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Sven-Goran Eriksson loses out to Mykhailo Fomenko for Ukraine job

Eriksson misses out on squaring up to England after Ukraine turn to Fomenko for top job

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 26 December 2012

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been overlooked for the Ukraine national team job after losing out in a unanimous vote.

The country's football federation instead opted for Mykhailo Fomenko, an experienced 64-year-old former Dynamo Kiev defender and manager of several Ukrainian sides, as the successor to Oleg Blokhin who resigned in late September.

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Out of work: Eriksson is available for a return to management

Before Fomenko's appointment at a
meeting today – at which Eriksson was not present having previously
discussed terms regarding a potential contract – new QPR manager Harry
Redknapp had also been under consideration.

It means Eriksson has been denied a reunion with England, who are in the same qualifying group in the race for the 2014 World Cup.

Abdoulaye Ba watched by Aston Villa

Villa eye January swoop for Ba after watching Porto defender in Champions League action

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22:13 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 7 November 2012

Aston Villa scouts watched Porto defender Abdoulaye Ba play against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night.

The Senegal international, 21, is available on loan in January.

The centre back helped Porto get a 0-0 draw and qualify for the next stages of the Champions League.

Centre of attention: Villa watched Ba play on Tuesday evening

Centre of attention: Villa watched Ba play on Tuesday evening

Goran Popov Stoke City transfer hits snag

Stoke fight to save deal for Dynamo Kiev full-back Popov after work permit is refused

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14:21 GMT, 16 August 2012

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Stoke have not given up hope of bringing in Dynamo Kiev full-back Goran Popov on loan despite the Macedonian failing to receive international clearance.

A season-long deal had been agreed but the Potters are now fighting to salvage the situation and secure Popov a work permit.

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

The 27-year-old, who came to Stoke boss Tony Pulis' attention in the two Europa League matches between the clubs last season, has played 42 times for Macedonia but the country is ranked only 102nd in the world.

Popov told the Stoke Sentinel: 'I am disappointed because I came here and I saw that Stoke is so good for me. That is why I wanted to stay so much, but I cannot change anything.

'This was my dream from starting to play football, to play in England. I played against Stoke City for Dynamo Kiev and I saw it was a good club. I saw also the stadium is nice and every game it is full with 28,000 people.

'You play against big teams here. I would say football in England is the best in the world.

'Everything was ready for me to sign, but then they say there is a problem with the work permit. It is so difficult with the Macedonia national team because we are ranked 102. Before we were in 60th place and that was good, but now it is bad.

'The problem is not the clubs, the problem is the rules here in England. It is crazy. I cannot believe it.'

While Popov has seemingly resigned himself to returning to Kiev, a Stoke spokesman described the move as 'hitting difficulties' rather than having completely collapsed.

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

Stoke close in on Dynamo Kiev defender Goran Popov

Stoke close in on capture of Dynamo Kiev defender Popov

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping to tie up a move for Dynamo Kiev full-back Goran Popov early next week.

The 27-year-old Macedonian is expected to join Stoke on a season-long loan deal, before joining up with his national squad.

Target: Goran Popov, right

Target: Goran Popov, right

Popov caught the eye of Pulis during last season's Europa League match between the sides.

The manager told his club's official website, www.stokecityfc.com: 'Goran really impressed me last season.

'He's an experienced player for his age and he has a great left foot on him.'

England lose on penalties: Image of the week by Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick: My image of the week – England watch their Euro dream disappear

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10:33 GMT, 28 June 2012

My picture this week sums up the mood of a nation.

It was the situation England fans were dreading, one that was all too familiar. Yet again the Three Lions crash out of a major tournament on penalties.

The realisation on everyone's face as Ashley Young's spot-kick smashes against the cross bar during the quarter-final defeat to Italy in Kiev is captured right here. John Terry's grimace says it all.

Nikon D3
Lens 400mm
ISO 2000
F/ 2.8

Graham Chadwick: My image of the week - England watch their Euro dream disappear

Euro 2012: Wayne Rooney not good enough says Roy Hodgson

Rooney wasn't good enough! Hodgson admits suspended striker did not live up to expectations

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 26 June 2012

Roy Hodgson admits Wayne Rooney failed to live up to expectations as England crashed out of Euro 2012 but insists the fitness of the striker was not an issue.

Head coach Hodgson was aware of the pressure on Rooney to perform at his best after returning from a two-match ban for his sending off against Montenegro in a qualifying game last October.

But, after scoring the winner against Ukraine, Rooney was below par in the quarter-final defeat by Italy in Kiev last night when England were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

No impact: Wayne Rooney could not make his mark against Italy

No impact: Wayne Rooney could not make his mark against Italy

Hodgson said: 'I think we put a lot of expectations on Wayne.

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'When he missed the first two games, we were all believing that what we needed to do was to get to the third game and Wayne Rooney will win us the championships.

'That maybe was too much to ask of him. Wayne certainly tried very hard, but he didn't have his best game. I think he would admit that.'

But Hodgson conceded it was natural for the onus to be on the top players to perform on the biggest stages.

He said: 'Do we put too much expectation on Rooney Well we do, but so do other teams with their players, don't they

'I think had (Andrea) Pirlo played poorly last night, it might have affected the Italians' performance.

Upset: Rooney was distraught as England lost on penalties

Upset: Rooney was distraught as England lost on penalties

'I think in all top international
teams, you're looking at one, two, possibly three individuals that
everyone recognises as being exceptional world-class talents.

'When you get to the big stage,
you're hoping those players perform and show they're world-class
talents, like the Maradonas that win Argentina a World Cup with his
performance.'

Rooney went on holiday in Las Vegas at the end of the domestic season and was pictured at a nightclub until the early hours.

But Hodgson was adamant Rooney was fit and up to speed in training sessions even though his only action in six weeks before returning against Ukraine was as a second half substitute against Belgium.

When asked if the Las Vegas trip was
ideal, Hodgson said: 'Well, we haven't noticed anything with his fitness
levels. We've monitored his fitness levels and in training he has
looked very fit.

Expectant: Roy Hodgson admits he hoped for more from Rooney

Expectant: Roy Hodgson admits he hoped for more from Rooney

'In the first game (against Ukraine)
he didn't show any particular signs of lacking any fitness and he played
the 120 minutes last night.

'I think what you might be saying is that you're a bit disappointed with his performance and maybe thought he could have played better.

'It's not necessarily related to this (Rooney's fitness). You could put fitness down to anything. That was the classic Italian trick. Every time an Italian team loses a game, you hear they're not fit.

'You can put a lot of things down to fitness, but there was no reason for us to doubt his fitness. His running stats in the training sessions and the games were actually very good.'

West Ham plan to sue Brescia over sale of Alessandro Diamanti

You owe us! West Ham plan to sue Brescia over unpaid Diamanti money

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11:11 GMT, 25 June 2012

West Ham co-owner David Gold claims the club will sue Brescia for money they say they are owed from the sale of striker Alessandro Diamanti from Brescia to Bologna.

Italy international Diamanti, who scored the winning penalty in last night's shoot-out victory over England in Kiev, signed for the Hammers in August 2009 from Livorno for 6million.

However, he was allowed to move back to Italy after just one season in the English Premier League.

Spot on: Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive penalty for Italy

Spot on: Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive penalty for Italy

It is, though, the player's subsequent transfer to Bologna in a co-ownership deal following Brescia's relegation to Serie B that has left the Hammers incensed.

In July 2011, West Ham asked for Diamanti's registration by the Italian Football Federation to be suspended as they had not yet been paid the latest installment of the 2million transfer fee.

Heading home: West Ham allowed Diamanti to leave as he wanted to return to Italy

Heading home: West Ham allowed Diamanti to leave as he wanted to return to Italy

West Ham co-owner David Gold said on Twitter: 'We sold Diamanti to Brescia because he was desperate to return to Italy.

'He was then sold to Bologna. We are suing Brescia for the money.'

Euro 2012: Joe Hart devastated by England defeat

Hart left struggling for positives after England crash out on penalties to Italy

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UPDATED:

22:48 GMT, 24 June 2012

Joe Hart was devastated after England were knocked out of Euro 2012 on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Italy in Kiev.

The Manchester City goalkeeper kept the Azzurri out during the preceding 120 minutes but was unable to stop them progressing to a last-four meeting with Germany.

And Hart revealed he thought England had done enough to scrape through.

Beaten: Joe Hart acknowledges the crowd after England's defeat

Beaten: Joe Hart acknowledges the crowd after England's defeat

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He said on Radio Five Live: 'We've gone out of a tournament that we've laid the foundations for really well, played with everything we've got and unfortunately we weren't good enough tonight, losing on penalties.'

England rode their luck on occasion during the match with Italy, twice hitting the woodwork as well as creating a number of other decent chances.

The Azzurri also thought they had won the match six minutes from time only to see Antonio Nocerino's header correctly ruled out for offside.

Contrasting fortunes: Hart congratulates his club team-mate Mario Balotelli

Contrasting fortunes: Hart congratulates his club team-mate Mario Balotelli

Asked if he thought it was going to be England's night after those escapes, Hart said: 'I thought it was going to be our night whether those things didn't happen.

'I thought it was going to be our night because of the side we had, the heart we had, the quality we had, but unfortunately it wasn't to be, we didn't do well in the shoot-out, myself included.'

The City custodian also admitted he was struggling to take many positives from the experience immediately after the match.

Helpless: Hart was unable to save any of Italy's penalties in the shoot-out

Helpless: Hart was unable to save any of Italy's penalties in the shoot-out

'I'd like to be optimistic now but that's not the feeling in my heart at the moment,” he said. 'I'm an emotional guy and I put everything I had into these past couple of weeks.

'I'm gutted for the people who paid money to come out here to support us and see us and for the people back home.'

On how he will reflect back on the tournament overall, Hart added: 'Right now, not well. We'll have to wait and see in a couple of days.'

Euro 2012: England v Italy ratings

How did both sets of players rate over two hours at the Olympic Stadium

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UPDATED:

00:45 GMT, 25 June 2012

Italy knocked England out of Euro 2012 after a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Kiev, following a goalless draw after 120 minutes.

Here, Sportsmail rates the players from both sides.

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Euro 2012: A history of England v Italy

It's too close to call… a history of England v Italy

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UPDATED:

20:40 GMT, 22 June 2012

England’s clash with Italy in Kiev tomorrow is too close to call but that is simply in keeping with tradition. In 22 meetings, England’s record is seven wins, six draws and nine defeats. Ahead of the European Championship quarter-final, DOMINIC KING recalls six of the most significant games…

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