Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 15, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC NEWS | UK | Sven appeals for Euro 2004 calm
* Kirkland to miss Euro 2004
* ENGLAND’S SOCCER SHRINES
* Gerry McDermott – Bootroom: Roy’s final gamble set to define his…
* BBC NEWS | Europe | Slovenia’s surge of nationalism
* JJB Sports blames weather for speeding sales decline
* JJB sports chain feels the cold
* Pahars set for Saints start
* Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Other Sports
* PREMIERSHIP: Terry must win young player of the year award
* RUUD IS FIT AND IS STAYING

BBC NEWS | UK | Sven appeals for Euro 2004 calm
BBC News – Apr 15, 2004
Eriksson said it would be a “real disaster” if England were thrown out because of hooliganism. Meeting supporters’ groups in London at a fans forum, the England coach said if fans behaved, they could act as the team’s “12th man”. The forum is part of a wider approach to crack down on orchestrated football hooliganism ahead of the contest. Banning orders to stop individuals leaving the UK during this summer’s championship have been issued to 2,500 people. About 50,000 England fans are expected to travel to the Algarve for Euro 2004… Banning orders to stop individuals leaving the UK during this summer’s championship have been issued to 2,500 people. About 50,000 England fans are expected to travel to the Algarve for Euro 2004. But the police, the Football Association and the government have tried to ensure the hooligan ringleaders will not be there. ‘Small disaster’

Eriksson told reporters: “If the thousands and thousands behave in the same way as the people here, it will be very good. “It will be a small disaster if we leave early for
football reasons, it would be a real disaster if we do so for other reasons. ”

He told fans: “You are very important. You are our 12th player for us wherever we go.

Kirkland to miss Euro 2004
BBC News – Apr 15, 2004
Kirkland broke a wrist in a training ground accident in March and Reds boss Gerard Houllier says he will not recover in time to play this term. “Chris won’t play again this season. He won’t be ready in time,” said Houllier. “I do not think he will be ready for the European Championships… “Chris won’t play again this season. He won’t be ready in time,” said Houllier. “I do not think he will be ready for the European Championships. He is very unlucky, I am sure he would have gone with the England squad to Portugal.

ENGLAND’S SOCCER SHRINES
Globe and Mail – Apr 14, 2004
write(lugAC);} placeAC(“lug”); ENGLAND’S SOCCER SHRINESWith the FA Cup final just weeks away and Portugal gearing up for this summer’s Euro 2004, DAN HUGHES visits Liverpool, a city where the sport is always front and centre. Here, people introduce themselves not by what they do but by which club they support DAN HUGHES Special to The Globe and Mail April 14, 2004 LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND — Tony is an Everton supporter. It says so across the knuckles of his right hand — E… write(lugAC);} placeAC(“lug”); ENGLAND’S SOCCER SHRINESWith the FA Cup final just weeks away and Portugal gearing up for this summer’s Euro 2004, DAN HUGHES visits Liverpool, a city where the sport is always front and centre. Here, people introduce themselves not by what they do but by which club they support DAN HUGHES Special to The Globe and Mail April 14, 2004 LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND — Tony is an Everton supporter. It says so across the knuckles of his right hand — E. , for Everton Football Club, is scrawled in the bruise-blue ink of a do-it-yourself tattoo.

Gerry McDermott – Bootroom: Roy’s final gamble set to define his…
Irish Independent – Apr 14, 2004
Given those sort of stakes and Keane’s calculating nature it can be taken that the Corkman didn’t reach his decision to return lightly and it was interesting to see him test the water before and after Christmas with cryptic comments that ensured the matter was thoroughly debated. The defeat in Basle last October had shown up the limitations in the Irish midfield and increased the case for luring Keane back into the fold. Keane’s finely tuned antennae would have told him that a vast majority of the public were in favour of his return to the squad, particularly in the aftermath of Ireland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2004. Players like Damien Duff and Jason McAteer publicly indicated their desire to see Keane back in the fold with the Chelsea player pointedly declaring that most of those Keane had taken issue with in Saipan were no longer in the squad. Even the journalist who wrote Mick McCarthy’s World Cup Diary, the manager’s version of Saipan, announced to the nation that he would love to see him back, which was a clear indicator of how much the tide had turned in the Corkman’s favour. But, while the Irish fans were getting used to the possibility of a return, Keane still had one major battle to fight as he had to win over Alex Ferguson before issuing yesterday’s statement announcing his international availability. Brian Kerr made it quite clear to Keane during their discussions that Ferguson had to be onside before the player could be considered once again for international selection… He may have stated during the bust-up in Saipan that he “doesn’t do friendlies” but Kerr was not going to allow any of his players get favourable treatment. So, Keane will be treated like everyone else and that means being on the plane for Poland later this month, because as Kerr as no doubt told him friendlies are an important part of the team’s preparation and if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Roy Keane is not coming back to fail, so stand-by for what should be a memorable World Cup qualifying campaign as the Mayfield Maestro makes his last stand.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Slovenia’s surge of nationalism
BBC News – Apr 13, 2004
Mr Kozole went back to the Slovenian-Croatian border for his latest film – a wry contribution to a series of short films called Visions of Europe. The films – co-ordinated by the director, Lars von Trier, with contributions from acclaimed directors such as Aki Kaurismaki and Peter Greenaway – will be aired on 1 May. Mr Kozole got the idea after the Slovenian football team was defeated by the Croats in the qualifiers for the Euro 2004 championships, he said. Border chat

His film shows two Slovenian workers putting up new EU signs along the border. From the other side, a Croatian farmer is watching with some alarm. “Friends, you are going into Europe,” he shouted. “And you’re going to the European championships – so each of us gets something,”one of the Slovenians replied.

JJB Sports blames weather for speeding sales decline
Guardian Unlimited – Apr 15, 2004
The firm is banking on better weather and Euro 2004 to boost results. “If the yellow thing that comes out of the sky comes out, we will all be happy,” said Mr Knight. The firm also said it was making “concerted efforts” to improve product ranges. JJB Sports is shifting its strategy in the face of the worsening results. It has 16 combined health club and superstores where the retail space is more than double its average high street store… 6m at the end of last year against £61m the year before. The capital will be used to build more superstores and refurbish its existing stores. Pre-tax profit profit fell 12% to £68m last year, but the fall is not as dramatic if exceptional costs are excluded. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid are issuing new kits – which should help sales performance.

JJB sports chain feels the cold
Guardian Unlimited – Apr 14, 2004
Britain’s largest sporting goods retailer also said replica football kits had not sold as well as last year, leading to a 5. 7% slump in like-for-like turnover in the 10 weeks ending on April 4. Facing tough competition from discount retailers and supermarkets, JJB reported profits before tax of ?87. 9m for the year ending on January 25, in line with City expectations… getElementById( ‘frameId630402’ ). The company said it hoped sales this year would benefit from interest generated by the Euro 2004 European football championship, in Portugal. JJB saw sales of rugby kit soar last year after England triumphed in the World Cup. It is also banking on higher sales from the launch of new home shirts by Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. ‘I am satisfied with the trading results achieved during the 52 weeks ended January 25 2004 when these are viewed against the strong competitive trading conditions within the UK retail clothing market,” said David Whelan, the chairman. A former professional footballer, Mr Whelan went into business when he was awarded ?400 compensation after breaking his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final.

Pahars set for Saints start
BBC News – Apr 14, 2004
I was very impressed and he helped us get back into the game,” Sturrock told the club’s website. Latvian striker Pahars has suffered an injury-plagued season but he feels he is ready to get back in action. “I am still not back to my best and to how I was two years ago but I am getting there. “I just need games now to get myself fitter and sharper and stronger and hopefully to get myself right for Euro 2004… Latvian striker Pahars has suffered an injury-plagued season but he feels he is ready to get back in action. “I am still not back to my best and to how I was two years ago but I am getting there. “I just need games now to get myself fitter and sharper and stronger and hopefully to get myself right for Euro 2004.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Other Sports
nwsource.com – Apr 13, 2004
Turkish Football Federation chairman Haluk Ulusoy held talks with the
Genclerbirligi club coach for the past two days and came to an agreement on
Tuesday. He will fill the void left by Senol Gunes who was fired when Turkey failed to
earn a spot in the Euro 2004 tournament. “I decided that coach Ersun Yanal can do a four-year stint with the national
team. We will do our duty together. I want to tell you that we agreed with him
on every subject,” Ulusoy said. Genclerbirligi still needs to release Yanal and if acceptable compensation is
not agreed to the deal could be held up… We will do our duty together. I want to tell you that we agreed with him
on every subject,” Ulusoy said. Genclerbirligi still needs to release Yanal and if acceptable compensation is
not agreed to the deal could be held up. “Ersun must speak with his own club. We decided that is the way it should be
ethically speaking. I believe he will agree in every way with his club,” added
Ulusoy. FEATURED GALLERIES.

PREMIERSHIP: Terry must win young player of the year award
Squarefootball – Apr 14, 2004
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RUUD IS FIT AND IS STAYING
Redissue – Apr 15, 2004
“We have great talent, and now we’ve started breaking ourselves in. ” He said the team would grow in strength with its remaining warm-up matches, and would benefit from training together in Lausanne in the run-up to the tournament. “That will be the first time we’ll really have to be with each other and work on some things,” he explained. Joan Laporta, Barca President on the meeting with Ruud’s agent last Monday on the Costa Brava:’It was an absolutely informal meeting and in no sense did we start up discussions… Joan Laporta, Barca President on the meeting with Ruud’s agent last Monday on the Costa Brava:’It was an absolutely informal meeting and in no sense did we start up discussions. ‘We have to be thinking of the market but in this case nothing has happened. ‘We are not in the market for negotiations as the player is very happy at Manchester and Manchester want to keep him.

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