Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 27, 2003

French flair crucial to Liverpool’s future

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The News Review:

* Players in clear over video clash
* Rae injury fears ease
* On the Spot: Joe Cole
* French flair crucial to Liverpool’s future
* Alpay proves more trouble than he’s worth
* Portugal Opens New Stadium for Euro 2004
* Zenden’s got a hold on Boro
* English-based pair fail drugs test
* Two English-based players fail drug tests: report
* It’s Indo-Pak rugby now
* Rooney is still keen to learn
* Munaf Patel to play for Mumbai

Players in clear over video clash
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 27, 2003
Individual players were not included in the charges announced yesterday, so Alpay, whose baiting of England captain David Beckham, including a poke in the face, effectively ended his career with Aston Villa, will avoid official censure. The hearing will be at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Thursday along with a previously announced case relating to order in the stadium against the Turkish FA, who were also charged with improper conduct for their players’ part in the melee. The FA were fined £10,000 after visiting fans were involved in disturbances in Slovakia in October 2002 while a pitch invasion and racist chanting at the Stadium of Light during the tie against Turkey last April brought a record fine of £73,000 from UEFA… No player would sign for a club if he knew he would not play. Now I’m a substitute and I have to think about my place in the Turkey side. “I see danger in my participation at Euro 2004 and if things remain the same I’ll leave in January.

Rae injury fears ease
BBC News – Oct 27, 2003
But national boss Berti Vogts has warned captain Paul Lambert that he must prove his fitness in the Celtic first-team if he is to face the Dutch. Rae pulled up injured during Sunday’s city derby against Dundee United and there were fears that he would be out for some time. But the Dundee midfielder told BBC Scotland: “I will miss the CIS Cup tie against Clyde and Saturday’s game against Hibs, but I should hopefully be back the following weekend. ”

Fellow midfielder Lambert has not kicked a ball for club or country since injuring his ankle against Germany in September… Rae pulled up injured during Sunday’s city derby against Dundee United and there were fears that he would be out for some time. But the Dundee midfielder told BBC Scotland: “I will miss the CIS Cup tie against Clyde and Saturday’s game against Hibs, but I should hopefully be back the following weekend. ”

Fellow midfielder Lambert has not kicked a ball for club or country since injuring his ankle against Germany in September.

On the Spot: Joe Cole
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 25, 2003
My attributes are dribbling and passing but I know I need to improve. I need to get in the box more and score more. “But I’m not a luxury player: I work hard for the team. My attributes are best suited to playing in the hole but over the years I have defended too much. Last year at West Ham, the stats show I was the seventh best for tackles. I would be happy to be the most boring player in the world and have stacks and stacks of medals. But that’s not what I have been given in terms of talent… When it clicks, we can go on to achieve anything we want. Chelsea can be the top team in the country. “And England? “We are capable of winning Euro 2004 but we have got to develop as a team. That will come naturally as the players get more mature and play with each other more. There’s a great team spirit which the older boys said was not there before. Because we are all young and hungry, players will sit on the bench with England and not get agitated; maybe in the past players might have got agitated. We are all fresh and enthusiastic.

French flair crucial to Liverpool’s future
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 26, 2003
If Saturday’s brief taster of Sinama-Pongolle’s ability was an accurate guide, he will shortly become the Kop’s next idol. The substitution was made seconds after a controversial Danny Murphy goal – Leeds manager Peter Reid was scathing afterwards in his criticism of referee Jeff Winter – had restored the lead for a nervous Liverpool and Sinama-Pongolle did more than his bit to ensure that they did not surrender their advantage again… “This game is about goals and the instructions lately have been to give the benefit of the doubt to the attacking team. To have chalked off that one would have been wrong in my opinion. “Reid, not surprisingly saw it differently. Ignoring the basic fact that Robinson should not have let the curling ball squeeze inside his far post, Reid remarked: “It’s not worth a 10-grand fine by speaking out too much but the sooner that referee gets a permanent television place on Superstars the better. “The goal was one of two defining moments in a match both teams desperately needed to win. The other was when Mark Viduka, Leeds’ Australian striker, failed to shoot past the exposed Jerzy Dudek from only 15 yards out. Leeds had been lifted by an opportunist equaliser just before half-time by Alan Smith – the England striker’s 50th goal for his home-town club coming less than five years after he scored his first on his debut at the same ground.

Alpay proves more trouble than he’s worth
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 25, 2003
His spat with David Beckham during the Euro 2004 qualifier in Istanbul was, it seems, the final straw. Before that crucial Turkey v England game earlier this month he saw fit to give an interview with a tabloid newspaper in which he was quoted as saying that I told lies about him and that I was too old. I cannot do anything about the latter accusation, but rather than take legal action, I am going to try to explain what it really was like managing him and how difficult it is these days for a manager to handle a ‘problem player’… Alpay, he said, was a decent player but would never admit to any mistakes in a match being his fault. Oh, and he was inclined to make a couple of major errors each game. Was that worrying? Not at the time, because Alfie had not played since being injured some three months previously. I thought I would have the time to assess him as a person, which for me is as crucial as to how good a player I may judge him. In fact, almost as I took up the managerial reigns I was informed that Alfie had booked himself into a clinic in Munich because he was not satisfied with the treatment or diagnosis of his injury. Subsequently, the club’s medical staff presented me with Alpay’s day-to-day diagnosis and treatment dossier. As I was unable to meet Alpay due to his absence I authorised the physiotherpist Jim Walker to go and spend a week with the player at the clinic to observe what type of treatment he was receiving.

Portugal Opens New Stadium for Euro 2004
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Oct 27, 2003
“I want to congratulate Benfica and all those who made this great project possible,” Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso told the crowd at the stadium, which was packed to capacity despite driving rain, before the start of a 45-minute light and fireworks festival to mark the occasion. Benfica, the club with the biggest fan base in Portugal, faced Uruguayan team Nacional in a friendly at the end of the light show. Former Benfica star Eusebio performed the opening kick-off for the match as thousands of fans, many wearing red club scarves, applauded. Dubbed the “new cathedral to football”, the stadium – Portugal’s largest – took two years to build and cost of 160 million euros (189 million dollars)… More than a quarter of the cost of the stadium was swallowed by the construction of the roof, which is made of a lightweight transparent building material, policarbonate, that lets in natural light. Other features include two large screens on either end of the pitch and a 1,000 square metre (10,760 square foot) locker room for the players. Benfica won the European Cup twice in the 1960s but has not won a title since 1994. Under Jose Antonio Camacho, who coached Spain in last year’s World Cup, Benfica now lie six in the premier league however many fans and players hope the new venue will help revive the dwindling fortunes of the club.

Zenden’s got a hold on Boro
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 26, 2003
“I’ve never really had to use my judo at any club but you never know,” said the Holland left winger, smiling broadly. Something of a renaissance man, Zenden, at Middlesbrough on a season-long loan from Chelsea, adores football but also revels in exploring wider horizons. “When I was at PSV Eindhoven I studied for diplomas in public relations and marketing, and then learnt Spanish. I wanted to make my mind do something different, it’s important to stretch your brain,” explained 27-year-old Zenden, who is now fluent in five languages… “We don’t have celebrities in Holland,” he explained. “English people love to read all about celebrities but the Dutch are not so bothered. ” So how come Dutch internationals are notoriously egotistical? Zenden, who will represent his country in the impending Euro 2004 play-off against Scotland, laughed in reponse. “Media people in Holland are saying there is no unity in our squad because there are too many big egos but I think the unity is quite all right. Just because you have some ‘big’ players in a team doesn’t necessarily mean you have problems and, after missing out on the World Cup, we’re all determined to get to Portugal. “Zenden is rather more ambivalent about returning to Chelsea. “I’ve met Roman Abramovich a few times and I think he’s a really good man – he’s surprisingly quiet – but we’ve already seen the squad is very big.

English-based pair fail drugs test
CNN – Oct 25, 2003
The anti-doping agency released its quarterly results of drug tests in the wake of England defender Rio Ferdinand’s failure to give a sample and British sprinter Dwain Chambers testing positive for steroid THG. The names and clubs of the players involved have not been released. A total of 272 players from the top five divisions in England, including the Premiership, were tested between July 1 and September 30. “Depending on the outcome of particular cases, we may well release names,” said FA spokesman Adrian Bevington. “But it is a tiny proportion. It is a sign our drug testing programme is working… Ferdinand missed a drug test last month, saying he forgot to take it. He passed a test 36 hours later and is waiting to hear from the FA regarding any disciplinary proceedings. But he was forced to miss the England 0-0 Euro 2004 qualifying draw in Turkey earlier this month as a result of the episode. Both players who tested positive have been ordered to provide the FA with a letter of explanation and the player who tested positive for cocaine is due to be interviewed. All rights reserved.

Two English-based players fail drug tests: report
abc.net.au – Oct 26, 2003
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Two English-based players fail drug tests: report

Two English-based footballers have tested positive for cocaine and ecstasy in the last three months, a report on the UK Sport website says. UK Sport, the government’s anti-doping agency, has released its quarterly results of drug tests in the wake of Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand’s failure to give a sample, and British sprinter Dwain Chambers testing positive for steroid THG. The names and clubs of the footballers involved have not been released by UK Sport or the Football Association, but they are among 272 footballers from the top five divisions in England, including the Premiership, tested between July 1 and September 30. Russell Langley, spokesman for UK Sport said: “It is not up to the governing body to names, they are not obliged to. ”

But FA spokesman Adrian Bevington told Reuters they had a policy in the past of naming players who failed drug tests. “Depending on the outcome of particular cases, we may well release names,” he said. “But it is a tiny proportion… Ferdinand missed a drug test last month, saying he forgot to take it. He passed a test 36 hours later and is waiting to hear from the FA regarding any disciplinary proceedings. But he was forced to miss the England 0-0 Euro 2004 qualifying draw in Turkey earlier this month as a result of the episode. Both footballers who tested positive have been ordered to provide the FA with a letter of explanation and the player who tested positive for cocaine is due to be interviewed. The use of drugs within English football has never been seen as a widescale problem, but former Chelsea and Manchester United goalkeeper, Australian Mark Bosnich, was banned for nine months and fined after testing positive for cocaine last year. Also in 1994, Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer, then with Charlton, failed a training ground test for cannabis. The BBC aired a program in May which alleged 150 professional footballers were playing under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs, but these claims were never proved.

It’s Indo-Pak rugby now
Calcutta Telegraph – Oct 25, 2003
Moyes says Rooney has had only one good match this season. And Moyes is concerned about the player?s lifestyle. ?So far this season Wayne?s form has not been too good, and I would imagine every Evertonian you speak to would say the same thing,? Moyes says. Moyes became worried earlier this year when Everton began fielding countless calls from ?friends of the club? with tales of how they had seen the new superstar knocking about with his pals on the street or eating pie and chips. But Rooney seemed to get the message and is no longer seen out and about. Theme books in Argentina

Buenos Aires: Argentina?s government plans to give away 400,000 soccer-theme books at matches between now and December to encourage reading, despite fears many could be torn up for ticker-tape celebrations. President Nestor Kirchner believes the scheme will be a success even if only a small percentage of people read the short stories by well-known Argentine and Latin American writers… President Nestor Kirchner believes the scheme will be a success even if only a small percentage of people read the short stories by well-known Argentine and Latin American writers. Alpay blames Beckham

London: Turkey defender Alpay Ozalan says his Aston Villa contract would not have been cancelled if his recent spat with England captain David Beckham had been with any other player. Alpay came under fire from the British media and English soccer fans after his much-publicised confrontation with Beckham during England?s Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul two weeks ago. ?This would not have happened if the confrontation had been with any other player than David Beckham,? Alpay told the Daily Mirror on Friday. ?The time and effort the English media give to David Beckham is unfair. ?

Fielding training

Port-of-Spain: Dismayed by the poor fielding of Caribbean cricketers, Australian coach Tim Coyle has begun to train regional coaches in fielding techniques. ?The feedback I am getting from the coaches here is that the players have lost interest in fielding and they are not putting enough time and effort into it anymore,? Coyle said.

Rooney is still keen to learn
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 25, 2003
I have coped with all the attention by just trying to get on with my life as normal, and I still feel I have got a lot to do in my career. I do not think I have changed as a person and I don’t intend to change. “Rooney added: “I have been surprised by how fast things have happened for me, like getting into the England squad at 17. It was a shock to have been selected for England, but now I am used to it. Now I have got the Euro 2004 finals to look forward to, and a few months ago that would have been a pipedream. “Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, dismissed reports that the player was in negotiations over an enhanced contract… “Rooney added: “I have been surprised by how fast things have happened for me, like getting into the England squad at 17. It was a shock to have been selected for England, but now I am used to it. Now I have got the Euro 2004 finals to look forward to, and a few months ago that would have been a pipedream. “Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, dismissed reports that the player was in negotiations over an enhanced contract. Rooney’s deal was signed only nine months ago and runs until 2006. Philip Don has been removed as manager of the select group of Premier League referees. The job has been made redundant.

Munaf Patel to play for Mumbai
Calcutta Telegraph – Oct 27, 2003
The club are trying to raise ?400 million for a new stadium. Venus is top seed

Philadelphia: Venus Williams is set to make her return to the WTA tour here next week as the top seed in the $585,000 Advanta championships. Williams, 23, is ranked sixth despite not having played since losing the Wimbledon final to her younger sister Serena. Venus suffered from pulled abdominal muscles. She will be a favourite at next month?s WTA Tour Championship in Los Angeles, especially in the absence of fourth-ranked Lindsay Davenport and third-ranked Serena Williams. With a first-round bye here, Venus will open with a match against either Australia?s Nicole Pratt or an undetermined qualifier. Friendly at Luz

Lisbon: Benfica opened their new Luz Stadium, built to stage the final of the 2004 European Championship, on Saturday for a friendly which ended in a 2-1 home victory over Uruguay?s Nacional… With a first-round bye here, Venus will open with a match against either Australia?s Nicole Pratt or an undetermined qualifier. Friendly at Luz

Lisbon: Benfica opened their new Luz Stadium, built to stage the final of the 2004 European Championship, on Saturday for a friendly which ended in a 2-1 home victory over Uruguay?s Nacional. Former Portugal favourite Eusebio kicked the game off in front of a capacity crowd of 65,000 at the Luz stadium, one of 10 venues built or rebuilt for Euro 2004. Portugal striker Nuno Gomes opened the scoring for Benfica in the seventh minute but Nacional levelled five minutes later after an individual effort from midfielder Alejandro Mello. Gomes bagged the winner two minutes after the break with a shot from inside the box after receiving a neat cross from Brazilian substitute Roger Flores. Coelho confident

Seoul: South Korea coach Humberto Coelho brushed off talk on Sunday that his job was on the line after guiding his team to the 2004 Asian Cup finals. The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists crushed Nepal 7-0 in their final qualifying match on Friday but defeats last week by Vietnam and Oman meant South Korea only finished runners-up behind Oman in Group E.

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