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May 21, 2004

Euro 2004 probables named

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The News Review:

* Bozhinov in Bulgaria squad
* Why the Olympics Could be a Prime Terrorist Target
* Football Diary: Final’s impact on the globe
* Euro 2004 probables named
* Vassell fighting for Euro role
* Croatia struggles with its past
* This is a wake-up call not a death knell
* Viana vows to secure Magpies future
* Dutch news in brief – 19 May 2004
* PREMIERSHIP: Emile Heskey leaves Liverpool, who’s next?
* Cisse still wants to join Reds
* On the Spot: Finally, Brown’s cup is now running over
* Adidas fights sweat shop image ahead of Olympics
* Keown, going, gone
* Everton make bid for striker Smith
* McDonald’s? Or a trendy wine bar?

Bozhinov in Bulgaria squad
BBC News – May 19, 2004
“I called Bojinov up as he is part of the future of our national soccer, and taking into account his qualities and performance,” said Markov. But there was no place for defender Radostin Kishishev, who walked out on the squad before a Euro 2004 qualifier. Vladimir Ivanov and Kiril Kotev have been called up in Kishishev’s absence. Kishishev, a 29-year-old right back, was unhappy at not being made captain after the retirement of Krassimir Balakov… But there was no place for defender Radostin Kishishev, who walked out on the squad before a Euro 2004 qualifier. Vladimir Ivanov and Kiril Kotev have been called up in Kishishev’s absence. Kishishev, a 29-year-old right back, was unhappy at not being made captain after the retirement of Krassimir Balakov. Celtic midfielder Stilian Petrov was the choice of the players and he will skipper Bulgaria at the finals. “I have had talks with the national players, but the
decision is mine,” said Markov. “It is related to Kishishev’s refusal not to
play for the national team in a tough and important moment for
the team. ”

The squad’s training camp starts on 25 May, but several
foreign-based players will not join it until 29 May.

Why the Olympics Could be a Prime Terrorist Target
PR Newswire UK – PR Newswire UK (press release) – May 19, 2004
"Whilst there is a small domestic terroristpresence in Portugal – JAR, FB-25 and LUGAR-BR – an attack on Euro 2004 bytrans-national terrorist organisations would not have the desired impact inthe United States. The huge media coverage byattacking Euro 2004 would not be sufficient for trans-national terrorists whowant to hit American economic interests as well. In Greece, there is potent nationalterrorism, for example the November 17 Group, and in the Olympic Games thereis also potential American economic targets for trans-national terrorists. " Mr Jackson also referred to two worrying Olympic precedents – namely the1972 Olympics in Munich where terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes and the1996 Olympics in Atlanta where a bomb killed one person and injured 111others. He said: "For both Euro 2004 and the Athens Olympics, preparation againstterrorism through intelligence is one of best ways to reduce the threat ofattack from whatever source.

Football Diary: Final’s impact on the globe
Telegraph.co.uk – May 20, 2004
Miguel, a Benfica fan from Lisbon, will be flown over today with his parents. Mother Maria Theresa said: “He is so excited about the prospect of walking out with the players, and his favourite player is United and Portugal’s Ronaldo. ” Chris Hull, of Nationwide, said: “If it helps to build even stronger bridges with our friends from Portugal ahead of Euro 2004 then the whole thing has been worthwhile. A worldwide television audience of over 600 million will watch young Miguel and we hope he has a special day. “The suits money can’t buyWhatever happens on the pitch, Millwall won’t be underdogs off it. The tailors at Jeff Banks have worked around the clock for the last three weeks to come up with 62 bespoke suits for the squad and support staff. “Each suit is priceless and has probably cost well over £1,000 each to create,” the people at Jeff Banks say, “but not something money can buy… The tailors at Jeff Banks have worked around the clock for the last three weeks to come up with 62 bespoke suits for the squad and support staff. “Each suit is priceless and has probably cost well over £1,000 each to create,” the people at Jeff Banks say, “but not something money can buy. If you’re not a player or official of the club you just can’t get one. “The hand-cut single-breasted grey suits were woven in superfine merino wool in Portugal, and handmade in Yorkshire, the lining specially dyed in the club colours, and hand-embroidered in Leicester with the club badge. The shirts are from the Jeff Banks Label and made of pure Egyptian cotton, the exclusive Cup final ties and shoes made in Italy. “A total of 160 tailors and cutters have worked tirelessly for three weeks to make these very special wardrobes for a champion team,” they say. United miss their own paradeUnited were greeted by more than 500,000 supporters in 1999 when they toured Manchester and Salford for their homecoming after completing the Treble.

Euro 2004 probables named
Daily Star – The Daily Star – May 19, 2004
May 19, 2004 Sports UEFA Euro 2004 PortugalEriksson hails LampardEuro 2004 probables namedReuters ,LondonEngland coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has hailed Frank Lampard and hinted the Chelsea midfielder could force his way into the starting line-up at Euro 2004. Lampard made it into Eriksson’s squad of 23 on Monday and is becoming a rival to Nicky Butt for a place in midfield alongside Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and captain David Beckham. “He’s knocking extremely hard on the door,” Eriksson told reporters. “He’s had a fantastic season and played more or less all the (Chelsea) games. “As for England, Eriksson said: “In midfield, players like Beckham, Scholes and Gerrard should be there… “Although Butt has more experience in internationals and at club level with Manchester United, Eriksson pointed to Lampard’s past year with Chelsea and their run to the Champions League semi-finals. “The experience Frank Lampard has had this season has been fantastic,” Eriksson said. “He’s not been to a World Cup or a European championship but they (Chelsea) almost went all the way in the Champions League and that gives him a lot of experience of course. “He’s a goalscorer as well. “Eriksson gets the chance to try Lampard out in two friendlies in Manchester on June 1 against Japan and June 5 against Iceland. The squad then heads to Portugal, where England meet holders France in their first Group B match before facing Switzerland and Croatia. The key to England’s chances of making progress will be avoiding defeat in the opener against the 1998 world champions.

Vassell fighting for Euro role
ic Birmingham.co.uk – May 19, 2004
Vassell, who is in England’s provisional 23-man squad for Euro 2004 next month, is undergoing daily intensive physiotherapy at Villa’s Body-moor Heath training ground to ensure he is fit for Portugal. The 23-year-old striker, who has 16 caps and four goals for his country, missed two of Villa’s last three Premiership matches with a hamstring injury after limping off against Middlesbrough last month. Villa’s medical staff are in regular contact with England physio Gary Lewin about Vassell’s fitness, and the player has undergone two scans on his right thigh already this week. The results have produced nothing to suggest Vassell will not be able to play this summer for Sven-Gšran Eriksson’s side, who embark on a training camp in Sardinia next week before Euro 2004 starts on June 12… The 23-year-old striker, who has 16 caps and four goals for his country, missed two of Villa’s last three Premiership matches with a hamstring injury after limping off against Middlesbrough last month. Villa’s medical staff are in regular contact with England physio Gary Lewin about Vassell’s fitness, and the player has undergone two scans on his right thigh already this week. The results have produced nothing to suggest Vassell will not be able to play this summer for Sven-Gšran Eriksson’s side, who embark on a training camp in Sardinia next week before Euro 2004 starts on June 12.

Croatia struggles with its past
BBC News – May 21, 2004

Bilic’s generation started out playing in the old Yugoslavian league before Croatia declared independence. The standard was far higher than what the current Croatian league offers. Croatian clubs have not had any kind of success on a European level since Hajduk Split reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 1995 and their best players are always sold in an attempt to balance the books. Igor Stimac, a former colleague of Bilic’s in the Croatian team, is now the managing director of Hajduk. And he points to the Champions League as a reason why the Croatian is suffering, with poor crowds and financial problems. “Countries like England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany – they are giving three or four clubs a place in the Champions League,” said Stimac. “I think the system should be changed to give us better opportunity to get there… ”

Even so, the Croatia team at Euro 2004 does have some genuinely talented players, like Monaco striker Dado Prso and Juventus defender Igor Tudor. But every time they take to the field they are still judged against the golden generation. “It doesn’t help the new generation to be compared with us, but after we finished third in 1998 people expect it to be done again and again and the press is the same,” said Bilic. “Maybe we are asking too much from such a small country as Croatia. In my view, it is a success that the team qualified.

This is a wake-up call not a death knell
Telegraph.co.uk – May 19, 2004
It is by acknowledging such weaknesses that the chances of success are enhanced. London have to recognise their deficiencies and, with the incentive of winning the Olympic Games, set about convincing the IOC that they can eradicate them. The IOC commission did not, in fact, identify a single London failing that should have come as a surprise. It was always fanciful to suggest that our most famous sporting venues – even those close to the centre of London such as Wimbledon, the Oval, Lord’s and Wembley – would be accessible enough to be fully utilised and this will have to be addressed before the expanded report is submitted on London’s behalf to the IOC in six months’ time. Of much more concern – though still predictable – was the implied IOC suggestion that the London bid had failed to make sufficient international impact and was said to be lagging behind the others in government and public support. These factors are specifically the responsibility of a bid leader and fellow campaigners. Barbara Cassani has put together an impressive team and a sound technical bid, but, having been head-hunted by the company who failed to capitalise on overtures of help made by the Prime Minister’s wife (a political mistake?), she always gave the impression of not being comfortable with a high-profile role involving domestic and international networking that would leave her little time for anything else… A death knell? Far from it. According to the IOC commission we start this Olympic race in third place. Wouldn’t our footballers and Tim Henman like to be going into Euro 2004 and Wimbledon seeded in that position?.

Viana vows to secure Magpies future
go.com – May 19, 2004
‘I was mentally prepared to be in the under-21s, so I’m ready to play apart,’ he told the Newcastle Journal. ‘We didn’t have any luck in Switzerland two years ago, so I hope things willbe different this time around. ‘I heard some time ago that Scolari favoured five strikers and I alwaysfeared I would be the midfielder to make way for Euro 2004. ‘I have not played enough first team football this season to prove I am wortha place in the senior team, but I am young and my chance will come again. ‘Like every Portuguese player, I desperately wanted to play in Euro 2004, butis not to be. ‘Your views on this story?.

Dutch news in brief – 19 May 2004
Expatica – May 19, 2004
City districts may not individually choose where the low tariff will be introduced. Royals extend legal action over stolen video
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima have resolved to take legal action against gossip magazine Prive, which published photos taken from the princess’ stolen digital camera, news agency nu. The popular royal couple has already decided to take legal action against broadcaster SBS and an Argentinean website. Princess Maxima’s camera was stolen during a recent visit to Argentina and visual images of the royal couple and baby daughter Princess Amalia were later published without permission… Advocaat opted for the players that helped the Dutch team qualify for the championship, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. “The group does not have any surprises and is a combination of experience, youth, insight and mentality,” the coach said, adding that he was fortunate to have all his players fit for selection. The Dutch will take on Germany in its first Euro 2004 match on 15 June. Migrant languages lose government funding
The Senate backed legislation on Tuesday ending the funding in Dutch schools of migrant languages such as Turkish and Arabic. Labour PvdA and green-left GroenLinks voted against the proposal. The first Cabinet of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende submitted the legislative proposal, claiming that the integration of immigrant children should be focused on learning of the Dutch language, news agency Novum reported. About 70,000 students currently receive education in their “native” languages and the government aims to end the funding of such lessons from 1 August.

PREMIERSHIP: Emile Heskey leaves Liverpool, who’s next?
Squarefootball – May 19, 2004
Expectations at St. Andrews are markedly lower than those at Anfield, and Heskey may well revel in the opportunity to play without the intense pressure from the media and fans at Liverpool. Still a regular in the England squad as his inclusion in the Euro 2004 party shows, Heskey is certainly capable of helping City to improve on this season’s tenth place finish next term. He has already commented on how much he is looking forward to forming a striking partnership with in-form, on-loan Mikael Forssell. Forsell’s style of play and stature is not that dissimilar to that of Michael Owen, so Heskey should at least feel comfortable with his new strike partner. Still, he will need to improve on his goal return of just 12 this season if he is to significantly improve the Birmingham side. This may happen, as there were signs in the final few games of his Liverpool career that Heskey was beginning to find the net more regularly, with his last goal for the club coming ironically against his new employers… Still a regular in the England squad as his inclusion in the Euro 2004 party shows, Heskey is certainly capable of helping City to improve on this season’s tenth place finish next term. He has already commented on how much he is looking forward to forming a striking partnership with in-form, on-loan Mikael Forssell. Forsell’s style of play and stature is not that dissimilar to that of Michael Owen, so Heskey should at least feel comfortable with his new strike partner. Still, he will need to improve on his goal return of just 12 this season if he is to significantly improve the Birmingham side. This may happen, as there were signs in the final few games of his Liverpool career that Heskey was beginning to find the net more regularly, with his last goal for the club coming ironically against his new employers. Liverpool may now set about finding a striker to replace Heskey. Auxerre’s French striker Djibril Cisse has long been talked about as the next arrival at Anfield, but with the future of manager Gerard Houllier still in doubt according to some sources, that deal may now be in jeopardy also.

Cisse still wants to join Reds
Telegraph.co.uk – May 21, 2004
Whatever the position of Houllier, it will not change my attitude. “Houllier says he is working “with the same dignity as normal” despite receiving no public backing from the board for steering Liverpool to fourth place and Champions League qualification. He has been a long-time admirer of Cisse, who is not part of the France squad for Euro 2004 as he is serving a ban from international competition after he was sent off in an under-21 match. It is believed that Liverpool sold Emile Heskey to Birmingham for £6 million this week to make room in the squad for Cisse.

On the Spot: Finally, Brown’s cup is now running over
Telegraph.co.uk – May 21, 2004
The biggest tests have been alone in the gym at Manchester United re-building his knees, ticking off the long months before his fragile cruciate ligaments would let him play football again. To say that Brown has been unlucky with injuries really does not tell the whole story. The tale of his wounds is a daunting one for a 24-year-old footballer: two cruciate injuries and a broken ankle that have decimated about three seasons of his life… “It was in United’s title-winning season, however, that Brown forged a partnership with Ferdinand whom he knew from their weeks away with England. He touched briefly on his team-mate’s nine-month suspension – “I was gutted for him because it was a stupid ban” – but watching the two in tandem in 2002-03 it was impossible not to feel that Brown was the senior man, helping Ferdinand to find his feet at Old Trafford. For that reason alone it seems hard to believe that Sven-Goran Eriksson would decide to leave him at home for Euro 2004. “I didn’t expect to be selected. I am not playing consistently, and at the beginning I wasn’t playing well at all,” Brown said. “Maybe in the last few games I’ve done OK but nothing spectacular. Also, I’ve only been playing for three months and that is nowhere near the fitness required for such a big tournament.

Adidas fights sweat shop image ahead of Olympics
Forbes – May 19, 2004
But Henke said the world’s second biggest sporting goods
company had tightened up rules for suppliers over the past few
years and has a team to check factories comply with internal
working codes. Last year it ended contracts with factories in Brazil, El
Salvador, Turkey and China after checks revealed dangerous
working environments, false payment of wages and excessive
overtime. That does not leave its overseas operations problem-free,
Henke said, adding that more than half of its suppliers did not
meet what he called “best practice”. “We will not work with such firms unless they show they are
improving their record,” he said. Adidas, best known for its three-striped shoes, owns some
900 factories around the world and 60 percent of its independent
suppliers are in Asia. OLYMPICS PUBLICITY
It is an important publicity year for the Bavarian-based
firm, which is sponsoring the Euro 2004 soccer championship in
Portugal and the Olympics in Athens. The firm, which has not said how much this year’s marketing
spree costs, hopes for a sales boost from soccer products like
replica shirts and its Roteiro football which will be used at
all Euro championship matches… “We will not work with such firms unless they show they are
improving their record,” he said. Adidas, best known for its three-striped shoes, owns some
900 factories around the world and 60 percent of its independent
suppliers are in Asia. OLYMPICS PUBLICITY
It is an important publicity year for the Bavarian-based
firm, which is sponsoring the Euro 2004 soccer championship in
Portugal and the Olympics in Athens. The firm, which has not said how much this year’s marketing
spree costs, hopes for a sales boost from soccer products like
replica shirts and its Roteiro football which will be used at
all Euro championship matches. But there is mounting pressure from non-profit organisations
who have turned attention to the issue of working conditions,
part of an enduring public relations headache for Adidas. The firm has long faced such criticism and loud protests
from pressure groups at its annual general meetings. “From China to Turkey, long hours are worked for low wages
in ardous conditions, often without the most basic employment
protection,” Oxfam said in a press statement about the sporting
goods industry earlier this year.

Keown, going, gone
uefa.comUEFA.com – May 21, 2004
However, it was not to prove the case as the former English international, who made 449 competitive appearances for the Gunners, was frustrated at Highbury as his Arsenal XI beat an England XI 6-0. Keen to add to his total of eight goals for the club in front of a 38,000 crowd, Keown gleefully accepted a chance to score from the penalty spot after 34 minutes only to see his effort brilliantly saved by Norwich City FC goalkeeper Robert Green. “That’s why you’re a centre-half,” came the song from the North Bank. Keown’s search for a goal became more desperate as he abandoned his defensive duties to spend the latter part of the game as a striker. Six minutes from time his chance seemed to have come as he swivelled to hit a fine shot at goal… Altogether, not an unhappy day, but nothing compared to that enjoyed by England goalkeeper Paul Robinson. On Monday, the 24-year-old completed his move from Leeds United AFC to Tottenham Hotspur FC the same day as celebrating his wedding to childhood sweetheart Rebecca Kinley. Robinson came out of the church in his home village to discover that he had been selected for England’s UEFA EURO 2004™ squad, too. The only downside is that he will have to cancel his honeymoon to join England’s training camp this weekend. Mixed bag for GermanyFinally, good and bad tidings from Germany. Firstly the good news. To celebrate local club Hannover 96 avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga, local public transport firm GVH has offered free transport to all supporters intending to join the club’s end of season celebrations on Saturday.

Everton make bid for striker Smith
CNN International – May 20, 2004
we want to get the best offer possible for the club, while Alan’s agent has stressed that he wants to go to Old Trafford," said Lorimer. The striker, who has also been reported as saying he would consider joining an Italian or Spanish club, is not in England’s Euro 2004 squad but is on stand-by in case of injuries.

McDonald’s? Or a trendy wine bar?
BBC News – May 19, 2004
Persuading “ladettes” that they can buy salads could, however, give women who would not want a burger the excuse to go along to McDonald’s with a group of people who did. The brand is big enough, he says, for its core market not to be alienated by talk of salads when what it wants is a burger. But at the same time he doubts McDonald’s would want to run the advert in the middle of an England Euro 2004 game. Sure enough, the company is now focusing its efforts on putting these adverts in women’s magazines, on websites and on the radio. Not that the printed adverts are any more subtle. One in a women’s health magazine reads: “Aromatherapist Anna is typical of the new breed of customer attracted to McDonald’s… Persuading “ladettes” that they can buy salads could, however, give women who would not want a burger the excuse to go along to McDonald’s with a group of people who did. The brand is big enough, he says, for its core market not to be alienated by talk of salads when what it wants is a burger. But at the same time he doubts McDonald’s would want to run the advert in the middle of an England Euro 2004 game. Sure enough, the company is now focusing its efforts on putting these adverts in women’s magazines, on websites and on the radio. Not that the printed adverts are any more subtle. One in a women’s health magazine reads: “Aromatherapist Anna is typical of the new breed of customer attracted to McDonald’s.

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