Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 9, 2003

Measuring Vogts’ success

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The News Review:

* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Strike averted
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Game of the Week
* EURO 2004™ regulations highlighted
* Measuring Vogts’ success
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Savage ruled out
* BBC NEWS | UK | Fans sent home from Turkey
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Magath stirs up controversy
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Euro 2004: Qualification climax
* UEFA probe Skopje racism
* Brother of football fan murdered in Turkey spared match ban
* Wales wait for Edwards
* Unsung Frenchman Pedretti proves worth
* Stankovic out of Wales tie
* BBC NEWS | Wales | Bellamy fined for nightclub abuse
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Desailly ruled out
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Sergen injury doubt

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Strike averted
go.com – Oct 8, 2003
They insisted there had never been any serious question over theirparticipation in the final group game, even though they voted unanimously infavour of a threat to boycott the game if Ferdinand was not recalled. Instead, they attempted to lay the blame for a fiasco of their own making atthe door of the FA, claiming the governing body’s stance had ‘made the teamweaker against the wishes of the manager and the players’. Eventually, after Ferdinand phoned his team-mates to tell them to play on, thethreat of expulsion from Euro 2004 if the match was not played, as well asgrowing public condemnation, had an effect. The FA also tried to give some ground by offering to review some of theirdisciplinary procedures after listening to the views of leading players, led byDavid Beckham, Sol Campbell, Michael Owen and Gary Neville. And so, just after 9pm, a solution was finally reached, although itwas one that still left the England team and the FA at apparent loggerheads asthe squad seemed to ignore the most salient fact of all – that Ferdinand hadactually failed to give a drugs test when required. The squad’s statement declared: ‘It is our opinion that the organisation werepresent has not only let down one of our team-mates, but the whole of theEngland squad and its manager. ‘We feel that they have failed us very badly.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Game of the Week
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
While the build-up has been far from ideal the argument is between the England players and the FA and critically not between the players – and not between the players and Eriksson, who appears to have been a passive observer in the lunacy. The spirit within the England camp is one of unity and togetherness, a fact borne out by their ‘all for one, one for all’ attitude to the treatment of Ferdinand. No, the worst thing to happen to the England squad this week has not been the anger surrounding Rio, who ironically is not in top form and was never certain of start, but the news that talismanic striker Michael Owen will miss the match. Owen is as integral to the England team as David Beckham. His reputation and scoring record precede him, couple this to his speed, finishing and guile and you have a player that opposition teams rightly fear, and one they have to make special plans to cope with. While Owen’s absence is a boost to Turkey it is a nightmare for Eriksson who must do without his best striker and decide whether to go with a lone attacker or two up front. The Swede’s choices are not great… His reputation and scoring record precede him, couple this to his speed, finishing and guile and you have a player that opposition teams rightly fear, and one they have to make special plans to cope with. While Owen’s absence is a boost to Turkey it is a nightmare for Eriksson who must do without his best striker and decide whether to go with a lone attacker or two up front. The Swede’s choices are not great. Darius Vassell, drafted in following Owen’s injury, Emile Heskey, James Beattie and Wayne Rooney. Of the almost endless striking permutations the most likely are that Rooney will replace Owen in the classic big man, little man pairing alongside Heskey, or that England will begin the match with a lone striker, either the strong, but shot-shy Heskey, the lightning-quick Vassell or the most likely choice, Rooney. Beattie can be happy to be in the squad, but a start against Turkey is asking a bit too much. Of course there are concerns about playing Rooney on his own up front.

EURO 2004™ regulations highlighted
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 8, 2003
Refusal to play, matches abandoned or not played through the fault of a national association, Article 7. 07If a match cannot be played or cannot be completed through the fault of one team or its association, the Control and Disciplinary Body will either award the match to a team by default, disqualify the team concerned from the competition, or take any other disciplinary action which it deems appropriate. Arrival of the teams, Article 8. 04The associations must arrange for their teams to arrive at the match venue no later than the evening before the match (midnight local time).

Measuring Vogts’ success
BBC News – Oct 9, 2003
Assuming Germany do not lose at home to Iceland, a Scotland victory over the Lithuanians will secure second place in Group Five and a place in the play-offs. Such an outcome is the best any reasonable Scotland supporter could have hoped for when the draw was made for the qualifying groups at the beginning of Vogts’ tenure. From that perspective, the German’s appointment will have to be viewed as something of a success, although only victory in the play-offs would truly be worthy of that tag. Clearly, using the same yardstick, anything other than a win on Saturday, and, as a result, failure to make the play-offs, will be seen as just that – failure… Assuming Germany do not lose at home to Iceland, a Scotland victory over the Lithuanians will secure second place in Group Five and a place in the play-offs. Such an outcome is the best any reasonable Scotland supporter could have hoped for when the draw was made for the qualifying groups at the beginning of Vogts’ tenure. From that perspective, the German’s appointment will have to be viewed as something of a success, although only victory in the play-offs would truly be worthy of that tag. Clearly, using the same yardstick, anything other than a win on Saturday, and, as a result, failure to make the play-offs, will be seen as just that – failure. While such a measure of success or failure is useful short-hand, it may not be the most accurate method.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Savage ruled out
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
9, 2003Savage ruled out of Wales matchWales have finally given up on any hope of Robbie Savage facing Serbia & Montenegro in a Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday. The Birmingham midfielder has been ruled out of the Cardiff clash at theMillennium Stadium after a week of treatment at the Wales HQ failed to overcomeboth his Achilles injury and problem with tendinitis. Savage joined up with Wales on Monday having not previously trained for a weekwith the midlands club and missed last weekend’s defeat at Old Trafford. An FA of Wales spokesman said: ‘We frankly had been expecting this. He hasnot been able to train with us all week and although his injury is a littleeasier, he would certainly not have been able to play on Saturday. ‘Savage will now return to Birmingham for further treatment. It will be thesecond successive Wales game that Savage has missed, having been suspended forlast month’s draw with Finland, in which they made certain of a play-off spot.

BBC NEWS | UK | Fans sent home from Turkey
BBC News – Oct 9, 2003
In a statement it said small items such as mobile telephones, coins, and lighters – which could be thrown onto the pitch – will be banned, along with umbrellas, bottles, flares, and confetti. “Any ugly events in the tribunes, even if small, leave a huge stain on what we earn and will be difficult to erase,” the federation said. “It must not be forgotten that the game is played on the field and is won on the field. “Ugly behaviour toward players of the other team, including jeering, overshadows our success on the field. ”

Troubled history

England’s 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier win over Turkey in Sunderland in April was marred by crowd trouble. English fans clashed with police before the game, booed the Turkish national anthem, chanted racist slogans and ran onto the field to celebrate goals. In April 2000, two Leeds fans were stabbed to death while in Istanbul to attend a UEFA Cup match… “It must not be forgotten that the game is played on the field and is won on the field. “Ugly behaviour toward players of the other team, including jeering, overshadows our success on the field. ”

Troubled history

England’s 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifier win over Turkey in Sunderland in April was marred by crowd trouble. English fans clashed with police before the game, booed the Turkish national anthem, chanted racist slogans and ran onto the field to celebrate goals. In April 2000, two Leeds fans were stabbed to death while in Istanbul to attend a UEFA Cup match. Supporters also clashed before the UEFA Cup final when Galatasaray beat Arsenal a month later. However, feared collisions at an England-Macedonia match in Skopje last month failed to materialise despite about 500 England fans ignoring pleas to stay away.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Oct 9, 2003
Victory over Denmark in Sarajevo on Saturday would allow Bosnia, regarded as underdogs until recently, to qualify directly for Euro 2004. In just a year, coach Blaz Sliskovic has transformed the side who could now finish top of qualifying Group Two. Their new maturity is attributed largely to a spirit of unity that has grown within the team since ethnic divisions in soccer were smoothed over. The 32-year-old Barbarez is the personification of this new spirit. Son of a Serb father and a Muslim mother, Barbarez likes to describe himself simply as ?Bosnian? in a country where most Croats still support Croatia and Serbs root for Serbia and Montenegro… Son of a Serb father and a Muslim mother, Barbarez likes to describe himself simply as ?Bosnian? in a country where most Croats still support Croatia and Serbs root for Serbia and Montenegro. Barbarez?s tireless and passionate displays in midfield have lifted the squad and helped young players such as Freiburg?s Zlatan Bajramovic and Vladan Grujic of Borac Banja Luka, the first Serb to join the team, to shine. ?Not many people believed in us over all these years but we showed that only sport can do certain things and I strongly believe we will achieve a lot more to the delight of the whole country,? Barbarez said. Common league: Bosnia became a member of FIFA and UEFA, world and European soccer?s ruling bodies, only after the end of its 1992-95 war. Bosnia?s most popular sport had lost many talented Croat and Serb players who opted to play for Croatia or then Yugoslavia in the 1990s and for years it had just a few non-Muslim players. But the situation improved after Croats in 2000 and Serbs last year joined Muslims in the internationally-recognised Football Association, a common league and the national sides. ?The unification of the Football Association, the launch of the joint league and the inclusion of Serb players into the national team have all strengthened Bosnian soccer in the last two years,? said Ahmet Pasalic, head of all the national sides.

Magath stirs up controversy
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
9, 2003Magath stirs up controversyBERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) – VfB Stuttgart coach Felix Magath has stirred controversy by saying it might be better for Germany if they did not qualify for Euro 2004. The former German international, whose club lie third in theBundesliga standings, said Germany might realise at last thatdrastic changes were needed if they failed to make next year’sfinals in Portugal. ‘Why it might perhaps be better if we did not go to theEuropean championship’ was the headline of a column by Magath inGerman soccer magazine Kicker released on Thursday, two daysbefore Germany’s decisive Group Five qualifier against Icelandin Hamburg. Germany top their group, two points ahead of second-placedIceland, and need a draw on Saturday to make sure of qualifyingdirectly for the finals. ‘If we did not qualify, it might become obvious that seriouschanges in our schooling policy are needed rather thandiscussions about limiting the number of foreign players in theclubs,’ Magath wrote. Magath was referring to a debate in Germany after statisticsconfirmed that there were significantly more foreign players inthe Bundesliga than in other top European leagues. Assistant Germany coach Michael Skibbe was clearly irritatedby Magath’s remarks.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 8, 2003
Transparent roofDuring the project development process Leiria’s city council made the surprise decision to replace the North stand with a tertiary building and limited rows of temporary seats, which will be removed after UEFA EURO 2004™. The stadium, the roof of which was supposed to be completely transparent but now has what has been described as “a hybrid architectural structure”, will host two group matches during the tournament. Athletics trackEURO 2004™ tournament director António Laranjo hailed the venue as a multi-purpose stadium – like the Coimbra Municipal stadium, the Magalhães Pessoa stadium also includes a full 400-metre athletics track. He explained: “It is a project that not only has to fulfil the necessary requirements to host UEFA football matches but has also brought other advantages to the city, such as a hotel and a shopping centre, that will only be finished after the tournament. “Extra amenitiesFurther plans ahead of EURO 2004™ include a sporting pavilion in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, which is to be renovated and extended by the city council. This and other areas will facilitate the provision of complementary support services, such as a media centre… The stadium, the roof of which was supposed to be completely transparent but now has what has been described as “a hybrid architectural structure”, will host two group matches during the tournament. Athletics trackEURO 2004™ tournament director António Laranjo hailed the venue as a multi-purpose stadium – like the Coimbra Municipal stadium, the Magalhães Pessoa stadium also includes a full 400-metre athletics track. He explained: “It is a project that not only has to fulfil the necessary requirements to host UEFA football matches but has also brought other advantages to the city, such as a hotel and a shopping centre, that will only be finished after the tournament. “Extra amenitiesFurther plans ahead of EURO 2004™ include a sporting pavilion in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, which is to be renovated and extended by the city council. This and other areas will facilitate the provision of complementary support services, such as a media centre.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Oct 9, 2003
The Swiss will not be relishing the cup tie aspect of the final game in Group 10 and central defender Gary Breen says that is where the advantage lies with his side. The Sunderland defender said: "We've been here before and when it hots up Switzerland will get nervous. "I'm one of five or six players in our squad who have been in this position before, with the play-offs. We're treating this as a cup tie, like the play-offs but Switzerland won't be looking forward to it because they have led from day one and now they need a result. "

Goalkeeper Shay Given, who was a hero when the Irish beat Iran to reach last year's World Cup Finals, added: "With the players we have we don't fear anyone.

Euro 2004: Qualification climax
BBC News – Oct 9, 2003
Four sides have already qualified for next year’s finals in Portugal – France, Czech Republic, Sweden and Bulgaria – but there are still a number of big European sides whose hopes still hang in the balance. Spain are one of those teams. Coach Inaki Saez’s side currently hold second spot in Group Six and need to win in Armenia and hope that Northern Ireland can get at least one point in Greece. With the Greeks in pole position and playing a Northern Ireland side who will finish at the foot of the table, it is likely the Spanish will have to settle for second… One of the ties of the round is the Group Five match between 1996 European champions Germany and Iceland. Should Iceland land a shock win in Germany then it would consign Rudi Voeller’s side to the play-offs. But if Iceland lose then not only would the Germans qualify automatically but Scotland could also take the play-off spot if they beat Lithuania at home. Voeller is waiting on the fitness of midfielder Michael Ballack and striker Oliver Neuville, although both are expected to play.

UEFA probe Skopje racism
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
The Football Association rejected their ticket allocation following thehistory of ugly scenes surrounding games between the two countries, includingthe killing of two Leeds fans in Istanbul three years ago. England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson warned fans they could risk their lives bytravelling to Turkey for next month’s qualifier, although reports have suggested that the Turks are willing to sell tickets to travelling supporters. And Lee said: ‘The message has to be that fans do not travel. ‘The FA have taken the right decision and anyone who wants to see their teamin Euro 2004 should stay away from Istanbul. ”It’s an important game – but not just for footballing reasons, it’s aboutsecurity and the future – and the best way to support England is by staying athome and watching on TV. ‘We want this game to be a safe one and don’t want them to spoil it. ‘Your views on this story?.

Brother of football fan murdered in Turkey spared match ban
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 7, 2003
Andrew Loftus, 32, admitted trying to punch the member of a TV crew before a Euro 2004 qualifier between England and Turkey, the country where his brother was stabbed to death in 2000 during street fighting involving Leeds United fans. Loftus pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour during the highly charged run-up to the qualifier in April at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Police had been warned that Leeds troublemakers might target Turkish fans. A small number of Leeds followers have harboured a grudge since the deaths of Loftus’s brother Christopher, 35, and Kevin Speight, 41, before their club lost in a Uefa cup match against Galatasaray. Sunderland magistrates court was told yesterday that Loftus, of Harehills, Leeds, had no part in any organised troublemaking but reacted spontaneously when the camera crew “jumped out at him”… Sunderland magistrates court was told yesterday that Loftus, of Harehills, Leeds, had no part in any organised troublemaking but reacted spontaneously when the camera crew “jumped out at him”. Loftus’ lawyer, Richard Roger, said: “Presumably, they knew who he was and as far as he was concerned it was an invasion of his privacy. He was on his way to the match and was not making any trouble. “He and his family have been through a lot and on that day he just simply snapped. He is very remorseful and very sorry. ” Veronica Jordan, prosecuting, said she acknowledged Loftus’s aversion to the media, and said the prosecution was not seeking a football banning order. The chair of the bench, Mavis Creighton, agreed, saying: “We are also not going to make a banning order because the link between the England-Turkey match and this incident is very tenuous.

Wales wait for Edwards
BBC News – Oct 7, 2003
The 21-year-old full-back has only just returned from a knee injury, and Wales manager Mark Hughes wants to run the rule over the defender before allowing Edwards to join up with the rest of the squad. Edwards will play against Manchester City’s second string before hopefully travelling to Cardiff for Wales’ final Group Nine match. Wales coach Eddie Niedzwiecki will watch the match and then drive Telford-born Edwards to Cardiff. Hughes could consider giving Edwards his second cap and playing Villa clubmate Mark Delaney at centre back in place of the injured Robert Page on Saturday… Edwards, who qualifies for Wales because of his parents’ nationality, was injured in pre-season and has only just got back into contention. Wales have other injury problems with Spurs wing Simon Davies and West Brom midfielder Andy Johnson almost certainly out, while there are also doubts over Birmingham’s Robbie Savage. Savage has missed a week of club training and did not play at Manchester United on Saturday with an Achilles problem.

Unsung Frenchman Pedretti proves worth
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
He won special praise for his performance in a laboured 2-1group stage victory over Japan in St Etienne and also played inthe semi-final and the final. Pedretti is often compared to Didier Deschamps, captain ofthe 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning France teams, whoearned the ‘water-carrier’ tag from former France striker EricCantona. Like Deschamps, Pedretti is not spectacular but is extremelyneat and exudes an undoubted air of authority on the pitch. Heis taking nothing for granted, however. ‘I can read the game and my passing is good. I never let aplayer past,’ Pedretti said. ‘But I have to improve in theone-on-ones, shape up physically, score more goals and set upothers.

Stankovic out of Wales tie
BBC News – Oct 7, 2003
The Lazio player was named in the initial party, but he has a muscle injury and will not travel to Cardiff for the 11 October game. “(Wales manager) Mark Hughes will be delighted with this news, he’s such an important player for Serbia,” said BBC Sport Wales football pundit Leighton James. Serbia & Montenegro are also without the suspended Mladen Krstajic, injured trio Predrag Djordjevic, Dejan Stefanovic and Ivica Dragutinovic, and Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has withdrawn for personal reasons… “For us this match has no competitive significance, but we still have the obligation to give our all. “We are starting our preparations for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and I am expecting everyone to show what they can do. ”

Wales are guaranteed a play-off place, but could yet win automatic qualification if they beat Serbia and Italy slip up at home to Azerbaijan. Italy, though, have AS Roma’s Francesco Totti and
Juventus striker Fabrizio Miccoli back in the squad after injury, and manager Giovanni Trapattoni has warned his side against complacency.

BBC NEWS | Wales | Bellamy fined for nightclub abuse
BBC News – Oct 7, 2003
Bellamy voluntarily attended a police station soon after the incident. While he did not say anything in court, his solicitor Mark Haslam. said he was very embarrassed about what had happened and did not want to appear back in court. “He accepts he needs to put this sort of behaviour behind him and move forward… Bellamy voluntarily attended a police station soon after the incident. While he did not say anything in court, his solicitor Mark Haslam. said he was very embarrassed about what had happened and did not want to appear back in court. “He accepts he needs to put this sort of behaviour behind him and move forward. ‘Severe provocation’

“He has much more important things to do with his life. ”

A statement was issued later on Bellamy’s behalf in which he apologised for his behaviour but claimed he had been “severely provoked”.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Desailly ruled out
go.com – Oct 9, 2003
‘He (Gallas) was jogging yesterday and we will make a decision on Saturdaymorning,’ added Santini. The absence of Desailly and possibly of Gallas further depletes an alreadyweakened defence. Mikael Silvestre and Willy Sagnol were not picked by Santini as they are stillrecuperating from injuries, while defensive midfielder Claude Makelele issuspended. Roma’s Olivier Dacourt and Benoit Pedretti of Sochaux look set to be paired inmidfield at the Stade de France. Your views on this story?.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Sergen injury doubt
go.com – Oct 8, 2003
euroq –>Updated: Oct. 8, 2003Sergen injury doubt for Turks
ISTANBUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Turkey midfielder Sergen Yalcin is battling to be fit for Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against England after suffering a leg muscle strain in training, Turkish media reported on Wednesday. Left-footed Sergen scored twice in Besiktas’s surprise 2-0win over Chelsea last week but has not played for Turkey sinceNovember 2001 having missed last year’s World Cup due to injury. Turkey coach Senol Gunes pulled Sergen out of training onTuesday evening after he suffered the strain, Vatan newspapersaid. No Turkish team spokesman was available to confirm thereport on Wednesday. The World Cup semi-finalists also have a question mark overthe fitness of experienced striker Hakan Sukur, who has a slightknee ligament injury but expects to play. Turkey are one point behind England in Group Seven and mustwin in Istanbul on Saturday to qualify automatically for nextyear’s finals.

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