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August 19, 2003

Local rivalry fear over England game

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The News Review:

* SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004 on agenda as international season kicks…
* ESPNsoccernet – England – England lose duo
* Patient Blake lands big break
* Local rivalry fear over England game
* Beckham: I can handle the jeers
* No sorrow in Oslo
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Mjallby out for six weeks
* Rich Chelsea banks Anfield win
* ESPNsoccernet – England – England fans
* Leeds await Bakke news
* Croatia defy Blatter with threat of mass substitutions
* BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South East Wales | Bluebirds top soccer thugs…
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – Ireland v Australia Report
* Wales close to place in history
* Boro’s torment on travels
* Vassell ready to seal deal

SI.com – Soccer – Euro 2004 on agenda as international season kicks…
SI.com – Aug 18, 2003
French stars Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Mikael Silvestre have impressed in the Premier League so far, but goalkeeper Fabien Barthez’ place is not so safe. Edged out at Manchester United by newcomer Tim Howard, Barthez could be frozen out for France if he doesn’t perform in England. “If, before the Euro 2004 qualifiers, he is not in his club team, we will have to do some thinking,” France coach Jacques Santini said last week. ” France has a 13-12 edge over Switzerland — with the Swiss winning their last meeting in 1992. Both teams are unbeaten in Euro qualifying. The Netherlands play Belgium in Brussels needing form ahead of the next round of qualifiers.

ESPNsoccernet – England – England lose duo
go.com – Aug 19, 2003
‘I could easily lose a friendly if you can guarantee me six points in the thenext two games and one point in Turkey,’ he insisted. Security will again be tight at Portman Road in an attempt to avoid the sceneswhich marred England’s win over Turkey at the Stadium of Light, and Erikssonadded: ‘As always it’s very important we behave on and off the pitch. We knowthe dangers waiting us if we fail to do something. ‘We and Turkey are risking a lot in not going to Euro 2004 if somethingstupid happens. ‘Your views on this story?.

Patient Blake lands big break
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 18, 2003
You have to sit there and wait for your chance. “I don’t think I have a point to prove. It’s not about that. It’s about the team qualifying for Euro 2004. It’s not a personal thing at all. It’s about going out there, giving of your best and hoping to help your country. “Blake has sat on the bench for three of the qualifiers; his total contribution has lasted less than a minute.

Local rivalry fear over England game
edp24.co.uk – Aug 19, 2003
The England v Croatia match at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road tomorrow is being seen as judgement night for the home fans after outbreaks of violence at recent internationals. But, with England in danger of being thrown out of Euro 2004 if their supporters do not behave, the police commander in charge of the match is most worried about the risk of violence between the fans of the Canaries and the Tractor Boys. Supt Carl Puiy said: “My concern is not so much about England hooliganism. It is more about what will happen as a result of local rivalry. “I’ve written to known, high-risk supporters in Norwich informing them in the strongest possible terms not to come to Ipswich on Wednesday. “We have also got some spotters coming down to the match from Norfolk Police for the evening.

Beckham: I can handle the jeers
Independent Online – Aug 19, 2003
You always have to prove a point to any team that you step into. “It’s a tough one but it’s a challenge I feel I can fulfil. It’s a good challenge for me as there are not many English players playing abroad these days and it’s an exciting experience for me. ”

The former Manchester United player said the fuss since his move had taken even him by surprise but said he had no regrets. “I’ve put myself into this life, I have always wanted to be a well-known footballer and all the things that come with it are an amazing bonus. “But the important thing for me is to play football. If that meant jumping off the merry-go-round and not playing football and not having everything to have a quiet life then no, I wouldn’t like that because the important thing to me is playing football… “If I have to prove anything to anyone about my commitment to my country then this is it. I’m the England captain and whether it’s a friendly or a qualifying game I want to be here. ”

Meanwhile, in Belgrade, Wales coach Mark Hughes is backing veteran striker Nathan Blake to fire his team closer to Euro 2004 and end the country’s heartbreaking 45-year wait to play in a major championship. Wolves centre-forward Blake, 31, has been handed a rare opportunity in the starting line-up for Wednesday’s match against Serbia and Montenegro after Celtic’s John Hartson finally conceded defeat in his battle for fitness. Hughes believes Blake’s experience will be vital in the intimidating atmosphere of the Red Star Stadium as he starts his first international for over two years. “Nathan is a ready-made replacement for John and can come into the side and do well,” said the Wales boss.

No sorrow in Oslo
BBC News – Aug 17, 2003
You can get quite drunk for about ?800. Norwegians must take their wages home in wheelbarrows, because the cost of living would test an Al Fayed. So the Tartan Army should hold their fire if Scotland crumble to our Scandinavia neighbours on the other side of the North Sea. Because win, lose or draw, it is not yet time to take a jacknife with pike into a barrel of beer… And with it the fate of Berti Vogts. We can’t bin the Wee Man just because we don’t qualify. It just isn’t that simple. Such are the depths that we have plumbed, I am afraid to say that, for the time being, there is actually a form of failure that IS acceptable.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Aug 19, 2003
In recent years, every Rangers player to play in Dublin has been roundly booed by a section of the home support. European football?s governing body, UEFA, last week warned the Football Association of Ireland that it considered such outburts as racist behaviour and would apply the appropriate punishment if it reoccurs. They were concerned at the level of abuse aimed at Rangers player Shota Arveladze when he played for Georgia in a Euro 2004 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. ?This goes beyond racism and into bigotry. It?s not acceptable and it?s not helping the team,? FAI chief executive Fran Rooney told the Irish Independent. Rooney is hoping that the predominantly Catholic Irish supporters will help stamp out the abuse if it arises in Tuesday?s match. ?Many years ago players were being booed because they were coloured, but the problem we have is that people see a Rangers player and boo them because, in their eyes, they must be Protestant and it?s not acceptable,? said Rooney.

Mjallby out for six weeks
BBC News – Aug 17, 2003
It means he will miss his country’s next two Euro 2004 qualifiers by the knee injury that has troubled him for some time. The injury flared up during Celtic’s opening-day draw away to Dunfermline Athletic and the 32-year-old missed Wednesday’s Champions League qualifying victory over MTK Hungaria in Budapest. Mjallby was quoted as saying in Swedish newspaper Expressen on Sunday: “I won’t need an operation. I’ll have rehabilitation training twice a day for four weeks. “If I can make a comeback at the end of September, there’s still a lot left of the season, not least in the group stage of the Champions League… Mjallby was quoted as saying in Swedish newspaper Expressen on Sunday: “I won’t need an operation. I’ll have rehabilitation training twice a day for four weeks. “If I can make a comeback at the end of September, there’s still a lot left of the season, not least in the group stage of the Champions League. ”

Sweden, who lead Group Four in the Euro 2004 qualifiers with 11 points, take on San Marino on 6 September in Gothenburg and Poland in Chorzow four days later.

Rich Chelsea banks Anfield win
Taipei Times – Aug 19, 2003
Newcastle, third last season, drew 2-2 at Leeds United thanks to two Alan Shearer goals, while Manchester City thrashed 10-man Charlton Athletic 3-0 in Sunday’s other matches. Abramovich, who has spent more than ?70 million (US$112 million) on new players since taking over Chelsea in July, leapt for joy in the director’s box as his expensive team completed only their third win at Anfield since World War II. Hasselbaink, on as a second-half substitute, might not have played at all had Romanian striker Adrian Mutu received his international clearance in time. But the Dutch striker signalled he will fight for his place amid all the new arrivals when he sped on to a through ball and beat Jerzy Dudek to score the winner after 87 minutes. “It was a great start for us,” Chelsea head coach Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports television. “It was fantastic, Jimmy is a great champion. He is a strong man… Statistics published by the Home Office showed that 4,793 arrests were made at domestic games in England and Wales, European cup competitions and international matches from August last year to June. They compared to 4,035 the season before. “Our tough football legislation is working — 1,794 fans are banned from attending matches and the number is set to rise significantly in the run up to Euro 2004,” said Home Office minister Hazel Blears. The figures equated to an average of less than two arrests per game from a total attendance of more than 33 million. League attendances of 28. 3 million produced 3,695 arrests — a rate of 0.

ESPNsoccernet – England – England fans
go.com – Aug 19, 2003
‘The majority of the arrests at England games took place in one match -against Turkey at Sunderland – and even then it was the mindless minority thatcaused the problems. ‘Since that game and the subsequent action taken by UEFA, we have done ourvery utmost to ensure that everyone is aware of the implications that furtherracist or violent behaviour could have on English football. ‘Barber also reiterated the FA’s appeal to fans not to travel to England’sforthcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers in Macedonia and Turkey. ‘Both matches are live on television so let’s avoid the potential for anytrouble by staying away,’ he added. Your views on this story?.

Leeds await Bakke news
BBC News – Aug 19, 2003
“It’s disappointing for us and Eirik, but the problem now needs sorting out,” said manager Peter Reid. “I don’t know how long he will be out for, but it’s a big, big blow to us. ”

And Leeds physio Dave Hancock said: “He (Bakke) was advised to rest in the summer but by not doing this it has led to this problem now. ”

Bakke will also miss his country’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Luxembourg in September.

Croatia defy Blatter with threat of mass substitutions
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 19, 2003
In fact, the withdrawal of Juventus’ Igor Tudor could mean an unrecognisable squad for many England fans at Portman Road tonight. Their new star could be the 23-year-old striker Ivica Olic who plays for Dynamo Zagreb while Portsmouth’s new full-back Boris Zivkovic captains the Croatia team tonight. They are second in their Euro 2004 qualifying group but still have to play Belgium and the group leaders Bulgaria. Chelsea’s midfielder Mario Stanic, who played in the 1998 World Cup side and earned 48 caps for his country before retiring from international football, said that the defenders Robert Kovac, of Bayern Munich, and Stejpan Tomas of Italian side Como, made one of the best defensive pairings in Europe. “This is a new quality generation but I don’t want to put them under pressure by saying, ‘this is the new Boban or this is the new Slaven Bilic’,” Stanic said. “I hear Milan Rapaic is a fantastic player on the left who is very good in one-on-one situations. “It will be interesting to see what happens because in the last few games that Croatia have played they have performed really well… “Stanic, who has been dogged by a knee injury in his last two years at Chelsea, said that he would stay to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. It is going to be difficult for everyone, not only for me as there are only 11 players in a team and we have a big squad of 23 or 24 players. “But I have to look forward and I have to believe in myself like always and that my chance will come and that I have to be fit enough to take it.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South East Wales | Bluebirds top soccer thugs…
BBC News – Aug 18, 2003
“We are beginning to police ourselves by taking along video cameras to record things from the fans point of view and of course to gather evidence if there is any misbehaving. “And if people see other Cardiff City fans behaving badly, very often, other supporters will tell them to wise up because there are certain privileges that we have at the moment that we don’t want to lose. “But we can’t seem to shake of the legendary reputation of Cardiff City fans being hooligans,” he said. The government announced on Monday that ?5m would be made available over three years to fund targeted, intelligence-led policing operations aimed at gathering evidence and gaining banning orders against known troublemakers… “The increase in the number of football related offences reflects a tough policing response to a lingering hooliganism problem. “Football disorder has been significantly reduced in recent decades, but a minority of troublemakers continue to threaten our national game. ”

These were sentiments Gwyn Davies agreed with and said in Cardiff’s case the majority of supporters were well behaved whose reputation was spoilt by a ‘volatile few’. “Sometimes the police operations are run with military precision and we get treated quite badly, which of course will get people’s backs up,” he added.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Ireland v Australia Report
go.com – Aug 19, 2003
‘Viduka had put the visitors ahead just after half-time before goals from JohnO’Shea – his first for his country – and Clinton Morrison snatched victory forthe Republic. And Colgan revealed the players had received a rocket from boss Brian Kerrduring the interval for a lacklustre first half. ‘The manager made it quite clear he was not pleased with the performance andwe dug deep in the second half. ‘Birmingham striker Morrison, who got into trouble with his club last week afterbeing stopped by police after innocently taking a ride in a car which was foundto have drugs in it, was delighted to have scored his fifth goal in 11 startsfor the Republic. ‘Last week was a bad week, today is a happy day,’ said Morrison, who minutesbefore his goal had headed a great chance high over the crossbar. ‘I am pleased I have been able to come and get the winner. ‘As a striker you have just got to keep going and I managed to put anotherchance away… It was a very vibrant last half hour. ‘I am satisfied in the end that we won but we needed a game – it was hardluck on Australia but Colgan played well for us. The players know they can improve but we need to be a lot better againstRussia (in their Euro 2004 qualifier in just over a fortnight). ‘We know we can be better. ‘Kerr also remained hopeful that Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, who wasstretchered off in the first half, would be fit for the Russia clash. ‘It is early to say. He has twisted his ankle.

Wales close to place in history
BBC News – Aug 19, 2003
But Mark Hughes’ new breed of stars are closing in on a place in Welsh history. After four straight wins in their Euro 2004 qualifiers, expectations are sky high that Wales has finally discovered a team capable of qualification. A draw in Serbia and Montenegro on Wednesday would guarantee them at least a play-off place, while victory would mean even a defeat in Italy may not prevent them from qualifying. Some are even daring to suggest Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Simon Davies et al already deserve to be called Wales’ greatest team. Comparisons with the 1958 World Cup quarter finalists were inevitable after Wales’ 2-1 victory against Italy last October, hailed by 1958 winger Cliff Jones as “one of the greatest results in Welsh football history”. So how does Hughes’ side compare to those of the past? Here, four former Welsh internationals give their verdict to BBC Sport… But Mark Hughes’ new breed of stars are closing in on a place in Welsh history. After four straight wins in their Euro 2004 qualifiers, expectations are sky high that Wales has finally discovered a team capable of qualification. A draw in Serbia and Montenegro on Wednesday would guarantee them at least a play-off place, while victory would mean even a defeat in Italy may not prevent them from qualifying. Some are even daring to suggest Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Simon Davies et al already deserve to be called Wales’ greatest team. Comparisons with the 1958 World Cup quarter finalists were inevitable after Wales’ 2-1 victory against Italy last October, hailed by 1958 winger Cliff Jones as “one of the greatest results in Welsh football history”. So how does Hughes’ side compare to those of the past? Here, four former Welsh internationals give their verdict to BBC Sport.

Boro’s torment on travels
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 18, 2003
If their manager Steve McClaren is indeed being lined up to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson after Euro 2004, when the Swede allegedly goes to Chelsea, then the Football Association will have to request that England play all their matches at home. Middlesbrough lost 13 away games last season, the same number as relegated sides West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland, and on this showing could well beat that figure this term. They were given a goal start, courtesy of a blunder by Fulham defender Martin Djetou, but then conceded three and it could have been more. They clearly missed the commanding presence of Ugo Ehiogu in defence and the craft of Geremi in midfield. Ehiogu will be out for “months rather than weeks” with a knee injury according to McClaren… They showed great fighting spirit,” he said. “We showed a lot of confidence but I was more pleased that we worked very hard and that’s got to be us this season. If we don’t work as hard as that we are not going to win games home or away. “Carlos Marinelli caught Djetou in possession to give Middlesbrough the lead before Junichi Inamoto, on another season-long loan, took centre stage. He set up the equaliser for Steve Marlet, scored the second with a fierce shot and then conceded a penalty for handball. Christie hit the kick powerfully enough, but too close to goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who made a magnificent save to his right. Fulham responded with their third goal when Louis Saha pounced on Steed Malbranque’s deflected shot and, although substitute Szilard Nemeth pulled one back for Middlesbrough, they were worthy winners.

Vassell ready to seal deal
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Aug 19, 2003
These are issues that are in the club’s favour and will ensure that he signs a new deal. Talks between Vassell’s representatives and Villa officials began after the World Cup in Korea and Japan last summer, where the player impressed and saw his stock rise. However, a low-key 2002-03 campaign did not help his cause, while the recession in football has lowered wage expectations and made clubs, even the larger ones, look towards trimming their squads. Vassell has won 14 England caps, scoring four goals, and has played much of his best football for his country. Another player who is definitely staying at Villa is Olof Mellberg, the Sweden international defender, who was left out of the starting line-up against Portsmouth. After being one of Villa’s best two players last season, Mell-berg might have expected to be in the starting line-up at Fratton Park but was surprisingly handed a place on the substitutes’ bench. In an interview with a Swedish newspaper over the weekend, Mellberg expressed his shock and surprise but vowed to win back his place… Mellberg and Alpay forged a reliable partnership in Villa’s defence under John Gregory in the 2001-02 season but this was broken up when Graham Taylor arrived as manager towards the end of that season. Meanwhile, Gareth Barry will have to miss the home game against Leicester City on August 30 and the game away to Manchester City on September 14 after being sent off against Portsmouth. The suspension for dissent is two matches but, because of the international break on September 6 when England are in Macedonia for a Euro 2004 qualifying match, Barry will be out of action for 24 days. He will be eligible for the game at home to Charlton Athletic on September 20. O’Leary’s first match at Villa Park, against Liverpool on Sunday, is expected to be sold out. Only a few tickets remain and these are likely to be sold before the weekend.

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