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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.


Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne Returns To Lazio | Football | Cult Hero

Former England midfielder Gascoigne had looked set to miss the tie after being booked to speak at an event on Friday.

But he will defy his fear of flying to catch a plane to Italy on Thursday, before returning the following morning. Reports the BBC

He helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in 1991 and scored six times for Lazio, including a late equaliser during the Rome derby against Roma in November 1992.

Gascoigne had declined an invite to September’s reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, which ended in a goalless draw, due to “personal reasons”.

But his agent, Terry Baker, confirmed he would now be flying to Italy after Lazio’s general manager, Maurizio Manzini, invited the 45-year-old back to Rome.

“He is looking forward to seeing the fans because he has a great affection for them,” Baker said.

Lets take a look back at some of Gazza’s greatest and funniest moments..

2010 : Raoul Moat ,Gazza arrives in Rothbury to ‘offer his support’


Paul Gascoigne – The Legend That Was Gazza

A great video about the genius of Paul Gascoigne. Gazza is widely regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation. This video contains awesome clips from Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Glasgow Rangers and of course from his England career.

Football Italia outtakes from the legendary Paul Gascoigne. Clearly demonstrating that one person can be both an idiot and a genius!


Ibrahimovic Cross Bar Challange | Sweden | Friends Arena

In the warm up for the game, in which Sweden ran out 4-2 winners against England, Ibrahimovic was amongst his team-mates preparing for the big game by…juggling the ball.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic The Best Goal Ever Are you Shaw?

Everybody’s favourite dreadlocked centre-back scoring against Gillingham in 2004. Contributed towards the 5-2 away drubbing of Gillingham which in turn resulted in the crazy dismissal of Eric Black.


You Decide

Sweden vs England 4-2 Ibrahimovic AMAZING BICYCLE GOAL!!! 14-11-2012

Wilfried Zaha Is He All That ? | Football Poll

“But he’s so unique, I’ve never worked with anyone like him, he just wants to get the ball and beat people, however many there are, he can do it.” Ian Holloway

CRYSTAL PALACE striker Wilfried Zaha has been handed a first full-international call up for England the day after his 20th birthday.

Zaha, 20, is one of the hottest properties in England and is learning his trade in the Championship with Palace. A string of dazzling efforts for the Eagles have earned him an England call-up for the friendly with Sweden and he looks set to make his international debut in Wednesday’s match.

There is still a chance he could still commit to Ivory Coast, he describes the chances of doing so as “50/50” at the moment, but on his own career it would appear as if Zaha feels he has the world at his feet.

“Unless I’m looking at Ronaldo or Messi, I’d never look at someone else and think he’s better than me,” Zaha told the Daily Mail.

He went on to say;

“I think about the Premier League all the time, wondering when I’m going to come up against better defenders,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve come up against a defender when I’ve thought ‘What can I do to get past this guy?’

“If it was Ashley Cole I would be working it all out before the game, knowing he would stick tight to me. I’d drift inside and then run at him. Maybe he’ll be able to deal with it, but that’s when I can test him, isn’t it? That’s my time.”

Palace have slapped a £20 million price tag on Zaha’s head but it is not something that will weigh him down.

He said: “I see people criticising, when they are thinking like, ‘£20 million? My a**e’, but I never put a price tag on my head.

“I remember when people were saying Palace should sell me for £1 million because I wouldn’t do anything in the game – that was hard. The Premier League is where I want to go but I’m not saying I want to leave Palace right now.”

BBC Breakfast’s Susanna Reid singing the Crystal Palace FC song – “He’s just too good for you” in honour of Wilfried Zaha’s call up to the England squad.

The Palace Chairman Steve Parish has promised Ian Holloway that not even £20M would tempt the club to sell their star.

“If someone came in with £20m to spend then it would be very difficult to turn down but we might still say no,” said Parish.

“Wilfried is our talisman, the best player in this league. My plan for January is to turn my phone off and go into hibernation. Then I won’t be able to listen to any offers and we will come out of the month intact.

“As for money to spend, Ian isn’t throwing names at me. He has a great group of players here. He will tweak the squad and make it better.

England Needs You! Kick It Out fan consultation


Kick It Out is calling on supporters of Premier League and Football League clubs to share their views on discrimination as part of a fan consultation.


This is your chance to make a difference so log on and have your say Here 

England & Serbia Both Charged [U21s]

Despite all the talk today about Serbia and their claims regarding Danny Rose Both England and Serbia will now face Investigation by UEFA.

A statement from the FA after the game read: “The FA condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme provocation.

“The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England’s black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.”

UEFA said in a statement: “UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and England’s Football Association (FA) following a number of incidents during and after England’s 1-0 win over Serbia in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off second leg at the Mladost stadium in Krusevac on Tuesday 16 October 2012.

“Regarding alleged racist chanting, UEFA will instigate proceedings against the FSS over the misconduct of their supporters during and at the end of the match. Proceedings will also be instigated against the FSS for the improper conduct of the Serbia players at the end of the match.


Twitter’s Humorous take on England’s Warsaw Washout


Whilst Roy and the boys were left pondering the fiasco in the Warsaw stadium last night millions of us were left with time on our hands as the Fifa officials were deciding what to do with the ball.

For some of us the drama was too much ”

Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker
Please postpone it now. Enough is enough! Why can’t I bring myself to change channels?

Whilst Roy insisted on proving his point !


Some fans got bored and took to the pitch !

Phil McNulty ‏@philmcnulty
Pitch invader escapes a steward who – rather predictably – goes flying in the water. Invader then does a Tom Daley. It’s that sort of night.

Roy and the boys just didnt know what to do ?


Well the social media world just got on with it a and for some of us provided some much needed humour with the game of ” Rain related footballers”

Stan Collymore ‏@StanCollymore
One for the hacks(you can have this one) W A R S A W L O G G E D @talkSPORT

Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Stewart Drowning, Rain Rooney. Over to you to finish the Water Farce! England XI….

PF ‏@Taxiforwoody
@DickinsonTimes Jermain Deflow
Retweeted by Matt Dickinson

Adam Cottier ‏@Adam_Cottier
@Taxiforwoody @DickinsonTimes Tom Puddlestone


Karl Kerman ‏@khk1975
@Taxiforwoody @dickinsontimes or rain Rooney

Stuart Telfer ‏@Stu1211

@Taxiforwoody @dickinsontimes Leighton Thames.


Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Really poor!!! RT @Ian_Cox_101: @DickinsonTimes joe carp

Danny West ‏@silencekid85
@DickinsonTimes Leighton Raines…


Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Stewart Drowning, Rain Rooney. Over to you to finish the Water Farce! England XI….

Paul Boyle ‏@PaBo8267
@DickinsonTimes Leighton Drains


simon crabtree ‏@CrabbersTweet
I’m told the officials in Poland can’t make an announcement until the end of Great British Bake Off…

Karthi Gnanasegaram ‏@KarthiSport
ITV must be desperate for this game to happen tonight…it’s their Live Emmerdale tomorrow so won’t get any pre-match build up time.


Henry Winter ‏@henrywinter
Warsaw DJ on form….now playing Coldplay’s “Every teardrop is a waterfall”

Alec Stewart ‏@StewieCricket
Roy Hodgson to make two team changes if the game starts tonight. Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington to play up front in place of Defoe & Rooney


Owen Gibson ‏@owen_g
Lee Dixon wishing he was back on MOTD, Gareth Southgate wishing he was back at the FA, Adrian Chiles thinking even Daybreak wasn’t this bad

Alec Stewart ‏@StewieCricket
If this was a cricket match in Poland we’d have started on time and played through the light drizzle!



As an act of mercy, ITV will point the cameras at the pitch the remaining 75 mins of this broadcast so we can watch the grass grow instead


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

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