Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 18, 2003

Euro 2004 Correspondents

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The News Review:

* Shocked town fights back after being dubbed red light hotspot
* Fa ask players for evidence
* England second seeds in Portugal
* Euro 2004 Correspondents
* Sport | Telegraph
* FIFA boss Blatter slams England players
* MOYES: STAR PLAYERS NOT FOR SALE
* Bellamy faces more knee misery
* Football in brief
* No action against McFadden
* Mad Brit Diary Maybe it’s time to give Alpay a break.
* Big guns blaze through in Uefa Cup
* Armstrong wants NI job
* Football Diary: When gold fails to glister
* Turks aid Upson’s preparation
* The back pages
* Americans and Aussies win opening games Houllier defends Heskey over…
* Magazine
* Marseille make move for Barthez

Shocked town fights back after being dubbed red light hotspot
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 18, 2003
Not since the dukes of Braganza won the Portuguese crown in the 17th century has the name of this historic walled town, best known for its fairy tale castle and tucked away in the remote, north-eastern region of Tras-Os-Montes, travelled so far. But yesterday most towns folk were distinctly uneasy about the reason for their fame: a cover story by Time on the prostitutes v wives war that has seen the Portuguese government threaten to withdraw advertising for the Euro 2004 football tournament finals from its pages. It all started in May when a group of women calling themselves “the Mothers of Braganza” drew up a petition demanding something be done about the Brazilian meninas who had come to work in the town’s expanding network of nightclubs and strip joints. Up to 300 South American prostitutes were estimated to be in the town of no more than 28,000 people.

Fa ask players for evidence
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 16, 2003
They are understood to have until the end of next week to complete their internal inquiries, which will include contacting several England players, such as David Beckham, Emile Heskey, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell, as well as head of security Ray Whitworth. All four players were pictured at the heart of the incident, which was captured by a Turkish television cameraman, although it has so far been claimed that Turkish players Alpay and Hasan Sas provoked the ugly scenes. Alpay has nevertheless tried to blame Beckham, while Turkish Football Federation spokesman Metin Kazacioglu insisted: “Both sets of players were spitting and there were English players trying to punch, it’s clear on the video… Alpay has nevertheless tried to blame Beckham, while Turkish Football Federation spokesman Metin Kazacioglu insisted: “Both sets of players were spitting and there were English players trying to punch, it’s clear on the video. England are also set to miss out on being one of the top seeds for the Euro 2004 finals, meaning that they could be drawn with holders France or hosts Portugal in the group stage. UEFA will not confirm the seedings until after the play-offs have taken place, but the tournament’s regulations specify that they should be worked out on countries’ records in qualifying for Euro 2004 and the 2002 World Cup. That means that France and Portugal are automatically included as top seeds, and the other two countries with the best records from the qualifying campaigns Sweden and the Czech Republic. Italy, Spain and England have identical qualification records and they would be joined by Turkey as the four second seeds, assuming Spain and Turkey win their play-offs against Norway and Latvia respectively.

England second seeds in Portugal
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 16, 2003
UEFA, European football’s ruling body,. This means France and Portugal are automatically top seeds.

Euro 2004 Correspondents
go.com – Oct 16, 2003
We are looking for sixteen volunteers with the chance to air their rants, news and views on their nation’s preparations for, and journey through, the tournament. Each individual will be given their own section to present their unique insight, incorporating aspects of the domestic game that could have an effect on the international stage. Soccernet’s early start to Euro 2004 will allow time for Correspondents to bed into the team, get into training and prepare for the tournament by following the progress of the team and its players until Portugal kick-off the tournament, in Oporto, on June 12. If you think you have what it takes to build a up a rapport with millions of Soccernet readers then check out the list of teams that have qualified below, accompanied by a short synopsis to help inspire your initial rants, and get emailing us. France – A shocking 2002 World Cup was forgotten as defending champions France qualified with a 100 per cent record. Jacques Santini’s side only conceded two goals in the process and are the favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy. Portugal – The players of the much vaunted ‘Golden Era’ are rapidly approaching a trophyless ‘retirement era’ and as hosts will be under pressure to deliver the goods on home soil… Sweden – They qualified for their third consecutive major tournament with one game to spare. They will be hoping to improve on their Euro 2000 effort when they failed to win a match and finished bottom of their group. Greece – Greece have not qualified for the European Championships since 1980 when they finished bottom of their group. However, the Greeks have won five games in a row without conceding a goal – consigning Spain to the play-offs. Bulgaria – They have not qualified from the group stages of the European Championships since 1968, and will be hoping to do better in Portugal after qualifying with a game in-hand – thanks in part to the goals of Dimitar Berbatov. Switzerland – Had a good run at Euro 96 after Englishman Roy Hodgson had guided them there but have failed to repeat their efforts since. As joint hosts of the 2008 European Championships (with Austria) they will be looking for a good performance in Portugal.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 17, 2003
Ronny Johnsen, Aston Villa’s Norwegian international central defender, returns to the side for Sunday’s derby against Birmingham at St Andrews. Johnsen, who has missed the last four games after suffering a hamstring strain against Manchester City last month, will take over from Alpay who has been given time off following his bust-up with David Beckham during England’s Euro 2004 clash with Turkey. Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen retains his place after proving his fitness on international duty for Denmark last weekend. Provisional squad: Sorensen, Delaney, Mellberg, Johnsen, Samuel, Hendrie, McCann, Barry, Whittingham, Angel, Vassell, Allback, Hadji, De la Cruz, Dublin, Kinsella, Hitzlsperger, Postma. Birmingham goalkeeper Ian Bennett starts his first game of the season against Villa. Bennett replaces Maik Taylor who is serving a one-match ban after being sent off against Manchester United earlier this month… Djorkaeff missed the draw at Aston Villa a fortnight ago and is considered doubtful. Sam Allardyce is set to keep Mario Jardel on the bench again despite another goal for the reserves in midweek. Ibrahim Ba also played in the reserve game but is not yet considered fit enough for the Premiership and will join long-term absentee Florent Laville on the sidelines. Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Barness, N’Gotty, Thome, Gardner, Stelios, Campo, Frandsen, Nolan, Okocha, Djorkaeff, Davies, Pedersen, Poole, Jardel, Charlton. Juan Sebastian Veron will wait to see if he is restored to the Chelsea side for the match at Arsenal after being left out from the last two games. He could replace Joe Cole if Claudio Ranieri decides he has reached the required fitness level after his £15 million move from Manchester United. But William Gallas still looks doubtful after aggravating an ankle injury during the warm-up before Tuesday’s game at Birmingham, while fellow centre back Marcel Desailly continues to have back problems.

FIFA boss Blatter slams England players
abc.net.au – Oct 18, 2003
The England squad, upset that Manchester United Rio Ferdinand had been publicly named and then dropped by England for failing to take a routine drugs test, held meetings and threatened to boycott the Turkey game. They finally backed down and agreed to travel to Istanbul and play. The game ended in a 0-0 draw and England qualified for the Euro 2004 finals automatically. But Blatter said: “If we don’t do something to stop this, then I don’t know where we are going to go with our game, football. We must, all of us, be aware that we have an obligation to care for and respect the game. “Sometimes we all have individual feelings and causes, but we cannot do as we please because we must respect the institution. I think we must say that we have to call these players to order in this respect… “We must add our congratulations, too, to them for qualifying automatically with a good result in such difficult circumstances. “It was wrong that the players ever thought about any kind of a boycott. It should not have been part of their thinking at all. It is not part of football that any player should think like this. ”

He added that he expected the English Football Association to hand out “an appropriate and severe punishment” to Ferdinand. “I am sure the FA will take the right measures against the player who missed the drugs test, because this is a serious issue in its own right, but I have not heard anything on this yet. I am making no further comment because I don’t know the case of this player exactly.

MOYES: STAR PLAYERS NOT FOR SALE
4TheGame – Oct 16, 2003
Everton manager David Moyes today insisted the club are not about to sell any of their best players – and that includes Wayne Rooney. The 17-year-old England striker has been linked with a £35million move to Chelsea, who bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. However, both Everton and Rooney’s representatives were quick to dismiss the reports as speculation this morning. “The story is complete rubbish,” Toffees boss Moyes is quoted on the club’s official website. “There is no truth in it as far as I know, and as the manager I would expect to know about something like that if it was happening… Rooney signed a contract with the club in January which runs until June 2006. Deputy chairman Bill Kenwright joked at the time: “Unfortunately you can only sign a 17-year-old for three years – we tried for 33 and a half. ” Rooney burst onto the scene with a spectacular goal against Arsenal and by April of his debut season had gravitated to the full England side, starring in the vital 2-0 win over Turkey which ultimately took the national side to the Euro 2004 finals. Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri spent #111million of Abramovich’s money on new players in the summer after the Russian bought a controlling stake in the west London club in July. They are currently top of the Barclaycard Premiership, but stumbled to a 2-0 home defeat to Besiktas in their last Champions League outing. It is expected that Chelsea will once again be busy when the transfer window reopens in January.

Bellamy faces more knee misery
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 17, 2003
“Craig is on anti-inflammatories which do keep it calm every time it flares up, but you can just keep taking anti-inflammatories for so long. “Robson said a medical investigation would be undertaken with some urgency this weekend, but that would not include an exploratory operation. “It is not cartilage, where you can explore, it is back to his old tendinitis problem again and he has already had an operation on that tendon. “We are investigating his knee medically and once we have got the diagnosis of that and the prognosis, then we will be able to decide. “The scans we did earlier this week are in his favour, they show no worsening or deterioration of any sort from the scan he had three or four weeks ago. “Apart from missing the trip to Middlesbrough today, Bellamy is doubtful for games against Fulham and Portsmouth next week. However, Despite Bellamy’s absence, Robson said Newcastle have “enough in our locker to play positively and go for the win… However, Despite Bellamy’s absence, Robson said Newcastle have “enough in our locker to play positively and go for the win. “Standing in Newcastle’s way will be fit-again Middlesbrough skipper Gareth Southgate, who will get the chance to remind England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson of his defensive qualities against Alan Shearer. Southgate, who still harbours hopes of representing England at Euro 2004 and adding to his 55 England caps, said: “Alan has been up there at the top of the scoring charts for a decade and, of his type, he’s the best. “As an old-fashioned centre-forward there is no one better and he still relishes scoring goals like he did at the age of 19. “Sir Alex Ferguson said yesterday that it never occurred to him that he would not select under-pressure England defender Rio Ferdinand to play for Manchester United against his former club, Leeds, at Elland Road today. “It will be the usual reception we always get,” he said. “I think the priority will be to concentrate and Rio will be all right.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 18, 2003
“It’s up to me to win back my place – I didn’t come here to sit on the bench. Making headlines on the day of the match isn’t great on a strategic level. “The French federation’s president, Claude Simonet, said he would talk to FIFA officials in Qatar today about the possibility of Barthez’s move. “I have been asked by Marseilles officials to ask questions about the regulations,” Simonet told L’Equipe. “It’s my duty as president to see if [a move] would be possible… Liam Miller (2), Henrik Larsson, Stanislav Varga and an own-goal by Phil Stamp did the damage. Second-placed Rangers play at Motherwell today. Meanwhile, Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has offered encouragement to national coach Berti Vogts ahead of the Euro 2004 play-off with Holland. It seems midfielder Paul Lambert, who injured an ankle against Germany in September, could be fit for the two-legged tie. “Maybe in three weeks’ time he might just be fine,” said O’Neill. “He’s doing fine but we don’t want to rush him. “Some people are never happy, or so it must seem to Roy Makaay.

No action against McFadden
BBC News – Oct 17, 2003
The Scotland international was reported by police and described as “irresponsible” after his bust-up with a steward following Saturday’s game against Lithuania. McFadden was left raging after the steward prevented him from giving a young fan his shirt after the victory that sent Scotland into the Euro 2004 play-offs. Strathclyde Police wrote an official letter of complaint to Hampden Park chief executive David Taylor criticising McFadden’s actions. The SFA had said on Saturday that it had “dealt with the matter internally” but then admitted that it was duty-bound to investigate further following the police letter… The Scotland international was reported by police and described as “irresponsible” after his bust-up with a steward following Saturday’s game against Lithuania. McFadden was left raging after the steward prevented him from giving a young fan his shirt after the victory that sent Scotland into the Euro 2004 play-offs. Strathclyde Police wrote an official letter of complaint to Hampden Park chief executive David Taylor criticising McFadden’s actions. The SFA had said on Saturday that it had “dealt with the matter internally” but then admitted that it was duty-bound to investigate further following the police letter. But the SFA has confirmed that the former Motherwell star will not be facing any disciplinary action. “We will be taking any action against James McFadden and, as far as we’re concerned, the matter is closed,” said an SFA spokesman.

Mad Brit Diary Maybe it’s time to give Alpay a break.
SoccerTimes – Oct 18, 2003
Mad Brit DiaryMaybe it’s time to give Alpay a break. (Saturday, October 18, 2003) — Let bygones be bygones. It’s time to relieve the pressure off Turkish and Aston Villa star defender Alpay Ozalan, the man who recently caused a riot in the players tunnel at the half-time mark of England’s Euro 2004 tie at Turkey. Alpay has an attitude problem, that’s for sure, and he make up stories, but this is soccer, a contact sport, and there are plenty of targets out there to pick on if we wanted to. Are you listening Roy Keane, Martin Keown, Vinnie Jones, Julian Dicks, John Terry, Diego Simeone, Lee Bowyer, etc. ? And just think of all those hypocritical English hooligans, the scum of the earth, who have bloodied many innocents in their time. How dare they criticize the Turk?Let’s not make Alpay the latest hate figure… Are you listening Roy Keane, Martin Keown, Vinnie Jones, Julian Dicks, John Terry, Diego Simeone, Lee Bowyer, etc. ? And just think of all those hypocritical English hooligans, the scum of the earth, who have bloodied many innocents in their time. How dare they criticize the Turk?Let’s not make Alpay the latest hate figure. Look in the mirror, England, we have our fair share ofbrutes. Sadly, Alpay is face becoming the most vilified player in England. 3 million defender may be on his way to back to Turkey to play for Galatasaray.

Big guns blaze through in Uefa Cup
Independent Online – Oct 16, 2003
Barcelona, helped by a hat-trick from Brazilian forward Ronaldinho, two apiece from Luis Enrique and Javier Saviola and another goal from Thiago Motta, crushed Slovakia’s Puchov 8-0 at the Nou Camp to go through 9-1 on aggregate. Liverpool enjoyed a comfortable passage at Anfield, thumping Slovenia’s Olimpija 3-0 for a 4-1 win over the two legs. The night did not pass without incident off the pitchBut the night did not pass without incident off the pitch as English and Polish fans were arrested in the Netherlands. Dutch police said 94 fans, 87 of whom were said by police to be Newcastle United supporters, were arrested in Breda after riots broke out in the city centre before NAC’s match. Barcelona had not previously won at the Nou Camp this season and their slow start had prompted coach Frank Rijkaard to call for patience from the club’s discontented fans… The 1983 European champions fell behind to an early goal from Dmytro Mikhailenko and strikes after the break from Olexander Rykun and Oleg Venglinsky sealed their fate. Parma and Perugia progressed at the expense of Metalurg Donetsk and Dundee respectively, but fellow Serie A side Udinese lost 2-1 at home to Austria’s Salzburg and went out on the away goals rule. Turkey’s Genclerbirligi gained a modicum of revenge for the national side’s failure to qualify automatically for next year’s Euro 2004 finals after a goalless draw with England on Saturday by putting out premier league side Blackburn Rovers. Genclerbirligi, leading 3-1 from the first leg in Ankara, fell behind to a Matt Jansen goal on 65 minutes but Mustafa Ozkan earned a 1-1 draw with an equaliser a minute later. Harald Brattbakk hit a hat-trick for Rosenborg Trondheim who romped to a 6-0 win over Latvia’s Ventspils to complete a 10-1 aggregate victory. The Norwegian champions are playing in the Uefa Cup after failing to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in eight seasons. Swiss league leaders Basel scraped into the second round thanks to a ‘silver goal’ from Marco Streller against Turkey’s Malatyaspor.

Armstrong wants NI job
BBC News – Oct 16, 2003
“International football is close to my heart. I played 63 times for Northern Ireland over 10 years and in two World Cups. “I was assistant to Bryan Hamilton not too many years ago and we did really well. In actual fact, Bryan’s record was second to none”. But while Armstrong has thrown his hat into the ring, his former striking partner Jimmy Quinn has indicated that the time is “probably not right” for him to be considered for the role. The current Shrewsbury Town boss says it is his “lifetime’s ambition” to take the Northern Ireland job. “What I’d have to say is that I’ve got a big job here to do in Shrewsbury and the timing probably wouldn’t be right for me at the moment,” Quinn told the Shropshire Star… “They might go foreign – usually they go for homegrown but it might be a case of them going for someone from the European mainland to lift their spirits”. IFA officials will meet inside the next two
weeks to begin the process of appointing his successor. There is no reason for the international committee to rush as Northern Ireland
have a blank calendar after finishing bottom of their Euro 2004 qualifying
campaign.

Football Diary: When gold fails to glister
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 16, 2003
Whoever invented the rule, he must be declared an enemy of football. “The gravy trainBelieve the hype, and it’s the greatest league in the world. Fred Dinenage, TV personality and Portsmouth director, begs to differ: life in the Premiership is not all it’s cracked up to be. How? “I find the referees are inconsistent, the players are unsporting, and the clubs are not as friendly as they are in the Nationwide League,” he says. “I miss the comradeship; the Yorkshire pudding and gravy at Rotherham, the fish and chips at Grimsby and the black pudding at Walsall. ” However, he adds, “obviously it’s vital we stay in the Premiership for financial reasons”… “Throughout your career you make so many that it’s hard to pin one down as the ultimate. ” He nominates for consideration saves from a Denis Law chip in an international at Wembley, and from Wyn Davies’s header destined for the top corner for Stoke against Newcastle. Gentlemen TurksTurkey held their national footballer of the year prize-giving just before England’s arrival for the Euro 2004 qualifier. Galatasaray swept the board with the three main awards: Bulent, the captain, won the footballer of the year and most stable player, while defensive partner Ergun was voted best gentleman player. Presumably, Alpay wasn’t up for anything. Rooney grabs Barlow’s shirtWayne Rooney’s shirt (pictured, right) was in great demand when Everton played Stockport in the last round of the Carling Cup; Stuart Barlow had a head-start on his team-mates, though. “When I was at Tranmere I used to give Wayne’s cousin Tom a lift to training, so he owed me a favour,” said Barlow.

Turks aid Upson’s preparation
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Oct 17, 2003
The result was particularly impressive considering the backdrop of intimidation by the Turkish players on the pitch and their supporters off it. Some home players, one being Aston Villa defender Alpay, clearly tried to rile the visitors – David Beckham in particular – and, although Alpay will not be playing at St Andrew’s, Upson believes the atmosphere and tension will also be highly-charged… “Crowd trouble marred both of Birmingham’s derby victories last season and Upson appreciates that the players’ conduct sets a precedent for supporters. Upson played in Blues’ 2-0 victory at Villa Park in March when he was the victim of a two-footed challenge from Joey Gudjonsson which resulted in the Icelandic midfielder receiving the second of his team’s two red cards, following Dion Dublin’s dismissal for a butt on Robbie Savage. Upson, who has yet to be cautioned this season, was sensible enough not to retaliate but he wants all the players to be just as calm on Sunday. He said: “It’ll be my first derby game at St Andrew’s and if the Villa game is anything to go by it will be lively. “I was on the end of a bad tackle last time but those sort of tackles happen every week. “Because it was live on Sky Sports and there was a lot of passion, it received plenty of attention. “I don’t think that’s an excuse for players to go about losing their heads because the crowd is really up for it.

The back pages
BBC News – Oct 17, 2003
Presumably the New Zealanders were having a nap while all this was going on. But while the broadsheets report on the attacks raining down on England, The Sun stands up for our boys by quoting Back as saying, “We’ve got ’em scared. ”

Unlike Back, Ferdinand does not have seven big, ugly brutes to hide behind, but probably just as terrifying is the Manchester United legal department. And according to the national press, the Premiership champions are ready to take on the Football Association if Ferdinand is banned for missing a drugs test. “To lose him for any length of time would be unacceptable,” an unnamed source tells the Daily Mirror. And the Daily Mail gets a supportive view from Ferdinand’s sponsors, Nike: “Rio feels he made an honest mistake. That’s enough for us… And the Daily Mail gets a supportive view from Ferdinand’s sponsors, Nike: “Rio feels he made an honest mistake. That’s enough for us. ”

The same newspaper looks ahead to another potential off-field story by claiming Portugal is ready to “welcome the hooligans” with a “softly, softly” approach to policing Euro 2004. A spokesman from the National Criminal Intelligence Service hits on an age-old problem. “There is nothing we can do to legislate for men who have 10 pints and get a bit funny.

Americans and Aussies win opening games Houllier defends Heskey over…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Oct 16, 2003
Let them do their job. "But if Emile reacted it must have been something very serious. Emile is not a person who reacts, despite the provocation he gets. He is a very quiet man," he told a news conference. "And he was not the only one to react. Whether it was for him or one of his team mates, I don’t know. I think it’s maybe something that has been done to one of them, but I don’t know… I think it’s maybe something that has been done to one of them, but I don’t know. "

Television pictures have shown several players involved in the incident. Reuters
Palios defends FA handling of Ferdinand case

Under the FA’s anti-doping rules, failure to give a sample or appear for a test is considered a doping offense and is punishable by sanctions for misconduct

LONDON – The Football Association on Tuesday defended its decision to rule out Rio Ferdinand from England’s key Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey last weekend. FA chief executive Mark Palios denied accusations that the association had violated confidentiality rules in the case. Manchester United, meanwhile, said it would continue to pick Ferdinand for the team pending any possible sanctions by the FA. Ferdinand, English soccer’s most expensive player, allegedly "forgot" to take a random drug test on Sept. 23 at Manchester United’s training ground because he was preoccupied with moving house.

Magazine
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 17, 2003
And certainly more vital than your son’s wedding, if you are Spain coach Iñaki Sáez. When Igor Sáez set his wedding date for 15 November, it seemed that Spain were on course to comfortably win UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 6, and would not be involved in that weekend’s play-offs. But in June came a defeat against Greece and a draw with Northern Ireland, and Spain found themselves in second place – a position they were unable to improve on last Saturday. So while Igor will be exchanging vows, Sáez senior will be masterminding his team’s home play-off first leg against Norway. Apparently changing the date – of the wedding – would have been impossible. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, and besides, all the invitations were posted ages ago,” Sáez was quoted as saying.

Marseille make move for Barthez
go.com – Oct 16, 2003
‘If this green light is given, Fabien Barthez will thus slip on again thegloves of Olympic Marseille. ‘Marseille need a keeper to cover for injured reserve Cedric Carasso and, ifthe deal goes through, Barthez would challenge 27-year-old Croat Runje for thefirst-team shirt. Barthez, 32, has been told by France coach Jacques Santini that players who donot get regular club football cannot take for granted their place in thenational team. He joined United for ?7. 8million in the summer of 2000 as Sir Alex Fergusonsought to fill the void left by the departure of legendary Danish keeper PeterSchmeichel. After helping France add the Euro 2000 title to their 1998 World Cupvictory, he signed a six-year contract at Old Trafford. But his eccentric style eventually saw Ferguson eventually run out of patienceand he was dropped towards the end of last season, with Howard’s signing seeingthe bald Frenchman fall further down the list.

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