Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 9, 2003

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News

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* Beckham left out of England squad
* Falkirk hit by double standards
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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. “For this game, the two goalkeepers I have chosen are the best and that is why I have picked them but this does not mean that I won’t call any of the absent players any more. ”
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.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 7, 2003
Rebrov’s club career has been given a new lift with a move to Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK after an unhappy spell with Tottenham Hotspur FC in England. Excluded from drawRebrov did not play in Ukraine’s last match, a 1-1 friendly draw against Slovakia in November, after asking to be excluded as he was not playing first-team football at Tottenham. AC Milan’s Shevchenko, meanwhile, is battling back to form after knee surgery last August… “I’m not refusing to play for the national team, but for the most part the coaches need these friendly matches to test young players while veterans like myself don’t need these tests,” he said. Spanish waiting The 12 February fixture will be Ukraine’s final warm-up before they take on Group 6 leaders Spain in a UEFA European Championship qualifier on 29 March. Ukraine are second with five points, one point behind the Spanish, but have played a game more. Ukraine squad Shovkovsky, Shutkov, Luzhny, Nesmachny, Dmitrulin, Fyodorov, Radchenko, Starostyak, Popov, Skripnik, Yezersky, Zubov, Tymoshchyuk Husin, Konovalov, Serebrennikov, Kormiltsev, Kalinichenko, Rotan, Shevchenko, Rebrov, Vorobei Melashchenko, Voronin.

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.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 6, 2003
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.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 8, 2003
Savicevic cautiousSavicevic was cautiously optimistic ahead of his side’s home game with Azerbaijan, which will be played in Podgorica. “We are favourites, that is true. But I [have seen] so many matches in my life when better teams, on paper, have not won,” he said. “I believe in my team, [these are] very experienced and quality players, and I expect three points. We must play very offensively and try to score a goal in [the] opening minutes. ” Injury worriesHowever, Savicevic faces a number of injury problems ahead of the game. Experienced defender Sinisa Mihajlovic and forward Darko Kovacevic are both suspended, while Nemanja Vidic, Zoran Mirkovic, Nenad Dzodic, Goran Djorovic, Dejan Stefanovic, Ognjen Koroman and Ivica Dragutinovic are all ruled out through injury.

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. The Ukraine friendly will help us see our mistakes and our weaknesses. It is for that reason I have called up a large squad.

Beckham left out of England squad
Ninemsn – Feb 7, 2003
Beckham, who quit as captain after England’s quarter-final exit from the World Cup in July, did not feature in McClaren’s list of 25 for next Wednesday’s home friendly against Greece. But the 31-year-old Real Madrid player swiftly signalled in a statement to Reuters that his passion to play for England remained “as strong as ever”… There have been some lows, however, most notably his red card against Argentina at France 98 for a kick at Diego Simeone — an act that led to vilification at home. On Thursday, Chelsea defender John Terry was named as Beckham’s successor as captain by McClaren. “He has great hunger and desire to succeed and plays with great passion,” McClaren said of the man he has entrusted to lead the team to the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.

Falkirk hit by double standards
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 6, 2003
The salary on offer, if true, may offer another 300,000 reasons a year, but there’s no doubt McCall had to judge whether his star would still be rising or on the wane a year hence if he remained with Falkirk. It’s all a matter of conjecture now, of course, but McCall might still be in charge at Falkirk if they had been given the nod to groundshare for up to a season. And if the authorities need a precedent why don’t they ask Dundee United and Dundee just why they thought they could build a stadium to share as part of the bid to land Euro 2008? It’s hard to imagine the Tayside clubs embarked on such a course without a nod and a wink from those in the know. If it was good enough for them, then surely it should be good enough for Falkirk? Stars shine brightly out of the spotlightFOOTBALL players, it increasingly appears, seem to be spending more time on the front pages of our tabloid newspapers rather than their natural habitat of the back page. Whether it be gambling, drinking and driving, altercations with neighbours or the annual high jinks of the Christmas party, today’s stars attract the wrong kind of headlines all too often. However, unknown to most of us many of them spend a great deal of their time out of the glare of publicity, shunning the camera and helping make life that little bit more tolerable for those less fortunate than themselves. It may be unseen, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t appreciated, such as the touching tale from Easter Road where the combined efforts of Hibs and Rangers brightened the life of a 12-year-old boy.

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uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 5, 2003
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