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July 5, 2004

Charisteas the hero as Greece defy the odds

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The News Review:

* SI.com – Soccer – Greece shocks Portugal 1-0 for Euro 2004 title -…
* EURO 2004: The stylish Portuguese face Greeks’ dark art of defense
* Review of Euro 2004
* Charisteas the hero as Greece defy the odds
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Greece News
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece | Greeks hail historic…
* The best goals of Euro 2004
* European press review
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Portugal 0-1 Greece
* Soccer fans snore through poll
* RTÉ Sport: Chelsea don’t want Rooney
* Greece completes incredible run to Euro 2004 title
* TV ratings climb for Euro 2004
* Euro 2004: The awards show
* On the Spot: The invisible man
* New world order
* Portuguese find joy in defeat

SI.com – Soccer – Greece shocks Portugal 1-0 for Euro 2004 title -…
CNN International – Jul 4, 2004
But that is exactly what can happen following Sunday’s final. Greece will host the Olympic Games in August as European soccer champions, an extraordinary achievement. Not content with mugging Portugal in the opening game of Euro 2004, Greece did so a second time at the Luz stadium. The first time they just bloodied their host’s nose on the doorstep. On Sunday they walked away with the silverware and it was Rehhagel’s pragmatic approach to the game and to the tournament as a whole that brought Greece their success. No team in a World Cup or previous European Championships have done what Greece have done here. They have beaten the host nation twice, knocked out the holders (France), beaten the favourites (Czech Republic) and won the tournament with a foreign coach.

EURO 2004: The stylish Portuguese face Greeks’ dark art of defense
International Herald Tribune – Jul 3, 2004
They had come in the thousands in two airlifts, from Athens and from Salonika. They came to hail "King Otto," the German who already has the freedom of their capital and whose pragmatic philosophy that any team, no matter how gifted, can be stopped from playing had again been proved. In game one of this Euro 2004, here in Porto, the Greeks had bravely put bodies in the way of Portuguese raiders and come out with a 2-1 victory. Against France, much fancied to retain the crown of Europe, again the tourniquet designed by Rehhagel and applied by willing and extremely fit Greek players, subdued the life and the will out of the talented but temperamental French. It has been going on for two years now, and Rehhagel has turned Greeks into Germans with astounding efficiency: Only three times in 23 games has Greece lost, and on Thursday the Czechs who were rendered scoreless and forlorn were the same players who had won their last nine competitive fixtures, scoring at least twice in every match. So I am torn between dread of the most negative tactics applied in soccer since the famous, or infamous, Italian catenaccio of 20 years ago and offering some begrudging praise to the achievement of the persuasive Rehhagel, who, at 64, foxed and defeated his equally aged rival, Karel Bruckner, whose reputation for being a Magus, or magician, for once let him down. The way the Greeks play is to chase down anything that moves, and to invite the Czechs up cul-de-sacs, dead-end roads… The way the Greeks play is to chase down anything that moves, and to invite the Czechs up cul-de-sacs, dead-end roads. Eight men in Greek blue are stationed behind the ball, protecting goalie Antonios Nikopolidis. It is almost as if this is Otto's revenge for the way in which he left his homeland: told by Franz Beckenbauer, the influence behind the top club Bayern Munich and also the national squad, that his soccer was not Beckenbauer's cup of tea. The virtues are athleticism — Rehhagel's Greeks are fit to run the marathon — obstinacy, courage and a love for one another. Love? In the macho world of soccer, it is rare to hear a male player say it, but Theodoros Zagorakis, the captain, says it unashamedly. "It is one of the keys to our game," he asserts.

Review of Euro 2004
BBC News – Jul 4, 2004
Rehhagel’s is no overnight
success. Sound defence, stern resilience and an ability to punish slackness by opponents made
for a formidable combination. Not even mentioned in dispatches before Euro 2004,
but Rehhagel and his men will go down in history. Greece’s football team have provided the perfect curtain-raiser to the Athens Olympics. PLAYER OF EURO 2004

Many contenders, but for sheer impact on the tournament and the seismic effect his performances had around the world – witness English journalists being pestered by Chinese reporters – it has to be Wayne Rooney.

Charisteas the hero as Greece defy the odds
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 5, 2004
There was improvement, with much more urgency to get into advanced positions before hitting crosses, but that did not really address the principal problem. There was no one of true quality to meet them. Pauleta, without a goal at Euro 2004, made way for Nuno Gomes, but the alteration was an irrelevance and the individualistic Ronaldo could not quite prevail. There were many theatrical touches by Portugal, but it is Greece who have commanded the stage of this European Championship. · Greece’s upset win earned a Woking punter £332,000, most from two bets placed when they were 50-1 outsiders on June 23 and five days later when they were down to 10-1. “We believe the man is Greek,” said the William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Greece News
go.com – Jul 5, 2004
Greece had and still has no real stars. Not to undermine Zidane’s or Figo’s importance and their rich contributions to their teams, but in some cases it’s better to not have the “big name. ” In order to defeat Greece in Euro 2004, a team had to defeat all 11 of us. Our strength was in the collective, not the individual. When Basinas pulled a Figo and visibly showed his frustration when taken off against the Czechs you almost knew that he was just upset to come off, he like the rest of the team knew that no one was irreplaceable to a certain degree. Dellas, Zagorakis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Charisteas, Karagounis have all become well-known in this tournament, but the fact remains that Greece have lots of good players, when put together in the right way like Rehagel did only then does the team become a side that is better than good, a team that can achieve great things. And so it is time for congratulations.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Greece | Greeks hail historic…
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
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Dabizas’ joy at Greece’s triumph was not dimmed by the fact he lost his regular place in the team prior to the finals in Portugal. The 30-year-old said: “This the most important moment of my life. “We will never forget this, our country will remember this moment forever.

The best goals of Euro 2004
Independent Online – Jul 5, 2004
and Greece are crowned champions. Photo: AP The best goals of Euro 2004 July 05 2004 at 11:45AM Lisbon – Headers, long-range drives, tap-ins, own goals, deflections – not forgetting a clutch of penalties. Euro 2004 has brought 77 goals in 31 games for a per match average of 2. 48 – down on the 2. 73 of four years ago but still enough to keep the millions of fans in the stadiums and their armchair counterparts happy. In keeping with a tournament which produced no end of curious twists and turns the most potent marksmen went home empty-handed.

European press review
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
This “modesty”, the paper argues, also explains why Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso will be the next president of the European Commission, and his being “a second choice candidate”, it stresses, “is significant in itself”. It means that those the paper calls the EU’s “big guns” were “unable to impose their favourites”, which in turn, it adds, “shows that their influence in a growing Europe is on the wane”. Euro 2004, Spain’s El Pais argues, “has demonstrated that football is much more than a mere sport” because it can become what the paper calls “a national tonic. for political, social and economic recovery”. Beaten but unbowed finalist Portugal, it says, “can now look to the future in the knowledge that its stature in Europe has been enhanced”… hinge on whether or not its ‘founders’ can move beyond narrow-minded traditionalism. ”

And the Berliner Zeitung believes that the new group threatens to split the Social Democratic Party. Sister act

Austria’s Die Presse does not expect the election of a new leader last Saturday by the far-right Freedom Party, the FPO, to lead to greater unity. The paper notes that the new leader, Ursula Haubner, is the sister of the man it dubs the party’s “former superstar”, Joerg Haider. “The main reason why the party thought of Haider’s reliable sister,” it adds, “is that a motherly leader is at least thought to be able to tidy up after almost everything in the FPO’s china shop has been smashed up. ”

Neighbours

Germany’s Die Welt believes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced to give in to the demand from his coalition partner, the National Alliance, for the resignation of Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti because at the moment Mr Berlusconi would be unable to win a general election on his own. But the paper warns against underestimating the prime minister.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Clockwatch: Portugal 0-1 Greece
BBC News – Jul 4, 2004
Otto Rehhagel steers his Greece side to victory in Euro 2004 – the country’s biggest ever sporting achievement. Greece players celebrate with their fans, while Portugal’s players slump to the ground in tears. 90 mins + 3: Zagorakis is crudely brought down by Valente, who is booked for his efforts. 90 mins: The Greek are five minutes away from footballing heaven – they had not even won a single match at a major tournament before their appearance at Euro 2004, making their achievement in Lisbon all the more incredible. 88 mins: Greece close in on their first major tournament win, but Figo goes agonisingly wide for Portugal with a shot on the turn which is deflected for a corner… Greece players celebrate with their fans, while Portugal’s players slump to the ground in tears. 90 mins + 3: Zagorakis is crudely brought down by Valente, who is booked for his efforts. 90 mins: The Greek are five minutes away from footballing heaven – they had not even won a single match at a major tournament before their appearance at Euro 2004, making their achievement in Lisbon all the more incredible. 88 mins: Greece close in on their first major tournament win, but Figo goes agonisingly wide for Portugal with a shot on the turn which is deflected for a corner. 85 mins: A fan runs onto the pitch brandishing a Barcelona flag, which he throws in the direction of Figo once of the Catalan club. The fans then launches himself into the Portugal goal, crashing into the net to cause a big delay. 84 mins: Portugal look increasingly desperate as they struggle to penetrate the Greek defence.

Soccer fans snore through poll
CNN – Jul 5, 2004
Opinion polls say about 20 percent of the eligible voters are not certain to vote and some fear the undecided may decide to skip voting due to the early-morning viewing despite Monday being a national holiday. And that could mean the difference between a second runoff poll should none of the five candidates, including incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri and frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, win a 50 percent majority to claim the leadership. "I’m worried after watching the final game, they’ll find good excuses for not coming to the polling booth," says sociologist Daniel Sparingga. Euro 2004 certainly gripped Indonesia more than the election campaigns did. After all, football is the country’s favorite sport. However, though 23-year-old Wirakoesraidi was a little blue after rooting for the losing team Portugal, he was taking the elections seriously. "I’m very excited of course (but) I want to see a lot of changes," he told CNN.

RTÉ Sport: Chelsea don’t want Rooney
rte.ie – Jul 5, 2004
Mourinho said that he was a big fan of 18-year-old Rooney whose attacking displays impressed at Euro 2004, but the Portuguese coach insisted that Chelsea are not in the market for the England striker. His personality is amazing,” said Mourinho. “When a kid of 18 plays like he did, it is absolutely amazing. I always admire kids like him and Ronaldo.

Greece completes incredible run to Euro 2004 title
USA Today – Jul 4, 2004
Unfortunately, they didn’t go in. ”
Greece upset the Portuguese 2-1 in the tournament opener on June 12, ousted defending champion France 1-0 in the quarterfinals on a goal by Charisteas, then beat the favored Czech Republic 1-0 in the semifinals on an overtime header by Dellas, nearly identical to Charisteas’ goal Sunday. The Greeks did not allow a goal in their final 343 minutes of the tournament. The game was briefly delayed with about five minutes to go when a fan dressed in black ran onto the field. Security chased down the man, who waved a banner with the emblem of the Spanish club Barcelona, then threw it at Portugal star Luis Figo. Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

TV ratings climb for Euro 2004
International Herald Tribune – Jul 5, 2004
Nonetheless, the tournament appears to have been a rousing success for broadcasters. Through the quarterfinal round of Euro 2004, the average match was watched by 14 percent more people than during the last European championships, in 2000, according to Initiative, a media strategy firm that compiled data from a variety of television ratings agencies in more than 50 markets. Kevin Alavy, an analyst at Initiative, said the good start would probably be enough to ensure that Euro 2004 would be the most-watched European soccer championships ever; full ratings for the semifinals and Sunday's final match were not yet available. In fact, because the 2002 soccer World Cup was played in the Far East, making it inconvenient for live television viewing in Europe, the 16-team Euro 2004 will probably have the highest average ratings of any international soccer tournament since the 1998 World Cup, which involved 32 teams and was held in France, he added. "At a time when it's getting more and more difficult for programming to reach a mass audience, football still has this elusive quality," Alavy said… Because soccer has few breaks in play, and because many broadcasts in Europe are on commercial-free public channels, the opportunities for conventional television advertising are limited. That put a premium on official sponsorships for Euro 2004, and eight companies shelled out more than $15 million each to ensure exposure throughout the games by, for example, buying the right to place their logos inside stadiums. But that did not guarantee that consumers took notice. A survey by TNS Phonebus, published in Marketing Week magazine, showed that two of the eight official sponsors, Coca-Cola and McDonald's, had achieved 16 percent recognition of their sponsorship from British consumers. But another sponsor, T-Mobile, was identified as an official sponsor by only 3 percent of the respondents.

Euro 2004: The awards show
BBC News – Jul 4, 2004
Once again we must spend our evenings washing socks, doing the food shopping and cleaning the bathroom, rather than being parked in front of the telly or giant screen shouting like a maniac while sinking beverages on special promotion. Still – while the memories are still fresh, let’s send Euro 2004 off properly. A heartfelt round of applause, please, for the following winners and losers:

BEST DIVE

A category rammed with class entries, all of whom are fit to inherit the mantle of the all-time greats. Honourable mentions must go to the entire Greek midfield, not only for their overall falling-down consistency but also the sheer number of rolls each individual dive contained. But, for the amount of daylight between his legs and any defender, Holland’s Edgar Davids must get the nod for his spectacular collapse in the Latvian penalty area. WORST KIT

Sorry Croatia… Still – while the memories are still fresh, let’s send Euro 2004 off properly. A heartfelt round of applause, please, for the following winners and losers:

BEST DIVE

A category rammed with class entries, all of whom are fit to inherit the mantle of the all-time greats. Honourable mentions must go to the entire Greek midfield, not only for their overall falling-down consistency but also the sheer number of rolls each individual dive contained. But, for the amount of daylight between his legs and any defender, Holland’s Edgar Davids must get the nod for his spectacular collapse in the Latvian penalty area. WORST KIT

Sorry Croatia. It might seem unfair to beat you with the same stick at every international tournament, but red gingham should never be seen outside of a tablecloth. There is a beauty in simplicity, as the Italians have demonstrated.

On the Spot: The invisible man
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 5, 2004
And then last month, on a visit to London with his girlfriend, it all changed. The taxi driver, hotel guests, people on the street all seemed to know who the Bayern Munich midfielder was and they all asked him the same question: when was he coming to the Premiership?. In the meantime, he has a match today against Werder Bremen that is Bayern’s last chance to mount a challenge for the Bundesliga title and,… Unlikely to start, but important nonetheless. At 23, Hargreaves has had the most unusual of careers for an England footballer. When he joins up with the national team he said he has to put up with David James ribbing him that the Bundesliga is “worse than the Scottish Premier League” but it is to Bayern that he owes his education. They found him in Calgary and it was Bayern who unleashed him on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final of 2001 in a game that was the making of Hargreaves. He is contracted to Bayern until 2006, but there is a real sense that this summer in Portugal will be the time for the Premiership’s best sides to start the bidding for English football’s exile. Should he be sold, Hargreaves’s parents, Colin and Margaret, and older brothers Dan and Neil, will also follow him back more than 20 years since they left Farnworth in Lancashire for dad’s steel industry job in Calgary. “A move could have happened last summer, it could have happened at Christmas,” Hargreaves said, as he considered the options.

New world order
The Observer – Jul 4, 2004
Portugal, at a pinch, you could have envisaged in the final of Euro 2004, but surely not a country who had never previously won a match at a major championship finals. Something curiouser and curiouser is occurring in football’s world order. Two years ago, at the World Cup, one of the co-hosts, South Korea, reached the semi-finals along with Turkey, another nation not traditionally among the sport’s major powers. Although Brazil and Germany contested the final, the feature of the tournament was the weakening of the historical powers, including Argentina and Italy, as well as the previous champions, France.

Portuguese find joy in defeat
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
Television has taken Euro 2004 to all parts of the world. For the first time Chinese TV joined the major European broadcasters, and everywhere there were cameras and microphones from countries that had no connection with the tournament. Euro 2004 has enhanced the notion that football is the world game, and the Greek victory has proved that winning is not the preserve of those countries with money or a long tradition. South Korea reaching the World Cup semi-finals two years ago and now Greece winning the European championship – it all makes the game far more interesting.

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