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March 24, 2007

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Beckham Performances Allegedly Pressure McClaren

February 22, 2007

david-beckham-soccer-balls.gifBeckham’s Man-of-the-Match Performance Allegedly Pressures McClaren

David Beckham might well wonder what it would take for him to receive an England recall. A new England manager might be his only hope… (more)

Related on Soccer Golazo:
English FA Quick to Dismiss Beckham Recall Rumours
David Beckham Receives Standing Ovation and Straight Red

English FA Quickly Deny Beckham Rumors

February 19, 2007

david-beckham-soccer-balls.gifEnglish FA Quick to Dismiss Beckham Recall Rumours

Not surprisingly, the English FA have moved quickly to deny rumours that Steve McClaren is considering a David Beckham recall… (more)

Related on Soccer Golazo:
David Beckham – Mirror Reports McClaren Interest
David Beckham Receives Standing Ovation and Straight Red
Steve McClaren – England Manager Prepares For Next Loss

England’s McClaren Preparing For Next Loss

February 17, 2007

Steve McClaren – England Manager Prepares For Next Loss

Just as he did before England’s 1-0 friendly loss to Spain, Steve McClaren has already started the process of lowering expectations ahead of March’s crucial Euro Qualifier in Israel… (more)

Related on Soccer Golazo:
England Manager Steve McClaren Starts Spin Early
Michael Owen – England, Newcastle Striker Back In Training

McClaren Doesn’t See Friendly As Must-Win

February 7, 2007

England Manager Steve McClaren Starts Spin Early

Just ahead of England’s friendly with Spain on Wednesday, Steve McClaren looked to get one step ahead of the critism he will surely endure, win or lose…(more)

Related on Soccer Golazo:
Michael Owen – Return Might be Next Season
Owen Hargreaves Back Friday for Bayern Munich

Euro 2008 Qualifying Matches/Results

November 13, 2006

euro-2008-imageEuro Summary at the BBC (new window)

Qualifiers – Goals and Scorers at Goalzz.com (new window)

Friendlies – Goals and Scorers at Goalzz.com (new window)

Euro 2008 Tables at the BBC (new window)

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

International Matches
Australia 1-1 Ghana
Wales 4-0 Liechtenstein

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

European Championship Qualifying
Belgium 0-1 Poland
Cyprus 1-1 Germany
FYR Macedonia 0-2 Russia
Finland 1-0 Armenia
Israel 3-4 Croatia
Portugal 3-0 Kazakhstan
Rep of Ireland 5-0 San Marino

International Matches
Albania v Congo DR
Austria 4-1 Trinidad and Tobago
Bolivia 4-1 El Salvador
Chile 3-2 Paraguay
Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark
Egypt 1-0 South Africa
Estonia 2-1 Belarus
France 1-0 Greece
Georgia 2-0 Uruguay
Holland 1-1 England
Hungary 1-0 Canada
Italy 1-1 Turkey
Ivory Coast 1-0 Sweden
Jamaica 1-1 Peru
Luxembourg 0-0 Togo
Malta 1-4 Lithuania
Morocco 6-0 Gabon
Serbia 1-1 Norway
Slovakia 3-1 Bulgaria
Spain 0-1 Romania
Switzerland 1-2 Brazil
Tunisia 2-0 Libya
Venezuela 2-1 Guatemala

Van Nistelrooy Goals

November 13, 2006

nike-t90-spectra-hi-vis-soccer-ball.gif12.11.06

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Scores 4 Goals

Osasuna 1 – 4 Real Madrid
Ruud 11′, Ruud, 27′, Ruud 44′, Ruud 83′. Ruud not named to Dutch coach Marco van Basten’s side that plays England on Wednesday. 13 goals in 15 appearances for Ruud as Real keep pace, just 3 points behind Barca.

Link to Video:
Goals – Match announcer should probably come with a warning label. (new window)

Related:
Ruud Van Nistelrooy Holland Call-up Rejected
Madrid Jerseys
Yellow and Purple Nike T90 Hi-Vis

Gonzalo Higuain, River Plate Teenager Called Up By France

November 9, 2006

River Plate’s Gonzalo Higuain has been called up by France manager Ray Domenech to play in next week’s friendly against Greece.

Higuain is French-Argentinian and has stated his desire to play for France even though he does not speak French.

The 18 year-old sensation was born in France while his father was playing football in Ligue 1.

Most recently, Higuain impressed in the Superclasico against Boca Juniors scoring twice in the 3 – 1 River win.

Gonzalo Higuain at Wikipedia (new window)

Domenech calls up Higuain, Evra, Benzema – FoxSoccer.com AP (new window)

Related:
El Superclasico Videos, River Plate v Boca Juniors – 08.10.06
Superclasico – River Plate 3 – 1 Boca Juniors – SoccerGolazo Match Report
River Merchandise

Petr Cech, Chelsea Keeper Returns Home

October 25, 2006

chelsea-soccer-ball.jpgInjured Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has left hospital and is expected to begin light training this week.

Cech returns home from hospital – BBC Report (new window)

Related:
Petr Cech, Chelsea GoalKeeper On His Feet – 20.10.06
Buffon Will Not Move to Chelsea – 20.10.06
Jose Mourinho – Chelsea Not Interested in Fabien Barthez – 19.10.06
Didier Drogba Goal, Champions League Strike v Barcelona GOLAZO! – 19.10.06
Chelsea Merchandise

Michel Platini, UEFA Candidate Would Like Changes

October 21, 2006

euro-2008-mascots.jpgIf Michel Platini does become the new UEFA president, he has made it clear that he would like to see certain changes, notably, no more than three Champions League spots per league.

Under the current format, England, Spain and Italy all have four and would lose one spot.

Platini noted his opposition to refereeing by video replay and his support of adding two more line-judges per match.

English clubs may lose Euro spot – BBC Report (new window)

Related:
Goal Videos on YouTube Being Stopped
Euro 2008 Mascots Unveiled

Goal Videos on YouTube Being Stopped

October 21, 2006

Football videos featured on YouTube, and subsequently on sites like SoccerGolazo, 101greatgoals, and others, are being stopped.

A firm that represents the English FA, UEFA, and SPL, have contacted the website 101greatgoals with an order to stop linking to the YouTube content.

YouTube has also been contacted and thousands of videos are now being purged.

YouTube was recently bought by Google and its users watch about 100 million clips per day.

Goal footage warning for website – BBC Report (new window)

YouTube cuts 30,000 illegal clips – BBC Report (new window)

101greatgoals.blogspot.com (new window)

England Manager Steve McClaren Already Stumping to Keep Job

October 17, 2006

england-soccer-ball.gifEven though Steve McClaren has fired his publicist, the England manager is still making sure the spin is going in the proper direction.

He has made clear the reasons he should not be sacked by stating, “I should be judged at the end of that period (Euro 08).”

He even went as far as setting everyone straight about the reasonable timeframe in which observers can discuss his firing, saying, “I’m not contemplating resigning and it’s too early to talk about the sack.”

Assistant coach Terry Venables backed his much maligned boss, but he unwittingly admitted failure when he stated, “It used to be that an England manager had 12 months to make his mark, but if it’s down to eight weeks now, then the job has just become impossible.”

McClaren defiant over England job – BBC Report (new window)

Related:
McClaren and Publicist Fallout – 14.10.06
England Manager Steve McClaren Under Fire – 14.10.06
England Frustration Growing – 13.10.06
Merchandise – England Jerseys and More

McClaren and Publicist Fallout

October 14, 2006

nfl-football-englandAs the England coaching situation gets more humiliating by the day, England manager Steve McClaren and his publicist, Max Clifford, have ended their working relationship.

Just yesterday, Clifford made no mention of animosity between himself and McClaren. The famous publicist may have caused the under-fire England coach embarrassment when he all but said that Beckham’s being dropped was a PR move while hinting a David Beckham recall might be a possibilty.

McClaren has not kept his dislike of Beckham well hidden and is likely to feel undermined by his publicist’s speculation.

McClaren’s undefined trip to observe American football has now been cancelled, but it seems to be unclear whether McClaren or the English Football Association made the decision.

England Manager Steve McClaren Under Fire

Clifford cuts ties with McClaren – BBC Report (new window)

Related:
England Frustration Growing – 13.10.06
Theo Walcott Goals, England v Germany U21s, 10.10.06
Euro 2008 Results, 11.10.06

Daniele De Rossi Goal, Italy v Georgia, 11.10.06 GOLAZO!

October 14, 2006

A brilliant 35 yard strike from De Rossi puts the Azzurri up 1 – 0. GOLAZO! GOLAZO! GOLAZO!

Mauro Camoranesi Goal, Italy v Georgia, 11.10.06

October 14, 2006

A sweet cross and a sweeter header to finish for a Mauro Camoranesi goal and an Italy 2 – 1 lead.

Simone Perrotta Goal, Italy v Georgia, 11.10.06

October 14, 2006

Great passing ends on Perrotta’s foot in the box and a 3 – 1 Italy win.

England Manager Steve McClaren Under Fire

October 14, 2006

nfl-football-england.jpgIt may never be known what England manager Steve McClaren was hoping to learn from an American football team, as the FA has cancelled his trip to the U.S.

The FA brain-trust seemingly think combing the Premier League, and possibly the Championship (England’s second division), might be more rewarding.

Adding to McClaren’s woes are the growing numbers calling for the return of un-fancied David Beckham.

The former England captain might do well to distance himself from the sinking ship and wait for the next regime.

England’s next matches are a friendly at the Netherlands on November 15 and at home to Spain on February 7th.

In the unlikely event McClaren clears those two hurdles, he faces a March 24th Euro 08 Qualifying showdown at Israel, who has not lost a competitive match at home in seven years.

Macca under pressure after only five games – FoxSoccer.com AP Report (new window)

Related:
England Frustration Growing – 13.10.06
Theo Walcott Goals, England v Germany U21s, 10.10.06
Euro 2008 Results, 11.10.06

England Frustration Growing

October 13, 2006

england-soccer-ball.gifA host of troubles for beleaguered England.

The backlash to Steve McClaren’s new-look squad begins, as the loss to Croatia sinks in.

England could be as low as fourth after the next Euro 08 qualifiers, as they have a game in hand and do not play.

The next five months will be stressful indeed as questions are being asked of the new regime.

Here are some of the highlights:

Keeper Paul Robinson is blamed for the bad turf as a backpass hops his foot for an own-goal.
Robinson upset after England flak – BBC (new window)

Rooney goes toe-to-toe with a fan as abuse is heaped on the departing team.
Rooney admits to England fan row – BBC (new window)

McClaren hints he will use younger players from the recently successful Under-21s. A move that suggests he doesn’t truly believe his tactics have caused the poor form, as he has stated, but rather it is his players that are to blame.
McClaren hints at squad change – BBC (new window)

McClaren’s adviser Max Clifford seems to have a say in the England squad. Reads more like a leftover script from “Footballer’s Wives” than a BBC article about the national squad.
Beckham may return – Clifford – BBC (new window)

Related:
Merchandise – England Jerseys and Soccer Balls
Euro 2008 Results, 11.10.06
England Should Recall David Beckham – AP Story
David Beckham, England Absence Surprises Macedonia

Euro 2008 Results, 11.10.06

October 12, 2006

euro-2008-mascots.jpgEuro 2008 Qualifiers – Wednesday’s Results

Scores, comments, and videos.

Euro 2008 Results

Group A

Poland 2 – 1 Portugal
Goal – Ebii Somlarek 2 Goals (new window)
Goal – Nuno Gomes Goal (new window)

Serbia 3 – 0 Armenia

Kazakstan 0 – 2 Finland
Goals – 2 Finland Goals

Belgium 3 – 0 Azerbaijan

Group B

Ukraine 2 – 0 Scotland
Goals – 2 Ukraine Goals

Georgia 1 – 3 Italy
Daniele De Rossi Goal – Brilliant 35 yard strike
Mauro Camoranesi Goal – A sweet cross and sweeter header to finish
Simone Perrotta Goal – Great passing ends on Perrotta’s foot in the box.

France 5 – 0 Faroe Islands
Goals – 5 France Goals (new window)

Group C

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 – 4 Greece
Goals – 4 Greece Goals (new window)

Turkey 5 – 0 Moldova
Goals – 5 Turkey Goals

Malta 2 – 1 Hungary

Group D

Ireland 1 -1 Czech Republic
Match Highlights (new window)

Slovakia 1 – 4 Germany
Goals – 4 Germany Goals – 1 Slovakia Goal (new window)

Wales 3 – 1 Cyprus
Goals – 3 Wales Goals – Cyprus Goal (new window)

Group E

Croatia 2 – 0 England
Goals – 2 Croatia Goals (new window)

Andorra 0 – 3 Macedonia
Russia 2 – 0 Estonia

Group F

Iceland 1 – 2 Sweden
Goals – Iceland Goal – 2 Sweden Goals (new window)

Liechtenstein 0 – 4 Denmark
Goals – 4 Denmark Goals (new window)

Northern Ireland 1 – 0 Latvia

Group G

Belarus 4 – 2 Slovenia
Luxembourg 0 – 1 Bulgaria
Netherlands 2 – 1 Albania

Friendlies

Austria 2-1 Switzerland
Peru 0-1 Chile

Australia 2-0 Bahrain
Goal – Spectacular Mark Bresciano Volley

Spain 2-1 Argentina
Match Highlights – Hernandez Creus Xavi Goal – Daniel Ruben Bilos Goal – David Villa Penalty (new window)

Group Summaries at the BBC, 11.10.06 (new window)

Tables at the BBC (new window)

Euro 2008 Results and Videos, 07.10.06

Related:
UEFA – Official Euro 2008 Web Site
UEFA – Mascots Unveiled

England Euro 08 Qualifier, UEFA Gives Croatia Warning

October 10, 2006

england-soccer-ball.gifThe Croatian Football Federation have been warned by UEFA that racial abuse towards England players may lead to expulsion from Euro 2008.

A number of Croatian supporters formed a human swastika during a friendly with Italy in August and Croatia were fined for racist banners displayed during Euro 2004.

BBC – Full Story (new window)

Related:
Euro 2008 Fixtures, 11.10.06
Euro 2008 Results and Videos, 07.10.06
England Should Recall David Beckham – AP Story – 10.10.06
– 07.10.06
Merchandise – England Jerseys and Footballs

England Should Recall David Beckham – AP Story

October 10, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgAccording to an AP story, it is time for Steve McClaren to dispense with pride and recall David Beckham to the England national squad.

The former captain has not be called-up since the World Cup and has said he doesn’t expect to ever be picked for his country again.

England have underachieved in Euro 08 qualifying and their midfield has been plagued with injuries, as well as poor performances, making Beckham’s omission from the team more and more ludicrous.

Bring back Beckham without losing face – Associated Press at FoxSoccer.com

Related:
Steve McClaren’s England Benign Again, No Beckham Recall – 07.10.06
David Beckham, England Absence Surprises Macedonia – 06.10.06
David Beckham to Retire in Two Years Time at Real Madrid – 04.10.06
Merchandise – David Beckham Shirts and Soccer Balls

Euro 2008 Fixtures, 11.10.06

October 8, 2006

euro-2008-mascots.jpgEuro 2008 Qualifiers – Wednesday’s Featured Matches

Slovakia v Germany in Group D might have something in it.

And Ukraine v Scotland in Group B looks promising.

But the marquee match-up would have to be Croatia v England in Group E. Croatia seem to be hitting form as England’s form is slipping.

Euro 2008 Fixtures

Group A
Poland v Portugal
Serbia v Armenia
Kazakstan v Finland
Belgium v Azerbaijan

Group B
Ukraine v Scotland
Georgia v Italy
France v Faroe Islands

Group C
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Greece
Turkey v Moldova
Malta v Hungary

Group D
Ireland v Czech Republic
Slovakia v Germany
Wales v Cyprus

Group E
Croatia v England
Andorra v Macedonia
Russia v Estonia

Group F
Iceland v Sweden
Liechtenstein v Denmark
Northern Ireland v Latvia

Group G
Belarus v Slovenia
Luxembourg v Bulgaria
Netherlands v Albania

Results at the BBC, 11.10.06 (new window)

Tables at the BBC (new window)

Euro 2008 Results, 07.10.06

Related:
UEFA – Official Euro 2008 Web Site
UEFA – Mascots Unveiled

Euro 2008 Results, 07.10.06

October 8, 2006

euro-2008-mascots.jpgScotland are surprise leaders in Group B after defeating France. Sweden go five points clear in Group F. And Romania are atop Group G, even on points with Holland on seven.

Scores, videos, and comments on featured matches.

Euro 2008 Results

Group A

Armenia 0 – 0 Finland
Kazakhstan 0 – 1 Poland
Serbia 1 – 0 Belgium

Portugal 3 – 0 Azerbaijan
Cristiano Ronaldo Goal – Second Goal for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Goal Disallowed
YouTube – Replay of First for Ronaldo (new window)
YouTube – Replay of Ricardo Carvalho Goal (new window)

Group B

Italy 2 – 0 Ukraine
A soft penalty on Luca Toni and a wonderful goal by the Fiorentina striker puts Italy back on track for qualification. Ukraine will argue the penalty and will justifiably feel the scoreline was harsh as they almost equalize within seconds of the penalty that put the Azzurri up.

Luca Toni Goal

Scotland 1 – 0 France
Hampden Park is euphoric as Gary Caldwell’s goal in the 67th minute stuns the World Cup Finalists and puts Scotland atop the group.

Gary Caldwell Goal Video

Faroe Islands 0 – 1 Lithuania

Group C

Moldova 2 – 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hungary 0 – 1 Turkey
Greece 1 – 0 Norway

Group D

Czech Republic 7 – 0 San Marino
Wales 1 – 5 Slovakia
Cyprus 5 – 2 Republic of Ireland

Group E

England 0 – 0 Macedonia
England manage a point as their poor form continues.
Steve McClaren’s England Benign Again, No Beckham Recall

Croatia 7 – 0 Andorra
YouTube – Croatia Goals Video (new window)

Russia 1 – 1 Israel

Group F
Denmark 0 – 0 Northern Ireland
Latvia 4 – 0 Iceland

Sweden 2 – 0 Spain
YouTube – Sweden Goals Video (new window)

Group G
Romania 3 – 1 Belarus

Bulgaria 1 – 1 Netherlands
YouTube – First Half Match Highlights – Martin Petrov Goal 1:23 (new window)
YouTube – Second Half Highlights – Robin Van Persie Goal 2:15 (new window)

Slovenia 2 – 0 Luxembourg

Euro 2008 Fixtures, 11.10.06 – Next Matches

Tables at the BBC

Related:
UEFA – Official Euro 2008 Web Site
UEFA – Mascots Unveiled

Steve McClaren’s England Benign Again, No Beckham Recall

October 7, 2006

england-soccer-ball.gifFor the second Euro 08 qualifying match in a row, Steve McClaren’s England were uninspired as they were drawn by Macedonia 0 – 0. The new-look England were unable to steal three points against Macedonia as they had last month.

The capacity crowd at Old Trafford had little to cheer about as the home side hit the post twice, but were unable to produce a winner.

Steve McClaren’s stubborn side seems to have taken hold, as he rebuffed speculation on a David Beckham recall.

When asked by a reporter whether he might recall the former England captain, McClaren replied “Not at the present moment. I haven’t even given it a thought.”

England top Group E on goal difference, even with Israel on seven points.

BBC Match Report

BBC – Steve McClaren Press Conference

Related:
David Beckham, England Absence Surprises Macedonia
Gary Caldwell Goal Leads Scotland Over France
Euro 2008 Fixtures, 07.10.06
Merchandise – England Jerseys and More

Gary Caldwell Goal Leads Scotland Over France

October 7, 2006

Gary Caldwell poked home a Paul Hartley corner on 67 and Hampden Park erupted as Scotland gained an historic 1 – 0 over France.

The final ten minutes were frenzied as the Scots put eleven men behind the ball and France desperately searched for the equalizer.

The thrilling win puts Scotland alone atop group B with full points from three.

BBC Match Report

Gary Caldwell Goal Video

Related:
Euro 2008 Fixtures, 07.10.06
Fabien Barthez, France Goalkeeper Retires From Football
David Beckham, England Absence Surprises Macedonia

David Beckham, England Absence Surprises Macedonia

October 6, 2006

david-beckham-balls.jpgSteve McClaren’s dropping of former England captain David Beckham surprised Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec.

Katanec stated, “If I was in McClaren’s position, without a shadow of a doubt Beckham would be in the team.”

Macedonia defender Aleksandar Vasoski was also incredulous, saying, “For me he is a hero, a legend. I marked him when we played England in 2003 and it was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Beckham has not been called-up to play for England since last summer’s World Cup.

BBC – Full Story

Related:
David Beckham to Retire in Two Years Time at Real Madrid – 04.10.06
David Beckham Not Finished at Real Madrid – 03.10.06
David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Raul, All Left Out of Euro Qualifiers – 29.09.06
David Beckham Goal, Jose Reyes Goal, Real Madrid v Real Sociedad, 17.09.06 Video – 18.09.06
Merchandise – David Beckham Soccer Balls and Shirts

Raul Will Get Recall Says Spain Manager Aragones

October 5, 2006

spain-soccer-ball.gifAlthough Raul was dropped for Spain’s upcoming Euro 08 Qualifiers, manager Luis Aragones says the Real Madrid legend will be recalled because “he’s a man who knows how to earn it.”

This weekend is the first time in 10 years, Spain will not feature Raul.

FoxSoccer.com – Full AP Story

Related:
Merchandise – Spain Jerseys and Soccer Balls
David Beckham, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Raul, All Left Out of Euro Qualifiers – 29.09.06
Weekend Results 30.09.06 01.10.06 Videos, Scores, and Comments

Euro 2008 Fixtures, 07.10.06

October 4, 2006

euro-2008-mascots.jpgIn Group B, World Champions Italy will need a win versus the Ukraine to keep their Euro 2008 qualifying-hopes alive. The Azzurri defeated the Ukraine 3 – 0 in the World Cup Quarterfinals in Germany, but have struggled since they hoisted the trophy this past summer and only have one point from two matches.

The other match from Group B, Scotland v France has the makings of a good one as well.

Group F has a promising fixture in Sweden v Spain and the top two teams in Group G will face each other, Bulgaria v Netherlands.

Other notables:
Portugal v Azerbaijan
Greece v Norway
Czech Republic v San Marino
Cyprus v Republic of Ireland
England v Macedonia

Euro 2008 Fixtures

Group A
Armenia v Finland
Kazakhstan v Poland
Serbia v Belgium
Portugal v Azerbaijan

Group B
Italy v Ukraine
Scotland v France
Faroe Islands v Lithuania

Group C
Moldova v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hungary v Turkey
Greece v Norway

Group D
Czech Republic v San Marino
Wales v Slovakia
Cyprus v Republic of Ireland

Group E
England v Macedonia
Croatia v Andorra
Russia v Israel

Group F
Denmark v Northern Ireland
Latvia v Iceland
Sweden v Spain

Group G
Romania v Belarus
Bulgaria v Netherlands
Slovenia v Luxembourg

Related:
UEFA – Official Euro 2008 Web Site
UEFA – Mascots Unveiled