Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 2, 2003

England are coming home

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 6:36 am

The News Review:

* Ronaldinho eyes Manchester United move
* SI.com – Soccer – England under pressure again despite victories -…
* SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kaiserslautern’s Sforza to miss final …
* England are coming home
* Toshack’s season review
* Euro 2004 Squads Roundup
* SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004 in sight for Germany, Spain – Monday June…
* Can Scotland beat Germany in their Euro 2004 qualifier?
* Sven would support Becks-Barca move
* OWEN ESCHEWS BECKS’ LIFESTYLE
* Berti hopes to have the last laugh
* UPSON IN CONTENTION FOR CRUNCH CLASH
* Cup final pair get Scots call
* McCartney decides to travel
* The back pages
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven: Sinclair injured
* Hargreaves: England ready for Serb test
* Germany topples Canada in men’s soccer friendly
* SI.com – Soccer – World: La Louviere wins Belgian Cup – Sunday June…

Ronaldinho eyes Manchester United move
SI.com – Jun 1, 2003
“It was definitely a shot, but if I’m being totally honest I was aiming for the other side of the net,” he said. “I was aware of the keeper’s position and went for the shot at goal. The fact that it did not go in exactly how I planned is secondary to the fact that I was having a go. “I suppose there was an element of luck involved but a goal is a goal and it is irrelevant how it goes in. “Had I not scored that goal I doubt whether any of the big clubs would be showing such a keen interest in me now. ” Beckham pleads with fans to behave, linked with Barca LONDON (AP) — England captain David Beckham has made a televised appeal for fans to behave themselves at matches, the Football Association said Sunday. Racist behavior by England fans has already prompted European soccer’s governing body UEFA to fine the FA US$111,000 because fans chanted offensive slogans and twice ran on the field during a game against Turkey in April… ” Beckham pleads with fans to behave, linked with Barca LONDON (AP) — England captain David Beckham has made a televised appeal for fans to behave themselves at matches, the Football Association said Sunday. Racist behavior by England fans has already prompted European soccer’s governing body UEFA to fine the FA US$111,000 because fans chanted offensive slogans and twice ran on the field during a game against Turkey in April. UEFA has also warned England it could be kicked out of Euro 2004 if fans continue to misbehave. England plays Serbia-Montenegro on Tuesday in a friendly and Slovakia in a Euro 2004 qualifier on June 11. “We’re working hard as players, and as a team, to reach the finals of this competition, and hopefully our fans are not going to spoil it,” Beckham said. “Respect has got to be shown to the opposition, especially with the national anthem. Booing a national anthem is disrespectful.

SI.com – Soccer – England under pressure again despite victories -…
SI.com – Jun 2, 2003
David Beckham’s broken wrist, constant speculation about the Manchester United star’s future, fears that more fan violence might get England kicked out of Euro 2004 and reports that Rio Ferdinand and John Terry were involved in a brawl with locals over a game of pool, have all taken the gloss off those victories. Add to that eight injury problems and the squad seems under pressure all over again. Eriksson’s team hosts Serbia-Montenegro, formerly Yugoslavia, in a friendly at Leicester City’s Walkers Stadium on Tuesday as preparation for a June 11 Euro 2004 qualifying game against Slovakia at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium… “It’s the second biggest competition in the world after the World Cup to play in a European Championship. It would be a huge disappointment (to be banned) not just for England but for European football. “England has got a reputation of being at these tournaments and, if we weren’t to be there, it would be a big loss to everyone. ” While Beckham and Owen appealed to the fans, two of their England teammates hit the headlines after being involved in a 3:30 a. dispute with two hotel staff at the team’s training headquarters at La Manga, Spain. Reports said Ferdinand, who was with Terry, manhandled one of the staff in an argument over a game of pool.

SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kaiserslautern’s Sforza to miss final …
SI.com – May 31, 2003
It was also Bayern’s last of 10 titles in the cup’s 60-year history. For Kaiserslautern, a cup victory would be tonic for a Bundesliga season in which it flirted with demotion and financial ruin. “We are not in Berlin to go shopping. We want to win the cup,” Gerets said. The Belgian coach is credited with saving the club from relegation in a year when it had to sell its stadium and the transfer rights to top striker Miroslav Klose to avoid bankruptcy. Kaiserslautern is hoping for its third cup triumph after 1996 and 1990. Voeller attacks Basler for criticism of German team WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) — Germany coach RudiVoeller has hit back at former German striker Mario Basler forhis criticism of the team as boring and straight-laced… Basler, long one of the most colorful players in theBundesliga, ran into trouble off the pitch while playing forBayern Munich in the late 1990s, when he was suspended fordrinking and other disciplinary problems. But his devastating free kicks made him a dangerous, iferratic, player right up to the end of his career. Germany take on Canada in Wolfsburg on Sunday before theirEuro 2004 Group Five qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow onJune 7. Germany to miss in upcoming matchesWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Schalke midfielder Joerg Boehme will miss Germany’s upcoming exhibition match against Canada and the Euro 2004 qualifiers against Scotland and the Faeroe Islands, coach Rudi Voeller said Friday. “He is physically and mentally not capable of helping us,” Voeller said. “I didn’t think it made any sense to keep him here any longer,” Voeller said. The often eccentric midfielder has a history of erratic behavior on and off the field.

England are coming home
Telegraph.co.uk – May 31, 2003
Even if that is seen as one of our easier games, you would not want to go into a fixture of such importance to England’s future without a warm-up any more than you would contemplate going into a World Cup without one. It is all very well the players bonding – or whatever they were supposed to be doing in La Manga, largely playing golf from pictures I have seen – but there comes a time when players have to get their fight faces on. So a match against gentle opposition on a good pitch and in a good atmosphere is just the ticket. The result will not be important, though Sven-Goran Eriksson will expect his team to win.

Toshack’s season review
BBC News – Jun 1, 2003
Toshack on Wales

There’s no question that Welsh international football is on a high at the moment. We couldn’t have asked for anything more than four wins from the opening Euro 2004 qualifiers. But after the draw was made, I always said that the ‘Amen corner’ would come at the beginning of next season. The away game against Serbia-Montenegro is going to be tricky, and then comes the daunting task of going to Italy at the beginning of September. This is going to be the most difficult and crucial part of the whole campaign. There’s a lot of euphoria about the Wales team at the moment – and rightly so… But we shouldn’t overlook that fact that Totti, Inzaghi and Vieri were out. If Wales have to go to Italy without Hartson, Bellamy and Giggs, we would find it tough. The only Wales side to win a qualifying group was the side in 1976 – not the World Cup side of 1958. And the one result that won that side the group was a 2-1 win against Hungary in Budapest. I don’t think the players should take the mentality that they’ve got two home games at the end of the group to rely on if anything goes wrong. We should make sure nothing goes wrong. We should go to Serbia trying to win the game.

Euro 2004 Squads Roundup
SI.com – Jun 2, 2003
Davids was replaced after an hour of last Wednesday’s Champions League final between his Juventus side and AC Milan because of a groin injury. Chelsea’s Hasselbaink has a calf strain. PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus returns to the squad after recovering from groin surgery, but four youngsters Andy van der Meyde, Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, called up for the 1-1 friendly against Portugal in April, are dropped. The Dutch side will play a match behind closed doors against Ajax Amsterdam on Friday before leaving for Minsk… Luxembourg is bottom without a point after four games. Squad: Goalkeepers: Thomas Sorensen (Sunderland), Peter Skov-Jensen(FC Midtjylland) Defenders: Kasper Bogelund (PSV Eindhoven), Thomas Helveg(AC Milan), Rene Henriksen (Panathinaikos), Niclas Jensen(Manchester City), Martin Laursen (AC Milan), Per Nielsen(Brondby) Midfielders: Thomas Gravesen (Everton), Claus Jensen(Charlton Athletic), Thomas Roll Larsen (FC Copenhagen), MortenWieghorst (Brondby IF), Thomas Kahlenberg (Brondby), PeterNielsen (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Schultz (Farum) Forwards: Jesper Gronkjaer (Chelsea), Dennis Rommedahl (PSVEindhoven), Ebbe Sand (Schalke 04), Martin Joergensen (Udinese),Kaspar Dalgas (Brondby)Zagorcic injury could force change in Bulgaria squad SOFIA (Reuters) — Defender Zlatomir Zagorcic could become the eighth regular to miss Bulgaria’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium in Sofia on Saturday after suffering a thigh injury during a domestic premier league match. Coach Plamen Markov said on Monday that if the ethnic Serb did not recover by Tuesday, he would call up a replacement to his original 18-strong squad named last week. Markov has already been forced to replace key defender Georgi Peev of Dynamo Kiev with CSKA Sofia’s Todor Yanchev. Peev underwent an operation on Thursday after injuring his ankle during a Ukranian premier division match. The Bulgarians will also be without injured striker Georgi Chilikov of Levski Sofia and midfielder Milen Petkov of AEK Athens, while Shakhtar Donetsk defender Predrag Pazhin and forward Zoran Jankovic of China’s Dalian Shide are suspended. Former captain Krassimir Balakov of VfB Stuttgart, also suspended for the Belgium match, retired last month before Charlton Athletic defender Radostin Kishishev surprisingly quit the national team 10 days ago.

SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004 in sight for Germany, Spain – Monday June…
SI.com – Jun 2, 2003
Spain, the consummate qualifier, is in a better position. A home win over Greece and an away success at hapless Northern Ireland — which has yet to score in the competition — will haveGroup Six just about done and dusted with two games to spare. Defending champion France, away and clear with a maximum 15 points in Group One, is not in action so the interest is in the scramble for second place, which Israel’s home game againstSlovenia could go a long way towards settling. Much tighter In the other seven groups things are much tighter. Norway, leading Group Two on 10 points, makes the short trip to Denmark (second on seven) before hosting Romania (third on six). Fourth-placed Bosnia is also on six and could further muddy the waters when it visits Romania on Saturday. Russia started its campaign with two big wins but shock defeats to Albania and Georgia have allowed Switzerland to take the initiative in Group 10.

Can Scotland beat Germany in their Euro 2004 qualifier?
Edinburgh Evening News – May 31, 2003
” David Douglas, Clermiston, administration, 30: “I hope that they can get a result but we don’t have much of a strikeforce so where are the goals going to come from? We need Kenny Miller to get a game and be on form. ” David Inverarity, Tollcross, administration, 35: “Looking at the two teams Germany should run out convincing winners particularly the way we have been playing recently. ” Iain Prior, Gilmerton, administration assistant, 37: “Scotland have no chance at all and will be well beaten. We seem to be moving backwards just now and not progressing.

Sven would support Becks-Barca move
go.com – Jun 2, 2003
So I don’t think that would be a problemfor David Beckham, absolutely not. ‘Manchester United and Beckham have insisted that he is staying put at OldTrafford, while Barcelona’s interest depends on which candidate wins the race tobecome their next president. It is also not as if Eriksson is urging Beckham to move abroad to further hiscareer. ‘A couple of weeks ago, he was going to Real Madrid, according to somereports. Now it’s Barcelona and I am sure, before it is finished, he will be atAC Milan, Inter Milan or maybe Juventus,’ added the England coach. ‘Then, in the end, he might stay at Old Trafford… It doesn’t really matter where he plays football, as long as you talk about a big team. I don’t know whether playing abroad would be any better for him, but it certainly wouldn’t be any worse. ‘Beckham is missing from England’s build-up to their Euro 2004 qualifieragainst Slovakia on June 11 as he is suspended after picking up two bookingsduring previous group games. That will be the first time Eriksson has been without his captain in 15competitive fixtures, but he insists the team can cope in his absence. ‘It’s always good to have him around but we have to accept it and have toperform without him,’ he said. As it is, Beckham would have been ruled out of Tuesday’s friendly againstSerbia-Montenegro in any case with the broken bone in his wrist that hesustained in South Africa. ‘Maybe it is the first time that we have had to think about who else shouldtake the free-kicks and corners,’ added Eriksson.

OWEN ESCHEWS BECKS’ LIFESTYLE
4TheGame – Jun 2, 2003
In the intervening years, however, and especially since Beckham was named as England skipper, he has left Owen trailing in his wake in terms of fame and fortune. Not that the 23-year-old Liverpool striker would have it any other way, though. Beckham may be absent from the England squad as he is suspended for the Euro 2004 qualifier, but he was still making all the headlines today. For a start, he was attempting a publicity coup in the United States as he presented a MTV movie award along with his pop star wife, Victoria, and did the round of chat show appearances. Then there was the collapse of a trial which centred around an alleged kidnap plot for the former Spice Girl. Beckham had also already recorded a televised plea to England fans to take heed of UEFA’s final warning about their behaviour following the ugly scenes at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in April… In the intervening years, however, and especially since Beckham was named as England skipper, he has left Owen trailing in his wake in terms of fame and fortune. Not that the 23-year-old Liverpool striker would have it any other way, though. Beckham may be absent from the England squad as he is suspended for the Euro 2004 qualifier, but he was still making all the headlines today. For a start, he was attempting a publicity coup in the United States as he presented a MTV movie award along with his pop star wife, Victoria, and did the round of chat show appearances. Then there was the collapse of a trial which centred around an alleged kidnap plot for the former Spice Girl. Beckham had also already recorded a televised plea to England fans to take heed of UEFA’s final warning about their behaviour following the ugly scenes at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in April. Stand-in skipper Owen, meanwhile, was courting rather less publicity as he delivered the routine Press conference ahead of the game at the Walkers Stadium, but he was not complaining.

Berti hopes to have the last laugh
Edinburgh Evening News – May 31, 2003
This week their numbers will multiply into a throng. A delegation from the press corps in the coach’s homeland has made regular pilgrimages to Scotland matches since Vogts succeeded Craig Brown and over the coming days a whole army of his fiercest critics will descend on Glasgow. Next Saturday sees the long- awaited Euro 2004 crunch qualifier between the two nations at Hampden and Vogts will inevitably be the centre of attention. Vogts spent eight years in charge of the German team during which time he coached the side to victory at Euro 96. Yet he is a ridiculed figure in his homeland and his results since moving to Scotland have only reinforced that image. Fully 14 games have been played since he asked the Tartan Army to call him Berti McVogts and only three have resulted in victory. Granted, only four of those fixtures have been competitive affairs and, while the Germans are firm favourites to top Group 5, the home and away victories over Iceland could yet prove vital in securing at least a place in the play-offs at the end of the qualifying campaign… However, the defeat to Lithuania and draw in the Faroe Islands did considerable damage to the Scots’ standing on the world stage. After the staleness which typified the latter years of the Brown era there were loud calls for a transfusion of fresh blood into the squad under the new man. On that score Vogts has not disappointed and he has been nothing if not thorough in his attempts to unearth men capable of wearing the dark blue jerseys with distinction. More than 40 players have been used during his tenure but the boss has yet to settle on a recognised formation never mind establish his first-choice line-up. The midweek draw against New Zealand saw a staple 4-4-2 shape deployed in preference to some of the more bizarre and patently unsuitable systems utilised by Vogts in the earlier months of his reign. This succeeded in establishing a more solid look to the team, but there was still a lack of fluency and penetration against a Kiwi side which could hardly claim to be one of the world’s great football machines. As preparation for next week’s big game it all seemed a bit ominous and those German journalists in attendance certainly didn’t disguise their feelings about the strength of opposition their country is about to face.

UPSON IN CONTENTION FOR CRUNCH CLASH
4TheGame – May 31, 2003
here NEWS STORY UPSON IN CONTENTION FOR CRUNCH CLASH Saturday 31 May 2003 Birmingham defender Matthew Upson is set to be given the chance of clinching a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England side to face Slovakia on June 11. Upson, who completed a transfer-window move to the Blues in January after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Arsenal, is almost certain to partner Gareth Southgate against Serbia and Montenegro at the Walkers Stadium on Tuesday. And, if he performs as well as he did for City in their end-of-season surge into mid-table, the 24-year-old could keep his place for the Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia eight days later despite the return to fitness of impressive Chelsea defender John Terry. Upson made his England debut as Rio Ferdinand’s interval replacement in the 2-1 win over South Africa in Durban last week and with the Manchester United defender now requiring surgery on the knee injury he aggravated during the game and fellow Old Trafford men Wes Brown and Gary Neville already ruled out, Eriksson has a hole to fill. Ferdinand will not know how long he will be out of action for until his exploratory operation next week but his club hope he will have recovered in time to make the high-profile pre-season tour to the United States at the end of July. “Rio’s left knee was examined and following discussions between the Manchester United medical team and the England doctor, it was felt to be in Rio’s best interests that he undergo an arthroscopy at the beginning of next week,” said a United statement. “As a result, he will be unavailable for the next two England games… And, if he performs as well as he did for City in their end-of-season surge into mid-table, the 24-year-old could keep his place for the Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia eight days later despite the return to fitness of impressive Chelsea defender John Terry. Upson made his England debut as Rio Ferdinand’s interval replacement in the 2-1 win over South Africa in Durban last week and with the Manchester United defender now requiring surgery on the knee injury he aggravated during the game and fellow Old Trafford men Wes Brown and Gary Neville already ruled out, Eriksson has a hole to fill. Ferdinand will not know how long he will be out of action for until his exploratory operation next week but his club hope he will have recovered in time to make the high-profile pre-season tour to the United States at the end of July. “Rio’s left knee was examined and following discussions between the Manchester United medical team and the England doctor, it was felt to be in Rio’s best interests that he undergo an arthroscopy at the beginning of next week,” said a United statement. “As a result, he will be unavailable for the next two England games. ” The news completes a wretched campaign for Ferdinand, who twisted an ankle in the pre-season friendly with Boca Juniors and has suffered a series of niggling injuries since. After being forced to sit out the first three games of the campaign, the 23-year-old Londoner then required surgery on a damaged cartilage in October, which kept him out of the Euro 2004 qualifiers with Slovakia and Macedonia.

Cup final pair get Scots call
BBC News – Jun 1, 2003
Both men were originally named in a stand-by list for the match with last year’s World Cup finalists at Hampden Park. Vogts has also revealed that Christian Dailly will be given the task of man-marking German playmaker Michael Ballack. 25-year-old Rae, who was in the losing side in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, has played twice before for his country but has been overlooked since Vogts took the helm in March 2002. “It’s obviously great news, but right now I’m still thinking about the game and trying to get over it,” said Rae… “It’s obviously great news, but right now I’m still thinking about the game and trying to get over it,” said Rae. “But least during the week I can re-focus and get myself prepared for the Scotland set-up. ”

Thompson, 24, has scored twice in nine games for Scotland but has not been a first team regular since his January move to Ibrox from Dundee United. West Ham defender Dailly is another who found himself on his club’s subs bench more often than he’d have liked this season but Vogts has a big job in mind for him. “Ballack is, for me, the best attacking midfield player in the world,” said Vogts, who hopes Dailly can negate the threat of the Bayern Munich star. Dailly was used in an unfamiliar midfield role in the recent friendlies with a Northern Ireland B side and New Zealand.

McCartney decides to travel
BBC News – Jun 1, 2003
The 22-year-old Belfast-born defender originally withdrew on Saturday from the trip to Campobasso due to a family illness. However, Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy received a boost when McCartney met up with the squad at Heathrow on Sunday. McCartney explained that he did not change his mind without a lot of thought. ”It was a difficult decision, and a lot of soul searching had gone into my decision to travel,” said McCartney capped nine times at senior level. ”But in the end I thought it would be better to make the trip. ”

The match is being used as a warm-up game in preparation for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Spain on 11 June at Windsor Park… ”It was a difficult decision, and a lot of soul searching had gone into my decision to travel,” said McCartney capped nine times at senior level. ”But in the end I thought it would be better to make the trip. ”

The match is being used as a warm-up game in preparation for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Spain on 11 June at Windsor Park.

The back pages
BBC News – May 31, 2003
Thoughts have already begun to turn towards England’s international friendly with Serbia and Montenegro on Tuesday and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on 11 June. First the good news – the Daily Express headlines, “Roo’s happy now,” revealing that Everton boss David Moyes has at last given his blessing for his prodigious striker to play for his country. The Daily Mail predicts there will also be smiles all round in the Terry household on Tuesday as Chelsea defender John Terry is set to make his England debut. We have already had the bad news that Rio Ferdinand is out of action but now it seems his defensive partner Sol Campbell is in no mood to play for his country. The Arsenal defender is sidelined with an Achilles injury but The Sun says Sol is “still bitter about (his) FA ban,” and quotes a source close to Campbell as saying “someone from the FA is going to have to calm his down… We have already had the bad news that Rio Ferdinand is out of action but now it seems his defensive partner Sol Campbell is in no mood to play for his country. The Arsenal defender is sidelined with an Achilles injury but The Sun says Sol is “still bitter about (his) FA ban,” and quotes a source close to Campbell as saying “someone from the FA is going to have to calm his down. ”

And what about Tim Henman who is the only remaining British hope in the French Open?

THE HEADLINES

Daily Telegraph: Henman aims to storm Bastille

The Independent: Williams confronts the ultimate challenge

The Sun: Sol’s fury over England

The Guardian: Why Monaco is the true test of greatness

The Times: Confident Henman to shoulder burden of expectancy

Daily Mail: Comeback kid

Daily Express: Roo’s happy now

Daily Mirror: Arsenal go for treble

Daily Star: Swap Shop

The British number one will be the underdog against Spanish clay court specialist Juan Carlos Ferrero but that does not stop the papers stirring up just a little Henmania. The Times headlines, “confident Henman to shoulder burden of expectancy,” and generously says, “Henman might win because he is the better player. ”

The Sun goes even further, quoting BBC pundit Sue Barker who says Henman “should be knighted if he beats Ferrero. ”

The back pages also wonder how Surrey batsman Graham Thorpe feels about pulling on the whites for England again. Thorpe hit 156 against Sussex and The Daily Telegraph says, “he poses England’s selectors with a tough dilemma.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Sven: Sinclair injured
go.com – Jun 2, 2003
1 –>Updated: June 2, 2003Sinclair set to miss Serbia clashTrevor Sinclair is expected to miss England’s friendly with Serbia-Montenegro. The West Ham winger has a muscle porblem – initially diagnosed as a dead leg – and is unlikely to be fit for the game in Leicester. But manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident he will be fit for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11. `We will see if we can use him on Tuesday or not, but we are almost sure thathe will be fit for the Slovakia game,’ said Eriksson. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who impressed as a substitute in the 2-1 win over South Africa, is likely to replace him on the left flank. Eriksson is set to be without ten players on Tuesday, with David Beckham, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Wes Brown, Jonathan Woodgate, Kieron Dyer and Danny Murphy all out. `We have eight players out and nine if you count David Beckham as well.

Hargreaves: England ready for Serb test
go.com – Jun 1, 2003
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men prepare for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakiaon June 11 by facing Serbia and Montenegro in a friendly at Leicester’s WalkersStadium on Tuesday night. After a long, hard season for all of England’s players, Hargreaves is probablythe most ‘match-fit’ player in Eriksson’s squad after helping his club BayernMunich complete the double in yesterday’s German cup final. But he said: ‘It’s a top level in training and the players are sharp eitherway. ‘I have had a couple of days to relax for the next game against Serbia andMontenegro, then a couple of days to prepare for the Slovakia game. ‘The match in South Africa was great, it was a good game… I don’t mind playing out of position but I think my bestposition is central. ‘Hargreaves reiterated his desire to play in the Premiership, but insisted therewas no hurry with Bayern Munich winning the double. He told Sky Sports News: ‘I think the manager has always supported me if Ihave been playing at Bayern Munich and when that is not the case you have tolook at your options differently. I am playing at a great club, we won the double this year. In the future I’d love to play in the Premier League. When that is I’m not sure,but some time in the future.

Germany topples Canada in men’s soccer friendly
cbc.ca – Jun 1, 2003
Then Germany, runners-up at last summer’s World Cup, showed why they are ranked No. The Germans, warming up for the upcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers, scored three second-half goals to defeat Canada 4-1 at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg, Germany. “The second half was a lot livelier and they started to tire,” German coach Rudi Voeller said. “They didn’t give us a lot of space in the first half. ” Kevin McKenna of Calgary scored Canada’s only goal. Pat Onstad of Vancouver tended net for Canada… Canada played well even with one of its most inexperienced squads to date. The team was without several regulars including Tomasz Radzinski, Jason deVos, Lars Hirschfeld, Jim Brennan and Dwayne DeRosario. The Germans were missing four starters who were in the German Cup final Saturday — captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and midfielders Michael Ballack and Jens Jeremies, all of Bayern Munich, and Kaiserslautern striker Miroslav Klose. Bayern Munich won the Cup. Germany was Canada’s highest-ranked opponent since June, 2001, when the Canadians tied then-No. 2 Brazil 0-0 at the Confederation Cup.

SI.com – Soccer – World: La Louviere wins Belgian Cup – Sunday June…
SI.com – Jun 1, 2003
Two days later he guided it to a 3-0 thrashing of Krylya Sovietov Samara thanks to a Monarev hat-trick. Torpedo-Metallurg then lost 1-0 to premier league leader CSKA Moscow before Sunday’s victory. The win was not enough to lift Torpedo-Metallurg out of the relegation zone as it remained second from the bottom with nine points from 11 matches. Vladikavkaz stayed in 12th place with 12 points. On Saturday, CSKA beat Krylya Sovietov 2-0 for its third straight win, giving it 28 points and extending its lead at the top of the table over city rival Dynamo to eight points. Zamalek’s Brazilian coach turns down new contract CAIRO (Reuters) — Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Cabral will take charge of his last match for African champion Zamalek on Sunday after turning down an offer to sign a new contract, club officials said. Cabral, who has taken the Cairo club to four titles over the last 12 months, will leave after Sunday’s African Champions League second-round, second-leg tie with Simba of Tanzania in Cairo… Azerbaijan-born Megamadov, who represented the Russian junior side in 1993, has played in Israel for the last nine seasons at Maccabi Petah Tikva, but has only recently been granted Israeli residency. Megamadov takes the place of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s injured GadiBrumer. Slovenia are second in the Euro 2004 qualifying Group One on nine points from four games, while Israel, which has also played four, is third, two points behind. European champion France leads the group with 15 points from five games. The match will be played in the Turkish resort city of Antalya because of security concerns in Israel. Squad: Goalkeepers: Shavit Elimelech (Hapoel Tel Aviv), LiranStrauber (Maccabi Tel Aviv) Defenders: Arik Benado (Maccabi Haifa), Tal Ben-Haim(Hapoel Tel Aviv), Murad Megmadov (Maccabi Petah Tikva), AvishaiZano (Maccabi Haifa), Ori Uzan (Maccabi Netanya), Adoram Keisi(Maccabi Haifa), Tomer Haliva (Hapoel Beer Sheva) Midfielders: Yossi Abuksis (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Tal Banin(Maccabi Tel Aviv), Walid Badir (Maccabi Haifa), Avi Nimni(Maccabi Tel Aviv), Idan Tal (Maccabi Haifa), Guy Tzarfati(Maccabi Netanya), Yossi Benayoun (Racing Santander) Strikers: Haim Revivo (Galatasaray), Michael Zandberg(Maccabi Haifa), Omri Afek (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Shai Holtzman(Ashdod SC). Perth wins first Australian title PERTH (Reuters) — Defender Jamie Harnwell and striker Damian Mori scored either side of halftime to help Perth beat Sydney Olympic 2-0 on Sunday and win the Australian National Soccer League grand final for the first time.

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