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November 26, 2003

FA to set date for Rio hearing

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The News Review:

* … World Soccer’s Glanville: Ban England fans from Euro…
* Forlorn Giggs wants more club glory
* Inside Soccer: Dutch deep-six the upstart Scots
* FA to set date for Rio hearing
* Neville’s form allows Keane time off
* 1974 – the Dutch fall at the final hurdle
* SOCCER : From the 50-year-old mists, lessons for today
* The fan – Hunter Davies keeps an eye on flash gits in hospitality…
* Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph
* Paul Ricard track offers to host French GP
* For sake of sanity soccer must learn from glory boys
* We can cope without Elvis
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Rooney faces court call-up
* Harper happy to stay
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
* UEFA Champions League

… World Soccer’s Glanville: Ban England fans from Euro…
SI.com – Nov 25, 2003
Just to rub it in, a few days later he scored a spectacular goal for his new club, Real Madrid. Whatever Sir Roy knows about finance, he clearly knows little or nothing about football. No more such petty outbursts, please! IT saddened me that Arsene Wenger decided not to take Dennis Bergkamp to Milan to play against his old club, Inter, after his dazzling show against Birmingham City last Saturday. True, as Wenger, said he had only three days to recover. But in his Indian Summer, he can do things no other Arsenal player can. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the writer.

Forlorn Giggs wants more club glory
rte.ie – Nov 24, 2003
A single Russian goal at the Millennium Stadium was enough to break Welsh hearts and Giggs has once again missed out on a chance to display his skills at a major international tournament. However, with a midweek Champions League encounter with Panathinaikos in Athens and then Sunday’s crunch Premiership trip to title rivals Chelsea, Giggs will have to pick himself up. The Welsh international said: “Losing in the play-off was a big blow. We made such a good start to the group and there was so much expectation, to end it like that was obviously very disappointing.

Inside Soccer: Dutch deep-six the upstart Scots
nwsource.com – Nov 25, 2003
Five days after an improbable 1-0 victory in Glasgow, Scotland was humbled 6-0 by the Dutch in the return leg in Amsterdam to crash out of contention for next year’s tournament in Portugal. “I’m embarrassed, you’re embarrassed, the whole of Scotland is embarrassed,” Scotland coach Berti Vogts said after the debacle. Scotland was without suspended central defender Christian Dailly, the man of the match in the first leg, and it showed. Three of the six goals came on set pieces, with the defense crumbling in the box… Spain, perennial underachiever, easily advanced against Norway — that probably saved Inaki Saez’s job. Russia edged past Wales, Croatia beat Slovenia, and Latvia surprised Turkey. THIS YEAR’S SURPRISE: Not only did Latvia make next year’s tournament, it did so with style. Facing an exit after falling behind 2-0 to Turkey in Istanbul, Latvia rallied to draw 2-2 and advanced 3-2 on aggregate. Latvia, with a population of just more than 2 million, had never qualified for a major soccer tournament since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. “It was a sensation, and a celebratory moment for our country,” coach Aleksandrs Starkovs said. “We really fought a historical win.

FA to set date for Rio hearing
BBC News – Nov 25, 2003
The England international will be represented by a team from United’s experienced lawyers James Chapman. Since missing the drugs test Ferdinand has played for United in both the Premiership and the Champions League. However, he is not eligible to be selected to play for England, and he missed the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey and the friendly defeat to Denmark. Meanwhile, Uefa will meet on 4 December to decide whether Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs used his elbow in Wales’ first leg of their Euro 2004 play-off against Russia.

Neville’s form allows Keane time off
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 25, 2003
A Champions League trip to Panathinaikos simply does not rate as highly in Sir Alex Ferguson’s mind as their match against Chelsea on Sunday. The United captain was not on the flight to Athens yesterday after, Ferguson said, he aggravated a hamstring problem in the weekend victory over Blackburn Rovers. Traditionally, United are at their most evasive on injury information when approaching the big games, but Keane’s absence on the trip suggests that his need for recuperation and rest before the match at Stamford Bridge must be reasonably acute. “Obviously we would have preferred Roy to have been here but it was too big a risk,” Ferguson said. “If he had worsened in the match against Panathinaikos there would be a problem for Sunday but, apart from that, we will be playing our strongest team… “The Football Association are hoping to announce the date for Rio Ferdinand’s hearing for failing to attend a drugs test at some point next week. The Manchester United and England defender has decided to contest an FA charge of failure or refusal to take a drugs test after he missed a random test at his club’s Carrington training ground on Sept 23. UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body, meanwhile, will convene on Dec 4 to decide whether or not Ryan Giggs was guilty of elbowing Vadim Evseev in the first leg of the Euro 2004 play-off between Wales and Russia in Moscow. Team detailsManchester Utd (probable): Howard; G Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O’Shea; Fletcher, Kleberson, P Neville, Fortune; Giggs, Van Nistelrooy. Panathinaikos (probable): Nikopolidis; Michaelson, Henriksen, Goumas, Konstantinidis; Seitardis, Munch, Maric; Sanmartean, Vlaovic; Konstantinou. Referee: J Wegereef (Holland).

1974 – the Dutch fall at the final hurdle
BBC News – Nov 24, 2003
As Scotland found out in Amsterdam this week, the Dutch are a footballing conundrum. As the build-up to their crucial Euro 2004 play-off was overshadowed by rumours of disharmony in the Dutch camp, many were expecting the team to self-destruct once again. The history of Dutch football is full of such stories, and the tag of ‘underachievers’ has hung over them since the infamous ‘lost final’ of the 1974 World Cup when they were defeated by West Germany. Instead they simply blew Scotland away, winning six-nil. So just why has a nation which regularly produces some of the world’s finest footballers found it so hard to deliver?

It’s one of football’s most enduring mysteries. We’ve all heard the clich?s, I put them to perhaps the archetypal Dutch player of his generation – Dennis Bergkamp… We’ve all heard the clich?s, I put them to perhaps the archetypal Dutch player of his generation – Dennis Bergkamp. ‘The Dutch are too arrogant’

“I would never consider us arrogant. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves, and that’s not only created by the media but by the Dutch people as well. “We just feel we know what we can achieve and we think there aren’t many teams better than us, and we play those teams with a certain attitude. People can see that as arrogance – I don’t think that’s true”. ‘The star players think they are bigger than the team’

“If you look at the Dutch in general we all have our own opinion about things and sometimes that’s a different opinion than the coach!

“We like to speak out and not to hide things, and when everyone speaks out you have a lot of problems and I think that’s what happened in 1994 with Ruud Gullit and in 1996 with Edgar Davids.

SOCCER : From the 50-year-old mists, lessons for today
International Herald Tribune – Nov 26, 2003
The methods and the memories are still ingrained in the men like Bobby Robson, then a youngster in the crowd shrouded in a London fog, now the septuagenarian trainer of young multimillionaires who regard themselves as gods of the playing fields. What Sir Bobby gleaned from 1953 — and again from the following February, when the Magyars took England apart, 7-1, in the Nepstadion in Budapest — he passes on. What he and the wisest of modern coaches discovered was: speed and flexibility, interchanging of once fixed positions, technique through practice; that the game is won in the head and the heart, not merely in men's boots. The Hungarians themselves knew they were part of a special collection of players. It wasn't just England but Italy, Germany, Austria and Brazil who fell to them during a Hungarian reign that encompassed 43 victories from 51 matches, 220 goals against 58.

The fan – Hunter Davies keeps an eye on flash gits in hospitality…
New Statesman – Nov 24, 2003
By now, you’ll know if either or neither will be going to Portugal along with England for Euro 2004. There is a large expat Brit community in Portugal who would cheer each side along. Oh, I do hope it happens for at least one of them. Scotland and Wales were excellent in the first legs, but, of course, the lesser-fancied teams have a chance in a one-off game. Over two games, class comes through… It was significant that the Russian fans, in their home tie, were leaving five minutes before the end. But it gave us all a chance to admire Moscow’s Locomotiv Stadium, modern and well designed with flash executive boxes, a sure sign of Russia’s economic prosperity. It’s not stuff in the shops which tells you how well a country is doing, but flash gits in hospitality suites. I also noticed how many Russian players were wearing gloves, yet they must be used to the cold, but not one Welsh player. I always take that as a clue to inner resolve. It made me wonder again why Roman Abramovich didn’t pour his billions into one of his homeland clubs, when clearly things have improved so much. But I am watching Chelsea very carefully – with total, unalloyed pleasure.

Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 26, 2003
“Button, 23, outscored 1997 champion Villeneuve by 17 points to six this year and he has now become the BAR team leader alongside Japan’s Takuma Sato, who took over from Villeneuve in October’s season-ending Japanese Grand Prix. The French Grand Prix could be saved after organisers at Bernie Ecclestone’s Paul Ricard circuit said yesterday that they were ready and able to host the event next year. The news will come as a blow to organisers of the British Grand Prix, who had hoped to occupy the July 11 date set aside for the French event and avoid clashes with the Wimbledon and Euro 2004 finals on July 4. The French race was scrapped when Magny Cours revealed they could not afford to stage it but Paul Ricard is now in pole position to help get the race reinstated and organisers are just waiting for the green light. Ice Hockey Former Great Britain international Doug McEwen will line up for the Cardiff Devils in tonight’s Elite League match against the Manchester Phoenix after returning to the club. The 40-year-old played 10 seasons in South Wales before leaving for Peterborough in 1999. London Racers, without a win in 23 matches, have signed Chris Bailey on trial.

Paul Ricard track offers to host French GP
go.com – Nov 26, 2003
Paul Ricard, which hosted the French Grand Prix until 1991,has been set up as a high-tech testing venue used mainly byToyota and currently does not have the facilities to cope with a100,000-strong Grand Prix crowd. But circuit director Philippe Gurdjian, who has organized 19grands prix in the past, is confident there is enough time tomake the required changes and is ready to put plans in motion. The spokeswoman added: “If it was proposed for tomorrow wedo not have the infrastructure to host the race but Mr. Gurdjianhas organized grands prix in difficult circumstance and thiswould be another challenge. A spokesman for FFSA said there had been discussions overthe possibility of the race being held at Paul Ricard but wouldnot reveal whether a decision had yet been made. The FSSA was due to hold a news conference in Paris onWednesday to unveil its plans for the future of the race but hadto delay any announcement until Thursday. The return of the event, originally scheduled for July 11,would ruin plans by the organizers of the British Grand Prix toswitch from their July 4 date to avoid clashes with theWimbledon tennis championships and Euro 2004 soccer finals… A spokesman for FFSA said there had been discussions overthe possibility of the race being held at Paul Ricard but wouldnot reveal whether a decision had yet been made. The FSSA was due to hold a news conference in Paris onWednesday to unveil its plans for the future of the race but hadto delay any announcement until Thursday. The return of the event, originally scheduled for July 11,would ruin plans by the organizers of the British Grand Prix toswitch from their July 4 date to avoid clashes with theWimbledon tennis championships and Euro 2004 soccer finals. The Magny-Cours circuit, which has hosted the French GrandPrix in recent years, has signed a five-year contract withEcclestone to stage the event from 2005 to 2009.

For sake of sanity soccer must learn from glory boys
Halifax Today – Nov 25, 2003
uk%2ftemplate%2fViewArticle. Well not quite, but as the Aussies have been more than happy to crow for the past couple of years, second is nowhere. England is rightly celebrating Clive Woodward men’s triumph in Sydney at the weekend and the manner in which victory was achieved has prompted talk that football can learn much from rugby. Respect for referees, responsible behaviour off it and clear and concise decision making thanks to the miking-up of officials. Paltry fines have failed to curb footballers’ foul mouthed rants when they don’t get their own way, so perhaps the thought of treating the nation to the full extent of their vocabulary might… Every time Sven Goran Eriksson calls his side together it’s David Beckham or bust. If Goldenballs doesn’t play then, if your read the papers or listen to the talk in the pubs and clubs, then we might as well not bother. Even taking into account the Real Madrid midfielder’s spin-machine, so influential that it would make Alistair Campbell blush, it should be possible for even the most one-eyed of fans and pundits to realise that if we are to win the World Cup or Euro 2004, it’s going to take more than a little shimmy from Posh’s other-half to do the business. Statistics show that if we are to go down that road then Michael Owen, not Beckham, is far more crucial to our chances and, as one respected columnist recently pointed-out, someone who petulantly got himself sent off in a crucial game against Argentina before bottling-out of a tackle that ultimately handed Brazil the goal which booked their place in last year’s final, is hardly the most reliable of role models. Thankfully Wilkinson seems a level headed sort of chap who will steer clear of that sort of adulation. But please, let’s not give him cause to in the first place. The nation’s sanity, not to mention mine, could depend on it.

We can cope without Elvis
Edinburgh Evening News – Nov 24, 2003
“It is just one of those things that happens in football but we will get by. “The team is not made up of just one player and to be honest I am not too worried about it. “We will have 11 players on the park on Thursday determined to get Hearts into the next round of the UEFA Cup and it will now be a case of picking the right team. ” Pressley had been toiling with a groin injury over the last few weeks, an injury which had prevented him training properly, while he lost two teeth in a clash with Patrick Kluivert playing for Scotland against Holland in last week’s Euro 2004 play-off. As he faced up to missing out on the biggest game of his Hearts career, Pressley couldn’t conceal his disappointment. “It is a real sickener… “The team is not made up of just one player and to be honest I am not too worried about it. “We will have 11 players on the park on Thursday determined to get Hearts into the next round of the UEFA Cup and it will now be a case of picking the right team. ” Pressley had been toiling with a groin injury over the last few weeks, an injury which had prevented him training properly, while he lost two teeth in a clash with Patrick Kluivert playing for Scotland against Holland in last week’s Euro 2004 play-off. As he faced up to missing out on the biggest game of his Hearts career, Pressley couldn’t conceal his disappointment. “It is a real sickener. I felt something as soon as I went into the challenge and knew straight away that I would have to come off. “I can’t believe this has happened but I’ll just have to get on with things.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 24, 2003
?We ended up scrambling over the line when we shouldn?t have done. Blackburn pushed us all the way and we only have ourselves to blame. ? Van Nistelrooy?s 12th goal of the season for United was also his fourth in the space of four days after his hat-trick in Holland?s 6-0 demolition of Scotland in their Euro 2004 play-off second leg on Wednesday. Southampton boss Gordon Strachan, strongly linked to the managerial vacancy at his old club Leeds, saw his current charges beaten in what may be his last game in charge. Mario Melchiot?s strike two minutes after the interval made the difference in a tightly-fought encounter. After the match, Saints chairman Rupert Lowe scoffed at suggestions Strachan could be tempted away. ?We have a sound financial base whereas they have a caretaker manager, are bottom of the table and have big debts so it (the rumour) is more likely to have come from them,? Lowe said… ? Substitute Florent Sinama-Pongolle went down under Franck Queudrue?s challenge but Liverpool?s appeals were turned down. ?We had more chances than them and we had a cast-iron penalty. Queudrue did not touch the ball at all – if he had it should have been a corner,? Houllier said. Eddie Gray?s hopes that his caretaker role at Leeds could lead to a permanent appointment suffered a blow when two goals in as many minutes from Kevin Davies and Stelios Giannakopoulos earned Bolton a 2-0 win at Elland Rd. The cash injection rumoured to be on its way if Strachan?s appointment is confirmed cannot come quickly enough for the Yorkshire club. In the day?s other games, Everton beat Wolves 2-0 thanks to a 20-yard rocket from Tomasz Radzinski and a Kevin Kilbane header while a controversial late Paulo di Canio penalty rescued a point for Charlton at Leicester, who had taken a first half lead through Les Ferdinand. The point keeps Charlton on track for a place in Europe next season in fourth place but Leicester boss Micky Adams was adamant that Di Canio had dived – a view backed up by television replays.

Rooney faces court call-up
BBC News – Nov 24, 2003
And it is feared the teenager will miss-out on part of England’s Euro 2004 preparations after he was named as a key witness in the case. John Hyland, 41, from Woolton, Liverpool, has been charged with demanding money with menaces from Mr Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford. And the date set for the trial is in the middle of an England training week, before they face Sweden on 31 March in a friendly match. ‘Vital evidence’

At a pre-trial hearing at Warrington Crown Court, Mr Hyland’s solicitor Peter Quinn warned District Judge David Hale the date clashed with an England call-up. He said: “There could be a problem with young Mr Rooney giving evidence due to his involvement in the European Championships… He said: “There could be a problem with young Mr Rooney giving evidence due to his involvement in the European Championships. “It is my understanding that his evidence is vital to the case but he will be involved with playing for England. ”

But Judge Hale said Mr Rooney would only be expected to attend court for a day, and added football would not get in the way of the trial. Mr Hyland was bailed until the date the trial is due to start on 25 March.

Harper happy to stay
edp24.co.uk – Nov 25, 2003
But hopefully he’s already seen enough of what I can do to make a decision on whether to send me back or keep me here,” said Harper, who is too old to qualify for season-long loan and could only move to Carrow Road on a permanent transfer. “I’m very disappointed, very down at the moment because of the injury. I came here to play – and I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked. “My recovery from the hamstring injury has been pretty slow to be honest and I won’t make it against Coventry. But there may be a chance against Crewe on Saturday, we’ll just have to see about that. “Harper returned to Portsmouth to receive treatment on the niggling injury that has blighted his three-month stay in Norfolk – but made it quite clear that he had no great desire to go back there after the final game of his loan spell against Cardiff on December 13. He feels City have got what it takes to maintain a strong promotion challenge and would relish the opportunity to join the club on a full term basis… But we’re in good position halfway through so it’s up to us to keep playing well. “Harper has twice suffered hamstring strains during his time at Carrow Road, in the games against Crystal Palace on September 27 and Walsall on November 1. The injuries also forced him out of Scotland’s squad for the recent Euro 2004 qualifiers against Holland and the player admitted it had been “a very difficult time. ” But he assured supporters that Norwich would not be signing an injury- prone player if they decided to offer him a permanent deal. “I can assure everyone that I’ve not got a suspect hamstring,” he said. “It’s been crazy because I’d had one hamstring strain in my life before I came here. Since I’ve been at Norwich I’ve had two.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 25, 2003
However, as United travel to Panathinaikos FC in the UEFA Champions League, the uefa. com diarist is keeping his spirits up. By Ryan Giggs
It is still difficult to put into words the sense of disappointment everyone in the Welsh camp felt after losing to Russia. To fall at the final hurdle was truly heartbreaking.

UEFA Champions League
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 25, 2003
Lively gameIn a lively game where there were more shots than fouls, Maksim Buznikin and Sergei Ignashevitch found their goals cancelled out by Valentin Belkevich and Maksim Shatskikh, but Parks struck only six minutes after coming to leave his side knowing victory at Arsenal FC on 10 December will take them through. Buznikin brought inBoth sides’ domestic campaigns have ended for the year, but Russia’s UEFA EURO 2004™ play-off had kept Lokomotiv’s Sergei Ovchinnikov, Ignashevitch, Dmitri Loskov, Vadim Evseev and Dmitri Sennikov in action, and Dynamo played a two-legged Ukrainian Cup tie against FC Illichivets Mariupil last week, winning 9-0 on aggregate. Lokomotiv brought in Buznikin for Marat Izmailov to support striker Mikheil Ashvetia, while for Dynamo Diogo Rincón replaced the suspended Jerko Leko, and Goran Sablic and Yuriy Dmytrulin came in for Georgi Peev and Serhiy Fedorov,Visitors ambitiousDynamo knew a victory could take them into the last 16, and began in hungry fashion. Shatskikh was especially busy in attack, while Rincón shot wide after ten minutes. Shatskikh and Dmytrulin then had long-range efforts not far off target, while Lokomotiv captain and goalkeeper Ovchinnikov was having to produce the same fine form he had shown here ten days ago against Wales. Ashvetia then broke through but was forced wide by Dynamo goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy and his shot found the side-netting… Lokomotiv brought in Buznikin for Marat Izmailov to support striker Mikheil Ashvetia, while for Dynamo Diogo Rincón replaced the suspended Jerko Leko, and Goran Sablic and Yuriy Dmytrulin came in for Georgi Peev and Serhiy Fedorov,Visitors ambitiousDynamo knew a victory could take them into the last 16, and began in hungry fashion. Shatskikh was especially busy in attack, while Rincón shot wide after ten minutes. Shatskikh and Dmytrulin then had long-range efforts not far off target, while Lokomotiv captain and goalkeeper Ovchinnikov was having to produce the same fine form he had shown here ten days ago against Wales. Ashvetia then broke through but was forced wide by Dynamo goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy and his shot found the side-netting. Lokomotiv aheadOvchinnikov then made an important save from Tiberiu Ghioane, as Shatskikh’s follow-up deflected wide and Rincón’s header from the resultant corner was off-target. Lokomotiv took full advantage minutes later to go ahead. The diminutive Buznikin, making his first Champions League start of the season, ran on to Dmitri Khokhlov’s through-ball and beat Shovkovskiy from ten metres.

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