Thursday, August 30, 2007

UEFA Country Ranking 2008

Domenech appeals ban

France coach Raymond Domenech has appealed against his one-match suspension imposed by UEFA earlier this week for a breach of UEFA's disciplinary regulations.

Fine and ban
Domenech was handed a one-match touchline ban by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body for his side's UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against Italy on 8 September, as well as being fined CHF10,000 (€6,000), for bringing football into disrepute. The decision was made following remarks made in an interview to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Wednesday hearing
UEFA's Appeals Body will examine the appeal next Wednesday, 5 September in Nyon, Switzerland at 13.00 CET, and Domenech has been summoned to appear before the body.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Format. UEFA 2008.


The winners and runners-up in the seven qualifying groups will go through to the UEFA EURO 2008™ final round in Austria and Switzerland.

Seven groups
The qualifying phase for EURO 2008™ consists of one group of eight teams and six groups of seven. The qualifying competition will begin in the autumn of 2006, after the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland will qualify automatically.

Seeded teams
The qualifying groups will be formed with seeded teams by the UEFA administration. The reigning European champions will always be seeded. The other associations will be classified on the basis of results achieved in the qualifying competition of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as well as their results in the qualifying competition of the 2002/04 UEFA European Football Championship.

The total number of points obtained in the qualifying competitions of both of the aforementioned competitions will then be divided by the number of matches played. The resulting quotient is used to determine the rankings. In the case of an association that qualified automatically for the final tournaments of the competitions in question, the coefficient is calculated on the basis of its results in its most recent qualifying competition.

Group composition
The composition of the groups will be decided by means of a draw after completion of the current World Cup qualifying competition.
If two or more associations have the same coefficient, the following criteria will be applied:
a) coefficient from the matches played in its most recent qualifying competition,
b) average goal difference,
c) average number of goals scored,
d) average number of away goals scored,
e) drawing of lots.

Match system for the qualifying competition
The matches in the qualifying competition will be played in groups according to the league system, with each team playing all opponents in its group in a series of home and away matches. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a defeat.

Equality of points after the group matches
If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.
a) Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question.
b) Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question.
c) Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question.
d) Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question.
e) If, after applying criteria a) to d) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria a) to d) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria f) and g) will apply.
f) Results of all group matches: 1. Superior goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored 3. Higher number of goals scored away from home 4. Fair play conduct.
g) Drawing of lots.

Final Tournament

Sixteen teams will qualify for the final tournament – the seven winners and runners-up in the qualifying groups, and the host associations Austria and Switzerland.

Group formation
The UEFA administration will divide the 16 teams that qualify for the final tournament into four groups (A, B, C & D) of four teams each.

The seeded teams will be the host associations, with the reigning European champions if they qualify, and one or two teams with the best coefficients on the basis of results achieved in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying competition and/or in the qualifying competition for the 2006/08 UEFA European Football Championship. The other finalists will be assigned to the four groups by means of a draw, according to their coefficients.

Group match schedule
Each team plays each of the other teams in the same group according to a league system (three points for a win, one point for a draw, no points for a defeat). The group matches will be played according to the following schedule. The last two matches in each group must both kick off at the same time.

The winners and runners-up in each group play the quarter-finals over one match

The four winners of the quarter-finals play the semi-finals over one match

The winners of the semi-finals play in the final.

Same number of goals in a quarter-final, semi-final or the final
If the result stands as a draw at the end of normal playing time, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes will be played. If the two teams are still equal after extra time, the winners will be determined by kicks from the penalty mark.

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Poland Road to UEFA EURO 2008

Polish National Football Team in UEFA EURO 2008 Austria & Switzerland Qualification Stage From Pod: arijavec's video collection Added By: arijavec

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UEFA Euro 2008. Mustknow info.

The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, will take place in Austria and Switzerland, from 7 June to 29 June 2008. It is the second in a series of three successful joint bids in the competition's history, alongside the 2000 European Football Championship, hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands and the 2012 competition in Poland and Ukraine.

A total of 16 teams will participate in the tournament. Austria and Switzerland will automatically qualify as hosts; Austria will be making its first appearance in the tournament. The remaining 14 teams will be determined through qualifying matches which started in August 2006.

RTÉ secures rights for Euro 2008

RTÉ Sport announced today that it has added yet another major international sports event to its extensive portfolio by securing exclusive rights to the UEFA Euro 2008 Championships.

RTÉ has successfully secured broadcast rights for the 2008 European Championships across television, radio and online, further strengthening RTÉ's extensive soccer coverage.

Exclusive Irish broadcast rights have been secured by RTÉ Television and RTÉ.ie while RTÉ Radio has been awarded national broadcast rights for the entire tournament. Coverage will include the live broadcast of all 31 matches from Austria and Switzerland next summer.

RTÉ is one of the few public service broadcasters in Europe to retain such a strong sports rights portfolio.

This latest coup adds to RTÉ's comprehensive soccer coverage which already includes broadcast rights for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, two nights live Champions League coverage, eircom League Live as well as both of the FAI Ford Cup semi-finals and the final.

UEFA's Director of Marketing and Media Rights, Philippe Le Floc'h paid tribute to RTÉ's quality coverage: 'RTÉ is the leading broadcaster in Ireland and is a long-term partner of UEFA with vast experience in broadcasting major sports events.'

Glen Killane, Group Head of Sport RTÉ, said: 'In an increasingly competitive market we are delighted that UEFA have taken in to account the quality of our coverage and the audiences that RTÉ attracts.

'We are also proud that they have paid tribute to our strong track record in sports broadcasting. Securing these games further enhances RTÉ's portfolio of live soccer and enables us to bring yet another major international sporting event to Irish viewers free-to-air.'

RTÉ's unrivalled team of soccer presenters, analysts and commentators will be on hand throughout the tournament providing their expert analysis and opinion free-to-air.

RTÉ Sport will also be broadcasting all of Ireland's remaining crucial Group D qualifiers starting with the national team's game against Slovakia on 8 September.

Belgium edges Serbia in Euro 2008 qualifier

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Belgium beat Serbia 3-2 in a crucial tie here in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Wednesday night, keeping alive its chance of qualifying for the finals next June.

Under must-win circumstances, Belgium's young guns played aggressively, with Moussa Dembele opening the score for the hosts after converting Steven Defour's right-wing cross from 12 meters before the goal in the 10th minute.

In the 30th minute, Kevin Mirallas doubled Belgium's lead to 2-0 with a long-range shot.

In the second half, Serbia was determined to hit back early on, with Zdravko Kuzmanovic cutting the deficit to 1-2 by slotting home Ivica Dragutinovic's left-wing cross from six meters.

But a Dembele double in the 88th minute sealed the victory for the hosts. Kuzmanovic scored his second goal of the night in the injury time, but it was too late.

With the much-needed win, Belgium is now fifth in the Group A, with 10 points from nine matches. Serbia has dropped to fourth, with 14 points from eight matches.

In the eight-team group, Poland still leads with 19 points out of nine matches, followed by Finland, with 17 points out of nine matches, and Portugal with 15 points out of eight matches.

The top two finishers will qualify from the group.

29-08-2007 Gamebookers' results adversely impacted by the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers in June

29-08-2007 Gamebookers' results adversely impacted by the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers in June

During the first half of 2007, Gamebookers and PartyBets generated total gross win of $10.0m, with an average gross win margin over the period of 6.8%, a net revenue of $6.5m and a clean EBITDA of $0.7m . The overall result was impacted by the performance in June 2007, when all but one of the 16 favourites in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers won their matches. The gross win margin fell to 4.8% in the second quarter from 8.8% in the first quarter 2007.

Total sports betting turnover in the first half 2007 was $147.9m. Over 34,000 real money players signed up to the Gamebookers and PartyBets sites, up 35% from 2006, bringing the total of unique active players during the period to 112.400, up 3% compared with the same period in 2006.

Having integrated the Gamebookers and PartyBets betting products onto a single platform in June 2007, the group will now offer white label betting services to third parties. Following the combination of the back-end technology and the introduction of a multi-currency facility, PartyBets is also looking to capitalize on the substantial cross-selling opportunity within the group's poker customer base. Only 4.5% of the group's poker players placed a bet with PartyBets in the six months to 30 June 2007.

Meanwhile, parent company PartyGaming said its total revenue in H1 2007 was down 68% to $212.5m following the move out of the US market in October 2006, while the underlying performance by the continuing operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa was strong with a 42% increase to $212.5m. During the period, the group incurred an operating loss of $47.3m compared with an operating profit of $319.3m in 2006. Continuing operations showed a 29% increase in clean EBITDA to $36.9m.

The number of non-US real money signups increased by 83% to 403,713 during the first six months of 2007, while the total number of unique active players increased by 102% to 768,200 with the average number of daily players up 115% to over 80,000.

While poker remains the largest individual business segment representing 66% of total revenues from the group's continuing operations, the casino business enjoyed the largest growth year-on-year with revenue climbing 218% to $64.6m and clean EBITDA up by 108% to $15.2m.

Chief Executive Mitch Garber said: "The Group has delivered a solid performance in the first half of 2007 with excellent top line growth and new player sign-ups. We continue to execute our strategy through growing our player base, localisation of the customer offer and broadening our product suite. Over the coming weeks and months we expect to announce a number of further important business alliances with leading companies around the world that will help us to promote and grow our business. While the important fourth quarter lies ahead, the Board remains confident about the Group's prospects for the full year."

Garber also said the company was continuing talks with US authorities: "We had voluntarily approached the Department of Justice and we are working toward satisfactory resolution."'_results_adversely_impacted_by_the_UEFA_Euro_2008_qualifiers_in_June/

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