Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 5, 2002

Owen to captain England in Beckham’s absence

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The News Review:

* – Soccer – Euro 2004: Zidane wants to give France new start…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Lovenkrands out for Danes
* Owen to captain England in Beckham’s absence
* BBC SPORT | Football | Vogts knows victory is vital
* – Soccer – Henry unfit for France’s qualifier against…
* McCarthy: Keane will haunt me
* Bellamy cleared for Wales duty
* Hartson ready for Hyypia tussle
* Flo targets Norway return
* Naysmith is doubtful for Faroes encounter
* Dyer out again at vital time for club and country
* Why Dublin fans shouldn’t feel too blue
* Ferguson upset by Vogts’ criticism
* What went wrong for Ireland?
* Scotland hit with double injury blow
* Russia game could be called off – Soccer – Euro 2004: Zidane wants to give France new start… – Sep 4, 2002
Forty nations are in qualifying action this weekend while Sven-Goran Eriksson has run into more injury trouble as his England faces Euro 2004 host Portugal in a friendly game. The star-studded French squad didn’t even score a single goal as it gave up its World Cup title and went home after the first round. Although they are in one of the easiest of the 10 qualifying groups, Jacques Santini’s men daren’t take anything for granted in Nicosia on Saturday. Santini, who took over from the fired Roger Lemerre after the World Cup debacle, has to start with a victory before the team takes on Israel, Slovenia and Malta in other Group 1 games. “We have work to do,” said star midfielder Zinedine Zidane… It’s a game Italy should win easily but the national team has an ability of losing concentration in situations like this and rivals Yugoslavia, Finland and Wales could take advantage. “I’m convinced we’ll have a positive reaction [from the World Cup],” Trapattoni said. “These are players with pride who are not used to losing so I hope the fall is over and we can begin our climb back. ” In Group 6, Greece hopes that a noisy Athens crowd will lift the team against Spain, another of the leading contenders which has Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Armenia to contend with. The Greeks have made just one appearance in the finals in 1980 and this could be its best chance of another. “Spain is certainly the favored team in the group, but we hope to be a surprise,” said striker George Georgiadis. Turkey is still buoyant after its surprise third place finish at the World Cup and coach Senol Gunes has asked for a similar effort as his team hosts Slovakia in Group 7.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 5, 2002
It is good to have big visions, big aims. I certainly think it is. ? Eriksson, whose contract runs out after the 2006 World Cup, does not envisage making any radical changes to his squad in the next couple of years. He said: ?I don?t want to do many changes. I think the team we have is very good and we can do better and better every year. ?If the up and coming young players are good enough then, yes, they can be part of things, but at the moment the base for things is the World Cup squad. ? England get their first outing since the 2-1 World Cup defeat to Brazil when they take on Portugal on Saturday in a friendly in Birmingham… ? England get their first outing since the 2-1 World Cup defeat to Brazil when they take on Portugal on Saturday in a friendly in Birmingham. Skipper David Beckham is already out of that match due to injury. The English are in a Euro 2004 qualifyng group which also includes World Cup third-place team Turkey, Slovakia, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

Lovenkrands out for Danes
BBC News – Sep 3, 2002
Denmark have also lost captain Rene Henriksen ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Norway in Oslo. The Danes have called up three replacements to compensate for the loss of the Panathinaikos defender, Lovenkrands and former Celtic man Wieghorst, who had made his international return against Scotland after recovering from a life-threatening illness. Striker Peter Madsen and defender Per Nielsen, both club-mates of Wieghorst, have been called into the squad along with FC Copenhagen’s Martin Albrechtsen… The news of Lovenkrands’ withdrawal will delight Rangers manager Alex McLeish. McLeish had urged Denmark’s Football Association not to take risks with Lovenkrands’ fitness. Lovenkrands starred for the Danes as they defeated Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park last month. But he picked up an knee injury that prevented him playing in his club’s 6-0 hammering of Dunfermline Athletic on Sunday. Denmark insisted that the 22-year-old still travel with their squad to be checked by their medical staff ahead of this week’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Norway.

Owen to captain England in Beckham’s absence – Sep 5, 2002
We have to do better in the next European championships — and this coming friendly against Portugal has set us up for that. “I believe the best is to come from this team,” Ferdinand said. “Winning Euro 2004 is our aim and I know we can do it — if everyone stays fit. “I thought we did reasonably well at the World Cup but having got so close, going out was hard to take. Ferdinand disagreed with comments from Manchester United teammate Roy Keane in his recent autobiography — that some England players seemed more concerned with swapping shirts with Brazil than the result. “Nobody was more upset by what happened than the players — and a Brazil shirt as a memento does not make up for it I assure you,” Ferdinand said. “If Roy says such things it is not a problem to me… Ferdinand disagreed with comments from Manchester United teammate Roy Keane in his recent autobiography — that some England players seemed more concerned with swapping shirts with Brazil than the result. “Nobody was more upset by what happened than the players — and a Brazil shirt as a memento does not make up for it I assure you,” Ferdinand said. “If Roy says such things it is not a problem to me. He says what he feels and I like that in a player. He impresses me because he’s very honest it’s just on this occasion I don’t agree with him. England opens its qualifying campaign for Euro 2004 in group seven on October 12 in Slovakia, before going on to face Macedonia, Liechtenstein and World Cup semifinalist Turkey. Related informationStories.

BBC SPORT | Football | Vogts knows victory is vital
BBC News – Sep 3, 2002
Three years ago there,
Scotland played with their best players,” said Vogts, referring to the 1-1 draw the last time Scotland travelled to the Faroes. “We are now building a new team and there is only pressure on me and not the players. “The people in Scotland will not accept anything other than a win. ”

Vogts again criticised the decision by the Faroes’ authorities not to play the game at the new national stadium. “We are playing on a very bad pitch but we will do our best and
we will do more than we did against Denmark,” he added. “The pitch is not so good as Celtic Park, Ibrox or Hampden Park. – Soccer – Henry unfit for France’s qualifier against… – Sep 3, 2002
Santini replaced the Arsenal striker, sidelined by an ankle problem, with Liverpool midfielder Bruno Cheyrou. Cheyrou’s only experience of playing for France was as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Tunisia last month. But Santini nevertheless preferred him to Nicolas Anelka, who scored three goals for Manchester City against Everton on Saturday. “I wanted to keep a form of continuity in the squad and work as if in a club,” Santini told reporters at the team’s training center outside Paris… However, Santini said medical staff were “very optimistic” that midfielder Emmanuel Petit would recover from a toe injury in time for the match. “Manu is much better,” Santini said. Cheyrou is one of eight members of the 20-man squad who did not travel to Asia for the World Cup, which France exited in the first round with no goals scored. The disastrous performance by the reigning champions prompted French soccer officials to sack coach Roger Lemerre and replace him with Santini. Midfielder Patrick Vieira said he no longer thought about the World Cup. “The World Cup is part of the past, it’s completely forgotten,” Vieira said. “Most of the squad has forgotten about it.

McCarthy: Keane will haunt me
BBC News – Sep 5, 2002
Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy guaranteed his place in football history when he sent home his captain Keane from the World Cup finals in the summer. It is a saga which has since dominated Irish football and one which McCarthy feels will never go away. The Ireland team arrived in Moscow on Thursday night ahead of their first Euro 2004
qualifier against Russia on Saturday. McCarthy’s first press conference in Moscow was dominated by talk of the Manchester United skipper… “But it is an unfortunate fact of life that it is not going to happen,” said McCarthy. The Irish boss added that it was a “sad situation” that one of the world’s best players is not playing for his country. “But that is not my doing and I cannot do anything about it. “If it adds a bit more pressure then bring it on. “I have lived with that pressure in the past before and it is not going to affect me any more – I shall keep trying to smile”.

Bellamy cleared for Wales duty
BBC News – Sep 4, 2002
Magpies manager Bobby Robson gave his blessing after Bellamy gave assurances that he had felt no adverse reactions after playing for the reserves on Tuesday. Robson was reluctant to release Bellamy for international duty since a knee injury had restricted the striker to only 30 minutes of football in seven months. “I was England manager for eight years and know what club and international manager go through,” Robson told the South Wales Echo… “I have told Mark (Hughes) that if Craig is fit with no reaction today (Wednesday) from last night’s game against Blackburn then fine, he can go. ”

The Football Association of Wales say they are 90% sure that Bellamy will be on the plane from Heathrow on Thursday morning. It is the end of what was in danger of becoming an entrenched row between Newcastle and Wales. Hughes was concerned by Robson’s remarks after Bellamy’s Premiership comeback as a substitute at Liverpool on Monday, that he would “do everything to stop him going”.

Hartson ready for Hyypia tussle
BBC News – Sep 5, 2002
The Celtic striker will again be asked to lead the Wales forward line on his own in Helsinki – a role which he has made his own in the Mark Hughes era. Hartson’s ability to hold the ball to allow the likes of Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Simon Davies to break forward to join the attack has been instrumental in Wales’ recent revival. His combative style, though, is often penalised by European referees, and Hartson admits he struggles to contain his frustration. He said: “I feel generally in Europe the defenders are very, very
clever… “You try to use your muscle and power against them and the slightest
touch and they go over. “I suppose that’s clever play because they get a free-kick for their team, which is very frustrating for someone like me who likes a battle with a centre-half. “They are not playing the game, but that’s the way they are. “I hope and feel it won’t be like that with Sami. I have played against him a few times and he’s an exceptional centre-half. “He’s a big, strong athlete and good in the air. And he’s aggressive.

Flo targets Norway return
BBC News – Sep 4, 2002
Flo’s lack of regular football at Scottish club Rangers saw him lose his place in the Norwegian set-up. He has not been included in coach Nils Johan Semb’s team to face Denmark on Saturday in a qualifier for the 2004 European championships. But Flo scored the equaliser against Manchester United on his Sunderland debut and he is now aiming to find the form to break back into the international fold. “I’ve not been involved in the last couple of matches mainly because I was in and out of the side towards the end of my time with Rangers,” he told the Sunderland website. “I’m hoping this move will help me get back in. For me the Premiership is the best league in the world so if I do well at Sunderland it can only help… “I’m hoping this move will help me get back in. For me the Premiership is the best league in the world so if I do well at Sunderland it can only help. ”

Norway failed to qualify for the recent World Cup and Flo says the national team need to show improvement if they are going to reach Euro 2004. “The World Cup qualifying campaign was unsatisfactory,” added Flo. “We need to do better, starting with a big game against Denmark. ”

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Naysmith is doubtful for Faroes encounter
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 5, 2002
The Everton midfielder, who was to perform a left-sided wing-back role for Berti Vogts in the German’s first competitive game as Scotland manager, has an ankle injury. Naysmith was hurt towards the end of Everton’s 3-1 defeat against ten-man Manchester City last week, coming off worse in a clash with Nicolas Anelka. Vogts admitted that Naysmith might not even make this afternoon’s flight out to the Faroese capital Torshavn. He said: “We will wait until after training. Maybe he will have to go home, maybe he can go with us to the Faroes. “I will have a talk to the doctor. He has not been able to train at all with us.

Dyer out again at vital time for club and country
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 3, 2002
The gifted winger has been forced to withdraw from the England squad which faces Portugal on Saturday in a friendly after suffering a recurrence of shin splints. Not only is it bad news for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, the timing couldn’t be worse for Newcastle. They are aiming to make an impact not only in the Premiership but in the Champions League as well. Manager Sir Bobby Robson’s joy at securing an unlikely point in a 2-2 draw at Anfield was tempered by the injury to Dyer. “We are withdrawing Kieron from the squad and informing the FA as he has had a recurrence of shin splints,” said the Newcastle boss. “I can’t see him being fit for Saturday… “When he runs he is all right. But when he starts to walk he has intense pain and suffers spasms. ” Eriksson will no doubt be disappointed that Dyer will again miss out ahead of the Euro 2004 qualifiers. However, the Swede will be relieved that Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard suffered no more than a twisted ankle in the game. He looked in severe pain at the end of the first half when he caught his studs on the turf but he managed to last all but seven minutes of the match. An added bonus for Eriksson was that Liverpool striker Michael Owen finally got off the mark last night at the fourth time of asking. He scored from the penalty spot after Nikos Dabizas’s clumsy challenge on Sami Hyypia.

Why Dublin fans shouldn’t feel too blue
Irish Independent – Sep 5, 2002
As opening assignments go, the game in Moscow is pretty tough in any man’s language. Kenny Cunningham has been entrusted with the captain’s armband but he will know that a good start, like our performance in Holland two years ago, works wonders for confidence down the line. If they get a point or more from this journey, then the only thing which might scupper the flight to Euro 2004 is if Mick McCarthy’s book detonates another round of explosives like the one we’ve just tiptoed through. But surely that can’t happen, can it? SO will it be Brian Lohan lifting the Cup for Clare on Sunday or will Andy Comerford bring Liam McCarthy back to Kilkenny? Or for the first time since 1959 when Waterford and Kilkenny played out a draw, will we have to reconvene beyond Sunday for a conclusion to this year’s hurling championship? Kilkenny showed their class to stay ahead of Tipp in a classic semi-final, but you start to feel that the force of the wind in the Clare sails is such that there won’t be a puck of the ball between the colours come the final whistle. FANS of 7-a-side hurling have can look forward to an absolute feast of top class action in the annual All-Ireland senior and junior championships which will be hosted by two south Dublin clubs on Saturday. Kilmacud Crokes will stage the senior sevens while St Jude’s, Templeogue will cater for the juniors in day-long competitions which always act as the perfect All-Ireland final appetisers… Yet when Ray Cosgrove was endeavouring to tie the scores up with virtually the last kick of the game, not one, but two Armagh players were far from the required distance 10 metres from the kicker. The referee was quite close to this incident and having had his slide rule in operation, I was astounded that he didn’t warn them to retreat or bring forward the free. The point is not made here to deny Armagh a thoroughly deserved victory, but to again highlight the inconsistencies among officials which drive the players and fans mad. I HAD a bad back week which restricted my sifting through all those wonderful responses for the “Scores which weren’t meant, but I never told anyone” series this column has been running recently. So with the hurling final upon me too quickly unless the above draw becomes a reality, I will make the final announcement next week with the prize of two football tickets going to the victor. GOAL OF THE WEEK: In the end it was to no avail as far as Dublin was concerned, but Ciarán Whelan’s wonderful acceleration onto Alan Brogan’s pass and his thundering left-footed rocket past Benny Tierney in the Armagh goal will be remembered in its own right as one of the great Croke Park goals. The best scored in the new Croke Park? I think so.

Ferguson upset by Vogts’ criticism
BBC News – Sep 4, 2002
But the national manager and his captain-in-waiting have held clear-the-air talks ahead of this weekend’s Euro 2004 qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Vogts was critical of Ferguson and midfield partner Paul Lambert for not talking to one another enough during what was only their second game in the same side. And Ferguson told Rangers News: “I have to admit I wasn’t happy when I saw the quotes. "

I fully admit I didn’t play my best game


Barry Ferguson

“It wasn’t nice waking up to see that in the papers. “I fully admit I didn’t play my best game, but you can’t be man of the match every time and I wasn’t the only one who didn’t reach the level we all wanted.

What went wrong for Ireland?
BBC News – Sep 3, 2002
Can they get their Euro 2004 campaign back on track?

This debate is now closed. Mick McCarthy’s men paid the price for an uncharacteristically sloppy performance against a well organised Russian side. Andrei Kariaka Vladimire Beschastnykn the home side two goals up at half time, and Ireland never recovered. Gary Doherty and Clinton Morrison found the net in the second half, but the Irish were again exposed at the back and their defensive lapses cost them dear. Were McCarthy’s men too complacent? And can they recover from their crushing defeat?

Forget the whole Roy Keane issue… He must start playing form players like O’Shea and Butler (who has ousted Kilbane from the Sundarland squad, yet still finds himself in the Irish U21s. )

The team lacked the unity they displayed in the World Cup and if McCarthy doesn’t start playing form players, he’ll be found out over the coming season. I’m not a Roy Keane fanatic – he’s a terrific, if stubborn player. But if the displays continue as they were on Saturday, it’ll soon be time for a change.

Scotland hit with double injury blow – Sep 4, 2002
Leeds defender Matteo picked up an ankle injury against Birmingham on Saturday, while West Brom’s Innes has been trouble by a knee injury for some time now. Burns said “Dominic isn’t going to make it. He tried to train but there is no point including him for such a big game if he isn’t fit. Derek showed great enthusiasm when he joined the squad and it’s just been unfortunate that he can’t train either… He tried to train but there is no point including him for such a big game if he isn’t fit. Derek showed great enthusiasm when he joined the squad and it’s just been unfortunate that he can’t train either. ” Former Celtic manager Burns also revealed that Robbie Stockdale and Scot Gemmill will not be travelling with the squad for Saturday’s game. The news of these absentees will come as a blow to Berti Vogts, who is under pressure to deliver a comprehensive victory over footballing minnows the Farroe Islands. Vogts himself admitted that only a win would do, and said “We have to win against Faroes. We have to focus on qualifying for the European Championships and the World Cup qualification, but we need time. “Filed by Rob Wright.

Russia game could be called off – Sep 5, 2002
But Russian officials are extremely worried about the conditions and Football Union Secretary-General Vladimir Radionov says that a delay or even postponement could occur. The pollution has led to a major increase in carbon monoxide levels, causing respiratory problems in the region. A final decision will be made on Saturday morning, when representatives of both countries and UEFA delegates meet to discuss whether or not the fixture should proceed. Today’s other Across the Water football headlines:.

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