Hoppa till innehåll

Kom ihåg mig
Användarnamn

Lösenord

[FM08] An Unfinished Story

51 svar till detta ämne

#41   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 22 januari 2008 - 18:42

Postad bild

Postad bild Senior Team Headlines
Last Updated: 20.03.08, 20:00 GMT

Final Preparations

Postad bild
= =NEWS AND FEATURES= =


England’s manager Steve McClaren assembles what will be the final England national team pre to the European Championships this summer in Austria/Switzerland. This will be England’s final chance before the training campaign begins for the summer’s tournament.

The Danes are England’s final opponents in a game, which takes place in the capital Copenhagen, inside the Parken stadium this coming Wednesday, with kick-off at 19.30.
Steve McClaren and the rest of the England players have recently been announced into Group A in the tournament together with hosts Austria and the Danes neighbour Norway, and finally Portugal who England will definitely want to redeem themselves against, prior to the two previous international competitions.
England haven’t conceded a goal since the home game at Wembley Stadium, against Russia in the 3-1 victory on the 12th of September, that very same night Darren Bent scored an amazing hattrick.

Denmark on the other hand finished in third place in their European Championship Qualifying, Group F. With only five points before Sweden and a total of ten points behind leaders Spain, The Danes will not be able to follow their beloved national side in this summers European Championship.

Postad bild
Newcomers
Ashley Young, Tom Huddlestone and Leighton Baines


Steve McClaren’s bust up seems to have continued as Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is yet again outside the England squad, Lampard’s international days seem counted, if the now twenty-nine year old doesn’t apologise for his cynical foul during the European Qualifying campaign.

Both Paul Scholes and David Beckham are left outside the squad yet again, as Ben Foster, Aaron Lennon and Andy Johnson are recalled to the England squad. Aston Villa’s Ashley Young and Manchester City’s new midfielder, Tom Huddlestone are two new faces together with Everton’s left-back Leighton Baines, the trio look to possibly make their debute next Wednesday.

***

Postad bild

McClaren's Announced England Squad


Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Aston Villa), Ben Foster (Manchester United) and Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspurs)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspurs), Gary Neville (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Steven Taylor (Newcastle United) and © John Terry (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Tom Huddlestone (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspurs) and James Milner (Newcastle United)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspurs), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspurs), Andy Johnson (Everton), Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

* Colour Marked Team, Means The Player Has Just Moved To A New Club.

***



#42   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 22 januari 2008 - 23:10

Postad bild

Postad bild

International Friendly. - Denmark 4 v England 3
Eurosport - Wed, 26 Mar 22:20:00 2008

Postad bild

Denmark Triumph In Goal Bonanza


***

England nearly took the lead after only twenty-five seconds as Darren Bent shot from just outside the penalty box, went narrowly wide. Thomas Sørensen made sure England wouldn’t take the lead five minutes later when he denied Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty box, for the ball to go out for a corner.
The Danes would take a surprising lead on the 26th minute when Martin Jørgensen meet the cross of Kahlenberg in a crowded England penalty box. England fought hard to return from Denmark’s opening goal, and only four minutes before half time England captain John Terry, pounced on Newcastle’s James Milner’s cross to restore England’s pride. The English would then take the lead after a spectacular drive from Wayne Rooney’s right foot from ten yards outside the box.

Steve McClaren gave Tom Huddlestone the green light during the first half interval, as he replaced Manchester United’s Michael Carrick. But England looked very uncertain as they came out for the second half, and it would cost them dearly as the Danish equalized through a corner which Martin Laursen got his head too.
Four minutes later and the Danish would take yet again a surprising lead, when some sloppy English midfield mixed with a poor defensive performance by Rio Ferdinand gave Christian Poulsen a free run on goal, which he made sure to use, in the best way he knew of.

Ashley Young was introuduced to the game on the 67th minute as England changed their formation to what looked like a 2-4-1-2-1, with Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young mounting on the pressure from behind Darren Bent. But yet again the English were to pay for sloppiness in midfield as Rooney lost the possession of the ball, with the Danish counter-attacking forwards out numbering the English. Arsenal’s youngster Nicklas Bendtner made sure to increase the Danish lead to 4-2, as he showed no signs of doubt, as he elegantly slotted the ball past Scott Carson.

England would reduce the score-line in this goal extravaganza, as volleyed home from inside the box only two minutes after The Danish had increased their lead too 4-2. Steve McClaren’s men continued to fight brave hearted, but Thomas Sørensen would not capitalize in the Danish goal, as the game ended 4-3 in Denmark’s favour.

Rio Ferdinand’s performance on the night was absolutely wretched, he was honestly all over the place.
On the other hand James Milner continues to impress for the national team, assisting to one of the three England goals. Wayne Rooney returns to form with the national side with two goals on the night.


England: Scott Carson, Micah Richards, John Terry ©, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick (Sub 45, Huddlestone), Gareth Barry (Sub 67, Ashley Young), Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent
Unused Subs: Ben Foster, Gary Neville, Steven Taylor, Leighton Baines, Joe Cole, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch


***



#43   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 23 januari 2008 - 07:46

Postad bild

By Postad bild Henry Winter Last updated: Thursday 27th of March 2008

Postad bild

Jamie Wants England Comeback

Postad bild

******

Not even a day past since the England side were defeated in Copenhagen, in a truly entertaining game at Parken Stadium. But it’s not only headlines of the amazing game, which ironically for once England were on the bitter end, but also the announcement of Jamie Carragher’s personal plead to the England manager Steve McClaren to consider the Liverpool defender for the European Championships.

Apparently the former Liverpool captain had during a longer period been considering the option to announce he’d love the opportunity to rejoin his national team mates to battle for the a whole nations pride. It was today during a press conference in Liverpool that Jamie dropped the news. Some may consider Carragher’s chances of making the European Championship team very slim, due to the fact that he didn’t take part in qualifying, but with a performance by defender Rio Ferdinand during last night’s match you never know.

Jamie Carragher has so far thirty-four international caps to his name, and has been inspiring for the leading Barclay Premiership Mersey side Liverpool with twenty-one appearances picking up two man of the match awards, and assisting to two goals. But Jamie Carragher isn’t the only defender who’s got a chance of being named in the twenty-three-man squad for the European Championships, according to English media. Manchester United’s Nedum Onuoha, whose added twenty-two performances for his club this season, could be in for the possible chance of joining up with team mate Micah Richards, in what will be McClaren’s final squad for the European Championships.

Citat

“I’d be honoured if England manager Steve McClaren would consider me for the final squad ahead of the European Championships. The decision has been bothering me ever since the day I announced my retirement and I just simply feel that the time is right, to return. That’s if Steve McClaren gives the chance, the lads that have been playing lately are all worthy of a place in the team for the Euros, so it will be hard competition. But one doesn’t have many of these opportunity’s during a life time and I’ve got to make sure to take what I can.”
Steve McClaren on the other hand hasn’t been accessible since last nights match in Denmark, Terry Venables denied to leave any comments on today’s press conference about Jamie Carragher’s chances of making the twenty-three-man list for this summers European Championships.

#44   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 23 januari 2008 - 23:45

Postad bild

England's Euro Squad Announced

Postad bild

Postad bild
Senior Team Headlines

Last Updated: 01.06.08, 14:00 GMT
= =BREAKING NEWS= =


Postad bild


During the English Football Associations Press Conference earlier this morning, manager Steve McClaren announced his twenty-three-man squad who will travel to the European Championships to battle out for a whole nations pride. England who were drawn into Group A, begin their Euro campaign against host nation Austria at the Tivoli-Neu in Innsbruck. Then playing Norway on Saturday before the final game against Portugal three days later in Linz.

As always there were a few controversial decision in the England squad as Frank Lampard’s international career has definitely come to abrupt end, as he wasn’t included in the team which are already on the way to the European Championship, and wasn’t even on the stand-by list. It was during the match against Russia during last years Qualification for this summer’s tournament, that Lampard lost control of himself and shoved his elbow intentionally into the face of one the Russian defenders. A mistake that he’d not regret and wouldn’t apologise for, to either manager or the player he inflicted an injury upon. Steve McClaren gave Chelsea’s midfielder an ultimatum to either apologise for his actions or he wouldn’t be given the honour to play in an England shirt again during McClaren’s regime.

Jamie Carragher, who only recently announced his comeback to the international side, seems to have edged out his opponents for a spot in the England team, as he’s listed as one of the twenty-three players for England’s European Championship campaign. Getting the better of Ledley King, Lescott and Phil Neville all those name aren’t in the England squad.

Relegated West Ham, have at least the opportunity to be represented in the English squad, as Dean Ashton’s impressive season for The Hammers was enough to secure his name for the tournament despite the club being relegated.

It’s a sad times for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Manchester United’s Michael Carrick who both have been regulars during the qualifying campaign for England. Both players have been given the disappointing news that they both will miss out, as neither of them are fit enough for the opening games of the Group Stage, with injury stopping them both.

****

England’s European Championship Squad


Postad bild

Goalkeepers: Chris Kirkland (Wigan), Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspurs) and Scott Carson (Aston Villa)

Postad bild

Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Gary Neville (Manchester United), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), © John Terry (Chelsea), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) and Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

Postad bild

Midfielders
: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa), James Milner (Newcastle United), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) and Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

Postad bild

Forwards
: Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspurs), Dean Ashton (West Ham), Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool) and Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)



#45   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 24 januari 2008 - 15:14

Postad bild

Group A Special

Postad bild

By Postad bild Henry Winter Last updated: 1st June 2008



Today we have a quick overview over England’s European Championship Group, in this little guide, which follows you’ll find each nations best player currently in the squad for in each position. And a little brief description on how team qualified and maybe a bit about one of their best players.


Group A:


Austria
Postad bild
Jürgen Macho/Martin Stranzl/Andreas Ivanschitz /Roland Linz

INFO

Host nation Austria has been given a hard group in the European Championship. It would be a huge surprise if the Austrians would pull an advance through to the next round off. Jürgen Macho is Austria’s last post in goal, having been capped for his nation nineteen times. Macho will have to stay focused against the vital matches against England and Portugal, if Austria is to have any chance of qualifying through the group stage.

As host nation, Austria qualified for this summers tournament directly, without having to do the European Qualifying Group Stages. Coached by former Austrian international Josef Hickersberger, Austria has played twice since new years against Germany, which ended 0-0, on the 6th of February. Before losing at home 1-0 on the 26th of March against Holland, as Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan scored the only goal of the game on the 65th minute. Sadly the host nations chances of advancing through past the group stages look very slim, and would need a big upset to put out either England or Portugal already in the group.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Josef Hickersberger

Fixtures:
Austria v England - 9th of June 2008
Portugal v Austria - 14th of June 2008
Norway v Austria - 17th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 4th


--------------------------------------------------------------------


England
Postad bild
Scott Carson/John Terry/Steven Gerrard/Darren Bent

INFO

England form throughout the qualifying campaign for this summer’s competition was like a roller coaster. After a very poor start, England secured top place of their qualifying group to secure their place in this summer’s tournament. The absence of Frank Lampard seems to have ended his international career if England were to succeed at the Euros. England have their star Darren Bent to thank for being here, with ten goals in only nine appearances so far to his name.

England haven’t won an international tournament since the glorious summer of 1966, when the World Cup took place in England, with the English wining the only European trophy until date, 4-2 in the final against West Germany.

The decision to drop Frank Lampard after his unprofessional behaviour during the qualification will prove to be the final puzzle bit in Steve McClaren’s team. Should England succeed in the European Championship then Frank Lampard will have been proved wrong, and his reputation will fall drastically. But should England fail then Steve McClaren’s call to leave Lampard outside the England squad, will be ringing the bells for his resignation, and for Chelsea’s midfielder Frank Lampard’s return.
Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson who has been England’s number one during the past few years, seems to have lost his place in the starting eleven to yet another former Yorkshire keeper, Scott Carson whose had an extremely impressive season at Villa Park, for Aston Villa in the Premiership.

Citat

Yeah well I’m obviously very happy to avoid the French, I mean we’re in the same group as the host nation, and you simply can’t count them out even though on paper we’re the better side. Portugal have proved that their not a nation to be run over during previous encounters, and hopefully the lads will put their hearts into that game to get revenge on the previous exists from the international tournaments.

Norway qualified on the final day of the qualification thanks to the help from Bosnia & Herzegovina, who won in Istanbul on the final day, thanks to a late first-half goal by Miodrag Loncar. I’ve seen John Carew play a few times for the Aston Villa this season, and to be honest he’s been looking pretty impressive. But I’m sure that if we put our heads to it, and dedicate heart and soul to game, and then we should advance without too much problems.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Steve McClaren

Fixtures:
Austria v England - 9th of June 2008
England v Norway - 14th of June 2008
Portugal v England - 17th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 2nd


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Portugal
Postad bild
Ricardo/Ricardo Carvalho/Cristiano Ronaldo/Hugo Almeida

INFO

Portugal have had a previous successful streak against the English who must be considered as the biggest threat in the group, having beaten England on two occasions to send the English crashing out on the tournament on penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t have the best of seasons for Sir Alex Ferguson’s, Manchester United as injury prevented the Portuguese wonderkid to play more then twenty-three league games, scoring eight times this season. Will Luiz Felipe Scolari finally achieve to make Portugal Champions? Last time around the Portuguese were defeated in the final by Greece, how far can they go this time?

Citat

I'll be honest with you; I would of loved to not have to play against England again. They'll definitely be up for the game, and will want revenge for their previous exits from the penalty-shot out against us. I’m 100 % that we’ll get trough the group stages, but we can’t underestimate any opponents, or we’ll pay dearly for it.


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Felipão Scolari

Fixtures:
Norway v Portugal - 9th of June 2008
Portugal v Austria - 14th of June 2008
Portugal v England - 17th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 1st

--------------------------------------------------------------------


Norway
Postad bild
Håkon Opdal/John Arne Riise/Morten Gamst Pedersen/John Carew

INFO

Captain Brede Hangeland from Danish FC København will lead his nation to what will be a tough competition to advance to the next round. With an average age of only twenty-six this Norwegian side will do the best they can, and gain experience for what looks like a bright future for the Nordic nation.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Manager: Postad bild - Åge Hareide

Fixtures:
Norway v Portugal - 9th of June 2008
England v Norway - 14th of June 2008
Norway v Austria - 17th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 3rd

--------------------------------------------------------------------



#46   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 08 februari 2008 - 15:17

Postad bild

Group B Special

Postad bild

By Postad bild Henry Winter Last updated: 1st June 2008



Today we have a quick overview of European Championship Group B, in this little guide, which follows you’ll find each nations best player currently in the squad for in each position. And a little brief description on how team qualified and maybe a bit about one of their best players.


Group B:


Switzerland
Postad bild
Diego Benaglio/Philippe Senderos/Tranquillo Barnetta/Alexander Frei

INFO

As host nation of the European Championship, Switzerland qualified automatically without having to play the qualification for the tournament. But that hasn’t stopped Jacob Kuhn from preparing his side to honour his nation at this summer’s tournament. Sadly the warm up matches ahead of the European Championships hasn’t worked out the way, the Swiss would of hopped it would. With only three wins out of seven games since the beginning of 2007. Switzerland defeated co-host nation Austria last year in October 3-1, with goals from Magnin, Frei and Vonlanthen.

Switzerland’s chances of getting through to the next round seems very slim, as they were drawn together with Holland and Sweden who will be considered the best two nations ahead of the beginning of the tournament. With one of their most promising prospects, Johan Djourou not included in the squad due to injury the defence is weakened. But can Juventus goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio save the hopes of nation by denying the opponents strikers?


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager:
Postad bild - Jacob Kuhn

Fixtures:
Holland V Switzerland – 8th of June 2008
Serbia V Switzerland – 12th of June 2008
Switzerland V Sweden – 16th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 4th

--------------------------------------------------------------------


Holland
Postad bild
Edwin van der Sar/Khalid Boulahrouz/Robin van Persie/Ruud van Nistelrooy

INFO

Holland secured their place in the European Championships through the European Qualification Group G, in which they surprisingly game second after winners Bulgaria. The deceive match which took place in the Amsterdam ArenA, ended in a shocking 4-3 win for the Bulgarians, as Dorbin Tsvetanov scored the winning goal in the dieing minutes.

Things would continue to look wretched for the Dutch as their first warm up friendly for the European Championship ended in a dismal 2-1 defeat at home to 2004’s European Champions, Greece. But even though the poor recent form for the national side, this Dutch team is ranked as one of this summers tournaments best teams. With much pointing to that this is a side that can take it’s nation to the final, but much will count upon Robin van Persie who scored seven goals in the qualifying groups ahead of this summers tournament.
Can Marco van Basten guide his team to European glory?


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager:
Postad bild - Marco van Basten

Fixtures:
Holland V Switzerland – 8th of June 2008
Sweden V Holland – 11th of June 2008
Holland V Serbia –16th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 1st


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Serbial
Postad bild
Vladimir Stojkovic/Nemanja Vidic/Dejan Stankovic/Nikola Zigic

INFO

Serbia claimed first place in the European Championship Qualifying Group A, to qualify for this summers tournament. And they have England’s group opponents to thank for that, Portugal drew twice to nations whom they should of thrashed, first Kazakhstan 2-2, and Azerbaijan 0-0. As Serbia finished first in the group three points clear of Portugal.

Javier Clemente’s team played an early warm-up game for this tournament against Scotland in Belgrade, a game that ended 1-1 with Nikola Zigic scoring the home nations only goal. If Serbia are to advance through to the next round, the more experienced players will have to play at their best as this Serbian squad are very inexperienced with an average age of only 25.

Citat

I do believe we have all the chances in the world to qualify from this group for the later stages, but we shouldn’t underestimate any of the teams in Group B. We’ve all arrived her with the same goal, to win the final and do our nation proud. We have a very young team this year but they’ve blended together very well, and the future looks bright for us. But for now, we concentrate on the present.



--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Javier Clemente

Fixtures:
Sweden V Serbia –7th of June 2008
Serbia V Switzerland – 12th of June 2008
Holland V Serbia – 16th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 3rd
--------------------------------------------------------------------


Sweden
Postad bild
Andreas Isaksson/Olof Mellberg/Tobias Linderoth/Zlatan Ibrahimovic

INFO

A big surprise for the Swedes as manager Lars Lagerbäck made the decision to leave out former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg, a decision that the manager has been criticised a lot about lately. But Ljungberg isn’t the only experienced Swede to be left out of this summer’s European Championship, current captain Niclas Alexandersson and Anders Svensson, Christian Willhelmsson and Alexander Östlund miss out, instead Lagerbäck choice the likes of Jon Jönsson, Marcus Sahlman, Samuel Holmén and Alexander Farnerud.

Lars risk taking actions might bring an end to his now eleven year stay as the Swedish national manager, should his decision to leave out some of Sweden’s best players backfire. Sweden warmed up for the summer’s competition by thrashing the Chinese Taipei 5-0 at Råsunda in Stockholm. Before travelling to Mexico, where Arsenal’s Carlos Vela scored twice as the Swede’s lost the game 3-1, with their goal coming from Zlatan Ibrahimovic who equalised four minutes into the game.

Sweden will want revenge against the Dutch for their exit in the previous European Championship, when they lost to the Dutch on penalties.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Manager: Postad bild - Lars Lagerbäck

Fixtures:
Sweden V Serbia – 7th of June 2008
Sweden V Holland – 11th of June 2008
Switzerland V Sweden – 16th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 2nd
--------------------------------------------------------------------



#47   Victor

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 900 Inlägg:

Postad 08 februari 2008 - 16:10

Ögongodis :)
"Kommer ner till målet och tittar upp och får se en mäktig skara Gaisare, plötsligt kände jag mig som en krigsherre med hela min mäktiga arme bakom mig. Idag kunde inget gå fel."

Dime Jankulovski

#48   Vikash

    Tränare

  • Medlem
  • PipPipPip
  • 4 122 Inlägg:

Postad 08 februari 2008 - 18:11

Fint och så.

Vill inte vara den som gnäller på småsaker men ramen på van der Sar och Boulahrouz verkar ha flippat lite.

#49   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 09 februari 2008 - 14:30

Citat

Fint och så.

Vill inte vara den som gnäller på småsaker men ramen på van der Sar och Boulahrouz verkar ha flippat lite.

Jo, varning för nästa update jag har bild på fel spelare. Så poängtera det inte jag är bara för lat för att ändra :P

#50   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 09 februari 2008 - 14:38

Postad bild

Group C Special

Postad bild

By Postad bild Henry Winter Last updated: 1st June 2008


Today we have a quick overview of European Championship Group C, in this little guide, which follows you’ll find each nations best player currently in the squad for in each position. And a little brief description on how team qualified and maybe a bit about one of their best players. Group C contains current European Champions holders Greece, European giants Spain and two countries from Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Bulgaria.


Group C:


Greece
Postad bild
Antonis Nikopolidis/Traianos Dellas/Kostas Katsouranis/Dimitris Papadopoulos

INFO

Greece are the current European Champions having won the previous tournament which took place in Portugal four years ago, it was also the host nation who’d fall in the final to the Greek team in what was maybe the tournaments biggest upset. Hellas qualified from Group C in the European Qualification, first place in their group with Norway on the same amount of points, with the head-to-head encounters separating the two nations.

Coached by German manager Otto Rehhagel, Hellas played the Netherlands ahead of this summer’s tournament, and they got of to the best of starts by beating the Dutch, 2-1 away from home. Can Hellas cause another major upset?

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Otto Rehhagel

Fixtures:
Ukraine V Greece – 10th of June 2008
Bulgaria V Greece – 15th of June 2008
Greece V Spain – 18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 3rd



--------------------------------------------------------------------


Spain
Postad bild
Iker Casillas/Carles Puyol /Francesc Fàbregas/Raúl

INFO

It’s been a long time ago since Spain won their only international trophy back in 1964, at the European Championships. Since then it’s been one disappointment after another, as a team fully qualified to win the bigger international tournaments, exit it dismal fashion. Spain on the other hand qualified from the same group as Sweden for the tournament in Austria/Switzerland, and that as group winners!

Luis Aragonès takes his side into the tournament having won both their friendly games against the French, 1-0 in Valencia. Before beating current World Champions Italy, who won’t participate in this summer’s tournament, 2-1 with goals from Fernando Torres and Raúl. Will Spain finally succeed what the nation graves from them, eternal glory?

Citat

There is no chance the other nations will cope with our powerful force, we’ve come here to with the European Championship’s and no nation will stand between our trophy and us.

--------------------------------------------------------------------



Manager: Postad bild - Luis Aragonès

Fixtures:
Spain V Bulgaria – 10th of June 2008
Spain V Ukraine – 15th of June 2008
Greece V Spain – 18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 1st


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Ukraine
Postad bild
Olexandr Shovkovskiy/Dmytro Chygrynskiy/Anatoliy Tymoschuk/Andriy Shevchenko

INFO

Ukraine completed one of this summer’s biggest upsets by denying current World Champions Italy a place in this summer’s tournament, as they claimed second spot in the qualifying group four points behind group winners, France. The final match of the qualification, the honourable win that will go down in the nations history books, took place on the 21st of November against France at home. France who were already qualified for the European Championship’s had nothing to play for, but still gave it all. But it wasn’t enough the Ukrainians won 2-1 grabbing the final qualifying spot form Italy. The Italian coach the proclaimed after the match that the French had let Ukraine win on purpose as kind of conspiracy against the Italians for France’s defeat in the previous World Cup Final.

A young team full with talents, but also contains experienced players like the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Anatoliy Tymoschuk, will Oleg Blokhin take his country through to the knockout stages?

--------------------------------------------------------------------



Manager: Postad bild - Oleg Blokhin

Fixtures:
Ukraine V Greece – 10th of June 2008
Spain V Ukraine – 15th of June 2008
Ukraine V Bulgaria –18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 2nd
--------------------------------------------------------------------


Bulgaria
Postad bild
Dimitar Ivankov/Chavdar Yankov/Valeri Bojinov/Dimitar Berbatov

INFO

Bulgaria qualified from a tough group for this summer’s European Championship, battling off both Holland and Romania for the top spot in Group G. With Tottenham Hotspurs Dimitar Berbatov and Manchester City’s Valeri Bojinov in the squad the Bulgarian’s do look like a force to be taken upon with precautions, but lack of a good defence will cost Bulgaria dearly in this summer’s tournament, if Bulgaria are to advance from the group stage then manager Dimitar Penev will have to get his side working on their poor defence, otherwise it’s bye-bye to what used to be a powerful football nation.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Manager: Postad bild - Dimitar Penev

Fixtures:
Spain V Bulgaria – 10th of June 2008
Bulgaria V Greece – 15th of June 2008
Ukraine V Bulgaria –18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 4th
--------------------------------------------------------------------



#51   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 09 februari 2008 - 14:47

Postad bild

Group D Special

Postad bild

By Postad bild Henry Winter Last updated: 1st June 2008


Today we have a quick overview of European Championship Group D, in this little guide, which follows you’ll find each nations best player currently in the squad for in each position. And a little brief description on how the teams qualified and maybe a bit about one of their best players. Group D contains former World Champions France, Germany Croatia and the European Championship Underdog's Ireland.


Group D:


France
Postad bild
Mickaël Landreau/William Gallas/Patrick Vieira/Thierry Henry

INFO

Raymond Domench’s side will want revenge from missing out in the previous World Cup Final, which tragically for the French was decided on the dreaded penalties and ended in the Italians favour. The French have a tough group including the Germans, and the spectacular Irish national team that denied the Czech Republic a place in this summers European Championship. France still does look like the strongest nation in the Group D and I don’t believe they’ll have any problems qualifying for the next round. This is surly the last opportunity for some of the veterans to grab their final silverware at the international stage, so the pressure on the French is huge.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Raymond Domenech

Fixtures:
France v Croatia – 8th of June 2008
Germany v France – 13th of June 2008
France v Ireland – 18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 1st



--------------------------------------------------------------------


Germany
Postad bild
Jens Lehmann/Christoph Metzelder/Michael Ballack/Lukas Podolski

INFO

The German’s missed out on a golden opportunity to win the World Cup Final on home ground as Argentina crushed the Germans hope on penalties. It’s a very young squad Joachim Löw has called upon. Germany have already faced the Irish in the qualification ahead of the this summer’s tournament, and thinks didn’t look to certain as the two nations faced each other last time around, with Irish succeeding an amazing win at Croke Park in Dublin, as the game ended 2-1. The Germans will of course be favourites together with the French to qualify for the next round but I can’t resist saying that, we do have a potential surprise on our hands.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Joachim Löw

Fixtures:
Ireland v Germany – 8th of June 2008
Germany v France – 13th of June 2008
Croatia v Germany –18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 2nd


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Croatial
Postad bild
Stipe Pletikosa/Vedran Corluka/Luka Modric/Eduardo

INFO

Croatia qualified from the same group as England for this summer’s tournament, but with lack of any warm up matches ahead of the European Championship’s the organisation in the Croatian side looks completely outrageous. I feel that Slaven Billic will be regretting being so cocky about his side’s chances of advancing to the next stage. Also commenting on the fact that he felt neither France or Germany had any players, which would replace any of the starting eleven in the Croatian national team. Personally I can only see this ending in one way, and that’s a huge flop from a nation who normally performs very well on the international stage.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Manager: Postad bild - Slaven Bilic

Fixtures:
France v Croatia – 8th of June 2008
Croatia v Ireland – 12th of June 2008
Croatia v Germany –18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 4th


--------------------------------------------------------------------


Ireland
Postad bild
Shay Given/Richard Dunne/Steve Reid/Kevin Doyle

INFO

This summers biggest surpise must be regarded to be Ireland as they sensationally denied the Czech Republic of what they must of felt the like was a guaranteed place in this summers European Championship. Steve Staunton is creating wonders with this extremely young Irish side that lost their only warm up game for the Euros against Finland away from home, to the odd goal 1-0. Ireland are the group underdogs and won’t have any pressure on them, which I’m sure the lads will enjoy. Captain Richard Dunne says that he thinks Ireland has the ability to qualify for the next round, and honestly I can’t say I don’t believe that it’s impossible, but the bigger names just block away the Irish, whom I think will finish in an honourable third place in the group.

Citat

We might not have the big names like the French or the German. But we have passion and pride, and mark my word; these lads will do nothing but do their nation proud. I’m already overwhelmed by the fact that we’re here, and we have nothing to lose. The other managers in the group might consider us as an easy three points, but we’ve already proved that we are not, before. What stops us from doing the same now, the lads have been working really hard during the training sessions, blending in really well together. I must say it’s an honour to manage these players; it’s every manager’s dream to have such dedicated and talented lads. Bring on the European Championship!

--------------------------------------------------------------------
Manager: Postad bild - Steve Staunton

Fixtures:
Ireland v Germany – 8th of June 2008
Croatia v Ireland – 12th of June 2008
France v Ireland – 18th of June 2008

Sky Sports, Says:
Final Position: 3rd


--------------------------------------------------------------------


With Group D's guide now finished, we've now reviewed all the groups for this summer's European Championship. Stay tune, as the tournament kicks off!

#52   Greenbeard

    Spelare

  • Medlem
  • PipPip
  • 820 Inlägg:

Postad 13 februari 2008 - 08:53

Postad bild

Postad bild
Senior Team Headlines

Last Updated: 25.11.07, 20:23 GMT

England Run Rampage

Postad bild
= =European Championships= =


England's European Championship campaign got off to the best of starts, as they thrash hosts Austria in the first match of Group A. Humiliating the hosts Austria, 5-0 in a game which England could of easily scored at least ten goals in.

England got of the best of starts in the European Champions by thrashing host nation Austria, 5-0!
Darren Bent didn’t wait long before he opened his scoring account at the European Championship when fired home from James Milner’s elegant pass, only four and half minutes into the game.
The English national team had numerous opportunities to double their lead during the next fifteen minutes, but those who weren’t saved by the host nations goalkeeper was either well of target or like Darren Bent’s 18th minute strike, and Steven Gerrard’s thunder of a shot, disallowed for off-side.

Macho in the Swiss goal was kept busy through-out the rest of the first half, but was unable to stop Wayne Rooney’s fabulous left-footed strike from outside the penalty area which swerved up into the far top corner with just under nine minutes left of ordinary time in the first half. Macho would concede a goal just two minutes later, yet again another long-ranged shot this time from Darren Bent, who doubled his tally.

Darren Bent would make it three and a splendid hattrick; the first of the tournament with a minute left of the second half as he sprinted through the Swiss defence, which by now was all over the place.
4-0 up at half time and Steve McClaren replaced Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard for Manchester United’s Owen Hargreaves, who gained his fortieth cap for the national team. Wayne Rooney contributed for England once again in the second half, sixty-six minutes into the game when he got his head to James Milner’s cross who was on a formidable performance through-out the night.

McClaren made his final two changes ten minutes after England’s fifth goal replacing captain John Terry who was replaced by Stuart Taylor, whilst Gareth Barry came of to be replaced by Stuart Downing.
England removed the pace of the game during the last ten minutes, as both sides seemed to be waiting for the final whistle.

Overall an excellent performance, and the best possible start for Steve McClaren at his first major international tournament, as head coach of the English national team.

England: Scott Carson, Jamie Carragher, John Terry © (Sub 78, Steven Taylor), Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Jamie Milner, Steve Gerrard Postad bild (Sub 45, Owen Hargreaves), Paul Scholes Postad bild, Gareth Barry (Sub 78, Stewart Downing), Wayne Rooney Postad bildx2 and Darren Bent Postad bildx3 Postad bild
Unused Subs: Paul Robinson, Chris Kirkland, Gary Neville, Micah Richards, David Beckham, Joe Cole, Dean Ashton, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch.





1 användare läser detta ämne

0 medlemmar, 1 gäster, 0 anonyma medlemmar