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June 5, 2004

Sven: Frank won’t hold us back

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The News Review:

* In Portugal, only one contest counts
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | England crush Iceland
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Boss Eriksson upbeat
* Sven: Frank won’t hold us back
* RTÉ Sport: French officials shrug off Santini bombshell
* Sought after Deschamps staying put
* Coach says Euro team won’t suffer
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia | Russia needs new stadiums
* Ronaldo faces up to home pressure
* Euro madness
* SOCCER : Brazil teaches Argentina the 3 ‘R’s
* TERRY MISSES ICELAND CLASH
* Germans outmuscle Swiss in combative Euro warm-up
* BBC NEWS | Europe | Weird and wonderful Euro vote tactics
* Euro 2004 to cost millions in “bribes”
* Europe’s eyes on Mourinho
* Eriksson warns Rooney
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

In Portugal, only one contest counts
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 4, 2004
All of which is paradoxical, because the Portuguese love Europe. For this is a country which, perhaps more than any other European state, has benefited from the largesse of its richer members. EU funds have not gone into the 10 new stadiums built for Euro 2004, which some blame for plunging the country into an economic crisis, but the motorways and other infrastructure projects around them have benefited from the communal purse. A sign on the opposite side of the Tagus river from Lisbon declares that the Vasco da Gama bridge, opened in 1998, was “co-financed by European cohesion funds”. The sign is one of thousands, most of them bearing the 15 stars of the older member states, dotted on roads across Portugal to show exactly how and where EU structural and cohesion funds have been spent. None is quite as spectacular as the elegant seven-mile bridge held up above the waters of the Tagus estuary by 184 sets of pillars. Growth Projects like this, linking a poor farming area of cork trees and wheat fields to the centre of the capital and providing a second major route east and south out of Lisbon, are a big part of the reason why Portugal loves Europe.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | England crush Iceland
BBC News – Jun 5, 2004
uk%3E&board=sixosix. England were not finished and Vassell curled an exquisite shot around Arason for England’s sixth on 77 minutes. England: Robinson, G Neville, A Cole, Campbell,
Carragher, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Beckham, Rooney, Owen. Iceland: Arason, Ingimarsson, Indridi Sigurdsson, Marteinsson,
Hreidarsson, Helguson, Thordur Gudjonsson, Johannes Gudjonsson,
Gretarsson, Gudjohnsen, Helgi Sigurdsson. Subs: Finnbogason,
Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson, Helgason, Jonsson, Tryggvi Gudmundsson,
Bjarni Gudjonsson, Baldvinsson, Johann Gudmundsson. Referee: Jan Wegereef (Holland).

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Boss Eriksson upbeat
BBC News – Jun 5, 2004
I think everything is looking very fine. ”

Eriksson made his accustomed set of wholesale changes at half-time, but said it was a neccesary and worthwhile exercise. “It’s important when you go into a big tournament that those who may not start the games are in good shape. “I was very happy with the second half performance, everyone played well and we scored some nice goals.

Sven: Frank won’t hold us back
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jun 3, 2004
Eriksson confirmed no changes to his provisional 23-man squad when he confirmed the final party to UEFA today, with standby striker Jermain Defoe therefore missing out. The England coach is optimistic about slight injury worries which affected David Beckham, Gary Neville and John Terry during the 1-1 draw against Japan. It remains to be seen whether they will be rested from Saturday’s final warm-up game against Iceland, but the trio believe they will be fit for the opening Euro 2004 group game against France. Neville insisted: “I’m fine, there’s nothing to worry about… We will both be okay. These things happen, but I don’t think we’ve got anything serious. Against France, England must cope not only with strikers Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet, but also the roving midfield figures of Zidane and Robert Pires. France’s two main creative forces are given licence to roam forward by the defensive talents of Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele behind them. Eriksson, however, looks to have dispensed with three years’ planning and preparation by shifting away from a natural holding midfielder, whether it be Nicky Butt, Owen Hargreaves or Phil Neville. Shirty Instead, Lampard is set to be asked to continue adapting his game to ensure that the Swede can find him a place in the side, especially after being handed the number 11 shirt ahead of Butt, who is number 17. It would seem to be yet another case of a square peg, albeit an in-form one, in a round hole, just like playing Steven Gerrard on the left flank.

RTÉ Sport: French officials shrug off Santini bombshell
rte.ie – Jun 4, 2004
The news came just 10 days before France faced England in their opening match in the championships in Lisbon. “There’s no panic,” said French federation president Claude Simonet, whose refusal to extend Santini’s contract before the European championships led to Santini looking for a new job. “He obviously felt his conditions, which I cannot reveal, were not satisfactory but in professional sport every man is free to leave. Mr Santini has obviously forgotten the clause in his contract which stipulated we would extend his contract to 2006 if we had a good Euro 2004. ” Simonet said that Santini’s replacement should be known by mid-July. Former manager Michel Platini said Santani had phoned him to seek his advice. “After what happened with Roger Lemerre we couldn’t afford to take another risk,” said the French federation vice-president… Lemerre, who took over from 1998 World Cup-winning coach Aime Jacquet, had won Euro 2000 and his contract had been extended before the 2002 tournament. Santini, who had coached Lyon to their first league title, took over and revived French fortunes. They qualiified for Euro 2004 by winning every match. Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol said Santini had told the players on Thursday before announcing his move. “We weren’t surprised. His negotiations with the federation never seemed to end and he likes everyone to know where they stand, which wasn’t the case with Lemerre. The English didn’t hesitate to extend (Sven Goran) Eriksson’s contract and they didn’t worry about any possible compensation payments,” Sagnol added.

Sought after Deschamps staying put
CNN International – Jun 4, 2004
It was announced on Thursday that France manager Jacques Santini would quit at the end of Euro 2004 to take over at the English premier league side. Deschamps was scathing saying it was "regrettable for the team, the coach and the federation. "He added: "It’s not going to bring back credibility. Now France must still do well at Euro 2004. "Deschamps, who captained France to the European title in 2000 and who has just taken Monaco to the Champions League final, went on: "The adventure continues (at Monaco) and we’re going to try to keep a competitive team as well as the players who have been approached like Jerome Rothen and Ludovic Giuly. "Our great campaign last season must give us the ambition to do even better the next. "Rothen has been linked with Paris St Germain and Giuly with Barcelona.

Coach says Euro team won’t suffer
Calcutta Telegraph – Jun 5, 2004
The news came just 10 days before France faced England in their opening match of the championship in Lisbon. ?There?s no panic,? said French federation president Claude Simonet, whose refusal to extend Santini?s contract before the European championship led to Santini looking for a new job. ?He obviously felt his conditions, which I cannot reveal, were not satisfactory but in professional sport every man is free to leave. Mr Santini has obviously forgotten the clause in his contract which stipulated we would extend his contract to 2006 if we had a good Euro 2004. ?

Former manager Michel Platini said Santini had phoned him to seek his advice. ?After what happened with Roger Lemerre we couldn?t afford to take another risk,? said the French federation vice-president. ?But I wish him good luck… Lemerre, who took over from 1998 World Cup-winning coach Aime Jacquet, had won Euro 2000 and his contract had been extended before the 2002 meet. Santini, who had coached Lyon to their first league title, took over and revived French fortunes. They qualified for Euro 2004 by winning every match. Bayern Munich right-back Willy Sagnol said Santini had told the players on Thursday before announcing his move. ?We weren?t surprised. His negotiations with the federation never seemed to end and he likes everyone to know where they stand, which wasn?t the case with Lemerre. It was better to find out now than in the middle of the Euro.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia | Russia needs new stadiums
BBC News – Jun 4, 2004
Russia failed with a bid to stage the Euro 2008 finals last year. And Koloskov said: “We had a great plan to host the finals but the problem was it existed only on paper. “We need modern stadiums to get the nod in our favour – it was a clear message from Uefa. We’re not ready yet and it may take a while.

Ronaldo faces up to home pressure
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jun 5, 2004
“The truth is, I have more responsibility in the national team because I am a United player. There’s always been an extra burden on internationals from big clubs and fans demand more of me. England’s first Euro 2004 opponents France, meanwhile, have given their backing to Jacques Santini’s decision to join Tottenham after Euro 2004. Santini’s move came following the France Football Federation’s reluctance to extend his contract beyond this summer’s tournament – despite taking Les Bleus to Portugal on the back of a 100 per cent qualification record. Defender Willy Sagnol revealed the news did not shock many within the squad. “We all found out on the pitch, just before training, and as far as I am concerned, I am not surprised,” he said. “The discussions with the FFF about his contract extension were just dragging on and I think he was right to make that choice… England’s first Euro 2004 opponents France, meanwhile, have given their backing to Jacques Santini’s decision to join Tottenham after Euro 2004. Santini’s move came following the France Football Federation’s reluctance to extend his contract beyond this summer’s tournament – despite taking Les Bleus to Portugal on the back of a 100 per cent qualification record. Defender Willy Sagnol revealed the news did not shock many within the squad. “We all found out on the pitch, just before training, and as far as I am concerned, I am not surprised,” he said. “The discussions with the FFF about his contract extension were just dragging on and I think he was right to make that choice. The FFF were eager to avoid the situation which occurred following the 2002 World Cup, when Roger Lemerre was sacked following France’s disastrous display. Lemerre had extended his contract before the start of the tournament, meaning the FFF were forced to pay out hefty compensation following his exit.

Euro madness
SLAM! Sports – Jun 3, 2004
Unlike the World Cup, there will be no danger of a weak side slipping into this 16-team draw. How good is this field? Well, when last we saw them, the Germans were grinding their way to the World Cup final in Japan. Just two years later, this perennial soccer power is an afterthought at Euro 2004, not expected to qualify out of Group D, pitted against the Czech Republic, Holland and Latvia. Just over a month ago, coach Rudy Voeller took his side to Romania for a friendly and came home utterly embarrassed, 5-1. As a result of that game, and others, the German people have absolutely no expectations for this tournament. In a recent poll in Germany, only about 2% of the respondents said they expected Germany to win Euro 2004. So, who will?
Well, as always, it will be a tight fit for whoever survives, given the level of competition.

SOCCER : Brazil teaches Argentina the 3 ‘R’s
International Herald Tribune – Jun 4, 2004
But Ronaldo is still irresistible, still capable of performing a triple all alone, as he proved with a hat-trick of goals when Brazil beat arch-foe Argentina,3-1, Wednesday night in Belo Horizonte. All Ronaldo's goals were penalties, all were won and scored by him, and he is getting used now to writing our stories for us: "This is my home," he said outside the dressing room at Cruzeiro, which was the first club to sign him as an adolescent. "To come back here after not playing in the stadium for 10 years is very emotional, and to score three goals against Argentina is a dream even if I did not think it was possible. " What? Ronaldo, the dreamer among dreamers, the man-child who was written off as destroyed by knee injuries and who came back to be top scorer as Brazil reclaimed the World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, in 2002 — surely he does not know what is impossible on a soccer pitch? Today in Sports.

TERRY MISSES ICELAND CLASH
4TheGame – Jun 4, 2004
here NEWS STORY TERRY MISSES ICELAND CLASH Friday 04 Jun 2004 John Terry misses tomorrow’s England friendly against Iceland at Old Trafford because of a hamstring injury. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed that the Chelsea centre-back has a “small problem with a hamstring” and would not be risked with the Euro 2004 opener against France looming large. “He will not play tomorrow,” Eriksson told Sky Sports. “He is supposed to practice normally on Tuesday again. “If it had been the game against France tomorrow he might have played but we decided not to take any risks with him. ” Eriksson appeared to suggest that Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher would get the nod to replace Terry ahead of Ledley King.

Germans outmuscle Swiss in combative Euro warm-up
abc.net.au – Jun 3, 2004
In the night’s other warm-up, Jaroslav Plasil ensured he retained a place in the Czech Republic squad with his first international goal in a 3-1 win over Bulgaria. The Germans, embarrassed and beaten 5-1 by Romania in April, had not lost to the Swiss since 1956 and needed a confidence-boosting result to lift them in their final preparations for the Euro tournament in Portugal. Two simple goals by lanky striker Kevin Kuranyi separated the teams as the Swiss, who will also be at Euro 2004, failed to mark striker Stephane Chapuisat’s 100th appearance with a memorable result. Kuranyi struck his first after a misdirected header by Swiss defender Bernt Haas flew across his own goal to Miroslav Klose. His low cross gave Kuranyi an easy volley past the unimpressive Joerg Stiel from 10 metres. Kuranyi’s second came during a rash of substitutions when he headed in unchallenged from a cross by Arne Friedrich with six minutes remaining… Chapuisat was given a standing ovation at the start when he was introduced to the crowd as captain for the night, but it was to be his most telling contribution as both sides made the most of a wet, slippery surface to produce a series of heavy challenges. As a result, the game was littered with stoppages and errors, with neither side producing a performance that would worry their group rivals in Portugal. “It was clear that both teams are preparing for Euro 2004,” Germany captain Oliver Kahn told German television. “There were phases during which we lacked fitness. In the first half we had a few problems but overall we can be satisfied. We can build on this. ”

Germany’s best chance in the first half came when Switzerland’s Murat Yakin almost headed into his own net, Stiel diving to tip his header over the bar.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Weird and wonderful Euro vote tactics
BBC News – Jun 4, 2004
Jon Dahl Tomasson, Martin Joergensen, Martin Retov and Morten Wieghorst are working to ensure fans do not forget to vote as the Euro 2004 football championship gets under way the same weekend as the elections. In posters and free postcards available in cafes and restaurants across Denmark next week, they will urge Danes to register their vote – either directly or by mail. “To me it’s not important what you vote, it’s that you vote,” Mr Joergensen said in a statement released by the June Movement, a Eurosceptic group in Denmark, reports the Associated Press.

Euro 2004 to cost millions in “bribes”
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jun 3, 2004
One in two men admit they will either have to treat their partner in order to get permission to watch the tournament or promise to behave well, according to off-licence chain Threshers. Just under a third of men had to promise not to get too drunk, while 27% agreed to make sure their friends would have left the house by a certain time. One in three fans agreed to give their partners a nice evening in in return for a night of football, while 25% are collectively set to spend ’22. 1 million taking their girlfriends out, and 17% will spend just under ‘8 million cooking a meal and having a bottle of wine… One in two men admit they will either have to treat their partner in order to get permission to watch the tournament or promise to behave well, according to off-licence chain Threshers. Just under a third of men had to promise not to get too drunk, while 27% agreed to make sure their friends would have left the house by a certain time. One in three fans agreed to give their partners a nice evening in in return for a night of football, while 25% are collectively set to spend ’22. 1 million taking their girlfriends out, and 17% will spend just under ‘8 million cooking a meal and having a bottle of wine. The most expensive bribe was giving girlfriends money to go shopping, with 17% of men set to part with ’26. 5 million, or ’50 each, to ensure they could watch the tournament.

Europe’s eyes on Mourinho
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 5, 2004
The second-most-famous Russian linesman in English football history has been removed from the list of officials for Euro 2004. His crime was wrongly to disallow the Paul Scholes goal that would have knocked Porto out of the Champions League in March. If Jose Mourinho turns out to be as good a manager as he thinks he is, Chelsea fans may have cause to remember Comrade Krasyuk as fondly as his fellow countryman at the 1966 World Cup final. If Krasyuk had kept his late flag down, Mourinho would never have galloped 50 yards down the Old Trafford touchline and into the mind’s eye of European football’s wealthiest employers. Chelsea were still throwing drinks parties for a stoical Swede at the time; now they are on the verge of inviting a Portuguese man of words to look after their valuables… There are any number of rumours circulating about this summer’s managerial merry-go-round. Real and Juventus will certainly be shopping for coaches. English is not the only language in which Mourinho can negotiate. The new man comes complete with a reputation. I am reliably informed that he is already the tall, dark stranger in many a housewife’s daydream, a natural for the Gold Blend advert. Those smouldering eyes also get their message across when you ask him for his team line-up. However, he does tread the fine line between self-assured and self-possessed.

Eriksson warns Rooney
BBC News – Jun 3, 2004
“In a competitive match, he would have had at least a yellow,” said Eriksson. “I will see it again on video and then I will decide – but if it is like people have said, then, of course, I will talk to him. ”

But Eriksson is backing Rooney to hit top form during Euro 2004. “He’s not as brilliant as he was but I’m sure that will return,” added the England coach.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Jun 4, 2004
Santini, who oversaw an emphatic qualifying campaign for Euro 2004, was told by the French Football Federation that they would not be extending his contract after the finals, so it's next stop White Hart Lane for the 51-year-old coach, who says: "I'm delighted to get the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur. "I'm an ambitious man and it's always been a dream of mine to coach a big English club in the most exciting league in the world. Tottenham Hotspur are a very big club, with a wonderful history and great traditions. Daniel Levy and Frank have outlined their vision and I share their ambitions. I'm determined to help the club return to its place amongst the elite and look forward to joining after Euro 2004.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 5, 2004
Current coach Jacques Santini will not want to see it again. Santini recently said France is a weaker team without Zidane. ?In a tournament of such intensity, where you need to be strong technically, tactically and physically, you need all your big weapons,? Santini said. ?Not a single team can win Euro 2004 without its leaders.

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