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Serbia v Scotland World Cup qualifier to go ahead despite snow

Scotland's World Cup qualifier in snowy Serbia set to go ahead as Tartan Army dig in to help clear pitch

By
Stuart Fraser

PUBLISHED:

11:40 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia is set to go ahead, despite continuing heavy snowfall.

Gordon Strachan's side are due to play tonight in the city of Novi Sad, around an hour north west of the Scots' base in Belgrade, and work to clear the Karadjordje Stadium pitch is underway.

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Digging in: Members of the Tartan Army help clear the pitch in Novi Sad

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

Helping hand: Scotland fan David Wildridge clears snow from the seats in the Karadjordje Stadium

The Serbia FA and the Scottish FA are continuing to monitor the situation, the latter tweeting: 'Serbia v Scotland on as it stands. Serbia FA clearing pitch of snow.'

Around 1,200 members of the Tartan Army are expected to attend the match, which would be rescheduled for Wednesday if it was postponed tonight.

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Snow: The scene outside the Scotland team hotel in Belgrade this morning

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Wrapped up: Strachan tries to keep warm during Scotland's training session in Belgrade last night

Scotland are currently bottom of Group A with two points from five games after losing 2-1 to Wales in the snow at Hampden on Friday.

With qualification hopes for the World Cup almost certainly over, Strachan is set make a number of changes to his team tonight against Serbia, who sit fourth with four points.

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Warming up: Scotland trained at the Partizan Belgrade Academy ahead of tonight's match against Serbia

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Defeat: Scotland lost out in the Glasgow snow on Friday night as they were beaten 2-1 by Wales

Greek children score amazing team goal

VIDEO: Greek children score an amazing goal that looks like it came straight from the Nou Camp

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

Could this team be the next Barcelona Judging by this effort, they could well be.

These Greek children score a goal as good as any team effort in years gone by.

In Argentina v Serbia World Cup 2006 style, the ball gets played from one side of the pitch to the other, back to the goalkeeper and then ends with a composed finish into the bottom corner.

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greek boys goal

greek boys goal

Most goalkeepers of that age in that position would have panicked and tried to clear their lines as quick as poosible, yet this ‘keeper has the confidence to take on two players.

It is a goal that wouldn’t be out of place in the Nou Camp or the Bernebau.

If you’re a fan of ‘putting the ball in the box’ then maybe this goal is not for you. But you can’t help but admire the confidence of these kids.

Israel will be safer than London for European Under 21 championships – Shimon Peres

Israel will be safer than London, claims president ahead of U21 tournament

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 29 November 2012

Despite the recent conflict with Palestine, Israel's President Shimon Peres has guaranteed that the European Under 21 championship in his country next year will be safer than if it was held in London.

Peres and UEFA President Michel Platini were adamant at a meeting on Thursday that having the tournament hosted by Israel next summer was the right choice.

Peres, who is confident the event will proceed smoothly, said: 'When you come in June, it will be more secure and tranquil than a football game in London.'

Hosts: Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shakes hands with UEFA President Michel Platini in Jerusalem

Hosts: Israeli President Shimon Peres (left) shakes hands with UEFA President Michel Platini in Jerusalem

Israel-bound: England Under 21s qualified for next summer's tournament after beating Serbia in their tempestuous play-off

Israel-bound: England Under 21s qualified for next summer's tournament after beating Serbia in a play-off

Platini said he is proud that Israel is the host, despite receiving 'many letters' opposing Israel’s bid.

On Wednesday, the Frenchman attended the Under 21 draw in Tel Aviv and a Europa League game in Haifa to assuage skeptics after a bus bombing which wounded 27 people in Tel Aviv last week.

He said: 'We are very proud to come here. Football is a beautiful thing for peace.'

Stuart Pearce: England U21s contract extension is uncertain

Pearce admits he could face England U21s axe despite record-breaking year

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 15 November 2012

Stuart Pearce has cast doubt on his long-term role as England Under 21 head coach after admitting he does not know if he will be offered a new contract.

The young Lions ended their most successful calendar year since 1991 with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday. It was their sixth consecutive win, five were achieved with clean sheets, and It came after they qualified for Euro 2013 with success in Serbia.

England will warm up for the tournament in Israel with friendlies next year against Sweden and Austria at home, plus a trip to France, but whether Pearce will be in charge for the next qualification campaign, which begins next September, remains to be seen.

Uncertain future: Stuart Pearce does not know if he will be handed a new deal

Uncertain future: Stuart Pearce does not know if he will be handed a new deal

His current deal expires after Euro 2013 and The FA have not approached him over new terms. Pearce has been in the role since 2006 and remains relaxed that the discussions have not yet started.

Young Lions' year to remember…

Feb 29 – England 4 Belgium 0

Sept 06 – Azerbaijan 0 England 2

Sept 10 – England 1 Norway 0

Oct 12 – England 1 Serbia 0

Oct 16 – Serbia 0 England 1

Nov 13 – England 2 Northern Ireland 0

‘I enjoy the job I do’ said Pearce. ‘I have been reasonably successful but not as successful as I would have liked to have been. Who knows what is in the future

‘I am contracted until next summer and that has been the case every time I have gone into a major tournament. We will see (what happens).

‘Everything has got a plus to it and that is what you have to draw out of it. Yes, I would like more contact with players at times on a daily basis and more games to test myself.

Annus mirabilis: The young Lions have won six matches in a row under Pearce

Annus mirabilis: The young Lions have won six matches in a row under Pearce

‘The other side of that I have is the environment I am working in. It gives me great pride to work for the FA; working with the best players in the country is a fantastic option.

‘There are pluses and minuses in both options. I am enjoying what I am doing and we will see where it takes us over the next few months.’

England have set a record in qualifying for four consecutive tournaments but they have not been crowned European Champions at this level since 1984. Pearce, however, says success in Israel will have no influence over whether he stays on as head coach.

‘It would be irrelevant,’ he said. ‘I would like to win the tournament but I have been trying to do that for the last five years. We have had a final, a semi-final and a group stage.

‘We will try and prepare the team as well as we can and give them as many options going into the summer.’

Manchester United"s Nick Powell to be called up for England Under 21s for Northern Ireland friendly

United teen Powell handed England Under 21 call-up for Northern Ireland friendly

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 7 November 2012

International call-up: Nick Powell

International call-up: Nick Powell

Nick Powell is set to belatedly launch his England Under 21 career next week in the friendly against Northern Ireland at Blackpool.

The 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder was called up for last month’s Euro 2013 qualifier against Serbia but was forced to withdraw without even taking part in a training session because of illness.

Head coach Stuart Pearce, however, is eager to blood Powell as he begins the preparations for next summer’s European Championships in Israel and he will be included in the squad that gets announced.

Powell has made a positive start to life at Old Trafford following his 4million summer move from Crewe and should win his first cap at Bloomfield Road.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will captain a squad that is chasing its sixth consecutive win, while Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince is set to win his fifth cap on home soil.

Police to investigate Marvin Sordell picture posted on Facebook

Police to investigate sick Sordell Facebook picture after racism claims against Millwall fans

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 17 October 2012

Police are set to investigate a message on England Under 21 striker Marvin Sordell’s Facebook page.

A photograph of Sordell was uploaded, depicting a gun pointed at the 21-year-old with blood across his face and chest and the message: ‘dont f*** with the millwall.’

Disgusting: This is the mocked-up image of Sordell that was posted on Facebook

Disgusting: This is the mocked-up image of Sordell that was posted on Facebook

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

The father of the individual accused of posting the image contacted Sportsmail to convey his son’s regret at his actions.

He also revealed his son plans to
write a letter of apology to Sordell, who accused some Millwall fans of
racially abusing him and Bolton team-mates 12 days ago.

Anzhi Makhachkala to offer Nemanja Vidic 250k-a-week to join from Manchester United

Anzhi to tempt United captain Vidic with mammoth 250k-a-week offer

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UPDATED:

05:46 GMT, 15 October 2012

Nemanja Vidic is a target for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala who plan to offer the United captain a mammoth 250,000-a-week after tax salary.

Vidic missed the last five months of last season through injury and is currently sidelined for following a knee operation.

Rare sighting: Vidic has made just five appearances so far this season

Rare sighting: Vidic has made just five appearances so far this season

The Serbia international has been linked with Barcelona and Juventus, but the mega-rich Dagestan club hope their huge offer can tempt him away from Old Trafford, according to reports in the Daily Star.

However, the massive salary would not make him the highest paid player at Anzhi.

The club pay a record 325,000-a-week – after tax – to former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o.

Wilfried Zaha worth more than 11m – Dougie Freedman

Just 11m for Zaha That would be a bargain, insists Palace boss Freedman

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UPDATED:

12:52 GMT, 13 October 2012

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has claimed any Premier League teams interested in starlet Wilfried Zaha would be getting a bargain if they picked him up for 11million.

The striker has four goals in his last two games for the Eagles and has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

In action: Wilfried Zaha played for England U21s on Friday

In action: Wilfried Zaha played for England U21s on Friday

Zaha, 19, played for England U21s against Serbia in their 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Freedman said: 'I know he is worth more than 11m. You’re getting him cheap if you get him for that.

'Wilfried has dedicated himself to the game and is heading in the right direction. We give young players the chance to play and that’s what he is doing now.

'It’s a matter of time until he plays in the Premier League and let’s hope that is with Crystal Palace.

'As we speak right now he’s on a long contract and he’s very happy.'

Marouane Fellaini targets quick Everton comeback

Fellaini boost for Everton as midfielder targets quick comeback from knee injury

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UPDATED:

16:22 GMT, 11 October 2012

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini does not believe his knee injury is serious and is targeting a swift return to action.

The Belgium international sustained the problem in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Wigan but it was not picked up until 48 hours later.

Concern: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is struggling with a knee injury

Concern: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is struggling with a knee injury

His injury was scanned while he was in Belgium and the results were sent back to the club's Finch Farm training ground for Everton's medical staff to assess.

Fellaini was withdrawn from World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland and will return to Merseyside on Monday for treatment.

'I am currently suffering from a knee injury: fortunately it is not too serious but I will have to miss the two games with Belgium,' he told Everton's website.

'I am hoping to be back playing for Everton as soon as possible.

'I am extremely disappointed and I now have to rest in order to get back to full fitness so I can help the team with some important games coming up.'

Everton travel to bottom club QPR a week on Saturday before hosting Liverpool in the Merseyside derby the following weekend.

Nemanja Vidic rejects Juventus and Barcelona interest

Vidic rules out January exit as Juventus and Barcelona target crocked United captain

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 11 October 2012

Staying put: Nemanja Vidic

Staying put: Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic will not leave Manchester United for Juventus or Barcelona in January, despite renewed talk of the Serbia international leaving Old Trafford.

United's captain Vidic, who missed the last five months of last season through injury, is sidelined for eight weeks following a knee operation.

He is expected to return before the New Year but the 30-year-old's Italian agent Silvano Martina insists the defender is not heading for the exit when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

'Vidic is not playing at this time because he’s had surgery, so he’s only thinking about his recovery and not about the transfer market,' Martina told itasportpress.it.

'Juventus are complete with their non-EU players for this season and it is highly unlikely they will make a bid for Vidic, therefore I can categorically rule out any interest from them.

'Vidic is already part of a top club and there are no negotiations with Juventus or Barcelona.'