Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

January 31, 2004

ENGLAND: ARE SHITE!

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The News Review:

* Mad Brit Diary Frank and Ronald de Boer are united again.
* Give us a break – we need it
* England plot Euro 2004 warm-up
* ENGLAND: ARE SHITE!
* Sports tourism special
* Milosevic finds favour at Celtic
* Bremen out to avoid history repeating
* Cisse set to miss Euro 2004
* Why Grady can measure up to the best
* Why top managers have a blind spot for goalkeepers
* Madrid summit for referees
* Celtic confirm Hedman’s loan to Ancona
* Russian football boss wants tougher doping control after Titov`s ban
* ABC Sport – Soccer – Leeds United: Chronology of a financial meltdown

Mad Brit Diary Frank and Ronald de Boer are united again.
SoccerTimes – Jan 30, 2004
The rich get richerPremier League leading Arsenal has signed Spanish international winger Jose Antonio Reyes, 20, in a club-record transfer fee, reported at $36. 2 million, from Sevilla. You have to love BallackGermany and Bayern Munich star Michael Ballack thinks Germany might struggle at Euro 2004. “We are just not at the stage where we can say we are going out on the pitch to become European or world champions,” Ballack said. “In order to do this, we need to grow together more as a team and also have our top players back from injury. ” Ballack led Germany to the World Cup final in 2002, but was suspended from the title match where Germany lost to Brazil. Juicy FA Cup gigsThe recent FA Cup draw has produced an all-London clash between Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea February 21 in the Round of 16.

Give us a break – we need it
BBC News – Jan 30, 2004
I had got to the point where I really needed a break. Not just physically, but mentally as well. As we were out of the FA Cup, our boss, Gordon Strachan, could give me a few days off and he was good enough to do so. I used them to just take myself off and get completely away from football for a few days. I know people outside the game think we have got an easy life, but the pace at which the game is played is furious. The pressure on players to perform consistently at the top level is intense, both physically and mentally… I got back in time to take part in our friendly against Bayern Munich – which was arranged to fill in the blank week because of our FA Cup exit, before anyone asks!

We had a crowd of 28,000 to see the German stars, and even though it was only a friendly, they gave glimpses of what a good side they are. Michael Ballack is a top-quality player, and he will be one of the stars of Euro 2004. Hopefully, England won’t come up against him before the final!

There have been some interesting moves during the transfer window, some of which only reinforce the difference between the mega-clubs and the others. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all managed to shell out big money for players who will perk the squad up at just the right time.

England plot Euro 2004 warm-up
BBC News – Jan 30, 2004
England will face Japan and Iceland at the new City of Manchester Stadium, which will be staging its first international matches. The event will feature the 23 players chosen by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for England’s Euro 2004 campaign. “These are our last warm-up games before Euro 2004, so this tournament is crucial preparation,” said Eriksson. “Both of our opponents have very good individual players – household names like (Eidur) Gudjohnsen and (Hidetoshi) Nakata – and are playing good football at the moment. “I’m looking forward to the games. “We had an amazing welcome from the Japanese fans during the World Cup and I’m sure the people of Manchester will return the compliment. ”

Japan, who made such an impact at the 2002 World Cup, could also feature players with Premiership experience such as Kazuyuki Toda and Junichi Inamoto… “We had an amazing welcome from the Japanese fans during the World Cup and I’m sure the people of Manchester will return the compliment. ”

Japan, who made such an impact at the 2002 World Cup, could also feature players with Premiership experience such as Kazuyuki Toda and Junichi Inamoto. Iceland, meanwhile, may not only boast Chelsea’s Gudjohnsen, but also Watford’s Heidar Helguson and Charlton’s Hermann Hreidarsson. They finished just a point behind second-placed Scotland in their Euro 2004 qualifying group. The tournament will start with Iceland facing Japan on 30 May. England will take on Japan on 1 June, followed by Iceland on 5 June. Manchester City chairman John Wardle added: “This is terrific news for the City of Manchester Stadium and a great privilege to be hosting these three international games.

ENGLAND: ARE SHITE!
NME.com – Jan 29, 2004
“Please destroy those bastards. ”
According to Ananova, Burns was being interviewed by Croatian news website Htnet following the band’s gig in Zagreb, when he commented on the match – due to take place on June 21 in Lisbon. The game is a Group B match as part of the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. Burns said that he was a ‘proud Celt’ and could not bare the thought of England winning the championships. Related items Mogwai NME page News Pixies tribute to include Mogwai Beastie Boys to headline Sonar Festival Organisers ‘ecstatic’ after Latitude festival more news » Reviews Mogwai : Happy Songs For Happy People Mogwai : Rock Action Mogwai: Isle Of Bute Rothesay Pavilion more reviews » Media.

Sports tourism special
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 31, 2004
The sporting spectacle itself is only part of the experience. Fans travel the world to see their heroes in action, but also to experience something of the culture of a foreign land. The hours, days and even weeks surrounding events are not spent simply guzzling beer – although the antics of the Barmy Army, the beer-bellied Brits who follow England’s cricketers around the world, might suggest otherwise. At last year’s Rugby World Cup, many supporters took accompanying tours of Australia – from Townsville to Launceston, Perth to Wollongong – with trips to the Hunter Valley, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the Whitsunday Islands often forming part of the package. The 2002 Football World Cup – staged at 20 different venues across Japan and South Korea – gave supporters the opportunity to come into contact with cultures they would never normally experience. From Seoul and Suwon to Osaka and Oita, football fans gained a taste of sumo, sushi, bullet trains and beautiful scenery. That said, it would be misleading to suggest that all sports tourists double as culture vultures.

Milosevic finds favour at Celtic
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 30, 2004
The 25-year-old Milosevic trained with Celtic throughout the week and accepted the offer of a contract until the end of the season. “I didn’t really want Magnus to go but he thought his chances of playing for Sweden in the Euro 2004 finals was diminishing,” said Martin O’Neill, the Celtic manager, of the goalkeeper he dropped after an error cost a crucial goal in… “Stephen Crainey, meanwhile, will join Southampton as soon as he agrees terms but Jackie McNamara has been offered a one-year extension to his current deal at Celtic Park. One man who will not feature today because of injury is Liam Miller.

Bremen out to avoid history repeating
BBC News – Jan 30, 2004

Bayern are the most obvious threat to Bremen in the chasing pack, but they have stumbled since an impressive start to the season. Hitzfeld, the only coach to win the Champions League with two separate clubs, is even under pressure to preserve his job. With their glittering array of talent, Bayern have not performed to expectations with many pointing the finger at the use of midfielder Michael Ballack in a more defensive role this campaign as the reason. All of a sudden Hitzfeld seems unsure of how to best deploy his players and Ballack’s case has become a topic of national debate with Euro 2004 fast approaching… Hitzfeld, the only coach to win the Champions League with two separate clubs, is even under pressure to preserve his job. With their glittering array of talent, Bayern have not performed to expectations with many pointing the finger at the use of midfielder Michael Ballack in a more defensive role this campaign as the reason. All of a sudden Hitzfeld seems unsure of how to best deploy his players and Ballack’s case has become a topic of national debate with Euro 2004 fast approaching.

Cisse set to miss Euro 2004
go.com – Jan 30, 2004
AUXERRE –>Updated: Jan. 30, 2004Cisse set to miss Euro 2004UEFA have upheld the five-match ban imposed on French forward Djibril Cissewho now looks certain to miss the Euro 2004 tournament. The verdict means that France coach Jacques Santini will almost certainly notinclude the Auxerre forward in his squad for Euro 2004 as he would only beavailable for the final. He would miss all three group matches, including France’s date with England,and the quarter and semi-final if defending champions France progress that far. Cisse was sent off for deliberately kicking an opponent during the UEFAunder-21 game between France and Portugal but then compounded the offence byrefusing to leave the field, protesting and insulting the referee and in UEFA’swords – ‘acting aggressively towards the Portuguese players’. Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka could replace Cisse but Santini hasmade it clear that Anelka would first have to apologise for previous incidentsthat led to his exclusion. Your views on this story?.

Why Grady can measure up to the best
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 31, 2004
Now, Rangers have decided to make things just a little bit harder for the courageous little forward. They have brought in Frank de Boer, the most capped footballer in Holland’s history, to confront Grady. As if trying to plot an unlikely three points is not hard enough, Grady must get past the man with 108 caps who has played in a World Cup semi-final and won the European Cup. “You always want to test yourself against the best players around, but he really comes into that category… To play for clubs like Ajax and Barcelona is another world from the one I have lived in, although I notice he is only a year older than me, so if he is being spoken of as over the hill, God knows what people think of me. ” De Boer will never have heard of Grady, or Partick Thistle. Such has been the whirlwind with which his move from Galatasaray has been conducted this week — using Rangers to keep alive his ambition of playing in Euro 2004 after falling out of favour with the Turkish club — but if he asked around Ibrox, those in the know would have given him a few pointers about Grady’s bravery when there is a battle to be fought. The tiny striker was the man who took Lorenzo Amoruso to task after the former Rangers defender had spat on him a couple of seasons ago during a Tennent’s Scottish Cup tie with Ayr United. He has jousted regularly with Celtic’s Balde in recent seasons, too. The evidence of Grady being more than just a feisty little character are in his goals tally. His 11 Premierleague goals so far for the bottom side make him the second-best Scot in the scorers’ charts after Steve Crawford.

Why top managers have a blind spot for goalkeepers
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 31, 2004
Dick Advocaat is no longer around at Rangers to answer for his flawed judgment, and Christiansen’s departure at great expense to Rangers becomes a millstone round the Dutchman’s neck. In these frugal days, it is no longer economical to keep a man around the club whose salary is in inverse proportion to his use to the team. Hedman said the need to secure first-team football before Euro 2004 was the reason for moving on loan to Ancona in Italy, but you can be sure that the need to offload his wages was just as pressing an issue as far Celtic were concerned. How could a club which has just made scores of lowly-paid employees redundant justify keeping a man who is paid £ 17,000 a week simply to keep a spot on the bench warm? Rangers had already been down that road with Christiansen. The Dane, it is estimated, cost the Ibrox club £3. 5 million in his three years there. In return for a man who cost a £1… The German has not only been in such great form in that period, he has always been fit. That, of course, was not the case when Christiansen arrived in October 2000. Klos’s injury prompted Advocaat to acquire a goalkeeper for the Champions League: it was a panic buy. Christiansen had played just a handful of games for Odense, but after losing on his Rangers debut against Sturm Graz, Advocaat knew he had made the wrong choice. Barely a month later, Rangers recruited Thomas Myre, on loan from Everton, to play in a Uefa Cup tie against Borussia Dortmund, and when Klos returned from injury, Christiansen found he had fallen behind young Mark Brown in the pecking order.

Madrid summit for referees
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 30, 2004
Practical and physical workUEFA’s elite, premier-class and new referees are in the Spanish capital during the coming week for five days of intensive practical and physical work aimed at preparing them for their forthcoming duties at UEFA competition matches, whatever the level. Advanced and introductory coursesThe referees at the summit of the European game will attend the 12th UEFA Advanced Course for Elite and Premier Referees on Wednesday and Thursday. A group of experienced Spanish referees will also attend this course. From Monday to Wednesday, 26 referees new to the international list will be taking part in the 13th UEFA Introductory Course for International Referees… From Monday to Wednesday, 26 referees new to the international list will be taking part in the 13th UEFA Introductory Course for International Referees. Full programmeUEFA’s referee development programme is nurturing some of the best referees in the world game, as proved by their regular appointments for top FIFA matches. This week’s course programme in Madrid caters not only for those referees with a wealth of experience to call on, but also for those who are just setting out on what they hope will be a successful career in the European game. EURO and Champions LeagueThe advanced referees will be reviewing the first half of the season and their performances in matches, and will be looking ahead to the closing stages of the UEFA club competition season. For 12 referees, this summer’s UEFA EURO 2004™ final round in Portugal is an event for which good preparation will be vital. UEFA has already named referee teams for the finals, with each of the 12 officials to be accompanied by two assistant referees from their country. Four other European referees have been appointed to act as fourth officials only.

Celtic confirm Hedman’s loan to Ancona
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 29, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. The Sweden international has not started since the Champions League defeat in Lyons when he was singled out for blame and as a result lost his place to Robert Douglas, the Scotland international. But with Euro 2004 looming, the former Coventry City player persuaded O’Neill to let him join Ancona, who are struggling in Serie A. “Magnus wanted to go on loan because he felt that his chances of first-team football may have been limited here at the moment and his position in the Swedish national side could be under threat,” O’Neill explained. “After due consideration, I agreed to the loan. ” The move followed the news that O’Neill was running the rule over two trialists in the way of Danny Milosevic, the Australian goalkeeper, and Jamil Walker, the American striker… The Sweden international has not started since the Champions League defeat in Lyons when he was singled out for blame and as a result lost his place to Robert Douglas, the Scotland international. But with Euro 2004 looming, the former Coventry City player persuaded O’Neill to let him join Ancona, who are struggling in Serie A. “Magnus wanted to go on loan because he felt that his chances of first-team football may have been limited here at the moment and his position in the Swedish national side could be under threat,” O’Neill explained. “After due consideration, I agreed to the loan. ” The move followed the news that O’Neill was running the rule over two trialists in the way of Danny Milosevic, the Australian goalkeeper, and Jamil Walker, the American striker. Milosevic, 25, was released by Leeds United while Walker, 22, the former San Jose Earthquakes striker, is looking for a chance in Britain.

Russian football boss wants tougher doping control after Titov`s ban
Gateway 2 Russia – Jan 29, 2004
The 27-year-old Spartak Moscow captain was banned by UEFA for 12 months last Friday after he tested positive for the banned stimulant bromantan. “Until recently we didn’t think we had a doping problem, but now I must acknowledge that we do,” Koloskov told Reuters on Wednesday. Titov tested positive after Russia’s Euro 2004 qualifying playoff first leg against Wales in Moscow on November 15, when he was an unused substitute in a 0-0 draw. But he played in the second leg in Cardiff on November 19, which Russia won 1-0. The midfielder was also fined 6,400 euros ($8,122) while Spartak were fined 12,800 euros ($16,240). Wales have asked UEFA to overturn the result and award them a retroactive 3-0 win that could give them a place at the finals in Portugal in June. The UEFA hearing is set for February 3… “One case you already know. The other didn’t involve serious drug, it was marijuana and we gave the guy a warning,” he said. Koloskov also said that RFU and Spartak officials have known about the Titov case for over a month but decided not to make it public. “UEFA notified us in early December about it,” he said. “Titov was our first major doping scandal and we weren’t sure how to handle it properly. In retrospect, I must say that we made a mistake, but we should learn from our mistakes.

ABC Sport – Soccer – Leeds United: Chronology of a financial meltdown
abc.net.au – Jan 30, 2004
Nov 10 – Manager Peter Reid quits as manager, days after the club suffers a 6-1 defeat by Portsmouth, to be replaced as caretaker manager by former player Eddie Gray. Nov 26 – Leeds say they have failed to agree a rescue with their lenders and continued failure might make them seek protection from creditors, sending their shares diving 29 per cent. Dec 2 – Sheikh Abdulrahman Al Khalifa says he is exploring a number of options “that may or may not lead to an offer being made. ” Leeds say they have received no bid approach but their shares rise as much as 34 per cent. Dec 4 – Leeds agree a breathing space with key creditors until January 19. Dec 15 – Leeds chairman John McKenzie steps down to avoid conflict of interests if he represented new investors in the club. Jan 12, 2004 – Leeds say in constructive discussions with a number of parties about asset sales or an injection of funds.

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