Early Euro exit costly for England

GEORGE GROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

England's loss to Croatia and subsequent elimination from Euro 2008 could cost the English economy about one million pounds.

That's the figure quoted by the Center for Economic and Business Research, based on the impacts of the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2004.

The report was dug up by Vijay Setlur, a dedicated soccer fan who was assistinging the media during this year's under-20 World Cup in Toronto.

The report also predicts England's failure could lead to a dramatic drop in TV dvertising revenues and heavy losses for betting companies.

Despite golden boy David Beckham's second-half appearrance, England couldn't find a way to beat Croatia.

Knowing how the Brits like to celebrate triumphs, a win over Croatia could have contributed more than 285 million pounds to pubs, clubs and off-licence establishments.

Now, they may have to try to make up for it by drowning their sorrows.

TALENT SCOUTS

Several hundred applicants will be accepted into Toronto FC's under-16 and under-18 Academy at BMO Field in January, according to Michelle Lissel, a spokesperson for the Major League Soccer team.

There is no age limit on tryouts for the MLS team, but only 500 applicants will be accepted.

Last year's tryouts resulted in the signing of several players for the senior team and the reserve squad.

Among them were David Guzman and Rich Asante for Toronto FC, as well as Niki Budalic, Desi Humphreys and Jason De Thomasis of the reserve team.

The registration fee for the tryouts is $125 plus tax and will take place on the team's website www.torontofc.ca. The cutoff date is Jan. 6.

GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS

No fewer than 13 Canadians are taking part in this weekend's NCAA Division 1 women's soccer championship.

According to a release by the Canadian Soccer Association, the 13 Canadians are playing for eight different teams.

A dozen of them played for Canadian senior or youth teams, while four took part in the recent women's World Cup in China.

Those senior players are Robyn Gayle (University of North Carolina), Melanie Booth (Florida), Sophie Schmidt (Portland) and Kara Lang (UCLA).

Four others -- Amanda Cicchini and Deanna Everett of Oakville, Robin Rushton of Toronto and Nicole Mailloux of Mississauga represent West Virginia.

The championship game will take place on Dec. 9.

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Italian soccer action can be seen on TLN television today with Inter Milan versus Atalanta being broadcast at 9 a.m., followed by the game between Cagliari and Milan at 11 and, finally, Juventus vs. Palermo, live at 2:30 p.m. ... Zilina leads the Slovak Corgon League with 38 points in 16 games, followed by Artmedia with 37 and Nitra with 30 ... Across the border in the Czech Republic, the leader is Slavia Prague with 39 points, followed by rival Sparta Prague and Teplice, each with 26 points. The once- famous Bohemians are second last in the 16-team league with 10 points.


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