Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 21, 2003

Healed Owen reflects on hamstrung Liverpool

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The News Review:

* SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA wants place for sport in Euro treaty -…
* Not so fast Becks, Delron will be right there
* E-poll: Should Wayne Rooney go to South Africa?
* Healed Owen reflects on hamstrung Liverpool
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Vogts to name…
* Desailly ponders retirement U-turn
* Police close in on pitch invaders
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Bafana get tough for England
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Kishishev opts…
* SI.com – Soccer – UK: Bergkamp to quit if no future at Arsenal -…
* Terry out of England clash
* UEFA Cup

SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA wants place for sport in Euro treaty -…
SI.com – May 20, 2003
The figures are in a UEFA study to research the financial impact of the event, the biggest ever held in Portugal. Tourists’ spending during the tournament will be 262 million euros (US$305 million), 244 million euros (US$284 million) will come from investment and additional jobs in the construction sector and 290 million euros (US$338 million) is the estimated value of the publicity generated for the country. Olsson was speaking at a press conference after a meeting of Euro 2004 organizers. He added that Portugal will also get a long-term boost in tourist spending of about 179 to 350 million euros (US$208 to 408 million) per year after the championship takes place. Euro 2004 is being hosted at 10 new or renovated stadiums in eight cities across the country. Portugal is spending about 4 billion euros (US$4. 6 billion) on the championship, that will start on June 12 and last for three weeks… Wil were denied a first division license earlier this monthafter being unable to deliver a business report and otherdocuments required by the license commission. Nationalliga director Edmond Isoz told Reuters on Tuesdaythat Wil had also been denied permission to play in the seconddivision because of doubts over their financial security. “They have not been given a license but it is not a definitedecision yet,” Isoz said. “That decision will be taken early inJune. Wil said they will prepare the necessary documents needed tobe given a Nationalliga B license before the end of May. The club have been beset by financial problems in the2002-03 season after former president Andreas Hafen admittedthat he had used defrauded money from the bank where he waspresident to help fund the club. That matter is still under investigation and Wil’s futurecould depend on whether the bank decides to reclaim theestimated 10.

Not so fast Becks, Delron will be right there
Independent Online – May 21, 2003
“It is a tremendous honour for me and the players. Frankly I am in awe and really looking forward to having a good chat with him. ”

Beckham said meeting Madiba was not his sole reason for coming to play against South Africa. “I am suspended for our next Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia but after a talk with the FA and manager (Sven-Goran Eriksson) I felt it was important, as captain, to come here and play. This is a very big game for both countries and I expect it will be a good game. ”

He congratulated Radebe on winning his 70th cap for his country. “I have a deep respect for Lucas.

E-poll: Should Wayne Rooney go to South Africa?
Telegraph.co.uk – May 19, 2003
The withdrawal of Rooney intensifies the club versus country battle that Sven Goran Eriksson had been trying to diffuse last week, through meetings with Premiership managers over the availibility of players. Eriksson had argued that Rooney should travel, even if he did not play, for the experience. It is now hoped that Eriksson will have Rooney for the friendly with Serbia and Montenegro on June 3 and, more importantly, the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11. The result of our poll was close, with 53 per cent of you voting for Rooney to travel… It is now hoped that Eriksson will have Rooney for the friendly with Serbia and Montenegro on June 3 and, more importantly, the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11. The result of our poll was close, with 53 per cent of you voting for Rooney to travel. Some of you agreed that, despite the injury to his knee, the experience would be good for the Everton striker:He needs to go even if he doesn’t play to build up the essential team spirit England have sadly lacked. Terry Baudains, SouthamptonHe should go to South Africa, whether he plays or not, as a bonding measure with his team-mates and on the condition that appriopriate treatement is available. Russell Foley, Hobart, Tasmania Just take him along for the trip.

Healed Owen reflects on hamstrung Liverpool
Telegraph.co.uk – May 20, 2003
But after a year of strengthening and sacrifice, the England striker has found himself on the other end of a Faustian pact: the hamstrings are fine but his club have proved more likely to break down. Owen playing England friendlies in May was once a demand that his brittle hamstrings would just not accept. But as he kills empty time waiting for tomorrow’s match against South Africa and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11 he has time to reflect on Liverpool’s slump to fifth place in the Premiership table and their. The intense muscle work that Owen did to fortify his hamstrings came with the risk, he warned, that his goalscoring feats this season… “It’s not been the greatest season in the Premiership or the Champions League,” Owen said. “We won the Worthington Cup but we set our sights much higher than that, so it has been a disappointing season. Hopefully it will get better next year. From a personal point of view it started average and got better. “I got 28 goals for Liverpool and that equals the best I have done, but the main thing for me this season was to solve my injury problems.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Vogts to name…
BBC News – May 19, 2003
Rangers midfielder Ferguson has been carrying a hip injury all season and will require surgery before next term. His title-chasing club might wish him to have the operation before Scotland Euro 2004 qualifier on 7 June as they will want him fit for the start of the next season’s Champions League campaign. But Vogts insists that Scotland’s player of the season will be among the 18 or 19 strong squad he will announce on Thursday for the Germany game and the warm-up clash with New Zealand. “I spoke to Barry last week and he is still hopeful,” said Vogts… Rangers midfielder Ferguson has been carrying a hip injury all season and will require surgery before next term. His title-chasing club might wish him to have the operation before Scotland Euro 2004 qualifier on 7 June as they will want him fit for the start of the next season’s Champions League campaign. But Vogts insists that Scotland’s player of the season will be among the 18 or 19 strong squad he will announce on Thursday for the Germany game and the warm-up clash with New Zealand. “I spoke to Barry last week and he is still hopeful,” said Vogts. “I can only say what I know today and today he is in the starting line-up to face Germany.

Desailly ponders retirement U-turn
BBC News – May 19, 2003
But he is now considering an extra season at Chelsea, or elsewhere, if his “passion for the sport is still there”. “Everyone says that I will retire but if the passion is still here at the end of the next campaign, I could well continue with Chelsea or even join a little club somewhere else, where it will be calm for me and far from all the involvement and commitments a big club could entail,” Desailly said. “We will see if my passion and my desire to play football disappear or not, but it is maybe a mistake to combine the end of a player’s contract with his decision to hang up his boots. ”

Desailly has a year left on his contract at Chelsea, although the club were recently reported to be ready to let the 34-year-old go at the end of the season… “It was important for me to remain with the team after our bad performance in the 2002 World Cup,” Desailly added. “I wanted to help make the transition between the experienced players and the young ones who arrived afterwards in the France side. “But by the end of Euro 2004, I think I will have accomplished my duty. It will be the right time for me to say goodbye. ”

‘Mixed feelings’

Chelsea earned another crack at the Champions League with a fourth-place finish in the Premiership, but Desailly admitted his sights were set higher. “We have reached our minimum objectives,” said Desailly. “But I have mixed feelings.

Police close in on pitch invaders
BBC News – May 19, 2003
Northumbria Police published the photographs of fans who ran on to the pitch at the Stadium of Light after England’s goals in the Euro 2004 qualifier. Detective Chief lnspector Neil Adamson is the head of Operation Doorstep, which has seen photographs of 28 people posted on the force’s internet site. Since then some 16,000 people have visited the website and helped identify the fans. Three people have now been arrested – one from Sunderland and two arrested by police in Warkwickshire… Another nine have identified themselves to the police and information has also come in on a further 12, following calls from members of the public. ‘Not acceptable’

Mr Adamson said: “Those who have identified themselves are from all across England, and we are making arrangements for them to report to their local police stations. “The general public understands that running on the pitch is not acceptable, and we have to keep getting that message across. “If you do run on to the pitch it is likely you will be prosecuted. ”

European football’s ruling body, Uefa, fined the Football Association (FA) ?68,000 after the match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland in April. Racial taunts were hurled at Turkish players and fans, and the pitch was invaded by supporters after the goals which gave England a 2-0 win. There were more than 100 arrests on the night.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Bafana get tough for England
go.com – May 20, 2003
Mashaba’s inexperienced squad was a protest at the high-profile players’ past refusals to attend internationals. A list of shame that icluded Leeds United’s Lucas Radebe, Charlton Athletic’s Shaun Bartlett and Celta Vigo’s Benni McCarthy. However, the SAFA did not share Mashaba’s moral stance, especially with a multi-million pound World Cup bid in the balance, and they removed the coach for the England clash to install former boss Jomo Sono instead. SAFA puppet Sono, who only quit Bafana Bafana after a poor showing at last summer’s World Cup, duly selected the required stars in a shiny new squad that included Radebe, Bartlett, McCarthy, Quinton Fortune and various other players who ply their trade abroad. In comparison, Sven Goran Eriksson’s attempts to get tough on player selection, after being hugely criticised for the Australia friendly debacle, by selecting Everton striker Wayne Rooney against his manager’s wishes simply pale into insignificance. Eriksson, who fielded a different team in each half against the Aussies after bowing to club pressure, selected Rooney despite Everton boss David Moyes’ extreme displeasure about the 17-year-old being asked to travel 9,000 miles for a friendly. Moyes insisted that the youngster should be spared the trip after some fatigued performances towards the end of the season… Moyes insisted that the youngster should be spared the trip after some fatigued performances towards the end of the season. When it was announced that Rooney had suffered medial ligament damage after the final game of the season and could not join up with England sceptical glances were cast towards Goodison Park. And when Eriksson announced his squad for England’s triple header – a friendly against Serbia and Montenegro precludes the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia – the Swede included Rooney, much to Moyes’ dismay. However, after a medical conducted in London by England doctor Leif Sward, at which both the England and Everton boss were present, it was concluded that the injury was bona fide and that Rooney would not have to travel to South Africa. Instead, he would join the squad for their six-day training camp in La Manga, baring any set back with his knee, on Friday. In Eriksson’s defence he has insisted that his injured players join up with the England squad ever since Paul Scholes was withdrawn with an injury by Manchester United, only to play a Premiership game four days before September’s clash with Portugal. But Sven’s selection problems did not end there.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Kishishev opts…
BBC News – May 21, 2003
Now Markov has a selection problem for next month’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium. “We had serious talks but I had taken my decision,” said the full-back. “The question was whether I would play against Belgium or not but I decided to give up national team football. “Not being given the armband affected my thoughts and made me think of some things I hadn’t thought about so far. ”

Markov was understandably disappointed with Kishishev’s decision… Now Markov has a selection problem for next month’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium. “We had serious talks but I had taken my decision,” said the full-back. “The question was whether I would play against Belgium or not but I decided to give up national team football. “Not being given the armband affected my thoughts and made me think of some things I hadn’t thought about so far. ”

Markov was understandably disappointed with Kishishev’s decision. “I had a three-hour conversation with him and my wish was to convince him to play, since I don’t think it’s the time for him to give up ahead of an important qualifier,” he said. “Despite that conversation, he firmly refused to continue with his
participation which I sincerely regret.

SI.com – Soccer – UK: Bergkamp to quit if no future at Arsenal -…
SI.com – May 19, 2003
“Would I move to another club? I don’t think so,” said Bergkamp, who turned 34 Sunday. “You want to play at a high level and I think I have that chance at Arsenal. There is not much higher than Arsenal and, if there is, they probably won’t buy me. ” Bergkamp joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1995 and was a key player in the Gunners’ league and FA Cup triumphs in 1998. That season, Bergkamp won two domestic player of the year awards and was a star of the World Cup in France. Bergkamp also played a major role when Arsenal won the league and FA Cuup double last season. While his role has waned this season, he remains highly regarded for his strong finishing skills… “I’m still going to work on it in the build-up to the game but I think the other two (games) will be more realistic. Terry added that he was still waiting to hear from Chelsea officials about his future, saying he wanted to stay with the club but that it was up to them to get things moving. England plays Serbia and Montenegro in another friendly inLeicester on June 3 and Slovakia in its next Euro 2004 qualifier in Middlesbrough on June 11. With Sol Campbell injured, manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has alimited choice at centre back and will probably start with Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Southgate in Durban. However, he is also likely to give a debut of some sort to Matthew Upson, who has forced himself into the squad since moving to Birmingham City from Arsenal in January. Move justified Upson, who left Highbury because of his frustration at not being able to secure a first-team place, was delighted that the move has led to his place in the international set-up. “Things have gone well for me in the last six months and I’ve really enjoyed myself which maybe is the key,” said the 24-year-old who moved to Birmingham for one million pounds (US$1.

Terry out of England clash
BBC News – May 20, 2003
The Chelsea defender missed the last fortnight of the Premiership season because of the injury. And on Tuesday, England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed Terry would take no part in Thursday’s game. Despite the complaint, Terry insisted he remained hopeful of playing in the friendly against Serbia & Montenegro and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. He also revealed his future at Chelsea is uncertain with the Premiership high-flyers yet to answer his demand for a new contract. The centre-back has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal. He said: “It is nice to be linked with big clubs like Arsenal, but I hope I don’t leave Chelsea, I really do. “I have told Chelsea I want to stay and hopefully they will get back to me in the summer, but I’m not sure… The centre-back has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal. He said: “It is nice to be linked with big clubs like Arsenal, but I hope I don’t leave Chelsea, I really do. “I have told Chelsea I want to stay and hopefully they will get back to me in the summer, but I’m not sure. And Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard admits he wants Terry’s contract wrangle resolved as he said: “I hope that he stays.

UEFA Cup
uefa.comUEFA.com – May 21, 2003
His pass for Porto’s second goal the highlight of a virtuoso display of flair, finesse and fine footwork. Man to watchThe classical playmaker may, like competition top scorer Derlei, have been born in Brazil but he is now a Portuguese international. And his display in the Estadio Olímpico in Seville already marks him out as a player to watch when Portugal host UEFA EURO 2004™ next summer. Sublime passStrikers may get the credit for great goals, like Henrik Larsson, and for predatory prowess, like Derlei, but the perfect assist can often be overlooked. His sublime pass for Dmitri Alenichev’s goal was a thing of rare beauty. Feinting as if to use his left, he clipped the ball diagonally with the outside of his right to set the Russian up for a simple finish to restore Porto’s lead at 2-1. ‘Relatively simple’Deco is usually one to let his boots to the talking, but he spoke to uefa… He said: “It is a steep learning curve, but this was a wonderful, wonderful experience. The players put everything into it and the fans have been fantastic. “Unbelievable lossLarsson, who took his UEFA Cup goal tally for the season to eleven, one less than Derlei, was more openly downbeat, saying: “To come back twice and still lose was unbelievable, but the luck was not on our side. We have just lost one of the biggest games you can play as a professional footballer and I am not very happy at the moment. “Key playerMourinho himself admitted that Celtic proved tough opponents, and Deco certainly made a crucial difference. The loss of Jorge Costa and Costinha to injuries during the match were potentially decisive blows, but, crucially, Deco lasted to the end, to guide Porto’s makeshift attack. He concluded: “What I want is to savour this title and think about other things later.

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