Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 23, 2004

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Germany 1-2 Czech Rep

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The News Review:

* Group D / Braga: PREVIEWS / EURO 2004
* Euro 2004: GROUP C Italy 1, Sweden 1 : A great 70 minutes, betrayed…
* Euro 2004: Germans dismiss memories of 2000
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Germany 1-2 Czech Rep
* Ad hoc: Euro 2004 teams lined up – but not all of them score
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Switzerland | Frei given 15-day ban
* Portugal and Greece march on
* EURO 2004: GROUP B / France 3, Switzerland 1 : At long last, Henry…
* Rooney ‘the new Pele’
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Switzerland 1-3 France
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Neville wary of Ronaldo
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson sets sights high
* BBC NEWS | UK | England’s rising ethnic fanbase
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Sweden’s conscience…
* Italy out of Euro 2004
* EURO 2004: Spain choke again
* BBC NEWS | Technology | Rooney sparks net names scramble
* Soccer death ‘is unrelated to fan violence’

Group D / Braga: PREVIEWS / EURO 2004
International Herald Tribune – Jun 23, 2004
The Germans, whose only goal was a free kick from Torsten Frings that may have been intended as a cross, have to beat the Czechs, who have attacked almost throughout, to be sure of finishing second in Group D in order to advance to the quarterfinals. The Czechs, the only team in Euro 2004 to have won its first two matches, are sure of topping the group. The Germans would also advance if both Group D matches finish as draws. But if the Germans do not win, the winner of the game between Latvia and the Netherlands would advance, or the Dutch would advance with a draw. Germany looked utterly sterile during its 0-0 draw with Latvia. It could not get the better of a team led by Vitalijs Astafjevs, a midfielder who spent his peak years playing for Bristol Rovers in the lowest divisions of the English league, and Aleksandrs Kolinko, a goalkeeper best known for being slapped by the manager while on the bench at first-division Crystal Palace for laughing when the starting goalkeeper let in a goal… The Czechs, the only team in Euro 2004 to have won its first two matches, are sure of topping the group. The Germans would also advance if both Group D matches finish as draws. But if the Germans do not win, the winner of the game between Latvia and the Netherlands would advance, or the Dutch would advance with a draw. Germany looked utterly sterile during its 0-0 draw with Latvia. It could not get the better of a team led by Vitalijs Astafjevs, a midfielder who spent his peak years playing for Bristol Rovers in the lowest divisions of the English league, and Aleksandrs Kolinko, a goalkeeper best known for being slapped by the manager while on the bench at first-division Crystal Palace for laughing when the starting goalkeeper let in a goal. "You can't win a match when you don't score," Rudi Völler, the German coach, who scored a few goals in his time, told the press Monday. Only Michael Ballack, the midfielder, has shown any signs of subtlety or imagination for the Germans, and Völler said one of his objectives is to find ways to give Ballack the ball near the penalty area.

Euro 2004: GROUP C Italy 1, Sweden 1 : A great 70 minutes, betrayed…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 21, 2004
In attack, with the fullbacks flying up the wings, Italy repeatedly maneuvered behind the Swedes on the flanks — an art that has seemed dead at this competition — to create the angles for dangerous balls into the goal mouth. Francesco Totti, the team captain, suspended for spitting at Christian Poulsen of Denmark, was hardly missed. In his absence, Roberto Del Piero, who had complained that Totti was not the only star in the team, began to rediscover his impish genius. Totti's replacement, Antonio Cassano, scored Italy's first goal of the competition with a header after 37 minutes when Christian Panucci, the right back, dribbled past a Swede and slanted a killing ball across the Swedish goal.

Euro 2004: Germans dismiss memories of 2000
Expatica – Jun 21, 2004
Like the Czechs now, Portugal were already qualified for knockout stages at Euro 2000 and rested several stars in that game. They nonetheless destroyed the Germans who crashed out winless. But Kahn said: “The situation was completely different four years ago. It is a ridiculous comparison… Like the Czechs now, Portugal were already qualified for knockout stages at Euro 2000 and rested several stars in that game. They nonetheless destroyed the Germans who crashed out winless. But Kahn said: “The situation was completely different four years ago. It is a ridiculous comparison.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Germany 1-2 Czech Rep
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
Michael Ballack’s stunning shot fired Germany ahead, before Marek Heinz levelled with a sublime free-kick. Bernd Schneider was the main culprit as Germany missed a series of chances in the second-half. And they were made to pay by substitute Milan Baros who took advantage as Germany pushed forward in search of a winner. This abject defeat marks the second European Championship in a row where Germany – who dominated the continental scene for so long – have been eliminated at the group stage.

Ad hoc: Euro 2004 teams lined up – but not all of them score
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 22, 2004
Still, there are a few Rooneyesque bright spots. It features a football nut who wakes up chanting: “I’m not sleeping any more. ” We follow him as he chants his way through his day with his long-suffering girlfriend until eventually they end up at McDonald’s where they buy a Big Mac and get an extra one free. Result! He starts chanting “free one, free one” (like 3-1). This campaign knows its consumer well.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Switzerland | Frei given 15-day ban
BBC News – Jun 21, 2004
A Uefa spokesman revealed that the new video evidence had prompted European football’s governing body to seek to overturn Sunday’s decision. “In his appeal, the Uefa disciplinary inspector requests that Frei should be suspended provisionally for today’s vital Group B match against France,” the spokesman said. Frei was asked twice by federation officials on Saturday if he had spat and both times he had denied it, Swiss officials told a news conference. “Like anyone else Frei was presumed innocent until he was proved guilty,” Swiss federation president Ralph Zloczower said.

Portugal and Greece march on
The Age – Jun 22, 2004
Portuguese football was on trial. The generation that won the 1989 and 1991 World Youth Championships was one defeat away from being remembered as a serial underachiever on the senior stage. Portugal had not beaten Spain in a competitive international, and it was 23 years since Lisbon had prevailed over Madrid in any meeting of these Iberian neighbours. Last September, the Euro 2004 host lost 3-0 at home to its neighbour. To facilitate its first big conquest, Portugal hired Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who despite his ancestry took a while to appreciate that Deco and Ronaldo were two of the most potent weapons in his armoury. Both teams invested in youth. Just as Portugal summoned Ronaldo for his first start of the series, so Inaki Saez of Spain called on Fernando Torres, 20, from Atletico Madrid, to sharpen his attack… The generation that won the 1989 and 1991 World Youth Championships was one defeat away from being remembered as a serial underachiever on the senior stage. Portugal had not beaten Spain in a competitive international, and it was 23 years since Lisbon had prevailed over Madrid in any meeting of these Iberian neighbours. Last September, the Euro 2004 host lost 3-0 at home to its neighbour. To facilitate its first big conquest, Portugal hired Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, who despite his ancestry took a while to appreciate that Deco and Ronaldo were two of the most potent weapons in his armoury. Both teams invested in youth. Just as Portugal summoned Ronaldo for his first start of the series, so Inaki Saez of Spain called on Fernando Torres, 20, from Atletico Madrid, to sharpen his attack. At half-time, Nuno Gomes of nearby Benfica was summoned to lend greater thrust to the host’s finishing.

EURO 2004: GROUP B / France 3, Switzerland 1 : At long last, Henry…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 23, 2004
Henry's goals allowed France to retake first place in the standings, gain an extra day off before its quarterfinal match, and avoid playing the host, Portugal, in front of its frenzied home fans in Lisbon. The French players, who had enlivened the buildup to the match by adding some of their own voices to the barrage of criticism from the media after the 2-2 draw against Croatia, started off playing as great teams are supposed to do. Against a team that needed to win and therefore could not afford to sit back in massed defense, the French attack sparkled from the start. In the first minute, Henry, perhaps flashing back to his youth at Monaco, when he played on the wing with David Trezeguet at center forward, found his old teammate with a high ball from the left. By the time Trezeguet had controlled the ball, the defense had closed in.

Rooney ‘the new Pele’
The Age – Jun 23, 2004
“Rooney’s emergence has surpassed even the most delirious expectations. ” The Times called Rooney a “teenage prodigy” and “the international discovery of Euro 2004”, and said his performance had saved England from the ignominy of defeat to Croatia and an early exit from the series. “He is aged 18 and a person inspired, untouchable, and apparently unbeatable,” said the newspaper’s chief sports writer, Simon Barnes. “One of the great things is that he doesn’t really look like a footballer,” he said.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Switzerland 1-3 France
BBC News – Jun 21, 2004
83 mins: Henry misses another good heading opportunity, while Vonlanthen fires straight at Barthez from distance at the other end. Could there be a final twist in the Group B saga?

79 mins: Zidane’s magic from free-kicks deserts him after Pires is fouled by Henchoz, who has barely put a foot right. Frank Lampard scores a fourth for England but it will not affect the standings unless the Swiss equalise. 76 mins: GOAL – Switzerland 1-2 France: Saha’s first touch, a flick-on, sets up Henry to open his Euro 2004 account and make it 2-1. France are back in control of the group, while Croatia have pulled one back in Lisbon. 75 mins: Huggel, who has done little since replacing Hakan Yakin, is booked for a foul on Pires. Saha comes on for the ineffectual Trezeguet… Could there be a final twist in the Group B saga?

79 mins: Zidane’s magic from free-kicks deserts him after Pires is fouled by Henchoz, who has barely put a foot right. Frank Lampard scores a fourth for England but it will not affect the standings unless the Swiss equalise. 76 mins: GOAL – Switzerland 1-2 France: Saha’s first touch, a flick-on, sets up Henry to open his Euro 2004 account and make it 2-1. France are back in control of the group, while Croatia have pulled one back in Lisbon. 75 mins: Huggel, who has done little since replacing Hakan Yakin, is booked for a foul on Pires. Saha comes on for the ineffectual Trezeguet. 71 mins: Pires goes on a great run down the middle but just fails to break into the box.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Neville wary of Ronaldo
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
Ronaldo, a team-mate of Neville’s at Manchester United team-mate, has been accused of over-indulgence in his first season at Old Trafford. But Neville insisted: “He’s not a show pony, he’s the real thing. “If he gets tackled nine times, he’ll still want the ball the 10th time and believe he can get past you. ”

Neville added: “He’s a special talent… Ronaldo, a team-mate of Neville’s at Manchester United team-mate, has been accused of over-indulgence in his first season at Old Trafford. But Neville insisted: “He’s not a show pony, he’s the real thing. “If he gets tackled nine times, he’ll still want the ball the 10th time and believe he can get past you. ”

Neville added: “He’s a special talent. I won’t get a second’s rest. “He has surprised me since Christmas.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Eriksson sets sights high
BBC News – Jun 21, 2004
“If we play as we did in the first half it will not be easy to beat us,” the England coach told BBC Sport. “We deserved (to beat Croatia),” Eriksson added. “I’m very proud of the the players. It is now important that we try to recover as quickly as possible and as intelligently as possible… “If we play as we did in the first half it will not be easy to beat us,” the England coach told BBC Sport. “We deserved (to beat Croatia),” Eriksson added. “I’m very proud of the the players. It is now important that we try to recover as quickly as possible and as intelligently as possible. ”

The Swede said: “We played very good football in the first half and controlled everything.

BBC NEWS | UK | England’s rising ethnic fanbase
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
Under-represented

Leon Campbell, 30, from Ipswich, is also encouraged by the reaction of other fans, during his first tournament with England. “I thought there may be something like shouting at the black players, but there was nothing” he said. Nevertheless, he is very much aware black and Asian fans are not as well-represented at Euro 2004 as they are in society as a whole.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Sweden’s conscience…
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
After Mattias Jonson’s late equaliser, Sweden played the ball along their back line with Denmark making no attempt to win it back. “Maybe Denmark would have wanted to push forward because the score would have left them second in the group,” he said. “But we did not want to take any risks. ”

And Mellberg knows who he wants to play in the quarter-finals. “Maybe it would be nice to play Latvia,” he added. “We lost to them in the last game of our qualification campaign so it would be good to get revenge for that.

Italy out of Euro 2004
Independent Online – Jun 23, 2004
Of course, during the course of the meeting we will discuss everything, we will examine this European Championship which clearly was not positive,” he said. “We were knocked out with five points. We did well but we did not do enough. We probably performed below our ability… “I have a contract until July 15th and I have an excellent relationship with the federation. As a philosopher said, the future brings opportunities,” said the 65-year-old coach. ‘We probably performed below our ability’Asked whether he was considering resigning before the end of his contract, Trapattoni, who took over the side from Dino Zoff shortly after the Euro 2000 final defeat by France, said: “My contract finishes on July 15th. I don’t see a problem. ”

Trapattoni’s comments left the strong impression that he is expecting to move on once the dust has settled on another disappointing tournament for the 1982 World Cup winners… But the results have not been as good as expected from a squad packed with talented Serie A players. Italy qualified in style for the World Cup two years ago but failed to impress as they were eliminated in the second round by co-hosts South Korea. The qualification campaign for Euro 2004 started badly with a draw at home to Serbia and Montenegro followed by a defeat by Wales which prompted calls for Trapattoni to be replaced. Although the Azzurri recovered to book a place in Portugal comfortably, the performances in Portugal were again well below expectations.

EURO 2004: Spain choke again
Squarefootball – Jun 21, 2004
Rubbing salt into wounds that must already be stinging to high heaven is the fact that they were eliminated from the competition by the hosts, and Iberian neighbours Portugal. Their 1-0 defeat last night (June 20) followed promising performances in beating Russia 1-0 in their opener, and a 1-1 draw with surprise package Greece in which the Spanish could reasonably claim that they desserved better. However, international tournaments of the like of Euro 2004 are not a place for ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ and ‘mabyes’. Thus, the wait goes on for Spain to win a major international trophy, something which they have not achieved since 1964. In the final analysis Spain didn’t do nearly enough to overcome Portugal in that decisive third and final Group A game. For almost an hour it seemed as if both sides were trying to lull each other inito a state of unconsciousness, such was the lack of true ambition on show. The game turned on Nuno Gomes’ fine piece of skill and decisive low shot, and in the remaining half hour Spain could not find an answer.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Rooney sparks net names scramble
BBC News – Jun 22, 2004
Even Sven Goran Eriksson has four. David Beckham still heads the field though, with 111 registered domains. It is not just because they are good footballers either, it is because celebrities and sports stars are increasingly becoming lucrative “brands” in their own right, according to NetNames’ Jonathan Robinson. Sites like Rooney Lookalike, which has been registered since January 2004, is just a taster of what is being created off the back of the striker’s success. Name game

“What’s fascinating to me is that the minute a brand or football star attracts attention, domain names just start ‘happening’,” Mr Robinson told BBC News Online. “The key thing is that the domain name registration immediately picks up when the brand is news. ”

People tend to associate fame with money, which drives many speculative web entrepreneurs to the net.

Soccer death ‘is unrelated to fan violence’
Independent Online – Jun 22, 2004
45am (02h5 GMT), police spokesperson Alexandre Coimbra said. He was taken to Sao Jose Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Police believe the murder was not related to Euro 2004. Ukraine does not have a team at the tournament. ‘Unfortunately, these are things that happen’”The Ukrainian was hanging around, looking to steal from a group of English fans,” Coimbra said. “When they tried to defend themselves he pulled a knife and stabbed one of them before running away. ”

Police chased after the Ukrainian and apprehended him.

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