Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 24, 2004

The door’s still open for Henrik

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The News Review:

* Scolari ruffles feathers
* Greece ready for Euro 2004
* Sponsors sign on for the £1bn summer season | The Guardian | Guardian…
* The door’s still open for Henrik
* BBC NEWS | UK | More workers taking sickies
* Lyon crowned recovery king again in Ligue 1
* Italy refreshed for Euros
* Three-stage plan to combat violence at Euro 2004
* The money game
* Thompson in Euro admission
* Germany braced for Euro failure
* Scholes has lost his edge
* RTÉ Sport: Plaudits flow for Larsson
* Russia without key men for Austria
* Larsson off on his lap of honour
* Home front | Philip Johnston | Columnists | Opinion | Telegraph
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

Scolari ruffles feathers
BBC News – May 24, 2004
And the young players like Simao Sabrosa, Miguel and Ronaldo will do very well. ”

Da Silva believes Scolari will come out of Euro 2004 “with great honour,” but does not expect the Brazilian to be in charge for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. “He will not stay after Euro 2004. Having won the World Cup and then imagine he wins this tournament. there could be no other glory for a modern manager.

Greece ready for Euro 2004
BBC News – May 24, 2004
The national team has reached just two major finals – the 1980 European championships and the 1994 World Cup. They have yet to win a game at a major finals and in the USA 12 years ago conceded 10 goals without scoring. But the pains of history do not concern Dabizas, who prefers to focus on the Greek exploits in reaching Euro 2004. Greece topped a qualifying group that included Spain and Ukraine – and kept clean sheets in their last six matches. And Dabizas reckons the traditional image of a Greek team brittle at the back and vulnerable away from home is now a thing of the past.

Sponsors sign on for the £1bn summer season | The Guardian | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – May 24, 2004
Sponsorship money will also bolster other events in the season, such as Henley Royal Regatta, and the Open golf championship at Royal Troon. But if property is about location, location, location, then the truth of sponsorship is that it is about football, football, football. This summer’s Euro 2004 will be a global sponsorfest on a scale hitherto unseen. The figures are not officially disclosed but it is understood that the eight lead sponsors – from Coca Cola to Carlsberg – are paying a total of £120m to be associated with the event. Carlsberg says its sponsorship of Euro96 in England helped propel it to the position of having the number-one standard lager in Britain during the tournament, whereas previously it was No 13 in the marketplace. But the biggest gorillas in the sponsorship jungle are no longer the drinks companies or even the tobacco companies. Mobile phone companies have emerged as the dominant force, seeking global events such as Euro 2004 (T-Mobile) and Formula 1 (Vodafone) that match their international networks.

The door’s still open for Henrik
Edinburgh Evening News – May 24, 2004
He repeated the goals, if not the waterworks, with a brace at Hampden Park on Saturday when the Hoops came back from behind to beat Dunfermline 3-1 and lift the Tennent’s Scottish Cup. Afterwards, Larsson insisted the plan was to play in Euro 2004 and then either find another club or retire. But O’Neill made it clear that a return to Celtic was an option that would also be available. He said: “The door is open and it is a wide door so he can walk through it any time he wishes. “He has known that for some time though I don’t think it is on his agenda… He repeated the goals, if not the waterworks, with a brace at Hampden Park on Saturday when the Hoops came back from behind to beat Dunfermline 3-1 and lift the Tennent’s Scottish Cup. Afterwards, Larsson insisted the plan was to play in Euro 2004 and then either find another club or retire. But O’Neill made it clear that a return to Celtic was an option that would also be available. He said: “The door is open and it is a wide door so he can walk through it any time he wishes. “He has known that for some time though I don’t think it is on his agenda. “When you saw the scenes last week I don’t think he will be staying.

BBC NEWS | UK | More workers taking sickies
BBC News – May 24, 2004
But employers suspect a large slice of that, 15% or some 25m days, were as a result of feigned sickness. The poll of 500 firms, by the CBI and insurance giant AXA, came after supermarkets announced a crackdown on sickness leave. Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s have decided not to pay staff for the first few days of sickness absence. The average worker took 7. 2 days off last year – an increase of half a day on the previous year, the study suggested… “As costs rose in 2003, many services firms were forced to slim down and
conduct the same amount of work with fewer staff. “This would have increased pressure on employees and possibly affected
morale, leading to an increase in absence. Euro 2004

“Unwarranted long weekends and staff ‘pulling sickies’ are taking their toll
on the UK’s ability to absorb the enormous cost of absence,” he added. He also said that managers were particularly concerned about staff feigning sickness during this summer’s Euro 2004 football tournament. But TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said the increase in sick days showed that employers, especially in the service sector, were making their staff ill through overwork, bad management and outdated working methods. “The TUC and CBI need to work together to get employers to concentrate on keeping staff healthy and in work which should be even more important in a struggling sector. “Over three-quarters of sickness absence is made up of people on long-term sick because employers fail to prevent and deal with serious illnesses such as stress, back pain and occupational asthma,” he said.

Lyon crowned recovery king again in Ligue 1
SI.com – May 24, 2004
Vahid Halilhodzic’s side started the season gaining only four points from five games but PSG snatched a direct Champions League qualifying spot by one point from Monaco. League Cup winners Sochaux were one of the most exciting sides in the league thanks to African Cup winner Santos and French international midfielder Benoit Pedretti, who will join Olympique Marseille during the close season. CISSE LEAVES Pedretti has been included in France’s squad for the Euro 2004 finals where he will substitute for Claude Makelele or Patrick Vieira. Djibril Cisse, the league’s top scorer with 26 goals, will not be in Portugal after he was handed a five-match ban by UEFA for kicking an opponent during an under-21 game in November. Cisse bid a tearful farewell to AJ Auxerre fans after earning the club a UEFA Cup spot with a double in a 2-0 win over Nantes. Cisse, one of the fastest strikers in Europe, will join Liverpool next season. Olympique Marseille, who finished seventh, demonstrated the Ligue 1’s high standard when they reached the UEFA Cup final, beating Gothenburg, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Newcastle United on the way… League Cup winners Sochaux were one of the most exciting sides in the league thanks to African Cup winner Santos and French international midfielder Benoit Pedretti, who will join Olympique Marseille during the close season. CISSE LEAVES Pedretti has been included in France’s squad for the Euro 2004 finals where he will substitute for Claude Makelele or Patrick Vieira. Djibril Cisse, the league’s top scorer with 26 goals, will not be in Portugal after he was handed a five-match ban by UEFA for kicking an opponent during an under-21 game in November. Cisse bid a tearful farewell to AJ Auxerre fans after earning the club a UEFA Cup spot with a double in a 2-0 win over Nantes. Cisse, one of the fastest strikers in Europe, will join Liverpool next season. Olympique Marseille, who finished seventh, demonstrated the Ligue 1’s high standard when they reached the UEFA Cup final, beating Gothenburg, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Newcastle United on the way. They lost to Valencia in the final but in striker Didier Drogba they have discovered one of European soccer’s rising stars.

Italy refreshed for Euros
BBC News – May 24, 2004
“The players are much less psychologically and physically stressed than they usually are at this time of year. “They have been focused on the European Championships since the end of April. ”

Certainly if this season had been anything like the last, the Azzurri could have been heading towards burn-out before Euro 2004 even began. General fatigue, increased risk of injury and big clubs reluctant to release key players for national training are some of the problems Italy could have faced… “That would have meant us having 14 out of the 23 players in the Italy squad still involved in the Champions league. “It might have also been the same with the Uefa Cup with Roma and Inter. ”

Ready for revenge

Not only rested and refreshed, Italy are also incredibly focused on wiping out the bad memories of Euro 2000 and the World Cup two years ago. Last time around, national legend Dino Zoff led the team to within 20 seconds of European victory before Silvain Wiltord scored the equaliser which enabled David Trezeguet’s golden goal to secure the trophy for France. It was a similiar story at the World Cup, with the Azurri losing to co-hosts South Korea in the second round – again on a golden goal. Whether they can be so unlucky for a third time seems less likely as Italy’s team of stars ooze with cautious confidence. “We think we have much more experience in the team and wonderful individual players such as Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Nesta, Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero.

Three-stage plan to combat violence at Euro 2004
chinadaily.com.cn – May 23, 2004
One of the last big public-order disturbances came in 1989, when police were
sent in to break up a demonstration of their fellow officers, marching for the
right to form a union. At least 500 uniformed officers were involved in running battles with riot
police, who unleashed dogs on them, beat them with batons and sprayed them with
water cannon in an infamous day in Portugal. Water cannon may well be used again at Euro 2004, but only as a last resort,
according to the head of security for the tournament, General Leonel Carvalho. “If needed, security forces will use water cannons, tear gas and rubber
bullets to re-establish public order,” said Carvalho. “If problems become more acute, special forces will be able to use dogs and
horses. ”
Police officers will carry guns, as per normal practice in Portugal, but
Carvalho said they would not be used in any outbreaks of hooliganism. “We will never use real guns,” he said… ”
Police officers will carry guns, as per normal practice in Portugal, but
Carvalho said they would not be used in any outbreaks of hooliganism. “We will never use real guns,” he said. “We’re not
talking about cases of terrorism or criminals where the other side are armed as
well.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 24, 2004
As Proctor & Gamble, owner of the crisp brand, is not an official Uefa sponsor, the players could not be seen wearing their national team shirts without authorisation from their national associations. Ruud van Nistelrooy, for instance, can be seen on the products wearing an orange shirt just off the official Pantone colour of Dutch orange. It is a typical example of ambush marketing that many companies have employed around big sports events where the commercial rights are tightly controlled. Proactive, which is changing its name to Formation in July, was given the contract by Proctor & Gamble to tie up the rights deals with the 12 footballers in the Pringles Dream Team promotion.

Thompson in Euro admission
BBC News – May 23, 2004
But the Celtic midfielder insists he is not bitter at his omission from the squad, which was announced this week. He is not even on the standby list but said: “I will go on holiday on 4 June and never expected to be in the squad. “I am just grateful to Sven-Goran Eriksson for giving me my first cap against Sweden. ”

However, he added: “I would have liked more chances to impress.

Germany braced for Euro failure
BBC News – May 24, 2004

That is the frank assessment of Carl Heinz Wild, chief football correspondent of Kicker magazine, as he looks ahead to Euro 2004. As Europe’s major footballing nations prepare for the finals in Portugal, the mood in Germany is verging on fatalistic. Just two years after reaching the World Cup final in Japan, the German people are wondering whether their team will even qualify from their group at the European championships. And with good reason. Germany travelled to Romania in late April for a friendly match as manager Rudi Voller continued his team’s preparations for the finals… Werder Bremen skipper Frank Baumann and Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack were late withdrawals for the friendly against Romania with muscle injuries but both played a full match for their respective clubs three days later. The dearth of emerging talent is also a concern. “There is not the same quality of player now in Germany,” added Wild. “We have many players from abroad and not enough young players of our own coming through. And the young players lack ambition, that is a big problem. ”

Stuttgart’s Kevin Kuranyi and Andreas Hinkel and Bayern Munich duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Piotr Trochowski are talented but far from the finished article. The technical ability of the emerging players is open to question.

Scholes has lost his edge
Telegraph.co.uk – May 23, 2004
Nothing too serious, although by his own admission, United’s indifferent season hasn’t been easy; by his own high standards, it is definitely one to forget. Having filled nearly every position across midfield and also been used as a support striker, he has been unable to get into a groove to show his best form on a consistent basis. Not the best preparation for Euro 2004. He certainly won’t be feeling as confident as Frank Lampard who has enjoyed a terrific campaign driving Chelsea on. As the opener with France draws ever closer, Lampard’s possible inclusion will become an increasingly hot topic, whether it’s as an alternative for Scholes or for the out-of-sorts Nicky Butt. The argument over whether Lampard is actually suited for either role we can save for another day. For now, second-guessing Sven-Goran Eriksson is hard enough, given he nominated Ruud van Nistelrooy as man of the match in Cardiff.

RTÉ Sport: Plaudits flow for Larsson
rte.ie – May 22, 2004
He said: “This is great. We wanted to finish the season on a good note. But this is not about me, this is about the team getting a result. Winning today is fantastic. ”
Larsson’s team-mates paid tribute to the Swedish striker, who has come out of international retirement to spearhead Sweden’s attack in Euro 2004. Jackie McNamara said: “We expected him to go out with a bang and he did just that. He was magnificent and deserves all his success… But this is not about me, this is about the team getting a result. Winning today is fantastic. ”
Larsson’s team-mates paid tribute to the Swedish striker, who has come out of international retirement to spearhead Sweden’s attack in Euro 2004. Jackie McNamara said: “We expected him to go out with a bang and he did just that. He was magnificent and deserves all his success. ”
Neil Lennon echoed his sentiments, saying: “It is going to take a lot of money to replace him. It is unfair to compare him with any other player.

Russia without key men for Austria
go.com – May 24, 2004
Saturn Ramenskoye defender Onopko injured his right knee inlast Wednesday’s league match against Rubin Kazan while Loskovsustained a back injury in Saturday’s game against KrylyaSovietov Samara. The injuries to Ignashevich and Gusev were not specified. Austria are 73rd in FIFA’s world rankings, 43 places belowRussia, and did not qualify for Euro 2004 in Portugal. ‘We are outsiders but we will do everything we can to avoiddefeat,’ Austria coach Hans Krankl told Austrian statebroadcaster ORF. The match in Graz is Russia’s final competitive test beforenext month’s European championship in Portugal. They begin their Euro 2004 campaign against Spain on June 12before meeting hosts Portugal and Greece in Group A. Your views on this story?.

Larsson off on his lap of honour
Telegraph.co.uk – May 24, 2004
“We have in many ways been able to rescue this place from its position four or five years ago when there was talk of the bulldozers coming in,” Taylor said. The financial performance held up despite a run of indifferent form and a slump down the FIFA rankings by the national team and Taylor warned: “The problem is non-qualification. We would have got £2-3 million from reaching the finals of Euro 2004 and more money would have come in through sponsorship deals. We cannot continue not to qualify.

Home front | Philip Johnston | Columnists | Opinion | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – May 24, 2004
Victor d’Hondt is probably little known even in his homeland. He was a professor of civil law at Ghent University in 1882 when he devised a way of electing people that relieved them of the tiresome necessity of standing for public office as individuals. Under the d’Hondt method, voters do not choose a candidate but vote for a party, each of which has published a list of hopefuls it wants to see elected. The party winning the most votes in a constituency is awarded the area’s first seat, which goes to the candidate at the top of its list. The party with the greatest number of votes at this point receives the next seat to be awarded… We will then have to wait until Sunday before the outcome of the European election is announced, since no country in the EU can reveal its results until polling stations have closed in each of the 25 member states. Another bad night for the Government (and at the last Euro elections, Labour polled just 28 per cent of the vote) will complete what could be a nightmare weekend for the Prime Minister. In the middle of all this, England play France in the Euro 2004 soccer championships. While the game will offer a merciful relief from politics, a defeat will hardly lift national spirits. Then again, at least England aren’t playing Belgium.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 22, 2004
When the captain of England?s national team signed last year from Manchester United, that looked like the last piece needed to propel Madrid to the Champion?s League, Spanish league and King?s Cup titles. It won none and could wind up after Sunday?s final Spanish league match at best in second place, but ? depending on other results ? also third or fourth. ?I?ve been here for one season and it feels like the job?s not done yet,? Beckham stated. ?The support that I have received from the fans has been amazing and I would like to see them repaid with success. ? He won?t even play Sunday. He was red-carded for swearing, in Spanish, at a referee in last week?s drubbing by lowly Murcia. That was Madrid?s fourth loss in a row and fifth in the past six matches ? one of the worst stretches in the storied club?s history… But his decision to remain may also have been influenced by his unease with the intrusive British press, which has been excluded from some areas of Santiago Bernabeu stadium following inflammatory coverage related to Beckham?s alleged intimate relations with women other than his wife. The couple has taken a new lease on a home in Madrid, and son Brooklyn will be enrolled at a Spanish school. The England captain said he wanted to put an end to the endless round of headlines regarding potential transfers to other clubs before the Euro 2004 championships in Portugal starting next month.

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