Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 8, 2003

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The News Review:

* England cause needs calm
* SI.com – Soccer – Eriksson aims for ’04, asks international…
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Mad Brit Diary French invasion proves to be boon to England’s…
* Cudicini given England tip
* Milosevic back on familiar ground
* Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
* Current Affairs | 02.06.2003 Germany in Brief
* Football in Brief
* McLeish in talks | Scottish Prem | Football | Sport | Telegraph
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* SOCCER: Fergie faces lay off
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven to call up Rooney
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Platt hands maiden call-up to five

England cause needs calm
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 6, 2003
David Beckham was first up, pleading in a pre-recorded broadcast for an end to racist chants, booing opponents’ national anthems and pitch invasions. Then came Owen, captain in Beckham’s absence, who broke off from training to voice his alarm that all the team’s “hard work” in seizing the initiative from Turkey in Group 7 could be “ruined” by the fans. “We have a great chance of winning Euro 2004 and we will be at our absolute peak at the World Cup [of 2006],” said Owen, 23. “It would be awful to think we had the best team in the world and to then have everything spoiled by the fans. The players have a small part to play as well. Hopefully we will score but then we won’t run off jumping into the crowd. “Before they leave the dressing-room, Owen will remind every player of the need to conduct themselves appropriately… Owen’s style as captain echoes Beckham’s: quiet encouragement rather than rousing rhetoric. “When I first got in the England side, there were a lot of shouters [like Tony Adams and Paul Ince] but that has gradually gone out of the game,” said Owen who will achieve his 50th cap in next week’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. “People are still very passionate but there’s not so much screaming and shouting anymore. “Beckham’s ability to dominate the limelight even when absent from the squad – he was in Hollywood yesterday – was not resented by Owen. “David copes well with the attention,” reflected Owen. “With his wife being famous, it’s inevitable he will get a lot of attention.

SI.com – Soccer – Eriksson aims for ’04, asks international…
SI.com – Feb 8, 2003
But the contract is until then. “We have to win games. We have to qualify for Euro 2004. Wehave to do well in Euro 2004. My target is qualifying. England play their final warm-up match against Australia onFebruary 12 ahead of their European championship qualifiers awayto Liechtenstein on March 29 and at home to Turkey on April 2. They are second in Group Seven, trailing five points behind2002 World Cup semifinal ists Turkey but with a game in hand… However, he had already told the Football Association (FA)official Web site that he had not been approached by any club,including Barcelona, and was “happy and proud” to be England’smanager. “I want to finish my job with England,” he said. “You’re not going to Barcelona then?” he was asked at an FAbriefing ahead of the Australia match. “To see which game?”quipped Eriksson. “I’ll probably go to Torino to see Juventusagainst Manchester United [in the Champions League]. However, he added that when he had finished his “big, bigjob” with England, he would welcome the opportunity to move backinto club management after his success in Italy with Lazio. “In the future, I always said that when my job is finishedhere I think yes [I would like to manage a club].

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 6, 2003
Several surprisesThe South American’s squad for the 12 February friendly against Italy in Genoa contains several surprises. The main absentees are FC Porto goalkeeper Vítor Baía and winger Nuno Capucho, Sporting Clube de Portugal playmaker João Pinto and SL Benfica striker Nuno Gomes – all of whom were a part of Portugal’s unsuccessful side at last summer’s World Cup finals. Goalkeeping positionVítor Baía has never missed out on selection for the squad when fit since he was 19, but Scolari was quick to point out that the custodian was not entirely out of his plans. “My criteria are to call the players I think are in the best form and those who can give what I need until EURO 2004™,” he said… ”
Trio handed first callsThere are also first call-ups for Benfica and Under-21 international Miguel, UD Leiria attacking midfield player Silas and Porto and U21 forward Hélder Postiga. “I have been watching some players more regularly but I preferred to watch those players who do not have that high a profile – the younger ones,” explained Scolari. “I do not need to watch Luis Figo playing to know that he is good. ”
Keeping faithScolari has also kept faith with Ricardo Rocha, Tiago and Pedro Mendes, who were all previously picked by Portugal’s former caretaker coach Agostinho Oliveira, and recalled central defenders Marco Caneira and Jorge Andrade. Portugal squadRicardo, Quim, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Rocha, Fernando Couto, Jorge Andrade, Caneira, Nuno Valente, Rui Jorge, Tiago, Pedro Mendes, Fernando Meira, Costinha, Miguel, Simão, Sérgio Conceição, Figo, Rui Costa, Silas, Boa Morte, Pauleta, Hélder Postiga.

Mad Brit Diary French invasion proves to be boon to England’s…
SoccerTimes – Feb 7, 2003
Also missing was the brilliant Pires. Zinedine Zidane was almost limping when he arrived in Japan. Still, not scoring a single goal did stink a bit. But when it comes to Euro 2004 in Portugal, expect coach Jacques Santini’s tiltle-holders to do very well. Mad Brit Roundup — American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann saved a penalty kick in Reading’s 5-2 win at Burnley last week. Meanwhile, United States winger Eddie Lewis, who keeps collecting accolades, scored a goal in Preston North End’s 3-0 downing of Gillingham. A panel at the Premier League offices in London recently named the best 10 saves in the history of the league which included American goalie Kasey Keller and former Howard keeper, Shaka Hislop.

Cudicini given England tip
BBC News – Feb 8, 2003
Cudicini, whose father Fabio was an Italian international goalkeeper, has been in outstanding form for Chelsea this season. "

If I was Carlo, I’d choose England
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Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri

The 29-year-old would be eligible to play for England in July 2004 if he does not play a competitive game for Italy before Euro 2004. Cudicini has found his path in the national team blocked by Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Toldo. Ranieri said Italy have not been slow in encouraging players to adopt dual nationality. Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi committed his international future to Italy after being left out of the Argentina squad for the friendly against Holland. Ranieri said: “If I was Carlo, I’d choose England.

Milosevic back on familiar ground
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 6, 2003
“The Serbia coach is Dejan Savicevic, the striker known as “the genie” at AC Milan in the Nineties, who won three titles and one European Cup with the Italian team. Savicevic is Montenegrin, along with only three other squad players, and it is likely that this new nation – who have only played six matches – will divide again after a referendum planned for 2006. Milosevic, 29, who is now with Espanyol of Barcelona, will probably not start tonight along with the other Spanish-based players – Mijatovic, Darko Kovacevic of Real Sociedad and Seville’s Zoran Njegus – who all played on Sunday. This weekend Serbia play Finland away and then travel to Azerbaijan in two matches that will decide whether they make it to Euro 2004. Milosevic will be remembered by many for spitting at Villa fans who taunted him during a 5-0 defeat by Blackburn but the player holds no animosity towards England. “There was only one mistake I made with the supporters but, apart from that, I think I had a very good relationship with them,” he said. “I can do nothing about the way people remember me but I played well here and Villa were always in the top five teams in England… Savicevic is Montenegrin, along with only three other squad players, and it is likely that this new nation – who have only played six matches – will divide again after a referendum planned for 2006. Milosevic, 29, who is now with Espanyol of Barcelona, will probably not start tonight along with the other Spanish-based players – Mijatovic, Darko Kovacevic of Real Sociedad and Seville’s Zoran Njegus – who all played on Sunday. This weekend Serbia play Finland away and then travel to Azerbaijan in two matches that will decide whether they make it to Euro 2004. Milosevic will be remembered by many for spitting at Villa fans who taunted him during a 5-0 defeat by Blackburn but the player holds no animosity towards England. “There was only one mistake I made with the supporters but, apart from that, I think I had a very good relationship with them,” he said. “I can do nothing about the way people remember me but I played well here and Villa were always in the top five teams in England. “The Serbian team will also be missing PSV Eindhoven’s prolific striker, Mateja Kezman, and the Lazio midfielder, Dejan Stankovic, but Werder Bremen’s Mladen Krstajic will make the bench.

Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
Waterford News – Feb 6, 2003
I am not talking about the friendly against Scotland but, of course, the claims that Alex Ferguson will be attempting to persuade Roy Keane to remain in international exile, citing the career of Alan Shearer as an example to the Manchester United captain. Shearer retired from the international area somewhat prematurely for some but his club form with Blackburn Rovers has remained top class and Ferguson is hoping that Keane will heed his advice. Kerr has said since his appointment that he ?has a plan? for Keane but has decided (wisely) not to make it public but the statement from Ferguson will make the Dublin man somewhat nervous. Keane, as we all know, has no friends in football (his words) but cites Ferguson as a man he greatly admires and whose advice he listens to but Roy is no fool and if he feels that by not returning he will lose some of his support in Ireland, and Cork, he will ponder long and hard about his future. If Kerr can persuade Keane to return I hardly think we will ever see him play in an international friendly again… The likes of O?Shea will be delighted with Kerr?s appointment as he will certainly give him his chance to establish himself in the Irish team and O?Shea could play a key role in any return of Keane to the fold. That remains to b seen but at least we can look forward to seeing O?Shea regularly in an Irish senior shirt from here on, something McCarthy was far too reluctant to allow happen. O?Shea has been turning in on for United now all season and it beggars belief that McCarthy stuck with the likes of Gary Breen at the start of the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, something surely Kerr will rectify sooner rather than later. Also, Kerr will continue to introduce young blood into the Irish international scene and will do this throughout his tenure, something that can only bode well for the future of the Irish soccer team. What is on the immediate menu is the international against Bertie Vogts? Scotland and then the double-header in March but I am sure that Kerr?s own unique style will win through and this could well be the start of a golden era for Irish soccer. Brian, best of luck and lets get to Portugal 2004!.

Current Affairs | 02.06.2003 Germany in Brief
Deutsche Welle – Feb 6, 2003

Germany Soccer Victory Against Canada

Germany romped home to win 4-1 against Canada in a friendly international on Sunday. After a slow start, the 2002 World Cup winners, rallied against the Canadian soccer team, ranked 77th in the world, at the game in Wolfsburg, 150 km west of Berlin. The game was the final warm up for the German team before their Euro 2004 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow next Saturday. 10th suspected German SARS case reported

Germany reported its 10th suspected SARS case today. The Robert Koch Institute — which monitors disease in Germany confirmed the patient, a male, who has not been named and whose condition as yet remains unknown is currently hospitalised. He had recently been in Asia. Giscard d’Estaing wins Charlamagne Prize

The author of the controversial EU constitution, Valery Giscard d’Estaing has been awarded Germany’s prestigious Charlemagne prize for his contribution to European integration… The game was the final warm up for the German team before their Euro 2004 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow next Saturday. 10th suspected German SARS case reported

Germany reported its 10th suspected SARS case today. The Robert Koch Institute — which monitors disease in Germany confirmed the patient, a male, who has not been named and whose condition as yet remains unknown is currently hospitalised. He had recently been in Asia. Giscard d’Estaing wins Charlamagne Prize

The author of the controversial EU constitution, Valery Giscard d’Estaing has been awarded Germany’s prestigious Charlemagne prize for his contribution to European integration. The former French president whose draft constitution is intended to provide a framework for the European Union as it expands from 15 to 25 members next year joins a row of statesmen who have won the prize, including British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and former U.

Football in Brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 8, 2003
“We took him off at half-time in the Everton game after he told us it was troublesome and got the ice on it. However, despite treatment over the last few days, there has been no real improvement so there must be a question mark over Nuno being ready. “With his side’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2004 hanging in the balance, Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr will be interested to know that Georgia, the makeweights of Group 10, have lost their manager. Ivo Susak has stepped down after just four months in charge, which included the 2-0 defeat by the Republic in June, and will now concentrate solely on his role as coach of Dynamo Tbilisi. Kerr and his men will be hoping whoever the Georgian FA appoint in his place will have a positive effect on their side and thereby take at least a point off Russia in October. The parlous financial state of the game looks likely to claim another victim after the announcement that Real Oviedo are to be relegated to Spain’s regional Fourth Division after failing to reach agreement with their players over unpaid wages. “We did everything we could, making a final effort, but in the end it wasn’t possible,” said president Manuel Lafuente… Oviedo, who were playing in the top flight as recently as the 2000-01 season, failed to meet a midnight deadline to settle the dispute. “Our intention is to carry on next season,” vowed Lafuente. Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday insisted that Manchester United are not about to sell Juan Sebastian Veron to Chelsea. The Argentine yesterday trained with his United team-mates in Philadelphia ahead of tomorrow’s game against Barcelona, and Ferguson said: “There is no decision to be made on Veron because there is no agreement. I want him to stay because he is a great player and that is the way it stays. He hasn’t said anything to me because there is nothing to say.

McLeish in talks | Scottish Prem | Football | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 6, 2003
But Mols, who is still unsure of his own future at the club, with his contract ending this summer, maintained the only problem Advocaat had among the squad was disappointing results affecting performances. Mols said: “The talk about Advocaat and the split dressing room is all rubbish. “If the results are not there the atmosphere is always worse. People try and make something out of it and the thing about the Dutch and the rest of the boys is a lot of rubbish. “But Mols heaped praise on McLeish for helping to swing the balance of power in Scotland back towards Ibrox. Mols said: “He played a part in my resurgence and also the whole team. He came with a different approach and it worked out perfectly… “I’ll talk with my agent to see what the possibilities are and then I will make my decision. “Meanwhile, captain Barry Ferguson has checked into hospital for the operation on his troublesome pelvis. The Scotland international has been forced to miss the Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany this weekend and has been unable to take part fully in training for a large part of the season.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 6, 2003
“But these kind of incidents give other players a chance to prove themselves again with the national team. ”
Strength abroad The Dutch Eredivisie only provides five players in the 20-man squad – Feyenoord pair Pierre van Hooijdonk and Paul Bosvelt, AFC Ajax’s Andy van der Meyde and PSV duo Waterreus and Mark van Bommel. Czech challengeThe match against the South American team will be the last warm-up for the Dutch before they take on the Czech Republic in a critical UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier on 29 March. Both teams have yet to concede a goal in achieving two wins from two in Group 3, although the Dutch lead the way having scored six to the Czechs’ four. Hard work starts “We have had a good year but now the real work starts,” said Advocaat. “The next few results will determine if we are going to Portugal or not. Those are the games people will look to, not the ones we have already played… Both teams have yet to concede a goal in achieving two wins from two in Group 3, although the Dutch lead the way having scored six to the Czechs’ four. Hard work starts “We have had a good year but now the real work starts,” said Advocaat. “The next few results will determine if we are going to Portugal or not. Those are the games people will look to, not the ones we have already played. ”
Netherlands squad Waterreus, Westerveld, F De Boer, Van Bronckhorst, Reiziger, Ricksen, Stam, Van Bommel, Bosvelt, Cocu, Davids, De Boer, Seedorf, Van der Meyde, Zenden, Kluivert, Hasselbaink, Van Hooijdonk, Makaay, Van Nistelrooij.

SOCCER: Fergie faces lay off
U.TV – Feb 6, 2003
I am just desperate to get it done and stop the injections – I`m sick of it. “I started on the pills and my stomach was upset so I went onto injections and then a new pill that was supposed to line my stomach, so it wasn`t great. “After games I would be sitting on the toilet for about two hours and that`s not very nice. “I will probably miss the start of the season for Rangers and it`s a big time for us with the Champions League so I just need to get back as soon as possible. “The timing of the operation means Ferguson will miss Scotland`s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on Saturday but he insists he will make the trip to Hampden to watch his national team-mates in action and throw his backing behind the team. “I will be at the game… “After games I would be sitting on the toilet for about two hours and that`s not very nice. “I will probably miss the start of the season for Rangers and it`s a big time for us with the Champions League so I just need to get back as soon as possible. “The timing of the operation means Ferguson will miss Scotland`s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on Saturday but he insists he will make the trip to Hampden to watch his national team-mates in action and throw his backing behind the team. “I will be at the game. I will probably be on crutches but I will be here to watch the boys because it`s a big game. “Ferguson`s decision to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, despite admiring glances from around the continent, was justified when he led the Ibrox club to the treble.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven to call up Rooney
go.com – Feb 8, 2003
‘And the belief is that 17-year-old Rooney will be among the names selected. Eriksson declared: ‘I haven’t seen that much of him but, talking to the scouts and to the people around him, I know he’s a very big talent. ‘I’m not afraid of the age of 17. It’s more important to see whether he’s ready and whether he’s good enough. ‘Those are the most important questions and my hunch is that he is ready. ‘If he does make it on to the pitch on Wednesday night, Rooney will be 17 yearsand 111 days old, eclipsing 1879 debutant James Prinsep by 142 days. Eriksson will be at The Valley today to assess the claims of outsidecandidates for his England squad as Everton take on Charlton… The Swede is also set to call up Southampton’s James Beattie, while he hasspoken in glowing terms of Newcastle’s Jermaine Jenas and Fulham’s Sean Davis. However, his presence at The Valley was also set to give the likes of Evertongoalkeeper Richard Wright, as well as Charlton midfielder Scott Parker andfull-back Paul Konchesky, a final chance to force their way into his plans. The England coach is expected to select his strongest possible startingline-up in next week’s friendly, given that he must prepare for the Euro 2004qualifying games against Liechtenstein and Turkey. However, he is set to stop short of an outright club-versus-country row bypromising managers he will play few, if any, of his leading players for morethan 45 minutes. And that leaves the Swede, who may also today be able to see Rooney come offthe bench after the end of his four-game suspension, room for second-halfexperiments. Wright is likely to be included in the squad announced tonight along withDavid James and Paul Robinson, forcing his way ahead of West Brom’s RussellHoult, with David Seaman again rested and Chris Kirkland out injured. The Everton goalkeeper was in Eriksson’s first squad against Spain in February2001, and came on a substitute against Holland at White Hart Lane in August thatyear.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 7, 2003
Large squad Ibrahim, Besiktas’s matchwinner in the recent derby victory over Istanbul rivals Galatasaray SK, is one of 30 players drafted in by Günes, whose plans for the England game were hampered by the decision to cancel a training camp in Dubai last month. Preparations hit “We could not prepare as we had wanted to during the winter break,” Günes said. “Our Dubai training camp was cancelled and that was bad. We need to get together soon to improve our preparation for the crucial match against England… Large squad Ibrahim, Besiktas’s matchwinner in the recent derby victory over Istanbul rivals Galatasaray SK, is one of 30 players drafted in by Günes, whose plans for the England game were hampered by the decision to cancel a training camp in Dubai last month. Preparations hit “We could not prepare as we had wanted to during the winter break,” Günes said. “Our Dubai training camp was cancelled and that was bad. We need to get together soon to improve our preparation for the crucial match against England. The Ukraine friendly will help us see our mistakes and our weaknesses. It is for that reason I have called up a large squad.

Platt hands maiden call-up to five
go.com – Feb 8, 2003
8, 2003Platt hands maiden call-up to fiveEngland Under-21 coach David Platt has called up five players for the first time for Tuesday’s friendly international with Italy in Carrara. Blackburn defender James McEveley, Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant, Ipswich strikerDarren Bent and his midfield colleague Darren Ambrose plus Bolton’s Kevin Nolanhave all been given their chance by Platt. It is a squad which bears little resemblance to the ones which have been inaction in England’s Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, with many players called upby Sven-Goran Eriksson for the senior international with Australia. But one person who had been tipped to earn a full recall – Aston Villamidfielder Gareth Barry – is still part of the Under-21 set-up. Barry has been impressive form for his club this season after being convertedfrom a central defender into a left-sided midfielder. McEveley has just established himself with Blackburn and it is his firstcall-up into the England set-up at any level. Last Sunday he made the headlines for unwanted reasons following his challengeon Mark Delaney, which left the Aston Villa defender with cruciate ligamentdamage… Bent will go into Tuesday’s game full of confidence after scoring twice inhelping his club recover from a 2-0 deficit to beat Sheffield United 3-2 onSaturday at Portman Road. Ambrose is an attacking midfielder while Grant has started to play first teamfootball at Pride Park. Platt came under fire from Bolton manager Sam Allardyce when he did not chooseNolan in his squad for an international with Yugoslavia at the Reebok Stadiumbut he is now being given his chance. There is still more than a sprinkling of exciting talent available to Plattvia the likes of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, Michael Carrick, MichaelDawson, Bobby Zamora, Jermaine Pennant and new Southampton signing DavidPrutton. The England coach will also be delighted to have West Ham’s Jermain Defoe tochoose from after admitting the player was ‘on fire’ in terms of his recentperformances. Your views on this story?.

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