Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 26, 2002

Doubting Thomas proved to be wrong

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The News Review:

* Zen-Ruffinen on short list for Euro 2008
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Politics in review: January to March
* Doubting Thomas proved to be wrong
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* The year in review: January to March
* Flash cars, big breakfasts – high flying on taxpayers’ bill
* We can host Euro 2012

Zen-Ruffinen on short list for Euro 2008 – Dec 19, 2002
Blatter hailed this as a great victory. Zen-Ruffinen said he was surprised that the prosecutor did not call on any of the complainants to give evidence and questioned only four witness, including Blatter. Zen-Ruffinen does not regret acting against Blatter and even if he is not put in charge of Euro 2008, he has a project that he will announce soon. Both come from the Sion mountain area of Switzerland and Blatter, who has increasingly taken a triumphalist attitude, has even suggested that Zen-Ruffinen should ask forgiveness for making charges against him. Zen-Ruffinen, however, feels in no mood to do so, despite the fact that his allies in the struggle against the FIFA president have all but disappeared since Blatter’s triumph.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Dec 23, 2002
Doctors concernedDoctors diagnosed a brain haemorrhage after the 40-year-old was taken to hospital on Saturday night complaining of feeling tired and dizzy. A kick to the head, sustained at some point in the past, may have caused the problem. “It’s not cancer, but he needs an operation,” a hospital statement said. Words of supportIt is not known if Rotariu, who is No2 to Anghel Iordanescu, will be back in time for Romania’s UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Denmark on 29 March. Iordanescu has already contacted his colleague to wish him a speedy recovery. Distinguished careerRotariu earned 25 caps during his playing career and represented Romania at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He played 264 games in the Romanian first division for FC Politehnica AEK Timisoara and FC Steaua Bucuresti as well as spending time in Turkey with Galatasaray SK and Bakirkoyspor.

Politics in review: January to March
BBC News – Dec 26, 2002
But on 6 January he said he had been a member but not paid any dues or attended any meetings for more than 10 years. Freemasonry and football are two subjects which have long occupied conspiratorial fans of Scotland’s national game for decades. However, one was forgotten and the other propelled into the spotlight on 23 January when Mr McConnell confirmed to MSPs that the executive would not back a solo bid for the Euro 2008 football championships. He told MSPs: “We have concluded that to create four 30,000 seat stadiums – on top of our excellent facilities at Murrayfield, Hampden, Ibrox and Celtic Park – is simply not practical or desirable. ”

The first minister did back a joint bid for the prestigious tournament with the Republic of Ireland and so kick-started an optimistic but ultimately unrequited 11-month flirtation with Uefa.

Doubting Thomas proved to be wrong
Edinburgh Evening News – Dec 17, 2002
Maybe I could be there as manager of Austria! “I suppose you can’t rule out politics being involved but I am sure we will do a good job. ” He added: “Once you are awarded a tournament like that, you can start building afresh. “We already have the stadia and good facilities, but perhaps not sufficient for big tournaments. But work is already under way at extending grounds and building brand new ones. “The facilities are already good in Scotland but I’m sure something similar would have happened to improve them further had their bid won. ” Flogel was a member of the Jambos’ Scottish Cup-winning team in 1998 and he is targeting more silverware with Austria Vienna currently a massive 13 points clear at the top of the first division. With the team doing so well he admits it has made it easier for him readjusting to his new surroundings.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Dec 22, 2002
Driving forceMarkovic, a driving force behind Croatia’s unsuccesful bid to co-host EURO 2008™ with Bosnia-Herzegovina, said: “I thank everybody for this suport but I assure you these votes are not for me but for the progress of Croatian football. In the last four years we have begun a new age of our football. “Four more yearsMarkovic first assumed the role four years ago and will now remain as president for a further four years after picking up 48 of the 53 votes cast on Sunday.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Dec 25, 2002
Players restedGünes has not called any of his regular foreign-based players to the 22-man squad, leaving out Internazionale FC’s Emre Belözoglu and Blackburn Rovers FC’s Tugay Kerimoglu, among others. Also rested are veteran Galatasaray SK campaigners Ergün Penbe, Bülent Korkmaz, Ümit Davala and Arif Erdem, as well as injured first-choice keeper Rüstu Reçber, who plays his club football with Istanbul rivals Fenerbahçe SK. Promise realisedIn their place for the tournament against Belarus and Ghana come a wave of promotions from the under-21 side and call-ups for some of the outstanding players of the current Turkish domestic season. Günes has long promised to widen his squad and bring in younger players but opted to stick by the core of his successful 2002 FIFA World Cup side for a 1-1 draw against Italy in November. Denizlispor run recognisedThree players from mid-table Denizlispor, who have battled to a fourth-round place in the UEFA Cup this season, have been included namely striker Mustafa Özkan, midfielder Ali Tandogan and defender Servet Cetin.

The year in review: January to March
BBC News – Dec 26, 2002
In a controversial move, they opted not to provide compensation to people who would lose their jobs or businesses as a result of the ban. The Libyan found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing became Scotland’s most notorious prisoner after losing his appeal against the conviction in March. Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi will serve a sentence of at least 20 years in a specially-converted unit at Glasgow’s Barlinnie Prison. Gaddafi’s cafe

Megrahi showed no emotion as he heard the outcome from the five judges at the special Scottish Court in the Netherlands. He had been jailed for life in January 2001 for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over the Scottish border town of Lockerbie in December 1988, leading to the deaths of 270 people… The new city beat off competition from Ayr, Paisley and Dumfries, in Scotland, to be one of the five towns across the UK to be recognised. However, Scotland’s much-vaunted bid to hold the Euro 2008 football championships suffered a set back. First Minister Jack McConnell said the executive had been “looking long and hard” at the possibility of a bid. Hurricane-force winds

An announcement from football governing body Uefa that any country wanting to host the event would need eight 30,000-seater stadia had made it impractical for Scotland to bid alone, he said. A joint bid with Ireland was the preferred option and the one that vigorously pursued thereafter. Hurricane-force winds battered the country at the end of January.

Flash cars, big breakfasts – high flying on taxpayers’ bill
Irish Independent – Dec 23, 2002
A Mercedes car hired by the Irish Embassy in London to collect Sports Minister Jim McDaid at Birmingham airport and ferry him to Cheltenham last year cost €2,000. Last night, Mr McDaid said he accepted that €2,000 seemed a lot for such a car journey and the only explanation he could envisage was that someone else may have used the car without his knowledge. On another occasion the €5,500-per-hour Government jet was used to fly the minister to Arlanda, Sweden, to drum up support for Ireland’s ill-fated bid to stage Euro 2008. Mr McDaid said he would have preferred not to have gone. A Government press spokeswoman yesterday disputed the suggestion that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Tanaiste Mary Harney and Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy had enjoyed a €128-a-head breakfast before last year’s Budget. She said a number of officials would also have attended the breakfast which cost a total of €378. The information shows that the Taoiseach spent more than €64,000 on entertainment in the past year, including more than €3,000 on a reception to mark the 29th Dail and €2,783 on a reception for former Dail deputies.

We can host Euro 2012
Irish Independent – Dec 17, 2002
I would propose one stadium each for the following cities: Dublin; Cork; Belfast; Glasgow; Edinburgh; Aberdeen; Dundee; Cardiff. Many of these cities already have the required facilities in place and all have great potential for hosting such a tournament. And it would be a de facto Celtic bid, encompassing not only Northern Ireland and the Republic but Scotland and Wales too. Stephen Keegan, Killiney Avenue, Co Dublin.

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