Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 14, 2003

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The News Review:

* The Independent: Hussain escapes ban as Test tempers flare
* Celtic fly flag at half-mast
* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | ITV blocks Lynam’s news…
* BBC SPORT | The back pages
* All the latest talk from Saturday’s newspapers
* Netherlands plan warm-up programme
* Clinton steadies Blues’ ship
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
* New Dutch masters excite Cruyff
* Rangers tie up Boumsong deal
* Early Christmas for Reds, Owen and Kewell resume training
* Blake calls time on Welsh career
* Newcastle target United’s Butt
* Magazine

The Independent: Hussain escapes ban as Test tempers flare
BBC News – Dec 12, 2003
The former England captain’s alleged outburst at Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during the second Test in Kandy grabbed all the headlines. The Daily Express writes: “Kandy covered in a bitter coating,” while The Sun makes it easy for readers who require it spelt out exactly what Murali claimed Hussain said to him. One thing that all the newspapers make clear is that the controversy surrounding what the Essex batsman did or did not say (he was cleared because of a lack of evidence) did England no favours. The Independent writes, “if anything, Hussain had fired up the home side”… The Old Trafford board of directors are said to be split over whether to offer the Scot the extension or a one-year rolling contract when his contract runs out in 18 months time. At the Bernabeu a disagreement between president Florentino Perez and sporting director Jorge Valdano is not quite so serious, according to the Daily Express. Perez and Valdano are arguing about who to splash their cash on in the summer – will it be on Thierry Henry or Ruud van Nistelrooy?

The Sun also delivers its own investigative reports into black market ticket sales for Euro 2004 and reveals that nearly 2,000 British hooligans will be stopped from travelling to Portugal. The Daily Telegraph provides a guide to some of the best sporting books around if you are still trying to decide on a Christmas gift for the sports fan in your life.

Celtic fly flag at half-mast
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 12, 2003
Most Celtic fans will not have heard of their opponents in the ties which are to be played on Feb 26 and March 5 and it would be understandable if some anticipate a repeat of last season’s exploits in the tournament because Teplice qualified via their cup competition and are ninth in the Czech league. However, they have displayed surprising credentials on their way to the third round. They began with the scalp of a Bundesliga side, beating Kaiserslautern 2-1 in Germany and 1-0 in Teplice, which is 60 miles north of Prague. In the second round they accounted for Feyenoord, winners two seasons ago, 2-0 in Rotterdam and drew 1-1 in their own 19,000 capacity stadium… Having received UEFA’s Fair Play award, they yesterday gained the accolade of the FIFA equivalent for what the world governing body called “their exemplary fair and cordial conduct at the UEFA Cup final 2003 in Seville”. The 80,000 support who assembled in Spain for the final, which Celtic lost 3-2 to Porto, was the biggest ever to follow a team to any European tie. The reputation of Scottish supporters has also been burnished by the Dutch FA, who praised the conduct of the Tartan Army in a letter to the Scottish Football Association, in the aftermath of Scotland’s 6-0 defeat by Holland in last month’s Euro 2004 play-off. “The Scottish fans behaved in an exemplary way during their stay in Amsterdam,” said a Dutch spokesman. Today’s domestic action will see Chris Sutton play against Dundee despite sustaining a knee injury against Lyons, but John Hartson will probably miss out against opponents for whom Gavin Rae makes a welcome re-appearance in midfield. Rangers, who have been playing catch-up in every sense for several weeks, visit Dunfermline Athletic in tomorrow’s televised game and have Shota Arveladze back in the squad after the Georgian missed the humiliating 3-1 Champions League home defeat by Panathinaikos on Tuesday. “The players have to give an angry reaction, go out and play for the jersey and show the Rangers fans they care about it,” said Alex McLeish, the Ibrox manager.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | ITV blocks Lynam’s news…
BBC News – Dec 12, 2003
Lynam, one of ITV’s biggest stars, is tied to an exclusive contract and the network does not want him to appear on rival channels, a spokeswoman said. “Unfortunately for Des, he does have to come and ask our permission,” she said, adding it was not an unusual decision. Lynam, who is to retire from sports TV next year, was asked to be guest host for one episode of the BBC programme. The ITV spokeswoman said: “In the same way that the BBC doesn’t let people from EastEnders go on the Frank Skinner show, it’s the same with any exclusive stars. The BBC do it all the time… Keen

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We did approach [Lynam] and he wanted to do it but then he wasn’t able to. ”

Lynam told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I was very keen to do it but was told I couldn’t. ”

Lynam, who worked for the BBC for 30 years – fronting shows like Match of the Day – will leave ITV after the Euro 2004 football championships. The 60-year-old presenter joined the network in 1999 when it won the rights to screen Premiership football highlights.

BBC SPORT | The back pages
BBC News – Dec 13, 2003
The fly-half has something else in common with his friend David Beckham – his injuries are now headline news too. The Times hit the nail on the head as it writes, “another day, another Jonny Wilkinson headline. ”

The newspaper warns Wilkinson there is worse to come, “and all this before he is to be crowned the BBC’s 50th Sports Personality of the Year.

All the latest talk from Saturday’s newspapers
BBC News – Dec 13, 2003
Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has pledged his future to Manchester United – but only if Sir Alex Ferguson stays at the helm (The Sun). Ferguson has dismissed speculation that he will not be offered a three-year extension to his contract with Manchester United as “mischief-making” (Daily Mail, Daily Express). Meanwhile, the club’s Brazilian midfielder Jose Kleberson revealed how his wife went into labour after he scored his first goal for the club against Blackburn (Daily Mail). Alfie Haaland says he could still take legal action against Roy Keane and Manchester United for the horror tackle that ended his career three years ago (The Guardian). England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed plans to close down illegal internet sites selling Euro 2004 tickets (The Sun). Villa boss David O’Leary insists he will not walk away from the club if they are relegated to the First Division (Daily Express)… Meanwhile, the club’s Brazilian midfielder Jose Kleberson revealed how his wife went into labour after he scored his first goal for the club against Blackburn (Daily Mail). Alfie Haaland says he could still take legal action against Roy Keane and Manchester United for the horror tackle that ended his career three years ago (The Guardian). England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed plans to close down illegal internet sites selling Euro 2004 tickets (The Sun). Villa boss David O’Leary insists he will not walk away from the club if they are relegated to the First Division (Daily Express). And striker-turned-defender Dion Dublin has called for the players to “stop the rot” after the club’s disappointing start to the season (The Sun). Hull boss Peter Taylor has emerged as the favourite to take the vacant manager’s seat at Crystal Palace (Daily Express). Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka could be in hot water after clashing with defender Stephen Jordan at the club’s Carrington training ground (The Mirror).

Netherlands plan warm-up programme
CNN – Dec 12, 2003
The Dutch will play France on March 31 in Rotterdam, Greece on April 28 in Eindhoven, Belgium on May 29 in Eindhoven, and South Africa on June 5 in Amsterdam. The United States game is scheduled for February 18 to replace a match against Germany, which was canceled after the Netherlands were drawn against Germany in Euro 2004. Soccer Federation spokesman Jim Moorhouse said that, while the sides were negotiating, the USSF would not confirm the game until the contract had been signed. The Netherlands have played the United States twice, winning 2-0 both times.

Clinton steadies Blues’ ship
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Dec 14, 2003
“But there is a difference between deliberately throwing an elbow and leading with your arm to make sure you don’t get hurt, and that is the difficulty for referees. ”Bruce admitted his side would be able to enjoy a day in bed today after their exertions following last weekend’s Blackburn shambles. “I called the players in for training last Sunday, but not this week,” said Bruce. “Last week I was so disappointed and I was looking for a response off the players. “The attitude and commitment has been exemplary, but I think we went off the rails a bit last week and a few people needed reminding of what their jobs were. “I thought our first goal was the best bit of football played all afternoon. ”Nevertheless, it was Blues’s battling qualities that came to the fore as a typically rugged derby had seen minimal goalmouth action when all of a sudden the game exploded into life after Elliott’s dismissalEuro 2004-bound referee Mike Riley reached straight for his top pocket to pull out a red card which changed the whole course of the game and left City boss Adams fuming… “The attitude and commitment has been exemplary, but I think we went off the rails a bit last week and a few people needed reminding of what their jobs were. “I thought our first goal was the best bit of football played all afternoon. ”Nevertheless, it was Blues’s battling qualities that came to the fore as a typically rugged derby had seen minimal goalmouth action when all of a sudden the game exploded into life after Elliott’s dismissalEuro 2004-bound referee Mike Riley reached straight for his top pocket to pull out a red card which changed the whole course of the game and left City boss Adams fuming. For Blues, it was like receiving a early Christmas present. And Bruce’s men didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth as within four minutes they had taken the lead. It was the best moment of football in the first half as Jamie Clapham exchanged a crisp one-two with Dunn before firing in a low first-time cross that was met by the unmarked Morrison, who directed the ball past Ian Walker from inside the six-yard box. It was the £4.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Dec 12, 2003
won’t face Mexico or Costa Rica until 2005, should all nations reach that point. Mexico drew the winner of the Bahamas-Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) match. Cuba, which has shown signs of life in past CONCACAF Gold Cups, might give Costa Rica a challenge if it gets past the Cayman Islands. -Denmark at Carson Finally, the U… The Netherlands in Rotterdam on Feb. 18, the Dutch announced. Denmark will play the Carson match with Euro 2004 on its mind. Denmark was drawn into a group with Italy, Bulgaria and Sweden in next summer’s European Championships. Champions League surprises The three-month, 32-side portion of the European Champions League ended this week with several surprises. Lazio and Inter Milan of Italy, Turkish side Galatasaray, Scottish sides Rangers and Celtic and Dutch power Ajax failed to move on. Italian teams made up three of last year’s final four entrants, but this year two of the four are already out.

New Dutch masters excite Cruyff
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 12, 2003
He scored 33 goals in 48 matches for the Netherlands, won the European Champion Clubs’ Cup three times in succession with AFC Ajax and was voted European Footballer of the Year three times. In his subsequent coaching career, he won a further Champion Clubs’ Cup with FC Barcelona in 1992, as well as two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups – one each with Ajax and Barcelona – and the UEFA Super Cup with the Spanish side. Interested observerCruyff was an interested observer at the recent UEFA EURO 2004™ draw in Lisbon in his role as football ambassador for Hyundai, an official partner of EURO 2004™, and he spoke exclusively to uefa. com about the tournament and the state of Dutch football. com: Which teams do you think are the favourites for UEFA EURO 2004™?Johan Cruyff: It is a tournament, which means that it is totally different to the normal matches that take place throughout the year. That is why you never know what will happen – but the big names will always be there… com: Another big debate for the Dutch national team is whether to pick Patrick Kluivert or Ruud van Nistelrooij in attack or whether to play them both. What is your take on that one?Cruyff: It depends on how you play. Always when you play you have got to make decisions, and the decision is not one big name or another big name, but how you play and how the team functions best with the quality you have. So it could be both of them, or it could be one of them. All rights reserved.

Rangers tie up Boumsong deal
go.com – Dec 12, 2003
‘It’s a good bit of business for Rangers,’ said manager AlexMcLeish on Sunday after capturing Boumsong on a free transfer. The player, who turned 24 on Sunday, will join the Scottishchampions when his contract with the French club expires at theend of the season after signing a pre-contract agreement. Rangers have financial problems and the capture of Boumsong,who has three caps and is likely to be part of France’s squad atthe Euro 2004 finals, is a significant signing for the club. He has interested several European sides includingLiverpool, whose manager Gerard Houllier has publicly stated hisadmiration of the towering defender. The Glasgow club’s debts are estimated to be more than 50million pounds ($87. 37 million) and McLeish stressed thatRangers would not have paid a transfer fee for the player. ‘Everybody has to remember there wasn’t a fee for Jean Alainand that helps Rangers to do the deal,’ he added… He has interested several European sides includingLiverpool, whose manager Gerard Houllier has publicly stated hisadmiration of the towering defender. The Glasgow club’s debts are estimated to be more than 50million pounds ($87. 37 million) and McLeish stressed thatRangers would not have paid a transfer fee for the player. ‘Everybody has to remember there wasn’t a fee for Jean Alainand that helps Rangers to do the deal,’ he added. ‘They were talking about him and his defensive partner atAuxerre, Philippe Mexes, costing something like 10 millionpounds apiece so I think it is a good bit of business forRangers. ‘Boumsong was carried off with a knee injury during Auxerre’s2-0 league win over Lens on Saturday but it is not regarded as along-term problem that could affect the deal. Media reports suggested the player will earn 45,000 pounds($78,000) a week since no fee was involved.

Early Christmas for Reds, Owen and Kewell resume training
abc.net.au – Dec 13, 2003
Owen has been out of action for just over two weeks after tearing thigh muscle fibres in Liverpool’s UEFA Cup win over Steaua Bucharest on November 27. That was the latest in a string of setbacks in what has been a highly frustrating season for Liverpool’s star striker. A damaged shin ruled him out of England’s final Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in October and his return from that injury was cut short by an ankle problem. Owen’s injury problems has contributed to Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season. They are already out of the title race and have been knocked out of the League Cup, the only trophy they won last season. But things will start to look a little brighter if they can beat Southampton on Saturday. That will move them up into fourth place, the final qualifying spot for the Champions League… But things will start to look a little brighter if they can beat Southampton on Saturday. That will move them up into fourth place, the final qualifying spot for the Champions League. Houllier is widely expected to be sacked if Liverpool do not get back into Europe’s elite competition, a scenario which is also likely to result in Owen leaving the club. The England striker has repeatedly stalled on signing a new contract, making it clear he wants to keep his options open if Liverpool cannot provide him with time on club football’s biggest stage.

Blake calls time on Welsh career
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Dec 12, 2003
Following his fringe role during Wales’ failed attempt to reach the Euro 2004 finals, Blake may now be hankering for a new deal after coming to the conclusion that he can do without the distraction of international football. Despite Wales facing England in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Blake has not been tempted to add to his total of four goals in 23 games for his country… Following his fringe role during Wales’ failed attempt to reach the Euro 2004 finals, Blake may now be hankering for a new deal after coming to the conclusion that he can do without the distraction of international football. Despite Wales facing England in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Blake has not been tempted to add to his total of four goals in 23 games for his country.

Newcastle target United’s Butt
abc.net.au – Dec 12, 2003
Butt is facing the exit door at Manchester after infuriating manager Alex Ferguson by going public with his frustration over a lack of first-team chances. Ferguson has pushed Butt, 29 next month, down the midfield pecking order behind Phil Neville, Kleberson and Eric Djemba Djemba. He has made only nine starts in United’s 24 games this season and fears he will lose his place in the England side for next summer’s European Championships if he does not get first-team football. Butt won his 31st cap against Denmark last month but Frank Lampard’s form for Chelsea this season could see him displaced in the run-up to the Euro 2004 finals… Ferguson has pushed Butt, 29 next month, down the midfield pecking order behind Phil Neville, Kleberson and Eric Djemba Djemba. He has made only nine starts in United’s 24 games this season and fears he will lose his place in the England side for next summer’s European Championships if he does not get first-team football. Butt won his 31st cap against Denmark last month but Frank Lampard’s form for Chelsea this season could see him displaced in the run-up to the Euro 2004 finals.

Magazine
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 12, 2003
Spectacular startThe Edinburgh-born 19-year-old enjoyed one of the most spectacular competitive debuts in recent Scottish history after he was called up for his country’s final UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game against Lithuania at Hampden Park. With the scores level at 0-0, Fletcher took the field as a second-half substitute and within four minutes, lashed the ball into the Lithuanian goal from 18 metres to send Scotland into the play-offs. Great assistIn his first start for Scotland, the first leg of their play-off against the Netherlands, Fletcher shone in his more traditional role as a playmaker, completing the neat one-two that sent James McFadden through to score the only goal of the game and briefly raise Scottish hopes of a place in the finals. Ebullient displaysOf course, a 6-0 defeat in the second leg in Amsterdam soon put paid to Scotland’s UEFA European Championship ambitions, but Fletcher’s ebullient displays had certainly put smiles on some previously glum faces among the followers of Berti Vogts’ side… Spectacular startThe Edinburgh-born 19-year-old enjoyed one of the most spectacular competitive debuts in recent Scottish history after he was called up for his country’s final UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying game against Lithuania at Hampden Park. With the scores level at 0-0, Fletcher took the field as a second-half substitute and within four minutes, lashed the ball into the Lithuanian goal from 18 metres to send Scotland into the play-offs. Great assistIn his first start for Scotland, the first leg of their play-off against the Netherlands, Fletcher shone in his more traditional role as a playmaker, completing the neat one-two that sent James McFadden through to score the only goal of the game and briefly raise Scottish hopes of a place in the finals. Ebullient displaysOf course, a 6-0 defeat in the second leg in Amsterdam soon put paid to Scotland’s UEFA European Championship ambitions, but Fletcher’s ebullient displays had certainly put smiles on some previously glum faces among the followers of Berti Vogts’ side. Right trackHis next task is to achieve a similar effect with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, and having made his debut in the Champions League with a 16-minute cameo appearance against FC Basel on 12 March 2003, the youngster – who joined United as a trainee in July 2000 – is certainly on the right track.

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