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The News Review:

* Will Euro 2008 be a success?
* Sakiri not yet a Baggie
* Football in brief
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: FIFA links up with CAS and WADA -…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* England to hear Bratislava verdict
* Menton quits over World Cup row
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* FAI pledge to step up drive for new stadium
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News

Will Euro 2008 be a success?
BBC News – Dec 12, 2002
Do you think they can make a success of the tournament?

Austria and Switzerland will jointly host Euro 2008 after Uefa decided that their bid was the best of the seven contenders. Austria narrowly missed out on hosting Euro 2004 after a joint bid with Hungary. But this time their proposal with Switzerland was accepted after they pledged seamless organisation, security, and easy access for fans from around Europe. However, the news is a massive blow for those behind the joint Scotland and Republic of Ireland bid. What is your reaction to the news?

This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below… Where was the government support? If England had bid for this, Tony Blair would have been doing keepy-ups outside Number 10 for the cameras. S, Scotland

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The right decision was made
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Switzerland

In reply to Nick Toye, UK. Do I detect a hint of sour grapes? Switzerland is not a football outpost. It’s in the geographical centre of Europe. The “outposts” are Scotland and Ireland. On top of that, Switzerland’s infrastructure makes Scotland look like a basket case. The right decision was made.

Sakiri not yet a Baggie
BBC News – Dec 11, 2002
The Macedonia international, who scored in the Euro 2004 qualifier against England at the St Mary’s Stadium in October, trained with Albion last week. “Reports that an agreement has
been reached are premature,” said managing director Brendon Batson insisted. “There has been no official contact between Sofia and ourselves. ”

Earlier CSKA’s executive director Lazar Vassilev had told Bulgaria’s news agency BTA that only a few details of the transfer had to be finalised. The 29-year-old midfielder, whose contract with CSKA expires at the end of the season, has won 50 caps for his country.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 14, 2002
The Turks are top of Group Seven with a maximum nine points from three games, while England are second with four from two after their 2-2 draw with Macedonia. “Yes, I think we can win the group, of course,” Eriksson said on the BBC’s Breakfast with Frost programme this morning. “But the crucial game will be against Turkey at home in the beginning of April. A big dream of course is to win a big tournament with England… But, after starting with five Englishmen against Vitesse Arnhem, Houllier feels Liverpool would have no difficulty adapting to any change. “It’s good for the future of England and Liverpool, although I should always put Liverpool first,” said the Frenchman. “I would not totally disagree with what UEFA are proposing, but half the team seems a lot. It’s a difficult decision with European law and I’ll probably be long gone from the club before they can bring it in. “Luiz Felipe Scolari, the man who coached Brazil to this year’s World Cup, was last night officially named as the new Portugal coach. Scolari has signed an 18-month contract that will start on Jan 1 and expire at the end of Euro 2004. “No-one has demanded that I have to win the European Championships, but that is my will,” said the 54-year-old.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: FIFA links up with CAS and WADA -…
SI.com – Dec 12, 2002
England friendly is Australia’s big chance, says Neill MELBOURNE (Reuters) — Australia’s internationalfriendly match against England in February was a perfectopportunity for the Socceroos to earn respect in internationalsoccer, Australian midfielder Lucas Neill said on Thursday. England host Australia at West Ham United’s Upton Park onFebruary 12 next year. “We’re not as respected in football as we are in every othersport,” the Blackburn Rovers midfielder told Australianreporters in a telephone conference on Thursday. “With thisEngland game coming up, hopefully we can make our mark on theworld. “They [England] are definitely taking it seriously. They’reunder pressure for not getting as many points in their Europeanchampionship qualifiers as they should have and they’re underpressure for underachieving as a nation. Many Australian internationals play in English soccer, mostnotably Leeds United forwards Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka… They’reunder pressure for not getting as many points in their Europeanchampionship qualifiers as they should have and they’re underpressure for underachieving as a nation. Many Australian internationals play in English soccer, mostnotably Leeds United forwards Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka. England will use the game as preparation for their nextGroup Seven Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein on March29. Pakistan to appeal over-age player punishment KARACHI (Reuters) — The Pakistan Football Federation(PFF) are to appeal against Asian Football Confederation (AFC)sanctions imposed on them for fielding over-age players in thisyear’s Asian under-17 championship. The AFC banned Pakistan from the next Asian under-17championship in 2004 and suspended eight players and the teammanager for two years on Wednesday after finding that they hadfielded over-age players at the tournament in the United ArabEmirates in September. The Pakistan federation was also fined $10,000. “We have been conveyed the AFC decision taken in KualaLumpur to suspend our players and fine us and we will appealagainst it,” PFF secretary Agha Liaquat told Reuters.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 16, 2002
?I have a lot of time. ? Scolari said he had already started watching Portuguese matches and warned any star player would have to work as part of the team. ?A team is not made up by a star. If there is a star that star will have to integrate into the other elements of the group,? he said. Scolari?s first game as head of the Portuguese national squad will be a friendly against Italy in Florence on February 12. The star coach said he had received more financially lucrative offers to coach other teams but accepted the Portugal post because, as host nation, the country is already qualified for Euro 2004 and he believes the squad is good enough to win the country?s first ever major international title. Portuguese press reports have estimated Scolari?s salary will be roughly 150,000 euros (dollars) per month… If there is a star that star will have to integrate into the other elements of the group,? he said. Scolari?s first game as head of the Portuguese national squad will be a friendly against Italy in Florence on February 12. The star coach said he had received more financially lucrative offers to coach other teams but accepted the Portugal post because, as host nation, the country is already qualified for Euro 2004 and he believes the squad is good enough to win the country?s first ever major international title. Portuguese press reports have estimated Scolari?s salary will be roughly 150,000 euros (dollars) per month. Scolari, nicknamed ?Big Phil? had reportedly received offers to coach the Mexican, Italian and Uraguayan national teams after he stepped down following Brazil?s World Cup victory in July. He has a track record for setting high goals for the teams he takes over ? and then meeting them. Scolari was appointed coach of Brazil?s Palmeiras in mid-1997 and led the club to their first Libertadores Cup, South America?s equivalent of the Champions League two years later, beating Deportivo Cali of Columbia.

England to hear Bratislava verdict
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 16, 2002
The Slovakian association, however, could be punished severely if convicted of a range of charges, not least of which is the racist abuse of England’s Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole. UEFA have been assessing a dossier sent by the English authorities which claimed that visiting fans were strongly provoked in Bratislava.

Menton quits over World Cup row
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 11, 2002
Menton said: “My decision was made on the future needs of the association. I felt for personal and professional reasons this was a job for someone else and not for me. “Menton’s departure follows the resignation of McCarthy last week after he failed to shake-off criticism over the Keane affair. The manager had also been attacked after the Republic lost their last two matches in the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign against Russia and Switzerland. Meanwhile, Peter Reid,… I felt for personal and professional reasons this was a job for someone else and not for me. “Menton’s departure follows the resignation of McCarthy last week after he failed to shake-off criticism over the Keane affair. The manager had also been attacked after the Republic lost their last two matches in the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign against Russia and Switzerland. Meanwhile, Peter Reid,.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 14, 2002
But it is not the traditionally popular sports such as soccer or basketball that drive Macedonians into a frenzy. It is women?s handball. Kometal Gorce Petrov are the only international-class winning team that Macedonia can boast in any sport. They have been Macedonia?s top club for 10 years, have nine national cup victories and are the European handball champions. The ?handball madness?, as it is referred to in Macedonia, could be easily compared with soccer fever in Brazil, the popularity of basketball in the United States or cricket in India… With the demise of the old Yugoslavia, the joy of winning a match at the World Cup or at a basketball world championship, even a medal at the Olympics, seemed to be lost forever. Against a backdrop of poverty, rampant corruption and a six-month ethnic conflict last year, fans are desperate for anything to cheer about. Even a small success can provoke massive celebrations, as was the case last month when the national soccer team earned a 2-2 draw against England in a Euro 2004 qualifying game. One-night stand: But that was seen as a ?one-night stand?. The success of the women?s handball club promises a longer-lasting relationship. The ?madness? began two years ago when Kometal played in the final of the European women?s handball championship, the equivalent of the Champions League in soccer. They lost in the final but securing second place in a top international competition was reason enough for celebration.

FAI pledge to step up drive for new stadium
Irish Independent – Dec 13, 2002
The rugby team could play their home matches at Murrayfield, or possibly Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, while the FAI might opt for either Old Trafford, Parkhead or Anfield. But if the GAA were decide at next year’s Congress to open the doors of Croke Park then it would be possible to keep those games in Ireland while Lansdowne Road is being redeveloped. “Even though we will not be hosting Euro 2008 we still need a stadium and there will be moves on this front after Christmas. We cannot afford to lose the impetus,” a senior FAI official confirmed last night. With FIFA derogation on buckets seats due to expire in 2004, the FAI is particularly keen to get the stadium issue solved as quickly as possible. They are facing the prospect of seeing revenue from home internationals slashed as the capacity of Lansdowne Road is reduced to 22,000. That would have a serious effect on the FAI balance sheet as the profits from these games form a substantial part of the FAI’s income… Finally, the construction of a new stadium, combined with the opening of Croke Park to other sports, would leave Ireland properly equipped to support Scotland in an even stronger bid for Euro 2012. IRELAND’S new manager will have his first home game on Wednesday, April 30 against Norway. The match at Lansdowne Road will be the fourth game in the new manager’s schedule after the opener away to Scotland on February 12 and the two Euro 2004 qualifiers away to Georgia and Albania on March 30 and April 2. BRYAN HAMILTON has begun his interviewing process with the various applicants for the vacant position by talking to Kenny Dalglish.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 11, 2002
Island tripSiegfred Held’s men will travel to the Spanish island of Mallorca on 28 December to play a Balearic Islands eleven. Then, in February, Malta will play host to Kazakhstan, the newest UEFA member association, at the National stadium. Vella hopeScottish-based defender Simon Vella, who plays for Airdrie United FC, has been called into the squad for the game in Mallorca, although his club side have an important league match scheduled for the same evening. He has not figured in Held’s plans since last February and he is desperate to play… Then, in February, Malta will play host to Kazakhstan, the newest UEFA member association, at the National stadium. Vella hopeScottish-based defender Simon Vella, who plays for Airdrie United FC, has been called into the squad for the game in Mallorca, although his club side have an important league match scheduled for the same evening. He has not figured in Held’s plans since last February and he is desperate to play. “I was so pleased that the Malta FA recalled me for the match, because this shows that they are still very interested in me donning the Malta jersey.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 12, 2002
Macedonia two days later. Poland have lost their two previous games against Croatia, both away friendlies, but will be meeting the Macedonians for the first time. Group 4 testsCurrently third in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4, Poland face their next competitive fixture on 29 March against Hungary before facing San Marino on 1 April. Croatia are fourth in Group 8, while F. Macedonia lie third in Group 7, following their impressive 2-2 draw in England… Macedonia lie third in Group 7, following their impressive 2-2 draw in England. Boniek successorIt is not known who will lead Poland in those fixtures after Zbigniew Boniek’s resignation as coach last month, although Stefan Majewski is in temporary charge. All rights reserved.

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