Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 27, 2003

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The News Review:

* Vogts taps out uptempo beat
* Larsson confirms international retirement
* SOCCER: Hughes has no fear
* SI.com – Soccer – World: Ferencvaros, MTK battle for Hungary title -…
* Owen: Preparation was not the best
* Ballack back for Germans
* New Zealand hold Scotland
* SI.com – Soccer – Ballack back in Germany squad to face Scotland -…
* FA deny appearance fee for Beckham
* Ronaldinho could talk to United next week
* Call for promotion party
* Transfer scrutiny
* ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Kiwis won’t risk Hay
* SI.com – Soccer – US – Soccer America: US outplays…

Vogts taps out uptempo beat
Telegraph.co.uk – May 26, 2003
I get my power from the people,” he said yesterday, unconsciously paraphrasing John Lennon. This image of Berti, the boulevardier, being showered with the love of the common people may have a basis in fact but it would be instructive to know exactly in which street this transforming event occurs and where the well-wishers go when their country needs them. The pitiful attendance for the meeting with Austria, not much in excess of 10,000, was only achieved by what theatrical folk call ‘papering the house’, in other words the distribution of free tickets, mainly to children who trustingly believe they are being taken for a treat. What nobody can deny is that he is working with meagre assets this evening. Of the four goalkeepers named in the squad, only two have been capped and neither Robert Douglas, of Celtic, nor Dundee United’s Paul Gallacher were in their club sides at the weekend. Douglas, though, will start against the Kiwis this evening, although not in the company of his club captain, Paul Lambert, or Barry Ferguson of Rangers. “I know Rab and I am happy that he stays in my squad,” said Vogts… “It would be excellent for morale all round if the Scots can produce a convincing performance to back Vogts’ statement that he has a “good feeling” about the Germany game. “People seem to have forgotten that if we win against the Germans, we go top of our qualifying group,” said Pressley, reminding his listeners that Scotland’s season has been erratic in the extreme. Playmaker Michael Ballack returns to the Germany squad for a Euro 2004 qualifier against Scotland on June 7 in Glasgow. Ballack, who returned to action for German champions Bayern Munich last month after seven weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury, has not played for Germany since a 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands in a friendly international in November. The 26-year-old was included on Monday by coach Rudi Voeller in a 23-man squad for a friendly against Canada on Sunday in Wolfsburg and qualifiers against Scotland and the Faroe Islands, on June 11, in Torshavn. Squad detailsSCOTLAND: Douglas (Celtic); Ross (Rangers), Pressley (Hearts) Webster (Hearts), Naysmith (Everton); Devlin (Birmingham City), McNamara (Celtic), Dailly (West Ham), McFadden (Motherwell); Kyle (Sunderland), Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic).

Larsson confirms international retirement
rte.ie – May 26, 2003
Larsson retired from international football following last summer’s World Cup but was coaxed back to play in April`s Euro 2004 qualifier against Hungary. However, that was the last time the 31-year-old will pull on the Sweden shirt with Larsson making himself unavailable for future selection. He confirmed: “I will not play for Sweden in the Euro 2004 qualifier against San Marino and Poland in June and I will never play for Sweden again. “Larsson revealed his recent heartbreaks with Celtic had played a large part in the decision. Last Wednesday the Scottish giants lost the UEFA Cup final against Porto despite Larsson scoring twice, and on Sunday they were pipped to the Premier League title by arch-rivals Rangers on goal difference. He added: “I am very disappointed after these two losses and I am very tired and not ready for new games with Sweden. Now I will take some weeks without football.

SOCCER: Hughes has no fear
U.TV – May 27, 2003
“It`s nice to get as many games as you can and next season I`d like to add a few more,“ he said. “Hopefully, I`ll have a good pre-season and reach 200. “It`s not one of those things you set targets for, but I`m young enough to play another 200. “Last season was great – there`s nothing better than playing in the Champions League. I really enjoyed it and we can now look forward to that again. “I`ve been in competition with Andy Griffin on the right and Olivier Bernard on the left. Between the three of us, we`ve been moved around a bit and there`s always competition… Between the three of us, we`ve been moved around a bit and there`s always competition. I just enjoyed getting the games that I did. “Like many of his Newcastle colleagues, Hughes still has work to do before he can enjoy his summer break as Northern Ireland prepare for their Euro 2004 qualifier against Spain on June 11 with a friendly against Italy next Tuesday. Sammy McIlroy`s side have taken just one point from their opening four games in the competition, and they are already facing elimination from the race to reach Portugal next summer. But Hughes, who will pick up his 30th international cap if selected against the Italians, is refusing to throw in the towel. “We`re playing for pride,“ he said. “We`ve got to get on with things and do the best we can.

SI.com – Soccer – World: Ferencvaros, MTK battle for Hungary title -…
SI.com – May 26, 2003
Jamaica: Donovan Ricketts (45-Aaron Lawrence), Claude Davis, Gerald Neil (75-Frank Sinclair), Micah Hyde, Jermaine Johnson (71-Omar Daley), Andy Williams, Theodore Whitmore (70-Damion Stewart), Ricardo Gardner, Marco McDonald, Onandi Lowe, Michael Johnson. Nigeria: Rotimi Sunday, Usim Bob, Obanu Kanu, Nwankwo Kanu,Ekwueme Ifeanyi, Ajuwa Bina, Lawal Garuba, Alagbe Tony, Ugochukwu Uche (65-Henry Nwosu), Goodwin Samson, Sojo Efe. Russia drops captain Titov for Swiss qualifier MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia captain Yegor Titov and two other experienced internationals have been dropped for next month’s Euro 2004 Group 10 qualifier against Switzerland. Russia coach Valery Gazzayev also axed Porto winger Dmitry Alenichev, who won the UEFA Cup with his Portuguese club last week, and Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Marat Izmailov from his 20-man squad, named on Monday, for the June 7 match in Basel. Titov, who turns 27 on Thursday, played poorly in Russia’s previous Euro qualifier, a 1-0 defeat away to Georgia on April 30, and also looked disappointing in recent matches for his club Spartak Moscow. Instead, Gazzayev recalled Spartak defender Yuri Kovtun to the national team after nearly a year’s absence. The rugged 33-year-old, who has not played for Russia since last year’s World Cup finals, scored three goals, all headers, in Spartak’s last four games… Titov, who turns 27 on Thursday, played poorly in Russia’s previous Euro qualifier, a 1-0 defeat away to Georgia on April 30, and also looked disappointing in recent matches for his club Spartak Moscow. Instead, Gazzayev recalled Spartak defender Yuri Kovtun to the national team after nearly a year’s absence. The rugged 33-year-old, who has not played for Russia since last year’s World Cup finals, scored three goals, all headers, in Spartak’s last four games. Gazzayev also called up two newcomers, strongly-built DynamoMoscow striker Dmitry Bulykin, the league’s joint top scorer this season, and speedy Saturn Ramenskoye winger Pyotr Bystrov, as he looks to improve his team’s fire power. Gazzayev has been heavily criticized by Russian media following consecutive defeats to Group 10 outsiders Albania and Georgia. Russia, with six points from four matches, trails Group 10leader Switzerland by two points. Squad: Goalkeepers: Sergei Ovchinnikov (Lokomotiv Moscow), VeniaminMandrykin (CSKA Moscow) Defenders: Viktor Onopko (Rayo Vallecano), Yuri Kovtun (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Solomatin, Alexei Berezutsky, VasilyBerezutsky and Denis Yevsikov (all CSKA Moscow), SergeiIgnashevich (Lokomotiv Moscow) Midfielders: Sergei Semak, Rolan Gusev, Igor Yanovsky (all CSKA Moscow), Alexei Smertin (Girondins Bordeaux), Igor Semshov (Torpedo Moscow), Andrei Karayka (Krylya Sovietov Samara), Yevgeny Aldonin (Rotor Volgograd), Pyotr Bystrov (SaturnRamenskoye) Forwards: Denis Popov (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Sychev(Olympique Marseille), Dmitry Bulykin (Dynamo Moscow).

Owen: Preparation was not the best
go.com – May 25, 2003
friendly –>Updated: May 25, 2003Owen: Preparation was not the bestEngland striker Michael Owen has described the disruption players faced in the build-up to Thursday’s friendly in South Africa. Owen’s long season continues with England’s June 3 friendly against Serbia andMontenegro followed by the vital Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia eight dayslater. However, the Liverpool striker feels the friendlies are crucial if England areto peak a month after the end of a hard domestic season. ‘Everyone knows the game was important to us – but perhaps it was even moreimportant to South Africa,’ Owen told the News Of The World. ‘And ourpreparation wasn’t great. ‘There was a lot of PR involved and what have you… ‘So it wasn’t the normal preparation – although we always realised it was atrip where we had to do other things. ‘But we also had come here and we had to do our job – to play the game andget a result. So, after not the best preparation, it was very pleasing towin. ‘Owen hinted that the demanding trip had taken the edge off his game. He said:’Maybe you have seen the effect it has been having on me for yourselves. ‘But he added: ‘Our two friendly games – against South Africa and then Serbiaand Montenegro next month at Leicester – are both important because we have abig Euro qualifier game against Slovakia coming up. ‘You can’t go a month without playing – without even training – so we needthese games, and we have to make the most of them.

Ballack back for Germans
BBC News – May 26, 2003
All three have been struggling with injuries for weeks and will not be risked. Eight players who missed last month’s 1-0 friendly victory against Serbia-Montenegro are back, including goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn and influential midfielder Michael Ballack. Germany play a warm up match with Canada on 1 June before travelling to Glasgow on 7 June and the Faroe Islands four days later. Voeller described the match at Hampden Park as “the most important game of the year”.

New Zealand hold Scotland
BBC News – May 27, 2003
2001: New Zealand win an early corner. Gerard Davis, getting the better of Christian Dailly, has a free header and should do better. 2000 BST: The match starts with Scotland looking for a morale-boosting win ahead of their Euro 2004 qualifier with Germany. Team news:

Scotland boss Berti Vogts named 10 of his team well in advance of the match. Jackie McNamara takes the remaining berth in the side. Kevin Kyle and Stevie Crawford up front, while Motherwell’s talented forward James McFadden also starts. Paul Lambert misses out as he rests his ankle, while Rangers’ Barry Ferguson is not available as his team prepare for Saturday’s Scottish Cup final… Paul Lambert misses out as he rests his ankle, while Rangers’ Barry Ferguson is not available as his team prepare for Saturday’s Scottish Cup final. New Zealand head coach Mick Waitt names Michael Utting in goal, with Jason Batty expected to replace him at some point during the match. Walsall’s Danny Hay is not yet match fit after an ankle injury and starts from the bench. Ivan Vicelich, Shane Smeltz and Gavin Wilkinson all miss the match due to club commitments.

SI.com – Soccer – Ballack back in Germany squad to face Scotland -…
SI.com – May 26, 2003
Leverkusen, which beat relegated Nuremberg 1-0 in the Bundesliga’s final programme Saturday, needed victory to make sure of remaining in the top flight. Hain, whose Bielefeld club was eventually relegated and would have needed Leverkusen not to win to have a chance of staying up, pointed out that Klaus Augenthaler had just been appointed Leverkusen coach after being sacked by Nuremberg and suggested the two teams had made an arrangement. “I trust the players but not the officials who dealt with Augenthaler’s move,” he told Thursday’s issue of soccer magazine Kicker. “They talked about the result of Saturday’s game. Both clubs rejected Hain’s accusations as nonsense. Dortmund boss wants Brazilian striker to stay DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund’s boss wants Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso to stay in the Bundesliga club despite a disappointing season. “We need special players for special targets.

FA deny appearance fee for Beckham
Telegraph.co.uk – May 25, 2003
The FA, who have been forced to make redundancies recently to ease financial worries, have become extremely sensitive about any allegations that they are using the global popularity of Beckham, who earns £20,000 a week in image rights from Manchester United, to solve their own difficulties. “The stories in England are a complete fabrication,” Jordaan said. “At no time did SAFA agree to make a payment to the FA for David Beckham’s appearance in last Thursday’s match. “The England squad are now in La Manga, Spain, preparing for their friendly against Serbia-Montenegro at Leicester next week and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough on June 11… “The stories in England are a complete fabrication,” Jordaan said. “At no time did SAFA agree to make a payment to the FA for David Beckham’s appearance in last Thursday’s match. “The England squad are now in La Manga, Spain, preparing for their friendly against Serbia-Montenegro at Leicester next week and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough on June 11.

Ronaldinho could talk to United next week
Telegraph.co.uk – May 27, 2003
“I have been happy here and Paris has been an experience I’ll never forget. PSG have also changed their president in the last two months which has seen the departure of Laurent Perpere, sacked in April, who has consistently defended the striker despite a serious rift with the former PSG coach Luis Fernandez. While Perpere stood by Ronaldinho this season when he infuriated Fernandez by inviting a girlfriend back to the team hotel before a match, the new president, Francis Graille, has all but admitted defeat in his attempts to keep the striker. “I’ve made lots of mistakes,” Ronaldinho said. “Just like everybody… While Ferdinand worked in the gym with Trevor Sinclair, who is expected to be fit for Sunday, Wayne Rooney and John Terry were put through a separate work-out by physiotherapist Gary Lewin at England’s La Manga training camp. The England squad will fly back home tomorrow morning and will have three days off until they are required to meet up again in Ashby de la Zouche to prepare for their friendly against Serbia and Montenegro at Leicester’s Walker’s Stadium on Tuesday. Ferdinand will report back to United’s medical staff to work on his recovery. United have signed the Irish teenager Kyle Moran from the League of Ireland team Shelbourne – one of six clubs across the world that the champions have forged links with at academy level.

Call for promotion party
BBC News – May 26, 2003
Welsh Assembly First Minister Rhodri Morgan has said he would like to see an event held during the summer to celebrate the promotion of Cardiff and Wrexham, Swansea’s league survival and a memorable year for the Welsh national side. Before Cardiff’s 1-0 victory over Queen’s Park Rangers at the Millennium Stadium to gain promotion to Division One, Wrexham had already secured promotion from Division Three. Swansea had survived a dramatic battle against relegation from the Nationwide League and the Wales national side had ended the season on top of their Euro 2004 qualifying group… “Our capital city now has a team in Division One and the sky is the limit for
the Bluebirds. ”

Cardiff City have not yet announced any plans for their own celebration of their promotion. However it is believed one may be organised for the weekend. ‘Wonderful occasion’

Bluebirds fan of 40 years, Tony Jeffries, said the victory was the best he had experienced while following the club. “It was a wonderful occasion after it seemed were never destined for those dizzy heights again,” he said. “With Sam Hammam at the helm and if we can get the new stadium, the economics are huge for Wales.

Transfer scrutiny
Telegraph.co.uk – May 27, 2003
Scottish Premier League chairman Lex Gold chaired the meeting of the Association of European Leagues and he outlined the objections raised to the current system. He said: “The issue is to have a common date for the expiry of the transfer window. “Technically this is an inside thing, but for example, at the moment the Italian league have an expiry date of August 30 while the English one is August 31, so it’s a question of looking to see whether we as a group would be looking to unify the transfer windows. “Gold added: “The significance of this is that it enables all the major leagues of Europe to come together and discuss issues of common interest and forge a common line. “The SPL chairman also claims UEFA support the group and are likely to take their proposals seriously… “Gold added: “The significance of this is that it enables all the major leagues of Europe to come together and discuss issues of common interest and forge a common line. “The SPL chairman also claims UEFA support the group and are likely to take their proposals seriously. Scotland manager Berti Vogts was dealt a big blow ahead of next month’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Germany when it was confirmed that Barry Ferguson must undergo surgery.

ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Kiwis won’t risk Hay
go.com – May 27, 2003
All Whites head coach Mick Waitt is conscious of easing Hay back into actionafter an ankle injury. He said: ‘Danny has trained well and made excellentprogress but we felt it wise not to start him in this match. ‘While Scotland are preparing for the visit of Germany for a crunch Euro 2004qualifier on June 7, it will be New Zealand’s first match in the build up to theFIFA Confederations Cup. Waitt added: ‘There is a big buzz around the squad with a great deal ofanticipation ahead of the clash. The atmosphere has clearly changed with theplayers well and truly up for the match in Edinburgh. ‘Michael Utting and Jason Batty will share the goalkeeping duties, with MarkPaston also named on the bench should he be required. Waitt has an eye on two objectives… Having said that, we must also have an eye onthe greater prize and be aware of giving players game time at this early stageof our preparation. I will look to find the balance between the two. ‘Ivan Vicelich, Shane Smeltz and Gavin Wilkinson were not considered forselection due to club commitments, while Brent Fisher has been ruled out of thetour through injury and his replacement, Michael Wilson, is yet to join thesquad. Chris Killen was not considered and will join the squad after theScotland game. Team: Michael Utting (Football Kingz), David Mulligan (Barnsley), ChrisZoricich (Newcastle United, Australia), Aaran Lines (Ruch Chorzow), Mark Burton(Football Kingz), Chris Jackson (Football Kingz), Ryan Nelsen (DC United),Vaughan Coveny (South Melbourne), Simon Elliott (LA Galaxy), Gerard Davis(Tampere Utd), Noah Hickey (Tampere Utd). Substitutes: Jason Batty (CavershamAFC), Duncan Oughton (Columbus Crew), Danny Hay (Walsall), Chris Bouckenooghe(KSK Ronse), Raf De Gregorio (Football Kingz), Scott Smith (Kingstonian), MarkPaston (Napier City Rovers). Your views on this story?.

SI.com – Soccer – US – Soccer America: US outplays…
SI.com – May 27, 2003
Davies couldn’t secure the right flank, and Greg Vanney sent a short ball for Lewis to approach the goal and shoot low from a sharp angle past Ward, who had come on at halftime. Lewis then tracked back into his own penalty area to intercept a driven ball intended for Oster and headed it back to keeper Nick Rimando. Wales tried to play balls on the ground at times but more often than not went to the air. Left back Vanney stepped up to intercept several passes; C. Brown and Ryan Suarez were tough on head balls; and Jeff Agoos kept the back line organized. The tight confines of the 67-yard-wide Spartan Stadium field seemed to stifle the Welsh, but Lewis — who played four seasons in MLS before heading to England — and Earnie Stewart were far more effective on the flanks… He went near post but Rimando parried the hard, rising shot for a corner kick. Neither team was close to full strength. Of the Welsh team that beat Italy 2-1 last October in its most important Euro 2004 qualifying win to date, four played against the U. : Paul Jones, Melville, Pembridge and Davies.

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