Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 7, 2002

Sadlier can still grab place in finals squad

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The News Review:

* Boniek’s short reign ends
* FAI denies coach approach to Troussier
* Dacourt takes swipe at Venables
* Sadlier can still grab place in finals squad
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Russian soccer looking to brighter future
* Hamilton to help FAI search
* McCarthy welcomes debate
* EURO 2008 verdict looms

Boniek’s short reign ends
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 3, 2002
Majewski in chargeBoniek announced his decision today in a statement delivered to Michel Listkiewicz, the chairman of the Polish Football Federation (PZPN). Boniek’s assistant, Stefan Majewski, has been placed in temporary charge of the national team, although the next Group 4 qualifier is not until 29 March when Poland tackle Hungary at home. ‘Right decision’”I have been thinking about it for a couple of days,” said Boniek. “I think it is the right one and I do not intend to comment… Boniek’s assistant, Stefan Majewski, has been placed in temporary charge of the national team, although the next Group 4 qualifier is not until 29 March when Poland tackle Hungary at home. ‘Right decision’”I have been thinking about it for a couple of days,” said Boniek. “I think it is the right one and I do not intend to comment. I’d like to thank all my colleagues at the PZPN and the players for their effort in representing our national colours with dignity. I wish all the best to my successor. ” Latvian lossThe 46-year-old, who took over the national team on 7 July, gave no clue as to what he would do in the future. In five matches under Boniek, Poland won two games, drew once and lost twice – including a defeat by Latvia in qualifying for EURO 2004™.

FAI denies coach approach to Troussier
Independent Online – Dec 3, 2002
Troussier, who resigned from the Japan job after the last World Cup, was reported on Monday as having been been approached by five or six national teams, including Ireland. But the FAI said it had not approached Troussier or anybody else about the vacant position. “We’re still in the process of appointing an adviser in this matter,” an FAI spokesman said. Senior FAI officials were due to meet later this week to decide on an independent adviser to help with the recruitment, he said… Senior FAI officials were due to meet later this week to decide on an independent adviser to help with the recruitment, he said. Local media have suggested a number of possible replacements, including former Liverpool, Blackburn and Celtic manager Kenny Dalglish, former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear, and former Liverpool and Ireland striker John Aldridge. The FAI hopes to have a new national coach in place by February, in time to take charge of Ireland’s next two Euro 2004 qualifiers, in Georgia and Albania in March and April.

Dacourt takes swipe at Venables
BBC News – Dec 7, 2002
The Frenchman is one of a number of top Leeds players who is injured, but he does not believe that is sufficient excuse for the club’s drop towards the relegation zone. And his team-mate Mark Viduka said the players do not know what is going on the club. “We are in the middle of a slump right now and it is a digrace,” Dacourt said… “He is the coach and I am a player. Full stop,” said the former Everton player. “And at a time when France call me up for Euro 2004 games, he leaves me in the stand without an explanation. ”

Leeds have slipped to 16th place, just three points above the relegation zone after winning only one of their last 10 matches. Viduka said: “We have had quite a lot of problems in our midfield. But you start to wonder about everything and we really don’t know what is going on.

Sadlier can still grab place in finals squad
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 2, 2002
Sadlier has scored 17 goals as Millwall press their claim for promotion to the Premiership. Tonight he hopes to push his case for another chance in the senior squad with an impressive performance against Russia who are in Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifying group. McCarthy places much emphasis on loyalty and the players who helped Ireland to the finals will be rewarded accordingly though not all of those will make the cut. “The hardest part is not so much picking the squad but telling those who aren’t in it the bad news,” said McCarthy. “Yet you have to keep your options open and I’ll be looking at some fringe players in the coming months. “Sadlier had trials with Millwall when McCarthy was manager and subsequently signed for the First Division club after he left for Ireland… Tonight he hopes to push his case for another chance in the senior squad with an impressive performance against Russia who are in Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifying group. McCarthy places much emphasis on loyalty and the players who helped Ireland to the finals will be rewarded accordingly though not all of those will make the cut. “The hardest part is not so much picking the squad but telling those who aren’t in it the bad news,” said McCarthy. “Yet you have to keep your options open and I’ll be looking at some fringe players in the coming months. “Sadlier had trials with Millwall when McCarthy was manager and subsequently signed for the First Division club after he left for Ireland. McCarthy said: “Sadlier has not looked out of place in training. He’s physically strong with an eye for goal.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 4, 2002
They admit other bidders are in a better economic position to stage the showcase competition but stress UEFA has often given a chance to less developed countries. ?UEFA?s policy was always to promote development and we are sure it will stick to that now,? said Mehmed Spaho, an official of Bosnia?s Football Association (NSBIH). Officials cite the case of Portugal, which they say was far less equipped than neighbouring Spain when it bid for Euro 2004 but UEFA nevertheless entrusted it with hosting the tournament. ?It would be a great opportunity to lure foreign investors and the authorities would do all they can to ease the conditions for them and make this place attractive,? said Dragan Mikerevic, the chairman of Bosnia?s central government. Friends reunited: Both countries fought against rebellions by their own Serb ethnic groups after breaking away from the old Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. They were at odds themselves during a short war between Bosnia?s Muslim-led government and the country?s Croats, but now have been reunited and are at peace. The wars were over by the middle of the previous decade but relations remained strained until reformists in both countries took over from nationalists a few years ago… Stadiums in the southern town of Mostar, the central town of Zenica and the Serb Republic?s main city of Banja Luka in the west would need to be rebuilt almost from scratch. ?Local authorities have promised the funds for the stadiums but we also count on private investors to build additional facilities like hotels and shopping malls and so on around them,? said Munib Usanovic, secretary-general of Bosnia?s FA. Building new roads would not be feasible but worn-out surfaces could be repaired, he added. The railway network was heavily damaged during the war but the country has secured some 90 million euros in international credits for reconstruction. ?All three airports have been renovated after the war, so we think that we?d manage to deal with the transportation issue without problems,? Usanovic said. Zenica would be served by the Sarajevo airport, about 70 kms (40 miles) away. ?The conditions are different but we managed to organise the (1984) Winter Olympics in Sarajevo really well and I see no reason why we shouldn?t do that again,? he said.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 5, 2002
The field is ready, we must play the game. We will win, we will always win,? one of them reportedly said. On October 12, the Israeli football team beat Malta 2-0 in a Euro 2004 qualifier. Israeli coach Avraham Grant told military radio he had been informed of the arrest on the eve of the match but was not told that his team was specifically targeted. He said that the Shin Beth internal security services provided good protection to the squad but deplored the fact that the team was no longer invited for friendlies because of the security measures required by the host country. For his part, former sports minister Matan Vilnai told military radio that ?Israeli sportsmen were threatened by terrorism in the entire world. ?He also revealed that he had cancelled a trip to Malta by the Israeli national swimming team ?for security reasons?… We will win, we will always win,? one of them reportedly said. On October 12, the Israeli football team beat Malta 2-0 in a Euro 2004 qualifier. Israeli coach Avraham Grant told military radio he had been informed of the arrest on the eve of the match but was not told that his team was specifically targeted. He said that the Shin Beth internal security services provided good protection to the squad but deplored the fact that the team was no longer invited for friendlies because of the security measures required by the host country. For his part, former sports minister Matan Vilnai told military radio that ?Israeli sportsmen were threatened by terrorism in the entire world. ?He also revealed that he had cancelled a trip to Malta by the Israeli national swimming team ?for security reasons?. Three Israelis were among the 13 victims of last Thursday?s suicide car-bomb attack on a hotel in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

Russian soccer looking to brighter future
SI.com – Dec 3, 2002
They failed to qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France as well as for Euro 2000 and made a dismal showing at this year’s World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea. Russia coach Oleg Romantsev returned home to widespread criticism following the side’s quick exit from what was regarded as one of the easiest first-round groups. But the Russians have made a flying start in the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, winning their first two matches and their bid for the 2008 European championships reflects their hopes for a brighter future. The only eastern European country to host the European finals was Yugoslavia in 1976 when the final round consisted of just four teams. The Russians believe their turn is long overdue. Security concerns overshadow Russia’s 2008 bid MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia is bidding to become the first East European country to stage a major international soccer competition and officials are confident it stands a good chance of success despite serious post-Soviet security issues. The Russians say they will have eight first-class stadiums in eight different cities across central and southern regions of the world’s largest country ready to host Euro 2008… not only in Moscow but in seven other Russian cities as well. “It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, bring in enormous financial benefits into the country and will improve the whole infrastructure of our cities,” he said. “And the after-effects from Euro 2008 will not only benefit those eight cities, but will be felt in Siberia, the Urals, Russia’s Far East — all over the country. Russia’s bid director Alexander Chernov added: “We’re confident that we can sell out every single game, starting from the group matches all the way to the final. The plan calls for the 84,000-seat Luzhniki stadium to host the opening game, one of the semifinals and the final, with St Petersburg’s Kirov arena to stage another semifinal. Luzhniki, given a five-star rating by UEFA three years ago, has hosted a number of major sporting events, including the 1980 Olympic soccer final and the 1999 UEFA Cup final. Rocky start Russia’s Euro 2008 campaign, however, got to a rocky start 12 months ago when the RFU chiefs first gave up on the idea of bidding for the championship after failing to secure financial guarantees from the government at the first attempt.

Hamilton to help FAI search
BBC News – Dec 5, 2002
He is in an experienced coach, having managed Northern Ireland team as well as
Leicester, Wigan and Norwich. The other members of the committee are FAI president Milo Corcoran, acting
general secretary Kevin Fahy and honorary treasurer John Delaney. “Bryan has a wealth of experience not just as a former international, but he
also has a great knowledge of the game,” said Corcoran. The committee will be working to ensure that a new man is in place before
the Republic of Ireland?s next Euro 2004 qualifier away to Georgia on 29 March. The Republic desperately need to win after defeats to Russia and Switzerland in their opening two games… The other members of the committee are FAI president Milo Corcoran, acting
general secretary Kevin Fahy and honorary treasurer John Delaney. “Bryan has a wealth of experience not just as a former international, but he
also has a great knowledge of the game,” said Corcoran. The committee will be working to ensure that a new man is in place before
the Republic of Ireland?s next Euro 2004 qualifier away to Georgia on 29 March. The Republic desperately need to win after defeats to Russia and Switzerland in their opening two games.

McCarthy welcomes debate
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 5, 2002
Another perspective came from Italian referee Pierluigi Collina who spoke about the relationship between referees and the media. ‘An important conference’Mike Lee, UEFA’s Director of Communications and Public Services, said: “This is an important conference for many reasons that are central to UEFA’s ideals. It’s not only about learning together how to handle the media but also how to make sure we have the right people, the right sort of protection and how we can establish the best practical procedure for the future. “Press officersInvited delegates at the conference were club press officers from all clubs involved in the UEFA Champions League this season, representatives of all the European national associations and UEFA media officers. Other presentationsThey also heard presentations on UEFA EURO 2004™ organisation, media facilities and media services, and UEFA’s Non-Top Competitions, including youth, women’s and amateur football and Futsal. In addition there was a presentation on UEFA New Media by uefa. com editor-in-chief David Farrelly… It’s not only about learning together how to handle the media but also how to make sure we have the right people, the right sort of protection and how we can establish the best practical procedure for the future. “Press officersInvited delegates at the conference were club press officers from all clubs involved in the UEFA Champions League this season, representatives of all the European national associations and UEFA media officers. Other presentationsThey also heard presentations on UEFA EURO 2004™ organisation, media facilities and media services, and UEFA’s Non-Top Competitions, including youth, women’s and amateur football and Futsal. In addition there was a presentation on UEFA New Media by uefa. com editor-in-chief David Farrelly. Link to supportersFrits Ahlström, the UEFA Senior Media Officer and conference organiser, said good communication was vital to maintain the link with supporters. “The supporters are very, very important to us and we have to shorten the link to supporters,” he said.

EURO 2008 verdict looms
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 4, 2002
Final presentationsThe bidders make their final presentations to the joint UEFA Executive Committee and UEFA National Teams Committee on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 December. The UEFA Executive Committee then meets the following morning, and the eight eligible committee members will hold talks to reduce the seven bids to two or three. Vote heldOnce this selection has been made, those Executive Committee members not affected by the remaining bids will be admitted to the discussion and may take part in the decision. The committee members will hold a vote, and the bid which receives an absolute majority (half plus one vote of the eligible members) will be designated as the hosts of UEFA EURO 2008. Ballot procedureIf no such majority is forthcoming, the bidder with the lowest vote will be eliminated, and a final ballot will take place between the two remaining bidders, with the bid with the highest vote emerging successful. If no decision is reached under this procedure, the vote of the chairman is deemed decisive. EURO 2004™ preparationsUEFA’s executive body will reconvene on the morning of Friday 13 December… If no decision is reached under this procedure, the vote of the chairman is deemed decisive. EURO 2004™ preparationsUEFA’s executive body will reconvene on the morning of Friday 13 December. They will hear a progress report on the state of preparations for UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal, before moving on to further discussions about the UEFA Cup format. UEFA Cup talksUEFA and Europe’s major clubs, grouped under the newly formed European Club Forum, have been holding intensive talks in recent months about changes to the format of UEFA’s second major European club competition. Attractive statusA number of formats, some including group stages, are being considered as UEFA looks to enhance the image and appeal of the competition, to give the UEFA Cup an attractive status similar to the one enjoyed by its blue-riband club competition, the UEFA Champions League.

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