Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 2, 2003

Tsiartas demands Greek rethink

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The News Review:

* Van unhappy he’s not Advocaat’s man
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales warning for…
* ‘Caring’ Liverpool give pair new deals
* Tsiartas demands Greek rethink
* Brazil, China top the bill in global feast of friendlies
* Australia gears up for Athens
* United’s Barthez stuck in no man’s land
* Rooney and Robinson ready to make the great leap forward
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Keane follows doctors’ orders to quit Republic
* Summit may prove to be a false one for Rooney
* Don’t bottle it, FA!
* Di Vaio’s revival
* Vogts’ grounds for concern at Hampden
* Ferguson in hot water over claim that FA and Arsenal did ‘deals&#3…
* Hopkins is top Welsh earner
* Serie A returns to Britain
* Russian first for CSKA

Van unhappy he’s not Advocaat’s man – Nov 1, 2003
However, in remarks reported by L`Equipe and repeated by Algemeen Dagblad, VanNistelrooy revealed his unhappiness. ‘Considering the fact that he substitutes me systematically, I don’t feel anytrust in him,’ Van Nistelrooy said. He believes he has no chance of starting in the Euro 2004 play-off matcheswith Scotland. He said: ‘It will be [Patrick] Kluivert. I have no doubts at all, even thoughAdvocaat hasn’t said a word yet. ‘I don’t like to say it but I feel that it will go like this. I am on thebench against Scotland… ‘Ironically Kluivert has recently fallen out of favour with his boss atBarcelona, Frank Rijkaard, while Van Nistelrooy enjoys the total confidence ofUnited boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Van Nistelrooy continued: ‘During the qualifiers I have played five matchesand in those games I have been substituted four times after 60 to 70 minutes. ‘I have asked Advocaat: “Am I your striker or not?” He said yes but looking atthe systematic substituting of me I feel no confidence from the manager. ‘So I have told him: you have to give me a real chance or you must start withanother player. ‘I will give 100 percent in the time that I will get then. ‘Your views on this story?.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales warning for…
BBC News – Oct 31, 2003
The combative Birmingham midfielder has been out of action since his long-standing achilles problem flared up again in the

Midlands derby with Aston Villa on 19 October, but he was named this week in Mark Hughes’ international squad for the ties on

15 and 19 November. Savage is confident he will be ready well in advance of the trip to Russia and has targeted Monday’s Premiership clash with

Charlton for his comeback, but Bruce is determined that his player is up-front about the injury. “Robbie wants to play for his country and I can understand that, but I will not be leaving it to him,” said Bruce.

‘Caring’ Liverpool give pair new deals – Oct 31, 2003
“The stories saying I was about to leave were obviously wrong because I have signed the new contract,” he said. “I knew when I came here that I was No 2 behind Jerzy and that I had to work hard to get my place in the team. “My ambition is to get into the England squad for Euro 2004 but I’m still only 22. Hopefully I’ve got at least another 16 years left so if I don’t make that Euro 2004 squad then I’ve got time on my side to go to plenty more finals with England. “Carragher, 25, was equally buoyant as he steps up his recovery. “With the predicament I’m in with my injury – it’s the worst one I’ve ever had – it’s a great gesture from the club. When a club show this type of faith in you it really boosts your confidence… “Liverpool face Fulham – above them in the table – with injury doubts over Michael Owen, Sami Hyypia and Florent Sinama-Pongolle. After victories over Leeds and Blackburn last week, the pressure has eased on Houllier, but the Frenchman said: “We know we must keep that momentum going. Fulham is not an easy place to go. They have just won at Old Trafford – there was great ability in their performance there. “But what we aim still to do is to reach the Champions League spot. We know how many games we need to win and the players are determined to reach the level of football they need.

Tsiartas demands Greek rethink – Oct 31, 2003
In Greece you have to win every single game no matter what and, of course, that’s impossible. We’re at the point where if you lose a game everyone behaves like it’s end of the world. In Greece you’re not allowed to enjoy the game. The national squad made it to [UEFA] EURO 2004™ for the first time in years yet there were still people out there who made us feel that they regretted our success. Everyone – not just the media – tries to meddle in the coach’s job. I just think it’s got out of control, and I’m not the only one.

Brazil, China top the bill in global feast of friendlies – Nov 2, 2003
Italy, who face Euro 2004 hosts Portugal in Genoa, will be without coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s entire first-choice frontline, with Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti all missing with injuries. Argentine-born winger Mauro Camoranesi, of Juventus, will debut on the right flank and Perugia striker Fabrizio Miccoli and Lazio forward Bernardo Corradi will also be given first run-outs. Portugal have no concerns about qualification, but the game opens a new era, with Luiz Felipe Scolari, coach of the World Cup-winning Brazilian side, taking charge for the first time. Scolari has lost Porto midfielder Costinha to injury, but is expected to start with Real Madrid’s Luis Figo and AC Milan’s Rui Costa in midfield. Spain coach Inaki Saez wants to see a sharper edge from his attack when they take on a weakened Germany in Palma de Mallorca.

Australia gears up for Athens
The Age – Nov 1, 2003
The contracts to date not only dwarf Australia’s annual exports to Greece, currently valued at $48. 5 million, but have created many jobs in Australia. The biggest contracts so far have gone to two Melbourne-based companies – Concept Sports, which won the merchandising rights for the Olympic venues, worth an estimated $83 million, and Cleanevent, which has a significant stake in the $100 million waste management and recycling contract. Other big wins include engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz, which is working on the main stadium and velodrome, security consultancy Boartes and TAFE NSW, which is assisting with training of 150,000 people. There will be long-term benefits for Australian companies… “It hasn’t been so difficult. It was more us making up our minds about whether we wanted to be involved in Athens and once we got to understand the system over there, we did,” he says. Athens was the company’s first foray into Europe, but Concept Sports has since won the $50 million Euro 2004 soccer gig. Australian security experts have also played a prominent role in preparing the city for the mammoth $US600 million ($A852 million) security operation. Australia is a member of the multi-country security committee, while former NSW Police Commissioner and Sydney Games security chief Peter Ryan is the Athens chief security consultant. The Boartes security company, which employs about 40 staff (17 Australians) in Athens, is consulting to the Olympic Security Planners on security and specialist operations. Sydney-based consultancy Intelligent Risks has also undertaken risk assessment contracts, for IT systems and vulnerability studies of 42 venues, including some Greenfield sites.

United’s Barthez stuck in no man’s land
Independent Online – Oct 31, 2003
Fifa refused to allowed the much publicised move from Manchester United on Thursday, saying they would not make an exception for a player to move outside the transfer window, which is in only its second year of operation. For the French international goalkeeper, the decision is a disaster. Barthez’s return to the club was not welcomedHe has not played a match for United this season after dropping to third in the English champions’ pecking order and needs to play first team soccer to guarantee a place in Jacques Santini’s France squad for Euro 2004. Now he must wait for the January transfer window before he can move and it is not clear whether he will return to the United bench or if he can continue to train at Marseille, who could appeal against Fifa’s decision. Since he took over as club president from Bernard Tapie in 2002, Christophe Bouchet’s approach to one of the trickiest jobs in French football has been flawless… Fifa refused to allowed the much publicised move from Manchester United on Thursday, saying they would not make an exception for a player to move outside the transfer window, which is in only its second year of operation. For the French international goalkeeper, the decision is a disaster. Barthez’s return to the club was not welcomedHe has not played a match for United this season after dropping to third in the English champions’ pecking order and needs to play first team soccer to guarantee a place in Jacques Santini’s France squad for Euro 2004. Now he must wait for the January transfer window before he can move and it is not clear whether he will return to the United bench or if he can continue to train at Marseille, who could appeal against Fifa’s decision. Since he took over as club president from Bernard Tapie in 2002, Christophe Bouchet’s approach to one of the trickiest jobs in French football has been flawless.

Rooney and Robinson ready to make the great leap forward – Nov 2, 2003
If Rooney and Robinson excel, they have been told by England’s coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, that they will be selected for the squad to face Liechtenstein and Turkey in the Spring Euro 2004 qualifiers. England have not yet resorted to employing head-hunters but everyone knows.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 1, 2003
The Spanish international has back problems, which leaves Real coach Carlos Queiroz with holes to fill both in midfield and defence due to the absence of suspended Francisco Pavon, who was sent off during Real?s 0-0 draw at Zaragoza on Tuesday. Queiroz called up seven reserve team players to train with the first team on Thursday and several of them could be on the bench on Saturday. Nevertheless, Real should not be overly worried by the visit of Athletic, who have not won away from home this season despite lying sixth. It has been just over four months since the Basques were last in the Santiago Bernabeu and they were easily dispatched 3-1 in the final game of last season as Real clinched their 29th Spanish league title. Athletic also have injury worries of their own, with their influential midfielder Tiko Martinez suffering from a badly-bruised right leg which may mean he misses the trip to the Spanish capital. Deportivo are on top 21 points from their nine games, one more than second-placed Real, will be out to bounce back at struggling Murcia after crashing 2-0 at home to Real Mallorca on Wednesday, arguably the shock result of the season. ?I think that will be a kick up the backside to all of us,? said Deportivo midfielder Sergio Gonzalez on Thursday… ?I wasn?t satisfied which went on out there,? said Valencia coach Rafa Benitez and they will be looking to do better at Mallorca on Sunday. The injury was bad enough for the club to admit that there was a question mark over whether he would recover in time for international duty in two weeks? time, when Spain are due to face Norway in the Euro 2004 play-offs. Barcelona have risen to fifth on the back of two comfortable wins over weak opposition but the Catalans face a tougher test when they go to Real Sociedad on Sunday. ?I believe the team is improving. We needed these wins, especially the one at home, to give us confidence,? said coach Frank Rijkaard, who suggested that Barca could still be a factor in he championship race. One man who may not be around to pick up his second league title in the unlikely event Barca can accomplish the feat is Rijkaard?s disgruntled Dutch compatriot Patrick Kluivert, who could move during the winter transfer window.

Keane follows doctors’ orders to quit Republic – Nov 2, 2003
Following my meeting with Brian Kerr, I discussed the possibility of a return with Sir Alex Ferguson, my wife and immediate family plus the medical team who operated on my hip last September. “Few would doubt that Keane has been Ireland’s greatest player, a captain who lifted his team by his mere presence. Without Keane’s drive and determination, Ireland would not have made it to the 2002 World Cup finals but it was on the island of Saipan, where the Republic were acclimatising before flying to Japan, that the dark side of the player… The split between manager and captain ultimately forced McCarthy to resign two months ago in the wake of ongoing media pressure intensified by Euro 2004 qualifying defeats by Russia and Switzerland. When McCarthy left, the pro-Keane camp claimed victory, but there has been no winner, with two men who have both given so much to Ireland leaving their respective duties prematurely. Kerr last night expressed disappointment at Keane’s decision but such sentiments were probably not shared by all the Irish players. Many are no doubt relieved the media circus his comeback would have attracted will not materialise. Kerr begins a new era in Irish football with a new captain for tonight’s friendly against Scotland but has the same problems his predecessors faced.

Summit may prove to be a false one for Rooney – Nov 2, 2003
“Young, good football players: what’s better?” Eriksson asked a group of us at Old Trafford on Sunday. How about a 70 or 80-minute workout for a first XI who have lost their way?The Football Association scheduled two friendlies for the 2002-3 regular season:… This evades his own responsibilities. The 45-minute gentleman’s agreement exists because Eriksson has allowed it to. His sympathies are with the provincial barons, not the monarchy in London. Give the clubs an inch and they take a yard. And the outcome is that Upton Park will be the stage for a rushed 45-minute repair job followed by a circus of youth. Move this argument on a stage and you have to suspect that Rooney’s debut is not so much about rewarding talent as wrapping East End smoke round the policy of not taking on the clubs. The cost of this surrender will be apparent only when Eriksson’s first XI take on Liechtenstein and the Turks.

Don’t bottle it, FA!
BBC News – Oct 31, 2003
Now I’ve been hit by a plastic bottle on several occasions – in fact it’s a tool of great enjoyment for my family. We’re constantly smacking each other over the head with empty bottles of Evian – although why my son needs empty bottles of Evian I don’t know. But the bottom line is, it doesn’t hurt – that’s why we do it! I don’t advocate the throwing of anything at anybody during football matches, but how much damage is a plastic bottle going to do?!

I know Smithy’s not the brightest lad in the land, but even he knows no-one’s going to get hurt. Apparently it hit his best mate’s sister. Well she’s not going to press charges, is she? But he’ll still get a ban. And what about Rio, what do you think he’ll get?… It’s all very well Man U saying to the FA “don’t make an example of him”, but if they don’t the next bloke gets a light sentence as well. I bet they’ll work it so he’s available for us at Euro 2004, mind. OK, staying with football and John Postlethwaite from England says this:

What do you think of the big teams fielding fringe players in the Carling Cup? Personally, I think it cheapens the competition and makes a mockery of the matches. People pay a lot to see games these days, I know I’d be really annoyed to see a third string side turn out. Well this happens every year – it’s the Third String Cup now as far as I can tell. That’s the way it is, John Postlethwaite, so get used to it!

I think the clubs are being a bit slack about it, though.

Di Vaio’s revival – Nov 2, 2003
His celebration included pointing an index finger to each side of his head in the international sign language indicating craziness, as if to admit the sheer idea of trying a volley with his left foot among converging Milan defenders had been just, well, crazy. Funnily enough, after a listless opening 45 minutes, Di Vaio – who’s at his best when running into space or popping up at the near post – had had two easier-looking chances earlier in the second half, without scoring: a right foot volley which had grazed the outside of Dida’s left post, and a far post header which the in-form keeper had somehow pushed out in full flight. Getting Juventus a priceless equaliser is yet another stepping stone in a season which could propel Di Vaio into the full squad for Italy’s trek to the Euro 2004 finals. He’d scored last month in the Azzurri’s 4-0 win over Azerbaijan, a game in which Giovanni Trapattoni’s side barely needed to break a sweat, but he’s never held up a regular place, not with Bobo Vieri, Pippo Inzaghi, Francesco Totti and Juventus team mate Alex Del Piero blocking his ambitions of a regular first-team shirt. Ironically, it was Del Piero’s injury in the opening minutes of Juventus’ 2-2 home draw with Roma on September 21 that opened the way for the Rome-born striker, who went in after a quarter of an hour and immediately scored both his side’s goals. One goal in the opening game against Empoli after coming on as a sub for Del Piero, one against Reggina, braces against Roma and Real Sociedad, the cannon strike at the San Siro and now… it’s back to the bench, in all probability. Del Piero is fit again and will take his place in the side, and where does that leave Di Vaio? Not alone among top Serie A sides, Juventus, as is becoming coach Marcello Lippi’s policy, change their formation and players constantly, according to their opponents and to the importance of the match. This season, between the home league and the Champions League, they have started in a 4-2-3-1 twice, in a 4-3-2-1 and 4-4-1-1 once and in a 4-4-2 seven times: Di Vaio has played as lone striker supported by Nedved, and as part of the 4-4-2 along with Trezegut or Miccoli. Juventus do not have a natural substitute for Trezeguet, who has enough physical presence and height to be deployed as a lone striker supported – in Lippi’s ideal tactical choice – by three advanced midfielders-cum-forwards, like Camoranesi, Nedved and Del Piero. Oddly enough, the latter’s absence gives Juventus fewer headaches than Trezeguet’s, as Di Vaio and Miccoli, each with different skills, can all stand in for Del Piero, while no-one, not even Uruguayan Marcelo Zalayeta, can duplicate the Frenchman’s attitude as a front runner. It could be a breakthrough for Di Vaio, or perhaps not: Del Piero will be back in the side next week and Juventus will again have no less than five attack-minded players in their squad: Trezeguet, Del Piero, Miccoli, Di Vaio and Nedved, with Zalayeta still recovering from a knee injury.

Vogts’ grounds for concern at Hampden – Nov 2, 2003
The surface was completely relaid for last season’s Champions League final but the number of subsequent events and games on the pitch has continued to exert wear and tear which was all too evident at last week’s CIS Insurance Cup semi-finals. Players then said that although the grass was patchy, there was no evidence of the knots of earth and turf which caused problems a year ago and that it was possible to play a passing game with little disruption. However, it will be several weeks before the pitch can be relaid in whole or in part and the sweep of the roof of the double deck South Stand means that the sun cannot reach all of the grass until late in the spring, so further deterioration is virtually guaranteed. Vogts said: “The pitch doesn’t look well but in winter that is normal… In central defence, Steven Pressley has not quite overcome a stomach disorder, although he did train yesterday with the rest of the squad at Greenock Morton’s Cappielow ground. DetailsSCOTLAND (probable): Sullivan (Tottenham Hotspur); Anderson (Aberdeen), Dailly (West Ham United), Pressley (Heart of Midlothian); Alexander (Preston North End), Lambert (Celtic), Ferguson (Rangers), Naysmith (Everton); McCann (Rangers); Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic), Hutchison (West Ham United).

Ferguson in hot water over claim that FA and Arsenal did ‘deals&#3…
The Observer – Nov 2, 2003
Relations between the champions and the FA have deteriorated since Rio Ferdinand was dropped from England’s game against Turkey last month for ‘forgetting’ to take a drug test. He will also be missing when England play Denmark in a friendly at Old Trafford two weeks today. Meanwhile, Van Nistelrooy has admitted his increasingly bitter dispute with Holland manager Dick Advocaat will probably see him on the bench for their forthcoming Euro 2004 play-off games against Scotland. ‘I have asked Advocaat, “Am I your striker or not?” He said yes, but looking at the systematic substituting of me, I feel no confidence from the manager,’ said the United striker. He was dropped for Holland’s recent match with Moldova after protesting at being substituted against the Czech Republic. You can mail the Observer direct at.

Hopkins is top Welsh earner
BBC News – Nov 1, 2003
He is still largely unknown in Britain as he has lived in Monte Carlo for the past 25 years. He has homes in Paris, Riyadh, London and Cannes and Picasso’s old villa in the south of France, which he bought for ?3m. His earnings have also decreased from last year, although with sketches priced at ?100,000 at a recent exhibition in Wales he will not be feeling the pinch. Catherine Zeta Jones’ income has dropped significantly from last year’s ?20m to ?5m, following the birth of her Carys, her second child, in April, when she reduced her workload. She now ranks at 6th place in Wales’ top earners. The Oscar-winning actress still retains her $2m-a-year contract with Elizabeth Arden and she has a $1m advertisement deal with T-mobile… Giggs earns ?50,000 a week (?2. 6m a year) from Manchester United and has been instrumental in carrying Wales to the brink of the finals of Euro 2004. Other endorsements, which include his recent appearance in the Pepsi Gunfight at the OK Corral shoot-out commercial, push his income up to ?3.

Serie A returns to Britain – Nov 1, 2003
Mark Hughes has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him continue as the manager of Wales in a full-time capacity until 2006. Hughes, who has steered his nation to an eight-match unbeaten run, was previously on a part-time contract. Wales lead Group Nine of the Euro 2004 qualifying competition with three wins out of three, including a 2-1 victory over Italy in October. With an announcement expected this week as to who will succeed Mick McCarthy as manager of the Republic of Ireland, time is running out to get a bet on. Dave Richards, the chairman of the Premier League, will also chair the Professional Game Board, the new six-man Football Association committee whose formation prompted the resignation of Adam Crozier as FA chief executive last year. The committee, which met for the first time last week, is made up of the six professional representatives on the main FA board – four from the Premier League and two from the Football League – and will scrutinise all matters relating to the professional game… Arsenal have reportedly signed another promising foreign youngster with Swiss 16-year-old Johannes Djourou set to move to Highbury at the end of the season, according to the newspaper Blick. Djourou, who plays for Etoile Carouge in Switzerland’s Third Division, impressed while on trial at Arsenal last year and is reported to have signed a contract until 2005. However, it would seem not everyone is happy about the move. Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn said: “I don’t know the motives of Arsenal to be sure, but if Djourou’s education and development isn’t continued it’s a bad move for him. “Sheffield United have sold out their allotted 6,000 seats for the second leg of their Worthington Cup semi-final with Liverpool at Anfield on Jan 21. French defender Jerome Bonnissel has been handed the chance of a transfer to Rangers after being invited to join the Ibrox side on their trip to Dubai. The Bordeaux player has been given permission by his club to fly out to the United Arab Emirates with the rest of the Rangers squad tomorrow.

Russian first for CSKA – Oct 31, 2003
First midfield player Jirí Jarošík joined for €3. 8m from AC Sparta Praha, soon to be followed by €5m striker Ivica Olic from NK Dinamo Zagreb. Tough seasonThe budget available to coach Valeri Gazzaev dwarfed that of CSKA’s Russian rivals, but it was not to be an easy season for the coach, even though his side led from the front throughout the domestic campaign. Gazzaev humbledFirst, Gazzaev faced total humiliation when CSKA were knocked out of the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League by F. Macedonia’s FK Vardar… Macedonia’s FK Vardar. Then he was fired as coach of Russia when his team, featuring a large number of CSKA players, was beaten by Georgia and Albania in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifiers. ‘Elephant football’The coach’s reputation suffered and there are still those among the CSKA die-hards who would happily have seen him dismissed after the defeat against Vardar. However, Giner maintained his faith in Gazzaev even though Russian pundits have not always appreciated CSKA’s strong-arm tactics. Indeed, their physical style was routinely dismissed as “elephant football” by the Russian media. Controversial decisionsOpponents also claimed that CSKA benefited from some refereeing decisions, not least in their 3-2 win against FC Spartak Moskva on the third game of the season.

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