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July 8, 2004

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 07.06.2004 Portugal Hopes for Euro Economic Bonus
* Sponsorship: an uneven playing field
* Greek heroes return home
* Beckenbauer up for president
* Not loveria, not malaria, just Euro-ria
* CCTV-English Channel-Euro 2004 Review
* SOCCER : The booty piles up for the victorious Greeks
* Portugal and Greece ponder soccer’s deeper truths
* Wenger rejects Germany job – Rehhagel top candidate
* All in the game
* Euro conclusion: Beckham is finished
* How Euro 2004 changed football
* ‘Fans carry a weighty responsibility’
* FA: Eriksson not on £4 million
* Your move, Mickey
* Cleanse it like Beckham
* The Prague Post Online: News
* King Kaufman’s Sports Daily

World Cup 2006 | 07.06.2004 Portugal Hopes for Euro Economic Bonus
Deutsche Welle – Jul 6, 2004
“It’s been a big investment for a small country,” Luis Arnaut, the government minister in charge of sports, told the Associated Press. “It’s one of the greatest financial outlays ever in Portugal. ”

A recent poll by Portuguese RTP television showed around half of those asked did not believe hosting Euro 2004 was worth the investment. Some experts on the economics of sporting events share the public’s skepticism. “During the competition there is of course a short boost, but after the games there’s not going to be much left,” Prof. Claude Jeanrenaud from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland told DW-World. “The long-term effect will likely be very small.

Sponsorship: an uneven playing field
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 8, 2004
There will, as always, be winners and losers – however, these go beyond mere trophy presentations. When a corporation becomes a sponsor or partner it usually purchases attendance rights, logo reproduction, co-branding, advertising and various other privileges as part of the package. Any large sports event creates a vacuum in marketing opportunities for everybody else, and some sponsors believe they are purchasing it in its entirety – which could not be more anti-competitive or further from the truth.

Greek heroes return home
Taipei Times – Jul 7, 2004
“We never thought we could make you so happy. Thank you,” Greece captain Theodoros Zagorakis, named player of the tournament, told the welcoming crowd. The cup is in Athens. Otto Rehhagel, coach of the Greece soccer team The 65-year-old Rehhagel, now sought by his native Germany before it hosts the 2006 World Cup finals, is credited with transforming a Greek side which has no household names in the sport and a domestic league plagued by fan violence and financial crisis. The cup is in Athens,” said Rehhagel, clutching a stack of trophies.

Beckenbauer up for president
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 7, 2004
“We have to have a good team for 2006,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I agree totally that we are a poor side. But Euro 2004 was not as bad as Euro 2000. That was our worst moment because we left that competition without any effort, the character was very bad. In the game against the Czech Republic [which saw Germany eliminated], Michael Ballack hit the post.

Not loveria, not malaria, just Euro-ria
Times of India – Jul 7, 2004
10 am was
when most matches of the tournament began in India, when thousands of followers
across the country, coffee on the boil, would settle in front of their
television sets for 90 or more minutes of high, if not always creative,
action. Now Euro 2004 is
over, and 12. 10 am is just not the
same. Monday night was the
first ’empty’ night. Still, like a pained lover who keeps visiting ‘her’ bus
stop long after ‘she’ has left town and married someone with an iPod, we
watched. We switched on the TV at 12.

CCTV-English Channel-Euro 2004 Review
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“A new page has been turned in Greek football,” said midfield player Vassilios Tsiartas. “I hope we can achieve even more in the future. I hope this is not our last success. ”
Sombre note
However, defender Traianos Dellas, scorer of the extra-time goal against the Czech Republic that took Greece to the final, sounded a note of caution, claiming that the quality of the national team was not an accurate reflection of the state of the game at home. “Unfortunately this does not reflect the state of Greek football,” he said. “Greek players deserve more and this success has proved it. ”
United front
None the less, one thing the Greece players proved beyond all doubt is that, as a united force, they are capable of achieving miracles… I hope this is not our last success. ”
Sombre note
However, defender Traianos Dellas, scorer of the extra-time goal against the Czech Republic that took Greece to the final, sounded a note of caution, claiming that the quality of the national team was not an accurate reflection of the state of the game at home. “Unfortunately this does not reflect the state of Greek football,” he said. “Greek players deserve more and this success has proved it. ”
United front
None the less, one thing the Greece players proved beyond all doubt is that, as a united force, they are capable of achieving miracles. “There are no secrets in football,” said defender Mihalis Kapsis. “The key was that we were all united – a team.

SOCCER : The booty piles up for the victorious Greeks
International Herald Tribune – Jul 7, 2004
The Greek run to the title presented the technical committee with a couple of problems. On the video of tournament highlights and stars that preceded the presentation, the only Greek who appeared, and then only briefly, was Zagorakis. Ricardo, the Portuguese goalie who did not make the squad, was shown making a string of saves and converting a penalty kick.

Portugal and Greece ponder soccer’s deeper truths
International Herald Tribune – Jul 6, 2004
" However, a month in this country has convinced this visitor that Portuguese have pleasingly gentle characteristics, and the Portuguese themselves say that this comes from the knowledge of their faded world eminence. They had in Vasco da Gama the discoverer of the world, and formerly ruled much bigger land masses than their own. But for 500 years, the Portuguese have not exercised power, and indeed the thinking behind bidding to run Euro 2004 — with a cost that the country could barely afford — was that it would reinvigorate Portugal, bring tourists, and indeed inspire the locals to believe in themselves.

Wenger rejects Germany job – Rehhagel top candidate
Expatica – Jul 8, 2004
Kicker said that German football icon Franz Beckenbauer approached the Arsenal coach Wenger last week at the Euro finals in Portugal. But the Frenchman told Kicker that he was not available. “I have a contract at Arsenal until 2005 which I will fulfil. The club will not release me because our season starts in four weeks.

All in the game
Hindu – Jul 6, 2004
Chennai’s rendezvous with the Euro 2004 football final was rather subdued. The imposition of the conditional access system (CAS) had a dampening effect as most of Chennai’s football fans were unable to watch one of the game’s largest tournaments. Frustrating — this single expression sums up their reaction, whether it is Prateek Roy of Aminjikarai or D. Sivasamy of Chromepet… Chennai’s rendezvous with the Euro 2004 football final was rather subdued. The imposition of the conditional access system (CAS) had a dampening effect as most of Chennai’s football fans were unable to watch one of the game’s largest tournaments. Frustrating — this single expression sums up their reaction, whether it is Prateek Roy of Aminjikarai or D. Sivasamy of Chromepet.

Euro conclusion: Beckham is finished
Independent Online – Jul 7, 2004
We should not get too complacent, because the World Cup in Germany in two years’ time will be a much greater test (assuming England qualify) but the carrot-and-stick policies of the FA, police and government are working. Banning orders kept many of the hard core at home, while the rest were swamped by a mass support which included families, corporates and tourists. Not always “real” supporters as such, but most people have lives outside the game to juggle with. 5 The Premiership is bad for your health (if you are an international footballer)

When Euro 2004 kicked off there were 61 Premiership footballers involved. When it reached its conclusion there were two, Cristiano Ronaldo and Stelios Giannakopoulos. The teams with the biggest Premiership contingents all failed. There were many reasons, but the main one is that they were knackered.

How Euro 2004 changed football
BBC News – Jul 6, 2004
Back then, the super-powers were still dominating the actual finals. The underdog had his day most often when a one-off generation of talented individuals came to their peak together. Now, not only are there more and more former also-rans making the running, but the super-powers are stagnating. Germany have not won a match at the Euro finals since 1996. France have not looked likely winners of anything for four years, while it has been a decade since Italy last flourished. Greece’s win was not the flowering of some golden generation. Yet they matched and then beat France and the Czech Republic and Portugal twice.

‘Fans carry a weighty responsibility’
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 6, 2004
Ahead of us lie the likes of Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane, but also the uncertainty of whether the violence and disorder involving England fans that has clouded past tournaments will raise its ugly head again. This must not happen: for the players, for the vast majority of decent fans, for the nation as a whole. The England supporters carry a weighty responsibility. If there are any serious incidents of hooliganism or anti-social behaviour, we risk expulsion from Euro 2004. The image of our game, and of the country, would be damaged beyond imagination… The image of our game, and of the country, would be damaged beyond imagination. We have been shown the yellow card – we cannot afford any more problems. Since coming to England I have been consistently impressed by the passion of English fans for their clubs and for the national team. No other country enjoys such huge support when travelling abroad, and it gives the players and me an enormous lift. However, there have been negative incidents during our qualifying campaign; in Bratislava, in Zurich and in Sunderland.

FA: Eriksson not on £4 million
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 7, 2004
The FA are believed to have offered Eriksson a £1 million-a-year wage rise following rumours of a move to Chelsea in March, increasing his salary to an estimated £4. During Euro 2004 it was widely reported that Eriksson’s salary dwarfed that of other national coaches, the most common contrast being drawn with the Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner who is paid just £40,000 a year. Luiz Felipe Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil and led Portugal to last Sunday’s final, is understood to be on just over £1 million a year.

Your move, Mickey
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 7, 2004
Adams, ranked sixth in the world, is favourite to win, though Kasimdzhanov played solidly to draw yesterday’s first game. The championships, a knockout competition involving 128 players, have been in progress for a fortnight, though you could be forgiven for not having realised it. They have not vied with Wimbledon and Euro 2004 for front-page coverage. Adams, the second seed, has progressed quietly to the final, without coming unstuck against underrated Croats or tripping over the penalty spot.

Cleanse it like Beckham
BBC News – Jul 7, 2004
It is all because of the booming male skincare industry and their belief that the beautiful game is a great way to get men to look more beautiful too. UK market leaders Nivea For Men have already closely associated their brand with football. Shaving giant Gillette are launching a new skincare range for men, and they have just signed a multi-million pound deal with England captain David Beckham to be their face of the future. The stakes are high because the potential profits to be made are huge; the women’s beauty industry turns over ?100bn every year and the market for men’s grooming products seems to be really taking off too… “That’s clearly the utopia, and there’s no reason why that could not happen within the next 10 to 15 years. ”

The BBC Money Programme investigates the tactics used by big business to convert men to willing users of products traditionally seen as “girlie” and off limits. Reporter Rajan Datar meets Henry Cooper, the original face of ‘Brut’ aftershave in the 1970s, who first helped to persuade men to “splash it all over”. “The Henry Cooper Brut ad was a classic piece of marketing and branding,” says Richard Holmes, the commercial director for Beauty at Boots. “It was brilliant in its time.

The Prague Post Online: News
Prague Post – Jul 8, 2004
"After every goal scored by the Czech team and then after particular games, we registered an enormous increase of text messages," she said. Tournament toastingBig-business players weren't the only beneficiaries. Euro 2004 threw a lifeline to small regional breweries that have taken a sales hit due to the unusually cold spring and summer. Whatever the temperature, the soccer matches got the beer flowing all over the country. "Our sales increased by around 4 percent against last year, and football was a significant booster," said Frantisek Horak, director of the Svijany brewery in north Bohemia. Pubs and sports bars did blockbuster business. "Our turnout was higher by around 30 percent compared to regular June attendance," said Alex Novansky, owner of Zlata Hvezda Sport Bar just off Wenceslas Square… "Our turnout was higher by around 30 percent compared to regular June attendance," said Alex Novansky, owner of Zlata Hvezda Sport Bar just off Wenceslas Square. "It's only a pity that England was beaten already in the quarterfinals and that Germany did not advance from the group [competition], because British and German fans regularly express high interest. " SOCCER SCORECARDImpact of Euro 2004 on Czech businesses:• Winners: Czech Television; TV retailers; telecoms; breweries and pubs• Losers: Betting shops (since most Czechs were betting on Czech team victories)• The future: Soccer-themed ad campaigns featuring emerging stars such as striker Milan Baros Novansky said the Czech team's semifinal loss did not significantly affect his business. "The thing is that the final [July 4] was played in the middle of a four-day holiday, so it was unlikely that the turnout for the final would break records anyway," he said. Perhaps the only directly sports-related sector not to experience a June boon was gambling. Despite taking 120 million Kc worth of wagers -- making Euro 2004 the biggest event in Czech gambling history -- betting shops suffered losses until the semis because patriotic Czechs were mostly backing the national team, a strategy that paid off until July 1. Big sales, new facesMany companies also saw their wager on Euro 2004 as a marketing tool pay off handsomely as the Czech team stayed alive deep into the tournament.

King Kaufman’s Sports Daily
Salon – Jul 8, 2004
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