Friday, August 19, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1573

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There are 19 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Domenech warns against euphoria
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. Germany respond to Robben strikes
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Dashing Danes undo England
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
4. Mutu breaks Andorran resistance
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
5. Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
6. Owen back to Liverpool on loan?
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
7. Pearce snaps up Qatari ace
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
8. Bolton and Spurs waiting for Lee decision
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
9. Celtic must dig deeper for Du
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
10. Belgium extend unbeaten run with win over Greece
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
11. France fall away
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
12. Iceland 4 – 1 South Africa
From: marta_grimsdottir
13. Re: Dashing Danes undo England
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
14. Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
15. Re: Iceland 4 – 1 South Africa
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
16. Re: Dashing Danes undo England
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
17. Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
18. Re: Dashing Danes undo England
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
19. Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>

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Message: 1
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 15:34:49 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Domenech warns against euphoria

Zinedine Zidane's return for France was everything fans of Les Bleus
could have hoped for. The Real Madrid midfielder scored the second
goal and ran the show as Raymond Domenech's side defeated the Ivory
Coast 3-0 in Montpellier last night.

'Be careful'
But Domenech was quick to quell the congratulations, warning that
with crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, the hard work was
still to come. "There was not a three-goal difference between the
teams," Domenech said. "We have to be careful not to feel euphoric
after such a game."

Rapturous celebrations
The excitement caused by the return of veterans Zidane, Claude
Makelele and Lilian Thuram was soon transformed into rapturous
celebrations. It was the first time France had won a match by three
goals since 28 May 2004 when they beat Andorra 4-0 at the same Stade
Mosson in southern France.

Impressive victory
Inspired by Zidane, Les Bleus struck their first two goals in the
28th and 62nd minutes from corners delivered by Sylvain Wiltord.
William Gallas converted the first before Zidane, a past master at
scoring crucial goals, added the second. Thierry Henry's 66th-minute
effort on the break sealed an impressive success.

'Triumphant return'
"The light is back," ran L'Equipe's headline this morning. "France
have rediscovered their backbone," the paper added. "Zidane has made
a triumphant return."

'Played well'
The 33-year-old himself was more restrained. "The main point was to
win," Zidane said. "It's the reason we're all satisfied with this
game. Everyone played well, as they did in the previous matches. We
were just missing the impetus to lift us above opponents and help us
score. But we must not be swayed from our target. Our main games are
ahead."

Irish test
France next play at home to the Faroe Islands on 3 September before
travelling to the Republic of Ireland for a key World Cup qualifier
four days later. Les Bleus are fourth in Group 4, three points behind
the Republic but have a match in hand on the leaders.

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Zizou!!Zizou!!Zizou!!Zizou!!Zizou!! :p

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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 15:49:24 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Germany respond to Robben strikes

Netherlands 2-2 Germany

Germany produced a stirring comeback from two goals down to grab a
draw against a strong Netherlands side in a keenly-contested friendly
in Rotterdam. Two Arjen Robben strikes appeared to have given the
hosts a comfortable lead, but goals from Michael Ballack and Gerald
Asamoah helped Jürgen Klinsmann's team back into the game.

Rampant Robben
Home coach Marco van Basten started with an established lineup, and
his side surged in front in the third minute. Germany defender
Christian Wörns headed straight to the feet of Robben, and the
Chelsea winger lashed a powerful drive past Oliver Kahn from the edge
of the box. Less than 60 seconds into the second half, it was two.
Robben jinked his way into a shooting position and cracked his effort
in off a post.

Van der Sar star
Germany dug deep and hit back on the hour with a Michael Ballack
header, after the Bayern München man rose to meet Bernd Schneider's
corner. It ended goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's national record of
665 minutes without conceding.

Asamoah profits
Although the Dutch continued to dominate, Robin van Persie, Rafael
van der Vaart, Roy Makaay and the imperious Robben all failed to
score what would surely have been a killer third, and were made to
pay ten minutes from time. Asamoah profited from hesitant defending
by Van der Vaart before rounding Van der Sar and slotting in the
leveller.

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This could be a very nice final this next summer :)

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Message: 3
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 15:53:13 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Dashing Danes undo England

Denmark 4-1 England

England suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 4-1 against Wales
in 1980, as Denmark swept Sven-Göran Eriksson's team aside by the
same scoreline in Copenhagen.

Goal glut
Three goals in seven second-half minutes did the damage, after an
even opening period. Denmark took the lead on the hour when David
James, a second-half substitute for No1 Paul Robinson, rushed out of
his goal only to be rounded by Jon Dahl Tomasson who squared the ball
for Dennis Rommedahl to tap in.

Danish delight
Rommedahl's strike was the catalyst for Denmark to turn on the style
and they added a second three minutes later as Claus Jensen sent a
ball across the face of goal for Tomasson to register. A stunned
England conceded a third on 67 minutes, defender Michael Gravgaard
demonstrating his aerial prowess to head in from a corner.

Rooney consolation
Morten Olsen's side controlled the majority of the second half,
though the visitors did reduce the deficit with their first
opportunity of this spell when Wayne Rooney latched on to David
Beckham's through-ball to score with three minutes remaining.

Turkish test
However, Denmark deservedly had the last word. Søren Larsen slid the
ball past James in added time for the home team's fourth goal to
leave them full of confidence ahead of their crucial qualifier with
Turkey on 3 September.

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We are red, we are white, we are anish dynamite!!

Go James :p

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Message: 4
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 15:56:04 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Mutu breaks Andorran resistance

Adrian Mutu scored two first-half goals as Romania overcame a
defensively-minded Andorra team 2-0 in Constanta in World Cup
qualifying Group 1, keeping up the pressure on pool leaders the
Netherlands.

Munteanu landmark
Romanian playing legend Gheorghe Hagi attended the game in his home
town of Constanta to watch 37-year-old defender Dorinel Munteanu
equal his all-time record of 125 international appearances. But the
action on the pitch proved rather tame.

Defensive emphasis
The Pyrenean visitors put the emphasis firmly on defence from the
off, failing to get a single shot on target in the first half.
Romania dominated throughout, but the sheer weight of numbers in the
Andorran box made their life tricky.

Mutu just grand
After having a goal disallowed, Mutu finally got on the scoresheet
with a fine header on 28 minutes. He doubled his tally five minutes
before the break with a splendid 20-metre shot that arrowed into the
top-left corner, the 1000th goal in the history of the Romanian
national team.

Few clear chances
The second half saw more physical, defensive play from Andorra,
limiting the increasingly frustrated home team to just a handful of
clear goalscoring opportunities. Romania consolidate third place in
the group, moving to within two points of the Czech Republic and
three of the Netherlands. However, the top two both have two games in
hand.

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2-0 in Romania?
Great result for Andorra :p

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Message: 5
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 16:02:51 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté

Striker Frédéric Kanouté has joined UEFA Cup contenders Sevilla from
Tottenham Hotspur in a €6.5m switch.

Four-year deal
The Mali international, 28 next month, has agreed a four-year
contract with the Spanish side with his buy-out fee being set at
€25m. He is seen as a replacement for Julio Baptista, who was sold to
Real Madrid in July, and will link up with on-loan Argentinian
international Javier Saviola in attack.

London move
Kanouté started out in the youth teams at Olympique Lyonnais, where
he spent three years before signing for English outfit West Ham
United in 2000. He scored 29 league goals in three seasons at Upton
Park, but transferred to Tottenham in June 2003 and registered 14
times in 60 matches for the north Londoners.

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I wasn't expecting him to leave!
This must be a big loss for Spurs ambitions.

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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 16:07:24 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Owen back to Liverpool on loan?

Michael Owen may be about to join former club Liverpool on loan,
according to reports in the English press.

The England hit-man is some way down the pecking order at the
Bernabeu, and although he's been linked with a move to Lyon, a return
to the Premiership seems to be his favoured option.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez says he is not looking to strengthen
his front-line but may change his tune if the club off-load Milan
Baros to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Lyon are now being linked with Djibril Cisse but Benitez
would surely be unwilling to let the Frenchman leave Anfield.

Lyon have money to spend, with Michael Essien set to complete his £26
million move to Chelsea.

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Going back to Anfield on loan would be a real face off for Owen.
Later he will tell his grand children:
"I played my whole carreer in Liverpool, except for the season where
they became European champions" :p

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Message: 7
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 16:31:20 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Pearce snaps up Qatari ace

Manchester City have offered a six month contract to Yasser Hussain
after the Qatari international impressed boss Stuart Pearce during a
recent trial.

The 23 year-old performed well in pre-season friendlies against
Tranmere Rovers and Macclesfield.

Former City skipper Ali Benarbia recommended the player, who can play
on either flank, to the Premier League club.

The ex-England defender insists that City have nothing to lose and
dismissed suggestions that Hussain is too small for the English game.

"You look at Shaun Wright-Phillips and you might
think 'lightweight'," the boss told city's official website.

"One thing I noticed about Yasser is that he is not afraid to go in
for a tackle or jump for a header. They're not the traits of a
lightweight.

"With the length of contract, we are offering it's no gamble for this
football club.

"He's been as keen as mustard to come over here and show us what he
can do - and he's done enough to suggest it will be well worth having
a look at him."

Hussain, currently with Qatar's Al-Sadd will join the English club
after he gets international clearance and his wife gives birth to
their baby.

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Since when are Qatari players moving abroad?
I thought it was always the opposite :p

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Message: 8
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 16:35:00 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Bolton and Spurs waiting for Lee decision

PSV Eindhoven's Lee Young-pyo has promised that he will decide his
future by the end of the week.

The South Korean wing-back arrived in Seoul for his country's World Cup
Qualifier with Saudi Arabia and declared that his future will soon be
settled.

"I will announce by the end of the week whether I will be staying or
leaving," said the 28 year-old who has just a year left on his contract
with the Dutch champions.

According to the Korean press, Premier League outfits Bolton Wanderers
and Tottenham Hotspur are the likely destinations should the versatile
star decide to move.

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Lee isn't as good as Park, don't know if he will survive the EPL.

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Message: 9
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 16:50:30 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Celtic must dig deeper for Du

Celtic have been told to raise their offer if they want to secure the
services of Chinese international defender Du Wei.

According to China's Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai Shenhua's club boss
Wu Jinan said "there is a gap between our expected price and their
offer".

It is believed that the Scottish giants offered $1.4 million for the 23
year-old who impressed during a recent trial at Parkhead.

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Chinese players in Scotland, where is the world going to? :)

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Message: 10
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 17:22:43 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Belgium extend unbeaten run with win over Greece

Belgium stretched their unbeaten run to four games with a 2-0
friendly victory over European champions Greece on Wednesday.

Two first-half goals from brothers Emile and Mbo Mpenza condemned
coach Otto Rehhagel's side to their second successive defeat while
Belgium recorded their second clean-sheet in a row.

After persistent pressure the home team finally snatched the lead in
the 19th minute when a mistake by Greece defender Sotiris Kyrgiakos
allowed Emile Mpenza to nip in and slip the ball into the net.

Five minutes later Mbo Mpenza rifled home a 20-metre volley following
a fine chest-down from Luigi Pieroni.

Belgium should have extended their lead on the stroke of halftime but
Greece goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis bravely denied Emile Mpenza.

Five minutes after the interval, Nikopolidis again denied Emile
Mpenza with an outstretched arm.

Greece made six second-half substitutions but to no avail.

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Wooow, we just beat Europe's best :)

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Message: 11
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 17:56:41 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: France fall away

With only 24 `A' international matches having been played in the last
four weeks, there are few major changes in August's FIFA World
Ranking. Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic,
Mexico and Gold Cup winners the USA continue to occupy the top six
positions, but England (7th, up 1) overtake Spain (8th, no change).

Due to a devaluation of past results, the French (9th, down 2)
continue to lose ground and they are now in their lowest position
since winning the World Cup in 1998.

This month's major movers are to be found lower down the ranking,
with Cosafa Cup winners Zimbabwe (51st, up 2) and defeated finalists
Zambia (56th, up 6) narrowly missing out on joining the top 50. Qatar
(68th, up 7) and Gold Cup finalists Panama (77th, up 6) also climb
more than five places. Panama, defeated by the USA only on penalties
in the final of the Gold Cup, currently sit in their highest ever
position in the FIFA World Ranking.

Given the lack of movement in the upper echelons of the ranking, it
is hardly surprising that there is no change to the regional
composition of the top 50. With 26 representatives, UEFA still boasts
more than half of the top 50, with the remaining teams coming from
CAF (8), CONMEBOL (6), CONCACAF (5) and AFC (5).

1. Brazil......................837...0
2. Argentina...................782...0
3. Netherlands.................780...0
4. Czech Republic..............777...0
5. Mexico......................770...0
6. USA.........................768...0
7. England.....................743...+1
8. Spain.......................739...0
9. France......................737...-2
9. Portugal....................737...+1
11.Germany.....................722...0
12.Turkey......................712...0
13.Italy.......................711...+1
14.Republic of Ireland.........709...+1
15.Iran........................708...0
15.Sweden......................708...+2
17.Japan.......................706...-4
18.Greece......................696...+1
18.Denmark.....................696...+1
20.Croatia.....................693...+2
Some others:
23.Korea Republic..............681...-2
25.Uruguay.....................675...-7
52.Belgium.....................585...-2
53.Trinidad and Tobago.........574...+5
56.Zambia......................569...+6
57.Australia...................568...+3
57.Iraq........................568...-5
62.Uzbekistan..................561...-9
63.Jordan......................560...-6
68.Oman........................549...-4
68.Qatar.......................549...+7
71.Angola......................546...-3
77.Panama......................540...+6
83.Wales.......................517...-3
94.Iceland.....................486...-2
97.Indonesia...................478...-5
105.Cyprus.....................443...+4
116.Northern Ireland...........410...-4
130.Mozambique.................352...+4
134.Andorra....................346...+1
137.Fiji.......................338...+4
162.Sierra Leone...............218...-6
180.Mongolia...................141...+3
183.Central African Republic...140...-3

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The French are finaly loosing some spots :)

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Message: 12
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:01:47 -0000
From: marta_grimsdottir
Subject: Iceland 4 – 1 South Africa

Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, 17 August 2005, KO 20h00

Iceland 4:
Steinsson `24
Viðarsson `41
Helguson `66
Gunnarsson `72

South Africa 1:
Buckley `27

In a Laugardalsvöllur stadium barely half full, it was easy to tell
that this was a friendly match organised at the last minute – but a
crucial warm-up nonetheless. South Africa are preparing for their
World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, while Iceland are gearing up
to face Croatia.

Both teams appeared to be taking the game seriously – South Africa
with their attractive, Brazilian style of play, and Iceland with their
stronger, more direct way of doing things. Attractive play aside, the
score line is unnecessarily harsh on the visitors, who played a
spirited game and were unlucky on several occasions.

In a game full of opportunities, the first half was characterised by
poor Icelandic defending in the face of spirited South African
attackers, and also by good goalkeeping by South Africa's Hans Vonk. A
good Icelandic corner in the eighth minute, for example, had the
visiting defenders beaten. And in the tenth minute, a good Vonk kick
led to some scrappy defending from the home side who were lucky not to
concede.

A good miss in the 23rd minute was soon forgotten in the 24th when
Steinsson opened the scoring for the home side. Testament to how close
the match was at this stage, only three minutes later Buckley is able
to retaliate for South Africa, and spectators were back on the edge of
their seats.

A 29th minute foul on South Africa's captain, Mokoena earned Helguson
a yellow card and caused Mokoena to limp off the pitch barely four
minutes later. After two good shots on goal in the 31st minute,
Guðjohnsen missed a free kick. The home side were unlucky.

Viðarsson scored a very well hustled goal from open play to leave
Iceland in the lead at half time.

Whatever happened in the changing rooms, the winner was decided at
half time. A near miss in the 47th minute was followed by an off-side
goal in the 48th – Iceland were suddenly the better of the two teams,
and it was not down to the visitors' tiredness.

South Africa had a free kick and a good shot on goal in the next few
minutes, but the danger seemed to have evaporated slightly. Vonk was
looking more flustered, while the Icelandic defence had finally
galvanised. Good efforts followed from Iceland in the 54th, 59th and
60th minutes, but the visitors were still hungry to save their pride,
and were not about to let in easy goals.

Some excellent goal mouth play from the visitors proved this in the
61st and 62nd minutes – South Africa play a very attractive game, and
were able to keep the ball on the pitch for an unnaturally long time.

But the game seemed over in the 66th minute when Helguson headed in a
corner from Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson was to head in a goal of his own
six minutes later, and as Vonk's expression clearly conveyed – it was
just too easy for him.

South Africa's Lekgwaki had a good shot narrowly over the bar in the
79th minute, but then Iceland responded with an equally good shot in
the 85th.

South Africa were unlucky not to do better, and their style of play is
imaginative and competent, but Iceland richly deserved the victory.
This notoriously inconsistent team can go into their next match
against the Croatians with their heads held high.

You have just read Iceland Review's very first international sports
report. Tell us what you think – they're unlucky to be a regular
feature, but it's nice to be tested as a journalist from time to time!
I know I'm not likely to be poached by BBC Sport anytime soon, but I
hope it was at least readable. Apologies to non-football (soccer) fans
out there.
___________________

Bring it on! :)))

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Message: 13
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:39:02 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Dashing Danes undo England

i wish david james would never play for england again. sven is just a
twat really. he just loses some sense sometimes. he starts defoe so he
can form a partnership with rooney before the wales game......so he
takes him off at half time so owen can get some match fitness? makes
perfect sense. i dont care really as i dont want him getting injured.
just sven makes such shitty tactical decisions! when things go his way
hes fine. but if the opposition attack our weaknesses then hes
clueless. he doesnt know what to do to counteract it. bring me in charge!

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Denmark 4-1 England
>
> England suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 4-1 against Wales
> in 1980, as Denmark swept Sven-Göran Eriksson's team aside by the
> same scoreline in Copenhagen.
>
> Goal glut
> Three goals in seven second-half minutes did the damage, after an
> even opening period. Denmark took the lead on the hour when David
> James, a second-half substitute for No1 Paul Robinson, rushed out of
> his goal only to be rounded by Jon Dahl Tomasson who squared the ball
> for Dennis Rommedahl to tap in.
>
> Danish delight
> Rommedahl's strike was the catalyst for Denmark to turn on the style
> and they added a second three minutes later as Claus Jensen sent a
> ball across the face of goal for Tomasson to register. A stunned
> England conceded a third on 67 minutes, defender Michael Gravgaard
> demonstrating his aerial prowess to head in from a corner.
>
> Rooney consolation
> Morten Olsen's side controlled the majority of the second half,
> though the visitors did reduce the deficit with their first
> opportunity of this spell when Wayne Rooney latched on to David
> Beckham's through-ball to score with three minutes remaining.
>
> Turkish test
> However, Denmark deservedly had the last word. Søren Larsen slid the
> ball past James in added time for the home team's fourth goal to
> leave them full of confidence ahead of their crucial qualifier with
> Turkey on 3 September.
>
> ************************************
>
> We are red, we are white, we are anish dynamite!!
>
> Go James :p

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Message: 14
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:40:42 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté

not a big loss. we will bring in someone new. we have mido playing at
the moment with defoe and going well. i have the feeling on away games
we will play 4-5-1 at times with defoe the lone striker and likes of
routledge making a swift counter attack.

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Striker Frédéric Kanouté has joined UEFA Cup contenders Sevilla from
> Tottenham Hotspur in a €6.5m switch.
>
> Four-year deal
> The Mali international, 28 next month, has agreed a four-year
> contract with the Spanish side with his buy-out fee being set at
> €25m. He is seen as a replacement for Julio Baptista, who was sold to
> Real Madrid in July, and will link up with on-loan Argentinian
> international Javier Saviola in attack.
>
> London move
> Kanouté started out in the youth teams at Olympique Lyonnais, where
> he spent three years before signing for English outfit West Ham
> United in 2000. He scored 29 league goals in three seasons at Upton
> Park, but transferred to Tottenham in June 2003 and registered 14
> times in 60 matches for the north Londoners.
>
> **************************
>
> I wasn't expecting him to leave!
> This must be a big loss for Spurs ambitions.

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Message: 15
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 20:00:18 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Iceland 4 – 1 South Africa

Vidarsson is a very nice player.
Sure he is getting old, but I loved to see him every week in the
Belgian league.

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, marta_grimsdottir
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, 17 August 2005, KO 20h00
>
> Iceland 4:
> Steinsson `24
> Viðarsson `41
> Helguson `66
> Gunnarsson `72
>
> South Africa 1:
> Buckley `27
>
> In a Laugardalsvöllur stadium barely half full, it was easy to tell
> that this was a friendly match organised at the last minute – but a
> crucial warm-up nonetheless. South Africa are preparing for their
> World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso, while Iceland are gearing
up
> to face Croatia.
>
> Both teams appeared to be taking the game seriously – South Africa
> with their attractive, Brazilian style of play, and Iceland with
their
> stronger, more direct way of doing things. Attractive play aside,
the
> score line is unnecessarily harsh on the visitors, who played a
> spirited game and were unlucky on several occasions.
>
> In a game full of opportunities, the first half was characterised by
> poor Icelandic defending in the face of spirited South African
> attackers, and also by good goalkeeping by South Africa's Hans
Vonk. A
> good Icelandic corner in the eighth minute, for example, had the
> visiting defenders beaten. And in the tenth minute, a good Vonk kick
> led to some scrappy defending from the home side who were lucky not
to
> concede.
>
> A good miss in the 23rd minute was soon forgotten in the 24th when
> Steinsson opened the scoring for the home side. Testament to how
close
> the match was at this stage, only three minutes later Buckley is
able
> to retaliate for South Africa, and spectators were back on the edge
of
> their seats.
>
> A 29th minute foul on South Africa's captain, Mokoena earned
Helguson
> a yellow card and caused Mokoena to limp off the pitch barely four
> minutes later. After two good shots on goal in the 31st minute,
> Guðjohnsen missed a free kick. The home side were unlucky.
>
> Viðarsson scored a very well hustled goal from open play to leave
> Iceland in the lead at half time.
>
> Whatever happened in the changing rooms, the winner was decided at
> half time. A near miss in the 47th minute was followed by an off-
side
> goal in the 48th – Iceland were suddenly the better of the two
teams,
> and it was not down to the visitors' tiredness.
>
> South Africa had a free kick and a good shot on goal in the next few
> minutes, but the danger seemed to have evaporated slightly. Vonk was
> looking more flustered, while the Icelandic defence had finally
> galvanised. Good efforts followed from Iceland in the 54th, 59th and
> 60th minutes, but the visitors were still hungry to save their
pride,
> and were not about to let in easy goals.
>
> Some excellent goal mouth play from the visitors proved this in the
> 61st and 62nd minutes – South Africa play a very attractive game,
and
> were able to keep the ball on the pitch for an unnaturally long
time.
>
> But the game seemed over in the 66th minute when Helguson headed in
a
> corner from Gunnarsson. Gunnarsson was to head in a goal of his own
> six minutes later, and as Vonk's expression clearly conveyed – it
was
> just too easy for him.
>
> South Africa's Lekgwaki had a good shot narrowly over the bar in the
> 79th minute, but then Iceland responded with an equally good shot in
> the 85th.
>
> South Africa were unlucky not to do better, and their style of play
is
> imaginative and competent, but Iceland richly deserved the victory.
> This notoriously inconsistent team can go into their next match
> against the Croatians with their heads held high.
>
> You have just read Iceland Review's very first international sports
> report. Tell us what you think – they're unlucky to be a regular
> feature, but it's nice to be tested as a journalist from time to
time!
> I know I'm not likely to be poached by BBC Sport anytime soon, but I
> hope it was at least readable. Apologies to non-football (soccer)
fans
> out there.
> ___________________
>
> Bring it on! :)))

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Message: 16
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 20:03:47 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Dashing Danes undo England

I mostly saw James when he was at Liverpool and he never impressed me.

So, if Robinson is England's nr1
Who should be nr 2 and 3?

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Morris"
<n_i_c_k_17@y...> wrote:
> i wish david james would never play for england again. sven is just
a
> twat really. he just loses some sense sometimes. he starts defoe so
he
> can form a partnership with rooney before the wales game......so he
> takes him off at half time so owen can get some match fitness? makes
> perfect sense. i dont care really as i dont want him getting
injured.
> just sven makes such shitty tactical decisions! when things go his
way
> hes fine. but if the opposition attack our weaknesses then hes
> clueless. he doesnt know what to do to counteract it. bring me in
charge!
>
> nick
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > Denmark 4-1 England
> >
> > England suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 4-1 against
Wales
> > in 1980, as Denmark swept Sven-Göran Eriksson's team aside by the
> > same scoreline in Copenhagen.
> >
> > Goal glut
> > Three goals in seven second-half minutes did the damage, after an
> > even opening period. Denmark took the lead on the hour when David
> > James, a second-half substitute for No1 Paul Robinson, rushed out
of
> > his goal only to be rounded by Jon Dahl Tomasson who squared the
ball
> > for Dennis Rommedahl to tap in.
> >
> > Danish delight
> > Rommedahl's strike was the catalyst for Denmark to turn on the
style
> > and they added a second three minutes later as Claus Jensen sent
a
> > ball across the face of goal for Tomasson to register. A stunned
> > England conceded a third on 67 minutes, defender Michael
Gravgaard
> > demonstrating his aerial prowess to head in from a corner.
> >
> > Rooney consolation
> > Morten Olsen's side controlled the majority of the second half,
> > though the visitors did reduce the deficit with their first
> > opportunity of this spell when Wayne Rooney latched on to David
> > Beckham's through-ball to score with three minutes remaining.
> >
> > Turkish test
> > However, Denmark deservedly had the last word. Søren Larsen slid
the
> > ball past James in added time for the home team's fourth goal to
> > leave them full of confidence ahead of their crucial qualifier
with
> > Turkey on 3 September.
> >
> > ************************************
> >
> > We are red, we are white, we are anish dynamite!!
> >
> > Go James :p

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Message: 17
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 20:04:57 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté

I suppose you still have Keane as well?
I always liked him :)

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Morris"
<n_i_c_k_17@y...> wrote:
> not a big loss. we will bring in someone new. we have mido playing
at
> the moment with defoe and going well. i have the feeling on away
games
> we will play 4-5-1 at times with defoe the lone striker and likes of
> routledge making a swift counter attack.
>
> nick
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > Striker Frédéric Kanouté has joined UEFA Cup contenders Sevilla
from
> > Tottenham Hotspur in a €6.5m switch.
> >
> > Four-year deal
> > The Mali international, 28 next month, has agreed a four-year
> > contract with the Spanish side with his buy-out fee being set at
> > €25m. He is seen as a replacement for Julio Baptista, who was
sold to
> > Real Madrid in July, and will link up with on-loan Argentinian
> > international Javier Saviola in attack.
> >
> > London move
> > Kanouté started out in the youth teams at Olympique Lyonnais,
where
> > he spent three years before signing for English outfit West Ham
> > United in 2000. He scored 29 league goals in three seasons at
Upton
> > Park, but transferred to Tottenham in June 2003 and registered 14
> > times in 60 matches for the north Londoners.
> >
> > **************************
> >
> > I wasn't expecting him to leave!
> > This must be a big loss for Spurs ambitions.

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Message: 18
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 08:50:57 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Dashing Danes undo England

robert green (norwich) and chris kirkland (liverpool - on loan to west
brom)

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> I mostly saw James when he was at Liverpool and he never impressed me.
>
> So, if Robinson is England's nr1
> Who should be nr 2 and 3?
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Morris"
> <n_i_c_k_17@y...> wrote:
> > i wish david james would never play for england again. sven is just
> a
> > twat really. he just loses some sense sometimes. he starts defoe so
> he
> > can form a partnership with rooney before the wales game......so he
> > takes him off at half time so owen can get some match fitness? makes
> > perfect sense. i dont care really as i dont want him getting
> injured.
> > just sven makes such shitty tactical decisions! when things go his
> way
> > hes fine. but if the opposition attack our weaknesses then hes
> > clueless. he doesnt know what to do to counteract it. bring me in
> charge!
> >
> > nick
> >
> > --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> > <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > > Denmark 4-1 England
> > >
> > > England suffered their heaviest defeat since losing 4-1 against
> Wales
> > > in 1980, as Denmark swept Sven-Göran Eriksson's team aside by the
> > > same scoreline in Copenhagen.
> > >
> > > Goal glut
> > > Three goals in seven second-half minutes did the damage, after an
> > > even opening period. Denmark took the lead on the hour when David
> > > James, a second-half substitute for No1 Paul Robinson, rushed out
> of
> > > his goal only to be rounded by Jon Dahl Tomasson who squared the
> ball
> > > for Dennis Rommedahl to tap in.
> > >
> > > Danish delight
> > > Rommedahl's strike was the catalyst for Denmark to turn on the
> style
> > > and they added a second three minutes later as Claus Jensen sent
> a
> > > ball across the face of goal for Tomasson to register. A stunned
> > > England conceded a third on 67 minutes, defender Michael
> Gravgaard
> > > demonstrating his aerial prowess to head in from a corner.
> > >
> > > Rooney consolation
> > > Morten Olsen's side controlled the majority of the second half,
> > > though the visitors did reduce the deficit with their first
> > > opportunity of this spell when Wayne Rooney latched on to David
> > > Beckham's through-ball to score with three minutes remaining.
> > >
> > > Turkish test
> > > However, Denmark deservedly had the last word. Søren Larsen slid
> the
> > > ball past James in added time for the home team's fourth goal to
> > > leave them full of confidence ahead of their crucial qualifier
> with
> > > Turkey on 3 September.
> > >
> > > ************************************
> > >
> > > We are red, we are white, we are anish dynamite!!
> > >
> > > Go James :p

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Message: 19
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 08:52:14 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Sevilla beckons for striker Kanouté

yep we have keane and that youngster el hamoudoi who has impressed
too. looks like we might get dean ashton or dirk kuyt too

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> I suppose you still have Keane as well?
> I always liked him :)
>
> --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Morris"
> <n_i_c_k_17@y...> wrote:
> > not a big loss. we will bring in someone new. we have mido playing
> at
> > the moment with defoe and going well. i have the feeling on away
> games
> > we will play 4-5-1 at times with defoe the lone striker and likes of
> > routledge making a swift counter attack.
> >
> > nick
> >
> > --- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
> > <jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> > > Striker Frédéric Kanouté has joined UEFA Cup contenders Sevilla
> from
> > > Tottenham Hotspur in a €6.5m switch.
> > >
> > > Four-year deal
> > > The Mali international, 28 next month, has agreed a four-year
> > > contract with the Spanish side with his buy-out fee being set at
> > > €25m. He is seen as a replacement for Julio Baptista, who was
> sold to
> > > Real Madrid in July, and will link up with on-loan Argentinian
> > > international Javier Saviola in attack.
> > >
> > > London move
> > > Kanouté started out in the youth teams at Olympique Lyonnais,
> where
> > > he spent three years before signing for English outfit West Ham
> > > United in 2000. He scored 29 league goals in three seasons at
> Upton
> > > Park, but transferred to Tottenham in June 2003 and registered 14
> > > times in 60 matches for the north Londoners.
> > >
> > > **************************
> > >
> > > I wasn't expecting him to leave!
> > > This must be a big loss for Spurs ambitions.

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