Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 8, 2003

Ferguson still doubtful for Euro qualifier

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The News Review:

* Turkey fined for ‘chaos’ at Euro 2004 match
* The result? Just savour the moment
* ‘Gangsters want cut of Rooney’s earnings’
* Ferguson still doubtful for Euro qualifier
* Milan seek to provide spark for Italian renaissance
* Cole signs up to the Chelsea set
* Probe launched into Pole sleaze
* SOCCER: Douglas wants end to Pars feud
* Soccer-Guest star Schumacher drives benefit match
* Silence is the killer
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Turkey’s big discovery
* Robson rules out Premiership title

Turkey fined for ‘chaos’ at Euro 2004 match
Independent Online – Jul 4, 2003
Uefa said the fine was imposed for “lack of order and security in the stadium” at the June 11 match in Istanbul. Macedonia’s FA was fined 10 000 Swiss francs “for the disturbances involving its team during the same match, notably on the occasion of the celebration of the goals scored, contributing to the provocation of the local crowd”. Trouble has occurred at several matches in Group Seven during the qualifying campaign… Turkey, who top the group by two points, have one home game remaining on October 11 against second-placed England, who have a game in hand. Only the top team automatically qualifies for next year’s European championship in Portugal. England has decided not to take up its ticket allocation for the October qualifier in Turkey. Slovakia were ordered to play their home qualifier against Liechtenstein in April behind closed doors after their fans racially abused England players in Bratislava in October.

The result? Just savour the moment
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 6, 2003
It’s mouthwatering. And there is no competition for the full-blown hype treatment either. There will be the odd geriatric feigning interest in cricket, several damp gussets at the prospect of following Henman’s annual valiant-but-futile forthcoming Wimbledon odyssey, a few more fascinated by whether England’s overpaid, undertalented football stars can make Euro 2004. But none of those, none, comes close to this England-All Black rugby international in terms of the ferocity of the clash and its relevance in determining the current behemoths of the world game. They wouldn’t have been able to live with themselves if they had not… They wouldn’t have been able to live with themselves if they had not. Excise the tour in 1998 when England sent a fourth-string line-up to New Zealand and you have to go back to 1985 to find a full-strength encounter between the two nations played in the land of the long white cloud. The 1995 World Cup semi-final when England were Lomued doesn’t count. That was played in Cape Town. Carling, Guscott, Richards, Andrew, Rory Underwood – none have started a Test in New Zealand.

‘Gangsters want cut of Rooney’s earnings’
Independent Online – Jul 7, 2003
Rooney, 17, still lives in the modest house with his parents and two younger brothers, though he is planning to move his family into a luxury home nearby. Last November, thugs slashed the tyres of the Rooney family’s car. Rooney inspired England to a 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Turkey at Sunderland in March. That first international start came seven weeks after he became England’s youngest ever cap, with a second half appearance in a friendly against Australia at the age of 17 years and 111 days. Last year Rooney was a 16-year-old trainee on ?70 a week who had not even started a Premier League match for Everton. Life changed forever for Rooney on October 19 of 2002 when he came off the bench at Arsenal to strike a dipping, curling 25-yard shot that bamboozled England goalkeeper David Seaman and earned Everton a memorable win over the double holders… Rooney inspired England to a 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Turkey at Sunderland in March. That first international start came seven weeks after he became England’s youngest ever cap, with a second half appearance in a friendly against Australia at the age of 17 years and 111 days. Last year Rooney was a 16-year-old trainee on ?70 a week who had not even started a Premier League match for Everton. Life changed forever for Rooney on October 19 of 2002 when he came off the bench at Arsenal to strike a dipping, curling 25-yard shot that bamboozled England goalkeeper David Seaman and earned Everton a memorable win over the double holders.

Ferguson still doubtful for Euro qualifier
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 5, 2003
“I knew Alex as a player. Indeed, I played against him when Holland met Scotland in Eindhoven, but you never know how things will work out when a new manager takes charge. “However, I should not have had any fears. From day one there was a good feeling between the three of us. “We all have the same thoughts on football and the way the game should be played, so it has been great to work with them. “Hearts manager Craig Levein has indicated he is not prepared to back down in his war of words with referee Dougie McDonald. Levein has been summoned to appear before the Scottish Football Association’s general purposes committee on May 28 to explain critical comments.

Milan seek to provide spark for Italian renaissance
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 4, 2003
The national team flopped at last year’s World Cup and have been overshadowed by Wales in Euro 2004 qualifying. The one-time lira billionaires have been reduced to scraping together their euros just like cash-strapped club presidents and chairmen across Europe. Grand old Fiorentina went bust, mighty Lazio are up for sale and stellar names such as Christian Vieri and Alvaro Recoba took voluntary wage cuts last summer. Then there is the hooliganism. Como and Torino have been punished by lengthy home-match bans following riots this season… What, then, of Inter, whose vitality and vulnerability were shown in equal measure in Sunday night’s enthralling 3-3 draw with Roma at San Siro? The unstoppable Vieri, the artful Recoba and revelatory Turkey midfielder Emre steered Inter to a 3-1 lead before they imploded in the last eight minutes. Inter tifosi know the feeling well. They have not won Serie A for 14 years and the final-day defeat at Lazio last season that handed the title to their arch-rivals, Juventus, still weighs heavy. A Champions League date with Valencia awaits tomorrow, with Hector Cuper’s team having much to prove. A 1-0 defeat at Parma left AC Milan eight points adrift of Juventus but helped clarify the main objective. Ancelotti’s side have displayed a cultured possession-based brand of football built around Rui Costa and Clarence Seedorf that seems better suited to sophisticated European nights than attritional Italian weekends. Lack of firepower is one concern but, after coasting through the group stages, the draw was kind to Milan, who travel to Amsterdam tonight.

Cole signs up to the Chelsea set
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 8, 2003
With at least 33 players to choose from this season – probably more by the time the season kicks off – Ranieri will be able to change the entire team, not just the tactics or formation. Last summer Chelsea spent just £500,000… The pair have until Aug 22 to reply to the Football Association and a likely September hearing would mean, if found guilty, a significant spell on the sidelines for Cole which could also affect his match fitness for England’s Euro 2004 tie in Turkey on Oct 11. More immediately Lampard, who joined Chelsea from West Ham two years ago, is looking forward to renewing his partnership with Cole – “a great player, very skilful”. Lampard is aware that many will be hoping Chelsea slip up. “Knowing how football is, people outside Chelsea will be wanting us to fail because of the money we’ve spent,” he said. “That’s the harsh reality of football.

Probe launched into Pole sleaze
go.com – Jul 4, 2003
Miroslaw Drzewiecki, head of parliament’s sports committee,summoned top PZPN officials, including chief Michal Listkiewicz,for talks next Tuesday. This could lead to an eventualsuspension of the FA by the sports ministry. ‘The situation in Polish football was and still is visiblynot good. There are mounting problems and questions which arenot answered. Things must change in PZPN to have better resultsand no scandals,’ Drzewiecki told Reuters. ‘I believe we will have constructive dialogue on Tuesday. Ifnot, I can’t rule out that caretaker management will be named,’he said, adding that only the sports ministry had the power tosuspend PZPN management and not his committee… In response to the power-struggle in Polish football,European soccer’s governing body UEFA threatened to suspendPoland from international competition. Poland’s national team has struggled to gain consistencysince crashing out of last year’s World Cup in the group phase. Poland are fourth in Euro 2004 qualifying Group Four, withalmost no chance of qualifying for the finals. Your views on this story?.

SOCCER: Douglas wants end to Pars feud
U.TV – Jul 8, 2003
Yorkston was quoted as saying Sutton should not attend the game for fear of sparking a riot – and Celtic boss Martin O`Neill was quick to fire back a riposte. The fixture computer could not have produced a more spicy opening day encounter but Douglas said: “We are just going to go for it. The players are not interested – it is other people who are stoking the fire to keep it going. “That is last year`s stuff. What John Yorkston says is up to him, it`s nothing to do with us… “Hopefully we can do the sort of job on them that we did in Kaunas. “Douglas is also keen to cement his place as his country`s first choice and is set to be named in Berti Vogts` squad for the friendly in Norway later in the month. Scotland are still in with a good chance of a Euro 2004 play-off place at least and have games with the Faroes Islands and current leaders Germany next month. Douglas said: “I thoroughly enjoy playing for Scotland and hopefully I can continue to do that for a while longer – a big while longer.

Soccer-Guest star Schumacher drives benefit match
chinadaily.com.cn – Jul 3, 2003
Frenchman Robert Pires picked up a back pass from Schumacher just before
halftime to flick the ball to Zidane who then beat his marker and former Real
Madrid team mate Fernando Hierro to blast the ball home. The German racing driver changed sides in the second half and showed he knew
his way around a football field by setting up Portuguese international striker
Pauleta for two goals with a pair of well taken forward passes. But while Schumacher was the crowd’s favourite at Boavista’s Bessa stadium,
one of ten being built or rebuilt in Portugal to host Euro 2004, Brazilian
striker Ronaldo scored the most spectacular goal of the night for Figo’s
all-star side. In a move that would have graced any competitive game, despite the leisurely
pace on the night, Ronaldo received a short-range pass from Raul and flicked the
ball up with his right foot before controlling it on his chest to beat markers
Michel Salgado and Jorge Andrade. The World Cup winner then unleashed a lethal shot to beat Portuguese
international goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira. Spanish referee Arturo Dauden did not show a single yellow card in a
good-humoured game which ironically paired Vicente del Bosque and Carlos Queiroz
as trainers for the UNICEF side. The match was organised before Queiroz unseated del Bosque last week as Real
Madrid trainer, and had Alex Ferguson down as Figo’s coach, although the
Manchester United manager did not show up… In a move that would have graced any competitive game, despite the leisurely
pace on the night, Ronaldo received a short-range pass from Raul and flicked the
ball up with his right foot before controlling it on his chest to beat markers
Michel Salgado and Jorge Andrade. The World Cup winner then unleashed a lethal shot to beat Portuguese
international goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira. Spanish referee Arturo Dauden did not show a single yellow card in a
good-humoured game which ironically paired Vicente del Bosque and Carlos Queiroz
as trainers for the UNICEF side. The match was organised before Queiroz unseated del Bosque last week as Real
Madrid trainer, and had Alex Ferguson down as Figo’s coach, although the
Manchester United manager did not show up. Portugal trainer Luiz Filipe Scolari was left in charge of the Figo side, and
did not miss a chance to experiment and for the first time play Figo alongside
veteran team mate Rui Costa and new boy Deco Souza in midfield. Proceeds from the game will go to the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF
and the Luis Figo Foundation, which aims to help disadvantaged children by
giving them opportunities to play sport.

Silence is the killer
The Observer – Jul 6, 2003
The missionary was jailed for one year. A dogged and harrowing investigation by Andy Martin from BBC Northern Ireland revealed last week that after an exhumation a further 16 fractures have been found. Martin to his credit has uncovered not only Briggs’s vicious behaviour towards the boy but also a catalogue of incompetence on the part of the health trust tasked with investigating the death. The fate of the adopted twin is simply the horrifying terminus of the ‘right’ to inflict punishment on children. Behind the often debatable and contradictory biblical ‘evidence’ lies a sadistic and perverse authoritarianism. At least those who enjoy S&M sex do so as consenting adults and have the honesty and decency to admit that they are kinky. Sectarian SoccerBertie Ahern, a life-long Glasgow Celtic fan, now knows how every Glasgow Rangers player feels when they come to Landsdowne Road… Disgusted of Dublin 4 and beyond have been protesting in the Irish Times letters page about the unsporting treatment of Ahern. The correspondents have rushed to Bertie’s defence portraying the embattled Premier as the victim of a very un-Irish put down. One wonders though where these defenders of Bertie-the-underdog were hiding when a small but very vocal section of Ireland’s support booed every time a Georgian player touched the ball in May during a Euro 2004 qualifying game. The Georgian international happened to play his club football at Ibrox which was enough for some ‘patriots’ wearing Scottish football shirts (ie the hoops of Celtic) to boo his every pass, tackle and dribble. Be they Georgian, Norwegian or even Scottish, to don the famous blue jersey in domestic football is justification enough in these ‘republican’ eyes to be abused from the stadium. Now that the Taoiseach has become a target of this type of unsporting hissing and boos perhaps he should lead the crusade against this very nasty, newfound sectarianism at Irish soccer internationals.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 7, 2003
International hope”I am really looking forward to playing for the famous and biggest Russian club Spartak,” said Hrman, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract. “Also, I am hoping that this move will help me to secure my place in the Croatian national team. ” Hrman, who has three caps, was involved in the squad for Croatia’s UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Estonia last month but did not play in the 1-0 victory. Stanic arrivalSpartak, who are 12th in the 16-team top flight in Russia, have also signed Srdzan Stanic, a a 21-year-old midfield player from Serbo-Montenegrin side OFK Belgrade. A regular for his country’s Under-21 side, he scored three goals in 29 domestic games last season.

Turkey’s big discovery
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 4, 2003
However, football lives on and a young striker emerged as the star of the competition to give further notice of Turkey’s emergence as one of Europe’s most technically gifted squads. Striking armouryIf England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson thought he knew everything about the Turkish squad for the crucial 11 October UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier between the two nations, he would now be wise to add the name of Tuncay Sanli to the list of potential weapons facing his team. The new ShevchenkoThe 21-year-old Fenerbahçe SK forward may not make the starting lineup in Istanbul but already he is being dubbed ‘the Turkish Andriy Shevchenko’ after a string of electrifying displays. Impressive skillsPromoted to the full squad at the Confederations Cup after several impressive performances at Under-21 level, Tuncay has everything a great striker needs: balance, change of pace, strong running and, most crucial of all, an eye for goal. Great debutHaving scored ten goals in six games for Turkey’s U21 team, he marked his full debut at senior level against the United States in the Confederations Cup by winning the penalty that that led to his side’s first goal, then scoring a sublime second himself. Superb strikeThat was nothing, however, compared to his breathtaking right-footed volley in the semi-final against France that fizzed into the net after he had burst into the tiniest space to convert a team-mate’s centre… However, football lives on and a young striker emerged as the star of the competition to give further notice of Turkey’s emergence as one of Europe’s most technically gifted squads. Striking armouryIf England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson thought he knew everything about the Turkish squad for the crucial 11 October UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier between the two nations, he would now be wise to add the name of Tuncay Sanli to the list of potential weapons facing his team. The new ShevchenkoThe 21-year-old Fenerbahçe SK forward may not make the starting lineup in Istanbul but already he is being dubbed ‘the Turkish Andriy Shevchenko’ after a string of electrifying displays. Impressive skillsPromoted to the full squad at the Confederations Cup after several impressive performances at Under-21 level, Tuncay has everything a great striker needs: balance, change of pace, strong running and, most crucial of all, an eye for goal. Great debutHaving scored ten goals in six games for Turkey’s U21 team, he marked his full debut at senior level against the United States in the Confederations Cup by winning the penalty that that led to his side’s first goal, then scoring a sublime second himself. Superb strikeThat was nothing, however, compared to his breathtaking right-footed volley in the semi-final against France that fizzed into the net after he had burst into the tiniest space to convert a team-mate’s centre. In the third-place play-off on Saturday, Tuncay made it three in four games when, after just two minutes, he opened the score in Turkey’s 2-1 win against Colombia.

Robson rules out Premiership title
abc.net.au – Jul 4, 2003
“We were hovering around waiting for Arsenal or Manchester United to make a mistake but this defeat kills any realistic hopes of that. “He added: “We won’t give it up but it now looks like being a fight between ourselves and Chelsea for third place. “Everton took the lead through teenage sensation Wayne Rooney when the 17-year-old striker – who marked his full international debut with a stunning display in England’s 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win against Turkey on Wednesday – headed home in the 18th minute. France winger Laurent Robert levelled with a blistering strike from the edge of the box five minutes before half-time. But Everton secured victory with a 65th minute penalty, David Unsworth scoring from the spot after striker Kevin Campbell had been brought down by England defender Jonathan Woodgate. Although there was no dispute about the penalty itself, Robson was furious that referee Neale Barry had not stopped play in the build-up to the spot-kick after Everton midfielder Thomas Gravesen brought down United full-back Olivier Bernard with a late tackle. Robson said the official’s failure to act had cost his team any realistic hope of the Championship… France winger Laurent Robert levelled with a blistering strike from the edge of the box five minutes before half-time. But Everton secured victory with a 65th minute penalty, David Unsworth scoring from the spot after striker Kevin Campbell had been brought down by England defender Jonathan Woodgate. Although there was no dispute about the penalty itself, Robson was furious that referee Neale Barry had not stopped play in the build-up to the spot-kick after Everton midfielder Thomas Gravesen brought down United full-back Olivier Bernard with a late tackle. Robson said the official’s failure to act had cost his team any realistic hope of the Championship. “I thought for a moment that the lad (Bernard) had a broken leg, he was hit mid-thigh. “But the decision in the end cost us the match and has probably cost us any chance we had of the title. “Everton apologyEverton boss David Moyes, whose team leapfrogged local rivals Liverpool into fifth place on the back of this win, said: “I did say we were sorry, we were trying to get instructions out from the line to stop the play but in the noise of Goodison Park the lads didn’t hear.

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