Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 14, 2003

Beattie deserves his chance

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The News Review:

* In the Arena : Lisbon harbors a sailing dream
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | | Southern California News |…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Russia v Wales Preview
* Beattie deserves his chance
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Scots lose Cameron for Holland tie
* Advocaat to quit if Scots win
* Hughes: I’m with Wales until 2006
* Ferguson’s a happy Rover
* – Soccer – Glance: Don’t write off Euro 2004 underdogs -…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England eye Thompson
* Denmark seeking revenge for World Cup exit
* Euro 2004 playoff first-leg matches
* Hughes eye cash benefits for Wales
* Figo may not retire after all
* SOCCER : Trumpet sounds, but whose?
* Ask BBC Boxing editor

In the Arena : Lisbon harbors a sailing dream
International Herald Tribune – Nov 14, 2003
"That would be more than double the impact of Euro 2004. We also estimate that it will create, over the entire period, the equivalent of 12,000 to 15,000 one-year, full-time jobs and that it will bring over the entire period about half a million visitors. " Not to mention the worldwide publicity it would generate for a country that is intent on making tourism its major industry in the decades to come. Euro 2004 will last three weeks; the America's Cup competition, including the races that determine the challenger, stretch over three months or more. No other major sporting event gives its host that sort of extended exposure, and the exposure will be greater than usual for this America's Cup because of the novelty effect. Although sailing has yet to become a sport for the masses, the Cup's return to Europe for the first time since it began in 1851, with a fleet race off the Isle of Wight, should generate huge interest.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Nov 14, 2003
For Mexico, that pick-me-up comes in the form of Iceland. Mexico has been down in the dumps for the past several months, losing matches to lesser teams, playing terrible soccer, making its coach look bad. But fear not, for Iceland is here. Mexico and Iceland will meet for the first time Nov. 19 in San Francisco. Mighty, mighty Iceland, land of… Against a team like Iceland, a 5-0 score is not out of the question. But after the match, the Mexican Soccer Federation should consider playing someone that would be worth the team’s time and the fans’ money. International flair The final Euro 2004 slots will be decided in the following week as five home-and-home playoff series will be played across Europe. Scotland-Holland and Spain-Norway should be the most hotly contested matches. Holland and Spain are looking to save face after slipping in group play and failing to qualify directly. Russia, Croatia and Turkey should reach the European championships as they face weaker opponents in Wales, Latvia and Slovenia, respectively. Other nations who already booked their Euro 2004 tickets will test their squads against each other.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Russia v Wales Preview – Nov 14, 2003
14, 2003, 12:27 PM UKGiggs confident Wales can advancePALack of fitness and over-confidence were Russia coach Georgy Yartsev’s main worriesbefore their Euro 2004 two-legged playoff against Wales. ‘Our biggest problem is physical conditioning of many of our players,’ Yartsev told a news conference in suburban Moscow, where the Russians began their five-day training camp before Saturday’s first leg at home. ‘We have players who play in different countries and different leagues. They all have different requirements and different preparations. Our task is to try to get them more orless on the same (physical) level… They all have different requirements and different preparations. Our task is to try to get them more orless on the same (physical) level. ‘Yartsev also warned his players not to underestimate the opposition. ‘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’s ability to reach the Euro 2004 finals. ‘We’re very motivated to win a place in next year’s finals in Portugal,’ he said.

Beattie deserves his chance
BBC News – Nov 14, 2003
The exclusion of Smith after his arrest on Thursday seriously undermines England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson in my view – he should be the one who decides who is in the squad or not. We had the same story when the Football Association put pressure on Eriksson not to select Rio Ferdinand for the Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey, and I am of the belief the coach must be allowed to pick his squad.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Scots lose Cameron for Holland tie – Nov 12, 2003
The Wolves player will miss Saturday’s first leg at Hampden Park and thedecider in Amsterdam four days later because of a groin problem. Manager Berti Vogts yesterday had declared he was hopeful that the formerHearts man would be able to take part having had a brief phone call with Wolvesboss David Jones on Monday evening. But when the player was checked out by the Scotland medics this was quicklyfound not to be the case. Scottish Football Association spokesman Andy Mitchell said: ‘He was fullyassessed by the doctors last night and he will not be featuring in eithermatch. ‘He is travelling back to his club for further treatment because his groininjury is not going to have recovered in time for him to play. ‘No replacement for Cameron, who has been capped 23 times and would have been acertain starter, has been called up. Vogts still has 24 players at his disposal although centre-back StevenPressley is receiving treatment for a groin injury.

Advocaat to quit if Scots win
BBC News – Nov 13, 2003
“If we don’t qualify and we don’t go then I quit,” said Advocaat. He will be joined in international retirement by Lazio defender Stam should they fail to get to the finals in Portugal. “I will definitely play in Euro 2004 if Holland get there,” said Stam. “But once that is over I think it will be the end of the international game for me. “So getting there is very important to me and has made the game all the more important… “I am 100 percent convinced we are going to Portugal,” said the AC Milan midfielder. “I have no worries at all about that. “I know I have not been playing recently for Dick Advocaat but I don’t want to talk about that. I am convinced I’ll be a major contributor at Hampden. “I have played in three Champions League finals and I love these big games. “There are many players like me in this side who all have the experience which is why this team deserves to go through. “We have better players than Scotland and top players deserve to be playing in major championships.

Hughes: I’m with Wales until 2006 – Nov 12, 2003
It is a situation that worries Wales fans, who have seen their former strikinghero transform his country’s footballing dreams. It is rumoured that the FA of Wales have a ?250,000 escape clause written intoHughes’ contract should he ever decide to leave. And the fear is that if Wales do not make the Euro 2004 finals after theirdouble header with the Russians, Hughes may be encouraged to move into clubmanagement. But he said: ‘I am contracted until 2006 so someone will have to tell mesomething different. There is always speculation around managers who people feelhave done a reasonable job. ‘I would like to think people would think that about me. Speculation willalways come around, but I do not anticipate my job description changing… ‘The worst that could happen is that we don’t qualify for Portugal and MarkHughes gets poached by a big club. ‘But, on the other hand, we could get through, have a great time next summerand go on to achieve more in the future with Mark still in charge. ‘It’s not just about Euro 2004. It’s also about ensuring that this squadstays together and enjoys a successful future. ‘Your views on this story?.

Ferguson’s a happy Rover – Nov 13, 2003
I know other people criticise him, but that’s up to them. He did everything for me and I am looking forward to seeing him again. “I have not spoken to him since he left. I had a lot of good times with him but I hope to leave him disappointed next week. When Dick left Rangers we had a team meeting. We knew things were not going right for him, and when he told us that he was director of football we knew that wasn’t Dick. He wouldn’t sit in that wee office for long – he had to be out on the pitch… I’m obviously very pleased to represent the country that many times. It is a great honour for someone like myself and I am looking forward to it. Scotland have been handed a lucky omen for the Euro 2004 play-off against Holland with the appointment of Norwegian referee Terje Hauge. The 38-year-old will make a sentimental return to Hampden Park, where he made his international debut as an international referee as Scotland defeated the Faroe Islands in October 1994. Hauge was also in charge for Craig Brown’s last game as Scotland manager, when he signed off with a win over Latvia in October 2001. – Soccer – Glance: Don’t write off Euro 2004 underdogs -… – Nov 14, 2003
This is already shaping up as a particularly tough tournament, with a long list of teams that will believe they are contenders for the title, including several that haven’t even clinched a place yet. Uniquely among regional tournaments, the depth of quality soccer-playing nations in Europe makes the championships an arguably tougher competition to win than the World Cup. Whereas most teams with a fighting chance of lifting the World Cup can reasonably expect to go as far as the second round without playing too many difficult matches, even qualification has been a very tough proposition for Euro 2004. Among the 10 group winners, only defending champion France had an easy time, finishing 10 points clear with eight wins from eight. Though with only Slovenia, Israel, Cyprus and Malta to contend with, nothing less from Les Bleus should have been expected. By contrast, six of the other groups were settled by just one point. Italy finished four points clear of Wales, but only after coming through a must-win clash with Mark Hughes’ side in Rome… For the two Mediterranean nations, their hopes of basking in the Portuguese sunshine largely depend on how they deal with the North Atlantic, or Baltic, chill. The final match places together two nations that share a border and a common history. Not much more than a decade ago, Croatian and Slovenian players would have been playing together as part of the old Yugoslavia. Croatia will start as a heavy favorite against its northern neighbor, but Slovenia’s qualification for Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup has shown that they care about more than just skiing in Ljubljana. In beating the Ukraine at the same stage of the 2002 qualifying competition, the Slovenians also know how to pull off an upset. ONE TO WATCH SPAIN vs. NORWAY: Oslo, Saturday and Valencia, Wednesday It’s usually after qualification that Spain’s problems start, but this time the great underachievers of European soccer are in danger of not even showing up for the main event after somehow letting Greece slip past into first place in Group Six.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England eye Thompson – Nov 13, 2003
It has been revealed that the in-form Celtic midfielder would have been in thesquad to take on Denmark had it not been for injury. But Sven-Goran Eriksson’s assistant Tord Grip has revealed that he will bewatched again in the Champions League showdown with the German side should herecover from a calf problem. ‘We’d have watched him against Anderlecht had he not been injured and he’dhave been in the squad otherwise,’ Grip told the Scottish Mail. ‘He offers us balance down the left and has been playing well. ‘I’ve seen plenty of him on TV and watched him in Munich. He’s at a maturestage in his career which can only help and he has a powerful backer in MartinO’Neill. ‘Either myself or Sven will come to the Bayern match in Glasgow.

Denmark seeking revenge for World Cup exit – Nov 14, 2003
Thomas Gravesen, the Everton midfielder, said: “I hope it is all forgotten about by the weekend and I hope Sunday’s game is all about football. As a footballer you are aware that you are a role model but, in the end, it is what goes on on the park that matters. “The Football Association have confirmed England will play Sweden in a friendly in Gothenburg on March 31, providing the two teams are not drawn in the same group for the Euro 2004 finals. The match, to mark the Swedish football federation’s centenary celebrations, will mean England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson returning to his homeland. The Euro 2004 draw takes place on Nov 30.

Euro 2004 playoff first-leg matches – Nov 14, 2003
Both should be available for the second leg. But he will also be without midfielder Milan Rapaic who has not yet recovered fitness after injury. Baric is still considering whether to field 19-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who could give additional edge to in-form strikers Dado Prso of Monaco and Ivica Olic from CSKA Moscow. Slovenia received a boost when Zlatko Zahovic, now fully recovered from the toe injury that kept him out for six weeks, and Ermin Siljak, top scorer in the qualifying campaign, joined up with the squad. Defender Aleksander Knavs, nursing a light injury, should be in the starting line-up but first-choice keeper Marko Simeunovic has a shoulder injury and is likely to be replaced by Mladen Dabanovic. Probable teams: Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa; Dario Simic, Igor Tudor, Boris Zivkovic, Stjepan Tomas; Mato Neretljak (or Marko Babic), Jerko Leko, Niko Kovac, Ivica Mornar; Dado Prso, Ivica Olic.

Hughes eye cash benefits for Wales – Nov 13, 2003
Hughes said: ‘These are huge games for everybody involved with Welshfootball. ‘We need to push on and qualify because it will set us up for the next 10years. ‘We are not the richest FA in Europe so qualification for the Euro 2004finals would help us immensely on the financial front. ‘The cash will be vital to help grassroots football projects in Wales andensure that young talent keeps coming through the system and ultimately into thenational team. ‘Qualification will also lift Wales’ world ranking position and hoist them upthe seeding ladder, from fourth to third seeds, therefore acquiring an easierberth for the World Cup 2006 qualification groups. Hughes said: ‘Qualification will also set us up on the seeding front. And itwould install a belief into the players that we are good enough to qualify for amajor championships.

Figo may not retire after all
Independent Online – Nov 12, 2003
The 2001 world player of the year said last month he planned to retire from internationals after the tournament in Portugal and declined to give a reason. However, Figo told reporters on Wednesday that his plans might change. “That is my thinking (retiring), but since I never make definitive long-term plans, well, I can’t say it’s going to be that way,” Figo, 31, said in remarks carried on state radio RDP. “My thinking is to retire after the European (championship).

SOCCER : Trumpet sounds, but whose?
International Herald Tribune – Nov 12, 2003
And $349 million — the amount Nike started to pay United over a 13-year partnership starting last August — gives the sponsor rights to get its message across. Why Tuesday, why that particular day at that particular hour, and especially on this particular year when the fallout of war is all around us? Because, say the marketing men, this was the most convenient time to get Alex Ferguson. He has a free week while his players are scattered across various fields on duty with their national teams, some of them in Euro 2004 playoff games this weekend, some further afield in South America where World Cup 2006 qualifying matches are already taking place. Not that this is an idle week for Sir Alex. He is tying up another new contract, reported to be around £4 million a year, or $6. 66 million, for three years, which will take his tenure at Manchester to 21 years. He is also a wanted man… Why Tuesday, why that particular day at that particular hour, and especially on this particular year when the fallout of war is all around us? Because, say the marketing men, this was the most convenient time to get Alex Ferguson. He has a free week while his players are scattered across various fields on duty with their national teams, some of them in Euro 2004 playoff games this weekend, some further afield in South America where World Cup 2006 qualifying matches are already taking place. Not that this is an idle week for Sir Alex. He is tying up another new contract, reported to be around £4 million a year, or $6. 66 million, for three years, which will take his tenure at Manchester to 21 years. He is also a wanted man. The Football Association in London had set Tuesday for his reply to the FA's demand for an explanation as to why he appeared to impugn the ruling body's integrity last month.

Ask BBC Boxing editor
BBC News – Nov 14, 2003
I don’t think it’s just the BBC’s fault. A lot of the promoters sign up with the BBC and then think they don’t have to do anything – we’ll just leave it to the BBC!

But I know there is more we can do, both with publicity, Radio Five Live and the BBC Boxing website. Chris, Scotland

I’m not a big fan of Jim Neilly – does he really know anything about boxing? I’m not keen on Duke McKenzie either – he gets an idea in his head and sticks to it. They both get their names and facts wrong on a regular basis!

Jim B: The thing with Jim and Duke is that they sit there (especially Duke) and get absorbed in the fight. I know Duke was calling Antonio Tarver Taverner a few weeks ago, and calling John Ruiz – David Ruiz, but Duke knows they are mistakes – it’s not a lack of knowledge. He knows his boxing more than anyone, and I’m of the opinion that people should get excited about watching a fight. I’m happy to put up with a few mistakes if they convey the excitement… Can you confirm or deny this?

Jim B: That’s a tricky one – there are rumours, and I hear them all the time – but I’m not sure it’s just to do with the football. Obviously we paid quite a bit of money to get the Premiership rights back, so there will be cut-backs, but I think the main problem is that 2004 is such a busy year in sport. Euro 2004, the Olympic Games and all the usual sporting events are taking place, so even if we were as busy as we are now I’d imagine that for the three to four summer months you wouldn’t see any boxing on television because there is nowhere to put it. We are not going to get out of boxing, and will be looking at a few other contracts. But to be honest I’m probably as in the dark as you are over this! So I know I’ll sound like a politician, but I can neither confirm nor deny the rumours!

Ray Lawrence, UK
What are the chances of any fights being shown on BBC Three or any of the digital services?

Jim B: I’m not really sure what BBC Three’s strategy is to be honest – I know it’s for the youth – but they’ve always seemed keen to avoid sport if at all possible! In saying that, they’ve recently had Manchester City’s UEFA cup matches and I think those were some of their biggest audiences. Equally, I know there was internal criticism because that’s not really BBC Three’s remit. Personally I think there should be an outlet on BBC Three for boxing, because for me it hits that audience they’re targeting.

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