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January 25, 2004

Everton move for Butt

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The News Review:

* French player power urges Anelka recall
* Sinclair to spice up City fortunes
* Wales ponder appeal over Titov ban
* Everton move for Butt
* Robben snubs Chelsea
* Twin targets spur Casillas
* Chelsea chasing Robben
* JEFFERS RESCUES EVERTON : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
* No more upsets with Senegal, says coach
* Net closes around European Championship ticket touts
* 2004: European Year of Education through Sport
* Lawrie load of goals will help chances with Sanchez – Kirk

French player power urges Anelka recall – Jan 24, 2004
Anelka was not among the original six strikers selected and was only picked after two had dropped out. “The notoriously stubborn Santini failed to see the funny side of Anelka’s comments and vowed not to make the first move.

Sinclair to spice up City fortunes – Jan 25, 2004
“It can also, he says, lift your league form, though that proved far from the case against Blackburn last week, which followed a midweek FA Cup replay win over Leicester. Mercifully, Sinclair received an early knock on the head that left him in a daze for the rest of the match, while 47,090 allegedly compos mentis supporters had to sit through what was apparently the grimmest of Premiership fare. Sinclair admits that from what he can remember, it was “not the prettiest of games” and he is equally brutal about his own performances on the pitch. But what angers and mystifies him is the idea that he and his City team-mates are somehow drifting towards the relegation zone without a care in the world other than for the size of their wages and cars. The Manchester City dressing-room is said to contain about as much family harmony as the Borgias, with manager Kevin Keegan reported to be on the point of walking out on the dissenting rabble. Sinclair said: “Contrary to those stories, the gaffer’s still got belief in the lads and the lads have got belief in him and each other. “We work hard for each other in training all week and we’re not just going to throw that out of the window at the weekend and say, ‘if we get beat, we get beat and if we go down, we’re not bothered’… You know the size of him, right? Well, I don’t fancy him coming after me so I’m going to make sure that I am on my toes. He was pretty quiet last weekend but he probably thought he would give us one game and, from now on, he will let us know what he wants. “Since his recall in his more natural position on the right wing, Sinclair believes that he has returned to something like his best, though he will not sit by the phone for a call from England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson before Euro 2004. He has not been in the squad since the opening international of the season against Croatia, and that may have been by way of a thank-you for Sinclair answering Eriksson’s call to fly back to Japan for last summer’s World Cup days after he had arrived home following his exclusion from the final 22. He says: “The England manager does not owe me anything because he is the only one who put me in the team. I was crap in the final game against Korea before the tournament. But after some time with my wife and three boys, I returned a totally different player and I thought it was good for me to go.

Wales ponder appeal over Titov ban
CNN – Jan 24, 2004
Russian midfielder Titov was suspended for 12 months by ruling body UEFA on Friday after testing positive for the banned stimulant bromantan following the goalless first leg of the acrimonious playoff in Moscow last November. Titov did not play in the first leg but was on the pitch for 59 minutes of the second leg in Cardiff which Russia won 1-0. The Football Association of Wales said on its official website it was considering whether to lodge an appeal. “We’ll contact UEFA on Monday and check if any sanctions will be imposed,” said an FAW spokesman. The club announced on Saturday that he would appeal against the verdict. “The whole Russian squad was tested ahead of playoffs on November 11 and all the results were negative.

Everton move for Butt
BBC News – Jan 25, 2004
“Hopefully he’ll want to come to Everton but I’m not sure whether it will happen this month. ”

Moyes added: “As for Bulykin, he is here until the middle of next week for us to have a look at him. “He does not have enough caps just yet to qualify for a work permit. “But by the time the summer comes round, and the Euro 2004 finals, he will certainly have played enough.

Robben snubs Chelsea
BBC News – Jan 25, 2004
PSV were upset when Robben visited United without their permission and had invited Chelsea for talks. But Robben’s father Hans – also his agent – has insisted there is no chance the 19-year-old will move to Stamford Bridge. “My son will not go to Chelsea. Over my dead body will he go there,” said Robben. “They have an owner who has no philosophy or structure at the club. Chelsea just buy expensive players all over Europe and think it will make them a great team… “We have also had Manchester United on the line but we will not negotiate over the telephone. “If United want to talk, they must come to Eindhoven. ”

Robben, who is expected to be in Holland’s Euro 2004 squad, is ineligible for the Champions League having featured for PSV this season.

Twin targets spur Casillas – Jan 23, 2004
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Chelsea chasing Robben – Jan 23, 2004
Pedro Salazar Hewitt, a PSV spokesman, denied that Peter Kenyon, the former chief executive of United who is on gardening leave before he joins Chelsea, was part of the London club’s contingent. He said: “It was not Peter Kenyon but other people from Chelsea and we know they’re interested in Robben. “We have also had Manchester United on the line but we will not negotiate over the telephone. If United want to talk, they must come to Eindhoven. If they want Arjen Robben, they must come over here so we can look for the best solution for all three parties. “No valuation has yet been placed on Robben, though when a figure of £5… “Having secured the signing of Louis Saha from Fulham for £12 million, United, who had made the French striker a priority, can focus on Robben, whose father, Hans, is also the player’s agent. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed United’s interest. “Nothing’s finalised but we hope to do business with PSV,” he said, though the Premiership champions could face a battle for the signature of a player who is expected to be part of Holland’s Euro 2004 squad.

JEFFERS RESCUES EVERTON : Football news, live scores, fixtures and…
4TheGame – Jan 25, 2004
But Moyes confirmed he will not be able to do a deal for the Russian international before the end of the transfer window. Moyes said: “He is here until the middle of next week for us to have a look at him. “He does not have enough caps just yet to qualify for a work permit. “But by the time the summer comes round, and the Euro 2004 finals, he will certainly have played enough. He needs to have played 70% of games over a two-year spell, and he is just short of that at the moment. “I watched him play for Russia in Ireland and against Wales in Cardiff, but the deal is not one for this season. ” Fulham manager Chris Coleman admitted his frustration at not hanging on for the win that would have taken his side into the last 16.

No more upsets with Senegal, says coach
Independent Online – Jan 24, 2004
The underdogs who stunned France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup will be facing Burkina Faso as one of the favourites to lift the African crown when the tournament in Tunisia ends on February 14. Aware of his own country’s debacle, Frenchman Stephan told a news conference on Saturday: “In terms of preparation, everything has been done so that that doesn’t happen. “With the atmosphere of concentration there’s been at the hotel here for the last few days, I sense a team that’s ready. That won’t stop our opponents being motivated – we have to be prepared for that… What’s important is having a thirst for victory, a thirst to win trophies. Beautiful Game

“The beauty of football is that anything can happen. There’s the example of France, there’s Turkey who had an extraordinary World Cup, reached the quarterfinals and then failed to qualify for Euro 2004, and who were beaten (in the playoffs) by Latvia. “We’re going into our matches with the maximum vigilance. and we’ll keep playing the way we have these past few months.

Net closes around European Championship ticket touts
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 24, 2004
With hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to travel to Portugal in June, some sites have been offering tickets at more than five times their face value. Gilberto Madail, the president of the Portuguese Football Federation, said yesterday: “Everything that is being offered on the internet — in sites based in the United States, Australia and especially in Britain — are tickets which they do not have. ” He said that Euro 2004 organisers had already identified a number of suspicious sites and had taken legal action against one offering tickets for the event. “We will take action against all cases that come to our attention,” Madail added, “but it will be impossible to detect every case. ” Supporters have been able to apply for up to four tickets per game, for one game a day, using a form posted on the offical tournament website (www. com) and available from national football federations.

2004: European Year of Education through Sport
Irish Independent – Jan 24, 2004
The EU wants to focus on the positive values that sports participation can develop such as fair play, respect for others, teamwork and personal effort. Events will be held across 28 countries over the course of the Year. The biggest sporting events in Europe and indeed globally in 2004 – the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal in June and July and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens in August and September – will be promoting and supporting the EYES 2004. As Ireland holds the Presidency of the EU for the first six months of 2004, the European launch of the EYES will take place here. Croke Park in Dublin will host the launch conference on 29-30 January. This event will be officially opened by the EU Commissioner for Education Culture and Sport, Mrs. Viviane Reding, who wants EYES 2004 to act as a boost to European sport both in its competitive dimensions, and as an educational and social activity… * An EYES Award campaign whereby youth groups, clubs, and community groups will be able to nominate persons or organisations who have demonstrated some of the key themes of the EYES 2004. * A series of lectures will be held around the country during the year, at which sports pesonalities will speak to schools, clubs and community organisations about the importance of sport in their lives and aim to encourage increased participation. * A number of regional “Try a Sport” days will be organised, where the public will be invited to try a sport that they may not have played before. If they like any given activity they will be given information on their nearest club. * A closing conference will be held which will focus on how the Year can leave a lasting legacy. Further information on planned activities and events may be obtained from Léargas, which is coordinating EYES 2004 events in Ireland.

Lawrie load of goals will help chances with Sanchez – Kirk
Edinburgh Evening News – Jan 23, 2004
Dunfermline assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl had been widely expected to take over but the former Rangers and Manchester United star was left disappointed when Lawrie Sanchez won the vote of the Irish FA. Kirk would have preferred to see Nicholl handed the reins with the Pars coach’s intimate knowledge of the Scottish game a useful advantage for those players plying their trade north of the Border. As it is, Kirk will now have to impress former Wycombe Wanderers boss Sanchez – better known for scoring the winner for Wimbledon in the 1988 FA Cup Final against Liverpool at Wembley – after his appointment on a two-year contract. It is a challenge he relishes, though, with the likes of England and Wales lying in wait in the World Cup qualifiers… “I took a kick on the calf in the cup-tie and it was quite sore for a few days. But I returned to training on Tuesday and everything feels fine. “I am willing and able if the boss decides to pick me but the guys did well against Celtic on Sunday and were unlucky not to take anything from the game so we will have to wait and see what he decides to do. ” The Jags may be struggling at the foot of the SPL, the weekend loss to Dundee leaving them cut adrift at the foot, two goals in the final five minutes by the Dark Blues seeing Partick fall ten points behind second-bottom club Aberdeen, but league positions will mean nothing, according to Kirk, once the first whistle goes. “I am sure it will be another fast game with Partick sure to come here and work their socks off,” he said. “They will try to get in amongst us and upset us and we have to try to match that then get the ball down and play. “They are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment.

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