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August 28, 2003

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The News Review:

* Beckham scores on Bernabeu debut
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Charlton v Everton Report
* Arsenal’s Van Bronckhorst Loaned to Barcelona
* ESPNsoccernet – England – FA charge Manchester United boss
* France unchanged for Euro qualifiers
* Sheringham takes Portsmouth to top
* England on the up
* The Prague Post Online: News
* Getting ahead of the game
* SI.com – Soccer – Injured Totti may miss key qualifier – Tuesday…
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* McPhail and Lee called into Irish squad
* Snow queen gets the shirt off Becks’ back
* Rise in disciplinary cases
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific

Beckham scores on Bernabeu debut
rte.ie – Aug 28, 2003
The England captain made his Madrid debut at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and, capped off a fine display with his first competitive goal for his new club. Real’s second Primera Liga match was originally scheduled to take place next Wednesday – just 24 hours before England are due to fly out to Macedonia for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier. Although he had a simple task to knock home Ronaldo’s 72nd-minute cross last night, the significance of the moment was lost on nobody as the Spanish champions’ 3-0 win over Copa del Rey winners Real Mallorca gave them the Spanish Super Cup on a 4-2 aggregate scoreline. After the game an emotional Beckham said: “I’ve said playing out there was going to be a special occasion and a special feeling but it can’t get any better than that for a debut. I felt comfortable as soon as I walked onto the pitch. The crowd were great with me and the players are great as well… It’s nice to be accepted and welcomed as well as I have been. Joining this team with a great team spirit showed it out there, he continued. The England captain then added that he thought playing abroad would be a great benefit in his future developments: “I hope I’ll become a better player; you know in this team, in Spain – it’s up there with the best if not the best, he commented, emphasising his belief he has stepped up a grade from the Premiership. “Beckham had further good news prior to the game as it was earlier revealed that the Football Association will not need to invoke the four-day rule to ensure England captain Beckham’s release for international duty next week. Real Madrid have brought their Primera Liga match against Villareal forward 24 hours to Tuesday, ending a potential club-versus-country conflict involving the ?25million midfielder. Real’s second Primera Liga match was originally scheduled to take place next Wednesday – just 24 hours before England are due to fly out to Macedonia for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier. Filed by Stephen Cummins.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Charlton v Everton Report
go.com – Aug 26, 2003
26, 2003, 10:15 PM UKCharlton 2-2 EvertonPAWayne Rooney grabbed a brilliant equaliser in front of Sven-Goran Eriksson to earn Everton a 2-2 draw at Charlton. • Moyes: Rooney for EnglandThe 17-year-old was left out of the England squad for Wednesday’s 3-1 victory against Croatia, but is in line for a recall to face Macedonia and Liechtenstein in the vital Euro 2004 qualifiers. And Rooney, recovering from his summer ankle ligament injury, showed he is nearing full fitness by scoring a well-worked goal in this entertaining clash at The Valley. With David Moyes’ men trailing 2-1 in the 71st minute, the teenager controlled Gary Naysmith’s cross with his right foot, span Mark Fish and sent the ball rocketing into the roof of the net from 10 yards with his left foot. Eriksson – watching from high in the stands and preparing to name his next squad on Sunday evening – could not have failed to have been impressed by Rooney’s first goal of the season. Earlier, the Addicks had gone ahead after 24 minutes through Jason Euell’s penalty after David Unsworth felled Scott Parker… The Everton striker thundered home an explosive goal in front of Eriksson atThe Valley, earning the Toffees a 2-2 draw with Charlton. The 17-year-old, completing his recovery from a summer ankle ligament injury,was left out of the England squad for Wednesday’s 3-1 victory against Croatia -but is in line for a recall for the trip to Macedonia a week on Saturday. Eriksson, who names his squad on Sunday evening, could not have failed to havebeen impressed by Rooney’s first goal of the season. With Moyes’ men trailing 2-1 in the 71st minute, the teenager controlled GaryNaysmith’s cross with his right foot, turned Mark Fish and sent the ballrocketing into the roof of the net from 10 yards with his left boot. Moyes, who has previously urged England not to hurry Rooney’s elevation, said:’I think Wayne should be selected. ‘We want all the English players at Everton selected for England. I can onlytell you when I think Wayne’s right and when he’s not.

Arsenal’s Van Bronckhorst Loaned to Barcelona
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Aug 27, 2003
Van Bronckhorst, who has 29 caps and played for the Netherlands when Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard was in charge between 1998 and 2000, said the two had spoken last week and his former international coach said he could use the player as a left-back. “It worked out with Rijkaard in those days so I’m very confident of working with him again,” he said. Current coach Dick Advocaat has said, according to media reports, that Van Bronckhorst was one of four England-based Dutch internationals who should look for another club if they wanted a place in the Netherlands squad for Euro 2004. But Van Bronckhorst said Advocaat’s comments had not influenced his decision. He said he had spoken to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who said a move to Barcelona would be a good opportunity as the Frenchman could not guarantee him a starting place. Van Bronckhorst said there had also been interest from Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and his former club Feyenoord. “I didn’t want to go to PSV or Feyenoord because I still think I can play for a big team — I’m not ready to return to the Netherlands yet,” the midfielder said.

ESPNsoccernet – England – FA charge Manchester United boss
go.com – Aug 28, 2003
Ferguson’s disgust at Rennie’s failure to award a free-kick and send off AndyO’Brien after the Newcastle defender clearly chopped Ryan Giggs down when theWelshman was clear on goal, was obvious enough, but it is the manner in which hecontinued the protest that seems certain to attract punishment. The FA can hit Ferguson with a fine, a ban, or both, as was the case withSheffield United’s Neil Warnock yesterday, although with United not due to playat Old Trafford again until the flashpoint visit of Arsenal on September 21,they have plenty of time to act. Ferguson has been given 14 days to respond, although by then he will almostcertainly have angered FA officials even more by pulling Paul Scholes out of theEngland squad for the Euro 2004 double-header with Macedonia and Liechtenstein. Just under 12 months since Ferguson famously informed Sven-Goran Eriksson thatScholes would not be fit for a friendly against Portugal then forced the Englandboss to watch his midfielder turn out in a Premiership encounter withMiddlesbrough, it appears the United boss is about to do exactly the same thingagain. Having already lost Nicky Butt for three weeks with an ankle injury sustainedduring last Wednesday’s win over Croatia, Ferguson is now facing the prospect ofbeing without Scholes for double that time after confirming the flame-hairedassassin requires a hernia operation. While Scholes has been plagued by the problem for ‘a few weeks’, the Unitedboss believes the injury worsened dramatically during his internationalabsence. And, while the 28-year-old is set to play for his club against Southampton atSt Mary’s Stadium this weekend, he seems certain to have surgery almostimmediately afterwards, particularly as his six-week recovery period straddlestwo international breaks… ‘We told the England people about it but they still played him for an hour. When he came back he was in a real state. It is really painful and at the momentit is not possible for him to play two games in a week. ‘He will need an operation at some point but we will have to pick our momentand we will see how he is after Sunday’s game. ‘The previous Scholes row saw Eriksson request that all players report forEngland duty whether fit or not, a move he claimed would end the suggestion thatclubs were deliberately keeping men back when they were fit enough to play. Owen Hargreaves was the latest squad member to comply with that regulation,flying in from Munich last week, then returning to Germany after his calf strainwas confirmed. Eriksson is unlikely to see Scholes though, whose operation will be proofenough of his lack of fitness, a decision which would rule him out of the crunchencounter with Arsenal as well as England’s key Euro 2004 qualifier withTurkey.

France unchanged for Euro qualifiers
SI.com – Aug 28, 2003
Santini’s aim, as France re-builds after a traumatic 2002 World Cup exit at the group phase, is to develop a closely-knit squad that will qualify for Euro 2004. "It’s a question of building team spirit and of getting results," he told a news conference at the French Federation’s headquarters. Santini, who said the key to France’s success was a combination of "confidence, stability and serenity," went on: "The basic elements of the game against Switzerland are all there. We did not want to break anything up.

Sheringham takes Portsmouth to top
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 27, 2003
“Patrik Berger, just as influential as Sheringham, paved the way for Stone’s opener on 48 minutes with a penetrating run into the box and eight minutes later Boris Zivkovic served up a superb left-wing cross for Sheringham’s bullet header. The former Tottenham man added two more in the last five minutes, a short-range tap-in and a penalty after Ivan Campo brought down Portsmouth substitute Vincent Pericard. Bolton had long since given up the ghost and were lucky not to have at least two players sent off for wild tackles in the closing 20 minutes. Manager Sam Allardyce was clearly disgusted, having seen his team concede late goals in a 4-0 slump at Manchester United and then give up a two-goal lead to earn only a point at home to Blackburn last Saturday. He said: “We were embarrassing and, in the last 25 minutes, frankly diabolical. “Where do we go from here? We certainly have to depend on defending much more correctly. We can’t go belly-up like that again… Rooney, completing his recovery from a summer ankle ligament injury, was left out of the England squad for last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory against Croatia. With Everton trailing 2-1 with 19 minutes left last night, Rooney controlled Gary Naysmith’s driven cross beautifully with his right boot. His delicate touch beat Charlton centre-back Mark Fish, allowing the 17-year-old to pull back the trigger and unleash a left-foot rocket into the roof of the net from 10 yards – earning Everton a 2-2 draw. And Moyes gave Eriksson his blessing for Eriksson to include the teenager, saying: “I think Wayne should be selected.

England on the up
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 27, 2003
Germany have dropped to 10th after losing 1-0 at home to Italy last weekend. However, the United States are just two points behind Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side. England’s rivals for Euro 2004 qualification, Turkey, are seventh while Brazil remain top with France a close second and Spain third. RankTeamPointsRankAug-03Jul-031Brazil84612France82523Spain74834Netherlands74644Mexico74656Argentina74467Turkey73978England733109United States731910Germany728811Italy7211412Czech Republic7121113Ireland Republic7101513Cameroon7101215Denmark7071216Portugal6861617Costa Rica6801718Belgium6721819Romania6642120Sweden65819Meanwhile, the Football Association have not ruled out the possibility of invoking the four-day rule to ensure England captain David Beckham’s release for international duty next week. Eriksson will speak to his Real Madrid counterpart Carlos Queiroz in a bid to resolve a potential club-versus-country conflict involving the £25million midfielder. Real play their second Primera Liga match next Wednesday against Villarreal with England due to fly out to Macedonia for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier 24 hours later. Under FIFA rules, the FA can request Beckham’s release four days before the international match on September 6, meaning he would miss out for his club… However, the United States are just two points behind Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side. England’s rivals for Euro 2004 qualification, Turkey, are seventh while Brazil remain top with France a close second and Spain third. RankTeamPointsRankAug-03Jul-031Brazil84612France82523Spain74834Netherlands74644Mexico74656Argentina74467Turkey73978England733109United States731910Germany728811Italy7211412Czech Republic7121113Ireland Republic7101513Cameroon7101215Denmark7071216Portugal6861617Costa Rica6801718Belgium6721819Romania6642120Sweden65819Meanwhile, the Football Association have not ruled out the possibility of invoking the four-day rule to ensure England captain David Beckham’s release for international duty next week. Eriksson will speak to his Real Madrid counterpart Carlos Queiroz in a bid to resolve a potential club-versus-country conflict involving the £25million midfielder. Real play their second Primera Liga match next Wednesday against Villarreal with England due to fly out to Macedonia for their crucial Euro 2004 qualifier 24 hours later. Under FIFA rules, the FA can request Beckham’s release four days before the international match on September 6, meaning he would miss out for his club.

The Prague Post Online: News
Prague Post – Aug 28, 2003
SERBIA • Slobodan Miloseviç denied involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, telling his trial in the Hague he had no part in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. The ex-Yugoslav president, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, told the international war-crimes tribunal that Serbia had not played a role in the mass slaughter in July 1995. SLOVAKIA • The liberal ANO party, a junior member of Slovakia's ruling coalition, agreed to have its economy minister sacked and to postpone a key debate on abortion in the hope of averting a looming government crisis. The decisions bolster a truce made last week by the factions of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda's four-party Cabinet that staved off a possible collapse of the coalition. SLOVAKIA • Slovak investigators said Aug. 22 that they had asked the state prosecutor to press criminal charges of extortion against a key government leader… 6 billion Kc), completing its last key privatization of 2003. LUKOIL, Russia's top oil producer, beat Hungary's MOL, which offered $187 million for the chain of petrol stations that covers roughly 20 percent of Serbia's fuel market. SPORTSSOCCER • European soccer's governing body, UEFA, will investigate allegations of racist abuse aimed at Wales players at a Euro 2004 qualifier against Serbia and Montenegro. The Welsh football association reported to UEFA that a number of their players had been racially abused in a Belgrade qualifier and an under-21 match in Novi Sad. TRACK AND FIELD • Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus won the men's shot-put title at the world championships in Paris just days after returning to the sport from a two-year ban. Mikhnevich, who began competing again Aug. 4 after a positive test for hormones, chalked up a personal best of 21.

Getting ahead of the game
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 26, 2003
By the end of a month I really felt like I had gone cold turkey. After six weeks I was spending hours combing the web, desperate for any kind of football-related gossip. But now the pain is over, the new Premiership season has begun, and with Euro 2004 to follow and the Olympics looming on the horizon, I am ready for a fantastic year of sport. This time I am prepared because after having installed broadband, I won’t miss a single kick. I am looking forward to watching the mighty Blackburn Rovers buck the odds by winning their second Premiership title in ten years. Thanks to my fast connection and my subscription to Rovers World (… com) – let’s just hope James Beattie finds the net again this season, although obviously not against Blackburn. Broadband is also a blessing as you can use the phone while listening to a match commentary – ideal for winding your mates up as their team is crushed by the mighty Rovers. I am also partial to a bit of a flutter, courtesy of an account with Blue Square (.

SI.com – Soccer – Injured Totti may miss key qualifier – Tuesday…
SI.com – Aug 26, 2003
"It is hard to tell how long it will take to heal. " Added the doctor, "If he was a telecommunications engineer he would be at work today, but he’s Totti, he’s a soccer player, so certain movements of the torso can be very painful. " Totti was already scheduled to miss Roma’s opening match of the Serie A season at Udinese on Sunday through a disqualification. Italy hosts Wales in Milan on Sept.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Aug 27, 2003
That would mean Beckham missing out on an important league game for his new club and that could lead to all sorts of hassle between the FA and Real, and that is something the association would like to avoid. FA head of media relations Adrian Bevington said: "Were it to become absolutely necessary, the FA could invoke Fifa's four-day rule, though, at this stage, we would prefer the issue to be resolved through the conversations between both managers. "Understandably David wants to play in Real's game on Wednesday. However, conversations between Sven and Real boss Carlos Queiroz must take place over the next few days to discuss this matter further.

McPhail and Lee called into Irish squad
rte.ie – Aug 28, 2003
As had been expected, Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is an absentee, with an ankle injury he picked up during Ireland’s 2-1 friendly victory over Australia. The inclusion of McPhail and Lee and the exclusion of Keane are the only changes from the squad of 23 that Kerr named for that friendly clash. Kerr explained that McPhail’s loan move from Leeds to Nottingham Forest and the fact that he is now playing first team football, was a major factor in him earning a place in the squad. “It’s good that Stephen is getting first team football at Forest and he impressed me with his overall performance over the 90 minutes against Coventry… Kerr explained that McPhail’s loan move from Leeds to Nottingham Forest and the fact that he is now playing first team football, was a major factor in him earning a place in the squad. “It’s good that Stephen is getting first team football at Forest and he impressed me with his overall performance over the 90 minutes against Coventry. This not a time for blooding new potential talent. If necessary we may call up other players for the friendly with Turkey,” he said. Elsewhere, Everton’s Lee Carsley and Blackburn’s Steven Reid have been both been recalled to the squad after they pulled out of the squad for the Australian clash through injury. Kerr revealed that Carsley has been undergoing intensive physiotherapy on his injury and he expects him to be fit for the Russian clash. He said: “Lee Carsley has been receiving intensive treatment on the knee injury that has kept him out of the game for three weeks.

Snow queen gets the shirt off Becks’ back
Natives – Aug 26, 2003
Kostelic a huge fan
The double World Cup ski champion had pleaded for Beckham’s shirt
before Croatia’s game against England in Ipswich. “Please help me,
I would like to put an ad in the newspapers. I would like our players
to bring me Beckham’s shirt. I do not collect shirts, but I would
like to have this one,” Kostelic said before the match… “Please help me,
I would like to put an ad in the newspapers. I would like our players
to bring me Beckham’s shirt. I do not collect shirts, but I would
like to have this one,” Kostelic said before the match. Good news for ski queen
And Zivkovic had good news for the skier dubbed the Snow Queen after
England’s 3-1 win with Beckham scoring the opening penalty. “Tell
Janica that I have Beckham’s shirt for her,” Zivkovic told journalists. Croatia’s captain did not specify whether he had told Beckham that
his shirt was to be delivered to Kostelic. [Source: Star Online].

Rise in disciplinary cases
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 27, 2003
], the three per cent increase in disciplinary cases is not excessive,” the report explained. One particular reason for the slight increase was the number of hard-fought UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches. Less appealsHowever, despite the higher number of disciplinary cases, the number of appeals has continued to fall. The original decision by the UEFA control and disciplinary body was confirmed in 14 cases (52 per cent) and modified in four cases… ], the three per cent increase in disciplinary cases is not excessive,” the report explained. One particular reason for the slight increase was the number of hard-fought UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches. Less appealsHowever, despite the higher number of disciplinary cases, the number of appeals has continued to fall. The original decision by the UEFA control and disciplinary body was confirmed in 14 cases (52 per cent) and modified in four cases. In the remaining nine cases, the appeal proceedings were settled by the UEFA statutory provision whereby the appeals body complies with identical requests from the two parties.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 27, 2003
Are you expecting Rangers to alter their approach as the away team?
Backe: I have to admit that I know very little about Rangers’ away form. At Ibrox, we benefited from the fact their league had just started the previous Saturday, while we had played three games already. We might not have that advantage now. com: What are your team’s strengths?
Backe: We have an ideal combination of talent and experience. But the key thing for us is that every player sees the tactical system as more important than himself… Some say there has been no progress with the Superliga – I disagree. I think there is a lot of potential and a lot of talent in Danish football, and this is evident in a very strong Under-21 team. As for Denmark’s [UEFA] EURO 2004 chances, I am sure they will qualify and they will do well in Portugal. On a good day Denmark can beat any team in Europe. com: Finally, how are you enjoying life at FCK?
Backe: After two years at the club I have to say that the level here is better than at most other clubs I have worked at. The club is very well organised and has strong and healthy finances.

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