Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 9, 2002

Djorkaeff’s final fling

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The News Review:

* Portugal warned over Euro 2004
* DAVID HARDIE: Talking Football
* Round-up: Argentina line up London for friendly date
* Djorkaeff’s final fling
* Scots delay Germany match
* Hutchison out until 2003
* Open your eyes and see that Bertie’s played a real blinder
* WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN
* Vogts must make his mark
* Win super trip to the World Cup with eircom

Portugal warned over Euro 2004
BBC News – Mar 1, 2002
“We cannot wait much longer – if things continue as they are, we
will have to take action,” the Publico newspaper quoted Johansson as saying. “There is no shortage of countries that are interested in
organising the 2004 European Championships and we can change at any
time. “I hope this will not be necessary,” added Johansson, who is currently attending a Fifa meeting in Tokyo. Political wrangling

Portugal, which has never staged a major championship before,
committed itself to building or renovating 10 stadia to be used
for Euro 2004. However, the recently elected centre-right mayors in Lisbon
and Porto have contested financial
commitments made by their Socialist predecessors relating to the
construction of infrastructure for the new stadia. Porto is due to host the opening game of Euro 2004 at a
yet-to-be built 50,000-capacity stadium. But the mayor of the city and FC Porto are in conflict over the financing of the project… Political wrangling

Portugal, which has never staged a major championship before,
committed itself to building or renovating 10 stadia to be used
for Euro 2004. However, the recently elected centre-right mayors in Lisbon
and Porto have contested financial
commitments made by their Socialist predecessors relating to the
construction of infrastructure for the new stadia. Porto is due to host the opening game of Euro 2004 at a
yet-to-be built 50,000-capacity stadium. But the mayor of the city and FC Porto are in conflict over the financing of the project. Portugal beat off competition from the favourites Spain and a
joint bid from Hungary and Austria for the right to host the event.

DAVID HARDIE: Talking Football
Edinburgh Evening News – Mar 7, 2002
But given that the qualifying competition begins in September, Vogts is facing a race against time to assemble a squad of players capable of taking us there. So he faces a bit of a conundrum: does he go with the older heads – remembering they’ll be two years older – and hope to feed some youngsters in over the course of the qualifying campaign knowing they’ll lack great international experience if we should reach the finals. Or should he backtrack on his assertion that Euro 2004 is his goal and make it clear to everyone that the World Cup finals in Germany two years later is a greater target, and the coming international matches will be used to blood youngsters for the longer term? Doing so would give Vogts four, not two years, to build his squad based on youth not only for Germany in 2006 but the next European Championships, possibly here in Scotland, and the following World Cup finals in 2010. He’s already seen the likes of Maloney and Hughes in action, along with the youngsters playing for Aberdeen and Dundee United. Now Vogts needs to get out and about and quickly cast his eye over every other SPL club. I’ll bet he’ll like what he sees, guys like Ian Murray and Tam McManus at Hibs, Scott Severin and Stephen Simmons at Hearts, Kilmarnock’s Steve Murray and Peter Canero, Chris McGroarty at Dunfermline, Dundee’s Gavin Rae and St Johnstone’s Keigan Parker. SFA disciplinary loophole less than appealingTHE appeals lodged by Celtic stars Bobo Balde and Alan Thompson have exposed a loophole in the system which needs to be plugged by the SFA… But given that the qualifying competition begins in September, Vogts is facing a race against time to assemble a squad of players capable of taking us there. So he faces a bit of a conundrum: does he go with the older heads – remembering they’ll be two years older – and hope to feed some youngsters in over the course of the qualifying campaign knowing they’ll lack great international experience if we should reach the finals. Or should he backtrack on his assertion that Euro 2004 is his goal and make it clear to everyone that the World Cup finals in Germany two years later is a greater target, and the coming international matches will be used to blood youngsters for the longer term? Doing so would give Vogts four, not two years, to build his squad based on youth not only for Germany in 2006 but the next European Championships, possibly here in Scotland, and the following World Cup finals in 2010. He’s already seen the likes of Maloney and Hughes in action, along with the youngsters playing for Aberdeen and Dundee United. Now Vogts needs to get out and about and quickly cast his eye over every other SPL club. I’ll bet he’ll like what he sees, guys like Ian Murray and Tam McManus at Hibs, Scott Severin and Stephen Simmons at Hearts, Kilmarnock’s Steve Murray and Peter Canero, Chris McGroarty at Dunfermline, Dundee’s Gavin Rae and St Johnstone’s Keigan Parker. SFA disciplinary loophole less than appealingTHE appeals lodged by Celtic stars Bobo Balde and Alan Thompson have exposed a loophole in the system which needs to be plugged by the SFA.

Round-up: Argentina line up London for friendly date
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2002
FIFA also said clubs must release players two weeks before a major tournament and a player who is not released will not be able to play for his club during the period of the tournament. David Burns, the chief executive of the Football League, has rejected calls by Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchinson for lower division sides to operate as “nursery clubs” for Premiership teams. Hutchinson had claimed the practice, which would see leading clubs each “adopting” a lower league side, would save many small clubs from extinction. However, Burns said research on such a proposal had already ruled it out. Such an investigation was instigated after Leeds United suggested a link-up involving Oldham Athletic… Burns said: “The Football League undertook a year-long re-examination of the principles behind the restriction on club associations with a working party of nine club chairmen. “It was the unanimous belief that in the interests of fair competition, clubs should continue to be required to maintain their independence and not become subsidiaries of other more senior clubs. “In addition fans do not want to see their clubs turned into reserve sides for Premier League clubs. “Former Leeds striker Andy Ritchie has returned to Elland Road as the club’s youth academy director. Ritchie, 41, who was sacked as manager of Oldham in October, takes up the post vacated by Brian Kidd, who was promoted to first team coach in March. Liverpool must appear before a Premier League Commission in March.

Djorkaeff’s final fling
BBC News – Feb 18, 2002
But he will quit the international stage this summer, saying:
“It will be my last challenge with Les Bleus. ”

Djorkaeff told Le Parisien: “I made my decision. I don’t see myself taking part in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. We were in the semis in 1996 and we won four years later. “And the World Cup in Asia is the most beautiful exit I could dream of, I will retire without any regrets. ”

Djorkaeff moved to England in search of first-team football after his time in Germany with Kaiserslautern turned sour. The 33-year-old has not played a competitive game since October after falling out of favour with manager Andy Brehme following an ankle injury… “And the World Cup in Asia is the most beautiful exit I could dream of, I will retire without any regrets. ”

Djorkaeff moved to England in search of first-team football after his time in Germany with Kaiserslautern turned sour. The 33-year-old has not played a competitive game since October after falling out of favour with manager Andy Brehme following an ankle injury. After protracted negotiations Brehme agreed to release a relieved Djorkaeff who is looking forward to getting back on to a football pitch. Djorkaeff said: “I never considered Bolton as a passport for the World Cup.

Scots delay Germany match
BBC News – Feb 19, 2002
He had to make do with opening away games against the Faroe Islands and Iceland instead of the home ties he would have preferred. But that was largely down to weather conditions in the North Sea islands and the Scots believe that they will be visiting at the right time of year. The new national coach was in Frankfurt on Tuesday for negotiations about the Euro fixtures. Vogts told BBC Radio Scotland that he was pleased with the final fixture list… ”

Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor said: “It was not exactly what we were looking for. “But you have to give and take in these things and we are satisfied with what we got. “The most important thing was not to get Germany in our last game, especially away from home. ”

Germany will head for Hampden Park on 7 June 2003, with the return match on 10 September. Vogts’ predecessor, Craig Brown, had usually preferred to entertain the better sides early in his campaigns. But the German decided that he would rather take on his countrymen later rather than sooner. Vogts wanted to avoid facing the group favourites while he was still getting to know his squad of players.

Hutchison out until 2003
BBC News – Feb 26, 2002

Speculation had suggested that Hutchison was unsettled at Upton Park, but any prospective moves will now be put on hold and Roeder stressed that he was an integral part of his team. The injury also puts Hutchison out of new Scotland manager Berti Vogts’ team-building plans. Hutchison will miss several, yet-to-be-arranged friendlies and at least two Euro 2004 group qualifiers. Vogts does not start his job until the weekend, but Scottish Football Association spokesman Andy Mitchell said: “Don has been a revelation since he made his debut two years ago and is one of the most popular players with the fans. “His loss will be a great blow to the team. ”

Roeder has also lost club captain Steve Lomas for up to a month as he too injured knee ligaments against Boro. In addition, midfielder Michael Carrick is still three weeks away from playing.

Open your eyes and see that Bertie’s played a real blinder
Irish Independent – Mar 2, 2002
Charlie McCreevy, Mary Harney and Jim McDaid on Wednesday night went into coven with the GAA and the FAI, in separate Government chambers we’re told, hoping to concoct a formula for the staging of the 2008 European Championships here. In their haste to cobble together a package that might not be laughed out of court at UEFA, it never occurred to anyone to invite the IRFU along to express their view on the proposed redevelopment of Lansdowne Road. The difference between private, public and personal property seems especially difficult for ministers of this little fiefdom to grasp. Call it arrogance, ignorance or what you like, Wednesday’s outrageous omission received the response it deserved when, the following day, the rugby union made absolute nonsense of Ireland’s joint bid for the European Championships with a brief statement. Put simply, the IRFU couldn’t give a stuff if the GAA decide to throw open Croke Park’s doors to soccer, ice hockey or dervish twirling. They have no intention of allowing Lansdowne’s capacity be reduced through redevelopment until the proposed National Stadium in Abbotstown is built… Yet if Campus Ireland is abandoned and Croke Park throws open its doors, becoming the only major facility in town, their would be nothing, either moral or legal, to stop the stadium’s commercial managers from charging whatever rent they saw fit. If GAA Congress gives Central Council the right to entertain requests to stage soccer or rugby matches at Croke Park, then the Euro 2004 qualifiers could be played there next autumn and winter. Right from the moment that Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell stunned the Taoiseach with his announcement of a joint bid for the 2008 European finals, this project became a game of political pass-the-parcel. Neither McConnell nor the Irish Government wish to be seen as the ones responsible for its demise and, in that sense, Ahern has played an absolute blinder. Interesting that he went home early the other night, leaving McCreevy, McDaid and Harney to sort out the conundrum with the FAI and the GAA. If next month’s GAA Congress decides that Croke Park should remain closed to soccer and rugby, then the European project will be seen to perish on the rock of their intransigence, not to mention Harney’s stubborn opposition to Stadium Ireland.

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN
Irish Independent – Feb 23, 2002
For the final, some tickets are costing Euro1,000 each. ” Fans are encouraged to buy tickets for the second-round matches, on the assumption that their team qualifies. Tommy is unhappy that a full refund is not given if Ireland does not qualify. “You get 90pc of it back he says. It’s a crazy situation and FIFA (football’s governing body) must be making a lot of money out of this. ” Kerry-based Slattery Travel are offering direct flights from Dublin to Tokyo (with a refuel stop-over at Helsinki), plus 13 nights accommodation in the ‘three-star superior’ Tokyo Grand hotel for Euro4,315. The price includes transfers from the airport and to the stadia, but does not include match tickets… ” his voice trails off, “that was something else. ” Already he’s thinking of football trips after the World Cup. In September, Ireland play Russia in Moscow as part of the Euro 2004 qualification campaign. Will Tommy be there? There’s no hesitation.

Vogts must make his mark
BBC News – Feb 17, 2002
I stood steadfastly against us having a foreign coach but if the rules allow you to appoint one and other nations are having success with the formula then why not?

In the seventies and early eighties there were suggestions that Scotland should give the job to Brian Clough when the English FA foolishly refused to have him. I was horrified at the prospect, but looking back now that would have been an inspired appointment. A couple of decades later I hope that description can apply to Berti Boy. He must recognise what McFadden of Motherwell, McNaughton of Aberdeen, Di Giacomo of Kilmarnock, Simmons of Hearts, Murray of Hibs, Rae of Dundee and all the rest of the younger players have to offer and give them a chance. Oh yes, and a word in the ear of Paul Lambert wouldn’t go astray… He must recognise what McFadden of Motherwell, McNaughton of Aberdeen, Di Giacomo of Kilmarnock, Simmons of Hearts, Murray of Hibs, Rae of Dundee and all the rest of the younger players have to offer and give them a chance. Oh yes, and a word in the ear of Paul Lambert wouldn’t go astray. Meanwhile let’s ditch the towel jokes, although if he takes us to Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup in his old country then the bratwursts are on me.

Win super trip to the World Cup with eircom
Irish Independent – Feb 18, 2002
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