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January 21, 2007

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The News Review:

* AP Interview: Domenech accuses Smith of abandoning Euro 2008 rival…
* Commercial TV eyes major sports
* The Herald : Sport: FOOTBALL
* Kick-off time announced for San Marino game
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McClaren visits FA Council
* Irish soccer | Republic of Ireland news | Blackburn hit with Reid blow

AP Interview: Domenech accuses Smith of abandoning Euro 2008 rival…
International Herald Tribune – Jan 19, 2007
Smith quit the Scotland job last week to become manger of Scottish club side Glasgow Rangers. Scotland is France’s main rival in its Euro 2008 qualifying group. Asked whether Smith put club before country, Domenech replied, “Club, bank account. ” He added: “I don’t judge why he made his choice. I say that it is a shame from a sporting perspective… ” He added: “I don’t judge why he made his choice. I say that it is a shame from a sporting perspective. ” Scotland leads France in Euro 2008 qualifying and beat the World Cup runner-up 1-0 in October — an upset that propelled Smith’s promising young Scotland team into the spotlight after years of poor results and failure to reach a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup. “He created a real mess,” Domenech said in an interview with The Associated Press. “They played games in their way and he leaves. That should be forbidden.

Sofia Echo – Jan 15, 2007
Stoichkov told national private channel bTV that this would be the most natural thing to do. ?I believe we will qualify for Euro 2008 since the team is good and things are going as I've planned, said Stoichkov as quoted by Bulgarian National Radio.

Commercial TV eyes major sports
Prague Post – Jan 17, 2007
“Otherwise, it would be virtually impossible to show the Euro soccer tournament on just one channel. ”

The Sportfive agency — which is in charge of marketing for UEFA, European soccer’s governing body — declined comment on the issue, as did representatives of both Prima TV and ČTV. ČTV spokeswoman Anna Freimanová said that negotiations about Euro 2008 broadcasting rights have not yet been finalized. Limited space

Having just one channel each, neither Prima nor Nova showed interest in broadcasting recent major sports events such as last year’s Winter Olympics and the World Cup because the number of events and matches would have ruined their regular program schedules. This will change once digital broadcasting arrives, Šmíd said. “After receiving more space, commercial television will be increasingly demanding broadcasting rights for sports events, and so their value will significantly increase,” he said.

The Herald : Sport: FOOTBALL
The Herald – Jan 12, 2007
“If I had signed an extension, I wouldn’t have, and couldn’t have, walked away. It would not have been possible and, in my eyes, it would have been wrong. “How many people would knock back the opportunity of three years’ employment with Rangers over a job with Scotland that could end after November if we don’t qualify for the European Championships?
“If we didn’t reach Euro 2008, they would have come to an agreement for me to leave, like they did the last four managers. “I agreed to the clause and knew myself that, if we didn’t get to Euro 2008, then that might have been the end of it. That was the reality. I was asked if I wanted to enter discussions but I was quite happy with the situation the way it was.

Kick-off time announced for San Marino game – Jan 12, 2007
The game will get underway at 7. 45pm on Wednesday, 7 February. Steve Staunton’s men have just won one from their opening four Euro 2008 qualifiers and this match will be viewed as a must win for his side. Ireland’s following fixture will see them face Wales on Saturday, 24 March in Croke Park.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McClaren visits FA Council
BBC News – Jan 17, 2007
But I understand that on Wednesday morning, as the council met at the Royal Overseas League in London’s West End, Steve McClaren came calling. With a crucial Euro qualifying match against Israel coming up in March, McClaren was keen to assure his ultimate bosses that the England team are in good heart. He said all the talk of England players not caring after their defeat in Croatia was a media misunderstanding… McClaren’s ambitions evidently still remain high. He told the assembled company that he was determined to bring silverware back to England. That must mean winning Euro 2008. The councillors it seems felt very reassured and lobbed the gentlest of questions. Israel may prove a tougher proposition.

Irish soccer | Republic of Ireland news | Blackburn hit with Reid blow – Jan 15, 2007

Blackburn hit with Reid blow
January 15, 2007
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has revealed that midfielder Steven Reid will be out of action for the rest of the season after sustaining a serious knee injury in training last week. Reid has been on the sidelines with a severe back problem since Ireland?s Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany in September. However, he had recovered from that injury and was expected to press for a first-team return in the near future before shipping a cruciate knee ligament injury in training – which could keep him out for as long as nine months and means he is likely to miss the remainder of Ireland’s European qualifiers. Hughes said: ?It’s a major blow to lose Steven and we obviously feel for him. He was very close to being back in action, a couple of reserve games and he would have been available again, so it makes it very difficult for us and possibly affects what we are going to do in the transfer window.

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