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September 30, 2003

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* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Real boost over Becks injury
* The back pages
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Angry Dutch drop Ruud
* The back pages
* Federation plea to Turkish fans
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* Sky to share England game
* New Threat to Football
* ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Real boost over Becks injury
go.com – Sep 29, 2003
‘However, there are other players ready to play and who want the chance. ‘Beckham’s absence from the training pitch will have raised fears in theEngland camp, with Sven-Goran Eriksson desperate for his skipper to be involvedin the October 11 match against Turkey. The Istanbul clash is vital for England, who would qualify automatically forEuro 2004 as Group 7 winners with a draw or a victory. However, should Eriksson’s team lose, Turkey would top the group and Englandwould have to go through a play-off in order to win their ticket to the finalsin Portugal. Your views on this story?.

The back pages
BBC News – Sep 28, 2003
Intriguingly, the Daily Star claims Arsenal bosses have banned their players from discussing the bust-up. But the News of the World runs a piece with Sol Campbell saying: “We’re not cheats, we’re not yobs and we’re not out of control. ”

Only one of the papers, the Sunday Express, chooses to feature England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson’s specially-prepared plea to fans to stay away from Turkey for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul on 11 October. The paper leads with “Stay away”, while most of the other rags bury the story inside. One other big football line is that talks this week will ensure Celtic boss Martin O’Neill will become Tottenham manager at the end of the season. The Mail on Sunday runs with “Spurs in deal to land O’Neill” and claims an exclusive steer, though several other papers also have the story… Intriguingly, the Daily Star claims Arsenal bosses have banned their players from discussing the bust-up. But the News of the World runs a piece with Sol Campbell saying: “We’re not cheats, we’re not yobs and we’re not out of control. ”

Only one of the papers, the Sunday Express, chooses to feature England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson’s specially-prepared plea to fans to stay away from Turkey for the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul on 11 October. The paper leads with “Stay away”, while most of the other rags bury the story inside. One other big football line is that talks this week will ensure Celtic boss Martin O’Neill will become Tottenham manager at the end of the season. The Mail on Sunday runs with “Spurs in deal to land O’Neill” and claims an exclusive steer, though several other papers also have the story.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Angry Dutch drop Ruud
go.com – Sep 30, 2003
National coach Dick Advocaat told the Manchester United striker that disciplinary measures had been taken against him after he spat on the ground and kicked a water bottle in disgustafter being replaced by Pierre van Hooijdonk. Van Nistelrooy was taken off 20 minutes from the end of the3-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague on September 10 – aresult that sent the Czechs through to the European championshipfinals in Portugal and consigned the Dutch to the play-offs. Van Nistelrooy has apologised to Advocaat for his behaviourand accepted that he will not be involved in his country’s finalGroup Three qualifier at home to the Moldovans on October 11, ameaningless match as the Dutch focus on November’s playoffs. Your views on this story?.

The back pages
BBC News – Sep 30, 2003
Readers of the Daily Mail or Daily Star, for example, will be greeted by the news that fears over Beckham missing the Euro 2004 qualifying showdown with Turkey have intensified. Those perusing The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph or The Independent, however, will be told hopes are high that the England captain will be fit. Rather surprisingly, it is left to The Sun to take the most realistic line, the tabloid simply reporting that Beckham himself has no idea whether he will be fit or not. Beckham’s problems pale into insignificance compared to the plight facing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as his side take on Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday… Leeds boss Peter Reid is also under pressure. Depending on which paper you read, Reid has six games, two days or no time at all to save his job at Elland Road after a dismal start to the season. What Reid would not give to be in Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri’s shoes. The Sun reports that Chelsea’s cocky stars have cheekily told Brazilian star that Rivaldo there is no room for him at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea jokers apparently greeted Rivaldo’s come-and-get-me plea to the Blues by pinning a message to the dressing room door reading: “Sorry, we’re full. ”

Anyone hanging around near the England rugby team’s dressing room is likely to get their collar felt, according to The Times. The paper says England coach Clive Woodward is so worried about his rivals stealing the team’s tactical secrets that he has called in the security services.

Federation plea to Turkish fans
go.com – Sep 30, 2003
‘The TFF believe fully that our fans will support the team in a properTurkish manner, gentlemanly, and courteously while the team is doing their workon the pitch,’ read the statement. ‘Our only wish is that Turkish football will come out of this match with thereputation of its football, the organisation and the fans intact and we can allwitness a successful night with which we have become accustomed. ‘England fans have been asked not to attend the match by their own FootballAssociation who have not taken their ticket allocation. Your views on this story?.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 29, 2003
There’s no team in the world that’s invincible. “Juventus are a well respected team with lots of fine players, but that doesn’t mean we should fear them. ” Only a late Juventus goal denied Olympiacos a Champions League semi-final place in 1999 and Djordjevic added: “We’ve played against them before and we played pretty well… “If it was more competitive, it would help us in Europe,” he said. However, he insists that Panathinaikos’s 5-0 drubbing at Manchester United FC in their opening Group E match “doesn’t reflect on Greek football”, arguing that the league leaders “just had a bad day”. Healthy outlookIndeed, Djordjevic added: “Don’t forget Greece is one of the few countries with three teams [Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens FC] in the Champions League and the national squad is about to qualify for [UEFA] EURO 2004™ ahead of Spain. ”
European ambitionGreek football has certainly been good to Djordjevic, a former FK Crvena Zvezda player, and with two years to run on his contract the 31-year-old is “very happy” in Athens. He would be happier still if Olimpiacos could finally enjoy another good European run – ideally starting with a win against the side who ended their last one.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 30, 2003
German historyWe haven’t got a great record against German sides, especially in Germany. Everybody remembers us beating FC Bayern München in the final in Barcelona in 1999 but we’ve only won once in Germany in six attempts in the Champions League – against Bayer 04 Leverkusen last season – which shows how difficult it is to go there and take all three points. Good callOn the international front, I’d like to comment on the recent UEFA decision not to seed the teams who will be involved in the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2004™. I think a lot of people were shocked at the suggestion that there would be seeding because it all seemed to come out of the blue and for me common sense has prevailed. Welsh hopeThe play-offs look likely for Wales and if that’s the case, we want the best chance possible of seeing it through and qualifying for the finals. If there had been seedings there’s little doubt we would have been facing a tougher task. We’re not running scared of anyone but any sane player or manager would rather have a team like Iceland or Slovenia standing in their way to the finals than Holland or England.

Sky to share England game
BBC News – Sep 30, 2003
The terrestrial channel has agreed a deal which means it can show full delayed coverage or highlights at any time after the final whistle. ITV sport boss Brian Barwick said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide terrestrial viewers with the opportunity to watch coverage of such a key England match and play our part in ensuring that as many viewers see it as
possible. ”

Sky agreed to offer delayed rights to terrestrial television after sports minister Richard Caborn intervened. ITV will confirm transmission times later this week… ”

Sky agreed to offer delayed rights to terrestrial television after sports minister Richard Caborn intervened. ITV will confirm transmission times later this week. England fans have been asked not to attend the match in Istanbul because of fears of crowd trouble.

New Threat to Football
Newswatch – Newswatch (subscription) – Sep 29, 2003
This action was said to have been prompted by many fans and footballers, who felt threatened by his outstanding performance in his naturalised country. Diouf, a Senegalese striker, also had a bitter taste of racial attack last season. He was not only insulted by a football fan during a match, he was fined £5,000 by the Glasgow Sheriff Court for what was seen as an unruly behaviour during the match. He was expelled from participating in two European games by the Union of European Football Association, UEFA. Diof’s offence was that he spat on one Dominic Schiavone, a football fan who caressed the player’s head derogatorily during a match. In the last season’s quarter-final first leg match played at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Diouf fell down while chasing the ball, and the fan was said to have helped him up on the pitch. But the fan seemed to have another thing in mind when he touched Diouf’s head in a degrading manner that the player spat on his face… I felt insulted, that was the reason for my action,” he explained. Fans from different countries have gory tales to tell about the experiences in the hands of other countries’ football supporters. There was the September 6, violence that erupted in the Euro 2004 qualifier match between Wales and Italy during a UEFA championship encounter. On that day, more than 10,000 Welsh fans were assaulted by Italian supporters during the match. The Welsh fans complained that Italian fans threw missiles and urine at them because they were strangers. The incident disrupted the match. Hell was let loose.

ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
Scottish Fitba – Sep 29, 2003
Birmingham City

Cunningham misses vital clash

Story by Brian Cartlidge
29 September 2003

Blues defender Kenny Cunningham will be forced to sit out the Republic of Ireland’s vital Euro 2004 qualifier with Switzerland next month. Cunningham was booked in the Republic’s last group ten qualifier against Russia at Landsdowne Road earlier this month and will be serving a one match ban. The Republic of Ireland skipper will therefore miss the make-or-break clash against the Swiss at the St. Jakob Park Stadium in Basel on October 11th. Blues striker Clinton Morrison is, however, expected to be named in Brian Kerr’s squad named sometime this week… Jakob Park Stadium in Basel on October 11th. Blues striker Clinton Morrison is, however, expected to be named in Brian Kerr’s squad named sometime this week. Kerr has revealed that he was pleased to see Morrisson, who has not started a Premiership game for Blues so far this season, getting a game under his belt in Blues’ recent Carling Cup defeat at Blackpool where he played for the full ninety minutes. GROUP 10 TABLETeam P W D LGF GAPtsSwitzerland 7 3 3 1 13 11 12Russia 7 3 2 2 16 11 11Rep Ireland 7 3 2 2 10 9 11Albania 8 2 2 4 11 15 8Georgia 7 2 1 4 7 11 7October 11th: Russia v Georgia, Switzerland v Rep of Ireland.

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