Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 22, 2003

No ticket to ride for the Celtic faithful

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The News Review:

* European V-sign may be lucky omen for Celtic
* France v Malta: Preview
* BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Ferguson delights in top spot
* No ticket to ride for the Celtic faithful
* Elvis not shook up at Andy’s promotion
* Moyes issues Rooney warning
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven: No Rooney rush
* Shooting star Smith
* Dickov pull-out stirs row
* City to fight League ruling
* O’Shea doubtful for Euro qualifiers
* Spain v Armenia: Preview
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* SI.com – Soccer – France: PSG wants another win to silence jeers -…
* War may push golf, NHL, NASCAR off networks
* ESPNsoccernet – England – West Ham v Sunderland Report

European V-sign may be lucky omen for Celtic
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 21, 2003
In England there used to be a rule which said that if you won an FA Cup tie away at Old Trafford in the third round your name was on the cup, and then you’d get knocked out in the next round. “I’ll be as superstitious as you want but anybody who has spent all their time thinking this one up is extraordinary and I’d like to meet whoever it is”. O’Neill did not add, although it has no doubt struck him, that if the coincidence is regarded as a totem it will be of little use should Celtic reach the final in Seville in May, where the other contender must be either Lazio or Porto. More immediately, the manager’s concern is tomorrow evening’s televised Tennents Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Inverness Caledonian Thistle – another team sporting a ‘V’, it may be noted. Although it may be a low octane occasion for Celtic in comparison to their recent double-headers against Liverpool and Rangers, a stumble against the First Division side could be very costly. A draw against Caley Thistle would precipitate a serious fixture pile-up for Celtic because a replay could not take place until the week of the semi-finals – the intervening Euro 2004 international qualifying dates and the UEFA Cup schedule take up the intervening dates. Celtic would then have to play their two postponed domestic league fixtures after the SPL split, leaving them with seven fixtures, five of which would probably be away, while the leaders Rangers would finish with five fixtures, four of which will likely be at home… More immediately, the manager’s concern is tomorrow evening’s televised Tennents Scottish Cup quarter-final tie at Inverness Caledonian Thistle – another team sporting a ‘V’, it may be noted. Although it may be a low octane occasion for Celtic in comparison to their recent double-headers against Liverpool and Rangers, a stumble against the First Division side could be very costly. A draw against Caley Thistle would precipitate a serious fixture pile-up for Celtic because a replay could not take place until the week of the semi-finals – the intervening Euro 2004 international qualifying dates and the UEFA Cup schedule take up the intervening dates. Celtic would then have to play their two postponed domestic league fixtures after the SPL split, leaving them with seven fixtures, five of which would probably be away, while the leaders Rangers would finish with five fixtures, four of which will likely be at home. “I haven’t thought about changes yet because the lads all came in this morning in high spirits, the first time they’ve all been on time,” said O’Neill, hastily adding that he was joking. “However, I’ll want to have a look at them tomorrow and see how they’re shaping up, but we’re certainly taking the competition seriously. “Caley Thistle cost John Barnes, O’Neill’s predecessor, his job by beating the Parkhead side in the third round of the same tournament three years ago but,of the players who accomplished that notable feat, only five remain.

France v Malta: Preview
go.com – Mar 20, 2003
It rivals Highbury as his favourite stadium for four outstanding reasons, and Henry is looking forward to giving Malta’s defence a nightmare afternoon in the Euro 2004 qualifier. A youthful Henry was in the France team which won there against Paraguay in the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup, when Laurent Blanc’s late goal in extra-time took the hosts through to the quarter-finals. He was a winger with Monaco then, and soon to join Juventus where his career briefly stagnated before a move to Arsenal… ”Zidane is in charge for just this match and next Wednesday’s game against Israel, with regular skipper Marcel Desailly ruled out by Santini’s doubts over his fitness. Santini will also have to do without Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, who injured his ankle on club duty in Tuesday night’s FA Cup win over Chelsea. France have decided not to call in a replacement, even though Pires will also miss the Israel match. Malta have lost all four of their matches so far and should not pose any real problems to the French, the reigning European champions. Their team is also plagued by injuries, with midfielder Joseph Brincat, who has 102 caps, ruled out by a thigh injury he suffered last weekend. Striker Gilbert Agius (appendicitis) and defender Adrian Mifsud (Achilles) are also out of contention, while Kaiserslautern hitman Michael Mifsud has a foot injury and is rated doubtful. Malta coach Sigi Held admits that damage limitation is on his mind.

BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Ferguson delights in top spot
BBC News – Mar 22, 2003
But he admitted that the team had not escaped unscathed, and said Wes Brown and Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea both reported hamstring problems. “It was a fantastic goal,” said the Scot. Ferguson admitted that the race for the Premiership title looked like going to the end of the season… “You can’t beat Saturdays like this with the atmosphere, the weather, the pitch. It was tremendous to play, and the result and the goals have made it a hell of a day. ”
But defender Brown is a doubt for England’s forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers. “I wasn’t going to use Wes but I had to. I will speak to Sven (Goran Eriksson, England coach),” said Ferguson. Fulham’s Andy Melville said he felt Fulham had been harshly treated by the match officials, both with the van Nistelrooy incident and the first-half penalty. “We battled well and I didn’t think it was a 3-0,” he said.

No ticket to ride for the Celtic faithful
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 21, 2003
The problem is that Boavista’s home, the Estadio do Bessa, is one of Portugal’s venues for the Euro 2004 tournament and the stadium’s normal capacity of 26,000 has been reduced to 15,000 because of reconstruction work. Boavista have already offered 1,000 tickets, although under UEFA rules they are not obliged to make more than 750 available, but a delegation from the Scottish champions will attempt next week to convince the Portuguese hosts and local police that the interests of safety would best be served by allotting a greater share to the travelling fans. At Blackburn in the second round police believed that a serious incident had only narrowly been averted after fans with counterfeit tickets gained entry at the expense of those who had purchased the genuine article, a situation which led to crushing at some of the entrances to Ewood Park… The problem is that Boavista’s home, the Estadio do Bessa, is one of Portugal’s venues for the Euro 2004 tournament and the stadium’s normal capacity of 26,000 has been reduced to 15,000 because of reconstruction work. Boavista have already offered 1,000 tickets, although under UEFA rules they are not obliged to make more than 750 available, but a delegation from the Scottish champions will attempt next week to convince the Portuguese hosts and local police that the interests of safety would best be served by allotting a greater share to the travelling fans. At Blackburn in the second round police believed that a serious incident had only narrowly been averted after fans with counterfeit tickets gained entry at the expense of those who had purchased the genuine article, a situation which led to crushing at some of the entrances to Ewood Park. When Celtic played VfB Stuttgart in the third round an estimated 10,000 fans made their way to Germany but were accommodated because the home supporters had not taken up their full quota of tickets.

Elvis not shook up at Andy’s promotion
Edinburgh Evening News – Mar 21, 2003
And that is a prospect which understandably excites the Jambos captain. “The fact that both of us are in the squad reflects well on the club,” added Pressley. “I am not sure what Mr Vogts is thinking at the moment but it would be great if we both played. “Players gain confidence from being involved at international level so Hearts will hopefully benefit. And if Andy continues to improve the way he has been I would like to think that at some stage in the future it is possible we will be playing alongside each other for Scotland. “I have been trying to help him as much as possible and that’s why I am delighted for him. People say it is a gamble to sign players from the lower leagues but the gaffer has shown that there is talent there if you can train and coach the individuals properly.

Moyes issues Rooney warning
BBC News – Mar 22, 2003
Eriksson is set to include the 17-year-old when he unveils his squad on Sunday for England’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey. But Moyes insisted the Swede is making a mistake if he depends on Rooney to reignite England’s firepower… “I will never hold Wayne back from playing for England. As a footballer he is ready. ”

“Mentally though I am not sure he is ready to go into the spotlight regularly. ”

Rooney became the youngest player to earn an England cap during an impressive second-half performance in February’s friendly against Australia.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven: No Rooney rush
go.com – Mar 22, 2003
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Eriksson – No Rush with RooneySven-Goran Eriksson revealed today that he did not think Everton youngster Wayne Rooney was yet ready for the senior England team. The news will be a welcome relief to Everton manager David Moyes, who believes the England coach would be ‘desperate’ if he was relying on the 17-year-old striker for back-to-back Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtensteinand Turkey. Eriksson, who will be at Highbury tomorrow to see Everton face Arsenal, said:’It is difficult to pick him for qualifying games because of the number ofminutes of Premier League football he is playing. ‘I had Rooney for two-and-a-half days before we played Australia earlier thismonth and I like what I saw, but he is not playing much Premier League footballand it is difficult to pick a player who plays only for the last 15 or 20minutes of games. ‘If he is ready or not is a difficult question for me, but I am not’desperate’ and he may have to wait his time, although his future will bebright. ‘Eriksson was speaking from Upton Park, where he revealed that West Hamgoalkeeper David James would replace David Seaman if, as expected, the Arsenalnumber one fails to recover from a hamstring injury.

Shooting star Smith
BBC News – Mar 20, 2003
The Glentoran striker has already bagged 33 goals, picked up two cup winners medals and is now on the standby list for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Armenia and Greece. It could get even better with the East Belfast club nine points clear at the top of the Irish League Premier Division and into the last four of the Irish Cup. The 22-year-old from Lisburn has played a key role in the Glens’ bid for the ‘quadruple’, the spearhead of a team which has netted 112 times in what promises to be a historic campaign. Wonderful time

He is a firm fans favourite, helped by the peroxide blonde’s cheeky goal celebrations and the fact that the Glens have won every game in which he has scored. Not surprisingly Smith is more than happy to be plying his trade in Roy Coyle’s classy side… The 22-year-old from Lisburn has played a key role in the Glens’ bid for the ‘quadruple’, the spearhead of a team which has netted 112 times in what promises to be a historic campaign. Wonderful time

He is a firm fans favourite, helped by the peroxide blonde’s cheeky goal celebrations and the fact that the Glens have won every game in which he has scored. Not surprisingly Smith is more than happy to be plying his trade in Roy Coyle’s classy side. “I’ve had a wonderful time at Glentoran and have improved as a player in my short period at the Oval,” he said. “I’m delighted with my goals tally but not surprised because I get great service from quality players. “Winning all four competitions would of course be fantastic but we are just focused on winning each game which I think is the best approach.

Dickov pull-out stirs row
BBC News – Mar 20, 2003
The Scottish Football Association has criticised Leicester City for keeping it in the dark about the striker’s forthcoming hernia operation. Leicester have insisted that the decision, which came 24 hours after Dickov had been named in the squad, had been left to the player. But the SFA claims that it was not informed that there was a possibility that the 30-year-old would not be available for the matches against Iceland and Lithuania.

City to fight League ruling
edp24.co.uk – Mar 20, 2003
But the Canaries insist that is not the end of the matter. As it stands they will have to take on the Bantams at Carrow Road without the services of key trio Paul McVeigh, David Healy and Phil Mulryne, who will all be on duty in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Armenia. Clubs with three players missing are allowed to apply to have their game re-arranged. But the Football League insist that Healy doesn’t count in the equation because he’s only on loan from Preston – and have ordered City to fulfil the Bradford fixture on its original date. It is a decision that has infuriated chief executive Neil Doncaster, who immediately announced that the club would be appealing – and wouldn’t be letting the matter drop even if that proved to be unsuccessful… But the Canaries insist that is not the end of the matter. As it stands they will have to take on the Bantams at Carrow Road without the services of key trio Paul McVeigh, David Healy and Phil Mulryne, who will all be on duty in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Armenia. Clubs with three players missing are allowed to apply to have their game re-arranged. But the Football League insist that Healy doesn’t count in the equation because he’s only on loan from Preston – and have ordered City to fulfil the Bradford fixture on its original date. It is a decision that has infuriated chief executive Neil Doncaster, who immediately announced that the club would be appealing – and wouldn’t be letting the matter drop even if that proved to be unsuccessful. In his exclusive column in today’s EDP, Doncaster said: “It seems that, despite there being nothing in the League’s 342-page rule book about it, it is ‘league policy’ that loan players do not count towards the number of players on international duty.

O’Shea doubtful for Euro qualifiers
rte.ie – Mar 22, 2003
Alex Ferguson has not revealed the extent of O’Shea’s injury but admitted he had told O’Shea to slow down after an energetic first-half display. O’Shea had treatment at half-time and was told to stop overdoing the runs down the left wing and to concentrate more on his defensive duties. Filed by Sin?ad Kissane.

Spain v Armenia: Preview
go.com – Mar 20, 2003
“It’s not easy to score a lot of goals against anyone these days, even though Armenia may or may not be a weaker side,” said Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez. “First of all we have to think about winning – not about scoring a lot of goals,” he said. Spain have only played Armenia twice before, both times in the qualifying competition for the 1996 European Championships, and although they won the away game 2-0, they struggled to break the stubborn Armenians down at home before winning 1-0. “We are going to have a lot of possession and we will have to be very aggressive in front of goal and take our chances… “It’s not easy to score a lot of goals against anyone these days, even though Armenia may or may not be a weaker side,” said Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez. “First of all we have to think about winning – not about scoring a lot of goals,” he said. Spain have only played Armenia twice before, both times in the qualifying competition for the 1996 European Championships, and although they won the away game 2-0, they struggled to break the stubborn Armenians down at home before winning 1-0. “We are going to have a lot of possession and we will have to be very aggressive in front of goal and take our chances. If we don’t do that they will grow in confidence and look to cause us problems on the break,” he said.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 21, 2003
Macedonia’s squad for their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Slovakia. Major lossesAs his side aim to build on their excellent 2-2 draw away against England in their last qualifying game, coach Nikola Ilievski has been forced to do without NEC Nijmegen’s Georgi Hristov and the player regarded as the best in Macedonia in 2002, midfield player Robert Popov. Match fitnessIlievski has decided that Hristov was not fit enough to play, saying: “I did not call up Hristov because he has not played enough games for Nijmegen. I cannot rely on him right now. ” Popov was injured while playing for FK Belasica GC in a recent game against FK Sileks and has been forced to miss the vital qualifier on 29 March and a friendly game against Portugal in Geneva on 2 April… Macedonia’s squad for their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Slovakia. Major lossesAs his side aim to build on their excellent 2-2 draw away against England in their last qualifying game, coach Nikola Ilievski has been forced to do without NEC Nijmegen’s Georgi Hristov and the player regarded as the best in Macedonia in 2002, midfield player Robert Popov. Match fitnessIlievski has decided that Hristov was not fit enough to play, saying: “I did not call up Hristov because he has not played enough games for Nijmegen. I cannot rely on him right now. ” Popov was injured while playing for FK Belasica GC in a recent game against FK Sileks and has been forced to miss the vital qualifier on 29 March and a friendly game against Portugal in Geneva on 2 April. Brothers returnThe 21-man squad includes its share of surprises with FC Groningen midfield player Mile Krstev and his brother, FK Pobeda’s Saso Krstev, both returning, along with defender Aguinaldo Braga, who plays his club football in Greece for FC Aris Thessaloniki. FK Sloga Jugomagnat defender Ertan Demiri has been called into the squad for the first time.

SI.com – Soccer – France: PSG wants another win to silence jeers -…
SI.com – Mar 21, 2003
“To do so, we have to win all our games,starting with Saturday’s. Sedan are 18th in the standings and struggling to avoidrelegation. “We must not underestimate them,” said PSG’s other Argentinedefender Gabriel Heinze. “We must play the way we did againstMarseille and (third division French Cup quarter-finalopponents) Martigues. “We must not spend too much time thinking but take everymatch as if it’s a final,” he said. “We must complete the seasonthe best we can. BOUNCE BACK PSG had angered their fans with a string a roller-coasterresults which have left them in the mid-table… Monaco are keen to forget their 1-0 home loss to GirondinsBordeaux earlier this month, a defeat which put an end to anunbeaten run of 13 matches. Didier Deschamps’s team have had some time to rest and toprepare themselves for the sprint to the finish. “We have had some time to recover, to work together and tostrengthen the team’s spirit,” said influential midfielderJerome Rothen who was called up for France’s next two Euro 2004qualifying matches. “We lost to Bordeaux because we played the game in our headsbefore kickoff. We won’t make the same mistake again,” saidstriker Shabani Nonda. BC-SPORT-SOCCER-CHAPUIS Soccer-Marseille deny contact with Newcastle over Chapuis MARSEILLE, France, March 21 (Reuters) – Olympique Marseillecoach Alain Perrin denied on Friday the club has been contactedby English premier league club Newcastle United over thepossible sale of striker Cyril Chapuis. “We didn’t have any contacts about Chapuis.

War may push golf, NHL, NASCAR off networks
SI.com – Mar 22, 2003
(Ticker) — War coverage likely willaffect not only the NCAA Tournament on CBS, but other sportsevents as well on Saturday. ABC plans to switch coverage of NHL games scheduled at 3 p. EST to ESPN and regional networks in the event of live coverageof the United States-led war with Iraq. NBC is scheduled to broadcast the third round of the Bay HillInvitational which features Tiger Woods and Ernie Els at 3 p… Viacom networks TNN, TV Land, TNT and TBS could get other men’sgames on Saturday and Sunday if CBS stays with war coverage. In international events, officials at the Cricket World Cup areconfident that adequate security is in place for this Sunday’sfinal match in Johannesburg, South Africa. But French soccer coach Jacques Santini has gone public with hisdesire to have a qualifying match for Euro 2004, slated forApril 2 in Israel, postponed due to the likelihood of war. Early Friday, Japan canceled two exhibition soccer matches inthe United States scheduled for later this month, citing therisk of terrorist attacks in response to the military action inIraq. On Tuesday, citing the “tense world situation,” baseballCommissioner Bud Selig canceled the two-game season-openingseries in Japan between the Seattle Mariners and OaklandAthletics. America’s second war in the Middle East in 12 years is an effortto unseat Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Related informationMultimedia.

ESPNsoccernet – England – West Ham v Sunderland Report
go.com – Mar 22, 2003
If Bolton get at least a point at home to Tottenham on Monday the it will be only a temporary reprieve, but on this form the Hammers will believe they can still pull off a great escape. • Defiant McCarthy battles onGlenn Roeder’s men may only have been facing Sunderland – who surely cannot avoid relegation after this defeat kept them rooted to the foot of the table – but they played with such desire that they thoroughly deserved their third win in four games, and their third successive clean sheet. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was at Upton Park to witness this game, and the outstanding form of Defoe, skipper Joe Cole and Michael Carrick must have given the Swede plenty to think about as he ponders naming his squad tomorrow for the back-to-back Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Turkey. A run of two wins and a draw had given the Hammers an air of confidence, and that was displayed with a slick passing move down the left which almost produced a goal for Les Ferdinand after six minutes. Defoe released Trevor Sinclair, whose cross fell for Steve Lomas at the back of the six-yard box. The Northern Ireland international hooked the ball back across the face of goal and Thomas Sorensen had to make an important save at the feet of Ferdinand. Sinclair – who has faded somewhat since playing for England at last year’s World Cup, did well again after 12 minutes as he won the ball on the left and crossed for Ferdinand… ‘Unfortunately it looks like we are getting nearer to the latter part. ‘We are in this position because we are the worst team. You can be unluckyonce, but not 30 times. ‘At one end we shouldn’t be conceding goals in the manner we are, and at theother we are having a few problems scoring, although they do score in training -occasionally. ‘Jermain Defoe gave West Ham the lead after 23 minutes when he pounced on LesFerdinand’s nod down. Frederic Kanoute came on for Ferdinand at the breakbecause of a shin injury, and ran on to Michael Carrick’s pass to score thesecond after 65 minutes. Hammers boss Glenn Roeder praised all three strikers for their contributionand said: ‘In Les you can see what we were missing when Freddie was injuredearlier in the season.

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