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June 29, 2004

Greece shocks France in quarterfinal

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The News Review:

* Euro 2004: Testing times for world football superpowers
* Your reaction to England’s defeat
* Wily coaches lay their snares
* Greece shocks France in quarterfinal
* Euro 2004: Hitzfeld the only candidate for Germany job
* German official to referee Euro 2004 final
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Denmark | Olsen rues missed chances
* RTÉ Sport: Deco to stay focused on Euro 2004
* EURO 2004: The final four – predictions
* Madrid blame Becks for failing fitness
* Zidane, Beckham, Raul lead star cast of failures at Euro 2004
* Uefa experts ensure progress
* New kids on the block
* de Boer out of Euro 2004
* Larsson not ready to retire despite Euro exit
* England: Euro 2004 player ratings
* Our men in Portugal
* Last go-round for Netherlands, Portugal

Euro 2004: Testing times for world football superpowers
Expatica – Jun 28, 2004
For the first time since the European Championship began in 1960, none of Europe’s big five of football-playing nations are in the semi-finals. The group stage saw three-time world champions Germany dumped out along with Italy and Spain. The defending champions France followed in the quarter-finals alongside England, beaten on penalties by hosts Portugal. At least one of these five, who between them have won seven of the 11 titles, have always reached the last four.

Your reaction to England’s defeat
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
And the ref was out of order not letting us have that goal. So we lost? Big deal – we can always try again… I totally wish Beckham had not missed that penalty and I’m sure we would have won if Rooney was there and I feel really sorry for the man who took the last penalty shot and doing it like that is plain wrong ‘cos I bet he felt awful!. All I can say is we were robbed. That cup belongs to us!.

Wily coaches lay their snares
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
That criticism reached a crescendo after Advocaat, 56, brought off the team’s best player of the tournament – Arjen Robben – in the group game against the Czech Republic with the Dutch leading 2-1. Even before Holland arrived in Portugal, relations between Advocaat and his players had been less than harmonious, and he fell out with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not that the coach and his squad have exaclty come together during Euro 2004. There are a number of cliques, notably the young Ajax players, veterans such as Philip Cocu, Frank de Boer and Edwin van der Sar, and the former Ajax trio of Edgar Davids Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf.

Greece shocks France in quarterfinal
Taipei Times – Jun 27, 2004
PHOTO: AP As the best player in the world, he was supposed to have grown into a natural leader. On Friday, Zinedine Zidane was not up to the challenge and France was eliminated by underdog Greece 1-0 in the quarterfinals of Euro 2004. Slow and sullen throughout, captain Zidane failed to take charge of the defending champion and the Greeks made up for a lack of talent with something the silky smooth players from France sorely missed — heart and commitment. “We are all responsible for our elimination,” said Zidane afterward. “Too many technical mistakes and a lack of ideas in the last part of the game did not allow us to come back after a great goal,” added France coach Jacques Santini, in what could be seen as criticism of his captain. Greece made the difference in the 66th minute when striker Angelos Charisteas scored with a header from the center which gave goalie Fabien Barthez no chance.

Euro 2004: Hitzfeld the only candidate for Germany job
Expatica – Jun 29, 2004
“I have been in contact with Ottmar Hitzfeld for a few days. There has been neither direct nor indirect contact with other coaches, incuding Christoph Daum,” Mayer-Vorfelder said in a press release at the former German Euro 2004 camp in Almancil. Mayer-Vorfelder did not give any further details, but sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa, that the tlaks were progressing well. Hitzfeld, however, wants to talk things over with his family, whom he initially promised a break from the job after being forced to leave Bayern Munich last month. Mayer-Vorfelder made his statement after coming under heavy fire earlier Monday for his intention to find the new national team coach in succession of Rudi Voeller (who resigned Thursday following Germany Euro 2004 exit) on his own and not in co-operation with league and club officials. Werner Hackmann, head of the league DFL, said he had not heard anything on the issue since Friday, the day after Rudi Voeller resigned as coach in the wake of the team’s Euro 2004 elimination. “I can not tolerate this on behalf of the league,” Hackmann said at the Euro finals in Portugal… Mayer-Vorfelder did not give any further details, but sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa, that the tlaks were progressing well. Hitzfeld, however, wants to talk things over with his family, whom he initially promised a break from the job after being forced to leave Bayern Munich last month. Mayer-Vorfelder made his statement after coming under heavy fire earlier Monday for his intention to find the new national team coach in succession of Rudi Voeller (who resigned Thursday following Germany Euro 2004 exit) on his own and not in co-operation with league and club officials. Werner Hackmann, head of the league DFL, said he had not heard anything on the issue since Friday, the day after Rudi Voeller resigned as coach in the wake of the team’s Euro 2004 elimination. “I can not tolerate this on behalf of the league,” Hackmann said at the Euro finals in Portugal. Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge agreed. “He (Mayer-Vorfelder) must work together with Hackmann, (World Cup 2006 organising committee head and DFB board member) Franz Beckenbauer and opinion leaders in the Bundesliga,” said Rummenigge.

German official to referee Euro 2004 final
rte.ie – Jun 28, 2004
Merk, a 42-year-old dentist, has officiated in two group games at Euro 2004 – France’s 2-1 victory against England, and the 2-2 draw between Sweden and Denmark. Swede Anders Frisk will referee the Portugal versus Holland semi-final encounter on Wednesday, and Italian Pierluigi Collina will retire after taking charge of Thursday’s Greece versus Czech Republic semi-final. Meanwhile, UEFA have defended Swiss referee Urs Meier after he has come in for some scathing criticism following his decision to rule out a Sol Campbell’s ‘goal’ in England’s Euro 2004 quarter-final against Portugal. Meier has suffered at the hands of the British tabloid media since then, who are blaming him for England’s exit from the tournament… Meier has suffered at the hands of the British tabloid media since then, who are blaming him for England’s exit from the tournament. However UEFA are backing their man and referee committee president Volker Roth said: “As the German referees boss I am used to handling the press and even the yellow press (tabloid). It’s not very nice but in the case of the English press to blame Urs Meier after a good decision is not acceptable. ”
“To go into his private life, to show his wife, his car and even to put an England flag on his house this is really unacceptable – we are really unhappy. If the press reacts in this way we must reconsider and say clearly and openly this is not a good way. ”
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BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Denmark | Olsen rues missed chances
BBC News – Jun 27, 2004
“I think we were the clearly better team in the first half but we just couldn’t score from the chances we had,” said Olsen. “That has been our problem throughout this tournament. “We should not have allowed them to score the 1-0 goal. They had four goal chances in the whole match. ”

Olsen added: “Overall, they were able to score much too easily
on the chances they got. “You need to be brutal to win, not nice. The quarter-final
is okay but we could have gone further.

RTÉ Sport: Deco to stay focused on Euro 2004
rte.ie – Jun 28, 2004
Recent reports in the Spanish press have linked the FC Porto star with a move to the Spanish Primera Liga, with Barcelona reportedly offering him a five-year contract. However, the Brazilian-born player has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, with former Porto coach Jose Mourinho keen to take Deco to Stamford Bridge. “This is not the best time to talk about my future,” said Deco in today’s press conference. “I will make a decision after the European Championships because my priority right now is placed on this tournament. ”
The 26-year-old has earned the trust of highly-rated tactician Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has opted for Deco in his starting XI rather than veteran midfielder Manuel Rui Costa. “It’s natural that every player wants to be part of this tournament but this is not the reason why I’m happy,” said Deco. “What makes me happy is the fact that this team is playing a great tournament.

EURO 2004: The final four – predictions
Squarefootball – Jun 28, 2004
The Czechs may have the sudden and so-far decisive goal-power of Milan Baros in their ranks, but Greece’s German coach Otto Rehhagel has cultivated a highly-effective, highly-motivated team unit capable of pulling off minor miracles. For evidence of that we need only look at their opening day upset of hosts Portugal and, for those who believed that was a mere fluke, their perhaps even more stunning 1-0 defeat of defending champions France in the quarter finals on Friday (June 25). Baros’ surge to prominence at Euro 2004 should surprise few. His goalscoring record at international level was exemplary before the competition got under way. He now has 21 goals for his country in 26 appearances putting his strike rate up there with any forward in the world game. It is only when he pulls on the red of Liverpool that his problems seem to begin and, let’s face it, that could happen to anyone. Supporting the resurgent red the Czechs have quality all over the field, not least of all in the form of European Footballer Of The Year in 2003 Pavel Nedved… The home fans have begun to expect it as their campaign has gained momentum. Failure now would be a catastrophe. Catastrophe or not, failure for Portugal is just as likely as success when you consider the identity of their semi-final opponents. Holland blow hot and cold like the English weather, but have made it to the semi-final stage regardless. Rumours of in-house discontent and some highly irrational managerial decisions from Dick Advocaat have so far failed to de-rail their challenge. This is thanks mostly to the goals of Ruud Van Nistelrooy who, along with Baros, looks the only reasonable contender for the tournament’s golden boot award as top scorer. Supplying him out wide will be the dangerous Arjen Robben soon to be of Chelsea, and Inter’s Andy Van Der Meyde.

Madrid blame Becks for failing fitness
dailymail.co.uk – Jun 28, 2004
However the England captain has also been criticised by Real president Florentino Perez because he “did not train at all during the Christmas break. Beckham claimed after England’s Euro 2004 exit that players at the Spanish club did not “do as much conditioning work at Madrid as we did at Manchester United”. Perez agreed: “Yes, we understand your [Beckham’s] concerns. We agree with you that the training was not up to it and that the organisation of the team was not right. “We will put that right next season. But who was it who did not train at all during the Christmas break?”Who keeps flying back to England when he is asked to rest? Who has to take responsibility for that?” Perez told the Daily Mirror.

Zidane, Beckham, Raul lead star cast of failures at Euro 2004
Jamaica Observer – Jun 27, 2004
Euro 2004 is all about unsung heroes. A sullen and sulking Zinedine Zidane was the latest star to drop out of the tournament when defending champion France fell 1-0 to upstart Greece on Friday. Zidane is widely considered the best player in the world, but he can take solace that the other ‘Galacticos’ of star-studded Real Madrid have not done much better. Raul and David Beckham were failures at Euro 2004. Portugal are still in the tournament but benched Figo at a critical stage in the quarter final against England, and the team came back to win the game. It doesn’t make the job of picking the best player of Euro 2004 easier. “Many of the players that we expected to be vying for the man of the tournament have already gone home,” said former Switzerland and Blackburn Rovers coach Roy Hodgson, who is on the UEFA technical committee which will pick the top player… Although he started the campaign with two injury-time strikes against England from a free kick and a penalty to turn the game around, he did very little else. Raul, another Galactico, was also a stunning failure for Spain, who were eliminated in the first round when they lost to neighbouring Portugal. Raul never scored and could not rally his team when they were down. At least Figo’s team is still in the tournament although his status in uncertain. After sulking when he was substituted during the quarter final against England, the whole nation is debating whether he will get his place back for Wednesday’s semi-final. Whatever happens, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said, “he’ll always be my hero, on and off the pitch. “Hodgson said the concept of stardom is abused too much anyway.

Uefa experts ensure progress
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
Years of preparation by the Portuguese and some excellent matches have ensured a superb tournament that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it. But behind the scenes a group of people are working to guarantee that the legacy of Euro 2004 will be felt for years to come and at all levels of football. Uefa’s technical study group is here in force to observe all the matches and note all
developments and changing trends in the game. The members of the study group are all experienced coaches, many having managed at international level. They include Andy Roxburgh, Gerard Houllier, Berti Vogts, Roy Hodgson, Holger
Osieck and Josef Venglos. Dutch legend Rinus Michels is also a member but was unable to join the group at Euro
2004 on health grounds… “We are always in the background, we do not go in front of the media or anything like
that,” Venglos told BBC Sport. “But we are looking for the positive parts of the games, what has been effective, and we
are making reports on all the games, building up a comprehensive dossier. “We shall compare different methods and also look at different kinds of set-plays. We
are also looking at team shapes, tactical approaches to attack and defence. “We also attend training sessions and talk to the coaches about them, how they feel
about them and how they prepare.

New kids on the block
Times of India – Jun 28, 2004
England’s youngest-ever
international goal-scorer found the net 4 times at Euro 2004. Bend over
Becks?

Christiano
Ronaldo

: Fancy
footwork? ‘Tricks’ is the word the British press uses. Coz, he’s one good reason
why England was Portugoaled out of Euro 2004. Plus, at 19, the replacement for
Becks at Manchester United is the most expensive teenage transfer in Britain’s
football history. Billed as his country’s answer to Brazil’s Ronaldo, Figo’s
team-mate is known to leave defenders scratching their heads (ask Greece against
whom he scored), and make girls go weak in the knees. Ya, who said only goals
count?

Arjen
Robben

: Barely 20, and
he has the world at his feet… I had the fortune to score. ” Considering that
Johan-come-lately only made his international debut in Switzerland’s last
friendly before Euro 2004 against Liechtenstein, the fortune cookie’s certainly
not crumbling for him. ▪

Bastian
Schweinsteiger

:
Germany has Czeched out of Euro alright, but not before this 19-year-old Bayern
Munich midfielder left his mark. After seemingly coming out of nowhere into
Germany’s Euro squad, he set up Ballack in that do-or-die Czechmate match. Beckenbauer he ain’t, but this starlet has the skills, the pace, and the vision
to be Kaiser-like.

de Boer out of Euro 2004
TVNZ – Jun 28, 2004
“I will try togive them my support and help if needed. I think that is myduty. The34-year-old De Boer said before the tournament that he was quittinginternationals after Euro 2004. He did not play in the first twomatches against Germany and the Czech Republic but replaced theinjured Wilfred Bouma in the starting lineup for the third gameagainst Latvia.

Larsson not ready to retire despite Euro exit
Irish Independent – Jun 28, 2004
The Dutch booked their place in the semi-finals of the tournament after Saturday night’s dramatic penalty shoot-out. Following a goalless 90 minutes and extra time, the quarter-final went to penalties. The sides were tied at 4-4 before Holland goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar saved Olof Mellberg’s attempt and Arjen Robben then sent the Dutch through. Larsson, who scored his penalty, came out of international retirement to play in Euro 2004 and the decision was justified… But he was left devastated by Sweden’s exit. “Right now I feel so disappointed, that you need to scrape me off the floor,” said Larsson. “I’m glad to have returned but this was not about me, it was about the team. “If nothing comes up as I’ve always said, I will retire from football. If I do get a club I might continue in international football. ” Larsson ended his hugely successful seven-year spell with Celtic at the end of last season and there has been no shortage of potential suitors, most notably Spanish giants Barcelona. Larsson’s agent, Rob Jansen, maintains that Larsson’s move to the Nou Camp is only a matter of days away.

England: Euro 2004 player ratings
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jun 28, 2004
This is how the England players who played a part in the tournament rated out of 10: NINE: Wayne Rooney – Whatever his age, Rooney was a class act. At 18, his impact was incredible. Four goals tell their own story and England badly missed his impact when he went off injured against Portugal. EIGHT: Ashley Cole – Ever self-critical, Cole insisted before the tournament that he had rarely repeated his club form for his country… That was laid to rest in Portugal as he grew in stature with each game. Sol Campbell – The rock at the heart of England’s defence, Campbell rose to the challenge of trying to cover Rio Ferdinand’s absence, but the back four was never quite the same without the Manchester United centre-back. Frank Lampard – Was not even an England regular all of a month ago, but he certainly is now. Scored three goals and ran tirelessly throughout, even if his inclusion does hand Eriksson a tactical conundrum. SEVEN: Gary Neville – Became the team’s unofficial leader, urging, cajoling and consoling those around him with his wealth of experience. He was also a consistent performer at right-back, with a string of whole-hearted displays. Steven Gerrard – Never quite produced his top form in this tournament, although even his average displays are still better than most other players’ best.

Our men in Portugal
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
But as Deco spoke – and his manner off the field is as low-key as his play is flamboyant on
it – the great Bulgarian striker Hristo Stoichkov entered the room. It was a cue for all cameras to turn towards Stoichkov, working for Bulgarian television, and leave Deco out in the cold. Deco rivalling Stoichkov? Deco may be good – but he’s not that good!

Juventus took advantage of the profile offered by Euro 2004 to launch their new kit at a
Lisbon hotel – with all the style, pomp and circumstances expected of the Old Lady of
Italian football. Vice-chairman and all-time great striker Roberto Bettega was in attendance, looking as
suave as ever, with grey hair swept immaculately back. And the room was appointed in a manner more akin to a Paris fashion show than the
revelation of new strips. Complete with carefully-assembled lighting and a classy array of food and drink, it
showed Juventus know how to put on the style. If they demonstrate as much class on the field as they do off it, then expect big things
from the great old club next season.

Last go-round for Netherlands, Portugal
Newsweek – Jun 29, 2004
Dutch coach Dick Advocaat said Tuesday the Portuguese team will be under pressure and his side will try to take advantage of it. “For them, only victory counts. Any other result will not be good enough,” he said. “We have to play our own game and not let it be imposed upon us. ”For the Dutch, Wilfred Bouma is expected to replace the injured Frank de Boer as central defender, and Overmars may start at right wing in place of Andy van der Meyde. Both teams are confident, too. “We are only growing in this tournament, so we don’t have to be afraid of anybody,” Netherlands’ left wing Arjen Robben said.

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