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September 3, 2003

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* Gerrard, Sinclair out of Euro 2004 game
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Wales boss ready to play Bellamy
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – Switzerland v France Report
* Player Profile – World Soccer News
* Rooney ready for the challenge
* Butcher in plea over McFadden
* Eriksson plea to England fans
* Party towns such as Faliraki are getting a reputation for pushing the…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Perotta set to miss out
* Germany’s Freier out of Euro qualifiers
* World Soccer interview with Dragan Stojkovic – World Soccer News
* Injuries mount for Man United
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Becks injury scare
* McFadden signs for Everton
* Easter Road kids are really something else
* Savage: I’ll give my all for Blues
* Internationals will do me good – Mulryne
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

Gerrard, Sinclair out of Euro 2004 game
SI.com – Sep 2, 2003
With Paul Scholes already ruled out because of a hernia problem, the absence of Gerrard and Sinclair creates more midfield problems for Eriksson who hopes that team captain David Beckham comes through Tuesday’s Spanish League game for Real Madrid unscathed. "Unfortunately Trevor Sinclair has gone back home. He is not available for Saturday but might be available for next Wednesday (against Liechtenstein)," Eriksson told reporters at the team’s training headquarters in Manchester. "Unfortunately we have the same situation with Steven Gerrard going back home. He has an ankle problem and might be available next Wednesday but not Saturday. "With Rio Ferdinand we will wait until tomorrow. He is going to see the doctor tomorrow but we are not sure today.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Wales boss ready to play Bellamy
go.com – Sep 2, 2003
NEWCASTLE –>Updated: Sep. 2, 2003Hughes ready to play BellamyWales manager Mark Hughes is prepared to defy Sir Bobby Robson and take striker Craig Bellamy to Italy at the weekend. The Newcastle frontman has joined the Wales squad at their training base aheadof Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifying showdown in the San Siro. Bellamy has been at the centre of a club-versus-country row which has seenhim, at Newcastle’s insistence, have an independent scan on his troublesomeknee. But Hughes will now assess Bellamy’s fitness this week and has every intentionof taking him to Italy and also having him available for next Wednesday’s homeclash with Finland. Hughes said: ‘Craig will not train today, but I expect him to do so onWednesday. I think he has a very good chance of playing… Bellamy has been at the centre of a club-versus-country row which has seenhim, at Newcastle’s insistence, have an independent scan on his troublesomeknee. But Hughes will now assess Bellamy’s fitness this week and has every intentionof taking him to Italy and also having him available for next Wednesday’s homeclash with Finland. Hughes said: ‘Craig will not train today, but I expect him to do so onWednesday. I think he has a very good chance of playing. ‘We have been told that he is fit to travel and I will take my lead from ourown excellent medical staff who I have complete faith in. I will be guided bythem. ‘Bellamy’s arrival at the team HQ – the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel just outsideCardiff – comes after a major difference of opinion between Wales and Newcastlemanager Robson.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Switzerland v France Report
go.com – Sep 2, 2003
2, 2003, 2:59 PM UKSwitzerland 0-2 FrancePAFrance coach Jacques Santini has confirmed Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will keep his place in the national team despite being replaced in his club’s first team by American summer signing Tim Howard. Barthez has found himself shoved down the pecking order at Old Trafford after a loss of form last season but Santini has told the former Monaco keeper he can still rely on a berth with Les Bleus“The place of Fabien Barthez in the French team is not under threat, he will start against Cyprus. I am showing my confidence in him and we will see in the future,” he said. If France win on Saturday and Slovenia lose against Israel, France will have won Group One and qualified for Euro 2004. And Santini said: “The most important thing at the moment is qualification for Euro 2004. “The French players like competition and important games… Barthez has found himself shoved down the pecking order at Old Trafford after a loss of form last season but Santini has told the former Monaco keeper he can still rely on a berth with Les Bleus“The place of Fabien Barthez in the French team is not under threat, he will start against Cyprus. I am showing my confidence in him and we will see in the future,” he said. If France win on Saturday and Slovenia lose against Israel, France will have won Group One and qualified for Euro 2004. And Santini said: “The most important thing at the moment is qualification for Euro 2004. “The French players like competition and important games. If we beat Cyprus then qualification is almost in the bag and makes the Slovenia game important. “We must be very careful against Cyprus.

Player Profile – World Soccer News
World Soccer – Sep 2, 2003
The capture of Simon Davies, along with Matthew Etherington (now an England Under-21), from Peterborough in January 2000is yielding the biggest rewards. A star on the right flank, 23-year-old Davies has taken his excellent club form on to the international stage with Wales, and was a key figure in the 2-1 Euro 2004 defeat of Italy last October. "Peterborough was a fantastic place to start my career," says Davies. "Barry Fry is a great manager to work with and he looked after Matthew and me. He gave us the chance to settle into the game and didn’t stand in our way when we got a good move. Tottenham are going places and I’m delighted to be a part of it… Tottenham are going places and I’m delighted to be a part of it. " A stylish mover on the ball, Davies has the pace, skill and confidence to take on the best, yet it has taken him a couple of years to firmly establish himself as a star at White Hart Lane, time other clubs are not willing to afford. "Some Premiership clubs do not look at grooming young players, but that’s not the case at Tottenham," he says. "I started last season on the bench and felt I did quite well when the first-team chance came. I owe this club and our manager, Glenn Hoddle, a lot. " As for Wales, Davies has even been putting Ryan Giggs in the shade. After a sensational goal against Croatia in an August friendly and adding another against Finland in Helsinki, his crowning glory came against the Italians in Cardiff as he put his country on the way to victory by opening the scoring.

Rooney ready for the challenge
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 2, 2003
Only one of them is really at a stage to challenge for a place in the starting XI. Only one of them will be a serious option for Sven-Goran Eriksson if he finds himself a goal down and in a tight spot with 10 minutes left in a Euro 2004 qualifier. That’s Wayne Rooney. There can be no simpler answer to the question of whether… Paul Konchesky, Scott Parker and James Beattie might just develop into internationals of the future. Rooney has a use in the present. That is not to say he will definitely have a long and glorious career as an international, the best you can say is that he has a chance. But there can be no doubt that the five goals he has scored this season mean that he is a serious proposition in the here and now. If he rises from the bench against Liechtenstein or Turkey, Eriksson will know he is summoning a player who has the ability to make an impact in the closing stages of a game.

Butcher in plea over McFadden
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 1, 2003
The 20-year-old has been included in the national squad despite a recent foot injury but scored twice in the 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle in only his second start of the season. But Butcher has voiced concern that the crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers may be too early for McFadden to play a full 90 minutes at international level. He said: “James scored two wonderful goals and I felt he had to work hard, especially after we went down to ten men. “But he’s still working his way back and he’s not as match sharp as he was last season. “However, he’s getting there and it was a sublime finish in the first half and a good finish for the second one. We always felt that if we gave him the ball in their final third, then he would create something… But Butcher has voiced concern that the crucial Euro 2004 qualifiers may be too early for McFadden to play a full 90 minutes at international level. He said: “James scored two wonderful goals and I felt he had to work hard, especially after we went down to ten men. “But he’s still working his way back and he’s not as match sharp as he was last season. “However, he’s getting there and it was a sublime finish in the first half and a good finish for the second one. We always felt that if we gave him the ball in their final third, then he would create something. “Maurice Malpas [Motherwell and Scotland under-21 assistant coach] has spoken to Berti Vogts through Rainer Bonhof and told him he’s not yet ready to start a full match in our opinion. But he’s not a bad player to have to come off the bench, especially against the Germans.

Eriksson plea to England fans
BBC News – Sep 2, 2003
The FA decided in June not to take up its ticket allocation for this game and also the crucial qualifier against Turkey on 11 October. The FA have already threatened life bans for England fans travelling to the match, and Eriksson added his voice to those calls amid fears that any crowd trouble could see England kicked out of the tournament. “I think it would be much better to stay at home because going there without a ticket can only bring problems and that would be very bad for us and maybe for them as well,” said Eriksson. “I think it would be much wiser to stay home and avoid all the problems for themselves and for the FA and the England team.

Party towns such as Faliraki are getting a reputation for pushing the…
Taipei Times – Sep 1, 2003
Faliraki, about 400km southeast of Athens, is just the latest point of friction between authorities and rowdy foreigners in the sun-drenched Mediterranean. At least four stabbings have been reported this summer in the Cypriot resort of Agia Napa between British tourists apparently quarreling over favorite bands. Portuguese and British police already are working together to combat British soccer hooligans at the Euro 2004 soccer tournament next June and July in Portugal. In 1998, the British vice consul on the Spanish island of Ibiza — a favorite of British and German youth — resigned over the “degenerate” behavior of the holidaymakers. “The English start drinking very early and by midnight many people cannot control themselves,” said police chief Themos Kalamatas, whose thinly manned precinct covers Faliraki. “They are generally not bad people who come here or criminal types, but they believe they can have fun without limits. ”
Britain’s Foreign Office has warned its citizens heading to Greece that “indecent behavior… In 1998, the British vice consul on the Spanish island of Ibiza — a favorite of British and German youth — resigned over the “degenerate” behavior of the holidaymakers. “The English start drinking very early and by midnight many people cannot control themselves,” said police chief Themos Kalamatas, whose thinly manned precinct covers Faliraki. “They are generally not bad people who come here or criminal types, but they believe they can have fun without limits. ”
Britain’s Foreign Office has warned its citizens heading to Greece that “indecent behavior.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Perotta set to miss out
go.com – Sep 2, 2003
The Azzurri are now hoping the 25-year-old will recover in time for the Serbia& Montenegro match in Belgrade four days later, which completes a keyqualification double header. ‘I wanted to stay and recover here,’ he said. ‘I picked up a strain in my left thigh but I am not leaving. ‘Inter Milan forward Christian Vieri and Roma striker Marco Delvecchio wereboth rested from practice on Monday due to slight injuries, though they areexpected to play in both games. Captain Fabio Cannavaro has also had to sit it out as he recovers from a sorethroat. Your views on this story?.

Germany’s Freier out of Euro qualifiers
SI.com – Sep 3, 2003
Freier came to the national team base just outside Frankfurt with a painful injury in his right foot and doctors determined it was broken after a scan. Iceland leads Group 5 with 12 points from six matches. Germany is second with 11 from five. Germany’s last qualifying game is against Iceland at home Oct. Freier, who plays for Bochum in the Bundesliga, may be out of action until December.

World Soccer interview with Dragan Stojkovic – World Soccer News
World Soccer – Sep 2, 2003
Our clubs have already been eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup, the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup. But I see the present situation as a new start and I enter the job with a huge motivation to improve things. I do not believe that we will experience the same destiny as Hungarian soccer. We are a nation that is very talented and it would be a pity if we did not take advantage of it. Everything depends on us; on the people in and around soccer. No doubt domestic critics will ask why you are living in Paris, and not in Belgrade?
As a matter of fact I move between Belgrade and Paris. My family lives in Paris (Stojkovic and his wife Snezana have two daughters and a son) because we wanted to give our children the best possible education… How do you see the future of the national team?
Again, I regard the current situation as a new start. Our first objective is to participate at the European Championship finals in Portugal in 2004 and we will do everything to reach that goal. We do possess quality, good players, and with the right preparations, work and atmosphere one should be optimistic and hope that we will qualify for Euro 2004. At the moment Yugoslavia doesn’t have a national coach. One gets the impression that it is as good as certain that Dejan Savicevic will be appointed. Are there any other candidates?
Perhaps the public thinks that it is as good as certain,but it has yet to be decided. First of all I wish to form a strong technical committee, with people of class, who know their job, whom you can trust.

Injuries mount for Man United
Independent Online – Sep 1, 2003
On several occasions in the past, Brazil have insisted on players flying to South America to be inspected by their own doctors after European clubs said they were injured and could not play. Former Bayern Munich striker Elber has not been picked by Brazil since refusing to cross the Atlantic for a doctor’s assessment two years ago. United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that Paul Scholes is out for a month. England international Scholes’ hernia problem means the midfielder will definitely miss next month’s Euro 2004 qualifier away to Macedonia. Scholes’ United and England team-mate Rio Ferdinand is doubtful for the Macedonia game with a kidney complaint that has seen him miss the last two Premiership matches. Following second-placed United’s first league defeat of the season on Sunday, Ferguson said: “Scholes is out for a month… Former Bayern Munich striker Elber has not been picked by Brazil since refusing to cross the Atlantic for a doctor’s assessment two years ago. United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that Paul Scholes is out for a month. England international Scholes’ hernia problem means the midfielder will definitely miss next month’s Euro 2004 qualifier away to Macedonia. Scholes’ United and England team-mate Rio Ferdinand is doubtful for the Macedonia game with a kidney complaint that has seen him miss the last two Premiership matches. Following second-placed United’s first league defeat of the season on Sunday, Ferguson said: “Scholes is out for 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,” said Ferguson.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Becks injury scare
go.com – Sep 2, 2003
The rash challenge left him grimacingon the floor, although he was soon up and running again. Beckham played out the full 90 minutes and forced several good stops frominspired Villarreal goalkeeper Jose Reina as he hit the target with sometrade-mark free-kicks, almost winning the game in the dying stages. However, Beckham’s injury concern will not come as good news to England bossSven-Goran Eriksson, who today saw Steven Gerrard and Trevor Sinclair join PaulScholes on the absentee list, while Nicky Butt and Kieron Dyer also haveconcerns over their match-fitness. Speaking after tonight’s match in Spain, Beckham said: ‘We’ll have to seewhat it’s like tomorrow, but I don’t think it’ll be a problem. ‘There was also a slight security scare for the England skipper when two fansran onto the pitch at El Madrigal, one getting close enough to Beckham to puthis arm around the superstar’s shoulder before being apprehended by stewards. Your views on this story?.

McFadden signs for Everton
BBC News – Sep 1, 2003
Moyes had earlier suffered disappointment with several bids, including one for Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, and said: “We decided that, since we couldn’t get the ready-made article, it was time to go for someone who we can develop into a good player. “We are not bringing him here thinking that he will become an Everton player next weekend, although I will be delighted if he does, but he is one for the future. ”

Dundee had earlier upped their bid to ?850,000 for McFadden, while Celtic had an attempt on Friday to take the youngster on loan rejected out of hand. “He is an exciting talent with great ability, nobody has that in question,” said Moyes… Moyes had earlier suffered disappointment with several bids, including one for Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, and said: “We decided that, since we couldn’t get the ready-made article, it was time to go for someone who we can develop into a good player. “We are not bringing him here thinking that he will become an Everton player next weekend, although I will be delighted if he does, but he is one for the future. ”

Dundee had earlier upped their bid to ?850,000 for McFadden, while Celtic had an attempt on Friday to take the youngster on loan rejected out of hand. “He is an exciting talent with great ability, nobody has that in question,” said Moyes. “I think a lot of people have looked at him and wondered what’s his best position, where he should play and about a temperament that is a little bit fiery, but I would rather it was a little bit fiery than not fiery at all. ”

Motherwell had rejected a number of offers despite being in administration, angering sacked players still waiting to be offered any compensation.

Easter Road kids are really something else
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 2, 2003
The Northern Ireland star admitted it would have been easy for Bobby Williamson’s youngsters to simply accept it wasn’t going to be their day as they watched Dons goalkeeper David Preece pull off a string of stunning saves to keep the Pittodrie outfit ahead thanks to Russell Anderson’s early strike. Adding to their misery was the sight of tremendous shots from Ian Murray and Grant Brebner crashing back off the woodwork before 18-year-old Scott Brown finally beat the defiant Preece. While admitting the home dressing-room was disappointed not to have picked up all three points, Murdock said: “There was plenty of drive in the team with everyone cajoling each other to go on and get the winner after Scott scored. “The management have instilled a very hard-working ethos in each of us. Whether we are playing well or having an indifferent game, they demand we give 100 per cent. “This season, to date, we have shown that attitude and I think it was reflected in the way we finished the game against Aberdeen and the chances we created. “However, I think we are all looking at it as two points dropped rather than one gained… He’s excellent in training and he’s done well in the first-team – hopefully he will continue to progress and go on to great things. “It’s always hard for a defender to play against someone who has pace and good dribbling ability – I’m sure Scott will cause defences many problems this season. ” Murdock was also delighted to make his debut after being named in the Northern Ireland squad for their forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifying matches against the Ukraine and Armenia despite his lack of first-team action. He said: “We have a small squad so, barring injury or suspension, you are always going to be there or thereabouts. But I was pleasantly surprised to be included. ”

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Savage: I’ll give my all for Blues
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Sep 2, 2003
“I am as happy as I have even been playing at Birmingham City and I have no wish to move. “They can expect to see the usual 100 per cent performances from me on the pitch throughout this season. ”Everton had bids of £2. 5 million and then £3 million rejected at the weekend, after speculation first surfaced in the summer following the Birmingham board’s refusal to offer Savage a new contract… Nobody epitomises the competitive and hard-working qualities Bruce has engendered in his team more than Savage, who is effectively the heartbeat of the side. Consequently, Bruce and the club’s hierarchy have always been determined to hold on to him, ever since Everton’s interest surfaced while the team were in Malaysia for the Asia Cup. Co-owner David Sullivan said: “We’re not interested in selling our better players, we’re not a selling club. “Robbie is a key part of our team and we anticipate him remaining here for a long, long time into the future. He’s not for sale at any price. “We’ve had a very good start to the season and it was very unsettling for all concerned that this approach came so late with the transfer window about to close. ”Sullivan said that Everton made an inquiry on Friday night, as Blues settled into their hotel in preparation for the Newcastle United game at St James’ Park.

Internationals will do me good – Mulryne
edp24.co.uk – Sep 3, 2003
“I can’t wait – I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 25-year-old Canary playmaker, ahead of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2004 double-header against a Ukraine outfit led by AC Milan superstar Andriy Shevchenko and a Windsor Park meeting with fellow Group Six strugglers Armenia. “I’ve missed out on or two squads recently through injury, so it’ll be nice to meet up with the lads again,” said Mulryne, who made his first start of the season in Saturday-s 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Compared to this time last year when Mulryne took a starring role – and two goals – in Norwich’s opening day dismissal of Grimsby, it has been a difficult opening spell on the sidelines. “It has been very frustrating,” said Mulryne, due to fly to the former Soviet republic tomorrow along with City team-mate Paul McVeigh. “Last year I had an injury-free pre-season… This year I’ve had one or two niggly little injury problems and it’s been difficult to get going. ” The arrival of Damien Francis and the sight of Gary Holt recapturing the form of his first season at Carrow Road has hardly helped. “To be honest, it’s not a case of me banging on the manager’s door or anything. Damien and Gary have been doing so well in there that I’ve just got to wait for my chance,” said Mulryne. Picking up two more 90-minute stints of match fitness on the international stage will, he insists, be a big help. “Hopefully, I should start both games and, having not had the best of starts fitness-wise, it will be good to get a couple of games under my belt. “The fact that we’re travelling over to Ukraine first and then playing Armenia at home – and not the other way round – also helps.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 1, 2003
Owen was clinical, scoring two and laying on the other for Harry Kewell in the 3-0 win, while Rooney squandered four good chances and picked up a booking. Owen has found his form in time for England?s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Macedonia next Saturday. The strikes lift the pressure after he and his club failed to score from open play in three previous matches. ?I didn?t have a good record in the derby until the last couple of years so it?s nice to score, especially here,? the 23-year-old said. ?The only thing we?ve been lacking is the final ball, a cross or through-ball – and Harry Kewell?s great through-ball started it off and it continued from there. ?Now we go on international duty so it?s nice to go away with that pressure off your shoulders… ? Australian international Kewell was delighted to open his account for the Reds after his summer transfer from Leeds United. ?We were up for it, like the other days this season – but this was a good team performance,? the playmaker told Sky Sports. ?Previously we?ve played well but not scored – and a great goal by Michael set us on our way. I?ve been told to just play and set him up and I love doing that. ?But everyone loves scoring and if I can get on the scoresheet as I did here, more credit for me,? the 24-year-old added. The win also relieves the pressure on Houllier who has been criticised after failing to deliver a Champions League place last season and a goal-shy start this time around. ?It?s a special day for the fans and I?m pleased for everyone at the club – I think the players deserve a lot of credit,? the French boss said.

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