Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 19, 2002

FIFA bottom of fair play league

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The News Review:

* How far can Wales go?
* Eriksson backs Gerrard
* Vogts growing weary of Old Firm’s tune
* FIFA bottom of fair play league
* FAI need time with report
* I am enjoying Wales more than United – Giggs
* Windows Longhorn Alpha Leaks to the Web
* ‘Baku to the future’ for Wales squad
* Clubs ‘complacent’ over racism
* John suffers knee scare
* The Cost of…joining the green army in Greece
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Wales blighted by injury
* Manics fans treated to intimate gig
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News

How far can Wales go?
BBC News – Nov 18, 2002
Hartson and Speed are as good as anyone in the air. Our defence has let in two goals in three goals in eight games against real top quality teams and we always score goals. Do not doubt us, we don’t have the greatest strength in depth, but for a very small country we are producing world-class players. Jamie Lewis,
Wales

Wales haven’t got the legs to see this all the way through. Although Mark Hughes is doing a great job, I can’t see Wales getting any more points from Italy or Yugoslavia. They may get lucky and get a play-off spot but even then, I don’t think they have the experience to win such a big game over two legs.

Eriksson backs Gerrard
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2002
Eriksson, who will decide today whether to have a private talk with the troubled midfielder, could not recall the exact timing of the previous conversation, but said that Gerrard had come to him with fears about his form. “I didn’t notice anything special about him but he told me that lately he had been playing bad football – that was his opinion,” Eriksson said. “When you’re judging Steven Gerrard you expect great things, that’s the problem for big players. If they are not at their best, then people are surprised… “I didn’t notice anything special about him but he told me that lately he had been playing bad football – that was his opinion,” Eriksson said. “When you’re judging Steven Gerrard you expect great things, that’s the problem for big players. If they are not at their best, then people are surprised. “It’s important to remember that they are human beings and I don’t want to interfere between Steven and Gerard Houllier. I have criticised players sometimes if I thought it was necessary to do it. You can’t say whether this is right or wrong, you must judge on the situation.

Vogts growing weary of Old Firm’s tune
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2002
And prior to the Euro 2004 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Iceland, Vogts was again interrogated about Ferguson’s state of mind, although both player and manager insisted that there was no problem. The issue was revived a couple of weeks ago when Ferguson revealed that a persistent groin injury was reacting after every game and that he might require an operation after the next Old Firm derby, on Dec 7. Vogts nevertheless named him in the squad for Portugal, declaring that such surgery was minor and could wait until the winter break in January. Few were surprised when Ferguson withdrew from the squad following Rangers’ 2-2 draw with Aberdeen on Saturday, and the fact that the player was permitted to take leave of absence without being examined by the Scotland doctor may be a sign that Vogts knows that there times not to push an issue too far. “I was contacted by Barry Ferguson and he told me he was not well and there was no chance of playing on Wednesday… Vogts nevertheless named him in the squad for Portugal, declaring that such surgery was minor and could wait until the winter break in January. Few were surprised when Ferguson withdrew from the squad following Rangers’ 2-2 draw with Aberdeen on Saturday, and the fact that the player was permitted to take leave of absence without being examined by the Scotland doctor may be a sign that Vogts knows that there times not to push an issue too far. “I was contacted by Barry Ferguson and he told me he was not well and there was no chance of playing on Wednesday. I think it is better that he stays home. We did not have him checked by the Scotland doctor because this is a friendly. Similarly, Steve Thompson is not here and maybe, if it was a qualifying game, we would have given him an injection, but not for this match.

FIFA bottom of fair play league
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2002
Hughes’s decision simply to focus on the job in hand, tomorrow’s Euro 2004 qualifier here in Baku against Azerbaijan, is admirable but it does not lessen the injustice enacted on a smaller country such as Wales by a governing body supposedly charged with protecting their prosperity. The four-day rule either applies to every nation or not at all. England, a far more influential force within FIFA, UEFA and television companies, would never have allowed FIFA to trample all over their coach’s plans as has happened to Hughes. Compounding other withdrawals, the Wales manager has.

FAI need time with report
BBC News – Nov 19, 2002
“I’ve no doubt that this will be the start of a great new era for Irish football. We have a young squad who have done really well and there is a lot of optimism. The burning question remains whether or not Keane will return to the team in time for the Euro 2004 qualifying double-header in Georgia and Albania in March and April. But Corcoran insisted that was a matter for Keane and the new manager to sort out. He said: “Roy is a world-class player but it is up to him whether he wants to come back and up to the new manager to decide whether he wants him back. “We as an association are not going to get involved.

I am enjoying Wales more than United – Giggs
Independent Online – Nov 19, 2002
“I am enjoying playing for Wales more than United at the moment,” Giggs told British newspapers on Tuesday. “But that’s not hard is it?”

Giggs, who will try to help consolidate Wales’s position at the top of the Group Nine table when they play Azerbaijan in Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Baku, was frustrated that United could only draw 1-1 with premier league strugglers West Ham on Sunday. “It was a disappointing game against West Ham and (we were) unfortunate not to finish with the win,” he said. ”

United, in fifth place in the table, may be playing below their best in the premier league but they have excelled in Europe this season… “I am enjoying playing for Wales more than United at the moment,” Giggs told British newspapers on Tuesday. “But that’s not hard is it?”

Giggs, who will try to help consolidate Wales’s position at the top of the Group Nine table when they play Azerbaijan in Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Baku, was frustrated that United could only draw 1-1 with premier league strugglers West Ham on Sunday. “It was a disappointing game against West Ham and (we were) unfortunate not to finish with the win,” he said. ”

United, in fifth place in the table, may be playing below their best in the premier league but they have excelled in Europe this season.

Windows Longhorn Alpha Leaks to the Web
BetaNews – Nov 19, 2002
0, a large departure from Windows XP’s 5. Microsoft has not yet set a release date for Longhorn, but sources place a final version in late 2004 or early 2005. However, any current plans could drastically change as development of Longhorn progresses. The final release of Windows XP, for example, only bore a slight resemblance to early Whistler alpha builds. Add a CommentBetaNews reserves the right to remove any comment at any time for any reason. Please keep your responses appropriate and on topic… I live next to one of Euro 2004 Football (or soccer, as you call it) Championship’s stadiums, and the idea of having a plane crashed in my neighbourhood or a bomb blown up nearby scares the s*** out of me. (Remember, the portuguese government supported your.

‘Baku to the future’ for Wales squad
BBC News – Nov 19, 2002
Manager Mark Hughes and his backroom staff felt the shortness of the trip meant it was not worth putting their watches four hours ahead and adjusting training and meal times. With a 100 per cent record in their opening matches, Hughes will be hoping the quirky time tactic will pay off and see Wales gain a result in the former Soviet republic… Manager Mark Hughes and his backroom staff felt the shortness of the trip meant it was not worth putting their watches four hours ahead and adjusting training and meal times. With a 100 per cent record in their opening matches, Hughes will be hoping the quirky time tactic will pay off and see Wales gain a result in the former Soviet republic. An estimated 160 Wales fans have travelled to the capital Baku to watch the team – but it is not known if any of them have loyally followed the time lag idea.

Clubs ‘complacent’ over racism
BBC News – Nov 18, 2002
England’s Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole were subjected to abuse from Slovakia fans during the Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava last month. And PSV Eindhoven were fined after their fans directed chants at Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. There were also complaints that Nottingham Forest fans abused Leicester supporters during a recent First Division game. Zero tolerance

Ouseley, a former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, believes direct action from the players could be the most effective weapon. He added: “There is now a critical mass of black players playing professionally and it may come to players walking off the pitch if we don’t see improvements… ”

Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis has defended his club against claims that their fans are the worst at dishing out racist abuse. Paphitis believes it is a wider social problem, but insists his club are doing more than any other to stamp it out. “I would be foolish to say racist chants don’t exist – it’s not an epidemic but it’s still a problem,” he said. “We have a policy of zero tolerance. When we do find someone doing this we prosecute them.

John suffers knee scare
BBC News – Nov 19, 2002
I don’t want to miss a game. “That is why I am praying this injury is not serious and that I can get back into the thick of things as soon as possible. ”

Midfielder Robbie Savage is also a doubt for Saturday’s Premiership date at Sunderland after collecting a groin injury against Fulham. The injury has already forced him to pull out of Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifier in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Savage said: “It was a blow to miss out on the Wales game and I would say my chances of playing are only 50-50 at present… “That is why I am praying this injury is not serious and that I can get back into the thick of things as soon as possible. ”

Midfielder Robbie Savage is also a doubt for Saturday’s Premiership date at Sunderland after collecting a groin injury against Fulham. The injury has already forced him to pull out of Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifier in Azerbaijan on Wednesday. Savage said: “It was a blow to miss out on the Wales game and I would say my chances of playing are only 50-50 at present.

The Cost of…joining the green army in Greece
Irish Independent – Nov 17, 2002
joining the green army in Greece – Business, Frontpage – Independent. on wednesday, ireland take on greece in athens as part of their preparations for the euro 2004 qualifier against georgia next march. tickets cost just €10… The “adult” equivalent is €440. You can sleep on the train on the way to Athens (free) and bring a tent for your stay in Greece. Sandwiches from home may, or may not last the whole trip. If the train option does not appeal, you can fly direct to Athens. You will need to leave on Tuesday, as flights arrive late in the evening and there are no direct flights available. Return flights cost from €400, but if you stay until next Saturday, a ticket will cost just €299 (travelling via Milan). Exchange rates are not an issue, since Greece also uses the euro.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
New namesJovan Markoski, from FK Zeleznik, and FK Partizan’s Zvonimir Vukic have been called up instead of injured captain Predrag Mijatovic and midfield player Zoran Mirkovic. Yugoslavia, who last met France 13 years ago in Paris in a goalless draw, are in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group Four and have four points from two games, after a draw in Italy and a home win over Finland. ‘We are not outsiders’Savicevic said: “France are the perfect opponent to measure our abilities at this point and see if our results so far in the EURO 2004™ qualifications were lucky or if we are on our way to being a good team, ready for big results. France are favourites, but we are not outsiders. ” Yugoslavia squadJevric, Zilic, Matkovic, Koroman, Vidic, Dudic, Mihajlovic, Krstajic, Stefanovic, Dragutinovic, Stankovic, Djordjevic, Boskovic, Trobok, Duljaj, Brnovic, Ilic, Markoski, Milosevic, Kezman, Kovacevic, Vukic… Yugoslavia, who last met France 13 years ago in Paris in a goalless draw, are in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group Four and have four points from two games, after a draw in Italy and a home win over Finland. ‘We are not outsiders’Savicevic said: “France are the perfect opponent to measure our abilities at this point and see if our results so far in the EURO 2004™ qualifications were lucky or if we are on our way to being a good team, ready for big results. France are favourites, but we are not outsiders. ” Yugoslavia squadJevric, Zilic, Matkovic, Koroman, Vidic, Dudic, Mihajlovic, Krstajic, Stefanovic, Dragutinovic, Stankovic, Djordjevic, Boskovic, Trobok, Duljaj, Brnovic, Ilic, Markoski, Milosevic, Kezman, Kovacevic, Vukic. All rights reserved.

Wales blighted by injury
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 17, 2002
But Savage damaged a groin muscle in a collision with Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and was also kicked by Steve Marlet, who was dismissed. Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has been called up by Italy for the friendly against Turkey on Wednesday. David Connolly, the Wimbledon striker, has refused to play in the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Greece on Wednesday because he was unhappy at not being included in the original squad. England’s women lost 1-0 to France in St-Etienne to suffer a 2-0 aggregate defeat in their play-off for next year’s World Cup in China.

Manics fans treated to intimate gig
BBC News – Nov 18, 2002
“Most of the set will be acoustic – and we’ll be sat down on stools although I really prefer jumping about. ”

The name of the band, which was later to make them famous, came from one of their sessions outside the hall, when a passer-by called Bradfield a “manic street preacher”. Tickets for Monday’s show, due to be broadcast by Channel 4 at a later date, had not been on sale, but fans did have the chance to win them from a music website. The trio, brought up in Blackwood, are used to playing to much bigger audiences – next month they are due to play two nights at Cardiff International Arena as part of their Greatest Hits tour. In August, they headlined the V2002 festival, which saw 180,000 attend a two-day event staged in Essex and Staffordshire. Last month, nearly 100 people braved stormy weather to queue outside Cardiff’s Virgin Megastore, the first shop in the UK to sell Forever Delayed, the Manics’ greatest hits album. Some queued for more than 15 hours until the store opened at midnight… Last month, nearly 100 people braved stormy weather to queue outside Cardiff’s Virgin Megastore, the first shop in the UK to sell Forever Delayed, the Manics’ greatest hits album. Some queued for more than 15 hours until the store opened at midnight. The band recently performed in front of a crowd of 75,000 at the opening of the Wales versus Italy football match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in an Euro 2004 championship qualifier. In the wake of the performance, Wales notched up a historic win, defeating Italy 2 -1. Related to this story:.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
Savage blowWales travel to Azerbaijan for their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying match with Birmingham City FC’s midfield player Robbie Savage becoming the latest to withdraw from the squad because of a groin injury. “Robbie is very sore,” said Steve Bruce, the Birmingham manager. “If we had a game on Wednesday – or even next Saturday – then he would be struggling to play… Bellamy has been advised to play only one match per week and as Newcastle face Manchester United FC in the English Premiership on Saturday, Sir Bobby Robson, the Magpies manager, has refused to let Bellamy play. “I had a request from Wales to let his one game this week be on Wednesday,” said Robson. “I understand, I was a national manager, but Bellamy is not ready for that sort of situation. ” Absent listBellamy and Savage join Jason Koumas, Mark Pembridge, Andy Johnson, Nathan Blake and Gareth Taylor on the absent list. Swansea City FC striker James Thomas, Reading FC defender Adrian Williams and Wigan Athletic FC striker Neil Roberts have been called up. There was some good news for Wales, however, when the Cardiff City FC central defender Danny Gabbidon passed a fitness test on a back injury. Malta must winMalta are also missing three players for their qualifier against Cyprus – a match they have to win after three losses.

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