Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 19, 2002

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The News Review:

* Wayne Rooney
* Ireland’s riches to rags story
* Steven Gerrard
* Slovakia to appeal | England | International | Football | Sport |…
* Jermain Defoe
* Alan Smith
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Scotland set up Euro friendly
* Rutgerus Van Nistelrooy
* Robbie Savage
* Vogts is delighted at ‘future’ experience
* Darius Vassell
* Sol Jeremiah Campbell
* FA punished for crowd trouble
* William Gallas
* David James
* Jonathan Woodgate
* David Beckham
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
* Chris Kirkland

Wayne Rooney
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Even so, a return of just nine Premiership goals hardly set the league alight. If there is one question mark over Rooney its over his temperament, as is often the case with young stars. He was selected for Euro 2004, and became one of the stars of the tournament, filling column inches around Europe with his powerful and skillful displays showing maturity beyond his years. After bagging a brace against Iceland in the final warm-up game, he then terrorised teams in the finals. He won a penalty against holders France, out-striping a world-class defender in Lilian Thuram before being felled by Mikael Silvestre. Then he scored a brace against both Switzerland and Croatia in the group stages.

Ireland’s riches to rags story
BBC News – Dec 17, 2002
But the manner in which they fought back after going behind to draw with African champions Cameroon and eventual finalists Germany was impressive. It showed great character, and much-maligned players like Gary Breen and Matt Holland defied their critics with impressive displays. Endless arguments

But the way things are going, there will not be any eye-catching performances from Irish players in the next major football finals, Euro 2004. With all the fall-out from the Keane fiasco and the endless arguments which have ensued, McCarthy’s team lost their first two qualifying games. The poor start persuaded McCarthy it would be better if he moved on. The Dublin media were not going to let go of the Keane thing and the whole business was starting to drag the team down.

Steven Gerrard
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
It was the second summer in a row the midfielder had been forced to consider his future, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid circling. Gerrard insisted he never wanted to leave Anfield and only a misunderstanding with the club led to his initial decision to move on. Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 as a second half substitute for Vegard Heggem against Blackburn. His full debut came in the UEFA Cup against Celta Vigo at Anfield… The Chelsea man got the nod. But he quickly returned to the England fold and in 2006 he was an integral part of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Germany. Although the oubts about whether he could play alongside Lampard continued it was now Gerrard who was the undroppable player. Gerrard is simply one of the the outstanding performers of the Premiership, a star of the European stage and the kind of player every team in the world would covet.

Slovakia to appeal | England | International | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 19, 2002
The £27,000 fine, punishment for abuse directed at England’s Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole during the match won by England in Bratislava, was the second highest penalty handed out by UEFA for racist behaviour. SFZ spokeswoman Karolina Ducka said: “We disagree with the decision. UEFA decided on the basis of testimony from fans, who were actually writing on the internet, and they didn’t take into account that this is the first time something like this has been alleged against the Slovak Football Association… Former Germany defender Hans-Peter Briegel, 47, has agreed to coach Albania through to the end of their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. Watford yesterday officially turned down the Israeli Football Association’s request to play their international fixtures at Vicarage Road. Watford were in discussions as to whether or not they will host Israel’s ‘home’ games after UEFA confirmed they could not play any fixtures in the country. Wayne Brown, the 25-year-old defender recently given a free transfer by Ipswich, has joined Watford on a 2. 5 year contract after a board member agreed to fund his wages for the first six months. Charlton’s long-serving defender Steve Brown has joined Reading on a free transfer.

Jermain Defoe
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The striker finished the season with seven goals for Spurs, and his form had not gone unnoticed elsewhere. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson called him into the squad for the friendly in Sweden in March, and he made his debut as a 12th minute substitute for the injured Darius Vassell. Defoe looked a natural on the international stage, leading to him being named 24th man for Euro 2004 – although he was not in the end needed. After England’s exit from Euro 2004, Eriksson made it clear that Defoe was a player he planned to use for the World Cup qualifying. This was true, yet his undoubted abilities did not appear in the finals. A talent who needs fulfillment.

Alan Smith
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson stayed true to his word and selected him for the next friendly against Portugal in February. Back in domestic action, Smith was an inspiration. He was not booked from the start of January for the rest of the season as he led the fruitless race for survival. A return of nine Premiership goals was the second best of his career. He missed the cut for England’s Euro 2004 squad, though was placed on standby. Relegation for Leeds would always mean the exit door for Smith, something which he had not denied for a number of months. However, his desire to join arch rivals Manchester United raised more than a few eyebrows… He was not booked from the start of January for the rest of the season as he led the fruitless race for survival. A return of nine Premiership goals was the second best of his career. He missed the cut for England’s Euro 2004 squad, though was placed on standby. Relegation for Leeds would always mean the exit door for Smith, something which he had not denied for a number of months. However, his desire to join arch rivals Manchester United raised more than a few eyebrows. Smith claimed that Leeds’ relegation no longer made the two clubs true rivals – supporters of the teams may beg to differ. After interest from Everton and Middlesbrough, Smith eventually got his dream move on May 26, 2004, signing a five-year contract.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 19, 2002
Dress it up as yet another gallant English failure, but it is a fact that Eriksson?s side failed to register a single shot on target in the second half as Brazil held on for the win. An honourable mention should go to Mick McCarthy?s Ireland, who overcame the sensational walkout of skipper Roy Keane from their base in Saipan to reach the last 16. Not that it could save McCarthy. Memories of the Republic?s stirring performances at the World Cup were soon forgotten once Euro 2004 qualifiers got underway later in the year, and the Yorkshire-born Irishman was left seeking alternative employment.

Scotland set up Euro friendly
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 19, 2002
The game will be played on Tuesday, May 27 at a venue still to be confirmed, with Hibernian’s Easter Road a possibility. On Saturday, June 7 the Scots play hosts to group favourites Germany at Hampden Park. Scotland manager Berti Vogts is keen to keep his players as sharp as possible with the Scottish season having finished when Germany arrive in Glasgow… Amoruso has also been linked with English Premiership sides Fulham and Newcastle over the past few days. But the player’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, said the Scottish Premier League leaders had so far not been tempted to do business. He said: “Rangers said they were not interested.

Rutgerus Van Nistelrooy
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The Manchester United striker returned to his plundering best alongside Wayne Rooney, topping the division’s goalscoring charts. Though some United fans may claim he is still not the player they signed from PSV Eindhoven for ?19million, his goal return suggests otherwise. He started his professional career with Den Bosch as a midfielder in 1993 after playing part-time for Nooit Gedacht and Magriet. He played only twice for Den Bosch in his first season, and it wasn’t until 1997 that he hit form. After netting 12 goals in 13 games, Heerenveen came calling and he made the switch, scoring 13 goals in 31 games in his first season. Darren Ferguson, son of Sir Alex, alerted his father to the player’s capabilities but PSV Eindhoven stole in to pay Heerenveen ?3… Just four months later he made his debut for Holland against Germany. He first international goal came in 1999 in a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Morocco. In his first season at PSV he scored 31 goals in 34 matches – the highest in the league and second-highest in Europe and he was voted Dutch Player of the Year by fellow professionals. Van Nistelrooy was tracked by many of the top clubs due to his prolific record with PSV, in his second season at the club he had netted another 29 goals and was again the top scorer in Holland. The striker was tracked by Manchester United and looked certain to move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2000. But the transfer collapsed when Van Nistelrooy broke down in training with a cruciate knee ligament injury just days after the ?18. 5million deal had hit the skids after United’s medical team had found problems with his medial ligaments.

Robbie Savage
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Savage signed a three-year contract and immediately became a fans’ favourite at St Andrews after making his debut in a 1-1 draw at Everton. Aas he grew in stature at Birmingham, he became an increasingly important figure with his national side. Mark Hughes almost guided Wales to Euro 2004, with Savage a key figure, although there were times when Hughes and Blues boss Steve Bruce clashed over his fitness for international football. However, his future did not lie in the Midlands. Back on the international stage, Savage picked up his first ever red card, and a harsh one at that, in a fiery World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, after a tussle with Michael Hughes. That forced him to miss the qualifier with England at Old Trafford – and such was the disappointment he considered quitting Wales.

Vogts is delighted at ‘future’ experience
Edinburgh Evening News – Dec 18, 2002
He said: “I went to Scotland with the mission of building a new team and our future team is an integral part of that mission. “It is the objectives of the players to make a name for themselves and to maybe one day play for the senior squad. “We have different goals than the Germans – Scotland, of course, has to go through the arduous process of qualification (for Euro 2004) whereas Germany virtually has it in the pocket. “So we need these opportunities to give our players international exposure. The truth is that the players here have virtually no chance of playing international football, except maybe for those playing for the Old Firm. “Most of the others haven’t played in European cup competitions at all so we are actively looking for opportunities to give them that international exposure. ” Scotland showed a battling spirit in Mainz to fight back twice from being a goal down and almost clinch a win when Bob Malcolm netted with just four minutes remaining… Kyle and Stephen Hughes had both scored earlier in the game to cancel out the efforts of Kevin Kuranyi and Alexander Meier but were denied the victory when Alexander Voigt produced a stunning free-kick in the final minute of the game. Despite being forced to settle for the draw, Vogts admits he was disappointed the rest of Scotland were not given the opportunity to see his side clinch a respectable result in Germany. He added: “It’s unfortunate that the game was not transmitted to Scottish television but I am sure that everyone there will sit up and take notice of the result. “I know that we are on our way to forming a decent team but that takes time. It’s a time-consuming process, so results like these give us a bit more self-confidence. ” Scotland: Gallacher, S Caldwell, Malcolm, G Caldwell, Crainey (Canero 65), G Rae (Kennedy 89), Nicholson (Hughes 46), I Murray, Glass (Murray 41), Miller (Harper 81), Kyle. Subs not used: Alexander, McGovern, Arthur.

Darius Vassell
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
His goal tally with Villa for the season was a best-ever 14 goals. The striker started the first game of the tournament, a 1-1 draw with Sweden. But both Vassell and Owen could not be accommodated in the same side. Vassell, arguably England’s best player against Sweden, was then dropped. He would feature off the bench against Nigeria, and in the quarter-final defeat against Brazil. Vassell’s performances at club level with Villa have not matched his stirring displays with England, which frustrated all at Villa Park. And his cause wasn’t been helped by a number of small but nagging injuries… And his cause wasn’t been helped by a number of small but nagging injuries. He held onto his place in the England squad for Euro 2004. But he missed the decisive penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Portugal. Vassell has been seen as the perfect understudy to Owen in the squad, being able to provide that lightening pace should the Liverpool forward not be available. An ankle injury ruled him out for four months, and he scored only one further goal in the Premiership that term from 21 games.

Sol Jeremiah Campbell
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Plus in October he was fined ?20,000 for kicking Manchester United’s Eric Djemba-Djemba in August’s FA Community Shield. Euro 2004 underlined his abilities as one of the world’s greatest defenders. He was immense at the back – but suffered deja vu of Argentina in 1998 when his injury time goal against Portugal was disallowed for another player’s foul on the goalkeeper. England then went out on penalties. Campbell’s distinguished club career took a dive in recent times with injury and concerns over his private life towards the end of his Arsenal career… Campbell battled back well during a long season, and scored in his last game for the Gunners (a Champions League final defeat against Barcelona). With youth forming the basis of Arsenal’s defence, Wenger’s decision to let Campbell go was surprising, although the signing of William Gallas from Chelsea has helped to fill the void.

FA punished for crowd trouble
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2002
The October fixture in Bratislava, which England won 2-1, was marred by running battles between England fans and Slovakian police throughout the first-half. At a disciplinary hearing in Nyon, Switzerland, UEFA said the English FA’s claims the trouble was due to organisational problems by the Slovak authorities had not been entirely proved… The October fixture in Bratislava, which England won 2-1, was marred by running battles between England fans and Slovakian police throughout the first-half. At a disciplinary hearing in Nyon, Switzerland, UEFA said the English FA’s claims the trouble was due to organisational problems by the Slovak authorities had not been entirely proved. UEFA also fined the Slovakian FA £27,000 for racist abuse by local fans of England players during the match. The Slovakians’ punishment was also for “lack of organisation and order” in the stadium in Bratislava, UEFA added.

William Gallas
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Always concerned about being played out of position at left-back rather than in his preferred position in the centre, there was constant speculation about his future with foreign newspapers quoting him on his desire to move on. He finally got his move away on transfer deadline day when swapping clubs with another wantaway star, Arsenal’s Ashley Cole. He had made it clear that he would not sign a new contract. Gallas was signed by Claudio Ranieri in May 2001, snapped up from Marseille for ?6. 2million and dubbed as one of the brightest prospects France had to offer. Ranieri had been tracking the player, who was 23-years-old when he signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, for almost two years before he finally got his man. Gallas made his debut in a 1-1 home draw against Newcastle United, and after a slow start he eventually blossomed into a fine player for Chelsea… He grew in stature in the Chelsea line-up, earning his full France debut in a 5-0 demolition of Slovenia in a Euro 2004 qualifier in October 2002. Gallas was in the France squad for Euro 2004, playing all four games as they were unexpectedly knocked out in the quarter-finals by Greece. With Celestine Babayaro sold to Newcastle United and Wayne Bridge sidelined with an ankle injury, Gallas was forced to play at left-back for the second half of the season. Much of the press speculation centred around his displeasure at being played out of position, ignoring the fact that Chelsea had no other player to slot in at left-back. Gallas started 28 Premiership games – second only to John Terry among the club’s central defenders – as Chelsea won the Premiership and the Carling Cup.

David James
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
But he is still to this day an excellent shot-stopper and not afraid to come out for crosses. That can sometimes backfire with ill-judged forays leaving him stranded out of his goal, but at his best he is a commanding presence. The stopper made his international debut for England against Mexico in 1997 but his starts were few and far between for many years until David Seaman eventually made way. He left Liverpool bound for Aston Villa in a ?1. 7million deal in the summer of 1999 after making 279 appearances for the Reds.

Jonathan Woodgate
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
He would eventually be cleared on the charge of GBH but found guilty of affray and sentenced to 100 hours community service. With the court case behind him, Woodgate began to rediscover his past form. There were then calls for him to be selected for the 2002 World Cup, but the FA insisted he would not be available for selection until after the tournament due to those off-field events. And he didn’t help his cause after damaging his jaw during ‘horseplay’ with his friends outside a pub in Middlesbrough. He agreed a new contract with Leeds in the summer of 2002 that would keep him at Elland Road for five years. In September 2002, Woodgate returned to the England fold for the game with Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in a friendly at Villa Park. Woodgate served nearly three years of suspension from international duty due to his court case… And he didn’t help his cause after damaging his jaw during ‘horseplay’ with his friends outside a pub in Middlesbrough. He agreed a new contract with Leeds in the summer of 2002 that would keep him at Elland Road for five years. In September 2002, Woodgate returned to the England fold for the game with Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in a friendly at Villa Park. Woodgate served nearly three years of suspension from international duty due to his court case. As the transfer window approached in January 2003, rumours began to spread that Newcastle United were interested in snatching Woodgate from now cash-strapped Leeds. They had an initial bid rejected, but eventually snapped him up on deadline day. Woodgate cost the Magpies ?9million, and his transfer caused much unrest at Elland Road.

David Beckham
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The player himself dismissed both accusations as ‘ludicrous’, but he could not escape the media storm that his profile outside of football was creating. The allegations affected his football and he ended his first season at Madrid trophyless. Euro 2004 proved to be another turning point in Beckham’s relationship with the England fans, as his missed penalty contributed to the team being knocked out by Portugal in the quarter-finals. Although he was not lambasted in the same way as 1998, many called into question his place in the side and his position as captain. Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, but he was still unable to bring a trophy to Madrid… The allegations affected his football and he ended his first season at Madrid trophyless. Euro 2004 proved to be another turning point in Beckham’s relationship with the England fans, as his missed penalty contributed to the team being knocked out by Portugal in the quarter-finals. Although he was not lambasted in the same way as 1998, many called into question his place in the side and his position as captain. Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, but he was still unable to bring a trophy to Madrid. His drop in form also saw him ousted from the England set-up, as John Terry took over the captaincy, and he was left to pursue his interests outside of football – most notably his friendship with Tom Cruise.

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 18, 2002
com in Paris to discuss the problems Bosnian football is facing, together with his one-time Yugoslavia colleague and FK Sarajevo old boy Faruk Hadzibegic. Reserve coach Bazdarevic, now 42 and reserve-team coach at French Ligue 1 club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, has recently completed his national coaching badge in France. “I am working with players who turn 18 and the ones who are not in the club’s first team,” he explained, before turning his thoughts to his homeland. Youth the keyBazdarevic believes that only by improving the infrastructure of youth coaching can this still-young football nation develop. “I wish I could work with talented young players from the Balkans,” he said. “They are real football pearls. But times are tough now… “The Balkans have the best playing potential in Europe,” said Hadzibegic. “They know how to play, but they need to learn how to compete and this is, unfortunately, can only happen when they start playing abroad. ” Qualifying performances Under coach Blaž Sliškovic Bosnia have lost their opening two UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches, after finishing fourth -with two wins from eight matches – in qualifying for the last FIFA World Cup. Bazdarevic said: “I was so enthusiastic when I entered that first national squad. But very soon I realised that players of other nationalities were missing. ‘Where are we now?’”I did not want the Bosnian team to be made up only of Bosnians,” he added. “Maybe one day the Balkan nations will find a way to reunify their football talents.

Chris Kirkland
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
But with Coventry relegated to the First Division it seemed inevitable he would have to be sold. That did not put Liverpool off, and after a poor early season display from Sander Westerveld boss Gerard Houllier was on the look out for reinforcements. Liverpool then agreed a fee for Feyenoord’s Polish keeper Jerzy Dudek, and on the last day of registrations for the Champions League in August 2001 the Reds made a double swoop by capturing Kirkland as well. The fee was not disclosed, but it was confirmed to be in excess for the record ?6million paid by Arsenal for Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright. After recovering from injury, Kirkland would eventually make his Liverpool debut in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town in the League Cup. The form of Dudek meant that Kirkland made just three more appearances, but remained one of the top rated young keepers in the country… Even so, the following month he signed a new, extended contract that tied him to the club until the summer of 2009. The injury woes continued in December when he was sidelined for two months after fracturing a finger during the 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers. And a broken wrist sustained in training in March ended his season – and his hopes of travelling to Euro 2004. He played only 12 games all season, with just six in the Premiership. He won a place in the team at the start of October and looked to be over his troubles. But a loss of form in December, culminating in the defeat at rivals Everton, cost him his place.

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