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January 12, 2003

Midfield icon is preparing to end Portugal career on home stage

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The News Review:

* No handshakes this time as Australia keep it serious
* Inside knowledge may thwart Henry
* Czechs face Dutch, Germans in tough Euro 2004 group
* Midfield icon is preparing to end Portugal career on home stage
* Salute Raymond Barneveld
* Football in brief
* Hughes stays on to spur more wins for Wales
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Press Review – 01-12-2003 – Radio Prague
* Slovakia face new racism punishment

No handshakes this time as Australia keep it serious
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 11, 2003
It does seem wrong that one of Australia, Ireland or Argentina could not make it through to the last eight. It would have been counselling time for the Irish masses if Ireland had missed out. One of our soccer commentators was lamenting Ireland’s absence from the Euro 2004 finals. Not because the team were any good (although Australians might take exception to this comment given that the Irish beat our Socceroos in August) but purely because their fans brought so much enjoyment to any tournament. Whatever the result today, the Irish fans will ‘turn it on’ – you can expect that the pubs will be near dry and the fever high. The ‘liquid banquet’ that is the oft-described way of the Irish was enjoyed at the Adelaide Oval last Sunday where the stadium out of beer by half-time. While they have some of the best fans, they also have a great rugby team right now.

Inside knowledge may thwart Henry
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 12, 2003
We had to make it to the corner posts on time, and on these runs Thierry was always ahead. He was told to slow down because he was there too quickly, standing holding the corner flags, grinning like a Cheshire cat. We would arrive panting, and he had not even broken sweat. When it was over, and we felt like falling asleep in our cars, Thierry would be asking the manager for more runs. Many have tried to stop him. He would be the most talked-about player by opposition managers. Clubs in Europe have had some success with man-marking him, yet players in the English game are not assigned that role very often any more.

Czechs face Dutch, Germans in tough Euro 2004 group
radio.cz – Jan 12, 2003
) a Rudi Voeller (Germany), photo: CTKSunday’s draw for the 2004 European Football Championships was not kind tothe Czech Republic, who will face the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia inwhat many are describing as the competition’s toughest group. Czech coachKarel Brueckner says the fact his team beat the Dutch in their qualifyinggroup will count for nothing in Portugal. As for the thoughts of the Czechplayers, the reaction of goalkeeper Petr Cech was typical:"I think our group is one of the hardest, because there are threestrong teams: us, Holland and Germany. The Czech national team don’t havesuch a good record against the Germans. None of us wanted to draw Hollandeither, but we have to face them again in the group stage – it’s apity… The Czech national team don’t havesuch a good record against the Germans. None of us wanted to draw Hollandeither, but we have to face them again in the group stage – it’s apity. "The Czech Republic play Latvia, the Netherlands and Germany in that orderat Euro 2004, with the first of those games on June 15. The bookies, bythe way, say the Czechs are the seventh most likely team to win the16-country competition. Sparta make two points on leaders Ostrava before winter breakCzech football league leaders Ostrava drew 1:1 on Saturday with CeskeBudejovice to maintain their unbeaten record this season. Reigningchampions Sparta Prague, meanwhile, moved to within seven points ofOstrava by beating Teplice 3:0 on Sunday. Karel Poborsky got two ofSparta’s goals, one of which came from a penalty after Igor Gluscevic wasfouled.

Midfield icon is preparing to end Portugal career on home stage
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 12, 2003
Portugal’s midfielder and grandmaster, despite his talents, has never consistently managed to drag his national side above the average. Figo, who will quit international football after his country stages the Euro 2004 finals, believes that Portugal, like England, are still awaiting a breakthrough. “England are always like Portugal,” the 30-year-old reflected yesterday. It’s not just the quality of your players, but the team have to have experience and pass through that decisive moment. “The Real Madrid celebrity thinks England have enough talent to possibly win the Lisbon final in July… Figo, who will quit international football after his country stages the Euro 2004 finals, believes that Portugal, like England, are still awaiting a breakthrough. “England are always like Portugal,” the 30-year-old reflected yesterday. It’s not just the quality of your players, but the team have to have experience and pass through that decisive moment. “The Real Madrid celebrity thinks England have enough talent to possibly win the Lisbon final in July. “They have a good chance because they have good players and a lot of experience playing together. They did well at the World Cup last year.

Salute Raymond Barneveld
BBC News – Jan 12, 2003
Aside from the top five seeds, the PDC championship was rather poor as far as averages go, players also frequently needing nine darts to complete a check-out. In Barney’s match against Clarys he held a 100+ average the entire match, in the first four sets against King he scored a 104 average, I didn’t see anyone at the PDC with those scores. Yes, the final was of lower quality (not taking anything away from the suspense) as finals often are, but Barney would be just as much a force in the PDC as the BDO. Face it, most players first make it big in the BDO before ‘defecting’, this constant flow means that neither championship is of a ‘below par’ level. Of course, I would like to see ALL the world’s best players competing with each other but to say Barney’s win means little due to the absence of the PDC tops is detracting to the outstanding performance of a great champion!
Arthur, Netherlands

Well done to Barney for winning a great darts event. He has proved once again to be the ‘fantastic’ dart player that Phil Taylor called him at the 2002 PDC event. "

Barney is now one of the greats, up their with Lowe, Rees, Wilson and Priestly
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Bengt Andersson, Sweden

In answer to Martin and Robert Morrell below, Barney has in his previous World championships and World Master wins won through fields not only containing the very top current BDO players but (except for Taylor) virtually all the other top ranking current PDC players… This would be the best thing for the supporters and the players. Darts is possibly on the cusp of something huge and this should not be compromised by greed and bickering. Paul Nunan, Ireland

As England prepare to return from yet another Ashes drubbing, Schumacher gears up for another drivers championship, England face an uphill struggle to reach Euro 2004, Henman limbers up for another semi-final collapse in Wimbledon, it is a shame to see that even the UK’s dominance of a load of fat blokes in a noisy leisure centre is also a distant memory!!
Munch, Wales

If Dennis Bergkamp is “The Dutch Master” then Ray Barneveld is “The Dutch Legend”. Chand, London

What a fantastic player; confident, never arrogant, love his ‘double 18’ check outs, a worthy champion, long may it continue!
Peter Earl-Martin, UK

I don’t quite agree that Barney would fail to compete with Alan Warriner, but Taylor and Part are the best two. Nevertheless, Barney’s achievement is not to be sniffed at and the backing he receives from the fabulous Dutch support should not go unmentioned. A word too for ladies champ Trina Gulliver, she has never lost a match at Frimley Green you know. Liam, Birmingham, England

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Great to see Barney get his title back; well done!
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Daniel, UK

Well done Barney, you have shown in the past to be a great champion and I’m sure you will again! One other thing, wouldn’t be nice if the PDC and the BDO could get their act together so we could have one world champ?
Dan Snow, Canada

I may be English but after seeing Barneveld tear our Mervyn King to shreds, he has definitely earned himself a place in history!
Dan Jeoffroy, England

Hey, I would just like to say congratulations to Eric “The Sherrif” for his highest check-out.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 11, 2003
Van Nistelrooy’s relationship with Holland coach Dick Advocaat has become increasingly tense since the player’s public display of disdain at being substituted in the qualifier against the Czech Republic. Advocaat dropped him from the subsequent match with Moldova. But, despite trying to improve the situation with a public apology, Van Nistelrooy is still clearly resigned to starting the play-offs on the sidelines… “I feel fit and want to carry on playing for another two years,” he said. “In an ideal world I would like to end my career at Bayern. But if I do not figure in their plans then I would like to spend a season in England. “Bad news for Roy Hodgson. The former Blackburn, Inter Milan and Switzerland coach has seen his United Arab Emirates side suffer an embarrassing 1-0 defeat and 1-1 draw with Turkmenistan in the Asian Cup qualifying competition. “I was very happy with the performance, but feel very sad for the result,” Hodgson mused.

Hughes stays on to spur more wins for Wales
Independent Online – Jan 11, 2003
But he will now be on a full-time contract for the next four years. They sit on top of Group Nine with three wins out of three, defeating Finland, Italy and Azerbaijan. Wales pulled off one of the greatest results in their history last October when they beat Italy 2-1. Hughes, capped more than 70 times by Wales, retired from playing in July after not being offered a new contract by Blackburn Rovers… They sit on top of Group Nine with three wins out of three, defeating Finland, Italy and Azerbaijan. Wales pulled off one of the greatest results in their history last October when they beat Italy 2-1. Hughes, capped more than 70 times by Wales, retired from playing in July after not being offered a new contract by Blackburn Rovers.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 12, 2003
UEFA Cup doubtThe 22-year-old is now likely to miss both legs of his side’s UEFA Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool FC and may not return to Ligue 1 action until the beginning of March. Kapo, a key player for the Burgundy outfit this term, has had problems with the injury in recent months but has decided not to wait until the end of the season before going under the surgeons’ knife. International debutKapo made his international debut under Jacques Santini against Yugoslavia this season and also featured in Les Bleus’ 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying victory over Cyprus… UEFA Cup doubtThe 22-year-old is now likely to miss both legs of his side’s UEFA Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool FC and may not return to Ligue 1 action until the beginning of March. Kapo, a key player for the Burgundy outfit this term, has had problems with the injury in recent months but has decided not to wait until the end of the season before going under the surgeons’ knife. International debutKapo made his international debut under Jacques Santini against Yugoslavia this season and also featured in Les Bleus’ 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying victory over Cyprus. All rights reserved.

Press Review – 01-12-2003 – Radio Prague
radio.cz – Jan 12, 2003
The Czech governmentshould put forward three names by March. Both MLADA FRONTA DNES and LIDOVE NOVINY carry large photos of the coachof the Czech football representation Karel Brueckner. "It’s a toughdraw for the Czech Republic," LIDOVE NOVINY writes, referring toSunday’s draw in the Portuguese capital Lisbon of groups for the openinground of next summer’s Euro 2004. "It couldn’t have been worse,"LIDOVE NOVINY quotes the Czech representation’s captain Pavel Nedved ascommenting on the fact that his team will face Latvia, the Netherlands andGermany in group D. PRAVO reports on extensive archaeological works which are to take place inMoravia in the next seven to eight years. Archaeologists will examine thearea between the town of Lipnik and the river Becva before constructionworks on the planned D47 motorway start. The motorway is to be builtalmost exactly where the Amber Route once used to lead… The business daily HOSPODARSKE NOVINY looks at a dispute which mightjeopardise live TV broadcasts of next year’s World Ice HockeyChampionships in Prague. A mere 200 days before the start of thechampionship, the organisers are facing another complication, the paperwrites, and again the Sazka lottery company which is building the arena isinvolved in it. Only a few months ago it was not clear whether the arenawould be finished in time and now the question is whether ice hockey fanswill be able to watch the matches live on television. HOSPODARSKE NOVINY writes that Sazka is charging Czech Television almost100 million crowns (more than 3 million euros) for letting the broadcasteruse the technical facilities in the arena. Czech Television says it cannotafford to pay so much and Sazka replies that as a private company it needsto please its shareholders. HOSPODARSKE NOVINY adds that there is more atstake than Czech viewers missing the matches. Czech Television holds therights for international telecasts which cannot be transferred to anyother broadcaster.

Slovakia face new racism punishment
go.com – Jan 11, 2003
11, 2003Slovakia face new racism punishmentSlovakia could be forced to play their next home European Championship qualifier behind closed doors as punishment for their fans’ racist abuse of England’s black players. A UEFA appeal hearing will take place on Monday with senior executives ofEuropean football’s governing body urging that a stiffer sentence be imposed onthe Slovakian FA. The Slovakians were fined ?27,000 last month for shocking and widespreadracist abuse of Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole during the Euro 2004 qualifier inBratislava on October 12. They were also found guilty of a lack of organisation inside the stadium. UEFA’s chief executive Gerhard Aigner has appealed against thesemi-independent disciplinary panel and called for a crowd ban in order to senda tough anti-racist signal to clubs and countries involved in theircompetitions. UEFA communications director Mike Lee told the Press Association: ‘The UEFAchief executive has submitted an appeal against the original decision of thecontrol and disciplinary body in relation to the racism charges brought againstthe Slovakian FA. ‘We believe that there was sufficient evidence of racist behaviour to warranta punishment of a match behind closed doors… A UEFA appeal hearing will take place on Monday with senior executives ofEuropean football’s governing body urging that a stiffer sentence be imposed onthe Slovakian FA. The Slovakians were fined ?27,000 last month for shocking and widespreadracist abuse of Emile Heskey and Ashley Cole during the Euro 2004 qualifier inBratislava on October 12. They were also found guilty of a lack of organisation inside the stadium. UEFA’s chief executive Gerhard Aigner has appealed against thesemi-independent disciplinary panel and called for a crowd ban in order to senda tough anti-racist signal to clubs and countries involved in theircompetitions. UEFA communications director Mike Lee told the Press Association: ‘The UEFAchief executive has submitted an appeal against the original decision of thecontrol and disciplinary body in relation to the racism charges brought againstthe Slovakian FA. ‘We believe that there was sufficient evidence of racist behaviour to warranta punishment of a match behind closed doors. ‘We understand the factors considered by the disciplinary body but believethat it is important that the matter is looked at again through the appealprocess.

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