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February 5, 2003

Seaman sets Euro 2004 target

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The News Review:

* SFA insist Vogts will not be sacked
* Vogts vows to fight on
* Gambler who knew he had a winning hand
* Seaman sets Euro 2004 target
* Absences take toll on Rangers
* Hughes out of NI panel
* Tough penalty call costs Scotland dearly
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Wales seek friendly foes
* Ljungberg uncertain about playing for Sweden
* UEFA fine adds to FA woes
* Your team of 2002
* UEFA executive committee meets in Athens
* Injury setback for Delaney

SFA insist Vogts will not be sacked
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 5, 2003
However, Taylor insisted that Vogts would be in place for the duration of his contract, which has three years to run. “It would be folly to reconsider matters at this stage, when we have a realistic chance of qualification [for the Euro 2004 finals]. Obviously, managers live and die by results but he will be here for the next two qualifying campaigns,” said the chief executive, while admitting that in his capacity as a Scotland supporter he is unhappy about the side’s performances… ” Stephen Pearson returns for Motherwell after a four-match suspension and Scott Leitch will probably return after injury but Keith Lasley is still serving a two-match ban. At the other end of the table Celtic, having played a game fewer than Rangers, can increase the pressure on the league leaders by cutting the gap at the top to two points if they win against Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. Dunfermline have not beaten either Old Firm club during Jimmy Calderwood’s time as manager but a Celtic victory cannot be taken for granted. For one thing, there is no pressure on the Fifers, who are playing out their season in esteemed company and, for another, Dunfermline forced Rangers into a Tennent’s Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with a 1-1 draw on their own ground last month. However, Calderwood has significant problems for the visit of the defending champions. Steven Hampshire has broken a bone in his foot, Scott Thomson and Scott Wilson are also missing, while Gus McPherson, Scott Walker, Andre Karnebeek and Mark McGarty are all doubtful. Celtic will have to do without Robert Douglas – the goalkeeper limped off with a thigh injury early in last Sunday’s victory over Rangers at Ibrox – so Javier Sanchez Broto starts, while Ulrik Laursen will continue to deputise for Johan Mjallby and Paul Lambert looks likely to return.

Vogts vows to fight on
abc.net.au – Feb 5, 2003
“The German would get as many votes as a Tory candidate in a miner’s row. “Vogts’ tenure as Scotland boss got off to a disastrous start with a run of five friendly defeats and a humiliating draw against the Faroe Islands. Back-to-back wins over Iceland got the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign back on track but the optimism generated by those victories has now ebbed away, a fact underlined by the boos and jeers which greeted the final whistle on Wednesday. Despite the horror show, Vogts insisted he would not walk away from what he sees as a long-term task of arresting the decline of Scotland as an international force. “I have a job to do and I have to give all my experience to the players, to the SFA and to Scottish football,” Vogts said. “You know all the problems in Scottish football. OK, all managers are judged on results and I am not happy with this result… “Vogts’ tenure as Scotland boss got off to a disastrous start with a run of five friendly defeats and a humiliating draw against the Faroe Islands. Back-to-back wins over Iceland got the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign back on track but the optimism generated by those victories has now ebbed away, a fact underlined by the boos and jeers which greeted the final whistle on Wednesday. Despite the horror show, Vogts insisted he would not walk away from what he sees as a long-term task of arresting the decline of Scotland as an international force. “I have a job to do and I have to give all my experience to the players, to the SFA and to Scottish football,” Vogts said. “You know all the problems in Scottish football. OK, all managers are judged on results and I am not happy with this result. “Poor defending allowed Roland Kirchler to open the scoring midway through the first half but Austria’s second goal was an utter disaster for goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

Gambler who knew he had a winning hand
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 4, 2003
The England coach not only changed the formation of his team against the Turks last night but started with a 17-year-old striker who was at school this time last year. Ignore the slate-grey leisurewear: there were neon casino lights in Eriksson’s head. Audacity had not been part of his managerial make-up, though the makers of a Channel 4 documentary, Seven Days That Shook Sven, had tried to persuade us that Eriksson is an inveterate big-time gambler. Their main evidence? Poaching the wife of a major investor in Lazio when he was manager there and offering to resign at Gothenburg after just three games in charge. To many in the North-East, Wayne Rooney’s inclusion at the expense of Emile Heskey was earthquake No 8… But look at it this way: would it not have been a much larger gamble to persevere with Heskey?advertisement. With Paul Scholes shunted forward to create a midfield diamond, Eriksson dragged Turkey off the top of Euro 2004 qualifying Group Seven with a starting forward line that posted a combined aged of 40: low on years and height but high on zest and pace. Instead of a stale little and large combination England began by fielding an attacking pair in which Owen was the elder statesman at 23. Up went the wattage in the Stadium of Light, for Rooney has what no amount of age or experience can bestow – an instinctive sense of where the goal is and how to get there fast. Unlike Heskey, he also has a reliable first touch, so that precious seconds are not lost in the retrieval of passes he has failed to control. Eleven minutes into this sterling win he almost bundled England into a lead but struck the back of a Turkish defender’s arm with his shot.

Seaman sets Euro 2004 target
go.com – Feb 3, 2003
I’ve got a contract to the end of this season and then we’ll see how it goes in the summer. ‘If I’m offered a new contract, then that’s exactly what I want. I’m looking to play on next season and hopefully in Euro 2004,’ he told the Evening Standard. Seaman admitted he does not expect to stay Eriksson’s first-choice keeper if he loses his place with Arsenal after Wenger almost signed Brazil World Cup winner Marcos during the January transfer window. ‘The England thing would depend on whether I’m still playing with Arsenal. There has been a lot of talk of goalkeepers coming in and things like that, which is going to happen because I’m getting near the end of my career,’ he added. Your views on this story?.

Absences take toll on Rangers
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 4, 2003
McLeish’s biggest injury worry is on the left side of defence with regular first-choice Arthur Numan and Jerome Bonnissel – who has been deputising for the Dutchman – both struggling with knocks. Fellow striker Shota Arveladze has an ankle knock, which ruled him out of Georgia’s game with the Republic of Ireland, and McLeish will have to wait and see if he can prove his fitness. Thistle are third bottom of the Scottish Premier League and McLeish knows John Lambie’s men will be scrapping for points to help them survive their first season back in the top flight. But the Rangers manager is hopeful of having a strong enough squad of players to overcome his injury and suspension problems on Saturday. McLeish said: “Arthur is not quite clear yet… But the Rangers manager is hopeful of having a strong enough squad of players to overcome his injury and suspension problems on Saturday. McLeish said: “Arthur is not quite clear yet. Jerome is under the care of the physios and it is not certain either if he will be available for the weekend, so that would leave us with a bit of a defensive headache. “Thistle are fighting for their lives to stay in the SPL while we are fighting for very different reasons. “It doesn’t make it easier for either of us and, from our point of view, especially because of the suspensions we have incurred and our injuries. “We don’t have Muscat, Amoruso or Ferguson available and, with both Numan and Bonnissel still struggling, we may have to shuffle the pack and play someone out of position. “We have done this before and managed.

Hughes out of NI panel
BBC News – Feb 4, 2003
McIlroy had been left with little option as Hughes’ has not played this club football season due to a dispute between Birmingham and Wimbledon. However, Hughes has been invited to come over the Belfast to train with the squad. “I would have loved to have picked Michael in the squad as he is one of our
more experienced players, but he hasn’t played any matches,” said the Irish
boss. “What I am definitely going to try and do is get him over for a couple of
days’ training with the players next week. “The lad is on his knees with all this business still going on… There is also a place for Jimmy Quinn, the former West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool striker who is now playing for Willem in Holland. Partick Thistle defender Stephen Craigan is also included for the warm-up match ahead of the Euro 2004 qualifiers against
Armenia and Greece. Dundee United defender Danny Griffin is unavailable because of a back injury. Ankle injury

Hughes’ club career has been in limbo for nine months as he waits for the FA to resolve the dispute between Birmingham and Wimbledon. Hughes joined Birmingham on loan in March 2002, believing he had an agreement on a permanent three-year deal if Birmnigham got promoted to the Premiership. However, an ankle injury forced Hughes to return to Wimbledon after just three games for the St Andrew’s club.

Tough penalty call costs Scotland dearly
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 4, 2003
Having hinted that Barry Ferguson would be replaced by Scot Gemmill, Berti Vogts characteristically sent in Jackie McNamara for the injured Rangers captain. The other change from the side which beat Iceland at Hampden Park on Saturday was also enforced – Robert Douglas failed to overcome the thigh injury which had plagued him since the weekend – and Vogts was forced to turn to the inexperienced Paul Gallacher, the Dundee United goalkeeper with three caps to his name… Having hinted that Barry Ferguson would be replaced by Scot Gemmill, Berti Vogts characteristically sent in Jackie McNamara for the injured Rangers captain. The other change from the side which beat Iceland at Hampden Park on Saturday was also enforced – Robert Douglas failed to overcome the thigh injury which had plagued him since the weekend – and Vogts was forced to turn to the inexperienced Paul Gallacher, the Dundee United goalkeeper with three caps to his name. On a bitterly cold night, with icy rain blowing into the largely uncovered stadium, the Scots were at least warmed by the noisy backing of a large contingent of the Tartan Army, with the customary bagpipe accompaniment. Rudi Voller, the German manager, was also in attendance.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 5, 2003
Chance to impressA number of players are also back in the fold after a long absence. FC Aktobe-Lento defender Nurmat Mirzabayev, FC Rostselmash Rostov-Na-Donu midfielder Samat Smakov , Tobol striker Valeri Garkusha and FC Lada Togliatti player Maxim Shevchenko have all been given a fresh chance by Pakhomov. Kazakhstan, UEFA’s newest member association, are not involved in UEFA EURO 2004™ but are looking ahead to qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Kazakhstan squadNovikov, Boichenko, Avdeev, Mirzabaev, Kozulin, Kishenko, Musin, Artemov, Baltiev, Smakov, Byakov, Shevchenko, Karpovich, Mukanov, Lovchev, Litvinenko, Tarasov, Garkusha©uefa. All rights reserved.

Wales seek friendly foes
BBC News – Feb 3, 2003
The FAW also denied weekend reports which suggested that two away games against Canada over the summer had been arranged. A spokesman said that a fixture between the two nations was highly unlikely. Wales manager Mark Hughes is keen to arrange match at the end of the domestic season to prepare for the closing stages Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. After travelling to play Yugoslavia on 2 April, Wales do not have another fixture until the crucial trip to Italy on 6 September. The FAW also revealed that 15,000 tickets had been sold for next Wednesday’s friendly with Bosnia at the Millennium Stadium. Right-back Mark Delaney will definitely miss the match because of a knee injury.

Ljungberg uncertain about playing for Sweden
Independent Online – Feb 4, 2003
Ljungberg, who has been sidelined by illness and injury since December, played in a reserve game for Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday. “It’s not decent towards the club for me to just take off for a national team game after I’ve been injured for six weeks,” Ljungberg said on Tuesday. The 26-year-old became ill with a virus after Arsenal’s premier league game against Middlesbrough on December 21 and then suffered an Achilles tendon injury in January. “I haven’t said I won’t play. I want to talk to (Sweden coach) Tommy Soderberg first before I tell the press anything,” he added.

UEFA fine adds to FA woes
sportbusiness.com – Feb 5, 2003
“They should regard this as a final warning and I think the FA has seen that and recognise that. The track record of travelling fans particularly is deplorable and the FA is taking further steps to show they are taking the matter seriously. “We trust those steps are going to be effective but if not disciplinary proceedings will be back on the agenda. The threat of expulsion is clearly something available to UEFA, particularly in respect of a final tournament.

Your team of 2002
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 3, 2003
The Dutchman lost out by less than 700 votes out of a total poll of 144,000. Günes blazingSome 319 votes were all that separated first and second in the coach category. Senol Günes’s achievement in guiding unfancied Turkey to the last four of the World Cup, not to mention three wins out of three in their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign, saw him triumph over Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque. All rights reserved.

UEFA executive committee meets in Athens
SI.com – Feb 5, 2003
The meetings will focus on a wide range of issues such as the international match calendar, the UEFA budget for 2003-2004, club competition rules and regulations for 2003-2004, licensing updates, the European conference on racism, relations with the European Union and the UEFA 2003 congress in Rome. Officials will also briefed on progress for the Euro 2004, to held in Portugal. The meeting is chaired by UEFA President Lennart Johansson. Turkish federation might cancel matches near Iraq ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s soccer league is likely to cancel or reschedule matches in areas near the Iraqi border because of fears about a U. -led war, a soccer federation official said Wednesday… war efforts, but fears it could become susceptible to Iraqi retaliation. “We probably will not allow league matches to be played in the east and southeast,” the semiofficial Anatolia news agency quoted Turkish Soccer Federation Vice President Ata Aksu as saying. “It’s certain that a war is unavoidable. ” The league decision could affect several teams, including first division clubs Diyarbakirspor, Gaziantepspor, Adanaspor, Malatyaspor, and Elazigspor. Aksu said any decision to cancel or reschedule matches would come after Turkey’s government had announced the country’s contribution to any U.

Injury setback for Delaney
go.com – Feb 4, 2003
Delaney limped out of the action against Blackburn on Sunday after being involved in a touchlinechallenge with Rovers defender James McEveley. The former Cardiff player is now to see a specialist later this week toascertain the full extent of the damage. Villa manager Graham Taylor expects Delaney to be missing for at least acouple of weeks although he is keeping his fingers crossed that the setback isnot as serious as initially feared. Taylor said: `We are bitterly disappointed for Mark especially in light ofthe previous injury problems that he has had this season. `We are keeping our fingers crossed for good news when he sees thespecialist. That will give us another assessment of things but the initialevidence is that he is likely to be missing for a couple of weeks. ‘Delaney initially had to sit out a six-game spell in September and Octoberafter suffering a knee problem… ‘Delaney initially had to sit out a six-game spell in September and Octoberafter suffering a knee problem. He then came back into the side on October 26 and was part of a five-gameunbeaten run. But then he suffered a broken foot when on duty for Wales in their Euro 2004qualifier in Azerbaijan in mid-November. That kept him out of action for 12 games before he returned to the Villa sideon January 18 against Tottenham. Your views on this story?.

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