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September 9, 2003

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The News Review:

* Eriksson warns England fans
* Euro 2004: Mixed fortunes for home teams
* France blanks Cyprus as Germany ends up in tie
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – S***, s***, b*******!
* Vogts aims to have last laugh
* Kenyon move strengthens Eriksson’s Chelsea link
* Sven gambling on cards
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Spain v Ukraine: Preview
* Under-21s: Handball piles more misery on Platt’s boys
* BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Fans fined for Italy violence
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Lambert hope for Germany
* Carew is given boot for fighting
* … Rehhagel, Greece is on the brink of qualifying for Euro…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – O’Shea knee scan
* Frick can be tricky customer

Eriksson warns England fans
BBC News – Sep 7, 2003
The game in Istanbul on 11 October will determine which team qualifies directly for the tournament in Portugal next summer, and security fears have led to the FA rejecting their ticket allocation. But newspaper reports on Sunday claimed Turkish football officials were ready to sell thousands of tickets to England fans, prompting further pleas to stay at home. “Of course, I should like to see fans at games,” said England coach Eriksson. “But, if it’s a security problem, then it’s better not to travel because you can risk being injured, you can even risk your life.

Euro 2004: Mixed fortunes for home teams
BBC News – Sep 7, 2003
He got a yellow card, which will leave him suspended for Scotland’s tie in Germany on Wednesday. Wales put up a good fight in the first half, but missed several oportunities to take a shock lead. Ryan Giggs and John Hartson worked well together and nearly got a couple past the Italian keeper. But the second half was a different matter. It took Filippo Inzaghi 11 minutes to score a hat-trick, effectively ending the match… But the second half was a different matter. It took Filippo Inzaghi 11 minutes to score a hat-trick, effectively ending the match. Alessandro del Piero’s late penalty finished off the Welsh, but has not fully ended their qualification hopes. They do still have a chance of automatic qualification, but they will most likely be aiming to get into next summer’s big event through the play-offs.

France blanks Cyprus as Germany ends up in tie
Taipei Times – Sep 8, 2003
Of course it was far too little for us. There’s too much talking. I’m not going to put up with this for long. “Naturally, it’s not what I expected. Especially in the second half we didn’t do enough. But we didn’t lose. We were fortunate to come away with a draw.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – S***, s***, b*******!
go.com – Sep 8, 2003
As a postscriptum, he added: ‘Hope you destroy them. ‘ The ‘you’ referred to the German national football team, ‘them’ meant Iceland. Of course we did not destroy them; we didn’t even unduly worry them. (In case you have displayed common sense and decided not to watch the match: Germany cleared the ball off the line twice and Kahn saved one-on-one from Chelsea’s Gudjohnsen, whereas only a rather speculative Ballack header really threatened the Icelandic goal. ) The scoreless draw that ensued from this horrible kickabout will, it seems, not please the Scottish fans, who had hoped the Germans would take all six points from Iceland, so that Scotland could leapfrog the latter in October and secure a play-off to keep their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2004 alive. Call me naive, but that’s a line of reasoning I can’t quite follow. The way I see it, Saturday’s draw between Iceland and Germany was a nice result for Berti Vogts, his squad and the Tartan Army.

Vogts aims to have last laugh
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2003
It is this consistent ability to absorb misfortune and rebound which makes Germany perpetually dangerous opponents and Voller, despite his irritation with substandard performances from his players and relentless sniping from his critics, displayed no false modesty with his call to arms yesterday. “The element of fun has been missing from German football in recent matches,” he said. “The players must show they have self confidence and not permit the idea to get around that they are mere mortals after all. “I told my players in the team talk last night that they must focus, but it’s also important that they can relax. This group is wide open. I could live with a draw but a defeat would be more or less fatal,” added Voller, who revealed that Germany will be without Jens Jeremies and Karsten Ramelow. Vogts, meanwhile, had his own take on the mindset which has caused such soul-searching amongst his fellow countrymen… “Their focus is on the 2006 World Cup and Rudi Voller has young players. In 2006 they must win the World Cup because to be second at home will be a disaster. Maybe they forgot about qualifying for Euro 2004 but they are still strong enough to do it. “Vogts offered few hints about his own intentions but his options are so limited that it seems most likely that he will start with a back four with Steven Pressley, returning from suspension, replacing Lee Wilkie, and Christian Dailly, similarly available again, stepping into midfield at the expense of Paul Devlin. The Scotland manager was particularly coy about who would start up front, probably in a lone attacking role, and although he offered a broad hint that Steve Thompson would be given the job, it would mean dropping Paul Dickov, who scored on Saturday, for a player who is not a first team starter with Rangers. Later, at a press conference held for German media only, Vogts appeared as a comic turn, which is evidently how some of his countrymen still see him. The following exchange demonstrates the level of interrogation on offer.

Kenyon move strengthens Eriksson’s Chelsea link
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2003
Plenty of others have. That could be in a play-off or it could happen by UEFA… Then there is the interminable boredom between matches: a feeling those close to him suspect is becoming more of a problem. Though he plainly loves coaching the Owens and Beckhams, there is more than £100 million worth of new talent to work with at Chelsea. Not once a month but every day. Eriksson press conferences seldom yield more than choreographed avoidance of the topics that would have animated Keegan, Graham Taylor or Bobby Robson. But something close to aggression, or at least indignation, is creeping in. “When I’m here with you, you are so nice to me, but then when I read what you write, sometimes it’s not so nice,” he remarked to football writers the other day. He says these things with a smile, but there is a new tone which does nothing to quell the suspicion that he sees a world beyond rushed get-togethers and over-inflated English expectations.

Sven gambling on cards
go.com – Sep 9, 2003
Eriksson will need all his best players available to get the point they are expected to need to condemn World Cup semi-finalists Turkey to the longer-route. Conversely, Liechtenstein’s top player, Mario Frick, plays his football at Italian Serie B club Ternana and if the stand-ins for England’s yellow carded trio are not capable of dispatching of these Alpine minnows then they should not be anywhere near the squad in the first place. Unless England happen to be losing heavily against Liechtenstein, with only minutes to go and a Euro 2004 disaster is on the horizon then Eriksson should not even consider allowing Gerrard and Co. onto the Old Trafford pitch. The trio should all be rested, but as ball winners both Campbell and Gerrard are more susceptible to getting booked during the course of the match than Beckham, who is arguably the only exception to the rule of exclusion. The 28-year-old is the England captain after all – duty bound to lead out his team – and he is also returning to Old Trafford for the first time since he quit Manchester United to join Real Madrid for ?25m in the summer. After his departure Beckham claimed that United would ‘always have a special place in my heart’ and will be hoping to get a warm reception after 13-years service, despite the recent serialisation of his autobiography souring things a little.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 8, 2003
Inzaghi had not scored for the azzurri since striking twice in a game against Lithuania in March 2001, but after an anonymous start he led the Italians? second half rout. Italy set about their business briskly from the whistle ? keen to erase memories of their 2-1 defeat in Cardiff last October. Although a poor back pass allowed Ryan Giggs to volley at Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon after four minutes, the home side dominated the opening stages of the match at San Siro. Wing-back Gianluca Zambrotta?s pace on the left created the space for a series of crosses aimed at Christian Vieri, but the burly striker could not hit the target.

Spain v Ukraine: Preview
go.com – Sep 9, 2003
9, 2003, 2:13 PM UKSpain v Ukraine: PreviewPAELCHE, September 9 (Euro 2004) – Spain are under pressure to get their qualification campaign for Euro 2004 back on track this Wednesday when out-of-sorts Ukraine visit Elche. A shock home defeat to Greece and a goalless draw against Northern Ireland has seen Spain apparently blow their chances of automatic qualification for next summer’s tournament in Portugal. With Greece now hot favourites to beat Northern Ireland in their last qualifier, Spain are all but resigned to entering the play-offs. However, they still have work to do even to reach that lesser objective and defeat at the hands of Ukraine would open the real possibility of them spending next June in front of the TV screen. Coach Inaki Saez has found himself in the middle of a storm of press criticism even though the setback against Greece was his only defeat in 12 games in charge… With the press clamouring for a fit-again Torres to lead the attack and the utter impossibility of dropping his captain, sacred in the Madrid-based sports media despite his poor start to the season, Saez is in a no-win situation unless he plays all three – something his system will not allow. Fortunately, Valeron is willing to give his coach a hand. “I think I can play with Torres and Raul but it’s not for me to say so and I’ll accept whatever he (Saez) decides,” said Valeron in Diario AS. “I don’t mind if I am substitute because the important thing is for us all to be willing to contribute something. “The team is the most important thing of all and more important than the players. ”Valeron was also willing to stick up for Raul, his main rival for a place in the line-up, despite the Real Madrid man’s disappointing form in early games. “He is the identity for Spain, he’s the most important player and our captain,” said Valeron.

Under-21s: Handball piles more misery on Platt’s boys
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2003
Not even the howls of protest from a Goodison Park crowd who saw the goal replayed on giant video screens could change the officials’ minds. Greek referee Athanassios Briakos waved away protests from the England players after Postiga touched a cross from Newcastle’s Hugo Viana past the Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant after 78 minutes. England’s defeat was made all the more bitter after a memorable fightback against opponents who had threatened to destroy them at times.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Fans fined for Italy violence
BBC News – Sep 8, 2003
Meanwhile official Wales supporters clubs are making official complaints to the European football authorities after they were pelted with missiles throughout the game. Barrage of missiles

The Welsh supporters were sited in the lower tier of Milan’s San Siro stadium, with Italian fans above them. They claim Italian police did not take action to stop a barrage of coins, bottles and other missiles raining down on them during the match. The Football Association of Wales has said the Italian authorities should not have let their fans into the seats above. And South Wales Police said they were disappointed their advice to the Italian authorities about crowd control had not been heeded. Wales supporter Chris Caldwell told BBC Radio Wales: “I’ll be writing a report to the Welsh FA.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Lambert hope for Germany
go.com – Sep 8, 2003
‘Hearts defender Steven Pressley also returns from suspension so the team inDortmund is likely to be much changed from the one which disposed of thepart-timers at the weekend. Germany’s 0-0 draw in Iceland on Saturday means the group is still tight withIceland leading Germany by a point and the Scots a point behind them. Fourth-placed Lithuania are not out of the equation yet but will be if theyfail to beat the Faroe Islands on Wednesday. Your views on this story?.

Carew is given boot for fighting
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2003
Liverpool midfielder Riise said: “What happened is a pity and should not have taken place. Both of us went too far verbally. Thing’s heated up and continued in the bus. But it’s all sorted out now. We have apologised to each other and are friends again… “”He has apologised for what he did and I apologised for what I did. We shook hands afterwards. “Norway, who face Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in Oslo tonight, lost 1-0 away to Bosnia on Saturday in a blow to their chances of reaching the Euro 2004 finals. They are third in Group Two with 11 points, two less than Denmark and Romania and with only one qualifier left. Presidents of Italian second division football teams agreed in Milan yesterday that their clubs would play later this week, after a chaotic dispute that delayed the full start of the Serie B season. Most second division teams had refused to begin the campaign following a bitter argument with soccer officials about the new Serie B format, which increased the league from 20 teams to 24.

… Rehhagel, Greece is on the brink of qualifying for Euro…
Kathimerini – Sep 9, 2003
Although many of the team?s best players are with top-flight European clubs, including Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Roma, they now never miss national training sessions. Belief in him is so strong that there was barely a murmur when Rehhagel refused to use a single player from champions Olympiakos for a game. Athens daily Ta Nea reported yesterday that Rehhagel wants the soccer federation to extend the season by two weeks so that the country?s players don?t get too much rest ahead of Euro 2004. Although Greece hasn?t yet secured a berth, Rehhagel does not want to take any chances and have his players sitting around for more than a month. The Greek first division league ends on May 2 and Rehhagel reportedly asked the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) to extend the season until May 16. The European Championships, to be played in Portugal, kick off June 12 and end July 4.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 7, 2003
?It is a miracle what is currently happening in Portugal with respect to the construction of the ten stadia,? said the head of UEFA?s stadium committee, Ernie Walker, at the end of a four-day inspection of the venues for next year?s European championships. ?I never imagined it would be possible to have all the stadiums ready and functioning in time for the Euro 2004,? he added. Portugal, one of Europe?s poorest nations, is spending some 800 million euros ($870 million) to build seven new stadiums and renovate three others for the tournament, the biggest international sports event ever held in Portugal. Under UEFA rules, the basic structure of the venues must be ready by the end of September… Portugal, one of Europe?s poorest nations, is spending some 800 million euros ($870 million) to build seven new stadiums and renovate three others for the tournament, the biggest international sports event ever held in Portugal. Under UEFA rules, the basic structure of the venues must be ready by the end of September. During earlier visits, Walker had expressed concern over the delays in the building work of some stadiums and warned Portugal risked losing the right to hold the championship if the venues were not ready on time. Builders temporarily stopped work on stadiums in Lisbon and in second city Oporto last year because of a row between city officials and sports clubs over public financing for the venues. Up to three million people are expected to visit Portugal because of the championships, the largest sporting event after the Olympics and the World Cup, which will take place from June 12 to July 4.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – O’Shea knee scan
go.com – Sep 7, 2003
‘Hopefully I’ll know more after a scan,’ said O’Shea. ‘I went over on the ball and the injured the tendon on my hamstring and thelateral ligament. ‘There’s not a lot I can do. I tried to play on but I was kidding myself andthen the knock I took didn’t help it. ‘Ireland’s draw left them needing to win in Switzerland in the final Euro 2004Group 10 qualifier next month in order to guarantee at least a play-off place,although if other results go their way they could end up winning the group andqualifying for Portugal automatically if they beat the Swiss in Basel. O’Shea added: ‘It was disappointing all round though we’re still in there andhopefully we’ll get a favourable result when Russia play Switzerland onWednesday. ‘We know we can do a lot better but it’s out of our own hands now so we haveto hope the results go our way and we do the business in Switzerland… ‘There’s not a lot I can do. I tried to play on but I was kidding myself andthen the knock I took didn’t help it. ‘Ireland’s draw left them needing to win in Switzerland in the final Euro 2004Group 10 qualifier next month in order to guarantee at least a play-off place,although if other results go their way they could end up winning the group andqualifying for Portugal automatically if they beat the Swiss in Basel. O’Shea added: ‘It was disappointing all round though we’re still in there andhopefully we’ll get a favourable result when Russia play Switzerland onWednesday. ‘We know we can do a lot better but it’s out of our own hands now so we haveto hope the results go our way and we do the business in Switzerland. ‘Your views on this story?.

Frick can be tricky customer
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 9, 2003
Zech, however, has a full-time job running a vineyard. Jehle, Frick, Daniel Hasler, Martin Telser, Andreas Gerster and Beck have started all six qualifiers, while the Stocklasa brothers (Michael and Martin) and Fabio D’Elia have missed just one game each. The Who’s Who of Liechtenstein football is not one of sporting literature’s more exhaustive volumes, but after the tense encounter in Macedonia, England will have to ensure that they do not allow one of their protagonists to make a name for himself.

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