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November 7, 2002

Losing the battle of wills

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The News Review:

* Keane factor to influence Ireland’s future
* CNNSI.com – SI Online – Pedro Pinto – Inside World Sport – Pinto…
* Wales ruling brings Savage relief
* Losing the battle of wills
* Hughes calls for Fifa rule change
* Sven-Goran Eriksson committed to England
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Anti-racist activities on Copenhagen agenda
* Many happy returns for Arsenal boss

Keane factor to influence Ireland’s future
Independent Online – Nov 6, 2002
Asked whether his departure would smooth the way for Keane to come out of international exile, McCarthy said: “That doesn’t interest me. “(But) whoever comes in now will have to deal with the issue. Keane was sent home from the Far East and stripped of the captaincy after a row with McCarthy before Ireland went on to reach the second round of the World Cup. INCREASING PRESSURE

With Keane absent after he and Mcarthy vowed never to work with each other again, Ireland lost their opening two Euro 2004 qualifiers, increasing the pressure on McCarthy. Many Ireland fans were looking forward on Tuesday night to a new regime with Cork-born Keane at its heart… “(But) whoever comes in now will have to deal with the issue. Keane was sent home from the Far East and stripped of the captaincy after a row with McCarthy before Ireland went on to reach the second round of the World Cup. INCREASING PRESSURE

With Keane absent after he and Mcarthy vowed never to work with each other again, Ireland lost their opening two Euro 2004 qualifiers, increasing the pressure on McCarthy. Many Ireland fans were looking forward on Tuesday night to a new regime with Cork-born Keane at its heart. The new man at the helm is likely to have to prove his loyalties towards the 31-year-old, while hoping Keane is prepared to come out of international exile. Keane’s biographer, Eamon Dunphy, said on Tuesday there was no reason why Keane would not want to reacquaint himself with the green of Ireland. “There has never been anything to suggest that Roy will not play for his country,” Dunphy said.

CNNSI.com – SI Online – Pedro Pinto – Inside World Sport – Pinto…
SI.com – Nov 7, 2002
So early in theseason? Yes. Most of their players didn’t get much ofa break over the summer because of the World Cup andalready they are playing too many matches. League,Cup, Champions League and Euro 2004 qualifiers. Thereis no break, and both the mind and body get tired. Ibelieve in the new year they will get their acttogether, just like other big teams that arestruggling right now, such as Bayern and ManchesterUnited. Mailbag Pedro Pinto will answer questions from CNNSI. com users in his mailbag periodically… About FernandoMorientes, I think he will leave Real, but probablynot to Barcelona. Champions League? Maybe quarterfinals, but my favorites are still Real Madrid,Manchester United and AC Milan. I have heard rumors that Manchester United is lookingfor a new striker. Is there any chance that they would look atany Americans (Landon Donovan), since they would probably be cheaper? –Sean, Woodbridge, Va. Man Utd were looking for a striker, but since DiegoForlan has finally started to play like he did inArgentina, they have put those plans on hold.

Wales ruling brings Savage relief
BBC News – Nov 5, 2002
Savage was caught in a dispute over whether he could play for the Blues against Fulham before joining up with his country for a European Championship qualifier. Wales had invoked a Fifa rule which meant that Savage could be called up four days before a competitive international match. "

It’s about having a relationship between club and country, not a war. "

Birmingham chairman David Gold

With Wales having an Euro 2004 match in Azerbaijan on 20 November, it would have ruled the midfielder out of Birmingham’s Premiership clash on the 17th. John Hartson, Ryan Giggs, Mark Pembridge and Andy Melville would also have missed their club matches on the same Sunday. But football’s world governing body, after initially backing the Welsh stance, did a U-turn on Tuesday. Fifa declared the quintet only had to report 48 hours before the tie, as it was taking place in a week designated for friendly internationals.

Losing the battle of wills
BBC News – Nov 5, 2002
The pair had never enjoyed a good working relationship and things came to an incredible head at a team meeting in Saipan where the Republic were spending their final week before travelling to the World Cup. What was said or not said has been the subject of many articles and several books ever since. At the time, Keane was sent home, his World Cup over before it had even started. McCarthy was given a rough ride by many fans and journalists, happier to sacrifice their successful manager than see Keane remain in international exile… Steve Staunton and Niall Quinn had retired – but several young stars were emerging. The likes of Damien Duff, Steven Reid, Colin Healy and Clinton Morrison suggested the Republic could mount a serious challenge at the Euro 2004 finals. The only problem is – they have to get there first. Losing the opening qualifier away to Russia was bad enough, but defeat at home to Switzerland in the next game was calamitous. The anti-McCarthyites, as the manager labelled them in his post-World Cup book, had a field day, especially with Keane waiting in the wings to return under a new manager. McCarthy spoke of his ‘brassneck’ and ‘tough skin’, but even he began to realise all the negative press was dragging the team down.

Hughes calls for Fifa rule change
BBC News – Nov 7, 2002
World football’s governing body made an astonishing U-turn on Tuesday by clearing five Wales players to play for their clubs three days before the Euro 2004 qualifier. And Hughes’ plans took a further blow on Thursday when Nathan Blake was ruled out of the squad. The Wolves striker said he faces a lay-off of anything between two and six weeks after injuring his ankle in Wednesday’s league draw with Portsmouth… Said Hughes: “I’m deeply disappointed at the outcome, but we must keep focused and just get on with the job in hand. “It’s not the ideal preparation for a European Championship qualifying game, when the spine of your team are playing three days before a major international. “You can bet whoever made the rule is not an international manager. “This has certainly not helped us and now it’s a case of keeping your fingers crossed that nobody gets injured. “Lessons have to be learnt. There should be one point of contact at Fifa, who can give the right decision there and then, instead of all this confusion.

Sven-Goran Eriksson committed to England
cbc.ca – Nov 5, 2002
“Everything around me may be changing but, as far as I am concerned, I am staying where I am,” he said. “I am aware of what has been going on. “But I have not spoken to the chairman since Adam left. Of course, I need to do this. ” Added Athole Still, Eriksson’s agent: “Nothing Mr. Eriksson has said in the last few days, right up until the last time I spoke to him within the last 24 hours, gives me any indication that he is considering his position as the national coach. ” “Let’s be absolutely frank,” Still continued… ” England has fared well under Eriksson, losing just once of 13 matches — a 2-1 heartbreaker to Brazil in last summer’s World Cup quarter-finals. Even so, the mild-mannered Swede was roundly criticized because Brazil played the entire second half shorthanded. England’s recent 2-2 draw with a mediocre Macedonia squad in Euro 2004 qualifying prompted renewed calls for his removal. Yet despite denials from Italian Soccer Federation president Franco Carraro, who met Eriksson in Rome on Saturday, reports intimate the Swede is being courted to replace embattled Italian manager Giovanni Trappatoni. “No representatives of the Italian federation ever contacted Eriksson, in whom we have no interest,” Carraro wrote the FA on Monday. “Every time there is a big job available in European football, Sven is linked to it,” FA executive director David Davies said, noting Eriksson has two years remaining on his current contract. “Quite right too, so he should be.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 5, 2002
Filipescu backCentral defender Iulian Filipescu of Real Betis Balompié returns to the squad after missing the last two internationals through injury. Adrian Ilie (Deportivo Alavés) and Marius Niculae (Sporting Clube de Portugal) are also included despite not being regular starters for their clubs. More players to be namedIordanescu will name a further seven domestic-based players on 16 November. The Croatia fixture is Romania’s last match before their crucial EURO 2004 qualifier against Denmark on 29 March 2003. Romania squad:Stelea, Contra, Chivu, Filipescu, Codrea, Cernat, Ghioane, Mutu, Munteanu, Ganea, Pancu, Ilie, Niculae… Adrian Ilie (Deportivo Alavés) and Marius Niculae (Sporting Clube de Portugal) are also included despite not being regular starters for their clubs. More players to be namedIordanescu will name a further seven domestic-based players on 16 November. The Croatia fixture is Romania’s last match before their crucial EURO 2004 qualifier against Denmark on 29 March 2003. Romania squad:Stelea, Contra, Chivu, Filipescu, Codrea, Cernat, Ghioane, Mutu, Munteanu, Ganea, Pancu, Ilie, Niculae. All rights reserved.

Anti-racist activities on Copenhagen agenda
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 7, 2002
Plan of actionUEFA recently issued a ten-point plan of action to the European football community, listing measures which could be taken to punish players, officials and supporters for racist conduct. This week, UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner called on clubs and associations to step up their anti-racist activities, emphasising that they had a responsibility to act against such a mentality in football. “We are not willing to accept the presence of this way of thinking in our game,” Mr Aigner told a UEFA disciplinary workshop. Bid procedureThe agenda for the Copenhagen discussions will also look at the procedure to be used to select the hosts for UEFA EURO 2008. Seven bids, involving 14 associations, have been submitted to UEFA, and a decision on the hosts of the tournament in six years’ time is due to be taken in December. Non-European TV rightsThe sale of non-European TV rights for UEFA EURO 2004™, the strengthening of relations between UEFA and the European Union, refereeing standards, and UEFA’s convention on the mutual recognition of coaching qualifications are also up for discussion in the Danish capital. Johansson talksUEFA President Lennart Johansson is due to hold talks with the Danish culture minister Brian Mikkelsen on Thursday, and UEFA is also staging a lunchtime event in honour of the European Sports Forum, which is meeting in Copenhagen as part of the Danish EU presidency… Bid procedureThe agenda for the Copenhagen discussions will also look at the procedure to be used to select the hosts for UEFA EURO 2008. Seven bids, involving 14 associations, have been submitted to UEFA, and a decision on the hosts of the tournament in six years’ time is due to be taken in December. Non-European TV rightsThe sale of non-European TV rights for UEFA EURO 2004™, the strengthening of relations between UEFA and the European Union, refereeing standards, and UEFA’s convention on the mutual recognition of coaching qualifications are also up for discussion in the Danish capital. Johansson talksUEFA President Lennart Johansson is due to hold talks with the Danish culture minister Brian Mikkelsen on Thursday, and UEFA is also staging a lunchtime event in honour of the European Sports Forum, which is meeting in Copenhagen as part of the Danish EU presidency. All rights reserved.

Many happy returns for Arsenal boss
Irish Independent – Nov 5, 2002
Dutch international van Bronckhorst hasn’t started a match since suffering a serious knee injury nine months ago, while Frenchman Pires hasn’t started a game for the Gunners in seven months. TOTTENHAM midfielder Gustavo Poyet and assistant boss John Gorman have patched up their differences after their explosive row during Sunday’s goalless draw against his old club Chelsea at White Hart Lane. The Uruguayan clearly fired a verbal volley of four-letter-word abuse at Gorman and violently refused his offer of a handshake when substituted, but Poyet admitted yesterday: “It was my problem, not John’s. Everything has been sorted out. He is Scottish and I am South American and we are both passionate about the game. I was frustrated because I didn’t like coming off early. “CELTIC midfielder Jackie McNamara looks set to return to the squad for Sunday’s televised game away to Dundee United… I was frustrated because I didn’t like coming off early. “CELTIC midfielder Jackie McNamara looks set to return to the squad for Sunday’s televised game away to Dundee United. The Scottish international has been out of action since the start of October with a thigh injury picked up on Euro 2004 duty in Iceland. Winger Didier Agathe should also be fit for the Tannadice encounter after picking up a hamstring strain in the UEFA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers, but Irish international Colin Healy has been unable to train after picking up a calf strain. – Jamie Holland Soccer round-up.

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