England World Cup Campaign

A blog to track the latest news and progress of the England Football Team in World Cup 2006 in Germany.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

FA offers England job to Scolari

The FA have officially offered Scolari the England Managers job. I really don't mind who gets the job, I am sure Scolari will do a good job, but what was the point of making the whole fuss about getting an English manager in if they weren't even going to flutter an eyelid at them. Personally, I think a British manager would have been a better choice, Scolari although has a good record a headless turkey could have led Brazil to World Cup glory. What is your opinion, do you think he will do a good job (if he accepts ofcourse)?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Trinidad & Tobago Team Guide for World Cup 2006

Trinidad & Tobago Team Guide Website World Ranking: 51 Manager: Leo Beenhakker Captain: Dwight Yorke (pictured) Star Man: Has to be the one and only Dwight Yorke, he has struggled to produce the form of five years ago but still has a certain amount of class to perform at the top level. If his heart is in it this summer he will be a danger man. Other Players to Watch: John Stern and Russel Latapy Route to the Finals: They beat teams such as St Kitts & Nevis to be in a group of six with USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama. They beat Bahrain in a play-off to reach the world cup finals and the histeria was so much it was declared a national holiday and there were street parties all over the country. World Cup History: This is their first World Cup. Best World Cup: So far, this qualification. Strengths and Weaknesses: The Dutch manager, Leo Beenhakker, knows how to get the best from a select few quality players. Yorke and Stern John can both find the net at vital times. The majority of the players play at a low standard with their clubs and to be propelled onto the world stage may prove too much to handle. Odds: 1000/1 - Place a bet here and get a £10 free bet! Fixtures: Trinidad & Tobago v Sweden (10 June); KO 18:00; Dortmund Trinidad & Tobago v England (15 June); KO 18:00; Nuremberg Trinidad & Tobago v Paraguay (20 June); 21:00 KO; Kaiserslautern

Paraguay Team Guide for World Cup 2006

Paraguay Team Guide 2006 Website TBC World Ranking: 30 Manager: Anibal Ruiz Captain: Carlos Gamarra

Star Man: Roque Santa Cruz (Pictured) has been leading the countries attack from the age of 17. He has recently been suffering from a long term injury, however, when fit he provides the team with an aerial threat, great pace and some dazzling skill on the ground.
Other Players to Watch: Jose Cardozo, Nelson Haedo Valdez Route to the Finals: Paraguay booked their place the fourth spot in South America with a round left. They took an early lead in qualification but had a poor 2004. In 2005 they introduced a few fresh players to the team which helped them produce the goods to reach the finals. The highlight of their qualification was a victory over Argentina. World Cup History: The World Cup 2006 will be their third World Cup in a row and their seventh overall. They have reached the second round the last three times in the World Cup but have never been further. 1930, 1950, 1958 - First Round 1986, 1998, 2002 - Second Round Best World Cup: Their best World Cup came in 1998 when they reached the second round and were matched with France (the eventual winners). They came within 6 minutes of taking the eventual champions to a penalty shoot out but lost to a Golden Goal. Strengths and Weaknesses: They have a strong team spirit which has a mix of experience and a blend of youth. They have a good aerial strength when attacking. Their defence isn't what it used to be, Gamarra will be 36 years of age when in the World Cup and is without a strong partner in defence and lacks a commanding Keeper. Odds: 150/1 - Place a bet here and get a £10 free bet! Fixtures: Paraguay v England (10 June); KO 15:00; Frankfurt Paraguay v Sweden (15 June); KO 21:00; Berlin Paraguay v Trinidad & Tobago (20 June); KO 21:00 ; Kaiserslautern

Sven sends doctor on road trip!

Eriksson has announced that he has sent the England doctor on a tour of the country to evaluate the injuries from the various clubs throughout the UK. Eriksson Said "Our doctor [Dr Leif Sward] is travelling to different clubs, he went to Charlton yesterday (Monday) and to Tottenham on Wednesday to check the situations. We know when the league finishes exactly what to do. "Of course, it's a worry. Take Ledley King for example - he won't play more football this season, then we'll have to take a decision on when he is going to be fit and in full training and how long it will take. "But I'm very happy Sol Campbell is playing tonight and I think Michael Owen will sit on the bench and hopefully have some minutes this coming weekend. It's a rather good situation." With only 3 weeks left before Eriksson names his world cup squad he has announced that England can have a memorable tournament as long as they don't pick up any injuries in the last few rounds of the Premiership. He said: "If all of them were fit, 100 per cent, then I would be almost sure of up to 21 or 22 of them."But what I have to deal with from now until 8 May and 15 May, when the final squad must be announced to Fifa, is the injury situation. "Knowing that most of the injuries in the Premier League come in the last two-and-a-half or three months of the season because of tiredness, of course I hope, fingers crossed, there are no more injuries. I've always said we will do a great World Cup if we have most of the players fit."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Speculation, gossip and rumors - what is this doing to the team?

With all the speculation and media coverage with regards to the manager to succeed Sven following the 2006 World Cup surely this can't be doing the team or the manager himself any good? Why don't the media focus on the most important thing of all, the world cup itself? I agree that it is an important factor to find a great manager and in my opinion it is an important factor to have an English manager, if not British at least. Surely though, the reason why all this is important is so we can go to the world cups and European cups and win them. Why in that case are we not thinking about the immediate world cup, have the media decided we won't win this World Cup and so are focusing on the manager for the next one. As long as I can remember there has been some sort of speculation before every major tournament which has taken the shine from the build up to the tournament. For once I would like the media to forget about all this and report positively towards the fact that our chances this year are the strongest in a long time. Eriksson has claimed that the speculation regarding his successor does not faze him. "I am happy with the speculation, it leaves me in peace," he said. "I don't have any ideas or comments at all about that because it is not at my table and I'm very happy it is not at my table." Perhaps he is right, but all this hype regarding the new manager surely isn't helping team or the manager. The sooner the FAA get it sorted the better. Who do you think should succeed Eriksson, or more importantly what do you think the speculation is doing to the team, if anything.

Wayne Rooney has no fear

Wayne Rooney, who recently won the PFA Young Players award, has announced that he and the team won't fear any opponent in World Cup this summer. The Manchester United Star said "I don't think we need to fear anyone. This is probably the best group of players we have had since 1966". Rooney announced that the team spirit is on a great high at the moment; "We are going into every game confident we are going to win it and, hopefully, we will be in the same situation when the World Cup comes round." England are sure to enter the World Cup as one of the firm favourites and Rooney believes that it is justified considering the quality of players that Erickson has to choose from. "We have a lot of match-winners, which can only help, and the spirit is certainly the best it has been since I have been involved in the squad," Rooney exclaimed. Erickson will only have two friendlies to configure the squad before the World Cup Finals begin in June when they will take on Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden in the group stages. "I cannot wait for the World Cup to come around," Rooney said. "Hopefully, from now until the end of the season I can keep myself fit, free from injury and can go to the World Cup fresh."

England World Cup 2006 Fixtures

Fixture list for Englands Group Stage in the World Cup 2006. Will do a follow up post of possible dates for other stages. Let me know what your predictions for the scores are, mine are in brackets next to the game. First match - Saturday 10th June England v Paraguay (2 - 1) 1400 BST Frankfurt Second Match - Thursday 15th June England v Trinidad & Tobago (1 -0) 1700 BST Nuremberg Third Match - Tuesday 20th June Sweden v England (3 - 1) 2000 BST Cologne (BST - British Summer Time)

Monday, April 24, 2006

World Cup 2006 Finals Group Tables

I'll open the blog with probably the most important bit of information we need, the group tables. England you have to say on paper have one of the easier groups but as we know in the World Cup Finals teams can be much more difficult to play against and England have a habit of not playing well against "lesser" teams. Which teams do you think will progress, would you rather be in a different group? GROUP A Germany Costa Rica Poland Ecuador GROUP B England Paraguay Trinidad & Tobago Sweden GROUP C Argentina Ivory Coast Serbia & Montenegro Holland GROUP D Mexico Iran Angola Portugal GROUP E Italy Ghana USA Czech Republic GROUP F Brazil Croatia Australia Japan GROUP G France Switzerland South Korea Togo GROUP H Spain Ukraine Tunisia Saudi Arabia