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June 27, 2004

World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Danes Ready for Winning Czechs

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 25.06.2004 Tournament Underdogs Ready to Snap at…
* World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Dutch Advance after Topping Swedes in…
* World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Greek Davids’ Slay the French Goliaths
* World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Danes Ready for Winning Czechs
* England leaves disappointed yet again
* Euro 2004: Football talents don’t grow on trees
* ERIKSSON: WAYNE HANDLES ROONEY MANIA
* TSN – Canada’s Sports Leader
* TSN – Canada’s Sports Leader
* Saez ends reign in Spain
* Germany `Czeched’ out
* Scolari new deal on table
* Costa Rica appoint new technical director
* Hitzfeld fits the bill for Germany as focus switches to World Cup
* Lippi named new Italy coach
* Euro turns soccer upside down

World Cup 2006 | 25.06.2004 Tournament Underdogs Ready to Snap at…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 25, 2004
“Every team has its possibilities, and so do we,” said Tsiartas. “If you go into the game thinking you have no chance, then you will definitely lose. A lot of things have changed in football. There are not so many differences between teams. Now the big teams need to prove they belong where they are. ”

Greece will face the reigning champions, who are progressing at a pace and with performances far below their best. However, coach Jacques Santini is confident his team can make it all the way to the final despite their below-par performances so far.

World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Dutch Advance after Topping Swedes in…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 26, 2004
After a goalless draw, the Dutch defeated the Scandinavians 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The victory put Holland’s reoccurring penalty nightmare finally to rest. The Dutch had lost shootouts in the last three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup. The Oranje fans will now see their team advance, but the Swedes didn’t make it easy. The stifling heat in Faro and solid defense on both sides made it not the high-scoring affair that had been predicted and the evenly-matched teams ended 0-0 in extra time. Deadlock after two hours of football on a stamina-sapping night ended in the dreaded but morbidly fascinating spot kicks, with the Dutch prevailing 5-4 with Chelsea-bound Arjen Robben getting the decisive goal. “That is the greatest moment of my life,” said Robben, whose performances here have shown how much Manchester United has missed out on after he opted to go to Chelsea instead… The Oranje fans will now see their team advance, but the Swedes didn’t make it easy. The stifling heat in Faro and solid defense on both sides made it not the high-scoring affair that had been predicted and the evenly-matched teams ended 0-0 in extra time. Deadlock after two hours of football on a stamina-sapping night ended in the dreaded but morbidly fascinating spot kicks, with the Dutch prevailing 5-4 with Chelsea-bound Arjen Robben getting the decisive goal. “That is the greatest moment of my life,” said Robben, whose performances here have shown how much Manchester United has missed out on after he opted to go to Chelsea instead. “To score the decisive penalty in such a big tournament is amazing. But I wasn’t really afraid indeed I was very confident.

World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Greek Davids’ Slay the French Goliaths
Deutsche Welle – Jun 26, 2004
Replays showed that Barthez had prevented the whole of the ball crossing the line. Greece had been unlucky but not cheated. France were being forced into operating in tight areas with the Greek defenders closing in ate evry opportunity, preventing the free-flowing football which the French can produce to such devastating effect. Coach Otto Rehhagel had obviously studied his opponents well as Greece showed discipline and mental strength in the opening 20 minutes. Sloppy play on both sides
Both sides then had a spell of making simple mistakes and losing possession. One mistake by the Greeks then set Lizarazu free on the left. He raced past his marker and fired a cross into the Greek penalty area… France drifted further and further out of the tournament as the game wore on to its conclusion until Thierry Henry had the chance to put a safe hand on the Henri Delauney trophy when his clear header was met with power with no defender in sight. But as the ball dropped just past the post, France’s grip on the Henri Delauney trophy looked to have slipped right off. France drop the cup
Les Bleus then dropped the cup completely when Lizarazu blasted over from the edge of the arae with two minutes of added time to play. It was the final chance for the champions and when Anders Frisk blew the final whistle, the seemingly impossible was confirmed to be reality. Greece had beaten France. France: Barthez, Gallas, Thuram, Silvestre, Lizarazu, Zidane, Dacourt, Makelele, Pires, Henry, Trezeguet. Greece: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fyssas, Karagounis, Katsouranis, Zagorakis, Basinas, Nikolaidis, Charisteas.

World Cup 2006 | 26.06.2004 Danes Ready for Winning Czechs
Deutsche Welle – Jun 26, 2004
Denmark coach Morten Olsen believes his side can go all the way at Euro 2004 and emulate the success of the championship-winning team of 12 years ago. But first, the Danes will have to get past a very strong side from the Czech Republic in Porto. “Football is all about tradition and history and the question I am being asked the most is ‘Can you do it again?’,” said Olsen, a member of the 1984 Danish team that reached the semi-finals in France. “We are hoping to go all the way and some of the surprise results in the tournament have shown us anything is possible. ”

Denmark actually failed to qualify for the 1992 tournament. But the Scandinavians were allowed into the tournament at the last minute in place of Yugoslavia, which was suspended a week before the tournament was due to start because of international sanctions imposed upon them because of war in the Balkans. The Danes haven’t been beaten yet this tournament, but they haven’t won all their matches either — unlike the Czechs.

England leaves disappointed yet again
Independent Online – Jun 25, 2004

‘What’s to say what could have happened?’Beckham angrily defended his role as captain. “Do you think I can inspire the team as I did in the past? I am England captain,” Beckham said. “I will not be resigning my position. I am proud to be England captain. I love to be playing football and I am England captain. ”

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson also said he wouldn’t step down.

Euro 2004: Football talents don’t grow on trees
Expatica – Jun 25, 2004
But it remains unclear just how far a coach can go in reshaping a so far average team, how many young players can be included in a difficult 24-month buildup without competitive games (apart from the Confederations Cup in 2005) to the World Cup. The attack is the main problem. Miroslav Klose scored six goals at the 2002 World Cup but has disappeared into anonymity. Bobic was top scorer in the qualifying session but is also playing poorly. Germany?s best forward Kevin Kuranyi remained scoreless in his three Euro-matches. Whether the 19-year-old Cologne striker Podolski, hailed as a saviour after just 19 league matches, can deliver remains to be seen. ?If we want to stand a chance at the World Cup in our own country we will have to score a few goals,? said captain Oliver Kahn… Germany, once feared for forwards such as Gerd Mueller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Horst Hrubesch and Voeller, has no forward in sight of the calibre of Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Thierry Henry. The Bundesliga has been dominated by foreign scorers and Germany?s best marksman last season, Martin Max from Hansa Rostock, was not selected for Euro given his age of 35. Max is no candidate for 2006, which means that the new coach, be it Hitzfeld or someone else, has precious few players to chose from. Kuranyi and Podolski are the only serious options unless Klose regains his form after moving to Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen. Ballack and his new Bayern Munich team-mate Torsten Frings are set to continue in midfield, while there is some hope for an improvement in quality if Sebastian Deisler finally regains his form and defender Christoph Metzelder returns from a long-term knee injury. The new coach will start his job with an 18 August friendly in Austria in a first attempt to find the right balance between youth and experience. ?The people will start screaming for young players.

ERIKSSON: WAYNE HANDLES ROONEY MANIA
4TheGame – Jun 26, 2004
It’s very important that his agents, family and friends give him the right support. ” Eriksson’s right-hand man, Tord Grip, added: “There will be more pressure on him, of course, but I think he can stand that. “He enjoys his football and you can do that when you’re young. He plays with no fear at all. ” Above all, Eriksson believes that Rooney can improve as a player, given that he is at such an early stage in his overall development. Asked if the teenager could star at the 2006 World Cup, the England coach insisted: “Yes, and in 2008 and so on. “He is only 18 and normally, if you are good at 18, then at 20, 22, or 24, you are even better… He plays with no fear at all. ” Above all, Eriksson believes that Rooney can improve as a player, given that he is at such an early stage in his overall development. Asked if the teenager could star at the 2006 World Cup, the England coach insisted: “Yes, and in 2008 and so on. “He is only 18 and normally, if you are good at 18, then at 20, 22, or 24, you are even better. “In England, we knew about Wayne Rooney before the tournament. During the tournament, he confirmed that and did even better than anyone could have expected. “Now he is a big name not only in England but in Europe and in the world.

TSN – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Jun 25, 2004

if(!sops){if(p. Wales, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan are also in England’s group. Eriksson said the squad, particularly Beckham, were devastated. Beckham also had a penalty saved in the 2-1 opening loss to France. “I’ve talked to the squad, of course, in the dressing room after the game and he might be blaming himself but football is like that, especially when you go to penalty shootouts,” Eriksson said… I will not be resigning my position. I am proud to be England captain. I love to be playing football and I am England captain. “I won’t be resigning unless someone wants me to, and that will be the manager (Sven-Goran Eriksson). I believe this team can go far. ”

It was Beckham’s third penalty miss in a row. He also had a penalty saved in England’s 2-1 injury time loss to France in its opening Euro 2004 match on June 13 and slipped and kicked a penalty over the bar in England’s 0-0 final qualifying match draw in Turkey.

TSN – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Jun 25, 2004
He takes over on July 16 – the day after Giovanni Trapattoni’s contract expires. Lippi’s contract will run until the end of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “As president of the football federation I must thank Giovanni Trapattoni for his rectitude,” said Italian football federation president Franco Carraro. “I hope Marcello Lippi will be able to qualify Italy as quickly as possible for the 2006 World Cup finals. ”

Lippi, 56, won five Serie A titles in two spells with Juventus as well as a Champions League crown, the European Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup.

Saez ends reign in Spain
BBC News – Jun 25, 2004
He initially said he would see out his contract and lead Spain’s campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. But Saez offered his resignation after a meeting with the Spanish football federation on Friday. He said: “I have given the reasons for taking a decision which I will not go back on, which is to stop training the national side. ”

Saez has stepped down after holding the post for almost two years and two losses in 23 matches. His failure to prevent the national team’s exit from
the championships was a far cry from his outstanding
success with the country’s junior teams.

Germany `Czeched’ out
Hindu – Jun 25, 2004
Whatever happened to German football? Less than two years after they reached a World Cup final against Brazil, Germany were sent home from Euro 2004 by the Czech Republic `B’ team last night. Germany scored two goals over the course of three games and did not win one of them. Though that is an improvement on Euro 2000 when they scored one in three games, losing to England and, embarrassingly, 3-0 to a weakened Portugal, this defeat provides fresh despair. Germany host the next World Cup and their pride is hurt by this. They have now not won a match at the European finals since beating the Czechs 2-1 at Wembley in Euro 96 and wanted to set down a marker for 2006.

Scolari new deal on table
BBC News – Jun 26, 2004
Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail told A Bola on Saturday he hoped to conclude a two-year contract extension with Scolari. Portugal’s coach has insisted he is not thinking about his future but would be happy to stay beyond his contract which runs out at the end of the tournament. “I like Portugal, my sons like it, they don’t want to leave,” said Scolari. Before the tournament Scolari furiously denied he had agreed to take charge of
Benfica after Euro 2004.

Costa Rica appoint new technical director
Jamaica Observer – Jun 26, 2004
Pinto replaces American Steve Sampson, who was dismissed from his coaching duties by the Federacion Costarricense de Futbol on Monday, after the Ticos’ two consecutive draws with Cuba in the second round of CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006. Costa Rica scraped through to the semi-final round at the expense of the Cubans, but only on the away-goals rule. The 51 year-old Pinto has coached eight clubs in Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru in the last two decades. He led Millonarios of Colombia and Alianza Lima of Peru to their league’s runners-up titles during the 1998 and 1999- 2000 seasons respectively, and coached Alianza Lima to the Peruvian League Championship seven years ago. Pinto begins his coaching duties with the Ticos this week, as they prepare for the 2004 Copa America next month in Peru before beginning the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualification for the 2006 World Cup in August.

Hitzfeld fits the bill for Germany as focus switches to World Cup
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jun 25, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. In a telephone call yesterday morning, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, president of the DFB, sounded out the possibility of Hitzfeld, who left Bayern Munich by mutual consent at the end of last season, replacing Völler, whose tenure with the national team ended in another bout of German soul-searching. The chances of Hitzfeld rejecting the opportunity to lead his country into the next World Cup finals — as hosts, qualifying will not be necessary — appear minimal, even if the team is wading through a spell of mediocrity. “I am open for talks,” he said. “After Rudi’s resignation it would be a logical step for me, but I had planned to have a year’s break from football. I have to think things over carefully.

Lippi named new Italy coach
abc.net.au – Jun 26, 2004
09:40:47 (AEST)

Lippi named new Italy coach

Former Juventus coach Marcello Lippi has been named Italy’s new coach and will take up the position on July 16. Lippi, 56, will begin his new role the day after current coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s contract expires. His contract will run until the end of the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. “As president of the football federation I must thank Giovanni Trapattoni for his integrity,” Italian football federation president Franco Carraro

“I hope Marcello Lippi will be able to qualify Italy as quickly as possible for the 2006 World Cup finals. ”

Trapattoni, 65, had been widely expected to stand down at a federation board meeting on Friday following Italy’s early exit from Euro 2004. But despite Italy’s disappointing display in Portugal, Trapattoni was unwilling to resign before his contract ran out, insisting his team was among the top four or five in Europe. The Italians finished only third in Group C despite their 2-1 win over Bulgaria in their last match.

Euro turns soccer upside down
SLAM! Sports – Jun 26, 2004
They are winging it and turning the football world on its ear in the process. Greece proved its early win over Portugal was no fluke yesterday by taking on the team generally regarded as the best in the world, France, and turning it aside, in a thrilling 1-0 victory. As a result, the Greeks are through to the semi-finals on Thursday. If they can duplicate yesterday’s feat, Canada Day could become a Greek national holiday, as well. The Greeks were supposed to be one of the tame opponents for the big shots at this tournament, but they have proved their mettle, especially yesterday… The front-page headline in the Thursday edition of Bild, Germany’s leading tabloid newspaper, shouted “Out! Rudi, we are the fools of Europe. ”
That was aimed at coach Rudi Voeller, whose employment did not survive the day. The Germans are apoplectic at the prospect of holding the 2006 World Cup without a competitive team to carry the flag. The final humiliation came on Wednesday in the final preliminary-round game when, needing nothing less than a victory, the Germans played the Czech Republic, which had already qualified. Czech coach Vladimir Smicer sat out nine of his regulars and the second-string dispatched Germany 2-1. That was the tap on the shoulder for Voeller. “What really hurts me,” he said upon his resignation, “is that we weren’t even playing against the Czechs’ best team.

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