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February 14, 2007

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He wants to see me back playing and I am keen to get back for the important Euro 2008 qualifiers in March. I have to play some games for my club between now and then and it’s possible the manager will come out to Germany to see me play once or twice for Bayern Munich before then. As for Euro 2008, I’m very confident England will make it there, you have to be with our players. What’s gone is gone, it’s in the past, we need to be optimistic and play to our strengths and we should be fine. I think we can win Euro 2008, too. I don’t think many people would have predicted France and Italy being in the last World Cup final but there’s such a fine line between winning and losing… As for Euro 2008, I’m very confident England will make it there, you have to be with our players. What’s gone is gone, it’s in the past, we need to be optimistic and play to our strengths and we should be fine. I think we can win Euro 2008, too. I don’t think many people would have predicted France and Italy being in the last World Cup final but there’s such a fine line between winning and losing. We’ve got the talent, we just need to get past that quarter-final stage. Then, anything is possible.

usBy Duncan Bech, PA SportMarlon Harewood believes abandoning the match is not an option if England’s black players are subjected to racist abuse in Wednesday night’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia. The Croatian Football Federation were charged with bringing the game into disrepute by FIFA after 200 fans formed a human swastika during a friendly against Italy two months ago. UEFA have warned the Croatian government that a similar incident in Zagreb tomorrow night could be punished with exclusion from Euro 2008. Black England players have been exposed to racial insults on their travels before, most notably against Spain in 2004 when monkey chants were hurled at Ashley Cole and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Sections of Croatia’s support have earned a reputation for abusing black players and it is feared England will become the latest victims. But West Ham striker Harewood, speaking at the launch of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign’s ‘Week Of Action’, insists responding to racist chants by leaving the pitch is not an option.

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Yorkshire Post Today – Feb 14, 2007
We knew we’d be under pressure. Paul Robinson kept us in the game and then we settled down. “EURO REVIEWScotland suffered their first defeat of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 reverse to the Ukraine. Andriy Shevchenko converted from the penalty spot, after Oleksandr Kucher had given the home side the lead. A red card for Steven Pressley rules him out against Georgia. Republic of Ireland produced a rousing performance with a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic.

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jpg>(NDĐT) Nhiều người đặt câu hỏi, nếu Beckham trở lại đội hình xuất phát của Real Madrid và ghi được những bàn thắng quan trọng, thì tại sao lại không gọi cựu đội trưởng đội tuyển Anh này về đội tuyển xứ sở sương mù, nhất là đội tuyển Anh đang gặp phải những khó khăn trong vòng loại Euro 2008 ?

Trong chiến dịch vòng loại Euro 2008 ở bảng E, đội tuyển Anh đang thất thế
trước các đội Croatia, Nga trong khi Israel và Macedonia vẫn chưa bỏ cuộc
đua. Mới đây, đội tuyển Anh lại để thua 0-1 trước đội tuyển Tây Ban Nha trong
một trận đấu giao hữu, thất bại này khiến ông McClaren rơi vào tình thế khó khăn
và tại sao không dẹp bỏ tính tự ái để gọi trở lại cầu thủ có những quả sút phạt
thần sầu và những đường chuyền chính xác từng nhiều lần cứu nguy cho đội tuyển
Anh, trở lại đội tuyển ? Với 94 lần khoác áo đội tuyển với 57 lần đeo băng thủ
quân, Beckham thực sự có rất nhiều kinh nghiệm thi đấu quốc tế và điều quan
trọng là phong độ của anh vẫn rất tốt. Tuy nhiên, vấn đề nằm ở chỗ, HLV McClaren là mẫu người bảo thủ, không bao giờ
thừa nhận sai lầm của mình và ông ta có muôn vàn lý do để không gọi Beckham trở
lại. Mặc dù cú sút phạt mang thương hiệu Beckham mang lại bàn thắng trong trận
Real Madrid thắng Sociedad 2-1 có mang lại giá trị thực sự cho Beckham và làm
cho cổ động viên càng yêu mến anh hơn, nhưng không làm ông McClaren động lòng.

Israel striker boycotts national team in hopes of getting citizenship
International Herald Tribune – Feb 14, 2007
Tamuz’s lawyer, Maxim Lipkin, said the striker is being discriminated against because he is a celebrity. “If he was anyone else, this would not be a problem,” Lipkin said. Despite his unusual upbringing, Tamuz said the first time in his life where he felt “different” was when his friends were drafted into the army — which is compulsory for most Israeli citizens. The court’s decision could give the country a new soldier, and a chance to qualify for Euro 2008.

The 25-year-old, on loan from Reading, has missed the last eight matches due to ankle ligament damage and manager Dennis Wise must now decide whether to stick with Neil Sullivan or opt for Stack in his starting line-up. Winger Eddie Lewis, who missed out last week with a leg injury, could return to the squad, but Leeds will be without Jonathan Douglas (hamstring) who was forced to pull out of the Republic of Ireland’s midweek Euro 2008 clash in San Marino. Wise’s squad has been hit by a series of injuries to key players in recent weeks and he is still without strikers David Healy (broken arm) and Tore Andre Flo (fractured foot). Midfielder Shaun Derry (Achilles) and defender Gary Kelly (ankle) remain sidelined. Striker Richard Cresswell, restricted to just eight first-team appearances due to knee ligament problems, returned to full training this week but is not expected to feature on Saturday.

Newcastle’s St James’ Park is a potential fall-back option for Milan, as is the Stade de France in Paris. Only Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Genoa’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Turin’s Stadio Olimpico, Palermo’s Stadio Renzo Barbera, Siena’s Stadio Artemio Francho and Cagliari’s Stadio Sant’Elia have had the all-clear from the Italian authorities so far. Bari – due to stage Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy on March 28 – was one of 25 stadia considered “at present inadequate” last week. It is believed the modifications required at Bari’s San Nicola stadium should be completed well before Scotland’s visit. Roma have been given the all-clear to host Lyon in the Champions League on February 21 but Livorno will stage their UEFA Cup clash with Espanyol behind closed doors tonight after Italy’s Ministry of Home Affairs passed judgement. Their Armando Picchi stadium has not received clearance, despite the city’s hopes that emergency works would be completed in time to allow them to welcome fans for the game.

usBy Ian Parkes, PA SportSir Bobby Robson has returned to the Republic of Ireland fold, serving as “a source of comfort” for manager Steve Staunton. Robson may still have his own health to consider following surgery a few months ago to remove a small brain tumour, but there is no doubt he sees himself as mentor to Staunton. Ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifying tie with San Marino at Lansdowne Road, the pressure has at least eased considerably on Staunton. It reached fever pitch following the 5-2 defeat to Cyprus, but a 1-1 draw at home to the Czech Republic bought Staunton some time and victory against the Group D minnows, who have already conceded 20 goals in their opening two matches, is fully expected. Robson is certainly glad to be back after speculation he might have to resign his post as International Football Consultant for health reasons. “It was never like that because I always believed I would recover,” insisted Robson, who has missed Ireland’s last four games.

Kirkland out for six weeks – Feb 14, 2007
Brazil lost their place following the 2-0 friendly defeat by Portugal at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium last week. While England remain sixth, Scotland have equalled their highest ever position after climbing six places to 20th. The Scots, now coached by Alex McLeish, are top of their Euro 2008 qualifying group and face fixtures against Georgia and Italy next month. The Republic of Ireland climbed three places to 46th, ahead of Northern Ireland (49th), while Wales have dropped one to 75th. Barcelona players Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho made a public display of reconciliation with an embrace during training today as the club tried to heal the rifts caused by the.

GOW GETS ‘B’ CALL-UP – Feb 14, 2007
usRangers target Alan Gow has been named in the Scotland B squad to face Finland at Rugby Park next week. New Scotland coach Alex McLeish named the Falkirk striker in a squad of 18 for a match which provides an opportunity for several fringe players to impress ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Georgia and Italy next month. It is a first call-up for Gow who has been the subject of three failed bids by the Ibrox club during the January transfer window. Hibernian pair Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson, both linked with a mve to Celtic, are included as are current Hoops players Derek Riordan, Shaun Maloey and Craig Beattie. Seven of the players have already made full international debuts, but the most capped is goalkeeper Paul Gallacher with eight.

McClaren omitted Beckham from his squad after succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager, a decision which has been questioned following the national team’s poor performances in their Euro 2008 qualification games against Macedonia and Croatia. Now Woodgate, on loan at Middlesbrough from Real Madrid, has criticised Beckham’s absence from the squad, claiming his team-mate at the Bernabeu still has plenty to offer. He told BBC Radio Five Live: “David Beckham is an exceptional player, I still think he is. “Look at the World Cup, I think we scored five (goals) and he set up three and scored one – that’s not a bad ratio.

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usBy Ronnie Esplin, PA Sport, in KaunasMan-of-the-match Kenny Miller inspired a famous victory for Scotland against Lithuania in Kaunas to make it two wins from two in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. The Celtic striker might not have scored for his new club yet but he scored what proved to be the winner – even after being booked to rule him out of the game with France – which was his second in two international matches. Scotland started Group B with a 6-0 romp against the Faroe Islands on Saturday and veteran defender Christian Dailly and Miller put the country in strong position. But they had to sweat it out for their second consecutive success after Darius Miceika’s stunning late consolation.

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usRussia and Croatia started their Euro 2008 Group E 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 to walk away with all three points in an entertaining second period. 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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usFYR Macedonia got their Euro 2008 qualification campaign off to a great start by clinching a 1-0 win over Estonia in Tallinn. The visitors were the most threatening time throughout and deservedly took the three points thanks to a second-half strike from Goce Sedloski. Macedonia looked the better side from the outside with Igor Jancevski having the first shot of the game after three minutes, which he put over the crossbar from 12 yards. Further efforts from Goran Pandev and a miss-hit volley from Jancevski settled the away side as they took control against an Estonia side clearly missing star striker Andres Oper.

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usGeorgia opened their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign in thrilling fashion with a 6-0 thumping of the Faroe Islands. AZ Alkmaar striker Shota Arveladze capped a memorable night for the visitors by coming away with a hat-trick. The result puts Georgia temporarily top of Group B and leaves them in good stead for their next qualifier against World Cup finalists France on September 2. It took the away side just 15 minutes to break the deadlock, with Jaba Kankava curling a right-footed shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

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usRomania got their Euro 2008 qualification campaign back on track with a hard-fought victory over Albania in Tirana. Coach Victor Piturca watched his side pick up their first three points in Group C after throwing away a two goal lead to draw against Bulgaria in their opening match. A well-taken finish by Nicolae Dica put the visitors ahead 20 minutes after the break, before Adrian Mutu wrapped the game up from the spot. Romania made one change from their game at the weekend, with Sorin Ghionea coming in for Gabriel Tamas in defence.

Doyle has the perfect opportunity to score his first goal for his country when Ireland face Group D whipping boys San Marino on Wednesday at Lansdowne Road in a Euro 2008 qualifier. Although he is yet to find the net after four appearances for Ireland, it appears only a matter of time for a player who is fast making his mark in the Premiership. The 23-year-old has already scored five in 12 matches, defying the critics who felt he would struggle this term after bagging 18 last season en route to the Royals winning the Championship. There is no doubt Doyle represents the bargain signing of manager Steve Coppell’s three-year reign after being snapped up for just ?80,000 from eircom League side Cork City in June 2005.

usBy Martyn Ziegler, PA Chief Sports Reporter, DusseldorfUEFA have given the go-ahead for England’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Andorra to be played in Barcelona. Following a request by the Andorran FA, whose home ground only seats 1,800 fans, UEFA have agreed that the match on March 28 can be played at Espanyol’s Olympic Stadium. The decision was taken by UEFA’s executive committee meeting in Dusseldorf. The Football Association backed Andorra’s application after the experience of playing Liechtenstein four years ago when only a tiny fraction of official England supporters were able to obtain tickets, leading to a major security headache. – New Serie A Sensation Wants Milan – Feb 14, 2007
Bianchi, a product of the Atalanta youth-sides, then commented on his reborn career that seemed doomed to failure just last year. “I had a couple serious injuries that were about to force me to quit, but I didn’t give up,” he said. Italian newspaper reports are indicating Azzurri boss Roberto Donadoni is thinking of selecting Bianchi for the upcoming Euro 2008 World Cup qualifier round.

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