Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 21, 2003

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The News Review:

* Celtic ready to end travel travails
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Newcastle up interest in Kluivert
* BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR RANIERI
* Wright-Phillips follows trait
* Inside Soccer: Chelsea’s net has hole in it
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* FA: Drug testing is adequate

Celtic ready to end travel travails
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 20, 2003
Even though we have had important players out with injuries, like Joos Valgaeren and Johan Mjallby, other players have done very well, like Jackie McNamara. “Petrov, elected captain of Bulgaria by his fellow players after Krasimir Balakov retired earlier this year, has recent encouraging experience of this evening’s venue. He scored twice in Bulgaria’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Belgium, once in the 2-2 draw in Sofia – alas for him, it was an own goal – but he more than outweighed that misplaced contribution with a goal in the Bulgarians’ 2-0 win in Brussels, a result which set them on their way to automatic qualification for next summer’s finals in Portugal. “If we beat Anderlecht tomorrow they will not have much chance of qualifying and we would have at least guaranteed a place in the UEFA Cup. I don’t know much about how they play because we have not yet watched the videos but Joos Valgaeren has told us a bit about them. “O’Neill confirmed that Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton had trained and added that Valgaeren was fit, but he would not disclose whether he would be on the substitutes’ bench. When told that this evening’s referee is the Austrian, Fritz Stuchlik – who awarded a penalty against McNamara when Scotland played Lithuania in a Euro 2004 qualifier because he “heard something” – O’Neill responded: “It’s rather disconcerting that he awards penalties on the basis of his hearing… “Petrov, elected captain of Bulgaria by his fellow players after Krasimir Balakov retired earlier this year, has recent encouraging experience of this evening’s venue. He scored twice in Bulgaria’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Belgium, once in the 2-2 draw in Sofia – alas for him, it was an own goal – but he more than outweighed that misplaced contribution with a goal in the Bulgarians’ 2-0 win in Brussels, a result which set them on their way to automatic qualification for next summer’s finals in Portugal. “If we beat Anderlecht tomorrow they will not have much chance of qualifying and we would have at least guaranteed a place in the UEFA Cup. I don’t know much about how they play because we have not yet watched the videos but Joos Valgaeren has told us a bit about them. “O’Neill confirmed that Alan Thompson and Chris Sutton had trained and added that Valgaeren was fit, but he would not disclose whether he would be on the substitutes’ bench. When told that this evening’s referee is the Austrian, Fritz Stuchlik – who awarded a penalty against McNamara when Scotland played Lithuania in a Euro 2004 qualifier because he “heard something” – O’Neill responded: “It’s rather disconcerting that he awards penalties on the basis of his hearing. He will hear plenty tomorrow night.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Oct 19, 2003
?When something happens in England, whose federation (FA) was founded in 1863, it?s not like when it happens anywhere else,? said Blatter, referring to the Rio Ferdinand affair. England and Manchester United defender Ferdinand hit the headlines last week when it was revealed that did not turn up for a dope test. He was dropped from the squad for England?s Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey but his teammates threatened to boycott the match because many felt the FA had been too swift in judging Ferdinand. ?The FA has to start enforcing the rules and must ask its players to show proof of their discipline and respect. ? The FA was also in the firing line when the issue of automatic suspensions for a red card were discussed. FIFA has confirmed it will not be changing the current ruling whereby a player is automatically suspended for a direct red card or two yellow cards in a match. ?The only possible exception is if video evidence shows that the referee has made an error,? said Blatter, who added that if the federations – and notably the FA – did not apply the ruling then FIFA?s disciplinary commission would step in.

Newcastle up interest in Kluivert
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 21, 2003
Barcelona president Joan Laporta rejected Newcastle’s requests to open talks with the unsettled Kluivert at the weekend but the St James’ Park club have an extra incentive to bolster their attack with Bellamy poised for another lengthy spell on the sidelines – probably well into the new year. “We’re not interested in selling Kluivert but if a serious offer came in we would study it,” said Laporta. Although Laporta claimed that they were not interested in selling him, he said: “If a serious offer came in we would study it. “Laporta knows Shepherd has promised Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson funds to strengthen his squad and Kluivert has failed to score a league goal this season and is regularly jeered by Catalan supporters… The Peruvian stormed out of the Riverside Stadium when he was omitted from the 16-man squad that took on Middlesbrough on Saturday and was not included in the squad who travelled to London. Defender Ozalan Alpay will discover whether he has a future at Aston Villa today when he holds talks with manager David O’Leary. The Turkish international was given compassionate leave last week after his altercation with David Beckham during the Euro 2004 qualifier with England. O’Leary said: “Alpay is coming back in to have a chat. “Last week I just felt my priorities were to deal with the team and preparing for the game against Birmingham City rather than just one player. “I thought it better for things to die down and then have a proper chat. “Alpay could be offloaded in the January transfer to Hertha Berlin or Galatasaray.

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4TheGame – Oct 19, 2003
Yet, after his team’s performance at Highbury in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal, maybe the Chelsea manager should be. Chelsea had never won at Highbury in the Barclaycard Premiership but yesterday presented them with a golden opportunity to break that duck and give Ranieri the perfect 52nd birthday present for tomorrow by climbing back to the top of the table. Not only were Arsenal without skipper Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown and Freddie Ljungberg, as well as having one or two players not at full fitness, but Chelsea fielded enough talent in their team to have at least maintained their unbeaten start to the league season. Ranieri has been under pressure ever since the England coach was pictured visiting Roman Abramovich’s London residence, but he continues to shrug off the rumours, even after Eriksson guided his team to Euro 2004. “For me, it’s the same,” said Ranieri. “You think there is only Eriksson? I think there are a lot of candidates. I don’t think about it… Chelsea had never won at Highbury in the Barclaycard Premiership but yesterday presented them with a golden opportunity to break that duck and give Ranieri the perfect 52nd birthday present for tomorrow by climbing back to the top of the table. Not only were Arsenal without skipper Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown and Freddie Ljungberg, as well as having one or two players not at full fitness, but Chelsea fielded enough talent in their team to have at least maintained their unbeaten start to the league season. Ranieri has been under pressure ever since the England coach was pictured visiting Roman Abramovich’s London residence, but he continues to shrug off the rumours, even after Eriksson guided his team to Euro 2004. “For me, it’s the same,” said Ranieri. “You think there is only Eriksson? I think there are a lot of candidates. I don’t think about it.

Wright-Phillips follows trait
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 20, 2003
Wright- Phillips’s ability to eradicate the dark side of his game in the coming years is likely to be crucial in deciding whether the midfielder lives up to the high expectations being voiced by those close to him at the City of Manchester Stadium. Reyna added: “He is a huge talent and I can see him improving all the time because he wants to learn. “A skilful lob by Wright-Phillips over Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen levelled the scores for City two minutes after Kevin Nolan had handed Bolton the lead with a close strike past David Seaman. Sylvain Distin’s far-post tap-in three minutes after the break was swiftly followed by Wright-Phillips’s second goal when he was released by Reyna before sending an angled right-foot drive past Jaaskelainen. Jaaskelainen’s failure to keep out Nicolas Anelka’s 20-yard strike at the near post two minutes later left Bolton with a mountain to climb, a task made marginally less difficult by Ivan Campo’s curling effort which beat Seaman to reduce the deficit… The dismissal of Wright-Phillips moments later could have handed Bolton a route back into the game, but City ensured there would be no comeback with further goals from Anelka and Reyna. Having earlier been booked for removing his shirt in celebration of his first goal, Wright-Phillips’s ill- discipline was noted by Keegan, who admitted that the three-match ban he now faces following his red card could prove costly. Keegan said: “Shaun is not a dirty player, but his problem now is that he will miss three games and that will give somebody else the chance to stake a claim. And I have no sympathy with him over his booking for taking his shirt off. “Shaun is a bundle of energy and he can become the answer to England’s left-sided problem.

Inside Soccer: Chelsea’s net has hole in it
nwsource.com – Oct 21, 2003
The ball went under him, allowing French star Thierry Henry to tap in an easy winner. It’s what the Brits would call a “howler. ”
“Carlo is very sad, but he should not worry,” said Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. “I’ve been in football a long time, and he’s not the first goalkeeper to make a mistake. ”
Ranieri is right, but Cudicini has yet to show last year’s top form. He was partially to blame for at least one of the two goals Chelsea conceded in a Champions League loss to Besiktas earlier this month and less than convincing in a recent home win over Aston Villa. There might be some truth in Ranieri’s endless rant that his rebuilt team needs months to jell — Cudicini and his defenders included… 23, quashing previous reports indicating Ferdinand couldn’t be reached by club officials that afternoon. Ferdinand allegedly forgot to take the test but passed another one 36 hours later. He was left off England’s squad for a key Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey, prompting the England players to threaten a strike in what turned into a much publicized brouhaha. The Football Association is expected to make a decision in Ferdinand’s case Thursday — he faces a two-year ban. ALL ALPAY ALL THE TIME: Turkish defender Alpay continues to be vilified in England for taunting and shoving his finger in Beckham’s face last week, but Aston Villa teammate Marcus Allback has rushed to his defense. “I feel sorry for Alpay,” the Swedish forward told Aftonbladet. “He’s a really nice guy: calm, quiet and nice.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 21, 2003
“If I am having a bad time in front of goal or my confidence is low it makes me feel a whole lot better watching myself scoring against the side who went on to be champions of Europe later that year. ”
International prospectsWatching Govou in Lyon’s opening two Champions League matches this year, it is hard to believe the striker has ever been short of confidence in front of goal. With a touch every bit as assured as his shot is explosive, Govou has grown from a young pretender to a player French coach Jacques Santini sees as an integral part of his squad for UEFA EURO 2004™. Groomed by SantiniIronically, it was Santini who helped nurture him into the player he is today during his time as coach of Lyon. Now 24, Govou knows it is matches like the Group A fixture with Bayern which could set him apart from the other talented young strikers waiting in the international wings. Big-match player”We will certainly not underestimate what a great squad Bayern possess,” Govou told uefa… Groomed by SantiniIronically, it was Santini who helped nurture him into the player he is today during his time as coach of Lyon. Now 24, Govou knows it is matches like the Group A fixture with Bayern which could set him apart from the other talented young strikers waiting in the international wings. Big-match player”We will certainly not underestimate what a great squad Bayern possess,” Govou told uefa. “They are a strong side in every position but I will not be overawed by the experience. In fact I will enjoy it as I regard myself as a big-match player. ”
Confident of successGovou got his big break after being spotted playing for his local side, Le Puyen-Velay, but had to be talked into accepting a contract at Lyon because he was scared of not making the grade, having already mapped out a career as a chiropractor.

UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 20, 2003
Player downbeatThe German international has been told he needs a second operation on the achilles injury which has kept him out since March. Metzelder will travel to Basel, Switzerland for surgery, which became necessary after a partially ruptured tendon was discovered during tests. “I could have cried,” the 22-year-old said. Worse than fearedSpeaking after Saturday’s 6-2 Bundesliga win against Hannover 96, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Christoph will be out for a longer period than we all expected… “I could have cried,” the 22-year-old said. Worse than fearedSpeaking after Saturday’s 6-2 Bundesliga win against Hannover 96, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Christoph will be out for a longer period than we all expected. ” The additional lay-off could even hinder Metzelder’s chances of regaining his German national team place prior to next summer’s UEFA EURO 2004™ finals. Madouni outDortmund, who will play FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in the UEFA Cup second round next month, have been blighted by injuries this season. Earlier this month, Ahmed Madouni joined a growing casualty list at the Westfalenstadion after being ruled out for six weeks with ankle damage.

FA: Drug testing is adequate
go.com – Oct 21, 2003
‘Each premier league club can expect to be tested at leastsix times each season, either out of competition or post-match. ‘However, if there is a feeling that more tests are neededfor next season, then more will be carried out. ‘DOPING LIMELIGHTDrug-testing has been in the limelight since ManchesterUnited’s England defender Rio Ferdinand was dropped for the Euro2004 qualifier in Turkey 10 days ago for missing a routine dopetest last month. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said last week there should bemore regular dope checks in the English game and on TuesdayEverton manager David Moyes called for the clubs to be givenmore freedom to carry out tests of their own. However the FA refuses to sacrifice the independence of itsdope testing. Under current rules agreed with the players’union, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), itsdoping programme can only be carried out by UK Sport. ‘Under our rules of doping control, clubs are not permittedto do their own testing because it would constitute aninterference with our own programme, and sanction may be imposedaccordingly,’ Cooper added… However the FA refuses to sacrifice the independence of itsdope testing. Under current rules agreed with the players’union, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), itsdoping programme can only be carried out by UK Sport. ‘Under our rules of doping control, clubs are not permittedto do their own testing because it would constitute aninterference with our own programme, and sanction may be imposedaccordingly,’ Cooper added. ‘There are a number of issues considered as breaches, andthese can involve either interference with the conduct of adrugs test or with the doping programme as a whole. ‘UK Sport do all the testing. To be able to conduct a propertesting programme, you have to have access to all of theplayers. ‘Over the past eight years, a total of 50-60 players havefailed dope tests in English football, mostly for recreationaldrugs.

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