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Offline David

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England leave nothing to chance
« on: September 04, 2007, 06:08:11 PM »
England are the rising force in European female football - Arsenal LFC’s victory in the 2006/07 UEFA Women’s Cup was proof of that - and in their first FIFA Women’s World Cup finals for 12 years they are determined to prove themselves again.

Training camp
In 1995 they got past the group stage before losing to Germany, the last time England made the knockout phase at a major championship. But having reached the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-finals on home soil, England are hopeful of getting through a group in China containing Japan, Argentina and their old foes, holders Germany. They have been warming up with a training camp in Macau, where they lost a friendly 1-0 to China, and also travelled east in January for a warm-up event, where they were again defeated by China but held Germany and the United States.

Adjusting
"It's been absolutely invaluable" England manager Hope Powell told TheFA.com. "The players have coped and adapted really well and the support staff have been excellent, with everyone playing their role. The plan was to use this period to help adjust to the time zone and heat and humidity, and during the time here we have also played three games, including one against China."

White question
Powell, whose team will not be eligible to qualify for the Olympics even if they are one of the top three European teams in China, have a starting lineup in mind which may include captain Faye White, who has only recently recovered from a knee injury which kept the Arsenal LFC defender out of almost all the 2006/07 campaign. But the manager is expecting to make full use of her squad. Powell said: "Everyone has had some game time in the three [friendlies] and whilst I have a pretty good idea of who will start against Japan, we need every player to understand their role in the event of knocks. In a tournament where games come quick and fast, injuries and even suspensions are part and parcel of what you have to contend with.”

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wowc/news/kind=1/newsid=579977.html

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Re: England leave nothing to chance
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2007, 06:12:40 PM »
But having reached the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ semi-finals on home soil, England are hopeful of getting through a group in China

Spot the mistake.  :)

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Re: England leave nothing to chance
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2007, 09:48:46 AM »
they bribed someone to rewrite the UEFA record.