Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 5, 2007

WENGER INSISTS WALCOTT’S TIME WILL COME

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The News Review:

* The Prague Post Online: Business
* BECKHAM HEADS FOR LA ON £128M DEAL
* SPAIN PAIRED WITH SLOVAKIA
* WENGER INSISTS WALCOTT’S TIME WILL COME
* ANELKA PHILOSOPHICAL ON CHANCES
* BRAZIL BEGIN AGAINST CROATIA
* Universal game-Editorial-OPINION-The Times of India
* Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
* BREAK IS A GOOD FOR ENGLAND – ERIKSSON
* O’NEILL CHALLENGES BAROS TO IMPROVE
* EXPERT FEARS ENGLISH HOOLIGANISM
* Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
* LIPPI: TOTTI VITAL TO SQUAD

The Prague Post Online: Business
Prague Post – Feb 5, 2007
33 liters) by adult healthy women. However, it's important to emphasize the word regular consumption. It doesn't mean that one does not drink at all throughout the week and then kills 14 pints on a Saturday night. Did the recent appeal for moderate consumption come as a result of the country averaging about 160 liters per capita, making it the world's leader in beer drinking?Not really. The average of 160 liters per head in one year does not represent only the consumption of the Czechs but also of the increasing number of tourists coming here. Beer has become a tourist attraction for many visitors, and since the number of tourists has been increasing while beer consumption remains on the same level, we can say that the actual Czech consumption has been decreasing. Generally, I think 160 liters per year is just the limit for a man to drink beer while still functioning… Generally, I think 160 liters per year is just the limit for a man to drink beer while still functioning. How did the high-profile sporting events this year, be it the Ice Hockey World Championship or the Euro 2004 soccer championship, affect beer sales?In fact, the widely watched sporting events helped local breweries compensate for a drop in sales resulting from the cold summer. Despite additional beer sales during Euro 2004, beer production in June still dropped by 6 percent from last year. Aren't you afraid that sales, especially at small breweries, could be threatened by market competition from EU entry?I don't think that the country's accession to the EU will increase beer imports in the Czech Republic. Actually, our beer industry never employed any market-protection policies and the share of imported beer did not exceed 2 percent of overall domestic sales. In addition, there is a certain degree of patriotism among beer drinkers, although it doesn't mean that they would drink local beer if it was worse than foreign. I think former Pilsner Urquell CEO Tony van Kralingen voiced the best description of the Czech people's approach to beer: "The Czechs don't think that they are the ones who brew the best beer in the world; they tend to think that they are the only ones to brew beer!"Why, despite the rich beer tradition here, are Czech brands often overshadowed on the world market by other European beers?Manufacturers from countries west of our borders have a 40-year advantage in international marketing, while our manufacturers were pushed down by communist planning.

BECKHAM HEADS FOR LA ON £128M DEAL
Sportinglife.com – Feb 4, 2007
June 7: Beckham, who was able to lead England out for their opening World Cup match against Sweden, scores from the penalty spot against Argentina to seal a 1-0 win. England bow out in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual winners Brazil. October: Scored against Slovakia and Macedonia as England started their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign with a win and a draw. 2003: February: Beckham involved in new controversy after Ferguson accidentally kicks a boot into his face in frustration at United’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, leaving the England skipper with a gash above his eye. April 23: Beckham left out of the starting line-up for United’s crucial Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Real Madrid at Old Trafford. Beckham scores twice as a substitute but it is too late to save the Red Devils, who lose 6-5 on aggregate. May 22: Suffers a fractured scaphoid (bone between thumb and wrist) in 2-1 friendly victory over South Africa… November 8 – Capello claims Beckham suffered ‘psychological difficulties’ after being dropped by McClaren. 2007, January 9 – Mijatovic has warned Beckham the Spanish giants want to sort out his contract by next week. January 10 – Beckham’s contract at Real will not be renewed, according to Mijatovic. January 11 – Beckham announces he will leave Real Madrid and join Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on a five-year contract in August. The deal is believed to be worth ?128million over the period.

SPAIN PAIRED WITH SLOVAKIA
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Luis Aragones’ side, who could only finish second behind Serbia & Montenegroin group seven, will be at home for the first leg, which will be played onNovember 12 at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. The return leg will take place in Slovakia on November 16. Turkey, who finished third in the 2002 World Cup but did not qualify for Euro2004, will play Switzerland, with the Swiss playing at home in the first leg. The other tie sees the Czech Republic, runners-up to Holland in group one,meet Norway. The Norwegians will host the first leg. Spain striker Fernando Torres remained bullish after the draw.

WENGER INSISTS WALCOTT’S TIME WILL COME
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Walcott grabbed the headlines again when he came off the bench to score twice as England Under-21s beat Germany in their European Championship play-off on Tuesday – a night before the senior national team were humbled by Croatia in Zagreb. Wenger believes the teenager is starting to show the potential which in January persuaded Arsenal to pay Southampton a fee which could rise to ?12million. But the Arsenal manager was also at pains to stress not too much should be expected from Walcott too soon. Wenger declared: “Theo Walcott can help – but as well it is wrong to think that a boy of 17 has to save a country, that is not right. “He certainly will be an England player in the future, but you cannot say now, ‘We take a player of 17 and he has to qualify us for the European Championships’. “He will one day – but England have qualified for the World Cup, you have done not as bad as you think at the World Cup. “You qualified for the World Cup before, you qualified for the European Championships and just lost against the finalists, Portugal – so you cannot destroy everybody and say suddenly no-one is good any more… You can help them to handle it. “Parallels have naturally been drawn between the impact Wayne Rooney had on England when he was 17 and the potential of Walcott to do the same. Although the Manchester United striker is currently suffering a blip in form with the national team – his last competitive goal coming at the Euro 2004 finals – Wenger is in no doubt of Rooney’s class is permanent. The Arsenal boss said: “I think Rooney is a big player. “He has a period of his life for one or two months where he is less good – what is wrong with that?”Rooney had a big injury and it takes time to come back to his best level. “It looked like at the World Cup, the whole World Cup depended on him. As big as you are, it is the team performance.

ANELKA PHILOSOPHICAL ON CHANCES
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
But should current boss Raymond Domenech omit him once more, Anelka is adamant he will take it on the chin. “I was never much affected by the fact I missed the two World Cups, because I knew I was not judged on my sporting qualities,” he said. “If I let myself get down from it all I could not be here today, I could have drowned myself. “For me, what happened had to happen, I accept it. When I don’t play a World Cup, I don’t make a fuss about it and I think that I am on holiday. I know that if I don’t do bad things on earth I am not a bad guy… “But by playing in Turkey I never thought I would play again for France. “I spoke with Raymond Domenech and he said to me that we had to forget about all the stories in the papers, that it did not matter and that the most important thing was what was happening on the pitch. Anelka believes missing out on successive World Cups and Euro 2004 had nothing to do with his footballing ability and everything to do with his relationship with 1998 coach Aime Jacquet and his successors Roger Lemerre and Santini. He said: “Every time I had problems with the coaches because of a lack of communication. I had talked only five minutes with Santini and his speech was contradictory – same with Jacquet. “Roger Lemerre is a very special person, it’s hard to talk with him. After a difficult qualifying campaign, which saw Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele come out of international retirement, France will kick-start their Group G campaign on June 13 against Switzerland.

BRAZIL BEGIN AGAINST CROATIA
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
“It didn’t go well for them in the last World Cup, and although Ukraine were the first team to qualify for the final, they are beatable. “I think I’m pretty happy with what’s happened. When you consider what we could have got, fortunately the group is not too bad. It’s not impossible to qualify from, and I’m very pleased with that. Former Holland coach Willem van Hanegem, who worked with ex-boss Dick Advocaat until Marco van Basten took over the national job, admits his side face a tough task, but urged calm. “This is a heavy draw,” he said. “I think Serbia & Montenegro are the weakest opponent in the group… I havefaith in my players and fans. There are no easy opponents. Switzerland midfielder Johan Lonfat reflected on his side being in the samegroup as France in a major tournament or qualifying for the third time in a row,after being paired with them in Euro 2004 and qualification for thistournament. “We can say that we are really starting to get to know each other with Francesince we were already in the same group at the Euro and also for the World Cupqualifiers,” he said, before reflecting on the Swiss’ other opponents. “I would have rather faced another team than South Korea who did beautifulthings four years ago,” he added on Infosport. “Togo meanwhile have showed they could live up expectations but I am surewe’ll have our chances. “The group opener against France will be tough.

Universal game-Editorial-OPINION-The Times of India
Times of India – Feb 5, 2007
Runners-up in Euro 2004 and with a clutch of quality players, they would be
hoping to create history. Much
is being made of all four semi-finalists being European countries. Indeed, this
is the first time since 1982 that this has happened. That, however, does not
detract from the fact that football remains the only truly global sport.

Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Jonathan De Guzman created the first opening for Angelos Charisteas after 16 minutes, feeding the ball in from the left wing for the Greek striker who took a shot from distance which flew wide of the right-hand upright. Three minutes later, Luiz Andre Bahia turned provider for Charisteas in a more central position. This time the Euro 2004 winner got his shot on target and forced a decent save from Theo Zwarthoed, who at full stretch managed to push the ball out for a corner. Just before the half-hour, Joonas Kolkka found some space on the right wing and passed inside to Huysegems. He attempted to curl the ball into the back of the net from the left-hand side of the area, but instead sent it over the crossbar. The UEFA Cup participants did not have long to wait for the breakthrough, though. Thirty-one minutes in, De Guzman found Buys on the right-hand side of the penalty area… Just before the half-hour, Joonas Kolkka found some space on the right wing and passed inside to Huysegems. He attempted to curl the ball into the back of the net from the left-hand side of the area, but instead sent it over the crossbar. The UEFA Cup participants did not have long to wait for the breakthrough, though. Thirty-one minutes in, De Guzman found Buys on the right-hand side of the penalty area. After taking the ball past Excelsior defender Sigourney Bandjar, he slotted past Zwarthoed. The away side were 2-0 up shortly afterwards, and the hosts only had themselves to blame. Goalkeeper Zwarthoed tried to throw the ball out to Rudy Jansen, but Hofs intercepted, ran into the centre of the penalty area and placed the ball into the right-hand side of the net.

BREAK IS A GOOD FOR ENGLAND – ERIKSSON
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
“There will be more English people there than from any other country. Hopefully our fans will behave, and I’m sure they will, as they did in Portugaland in Japan. England were knocked out of Euro 2004 on penalties by Portugal, and twice byGermany in Italia 90 and Euro 96, but Eriksson insisted it is impossible totrain players properly for shoot-outs. He said: “It’s very difficult to practise penalty shoot-outs because it isvery difficult to recreate the ambience. “When it is a big tournament and a big stadium, the player is standing in thecentre circle, the walk he has to do the penalty spot is very, very hard. “It’s huge and who knows how many thoughts he will have in his head. He knowsmillions of people are sitting at home looking at it on television, he knows hecan only be a loser if he does not score.

O’NEILL CHALLENGES BAROS TO IMPROVE
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Baros was regarded as one of the hottest properties in the game after the championships in Portugal two and a half years ago. But he only spasmodically hit top form since then, having joined Villa in a ?6million switch from Liverpool in the summer of 2005. Baros was top scorer with 12 goals last season but has looked a shadow of his former self during the current campaign to leave O’Neill in the dark as to the extend of his desire to play for Villa. O’Neill said: “Milan is still trying to find the form that made him the player that moved to Liverpool, that scored the goals in the international matches and won him the Golden Boot… O’Neill said: “Milan is still trying to find the form that made him the player that moved to Liverpool, that scored the goals in the international matches and won him the Golden Boot. “He scored against Sheffield United recently and goals give people big boosts of confidence, especially strikers. If a striker is not scoring goals, then he is going to ask himself some questions. “Can I get the best out of him? A number of players I managed will say I did nothing for them. There is no such thing as this magic wand that you wave and players suddenly find form they hadn’t produced before. “Ultimately it is up to players. They do the playing and they are the ones will accept the plaudits if things are going well.

EXPERT FEARS ENGLISH HOOLIGANISM
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Part of the problem facing the 2006 organisers, according to Groenevelt, is Germany’s position at the heart of Europe. With nine international lands borders on top of the air and sea ports, troublemakers are more likely to travel to the tournament. This is in contrast to Portugal, hosts of Euro 2004, where it was relatively easy to police points of entry while Japan and Korea, where the last World Cup was held, were out of reach for many fans. Groenevelt was in Cardiff for the recent World Cup qualifier between Wales and England and identified a number of problems with the behaviour of some England fans. “They were provoking, in an aggressive way – not only young people but older people too,” he said. “They were drinking without shirts on, they don’t integrate with the local supporters, they refer to the war, and it doesn’t make a nice relaxing atmosphere for the match… This is in contrast to Portugal, hosts of Euro 2004, where it was relatively easy to police points of entry while Japan and Korea, where the last World Cup was held, were out of reach for many fans. Groenevelt was in Cardiff for the recent World Cup qualifier between Wales and England and identified a number of problems with the behaviour of some England fans. “They were provoking, in an aggressive way – not only young people but older people too,” he said. “They were drinking without shirts on, they don’t integrate with the local supporters, they refer to the war, and it doesn’t make a nice relaxing atmosphere for the match.

Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
Danny Blind’s side could even have snatched the points as the game driftedinto stoppage time. Charisteas, who had entered the fray as a 76th-minute substitute, was the manwho could have bagged all three points but the Greek forward was unable to gethis shot on target. The Greek centre forward, the hero of his country’s win in Euro 2004, willdoubtless rue his miss but for Ajax fans there will be the realisation that itcould have been a whole lot worse. TeamsSparta Prague Blazek, Kadlec, Lukas, Petras, Pospech,Polacek (Dosek 79), Sivok, Kisel, Zelenka, Poborsky,Slepicka (Matusovic 49). Subs Not Used: Grigar, Pergl, Petrous, Herzan, Loucka. Goals: Matusovic 66. Ajax Vonk, Emanuelson, Maduro, Grygera, Trabelsi, Lindenbergh,Sneijder, Galasek (Heitinga 90), Babel, Pienaar (Rosales 80),Rosenberg (Charisteas 76)… The Greek centre forward, the hero of his country’s win in Euro 2004, willdoubtless rue his miss but for Ajax fans there will be the realisation that itcould have been a whole lot worse. TeamsSparta Prague Blazek, Kadlec, Lukas, Petras, Pospech,Polacek (Dosek 79), Sivok, Kisel, Zelenka, Poborsky,Slepicka (Matusovic 49). Subs Not Used: Grigar, Pergl, Petrous, Herzan, Loucka. Goals: Matusovic 66. Ajax Vonk, Emanuelson, Maduro, Grygera, Trabelsi, Lindenbergh,Sneijder, Galasek (Heitinga 90), Babel, Pienaar (Rosales 80),Rosenberg (Charisteas 76). Subs Not Used: Lobont, Vermaelen, De Jong, Boukhari.

LIPPI: TOTTI VITAL TO SQUAD
Sportinglife.com – Feb 5, 2007
“Without him I would have to change my tactical plans because there is no-onethat can replace him. Lippi’s preferred line-up is based on a 4-3-1-2 formation with Totti insupport of two strikers. Totti has had disciplinary problems in the past and saw his Euro 2004 campaigncurtailed by a red card for spitting at Denmark’s Christian Poulsen. Lippi insists the 29-year-old is now back on track, however, and expects nofurther problems. He added: “Totti is calm now. He has a physical and mental strength thatallows him to do extraordinary things. Whether Totti’s club team-mate Antonio Cassano can play his way back intocontention remains to be seen… He has a physical and mental strength thatallows him to do extraordinary things. Whether Totti’s club team-mate Antonio Cassano can play his way back intocontention remains to be seen. The Roma man has not been called up since June because of a contract wranglewhich has seen him lose his starting place with the Giallorossi. “I hope that his problem will be resolved soon,” said Lippi. “In three months he has only played one game for Roma, but I’m waiting to seewhat happens.

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