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June 8, 2004

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* BBC NEWS | UK | England | West Midlands | To fly or not to fly?
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | England land in Portugal
* Sales teams out to ambush fans
* Baros eyes move to Barcelona
* Keane exposes Holland’s flaws
* France the team to beat at Euro 2004
* Car flags fly in face of safety, drivers warned
* Seedorf ruled out of Dutch opener
* – Soccer – Portugal has huge appetite for home success -…
* Henry denies Pires rift
* England are feared – Eriksson
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* – Soccer – Underdog Switzerland plans to spring a surprise -…
* TV: Fox Sports Two, live 4.45am (replays at noon and 9pm)
* Robben shrugs off defeat
* – Soccer – Slapdash Spain adjust to life as Euro underdog -…
* – Soccer – Euro 2004 Group D Preview – Tuesday June 8, 2004…
* The Hottest Feet… Meet The Group B Stars
* Terry faces race against the clock

BBC NEWS | UK | England | West Midlands | To fly or not to fly?
BBC News – Jun 8, 2004
And Tim Tansley, marketing manager for House of Flags who make the flags, said demand had increased 100% on last year and individual orders were becoming more common, especially for middle class homes. “Flying a flag is definitely becoming more popular, the football is emphasising the St George’s flag because England are the only home team but when the rugby was on we had lots of business from supporters of the French, Italian and Irish teams. “Our typical customer is definitely not the stereotypical football fan of five or 10 years ago. ”
Despite this he said the firm was just about to sign a deal to produce a new style of St Georges cross which would remove it from negative connotations. Andrew Houseley, director of the Commission for Racial Equality Midlands, said he was concerned that some people felt threatened by the increase in flags on display in public. “We understand how the flag could instil fear as it has been hijacked by racists in the past,” he said. “But, the only way to remove this fear is to reclaim the flag from the racists who wrongly claim to be the only keepers of the flame of Englishness.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | England land in Portugal
BBC News – Jun 7, 2004
It also gave ammunition to critics of the diamond midfield system, with England playing much better after Eriksson ditched the formation. “If we play good football, then it’s not the most important thing whether we
play a diamond or 4-4-2,” Eriksson added. “It’s about playing well. “This result was good for the confidence but, although we have won this tournament, we haven’t won anything else. We haven’t even qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 yet. “But we have shown our potential many times in real games.

Sales teams out to ambush fans
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 8, 2004
With armchair England fans set to spend £894m on food, drink and souvenirs for the tournament, consumers are being swamped with merchandise. There are the helium balloons in the shape of an England football shirt and the ringtone version of England’s official song, All Together Now, for mobile phones. There are even inflatable chairs fitted with flags of St George… No one can buy exclusive rights to it, and it now conveys an instant association with the England team. “The St George’s flag is one of the very few loopholes there is,” said Simon Oliveira, associate director at Ketchum consultants. “But just using the flag is not the way forward. There is a saturation point now and most consumers are savvy enough to see it being used gratuitously. ” Mr Oliveira says football marketing only sells more products if companies offer consumers a tangible benefit through competitions to win tickets or meet players. He said: “If consumers can see the sponsor has been in the game for a while, there is more respect. They want to feel that sponsors are putting something back into the game.

Baros eyes move to Barcelona – Jun 8, 2004
“To move to Barcelona would be nice, but if not I will stay here. I will fight for my place and do my best for Liverpool,” he said. “I wanted to leave in the summer if the manager did not change but after Euro 2004 I came back and there’s a new situation now. “The manager, Rafa Benitez, just asked me about the future, not about the past. He just asked me what would happen if Barcelona came in. We just spoke like that. “I said to Benitez if somebody else came in I wanted to stay but if it was Barcelona, it would be nice to go there.

Keane exposes Holland’s flaws – Jun 6, 2004
It is difficult to say anything positive about their display, except that it was consistent – they operated 4-4-2 in the first half and 4-3-3 after the interval and both systems were equally ineffective against a lively, impressive Ireland. Ireland showed a solidarity and cohesion lacking in the Dutch, while their opponents’ tactics had all the clarity of alphabet soup. When Graham Barrett looks a better forward than Ruud van Nistelrooy, the alarm bells ring so loud the Noise Abatement Society are on red alert. Holland were booed off the pitch at the end of each half and when Advocaat’s photograph was flashed on the giant screens he, too, was jeered. Indecisive at the back, even Jaap Stam, who had done the work of three men, became caught up in the Dutch house of defensive horrors.

France the team to beat at Euro 2004
Independent Online – Jun 7, 2004
Hosts Portugal, Italy, the 2000 runners-up, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, are also realistic contenders to win the Henri Delaunay trophy. But France remain the team to beat, favourites to become the first side in the championship’s 44-year history to retain the title. The French are unbeaten in 18 matches and have not conceded a goal in almost a year, by far the best recent record of the 16 finalists. Their next opponents are England in Lisbon on Sunday, one of the most eagerly awaited clashes of the tournament. With so many France players facing their English club team mates, the match will have the intensity of the fiercest derby, and England, buoyed by their 6-1 win over Iceland, will be equally determined to start with a victory… Their next opponents are England in Lisbon on Sunday, one of the most eagerly awaited clashes of the tournament. With so many France players facing their English club team mates, the match will have the intensity of the fiercest derby, and England, buoyed by their 6-1 win over Iceland, will be equally determined to start with a victory. England, however, not only have the opposition to worry about but also their own fans. UEFA has threatened England with immediate expulsion if there is any repeat of the hooliganism that blighted Euro 2000 and England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has pleaded with his team’s fans to behave. Croatia, who beat Denmark 2-1 in their final warm-up, and Switzerland, who scrambled a 1-0 win over tiny Liechtenstein in theirs, complete the group.

Car flags fly in face of safety, drivers warned
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 7, 2004
Sainsbury’s, an official sponsor of the England team, has sold 75,000 car flags, with its twin pack of small car flags, including an England bumper sticker, the best seller. A spokeswoman said: “Car flags are selling very, very well as people really get into the spirit of Euro 2004. ” Asda has also sold 30,000 car flags. Road safety organisations insisted they did not want to be killjoys but advised motorists not to attach large flags to their cars, which could obscure their vision or hit other road users. “People are not aware that they can get points on their licence or a fine for obscuring their windows with flags,” an AA spokeswoman said. “If the flags do come off the car that’s dangerous for other road users… A spokeswoman said: “Car flags are selling very, very well as people really get into the spirit of Euro 2004. ” Asda has also sold 30,000 car flags. Road safety organisations insisted they did not want to be killjoys but advised motorists not to attach large flags to their cars, which could obscure their vision or hit other road users. “People are not aware that they can get points on their licence or a fine for obscuring their windows with flags,” an AA spokeswoman said. “If the flags do come off the car that’s dangerous for other road users. ” Under the Road Traffic Act of 1998, motorists caught obscuring the windows of their vehicle could be liable to a fine of up to £2,500. They can also get three penalty points on their licence.

Seedorf ruled out of Dutch opener
CNN International – Jun 8, 2004
"At this stage you are allowed to replace a player only if he is seriously injured and out for the rest of the tournament," said Advocaat. Group D also comprises the Czech Republic, runners-up to Germany in 1996, and Latvia who are making their first appearance in the finals. Meanwhile, a leading Dutch club coach has refused to apologise to Advocaat for saying the national team would not win Euro 2004 with him in charge. The board of the professional coaches association (CBV) censured AZ Alkmaar’s Co Adriaanse on Tuesday for his interview last week in the Dutch weekly ‘Voetbal International’. In the interview Adriaanse said "it is impossible that the Dutch will win a title with Advocaat as coach. " Adriaanse said Advocaat was too conservative. "Advocaat will never lose a match 5-0. – Soccer – Portugal has huge appetite for home success -… – Jun 8, 2004
They have failed in all seven of their attempts to beat Euro 2004 finalists since Scolari took over. LAST CHANCES The Portuguese squad for Euro 2004 will be based, almost certainly for the last time, around the country’s golden generation who won World Youth Championships in 1989 and 1991. Real Madrid forward Figo originally hinted that he would end his international career after Euro 2004, although he has since said he would not rule out playing on. Other regulars from the same generation, such as Lazio defender Fernando Couto and AC Milan playmaker Rui Costa, have yet to comment on the future but all are past 30 and unlikely to be around if Portugal qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Scolari will have other top-class players to call on for Euro 2004, including marksman Pauleta, wingers Sergio Conceicao and Simao Sabrosa, and defender Jorge Andrade, as well as the immensely promising Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. The team for the tournament’s opening game against Greece on June 12 should be similar to the side that drew with England in Faro in February. Figo celebrated his 100th full international appearance in that game with a lively performance up front, while Pauleta demonstrated his growing stature with a classy goal from a free kick to make it five scoring games in succession.

Henry denies Pires rift – Jun 7, 2004
Racing Club Strasbourg defender Vaclav Drobny will join Aston Villa on Wednesday when the team report for pre-season training. Drobny, 23, is keen to make a move to the Premiership and will be looking to impress Villa boss David O’Leary on his two-week trial period. Drobny, formerly of Sparta Prague, has previously represented the Czech Republic – against Japan in April – but was unable to secure a place in their Euro 2004 squad. Republic of Ireland international Jason McAteer will not be joining Leicester after he failed to agree personal terms. The 33-year-old midfielder, who was released by Sunderland at the end of last season, had arrived at the Walkers Stadium to finalise a one-year contract. Manager Micky Adams said: “It is disappointing we have not been able to conclude a deal. Unfortunately, there was a last-minute hitch and sometimes these things happen in football.

England are feared – Eriksson – Jun 7, 2004
Row The plane that took the England squad from Luton to Lisbon, meanwhile, has been at the centre of a row between the FA and British Airways. BA announced over a week ago that the Airbus 320 taking the squad would be named Spirit of 66 in honour of Bobby Moore’s World Cup-winning side. The FA, though, were not consulted in the choice and when told expressed their displeasure, unhappy because it reflected a triumph of nearly 40 years ago. Soho square wanted to live in the present and as a result, the plane was rechristened Three Lions after a compromise, which covers all teams wearing the FA badge from Geoff Hurst through to Wayne Rooney. Once in Lisbon, the England squad will stay in a luxurious four star hotel in the exclusive Linda-a-Velha suburb that has everything from a 35-seater cinema to a hairdressers, an on-site dentist with views over the River Tagus. Feared And Eriksson has declared that the rest of Europe should be worried about England as he insisted that their preparations were spot-on ahead of the Euro 2004 finals. When asked whether other countries would now be apprehensive about facing England, Eriksson said: “I think so… It’s about playing well. “This result was good for the confidence but, although we have won this tournament, we haven’t won anything else. We haven’t even qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2004 yet. Improve Eriksson was especially pleased with Rooney’s display against Iceland, although he believes that the teenaged striker can still improve his match-sharpness ahead of the tournament. “I hope he will get a bit sharper as I am sure he can do even better than he did against Iceland. The crowd like him though, as he’s a character, an extremely good footballer and not a normal talent,” he declared. While Rooney seized the headlines once again, Eriksson was also impressed with the commanding display of Steven Gerrard in a central midfield role alongside Frank Lampard.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jun 8, 2004
But United manager Alex Ferguson and Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari have both focused on correcting one shortcoming: Ronaldo sometimes gets carried away with his mesmerising dribbling, missing his chance to make the advantage tell. ?Sometimes people say I carry the ball too much, but I?m at Manchester United for a reason. It?s not a fluke,? Ronaldo said at Portugal?s Euro 2004 training camp yesterday. ?Sometimes the most important thing in football is the entire team effort, sometimes it?s the individual?s skills in one-to-one situations. We?re often faced with that choice. ? Scolari, like Ferguson, has sought to persuade Ronaldo at times to tone down excessive dribbling. ?The coach is here to give advice. – Soccer – Underdog Switzerland plans to spring a surprise -… – Jun 8, 2004
HIGH STANDARD But after being put in Group B at the finals with defending champions and 1998 World Cup winners France, a dangerous England side and an unpredictable Croatia, Switzerland will need to move up a gear. Unfortunately, they lack tournament experience, genuine pace and the high-quality match-winners needed to turn dour scraps into victories, although the Swiss remain optimistic they can steer their way through a tough group and into the last eight. "Obviously, we’re not the favourites but that could suit us," said assistant coach Michel Pont. "We’ll start with Croatia and England. This means we’d have to get good results to reach the quarter-finals before meeting France… Against England, we also have a chance. The style of British football is appropriate for us because we know all about it. " Coach Kuhn puts Switzerland back on the map ZURICH (Reuters) — When Switzerland qualified for Euro 2004 at Basel’s St Jakob Park in October the capacity crowd broke into a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ for coach Koebi Kuhn. Switzerland had just beaten Ireland 2-0 to reach their first major finals since 1996 and the grey-haired Kuhn, who was 60 the following day, was the hero of the hour. It was a moving moment for Kuhn, whose attention to detail and devotion to duty had helped to turn a moderate team from also-rans into surprise qualifiers for the Portugal finals. It was also a satisfying day for the Swiss Football Federation (SFV) who turned to Kuhn in 2001 after 12 years with a foreign coach in charge — handing him the task of trying to emulate Englishman Roy Hodgson who took Switzerland to the finals of the World Cup in 1994 and to Euro 96. Kuhn inherited an ageing squad from his Argentine predecessor Enzo Trossero but, blending youth and experience, he created a progressive and well-organised team.

TV: Fox Sports Two, live 4.45am (replays at noon and 9pm)
The Age – Jun 8, 2004
More than one million cubic metres of granite were blasted out of the hillside to make room for the venue, giving it a dramatic rocky backdrop at each end. AVEIRO MUNICIPAL Capacity: 31,200 Home Club: SC Beira Built for Euro 2004 after the local club’s existing ground was considered too small. AFONSO HENRIQUES Capacity: 30,000 Home Club: Vitoria Named after Portugal’s founder king, the stadium is a remodelled and enlarged version of the Vitoria Club Stadium, near the city’s 10th century castle. COIMBRA CITY Capacity: 30,000 Home Club: Academica Capacity at the Coimbra stadium, which is marked by bright blue and orange seats, was doubled recently when an extra tier was added to the existing stands… Six of the eight former champions will play at the tournament (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Denmark). The two that are not there, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, do not exist any more. Latvia is the only nation that has qualified for the first time. There are six nations that played at Euro 2000 but have not qualified for the 2004 edition (Romania, Turkey, Belgium, Serbia and Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia).

Robben shrugs off defeat
BBC News – Jun 6, 2004
The Dutch were booed off by their fans after losing in Amsterdam on Saturday. “It was not a good match for us. We didn’t play well and it was not good preparation for Euro 2004,” Robben told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek. “But I don’t think it will be a big problem. Everything now is focused on the first game against Germany. ”

Holland have been drawn in a tough group with Germany, the Czech Republic and Latvia. And Robben believes the entire competition will be closely contested. – Soccer – Slapdash Spain adjust to life as Euro underdog -… – Jun 8, 2004
Otherwise, the coach will be left to hope that talented 20-year-old forward Fernando Torres will rise to the occasion. Torres has been outstanding for Atletico Madrid all season and is likely to have a host of suitors soon. Saez has named a heavily defensive squad for Euro 2004, leaving no place for Arsenal striker Jose Antonio Reyes or high-scoring Valencia attacker Mista. Saez hopes youth will provide overdue success MADRID (Reuters) — Despite his unprecedented record of success as head coach of Spain’s youth teams, Inaki Saez was tipped by few people as a possible boss of the senior side. Jose Antonio Camacho’s unexpected resignation following Spain’s World Cup quarter-final exit against South Korea in mid-2002 changed all that. With many of the leading candidates for the job unavailable because of club commitments, the Spanish Federation decided to look within its own ranks and hand the job to the low-profile former Athletic Bilbao defender. Saez had steered the under-21s to victory in the European Championship in 1998, the under-20s to the World Youth title the following year and led the Spanish team to a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics… He has played a major part in winning four league titles, three European Cups and two World Club Cups, and is captain of both his club and country. He was handed his international debut in 1996 and has gone on to become the most prolific goal scorer to play for the national side with 38 goals in 70 games. Despite his undoubted goal-scoring capacity Raul does not have the out-and-out finishing power of traditional strikers and on occasions he is capable of spurning the most straightforward of chances. However, he does possess the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, scoring when it matters. Whether with either foot, his head or even his hand, Raul somehow manages to get the ball in the net. His selfless running and repertoire of neat defence-piercing passes often go unnoticed, but together with his finely-honed striker’s instincts they help make him the most widely respected forward in the Spanish game. Alex Ferguson hailed him as the best player in the world after he tormented the Manchester United defence and helped himself to two goals in Real’s 3-1 win in the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the Bernabeu last season. – Soccer – Euro 2004 Group D Preview – Tuesday June 8, 2004… – Jun 8, 2004
To add to the already intense competition of making the two qualifying spots there are historical rivalries that will liven up the encounters next month. A game between the Germans and Dutch is one of European football’s great fixtures, always with additional spice and often a little rancour. The Dutch have not lost to Germany since a friendly in 1996 but have not faced them in a major tournament since the European Championship in Sweden in 1992, when they won 3-1. Two clashes with the former West Germany remain memorable in what has become an international version of a ‘derby’ match. There was a 2-1 Dutch win in 1988 when Marco van Basten’s late effort sent the men in orange through to the final where they beat the former Soviet Union — their only major title. Two years later in the World Cup in Italy, the Dutch lost 2-1 to West Germany in a great second-round game spoilt by an ugly incident when defender Frank Rijkaard spat at Rudi Voeller, now the Germany coach. The Czechs have revenge on their mind — it was the Germans who beat them in the final of Euro 96 and a defeat to the Dutch played a major part in stopping the central Europeans from qualifying for the 2002 World Cup finals.

The Hottest Feet… Meet The Group B Stars
Calcutta Telegraph – Jun 8, 2004
For this king?s ransom the Spanish club picked up not only a man known for his
athletic prowess, and who is widely regarded as one of the game?s finest players,
but they also employed the world?s most marketable footballer. Family man, fashion
guru, gay icon, fine athlete and drop-dead handsome to boot, Beckham is a veritable
man for all seasons. A man Madrid hope will also prove to be a cash cow in their
Asian marketing drive. Before leaving United the midfielder helped the English
giants to six championships, two FA Cups and the European Champions League. Beckham is also the talisman of Sven-Goran Eriksson?s
promising England team, who he captained at the 2002 World Cup having led their
qualifying charge after recovering from a broken foot on the eve of the tournament… On his 29th birthday, in a Champions League match
against Deportivo La Coruna he became famous. That night he equalled the competition
record with four goals in the French side?s spectacular 8-3 win over the Spaniards,
joining Marco van Basten and Simone Inzhagi as the competition?s top-scorer in
a single match. Croatia had ended second in their Euro 2004 qualifying group and
were drawn against Slovenia in the play-offs for the last places for Portugal
in November 2003. Prso rose to the challenge again, scoring in a 1-1 draw in the
first leg and then the winner three days later in Slovenia to hand Croatia their
ticket to Portugal.

Terry faces race against the clock
CNN International – Jun 8, 2004
Terry, who sat out England’s final warm-up match against Iceland with a hamstring strain, appeared at the session with his left thigh heavily strapped. But captain David Beckham took part in the work-out after having an inflamed cyst removed from his back last weekend. England are short of cover at center-back with Rio Ferdinand banned and both Jonathan Woodgate and Gareth Southgate missing the tournament injured. If Terry does not make it, his position alongside Sol Campbell is expected to be taken by Liverpool right-back Jamie Carragher, who understudied in the 6-1 weekend win.

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