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November 11, 2003

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The News Review:

* England fight through to Euro 2004
* Don’t stop the Beatts
* Outsider Gunes struggles to convince
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Fifa angry at FA…
* FA seek peace talks with Turkey
* Czechs reach Euro 2004 with an exciting 3:1 win over the Netherlands
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Yartsev warns Russia over Wales
* A day for sports lovers
* Fletcher guides Scots to play-off berth
* Brave Irish draw another blank
* Fletcher wants flying start
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Man City v Leicester Report

England fight through to Euro 2004
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2003
The Group Seven leaders snatched the crucial point they need to ensure their trip to Portugal next summer from a draw that may have been goalless but was high on tension and incident, most notably a 36th minute penalty miss by the England captain and brawl in the tunnel at half-time. Unforgiveably Real Madrid’s recent recruit lost his footing and sent the spot-kick spiralling into the crowd after Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard had been tripped by Blackburn Rovers playmaker Tugay Kerimoglu. The embarrassing lapse prompted Alpay Ozalan, the Aston Villa centre-back, to rush up and taunt Beckham. The two clashed again as the interval whistle was blown by Italian referee Pierlugi Collina, Alpay clearly pushing Beckham in the face and issuing another jibe apparently referring to his parentage… Not only did Beckham and Alpay clash but Emre Belozoglu and Emile Heskey also apparently confronted each other and a full-scale melee ensued with Collina calling Beckham into the referee’s room to clam things down. “He just told us to cool it and said the game was too important to be ruined by any silliness of that kind. “England coach Sven-Gorna Eriksson said he had not witnessed any of the fracas. “I can’t tell you anything about it because I was waiting fior the team to go in before I crossed the pitch. I don’t know what happened although maybe Beckham and Alpay had something to say to each other.

Don’t stop the Beatts
go.com – Nov 11, 2003
The 23-year-old has netted five league goals this term and, despite his crisis club languishing at the foot of the Premiership, has scored in the last three games. Smith also misses out on Sven’s squad, despite being tipped for a recall, and he still seems to be paying the price for being sent-off against Macedonia last year. It could be argued that Beattie has not grasped his chance to make an immediate impact at international level like Vassell, who scored on his debut to grab a 1-1 draw for England against Holland in the Amsterdam Arena in February 2002, or Rooney, who became England’s youngest ever goalscorer when he netted against Macedonia in September 2003. While Vassell has gone on to score four goals in 15 games, and Rooney two in eight, Beattie has never really been given the chance to establish himself, representing England on four occasions but only once for the full 90 minutes. He was starved of service on his 45 minute debut in the 3-1 defeat against Australia, and on that occasion there were 11 changes at the break which contributed to a diabolical overall team performance. In his next two outings Beattie was confined to the role of substitute. He was an 88th minute replacement for Phil Neville in the 2-1 friendly win over Serbia and Montenegro and was a 76th minute substitute for Emile Heskey in the friendly against Croatia – he still found time to set up Frank Lampard for England’s third goal in a 3-1 win… To deny Beattie the chance to build on that performance and prove himself in an England squad that only contains three strikers for the friendly against Denmark is baffling. At the very least the powerful, aerially-able striker would add another option to England’s attack and Beattie’s frustration at being denied a fair crack of the whip is reminiscent of Andy Cole’s situation under Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan that resulted in a shockingly stunted England career. The only conclusion to be drawn regarding Beattie’s omission is that Eriksson has decided that England’s most prolific young striker, behind Owen, will not be playing at Euro 2004. But Beattie has overcome set backs in his career before and he is still determined to win his place back in the England team. ‘Obviously I’m disappointed but there is not a lot I can do about it except keep working hard and scoring goals,’ Beattie told the Southampton’s official website. ‘I have fought my way back in after being dropped once and I can do it again. That has to be my aim.

Outsider Gunes struggles to convince
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2003
If not quite seen as a country bumpkin, Gunes is regularly reminded that he has not worked at the sharp end of Turkish club football with his Black Country-type accent and even his ties the subject of polite satire. “I can never keep everyone happy,” he said. “Even when we finished third at the World Cup people were saying we should have done better. “We did a great thing for Turkey but the criticism, and even lies, were disrespectful. “Fans around the globe voted Gunes the top coach of the finals in a FIFA website poll, yet the man who succeeded Mustafa Denizli three years ago would be unlikely to survive if Turkey missed out on Euro 2004… An admirer of English football, Gunes said: “We have taken the best of the English, German and Italian leagues to find a formula that proved to be successful. I like teams with tall strikers, which England have used for many years. “We aim to qualify for Euro 2004. I believe England have the same aim. It will be a match between two outstanding teams but after the match, whatever the result, I want to continue good relations with England.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Fifa angry at FA…
BBC News – Nov 11, 2003
The Manchester United defender has been charged after missing a drugs test and is awaiting a personal hearing. “I’m not happy with the speed or rather the non-speed of dealing with the case,” said Blatter, president of football’s world governing body Fifa. “Such a case should be dealt with immediately so we can have a decision. ”

Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he would act as a character witness for Rio Ferdinand in the disciplinary hearing… The Manchester United defender has been charged after missing a drugs test and is awaiting a personal hearing. “I’m not happy with the speed or rather the non-speed of dealing with the case,” said Blatter, president of football’s world governing body Fifa. “Such a case should be dealt with immediately so we can have a decision. ”

Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he would act as a character witness for Rio Ferdinand in the disciplinary hearing. The England coach has had to leave Ferdinand out of his latest squad to because of the ongoing controversy.

FA seek peace talks with Turkey
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 9, 2003
If a deal cannot be agreed with the Japanese, the FA will turn to other Asian opposition. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men must first ensure qualification by either taking a point off Turkey on Oct 11 or via the November play-offs. The troubled trip to Istanbul was focusing Soho Square minds yesterday. FA officials informed UEFA, the governing body of European football, that they would be sending a senior delegation to Nyon on Sept 25 for a.

Czechs reach Euro 2004 with an exciting 3:1 win over the Netherlands
radio.cz – Nov 9, 2003
" Under 21s lose to Holland but can still qualifyThe Czech Under 21s made life difficult for themselves when they lost tothe Netherlands on Tuesday; the reigning champions can still win theirgroup, though, if they beat Austria in their final qualifier next month. Zizkov sack manager Lavicka after only six points in six gamesViktoria Zizkov have sacked coach Viteslav Lavicka, after picking up onlysix points in six games so far this season. The club’s management saidZizkov need to be challenging for European competitions and could notafford to be languishing in tenth place in the league. Injured Stepanek to miss Davis Cup play-offs against ThailandThe Czech tennis number two, Radek Stepanek, is injured and will miss theDavis Cup World Group play-off away to Thailand, to decide which countrystays among the top nations next year. The tie takes place the weekendafter next. Meanwhile, the Czech number one, Jiri Novak, who is 28, hasdenied that he is planning to retire at the end of this season. First ever Czech to reach basketball’s NBA back in Czech leagueThe first ever Czech basketball player to ever make it to the NBA isreturning to the Czech Republic.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Nov 11, 2003
We must make that attitude work for us. If we play the way we did in both our qualifying ties against Germany we can definitely beat Holland. "The players should not feel any pressure as no-one expects Scotland to win. There was more pressure on us to beat Lithuania than there is to beat Holland. We are definitely underdogs for this game which is something we love. Scotland always does better when least expected. "

Scotland's young forward Stevie Crawford also reckons he and his teammates, as well as Vogts himself, can draw inspiration from watching re-runs of what is officially the greatest Scottish goal ever – by Archie Gemmill AGAINST Holland at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

Yartsev warns Russia over Wales
go.com – Nov 10, 2003
They all have different requirements anddifferent preparations. Our task is to try to get them more orless on the same (physical) level. ‘Yartsev also warned his players not to underestimate theopposition. ‘We have seen a cocky attitude toward Wales recently, (but)we must avoid being overconfident,’ he said. ‘The Welsh are strong and serious opponents, who clinchedsecond place in their group, which was not easy at all. ‘But the 55-year-old coach expressed confidence in his team’sability to reach the Euro 2004 finals. ‘We’re very motivated towin a place in next year’s finals in Portugal,’ he said.

A day for sports lovers
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 9, 2003
Sunday, July 4, will be a red letter day for armchair sports fans following the announcements yesterday that next year’s British Grand Prix and a cricket one-day international between England and New Zealand will be on the same day as the climax of Euro 2004 and the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. Sports lovers will be driven to distraction and, probably, RSI as viewers skip between channels, not wanting to miss a tie-break or pile-up. Last Saturday’s triple-header, a busy enough confusion of England football, rugby and cricket internationals, now just looks like a pathetic under-card. It is also a moot point whether a creaking National Grid will avoid blackout on a day that will be punctuated by the concentrated tea break, millions putting a brew on as David Beckham – hopefully – rearranges his newly premiered third ponytail… It is also a moot point whether a creaking National Grid will avoid blackout on a day that will be punctuated by the concentrated tea break, millions putting a brew on as David Beckham – hopefully – rearranges his newly premiered third ponytail. The All England Club chipped in first yesterday, pronouncing from on high that the traditional dates for The Championships are confirmed until 2005. And with ITV1 showcasing Formula One, BBC televising Wimbledon, the same two networks sharing the football, and Sky owning the cricket rights, the possibility of one broadcaster dictating change is removed. “What we might consider at the cricket,” said the PR man for the England and Wales Cricket Board, “is putting up big screens so that supporters can enjoy the football as well. “In all this madcap silliness, everyone will forget about the poor sportsmen themselves.

Fletcher guides Scots to play-off berth
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2003
Scotland, almost squeezed out of a Euro 2004 play-off place by a doggedly frustrating Lithuanian team, summoned Sir Alex Ferguson’s protege, Darren Fletcher, from the bench with a quarter of the contest remaining. The 19-year-old, who has just been awarded a new four-year contract at Old Trafford, scored the breakthrough goal with his first sight of the target, after the Everton pair, James McFadden and Gary Naysmith, at last pierced a congested Lithuanian defence. At that stage – 11 minutes into the contest – Scotland were lively and inventive and in one clever ploy Gavin Rae directed a low diagonal pass towards the heart of the penalty area… McFadden, willing to take men on directly, almost squeezed a shot in at the near post but it took a deflection off Tomas Zvirgzdauskas and struck the side net. Lithuania had their chance, too, though, when a ball spinning loose in the Scottish area dropped straight to Poskus, who tamely headed into Douglas’s arms. Poskus threw himself down in disgust, though not before he had reached the Scottish half and tried to blame McFadden for it. The referee at last punished simulation with a yellow card. Time was wearing on, however, and Vogts responded by replacing Cameron and Miller with Fletcher and Hutchison. Within moments the Old Trafford novice had trumped Lithuania’s defence and Scotland had secured their place in the play-offs, a situation which seemed entirely remote after their shambolic start to the campaign in the Faroe Islands 13 months ago. With Germany comfortably ahead in Hamburg the Scots had only to keep their yellow-shirted opponents at bay to take their place in the play-offs and though they occasionally agitated their 52,000 patrons, the improbable task was at last accomplished amid scenes of bedlam around Hampden Park.

Brave Irish draw another blank
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2003
Michael Ballack scored for the home side after nine minutes to ease Rudi Voller’s nerves. The hosts led the group at the start of the afternoon, but defeat would have seen them relegated to the play-offs. Fredi Bobic then scored after 59 minutes and Kevin Kuranyi added another with 10 minutes remaining to guarantee Germany’s progress to Euro 2004. Russia ensured that the Republic of Ireland could not overtake them with a 3-1 win over Georgia, despite an embarrassing start in front of their home crowd. Alexander Iashvili gave Group 10’s basement side the lead after three minutes to cause a moment of panic. But Dmitry Bulykin equalised after 29 minutes. Yegor Titov scored just after the break and Dmitri Sychev secured victory and a place in the play-offs after 79 minutes.

Fletcher wants flying start
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 11, 2003
But he believes a telephone call from Sir Alex Ferguson before Saturday’s Euro 2004 play-off at Hampden Park will keep his feet on the ground. Ferguson, his manager at Manchester United, used to be in charge of the national team and will be keen to do all he can to help the Scottish side qualify for the finals in Portugal. “He doesn’t really bombard you with loads of advice… Ferguson, his manager at Manchester United, used to be in charge of the national team and will be keen to do all he can to help the Scottish side qualify for the finals in Portugal. “He doesn’t really bombard you with loads of advice. He tells you little things like working on different parts of your game that you can improve on because you are never the finished article even when you are 30. “The teenager reinforced a burgeoning reputation as one of Scotland’s hottest prospects by coming off the bench to score the winner that took them into the play-offs last month. However, the United fledgling insisted he is only one member of a talented squad.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Man City v Leicester Report
go.com – Nov 9, 2003
9, 2003, 5:14 PM UKMan City 0-3 Leicester: Foxes routPAPaul Dickov gave Manchester City a painful reminder of how things used to be by firing Leicester City to a 3-0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium. • Keegan shocked at displayThe Leicester striker not only found the target from the penalty spot but was the driving force behind this remarkable victory. A cult figure during his time with City, Dickov got just the boost he needed ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2004 play-off against Holland on Saturday. Leicester went into this game without a point from their opening five matches on the road. Yet they cruised to victory with Jordan Stewart and Marcus Bent also on the scoresheet. City were again out of sorts on home soil after being forced to settle for a draw on Thursday in the UEFA Cup against the unknown Polish side Groclin… 9, 2003, 5:14 PM UKMan City 0-3 Leicester: Foxes routPAPaul Dickov gave Manchester City a painful reminder of how things used to be by firing Leicester City to a 3-0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium. • Keegan shocked at displayThe Leicester striker not only found the target from the penalty spot but was the driving force behind this remarkable victory. A cult figure during his time with City, Dickov got just the boost he needed ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2004 play-off against Holland on Saturday. Leicester went into this game without a point from their opening five matches on the road. Yet they cruised to victory with Jordan Stewart and Marcus Bent also on the scoresheet. City were again out of sorts on home soil after being forced to settle for a draw on Thursday in the UEFA Cup against the unknown Polish side Groclin. There would appear to be enough talent in the squad – but not for the first time this season they failed to gel.

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