Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 9th 2014 Contents The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for
the 2016 European Championship could be a feast
of goals for the continent s major powers.
The second and third rounds of games in each
of the nine groups will be spread from today to
Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight
on more teams" on the road to France.
For the less-heralded nations, it could simply
expose their deficiencies to a wider audience.
Spain, Italy and England all started their qualifying
campaigns with wins, and easy-looking upcoming
fixtures should ensure they stay on 100 per cent
records. Netherlands should also rack up the goals
at home against Kazakhstan as it looks to bounce
back from an opening-round loss to the Czech
Things may be tougher, however, for world cham-
pion Germany, which visits neighbour Poland, and
Cristiano Ronaldo s Portugal, which is seeking a
win in Denmark to make amends for a surprise
opening loss to Albania.
Here are some things to know about the upcoming
qualifiers for Euro 2016:
CHANGING SPAIN: Spain heads to Slovakia
and Luxembourg aiming to hone a more direct style
of play more suited to dynamic striker Diego Costa.
Coach Vicente del Bosque wanted to base an
attacking game around Costa during the World Cup,
but the striker was not fit when he arrived in Brazil
after struggling with niggling injuries at Atletico
Madrid since April.
The Brazil-born player has been a revelation this
season at new club Chelsea, scoring nine goals in
his first seven games in the English Premier League.
"Diego Costa wants to vindicate himself and score
goals," Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez said. "He
is eager to help the squad and is conscious that
things haven t so far worked out as intended."
Spain, the two-time defending European cham-
pion, opened Group C by beating Macedonia 5-1.
MAESTRO RETURNS: Midfield maestro Andrea
Pirlo could return to Italy s team for the first time
since reversing his decision to retire from interna-
tional football, ahead of matches against Azerbaijan
away and Malta at home.
Pirlo said before the World Cup he would quit
the national side but changed his mind when former
Juventus coach Antonio Conte was confirmed as
Italy s new coach.
Pirlo, a technically gifted holding midfielder, was
called up on Monday to replace the injured Giacomo
Bonaventura despite having returned from injury
only last weekend for his first match of the season.
Conte has won both of his opening matches in
charge 2-0, one of which was against Norway in
TESTS FOR GERMANY: Germany coach
Joachim Loew considers the matches against Poland
and Ireland as "key games" against the only two
opponents that have a realistic chance of challenging
the world champion for first place in Group D.
Loew s squad includes 15 World Cup winners and
one newcomer, Karim Bellarabi, an attacking mid-
fielder from Bayer Leverkusen. Bellarabi was on
loan last season to Eintracht Braunschweig and
could not even secure a regular place in the starting
11 on the team that was demoted. But he impressed
enough in only seven Bundesliga matches this season
that he was picked by Loew and could get his first
Bellarabi got the call partly because Loew is miss-
ing regulars through injury, including Bastian Schwe-
insteiger, Sami Khedira and Marco Reus.
HIDDINK HOPE: New Netherlands coach Guus
Hiddink is still searching for his first win after two
matches of his second spell in charge, when his
team takes on Kazakhstan at home and Iceland
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder believes complacency
after its third-place finish at the World Cup may have
cost the Netherlands dearly in losing a friendly to Italy
and its first Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czechs.
The Netherlands will be without right back Daryl
Janmaat (hamstring) but the forward line is strength-
ened by the return from injury of in-form Bayern
Munich winger Arjen Robben.
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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
second right, is
scoring a goal
a Euro 2016 Group
C qualifying round
soccer match, at
Ciutat de Valencia
Valencia, Spain, on
September 8. AP
Feast of goals expected
in Euro qualifiers
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