Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 10, 2003

Harper yet to prove his credentials

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The News Review:

* Bellamy row taxes Hughes
* Arsenal call for end to replays
* Hargreaves to dig deep for England
* Harper yet to prove his credentials
* Yartsev revamps Russia | Republic Of Ireland | International |…
* Ferdinand feels heat as blunders cost United
* Campbell and Redknapp to fight charges
* Hughes names squad
* Levein will try to fix up some friendlies
* Liverpool next on list says Lambert
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific

Bellamy row taxes Hughes
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
Wales are keen to use Bellamy at some stage against Italy. They also face Finland next Wednesday. Hughes has insisted he would not take any risks with Bellamy, but Newcastle launched a remarkable attack yesterday. Now the Wales manager must decide whether to use Bellamy and risk harming a previously good relationship with Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson. Russell Cushing, the chief operating officer at St James’ Park, condemned Wales, saying: “Wales must expect that we will fight tooth and nail on this. We must protect the interests of both the club and the player to the fullest extent. “Mark Hughes’s alleged statement, according to Sky Sports, that ‘he is prepared to risk striker Craig Bellamy in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Italy on Saturday – against the wishes of Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson’ is disgraceful and is a clear verbal indicator to his total lack of respect or concern for the future well-being of the player and the future relationship of the club and his employers… Russell Cushing, the chief operating officer at St James’ Park, condemned Wales, saying: “Wales must expect that we will fight tooth and nail on this. We must protect the interests of both the club and the player to the fullest extent. “Mark Hughes’s alleged statement, according to Sky Sports, that ‘he is prepared to risk striker Craig Bellamy in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Italy on Saturday – against the wishes of Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson’ is disgraceful and is a clear verbal indicator to his total lack of respect or concern for the future well-being of the player and the future relationship of the club and his employers. “Robson said: “Craig has had the best treatment money can buy from this football club. He was told to take two or three weeks’ rest and he has not trained or kicked a ball for us since then, so it is ironic that he is going to play for Wales. “This club has lost £10 million by not going through to the Champions League proper. Will Wales earn £10 million if they go through to the finals of Euro 2004? I doubt it very much.

Arsenal call for end to replays
BBC News – Mar 10, 2003
Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Saturday means some of Arsenal’s players will face an exhausting programme of five games in 13 days. “I would rather finish the tie on the day, going to extra-time and then penalties if need be, from the third round onwards,” Wenger said. “The problem is that replays make money and clubs will not vote for it. But it’s difficult to plan all these fixtures with replays. The likes of David Seaman and Sol Campbell will then be involved in England’s back-to-back Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey… The likes of David Seaman and Sol Campbell will then be involved in England’s back-to-back Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey. Arsenal’s French contingent are also involved in qualifiers before the Gunners are back in action on 5 April against Aston Villa. Wenger’s fixture headache

23 March v Everton

25 March v Chelsea

29 March Euro 2004 qualifiers

2 April Euro 2004 qualifiers

5 April v Aston Villa

Dein, who is also vice-chairman of the FA, would be rather more reluctant to lose FA Cup replays entirely but he admits that “something must be done”. “I also understand it from the point of view of the smaller clubs, like when Stevenage forced a replay at Newcastle a few years ago,” he said. “The solution could be to have FA Cup replays only before the fifth round, although that could cause some confusion for supporters if the rules change halfway through the competition.

Hargreaves to dig deep for England
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
And so the Swede sat down to talk, a figure of frustration as he stared at the paper like a maths professor pondering calculations that did not add up. “If I am honest, I don’t know what to do at the moment,” announced Eriksson in an admission that sent a frisson of alarm through his audience. “Almost, for sure, it will be a midfield who have not played together before. The doctor said Gerrard has no chance for this Saturday and only maybe for next week [against Liechtenstein at Old Trafford]. Frank Lampard has been playing better and better.

Harper yet to prove his credentials
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
The former Hibernian winger, now employed by Portsmouth as a wide midfield player, blew into the Scots’ training camp at about Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale and willingly paraded his credentials for the media yesterday. His selection for the pool assembled to confront the Faroe Islands and Germany in the imminent Euro 2004 Group 5 qualifying double-header raised a few eyebrows, especially since Vogts has periodically insisted that his players need to be in regular first-team action to command a place in the national side. There is, of course, no reason why the manager should not incorporate a new face into the existing set-up with a view to easing a debut passage in the future, but in this instance the player is perfectly willing to make a case for his immediate inclusion. “I’ve always believed that I have the ability to play for my country and that it’s just a matter of getting the chance.

Yartsev revamps Russia | Republic Of Ireland | International |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
“Word in Russia is that the players were not too unhappy with their display because it led to the resignation of Gazzaev. Yartsev has brought back some veterans who had been ditched by Gazzaev including Celta Vigo captain Alexander Mostovoi, FC Porto midfielder Dmitry Alenichev and defender Viktor Onopko, who is without a club since being released by Rayo Vallecano during the summer. “They have not yet exhausted their potential,” said Yartsev. Russia beat Ireland 4-2 in the opening game of their Euro 2004 campaign last September but the Russians’ traditionally bad away form let them down with defeats in Georgia and Albania though a point in Switzerland kept them in contention for the play-offs. Switzerland – the only country in Group 10 not to change their coach during the qualifying campaign – are top with 12 points followed by Ireland (10) and Russia (seven). As ever with qualifying groups the mathematics are complicated but if Ireland beat Russia by a better score than the home side achieved in Moscow then the Republic will secure at least a place in the play-offs. Ireland manager Brian Kerr will be wary of the impact a new coach can have – since taking over from Mick McCarthy the Republic have won six games and drawn one, hauling themselves into contention for the finals in Portugal next summer.

Ferdinand feels heat as blunders cost United
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 10, 2003
But their derision would have been nothing compared to the fury of Sir Alex Ferguson. When Ferdinand limped to the bench with 10 minutes remaining, the United manager did not even afford… He missed England’s two Euro 2004 qualifiers this season with a kidney infection, but it was in his international performances, most significantly the World Cup, that Ferdinand had built his reputation. There he almost qualifies as one of the senior figures, but it is noticeable that his friends among the United team tend to be young players like Kieran Richardson and, like them, he does occasionally combine the club blazer with a baseball cap perched high on his head. It is not a look that senior players like Roy Keane or Nicky Butt favour and, although Ferguson might have bought a defender who earned praise for maturing into his role as captain at Leeds, there remains a nagging doubt that Ferdinand has not developed at the same speed with United. As their partnership developed last season, Wes Brown looked the more assured of the two young centre-backs. The tackle that cost Ferdinand a penalty on Wednesday was shocking in his clumsiness, particularly as he faced a young striker in Kevin Kuranyi who, despite his promise, hardly belongs among Europe’s elite goalscorers.

Campbell and Redknapp to fight charges
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
Campbell has denied a charge of violent conduct arising from the Community Shield when the England international was challenged by Manchester United’s Eric Djemba Djemba. The FA are in contact with Campbell’s legal representatives to agree a date for the disciplinary hearing… Leeds want £100,000 in compensation from the Norwegian FA in the wake of Eirik Bakke’s career-saving knee operation. Bakke has been sidelined for six months following surgery on serious tendinitis in his knee. He made the injury worse by playing for Norway in his country’s summer Euro 2004 qualifiers against Denmark and Romania against Leeds’s wishes. Fabrizio Ravanelli is training with Coventry in the hope of signing a pay-as-you-play deal. Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been ruled out until the new year following an operation on his damaged knee.

Hughes names squad
BBC News – Mar 10, 2003
Hughes has taken the risk of naming the injured quartet of Rhys Weston, Danny Gabbidon, Andy Johnson and Adrian Williams, in the hope that they will all be fit in time for the crunch games. All four players are currently nursing injuries, and if Hughes had not named them in today’s squad, he may have fallen foul of the two-week call up date meaning their clubs could refuse to release them. The Cardiff duo of Gabbidon and Weston are both struggling with back injuries… Hughes has taken the risk of naming the injured quartet of Rhys Weston, Danny Gabbidon, Andy Johnson and Adrian Williams, in the hope that they will all be fit in time for the crunch games. All four players are currently nursing injuries, and if Hughes had not named them in today’s squad, he may have fallen foul of the two-week call up date meaning their clubs could refuse to release them. The Cardiff duo of Gabbidon and Weston are both struggling with back injuries.

Levein will try to fix up some friendlies
Edinburgh Evening News – Mar 10, 2003
The Gorgie outfit finds itself with another enforced break over the next three weeks thanks to a combination of circumstances. This weekend’s scheduled meeting with Celtic in the Capital has been put back due to the Old Firm clashing in the CIS Cup final. Seven days later sees the Tennent’s Scottish Cup quarter-finals take place with the last weekend of March staging the Scotland versus Iceland Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden Park. That all means that Hearts will not play a competitive match until Saturday, April 5 when Ian McCall brings his side to Edinburgh. “I am busy trying to organise some games,” said Levein. “It is important to keep the guys ticking over and I am looking at arranging one, maybe two games for the players. “We have some under-21 matches as well, while some of the players will be involved on international duty.

Liverpool next on list says Lambert
Edinburgh Evening News – Mar 10, 2003
“The Liverpool match is a fantastic one to look forward to. We’ll be underdogs – but if we are on our game we can win. ” That does not mean Lambert will be under-estimating the Reds. “Liverpool play in a really strong league, which means they are playing against teams of a really high standard every week,” he said. “In saying that, we’ve beaten Celta Vigo, Stuttgart and Blackburn – so they will know they’ve been in a game. “The calibre of teams we have played against has been excellent, and I always think that is your benchmark. “That is where you get your prestige and where you judge yourself… “If we can beat Iceland then that pulls them back a bit and gives us a chance. “It will be a hard game, but we’ve definitely got a chance. “I want to go to Euro 2004, and if I don’t then it won’t be through the lack of trying. If we don’t then that will be it. ” Celtic manager Martin O’Neill will find out today whether Didier Agathe can take on Liverpool. The French winger lasted just 32 minutes of the Old Firm clash after sustaining what appeared to be a hamstring injury. O’Neill immediately feared the worst, but it will be today before the Celtic medical staff can ascertain the full extent of the injury.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 8, 2003
Ballack will need to wear a plaster for 14 days, then rest for a further month. Damaged ligamentsCroatian midfield player Niko Kovac replaced Ballack in the game with Leverkusen, the club Ballack left last summer to join Bayern. Ballack’s loss did not affect Bayern’s performance, as they went on to secure a comfortable victory that extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points. Out for LithuaniaBallack will also miss Germany’s UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game at home to Lithuania on 29 March. Rudi Völler’s side lead Group 5 with a maximum six points from their two games so far. ©Reuters 1998-2006. All rights reserved… Damaged ligamentsCroatian midfield player Niko Kovac replaced Ballack in the game with Leverkusen, the club Ballack left last summer to join Bayern. Ballack’s loss did not affect Bayern’s performance, as they went on to secure a comfortable victory that extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points. Out for LithuaniaBallack will also miss Germany’s UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game at home to Lithuania on 29 March. Rudi Völler’s side lead Group 5 with a maximum six points from their two games so far. ©Reuters 1998-2006. All rights reserved.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 9, 2003
Key injuriesAdrian Iiie and Viorel Moldovan, are definitely out of the game in Bucharest, while a third forward, Marius Niculae, is unlikely to play. Both Ilie and Moldovan, who have each won more than 50 caps for their country and played in the FIFA World Cup finals, sustained injuries in training sessions over the weekend. Three-week absenceDeportivo Alavés striker Ilie suffered an injury during training on Friday, and will be out of action for around three weeks having suffered a muscle rupture in his right abductors. Ilie suffered an almost-identical injury last season, but said: “It’s much more serious; there is a five-millimetre rupture… “But this would be three days before the game versus Denmark, so that, without games, it would impossible to play. ” Moldovan has also suffered injury problems in recent years. Toe injuryNiculae has picked up a toe injury to his right foot and, although the injury is not thought to be serious, he will miss several games for his club Sporting Clube de Portugal and it is uncertain if he will be fit for the Denmark match. Munteanu back in actionHowever, VfL Wolfsburg midfield player Dorinel Munteanu has recovered much quicker than anticipated from the back injury he suffered on 19 February, and played for his club in their 3-2 win against FC Energie Cottbus on Saturday. Group situationRomania are currently second in Group 2 having six points from their three games so far. Denmark are currently two points behind in third.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 10, 2003
Ended barren runManchev, the leading scorer in the Bulgarian Premier League last season, scored his first goal of 2003 in Lille’s 2-2 draw at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Saturday, but it was not enough for him to retain his place in Markov’s squad. Group leadersMarkov, who has called up players from six leagues around the world, including the Chinese top flight, will name the domestic-based members of his squad closer to the date of the match. Bulgaria have won all three of their qualifiers so far and sit top of Group 8. Bulgaria’s foreign-based players Zdravkov, Kishishev, Pazin, I Petkov, S Petrov, Borimirov, M Petkov, Balakov, Peev, Jankovic, M Petrov, Todorov, Berbatov… Ended barren runManchev, the leading scorer in the Bulgarian Premier League last season, scored his first goal of 2003 in Lille’s 2-2 draw at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Saturday, but it was not enough for him to retain his place in Markov’s squad. Group leadersMarkov, who has called up players from six leagues around the world, including the Chinese top flight, will name the domestic-based members of his squad closer to the date of the match. Bulgaria have won all three of their qualifiers so far and sit top of Group 8. Bulgaria’s foreign-based players Zdravkov, Kishishev, Pazin, I Petkov, S Petrov, Borimirov, M Petkov, Balakov, Peev, Jankovic, M Petrov, Todorov, Berbatov.

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 10, 2003
Discouraged defender “I was checked by the Aalborg doctor yesterday and like the doctors in the emergency room, he thinks it will be at least five weeks before I can start running again,” said Priske. “So in the worst case it could easily be almost two months before I am ready again. “Depleted optionsThe injury comes as the worst possible news not only for AaB but also for the Danish national side who could be short of a qualified right-back with Thomas Helveg also sidelined going into the vital UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Romania on 29 March. Away tieAaB restart their domestic title campaign with an away match against Køge BK on 16 March. All rights reserved… Discouraged defender “I was checked by the Aalborg doctor yesterday and like the doctors in the emergency room, he thinks it will be at least five weeks before I can start running again,” said Priske. “So in the worst case it could easily be almost two months before I am ready again. “Depleted optionsThe injury comes as the worst possible news not only for AaB but also for the Danish national side who could be short of a qualified right-back with Thomas Helveg also sidelined going into the vital UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Romania on 29 March. Away tieAaB restart their domestic title campaign with an away match against Køge BK on 16 March. All rights reserved.

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