Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 11, 2003

FAI ‘disappointed’ as Keane quits

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The News Review:

* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Sport shows its friendly side on international night
* Vogts’ doubts over Douglas
* FAI ‘disappointed’ as Keane quits
* England’s one cap wonders
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Top clubs threaten new FIFA-UEFA split
* Jones heading for Saints exit?
* ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
* McFadden move south can only revitalise Scotland
* Vogts turns to Fletcher
* SOCCER: McLeish believes injuries clearing
* ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Wenger blast at FFF
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* Jenas more than ready for first cap

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 10, 2003
Missing trioA coach desperate for a morale-boosting victory is Italy’s Giovanni Trapattoni following a run of indifferent results. As if facing Portugal, the hosts of EURO 2004™, was not difficult enough, Trapattoni will be forced to do without his three first-choice attackers after Christian Vieri yesterday joined AS Roma’s Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC on the sidelines. Corradi call-upThe 30-year-old Vieri suffered a knee injury during Internazionale FC’s 3-0 win against Reggina Calcio, having earlier scored the opening goal. He will be replaced by S. Lazio striker Bernardo Corradi, 27, who has scored seven times this season.

Sport shows its friendly side on international night
SI.com – Feb 11, 2003
The most intriguing of more than 30 friendlies taking placearound the globe is in Guangzhou where world champions Brazilwill field a full-strength side against China in their firstmeeting since Brazil’s 4-0 win at the World Cup last June. But the game is not without controversy and emphasizes againthe difficulty of fitting high profile friendlies into thecrowded soccer calendar. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is upset his midfielderGilberto Silva is travelling some 8,000 miles from London –although tens of thousands of Chinese fans are delighted to seehim and his other high-profile teammates such as Ronaldo. Just over a year ago Wenger was also upset his Frenchplayers had to travel to Australia in mid-season for a friendly,but they do not have to travel too far this week — just 300kmsto Paris to play the Czech Republic. France coach Jacques Santini said on Tuesday goalkeeperUlrich Rame will play after Fabian Barthez and Gregory Coupetwere ruled out with injuries. It will be Rame’s first appearancefor France since Santini took over… Armenia Pires, who missed the World Cup because of injury, will beplaying his first international for a year and said on Tuesday:”I’m just happy to be back and aiming to be a first choiceplayer again. Captain Marcel Desailly will earn his 103rd cap equalingDidier Deschamps French record. Italy depleted Italy, who face Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in Genoa, will bewithout coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s entire first-choicefrontline, with Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero andFrancesco Totti all missing with injuries. The losses though, allow Trapattoni to take a look at somenew faces ahead of March’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Finland– Argentine-born winger Mauro Camoranesi of Juventus is set tomake his debut on the right flank and Perugia’s in-form strikerFabrizio Miccoli and Lazio forward Bernardo Corradi will also begiven first run-outs for the Azzurri. Euro 2004 hosts Portugal have no such concerns aboutqualification but the game opens a new era with Luiz FelipeScolari, coach of the World Cup winning Brazilian side, takingcharge for the first time. Scolari has lost Porto midfielder Costinha to injury but isexpected to start with Real Madrid’s Luis Figo and AC Milan’sRui Costa in midfield Majorca meeting Spain coach Inaki Saez wants to see a sharper edge from hisattack when they take on a weakened Germany in Palma deMallorca. Saez’s side are unbeaten in five games since the formerunder-21 coach stepped up to the top job following a painfulWorld Cup defeat to South Korea — a result that denied theSpanish a date with the Germans in the semi-finals.

Vogts’ doubts over Douglas
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 10, 2003
He was widely criticised for aspects of his performance in last month’s Euro 2004 double header against the Faroe Islands and Germany and has not been able to command a place at Celtic, partly because of injury and also the form of Magnus Hedman. Vogts absolved Douglas from blame for losing the opening goal.

FAI ‘disappointed’ as Keane quits
rte.ie – Feb 11, 2003
Commenting from Scotland, FAI President Milo Corcoran said: ‘We now have to concentrate on the immediate challenges in hand – the match against Scotland and the remaining qualifying games in Euro 2004. ‘In a statement issued to RT? earlier by his legal adviser, the Manchester United captain said it was always his desire to play again for Ireland. Advertisement But he said the medical advice he received following his hip operation in September was that he should not return to international football. He said he had met Brian Kerr last week and formed the opinion that the Irish team was in very capable hands. After his meeting with Brian, he had discussed the possibility of his return to international football with his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, his wife and his immediate family… He told reporters he left last Thursday’s meeting with Keane ‘very happy’ and that the player gave him an unequivocal commitment that he would be back to play in the team. Before he spoke to Roy, he said, Sir Alex Ferguson had called to explain the medical difficulties and also to explain that it was not the desire of Manchester United that he continue to play for Ireland. He said Roy had called him last night to say he had made a decision not toreturn to play for Ireland, that he had discussed it with his family and that he was disappointed to have to tell me that. ‘I made no commitment to the FAI that Roy would return, they did not make any demands of me that I would pick any certain players and that’s how it will stay,’ he said. Kerr was also disappointed with the timing of the announcement. The manager said he had agreed with Sir Alex Ferguson earlier today that there would be no statement on this issue until the match was over tomorrow night. ‘You can understand I am a little disappointed, but that’s how it goes,’ he said.

England’s one cap wonders
BBC News – Feb 11, 2003
For Ricketts the dream became a nightmare, a leaden-footed 45-minute outing against the Dutch ending his England career almost before it had begun. The joke was that Ricketts won two England caps that night – his first and his last. He was not alone – now the challenge is for Eriksson’s tyros to avoid the Ricketts effect and ensure they add more than one cap to their collection. Eriksson has proved he is not afraid to make quick assessments of players – and has a list of victims to testify to it. Michael Ball was flourishing at Everton when he won a cap in Eriksson’s opening game against Spain in February 2001. He has scarcely been seen again for club and country following his ?6m move to Rangers. Sunderland’s Gavin McCann is also likely to look back on an England career that is encapsulated as a substitute in the same game… WAYNE ROONEY – EVERTON

The most celebrated young English talent in years. The chances of Rooney winning only one cap rank somewhere between slim and none. He is Michael Owen’s most likely strike partner in Euro 2004. Barring accident a future England great.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 11, 2003
Cunnigham deniedThe new manager of the Republic of Ireland, Brian Kerr, also faces being without two experienced defensive players. Gary Kelly, the Leeds United AFC right-back, has been pulled out as a precautionary measure after complaining of shin splints, while Birmingham City FC’s Kenny Cunningham looks like being denied an opportunity to captain the side because of a hamstring injury. ‘Tough match’Cunningham did not train yesterday and Kerr said of the 31-year-old’s prospects of tackling Scotland: “Kenny did not train and is unlikely to be involved in the game. We thought it wise that Newcastle United [FC]’s Andy O’Brien took no part either as he had a tough match with Arsenal [FC] on Sunday. But Andy will be ready if we require him on Wednesday. ” Scotland manager Berti Vogts has lost Dominic Matteo and Maurice Ross. Leading the chaseTurkey and England are leading the chase for the automatic passage to UEFA EURO 2004™ from Group 7, and both have injury concerns ahead of their final warm-up matches before qualifying resumes… But Andy will be ready if we require him on Wednesday. ” Scotland manager Berti Vogts has lost Dominic Matteo and Maurice Ross. Leading the chaseTurkey and England are leading the chase for the automatic passage to UEFA EURO 2004™ from Group 7, and both have injury concerns ahead of their final warm-up matches before qualifying resumes. Internazionale FC’s Emre Belözoglu heads the Turkish withdrawals after twisting an ankle in Serie A on Sunday, an injury which sideline him for around a month. Two Istanbul-based players, Fenerbahçe SK forward Serhat Akin and Galatasaray SK left-back Hakan Ünsal, are also out of the visit of Ukraine to Izmir. England’s concernsAlthough no players have pulled out of England’s squad to meet Australia at Upton Park, home to West Ham United FC, Paul Scholes (groin), Frank Lampard (ankle) and Ashley Cole (groin) were undergoing fitness tests today after missing Monday training. Meanwhile, the Netherlands, who take on Argentina in Amsterdam, are sweating on the fitness of AFC Ajax winner Andy van der Meyde, who has been complaining of dizziness.

Top clubs threaten new FIFA-UEFA split
SI.com – Feb 10, 2003
“For FIFA, nothing changes on that. Row inevitable? Rows between the leading European clubs, who have agreedreluctantly to a proposed reduction in the number of games inthe Champions League, and the world ruling body, headed bypresident Sepp Blatter, appear inevitable if neither side iswilling to find a compromise. “We do not believe that there is a need or a desire for thiscompetition among European clubs, fans, players or commercialpartners. We would oppose it being played in the future,” saidthe UEFA statement, quoting the board’s view on January 30. “At a time when European football has made the step ofreducing the number of top-class competitive games by abolishingthe second group stage of the UEFA Champions League, it doesn’tmake sense to try and introduce another international clubcompetition. “This would be a backward step. The challenge is to make theinternational calendar workable, not to add to it and toincrease the pressure on players… “Kryszalowicz called me when he knew the doctor’s diagnosisbut it was too late to call in anybody new. But even withoutPawel I have plenty of players to choose from,” said Janas. Poland play Croatia on Wednesday and two days later faceMacedonia in the Croatian city of Split in their last friendliesbefore Euro 2004 qualifiers. Janas will play his coreforeign-based players only in the first friendly and field aB-team comprised of domestic-league players in the second match. Poland, now third in qualifying Group Four, play Hungary onMarch 29 and outsiders San Marino on April 2. Following is the full squad for both friendlies: Goalkeepers: Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool), Mariusz Liberda(Groclin Grodzisk), Grzegorz Szamotulski (Amica Wronki)Defenders: Marcin Baszczynski (Wisla Krakow), Jacek Bak (RCLens), Jaroslaw Bieniuk (Amica Wronki), Arkadiusz Glowacki(Wisla Krakow), Rafal Lasocki (Lech Poznan), Maciej Stolarczyk(Wisla Krakow), Miroslaw Sznaucer (GKS Katowice), MarcinWasilewski (Wisla Plock), Jacek Zielinski (Legia Warsaw)Midfielders: Tomasz Dawidowski (Amica Wronki), RadoslawKaluzny (Bayer Leverkusen), Roman Dabrowski (Besiktas), PawelKaczorowski (Polonia Warsaw), Bartosz Karwan (Hertha Berlin),Kamil Kosowski (Wisla Krakow), Adam Majewski (Legia Warsaw),Arkadiusz Radomski (Heerenveen), Piotr Swierczewski (BirminghamCity)Strikers: Andrzej Niedzielan (Groclin Grodzisk), EmmanuelOlisadebe (Panathinaikos), Grzegorz Rasiak (Groclin Grodzisk),Maciej Zurawski (Wisla Krakow)Inter’s Emre out of Turkey squad for Ukraine ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey will be without theservices of Inter Milan midfielder Emre Belozoglu and two otherinjured players for a friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday. Emre twisted his left ankle during Sunday’s 3-0 Serie A winover Reggina.

Jones heading for Saints exit?
go.com – Feb 10, 2003
10, 2003Jones heading for Saints exit?Southampton goalkeeper Paul Jones has admitted he will consider leaving the club in the summer if he fails to win his first team place back. The 35-year-old has been usurped as number one by Finland international Antti Niemi but was prevented from leaving during last month’s transfer window by manager Gordon Strachan. Jones is set to win his 30th cap for Wales against Bosnia on Wednesday night and is desperate not to let inactivity at club level affect his chances ofplaying at the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. He said: ‘The manager and me spoke about things during the transfer window, the gaffer wants some money and doesn’t want me togo on loan. ‘He feels that he wants me around still, the situation is that theyoung lads coming through probably aren’t ready yet for the firstteam, so I’ve just had to sit and wait. ‘There were opportunities to go, but I have to respect themanager’s wishes. ‘ Jones fears that his rustiness could become an increasing problemwith vital qualifying games on the agenda next month… In a way he could bepushing hard next season so you can maybe see how Gordon isthinking. ‘We’ll have to look at it again. It’s not thefinancial thing, I’ve got two more seasons left on my contract afterthis, I just want to be playing somewhere at my age. To be ready forthe Welsh games as much as anything else. ‘Hughes will stick with Jones because number two Mark Crossley hasthe same problem as Jones at Middlesbrough where he is second in linebehind Australian number one Mark Schwarzer. But the Wales chief will probably want to see his other twogoalkeepers – Nottingham Forest’s Darren Ward and Grimsby’s DannyCoyne – in action soon with both regular first-teamers, albeit inDivision One. Elsewhere, Hughes has almost an embarrassment of riches for achange, having named a 28-strong squad anticipating a glut ofwithdrawals but only losing Mark Delaney, Daniel Gabbidon, AndyJohnson and Nathan Blake from the party.

ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
Scottish Fitba – Feb 11, 2003
Liverpool

Riise: Norway can finish top

Story by Gary Purvis
11 February 2003

John Arne Riise believes that Norway can finish top of their Euro 2004 qualifying group ahead of Romania, Denmark, Bosnia and Luxemburg. The Liverpool player is in the Norway squad for their friendly with Greece tomorrow night. “I am pretty sure that we will win our group,” he said. “It all looks very good. “”We will have to consider Euro 2004 itself later, we have to make sure we get there first… “The 22-year old also hinted at a move back to his homeland before his career comes to an end. “My goal is to finish my career in Norway,” he said. “A move to Stabaek would not be out of the question.

McFadden move south can only revitalise Scotland
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2003
“He has to learn and I am obviously hoping that he does play a lot of matches. I saw him at the weekend and he scored some nice goals. “It’s not a problem going down there because we are all together in the UK. It’s the same for Barry Ferguson and McFadden now. “But it’s no problem to me that he has gone. I am the international manager and I look at the success of the international side. “There is a big difference when you watch Manchester United and Arsenal and Motherwell play Partick… “I hope Rangers and Celtic stay in the Champions League. I also hope that both can go on to the next round and that Hearts and Dundee do well in the UEFA Cup. “Paul Dickov’s performances for Leicester this season have earned him a recall for Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier with the Faroe Islands. Vogts said: “He’s an option and I’ve been impressed with him this season. I will look at him in training. “It was wrong to play him out wide in the Faroes, as the middle is his best position but he can also play behind the front two. “Vogts has the rare luxury of nearly a full squad for Saturday’s Hampden Park game.

Vogts turns to Fletcher
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 10, 2003
Scotland need to win at Hampden Park next Saturday and hope Germany do not lose against Iceland in order to book their place in the play offs. Vogts has been hit by injuries to his captain Paul Lambert and Rangers striker Steven Thompson while Maurice Ross is suspended after being sent off during the 2-1 defeat to Germany last month.

SOCCER: McLeish believes injuries clearing
U.TV – Feb 9, 2003
McLeish said: “Ronald took a knock on his knee at Tannadice and he`ll go to Holland for exploratory surgery. “There is a little bit of wear and tear in his knee that needs to be tidied up but it is nothing major and that is good news. “The surgeon has worked on Ronald`s knees before and if he decides it needs a little bit of flushing out then that will happen immediately. “If not it will be a recuperation period and we hope he will be ready for the Stuttgart game. “De Boer was not included in the Holland squad for their Euro 2004 qualifiers against Austria and the Czech Republic.

ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Wenger blast at FFF
go.com – Feb 11, 2003
They will have just completed a league without a winterbreak. ‘The previous season, we had the World Cup and the next theywill have the European championship, without any holidays in themeantime. ‘How can we imagine that players can survive in suchconditions?’While France are not involved in either of the two rounds of Euro 2004 qualifiers being played in June, Wenger called for a meeting to harmonise the football calendar, saying it was useless taking so many risks for a competition everybody will have forgotten in 10 years. But French soccer federation (FFF) president Claude Simonet, who will host the competition in the summer, told Wenger to mind his own business. ‘I can’t see why Arsene Wenger should criticise acompetition entered in the calendar and I suggest he looks afterhis players, Arsenal or England,’ he said. ‘As for me, I’m only taking into account the interests ofFrance,’ he added. FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, meanwhile, has indicated the much-maligned Cup will be held every four years, instead of two as is current.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 10, 2003
Experimental sideEstonia coach Arno Pijpers fielded an experimental lineup containing only FC Flora Tallinn players, handing debuts to the 18-year-old midfielder Ott Reinumäe and striker Vjatseslav Zahovaiko, 21. Similarly, Hernán Darío Gómez named a squad comprising just domestic-based players. Stern testDespite the absence of a number of first-choice players, Ecuador’s starting XI included ten of the country’s FIFA World Cup squad, providing a stern test for Estonia ahead of the resumption of a UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign in which they have drawn one and lost one of two Group 8 games. Loud protestThe European side started confidently in the Guayaquil heat, but play was soon dominated by a series of reckless challenges, prompting Pijpers to protest loudly from the bench. The first real chance arrived in the 76th minute, when Pavel Kiseljov saved well from Otilino Tenorio. Late deciderHowever, the Estonia keeper could not keep out Hurtado’s late penalty after he brought down Johnny Baldeón. This match was also remarkable for 41-year-old Luis Capurro’s 100th, and last, international appearance for Ecuador… Loud protestThe European side started confidently in the Guayaquil heat, but play was soon dominated by a series of reckless challenges, prompting Pijpers to protest loudly from the bench. The first real chance arrived in the 76th minute, when Pavel Kiseljov saved well from Otilino Tenorio. Late deciderHowever, the Estonia keeper could not keep out Hurtado’s late penalty after he brought down Johnny Baldeón. This match was also remarkable for 41-year-old Luis Capurro’s 100th, and last, international appearance for Ecuador. The teams meet again in Quito on Wednesday.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Feb 10, 2003
Indifferent startIf Hierro recovers quicker than expected, he could feature in the final Group C game away to FC Lokomotiv Moskva on 18 March. Madrid’s bid to reach the last eight is likely to go to the wire as they have collected just a point from their opening two fixtures, a loss to Milan and home draw against the Russian team. Numerous honoursHierro will not miss any of Spain’s qualifying matches for UEFA EURO 2004™ after retiring from international duty following last summer’s FIFA World Cup, his fourth. The player has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at the Bernabéu after joining Madrid from Real Valladolid in 1989, his honours including three Champions League titles, four Spanish first division titles and one Copa del Rey. ©Reuters 1998-2007. All rights reserved.

Jenas more than ready for first cap
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 11, 2003
” The Newcastle midfielder is poised to be part of the team of under-25 players that Sven-Goran Eriksson plans to field in the second half of tomorrow night’s international with Australia at Upton Park. Jenas, who made a £5 million switch from Nottingham Forest last season, has made rapid progress with the Magpies and has weighed in with some vital goals in recent months. And, although recognising he may have to bide his time before becoming an England squad regular, Jenas is determined to show Eriksson he can be part of his plans for the Euro 2004 Championships. Jenas said: “I am surprised that I have progressed so quickly to a certain extent – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want things to move fast because football is not a long career. The faster the better, as long as things are controlled and monitored in the right way. “From the minute I made my debut at Forest, things have moved rapidly… And, although recognising he may have to bide his time before becoming an England squad regular, Jenas is determined to show Eriksson he can be part of his plans for the Euro 2004 Championships. Jenas said: “I am surprised that I have progressed so quickly to a certain extent – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want things to move fast because football is not a long career. The faster the better, as long as things are controlled and monitored in the right way. “From the minute I made my debut at Forest, things have moved rapidly. “Now I’ve had a call-up from England. There are a lot of good midfielders at the moment but I’d like to see myself up there with a chance for the tournaments ahead.

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