Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 29, 2003

Never mind, Giggs, count your medals

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The News Review:

* Eriksson fears the ‘real’ France
* Champions League Soccer : Opportunist maestros break the silent night
* FA prepared to wait for Eriksson
* Never mind, Giggs, count your medals
* Football in brief
* Rio should not be playing – Blatter
* SOCCER: Fergie pinpoints Makelele
* On the Spot: Frank Lampard
* Blind faith of a football fan
* SI.com – Writers – Marcotti: Financial woes threaten clubs all over…
* uefa.com
* Dortmund suffers bad night in Europe
* Eriksson shines in England hot-seat
* Martyn backs young guns
* Owen out for three weeks
* UEFA Women’s Cup – News – News Specific
* Taipei Times – archives
* Where’s Beckenbauer, Platini on UEFA list?

Eriksson fears the ‘real’ France
go.com – Nov 29, 2003
Today’s ceremony in Lisbon pitched England, reigning champions France,Switzerland and Croatia together in Group B. Eriksson, who admitted Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira are themen England must be wary of, said France’s dismal performance in the Far Eastlast year when they crashed out in the group stage could not be used as anindicator for next summer. ‘The France that you saw in Japan was not the real France and I should thinkthat at Euro 2004 you will see them back at their best,’ he said. ‘They have a good chance and I think that if you take their squad as a wholethey have the best football players of any side in the competition. ‘With France they don’t just have one or two good individuals but many manyplayers who play in all the best leagues across Europe. ‘Technically, tactically and physically they are in top form, as they showedagainst Germany recently,’ he told the Football Association’s website. Despite the focus being on France, Eriksson said he was not under-estimating theother two teams in their group.

Champions League Soccer : Opportunist maestros break the silent night
International Herald Tribune – Nov 28, 2003
From the quiet, composed technique of Shevchenko, we move to the cauldron of Marseille, the city of Olympique and the birthplace of Zinédine Zidane. This was Zizou's first homecoming with Real Madrid against the team he had supported as a boy. He was not in the best of form, but, with slight regret, he had to help put Marseille out of the tournament. First, David Beckham, unaided, had scored another of his stunning free kicks. The Englishman actually drew back the ball two meters, which he is entitled to do, to allow himself the space to drive the free kick from 20 meters up and over the defensive wall and to impart the spin that makes it dip beneath the crossbar. In fact, Marseille's goalkeeper, Verdan Runje, unwittingly made it easier for Beckham. "To start with," the goalkeeper said, "they had Roberto Carlos and Beckham standing over the ball.

FA prepared to wait for Eriksson
go.com – Nov 28, 2003
28, 2003FA prepared to wait for ErikssonThe Football Association insist they are prepared to wait as long as necessary to persuade Sven-Goran Eriksson to agree a lucrative new contract as England head coach. Eriksson has been offered a new four-year contract which would take him until2008 – two years beyond his current ?2million-a-year deal. It means the Swede will have two important issues on his mind as the weekendapproaches: England’s draw for the Euro 2004 finals and his future with thenational side. The FA say there is no pressure on the England boss to come to a decisionquickly. Head of media relations Adrian Bevington said: ‘There is no deadlinefor when an agreement has to be reached as Sven is already under contract untilthe summer of 2006. ‘Since becoming England coach in 2001 he has been linked with jobs at severalclubs, notably Chelsea, though the FA insist that is not the reason the newoffer has been made. They point to the fact that under Eriksson’s command England have only lostone competitive match – the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil – andqualified unbeaten for the Euro 2004 finals… The FA say there is no pressure on the England boss to come to a decisionquickly. Head of media relations Adrian Bevington said: ‘There is no deadlinefor when an agreement has to be reached as Sven is already under contract untilthe summer of 2006. ‘Since becoming England coach in 2001 he has been linked with jobs at severalclubs, notably Chelsea, though the FA insist that is not the reason the newoffer has been made. They point to the fact that under Eriksson’s command England have only lostone competitive match – the World Cup quarter-final against Brazil – andqualified unbeaten for the Euro 2004 finals. The offer was revealed following an FA board meeting yesterday and it was alsoannounced that Trevor Brooking has been appointed to a senior post and thatmarketing and communications director Paul Barber is to leave. FA chief executive Mark Palios said in a statement: ‘Sven is England’s mostsuccessful coach since the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey. He has already contributed enormously to the reputation of England in Europe and around the world.

Never mind, Giggs, count your medals
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 27, 2003
That adds up to 47 caps over more than 10 years, while in the meantime he has turned out more than 500 times for United. You cannot blame Giggs for missing those friendlies. There must have been enormous pressure on him from Sir Alex Ferguson not to play, just as there was on me when I was at Liverpool to miss international friendlies. The rewards for winning the Premiership have increased 10 times and therefore the pressure to keep players fit and fresh has increased accordingly. Nevertheless, if Giggs really wanted to play more for Wales there is no doubt he could have resisted the interests of his club more. With his country in the doldrums – as they were before Hughes took over – the pressure to miss those kind of games to prepare for important matches for United would have been huge. He chose United and his achievements for his club have been phenomenal… You can win 100 caps for your country, but it is no consolation if you have never won a cup. No player wants a career where they have been beaten most of the time. Would Giggs really swap even one of those Premiership medals for a shot at Euro 2004 with Wales?If we are talking about exchanges then I will admit that yes, I would swap my three European Cup winner’s medals for a World Cup winner’s medal with Scotland. The World Cup is the ultimate – there is just no contest. But I would not swap all 17 of the medals that I won with Liverpool, and still cherish, for just appearing at the World Cup finals. Giggs should remember that his team-mates, past and present, who have been to World Cups have – with the exception of Fabien Barthez, Laurent Blanc and Kleberson – never got close to winning them. Winning trophies for your club becomes addictive and nothing replaces it.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 29, 2003
“Where are we going if we don’t respect that? Where is the minimum of respect for the national association? Such matters bring the game into disrepute. “Blatter also took the chance to denounce clubs who have refused to release players for the current World Under-20 Championship, saying they were devaluing the development of the game worldwide. Leeds withdrew striker James Milner on Tuesday – just one example of many outstanding young talents not being on display in the UAE in a competition which has traditionally acted as a breeding ground for talented young players. “I can’t understand why some young players don’t want to come because this is a wonderful experience for them,” mused Blatter. Euro 2004 will be an event to savour – at least according to the rallying cry of the European governing body’s general secretary, Gerhard Aigner, ahead of today’s long-awaited draw in Lisbon. “I’m very satisfied with the progress,” said Aigner after a attending a board meeting of the competition’s organisers. “Looking ahead to the competition, with all the former winners in the draw, I am certain that we will have a marvellous tournament… Leeds withdrew striker James Milner on Tuesday – just one example of many outstanding young talents not being on display in the UAE in a competition which has traditionally acted as a breeding ground for talented young players. “I can’t understand why some young players don’t want to come because this is a wonderful experience for them,” mused Blatter. Euro 2004 will be an event to savour – at least according to the rallying cry of the European governing body’s general secretary, Gerhard Aigner, ahead of today’s long-awaited draw in Lisbon. “I’m very satisfied with the progress,” said Aigner after a attending a board meeting of the competition’s organisers. “Looking ahead to the competition, with all the former winners in the draw, I am certain that we will have a marvellous tournament. “It’s four years since the Portugal bid was accepted by the executive committee. I was aware that this was a great challenge for us, for the Portuguese Football Association and for the country.

Rio should not be playing – Blatter
go.com – Nov 29, 2003
29, 2003Rio should not be playing – Blatter
LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has questioned the validity of Manchester United’s results since discovering Rio Ferdinand was playing on despite being charged for missing a drugs test. ‘He cannot play until the case is settled. The case is notsettled,’ Blatter said on Saturday. ‘How can you now settle this case when he has played and. will (perhaps) be declared guilty by a commission or anytribunal in sports, in football?’ Blatter told Sky Sports Newsin an interview in Dubai… ‘Ferdinand was charged by the FA last month with ‘failure orrefusal’ to take a drugs test after missing one at United’straining ground in September. The 24-year-old England defender has denied a misconductcharge and asked for a hearing, due next month. Ferdinand was dropped by England over the missed drugs testbefore their October 11 Euro 2004 decider in Turkey but he hassince played for United eight times in domestic and Europeancompetition, five times after he was charged on October 29. He is in the United squad for their top-of-the-table matchaway to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Your views on this story?.

SOCCER: Fergie pinpoints Makelele
U.TV – Nov 29, 2003
“The job he did there was fantastic. He was vital to them and I don`t think Carlos Queiroz wanted him to leave. “I have not analysed him in quite the same way since he moved to Chelsea but I am sure Claudio Ranieri has got him doing exactly the same job. “He stabilises the midfield and allows other people to go and play. He is a formidable player and we will have to be very wary of him. “While United`s title credentials are unquestioned, Chelsea have still to prove they are the equal of tomorrow`s opponents and current league leaders Arsenal over the course of an arduous nine-month campaign. However, their impressive early season form suggests they will still be around in May and Ferguson certainly thinks so and has been forced to revise his long-standing belief that the title cannot be bought… With Mikael Silvestre and Rio Ferdinand also likely to play, only long-term casualties Paul Scholes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Wes Brown will be missing from the visitors` squad. Although his options are nowhere near as varied as Ranieri`s, Ferguson does have a dilemma over who to play in midfield and specifically whether to use Ryan Giggs – who celebrates his 30th birthday today – as an out-and-out winger or drop him in behind lone striker Van Nistelrooy. No matter where he plays, Giggs, doubly determined to enjoy more club success after his Euro 2004 heartbreak with Wales, is certain to be involved, a testament to his recent consistency, which Ferguson puts down to him finally being injury free. “Ryan is at his peak now,“ he said. “The great thing is that we have solved all the problems with his back and hamstrings. His preparation before and after training and after games has enabled him to get through a series of games without any strains at all. “I don`t think he has had a hamstring problem for a year and by doing that, he has developed a great consistency.

On the Spot: Frank Lampard
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 29, 2003
My Dad used to take me on runs around Romford golf course. That instilled this thing in me to do better and study my game. “Football was not the only thing studied. “I went to a private school, Brentwood, where people went on to become politicians and solicitors. I played cricket for the school and for Essex, doing a bit of bowling and batting. The standard of football wasn’t great; I was left-back in the first XI at 14. One day, I bunked off school to play an FA Youth Cup game for West Ham and got into detention… “A year ago, people were saying I might be in the squad, now it’s ‘He might be in the team’. I remember being on the bench in South Africa [last May], feeling disappointed but then I came on, did well and boom, I have gone on from there. We are very confident of doing well at Euro 2004. There is real camaraderie between the England players. “That was confirmed when the squad publicly supported Ferdinand following that missed drugs test. “We should get credit for sticking up for a team-mate. But you do get stick with England.

Blind faith of a football fan
BBC News – Nov 28, 2003
But would they still go if they could not actually see their heroes?

Dave Groves, who is registered blind, is a huge Cardiff City fan, and regularly takes a radio along to matches to follow the action with the crowd. BBC Wales News Online’s Tom Bourton went with Mr Groves on one of his many pilgrimages to Ninian Park. During the 20-minute walk to the ground from Cardiff Central train station, Mr Groves, 41, from Llanrumney, said he enjoyed being a part of the unique atmosphere of the terraces. “There is something very special about walking out of the ground when you have won because all the home fans are up and on a high,” he said. “It is a very special moment.

SI.com – Writers – Marcotti: Financial woes threaten clubs all over…
SI.com – Nov 28, 2003
Fans aren’t stupid. They may allow themselves to be milked when it comes to match tickets, but not the kind of cheap, tacky club paraphernalia on offer. Manchester United is an isolated, if not unique, case. In spite of the hype, virtually nobody else has managed to create any meaningful revenue streams apart from box-office sales and TV revenue. A number of ideas have been mooted to reverse the slide. Many are either unworkable (like salary caps), some are downright dangerous, like the Italian government’s decision (currently being challenged by the European Union) to allow clubs to amortize debt over 10 years, rather than the usual three years. Not only does this violate all accepted accounting principles, penalize the clubs who have played by the rules and provide Serie A clubs with an unfair advantage, it also sets a dangerous precedent… BAD WEEK: For Sebastian Deisler, who checked into a clinic suffering from depression. The Bayern Munich midfielder is burned out and it’s to his credit that, in the macho world of soccer, he has had the courage to seek help. GOOD WEEK: For tiny Latvia, which has been around as a soccer nation for scarcely a decade but managed to upset Turkey to qualify for Euro 2004. It’s a phenomenal success of the Baltic republic and a real credit to the players and the Latvian FA. BAD WEEK: For Brazil, which was up to its old tricks, blowing a two-goal lead and nearly losing at home to Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier before notching a late equalizer. The world champions are still the benchmark, but they showed too many of the nasty old habits — blown scoring chances, lack of concentration, lax defending.

uefa.com
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 27, 2003
Hope and motivation”UEFA has offered the ICRC a good opportunity to convey to a cumulative audience of approximately seven billion viewers the need to protect children in war. This marks a new way for us to describe our work to help the victims of war,” said ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger. “Football and the ICRC may not seem like natural partners, but both, in very different ways, can bring hope and new motivation to young people who have seen their communities destroyed by armed conflict.

Dortmund suffers bad night in Europe
Taipei Times – Nov 29, 2003
On a bad night for German clubs, Schalke also exited on penalties to end Bundesliga interest in the UEFA Cup, though Bayern Munich could still end up in the competition if they finish third in their Champions League group. Dortmund, Champions League winners in 1997, were humiliated by French club Sochaux, going down 4-0 for a 6-2 aggregate defeat. Their cause was not helped when Salvatore Gambino was dismissed after five minutes for hauling down Santos in the area and Pierre-Alain Frau converted the penalty. Second-half goals from Santos, Wilson Oruma and Jeremy Mathieu completed a miserable night for the Bundesliga club. Schalke, the 1997 UEFA Cup winners, were protecting a 2-1 lead against Danish side Brondby but fell behind after 15 minutes when Andreas Jakobsson scored from the penalty spot. Victor Agali equalized after the break but a Mattias Jonson goal in the 70th minute took the game into extra time before a penalty shootout sealed Schalke’s fate. Dutch club Feyenoord, who won the competition in 2002 and 1974, were humbled by Czech outsiders Teplice… Red Star Belgrade, the 1991 European Cup winners, were eliminated by Norwegian champions Rosenborg Trondheim, losing 1-0 in front of a stunned 53,000 crowd. Russians Spartak Moscow also suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Dinamo Bucharest, but went through 5-3 on aggregate. After Turkey’s elimination from Euro 2004 qualifying, Gaziantepspor and Genclerbirligi restored pride with impressive away victories. Gaziantepspor won 3-1 in Lens for a 6-1 aggregate win over the French club, while Genclerbirligi beat Sporting Lisbon with a 3-0 victory. This story has been viewed 1456 times.

Eriksson shines in England hot-seat
BBC News – Nov 27, 2003
The Swede became national team manager in January 2001, having achieved phenomenal success coaching at club level. His excellent track record includes the Super Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup (with Lazio), Uefa Cup (IFK Gothenburg), three Portuguese titles (Benfica) and the Swedish title (Gothenburg). Since taking charge of England, he has guided the team to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual winners Brazil, and the Euro 2004 finals, which are to be held in Portugal… But he won most of them over by steering his side to four consecutive wins, the most successful start of any England coach in history. One of his greatest moments was England’s 5-1 drubbing of Germany in Munich, which helped the team qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals. But it has not always been plain sailing for the ice-cool Scandinavian. He has struggled at times to deal with the intense media glare on his private life.

Martyn backs young guns
BBC News – Nov 28, 2003
Rooney starred for England in their recent friendly against Denmark while McFadden scored Scotland’s winner in the Euro 2004 play-off triumph against Scotland at Hampden Park. And they followed up their international feats by playing key roles in the crucial home win against Wolves that took Everton out of the bottom three… ”

Martyn is puzzled by Everton’s lack of goals this season, but hopes the win against Wolves can be a springboard for the sort of run that took David Moyes’ side into seventh place last season, starting against Bolton at The Reebok Stadium on Saturday. “Hopefully we can get on a bit of a run and push ourselves up the table. We are not that far behind, so hopefully we can push ourselves up and maybe challenge for a European place.

Owen out for three weeks
abc.net.au – Nov 29, 2003
Confirming the bad news, Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier said a scan on Friday had revealed torn right thigh muscle fibres. This latest setback follows the damaged shin Owen picked up in a game on October 7 which ruled him out of England’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey and Liverpool’s next two Premiership games. He returned fit to play against Leeds on October 5 but was then sidelined again with an ankle problem. But Houllier reported: “This has nothing to do with his former problem, it was purely accidental when he kicked the ball with the outside of his foot. ”

Earlier Houllier had been optimistic the scan would not reveal anything untoward and that Owen would be fit to play on Sunday against Birmingham. Owen, who has now turned out in only three of Liverpool’s last nine matches, picked up the injury in Thursday’s UEFA Cup win over Bucharest when a Harry Kewell goal gave Liverpool a 2-1 aggregate win and a place in the third round… He returned fit to play against Leeds on October 5 but was then sidelined again with an ankle problem. But Houllier reported: “This has nothing to do with his former problem, it was purely accidental when he kicked the ball with the outside of his foot. ”

Earlier Houllier had been optimistic the scan would not reveal anything untoward and that Owen would be fit to play on Sunday against Birmingham. Owen, who has now turned out in only three of Liverpool’s last nine matches, picked up the injury in Thursday’s UEFA Cup win over Bucharest when a Harry Kewell goal gave Liverpool a 2-1 aggregate win and a place in the third round.

UEFA Women’s Cup – News – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 28, 2003
If Brøndby progress as expected, they will meet Sweden’s Umeå over two legs in late March and mid-April. Fulham meet FrankfurtShort of a record-breaking recovery for Baku, then, the weekend’s excitement is focused on Sunday, when the teams in the other semi-final will be decided. Not long after the UEFA EURO 2004™ draw concludes in Lisbon, Fulham LFC kick off the home leg of their tie with 1. FFC Frankfurt at Woking FC, trailing 3-1 from the first match in Germany. But coach Monika Staab knows that they face a tough game against English international-laden Fulham.

Taipei Times – archives
Taipei Times – Nov 29, 2003
He said that this amounted to an assembly dictatorship, because any reform of the legislature would involve constitutional amendments, and these amendments must be approved by the legislators. “Therefore it would be impossible to bring about reform in the Legislature,” he said. In response to a question about whether the Cabinet would propose overturning the new Referendum Law, Yu said that the Executive Yuan does not rule out the possibility, but this would have to wait until they have received more details about the bill. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???祭) said that the bill would not be finalized until next Tuesday and that all parties still have room to reconsider the decision. “There were some minor flaws during the legislative process, and all articles need to go through a final correction,” Wang said. This story has been viewed 2103 times.

Where’s Beckenbauer, Platini on UEFA list?
SI.com – Nov 29, 2003
Fontaine scored a World Cup record 13 goals in the 1958 edition in Sweden but never won a major trophy. Since every UEFA federation was allowed to pick only one player, there were bound to be some upsets among the no-shows. England did not go for forward Bobby Charlton, who combined the 1966 World Cup win with 1968 Champions Cup glory with the legendary team of Manchester United. Instead, it chose Bobby Moore, the captain of the 1966 team, which gave England its only major trophy. Italy, with a plethora of stars to chose from its three World Cup winning teams, went for Dino Zoff, who won the 1982 title as a 40-year-old goalie. UEFA said each of its 52 nations federations were free to choose the way in which they selected their top player, with some having public ballots while other federations picked the player independently. UEFA also has a web competition for the public at large to pick their favorite European player of the past 50 years and has 250 players to chose from, leaving space for the likes of Beckenbauer, Charlton, Platini and Zidane… Other possibilities would have been striker Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard or Ruud Gullit, who all were instrumental in leading the Netherlands to the 1988 European Championship title, the country’s only trophy, and European Champions Cup titles with AC Milan. Russia selected its outstanding goalkeeper Lev Yashin, who dominated the 1960s. Portugal, which organizes the Euro 2004 championships in June, sidestepped Real Madrid’s Luis Figo and instead picked Eusebio, who led the country to the semifinals of the 1966 World Cup and was the star of Benfica. rac-rjmCopyright 2003. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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