Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 15, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Euro 2004
* Owen’s position up front is beyond dispute but he needs a…
* Sport | Telegraph
* Fans to be smothered with kindness
* JFF vows to join FIFA in fight against doping, but…
* Dutch rely on youth for USA match
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Eriksson plans to see out contract
* Agathe hesitates over Scots call
* Hooligans banned from Euro 2004
* Parker plugs gap for Chelsea
* Russia return home without victory
* Owen primed for Pompey
* Advocaat to lead Dutch until 2006
* Thompson’s hopes of an England call-up are dashed
* Gallagher heads list of new faces as Vogts revamps Scotland line-up
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Euro 2004
BBC News – Feb 15, 2004
Last night he named his squad for the game on Wednesday against Portugal. Middlesbrough skipper is back in the side again, and he’s covering for the enforced absence of Rio Ferdinand, of course, and Gareth Southgate, and the injury to Jonathan Woodgate, Southgate’s team-mate, Danny Mills is back in the squad and the youngsters are there. We’ll get into that with the man himself… FIFA is very strong of course and – but, as I told you, I talked to 12, 13 other managers around Europe and we all agree that it should be up to us to decide how many substitutes we want to do. DAVID FROST:
And what about, you had a victory over this, over the 13 day break in the next, experimentally in the next two seasons. That was a great victory and that’s going to make a difference in terms of injuries – or what?

Yes, first of all it’s not coming true yet, I don’t know if we are going to have a winter break or not but all the Premier League chairmen agreed to do it and all the managers in the Premier League they want it. The fact is that if you don’t have a winter break, the risk to be injured at the end of the season is three, four times bigger –

Three or four times?

Yes – if you compare with countries where they have a winter break. That statistic is research that’s been done. So the winter break is not only good for the national team, it’s also good for the clubs, because you want to have fit players when you’re playing. DAVID FROST:
But how – and how do we make the gap? I mean someone has said that you don’t have a two-leg semi-final in the Carling Cup or things like that, but someone said you could extend the season – but that would be no good because that would put you in the other problem of getting the players too late for the Euro whatever year it is.

Owen’s position up front is beyond dispute but he needs a… – Feb 13, 2004
Newcastle’s Jermaine Jenas is suffering from the footballer’s equivalent of the difficult second album in pop, while Joe Cole has yet to affix a bayonet to his unquestionably pretty gun. Some now wonder whether he ever will. You can rave about Cole’s trickery all you like, but Euro 2004 will not be won by attacking midfielders who light up only the middle third of the field. Owen’s position as the heir to Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer is beyond dispute but he needs a reliable accomplice, and here the door remains open to.

Sport | Telegraph – Feb 14, 2004
Smith thoroughly deserves his place, not just for his goalscoring efforts for his club but because of the farcical way in which he was recalled to the squad against Denmark in November and then swiftly booted out when it was reported that he had been arrested for police for throwing a plastic bottle at a supporter. In the end, no charges were brought against him. And having been overlooked for so long because of his inflammatory temperament, he will be anxious to prove that he can be good in both senses of the word in the hope of gatecrashing England’s European Championship party… Some early reports yesterday even suggested that Defoe’s move from West Ham to Spurs had earned him an instant call-up. The only other major surprise in the squad, though not to those who have watched him recently, is a recall for Gareth Southgate, 33, who has not played for England since the Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at the Riverside last June. Even though Southgate has been outstanding for Middlesbrough this season, it appeared that his international career had been consigned to history; and it might have been but for the eight-month ban imposed on Rio Ferdinand for failing to take a drugs test and injury to Jonathan Woodgate. An injury doubt over Sol Campbell, who faces a fitness test before Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Chelsea at lunchtime, made Southgate’s inclusion inevitable. And if Campbell is not fit for England, Eriksson may have to use the untried partnership of Southgate and John Terry. Birmingham centre-back Matthew Upson does not feature this time although he, too, has just recovered from injury.

Fans to be smothered with kindness
Guardian Unlimited – Feb 14, 2004
getElementById( ‘frameId206042’ ). No one in Portugal believes flowers are the solution to the most pressing security question facing the organisers of Euro 2004, but the authorities hope that they can begin to win over a group whose behaviour is crucial to the success of the tournament, the largest international event in the country’s history. Wednesday’s friendly is a central part of the preparations for the finals. The policing and stewarding will be on trial just as much as the England fans attending their first away game since the FA lifted its travel ban. The game will provide the security forces with their first experience of England fans en masse, something they will have to get used to come June. The Algarve’s large expat community will swell the number of English fans at the Estadio Algarve to 5,000, but 10 times that number are expected in June… We have been welcoming them to the Algarve for more than 30 years and we know the culture of the English. “We know they like to drink and that sometimes they fight and get into trouble, but this happens every year on the Algarve. We are not worried about it any more this summer than in the past. All it means is that we are sold out in June as well as July and August. ” Mr Dias’s attitude will be reflected throughout the region. Large screens will be erected in many resorts, and in Silvas the two-week beer festival traditionally held at the end of the July has been moved forward a month and extended by a fortnight. “We know the English like a beer,” said Mr Dias.

JFF vows to join FIFA in fight against doping, but…
Jamaica Observer – Feb 14, 2004
dropped for last October’s Euro 2004 qualifying game against Turkey in Istanbul after failing to take the random drug test

Boxhill, however, was manager of Jamaica’s national football teams under technical director, Brazilian Rene Simoes, when a drug-testing programme was implemented and run by Dr Paul Wright, who chaired the JFF Medical Committee at the time when two national players were said to have tested “positive” for marijuana. The 1996 cases involved Reno’s Aldane Bailey and Wadadah’s Garth Peterkin, who after much public debate and re-testing, were absolved after it was believed that the original tests were flawed. It was never made clear what, if anything, went wrong with those tests and Dr Wright, who was eventually fired by the JFF, to this day remains confident that his tests were accurate. Those examples came long before the celebrated Rio Ferdinand case which not only dominated the English media, but the entire sporting world. The Manchester United defender had refused to take a random drug test at the club’s training ground last September and was eventually found guilty by the English FA in December and banned for eight months… This case has turned out to be the benchmark as a far as the sport is concerned. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s football boss noted that while the importance of drug testing of players here has never been lost, he conceded that enough was never done in this regard. “We might not have been as strong as we could have, but what I do know for sure is that it is not something that has been totally ignored. myself and my medical team in the very near future will sit down and see what route we are going to take,” he said. The current JFF Medical Committee is chaired by Dr Winston Dawes, whom this newspaper was unable to contact for comment.

Dutch rely on youth for USA match
CNN International – Feb 13, 2004
Advocaat had been criticized in the Dutch media for relying too much on his veteran players during qualification for Euro 2004 in Portugal. But after the inclusion of 18-year-old Ajax midfielder Wesley Sneijder inspired the Netherlands to a 6-0 victory over Scotland, Advocaat appears to have altered his strategy. Sneijder was also recalled to the Dutch team for the Feb. 18 match, along with 21-year-old Ajax teammate Rafael van der Vaart and PSV Eindhoven’s Arjen Robben, 20. “In the coming months the selection for Portugal will take its definitive form,” Advocaat said… -based players are due to arrive in the Netherlands Saturday. Notably absent for the Dutch were fullback Giovanni van Bronckhorst of Barcelona and Paul Bosvelt of Manchester City, who were not selected, along with the injured Patrick Kluivert. Phillip Cocu of Barcelona was selected although he is not expected to play. Also returning to the Dutch side is PSV midfielder Mark van Bommel, who missed the matches against Scotland with a groin injury. Absent for the United States is Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who is being rested by coach Arena.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Feb 13, 2004
PARIS – France coach Jacques Santini yesterday snubbed Nicolas Anelka for the upcoming friendly on February 18 against Belgium by leaving him out of the squad. Santini named a 20-man squad for the Euro 2004 warm-up match, including Manchester United forward Louis Saha alongside Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet of Juventus and Lyon pair Sidney Govou and Peguy Luyindula. Santini’s decision to leave out Anelka – a member of the Euro 2000 winning squad – makes it unlikely the 24-year-old will make it into the Euro 2004 squad. The Manchester City star, who last played for the national side in April 2002 and has scored six goals in 28 appearances, had recently made a plea in the French press to return to the squad after some troubled times with Santini. Anelka was left out by Santini for a friendly against Yugoslavia in November 2002, and days later, when Santini selected him as cover for the injured Sidney Govou, Anelka petulantly declined, saying that Santini would have to get down on his knees and apologise. The former Paris St Germain, Arsenal and Real Madrid forward, who has shone at City this season, has not played for France since… The former Paris St Germain, Arsenal and Real Madrid forward, who has shone at City this season, has not played for France since. French football federation president Claude Simonet had hinted on French television last week at a possible return by Anelka. “If the time comes and France need him why not?” Simonet had said, adding: “Perhaps youth has led Nicolas to do and say certain things that with time he will learn from. ” – Sapa- AFP

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Eriksson plans to see out contract
CNN International – Feb 15, 2004
Eriksson, whose present contract expires after the 2006 World Cup finals, has been the subject of persistent speculation in the British press linking him to a move to Chelsea after he was photographed entering the London home of the club’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich. Eriksson added: “I have a contract until 2006 and I have no offer from any club and I’ve never had any discussions about it. “The situation has not changed now if you compare it with two or three years ago. Unfortunately, I went for a cup of tea with Roman Abramovich. But he admitted the speculation had become wearing. “People ask me about my future every day. I’m fed up with it… “I’ve been offered to extend my contract to 2008 and that’s what we’re discussing today and thinking about,” he said. “It was very nice that they offered me that but it is a big commitment – four-and-a-half years – so we will see. “Maybe it would be better to talk about it after Euro 2004. It’s a beautiful position to be in and I’m very honored. It’s a very nice thing from the FA. We will see how it goes.

Agathe hesitates over Scots call – Feb 15, 2004
There is not really any hurry to make up my mind because Scotland are not involved in Euro 2004. Vogts hasn’t called me up so I haven’t spoken to him about it. “Agathe added that he is not French, having been born in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, but he does have a French passport. Reunion is, in fact, an overseas department of metropolitan France and does not have a football team, so Agathe is eligible to play for France, a remote possibility given their current strength. Moreover, he has indicated in the past that he does not see his long-term future in Scotland, so the odds are presumably against him being selected to play for Vogts.

Hooligans banned from Euro 2004
BBC News – Feb 14, 2004
She will also meet the mayor of Coimbra and be given a tour of the stadium where England play their second match of the tournament, against Switzerland, on 17 June. Peaceful tournament

On Wednesday, Ms Blears will watch England’s friendly match in the Algarve resort of Faro. “We are not complacent about the risk of disorder,” she said on Saturday. “A great degree of planning has gone into minimising the risk of hooliganism. ”

But Ms Blears added: “We are confident with fans, police and government working together,
everyone’s common aim of a peaceful tournament can be achieved. “I have confidence in the strong mutual commitment on behalf of both
governments to ensure English and other visiting fans have a great time
safe in the knowledge everything possible is being done to minimise the
risk of violence or disorder.

Parker plugs gap for Chelsea – Feb 15, 2004
Chelsea, in short, lost their way completely. Parker trooped off at the end knowing the better side had won. If such disappointment wasn’t enough, he must watch from afar this week as England prepare for Euro 2004. Denied a seat on tomorrow’s flight to Faro, his chances of making the finals now seem remote. Perhaps it is his similarity in style with Lampard that has counted against. Perhaps Eriksson feels that Cole, in particular, offers something different. Whatever, Parker will probably have to concentrate on establishing himself at club level now… Perhaps Eriksson feels that Cole, in particular, offers something different. Whatever, Parker will probably have to concentrate on establishing himself at club level now. And that might not be so easy if Ranieri is allowed to finish what he started. The addition of a genuine right-sided player is paramount. And that would seriously undermine Parker’s place in the side.

Russia return home without victory
CNN International – Feb 14, 2004
S-Pulse midfielder Naoki Hiraoka equalised with a deflected effort in the 59th minute to send the Russians home without a win. They drew 1-1 with Japan’s under-23 team in midweek. Russia coach Georgy Yartsev had named an experimental squad of domestic-based players for the trip, which he was using to prepare for the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal. Several regular players from Moscow clubs CSKA, Lokomotiv and Spartak did not travel to Japan because of club commitments.

Owen primed for Pompey
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 15, 2004
Liverpool stand fourth in the Premiership — their highest position all season — and are still in the Uefa Cup and FA Cup, in which they play Portsmouth this afternoon, yet the Anfield natives remain restless. Towards the end of the 2-1 victory at home to Manchester City in midweek, the fans booed their own side for sitting back on their lead. Gerard Houllier accepts that the season has not lived up to expectations, but points to the lengthy absences of Michael Owen, Dietmar Hamann, Stephane Henchoz, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Harry Kewell and Milan Baros. In the circumstances, he feels the fans should be more understanding. “The fans play a part in the confidence of the players,” he says. “We are in this together. We are no different from the fans, and would like to win every game 4-0 or 5-0, but sometimes you have to dig in to get a result… ” Meanwhile, Owen is off to Portugal this week for England’s friendly in Faro. Given his fragile fitness, will Liverpool be asking Sven-Göran Eriksson to use him for one half only? “No, I don’t think I can ask for that,” Houllier says. “Sven is preparing for Euro 2004 and he has been very sympathetic towards the club managers. We know he has the players’ best interests at heart. He now needs to use his key players a bit more; otherwise how can he prepare for the tournament? In four months England will be involved in the finals, so if they use Michael, I’m not going to complain. ” Houllier admits that his reasoning is not entirely altruistic. “Because he’s been injured for so long, Michael is fresh now and needs games.

Advocaat to lead Dutch until 2006 – Feb 13, 2004
So I am very pleasedthat we created clearness about the future before the start ofpreparation of the European Championship. ‘The Dutch will meet Germany, the Czech Republic and Latviain Group D at Euro 2004 in Portugal which starts on June 12. Ruud Gullit, who had been training the Dutch youth side,agreed terms to end his contract prematurely on June 1 afterrecently signing a two-year deal with Feyenoord. He will notassist Advocaat during Euro 2004 as planned. Your views on this story?.

Thompson’s hopes of an England call-up are dashed
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 15, 2004
The 30-year-old former Aston Villa player, who was at the hospital bedside of his expectant wife Jo, last night, has been watched regularly by England scouts this season and was again monitored yesterday in Celtic’s 2-1 victory over Dundee United. However, his Euro 2004 hopes now appear to be over, together with Celtic colleague Chris Sutton who was also overlooked, as Eriksson has an abundance of midfield talent, with even Chelsea’s new recruit Parker missing out on a squad place. That is because Paul Scholes, Kieron Dyer and Owen Hargreaves have all returned after injury. Brian Kidd represented the England coaching staff at yesterday’s Celtic game in which Thompson gave an indifferent performance by his own standards. Martin O’Neill, the Celtic manager, however, met Kidd before the match to offer him a personal recommendation on behalf of his player. “I said to Brian to try and ease the pressure on Alan, that I could send him videos of all of our European games he has played in… More remarkable than any of those chosen is the absence of Parker, who won his first cap as a substitute in the 3-2 defeat by Denmark in November and now mysteriously disappears, despite his high profile switch from Charlton to Chelsea, for whom he scored in midweek. A second strange decision is the inclusion of Chris Kirkland. The young Liverpool goalkeeper has not played since Boxing Day and was injured again in his comeback in the reserves on Thursday. Eriksson had to replace Ian Walker, who is going through a torrid time at Leicester, but Nigel Martyn, in excellent form for Everton, was the logical choice. Those who had been deemed to be in with a chance of an international breakthrough, including Thompson and Sutton, Jermain Defoe of Tottenham and Shaun Wright-Phillips, the Manchester City midfielder, were all disappointed shortly before 7pm. Eriksson sees no real need for further experimentation, explaining that he is already sure of his preferred line-up for the tournament. In those circumstances, rather than introductions all round, the toast will be “absent friends” when the players assemble at a hotel near St Albans tomorrow, with the head coach still bemoaning the loss of Rio Ferdinand, for reasons of his own making, plus two other defenders, Gary Neville and Jonathan Woodgate, who are injured.

Gallagher heads list of new faces as Vogts revamps Scotland line-up
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2004
Paul Ritchie, Gary Teale, Graeme Murty and Tommy Miller are barely known outwith their own clubs, never mind by the 5,000 Scotland fans who will travel to Cardiff for the game at the Millennium Stadium, but if the Nationwide League first division seemed to be over-represented, that was balanced by the other new face in the squad, Paul Gallagher, whose emergence at Blackburn Rovers has been one of the talking points of the Barclaycard Premiership recently. Gallagher is just 19 and has only a handful of games under his belt for his club, and only a few Scotland Under-21 appearances, but he is in line to make his debut against Wales as Vogts uses the contest to experiment before the World Cup qualifying programme begins in September. Finding Gallagher was not easy. The vibrant young forward, who has scored three Premiership goals this season, may have been born in Glasgow but he was brought up in Blackburn and came through the club’s youth academy and made his debut against Arsenal last season. “It is a brilliant feeling,” Gallagher said yesterday. “I was only told after training that I had been chosen and I am amazed because I have only had a couple of games for Scotland Under-21s. However, I know that Berti Vogts has been to a few of our games recently, so I must have shown something… “Paul has come a very long way in a very short time but I believe he is a young man with a great future,” the Blackburn manager said. Gallagher’s freshness will help to compensate for the absence of his colleague, Barry Ferguson, who is one of those missing since Scotland’s last outing, that 6-0 thrashing by Holland in Amsterdam in the Euro 2004 play-off. The former Rangers midfield player damaged his knee ligaments and is out for the rest of the season, which is why Vogts is also looking at untested midfield players such as Wigan’s Gary Teale — once of Clydebank and St Johnstone — and Tommy Miller, who has scored seven times for Ipswich this season. Ritchie is also new to Vogts’s plans. The 28-year-old central defender has not played for Scotland for almost four years, reflecting a career that has taken too many wrong turnings since he left Heart of Midlothian in 1999 and shuttled between Bolton Wanderers, Rangers, Manchester City and now Walsall. “I saw him recently against West Bromwich Albion and he played very well,” Vogts said.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 15, 2004
However, S-Pulse midfielder Naoki Hiraoka equalised with a deflected effort in the 59th minute to send the Russians home without a win. They drew 1-1 with Japan?s under-23 team in midweek. Russia coach Georgy Yartsev had named an experimental squad of domestic-based players for the trip, which he was using to prepare for the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal. Several regular players from Moscow clubs CSKA, Lokomotiv and Spartak did not travel to Japan due to club commitments.

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