Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 6, 2003

Lighter Side Lighter Side

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The News Review:

* Boy wonder makes even Scots back England
* England won’t go to ‘hell’
* Albania have new hunger to succeed
* Lighter Side Lighter Side
* Give Vogts time, says Taylor
* Pires could miss FA Cup semifinal
* Beckham to lead anti-racism campaign
* Holland heading to Pompey
* England falling short up front
* Surgery threat to Ferguson
* Chukwu is Outdated for Eagles
* Warning to clubs over hooligan costs
* Sport goes back to school
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Everton v Newcastle Report
* Djetou’s future with Fulham in doubt
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Danish coach Olsen threatens to quit

Boy wonder makes even Scots back England
The Observer – Apr 6, 2003
Will he be the same player in Turkey in October? That will be a bit of a different situation. ‘When the country took Gazza to their hearts, they did it after he had performed for seven games in the World Cup, all the way to the semi-final. He did it at world level, not for one game at Euro 2004 qualifying level. Avoiding injuries is important to Rooney. Gascoigne got a very serious injury at an early age, doing a mad thing in the cup final, and was never the same again. ‘ Rooney hasn’t had a day off since he reported for pre-season training at the beginning of last June. Tempting though it is to want to rush him into the next available opportunity to gain international experience and work on the budding understanding with his team-mates, Moyes is being sensible when he requests Rooney might be excluded from England’s friendly against South Africa.

England won’t go to ‘hell’
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 4, 2003
But they have chosen the equally-intimidating Istanbul ground of Fenerbahce instead. The Turkish FA do not have to confirm the venue until 60 days before the October 11 clash but reports in the Istanbul media today said the 50,000 capacity Sukru Saracoglu had been earmarked for the game. That is likely to increase the chances of the English FA refusing their ticket allocation for England fans in a bid to avoid crowd trouble.

Albania have new hunger to succeed
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 6, 2003
When Ireland won 2-0 in May, 1992, it was only two months after the Democratic Party had scored a decisive electoral victory, ending almost 50 years of Communist rule that had made Albania one of the most isolated countries in the world. The days of Albania being football’s whipping boys (they finished bottom of their 1990 World Cup qualifying group with no points) are also long gone. Albania arrive in Dublin today for Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifying tie against the Republic with high hopes of making the play-offs in a very competitive Group 10. Ireland drew 0-0 in Tirana in April and manager Brian Kerr knows he can expect a similarly… The days of Albania being football’s whipping boys (they finished bottom of their 1990 World Cup qualifying group with no points) are also long gone. Albania arrive in Dublin today for Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifying tie against the Republic with high hopes of making the play-offs in a very competitive Group 10. Ireland drew 0-0 in Tirana in April and manager Brian Kerr knows he can expect a similarly.

Lighter Side Lighter Side
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Apr 6, 2003
She arrived at the hospital while her husband was recovering consciousness and began interrogating him, presumably under the impression that he would be unable to lie to her while still under the effects of the anaesthetic. "Who is the woman you love?" she demanded. "Have you been with other women besides me?" "Do you have other children?" "What are you doing with your money?" It is reported that she was not convinced by the answers. Burning passion
Stories about soccer hooliganism are two a penny these days, but here’s one with a new twist. Last Sunday’s third division match between Kastamonuspor and Bakirkoyspor was ordered to be played behind closed doors because of crowd violence during Kastamonuspor’s previous home game against Zeytinburnuspor… Uninvited guests
Ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against England, Turkey’s coach Senol Gunes released the players from their Newcastle training camp after Saturday morning’s workout so they could take a look around the city. Fenerbahce defender Fatih Akyel and Galatasaray midfielder Hasan Sas somehow managed to gatecrash a Scottish wedding and had their photographs taken with the kilted groom and his bride. Neither Fatih nor Hasan was the best man on Wednesday, though.

Give Vogts time, says Taylor
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 6, 2003
Vogts’ assistant Tommy Burns indicated it may be another three years before rebuilding plans came to fruition and Taylor gave every indication that the German would be allowed that amount of time, despite the team being booed off in the last two matches. “It is not an easy thing to watch your team lose… Vogts’ assistant Tommy Burns indicated it may be another three years before rebuilding plans came to fruition and Taylor gave every indication that the German would be allowed that amount of time, despite the team being booed off in the last two matches. “It is not an easy thing to watch your team lose. People are quite entitled to express their opinions on that subject. But I think the fans are with Berti and understand it is a longer-term process here. “Berti is employed in order to help develop our team.

Pires could miss FA Cup semifinal
Independent Online – Apr 4, 2003
Pires missed both France’s Euro 2004 qualifiers in the past week and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday the injury was worse than originally thought. “Robert is out (of the Villa game),” Wenger told reporters at Arsenal’s training ground. “His healing is a little bit slower than expected and he has still not been out on the pitch so his ankle is not ready. The injury is bigger than we expected it to be… Pires missed both France’s Euro 2004 qualifiers in the past week and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday the injury was worse than originally thought. “Robert is out (of the Villa game),” Wenger told reporters at Arsenal’s training ground. “His healing is a little bit slower than expected and he has still not been out on the pitch so his ankle is not ready. The injury is bigger than we expected it to be. “They all have a chance to be available to play next Sunday,” Wenger said.

Beckham to lead anti-racism campaign
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 5, 2003
FA officials said that Beckham would record a message to be played before the kickoff at England’s next two home matches. England play a friendly international against Serbia and Montenegro at Leicester City’s ground on June 3 followed by the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough eight days later. England escaped being ordered to play the Slovakia game behind closed doors with UEFA acknowledging FA efforts to stamp out hooliganism, including plans to ban for life fans who run on to the pitch at their matches. A senior FA official added: “Beckham is the ideal person for this as he’s the one player all his team mates and all the England fans respect… A senior FA official added: “Beckham is the ideal person for this as he’s the one player all his team mates and all the England fans respect. We hope people listen to him and act accordingly. ” FA sources said when Kevin Keegan was England manager his recorded messages in 1990 and 2000 asking supporters not to boo the other team’s national anthem had considerable effect in improving fan behaviour. England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and other leading players would join Beckham in the initiative. The anti-racist group Kick It Out welcomed their involvement.

Holland heading to Pompey
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 6, 2003
Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks said: “As I think has been well understood by our supporters over recent weeks, most regrettably and reluctantly we have been obliged to consider the transfer opportunities for our much admired and outstanding captain Matt Holland. “Matt Holland was not on huge money by Premier League standards but nevertheless on a level that is simply unaffordable in the First Division. “The state of the transfer market is such that while there is interest in a player of Matt’s pedigree, the very best fee that we have been able to obtain is £750,000 from Portsmouth. “This is particularly tough to digest when a year ago much higher values were being spoken of and indeed in August 2002 we agreed a sale to Aston Villa of £4million. “It is now up to Matt to discuss personal terms with Portsmouth… “It is now up to Matt to discuss personal terms with Portsmouth. Clearly if he decides to go he will be a huge loss but by the same token we have every confidence in Joe Royle being able to replace Matt in the team and build his Ipswich Town side for the future. ” Holland is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland preparing for the Euro 2004 qualifiers against Albania and Georgia. If the move goes through, the Ipswich captain will link up again with Pompey boss Harry Redknapp who released Holland during his reign as West Ham manager. Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola will weigh up all his options before making a decision on his playing future in the coming days. The former Italy international’s contract with Chelsea ended this season and the diminutive playmaker has yet to decide on a new deal. “I will evaluate the situation in the coming week, taking into account not only sporting considerations,” Zola has told Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

England falling short up front
BBC News – Apr 4, 2003
Never before has there been such a shortage of quality English strikers available to the national side. A quick glance at the list of most successful forwards playing in the Premiership confirms the lack of options open to Sven-Goran Eriksson… Which leaves just Michael Owen as an English striker who is scoring regularly for his club. And almost half of his goals have come in cup competitions. No wonder Eriksson enquired before the last round of Euro 2004 qualifiers whether Alan Shearer might fancy coming out of international retirement, and then talked up the chances of Shola Ameobi. Ameobi is yet to command a regular place in the Newcastle first team. But with so few in the queue for England places, he could find himself in a similar position to Rooney, more likely to start for his country than his club. What options does Eriksson have? Darius Vassell now has four international goals, and sits behind Owen and Rooney in the pecking-order. Those three make up England’s new ideal pairing plus sub.

Surgery threat to Ferguson
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 4, 2003
Ferguson has played throughout this season with a pelvic injury which has caused him considerable pain in the aftermath of each game and his endeavours in the 2-1 victory over Iceland last weekend left him in such discomfort that he was withdrawn from the squad which travelled to the Baltic state. However, the Rangers manager, Alex McLeish, offered his Scotland counterpart, Berti Vogts, a little hope that the Ibrox captain could yet play against the Germans when he said: “Barry has seen a couple of specialists outside the club because we do want to try and get him right. As you know, his injury has been ongoing but it’s not totally cast in stone that he will get an operation. When you put someone under the knife there is a lot of trauma and concern… Ferguson has played throughout this season with a pelvic injury which has caused him considerable pain in the aftermath of each game and his endeavours in the 2-1 victory over Iceland last weekend left him in such discomfort that he was withdrawn from the squad which travelled to the Baltic state. However, the Rangers manager, Alex McLeish, offered his Scotland counterpart, Berti Vogts, a little hope that the Ibrox captain could yet play against the Germans when he said: “Barry has seen a couple of specialists outside the club because we do want to try and get him right. As you know, his injury has been ongoing but it’s not totally cast in stone that he will get an operation. When you put someone under the knife there is a lot of trauma and concern. If he does require an op, we’ll look to get him treated as soon as the season is finished.

Chukwu is Outdated for Eagles
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Apr 5, 2003
Others would say that there is no need fro a foreign coach. What they would not say to themselves is that this was the same way that Shuiab Amodu won when Johannes Bonfrere was sacked, yet the Eagles blundered in Mali. They would also not tell you that even Adegboye Onigbinde guided the Eagles through strings of victories, yet the team fumbled when it mattered most at the World Cup in Japan. What we have looked at in pushing our sentiments of having a Nigerian coach in charge of the Eagles is the results of phony victories we have recorded against countries that work themselves in awe by the fact that our team is loaded to the hilt with talented players and not a sound technical crew. Our domestic coaches in the past including those middlemen foreign coaches like Bonfrere have benefited from the immense talents of our players in competitions than with what they can offer technically from the bench during matches. Hence each time the players are off form, the reality of the emptiness of the coaches come to the fore like sore thumb… Most importantly, Eriksson’s substitutes were younger players doing well in the English Premiership that many a Nigerian conversant with the Premiership would attest to. One is not surprised at Eriksson’s choice of substitutes since he makes it a point of duty to follow the English Premiership and the Nationwide leagues, not on television but with his physical presence. Today, England is atop their group in the Euro 2004 qualifiers and their football has witnessed a fillip anchored on the legion of young turks ready to shock the world at the 2006 World Cup competition. No doubt, England would be one of the teams to beat at the 2006 World Cup competition and I dare say that Nigeria would stand no chance against them in 2006 if Chukwu is allowed to re-invent the Eagles to beat England at any stage in the 2006 World Cup competition. Chukwu has shown that he cannot tinker the Eagles to score goals which is an essential ingredient in the game. His second half approach to matches have been dour, defensive and largely archaic in terms of using the weaknesses noticed in the opposition in the first half to sink them with goals in the second half. Eagles’ last four games under Chukwu has seen the team’s best player being the goalkeeper even in matches were Nigeria secured away victories.

Warning to clubs over hooligan costs
BBC News – Apr 6, 2003
Sports minister Richard Caborn is set to issue the blunt warning to supporters in London later this week. His remarks come after violent scenes at the Euro 2004 qualifying tie
between England and Turkey in Sunderland pressure on
Northumbria Police. More than 1,000 officers were on duty outside the Stadium
of Light in Sunderland to deal with 48,000 fans on Wednesday night. More than 100 arrests were made as buses carrying Turkish supporters were attacked. But fans said the bill for dealing with what Mr Caborn called “lowlife in rip-off designer clothing” could bankrupt many clubs. ‘Police frustration’

Mark Jensen, who runs Newcastle United’s supporters’ magazine The Mag, said he did think the cost of policing should be passed on to fans… Mr Caborn will say later this week: “At Sunderland, there was one police officer for every 48 people inside the ground. “The Football Association pay for those inside the ground, but there is frustration with football within the police authorities. “If we are not careful, the bandwagon to charge clubs – and ultimately fans – for the behaviour of lowlife in rip-off designer clothing will be unstoppable.

Sport goes back to school
BBC News – Apr 4, 2003
But this weekend, on both sides of the pond, undergraduates will be thrust into the limelight watched by millions around the world. In England, Oxford and Cambridge lock oars in the 149th University Boat Race, while in the USA, Texas, Syracuse, Kansas and Marquette duke it out to become college basketball’s national champions. All of this may sound trivial in the context of pro events like Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifiers or America’s looming NBA and NHL play-offs. But, both sporting occasions are taken incredibly seriously… But this weekend, on both sides of the pond, undergraduates will be thrust into the limelight watched by millions around the world. In England, Oxford and Cambridge lock oars in the 149th University Boat Race, while in the USA, Texas, Syracuse, Kansas and Marquette duke it out to become college basketball’s national champions. All of this may sound trivial in the context of pro events like Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifiers or America’s looming NBA and NHL play-offs. But, both sporting occasions are taken incredibly seriously. The NCAA basketball tournament is one of the key dates of the sporting calendar in the States, where college is treated as a breeding ground for the professional leagues. March Madness – as it is affectionately nicknamed – grips the nation, as millions have a flutter on their Alma Mater, all the while looking out for the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Everton v Newcastle Report
go.com – Apr 6, 2003
Woodgatebrought him down and referee Barry pointed to the spot. Everton boss David Moyes had shouted for the ball to be put out of play butthe Newcastle players were furious. In Moyes’ team’s defence, Bernard had clearly not taken a head injury, theusual circumstances when teams stop play when in possession, even if Gravesen’stackle did look bad. Woodgate was booked and after Bernard had received treatment Unsworth blastedhome the spot kick on 64 minutes. Newcastle brought on Shola Ameobi and Andy Griffin for Kerr and O’Brien, for alast ditch assault, and it almost worked. Bellamy’s backheel in the dying minutes almost set up Dyer, but Carsley’sbrave challenge saved the day. Wright then made a strong save from Ameobi’s close range header, and somehowEverton hung on – even with Given in the box as Newcastle sent forward desperatewaves of Newcastle attacks… Bellamy’s backheel in the dying minutes almost set up Dyer, but Carsley’sbrave challenge saved the day. Wright then made a strong save from Ameobi’s close range header, and somehowEverton hung on – even with Given in the box as Newcastle sent forward desperatewaves of Newcastle attacks. But it was Rooney who left the field to a standing ovation, having had thesame impact on the title race he had on England’s Euro 2004 campaign. • Penalty could cost title – RobsonSir Bobby Robson conceded Newcastle’s title chances had faded after claiming they were the victims of a controversial decision which led to Everton’s match-winning penalty at Goodison Park. His side fought back from losing an opening goal to England’s newest starWayne Rooney with Laurent Robert netting an equaliser for the Magpies. But the home side claimed the win when Dave Unsworth converted a spot-kick wonby Kevin Campbell from a Rooney pass. The defeat leaves Newcastle six points adrift of Manchester United andArsenal.

Djetou’s future with Fulham in doubt
go.com – Apr 6, 2003
‘The 28-year-old was with Tigana at Monaco, helping them win the French title,before being reunited with him at Fulham when he agreed a season-long loan from Parma last July. Djetou, who has impressed in central defence and midfield, signed with a viewto a permanent transfer – but chairman Mohamed Al Fayed last week withdrew theoffer to Tigana of a two-year contract extension, meaning he has just seven moregames in charge of the Cottagers. That means the future of the eight players whose loans or contracts expire atthe end of the season hang on the verdict of a new boss, who is not likely to benamed for weeks. Djetou, likely to face Blackburn at Loftus Road tomorrow night, told hispersonal website: ‘It was a big disappointment to hear the announcement of thenon-retaining of Jean as the head of the team for next season. ‘He announced to us he had received a letter concerning his future withFulham. For us French players, it is a disappointment, and especially for me as I’muncertain as to my future. ‘I have three years remaining on my contract with Parma and I don’t know if Fulham want to keep me or not… Fulham will bid for the victory which would all but secure their top-flightstatus when they take on Rovers tomorrow. Steve Finnan is expected to return after his month-long injury lay-off. The Republic of Ireland right-back has been suffering from a fractured ribwhich ruled him out of both of his country’s recent Euro 2004 qualifiers. Winger Luis Boa Morte, who has recovered from minor damage to his medial ankleligaments, has trained and is expected to feature. Centre-back Alain Goma has been struggling with a calf strain but is improvingand also due to play. And forward Louis Saha, who missed two days’ training at the Cottagers’Motspur Park complex this week due to a minor knee problem, is fit again. Midfielder Sean Davis will serve the final match of his three-game suspensionagainst Rovers.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Apr 4, 2003
The French, who posted a scintillating 6-0 win over Malta at the weekend, were far less assured in a match played amid a stifling security presence – a by-product of the political situation in the Middle East. Snipers were on hand as the Sicilian authorities prepared for any eventuality at the Renzo Barbera stadium. In the event the French, who had expected the muscular police presence, were troubled more by something they certainly hadn?t expected – a goal after two minutes for the Israelis. The experienced Haim Revivo played a neat ball through, Lilian Thuram was caught napping and Omri Afek pounced to send a shot scudding past French keeper Fabien Barthez for his fourth international goal… But Zidane and Henry began to take the pressure off and once Trezeguet had scored the Israelis began to fade away – a process continued following Zidane?s slightly deflected effort for what proved the winner. Santini felt sufficiently bold to make changes in the final half hour, sending on Auxerre?s Djibril Cisse and Lyon?s Sydney Govou, for Trezeguet and Sylvain Wiltord. A late effort from Walid Badier was not enough to trouble Barthez seriously as Israel determined to go down with something resembling a late fight. Having achieved the essential aim of three points, however unspectacular, France can now look forward to an April 30 home friendly against Egypt knowing that Slovenia, already dispatched 5-0 at the Stade de France, are their only remaining rivals. Given that the Slovenes are nine points adrift – though they do have two games in hand – the French can think about securing themselves a comfortable base in Portugal for the summer of next year.

Danish coach Olsen threatens to quit
SI.com – Apr 4, 2003
Danish media reacted with barely-concealed horror to the loss in the Euro 2004 Group Two qualifier, which ended the Danes’ 19-match unbeaten run in European and World Cup qualifying. “It’s not reached that stage yet, but could quickly do so. I’m just telling the critics not to paint the devil on the wall unless they want a new coach,” Olsen told the paper. “I will leave the moment the pressure on the team becomes unreasonable. It was Denmark’s first defeat in the Parken national stadium since March 1999 and came just four days after an impressive 5-2 victory in Romania… Danish media reacted with barely-concealed horror to the loss in the Euro 2004 Group Two qualifier, which ended the Danes’ 19-match unbeaten run in European and World Cup qualifying. “It’s not reached that stage yet, but could quickly do so. I’m just telling the critics not to paint the devil on the wall unless they want a new coach,” Olsen told the paper. “I will leave the moment the pressure on the team becomes unreasonable. It was Denmark’s first defeat in the Parken national stadium since March 1999 and came just four days after an impressive 5-2 victory in Romania. Calling the match everything from “fiasco” to “collective collapse,” local media described the Danish players as uninspired and said the team lacked everything that makes a football team.

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