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det_mack_taylor2010-05-13 01:31:00 +0000 #1
alright ppl, how do you think Canada will do against Austria? does the answer depend on several things or what? will Yalllop field a "B" team or an unlikely "A" team? what gameplans are needed? what can be done to win?

and also what does Austria have against Canada that will work in their favour?

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 01:42:05 +0000 #2
Men's National Team

Monday, February 20, 2006

Yallop Names Squad for Austria

Canada looks to continue its run of good form in Vienna on March 1st

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Men’s National Team Head Coach, Frank Yallop, has named his 18-player squad for Canada’s upcoming friendly against Austria on March 1, 2006 in Vienna.

Yallop has recalled several players from Canada’s 0-0 draw against the Americans in late January but has also included several players who have been absent from the last few matches. But despite this, Yallop may have assembled one of his more experienced sides in some time.

Yallop’s Scandinavian-based regulars – Tromso’s Patrice Bernier, FC Copenhagen’s Atiba Hutchinson, and Viking’s Sandro Grande – will be joined by several other Scandinavian-based players that impressed during Canada’s friendly with the USA in late January.

The performances of Molde striker Rob Friend and Sogndal’s defender Marco Reda in that January 22nd friendly seemed to have earned the two deserved recalls into the squad for the Austria match.

Norwegian-based defender Chris Pozniak will also make a return to Yallop’s squad of 18.

Yallop’s two goalkeepers will be Bernier’s teammate at Tromso, Kenny Stamatopoulos, and the 2005 USL Goalkeeper of the Year, Montreal Impact’s Greg Sutton. Both were also in Yallop’s squad for last month’s friendly against the USA.

Houston’s Dwayne De Rosario and Chicago’s Will Johnson will both be taking time away from their MLS pre-season and joining the squad in Vienna.

Adrian Serioux and Ante Jazic, both current targets of the New York-based MetroStars of MLS, will also make the trip to Austria. Serioux is expected to sign with the MLS outfit any day now while Jazic’s club situation has reportedly been an obstacle for MLS.

But Yallop’s squad also includes many who have been absent from the Canadian line-up for the last few matches.

Ali Gerba will be appearing for the first time since his move to IFK Goteborg in early 2006. Gerba seems to have recovered fully from the ailment that kept him out of the team that played the US last month.

England-based veterans, Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham), Paul Stalteri (Tottenham) and Jim Brennan (Southampton) will also return to the fold.

Radzinski is coming off what was perhaps his best outing of his English Premier season, a 6-1 dismantling of West Bromwich Albion on February 11th, where the lightening quick Radzinski scored once and was instrumental in the build-up of three of the other Fulham goals.

Meanwhile, Stalteri has slotted himself into the Spurs defence ever since his Canada Day move to the London-based club in 2005 and has shown little chance of being displaced in the Tottenham back-four. The former Werder Bremen standout has made 28 appearances for his new club in 2005/2006 and will be making his return to Canada’s line-up after almost a year absence. The Brampton-native appeared in Canada’s 4-1 loss to Portugal on March 25, 2005.

Brennan, fresh off his late-January move to Southampton, will be making his first appearance since Canada’s 1-0 win against Luxembourg in November 2005. The Toronto-native has already made six appearances for the Saints since his January transfer – the last, a 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the FA Cup 5th Round that saw Brennan go the full 90 minutes.

Canada’s captain against Luxembourg in November, Energie Cottbus’ Kevin McKenna, will also be returning to the Canadian line-up. McKenna is currently his club leader in minutes played and also the top goal scorer for the Bundesliga 2 outfit, scoring eight goals in 20 appearances with the club in 2005/2006 – placing him in a tie for third place in the overall scoring table.

FC Brugge defender Mike Klukowski, whose last appearance for the Canucks was in September 2005 in a 2-1 loss to Spain in Santander has also been recalled. Like some of his Canuck compatriots, Klukowski has struggled with injuries in 2005/2006 but has a made a full recovery and recently played the full 90 minutes in Club Brugge’s 2-1 first-leg loss to Roma in the UEFA Cup round of 32. Although the Belgian club still has a chance in the second leg rematch to be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Roma’s current form suggests that Klukowski and his Brugge teammates have a mountain to climb on February 23. Throw in the fact that Roma has not lost to Belgian opposition since 1975, and the task seems ominous.

Hoping to make his first appearance with Canada’s senior squad was Munich 1860’s Nikolas Ledgerwood. Ledgerwood however is still attempting to recover from an injury, therefore both Yallop and the German club have agreed that it would be in the best interest for the player to remain in Munich.

A veteran of Canada’s U-17 and U-20 teams, the Lethbridge, AB native has begun to press for a spot in Munich’s first team in 2006 and has impressed many with his last few performances. Ledgerwood’s last game for Canada was when he captained Dale Mitchell’s U-20 team in their final game of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships in Holland – a 4-1 loss to Italy.

“I am really looking forward to the Austria game,” said Canadian Head Coach Frank Yallop.

“Certainly when you look at some of our more recent matches, we have been far more consistent in our performances and I hope we can carry that momentum into this game in Vienna.

“I am also happy with the squad we have been able to assemble. It’s a very good balance of youth and experience so I am excited to get to Vienna to begin working with them.

“As always, it’s going to be a tough game since we are away from home but I expect a good performance and certainly hope to build upon the encouraging games we have had recently.”

The majority of the Canadian squad will arrive in Vienna on the weekend prior to Wednesday’s match.

The game will not be televised in Canada but will be broadcast live in Austria on ORF1 at 830pm CET (230pm EST).

Canadian Roster

# Player POS DOB Caps G/S Club Hometown

8 Bernier, Patrice M 9/23/1979 15 0 Tromso Brossard, QC

11 Brennan, Jim M 05/08/1977 42 5 Southampton Newmarket, ON

14 De Rosario, Dwayne M/F 5/15/1978 36 7 Houston 1836 Scarborough, ON

16 Friend, Rob F 1/23/1981 5 0 Molde Kelowna, BC

17 Gerba, Ali F 7/27/1982 5 1 IFK Goteborg Montréal, QC

10 Grande, Sandro M 9/29/1977 10 1 Viking Stavanger Montreal, QC

13 Hutchinson, Atiba M 02/08/1983 19 2 FC Copenhagen Brampton, ON

3 Jazic, Ante D/M 2/26/1976 14 0 FC Kuban Halifax, NS

12 Johnson, Will F 1/21/1987 2 0 Chicago Fire Woodridge, IL

15 Klukowski, Mike D/M 5/27/1981 6 0 FC Brugge Oshawa, ON

4 McKenna, Kevin (C) D/F 1/21/1980 32 9 Energie Cottbus Calgary, AB

2 Pozniak, Chris D/M 1/10/1981 14 0 Haugesund FK Aurora, ON

9 Radzinski, Tomasz F 12/14/1973 28 7 Fulham Toronto, ON

5 Reda, Marco D 6/22/1977 3 0 Sogndal Woodbridge, ON

6 Serioux, Adrian D/M 05/12/1979 8 0 MetroStars Scarborough, ON

7 Stalteri, Paul M 10/18/1977 50 6 Tottenham Hotspur FC Brampton, ON

1 Stamatopoulos, Kenny GK 8/28/1979 3 1 Tromso Markham, ON

22 Sutton, Greg GK 4/19/1977 7 3 Montreal Impact Hamilton, ON


Andy Sharpe - Head of Delegation

Frank Yallop - Head coach

Stephen Hart - Assistant Coach

Paul Dolan - Goalkeeper Coach

Morgan Quarry - Manager

Dave Foley - Physiotherapist

Victor Mendes - Equipment Manager

Earl Cochrane - Media Officer
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 02:11:42 +0000 #3
Eligible players not playing vs Austria

De Guzman, Occean, Hume, Fernandes, Ledgerwood, Hirschfeld, Nsaliwa, Imhof, Ademolu, Peters, Simpson

Pretty good lineup of players not making the trip. Program is starting to get some depth. Nsaliwa and Fernandes' status still in the air.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 02:29:25 +0000 #4
Stalteri will play against Austria



After a year away from Canada's men's World Cup soccer program, English Premier League defender Paul Stalteri of Brampton, Ont., has been included in head coach Frank Yallop's roster for a March 1 exhibition match against Austria in Vienna.

Stalteri, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, assisted on Tottenham's opening goal in a 2-2 against Wigan Athletic on Sunday.

He last appeared for Canada more than a year ago in an exhibition match against Portugal.

Stalteri said since his Canada Day transfer from German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, he has been focusing on recovering from an injury suffered last year and winning a starting role with his new London-based club.

"I was recovering from an ankle injury over the summer when we took to the field in the Gold Cup tournament in the United States and it was a disappointment to miss out but I am pleased to be able to finally represent Canada once again," Stalteri said.

Premiership striker Thomasz Radzinski of Toronto and midfielder Jim Brennan of Newmarket, Ont., will also bolster Canada's 22-man roster as Canada, No. 85 in the world, prepares for its match against No. 70 Austria.

"Its a strong team and I'm getting to the point where by the end of this year, I will have a strong squad of 20 or 22 players that I can call on any time and get some continuity in their performances," Yallop said.

"The last five or six games, the results don't show but we were very consistent in our performances. The players are starting to feel comfortable in our system and not conceding many goals in our games."

Radzinski plays for Fulham and Brennan is with English First Division side Southhampton.

The trio have been busy with their club teams in England while Yallop and the Canadian camp decided to focus on building their North American talent pool for their last training camp in California last month.

Also joining the Canadian team for the match and a two-day training camp in Vienna will be Toronto midfielder Adrian Serioux, who was recently cut loose by Millwall of the First Division but has caught the eye of scouts from a U.S.-based Major League Soccer team, the New York MetroStars.

Serioux led several upfield rushes during Canada's recent surprise draw against the United States in San Diego on Jan. 22. A source at the Canadian Soccer Association said an announcement on the signing of Serioux with the MetroStars will likely come in the next few days.

Canada may have shocked and outplayed the No. 6 ranked U.S. squad in its last outing (a 0-0 tie) and beat No. 151-ranked Luxembourg before that, but so far Canada's position hasn't jumped.

The Canadian roster will also include Toronto's Dwayne de Rosario, a striker with the MLS's Houston 1836, and the United Soccer League's top goalkeeper Greg Sutton of Hamilton.

One notable absence in the Canadian lineup is Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman, who has been excused from the exhibition by Yallop as he battles for a starting spot with Spanish First Division club Deportivo La Coruna.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 03:10:10 +0000 #5
Yallop summons strong squad


TORONTO (CP) - Coach Frank Yallop has called up a strong squad for a March 1 friendly against Austria, bringing English league veterans Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham), Paul Stalteri (Tottenham) and Jim Brennan (Southampton) back into the fold.

But there is no place for goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld (Rosenborg, Norway), midfielder Julian de Guzman (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain) and forwards Iain Hume (Leicester City, England) and Olivier Occean (Lillestrom, Norway).

Austria is ranked 70th in the world, compared to No. 85 for Canada.

The Austrians finished third in a World Cup qualifying group that featured England and Poland. Austria's 4-3-3 record included a 2-2 tie and 1-0 loss to England.

The March 1 game in Vienna is the second for the Canadian men in 2006, following an 0-0 tie with the U.S in San Diego on Jan. 22.

Yallop has elected to go with Kenny Stamatopoulos (Tromso, Norway) and Greg Sutton (Montreal Impact) in goal over Hirschfeld, despite the fact that Sutton is out of season.

Yallop says he likes the "chemistry" between Stamatopoulos and Sutton.

"I tried to get (Hirschfeld) last year a few times and he was unavailable with injuries and all the rest of it," he said from Vancouver. "What happens is other people get to play and both guys have done very well for me. I'm not going to change at this point, but we'll see down the road."

De Guzman was not summoned because of "club commitments," Yallop said. Hume and Occean were left out because of a surfeit of forwards.

"I didn't want to bring guys in that might not get many minutes. I would rather give them 90 minutes when they do come in."

Hume, who has done well for Leicester of late, played the full 90 minutes and scored in Canada's 1-0 win over Luxembourg in November. Yallop is a fan and will recall him when the time is right.

"I'm just trying to manage the squad at the moment," Yallop said.

Yallop has been playing a 4-3-3 formation of late and is looking to play Radzinski and Dwayne DeRosario (Houston 1836, MLS) off a target man, likely Rob Friend (Molde, Norway) or Ali Gerba (Goteborg, Sweden). Radzinski and DeRosario may start out wide but will move inside to attack.

Will Johnson (Chicago Fire, MLS) provides another attacking option.

In the midfield, Yallop has been playing two holding players and an attacker. His options include Patrice Bernier (Tromso, Norway), Sandro Grande (Viking Stavanger, Norway), Atiba Hutchinson (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) and Brennan.

Midfielders Ante Jazic and Adrian Serioux have been called in despite the fact they are looking to stick with the MetroStars of MLS. Yallop has talked to the coach and says the international trip will not hurt their chances with the new club.

Daniel Imhof (Bochum, Germany) is also a victim of numbers in midfield.

Yallop has a couple of international wild cards in midfielder Jonathan de Guzman (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Julian's younger brother, and goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes (PAOK, Greece).

Yallop has spoken to a Fernandes representative.

"He's just weighing up his options at this point," Yallop said of the young goalie who has played some 20 games this season in the top level of Greek soccer. "Portugal, Greece and obviously us are very interested in speaking to Daniel and getting him into the fold here. But at this point he hasn't committed to anything."

The waiting game continues with de Guzman, who is having a breakthrough season in the Netherlands. The Dutch are also interested.

"It's totally up to Jonathan. We all know he's doing very, very well at Feyenoord. We're there for him. We're just waiting and (will) see what develops for him. Like I've said before, only the player will decide what he wants to do and I just want players that are desperate to play for Canada."

Yallop, while slightly fatigued at having to play all his games away from home, is positive about his squad's progression.

"I feel we're getting to a point where we're nicely rounded."
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 02:59:21 +0000 #6
Men's National Team

Monday, February 27, 2006

Canada Arrives in Vienna - Injury Keeps Stalteri in London

Canada's Paul Stalteri

Vienna, Austria – Canada’s Men’s National Team have all arrived in Austria ahead of Wednesday’s friendly in Vienna.

The last two players to arrive were FC Brugge’s Mike Klukowski and Fulham’s Tomasz Radzinski. Both players were busy with their clubs on Sunday – Radzinski playing 75 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Bolton while Brugge and Standard Liege shared the points in a vital top of the table clash in the Belgian First Division.

But one of Canada’s most experienced defender’s, Paul Stalteri, was not on the field when Canada held its first training session this afternoon.

On Friday, February 12, the Canadian defender fractured his thumb in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland at The Stadium of Light.

Canada’s Head Coach, Frank Yallop, had hoped that the injury would have fully healed by the time his squad landed in Austria but it appears as though there is still some concern over the injury.

Therefore, Tottenham manager Martin Jol and Canada boss Frank Yallop have both agreed that it would be in the best interest of both Spurs and Stalteri for the Brampton-native to remain in London during the International Break to ensure the thumb heals properly.

Stalteri’s place in the squad will not be replaced.

Edit: Adrian Serioux is out with a broken toe

Injuries Hit Austrians Too

Injuries have also forced the Austrians to make several changes to their squad. Austrian head coach Josef Hickersberger has had to replace four injured players in his first game in charge of Austria. The former Rapid Vienna manager has lost the services of goalkeeper Jürgen Macho, Markus Schoop, Sanel Kuljic and Markus Katzer. Replacing the four will be goalkeeper Andreas Schranz, striker Roland Kollmann, midfielder Michael Morz and defender Ronald Gercaliu.

Homecoming for Jazic

Halifax-native and Canadian defender/midfielder Ante Jazic will be celebrating a homecoming of sorts when he returns to Vienna for the March 1 friendly between Canada and Austria.

Jazic, who turned 30 years old on Sunday, played three seasons with Rapid Vienna before departing for Russia in 2004.

And with former Rapid boss Josef Hickersberger in charge of the Austrians, there is no wonder that Rapid is also the most represented club, sending five players to the Austrian squad. Former Rapid goalkeeper Jürgen Macho, now at FC Kaiserslautern in Germany, had also been included in the Austrian team but had to withdraw due to a badly broken left arm sustained in Kaiserslautern’s 2-0 win over Mainz on the weekend.

First Ever Meeting

The March 1st friendly between Canada and Austria will mark the first ever meeting between the two countries' senior teams.

Last Time Out - Canada-USA Ends in a Stalemate

Canada’s Men’s National team drew with their border rivals USA on January 22, 2006 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. The Canadians will probably rue several missed chances that would have given the Canucks a long awaited victory over the World Cup bound Americans. In fact to many, that would have been a victory that Canada would have fully deserved.

“All in all, a very good result,” said Canadian Head Coach Frank Yallop.

“We probably should have scored, but whether that would have been enough to win is difficult to say. We played against a very talented team tonight in their country and performed extremely well – a win would have been nice but I am proud of the way we played.

“Its performances like this that indicate to me we are heading in the right direction.”
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 02:21:36 +0000 #7
Tks to Winnipeg Fury at Vs for headsup

Road Warriors

By Paul Romanuk,

The Canadian men's soccer team will play its seventh straight game on the road in Vienna Wednesday.

Jim Brennan will anchor the Canadian defence against Austria. (Getty Images)

VIENNA, Austria -- Apparently, there's no place like home. But it's not as though Canada's Men's World Cup soccer team would know that.

"We play away from home all the time, all the time," Canadian head coach Frank Yallop said. "Tell me another country that does that. It makes it tough sometimes."

The Canadian team is in Vienna preparing for an international friendly against the Austrians on Wednesday night at Ernst Heppel Stadium. The match will be the seventh away game in a row for the National Team - they're last game in front of a Canadian crowd was back in July against Honduras in Burnaby, BC.

The squad worked out Tuesday morning under sunny skies, albeit very cool conditions. Game time temperature on Wednesday night is expected to be around - 4 C. Yallop has recalled several players from last month's 0-0 draw against the US World Cup squad and he likes the way the Canadian team is starting to adopt a consistent plan of attack.

"Guys are starting to know our system, they're getting better at knowing how we do things. As a coach, I like to have our guys play our game and make the other team react to us," Yallop said.

The team Yallop has put together for the game against Austria (ranked 71st in the world, Canada is ranked 84th) is bolstered by the presence of England-based veterans Jim Brennan (Southhampton) and Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham). Paul Stalteri (Tottenham) was supposed to play as well, but had to withdraw because of a thumb injury. Major League Soccer players Dwayne De Rosario (Houston) and Will Johnson (Chicago) have also taken time out from pre-season games to play for Canada.

The Austrians have had to juggle their lineup for the game because of injuries to four players. However, Canada will still face a team that is, in general, a little quicker and more familiar with one another than the Canadians.

"I've seen them play a couple of games, against England and Nigeria, and they're a hard-working and organized bunch."

Austria did not qualify for this year's World Cup in Germany.

Notes: This will be the first ever meeting between the Canadian and Austrian senior teams… This game will mark the final major international match for Canada under the Presidency of Andy Sharpe, who has served two terms as President of Soccer Canada. His present term is up in a few months and he will not run for the position again…...



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