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February 15, 2007

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* uefa.com – UEFA EURO 2008™
* McClaren wants friendlies rethink
* SANCHEZ HAPPY TO STAY ON
* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Football Scores,…
* SCOLARI TO STEP DOWN IN 2008
* GORDON: WE CAN STILL REACH EURO FINALS
* McClaren pines for Hargreaves
* Bari fit to stage Scotland match
* Lets Lose The Turin Crowd (from Sunday Herald)
* Rangers reveal cost of Celtic’s renaissance
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* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Football Scores,…
* McCLAREN SUMMONS UP BULLDOG SPIRIT
* WALES SQUAD ARRIVE AFTER SCARE
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uefa.com – UEFA EURO 2008™
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 15, 2007
Additionally, all 31 fixtures as well as highlights packages will be broadcast by Pay TV channel DigitAlb. Exclusive rightsAzerbaijan’s Lider TV, Belarus’s ONT, Georgian Rustavi 2, and Khabar TV from Kazakhstan were selected as the main official broadcast partners and granted the exclusive live broadcast rights to all games of the tournament in their country. Fresh and dynamic approach”The continued high level of interest in UEFA EURO 2008™ by broadcasters all over Europe is good news for football fans,” said Le Floc’h. “We are now seeing existing broadcasters joined by new partners, such as TV3, who will add a fresh and dynamic approach to the tournament, creating the broadest possible platform for all fans. All the broadcasters have committed to extensive coverage and will contribute to the ongoing success of the UEFA European Championship. ”
Market-by-market basisThe broadcast rights to the UEFA European Championship are being sold on a market-by-market basis for the first time in the 46-year history of the competition.

McClaren wants friendlies rethink
BBC News – Feb 15, 2007
We ended up using it as an experiment, because we didn’t have seven or eight of our senior players,” he added. “The Greece friendly in August was a good one – and we needed a reaction in Holland in November, so it was important to get our best players available on that occasion. ”

Meanwhile, McClaren has vowed to fight back and get England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign back on track. The defeat to Spain last week stretched his winless run to four matches and heaped growing pressure on McClaren, who took charge last August. “I’m fighting hard,” McClaren told BBC Five Live. “Not just for myself but for the whole team… We ended up using it as an experiment, because we didn’t have seven or eight of our senior players,” he added. “The Greece friendly in August was a good one – and we needed a reaction in Holland in November, so it was important to get our best players available on that occasion. ”

Meanwhile, McClaren has vowed to fight back and get England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign back on track. The defeat to Spain last week stretched his winless run to four matches and heaped growing pressure on McClaren, who took charge last August. “I’m fighting hard,” McClaren told BBC Five Live. “Not just for myself but for the whole team.

SANCHEZ HAPPY TO STAY ON
Sportinglife.com – Feb 15, 2007
As England and Spain – against whom Sanchez enjoyed his two finest hours as Northern Ireland coach – prepare to do battle at Old Trafford next week, the 47-year-old only appears to be looking forward. And after a turbulent few months, he is happy to confirm he is content in his current role. “I love the job and I love international management,” he said.

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usLithuania left it late to edge past the Faroe Islands as Andrius Skerla’s last-minute header proved the difference at the Torsvollor Stadium. Lithuania, who were looking to build on their opening day draw with Italy and bounce back from the home defeat by Scotland last month, dominated proceedings throughout and looked to have been left frustrated as home goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen made several vital saves. The Faroes had conceded 12 goals in their last two Euro 2008 outings against Georgia and Scotland and looked to have earned their first point of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign before Skerla headed home Mindaugas Kalonas’ corner. Saulius Mikoliunas should have handed the visitors the lead in the opening minutes but the midfielder headed over from close range after connecting with Darius Miceika’s corner. Mikoliunas tested home goalkeeper Mikkelsen from long range minutes later but the Faroes custodian made a comfortable save, while at the other end Rogvi Jacobsen fired over the crossbar from just inside the area. Lithuania looked the most likely to break the deadlock in the opening exchanges as Robertas Poskus fired wide before Marius Stankevicius’ cross found Tomas Danilevicius, who scored the only goal in the 1-1 draw with Italy, but the striker failed to guide his shot the right side of the upright.

SCOLARI TO STEP DOWN IN 2008
Sportinglife.com – Feb 15, 2007
usLuiz Felipe Scolari intends to quit as coach of Portugal after Euro 2008. Scolari, who turned down the chance to become England manager this summer, told Portugal’s Record newspaper: “The work of a coach is limited to five or six years, and it’s only logical that I should stop after Euro 2008. The Brazilian took the reins of the national team after leading his own country to 2002 World Cup glory and he steered the Portuguese into the final of the European Championships in Lisbon two years later. His team reached the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup in Germany before falling to France. Scolari possesses an Italian passport and reportedly expressed an interest in leading the world champions.

GORDON: WE CAN STILL REACH EURO FINALS
Sportinglife.com – Feb 15, 2007
usBy Gavin McCafferty, PA SportScotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes the national team can continue to challenge for a Euro 2008 place despite losing manager Walter Smith to Rangers. Smith has left his post despite Scotland sitting ahead of World Cup finalists France and Italy at the top of their qualifying group after four games. The Hearts skipper concedes losing Smith at this stage is a “big blow” after he turned the team’s fortunes around following the turbulent Berti Vogts era. But he believes the players’ pride and support from the Tartan Army can ease the pain.

McClaren pines for Hargreaves
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2007
“People say ‘does that (criticism) affect you?’ It gives you that anger, that determination, that we are going to prove people wrong. That’s the reaction I want from the players. These players are good enough to qualify (for Euro 2008) and be one of six or seven teams who can win it. ”One person who will not be on the plane to Tel Aviv is David Beckham, despite the former England captain’s re-emergence in Real Madrid’s midfield. “It’s typical of David Beckham and the professionalism he’s got,” said McClaren. “He’s not complained or whinged, he’s got on with his work.

Bari fit to stage Scotland match
BBC News – Feb 15, 2007
Faxed confirmation arrived at Hampden Park on Friday. Italian authorities have allowed Serie B side Bari to reopen their stadium to fans after modifications were carried out in line with government demands. Bari’s stadium had been one of the 25 venues closed to spectators in the security crackdown that followed the death of a police officer. Scottish Football Association officials will now meet their counterparts from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) next Wednesday in Bari to finalise arrangements for the match. The FIGC have not yet decided what Scotland’s ticket allocation should be, although thousands of Tartan Army supporters have already booked flights ahead of the match. Prefect of Police Antonio Manganelli said on Thursday: “The stadia that meet the norms are Bari and Parma.

Lets Lose The Turin Crowd (from Sunday Herald)
Sunday Herald – Feb 15, 2007
Even the more moderate papers wallowed in woe. Former England manager Graham Taylor warned “the mother country is in danger of sliding to the level of Scotland or Wales, with a denuded pool of players and a perennial struggle to qualify for tournaments”. That would be the poor old Scotland who are top of their Euro 2008 qualifying group while England languish third in theirs. SHAMELESS CELT
THE Celtic connection continues in Channel 4’s Shameless. The Chatsworth council estate is home to the Maguires, a criminal clan of Irish origin. One of the adornments in their household is a statuette of a player.

Rangers reveal cost of Celtic’s renaissance
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2007
The contrast in fortunes between the Old Firm clubs was emphasised when Celtic announced that the home leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with AC Milan next Tuesday has been sold out. There was still no word last night on whether the return leg will be played at the San Siro, although discussions about new safety measures in the stadium took place between Milan and Italian government representatives on Tuesday night. Scotland, too, have yet to hear whether or not their Euro 2008 qualifying tie against Italy next month will take place in Bari as scheduled. In the meantime, the Scots have returned to 20th place in the Fifa world rankings, equal to their previous best rating, achieved in Nov 2000 when Craig Brown was manager.

Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Football Scores,…
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usSweden maintained their 100 per cent start to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign as goals from Johan Elmander and Marcus Allback condemned Spain to back-to-back defeats and heaped more pressure on under-fire coach Luis Aragones. Spain were looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Northern Ireland, but in-form strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres failed to inspire Aragones’ men, who were without Raul for the first time in 10 years. Sweden, who edged past Latvia 1-0 in their opening game and comfortably beat Liechtenstein 3-1 last time out, were rarely troubled by their Spanish opponents to remain top of Group F. Elmander fired Sweden into an early lead as the Toulouse forward was picked out by Allback, who passed a late fitness test to appear, before dispatching the ball past Iker Casillas in the Spain goal from the edge of the area for his eighth international goal.

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usBy Ian Parkes, PA Sport, NicosiaSteve Staunton’s brave new world crumbled under the weight of abject humiliation as the Republic of Ireland suffered one of the worst defeats in their history. Any hope Staunton and Ireland had of qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals has now been shot to pieces after just two games, and in particular on the back of this shambolic showing. Not only did they concede five goals to a Cypriot team ranked 60 places below them in the FIFA world rankings, but to add to their night of unbridled misery, Richard Dunne was dismissed late on. Heaven knows where Staunton goes from here. Even taking into account he was without the likes of Shay Given, Steven Reid, Graham Kavanagh, Stephen Carr and Kevin Doyle, this was a game Ireland should still not have lost by such an embarrassing margin.

McCLAREN SUMMONS UP BULLDOG SPIRIT
Sportinglife.com – Feb 15, 2007
McClaren estimates that some of England’s star names will take up to six months to get over their heartbreaking quarter-final exit in Germany. The dip in form experienced by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, plus the injury enforced absences of Gary Neville and Joe Cole were major contributing factors behind England’s disastrous October double-header. A home draw with Macedonia, followed by defeat in Croatia has put England’s place at Euro 2008 at risk and 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. And, together with a touch of traditional British bulldog spirit, he is confident the season will end in far more optimistic fashion. “When their backs are against the wall, the British players all have the same attitude,” he said.

WALES SQUAD ARRIVE AFTER SCARE
Sportinglife.com – Feb 15, 2007
Wales were heading to the Czech Republic for Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifying match, when 30 minutes into the flight from Cardiff, and 20,000ft about south London, they were diverted back to Bournemouth. The chartered jet’s windscreen had cracked and captain David Attwood informed the passengers they would have to divert to Bournemouth International Airport, the home base for European Airways. The plane was met by a full emergency callout, but landed without any further problems. Wales manager John Toshack said: “I am normally a very good flyer, but even I was unnerved by what happened.

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usBy Paul Walker, PA SportThe experimenting is over and John Toshack must await the first Euro 2008 qualifier in the Czech Republic next month to find out just how much of a revolution he has achieved with Wales in two years. On the evidence in this match against Bulgaria, the Wales boss should approach the campaign with confidence after an enterprising performance at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. Wales, through Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Robert Earnshaw and Carl Robinson could have won this friendly. But in the end it was the wasteful finishing of Tottenham’s new striker Dimitar Berbatov which stopped Bulgaria going home with a victory.

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The hosts went into the match as unbeaten leaders of the Austrian Bundesliga, holding a four-point lead after eight games. Formidably, on the artificial surface of their Bulls Arena, they had won all five matches – including a 1-0 victory over Valencia in a Champions League qualifier – by a combined goal margin of 13 to one. But Rovers mastered the conditions well after the hi-tech stadium – one of the venues to be used during the Euro 2008 finals – suffered a floodlight failure in the 18th minute. The ground was thrown into semi-darkness and Polish referee Tomasz Mikulski called a halt, with play resuming a little more than six minutes later when power was restored. Blackburn were in the dark six minutes later when the predatory Alexander Zickler, who came into the game with a record of seven goals in seven league games, coolly slipped a right-foot shot to the left of the advancing Brad Friedel after a quickly taken throw. Salzburg’s celebrations, though, lasted less than two minutes as Blackburn were quickly back on level terms, with Savage scoring only his second goal in 60 appearances for the club.

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