Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 11, 2007

TIME FOR ERIKSSON TO PROVIDE ANSWERS: Sporting Life | Football…

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The News Review:

* STELIOS RELISHING ENGLAND CLASH
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* FERGIE – SVEN MUST MAKE MARK
* TIME FOR ERIKSSON TO PROVIDE ANSWERS: Sporting Life | Football…
* BECKHAM HANDS OVER THE ARMBAND
* Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
* ERIKSSON EXPECTS BECKHAM TO START: Sporting Life | Football Scores,…
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* KIRKLAND WILL MISS EURO 2004 – HOULLIER
* HIDDINK: ROBBEN WILL SHINE
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
* SANTINI URGED NOT TO FORGIVE ANELKA
* Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
* NOT REACHING FINAL IS FAILURE – RIO
* SVEN NOT WORRIED BY ULRIKA BOOK
* FIGO GEARS UP FOR SWANSONG
* ZIDANE TIGHT-LIPPED ON QUIT DECISION
* VIEIRA: TEAMWORK SO CRUCIAL : Sporting Life – Football | France Ligue…
* ALL EYES BACK ON BRITAIN’S BIG TWO: Sporting Life | Football…

STELIOS RELISHING ENGLAND CLASH
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
“The philosophy and the culture do not change from one moment to the next. “Giannakopoulos is still reeling from Greece’s poor showing in the second half of last year’s World Cup qualifying campaign which saw the European Champions miss out on a place in Germany. And he is desperate to prove Euro 2004 was not a flash in the pan. “We want the supporters with us,” he added. “Starting on Wednesday with a good performance, we then want to go on and beat Moldova so when we get back to the Karaiskaki Stadium for our first home match we can recreate the atmosphere of our Euro 2004 campaign.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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John Terry has given England an injury scare on the eve of the squad’s departure for Euro 2004. DAILY MIRROR: Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted he is still not sure of England’s best line-up for Euro 2004. but promised we can rely on him to get it right. With just eight days to go before England face France in the Group B opener in Lisbon, Eriksson yesterday dropped a bombshell by ditching his midfield diamond after admitting it had failed to work… but promised we can rely on him to get it right. With just eight days to go before England face France in the Group B opener in Lisbon, Eriksson yesterday dropped a bombshell by ditching his midfield diamond after admitting it had failed to work. Also: Tim Henman emerged from the disappointment of losing his French Open semi-final against Argentine Guillermo Coria and vowed defiantly: “I am ready for the grass at Wimbledon.

FERGIE – SVEN MUST MAKE MARK
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“So, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, there is no reason why the national team can’t go far. Ferguson’s past experience has taught him that his players will need 28 days complete rest after their final competitive game. It means those involved at Euro 2004 may not be seen again until the beginning of August, while Diego Forlan and Kleberson may not be back that quickly as they appear for Uruguay and Brazil respectively in the Copa America, which doesn’t end until July 25. So, the long-serving Red Devils chief faces a major juggling act to spread the load of a pre-season campaign that includes a three-game tour of the United States, matches against PSV Eindhoven and Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds at Old Trafford in the inaugural Vodafone Cup, plus an appearance at Stan Ternent’s testimonial and a likely Community Shield encounter with Arsenal. All this would be followed by the crucial Champions League qualifier. “There is no disputing that it is a tight schedule and it is going to take good management to get through it,” added Ferguson. “We have a lot of organising to do in terms of who is going to play and when.

TIME FOR ERIKSSON TO PROVIDE ANSWERS: Sporting Life | Football…
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The fact is that come Saturday Eriksson will be 208 days away from the startof the World Cup with just 360 minutes of football to perfect the best way tobring the big prize home. So far he has not earned the ?20million he has taken in salary from theFootball Association’s coffers. Two quarter-final slots in the 2002 World Cupand Euro 2004 do not merit such huge outlay, while it would have been littleshort of scandalous had England not qualified for Germany with the players atEriksson’s disposal. It is what he does from now which will shape the Eriksson legacy. He must settle on a midfield formation which can provide the inventionrequired at the top level with Lampard the surging, attack-assisting forcethrough the middle. All the smart thought says Rooney, by far England’s most creative attacker,must be handed a free role just behind Michael Owen to exploit his talent in themost important areas of the pitch. If persuading Eriksson that three central defenders is the best option isimpossible, and it seems that is the case, then the manager must decide onwhether he can trust Rio Ferdinand and whether England have two full-backscapable of deputising for Ashley Cole and Gary Neville.

BECKHAM HANDS OVER THE ARMBAND
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“The Real Madrid player was appointed captain in 2000 and was an important link between the players and manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. He led by example against Greece in 2001, curling in a last-gasp free-kick to send England to the World Cup finals where they were defeated in the quarter-finals. England could only reach the quarter-finals in Euro 2004 and defeat to Portugal in Germany marked the end of Eriksson’s reign and Beckham’s last match as skipper. “Having been captain for 58 of my 95 caps, I feel the time is right to pass on the armband as we enter a new era under Steve McClaren,” said Beckham. John Terry is favourite to succeed Beckham. The Chelsea defender was not even considered for the last World Cup because of an affray charge hanging over him following an incident at a West London nightlead. He was subsequently cleared and has reinvented himself off the pitch and is likely to be rewarded with the captain’s armband by Steve McClaren… Significantly, when Beckham was substituted through illness against Ecuador a week ago, it was Terry who took charge for the closing minutes of the second-round win. Gary Neville was captain against Portugal on Saturday when Beckham came of injured, but by his own admission was probably taking part in his last World Cup, and McClaren will want someone as his on-field lieutenant who will be around for the long term. Eriksson would not comment who may replace Beckham but believes McClaren will have many worthy candidates to consider. He said: “I think David has been a very good captain and it was absolutely the right decision to make him captain. “He did good work always. He has been very proud of doing the job. I was a little bit disappointed when he told me his decision to finish just before he announced it.

Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
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“It’s going to be a great show for the Stade de France supporters,” Marcel Desailly said on Wednesday at a press conference in Clairefontaine, the team’s training ground near Paris. “There will not be any spirit of revenge. They are the defending world champions, we are not. “It is good our rivals won’t be European so there will not be any comparison possible ahead of Euro 2004. “This will however be a good test to include within our preparation. “And the spectators I am sure will be very nostalgic, it will remind them of a lot of great memories,” said Desailly who was sent off in the 1998 final although only after France had virtually sealed victory. Meanwhile, coach Jacques Santini has conceded the match is not ‘super important’ in terms of result but will be a good test in their preparation for Euro 2004.

ERIKSSON EXPECTS BECKHAM TO START: Sporting Life | Football Scores,…
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Steve Gerrard has claimed England are under “massive” pressure to winon Wednesday evening, but Eriksson was adamant his team would remain optimistic. “I should be very surprised if we had one footballer thinking like that(about defeat). “They are not afraid of losing, I don’t think so, I hope not. Of course Ithink they can win. “I think the team spirit is as strong as Euro 2004. The group is very solid,very confident [but] disappointed after the second half on Saturday. Eriksson also reiterated he was not feeling the pressure and did not fear thesack should his team not perform in Katowice.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho plunged a dagger into Claudio Ranieri’s back last night and then promised an unprecedented cull of the Chelsea dressing room. The new Stamford Bridge boss put pen to paper on an ?80,000-per-week three-year deal vowing to bring the silverware Roman Abramovich demands after agreeing to move from European champions Porto. Also: Belligerent, unyielding and implacable, Sven-Goran Eriksson insisted last night he is not for Euro 2004 turning. John Terry last night paid tribute to Claudio Ranieri – but insisted new manager Jose Mourinho can take Chelsea to a new level… John Terry last night paid tribute to Claudio Ranieri – but insisted new manager Jose Mourinho can take Chelsea to a new level. Patrick Vieira has warned Europe’s richest clubs: “Don’t even think about approaching me this summer.

KIRKLAND WILL MISS EURO 2004 – HOULLIER
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The 22-year-old broke a wrist in a training ground accident last month and hadhoped to be fit to figure in the final games of Liverpool’s campaign and also togo to Portugal in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad. But Reds manager Houllier told the Liverpool Echo: “Chris won’t play againthis season. He won’t be ready in time. “I do not think he will be ready for the European Championships… But Reds manager Houllier told the Liverpool Echo: “Chris won’t play againthis season. He won’t be ready in time. “I do not think he will be ready for the European Championships. He is veryunlucky, I am sure he would have gone with the England squad. It is a bitter blow for Kirkland, who is viewed by many as England’s firstchoice keeper in waiting. He would certainly have been given a cap by now had he not suffered so manyother injuries. He was even included in an England squad recently while still not back inLiverpool’s first team after a previous injury problem.

HIDDINK: ROBBEN WILL SHINE
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“I did think it might be better to stay with us for another year but you have to give him the benefit of the doubt because his personality is so strong. Mark van Bommel looks like being the next player to move on, with Charlton among those showing an interest in the midfielder. Unfortunately for Hiddink, the 27-year-old, now recovered from the Achilles injury that ruled him out of Euro 2004, has not made the trip to England either as his wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child. It means the major discussion point when PSV meet Manchester United in the pre-season Vodafone Cup, other than offering both teams a chance to build their fitness ahead of crucial Champions League qualifiers next week, is the sight of Ruud van Nistelrooy on his first appearance of the pre-season programme against his former club. Van Nistelrooy has scored an incredible 109 goals in 144 games in the three years since his ?18. 5million transfer from Holland and Hiddink believes the 28-year-old has earned the right to be compared with legendary Dutch frontman Marco van Basten. “Over the past couple of years, especially in the Champions League, he has established himself more as a leader and a man who is capable of rising to a challenge,” he said.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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usWHAT THE PAPERS SAYTHE SUN: Wayne Rooney has leapt to David Beckham’s defence as the knives come out for the England skipper after his Euro 2004 flop. Becks is under mounting pressure to step down as captain after his dismal form in the tournament – capped by his penalty shoot-out miss in the quarter-final defeat by Portugal. Also: Greece were in heaven last night as their very own Angel guided them to a stunning victory in the Euro 2004 final… DAILY MAIL: Roger Federer wept with joy once more as he tamed Andy Roddick’s power to retain his Wimbledon men’s single title. The Swiss world number one overcame a shaky start to beat his great American rival 4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4 in a match twice interrupted by rain. Also: Everton are to tell Manchester United that they will not consider anything less than #30million for Wayne Rooney. Serena Williams was still in shock when she checked out of the All England Club without her Wimbledon title.

Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
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“For that reason I was keen not to make public any information on thediscussions with Benfica. But that’s not what happened. Just before Euro 2004 got underway it was reported by the Portuguese mediathat Scolari had reached an agreement to join Benfica. Angered by the story, Scolari called a snap press conference to deny thespeculation and furiously accuse the media of trying to create a rift betweenthe north of the country and the south. Tradition has it that Portugal coaches are accused of favouring either theLisbon clubs or Porto teams, and Scolari had already faced criticism that he waspro-Lisbon.

SANTINI URGED NOT TO FORGIVE ANELKA
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On Thursday Santini names his squad for next week’s friendly with Belgium butFernandez, one of several coaches to fall out with Anelka when the two workedtogether at PSG, believes the striker has not gone far enough to earn a recall. “I don’t think he used the right words to earn his place back with thesquad,” Fernandez told L’Equipe. “He does not want to make a public apology but I guess you can do everythingwhen you want to play in Euro 2004. “The words he had against Santini were very strong in my opinion and if aplayer had said such things to me I would certainly not take him back, eventhough I am not questioning his qualities as a player. Anelka, who has scored six goals in 28 matches for Les Bleus, has been toutedas as replacement for Djibril Cisse. Auxerre forward Cisse must serve a five-match international ban, meaning hewould only be available for the final in Portugal and thus leaving Santinilittle alternative but to omit him from the squad. The Auxerre player and Anelka’s qualities are quite similar and the ManchesterCity hitman appeared to be the ideal back-up to first-choice pair Thierry Henryand David Trezeguet.

Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
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Trabelsi, however, apparently preferred the Arsenal option but it appears his salary and signing-on demands have proved too rich for the Premiership champions. Wenger is ready to pull back from a proposed deal and has also declared he is “not interested” in potential Vieira replacement, Nuno Maniche, FC Porto’s Portugal midfielder. Porto have claimed Arsenal are already negotiating to buy the Euro 2004 star but Wenger said: “I speak to a few agents but that doesn’t mean I want to buy the players. “I rate him (Maniche) but we have enough players, if not too many, in the middle of the park. Wenger has been decrying the almost annual mass media speculation over Vieira’s future for more than a week but now comes out in the strongest possible defiance on Arsenal’s official website www. com, insisting his captain will be in his usual place at the start of the season – if fit… com, insisting his captain will be in his usual place at the start of the season – if fit. The Highbury boss said: “He will not go to Real Madrid. I have said it 100 times. If it was going to happen it would have happened a long time ago. “He will be here at the start of the season if he is the best in his position and fit. Some sources say Real want to clinch a deal to buy Vieira before next Thursday so that he is eligible for their two-leg Champions League qualifier.

NOT REACHING FINAL IS FAILURE – RIO
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
The Portuguese, managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, beat England on penalties at the same stage of Euro 2004. Scolari was also in charge of Brazil when they beat Eriksson’s men in the World Cup quarter-final, in Japan, four years ago. Ferdinand missed Euro 2004 because he was banned for not taking a drug test but he played against Brazil in Shizuoka. Ferdinand said: “That was my most painful moment in an England shirt. “You sit there, dumbfounded at what’s happened, asking yourself what you could have done better. “You ask yourself questions after questions, like what could I have done to have stopped that goal going in. “It was a game where we had an opportunity to go on and win it but it didn’t happen.

SVEN NOT WORRIED BY ULRIKA BOOK
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
The 54-year-old coach came under the spotlight for his off-field activities inthe run-up to the national side’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia asextracts from Miss Jonsson’s book Honest were published for the first time. But Eriksson claimed speculation that he may have compromised his position asmanager because of the relationship had not put him under any greater pressure. “I don’t think it’s made the job more difficult,” he said before his side’s2-1 victory in Bratislava on Saturday. “I’m very focused about what we’re going to do here. Around the job, life hasbeen a little bit more more difficult, I can’t deny that… The 54-year-old coach came under the spotlight for his off-field activities inthe run-up to the national side’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia asextracts from Miss Jonsson’s book Honest were published for the first time. But Eriksson claimed speculation that he may have compromised his position asmanager because of the relationship had not put him under any greater pressure. “I don’t think it’s made the job more difficult,” he said before his side’s2-1 victory in Bratislava on Saturday. “I’m very focused about what we’re going to do here. Around the job, life hasbeen a little bit more more difficult, I can’t deny that. ”Eriksson said he would have to “wait and see” what was contained in thebook.

FIGO GEARS UP FOR SWANSONG
Sportinglife.com – Feb 11, 2007
“I don’t think it’s important whether or not people see us as favourites. Insome ways, I believe it’s better that way. “It’s not that it takes away our responsibility but I believe there are muchstronger sides than us. “The most important game of Euro 2004 is the first. We open the tournament[against Greece on Saturday] and, if we win, we’ll be on a run. In Portugal,that would mean more pressure. On whether Euro 2004 would be his last international competition Figo replied:”It could be.

ZIDANE TIGHT-LIPPED ON QUIT DECISION
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Zidane has previously said he will make a decision on his international futureafter this summer’s tournament in Portugal but on Wednesday made it clear hefelt he could continue even at the age of 32. His first tournament was Euro 96 in England but two years later he became aFrench icon when his two headed goals gave France the World Cup with a 3-0 winover Brazil in the Paris final. He was also voted player of the tournament when Les Bleus won Euro 2000 andthis season was named FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time. Zidane said: “I am 32 and I am still in full possession of my faculties… “I want to defend our title and that’s the most important thing for me,”said Zidane. “For two years we have been playing qualifiers, I want to play now and notto think about it. France were not great in the Korea World Cup, it went badlyfor me and I am always frustrated thinking about the World Cup. Zidane refused to give any special status to the match with England atLisbon’s Estadio da Luz on June 13 when he will be facing Real Madrid team-mateDavid Beckham. He said: “(David) Beckham performed superbly in a position where he had neverplayed before. “He has adapted well at Real Madrid even if the season did not finish wellfor him or anybody. He must be disappointed too.

VIEIRA: TEAMWORK SO CRUCIAL : Sporting Life – Football | France Ligue…
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“The second generation is more talented than the first. Individually theplayers are far stronger. “But football is not an individual sport, it’s a collective sport and it’salways that collective spirit that will make a team win. After winning all their Euro 2004 qualifiers, and suffering only one lossbetween July 2002 and June 2004, France had come into Euro 2004 as firmfavourites but fell far short of expectations. Vieira continued: “This is a huge failure, the most frustrating of allfailures as we got beaten without displaying our maximum ability. “It’s always hard to understand why a team like that failed to show its fullpotential. “It is necessary to take a step back, ask oneself the right questions andprovide the right answers even if it might be difficult and painful… Individually theplayers are far stronger. “But football is not an individual sport, it’s a collective sport and it’salways that collective spirit that will make a team win. After winning all their Euro 2004 qualifiers, and suffering only one lossbetween July 2002 and June 2004, France had come into Euro 2004 as firmfavourites but fell far short of expectations. Vieira continued: “This is a huge failure, the most frustrating of allfailures as we got beaten without displaying our maximum ability. “It’s always hard to understand why a team like that failed to show its fullpotential. “It is necessary to take a step back, ask oneself the right questions andprovide the right answers even if it might be difficult and painful. “The semi-final took place without us and we don’t experience this situationvery well.

ALL EYES BACK ON BRITAIN’S BIG TWO: Sporting Life | Football…
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“I was the favourite going into the US Open last year so it was an all-timehigh for me. But at the same time they’re talking about me a little bit andother sports a lot. “This year is a little bit different with Euro 2004 going on. It’s not as badas I’ve seen the other years. “But it’s pretty intense. I don’t think I’ve ever been through somethingquite as large as that.

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