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June 14, 2003

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The News Review:

* England are still taking it to the wire
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Rooney defended
* Eriksson looks to the future
* Portuguese Euro 2004 preparations behind schedule
* Czechs top Euro 2004 qualifying group again after 5:0 win over Moldova
* Who is playing English games? Spectacular Bid dies at age of 27 Lewis…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Eriksson suffers a champion shortfall
* … .com – Soccer – Big contenders struggle in Euro 2004 qualifyi…
* Kerr hails his stand-in heroes
* Savicevic stands down
* Owen sets up Turkey shoot-out
* Police praise England fans
* Young Turks at Confed Cup Turkish Digest UEFA to probe Turkey crowd…
* Self-delusion is only winner in Scotland

England are still taking it to the wire
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 14, 2003
This year, it will be surprising if England’s qualifying campaign for the finals of Euro 2004 does not come down to a straight fight with Turkey in Istanbul, or wherever UEFA can find a bottle-proof environment for such an explosive fixture. What lurks in between, and should not be overlooked or underestimated, is the trip to Macedonia in the first week of September. That is the game England have in hand on Turkey, and anything less than a win in Skopje should certainly mean that victory against the Turks will be essential if automatic qualification for the finals of Euro 2004 is to be obtained. This, by the way, is taking it for granted – a dangerous thing to do where football is concerned – that England and Turkey will win their only other remaining fixtures, against little Liechtenstein. Frankly, though, if either of them trip over that low-level hurdle, neither deserves to be joining the cream of European football in Portugal next summer.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Rooney defended
go.com – Jun 12, 2003
Rooney was substituted after 57 minutes, being replaced by Darius Vassell, andit was only then that England managed to claw their way back into the game. However, Eriksson insisted: ‘It’s very dangerous if we expect too much fromWayne Rooney every time as that is not fair. I really hope he will not have any critics as he does not deserve them. He did good things and it’s a learning experience. ‘In those minutes he was on the pitch, he learned more than in many PremierLeague games. He is one of the biggest talents that I’ve ever had and I’m very happy thathe is English. He will go on playing for us, for sure… ‘We are progressing. If you see the age of the team, we had only David James,Gareth Southgate, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes who were over 25,’ he said. ‘I hope we can challenge at the Euro 2004 finals. ‘First of all, I hope to qualify and then I hope they give us four weeks between the end of the season in England and the start of the tournament. It’s extremely important that after the FA Cup final, especially if Manchester United or Liverpool are in it, they need a break. ‘That familiar refrain from Eriksson was a cautionary note to end the eveningas his appeal is set to fall on deaf ears. Otherwise, there is reason for hope for England as they finish a season inwhich, despite the low points of a home draw against Macedonia and a defeat byAustralia, they have still lost just once and that setback came in a friendly.

Eriksson looks to the future
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 12, 2003
Last weekend’s Euro 2004 draw, which decreed that England’s next competitive match will be against Thierry Henry’s France in June, did not offer much hope to those fearful that Eriksson will soon desert England for Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea revolution. But Eriksson was positively beaming – well okay, as close to that state as imaginable – in Frankfurt’s Festhalle on Friday night after a draw that seemed to offer a straightforward qualifying route to the 2006 World Cup. Few English managers have led the country to the World Cup finals – and, remember, Sir Alf Ramsey never needed to. But Eriksson is now poised to join Bobby Robson in becoming the second man to deliver two in a row, as well as a European championship.

Portuguese Euro 2004 preparations behind schedule
SI.com – Jun 12, 2003
Portugal, one of Europe’s poorest countries, is spendingsome 500 million euros on the 10 stadium projects from Braga inthe north to the southern Algarve tourist region, whilestruggling to keep its budget deficit within European Unionlimits. The scale of the projects compares with Euro 2000, which wasstaged using just eight grounds and whose costs were splitbetween Belgium and the Netherlands. Portugal’s year-old center-right government has repeatedlysaid it will not spend one euro more than the 25 percent ofstadium costs stipulated in contracts signed by itspredecessors. Diario de Noticias said an audit by PriceWaterhouseCooperscommissioned by the government estimated that building orrebuilding 10 stadiums for Euro 2004 would cost 23 percent morethan the 430 million euros ($505. 2 million) originally set outin government contracts. “Stadiums which have accumulated investment costs have doneso as that is what they understood that they had to do,” Euro2004 Chairman Gilberto Madail told a news conference. “They are increases in investment and not, in our view, costoverruns,” added Madail, who is also chairman of the PortugueseFootball Federation.

Czechs top Euro 2004 qualifying group again after 5:0 win over Moldova
radio.cz – Jun 13, 2003
Vladimir Smicer opened the scoring just before half-time but the Czechsreally turned it on in the second half, starting with a penalty from JanKoller. That was followed by an amazing solo effort from Jiri Stajner -who carried the ball an incredible 80 metres – and two headed goals in thelast ten minutes from Vratislav Lokvenc, who like Stajner came on as asubstitute. Nedved named Footballer of the YearThe Czech team were out in force for a rather different occasion onThursday night, the Player of the Year awards in Prague. Internationalcaptain Pavel Nedved took the prize – indeed the Czech press have beentalking up his chances of becoming European Player of the Year… Football transfer newsFormer Czech captain Jiri Nemec has joined Sparta Prague as has anotherJiri, Jiri Rosicky, the older brother of international midfielder Tomas. Golden Spike most important athletics meet ever held in Czech RepublicThe most important athletics event ever held in the Czech Republictook place on Thursday. The Golden Spike in Ostrava is not a newcompetition but this year was part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix andattracted a host of world stars. Among them was 1500m world record holderHicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner thrilled the 20,000-strong crowdwith second place in his first ever attempt at the 5000m; that race, bythe way, was entitled the Emil Zatopek memorial. World pole-vault recordholder Stacy Dragila of the US, meanwhile, only managed a second placing. But local fans had something to celebrate as Czech Jan Zelezny finishedmetres ahead of the competition in the javelin with a throw of 88.

Who is playing English games? Spectacular Bid dies at age of 27 Lewis…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Jun 12, 2003
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Who is playing English games?

Spectacular Bid dies at age of 27

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Weekly Review
Who is playing English games?

Newspapers have been reporting — or quite possibly manufacturing — stories about a debate over where the England-Turkey match in October should be played
Michael Severn
Although Turkey was playing FYR Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier last night as we went to press, there has been considerable attention given this week to a match which is as yet some way in front of us. This is Turkey’s final qualifying game at home to England in October which looks increasingly as though it will prove to be the Group 7 decider. Newspapers have been reporting — or quite possibly manufacturing — stories about a debate over where this will be played. Turkey’s regular home venue in the recent past has been Galatasaray’s Ali Sami Yen Stadium, but this will not be available. It is to be redeveloped and is supposed to be undergoing demolition right now, though due to a cash flow crisis at Galatasaray work has not yet begun… It flew straight to nearby Newcastle and began training immediately on arrival. The second reason for this alleged unwillingness to use Sukru Saracoglu is said to be that it is a large stadium and Turkey would, under UEFA regulations, have to allocate 6,900 tickets to English supporters. The suggestion here is that the TFF and the security authorities do not want nearly 7000 England fans on the loose in Istanbul and would prefer to use a smaller stadium with a correspondingly smaller ticket allocation elsewhere. The TFF’s response to all this came from Selami Ozdemir, the official who has overall responsibility for national teams. He said on Tuesday that while preparations for the Macedonia game were ongoing, the matter of the England match venue had not even been discussed. Turkey’s coach Senol Gunes insisted that he and he alone would decide where it would be played. Technically he does not have the authority to do this but the TFF has always accepted his choices in the past.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 14, 2003
Club and international managers, the exhausted players, the fans and even TV companies have had little good to say about the tournament. Despite the presence of world champions Brazil and European champions France it carries about as much prestige as the now-defunct Anglo-Italian Cup. Unloved competition: Not content with that, FIFA want to fill the next fallow year – 2005 – with a repeat dose of another unloved competition, the Club World Championship. European governing body UEFA are at least against that event but they have their own responsibilities having allocated June 7 and 11 2003 as dates for Euro 2004 qualifying games – a month, for example, after the English premier league finished. The Spanish first division does not end until June 22 with the Cup final on June 28 and the second division finally grinding to a halt a day this side of July. By then the Intertoto Cup, now turned into something money-hungry clubs want to play in because of its three UEFA Cup places, will have been in full swing for nine days. All Europe?s leading teams will have had their players back in training long before then… Despite the presence of world champions Brazil and European champions France it carries about as much prestige as the now-defunct Anglo-Italian Cup. Unloved competition: Not content with that, FIFA want to fill the next fallow year – 2005 – with a repeat dose of another unloved competition, the Club World Championship. European governing body UEFA are at least against that event but they have their own responsibilities having allocated June 7 and 11 2003 as dates for Euro 2004 qualifying games – a month, for example, after the English premier league finished. The Spanish first division does not end until June 22 with the Cup final on June 28 and the second division finally grinding to a halt a day this side of July. By then the Intertoto Cup, now turned into something money-hungry clubs want to play in because of its three UEFA Cup places, will have been in full swing for nine days. All Europe?s leading teams will have had their players back in training long before then. The French and German leagues kick off on August 2, with England two weeks behind them.

Eriksson suffers a champion shortfall
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 14, 2003
5 years, however, and Sven’s starting XI to. Phil Neville also started the game but he is not guaranteed a first-team start under Sir Alex Ferguson… Phil Neville also started the game but he is not guaranteed a first-team start under Sir Alex Ferguson. Eriksson’s hand was forced and he was without several first-choice players – particularly in defence. But the fact that his reserve back-line comprised a Division One goalkeeper and three others whose clubs did not finish in the top 10 in the Premiership last season was noticeable to all – including Owen Hargreaves, who started the game as a spectator.

… .com – Soccer – Big contenders struggle in Euro 2004 qualifyi…
SI.com – Jun 12, 2003
” “If you fail twice on the run things get complicated,” the Real Madrid striker said. German goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn said his team became frustrated in the Faeroes town of Torshavn. “We were at their goal for the 90 minutes and had many chances, but the ball simply did not want to go in,” he said. “The longer it went without us scoring I was becoming anxious. I have played in many games like that in the past. ” Despite a 2-0 win in Finland, Italy remains three points behind Wales in Group 9. Italy has played one more game… The biggest problem England faces could be the behavior of its fans. Crowd trouble in Bratislava and Zurich was followed by clashes with police ahead of the 2-0 victory against Turkey at Sunderland. Pitch invasions and xenophobic chants at the Stadium of Light prompted UEFA to fine the English Football Association US$111,000 and warn England that any further trouble could mean being kicked out of Euro 2004. Although England fans have behaved themselves in two games since then, the situation could turn nasty when the team goes to Macedonia for its next away game Sept. The FA has declined any tickets for the game in Istanbul to try and prevent any more trouble. The only team racing along to the tournament finals is France, which has won all of its five games in the weakest of the 10 groups and holds a five-point lead over second-place Slovenia.

Kerr hails his stand-in heroes
rte.ie – Jun 12, 2003
That’s why there were changes, Colin’s physique was important as he tackled well and he’s a strong person to have in set positions,” he added. The only black spot on the night came from the stands, where a minority of supporters booed and jeered striker Shota Arveladze because of his association with Glasgow Rangers in a now sadly familiar scene. Kerr was disappointed with that behaviour of, and said “That was not nice and it shouldn’t be happening. We should be above that sort of stuff and it was unbecoming of us in these days,” he said. Meanwhile Robbie Keane, who grabbed his 16th international goal in the second half, believes that qualification for the Euro 2004 Championships rests entirely in Irish hands. “Since Brian came in we have got four good results in the games. The result in Albania may not have looked good at the time, but it has turned out to be so… Kerr was disappointed with that behaviour of, and said “That was not nice and it shouldn’t be happening. We should be above that sort of stuff and it was unbecoming of us in these days,” he said. Meanwhile Robbie Keane, who grabbed his 16th international goal in the second half, believes that qualification for the Euro 2004 Championships rests entirely in Irish hands. “Since Brian came in we have got four good results in the games. The result in Albania may not have looked good at the time, but it has turned out to be so. It is in our hands now. We have got two tough games coming up against Russia and Switzerland, but these results will mean we will be confident,” the Tallaght man said.

Savicevic stands down
BBC News – Jun 12, 2003
The result virtually ended any hope Serbia & Montenegro had of clinching the play-off place in Group Nine. They lost 3-0 to Finland on Saturday and despite leading Wednesday’s match for 85 minutes, Savicevic’s charges conspired to hand Azerbaijan victory. “It is all over – I am quitting,” said Savicevic, who left the dugout before the final whistle. “The reason? Well, players from our national championship do not have strength and stamina to run for 90 minutes, even against Azerbaijan… They lost 3-0 to Finland on Saturday and despite leading Wednesday’s match for 85 minutes, Savicevic’s charges conspired to hand Azerbaijan victory. “It is all over – I am quitting,” said Savicevic, who left the dugout before the final whistle. “The reason? Well, players from our national championship do not have strength and stamina to run for 90 minutes, even against Azerbaijan. “And most of our foreign-based players are of an age when it is not easy to play quality football matches. ”
Savicevic first took charge of the national team as they attempted, but failed, to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. And only last year he agreed to a two-year contract extension which would have taken him to next year’s European Championship. “All our hopes for Portugal are lost,” added Savicevic, who enjoyed success during the 1990s with Red Star Belgrade and AC Milan.

Owen sets up Turkey shoot-out
The Age – Jun 13, 2003
“The penalty put the English team back on its feet and I do not think it was a fair decision,” Jurkemik complained. Germany was even less impressive against the Faroe part-timers in their group five match. Miroslav Klose spared German blushes in Torshavn with an 89th-minute opener and Fredi Bobic scored two minutes into stoppage time. Germany tops the group by three points from Iceland – a 3-0 winner over Lithuania – and Scotland is another point behind. Italy won 2-0 in Finland, with Francesco Totti and Alessandro del Piero netting to keep the pressure on group leader Wales.

Police praise England fans
BBC News – Jun 12, 2003
Cleveland Police had more than 500 officers on duty for the Euro 2004 qualifier at Middlesbrough’s Riverside ground. The Football Association (FA) had feared serious action from European soccer officials if there was any repeat of the violent scenes which marred England’s game with Turkey in April. Trouble inside and outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light prompted Northumbria Police to release “name and shame” images of suspected hooligans. But Wednesday’s game passed off peacefully, with supporters at the Riverside heeding pleas that they enjoy the match and not cause trouble. After the game, which England won 2-1, Cleveland Police reported 20 arrests… The Football Association (FA) had feared serious action from European soccer officials if there was any repeat of the violent scenes which marred England’s game with Turkey in April. Trouble inside and outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light prompted Northumbria Police to release “name and shame” images of suspected hooligans. But Wednesday’s game passed off peacefully, with supporters at the Riverside heeding pleas that they enjoy the match and not cause trouble. After the game, which England won 2-1, Cleveland Police reported 20 arrests. Almost all were for alleged public order and drunk and disorderly offences. All those arrested were men – nine were from Teesside and the others were from Bedfordshire, Yorkshire and Hertfordshire. During the day, giant screens around the town showed an appeal by England captain David Beckham for supporters not to jeopardise the team’s place in the
tournament by their behaviour.

Young Turks at Confed Cup Turkish Digest UEFA to probe Turkey crowd…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Jun 14, 2003
The squad named by coach Senol Gunes has a very experimental look to it. He had previously pledged that he would allow some of his senior professionals to rest after a hard season in Europe and give younger men from the successful Turkey Under-21 side their chance. In line with this, he has dropped Emre Belozoglu, Hakan Sukur and Tugay Kerimoglu who all started Wednesday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against FYR Macedonia plus Okan Buruk who played the previous week in Slovakia but was both injured and suspended on Wednesday. Emre and Okan at Inter Milan and Tugay at Blackburn Rovers have, indeed, had hard seasons abroad. But the same cannot be said of Hakan who, for a variety of reasons, has played very few matches. Hakan is looking for a club again after parting from Blackburn and it is possible that he asked to be excused in order to pursue transfer negotiations. On the other hand, for a player in his position the Confederation Cup might have been a valuable shop window… If anybody has been looking jaded of late, it is Bayer Leverkusen’s Yildiray Basturk, but he is included. So are Tayfun Korkut and Nihat Kahveci and this is liable to cause some fuss. The Spanish League season has not yet ended and their club Real Sociedad had asked Turkey not to select them for the Confederation Cup. Gunes had been expected to accede to this request as a gesture of good will. Going ahead and picking them, which is what he has done, looks like a gesture of the opposite kind and Real is going to be hopping mad about it. Eight survivors
The removal of Emre, Hakan, Okan and Tugay plus the continuing injury problems of Ilhan Mansiz and Gunes’s decision not to recall certain other former regulars like the Galatasaray trio of Hasan Sas, Hakan Unsal and Umit Davala means this squad contains only 8 members of the one which represented Turkey at the World Cup. In addition to captain Bulent Korkmaz, the survivors are Ergun Penbe, Omer Catkic, Rustu Recber, Fatih Akyel, Alpay Ozalan, Yildiray and Nihat.

Self-delusion is only winner in Scotland
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 14, 2003
And, rarely can such a quote have found a stronger echo than last weekend in Scotland where self-delusion staked a strong claim to becoming a national sport in a way which forces me to re-examine my view that, really, style is what recreation is all about. The absence of a win from either of the Scottish (alphabetical order) cricket, football and rugby teams while playing simultaneously against Pakistan, Germany and South Africa adds up to pretty disappointing returns for me – or am I missing something? Day of shame it wasn’t. But it wasn’t exactly all the sweetness and roses it was portrayed in most but thankfully not all quarters either. Now, let me declare that I was fortunate to be assigned to Hamilton Crescent cricket oval, Glasgow, where the action was top class as Scotland played Pakistan. And when it comes to what happened regarding the footballers at Hampden Park or the oval ball brigade at King’s Park, Durban I had to rely on reports, being unable to be in three places at once, the Evening News mercifully showing no inclination towards the Jayson Blair of New York Times infamy style of non-journalism. But even acknowledging all that, as a sporting nation Scotland is surely at its most vulnerable when we allow ourselves to be deflected by the spin-merchants who would have setbacks regarded as causes for celebration… That is especially so when in countries against whom we are obliged to compete they would regard such results as embarrassing and rightly so. Two losses and a non-victory for another representative outfit cause to get out the bunting? Get a life, I say. Let’s leave the footballers aside for a moment and – relative to others – congratulate them on at least earning something from their endeavours, namely a point in Euro 2004 qualifying. What to make of the others? Well, low point for me came at Hamilton Crescent when, in the wake of Scotland being unable to winkle out the Pakistan tail-ender with six tail-end deliveries, SCU President Chris Carruthers took the microphone to declare: “To run an international one day squad so close is something we will remember for a very long time. ” Spot on so far as I am concerned but from the opposite perspective of the official.

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