Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 19, 2004

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The News Review:

* ‘Golden generation’ need silverware
* Tunisia fight to keep Lemerre
* Iraqi team starts World Cup qualifying
* IOL : Rest of World
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* Boyz ready, says Brown
* Irish watch clock | Northern Ireland | International | Football |…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* My Sport: Kristan Bromley
* Confident India hope for a good start
* Let Eriksson get on with the job, pleads Beckham
* Crooks pauses for breath to show worth in final analysis
* Dailly plea for Scotland pride
* Burrell leaves for Match Commissioner’s duty today
* Tunisia Fight to Keep Lemerre
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site

‘Golden generation’ need silverware
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 17, 2004
England are waiting, too. So their first match of a championship year is more than a late-night kick-about in holidayland. If we could force Sven-Goran Eriksson to answer one question, it would be this: “Do you really think England will win either Euro 2004 or the 2006 World Cup?” This is central to. Their haste, publicly displayed, was a transparent attempt to force their Swedish technocrat to distance himself from Roman Abramovich and Chelsea.

Tunisia fight to keep Lemerre
BBC News – Feb 16, 2004
But on Saturday he became the first man to have coached European and African championship-winning teams when Tunisia beat Morocco 2-1 in the Nations Cup final. He had already led France to victory at Euro 2000. Ben Hammar said there will be discussions as Tunisia now look ahead to their next challenge – the 2006 World Cup qualifiers which start in June. There has been speculation over Lemerre’s future with the team and doubts were not eased by Lemerre himself refusing to confirm if he planned to stay. “I prefer to hear the president say he’s happy with the work that has been done,” said Lemerre. “It’s satisfying to know that my work is recognised. ”

Tunisia is a familiar place for Lemerre, having worked as coach of top club Esperance in 1983 and 1984.

Iraqi team starts World Cup qualifying
Newsweek – Feb 17, 2004
“There is nothing left in Iraq — no theaters, no cinemas, absolutely nothing,” Iraq coach Bernd Stange said. “We should give them a good result. ”The Iraqis start their bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup on Wednesday against Uzbekistan in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. “I think my team is ready for the World Cup qualification, but the circumstances of preparation are very hard and tough in Iraq,” said Stange, a German who once coached East Germany. “We had no competition in the last 10 months in Iraq, no football was possible. ”The team has no money and depends on support from FIFA, the world soccer governing body, Germany and other countries… “I think my team is ready for the World Cup qualification, but the circumstances of preparation are very hard and tough in Iraq,” said Stange, a German who once coached East Germany. “We had no competition in the last 10 months in Iraq, no football was possible. ”The team has no money and depends on support from FIFA, the world soccer governing body, Germany and other countries. “If the power in Iraq goes to the Iraqi people who love soccer, they will give us more support,” Stange said. Stange became coach of the Iraq national team two years ago under Saddam Hussein’s regime. He stayed out of the country during the U.

IOL : Rest of World
Independent Online – Feb 17, 2004
Safa chief executive officer Albert Mokoena said on Tuesday that he had received 12 applications and CVs from all over the world. The job became vacant when Safa fired Shakes Mashaba on the eve of the squad’s departure to Tunisia to play in the African Nations Cup finals. Mashaba’s assistant Styles Phumo was placed in temporary charge for that tournament. ‘Most of the applications are from Europe’”Most of the applications are from Europe… However, I expect the new coach to be in place before the end of next month when we play Australia in a friendly in London,” said Mokoena. Bafana play Australia at Loftus Road, London – the home of Queens Park Rangers – in a friendly on March 30 to boost the South African 2010 World Cup bid campaign. Mokoena said Safa planned to have another friendly for Bafana before the national team hosts Cape Verde on 6 June at home in the opening 2006 World Cup qualifying match. He also said the proposed friendly against Holland in Amsterdam at the beginning of June had been scrapped because of the game against Cape Verde. Mokoena said Portugal who had been invited to play in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in October had informed Safa that the date did not suit them as they have other prior European commitments. But Mokoena added:”We would love to have Portugal as Bafana’s opponents for the Mandela Challenge and the Safa executive will also discuss the possibility of moving the date to accommodate Portugal.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 16, 2004
Christophe withdrawalFC Mondercange striker Christophe had wanted to step down a year ago but stayed on at national coach Allan Simonsen’s request. However, the 29-year-old, who has 28 caps, has now decided to call it a day, saying: “After two ligament injuries in 1996 and 2001, I have significant problems and constant pain in my right knee. In these circumstances it does not make much sense to continue playing for the national team. ”
Leweck retiresMeanwhile, 22-year-old FC Etzella Ettelbrück midfield player Leweck is retiring from football on medical advice after doctors discovered a problem with a heart valve… ”
Leweck retiresMeanwhile, 22-year-old FC Etzella Ettelbrück midfield player Leweck is retiring from football on medical advice after doctors discovered a problem with a heart valve. Leweck, who won 17 caps, has been an international regular since 2002 and was set for a move to Germany this summer after being offered a trial with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach. August openerLuxembourg will begin their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against Group 3 opponents Estonia on 18 August before meeting Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Slovakia and Liechtenstein. All rights reserved.

Boyz ready, says Brown
Jamaica Gleaner – Feb 17, 2004
warm-up match tomorrow against South America’s Uruguay. “We know that the Uruguayans are a tough team with quality players. They stand at fourth in the South American World Cup qualification zone and they are two-time world champions but we are prepared for the tough fight,” said Brown. Michael Johnson, Andy Williams, Craig Ziadie, Tyrone Marshall, Donovan Ricketts, Micah Hyde, Onandi Lowe, Jermaine Johnson, Claude Davis, Richard Langley and Ricardo Fuller all arrived on Sunday night for tomorrow’s big warm-up game against South American team Uruguay. One other overseas-based player was due last night, defensive strongman Ian Goodison. The overseas-based cast will be complemented by locals Cornel Chin-Sue, Gerald Neil, Jonathan Williams, Fabian Davis, Damion Stewart, Aaron Lawrence and Garfield Reid, as Fabian Taylor, the National Premier League’s top marksman, is injured. There are several others on the injured list too, Ricardo Gardner who just completed a second knee surgery, Darren Byfield, who picked up a hamstring injury two days ago and regular captain Theodore Whitmore… The overseas-based cast will be complemented by locals Cornel Chin-Sue, Gerald Neil, Jonathan Williams, Fabian Davis, Damion Stewart, Aaron Lawrence and Garfield Reid, as Fabian Taylor, the National Premier League’s top marksman, is injured. There are several others on the injured list too, Ricardo Gardner who just completed a second knee surgery, Darren Byfield, who picked up a hamstring injury two days ago and regular captain Theodore Whitmore. When the whistle sounds to start the game tomorrow, part of the Reggae Boyz goal against the two-time world champions, Uruguay, is to get fans recommitted to the national programme. Starting his tenure with the announcement that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was broke, the administration of new president Crenston Boxhill faces an uphill battle. In order to turn that situation around, the JFF needs to get the support of the country firmly behind them as was the case during the Road to France campaign six years ago when Jamaica could not lose inside the Stadium. “We really need the public.

Irish watch clock | Northern Ireland | International | Football |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 17, 2004
“Sanchez was appointed manager last month, succeeding Sammy McIlroy, who quit after a wretched Euro 2004 qualifying campaign in which they finished bottom of their group. He faces a tough job preparing the side, ranked 124th in the world, to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Northern Ireland have been drawn in the same group as England, Wales, Poland, Austria and Azerbaijan. Sanchez said: “Once a goal goes in, that’s one monkey off our back and we can start addressing the other ones, like winning a football match, like getting ourselves in a situation where we’re higher than we are in the world rankings. “Let’s get that first goal, once you get goals, our defence is quite good, it’s been quite solid in the qualifying games. Whatever happens tomorrow night it’s the first step in a journey that’s hopefully going to culminate in two years time.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 18, 2004
Asian champions Japan, who reached the last 16 at the 2002 finals on home soil, are expected to enjoy a waltz through the first round of qualifiers, where their Group 3 opponents are Oman, India and Singapore. The Japanese are gunning for their third straight appearance at a World Cup and Wednesday?s game at Saitama will see them at full-strength, with their foreign legion of star players all selected. Zico, a veteran of Brazil?s World Cup campaigns in 1978, 1982 and 1986, has seen his side finally start to come good after a difficult early spell in his tenure when he took over from Frenchman Philippe Troussier. A 2-0 victory over Iraq last week was the latest in a series of solid results for the Japanese, and was in stark contrast to a 5-0 walloping suffered by Oman against South Korea at the weekend.

My Sport: Kristan Bromley
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 16, 2004
How have you managed to dominate so much? We paid attention to all the details in every aspect of performance, from physical strength, to start speed, to the physics of the tracks and the sled technology. It was a reasonably professional set-up before the Salt Lake City Olympics, but since 2002, the exponential curve in terms of competing against those in the sport. A lot of track and field athletes are coming over and raising the standard on the start, but what they don’t have yet are the driving skills. Earliest sporting memory: Liverpool against Manchester United, a cup final in the early Eighties… Since skeleton has been included in the Olympics, I also watch the big Games events not just from the point of view of being a spectator, but also with a different perception since competing in the Winter Olympics in 2002. Sports played: Moto-cross, football, basketball, all the team sports at school. I was always serious about sport. When I was younger, I don’t think I had the physical strength to shine above other kids. It’s only in the last 10 years, since I’ve trained full-time, that I’ve tapped into my potential. Why a life in sport, and if not, what would you have done? I’m a research officer at the University of Bath’s Department of Engineering and Applied Science department, as well as an athlete.

Confident India hope for a good start
Times of India – Feb 18, 2004
India open their campaign in the Asian Zone group 3 with a
home match against Singapore. India’s other rivals are Asian champions
Japan and highly rated Oman. “We respect Singapore as a team, but we
don’t fear anyone. The team is relaxed and looking forward to a good game
on 18th,” Constantine said.

Let Eriksson get on with the job, pleads Beckham
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 17, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. The captain was asked if, 38 years on from the solitary World Cup success, England could at last lift an important trophy. “I would like to think this is the time,” he said. “But we always say that and we haven’t won anything for years. ” Other countries, notably France, possess more talent, so England must do everything to aid the national team’s chances… The captain was asked if, 38 years on from the solitary World Cup success, England could at last lift an important trophy. “I would like to think this is the time,” he said. “But we always say that and we haven’t won anything for years. ” Other countries, notably France, possess more talent, so England must do everything to aid the national team’s chances. Avoiding another mutiny by the players would be a good move and, back in the Hertfordshire hotel where the squad took the controversial vote to strike in October, Beckham met Mark Palios, the Football Association’s chief executive, last night to check that rules on selection were being drawn up after the Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith sagas.

Crooks pauses for breath to show worth in final analysis
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 16, 2004
Pucker up in that kind of gloop and they’d have to use ropes to pull your face out. In Tunis, with due gratitude expressed to the infinite and all-seeing groundsman, the team lifted the trophy. A giant cone with one generous scoop of golden vanilla and (I think) a handful of nuts, it looked like the World Cup must have done before it melted. And, inevitably, as we returned to the BBC’s London studio, attention turned directly to the deathless question of whether anyone we had seen during the African tournament would be able to cut it when the bigger cup is next on offer, in Germany in 2006, assuming it hasn’t melted completely by then. It’s a tough call. Over the past three weeks on BBC Three (and occasionally around midnight on BBC Two) we have seen all kinds of performers, many largely untested at the highest level, hoping to use the African Nations Cup to demonstrate what they can do. And maybe that keenness to impress has been the cause of one or two slightly erratic performances on the day, making it even more difficult to assess whether the performers in question have the requisite temperament and technique to move it up a notch and challenge the superpowers in 2006… In Tunis, with due gratitude expressed to the infinite and all-seeing groundsman, the team lifted the trophy. A giant cone with one generous scoop of golden vanilla and (I think) a handful of nuts, it looked like the World Cup must have done before it melted. And, inevitably, as we returned to the BBC’s London studio, attention turned directly to the deathless question of whether anyone we had seen during the African tournament would be able to cut it when the bigger cup is next on offer, in Germany in 2006, assuming it hasn’t melted completely by then. It’s a tough call. Over the past three weeks on BBC Three (and occasionally around midnight on BBC Two) we have seen all kinds of performers, many largely untested at the highest level, hoping to use the African Nations Cup to demonstrate what they can do. And maybe that keenness to impress has been the cause of one or two slightly erratic performances on the day, making it even more difficult to assess whether the performers in question have the requisite temperament and technique to move it up a notch and challenge the superpowers in 2006. My opinion is that there have been many displays of excellence, consistency and discipline, but that, even so, the established hierarchy will still be in place at the end of Germany 2006.

Dailly plea for Scotland pride
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 17, 2004
“As Dailly was speaking Blackburn Rovers’ central defender, Lorenzo Amoruso was restating his desire to play for Scotland. Amoruso, who played for Rangers for five years and who acquired a hybrid Scottish-Italian accent, said: “Football is life for a footballer and if you can play for a national team you take the chance. “I would like to take the chance to play for Scotland and help them reach the World Cup finals in 2006. “Meanwhile, David Taylor, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, said: “This is an exceptionally complicated situation. Residency is a double-edged sword and we have got to watch that this doesn’t end in a free-for-all with the four home associations trying to get their hands on new talent. “We have a separate identity to protect and we have special privileges in that we compete in all FIFA competitions as separate countries. “The trouble would come if any of the four home nations break ranks,” said Taylor.

Burrell leaves for Match Commissioner’s duty today
Jamaica Observer – Feb 16, 2004
Match officials appointed for the game are referee, Navarro Mauricio, and assistants, Fern Simon, Reid Martin and Proctor Gerald, all of Canada. The referee inspector is Kleinaitis Alfred of the USA. Burrell, the immediate past president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and chairman of the CONCACAF disciplinary committee, as well as a member of the FIFA disciplinary committee, returns home on Thursday. Talk Back

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Tunisia Fight to Keep Lemerre
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Feb 18, 2004
It’s satisfying to know that my work is recognised
But on Saturday he became the first man to have coached European and African championship-winning teams when Tunisia beat Morocco 2-1 in the Nations Cup final. He had already led France to victory at Euro 2000. Ben Hammar said there will be discussions as Tunisia now look ahead to their next challenge – the 2006 World Cup qualifiers which start in June. There has been speculation over Lemerre’s future with the team and doubts were not eased by Lemerre himself refusing to confirm if he planned to stay. “I prefer to hear the president say he’s happy with the work that has been done,” said Lemerre. “It’s satisfying to know that my work is recognised. ”
Tunisia is a familiar place for Lemerre, having worked as coach of top club Esperance in 1983 and 1984.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Feb 18, 2004
Safa chief executive officer Albert Mokoena said yesterday he had received 12 applications and CVs from all over the world. The job became vacant when Safa fired Shakes Mashaba on the eve of the squad’s departure to Tunisia to play in the Afcon finals. Mashaba’s assistant Styles Phumo was placed in temporary charge for that tournament. “Most of the applications are from Europe… However, I expect the new coach to be in place before the end of next month when we play Australia in a friendly in London,” Mokoena said. Bafana play Australia at Loftus Road, London, the home of Queens Park Ran- gers in a friendly on March 30 to boost the South African 2010 World Cup bid campaign. Mokoena said that Safa planned to have another friendly for Bafana before the national team hosts Cape Verde on 6 June at home in the opening 2006 World Cup qualifying match. He also said that the proposed friendly against Holland in Amsterdam at the beginning of June had been scraped because of the game against Cape Verde. Mokoena said that Portugal who had been invited to play in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge in October had informed Safa that the date did not suit them as they have other prior European commitments. But Mokoena added: “We would love to have Portugal as Bafana’s opponents for the Mandela Challenge and the Safa executive will also discuss the possibility of moving the date to accommodate Portugal. ” – Sapa

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