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January 12, 2007

‘Big Phil’ to say farewell to Portugal after Euro 2008

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The News Review:

* Living in America is Beckham’s best option
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* Big Phil to quit after Euro 2008
* ‘Big Phil’ to say farewell to Portugal after Euro 2008
* World Soccer Editorial
* Lampard signs on the dotted line
* O’Neill Unsure Over Baros Future
* ‘They think they’re invincible’
* – Morocco Football – El Karkouri salvages vital point for Pardew

Living in America is Beckham’s best option
go.com – Jan 11, 2007
He was praised for his efforts in his first season by a surprised Spanish media, which had previously doubted Madrid’s motives in buying him. Zidane, Figo, Raul and Ronaldo were all on the wane. And he was not the only star to fail at Euro 2004 or Germany 2006. He was just the most famous. In both cases he seems to have taken significant blame for failures. Steve McClaren’s first media-friendly grandstanding gesture was to drop him from the England squad. And Capello has started him just nine times this season, preferring to play Jose Antonio Reyes, Robinho and even an out-of-position Raul on the right flank, having deciding that any experiment with Beckham as a central midfielder is now completed.

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OhmyNews International – Dec 31, 2006
But as soon as he gets hold of the ball, he makes actions speak louder than words. With a bank of techniques and exceptional ingenuity, as well as his accuracy in front of the goal, Zidane is no less than an icon. A Timely ComebackIn 2004, Zidane was so frustrated with Les Bleus after they were knocked out of the quarterfinals of Euro 2004 that he decided to retire from international soccer. The team had been struggling for at least two years to regain its momentum. During the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, France, the defending champion, had a very disappointing showing, crashing out of the first round unable to score a single goal at the tournament. In 2005, exactly one year after he retired, and with the 2006 World Cup on the horizon, Zidane made one of the most crucial decisions in the career of a sportsman — to come out of retirement and help his country at the competition. As Zidane himself put it, his decision to come back was definitely going to puzzle the world… A Spectacular World Cup, Marred by Head ButtOn July 9, 2006, France captained by Zidane played in the World Cup final against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. One interesting thing to point out is that the said stadium was actually constructed by Adolf Hitler (the controversial Time magazine man of the year for 1938). It is therefore not be so strange that some mischief happened there. In fact, after winning enough glory for himself before he could go on his final retirement from the game, Zidane committed one of the biggest blunders of his whole career in the 110th minute of the game when he head-butted Italian Marco Materazzi in the chest, leading to his expulsion. Although many sympathetic French viewed his head-butt as a mark of masculinity, it must nonetheless be said that despite his fine play, Zidane’s weakest point was his rough game. He received at least a red card in every league he played, and beside Rigobert Song of Cameroon, he is the only other player to have received red cards in two different World Cup tournaments. The head-butt cast a black cloud over his illustrious career as he suddenly fell from grace to grass in the eyes of the media and the general public, with the words “Zidane head-butt” becoming a new catchphrase.

Big Phil to quit after Euro 2008
Independent Online – Dec 27, 2006
The 58-year-old – known as “Big Phil” – told the 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 were enough for a coach. 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 I leave at the end of Euro 2008 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. “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,” explained Scolari, who was awarded the paper’s Portuguese sports personality of the year. Scolari said he was not clear about what he would do after his departure from the Portugal post, but he would probably coach a club… “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,” explained Scolari, who was awarded the paper’s Portuguese sports personality of the year. Scolari said he was not clear about what he would do after his departure from the Portugal post, but he would probably coach a club.

‘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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World Soccer Editorial
World Soccer – Jan 2, 2007
Johan Cruyff famously quit, aged 30, after helping Holland qualify for the 1978 World Cup and resisted calls to join the squad for the finals in Argentina. We often see players retire after major tournaments, only to be lured back by the thought of one last hurrah. Luis Figo, Pavel Nedved and Zinedine Zidane all returned for last summer’s World Cup, having quit after Euro 2004, although things probably did not turn out quite as they envisaged. Juan Riquelme’s retirement has as much to do with the resignation of Argentina coach Jose Pekerman as a desire to devout more time to his club, Villarreal. Pekerman was the one man who championed Riquelme’s cause from his early days as a youth international, and it is hardly surprising that he does not feel so impressed with new coach Alfio Basile. If any proof were needed of the enduring appeal of international football, then look no further than the desire of David Beckham to return to play for England. Of course Beckham’s ambition to carry on playing for his country has to be tempered by the fact that he is no longer a regular starter for Real Madrid.

Lampard signs on the dotted line
Suffolk Evening Star – Dec 26, 2006
A source told The Evening Star: “Frank has bought a number of properties in various places including Chelmsford and his native East London. “He’s very much into the property investment scene, although it’s actually Frank Lampard senior (Lampard’s father) who does the negotiating and the buying. ”Property development and investment is not an unfamiliar business to the beautiful game’s aristocracy. Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is one of the wealthiest sportsmen in Britain thanks in large to his extensive buy-to-let property portfolio, which stretches to some 100 homes. He even owns a whole street in the Lancashire town of Oldham. His reputation is such that supporters at his former club Manchester City used to sing (to the tune of Yellow Submarine) “We all live in a Robbie Fowler house…”Tom Orford, a director at Savills estate agents in Princes Street, said: “Footballers have a very short life in their professional world and property is historically seen as the best investment. “There are no real advantages in terms of tax breaks… He joined Chelsea for £11million in 2001. His first England goal was scored against Croatia in a friendly at Portman Road in 2003. Lampard enjoyed a superb Euro 2004, scoring three goals and impressing fans and pundits alike. He is Chelsea’s vice captain. com

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O’Neill Unsure Over Baros Future
Goal.com – Jan 4, 2007
He has scored just once, and O’Neill told the Daily Mirror: “I wouldn’t be sure if he wanted to stay. If a striker is not scoring goals, then he is going to ask himself some questions. “He is still trying to find the form that earned him a move to Liverpool and won him the golden boot (at Euro 2004). “He scored against Sheffield United and like everyone else, goals give boosts of confidence. “Milan has started a fair few games for us and when he hasn’t started, he has been on the bench. “But ultimately it is up to players – I don’t have a magic wand to bring the best out of people… He has scored just once, and O’Neill told the Daily Mirror: “I wouldn’t be sure if he wanted to stay. If a striker is not scoring goals, then he is going to ask himself some questions. “He is still trying to find the form that earned him a move to Liverpool and won him the golden boot (at Euro 2004). “He scored against Sheffield United and like everyone else, goals give boosts of confidence. “Milan has started a fair few games for us and when he hasn’t started, he has been on the bench. “But ultimately it is up to players – I don’t have a magic wand to bring the best out of people.

‘They think they’re invincible’
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 2, 2007
“Most males under the age of 25 think they are invincible. They think terrible things will always happen to someone else. “Young people learn how to pass the test, not how to be a safe driver. They need to hear from victims about the consequences of taking risks and learn how a phone call to say you will be late is a better option than speeding. ” Adrian believes that there should be restrictions on how many passengers novice drivers are allowed to carry. “There was 40 stone in the back of that car and it changed the way it handled. Richard had 30 professional lessons but each time there was just an instructor in the passenger seat.

– Morocco Football – El Karkouri salvages vital point for Pardew
maroc-football.com – Jan 2, 2007
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Bolton Wanderers (4-1-3-2): J Jaaskelainen ? N Hunt, A Faye (sub: T Ben Haim, 67min), A Me?t?, R Gardner ? I Campo ? S Giannakopoulos (sub: R Vaz T?, 61), K Nolan, G Speed ? H Pedersen, N Anelka (sub: A Teymourian, 32). Substitutes not used: I Walker, I Tal. Charlton Athletic (4-5-1): S Carson ? O Sankofa, H Hreidarsson, T El Karkouri, B Thatcher ? D Rommedahl (sub: K Lisbie, 74), M Holland, A Faye, B Hughes (sub: S Diawara, 84), J Thomas ? M Bent (sub: J F Hasselbaink, 85). Substitutes not used: D Randolph, D Ambrose. Booked: El Karkouri.

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