Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 11, 2003

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The News Review:

* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Russia v Wales Preview
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Wales v Russia Preview
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Netherlands v Scotland Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Norway v Spain Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Turkey v Latvia Report
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Russia v Wales Preview – Nov 14, 2003
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… ‘Football is about challenges, and I could still get offers that might appealto me. If you look after your body and still feel good, then who knows? You only have to look at people like Teddy Sheringham at Portsmouth and Denis Irwin and Paul Ince at Wolves. ‘I certainly do not want to get to 40 and start thinking I quit too early. Bythe same token, you do not want to be struggling around the pitch at 37. ‘For now, Giggs is totally focused on hauling Wales to the European finals nextseason and realising one of his few ambitions left. Of the Moscow tie, he says: ‘We are underdogs, but then Wales are always theunderdogs. We have no illusions that the two games will be tough, but Russia will knowthat we can cause them problems.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Wales v Russia Preview – Nov 18, 2003
18, 2003, 3:00 PM UKHughes urges controlRetuersWales manager Mark Hughes has warned his players not to allow the most important game their nation has faced in 45 years to turn into a war. Emotions are running high after the torment the Welsh endured in Moscow asthey secured a goalless draw in the first leg of their Euro 2004 play-offagainst Russia. Hughes’ men were enraged by the tactics of their opponents, including VadimEvseev’s horrific tackle on Ryan Giggs and the Russian’s apparent play-acting totry and get the Manchester United winger sent off when he raised his arm momentslater. Further bad blood was created by claims of poor sportsmanship by Russia, whowould not return the ball to Wales after a hold-up when flares were cleared fromthe pitch. Hughes, himself no stranger to physical confrontations during his 72-capinternational career, can see the pitfalls if Wales’ players become distractedand embroiled in further petty squabbles… ‘Hughes’ choice is how and when he spices up his side with more attackingoptions in a winner-takes-all game which could go to the silver goal ofextra-time to find a conclusion. Hughes can bring in Cardiff striker Robert Earnshaw but that would meanleaving out one of the midfield heroes of Moscow, Johnson or Jason Koumas. He said: ‘We have to win, maybe at the weekend there was not that onus on usto win, we wanted just to still be in the tie. ‘Players will be disappointed if they miss out but they will understand thereasons, and they know we have to win this one. It is a squad game and theyrealise that. ‘Simon Davies has not returned to the team’s HQ this week as he struggles toovercome a groin problem. Russia are without first-choice keeper Sergei Ovchinnikovand playmaker Alexander Mostovoi through suspension.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Netherlands v Scotland Report – Nov 19, 2003
That left Scotland chasing two away goals but Lee Wilkie, the defensive star of the first leg, gave an indication of how it might be done. Twice he was on the end of free kicks from Darren Fletcher but his first header found the side-netting and his second was parried by Edwin van der Sar. Scotland had been second best but had not been lacking in passion as their four first-half bookings showed. Barry Ferguson was cautioned in the fourth minute, as was van Nistelrooy, for a tussle that also involved Gavin McCann. Pressley was booked in the 10th minute for a hefty challenge on Edgar Davids and Paul Dickov mis-timed a challenge on Bouma to join him seven minutes later. Gary Naysmith was the fourth man, receiving a 44th-minute yellow card for a foul on van Nistelrooy. Vogts made changes at the break with Stevie Crawford replacing Dickov and Maurice Ross going on for Naysmith, with McNamara reverting to left-sided defender in a three-man back line… ‘James McFadden continued on BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘It’s dispiriting, we’reabsolutely gutted and to lose in that manner is hard to take. ‘But we’re sticking together and we’re proud we got this far. We’ve not letanyone down. ‘They had to win tonight and their first goal gave them heart and all creditto them, it was a tremendous first goal. ‘They’ve got four or five goals from set-pieces, but that’s the way it goes. ‘Tonight they were just too good for us but we’ve put in a tremendous effortand you can’t fault anybody.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Norway v Spain Report – Nov 19, 2003
We have advancedin a brilliant, brilliant manner,’ Spain coach Inaki Saez said. ‘The players were immense for the 90 minutes of the game,they never dropped their guard for a moment. It really wouldhave hurt me a lot of this group of players had not made it toPortugal — this team had to be there. ‘Nils Johan Semb, whose five-year reign as Norway coach endedwith the defeat, conceded that his team had been outplayed intheir worst loss in Oslo in 14 years. ‘They were simply better than us on all levels,’ he said. ‘We had no real chance. We didn’t manage to match their tempo.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Turkey v Latvia Report – Nov 19, 2003
Gunes declined to comment when asked if he would resign. ‘I apologise to the Turkish nation. We were not able to payour debts or to keep our promise of victory. ‘A jubilant Starkovs said it was too early to discuss histeam’s chances at next year’s finals in Portugal. ‘Our tactics were successful,’ he said. ‘We playedcounter-attacking football. The Turkish crowd for their partwere great. – 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.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific – Dec 9, 2003
José Ignacio Sáenz put the Spanish side ahead in the San Siro on 71 minutes and Celta hung on to dash the hopes of Brugge, conquerors of Ajax. Bengt Sæternes scored Brugge’s winner after Wesley Sonck cancelled out Rune Lange’s opener, but three points were only enough for a place in the UEFA Cup. Besiktas reliefJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Wayne Bridge scored for Chelsea against Besiktas, who would have qualified as runners-up in Group G had Sparta not defeated Lazio 1-0 courtesy of Marek Kincl’s strike three minutes into added time. The Italian side finished at the foot of the pool. Solari openerMadrid scored the first goal of the night, through Santiago Solari, but were pegged back by Derlei’s penalty following Míchel Salgado’s foul on Deco. There were no further goals in the second half, meaning the Spanish champions won Group F and Porto finished second. Marseille clinched third spot and a UEFA Cup berth as Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ scored in a 1-1 draw at Partizan, who equalised through Andrija Delibašic.

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