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| Matchday 4 | Greece 0 - 2 Sweden | Ibrahimovic (67') & Hansson (73') |

Post by DeJesus5 on Mon May 19, 2008 1:00 am



Group D - 10 June 2008

Greece v Sweden

Venue
Salzburg - EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim


Preview
uefa.com wrote:Holders Greece set for Sweden challenge

Four years after stunning Europe by winning UEFA EURO 2004™, Greece begin their defence of the Henri Delaunay trophy against Sweden in Salzburg. Otto Rehhagel's team will hope to repeat the winning start they made by beating hosts Portugal 2-1 in the opening match in 2004 but Sweden, appearing in their fifth successive major finals, will have other ideas.

• This is the first competitive fixture between the two countries, although they did meet at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp where Sweden prevailed 9-0.

• The sides have met five times subsequently with Greece faring the better. After a 2-1 win in Thessaloniki in 1981, Greece earned a 0-0 draw in Malmo in 1986 and a 2-2 draw in Athens in 1991. More recently, there was a 2-2 draw in Thessaloniki in 2002 before Greece triumphed 2-1 in Norrkoping on 20 August the following year.

• Greece's Giourkas Seitaridis and Sotirios Kyrgiakos made their international debuts in the 2-2 draw in 2002 – a game where the visitors led twice through Magnus Svensson and Stefan Selakovic, only for Greece to reply through Panagiotis Fyssas and Georgios Karagounis.

• Greece also came from behind when beating Sweden 2-1 in 2003. Anders Svensson gave the Scandinavian team a 16th-minute lead but quickfire goals from Stelios Giannakopoulos (63) and Pantelis Kafes (65) turned the tie Greece's way on an evening when Konstantinos Katsouranis made his international bow.

• The full teams that day were:
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson (Magnus Hedman), Teddy Lucic, Olof Mellberg, Michael Svensson, Mikael Dorsin (Pontus Farnerud), Mikael Nilsson (Erik Edman), Tobias Linderoth, Anders Svensson (Kim Källström), Andreas Johansson (Anders Andersson), Marcus Allbäck (Rade Prica), Niklas Skoog (Andreas Jakobsson).
Greece: Antonios Nikopolidis, Giourkas Seitaridis (Konstantinos Katsouranis), Panagiotis Fyssas (Stylianos Venetidis), Paraskevas Antzas, Traianos Dellas, Michalis Kapsis (Nikolaos Dabizas), Theodoros Zagorakis (Angelos Basinas), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Lambros Choutos), Angelos Charisteas (Zisis Vryzas), Georgios Karagounis (Pantelis Kafes), Demis Nikolaidis (Georgios Georgiadis).

• Because they missed out on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, this will be Greece's first match at a major tournament since Angelos Charisteas's header earned them a 1-0 victory against Portugal in the UEFA EURO 2004™ final in Lisbon. It was the Greeks' third straight 1-0 win in Portugal and meant they ended the tournament without conceding a goal in their final 358 minutes of play.

• Prior to 2004, their only previous experience on the international stage had come at the 1980 UEFA European Championship and the 1994 World Cup.

• Greece qualified in style for UEFA EURO 2008™, winning Group C with a greater number of points than any other side in Europe. With ten victories, one draw and one defeat, they collected 31 points and sealed their finals berth on 17 October last year after overcoming Turkey 1-0 in Istanbul through Ioannis Amanatidis's 79th-minute strike.

• This is the second tournament for Lars Lagerbäck in sole charge of Sweden. Following the departure of co-coach Tommy Söderberg after Sweden's quarter-final exit at UEFA EURO 2004™ – beaten on penalties by the Netherlands – Lagerbäck led Sweden to the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup, where they lost 2-0 to hosts Germany.

• Sweden are participating in their fourth UEFA European Championship finals in Austria/Switzerland. The Scandinavians appeared previously at the 1992, 2000 and 2004 tournaments and their best performance to date was in 1992 where they reached the semi-finals on home soil.

• Sweden booked their finals ticket on the concluding day of qualifying, 21 November last year, when they defeated Latvia 2-1 through goals from Marcus Allbäck and Kim Källstrom to tie up second place in Group F behind Spain. Their overall record in qualifying was eight wins, two draws and two losses.

• As coach of Werder Bremen, Rehhagel oversaw a 3-2 aggregate success over Sweden's Malmö FF in the first round of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup. Bremen drew 1-1 at home before winning 2-1 away.

• Sweden midfielder Mikael Nilsson counts a number of Greece players among his team-mates at Athens outfit Panathinaikos FC – Ioannis Goumas, Karagounis, Dimitrios Salpingidis, Nikos Spiropoulos, Alexandros Tziolis and Loukas Vintra.

• Greece forward Georgios Samaras played with Swedes Erik Edman and Petter Hansson at Dutch club SC Heerenveen and, more recently, with goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson at Manchester City FC.

• Sweden's Kennedy Bakircioglü spent two seasons with Greek team Iraklis FC from 2003 to 2005.

• Greece midfielder Giannakopoulos played alongside Sweden's Christian Wilhelmsson during the latter's brief stay on loan at Bolton Wanderers FC during the first half of 2007/08.

• Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg got little joy out of Olympiacos CFP's Greece defenders Paraskevas Antzas, Christos Patsatzoglou and Vassilis Torosidis, as well as goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis, when Rosenberg's Werder Bremen suffered home and away losses to the Greek champions in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Salpingidis scored one of Greece's goals in a 2-0 victory over Sweden at the UEFA European Under-16 Championship finals in 1998. The Sweden squad included current senior internationals Mikael Dorsin, Johan Elmander, Isaksson and Källström.

• This is the 13th edition of the UEFA European Championship and the eighth edition that features a final tournament with a group phase.


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Post by DeJesus5 on Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:10 pm

Sweden 1-0 up. What a goal by Zlatan!

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Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:24 am

go sweden. f**k the greeks.
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Post by nirvana on Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:29 am

Manouchehr Mottaki fired from Iran foreign minister job

Mr Mottaki, who is currently in Senegal on an official visit, was appointed foreign minister in 2005
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Iran's president has fired Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in part of a perceived power struggle in Tehran.

Initial reports gave no reason for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision.

There had been no indication that Mr Mottaki, a key figure in Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West, was about to lose his job.

Mr Ahmadinejad has appointed the country's top nuclear official, Ali Akbar Salehi, to replace Mr Mottaki in a caretaker capacity.

"I appreciate your diligence and services as the foreign minister," said Mr Ahmadinejad in a letter to Mr Mottaki, Mehr news agency reported.

Mr Mottaki, who is currently in Senegal on an official visit, was appointed foreign minister in 2005.

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Analysts say Mr Mottaki's dismissal may be part of a political power play among ruling conservatives in Iran.

There has been mutual distrust between the president and Mr Mottaki since the 2005 election that brought Mr Ahmadinejad to power: Mr Mottaki was the campaign manager for one of Mr Ahmadinejad's rivals, Ali Larijani.

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Analysts believe the dismissal may be part of a fight for power within the ruling conservative movement in Iran - between the president and parliament.

Mr Mottaki is widely seen as an ally of the speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani. His sacking is likely to anger President Ahmadinejad's conservative opponents in parliament.

The dismissal is likely to have had the support of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. It may be another sign that the supreme leader continues to back Mr Ahmadinejad in the president's power struggles inside the country.

Mr Mottaki and Mr Larijani are often described as part of a pragmatic conservative bloc that believes the president's inflammatory speeches and radical agenda have made Iran more vulnerable.

Relations worsened when Mr Ahmadinejad's plans for presidential envoys stationed abroad were vetoed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei over the foreign ministry's concerns it would create a parallel diplomatic service.

Mr Mottaki had faced criticism in Iran over the international pressure on the country to halt its nuclear enrichment programme.

A fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions was imposed in June.

But recently concluded talks in Geneva ended with an agreement to hold more talks in Istanbul next month.

Iran insists it wants only atomic energy but a number of Western countries suspect it of trying to build nuclear weapons.

A well-known figure inside Iran, Mr Salehi led the early response to the fatal attacks in Tehran two weeks ago on two prominent nuclear scientists.

Mr Salehi now gets to take his enthusiastic support of Iran's nuclear ambitions on to a wider stage, analysts say.

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Iran to continue negotiations over its nuclear programme, saying the dismissal should not cause "an interruption or a delay in the talks".

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Manouchehr Mottaki

Born in 1953, speaks English, Turkish and Urdu
Elected to the first Majlis (parliament) after the Iranian revolution in 1979
Appointed foreign minister in August 2005
Strong defender of Iran's nuclear programme
"The talks have started and they must continue, whatever the political make-up may be," AFP news agency quoted Mr Westerwelle as saying ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Germany has been involved in the Geneva talks along with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, China, France and Russia.

Neither Mr Mottaki nor Mr Salehi was part of the Iranian negotiating team in Switzerland, which was headed by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili.

A career diplomat, the 57-year-old speaks fluent English, Turkish and Urdu, and gained a postgraduate degree in international relations from Tehran University in 1991.

His departure from the foreign ministry rids President Ahmadinejad of a critic at close quarters, analysts say, but the move may yet cause problems in a parliament that is increasingly unhappy with its presidency.







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