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March 13, 2004

Blair warns as countries boost security in wake of Madrid attacks

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The News Review:

* Greece seeks NATO help in light of Madrid attacks
* Role model keeps mind on big issues
* Ferdinand eyes Euro 2004
* Blair warns as countries boost security in wake of Madrid attacks
* ESPN.com – OLY – NATO to aid Athens security after Spain attack
* Manchester United offers sour face as it falls to Porto
* Ferdinand holds hope for United
* Henry reminiscent of Pistol Pete
* Chelsea put on Beckham alert
* Germans lick their wounds after Euro-exit
* Butt in Man Utd admission
* Injury-prone Kirkland absent again
* Revived Swiss won’t be rolled over
* All the latest football talk from Thursday’s newspapers
* Cisse won’t disappoint – Houllier
* Workshop under way in Lisbon

Greece seeks NATO help in light of Madrid attacks
USA Today – Mar 12, 2004
A large black bow of mourning adorned a panel of glossy photographs promoting the dramatic coastal cliffs of the southern Spanish area of Andalusia. “It’s difficult for us to talk about the attacks. We just say, ‘This is not the real Spain,’” said Daniel Navarro of the Huelva Tourism Board, one of nearly 10,000 exhibitors at the International Tourism Exchange. Ten bombs blew up four trains during morning rush hour in the Spanish capital Thursday, killing about 200 people. Initially, Spain’s government blamed Basque separatists for the attack, but the main group seeking a Basque homeland, ETA, on Friday denied any role. Investigators also were examining a claim of responsibility by a shadowy group in the name of al-Qaeda. In Paris, President Jacques Chirac met with his Cabinet in response to the Madrid attacks after raising France’s alert level from yellow to orange… French water reservoirs were under heightened surveillance, as were “sensitive areas” such as public buildings, subways and airports. Police measures were tightened at the French-Spanish border, dividing Basque regions between the two countries. Portuguese authorities preparing Euro 2004 soccer championships said security concerns had shifted overnight from rowdy fans to potential terrorist threats. Officials were mulling whether to install metal detectors at stadium gates. “These bombings make us feel that the world is more insecure. We must ensure security is handled in the best possible way,” said Leonel Carvalho, the Euro 2004 security coordinator. In Germany, authorities in Bavaria state and the city of Duesseldorf said they ordered police patrolling train stations to be especially vigilant, though Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said the overall threat level to the country had not increased.

Role model keeps mind on big issues
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 13, 2004
“That refreshed in me what the game was about. I go out on the pitch, not thinking about the crowd or being a role model, just thinking, ‘I am Dave James, be the best goalkeeper I can be’. Afterwards, I always sign autographs. I would hate to say no to a kid. I listen to my son talking about Thierry Henry. “James admits “frustration” that the sport he loves is bedevilled with unpleasant headlines… Rio might wear some dodgy clobber from time to time but he loves his football, knows how to play. One of the things I liked about him in training sessions, is that if I didn’t do something right Rio would turn around and have a go, in the right way. Will we miss Rio at Euro 2004? We need our strongest squad and Rio is undoubtedly part of that. “We can win Euro 2004. I have been in squads for seven years now and this is the best team spirit. It’s most apparent in the eating arrangements. There used to be different tables, now Sven has one table.

Ferdinand eyes Euro 2004
BBC News – Mar 13, 2004
Manchester United defender Ferdinand has started serving his suspension, but his appeal will be heard within days. And he says he is in shape to play again this season if the ban is cut. Ferdinand revealed his plans as he said: “The thought I could still play for United and go to Portugal is what has made me so driven in training. ”

He added: “The manager Sir Alex Ferguson told me to treat things as if I had an injury and that is what I
have been doing… Ferdinand revealed his plans as he said: “The thought I could still play for United and go to Portugal is what has made me so driven in training. ”

He added: “The manager Sir Alex Ferguson told me to treat things as if I had an injury and that is what I
have been doing. “I am not pre-judging the case and I have no idea what the outcome will be, but if I didn’t think there was a chance of success there would be no point
appealing in the first place. “I’ve worked hard, maybe even harder than usual, believing there is light at the end of the tunnel. It feels like I have been out for about two seasons. “During the week it is not so bad because I’m in there with the lads as usual and you are kind of involved. “But the weekends feel like a whole week in themselves.

Blair warns as countries boost security in wake of Madrid attacks
USA Today – Mar 13, 2004
Greece appealed to its NATO allies for help in safeguarding the upcoming Olympic Games. “This is the new menace of our time. We will not defeat it by hoping it will leave us alone or by hiding away,” Blair told a conference of his governing Labour Party in the northern English city of Manchester. “We must be prepared for them to strike whenever and however they can. ”
The death toll from the Madrid attacks rose to 200 late Friday, according to Spanish news agency reports. Some 1,500 people were injured in the coordinated detonation of 10 bombs on four trains. Initially, Spain’s government blamed Basque separatists for the explosions, but the main group seeking a Basque homeland, ETA, on Friday denied any role… -led war in Iraq — increased security at airports, train stations and other transport points. In Hungary, police tightened security at the Spanish embassy in Budapest and train stations. Portuguese authorities preparing this summer’s Euro 2004 soccer championships said security concerns had shifted from rowdy fans to potential terrorist threats. Officials were mulling whether to install metal detectors at stadium gates. “These bombings make us feel that the world is more insecure. We must ensure security is handled in the best possible way,” said Leonel Carvalho, the Euro 2004 security coordinator. Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said it would put more police on the border with Spain, local newspaper Publico reported Saturday.

ESPN.com – OLY – NATO to aid Athens security after Spain attack
ESPN – Mar 12, 2004
and Greek forces are taking part in a major security drillin Athens and other Greek cities hosting Olympic events. The Madrid bombings prompted security alerts at transportationpoints and other potential terrorist targets in several countries. Authorities in Portugal, which is preparing for the Euro 2004soccer championships, said security concerns shifted overnight fromrowdy fans to potential terrorist threats. Officials areconsidering whether to install metal detectors at stadium gates forthe June 12-July 4 tournament. “These bombings make us feel that the world is more insecure. We must ensure security is handled in the best possible way,” saidLeonel Carvalho, the Euro 2004 security coordinator. “We need toexchange information at all times and combat any terroristthreats… “In Karachi, unprecedented security was ordered Friday as India’scricket team arrived for a one-day international in its first fulltour of Pakistan in 14 years. About 500 police commandos escorted team members to their hotel,while more than 5,000 police and 1,500 paramilitary officers weredeployed in and around the city’s National Stadium. It was not clear whether the Madrid attacks had a direct impacton the security, already tight because of the history of bitterrelations between the two neighbors. The bombings brought signs of sympathy across the sports world. The German soccer club Bayern Munich offered to play a charitygame with Real Madrid to raise money for the survivors andrelatives of the victims. Spanish cyclist Oscar Freire wore a blackarmband as he took the overall lead in Italy’s Tirreno-Adriaticorace. Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez, playing at the QatarMasters, said he was stunned by the bombings.

Manchester United offers sour face as it falls to Porto
International Herald Tribune – Mar 11, 2004
United defended better than of late but, ultimately, not well enough. The seconds were ticking away when Phil Neville nudged the tall Lithuanian, Edgar Jankauskas, in the back: a brush rather than a push, but a free kick nevertheless. Benni McCarthy had been anonymous for Porto until this moment, but his piercing free kick caused the goalkeeper, Tim Howard, to make a tentative save, and from the rebound Francisco Costinha reacted where all United defenders hesitated. The goal released pent-up tension in Jose Mourinho, the Porto coach. He leaped to his feet, danced a jig down the touchline, and at the final whistle moments later he rushed to the dressing room without pausing to commiserate with Alex Ferguson, his adversary… Apparently Manchester players, including the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, visited the Porto dressing room to exchange shirts and exchange pleasantries. So, in front of the cameras, the ugly, heated face of soccer. Behind them, decent respect from an English giant shocked by failure to reach the quarterfinals toward a Portuguese winner in a year when Portugal will stage the Euro 2004 national team championship. The big clubs are suddenly vulnerable. United falls, Juventus falls, and while they bemoan the change to this new second round knockout formula — and to the tens of millions of Euros failure represents — it is good for the game. In London, Chelsea squeezed out Stuttgart in sterile fashion, drawing without a goal and with conceding at all in its last five European matches. But in France, Lyons did score — once through Juninho in the 77th minute — and that sufficed to terminate the hopes of Real Sociedad of San Sebastian.

Ferdinand holds hope for United
rte.ie – Mar 13, 2004
United’s poor recent form, exacerbated by Ferdinand’s absence from a leaky defence because of a ban following a missed drugs test, has seen them slip to third in the table. But Ferdinand claims Arsenal’s fans should not start celebrating the title even though there are only 11 league games left. And Ferdinand also clings to the hope that he could play for the champions again this season and for England in Euro 2004. That would depend on the central defender launching a successful appeal against his eight-month ban. “The thought I could still play for United and go to Portugal is what made me so driven in training,” said Ferdinand. “Without that thought I would have found it a lot more difficult… United’s poor recent form, exacerbated by Ferdinand’s absence from a leaky defence because of a ban following a missed drugs test, has seen them slip to third in the table. But Ferdinand claims Arsenal’s fans should not start celebrating the title even though there are only 11 league games left. And Ferdinand also clings to the hope that he could play for the champions again this season and for England in Euro 2004. That would depend on the central defender launching a successful appeal against his eight-month ban. “The thought I could still play for United and go to Portugal is what made me so driven in training,” said Ferdinand. “Without that thought I would have found it a lot more difficult. The manager told me to treat things as if I had an injury and that is what I have been doing,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

Henry reminiscent of Pistol Pete
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 13, 2004
When it came, the champion found himself moving around Centre Court on the balls of his feet, crashing beautiful forehand drives past Agassi and smiling softly to himself between points as he gazed into a disc of London sky. Not many of us ever get to the point where we know that what we’re doing is pretty much unimprovable – where the abstract notion of perfection has become reality through our feet or hands. This is not to say that Henry’s two-goal pageant against Celta Vigo was the finest or most important contribution of his career. It’s just that Arsenal’s chief assassin wore the same look of contentment, of inner peace, that Sampras acquired in turning a fellow Wimbledon champion to dust. Sport is partly a struggle against our own physical limitations, and we can assume that even the greatest athletes have some sense of what is possible for them and what is not. From his expression, his body language and his statistics (28 goals already this season), Henry is reaching the stage where the impossible is diminishing to a mere dot on his horizon… You would pay good money just to watch his hands-on-hips theatricality, his goal celebrations and his quizzical looks. Gone from his game are the occasional bursts of spite, which were probably his way of responding to the macho culture of the Premiership; his way of showing that he could look after himself. There is no way of knowing how long Henry’s magic streak will last, but England had better assume he will still be hot when France descend on Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men at Euro 2004. The same goes for the Chelsea defence in that all-English Champions League quarter-final. Arsenal have a maximum of 18 games left: 11 Premiership, five in Europe and two in the FA Cup. With his heels of fire, Henry could conceivably finish the season with 40 goals. Ian Wright’s club record of 186 goals is surely toast.

Chelsea put on Beckham alert
Independent Online – Mar 12, 2004
Newspapers reported on Friday that Beckham had not renewed the lease on his £4,5-million mansion in Spain, had axed plans to book son Brooklyn into Madrid’s top English-speaking private school and was getting rid of his Spanish interpreter. The buy-out figure in Beckham’s contract is £140-million but newspapers in Britain said that would not deter Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian oil billionaire has already spent £120-million on new players since buying the London club last July… ‘It was impossible for him to stay’Real paid Manchester £17-million up front with the rest linked to performance. However, sources close to Beckham played down the speculation. They said he had failed to renew the lease on his mansion in the capital only because he would be away with England from late May prior to Euro 2004 in Portugal. But Beckham was believed to want to return to England because his wife Victoria has not moved to Madrid and commutes to Spain at the weekends. Real were said to believe that unless there is a radical change in the player’s domestic circumstances over the next four months then his time in Madrid will come to a premature end. “What Beckham has contributed in his time here is greatly appreciated,” a Real source told the Daily Mail. “And while we do not want to lose him, we would understand if he felt that it was impossible for him to stay.

Germans lick their wounds after Euro-exit
Expatica – Mar 11, 2004
But there was nonetheless concern about the state of German club football on Thursday as the proud football nation has no team left in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League and UEFA Cup for the second straight year. However, football officials quickly pointed out that the club showing was no indication for a possible Euro 2004 disaster of the national team in June. “The situation is embarrassing, but the Euro is another matter. No one made much of German football ahead of the 2002 World Cup and then we finished runners-up,” said national football icon Franz Beckenbauer. National team coach Rudi Voeller agreed: “The exit of Munich and Stuttgart is a shame, but nothing dramatic. “I am rather dismayed that we didn’t make more of our potential in the UEFA Cup… The lights are slowly going out,” warned Beckenbauer, who won three Champions Cup titles with Bayern. Coaches such as Felix Magath, Christoph Daum and Winfried Schaefer called for an improved talent scouting system to change the negative trend. But others said the crisis was not as big as it appeared. Bremen’s French playmaker Johan Micoud said that all big nations have been through such slumps. “The Italians have been through it and the Spaniards as well. Now its the Germans,” said Micoud. Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge even said that German football was on the right track because it didn’t engage in huge financial risks.

Butt in Man Utd admission
BBC News – Mar 11, 2004
“Now I am playing, I am really happy but I need to prove I am good enough to
stay in the team and start improving my performance. ”

Butt’s main concern was that his lengthy spell on the sidelines would threaten his England place. A lengthy chat with Eriksson eased his fears and he seems an almost certainty for England’s Euro 2004 squad. Butt said: “I spoke to the England manager about the situation because over the past 18
months I have started virtually every game. “He just said ‘as long as you are getting games and are fit, you will be in my
mind’. “I can only take his word for that and play as many games as I can up to the summer. “But I am not daft enough to think if I am not playing for my club I can just
walk into the England team… “He just said ‘as long as you are getting games and are fit, you will be in my
mind’. “I can only take his word for that and play as many games as I can up to the summer. “But I am not daft enough to think if I am not playing for my club I can just
walk into the England team. “Even now, I wouldn’t blame him if he said `look
Nicky, you’re not playing because you’ve not played all season’. “I’ve always said if you’re playing for Manchester United and you’re doing well, you’ll get your chance with England. “But there’s a long way to go yet before I even start thinking about whether I’ll be in the squad this summer or not.

Injury-prone Kirkland absent again
CNN International – Mar 13, 2004
"After consultation with the surgeon he was informed that the break was a clean one and it does not require surgery. It is expected to be at least six weeks before he is back in action. "Kirkland also missed the last three months of last season after damaging knee ligaments in an FA Cup tie and did not play again until October. His latest injury is also an untimely blow to his hopes of making the England squad for Euro 2004 in June. Kirkland was selected in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for the February friendly against Portugal.

Revived Swiss won’t be rolled over
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 13, 2004
Consortia of local authorities, businesses, social institutions and clubs are rebuilding grounds in Geneva, in Zurich, in Berne and, most notably, in Baselwhere Christian Gross has simultaneously constructed a team to thrill the country’s most volatile fans. The league has just eased its protectionist policies to remove all restrictions on the signing of European Union players while more than 40 Swiss players are abroad, including Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz. Simultaneously the national team are preparing for the finals of Euro 2004 after topping Group 10, one point clear of Russia and four ahead of the Republic of Ireland. Henchoz represents a long tradition of international contact between Switzerland and England. In 1869, English students at La Chatelaine College first brought football to Geneva; in 1954 England, with Stanley Matthews, reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, in Switzerland; in 1996, the Swiss first appeared at the European finals, not only in England but manged by an Englishman in Roy Hodgson. England in 1966 was also the only World Cup finals experience of Kobi Kuhn, then the playmaker, now the manager. Kuhn does not volunteer his memories… In 1869, English students at La Chatelaine College first brought football to Geneva; in 1954 England, with Stanley Matthews, reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time, in Switzerland; in 1996, the Swiss first appeared at the European finals, not only in England but manged by an Englishman in Roy Hodgson. England in 1966 was also the only World Cup finals experience of Kobi Kuhn, then the playmaker, now the manager. Kuhn does not volunteer his memories. He and two team-mates broke curfew before their first match against West Germany. They were dropped, Switzerland crashed 5-1 and Kuhn’s only World Cup was virtually over before it had begun. “That’s history,” says Kuhn. “I don’t talk about it.

All the latest football talk from Thursday’s newspapers
BBC News – Mar 11, 2004
(Daily Mirror)

Inter Milan have joined neighbours AC Milan in the chase for Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. (The Sun)

Sunderland hope to beat Sheffield United to the signing of Bradford defender Simon Francis. (Daily Mirror)

Ugo Ehiogu says he has the talent to break into England’s Euro 2004 squad. (The Sun)

Danny Murphy says the hate campaign against Gerard Houllier has united the Liverpool players behind the boss. (Daily Express)

West Ham’s Matthew Etherington says the Hammers have not ruled out gaining automatic promotion back to the Premiership. (The Sun)

Real Mallorca defender Miguel Nadal has claimed Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is “nothing special” ahead of the two side’s Uefa Cup clash. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday’s Lloyd Owusu is set to make his loan move to Reading permanent… (Daily Mirror)

Ugo Ehiogu says he has the talent to break into England’s Euro 2004 squad. (The Sun)

Danny Murphy says the hate campaign against Gerard Houllier has united the Liverpool players behind the boss. (Daily Express)

West Ham’s Matthew Etherington says the Hammers have not ruled out gaining automatic promotion back to the Premiership. (The Sun)

Real Mallorca defender Miguel Nadal has claimed Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is “nothing special” ahead of the two side’s Uefa Cup clash. (The Sun)

Sheffield Wednesday’s Lloyd Owusu is set to make his loan move to Reading permanent. (Daily Mirror)

Jeff Kenna has rejected a new contract at Birmingham to help Derby County’s fight against relegation from Divison One.

Cisse won’t disappoint – Houllier
go.com – Mar 11, 2004
And Cisse has said he would like to come toLiverpool. That’s got to be a good thing,’ he told the club’s officialmagazine. Despite being one of the hottest properties in Europe, Cisse is almost certainto miss the Euro 2004 finals after incurring a five-match international ban fora sending-off on under-21 duty. Your views on this story?.

Workshop under way in Lisbon
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 11, 2004
with the opportunity to address various administrative and organisational issues with the 16 participating national associations in order to prepare what they hope will be the biggest UEFA European Football Championship ever. Fitting venueLisboa’s Estádio da Luz, the venue for the final of UEFA EURO 2004™, provided a fitting venue for the first day of the workshop which opened with statements regarding Portugal’s preparations for the 31-match event which kicks off on Saturday, 12th June. Doubts cleared”We hope all doubts are now being cleared regarding our capacity here in Portugal to organise this event,” said Euro 2004, S… “Two-day workshopThe workshop, which is being held over two days in the Portuguese capital, aims to address all the concerns of the associations ranging from accreditation to tax issues, media concerns to disciplinary regulations. Strong co-operation”Preparation is success,” stated national teams’ product manager, Jürgen Müller. “A tournament does not start with the opening match, but with all the other elements that get us to that stage. We have to communicate information to the participating associations. It is a necessary step, and that is why we are staging this workshop. This is a big milestone for all the parties, namely UEFA, Euro 2004, S.

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