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April 3, 2003

Euro 2004: England prepare for Turkey clash

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The News Review:

* England fans face away ban
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Turks slam ‘disrespect’
* Inside Soccer: England’s winning ‘effort’ laughable
* Euro 2004: England prepare for Turkey clash
* – SI Writers – Gabriele Marcotti – Inside World Soccer -…
* England-Turkey: Preview
* Lessons to be learned
* McIlroy missing the point
* Vogts: Lithuania were lucky
* Southgate tells of Turk’s gestures
* Given earns Ireland a point in Albania
* Bomb explodes at the British consulate in Istanbul
* Content is king for 3G. But what content?
* Villa suffer from Jansen comeback
* Vogts’ goalkeeping puzzle
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Impassioned Becks
* Bosnia humble Denmark
* Wenger: I don’t like goalscorers
* Mick Drafted In As Wilko Makes Way

England fans face away ban
BBC News – Apr 3, 2003
The Football Association (FA) says it is considering the ban for the return game in Istanbul, while Uefa bosses say they are investigating pitch invasions after England’s two winning goals. Despite the inquiry, police praised the vast majority of English supporters and blamed hardcore hooligans for the bulk of the disorder. More than 100 people were arrested during trouble inside and outside the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, which attracted a full house of almost 49,000 supporters. The hardcore element of football hooligans intent on causing havoc were blamed for scenes which marred the victory… ‘Cause more problems’

England ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Darius Vassell and captain David Beckham, but on both occasions fans swarmed on to the pitch to celebrate. Uefa spokesman Mike Lee said: “We are still awaiting the report of the match delegate but a disciplinary investigation will now be opened. ”

FA chief executive David Davies said: “There is an argument not to allow England fans to travel. “England are the world champions of fans travelling without tickets and that could cause more problems. “I can understand not sending any supporters at all. If it is the right decision we will take it but we will not make any decision until June.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Turks slam ‘disrespect’ – Apr 3, 2003
Lawyers for the group of Turkish men accused of stabbing twoEnglish fans to death in Istanbul in 2000 alleged that the LeedsUnited supporters had been disrespectful to the Turkish flag, aprovocation that justified lower sentences. The court jailed one man for 15 years for the killings. England will face Turkey again in October although the Turkshave not yet set the venue. ‘We are upset about losing,’ said Turkish FootballFederation chief Haluk Ulusoy, thanking English soccer officialsfor their hospitality. ‘But more upsetting was the disrespect when the nationalanthem was sung. We faced English fans who have lost all senseof values. It should not be like that.

Inside Soccer: England’s winning ‘effort’ laughable – Apr 1, 2003
But Eriksson was surely fooling around after his team’s 2-0 victory over part-timers Liechtenstein in Euro 2004 qualifying Saturday. “We did a good, professional job,” Eriksson said. “I didn’t like the start, or the last 10 minutes, as we lost too many passes and didn’t concentrate enough. But the rest of the game, we did very well. “Huh?Liechtenstein boasts professionals — plumbers, doctors and lawyers, that is — who double as soccer players… “I think many countries have much more difficulties than us. “Surely not France. Facing a team of similar caliber, the French beat Malta 6-0. If England loses to Turkey, third in last year’s World Cup finals, tomorrow at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Eriksson could be showcasing his comedic skills in another country. BLATTER PROBLEM: Eriksson was getting it from all sides. The latest verbal assault came from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who called England’s Feb. 12 friendly against Australia a “farce.

Euro 2004: England prepare for Turkey clash
BBC News – Apr 2, 2003
But with the Lithuanian side drawing 1-1 in Germany on Saturday, the game may not be as easy as some people think. That result put Scotland top of Group Five on goal difference, but without midfield star Barry Ferguson, they’ll need to be at their best. For Northern Ireland, who haven’t scored a goal in six games, a win away to Greece is vital. Their struggles have seen them slump to the bottom of Group Six, two points behind Greece. Already there seems almost no chance of them qualifying for Euro 2004, following two defeats and a draw so far… For Northern Ireland, who haven’t scored a goal in six games, a win away to Greece is vital. Their struggles have seen them slump to the bottom of Group Six, two points behind Greece. Already there seems almost no chance of them qualifying for Euro 2004, following two defeats and a draw so far. He missed the 2-1 win in Georgia, a result Ireland needed to repeat to improve their chances of qualifying. They lost their first two games in Group 10, so need to close the gap on group leaders Switzerland with another victory. – SI Writers – Gabriele Marcotti – Inside World Soccer -… – Apr 3, 2003
First and foremost, such a move would not be a purely football-related one. Given the fact that Manchester United is probably the world?s richest club, Real won?t be getting any discounts, just as it didn?t with Zidane, which means the asking price — even in today?s depressed market — is probably going to be north of US$60 million. On ability alone, Beckham, at 27, probably is not worth that much (Real could pick up Patrick Vieira and Alessandro Nesta — both of whom are younger — for less and have a much stronger team). But Beckham is more than a player. Along with Ronaldo, he is the single biggest commercial star in the game today… Not until the dreamers at Real and the beancounters at United reach an agreement. Only then will David Beckham be called upon to decide his future. Quite an achievement for the little Baltic republic which is now joint-top of Group 5 BAD WEEK: English fans, who marred their country?s emotional 2-0 win over Turkey by rioting around the Stadium of Light (dozens were arrested), invading the pitch and hitting Turkish central defender Alpay Ozalan. The behavior of both sets of players did little to calm things down. UEFA is likely to take action ahead of the return leg in Istanbul, which promises to be a heated affair. GOOD WEEK: Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who extended his contract to 2005, ensuring he will be around to reap the fruits of the rebuilding process.

England-Turkey: Preview – Apr 1, 2003
Amid all the talk of spies in the camp, tactical shifts and polls calling forthe inclusion of Wayne Rooney, Eriksson will stick firmly to his own guns. His approach is likely to include some slight tactical changes in midfield,with a diamond-shaped formation that releases Paul Scholes to push furtherforward having been tried out in training. Eriksson has considered replacing Kieron Dyer with Nicky Butt, while movingSteven Gerrard more to the left, just as he did in Slovakia last October torescue victory. Then again, he has also thought about retaining Dyer in a slightly differentrole, while a more adventurous 4-3-3 line-up or the introduction of Rooney as asubstitute could both come later on.

Lessons to be learned
BBC News – Apr 3, 2003
Eriksson’s reputation had never been under such attack, his tactics so questioned and his players so uninspired. Four nights and three points later, with England atop Group Seven, the misery of Vaduz is almost a forgotten memory. Qualification for the finals of Euro 2004 is now in England’s hands; the team is playing like one which can challenge for the trophy. Can it really have been so different just hours ago?. and never quite as good, either

Who said history teaches us nothing? The last three times Eriksson’s England produced displays that had the nation buzzing, they followed them up with the dampest of squibs… Had Rio Ferdinand been flagged offside before Darius Vassell opened the scoring, or David James not made the save of his England career to deny Nihat, England could have come away from the Stadium of Light with nothing to show for their endeavours. On such small moments do games and careers turn. Appearances can be deceptive

Who said Sven and his players could not show enough passion for England? When Vassell’s shot hit the back of the net, Eriksson’s reaction told you all you need to know about how much he cares. Then there was Rustu Recber, a man who looks like a dark-haired Willie Nelson wearing Adam Ant’s make-up but performed like a goalkeeper from the very top drawer. Shares can go down as well as up

In all the praise rightly lavished on Rooney and Vassell, do not forget the fate of the man who began the game as England’s number one striker. Michael Owen spurned two chances that he ordinarily would have buried, swinging and missing at Gerrard’s cross in the first half and then stumbling into Rustu when Rooney’s astute pass had sent him clear. Owen remains a world class player.

McIlroy missing the point
BBC News – Apr 3, 2003
But the sad reality is that McIlroy is managing the most limited bunch of Northern Ireland players in modern history. There are a number of reasons why the talent is simply not there but arguably most significant is the fact few Northern Ireland players are making the breakthrough into the English Premiership. The preponderance of foreign stars in English football has reduced the chances of Northern Ireland youngsters making a full-time career cross-channel. One acquaintance of mine who has been watching Northern Ireland for 40 years described Wednesday as the “lowest ebb”.

Vogts: Lithuania were lucky
BBC News – Apr 3, 2003
The two sides are now locked with Germany on the same points at the top of Group Five. And Vogts believes it is Germany who are favourites to grab the one automatic qualifying place. “We are looking for a play-off place and we have to work very hard to do that,” said Vogts. “I think a draw would have been a realistic result, but Lithuania were very, very lucky… “He was not looking to the linesman, and that is very disappointing to me. “Lithuania were looking only for a mistake. Somebody made a mistake, and we
lost the game. We controlled the whole game. ”

Vogts was given some consolation by the words of Lithuania coach Algimentas Liubinskas.

Southgate tells of Turk’s gestures – Apr 3, 2003
And that was just the kit man!’These things happen when the adrenalin is pumping though and it all calmeddown pretty quickly. ‘However, the reported gestures could be interpreted as distasteful after twoLeeds fans were stabbed to death prior to their club’s UEFA Cup match withGalatasaray in Istanbul three years ago. The Football Association will not launch an official investigation into thetunnel exchanges. England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence is said to have exchanged heated wordswith Turkish players, including defender Alpay, while there was also somepushing between members of the rival teams. However, FA head of communications Paul Newman, who witnessed the incident,insisted that ‘there was no bust-up and no punches thrown’. While unseemly incidents on the pitch involving England fans and Alpay are setto be probed, there is not expected to be any official inquiry into the tunnelfracas following England’s 2-0 win. Newman added: ‘There was a packed tunnel at the end of a tense match full oftotal commitment and passion from both sides, rather than a classical musicalrecital.

Given earns Ireland a point in Albania – Apr 2, 2003
Three times over the 90 minutes the Donegal man made inspired saves to keep his side in the game, while at the other end Ireland made little impact in front of goal. All in all, it’s difficult to figure out whether Ireland should be delighted or disappointed with this result. True, the point does them little good in their race to overtake Switzerland and Russia at the top of Group 10, but were it not for Shay Given, their Euro 2004 dreams could be finished all together. As it is they now lie fourth in the group, and victories over both Switzerland and Russia are a must if Portugal is to beckon in the summer of 2004. Predictably, there was an early onslaught from the home side, who were clearly buoyed by their 3-1 victory over group leaders Russia at the weekend. In the early moments Shay Given produced an excellent save with his feet to deny Murati an early goal, and ten minutes later Given again came to the rescue, this time diving full-length to save a header from Rraklli. Ireland did manage one chance in the opening quarter, with Kevin Kilbane nodding a free-kick from Damien Duff straight into the arms of the Albanian keeper Strakosha.

Bomb explodes at the British consulate in Istanbul
Edinburgh Evening News – Apr 3, 2003
A Foreign Office spokesman said the device was hurled at the building housing the visa section at 12. Only superficial damage was caused and no-one was injured in the blast, which occurred shortly after England’s 2-0 victory over Turkey in a Euro 2004 qualifier at Sunderland last night. The motive for the attack was not known. The spokesman said: “The building was empty at the time. Police attended, the area has been cordoned off and they are investigating. It is too early to speculate on the motive.

Content is king for 3G. But what content?
Register – Apr 1, 2003
The short answer is: yes, but maybe not yet and not necessarily in the way 3G services are first entering the market. Panellists, including industry analysts and Microsoft UK MD Neil Holloway, argued that carriers will have an uphill job persuading consumers to embrace 3G, certainly in the short term. John Fletcher, senior consultant at telecommunications consultancy Analysys, said the industry needs to be wary of repeating mistakes which marked the introduction of WAP. This technology failed to live up to its promise of delivering a customer-friendly “mobile Internet” experience. WAP was a let-down… Fletcher, along with others at the meeting, expressed doubts about whether or not it will be socially acceptable to view porn in public. And games? Well, 3 is to offer clips of Premiership goals but current limitations (still to be ironed out) mean these can only be delivered an hour after the event, Fletcher says. Delivery times, and revenues, should improve by the time Euro 2004 rolls into Portugal next year. Content is kingParticipants in the Mobile UK debate noted that the far faster speeds available – five times faster than GPRS – delivered to users in South Korea has spurred the take up of services in the country.

Villa suffer from Jansen comeback – Apr 1, 2003
Despite narrowly missing out on selection for the World Cup, he would have been optimistic that he could replace Teddy Sheringham in the squad for Euro 2004. But the head injuries he received in a motorbike accident put his career in doubt, and only after yesterday can he feel reassured. It was only the 25-year-old’s second start of the season – he was playing because Andrew Cole was rested for Tuesday’s Worthington Cup clash with Manchester United – but he finished emphatically after 16 minutes and then poached a second with a header on the hour… Not even doctors can be sure of the extent of his injuries, but he can put his head on the pillow and smile again now. “All he wants is to be a professional footballer, and players like that are rare. Maybe we’ve been a bit unfair by not throwing him in earlier, and it was important he started today. I’d like to select him on Tuesday but Dwight Yorke and Cole are on fire, so I imagine he’ll start in the fourth round. “Yorke, another with a point to prove, also hit two goals against his old club as Aston Villa were floored by clinical finishing after the break.

Vogts’ goalkeeping puzzle – Apr 2, 2003
“I saw him against Dundee United and he played very well. He has real pace, which is something we want in the team, and he crosses the ball very well. “The return of Don Hutchison, after an absence of the more than a year due to a cruciate ligament injury, could not be more timely because Steve Thompson is suspended for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Iceland, at Hampden, on March 29. “It will be good to have Don back and maybe we could play him behind Steve Thompson and Stevie Crawford, but I think it is more likely we will start with him up front because that is how we may have to use him against Iceland. “Two Wolves players return.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Impassioned Becks – Apr 1, 2003
But the Manchester United star takes exception to critics who claim that notbeing loud means Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad are not proud as he insisted hewould not change his leadership style. And he pledged that England would raise their game after their stutteringshowing against Liechtenstein at the weekend for a match they must win to haveany realistic hope of topping their qualifying group. A draw or a defeat would mean England probably having to win in Turkey intheir final match in October to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2004. Beckham said: ‘I am England captain and I am personally insulted when peoplesuggest I have not got the passion. It doesn’t affect me – but it annoys me. ‘I also think it is a mistake to say the team lack passion. I’ve not seen anyindication that the team is lacking that quality and I am the captain and havebeen training with these players day in and day out for the last week… It doesn’t affect me – but it annoys me. ‘I also think it is a mistake to say the team lack passion. I’ve not seen anyindication that the team is lacking that quality and I am the captain and havebeen training with these players day in and day out for the last week. ‘If I’m honest I have to say that I find such suggestions remarkable and I donot accept that one iota. I also won’t change my style of leadership becausethat’s the way I am. ‘I’ve never been a Tony Adams or a Paul Ince. Five years ago it might havebeen a different changing room.

Bosnia humble Denmark
BBC News – Apr 1, 2003
Sergej Barbarez gave Bosnia the lead in the 23rd minute and six minutes later Galatasaray forward Elvir Baljic also found the net. “This is a big surprise for us. I could not have imagined a
better result,” said Bosnia coach Blaz Sliskovic. “After their victory in Romania I think they under-estimated
our team… Sergej Barbarez gave Bosnia the lead in the 23rd minute and six minutes later Galatasaray forward Elvir Baljic also found the net. “This is a big surprise for us. I could not have imagined a
better result,” said Bosnia coach Blaz Sliskovic. “After their victory in Romania I think they under-estimated
our team. ”

Denmark coach Morten Olsen blamed himself for the surprise defeat. “I take this defeat on my shoulders,” Olsen said. “I didn’t
have the right line-up in the first place and Bosnia played very well.

Wenger: I don’t like goalscorers – Apr 1, 2003
ARSENAL –>Updated: April 1, 2003Wenger: I don’t like goalscorersArsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who can rely on some of the most prolific attacking talents in has made an amazing claims that he does not like goalscorers. ‘Personally, I’ve never liked goalscorers. For me, the mostimportant thing is whether your team win or not,’ he told Frenchsports daily l’Equipe. ‘The great player is the one who helps the team win. He doesnot necessarily have to score,’ he added. Wenger’s remarks were made in an interview about SylvainWiltord’s new role at Arsenal, for which he has deserted his favouredcentral striking role to play in midfield. The French international, who has scored eight goals for theGunners this season compared to Thierry Henry’s 19, did not ruleout the possibility of moving elsewhere to play up front,however… ‘At the end of his career, people won’t ask Sylvain how manygoals he scored,’ said Wenger. ‘If he plays up front and scores goal after goal, he willstay there whether he overshadows someone else or not. ‘Wiltord will also play in midfield for France in Wednesday’sEuro 2004 qualifier against Israel in Palermo. Your views on this story?.

Mick Drafted In As Wilko Makes Way
4TheGame – Apr 1, 2003
They threw everything at the Cottagers but failed to score and LouisSaha struck with just six minutes left to hoist Jean Tigana’s side to thebrink of safety. Despite having taken just one point from a possible 30, Wilkinsonsaid: “Do I think this club’s made any progress since I took over? I thinkthe team has but the results don’t stand that up. “Now let’s deal in the present, not the past. It’ll be difficult tostay up but we have nine games left. That’s 27 points and I cannot allowmyself to think of anything other than the next game. “We’ve got nine games and must approach each of them like we didtoday. If we do that, there won’t be any complaints… “I don’t feel like moving my family again,” he told Norwegiannewspaper VG. “I am ready to play a season in the First Division to try andget Sunderland back into the Premiership again. Flo had been boosted by an international call-up from Norway, as hada number of Sunderland’s players who were on duty for their respectivecountries in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. Kevin Kilbane was struck by a pen-knife during the Republic ofIreland’s Group 10 victory over Georgia in the Lokomotiv Stadium, althoughhe was not hurt. Meanwhile, the Stadium of Light geared itself up for England’scrucuail qualifier against Turkey, hoping to see a rare home win and to givethe fans on Wearside something to cheer about in a season of struggle anddisappointment.

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