Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 5, 2004

Football needs ‘radical’ overhaul

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The News Review:

* McGrail anger at Gorgie switch
* Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
* Tournament boon to Austria
* Football needs ‘radical’ overhaul
* First Minister out to shrug off McLeish attack
* Geremi eyes bright future-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
* UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…

McGrail anger at Gorgie switch
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 10, 2004
But in a recent interview which Chris Robinson gave to BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound programme he stated quite clearly that the options presented in my paper had been looked at in detail by his consultants and as a result felt Murrayfield was the only option. “I question that strongly and don’t believe the options as described in my paper were looked at in any sufficient depth to test whether they were viable or not. “I think some of what has been referred to was work carried out as part of the Euro 2008 bid when the minimum requirement was a 30,000-capacity stadium. That, though, is not a requirement of the current situation so any investigation of the area for the footprint of a stadium of that nature simply wouldn’t apply now. ” He added: “The other point is that was almost two years ago and the council’s requirements which have been formed for this planning brief were different then. “Hearts are aware of that brief and are expected to contribute to it. Therefore knowing these opportunities are there it is incumbent on the Hearts board to fully investigate them.

Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
Before the Swede, Neville said, lay a time of uncertainty. Four different managers and an atmosphere in which, he said, “you didn’t know whether you were coming or going, we were changing systems, tactics, squads, ideals”. Put like that, it was not hard to see why Neville found the alternative to Eriksson so unthinkable. He castigated those he thought had an agenda against Eriksson and challenged them to come up with a better way of running the national team. “Do you not accept that we should have a football manager for England for a long time that can give continuity and stability?” he asked. “Isn’t that the way success is bred?”advertisement… Sacking the manager is not an option. ” Paul Scholes may have called time upon his international career, and Phil Neville has not been selected for this squad, but there are no signs that Gary Neville, or David Beckham for that matter, have any intention of leaving the stage before their time. Neville talked confidently about playing on long into his thirties – he turns 30 in February – and said that the prospect of representing his country at Euro 2008 in Switzerland “wouldn’t be ridiculous”. The sense of a great opportunity missed at Euro 2004 still seems to burn strong within the older members of the squad. Beckham and Michael Owen flew back after Tuesday night’s Real Madrid friendly and the long process starts again. “You feel as though you’re closing in on the top of the mountain and then you fall back down to the bottom and you have to start again,” Neville said. “And you have to wait two more years in international football.

Tournament boon to Austria
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 26, 2004
However, the biggest triumph in the history of our association was winning the right to stage UEFA EURO 2008™, together with the Swiss Football Association. A million spectatorsAustria has never before hosted such a large sporting event – one which will attract around one million spectators to stadiums, and an estimated television audience of seven or eight billion – even taking into account the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976. The Austrian Way – Challenge 2008Given that our national team has not played in the tournament before, the UEFA European Championship finals will be a sporting as well as an organisational challenge. As hosts of EURO 2008™, we will take part and obviously we will be keen to prove our worth on the pitch. This is where our youth development programme, The Austrian Way – Challenge 2008, is so vital, helping lay the foundations for a successful future for the national team. Proud to belongThe European Championship finals have become the third most important event in the world of sport, while the UEFA Champions League has grown into the most prestigious competition for professional football clubs. The strength of these tournaments mirrors the great strength of UEFA… A million spectatorsAustria has never before hosted such a large sporting event – one which will attract around one million spectators to stadiums, and an estimated television audience of seven or eight billion – even taking into account the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976. The Austrian Way – Challenge 2008Given that our national team has not played in the tournament before, the UEFA European Championship finals will be a sporting as well as an organisational challenge. As hosts of EURO 2008™, we will take part and obviously we will be keen to prove our worth on the pitch. This is where our youth development programme, The Austrian Way – Challenge 2008, is so vital, helping lay the foundations for a successful future for the national team. Proud to belongThe European Championship finals have become the third most important event in the world of sport, while the UEFA Champions League has grown into the most prestigious competition for professional football clubs. The strength of these tournaments mirrors the great strength of UEFA. The ÖFB is proud to be a long-standing member of UEFA and wishes the organisation every success over the next 50 years.

Football needs ‘radical’ overhaul
BBC News – Feb 11, 2004
He said public cash must go hand-in-hand with structural change and that the
Scottish Football Association (SFA) should get tough on financial mismanagement. Tory sport spokesman Jamie McGrigor called for a return of the home
international championship between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland
to generate extra income. Some of the Scottish clubs were accused of showing “a reckless disregard for their financial position” by Scottish Socialist Party sport spokesman Colin Fox. On the running of the game, Liberal Democrat Central Scotland MSP Donald Gorrie suggested a trial sale of alcohol at some football grounds could actually reduce drunkenness, while helping clubs financially… “Football is a multi-national sport, but the influx of so many foreign players stops many young Scottish players from getting a game, and some clubs don’t seem to have anything resembling a genuine youth development policy,” he said. Mr Canavan also called for greater opportunities for fans to have a stake in
their club through supporters’ trusts. Meanwhile, it also emerged that money set aside at the time of the failed Euro
2008 bid could be used to rejuvenate youth football in Scotland.

First Minister out to shrug off McLeish attack
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 23, 2004
” Mr McLeish also criticises Mr McConnell’s record in office, saying his successor’s decision to axe most of the existing ministers from his first Cabinet was a mistake. “It was natural that there would be changes but talented people were replaced by less talented individuals,” he added. Mr McLeish also claims that Mr McConnell sabotaged Scotland’s bid to host the Euro 2008 finals by failing to launch a solo bid. Allies of the First Minister were quick to downplay the effect that the attack could have on his leadership. A source close to Mr McConnell said: “There is absolutely nobody in Scotland who believes that Scotland was better governed two years ago than it is now. I expect that Henry’s book will have little impact – just like his time as First Minister. ” Mr McLeish resigned in disgrace just a year after becoming First Minister following a row over his office expenses from his days as an MP… I expect that Henry’s book will have little impact – just like his time as First Minister. ” Mr McLeish resigned in disgrace just a year after becoming First Minister following a row over his office expenses from his days as an MP. Controversy has surrounded the publication of the former leader’s memoirs after it emerged he had not submitted manuscripts to senior civil servants despite being obliged to do so. Under the Radcliffe rules, Mr McLeish should have allowed civil servants to examine it to ensure the content did not breach national security.

Geremi eyes bright future-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 11, 2004
“For the countries and for the players involved, the African Cup is a very big thing,” Geremi said. “Managers here should know that. They knew we’d be going before they signed us, so it’s not our fault. People here should realise this competition is as important to us as the European Championship is to you. It is good to play for your country, very important. All the big teams in Africa will be playing, and people here should have more respect for the tournament. The standard is very high, and most of the players involved are with top clubs.

UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 13, 2004
Licka resignationThe 58-year-old has agreed terms with Football Association of the Czech Republic and will replace Werner Licka, who departed after the country failed to reach the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals. The Czechs won the championship in 2002 and were runners-up in 2000. Plenty of experienceŠkorpil, who has not yet revealed whether he will stay with Liberec, has plenty of experience of working with youngsters, having coached the Czech Under-18 side in the 1980s. All rights reserved.

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