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The News Review:

* Euro 2004: ‘here we come’
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Giggs fitness fight
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Scotland thrashed…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Hughes: ‘I want to stay with Wales&#39…
* Your verdict: Euro 2004 play-offs
* … – Latvia, Spain, Croatia, Dutch, Russia make Euro 2004 -…
* Euro 2004 Qualifying results and team details
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Bruce backs Upson
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Inside Soccer: New furor engulfs England team after Smith arrest
* No show for Russian fans
* ENGLAND FACE EURO KO IF FANS MISBEHAVE
* Inzaghi is hopeful for Ajax match
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Gameplanet – Reviews – FIFA 2004
* Young Reid has debut to remember

Euro 2004: ‘here we come’
Expatica – Nov 20, 2003
Needing to win by at least two goals after the disappointing 0-1 away loss in Scotland on Saturday 15 November, a young and rejuvenated Dutch team scored three goals in the first half as it took complete control of the last-ditch Euro 2004 qualification duel. The team that lost to Scotland was the oldest in Dutch football history, newspaper De Telegraaf reported and coach Dick Advocaat opted for a youth policy on Wednesday night and 19-year-old mid-fielder Wesley Sneijder did not let him down. He scored in the 14th minute and assisted Andre Ooijer (32nd minute) and Ruud van Nistelrooij (37th) to extend the lead out to three goals before the second half… The goal was a good reward for the record international ? who surprisingly started on the bench ? and his loyal service in years gone past. Van Nistelrooij ? given the nod ahead of top Dutch international record goal scorer Patrick Kluivert, who also started on the sidelines as part Advocaat’s bold gamble ? scored goals number four and six to end a remarkable evening for the Dutch team while 50,000 people looked on from the stands. The Netherlands will now travel to the European Championships in Portugal, which will be held in June and July next year. The qualification comes after the Dutch miserably missed out on the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and will go a long way towards silencing critics of an aging team full of stars once hailed as heroes.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Giggs fitness fight
go.com – Nov 19, 2003
UEFA’s disciplinary chiefs rejected an appeal by the Russian Football Union tohave the midfielder banned following an alleged elbow on defender Vadim Evseevin Saturday’s explosive first leg in Moscow. But the Manchester United star will have to face a UEFA charge of ‘improperconduct’ at a later date, which could result in a subsequent ban, but mostlikely will be a fine. Boss Mark Hughes, though, has revealed Giggs is not yet a definite starter,after suffering a shin injury in one tackle on him by Evseev, which he describedas ‘one of the worst I have had to contend with in my career’. ‘We hope he will be fit, but he is still suffering from that very bad tackle,’ said Hughes. ‘He is very sore at the moment, but we hope he will be there. It is still a worry, he has lacerations the whole length of his shin and that is always a risk. ‘We have good medical people here so we believe he will overcome that.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland | Scotland thrashed…
BBC News – Nov 19, 2003
It was a result that not only rescued his own international career but that of many of his team-mates and national coach Dick Advocaat – as well as inflicting Scotland’s worst defeat in 42 years. Scotland had travelled to the Amsterdam ArenA with high hopes following their 1-0 first-leg win on Saturday. But, responding to a welter of adverse publicity, the Dutch found the commitment, teamwork and luck that was missing at Hampden Park to power into an early lead through Wesley Sneijder. The 19-year-old’s introduction was a masterstroke for the highly-criticised Advocaat as the PSV Eindhoven midfielder set up goals for Andre Ooijer and Van Nistelrooy before half-time.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Hughes: ‘I want to stay with Wales&#39…
go.com – Nov 19, 2003
euroq –>Updated: Nov. 19, 2003Hughes: ‘I’ll stay with Wales’Mark Hughes still wants to lead Wales into the World Cup campaign next year. The Welsh manager, who had just seen his side eliminated from the Euro 2004play-offs at the hands of the Russians, was immediately asked if he wouldcontinue in the job. There has been constant speculation about his future with a number of topEnglish jobs apparently his for the taking, but Hughes said: ‘Given the choice,I would like to stay on. ‘He added: ‘I am contracted to take Wales into the next qualifiers, that isthe plan. ‘Circumstances like the fact that we have not qualified, which I set out todo, will maybe mean people will have something to say about that. ‘Given the choice I would like to stay… There has been constant speculation about his future with a number of topEnglish jobs apparently his for the taking, but Hughes said: ‘Given the choice,I would like to stay on. ‘He added: ‘I am contracted to take Wales into the next qualifiers, that isthe plan. ‘Circumstances like the fact that we have not qualified, which I set out todo, will maybe mean people will have something to say about that. ‘Given the choice I would like to stay. It is too early to say about what theplayers will do, there are lads who will be looking at their futures and makingdecisions. ‘They will go away and take stock. My job is to try to get Wales to majorchampionships, and I have now failed twice.

Your verdict: Euro 2004 play-offs
go.com – Nov 18, 2003
18, 2003Your verdict: Euro 2004 play-offsIt was a weekend of shocks in the Euro 2004 play-offs and our newsdesk@soccernet. com mailbox is a hive of activity ahead of Wednesday night’s return legs. On Saturday Scotland beat Holland 1-0 as the Patrick Kluivert and Ruud van Nistelrooy debate rumbled on, Wales held Russia 0-0 despite a horror a tackle on Ryan Giggs, Latvia beat Turkey 1-0 and an alleged tunnel bust up ensued, Spain needed a late goal to pip Norway 2-1 and Slovenia grabbed a 1-1 draw in Croatia… On Saturday Scotland beat Holland 1-0 as the Patrick Kluivert and Ruud van Nistelrooy debate rumbled on, Wales held Russia 0-0 despite a horror a tackle on Ryan Giggs, Latvia beat Turkey 1-0 and an alleged tunnel bust up ensued, Spain needed a late goal to pip Norway 2-1 and Slovenia grabbed a 1-1 draw in Croatia. Advocaat has always been know as a person with his own little favorites. Even Ruud Gullitt would be better for these play-offs. On the question of van Nistlerooy as a striker, he is brilliant, does the job for United, but he is the pin-up boy at United, as they have nobody like him there, but he tries to convince the Dutch and the world that Holland cannot do without him. The Dutch have lots of great strikers and they will beat Scotland in Amsterdam with or without Van.

… – Latvia, Spain, Croatia, Dutch, Russia make Euro 2004 -…
SI.com – Nov 19, 2003
The Baltic team hit back from 2-0 down in Istanbul to gain a 2-2 tie and, together with its 1-0 victory from the home leg in Riga, advanced to its first major soccer championship. "It was a historic win," said Latvia’s coach Alexandrs Starkovs. "I can’t answer you on how we will do in Portugal… The result is that Wales, who once led their qualifying group by five points, haven’t made it to a major championship since the 1958 World Cup. "My job was to get Wales to a major championship and I have failed twice," said coach Mark Hughes, a former Manchester United star. Russian coach Georgy Yartsev praised his team for not conceding in either game. "It took us two very tough playoff games against one of the strongest teams, which had not just European class, but world class players," Yartsev said. Croatia gained a 1-0 victory at Slovenia to advance to the finals 2-1 on aggregate, having been held 1-1 at home in the first leg. Two minutes after Juventus defender Igor Tudor had been ejected for a second yellow card in Ljubljana, 10-man Croatia went ahead through AS Monaco’s Dado Prso. The victory meant it gained its second appearance in the finals and maintained an unbeaten record in eight matches against its neighbor.

Euro 2004 Qualifying results and team details
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 19, 2003
Subs Not Used: Makaay, Robben, Waterreus, Van Hooijdonk. Booked: van Nistelrooy, Davids. Goals: Sneijder 13, Ooijer 32, van Nistelrooy 36, 50, De Boer 64, van Nistelrooy 66. Scotland: Douglas, McNamara, Pressley, Wilkie, Naysmith (Ross 46), Fletcher, Ferguson, McCann (Miller 62), Rae, McFadden, Dickov (Crawford 45). Subs Not Used: Gould, Graham Alexander, Caldwell, Hutchison… Goals: Sneijder 13, Ooijer 32, van Nistelrooy 36, 50, De Boer 64, van Nistelrooy 66. Scotland: Douglas, McNamara, Pressley, Wilkie, Naysmith (Ross 46), Fletcher, Ferguson, McCann (Miller 62), Rae, McFadden, Dickov (Crawford 45). Subs Not Used: Gould, Graham Alexander, Caldwell, Hutchison. Booked: Ferguson, Pressley, Dickov, Naysmith. Agg (6-1) Att: 52,000 Ref: Michel Lubos (Slovakia).

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Bruce backs Upson
go.com – Nov 19, 2003
Upson came in for criticism in some quarters after his performance for hiscountry in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Denmark at Old Trafford when his recklesstackle led to a penalty being conceded. But Bruce believes that 23-year-old Upson, who will face his former clubArsenal on Saturday, was unfairly made the scapegoat. Bruce said: ‘I am not bothered about what other people write about Matthew but I will protect him because he has been fantastic for me. As far as I am concerned, he has given away a penalty – and that is all. It happens if you are a defender. We have all been there… He will get better. In terms of games played, Matthew isstill relatively inexperienced. ‘He will be all the better for it and I will be amazed if he is not on theplane to Portugal as part of the England squad because he is naturallyleft-sided. ‘I said six to eight weeks ago that he is the best left-sided defender in thecountry and I am still sticking with that. He gives the team so much balance. ‘Meanwhile, Bruce is confident he can persuade midfielder Darren Carter to signa new contract at Birmingham. Carter, currently playing for England in the World Youth Championships, hasbeen locked in talks for the past 18 months.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 18, 2003
But an inexperienced England side was unable to match their rugby counterparts? success on the field as the Danes twice come from behind in a frantic opening half-hour before snatching victory eight minutes from the end. Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson failed to hold a fierce long-range shot from Rangers winger Peter Lovenkrands and AC Milan striker Tomasson pounced on the rebound. Martin Jorgensen had earlier cancelled out goals by Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole as the Danes underlined that Europe?s bigger footballing powers will have to be wary of them at next summer?s Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said he had witnessed ?lots of good things,? but admitted that his side had not defended well as a unit, allowing an inexperienced back four to be exposed by Denmark?s swift counter-attacking. ?Individually I saw some nice things and there were two nice goals but even if it is a friendly, at the international level you have to defend properly. ?If you don?t do that, every time you lose the ball you are under pressure and that?s what happened today,? Eriksson said. ?We will have to defend better if we want to win in Portugal… ?We will have to defend better if we want to win in Portugal. ? Danish coach Morten Olsen admitted he had been surprised by how ragged some of England?s defending had been. ?In the last 20 minutes England were not so well organised and gave us some chances to attack,? Olsen said, while stressing that he still regarded a full-strength England as one of the Euro 2004 favourites. ?England are a top team and it is very important to see how your team functions against a top team. We made some mistakes but we scored some good goals as well. ? It may have been a disappointing result but England?s fans will have taken heart from another command performance from Rooney, who scored one fabulous goal, made one for Cole and hit the woodwork before departing to a standing ovation. Not bad for an 18-year-old who was confined to bed with flu at the start of the week.

Inside Soccer: New furor engulfs England team after Smith arrest
nwsource.com – Nov 18, 2003
We don’t enjoy it, and I don’t enjoy it. ” The players released a statement backing Ferdinand and Smith. “We are not prepared to have players treated like this,” Beckham said. “If players do things wrong, they should get punished, but they should still be able to be selected for England and play for England until they are found guilty. ” Eriksson, employed by the FA, agreed. “Why should the FA judge people?” a frustrated Eriksson said. “English football is making the front pages and the back pages not only here but in all other countries as well… PLAYER OF THE WEEK: McFadden. Along with Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher, he’s the brightest talent Scottish football has seen in a while. MATCH OF THE WEEK: All five of the Euro 2004 playoff second legs tomorrow — no team has a sizable lead. Reach London journalist Ravi Ubha at raviubha@hotmail.

No show for Russian fans
BBC News – Nov 18, 2003
Staff at Cardiff International Airport have been unable to contact anyone from Russian tour operators, Russian State Travel, to find out why they cancelled the two chartered flights from Moscow. The Russian team arrived safely on Tuesday and are staying at Cardiff’s Copthorne Hotel. However, no plans have been made to reschedule the fans’ flights in time for tomorrow’s match and the chartered return flights in the early hours of Thursday morning have also been cancelled. These were the only two chartered services carrying Russian fans to Cardiff… The Football Association of Wales has said that even if the Russian fans stranded in Moscow are not able to make it to Cardiff in time for the match, their tickets will not be re-sold. The FAW made no distinction between the 500 Russian ex-pats, living in the UK, and a similar number of fans travelling from Russia itself. Therefore, they could not ensure fans’ safety if tickets held by fans stranded in Moscow were re-issued to Welsh supporters. Meanwhile Uefa have cleared Ryan Giggs to play in the big match tomorrow after Russian allegations that he elbowed a Russian opponent. The FAW will appeal against the decision to charge Giggs with the lesser offence of improper conduct, which is due to be heard at a UEFA hearing on December 4. “We will obviously appeal on Ryan’s behalf,” said FAW international
secretary Mark Evan. “We are clearly not happy that the decision seems to have been made on e-mail evidence.

ENGLAND FACE EURO KO IF FANS MISBEHAVE
4TheGame – Nov 20, 2003
here NEWS STORY ENGLAND FACE EURO KO IF FANS MISBEHAVE Thursday 20 Nov 2003 England were warned today that they will be kicked out of Euro 2004 if their fans misbehave in Portugal next summer. Gerhard Aigner, chief executive of UEFA, insists individual nations must be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters during the European Championship finals. English fans have a reputation for causing trouble – and although European football’s governing body would be reluctant to punish the team over something for which they are not responsible, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men would face the consequences if there were serious problems. “It is not our aim to eliminate teams who have qualified sportingly for a competition. We all know it is not something beneficial to the players when the fans misbehave – it is damaging,” Aigner told PA Sport… Gerhard Aigner, chief executive of UEFA, insists individual nations must be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters during the European Championship finals. English fans have a reputation for causing trouble – and although European football’s governing body would be reluctant to punish the team over something for which they are not responsible, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men would face the consequences if there were serious problems. “It is not our aim to eliminate teams who have qualified sportingly for a competition. We all know it is not something beneficial to the players when the fans misbehave – it is damaging,” Aigner told PA Sport. “But we have to hold the team responsible in the end – and if that means we have to take out a team from the competition to protect the competition then we shall do so. “That is what nobody wants. It is the last resort to protect the competition, and I hope we don’t get to that point.

Inzaghi is hopeful for Ajax match
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2003
“If they didn’t want to come to Perugia they should have told me about it straight away. “Last week Svensson, a Swedish international striker, said it was unrealistic to think a woman could play in a professional league against men. “I do not think that women can compete against men on a regular basis,” she said. “Quite simply we would not be able to get the better of players such as Maldini and Nesta. “Borussia Dortmund are considering taking legal action against their injured striker Marcio Amoroso for failing to return to Germany from Brazil in time for a medical examination ordered by the Bundesliga club. “Amoroso did not come and we have no documentation which justifies his absence,” Dortmund’s sporting manager Michael Zorc said, adding that legal steps were being considered. Amoroso, who has been out of action since September after tearing a right knee ligament, said last week he was seeking permission to have treatment in the United States… “The knee has had enough,” Lucendo said. “The doctor said the ligament has been degenerating for some time and I am not thinking of playing again. “Lucendo made 28 appearances for Andorra in official matches and played his last game against Bulgaria in a Euro 2004 qualifier in September. Italian Serie B club Livorno have been banned from using their home stadium for one game after a group of their fans chanted abuse following a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of 19 Italians killed in Iraq. Livorno fans chanted anti-Carabinieri slogans before the start of their match against Treviso – 12 of the victims of the suicide attack on a military police barracks in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya were Carabinieri. “With their vulgar phrases that group [of fans] insulted the memory of the killed Carabinieri,” the Italian Football League’s disciplinary body said. Livorno’s hardcore ultras are reported to be connected to far-left groups.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Nov 18, 2003
Mind you, they don't want too many repeats of the gun-toting incident which caused Graham Kavanagh to question whether he really did want to resume his international career. The Cardiff midfielder, who will win his fourth Ireland cap tonight four years after collecting his first, was with colleagues when armed raiders in balaclavas ran into the reception of Dublin's Porthmarnock Golf and Country Club and fired a shot into the ceiling and he recalls: "We had just sat down upstairs and there was a commotion in the lobby when these armed gunmen came in. "A gunman jumped over the reception desk and there was a bang, a gun-shot and a man shouted, 'get down'. I have never seen anything like it and it was really scary.

Gameplanet – Reviews – FIFA 2004
Gameplanet – Nov 19, 2003
It seems there is a down to every up with this game. Either way you will be served some of the best sound a football game has to offer. There is also some of the most confusing commentary to hit a game – “This is going to be such an evenly matched game” followed later on in the piece with “The score shouldn’t be this evenly matched… These stuff ups don’t happen too often but do detract when they occur. A positive is that it is nice that EA Sports have added a “small talk” library of comments. It is rather amusing to hear them talk about the upcoming Euro 2004 when there isn’t much action happening on field.

Young Reid has debut to remember
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2003
But it was Reid, chosen man of the match, who particularly caught the eye, making both goals and generally looking comfortable at this level albeit against a team who hardly qualify as world football giants. Ireland may have missed out on Euro 2004 but at least 2003 ended on a winning note with Damien Duff giving further proof of his growing stature since his £17 million transfer to Chelsea. While it was not exactly an experimental starting XI, there were only two players over 27 – captain Kenny Cunningham and Graham Kavanagh, who was winning his fourth cap five years after his debut. Canada, ranked 83 in the world, arrived at Lansdowne Road in the wake of their worst defeat in 10 years, a 5-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Saturday and having been defeated in seven of their previous nine matches… But it was Reid, chosen man of the match, who particularly caught the eye, making both goals and generally looking comfortable at this level albeit against a team who hardly qualify as world football giants. Ireland may have missed out on Euro 2004 but at least 2003 ended on a winning note with Damien Duff giving further proof of his growing stature since his £17 million transfer to Chelsea. While it was not exactly an experimental starting XI, there were only two players over 27 – captain Kenny Cunningham and Graham Kavanagh, who was winning his fourth cap five years after his debut. Canada, ranked 83 in the world, arrived at Lansdowne Road in the wake of their worst defeat in 10 years, a 5-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Saturday and having been defeated in seven of their previous nine matches. They were fortunate not to have been reduced to 10 men after a quarter of an hour when Ante Jazic pulled back Keane just outside the Canada penalty area.

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