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Euro 2008: Edwin's The Last Man Standing

Guus Hiddink promised that tonight's Euro quarter-final would be Edwin van der Sar's last game in a Holland shirt. The Russia coach is apparently supremely confident about his side's chances...

All the other United players have fallen by the wayside: Cristiano Ronaldo was miserably poor against Germany, save for a shot that was parried by Lehmann, only to be turned in by Nuno Gomes. Nani provided a great assist as a substitute but could not prevent his side going out of the tournament. Patrice Evra was immeasurably better than Eric Abidal but his contribution in itself did not save France.

So it's only Edwin and he's got to face a revitalised Russian team who got back their main creative force, Andrei Arshavin and are therefore a very dangerous side. They are capable of beating the red-hot Dutch team which would create a strange situation: the European Club Champions would have no representatives in the best four teams of the European Championships.

I don't mind to be honest: I'm especially glad that Rooney will have a quiet summer with a good rest. Still, it's a bit strange that we had so few representatives but not very baffling if you think about it: we have a lot of English players, two South Americans, a Welshman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Serbian. Our French players, save Evra, are peripheral in our squad, too and it is no surprise they did not earn call-ups to the national team.

I'm rooting for Edwin though: Holland played the best football of the tournament by some distance so far and how fitting it would if he crowned his brilliant season by winning a major title with his country at last?

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 21 2008

Time: 12:17PM

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Just heared Dick Advocatt (that how you spell it?) say Arshavin wants out of Zenit and they are willing to listen to offers. Could he be a future replacement for Ronaldo?
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21/06/2008 13:51:00

Haven't seen him play. Is he good?
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21/06/2008 14:01:00

Very good. Not as fast or strong as Ronaldo (who is!) but definately has enough technical ability to fit into our team. he could work wonders with rooney and tevez. watch the russia v holland match tonight to see for yourself. havign said that, i doubt we are in for him, but just thought it would be cool if we could get him.
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21/06/2008 16:43:00

trouble is he isnt that young...27. still worth the reported 10-15 million though IMO
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21/06/2008 18:04:00

well Hiddink was right!!
the arsenal
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21/06/2008 23:25:00

haha told ou so, Arshavin was excellent...even the commentator said we should sell Ronaldo and get Arshavin. what does everyone else think?
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22/06/2008 00:07:00

ps - i knowe have had our fingers burnt before from signign players on tournament form (ie. Karel Porborsky) but the thing is Arshavin has been in the limelighht all season with his performances for Zenit in the UEFA Cup. I say lets gor for him, and i just pray Arsenal, Spurs, Everton and all the other reportedly interested clubs dont.
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22/06/2008 00:08:00

Arshavin looks like a great player but, i bet his performances will drop gradually in the next couple of years. I dont see a start being born. He was excellent though last night. Change of subject though... seems to be full of stories that United is falling apart. Ronaldo is leaving, obviously.... Tevez is thinking about leaving cause we are not giving him a permanent contract (to go to Real!!!!), scollari seems to be CR's best friend and says he knows him better than anyone, and now Rooney and Rio are not speaking to eachother cause the latter didnt show up at rooneys wedding or smth, and hasnt even apologized or said anything. What the hell is going on here? Is this the price we pay for success? Have our players got their minds bloated with success that's tearing the club appart? or is it all lies by the tabloids, which will be proven wrong by a stronger and more united Man U in august? what do u think? Personally i'm worried cause where there's smoke there's fire.
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22/06/2008 09:53:00

Now I would love it if all them stories were true, Alexpant, but that's - not the most reliable of sources.
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22/06/2008 10:00:00

alex out of all of them the ronaldo one is the only true one. money has been set apart for tevez and its he has already said he wants to stay at united. as for the wayne and rio thing, ferdinand was out in africa wanst he. its was on SSN, and i very much doubt rooney would get angry about that. is a rediculous site in all honesty and in the past weeks there has been numerous stories shich have since been proiven false. if i was you alex, i would just focus on us, forget ronaldo. its an exciting time, without ronaldo we are forced to bring someone of quality in. i for one am excited avout the whole thing.
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22/06/2008 12:40:00

I totally agree with u guys. its just that the "ronaldo saga" seemed like a big joke even after moscow ended, even if it was mentioned everywhere and now its true. so, i'm just a bit worried about the team's integrity. Anw, i'm sure we'll fill in the spot, like you said with another great player, and Rooney will finally show his worth behind a proper box-striker
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22/06/2008 13:15:00

Van der Saar was the best player for Holland...And you won't get Arshavin, because we will:P
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22/06/2008 13:57:00

Who said United wanted to sign Arshavin? The chavs are in dire need of another midfielder to sit beside the rest of the moneygrabbers that warm the bench.
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22/06/2008 18:41:00

Cursed him !!
Tiny T
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22/06/2008 18:47:00

Chelsey, your team would be capable of buying the whole russian race because they are friends with abramovich...we dont really care...anw, we dont want arshavin...half of your fans didnt know him before the Euros...
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23/06/2008 09:37:00

any news on Anderson's injury?
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23/06/2008 09:38:00

not no more he's not - Ballack is last man standing for us!
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23/06/2008 19:51:00

and he's gone......they were playing some good football but it all went a bit wrong in that game..................
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24/06/2008 13:51:00

Russia are looking a bit tasty.
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24/06/2008 17:12:00

True RiG - makes Englands failure to qualify a bit more easy to swallow.
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24/06/2008 21:59:00

...or you can see it the other way and find it even more infuritatign because we could have been in that position! :)
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24/06/2008 22:00:00

Second one.
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25/06/2008 17:33:00

Shame really that this will be Edwin's LAST season. I'm real saddened by that!
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26/06/2008 04:42:00


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