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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UEFA Set to Allow Co-Hosts to Qualify

LONDON -- The European Football Union has said that both the Netherlands and Belgium could qualify automatically if they won the right to host the 2000 European soccer championship jointly.


UEFA president Lennart Johansson had indicated during the 1996 European championship draw last weekend in Manchester that if the two nations co-hosted the championship one would have to play in the qualifying series.


But UEFA spokesman Rudi Rothenbuehler said Monday from the body's Swiss headquarters that when the championship finals were expanded from eight to 16 teams, UEFA had changed the rules to allow for a maximum of two automatic qualifiers instead of only one.


In the case of there being two hosts, it is likely both would be given automatic rights of entry, although the decision would be up to UEFA's championship organizing committee.


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English Football Association chief executive Graham Kelly says the new England manager will be named "in the next couple of days."


Kelly, quoted in Tuesday's Today newspaper, said: "We have made our final deliberations and reached a decision. There are still one or two loose ends to be tied up, but there is no need for any more meetings.


"We will make an announcement in the next couple of days, and it will be either Terry Venables or a caretaker," he said.


The FA is seeking a replacement for Graham Taylor, who resigned as national team manager last November after England failed to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup finals in the United States.


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Atalanta goalkeeper Fabrizio Ferron was released from the hospital Monday, just 24 hours after he required on-pitch heart massage following a collision with an opponent during an Italian Serie A match.


First-aid officials gave Ferron heart massage and oxygen after he took a bang on the head in bringing down goal-bound Reggiana striker Michele Padovano in Sunday's match which Atalanta lost 3-0.


The goalkeeper was rushed to hospital but is not thought to have suffered lasting damage. He is expected to resume training after further tests later this week.


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The Carpathian Cup, an inaugural tournament for Eastern European national teams, is being planned for the western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod later this year.


Teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine will participate, Ukrainian daily Sportyvna Gazeta reported.