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Old 09-09-2007, 12:57 PM   #76
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england finally decided to play well yesterday which was nice too see after all the awful performances of late. fantastic to see owen back and scoring, we've missed him so much and heskey played well too.

barry and gerrard were excellent in the middle. lampard is a good player but everyone knows him and gerrard can't play together so for the next few games it should be gerrard and hargreaves/barry in the middle. this pairing looks for more stable and more workable.
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i didn't know you were a secret ac milan fan...




You don't know how much blood runs to my head by doing such statements..................................



What can I do, Ac leads the city of Milan, we will always be the poor cousins...........................
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Italy played the absolute zero against France, Donadoni really sucks, this is the worst man on earth who could ever take the place of Marcello Lippi! Even my cat Tommy would be the right one instead of Donadoni! This man can't trasmit anything to the team, he has no spirit, no strenght, no will to win! He was a good player, but as coach, he should maybe try to coach an under 6 team!
I'm so frustrated with Donadoni's Italy, he couldn't held the same group and the same spirit of the worldcup............. Ucraine makes me fear on Wednesday, not talking about Scotland....................
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well well, 2 england wins in a row and 2 good performances. just when you think all hope is lost they finally pull out a couple of good results. owen showed again he is world class and barry and gerrard were superb in the middle again. i think some of the big teams may start sniffing around barry come the january transfer window

also france 0 - 1 scotland

well done scotland, didn't see that one coming.
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can you imagine if scotland and england both qualified... man that would be awesome to see in 08. a match between the two that actually meant something.

think there'd be fireworks?
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Finally Italy showed a bit character yesterday! This team needs always lots of critics to wake up. Good game, though Ukraine was tough to beat.

Scotland is living the dream, I don't know what's happening with them, I think they were never as strong as this time!

Looks pretty tight now:

1Scotland 21
2Italy 20
3France19

3 games to go, plus Scotland-Italy in November.
I think this match is gonna be a deciding game, despite of the classement now, the french look better to qualify, right because of that game. Scotland may play even for a draw, if they beat Ukraine in October, then I think they're at 70% to qualify..............if they don't lose against Italy...............
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can you imagine if scotland and england both qualified... man that would be awesome to see in 08. a match between the two that actually meant something.

think there'd be fireworks?



Imagine if they would go in the same group!

That would be a fine one:

Austria, Germany, England, Scotland




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1Scotland 21
2Italy 20
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3 games to go, plus Scotland-Italy in November.
I think this match is gonna be a deciding game, despite of the classement now, the french look better to qualify, right because of that game. Scotland may play even for a draw, if they beat Ukraine in October, then I think they're at 70% to qualify..............if they don't lose against Italy............... [/B]
i can't imagine a tournament without italy or france but scotland now look well placed to maybe advance if they keep this form up.

then again england and france didn't qualify for USA 94 so who knows what might happen...
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It would be a tragedy for Italy missing Euro2008, but my feeling is that one between Scotland and Italy stays home. Happy for England they're coming up, but they still have the game in Russia,right?
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Great result for Scotland! Yip, the real clincher is going to be the away match in Russia for England, I'm confident we can do it though. I really hope that McClaren is going to field the exact same team but pundits are saying that he might end up throwing in some of the guys that are currently injured. I want to see Becks and Rooney in there but you can't mess with what's working.
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the game in russia will probably be difficult cos it's on an artificial pitch so i don't know how the players will respond to that.

sad as it is because he played really well, i think hargreaves should play instead of barry against russia because he is more defensive and if we beat estonia at wembley then a point in russia will be enough to see us through hopefully. i'd probably bring rooney in for heskey but leave beckham out. i'd rather have a real quick winger like SWP or lennon play than becks.

babyman has donadoni ever coached a team before the italy job?
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^ He coached Lecco in 4th division, and got fired, coached Genoa in 2nd division and got fired after 2 games, coached Livorno in Serie A two times, and got fired two times..............................are you seeing it now in what kind of hands we are??............


As a player, he was a symbol of Ac Milan one of the best right and left wings they had, but as a coach,he has to eat yet tons of grass and onion!
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Donadoni's first act as coach of the nazionale: hire Lucarelli...former Livorno striker...i really can't stand him, but the team is out of form too, nowhere near what we were in 2006...my dream coaches for the job:

Prandelli (but leave him at Fiorentina for now...hes working miracles )
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It would be a tragedy for Italy missing Euro2008.
i would have thought so too, but with nesta and totti not playing it's not the same for me.

i know they have loads of other great talent to watch, but those two are my favourites by a long shot.

i think scotland should qualify for the quality of their national shirts alone. those are sharp kits they've got! it's nice to see a national kit that has it's logo across the whole shirt as opposed to being confined to a badge.
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^ Well, Totti has bad defect, he's too touchy. Before the worldchampionship he went into a very bad accident in a game against Empoli, and he stayed out for almost 4 months. He did such an incredible recovery, but as usual in Italy the journalists can take you to the stars and bash you to hell in the same moment! Totti got a lot of critics during the worldchampionship, and he decided to retire from the nationalteam in those days. He still has screws in his ankle, and he affirmed that he wants to play just for Roma because he does not want other games beside them from his club team, to not take other risks.................it's obviously a clear excuse, you play 5,6,7 times a year for your national team, it's not that impossible bunch of games.................
Totti got the worldcup and said adieu because he can't stand critics. Anyway, how can you critic someone when he comes from a 4 months injury period??? Italian journalists........... We have 57million of national coaches in Italy!

Nesta, he actually is injured every 3-4 games, his whole career is a lawn studded with bad injuries. He really has problems, but actually he got not so good with Donadoni, and prefered to leave.
Luckily Italy has well juniores teams, there's the hope to find some new talents
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