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August 1, 2003

Celtic tie given all-clear despite striker’s death

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The News Review:

* Injured Rooney will be fit for England
* SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA delays decision on Israeli ban -…
* The Prague Post Online: News
* Celtic tie given all-clear despite striker’s death
* Leeds reel as Viduka looks to join the exodus
* Veron told to consider Chelsea move
* Inside Soccer: Gunners get German ‘keeper with attitude
* McIlroy agrees new deal
* SI.com – Soccer – World: French charity match to honor Foe – Thursday…
* The St. Petersburg Times – World – SPORT WATCH
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* Conceicao and Inter agree to part ways
* SI.com – Soccer – UK: Celtic returns home after takeoff scare -…

Injured Rooney will be fit for England
go.com – Jul 27, 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.

SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA delays decision on Israeli ban -…
SI.com – Jul 30, 2003
Officials from Kuban, which is in fourth place in its division, said it was looking for an experienced striker to help it win a promotion to the top flight. Beschastnykh was released by Fenerbahce earlier this month after an unsuccessful stint with the Turkish super league club. The 29-year-old, Russia’s all-time leading scorer with 26 goals in 71 internationals, has not played for the national team since last September’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Ireland. Beschastnykh, who made his name with Spartak, also played for Germany’s Werder Bremen and Spain’s Racing Santander. Head-butt costs Denmark’s Nielsen club captaincy COPENHAGEN (Reuters) — Denmark midfielder Brian Steen Nielsen has been stripped of the captaincy at AGF Aarhus after head-butting a teammate during training last week, the club said Wednesday. “We don’t tolerate violence. Nielsen is no longer club captain,” AGF Director Frank Heskjaer said, adding that Nielsen had been fined.

The Prague Post Online: News
Prague Post – Jul 31, 2003
CRASH RECALLED • Amid calls for justice and compensation for those injured, Ukrainians July 27 remembered those who died in the world's worst air show disaster a year earlier. Seventy-seven people were killed and dozens injured when a Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter skimmed the ground during a low-level maneuver at a military show in Lviv, western Ukraine, and tore into a crowd of hundreds. No one has faced trial and many say they have not received full compensation for their injuries. POLITICAL TURMOIL • Slovakia looked set for more political turmoil after a court said that it would delay a key decision on abortion, an issue that brought the ruling coalition to the brink of collapse in July. The court said its decision would probably not come until after Parliament meets in September to debate a bill that would codify a government decree permitting abortions for genetic defects up to the 24th week of pregnancy. PARDON SOUGHT • The jailed leader of Romanian miners who stormed Bucharest and helped topple the country's first post-communist government in 1991 asked for a pardon after serving part of his sentence, his lawyer said. Miron Cozma, sentenced in 1999 to 18 years in prison for leading the anti-reform riots, made the plea to President Ion Iliescu, a former communist often accused by his political opponents of inciting the miners at the time… 5 billion is a maximum level that is not to be exceeded. We will seek additional revenue and ways to curb state spending, which if successful will result in a lower deficit level," Hausner said. SPORTSSOCCER • Ukraine's soccer federation has requested that its Euro 2004 Group Six qualifier against Spain on September 10 be moved because of the new bombing campaign by the Basque separatist group ETA. Federation spokesman Valery Nikonenko said that a letter had been sent to the Spanish football authorities asking that the games involving Ukraine's senior and under-21 sides be moved from the towns of Murcia and Elche. SOCCER • Hungarian club Ferencvaros will not play at home in front of their own fans for the rest of the year after being further punished for violent scenes at a match at the end of last season. The Hungarian Football League (HFL) fined the team 40 million forints and imposed a two-month suspension on Jozsef Szeiler in his role as chief executive of the club. MARATHON • World marathon champion Lidia Simon of Romania is to miss this year's world championships in Paris because she is not ready to compete.

Celtic tie given all-clear despite striker’s death
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 28, 2003
The figure rose to five when Sutton was deemed by the Scottish Football Association to have brought the game into disrepute by accusing Dunfermline of “lying down” to Rangers on the final, championship-deciding day. Though Celtic are “considering their position” regarding the seven-day leave to appeal, it would be surprising if they chose anything other than to take their medicine and put the issue to bed. Sutton’s allegations that Dunfermline did not try caused great offence at the Fife club, and the player’s apology, released through an agent and not himself, did little to rebuild bridges between the two clubs. Sutton’s on-field behaviour during his own side’s last game of the season left much to be desired. Had the match officials not tolerated more than they should have due to the tension of the occasion, Sutton would surely have been ordered off for his constant abuse in the first half, and not on the final whistle, as was the case. Hearts have also failed to curry favour with the game’s governing body. Craig Levein’s unexplained absence at yesterday’s disciplinary meeting, as well as his failure to pay an outstanding fine, will result in the Hearts manager being summoned to explain his behaviour… David Grondin has told Dunfermline he is prepared to see out the remaining 12 months of his contract. The Frenchman, 23, had been put up for sale after his girlfriend became homesick, but he says the couple are now feeling more settled. The Republic of Ireland will play a friendly against Turkey at Lansdowne Road in September in what will be their final preparation game for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier with Switzerland. Ireland face Russia in the penultimate qualifier on Sept 6, three days before the clash with Turkey. A favourable result against Russia would see the Republic go into the final game with Switzerland in Basle on Oct 11 knowing they could top Group 10. Turkey were third in last year’s World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea and have looked strong in qualification for the European Championships and top Group Seven, ahead of England. Ireland have lost just once in 11 meetings with Turkey, but it was Turkey who were celebrating after the last clash when they beat Ireland on the away-goal rule in the Euro 2000 play-offs.

Leeds reel as Viduka looks to join the exodus
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 29, 2003
FIFA have asked the Football Association to examine paperwork relating to the transfer, a move Kewell believes has been prompted by some rival agents in Australia. “If Soccer Australia is going to let agents they control get away with using me to big-note themselves, then they can forget it, there is no point playing for them,” said Kewell. “I’m not there for people to play their silly little games. If Soccer Australia can’t protect their own players from this sort of garbage, then why should I bother?” Dave Jones, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, has opened talks with Italy international Dino Baggio about a free transfer from Lazio. Baggio, 32, who has won 64 caps for his country, met Jones and chief executive Jez Moxey at Molineux yesterday. AS Roma last night repeated their determination to repel Chelsea’s efforts to sign Emerson, the Brazilian midfielder, and suggested the London club may have made an illegal approach. “Chelsea have offered Roma 27 million euros and we have replied that the player is untouchable,” said Franco Baldini, Roma’s sporting director… “Portsmouth are interested in him as he has an excellent relationship with the manager, Harry Redknapp, and would be happy to move if the clubs agree a fee. “The Republic of Ireland will play a friendly against Turkey at Lansdowne Road on Sept 6. Turkey face England in a Euro 2004 qualifier on Oct 11.

Veron told to consider Chelsea move
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 28, 2003
Sources at Newcastle had revealed that the two men were in America for a piece of “major business”, but the Newcastle chairman told The Daily Telegraph that he would not be selling Dyer, or the Welsh striker Craig Bellamy, in whom United have also expressed an interest. “We are just here to see the game because we are good friends with Peter Kenyon and Manchester United,” Shepherd said. “There’s absolutely not a chance that Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy are for sale – no way. We aren’t here to do any business with Manchester United because those players are not for sale. “United have made a tentative inquiry about the Barcelona full-back Carlos Puyol, but have been told that the Spanish international, whose contract runs until next summer, has a release fee on his head of about £16 million. Furious Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson branded Jermaine Jenas’s crucial sudden-death penalty miss “outrageous and unprofessional” after the England midfielder’s lazy chip over the crossbar handed Chelsea the inaugural FA Premier League Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. With Chelsea leading the shoot-out 5-4, Jenas had to score to keep Newcastle’s hopes alive after the final had ended 0-0… England have been told Wayne Rooney should be fit for the Euro 2004 qualifying double-header against Macedonia and Liechtenstein in early September following his weekend injury scare. Rooney will miss the start of the Barclaycard Premiership season after he fell awkwardly and suffered ankle ligament damage in Everton’s.

Inside Soccer: Gunners get German ‘keeper with attitude
nwsource.com – Jul 29, 2003
Lehmann, signed Friday by the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund, has given an opponent the boot in the past and been thrown out of a game for poor conduct. In February, he ran halfway up the field to berate defender Marcio Amoroso after Dortmund appeared to concede a goal. (It turned out an off-side negated the goal. ) Imagine David Seaman, who left for Manchester City last month, doing that… The 17-year-old hurt the ankle in a challenge with a Glasgow Rangers player at Ibrox on Saturday. Tests revealed ligament damage but no break. Rooney should be ready for England’s Euro 2004 qualifier in Macedonia the first week of September. Reach London journalist Ravi Ubha at raviubha@hotmail.

McIlroy agrees new deal
BBC News – Jul 29, 2003
McIlroy’s new deal will take Northern Ireland into their 2006 World Cup campaign. Irish Football Association International president Jim Boyce revealed the international committee was unanimous in their support for the manager. Northern Ireland are currently suffering a barren run and have not scored in any of their last 10 matches. But an encouraging scoreless draw against Spain in June went a long way in helping McIlroy’s negotiations with the IFA. McIlroy will be looking to secure at least one victory in the remaining three Euro 2004 qualifiers against Ukraine, Armenia and Greece. “I was proud to get the full backing of the international
committee,” said McIlroy. “A lot of people realised things may not have run smoothly – that is probably
an understatement… Northern Ireland are currently suffering a barren run and have not scored in any of their last 10 matches. But an encouraging scoreless draw against Spain in June went a long way in helping McIlroy’s negotiations with the IFA. McIlroy will be looking to secure at least one victory in the remaining three Euro 2004 qualifiers against Ukraine, Armenia and Greece. “I was proud to get the full backing of the international
committee,” said McIlroy. “A lot of people realised things may not have run smoothly – that is probably
an understatement. “But you put that all behind you. I have never wavered.

SI.com – Soccer – World: French charity match to honor Foe – Thursday…
SI.com – Jul 31, 2003
Since joining European soccer from Cameroon’s Canon de Yaounde in 1994, Foe played 201 league matches, scoring 24 goals. Some Euro 2004 games already sold out over InternetLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Tickets on the internet for 13 games at the European championship have sold out almost a year before it kicks off, organizers said Thursday. Tickets for the Euro 2004 final and semifinals, as well as for Portugal’s group matches, were all sold, Portuguese Soccer Federation president Gilberto Madail said. Madail said almost 273,000 of the first batch of roughly 450,000 tickets for the tournament were purchased over six weeks. The organizers received some 500,000 ticket requests from more than 100 countries, mainly from Portugal, followed by England, Germany and the United States, where there are large expatriate Portuguese communities. “We believe this is a spectacular figure,” Madail said. A final batch of 130,000 tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday through the Web site euro2004… Many Fenerbahce fans weren’t happy by Enke’s signing, saying he was too inexperienced. “Rustu was a world class ‘keeper, Enke was Barcelona’s third goalkeeper. He’s definitely not another Rustu,” said Mesut Kebapci, a restaurant manager in Istanbul. But Fenerbahce’s new German coach Christoph Daum, who has been trying to rebuild Fenerbahce following a miserable season last year, has repeatedly defended Enke. “Robert Enke is a great ‘keeper. The fact that he was a substitute at Barcelona doesn’t change anything,” the sports daily Fanatik quoted Daum as saying. In a bid to boost its defense in Recber’s absence, Fenerbahce in July signed a deal with Brazilian defender Fabio Luciano.

The St. Petersburg Times – World – SPORT WATCH
St Petersburg Times, Russia – Aug 1, 2003
Officials from Kuban, in fourth place in its division, said the club was looking for an experienced striker to help it win a promotion to the Premier League Beschastnykh was released by Fenerbahce earlier this month after an unsuccessful stint with the Turkish Super League club. The 29-year-old, Russia’s all-time leading scorer with 26 goals in 71 internationals, has not played for the national team since last September’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Ireland. Beschastnykh, who made his name with Spartak, has also played for Germany’s Werder Bremen and Spain’s Racing Santander. After the Penguins traded most of their veteran players late last season and launched their most ambitious overhaul since Lemieux was drafted 19 years ago, it seemed likely the sixth-leading scorer in NHL history would retire again. However, Lemieux began working out six weeks ago and he intends to resume his usual on-ice conditioning program next month.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 30, 2003
Things like this show why it is so important we have a strong squad. “Misses qualifiersHamann’s absence is also a blow for the German national team. If, as scheduled, he does not return to action before November, he will miss the remainder of Germany’s UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign. All rights reserved.

Conceicao and Inter agree to part ways
abc.net.au – Jul 29, 2003
“I asked for it to be terminated and after thinking about it for a bit Inter accepted,” he told private radio TSF. “I have received a few invitations to join other teams and will see which is the best option,” he added. The 28-year-old said he had not ruled out the possibility of returning to his former club FC Porto. “Everything is a possibility. Porto is a great club which I obviously have a great deal of consideration for,” he said. Conceicao fell out of favour with Inter coach Hector Cuper last season and is reportedly eager to return to Porto in order to boost his chances to make Portugal’s squad for the Euro 2004 European championships which the country will host… “Everything is a possibility. Porto is a great club which I obviously have a great deal of consideration for,” he said. Conceicao fell out of favour with Inter coach Hector Cuper last season and is reportedly eager to return to Porto in order to boost his chances to make Portugal’s squad for the Euro 2004 European championships which the country will host.

SI.com – Soccer – UK: Celtic returns home after takeoff scare -…
SI.com – Jul 31, 2003
Macedonia’s Sakiri signs for West Brom SOFIA (Reuters) — Macedonia captain Artim Sakiricompleted his move to English club West Bromwich Albion onThursday. The former CSKA Sofia midfielder signed a two-year contractwith West Brom after passing a medical at the first divisionclub, who were relegated from the premier league last season. “I can even play tonight in the team’s friendly if I receivea document from CSKA Sofia saying that I am not with them anylonger,” Sakiri said in an interview with Sport radio. West Brom said on their website they were awaitinginternational clearance for Sakiri before fielding him in theirfriendly against Cheltenham Town on Thursday. They had tried tosign the 29-year-old before but had trouble securing him a workpermit. Sakiri helped CSKA to the Bulgarian title last season, afterwhich his contract with the club expired. He came to international prominence last October when hebeat England goalkeeper David Seaman with an in-swinging cornerto score the first goal for Macedonia in their shock 2-2 draw ina Euro 2004 qualifier… They had tried tosign the 29-year-old before but had trouble securing him a workpermit. Sakiri helped CSKA to the Bulgarian title last season, afterwhich his contract with the club expired. He came to international prominence last October when hebeat England goalkeeper David Seaman with an in-swinging cornerto score the first goal for Macedonia in their shock 2-2 draw ina Euro 2004 qualifier. Craddock leaves Sunderland for WolvesWOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Defender Jody Craddock completed his 1. 75 million pound (US$2. 8 million) move from relegated Sunderland to newly promoted Wolves on Thursday. The clubs agreed the fee Tuesday, and Craddock passed a medical and agreed personal terms Wednesday, the Black Cats said on their Web site.

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