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March 19, 2004

Soccer : Howard learns fate is fickle

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The News Review:

* Anelka issues an apology
* No defence for Ferdinand
* Wales fail in Euro 2004 bid
* Soccer : Howard learns fate is fickle
* EU crime watchdog ‘sure’ of Euro 2004 role
* Repercussions of Riogate
* Uefa ‘denies natural justice’
* Hughes standing by Giggs
* Europe steps up antiterror efforts
* Trezeguet a ‘target’ for Barcelona
* Your verdict: Ranieri rumblings
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Germany to host Confederations Cup
* Culture & Lifestyle | 19.03.2004 Germany to Host Confederation…
* Jobs are on the line at United, says Keane
* Lambert rejects quit talk
* ‘List of horror’ of underachieving Germans
* Bruce: Upson won’t be left behind
* Elite clubs threaten Blatter’s authority

Anelka issues an apology
TVNZ – Mar 17, 2004
The Manchester City striker issued a public apology to theFrench coach on Tuesday, three months before the start of the Euro2004 finals. “Those who know me, know that despite our differences I havealways had the greatest respect for the French team. That is why Ifeel it is necessary to make a public apology to Mr Jacques Santiniand to the French team”, the 25-year-old Anelka said in astatement. However, it might be too late for a player who said he did notneed to play for France, adding Santini would have to go down onhis knees to bring him back into the squad. Anelka, not considered by Santini since turning down a late callbefore a friendly against Yugoslavia in November 2002, has beendubbed France’s “most ineligible player”… “Those who know me, know that despite our differences I havealways had the greatest respect for the French team. That is why Ifeel it is necessary to make a public apology to Mr Jacques Santiniand to the French team”, the 25-year-old Anelka said in astatement. However, it might be too late for a player who said he did notneed to play for France, adding Santini would have to go down onhis knees to bring him back into the squad. Anelka, not considered by Santini since turning down a late callbefore a friendly against Yugoslavia in November 2002, has beendubbed France’s “most ineligible player”. Santini had said only a public apology would prompt him toreconsider the former Arsenal and Real Madrid player, who has beenin good form this season, scoring 20 goals for Manchester City inall competitions. He will have a glance at his file but will probably recognizethat France do not need Anelka. Since Santini took over from Roger Lemerre after the 2002 WorldCup, France have won 18 of their 20 matches, losing only once, with57 goals scored and eight conceded.

No defence for Ferdinand
BBC News – Mar 19, 2004
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Ferdinand made much of the board’s confirmation that he was not under suspicion of being a drugs cheat. True enough and some small measure of consolation, but this was a straw-clutching exercise of the most desperate sort. This is because for all United’s sabre-rattling, weighty dossiers and public protestations Rio Ferdinand is a guilty man. It is no good Ferdinand taking the test the next day, or producing follicles of hair – it would have been a far better idea had he produced himself to take the test in the first place. He drove away from Manchester United’s Carrington training ground on 23 September having failed to take a drugs test… Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s Ferdinand dilemma now stretches into next season. His failure to replace Ferdinand in the January transfer window was clearly an error – and with the defender not scheduled to appear again until late September, he must now act during the summer. By then England’s Euro 2004 fate will have been decided, but coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is in a more comfortable position than Ferguson. Eriksson will rue Ferdinand’s absence, but can still call on quality defenders to partner Sol Campbell. Chelsea’s John Terry is regarded by many as at least Ferdinand’s equal, while Middlesbrough’s Gareth Southgate and Newcastle’s Jonathan Woodgate will be equally at home in Lisbon. England will still miss Ferdinand’s partnership with Campbell – but the big losers all-round are Manchester United and a player whose carefree attitude has been rightly punished.

Wales fail in Euro 2004 bid
rte.ie – Mar 19, 2004
The Football Association of Wales took their case to the UEFA Appeals Body after Titov tested positive for the banned substance bromantan following the first leg of their Euro 2004 qualifying play-off. Welsh football chiefs claimed that they should be awarded the play-off place because Titov, now serving a 12-month ban, failed a drugs test following a 0-0 draw in the play-off first leg in Moscow. European football’s governing body had already rejected the claim once and their Appeals Body has confirmed that decision. “The Appeals Body based its decision in particular on the failure by the Welsh FA to present evidence of any implication of the Football Union of Russia in the alleged doping infringement, the occurrence of which was not established,” said a UEFA statement… Welsh football chiefs claimed that they should be awarded the play-off place because Titov, now serving a 12-month ban, failed a drugs test following a 0-0 draw in the play-off first leg in Moscow. European football’s governing body had already rejected the claim once and their Appeals Body has confirmed that decision. “The Appeals Body based its decision in particular on the failure by the Welsh FA to present evidence of any implication of the Football Union of Russia in the alleged doping infringement, the occurrence of which was not established,” said a UEFA statement. Furthermore, the Appeals Body mentioned that the relevant UEFA regulations do not provide for a provision under which a team may be punished in the event of one of its players being tested positive. Filed by Brendan Cole.

Soccer : Howard learns fate is fickle
International Herald Tribune – Mar 17, 2004
United still lies third in the Premiership and that will be good enough to qualify for the Champions League next season. But the roller coaster of Tim Howard would destabilize men of less inner strength. The team he joined, suddenly while United was on tour drumming up corporate business in the United States last July, has withered from a powerful position before Christmas. By then, Howard's consistency was such that he usurped Fabien Barthez, the regular and experienced French World Cup winning goalie, from the United team. Indeed, Barthez wanted to fight for his place, but was dispatched to Marseille, a move he had to accept if he was to stand any chance of making the French national team at Euro 2004… The team he joined, suddenly while United was on tour drumming up corporate business in the United States last July, has withered from a powerful position before Christmas. By then, Howard's consistency was such that he usurped Fabien Barthez, the regular and experienced French World Cup winning goalie, from the United team. Indeed, Barthez wanted to fight for his place, but was dispatched to Marseille, a move he had to accept if he was to stand any chance of making the French national team at Euro 2004. A rookie who displaces a veteran has to be some prospect. Ferguson trusts Howard more than he trusted Barthez — whose agility can be breathtaking but whose rushes of showmanship gave the manager palpitations long before Ferguson had a heart pacemaker fitted this month. We are observing a 62-year-old manager, given to bouts of rage, who has been knighted for driving his club to sustained success. No rival has collected more trophies than Fergie; he has built the team, he is rebuilding, and unless the board removes him he has the appetite to shake things up one more time after the recent let downs.

EU crime watchdog ‘sure’ of Euro 2004 role
EUPolitix.com – Mar 19, 2004
European law permits member states to derogate from the agreement, which abolishes border checks between EU countries, for a temporary period under special circumstances. And Lisbon sees the championship as a one-off event that can be classified under this clause. Euro 2004 is not the only football tournament occupying the minds of Eurojust. But whilst the body has a significant operational role in security arrangements for the World Cup in Germany 2006, it has yet to receive a green light from Portuguese national authorities for this year’s event. The body has already set up a multi-national project group, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy, to co-ordinate justice measures – including deportation and prosecution – for crimes committed at the next World Cup in two years time. But no such group exists as yet for the Euro 2004 championships. Kapplinghaus mooted the possibility of a “similar strategy” for this summer’s tournament – given the go-ahead by Lisbon.

Repercussions of Riogate
BBC News – Mar 18, 2004
Not only will he miss the rest of Manchester United’s Premiership and Champions League campaigns, but he will also sit out England’s tilt at Euro 2004. Sympathisers can point out that Manchester City’s Christian Negouai was fined just ?2,000 for a similar offence last season – but that was before Mark Palios took over at the FA. Had Ferdinand been an athlete, he would have been banned from competition for two years. Manchester United

United will certainly feel Ferdinand has been unfairly treated and their form has dipped in his absence. However, Ferdinand was at least able to play on until January.

Uefa ‘denies natural justice’
BBC News – Mar 17, 2004
“I believe the FAW have a good case as football has to accept that in the modern world people must be able to make their case properly. “I’m not sure that Wales will be able to get to Portugal because time is running out and the delay in hearing the charges hasn’t helped. “What matters, though, is not Euro 2004, but the principle of drug abuse in football, that’s why the FAW have to make their case.

Hughes standing by Giggs
go.com – Mar 17, 2004
Hughes may well have named Giggs for Hungary, but whether it will be morepolitically correct to allow him to stay with United as they continue theirpreparation for the noon semi-final clash at Villa Park on April 3 remains to beseen. Hughes said: ‘I will always stand by Ryan, he has never been a problem for mewhen I have named squads. ‘And I have not even seen fit to discuss the last week with him. For Ryansuch club situations are nothing new, he has lived through them before andbounced back and he will do so again. ‘He is a single-minded person, and has been at the top of the game for a longtime now. As for his availability for Wales, it has never been an issue since Ihave been manager. He has always been available… Hughes is more concerned about UEFA’s new stance as Wales prepare for Friday’sappeal over the Russian drugs scandal. And he has threatened that Wales may still take their appeal to the Court ofArbitration for Sport after blasting UEFA for ‘moving the goalposts’. Wales, who believe Russia should be thrown out of Euro 2004 because of EgorTitov’s failed drugs test, with Wales then taking their place, have already hadone complaint turned down and are now heading for Nyon in Switzerland for anappeal on Friday. But in the last few days they have been told by UEFA that they will not beable to call witnesses, neither will their expensive QC be allowed to speak, andHughes will also be gagged and only able to make written submissions. The FA of Wales are fuming at what they consider are a change in the initialground rules for the appeal, which they believe severely weakens their case andquest for justice. And there is now speculation that, on cost grounds alone, the FAW may not takethe issue further even if Hughes is keen to fight to the death over the issue. It is believed that the two appeals, and the use of legal and medical advice,has already cost over #120,000 and further heavy expense, in going toarbitration, may put a brake on their bid.

Europe steps up antiterror efforts
Christian Science Monitor – Mar 17, 2004
By Mark Rice-Oxley | Correspondent of The Christian Science MonitorLONDON – From Athens and Warsaw in the east to London and Lisbon in the west, Europe is reacting to last week’s bombings in Spain by vowing to keep terrorists at bay. Rail and underground networks across the Continent are bristling with heightened security following the Thursday bombings on Spanish commuter trains that killed 200. Greece has called in NATO to help bolster security for the August Olympic games, while Portugal is multiplying measures to protect its own summer sporting showcase – the Euro 2004 soccer championships, as the implications of a first Al Qaeda-linked terror attack on European soil hits home… “The French for example know they are targets,” Dr. France may not have backed the Iraq war, but it has cooperated in fighting Islamic militants in north Africa, which has become a new focus in the antiterror fight since the detention of three Moroccans in connection with the Spanish bombings. Germany, too, opposed the Iraq war, but its involvement in Afghanistan and its law enforcement efforts at home have put it in the firing line. “That’s why we have to be prepared for Al Qaeda possibly taking aim at us as well,” Bavarian Interior Minister Guenther Beckstein said in a radio interview, as security was enhanced at major rail hubs. Though the Madrid attacks were the first in Western Europe since Sept. 11, Europe is no stranger to terror attacks.

Trezeguet a ‘target’ for Barcelona
CNN – Mar 18, 2004
Trezeguet has not yet signed a new contract with Juventus — his current deal expires in June next year — and says he’d like the matter resolved before Euro 2004. Jorge Trezeguet, the player’s father and agent told L’Equipe that Juventus had not kept a promise made three years ago to review Trezeguet’s contract as long as the team proved successful. "Since (three years ago) Juventus has twice been champions of Italy and has reached the Champions League final," Jorge said. "David was the league’s top scorer in 2002 (24 goals). This sticks in the throat… Trezeguet has not yet signed a new contract with Juventus — his current deal expires in June next year — and says he’d like the matter resolved before Euro 2004. Jorge Trezeguet, the player’s father and agent told L’Equipe that Juventus had not kept a promise made three years ago to review Trezeguet’s contract as long as the team proved successful. "Since (three years ago) Juventus has twice been champions of Italy and has reached the Champions League final," Jorge said. "David was the league’s top scorer in 2002 (24 goals). This sticks in the throat.

Your verdict: Ranieri rumblings
go.com – Mar 19, 2004
In any event the multi-million pound team has not found its form yet and will, I’m sure, improve next season. Chris Tait Arsene Wenger is never going to leave Arsenal for Chelsea, after all it is his team’s dominance that looks like costing Ranieri his job. Sven Goran Eriksson is not going to leave England before Euro 2004, although he could join the Blues after the tournament, which means the best man for the job is.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Mar 18, 2004
Not just his penalty miss, but his whole body language. What a difference a few days make though and, just as Gerard Houllier had predicted, Owen was back in the groove against Southampton's south coast rivals Pompey last night, creating a stunning opener for Didi Hamann and then bagging two himself in time-honoured fashion. Relief all round Anfield then and you can bet your bottom dollar that Sven Goran Eriksson was smiling too as his number one striker returned to goalscoring form. Long may it continue, for the benefit of club and country with Euro 2004 only a few months away… What a difference a few days make though and, just as Gerard Houllier had predicted, Owen was back in the groove against Southampton's south coast rivals Pompey last night, creating a stunning opener for Didi Hamann and then bagging two himself in time-honoured fashion. Relief all round Anfield then and you can bet your bottom dollar that Sven Goran Eriksson was smiling too as his number one striker returned to goalscoring form. Long may it continue, for the benefit of club and country with Euro 2004 only a few months away. Houllier's faith in Owen has never wavered and even after his out-of-sorts display at St Mary's on Sunday, the Liverpool boss vowed to stand by his man – and he was repaid in full by the Kop idol who took his tally to 14 for the season to silence the critics, for now at least.

Germany to host Confederations Cup
CNN – Mar 18, 2004
The tournament will be contested for a seventh time from June 15-29 next year and Germany will be the second European nation to host it after France in 2003. The participants will not be known until August, but FIFA said world champions Brazil and African Nations Cup winners Tunisia will join hosts Germany. Last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico will compete along with the winners of the Asian Cup, Copa America, the Oceania Nations Cup champions and the Euro 2004 victors. If Brazil win the Copa America, the beaten finalists would qualify, while the same principle would be applied to Euro 2004 if Germany are successful. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: "The Confederations Cup is a wonderful competition because it is a symbol of solidarity between the confederations. "With the exception of the World Cup, it is the only official international competition in which teams from all the continents can test themselves against one another… The tournament will be contested for a seventh time from June 15-29 next year and Germany will be the second European nation to host it after France in 2003. The participants will not be known until August, but FIFA said world champions Brazil and African Nations Cup winners Tunisia will join hosts Germany. Last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico will compete along with the winners of the Asian Cup, Copa America, the Oceania Nations Cup champions and the Euro 2004 victors. If Brazil win the Copa America, the beaten finalists would qualify, while the same principle would be applied to Euro 2004 if Germany are successful. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said: "The Confederations Cup is a wonderful competition because it is a symbol of solidarity between the confederations. "With the exception of the World Cup, it is the only official international competition in which teams from all the continents can test themselves against one another. "The tournament will be a dress rehearsal for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Culture & Lifestyle | 19.03.2004 Germany to Host Confederation…
Deutsche Welle – Mar 19, 2004
The tournament in Germany 2005 will feature Rudi Völler’s hosts, current World Cup holders Brazil, African champions Tunisia (photo), 2003 Gold Cup winners Mexico and the winners of the four upcoming continental championships. If Brazil wins the Copa America to go with their World Cup, the beaten finalists would qualify, while the same principle would be applied to Euro 2004 if Germany is successful. Europeans hope to retain the title.

Jobs are on the line at United, says Keane
Independent Online – Mar 18, 2004
“All the players are disappointed. We can point to a lot of reasons and have a lot of excuses but the fact is we’re not doing the business and we’re taking a lot of criticism. “But when you play for a club like Manchester United and you’re not doing the business, you’re going to get criticised. “Hopefully we can snap out of it and get a win on Saturday. ”

Before then Ferdinand’s appeal against his eight-month ban, which started on Wednesday and scheduled for two days, will have been heard. England defender Ferdinand (25) began his suspension on January 20, after missing a drugs test at United’s training ground back in September, and in his absence United have conceded several goals as a result of defensive errors. As things stand the former West Ham and Leeds favourite will miss the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal which begin on June 12… ”

Before then Ferdinand’s appeal against his eight-month ban, which started on Wednesday and scheduled for two days, will have been heard. England defender Ferdinand (25) began his suspension on January 20, after missing a drugs test at United’s training ground back in September, and in his absence United have conceded several goals as a result of defensive errors. As things stand the former West Ham and Leeds favourite will miss the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal which begin on June 12.

Lambert rejects quit talk
BBC News – Mar 19, 2004
Lambert has enquired about taking coaching courses with the German Football Association but reports of retirement from playing are premature. “Paul is looking at the situation of maybe doing his coaching badge with the German FA but that’s as far as it has gone,” revealed Smith. Lambert, 34, still has 15 months of his Celtic contract to run. Lambert has enquired about Uefa’s Pro-Licence certificate and the next course, which involves a five-month residency in Cologne, begins in June… “They’ve not even replied to his application yet so I think they have got carried away with the story a little bit. “Unless anything different happens that makes Paul totally change his mind to seeing out his contract then he will see out that contract at Celtic. ”

Lambert’s last international game was a 2-1 Euro 2004 defeat in Germany in September last year, with an ankle injury ruling him out of the play-offs with Holland. That injury has dogged his season and he has started just four games for Celtic this year.

‘List of horror’ of underachieving Germans
San Diego Union Tribune – Mar 17, 2004
He has now been relegated to the bench. "He has to regain his mental strength after the injury. I invited him to dinner and I told him not to worry and that he’ll be back," Voeller said. Germany’s top star, midfielder Michael Ballack, has come under fire in recent weeks for a string of poor performances in Bayern Munich. "He needs to score a few foals, but he is also often criticized too much," the coach said. Bild said only four players appeared ready for Euro 2004 – defender Christian Woerns, midfielder Torsten Frings, defender Phillip Lahm and reserve goalkeeper Jens Lehmann of London’s Arsenal, who has started a dispute by claiming the No. 1 jersey over Kahn… Germany’s top star, midfielder Michael Ballack, has come under fire in recent weeks for a string of poor performances in Bayern Munich. "He needs to score a few foals, but he is also often criticized too much," the coach said. Bild said only four players appeared ready for Euro 2004 – defender Christian Woerns, midfielder Torsten Frings, defender Phillip Lahm and reserve goalkeeper Jens Lehmann of London’s Arsenal, who has started a dispute by claiming the No. 1 jersey over Kahn. The strikers particularly are struggling. Stuttgart’s Kevin Kuranyi hasn’t scored in eight Bundesliga games, Miroslav Klose in nine. "It’s really not very encouraging.

Bruce: Upson won’t be left behind
go.com – Mar 19, 2004
He wants toplay central defender. I can understand that. But it is not going to harm himhaving another string to his bow. ‘I am not saying he is England’s left-back but he certainly gives food forthought because, if there is one weak area in the England set-up, it is in termsof naturally left-sided players. ‘We haven’t got many. You are talking about Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge andafter that there are not many. The England people will probably think the factMatthew can play there is an added bonus.

Elite clubs threaten Blatter’s authority
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 17, 2004
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