Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 26, 2003

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The News Review:

* Philip on Saturday: Major test on US seniors tour
* Injured Rooney will be fit for England
* Cole and Brevett face FA charges
* Gone to press
* Sakiri set for Baggies
* SI.com – Soccer – Spain: Barca hikes season-ticket prices – Friday…
* Sports News
* Spanish league season to start early

Philip on Saturday: Major test on US seniors tour
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2003
I think Sam, in particular, will come in with the right attitude, in which case I can promise him the time of his life. “Partick-ularly nice line in chatGroucho Marx to hotel concierge: “Have two dozen red roses sent to room 424 and put ‘Emily, I love you’ on the back of the bill. “Aye, which man among us has not been in need of a good chat-up line at one time or another. Even Robbie Williams (whose cheeky chappie grin makes She Who Must Be Obeyed come over all unnecessary) is not above telling a whopper to woo a damsel. Espying lingerie model Eveline Savara in a Vienna hotel bar, the bold lad, resplendent in tracksuit, tapped her on the shoulder and said: “Hi, I’m Robbie. ” When that opener failed to have the desired effect, the singer resorted to the oldest trick in the book. “I’m the manager of Partick Thistle… “Flighting it like FletcherOne of our Fleet Street rivals (oh, all right, t’was the Daily Mail if you must know) was highly chuffed with itself on Thursday morning, referring back to an “exclusive”, we-told-you-so article of last month concerning the identity of the player who would take over David Beckham’s No 7 shirt at Manchester United. Well, as I told you so in March – three month’s before the Mail’s so-called exclusive – one of the main reasons Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to sanction the departure of the Old Trafford icon was the emergence of Scottish teenager Darren Fletcher who, surprise, surprise, duly turned out in the red No 7 in Wednesday’s 4-0 rout of Celtic in Seattle. Sir Alex regards Fletcher, at 19, as an even more exciting prospect than Beckham at the same age, even though he will use the youngster sparingly throughout the coming season when this midfield prodigy will almost certainly make his full international debut for Scotland in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. As a United insider put it: “Fergie believes Darren has it all; he can ‘bend it like Beckham’ but can also deliver defence-splitting passes and – this is a real plus point – is a far better tackler than David. He’s going to be a huge star, but physically he still has to fill out a bit and Sir Alex refuses to rush him before he’s ready. ” Remember the name Darren Fletcher: you read it here first.

Injured Rooney will be fit for England
go.com – Jul 26, 2003
‘He has been for an MR scan this morning and visited a consultant whoreviewed the information and confirmed the diagnosis as damaged ankleligaments. ‘He will return to see the specialist in 12 days and we anticipate that hewill be out for around four weeks. ‘Rooney was at the centre of a club versus country tug of war in May whenEverton manager David Moyes announced he did not want Goodison’s rising star toplay in a friendly in South Africa. Eriksson still selected him in the squad for the match in Durban, whichEngland won 2-1, but eventually withdrew him from the party after the player’sclub insisted the 17-year-old had suffered medial knee ligament damage in thefinal match of the season against Manchester United. Moyes later allowed Rooney to go to England’s training camp in La Manga,claiming: ‘We were not trying to kid anybody on, which I would never do. ‘Rooney subsequently played the second half of the friendly win against Serbiaand Montenegro on June 3 and made his second start for his country in the Euro2004 qualifying win over Slovakia eight days later. Everton will now continue their pre-season preparations in Scotland withoutRooney, who will undergo rehabilitation at the club’s Bellefield trainingcentre.

Cole and Brevett face FA charges
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 24, 2003
The players, who have 14 days in which to reply, could be banned for three games if found guilty of each improper conduct charge. Any long suspension would cast a doubt over Cole’s involvement in England’s Euro 2004 qualifying ties against Macedonia (Sept 6) and Liechtenstein (Sept 10), because of the lack of competitive match practice. Referee Uriah Rennie did not see any of the alleged incidents, so included nothing about them in his report. However, there were a number of witnesses, including the fourth official, police officers and stewards. Losing both players would be a major blow to West Ham. They are already without Ian Pearce for their opening two matches because the four-game suspension the defender incurred for his last-minute red card at the Reebok Stadium will be carried over to the start of next season… The players, who have 14 days in which to reply, could be banned for three games if found guilty of each improper conduct charge. Any long suspension would cast a doubt over Cole’s involvement in England’s Euro 2004 qualifying ties against Macedonia (Sept 6) and Liechtenstein (Sept 10), because of the lack of competitive match practice. Referee Uriah Rennie did not see any of the alleged incidents, so included nothing about them in his report. However, there were a number of witnesses, including the fourth official, police officers and stewards. Losing both players would be a major blow to West Ham. They are already without Ian Pearce for their opening two matches because the four-game suspension the defender incurred for his last-minute red card at the Reebok Stadium will be carried over to the start of next season. With Glen Johnson having been.

Gone to press
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 24, 2003
While advertisers are prepared to stump up hefty premiums for television sport, they usually have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the newsprint version. One of the reasons, says the industry, is that media buyers cling to the notion that if you can’t advertise near the front of the paper, you may as well not bother. Another is that the press has never come up with concrete evidence that shows the sports pages are avidly read. Now, however, the Newspaper Marketing Agency (NMA), is hoping that a new survey will generate an advertising bonanza in what sniffy Fleet Street newsmen used to call the “toy department”… After all, modern sport is a pageant of pop icons, on-field heroics and soap opera intrigue (consider David Beckham’s move to Real Madrid). Under the NMA banner, newspapers are now joining forces to sell advertising packages on the back of major sporting events such as next summer’s Olympic Games in Athens and football’s Euro 2004, as well as the Rugby World Cup this autumn. The first is aimed at 16- to 34-year-old men; the second at ABC1 males. Both guarantee a full-page site alongside World Cup editorial for those advertisers “willing to commit in advance”. Today’s teams are peppered with sponsors’ logos. You don’t have to have been to business school to recognise the attraction of extending that corporate involvement on to the pages where the live action is described.

Sakiri set for Baggies
BBC News – Jul 25, 2003
The Baggies were granted a second appeal against a decision by the Department of Overseas Labour not to give the Macedonian captain a work permit, and the initial decision has been overturned. The 29-year-old midfielder has already agreed to sign a two-year deal with the First Division club, although the deal is still subject to a medical. If the final details of the switch can be ironed out, the Baggies will pay the Bulgarian club a nominal fee for Sakiri’s services. “We’re really pleased with the outcome,” Baggies boss Gary Megson told the club’s official website. “It’s been a long haul since Artim first came over to train with us for a
week last November, but we’re delighted to have finally got him… ”

The Baggies first appeal for Sakiri was turned down at a hearing on 9 July. But the matter was reported back to Home Office minister Beverley Hughes, who handed Gary Megson’s side a lifeline. Sakiri, the most capped player in his country’s history, famously scored directly from a corner against England in a Euro 2004 qualifier at Southampton last year.

SI.com – Soccer – Spain: Barca hikes season-ticket prices – Friday…
SI.com – Jul 25, 2003
Joan Laporta, who was elected as Barcelona’s new presidentlast month, said the club would raise an extra 8 million euros(US$9. 19 million) by the price increase. “It’s not a pleasant thing to have to do but it’snecessary,” Laporta said on Friday. According to Laporta, Barcelona fans, who currently pay 513euros ($589. 3) a season for a tribune seat, will still be payingless than at most of the club’s European rivals. “Barcelona will still have the cheapest seat prices of allof Europe’s elite clubs,” Laporta said. Laporta is waiting for the results of an audit to get a truepicture of Barcelona’s debt, which was estimated during thepresidential campaign as being up to 200 million euros ($229… Mallorca is the eighth Spanish first-division club to have appointed a new coach this summer: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, who will be under Carlos Queiroz and Frank Rijkaard respectively next season, Atletico de Madrid, Athletic de Bilbao, Malaga, Valladolid and newly promoted Murcia. Mallorca’s financial difficulties this summer have led to reports that some of its best players will be sold, including Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o and Argentine midfielder Ariel Ibagaza. Ukraine asks Spain to move qualifier over threat KIEV (Reuters) — Ukraine’s football federation hasrequested that its Euro 2004 Group Six qualifier against Spainon September 10 be moved because of the new bombing campaign byBasque separatist group ETA. Federation spokesman Valery Nikonenko said on Friday that aletter had been sent to the Spanish football authorities askingthat the fixtures involving Ukraine’s senior and under-21 sidesshould be moved from the towns of Murcia and Elche. “We had to get in touch with you because of the proximitywith Alicante and Benidorm, where terrorist acts were carriedout on July 22,” he said, quoting from the letter. “To hold the matches in Elche and Murcia is a big risk whichwe would be exposing to fans, players and team managers,officials and journalists. Bombs tore through two hotels in Spanish seaside resorts,including Alicante, on Tuesday, wounding 13 people in whatappeared to be a new campaign against tourism by ETA.

Sports News
radio.cz – Jul 21, 2003
After drawing with France andlosing to Austria, the Czech youngsters reached the semi-finals – and aguaranteed medal – by beating England on Sunday. Coach Michal Bilek waspleased with his team’s performance:"I’m satisfied because we won 3:0 and reached the semi-finals, but Ithink it was a thoroughly deserved victory. Our approach was not to letthe other side play, to attack and go forward. We based our game on areally tight and excellent defence, and didn’t give the opposition achance… After drawing with France andlosing to Austria, the Czech youngsters reached the semi-finals – and aguaranteed medal – by beating England on Sunday. Coach Michal Bilek waspleased with his team’s performance:"I’m satisfied because we won 3:0 and reached the semi-finals, but Ithink it was a thoroughly deserved victory. Our approach was not to letthe other side play, to attack and go forward. We based our game on areally tight and excellent defence, and didn’t give the opposition achance. And not only did we get three goals, we created two or three morechances, so it really was a deserved victory. " Czech Fed Cup team stay in World Group after play-offs win in DurbanAfter being thrashed by the Williams sisters of the United States earlierin the year, the Czech women’s tennis team have made sure of their placein next year’s Fed Cup World Group, thanks to a play-offs win over SouthAfrica in Durban at the weekend. Klara Koukalova and Barbora Strycova werethe only players fielded by the Czech Republic, who won 4:1 against aSouth African team which included the experienced Amanda Coetzer.

Spanish league season to start early
go.com – Jul 23, 2003
Spain’s affluent clubs want to agree lucrative individual TV packages whilst the smaller clubs are part of a consortium attempting to seal a deal for all those involved. Negotiations were strained earlier this month but the resolution to start the season on August 30th suggests talks are now moving forward. The decision to end the season in May, as opposed to late June, comes ahead of a summer that will contest the Euro 2004 Championships in Portugal. The early finish also follows threats from FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter that La Liga could face sanctions if they do not bring their season in line with the rest of Europe. Blatter was angered in June when leading players, including France playmaker Zinedine Zidane and Brazil striker Ronaldo, were missing from the Confederations Cup because their Spanish clubs had not finished their domestic season. ‘There is still a league in Europe which is playing now and this is a lack of respect for the FIFA rules,’ Blatter said last month. ‘This is also a lack of discipline from this league… Negotiations were strained earlier this month but the resolution to start the season on August 30th suggests talks are now moving forward. The decision to end the season in May, as opposed to late June, comes ahead of a summer that will contest the Euro 2004 Championships in Portugal. The early finish also follows threats from FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter that La Liga could face sanctions if they do not bring their season in line with the rest of Europe. Blatter was angered in June when leading players, including France playmaker Zinedine Zidane and Brazil striker Ronaldo, were missing from the Confederations Cup because their Spanish clubs had not finished their domestic season. ‘There is still a league in Europe which is playing now and this is a lack of respect for the FIFA rules,’ Blatter said last month. ‘This is also a lack of discipline from this league. ‘The calendar voted by the Congress of the FIFA in 2000 and implemented since 2002 set specific dates for national teams from June 15 to the end of July.

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