Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 27, 2004

Oliver Kahn faces harsh new realities

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The News Review:

* Fans to be drug tested before Euro 2004
* Cudicini serves notice to £6.9m Cech
* The quiet riot
* Oliver Kahn faces harsh new realities
* Ad firm WPP upbeat on profits
* Still having a ball: the legend who just refuses to grow up
* Carragher seeks relief in last-chance saloon
* Disgraced Keane loses plot
* Readers roast Hejduk.
* Credit to Hearts for keeping their focus
* Allback eyes March return
* Season may be over for injured Dunn
* Birmingham fear lengthy Dunn lay-off
* Campbell still committed to England
* Blues downed in extra time
* Vogts issues rallying call to long-suffering supporters
* Sandown backs winner by moving the posts

Fans to be drug tested before Euro 2004
rte.ie – Feb 27, 2004
General Leonel de Carvalho told a news conference that anyone who tests positive for drug use or is found to have more than 1. 2 grams of alcohol per litre of blood – the equivalent of three pints of beer – would be barred from venues hosting games. “The test will not be carried out on everyone, or many people, it will only be done in exceptional circumstances in order to prevent people who might jeopordize security from entering venues,” he said. While breath tests will be used to determine if a fan is drunk, it was not yet clear how police would test for drug use, he added… General Leonel de Carvalho told a news conference that anyone who tests positive for drug use or is found to have more than 1. 2 grams of alcohol per litre of blood – the equivalent of three pints of beer – would be barred from venues hosting games. “The test will not be carried out on everyone, or many people, it will only be done in exceptional circumstances in order to prevent people who might jeopordize security from entering venues,” he said. While breath tests will be used to determine if a fan is drunk, it was not yet clear how police would test for drug use, he added. It will be the first time that either alcohol or drug tests are applied to football fans in Portugal. UEFA director of competition operations, Jacob Erel, said he was not sure if the measure would be applied at future European football tournaments. “This is something for domestic authorities to determine according to their national legislation,” he said.

Cudicini serves notice to £6.9m Cech
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 27, 2004
Even though Chelsea are happy for big name, big fee players to be little more than squad members it is difficult to believe they would pay £6. 9 million for Rennes’ Petr Cech, rated the best young goalkeeper in Europe, and use him as a back-up to Cudicini. Cech will join Chelsea after representing the Czech Republic at Euro 2004 having signed a five-year agreement with the Premiership club… Last season the Italian was arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premiership but, despite some fine statistics this season, Cudicini has not maintained the standard he set during 2002-03. As Trevor Birch, Chelsea’s highly-rated chief executive discovered when he was replaced by Manchester United’s Peter Kenyon, if Team Abramovich believe someone is even slightly better than the present incumbent then the necessary action is taken. Money, of course, is not a consideration. Cudicini remains defiant and confident in his ability as Chelsea flew back from Stuttgart yesterday with a lead due in no small part to some excellent saves by the 30-year-old. “It would be a challenge for all of us with the new goalkeeper,” said Cudicini. “This is normal, this type of competition. Everyone will have a fight on his hands to play.

The quiet riot
Sofia Echo – Feb 26, 2004
In an interview, goalkeeper Zdravko Zdvakvov said that he and his teammates were not pleased with the current situation in the team. Zdravkov said that their shirts and shorts had become worn out, and that BFU had halved the money allocated for this. “We are not pleased at all with the current situation and that’s why we have asked for a meeting with the president of the union, Ivan Slavkov. I hope that after that the problems will be solved,” Zdravkov said. Before the friendly game against Greece last week, representatives of the team had a meeting with BFU chief executive Stefan Kapralov and Ivan Vutsov, who is responsible for all the national teams of Bulgaria. Kapralov and Vutsov promised that they would brief Slavkov on the problem. By mid-week, Slavkov had not reacted… By mid-week, Slavkov had not reacted. His spokesman Atanas Karaivanov said that players should be proud when they are called up to the country’s team, and should not be so insistent about money. What’s more, Karaivanov said, the BFU had paid them for reaching the final stage of Euro 2004. Most of the players had got more than 40 000 euro for the good job they had done in the qualifying rounds. According to Karaivanov, this was quite good money for eight games. The other controversy that might spoil the climate in the national team is connected with Charlton Athletic player Radostin Kishishev. He left the team amid controversy last spring, a few days before the decisive game against Belgium.

Oliver Kahn faces harsh new realities
Expatica – Feb 25, 2004
Rival publication Sport said: “He destroyed his entire reputation with this blunder. ” Former Munich star Lothar Matthaeus predicted that the incident would haunt Kahn, not simply in the form of possible further criticism from Lehmann, but also in general. “Oliver Kahn will have no peace in the near future,” said Matthaeus little more than three months before the start of Euro 2004. Tuesday’s incident, however, somehow fits a trend which started almost two years ago. The 34-year-old almost single-handedly lifted a far from glorious Germany team into the 2002 World Cup final and was named most valuable player of the tournament. But in that deciding game with Brazil he failed to hold on to Rivaldo’s shot which allowed Ronaldo to score the first goal in Brazil’s 2-0 victory. Kahn was consoled by friends and foes afterwards… Kahn was consoled by friends and foes afterwards. On Tuesday, by contrast, there was no one on hand to pity Kahn, who first dropped his gloves, then his captain’s armband, and then left the Munich pitch alone and without a comment. “Everyone plays for himself, not for Oliver Kahn. he has criticised the team on several occasions over the past years, that is not forgotten,” said Matthaeus. That is Kahn’s main dilemma and has always made him controversial. Kahn is arguably the most dedicated professional in German football, a heavy burden in itself as it prompted fans to pelt him with bananas in a mock reference to his bodybuilder figure. In addition, his outbursts have not won him additional friends.

Ad firm WPP upbeat on profits
CNN International – Feb 27, 2004
”The Olympic Games, U. presidential election and Euro 2004 soccer championship are all set to contribute heavily to what could be a bumper year for the advertising market. WPP’s headline pre-tax profit rose 18 percent to ?473. 4 million ($881 million) in 2003, on revenue up five percent to ?4. Analysts on average expected a profit of ?436 million, with estimates in a ?401-?454… 8 percent this year and the target for 2005 would likely be around 14-15 percent. Sorrell injected a note of caution beyond this year’s political and sporting events, saying one worry in the United States was “what a re-elected or newly-elected president might have to do about a fiscally-driven large government deficit, a weak dollar and rising inflation after the first Tuesday in November. “United States government spending is already rising at levels not seen since the Vietnam War in 1967. We would not want to take a shower in 2005. ” Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.

Still having a ball: the legend who just refuses to grow up
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 26, 2004
“Let’s not talk about it any more,” he says. “Fine,” I reply. “Tell me how you think England will do in Euro 2004. ” “Their defence will let them down. That’s where the problem is,” he says. “There’ll be a problem at the back which is too big for them to overcome. You need a good, solid defence to win a tournament like Euro 2004.

Carragher seeks relief in last-chance saloon
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 26, 2004
Every time you switch on the television you hear an ex-player talking about what’s going on at the club. “Carragher is fiercely supportive of Houllier, who stood by him during a spell of poor form two years ago and awarded him an extension to his contract during a recovery from a broken leg sustained at Blackburn in September. Not that Houllier needs any of his squad to fight his battles for him. The Frenchman was in belligerent mood yesterday as he relished the opportunity to “put the record straight” on the field tonight and perhaps eventually off the field with his army of detractors. Houllier said: “We’re all frustrated by the Portsmouth result but the good thing is that we have the chance to bounce back immediately in what is now a very important match for us. The UEFA Cup represents our last opportunity of collecting silverware this season and we’re relishing the chance of doing so. “This is a huge competition when you look at some of the teams involved and we’ve gathered enough experience in Europe over the years to be able to cope with the challenge… It will be no laughing matter, however, if Levski Sofia emerge with any success from tonight’s first leg at Anfield. Houllier is respectful of their achievements in Bulgaria and on foreign fields. Levski have five players who have helped Bulgaria to qualify for Euro 2004 and Houllier, who is without injured strikers Emile Heskey and Florent Sinama Pongolle, warned: “Beating Slavia Prague in the previous round gives me an indication of their strength. But we have done our homework. “Liverpool (possible): Kirkland; Finnan, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher; Cheyrou, Gerrard, Hamann, Kewell; Owen, Baros. Levski Sofia (possible): Ivankov; Wagner, Markov, Stoianov, Topuzakov; Temile, Golovskoj, Borimirov, Vidolov; Chilokov, Ivanov. Referee: H Temmink (Holland).

Disgraced Keane loses plot
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 25, 2004
Both Fortune and Ruud van Nistelrooy went hungrily for the loose ball, the South African full-back getting there first to place it left-footed past Baia and into the net. Relief and joy swept through United. Buoyed by this goal, uplifted by the busy movement of the excellent Giggs and Louis Saha, United were in the mood, manipulating the ball confidently around this pristine lawn, a fitting home for Euro 2004 ties. Fortune, making good ground down the left, even delivered a wonderful cross which Van Nistelrooy failed to do justice. United knew Porto could not be kept down for long, that such proud hosts would hit back. Too much dexterity and determination courses through this attractive team of Jose Mourinho’s. Deco, the star of last season’s UEFA Cup final, began to show… Buoyed by this goal, uplifted by the busy movement of the excellent Giggs and Louis Saha, United were in the mood, manipulating the ball confidently around this pristine lawn, a fitting home for Euro 2004 ties. Fortune, making good ground down the left, even delivered a wonderful cross which Van Nistelrooy failed to do justice. United knew Porto could not be kept down for long, that such proud hosts would hit back. Too much dexterity and determination courses through this attractive team of Jose Mourinho’s. Deco, the star of last season’s UEFA Cup final, began to show. Darting runs here, sublime passes there. Porto’s two forwards, McCarthy and the trick-filled young Brazilian, Carlos Alberto, also came alive.

Readers roast Hejduk.
SoccerTimes – Feb 26, 2004
(Cory) Gibbs did quite well and I have already mentioned how I think Convey faired. Christopher TotmanOne question, one opinion. The question: Why not play Tim Howard? I can’t see there being any way both (Brad) Friedel and (Kasey) Keller make the final World Cup roster. Howard should be in his prime in 2006. The opinion: You were extremely generous in your game rating of Hejduk. He simply can not cut it against this level of opposition… Marc Overmars and the injured Patrick Kluivert were not seen, while Frank de Boer and Boudewijn Zenden made only token appearances. This is completely wrong. First off, the Dutch only secured qualification (for Euro 2004) when (manager) Dick Advocaat realized, first, that Ruud Van Nistelrooy was better than Kluivert and, second, that Van Nistelrooy teamed much better with Rafael Van der Vaart than he did with Kluivert. Kluivert, though a supremely talented player, is not in the Dutch top 11. De Boer was axed this year by both Barcelona and his Turkish club (Galatasaray). He is washed-up, at least on this level. Zenden also has dropped from Chelsea to a much weaker club in Middlesbrough and is not nearly as strong a player as the youngsters and veterans that the Dutch started.

Credit to Hearts for keeping their focus
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 26, 2004
The strength of their resolution could hardly be better exemplified than over the course of the past few days in which seven points have been garnered from three difficult matches to tighten Hearts’ grip on third place in the SPL table. Having fallen behind to Derek Riordan’s wonder-strike in the derby, Hearts would probably have settled for a point. But, in fact, Levein and his players were disappointed not to have taken all three. An early lead against Dundee United disappeared but again Hearts came back, okay with a touch of luck thanks to Mark Wilson’s second own goal at Tynecastle, the win clinched with Kevin McKenna’s first goal of the season. And most sides would have been happy with a point from a visit to Almondvale, particularly if, as happened to Hearts, they had fallen a goal behind, hauled themselves into a lead only to be pegged back. Up popped McKenna again with a late winner not only to extend their lead over Dunfermline but to give the Gorgie outfit their first win at Almondvale since Livingston entered the top flight three seasons ago… SFA should show sense over Dougal’s indiscretionREFEREE Stuart Dougal is to be hauled over the coals by the SFA for apparently swearing at Rangers star Christian Nerlinger with the prospect of a fine being imposed. Although Alex McLeish insists the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, Dougal has been called before the referee committee after its members studied video footage of the incident during a match against Partick Thistle at Firhill. No doubt Dougal, who is one of the elite group of refs who have been appointed fourth officials for Euro 2004 in Portugal, now regrets what was undoubtedly a momentary loss of temper. But while you can’t condone his outburst, it is easily understandable. Watch any match on television and you’ll see players telling referees, their assistants and opposition players in no uncertain terms exactly what they think of decisions. The use of “industrial language” on the football pitch is nothing new, the only shock here being that it was a referee who let the F-word slip in the heat of the moment. However, if the SFA are going to be even-handed about the use of such language, will they haul every player caught on camera firing a foul-mouthed volley at officials before them? If so, lip readers are going to do a roaring trade with dozens of players trooping along to Hampden to explain themselves.

Allback eyes March return
BBC News – Feb 25, 2004
Allback hopes to be fit to face Blackburn on 20 March and is also targeting selection for Sweden’s Euro 2004 squad in Portugal this summer. “The operation should not keep me out for much more than two weeks,” Allback
told the Birmingham Post. “It is a minor problem with the left groin and I have had it for a while. It’s something I can’t really put off. ”

Allback will miss Villa’s next two matches, at Everton on Saturday and
then Wolves on 14 March.

Season may be over for injured Dunn
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 27, 2004
He had just returned after a month on the sidelines with the problem but lasted only 10 minutes of the fifth-round replay. Bruce had been predicting – just 24 hours earlier – that Dunn would force his way into the England squad for Euro 2004. It is the hamstring problem we thought he had overcome. “Paul Merson will remain in America for at least two more weeks as he continues to fight “addictive problems”… It is the hamstring problem we thought he had overcome. “Paul Merson will remain in America for at least two more weeks as he continues to fight “addictive problems”. The former England international has told Colin Lee, his manager at Walsall, that he will not be back at the club until next month. Merson has decided to stay for more treatment on his drink, drug and gambling problems. “We just want him to do everything he can to help himself and he has our full support,” Lee said. Nick Barmby will today join Nottingham Forest on a month’s loan from Leeds United. Shaka Hislop, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, is ready to defy medical advice to face former club Newcastle on Sunday after breaking a finger in the warm-up before the FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Birmingham fear lengthy Dunn lay-off
rte.ie – Feb 26, 2004
We will know more in the next 24 to 48 hours – but when someone pulls up like Dunny did you fear the worst. ”
“It is the hamstring problem we thought he had overcome. He has never pulled up like that with it before when at full pelt, and the signs are not good. Out for the rest of the season? We don’t know just yet,” he added. “It does look bad, but I can’t say for sure until we find out more details. It is a big blow for him, and he is that player for us who has the creativity to unlock the opposition. I’d said that he had as good a chance as anyone of making Euro 2004 if he showed over the next three months what he did at Aston Villa on Sunday… “It does look bad, but I can’t say for sure until we find out more details. It is a big blow for him, and he is that player for us who has the creativity to unlock the opposition. I’d said that he had as good a chance as anyone of making Euro 2004 if he showed over the next three months what he did at Aston Villa on Sunday. ”
Filed by Rob Wright.

Campbell still committed to England
go.com – Feb 26, 2004
euroq –>Updated: Feb. 26, 2004Campbell still committed to EnglandArsenal defender Sol Campbell has insisted his commitment to England should not be questioned despite his latest withdrawal from an international friendly. Campbell has stressed to fans that England need to make the fitness of playersa top priority to avoid travelling to Euro 2004 with a ‘half-fit’ team, asthey did for the 2002 World Cup. Campbell, who also revealed that he is keen to sign a new Arsenal contract,has now missed the past five England friendlies due to injury. Indeed, Tottenham caretaker coach David Pleat has even observed that hisEngland attendance record was much better at White Hart Lane. However, the 29-year-old centre-back has still missed just five of 16competitive England games since he moved to Highbury, and he was deliberatelyrested in one of those games to save him from the threat of suspension. Campbell is therefore frustrated at suggestions that he pulls out offriendlies too easily, especially with Arsene Wenger having revealed that thedefender’s ongoing groin problem is ‘critical’… But if I was fully fit, I’d be playing,’ heinsisted. ‘There are other players who are in the same situation as me and they havepulled out as well. I’m not the only player who’s had knocks and bruises at thetime of England games. ‘But then if it’s a qualifying game, a lot of players will risk a lot more toplay because we want to qualify for tournaments. You have to take a bit more ofa risk then, you have to push that little bit more. ‘I want to get to the European Championships, that’s the main thing and Svenunderstands that. There are three more warm-up games so I’m sure that theplayers will all get together then.

Blues downed in extra time
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Feb 25, 2004
Olivier Tebily then sent a powerful cross into the Sunderland area but Bryan Hughes was unable to make full contact with his header, which flashed across the penalty area. The home side suffered a setback after nine minutes when David Dunn went down clutching the back of his hamstring and he was stretchered off and replaced by Stephen Clemence. It was another piece of misfortune for Dunn – who has only recently returned to action after a similar problem hoping to make a late claim for a place in the England Euro 2004 squad. Sunderland were certainly not overawed, with most of their threat being provided from the left-flank by Kyle. Morrison was looking dangerous for the home side and he turned past former Blues defender Gary Breen after accepting a pass from Tebily – but Poom was equal to his left-footed curling shot, saving to his right. The home side enjoyed a spell on top and Morrison deflected wide a header back into the area from Tebily following a deep corner from Savage. But Sunderland were working hard to restrict the chances of the home side and when they did counter-attack the Blues defence looked jittery at times.

Vogts issues rallying call to long-suffering supporters
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 25, 2004
The Tartan Army were dealt a bitter blow when Wales inflicted a 4-0 defeat in the friendly at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last week. The reverse came hot on the heels of the 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Holland that ended any hope Scotland had of taking part in Euro 2004. Vogts once again emerged defiant in the wake of the Cardiff debacle to reiterate he has no intention of resigning as Scotland manager. Speaking on the Scottish Football Association’s website, www… uk, he said: “I hope the fans will back me and the team in our aim to reach the 2006 World Cup, and I would like to thank those who have sent me messages of support in the last few days. “As a final comment on Cardiff, what I cannot understand is people asking why I did not select my best team — the straightforward answer is that I could not do so because of the number of injuries, particularly to defenders. Scotland’s resources are limited, notably in defence, but there is time to put the problems right and get the team into shape for the World Cup campaign. ” Vogts defended his decision to experiment heavily in the previous friendlies, even though he has won just twice out of those 13 matches — against Canada and a Hong Kong XI.

Sandown backs winner by moving the posts
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 26, 2004
We will be the first course in the world to do it and it will be launched at our two-day finale meeting in April. ” The post, set in an arc frame advertising both Sandown and the race sponsor, will be set on a narrow-gauge rail. The project, which will cost £40,000, is being managed by Icon Signs, whose CV includes signage at most Premiership grounds and the contract for Euro 2004. Jockeys were always good at talking themselves back into the saddle after a bang on the head. They knew the concussion protocol, you see — the doctor would ask them to name the present champion jockey and the winner of the last Grand National and correct answers would mean freedom. Even the most befuddled minds got by with a little homework but it is not so easy, any more. Under a new concussion management system, recently introduced by the Jockey Club, all jockeys have to attend a regional clinic for a baseline assessment… One jockey at Lingfield the other day was asked to name the present Prime Minister, of all things. Understandably, it was beyond him. AT 5pm last Saturday, Nicky Henderson thought his week could not get any worse. He was down to zero on jockeys, all three of his retained riders now injured, and for the first time in 26 years of training he was being investigated over a horse that didn’t win. Then he won the Ascot bumper and it just got worse. “The stewards had me in again, this time to explain improvement in form,” Henderson goggled. Naturally, he was exonerated.

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