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April 12, 2004

Robben blow for club and country

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The News Review:

* Sugar Files – Top Premiership player’s 03/04
* Europeans Set for Euro 2004
* Portugal on terror alert
* Robben blow for club and country
* UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal
* Eriksson drops Parker hint
* Hughes looks to bow out on a high note
* Developing football’s infrastructure

Sugar Files – Top Premiership player’s 03/04 – Apr 11, 2004
game I remember very well was the Man Utd Vs Arsenal game which end goalless and
any team that can stop United from scoring at Old Trafford deserves a lot of
credit. He has played a major role in keeping Arsenal unbeaten in the league
this season. John Terry: (Chelsea)
Wherever Claudio Ranieri remains in a job or
not in the summer is questionable but if not then any incoming manager would be
a fool not to have John Terry as probably the 1st name on the Chelsea team
sheet. The new captain at Stamford Bridge, Terry has made remarkable progress as
he leads the Chelsea back line and will probably partner Sol Campbell in the
summer in Portugal at Euro 2004. Terry is a winner in the air, a good leader and
someone who wears his heart on his sleeve. Its been a great year for him as
Chelsea has proved to be a very solid defensive unit both in the Premiership and
the Champions League. ??
Steven Gerrard: (Liverpool)
Gerrard has really carried a poor Liverpool
side this season… His pace created
havoc for the Manchester United defence has he scored a fantastic solo effort. He proves to be the only real English player possible of beating defenders. Perhaps Euro 2004 has come to early for him, but I expect him to be in the squad
for the World Cup 2006 qualifier’s. Frank Lampard: (Chelsea)
What a summer can do to a player. Before the
Roman Ambramovich era, Chelsea appeared to have paid way over the odds for
midfielder Frank Lampard. He struggled to live up to the price tag paid back in
the summer of 2001. But following the spending spree which saw Ranieri folk out
?15,000,000 for Juan Veron, Lampard has easily made the central midfield place

Europeans Set for Euro 2004
SLAM! Sports – Apr 11, 2004
The final was made special not only because the home side was in it, but because of the international debut of then 17-year-old Pele, arguably the best player to kick a round ball. He scored two goals in Brazil’s 5-2 triumph. However, tickets are just as difficult to obtain for this year’s Euro 2004. Not because another Pele might emerge from one of the European teams but because the rivalry between certain European countries drives the players to maximum efforts and fans to near insanity. According to the latest information from UEFA, virtually all of the first round games are sold out, including the England versus Croatia match in Lisbon on June 21. Actually, there is both a Canadian and Swedish connection in the England-Croatia match. England has a Canadian-born player on its national team — Calgary-raised 22-year-old midfielder Owen Hargreaves — and is coached by Sweden’s Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is getting paid $6.

Portugal on terror alert
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 12, 2004
At the game a television journalist smuggled a gun in through a turnstile, prompting the introduction of metal detectors at future games. Before the Madrid bombings, most of the attention had been taken up by the threat of hooliganism. Even though terrorists had already warned that this summer’s Olympic Games in Athens would be a target — and therefore Euro 2004 could not be excluded from the equation — the authorities continued to insist that Portugal was an unlikely target. Jose Luis Arnaut, the eloquent Portuguese Minister of Sport, was similarly unconcerned.

Robben blow for club and country
CNN International – Apr 12, 2004
Robben was a second-half substitute on Sunday after spending a month on the sidelines with a right hamstring injury. He fell to the ground clutching his leg after 17 minutes — a huge blow for PSV ahead of their UEFA Cup quarterfinal having drawn the first leg 1-1. Robben was expected to start for the Netherlands in the Euro 2004 tournament finals in Portugal, but it is not clear whether he will have sufficient match fitness.

UEFA Euro 2004 Portugal
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Apr 11, 2004
We thought if they did 80 per cent or so it would be fantastic but the Portuguese have achieved in an outstanding way. We thought in the end there might be eight stadiums but we have all 10. ” The big problem for Kallen and his team at Euro 2004 SA, the company running the 23-day tournament, is that delays in completing such a massive stadium building programme are causing problems with two months to go before kick off on June 12. “Time is the most important thing,” Kallen said. “Everybody is finally waking up but time is short. “The stadiums (were) finished too late and that gave us a lot of headaches. They should have been in place one year before (the start of the tournament)… “The stadiums (were) finished too late and that gave us a lot of headaches. They should have been in place one year before (the start of the tournament). ” Kallen is confident that the problems, which include the positioning of media boxes and hospitality areas and constantly changing plans for parking, will be resolved but he is careful not to underestimate potential difficulties. “The football will be played in any case,” he said. “It’s only the question of quality. We want to stage the best European Championship and for me, at the moment, we’re balanced between tops and flops. “The people in Japan and (South) Korea did a fantastic job (on the 2002 World Cup organisation) but they had a huge amount of money and resources that we just don’t have here.

Eriksson drops Parker hint
BBC News – Apr 12, 2004
The decision will come as a blow to Parker’s team-mate Joe Cole, whom Eriksson did not include in his list of likely Chelsea players in the squad. “It may complicate things a bit if Chelsea make the Champions League final,” Eriksson told Spanish paper AS. “I am counting on John Terry, Frank Lampard, Wayne Bridge and probably Scott Parker… I tipped him a year ago to be a future England regular. “I think it is just the fact that we have got so many good midfield players that he hasn’t got in there sooner. “He’s excellent and he has shown the Chelsea fans that he’s not there as a squad player. He wants to get in there and be one of the regulars. “He’s got pace and tackling ability. If he can start adding goals regularly he will be one for the future for England.

Hughes looks to bow out on a high note – Apr 10, 2004
Hughes (pictured), said: “I’m not looking for an epitaph but people will look back on my time in charge as one of unprecedented progress in a short space of time. I leave the job in good heart, knowing I have done a good job. “The post of Wales manager is now a desirable one. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t have the calibre of people being talked about as my successor. There certainly wasn’t that much quality showing an interest in the post when I took over five years ago… At the moment I’m still in the position and it would be better to look back after we have played England and Poland. But it’s a much more professional set-up now, ready and waiting for the next guy to come in. “The highlight of Hughes’s international career as a manager to date was the 2-1 win over Italy but that was ruined by the country’s failure to overcome Russia in the two-legged play-off for a place in Euro 2004. “We went close to making it to a major tournament and we have had some good results,” added Hughes. “We have had our ups and downs in that time but I certainly have no regrets over anything I have done. “It’s for other people to judge what kind of manager I am or I’m going to be, but my teams will always be organised and well prepared. I will give the players the best opportunity to be successful.

Developing football’s infrastructure – Apr 10, 2004
Competition incomeUEFA draws most of its income from two of its competitions: the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Champions League. It is only fair that the participants in these two competitions should benefit most from the income they generate. Solidarity principleIn accordance with the solidarity principle adopted by UEFA, money from these competitions also helps the other national associations, leagues and clubs… Competition incomeUEFA draws most of its income from two of its competitions: the UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Champions League. It is only fair that the participants in these two competitions should benefit most from the income they generate. Solidarity principleIn accordance with the solidarity principle adopted by UEFA, money from these competitions also helps the other national associations, leagues and clubs. As far as the national associations are concerned, UEFA’s primary concern has been to help those with the most urgent need, with funds poured into the East European Assistance Bureau (EEAB) between 1994 and 2003. In 2000, an additional programme was launched, this time open to all member associations: the Kiosk programme provided assistance to enable them to carry out specific projects. Association assistanceDelegates at the 2003 Rome Congress were informed about a new programme, HatTrick, also aimed at all the national associations and replacing both the EEAB and Kiosk.

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