Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 2, 2007

DUTCH DENY FRANCE RECORD

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* Smallweed | Columnists | Guardian Unlimited
* A galaxy, far, far away
* A galaxy, far, far away
* DUTCH DENY FRANCE RECORD
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Olympics 2004
* ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
* PARKER GETS ENGLAND RECALL
* Big task for Big Eck but he’s up to the job
* ABC Sport – Football – South Africa diverts hospital cash to pay for…

Smallweed | Columnists | Guardian Unlimited
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 30, 2007
“Have you read my Tudor Cornwall?” the immodest historian AL Rowse inquired of Bowra. “No,” said Bowra, “but have you met our Stuart Hampshire?” Please don’t tell me this isn’t true. · Months ago, this column turned its attention to bodgers: not bodgers in the sense that means botchers – people who want to do it themselves but end up making a mess of it – but bodgers in the older sense of craftsmen working with wood. Now,having by happy chance caught sight of a shop window at Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, on Thursday, I am able to tell you that classes in bodging are being offered in that incomparable county. Classes of up to four people aged 14 or over are offered an induction by a soi-disant “artful bodger” called Ian Wall at the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. It’s suggested that tuition in bodging is something you might give a friend as a present. The email address for benefactors and other applicants is… · As so often, the so-called (and possibly even soi-disant) pundits have entirely missed the point about the unexpected success of Greece in Euro 2004. Yet they’ve only to read the team sheets to see why it is happening. In the interests of consistency, the Greeks fielded against Portugal and then against Spain a team composed of players all of whose names end in the letter S. Yes, even down to the substitutes. Some dolts may attempt to argue that this is because most Greek names end in the letter S, but you have only to scan the results of the Greek Euro-elections to see that this isn’t the case.

A galaxy, far, far away
The Age – Jan 31, 2007
But then, he didn’t need to. Beckham’s brand usurped hisright foot years ago. Stallone, Cruise and Disney: it’s Hollywood’s A-list, but it’snot a sporting list. When it comes to Beckham, no one talksfootball any more. Largely because there is nothing left tosay. There was a glorious time when he was still famous for hisability to whip in crosses more proficiently than anyone else inthe world. When I first interviewed Beckham in 2001, he was still afootballer… Three years later, our paths crossed in Portugal, but Beckhamhad dispensed with Warne’s scriptwriters and borrowed FreddieFlintoff’s. Sitting in the Estadio da Luz, I watched Beckham march towardsthe penalty spot. It was the Euro 2004 quarter-final betweenEngland and Portugal and the teams were about to be separated bypenalties. Portugal had home advantage. England had vocal advantage. Bothwere terrified of Beckham. The Portuguese had bought into theBeckham brand.

A galaxy, far, far away
The Age – Jan 30, 2007
But then, he didn’t need to. Beckham’s brand usurped hisright foot years ago. Stallone, Cruise and Disney: it’s Hollywood’s A-list, but it’snot a sporting list. When it comes to Beckham, no one talksfootball any more. Largely because there is nothing left tosay. There was a glorious time when he was still famous for hisability to whip in crosses more proficiently than anyone else inthe world. When I first interviewed Beckham in 2001, he was still afootballer… Three years later, our paths crossed in Portugal, but Beckhamhad dispensed with Warne’s scriptwriters and borrowed FreddieFlintoff’s. Sitting in the Estadio da Luz, I watched Beckham march towardsthe penalty spot. It was the Euro 2004 quarter-final betweenEngland and Portugal and the teams were about to be separated bypenalties. Portugal had home advantage. England had vocal advantage. Bothwere terrified of Beckham. The Portuguese had bought into theBeckham brand.

DUTCH DENY FRANCE RECORD
Sportinglife.com – Jan 30, 2007
usFrance failed to make it a record 15 wins in a row as they struggled to a goalless draw with Euro 2004 rivals Holland in Rotterdam. The match saw France return to the scene of their Euro 2000 final triumph, where David Trezeguet’s golden goal allowed them to beat Italy 2-1. Despite the absence of key players Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, Les Bleus acquitted themselves well in an evenly-contested first half. The Dutch started the second half the brighter and France were lucky to stay on level terms in the opening five minutes, but in the end both sides had to settle for a point. Fabrizio Miccoli scored his first international goal direct from a corner as Italy edged out Portugal 2-1… Sergei Dadu netted twice as Moldova beat Azerbaijan 2-1. Gurban Gurbanov had given the visitors the lead after 20 minutes before Dadu took centre stage. Thordur Gudjohnsson scored for Iceland but could not prevent the visitors from going down to a 2-1 defeat to Albania in Tirana. Adrian Aliaj put the home side ahead and Alban Bushi got the winner after Gudjohnsson had equalised. A last-minute equaliser from Roland Kollmann secured a 1-1 draw for Austria in Slovakia, who had taken the lead 18 minutes from time through Marek Mintal. DaMarcus Beasley’s first-half strike was enough to give the United States a 1-0 win in Poland, while Bosnia-Herzegovina triumphed 2-1 in Luxembourg thanks to strikes from Zvjezdan Misimovic and Elvir Bolic. Daniel Huss pulled a goal back in the 87th minute.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Olympics 2004
Irish Times – Feb 2, 2007
Tonight she?s not going anywhere. Last week Ciara told Mammy to give the others a chance and Nic told the organisers to make the pacemaker go faster in the earlier laps. Sonia was running like it was yesterday… ”

So she shut her mind. Painted by numbers at the track. Went to Dublin recently and they were launching the Olympic uniform and it hit her like a smack. The Olympics are bearing down. Beyond Athens, beyond her career, she?ll stay involved but not with elite athletes, she says.

ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
Irish Times – Jan 31, 2007
Impressively too, you might say, as Oleg Blokhin’s side brushed aside a group containing Turkey, Denmark and Greece, amongst others, to become the first European side with ticket in hand, writes Paul O’Hehir

Ukraine, of course, fell under the old USSR cloak but when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, the Football Federation of Ukraine was founded. Since then, Ukraine have come agonisingly close to qualifying for France 98 and Japan & Korea 2002, coming undone at the play-off stages on both occasions. After also failing to qualify for Euro 2004, Leonid Buryak stepped aside and handed control to Blokhin and, in no way diminishing the former’s gallant attempts, the latter took the bull by the horns and transformed the nation into a more ruthless, clinical and classy outfit. The transition from player to manager is, more often than not, a difficult one but Blokhin made the switch seamlessly. A former star player, he was named 1975 World Player of the Year and is generally regarded as the USSR’s greatest ever winger, scoring some 42 goals in 112 appearances. Of course, managers don’t necessarily win games and Blokhin is suitably aided in that process by team captain Andriy Shevchenko, the Chelsea striker. Shevchenko, himself, was voted World Player of the Year just two seasons ago and spearheads a lethal forward line with Shakhtar Donetsk hitman Andriy Vorobey and Andrey Voronin of Bayer Leverkusen… Since then, Ukraine have come agonisingly close to qualifying for France 98 and Japan & Korea 2002, coming undone at the play-off stages on both occasions. After also failing to qualify for Euro 2004, Leonid Buryak stepped aside and handed control to Blokhin and, in no way diminishing the former’s gallant attempts, the latter took the bull by the horns and transformed the nation into a more ruthless, clinical and classy outfit. The transition from player to manager is, more often than not, a difficult one but Blokhin made the switch seamlessly. A former star player, he was named 1975 World Player of the Year and is generally regarded as the USSR’s greatest ever winger, scoring some 42 goals in 112 appearances. Of course, managers don’t necessarily win games and Blokhin is suitably aided in that process by team captain Andriy Shevchenko, the Chelsea striker. Shevchenko, himself, was voted World Player of the Year just two seasons ago and spearheads a lethal forward line with Shakhtar Donetsk hitman Andriy Vorobey and Andrey Voronin of Bayer Leverkusen. With the quartet – not to mention former Tottenham striker Sergei Rebrov, whom Blokhin appears to have roused from his slumber – firing Ukraine to the forefront during qualification, there seemed little to derail the operation with Germany looming large on the horizon.

PARKER GETS ENGLAND RECALL
Sportinglife.com – Feb 2, 2007
Tottenham boss Martin Jol left his captain out of yesterday’s UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague because of another problem with his knee but McClaren expects the defender to be fit. King’s Spurs team-mate Michael Dawson and Charlton’s Luke Young have both been dropped. Joe Cole, who suffered a reaction to his knee injury on his return for Chelsea, is not ready. Parker has won two England caps, the last of which came as a brief substitute against Sweden in March 2004. He was dropped onto the stand-by list for Euro 2004 and never picked by Sven-Goran Eriksson again. McClaren, who saw Parker play well for Newcastle against Everton on Sunday, has been impressed with his form this season. There is no place for Jonathan Woodgate, who has been in good form since moving to Middlesbrough from Real Madrid… Joe Cole, who suffered a reaction to his knee injury on his return for Chelsea, is not ready. Parker has won two England caps, the last of which came as a brief substitute against Sweden in March 2004. He was dropped onto the stand-by list for Euro 2004 and never picked by Sven-Goran Eriksson again. McClaren, who saw Parker play well for Newcastle against Everton on Sunday, has been impressed with his form this season. There is no place for Jonathan Woodgate, who has been in good form since moving to Middlesbrough from Real Madrid. And no recall for David Beckham despite the injury to Spurs winger Aaron Lennon. Squad: Robinson (Tottenham), Foster (Man Utd), Kirkland (Liverpool); G Neville (Man Utd), P Neville (Everton), Brown (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Carragher (Liverpool), King (Tottenham), A Cole (Chelsea), Bridge (Chelsea); Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Jenas (Tottenham), Carrick (Man Utd), Richardson (Man Utd), Downing (Middlesbrough), Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Parker (Newcastle); Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Liverpool), Johnson (Everton), Defoe (Spurs).

Big task for Big Eck but he’s up to the job
Edinburgh Evening News – Jan 29, 2007
When I first saw the group Scotland were in I remember thinking to myself that I could hardly have selected a more difficult draw if I’d handpicked it. So while Big Eck’s going into the role with his feet firmly on the ground it would pay for everyone else connected to Scotland to do the same and realise that gradual rebuilding is probably the most realistic way forward. But then football wouldn’t be the game that we all love if the favourites always came out on top and who’d have predicted Greece would win Euro 2004? Of course Alex is no stranger to upsetting the odds if you recall Rangers’ unlikely progression through to the last 16 of the Champions League last season but even he’d admit that taking Scotland to Austria & Switzerland would better anything he’s ever done during his managerial career so far. He cut his teeth at Motherwell but it was at Hibs where he probably first really felt the burden of expectation which will stand him in good stead for his new role. Although he never admitted it I’m pretty sure that he would have expected to have been out on his ear had he not taken the club straight back into the Premier League after their relegation into the First Division. He did win promotion though and then over the next two years built a team more than capable of holding their own in the SPL. It was always clear that he had a good grasp of what he wanted to do and there was never any doubt among the players about who was in charge… But then football wouldn’t be the game that we all love if the favourites always came out on top and who’d have predicted Greece would win Euro 2004? Of course Alex is no stranger to upsetting the odds if you recall Rangers’ unlikely progression through to the last 16 of the Champions League last season but even he’d admit that taking Scotland to Austria & Switzerland would better anything he’s ever done during his managerial career so far. He cut his teeth at Motherwell but it was at Hibs where he probably first really felt the burden of expectation which will stand him in good stead for his new role. Although he never admitted it I’m pretty sure that he would have expected to have been out on his ear had he not taken the club straight back into the Premier League after their relegation into the First Division. He did win promotion though and then over the next two years built a team more than capable of holding their own in the SPL. It was always clear that he had a good grasp of what he wanted to do and there was never any doubt among the players about who was in charge. He had a good blend of being able to make the players enjoy training and playing but also realise in no uncertain terms that he was the boss. He worked hard on making people want to train as he realised he would get the best out the players that way and hopefully the fun he brings to sessions will help cut the number of call-offs from the national team that seems to have plagued managers for years.

ABC Sport – Football – South Africa diverts hospital cash to pay for…
abc.net.au – Jan 28, 2007
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South Africa diverts hospital cash to pay for World Cup

A hospital building program in South Africa has been delayed to help pay for the country’s hosting of the 2010 football World Cup. The construction of two hospitals in the remote Northern Cape has been held up for a year while funds are diverted to pay for the tournament. Speaking to the BBC, the South African Treasury said spending on health was increasing but did not deny that the money had been transferred. The cost of providing new and renovated stadiums for the World Cup is rapidly rising, with construction bills hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. A spokesman for the opposition Democratic Alliance has put the budget blow-out down to inadequate government planning. President Thabo Mbeki has staked South Africa’s reputation on the success of the World Cup.

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