Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 29, 2003

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Santini’s hollow victory

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The News Review:

* Football in Brief
* Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
* Parreira faces anxious trip after Brazil exit
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – Santini’s hollow victory
* SI.com – Soccer – France banks on experience; Turks without Nihat -…
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Hughes to be Fergie’s No2?
* CROSSLEY WANTS BRUM DEAL : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…

Football in Brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 28, 2003
Alpay’s country faces severe sanctions for the crowd trouble that marred their 3-2 win over Macedonia earlier this month. “England were fined for what happened when we played them so it would not be fair for us to to be punished more severely,” he said. “We will have to do what they say but if they make us play in an empty stadium, it will make us that much more determined… Alpay’s country faces severe sanctions for the crowd trouble that marred their 3-2 win over Macedonia earlier this month. “England were fined for what happened when we played them so it would not be fair for us to to be punished more severely,” he said. “We will have to do what they say but if they make us play in an empty stadium, it will make us that much more determined.

Waterford News & Star (printer friendly version)
Waterford News – Jun 27, 2003
Then from those dungeons of dark depression, we were lifted, saved if you like by an angel in a dodgy white Umbro hoody. The angel in disguise ? Brian Kerr. Weeks after the end of the English league season, the powers that be in UEFA decided that teams should be trust back into the heat of Euro 2004 qualification. Nothing better to take your mind off the disappointment?s of a miserable Priemiership season than International football. Two games, two wins vital… Roll on the Autumn. In the same sporting circles. It was hard this week not feel sorry about the manner of the departure of David Beckham to Spanish Giants Real Madrid. ?I want to be burried at Old Trafford, I never want to leave this club? he whined as his manager readily chucked him out the door and onto a plane for Spain. I think most people would agree, love him or hate him, that Becks does come across as a decent enough sort of a skin who has done well. Maybe not the sharpest knife in the drawer but a decent upright citizen who can hardly go to the little boys room without the paparazzi sneaking under the door.

Parreira faces anxious trip after Brazil exit
Independent Online – Jun 24, 2003
He was also denied the services of Renato, Robinho and Diego, viewed as three of Brazil’s most promising youngsters, who have club duties with Santos in the Libertadores Cup final. He can also repeat the argument advanced at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard that Turkey’s greater match fitness in the second half – after their post-season Euro 2004 qualifying – had separated the two sides. Brazil could so easily have been in that game at the Stade de FranceHowever, Parreira also said that his team, which had needed a win to qualify – could have been several goals in front by half time at St Etienne. Brazil dominated possession, scored once, hit the post and had a shot cleared off the line in an opening 45 minutes in which they should have killed the game stone dead. Had they lead 3-0 lead at the break, Brazil’s game plan, and fate, would almost certainly have been very different. Brazil would not have been obliged to charge forward after Turkey’s equaliser, exposing their defence to the waves of rapid counter-attacks that ultimately led to their downfall… Brazil dominated possession, scored once, hit the post and had a shot cleared off the line in an opening 45 minutes in which they should have killed the game stone dead. Had they lead 3-0 lead at the break, Brazil’s game plan, and fate, would almost certainly have been very different. Brazil would not have been obliged to charge forward after Turkey’s equaliser, exposing their defence to the waves of rapid counter-attacks that ultimately led to their downfall. Tiredness may have played its part on Monday, but Brazil’s exit from the eight-nation tournament was ultimately down to a strike force, led by the willing Adriano, that failed to bite. Brazil were forced to try and beat Turkey in the first place because they had failed to put a second goal past the United States and were therefore trailing the Turks on goals scored. As Brazil bow out, Turkey’s reward will be to take on holders France on Thursday in Paris, while Cameroon face Colombia in the other semi-final in Lyon. Brazil could so easily have been in that game at the Stade de France, where their 1998 World Cup side lost the final to the host nation.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Santini’s hollow victory
go.com – Jun 29, 2003
We know that a family has been deeply hurt and thatsomeone dear to us has gone,’ said Santini. France captain Marcel Desailly called for his Camerooncounterpart Rigobert Song to stand next to him on the rostrum toshare the victory, earned with a 97th-minute extra-time goldengoal scored by Thierry Henry. ‘With all the dedication and the human aspect of what we’vebeen through these last few days, it was not obvious to go allthe way through this final. ‘But in an international game, you need a winner and aloser,’ said Santini, whose France team retained the Cup theywon two years ago in Japan. Despite the tragic circumstances, Santini was pleased Francehad lived up to the challenge without key players like ZinedineZidane or Patrick Vieira for the tournament. He said the win had raised the country’s hopes ahead of Euro2004 in Portugal where France will defend their European title. ‘We had to learn how to win without some key players and itwill give young players more confidence, while older ones willstart trusting the young ones for the crucial (qualifying) gamesto come in the autumn, but above all in Portugal,’ he said… ‘But in an international game, you need a winner and aloser,’ said Santini, whose France team retained the Cup theywon two years ago in Japan. Despite the tragic circumstances, Santini was pleased Francehad lived up to the challenge without key players like ZinedineZidane or Patrick Vieira for the tournament. He said the win had raised the country’s hopes ahead of Euro2004 in Portugal where France will defend their European title. ‘We had to learn how to win without some key players and itwill give young players more confidence, while older ones willstart trusting the young ones for the crucial (qualifying) gamesto come in the autumn, but above all in Portugal,’ he said. Your views on this story?.

SI.com – Soccer – France banks on experience; Turks without Nihat -…
SI.com – Jun 25, 2003
“Hepicked up a slight thigh injury in his last match with RealSociedad and has gone back to Istanbul. Nihat finished as the Spanish first division’s joint secondhighest scorer, level with Ronaldo on 23 goals, as Sociedad werepipped to the title by Real Madrid. Earlier this month, Nihat helped Turkey’s qualifyingcampaign for Euro 2004 by scoring in their 3-2 victory overMacedonia, four days after hitting the winner in a 1-0 win overSlovakia. Turkey returned to the top of Group Seven, two points aheadof England, who have played a game less. Counting on Nihat to join the squad if Turkey reached thelatter stages of the tournament, Gunes allocated him the number11 shirt. Despite the absence, Gunes was confident of his sideproducing a good performance against the holders at the Stade deFrance. “This semifinal is a real test for us,” he said at theteam’s training base outside Paris… Gunes also hoped their fans from France’s sizeable Turkishcommunity would also do their duty and behave on Thursday. A handful of supporters were able to make a very briefappearance on the pitch during Turkey’s 2-2 draw with Brazil inSt Etienne on Monday. “The supporters must not come onto the pitch during thematch,” Gunes said. “They can come and embrace us after the game– but they mustn’t come on while we are playing. High mileage Turkey’s much-traveled campaign in the eight-nationtournament has taken them to St Etienne, Paris, back to StEtienne and then once more back to Paris. “We’re tired because we’ve done a lot of traveling and Iregret the fact that we are only allowed to use threesubstitutes,” he said. “It does make things more difficult.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Hughes to be Fergie’s No2?
go.com – Jun 29, 2003
‘But I’m 100% confident that he will see out his contract with us. ‘The fans would be mortified if he walked out on us now. ‘It is not surprising United are interested in Mark, given his track record over the past two years. My opinion is that Mark is very happy with his arrangement with us. ‘I spoke with him at a three-hour meeting on Friday and he’s given no indication of a possible move to United. ‘ After the departure of both Queiroz and David Beckham to Madrid, the return of Hughes, whose muscular style of play and explosive finishing made him a terrace idol at United, would go somewhere to placate the worries of fans. There is a suggestion that Hughes may combine both roles until after the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, after which he would join United on a full-time basis… ‘I spoke with him at a three-hour meeting on Friday and he’s given no indication of a possible move to United. ‘ After the departure of both Queiroz and David Beckham to Madrid, the return of Hughes, whose muscular style of play and explosive finishing made him a terrace idol at United, would go somewhere to placate the worries of fans. There is a suggestion that Hughes may combine both roles until after the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, after which he would join United on a full-time basis. Your views on this story?.

CROSSLEY WANTS BRUM DEAL : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
4TheGame – Jun 28, 2003
It is understood the Teessiders are asking for £750,000 for Mark Schwarzer’s deputy and that is beyond what Steve Bruce is prepared to pay. But Crossley is hoping McClaren, despite the fact that losing the Wales international would leave him without an experienced number two, will relent and allow him to fulfil his dream. “I’m not unhappy at Middlesbrough, but Birmingham have given me a fantastic opportunity,” he said. “I have a real chance to establish myself as their number one and consequently win the number one shirt for Wales back, especially with the Euro 2004 qualifiers to come. This could be the last chance for my career to progress… But Crossley is hoping McClaren, despite the fact that losing the Wales international would leave him without an experienced number two, will relent and allow him to fulfil his dream. “I’m not unhappy at Middlesbrough, but Birmingham have given me a fantastic opportunity,” he said. “I have a real chance to establish myself as their number one and consequently win the number one shirt for Wales back, especially with the Euro 2004 qualifiers to come. This could be the last chance for my career to progress.

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