Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 31, 2003

Euro challenge for Celtic

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Robson promises to lift fog on the Tyne
* Colgan move brought an Irish starring role
* Euro challenge for Celtic
* Bobby is settled on his squad
* Newcastle v Birmingham: Preview
* Scholes facing lengthy lay-off
* Mad Brit Diary Hooliganism is back in England and going high tech.
* Olisadebe misses Poland tie
* Scholes out for month, confirms Fergie
* Vogts calls up Dickov and Harper
* Pompey off to a flyer
* Scolari recalls six to Portugal side
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Aug 30, 2003
They were present at the World Cup and also Euro 2000. They have always had skilful footballers. ?We will be ready and will never underestimate our opponents and not show them respect. ? Dane Jost, the general secretary of the Slovenian FA said: ?This is a very successful draw for us. Olimpija will be very happy to play a big club because in past years they have had to play many smaller clubs. ? Borussia Dortmund, bundled out of the Champions League qualifiers by Club Bruges after a penalty shoot-out, will take on Austria Vienna in what should be a straightforward win for the 1997 European champions. Newcastle United, who similarly lost on penalties to Partizan Belgrade in another midweek upset, will take on Dutch side NAC Breda, while Valencia, Champions League finalists in 2000 and 2001, drew AIK Stockholm… Blackburn?s Turkish midfielder Tugay will be able to provide extra background on their opponents while Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel also had a spell at Galatasaray under Souness. Tensions have run high between English and Turkish supporters since two Leeds United fans were killed in Istanbul in 2000. Football officials and police from both countries have had talks ahead of England?s visit to Istanbul for a Euro 2004 in October. No tickets have been made available to English fans. But Suphi Yalcinkaya, the vice general secretary of the Turkish club, played down fears of any possible trouble for Blackburn?s visit. ?Ankara is not Istanbul, there will be a very different atmosphere at our stadium. We usually only get 3,000 or 4,000 fans but they are real football fans and not interested in trouble.

Robson promises to lift fog on the Tyne
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2003
The Newcastle manager is ruing the fact that he will not be taking his place at European club football’s top table this season but is keen to erase the memory of Wednesday’s humbling defeat by Partizan Belgrade when his side return to Premiership action today at home to Birmingham. “Football is all about tomorrow, not yesterday, and now there is another dawn for us,” Robson said. “As far as I know we haven’t been relegated, knocked out of the FA Cup or the League Cup or Europe so there’s still a lot ahead for us… “I most definitely see room for improvement with Danny,” McClaren said. “He can get better as a player and it is one of the main aims at this club that, when new players come in, we improve them. “He has Euro 2004 coming up so he needs to be playing. Hopefully we’ll give him the platform to perform well and get into that England team so this is a great opportunity for him.

Colgan move brought an Irish starring role
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 30, 2003
“If I had stayed at Easter Road it is very debatable whether I would have played at all, I actually had to ask to play with the young lads in a pre-season game against Craigroyston. ” Stockport, unfortunately, haven’t got off to the best of starts, a draw with Tranmere Rovers last weekend earning them their first point in four games, although Carlton Palmer’s side have a Carling Cup clash with Everton at Goodison to look forward to next month. Colgan, named in Ireland’s squad for next Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Russia in Dublin and a friendly with Turkey the following Tuesday, said: “We haven’t had a great start results-wise, but our performances haven’t been all that bad. “We have a good bunch of young lads – I’m one of the older players at 29 – and hopefully we’ll pick up as many points as possible. “The game against Everton is one to look forward to, certainly a step-up from the previous round against Lincoln. “It’s been good for me to come down here and make an impression. I think Carlton Palmer has been quietly impressed… “It’s been good for me to come down here and make an impression. I think Carlton Palmer has been quietly impressed. I’m not too sure how up he is on Scottish football because down here most people talk about Rangers and Celtic, although a few know a bit about Hibs and Hearts. ” After winning three Irish caps as a substitute, Colgan was delighted to be given his first start against Australia, turning in a stunning performance in Dublin as Brian Kerr’s side came from behind to win 2-1. And it was a superb save from Colgan, who had been left one-one-one with Leeds United striker Mark Viduka, which kept the Irish in the game at a time when they trailed 1-0. Today Colgan revealed it was facing the former Celtic striker for Hibs which helped him pull off that stop. He said: “I’d remembered playing against Viduka at Parkhead and being left in the same situation against him.

Euro challenge for Celtic
BBC News – Aug 29, 2003
Anderlecht returned to the Champions League after a year’s absence following a 3-1 aggregate defeat of Polish side Wisla Krakow. They are perhaps not be the force they once were as they claimed 26 domestic titles, having lagged eight points behind Brugge last season. But coach Hugo Broos has started rebuilding, with veterans Filip De Wilde and Bertrand Crasson leaving and Gilles De Bilde also looking for a new club. Former Belgian player of the year P?r Zetterberg has been brought in from Olympiakos and another Swedish midfielder, Christian Wilhelmsson, from Stab?k. Serbo-Montenegrin striker Nenad Jestrovic scored 20 times last season despite only starting his season in November and could be their trump card this term. Bayern Munich became one of the summer’s highest spenders in a depressed market when they bought striker Roy Makaay from Deportivo La Coruna for more than ?12m… Former European champions Bayern will start Group A as favourites thanks to a star-studded line-up. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld could even afford to allow Brazilian striker Giovane Elber to leave for group opponents Lyon during the summer such is the strength of his squad. Midfielder Sebastian Deisler’s fine form has earned him a recall to the Germany squad for the forthcoming Euro 2004 clashes with Iceland and Scotland. Oliver Kahn, Tobias Rau, Jens Jeremies and playmaker Michael Ballack are also part of Rudi Voller’s plans. Bayern’s multi-national team of internationals also includes the likes of France regulars Bixente Lizarazu and Willy Sagnol, Peru striker Claudio Pizarro and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

Bobby is settled on his squad
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 29, 2003
” Williamson has a full squad available with new signings Colin Murdock and Roland Edge nearing full match fitness following three games each with the club’s under-21 side but changes, he revealed, will be kept to those he feels are necessary to give Hibs the best chance of winning. He said: “There were a couple of wee things I was not too happy with but I don’t envisage radical changes. I’m not one for doing that. ” Murdock was today named in the Northern Ireland squad for their Euro 2004 qualifiers against the Ukraine a week tomorrow and Armenia the following Wednesday despite having not played for Hibs as yet.

Newcastle v Birmingham: Preview
go.com – Aug 29, 2003
“But it’s the nature of the game. The things that you want most sometimes you don’t get, and that’s been the situation. “We didn’t have one player who didn’t try, who didn’t try his best, not one player. If I thought that, they wouldn’t be in the squad. “Every man jack did their best, but we had a tough night. Everybody is upset about it – the guys who missed the penalties are distraught. “However, the United boss has more immediate problems on his mind with defender Jonathan Woodgate having to pull out of Saturday’s game – and possibly England’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Liechtenstein… “Every man jack did their best, but we had a tough night. Everybody is upset about it – the guys who missed the penalties are distraught. “However, the United boss has more immediate problems on his mind with defender Jonathan Woodgate having to pull out of Saturday’s game – and possibly England’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Liechtenstein. In addition, Craig Bellamy is out with a knee injury, but worryingly for Robson, will meet up with Wales ahead of their qualifiers against Italy and Finland. Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is determined that history will not repeat itself against boyhood idols Newcastle. When the two teams met early last season Newcastle were struggling – but they beat the Blues 2-0 at St Andrews and went on a long unbeaten run. Birmingham will face Newcastle at St James’ Park on the back of United losing their last two games at home to Manchester United and Partizan Belgrade.

Scholes facing lengthy lay-off
BBC News – Aug 31, 2003
The news will come as a blow to coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is due to announce the England squad for the matches away to Macedonia and home against Liechtenstein on Sunday. Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have told Eriksson on Saturday about the extent of Scholes’ problem. “Paul will be out for at least four weeks,” said Ferguson. “We will leave it for seven days to see if it settles down… But Eriksson said neither Scholes nor Manchester United had expressed any concerns about the midfielder’s fitness, and that he agreed with the player to give him an hour on the field. Ferguson played Scholes for 90 minutes against Newcastle – three days after the England-Croatia match – with the midfielder scoring the winning goal. “It’s not easy to find another Paul Scholes, if you want to find the qualities he has,” said Eriksson. “We don’t have a second Scholes in England.

Mad Brit Diary Hooliganism is back in England and going high tech.
SoccerTimes – Aug 29, 2003
” The Mad Brit reckons it’s all that Cadbury milk chocolate those spotty kids eat. Early this year in April, 400 thugs battled with police at England’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Sunderland. Some of those morons are planning to disturb England’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein in Manchester on September 10. Just let them try coming to the Bronx or inner-city Baltimore. Most of the violent actions at English games are caused by a small, organized criminal element. Most fans are avid soccer enthusiasts who pay a great deal of money to see their teams play and have never heard a Slade album. But mingling amongst them is a hardcore army of thugs whose sole purpose is to create havoc wherever they go… ” English clubs were banned from playing in the lucrative European tournaments for five years in 1985 after Liverpool supporters were involved in the disaster at Heysel Stadium in Brussels where 39 fans were killed after a crash-barrier collapsed. The deaths of 95 people, crushed at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989, only reinforced British soccer’s bad image. Soccer violence declined for a while, and let’s not forget that at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, England’s national team won the award for fair play, and the fans took note. Farewell CliveAmerican soccer lost a hero this week with the death of Clive Charles, the men’s and women’s coach at University of Portland. Charles was a kind and inspirational man. At Portland he earned a combined record of 439-144-44, and producing star players such as American World Cup goalkeeper Kasey Keller and American national-team women stars Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan. It was Charles, an Englishman, who encouraged Keller to test his skills in England.

Olisadebe misses Poland tie
BBC News – Aug 29, 2003
We’re all tired
of this,” Hajto told reporters prior to the Estonia tie. Olisadebe has been battling with a knee problem since his goals played a crucial role in Poland’s qualification for the 2002 World Cup finals. But the injury has not prevented him from playing regularly for Panathinaikos.

Scholes out for month, confirms Fergie
go.com – Aug 31, 2003
31, 2003Scholes out for month, confirms FergieManchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Paul Scholes is out for a month and that new signing Kleberson has a suspected dislocated shoulder following the shock 1-0 defeat at Southampton. On top of that, Rio Ferdinand must see a specialist on Wednesday about thekidney complaint that has kept him out of the last two United matches andthreatens to make him miss England’s trip to Macedonia for a Euro 2004 qualifieras well. As he choked on the first defeat of the season Ferguson said: ‘Scholes is outfor a month. A specialist will look at him because he’s had two hernias already. This is a third and may take longer to heal. ‘Ferdinand will see the doctor on Wednesday and so we don’t know abouthim… ‘The pain of injuries was matched by the anguish of defeat via James Beattie’s88th-minute header for which American goalkeeper Tim Howard looked culpable. But Ferguson said: ‘I think he may have got a push as the ball came over fromthe corner. ‘He’s obviously not happy about it but he’s a big lad and he’s somebody whocan bounce back from mistakes. ‘Ferguson claimed: ‘There was nothing very inspirational out there. It was ahot day for both sets of players and we did not come up with very much. ‘We had only one real attack in the first half and that was from Ryan Giggs. ‘Don’t take away from Southampton but maybe a better result would have been adraw.

Vogts calls up Dickov and Harper
go.com – Aug 29, 2003
Vogts said: `Paul Dickov also had an operation after last season. My scoutArchie Gemmill has watched a lot of his matches and he has done very well. `I’m very disappointed Kenny Miller is not in the squad as he did so well forus against Germany. I’m looking for a goalscorer. ‘Scotland will be without suspended duo Christian Dailly and Steven Pressleyfor the match against the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park on September 6 but bothwill be available for the clash with Germany in Dortmund’s Westfalen Stadiumfour days later. Squad: N Alexander (Cardiff), Douglas (Celtic), Gallacher (Dundee Utd); G Alexander(Preston), Caldwell (Newcastle), Dailly (West Ham), Pressley (Hearts), Ross (Rangers), Webster (Hearts), Wilkie (Dundee); Cameron (Wolves), Devlin(Birmingham), Ferguson (Rangers), Harper (Portsmouth), Lambert (Celtic),McNamara (Celtic), Naysmith (Everton), Rae (Dundee); Crawford (Dunfermline),Dickov (Leicester), Hutchison (West Ham), McCann (Southampton), McFadden(Motherwell), Thompson (Rangers). Your views on this story?.

Pompey off to a flyer
go.com – Aug 29, 2003
They got off to a flyer that term, enabling them to last the course, whereas last season they were in a dog-fight from the very beginning and only just stayed up. Pompey can consider themselves unlucky not to have a perfect record after David Sommeil’s late goal denied them victory at Manchester City. Now they must push on to secure their top flight status. Their two victories have come against the sides that finished directly above the relegation zone – in Bolton and Aston Villa – so they have effectively beaten the worst two established clubs. But the point taken from City, on the day they opened their new stadium, is a great result and one to build on. After the visit to the City of Manchester Stadium, chairman Milan Mandaric said he would love to see Portsmouth playing in such an arena… Another astute signing has been Patrik Berger, released by Liverpool. Reds boss Gerard Houllier considered the Czech international surplus to requirements, casting him into the reserves like a number of other experienced players. Berger is eager to prove himself again in the top flight, especially with Euro 2004 around the corner. Although Pompey have numerous options going forward, it is defensively that they may struggle. Senegalese striker Amdy Faye looks to be a good signing to bolster the midfield, and it was necessary that they improved that area with the loan signing of Alexei Smertin. Smertin joined this week in one of the more bizarre transfer deals of the summer, naturally involving Chelsea. Claudio Ranieri paid Bordeaux ?3.

Scolari recalls six to Portugal side
SI.com – Aug 30, 2003
Scolari also picked Sporting Lisbon central defender Beto and Boavista defender Nuno Frechaut, who was in Portugal’s 2002 World Cup squad but hasn’t played for his country since. Scolari, who guided Brazil to last year’s World Cup title, wants to try out Portugal’s younger players in a series of exhibition games ahead of next year’s European championships. Portugal automatically qualifies for Euro 2004 as host nation. However, demands for the young stars to play with the under-21 side have at times foiled Scolari’s plans. Scolari was on vaction in Brazil and did not attend the squad announcement. Portugal hosts Spain in Guimaraes Sept. 6 and then travels to Oslo to face Norway Sept… Portugal automatically qualifies for Euro 2004 as host nation. However, demands for the young stars to play with the under-21 side have at times foiled Scolari’s plans. Scolari was on vaction in Brazil and did not attend the squad announcement. Portugal hosts Spain in Guimaraes Sept. 6 and then travels to Oslo to face Norway Sept. Portugal Roster: Goalkeepers:Ricardo Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Joaquim ‘Quim’ Silva (Braga).

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 30, 2003
Transfer cancelledThe Swiss international forward left the club earlier this summer to join Paris Saint-Germain FC, but the French side then cancelled his contract after Yakin underwent groin surgery against the club’s wishes. Eligibility unclearAlthough Yakin did not play a single competitive game for PSG, it is uncertain whether he will be eligible for Basel’s UEFA Cup first-round tie against Turkish Super League side Malatyaspor. September returnYakin, who is almost certain to miss Switzerland’s crucial UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Russia in Moscow on 10 September, is likely to return from his groin injury in mid-September. All rights reserved… Transfer cancelledThe Swiss international forward left the club earlier this summer to join Paris Saint-Germain FC, but the French side then cancelled his contract after Yakin underwent groin surgery against the club’s wishes. Eligibility unclearAlthough Yakin did not play a single competitive game for PSG, it is uncertain whether he will be eligible for Basel’s UEFA Cup first-round tie against Turkish Super League side Malatyaspor. September returnYakin, who is almost certain to miss Switzerland’s crucial UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against Russia in Moscow on 10 September, is likely to return from his groin injury in mid-September. All rights reserved.

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