Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 9, 2002

Gerrard merits left turn

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The News Review:

* … – Soccer – World: Russia coach banks on youth for Euro 2004…
* WINTER BREAK WILL HELP ENGLAND SUCCEED – ERIKSSON
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
* Gerrard merits left turn
* Countdown for Vogts after Scotland’s darkest hour
* Cold comfort for Scots
* Scots to face Canada
* Caldwell faces uncertain future
* Winter wonderland
* Craig insists Hibs ‘new boys’ can provide the edge

… – Soccer – World: Russia coach banks on youth for Euro 2004…
SI.com – Aug 6, 2002
Fellow teenagers, Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Marat Izmailovand strikers Alexander Kerzhakov of Zenit St Petersburg andSpartak’s Dmitry Sychyov — all of whom played in the World Cup– will make the new core of the national team, the coach said. “We’re at the beginning of a long road, which hopefully willtake us to the European championship finals in 2004,” Gazzayev,who celebrates his 48th birthday on Wednesday, told a newsconference. Russia begin their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign at home toIreland on September 7. Break caveman image Gazzayev, who last month vowed to shed the “caveman” imageof his predecessor, once again reiterated his desire to distancehimself from Romantsev’s era. “There’s no need to look back as we must look ahead and moveforward,” said Gazzayev, who also coaches CSKA Moscow. The embattled Romantsev was heavily criticised by Russianmedia for selecting an ageing World Cup squad, for being overlycautious in his approach and for employing “outdated tactics. “The team from the Jurassic age, whose coach Oleg Romantsevproved once again that his caveman image and outdated ideas justdon’t stand up in the international arena,” said the country’sleading sports daily, Sport-Express, after Russia failed toprogress from what was regarded as one of the easiest World Cupgroups… “We have signed Cherchesov through December 2002,” Spartakspokesman Alexei Zinin told Reuters. Cherchesov, who turns 39 next month, rejoined Spartak on afree transfer from Tirol Innsbruck after the Austrian championswere expelled from the league because they failed to prove theycould afford the requisite cash deposit. Cherchesov, who made the Russian World Cup squad but did notplay in any of the team’s three first-round matches at thisyear’s finals, left Spartak in December 1995 to sign with Tirol. It will be his fourth stint with the Russian champions. Cherchesov became the second Russian internationalgoalkeeper to return home within a week. Ex-Lokomotiv Moscow’s Ruslan Nigmatullin was signed by cityrivals CSKA on loan from Italian Serie B side Verona last week. Rangers’ Numan retires from international game AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — Rangers defender Arthur Numanhas retired from international football after a decade playingfor the Netherlands, the Dutch soccer association said onTuesday.

WINTER BREAK WILL HELP ENGLAND SUCCEED – ERIKSSON
4TheGame – Aug 7, 2002
here NEWS STORY WINTER BREAK WILL HELP ENGLAND SUCCEED – ERIKSSON Wednesday 07 Aug 2002 Sven-Goran Eriksson will tell his players that he is not prepared to settle for another quarter-final exit at a major tournament when England start their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2004 finals. Eriksson still believes England could have won the World Cup but he insisted that fatigue and injuries played a part in their failure to dominate the second-half of games in Japan. He therefore renewed his call for a winter break in the Premiership, warning that England players would otherwise continue to be “exhausted” by the time of summer tournaments. Eriksson was nevertheless still proud of his team as he reflected on the World Cup amid his preparations for the new season, having now returned to his desk in the Football Association’s Soho Square offices in London. “It was a very good experience for all of us,” he told the FA’s website, www… here NEWS STORY WINTER BREAK WILL HELP ENGLAND SUCCEED – ERIKSSON Wednesday 07 Aug 2002 Sven-Goran Eriksson will tell his players that he is not prepared to settle for another quarter-final exit at a major tournament when England start their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2004 finals. Eriksson still believes England could have won the World Cup but he insisted that fatigue and injuries played a part in their failure to dominate the second-half of games in Japan. He therefore renewed his call for a winter break in the Premiership, warning that England players would otherwise continue to be “exhausted” by the time of summer tournaments. Eriksson was nevertheless still proud of his team as he reflected on the World Cup amid his preparations for the new season, having now returned to his desk in the Football Association’s Soho Square offices in London. “It was a very good experience for all of us,” he told the FA’s website, www.

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 5, 2002
Aliyev even made history in Volyn, recording the club’s first goal in the Ukrainian Premier League. ‘Nobody knows’”The situation in Azerbaijani football sparked this move,” Guliyev said after making his debut. “Nobody in my country knows what is going to happen tomorrow – will there be a championship? Or will football cease to exist?”Landing in IranHowever, most Azeri players do not get as far as Ukraine, tending instead to land in nearby Iran. Internationals Ilham Yadullaev, Vadim Vasiljev, Igor Getman and Khagani Mamedov are on the verge of joining various Iranian clubs, while many more are already based in the neighbouring country. Quality personnelWhy Iran? It is not just the geographical reasons that suit Azeri players but the strong cultural and historic ties. There are about 25 million Azeris living in Iran, practically in a country inside a country. There is widespread opinion that players from Azerbaijan, especially the veterans who went through the Soviet school of football, are tactically smarter than Iranians, and club owners in Iran like what they get for their money: cheap, but quality personnel… ‘Very sad’”It is very sad that our internationals move to Iran,” national team coach Vagyf Sadygov said. “But I also understand that a player has to make money and feed his family. ” Despite the fitness benefits given to his players with EURO 2004™ in mind, Sadygov is worried that the new trends are grim for Azeri football in general. “Our clubs are not even thinking about preparing for a new season,” he added. Owners unhappyMost team owners are also unhappy about the system as the majority of players have only signed one-year contracts, with long-term deals not a common tradition. With contracts running out and no new ones in place, squads are being whittled away. Foreign legionWith no indication of a breakthrough at home, it is left for the players to fly the Azeri flag abroad.

Gerrard merits left turn
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 9, 2002
I spoke to Rio Ferdinand last year and he said that of all the Leeds players he had got to know since joining the club, Smith was the one with whom he was most impressed. We should remember that it was Darius Vassell who pushed himself to the front with a goal on his debut in February, but I think Smith has the ability to stay in the team. Smith will not be fazed by playing a Euro 2004 qualifier so soon after his debut but if there is one criticism I have of him it is his pace. It will make it very difficult for him to get away from defenders in international games. Nevertheless, he complements Owen in a way that Vassell never did. Against Sweden, England were reduced to long balls over the top – Smith gives them the option of playing the short ball up to the strikers.

Countdown for Vogts after Scotland’s darkest hour
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 9, 2002
Ranked 123rd in the world (63 places below Scotland which is saying something, indeed), the Faroe Islands are an easy touch, goalkeeper Jens Knudsen having conceded 151 goals in his previous 55 fixtures. Only one of the side which outplayed, out-thought and out-fought Vogts’ dishevelled, dispirited and disorganised formation is a professional footballer, and that, at division two level in Denmark. In days of old, Scotland could be depended upon to play with the sound of clashing claymores in their ears; where was the passion, the fire, the pride? It is not the fault of Kevin Kyle, who has yet to start a first-team Premiership game for Sunderland, that he possesses all the grace, speed and agility of a sedated rhino, but if he truly is the best centre-forward of Scottish ancestry currently plying his trade then it is time the Holyrood Parliament decreed that henceforth, curling will be recognised as the national sport north of the border. Six games into his troubled tenure as Scotland coach, the eminently likeable Vogts has now presided over five defeats and this single, sorry draw; goals scored four, goals conceded 16. With an annual salary of £500,000, it is little wonder the entire nation is starting to believe the time has already come to bid him auf wiedersehen, pet. Asked if he would have resigned had the Faroes recorded the victory they so richly deserved, Vogts struck a note of defiance when he replied: “Ask me that in four years. “The Scottish fans who made the long trek by train, boat and plane to lend their support on the grassy slopes of Toftir will not stand for another four years of being outclassed by those such as the Faroe Islanders, nor will they accept Vogts’ ludicrous admission that “I asked the players at half-time what had happened and they did not know either… It’s a long, long road back but it can be done. It was never going to be a quick fix. I don’t think it’s impossible that we can qualify for Euro 2004. “Impossible, no, but highly improbable, yes, for now Iceland, Lithuania and Germany lie in wait, as Vogts begins the task of putting his humpty-dumpty side back together again. Faroe Islands 2, Scotland 2. I read it again and cringe.

Cold comfort for Scots
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 9, 2002
The long journey back to Glasgow saw huddled groups debate whether Berti Vogts could have survived as manager had Scotland lost to a team ranked 163rd in the world. Those groups, incidentally, included certain individuals within the Scottish FA who have moved sharply to create distance between themselves and the first foreigner appointed to direct the national team and that alone is cause for concern. No matter who had succeeded Craig Brown as manager, there was bound to be a painful and prolonged period of transition, but if the organisation who appointed him divides so swiftly under the strain, the chances of enduring damage to Scotland’s cause increase alarmingly… On the other, had the ball not bobbled in front of John Petersen seven minutes into the second half at Toftir, Vogts’ situation may simply have become untenable. Scotland were trailing to the two goals netted with appalling ease by Petersen in the opening 12 minutes and once again the sparky Jakup Borg lanced through the left side of the defence to tee the ball up for the man who plays alongside him at Torshavn B36 – not a postcode, incidentally, but one of the two downtown football clubs in the Faroese capital. It was the easiest chance for Petersen, a primary school teacher, but the ball took an awkward bounce and he lifted his shot over the crossbar from six yards. At 3-0 there would have been no way back for Scotland and every prospect of an outcome so convulsive that the entire administration of the SFA would have found themselves under siege. However, scorelines never reflect ifs and buts and having narrowly survived humiliation, the Scots salvaged a point and saved a little face with goals from Paul Lambert and Barry Ferguson.

Scots to face Canada
BBC News – Aug 6, 2002

The Canadian team is likely to include several players well known to Scottish fans – such as Jason de Vos (formerly Dundee United), Kevin McKenna (Hearts), Nick Dasovic (ex-St Johnstone) and Davide Xausa (Livingston). Meanwhile, Vogts will name his first competitive squad next Monday, 12 August, at 11 am. The players selected will face not only Denmark at Hampden on 21 August, but also the Faroe Islands on 7 September, in the first Euro 2004 qualifier.

Caldwell faces uncertain future
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 5, 2002
Caldwell has been in excellent form since joining Hibs in Feb, helping steer the club away from relegation and winning a place in the Scotland senior squad. However, the Edinburgh club have embarked on a series of cost-cutting measures, including the renegotiation of some players’ contracts, to survive the financial crisis biting at the Scottish Premier League. Caldwell, who is hoping to cement his place in Berti Vogts’ side in the Far East next week for the Euro 2004 qualifiers, is unsure where his club future lies. All I want is the chance to play regular first-team football and I’m not sure I can get that at Newcastle. I might have to move but I will need to speak to the manager… All I want is the chance to play regular first-team football and I’m not sure I can get that at Newcastle. I might have to move but I will need to speak to the manager. “I have loved my time at Hibs and would love to stay, but with the situation in Scottish football, it is difficult. I will make a decision after the Far East tour. “Caldwell was speaking at Hampden for the launch of Scotland’s new home strip – a retro-styled, pin-striped outfit.

Winter wonderland
BBC News – Aug 9, 2002
Michael Owen is the latest big name pleading for time off to unwrap his Christmas presents and it looks as though his wish will be granted. The official line is that players will be fresher for the big international tournaments – despite the fact they could be playing crucial championship deciders five minutes before Euro 2004 kicks off. So how will players respond to a couple of weeks of free time during the height of the party season?… You’re more likely to encounter England’s finest having it large it in La Manga, getting frisky in Faliraki or losing the plot in Bangkok. Then there’s the winter sports option – on the piste if you prefer. Players are expressly forbidden to go skiing or snowboarding, but footballers are like children – the more you tell them not to do something, the more determined they are to do it. Let’s face it, they’re more likely to shatter a limb in an apr?s ski showdown than they are on the slippery slopes. Players who choose to stay at home kicking their heels instead of a ball will
doubtless fill their time by playing snooker, cards and ice golf – or simply practising their goal celebrations.

Craig insists Hibs ‘new boys’ can provide the edge
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 9, 2002
He said: “It was a bad result against Aberdeen, we didn’t play as well as we can but I think we are more than capable of turning it around this weekend. “At 1-1 against Aberdeen I felt we should at least have come away with a point but it was hard to take losing such a late goal. “We always knew we were going to have a tough start to the season the way the fixtures came out but you have to play these teams at some point so why not at the beginning? “Sometimes teams aren’t in full flow at this stage and it’s good to catch them when they are still tinkering with the team and trying to get things right. ” While Hearts will have three players making their derby-day debuts, Hibs’ line-up has a more familiar look to it, particularly with the reappearance of Paatelainen and Jack. And Caig believes the pair will simply slot back into the side as if they had never been away – if selected, of course. He said: “Mixu and I crossed paths at the start of last season when he trained with Hibs for a couple of weeks before joining Strasbourg. “But I could see even from that short period that he’ll be an asset to the club with his sheer physical presence… 1, for that privilege. Ironically, it was a red card shown to Colgan at the end of the last derby – the Irishman losing his temper with Hearts striker Ricardo Fuller who had won the late penalty winner – which gave Caig the opportunity to play in the final six games of last season. And he was delighted to be told he’d be between the sticks for the visit of Aberdeen although he knows exactly how Colgan, who is hoping to force his way into Mick McCarthy’s Irish squad for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, is feeling. He said: “It’s been welldocumented that the boss believes it is very close, that there is nothing between us. Nick and I both worked hard pre-season, we were consistent in the friendlies and even after the Everton game it must have been a difficult decision for the manager. It’s good from his point-of-view to have two goalkeepers whom he knows can play in the SPL. “Nick was naturally gutted but there is nothing anyone can say to make it feel better, I have been there and know how it feels.

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