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March 1, 2004

Euro 2004 fans face drink tests

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The News Review:

* Eriksson loses substitutes battle
* A German in charge of England is not so fanciful
* Real battles yet to come
* Euro 2004 fans face drink tests
* Blatter keen to limit workload
* Dunn suffers hamstring setback
* Rallying: British drivers consigned to back seat for new season
* Carling Cup: Big guns will fire Bolton
* EVERTON BENEFIT AS ROONEY LEARNS
* Sport | Telegraph
* Rosicky suffers fractured forearm
* ‘Just this once, I want them to lose’
* Ananova – Allardyce riled by cup final ref
* The Agitator #7
* The money game
* Irish control view of future
* Fifa abolishes gold and silver goals
* Beckham would welcome Shearer return

Eriksson loses substitutes battle
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 28, 2004
Yesterday, Blatter was supported by the other three home nations, even though the FA presented letters of support from all the leading European coaches, including those from Italy, Germany, Spain and France. Although the new restrictions will not come into force until July 1, thus allowing Eriksson to continue experimenting freely in the build-up to Euro 2004, yesterday’s decision is bound to hinder the international progress of the country’s brightest young players. Equally significantly, it could raise serious questions about whether the Swede will lead England into the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign if he can no longer call the shots over which players to watch at international level. His employers were clearly upset after yesterday’s 7-1 vote. “We recognise the democracy of the meeting and that our views did not prevail,” Palios said curtly, while Davies went further. “Clearly Sven will be disappointed,” he said.

A German in charge of England is not so fanciful
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2004
PS Inevitably, after Gary Neville’s latest mind-numbingly counter-productive outburst against the Football Association for taking firm action in the Rio Ferdinand case, there have been calls for the Manchester United and England right-back to close what the Daily Mail called “the biggest mouth in football”. I fear, however, that the time for discretion may have passed and that, instead of shutting up, Neville should put up. Given that he stresses how “very close” the England players came to withdrawing from the European Championship qualifier in Istanbul, and that since then the FA have been a lot more beastly to the careless Ferdinand – indeed “savage”, according to the club for whom he and Neville play – is the only honourable course left to Neville not that of leading a truly meaningful protest by walking away from his nation’s cause, even if it means his missing Euro 2004? This, after all, is how heroes used to liberate the downtrodden. Yes, I hear what you say: to go into another major tournament with Danny Mills at right-back would hardly be ideal. But it might be a lot less irritating than the alternative.

Real battles yet to come
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 29, 2004
One or two sceptics questioned the choice, as England manager, of watching Sol Campbell being Sol Campbell for Arsenal on the night he could have analysed Owen Hargreaves bettering David Beckham for Bayern against Real Madrid. They underestimated how informative his 180 minutes would be. Not all of it was easy to digest. He saw four England defenders — Campbell, Wes Brown, a pair of Nevilles — beaten more often and more easily by crosses than he would like to imagine his England will be next time he comes on an overnight mission to the west coast of Iberia, in June for Euro 2004. He also saw two terrific games, and if Euro 2004 is half as good as the first leg of the first knockout round of the Champions League was, he ’ll be resigning his current job in July, not to join Chelsea, but to work in the competitions department at Uefa. They were the people who decided the European Cup should be more of a cup again and revert to a two-leg elimination round for the last 16. They did so in spite of club protests, but if the top executives of G-14 — the leading European teams — have not yet come round to the idea, the players and coaches have… Not all of it was easy to digest. He saw four England defenders — Campbell, Wes Brown, a pair of Nevilles — beaten more often and more easily by crosses than he would like to imagine his England will be next time he comes on an overnight mission to the west coast of Iberia, in June for Euro 2004. He also saw two terrific games, and if Euro 2004 is half as good as the first leg of the first knockout round of the Champions League was, he ’ll be resigning his current job in July, not to join Chelsea, but to work in the competitions department at Uefa. They were the people who decided the European Cup should be more of a cup again and revert to a two-leg elimination round for the last 16. They did so in spite of club protests, but if the top executives of G-14 — the leading European teams — have not yet come round to the idea, the players and coaches have. From Oporto to Prague, via Munich and Moscow, it was a thrilling relaunch, and Uefa can be forgiven a degree of self-congratulation.

Euro 2004 fans face drink tests
BBC News – Feb 28, 2004
The Portuguese authorities will carry out the tests at the stadium gates during the 16-team tournament in June. Equipment similar to that used to test the sobriety of car drivers will be on hand at the 10 stadiums where the matches are being played. Not all of the 500,000 supporters who are expected to attend Euro 2004 will be tested, but the tests will be enforced in what the Portuguese authorities say are “exceptional circumstances”. Portugal’s legal blood alcohol limit for motorists is 0. Those supporters found with a blood alcohol limit of more than twice that – 1. 2 grams – will be turned away.

Blatter keen to limit workload
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 29, 2004
If there were no cup replays you can have 18 teams. “We want to make sure there are not too many dates for national competitions. We should have between 43 and 47 dates for domestic football. Players should not play more than 60 games a year. “Blatter, who attended the Fulham versus Manchester United match on Saturday, confirmed FIFA would take no sanctions against Arsenal or United if they reach the FA Cup final on May 22 and did not release players for the France versus Brazil centenary game on May 20. Though FIFA will sign an agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency for testing procedures later this month, WADA have backed down with their automatic two-year ban for drug cheats… The IFAB also gave their reasons for abandoning the silver and golden goals, claiming it unfair that under the golden goal ruling a team could kick-off for extra-time and score without their opponents touching the ball. Police and stewards also need to prepare for a crowd leaving the stadium. The new regulations will come into effect after Euro 2004. From next season players will also be cautioned for removing a shirt when celebrating a goal. David Dunn, Birmingham City’s £5. 5million midfielder, will be out of action for at least six weeks after tests confirmed he tore his hamstring against Sunderland last Wednesday. Chelsea are close to striking a deal which will effectively lead to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven acting as their nursery club, according to reports yesterday.

Dunn suffers hamstring setback
rte.ie – Feb 28, 2004
If that is the case, then we will probably be looking at David being out of action for four to six weeks at the very least. It is a big blow to us and at the moment all three of our creative players – David, Stan Lazaridis and Christophe Dugarry – are all out of action. ”
Dunn had been challenged earlier in the week by Bruce to stake a claim for a place in England’s squad for the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. But, even if he is back within a month, he will have little opportunity to impress Sven-Goran Eriksson before he has to announce his final 23 for the summer. Meanwhile, Dugarry will return to Birmingham on Monday after a short break back in his native France while he recuperates after his knee setback. Dugarry is ineligible for City’s next match against Middlesbrough at St Andrews on Wednesday after accruing five bookings. Meanwhile, Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has vowed “not to let the season fizzle out” after his side’s shock Cup exit… Meanwhile, Dugarry will return to Birmingham on Monday after a short break back in his native France while he recuperates after his knee setback. Dugarry is ineligible for City’s next match against Middlesbrough at St Andrews on Wednesday after accruing five bookings. Meanwhile, Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has vowed “not to let the season fizzle out” after his side’s shock Cup exit. Bruce admitted that a massive cloud is hanging over the players after the worst performance in his two and a half years in charge cost Blues the chance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 20 years. But he is determined that City will get their season back on track with Premiership fixtures coming up against Middlesbrough on Wednesday and Bolton next Saturday. Bruce said: “The players realise they have let a massive opportunity slip and it’s not too often that opportunities open up for you in football. But it’s gone now and it’s the job of myself and the staff to lift everyone and remind them that we’ve still got a third of the season to go and that there is still plenty to play for.

Rallying: British drivers consigned to back seat for new season
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2004
Euro 2004, the Olympics, the Ryder Cup, perhaps even Wimbledon could shape icons in the image of Sir Clive Woodward and his England rugby team. Rallying, alas, will… The World Championship starts in Monte Carlo later this month and, for the first time in more than a decade, no British driver is competing. Ironically, Burns’s misfortune appeared to offer a way back for McRae but Subaru – the team who provided both drivers with their championship-winning cars – eventually opted for young, unproven Finn Mikko Hirvonen.

Carling Cup: Big guns will fire Bolton
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 29, 2004
Gareth Southgate has been great all season and his form is good news for England. Without Rio Ferdinand, they need somebody at the back they can rely on, somebody such as Gareth, who produces a high level of performance every time — not world-class, maybe, but a high level all the same. John Terry, for me, is the No 1 contender to replace Rio in the England team at Euro 2004, but I don ’t see how Southgate can be left out of the squad. Then there is Juninho, small in stature but big of influence. I expect the Brazilian to shine in Cardiff. He can blow hot and cold, but on the big occasion he tends to produce. He can create things on his own and is hard to subdue, particularly because of his ability to offload the ball quickly and dangerously in any tight situation.

EVERTON BENEFIT AS ROONEY LEARNS
4TheGame – Feb 29, 2004
Toffees boss David Moyes insists Rooney is learning – and he is just about right. The youngster – who has accumulated more cards than goals in his fledgling career– is only one more booking away from his second suspension of the season. Moyes has given Rooney a week off, and Everton have two weeks before their next match – so the teenager should be more than refreshed for the Premiership run-in and Euro 2004. Whereas a few months ago he would have lashed out or talked himself into a red card, against Villa he just about held his temper to stay in the fray and provide the significant contribution which gave Everton their first win in 10 games. Rooney was kicked, battered and barracked during this clash and had good cause to complain about some of the treatment. But he eventually stopped moaning at referee Matt Messias to let his talents do the talking. Villa deserved what they got from a feeble display which left manager David O’Leary claiming they lacked Everton’s “desire and hunger”… “It was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance,” he said. “It looked exactly like the boss said – we lacked hunger and desire. “We had our chances in the first half, but over the full 90 minutes it was not good enough to win the game. It was not the way we have been playing, especially the way we have been playing away from home. “We did not really perform as a team, certainly not as we should have. We know it and must improve. “We need to be consistent to stay where we are.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 28, 2004
The 1998 World Cup winner’s contract had been due to run out in 2005 but Zidane, 31, who picked up his third FIFA player of the year award in December, insists he is looking no further on the international calendar than this summer. “It was really the club who wanted me to go on to 2007,” he told Le Parisien. “For the moment I am only thinking of Euro 2004. We’ll see how things go after that. If I’m not playing well I could stop in 2006. “BAD NEWS for Sander Westerveld, the former Liverpool goalkeeper now playing for Real Sociedad. The Dutchman will be out for two months after undergoing surgery on a finger fractured in Wednesday’s 1-0 home Champions League defeat by Lyons.

Rosicky suffers fractured forearm
CNN International – Mar 1, 2004
Rosicky suffered the injury in a collision with Werder Bremen’s Mladen Krstajic during Saturday’s Bundesliga clash. Krstajic suffered a similar injury. “It was not a pretty sight,” Rosicky’s Czech teammate Jan Koller told Sport newspaper. Rosicky, considered key to the Czech Republic’s chances at this summer’s tournament in Portugal, underwent surgery on Saturday night. “He has to wait for the surgery wound to heal,” said Czech team doctor Petr Krejci. “But he can start light training in about two weeks.

‘Just this once, I want them to lose’
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 1, 2004
It was the first time we had a colour TV and I decided there and then that they were the ones for me. “Arsenal, however, triumphed on the day to complete the Double and now it is Arsene Wenger’s more expansive style of play that Yeovil’s much-travelled manager Gary Johnson is seeking to emulate. Johnson, who laid the groundwork for Euro 2004 qualification in his previous job as Latvia’s coach, said: “I saw a documentary showing how Wenger prepares his side and it’s not dissimilar to what we do. They’re at the level we want to get to. We try to play a possession game and be a good counter-attacking team. “Even so, Yeovil might need something a little less subtle to lift them to new heights against the millionaires from Merseyside and 6ft 8in Hugo Rodrigues might supply it. The 24-year-old defender from Portugal said: “I’m tired of being double-marked when I go up for set-plays… They always put one man in front and another behind and when I ask why they just say ‘You’re massive’. But hopefully, me being there leaves space for some of the other lads. “Like Jackson, for instance, who faces a towering obstacle of his own in Sami Hyypia, and said: “He’s a man-mountain isn’t he?” Yes, but at four inches shorter than Rodrigues, perhaps not an insurmountable one.

Ananova – Allardyce riled by cup final ref
Ananova – Mar 1, 2004
“The referee can’t say that he didn’t see it and he can’t say it wasn’t ball to hand, so his inconsistency level has let us down again. As it was, Riley left the Millennium Stadium without explaining any of his controversial decisions. But Allardyce, who had appealed for common sense decisions before the game, revealed it was not the first time that he had clashed with the official, who is England’s representative at the Euro 2004 finals. “We’ve always had a problem with Mike Riley in our recent history. He hasn’t been very kind to us, to say the least. Unfortunately, I have to say that he’s lived up to his reputation as far as we’re concerned,” he declared. Riley first earned Bolton’s wrath for dismissing both Paul Warhurst and Dean Holdsworth against Leicester two seasons ago… Riley first earned Bolton’s wrath for dismissing both Paul Warhurst and Dean Holdsworth against Leicester two seasons ago. “He came back the year after and sent Bruno N’Gotty off. He’s not been very good for us at all,” said Allardyce. “He also disallowed a good goal for us in the cup against Liverpool, so he’s not our favourite referee. Our fans showed their feelings when they booed him as he went up to collect his medal. “I’m bitterly disappointed but I don’t want to sound too bitter towards Middlesbrough as I thought they were very good and deserved their win.

The Agitator #7
Squarefootball – Feb 28, 2004
It?s a Chelsea free-for-all this week, and we?re charging double. So Fabio Capello (Roma) is set to swap jobs with Claudio Ranieri (Mirror), or is it Juventus?s Marcelo Lippi (Sun)? John Terry has begged the Chelsea owner not to sack the manager (Star, Express) ? especially for an Italian who might want to buy Italian defenders. Who knows who will be manager next term? Well we do and they clearly don?t. The tabloids quickly decided that the players they bigged up last season are now in line for the chop and are clearly not as good as some of the (other) papers may have had you believe. In particular Makelele (wishes he was in Spain), Hasselbaink (too old) and Veron (permanently injured) have been picked out (Mirror, Star, Sun). Purchased for ?45m, current value ?15m, perhaps Abramovitch could get a guest spot on Price Drop TV… WEDNESDAYLeeds coach Kevin Blackwell is a contender for the Southampton job (Express, Sun). Do Leeds have coaches? If so how have they got a team that is talented enough for a top-10 finish into the bottom 3? Is it all luck? Perhaps Southampton should give Peter Reid a call. Random breath tests wil be performed outside every match during Euro 2004 (Independent) ? something that would have never been allowed in George Best?s hayday. THURSDAYSouthampton are poised to name their new manager in the next 48 hours (Sun) ? is it Kurt Russell? Whilst Spurs flop Helder Postiga has flown to Kuwait for treatment on a mystery thigh problem (Various) ? barndooritis or somesuch. Got an urgent call from Liverpool following some not-so-secret meetings in Bangkok that Rick Parry attended (Express). What followed was as beautifully finessed as a seven from dummy allowing you to cover East?s king with an ace. So we all accept that a group of Thai businessmen are about to, ahem, pump in some money.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 1, 2004
The committee will only accept ticket orders from the first quarter of 2005 and it will be the only official source of tickets. To prevent forgery, match tickets will not be printed until a few weeks before the opening match in Munich on June 9, 2006. CHELSEA fans cannot complain about being short-changed when it comes to access to the best bits of their team’s Premiership and Champions League performances. Stamford Bridge devotees were the first in the UK to receive goals and highlights direct to their e-mail inboxes after the Premiership defeat by Arsenal last weekend. 50 a go, subscribers to Voicemail can request ten-second match clips by sending a text message or paying via the club website… No players were sold overseas. Football League clubs took 25 players on free transfers or loans from the Premiership while only two players went the other way for £1 million or more. Euro 2004 and the Champions League is expected to return a fizz to the transfer market, according to the report. “We expect there will be one or two blockbuster deals involving Premiership clubs and maybe even one or two in continental Europe among the few clubs who retain an appetite to buy and still have the financial wherewithal to spend,” Dan Jones, a Deloitte director, said. “But that won’t obscure the main picture of a trickle, not a flood, of deals over £5 million. ”E-mail ashling.

Irish control view of future
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 29, 2004
Two years later, Setanta was born. The company has begun to expand into internet and mobile telephone markets, but broadcasting sport remains its core concern. Setanta owns the US rights to television coverage of the Premiership and Euro 2004, and they have targeted ex-patriate rugby, football and Gaelic games fans across the globe. Now, in partnership with Wark Clements, the Glasgow-based production company, they have agreed a £35m, four-year deal with the Premierleague to broadcast 38 live matches a season on pay-per-view. But what does that mean for Scottish football? Television is the engine powering the SPL ship. Without the revenue from a television deal, a number of clubs would quickly sink beneath an already turbulent surface. Last week, some newspapers reported falling revenues and losses suffered by Setanta and others bemoaned the failure to so far secure a highlights package that would maintain a presence on terrestrial television… Without the revenue from a television deal, a number of clubs would quickly sink beneath an already turbulent surface. Last week, some newspapers reported falling revenues and losses suffered by Setanta and others bemoaned the failure to so far secure a highlights package that would maintain a presence on terrestrial television. So, have the SPL made another mistake? The reality is probably not. The Setanta deal provides for almost £9m per season, while the BBC paid £18m for coverage of this season and last. But one consequence of the BBC deal was a very real effect on attendances, with clubs losing 1,000 to 3,000 supporters when games against the Old Firm were broadcast live. The theory behind accepting the Setanta deal is that clubs can only increase their revenue, with even small rises in income having a disproportionately large effect in these straitened times. “I’m positive,” said one analyst of football finances of the Setanta deal.

Fifa abolishes gold and silver goals
Independent Online – Feb 28, 2004
The Board also decided that national teams will be allowed to make no more than six substitutions in friendlies. The new rules for deciding drawn matches will not come into force in time for the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal this summer but it will mean changes for knockout matches in the Champions League next season. Euro 2000 was decided by David Trezeguet’s golden goal for France in extra-time against Italy. Under the golden goal system, play stops immediately if a team scores in extra-time.

Beckham would welcome Shearer return
rte.ie – Feb 29, 2004
Newcastle United striker Shearer retired from international football after Euro 2000 and so missed England’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. But the 33-year-old is still one of the most feared strikers in the Barclaycard Premiership and is riding high in the scoring charts with 18 goals this season. Beckham is set to lead England’s bid for glory at Euro 2004 in Portugal this summer, and told the News of the World: “I would love to see Alan in the England team again. He is a special player and if he wants to come back and if Sven-Goran Eriksson wants him back then it would be great. “Alan announced his international retirement after Euro 2000 but with the way he’s playing now it would be great to see him back. It would also be good to increase competition for places. ”
Beckham is not the first to call for Shearer to return to the England fold, and his plea follows similar comments from Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp… “Alan announced his international retirement after Euro 2000 but with the way he’s playing now it would be great to see him back. It would also be good to increase competition for places. ”
Beckham is not the first to call for Shearer to return to the England fold, and his plea follows similar comments from Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp. “We will have to wait and see what the manager decides,” said Beckham. “Sven’s got more influence than I have and if he can’t get Alan back then.

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