Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 9, 2004

Vieira sings for Anelka

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The News Review:

* Notebook | Dt Opinion | Opinion | Telegraph
* EURO 2004: Final preview
* Kenyon: Sven speculation damaging
* Vieira sings for Anelka
* Sport – Jason Cowley predicts a tour of Zimbabwe and two England…
* Putting the fun in football
* Rooney wary of the sharks
* SOCCER: Lampard on World Cup hopes
* What next for Czech Republic in wake of Spidla resignation?
* Arsenal big names have little success
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Sport | Telegraph
* United to wait for Rooney
* SOCCER: IFA pleased with response from fans
* Wales await Thatcher news
* SOCCER: Moyes on Rooney
* Football shorts
* Chelsea sign Cech

Notebook | Dt Opinion | Opinion | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2004
One of the disadvantages of being in a play six nights a week and twice on Wednesdays and Saturdays is that, while the rest of the nation is settling down to share together the Euro 2004 quarter-finals or the men’s 4×4 relay, I’m marooned on stage for two-and-a-half hours in a bottle-green tweed suit. During my long hours at the metal coffee table by the proscenium arch, I became adept at translating the cheers and groans drifting in from the surrounding streets into actual results: not too difficult during Euro 2004, because our theatre is situated next to one of central London’s busiest pubs and football fans are nothing if not vocal with their emotions. In fact, the wail of beery dismay at Beckham’s wild kick from that tiramisu penalty spot was one of the loudest reactions heard in Wyndham’s Theatre in its entire 100-year history. But the Olympics have been altogether more difficult to gauge. I allowed the sound of exploding fireworks in nearby Trafalgar Square at about 8pm last Friday to persuade me that Paula Radcliffe had pulled off a spectacular victory in the 10,000 metres and, for the remaining minutes of Act I, a warm glow of national pride coursed through the tweed suit and down into my brogues, as I imagined her draped in the Union flag, triumphantly trotting round the Athens stadium… During my long hours at the metal coffee table by the proscenium arch, I became adept at translating the cheers and groans drifting in from the surrounding streets into actual results: not too difficult during Euro 2004, because our theatre is situated next to one of central London’s busiest pubs and football fans are nothing if not vocal with their emotions. In fact, the wail of beery dismay at Beckham’s wild kick from that tiramisu penalty spot was one of the loudest reactions heard in Wyndham’s Theatre in its entire 100-year history. But the Olympics have been altogether more difficult to gauge. I allowed the sound of exploding fireworks in nearby Trafalgar Square at about 8pm last Friday to persuade me that Paula Radcliffe had pulled off a spectacular victory in the 10,000 metres and, for the remaining minutes of Act I, a warm glow of national pride coursed through the tweed suit and down into my brogues, as I imagined her draped in the Union flag, triumphantly trotting round the Athens stadium. However, like the brogues themselves, I was too easily suede… the fireworks were in fact marking the launch of the Notting Hill Carnival.

EURO 2004: Final preview
Squarefootball – Feb 7, 2004
The two teams who opened the tournament with the first game on June 12 will contest the final as hosts Portugal take on surprise package Greece. The venue is different, with that earlier group A game having taken place in Porto’s Dragao Stadium, and so too I suspect will be the outcome. Those of you who are familiar with my semi final preview article will be all too aware that I got my predictions horribly wrong. However, every rubbish tipster deserves a second chance and it is just possible that I let my heart rule my head when predicting a repeat of the Group D classic between the Czech Republic and Holland for the showpiece final… Add this apparently unstoppable fatalism to the fact that the side possesses exciting young talent of the calibre of Ronaldo, Maniche, Carvalho and Miguel and you have a strong case for persuading Greece to fly home early. So, the Greeks have nothing to offer, right? Wrong. You do not get this far at the expense of great footballing nations like Spain, France and the Czech Republic without having something about you. Greece, although less attack-minded and infinitely less attractive and spectacular than their Portuguese opponents, are preposterously difficult to beat. They contest every ball as if their lives depend on it, never giving an opponent a second to relax. It was this dogged determination which finally got the better of supposed superior foes earlier in the competition and brings them to the verge of immortality now. In Kappsis and Seitaridis Greece have two of the most adhesive man-markers in European football and when they break, they have the weapons to cause more than a few jitters.

Kenyon: Sven speculation damaging
go.com – Feb 8, 2004
Asked whether the Swede was their number one target, Kenyon said: ‘I have nocomment to make. All I can guarantee is we will do what is best for Chelsea atthe time. ‘I am sure Sven is not going into Euro 2004 thinking he is not going to besuccessful. Again it is one and one making four. ‘I am used to management speculation. What I do know it is damaging for theclub and the game. ‘Kenyon says that Ranieri is fully aware of the great expectations at RomanAbramovich’s Chelsea.

Vieira sings for Anelka
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Feb 9, 2004
But we must not abandon anyone if we want to shine this summer in Portugal,” he told L’Equipe. However France captain Marcel Desailly has adopted a more cautious approach. He told the Sports daily: “In Euro 2004, even if he was not in the starting line-up, he was useful to the squad. “But let’s be careful. It is a man-to-man affair. Something strong happened. He (Anelka) attacked the man (Santini) and the coach.

Sport – Jason Cowley predicts a tour of Zimbabwe and two England…
New Statesman – Feb 9, 2004
Place your bets now, if you are not to be disappointed. The British athletics team will fail to win a single gold medal on the track or in the field at the Olympic Games in Athens in August. But our swimmers, under the leadership of the Australian hardman Bill Sweetenham, will excel in the first week of the games, achieving their best-ever performance. The games themselves, however, will be blighted by chaotic organisation, shoddy infrastructure, terrorism and the inevitable doping scandals… They will be paid, as in the past, in rand. To scenes of febrile national celebration – and a cliched observation or two from the likes of me about football being central to our national conversation, a form of vicarious nationalism and proxy war – a Beckham-inspired England reach the final of Euro 2004 in Lisbon. Their opponents are the defending champions, France, a country that has its own weapon of mass destruction in the form of Monsieur Thierry Henry. Blair and Chirac renew their rivalry as England.

Putting the fun in football
BBC News – Feb 7, 2004
No More Buddha, Only Football combines travel writing with the joy – and inevitable sadness – of following the England football team as they try to win a major tournament. With the paperback coming out just months before Euro 2004 it brings very much into focus the sense of occasion that surrounds a major finals. Fans travelling all over the country in desperate search of tickets, celebrities and drunken MPs at every turn and nationalities mixing with each other to differing degrees of success. Reading the book’s author describe the games, it made me think how quickly I had forgotten so much about the tournament in less than two years. Italy’s constant, and ultimately futile, battle against the offside flag, Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho’s sweaty armpits, the mass celebrations in Korea as they reached the last four. But the book is at is best when England observes how a nation has its own way of doing things… England struggled to grasp what Daiju was saying until the penny dropped that the young man was trying to say bother, not Buddha. “The big build up in the news before the tournament started was about hoorigans [hooligans], as the Japanese called them,” adds England. “But the Japanese public seemed to regard the hoorigan element as a tourist attraction and would hang around anybody they thought was English with a big smile and a camera at the ready. “They were quite at ease about the foreign visitors, they just stood sort of six feet away and took photographs.

Rooney wary of the sharks
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2004
“It is only a matter of two or three weeks,” said Ferguson. “He did some training this morning. ” When that bone snapped during Euro 2004, there were fears Rooney would return to training overweight, such has been a past predilection for fast-food. He has shown commendable discipline in avoiding the quarter-pounders. Even before those eye-catching displays in Portugal, Rooney had been considering leaving Goodison for a larger stage. “When you are sitting with England and all the players are talking about `we’ve got such and such in the Champions League on Wednesday’, I want to be playing in the biggest club tournament in the world. ”United would have preferred to bid during the winter when Rooney’s price would have fallen below the current £27 million valuation.

SOCCER: Lampard on World Cup hopes
U.TV – Feb 9, 2004
He`s shown a lot of faith in me and that helps your game. Both he and Sven-Goran Eriksson give confidence to their players. “The memory of England`s Euro 2004 defeat by Portugal, when even Lampard`s late equaliser in extra-time was not enough to take them through, still rankles but he is spurred on by future prospects. “You get the sadness and anger at first after you get knocked out,” he revealed. “That hangs around for quite a while but, the longer it goes on, the more you start to understand and are pretty happy that you made an impact yourself. “Then you start to look forward to the World Cup qualifiers and look at your next goal – to be heavily involved and to go one better.

What next for Czech Republic in wake of Spidla resignation?
radio.cz – Feb 7, 2004
Mr Spidla announced hewas resigning last weekend, after being forced to step down as leader ofthe ruling Social Democrats, which have seen their support plummet in thepolls. All this happened as the Czech football team rose to ever greaterheights at Euro 2004. So why was the government unable to capitalise onthe "football feelgood factor"? A question Rob Cameron put toanalyst Jiri Pehe… "Do you think the government was genuinely unpopular, or was Mr Spidla’sdownfall more to do with internal disputes inside the ruling SocialDemocrats?"I think there were two reasons for the unpopularity of thegovernment. One was the fact that Mr Spidla, despite his Social Democraticprogramme, decided to go for reform of public finances, and thosereforms were somewhat half-baked. They could not satisfy right-of-centrevoters, and they could not satisfy leftist voters. For conservatives andliberals, the reforms were too mild; for leftist voters they wereasocial. Another reason is Mr Spidla’s lack of communication skills. He’s a very decent man, and certainly a very able politician, but he hasnot been able to communicate his ideas to the public.

Arsenal big names have little success
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 8, 2004
Not that Eriksson, fresh from learning of the resignation of his boss at the Football Association, Mark Palios, seemed to be smiling. The football probably did not do much to stir him either. Arsenal needed to win by four clear goals to stand a chance of winning the mini-tournament, which also involved Greek champions Panathinaikos and Argentine title holders River Plate, whom they drew against without scoring on Friday. They had enough chances to win the game comfortably, but of more interest than the outcome to Arsenal supporters here was Wenger’s starting line-up. That could be the one he is forced to start his Premiership defence with at Everton on Aug 15, whether Real Madrid make a successful bid for Patrick Vieira this week or not.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 7, 2004
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said on Friday that it would contest the decision by European soccer?s governing body on Tuesday not to uphold their complaint. Titov has been suspended from all competitive matches for a year after testing positive for the banned stimulant bromantan following the goalless first leg of the playoff between the two countries in November. Russia won the second leg 1-0 a week later in Cardiff to qualify for the tournament in Portugal but 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. Its statement read: ?The FAW today has lodged a Notice of Appeal against the decision of the UEFA Control & Disciplinary Body dated 3rd February 2004… The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said on Friday that it would contest the decision by European soccer?s governing body on Tuesday not to uphold their complaint. Titov has been suspended from all competitive matches for a year after testing positive for the banned stimulant bromantan following the goalless first leg of the playoff between the two countries in November. Russia won the second leg 1-0 a week later in Cardiff to qualify for the tournament in Portugal but 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. Its statement read: ?The FAW today has lodged a Notice of Appeal against the decision of the UEFA Control & Disciplinary Body dated 3rd February 2004. ?The appeal was lodged in accordance with Article 52(1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 8, 2004
1989Appointed as a direct entry partner by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and was made the company’s leader for business regeneration in 1997. 2003July 1Appointed chief executive of the Football Association. August 9Called on England fans not to travel to the side’s Euro 2004 qualifiers against Macedonia and Turkey for fear of crowd trouble. OctoberPalios’ authority is challenged as the FA hierarchy make Rio Ferdinand unavailable for selection for the crucial qualifier against Turkey for missing a drugs test – despite his case having not been heard at that stage. The players discuss a strike in protest at Ferdinand’s exclusion but eventually back down. November 13Under fire after England called up Alan Smith and then sent him home hours later after discovering the then Leeds striker had been arrested and bailed by West Yorkshire Police. Palios admits players were “angry” at the mix-up and ordered a review to prevent a similar occurrence in the future.

United to wait for Rooney
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 7, 2004
United feel the Merseyside club may have placed themselves in a difficult position if they have to accept less. The prospect of putting together a Rooney deal that could exceed Rio Ferdinand’s £30 million move from Leeds two years ago – with a personal package for the player on top of that – is one that United feel would cause City shareholders to baulk. David Gill, the club’s chief executive, has already built a reputation as a shrewd transfer dealer and the club do not want to be perceived as being forced into paying a huge fee simply because of Rooney’s performances at Euro 2004. In the meantime, United have secured the signing of Barcelona’s 17-year-old defender Gerard Pique for a nominal sum. The teenager had not signed a professional contract with the Catalan club and the compensation to be paid by United, which will be decided by FIFA, is unlikely to top £100,000. The grandson of a former Barcelona club president, Pique played for Spain in the recent Under-17 European Championship. United have beaten off competition from Premiership rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to sign him… David Gill, the club’s chief executive, has already built a reputation as a shrewd transfer dealer and the club do not want to be perceived as being forced into paying a huge fee simply because of Rooney’s performances at Euro 2004. In the meantime, United have secured the signing of Barcelona’s 17-year-old defender Gerard Pique for a nominal sum. The teenager had not signed a professional contract with the Catalan club and the compensation to be paid by United, which will be decided by FIFA, is unlikely to top £100,000. The grandson of a former Barcelona club president, Pique played for Spain in the recent Under-17 European Championship. United have beaten off competition from Premiership rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to sign him. Ferguson previously missed out on Cesc Fabregas, another Barcelona youth player, who opted to move to Highbury last year.

SOCCER: IFA pleased with response from fans
U.TV – Feb 9, 2004
IFA president Jim Boyce said: “If we had a 30,000 stadium we would have sold 30,000 tickets. “Windsor Park only holds 14,000 and we have sold over 11,000 in block bookings. “We cannot accommodate anyone else as we do not have any seats left and I am delighted. “Northern Ireland go into the match in buoyant mood after a six-game unbeaten run under manager Lawrie Sanchez. However, this is the real test – Sanchez`s first competitive game in charge – and the Poles are streetwise. Boyce is cautiously optimistic. “I am not getting carried away as the games have been friendlies,” he said… “We started to score goals and be recognised. People may say the opposition has not been not great but not that bad either if you look at where Serbia & Montenegro, Trinidad & Tobago and Switzerland are in the world rankings. “Sanchez has turned things around since replacing Sammy McIlroy who stepped down after the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. Boyce is thrilled at the way the former Wycombe manager has gone about the job. “Lawrie has installed a lot of confidence in the team. There is a great camaraderie among the team and the manager. “Everyone is optimistic we can put up a good performance in the forthcoming campaign.

Wales await Thatcher news
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2004
They will also be asked to keep their watches on British time, so a Welsh breakfast – prepared by their own chefs – will be at 1pm Azerbaijan time, followed by a 5pm lunch, supper at 11pm and a 2am bedtime. On Wales’s last visit here two years ago, Speed scored, and the new Bolton midfielder promised yesterday that Wales will be fuelled by their anger at having an appeal, lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, rejected. This was after a member of the Russian team who ended Wales’s Euro 2004 play-off hopes had been banned for failing a drugs test. Speed said: “I’m not annoyed with Russia; I’m more annoyed with UEFA. Their decision [not to ban Russia] will always be a thorn in my side.

SOCCER: Moyes on Rooney
U.TV – Feb 8, 2004
“I understand the desire for change and with this in mind I have had preliminary discussions to see how the present difficulties could be put in the context of a long-term solution for stability. “It is not the case that I am behind Mr Gregg`s proposals to underwrite funds for the club and indeed I have not seen Mr Gregg`s proposals for the board. “Any solution needs to underpin the future of the club. A short-term measure, while providing temporary respite, must not be burdensome to the future. “The present circumstances can`t be helpful to David Moyes as he prepares a team for the start of the season. “I look forward to the board`s proposal to make progress with a clear vision for the development of Everton Football Club and my family will continue to have the best interests of Everton at heart… “The spokesman claims there are unlikely to be any future moves now until after the season starts, with Rooney still aiming to be fit before the end of September. With the transfer deadline less than a month away, there is virtually no chance of the England youngster being fit enough to complete a medical successfully anyway by then. The striker is still fighting for fitness after a broken bone in his foot ended his Euro 2004 participation, and is only doing light training. If Everton decide to sell or Rooney wants to leave, time has virtually run out on such a scenario until the new year.

Football shorts
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 8, 2004
It would be a waste. ’ However, Marcel Desailly of Chelsea, the France captain, said: ‘He (Anelka) attacked the man (Santini). It is not up to us now. ’ Talk of an Anelka recall was prompted by news last week that striker Djibril Cisse will not be available for Euro 2004 after his appeal against a five-match international ban was rejected by Uefa. Santini names a squad on Thursday for the friendly international with Belgium in Brussels on February 1O’Neill on top Down UnderAs the influx of Australians into Scottish football increases by the month, soccer Down Under looks as though it may be finally getting its act together. Last Friday, the Australian Soccer Association announced the appointment of John O’Neill as its new chief executive officer. Not only that, but it pinched one of the best sports administrators in the business from under the noses of the Australian Rugby Union, where O’Neill has worked for almost a decade.

Chelsea sign Cech
BBC News – Feb 9, 2004
Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi did not reveal how much Chelsea have paid for Cech. But reports in the Czech media over the past few weeks claim Chelsea will pay around ?9m for the 21-year-old. Cech arrived at Rennes in the summer of 2002 and is the number one keeper for the Czech Republic, who have qualified for Euro 2004 in Portugal. The young shot-stopper was also reportedly being pursued by Real Madrid and Inter Milan… Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi did not reveal how much Chelsea have paid for Cech. But reports in the Czech media over the past few weeks claim Chelsea will pay around ?9m for the 21-year-old. Cech arrived at Rennes in the summer of 2002 and is the number one keeper for the Czech Republic, who have qualified for Euro 2004 in Portugal. The young shot-stopper was also reportedly being pursued by Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

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