNigerian international striker Dosunmu, 26, arrives on a six-month loan from AS Nancy-Lorraine and returns to Belgium having been league top scorer last season with KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen. However, he has managed only two goals for Nancy, and having played for them in the UEFA Cup will not be able to register for European debutants Zulte Waregem in the remainder of the competition. Dosunmu said he did not feel any pressure on returning to Belgian football: “I am just trying to do my job extremely well. “‘Family’ welcomeAlso signing for the rest of the season is RSC Anderlecht’s Siani, who can play in midfield or up front. “I am glad to be able to play for Zulte Waregem,” Siani said after joining the mid-table side. “I have not been welcomed to a club so much as a family.

Goal.com – Villa Line Up Bardsley Deal
Goal.com – Jan 8, 2007
“I spoke to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson a few days ago about Bardsley, and he wouldn’t mind a deal at all,” said Villa manager Martin O’Neill (pictured). “But, like anything else, until things are signed I won’t take it for granted. I hope he will join us this week. ”
Bardsley was loaned to Scottish Premier League side Rangers at the start of this season, but following a training ground fall-out on 17th October with Paul Le Guen – who parted company with Rangers last week – the 21-year-old did not play for the Glasgow club again before returning to Old Trafford in December.

Goal.com – The Nooner (Jan 8) – Ronaldo Rolling Out?
Goal.com – Jan 8, 2007
Fortunately for all involved, Crystal Palace
did not draw ManU in the. Rumors surrounding Claudio Reyna’s long expected move to MLS
heated up on the weekend with Manchester
City manager Stuart
Pierce hinting “.

Goal.com – Marcus: Real Suffer Case of the Riazor Blues
Goal.com – Jan 8, 2007
” The
anger was clear as the paper described “Capello starting 2007 in the same way
he finished 2006: pummeled on the pitch and left blushing. ”

The pundits in Spain
pointed out a worrying evolution of the deficiencies in this season’s Real
Madrid’s “leaden” play. “Now it’s not just the bad play any more. It’s a
complete and total lack of willpower and concentration as well…in the first
goal the wall was a joke and the foul itself the product of a lapse of
concentration in the Madrid
ranks. ”

Even the best Madrid
chance to at least get a consolation goal was described in a way that left no
doubt as to many people’s view of the result as a fair defeat. “When
Emerson hit the woodwork it could have made it 1-1 but nothing would have been
more unfair. Depor could have shoveled goals past Madrid in the first half.

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