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June 11, 2004

Euro 2004: Group D preview

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* Euro 2004 may require etiquette lessons
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | King ready to reign
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Cole sure of England…
* Euro 2004: Group D preview
* England fans head for Portugal
* Billion British boost from Euro 2004
* BBC NEWS | UK | England | Suffolk | Soccer fan banned from Euro 2004
* German celebs divided on Euro 2004 hopes
* Sweet 16 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
* Africans at Euro 2004
* Eriksson now a passenger on listing England ship
* Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
* Football games aim to score
* Scalpers gouge Euro 2004 fans
* Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | | Southern California News |…
* How to be a football faker
* Euro 2004: Group A preview

Euro 2004 may require etiquette lessons
USA Today – Jun 10, 2004
The tournament’s chief attraction is great soccer, but we’re also in for a volatile clash of cultures. Not in Portugal, where the games will be played. I’m talking about American sports bars. Euro 2004 isn’t on ABC, ESPN2, Fox Sports World, Univision or Telemundo. Setanta Sport is happy to take your $19.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | King ready to reign
BBC News – Jun 10, 2004
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King admits he was not expecting to be in England’s Euro 2004 squad when he was
playing in midfield for a struggling Spurs side. But an impressive performance, including a goal, in a 1-1 friendly draw in Portugal
pushed him to the front of Eriksson’s plans. He said: “It was quite far from my mind, especially as I played most of the season for
Tottenham as a midfield player. “I have always seen myself as a defender. I am confident I can do the job and this
would be my chance to prove it.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Cole sure of England…
BBC News – Jun 9, 2004
England’s 2002 World Cup ended in disappointment against Brazil in the searing heat and humidity of Japan. Cole said: “We know what happened in Japan and we have learned our lesson. It’s hot out here in Portugal but we are a lot fitter than we were in Japan. “We have done a lot more running and we feel we are ready for this.

Euro 2004: Group D preview
USA Today – Jun 9, 2004
If there is a “Group of Death” in Euro 2004, this is it. Well, at least three-quarters of one. In a tournament with five or six clear-cut favorites, Group D has three of them in Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic… People will be saying the same thing heading to Portugal: Tough group, less than stellar talent. Something tells me the Germans will find a way through. Maybe it’s all-world goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and his solid defense of Christian Worns, Jens Nowotny and young gun Arne Friedrich. Perhaps it’s multitalented Michael Ballack, labeled the new Franz Beckenbauer by German fans, who does everything from sticking opposing forwards to scoring goals of his own. Jens Jeremies is still a beast in the defensive midfield and Fredi Bobic, Kevin Kuranyi and 2000 Cup star Miroslav Klose can put the ball in the proverbial onion bag.

England fans head for Portugal
BBC News – Jun 11, 2004
Carl Power, 39, of Wirral, Merseyside, will appear before Liverpool
magistrates after being arrested attempting to board a
flight from the city’s John Lennon Airport to Palma, Spain. After running his name through a national database, police discovered he is
on bail facing a charge of conspiracy to cause violence after being arrested in February in a crackdown on violence between Tranmere Rovers and
Wrexham fans. Meanwhile, defender John Terry will miss England’s Euro 2004 opener against France on Sunday, after failing a fitness test.

Billion British boost from Euro 2004 – Jun 10, 2004
The report’s authors said pubs, clubs and off-licences would enjoy a ?116m boost for each of England’s three group stage games and if the team makes it through to the quarter finals. An estimated ?164m will be spent in the media promoting the event and merchandise linked to the tournament, while the thousands of England fans travelling to Portugal to watch England play live will generate ?42m for Britain’s travel sector. The study warned, however, that the additional spending as a result of Euro 2004 might not be extended into the second half of the year. ‘This additional spending may possibly be temporary, as consumers may simply be bringing forward consumption from later in the year,’ it said. Less positively for the business world, the number of workers in Britain phoning in sick with hangovers could rocket Monday after England’s opening match of the tournament, an employment agency warned. Pertemps Group said the Sunday evening kick-off against France would encourage beer-swigging fans to over-indulge – potentially leading to a big rise in the number who will ‘pull a sickie’ the next day.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Suffolk | Soccer fan banned from Euro 2004
BBC News – Jun 10, 2004
Mr Hunter was stopped by police early in the morning at the check-in desk at Luton Airport where he intended to catch the 0650BST Easyjet flight to Madrid. He was detained under the Football Spectators Act 1989. Mr Hunter did not oppose the prosecution ‘s application for a football banning order when he appeared before magistrates on Thursday afternoon. Drunk and disorderly

Tim North, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Hunter had one previous conviction for being drunk and disorderly at an Ipswich Town game. The court was told he was known to have attended games between Ipswich and local rivals Norwich. Mr North said although he was not involved in football violence, he could be described as someone who “doesn’t quietly enjoy a game” and fell under the criteria of the act for a banning order. Mr Hunter, who was not represented by a solicitor, told the court: “I had no intention of going to Portugal to cause any violence or disorder.

German celebs divided on Euro 2004 hopes
Expatica – Jun 11, 2004
In fact, most politicians, athletes, sports officials and other prominent Germans are having a hard time to make a prediction about how Rudi Voeller’s team will do at the 12 June to 4 July tournament in Portugal. Schroeder expressed his hope that Michael Ballack, Oliver Kahn and company will defy the critics like two years ago at the World Cup in Japan and Korea (where Germany lost 2-0 to Brazil in the final) and advance into another major event final. “I hope that Germany, who are traditionally strong at big tournaments, reach the final,” said Schroeder… ”
But – given the latest warmup results such as a 5-1 defeat in Romania and a 2-0 loss to Hungary, plus a tough group stage with the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Latvia – others are not so sure. “Germany will not survive the first round,” said Manfred von Richthofen, head of Germany’s umbrella sports organisation DSB. Grass struck a similar note, saying Germany was “not really tough opposition” for the other teams. After all, the three-time Euro champions failed to survive the group stage the last time around in 2000, crashing out winless. The group stage is traditionally tougher at Euro than at the World Cup, and some Germans are upbeat if Voeller’s team makes the quarter- finals. “If Germany gets through the group stage anything is possible,” said national football icon Franz Beckenbauer, who lifted the 1972 trophy as a player. But like Schroeder and others, Beckenbauer also named France as tournament favourites.

Taipei Times – Jun 10, 2004
“The manager [Sven-Goran Eriksson] was talking today that 10 of France’s players, present or past, were teammates of our own players,” Owen said. “We’ve played against a lot of them, certainly I have scored against all of them. “I’m not scared of them in any way. We will go into the game thinking we’re on their level. We play against them every week. ”
Two days after France-England comes Germany-Netherlands with Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf certain to miss the game. The AC Milan player suffered a hamstring injury when the Dutch lost 1-0 at home to Ireland and coach Dick Advocaat has to face traditional rival Germany without one of his most influential players… And in some cities, I remember people didn’t want the exhibition to be shut at the end of the day. It was crazy,” said Oscar Soarez, who organized the tour. SLOGANS AND SONG
Each of the 16 nations taking part in Euro 2004 has chosen a slogan to be pasted on its team bus. Italy rides with “Passione Azzurra” — “Blue Passion. ” A fan won a competition for the slogan on the England bus: “Follow the roaring lions, the pride of England. ”
The official song for Euro 2004 is Nelly Furtado’s “Forca,” taken from her November, 2003 album. Composed and sung by Furtado, it is inspired by the passion that the “Portuguese people have for football.

Sweet 16 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune – Jun 9, 2004
CONTENT>Sometimes the stars align just right, sometimes all the ingredients and components and conditions are magically present to deliver a memorable, momentous event. This is one of those times. The 2004 European Championship, or simply Euro 2004, opens Saturday in Portugal with the continent's 16 best national teams. It is widely regarded as the second best soccer tournament on the planet – a World Cup without Brazil or Argentina – and some in Europe view it on equal terms. TROPHIES

Solomon Islands: South Pacific nation of 500,000 finishes second in Oceania's 2006 World Cup qualifying tournament, putting it in a two-leg final with Australia in 2005. Palermo, Messina: Both clubs win promotion to Italy's Serie A for the 2004-05 season, ending a 31-year drought of Sicilian teams not playing in the country's top division… "I have to believe that because I'm the England captain and I believe in the ability of the players I'm with. "

THE NETHERLANDS: The Dutch are in vintage pre-tournament form, which is to say there's chaos in the locker room. AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf says if he's not playing directly behind the forwards, don't bother playing him at all. And coach Dick Advocaat has said he plans to use Rafael Van der Vaart there. CZECH REPUBLIC: Anyone who considers the Czechs outsiders has never seen Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved play. The British bookmakers certainly aren't underestimating a country that had an unbeaten streak end at 20 games in March. They rate the Czechs as 14-to-1 to win it all, ahead of Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

Africans at Euro 2004
BBC News – Jun 11, 2004
When the European Championship kicks off in Portugal on Saturday, many will be making those links again. Africans will be able to claim players wearing Italian, French and Portuguese shirts as their own. There are also several players missing from the tournament with African roots, as well as a few who may look African even if they are not. As much as Africa would love to claim the likes of Thierry Henry, Louis Saha and Lilian Thuram, all three hail from France’s Caribbean colonies such as Martinique, Guyana and Guadeloupe. However, the reigning European champions do boast several players with African roots, including captain Marcel Desailly who is Ghanaian-born. Playing alongside Desailly is the two-time Fifa World Footballer of the Year Zinedine Zidane, who was brought up in Marseille but whose parents hail from Algeria. Meanwhile, striker Sidney Govou joined the French squad at the last minute after turning Benin down ahead of the Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

Eriksson now a passenger on listing England ship – Jun 9, 2004
David James, though, is not the core of the problem. The main deficit is managerial: an absence of direction, accountability and control. When he finally escapes a job he tried to flee before Euro 2004 (Chelsea’s arms were outstretched), the abiding memory will be of Eriksson standing by the touchline with his hands on his hips, looking faintly baffled, having subtracted from the momentum of his team with negative substitutions. We will recall him, I increasingly suspect, as something of a myth, whose laissez-faire approach to coaching (hands behind the back, at all times) was ill-suited to managing English players, who have too many technical limitations to be left to their own devices. Make no mistake, Eriksson can feel the breath of the hounds, and knows that the spell he cast with his coolness and detachment has now worn off. Looking weary at the team hotel yesterday, he asserted: “The only way I will leave this job is if we don’t qualify for the 2006 World Cup. ” Even if England lose in Poland on Wednesday, the decision may still be his, and his alone, because the Football Association have tied themselves into a contract that would cost them anything from £4 million to £8 million to escape… Liebherr GAK might be a bank or a pharmaceutical firm for all anyone outside Austria knows, but they did manage to supply four of the starting XI who came from 2-0 down to take a point off Eriksson’s constellation of stars, who draw wages from Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. Kollmann had scored two goals for Austria before he beat James with a free-kick, while Andreas Ivanschitz, who equalised by squeezing a speculative drive under the England ‘keeper’s body, had just the one to his name from six appearances. So these were not men with a proven ability to cut stars down from the sky. Stiff, tall and slow, Kollmann and his pals put me in mind of the Sunderland team who were relegated from the Premiership a couple of seasons ago. In contrast with England – a brand as much as a football team – there were no names on the backs of the Austrian shirts, perhaps in deference to their No 7, whose surname is Sick – England’s emotional state, in a word. The pattern of defensive aberrations now runs too deep for it not to reflect badly on Eriksson. There was Steven Gerrard’s backpass and Emile Heskey’s lunge at Claude Makelele against France; the failure to mark Helder Postiga in the Portugal game and now Frank Lampard’s needless push on an Austrian (from which Kollmann’s free-kick was awarded) and the ball-under-the-body howler by James.

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
BBC News – Jun 9, 2004
Mika?l Silvestre and Robert Pires will miss France’s last group match should they receive a yellow card in this game. Team facts – Croatia
Croatia were fined ?6,600 for improper conduct after five of their players were booked in their first match at Euro 2004 against Switzerland. Croatia are the only team in Group B that did not qualify by winning their group. Croatia are the most nomadic squad at Euro 2004, drawing only two of their 23 players out of their domestic league. Hajduk Split’s Mato Neretljak and Vartek Varazdin’s Vladimir Vasilj are the only players among Otto Baric’s men not to earn a living abroad. In their only previous participation in these finals in 1996, Croatia started with victories over Turkey (1-0) and Denmark (3-0) before losing their last group match to Portugal (3-0). In the quarter-finals they were eliminated by eventual winners Germany (2-1).

4TheGame – Jun 11, 2004
`It’s a pity he is injured – we all know what a season he’s had for Chelsea. “But that’s life and we hope he’ll be okay for the second game, we’re almost sure he’ll be ready for it. ” The Swede would not reveal who would deputise for the Chelsea central defender – Tottenham’s Ledley King or Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher. The 56-year-old revealed he had decided on a replacement should Terry miss out – but predictably would not be drawn on which player had got the nod. He continued on Sky Sports News: “They are both in good shape and have done well in practice sessions and the games they played. ” With the exception of Terry, Eriksson is delighted with the way England’s preparations for the tournament have gone. He added: “We are ready – except Terry we have had no problems at all… They know they can beat France. In all the competitive games in the last two years we have done well, apart from the second half against Brazil (in the 2002 World Cup). “If you are not motivated in the European Championships against France you should not be here. We respect France but we are not afraid of them, certainly not. ” Eriksson also saluted the spirit in his squad and believes this, coupled with the qualities of his star names, will stand England in good stead. He said: “The atmosphere in our squad is very good. For me this is very important.

Football games aim to score
BBC News – Jun 11, 2004
The game sounds good too. As well as a great John Motson commentary that actually manages to follow the action, there are rousing country-specific chants and the crowd responds to goals and close misses realistically, truly adding to the experience. The gameplay is not as realistic as the graphics but is accessible and quickly rewarding. You will have a feel for the game physics after just a few minutes of play, and features like morale – with players earning confidence and playing better as a result – add an extra edge. Euro 2004 makes a strong mark for sheer spectacle and class, and for fans wanting to immerse themselves in the tournament atmosphere, it cannot be beaten. Pro Evolution Soccer 3 by Konami for the PS2 and PC.

Scalpers gouge Euro 2004 fans
The Age – Jun 11, 2004
Although buying and selling tickets on the black market is illegal in Portugal, the scalpers – mostly English – are able to get away with it because they are selling them one or two at a time after buying them off Portuguese fans, said Kevin Miles, international co-ordinator of the (English) Football Supporters Federation. “In practice, the police tell us, they are much more likely to act against people selling large numbers of tickets than fans exchanging individual tickets,” said Miles, who is in Lisbon for the game at the Stadium of Light. “We have heard that people are being asked 500 euro ($A875) for tickets. People should always be careful when they’re being asked these extortionate prices… 50) and $US$US90 euro ($A130). “It hasn’t been reported to us yet but I must say I’m not exactly surprised,” UEFA director of communications William Gaillard told The Associated Press. “It’s illegal in Portugal but if someone has two tickets and they sell it privately for 10 times the value it’s something that’s difficult to spot. If you are dealing with organised networks it’s something that far easier to dismantle. But if someone comes up to with a 100 euro ticket and you are prepared to pay 1,000 for it, there’s nothing we can do. “Gaillard said the problem of scalping is not as bad as 20 years ago when thousands of tickets made it to the black market because of the haphazard way they were distributed.

Sports | Columns | Luis Bueno | | Southern California News |…
Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Jun 10, 2004
Iberian Peninsula bragging rights at stake in a match that should determine group supremacy. Update: All eyes are on host Portugal as it tries to make up for World Cup 2002 failures. An aging but talented side, Euro 2004 figures to be the last hurrah for veterans Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Pauleta and Fernando Cuoto. Rivals Spain bring a loaded side and could go far, but that seems to be the perennial outlook for Spain. A lack of a true scoring threat will hurt Russia. Greece would seem the weak link but Greece beat Spain in qualifying and won their group, forcing Spain into a playoff. Outlook: Portugal and Spain are easily the two best sides.

How to be a football faker
BBC News – Jun 11, 2004
In fact, you can barely understand it. But one thing’s for sure – over the next few Euro 2004 drenched weeks, you’re not going to able to get away from it.

Euro 2004: Group A preview
USA Today – Jun 9, 2004
Most recently, Spain was upset in the quarterfinals by hosts South Korea in World Cup 2002. At France ’98, the Spaniards didn’t even make it out of the group stage after losing to Nigeria and drawing with Paraguay. Euro 2004 is setting up in much the same way. Great team on paper, potentially difficult group opposition. Still, any team with Raul (Real Madrid) and Fernando Morientes (Monaco) up front — not to mention Valencia stars Vicente, Ruben Baraja and David Albelda manning the middle — is worthy of consideration as a serious contender. Despite the loss of injured Madrid defender Michel Salgado, a defensive line featuring names like Ivan Helguera, Carles Puyol and Gabri Garcia is still one to be reckoned with. Either Santiago Canizares or Iker Casillas will be solid in net… But despite these players’ club successes, they have done little for the national side in major tournaments. Anyone recall a first-round slip-up in South Korea against a certain group of red, white and blue clad Yanks?
Nonetheless, playing in front of the home fans should help Portugal’s strong crop of youngsters, which includes strikers Nuno Gomes (Benfica) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United). The host-nation factor (see the home-side triumphs of the USA, France and South Korea, respectively, in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups) will weigh heavily in this team’s success, despite the fact that they do not match up very well player for player against the tournament’s top teams. Still, Portugal, often called the Brazil of Europe for their fun-to-watch style (check out the new Nike ad with Portuguese and Brazilian stars going at it), should qualify for the second stage. That leaves Greece (No. 35) and Russia (No. 31), two less established sides that remain minor mysteries heading into Euro 2004.

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