Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 25, 2003

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Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 5:12 am

The News Review:

* Vogts says he owes fans
* Rooney and Terry win England calls
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Sport reacts to war in Iraq
* FIFA’s unfriendly attitude
* Dutch ace fires United top
* Ridsdale vows to carry on as Leeds chairman
* Wales will play qualifier in Belgrade
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Inside Soccer: Winners, not Champions
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* Vieira relieves title tension
* Sympathy with Keane after father’s death
* Dashing Defoe lifts Hammers
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

Vogts says he owes fans
BBC News – Mar 25, 2003
And the German has warned his players that they face being dropped if they do not perform against Iceland in Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Iceland at Hampden Park. But he believes he has gathered his strongest-ever squad and is confident that they will deliver the three points that some suggest are as essential for his own future as anything else. Vogts is hopeful that his side can ride on the crest of a wave of increased confidence in Scottish football.

Rooney and Terry win England calls
BBC News – Mar 23, 2003
The England coach kept faith with the teenage star after calling him up for the first time against Australia, but there was no place for the Premiership’s leading goalscorer, Southampton’s James Beattie. Liverpool pair Michael Owen and Emile Heskey are also joined by Arsenal’s Francis Jeffers and Darius Vassell of Aston Villa. Other than Rooney, Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas was the only one of Eriksson’s new faces from the Australia squad to keep his place in the Euro 2004 squad. But there was a first call for Chelsea defender John Terry, who has been hugely impressive at the heart of Claudio Ranieri’s defence this season… As expected, Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman was not fit for selection. David James is Eriksson’s number one pick, with Leeds’ Paul Robinson and Seaman’s former Arsenal understudy Richard Wright also included. Eriksson had previously indicated he did not feel Rooney was starting enough games to be selected for the senior England squad. But the England coach was at Highbury to see the young striker score a superb goal in Everton’s 2-1 defeat against Arsenal and was clearly swayed by what he saw. But there was no place in the squad for Joe Cole for the games in Vaduz on 29 March and against Turkey at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on 2 April.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Mar 25, 2003
Ankle problemThe Southampton FC midfield player has missed the last two Premiership games with an ankle injury and it was reported on the club’s website yesterday that he had not recovered from the injury in time. However it has now been confirmed by the Swedish Football Association that he will link up with the rest of the squad on Wednesday. Mass withdrawalsMeanwhile, Estonia coach Arno Pijpers faces significant injury worries ahead of his side’s friendly international against Canada on 29 March and EURO 2004™ match against Bulgaria on 2 April. Of the original 22 players Pijpers named in his squad, no less than eight have been forced to withdraw, with captain Martin Reim and left-back Erko Saviauk the most prominent absentees… ‘Significant absences’Rehhagel has chosen to name only one replacement, calling up Spiros Vallas from the Under-23 squad to take Goumas’s place. “I consider these two absences very significant,” Rehhagel said. “If there are any more injuries, I will not call up any other players. ” Greece face Austria in Graz on 26 March in a friendly in preparation for their EURO 2004™ game at Northern Ireland seven days later. Striking changeSlovenia coach Bojan Prašnikar has drafted NK Publikum striker Robert Koren into the squad for the Group 1 qualifying game against Cyprus. The 22-year-old replaces Tottenham Hotspur FC’s Milenko Acimovic, who is ruled out through injury, with 1. FC Kaiserslautern’s Aleksander Knavs also sidelined while US Lecce forward Sebastjan Cimirotic is considered doubtful for the game.

Sport reacts to war in Iraq
BBC News – Mar 24, 2003

Players are worried that the 12-day WTA and ATP Masters Series event in Miami which started on Wednesday – and others that follow in Europe and the US next month – could become targets of terrorism. “I have the same concerns as anyone,” said world number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. “But as professional athletes, there is not much we can do about it. ”

ATP and WTA players go to Estoril, Portugal, in early April. The men’s tour has events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The women have events in Casablanca and Budapest but also three US tournaments after Miami.

FIFA’s unfriendly attitude – Mar 25, 2003
Eriksson sent on 11 replacements for the second half and David Beckham, the captain, joined his wife, Victoria, in a private box to watch the second half. Blatter says he is drafting legislation so it will “not be possible” for Eriksson to defer so comprehensively to the most powerful Premiership managers. It was also noted that the Australia fixture provided the only chance for the England coaching staff to correct the many wrongs of… It was also noted that the Australia fixture provided the only chance for the England coaching staff to correct the many wrongs of. Many at the FA felt that the opportunity to put things right (not to mention the result) had been thrown away.

Dutch ace fires United top – Mar 23, 2003
This was not a vintage performance by the former champions who had to work much harder than expected to overcome the rather lightweight challenge of Fulham. The scoreline definitely flattered the home team, and Fulham would argue that at least one of Van Nistelrooy’s goals ought not to have been allowed. The Dutch striker’s second was a breathtaking demonstration of pace and individual skill, but Jean Tigana, the Fulham manager, protested angrily that Van Nistelrooy had caught Sylvain Legwinski in the eye with a flailing arm as he won possession of the ball at the start of his run in the centre circle… “The Dutchman very nearly scored 11 minutes later, but it was not until Giggs crossed from the left and Van Nistelrooy found the net with the aid of a deflection off Jon Harley that he beat Taylor for a third time in the 90th minute. The only black note on United’s day came when Ferguson reported hamstring injuries to Wes Brown, as well as O’Shea. Brown is a doubt for England’s imminent Euro 2004 qualifiers. Ferguson added: “I wasn’t going to use Wes but I had to. I will speak to Sven [Goran Eriksson, the England coach]. “Match detailsMan Utd: Barthez, Gary Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, O’Shea, Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs, Solskjaer, van Nistelrooy. Subs Not Used: Blanc, Ricardo, Forlan, Fortune, Fletcher.

Ridsdale vows to carry on as Leeds chairman – Mar 24, 2003
“We will find out whether that campaign is successful or not. But what will people do the day after if they succeed? What are they going to do with Leeds United then? Just leave us alone for a change?”Maybe, and if that’s the price I have to pay and if the club are better off, well then maybe I will go, but in the meantime I have a job to do. I care passionately and I think I’ve done the right things more often than not for this football club. I will carry on doing that as long as I’m allowed to. “Ridsdale also said striker Alan Smith was not for sale though Leeds fans might react with cautious optimism to this… It remains to be seen whether Diouf’s recent spitting incident against Celtic will go against the player, who is the holder of the award. Neil Mellor, the Liverpool forward who broke into the first team earlier this season, has signed a new contract which will tie him to the club until 2006. Rotherham forward Alan Lee and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Alan Quinn have been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifying games in Georgia and Albania. Goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain and defender Marcus Gayle have signed new contracts with FA Cup semi-finalists Watford. Millwall’s First Division game against Derby scheduled for Saturday has been postponed after both clubs had three players called up for international duty. Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has agreed a new five-year deal with the Ibrox club. The Scotland international is now committed to the club until 2008.

Wales will play qualifier in Belgrade – Mar 25, 2003
Wales will have to wait for the European governing body to reach a decision asthey prepare for Saturday’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Azerbaijan atthe Millennium Stadium this weekend. There is also the logistical problems involved with any proposed switch toanother venue as accommodation, travel and training arrangements have alreadybeen made as well as hotels for 2,000 fans making the trip. FAW secretary general David Collins said: ‘The Serbian government have said that because of the state of emergency in their country that they now do not want the game played in Belgrade. ‘We are now waiting for a decision from UEFA, which will probably cometomorrow. The suggestion from the Serbian FA that the game is switched to Cardiff is anon-starter. The pure logistics are impossible for us. ‘We have a huge game in Cardiff on Saturday with a 72,000 sell-out crowd andwe could not, at such short notice, organise another match like that.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Mar 23, 2003
Inzaghi injuryMilan striker Filippo Inzaghi is also missing after suffering a slight muscle injury during the match against his former team Juventus, when he scored the deciding goal in Milan’s victory. Totti returnsHowever, Trapattoni is able to welcome Francesco Totti back into the squad. In a injury-ravaged season, the Roma playmaker has not played for the national side since Italy’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Korea in the second round of FIFA World Cup 2002, a match in which he was dismissed. Vieri includedSerie A top scorer Christian Vieri also returns to the squad, and the Internazionale FC striker could link up with AC Perugia forward Fabrizio Miccoli who made an impressive international debut in a friendly against Portugal last month. Competitive chancesS. Lazio’s Bernardo Corradi, who scored on his debut in the Portugal game, and winger Mauro Camoranesi, who was born in Argentina but holds dual nationality and opted to play for Italy last month, have both retained their places in the squad after the Portugal match… Lazio’s Bernardo Corradi, who scored on his debut in the Portugal game, and winger Mauro Camoranesi, who was born in Argentina but holds dual nationality and opted to play for Italy last month, have both retained their places in the squad after the Portugal match. Slow startTrapattoni’s side have begun their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign slowly and are currently third in Group 9 with four points from three games, five behind leaders Wales and one behind Serbia and Montenegro. Italy squadBuffon, Toldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Nesta, Legrottaglie, Panucci, Ferrari, Birindelli, Zambrotta, Camoranesi, Fiore, Perrotta, Zanetti, Pirlo, Tommasi, Corradi, Delvecchio, Miccoli, Totti, Vieri©uefa. All rights reserved.

Inside Soccer: Winners, not Champions – Mar 25, 2003
They laid down, they stayed down,” the Arsenal manager said, citing the obvious but missing the point. “I would like to know how many minutes of actual football were played during that time. At 2-1 it was not a game anymore. There was no fluency, and it was difficult to play football. “There was more denial. “People can say what they like about why we are out, but this is the only game we have lost in the group,” he added. “It is difficult to say where the responsibility lies… I always want people to think better of me. But I don’t really care what they say. ” England plays Liechtenstein this Saturday — the match will go ahead after UEFA was satisfied the safety of English players and fans wouldn’t be compromised following the outbreak of war — and Turkey next week in Euro 2004 qualifying. LEEDS FIASCO: The sorry saga of Leeds United continues. The club announced last week that former England boss Terry Venables had been replaced as manager by Peter Reid. It’s still not clear whether Venables was sacked or pushed out by chairman Peter Ridsdale. What is clear is the club’s dismal form.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – Mar 24, 2003
Olic injuryOlic was injured during Saturday’s 1-0 win at NK Kamen Ingrad Velika and could be out of action for four to six weeks. “I deemed Olic one of the most important players for my game plan against Belgium,” said Croatia coach Otto Baric. “This is a very serious blow and I hope he will be back soon. ” Balaban, whose registration is owned by English side Aston Villa FC, has scored six goals in his previous 14 internationals… ” Balaban, whose registration is owned by English side Aston Villa FC, has scored six goals in his previous 14 internationals. Kovac set to playMidfield player Niko Kovac picked up a facial injury at the weekend in FC Bayern München’s 1-0 victory over FC Hansa Rostock, but he is still expected to play against Belgium. “I was relieved when I got news from Munich that Niko Kovac had not broken his nose, but just badly bruised it,” Baric said. “As it stands, he will be able to play. ” Croatia are currently fourth in the five-team group with just one point from two games, eight points adrift of leaders Bulgaria. Denmark call on duoDenmark have called Aalborg BK goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, VfB Wolfsburg defender Thomas Rytter and Bolton Wanderers FC midfielder Per Frandsen into their squad for their Group 2 qualifiers against Romania on Saturday and Bosnia-Herzegovina the following Wednesday. Bøgelund outNielsen replaces FC Midtjylland goalkeeper Peter Skov-Jensen, who has a broken toe, while Rytter comes in for PSV Eindhoven’s Kasper Bøgelund who suffered a cruciate ligament injury against AFC Ajax on Sunday.

Vieira relieves title tension – Mar 23, 2003
But is the Vieira of 2003 still the player clubs such as Real Madrid, or, dare we say, Manchester United would still pay a king’s ransom for?After a poor World Cup showing with France last summer, he has been among those lacking that ‘something’ he mentioned over the last few months. And as Soccernet’s Insider made his way from Finsbury Park tube station on this sparkling Sunday afternoon, the words of a trio of Arsenal fans were more than a little interesting. ‘How can Vieira say the rest of the team are not up to it when he has gone missing so often this season,’ questioned one. ‘I don’t think he is a good captain because he’s not in your face enough,’ was the view of another. It is harsh to question the commitment of a player who has given so much to their club in the last few years, but on this most important of afternoons in the Gunners’ season, Vieira’s contribution fell under our spotlight. The early signs were good. A couple of trademark bursts in the first five minutes brought a cheer from the home fans and such is the admiration the majority of them have for their No 4, his mere presence on the ball can raise their volume level… PRESS BOX VIEW – More than a few of the media seem to be revelling in Arsenal’s dip of form. The comments of those around me suggests the arrogance of some at Highbury has not gone down too well. MAN OF THE MATCH – Wayne Rooney – The little man is a gem and showed why he should play for England in their Euro 2004 qualifiers next week. INSIDER OPINION – The suggestion has been that Arsenal are feeling the heat in the title race and this nervy display did little to silence such claims.

Sympathy with Keane after father’s death – Mar 25, 2003
“It fills me with pride to remember that the last match he saw me play in was against Everton when I was lucky enough to score a hat-trick. I will miss him greatly and I would be very grateful if my family and I could be allowed our privacy to grieve for a wonderful man. “The Tottenham striker has not officially withdrawn but looks sure to do so and his absence will be felt by Ireland. It is possible, however, that he could join the squad in Albania for next Wednesday’s game. The snow and minus 10-degree temperatures in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi were the least of Kerr’s worries as he prepared for his first competitive match as manager. Leeds defender Ian Harte’s request to withdraw for domestic reasons has been granted while Birmingham striker Clinton Morrison (dislocated shoulder), Sunderland midfielder Jason McAteer (hamstring) and Leeds full-back Gary Kelly (hamstring) have all been forced out. There are also fitness doubts about Steve Finnan (rib) and Steven Reid (ankle).

Dashing Defoe lifts Hammers – Mar 23, 2003
Admittedly, it was against the worst team in the Premiership, who had little to play for in this game save for pride, but the quality of the Hammers football here was more in keeping with what they are capable of. However, the knowledge that they are out of the bottom three for the first time since Nov 2 ought to give them the mental boost to carry on the good work… However, the knowledge that they are out of the bottom three for the first time since Nov 2 ought to give them the mental boost to carry on the good work. Two excellent goals, by Jermain Defoe and substitute Frederic Kanoute – who, no doubt, may have felt he owed the club that, at least, following his foolish sending-off at Elland Road last month – were fair reward for their efforts and their third consecutive clean sheet must have delighted Glenn Roeder, their manager. Sven-Goran Eriksson may have come to Upton Park ostensibly to see whether David James was up to deputising for David Seaman in the competitive environment of a Euro 2004 qualifier, but it was Defoe and Glen Johnson who will have caught his eye more. The idea that with relegation almost a certainty, Sunderland might be able to relax and finally deliver, was quickly dispelled as the motivation of avoiding relegation proved a much more powerful driving force. Mick McCarthy may have had a full week to prepare his new charges – a luxury usually denied him during his time as Republic of Ireland manager – but it makes little difference when the quality just is not there.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 24, 2003
?Leicester are where they are because they have kept the core of the team,? he said. However McCarthy, whose only previous club managerial experience came with Millwall eight years ago, warned that there would also have to be changes to the staff. ?I have not gone round to individuals and told them they are playing for their future, but the team quite clearly needs changing. ?We are bottom of the league; we are the worst team in the league, so it needs changing – that?s as plain as the nose on my face. ?We want fresh players, people who want a fresh challenge, players who if it happens want to get this football club back in the Premier League where no doubt the club and everything about it deserves to be. ? McCarthy, who is the club?s third manager this season following the October removal of Peter Reid and then the sacking of Howard Wilkinson a fortnight ago, admitted he did not know how strong the club?s finances were. ?I have had some preliminary talks but I am not yet completely au fait with the club?s financial position… ?I have had some preliminary talks but I am not yet completely au fait with the club?s financial position. ?But things will have to change, and they need to change. ? said McCarthy, who guided Ireland to the second round of the World Cup finals last year losing to Spain in a penalty shootout but resigned in November after a poor opening start to the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. Sunderland are in danger of being relegated with the worst ever points total in Premier League history.

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