Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 6, 2004

Time for Brown to join the big boys

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The News Review:

* Athens mayor: Don’t let terrorists spoil Games
* Santini plays down fuss and puts focus on France mission
* Rooney grows into ideal role
* Time for Brown to join the big boys
* Arsenal Treble unseated in Grand National of emotions
* IN BRIEF: Juno ratings dip, Pulitzer wins and more
* Eriksson defends volte-face
* Terry misses final friendly
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* Americans Abroad Cherundolo helps Hannover 96 to defeat 1860 München…
* Euro 2004 teams put faith in Portuguese security
* Spain look to improve on history of failure
* Van Nistelrooy relishes chance on world stage
* Mellberg tips Vassell to star in finals
* Europe’s top clubs raise stakes in FIFA row

Athens mayor: Don’t let terrorists spoil Games
USA Today – Apr 5, 2004
“I have personal experience and I believe if you give up and allow terrorists to change your life, then they have won without even having done something,” Bakoyianni said. “This must not be allowed to happen. We will take all the measures that are necessary. ”
She said it was her belief that the Athens Olympics had to send a “moral message” to the rest of the world… We will take all the measures that are necessary. ”
She said it was her belief that the Athens Olympics had to send a “moral message” to the rest of the world. “Athens can send an answer to the world,” she said “We can send the message that we will stick to our ideas, to our values and our beliefs and that we are able to fight for them and that we will not give up our way of life. ”
Plans to protect the Aug. 13-29 games are the most expensive in Olympic history, so far costing more than $800 million… Athens has also sought international help to safeguard the games and has formed a seven-nation advisory group that includes Australia, Britain, Israel and the United States. That net grew wider Monday when Greece’s top law enforcement officer, Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, discussed security with Portuguese organizers of the European soccer championship. “During the meeting they discussed issues related to the security of the Olympic Games and Euro 2004,” the ministry said in a statement. Greece has increased security following the March 11 attacks in Spain, including patrols of its rail network. Portuguese officials that took part in the meeting included sports minister Jose Luis Arnaut, Euro 2004 security chief Leonel Carvalho and Olympic committee head Jose Vincente Moura. Athens is expecting more than 1. 5 million visitors during the Olympics.

Santini plays down fuss and puts focus on France mission – Apr 6, 2004
Yesterday, as France prepared for tomorrow night’s final warm-up match against Ukraine in Paris, Santini attempted to defuse the situation. “This is not a bombshell, this is the media saying it was a bras de fer (crossing of swords) between me and the federation,” he said at a press conference at Clairefontaine training camp yesterday… Yesterday, as France prepared for tomorrow night’s final warm-up match against Ukraine in Paris, Santini attempted to defuse the situation. “This is not a bombshell, this is the media saying it was a bras de fer (crossing of swords) between me and the federation,” he said at a press conference at Clairefontaine training camp yesterday. It was to find the best moment to tell it, and then to come back to the most important task: to win Euro. “Despite the situation, everything will go on as planned.

Rooney grows into ideal role – Apr 6, 2004
We have moved away, so I don’t really see my mates as much. I have had to mature a lot, quicker than normal for an 18-year-old. It’s not a problem. Any 18-year-old in the world would want to swap with what I am doing. It’s not pressure going out and playing for your country. There are a lot of worse things you could be doing. ” He still plays with the carefree nature of the king of the De La Salle school yard, with the brio that attracted Everton to bring him into the fold aged nine… ” At the Stadium of Light the following night, Rooney tore Turkey’s defence to little strips. “After that I felt a lot more confident meeting up with England. I believe we have the squad to go to Euro 2004 and win it. “He will need to watch his over-vigorous step with Europe’s leading referees. Yet Rooney vowed he would not temper an ultra-competitive streak that can stray towards excess. “If there is a tackle there to be won, I will go for it. If I get booked, so be it.

Time for Brown to join the big boys – Apr 4, 2004
The same confidence that says there are too many good English players in the Premiership and beyond to be accommodated in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s group of 23. I don’t see the legions of world-class players preparing themselves to be left at home this summer. What I can see are four world-class players – Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and David Beckham – and the promise of one more in Wayne Rooney. And four great players are simply not enough to win a European Championship. Tradition dictates that there are normally a couple of players who come good at the end of the season and make a late case for inclusion… The good news is the rehabilitation of Brown, who has been absolutely outstanding in the last two games Manchester United have played against Arsenal. He is a favourite of mine and I don’t think his talent has ever been in doubt, although he did have a sticky patch for United when he returned after Christmas from his second cruciate knee injury. He has to go to Euro 2004. Brown has everything that a top centre-half needs – pace, strength in the air and he’s a good tackler. On top of that he has an acute positional sense and he’s good on the ball. If he has a weakness then it’s his susceptibility to injuries, but on the strength of his two most recent performances he’s back just in time. And he has Sir Alex Ferguson to thank for that.

Arsenal Treble unseated in Grand National of emotions – Apr 4, 2004
But there is weight in Ferguson’s assertion that “we became a team again after Arsenal scored against us [at Highbury eight days ago]. ” Suddenly, fresh menace is emanating from Keane, Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers – the old Nineties heart of the team. Fletcher is developing into a central midfielder (not winger) of real substance and Brown is surely playing his way into England’s Euro 2004 squad. “In England, you’re always looking for trouble, but [in defence] you have John Terry, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand, who’s not there. You also have Sol Campbell,” Henry observed on his way though the mixed zone. “Remember that Wes Brown had a cruciate ligament injury and is coming back. ” Two cruciate injuries, in fact, plus a broken ankle.

IN BRIEF: Juno ratings dip, Pulitzer wins and more – Apr 6, 2004
The self-proclaimed “slow worker” took whole days off when he wasn’t in the mood to work on The Known World , which tells the story of a black slave owner. Other Pulitzer winners include:Doug Wright, whose I Am My Own Wife Political science professor William Taubman’s Khrushchev: The Man and His Era Steven Hahn, a specialist in the history of the American South, who won the history prize for his book A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration Columnist and former foreign correspondent Anne Applebaum’s Gulag: A History Previous Pulitzer finalist Franz Wright, who won the poetry prize for his Walking to Martha’s Vineyard Paul Moravec, head of music at Adelphi University, who won the music prize for Tempest Fantasy Furtado pens Euro 2004 anthemLISBON, PORTUGAL – Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado, who often celebrates her Portuguese roots in her music, has penned the official song for this year’s European soccer championship, which will be held in Portugal this summer. Furtado, who won a Juno award Sunday, will perform her song Força — a Portuguese word that means “strength” or “let’ s do it” — before the final game of Euro 2004, a three-week championship held every four years. The song is off her latest album Folklore. “It’s about love of the game, love of life, love of sport,” the 25-year-old B. singer said in a pre-recorded statement shown at the Monday announcement in Lisbon… Dylan’s song Love Sick , from his Grammy-winning 1997 album Time Out of Mind , plays in the background. “We asked and he agreed,” said Ed Razek, chief creative officer for Victoria’s Secret. “I can’t speculate as to his reasons, but I would not guess money is a large motivator for him at this point. “The amount of the 62-year-old Dylan’s fee is confidential, Razek said, but he added that the company experienced an immediate increase in sales once the spots began airing last week. They will continue on U. networks for the next two weeks, during the commercial breaks of hit shows like American Idol , The O.

Eriksson defends volte-face – Apr 6, 2004
Eriksson then moved Scholes forward, switched to a diamond and won. Will all of Eriksson’s tinkering smack of indecision to the French? “Well, if that’s the case, very good,” he shrugged. “If he [France coach Jacques Santini] thinks we’re not secure and we’re nervous and things like that, let him think that. “First of all you have to pick the right XI. After you’ve done that, you have to see what’s the best organisation for that XI. I’m looking forward to seeing how we work it out. You always have to be open-minded.

Terry misses final friendly – Apr 6, 2004
Terry has been confined to the gym because of the tight hamstring, which led to him being substituted in the closing stages of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Japan at Eastlands. He is expected to be fully fit for the tournament in Portugal, which begins for England with the match against France on June 13, but England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson does not want to take any risks in the friendly… “We won’t play the diamond tomorrow. We will maybe need both systems in Portugal because it depends on who you play a bit. We played the diamond against Japan so why not try 4-4-2 against Iceland,” he said. Sol Campbell and Phil and Gary Neville, returned to training today after not taking part on Thursday. Campbell has rested the groin problem which he has had to contend with for much of the season with Arsenal. Gary Neville has shaken off a sore hip, while Phil has recovered from a high temperature.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Apr 6, 2004
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Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell is worried he will not make England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson’s 23-man squad for Euro 2004. (The Sun)

Spurs defender Mauricio Taricco faces a Football Association probe for appearing to strike Chelsea winger Damien Duff and stamp on midfielder Scott Parker in Saturday’s Premiership game.

4TheGame – Apr 5, 2004
here NEWS STORY VASSELL FEARS FOR ENGLAND PLACE Monday 05 Apr 2004 Darius Vassell has admitted his indifferent form for Aston Villa this season could cost him his place in the England squad for Euro 2004. Vassell conceded he had “not been up to scratch” in some of Villa’s recent matches and that he had “not hit any major form” during the entire campaign. Sven-Goran Eriksson has kept faith with Vassell, whose best performances for England have tended to be when used as a substitute. But Vassell is honest enough about the assessment of his own contribution in 2003-2004 to know he is not guaranteed a place in the 23-man squad for the finals in Portugal. Vassell told PA Sport: “I try not to worry about the squad.

Americans Abroad Cherundolo helps Hannover 96 to defeat 1860 München…
SoccerTimes – Apr 6, 2004
Americans AbroadCherundolo helps Hannover 96 to defeat 1860 M?nchen 2-0 and gain safety. By Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)Special to SoccerTimes(Tuesday, April 6, 2004) — Striker Clint Mathis had a rare off-game, but his United States men’s teammate, Steve Cherundolo was solid for 90 minutes, helping Hannover 96 jump out of the 1Bundesliga relegation zone, winning for the first time in eight weeks by defeating 1860 M?nchen 2-0. Hannover striker Thomas Bdaric scored once and barely missed on two other occasions while continuing to draw attention to himself for a potential spot on Germany’s Euro 2004 squad. Dariusz Zuraw scored Hannover’s other goal. Mathis was replaced by Julian de Guzman in the 64th minute while Cherundolo continued to be an integral part of the resurrected Hannover defense that has allowed four goals in its last four games. He also picked up a yellow card. Hannover (7-12-8, 29 points), 0-4-3 in its last seven outings, jumped to 13th in the league with the victory, three points above the relegation zone… After 37 minutes in Sunday’s 2Bundesliga road game against SpVgg Unterhaching, American midfielderJoe Enochs and VfL Osnabr?ck were seemingly in a good position to pick up a much-needed second victory in as many weeks, but the last-place club fell 2-1. The score was even at 1-1 and Unterhaching was down to nine players after two players were shown red cards within two minutes. Four minutes later, however, Enochs received a deserved red card after a reckless foul and Osnabr?ck was never able to recover, despite remaining a man up for the rest of the match. Osnabr?ck (6-16-5, 23 points) remains mired in last place and nine points from escaping the relegation zone. Enochs received a two-game suspension for his foul and will not be available again until April 23 for the home game against Union Berlin. With Sunday’s 2-1 defeat away to Greuther F?rth, Karlsruher SC lost for the third week in a row and is now in real danger of being relegated to the Regionalliga.

Euro 2004 teams put faith in Portuguese security – Apr 5, 2004
"We must check dressing and hotel rooms and training camps before players enter them and will decide whether to cordon off areas after we see the training camps," the Bulgarian football union’s Atanas Karaivanov said. PLAYERS SURROUNDED "We plan to impose restrictions for autographs because that’s when many people surround the players. " Teams at major tournaments generally give their players an occasional free day or night to visit the town where they are staying and the security situation will not affect that in the case of Germany. "There will be no bodyguards in Portugal and the players will be free to leave the hotel," said German football federation spokesman Harald Stenger. "They’re grown men. " While foreign football authorities are generally happy with security arrangements, the Portuguese appear more worried. Preparations are taking place amid a chorus of complaints from police and fire-fighting unions, who say there is little sign of 16 million euros’ worth of training and equipment promised by the government.

Spain look to improve on history of failure – Apr 6, 2004
Spain, who have history of failing to live up to expectations at major championships, believe that they will not disappoint and. The Spanish end their preparations with a final warm-up game against Andorra in the Madrid suburb of Getafe today… The hosts are predictably confident and, as if to make the point, Portugal claimed yesterday that they would like to keep Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach for the 2006 World Cup. “It would be an excellent sign if Scolari coached the Portuguese squad during the 2006 World Cup,” said the Portuguese federation’s president, Gilberto Madail. Scolari, whose contract runs out after Euro 2004, took the helm of the Portuguese national team in January 2003, just six months after he led his native Brazil to a record fifth world title in Japan, winning all seven matches in the process. Portugal play Lithuania today and Scolari said: “If we don’t reach the quarter-finals, I think I’ll have done a bad job because my goal is to reach the semi-finals. I don’t think I can stay on if we don’t reach that goal. ” Martin Jorgensen, the Denmark forward, could withdraw from the game against Croatia due to a thigh injury. It was unclear yesterday whether the injury was serious enough to rule the 28-year-old Udinese striker out of Denmark’s group games, which begin with Italy on June 14.

Van Nistelrooy relishes chance on world stage – Apr 6, 2004
He has 68 Premiership goals from 99 matches while, for Holland, his 14 goals have come at an average of one every two games. He said: “Because of what happened in the past I haven’t been able to play in a big tournament, so to be here preparing myself like this is a great feeling. ” Few would doubt Holland have the talent to challenge for honours but questions remain over their temperament and consistency. “That’s true,” Van Nistelrooy said. “We need to be consistent and we’ve had two weeks to really play our system… For me we are an outsider in this tournament. “I know we can play good football. Technically and tactically we are very good but it’s not only about that. We have to play as a team. “Team detailsHolland (probable): Van der Sar (Fulham); Reiziger (Barcelona), Stam (Milan), Bouma (PSV), Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona); Sneijder (Ajax), Cocu (Barcelona), Davids (Barcelona); Van der Vaart (Ajax); Kluivert (Barcelona), Van Nistelrooy (Man Utd). Republic of Ireland (probable): Given (Newcastle); Finnan (Liverpool), Cunningham (Birmingham), O’Brien (Newcastle), Maybury (Hearts); Barrett (Coventry), Quinn (Sheffield Wed), Holland (Charlton), A Reid (Nott’m Forest), Keane (Tottenham), Morrison (Birmingham). Referee: M Dean (England).

Mellberg tips Vassell to star in finals – Apr 6, 2004
‘Darius plays well for England, but this season Villa’s form has beeninconsistent from game to game and within matches,’ said Mellberg, who damagedVassell’s ankle in last week’s international friendly in Gothenburg. ‘It’s been up and down and so has Darius’ form. When Villa are not playingwell, neither is he. Overall he’s doing well, but his performances have beenaffected by some of our results. ‘I think Sven-Goran Eriksson rates Darius highly and he has made a goodcontribution since he first came into the side a couple of years ago with hisgoal against Holland. ‘He is so quick – that’s why I mistimed the tackle that injured him last week- and there is every chance that he could still go to Portugal. ‘But Eriksson also follows the Premiership closely… ‘He is so quick – that’s why I mistimed the tackle that injured him last week- and there is every chance that he could still go to Portugal. ‘But Eriksson also follows the Premiership closely. When he comes to selecthis squad for Euro 2004, it will be about what you are doing for your club atthe moment rather than what you have done for England in the past. ‘Darius scored in front of Sven at Charlton at The Valley a week or so agowhich will have done him no harm. ‘If he goes to Portugal and plays well in such a big tournament, where youare on show to the whole world, then the bad times can be forgotten. ‘The Swedish international concedes his own performances had ‘not been up toscratch’ in some of Villa’s recent matches and indeed that he had ‘not hit anymajor form’ during the entire campaign. Mellberg is also relieved his challenge on Vassell did not force the23-year-old to miss any games for Villa, and he was back in the starting line-upagainst Manchester City on Sunday.

Europe’s top clubs raise stakes in FIFA row – Apr 6, 2004
"The preliminary inquiry will aim to show if there are elements of illicit competitive restrictions under FIFA rules. " Clubs pay top players high wages and want a share of the huge revenues generated by tournaments such as the World Cup and European championship and the G-14 was anxious to reach an agreement before Euro 2004 starts in Portugal in June. The group agreed at a meeting in Madrid in October to give FIFA and European soccer’s ruling body UEFA formal requests for compensation salary payments to all clubs that release players for the World Cup and European championship finals. It estimates that the central marketing of both tournaments generates more than three billion Swiss francs ($2. MAJOR STEP The latest move is a major step in the row bedevilling top-flight soccer and will infuriate Zurich-based FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter, who believes the game should sort out its own problems without recourse to outside bodies… MAJOR STEP The latest move is a major step in the row bedevilling top-flight soccer and will infuriate Zurich-based FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter, who believes the game should sort out its own problems without recourse to outside bodies. "As long as this group is not official they will never be recognised. " Blatter told Reuters in an interview last month, adding that he was personally very sad at the G-14’s stance. "We need the big clubs but they should also have a bit of respect for the authorities of football," he said.

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