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May 30, 2004

Neville makes England’s case

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* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Neville makes England’s case
* Umbro float pegged back
* Euro 2004: The young stars to watch in Portugal
* World Cup was target for al-Qaeda
* EURO 2004: Holland
* Sports labels shun sweatshop image
* ESPNsoccernet – World – Belgium upsets Netherlands in friendly
* EURO 2004: England – the case for the defence
* ‘Friendly’ police to thwart yobs
* GROUP D: With nothing to lose, Latvians looking forward to their…
* GROUP D: Germans are proven tournament team
* Denmark fail to impress in Tallinn
* Scholes fears for place
* Mad Brit Diary Queiroz is a failure again — and a wealthy one at…
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | PE.com | Southern California News |…
* Scholes hoping to strike a chord

Culture & Lifestyle | 28.05.2004 Germany Thrashes Malta’s…
Deutsche Welle – May 28, 2004
The 5-1 loss did us harm. We must overcome this. One must feel that we are hot for Euro 2004. ”
Beckenbauer offers cautious opinion
Völler not only has the weight of a country’s expectation and a ravenous press to convince but also some of his contemporaries who have voiced their skepticism over Germany’s chances. German soccer monarch Franz Beckenbauer recently declared that a semi-final place was the most he could hope for. “If Rudi Völler’s team can survive the first round, they might be able to reach the semifinals,” he said. However, the former national coach and player conceded that he was willing to be proved wrong: “The past has shown that the Germans are a tournament team.

World Cup 2006 | 28.05.2004 Championship Hosts Equipped to Deal with…
Deutsche Welle – May 28, 2004
But just as the Portuguese authorities have been preparing for confrontations between rival supporters, security procedures regarding a possible terror threat have also been increased ahead of the soccer showpiece. According to Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso Portugal is equipped to face a possible terrorist attack when it hosts the three-week finals in June. “No responsible government can say that a terrorist attack will not take place. On the contrary, today any responsible government knows that these threats exist,” he told reporters following a meeting with Portugal’s President Jorge Sampaio and the chiefs of the country’s security and military forces. “What I can responsibly say is that today we have means at our disposal which we never had before and we are determined to provide security as never before. ”
Budget increased for security
Portugal has already cancelled all police leave during the tournament, hired new officers and spent €16.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 29, 2004
Sporting?s Ricardo Pereira, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari?s first choice in goal for the Portuguese, has complained of being treated like ?an opponent of Portugal?. ?To talk about this is a lack of respect for those who are here. There are three of us and we have Scolari?s trust,? he told A Bola sports newspaper. Scolari, who picked Pereira, Quim Silva of Sporting Braga and uncapped under-21 keeper Jose Moreira of Benfica, has not called up veteran Baia since he took over the Portugal side in early 2003.

Neville makes England’s case
Telegraph.co.uk – May 29, 2004
Neville calls the meeting with Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and David Trezeguet “the game of the first round” of Euro 2004. And he cannot wait for the opening whistle. “France have a wonderful team and some great players but I don’t think England should fear any country,” said Neville, who was training with the squad in Sardinia yesterday. “We have great players. You talk about a team that wins the World Cup or European Championship needing to have four or five world-class players.

Umbro float pegged back
Telegraph.co.uk – May 29, 2004
7m cash at the float instead of the £4. Yesterday, he said he was not disappointed at the outcome. “Absolutely not,” he said. “I’m delighted that we got the flotation away in difficult market conditions. We are still within striking distance of the lower end of the price range, which would have valued us at about £170m. “Doughty director Bruce Roe said: “We have now established a market for Umbro’s shares and we will continue to work closely with management to grow the value of the business”… “Doughty director Bruce Roe said: “We have now established a market for Umbro’s shares and we will continue to work closely with management to grow the value of the business”. Mr McGuigan, 54, a former Mansfield Town football player, said he was “very excited” about developing the Umbro brand in the US footwear market and about Euro 2004, with sales of the red England away shirt rocketing. He said that, once Euro 2004 kicked off, “the only brand on the sports pages will be Umbro”. One analyst, who declined to be named, said he found the float “rather opportunistic” and warned: “Footwear in America is not their core competence. “They should stick to replica shirts.

Euro 2004: The young stars to watch in Portugal
Squarefootball – May 30, 2004
Defending champions, France, will be looking for some realisation of the promised capability offered by exciting youngsters like Jean-Alain Boumsong, Jerome Rothen, Benoit Pedretti and Louis Saha. All with age on their side and picked in a squad already containing some of the finest footballers in the world. Training with Zidane and Henry is not a bad way of learning the game. Let?s not forget that the Arsenal striker is still only in his mid-20s, as are Trezeguet, Gallas, Silvestre and Dacourt. France look in good shape for the next few years, considering the much-coveted and unquestionably talented Auxeurre defender, Phillipe Mexes, couldn?t even make the squad. Looking around some of the other teams it is clear where the stars of tomorrow are set to seize some of the headlines today. Portugal have Manchester United?s step-over king, Cristiano Ronaldo, in their squad and, given the chance, he could establish himself as a genuine world star.

World Cup was target for al-Qaeda
Guardian Unlimited – May 30, 2004
Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the most important al-Qaeda operative so far captured, is believed to have revealed the plot earlier this year, saying the only reason the attacks were never carried out was because al-Qaeda had not been able to build up a network in Japan. The information was passed to the Japanese government, which hosted the 2002 event with South Korea, by US counter-terrorist officers. The news will raise fears that terrorists will try to hit the Olympic Games in Greece this summer or the Euro 2004 football championship in Portugal next month. England’s sporting stars and officials are to be provided with 24-hour armed protection at both events and athletes at the Olympics will be protected by troops. The American CIA and FBI are taking the lead role in co-ordinating intelligence-gathering, pooling the resources of dozens of different secret services from around the world… Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the most important al-Qaeda operative so far captured, is believed to have revealed the plot earlier this year, saying the only reason the attacks were never carried out was because al-Qaeda had not been able to build up a network in Japan. The information was passed to the Japanese government, which hosted the 2002 event with South Korea, by US counter-terrorist officers. The news will raise fears that terrorists will try to hit the Olympic Games in Greece this summer or the Euro 2004 football championship in Portugal next month. England’s sporting stars and officials are to be provided with 24-hour armed protection at both events and athletes at the Olympics will be protected by troops. The American CIA and FBI are taking the lead role in co-ordinating intelligence-gathering, pooling the resources of dozens of different secret services from around the world. Both events are massive security challenges. The three-week football championship starts on 12 June and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of fans.

EURO 2004: Holland
Squarefootball – May 28, 2004
Van Nistelrooy is a must have though. One to watchChelsea?s new man, Arjen Robben, should cause opposition defenders no end of harm when he?s let loose on them in Portugal, as he surely will be. He has pace, an abundance of talent and, most significantly, is not afraid to take on tortured full-backs all day. Not in his favour is inexperience at international level, with just a handful of caps to his name to date, but that shouldn?t hold back the wing wonder as he looks to justify the millions Abramovich has forked out. Also, keep an eye out for the ludicrously-talented Ajax pair of van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder. PredictionWell, its all there. The solid goalkeeper, Jaap Stam-marshalled defence, hard-working midfield and proliferation of attacking marksmen… One to watchChelsea?s new man, Arjen Robben, should cause opposition defenders no end of harm when he?s let loose on them in Portugal, as he surely will be. He has pace, an abundance of talent and, most significantly, is not afraid to take on tortured full-backs all day. Not in his favour is inexperience at international level, with just a handful of caps to his name to date, but that shouldn?t hold back the wing wonder as he looks to justify the millions Abramovich has forked out. Also, keep an eye out for the ludicrously-talented Ajax pair of van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder. PredictionWell, its all there. The solid goalkeeper, Jaap Stam-marshalled defence, hard-working midfield and proliferation of attacking marksmen. On paper, you?d find it hard pushed to look beyond at least the final for the Netherlands.

Sports labels shun sweatshop image
TVNZ – May 28, 2004
But human rights campaigners and sports firms both acknowledge thatthere can be a big gap between written codes and the reality offactory life. Frank Henke, Adidas’s director of social and environmental affairs,told reporters earlier this month that more than half of itssuppliers did not meet what he called “best practice”. “We will not work with such firms unless they show they areimproving their record,” he said. The industry also faces the challenge of proving the age ofemployees. Nike, the world’s biggest maker of footwear, insists workers mustbe 16 in its clothing factories and 18 in footwear factories butsays this goal can be hindered by false age records and youngerworkers already employed by a new supplier. Mounting pressure Analysts estimate that Nike, Reebok and Adidas make up around halfthe sporting footwear market worldwide. The global market forsportswear goods is estimated to generate at least US$58 billionper year.

ESPNsoccernet – World – Belgium upsets Netherlands in friendly
go.com – May 30, 2004
Belgium coach Aime Anthuenis’ side beat the tournament-boundNetherlands, one of the favorites for the title, 1-0 away inEindhoven in a friendly international on Saturday. “I don’t have to underline that I’m very pleased with thisresult against opponents in the world’s top 10,” Anthuenis saidafter captain Bart Goor’s late penalty settled the match. “To say that the Dutch performed poorly, and I am sure mycolleague (Dick Advocaat) will say they did, would undermine ourvictory and that would not be right. “Advocaat, resting some players and trying alternativeformations, was unhappy with a performance that fell well shortof the form the Dutch will need if they are to win their secondEuropean championship title since 1988.

EURO 2004: England – the case for the defence
Squarefootball – May 28, 2004
It is, by all accounts, a quiet squad but Neville is never backwards with encouragement and communication and is one that Eriksson will be looking for to inspire the squad. David James appears to have the goalkeeping spot sewn up and it?s hard to argue otherwise. This is not a golden generation of Engligh stoppers in the traditions of the past but James has done nothing wrong despite his club?s poor campaign. He will be pushed hard by Tottenham?s new boy, Paul Robinson, who is surely, with time on his side, going to be the man in possession of the number one shirt in the not too distant future. Question marks should be raised about the decision to bring Ian Walker as the third-choice keeper. He has not had a good season, unaided by a poor defence in front of him at Leicester, of course. His prospects of being his country?s number one are as slim as the captain?s wife and that?s why Norwich?s young stopper Robert Green should have been given an opportunity to experience a big tournament without any pressure on his shoulders… He will be pushed hard by Tottenham?s new boy, Paul Robinson, who is surely, with time on his side, going to be the man in possession of the number one shirt in the not too distant future. Question marks should be raised about the decision to bring Ian Walker as the third-choice keeper. He has not had a good season, unaided by a poor defence in front of him at Leicester, of course. His prospects of being his country?s number one are as slim as the captain?s wife and that?s why Norwich?s young stopper Robert Green should have been given an opportunity to experience a big tournament without any pressure on his shoulders. It?s very rare that a third-choice goalkeeper is asked to play which is why it would have been an ideal chance to allow Green to feel part of a squad which he is surely going to frequent consistently in the future. England?s first choice defence almost picks itself but a series of injuries have deprived Eriksson of the back-ups he would have liked. Following injury to Gareth Southgate and Jonathan Woodgate, Sven has been forced to look elsewhere for his deputy defenders and the ones he had chosen all offer one key ingredient ? versatility.

‘Friendly’ police to thwart yobs
BBC News – May 28, 2004
British police spotters will also be in Portugal and Spain keeping tabs on the England fans. Portugal has also formally reimposed border controls with other European countries to improve security and police have been given new riot control equipment. Dr Stott added: “We hope that our research will provide the basis for a much more effective policing strategy which will reduce the incidence of large-scale disorder during Euro 2004. “Police do not need to ‘control’ hooligans to achieve a relatively peaceful tournament but simply employ a combination of low-profile policing and positive engagement with fans.

GROUP D: With nothing to lose, Latvians looking forward to their…
San Diego Union Tribune – May 28, 2004
May 28, 2004RIGA, Latvia – Latvia heads to Portugal as Euro 2004’s most improbable finalist and, at 500-1 odds to win the tournament, the undisputed long shot. It’s the first time Latvia has made the finals of any major soccer tournament and the Baltic team faces daunting competition in the first round from Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. But it would be a mistake for any of these soccer powers to overlook Latvia, which knocked out World Cup semifinalist Turkey in the playoffs to book its place in Portugal. Latvia will field an experienced side in Portugal that includes two probable starters, Vitalijs Astafjevs and Mihails Zemlinskis, who began playing with the national team in 1992, less than a year after the country of 2. 3 million residents regained its independence from the Soviet Union… With six goals in the qualifying round, including the lone goals in Latvia’s 1-0 wins against Sweden and Turkey, 24-year-old striker Maris Verpakovskis has established himself as Latvia’s star player and the focal point of the team’s attack. Verpakovskis was voted Latvia’s soccer player of the year and European Person of the Year in 2003 – an award given annually to the Latvian who brings Latvia closer to Europe and Europe closer to Latvia – beating out fellow nominee, Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga. Until this year, Verpakovskis played in the domestic league for Skonto Riga and was not well known at home or abroad. But after emerging as an offensive force during qualifying, the speedy forward drew interest from several top European clubs including Arsenal and Wolverhampton and eventually signed with the Ukraine’s top team, Dynamo Kyiv, in December. Verpakovskis has quickly become a fan favorite with his new team, scoring five goals in nine games and more and more Latvian fans are showing up at games wearing jerseys with Verpakovskis’ number 9. Latvian coach Aleksandrs Starkovs has also drawn interest from abroad, but is content to stay with the national side for the time being. Starkovs worked as an assistant under every Latvian coach since the Soviet collapse in 1991 and took over the head coaching job in 2001 from Englishman Gary Johnson, now with Yeovil Town.

GROUP D: Germans are proven tournament team
San Diego Union Tribune – May 28, 2004
And watch out for the July 4 date of the final in Portugal – it comes exactly 50 years after Germany lifted its first World Cup title with an improbable win over Hungary. The 2002 World Cup run was a wonderful tonic for the wounds left by the woeful 2000 European campaign, when Germany, as defending champion, went home after the first stage without a win. Not to mention the 5-1 defeat to England at home in qualifying. Four years later, coach Rudi Voeller must find the right mix of youth and experience for the tournament in Portugal. Voeller got the job after the Euro 2002 humiliation. The team needs to be revamped and the European Championship could be a perfect opportunity for some youngsters to get a fire baptism ahead of the 2006 World Cup, which Germany will host. "I was disappointed by some (players).

Denmark fail to impress in Tallinn
CNN International – May 30, 2004
Kenneth Perez restored Denmark’s lead three minutes later, only for Joel Lindpere to stun the visitors with a shot from outside the area in the last minute. "Our play lacked quality and precision," said Danish coach Morten Olsen. "We should have won this game and we cannot afford this kind of play in Euro 2004. We made two mistakes and this is not allowed for a team of our quality. "Estonian coach Arno Pijpers agreed that Denmark would have to improve in Portugal. "I’m very happy we managed to score twice against such a strong team. I understand why the Danish coach doesn’t feel very well because his team cannot afford to play such a game in Portugal," said Pijpers.

Scholes fears for place
BBC News – May 30, 2004
The Manchester United man, 29, has not scored for England in three years, while Lampard was voted second-best player in the Premiership this season. Scholes said: “I’m in the team to score goals and if I’m not doing that I know there’s a chance I won’t be picked. “I know I’ve had a good run in the team without scoring and Frank has had a great season for Chelsea. ”

Scholes, prolific for England from midfield before his three-year drought, added: “I know I’m not expected to get as many goals as the strikers but I am expected to score.

Mad Brit Diary Queiroz is a failure again — and a wealthy one at…
SoccerTimes – May 28, 2004
The 23-year-old Smith, a life-long Leeds fan, leaves his beloved club after it was relegated to the First Division. Liverpool fired its French coach Gerard Houllier after six years at the Anfield club. “I may have left Liverpool, but Liverpool will not leave me,” Houllier said. Houllier led the Reds to fourth place in the Premier League and a spot in the Champions League qualification. In 2000-01 Houllier enjoyed his best season – – winning the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, Worthington Cup and European Super Cup. In 2001 he had major surgery after a heart attack, but went on to win the League Cup again in 2002-03. Barcelona, coached by Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard has dumped four Dutch stars – Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu and Michael Reiziger — in its attempt to limit the club’s massive salary bill and to lower the average age of the team… Meantime, Argentina will play Peru in a friendly June 30 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N. The game, billed as the Fiesta Cup, will be part of a doubleheader that includes an MLS matchup between the MetroStars and ColoradoSwedish star Henrik Larsson has come out of international retirement to play in the Euro 2004. Larsson has ended his career with Celtic in Scotland where, in 315 games for the Glasgow team, he scored an amazing 242 goals. The mailboxChad writes: “When are the MLS teams going to start cutting the grass lower on their fields? I’m watching the Chicago Fire\Columbus Crew game today, and the game is way too slow. It looks as though this is entirely due to the length of the grass on the pitch. It would be interesting to see how exciting this game would have been had it been played on an English Premiership team’s field.

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Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – May 29, 2004
The European leagues are off until August and South America winding down, so this is an opportune time to look at the top clubs around the globe. Arsenal: Can any team have a more perfect season? Sure, the Champions League slipped by, but Arsenal accomplished something that had not been done in more than a century: play an entire English season unbeaten. Arsenal’s feat is remarkable when you consider no Spanish team has gone unbeaten in league in more than 50 years and no German team has ever accomplished the feat… Valencia: The dominant team in Spain turned out to be Valencia, not Real Madrid. Valencia captured the Spanish league title with several matches to spare, then put an exclamation mark on its season with a UEFA Cup championship, beating Marseille 2-0. While high-priced and talent-laden Real Madrid and Barcelona added offensive stars last summer, Valencia relied on its defense. Valencia did not lose to Real Madrid, beating the "galacticos" 2-0 at home and drawing 1-1 away.

Scholes hoping to strike a chord
Telegraph.co.uk – May 29, 2004
And even England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s normally expressionless eyes develop an involuntary twinkle when invited to talk about what he brings to the team. What he has not brought for the last three years, of course, is a goal, though only Scholes regards scoring not as an adornment to his midfield skills but as part of the job description. He honestly believes they are the currency with which he buys his way into the team, which is why he is suffering frustration, bordering on guilt, about his long dry spell… So if the manager were to pick him instead of me, I’d wish him all the best because I know I haven’t done what I should have been doing for the last three years. Eriksson admits, though, that it is impossible to keep secrets in world football today and he might as well have a sky writer trail the names of his European Championship first team over the City of Manchester Stadium as attempt to keep them locked in his head. As usual, for the Japan game and the final match against Iceland on Saturday, Eriksson will start with his strongest side before beginning the predictable parade of substitutes after the break that will reduce proceedings to a nonsense. The two games in the Summer Tournament, which makes it sound like some end-of-season jolly in which players can leave the field every few minutes to sip a glass of Pimms, are just an exercise in re-familiarity for the team before heading to Portugal, as was last week’s bonding trip in Sardinia, disastrous as the press day almost was. Eriksson is beating the heavy drum on England’s Euro chances, saying: “I am very confident and feel much better than before the World Cup two years ago because I can’t see any problems.

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