Germany all but assured their place at the Euro 2012 finals in Ukraine and Poland as they maintained their 100% qualification record in Group A with a comfortable 3-1 win in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan, who celebrated 100 years of football with visits from FIFA and UEFA supremos Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, started well but goals by Mesut Ozil and Mario Gomez gave Joachim Low’s side a clear lead.
Murad Huseynov pulled one back with a minute to go but Andre Schurrle restored the two-goal advantage in injury time and guaranteed Germany’s seventh victory out of seven games. Germany’s moved 11 points clear of third-placed Turkey, who have four games to play.
Le Graet had 54.39% of the vote at the FFF federal assembly in Paris on Saturday, beating outgoing president Fernand Duchaussoy (45.40%) and Eric Thomas (0.19%).
Noel Le Graet has been elected as the new president of the French football federation.
He will be at the federation helm until December 2012.
Duchaussoy took over last July following the resignation of Jean-Pierre Escalettes in the wake of France’s poor performance at the 2010 World Cup. Les Bleus went on strike at a training session in South Africa and were eliminated at the group stage.
An own goal from Tomasz Jodlowiec gifted France victory in their friendly against Poland tonight.
The defender put through his own net after 13 minutes in one of only a handful of chances created by Les Bleus during the first half.
Laurent Blanc’s men then raised the tempo in the second half but were unable to add to their tally against the Euro 2012 co-hosts.
It still marked a successful end to France’s tour having also hammered Ukraine on Monday night.
Poland looked the better side in the opening half and could have taken the lead after 10 minutes, but Robert Lewandowski directed his header past the right post.
France made the breakthrough just two minutes later, though, with the help of Charles N’Zogbia, whose left-footed strike was turned into the net by the head of Jodlowiec.
The home side set about trying to find an equaliser, but their finishing was poor with Adrian Mierzejewski creating the best chance on the stroke of half-time with a 25-yard strike which whistled past the right post.
Les Bleus had been disappointing so far, but things picked up after the restart with Mathieu Valbuena firing the first warning shot with an effort which narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Poland responded with a free-kick from Ludovic Obraniak which stung the palms of Cedric Carrasso in the visiting goal, with the midfielder seeing another good effort turned away minutes later.
But it was home goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who soon found himself at the heart of the action, first turning away a left-footed strike from Valbuena before keeping out a free-kick from N’Zogbia.
The Arsenal star did even better to palm clear another shot from N’Zogbia after 64 minutes with Valbuena again denied in what was proving to be a frustrating spell for the French.
Lewandowski tried to take some of the pressure off his goalkeeper with a drilled effort which was tipped away by Carrasso, but Szczesny continued to be tested and another fantastic save nine minutes from time prevented Adil Rami from turning a header into the bottom corner.
Having weathered the storm well, Poland had one last chance to take something from the game but Carrasso was equal to the challenge, keeping out a powerful 30-yard drive from Adam Matuszczyk with his feet.
|02, 03, 06/09/2011||Qualifying matches|
|07, 08, 11/10/2011||Qualifying matches|
|11, 12/11/2011||Qualifying play-offs|
|02/12/2011||Final draw in Kyiv|
|29/02/2012||100 days to kick-off|
|08/06/2012||EURO kicks off in Warsaw|
|01/07/2012||EURO final in Kyiv|
The broadcasting rights for the UEFA Euro 2012 have been sold by several companies to the following broadcasters:
Denmark and Norway
* TV4 Gruppen
* NOS (all matches television, radio, internet, mobile)
* SportTV (all matches)
Republic of Ireland
* Canal Digital
* National Television Company of Ukraine
Rest of the World
* Al Jazeera
Rest of Asia and Oceania
* Setanta Sports
* Rede Globo (23 matches)
* SporTV (all matches)
Rest of the Latin America
* Televideo Services
Malaysia and Brunei
* Meridiano TV
The competition EURO 2012 slogan, “Creating History Together” (Polish: Razem tworzymy przyszłość, Ukrainian: Творимо історію разом / Tvorymo istoriyu razom), was announced along with the logo. The slogan reflects the fact that Poland and Ukraine represent the easternmost host nations in European Championship history.
Euro 2012 Mascots road show
Fans in Poland and Ukraine can also cast their votes during a road show which starts in Poznan on 17 November. The twins will visit stadiums and tourist attractions in all eight finals venues before returning on 4 December to Warsaw, where their names will be revealed.
The Euro 2012 mascot names were chosen on 4 December 2010:
* Slavek and Slavko: 56% of votes
* Siemko and Strimko: 29%
* Klemek and Ladko: 15%