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October 2, 2002

Vogts calls up Devlin

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Vogts shrugs off…
* Rangers reveal debts have risen to £52m
* Leeds form puzzling for Viduka
* Vogts calls up Devlin
* Murray leads by example
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kahn offers to step down as captain -…
* Hughes adds weight to his credentials
* Won Some, Lost Some : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
* Manchester Utd 4, Olympiakos 0

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Vogts shrugs off…
BBC News – Oct 2, 2002
Everton defender Weir sent a letter to the Scottish Football Association making it clear he did not want to be part of the squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier in Iceland a week on Saturday. And it quickly became clear that the 32-year-old was so angered by comments attributed to Vogts that he is unlikely to play for his country again – certainly while the German remains in charge. Following the disappointing 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands, Vogts was quoted in the German press as saying: “Dailly and Weir disappointed me.

Rangers reveal debts have risen to £52m
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 30, 2002
“It’s not a major worry because we have it under control,” he told a shareholders’ meeting at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium. We have to manage our debt and we will do that but we are not losing sleep over it. “Rangers made a trading loss of £19… Dick did as well,” he added. France international striker Djibrill Cisse will be absent for Auxerre when Arsenal visit the Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps for tomorrow’s Champions League match. Cisse had missed the first two games of the Champions League with a foot injury and is already being considered doubtful for France’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovenia a week on Saturday. Cisse should be replaced by the Zimbabwean Mwaruwari Benjani, who has scored six goals in French league matches this season including the first goal in his side’s 4-1 weekend victory at Nantes. But Guy Roux, the Auxerre coach, is expecting a difficult test after Arsenal’s successive Champions League wins, at home to Borussia Dortmund and away to PSV Eindhoven. He said: “Our win at Nantes will have no bearing on the game with Arsenal, who are the best team in the world. Eindhoven and Dortmund are in a similar category to us, with a little more experience.

Leeds form puzzling for Viduka
The Age – Oct 2, 2002
It’s frustrating, but it’s OK for now. I’m sure it will come. ” Venables was not Leeds’ first choice to take over after O’Leary was sacked, and the jury remains out on Venables. On one hand, he is a firm favourite with players, who rave about his ability as a coach, especially his communication skills. Critics, however, point to an also-ran record. His only major honours are a Spanish title with Barcelona in 1985 and the 1991 FA Cup with Tottenham. His work with England, besides a 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro 96, was patchy and his 18 months with Australia will always be remembered for those last 20 minutes against Iran… They obviously don’t want us there. ” Viduka believes a priority for Farina should be to take advantage of qualifying matches for Euro 2004 and, when spare weeks appear on calendars across Europe’s leagues, hold Socceroo gatherings. Matches against game-less European sides would be beneficial but even training camps would aid a well-planned World Cup campaign. “Games in Australia are good but matches in Europe are very important,” he said. “During international weekends, all the Australians do is train by ourselves. Leeds have Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and English internationals.

Vogts calls up Devlin
BBC News – Oct 2, 2002
Stephen Crainey, Paul Dickov and Allan Johnston are dropped, paying the price for the embarrassing draw in the Faroe Islands. David Weir this week said he would not play for Scotland again, while Kevin McNaughton and Derek McInnes miss out this time through injury. Russell Anderson, Callum Davidson, Steven Pressley, Jamie McFadden and Jackie McNamara are all recalled to the international set-up… Stephen Crainey, Paul Dickov and Allan Johnston are dropped, paying the price for the embarrassing draw in the Faroe Islands. David Weir this week said he would not play for Scotland again, while Kevin McNaughton and Derek McInnes miss out this time through injury. Russell Anderson, Callum Davidson, Steven Pressley, Jamie McFadden and Jackie McNamara are all recalled to the international set-up.

Murray leads by example
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 30, 2002
There was the odd occasion during these 90 minutes in which that point was highlighted but while catching Livingston offside 11 times may, to some, hint at a degree of negativity, it also suggests a greater cohesion among those at the back. Overall, however, this was a pretty grim match as might have been expected from two sides who have seen their respective fortunes plummet since hitting the heady heights of third in the SPL. But how Livingston would be kicking themselves for not making the most of the possession they enjoyed during the opening 45 minutes although, if truth be told, neither side was capable of stringing much more than three or four passes together. Despite that advantage, Livington never managed to trouble Hibs goalkeeper Nick Colgan during that spell while the home side, who had seen Quino take an inswinging corner from Jarkko Wiss off his own goal-line, made the most of the one clear-cut opportunity they carved out right on the stroke of half-time. Grant Brebner picked up Garry O’Connor’s flick and laid it into the path of Ian Murray, the skipper putting his side ahead for the second league game in succession by coolly slipping the ball beyond Javier Sanchez Broto to claim what proved to be the decisive goal. The strike capped yet another impressive performance by the Scotland Under-21 captain who must now be knocking on the door of Berti Vogts’ squad for the crunch Euro 2004 match against Iceland which will be announced on Wednesday evening. And, while refusing to tempt fate, Murray, who is now closing in on 100 games for Hibs despite his age, admitted it was frustrating to see players who can’t get a game for their club playing for their country… Despite that advantage, Livington never managed to trouble Hibs goalkeeper Nick Colgan during that spell while the home side, who had seen Quino take an inswinging corner from Jarkko Wiss off his own goal-line, made the most of the one clear-cut opportunity they carved out right on the stroke of half-time. Grant Brebner picked up Garry O’Connor’s flick and laid it into the path of Ian Murray, the skipper putting his side ahead for the second league game in succession by coolly slipping the ball beyond Javier Sanchez Broto to claim what proved to be the decisive goal. The strike capped yet another impressive performance by the Scotland Under-21 captain who must now be knocking on the door of Berti Vogts’ squad for the crunch Euro 2004 match against Iceland which will be announced on Wednesday evening. And, while refusing to tempt fate, Murray, who is now closing in on 100 games for Hibs despite his age, admitted it was frustrating to see players who can’t get a game for their club playing for their country. He said: “If it happens, it will be great for me and the club but the under-21s have an important qualifying campaign coming up and as long as I am involved in some capacity I will be happy. “There’s some boys in the squad who aren’t playing first-team football which is perhaps a bit annoying for guys like me who are playing every week but all I can do is keep playing the way I am and if it happens it will be great news. ” The fact that, in the absence of the injured John O’Neil, Murray has captained Hibs with some distinction at a particularly rough time for the club can, though, hardly have failed to grab Vogts’ attention, Williamson’s decision to hand him the armband having been fully vindicated.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kahn offers to step down as captain -…
SI.com – Sep 30, 2002
“If anybody has the impression that I do not deserve thisrole any more, I will naturally step down immediately,” Kahntold Monday’s issue of German sports magazine Kicker. Kahn, who has a reputation for losing his temper, grabbedstriker Thomas Brdaric’s neck in Bayern’s 2-1 defeat at BayerLeverkusen on Saturday. The Bayern skipper was booked for the foul but manycommentators in the German media said he should have been sentoff. Brdaric, who later received his marching orders for a secondbookable offense, said after the match that he had feared forhis life. “It’s pointless to discuss it,” Kahn told Kicker when askedabout Brdaric’s comments… Germany’s Ziege out of Bosnia friendlyBERLIN (Reuters) — Christian Ziege will missGermany’s friendly international against Bosnia next week inSarajevo because of a calf injury, the Tottenham Hotspur wingback said on his Web site on Monday. “I can forget about playing against Bosnia [on October 11],”Ziege, who tore a calf muscle in his side’s 3-0 defeat byMiddlesbrough in the premier league on Saturday, said. Ziege, who plans to travel to Munich in the next few daysto be examined by Germany team doctor Hans-WilhelmMueller-Wohlfahrt, faces a struggle to be fit for Germany’s nextEuro 2004 qualifier against the Faroe Islands on October 16 inHanover. The 30-year-old missed Germany’s 2-0 win over Lithuania intheir opening qualifier earlier this month in Kaunas because hismother died shortly before the game. Germany coach Rudi Voeller will name his squad for thematches against Bosnia and the Faroe Islands on Friday. Hertha’s Hoeness, Kiraly face disciplinary actionBERLIN (Reuters) — Hertha Berlin commercial managerDieter Hoeness and goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly face disciplinaryaction for unsportsmanlike conduct during a Bundesliga game atthe weekend. Hoeness said on Monday that the German Football Association(DFB) had asked him and Kiraly to make a statement over theirattitude towards the match officials in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat atTSV 1860 Munich.

Hughes adds weight to his credentials
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 30, 2002
Combative and composed as a player, Hughes is coming to terms with life after the Premiership and, a week on Wednesday, he has the opportunity to match many of the great achievements during his days with Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Yesterday, in the tranquil setting of a country club deep in the Vale of Glamorgan, Hughes was able to name an unchanged squad for the forthcoming visit of Italy, to Cardiff, for the second of the principality’s Euro 2004 qualifiers… Hughes, then, is taking the job seriously. In the summer he attended a course at the Warwick Business School aimed at schooling young managers. By all accounts he was a star pupil, but the transfer from player to manager has not been plain sailing. “It’s been OK; I’ve had more time to myself and my family and, for the first time, I’ve had a holiday with the kids during the school holidays,” said Hughes, before reflecting on the down side. “But it is difficult; it gets easier as I get fatter. And I’m a hell of a lot more nervous as a manager than I ever was as a player. It’s a completely different way of preparing and dealing with the game.

Won Some, Lost Some : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
4TheGame – Oct 1, 2002
Currently lying in 11th place in the Barclaycard Premiership, September saw the Blues win one, draw one and lose 2 games. Manager Steve Bruce called for a clampdown on card happy referees amid fears that he will lose a few of his key players to suspensions – especially as by the end of the month both Aliou Cisse and Robbie Savage had collected 4 yellow cards each. Kenny Cunningham was named as skipper for the Republic of Ireland squad ready for their Euro 2004 campaign. He takes over the armband from Steve Staunton who retired after the World Cup. The first of City’s September games was against Liverpool at Anfield, and on the back of a victory over Leeds. Liverpool lost a 2 goal advantage, and Clinton Morrison scored two second half goals – one four minutes into injury time, to earn a point for the Blues. Despite some early Liverpool dominance and many squandered chances, Birmingham proved that they should not be underestimated… The final game of the month was a home game against Newcastle, who have been somewhat under par this season both domestically and in Europe. However, the Magpies won their first away game of the new campaign 2-0, with goals from Nolberto Solano and Shola Ameobi. Overall not a bad performance, but more goals are needed to consolidate the midfield presence, win games and help Birmingham become the force they aspire to be.

Manchester Utd 4, Olympiakos 0
ic Newcastle.co.uk – Oct 2, 2002
Racing onto David Beckham’s return pass, the Argentinian, at full pace, produced the most delicate of 20-yard chips to leave Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos stranded. He produced something similar in a pre-season romp over Parma at the beginning of August, but Ferguson admitted the repeat show, in a competitive clash with the pressure applied, will take some beating. "He is not a renowned finisher," he said, "but you can only admire something like that… "With Bayer Leverkusen defeating Maccabi Haifa in Nicosia, it leaves United six points clear at the top of Group F with three games still to play. `In the comfort zone’ as Ferguson described it in his pre-match programme notes. After a punishing run of fixtures, Ferguson’s men now have a five-day break before facing David Moyes’ Toffeemen ahead of a 12-day hiatus for Euro 2004 qualifiers.

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