Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 12, 2002

New ITV deal on the table for League

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The News Review:

* Premier League force Crozier out early
* Nemeth has inside track
* UEFA’s pledge for Euro 2004
* New ITV deal on the table for League
* Vogts keeps the faith
* Fans turn on Keane over ‘muppet’ jibe at McCarthy
* Squeeze on England supporters
* Will Valery Gazzaev have water-melons in his vegetable garden?

Premier League force Crozier out early
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 11, 2002
They had been angered by Crozier’s intervention in the dispute between the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association over the distribution of television money, and by his demands for a winter break in the season. In May, Peter Hill-Wood, Arsenal chairman, wrote an angry letter to Crozier about the clubs’ reduced income from the FA Cup, and through much of September, chairmen worked on a draft letter to the FA. Then, as England played Slovakia in Euro 2004 qualifying, came the signing of sponsorship contracts for England players. The clubs saw this as the FA having first call on their players at the behest of sponsors, even if this clashed with club commitments. Despite this background, Premier League insiders say that the meeting seemed to go well. One said: “Geoff Thompson even congratulated us on our constructive approach and the feeling was that if only Adam was prepared to change his style and not present us with a fait accompli, we could work with him. “At the FA board meeting the next day, Crozier began by producing newspaper cuttings which revealed the secret Monday meeting… “The Premier League were incensed that Crozier had distributed the draft hinting at FA Cup withdrawal, which was likely to alarm board members representing the amateur game, whose support is needed to get the Professional Game Board idea through. The discussion that followed led to a vote on the concept of a Professional Game Board, which was 8-3 in favour of the Premier League. Crozier returned from lunch with a press statement, which did not mention the vote. He said: “I don’t think it should be made public. “To add to the Premier League’s concerns, Paul Barber, the FA’s head of marketing, said the FA had a problem he wanted to discuss with some board members. Ridsdale and David Dein, Arsenal vice-chairman, were deputed and were told that Octagon, a sports rights company, were suing the FA for alleged breach of contract. They had signed an exclusive £40 million three-year deal to sell TV rights to England matches overseas, but complained that the FA had sold seven matches to another group.

Nemeth has inside track
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2002
Having proved his recovery from a hamstring strain with a brief appearance as a substitute during Saturday’s Premiership win over Bolton, Nemeth is relishing the prospect of putting to good use his inside knowledge of English football. “I think the new manager was annoyed with some of my comments about not being picked against Turkey,” Nemeth said. “But I believed I was fit and he didn’t. “I’m pretty sure that I will be playing this time, though. The coach called me and told me I was in the squad. I don’t think he would do that unless I was playing.

UEFA’s pledge for Euro 2004
sportbusiness.com – Aug 11, 2002
“Nothing beats a national team tournament when it comes to generating interest,” UEFA director of professional football and marketing Lars-Christer Olsson told the workshop. “You, as our partners, are our engine to communicate not only in Europe and all over the world, to bring the information around the competition to all your customers. “This is of great value to UEFA to be able to communicate with everybody. The networks that you are making available for us are absolutely essential for the success of the tournament. We hope that the networks that we are offering you will have a similar effect on your activities. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on UEFA today as its two-day Executive Committee meeting in Copenhagen concludes.

New ITV deal on the table for League
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2002
The League are expected to sign a two-year contract with the network this week, with all the money paid up front. A League spokesman refused to confirm this and said: “When a deal is done we will announce it. ” He would also not confirm that more than 50 per cent of the clubs had approved the deal and it would be given the go-ahead when the League’s board meet this week. However Telegraph Sport understands that not only have the clubs approved the deal but the only thing holding up the announcement has been argument as to when the highlights should be shown… He said: “There are many Brazilian players all over the world right now, especially in Holland and Spain and Italy. But in England there are so few. “Francesco Totti will miss Italy’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff next Wednesday. The 26-year-old Roma captain, who has a knee injury, will also miss Saturday’s game against Yugoslavia in Naples. Terry Yorath, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, has been given four games to save his job. Wednesday are third from bottom in Division One after winning one of their first 12 League games. Yorath is hoping Aston Villa midfielder Steve Stone could help his cause.

Vogts keeps the faith
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 11, 2002
The German has stuck by the players who have finally begun to push Scotland back up the FIFA rankings after a lengthy winless run early in the year. Leicester striker Paul Dickov returns to the squad after missing the win in Iceland in the Euro 2004 qualifier and the friendly victory over the Canadians which followed last month. West Brom captain Derek McInnes also returns following injury and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was included despite not being 100% fit through a groin injury. But Ibrox team-mate Neil McCann was not named despite being close to regaining full fitness after playing just three club matches this season following a number of injuries. Squad detailsN Alexander (Cardiff City), R Douglas (Celtic), P Gallacher (Dundee United), G Alexander (Preston North End), R Anderson (Aberdeen), C Dailly (West Ham United), C Davidson (Leicester City), S Pressley (Heart of Midlothian), M Ross (Rangers), R Stockdale (Middlesbrough), L Wilkie (Dundee), P Devlin (Birmingham City), B Ferguson (Rangers), P Lambert (Celtic), D McInnes (West Bromwich Albion), G Naysmith (Everton), S Severin (Heart of Midlothian), G Williams (Nottingham Forest), S Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic), P Dickov (Leicester City), S Dobie (West Bromwich Albion), K Kyle (Sunderland), S Thompson (Dundee United)… Leicester striker Paul Dickov returns to the squad after missing the win in Iceland in the Euro 2004 qualifier and the friendly victory over the Canadians which followed last month. West Brom captain Derek McInnes also returns following injury and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was included despite not being 100% fit through a groin injury. But Ibrox team-mate Neil McCann was not named despite being close to regaining full fitness after playing just three club matches this season following a number of injuries. Squad detailsN Alexander (Cardiff City), R Douglas (Celtic), P Gallacher (Dundee United), G Alexander (Preston North End), R Anderson (Aberdeen), C Dailly (West Ham United), C Davidson (Leicester City), S Pressley (Heart of Midlothian), M Ross (Rangers), R Stockdale (Middlesbrough), L Wilkie (Dundee), P Devlin (Birmingham City), B Ferguson (Rangers), P Lambert (Celtic), D McInnes (West Bromwich Albion), G Naysmith (Everton), S Severin (Heart of Midlothian), G Williams (Nottingham Forest), S Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic), P Dickov (Leicester City), S Dobie (West Bromwich Albion), K Kyle (Sunderland), S Thompson (Dundee United).

Fans turn on Keane over ‘muppet’ jibe at McCarthy
Irish Independent – Aug 12, 2002
Keane is sinking to new depths. ” The extent of exasperation felt by supporters was echoed by his call on the FAI to look seriously at a way to have Keane “expelled from Irish soccer”. However, it is not clear if or how such a move would be possible. Mr Hunter added: “In the interests of Irish soccer, if he won’t play, he should go. ” In a letter to FAI general secretary Brendan Menton, the IFSA chief said: “I think all soccer clubs have a formal procedure to expel a player who’s not regularly in attendance. “Insults contained in Roy Keane’s autobiography as we embark on the European Championships will only further damage Irish soccer. ” He said the revelations timed “to coincide” with the start of the qualification games are “embarrassing and damaging to the reputations of squad members who’ve done so much for their country”… For the benefit of my family and my career, I try to live the good life and hopefully I’ll never get into situations like that again. ” It emerged at the weekend that Keane turned down a second opportunity to resume his international career. The FAI, with the knowledge of McCarthy, recently attempted to broker another peace deal with Keane as Ireland prepare for the Euro 2004 qualifiers which begin with a game in Russia on September 7. It is believed a statement along the lines of “I regret my outburst” was agreed but Keane would not do or say anything that could see him win his 59th cap in Moscow. And in an interview with another British newspaper today, Keane reveals how he slept through Ireland’s opening game in Japan and walked his mother’s dog while Robbie Keane was scoring the dramatic last-minute equaliser against Germany.

Squeeze on England supporters
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 11, 2002
The capacity of the Rheinpark stadium is 3,648 which the Liechtenstein Football Federation hoped to increase with temporary seating. But UEFA turned down the application “on the grounds of safety and security”. As Liechtenstein consider the visit of England the biggest sporting event in their history, they would not allow the tie to be switched to neighbouring Switzerland… The capacity of the Rheinpark stadium is 3,648 which the Liechtenstein Football Federation hoped to increase with temporary seating. But UEFA turned down the application “on the grounds of safety and security”. As Liechtenstein consider the visit of England the biggest sporting event in their history, they would not allow the tie to be switched to neighbouring Switzerland. A rope is usually the boundary to the pitch, but the FA will liaise with the Liechtenstein FF about extra security. Manchester United have launched legal action against Lazio for the £12 million owed on.

Will Valery Gazzaev have water-melons in his vegetable garden?
Pravda – Aug 12, 2002
All the more, if the whole trainer headquarters is kept under his thumb and is a team of like-minded persons. After the Russian football team bad play in Japan and Korea, votes started to sound that the reason of it is the state of Russian sport: the lack of money and the lack of young reserves. Football is the reverberation of the whole state, so when disorder rages in the state? But we should ask ourselves: with what could successes of Bulgarian, Croatian, Senegalese players be explained? (Especially, taking into account that in Croatia, war is raging?) These states are not football superpowers at all. According to football observer Vasily Utkin, the main reason is the serious view on football in these countries. The question is about clever leaders of the team, who should know weak and strong sides of the players, unite them, to make them win. It is possible in Russia, too. Though, it looks more like a roulette wheel: will we win or not? Though, at the moment, there are no players of world class in Russia… The question is about clever leaders of the team, who should know weak and strong sides of the players, unite them, to make them win. It is possible in Russia, too. Though, it looks more like a roulette wheel: will we win or not? Though, at the moment, there are no players of world class in Russia. Sport should be developed in Russia. The only hope is for Fetisov, the chairman of State Committee on Sport. As an example of state programme of football development, Utkin gives Turkish and Korean football teams. In Turkey and in South Korea, great trainers from different countries came, they work with teams, occupies themselves with establishing staff, educational, and other processes.

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