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August 21, 2002

Did your team impress?

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The News Review:

* Lambert backs Ferguson
* Keane sets Republic on way to easy win
* Irish plan ahead but look back at Keane’s anger
* Did your team impress?
* Scotland puts hopes on Ferguson
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Injuries force Voeller to experiment vs….
* Northern Ireland v Cyprus
* Douglas reveals his burning desire to be No. 1 at Hampden
* Wayward Scotland run into Sand trap
* TV row delays Italian season
* Three added to Wales squad
* France seeks new talent; Italy relies on regulars
* Hughes heals Welsh scars
* Injury woe for Reid AND Sadlier
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Europe: Crowd trouble hits Italy loss to…
* Saez aims to impress with new-look Spain side

Lambert backs Ferguson
BBC News – Aug 21, 2002
The Celtic midfielder will decide on his own future once the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign has reached full swing after the game against Germany in June next year. Lambert had announced his decision to quit the international arena last October before Scotland boss Berti Vogts persuaded him to return to help the integration of younger players into the squad. But the Hoops skipper believes his opposite number across Glasgow at Rangers has all the qualities required to lead Scotland when his time arrives… “This is not for my benefit – it is to try and help the younger players and the manager, who is in a foreign country. “Football is not just about ability. You have got to be able to handle yourself in situations like playing in front of big crowds. ”

With qualification for Euro 2004 starting in the Faroes on 7 September, Lambert is aware of how crucial the Denmark game is. He concluded: “It is important to get a result because it is at Hampden and it is also the manager’s first game there.

Keane sets Republic on way to easy win
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 21, 2002
It is surely just a matter of time before Keane, who was outstanding in the Far East, overtakes the Sunderland player-coach. Keane’s 12th-minute strike was far from a classic, not that the Leeds forward cared. Damien Duff miscontrolled Mark Kinsella’s long pass and the ball hit Keane’s legs and bobbled over the line… Others, such as Lee Carsley, Stephen McPhail and Gary Doherty – who have seen little international action recently for various reasons – also enjoyed a run-out. Three goals, a clean sheet, three players handed their first caps with one scoring a goal and a confidence-boosting away win – no wonder McCarthy wore the broadest of grins after the match. Finland play Wales next month in a Euro 2004 tie and, when the intensity moves up a notch or two from last night, the home team will be physical, better organised but certainly beatable opponents. Jari Litmanen may be a peripheral figure at Liverpool but playing just behind the main striker the Finn made some excellent runs and passed with a variety and accuracy that was a pleasure to watch. Match details Finland: Jaaskelainen, Pasanen, Saarinen, Hyypia (Kuivasto 46), Tihinen (Riihilahti 60), Jari Ilola, Nuorela (Kopteff 69), Tainio (Hietanen 80), Johansson (Kuqi 60), Litmanen, Kolkka (Kottila 79). Subs Not Used: Niemi, Heikkinen. Rep of Ireland: Kiely (Given 76), Kelly, Harte (Barrett 76), Cunningham (Doherty 46), Breen, Carsley (Holland 87), McAteer (Healy 46), Kinsella (McPhail 46), Duff (Delap 46), Keane (Goodwin 84), Butler (Kilbane 46).

Irish plan ahead but look back at Keane’s anger
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 20, 2002
The mind boggles at the prospect of someone contacting Keane and asking: “Roy, we’re trying to find out what went wrong in Saipan. Will you help?” “Buy the book,” might be the former captain’s reply. The final report will be published in October and may not make pleasant reading for Menton, who did not arrive in Saipan until Keane had been sent home. More immediately Finland, who play Wales in a Euro 2004 tie next month, are the main concern. McCarthy believes that Ireland’s rising status in world football has made them “a scalp the Finns would like to have”. Jason McAteer will lead the side on his 50th appearance for Ireland and the player known as ‘Trigger’, after the character in Only Fools and Horses, inadvertently gave himself another nickname when asked what kind of captain he would be. “Sensible,” he replied… Will you help?” “Buy the book,” might be the former captain’s reply. The final report will be published in October and may not make pleasant reading for Menton, who did not arrive in Saipan until Keane had been sent home. More immediately Finland, who play Wales in a Euro 2004 tie next month, are the main concern. McCarthy believes that Ireland’s rising status in world football has made them “a scalp the Finns would like to have”. Jason McAteer will lead the side on his 50th appearance for Ireland and the player known as ‘Trigger’, after the character in Only Fools and Horses, inadvertently gave himself another nickname when asked what kind of captain he would be. “Sensible,” he replied. Captain Sensible – it may only be a one-off tag because Gary Breen or Matt Holland are favourites for the full-time post, but one can only hope for the likeable McAteer’s sake that he doesn’t damage the image by falling foul of Norwegian referee Rune Pedersen in the Olympic Stadium.

Did your team impress?
BBC News – Aug 21, 2002
Did your team’s display give you hope for the Euro 2004 qualifiers?

This debate is now closed. The Republic of Ireland notched up a convincing 3-0 victory over Finland with Robbie Keane, Colin Healy and Graham Barrett on target for Mick McCarthy’s side. Scotland boss Berti Vogts is still looking for his first win after his side’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Denmark. A late gaffe by goalkeeper Paul Jones meant that Wales had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Croatia, while Northern Ireland’s match against Cyprus finished goalless. What did you make of your team’s performance? And how will they fare in the Euro 2004 qualifiers?

Back, back, back, across the pitch and then punt forward – have these guys really been playing football all their lives? I fear for Berti – maybe only one game left!
William, Scotland

It’s time for the SFA to bite the bullet and be happy to have Scotland take a sabbatical from the finals of major tournaments for quite some time… These must be given time to produce the talent. Most of all the clubs must support Vogts by giving the youngsters first team football. However, it’s an old chestnut but it could be argued that the Scottish Premier League format does not allow breathing space for clubs to bring in young talent, they’re either challenging for European places of fighting relegation. It needs to change. James Mundy,
Scotland

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Why didn’t Mick McCarthy have John O’Shea on the team?

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Niamh,
Ireland

Berti seems to be getting more and more frustrated with this Scottish team, and who can blame him? Last night’s performance was woeful. We lack quality in just about every position on the field – how on earth is Kyle an international class striker? He can’t even get a game for Boro. The only times we looked to have any quality about us was when either Ferguson or Lambert had the ball – the rest of the time forget it.

Scotland puts hopes on Ferguson
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 19, 2002
I am only looking to the future and the game on Wednesday. I will speak to him in the morning. “While Ferguson is set to become an integral part of the international squad, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Derek McInnes is hoping to cement his place in the set-up for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. The 31-year-old has been called up for the first time, but joined up with the squad after his first Premiership game with the Baggies which resulted in defeat and a dismissal for the former Rangers man. But Vogts believes the pressure of the opening game at Old Trafford weighed heavily on all the Albion players, he said: “It was not an easy game for West Brom. They were playing against one of the best teams in the world. In midfield, they had to work hard against Veron, Keane, Butt and Scholes… “He looked very nervous, but the whole of the West Brom side looked very nervous. He got a yellow card over a free-kick and then got a second minutes later – but he is a good player. Maybe he will play, but I am not sure yet between two or three players. “Despite only defeating a Hong Kong Select XI since his arrival, Vogts has steadfastly refused to opt for the safer option in opponents as he prepares for the Euro 2004 opener against the Faroe Islands on September 7. Now the German believes his current first-choice side can defeat the team which lost to England in the second round of the World Cup during the summer. Vogts said: “I am looking for a win and we can do that. The Danish were excellent in the World Cup.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Injuries force Voeller to experiment vs….
SI.com – Aug 20, 2002
Referee: Stephane Bre (France) Voeller plays down relevance of friendlyBERLIN (Reuters) — Germany’s first outing sincetheir surprise run to the World Cup final has lost some of itsrelevance after a string of injury blows, coach Rudi Voellersaid on Tuesday. “It’s becoming a bit too much,” Voeller said of the injurysituation before his team left for Sofia, where they will playBulgaria in a friendly international on Wednesday. The former Germany striker made it clear that he treated thegame as warm-up before Germany kick off their Euro 2004qualifying campaign in Lithuania on September 7. “I have to admit that I’m already thinking about theLithuania match,” he said. “That will be the toughest game ofthe year and we will probably have a totally different teamthen. Dealing with selection headaches is nothing new to Voeller,who guided Germany to the World Cup final despite the absence ofseveral valued players. “We are forced to experiment,” said the coach, whose teamhave not played since their 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the WorldCup final on June 30… Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Daniel Bierofka could win histhird cap while Hertha Berlin defender Arne Friedrich might makehis international debut. Germany’s Footballer of the Year Michael Ballack shouldshare the play-making duties with Bernd Schneider, whileMiroslav Klose and Carsten Jancker were expected to be paired upfront. “What happened at the World Cup does not count any more,”said Voeller. “We’re making a new start. The former Germany striker experienced one of the bitterestmoments of his playing career when Bulgaria knocked Germany outin the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup with a shock 2-1victory in New York. Bulgarian coach Plamen Markov is also using the match as aworkout before his side start their Euro 2004 campaign inBelgium on September 7. Markov will rely on three Bundesliga players.

Northern Ireland v Cyprus
BBC News – Aug 19, 2002
McIlroy’s side are still smarting from a 5-0 home defeat by Spain in their last friendly international. Their opposite numbers also lost last time out, 3-1 in Greece. Cyprus open their Euro 2004 Group One qualifying campaign at home to deposed World champions France on 7 September. Northern Ireland are not in action in Group Six until 12 October when they go to Spain and look to avenge the defeat in April.

Douglas reveals his burning desire to be No. 1 at Hampden
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 21, 2002
Sully and Paul Gallacher have been doing well in training, so we will just have to wait and see who gets in. “I would say it’s definitely important that we try and get a result tonight – even if it is only a friendly. “We keep saying it is not going to be an overnight success, but everyone keeps wanting instant results. “If we could qualify for Euro 2004, it would be great. It might seem a long way off, but the first qualifying game is only two weeks away. “The basis of the squad is there and I would say things are looking reasonably positive. “Denmark did very well in the World Cup, so if we could get a good result it would give everyone here a wee boost.

Wayward Scotland run into Sand trap
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 21, 2002
Of course, given that the Scots tottered to a 1-1 draw in the same venue three years ago, it is probably unwise to assume that Vogts’ team is much assured of leaving with any greater reward. Before a half-filled Hampden Park, Denmark, rated 12th in the world rankings, were able to feed in a raft of experienced replacements and play, in total, with four wide men, every one of whom looked entirely accomplished. Friendly or not, Denmark were not disposed to allow Scotland the luxury of space and leisure to settle into their new formation. Indeed, the Danes were more aggressive than might have been expected with Ebbe Sand flanked in attack by the wide raiding pair of Dennis Rommedahl on the right and Rangers’ Peter Lovenkrands on the other flank… Of course, given that the Scots tottered to a 1-1 draw in the same venue three years ago, it is probably unwise to assume that Vogts’ team is much assured of leaving with any greater reward. Before a half-filled Hampden Park, Denmark, rated 12th in the world rankings, were able to feed in a raft of experienced replacements and play, in total, with four wide men, every one of whom looked entirely accomplished. Friendly or not, Denmark were not disposed to allow Scotland the luxury of space and leisure to settle into their new formation. Indeed, the Danes were more aggressive than might have been expected with Ebbe Sand flanked in attack by the wide raiding pair of Dennis Rommedahl on the right and Rangers’ Peter Lovenkrands on the other flank. To add to their menace, Jon Dahl Tomasson was ghosting as usual into dangerous positions around the edge of the box. This formation caused the Scots so many problems that Maurice Ross went through two positional changes in the first few minutes, shifting from the left side of central defence to left back and then, following sideline instructions from Tommy Burns, to a man marking role on Tomasson.

TV row delays Italian season
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 20, 2002
The season had been due to start in just over 10 days’ time but no games were scheduled for the following weekend as the Italian national team are due to play Azerbaijan in a European Championships qualifying match in Baku on Sept 8. Italian football has been dogged with financial problems this year, partly due to the wane of lucrative television deals. Serie A teams Atalanta, Brescia, Chievo, Como, Empoli, Modena, Perugia and Piacenza have not reached agreement with either of Italy’s two subscription satellite channels, Telepiu and Stream. The clubs are each demanding 10 million euros (£6. 4 million) for the rights to live coverage of their home games this season while the television companies have offered only 4. 5 million euros (£2… The new France coach, Jacques Santini, confirmed Desailly as his captain yesterday. “He [Desailly] knows that he has the backing of the coach and staff as well as of a majority of the players with whom he has shared some difficult moments,” Santini said, referring to France’s World Cup failure when they were knocked out in the opening round without scoring a goal. He said that France needed to beat Tunisia to boost their confidence ahead of their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, which starts in Cyprus on Sept 7. Santini said he has struggled to reconcile his own priorities against those of the top European clubs, who are concerned about their players getting injured or suffering from burnout. He is already without Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord and the Rennes defender Anthony Reveillere, who are both unavailable due to injury. Santini added that Chelsea and Manchester United have also asked that their players play no more than a half ahead of their Premiership match on Friday.

Three added to Wales squad
BBC News – Aug 19, 2002
Giggs, Nathan Blake, Iwan Roberts, Jason Koumas and Steve Jenkins withdrew after playing weekend games for their clubs. They join Robbie Savage and Robert Page out of the selected squad, while Newcastle duo Gary Speed and Craig Bellamy were not considered originally. Vaughan, 19, only pledged his footballing future to Wales last month after turning down a place in the England under-19s squad… Vaughan, 19, only pledged his footballing future to Wales last month after turning down a place in the England under-19s squad. Giggs’ absence was half-expected as Manchester United play Chelsea in a rearranged Premiership match on Friday, so his record not appearing in an away friendly for his country goes on. “I’ve got to be fair to Birmingham.

France seeks new talent; Italy relies on regulars
SI.com – Aug 20, 2002
After losing the World Cup, France is looking for some new blood so it can keep the European Championship. Italy is relying on the veterans who also failed at the World Cup but were creditable runners up at the last Euros two years ago. The first round of Euro 2004 qualifying games are a month away and, with the ripples of this summer’s World Cup still being felt, new coaches and rising stars are about to make their mark. Jacques Santini, who replaced the fired Roger Lemerre after the team’s first round humiliation, has included four rookies alongside established stars Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira against fellow World Cup team Tunisia in Tunis, one of 23 games being played on Wednesday. But Giovanni Trapattoni, the veteran coach of Italy, has resisted change and named pretty much the same squad that failed at the World Cup, losing to South Korea in round two and having struggled to get that far. Euro 2000 runner-up Italy will be without creative forward Francesco Totti because of injury against Slovenia in Trieste while veteran defender and longtime captain Paolo Maldini is missing from the squad having initially announced he would step down after the World Cup. Midfielders Cristiano Zanetti and Gianluca Zambrotta also are missing because of injuries and there are doubts about goalkeeper Francesco Toldo and strikers Christian Vieri and Vincenzo Montella… —— Romania vs. Greece Wolfsburg midfielder Dorinel Munteanu and Ajax goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont are both injured. Coach Anghel Iordanescu also said he will not call up striker Adrian Ilie, who has been without a team after ending his contract with Valencia. Instead, he has called up Daniel Pancu, who plays for Besiktas Istanbul. With Greece missing out on the World Cup, German coach Otto Rehhagel has been busy organizing friendlies to get the team in shape for Euro 2000 qualifying and this game is the eighth. Nevertheless, Newcastle United defender Nikos Dabizas has asked to sit it out because of his club’s busy schedule.

Hughes heals Welsh scars
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 20, 2002
In the final match before Wales open their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign against Finland, a new-look side is shorn of John Robinson, who has retired, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and Nathan Blake (all injured), and Ryan Giggs (resting), but manager Mark Hughes denies tonight’s friendly is a pointless exercise. “Maybe there was an inferiority complex, maybe the players were carrying scars from other campaigns so we’ve had to rebuild their confidence,” he said. “This was always going to be an exercise in seeing what options we have. It is important new players take their opportunities… In the final match before Wales open their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign against Finland, a new-look side is shorn of John Robinson, who has retired, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and Nathan Blake (all injured), and Ryan Giggs (resting), but manager Mark Hughes denies tonight’s friendly is a pointless exercise. “Maybe there was an inferiority complex, maybe the players were carrying scars from other campaigns so we’ve had to rebuild their confidence,” he said. “This was always going to be an exercise in seeing what options we have. It is important new players take their opportunities.

Injury woe for Reid AND Sadlier
eleven-a-side.com – Aug 20, 2002
The Lions – who have made a poor start to the season and are second from bottom of the Nationwide first division – must find their way around a potential crisis amid confirmation that Steven Reid and Richard Sadlier have been ruled out for four weeks and two months respectively. Reid cried off from training with an ankle ligament problem last Friday, while the deeply unfortunate Sadlier is STILL being troubled by the hip injury that sidelined him towards the end of last season. The striker’s injury has not healed satisfactorily according to a specialist and, while he is able to do some fitness work, the Dubliner will not be back in action until October at the soonest. The injuries spell bad news not just for Millwall boss Mark McGhee but also for Mick McCarthy: both players have already been ruled out of next month?s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia in Moscow. Today’s other Across the Water football headlines:.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Europe: Crowd trouble hits Italy loss to…
SI.com – Aug 21, 2002
Poland 1, Belgium 1 At Szczecin, the unmarked Maciej Zurawski put Poland ahead in the sixth minute after Belgian goalkeeper Geert De Vlieger missed a pass from Kamil Kosowski. Belgium leveled the score in the 42nd minute as Poland ‘keeper Radoslaw Majdan bounced the ball back toward Belgium striker Wesley Sonk. Sonk did not miss the chance and drove it home from close range. Romania 0, Greece 1 Stelios Yiannacopoulos hammered home a free kick after just 17 minutes for the only goal at the Gheorghe Hagi stadium in Bucharest. The Romanians could have equalized in the 33rd minute when striker Daniel Pancu fired a volley shot from seven meters just over the bar and Adrian Iencsi’s header from eight meters hit the post five minutes from the end. Russia 1, Sweden 1 Ajax Amsterdam striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an injury time equalizer to cancel out a Swedish strike before 20,000 fans at Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium. Four minutes into the second half, Zenit St.

Saez aims to impress with new-look Spain side
SI.com – Aug 20, 2002
Valeron will be joined in the squad by club colleague Sergiowho was called up to replace the injured Ivan Helguera. Raul and Fernando Morientes are set to lead the attack andwith exciting young wingers Joaquin and Vicente also in thesquad the Real Madrid strike pair are likely to see plenty ofthe ball. The Hungary match is Saez’s only opportunity to try outplayers ahead of Euro 2004 qualification campaign which getsunderway against Greece on September 7. Spain have also been drawn together with Ukraine, NorthernIreland and Armenia in group 6. Raul honored by appointment as Spain captain BUDAPEST (Reuters) — Real Madrid striker Raul sayshis appointment as Spain captain will not signal a change in hisapproach to Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary. “For me it is a real honor to be made captain at25-years-old, but the responsibility remains exactly the same asbefore,” the prolific striker told reporters at a newsconference in Budapest on Tuesday. “All I aim to do is to keep the team united, ensure there isa good atmosphere and that we are all able to enjoy ourselves… The Hungary match is Saez’s only opportunity to try outplayers ahead of Euro 2004 qualification campaign which getsunderway against Greece on September 7. Spain have also been drawn together with Ukraine, NorthernIreland and Armenia in group 6. Raul honored by appointment as Spain captain BUDAPEST (Reuters) — Real Madrid striker Raul sayshis appointment as Spain captain will not signal a change in hisapproach to Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary. “For me it is a real honor to be made captain at25-years-old, but the responsibility remains exactly the same asbefore,” the prolific striker told reporters at a newsconference in Budapest on Tuesday. “All I aim to do is to keep the team united, ensure there isa good atmosphere and that we are all able to enjoy ourselves. Coach Inaki Saez, who will be taking charge of the nationalside for the first time since replacing Jose Antonio Camacholast month, said it was easy to explain why he had chosen Raulas his new captain. “He has played more internationals than anyone else in theside, and apart from his charisma and quality he is thearchetypal professional who is always trying to improve, scoremore goals and push himself to the limit,” he said.

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