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June 14, 2004

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal 1-2 Greece

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson backs Beckham
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Denmark 0-0 Italy
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal 1-2 Greece
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Spain 1-0 Russia
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Terry to get Swiss role
* BBC NEWS | UK | Warning as England fans arrive
* An interesting cross-Channel clash of titans
* Euro 2004 diary
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Arsenal wait on Ljungberg
* Cech warns over Czech complacency
* The English identity crisis: who do you think you are?
* The Review (washingtonpost.com)
* City on alert as Euro 2004 begins
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal kick off Euro 2004
* BBC NEWS | UK | Portugal fans party despite loss
* Football — an English way of life
* EURO CHAMPIONSHIP: Luis Figo, Fernando Couto, Rui Costa and a squad…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Holland | Overmars to quit Holland
* BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | E Asians catch Euro football fever

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson backs Beckham
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
Beckham saw his spot-kick saved with England leading 1-0, with France going on to win 2-1 in Lisbon, but the Swede is backing his skipper to bounce back. “He is mentally strong and he is our captain,” said Eriksson. “He can set an example. It’s important, with other senior players like Michael Owen, Gary Neville and Sol Campbell… He said: “Of course, they were tired but if you asked the French, I think they were tired as well and that’s normal. “If you compare it with Japan, our fitness level is much better now than then. Not by one or two players, but by all of them. ”

Meanwhile, Gary Neville revealed there is a mood of defiance and determination in England’s camp as they focus on the tie with Switzerland.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
It is an early contender for goal of the tournament. Just 71 seconds later the game was over, Andreas Svensson sending the ball across the face of goal for Larsson to neatly slot into the roof of the net. Bulgaria looked shell-shocked and in truth they did not deserve such a heavy beating, though it almost got worse when Ibrahimovic danced through again only to be thwarted by Zdravkov. Ljungberg’s surging run was ended in the box by Vladimir Ivanov’s foul and Ibrahimovic coolly slotted home the penalty. Marcus Allback was sent on for Ibrahimovic with ten minutes to go and the Aston Villa striker sealed a magnificent display with a fine finish to make it five in injury time. Sweden: Isaksson, Edman, Jakobsson, Mellberg, Lucic (Wilhelmsson 41), Ljungberg, Linderoth, Nilsson, Ibrahimovic (Allback 81), Svensson (Kallstrom 76), Larsson.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Denmark 0-0 Italy
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
1700: Denmark kick-off at the Afonso Henriques stadium. Team news:

1614: The line-ups are announced and Italy include all three of their top name forwards – Christian Vieri, Alessandro Del Piero
and Francesco Totti – in their team. Denmark have chosen a similar 4-2-3-1 formation but will not start with any of the players who have been struggling with minor injuries during the week. Denmark: Sorensen, Helveg, Laursen, Henriksen, N Jensen, Poulsen, D Jensen, Rommedahl, Tomasson, Joergensen, Sand. Italy: Buffon, Panucci, Cannavaro, Nesta, Zambrotta, Zanetti, Perrotta, Camoranesi, Totti, Del Piero, Vieri. Pre-match build-up:

1627: The pitchside temperature is a sweltering 32 degrees as kick-off approaches. The teams have arrived and will soon be going through their pre-match warm-up
routines.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal 1-2 Greece
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
Ronaldo converted a Figo cross in injury-time but it was too late to save his side and Portugal left the pitch with their championship hopes in the balance after only one game. Portugal: Ricardo, Paulo Ferreira, Andrade, Couto, Rui Jorge,
Costinha (Nuno Gomes 65), Maniche, Figo, Rui Costa (Deco 45),
Simao (Ronaldo 45), Pauleta. Subs Not Used: Quim, Moreira, Petit, Miguel, Nuno Valente,
Ricardo Carvalho, Tiago, Postiga. Booked: Costinha, Pauleta. Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Dellas, Kapsis, Fissas,
Giannakopoulos (Nikolaidis 68), Zagorakis, Basinas,
Karagounis (Katsouranis 47), Vryzas,
Charisteas (Papadopoulos 74). Subs Not Used: Chalkias, Katergiannakis, Venetidis, Dabizas,
Tsiartas, Kafes, Georgiadis, Goumas, Lakis. Booked: Karagounis, Seitaridis.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Spain 1-0 Russia
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
Booked: Baraja, Marchena, Albelda. Russia: Ovchinnikov, Evseev, Smertin, Sharonov, Sennikov,
Gusev (Radimov 45), Alenitchev, Aldonin (Sychev 68), Mostovoi,
Izmailov (Kariaka 74), Boulykin. Subs Not Used: Malafeev, Akinfeev, Semshov, Kerzhakov, Aniukov,
Kirichenko, Bystrov, Loskov, Bugaev. Sent Off: Sharonov (88). Booked: Gusev, Sharonov, Smertin, Aldonin, Radimov. Attendance: 30,000. Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland).

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Terry to get Swiss role
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
Sven-Goran Eriksson hinted Chelsea’s Terry will return if he suffers no setbacks from the hamstring injury that kept him out of the French game. He said: “There is absolutely no reason to keep Terry out if he is fit. “It is a good problem, but Ledley will not be that disappointed. Disappointed – but he will understand that. ”

Terry has resumed training with the squad after picking up a hamstring strain in the friendly against Japan. England coach Eriksson delivered a glowing tribute to Spurs defender King after his composed display in the 2-1 opening game defeat. He said: “The few times I have picked Ledley, I have always been impressed with what he has done in practice and he picks things up quickly.

BBC NEWS | UK | Warning as England fans arrive
BBC News – Jun 13, 2004
Mr Swift, who is advising Portuguese police, said his undercover officers were videoing such behaviour in order to implement future tournament bans. Pot luck?

The Guardian reported that police will turn a blind eye to fans smoking cannabis. But Mr Durao Barroso told Today that smoking marijuana would not be tolerated in Portugal. “This situation is not allowed so should not be permitted. The police have their rules and will act upon them,” he said. In the England team, Ledley King has been picked to replace injured defender John Terry in the match against France.

An interesting cross-Channel clash of titans
Hindu – Jun 13, 2004
If it was boxing, England and France would be barred from getting into the same ring. For footballing heavyweights of the calibre of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, wiping the floor with England’s collection of up-and-coming middleweights does not look an overly testing task. A team that has not been beaten in 18 matches or conceded a goal in its last 11 should not have any problem disposing of one that has won just one of its last six. As ever in football, the reality of the 36th meeting of the two countries here in their opening Euro 2004 match on Sunday is a little more complex. France’s recent record and status as defending champion is mitigated by the memory of a catastrophic appearance at the last World Cup, as well as by a sense that, defensively, Jacques Santini’s side has started to fray around the edges. Likewise, England’s tendency to fluff their lines in friendlies is offset by an increasingly reliable capacity for meeting their cues when it matters most… A team that has not been beaten in 18 matches or conceded a goal in its last 11 should not have any problem disposing of one that has won just one of its last six. As ever in football, the reality of the 36th meeting of the two countries here in their opening Euro 2004 match on Sunday is a little more complex. France’s recent record and status as defending champion is mitigated by the memory of a catastrophic appearance at the last World Cup, as well as by a sense that, defensively, Jacques Santini’s side has started to fray around the edges. Likewise, England’s tendency to fluff their lines in friendlies is offset by an increasingly reliable capacity for meeting their cues when it matters most. In the three and a half years since Sven-Goran Eriksson inherited the shambles left to him by his predecessor Kevin Keegan, England has suffered just one competitive defeat, to Brazil in a World Cup quarterfinal two years ago. Along the way there have been some memorable results: the 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich in 2001, the World Cup defeat of Argentina in Sapporo and the goalless draw with Turkey in Istanbul which earned Eriksson’s men the right to Sunday’s rendezvous in the Stadium of Light.

Euro 2004 diary
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
In contrast, France booked into the English media hotel on Saturday and happily mixed with other guests. We can report Robert Pires politely holds lifts for BBC website staff – but does not conduct interviews on the way up to the seventh floor. Coach Jacques Santini did not stop smiling – maybe he does not know much about the Spurs squad he is inheriting?

Luis Boa Morte was a controversial omission from Portugal’s squad for Euro 2004 – at least according to his former Fulham team-mate Louis Saha. This did not stop Boa Morte from lending his support to the national team ahead of the big kick-off. He was seen mooching around the England media hotel – although the look on his face did not suggest he was about to cast his disappointment aside. Come on Luis, give us a smile. It hasn’t even started yet.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Arsenal wait on Ljungberg
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
The Sweden midfielder, who has reportedly been offered a ?40,000-a-week deal, will not make a decision until after Euro 2004. He said: “I am only concentrating on my football with Sweden. “I will discuss all rumours when I get back but now I am concentrating on this tournament,” added Ljungberg, who has been linked with Inter Milan. Ljungberg did confirm he was 100% fit and is not troubled by the hand injury he sustained in March while playing for Arsenal.

Cech warns over Czech complacency
CNN International – Jun 14, 2004
Now, with several of the older generation from the ‘team of the 90’s’ heading for retirement, they hope to realise their great potential with a trophy. A flying start against surprise Baltic qualifiers Latvia, in the first official competitive meeting between the two nations, is expected. But 22-year-old Cech, who joins Chelsea after Euro 2004, has joined captain and key forward Pavel Nedved, in warning against taking the Latvians lightly. Cech, who has risen up the ranks since playing superbly at the European under-21 finals in Switzerland in 2002, has earned a reputation as a penalty-saving expert. He hopes he will not have to rely on this specialist ability against Latvia. "We’ve had a good two weeks preparation and are ready to go," he said. "It’s vital we get off to a good start, especially with Germany and the Dutch to come… But 22-year-old Cech, who joins Chelsea after Euro 2004, has joined captain and key forward Pavel Nedved, in warning against taking the Latvians lightly. Cech, who has risen up the ranks since playing superbly at the European under-21 finals in Switzerland in 2002, has earned a reputation as a penalty-saving expert. He hopes he will not have to rely on this specialist ability against Latvia. "We’ve had a good two weeks preparation and are ready to go," he said. "It’s vital we get off to a good start, especially with Germany and the Dutch to come. "Complacency has also been identified as a real danger by Nedved who said: "Just because Latvia are not so famous does not mean we can concentrate any less," he said. "We’re a good team but certainly not favorites (to win the tournament)," added the European Footballer of the Year, who has hinted he will retire from internationals after Euro 2004.

The English identity crisis: who do you think you are?
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 13, 2004
‘There is an anxiety about what it means to be English today that has reached a level of urgent intensity in the past five years,’ he says. ‘We are returning to a nativist interpretation of what England is, which can only lead to misery – both for incomers being bullied into adopting a version of Englishness, and for those born here, who are destined to be bitterly disappointed by eternally unmet, unrealistic expectations. ‘ Anxiety over what it means to be English is not a new phenomenon: Daniel Defoe’s 1701 anti-Tory satire, The True-Born Englishman, celebrated the qualities of a ‘mongrel’ nation while revealing a deep-seated fear seething among his countrymen that their Englishness was being diluted and corrupted. But after more then 300 years of asking the same question, many are now beginning to voice their suspicions that, bar the white cliffs and the bad weather, nothing is forever England and, however old the quest for the essence of Englishness, the hunt is a bogus one, born of insecurity and delusion. ‘Any coherent definition of Englishness was swept into a wider sense of Britishness with the union with Scotland,’ says Linda Colley, author of Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850. ‘Englishness is a new concept: a word that has only recently been invented. For any people to try to pin down their identity as though it is a captive butterfly is simply wrong: people are able to have more than one identity and the fact we’re returning to trying to limit ourselves to one identity is a sign of a growing insecurity and uncertainty.

The Review (washingtonpost.com)
Washington Post – Jun 14, 2004
Because UEFA EURO 2004 focuses on European soccer instead of looking at the game globally, it is more limited than FIFA Soccer 2004, which featured 350 teams from across the globe and set the standard for its genre. UEFA EURO 2004 includes a morale meter that imbues the game with a human element. If a team or individual plays poorly, they may not be as sharp in the next game. EURO 2004’s game play and graphics are smooth. Announcers give insightful commentary and rarely repeat themselves, and crowds chanting in each country’s native language is a nice touch. The game is technically sound, as the ball bends and curves naturally.

City on alert as Euro 2004 begins
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
The Football Association has taken a strict approach to football hooliganism and crowd violence. And many pubs are approaching Euro 2004 by taking extra precaution with specific games. Eddy Hulbert, who runs O’Sheas Irish Pub, said there had been problems when England played Argentina during the World Cup in 2002. He said they would not be taking any risks this summer. “There was some trouble when England played Argentina in 2002. We’re not sure about the other games, but there will definitely be doormen on when England play,” he said… And many pubs are approaching Euro 2004 by taking extra precaution with specific games. Eddy Hulbert, who runs O’Sheas Irish Pub, said there had been problems when England played Argentina during the World Cup in 2002. He said they would not be taking any risks this summer. “There was some trouble when England played Argentina in 2002. We’re not sure about the other games, but there will definitely be doormen on when England play,” he said. ‘Not showing match’

An alternative approach by David Cobain from the Bulls Head is to steer clear of the trouble totally. “I’m not showing the game and I’ll probably watch it elsewhere.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal kick off Euro 2004
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
An opening ceremony before the game in Dragao, Porto, got the three-week football festival under way with a tribute to the Portuguese people. The pitch was transformed into a sea to reflect the nation’s sailing heritage, watched by 52,000 celebrating fans. Sixteen teams are taking part and France are reigning champions, having beaten Italy to win the trophy in 2000. Euro 2004 is the 12th tournament to be contested by Europe’s elite national teams, the first held back in 1960… “I may be biased, but England could and should cause at least a bit of a stir on the field in Portugal,” he said. “Their pool game against France will be the true indicator of how far Eriksson’s side has come and how far they can go. David Beckham against club colleague Zinedine Zidane should make for a great duel. ”

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BBC NEWS | UK | Portugal fans party despite loss
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
“I’m used to Portugal giving us surprises, the only thing for them to do now is to surprise me in a good way,” said student Jorge Viegas as he mulled the defeat. “It’s a good team and it’s time we did well. ”

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With Greece scoring after six minutes, it had not taken long for the home supporters to realise that they might need to take a philosophical look at things. “Everyone was waiting for us to score, not Greece,” said Ana Garcia immediately after the Georgios Karagounis goal. “Still, we’re getting better and I think we will win 2-1. ”

Others watching the game at one of dozens of fashionable bars and restaurants on the waterfront at the old Expo 98 site were less forgiving… “I’m feeling sad, but that’s all – I was expecting this,” offered Ana Monteiro, 23. The disappointment was tempered by hopes of better results against Spain and Russia,

The majority were also set on enjoying the atmosphere of Euro 2004 and the prospect of having thousands upon thousands of visiting fans in town. “England and France will be a big game, I think they are equal teams,” was one fan’s even-handed assessment of the forthcoming clash. And for the night following the Portuguese defeat, there was the consolation of all-night parties to celebrate Lisbon’s patron saint. Streets have been shut off to cars and turned over to pedestrians, putting food, drink, music and singing on the minds of most people. “Everyone will be going to get drunk to forget the loss,” said Ana.

Football — an English way of life
Hindu – Jun 13, 2004
The influx of unprecedented sums of money into the game has transformed the top stratum of players, mangers and pundits into ubiquitous figures of fame, whose fortunes and misfortunes are followed by huge numbers with little interest in the sport itself. Above all, there is England captain David Beckham, the ex-Manchester United midfielder who decamped last year to Real Madrid. Any story (true or not) relating to Beckham’s personal life is guaranteed banner headline treatment by the tabloids. On the eve of Euro 2004, a Portuguese paparazzi snapped Beckham standing on his hotel balcony in his underwear. Despite protests from an outraged FA, the picture filled the front page of Rupert Murdoch’s Sun, Britain’s best selling daily. Beckham’s presence in British culture has become formidable, and is the subject of endless commentary, which, of course, merely enhances the mystique. The more people talk about football, the more important it comes to seem, but the harder it is to pin down just why it’s important.

EURO CHAMPIONSHIP: Luis Figo, Fernando Couto, Rui Costa and a squad…
Taipei Times – Jun 13, 2004
Portugal plays the opening match against Greece, while the England-France confrontation today is highly anticipated. PHOTO: AFP The waiting is over. Portugal is out to show it can not only host a great European soccer championship but win it too. While tens of thousands of fans arrive at this nation on the far west of continental Europe, Portugal bids to show them that its “golden generation” of players can claim its first major title. With FC Porto winning the Champions League three weeks ago, Portuguese soccer in on the rise. Now Luis Figo, Rui Costa, Fernando Couto and a squad of hugely talented but inconsistent players are out to take the European title from the French and they start with a game against Greece at Porto today. The game kicks off the 12th European Championship with former champions Spain and Russia to follow in the evening… Portugal plays the opening match against Greece, while the England-France confrontation today is highly anticipated. PHOTO: AFP The waiting is over. Portugal is out to show it can not only host a great European soccer championship but win it too. While tens of thousands of fans arrive at this nation on the far west of continental Europe, Portugal bids to show them that its “golden generation” of players can claim its first major title.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Holland | Overmars to quit Holland
BBC News – Jun 12, 2004
The 31-year-old, who joins Frank de Boer and Jaap Stam in stepping down, said: “It’s good for (Dutch) football. ”

Former Arsenal star Overmars, released by Barcelona at the end of the season, wants to go out on a high, adding: “I still have value for this team. ”

He admitted that if Euro 2004 went on for longer than three weeks, he might struggle with injuries. “It would be a different story if the tournament was held for four months,” he said.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | E Asians catch Euro football fever
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
In Thailand, the twin passions of football and gambling have led thousands to cross into neighbouring Cambodia to avoid a crackdown on illegal betting. In Indonesia, presidential hopefuls are hoping to gain political capital ahead of the forthcoming elections by offering advice on the beautiful game. And according to the New Straits Times in Malaysia, football fever could even affect the stock market. “The market is sure to be quieter.

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