Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 9, 2004

Klinsmann’s test | International | Football | Sport | Telegraph

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The News Review:

* Ghana welcomed African football fans to its relaxed shores in 2000
* Hoddle faces France snub
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mali sack Moizan
* Klinsmann’s test | International | Football | Sport | Telegraph
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Euro conclusion: Beckham is finished
* Lions in crisis?
* New body for Kenya football
* Rehhagel to be Greece coach till World Cup
* Exploding the myth of one man and his job
* Advocaat quits as Dutch coach
* ESPN.com – OLY – Woodward: Swimming upstream
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* Coaches leave en masse after Euro surprises
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England News
* Eriksson expects Beckham to start
* Zifa hands reins to Gumbo
* Ja wooing Lazaroni, sources say

Ghana welcomed African football fans to its relaxed shores in 2000
BBC News – Jul 8, 2004
With Tamale and Sekondi chosen as venues, the organisers will be concerned with providing sufficient hotel accommodation to avoid the rush experienced in Ghana’s second city of Kumasi in 2000. Yet Thursday’s news from Cairo could not have come at a better time for Ghanaian football. The Ghanaian national team, which has conquered Africa on four separate occasions, has begun a gradual revival in the ongoing joint 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers. The Black Meteors have also won a place at this year’s Olympic Games.

Hoddle faces France snub
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
“I had a brilliant discussion with Glenn Hoddle,” said French Football Federation chairman Claude Simonet. “But the meeting underlined a problem about his eventual relations with the FFF’s national technical direction. “The meeting also revealed a financial problem because compared to England we try to keep the salary of our national coach at a decent level. ”

Simonet revealed that the short-list for the job had been reduced to three from the six candidates who were interviewed on Wednesday. The main candidates were former French internationals
Laurent Blanc and Jean Tigana, Under-21 coach Raymond Domenech,
former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu and Hoddle… Simonet said the new coach would be named on Monday at 1100 BST at the federation’s Paris headquarters. The new manager’s first task will be to help the players overcome the disappointment of losing their European title in Portugal, where they were ousted in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Greece. France begin their 2006 World Cup qualifiers in September and are grouped with Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mali sack Moizan
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
It comes after a disastrous start to the Eagles 2006 World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifying campaign. Mali, who were Nations Cup semi-finalists earlier this year,
are bottom of their World Cup qualifying group having lost to Congo and Liberia and drawn with Zambia in their first three games. Only the first-placed team qualifies for the World Cup while
the top three go to the Nations Cup. “Everyone knows that we should have been looking for nine
points in the three matches and we only got one point. So,
already, the results are not good enough,” Malian Football
Federation chief Tidiani Niambele said… Only the first-placed team qualifies for the World Cup while
the top three go to the Nations Cup. “Everyone knows that we should have been looking for nine
points in the three matches and we only got one point. So,
already, the results are not good enough,” Malian Football
Federation chief Tidiani Niambele said. “We agreed we would bring our cooperation with Alain to an
end and we’ve told him that. Moizan, who took the job in April, is a former France
international who played for Monaco, Lyon and St Etienne. He previously coached Senegalese clubs Jeanne d’Arc and Compagnie Sucriere Senegalaise.

Klinsmann’s test | International | Football | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 9, 2004
“This fixture is a classic and every single player will be particularly motivated,” said Klinsmann, who took over from Rudi Völler after Euro 2004. Klinsmann presided over a 3-1 friendly win over Austria in Vienna in his first game in charge last month. However, Germany’s best result since the 2002 World Cup is the 1-0 victory over England at Wembley in October 2000, and they have struggled against top quality opponents since. Klinsmann, who should opt for a starting line-up similar to those chosen by Völler during Euro 2004, urged his men to at least show initiative. “I want the players to be more active, to move the ball forward quickly and to always do what’s best for the team,” he said.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jul 7, 2004
Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail told A Capital on Tuesday he would propose a bid to the government. ?Today we have confirmed our capacity to respond. We are prepared for everything,? he said. ?We are champions at organization. I can?t say everything ran like a Swiss watch but everything ran really well, fortunately… The event also won praise from football?s ruling body FIFA, which decides on hosts for the 32-nation World Cup. ?The organisation of the Euro 2004 was practically perfect,? said FIFA President Sep Blatter. Germany will host the next World Cup in 2006 and in May FIFA selected South Africa to stage the tournament in 2010. Under FIFA?s new policy of rotating the World Cups between continents, South America is next in line for the 2014 World Cup. The earliest Portugal could hope for is 2018, unless FIFA decides it?s North America?s turn.

Euro conclusion: Beckham is finished
Independent Online – Jul 7, 2004
Beckham’s attempt to refashion himself as a quarterback midfielder, spraying passes for others to chase, has been limited. His shelf life will be too, unless he makes a change. 3 Sol Campbell is a liability

Campbell was picked for the Team of the World Cup in 1998 and 2002, and made it into the squad of Euro 2004 (no team was picked this time). Understandably so, because he is one of the finest defenders in Europe. However, his passing typifies the traditional fault of the English centre half – he needs to be a good defender because he gives the ball away so much, the opposition are always attacking. If there are enough good passers around him, as at Arsenal, this is not a problem, but without Rio Ferdinand, England were unable to build from the back. Eventually Eriksson must put his faith in a combination of Ferdinand and Jonathan Woodgate, or Ledley King… 6 Don’t write off Germany at the next World Cup

Tord Grip was stopped in the mixed zone after Wayne Rooney had destroyed Switzerland and asked by a German journalist: “Why don’t we have any young players like this in Germany?” One reason may be that Rudi Voller did not play them. Sebastian Diesler, ravaged by physical and mental problems, may never be the player they had hoped, but in Phillip Lahm, Timo Hildebrand, Bastien Schweinsteiger, Andreas Hinkel and Lukas Podolsky there is hope for the future, and with no World Cup qualifying to negotiate, there is no reason not to trust the youth. Only a fool would write Germany off in 2006. 7 Defence is the new black

1-0, 1-0, 1-0. Those were the results of Greece’s knock-out matches. They scored seven goals and won the competition; England scored 10 and reached the quarterfinals. Whatever laws Fifa pass to favour forwards, the coaches will always find a way to counter them.

Lions in crisis?
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
The West Africans are still joint top of Group One in the combined 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers, and with Mali stumbling the Lions will be confident of roaring in Germany. The win against Zambia was coach Guy Stephan’s seventh victory in seven home games, and continued a proud run of home success. Senegal have not lost a competitive home international since going down to Morocco in 1993. Despite such hints of continued prowess, murmurings suggest all is not well with Senegalese football – with Stephan the main target of the fans’ ire. The French coach has disappointed since taking over the Lions.

New body for Kenya football
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
The decision to appoint Keino and establish a ‘Normalisation Committee’ was reached at a meeting of Kenyan football officials and Fifa members in Zurich on Friday. The meeting was called by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in the hope of resolving a dispute which has seen the country suspended from partaking in the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers. Keino is the current chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya and an International Olympic Committee member. His appointment was given the full backing of those in Zurich, and the former athlete has been given until 1 August to fulfil certain conditions before Fifa lifts its World Cup suspension on the national team… The decision to appoint Keino and establish a ‘Normalisation Committee’ was reached at a meeting of Kenyan football officials and Fifa members in Zurich on Friday. The meeting was called by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in the hope of resolving a dispute which has seen the country suspended from partaking in the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers. Keino is the current chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya and an International Olympic Committee member. His appointment was given the full backing of those in Zurich, and the former athlete has been given until 1 August to fulfil certain conditions before Fifa lifts its World Cup suspension on the national team.

Rehhagel to be Greece coach till World Cup
Calcutta Telegraph – Jul 8, 2004
?Mr Rehhagel will stay with the Greek football federation for the next two years,? said Vassilis Gagatsis, president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO). The German, affectionately known as King Otto, had been touted as a leading candidate to succeed Rudi Voeller as Germany coach after guiding Greece to a staggering success in Euro 2004. Greece, who started the tournament as 80-1 outsiders, stunned the world on Sunday by defeating hosts Portugal 1-0 in the final in Lisbon, a feat seen by many as the country?s greatest sporting achievement. ?That Germany may want him is totally logical.

Exploding the myth of one man and his job
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 9, 2004
A defeat for England against Poland in Chorzow tonight would leave Eriksson far short of the four points from two matches he needs to silence his enemies inside the Football Association. On Sunday in Vienna he made an obviously political declaration, saying he would resign only if England failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. This amounted to an ultimatum to the FA, who, you will remember, tried to sacrifice him to the News of the World to save Mark Palios, the former chief executive, during the Faria Alam affair. The subtext of the Vienna address was: “If you want me out, show me the money. By plotting against me, you vacated the moral high ground. Read my contract and weep.

Advocaat quits as Dutch coach
abc.net.au – Jul 7, 2004
“Despite reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2004, it is Advocaat’s opinion that there is insufficient basis to serve out his running contract which will expire after the World Cup of 2006,” the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said overnight. “We respect the decision and will convene about his successor. ”

A new coach would be announced before August 18 when the Dutch are due to play a friendly away to Sweden, the KNVB added. The Dutch reached the last four of Euro 2004 last week when they lost 2-1 to hosts Portugal but Advocaat was criticised throughout the tournament. He came under fire from his own players and the Dutch media and was booed by fans for his tactics and substitutions in the 3-2 defeat by the Czech Republic, a result that threatened to end Dutch participation in the tournament at the group stage.

ESPN.com – OLY – Woodward: Swimming upstream
ESPN – Jul 8, 2004
But the landscape of American sports fanaticism rarely accommodates these media darlings for long. Eventually, they come and go in Starbuck’s without hearing so much as a whisper. Before he set a world record of 4 minutes, 8. 41 seconds in Wednesday’s 400 individual medley final to qualify for his first Athens spot, Phelps this week talked about his motivation for putting himself in the middle of this short-term frenzy, where every element of being Michael is suddenly relevant. A measure of fame is nice, he acknowledges. Tying Spitz would be cool, though he has never expressed deep-rooted admiration for the seven-gold standard. Money paid out in six-figure sums is never discussed as the lure, but everyone knows it’s out there.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jul 8, 2004
UEFA confirmed the Dutch association’s withdrawal of the appeal on Thursday. Two matchesThe Manchester United FC player was suspended by UEFA for two international matches after comments made to Swedish official Anders Frisk after the Netherlands’ 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ semi-final defeat by eventual runners-up Portugal. World Cup campaignEuropean football’s governing body confirmed that the KNVB had officially withdrawn its appeal, which had been lodged on Monday. Van Nistelrooij will therefore miss the first two games of the Dutch 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 1 campaign… Two matchesThe Manchester United FC player was suspended by UEFA for two international matches after comments made to Swedish official Anders Frisk after the Netherlands’ 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ semi-final defeat by eventual runners-up Portugal. World Cup campaignEuropean football’s governing body confirmed that the KNVB had officially withdrawn its appeal, which had been lodged on Monday. Van Nistelrooij will therefore miss the first two games of the Dutch 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 1 campaign. The first of these is at home to the Czech Republic on 8 September, the second away to F. Macedonia on 9 October.

Coaches leave en masse after Euro surprises
SI.com – Jul 7, 2004
The German Football Association is struggling to find a successor to Rudi Voeller, who resigned as national coach following Germany’s exit in the group phase of Euro 2004. Former Bayern Munich trainer Ottmar Hitzfeld, who had expressed interest in the job in recent months and was the firm favourite, turned down the offer last week, saying he was not in the right state of mind to accept. A string of leading candidates have also said they would not be ready to lead the side into the 2006 World Cup, which Germany is hosting. German hopes of persuading Otto Rehhagel, who steered Greece to Euro 2004 victory, are waning as Greece’s football federation insists he will stay in his current job for the next two years. Despite this, Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and a coach and is among those charged with finding a successor, said on Wednesday Rehhagel remained in the frame. German media have speculated that Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Denmark’s current coach Morten Olsen and Arsenal’s French coach Arsene Wenger are other possible candidates. Dutch: Van Hanegem could still have role to play AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — The Dutch football association (KNBV) started the search for a new national coach on Wednesday and said former assistant coach Wim van Hanegem could still have a role to play.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England News
go.com – Jul 9, 2004
I would like to thank everybody who contacted me over the course of the last few weeks and I hope you enjoyed, even if only a little, the musings of the Blagger. God, Soccernet and Sven willing (and, frankly, who is the more powerful?) I’ll be back here in two years time for the 2006 World Cup. Hope to see you then. The eventual winners Brazil were always considered the foremost power in the footballing firmament and already held the record for the most number of final wins. The defeated Germans were not far behind them in European and World victories… David Beckham’s excuses may be pathetic in our eyes but let’s not forget he’s the only one offering an explanation for his effective non-appearance at these Championships. There are a dozen or so others out there who aren’t even giving us that!

What is almost certain though is that the cult of manager is set to raise itself higher than ever. Getting the right man in charge has been important ever since Sir Alf Ramsey stunned the football world; winning the World Cup by tearing up the coaching manual and expressing his own ideas. Getting the right man has always been important. But right now the managerial stock is at it’s highest. Otto Rehagel was solely responsible for this victory and it is difficult to argue with those who suggest that had he been in charge of any team in this tournament then they would have won it.

Eriksson expects Beckham to start
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 9, 2004
I talked to them yesterday and they are calm and confident. They know they played very good football for part of the game on Saturday. “Meanwhile striker Michael Owen insisted that England would still qualify for the 2006 World Cup even if they suffered defeat against Poland tomorrow. Owen said: “If we drew or got beaten then I would still have the utmost belief in our team that we could still progress to the World Cup finals. We’ve started off far worse in other competitions. “It’s a very important game to get three points, but Poland are a difficult team coming off the back of their win against Northern Ireland. Four points would not be a bad return if we get the win.

Zifa hands reins to Gumbo
BBC News – Jul 7, 2004
Gumbo will lead the Warriors in their 2006 World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria and Angola later this year as well as in Zimbabwe’s defence of the Cosafa Cup. “It’s a challenge, but I’m confident and I believe in myself,” said Gumbo, a former national team midfielder. Gumbo has transformed Zimbabwe from a defensive unit into a fast and attacking team, switching from a 3-5-2 formation to 4-4-2… “We’ve not finalised this yet, although we will first have to sort out our problems at administrative level,” said Zifa vice-chairman Wyatt Mpofu. Zifa’s intentions to bring in a technical advisor led to the resignation of Gumbo’s predecessor, Sunday Marimo, in May. In June, Belgian Marc Mertens, who last coached in his country’s third division, stepped in to work with Gumbo on a one-match contract. Mertens was technical advisor for Zimbabwe’s World Cup qualifier against Algeria, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ja wooing Lazaroni, sources say
Jamaica Observer – Jul 7, 2004
Figueiredo, an analyst with the World Cup winning Brazil team of 1994, has worked for the Jamaican technical staff for several years. It was unclear last night as to what will be the status of current technical director, Carl Brown, should Boxhill in fact secure the services of Lazaroni, who had a short stint as head of Jamaica’s coaching staff in 2000. Contacted late yesterday Brown, who recently guided the Reggae Boyz past Haiti into the semi-final round of 2006 World Cup qualifiers, declined to comment. Yesterday, the JFF’s third vice-president Patrick Roberts – the only official the Observer was able to reach – denied knowledge of Boxhill’s whereabouts, or the nature of his trip abroad. “I am not aware of that (trip to Brazil to seek Lazaroni),” said Roberts. “I thought he (Boxhill) was off the island on family business. I have not been to the Office since last week,” he said.

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