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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.


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.


Craig Levein’s future Decision Expected this week

Speaking on their return from Brussels, chief executive Regan said ”

“I think we’re all bitterly disappointed to find ourselves bottom of the group after four games,” he said. “Looking back to the dates meeting when we set out our fixtures, we were all hoping to get off to a much better start.

“I think we expected a difficult match against Belgium, recognising the quality of their team and how many of them are playing at the very highest levels of the English Premier League.

“Probably the most difficult one to swallow was the match against Wales on Friday night when we were 1-0 up with nine minutes to go and then lost the match 2-1. We were very disappointed indeed.”

It is understood that it would cost the governing body £700,000 to remove Levein from his role.

Scotland’s next fixture is Luxembourg in a friendly on November 14.

Trapattoni To Remain In Charge After Vote Of Confidence

In a statement which was released at 8.30 tonight following the lenghty board meeting the FAI said they wanted Trapattoni to stay on:

“The Board of the FAI met today and discussed Ireland’s performances in the World Cup Qualifying campaign to date and the prospects of achieving qualification for Brazil 2014. The Board agreed that convening a meeting between the Germany and Faroe Islands matches and/or commenting on the Germany game or the manager’s position prior to last night’s game would have been totally inappropriate.

“Following today’s discussions the Board, while disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany and understanding the frustration of some of our supporters, believes the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect and reaffirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain in charge of the national team.

“The Board recognises the depth of feeling surrounding the team, the performances, the results and the manager, reflecting the passion which everyone in Irish football has for the game and will continue to work closely with the manager.”

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Sergio Aguero’s Imposing Picture of The Aconcagua [flight pic] Via Twitter

Sergio Aguero took the opportunity to snap what he called ” a pretty imposing” picture from the airplane window whilst travelling to Chile from Argentina this morning.

I leave you this photo of the Aconcagua I shot today on the flight from Argentina to Chile. Pretty imposing isn’t it? pic.twitter.com/cy05JBdl

original tweet.

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Welshman too Proud! Bellamy Given Unitll Sunday To Decide Welsh Future.

When Craig Bellamy left Liverpool in August to join his beloved Cardiff City for the second time he would have been hoping to help both Cardiff & Wales to success. Craig took a huge gamble in moving back to the capital with both Cardiff and Wales managers under pressure to succeed. Cardiff having spent £10m on transfers and Chris Coleman finding it difficult to get results home and away with the International team.

Craig told the media it was for family reason he decided to come back home  “I wanted to wake up every day with my kids,” said 33-year-old Bellamy, who has taken a significant cut in wages. “There’s more to life than football.”

Craig who is well-known for his commitment , passion and desire to succeed on and off the field has endured a tough 12 months especially with the death of Gary Speed. Craig has also spent time out in Sierra Leone with the Craig Bellamy Foundation which runs Sierra Leone’s only professional football academy.

Craig who was not on the coach for the trip to Ipswich was left behind due to a knock on his knee “Craig won’t be coming to Ipswich with us. He took a knock on his knee and had to come off the other night the manager said”.

Chris Coleman yesterday was still waiting for a decision on Bellamy’s inclusion for the World Cup qualifying clashes against Scotland and Croatia. “Craig has had a couple of knocks,” Coleman said. “We’ve left two spaces open, and let’s see how he comes through tomorrow, physically and mentally. We need to know from Craig whether he is coming to join us and staying, or not. If not, we have got to move forward. If he’s staying with us then great. “It is not like we have another two or three Craig Bellamy’s. Players like that don’t come around all the time. If Craig is not with us then we need to concentrate on the other players who are with us. If he is with us, great, if he isn’t then let’s shake hands and move forward.”  

There have been calls today for Craig to call time on his International career and focus on helping Cardiff gain promotion to the Premier League. Bellamy has always insisted he has ‘unfinished business’ at Cardiff and true to his word he was back to join up with Mackay for this crunch campaign.

Craig for me is far too proud to admit defeat in trying to take on what might be too much unfinished business. Reports today suggests Craig has paid his dues and should not be asked to waste his time on a  fruitless cause.

An article by Wales On-line suggested Craig should call it a day ” Bellamy has paid his dues to Wales down the years, he has been a credit to his country, but this is the time for him to focus his energies on that other great football passion.

Coleman who admitted leaving two spaces free will be desperate to have Craig in the side is already under pressure after a run of poor results will have to wait unitll Sunday before knowing his final squad.

“Craig has paid his dues and he is a terrific player, but is he in or out?” Coleman added.“I hope he is in, but we have to know if he is ready or not ready.“If he says he has had enough, then that’s the end of it, or he is still struggling with injury and he won’t be able to make it, then that is another thing.

“But we need to know if he is still involved or wants to be. I’ll wait for a call on Sunday.”

Craig will have much to ponder for such a passionate Welshman it will be more than just playing for Wales in the back of his mind. Craig will have to make some difficult decisions about his future soon if the remainder of his time in the Capitol is to be a memorable one.

Wales Online article here

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