Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 8, 2002

Douglas misery looks likely to continue

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The News Review:

* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004: Work halted on showpiece stadium -…
* Totti, Inzaghi uncertain for Euro 2004 qualifier
* Dacourt considers Leeds future
* Douglas misery looks likely to continue
* Eriksson defends Bowyer omission
* BBC NEWS | England | Borders closed to stop England hooligans
* Burns criticises Weir decision
* Ferdinand issues battle cry
* Thompson gets England call
* Ferguson stays with Scotland
* Mick names squad, reacts to Sunderland rumours
* Ferdinand op stuns Eriksson
* Dutch recall for De Boer
* Shadow hangs over Cup clash of oldest rivals in Irish soccer
* Dyer says racism could cause player boycott
* Campbell doubt for Eriksson
* Japan’s Zico calls Europe-based players
* Dundee United boss Smith sacked
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Raul earns Real draw in reconvened Betis match -…

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004: Work halted on showpiece stadium -…
SI.com – Oct 8, 2002
Benfica and Somague had refused. The disagreement led to an emergency meeting between cityofficials and representatives of Somague, Benfica and Euro 2004,the company in charge of organizing the tournament. A Benfica spokesman was not immediately available forcomment, but property manager Mario Dias told televisionreporters the city meeting had been merely routine and work hadslowed after heavy rain the night before. “There have been dozens of meetings like this to discusseveryday matters,” Dias said in comments broadcast on privatechannel SIC. “Other projects of mine have had to halt. Peoplehave to have normal conditions to work in. Dias denied Somague and Benfica had disagreed over money.

Totti, Inzaghi uncertain for Euro 2004 qualifier
SI.com – Oct 7, 2002
The pair have scored six goals apiece after just four gamesin this year’s Serie A championship, making them obviousfrontline choices for Italy’s qualifier against Yugoslavia inNaples on October 12 and Wales in Cardiff on October 16. However, Totti injured his knee during Roma’s 4-1 win overUdinese on Saturday, while Inzaghi’s availability depends on theresult of medical tests on a sore left foot. The discomfort did not prevent him scoring a hat-trick inMilan’s 6-0 weekend victory against Torino, but his club will beanxious to protect him so early in the season. If Inzaghi is forced to sit out the games, Trapattoni maygive a second chance to Chievo’s Massimo Marazzina, who made hisfirst appearance for the national side in Italy’s 1-0 win overthe United States in February… The pair have scored six goals apiece after just four gamesin this year’s Serie A championship, making them obviousfrontline choices for Italy’s qualifier against Yugoslavia inNaples on October 12 and Wales in Cardiff on October 16. However, Totti injured his knee during Roma’s 4-1 win overUdinese on Saturday, while Inzaghi’s availability depends on theresult of medical tests on a sore left foot. The discomfort did not prevent him scoring a hat-trick inMilan’s 6-0 weekend victory against Torino, but his club will beanxious to protect him so early in the season. If Inzaghi is forced to sit out the games, Trapattoni maygive a second chance to Chievo’s Massimo Marazzina, who made hisfirst appearance for the national side in Italy’s 1-0 win overthe United States in February. Trapattoni has called Andrea Pirlo into the midfield, in thehope that the 23-year-old will reproduce the speed and visionthat is fuelling Milan’s current glut of goals. At the back, Milan keeper Christian Abbiati gets a call-upahead of Francesco Toldo, who missed Inter’s weekend Serie Abecause of a back strain. Both, however, are unlikely to start as long as GianluigiBuffon – Trapattoni’s first-choice goalkeeper – is fit.

Dacourt considers Leeds future
BBC News – Oct 8, 2002
But Dacourt, called up by France for their forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifying matches, has struggled to keep a regular place since then. He has not been seen on the pitch since his withdrawal at half-time in
their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal. The Frenchman did not make the squad for Monday’s match against Aston Villa and was excluded from their Uefa Cup
first-round tie against Metalurg Zaporizhya last Thursday. “I don’t want to talk about why I’m not in the Leeds team,” Dacourt said. “I’m just glad to be back in the France squad.

Douglas misery looks likely to continue
Irish Independent – Oct 8, 2002
But worryingly for the players, referee Stuart Dougal was also close to the incident and he is set to mention it in his report. “I was in the dressing room when I heard a kerfuffle,” admitted Celtic manger Martin O’Neill. “There was plenty of shouting, although that’s not unusual for an Old Firm game. By the time I had got out it had dissipated. ” But as Douglas joined up with his Scotland squad yesterday for their Euro 2004 qualifier with Iceland, the Celtic players rallied around the blundering goalkeeper. Henrik Larsson said: “These things happen. Strikers miss a lot of chances in games and and the keeper was unlucky… “There was plenty of shouting, although that’s not unusual for an Old Firm game. By the time I had got out it had dissipated. ” But as Douglas joined up with his Scotland squad yesterday for their Euro 2004 qualifier with Iceland, the Celtic players rallied around the blundering goalkeeper. Henrik Larsson said: “These things happen. Strikers miss a lot of chances in games and and the keeper was unlucky. But he has saved us on more than one occasion and he is strong so he will come through this. ” Douglas is fortunate that summer signing Magnus Hedman is out through injury but O’Neill said: “He was very downcast in the dressing room and it wasn’t his best day, but he’ll get over it.

Eriksson defends Bowyer omission
BBC News – Oct 8, 2002
Bowyer made his long-awaited England debut in the friendly against Portugal last month and was widely expected to keep his place following a good performance. However, he was left out of the squad to travel to Slovakia and Macedonia for the Euro 2004 qualifiers, and was then overlooked as a replacement for the injured Trevor Sinclair. There had been suggestions that Bowyer’s absence was linked to his attitude off the pitch rather than his performances for Leeds, a claim which Eriksson emphatically denied. “He’s a good man,” said the England coach. “I am sure he can play better football than he is at the moment so I have chosen other people. “That is the only reason he has been left out… “That is the only reason he has been left out. I am sure he will play better in the future and he might be picked next time. ”

Bowyer has admitted he was “surprised” not to have been named in the squad. “Obviously I’m very disappointed not to be named in the squad,” he told The Yorkshire Post newspaper. I suppose all I can do now is try and play well for Leeds and hope something will come from that. ”

Meanwhile, former Leeds boss David O’Leary said he was “totally shocked” by Bowyer’s exclusion.

BBC NEWS | England | Borders closed to stop England hooligans
BBC News – Oct 7, 2002
Police have identified Austria and the Czech Republic as potential countries from which banned fans could try to reach Slovakia. The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) called upon those countries to stop recognised trouble-makers from entering in the run-up to Saturday’s game. Austria and the Czech Republic agreed to refuse entry to anyone suspected of trying to make their way to the game while banned from attending England games. Unfortunately Slovakia also has borders with Hungary, Poland and the Ukraine, which may prove harder to police.

Burns criticises Weir decision
BBC News – Oct 6, 2002
Everton defender Weir came under fire – including from manager Berti Vogts – after the country’s embarrassing 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands. And it prompted the former Hearts favourite to ask to be left out for the forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifier with Iceland. "

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Tommy Burns

Burns does not expect the 32-year-old to return to the international scene and admits that is a big loss for the nation. But he told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The players received a lot of criticism after the game. “When that happens and you get a result like in the Faroes then maybe one or two of the guys who were involved in the losing of the goals get severely criticised. “That’s all part and parcel of it.

Ferdinand issues battle cry
BBC News – Oct 7, 2002

Paul Newman, the FA’s director of communications,
said: “Sven-Goran Eriksson will be talking to the United medical staff on Monday. “If he needs a knee operation, he needs a knee operation,”
said Newman. While the timing of Ferdinand`s operation suits United, because there is a break in the Premiership programme coming up, it could not be worse for Eriksson. It is the second time this season that Ferdinand will be
forced to miss a series of games because of injury. He hurt an ankle on his debut for United in a friendly
against Boca Juniors in August and missed the opening Champions League qualifier against Zalaegerszeg and the first two Premiership games of the season.

Thompson gets England call
BBC News – Oct 7, 2002
Sinclair was forced to withdraw on Monday after sustaining a bruised toe in West Ham’s Premiership defeat at home to Birmingham on Saturday. Thompson got the nod ahead of the likes of Rovers team-mate David Dunn, Leeds’ Lee Bowyer and Joe Cole, of West Ham… “I am now looking forward to working with him for these two important
games. ”

West Ham boss Glenn Roeder confirmed the 29-year-old Sinclair would not be joining up with the England party. “Sven-Goran Eriksson doesn’t want to take anyone abroad who is not fully fit,” Roeder told the Hammers’ website. “Of course that is a blow for him, but I am always pleased when any of the players are picked so I was glad to see him named originally. ”

Roeder also revealed Jermain Defoe is likely to withdraw from the England Under-21 side with a groin problem.

Ferguson stays with Scotland
BBC News – Oct 8, 2002
The Rangers captain has declared his desire to play against Iceland and intends to travel with the squad on Thursday. Scotland coach Berti Vogts said on Tuesday: “I had a talk yesterday with him. He has started treatment with his club and I think he will train with the team on Thursday. “He likes to play for Scotland and would like to play against Iceland on Saturday… The midfielder has a hip injury, which required the player to take painkillers before Sunday’s game. He was one of six players who did not train on Tuesday morning. Rangers teammate Neil McCann, Celtic’s Paul Lambert, Hearts duo Scott Severin and Steven Pressley and Preston’s Robbie Stockdale were the others. It had been thought that the player would be withdrawn from the squad, but SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell said that this was not the case.

Mick names squad, reacts to Sunderland rumours
rte.ie – Oct 8, 2002
“John O’Shea has done very well for Manchester United this season. That’s why he is in the squad and putting pressure on those vying for the central defensive roles. “Meanwhile, McCarthy played down reports linking him to the vacant managerial seat at Sunderland, although a total denial of interest in the vacancy was not forthcoming. “I’m flattered that my name has been mentioned as one of those who might take over at the Stadium of Light. We have had just two competitive defeats in three years, my immediate objective is to get a victory over Switzerland in our next Group 10 European championship qualifier in Dublin… We have had just two competitive defeats in three years, my immediate objective is to get a victory over Switzerland in our next Group 10 European championship qualifier in Dublin. I want to lead Ireland to the Euro 2004 finals,” he insisted. But those close to the Irish manager claim he would quit his current job if Sunderland offered the post to him. And journalist Cathal Dervan, who is ghost-writing his autobiography, claimed in today’s Evening Standard that McCarthy has had enough of the sniping and criticism that has followed him ever since his infamous bust-up with Roy Keane. McCarthy’s odds have further been shortened by the news that George Graham does not want the job and by reports from Wearside that David O’Leary has been ruled out of the running. However, John Gregory remains a strong candidate.

Ferdinand op stuns Eriksson
BBC News – Oct 6, 2002
The Arsenal centre-back tells the News of the World modern players don’t want coaches who rant and rave during matches. Campbell’s club manager Arsene Wenger says the secret of the Gunners’ success is his battle to scrap the club’s rigid pay structure. The Frenchman tells The Daily Star Sunday he had to fight tooth and nail to ensure star players like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were not sold. Wenger’s comments come with Vieira reportedly close to agreeing a five-year extension to his contract at Highbury.

Dutch recall for De Boer
BBC News – Oct 7, 2002
Coach Dick Advocaat included De Boer, who scored in Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Glasgow rivals Celtic, in a 20-man squad for the match on 16 October. De Boer was last selected in February when Holland drew 1-1 with England in a friendly international in Amsterdam. Former Ajax and Barcelona star de Boer has 64 caps and has scored 13 goals for his country. De Boer joins Ibrox team-mate Fernando Ricksen in the Dutch squad, but his brother Frank, the Barcelona defender with 93 caps, is not included… The Rangers man missed the 3-0 win over Belarus in their opening match in Group three in Eindhoven last month, when Austria opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Moldova. The Czech Republic are also in the group. “It will not be an easy game but the players showed against Belarus that they are very enthusiastic. With that same approach we can also get a good result in Vienna,” Advocaat said.

Shadow hangs over Cup clash of oldest rivals in Irish soccer
Irish Independent – Oct 6, 2002
Dalymount Park has been transformed by the construction of the 3,000-seater Jodi Stand while an on-going seat installation programme will soon bring the seating capacity up to 14,000. Under their ambitious young manager Stephen Kenny, Bohemians are keen to become the first Irish club to make a significant breakthrough in Europe over the coming years, but O’Reilly says he is frustrated at the way the eircom League is being treated by the FAI. “It is very difficult not to come to the conclusion that the authorities have absolutely no interest in the domestic game and that their decisions are an outrageous disregard for the welfare of the League and clubs, like ourselves, who find it extremely difficult from an income point of view. “It is hard enough to exist anyway without the FAI effectively reducing our income by their gross mismanagement. They will have to compensate the clubs for loss suffered directly from their mismanagement,” says O’Reilly. The Bohs chairman is particularly incensed with the way the FAI has treated the eircom League over the past year. Twelve months ago he was at a meeting of eircom League chairmen in Moran’s Red Cow Hotel, which was addressed by senior FAI officials including General Secretary Brendan Menton and eircom League chairman Michael Hyland… No details of what the clubs were to derive from these matches were ever furnished and now we find ourselves at this stage of the year with not one League game having been televised live which amounts to a considerable loss to the clubs. ” O’Reilly is also scathing about the Association’s failure to promote the transition to summer soccer and especially their handling of this season’s FAI Cup competition. “They arranged the quarter-finals of the cup for the same weekend as the Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia, with the result that all the supporters, media and FAI officials trooped off to Moscow while these matches were being played. ” O’Reilly is also determined that Bohemians will be compensated for the FAI’s insistence that they not play their semi-final with Shamrock Rovers on a Friday night, as both clubs wished, especially after it emerged that the match would not be televised by RTE. “At the recent meeting to put in place security arrangements for a possible replay the Gardai told us clearly that they had no objections to Friday night,” maintains O’Reilly. “Last Monday, UEFA presented us with proposals for the licencing of teams playing in Europe. I think it is more important that we question the football authorities in this country so that their decisions are not allowed to diminish the game, but rather improve it.

Dyer says racism could cause player boycott
SI.com – Oct 6, 2002
Games may resume on Oct. 26 if league organizers decide not to extend the strike. No games had been scheduled until that date because of national team qualifiers for EURO 2004 and municipal elections. The protest does not affect Greek Cup games, one of which will be played on Sunday. The crisis, affecting Greece’s three top divisions, stemmed from the collapse of the Alpha Digital satellite television channel last month, bringing many soccer clubs to the verge of bankruptcy. The loss of the television revenue were estimated at about 35 million euros (US$35 million) a year. The government has flatly rejected one proposal to give the soccer league a 5 percent cut of the state-run sports betting pool.

Campbell doubt for Eriksson
rte.ie – Oct 8, 2002
With Rio Ferdinand already absent due to an knee operation, Eriksson can ill afford to be without Campbell’s services in the centre of defence. The England manager said “He (Campbell) has a stomach problem and won’t arrive today – hopefully he will tomorrow or the day after. The doctor is seeing him this morning. “Elsewhere, Paul Scholes is also a concern for the Swede… We knew the day before yesterday that it was going to happen, so there is no problem with that. He has had the problem for a long time and he is playing on with it. He will not practise with us today but he will be on the plane to Slovakia. “The English manager has no such concerns over his captain David Beckham. Despite picking up a slight calf strain against Everton, Beckham is expected to be fully fit for the trip to Slovakia. Filed by Rob Wright.

Japan’s Zico calls Europe-based players
SI.com – Oct 7, 2002
Also returning to the national squad for the friendly atTokyo’s National Stadium is Naohira Takahara, who came down witha lung infection before this year’s World Cup in South Korea andJapan. The 22-man line-up includes experienced players Yutaka Akitaand Masashi Nakayama alongside two new caps — Urawa Redsdefender Nobuhisa Yamada and Jubilo Iwata’s Makoto Tanaka. “Age is not a factor as far as I’m concerned. I just pickedthe best squad available,” Zico told a news conference. “Of course I’ve decided to keep most of the World Cup squad,but this is also an opportunity for me to take a look at acouple of new faces. Conspicuous by their absence were defender Ryuzo Morioka,who injured his ankle during the World Cup, and goalkeeperYoshikatsu Kawaguchi. Japan finished top of group H before losing 1-0 to Turkey inthe second round of the World Cup… Notably absent from Anthuenis’s squad are Schalke 04 strikerEmile Mpenza and Club Bruges defender Eric Deflandre. Belgium are away to Andorra on October 12 and to Estonia onOctober 16. Squad:Goalkeepers: Geert De Vlieger (Willem II), Frederic Herpoel(Ghent)Defenders: Daniel Van Buyten (Olympique de Marseille),Olivier De Cock (Club Bruges), Didier Dheedene (Anderlecht),Joos Valgaeren (Celtic), Peter Vanderheyden (Club Bruges)Midfielders: Walter Baseggio (Anderlecht), Thomas Buffel(Feyenoord), Koen Daerden (Genk), Gaetan Englebert (ClubBruges), Bart Goor (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Simons (Club Bruges),Bernd Thijs (Genk), Yves Vanderhaeghe (Anderlecht)Strikers: Wesley Sonck (Genk), Mbo Mpenza (ExcelsiorMouscron), Bob Peeters (Vitesse Arnhem), Tom Soetaers (Roda)Balakov doubtful for Bulgaria qualifiersSOFIA (Reuters) — Krassimir Balakov could missBulgaria’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Croatia and Andorra thismonth after suffering an injury during his club Stuttgart’s 4-1victory over TSV 1860 Munich in the Bundesliga on Sunday. “Balakov was forced to leave the field in the 70th minutedue to an injury in the stomach,” Bulgaria coach Plamen Markovtold a news conference on Monday. Markov said Bulgaria’s captain and playmaker would undergomedical checks on Monday but, whatever the result, he would bein Bulgaria on Tuesday. Markov has already lost AEK Athens midfielder Milen Petkov,who pulled out of the squad last week after suffering a kneeinjury. If Balakov cannot play, the squad will only have threemidfielders for the two group eight qualifiers at home toCroatia on October 12 and Andorra four days later.

Dundee United boss Smith sacked
SI.com – Oct 7, 2002
“I was happy to be involved in things and to score the goal. Inzaghi is maybe not the best player, but healways scores goals,” added De Boer. Rangers captain Barry Ferguson had to have pain-killers toease a hip injury and could be struggling to be fit forScotland’s 2004 European championship qualifier in Iceland onSaturday. “He’s been suffering with it and he is sore now,” saidRangers manager McLeish. “We will just see how he is in the nextday or two. Dobie joins Matteo as Scotland injury victimsGLASGOW (Reuters) — West Bromwich Albion strikerScott Dobie has joined Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo inwithdrawing from Scotland’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Iceland onSaturday due to injury… “He’s been suffering with it and he is sore now,” saidRangers manager McLeish. “We will just see how he is in the nextday or two. Dobie joins Matteo as Scotland injury victimsGLASGOW (Reuters) — West Bromwich Albion strikerScott Dobie has joined Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo inwithdrawing from Scotland’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Iceland onSaturday due to injury. Dobie hurt his groin in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at NewcastleUnited in the English Premier League and has been advised torest. “Scott’s too sore and stiff — he won’t be able to travel,”West Brom manager Gary Megson told the club’s official Web siteon Monday. Matteo, who also missed Scotland’s recent 2-2 draw in theFaroe Islands in their opening qualifying game, requires anoperation on a knee problem and could be out for two weeks. Scotland manager Berti Vogts was due to find out on Mondaynight if Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson will be availablewhen his players meet before training at Dumbarton on Tuesday.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Raul earns Real draw in reconvened Betis match -…
SI.com – Oct 8, 2002
Spanish sixth-round matches take place on Oct. Spain coach expects tough test from Northern IrelandMADRID (Reuters) — Spain coach Inaki Saez expectsNorthern Ireland to pose his players more problems in Saturday’sEuro 2004 qualifier than the last time the two sides met priorto this year’s World Cup. “Given that we won 5-0 in the last match it looks like itshould be an easy match,” Saez told reporters on Tuesday. “But Iknow that it will be a very difficult game because NorthernIreland are a very well-organized team. Spain cruised to a comfortable victory last April whenSaez’s predecessor Jose Antonio Camacho was in charge of thenational side. But the new coach expects his young side will find it moredifficult to get past the Northern Irish defense when the twosides meet in Albacete on Saturday… The 29-year-old, who has played for Holland 71 times, is expected to return to action Thursday in an exhibition match against minor-league side Gava. However, Overmars said that he did not expect to make an immediate return to Barcelona’s first team. “I’m sure that I won’t get picked for a few weeks. I hope to be given an opportunity, make the most of it and gradually work my way into the team,” he said. Barcelona’s other long-term absentee, Swedish international defender Patrik Andersson, is set to return next week after five months out with a groin injury. Five arrested following Seville violence MADRID, Spain (AP) — Five soccer spectators were arrested following the violence which marred a weekend Spanish league match between Sevilla and crosstown rival Real Betis, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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