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November 16, 2002

Milo puts UEFA first

Filed under: EURO 2008 — Ivan @ 12:14 pm

The News Review:

* Bidding is hotting up for Euro 2008
* FAI chief who juggled too many balls may have jumped before the…
* Johansson faces power battle for Euro 2008
* Milo puts UEFA first
* UEFA clarifies EURO 2008 process
* Ireland begin life without McCarthy
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* FAI a dinosaur of old Ireland
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Anti-racist activities on Copenhagen agenda

Bidding is hotting up for Euro 2008
Irish Independent – Nov 13, 2002
So is there something happening that we don’t know of? Government rumblings imply that at least five “heavy hitters” in the private sector are intent upon building what might now be called the ex-Bertie Bowl at Abbotstown. But any redevelopment of the creaking Lansdowne – which would probably necessitate turning the pitch 90 degrees and building a series of access bridges and walkways across the Dodder – would cost a minimum of €300m. The IRFU is flush, but not that flush. Will the Government intervene then? On Monday, the Taoiseach was hardly encouraging as he spoke of “a tough few years ahead” with the prospect of major cuts in public spending tomorrow. There is, clearly, considerable prestige attached to staging an event on the scale of the European Championships. And the prospect of automatic qualification is another carrot… But, for now, that is mere conjecture. The rule stands today and, more pertinently, will still be standing on December 13. There was absolutely no momentum for change at this year’s Congress and, while GAA President-elect – Sean Kelly – has spoken in favour of its deletion, Rule 42 effectively excludes Croke Park from any role in the Celtic bid for Euro 2008. This is not apparent in the bid analyses of ‘Football Business International’. Croke Park is still listed as one of the proposed stadia, with the Scotland-Ireland bid director – Simon Lyons – observing flatly that “Ireland will provide two from the new Stadium Ireland, a revamped Lansdowne Road or Croke Park. “Remarkably, an unidentified ‘expert’s view’ on the same page declares emphatically “The Scotland-Ireland bid has the best stadia of all the candidates. ” Yet, the Austria-Switzerland bid is on course, regardless of UEFA’s verdict, to have all eight stadia in place by 2006.

FAI chief who juggled too many balls may have jumped before the…
Irish Independent – Nov 13, 2002
How will he be remembered? Honest, amiable, and unfailingly polite, he worked unstintingly for the FAI in his 18 months at the helm, only to find the workload and straitjacket job specifications too much to handle. As Alistair Gray, chairman of the Glasgow-based strategic management consultants observed in Menton’s defence: “The job of FAI general secretary is impossible”. Menton was good in the role, if not great; a mild, easy-going character who displayed a paucity of political skills, leadership and dynamism during his reign in Merrion Square. By insisting that every buck not only stopped but started with him, he was unable to function properly. He should have appointed a number two to ride shot-gun, who could have dealt with day-to-day problems which cropped up. That would have enabled Menton to deal with the big issues. He also erred in not flying to Saipan with the Irish squad last May, as he would then have been on site to cope with the eruptions of Roy Keane… Privately, Casey, in his final function as an FAI officer before retiring, was furious with Menton. It didn’t help Menton’s position when a delay in McCarthy signing his new contract led to the FAI having to pay a performance bonus of €140,000. In the past six weeks, Menton became disillusioned with juggling so many balls the ailing Euro 2008 bid, the Stadium Ireland shenanigans, the Keane-McCarthy roadshow. He admitted last night his decision “wasn’t a sudden one”. He needed to get out and the Genesis report provided him with the excuse, even though he wasn’t directly criticised in its findings. On Sunday, Menton told President Milo Corcoran Byrne he was ready to step down. He informed the officers on Monday night and the staff in Merrion Square at noon yesterday.

Johansson faces power battle for Euro 2008
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 12, 2002
While Johansson is popular within UEFA and was re-elected by acclamation in April, elections to UEFA, held in his home town of Stockholm, showed that he does not control the organisation. Some of his closest associates from the Nordic countries failed to win while Blatter got his men, such as Michel Platini, elected to the UEFA executive. The UEFA executive have far too many members from smaller countries while large areas of eastern Europe have no say. This could play a crucial role in today’s decision. Johansson is also aware that the eastern European countries, which have grown in number since the collapse of the Soviet empire, have seen their power on the field decline and cannot compete with the richer countries of western Europe.

Milo puts UEFA first
Irish Independent – Nov 14, 2002
As flames lick around the portals of Merrion Square, it appears the attitude of the voluntary blazer brigade has not been swayed by the publication of the Genesis report as president Corcoran has put a UEFA freebie ahead of FAI business. Okay, nothing is going to happen overnight, but what sort of message is he sending out by fleeing the country? Brendan Menton, who stepped down as general secretary on Tuesday, is also flying out of town today, but he has a more relevant excuse as he attends a meeting of the Euro 2008 steering committee in Glasgow. Menton believes the bid is still stands even though the FAI have not delivered their part of the stadium deal. “It’s down to the Government now,” he said. UEFA will decide on December 13 who will host the Euro 2008 finals and while the Scots-Irish bid has support, the ongoing problems over Stadium Ireland, coupled with Croke Park’s reluctance to open its doors, has left the bid tottering. One man staying put in Dublin is Kevin Fahy, the caretaker general secretary of the FAI.

UEFA clarifies EURO 2008 process
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 8, 2002
UEFA President Lennart Johansson announced details of the procedure at the end of the Executive Committee’s two-day meeting in Copenhagen today. Final presentationFollowing a final presentation of the bids to the Joint National Teams’ Committee and the Executive Committee, the eight eligible members of the Executive Committee will hold talks with the aim of reducing the seven bids to two or three. Once a shortlist has been drawn up, then all Executive Committee members not affected by the remaining bids are admitted into the discussion and take part in the decision. At the end of the discussions the members will vote and if a bidder receives an absolute majority, this bid will be chosen. December decisionIf there is no such majority, the bidder with the lowest vote is eliminated and a final ballot between the remaining two bidders occurs. An Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for December 12 and 13 and it is likely the decision on EURO 2008 will be made on the first day. The seven bidders are Austria and Switzerland, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Turkey, Hungary, Nordic 2008 (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, with the support of Iceland and Faroe Islands), Russia, and Scotland and the Republic of Ireland… An Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for December 12 and 13 and it is likely the decision on EURO 2008 will be made on the first day. The seven bidders are Austria and Switzerland, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Turkey, Hungary, Nordic 2008 (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, with the support of Iceland and Faroe Islands), Russia, and Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Financial supportBesides the EURO 2008 question, the Executive Committee also agreed to give financial support to those countries most affected by the floods in Europe earlier this year. This fund will help repair damaged facilities in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Albania, Spain, Russia and France. Host countries confirmedMr Johansson also confirmed the host countries for a number of upcoming UEFA tournaments. Other decisionsIn addition the Executive Committee rejected the request from the Liechtenstein Football Association for the use of temporary stands for the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying match on 29 March next year due to safety and security concerns, while approving the decision of the UEFA Emergency Panel to postpone the international games involving Israel and Cyprus earlier this year.

Ireland begin life without McCarthy
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 16, 2002
He has complained bitterly about the lack of professionalism within the association, not to mention the state of the pitches. Sounds familiar?What a shame then that the Republic of Ireland’s erstwhile captain will not be in Athens on Wednesday, when the two countries meet in a friendly, to share grievances with his soulmate. Unlike Keane, though, Tsartas has not cost his manager his job. This will be the first match Ireland have played since Mick McCarthy’s resignation two weeks ago following the team’s 2-1 home defeat to Switzerland in a Euro 2004 qualifier. The Irish public let him know in no uncertain terms that when it came to a popularity vote he could never compete with the man from Cork… “Whether it is implemented is another matter. “It was a cynical reference, perhaps, to the last time the FAI commissioned a study – in 1996 – and then failed to act. Menton, who is staying with the FAI on their Euro 2008 bid committee, said he had been contemplating standing down for several weeks, having grown “totally frustrated with the job”. He accepted now that McCarthy “did not get everything 100 per cent right” and that his decision to confront Keane before other players about a newspaper article was a mistake. But he remains a fan of the man from Barnsley. “Unique”, was how he described him. “He never quibbled about the money.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 8, 2002
However, the return of Dickov is a surprise. The forward was substituted after 45 minutes with Scotland 2-0 down in the Faroe Islands in September, in a game that finished 2-2. ‘More of a striker’”Maybe it wasn’t fair to play Paul on the right side of midfield in that game – it’s not his normal position,” Vogts said. “His club manager told me he could play in that role, but I now know he is more of a striker. “Chance for DickovVogts will start the match with in-form strikers Steven Thompson and Steven Crawford, but with Thompson suspended for the qualifying game at home to Iceland in March, Dickov could stake his claim. Celtic FC’s Paul Lambert will captain Scotland, with Vogts has pledging to field his strongest team as he looks to build on two morale-boosting wins. ‘A top-class side’”I watched tapes of Portugal against England, Sweden and Tunisia and there’s no doubt they are a top-class side,” Vogts said.

FAI a dinosaur of old Ireland
Irish Independent – Nov 10, 2002
The mantra of all the former players who have supported McCarthy and derided Keane has been that the FAI’s failure to deliver professional, or even adequate, preparations for tournaments and matches is just part of the price a player pays for the privilege of representing his country. Say nothing and just get on with it. Given its level of everyday incompetence, it was not surprising that the FAI should have so mishandled Saipan and its fallout: unsurprising, but still unforgivable. For that failure, it has paid no price. Brendan Menton and his team remain firmly ensconced, while the manager has been cast aside. The media focus has been on the two men at the centre, and the nation has divided evenly enough between them. McCarthy is either the manager who couldn’t manage his best player, or Keane is the player who let down his country… Both it and the IRFU must deal with the shambles that is Lansdowne Road: they could lead the charge for a new national stadium on the site of the old, but they both lack the commercial vision to make it happen because they cannot shed the amateur culture of grants and handouts. Government must take a slice of the blame, because there is no coherent strategy for developing competitive, successful sport in this country, and the grandstanding over the Bertie Bowl and Euro 2008 have proved to be distracting and damaging sideshows. But the government does not run Irish football: that is the FAI’s responsibility. If it’s current officials cannot run the game and it seems clear that they cannot then as well as hunting out a manager Mr Menton should be hunting for a team of executives who can run his organisation. The job description would be simple enough: ‘Wanted experts in this area.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 11, 2002
Shoulder injuryA shoulder injury forced Helveg to miss the 2-0 UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying victory against Luxembourg last month. The 31-year-old damaged his shoulder in Denmark’s opening qualifier, a 2-2 draw with Nordic neighbours Norway in Oslo in September. Laursen was not included for tactical reasons. Attacking selectionCoach Morten Olsen’s 18-man squad has a more traditional look about it after he chose an attacking selection to face Luxembourg. Thus, there is no place for Akademisk Boldklub striker Michael Johansen after he returned to the international fold last month following just over two years out of the equation. Italian connectionJon Dahl Tomasson, scorer of both goals against Norway and the opener versus Luxembourg, is the third Milan player in the squad, while Udinese Calcio midfield player Martin Jørgensen completes the Italian connection. Weekend to rememberTwo of the English-based players, Thomas Gravesen and Claus Jensen, crossed swords when Everton FC defeated Charlton Athletic FC 1-0 on Saturday.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 12, 2002
Another chanceThe 30-year-old was substituted after just 45 minutes against the Faroe Islands in September, with Scotland losing 2-0. A subsequent fightback earned Vogts’s team a 2-2 draw, but the German coach has conceded that Dickov deserves another chance. “Maybe it was not fair to play Paul on the right side of midfield against the Faroes,” said Vogts. “His club manager told me he could play there, but I now know he is more of a striker. “Starting placeAlthough Vogts may start the next week’s match with Steven Thompson of Dundee United FC and Dunfermline Athletic FC’s Stevie Crawford up front, Thompson’s suspension for the qualifying game against Iceland in March means Dickov should get the chance to stake his claim for a place in the starting lineup. Confidence returningCeltic FC’s Paul Lambert will skipper the Scots for the match against Portugal in Braga. Vogts said: “I look upon this game as a challenge for me and my players after we took so much confidence from the last two wins.

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… 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.

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