Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 23, 2003


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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Punishment is proportionate, says Sven
* – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Inside Soccer: Ferdinand suspension saga heating up
* UEFA diary: February
* Foreigners Take Helm In Russia

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 21, 2003
The decision, taken by an independent commission on Friday after a two-day hearing, means the 25-year-old England defender, who signed for United from Leeds in a British record deal of 30 million pounds in July 2002, will miss the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal if an appeal fails. He will also miss United?s title challenge in the Premiership and the Champions League. The ban begins on January 12 next year. Ferdinand refused to comment on the outcome but United solicitor Maurice Watkins hit out at the judgement. ?We are extremely disappointed by the result in this case and in particular by the savage and unprecedented sentence which makes an appeal inevitable,? said Watkins in a statement as the player stood by his side… ?Having requested a personal hearing, he is subject to pay the costs of the hearing. ?Such decisions are subject to the right of appeal. ? Ferdinand passed a drugs test 36 hours after missing his scheduled appointment and has not been picked for England since then. But he has continued to play for Manchester United, sparking a controversy that has even got FIFA president Sepp Blatter involved. Blatter wanted Ferdinand suspended until a decision was made, and suggested United could be docked points for the matches they have won with Ferdinand if he was found guilty. United pointed out that Manchester City?s Christian Negouai escaped suspension and was fined 20,000 pounds when he missed a drugs test under similar circumstances earlier this year. And United?s lawyers stress that Negouai?s case was conducted in private.

Punishment is proportionate, says Sven
Daily Express – Dec 21, 2003
“With regard to Rio, I’m sorry for him. I’m sure he will be disappointed to miss football for eight months and I’m sure he will see it as a blow to miss Euro 2004,” said the Swede. Manchester United’s Ferdinand, the world’s most expensive defender, was handed the ban by an independent commission and fined 50,000 pounds for failing to take a drugs test at the English champions’ training ground on September 23. He intends to appeal against the sentence but if that fails he will sit out United’s Premiership and Champions League campaign as well as the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal in the summer… ” Former England manager Graham Taylor also believed football as a whole had lessons to learn from the Ferdinand saga. “Everybody in football has to understand how important it is that we are drug free,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The message to all professional footballers is ‘You do not forget if you are being asked to take a drugs test. ’”
Taylor accepts that highly-paid young players are in danger of being tempted by drugs, whether they be recreational or performance-enhancing. He added: “It would be silly of any of us to think they would not come into contact with that sort of environment. “The clubs and managers have to make it abundantly clear to young professional footballers who are earning tremendous amounts of money that they do not succumb to temptations. “Professional football must understand it has to take responsibility for this now. – The Professional Footballers’ Association – Dec 23, 2003
I did not think I would beat Thierry Henry, Paolo Maldini or Zinedine Zidane. "

This award compensates Nedved for only finishing fourth in polling of national coaches for FIFA's World Player of the Year award, which was won by Real Madrid ace Zidane. Nedved won this honour on the back of some superb form for his club and country as Juventus won their second successive Serie A title in 2003 as well as reaching the Champions League Final. He was also instrumental in guiding the Czech Republic to Euro 2004 in finishing top of their group above Holland and paid tribute to his teammates. "With the Czech Republic and Juventus I have made great progress," he added… "

This award compensates Nedved for only finishing fourth in polling of national coaches for FIFA's World Player of the Year award, which was won by Real Madrid ace Zidane. Nedved won this honour on the back of some superb form for his club and country as Juventus won their second successive Serie A title in 2003 as well as reaching the Champions League Final. He was also instrumental in guiding the Czech Republic to Euro 2004 in finishing top of their group above Holland and paid tribute to his teammates. "With the Czech Republic and Juventus I have made great progress," he added. "I think the Ballon d'Or is an honour to my country and to Juventus. I must thank my teammates as it is the eighth time a Juventus player has won it. "

Iain Dowie vowed to avoid becoming the latest manager in and out of the revolving door at Crystal Palace after being handed only an 18-month contract at Selhurst Park.

4TheGame – Dec 21, 2003
“But, even without Marcel, John continues to play very well. ” Ranieri is convinced Terry will become an even better player through representing his country. Citing the example of October’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey, which England drew 0-0 with Terry a tower of strength in defence, the manager explained: “When you take another step higher you gain experience and confidence from that. “John came back a stronger player after the game in Turkey. Now he is getting experience in the Champions League – and that’s important for him, Chelsea and England. ” Fulham manager Chris Coleman also gave a ringing endorsement of Terry’s pedigree. “He’s one of the best centre-backs in the league, without a doubt,” he said… “If I was England manager I’d pick him – absolutely. ” Terry and his team-mates bounced back to winning ways at Fulham after successive 2-1 defeats against Bolton and Aston Villa. Hernan Crespo bagged the 61st-minute winner – a thumping header from a Wayne Bridge cross – in a contest which could have easily finished 4-4 were it not for sparkling goalkeeping displays from Carlo Cudicini and Edwin van der Sar. Victory keeps Chelsea in the thick of the title race alongside Arsenal and Manchester United, while defeat means Fulham have now lost twice in swift succession but are still fourth. Coleman hopes for better luck in the January transfer window than in the summer when he failed in a string of bids for players. “The chairman gave me money to bring players in during the summer, but we couldn’t get them,” he said. “But we’re more attractive now.

Inside Soccer: Ferdinand suspension saga heating up – Dec 23, 2003
“To go to the civil courts is strictly prohibited in our rules,” Blatter, who called for a lengthy ban, told The News of the World. “If you take that action, the repercussions will be unprecedented. “A “shocked” and “devastated” Ferdinand, England’s top defender at last year’s World Cup, will miss Euro 2004. The ban does seem a bit harsh, especially when you consider that Dutch players Edgar Davids and Jaap Stam were each suspended for five months after a positive test for the banned substance nandrolone. And misfit goalkeeper Mark Bosnich got only nine months for a positive cocaine test last year. However, those who point to Christian Negouai, the Manchester City player who escaped suspension after missing a test, are missing the point: The FA’s new team was clearly taking a stand. Don’t bet on players missing tests anytime in the near future… Don’t bet on players missing tests anytime in the near future. A MATTER OF TASTE: Frenchman Zinedine Zidane was voted FIFA’s player of the year by coaches last week. It seems others think he’s not even the top European — by a long shot. Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved has been named Europe’s top player by journalists, with Zidane well back in fifth. Nedved sparkled for Juventus, helping the club win the Italian league and advance to the Champions League final. (He missed the final because of suspension, perhaps the biggest reason Juve lost to AC Milan on penalties. ) The coaches and journalists agreed on one thing — Arsenal forward Thierry Henry was second-best.

UEFA diary: February – Dec 23, 2003
12 FebruaryEurope’s major clubs repeat their opposition to a club world championship, as well as to the FIFA Confederations’ Cup for national teams. The clubs voice their opinion at a two-day plenary meeting of the European Club Forum, a 102-club body set up to reinforce dialogue between UEFA and European clubs on issues of mutual benefit. 13 FebruaryNTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) will be the official IT partner of UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal. The agreement means that NTT Com, which is currently a partner for the UEFA Cup final and UEFA Super Cup, will be a partner for the UEFA European Championship finals for the first time. 17 FebruaryThe start of the second half of the European club competition season brings further developments in uefa. com’s burgeoning multilingual operations. UEFA’s official website covers the resumption of the UEFA Champions League campaign in eight languages – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese – which means football enthusiasts throughout the world will be able to keep up with the news in the language of their choice.

Foreigners Take Helm In Russia
St Petersburg Times, Russia – Dec 23, 2003
We want that trainers to come who’ve played [and trained] in France, Italy and Spain," he said, saying it will help to teach Russian trainers new ideas. Officials had hopes that young trainers such Igor Shalimov and Sergei Aleinikov, 37, who took over at Uralan Elista and Torpedo Mettalurg after returning from lengthy spells playing and coaching in Italy, would be that fresh blood, but neither was a success. There were calls last year for a foreign coach for the national team – a couple of eager businessman fans even offered to donate a $1 million to pay his wages – but the success of Georgy Yartsev in getting Russia to Euro 2004 means that is unlikely for the foreseeable future. Still, Jorge and Scala’s appointments resulted in cautious words from the State Sports Committee head Vyacheslav Fetisov. "You can judge it positively and critically," Fetisov said last month at a meeting with players and the coaching staff from the Russian national team, Interfax reported. "The Russian training school has far from lost its potential," noting that a number of Russian soccer players were abroad gaining experience. "Judging by their interest in training, I think there is sense in giving experienced soccer players a chance," he said, adding that veteran trainers such as Konstantin Beskov and Valentin Ivanov could provide advice… After leading Parma to European success, Scala went on to coach Borussia Dortmund, Besiktas and Shaktyor Donetsk. He took Donetsk to its first ever title but left after failing to get the team to the group stages of the Champions League. Although this is the first wave in the Russian league, it is not the first in Soviet history. The league had its fair share of trainers from the Soviet republics, as does the Russian league, but few know that trainers from outside the union successfully coached in the Soviet Union in, strangely, 1936 and 1937, at the height of the Stalinist repressions. That year, Czech Jul Limbek, took Dynamo Tbilisi to the autumn league title before going onto to coach Lokomotiv, football historian Aksel Vartanyan said. Such coaches exerted a huge influence on Soviet soccer, which was in its infancy. The first national championship had only begun in 1936 with the country in political and football isolation and many of the teams playing without any coaches at all.

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