Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 23, 2003

Real linked with Eriksson as Del Bosque is sacked

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The News Review:

* Regrets over clash with Euro 2004
* England to face Croatia at Ipswich
* Powell to stay at Charlton
* Real linked with Eriksson as Del Bosque is sacked
* Beckham’s Real role
* Konchesky seeks move
* ‘Easy draw’ for Celtic
* SI.com – Soccer – FIFA takes stand vs. racism – Sunday June 22, 2003…
* Lennon confident of more Euro success
* Trapattoni: Focussed (JohnWalton/Empics)
* Melville sticks with Fulham
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | FA chooses Portman…
* SEAMAN THANKS `GENTLEMAN’ WENGER
* Ciaran caps a great summer

Regrets over clash with Euro 2004
go.com – Jun 19, 2003
We have agreedwith the FA that the FA Cup final should be the last game of the season but thedates could not have been brought forward because of the European andinternational structure. ‘Eriksson recently expressed his desire for his players to have four weeks awayfrom competitive action before going into the tournament. The Swede feels the lead-up time to last year’s World Cup did not give hisplayers enough time to allow them to make the maximum impact. This summer he did not pick any Arsenal or Southampton players for England’sfriendly with South Africa in May because of their involvement in the FA Cupfinal. Speaking after last week’s qualifying win over Slovakia, Eriksson said:’Hopefully, if we qualify, this time we will have four weeks between the FA Cupfinal and the start of the tournament, even if I doubt it will happen. ‘It’s a real fact though that, if we go on playing football like this with somany games, we are more or less dead at the end of the season. ‘The freshness which the players showed against Slovakia was because we gavethem all one week off to go and do whatever they wanted.

England to face Croatia at Ipswich
SI.com – Jun 18, 2003
Veteran Chris Powell has been filling the left back role atCharlton, blocking Konchesky’s path to a regular place. “I feel I’ve a realistic chance of getting to Euro 2004 andif I have to leave Charlton to do that, then I have some verydifficult decisions to make,” Konchesky told the Web site. “It’s not a decision about money, it is purely a footballdecision based on football reasons. Konchesky’s advisor Andrew Mills added: “Euro 2004 is arealistic ambition for him and, after appearing in a variety ofpositions on the left-hand side last season, he needs to contesthis preferred position of left back on a regular basis. Konchesky became the youngest player to appear for Charltonin a competitive match when he made his senior debut in the homewin over Oxford United in August 1997 at just 16 years, 93 days. He first played for the England under-21 side in 2002 andmade his senior debut as a second-half substitute in the 3-1defeat by Australia in a friendly in February. Fulham to fight Carew ruling LONDON (Reuters) — Fulham said on Wednesday theyplanned to appeal against FIFA’s ruling that they should pay apercentage of the transfer fee they agreed for John Carew –even though they did not sign the Valencia striker.

Powell to stay at Charlton
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 18, 2003
With considerable reluctance, the club have granted the request. “Konchesky revealed his dream of playing for England in Portugal next summer was behind his decision. “I feel I have a realistic chance of getting to Euro 2004,” he said. “If I have to leave Charlton to do that, then I have some very difficult decisions to make. “It’s not a decision about money – it’s purely a football decision based on football reasons. “I could have waited until the start of the season to make the decision but I thought that would be unfair on the club. “FIFA have ordered Fulham to pay Valencia a “percentage” of the proposed £7… “I feel I have a realistic chance of getting to Euro 2004,” he said. “If I have to leave Charlton to do that, then I have some very difficult decisions to make. “It’s not a decision about money – it’s purely a football decision based on football reasons. “I could have waited until the start of the season to make the decision but I thought that would be unfair on the club. “FIFA have ordered Fulham to pay Valencia a “percentage” of the proposed £7. 5million fee in John Carew’s aborted transfer to the club in January last year. Fulham called the deal off when the Norwegian striker failed a medical.

Real linked with Eriksson as Del Bosque is sacked
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 23, 2003
A day after leading Real to their 29th Spanish title Del Bosque was told his contract would not be renewed, fuelling speculation that England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson could be linking up with Beckham at the Bernabeu Stadium. At 35, Hierro, a Real legend, had shown signs of slowing down and it was no surprise he was deemed surplus to requirements. But it is difficult to imagine Real would have effectively sacked Del Bosque without having a replacement lined up. The nine-times European champions have also been linked with Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger as well as Carlos Quieroz, the Manchester United assistant coach, and Porto manager Jose Mourinho… Information appearing on telegraph. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full copyright statement see.

Beckham’s Real role
go.com – Jun 18, 2003
Did they conveniently forget that, until recently, Beckham had only commented twice on the prospect of joining Real. At the start of the year, he was quoted as saying he ‘never said he would stay at Manchester United for ever’. Then, during a press conference at Heathrow airport before the England team travelled to Liechtenstein for their Euro 2004 qualifier in March, he added fuel to the mounting speculation by adding: ‘Real Madrid have great players and a great tradition. Any player would be honoured to be involved or spoken about by Real Madrid. Of course I’m honoured. ‘ The comments, just 10 days before United and Madrid met in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, were foolhardy and ill-advised at best. On another note, did anyone really forget those tears in United’s final home match of the season last month? Did anyone forget the mimed words to Gary Neville, caught on camera, which suggested his move was all but a done deal?Even now, as he arrives in the Far East for the latest tour to promote the Beckham brand, it is hard to argue against the fact that the England captain and his advisors have been negotiating and touting for this move for quite some time… The real Old Trafford die-hards will also tell you that the midfielder, however accomplished, did not always fit into Ferguson’s plans tactically – surely not I hear you cry!Ferguson has already proved he can dispense of big names, including a star even bigger than Beckham – a certain Eric Cantona – and lead the club to further success. Equally, the transfer shows Ferguson – again notching a victory for his managerial authority – and Manchester United have played to their own strengths. They knew Beckham would not be seduced by Barcelona, a club that, for all its beaches and boulevards, will not be playing Champions League football next season. In announcing the agreement last week, United merely flushed out and hurried along the interest from Madrid – mission accomplished! No doubt this saga will continue to command extraordinary attention. No doubt when United lose a game, the same old hacks will remind Ferguson of his decision, yet will again have convenient spells of forgetfulness when Beckham, as is natural, has spells of poor form as he tries to become the new king of Madrid. English football has lost one of its biggest stars and I wish David Beckham well. But Manchester United will continue to prosper, will continue to thrive and will be better off without the media circus which follows him.

Konchesky seeks move
BBC News – Jun 18, 2003
“I feel I have a realistic chance of getting to Euro 2004 and if I have to leave Charlton to do that, then I have some very difficult decisions to make. “It is not a decision about money, it is purely a football decision based on football reasons. “I could have waited until the start of the season to make the decision but I thought that would be unfair on the club. I have told Alan that while I am at Charlton I will remain 100% committed to the cause. ”

Konchesky’s advisor Andrew Mills reiterated the player’s wish to develop at international level… “I feel I have a realistic chance of getting to Euro 2004 and if I have to leave Charlton to do that, then I have some very difficult decisions to make. “It is not a decision about money, it is purely a football decision based on football reasons. “I could have waited until the start of the season to make the decision but I thought that would be unfair on the club. I have told Alan that while I am at Charlton I will remain 100% committed to the cause. ”

Konchesky’s advisor Andrew Mills reiterated the player’s wish to develop at international level. “Paul has made no secret of his desire to continue his progression on both the domestic and international stage,” said Mills.

‘Easy draw’ for Celtic
BBC News – Jun 20, 2003
“But the Lithuanians have a fair stadium that presents few hardships and they will also know what to expect in the Faroes as Scotland played there too. ”

Kaunas will start their first qualifying round tie as favourites, but the Scots swept aside another Lithuanian outfit, Suduva, 8-1 at Celtic Park in last season’s Uefa Cup before a team of reserves added a 2-0 win in the return tie. Scottish sides have at times been caught out by lack of sharpness early in European competitions… “But the Lithuanians have a fair stadium that presents few hardships and they will also know what to expect in the Faroes as Scotland played there too. ”

Kaunas will start their first qualifying round tie as favourites, but the Scots swept aside another Lithuanian outfit, Suduva, 8-1 at Celtic Park in last season’s Uefa Cup before a team of reserves added a 2-0 win in the return tie. Scottish sides have at times been caught out by lack of sharpness early in European competitions.

SI.com – Soccer – FIFA takes stand vs. racism – Sunday June 22, 2003…
SI.com – Jun 22, 2003
Soccer’s governing body is trying to take a stand against racism at this tournament, which brings together the champions of all continents. FIFA showed videotapes of racial cooperation on the field andasked opponents to shake hands after games. This attempt to fosterfair play and racial harmony has not been overwhelmingly embraced. “It’s going a bit overboard to require it after the game,”U. coach Bruce Arena said. “That’s something people in suitsthink is important… Slovakia had to play a qualifier for the 2004 EuropeanChampionship before no fans as punishment for the racist behaviorby some of its fans. Italian soccer has been trying to combat racism. England turneddown its ticket allocation for an upcoming Euro 2004 qualifier inMacedonia in anticipation of possible boorish behavior by its fans. Racism is only one problem. There is nationalistic fervor aswell. Fans booed the American anthem for the second straight game. Whistling by fans during an opponent’s anthem, however, has been apresence in soccer for decades.

Lennon confident of more Euro success
Edinburgh Evening News – Jun 21, 2003
Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo McLeod believes that the club will avoid any embarrassing slip-ups in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. McLeod said: “You have got to say it is a good draw for Celtic. ” “The environment is not going to be as good as you would get at a top European club,” admitted McLeod, who was in Lithuania commentating for the BBC on Scotland’s Euro 2004 qualifier. “But the Lithuanians have a fair stadium that presents few hardships and they will also know what to expect in the Faroes as Scotland played there too. ” Meanwhile, Dundee could ask for a switch in venue after the club president of their prospective UEFA Cup opponents was shot dead. The Foreign Office has already advised the Scottish Cup runners-up and their supporters not to travel to the trouble-torn home of Albanian outfit Vllaznia Shkoder. Dundee, seeded for yesterday’s UEFA Cup qualifying round draw on their return to the competition after a 29-year absence, could have faced sides from Andorra, Estonia or Iceland.

Trapattoni: Focussed (JohnWalton/Empics)
go.com – Jun 23, 2003
While the most resentful of Italian media and fans were still targeting Moreno as the root of all evil, others were trying to rationalise how a country with so many talented footballers could fall flat on its face on the world’s biggest stage. Giovanni Trapattoni’s stint at the helm of the national team seemed destined to end after Korea-Japan, but the Italian FA kept its poise and refused to terminate his contract, while other coaches’ names were being bandied about, apparently in the belief that our version of ‘The Impossible Job’ could be done better by someone else. This has been the problem with Italy (and England, and Germany, and many others, for that matter): win, and you get canonized and loved forever, witness 1982 World Cup winning coach Enzo Bearzot, who did not do much before of after that event apart from an exciting 1978 campaign; lose, and everything else you’ve done in your life receives is belittled, as happened to Cesare Maldini after 1998. Trapattoni’s job was saved but public scrutiny was bound to hit hard soon. And when Italy lost in Cardiff last autumn doubts about Trap’s ability to get results surfaced again. Now, after five consecutive wins in friendlies and Euro 2004 qualifiers, optimism is back. Naturally though it has been sparked by the same inconsistent judgment that turns ugly in troubled times: if a patched up Italy loses a friendly against a ‘nondescript’ country, in comes excessive criticism, so does, on the positive front, a win by a virtual ‘B’ team against a mediocre Northern Ireland side… Trapattoni’s job was saved but public scrutiny was bound to hit hard soon. And when Italy lost in Cardiff last autumn doubts about Trap’s ability to get results surfaced again. Now, after five consecutive wins in friendlies and Euro 2004 qualifiers, optimism is back. Naturally though it has been sparked by the same inconsistent judgment that turns ugly in troubled times: if a patched up Italy loses a friendly against a ‘nondescript’ country, in comes excessive criticism, so does, on the positive front, a win by a virtual ‘B’ team against a mediocre Northern Ireland side. Much more satisfying was the 2-0 win in Finland which put Italy firmly in second place in the qualifying group, two points behind Wales, who have a game in hand. After the game in Helsinki, Trapattoni was so pumped up that he claimed Italy could still catch the Welsh, although he added that of course Wales have their destiny in their own hands and could visit Italy on September 6 with a five-point lead in the group. Is there a realistic basis to Trapattoni’s renewed confidence? Yes – if you consider the names at his disposal when everyone is fully fit.

Melville sticks with Fulham
BBC News – Jun 19, 2003
The 34-year-old Fulham captain was unhappy with an offer earlier this year that involved a substantial pay cut, prompting rumours of a possible move to Cardiff City. But the centre back was keen to continue playing at the highest level as he bids to make Euro 2004 with Wales. Fulham Manager Chris Coleman told the club’s official website: “Melv is coming in next Tuesday to sign for another year which I’m delighted about. “He’s a real unsung hero in the team and we miss him when he’s not there. “He’s such a professional and his experience and positional sense is second to none – I’m really chuffed we’ve agreed terms to keep him here… But the centre back was keen to continue playing at the highest level as he bids to make Euro 2004 with Wales. Fulham Manager Chris Coleman told the club’s official website: “Melv is coming in next Tuesday to sign for another year which I’m delighted about. “He’s a real unsung hero in the team and we miss him when he’s not there. “He’s such a professional and his experience and positional sense is second to none – I’m really chuffed we’ve agreed terms to keep him here.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | FA chooses Portman…
BBC News – Jun 18, 2003
“It is a reflection on the huge improvements made in recent years to our pitch and stadium, as well as the professionalism of our staff who operate and service it. “Most of all however, it is recognition for the sporting fans of East Anglia, whose fervent support of both this club and our various neighbours, has earned us the right to stage such a prestige occasion in our region. ”

Croatia will go into the game on the back of a good run of form, currently occupying second place in their Euro 2004 qualifying group behind Bulgaria.

SEAMAN THANKS `GENTLEMAN’ WENGER
4TheGame – Jun 21, 2003
“Arsenal only offered me a coaching role and that wasn’t what I wanted so it was an easy decision on that front, but a hard decision because I had been at Arsenal for so long. “I’m really looking forward to the new stadium, playing in Europe and in front of such good support as they have up there. ” Seaman’s continued presence in the Barclaycard Premiership means he will still be firmly in the mind of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who left the veteran out of the squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. “It’s hard to get left out of the squad like that, but what will be, will be. All I’m concentrating on now is playing well for Manchester City and when my standards start dropping then I’ll know I’m not going to get picked… ” Seaman’s continued presence in the Barclaycard Premiership means he will still be firmly in the mind of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who left the veteran out of the squad for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. “It’s hard to get left out of the squad like that, but what will be, will be. All I’m concentrating on now is playing well for Manchester City and when my standards start dropping then I’ll know I’m not going to get picked.

Ciaran caps a great summer
Harlow and Bishop's The Citizen – Jun 19, 2003
The 21-year-old midfielder from Buckhurst Hill, who had been given his first senior cap just a week earlier in a friendly with Italy, came on for the final ten minutes of the Group Six match at Windsor Park, which saw Sammy McIlroy’s side secure a pride-restoring 0-0 draw. A delighted Toner this week told the Guardian: “It was a major thrill to win my first cap against such great opposition as Italy and then to come on against Spain at 0-0 in such an important game that was so evenly poised was truly fantastic. It was brilliant to be on the same pitch as people like Raul and Baraja in the midfield who was outstanding. Italy obviously also had some good players out as well and it is certainly something that you are going to learn from, because you can try to adapt some of what these people are doing to your own game… Italy obviously also had some good players out as well and it is certainly something that you are going to learn from, because you can try to adapt some of what these people are doing to your own game. advertisement
“It was one of my goals when I joined Orient to force my way into the full Northern Ireland side, although I have to say that I didn’t think it would come so soon. “So it is great to finally break through, because after sitting on the bench on so many occasions before but not getting on I was left wondering whether it was ever going to happen. But now that it has hopefully I can go on and get plenty more caps. “At the moment though I am just looking forward to the new season with Orient and I now want to secure a regular place in the first team. ”
And after being left out for large stages of the 2002-03 campaign by Paul Brush, you begin to sense that the former Spurs man is ready to show the Brisbane Road faithful just why he has become only the 15th full international in the club’s 122-year history. He continued: “It was a bit frustrating last season when I wasn’t in the side, but what some people forget is that last year was my first in competitive football.

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