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November 25, 2002

Irish must not slip in Greece

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales win again
* Vogts upbeat in defeat
* Republic end losing run under Givens
* Irish must not slip in Greece
* Bellamy a worry for Newcastle
* FA will claim they are not to blame for crowd trouble
* FA to fight their corner at UEFA hearing
* Scotland angry after ‘stonewall’ penalty not given
* Wales team return after victory
* Manchester City’s Anelka won’t face FA ban
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Football knights joust at Old Trafford
* SOCCER: Dunne rewarded with call-up
* For the Better
* Berti works to give Dobie belief
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
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BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales win again
BBC News – Nov 20, 2002
Gary Speed and John Hartson scored in each half to extend the Welsh lead at the top of Group Nine to five points. It was not a display that touched the heights of the heroic triumph against Italy in Cardiff – but it was a professional performance that typifies the new Wales era under Hughes. And with memories of humiliation against the minnows of Moldova and Georgia still fresh in the memory, it was a result that will bring huge satisfaction to Hughes and his players. Azerbaijan threatened fitfully, but Wales were always in control and thorougly deserved the victory that made it maximum points from their first three games… Gary Speed and John Hartson scored in each half to extend the Welsh lead at the top of Group Nine to five points. It was not a display that touched the heights of the heroic triumph against Italy in Cardiff – but it was a professional performance that typifies the new Wales era under Hughes. And with memories of humiliation against the minnows of Moldova and Georgia still fresh in the memory, it was a result that will bring huge satisfaction to Hughes and his players. Azerbaijan threatened fitfully, but Wales were always in control and thorougly deserved the victory that made it maximum points from their first three games. Wales were stripped of experienced midfielders Robbie Savage and Mark Pembridge – but it was another old campaigner who gave Wales the perfect start. Samir Aliyev’s shot had been deflected only inches wide, and Wales heeded the warning as Speed put them ahead in the ninth minute.

Vogts upbeat in defeat
BBC News – Nov 21, 2002
An additional midfielder gave the Scots a more balanced look, with Vogts having opted to field several players out of their normal positions. However, Scotland offered very little going forward and West Brom’s Scott Dobie and Stevie Crawford were starved of service. “We stayed in position better and, after 20 minutes, we did not play badly,” continued Vogts… However, Scotland offered very little going forward and West Brom’s Scott Dobie and Stevie Crawford were starved of service. “We stayed in position better and, after 20 minutes, we did not play badly,” continued Vogts. Dailly also thought the match was a positive experience. “I think we did pretty well but we gifted a couple of goals away,” said the West Ham man.

Republic end losing run under Givens
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 20, 2002
A shadow Republic of Ireland team, whose strike force at the end was reserve Tottenham defender Gary Doherty and Southampton midfielder Rory Delap, at least had the satisfaction of avoiding defeat in the wake of two Euro 2004 losses. Nobody could argue those present did not have value for money as the Greeks reduced the admission charge to one euro, aware that a nearby basketball international was more of an attraction than this lowest of low-key matches. Greece introduced seven substitutions at half-time with two more following on the hour, making something of a mockery of proceedings… Nobody could argue those present did not have value for money as the Greeks reduced the admission charge to one euro, aware that a nearby basketball international was more of an attraction than this lowest of low-key matches. Greece introduced seven substitutions at half-time with two more following on the hour, making something of a mockery of proceedings. The second half followed the pattern of the first with minimal goalmouth action and entertainment. The kick-off to the friendly was delayed for five minutes and while the reason was not obvious, it was certainly not because of crowd congestion. The 100-piece band providing the pre-match entertainment almost outnumbered the spectators in the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium which resembled a bad night at Selhurst Park for a Wimbledon home match.

Irish must not slip in Greece
Irish Independent – Nov 20, 2002
It was intended to be an end of season loosener, a chance to unwind by the Aegean Sea after a hectic World Cup year, and complete a home and away arrangement with the Greeks, who won 1-0 on their visit to Dublin in April, 2000. So much for that plan. Mick McCarthy has exited stage left after 68 games and 6 years in charge, Roy Keane is in self-imposed exile and the team has stumbled to successive defeats in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. “It feels different not having Mick (McCarthy) around,” admitted Irish captain Kenny Cunningham. “But there’s no point dragging our chins on the ground. We’ve got to be resolute and move on. To a certain extent, we’ve got to prove ourselves again at this level… DAVID CONNOLLY yesterday angrily refuted Don Givens’ allegation that he had snubbed an invitation to join the squad last Sunday, while Wimbledon manager Stuart Murdoch accused the FAI of making a mess of the situation by failing to follow proper procedure. “I was surprised David received a phone call on his mobile on Saturday night if that had been me I would have thought someone was pulling my leg,” he said. “There has been no contact with Wimbledon and that’s not how things should be conducted. To call it a communication breakdown would be polite. If they had contacted us in the normal way we could have told them he was injured.

Bellamy a worry for Newcastle
rte.ie – Nov 22, 2002
Bellamy was in lethal form against Dutch side Feyenoord in the Champions League last week but was forced to pull out of Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifier in Azerbaijan as he continues his recovery from a knee problem. Robson has been advised by medical staff to limit the striker to one game per week but none is more important than tomorrow’s clash as the Magpies aim to leapfrog United in the Premiership table and the 23-year-old will play a vital role in Robson’s plan of attack, should he be declared fit enough to start. “Bellamy is making progress,” admitted the former England boss. “He trained last Friday and had a slight reaction to that after the game on Wednesday. We’ll see what he’s like this Friday to decide whether we play him… We’ll see what he’s like this Friday to decide whether we play him. “”When the knee settles down, that two matches per week might come into his lifestyle. We hope it will, but at the moment it’s not a possibility. It will be when Craig says `Hey, my knee is fine. I’ve played Saturday and I can play Wednesday’,” explained Robson. “Craig Bellamy will tell you that he couldn’t have played for Wales and he couldn’t have played today, and we’re taking the brunt of that because people think we’re stopping the player from playing for his country.

FA will claim they are not to blame for crowd trouble
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 21, 2002
The disciplinary hearing will also deliver judgments on separate charges against the Slovakian FA for crowd disturbances, poor security and racist abuse by home supporters towards Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole. FA spokesman Paul Newman said: “We received a number of assurances that the only people allowed into the England section were fans who had tickets distributed through the FA. “In reality, people were not only allowed in with tickets from other areas but even without tickets at all.

FA to fight their corner at UEFA hearing
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 20, 2002
The FA hierarchy, weakened by the resignations of key personnel and reeling from accusations of financial mismanagement and doubts over the planned national football centre at Burton, are to mount a vigorous defence at the disciplinary hearing in Nyon. A dossier has been sent from Soho Square to UEFA claiming that 2,000 ticketless England fans, who were unauthorised to travel, were allowed into the Bratislava stadium prior… “We are not a police force. ” The FA are hoping that UEFA, who will also adjudicate on allegations of racist chants by Slovakian fans towards Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole, will take no punitive action against England. Also on the Soho Square agenda yesterday was the request by the French Federation.

Scotland angry after ‘stonewall’ penalty not given
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 20, 2002
Canero insisted: “In the first half they looked a really good team, but we caused them all sorts of problems in the second half. “Despite the penalty we had the chances to win this game, but we shouldn’t feel too bad about this defeat. ” Scotland Under-21 coach Bonhof was also remaining upbeat and admitted he would rather lose his record in Belgium than in their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. “I am totally disappointed with the result,” said Bonhof. “I thought in the second half we were much the better team. “We created five or six excellent chances and goals are what counts in football. “Overall I am pleased with how things have gone over the past couple of months and I have no problem with their commitment.

Wales team return after victory
BBC News – Nov 21, 2002
The victory has left them on course for their first major championships since 1958. Those supporters lucky enough to be given the afternoon off by benevolent bosses enjoyed another inspired display by the national team to leave them top of their qualifying group, with a five-point cushion. Inspired by the rollercoaster ride of Wales’ best ever start to a qualifying campaign, supporter are now hoping for more causes to celebrate when Azerbaijan play in Cardiff next March. Pubs and bars in towns and cities across Wales were doing brisk business as fans continued their revelries into the night. Schools, pubs and clubs in Bangor, Carmarthen and throughout Wales were full of fans, young and old, cheering on Mark Hughes’ team… Injured Wales and Everton international Mark Pembridge was a relieved figure after the match, which he watched on the television. “It is a great result. We knew it was not going to be an exciting game and we were nervous to start with but the boys prepared well for it and we got a tremendous result. ”

Traditional Cardiff rugby pub the City Arms, opposite Millennium Stadium, was turned over to fans of the round ball game for the day. “The fans are quite well behaved on internationals, much more than with the club football.

Manchester City’s Anelka won’t face FA ban
SI.com – Nov 20, 2002
2 of the FIFA regulations for the Status andTransfer of Players makes it clear that both a player and clubmust be notified in writing at least 15 days before the date ofthe match for which the player is required. “The correspondence received by Nicolas Anelka andManchester City notifying the player of his selection is clearlydated November 18, only two days before the match date. “Due to these circumstances, The FA does not consider itappropriate that any action should be taken against NicolasAnelka. City manager Kevin Keegan had earlier insisted that Anelkawould face Middlesbrough in the premier league on Saturday. “To talk about missing two games is absolutely ridiculousand it would make a mockery of football,” Keegan told the club’sWeb site on Wednesday. “That won’t happen. We did not refuse him permission to go,we have never refused anyone permission to go on internationalduty… No club-before-country policy at Newcastle NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) — Newcastle Unitedmanager Bobby Robson has played down Craig Bellamy’s withdrawalfrom the Wales squad this week by insisting the English premierleague club do not operate a club-before-country policy. Robson said on Wednesday that he had received “unbelievablyrude faxes” from Wales supporters following the club’s decisionto withdraw the forward from international duty this week. Bellamy, who hit the winner against Italy in their Euro 2004Group Nine qualifier last month, missed Wednesday’s 2-0 win inAzerbaijan. Robson said on Monday that Bellamy had been pulled out ofthe Welsh squad because of a persistent knee injury. “There is no club-versus-country clash at this club with anycountry,” Robson said ahead of his visit to Buckingham Palace onThursday to receive a knighthood from the Prince of Wales. “The fact we allowed Hugo Viana, who hurt his knee onSaturday, to join the Portugal camp, destroys that myth. Severalother players are also on international duty as well this week.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Home side adapt wellThe wet conditions had left the pitch covered in standing water, making flowing play difficult, but the home side, who had SL Benfica pair Ricardo Rocha and Tiago Mendes making their international debuts, took to the task quickly, and were two up within 17 minutes – having already missed a penalty. Pauleta scoresAfter winning early corners, Portugal were ahead on seven minutes when Pauleta got on the end of Sergio Conceição’s cross and put the ball past Scottish goalkeeper Rab Douglas. Second goalLuis Figo was given the chance to double the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later when Lee Wilkie handled in the area, but Douglas dived to his right to deny the Real Madrid CF player. However, Pauleta ensured the score was 2-0 on 17 minutes when he won a race with Maurice Ross for a through-ball and beat Douglas again.

Football knights joust at Old Trafford
Independent Online – Nov 21, 2002
They followed that with a come-from-behind win against Southampton on Sunday. United this week lost influential midfielder David Beckham (ribs), who joins an injury list including defender Rio Ferdinand, midfielders Roy Keane and Nicky Butt. Morale is low – winger Ryan Giggs was happier to go play in Wales’ 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier at Azerbaijan Wednesday than stay in Manchester. “Playing for Wales is more fun than playing for Manchester United at the moment – but then, that is not hard,” Giggs said. United are still reeling from the 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City, after which hometown defenders Gary and Phil Neville took the brunt of criticism. Ferguson was then criticised by fans at a stockholders’ meeting – and responded by calling one man an “idiot. ”

On Sunday, United allowed a late equaliser for a 2-2 draw at West Ham… United this week lost influential midfielder David Beckham (ribs), who joins an injury list including defender Rio Ferdinand, midfielders Roy Keane and Nicky Butt. Morale is low – winger Ryan Giggs was happier to go play in Wales’ 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier at Azerbaijan Wednesday than stay in Manchester. “Playing for Wales is more fun than playing for Manchester United at the moment – but then, that is not hard,” Giggs said. United are still reeling from the 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City, after which hometown defenders Gary and Phil Neville took the brunt of criticism. Ferguson was then criticised by fans at a stockholders’ meeting – and responded by calling one man an “idiot. ”

On Sunday, United allowed a late equaliser for a 2-2 draw at West Ham. A win by Newcastle could kickstart a bad run of luck for United, which face title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal in the coming weeks, along with Deportivo and Juventus in the Champions League.

SOCCER: Dunne rewarded with call-up
U.TV – Nov 20, 2002
“Colin Healy has played in a lot of positions and is a very good player. He just probably needs a decision to be made for himself very shortly if he is to go forward as a player. He seems to be not getting enough games at Celtic and, for his own point of view, he`ll have to decide something. “He is another very good player who never let me down at under-21 level and I expect the same kind of performance and commitment from him at full level. “Givens is keen to mark what is expected to be his one and only match in charge of the senior team with a positive result, which means he will not introduce inexperienced players from the bench just for the sake of it. He said: “I really do think we need a result and there won`t be any experiments at all unless we are sailing along. “I`d like to think we`d be in the position to give a few of the new boys a baptism, but that is all in the lap of the gods of the moment and I certainly won`t be making any experiments… “It is a chance for these boys to produce and I am reasonably confident with what we have got that we can get a result. “Of course it will be a difficult match. The Greeks will be fired up for it, especially as they haven`t started well in their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. They are very formidable at home and I am expecting a hot time for us. “While Givens is looking forward to managing the Republic, he insisted he had no desire to apply for the position vacated recently by Mick McCarthy. “I am very proud, it is a great honour for me,“ he said. “I was more than delighted to be asked by the FAI to take the job on a caretaker basis.

For the Better
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 22, 2002
The Barking firm stand to lose more than £100,000 if United fail to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in eight years. I saw Holland beat Germany in midweek by taking their chances and after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Japan and Korea, there will surely be no slip-ups en route to Euro 2004 in Portugal… I saw Holland beat Germany in midweek by taking their chances and after their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Japan and Korea, there will surely be no slip-ups en route to Euro 2004 in Portugal. Even at this early stage they look a fair price at 15-2 with the independent firms. Newcastle will never have a better chance of winning at Old Trafford for the first time in 22 matches over 30 years. A price of 4-1 to win today’s live Sky game will attract some business. Liverpool look the best bet in the Premiership at evens to win at Fulham, while Blackburn are overpriced at 17-10 to win at Charlton.

Berti works to give Dobie belief
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 20, 2002
The 24-year-old has been named in the starting line-up for tonight’s friendly with Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in Braga. The English-born striker has five caps so far and netted his one and only goal on his debut in a 4-1 defeat in South Korea before continuing to impress on the Hong Kong leg of May’s Far East tour. But he has struggled for fitness this season and has not always featured in his club’s Barclaycard Premiership campaign. In the meantime, Steven Thompson and Stevie Crawford went on to establish themselves as Vogts’ first-choice picks and it was only Thompson’s absence from the party through injury which re-opened the door for Dobie. Vogts said: “He has had a lot of injuries and also the situation at West Brom, but he is a very good player with a lot of speed and a good technique, ball control and first touch. “He needs experience – and confidence too. I say to him ‘look in your eyes – you are a very good player.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Deficit reducedHowever, after what must have been an inspirational half-time team talk, Nikola Ilievski’s men, who drew 2-2 with England last month, were much improved in the second half, Aleksandar Vasoski reducing the deficit when he rose unchallenged to head in the 63rd minute. Another winBuoyed by the goal, the Macedonian team poured forward in greater numbers and Goce Sedlovski appeared to have earned a draw when he did well to take a ball on his chest and fire past Israel goalkeeper Dudu Awat. But the tenacious visitors were not about to let the match get away from them, Tal Banin releasing Nimni who in turn sent Biton through to grasp Israel’s fourth victory on the bounce. Next gamesIsrael lie in second place behind France in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group One and face Cyprus at home in March while F. Macedonia, in third spot in Group Seven, are away to Slovakia in the same month… Another winBuoyed by the goal, the Macedonian team poured forward in greater numbers and Goce Sedlovski appeared to have earned a draw when he did well to take a ball on his chest and fire past Israel goalkeeper Dudu Awat. But the tenacious visitors were not about to let the match get away from them, Tal Banin releasing Nimni who in turn sent Biton through to grasp Israel’s fourth victory on the bounce. Next gamesIsrael lie in second place behind France in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group One and face Cyprus at home in March while F. Macedonia, in third spot in Group Seven, are away to Slovakia in the same month.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Group leadersHome coach Imre Gellei was most concerned with fine tuning his team, recalling MTK Hungária FC midfield player Gábor Zavadszky for the first time in over a year. Zavadszky, who was last capped by his national side in late 2000, has been in imperious form for Hungarian first division leaders MTK this season, scoring a memorable double against Békéscsabai EFC in September. General dominationGellei’s team largely dominated and were unlucky not to secure a late winner. Moldova, nevertheless, took the lead against the run of play in the 16th minute when Evgheni Patula scored from close range, neatly chipping Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Király. There were few opportunities for either side in the remainder of the half, though the home side enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession. Second-half levellerClearly invigorated by Gellei’s half-time team talk, Hungary came out after the interval determined to secure the leveller and did not have to wait long to do so, Hertha BSC Berlin’s Pal Dardai equalising in the 55th minute with a fine strike. Shot blockedZalaegerszegi TE striker Krisztian Kenesei, who came on as a substitute, almost grabbed the decisive goal six minutes from time, but his close-range effort was well saved by Moldovan goalkeeper Evgheni Hmaruc… Second-half levellerClearly invigorated by Gellei’s half-time team talk, Hungary came out after the interval determined to secure the leveller and did not have to wait long to do so, Hertha BSC Berlin’s Pal Dardai equalising in the 55th minute with a fine strike. Shot blockedZalaegerszegi TE striker Krisztian Kenesei, who came on as a substitute, almost grabbed the decisive goal six minutes from time, but his close-range effort was well saved by Moldovan goalkeeper Evgheni Hmaruc. Next qualifiersHungary now look forward to building on the impressive start to their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4 campaign when they travel to Poland next March, having already drawn with Sweden and beaten San Marino. Moldova are yet to pick up a point in Group 3, and travel to fellow slow starters Belarus in March. All rights reserved.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Odds on LatviaTwo of Wednesday’s qualifiers could have a significant impact on the outcome of Groups 4 and 9. Latvia can go three points clear of Hungary at the top of Group 4 if they win in San Marino. The odds favour Aleksandrs Starkovs’ side although he will be well aware that Latvia’s last match against the Sanmarinese, a home FIFA World Cup qualifier, ended in a 1-1 draw that resulted in his predecessor, Englishman Gary Johnson, losing his job… “We have lost a few players but we have others to come in,” said Hughes. “We realise it is a difficult game but we will apply ourselves well. My initial thought is not to change the side any more than I have to, we have had enough disruption already. ” Azeri problemsAzerbaijan have problems of their own, with Zaur Tagizade injured and brothers Emin and Kamal Guliyev suspended. The Azeris have lost their opening two games and football in the country is undergoing a difficult spell. National coach Asker Abdullayev said: “It seems that no one in this country cares about football except coaches like me. Everyone else refused the job, but my friends came to me and said if I didn’t take it on, who would?”Mediterranean tussleWednesday’s final qualifier sees Cyprus face fellow Mediterranean islanders Malta in Nicosia.

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