Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 13, 2002

Time for fixture shake-up?

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The News Review:

* Healy’s Euro 2004 target
* Savicevic stays as Yugoslavia coach
* Inamoto set to join Fulham
* Time for fixture shake-up?
* French Farce Highlights Sudden Fall
* Sparky’s magic combination
* Referees proving fit for the task
* UEFA committee chairmen announced

Healy’s Euro 2004 target
BBC News – Jul 12, 2002
“When I did find out that I would not be going, I just went off on holiday as
planned and relaxed. “I watched all the games and I thought they were absolutely brilliant. We
were really unlucky against the Spanish, but it was a great tournament. “Everything that happened is all in the past now, but obviously now I would
love to be involved in the European Championships.

Savicevic stays as Yugoslavia coach
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 12, 2002
We hope that supporters knew that we are making plans for the future. Now, we are finished this business and we can concentrate of the game itself. Everyone hopes that Yugoslavia will be a part of EURO 2004™. “‘I do not want money’Savicevic said of the new contract: “I do not want money, especially big money. The FSJ do not have money and I have a wish to help with all my experience. I was a player for big clubs and I have enough money for myself and my family. I offered to do this role unpaid but they did not want this.

Inamoto set to join Fulham
SI.com – Jul 12, 2002
5 million,but a spokesman for the club declined to confirm the report. “Nothing has been decided yet,” he said. Inamoto did not play a Premier League match for Arsenal andwas limited to two appearances in the League Cup and two games as substitute in the Champions League. But he raised his profile by scoring in Japan’s 2-2 drawwith Belgium and bagging the winner in the 1-0 victory overRussia in the World Cup. Japan went on to beat Tunisia 2-0 andtop its group. Source: Poland’s Olisadebe to join Birmingham City ATHENS (Reuters) — Poland striker EmmanuelOlisadebe will soon join Birmingham City from Panathinaikos, asource close to the newly-promoted English premier league clubsaid on Thursday. “He is expected to finalize everything in the coming days,but the two clubs have agreed,” the source told Reuters… A Manchester United apprentice, he went on to make 345league appearances, scoring 119 goals, in two spells with theclub from the 1983-84 season to 1995 — interspersed with aseason each at Barcelona and Bayern Munich from 1986 to 1988. A tough, physical striker, Hughes also spent three years atChelsea from 1995 to 1998 before ending a career — that broughthim an array of league and cup titles — with spells atSouthampton, Everton and Blackburn. Wales is in group nine of the Euro 2004 qualifiers, facingtough competition from Euro 2000 finalist Italy, Finland,Yugoslavia and Azerbaijan. Watford name Lewington as new manager LONDON (Reuters) — Watford have appointed reserveteam coach Ray Lewington as its new manager, the English FirstDivision club announced Thursday. The former Brentford and Fulham boss replaces ItalianGianluca Vialli, who was sacked by the Hertfordshire club lastmonth after just one season in charge. Lewington has been caretaker manager for the past few weekswhile the directors at Vicarage Road weighed up their options. High-profile names, such as Arsenal defender Tony Adams andformer England under-21 boss Peter Taylor, were linked with thejob but Watford have put their faith in 45-year-old Lewington.

Time for fixture shake-up?
BBC News – Jul 12, 2002
They’re flat out for maybe two 90 minute periods a week and the rest of the time they’re playing golf or racing horses. Get them in for extra training, then they might be fit enough to play a whole season. Ron Bannell, Scotland

Not only is a winter break is necessary, but we must also ask ourselves whether the Premiership really needs 20 teams. Frankly, some of the teams don’t deserve to play in the top flight. The FA should also consider eliminating the League Cup completely. It’s a waste of time and players’ energy, and big clubs don’t even bother about it. John, Canada

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The Premiership needs to be reduced to 18 teams and a two week break in winter introduced

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Mark, USA

A mid-season winter break of perhaps two weeks would be a good idea, but only if accompanied by a reduction in the number of games played in the season to compensate for the lost time… I know you don’t want to hear this but we need to take a leaf out of the German’s book!

Dan,
England

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Their earnings are sufficient to mean they are pampered as it is

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Andrew Spencer, Spain

There is no logic to this plan if the overall number of games is not also reduced. The logical course of action would be to scrap the Worthless Cup, reduce the glut of European club games, or cut the number of internationals. If there were more seeding for the World Cup and Euro 2004, this could cut the number of meaningless internationals. Doug Meikle, England

Great idea – let’s mess about with the FA cup third round yet again! Sorry, forgot that the top clubs don’t give a stuff about the rest of us. John, UK

Maybe there could be a winter break but play out the Worthington Cup throughout this break from first round to final. The teams who want to compete can, and the teams who want to rest can also do so by playing their reserves. Andy, UK

No, it isn’t a move in the right direction.

French Farce Highlights Sudden Fall
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jul 12, 2002
Three goalless games later, coach Roger Lemerre has been dumped and the French Football Federation (FFF) finds itself in a mess as it seeks a replacement of sufficient calibre to shake up a team of superstars. With obvious candidates Arsene Wenger and Jean Tigana tied up in the Premiership, the FFF, whose president Claude Simonet is under pressure after newspaper revelations of a ?3,000 dinner on the night of the defeat to Senegal, doesn’t know where to turn. With Euro 2004 qualification matches beginning in September and a friendly scheduled for August in Tunisia, there’s little time to waste. Michel Platini has suggested Jacques Santini, who led Lyon to the French championship last season. Aime Jacquet seems to back Under-21 coach Raymond Domenech and former Japan boss Philippe Troussier has his supporters. Henri Michel, who was in charge at the 1986 World Cup, has thrown his hat into the ring and even veteran Guy Roux is in with a shout thanks to the esteem he has with the League. The only consolation for a stricken France is that Slovenia, their main rival for Euro 2004 qualifying, is in even more of a mess after coach Srecko Katanec quit following the World Cup row with star player Zlatko Zahovic… That was interpreted as ‘dissing’ Santini’s credentials as well as those of Domenech, who has been with the DTN for nine years as Under-21 coach. Domenech at least has the advantage of having worked with most of today’s France squad when they were aspiring to greater things. He’s not a man to quake in front of players whose reputations and pay packets might scare off lesser coaches. Domenech’s frankness, though, his ability to talk clearly and openly about any matter put to him, makes him a potential loose cannon for some of the old fogeys at the FFF. Too tough to control. Troussier seems like a better bet for many. Used to the international scene after guiding South Africa and Japan at the last two World Cups, Troussier showed his lack of experience at top club level was not going to weaken him by standing up to star player Hidetoshi Nakata in pre-World Cup days.

Sparky’s magic combination
BBC News – Jul 11, 2002
The 28-year-old had a history of missing friendlies before Hughes took control. Now, thanks to Hughes’ power of persuasion and his close ties with Manchester United, Giggs is in town for the games – even if he only plays an hour of the match. With this squad, the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign – against Finland, Italy, Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia – should be one of the most exciting for years and a full-time Hughes should prosper. He will have more time to prepare, to assess opponents and to scout for talent. And a first major tournament finals for 48 years? Even that’s not beyond the man they call ‘Sparky’… With this squad, the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign – against Finland, Italy, Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia – should be one of the most exciting for years and a full-time Hughes should prosper. He will have more time to prepare, to assess opponents and to scout for talent. And a first major tournament finals for 48 years? Even that’s not beyond the man they call ‘Sparky’.

Referees proving fit for the task
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 12, 2002
It proved to be his only match. Unsurprisingly he is reluctant to talk about… But clearly the abuse he took after the World Cup is hard to forget. “Referees are ego-driven and if you aren’t then you wouldn’t walk out in front of 70,000 people and be able to control a game of football,” he said. “So you do read the papers and, when a game goes well, you might hope that there is a paragraph at the bottom congratulating the referee. But we all know that is never the case.

UEFA committee chairmen announced
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 11, 2002
Confederations CupMeanwhile, UEFA President Lennart Johansson has said that Europe will not compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup after 2005. Mr Johansson said that Europe would only take part in the next two competitions for continental confederation champions. “I think that this competition has not come to stay,” Mr Johansson told a news conference after the UEFA Executive Committee’s latest meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday. World club competition As far as the Club World Championship organised by world football’s governing body is concerned, Mr Johansson said that while UEFA was not enthusiastic about the competition, it would be left to the clubs in question to take their own decision on whether to participate when the event took place. EURO preparations and inspectionsAt its meeting, the Executive Committee was told that preparations for EURO 2004™ in Portugal were progressing in a positive manner. It was also confirmed that inspection trips would be made in the early autumn to the various countries who form part of the seven official bids to host EURO 2008. Rome CongressThe Executive Committee agreed that the 2003 Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in Rome, Italy on 27 March 2003… “I think that this competition has not come to stay,” Mr Johansson told a news conference after the UEFA Executive Committee’s latest meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday. World club competition As far as the Club World Championship organised by world football’s governing body is concerned, Mr Johansson said that while UEFA was not enthusiastic about the competition, it would be left to the clubs in question to take their own decision on whether to participate when the event took place. EURO preparations and inspectionsAt its meeting, the Executive Committee was told that preparations for EURO 2004™ in Portugal were progressing in a positive manner. It was also confirmed that inspection trips would be made in the early autumn to the various countries who form part of the seven official bids to host EURO 2008. Rome CongressThe Executive Committee agreed that the 2003 Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in Rome, Italy on 27 March 2003. UEFA’s assembly will now take place on an annual basis, following a decision taken by delegates at the last UEFA Congress in Stockholm in April.

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