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April 3, 2004

Court bans travelling soccer fans

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The News Review:

* Germany sweep Belgium aside
* Larsson plea by Eriksson
* Home not so sweet for Swede as England are beaten
* Court bans travelling soccer fans
* Keane the driving force as United hold trump cards
* FA riled by Allardyce and Huckerby criticism
* Plenty to play for
* Scotland’s World Cup hopes under threat from friendly fire
* Liverpool v Blackburn: Preview
* Wales in spitting row
* Irish stun Czechs
* Green plays down Euro 2004 chances
* Sepp Blatter is under pressure again
* Robot footballers shoot to score
* Football in brief
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Holland stand firm to deny France record
* Crichton still standing by

Germany sweep Belgium aside
Independent Online – Apr 1, 2004
Lehmann, who caused uproar by saying he was better than Kahn and should be the number one, was hardly tested until the final minutes. Germany, who laboured to a 2-1 win in Croatia in their previous outing last month, still have plenty of work to do before travelling to Portugal, where they will face the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Latvia in their opening qualifying group. Outplaying a weak Belgium side is not enough to designate them as Euro 2004 favourites but Wednesday’s game provided a reminder that Germany should not be written off. “This was another step forward after the game against Croatia,” said Hamann. “The result is very good, our performance was good.

Larsson plea by Eriksson
BBC News – Apr 1, 2004
The Celtic striker quit international football last season. But England’s Swedish boss said: “If I was the manager of Sweden, I would go to Glasgow and get down on my knees to ask him to come to Euro 2004. “I don’t know if they are going to do that or not. But it is a big blow for the Swedish national team not to have Henrik there. ”

Eriksson, whose England team lost 1-0 to Sweden in Gothenburg on Wednesday, said that coaches Lars Lagerback and Tommy Soderberg should try to persuade the freescoring striker, who has netted 33 times this season, to return to the national team.

Home not so sweet for Swede as England are beaten
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 1, 2004
In his first fixture since signing an extended contract and his last before submitting the names of the 23 players who will travel to Portugal, this was a reminder that, when it comes to friendly internationals, excitement is restricted to off the pitch. It remains 36 years since England recorded a victory over Sweden and, aside from that desultory statistic, the only notable facet to their performance came in the confirmation of what Eriksson already suspected. Alan Thompson, who lasted 60 minutes of an eminently forgettable evening, will not be in attendance at Euro 2004 and nor, surely, will any other of the anxious inhabitants of the last-chance saloon. If there is a caveat to that statement it is only because Jermain Defoe was sparky and spiky after being called from the substitutes’ bench in the twelfth minute, when Darius Vassell collided with Olof Mellberg, his Aston Villa team-mate. Defoe, 21, was more effective and effusive than Thompson, admittedly not a difficult proposition, showing an eagerness to shoot and desire for possession that characterised his impetuous, confident nature. “Defoe came on and did very well,” Eriksson said. “I could see that he’s a big talent.

Court bans travelling soccer fans
BBC News – Apr 1, 2004
A Northumbria Police spokesman said it followed a joint operation with West Yorkshire Police and was part of a five-day operation ahead of the game. Deterrent message
A group of Bradford City supporters were stopped at Newcastle Airport and the two men detained under section 21 of the Football Spectators Act 1989. Detective Sergeant Paul Evans, from the football intelligence unit, said: “This is not just about Euro 2004, we are looking towards the 2006 World Cup in Germany and all qualifying games. “This message should be a deterrent to those intending to travel and cause trouble. ”

Meanwhile, one supporter from Lancashire, is expected to be deported from Gothenburg on Wednesday having flown into the city from Glasgow. Another, from Northallerton, in North Yorkshire, is in custody in Sweden for an alleged drugs offence. Operation praised

The man, in his 20s, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of having drugs in his body.

Keane the driving force as United hold trump cards
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 1, 2004
“Keane’s influence on the game was phenomenal. There can be few greater incentives for United players to pass accurately and not give the ball away than avoiding Keane’s wrath, the on-field equivalent of his manager’s hair-dryer treatment. Gary Neville and Quinton Fortune were early recipients of his master’s voice as Keane’s presence lifted United from their first-half slumbers to second-half supremacy. Keane almost disproves the belief that no one man makes a team because the United captain really makes a difference, as Villa would no doubt acknowledge. When the Football Writers’ Association choose the Footballer of the Year later in the season Keane looks likely to be the most serious rival to the holder, Thierry Henry, and yesterday the former Republic of Ireland international underlined just how good he is and how difficult it will be to replace him in two or three years’ time. If Keane was the man of the match even though he played less than half of it, United had Tim Howard to thank for keeping them in the tie with two outstanding one-on-one saves in the opening 10 minutes from Juan Pablo Angel and Darius Vassell, the American goalkeeper saving with his legs on both occasions… Brown made his first start of the season at Villa Park after recovering from a cruciate ligament operation – the fourth serious injury of his career – in place of the injured Rio Ferdinand who had not trained for two days. The watching England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson must have been impressed not just with Brown’s fitness after an eight-month lay-off but also his tackling, timing and reading of the game. If Ferdinand is to miss Euro 2004, Brown would be a useful alternative for England if he can stay fit. Brown’s return could tempt United to allow Ferdinand to start his suspension on Jan 12, as originally scheduled, rather than a week or so later pending an appeal, because if that is unsuccessful the defender who O’Leary took to Leeds from West Ham would miss an extra game next September. United had shown more urgency in the closing stages of the first half but it was the introduction of Keane and Van Nistelrooy in the 54th-minute that effectively decided the tie. After Keane scuffed his pass to Ryan Giggs in the 64th minute, the winger’s right-wing cross was tapped into an empty net by Scholes with the Villa defence in disarray. Four minutes later in was deja vu for Villa when another Giggs centre from the right was swept in at the near post by Scholes, who was watched by statuesque Villa defenders as he scored his seventh goal of the season.

FA riled by Allardyce and Huckerby criticism
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 3, 2004
Riley allowed Boudewijn Zenden’s penalty, which proved to be the winner, to stand even though he slipped and touched the ball twice as he scored, which is against law 14. Allardyce said his club have “had problems” with Riley in the past, suggesting he had a reputation for giving contentious decisions against Bolton, and implied it was not good for English refereeing that Riley would be the representative at Euro 2004. The FA tend not to react if a player or manager disagrees with a referee’s decision but when an official’s impartiality is doubted or, in Huckerby’s case, criticism becomes irresponsible, Soho Square take action.

Plenty to play for
BBC News – Apr 2, 2004
He’s a defensive midfield player in the mould of Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele – so he’s certainly got a couple of tough guys to ease aside!

But he’s one to watch for the future. You always want to be in the team and playing, so you’ve got to keep up a good level of performance, so that’s one good reason for not easing off. Personally, I’ve got to keep believing I can still make the England quad for Euro 2004. My chances might be looking slim now, but the only way I am going to get into the reckoning is to have a really strong end to the season. We may have eight games left, but I might not have that long to force my way into Mr Eriksson’s attentions again, so there will certainly be no easing into the summer for me… Personally, I’ve got to keep believing I can still make the England quad for Euro 2004. My chances might be looking slim now, but the only way I am going to get into the reckoning is to have a really strong end to the season. We may have eight games left, but I might not have that long to force my way into Mr Eriksson’s attentions again, so there will certainly be no easing into the summer for me.

Scotland’s World Cup hopes under threat from friendly fire
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 2, 2004
Vogts takes his team to Denmark in four weeks and there is little cause to believe Scotland can get a result in Copenhagen against one of the qualifiers for Euro 2004, when the Danes helped themselves to a win at Hampden 20 months ago, just as Ireland, Austria and now Romania have done. The last friendly at the national stadium before the real job begins is against Hungary in August. Should Scotland’s friendly disease not be cured by that time, then the campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals risks being damaged by fading morale before it begins. “We played Romania, who are 27th in the Fifa list,” Vogts said. “We are ranked 56th in the world.

Liverpool v Blackburn: Preview
go.com – Apr 3, 2004
The fourth-placed Reds go into the match against Blackburn at Anfield just one point ahead of the chasing pack, all intent on stealing a march into the final qualifying berth. Houllier accepts the battle will go right to the last day, when Liverpool are at home to Newcastle, who occupy fifth place. “I would not like to call the point lead we have a cushion, but it is a lead we obviously want to extend,” said the Frenchman. “Any player here will tell you their wish is to finish fourth. Once you have that desire and dream, it is in your mind and your heart all the time. “It is in your blood and when you get up in the morning you do everything you can for it. “Houllier added: “If someone in the camp doesn’t do that for you, it betrays what we all are trying to do… “He has a chance, but I will not make a decision yet,” revealed Houllier. “If he is not ready, I will not risk him. “Without Owen, Baros looks set to play up front, probably alongside Emile Heskey, who has been given a boost this week by being told he is a near certainty for England’s Euro 2004 squad. Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel is also confident the clash with Liverpool will not turn into a grudge match. Lucas Neill was responsible for breaking Carragher’s leg and Liverpool boss Houllier called the tackle “a coward’s challenge”. Neill was sent off and also saw red for conceding a penalty when the teams played in the Carling Cup soon afterwards – both games ended in wins for Liverpool. Friedel insisted: “There were a couple of injuries in the first game but there was nothing really malicious about it, especially the Baros tackle which was as innocuous a tackle as there is.

Wales in spitting row
iAfrica.com – Apr 1, 2004
“There was a difficult build-up to the game and we could easily have allowed
that to affect us. Now we have built on that (4-0) win over
Scotland in our previous match and we have now firmly put behind us the
defeat in the Euro 2004 play-offs by Russia.

Irish stun Czechs
The Age – Apr 1, 2004
Wayne Rooney hit the post in the 14th minute and Bayern Munich’s Owen Hargreaves fired a free kick against the corner of the post and the crossbar. But the Swedes scored the only goal of the game in the 54th minute when Ajax Amsterdam striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned home a left wing cross from Kim Kallstrom. Stuttgart’s Kevin Kuranyi gave the Germans the lead in first half injury time, Liverpool’s Dietmar Hamann added the second with a quickly taken free kick and Bayern Munich’s Michael Ballack scored the third nine minutes from the end. Greece made it 15 games without defeat by beating Switzerland 1-0 in a meeting of two more Euro 2004 qualifiers… Romania added to the pressure on under-fire Scotland boss Berti Vogts with a 2-1 victory at Hampden Park. Goals either side of halftime from Cristian Chivu and Daniel Pancu put Romania 2-0 up before Scotland substitute James McFadden pulled a goal back in the 57th minute. Latvia, the rank outsider for Euro 2004 and in the same group as former champions Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, began its buildup with a 1-0 victory at Slovenia. Maris Verpakovskis, whose goal put the Latvians in their first championship, scored in the 36th minute. In a game of two non qualifiers, Ukraine gained a 1-0 victory at Macedonia but there was bad news for AC Milan because striker Andriy Shevchenko broke his nose during the first half.

Green plays down Euro 2004 chances
edp24.co.uk – Apr 2, 2004
The Norwich City goalkeeper watched from the bench as Sven Goran Eriksson’s side were beaten 1-0 in a friendly encounter in Gothenburg – and is expecting to be watching on the television when the serious business gets under way during the summer. “Put it this way, I don’t expect to have to cancel my holidays!” said Green as he reflected on his first call-up to the full England squad. “I’ve really enjoyed the past few days and I’ve gained some valuable experience, but I don’t think I’ll be in the squad for Euro 2004. “There are at least three goalkeepers ahead of me in the pecking order at the moment and unless someone gets injured – and I’m not wishing that on anybody – I wouldn’t expect anything to change… “Put it this way, I don’t expect to have to cancel my holidays!” said Green as he reflected on his first call-up to the full England squad. “I’ve really enjoyed the past few days and I’ve gained some valuable experience, but I don’t think I’ll be in the squad for Euro 2004. “There are at least three goalkeepers ahead of me in the pecking order at the moment and unless someone gets injured – and I’m not wishing that on anybody – I wouldn’t expect anything to change. ”David James, who played the full 90 minutes against Sweden, and Paul Robinson are near certainties for the squad and Green feels the other place will go to Leicester’s Ian Walker, who also made the trip to Gothenburg. “I’d say I was the No. 4 keeper in the travelling party – to be honest I was just pleased to be in the squad,” said the 24-year-old. “I think I was given this opportunity to get a taste of international football, to see what it’s all about, and I loved every minute of it.

Sepp Blatter is under pressure again
Calcutta Telegraph – Apr 3, 2004
G-14, representing clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, wants Fifa and European body Uefa to compensate clubs for releasing players for major championships. Under Fifa rules, clubs must release players for a certain number of internationals a year and major tournaments. ?We had always tried not to go too far but we are trying to safeguard the interests of the clubs and not just member clubs,? a source close to the lobby group said. Clubs pay top players? high wages and want a share of the huge revenues generated by tournaments like the World Cup and the European championship which takes place in Portugal in June. A Fifa spokesman declined to comment on the commission?s announcement. It is not known how long the investigation will take. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said in December he would not discuss the compensation issue with the clubs? lobby group… South American players employed by European clubs will play three games in eight days this week after having to fly to South America to play in World Cup qualifiers. The G-14 also wants clubs, some of whom are in serious financial trouble after overspending on players and a decline in television revenue, to be involved in the harmonisation of the calendar. This year Euro 2004 is followed by South America?s Copa America, the Asian Cup and the Olympic soccer competition. ?We don?t complain about national teams existing but it is no longer viable to maintain the system which is too heavy on the backs of the employers,? the source said. ?We are not talking about qualifiers and friendlies but centrally commercialised tournaments. ?

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Robot footballers shoot to score
BBC News – Apr 2, 2004
She has worked with five other fourth-year engineering students since October to develop Warwick’s squad, called Team Evolution. With a budget of only ?800, they have had to rely heavily on sponsorship and their own abilities. Both the Plymouth and Warwick teams will be heading for Germany in June for the technology equivalent of Euro 2004. They will be among 14 teams from 11 countries taking part in the European Robot Soccer Championships. Beckham bots

The question is whether the Warwick’s bot squad has got what it takes to bring home the cup. “We’re not quite there yet,” admitted Ms Browne. “We certainly won’t disgrace ourselves but we are one of the more recent teams in the championship… They will be among 14 teams from 11 countries taking part in the European Robot Soccer Championships. Beckham bots

The question is whether the Warwick’s bot squad has got what it takes to bring home the cup. “We’re not quite there yet,” admitted Ms Browne. “We certainly won’t disgrace ourselves but we are one of the more recent teams in the championship. ”

For the matches at Warwick, two teams of five autonomous robots try to score as many goals as possible in the 10-minute matches. It is a far cry from being able to take on the like of Beckham on the football pitch. “Researchers in artificial intelligence and robotics set the challenge of developing a team of football-playing robots capable of beating humans by 2050,” said Dr Young.

Football in brief
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 1, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Belarus did not play. In Belgrade, Norway secured a 1-0 victory over Serbia & Montenegro with a 76th-minute penalty by Martin Andresen some 15 minutes after Darko Kovacevic, of Serbia, had been shown a red card. Slovenia lost 1-0 at home to Latvia with Maris Verpakovskis scoring the only goal after 36 minutes. In Chisinau, Moldova came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Azerbaijan thanks to Sergei Datu’s late strike. Gurban Gurbanov had put Azerbaijan ahead after 20 minutes, but Datu levelled from the penalty spot five minutes before half-time… Rangers friendlyRANGERS are in line to join Newcastle United, Feyenoord and Sporting Lisbon in a pre-season tournament over the weekend of July 31 to August 1. Proactive Management, the organisers, are still to finalise the details, but the fixtures will bring the memories flooding back. Alan Shearer, the Newcastle captain, would be set for a showdown with his one-time nemesis, Ruud Gullit, who is due to take over at the De Kuip Stadium during the summer. Gullit, who had a rocky reign at St James’ Park and famously dropped Shearer, recently launched a criticism the Newcastle striker.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Apr 1, 2004
It was only new boss Lawrie Sanchez's second match in charge and came after a heavy defeat by Norway last month. All smiles this time though as Sanchez said: "It is nice to win a football match again – it has been a long time for us. "Not only was it nice to win it was a great goal that sealed the victory in what was a good contest. It is my first win in charge and hopefully it is the first of many. It was hard work but very enjoyable. At the end we were on our uppers a little bit but defensively we were strong. "Defensively we looked solid.

Holland stand firm to deny France record
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 1, 2004
With France lacking players such as Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira and Holland deprived of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert, both teams had a makeshift appearance. Only a handful of chances were created in a match that gave few pointers to what to expect at the finals in Portugal this summer. France sent on Thierry Henry, the prolific Arsenal striker, at half-time, but even he could not break the deadlock. Holland’s best chance came in a goalmouth scramble that ended with Rafael van der Vaart stabbing the ball wide. Dietmar Hamann, the Liverpool midfield player, scored with a free kick last night as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Kevin Kuranyi and Michael Ballack also scored. Greece took their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 1-0 win in Heraklion, Crete, over Switzerland, one of England’s opponents in Euro 2004… Dietmar Hamann, the Liverpool midfield player, scored with a free kick last night as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Kevin Kuranyi and Michael Ballack also scored. Greece took their unbeaten run to 15 games with a 1-0 win in Heraklion, Crete, over Switzerland, one of England’s opponents in Euro 2004.

Crichton still standing by
edp24.co.uk – Apr 3, 2004
“Now the top people have had a look at him I think he should have a great chance. I’d expect him to be a regular in the squad within a year, maybe less than that. “Personally I would put him in for Euro 2004. I think England will take three goalkeepers and as far as I’m concerned Greeny should be one of them. “Green’s form has consigned Crichton to two seasons of continuous reserve team football – but the popular Yorkshireman has long since accepted his role as back-up to one of the best young goalkeepers in the country. He still doesn’t know whether he will be around once his contract expires in June, but for the moment he remains fully focussed on his job as Norwich’s No… It’s just a case of waiting to see what happens. The veteran keeper made one of his six first team appearances for the Canaries against his previous club Burnley a couple of years ago – but will be in his familiar place on the bench today as Green makes his 102nd consecutive start. Crichton is surprised to see the Clarets struggling at the wrong end of the table and has warned his colleagues not underestimate them this afternoon. “It’s a bit of a shock to see them where they are at the moment because Stan (Ternent) normally gets them going,” he said. “They’ve had a few financial problems and lost a few players – but that’s happened to a lot of clubs in this division – and Stan has still got a good bunch of lads. “I can only think this has been a freak year, and I’m sure he’ll turn it round. Knowing where we are in the league he will chuck everything at us and we’ve got to be ready for it.

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