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December 17, 2003

Adams not-guilty plea to fall on deaf ears

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The News Review:

* DOPEY RIO SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS?
* Wales book Scotland friendly
* Modest Zizou wins global acclaim
* Adams not-guilty plea to fall on deaf ears
* Daily Express: No Monopoly money now
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Butt wants to stay at Man…
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Henry ascends to join greats
* Irish rue Euro failure
* Ronaldo and Raul retain lead for Real
* Woodgate is facing further lay-off
* Tottenham are planning a £4m bid for West Ham midfielder Michael…
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Scotland v Netherlands Report
* Lothar springs Hungary surprise
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Bridge of highs for Makelele
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Spain v Norway Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Latvia v Turkey Report
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific

DOPEY RIO SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS?
Redissue – Dec 17, 2003
The FA are likely to ban Ferdinand for around three months if he is found guilty following the two-day hearing at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium tomorrow and Friday. But an appeal would delay the start of any suspension, leaving Ferdinand desperately short of games and match fitness in the build-up to England’s opening Euro 2004 game against France. Ferdinand is so desperate to play at Euro 2004 he and his advisers have weighed up the situation and are ready to accept a ban, providing it is not excessive, even though they maintain his innocence. But that stance is in direct conflict with United, who are understood to have already decided to launch an appeal should they lose their ?30million star to a lengthy ban. Although defender Wes Brown is almost back to full fitness and ready to return to action after seven months out injured, United are determined to fight all the way for Ferdinand. United officials feel a fine is a suitable punishment for what they have maintained is an “honest mistake” by Ferdinand in missing the test at the club’s training ground on September 23. They accept Ferdinand is at fault but will vigorously contest any ban, claiming he has been made an example of simply because of his high profile.

Wales book Scotland friendly
BBC News – Dec 17, 2003
Dailly said: “I’d like to think that a bit of time could be made for the home internationals to start up again. “It would give all the countries a big boost and be fantastic. I do not see why it would be impossible. “There is always going to be a few problems to sort out, but it could be done,” added the West Ham stalwart. Former Wales international Ian Walsh is also looking forward to the match… ”

Wales also face Poland, Austria and Azerbaijan in their bid to make the 2006 finals in Germany. Scotland, in Group Five, have the task of overcoming Italy,
Slovenia, Norway, Belarus and Moldova. The first round of World Cup qualifying matches are in September, with Scotland and Wales ready to put behind them the disappointment of not qualifying for June’s Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.

Modest Zizou wins global acclaim
Independent Online – Dec 15, 2003
Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants and the youngest of five children, grew up in a poor district of Marseille, but is now a superstar for whom Real Madrid paid Italian club Juventus a world-record €75-million euros in 2001. The fame has not gone to his head. Happily married to Veronique and the proud father of Enzo, Luca and Theo, he has not forgotten his roots. He is not too aloof to take part in an occasional afternoon kick around with the youngsters in Marseille where he grew up… However, he has a wonderful sense of balance and the softest of touches, being able to glide past opponents with the ball stuck to his feet. He has scored 23 goals in 86 international appearances since making his debut against the Czech Republic in 1994. He has hinted Euro 2004 may be his last major tournament but if France triumph in Portugal he might be talked into playing in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Adams not-guilty plea to fall on deaf ears
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 15, 2003
They haven’t on this occasion. “Adams called for referees to be more accountable and to explain to the press their actions but Riley rejected an offer to do so and explain his decision to banish the Leicester manager. Riley, who will officiate at Euro 2004, was right on the player dismissals but otherwise inconsistent. He had allowed too many challenges to go unpunished before finally using his card. The Midlands derby had been heated from the start and both Andy Impey and Robbie Savage, returning to his former club, were fortunate to survive punishment for hefty challenges. By the time James Scowcroft was cautioned, tempers were fraying. Elliott’s 38th-minute dismissal led to the first goal… “Morrison, who was scoring on his first start for nine months, is desperate to keep his place. “I have been very frustrated,” he said. “It’s been a lot of things, with the shoulder injury and not being able to get back into the team. But the manager has kept faith in me and now I’ve been given the chance. It is down to me to stay in the team.

Daily Express: No Monopoly money now
BBC News – Dec 17, 2003
The Daily Express believes it is the end of “Monopoly money” in football and opens the possibility of the gap between big and small clubs growing even greater. Away from the boardrooms, but still not exactly on the field of play, Rio Ferdinand is apparently keen to avoid making an appeal should he be banned by the FA for missing a driugs test. The Daily Mirror claims the defender has “begged” Manchester United to abide by any decision and so not jeopardise his place at Euro 2004. Happier faces beam from the back of the broadsheets following India’s dramatic Test win in Adelaide – their first in Australia for 22 years. The Independent asks if it was Test cricket’s greatest comeback, and the Daily Telegraph helpfully describes the win as “one of the most glorious fightbacks cricket has ever known”. So, more gloom for the Aussies, and without even mentioning rugby.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Butt wants to stay at Man…
BBC News – Dec 17, 2003
People have been saying I want to leave, which is not true. “I said I am not happy when I’m not playing, which would be the same for any player at any club, and it has been blown out of all proportion. ”

Butt is worried he may be frozen out of England’s Euro 2004 squad after starting only nine games for Manchester United this season. He has been pushed into the shadows by the good form of Phil Neville and the arrival of Brazil World Cup winner Kleberson at Old Trafford.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Henry ascends to join greats
go.com – Dec 15, 2003
‘They gave me the chance to be myself by making me play as a centre forward. ‘I feel so happy in London, the boss (Wenger) trusts me as well as the fansand I want to make them all happy when I am on the pitch. ‘Unusually Henry’s name did not appear on the scoresheet yesterday as the Gunners returned to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Blackburn, but that did not dissuade manager Arsene Wenger from his belief that his charge would be a worthy winner of the FIFA accolade. ‘I think he deserves it. It is a fantastic reward for him to be in the topthree,’ Wenger said. ‘The competition is hard, but for him to finish in the top three is fantasticfor him. ‘Henry has been inspirational in the Gunners’ march to the knock-out stagesof the Champions League and France’s run to the finals of Euro 2004… It is a fantastic reward for him to be in the topthree,’ Wenger said. ‘The competition is hard, but for him to finish in the top three is fantasticfor him. ‘Henry has been inspirational in the Gunners’ march to the knock-out stagesof the Champions League and France’s run to the finals of Euro 2004. He also finished as the leading scorer in the Confederations Cup – atournament overshadowed by the tragic death of Marc-Vivien Foe. He is certainly not short of admirers. His team-mate at both club andinternational level, Patrick Vieira, said: ‘He’d certainly have my vote as whathe has done with France and Arsenal has been unbelievable this year. He reallydeserves to win it.

Irish rue Euro failure
BBC News – Dec 16, 2003
The Irish saw in the new year without a manager and without a point from their two Euro 2004 qualifiers. Then, Brian Kerr was named as Mick McCarthy’s successor and, for a while, it seemed he could do no wrong. The Irish turned things around and looked like qualifying for Portugal but, in the end, they fell short. The Republic failed to make it to Portugal because they started and finished the qualifiers badly. McCarthy’s critics have suggested the two opening defeats to Russia and Switzerland were the reason the Republic did not qualify… Players like Celtic’s Liam Miller, Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid and Colin Healy are likely to be important for the men in green as they prepare for World Cup qualifiers. Healy will hope to make a successful comeback after breaking a leg playing for his club Sunderland. In Group Four, Kerr’s team will again be up against Switzerland, not to mention European Champions France. They will need star players Damien Duff and Robbie Keane to be fit and on form for these key matches. There is much work to do off the pitch as well. The FAI is facing up a to reduced capacity at Lansdowne Road because it is no longer allowed to use temporary seating. Merrion Square officials are known to be considering playing the World Cup qualifiers outside Ireland as the lower attendance at Lansdowne would mean hugely reduced income.

Ronaldo and Raul retain lead for Real
Independent Online – Dec 15, 2003
The Galican visitors then looked set for a share of the points until Raul’s late strike. Apart from Raul, Deportivo goalkeeper Francisco Molina had good claims to be the unofficial ‘Man of the Match’. The former Spanish international was not to blame for Real’s two goals and produced an outstanding display, including a point-blank save from Oscar Minambres in injury time, to press his claims for a recall ahead of the Euro 2004 finals. The game however ended on a sour note when Real’s David Beckham and Deportivo’s Lionel Scaloni started a pushing match after the whistle had blown. The pair hand tangled minutes earlier, earning each a yellow card, with the Deportivo winger lucky not to get sent off for attempting to stamp on the England captain. Real now have 36 points from 16 games, two ahead of Valencia who won 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday thanks to an own goal from Betis defender Juanito Gutierrez. The 17th-minute blunder will be of little consolation to Juanito but Valencia still deserved the three points… The Galican visitors then looked set for a share of the points until Raul’s late strike. Apart from Raul, Deportivo goalkeeper Francisco Molina had good claims to be the unofficial ‘Man of the Match’. The former Spanish international was not to blame for Real’s two goals and produced an outstanding display, including a point-blank save from Oscar Minambres in injury time, to press his claims for a recall ahead of the Euro 2004 finals. The game however ended on a sour note when Real’s David Beckham and Deportivo’s Lionel Scaloni started a pushing match after the whistle had blown. The pair hand tangled minutes earlier, earning each a yellow card, with the Deportivo winger lucky not to get sent off for attempting to stamp on the England captain. Real now have 36 points from 16 games, two ahead of Valencia who won 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday thanks to an own goal from Betis defender Juanito Gutierrez. The 17th-minute blunder will be of little consolation to Juanito but Valencia still deserved the three points.

Woodgate is facing further lay-off
CNN – Dec 16, 2003
85 million) but the 20-year-old has played for only about 100 minutes this seasonas a sub. He has made it known he wants to leave Newscastle in order to improve his chances of winning a place in the Portugal side for next June’s Euro 2004 Championship finals. Robson has agreed to loan Viana in January as long as he does not go to another English Premiership club.

Tottenham are planning a £4m bid for West Ham midfielder Michael…
BBC News – Dec 17, 2003
(The Sun)

Rio Ferdinand will “beg” Manchester United not to appeal if he is banned by the FA for missing a drugs test, as it may rule him out of Euro 2004. (Daily Mirror)

Claude Makelele says there is “no comparison” between his new club, Chelsea, and former club Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are increasingly worried about keeping Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman said of one day moving to Real Madrid, “everything is possible”. (Daily Star)

Belgian midfielder Jonathan Blondel is ready to leave Tottenham if he does not get a start soon. (Guardian)

Chinese oil tycoon Xu Ming, worth ?200m, is in talks about a takeover of Leeds.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Scotland v Netherlands Report
go.com – Dec 15, 2003
Earlier Lee Wilkie, who was in for flu victim Andy Webster, had to hack awayafter Douglas had fumbled as the Scots’ goal led a charmed life, not least whenvan der Meyde skinned Naysmith before blasting over. The Scots were also fortunate when referee Terje Hauge ruled no foul had beencommitted on the edge of the area when Marc Overmars went down under a JackieMcNamara challenge. The first half was not all good news for the Scots as Dailly will missWednesday’s return after being booked for an innocuous foul on van der Meyde. McFadden had earlier been booked for an obvious trip on Davids, who had comeoff second best in the early midfield skirmishes with Barry Ferguson, but foronce he was not on the brink of a ban. The Dutch swapped van Bronckhorst for Clarence Seedorf at the break and withinseconds van der Meyde, their best performer on the day, had picked out vanNistelrooy at the back post only for Douglas to save his header. Holland dominated the second-half possession but when Stam came gallopingforward pursued by Fletcher his was a defender’s shot and it cleared thecrossbar. Van der Meyde was to hit that crossbar in the 64th minute after Davids hadbeen hauled off in favour of Rafael van der Vaart but once again the luckresided with the hard-working home team, who sent on Kenny Miller for PaulDickov seconds later… Stoppage time saw McFadden replaced by Don Hutchison and van der Vaart firejust wide from distance although the man on the line had it covered. There was still time for van Nistelrooy to fire in another shot but Douglaswas behind it and the final whistle saw the big goalkeeper joyously boot theball into the stands as Hampden erupted. • Vogts hopes for Dailly reprieveAfter the match Scotland manager Berti Vogts said he hoped referee Terje Hauge will have a change of mind over the booking that is set to rule Christian Dailly out of Wednesday night’s Euro 2004 play-off decider in Holland. Vogts said: ‘We are talking to the referee and we will send directly theletters to UEFA. ‘It was a decision of the referee and I know the international rule but nowwe have to talk. ‘I think there is no chance but if the referee talks to us and makes a reportabout that then we have a chance. ‘But what can I do? There was a similar decision against Stevie Crawford inan earlier match and he was suspended for the Germany match.

Lothar springs Hungary surprise
Calcutta Telegraph – Dec 15, 2003
Matthaeus will sign a two-year contract covering the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. The 43-year-old quit Partizan on Saturday after just a year in charge at the Serbia and Montenegro club citing personal reasons. He replaces Imre Gellei who stepped down earlier this month after Hungary?s disappointing Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. German media had reported that Matthaeus wanted to live in Budapest as his new wife, a Serbian businesswoman he married last month, has a business in Hungary. Chelsea want Henry

Madrid: Arsenal received a formal offer from Chelsea billionaire owner Roman Abramovich earlier this week for Thierry Henry, the Spanish sports daily As said on Saturday. British media on Sunday said the sum offered was between ? 40 m and ? 50 m. But Arsenal have ruled out any possibility of the striker leaving despite the interest not only of Chelsea but also Spanish champions Real Madrid… Vice-chairman David Dein was quoted by As, saying that Arsenal had received a formal offer from Chelsea for the 26-year-old French international, but that they would be rejecting any approaches. ?Look carefully at my lips so that there is no doubt over what I am going to say,? Dein told an As reporter at Friday?s Champions League draw in Nyon. ?Henry is not for sale at any price, not to Real Madrid, not to Chelsea, not to any club. ?We know that Real Madrid are interested in our player and we know that Chelsea also want him because last week Roman Abramovich himself came to Highbury to present a formal offer for him. ?

Pakistan outride India

Lahore: Pakistan snatched a golden goal to beat arch rivals India 10-9 on Sunday and qualify for next year?s polo World Cup in France. The teams were tied at 9-9 in a qualifying match when Pakistan captain Qublai Alam forced the winning goal in the opening moments of the sixth chakkar. In the only other match today, unbeaten Australia beat Singapore 11-4.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Bridge of highs for Makelele
BBC News – Dec 15, 2003
He may have left behind the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Raul, but he’s now surrounded by Marcel Desailly, Emmanuel Petit and Hernan Crespo. So how does Chelsea compare with Real?

“There’s no comparison really. At the end of the day, Real Madrid is Real Madrid – you must not forget that,” said Makelele. “Here I’m surrounded by some pretty good players, but the level is very different to that at Real. After all, Real have some Golden Boot winners, very talented players. “Here there are some extremely good players who will go on to become big names on the world stage, but you can’t really compare the two – they’re quite different… When you get to work in the morning, you know there’ll be people there who you can talk to, and that’s very important”. Having so many French players so close, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires up the road at Arsenal, has clearly been a benefit. With France and England having been drawn in the same group for Euro 2004, Makelele will have plenty of chance to gauge himself against his team-mates – French and English – over the next few months. You can hear all of Chris Dennis’ interview with Claude Makelele on World Football on Saturday 13 December. Use the audio link on the World Football front page.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Spain v Norway Report
go.com – Dec 15, 2003
15, 2003, 12:00 PM UKSpain 2-1 NorwayPAA late Henning Berg own goal gave Spain victory in the first leg of their Euro 2004 qualifying play-off against Norwaybut with the Scandinavians netting a vital away goal the tie still remains finely balanced ahead of Wednesday’s return match in Oslo. Inaki Saez’s side controlled the game for almost the entire 90 minutes, butthey failed to take make the most of a hatful of chances. In fact it needed a big stroke of luck to win it on the night five minutesfrom time, as Berg deflected a Joaquin cross-shot that had been touched on byRuben Baraja to give Spain a narrow lead at the half way stage. Saez gave in-form Sevilla striker Jose Antonio Reyes a place in his startingline-up with Vicente Rodriguez the player to miss out. Juan Carlos Valeron also found himself on the bench as Saez put his faith inthe partnership of Raul and 19-year-old Fernando Torres… A minute later, Reyes set up Raul who lobbed the ball over Johnsen only to seeBerg hack the ball clear. Torres appealed for a penalty as he went over on 13 minutes, but refereeGraham Poll waved play. The home fans were annoyed at that, but not as much they were a minute or solater when Norway immediately went down the other end and scored. John Arne Riise hit a long free kick towards the Spanish penalty area, RoarStrand beat Ivan Helguera in the air and the ball fell to Steffen Iversen, whopopped up at the far post to beat Iker Casillas with a right foot shot. Iversen clearly has something on Spain, as it was he who scored the only goalas Norway beat Spain 1-0 in Euro 2000. On 21 minutes, however, Spain were level. Reyes hit a vicious inswinging free kick from the right and Raul was able toget a touch on the edge of the six yard box to deflect the ball into the back ofback of the net.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Latvia v Turkey Report
go.com – Dec 15, 2003
15, 2003, 12:00 PM UKLatvia 1-0 TurkeyPARIGA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Latvia stunned Turkey with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Euro 2004 playoff on Saturday,edging closer to their first major championship. Turkey, surprise World Cup semi-finalists last year, wereoutplayed for long stretches of the game and now face a toughtask in Wednesday’s second leg in Istanbul. That task will be made even harder as they will be withoutdefender Emre Asik, who was sent off after 73 minutes forelbowing Latvian striker Vits Rimkus, and keeper Rustu Recberand defender Fatih Akyel who both picked up yellow cards. ‘This is an historic win for the Latvian team,’ a beamingcoach Aleksandr Starkovs said. Latvia attacked from the off and Maris Verpakovskis forced ascrambling save from Recber after seven minutes… ‘This is an historic win for the Latvian team,’ a beamingcoach Aleksandr Starkovs said. Latvia attacked from the off and Maris Verpakovskis forced ascrambling save from Recber after seven minutes. But the lively Verpakovskis was not to be denied and hescored the decisive goal after 29 minutes, turning past Asik andcalmly chipping the ball over Recber. Turkey finally began to apply some pressure in the final 15minutes and came close to snatching an equaliser when EmreBelozoglu’s powerful diving header hit the post four minutesfrom time. Sour Turkish coach Senol Gunes said he still expected histeam to reach next year’s finals in Portugal. ‘During practice, everything seemed okay, but the weathertoday clearly affected the way we played — we’re not used tothis kind of weather,’ he said of the near-freezing conditionsat the Skonto Stadium. ‘We couldn’t control the game apart form the last stages.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 15, 2003
” Likely winnersIn response to a question from GtrCeasar, De Boer said he expected one of four clubs to win the Champions League: “Real Madrid CF, AC Milan, Manchester United FC and Arsenal FC are the four who look most likely to lift the trophy but you can also have surprises. When we won in 95 [with Ajax] it was quite a surprise so that sort of thing could happen again. “Dutch ambitionsOn the UEFA EURO 2004™ final tournament draw, which has seen the Netherlands grouped with Latvia, Germany and the Czech Republic, De Boer told Czech: “Everybody wanted Latvia, although they beat Turkey. Germany are not great just now but with Germans you never know. The Czechs were very good but we can beat them and they can beat us. ” De Boer’s added that his favourites to win the title are France. Playing with FrankAsked about playing with his brother Frank, de Boer’s response was: “Yes, I am quite proud that two members of the family are on the highest level… When we won in 95 [with Ajax] it was quite a surprise so that sort of thing could happen again. “Dutch ambitionsOn the UEFA EURO 2004™ final tournament draw, which has seen the Netherlands grouped with Latvia, Germany and the Czech Republic, De Boer told Czech: “Everybody wanted Latvia, although they beat Turkey. Germany are not great just now but with Germans you never know. The Czechs were very good but we can beat them and they can beat us. ” De Boer’s added that his favourites to win the title are France. Playing with FrankAsked about playing with his brother Frank, de Boer’s response was: “Yes, I am quite proud that two members of the family are on the highest level. It is something great for my parents, especially as Frank is the record holder for Dutch caps.

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