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October 12, 2003

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The News Review:

* Turkey game trouble-free
* Euro 2004: Last chance to qualify
* England progress to Euro 2004 finals
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Beckham hails spirit
* Vogts’ script for passion play
* Wolves In Euro 2004
* Beattie out, Parker in
* Fletcher winner ‘like a dream’
* You’re nothing special, boys!
* Great expectations don’t faze gunslinger Keane
* BBC NEWS | UK | Dyer denies ‘rape’ involvement
* Voeller wants Ballack in Euro team
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Irish bow…
* Swiss coach set to land new deal
* PLAYERS PLEAD WITH SVEN TO STAY

Turkey game trouble-free
BBC News – Oct 12, 2003
But as the England team flew in to Luton airport on Sunday morning, some of their fans sent home earlier said they were angry about not being allowed to enter Istanbul. Forty-five supporters were deported from the city’s Ataturk airport on Saturday, including many who were held overnight by Turkish authorities. Some said they should have been allowed to visit Istanbul to enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the match, which saw England secure their place in the finals of Euro 2004 with a scoreless draw. The Home Office said another 10 fans were stopped from entering the stadium and escorted by police to a nearby community centre… Some said they should have been allowed to visit Istanbul to enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the match, which saw England secure their place in the finals of Euro 2004 with a scoreless draw. The Home Office said another 10 fans were stopped from entering the stadium and escorted by police to a nearby community centre. ‘No food or water’

The fans sent home were not on banned lists while none of the UK’s
1,800 banned individuals were spotted leaving the country, said police. BBC correspondent Johnny Dymond in Istanbul said there was relief the feared violence between rival fans had failed to materialise. If the Football Association had taken up their ticket allocation there would have been 15,000 England fans in the city for the game. Instead police believe no more than 200 England fans reached the country. The Foreign Office had warned England fans not to travel.

Euro 2004: Last chance to qualify
BBC News – Oct 11, 2003
They must avoid defeat in the Euro 2004 qualifier to clinch a place in the tournament next summer. Should Turkey win on Saturday then they would top Group Seven and England would face a two-legged play-off to qualify. Wales are already in those play-offs, and if Scotland and the Republic of Ireland get the right results they could join them… The team threatened not to play the game if Ferdinand wasn’t in the squad, but even though they’ve backed down, it may have united them as a team. A bigger worry are the rumours surrounding coach Sven Goran Eriksson, with some newspapers suggesting he could quit the job whatever the result against Turkey.

England progress to Euro 2004 finals
BBC News – Oct 12, 2003
no situation about strikes,” he told Sir David Frost. “We were all together. “We just wanted to air our views, and that was it, because, you know, we realised how important it is for England to qualify [for the Euro 2004 finals]. ”

He said he didn’t know anything about Sven Goran Eriksson’s plans for his own career:

“I think at the moment Sven is happy with the England job. Whatever happens in the future, happens in the future. At the moment he’s happy,” he said. Sol Campbell also talked about the image of the game, in the light of lurid allegations about the behaviour of some players, about the huge salaries earned by some footballers, and about his own personal life, including his east London childhood and the recent death of his father… “These are the issues we have to address as a party and I don’t believe we have properly. ”

A member of Mr Duncan Smith’s frontbench team admitted the party had experienced a “mixed week”. Slow process

Foreign Affairs spokesman Alan Duncan agreed that the Tories were “going through a process of reappraisal and we have not done it perhaps as quickly in opposition this time round as we have done on past occasions. ”

The former Foreign Secretary, Lord Hurd told Sir David he thought Mr Duncan Smith would “go on” because “there is not an alternative leader whom most people will accept”. He said Mr Duncan Smith now needed to “make the best of his position”:
“I don’t think he is one of nature’s soloists despite the energetic performance on Thursday. “But I think as captain of a team of intelligent people beginning to produce intelligent ideas of what a Tory government would do and stand for, that is his best hope and I think it is a real one.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Beckham hails spirit
go.com – Oct 11, 2003
We had our chancesin the first half with the penalty and everything but that’s in the past now. ‘England might have had a win had Beckham not slipped and skied a first halfpenalty high over the bar after a foul by Tugay on Steven Gerrard. ‘The ground just gave way behind me,’ explained Beckham. ‘When we weretraining last night we were told to stay out of the penalty area and when Istepped up to take it the ground just gave way. ‘Alpay taunted Beckham after that miss – ‘there was so much going on Icouldn’t understand what he said’ – and as the players left the field athalftime Alpay jabbed a finger into Beckham’s face. ‘He just ran past me, clipped me round the ear, and said something about mymother, which obviously upset me a bit,’ said Beckham.

Vogts’ script for passion play
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 10, 2003
By 4pm this afternoon – the delayed kick-off means the fixture proceeds simultaneously with the meeting of Germany and Iceland in Hamburg – the Tartan Army will have found their voice again in support of the Scots’ bid to book a place in the play-offs. The matter is not entirely in Scotland’s hands, of course, because, even if they win against Lithuania, Vogts and his men could be thwarted by an Icelandic victory. However, given that Iceland have never reached the finals of a major tournament and that the Germans will be motivated by a powerful desire to avoid being drawn into the uncertainties of the play-offs, the general assumption is that on this occasion Teutonic efficiency will work in Scotland’s favour. “Germany will win,” Vogts said. “They don’t want to have to take their chances in knockout games which could be against Spain, Holland, England or Turkey. Even a draw would be all right for the Germans but I think they will win and I have told Rudi Voller so… “We are without six players – five of whom were involved in the last matches against Germany and the Faroes – but the players have to do it for their futures and the future of Scotland, and especially for the Tartan Army. “The team has a new face. It is entirely different from when we started the Euro 2004 campaign. There is such a lot of passion in the team. I can see such a difference when I look at tapes of the Faroes match. We have a lot of young players now and that looks very good. “There were still concerns last night about the fitness of Barry Ferguson, Steven Pressley, Andy Webster and Kevin Harper.

Wolves In Euro 2004
CaleyThistleOnline.com – Oct 10, 2003
40pm
With Barclaycard
Premiership Football on hold this weekend, the majority of Premiership
Fans turn their intentions to tomorrows crucial Euro2004 Qualifier
between Turkey and England. Despite the events
overshadowing the events leading up to this crucial game, the England
players will be going out in Istanbul to prove a point, and
hopefully to set us on our way to Portugal for Euro 2004. Wolves do not have any
players up for International duty, but several of our players are on
International Duty. Euro
2004 Qualifiers (Wolves Participation, Euro Only)

Group
1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9
Group 10

Cyprus
– Slovenia
France –
Israel
Norway –
Luxenbourg
Steffen Iversen (Norway)
Bosnia
– Denmark
Austria – Czech Republic
Netherlands – Moldova
Sweden – Latvia
Hungary – Poland
Scotland – Lithuania
Kenny Miller (Scotland)
Colin Cameron (Scotland)
Germany – Iceland
Ivar Ingimarsson (Iceland)
Joey Gudjonsson (Iceland)
Greece – Northern Ireland
Armenia – Spain
Turkey – England
Liechtenstein – Slovakia
Croatia – Bulgaria
Belgium – Estonia
Italy – Azerbaijan
Wales – Serbia And Montenegro
Nathan Blake (Wales)
Russia – Georgia
Switzerland – Republic Of Ireland.

Beattie out, Parker in
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 11, 2003
Eriksson selected Beattie for England’s Euro 2004 qualifier at home to Liechtenstein, but although the Southampton striker hit the woodwork at Old Trafford, he was not even used as a substitute in the final group game in Turkey last month. Even in Owen’s enforced absence, Eriksson believes he has enough cover with Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and Darius Vassell, despite all being short of goals so far this season. Eriksson is also without Campbell, injured, and Ferdinand, who is unavailable for selection as he awaits his disciplinary hearing for failing to take a drugs test… Eriksson selected Beattie for England’s Euro 2004 qualifier at home to Liechtenstein, but although the Southampton striker hit the woodwork at Old Trafford, he was not even used as a substitute in the final group game in Turkey last month. Even in Owen’s enforced absence, Eriksson believes he has enough cover with Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and Darius Vassell, despite all being short of goals so far this season. Eriksson is also without Campbell, injured, and Ferdinand, who is unavailable for selection as he awaits his disciplinary hearing for failing to take a drugs test.

Fletcher winner ‘like a dream’
go.com – Oct 11, 2003
He said: ‘I’m very, very pleased especially for the players. It wasn’t easy, there was a lot of pressure on the players but they did it. After the Faroes draw a year ago, it was not easy to come back. ‘But now we have finished in second place and we are looking forward to thedraw on Monday. ‘Vogts also expressed his delight at the Euro 2004 success for the senior andunder-21 sides. Rainer Bonhof’s team qualified for the play-offs with a dramatic triumph toleave Vogts feeling confident for the future of Scottish football. Vogts said: ‘There are a lot of young players in the team and there is a goodbalance and team spirit… After the Faroes draw a year ago, it was not easy to come back. ‘But now we have finished in second place and we are looking forward to thedraw on Monday. ‘Vogts also expressed his delight at the Euro 2004 success for the senior andunder-21 sides. Rainer Bonhof’s team qualified for the play-offs with a dramatic triumph toleave Vogts feeling confident for the future of Scottish football. Vogts said: ‘There are a lot of young players in the team and there is a goodbalance and team spirit. James McFadden was outstanding today and Darren Fletcher scored the winner – that is great for the Scottish future. ‘The under-21s had not played for about eight months but I came here with aprogramme before Rainer Bonhof took over as coach.

You’re nothing special, boys!
BBC News – Oct 10, 2003
I don’t really want to talk about it, but I suppose I’ll have to. I’m afraid you will – the postbag has been dominated by moans about the England football team, including this from Jenny:

Robbo, what’s your take on this Rio Ferdinand stuff? From what I can gather he missed his drugs test to go shopping and all his spoilt, overpaid team-mates are throwing their toys out of the pram because “It’s not fair!”

I’m sick of the lot of them, quite frankly – it’s time they were put in their place. If we don’t qualify for Euro 2004 we’ll know who to blame. That’s pretty much how I’d have put it, Jenny. But let’s look at the positives first. It’s nice to see a squad showing solidarity – when Sven arrived they were divided into Man United and Liverpool factions and what have you. But they’re rallying around the doziest bloke in the squad – or who used to be in the squad I should say.

Great expectations don’t faze gunslinger Keane
Irish Independent – Oct 10, 2003
“When people put so much pressure on me I think it makes me play better,” said Keane. Having been transferred four times for a total of £38m, Keane saw his tag as Ireland’s most expensive player taken from him during the summer by Duff following his £17m move to join free-spending Roman Abramovich’s Russian revolution at Chelsea. All the British media talk of the so-called country lover Duff not settling under the glare of bright lights of London were laughable, according to Keane. Damien has been magnificent in the games I have seen him playing in. “There was no question in my mind that Damien would be a star there because he is a world class player,” said Keane. “People always talk about London doing him hard but that’s a load of rubbish… ” Having been a frustrated spectator last month at Lansdowne Road against Russia, Keane is delighted to be back in thick of the action. “On Saturday I felt fairly good and hopefully when it comes to this Saturday I will feel even better. “It is important for the country that we qualify for Euro 2004 and we have a chance to get there by winning on Saturday. Hopefully we can do that.

BBC NEWS | UK | Dyer denies ‘rape’ involvement
BBC News – Oct 11, 2003
The 24-year-old criticised “distressing” media coverage and other speculation about his involvement, saying his family had been hounded
and his reputation damaged “in the most public way possible”. The footballer is on international duty with the England squad in Turkey
for Saturday’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier. His statement continued: “I recognise that the claims made by
the woman involved are of the most serious nature, and warrant a thorough
investigation. “I do not wish to trivialise these serious allegations. It is for this reason
that I have not stated my position until now. ”

Party organiser

Two other men have already been arrested by police and released on bail in connection with the same allegation… The footballer is on international duty with the England squad in Turkey
for Saturday’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier. His statement continued: “I recognise that the claims made by
the woman involved are of the most serious nature, and warrant a thorough
investigation. “I do not wish to trivialise these serious allegations. It is for this reason
that I have not stated my position until now. ”

Party organiser

Two other men have already been arrested by police and released on bail in connection with the same allegation.

Voeller wants Ballack in Euro team
CNN – Oct 10, 2003
The Bayern Munich midfielder was hoping to train for the first time this week after resting a sore ankle and Voeller said he wanted him to lead Germany through to next year’s finals in Portugal. “Ballack has to act not only a football player but also a leader,” Voeller said. “His presence on the pitch is extremely important. Germany top Group Five, two points ahead of second-placed Iceland, and need a draw in the game to secure direct qualification. Ballack has been struggling with his ankle injury for a couple of weeks and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested he should not play on Saturday. But the 27-year-old, whose playmaking skills are vital to the three-times world and European champions, said he could not imagine missing the game.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Irish bow…
BBC News – Oct 11, 2003
Before the game, the Irish management and players had talked up their chances of earning the win which would have guaranteed at least a play-off place. But their gameplan did not involve conceding a sloppy early goal and, despite creating several chances, the Irish never looked comfortable in Basel. Alexander Frei’s second goal on the hour ended any slim hopes of an Irish comeback. The Swiss did not look anything special but they did not have to be against a strangely passionless Irish team. The visitors were behind as early as the sixth minute, with Manchester United’s John O’Shea at fault. The defender failed to clear on the edge of his own area and Alexander Frei’s low angled cross found Hakan Yakin, who rounded Given and slotted home.

Swiss coach set to land new deal
CNN – Oct 12, 2003
“What happens thereafter is still not decided. “The discussions are under way, we have talked already before the Ireland fixture. But we are not under pressure, we have time. There is mutual interest to a extend the contract. Kuhn, who previously coached Switzerland’s under-17 and under-21 sides, was appointed in August 2001 as a replacement for Argentine Enzo Trossero.

PLAYERS PLEAD WITH SVEN TO STAY
4TheGame – Oct 12, 2003
I don’t think there is anyone better to do that for England. We really need him to stay. “Are we good enough to win Euro 2004? I don’t see why not. We have proved that we can mix it with the best in the past, people like Germany and Argentina, and we did it on Saturday night. “Now we want to go on and prove it. The lads showed what they are capable of when they got to the last eight of the World Cup. It was only a couple of mistakes that knocked us out then.

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