Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 8, 2007

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The News Review:

* LEHMANN PLANS TO QUIT AFTER EURO 2008
* ENGLAND BOOST FOR EURO 2008
* CELTIC WIN SCOTLAND BID
* GERMANY BUOYED BY WORLD CUP DISPLAY : Sporting Life – Football |…
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* VOGTS BACK SCOTS FOR SUCCESS
* SMITH OPTIMISM OVER McNAMARA
* DOMENECH LOOKS TO THE FUTURE : Sporting Life – Football | France…
* McCONNELL KEEN TO RAISE SCOTS
* SCOTS TO FACE SWISS
* 13 NOT UNLUCKY FOR RAMPANT GERMANS
* Sporting Life – Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores,…
* ARAGONES: WIN WILL SILENCE CRITICS : Sporting Life – Football | Spain…
* McCLAREN RUBBISHES VENABLES QUIT TALK
* UKRAINE KEEP SCOTS WAITING
* MacLEOD HOPING FOR SEEDINGS BOOST
* DOMENECH CALLS ON MAKELELE AGAIN
* MAKELELE KEEN TO KEEP GOING

LEHMANN PLANS TO QUIT AFTER EURO 2008
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The veteran shot-stopper, fresh from his first-ever tournament as Germany’s number one at the World Cup, has set his sights on glory in Austria and Switzerland, and then bringing the curtain down on his career. “At the age of 36, I have the European Championships ahead of me in two years and that is what I am working up to,” he told Kicker magazine. “Afterwards I think that will be it, both with the national team and as a professional footballer. “Lehmann still has a year to run on his contract with the Gunners, but has hinted this could be his last season in London.

ENGLAND BOOST FOR EURO 2008
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usEngland have been included among the top seeds for Euro 2008 qualifying. The draw for the qualifying rounds for the tournament in Austria andSwitzerland will take place in January with England allocated a place in potone. That means they will avoid champions and top seeds Greece, Holland, Portugal,Czech Republic, France and Sweden. Each of those teams will be allocated a place in one of the seven qualifyinggroups. Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have been placed in pot four, Wales inpot five and Northern Ireland in pot six.

CELTIC WIN SCOTLAND BID
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usBy Lisa Gray, PA SportScotland’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign will kick off at Celtic Park – because Robbie Williams will be playing at Hampden Park on the same day. Walter Smith’s men will take on the Faroe Islands in their opening game on Saturday, September 2. But two sell-out shows at the national stadium that weekend meant they were forced to look for an alternative venue to host the crucial match. The Scots face a nightmare qualifying group, which also includes France, Italy and the Ukraine, and they know a winning start to the campaign is vital.

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“That said, I have every confidence in the team. They know full well what is at stake on Saturday, and for the remaining qualifying games. “First of all we aim to get through qualifying and then play an important role at Euro 2008. “It’s only natural for us to aim high and try to win Euro 2008, but it is a step-by-step process. “Loew is wary of a potential backlash from the Republic in the wake of their 4-0 friendly defeat to Holland 17 days ago. “We know Ireland have problems,” added Loew.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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DAILY MAIL: Steve McClaren is planning a radical shake-up of his England team that will involve Stewart Downing being axed and Shaun Wright-Phillips selected on the right flank in a new-look 3-5-2 formation. Also: Michael Vaughan, England’s heroic captain in the defeat of Australia last year, is planning a dramatic return for the final two Tests of the forthcoming Ashes series – in Melbourne, starting on Boxing Day, and in Sydney early in January. DAILY EXPRESS: Steve McClaren could go for a bold switch to a 3-5-2 formation in the Euro 2008 qualifier with Macedonia – nearly six years after England last used the system. Also: Peter Crouch believes he can coax Wayne Rooney out of the doldrums and help him rediscover his spark in an England shirt. DAILY STAR: David Beckham will quit football in two years’ time – says Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Also: Sven-Goran Eriksson has been lined up as the next Benfica coach.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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England are in the top pool of seeds for today’s Euro 2008 draw in Montreux – but could still be grouped with fallen heavyweights Germany, Italy or Spain. DAILY EXPRESS: Newcastle United are poised to give Sven-Goran Eriksson the shock option of staying in England after the World Cup finals. Eriksson has angered Premier League chairmen by discussing bungs with an undercover reporter and the understandable conclusion is he could be ostracised from English football. Also: The FA plan to have Sven-Goran Eriksson’s successor as England coach in place before the World Cup this summer – but the new man will not be allowed to blatantly flout his contract like the Swede has done.

VOGTS BACK SCOTS FOR SUCCESS
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But he has told them to forget about booking their place at Euro 2008 after being grouped with France and Italy in the qualifiers. Vogts was replaced as Scotland boss by Walter Smith in December 2004 after a disastrous start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. But the German believes there is a bright future ahead for a nation who have failed to take part in the last four major tournaments. “I love Scotland, I like the Scottish mentality,” said Vogts… “I love Scotland, I like the Scottish mentality,” said Vogts. “It was a great time for me and it was an honour to work for Scotland. “I wish Walter Smith the best success for Euro 2008 but they have to play against France, Italy, Ukraine and Georgia. “He has to build up more quality in the team and then I think he can qualify for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. “That is the target for Scotland, not Euro 2008. “Despite a turbulent time as Scotland manager, Vogts says he would jump at the chance to work for the Scottish Football Association again.

SMITH OPTIMISM OVER McNAMARA
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The Wolves utility man was an integral part of the Scotland side which earneda draw with Italy and defeated Norway in the World Cup qualifiers. But the 31-year-old admitted he was considering his future with the nationalteam. However, the Scotland boss believes his current squad can achieve success inthe Euro 2008 qualifiers. Smith said: “I have spoken with Jackie about his intentions, but we are nottalking about him being around for the next World Cup in 2010. We are talkingabout the next European Championships. “I hope he’s with us for that campaign.

DOMENECH LOOKS TO THE FUTURE : Sporting Life – Football | France…
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“I feel stronger, more confident and better than two years ago. This is the right time for me. “France will play their first Euro 2008 qualifier on September 2 against Georgia before welcoming Italy to the Stade de France four days later in what will be a World Cup final rematch.

McCONNELL KEEN TO RAISE SCOTS
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But now McConnell believes the bid can help “turn around” the current problems in Scottish football. McConnell told the Scottish Daily Mirror: “Everyone knows our football is going through a bad patch and we are not producing the same quality of young players as we once did. “We are taking steps to turn this problem around but Euro 2008 can help us go much further. “I am determined that a real legacy of Euro 2008 will be the inspiration to our young people of seeing close-up the cream of Europe’s footballers and new opportunities for children to play football. “That would be good for club and national teams, boost the pride of our supporters and help improve our nation`s health… McConnell told the Scottish Daily Mirror: “Everyone knows our football is going through a bad patch and we are not producing the same quality of young players as we once did. “We are taking steps to turn this problem around but Euro 2008 can help us go much further. “I am determined that a real legacy of Euro 2008 will be the inspiration to our young people of seeing close-up the cream of Europe’s footballers and new opportunities for children to play football. “That would be good for club and national teams, boost the pride of our supporters and help improve our nation`s health.

SCOTS TO FACE SWISS
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Smith’s side ended their failed World Cup qualifying campaign in some stylewith a 3-0 success thanks to wonder goals from Darren Fletcher, James McFaddenand Paul Hartley. The match on March 1 next year will form part of their preparations for theEuro 2008 qualification campaign. The Swiss, who are joint-hosts of the Euro 2008 tournament, will come toScotland for the match, and there is the added prospect of a return fixture overthe following year or two. The Scottish Football Association are also in the final stages of negotiationsfor another attractive home international fixture on Saturday, November 12. Discussions are taking place with several European nations and an announcementwill be made once a firm agreement has been reached.

13 NOT UNLUCKY FOR RAMPANT GERMANS
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Robin van Persie was the hero for the Dutch, scoring two goals either side of half-time and putting in the kind of performance that the tie merited. New Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt added the third for Holland in injury time. England’s Group E opponents Russia and Croatia started their Euro 2008 qualifying campaigns with a goalless draw on a rainy night in Moscow. Both sides will be happy with the result given their respective problems in the build-up to the game, even though both had their chances. The Russians came closest to scoring in an otherwise scrappy and uneventful first half after a threatening run from Andrei Arshavin after 38 minutes. The Zenit St Petersburg striker, the star man in coach Guus Hiddink’s debut victory over Latvia last month, slipped the ball left to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, but, with the ball running away from him, the Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder could only fire high and wide.

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Ryan Giggs matched anything Brazil could produce, and that is saying something with Ronaldinho and Kaka on the pitch, and youngster Gareth Bale played with maturity beyond his years. Wales held out for an hour before Marcelo’s long-range strike, and Vagner Love’s clever flicked header completed the victory. Wales’ youngsters and lower division players will take this performance with them into more serious Euro 2008 combat knowing that they managed to live with the world’s elite. Bale, Southampton’s 17-year-old starlet, was plunged into the biggest game of his life and never looked overawed, producing control, positioning and tackling that belied his tender years. Here is a youngster John Toshack will find difficulty keeping out of his senior side. Bale came in at left-back, with Sam Ricketts, Mark Delaney and Carl Fletcher left out from the Wales side that lost their Euro 2008 qualifier in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

ARAGONES: WIN WILL SILENCE CRITICS : Sporting Life – Football | Spain…
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When there is an opponent who knows how to play, then there is more space,” he said. “I have seen that the players have taken great joy from this win, perhaps for me. “Spain, who are fifth in their Euro 2008 qualifying group after playing three games, resume their bid to reach Austria and Switzerland in March when they play Denmark and Iceland.

McCLAREN RUBBISHES VENABLES QUIT TALK
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“We have a core of about 15 but in total we have identified 50 in the Premier League who we are going to target and concentrate on,” said McClaren. “They will all have an opportunity but, by the end of the season we will bring that down to a more manageable number. That will be the squad for the push for qualification to Euro 2008. For all his general optimism, a further loss in Israel when the qualifying campaign resumes in March is bound to result in further calls for McClaren’s head. However, the man who succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson in the summer has insisted his star names will be flying next spring, fully recovered from the hangover brought on by their exertions at the World Cup. McClaren has noted both France and Spain suffered even worse setbacks than England in the autumn, losing to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

UKRAINE KEEP SCOTS WAITING
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usBy Chris Roberts, PA Sport, ParisScottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor took his frustration out on the Ukraine for holding up the announcement of Group B fixtures for the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. The SFA’s three-man delegation returned to Glasgow yesterday with a provisional list of dates after the former eastern block country had failed to reach agreement with their opponents after 14 hours. Ukraine representatives frantically telephoned home after failing to send their president or other influential FA men to Paris. Scotland are due to open their campaign with glamorous home matches against France on September 6 and Italy on October 7 but that plan could be scrapped should the Ukraine fail to give the thumbs up.

MacLEOD HOPING FOR SEEDINGS BOOST
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The Scots were eliminated from the race for a play-off place after the 1-0defeat by the Belarusians at Hampden Park on Saturday. But Walter Smith’s team need a win in Celje on Wednesday to ensure they willnot be among the fifth seeds for the European Championship qualifying draw inJanuary. MacLeod told BBC Scotland: “We want a first-class show in Slovenia and,hopefully, we can get the three points because fourth seed for the Euro 2008qualifiers is an awful lot better than fifth. “But, even at fourth, we will still be looking at some difficult matches. “Wednesday is more about the squad lifting themselves. “The team played very poorly against Belarus and the first 45 minutes was theworst under Walter.

DOMENECH CALLS ON MAKELELE AGAIN
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Arsenal defender William Gallas is also called-up despite sustaining a hamstring injury against Porto on Tuesday. Les Bleus play Scotland on October 7 and face the Faroes in Sochaux four days later. Makelele’s call-up for France’s first two Euro 2008 qualifiers prompted a club-versus-country row in which Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed the former Real Madrid man was being treated like a “slave”. After Domenech hit back, Makelele stepped in and tried to calm the situation by agreeing to play. He told French television station TPS: “My coach’s (Mourinho) words are a bit too strong, he’s probably gone too far. “But his disappointment is logical.

MAKELELE KEEN TO KEEP GOING
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The 33-year-old has finally reached an agreement with his national side over his international future but Makelele is adamant that he has no plans to call it a day at club level. Makelele was at the centre of a club-versus-country debate earlier this season when he was called up by France for the start of their Euro 2008 campaign despite attempting to retire from international football after the World Cup final defeat by Italy in the summer. Now, having reached a settlement on his international retirement with Chelsea’s blessing, Makelele wants to make it clear there is no prospect of him retiring from the game completely – until his body tells him otherwise. Makelele said: “I came to Chelsea with ambition. I came to work hard.

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