Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 5, 2002

Worthington joins Vogts’ critics

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* – Soccer – Euro 2004: Injured Petit ruled out for France -…
* Seaman in England squad
* Still no French role for Anelka
* Worthington joins Vogts’ critics
* McIlroy chasing a bit of luck
* Vogts could soon find himself on thin Ice
* Taggart back in NI squad
* Slovakia ring the changes
* Kirk poised to make a rapid return
* Sky trumpet strangely muted
* Vogts outlines a strategy for qualification
* – Soccer – World: Germany calls up Woerns, Rehmer – Friday…
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* WADA approves doping code
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* UEFA calls off Israel matches
* – Soccer – Italy: Milan’s Maldini starts a new streak -…
* Reid to miss Swiss date – Soccer – Euro 2004: Injured Petit ruled out for France -… – Oct 3, 2002
Champions League representative Maccabi Haifa is playing its home group matches in Cyprus. UEFA Cup hopefuls Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv have opted for Sofia. Vastic left out of Austria squad VIENNA (Reuters) — Striker Ivica Vastic will not be playing in Austria’s Euro 2004 qualifiers this month after asking to be omitted, coach Hans Krankl said Thursday. The former Sturm Graz captain, who moved to Japan earlier this year to play for Nagoya Grampus Eight, told Krankl he no longer wanted to play for Austria due to the stress of travel and time changes. “There’s no point calling up a player who himself has asked not to be considered,” Krankl said. The absence of the striker is a blow to Austria’s chances of qualifying. They play Belarus away on October 12 and the Netherlands at home in Vienna on October 16.

Seaman in England squad
BBC News – Oct 5, 2002
Dino Zoff was around the age of 40 when Italy won the World Cup in 1982, so it is possible. ”

Eriksson will name three goalkeepers in his squad, with West Ham’s David James and Leeds’ Paul Robinson expected to fill the other two berths. And the England coach is currently delighted by the lack of injuries to key players. “There seems to be very few injured players – it is only really
Robbie Fowler – and that makes a nice change,” said the coach. “It makes a lot of difference if you can choose 23 of the best and I have always maintained that if we have
everyone fit and available then we have an extremely good team and I think we can compete with any country.

Still no French role for Anelka
Irish Independent – Oct 4, 2002
Centre-back Gallas has never been capped by France, but he said last month that he hoped that he could play a part in the upcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovenia and Malta. The inclusion of Dacourt came as something of a surprise, as he has not featured in either of Santini’s squads and has just three caps. Anelka, who has shown good form for Manchester City in the opening weeks of the Premiership, clearly has not yet done enough to impress Santini. With Auxerre’s Djibril Cisse out through injury, the coach chose to name just four strikers Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord, Sidney Govou and Steve Marlet. Anelka has now been left out of Santini’s first three squads, but Santini may yet consider calling him in if Henry fails to recover from a hamstring injury.

Worthington joins Vogts’ critics
BBC News – Oct 4, 2002
The former Northern Ireland captain says it is “beyond belief” that Vogts has not considered the Canaries’ Malky Mackay and Gary Holt for selection this season. Worthington said Vogts had not been to see the pair at all since the play-off game with Wolves at the end of last season. But with Birmingham City’s Paul Devlin and Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson coming into the squad, Worthington feels his players have been unfairly overlooked. "

I would dearly love to play for my country – I’m as patriotic as anyone


Malky Mackay

“They must have some great players up in Scotland that I’ve not seen if he can’t pick them,” he said. “I’ve got two players who are playing very well for their club. “But not getting any recognition must be hurting a little bit, especially with the state of the national team up there at the moment… “I’ve got two players who are playing very well for their club. “But not getting any recognition must be hurting a little bit, especially with the state of the national team up there at the moment. ”

Scotland have a crucial game against Iceland next weekend, a game they cannot afford to lose if they are to retain any hope of qualifying for Euro 2004. “I would have thought that the likes of them – good solid professionals who will give their all for their country – would be worth their weight in gold at the moment,” added Worthington. “It’s up to the manager, but I think if he was trying to help himself, he would put himself out a little and go and have a look at what the boys are doing. “Then he could make his mind up himself. ”

The players themselves admitted they would love to represent Scotland, but refused to join the growing number of Vogts’ critics.

McIlroy chasing a bit of luck
BBC News – Oct 3, 2002
McIlroy named his strongest-possible panel to open their qualification against Spain in Albecete on 12 October and Ukraine at Windsor Park four days later. Now McIlroy is looking for some of that Irish luck that has so far eluded since took over in July 2000. McIlroy had only five victories in 19 occasions as manager. In that time McIlroy has seen his squad continually stripped of his top players, the unfortunate Neil Lennon saga, Jim Magilton’s retirement and saw himself red-carded… ”I just hope that we can get something of a positive result in Spain, before facing Ukraine in Belfast. ”As you can imagine they are two different types of games, as we will have a different approach for the visit of Ukraine,” said McIlroy. The Northern Ireland manager, though, will not be on bench for the game in Spain. McIlroy was handed a one-match touchline ban after a slight misunderstanding in Northern Ireland’s last competitive match against Malta 12 months ago. McIlroy was punshed for allegedly throwing the ball at a Cypriot forward and was sent to the stands. ”Alan McDonald, one of my assistants, will be on the touchline, and we arrange to be in constant contact with each other by walkie-talkie. ”It shouldn’t be a problem.

Vogts could soon find himself on thin Ice
Edinburgh Evening News – Oct 5, 2002
Craig Brown’s successor opened up his reign by taking his side to Paris to face the then world and European champions France and returned home having seen the home side romp to a resounding 5-0 triumph. He has done little since to convince onlookers that he is the man for the job, a position commanding the highest ever salary paid to a manager of Scotland. His team not only struggled to contain the Group Five minnows in the North Atlantic outpost – Vogts’ first competitive game – but the German has also seen his side struggle against the likes of Denmark, Nigeria and South Africa. Granted, he has taken it upon himself to orchestrate the rebuilding of the national team, a task which requires time and patience. However, time is not something which the former World Cup winner currently has on his side at the moment and more questions have been raised than answered in recent months. There is no doubt he could pick an easier place than Reykjavik’s Laugardalsvollur Stadium from which to emerge with his first victory since taking over the hot seat. Vogts is at least realistic enough to appreciate that Scotland are now fighting for second place in Group Five, although he has insisted that a draw next Saturday would be “enough for us”.

Taggart back in NI squad
BBC News – Oct 3, 2002
Manager Sammy McIlroy also calls up strikers Paul McVeigh and Andy Kirk to the 18-man squad. Magilton has retired from international football, while Lennon has said he would not play for the side again following the death threat saga – although the door has been left open by the IFA… Aaron Hughes, Stephen Lomas. Michael Hughes and Philip Mulryne are all back in the squad after missing the friendly with Cyprus in Belfast last August. Taggart, though, has not pulled on a Northern Ireland jersey since 28 February 2001 due to a litany of injuries. Following his recovery from summer knee surgery, Taggart was named in the side for the Cyprus game, but was again forced to pull out. McIlroy’s inclusion of Kirk and McVeigh could be significant. Northern Ireland have failed to score in their last three games, but both strikers know where to find the net. McVeigh, in red-hot form this season, has yet to make a start for Northern Ireland.

Slovakia ring the changes
BBC News – Oct 3, 2002
FC Zurich keeper Miroslav Konigis is recalled after not playing for nearly a year, while Middlesbrough striker Szilard Nemeth returns after being injured for last month’s defeat by Turkey. Jurkemik said his 18-strong selection for the Group Seven game had been limited by injury and lack of match fitness among foreign-based players. “Quite a few players are not regularly on the field in their clubs,” he said. “Some players are recovering from injuries, or they are out right now due to injuries.

Kirk poised to make a rapid return
Edinburgh Evening News – Oct 5, 2002
His premature exit took the edge of Hearts’ win and it was feared the knee injury may force the front man to sit out a number of games. However, the problem proved merely to be a twist and boss Craig Levein has been delighted with Kirk’s progress and the 23-year-old could be involved tomorrow after missing just last week’s 2-2 draw against Partick Thistle at Firhill. His availability would give the Gorgie outfit a huge lift ahead of the Lions clash and cap an excellent week for the striker, Kirk having been recalled to Sammy McIlroy’s Northern Ireland squad for the Euro 2004 Group Six qualifier against Spain next weekend. Should Levein decide not to risk his attacker who had started to form an impressive understanding up front alongside Mark de Vries, Kirk would definitely be fit for the visit of Celtic to the Capital in two weeks’ time. “Andy has started the season “We will give him every chance of making the game tomorrow. “It’s great news to see him back in the Northern Ireland squad. He is a natural goalscorer and will score at any level.

Sky trumpet strangely muted
Irish Independent – Oct 5, 2002
The company, which has 230,000 subscribers in the republic, sends a free glossy monthly magazine to all its digital customers highlighting the must-see attractions, including the top TV shows, movies and sports events. Yet, curiously, there isn’t a dickey-bird about the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Switzerland in Dublin on October 16. For info on the ‘best sports action’ there’s a two-page spread in the magazine which highlights Sky’s October coverage of football, boxing, cricket, golf, rugby league, rugby union, racing, etc. For the week of Ireland’s game, England’s Euro qualifier against Macedonia is flagged heavily, along with Scotland’s friendly with Canada, a Second Division game between QPR and Blackpool and a schoolboy international between Northern Ireland and England! Of our massive match with the Swiss, there isn’t any mention, not even on the day to day listings for October 16.

Vogts outlines a strategy for qualification
Edinburgh Evening News – Oct 3, 2002
The performance was so poor but we look forward and now there is a very important game for Scotland. “Iceland, Lithuania and Scotland are looking for the play-off place. They are not arrogant by looking for place number one. We are looking forward and we will do our best. ” Vogts has yet to taste victory in a full international since succeeding Craig Brown in March and has drafted Birmingham winger Paul Devlin and Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson into a squad that will also take on Canada in an Easter Road friendly on October 15. Vogts was even hoping the comeback his side needed in the Faroes would act as a springboard to success. He said: “After ten minutes my team came back not with a good performance but like a big fighter. – Soccer – World: Germany calls up Woerns, Rehmer – Friday… – Oct 4, 2002
Borussia Dortmund’s Woerns and Hertha Berlin’s Rehmer, bothfit again after lengthy injury layoffs, were on the 22-man listunveiled Friday by coach Rudi Voeller for the game inSarajevo on October 11 and the group five fixture in Hanoverfive days later. Woerns has recovered from the knee injury that ruled him out of the World Cup while Rehmer, who was at the World Cup but played only one game because of a sore ankle, has also resumed playing at club level. Voeller had to leave out defenders Frank Baumann, Jens Nowotny and Christian Ziege as well as midfielder Joerg Boehme. All are sidelined with injuries… “I’ve been out of work for over a year now and you don’t receive many offers at my age,” he said. “With Iraq I would have a chance of taking part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Court upholds Maradona’s prison sentence BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina’s highest court has confirmed a two-year prison sentence on Diego Maradona for firing a shot at a group of reporters, but the former Argentina star will not have to go to prison. According to the ruling issued by the Supreme Court of Justice Thursday, the 42-year old Maradona will only be jailed if he is sentenced for a new crime in the next 10 years. The court rejected an appeal presented by the former player, who had been sentenced by the Buenos Aires province Supreme Court for assaulting a group of journalists nine years ago. On New Year’s Day 1994, a group of journalists was waiting for Maradona at his country residence in the western Buenos Aires suburb of Moreno. The reporters’ presence angered Maradona, who armed himself with an air-gun and began to fire at them.

4TheGame – Oct 3, 2002
here NEWS STORY TIGANA TELLS PLAYERS TO STAY COOL Thursday 03 Oct 2002 Jean Tigana has demanded his Fulham players do not blow their UEFA Cup chances by rising to the bait against Hajduk Split tonight. The Croats played dirty in the first leg in their homeland a fortnight ago, which the Cottagers won 1-0. Split’s players threw themselves to the ground at every opportunity and left Fulham striker Barry Hayles bruised and battered after a very physical contest. Tigana, asked is he expecting more of the same at Loftus Road tonight, said: “Yes, because that’s this team’s culture. I’ve seen five tapes and that has always been their attitude… “I have great affection for the club and the fans and have always wanted to show my appreciation and gratitude for the support they have shown me. “My coaching role is challenging and extensive, so I look forward to working with Jean and the players to ensure we build on the club’s success so far. ” Steve Finnan’s medial knee ligament injury means he is out for two Fulham games, and is expected to miss the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Switzerland. The right-back, a sensation in the World Cup, sustained the injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton, ironically a match in which he made his comeback from another knee problem. Centre-back Alain Goma and striker Louis Saha have pencilled in the October 23 visit of Manchester United for their comebacks from hamstring injuries.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific – Oct 4, 2002
“‘Important win’Meanwhile, recent signing Temur Ketsbaia – who in the past enjoyed success with AEK and English Premiership club Newcastle United FC – added: “It was a very important win for the club and for the players, because we were not the favourites before the tie with Iraklis. But we showed that we are a good team and that Cypriot sides can play good football. “French shockedNot to be outdone, the Cypriot national team also made headlines when they began their EURO 2004™ campaign with a narrow 2-1 loss to holders France. The French – who in 1988 were held to a 1-1 draw in Limassol to Cyprus in a FIFA World Cup qualifier – were made to work for their victory after PAOK Thessalonki FC forward Ioannis Okkas put Cyprus ahead on 16 minutes with delicate chip over Grégory Coupet. In the past, Cyprus have beaten Spain, Greece, Israel, Romania and held Denmark, Russia and Estonia to draws.

WADA approves doping code
Calcutta Telegraph – Oct 3, 2002
?But like all dreams I believe it will be very difficult to achieve. For now I?m happy with the 42 goals I?ve already scored. You look at the numbers at the end of your career, not now. ?

Last week Inzaghi became Italy?s most prolific striker ever in European competition when he scored a hattrick against Spanish team Deportivo Coruna. Filipescu injured

Bucharest: Real Betis defender Iulian Filipescu is injured and will miss Romania?s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Norway and Luxembourg, a Romanian soccer federation (FRF) spokesman said Wednesday. ?Filipescu has acute back ache and he needs special medical treatment,? the spokesman said. ?Real Betis? Spanish doctors said Filipescu would be out of action for the next two weeks… You look at the numbers at the end of your career, not now. ?

Last week Inzaghi became Italy?s most prolific striker ever in European competition when he scored a hattrick against Spanish team Deportivo Coruna. Filipescu injured

Bucharest: Real Betis defender Iulian Filipescu is injured and will miss Romania?s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Norway and Luxembourg, a Romanian soccer federation (FRF) spokesman said Wednesday. ?Filipescu has acute back ache and he needs special medical treatment,? the spokesman said. ?Real Betis? Spanish doctors said Filipescu would be out of action for the next two weeks. ?

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UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific – Oct 5, 2002
International absenteeThe former West Ham United FC and Leeds United AFC defender is certain to miss United’s game against Everton FC on Monday and England’s EURO 2004™ qualifying games against Slovakia in Bratislava and F. Macedonia in England. He is also extremely doubtful for United’s UEFA Champions League matches against Olympiakos Piraeus FC and Maccabi Haifa FC at the end of October… Ferguson said: “The presence of Rio has been very important to us and we will miss him. When you put his experience alongside Laurent Blanc I think there is an assurance there, but the good thing for us is that the boy O’Shea is catching Rio fast. “Bad timingWhile the timing of Ferdinand`s operation suits United, because there is a break in the English Premiership programme coming up, it could not be worse for England boss Sven-Göran Eriksson. Had United delayed the operation, Ferdinand would have been certain to play in both Group 7 games. England optionsIn Ferdinand’s absence England are likely to turn to Gareth Southgate as a partner for Arsenal FC’s Sol Campbell while Leeds United FC’s Jonathan Woodgate, who is expected to return from injury against Aston Villa FC tomorrow, is another contender. Squad tomorrowFootball Association (FA) spokesman Paul Newman said: “We knew nothing about this but a knee injury is a knee injury. Sven will meet with United’s medical staff tomorrow to discuss the situation.

UEFA calls off Israel matches – Oct 3, 2002
Lack of a solutionEuropean football’s governing body said in a statement that the games had been put back until 30 April 2003 “due to the lack of an acceptable solution to the need for matches to be played outside of Israel because of safety and security concerns”. Further consideration”The next home match of the Israeli national team is scheduled for 2 April 2003 and further consideration of the security situation will be given prior to that date,” UEFA added. Best interests”UEFA has taken this decision in the best interests of everyone involved in these qualifying matches,” said UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner. “We must ensure safety and security and also that the sporting conditions should be identical for those playing Israel throughout the qualification process… “We must ensure safety and security and also that the sporting conditions should be identical for those playing Israel throughout the qualification process. ” Sensible solution”This postponement is a sensible solution,” he added, “which will also give us time to further assess the security situation in Israel ahead of the games in April 2003. ” UEFA concernMeanwhile, UEFA also expressed concern that the Israel Football Association did not propose a venue and kick-off time for the senior and U21 matches within the set time limit, adding that the matter would be put before the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body. All rights reserved. – Soccer – Italy: Milan’s Maldini starts a new streak -… – Oct 3, 2002
The veteran defender, not known as a scorer, has scored in each of Milan’s last two matches. Last Sunday, Maldini’s header was all Milan could muster in a 1-1 draw with Lazio in Rome and two weeks ago he helped the club to a 3-0 home victory against Perugia. This Sunday could provide another scoring opportunity as second-place Milan hosts Torino, the only squad in Serie A without a point after three matches. “I think he could give a lot for two more years, until he’s 36,” said Cesare Maldini, Paolo’s father and former coach with the national team. “When you see how he practices, you wouldn’t think he’s more than 23-24 years old,” said Milan’s Portuguese midfielder Manuel Rui Costa… “After 15 years I’ll have the possibility to rest and train at ease during the programmed pauses [for national team play],” Maldini said. “I think this will be a big advantage. ” The first programmed stop in the Italian league comes next week for Euro 2004 qualifying, meaning Maldini will have two weeks off after Sunday until Milan’s next match on Oct. Milan’s other great goalscorer of late, striker Filippo Inzaghi, has hinted he could use a day off due to a bad foot. The match against Torino could be the perfect opportunity for him to rest. Inzaghi scored two second-half goals Tuesday as Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League, adding to his three goals in Milan’s three league matches.

Reid to miss Swiss date
Irish Independent – Oct 4, 2002
Reid, a World Cup hit with the Republic of Ireland in Japan last summer, hasn’t played a competitive game since the finals because of an ankle problem sustained in pre-season. But he has finally put his injury worries behind him and is pushing for a first team involvement with the Lions before reminding Mick McCarthy of his capabilities. Realistically, Reid, who figured as a substitute in the World Cup finals against Cameroon and Germany, won’t return until Ireland’s friendly with Greece in Athens on November 20. Meanwhile, Irish midfielder Matt Holland, who turned down a Premiership move to Aston Villa in August, has given his unequivocal backing for under-fire Ipswich Town manager George Burley… He is an excellent manager and coach, and we are 100 per cent with him,” said Holland. Former Irish U-21 defender Jason Gavin is determined to fight for a first team place at Middlesbrough after making his first appearance of the season in Tuesday’s Worthington Cup win over Brentford. Gavin, 22, is behind Ugo Ehiogu, Gareth Southgate, Colin Cooper and new arrival Tony Vidmar in the defensive pecking order but he is not disheartened about his position. “I don’t care who is ahead of me. I’m going to try my hardest to get my place and get in the team. It’s always going to be frustrating because there are two centre-halves ahead of me, plus Colin Cooper and Tony Vidmar,” he said.

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