Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 14, 2002

Vogts needs to come up with the answers

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The News Review:

* Portugal spend £3.5bn in attempt to restore tarnished image
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – UK: United’s Scholes out for up to six weeks…
* Burns demands men not mice
* Vogts needs to come up with the answers
* Caption competition winner 112
* McCarthy vows to stick by team
* Macedonia on march | England | International | Football | Sport |…
* Saez puts faith in his Spanish prodigies
* Totally unacceptable – but don’t blame Bertie
* Two more knock on Vogts’ door
* Moyes wants Weir explanation
* Bowen denies Bruce rift
* Sport facing strike threat
* Bowen to relinquish Wales role
* Are you Wales in disguise?
* Hughes close to signing new deal
* Stomach bug rules out Campbell
* Scholes faces knee surgery
* Matyus keen to impress Hibs fans

Portugal spend £3.5bn in attempt to restore tarnished image
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2002
Staging Euro 2004 will leave Portugal with a £3. 5 billion hole in the pocket and when the centre-right PSD swept to power on a cost-cutting ticket in March’s general elections, the fear was that national prestige would follow outgoing socialist premier Antonio Gutierres into the wilderness. Much of PSD leader Jose Manuel Durao Barroso’s election campaign was built around the cost of Euro 2004. The government had promised to pay 25 per cent of the bill for the 10 new or refurbished stadiums and to bankroll the necessary improvements to transport systems. The PSD and the conservative PP railed against such expense at a time when western Europe’s poorest nation was facing EU sanctions over their budget deficit… Local politicians were even more vehement, threatening to pull the plug on funds as soon as they took office. In the event, the socialists lost heavily in the local elections and a PSD-PP coalition at national level cemented the change in political mood. But Barroso was shrewd enough to perform a volte-face, pledging to honour the previous administration’s commitment to Euro 2004 – though he has stressed that not one extra euro will be available. Locally, the new mayors followed suit, with one exception. Rui Rio, who took charge of the city of Oporto in the spring, is to labour relations what Roy Keane is to hospitality suites. Work on FC Porto’s new, £75 million Antas stadium stopped as disputes over pay and conditions flared. The situation in Oporto threatened major embarrassment until Portugal’s president, Jorge Sampaio, had a word with Rio.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – UK: United’s Scholes out for up to six weeks…
SI.com – Sep 11, 2002
Along with domestic fixtures, Scholes will also miss the start of United’s Champions League campaign, which opens against Maccabi Haifa at Old Trafford on September 18, the club’s Web site reported. Scholes, who could also be ruled out of England’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia from October 12-16, has been struggling since he picked up the injury in a pre-season tournament in Amsterdam against Ajax. “He has never recovered from the tackle in Amsterdam,” manager Alex Ferguson told reporters Tuesday. “He’s not completed a match since last season and we havehad to bite the bullet. Scholes was at the center of controversy last week when Ferguson said he was unavailable for England duty with an ankle injury, only to subsequently field him against Middlesbrough in the Premier League. United defender Gary Neville has been named in the squad forWednesday’s match against Bolton Wanderers although he will not play… Scholes, who could also be ruled out of England’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia from October 12-16, has been struggling since he picked up the injury in a pre-season tournament in Amsterdam against Ajax. “He has never recovered from the tackle in Amsterdam,” manager Alex Ferguson told reporters Tuesday. “He’s not completed a match since last season and we havehad to bite the bullet. Scholes was at the center of controversy last week when Ferguson said he was unavailable for England duty with an ankle injury, only to subsequently field him against Middlesbrough in the Premier League. United defender Gary Neville has been named in the squad forWednesday’s match against Bolton Wanderers although he will not play. Neville broke a bone in his foot during the Champions Leaguesemifinal, first leg defeat by Bayer Leverkusen in April, forcing him to withdraw from the England squad and the World Cup. “Gary Neville is included in the squad tomorrow (against Bolton),” manager Alex Ferguson told reporters.

Burns demands men not mice
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2002
“When I look back 20 years, I see a time when we had players like Dalglish, Souness, Cooper and Bett, but that well has dried up. Now we have a lot of decent professionals but many have come through earlier than we expected. How can we help young players? It is better done over three or four years, not two or three games. “They might not go well, so they get slaughtered by the press and then dumped. What they need is to be allowed to settle in and to be able to play regularly and develop,” said Burns. “It’s not just the younger players who are bruised – it’s the older players, too. But there are big expectations.

Vogts needs to come up with the answers
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 9, 2002
One full week on the training ground with his squad was all that was required to put right at least enough of the wrongs we saw that night at Hampden to dispose of the Faroe Islands. If these words from the self-styled “McVogts” didn’t ring true at that time, then today they certainly sound hollow, the inept performance in that footballing outpost rightly being described as a new low in this country’s 130 years of international competition. But if that display wasn’t bad enough – a draw against the part-timers having almost put paid to our hopes of qualifying for Euro 2004 virtually before the qualifying campaign was underway – then Vogts’ reaction must be even more worrying for SFA chief executive David Taylor and his army of blazers at Hampden. For a coach who is reputedly earning £3 million over the next four years to admit: “I can’t give you any answers about what went wrong because I don’t know” simply isn’t good enough. Vogts has been in post for almost seven months now, taken charge of seven matches and, bar a win over a Hong Kong select, has yet to taste victory. In all, the German coach has used an astonishing 36 players, half of them gaining their first caps in the process, and yet today he looks further away from having the answers than he did before that 5-0 whipping by the then world champions, France, in Paris on March 27. It may be that the job is tougher than Vogts himself realised although, like any high-powered executive, it’s hard to believe that he jumped at it without carrying out a little homework of his own… SPL club Motherwell are placed in administration with lack of television money partly blamed. MAY: Airdrie are placed in full liquidation bringing the club to an end. Football authorities tell the Old Firm they will not be allowed to leave SPL for pastures new. Scotland’s Far East tour starts badly with a 4-1 defeat by South Korea in Seoul before a 2-0 loss to South Africa. A win over a Hong Kong select XI does not plaster over the cracks. JULY: Clydebank become the second Football League club to fold as they are bought out by newly-created Airdrie United. Hamilton Academicals players, management and administration staff walk out on the club after not getting paid regularly since April.

Caption competition winner 112
BBC News – Sep 9, 2002
But which caption gave us the biggest laugh?

After an impressive showing at the World Cup, the Republic of Ireland travelled to Moscow with high hopes for a good start to their Euro 2004 campaign. And their loyal bunch of fans certainly seemed to be enjoying the trip – under the watchful eye of a local bobby. But the boys in green were not at their best, and a final scoreline of 4-2 to the home side no doubt saw the fans travelling back to the Emerald Isle with a heavy heart. But Richard of the UK certainly brought a smile to our faces with these witty words:

Paddy became the laughing stock of the town as his new Internet bride was introduced to the family. Nice one Richard, your goody bag is on its way!

Here’s the best of the rest:

Look Paddy, I bet you any punts you like that he’s taking this photo of us for a caption competition… But which caption gave us the biggest laugh?

After an impressive showing at the World Cup, the Republic of Ireland travelled to Moscow with high hopes for a good start to their Euro 2004 campaign. And their loyal bunch of fans certainly seemed to be enjoying the trip – under the watchful eye of a local bobby. But the boys in green were not at their best, and a final scoreline of 4-2 to the home side no doubt saw the fans travelling back to the Emerald Isle with a heavy heart. But Richard of the UK certainly brought a smile to our faces with these witty words:

Paddy became the laughing stock of the town as his new Internet bride was introduced to the family. Nice one Richard, your goody bag is on its way!

Here’s the best of the rest:

Look Paddy, I bet you any punts you like that he’s taking this photo of us for a caption competition. John Leadbeater, UK

The suspects are lined up as Russian police investigate the robbery at the local Oxfam shop. Alan Hunter, England

Auditions appear to be going well for the new ‘Village People’.

McCarthy vows to stick by team
rte.ie – Sep 9, 2002
The Euro 2004 qualifier ended in the worst result in the 68 games of McCarthy’s six-year reign. “This is the first bad day we have had at the office for a long, long time,” McCarthy said. He laughed off suggestions he might make changes for next month’s Group 10 qualifier at home to Switzerland, and added: “It was a bad day, but we were always going to have one at some stage. The only time I would be angry with them is if we didn’t compete or have a go, but that’s not the case here. They all had a right go and there has been no lack of effort or commitment, so how could I be angry with them?””I am not going to go screaming or shouting at lads who have been so consistent for so long… He laughed off suggestions he might make changes for next month’s Group 10 qualifier at home to Switzerland, and added: “It was a bad day, but we were always going to have one at some stage. The only time I would be angry with them is if we didn’t compete or have a go, but that’s not the case here. They all had a right go and there has been no lack of effort or commitment, so how could I be angry with them?””I am not going to go screaming or shouting at lads who have been so consistent for so long. Some days you don’t play as well as others and that for me is what it was about,” McCarthy added. “Look back at this group of lads and how consistently they have performed over the last two years. There is not going to be major surgery or major changes and to suggest that would be ridiculous because they have been excellent. “”You could see how delighted Russia were to win, we have become a bit of a scalp – that goes with the territory.

Macedonia on march | England | International | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2002
Here are warriors of the sternest Balkan tradition. Believing there is greater chance of home points than in Southampton next Wednesday, he will use striker Georgi Hristov, who has a slight injury, for the opening 45 minutes, thereby almost certainly preventing his appearance against England. Hristov, previously with Barnsley, is now at Nijmegen in Holland. “These are two extremely hard matches,” Ilievski said. “If we could lose in England by only one goal, we would regard that as a success.

Saez puts faith in his Spanish prodigies
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2002
Saez does not worry about such talk. At 59, he has been in the game as player, coach or selector for more than four decades. While he may not have been the popular choice to succeed Jose Antonio Camacho, no one was better placed to take control… All of which means that Saez knows the best young players in Spain, and he has not been slow to promote them. Saez began his reign with a friendly in Hungary to honour Ferenc Puskas. That game finished 1-1 but when it mattered, in last month’s opening Euro 2004 qualifier against Greece, Spain shocked the Athens crowd with a 2-0 victory. On Saturday they take on Northern Ireland,.

Totally unacceptable – but don’t blame Bertie
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 9, 2002
The Scots had drawn 1-1 here on their last visit but had only surrendered a late equaliser when they were down to ten men. Then, they had almost won; this time the Faroes had been on top for almost the entire game. But Lambert was adamant that the players, and not a manager who had lost every previous full international since taking the job in March, were to blame. He said: “That was unacceptable – totally unacceptable. No disrespect to the Faroes but drawing with them is definitely not good enough. It is shocking for the manager. I feel sorry for him because he has been great with us.

Two more knock on Vogts’ door
BBC News – Sep 10, 2002
And, as the Motherwell winger was about to star in front of the German at Fir Park, Partick Thistle boss John Lambie suggested that his own side had the answer to the national side’s defensive frailties. Scotland lost two sloppy goals in the humiliating 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Some have suggested that English Premiership-based central defenders Christian Dailly and David Weir will no longer figure prominently for Vogts… The teenager blotted his copybook by missing his flight home from the end-of-season tour to the Far East. He has since been relegated to the Under-21s but on Wednesday made the opening goal then won a penalty and scored from it as relegation candidates Motherwell upset the Scottish champions 2-1. McFadden insisted that it was not a performance designed to impress the watching Scotland boss. “First and foremost I want to play for Motherwell and anything else is a bonus,” he said. “I want to play for Scotland, but if I don’t get picked, I don’t get picked. ”

Well boss Terry Butcher, however, described McFadden’s performance, like the whole of his team, as “magnificent”. He did not like to put pressure on Vogts but said: “James has done well for the Under-21s, is still learning but must take the opportunity when it comes and not miss his flight home.

Moyes wants Weir explanation
rte.ie – Sep 13, 2002
Scotsman Moyes is clearly not happy with claims, attributed to Scotland boss Berti Vogts, that the experienced Weir was partly responsible for the shock away draw with the Faroe Islands. Vogts was reported to have said: “The older players like Christian Dailly and David Weir who play in England, have already disappointed me. They were to blame for the first two goals, it wasn’t the youngsters. ” Now an annoyed Moyes says: “I will be writing to the SFA to make my views clear.

Bowen denies Bruce rift
BBC News – Sep 13, 2002
Although disappointed with the situation, Bowen says he understands the position and insists there is no rift between himself and Bruce. Bowen said: “Steve Bruce is one of my best friends in football and we have always had a good relationship. “There is no fall-out with him about the Wales issue, not one cross word has been exchanged between the two of us. “The situation with Wales is that naturally I am disappointed because I have been doing the job with them for the past two years. “But Birmingham City has to be the priority over everything and I understand that. ”

No quitter

Bowen added that he was still very much part of the Wales set-up under Hughes. He remains hopeful that Birmingham will agree to release him for certain matches in Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifying campaign… “But Birmingham City has to be the priority over everything and I understand that. ”

No quitter

Bowen added that he was still very much part of the Wales set-up under Hughes. He remains hopeful that Birmingham will agree to release him for certain matches in Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. “I haven’t quit with Wales as I have seen suggested in some headlines,” Bowen added. “I’ve never quit on anything but it is a fact that Birmingham have said they need me with them full-time in the Premier League at this juncture. “But as things stand I have to concentrate 100% on club matters and there is not an issue with Steve Bruce or anyone at the club about that. ”

Wales’ second Group Nine qualifier on 16 October against Italy is already a sell-out at the Millennium Stadium.

Sport facing strike threat
BBC News – Sep 11, 2002
“In any sport the venue concerned has to have a safety certificate issued by the local authority safety advisory group. “If firefighting cover was not available some sort of contingency plan would have to be devised between the football club and the local authority. “If they could not meet the safety requirements, football games would have to be postponed, as would rugby games or anything in a stadium. “If we were advised of a strike we would pass on information and it would then become an issue between the clubs and local authorities. ”

Reduced cover

The Fire Brigades’ Union has rejected a 4% pay rise and is demanding a near-40% increase which would take annual salaries from ?21,500 to ?30,000. The last firefighters’ strike in 1977-78 lasted nine weeks and army ‘Green goddess’ fire engines were used as cover… But the Ministry of Defence has admitted it would not be able to provide the same degree of cover as the fire service. “We will be there for emergencies only,” a spokesman said. England, Wales and Northern Ireland all have home Euro 2004 qualifiers next month which could theoretically be affected. And any long-term disruption to domestic football and rugby could cause serious fixture congestion later in the season. A spokesman for Premier Rugby Ltd, the body in charge of club rugby union in England, said: “Common sense tells you that you need to make sure your crowds are safe – and we would make a decision nearer the time.

Bowen to relinquish Wales role
BBC News – Sep 11, 2002
It’s bad enough him being away for a day let alone a week. ”

With Wales enjoying one of their best run of results for 10 years, Bowen is understandably reluctant to sever his Welsh ties. “I was gutted not being in Finland, but really chuffed by the result and the performance,” said Bowen. “I can’t really comment on what is going to happen now, but I have talked to Steve Bruce and he knows how important Wales is to me… “But I understand that there is a lot of work for me here at Birmingham, certainly at the beginning of the season. “I just hope something can be worked out so that I can be involved for the next match with Italy. ”

That second Euro 2004 qualifier on 16 October is already a sell-out at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. And although Bruce is sympathetic to Bowen’s plight of missing out at one of the most exciting times in Welsh football history, the Blues manager is standing firm. Bruce added: “I can understand Mark Bowen’s disappointment as he has done a good job with the national side. “But his allegiance must be to our club. I cannot see any way of him even joining the Welsh a day before a game.

Are you Wales in disguise?
BBC News – Sep 9, 2002
For so long a laughing stock on the international stage – and a revolving door for managers – the national side are now looking to the future with real optimism. Mark Hughes survived a miserable start to his reign as Wales came perilously close to completing their World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign without a single victory. But their revival was confirmed by an impressive 1-0 win over Germany in a friendly in May, and Saturday’s 2-0 triumph in Finland got their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign off to a flier. Tottenham youngster Simon Davies continued his impressive rise with another goal, following up an effort against Croatia which Hughes described as ‘one of the great international goals’. The upshot is that while Wales have a genuine chance of qualifying, Scotland find themselves in the very ‘Welsh’ position of knowing the game is almost up before it has begun. It is just four years since Craig Brown’s side lined up against Brazil in the opening game of France 98, suffering an unlucky 2-1 defeat after a Tommy Boyd own goal. And had it not been for the heroics of England’s David Seaman at Wembley in 1999, the Scots would have been celebrating a great victory over their old enemy – and a place at Euro 2000… The upshot is that while Wales have a genuine chance of qualifying, Scotland find themselves in the very ‘Welsh’ position of knowing the game is almost up before it has begun. It is just four years since Craig Brown’s side lined up against Brazil in the opening game of France 98, suffering an unlucky 2-1 defeat after a Tommy Boyd own goal. And had it not been for the heroics of England’s David Seaman at Wembley in 1999, the Scots would have been celebrating a great victory over their old enemy – and a place at Euro 2000. There was once a time when Scotland nourished England’s top clubs with a string of top-class players. The likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Alan Hansen, Joe Jordan, Dave Mackay, Denis Law and Bruce Rioch would would have walked into the England side of their era. Now Sven-Goran Eriksson would be unlikely to give any of the current crop much consideration for a place in his squad. Where in the past Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe and Hughes himself were rare shining lights, Wales currently boast two genuine stars in the shape of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy.

Hughes close to signing new deal
BBC News – Sep 9, 2002

He added: “I can assure everyone that Mark Hughes will be the Wales team manager for a few years to come. ”

Despite a difficult start to his international managerial career which saw Wales going 12 matches without a win, Hughes has now found a winning formula. The 2-0 win against Finland in their opening Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday stretched the side’s unbeaten run to six matches. Hughes, though, still needs resolve the issue of Mark Bowen’s continued involvement as his assistant. With Eric Harrison’s involvement limited because of health problems, that leaves Hughes with only Eddie Niedzwiecki to help with training duties… Hughes, though, still needs resolve the issue of Mark Bowen’s continued involvement as his assistant. With Eric Harrison’s involvement limited because of health problems, that leaves Hughes with only Eddie Niedzwiecki to help with training duties. But with the national wide riding on the crest of wave at them moment, Hughes should have little difficulty in attracting suitable candidates. David Williams, Dean Saunders and Brian Flynn are all available. And as there would be no real objection to having a foreigner on board, Hughes’ former Manchester United team-mate Bryan Robson could be soon wearing a Welsh tracksuit.

Stomach bug rules out Campbell
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 10, 2002
The loss of Campbell means that Sven Goran Erikkson, England’s coach, will not be able to pick his first choice centre-back pairing after Rio Ferdinand was ruled out with a knee injury. Paul Newman, the Football Association’s spokesman, said Campbell’s condition would be reassesed after Saturday’s match in Bratislava… The loss of Campbell means that Sven Goran Erikkson, England’s coach, will not be able to pick his first choice centre-back pairing after Rio Ferdinand was ruled out with a knee injury. Paul Newman, the Football Association’s spokesman, said Campbell’s condition would be reassesed after Saturday’s match in Bratislava. He said: “Sol has a bout of gastroenteritis, is confined to be under doctor’s instructions and has not eaten anything for the past two days.

Scholes faces knee surgery
BBC News – Sep 10, 2002
The England international has been struggling since he picked up the injury in a pre-season tournament in Amsterdam against Ajax, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “He has never recovered from the tackle in Amsterdam,” Ferguson said. “He’s not completed a match since last season and we have had to bite the bullet. ”

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Hopefully the injury situation will sort itself out in the next few weeks

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Sir Alex Ferguson

Scholes was at the centre of controversy when he was ruled out of the England squad to face Portugal on Saturday through injury – but then played for United against Middlesbrough. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted he was “surprised” to see Scholes in action. But Ferguson insisted Scholes was injured, and now he will join captain Roy Keane on the sidelines. Along with domestic fixtures, Scholes will also miss the start of United’s Champions League campaign, which opens against Maccabi Haifa at Old Trafford on 18 September… But Ferguson insisted Scholes was injured, and now he will join captain Roy Keane on the sidelines. Along with domestic fixtures, Scholes will also miss the start of United’s Champions League campaign, which opens against Maccabi Haifa at Old Trafford on 18 September. He could also be ruled out of England’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia from 12-16 October. Scholes has been booked in for surgery on his knee and misses the home game against Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday. It is a severe blow to United’s midfield resources, with Keane also facing a possible six-week absence after an operation on a hip injury. Ferguson is now left with only four of the six midfielders he relies on first choices – Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Juan Sebastian Veron. Beckham is also fighting to overcome a calf strain picked up in the same game against Middlesbrough on 3 September.

Matyus keen to impress Hibs fans
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 11, 2002
Before the Motherwell game everyone had spoken about us being under pressure but from my first day at Easter Road I saw the quality of the players we have. “I was 100 per cent sure that we weren’t the worst team in the league, that with the very good players and manager we have we could go up the table and finish third, fourth or fifth. ” Having tasted victory in his first match, Matyus admitted he was a little disappointed to be left waiting for a game as the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign kicked off, although that time was well spent getting to know Edinburgh. He said: “I’m living in a hotel, not for the first time in my life, and it can get a little boring. I’m hoping to get a flat and then my girlfriend can join me. “But last Friday I got my car and I spent all weekend driving around Edinburgh having a look at the city.

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