Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 26, 2002

Upbeat Vogts adopts a tartan tendency

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uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
Lack of confidenceAnelka had been called up as a late replacement for Olympique Lyonnais’s Sidney Govou, who sustained a thigh injury during a league match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux on Saturday. But according to the sports daily L’Equipe he decided not to accept the opportunity. He said: “I met the coach [Jacques Santini] last week when we played Manchester United FC and I was not convinced by what he said… “I have not been informed officially. I’m still waiting for him to call us before announcing a replacement,” he said. “There is a meeting at 1pm today with the players and if he’s not there we will understand. We found out about his decision not to come this morning through the press but we haven’t heard from him yet. I will only comment when it’s official.

Murrayfield ‘big advantage’ in Euro 2008 bid
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 26, 2002
“Switzerland has very small stadiums and you could fit two Swiss stadiums into Murrayfield. “To have stadiums the size and quality of Murrayfield available at the moment is a strong position to be in. ” Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern insists the Euro 2008 bid team have not given up hope of persuading the Gaelic Athletic Association to allow Croke Park to be one of the championship venues. Ahern said: “I have no doubt that in its time Croke Park will come right. Croke Park is almost finished and does not have any equals as far as we’re concerned. “We also have 23 bids in from the private sector for a site out in the west of Dublin. “Scotland and Ireland are two great footballing countries with enormous interest and support in the game which is shown week-in, week-out.

GAA nod may bring Euro 2008 home to Celt team
Irish Independent – Nov 22, 2002
He said it would be “very significant” at this stage if such a move could be made as it could secure the staging of the third biggest sporting event in the world. The minister indicated that this would cover the four games which Ireland would be required to host in six years’ time. This, he emphasised, would not have any implications for the GAA’s general stance on the playing of soccer, rugby or other foreign games at GAA headquarters. The minister’s statement goes a step further after Taoiseach Bertie Ahern wrote to the GAA in September asking that Croke Park be made available for the championships. And it indicates that confidence is growing within Government that the Ireland-Scotland bid is within touching distance of being successful. Mr O’Donoghue said he believed it would be in the interests of the country if the GAA relented on the rule. There would be 100,000 visitors coming for the games which would bring in €50m in revenue and attract TV audiences of 7b people.

Upbeat Vogts adopts a tartan tendency
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 17, 2002
“Scotland invented football, this is where it all began,” explains Vogts, gazing out across the rooftops of Glasgow from his office at Hampden Park. “It was the Scottish engineers – the men who built railroads and such like – who took the game across the world. For that reason alone – and there are many reasons – Euro 2008 should be played here, the spiritual home of football. “A newly arrived soccer immigrant he may be, but Vogts is well aware that the desk where he sits lies but a short stroll from the Museum of Scottish Football where due homage is paid to the deeds of Alex James and Hughie Gallacher; the Lisbon Lions and the Wembley Wizards; Jim Baxter and Denis Law; Billy Bremner and Dave Mackay; Bill Shankly and Jock Stein; Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson. “For such a small nation with a population of just five million, which is about half the size of London, Scotland has a unique place in the game,” says Vogts.

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… 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. Powerful driveIt got worse for Scotland not long afterwards when Russell Anderson was taken off on a stretcher with concussion to be replaced by Derek McInnes. On 27 minutes they did have a chance when Scott Dobie shot wide, and soon afterwards Graham Alexander forced Quim to palm away a powerful drive, but no Scottish striker was on hand to follow up. Tiago Mendes closeEx-SC Braga player Tiago Mendes hit the crossbar in the last of the first half’s chances from Figo’s cross, but as time wore on so did the pitch, making play even more difficult after the break. Pace dropsEleven minutes into the second half, Nuno Gomes seemed set to extend Portugal’s lead but his shot from ten metres somehow crept past the far post. However, the pace of the game gradually dropped, although in the last minutes Conceição shot over and Christian Dailly headed wide for Scotland from Alexander’s corner.

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uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 19, 2002
The three others likely to make their debuts are Alessandro Birindelli, Antonio Di Natale and Carlo Nervo. England togetherThe week’s international friendlies seem to be offering plenty of opportunities to young talent across Europe. England are one of the only sides not in action but manager Sven-Göran Eriksson is staging a squad get-together this week and has caused a surprise by giving a chance to an unlikely name. Dawson surpriseTeenaged Nottingham Forest FC defender Michael Dawson was invited to train with the likes of Michael Owen and Paul Scholes after injury to Tottenham Hotspur FC’s Ledley King. The 19-year-old Dawson, an Under-21 international, has been in impressive form for first division Forest, helping them to fourth in the table with just 15 goals conceded in 18 games. Key men outIsrael are in action this week, but will be without another familiar face from their already depleted squad. Manchester City FC midfield player Eyal Berkovic has withdrawn from the team to face F.

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.

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uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
No strangerExteberria is no stranger to international football. The 25-year-old has won 36 caps for his country, but has not played for Spain since September 2001 when he was part of the side that beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. Real Betis Balompié player Joaquín has been told to rest his right leg after picking up a knock and will definitely not play against Bulgaria. Israeli woesElsewhere, Israel coach Avraham Grant took a depleted squad to Skopje for the match against F.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Deserved winThe hosts scored a goal in each half in front of 15,000 fans in Copenhagen to secure a deserved victory. Morten Olsen’s men took the lead through Jon Dahl Tomasson before Thomas Røll Larsen made the game safe. Class tellsPoland coach Zbigniew Boniek will not be too disappointed in the efforts of his team as he attempts to rebuild after the disappointing display at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. His side were behind after just 21 minutes though as the experienced Danes showed their class. Tomasson scoresChristian Poulsen played Tomasson in with an incisive through-ball, and the AC Milan striker rounded Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek before slotting into an empty net. It was no more than the home side deserved against a visiting team intent on containment. Determined startDenmark could not find another goal their play warranted in the first half, but came out in even more determined fashion after the break… Tomasson scoresChristian Poulsen played Tomasson in with an incisive through-ball, and the AC Milan striker rounded Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek before slotting into an empty net. It was no more than the home side deserved against a visiting team intent on containment. Determined startDenmark could not find another goal their play warranted in the first half, but came out in even more determined fashion after the break. Olsen sent on Røll Larsen and Jesper Gronkjær and attacked from the outset. The second goal finally came 18 minutes from the end, this time Tomasson turned provider with a neat ball to Dennis Rommedahl. The PSV Eindhoven man found himself in front of Dudek but he unselfishly passed for Larsen to score in an empty net. Coach pleasedOlsen was pleased with his side’s display.

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.

Johansson denies influencing Euro 2008 vote
rte.ie – Nov 26, 2002
According to reports he also hinted that the Greece-Turkey bid has little chance of succeeding. However, Johansson denied that he is trying to influence the selection process and insisted that his quotes were taken out of context. “All bids for the hosting of Euro 2008 will be treated equally and fairly and will have the same chance of success when the final decision is made by the UEFA executive committee members on Thursday December 12 in Nyon,” he insisted. “I am unhappy to see that some of my recent comments to the Press were taken out of context and appear to have been used to try and gain an unfair advantage for certain competing bids by demeaning other bids. Actions such as these do not help the bidding process and spoil the climate in the run-up to the decision,” he added. Meanwhile, the Irish and Scottish bid still rests on Ireland producing a second stadium to go along with Lansdowne Road. Although the Taoiseach recently asked that the GAA allow Croke Park to be used for soccer, that request still seems like having little chance of a positive response… “All bids for the hosting of Euro 2008 will be treated equally and fairly and will have the same chance of success when the final decision is made by the UEFA executive committee members on Thursday December 12 in Nyon,” he insisted. “I am unhappy to see that some of my recent comments to the Press were taken out of context and appear to have been used to try and gain an unfair advantage for certain competing bids by demeaning other bids. Actions such as these do not help the bidding process and spoil the climate in the run-up to the decision,” he added. Meanwhile, the Irish and Scottish bid still rests on Ireland producing a second stadium to go along with Lansdowne Road. Although the Taoiseach recently asked that the GAA allow Croke Park to be used for soccer, that request still seems like having little chance of a positive response. Filed by Rob Wright.

¤100m stadium cost for Euro 2008
rte.ie – Nov 20, 2002
John O’Donoghue was replying to questions about the private companies that had expressed an interest in building a national stadium and he said he did not know if the proposed gift of ?63m from the bloodstock owner, JP McManus, would still be available. He believed that offer had been made in the context of the State building a stadium.

Vogts votes for the future
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 21, 2002
We need these centres, we need indoor halls and we need much better training facilities. It is something I discuss all the time with the people here. If Euro 2008 comes to Scotland we would have to have training facilities, but if we are prepared to do that for the European Championship, we should do it for Scottish football. “The other point is that we need youth academies. Bosman has made it difficult for clubs throughout Europe but we have very good young players in Scotland and I say please give them a chance. Give them the facilities they need and you will get the players you deserve. “In the meantime, Vogts feels that Scotland have made progress… I was knocked out for a wee while and I don’t remember anything until I woke up as they were carrying me around the side of the pitch on a stretcher,” said Anderson. “They’ve told me I’m OK but with a head injury you always have to be careful so I’ll be out for 10 days. “The Scottish party was not downhearted by defeat, recognising that they had played a quality Portugal side. There was also a quiet acknowledgement that, had conditions been decent and the Portuguese in the mood to play at pace, the damage would probably have been greater. Lessons have been learnt, not the least being that for all their class, the Portuguese defenders did not scruple to boot clearances into the stand while the Scots paradoxically tried to play their way out of trouble, a tactic which permitted Pauleta the opportunity to score both goals. “We got it right eventually,” said Tommy Burns, the Scotland assistant manager. “We still have a problem because the things we say to players just before they go on to the pitch are the things which go out of their heads as soon as they walk out of the dressing room but we’re getting there a bit at a time.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
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.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
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. However, the Welsh have been ravaged by injuries and withdrawals with Robbie Savage, Mark Pembridge, Andy Johnson, Jason Koumas, Craig Bellamy, Nathan Blake and Gareth Taylor all missing. “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.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Experimental lineupsWith both coaches fielding largely experimental sides in Vienna, play was not always fluent, but the new lineups acquitted themselves well in an even match. Austrian chanceHerzog was withdrawn on 62 minutes, and soon afterwards his replacement Markus Weissenberger made Austria’s best chance, supplying Roman Wallner, who shot wide. Late winnerBut it was the visitors, top of UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 2 with seven points from three games, who secured the only goal when striker Tore André Flo, returning to the squad after eight months, hit the post and Gambian-born substitute Pa-Modou Kah was first to the loose ball to score with eight minutes remaining. Krankl regrets lossAustrian coach Hans Krankl, who side have won two and lost one of their three qualifiers, said after the game: “It is a shame we lost, a 0-0 result would have been more representative. We played too little up front, took too few risks, and maybe we were too defensive”.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 18, 2002
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.

But don’t bother buying me a TD, they are as useful as tits on a…
Irish Independent – Nov 24, 2002
This year, you haven’t a notion of what to get them. I’ve got the answer. Why not buy them a politician? It doesn’t have to be expensive. I’m not suggesting you splash out 30 grand on a minister (that was the going rate when Ray Burke was in business). And you’d have to be as wealthy as Ben Dunne to buy an actual Taoiseach. But we found out last week, courtesy of the Flood tribunal, that the going rate for the average councillor is a mere £1,600… Well, we pay top dollar and still the place is over-run with chimps. Bertie is confident the Euro 2008 bid will succeed. He’s determined that he’ll have his stadium under way before the next general election. He said on Friday there’s just “a few technical issues to resolve” before two stadiums are available for the Euro games. At a guess, I’d say that involves more money for the GAA, perhaps another bung to the FAI, a few shillings to the rugby chaps. And a very big State handout to the lads from the private sector who’ll build Bertie’s bowl.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 20, 2002
Coaches happy Slovakia had taken the lead through Miroslav Karhan’s penalty after 61 minutes but Melaschenko popped up six minutes from time to save his side’s blushes. By the final whistle, both coaches were satisfied with the point but were disappointed not to have made more of the chances that fell their way. Shevchenko denied Ukraine created the first chance of the match after three minutes. AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko tried his luck from 15 metres but found Slovakia goalkeeper Juraj Bucek equal to it. Slovakia then took the initiative and twice went close through Lubos Reiter and Martin Petras on the quarter-hour mark. Strong finish Petras was in fine form and tried his luck again ten minutes later with a long-range drive that Ukraine goalkeeper Dmytro Shutkov did well to save.

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