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The News Review:

* SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004: Spain’s Guti doubtful for Greece…
* Superstars beg English fans to behave
* Euro 2004 qualifying taking shape
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Ireland’s Given back in training
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Cole: Slovakia ambition
* Seaman joins Manchester City from Arsenal
* Heskey or Rooney, I’m not fussy, says Owen
* SI.com – Soccer – Italy defeats Northern Ireland 2-0 in friendly -…
* SI.com – Soccer – Vogts’ optimism faces test against Germany -…
* Football safety fears close station
* Hat’s not all, folks
* McFadden not yet ready says Malpas
* Pompey agree Holland fee
* Vidic boosts Man Utd hope
* Hughes rules out club switch
* Stevie out to cap ‘second chance’ with win
* Given a cause for concern
* FA: We can’t relax over fans
* Panathinaikos appoints Schum as coach
* Amoruso admits Rangers’ sojourn at an end

SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004: Spain’s Guti doubtful for Greece…
CNN – Jun 3, 2003
“If things go well in the next two days he’ll have a chance ofplaying. Spain, who have a four-point lead at the top of Group Six,follow up Saturday’s game against Greece in Zaragoza with anaway match against Northern Ireland on Wednesday, June 11. Vogts: Ballack ‘the best’ but not only threat DUMBARTON, Scotland (Reuters) — Scotland coach BertiVogts rated Bayern Munich’s Michael Ballack as the bestmidfielder in Europe on Tuesday but said he will not be the onlyGerman threat in Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier. Vogts watched a Ballack-inspired Bayern lift the German cupin Berlin and then Germany beat Canada 4-1 in a friendly inWolfsburg last week and was impressed. “I watched Ballack in the cup final and at the moment, Ithink he is the best European midfielder — best attackingmidfielder,” said Vogts. “He is one of the key players in Rudi [Voller]’s team, butwe play against Germany, not Ballack and one year ago this teamreached the World Cup final. West Ham United’s Christian Dailly will mark Ballack duringthe Group Five match, though he doesn’t see it as his job aloneto stop the Bayern playmaker.

Superstars beg English fans to behave
Dispatch Online – Jun 3, 2003
Uefa, European football’s governing body, warned last week that England could be excluded from next summer’s Euro 2004 finals in Portugal if there was any repeat of the pre-match violence, racist chanting and pitch invasions which marred their last qualifier against Turkey in April. In a recorded message due to be broadcast by several television channels, Beckham said the fans had to realise that the threat would be acted on if there was any more trouble. “It shouldn’t happen. If it does again we will be thrown out of Euro 2004,” Beckham said, urging supporters to be on their best behaviour for tonight’s friendly against Serbia-Montenegro here and next week’s qualifier against Slovakia in Middlesbrough.

Euro 2004 qualifying taking shape
go.com – Jun 5, 2003
euroq –>Updated: June 5, 2003Euro 2004 qualifying taking shape Rex Gowar LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Italy are rolling out the big guns for their Euro 2004 qualifier against Finland in Helsinki next week, a match they must win to keep a check on the surprise progress of Wales. The 2000 finalists are five points adrift of the Welsh -who are not involved in the 37 qualifying matches spread overtwo days on Saturday and next Wednesday – and will be keen toreign in the upstart Group Nine leaders. The Netherlands and the Czech Republic, neck and neck intheir group, Germany, Spain and England are other major sideskeen to tighten their grip on top place and a direct route tothe European championship finals in Portugal next year. Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni waited patiently while someof his leading players from AC Milan and Juventus rested aftertheir European Cup final exertions and fielded a number ofreserves in Tuesday’s 2-0 warm-up win over Northern Ireland. But he will be glad to have the likes of Alessandro Nesta,Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Del Piero back in the fold inHelsinki on Wednesday as Italy also look to keep the Finns andSerbia and Montenegro at bay. Wales lead the group with a maximum 12 points followed byItaly on seven, the Serbs with five and Finland – who host theformer Yugoslavia on Saturday – on three.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Ireland’s Given back in training
go.com – Jun 5, 2003
1 –>Updated: June 5, 2003Ireland keeper Given back in trainingRepublic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given returned to training today as preparations continued for Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Albania. The Newcastle United player was given the all clear to test a slight calf strainon Tuesday but manager Brian Kerr decided not to risk him in yesterday’spractice match with the Under-21s. But Given took a full part in a tough behind-closed-doors session today – hisfirst serious action since Sunday. Meanwhile, both Alan Quinn and Stephen McPhail are expected to be fit for Saturday’s match in Dublin despite missing training today. Sheffield Wednesday favourite Quinn was kept out by a knock picked up yesterday, while Leeds midfielder McPhail also took no part after he suffered a recurrence of a thigh strain… He said: ‘We will have a different approach. We will be more up-tempo evenbefore the game if you know what I mean. ‘It may not be different players, but we will certainly play a lotdifferently. ‘O’Reilly explained: ‘Over there, we didn’t play as well as we could have andsome of that could have been because of the trip from Georgia before that. ‘Speculation continues to mount that manager Brian Kerr may play Blackburn’s Damien Duffbehind two strikers – Tottenham’s Robbie Keane and David Connolly. Although, the Wimbledon striker would not be drawn on the subject of what hisrole might be on Saturday, he gave the formation a ringing endorsement. Connolly said: ‘It was different because it gives Damien a lot of time on theball and Robbie also likes to drop deep so I had to keep looking to get inbehind the defence.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Cole: Slovakia ambition
go.com – Jun 3, 2003
I just want to playWednesday now. ‘No disrespect to the under-21s but I don’t ever want to be back therenow. ‘Cole admitted he had been told by Sven-Goran Eriksson not to try too hard. ‘The boss pulled me in and told me not to try too hard,’ he added. ‘I’ve always done myself justice (for England), I’ve always felt I did goodenough to be stuck in for the next game. ‘Cole said he had not had time to think about scoring the winning goal. ‘It hasn’t really sunk in yet,’ he added.

Seaman joins Manchester City from Arsenal
SI.com – Jun 4, 2003
Seaman will replace another veteran keeper, Denmark’s PeterSchmeichel, who retired at the end of last season. “I am over the moon that David has signed for City. With his vast experience he could not be a better replacement in goal for Manchester City following Peter Schmeichel’s retirement,” chairman John Wardle said. Seaman, who played his 1,000th club and international match last season, is two months older than Schmeichel. His last game for Arsenal was last month’s FA Cup final when Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0 with Seaman — captain for the day — making a fine save in the match’s closing stages. Seaman’s move to Manchester does not only promise him regular action in the premier league but will also keep him in European competition limelight. European soccer’s governing body said this week that Manchester would play in the qualifying round of next season’s UEFA Cup after England finished top of the UEFA Fair Play rankings last season… Bobby Robson gave him his England debut in 1988 against Saudi Arabia. He has played 75 games for the national team but his 2001-2002 season ended in tears after fans blamed him for the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal 2-1 defeat by Brazil when he allowed a free kick from Ronaldinho to drift over his head intothe net. More criticism followed last October after he conceded a goal direct from a corner in England’s 2-2 draw with Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier last October. This year, he was left out of the England squad for three games including Tuesday’s friendly win at Leicester over Serbia and Montenegro and it is thought that West Ham’s David James is now regarded as the national team’s No. Zola to decide on Chelsea future this week MILAN (Reuters) — Chelsea’s Italian striker Gianfranco Zola says he will decide this week whether to stay with the London club or return to Italy. Zola has been offered a further season with Chelsea but Italian media reports have linked the forward, who will be 37-years-old next month, with a move to Serie B club Cagliari.

Heskey or Rooney, I’m not fussy, says Owen
Independent Online – Jun 3, 2003
Owen will captain the team in Tuesday’s friendly against Serbia and Montenegro at Leicester and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11. Regular skipper David Beckham is suspended. Everton teenager Rooney is pressing Heskey, Owen’s club partner at Liverpool, for the second strike berth but Owen would not be drawn on which man he would prefer to play alongside. “I’ve played with Emile for a long time now. He does a lot of the strength work, the holding the ball up… Owen will captain the team in Tuesday’s friendly against Serbia and Montenegro at Leicester and the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11. Regular skipper David Beckham is suspended. Everton teenager Rooney is pressing Heskey, Owen’s club partner at Liverpool, for the second strike berth but Owen would not be drawn on which man he would prefer to play alongside. “I’ve played with Emile for a long time now. He does a lot of the strength work, the holding the ball up. When the team is in danger a lot of people look to Emile to knock the ball to, to hold it up and give us a breather,” Owen said on Monday.

SI.com – Soccer – Italy defeats Northern Ireland 2-0 in friendly -…
SI.com – Jun 3, 2003
“I’m fairly pleased, because the individual performances were more than satisfying,” Trapattoni said, adding that he was hopeful for the Finland match. “I’m always optimistic, I hope there are no defections among the players. ” The Irish side has not scored a goal in its four Euro 2004 qualifying matches thus far. Its lone point was earned in a 0-0 draw against Ukraine. Coach Sammy McIlroy’s side hosts Spain in a qualifier in Belfast next Wednesday. Tuesday’s match in Campobasso marked the first time Italy’s national team played in the southern region of Molise. The site was chosen in the aftermath of an Oct.

SI.com – Soccer – Vogts’ optimism faces test against Germany -…
SI.com – Jun 5, 2003
At times, the “great challenge” has appeared a forlorndream. A 5-0 caning by 1998 world champions France was a harshintroduction to Vogts’ new job and there have been few signs ofoptimism as an inexperienced side have struggled to meet theirmanager’s expectations. Scotland have managed just three wins and two draws from 14outings under Vogts and the 56-year-old manager desperatelywants to improve that record with a good showing in Saturday’sEuro 2004 qualifier against Germany. “I love the Scottish people and it is for them that I wantto win,” said Vogts. “I had a successful time in Germany but Ialso understand the journalists here more than I did there. Ilike the Scottish way of life. Despite his personal view of the last 15 months, Vogts hasattracted bad reviews from the notoriously critical Scottishpress as well as from the media back home throughout his tenure… While Vogts is a likeable individual who displays a passionfor the game, he cannot escape the harsh truth of Scotland’splight. More time The side lack world-class talent and some of their playersstruggle to get a game for their clubs. Vogts has not been helped by the retirements of seniorplayers such as Everton’s David Weir and Craig Burley, whoplayed more than 40 times under Craig Brown but criticized Vogtsafter playing only once for him. But he has received support from other former players. Scotland’s Kenny Dalglish, who played for his country a record102 times, said the German needed more time. “You’ve got to give him a lot longer than he’s had,” saidthe former Celtic and Liverpool forward. “I don’t think he’sblessed with the greatest number of quality players — it’s easyto be critical but another thing to be objective.

Football safety fears close station
BBC News – Jun 3, 2003
Fans leaving the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at the Riverside Stadium on 11 June will be prevented from catching a train home because of safety fears. British Transport Police has asked Arriva to close Middlesbrough train station immediately after the game. Arriva – who manage the station – agreed to the request because of police concerns there are not enough trains to cope with potential demand. But they say they were not asked by British Transport Police to investigate the possibility of putting on extra services. Fans who had expected to leave the town after the game at the Riverside Stadium by train are being told to make alternative arrangements… British Transport Police has asked Arriva to close Middlesbrough train station immediately after the game. Arriva – who manage the station – agreed to the request because of police concerns there are not enough trains to cope with potential demand. But they say they were not asked by British Transport Police to investigate the possibility of putting on extra services. Fans who had expected to leave the town after the game at the Riverside Stadium by train are being told to make alternative arrangements.

Hat’s not all, folks
go.com – Jun 3, 2003
It’s no surprise then that excitement is at fever pitch ahead of what could prove to be the biggest week in Faroese football history. On June 7 the Faroes’ national team, a mixture of teachers, fishermen, students and small time professionals, travels to Reykjavik for their first ever competitive encounter with North Atlantic neighbours Iceland, and four days later entertains a German side from whom they came within the width of a post of snatching a point in Hannover last autumn. Indeed, if things go the way of the Faroese in their next two Euro 2004 qualifiers, a play-off place is not as ridiculous a proposition as it might sound. Iceland are at their lowest international ebb for some time and have just parted company with coach Atli Etvaldsson and the Germans certainly won’t relish a visit to Torshavn, particularly in the light of their stuttering 2-1 victory over the minnows last year. Add to that the fact that Iceland and Lithuania are still to travel to the Faroes and the islanders have every reason to be quietly optimistic. Failure to eclipse the record seven points they amassed during their 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign at the very least will be a huge disappointment. The Faroe Islands have come a long way since they exploded onto the international scene in 1990.

McFadden not yet ready says Malpas
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 3, 2003
After a decent display for the senior side against New Zealand in the friendly last week, the Fir Park youngster, who had originally been demoted to the Under-21s, has been retained by Berti Vogts and looks set to play against Germany at Hampden on Saturday in the crunch Euro 2004 qualifier. But Malpas, who is McFadden’s coach at Motherwell, said: “I don’t think he is ready to play at that level but I think he’s the type of player who can go and win a game. “He’s something different, a one-off. He’s the type of player who loves one versus one situations because he can produce something. “He ran the length of the park the other week and scored when we were screaming for him to pass it.

Pompey agree Holland fee
BBC News – Jun 4, 2003
Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks said finance was the reason behind their decision to accept Portsmouth’s offer. He told the club’s website: “Most regrettably and reluctantly we have been obliged to consider the transfer opportunities for our much admired and outstanding captain Matt Holland. “For any club outside the Premiership, it is not just about transfer fees but also the size of wage commitments. “Matt Holland was not on huge money by Premier League standards, but nevertheless on a level that is simply unaffordable in the First Division… “It is now up to Matt to discuss personal terms with Portsmouth. If he decides to go he will be a huge loss but by the same token we have every confidence in Joe Royle being able to replace Matt and build his Ipswich Town side for the future. ”

Holland is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, preparing for their Euro 2004 qualifiers against Albania and Georgia. Meanwhile, Portsmouth have refused to comment on rumours linking them with a ?1m swoop for Serbian international Dejan Stefanovic. Former Sheffield Wednesday player Stefanovic – who won his 20th cap on Tuesday evening against England – had reportedly agreed a four-year contract with Pompey, according to the Express newspaper. But Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie said the club had not signed the 28-year-old defender. “We are looking at a lot of players and when something happens we will be the ones to announce it,” he said.

Vidic boosts Man Utd hope
BBC News – Jun 4, 2003
“I think it is always flattering to be linked with a club such as Manchester United,” he told BBC Sport. “I have read the about their interest in several newspapers, and as far as I know they have not made a concrete offer for me. “I am flattered, but I cannot really think about it until such time when and if United make a firm bid to Red Star Belgrade… The promising Vidic produced a solid defensive display against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men. “I think it is always flattering to be linked with a club such as Manchester United,” he told BBC Sport. “I have read the about their interest in several newspapers, and as far as I know they have not made a concrete offer for me. “I am flattered, but I cannot really think about it until such time when and if United make a firm bid to Red Star Belgrade.

Hughes rules out club switch
BBC News – Jun 5, 2003
His success in charge of the national team have prompted speculation that he will be tempted into a lucrative club job. Hughes’ side head their Euro 2004 qualifying group with a 100% record and have lost only one of their last 11 games. But the former Manchester United striker is determined to stick with his country until at least the end of the European Championships in Portugal. “Club management is not in my immediate thoughts,” Hughes told BBC Radio Five Live. “I have a very good job which I enjoy very much. I’m very much focused on that job at the moment… Hughes’ side head their Euro 2004 qualifying group with a 100% record and have lost only one of their last 11 games. But the former Manchester United striker is determined to stick with his country until at least the end of the European Championships in Portugal. “Club management is not in my immediate thoughts,” Hughes told BBC Radio Five Live. “I have a very good job which I enjoy very much. I’m very much focused on that job at the moment. ”

Wales have a quiet summer ahead of them and do not play again until August. Their opponents then will be Serbia and Montenegro, whose matches against Finland and Azerbaijan over the next seven days Hughes will be closely monitoring.

Stevie out to cap ‘second chance’ with win
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 4, 2003
Six years after that first cap, a second arrived in a friendly against Poland but it wasn’t until the appointment of Berti Vogts as national coach last year that Crawford fully blossomed into a striker of real menace. Now aged 29, he has just enjoyed his best-ever goalscoring season and is firmly established as Scotland’s first-choice frontman. It’s unthinkable that he will not start Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against World Cup finalists Germany at Hampden but he won’t take the occasion for granted. And having travelled such a long and arduous route to once again perform on the big stage he’s determined to savour every minute of the game. He said: “It will always be great to look back and say I got rid of that one-cap wonder tag but I want to be as successful as I can for Scotland. “I think I appreciate what I have now because there was such a gap between my first and second caps. I got a taste of it at a young age and I don’t think I realised what was happening to me.

Given a cause for concern
Irish Independent – Jun 3, 2003
The 27-year-old Newcastle United ace damaged the calf muscle in his left leg while diving during Sunday afternoon’s training session in Carrickmacross and sat out training yesterday. “He just felt a little bit sore in his calf muscle yesterday during the latter part of the training so we pulled him out and he didn’t train today but it’s not very serious,” reported manager Brian Kerr. “It’s a slight calf muscle strain. ” While Kerr remains upbeat about Given, back-up striker Glen Crowe seems certain to be ruled out of the end of term Euro double-header with a knee problem sustained playing for Bohemians against St Patrick’s Athletic last Friday… Leeds midfielder Stephen McPhail limped out of yesterday morning’s training session with a dead leg but is not a major worry, according to Kerr. “We would expect a few knocks and bumps the way we are training at the moment,” commented Kerr, who expressed satisfaction at how the three-day camp in County Monaghan has gone. “It would be hard not to be in a good mood up around this place at the moment. It is a nice setting for the training. ” Kerr turned down a friendly international against New Zealand in order to give his players last week off and believes he and his backroom team made the right decision. “We have come back in this week to get the balance between freshness and keeping the fitness levels right. It’s a delicate balance but they have all been very professional in their own time.

FA: We can’t relax over fans
go.com – Jun 4, 2003
The FA had been given a final warning by UEFA that any repetition of the uglyscenes that marred their victory against Turkey could be punished by eliminationfrom the Euro 2004 finals. Beckham therefore delivered a televised address, urging the 31,000 supportersat the Walkers Stadium to turn their backs on racism, foul language, pitchinvasions and booing of the opponents’ national anthem. Having been joined in his message by Sven-Goran Eriksson, stand-in skipperMichael Owen and the FA hierarchy, the England fans in Leicester rose to theoccasion despite a relatively uninspiring 2-1 win. The visitors’ anthem was actually roundly applauded, while the only missilesbeing thrown were paper planes onto the pitch. The FA are conscious of the need for those levels of good behaviour to bereplicated at the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia next Wednesday.

Panathinaikos appoints Schum as coach
SI.com – Jun 3, 2003
But the 48-year-old has decided to sign a deal to stay atthe St Jakob Park Stadium until June 2006. “It wasn’t an easy decision, because Schalke are one of thefive biggest teams in the Bundesliga,” he told FC Basel’sofficial Web site. “But my work with Basel is not yet complete. Gross, who has been at the club since 1999, took Basel tothe domestic double in 2002 but missed out on the league titleto Grasshoppers on Saturday by one point. Basel’s Champions League progress, which saw them reach thesecond group stage this year, helped Gross win the Manager ofthe Year accolade at the Swiss football awards on Monday. Basel players Murat Yakin and Christian Giminez won defenderand striker of the year respectively, while midfielder HakanYakin picked up the Player of the Year award. PSV racism fine reduced but UEFA principle upheldGENEVA (Reuters) — PSV Eindhoven’s fine for theracist behavior of their fans at a Champions League clash withArsenal last September was reduced on Tuesday by the Court ofArbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne… The 58-year-old Georgian tried to quit last month, but waspersuaded to stay by Alania bosses. The Vladikavkaz side, who won the Russian league title in1995 and finished second the following year under current Russiaand CSKA Moscow coach Valery Gazzayev, have been beset byfinancial and management problems in recent years. Coach: Romania playing for international future BUCHAREST (Reuters) — Romania’s national team cannotafford to lose two qualifiers this month againstBosnia-Herzegovina and Norway in Euro 2004 Group Two, thenational team coach warned on Tuesday. “Results against Bosnia and Norway will decide the future ofRomanian soccer,” Anghel Iordanescu told reporters. “Any defeatwill sideline us from the top international rankings for years. Romania meet Bosnia in the southwestern city of Craiova onSaturday and will face Norway four days later in Oslo. “Only wins in both matches will revive hopes for ourqualification for next year’s Euro finals and keep Romania infocus in world soccer,” he added.

Amoruso admits Rangers’ sojourn at an end
abc.net.au – Jun 3, 2003
“Everybody knows how much the Champions League means financially and if we are to get to the group phase we will have to replace the quality that goes,” McLeish warned. Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson meanwhile underwent surgery on Monday to resolve his long-standing pelvic problem. The operation means he will miss Scotland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Germany on Saturday and the midfielder will not be available until after the start of next season.

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