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March 31, 2003

England still means everything to Southgate

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The News Review:

* Gap is closing between big fish and minnows
* Berti looms over nervous Germans
* Euro 2004: England win but with little style
* England still means everything to Southgate
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* McIlroy’s Euro dream is over
* Hughton delights in Keane addition
* Wilkie puts play-off place in view
* For club and country
* Czechs pick up valuable point away to Netherlands in Euro 2004 qualifi…
* Wales win again
* Totti and Vieri provide missing link
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – France v Malta Report
* Celtic sweat on Valgaeren scan
* Night of upsets in Euro qualifiers
* England fans hurt in clashes

Gap is closing between big fish and minnows
Globe and Mail – Mar 31, 2003
It was a good result for Canada, ranked 70th in the world by soccer’s governing body FIFA, as the Canadians were without top striker Tomasz Radzinski. But in my quest to find out more details, came a nasty shock: I discovered on the Web that, in fact, it was Canada which had lost 2-1 after a last-gasp header by substitute Andres Oper. Shame on the Sunday Telegraph (where, as it happens, I used to work), but had Canada indeed triumphed, such a result would not have been as shocking as the erroneous report said… There were 18 Euro 2004 qualifying fixtures and a quick glance at the group tables shows that the old adage about "there are no easy games at this level" is proving more accurate than usual. France brushed aside Malta 6-0 to stay top of its group with a maximum 12 points from four games, but there is only one other country to have amassed the same number of points from the same number of games. That would be Wales, which followed up an earlier 2-1 win over Italy with a 4-0 drubbing of Azerbaijan in front of 75,000 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday. If it keeps going like this, Wales will qualify for its first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

Berti looms over nervous Germans
go.com – Mar 30, 2003
Saturday’s nervous display against opponents ranked 106th inthe world – 101 places below them in the latest FIFA list -cost the three-times world and European champions the lead inEuro 2004 qualifying Group Five. It also put them in direct competition with an old friend. Scotland, managed by former Germany defender and coach BertiVogts, moved ahead of the Germans on goals scored after a 2-1win over Iceland in Glasgow and now lead the group’s race for adirect place in the Euro 2004 finals. Vogts, who guided Germany to their Euro 1996 triumph inEngland and is now referred to by the German media only asMcBerti, could force the team he once graced into a playoff. That would be nothing new for Germany, who needed a playoffwin over Ukraine to make the 2002 World Cup, at which theyemerged from their worst crisis with their run to the final… NOT ENOUGH’This is not what we had in mind,’ said Ramelow. ‘It wouldhave been a different story if we had scored a second goal. Wedid our best but it was not enough. ”I have no explanation,’ said German Football Association(DFB) president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder. ‘We should have playedwith much more confidence after going ahead. Lithuania are notopponents we should be afraid of. ‘Costly mistakes from relatively untested players, notablyyoung wing back Tobias Rau, played a part but the telling factorwas the absence through injury of inspirational playmakerMichael Ballack.

Euro 2004: England win but with little style
BBC News – Mar 29, 2003
But Michael Owen was on hand to ease their worries with a great angled header from an Emile Heskey cross. Owen tried once more after half-time, but it was not to be. Liechtenstein did well to put up a brave fight in defence. But it just took skipper David Beckham’s free-kick to seal the victory over the team that’s ranked 151st in the world. Sven Goran Eriksson will have to make sure his team display a bit more flair and quality when they play against Turkey in Sunderland on Wednesday. Wales 4-0 Azerbaijan.

England still means everything to Southgate
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 29, 2003
Actually, that last bit is not entirely true. Peeved at being dropped for the home Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia last October after having been one of the few who.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 29, 2003
A fortunate win in Slovakia and a home draw with Macedonia have not exactly established England?s credentials as potential Euro 2004 winners. But that has not stopped Manchester United?s fullback Gary Neville from airing his opinion that the current squad are serious contenders for the biggest prizes in the game. Neville was part of the squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 96 and he is determined that that campaign will not represent the summit of his international career. ?The Euro 96 team was probably the best England team I?ve played in, with Shearer, Gascoigne, Platt, Ince, Adams, Pearce, Sheringham and Seaman. They were the players that stood out who were at their absolute peak.

McIlroy’s Euro dream is over
BBC News – Mar 29, 2003
McIlroy watched in frustration as Armenia secured a 1-0 victory
thanks to a goal from Artur Petrosian with four minutes to go. Northern Ireland could have had the game wrapped up by half-time as Paul McVeigh, James
Quinn and David Healy all went close. But in the end it was the same old story for the Irish who have not scored now
in seven games. “It is going to be very hard to qualify now. I really thought this would have been the day when we would have ended our
drought,” said McIlroy. “It is a bitter pill to swallow. We did not take our chances and perhaps we
should have been 3-0 up.

Hughton delights in Keane addition
rte.ie – Mar 30, 2003
Keane missed last night’s 2-1 victory over Georgia because he was spending time back home in Ireland following the death of his father on Monday. But he is flying into Tirana to meet his international colleagues and will surely be in the team which takes on Albania in Ireland’s Group 10 match two days later. Few people in the Ireland camp know Keane better that assistant manager Hughton, as he works with him on a daily basis in his capacity as first team coach at White Hart Lane, and he knows the impact the 22-year-old’s arrival with have on the squad. The former Irish international said: “We are certainly looking forward to Robbie joining the squad, it will be a major boost… His ability and sharpness are there for all to see and of course he has an eye for goal. “It was another Tottenham player, utility man Gary Doherty, who scored Ireland’s winner last night and with another three points the target in Tirana, it is not inconceivable that manager Brian Kerr will drop Damian Duff back into midfield at the expense of Lee Carsley and pair Doherty with Keane. The pair have not played much competitive football up front together, but Hughton had no doubts the partnership could work. He said: “Gary is the classic number nine, the target man, and if you look at the way Robbie plays you would see the two complementing each other – I see no reason why they couldn’t. Robbie is the type of player who can play with anybody. “Doherty backed Hughton’s assessment of the impact Keane’s arrival will have on the squad, and naturally said he would love to partner his club colleague on Wednesday. He said: “Robbie coming is massive for us.

Wilkie puts play-off place in view
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 29, 2003
Vogts attempted to remedy the trend by getting his players to the national stadium almost two hours before the start of the contest. They were then kept busy with fast-paced warm-up sessions and there was also a strange and novel ritual which involved the players shaking a giant saltire flag prior to kick-off before folding it as if they were at a military funeral. Whatever the thinking behind this odd process, it appeared to have a positive effect because Scotland were ahead within 11 minutes through Kenny Miller, whose exile from the side came to an end when he began to score for fun at Wolverhampton. Miller’s strike relieved Scotland of a burden of care, following their listless performance in their previous outing, and it was a sweet finish to an accomplished move which featured an interchange of play between Stevie Crawford and Graham Alexander… Miller’s strike relieved Scotland of a burden of care, following their listless performance in their previous outing, and it was a sweet finish to an accomplished move which featured an interchange of play between Stevie Crawford and Graham Alexander. Alexander, the Preston North End wing-back, surged clear into the right of the Icelandic penalty area, measured his cut-back just beyond the straining boot of his pursuing marker, Aran Vidarsson, and Miller fastened on to it hungrily to sweep his shot below Arni Arason from six yards. It was his first goal for Scotland and it sent the crowd – not quite at capacity – into raptures. So far, so good, thought the fans and with Iceland looking unadventurous, the assembly sat back to await further action around Arason’s goalmouth. As the interval drew near Scotland became more inventive and enjoyed their best sustained spell of the opening period.

For club and country
go.com – Mar 29, 2003
The warning signs may have been in place for quite some time but the club versus country dispute continues to bedevil the English game. And Sven? Well, he just has to get on with it. Caught between trying to prepare a side to achieve Euro 2004 qualification whilst not upsetting the Premiership superpowers, the Swede is the piggy very much stuck in the middle. When he is not allowing himself to be given the runaround by big Premiership clubs on the issue of who turns up and for how long, he is trying to argue that the international friendly has not become a farce – even though by adhering to the request of those very same clubs, he, more than anyone, is devaluing the contests with multiple substitutions. At the same time, Eriksson is toiling to restore his authority by insisting injured players must roll into camp to be inspected by the Football Association’s own medical staff before being allowed to go home. So, is there no solution? How do other European countries seemingly manage to avoid this kind of friction? Diplomatic England captain David Beckham said earlier this week that ‘playing for your country is as important, maybe more important, than club football’. That may be so, but ask any of his team-mates on international duty with him – Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Nicky Butt or Paul Scholes – if they had to choose between playing in qualifiers in Liechtenstein and against Turkey or in United’s next two matches – clashes with Liverpool and Real Madrid – and the answer would be unanimously emphatic.

Czechs pick up valuable point away to Netherlands in Euro 2004 qualifi…
radio.cz – Mar 31, 2003
The Dutch were on top for much of the first half, eventually goingahead through a Van Nistelrooij header just before half-time. In thesecond half Czech coach Karel Brueckner struck gold when he replaced astill-not-quite-match-fit Tomas Rosicky with Milan Baros. Within a minuteof taking the field the Liverpool striker upset the Dutch defence withcharacteristic speed, crossing for Jan Koller to slot home his 21stinternational goal and secure a valuable point for the Czech Republic,giving the 5,000 Czech fans who traveled to Rotterdam for the matchsomething to celebrate. Coach Brueckner, meanwhile, offered thisassessment… The Dutch were on top for much of the first half, eventually goingahead through a Van Nistelrooij header just before half-time. In thesecond half Czech coach Karel Brueckner struck gold when he replaced astill-not-quite-match-fit Tomas Rosicky with Milan Baros. Within a minuteof taking the field the Liverpool striker upset the Dutch defence withcharacteristic speed, crossing for Jan Koller to slot home his 21stinternational goal and secure a valuable point for the Czech Republic,giving the 5,000 Czech fans who traveled to Rotterdam for the matchsomething to celebrate. Coach Brueckner, meanwhile, offered thisassessment.

Wales win again
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 29, 2003
Boss Mark Hughes sprang a huge surprise by including John Oster in his line-up, the first starting appearance for the Sunderland winger since October 1999. Hughes clearly was not prepared to risk the inexperience of either Rhys Weston or Rob Edwards for such a vital match and opted to use Simon Davies in a wing back role and Oster in midfield… Boss Mark Hughes sprang a huge surprise by including John Oster in his line-up, the first starting appearance for the Sunderland winger since October 1999. Hughes clearly was not prepared to risk the inexperience of either Rhys Weston or Rob Edwards for such a vital match and opted to use Simon Davies in a wing back role and Oster in midfield. Craig Bellamy, as predicted, played despite his traumatic week while skipper Gary Speed won his 73rd cap making him Wales’ third most capped player. Ryan Giggs raced down the left onto a Savage ball and fired a low cross straight into the six yard box.

Totti and Vieri provide missing link
go.com – Mar 30, 2003
The day after the win, Trapattoni was still purring inappreciation at the way in which the pair struck up an instantunderstanding. ‘They provide a mix of power, an eye for goal, effectivenessand creativity – the very essence of football,’ said the Italycoach. ‘On Saturday night there was enthusiasm, fitness and belief,when there are all those three elements in place you cannot butdo well,’ said TrapattoniSENT OFFNot surprisingly, Totti and Vieri took the praise in theItalian media for their display which finally offered a realsign of the potential their partnership has. Although the duo played alongside each other during Italy’sdisappointing World Cup campaign, which ended with Totti beingsent off and Vieri missing a sitter in the second round defeatto South Korea, they never managed to click as they did againstthe Finns. Totti was not fully fit at the World Cup and was also askedto play in a more advanced position than the free-floating rolehe revelled in on Saturday. ‘In reality at the World Cup we did not really have time forthe players to recover after a long hard championship – it wasthe same for other big teams like Argentina and France, ‘ saidTrapattoni. ‘But on Saturday we showed we are not as lacking as somepeople were saying after the World Cup.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – France v Malta Report
go.com – Mar 29, 2003
The visitors fought bravely but the French put the gamealmost beyond doubt with goals by Sylvain Wiltord and Henry in atwo-minute spell just before the interval. Henry, the best player on the pitch, lifted his tally forFrance to 16 goals when he grabbed his second of the match nineminutes after the break before Zinedine Zidane converted apenalty to put France 4-0 in front on 57 minutes. Henry powered down the right before delivering a perfectcross to the feet of David Trezeguet for the fifth and Zidanemarked his captaincy with France’s sixth 10 minutes from time. The victory gives the European champions a maximum 12 pointsfrom four matches and a commanding eight-point lead over Israeland Cyprus, who drew 1-1 in Limassol earlier on Saturday… Coach Jacques Santini had to review his line-up for a gamein which France wanted to put in a good performance after theirshock 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in Paris last month. It was the first time Santini had opted to start with bothHenry and Trezeguet, who had not played as first-choice strikerssince the goalless draw against Uruguay in the first round oflast year’s World Cup finals. His selection did not look too smart for a while as Juventusforward Trezeguet missed two clear chances to open the scoringin the first 20 minutes. France had dominated from the start, but they looked clumsywhen they came within shooting distance while Malta’s goalkeeperMario Muscat made a number of great saves. The European champions had to wait until the 37th minute tounlock the visitors’ defence thanks to a close-range cross shotfrom Wiltord after a corner by Zidane. The goal came as a great relief for France who immediatelymoved up a gear to overwhelm their opponents. Henry, who had started impressively on the left wing, madeit 2-0 two minutes later as he slotted home a powerful shot fromoutside the box to give the French a deserved lead at the break.

Celtic sweat on Valgaeren scan
rte.ie – Mar 31, 2003
The Belgium international was injured in the defeat in Croatia during the Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday. The 27-year-old will be examined by the Parkhead medical team on his return to Glasgow tomorrow as manager Martin O’Neill keeps his fingers crossed that the player will not miss the crucial run-in to the end of the campaign, which includes the Premier League and UEFA Cup. However, the club are confident the player will be available before the end of the campaign. While the defender hasn’t yet been seen by Celtic’s own medical staff, the initial impressions are that the injury is not as severe as first thought, said a statement on the club’s website, www… The Belgium international was injured in the defeat in Croatia during the Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday. The 27-year-old will be examined by the Parkhead medical team on his return to Glasgow tomorrow as manager Martin O’Neill keeps his fingers crossed that the player will not miss the crucial run-in to the end of the campaign, which includes the Premier League and UEFA Cup. However, the club are confident the player will be available before the end of the campaign. While the defender hasn’t yet been seen by Celtic’s own medical staff, the initial impressions are that the injury is not as severe as first thought, said a statement on the club’s website, www.

Night of upsets in Euro qualifiers
Taipei Times – Mar 31, 2003
PHOTO: REUTERS World Cup runner up Germany was held 1-1 at home by Lithuania in the big surprise of Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifying games. Although Carsten Ramelow put the three-time winner and two-time runner up ahead after just seven minutes, Lithuania hit back to earn an expected point through Tomas Razanauskas’ reply in the 73rd minute. The result meant that Rudi Voeller’s team lost top place in Group 5 to Berti Vogts’ Scotland, who downed Iceland 2-1 at Hampden Park. Defending champion France crushed Malta 6-0 to move eight points clear in its group and looks like winning the race to be first qualifier for next year’s finals in Portugal. Italy, runner up in 2000, improved its qualifying hopes with a 2-0 victory over Finland while, in the top game of the night, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic tied 1-1… Scotland strengthened its chances of qualifying for a big championship for the first time in five years by beating Iceland 2-1 at Hampden Park, a result which gives the visitor little chance of making it to next year’s finals in Portugal. Although Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen canceled out a 12th minute strike by Kenny Miller, Dundee defender Lee Wilkie headed the winner for Berti Vogts team with 19 minutes remaining. Scotland now has seven points from three Group 5 games and would have been in an even better position had it had it not dropped two against modest Faeroe Islands in a disappointing 2-2 tie. Ireland revived its chances in Group 10 by winning 2-1 at Georgia for its first points in three games. This story has been viewed 1389 times.

England fans hurt in clashes
BBC News – Mar 29, 2003
Three men have suffered gunshot wounds and two others were stabbed in the fighting in the Swiss city of Zurich, where many of the fans have been staying before the match. An English police spokesman said they had apparently been attacked by foreign hooligan groups. Up to 800 England supporters arrived in Switzerland on Friday, ahead of England’s 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein in a Euro 2004 qualifier. Shots fired

One of the injured supporters is in intensive care, while the rest have been operated on. Zurich police confirmed the three fans who suffered gun shot wounds were aged 32, 37 and 38. The two others taken to hospital with stab wounds were 38 and 42. None have so far been named… Three men have suffered gunshot wounds and two others were stabbed in the fighting in the Swiss city of Zurich, where many of the fans have been staying before the match. An English police spokesman said they had apparently been attacked by foreign hooligan groups. Up to 800 England supporters arrived in Switzerland on Friday, ahead of England’s 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein in a Euro 2004 qualifier. Shots fired

One of the injured supporters is in intensive care, while the rest have been operated on. Zurich police confirmed the three fans who suffered gun shot wounds were aged 32, 37 and 38.

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