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June 17, 2004

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* EURO 2004: GROUP C / Sweden 5, Bulgaria 0 : Overmatched foes rue…
* EURO 2004: Group C / Denmark 0, Italy 0 : Italians and Danes in a…
* Italy’s Totti banned for spitting
* BBC NEWS | UK | England fans watch vital victory
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham makes Swiss vow
* EURO 2004: GROUP D / Germany 1, the Netherlands 1 : Late goal by Van…
* BBC NEWS | UK | Blair condemns Euro 2004 violence
* PreViews / EURO 2004 : Germany vs. The Netherlands
* Can England bounce back after losing to France?
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England 3-0 Switzerland
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Czech Rep 2-1 Latvia
* The Prague Post Online: Business
* PreViews / Euro 2004 : Croatia vs. France
* Denmark plays for a victory in Euro 2004
* ‘I’m not a soccer thug. I was only convicted of being…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia 0-2 Portugal
* CYCLING : Book details suspicions about Lance Armstrong and drug use
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece 1-1 Spain
* Euro 2004: Thirsty fans, hydrated players

EURO 2004: GROUP C / Sweden 5, Bulgaria 0 : Overmatched foes rue…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 16, 2004
He finds himself with a national team but no club. He has decided not to renew his contract with Glasgow Celtic, and said after the match Monday that he has had no firm offer from any other club. He was the only survivor, on either team Monday, from the last meeting between the two nations in a major competition, a month under 10 years ago in Pasadena, California, in the third place playoff in the 1994 World Cup. That match also ended in a Swedish rout. The Swedes adjusted better to the pain of losing a semifinal, scored four goals in the first half, spent the second half strolling in the California sunshine and crushed the uninterested Bulgarians, 4-0. That day, Larsson scored the third goal… It was a fantastic second half. " For those who prefer a generous measure of attacking play in their soccer, the first half was not bad either. Compared to the previous five games of Euro 2004, the match Monday brimmed with unexpected attacking energy from the start. For both nations, their presence in the last four 10 years ago was a complete surprise. While the Swedes are respected as tough, organized foes, neither team is laboring under the pressure of exaggerated expectation in Portugal. The goalless draw in Guimaraes between Italy and Denmark earlier in the evening, might have given both teams an extra incentive and a two point lead in Group C. In the end, the Swedes got that and a healthy boost to their goal differential.

EURO 2004: Group C / Denmark 0, Italy 0 : Italians and Danes in a…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 15, 2004
The Italians are slow starters, but obdurate stayers, and the Danes are athletes who in 1992 came off the beaches to win the European Championship in Sweden after the former Yugoslavia had been barred because of war. Giovanni Trapattoni, the Italian coach, is a religious man, accustomed to the confessional. "Finally," he said after the match Monday, "the reality of Euro 2004 has sunk in. We really didn't read the game at all well in the first half and although it improved in the second, we still were too static. " Today in Sports… " Honesty is a virtue, and long ago Alfredo di Stefano, one of soccer's greats, described a game without goals as like a day without the sun. He is not one to be argued with, but the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium at Guimarães was not only bathed in sunlight on Monday, it was broiling. Nevertheless, in the stifling heat, the Danes managed to stay bright and athletic, the Italians had a more languid pace, but patiently used their subtle guile as a weapon of surprise. And the fact that there were no goals was no reason to despair or feel deprived. This was the thinking-man's soccer. Those of us who think Italy has a more than even chance of erasing its poor 2002 World Cup by going all the way to the Euro 2004 final were a tad surprised that its players' early attacks were all built on the obvious: the ball struck early and through the middle for Christian Vieri.

Italy’s Totti banned for spitting
CNN International – Jun 17, 2004
La Stampa, a Turin daily, published the sequence in three pictures. "Totti’s madness," was the banner headline of the country’s largest sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, on top of a big picture of the spitting incident. Many commentators said Totti, one of the announced stars at the Euro 2004, could not handle the pressure. "It is as if this pressure, which in the run-up to the Euro increased by a thousand times, crushed him," wrote La Gazzetta. "It’s a real pity that a champion like him ended up in such an embarrassing situation. With a single gesture he has lost all he had built until now," Angelo Gallicchio, who works at a newsstand in central Rome, told The Associated Press. "A champion cannot react like that.

BBC NEWS | UK | England fans watch vital victory
BBC News – Jun 17, 2004
While most fans have enjoyed the holiday atmosphere in Portugal, 10 fans arrested after violence there have been deported to the UK. However, Englishman Garry Mann – the first fan jailed for football violence at Euro 2004 – was not among those returned to Heathrow on Thursday night. England beat Switzerland 3-0 in the Group B game in Coimbra. Disturbances

On Wednesday, Mann, 47, from Faversham in Kent, told a court in Albufeira he was innocent of any involvement in a riot on Monday in the Algarve resort town. He is due to be deported to the UK, where he will serve the prison term.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham makes Swiss vow
BBC News – Jun 16, 2004

The England skipper added: “The anger is the good part for the players now. It’s not anger where we want
to go out and kick players. “It’s anger where we want to go out and win games, and make people believe in us. ”

Beckham revealed how coach Sven-Goran Eriksson calmed England’s players before the
game, and picked him up afterwards.

EURO 2004: GROUP D / Germany 1, the Netherlands 1 : Late goal by Van…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 16, 2004
Michael Ballack had spoken for the Germans when he said beforehand: We have to be very aggressive and go to the limits of what is legal. We can't let them play; if that happens, they can really make you look bad. The limits of legality? What can he have had in mind? Well, it was not dirty play, it was not even always aggressive. Rather, it was dull, with the Germans retreating with 11 players behind the ball, allowing the Dutch to play their passes, but denying them room for penetration. And slowly, slowly, the Dutch lost their brio and rhythm. The German lines began to advance and there were warnings writ large in this impressive stadium. After 11 minutes, Kevin Kuranyi, the lone German attacker, showed there is a touch of Latin in his blood when he tried to deceive the referee.

BBC NEWS | UK | Blair condemns Euro 2004 violence
BBC News – Jun 16, 2004
He told prime minister’s questions the clashes in Albufeira on the Algarve were “completely intolerable”. Portuguese police said 33 English football fans and one Dutch man, were arrested overnight, adding to a dozen held on Monday night. England were told before Euro 2004 that hooliganism could see the team sent home, but Uefa has said the recent violence is unrelated to matches. Mounted officers and riot police clashed with around 250 bottle-throwing supporters in the resort of Albufeira – the scene of similar ugly scenes the previous night and the base for the majority of England fans. Mr Blair told the Commons: “The police should come down very heavily and make sure that those who engage in this disorder face heavy penalties. ”

A Uefa spokesman said England’s position was not under threat, but said action could be taken if violence spread to matches… Mounted officers and riot police clashed with around 250 bottle-throwing supporters in the resort of Albufeira – the scene of similar ugly scenes the previous night and the base for the majority of England fans. Mr Blair told the Commons: “The police should come down very heavily and make sure that those who engage in this disorder face heavy penalties. ”

A Uefa spokesman said England’s position was not under threat, but said action could be taken if violence spread to matches.

PreViews / EURO 2004 : Germany vs. The Netherlands
International Herald Tribune – Jun 15, 2004
Instead its squad was full of has-beens, no-names and walking wounded. But yet again, Germany was the last European team standing. Its form in Euro 2004 qualifying was again undistinguished. In warm-up games, it deteriorated to awful. While some young players have broken into the squad from the rising Bremen and Stuttgart teams, there are also a lot of the same old names in the squad. Das Bild, the ever quotable German tabloid, printed a soccer prayer last week that began: "Dear Football God, Let the other teams be even worse than us. " Dick Avocaat, the Dutch coach, is not buying the German pessimism… While some young players have broken into the squad from the rising Bremen and Stuttgart teams, there are also a lot of the same old names in the squad. Das Bild, the ever quotable German tabloid, printed a soccer prayer last week that began: "Dear Football God, Let the other teams be even worse than us. " Dick Avocaat, the Dutch coach, is not buying the German pessimism. "They're always trying to maneuver themselves into an underdog position before the tournament, and then you see them in the semifinal or the final," he said. The Dutch form in recent games has not been so good, either. Last week, Avocaat reportedly talked with a group of senior players and then decided to change formations. He is giving up on the attempt to get Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert to work together.

Can England bounce back after losing to France?
BBC News – Jun 17, 2004
Will the defeat hurt England so much they fall apart, or will it make them stronger?

Did England deserve to lose for being negative, or were France lucky to get two late chances?

Tell us what YOU think!

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index. We played so much better than them throughout the match.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England 3-0 Switzerland
BBC News – Jun 17, 2004
And in the closing stages Gerrard made it three when he forced Neville’s cross past Stiel. England: James, Gary Neville, Campbell, Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes (Hargreaves 70), Owen (Vassell 72), Rooney (Dyer 83). Subs Not Used: Robinson, Walker, Bridge, Phil Neville, King, Carragher, Butt, Joe Cole, Heskey. Switzerland: Stiel, Haas, Murat Yakin, Muller, Spycher, Huggel, Celestini (Cabanas 53), Wicky, Chapuisat (Gygax 45), Hakan Yakin (Vonlanthen 84), Frei. Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Roth, Berner, Henchoz, Zwyssig, Magnin, Barnetta, Rama. Sent Off: Haas (60)… No English player has netted more than twice in a European Championship match. With the dismissal of Bernt Haas, Switzerland became the seventh nation to have had more than one player sent off in the history of the European Championship finals. On June 13, Euro 2004 team mate Johann Vogel was red carded.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Czech Rep 2-1 Latvia
BBC News – Jun 15, 2004
47 mins: Nedved goes down under a challenge from Stepanovs on the edge of the box but the referee is not impressed. 46 mins: Baros and Koller kick-off the second half for the Czech Republic. HALF-TIME: The Czech Republic are made to pay for not converting their early chances as underdogs Latvia take a shock 1-0 lead. 45 mins: GOAL: Czech Republic 0-1 Latvia A superb ball out of defence by Stepanovs sends Prohorenkovs clear down the left wing and his pin-point cross beats Cech for Verpakovskis to tap into an unguarded net. 43 mins: A Rubins error allows Poborsky to cut into the box from the left but Stepanovs hurls himself down to block the left-foot shot. 39 mins: Stepanovs tries an outrageous chip over Cech from a free-kick by the halfway line but it clears the bar. The Czech Republic are getting frustrated as the tempo slows in the heat with Latvia becoming more confident… Latvia: Kolinko, Stepanovs, Zemlinskis, Blagonadezdins, Isakovs, Lobanovs, Astafjevs, Bleidelis, Rubins, Prohorenkovs, Verpakovskis. Pre-match build-up:

1629: Czech and Latvian fans have filled the Aveiro Municipal in this town to the north of the country. The colourful arena, which was built especially for Euro 2004, is in an area called City Park on the outskirts of the town.

The Prague Post Online: Business
Prague Post – Jun 17, 2004
The state broadcaster announced June 8, only four days before the championship's kickoff, that it would require payment from any establishment showing the games in public. The station even threatened to send its own supervisors out on the street to monitor the situation, threatening restaurant and pub owners with legal action if they don't pay license fees. CTV spokesman Martin Krafl said the decision to insist on paying licence fees for Euro 2004 was not initiated by the state-run television but rather by the need to fulfill authorship laws and license conditions of sports broadcasting. "When someone runs public showings in order to attract customers and to increase profits, it is a commercial activity that requires a business contract," Krafl said. "It's a commercial activity that requires a contract. " Martin Krafl, Czech TVPub owners, however, call the plan ridiculous, and many are already figuring out ways to avoid the station altogether by aquiring signals, often illegally, from foreign stations. Extra fees questionedMost recently, CTV's broadcasts from the Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague and Ostrava were shown in pubs and bars all over the country, with most of them not paying extra fees to CTV.

PreViews / Euro 2004 : Croatia vs. France
International Herald Tribune – Jun 17, 2004
Thursday 1945 (Portugal) 1845 (GMT). France's late flourish against England saved not only the match but perhaps its tournament. Thursday 1945 (Portugal) 1845 (GMT)… Zinedine Zidane leveled with a free kick taken with his right foot. Then Thierry Henry pounced on Gerrard's poor pass to win the penalty that Zidane converted with his left. Like the English, who were lucky that James was not sent off for toppling Henry, France can be grateful to Markus Merk, the referee, for not expelling Mikael Silvestre when he tripped Wayne Rooney.

Denmark plays for a victory in Euro 2004
San Diego Union Tribune – Jun 17, 2004
"However, Olsen said Gravesen might not be starting. "I am in doubt about Gravesen," he said. "He may not be willing to wait any longer to play, but maybe he will have to. "Gronkjaer said he felt ready to start against Bulgaria, despite the 32C (90F) heat in Portugal. "I feel I have adjusted to the heat already," he said. "I have been told by my teammates that it is even hotter up north, where we are going to play (in Braga) on Friday, but I feel ready for that too," Gronkjaer said. Olsen will have all 22 players to choose from with only Udinese defender Peter Kroldrup having a minor ankle strain.

‘I’m not a soccer thug. I was only convicted of being…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 17, 2004
getElementById( ‘frameId459962’ ). Chelsea fan Suzy Vardela, also barred from Euro 2004, was fined for drunkenness at a match against Ipswich in 2001. She protested earlier this week, “There is no way I’m a soccer thug. The only thing I was convicted of was being drunk… Last October, for example, a woman was among four English fans arrested in Istanbul while trying to get into the stadium for the Turkey-England match. In June 2002, a woman and six men were arrested in Plymouth after England played Denmark in the World Cup, in a fracas that took 32 police officers an hour to subdue. “It is inevitable that [women] will occasionally get embroiled in disorder,” says David Swift, Britain’s most senior police officer in Portugal for Euro 2004. “But they are not the key individuals. What tends to happen is that their partner gets involved, they respond and get involved, too. ” Graham McCarthy, a Cardiff police officer who worked on the Erasmus case, agrees: “The marauding in the streets in gangs is done by males. ” And, he adds, it is not a given that because women now tend to drink more, they will become involved in football’s violent subculture.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia 0-2 Portugal
BBC News – Jun 16, 2004
The tournament hosts took an early lead after Deco fired the ball into the area and Porto team-mate Maniche swivelled to create space before firing home. Just before half-time goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov was sent off for handball. To their credit Russia never gave up, though Luis Figo hit the post and late on substitute Rui Costa added a second, poking home Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross. Portugal had been sluggish in the extreme on Saturday in their surprise defeat to Greece, but Wednesday saw Luis Felipe Scolari’s side adopt a brisker tempo, with Figo given a free role… Booked: Smertin, Evseev, Alenitchev. Portugal: Ricardo, Miguel, Andrade, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Costinha, Figo (Ronaldo 78), Maniche, Deco,
Simao (Rui Costa 63), Pauleta (Nuno Gomes 57). Subs not used: Beto, Couto, Moreira, Paulo Ferreira, Petit,
Postiga, Quim, Rui Jorge, Tiago. Booked: Ricardo Carvalho, Deco. Attendance: 58,000. Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway). OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA

Category

Russia

Portugal

Total shots

6

15

Shots on target

1

9

Possession

44%

56%

Corners won

1

6

Fouls committed

21

18

Offsides

1

3

Bookings

4

2

Sent Off

1

0

TRIVIA
Russia are now eliminated after losing their first two matches.

CYCLING : Book details suspicions about Lance Armstrong and drug use
International Herald Tribune – Jun 15, 2004
"We just set out the facts and let the reader decide for himself who's telling the truth. But we do give names for every accusation. " Appearing three weeks before the start of the Tour de France, the book is bound to increase the pressure on Armstrong as he seeks his record sixth victory. Especially in the French press, he has sometimes been suspected of drug abuse, a charge he has always heatedly denied. An official French investigation of his team that began three years ago found no violations. Many of the new charges are attributed to Emma O'Reilly, a 33-year-old Irish woman who was a masseuse for the U.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece 1-1 Spain
BBC News – Jun 16, 2004
Greece defended desperately to preserve their hard-earned point and Nikopolidis produced a point-blank save to keep out Helguera’s header, while sub Valeron saw his shot blocked by Kapsis. Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas,
Fissas (Venetidis 86), Giannakopoulos (Nikolaidis 49),
Zagorakis, Karagounis (Tsiartas 52), Katsouranis, Vryzas,
Charisteas. Subs not used: Basinas, Chalkias, Dabizas, Georgiadis, Goumas, Kafes, Katergiannakis, Lakis, Papadopoulos. Booked: Katsouranis, Giannakopoulos, Karagounis, Zagorakis, Vryzas. Spain: Casillas, Puyol, Helguera, Marchena, Bravo,
Etxeberria (Joaquin 45), Albelda, Baraja, Vicente,
Morientes (Valeron 65), Raul (Torres 80). Subs not used: Alonso, Aranzubia, Canizares, Capdevila, Cesar,
Gabri, Juanito, Luque, Xavi. Booked: Marchena, Helguera.

Euro 2004: Thirsty fans, hydrated players
Expatica – Jun 15, 2004
Tim Meyer, team doctor of the meticulous Germans, made it clear that beer is not desired among the four litres the players are supposed to drink each day to avoid dehydration at the tournament. “Beer, coffee and tea are not useful,” insists German team doctor Tim Meyer, who prefers his players to drink mineral water and energy drinks. Even though there are no noon kickoffs like at the 1986 World Cup in hot Mexico, the sweltering heat in Portugal is of concern to all 16 teams… Tim Meyer, team doctor of the meticulous Germans, made it clear that beer is not desired among the four litres the players are supposed to drink each day to avoid dehydration at the tournament. “Beer, coffee and tea are not useful,” insists German team doctor Tim Meyer, who prefers his players to drink mineral water and energy drinks. Even though there are no noon kickoffs like at the 1986 World Cup in hot Mexico, the sweltering heat in Portugal is of concern to all 16 teams.

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