Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 12, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Football firms hit the film circuit
* Ebookers not looking forward to Euro 2004
* Picture messages slow to take off
* Van Nistelrooy is both workhorse and thoroughbred, target man and hit…
* The money game
* Football fans get phone action
* Gronkjaer in Denmark’s Euro squad
* BBC NEWS | UK | Youth moves on as Faliraki fades
* What does the future hold for David Beckham?
* PREMIERSHIP: Our finest rightly considered for World award
* No wholesale changes, insists Sir Alex
* Hughes picks experimental Wales squad
* Henry breaks record in being elected the best
* Redknapp Pompey future in doubt
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Football firms hit the film circuit
BBC News – May 10, 2004
BBC News Online looks at the controversy the film-makers have sparked. The promotional credits for The Football Factory feature six people who either have convictions or are the subject of banning orders preventing them from travelling to Euro 2004.

Ebookers not looking forward to Euro 2004
CityWire.co.uk – May 10, 2004
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Picture messages slow to take off
BBC News – May 12, 2004
The NOP poll found that 80% of people had not send any multimedia messages. The main reason was that 45% of those who took part in the survey did not have the right type of mobile. But even among those with the latest phones, many were confused about costs of picture messaging, while 17% admitted they did not know how to send multimedia messages. Family snaps

Of the 21% of mobile users who have dipped their toes in the world of multimedia messaging, the majority used their phones to send pictures of friends and family. Music clips were the second most popular use of MMS and sports clips came in third… Euro 2004 and the Athens Olympic Games could prove the turning points for the technology in Europe, it believes. There is some evidence to support this theory. MMS adoption in Asia rose on the back of the 2002 football World Cup. T-Mobile will be providing football fans with video clips of goals and the best of the action at Euro 2004. MMS will have a job to emulate the success of simple text messaging.

Van Nistelrooy is both workhorse and thoroughbred, target man and hit…
Telegraph.co.uk – May 11, 2004
The leader of the injured party. He has all but rewritten the offside law. During the Euro 2004 qualifiers he had a tiff with the Dutch coach, during the Euro 2004 semi-final he had a tiff with the referee. In between times, he scored goals. There is a single-mindedness about Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy that is essential to his profession. Miss a penalty, take the next one. Always amiable and cooperative in interviews, he is not paid for his ambassadorial qualities… There is a single-mindedness about Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy that is essential to his profession. Miss a penalty, take the next one. Always amiable and cooperative in interviews, he is not paid for his ambassadorial qualities. Van Nistelrooy is paid to break hearts. His lifestyle is a model, his recovery from serious injury an inspiration, his achievements a matter of record. If the picture of innocence is sometimes stained by images of dark and devious blots, start counting contemporary world-class strikers without a case to answer. No more Mr Nice Guys.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 10, 2004
” For the first time, Uefa is selling centrally for the European Championship. Tickets were sold either directly to applicants through a ballot system or to the national associations for distribution to their members. Under Uefa’s rules, no third party is allowed to resell Euro 2004 tickets for commercial gain, specifically as part of a travel package. These terms and conditions also apply to the two companies chosen as official tour operators for the tournament. The aim is to ensure that real fans have access to the games at reasonable prices.

Football fans get phone action
BBC News – May 10, 2004
50 per team, while the option with video clips costs ?5. “It is as cheap as chips because we want people to join in with it and grow content usage,” said T-Mobile spokesman Brad Rees. Footie to go

He is hoping interest in the service in the UK will not be entirely dependent on how England performs. “Perhaps for the bandwagon fans interest might ebb when England get kicked out,” he said. “But hard-core football fans are not just interested in England but all the big games. ”

Text messaging tends to increase significantly around big sporting events and the mobile operators are seeing big bucks in offering more and more mobile services from major tournaments. Football has proved a winner for 3.

Gronkjaer in Denmark’s Euro squad
CNN International – May 12, 2004
"If we find the right form we can beat all of the teams in our group. "Tomasson’s selection is no surprise as the 27-year-old has scored 27 times for Denmark in 58 appearances and has begun to find his form with his Italian club. Although Olsen would not name the players he was considering for the final two places, Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands should be among the contenders. Danish media have also put forward tough-tackling Stig Tofting as another possible candidate. The former Bolton midfielder player has not appeared for Denmark since the World Cup in 2002. He was sent to jail last year for assaulting a restaurant manager, but could come in if Everton’s Thomas Gravesen does not recover from a knee injury. Denmark squadGoalkeepers Thomas Sorensen (Aston Villa), Peter Skov-Jensen (FC Midtjylland), Stephan Andersen (AB Copenhagen)Defenders Thomas Helveg (Inter Milan), Per Kroldrup (Udinese), Brian Priske (Racing Genk), Rene Henriksen (Panathinaikos), Niclas Jensen (Borussia Dortmund), Martin Laursen (AC Milan)Midfielders Thomas Gravesen (Everton), Claus Jensen (Charlton Athletic), Morten Wieghorst (Brondby), Daniel Jensen (Murcia), Christian Poulsen (Schalke 04)Forwards Jesper Gronkjaer (Chelsea), Ebbe Sand (Schalke 04), Jon Dahl Tomasson (AC Milan), Kenneth Perez (AZ Alkmaar), Peter Madsen (VfL Bochum) Dennis Rommedahl (PSV Eindhoven), Martin Joergensen (Udinese).

BBC NEWS | UK | Youth moves on as Faliraki fades
BBC News – May 10, 2004
Attention focused on the resort’s reputation for yobbish behaviour by UK tourists last summer. At the height of the criticism in August, Paddy Doran, 17, died after being stabbed outside a bar. First Choice’s youth brand 2wentys will not go to the island this year, though the company’s main brand, and its budget arm Sunstart, will still advertise the resort… New destinations

In Greece, Malia in Crete, Kardamena on Kos and Laganas on Zakynthos are tipped to be popular in summer 2004. Old favourites Ibiza, Mallorca and Ayia Napa, Cyprus will endure. However the high price of packages to Euro 2004 and the Olympic Games in Athens will probably deter the youth market from honing in on those summer events. “It’s more likely to be their parents,” said Mr Tipton.

What does the future hold for David Beckham?
Independent Online – May 10, 2004
If everything goes well, we’ll win everything,” said Real team-mate Luis Figo on Beckham’s arrival in July 2003. ‘Beckham has experience, class and works hard’Rumours about a return to England, with newly-enriched Chelsea always mentioned as a destination, started circulating in 2003 when it became obvious that his wife Victoria was not going to settle permanently in Madrid. Recent British newspaper allegations about Beckham’s private life and a rift between himself and his glamorous pop star spouse, a member of the now defunct super-group The Spice Girls, have also led to more suggestions that he was to bolt back to the Premiership. However, Real Madrid have gone to great lengths to insist the Beckham will stay at the club for at least another year. One thing is for sure, 2003-04 has been a season of two halves for David Beckham, and it has ended with neither him not Real being happy… Beckham might find an answer to his future in the words of the song because it contains the line, ‘If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double. ‘

Maybe Beckham will return back home, as the lesser of two evils, and adding his name to the long list of English players who have fallen short at foreign clubs. For the moment though, and perhaps until after the end of Euro 2004 in Portugal in eight weeks time, only the player himself and Florentino Perez really know his future.

PREMIERSHIP: Our finest rightly considered for World award
Squarefootball – May 10, 2004
It is because, since just after Christmas, Ronaldo has been superb, mesmerising and dangerously effective. He has combined all of the tricks and skills he had before with a final product, a good delivery or a blistering finish. Not only did he do it for his club but when called on for his country in Euro 2004 he didn?t disappoint. He was Portugal?s major threat and he remains United?s also. He has outplayed Zidane, Nedved and his Brazilian namesake this year and that, for me, is why he should get the nod for the final three. From that point, I would give the overall award to Ronaldinho for the magical way he has lit up every football pitch he has played on. Not only does he entertain and sustain, he also always plays with a big smile on his face and you rarely see him diving or overly play acting.

No wholesale changes, insists Sir Alex
go.com – May 11, 2004
‘But we are going to need matches because of the competitive situation wefind ourselves in with the Champions League qualifier and I anticipate trying tofit in another game on August 6 for Stan Ternent’s testimonial. ‘That match will mean when we get back from America, I will be able to assesswhich players are more advanced in terms of fitness and those not ready for thetournament can have a game before the Community Shield. ‘Ferguson’s preference for giving all his players a full 28 days off aftertheir final competitive match means England’s progress at Euro 2004 will have adirect impact on his plans for the new campaign. Should Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad ultimately prove successful in Portugal,Ferguson fears he may have to do without five key men – Paul Scholes, Wes Brown,Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers – for the first leg of the early ChampionsLeague outing on August 11, which could involve a tricky trip to the likes ofRosenborg, Anderlecht or Red Star Belgrade. Yet the avowed Scottish patriot has no wish to see England perform badly. On the contrary, he feels now is the time for them to make their mark. ‘If England get to the final we have a problem,’ he admitted.

Hughes picks experimental Wales squad
rte.ie – May 10, 2004
Hughes has also included Wrexham’s Chris Llewellyn, who has two caps and would be a popular choice certainly for the Canada game which is being played at the Racecourse Ground. Paul Parry, with one cap, also gets another chance to impress. Hughes said: “I have picked a squad which assumes that we will not be involved in the Euro 2004 finals, that is the case at the moment until we go to Lausanne on Wednesday for our hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. ”
“If the situation changes and we are put into the tournament, obviously I will have to make changes in the squad. But I want to see several younger lads who could be very important to our future development. ”
Filed by Ciaran Cronin.

Henry breaks record in being elected the best
Independent Online – May 11, 2004
‘His skill, athleticism, teamwork and goals have set new standards’
The striker has scored 37 goals this season, including 29 in the Premier League, and has created countless others to inspire Arsenal to the title. Henry said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award for the second year running, but as I always say it would not have been possible without my team-mates and, of course, the manager. ”

“When I collected this award last season I would have swapped it for a team award, but thankfully this year we won the title so I can really enjoy it this time around. ”

“You know we have a special group of players at Arsenal and an amazing team spirit. I love being part of this team and really believe we have a big future. ”

FWA chairman Gerry Cox said: “Last year it was a close contest and a somewhat controversial outcome with Henry narrowly beating Ruud Van Nistelrooy, but this time he has been the runaway winner… ”

FWA chairman Gerry Cox said: “Last year it was a close contest and a somewhat controversial outcome with Henry narrowly beating Ruud Van Nistelrooy, but this time he has been the runaway winner. ”

“His skill, athleticism, teamwork and goals have set new standards, but above all that it is about the way he plays the game that has captivated people throughout the country. “While it bodes well for Arsenal’s future, one can only fear for England’s defenders in Euro 2004.

Redknapp Pompey future in doubt
Irish Independent – May 11, 2004
Mandaric denies Smith and first-team coach Kevin Bond are to leave Pompey but admits there are plans for a “reorganisation” of the club in the summer. Redknapp said: “If Jim goes it makes my life very difficult but I just have to wait and see. We are a team and I do not see why the chairman wants to change things now. ” THIERRY HENRY has become the first player to win the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for the second year running. The Arsenal striker won by the largest margin for 34 years, securing almost 90 per cent of the vote, with Chelsea’s Frank Lampard second. WALES manager Mark Hughes has put injured John Hartson and Craig Bellamy on standby for Euro 2004 call-ups should Wales win their last-ditch appeal to be included in the Portugal finals. CELTIC’S Alan Thompson has escaped punishment for slapping Rangers’ Fernando Ricksen in the face… ” THIERRY HENRY has become the first player to win the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for the second year running. The Arsenal striker won by the largest margin for 34 years, securing almost 90 per cent of the vote, with Chelsea’s Frank Lampard second. WALES manager Mark Hughes has put injured John Hartson and Craig Bellamy on standby for Euro 2004 call-ups should Wales win their last-ditch appeal to be included in the Portugal finals. CELTIC’S Alan Thompson has escaped punishment for slapping Rangers’ Fernando Ricksen in the face. The Dutchman accused the Englishman of a “vicious” slap after Saturday’s dramatic late winner at Parkhead but the midfielder insisted that it was just a “playful tap”. The Scottish Football Association said yesterday they would not be following up the matter. RANGERS have confirmed the signing of striker Dado Prso from Champions League finalists Monaco for next season.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 12, 2004
The Scot told the team?s television channel MUTV that players normally needed a month?s rest after playing in a big tournament. Given his theory should England win the final of Euro 2004 on July 4 then it would leave him just a week to get the United players in the England squad – which could be as many as five – back into trim before their Champions League qualifying first leg match on August 11. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is likely to call up Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, the Neville brothers and perhaps central defender Wes Brown while Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, French duo Mikael Silvestre and Louis Saha, and young Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo are also likely to be involved. That is not the end of the problem for Ferguson as the Copa America will see Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan and Brazilian midfielder Kleberson involved and American Tim Howard and Cameroon?s Eric Djemba-Djemba have World Cup qualifying commitments in June and July… Given his theory should England win the final of Euro 2004 on July 4 then it would leave him just a week to get the United players in the England squad – which could be as many as five – back into trim before their Champions League qualifying first leg match on August 11. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is likely to call up Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, the Neville brothers and perhaps central defender Wes Brown while Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, French duo Mikael Silvestre and Louis Saha, and young Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo are also likely to be involved. That is not the end of the problem for Ferguson as the Copa America will see Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan and Brazilian midfielder Kleberson involved and American Tim Howard and Cameroon?s Eric Djemba-Djemba have World Cup qualifying commitments in June and July.

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