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July 8, 2004

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The News Review:

* SI.com – Soccer – England faces hooligan risk at Euro 2004 – Wednesday…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia | Russia needs new stadiums
* Kerr adopts a watching brief
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Netherlands News
* The money game
* UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
* Our men in Portugal
* Fox Sports World Offers MSOs Free Peek of Soccer Series

SI.com – Soccer – England faces hooligan risk at Euro 2004 – Wednesday…
SI.com – Jun 9, 2004
UEFA have made it clear they will not tolerate any repeat of incidents which marred England’s Euro 2000 campaign and a tumultuous qualifying win over Turkey in Sunderland last year. Exclusion remains their ultimate sanction for a tournament which England have legitimate hopes of winning. With coach Sven-Goran Eriksson now fully committed, after rebuffing Chelsea’s advances in favour of a contract extension to 2008, and a trio of world-class players in skipper David Beckham, striker Michael Owen and midfielder Steven Gerrard, England fans are entitled to dream. If they can survive their Group B opener with holders France, subsequent games against Switzerland and Croatia should not bar England’s path to the second round. However, to progress further than that will require Owen and Beckham to rediscover their best form after the former’s season was hit by injury and the latter’s by on and off-field problems adapting to Spanish football with Real Madrid… Eriksson’s commitment to England was further undermined by his marked reluctance to sign a new contract or at least confirm he would see out his existing deal to the 2006 World Cup finals. But matters came to a head in March when photographs of a two-hour meeting with Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon were splashed across the front page of a tabloid newspaper. Forced into a corner, Eriksson pledged his future to the England team he had moulded from no-hopers into 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists and agreed a two-year extension until Euro 2008. IMPRESSIVE RECORD Chelsea’s loss is clearly England’s gain, as even a cursory glance at Eriksson’s impressive record shows. A World Cup defeat by Brazil remains England’s only loss in 19 competitive games since the Swede raised tabloid hackles by becoming the first non-Englishman to be appointed national coach in October 2000. Yet Eriksson’s softly-softly approach was just what the doctor ordered when he took over an ailing squad in early 2001. England had begun their World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 home defeat by Germany in the last match at Wembley Stadium in October 2000 — prompting the resignation of coach Kevin Keegan.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Russia | Russia needs new stadiums
BBC News – Jun 4, 2004
Russia failed with a bid to stage the Euro 2008 finals last year. And Koloskov said: “We had a great plan to host the finals but the problem was it existed only on paper. “We need modern stadiums to get the nod in our favour – it was a clear message from Uefa. We’re not ready yet and it may take a while. ”

“I already told most of our regional government officials they first must build stadiums.

Kerr adopts a watching brief
Irish Independent – Jun 13, 2004
” Voeller unworried by voodoo dolls GERMAN boss Rudi Voeller was played down his side’s tense rivalry with Holland ahead of Tuesday night’s Group D showdown in Porto. “Ah, it’s all part of the trade,” chuckled Voeller when asked about some of the more colourful examples of the traditional Dutch-German rivalry, such as Germany-bashing games on the Internet or voodoo dolls wearing German colours. “Sometimes it goes under the belt but it’s not very important to us. ” Voeller himself knows something about the animosity between the two countries – he was involved in a notorious spitting incident with Frank Rijkaard at the 1990 World Cup. Bulgaria unhappy with Riley BULGARIA have expressed their reservations about the appointment of English referee Mike Riley to handle their game with Sweden tomorrow. The Bulgarians believe that English officials do not clamp down hard enough on violent conduct and believe that could favour the more muscular tactics of Sweden. A spokesman for the Bulgarian Federation said: “English officials are more tolerant of the hard game and that will favour the Swedish defence… Despite an outstanding qualifying campaign which saw them book their ticket to Portugal unbeaten, Bruckner insists past experience has taught him that form can mean very little when it comes to the European Championships. Ireland and Scots to try again? A new joint bid by Ireland and Scotland to host the European Championship finals could succeed, according to UEFA chief executive Lars Christer Olsson, writes Nick Webb. An attempt by Ireland and Scotland to host Euro 2008 failed over the lack of suitable stadia in Ireland. “Technically, you had a very good bid, so there is no reason not to bid again,” said Olsson, who slammed the door on the possibility of Wales also becomming involved. Switzerland and Austria will jointly host the 2008 finals and the 2012 bidding process will kick off shortly, with Olsson hinting that one of the larger countries may be favoured to host that tournament. Danes close door on Azzurri DENMARK coach Morten Olsen will conduct his final training sessions behind closed doors in a bid to defy the Italian spies ahead of Monday’s meeting with the Azzurri in Guimaraes. The Danes have so far been very open to the public and the media during training but, that is about to change.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Netherlands News
go.com – Jul 5, 2004
A perfect example is on the second Portu-goal where a quick decision to make an outlet pass to Maniche on the corner kick caught us sleepwalking. It didn’t help the goal itself was probably the best I have seen in the tournament to date. It was a good game but definitely not the best Holland has played. Congratulations to Portugal, finally being a host country to make it through to the finals of this tourney in a while. If we had to lose to anyone, Portugal would have been my choice. SWEDISH CONNECTIONThis is where I officially start the rumours about a Swedish conspiracy against Oranje. Was it just me or did SWEDISH ref Anders Frisk treat Arjen Robben like crap during the semi-final… I also want to thank all of you who emailed me at various stages before and during the tournament. It is amazing to see how many fans worldwide like to hear about Oranje Juice. Post Euro 2004
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The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jun 28, 2004
However, this is football, so all logic is automatically abandoned. How is it that a manager can be rewarded for failure? Not only is the Swede still in the job after England’s defeat by Portugal, he is getting a pay rise. The FA may have backed itself into a corner over Eriksson’s contract for fear of losing him to Chelsea, but it could have introduced some performance-based caveats. When Karel Brückner can lead the Czech Republic to a European Championship quarter-final on a £70,000-a-year salary and Otto Rehhagel can take Greece to the semi-finals on £490,000, isn’t it about time England got realistic? Top chief executives only get the top dollar if they produce the goods. In a government paper entitled “Rewards for Failure” published last year, the recommendations of best practice included shortening notice periods to one year or less and limiting severance pay… However, this is football, so all logic is automatically abandoned. How is it that a manager can be rewarded for failure? Not only is the Swede still in the job after England’s defeat by Portugal, he is getting a pay rise. The FA may have backed itself into a corner over Eriksson’s contract for fear of losing him to Chelsea, but it could have introduced some performance-based caveats. When Karel Brückner can lead the Czech Republic to a European Championship quarter-final on a £70,000-a-year salary and Otto Rehhagel can take Greece to the semi-finals on £490,000, isn’t it about time England got realistic? Top chief executives only get the top dollar if they produce the goods. In a government paper entitled “Rewards for Failure” published last year, the recommendations of best practice included shortening notice periods to one year or less and limiting severance pay. Turning in the equivalent of two profit warnings (Brazil and Portugal) would mean the boot in any company with a decent appraisal of how best to serve its shareholders (the fans).

UEFA European U-21 C’ship – News & Features – News…
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jun 6, 2004
com and explained why refereeing is in his blood. com: What made you decide to become a referee?
Cantalejo: My father and my grandfather were referees too – not on the FIFA list but in Spain’s top division. At first I played football in the third division in Spain, but when I started at University, my father suggested that I be a referee. I thought at first I’d do it for two or three months but now I’ve been doing it for 21 years. com: How do you prepare for matchdays?
Cantalejo: I train six days a week, serious gym work with my trainer in Spain… com: What ambitions do you have as a referee?
Cantalejo: My first ambition is to referee the final well. I’d like to continue refereeing in the Primera División but my dream is to become a top-class referee and maybe go to the next EURO tournament [UEFA EURO 2008™]. com: Finally, what are your thoughts ahead of the final?
Cantalejo: I think it will be an interesting match, but the referee cannot be the star on the pitch. He is important but the players are the stars – I’ll just be concentrating on giving a good performance.

Our men in Portugal
BBC News – Jun 16, 2004
One group of fans spent the day in bright orange boiler suits, seemingly immune to the sweltering heat. At the end of the night they eventually stripped, only to discover that their attire for the day had left them with white bodies and incredibly red faces. Had Ruud van Nistelrooy not equalised late on, the embarrassed look might have lasted for some time to come. Uefa is getting tough with Europe’s media. European football’s governing body reports a total of 1,301 cancellations and 355 no-shows from the written press from the tournament’s first four games. “The data can be interpreted as own goals,” read a Uefa press release. Uefa is now threatening to reduce media capacity for the latter stages of this tournament, and a re-think of policy for Euro 2008… European football’s governing body reports a total of 1,301 cancellations and 355 no-shows from the written press from the tournament’s first four games. “The data can be interpreted as own goals,” read a Uefa press release. Uefa is now threatening to reduce media capacity for the latter stages of this tournament, and a re-think of policy for Euro 2008. Journalists – you have been warned.

Fox Sports World Offers MSOs Free Peek of Soccer Series
Multichannel News – Multichannel News (subscription) – Jun 14, 2004
and EchoStar Communications Corp. , the service has only garnered limited distribution on cable and sports tiers. The free preview is expected to help MSOs sell those tiers to consumers who may not be aware of the network or its programming. Along with the exclusive coverage of the ChampionsWorld Series tour, Fox Sports World recently acquired the North American rights to the FA Premier League of England, England’s FA Cup, the English national side’s home qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2008 championship qualifiers. “Our sales job for Fox Sports World is pretty much done,” said Fox Cable Networks Group executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Lindsay Gardner. “There are more than 50 million homes that have access to Fox Sports World. We want as many of those as possible to get exposed to this channel… , the service has only garnered limited distribution on cable and sports tiers. The free preview is expected to help MSOs sell those tiers to consumers who may not be aware of the network or its programming. Along with the exclusive coverage of the ChampionsWorld Series tour, Fox Sports World recently acquired the North American rights to the FA Premier League of England, England’s FA Cup, the English national side’s home qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the Euro 2008 championship qualifiers. “Our sales job for Fox Sports World is pretty much done,” said Fox Cable Networks Group executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Lindsay Gardner. “There are more than 50 million homes that have access to Fox Sports World. We want as many of those as possible to get exposed to this channel. ”
Gardner added the network is already planning to repeat the free preview next year when the series returns to the states.

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