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The News Review:

* EURO 2004: England’s not so glorious failure
* EURO 2004: Group C / Italy 2, Bulgaria 1 : Victory, yet a loss,…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham hits back
* EURO 2004: Group D / The Netherlands 3, Latvia 0 : For the Dutch, a…
* Great survivors put to the sword
* Hosts turn on their oldest ally, England
* League in limbo, but games go on
* EURO 2004: SOCCER: Portuguese enjoy something extra
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | France 0-1 Greece
* Notes: Suez resigns as coach of Spain national – Soccer – MSNBC.com
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Helping out Sven
* Clockwatch: Sweden-Holland
* Cultural news round-up
* England expects Henman to wreak revenge on Swiss
* Defiant Meier stands firm
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Sorrow for Sweden
* RTÉ Sport: Zidane fears “end of a cycle”

EURO 2004: England’s not so glorious failure
Squarefootball – Jun 25, 2004
A man with a history of European Championship disasters, Neville was last seen trying to clamber on to Rui Costa’s back before the Portuguese veteran thrashed an emphatic shot past the statue-esque David James. At that point England showed a commendable level of fighting spirit, miraculously rescuing themselves from defeat when all looked lost. Frank Lampard did not turn in one of his more glittering performances of Euro 2004 against Portugal, but his late strike ensured that England at least had a ticket for the penalty lottery at the end. However, there was always an air of resignation about the whole affair, and it was no surprise when the glove-less Ricardo saved Vassell’s spot-kick, and that following another skied effort from the hopelessly under-performing David Beckham. Rubbing salt into the wounds, Ricardo followed up his penalty-saving heroics by smashing the ball past David James to send the home side into a semi-final with either Holland or Sweden. And so ‘our time’ has passed once again. Even today, having had the evening to think about it, Eriksson is refusing to accept that his negative tactics played a part in England’s demise.

EURO 2004: Group C / Italy 2, Bulgaria 1 : Victory, yet a loss,…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 24, 2004
Gianluigi Buffon, the magnificent goalkeeper, put up this defense: "Someone should be ashamed and it is not us. I'm very bitter, I really didn't believe this would happen with two peoples who are proud of their spirit of fair play. "When you talk for days about a result, a 2-2 result not just a draw, and then it comes out like this — well, I'm very surprised. " A colleague, Alessandro Nesta, cried into the same bitter cup: "We have finished third behind two teams who are inferior to us. To go out undefeated with five points really hurts. " It hurts the game that Italy should depart, as it did after losing in South Korea two years ago, blaming everybody but itself. The Italians still do not get it, still fail to grasp that they are out because their soccer is too negative.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Beckham hits back
BBC News – Jun 26, 2004

He admitted: “I don’t think we’ve done as much conditioning work at Madrid as we used to at Manchester United but that’s the way it is in the Spanish league. “I didn’t feel as fit in the second-half of the season as I did in the first-half and maybe that’s the way the Spanish game is. “Maybe it has spilled over into Euro 2004, but I’m not going to make excuses. “I want to carry on being a Real Madrid player and I want to win things there and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing this season.

EURO 2004: Group D / The Netherlands 3, Latvia 0 : For the Dutch, a…
International Herald Tribune – Jun 24, 2004
The Dutch were that. They probed and pushed, and it must be said that van Nistelrooy dived even to try to gain an unfair penalty. He did not get one, but Edgar Davids did, in the 25th minute. Davids came in from the left, darting like a lizard between rocks. He bumped craftily into the defenders, one touched him on the shoulder, and to earth the Dutchman limply fell. Van Nistelrooy slammed the penalty low into the far corner of the net. Now the Dutch could feel their victory coming… Now the Dutch could feel their victory coming. Although far from a special side these days — they are functional rather than formidable — they did get van Nistelrooy free to have a two confrontations with the Latvian goalkeeper, Aleksandrs Kolinko, and each time Kolinko got his body in front of the shot. But in the first half the Latvians did not manage to free Mari Verpakovskis, their fine and willing striker, even once. And, inevitably, the overwhelming Dutch possession forced another goal. This, too, had dubious elements. A free kick from Seedorf was driven deep to the far post. Philip Cocu rose to head the ball at the far post, and van Nistelrooy was unmarked a meter from the line to nod the ball in.

Great survivors put to the sword
BBC News – Jun 24, 2004
And when coach Voeller said “the future looks bleak momentarily because we cannot match the big footballing nations”, they were words that will have stuck in the former World Cup winning striker’s throat. The irony of the manner of Germany’s fall from grace will not have been lost on Voeller. The main failing for his team has been the lack of a top-class goalscorer – how they needed a player in the mould of the manager, who scored more than a goal every second game during an illustrious international career in the 1980s and ’90s.

Hosts turn on their oldest ally, England
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 24, 2004
3 million citizens. In the last week however the bands that wander the bars of Lisbon’s Bario Alto have had to find a fresh repertoire. The impact of hosting Euro 2004 and the injection of pride that has flowed from Sunday’s defeat of the oldest enemy Spain has been huge and the country is dancing to a new tune… “Luis Figo, our greatest footballer, used his charitable foundation to give away free flags and it has caught on. These have been troubled years but the tournament and the defeat of Spain have given us an opportunity to display our nationalism in a positive way. ” The significance of the defeat of Spain should not be underestimated. In the 15th century the two great seafaring nations carved up the globe between them, dividing the New World dominions between them with the consent of the church. Since the age of discovery ended, however, Portugal has spent hundreds of years in Spain’s shadow, dwarfed by its clout in Europe. “Many people here have said this was the most important victory since the Battle of Aljubarotta in 1385, which banished the Spanish from Portugal,” said Ms Ferreira. According to Alberto Da Silva, one of Portugal’s most respected historians and football writers, the tournament has been significant not only in restoring national pride, but also in helping Europe’s most westerly nation look east to its continental neighbours.

League in limbo, but games go on
USA Today – Jun 24, 2004
” The paper says the Freedom is “regarded as the Real Madrid of the women’s game. ”
Wait a minute, you say. The Freedom? Kelly Smith? Marinette Pichon? Isn’t the WUSA extinct? Didn’t we read in a couple of papers last week that all the players were working in interior design or coaching?
Yes, no and maybe not — and not necessarily in that order. Every WUSA team has one scheduled league game this year at the festivals in Minnesota and Carson, Calif. But the players aren’t sitting around in the meantime. They’ve signed with teams in the W-League and WPSL, and some are still wearing their old uniforms under circumstances that bear no resemblance to the WUSA’s first season. Smith, Pichon and Anne Makinen — all exceptional players for the Philadelphia Charge last season — have signed with the New Jersey Wildcats, where they are obliterating competition in the amateur W-League with a withering attack… plays two games simultaneously. Fixing Euro 2004: Adam Hirshfield will handle our European punditry from now on, but the Euro 2004 controversy is too messy to avoid in this space. For those who missed it: Italy’s last-minute winner against Bulgaria meant that the scruffy guys in blue were through to the quarterfinals unless Sweden and Denmark drew 2-2 or higher. Italy, whose own experiences in match-fixing are detailed in Joe McGinniss’ The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, had a few players who accepted their fates and a few who didn’t. First of all, it’s ludicrous to think that a wide-open 2-2 draw could be arranged, especially when the tying goal was punched in from a tight goalmouth scramble very late in the game.

EURO 2004: SOCCER: Portuguese enjoy something extra
International Herald Tribune – Jun 26, 2004
In this magnificent stadium, where the planned segregation of English and Portuguese nationals broke down, there was actually less aggravation, certainly less abuse of the anthems than the English had shown against Croatia. Perhaps the charming Portuguese had a civilizing effect. Perhaps soccer as a sport and not as some kind of depraved notion of war would prevail. It would be fitting because the charity for this match was the International Committee of the Red Cross "Protect Children in War" mission — and as an another perspective, the England players wore black armbands in respect for an English fan knifed to death in Lisbon, allegedly by a Ukrainian pickpocket. So we had gifts, we had causes, and we also had a very absorbing match. The home side lifted their heads after the sinking feeling of the early goal and began to outplay England along the ground. Swift are the skills of Cristiano Ronaldo, knowing is the soccer brain of Luis Figo, mobile the movement of Nuno Gomes — and with left back Nuno Valente and the man in search of redemption Costinha driving them on, the Portuguese monopolized the ball… The home side lifted their heads after the sinking feeling of the early goal and began to outplay England along the ground. Swift are the skills of Cristiano Ronaldo, knowing is the soccer brain of Luis Figo, mobile the movement of Nuno Gomes — and with left back Nuno Valente and the man in search of redemption Costinha driving them on, the Portuguese monopolized the ball. England defended resolutely, with even Rooney playing deep — and not playing at all after 22 minutes when he rolled over in agony, a small bone in his right foot broken after a tackle from Jorge Andrade, his place taken by Darius Vassell. We would see how England fared without the youth whose inspiration had lifted all the men. The answer was, where there's a Steven Gerrard, there's a way and a will for the English. He is, in my opinion, the captain without the armband (worn by the faded celebrity Beckham), and toward halftime he stimulated a move involving Beckham and Neville and this time Owen was just beaten by Andrade. Had that gone in, it would have invoked memories of Euro 2000 when England led by two goals and Portugal, won 3-2.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | France 0-1 Greece
BBC News – Jun 25, 2004
Booked: Zidane, Saha. Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fissas,
Zagorakis, Basinas (Tsiartas 85), Karagounis,
Nikolaidis (Lakis 61), Katsouranis, Charisteas. Subs Not Used: Chalkias, Katergiannakis, Venetidis, Dabizas,
Giannakopoulos, Kafes, Georgiadis, Goumas, Papadopoulos. Booked: Karagounis, Zagorakis. Attendance: 45,390. Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden). OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA

Category

France

Greece

Total shots

11

5

Shots on target

4

5

Possession

55%

45%

Corners won

3

3

Fouls committed

23

14

Offsides

1

1

Bookings

2

2

Sent Off

0

0.

Notes: Suez resigns as coach of Spain national – Soccer – MSNBC.com
Newsweek – Jun 25, 2004
Suez offered his resignation after a meeting with the Spanish Federation (RFEF) on Friday. “I have given the reasons for taking a decision which I will not go back on, which is to stop training the national side,” he said. For a country where European club football giants Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia play their trade in arguably the strongest league in the world, that is simply not good enough… Suez offered his resignation after a meeting with the Spanish Federation (RFEF) on Friday. “I have given the reasons for taking a decision which I will not go back on, which is to stop training the national side,” he said. For a country where European club football giants Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia play their trade in arguably the strongest league in the world, that is simply not good enough. Despite a wobbly qualifying campaign, which saw Spain finish as runner-up in its group before progressing in a playoff against Norway, hopes were high that it could finally fulfil its potential, and challenge for the Euro 2004 title in Portugal. Yet despite having the talents of Raul, Joaquin, Vicente and Fernando Morientes at his disposal, Saez was unable to guide Spain through the group stages, and it cost him his job.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | England | Helping out Sven
BBC News – Jun 24, 2004
Not in midfield, thankfully – not with your lack of pace and wayward distribution. No, your role in England’s preparations for the quarter-final is much simpler.

Clockwatch: Sweden-Holland
BBC News – Jun 26, 2004
FULL-TIME: The final whistle goes in Faro-Loul? and neither side in truth has deserved to win the tie during the 90 minutes. Holland mounted a concerted spell of pressure towards the end as Sweden tired, but it was largely a frustrating affair with both sides cancelling each other out. The prospect of penalties once again looms large at Euro 2004. 90 + 2 mins: Makaay catches a right-foot volley sweetly but the ball is once again too high to trouble Isaksson. 90 mins: Sweden fail to properly clear another long throw and Reiziger’s goalbound shot from 20 yards is deflected wide for a corner. As the ball is pumped in again, this time from Van Bronckhorst down the left, Van Nistelrooy can only head wide. 89 mins: Ostlund has to head the ball away from inside his own six-yard box after Stam had dangerously headed on a long throw… 42 mins: Jonson gets in behind Van Bronckhorst down the Sweden right and cuts the ball back to Svensson, who sees a goalbound shot blocked by Bouma. 41 mins: Van Nistelrooy goes down in the Sweden area after a tussle with Mellberg, and the Manchester United striker is perhaps fortunate not to be cautioned for simulation. 35 mins: De Boer has not recovered from the tackle on Ljungberg when he required treatment and he makes way for Bouma. Cocu takes over the captaincy. 33 mins: Cocu hits a 25-yard shot straight at Isaksson but the keeper decides to punch the ball away and is lucky to see it fly off his gloves and over the bar. 32 mins: Jakobsson’s free-kick clips off the top of Cocu’s head and goes out for a corner. Van der Sar flaps at the cross and is lucky to survive as Van Bronckhorst clears.

Cultural news round-up
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 24, 2004
During Euro 2004’s opening weekend, Harry Potter’s international revenue slipped by just 24% from its first week. The Day After Tomorrow fell by only 40%, and Troy lost just 28%. “Cinema offers an alternative to people who are not that interested in football,” says Mark Batey, the chief executive of the Film Distributors’ Association. “What we’ve seen is films opening such as Mean Girls and Connie and Carla that are skewed towards a female audience – to mop up the other half, if you like.

England expects Henman to wreak revenge on Swiss
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 26, 2004
and when France triumphed in 1984, only Guy Forget went as far as the third round. Thus, with the weight of history removed from his shoulders courtesy of that agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Portugal, Henman eased into the third round with an initially stuttering, but ultimately comprehensive 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ivo Heuberger who, bearing in mind the role played by his countryman, referee Urs Meier, on Thursday night, was a brave man indeed to enter the Centre Court resplendent in the Swiss colours of red and white. If our Ivo was trying to rub English noses in it, he could not have succeeded more emphatically had he cracked open a bottle of vinho verde and tucked into a can of sardines during the change-overs. It came as no surprise, therefore, when Henman’s lusty smash to win the opening point of the match was greeted with a suitably lusty cheer while Heuberger’s initial success – a sizzling double-fisted backhand winner – was met by muted applause. Switzerland has never been so unpopular in SW19. Heuberger, who hails from Altstaetten, a picture-postcard Alpine village surrounded by meadows of wildflowers and the tinkling of cowbells, was anything but twee in approach, his robust all-court game earning him an early break after which he served for the first set at 5-4. Was Henman’s early sluggishness a hangover from Euro 2004? “No, I can’t blame it on that even though I didn’t sleep very well… Switzerland has never been so unpopular in SW19. Heuberger, who hails from Altstaetten, a picture-postcard Alpine village surrounded by meadows of wildflowers and the tinkling of cowbells, was anything but twee in approach, his robust all-court game earning him an early break after which he served for the first set at 5-4. Was Henman’s early sluggishness a hangover from Euro 2004? “No, I can’t blame it on that even though I didn’t sleep very well. I was very much aware of the national sense of disappointment. Obviously it was a bad day for umpires and referees. But it’s nice to take a bit of revenge – on Switzerland that is. ” Henman began taking revenge by ripping through four games in a row to secure the first set after which Heuberger’s challenge gradually disintegrated.

Defiant Meier stands firm
BBC News – Jun 26, 2004
“England are looking for a scapegoat and they are looking to blame me. ”

A defiant Meier also insisted he interpreted the rules exactly right as laid down for the tournament. He said: “England should remember that we are at Euro 2004 and not playing in the English Premier League. “What is allowed there is not allowed here. There are different rules and I applied them.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Sweden | Sorrow for Sweden
BBC News – Jun 26, 2004

Sweden midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and Kim Kallstrom could not hide their heartbreak. “It feels tough,” said Ljungberg. “We created a lot of chances. I’m very disappointed. ”

Kallstrom, who converted the first spot-kick of the shoot-out, added: “It’s terrible to lose on penalties.

RTÉ Sport: Zidane fears “end of a cycle”
rte.ie – Jun 26, 2004
At 32, Zidane perhaps has one more tournament left in him but others such as Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly and Claude Makelele face the end of their international careers. Zidane said: “We are all responsible for our elimination. We did not pull together and yes, it could be the end of a cycle. ”
France coach Jacques Santini, who is heading to manager Tottenham next season, refused to speculate whether the core of the side that helped Les Bleus to the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship were now history. He said: “Someone else will be taking my post in August and regarding the players of that generation, it’s up to him to decide what they will do with their future. ”
Santini pointed the finger of blame at his players’ lethargy and lack of ideas as the reason for one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament – Greece triumphing in the quarter-final in Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade stadium thanks to Angelos Charisteas’ bullet header. They will play Denmark or the Czech Republic for a place in the final.

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