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June 16, 2002

Eriksson’s wind of change

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The News Review:

* Zidane to quit international soccer after Euro 2004
* Should Eriksson stick or twist with Seaman?
* Portugal’s punching Pinto faces Fifa ban
* Eriksson’s wind of change
* Beckham or no Beckham fails to worry Figo
* Pressing time for Vogts
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* CNNSI.com – CNNSI.com’s complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup -…
* England made to sweat by feisty Paraguay
* Philip on Wednesday: Time to stop playing at sport
* RTÉ.ie Sport PDA Edition

Zidane to quit international soccer after Euro 2004
cbc.ca – Jun 13, 2002
The two-time former FIFA World Footballer of the Year has moved up his plans to retire from international soccer to 2004 following France’s miserable World Cup exit. “It’s not just the fact that we were eliminated, but the way in which it happened,” said the Real Madrid midfielder, the world’s highest-paid player. “I’ll be around for Euro 2004, and then I’ll be quitting… The two-time former FIFA World Footballer of the Year has moved up his plans to retire from international soccer to 2004 following France’s miserable World Cup exit. “It’s not just the fact that we were eliminated, but the way in which it happened,” said the Real Madrid midfielder, the world’s highest-paid player. “I’ll be around for Euro 2004, and then I’ll be quitting. (AP Photo) “The feeling I’m left with is disappointment.

Should Eriksson stick or twist with Seaman?
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 10, 2002
He can handle it, and it is that qualification that makes him unique for England. As a goalkeeper the only way you accumulate the experience that Seaman has earned is playing in pressure games. Games that mean something, which includes Euro 2004 against Slovakia and Macedonia but not run-outs against Portugal or Paraguay. Friendlies are meaningless for goalkeepers, they need the heat of competition to really show their value. He needs Seaman to see him through to the tournament in Portugal in 2004 but he must also test another goalkeeper in the kind of matches that really matter.

Portugal’s punching Pinto faces Fifa ban
Independent Online – Jun 16, 2002
“Players always run the risk by laying hands on the referee. The wisest thing is: ‘Hands Off’. ”

If Fifa decides to impose international match bans on Joao Pinto or Couto, they will not come into force until the first-round group games of the Euro 2004 finals. Friendlies do not count for match ban purposes. Portugal, who do not need to qualify for the tournament as hosts, will not play a competitive match until the finals. “This incident has been contained in the report of the referees inspector. As those documents go to the disciplinary committee it is in their discretion about what action to take, if any,” Cooper said.

Eriksson’s wind of change
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2002
“So Scholes started in attack while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on the bench. Eriksson shrugged his shoulders, saying: “Take your car, go to Manchester and ask Ferguson about it. ” It would be a wasted journey, not least because Ferguson is in Paris to watch his beloved Rock of Gibraltar seek to become the first horse to win seven Group One races. Ferguson is also indifferent to the fortunes of England, focusing solely on trying to galvanise United… I have not talked to the managers but I could feel the vibrations. ” He will certainly feel some violent vibrations if any Premiership darlings get injured today but England should win, possibly 2-0. The BBC have secured the rights to televise live England’s overseas Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovakia on Oct 12 and Liechtenstein on March 29 next year.

Beckham or no Beckham fails to worry Figo
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2002
“It’s not a disappointment for me that England have a lot of injuries,” Figo said. “People are always asking me who I think is the best player in the world. Of course I think England has some good footballers and the Premier League has a lot of players who could challenge to be the best in the world.

Pressing time for Vogts
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2002
On that occasion, they surrendered a 1-0 lead in the final minute, when the Faroese were able to equalise from a corner kick which was poorly defended in the absence of Matt Elliott, who had been sent off. The message from Berti Vogts this time around has been consistent, simple and emphatic. “We have to win and we will win,” he said yesterday and for good measure he unfolded a vista which the Tartan Army has longed to see during four years of steady decline… The footsoldiers of the Scottish support have not been dissuaded from travelling by the inconvenience of having to get to Toftir, a familiar venue for them after two previous encounters – on their last visit they entertained the locals with choruses of, “We’re the famous Tartan Army and we’ve come to save the seals” – and there will be 700 in attendance today. They have been much in evidence in the streets of Torshavn, enjoying sunny and warm conditions which can hardly be said to be typical of the archipelago’s climate. The benevolent conditions and the Tartan Army’s boisterous, free-spending habits have all added to an air of carnival, but the Scottish players appear to be in no mood for frolics on the field of play. “I always enjoy joining up with the squad and this week has been specially pleasant because we have had more time to work and get to know each other better,” said Maurice Ross, the young Rangers defender, who is not guaranteed a place in the Ibrox first team, but is well on the way to becoming a fixture with the Scotland team because of his versatility. In fact, he has yet to play for Vogts on the right side of defence, his natural position.

For the Better | News | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2002
He has warned that although blood tests have shown no problem, the horses’ full racing fitness could not be guaranteed. On that basis, I will not be punting on either race in Ireland or Paris, preferring the domestic action for the better bets. The best race of the day at Kempton looks to be the September Stakes at 3. 20, where connections strongly fancy Asian Heights, who has an obvious chance, but Leadership looks to be an improving type who could be the value. At Haydock, recent rain will have helped the chances of Continent, winner of the July Cup and one of the most consistent sprinters around. He looks the one to beat in a competitive Group 1 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup… 0), but have a bad record in their opening international of the season and a draw at 9-4 looks better value, with 1-1 available at around 11-2 the suggested correct score. Scotland face the Faroe Islands and, if they are to have any realistic chance of qualifying for Portugal in the Euro 2004 finals, they must win. Scotland can be backed at 8-13 and, although I do not expect a thriller, take them to win 1-0 at around 6-1. Elsewhere in Europe, Spain look worth backing at 11-10 to beat Greece in Athens, while Russia look overpriced at 5-4 to beat Ireland. Belgium should beat Bulgaria at 8-11, while Turkey should be far too strong for Slovakia at 1-3. Five to follow on the Ladbrokes coupon: Portsmouth 11-8, Luton 7-2, QPR 5-4, Hamilton 6-5, Queens Park 11-10.

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SI.com – Jun 15, 2002
Defying explanation, Portugal joined Poland as the teams eliminated from Group D. Engel said the 16 years between World Cup appearances for Poland was too much and experience at the quadrennial tournament counted for more than he'd imagined. That might have been correct for the his first-choice lineup, but not so for his bit players. With nothing to lose, Engel benched skipper Tomasz Waldoch and star goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek. Arkadiusz Glowacki, a 23-year-old defender for Wisla Krakow in the Polish domestic league, replaced former skipper and Schalke O4 veteran Waldoch and Maciej Murawski, a 28-year-old midfielder for Legia Warsaw, made a big impact on debut. “It was my first (World Cup) game and what a game — I'm so excited that we won,” Glowacki said. “Of course, it's just a pity that it came this late… The first two goals brought little emotion from Engel and the Poland dugout, only some sighs of relief and a look from the coach that suggested his gamble on fresh talent had been vindicated. The third goal brought some cheering and embracing from the bench and finally, a smile from Engel. Poland selectors will have to go back to the drawing board to come up with a squad for Euro 2004 qualifying, but Engel's experiment ensured that selectors won't be starting with a blank canvas. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

England made to sweat by feisty Paraguay
Ninemsn – Jun 11, 2002
England do not like playing against South American teams who are at ease on the ball and keep possession – leaving the Premier League millionaires to chase shadows. It is no coincidence that they have been knocked out by Latin-styled teams in three recent tournaments – Portugal at Euro 2004, Brazil at the 2002 World Cup and Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. If they came through Saturday’s ordeal, they owe a big debt to midfielder Steven Gerrard, a tower of hard-tackling strength in front of a defence where Rio Ferdinand and John Terry also stood out. Gerrard, who had been an injury doubt before the game after suffering a back spasm, was impressive as he intercepted attacks and threaded in an early ball which Michael Owen failed to exploit. For most of the first half, Terry and Ferdinand allowed Paraguay only pot-shots from distance which caused little or no trouble for goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Philip on Wednesday: Time to stop playing at sport
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 8, 2002
As a nation, we now have some sporting successes to be really proud of and if what I do on the track can inspire others, then that can only be good. “The survey suggested that England’s 5-1 defeat of Germany in that unforgettable World Cup qualifier was our greatest sporting moment of the past five years, closely followed by Sir Steve Redgrave and his jolly crew winning gold at the Sydney Olympics. Interestingly, when asked which sporting success is most likely in the next decade, England winning Euro 2004 came top, ahead of a British tennis player winning Wimbledon (oh, well, it’s only a bit of fun, don’t forget) and a British male athlete winning the 100m gold at the 2006 Athens Olympics. Having said “it’s only a bit of fun”, there is a serious point to be made. “Sport has been consistently underestimated in its impact on the economy of this country,” said leading financial commentator Justin Urquart-Stewart, of Seven Investment Management. “Look at what happened in France when they won the World Cup in 1998, only to lose in the first round in 2002 – there were immediate changes in the French economy. Manchester will directly benefit from the Commonwealth Games; if we held the Olympics or the World Cup, you would see an even broader impact… Manchester will directly benefit from the Commonwealth Games; if we held the Olympics or the World Cup, you would see an even broader impact. To me, sport is as important to our nation in terms of the economy as any motorway or railway link. “It is time the Government started treating sport as a major industry and not the Whitehall toy department. Athlete who was last but not leastI was idly standing by the Commonwealth Games bowling greens when I was approached by a woman in a Norfolk Islands tracksuit top. “Excuse me, Mr Philip. ” “Hmmmm,” I replied non-committedly. “Robert Philip of Deadmonton?” “Ooops! Guilty as charged, ma’am.

RTÉ.ie Sport PDA Edition
rte.ie – Jun 8, 2002
Quinn came on as a late substitute during Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany and was quick to disrupt the German defence before setting up Robbie Keane’s late equaliser. Vogts said, “The Germans do not like tall and powerful attackers running at them as we saw when Quinn came on. I already know in my mind the line-up for that match next June and I am hoping they are all fit because if they are we will beat Germany in Glasgow. I have no doubts about it… Quinn came on as a late substitute during Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany and was quick to disrupt the German defence before setting up Robbie Keane’s late equaliser. Vogts said, “The Germans do not like tall and powerful attackers running at them as we saw when Quinn came on. I already know in my mind the line-up for that match next June and I am hoping they are all fit because if they are we will beat Germany in Glasgow. I have no doubts about it. Nothing I saw in the German team against the Irish worried me. “Now Vogts is in search of his own big front man as he looks to build a squad capable of making it through the Euro qualifiers.

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