Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 6, 2004

Now I’m waiting for their decision – Anelka

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The News Review:

* ‘Hooligans’ banned from Euro 2004
* SOCCER : A death brings fear to the field
* Wales ponder Euro 2004 appeal
* Now I’m waiting for their decision – Anelka
* EURO 2004: Portugal
* Continental coaches able to carve up the top jobs
* ENGLAND: England vs Japan analysis
* EURO 2004: Team of the tournament
* China Daily Print Edition
* Wales lodge fresh appeal with UEFA
* Wayne and the world he has left behind
* Anelka eyes an opening
* Portugal prepares for the worst
* England’s eternal understudy?
* Turkey hosts 2005 Champions final
* Upson’s sights on Portugal
* Andersson pulls out stops for Hibernian

‘Hooligans’ banned from Euro 2004
BBC News – Feb 5, 2004
I got the impression they would like to “have a go” at the slightest provocation and we all know how that’s going to be reported, don’t we. So I’m sorry to say I expect trouble, whether you are in the right or not. Rory, Madrid, Spain

I will be going to Euro 2004 and the hooligan element has definitely not put me off. There is certainly a small number of England fans who are hell bent on causing trouble, however, my experience is that the apparent hooligan ‘problem’ is largely exacerbated by poor policing. A good example of this was
at Euro 2000 where a more relaxed approach from the Dutch authorities was met with good behaviour – while in Belgium a heavy handed approach caused problems. In the main England away trips are a very positive experience – anyone who has not been on one may be surprised by the numbers of families , middle aged couples etc that do attend. Of course they are a minority but then the popular media like to focus on a minority of England fans to portray an overall image don’t they? Simon Adams, Portsmouth, England

Having had the good fortune to attend the World Cup in Japan and experience the wonderful atmosphere that prevailed, I could only wonder at the time how both this years European Championships and World Cup 2006 can match.

SOCCER : A death brings fear to the field
International Herald Tribune – Feb 4, 2004
Figo was destined to become leader of the so-called Portuguese Golden Generation, the 1991 world youth champions. He rose to iconic status with Barcelona and Real Madrid. His ultimate challenge lies ahead — the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal in June and July. He will pass 100 appearances for his country before then, and for all the skills with which he is blessed, no one can ever say that Luís Filipe Madeira Figo ever shirked the responsibility of his fame, or failed to make the effort required to impose his talents. Imagine, then, the tremor in the pulse of soccer and life in Portugal when Figo speaks of the fear that players might be risking their health, risking even death, by being overplayed and overstressed. "We are all really saddened by the death of Feher," Figo said, referring to the sudden collapse of Miklos Feher, a young Hungarian playing for Benfica in Guimaraes a week ago. The death, following that of Marc Vivien Foé of Cameroon last summer, ought to scare anyone involved in the world's most popular sport… Feher was regarded as one of Hungary's hopes for a revival of its national side for whom he scored eight times in his 25 matches. He had been in the Portuguese league since 1998, moving around from Porto to Salgueiros to Sporting Braga and latterly Benfica and was known as a quiet, honest, sporting role model in the relatively unhurried Portuguese soccer culture. In January, Guimaraes does not offer the ferocious heat in which poor Foé died in during the Confederations Cup in Lyon last year. There is no suspicion — though there will be exhaustive tests — that Feher took any drug or medicine. But there is, surely, cause for someone in overall authority to offer more than the condolences that came rapidly enough from FIFA, the governing body of world soccer.

Wales ponder Euro 2004 appeal – Feb 4, 2004
Wales lost 1-0 on aggregate but sought the have the result overturned after Yegor Titov’s failed a drugs test. Wales can now make an appeal if they choose to do so, but even that is unlikely to succeed after UEFA told them that individual not the team was held responsible in the case of a doping offence. However, Welsh manager Mark Hughes in disappointed with the decision and claims that UEFA have wasted a chance to send a clear message that drugs cheats will not be tolerated. “Obviously I am disappointed, now we will have to look at the judgement to see where we go from here,” he said.

Now I’m waiting for their decision – Anelka
Independent Online – Feb 6, 2004
Today I feel I have accomplished the mission,” he added. ‘I’m waiting for their decision’”I have never closed the door to the French team. ”

And the door could now be ajar as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet’s most likely reserve Djibril Cisse will not be available for Euro 2004 after his appeal against a five-match ban was rejected by Uefa last week. “I have shown, in a difficult context, I was still someone in the sport. I have scored 20 goals for Manchester City since the start of the season, which is not too bad,” said the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain player. In recent months, all Santini’s third choice strikers have been far from their best form. Olympique Marseille’s Steve Marlet has been injured while RC Lens forward Daniel Moreira and Olympique Lyon’s Sidney Govou have been inconsistent.

EURO 2004: Portugal
Squarefootball – Feb 6, 2004
Against England they played attractive football but lacked cutting edge. The man most likely to be charged with the responsibility of putting that right is Pauleta, currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain. If the goals do not come from him, then Tottenham bench-warmer Helder Postiga is one option, although there is no place for Fulham’s Luis Boa Morte despite a fine season in the Premiership from the former Arsenal man. Benfica’s Nuno Gomes had a wonderful Euro 2004 but has scarcely reproduced that form since. Perhaps the most important man for the host nation will be their coach. Scolari famously led Brazil to World Cup triumph two years ago, and the home fans will be desperate for him to make it a double. He has the experience, and a very talented squad of players but rather like close neighbours Spain, there is something about Portugal that suggests that they will not deliver when the crucial moments arrive… The man most likely to be charged with the responsibility of putting that right is Pauleta, currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain. If the goals do not come from him, then Tottenham bench-warmer Helder Postiga is one option, although there is no place for Fulham’s Luis Boa Morte despite a fine season in the Premiership from the former Arsenal man. Benfica’s Nuno Gomes had a wonderful Euro 2004 but has scarcely reproduced that form since. Perhaps the most important man for the host nation will be their coach. Scolari famously led Brazil to World Cup triumph two years ago, and the home fans will be desperate for him to make it a double. He has the experience, and a very talented squad of players but rather like close neighbours Spain, there is something about Portugal that suggests that they will not deliver when the crucial moments arrive. I expect them to do better than in Korea and Japan and emerge unscathed from a group containing Greece, Russia and Spain, but a possible quarter final against England or France will prove very tricky indeed.

Continental coaches able to carve up the top jobs – Feb 6, 2004
Instead mobiles rang at Porto and in Valencia, where two of the top four jobs in English football went the way of fashion. What undermines the claim that Chelsea and Liverpool have made superficial choices is the fact that Jose Mourinho (Porto) and Rafael Benitez (Valencia) have just raised the European and UEFA Cups. Mourinho won the second of those trophies in 2003 before returning this summer for the ultimate prize. Even by the Premiership’s melodramatic standards, yesterday was one of astonishing upheaval: a day of arrivals, departures and renewed speculation in the Far East that the Thai Prime Minister may withdraw… All this in a week. All this when we were meant to be concentrating our energies on Euro 2004. How innocent and pristine international football looks now, even after Sven-Goran Eriksson’s secret talks with Chelsea. You find the country’s best 11 players, raise the flag and hope for the best. Here, Prime Ministers are populist bandwagon jumpers, not club owners and profiteers.

ENGLAND: England vs Japan analysis
Squarefootball – Feb 6, 2004
He can consider himself a little unlucky should that happen. After all, despite the shortcomings of the side against Japan, we must not forget that he was one of four who were especiallly disappointing on the night, and that he was being asked to play out of position. So, one game to go before England face France at Euro 2004. On this evidence, and although Japan are not the weak footballing nation they once were, it is hard to see how England can challenge what is after all one of the best teams in the world at the moment. Still, we must not lose sight of the fact that this was just another friendly. The FA summer tournament does not count as a major footballing event any more than Le Tournoi did before the 1998 World Cup. England under Eriksson have been notoriously awful in meaningless matches, but have produced some stirring stuff at vital times such as that magnificent 5-1 win in Munich in 2001.

EURO 2004: Team of the tournament
Squarefootball – Feb 6, 2004
Made the unfancied side really tough to break down and stood firm on the many occasions he came under threat. Ashley ColeThe Arsenal man fully came of age in this tournament. His display against Portugal in the quarter-finals was not deserving of defeat. Even stepped up to take, and score, one of the penalties in the shoot-out. We always knew he could get forward but has combined that with some unbeatable defensive displays which have left players like Figo shaking their head disconsolately. Cristiano RonaldoWouldn?t have been known throughout the football world prior to the competition but certainly will be now. Quite magnificent on either flank as he attacked with such speed and skill… Great passing and movement showed why Nedved is the current European Player of the Year. ManicheIncredible tournament for the Porto midfielder. Not many people outside of his homeland would have been too familiar with him before the competition but has become a star. Superb defensive displays have been the springboard for Portugal?s run to the final and his goal against Holland was simply magnificent. Difficult to see how Porto could hold onto a player whose value has shot up out of all recognition. Martin JorgensenProduced some excellent performances on the right wing for Denmark as they upset the odds to make the quarter-finals. Lightening fast with great technique, Jorgensen provided plenty of crosses for his strikers and proved a handful for opposing defenders.

China Daily Print Edition – Feb 5, 2004
City boss Kevin Keegan insisted after his side’s 2-1 defeat that he would not be launching an appeal as it was a “waste of time” but there appears to have been a rethink given how lightly Cole and Edu got off. The FA’s video advisory panel will now look at Anelka’s appeal. Wales foiled in effort to disqualify RussiaLONDON: Wales failed in a bid to have Russia removed from the finals of Euro 2004 because of Yegor Titov’s positive drug test, European soccer’s governing body UEFA said on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Spartak Moscow captain tested positive for the banned substance Bromantan after Russia drew 0-0 with Wales in the first leg of their Euro 2004 playoff in Moscow in November. Russia won the second leg 1-0 a week later in Cardiff to qualify for the tournament in Portugal, but the Football Association of Wales (FAW) complained they should have been awarded a 3-0 win because Titov, who was an unused substitute in the first leg, should not have been eligible to play. Titov has since been banned by UEFA for one year, although his club has appealed on behalf of the midfielder. “In reviewing the case the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body made reference to the Welsh FA’s failure to provide evidence that the player was under the influence of a prohibited substance in the second leg,” UEFA said in a statement… The panel said the former Everton player’s actions were an “unprovoked act of violence. “The incident occurred in the tunnel after Inter’s 4-0 Serie A victory at the San Siro on Sunday. Materazzi, who was not even on the Inter squad for the match because of an injury, clashed with Cirillo as the players were walking towards the dressing rooms and left him with a split lip. Cirillo said Materazzi had been taunting him throughout the game, for which the Inter centre-back apologized. Beckham calls Zidane the greatestMADRID: David Beckham has described Zinedine Zidane as the greatest player in the world and nominated the French playmaker as the Real Madrid team-mate with whom he links best. Beckham told Cope radio station on Tuesday that he loves playing alongside Zidane, who in December was voted World Footballer of the Year for the third time. “Zidane is the greatest player in the world,” said Beckham.

Wales lodge fresh appeal with UEFA
CNN – Feb 6, 2004
The Football Association of Wales said it would contest the decision by European soccer’s governing body not to uphold their complaint. Titov has been suspended from all competitive matches for a year after testing positive for a banned stimulant following the first leg of the playoff between the two countries in November. That match finished goalless but Russia won the second leg 1-0 a week later in Cardiff to qualify for the tournament in Portugal. The FAW said Wales should have been given a retroactive 3-0 win and a place at the tournament starting in June because Titov, an unused substitute in the first leg, should not have been eligible to play. UEFA said on Tuesday in turning down Wales’s complaint that any punishment for a doping offence applied to the individual player and not to the whole team.

Wayne and the world he has left behind – Feb 4, 2004
“Coleen was heartbroken and I don’t mind admitting I cried too. “With England and Everton duties beckoning, Rooney’s seven dedicated minders from the Proactive management company hoped this would be the end of the matter, but then it emerged that Miss McLoughlin had been seen out and about without her engagement ring. “Pals” were reported as urging Rooney not to rush into the wedding, which had been expected this summer, after the Euro 2004 championship. This prompted The Sun to crow in yesterday’s edition: “Rooney won’t wed so soon-ey. ” The Rooney camp said yesterday that she was not wearing her engagement ring this week only because the diamonds were being reset. All this must be a hideous distraction for Rooney who, friends say, wants only to play football, marry his sweetheart and raise his own family. They concede that, on all matters off a football pitch, his fiancee is the smarter.

Anelka eyes an opening
Calcutta Telegraph – Feb 4, 2004
?Impossible is not French,? Napoleon Bonaparte is supposed to have said. The prospect of Anelka, who will be 25 next month, playing for France under manager Jacques Santini had seemed impossible since the Manchester City striker turned down a call-up in October 2002 before qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia. Anelka was angry at being summoned only as a second choice and Santini made it clear he was closing the door on any future selection. ?Nicolas banned himself from the team by turning down a selection.

Portugal prepares for the worst
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 6, 2004
They will handle the expected 600,000 tourists, including football fans, in June and July, of whom 50,000 are likely to be England followers. Carvalho watched the English police at work during the matches between Manchester United and Juventus and England and Turkey in this country last year and saw how they used closed-circuit television to identify potential troublemakers. However, Carvalho said: “We do not have the power to intervene to prevent anything happening. We can only act afterwards. If we arrest someone, we have to justify it. ” A squad of 2,000 officers has been given extra training for the tournament. They will be armed, have batons and be able to use dogs and pepper gas to control unruly fans… Tickets will not be issued until May because of the possibility of counterfeiting, but before they are dispatched they will be cross-checked by British police with a list of convicted troublemakers. The organisers know that many tickets have been bought from websites, but say that they had to allow unrestricted access to tickets because of European Union law. This will cause chaos with segregation during Euro 2004. However, for the friendly on February 18, 2,500 FA-approved supporters will be in one stand and 1,000 expatriates, who live on the Algarve, will be in another. Carvalho said of the forthcoming fixture: “It will be a good training ground. It is the perfect game for experience. There will be no pressure for a brilliant result.

England’s eternal understudy? – Feb 4, 2004
4, 2004England’s eternal understudy?. ‘They have too many weak links. ‘Subsequent investigation over a couple of pints of Holland’s finest brew determined that there were in fact just four problem positions, that were apportioned varying degrees of worry. Firstly, Michael Owen badly needs an international class strike partner up front. Secondly, there is always the problematic left side of an otherwise strong midfield – providing Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Paul Scholes are all fit – and thirdly, Sol Campbell needs a new partner in the absence of banned defender Rio Ferdinand… While the Toffees chief was clearly intoxicated by the exhilarating derby that he had just witnessed, his manager David Moyes was slightly more tempered with his praise, but re-iterated that the stopper could still excel for England. ‘His performance was wonderful, he is certainly still good enough to play for England,’ Moyes said after watching Martyn twice deny Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, tipping one drive on to a post, and also saving well from Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher. ‘A lot of our results this season have been due to, not just his saves, but his calming influence,’ Moyes added. ‘Any team, whether it be a club side or a national side, needs someone like Nigel. Winning 2-1 Martyn, making his first competitive start since September 1999 after Seaman picked up an injury in the warm-up, flapped at a cross amid confusion with Martin Keown and Dorinel Munteanu volleyed back into the net as the keeper struggled to recover his position. At 2-2 a draw would have been enough to send England through to the knockout stage but Phil Neville eclipsed Martyn’s gaff as he felled Viorel Moldovan in the box to gift Romania an 89th minute penalty winner.

Turkey hosts 2005 Champions final
CNN – Feb 5, 2004
“This is important, especially since their experiences last autumn. We have also asked for additional investments in the infrastructure around the stadium and they have agreed to this, too. Olsson added that he felt it was important that UEFA’s major finals were not always held in the same countries, but are moved around the continent. A spokesman for the Turkish FA said they were proud that Istanbul had been chosen. “We are deservedly proud. Hosting the match is the result of the undertaking we began in the international arena with our joint bid with Greece for the 2008 European Championships. “This major success gives us the morale and support for even bigger undertakings… Olsson, however, supported the Istanbul venue saying: “It has a huge capacity of 80,000 and it is an area (of Europe) that has not hosted a final before. They have complied with everything we have asked of them. The award is also seen as recognition of Turkey’s advancement as a soccer-playing nation, despite its shock failure to qualify for the Euro 2004 finals. Olsson said that Lisbon deserved to be awarded the UEFA Cup final for Portugal’s exceptional preparation for the 2004 European Championship finals. Explaining why the three British stadiums, in Glasgow, Newcastle and Sunderland had been overlooked for the UEFA Cup final, Olsson said this was because two European Cup finals had been held recently in Britain. He said that St James’ Park, Newcastle, was the reserve stadium to host the UEFA Cup final.

Upson’s sights on Portugal
ic – Feb 6, 2004
And a good temperament is so important the higher up you play the game, especially at international level. “The only question mark against Upson, who won the most recent of his five international caps against Denmark in the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford in November, appears to be that he is up against so many strong fellow contenders this summer. The absent-minded Rio Ferdinand might not be heading for Portugal, but there is still plenty of competition from elsewhere. “He’s been involved in every squad since he was first selected [by England],” points out Cunningham. “But he’s been unfortunate in some respects that there are some outstanding young centre halves around, the likes of Sol Campbell, John Terry and Jonathan Woodgate, who I rate very highly. Sure, Rio’s not available, but Wes Brown’s just coming back too. “Any of the top European nations would be falling over themselves to have such talent at their disposal.

Andersson pulls out stops for Hibernian
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 6, 2004
The holders had received a bye and then dismissed lower league opposition at Ibrox in the shape of Forfar Athletic and St Johnstone. That was underlined when Frank de Boer was lucky to escape punishment for scything down Scott Brown as the young Hibernian midfield player’s pace carried him clear of the Dutchman in the centre circle. The last time de Boer had been on this pitch was three months ago when he endured a torrid time at the hands of Paul Dickov in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Holland in the first leg of the Euro 2004 play-off. The Hibernian fans fervently hoped that Riordan would fulfil that role on this occasion. Frank de Boer cleverly used his body to neutralise one promising Riordan turn and then eased O’Connor away when the robust striker was about to reach Riordan’s menacing corner. However, the most capped footballer in Dutch history seemed ill at ease on the wet, treacherous surface and when he displayed poor control in the 26th minute, Riordan seized on it and drove an angled shot that Klos was grateful to see hit the sidenet. However, two minutes later misjudgment in the opposite box drew a more costly price… Such moments can turn cup ties and Hibernian’s supporters celebrated the repreive loudly. Six minutes before the interval, Hibernian went behind and the wound was self-inflicted as they conceded a truly soft goal. Colin Murdock was initially culpable as he poked the ball out for a throw-in, instead of clearing down the touchline, with Ronald de Boer standing next to him. De Boer swiftly took the throw, finding Ross, who quickly advanced as the Hibernian defence retreated. Ross’s weighted pass picked out Mols and the striker swept a clinical right-foot finish past Andersson’s dive. Bobby Williamson sought to quickly regain a foothold in the contest by exchanging Tom McManus for Alan Reid at the start of the second half, not just a forward for a midfield player but one who has a habit of scoring against the Old Firm.

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