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December 26, 2003

Robson halts Viana loan

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The News Review:

* Saha puts himself in shop window
* Convert Bernard happy to play a waiting game
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
* Robson halts Viana loan
* Yeovil dream of giantkilling glory
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Charlton v Chelsea Report
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Fergie hails Butt
* Edu fails in numbers game
* UEFA diary: May
* Fulham v Southampton: Preview
* Zidane to end career at Real

Saha puts himself in shop window
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 26, 2003
Yesterday his stance softened, albeit only slightly, when he said the 25-year-old forward would not be leaving before the end of the season. Manchester United are just one of the rival Premiership clubs who have already made inquiries about Saha and who could blame him if he was tempted by the Theatre of Dreams and the prospect of Champions League football? Such a move could also increase his chances of playing for France in the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal next summer. Showing a sense of timing that hinted at an ability to grace a bigger stage, Saha scored both goals at Loftus Road, taking his Premiership tally for the season to 12. Only Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy have scored more. Saha could easily have added to his brace and he created openings for his team-mates. It was as complete a performance by a lone striker as one could wish to see… Saha could easily have added to his brace and he created openings for his team-mates. It was as complete a performance by a lone striker as one could wish to see. Fulham have said he is not for sale for even £20 million and have reportedly turned down an opening bid of £5. 5 million from United. Coleman was adamant.

Convert Bernard happy to play a waiting game
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 26, 2003
It’s the same with [Bixente] Lizarazu. I always try to watch them playing on television because it is important to see how they play. “I think I’m making a lot of progress as a left-back because I am not a natural full-back so I am learning how to play that position. The more I play at left-back the more I enjoy it and the better I become. “I have worked hard on my defensive positioning in training and also on my attacking play because when I step up now I have to think as a defender. I was a forward when I played in France and played for the French youth team as a striker and then went to the left wing and played there for three or four years. When I came to England, Newcastle needed a left-back and I decided to change my position… When I came to England, Newcastle needed a left-back and I decided to change my position. “When the manager asked me to change position I did not want to, but when you’re young and you want to play you will play anywhere. “Like team-mate Laurent Robert, Bernard is hoping to break into the French national side but knows he faces formidable obstacles to gaining a berth at Euro 2004. “Winning a place in the national team is an ambition,” Bernard, 24, said. “If you want to be a good player you must try to play for your country and that’s what I’m looking for but it will be difficult because the team is so strong. “I’m behind a lot of players such as Lizarazu, who is getting old but he’s still an excellent player, [Mikael] Silvestre and Monaco’s Patrice Evra who is quite good so I must keep working, then wait and see. But for foreigners Newcastle is not that big compared to Arsenal or Man U which makes it quite hard for players like Laurent and myself.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Dec 26, 2003
As most best-of sports lists ignore the beautiful game, here’s a soccer-only list of stories that made global headlines this year. Donovan leads Earthquakes Southern California’s own Landon Donovan scored the first MLS Cup double as the Redlands native led San Jose to the MLS championship. Donovan scored 12 goals and six assists in 22 games in the Earthquakes’ championship season. WUSA says goodbye Feeling a significant financial squeeze, the world’s biggest professional women’s soccer league folded days after its third season ended… Donovan scored 12 goals and six assists in 22 games in the Earthquakes’ championship season. WUSA says goodbye Feeling a significant financial squeeze, the world’s biggest professional women’s soccer league folded days after its third season ended. The -WUSA’s collapse could not have come at a worse time, since the league called it quits just before the start of the Women’s World Cup. Rumors have surfaced about a possible return of the league, but whether a supporter with deep pockets steps forward remains to be seen. Home Depot Center opens Finally, Southern California’s own soccer-specific stadium opened, and it was quickly put to use. The Galaxy played its full home schedule there while Mexico and El Salvador met in the stadium’s first international match. The Women’s World Cup final as well as MLS Cup 2003 were also played there.

Robson halts Viana loan
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 24, 2003
Viana, 21 next month, is desperate to revitalise flagging hopes of representing Portugal at Euro 2004 by returning to his homeland but Robson has rebuffed Sporting’s advances. Robson said: “I’ve just spent a half-a-day with Hugo and the situation is that he is staying here. We have four-and-a-half months of the season left. In April we could be in a UEFA Cup semi-final against Valencia, with two injuries in midfield and Hugo in Portugal!”advertisement… 5 million in July 2002, Viana has started just 13 Premiership games and will hope Robson has a change of heart. “We will review the situation at the end of January, but he does not have a cat in hell’s chance of leaving before then,” Robson said. The manager’s mood was not lightened by a growing fear he might lose Bowyer for a prolonged period. “Bowyer might need an operation and we’ve been warned it could be a three-month job,” he added. Robson also said there had been no contact from Celtic, despite reports linking goalkeeper Steve Harper with a move to Glasgow, and added: “Harper is going nowhere. “Luciano Figueroa, the Argentine striker who has played only three minutes of Premiership football following his £2.

Yeovil dream of giantkilling glory
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 26, 2003
“Sowden doubles as football correspondent for the Yeovil Express and chairman of the supporter’s group. But what about that vision? “Not inconceivable is it?” he replies. “Wouldn’t be the first time Huish Park has made history. ” Steve can be excused for overlooking a small fact that it was Liverpool who curtailed Yeovil’s Cup run of 1935 which had already accounted for Crystal Palace and Exeter. The Reds came to Huish and thumped them 6-2. Houllier’s best hope of avoiding a regime change at Anfield may be the level playing field on which Yeovil now entertain their guests. The new Huish Park was opened in 1990 after Tesco bought the famous sloping pitch which sent many superior FA Cup opponents spinning out of control… ” He reckons Yeovil’s passing game is second only to Arsenal’s and considerably better than anything Murphy, Gerrard and Smicer can come up with. Johnston’s pedigree makes him worth listening to. Latvia have qualified for Euro 2004 from the foundations he laid during his two-year stay in Riga. He introduced seven Baltic footballers to English league football, including Marian Pahars, who occasionally dazzles for Southampton. As yet I haven’t come across anyone from Kidderminster who dreams of Dave Jones making his goodbye speech, but anything is possible. If Wolves should falter against a tiny club within its own catchment area who struggle to gather 2,500 people to watch them each week, Wolves will have a sunk to an all-time low.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Charlton v Chelsea Report
go.com – Dec 26, 2003
Taking Charlton to the next level and into Europe for the first time could require more serious money than Curbishley has so far been allowed – but in this game you would never have known it. They made the best possible start when they took the lead after just 42 seconds and it came via a swinging corner from the right by Paolo Di Canio. John Terry, the defender likely to fill suspended Rio Ferdinand’s boots for England at Euro 2004, failed to clear the swinging cross and Hreidarsson rose to head the ball powerfully past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. Chelsea were level eight minutes later when Terry made up for his earlier error. It was the simplest of goals. Adrian Mutu’s free-kick on the left swirled into the penalty area where it was met by a glancing header from Terry to leave Charlton goalkeeper Dean Kiely with no chance. The goal brought a trademark grin to the face of Abramovich in the stand, though his team even then were looking anything but the most expensively assembled side in the Premiership… They scored fourgoals but they could have scored more. ‘He added: ‘They started very, very well. They scored immediately, it was noteasy. We equalised and they scored again at the beginning of the second. Weswitched off and it was very disappointing. ‘It was a strange match for us. We made two or three chances to score andthey were dangerous from set-pieces but then it was 4-1.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Fergie hails Butt
go.com – Dec 26, 2003
MAN_UTD –>Updated: Dec. 26, 2003Fergie hails Butt performanceNicky Butt seized a rare chance in Manchester United’s starting line-up against Everton on Boxing Day – and manager Sir Alex Ferguson could not have been more delighted with his England midfielder’s goalscoring reponse. Butt has found himself on the sidelines for much of the season and has questioned whether he will have to leave the only club he has served as a professional while his chances of taking part in Euro 2004 appear to be dwindling. But the 28-year-old was given his first Premiership start in almost two months yesterday and the reaction of his team-mates to the eighth-minute goal he scored at Old Trafford was testament to his popularity at the club. ‘I am more pleased for Nicky than any other member of the side,’ said Ferguson. ‘He has been a great servant to this club and I know he has been feeling abit down recently, so it was great to see him respond like that. ‘You can’t keep saying to players they will get their chance… ‘Ferguson has defensive concerns ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Middlesbrough. John O’Shea is out with a hamstring strain, while Mikael Silvestre is rated extremely doubtful after injuringhis knee in a touchline collision with Francis Jeffers. If Silvestre does not make it, Ferguson must decide whether to play Neville orRoy Keane alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence or recall Wes Brown, whohas played just two reserve team games since his second cruciate knee ligamentoperation in the summer. ‘Any game at Middlesbrough is difficult, no matter what the circumstances,’said Ferguson, whose side have lost on their last two visits to the Riverside. ‘They do not give many goals away and we will have to be at our best. ‘Your views on this story?.

Edu fails in numbers game
go.com – Dec 24, 2003
24, 2003Edu fails in numbers game Uli Hesse-LichtenbergerArchive Just in time for the festive season I’m having a temperature of 39. 2 (I know we’re very cosmopolitan here, but please don’t ask me to convert that into Fahrenheit), so I’m not really able to tackle recent developments in any coherent manner. Such as Birgit Prinz not signing for Perugia. Such asreports that Borussia Dortmund are in serious financial trouble. Instead I’ll leave you with two oddities from the past months to ponderwhile the German Bundesliga (to the horror of an adoring worldwide audience,no doubt) has gone into the winter break again, leaving only unglamorous andsub-par leagues such as the Spanish, Italian or English ones to mildlyentertain us over the coming, cold weeks. Is the winter break a good thing? Er, who knows. I’d say it makes sense togive the players some time to rest and reduce the risk of frozen pitcheswhich will sooner or later result in a chaotic fixture list… Because the next team to play there were Sochaux, five days later, in theUEFA Cup. The French jumped to a 2-0 lead after 27 minutes, but the gamefinished 2-2. Now things cooled off for some ten days ?- but only becausethere was no league action due to the Euro 2004 qualifying play-offs. Dortmund’s first home game after this break paired them with Leverkusen. With 28 minutes gone, there was no score. Three minutes later, Dortmund led2-0. Final score? Why, 2-2.

UEFA diary: May
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 26, 2003
com chief writer Mark Chaplin casts an eye back on what happened within European football’s governing body during 2003. 1 MayThe English Football Association (FA) is handed a record fine by UEFA and issued with a final warning as to the future conduct of its supporters. UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body finds the FA guilty of the charges relating to pitch incursions and racist chanting at the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier between England and Turkey the previous month in Sunderland. The fine amounts to €99,000 – the highest ever for a racism-related charge. The Control and Disciplinary Body also imposes a €6,620 fine on the Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson for improper statements to the media before his club’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid CF. In his statements Sir Alex appeared to cast doubt upon the integrity of the draw for the last eight. 17 MayThe future of European football and sport as a whole is given a boost with the unveiling by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge of proposals for a legal framework for sport that could become part of the European Union’s new constitution… “We changed it at this stage because we are at the end of a contract, and we noticed already in the first year of the current contract that we had a problem, especially in the second group phase,” the UEFA CEO said. “The problem had many shades to it. It indicated that the players were getting under stress, that coaches started to bring in a kind of rotation system and not use their best players in matches which seemed less important, be it in the national or the European context. “30 MayMr Aigner says he hopes the hard financial lessons learned by many clubs in recent times will help create a more stable economic climate for football in future years. He adds that UEFA’s new club licensing system will help create a saner environment after a period when many clubs took spending to excessive limits.

Fulham v Southampton: Preview
go.com – Dec 24, 2003
My fitness was poor and there is still much work to be done to recover completely. “I am just glad to be paying again and my next ambition is to regain my level of fitness and the standards I set myself before my injuries. “Pahars wants to be fully fit to help Latvia in Euro 2004 after their surprise qualification at Turkey’s expense. Pahars said: “It means so much for the whole country to be taking part in the championships. It is a fantastic achievement for a country of two million people to be competing at this level. “Strachan added: “It has not been easy for Marian because he has been out for a year and has hardly played in the reserves. “He is having to play on fitness training and his own natural fitness… Pahars said: “It means so much for the whole country to be taking part in the championships. It is a fantastic achievement for a country of two million people to be competing at this level. “Strachan added: “It has not been easy for Marian because he has been out for a year and has hardly played in the reserves. “He is having to play on fitness training and his own natural fitness. Marian is not right yet but he is still a threat. “Rory Delap has recovered from an ankle injury and is in line to return at Fulham where Saints go in search of their fourth successive Premiership victory. But Strachan may be tempted to keep the side which swept aside Portsmouth 3-0 last Sunday.

Zidane to end career at Real
go.com – Dec 26, 2003
It’s the best thing I can do. It’s unlikely that I’ll play foranother team and carry on for more years,’ Zidane said in aninterview with the Spanish sports newspaper Marca. Last month Zidane, 31, told France’s Onze magazine he wasnot certain if he would retire when his Real Madrid contractended in 2005. ‘I’m also thinking about when I’m going to retire from theFrench team,’ Zidane added. ‘We’ll see what happens in Euro2004. I’ll take a decision after that competition. ‘Zidane was named this month as FIFA’s World Player of theYear, the third time he has won the award in six years… Last month Zidane, 31, told France’s Onze magazine he wasnot certain if he would retire when his Real Madrid contractended in 2005. ‘I’m also thinking about when I’m going to retire from theFrench team,’ Zidane added. ‘We’ll see what happens in Euro2004. I’ll take a decision after that competition. ‘Zidane was named this month as FIFA’s World Player of theYear, the third time he has won the award in six years. Your views on this story?.

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