Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 7, 2002

Funny old World Cup

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The News Review:

* Stop the jammy Germans!
* Turkey finish in style
* Coaches come and go as Cup takes toll
* Funny old World Cup
* Talk of the town
* England run on empty in a World Cup full of fire
* Fans lose out as FAI signs €7.5m Sky deal
* Rudi all set for a final surprise
* Scotland are hoping to speed Vogts arrival
* CNNSI.com – CNNSI.com’s complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup -…
* World Cup 2002 – ABC Sport

Stop the jammy Germans!
BBC News – Jun 27, 2002
it was HILARIOUS! HA-HA-HA-HA. Trust me, mate, England will never ever win anything – not football, not tennis and certainly not cricket. By the way, the Dutch are gonna make a comeback and win Euro 2004 in Portugal. The bitter truth is that England’s players are all over-rated, especially that sissy Beckham fella who wears his twerp of a wife’s undergarments for fun( typical Englishman)!. Unlike you lot, who swagger about covered from head to toe in white cream so you don’t cop it in two years… it was HILARIOUS! HA-HA-HA-HA. Trust me, mate, England will never ever win anything – not football, not tennis and certainly not cricket. By the way, the Dutch are gonna make a comeback and win Euro 2004 in Portugal. The bitter truth is that England’s players are all over-rated, especially that sissy Beckham fella who wears his twerp of a wife’s undergarments for fun( typical Englishman)!. Unlike you lot, who swagger about covered from head to toe in white cream so you don’t cop it in two years. I didn’t see any Australians in the tournament, by the way – did you?

No I didn’t.

Turkey finish in style
BBC News – Jun 29, 2002
Hakan Sukur – who has endured a miserable tournament – scored the fastest ever goal in a World Cup match to set the tone for an end-to-end encounter. MATCH FACTS

1 mins: Hakan Sukur scores for Turkey

9 mins: Lee Eul-Yong equalises

13 mins: Ilhan Mansiz scores for Turkey

32 mins: Ilhan Mansiz scores again

And his strike partner Ilhan Mansiz scored twice to underline his case for a regular starting berth when the Euro 2004 qualifiers begin. South Korea, who have contributed so much to the success of the World Cup, again attacked with verve and determination. And Lee Eul-Yong scored a spectacular free-kick to pull level early in the game. Coach Guus Hiddink – taking charge of South Korea for the last time – tinkered with his defensive personnel. The decision proved costly, with his team’s previously excellent defence playing like virtual strangers throughout the opening half… Coach Guus Hiddink – taking charge of South Korea for the last time – tinkered with his defensive personnel. The decision proved costly, with his team’s previously excellent defence playing like virtual strangers throughout the opening half. "

I desperately wanted to get third place – but we made some big mistakes
"

Guus Hiddink

The co-hosts trailed 3-1 at the break and did not score again until Song Chong-Gug netted in the final minute of the match. The game had got off to a sensational start when Turkey took just 11 seconds to breach South Korea’s backline. Veteran defender Hong Myung-Bo – playing his final international – was caught in possession by Ilhan Umsiz, who squared the ball for Hakan Sukur to finally end his World Cup goal drought. Sukur – revered in his own country and Turkey’s best known footballer – had failed to score in his team’s previous six games, wasting a succession of good chances. Recber is beaten by Lee Eul-Yong’s free-kick

South Korea soon delighted their fervent fans by equalising in spectacular style.

Coaches come and go as Cup takes toll
Independent Online – Jun 27, 2002
“The decision was taken by people nobody has ever heard of. It was sad and unpleasant,” he said. Portugal coach Antonio Oliveira, who had a contract until Euro 2004 on his home soil, was sacked on Tuesday after his team failed to get past the first round following a surprise defeat by the US and a controversial loss to co-hosts South Korea. France coach Roger Lemerre is just hanging on to his job after the defending champions failed to get past the first round in the worst performance by any champions in the 72-year history of the tournament. Sports minister Steven Akiga has urged Nigeria to revert to a foreign coach after the team’s first-round exit under Adegboye Onigbinde, who wants to continue but has yet to be offered a firm contract. However, it has not been all gloom and doom for the men on the touchline. Italy’s experienced coach Giovanni Trapattoni seems to have survived after blaming his team’s second-round exit at the hands of South Korea on refereeing decisions… France coach Roger Lemerre is just hanging on to his job after the defending champions failed to get past the first round in the worst performance by any champions in the 72-year history of the tournament. Sports minister Steven Akiga has urged Nigeria to revert to a foreign coach after the team’s first-round exit under Adegboye Onigbinde, who wants to continue but has yet to be offered a firm contract. However, it has not been all gloom and doom for the men on the touchline. Italy’s experienced coach Giovanni Trapattoni seems to have survived after blaming his team’s second-round exit at the hands of South Korea on refereeing decisions. The biggest winner has been down-to-earth Dutchman Guus Hiddink, the most marketable coach in the world game after he inspired the Koreans to reach the semi-finals after the country began their campaign without a World Cup victory to their name. Hiddink’s contract finishes after Saturday’s third-place playoff with Turkey in Taegu and the former PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid trainer can virtually name his price with leading clubs in Europe. Hiddink is a national hero in Korea and teenage girls scream when they see his picture on television screens during games.

Funny old World Cup
BBC News – Jun 26, 2002
Teletubbies to the rescueDavid Seaman has been spared the embarrassment of watching that free kick because of his daughter’s obsession with the Teletubbies!The England goalkeeper has still not seen Ronaldinho’s stunning effort for Brazil, which left him grasping for air and reaching for the tissues at the final whistle. “It’s not that I’ve been personally avoiding it,” he insisted (we believe you, David). “It’s just that my daughter has been watching the Teletubbies on the TV all the time. “Maybe she’s a Tinky Winky bit worried that daddy will start crying again if she hands him the controls. Cross to bearA fan who painted a St George Cross on his house is planning to leave it there until the European Championships… Now he intends to leave it as it is until Euro 2004 in Portugal – and if England do well he may keep it until the next World Cup. Mr Kipling’s girlfriend says she doesn’t mind – as long as he decorates the inside. Let’s hope for her sake that he has exceedingly good taste. Rough justiceA South Korean teenager was let off a theft charge so he could watch his country’s semi-final game with Germany. Solicitors applied for a warrant to arrest the boy, after he was accused of stealing a notebook, computer and six dollars from a car.

Talk of the town
Times of India – Jun 26, 2002
That is next on the agenda for us and it is something that I am convinced is
well within our grasp. ”

David Beckham

“If they are helping Korea, why are the referees not helping Japan, they are
co-hosting the Cup as well. I thought Europeans were more sporting. ”

Soum en Sen, a Korean student

“We won
the first match because we were better and not because of the referee or an
invented penalty… That is next on the agenda for us and it is something that I am convinced is
well within our grasp. ”

David Beckham

“If they are helping Korea, why are the referees not helping Japan, they are
co-hosting the Cup as well. I thought Europeans were more sporting. ”

Soum en Sen, a Korean student

“We won
the first match because we were better and not because of the referee or an
invented penalty. This is a chance to prove we are better than them and we will
do that. ”

Rivaldo

“The Europeans, when
they won the World Cup, they’ve won in Europe.

England run on empty in a World Cup full of fire
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 30, 2002
Crozier needs to persuade the rest that less is more. Crozier’s most inspired decision has been appointing Eriksson and the feeling remains that England’s head coach will see how far he can take the team towards the European Championship and then return to club management, possibly with Manchester United (if Sir Alex Ferguson leaves a year early). To increase England’s chances in Euro 2004,. The Swede has to realise the difference between cool and cold… The Swede has to realise the difference between cool and cold. Players around the camp, particularly those not in the starting XI, would have appreciated a warmer and more frequent acknowledgement of their presence by Eriksson. Similarly, Eriksson’s refusal to panic has been rightly praised, but sometimes a manager must convey his anger to players, to emphasise to them the seriousness of a situation. Hungry players like Owen and Beckham need no reminding, but others do. And how much better England would have fared if they had been able to send on a tiger like Alan Smith against Brazil;.

Fans lose out as FAI signs €7.5m Sky deal
Irish Independent – Jul 6, 2002
The new arrangements could have the impact of depriving many of the Irish fans of the opportunity of seeing the national team playing live in international competition. He said he was sure his sentiments would be shared by fans of “this great Irish team”. Under the new deal, viewers will have to watch Ireland’s qualification matches for Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 live on Sky Sports – or wait for a deferred broadcast on TV3. The deal represents a 350pc increase on the FAI’s previous deal with RTE. FAI spokesman John Delaney defended the organisation’s decision, insisting it had done everything possible to keep the games on RTE. “RTE wanted to pay us less than they had done over the past four years. We were prepared to give it to them for less than what we were offered by Sky and TV3,” said Mr Delaney… “We feel RTE treated us unfairly by their offer and in the end it came down to a business decision which will benefit football at all levels in Ireland. ” Mr Delaney also stressed that there was no question of the matches being offered to viewers on a pay-per-view basis. FAI general secretary Brendan Menton said that not showing the games on RTE wouldn’t preclude people from seeing them. “People are not being stopped from watching the games. All that has changed is the way in which they are shown,” he said. Since 1998, RTE has been paying the FAI around €635,000 per annum for the rights to show the home internationals, the Eircom League and the FAI Cup. But when negotiations on a renewal of the four year deal opened last September, RTE was only prepared to offer around €508,000 per annum which was €127,000 a year less than the previous contract.

Rudi all set for a final surprise
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 27, 2002
Voller is as surprised as anyone that the Germans have won through to a record seventh final considering all the problems he has had to deal with over the last ten months. First there was the 5-1 mauling by England, then having to face Ukraine in the play-offs and finally losing the likes of Sebastian Deisler, Mehmet Scholl and Jens Nowotny through injury. When the tournament started he had feared Germany might not reach the last 16, let alone Sunday’s final in Yokohama. “I’m surprised and if you had said to me four weeks ago that this would happen or at half-time in the match against Cameroon when we were down to 10 men, I would have been even more surprised,” said the Germany coach. “We had a very difficult qualifying group to get here and I don’t just mean England but the other opponents in the group. “There was the famous 5-1 defeat to England and then having to beat Ukraine and it was tough. “There was the problem of all the injuries and the preparations were not made easy with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund playing an awful lot of matches in the European cup competitions… ” Meanwhile, SFA chief executive David Taylor is hoping Germany can overcome Brazil on Sunday – so the Scots can have another crack at becoming unofficial world champions. That was the title they bestowed on themselves in 1967 by winning at Wembley a year after England had lifted the World Cup. The Germans are due at Hampden Park in June next year for a Euro 2004 qualifier and Taylor believes that – despite Voller’s team’s remarkable run all the way to the final – the Scots are capable of causing an upset. He said: “I actually do believe that. If they win the World Cup and we beat them it will be 1967 all over again. ” Adding an extra edge to that game will be the presence of Scotland coach Berti Vogts who won the World Cup in 1974 and is keen to recruit his former international colleague Rainer Bonhof as the Scots’ new under-21 coach. Taylor said having the world champions at the national stadium would be a crowdpleaser.

Scotland are hoping to speed Vogts arrival
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 2, 2002
Taylor, who would not say exactly when he is to hold the meeting, said: “His contractual obligation to Kuwait is the issue in question and that will be resolved very shortly. “Taylor had hoped to have his chosen man in place before last month’s draw for the Euro 2004 qualifiers. He said: “It’s simply a question of getting the time to sit down and discuss with his contracted employers with regard to his contract. “The negotiations were put on hold last month because of Kuwait’s involvement in the Gulf Cup. Now the friendly match with France in Paris on March 27 has become… Taylor, who would not say exactly when he is to hold the meeting, said: “His contractual obligation to Kuwait is the issue in question and that will be resolved very shortly. “Taylor had hoped to have his chosen man in place before last month’s draw for the Euro 2004 qualifiers. He said: “It’s simply a question of getting the time to sit down and discuss with his contracted employers with regard to his contract. “The negotiations were put on hold last month because of Kuwait’s involvement in the Gulf Cup. Now the friendly match with France in Paris on March 27 has become.

CNNSI.com – CNNSI.com’s complete coverage of the FIFA World Cup -…
SI.com – Jul 3, 2002
ET MADRID (Reuters) — Former Spain youth coach Inaki Saez says that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has told him he will take charge of the national team for the next two years following Jose Antonio Camacho's decision to step down from his post as coach. “They (the Federation) have told me that I am the ideal person and that they want me to take the team right through to the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal,” Saez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Wednesday. Camacho's decision to quit on Tuesday after four years as Spain coach appears to have caught the Federation on the hop and they have clearly not lined up a successor to replace the former Real Madrid defender. Federation president Angel Maria Villar said that he had only found out about Camacho's decision to resign on Monday evening, while Saez, who was immediately appointed as caretaker coach, said he was only told two hours before the announcement. “It took me completely by surprise,” said Saez. “But he (Camacho) has thought it over carefully, it was his own decision and it has to be respected… ET MADRID (Reuters) — Former Spain youth coach Inaki Saez says that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has told him he will take charge of the national team for the next two years following Jose Antonio Camacho's decision to step down from his post as coach. “They (the Federation) have told me that I am the ideal person and that they want me to take the team right through to the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal,” Saez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Wednesday. Camacho's decision to quit on Tuesday after four years as Spain coach appears to have caught the Federation on the hop and they have clearly not lined up a successor to replace the former Real Madrid defender. Federation president Angel Maria Villar said that he had only found out about Camacho's decision to resign on Monday evening, while Saez, who was immediately appointed as caretaker coach, said he was only told two hours before the announcement. “It took me completely by surprise,” said Saez. “But he (Camacho) has thought it over carefully, it was his own decision and it has to be respected. ” The fact that the Federation appears to have had no inkling of Camacho's intentions means that many of the likely candidates to replace him have already committed themselves to their clubs next season.

World Cup 2002 – ABC Sport
abc.net.au – Jul 2, 2002
He took command of a German midfield bereft of its star players due to injuries and stamped his authority on the side. He was also a potent threat in front of goal scoring the winners against the United States in the quarter-finals against South Korea in the semi-finals. Rudi Voller can build the side around him for Euro 2004 in Portugal. — What he said after the semi-final red card: “My first thoughts are bitterness and personally, I think that this is a very stupid situation because my dream was to play in the final, but now it will not be. ” HASAN SAS (Turkey) He emerged as the driving force behind Turkey’s unexpected drive to the semi-finals combining ultra-fast breaks from midfield with incisive finishing. With one-time leading light Hakan Sukur out of sorts, he was the man the Turks looked to to break down opposition defences as their own rearguard looked solid and reliable. Will be the mainstay of Turkey’s Euro 2004 challenge starting with the qualifiers against England… He was also a potent threat in front of goal scoring the winners against the United States in the quarter-finals against South Korea in the semi-finals. Rudi Voller can build the side around him for Euro 2004 in Portugal. — What he said after the semi-final red card: “My first thoughts are bitterness and personally, I think that this is a very stupid situation because my dream was to play in the final, but now it will not be. ” HASAN SAS (Turkey) He emerged as the driving force behind Turkey’s unexpected drive to the semi-finals combining ultra-fast breaks from midfield with incisive finishing. With one-time leading light Hakan Sukur out of sorts, he was the man the Turks looked to to break down opposition defences as their own rearguard looked solid and reliable. Will be the mainstay of Turkey’s Euro 2004 challenge starting with the qualifiers against England. — What he said: “We have got a young team and we have shown that Turkey deserves to be playing at the highest level.

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