Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 11, 2003

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The News Review:

* OWEN: WE WILL NOT MISS BECKHAM
* SI.com – Soccer – England on trial against Slovakia – Tuesday June…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Penalty controversy
* SI.com – Soccer – Absent Beckham overshadows England preparations -…
* Platt left battling for his future
* Inside Soccer: Seaman’s in the net — and Man City’s in the…
* Scotland lose striker Dickov
* Doherty and Keane on the mark as Ireland win
* N Ireland 0-0 Spain: Pride restored
* SI.com – Soccer – Ballack urges Germany to raise game vs. Faeroes -…
* SOCCER: Maloney plea to Larsson
* Eriksson: Youth no concern
* GERRARD AIMS TO KEEP WINNING
* Disaster for Spain, trouble for England
* Jim is happy to see Der Terrier do well
* Police warning to England fans
* Cash-strapped Bolivia face struggle
* BBC NEWS | UK | England | Leicestershire | Five killed in M1 crash

OWEN: WE WILL NOT MISS BECKHAM
4TheGame – Jun 10, 2003
here NEWS STORY OWEN: WE WILL NOT MISS BECKHAM Tuesday 10 Jun 2003 Michael Owen is adamant England will not miss David Beckham too much as he stands in for the England captain in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia in Middlesbrough tomorrow. At 23, the Liverpool striker will become the youngest England international to chalk up a half-century of appearances for his country at the Riverside Stadium. And the icing on the cake for Owen will be the fact he will take the captain’s armband in the suspended Beckham’s absence. “Only a couple of players in the squad have got that (50 caps) so to be captain as well for the night, should round it off,” he told Sky Sports News. “I’ve captained the side when David’s gone off but never started (as captain) in a competitive game – and that will make it even better.

SI.com – Soccer – England on trial against Slovakia – Tuesday June…
SI.com – Jun 10, 2003
On the pitch, the challenge facing England in Middlesbrough is to follow up its rousing 2-0 win over Turkey two months ago in Sunderland without suspended skipper David Beckham. England answered its critics with its best performance since the World Cup finals at the Stadium of Light, inspired by its electrifying 17-year-old striker Wayne Rooney. However, Turkey has wrested back top slot in Group Seven with Saturday’s 1-0 victory in Slovakia and it is unlikely to relinquish it at home to Macedonia on Wednesday. With 12 points to England’s 10, the Turks are hoping for another England slip-up in a labored qualifying campaign for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Penalty controversy
go.com – Jun 11, 2003
euroq –>Updated: June 11, 2003Slovakia boss: Owen ‘played for’ penaltySlovakia boss Ladislav Jurkemik accused Michael Owen of ‘playing for’ a penalty in his side’s 2-1 defeat by England but stopped short of actually accusing the striker of diving. Jurkemik’s frustration was directed not at Owen, who went down after at best minimal contact when his side were 1-0 down, but instead at German referee Wolfgang Stark. The Slovakia boss said: ‘I think it was a mistake of the referee. Owen played for the situation and the referee bought it. It wasn’t a fair decision. ‘Sven-Goran Eriksson did not commit himself either way after seeing a brief replay of the incident following the game in Middlesbrough… Owen played for the situation and the referee bought it. It wasn’t a fair decision. ‘Sven-Goran Eriksson did not commit himself either way after seeing a brief replay of the incident following the game in Middlesbrough. I saw it very quickly on television. Whether it’s a push, or a push for a penalty, the referee has to decide,’ he said. ‘I also saw a push on Southgate some minutes later that was not given and a goal by Frank Lampard that was maybe not offside, but that’s football.

SI.com – Soccer – Absent Beckham overshadows England preparations -…
SI.com – Jun 9, 2003
A front-page headline in Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Beckham would move to Milan in exchange for striker Andriy Shevchenko. AC Milan’s general director, though, gave a different view. “No, we are absolutely not interested. They are just fantasy rumors that have been reported by the press,” Ariedo Braida was quoted as saying by Britain’s Press Association. Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who has claimed he has secured a 30-million-pound ($US 48 million) deal for Beckham if he wins Sunday’s election, reiterated his desire to sign Beckham over the weekend, comparing him to legend Johan Cruyff. “I want him to be the leader of a new Barcelona,” Laporta said. “I think Beckham could be like (Cruyff) when he came to Barcelona in 1973… “That would be great for Turkey, and I know if they play the same way on Wednesday as they did against us, they can do it. ” Owen, at 24, will become the youngest England player to earn his 50th cap. Southgate expecting fans to be on best behavior REDWORTH, England (Reuters) — Defender Gareth Southgate says the ugly scenes which marred England’s win over Turkey in April will not be repeated against Slovakia in Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifier at the Riverside Stadium. Southgate, who plays his club football at the Riverside for Middlesbrough, said England fans had heeded the warnings from UEFA over any more crowd trouble. “Passions will be a lot more raised for this game than they were last week,” he told reporters on Monday, referring to the low key 2-1 friendly win over Serbia and Montenegro in Leicester. “But in my two years at Middlesbrough there’s never been a problem with the supporters. “I think the club are used to dealing with fixtures, they police the games very well and I think all the England supporters know how important it is that they behave.

Platt left battling for his future
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 9, 2003
“The point of a development system, he added, was to raise players capable of not only getting into Eriksson’s squad but winning major tournaments. “That’s certainly what I see my job as. But if we win Euro 2004, and Jenas scores the winning goal from a cross by Rooney with Joe Cole in there as well, that’s not a credit to David Platt but to the development system and the academies that have been put in place. ” This, Platt stressed, had been the theme of a Football Association meeting last Monday; reports that his own future had been discussed were erroneous. But a win on Tuesday would lift everyone. For all the good intentions of the FA’s youth development policy, results were “all-important”.

Inside Soccer: Seaman’s in the net — and Man City’s in the…
nwsource.com – Jun 10, 2003
“I want at least one more season of guaranteed first-team football in the Premiership and honestly feel I am as fit as I have ever been,” said Seaman, who would have been a backup at Arsenal next campaign. Seaman has had an inconsistent year. Blunders against Brazil in last year’s World Cup — who could forget Ronaldinho’s long-range free kick sailing over his head in England’s quarterfinal loss? — and Macedonia in Euro 2004 qualifying soon after convinced many that he was finished. But the pony-tailed wonder ended the regular season strong, making several key saves against Southampton in May’s F. Cup Final and pulling off the stop of the season in the semifinals of the same competition. And Peter Schmeichel — the ‘keeper Seaman replaces — had a fine final season at age 39… “Anyone can have a brain tumor,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what job they have or whether they have a job at all. The main thing is not to take your health for granted and think that it can’t happen to you. “VAN’S VIEW: United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy is a big Ronaldinho fan. Ronaldinho is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Red Devils, and van Nistelrooy couldn’t be happier. “We could not sign a better player. I genuinely mean that,” the Dutch forward was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail last week.

Scotland lose striker Dickov
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 10, 2003
“The Scotland manager already had injury woes in the shape of Rangers striker Steven Thompson – out for up to six months with a knee problem – and captain Paul Lambert, who is still recovering from an ankle injury. He now faces a sweat to see who will be available for one of the biggest games of his reign as Scotland manager. His team head into Saturday’s game knowing they must win against Lithuania and hope Germany are not defeated by Iceland to clinch a play-off place for Euro 2004.

Doherty and Keane on the mark as Ireland win
rte.ie – Jun 11, 2003
When Kerr took charge in January Ireland looked down and out having lost both their opening Euro 2004 qualifying matches to Russia and Switzerland. But Kerr has turned around the team’s fortunes and after claiming their third win from his four competitive matches in charge they not only have second place in their sights and a place in the play-offs, but will also fancy their chances of overhauling leaders Switzerland and going to Portugal as group winners. Ireland’s goals came courtesy of their two Tottenham strikers Doherty – the team’s leading scorer in the campaign with three goals – and Keane, who took on the starring role in the absence of Damien Duff, who failed to recover from the knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s 2-1 win here over Albania. The fantastic Irish fans were kept waiting for 42 minutes before their heroes scored, after Keane won a free-kick on the left when he had his heels clipped from behind… When Kerr took charge in January Ireland looked down and out having lost both their opening Euro 2004 qualifying matches to Russia and Switzerland. But Kerr has turned around the team’s fortunes and after claiming their third win from his four competitive matches in charge they not only have second place in their sights and a place in the play-offs, but will also fancy their chances of overhauling leaders Switzerland and going to Portugal as group winners. Ireland’s goals came courtesy of their two Tottenham strikers Doherty – the team’s leading scorer in the campaign with three goals – and Keane, who took on the starring role in the absence of Damien Duff, who failed to recover from the knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s 2-1 win here over Albania. The fantastic Irish fans were kept waiting for 42 minutes before their heroes scored, after Keane won a free-kick on the left when he had his heels clipped from behind. Kevin Kilbane curled in a deep centre and Doherty – who scored the winner in Georgia in March – met it with a firm downward header which squeezed inside the far post. Goalkeeper Georgi Lomaia did get a hand to it but could only help the ball into the net.

N Ireland 0-0 Spain: Pride restored
go.com – Jun 11, 2003
It was 21 years ago this month the province claimed their biggest scalp bybeating the World Cup hosts 1-0 in the World Cup. Northern Ireland have not enjoyed many high points since then – but thisevening in front of a disbelieving Belfast public was one of them. Not only did they frustrate Spain in this Euro 2004 qualifier they alsothreatened to defeat them and end a run of 10 games without a victory. David Healy should have secured the points in the second half but opted toplay in Steve Jones instead of trying his luck on goal. Spain were rattled and McIlroy said after the 0-0 draw: ‘That was fantastic. ‘I am proud to be the manager for the effort they gave me. At the end of theday we rode our luck but we were up against a world class side.

SI.com – Soccer – Ballack urges Germany to raise game vs. Faeroes -…
SI.com – Jun 10, 2003
com – Soccer – Ballack urges Germany to raise game vs. Faeroes – Tuesday June 10, 2003 06:58 PM… Ballack, far below his best in the 1-1 draw with Scotland on Saturday in Glasgow, said he wanted to see a reaction from the three-times world and European champion. “Some of the players must realize what it means to play for Germany and act accordingly,” said the Bayern Munich midfielder, who should play in Torshavn despite a calf problem. “At the moment we are not able to dominate our opponents when we’re playing away from home,” he added. “Scotland were one of the weakest teams we played recently and look what happened. Germany leads Group Five from Scotland on goal difference but has played a game less than its main rival for first place in the group. Its chances of winning the group to secure direct access to next year’s finals in Portugal are still looking good but it needs to win on Wednesday. “Two points are missing and we absolutely must beat the Faeroe Islands,” coach Rudi Voeller said after the draw with Scotland at Hampden Park.

SOCCER: Maloney plea to Larsson
U.TV – Jun 10, 2003
The 20-year-old`s topsy-turvy season is set to take another twist with the real possibility of him being thrust into Berti Vogts` squad for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier against Lithuania after injuries to Neil McCann, Paul Dickov and Paul Devlin. It would be a complete turnaround in fortunes for the striker having been demoted from the full squad following the friendly victory over Norway because the German claimed he had not figured enough for Celtic despite starting five games already this season… “You obviously want to play as high up as you can,“ added Maloney. “It was strange the last time coming from the full squad to the Under-21s and not playing, but it wasn`t just me in that boat it was Darren Fletcher as well. “But it is always nice to get into the full squad so I am not overly worried about getting the call. “Darren`s started playing quite a lot for his club side and at the minute I am not in the first 11 at Celtic. “But if I do get into the first team at Celtic I`m sure I would find myself knocking on the door of the full squad.

Eriksson: Youth no concern
go.com – Jun 10, 2003
‘Our players are aware of it. I started to talk about it a long time ago. What we can do is be professional; what we can do is not go outside the pitchwhen we score – and let’s hope that happens tomorrow. ‘I have been in many countries and unfortunately it happens. ‘Your views on this story?.

GERRARD AIMS TO KEEP WINNING
4TheGame – Jun 10, 2003
here NEWS STORY GERRARD AIMS TO KEEP WINNING Tuesday 10 Jun 2003 Steven Gerrard declared that the smile was now firmly back on his face as he looked to continue his unbeaten run in an England shirt right up to the Euro 2004 finals. Sven-Goran Eriksson observed after last week’s victory against Serbia and Montenegro that “the difference with Steven Gerrard between when I came and now is that he seems to be a very happy young man”. Gerrard was surprised to hear Eriksson commenting on his mood off the pitch, although he does recognise the transformation in his fortunes this season. After all, it was only last autumn that Gerard Houllier delivered a public warning to him not to believe his own hype as his performances suffered amid continuing injury problems. However, those clouds have now cleared from the horizon and Gerrard is once again looking forward to a bright future… “It just goes to show that managers keep an eye on you off the pitch as well as on it. “I think that change is down to me being fit and playing football regularly. I don’t think you’ll see many smiles on my face if I’m not playing well or I’m injured all the time. “But if my form is good and I’m doing quite well, then you’ll see smiles all the time and I’ve played about 60 games for Liverpool and England this season so I’m quite happy. “Obviously it’s a month after the season but I’m looking forward to this game more than any other game I’ve played in and I’m feeling good. ” Gerrard’s record of having won 13 and drawn four of his 17 England games, while missing all eight of the team’s defeats since his debut in 2000, shows his importance to the side. “It’s a nice statistic to have and I’m looking forward to keeping that going until Euro 2004, starting on Wednesday night,” he added.

Disaster for Spain, trouble for England
Independent Online – Jun 9, 2003
Cruising along with a four-point lead in Group?6, Spain lost 1-0 at home to Greece and now are just one point ahead of not one rival but two. Ukraine scored a 4-3 victory over Armenia with two goals from AC Milan star Andriy Shevchenko and are level on points with the Greeks. Instead of running away to the finals in neighbours Portugal, Spain now are involved in a close-run race. As well as losing his 10-game unbeaten record since taking over from Jose Antonio Camacho, coach Inaki Saez has to repair the damage on Wednesday when Spain go to Belfast to face a Northern Ireland team that has not scored in any of its four games and is last in the standings with one point… If anyone leaves we’ll have the substitutions ready. ”

Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti are expected to line up next to one another for the first time since Italy’s disastrous overtime loss to South Korea at the World Cup almost a year ago. Mark Hughes’s Wales, with a maximum 12 points from four games, are not in action until August 20 when they go to Serbia. After the Netherlands moved three points clear at the top of Group?3 with a 2-0 win at Belarus on Saturday, the Czech Republic have to respond with a home victory over Moldova to regain first place on goal difference.

Jim is happy to see Der Terrier do well
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 10, 2003
“Berti has stuck in there and I hope it continues for him. “He has stood up to be counted. He is not ducking and diving like some other managers I could tell you about. He is sticking with it, trying to get the job done and long may it continue. ” McCalliog was particularly delighted to see the Wolves pairing of Kenny Miller and Colin Cameron combine with such brilliant effect at Hampden Park. The Wanderers duo earned a draw when Cameron quickly played a free-kick for his club team-mate to hit home.

Police warning to England fans
BBC News – Jun 9, 2003
They have warned that the behaviour which marred England’s game against Turkey at Sunderland in April will not be tolerated. Cleveland Police has been planning for the Euro 2004 qualifier for months, with the support of the FA, Middlesbrough Football Club, the local authority, and town centre management. Middlesbrough district police commander Dave Lumb said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for the people of Teesside and England fans in general to show the rest of the world English football at its best. “We will not tolerate any form of anti-social or racist behaviour, and will be showing a firm but fair approach to policing before, during and after the game. ‘Small minority’

“The game is a sell out – please don’t turn up without a ticket, you will simply be turned away. ”

Chief Superintendent Lumb said measures were in place to minimise disturbances.

Cash-strapped Bolivia face struggle
BBC News – Jun 9, 2003
A year ago, Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was in charge of his native Brazil. After a dismal qualification campaign, Brazil began their World Cup warm-up programme by regaining their confidence with a 6-0 thumping of Bolivia. And now Scolari is looking for a similar kick-start on the way to Euro 2004. When the contract for Tuesday’s game was signed, Bolivia expected to have sorted out their coaching vacancy in time to face the Portuguese. Their optimism proved misplaced, but even so they decided not to call the game off. Stand-in coach Dalcio Giovagnoli was appointed for this game only. After much bickering, and the refusal of some major clubs to release their players, he managed to assemble a squad of 18 to take to Portugal… And now Scolari is looking for a similar kick-start on the way to Euro 2004. When the contract for Tuesday’s game was signed, Bolivia expected to have sorted out their coaching vacancy in time to face the Portuguese. Their optimism proved misplaced, but even so they decided not to call the game off. Stand-in coach Dalcio Giovagnoli was appointed for this game only. After much bickering, and the refusal of some major clubs to release their players, he managed to assemble a squad of 18 to take to Portugal.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Leicestershire | Five killed in M1 crash
BBC News – Jun 11, 2003
They were being taken from Marchwood in Hampshire to the army’s base in Catterick, North Yorkshire. It was not yet known which regiment they belonged to but it is not thought any MoD personnel were injured in the crash. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if at all possible, and tailbacks are stretching into Northamptonshire. A police spokesman said the motorway may not re-open until Thursday morning. Traffic was diverted to other routes but the M6, M69, A14 and A46 were all affected
by the congestion. A spokesman for the Automobile Association said: “It’s a bleak scenario… Stretched resources

“The M1’s a key north-south arterial route and once that’s in a stranglehold
everything comes to a halt, like a concertina effect. ”

The M1 is believed to carry about 150,000 vehicles a day, he said. England fans travelling to tonight’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia in
Middlesbrough were expected to be hit by the delays. Phil Morris of the East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We would ask people to think carefully about making 999 calls as this incident has put a large hole in our resources. ”

The weight of the military vehicles means police will have to wait for specialist equipment to be able to move them to clear the carriageways.

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