Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 16, 2002

Republic keen to display their credentials

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The News Review:

* Vogts checks in with a chuckle
* McCarthy vows to quit if Ireland miss Euro 2004
* Vogts appointment confirmed
* Republic keen to display their credentials
* England seek Dutch delight
* Confidence blooms in Cardiff
* Stormy welcome for Argentina
* Eriksson left all alone
* Fringe players’ chance to rise on spring tide
* England lose roof row
* Euro schedule fine for Mick
* Win super trip to the World Cup with eircom

Vogts checks in with a chuckle
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2002
“We have to work very hard to prepare the team for the Euro 2004 qualification but I am sure we have enough good players with Scottish passports. “Scottish passports? We only got devolution two years ago. But still Vogts pressed on – listening attentively, occasionally turning to a translator for help, but mostly smiling his way through carefully phrased answers, almost every one of which evoked a response in his listeners, especially when TV sports presenter Jane Lewis ventured a question and was met with a beaming: “You are so young!” Jane blushed but clearly was not about to dispute the point. Asked for any recollections of playing against Scotland, he rose like a salmon to the fly. “Oh, yes! We played Scotland at Hampden Park in 1969… “We have to work very hard to prepare the team for the Euro 2004 qualification but I am sure we have enough good players with Scottish passports. “Scottish passports? We only got devolution two years ago. But still Vogts pressed on – listening attentively, occasionally turning to a translator for help, but mostly smiling his way through carefully phrased answers, almost every one of which evoked a response in his listeners, especially when TV sports presenter Jane Lewis ventured a question and was met with a beaming: “You are so young!” Jane blushed but clearly was not about to dispute the point. Asked for any recollections of playing against Scotland, he rose like a salmon to the fly. “Oh, yes! We played Scotland at Hampden Park in 1969. I was the youngest player on the field and before the game we are walking out on the pitch and I wonder, where are the Scottish players? We can see none of them. “Then some of the other players say to me, `Look, do you see that man who is smoking a cigarette over there?’ And I say yes and they say, `Well, he will be playing against us in 30 minutes.

McCarthy vows to quit if Ireland miss Euro 2004
Irish Independent – Feb 12, 2002
I don’t want to end up with four or five inexperienced players in the team at the end,” he said. Quizzed on the travelling party for the Orient, McCarthy insisted loyalty would be the key factor when finalising the 23-strong squad. “I’m not going to leave players behind who stood by us for the qualifiers. ” Three players who can take things easy on that front are goalkeepers Shay Given, Dean Kiely and Kelly. “Those three will definitely be going,” he said. For Kelly, frozen out of Blackburn for 14 months, that news will come as a relief as a case could have been made for Nick Colgan, first choice at Hibernian. Meanwhile, the impact generated by reaching the World Cup finals will be reflected in a bumper 40,000 attendance at Lansdowne Road tomorrow.

Vogts appointment confirmed
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 13, 2002
However, Vogts will also now be involved in arranging dates for the Euro 2004 qualifiers against his home country as well as Iceland, Lithuania and Faroe Islands. Taylor said: “Berti will begin work with us on March 1, which means he will be able to prepare fully for Scotland’s match against France on March 27. “But before then he will join us for the important Euro 2004 dates planning meeting in Frankfurt next week. “However, the capture of Vogts after four months has not been without controversy. Taylor admitted six high-profile bosses applied to succeed Brown within days of his resignation – and not all were Scots. He also secured the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager claimed he did not want the job himself. George Graham had already ruled himself out – and, although Joe Jordan and former European Footballer of the Year Allan Simonsen expressed an interest, they were not viewed as serious contenders… Taylor said: “Berti will begin work with us on March 1, which means he will be able to prepare fully for Scotland’s match against France on March 27. “But before then he will join us for the important Euro 2004 dates planning meeting in Frankfurt next week. “However, the capture of Vogts after four months has not been without controversy. Taylor admitted six high-profile bosses applied to succeed Brown within days of his resignation – and not all were Scots. He also secured the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager claimed he did not want the job himself. George Graham had already ruled himself out – and, although Joe Jordan and former European Footballer of the Year Allan Simonsen expressed an interest, they were not viewed as serious contenders. Four candidates were interviewed before Christmas – Vogts, former Scotland captain Bruce Rioch, Nevio Scala and Philippe Troussier.

Republic keen to display their credentials
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 13, 2002
They could hardly have had a better start with Millwall’s Steven Reid opening his goal account for the Republic inside three minutes. Ian Harte’s free-kick from the left was only half cleared and the ball fell to Reid just outside the Russia penalty area… They could hardly have had a better start with Millwall’s Steven Reid opening his goal account for the Republic inside three minutes. Ian Harte’s free-kick from the left was only half cleared and the ball fell to Reid just outside the Russia penalty area. Reid’s shot was firmly struck but Ruslan Nigmatullin allowed the ball to slip through his arms for Ireland to take an early lead. The Millwall midfielder was one of the fringe players hoping to make an impression and his first-half performance would have impressed manager Mick McCarthy.

England seek Dutch delight
BBC News – Feb 13, 2002
Welsh coach Mark Hughes will be hoping that his side can make a big impression on Veron and co. Northern Ireland take on Poland in Cyprus. Sammy McIlroy’s side have not qualified for the World Cup but they will be looking to build for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign.

Confidence blooms in Cardiff
BBC News – Feb 14, 2002
People should also take their hats off to the Football Association of Wales – who have been much maligned in the past – because they did a fantastic job. That side of it, as well as the performance of the team, can only be good for the image of Welsh football. There’s a confidence about Mark Hughes that’s spreading through the team, suggesting that they’ve gradually turned the corner. Hopefully – and we’ve had false starts before, like every sport does – the win against Belarus in the final World Cup qualifying match, and the game against Argentina are not a false dawn. Hopefully Wales can carry these performances and results into their Euro 2004 qualifying games… There’s a confidence about Mark Hughes that’s spreading through the team, suggesting that they’ve gradually turned the corner. Hopefully – and we’ve had false starts before, like every sport does – the win against Belarus in the final World Cup qualifying match, and the game against Argentina are not a false dawn. Hopefully Wales can carry these performances and results into their Euro 2004 qualifying games. Only time will tell that, but I certainly prefer to talk about keeping a good run going than Wales having to start one.

Stormy welcome for Argentina
BBC News – Feb 11, 2002
“We decided to drive to the Welsh team hotel for help after driving around looking for a pitch to use. “There were four teams wanting to training indoors and with some compromise we were all able to do some work. ”

An FA of Wales spokesman said: “It was very trying for the Argentines. “They were not very happy but then we would feel the same if it happened to us if we were abroad trying to prepare for a game… Giggs said: “I hope a good result against Argentina will be a springboard for us. “The preparation is very good for us, the next three games are all top sides – Argentina, Germany and the Czechs. “We have to raise our game and the preparation for the qualifiers for Euro 2004 starts now. “You want to see us handle the pressure of top sides. “Our European group is hard, but it could have been worse and there are teams we are capable of beating. “Italy are favourites with their know-how, we respect them but we are not scared and the other sides we can beat.

Eriksson left all alone
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 11, 2002
Coming together, they are bound to make Eriksson feel that the support for him at Soho Square is being eroded and lead him to wonder whether, despite all his protestations to the contrary so far, it is worth honouring his contract right up to the 2006 World Cup. Provided Eriksson was allowing him plenty of input into England’s team selection and tactics – and there is reason to doubt that was so in every case – McClaren has to take some of the blame for the recent struggle to beat Slovakia, ranked 45th in the world, in Bratislava and then the embarrassing draw with Macedonia, another 45 places down the rankings, in Southampton a few days later. One is bound to wonder, too, what part McClaren played when England failed so abjectly to make the most of their numerical superiority over Brazil in the second half of the World Cup quarter-final in Japan. It is difficult to imagine a coach rated so highly by Jim Smith at Derby and Sir Alex Ferguson at United could just stand and watch as England ran out of ideas. Certainly, McClaren has made such a fine job of transforming Middlesbrough from denizens of the Premiership deep into a good bet for a Champions League place that it does look as though not all his advice was heeded by Eriksson… This was in contrast to United, who cut short McClaren’s initial involvement with England on the grounds that he needed to commit all his time to Old Trafford. But it does look as though Ferguson was right all along in insisting, albeit obliquely, that it is impossible to do justice to two demanding jobs – something that McClaren, in essence, has tacitly acknowledged. Veteran coach Don Howe said as much to me in these pages not so long ago. Howe, who assisted both Ron Greenwood and Sir Bobby Robson when they managed England and he was holding down top jobs with League clubs, made it abundantly clear he found it very difficult mentally to switch from one to the other at short notice. He also argued that a club manager needed the summer, when England could be away at the finals of the World Cup or European Championship, to wheel and deal in the transfer market. So, it looks as though the only sensible course for the FA now is to appoint someone without club commitments as McClaren’s successor on a full-time basis. That means Stuart Baxter, the England Under-19 coach and a former coach of Swedish club AIK Stockholm, must be among the favourites as the FA seek to repair the damage of a punishing week.

Fringe players’ chance to rise on spring tide
Irish Independent – Feb 13, 2002
“I’ve got to be careful what I say about Stephen McPhail because people can pick things up the wrong way. Ultimately, playing reserve team football won’t get him to the World Cup. “I see him as a central midfielder and I’m not short of options there. If we played 4-3-3 or 3-5-2, things might be different, but for all his talents, he’s behind a lot of other lads right now and that’s not likely to change,” he said. Like McPhail, Robbie Keane has been on the bench at Leeds in recent games but his case differs as he’s established under McCarthy and will win his 30th cap tonight. “As long as Robbie’s fit, I’m not worried. I watched him in the Liverpool game when he came on, tried a few tricks and looked lively… He has arranged to play 18, including seven subs, but five players will miss out, with Niall Quinn likely to be one. “Some of the regulars won’t get a run but I want to look at players who can come in and do a job if we’ve a problem,” he explained. Come the autumn, the Irish play Russia for real in the Euro 2004 qualifiers, but tonight’s shadow boxing is about World Cup pointers, and pride. Nothing more, nothing less. * Dublin-born Dermot Gallagher, a Premier League referee, handles tonight’s game while Paul McKeon leads a team of Irish officials for the Wales v Argentina friendly in Cardiff.

England lose roof row
BBC News – Feb 13, 2002
“There is no need to close it. ”

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson wanted the roof closed to replicate the conditions his side will face when they play Argentina in the World Cup at the Sapporo Dome on 7 June. But Dutch counterpart Dick Advocaat had indicated the host nation would not play ball. “This is our home game. England are preparing for the World Cup, but we are preparing for September (start of the Euro 2004 qualifiers),” he said. Wales have agreed to play their friendly against Argentina under a closed roof to help their opponents prepare for the game against England. BBC One will show highlights at 2245 GMT while Radio Five Live will broadcast the game live.

Euro schedule fine for Mick
Irish Independent – Feb 16, 2002
Those away games were forced on the FAI at yesterday’s fixtures meeting in Dublin because of the Six Nations game between Ireland and England at Lansdowne Road on March 29. McCarthy’s only crib about the eight-game schedule was the end of season double-header next summer twelve months, when Albania (June 8) and Georgia (June 11) play in Dublin. “Playing in June was not what I wanted as the players will have been on the go almost non-stop for a year but there had to be some give and take in the negotiations,” he said. The U21 game against the Swiss will be played in Neuchatel, where Irish U21 manager Don Givens spent several seasons as a player. “There were no major sticking points once the top four seeded nations agreed to play against one another in the first and last series of games,” said FAI general secretary Brendan Menton. “Russia suggested all teams be drawn out of a hat at random but that was impossible because of the constraints imposed on us by the availability of Lansdowne,” he added.

Win super trip to the World Cup with eircom
Irish Independent – Feb 15, 2002
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