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UEFA Introduce a new look Euro 2020 Competition


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent after today’s UEFA Executive Committee decision to hold the event in various major cities throughout Europe.


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in various major cities throughout Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The decision to stage a “EURO for Europe”, rather than a tournament in one or two host countries, follows an initial idea revealed by the UEFA President Michel Platini in June. UEFA has consulted its member national associations about the proposal in the intervening period, and has received an extremely positive response, which has prompted Thursday’s innovative move. The decision, which was not supported by Şenes Erzik, means that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee will now take responsibility to review the matter further in order to report to a future UEFA Executive Committee meeting.

Among the other decisions taken, the committee decided that the ownership of football players by third parties should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Consequently, world football’s governing body FIFA will be requested to issue relevant worldwide regulations prohibiting third-party ownership of players. UEFA, through its Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), would also be ready to implement a regulatory framework to ban third-party ownership arrangements in UEFA competitions, should FIFA not take the appropriate steps. In that case, a transitional period of three to four seasons would apply.

UEFA is continuing to be actively involved in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in football. Accordingly, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the introduction of sporting fraud as a criminal offence in national legislations throughout Europe.

The committee approved the use of additional assistant referees at next summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Israel. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are already being deployed in this season’s UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.

Tbilisi will play host to the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April 2013. In addition, the committee approved the name of UEFA’s new youth competition for clubs, which will begin from the 2013/14 season – the UEFA Youth League. The trophy will be named after UEFA’s honorary president Lennart Johansson.

The committee decided that the 2013/14 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament will be staged in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013, with the qualifying rounds to be played in the summer and autumn of 2013. The final tournament counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Costa Rica in March/April 2014, and not in autumn after the UEFA women’s U17 finals, which are normally held in June and/or July.

UEFA has prolonged its arrangement with long-term partner TEAM for the marketing of commercial rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup initially for three additional seasons and, subject to performance, for an additional three-year term thereafter. As part of the new agreement, TEAM has appointed Michael van Praag, a UEFA Executive Committee member, and David Taylor, the CEO of UEFA Events SA, to its board.

Astana, Kazakhstan, and Vienna, Austria, were chosen by the Executive Committee as the respective venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2013 is scheduled for 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.


Robbie Fowler to “loan” famous FA Cup white suit | Liverpool | ‘Spice Boys’


Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed that he will loan out his famous white suit to a museum in Manchester.

The 37-year-old and his teammates hit the headlines in 1996 when they turned up to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Manchester United wearing bright white suits.

“I’ve still got [the suit] and I’m going to loan it to the National Football Museum in Manchester for an exhibition they’re doing on fashion in football,” Fowler said in a Q&A session with BBC Sport.

The unlovely suits, inexplicably paired with sky blue shirts and a diagonally striped red and white tie that would shame the worst dressed, heaviest-smoking turf accountant, became the iconic and lasting image of a generation of tabloid-courting underachievers at Anfield.

Jamie Redknapp was one of the Liverpool players to object to the Spice Boys tag, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect: “Let’s face it,” he said, “the Spice Girls are at the top of their profession and we are still trying to get to the top of ours, so I hardly think it is a good nickname.”

The group would remain nearly men under Roy Evans, but that reputation is disputed by Steve McManaman, who said: “The Spice Boys at one time consisted of eight or nine players and the press just used to change the personnel as they fancied.

“It was unfortunate because when we finished third in the league we got a lot of stick for it. At the time I felt very sorry for some of the lads involved. But it didn’t bother me personally as I was playing very good football at the time.

“When we finished third and people saw us having a laugh and a joke, they thought we didn’t care. Nowadays, when you finish third, everyone is thrilled to bits, everyone’s excited about qualifying for the Champions League.

“Under Roy Evans we did that a lot, and did it by playing fantastic football, but because there were a few young lads who liked to enjoy themselves at times, people had misconceptions.”



Former QPR and Team Bath legend Ivor Powell Dies at 96

Ivor Powell, who was the world’s oldest football coach during his time with Team Bath, has passed away at the age of 96. Powell was one of the finest players of his generation in a career that saw him play for Wales, Blackpool, Queen’s Park Rangers and Aston Villa, the latter paying a record £17,500 transfer for a half-back to secure his services.

Powell, who was capped eight time for his country, started his playing career at QPR in 1937 and also had spells with Aston Villa and Blackpool.

He took over as manager at Bath City in 1964 before becoming a coach at the University of Bath, where he worked for 37 years, until the age of 93.

Powell won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for his role as the world’s oldest working football coach in 2006.

He was made an MBE in the 2008 for services to sport.

A statement on the QPR website read: “The club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Ivor’s family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace.”

Born on 5 July 1916 in south Wales, he started his working life down the mines and was spotted by QPR playing for South Wales League side Bargoed aged 17.

At his playing peak in 1948, Powell set a record transfer fee for a half-back of £17,500 when he moved to Aston Villa.

He was a team-mate and close friend of Sir Stanley Matthews at Blackpool and was best man at his wedding.



David Bernstein Open To Recording Ideas | FA | Clattenburg

Premier League referee Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using ‘inappropriate language’ towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel during the match against Manchester United last weekend, something the official vehemently denies.

David Bernstein t told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The referee is miked up with the assistant referees and the fourth official so they are all aware of the comments and the dialogue that takes place, but it’s not recorded.

“In order for that to happen, the referees’ organisation – the Professional Game Match Officials Board – which is controlled by the FA, Premier League and Football League, would have to recommend that way forward.

“Then it would need to go before (world governing body) FIFA or IFAB (the rule-making body of FIFA) to be approved.

“The process would be quite long and meticulous. One of the great things about IFAB is that it doesn’t jump to make changes too quickly.

“(But) given what’s happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at.”

Hackett, the former general manager of Premier League referees, believes it is now time for on-pitch conversations to be recorded, and would even be in favour of a system which relayed the audio to spectators.

He told The Observer: “The FA are members of IFAB, so could bring forward a proposal to permit the recording of the conversations between players and officials during a game.

“I would have no problem with fans having the ability to purchase a ‘Ref!Link’ to listen in to what the match officials are saying.

“I would like to see a referee-coach at the ground able to listen in to the team of officials.

“And given what has happened in the last few days and, with no knee-jerk reaction, I would like to conversations between the match officials for the full duration of the game recorded.”

Former referee Graham Poll believes the only way Mark Clattenburg could emerge from the current controversy around him “untarnished” would be if Chelsea were to say that their accusation that he used “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel was mistaken.

The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and then he could come out untarnished,” Poll told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“Even if the FA said ’case not proven’, it’s got to have a detrimental effect on his career.”

Former referee George Courtney believes that there is “absolutely” no way that Clattenburg did what he has been accused of.

“I don’t believe it for one moment, absolutely not,” Courtney told Sportsweek.

“I’ve known this guy for 20 years, I’ve watched him progress through to the Football League and the Premier League. He’s an excellent referee.

“There was a lot of pressure on Mark following the (Fernando) Torres sending-off, I could see the players were really having a go at him and he kept his composure.

“I’ve got no idea what happened after the game but I’d be very, very surprised and staggered if there was any kind of racist slur.

“There is a sterile period of 30 minutes after full-time where people are not allowed to enter the referee’s dressing room, but half an hour is not long enough for people to calm down.

“In view of the alleged problem, perhaps if Chelsea had given it a day or so then there would have been a different reaction.”

Poll called on the game’s governing bodies to offer practical support to Clattenburg.

“Something should be done so referees are not left isolated,” he said.

“(Colleagues) can support you but they can’t help, they can’t take action or make a difference.

“A difference needs to be made, whether we record all the words, not necessarily for public consumption, but for the protection of referees.

“The minimum that should happen is that (conversations are) taped.


Fancy An FA Cup Sleepover ?


Ever dreamed of lifting The FA Cup?

Well, now’s your chance as we’re giving young fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a sleepover with the world’s most famous trophy.

Children attending The FA Cup Trophy Tour – which will visit key cities across the country – ahead of First, Second, Third and Fourth Round fixtures in the 2012-13 season will be chosen at random to win the iconic Cup in their house for the night.

“The FA Cup is one of the most recognisable pieces of silverware in world sport and we hope that a new wave of football mad youngsters can fall in love with the competition like generations of children before them.”

The unique FA Cup Dreams initiative kicks-off in Birmingham on Saturday 27 October ahead of the First Round Proper fixtures on Saturday 3 November.

That day will see the first winning child announced and The FA Cup trophy delivered to the family home ahead of the games.

U12s will be given the chance to enter a prize draw as part of The FA Cup Trophy Tour with four opportunities to win a sleepover with The FA Cup trophy before the Fourth Round Proper comes to a close.
The FA’s Sir Trevor Brooking said: “The FA Cup goes hand-in-hand with some of English football’s greatest moments and it’s a competition that holds such fond memories for fans up and down the country.

“No other football competition in the world matches non-League minnows against giants of the game.

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Sports Weekly Review Sunday October 14th [in pictures]

A week of Pressure,Controversy,Parting of ways,Victories and progress. Only in sport can you find such a diversity of mixed feelings in the space of seven days. The global world of sport never fails to deliver and come  Sunday afternoon we take time to reflect about the highs and low’s before contemplating what might have been.

People don’t play sports because its fun. Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life with out it. Its part of them, the love/hate relationship. It’s what they live for. Anon.

The week started with the controversial topic of diving, Suarez came under fire for his antics at stoke backed up by Gareth Bale’s incident at spurs.

Michael Owen came out and admitted “I have been guilty as well”.

    Diving was no longer a concern for Owen Coyle who said about hid departure ” The performances have been to a high standard, but we have to accept that we have not won as many games this season as we wanted to”.

Coyle who left Burnley to join Bolton was immediately linked with a return to the Clarets as the club announced Eddie Howe was to leave the club and return to the Cherries for personal reasons.

“I had to do it for my family. It’s been a difficult six months for me and I hope the Burnley fans understand,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent on Saturday.

The week was then to be dominated by the shock news by USADA who’s damming report shocked the world of sport and left some overwhelmed by such detailed evidence.

“The U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection”, the USADA said.

International week got off to a positive start with Royalty arriving at Burton to officially open St.Georges Park.

Also arriving was Ashley Cole who found himself having to apologise for his FA twitter rant and was later warned by the Duke ” If you continue to be naughty they’ll take your twitter account off you”

Frank Lampard finding it much easier with the girls.

The rest of the week was dominated with pressure as Craig Levein and Chris Coleman both needed a result at the millennium Stadium on Thursday Night. Final score Wales 2 Scotland 1. “It’s great that this is my first victory after I lost two friendlies and two qualifiers, and in the last one, took a hiding”. Coleman said.

“I’m extremely proud to have this job and I’ll do the best I can”. Levein told reporters.

England’s 5-0 Victory over San Marino was over shadowed by the injury to Theo Walcott.

Giovanni Trapattoni faced calls for him to quit after an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Germany. ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary,’ Trapattoni said. ‘Germany have gone, they will qualify as group winners, but we are in their fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification.

It’ll be a Riot on the night was the story from Senegal he game was stopped after 70 minutes, with visitors the Ivory Coast winning 2-0 (and 6-2 on aggregate), following rioting among home fans sparked by a controversial penalty decision.

Boxing , the week was dominated by the return of Audley Harrison which only lasted  seconds on Saturday Night.

Audley: ‘Price will know he’s in a fight’ he said on Friday unfortunately Audley you didn’t get long enough ! as predicted by probably every boxing fan in the world.

The Korean grand Prix was dominated by Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel took victory as Button Crashed out on the first lap.

                 “Kobayashi, what an idiot”. Button said “I don’t know what Kobayashi was thinking.” Lets hope his eyes were on the Road!

Also crashing out ! Andy Murray losing to Novak Djokovic  in the Shanghai Masters final.

“I’ve lost tougher matches than that before and I’m sure I will recover,” he said. “But it was a top-quality match. Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times”. said Murray.


And Just when you thought that was a great week Felix turns up and creates History !



Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (24 miles, 39km) above New Mexico.


for more on Felix catch up with Red Bull Stratos. Link



Well the end of One week and the start of another.


Well Done #felix & #RedBull Stratos

England 5 San Marino 0 Highlights [video] 12/10

Raheem Sterling goals – U21 England training 10-10-12 | FATV

Highlights to the following 2 games will be exclusively live on FATV from midnight Friday 12th October 2012
England v San Marino World Cup Qualifier

FA President The Duke of Cambridge To Open St.Georges Park

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will open St. George’s Park tomorrow. The Royal Party will visit the Burton upon Trent site and join specially invited guests to celebrate the opening of the new home for the 24 representative England teams.

The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of England’s new £100m training home.

The Party will be joined by both Roy Hodgson and Hope Powell with members of their respective squads. ” FA Chairman David Bernstein said: “The opening of St. George’s Park is truly a momentous occasion in the history of The FA. Next year we will celebrate The FA’s 150th anniversary, and this moment will be recorded as significant as any that has gone before us in the last 149 years”.

Facilities at St. Georges Park ;

They include:

  • Indoor 3G pitch – 120m x 80m building, accommodating a full-size 105m x 68m artificial football pitch equipped with a 200 person viewing gallery
  • Running track – located adjacent to the indoor 3G pitch, the 60m sprint track features a specialist power plate which can track the speed, gait and running characteristics of athletes
  • Multi sport indoor hall – 60m x 40m with sprung floor and capacity for Futsal, badminton and netball, plus football pitches for the partially-sighted
  • Sports Medicine Centre – St. George’s Park has its own world-class sports and exercise medicine, human performance and research centre called Perform, part of Spire Healthcare Sports Facilities St. George’s Park has world-class sports facilities which will facilitate sporting excellence
  • External pitches – 11 external pitches, five of which have floodlighting and undersoil heating. The pitches will accommodate full-size and seven-a-side elite football and coaching for all age groups
  • Goalkeeping areas – dedicated practice and training area for goalkeepers
  • Training hill – 30m outdoor training and fitness hill positioned at a 20 degree angle for fitness and conditioning
  • Sports Pavilions – four external pitch side pavilions are available for briefings, training analysis and debriefings. Some with changing and catering facilities.

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