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Hyypia dissapointed by Euro snub

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by RafasRafalution (U10744598) 08 September 2008
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as i said in an article yesterday, sami has been left out of the champions league squad for the group stage games due to the new regulations about 8 home based and academy players having to be in the squad, and now today hyypia has spoken of his dissapointment:


Sami Hyypia has spoken of his disappointment at being omitted from Liverpool's UEFA Champions League squad.

New regulations dictate that clubs must include at least eight home-grown players in their 25-man party.

Finnish defender Hyypia has been one of the unlucky imports to miss out and will remain in England as the Reds get their European campaign under way against Marseille next Tuesday.

The veteran centre-half admits he is shocked to have missed the cut, but still hopes to play a crucial role for the club this season.

"The manager's decision to leave me out of the squad is a big disappointment for me," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I understand it's partly because of the UEFA regulations, but despite that, the news came as a surprise to me and a shock too.

"But the club had a 'perfect' timing for this: they didn't want me to move elsewhere, so that's why I was told the news of having been left out, just after the transfer window had closed.

"The club went public to say there had been offers for me, but turned them down. So perhaps that means I am still part of the plans for this season.

"I don't know if I would have wanted to move on, had I heard the news about the squad when the window was still open."

UEFA regulations stipulate four players must be 'association trained' (produced by an English academy) while four must be 'domestic association trained (produced by the club's academy).

As such, Liverpool have named Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Jay Spearing and Stephen Darby as their 'domestic' players, with Robbie Keane, Jermaine Pennant, Steven Irwin and Martin Kelly filling the other spots.

While Hyypia is disappointed to miss out at this juncture, a new list will be submitted prior to the knockout stages - should Liverpool make it that far.

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having a dig at rafa here: "the news came as a surprise to me and a shock too.

But the club had a 'perfect' timing for this: they didn't want me to move elsewhere, so that's why I was told the news of having been left out, just after the transfer window had closed."

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posted Sep 10, 2008

articandy:

"I'm curious. Where did Arsenal find 8 home-grown players? Did they go to one of the local schools and sign up 7 to with Walcott, or did they only register 18 for the competition?"

This is such a pathetic comment - if you knew anything about football you'd know that Arsenal have a lot of British players throughout their youth team. Unlike Benitez who has made all his reserve and youth team squads spanish.

It really annoys me when people bad mouth Arsenal for being a foreign team - this is a club that produced the likes of Bentley, Sidwell etc. They even spent money on British players (wright, upson etc) but they just weren't GOOD ENOUGH for a team pushing for the league. I'm not even an Arsenal fan - but I think people who know nothing about football shouldn't be allowed to post such rubbish on these pages.

As for leaving out Hyypia - i think it shows a complete lack of respect towards a player who has consistently given 100% for Liverpool for years.

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posted Sep 10, 2008

comment by LiverBirdMate (U3190365)
posted 22 Hours Ago

No Finnan was that good.

I disagree totally in your analysis and judgement on Finnan. I don't think he had off days. I think Liverpool as a team had off days but I do not believe Finnan did. I think he was an exceptional right back, and still is an exceptional right back. I have no idea why Raffa did not play him last year. Maybe because Finnan was too adventurous for him - maybe he just likes Arbeloa (who is average at best). I don't know.

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posted Sep 10, 2008

We all know now why Benitez was after Barry, the 4+4 rule.
Lets face it, will such as Jay Spearing and Stephen Darby get a game?

I do not see how this rule gives any advantage to the competition at all.

Im suprised that Pennant is named, as i did read that if he did leave, that he would be left in the reserves.

I agree that Finnan being sold was a shock, I thought he was still our best RB

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posted Sep 10, 2008

Ah, some people on here need to take a reality check. To those who insist Hyypia should have been in the 25-man squad - instead of whom?

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posted Sep 10, 2008

James Manning

Not one person has said that. It is the manner in which we've gone about it.

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comment by Arctic (U9063385)

posted Sep 10, 2008

"This is such a pathetic comment - if you knew anything about football you'd know that Arsenal have a lot of British players throughout their youth team. Unlike Benitez who has made all his reserve and youth team squads spanish."

Arsenal have British kids in their academy? So what? When was the last time one of them made it into the team and stayed there. All the examples you give are of players that got sick of being ignored and moved on to better their careers. Bentley would never have had a chance to play for his country if he'd stayed at Arsenal.

I agree that Arsenal have produced a lot of decent English players from their academy. Some of their names escape me, but there have been goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders - all the positions Wenger has been short of numbers or quality due to fatigue. But not a single one of them was ever trusted in a first team shirt on a consistent basis.

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posted Sep 10, 2008

Youth

Thomas Ince
Alex Cooper
Christopher Buchtmann
Deale Chamberlain
Lauri Dalla Valle
Hakan Duyan
James Ellison
Pajtim Kasami
Jack Metcalf
Adam Pepper
Michael Roberts
David Amoo
Joe Kennedy
Sean Highdale
Chris Oldfield
Marvin Pourie
Alex Kacaniklic
Michael Scott
Astrit Ajdarevic
Shane O'Connor

Reserves

Stephen Darby
Martin Kelly
Ryan Flynn
Steven Irwin
Craig Lindfield
Nathan Eccleston
Martin Hansen
Daniel Sanchez Ayala
Vincent Lucas Weijl
Vitor Coutinho Flora
Zsolt Poloskei
Dean Bouzanis
Emmanuel Mendy
Nikola Saric
Daniel Pacheco
Mikel San Jose Dominguez
Jordy Brouwer
Ryan Crowther
Peter Gulacsi
Gary Mackay-Steven
Andras Simon
Ray Putterill
Francisco Duran
Robbie Threlfall
Ronald Huth

Plenty of good old fashioned British names in there! So not "all Spanish" then????


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posted Sep 10, 2008

"Unlike Benitez who has made all his reserve and youth team squads spanish."

Blimey, that is as ignorant as the comment you replied to. I know you have English players in your youth side, I believe one of them scored for the England U19 this week. Have you research our reserve and youth sides?

Spearing
Darby
Kelly
Irwin

In the 25-man squad, as detailed on here, are they Spanish?

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posted Sep 12, 2008

wtf??? I knew this article was on here but have only just read it for the first time. If Pennant is included in the CL squad then how come he never played in the 2 qualifying games. I know he is rubbish and Rafa obviously thinks hes rubbish too but we were crying out for some (in fact any) width in the 2 games against liege and if he was fit he should have come on as sub. It seems that we didn't want to sell him after all. I feel sorry that Sami was obviously deceived about his place in the pecking order but in terms of centre backs carra, skrtel and agger obviously come first. Shame that Skrtel can't play aat full back on the left as Aurelio not the greatest form at the moment (has he ever been?).

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comment by skb777 (U12741143)

posted Sep 14, 2008

skb777, I can only hope you are never my boss in real life, since you obviously place so little value on the contribution or loyalty of the people who work for you.

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At some point, you have to pick the best people for the job. The fact is Hyypia is the 4th choice CB.

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