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May 18, 2003

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The News Review:

* South Africa v England on May 22 in Durban
* BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Arsenal face keeper fight
* Arsenal’s Seaman may be about to ship out from club
* Page and Blake square up
* Hooligans who soured England’s big night
* Burley quits Scotland
* Spurs chase Viduka
* Beattie hungry for England caps
* BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Big day out
* Under-fire FA may forfeit Macedonia tickets
* Beckham staying at United, says dad
* SARS postpones East Asian tournament
* ABC Sport – Soccer – Ireland friendly vital for Cup preparations:…
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Award double for Ferguson
* Desailly: I will retire next summer
* SOCCER: Foe set for Lyon return

South Africa v England on May 22 in Durban
Dispatch Online – May 13, 2003
On Sunday Rooney was ruled out of the match away to South Africa in Durban on May 22 by club manager David Moyes. Moyes said the 17-year-old forward had a knee injury. But with England’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium not until June 11, Eriksson clearly signalled that Rooney was still a part of his plans. Moyes and Eriksson have been on the brink of a club v country row over Rooney’s international participation. Rooney was due to have a scan yesterday but Eriksson may yet insist on a separate report on his fitness from FA medical staff. The biggest surprise in Eriksson’s 25-man squad was the international recall of goalkeeper Ian Walker who this season played First Division football for newly-promoted Leicester City. Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell was not included because of injury.

BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Arsenal face keeper fight
BBC News – May 14, 2003
He also had a short spell with FC Merani-91, before moving to Lokomotiv. By that time he had established himself as the number one for the Georgia Under-21 side, and now has four full international caps. Lomaia, however, may have problems getting a work permit because he has not played in 75% of Georgia’s games over the past two years.

Arsenal’s Seaman may be about to ship out from club
Taipei Times – May 14, 2003
While coach Sven-Goran Eriksson didn’t close the door on a return for Seaman, it’s difficult to see how he will come back. As age finally catches up with him, Seaman is no longer considered the man to get England to next year’s European Championship finals in Portugal. With Seaman sidelined because of hamstring trouble, David James played in England’s last two Euro 2004 qualifying games against Liechtenstein and Turkey. He didn’t concede a goal and, despite West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League on Sunday, appears to have the No. “I talked to David a couple of days ago and told him this time we would stick the goalkeepers we had against Liechtenstein and Turkey and the reason for that is that James played well and I don’t know what’s happening with David Seaman next season,” Eriksson said on Monday. “To change now and then maybe change in August again I think that’s not the right way to do it… “I talked to David a couple of days ago and told him this time we would stick the goalkeepers we had against Liechtenstein and Turkey and the reason for that is that James played well and I don’t know what’s happening with David Seaman next season,” Eriksson said on Monday. “To change now and then maybe change in August again I think that’s not the right way to do it. ”
By that time Seaman will be a month short of his 40th birthday and the Swede acknowledged the Arsenal ‘keeper had lost his place in the order. “You might say that,” he said. “James is doing well and as long as we don’t know what is happening with David it is the right way. ”
At age 23, Leeds United’s Paul Robinson is the young alternative, with the currently injured Chris Kirkland of Liverpool and Arsenal’s Stuart Taylor somewhere in the background.

Page and Blake square up
BBC News – May 16, 2003
His main task will be to stop Wolves striker Blake – a player who usually lines up alongside him for Wales at the Millennium Stadium. “It’s all set up for a fantastic occasion,” said Page. “Not only the venue, but also to play against Blakey. “It’s going to set it up for a fantastic day. It’s going to be a tough game. Wolves haven’t got there by chance. “They’ve proved they’re one of the best teams in the division, and we’ve had some interesting encounters with them this season… “I think the other players would as well. ”

Azerbaijan hope

Wales manger Mark Hughes will name a revised 20-man squad for the USA trip later on Friday (16 May). Hughes has received encouraging news this week over the plight of Euro 2004 Group Nine opponents Azerbaijan. The country’s new domestic league starts this weekend after more than a year of off-the-field wrangling, boosting hopes of getting their international ban lifted. Wales would lose the six points gained from the two wins over Azerbaijan if the Azeris are not reinstated before 11 June. Azerbaijan have also appointed Asker Abdullayev as their new coach after he impressed while holding the job on a temporary basis. Abdullayev took charge of the national team last October following the resignation of Vagif Sadygov.

Hooligans who soured England’s big night
Guardian Unlimited – May 15, 2003
Uefa fined the Football Association £68,000 after the match at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in April and warned that England could face expulsion from the tournament if there were any repeat scenes. Racial taunts were hurled at Turkish players and fans and the pitch was invaded by fans following each goal in England’s 2-0 win… It is thought the men come from across England. FA spokesman Paul Barber said yesterday: “Pitch invasions are dangerous to both players and spectators. They are not clever and they are not cool. The players don’t like it. ” He said that the FA “will not tolerate further incidents of this kind”, adding that it would fully back police efforts to arrest people who committed such offences. Mr Barber said the men captured on CCTV were very naive not to realise they would be caught by the cameras. The FA said those who were convicted would be banned from England matches for life.

Burley quits Scotland
BBC News – May 13, 2003
The former Celtic and Chelsea star was severely critical of the Scotland set-up after he picked up his 46th cap during last month’s defeat by Austria at Hampden. It was Burley’s first game under Vogts following long-term injury and the 31-year-old was named in the Scotland Future squad to face Northern Ireland next week. Burley will not now feature in that match, designed partly to help Scotland’s English-based players remain match fit before next month’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany.

Spurs chase Viduka
Telegraph.co.uk – May 14, 2003
The retirement of Peter Schmeichel leaves Keegan needing a new number one and though he has been strongly linked with West Ham’s David James and Sunderland’s Thomas Sorensen, it appears Lomaia is also on his hit-list. However, Lokomotiv coach Gocha Tamazashvilli has also claimed that both City and Aston Villa will send representatives to Tblisi to watch Lomaia in league action towards the end of this month. Dacourt off for goodLeeds expect to complete a deal to offload Olivier Dacourt to Roma, despite delays in finalising the move. The Frenchman moved to Serie A during the January transfer window in a loan deal, with Roma agreeing to pay £4. 2million if the move became permanent… Al Fayed is in talks with his three-man selection committee, chief executive Bruce Langham, vice chairman Bill Muddyman and director Stuart Benson. Gudjonsson keen on permanent Villa moveIceland international Joey Gudjonsson is keen to make his loan move from Real Betis to Aston Villa permanent. Gudjonsson, 22, is not looking to return to the Spanish club where he fell out with coach Victor Fernandez. He told the Birmingham Evening Mail: “I would love to stay at Villa but it is between the two clubs. “I have said all season that I feel at home at Villa because all the people here have been nice to me. “Leboeuf leaves MarseilleFormer Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has left Marseille and signed what is described as a “lucrative” one-year contract with Qatar club Al-Sadd, who last year paid Brazilian Romario almost £1million for three months’ work.

Beattie hungry for England caps
BBC News – May 18, 2003
Although he, along with Wayne Bridge and Arsenal’s Ashley Cole, will not be jetting out to South Africa with England, Beattie is in the England squad for the friendly with Serbia & Montenegro and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. “It might cut into my summer break, but I think I’m willing to give up a bit of that. “By the time I’ve finished with England, it will leave me a bit of time to disappear in June, before coming back in July for pre-season… Although he, along with Wayne Bridge and Arsenal’s Ashley Cole, will not be jetting out to South Africa with England, Beattie is in the England squad for the friendly with Serbia & Montenegro and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. “It might cut into my summer break, but I think I’m willing to give up a bit of that. “By the time I’ve finished with England, it will leave me a bit of time to disappear in June, before coming back in July for pre-season.

BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | Big day out
BBC News – May 15, 2003
The buzz in the city has been manic, and even going into the stadium to train, there have been hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people milling around the ground. In amongst all the build-up to the FA Cup final, I was chuffed to be called back into the England squad for the games against Serbia & Montenegro, and Slovakia. Of course I was disappointed to be left out of the last round of Euro 2004 qualifiers, but I didn’t go shouting the odds. That’s not my style. I knew that what impresses Mr Eriksson is what I was always going to do, get my head down, work really hard and continue to score goals. That’s what I did, and it’s brought its reward. I’m back in the squad, but I know I’ve got to show exactly the same qualities to get a place in the team, so I’ll really be knuckling down when I join up with the England squad… I finished as the top English goalscorer in the Premiership, and I’m pleased with that, especially as I didn’t score in the first nine games of the season!

So I suppose it’s inevitable that being the top English scorer, and being back in the England squad is going to lead to speculation about my future. The fact that I played under Alan Shearer as a kid at Blackburn, and that we have similar styles will lead people to put two and two together, even if they do come up with five. I’m not aware of any contact between Saints and Newcastle, Inter Milan or any other club for that matter. As far as I’m concerned, my future is at Southampton. I’m happy, and why shouldn’t I be?

We’ve finished high in the Premiership, we’re in the FA Cup final, and playing in Europe next season, and there are a lot of so-called bigger clubs who would swap for that. I think we’ve got something going here at Southampton, and we’re on the brink of going places, and I want to be part of that. If I didn’t feel that, I wouldn’t have signed a new contract.

Under-fire FA may forfeit Macedonia tickets
Telegraph.co.uk – May 17, 2003
There is a gun culture, too, in Macedonia, so the fear at Soho Square is that there could be an incident in the centre of the capital, Skopje, between the two sets of fans that might lead not only to England’s ejection from the tournament but to serious injuries or fatalities. “We are discussing the situation from the viewpoint of everyone’s safety,” said FA spokesman Adrian Bevington. “No decision has been taken at the moment, but one can be expected within the next two or three weeks. “Indeed, the FA are so concerned about the possible consequences of further hooliganism by England fans that they look to be considering a permanent ban on their often pernicious travelling support. Last week, head of marketing, Paul Barber, was quoted as saying: “My worry is that we’ll end up having to take more decisions of the type we took against Turkey.

Beckham staying at United, says dad
SI.com – May 18, 2003
“(England coach) Sven-Goran Eriksson and (Everton manager) David Moyes were also present at the examination. Rooney damaged knee ligaments in Everton’s last Premier League game of the season against Manchester United on May 11 and Moyes said straight after the match that the 17-year-old would not be fit to travel to South Africa. Everton plea The Everton manager pleaded with Eriksson not to include Rooney in the squad but England’s coach named him anyway saying the young striker would have to report to the England hotel Sunday to be examined by the medical staff. But Eriksson, who has been embarrassed in the past by taking the word of club managers about injured players only to see them make miraculous recoveries, has had to concede that Rooney is genuinely not fit enough to feature against South Africa. Eriksson’s plans have also been hit by Murphy’s longer-termabsence. The midfielder picked up his neck injury warming up before the Premier League game against Fulham at Anfield on April 12 and has been playing through the pain barrier since. The FA statement said: “Danny Murphy has had a neck injuryassessed by the England medical staff today… Unfortunately, Danny has had to withdraw from England’s full summer schedule. He has returned to his club for further treatment. As well as the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on June 11, Murphy will miss the Serbia and Montenegro friendly at Leicester on June 3. Eriksson has already had to promote West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole to the full squad from the under-21s as a replacement for Newcastle United’s Kieron Dyer, who withdrew through injury after a season troubled by shin splints. Related informationStories.

SARS postpones East Asian tournament
SI.com – May 15, 2003
The championships were scheduled for May 28-June 3 at International Stadium Yokohama with China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan participating. In a meeting with Okano, Yokohama city officials requested that the tournament be postponed. “It’s too risky to go ahead with the event when SARS is not even under control,” Yokohama city spokesman Naoki Kamei said Thursday. “We don’t even know where the supporters are coming from and we have no efficient way of controlling them. ” Until city authorities intervened, the championship organizers had been determined to host the tournament and had proposed a series of the safety precautions, including a request that all competing players submit medical certificates verifying their health. So far, Japan has no confirmed cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, the flu-like illness that has killed almost 600 people and infected more than 7,600 worldwide, with most of the cases reported in Hong Kong and China. Yokohama city officials said tickets for the final were sold out… “We have to beat Akratitos to make sure we claim secondplace,” he said. The runners-up spot ensures entry into the Champions Leaguewhile the third-placed team will have to negotiate a qualifyinground. Israel to play Euro 2004 match in TurkeyNYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer’s governing body has approved a request by the Israel Football Association to play its Euro 2004 qualifier next month in the Turkish city of Antalya. The June 7 match against Slovenia will take place at Antalya’s Ataturk Stadium, as will the under-21 clash between the same countries the previous day, UEFA said Thursday Israel, which is prevented from playing at home for security reasons, staged its previous two home matches in qualifying Group 1 in Palermo, Italy. The Israelis lie third in the group, but victory against second-placed Slovenia would give them a real hope of the runnerup position and a chance to play off for a place in next year’s finals in Portugal. Zurich ends talks with Hofstetter ZURICH (Reuters) — FC Zurich have decided to endtalks with Swiss businessman Werner Hofstetter over becoming thenew president of the Swiss Nationalliga club. Building contractor Hofstetter, 59, held talks with Zurich’sexecutive committee on Tuesday but the club will continue thesearch for a president to take over from 74-year-old Sven Hotz,who announced his intention to step down in April.

ABC Sport – Soccer – Ireland friendly vital for Cup preparations:…
abc.net.au – May 14, 2003
Soccer Australia (SA) has confirmed that the game will go ahead on August 20. It will be the Socceroos first game since defeating England in February. Australia has not played the Republic of Ireland at senior international level. Farina says he hopes the Socceroos will have six to eight more games over the next 15 months after having played just one since November 2001. “If that was the case, if it was to continue in that manner, then it would be very dangerous for us leading into the World Cup qualifiers, but I think we’re on track at the moment, that’s behind us,” he said. The clash was originally reported earlier this month but SA bosses delayed a formal announcement as they struggled to deal with the turmoil unleashed by the controversial Crawford Report. Ireland is currently ranked 15th in the world FIFA rankings and has scheduled the match as part of its final Euro 2004 qualifiers against Russia on September 6 and Switzerland on October 11… “If that was the case, if it was to continue in that manner, then it would be very dangerous for us leading into the World Cup qualifiers, but I think we’re on track at the moment, that’s behind us,” he said. The clash was originally reported earlier this month but SA bosses delayed a formal announcement as they struggled to deal with the turmoil unleashed by the controversial Crawford Report. Ireland is currently ranked 15th in the world FIFA rankings and has scheduled the match as part of its final Euro 2004 qualifiers against Russia on September 6 and Switzerland on October 11.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – May 13, 2003
“One thing I know is that I will be in Seville even if I can’t play. ” Medical tests on Wednesday should provide a definitive answer on whether he will be fit to compete against Celtic. Mourinho doubtsHowever, his coach at Porto, José Mourinho, was not confident that Costinha would be fit in time for the game. “He thinks he can play, but I think he can’t,” said Mourinho. “He very important for his ability in the air, especially since we are playing against a British team. “Name unveiledMeanwhile, Porto, whose club badge features a dragon logo, have revealed the name for their new stadium, being built for next season ahead of UEFA EURO 2004™. The venue, replacing the old Antas stadium, will bear the name Estádio do Dragão – the Dragon stadium… “He thinks he can play, but I think he can’t,” said Mourinho. “He very important for his ability in the air, especially since we are playing against a British team. “Name unveiledMeanwhile, Porto, whose club badge features a dragon logo, have revealed the name for their new stadium, being built for next season ahead of UEFA EURO 2004™. The venue, replacing the old Antas stadium, will bear the name Estádio do Dragão – the Dragon stadium. All rights reserved.

Award double for Ferguson
BBC News – May 13, 2003
The 25-year-old midfielder was also named players’ player of the year, a remarkable double considering he has been troubled all season by a worsening hip injury. And Ferguson has vowed not to spend another season popping pills to play through the pain barrier for the Ibrox side. He looks likely to undergo surgery during the summer in a bid to cure the problem and the timing of the operation has put in doubt his participation in Scotland’s vital Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on 7 June. “I know the timing is crucial with a view to Scotland, but I have been told the rehab is six to eight weeks,” said Ferguson… The 25-year-old midfielder was also named players’ player of the year, a remarkable double considering he has been troubled all season by a worsening hip injury. And Ferguson has vowed not to spend another season popping pills to play through the pain barrier for the Ibrox side. He looks likely to undergo surgery during the summer in a bid to cure the problem and the timing of the operation has put in doubt his participation in Scotland’s vital Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on 7 June. “I know the timing is crucial with a view to Scotland, but I have been told the rehab is six to eight weeks,” said Ferguson.

Desailly: I will retire next summer
go.com – May 16, 2003
CHELSEA –>Updated: May 16, 2003Desailly: I will retire next summerChelsea captain Marcel Desailly intends to retire next summer. The 34-year-old centre back’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2004 and the veteran defender is not looking for a new deal. France captain Desailly, who recently set a record when he won his 104th cap for his country, is set to bow out after Euro 2004. ‘I will definitely end my career after 2004,’ Desailly said. ‘I have had a long, hard career. I need to do other things and take a break… CHELSEA –>Updated: May 16, 2003Desailly: I will retire next summerChelsea captain Marcel Desailly intends to retire next summer. The 34-year-old centre back’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2004 and the veteran defender is not looking for a new deal. France captain Desailly, who recently set a record when he won his 104th cap for his country, is set to bow out after Euro 2004. ‘I will definitely end my career after 2004,’ Desailly said. ‘I have had a long, hard career. I need to do other things and take a break. ‘ Desailly, who has won the Champions League with his two previous sides, Marseille and AC Milan, will again play in Europe’s main club competition in his final season after Chelsea’s top four finish.

SOCCER: Foe set for Lyon return
U.TV – May 14, 2003
“A major factor behind Foe`s decision is the massive salary he will receive from Lyon. It is believed the player took a pay cut to join City and with Keegan confirming a couple of weeks ago that most of his squad can expect a drop in wages when their present contracts come to an end, the difference in earnings was only likely to get wider. However, it does not mean the former West Ham player has made his last appearance for City. Keegan has previously stated that if no deal could be done this summer, he would not hesitate to move back in for Foe when his contract finally expires, although that would depend on him being unable to find a suitable replacement in the meantime. Keegan has been linked with a move for Georgian international keeper Giorgi Lomaia. The retirement of Peter Schmeichel leaves Keegan needing a new number one and though he has been strongly linked with West Ham`s David James and Sunderland`s Thomas Sorensen, it appears Lomaia is also on his hit-list. Lokomotiv Tblisi`s highly-rated 22-year-old, who starred in his country`s shock Euro 2004 qualifying win over Russia last month, has also been tracked by Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger is expected to watch him in action for Georgia against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 11… Keegan has been linked with a move for Georgian international keeper Giorgi Lomaia. The retirement of Peter Schmeichel leaves Keegan needing a new number one and though he has been strongly linked with West Ham`s David James and Sunderland`s Thomas Sorensen, it appears Lomaia is also on his hit-list. Lokomotiv Tblisi`s highly-rated 22-year-old, who starred in his country`s shock Euro 2004 qualifying win over Russia last month, has also been tracked by Arsenal, whose manager Arsene Wenger is expected to watch him in action for Georgia against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 11. However, Lokomotiv coach Gocha Tamazashvilli has also claimed that both City and Aston Villa will send representatives to Tblisi to watch Lomaia in league action towards the end of this month. “We will arrange their stay in Georgia,“ confirmed Tamazashvilli. “It looked like they were very interested in him.

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