Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 11, 2004

Greece’s Euro bid overshadowing Olympics

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 12:17 pm

The News Review:

* Eriksson expects Beckham to start
* Euro 2004 exit hits JJB Sports
* I will not return, reiterates Costa
* Greece’s Euro bid overshadowing Olympics
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England News
* New Eagles Coach: Lessons from Portugal 2004
* Uphill task for the winner of the September run-off ballot in…
* ‘All the effort was worth it’
* Player’s ‘lost’ car not reported
* NZ consistency may hold key
* As picking out the best woman;
* Rehhagel turned down Germany job
* Man Utd cool on Rooney
* SOCCER: Keane hails French threat Henry
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Everton | Moyes makes Rooney pledge
* Striker Postiga makes Porto return

Eriksson expects Beckham to start – Jul 9, 2004
I can’t say I’m sure he will play but I think he will. “Eriksson also said that he had not even contemplated dropping Beckham following criticism of the England skipper. He added: “I wouldn’t consider dropping him for tomorrow, I can’t agree he played badly. I don’t know how many times he switched play for us from right to left, for example. “Eriksson admitted he has not decided on his team to face Poland, following… Sven-Goran Eriksson doesn’t become a bad manager overnight. “England under-21 coach Peter Taylor also hit back at criticism of England captain David Beckham. Taylor, who first handed Beckham the captaincy when he was caretaker manager for a friendly against Italy in November 2000, said: “David had a disappointing Euro 2004 and he’s the first one to say that. But over the time of nearly four years that he has been captain, I think he has been an absolutely brilliant leader. But as far as us getting to tournaments, I think he has been the major player.

Euro 2004 exit hits JJB Sports
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 10, 2004
getElementById( ‘frameId245737′ ). “They were moderately successful but not as successful as we would have liked them to be,” he said. “Once we get some better weather, we’ll sell more T-shirts and shorts. ” Meanwhile, JJB is pinning its hopes on its new out-of-town health club and superstore outlets. There are 18 so far. JJB rents the ground floor unit, turns it into a members’ gym, and builds a sports shop on top.

I will not return, reiterates Costa
The Age – Jul 10, 2004
Earlier Madail had expressed his hope that Figo and Costa would be seen in a Portuguese shirt again. “I’m hopeful,” said Madail. “When Figo announced a year ago that Euro 2004 could be his last national appearance I always said that I was hopeful that he would go back on his decision. And now I believe it even more… Madail said that the duo “would be missed by the squad. But we have to respect their arguments which are difficult to thwart”. Meanwhile, their 35-year-old former captain Fernando Couto, has not said whether he intends to continue or retire but the 110-times capped defender was a peripheral figure at the Euro tournament after being dropped following the opening 2-1 defeat by Greece. © 2004 AFPBrought to you by.

Greece’s Euro bid overshadowing Olympics
Newsweek – Jul 9, 2004
The win warmed the hearts of Greeks immigrants all over the world and support was coming in from as far as Australia and New York. “A win (on Sunday) will be the best imaginable curtain raiser for the Olympics and do wonders for Hellenic pride in Melbourne as well as Athens,” The Australian newspaper wrote in an editorial Friday. Whatever happens on Sunday, enthusiasm will not be dampened in a nation that had never won a game in a major tournament until the start of Euro 2004 three weeks ago. Apart from beating Portugal in the opener, Greece stunned defending champion France 1-0 last week and the Czechs, the best team in the tournament until Thursday, in the semis. The win also monopolized coverage on Greece’s dozens of private television and radio networks. Even newspapers that usually favor politics over sports — such as the Greek Communist Party daily — splashed the story on their front pages. “It’s Friday and it’s true.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – England News – Jul 9, 2004
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. Unfortunately, these ‘same old, same old’ facts disguised some new underlying tournament trends. The semi-finals had included two unfancied nations, Turkey and Korea; the World Cup holders had gone out in the group stages without scoring a goal; while the tournament in general saw an alarming decline in the performances of some of the accepted stars of world football. This may not have been a bad thing had there also not been a number of sterile quarter-final and semi-final performances and some extremely poor refereeing decisions that could have produced a completely different set of fixtures. In Euro 2004 though, these changes were no longer hidden as the Germans, Italians and Spanish went home at the group stage while the quarter-finals saw the demise of France and England… Shirt tugging and barging in the box should receive penalties if they are fouls elsewhere on the pitch. This will increase the penalty count. It is something that football will have to face up to soon. I have had an interesting email conversation recently with Soccernet writer Dominic over Sven’s seemingly defensive attitude. On this I defend the Swede as my opinion is that it is extremely unlikely that Eriksson tells his players to retreat to the penalty box and defend their own last third of the pitch.

New Eagles Coach: Lessons from Portugal 2004
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jul 11, 2004
Greece was undoubtedly the star of the show. This was a nation not given a chance at all before the championship started. They had been given the longest odds by the bookies ranging from 80-1 to 100-1 to lift the trophy. These odds seemed further justified especially after they were drawn in a difficult group, which included the hosts Portugal, Spain and Russia. Of course they were right to make such predications, after all prior to Euro’2004, Greece had never won a single match at the two previous major tournaments they qualified for – Euro’80 and USA’94 – while their club sides were minnows in European competitions. Only Panathinaikos, one of their tops sides, has ever reached the final of a European club competition – where they lost… Incidentally in achieving this feat Greece showed many footballing nations, including Nigeria, what determination, a good coach and a well-laid out programme can achieve. Nigerian fans will remember that 10 years ago the Super Eagles met the newly crowned Euro’2004 champions at the World Cup in the US and easily beat them 2-0. I’m sure not many fans will be willing to stick out their necks on the Eagles achieving the same result should they meet now. Of course as is traditional with many FAs following the World Cup humiliation the GFA immediately sent the coaching crew packing and went through a number of sweat merchants before they final struck gold thirty-three months ago when they decided to cast their lot with a German manager, who had never handled a national team before. Rehhagel, 66, came to prominence in 1992 when he lead Werder Bremen to the European Cup Winners Cup and the Bundesliga title twice (1988 and 1993). He also picked up the German championship in 1998 when he was in charge of Kaiserslautern. His other trophies include three German Cups – Fotuna Dusseldorf (1980) and Werder Bremen (1991 and 1994).

Uphill task for the winner of the September run-off ballot in…
Radio Singapore International – Jul 9, 2004
But first the July 5 Indonesian presidential election. Welcome to the programme. Indonesia?s first direct presidential elections on Monday went smoothly in most areas. For a country that has been affected by political violence since the Suharto days, this was a feat in itself… ?

Looking beyond the region, Singapore is widening its scope for business in other areas. A number of trips to the Middle East have taken place recently to reflect the growing economic and political importance of that region to Singapore. As Lianhe Zaobao highlighted:

?Business opportunities in Iran are not restricted to the oil industry. For instance, less than ten percent of its population has Internet access and only four per cent possess a hand phone. Iran is planning to spend S$700 million to develop e-government and related IT products. This presents business opportunities for Singapore companies. ?

There is also political significance behind the business partnerships, said the paper.

‘All the effort was worth it’ – Jul 9, 2004
This is an average of 37,587 per match, rising to 47,114 for the seven knockout games. Unsurprisingly, the fixture with the highest attendance was the final – 62,865. No game attracted fewer than 21,222 spectators. ‘Whole country involved’Laranjo said: “The whole country was involved in EURO 2004™. Not only in the host cities or in the cities where there were official and non-official training camps. Literally from north to south, from east to west, people were living it. ” Transportation, television ratings and the success of the official website – euro2004.

Player’s ‘lost’ car not reported
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
Marcel Desailly could not find the Vauxhall Vectra after a shopping trip in Kensington, west London, and went to Euro 2004 in Portugal. Police on routine patrol stopped the car, which his club Chelsea hired for their defender, on 21 June. A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed to return on 21 August. Desailly announced he was leaving the club after six years on Tuesday. The agent for French star Desailly, who earns ?60,000 a week, was not available for comment.

NZ consistency may hold key
BBC News – Jul 9, 2004
The weather has not helped, of course but, again, this is a gamble we take in this country where cloudy, damp conditions make batting difficult, particularly against a white ball. There is also the issue of public awareness. None of this competition is shown live on terrestrial television, and with so many games played merely to eliminate one team at the very end, it is hardly high on instant excitement. Up against Wimbledon and, this summer, Euro 2004, the competition has found itself buried in the newspapers to the extent that I am sure many people were not even aware when matches were being played… There is also the issue of public awareness. None of this competition is shown live on terrestrial television, and with so many games played merely to eliminate one team at the very end, it is hardly high on instant excitement. Up against Wimbledon and, this summer, Euro 2004, the competition has found itself buried in the newspapers to the extent that I am sure many people were not even aware when matches were being played.

As picking out the best woman;
Jamaica Observer – Jul 10, 2004
It was while in a spirited discussion with some gentlemen that the subject of choice in women came up. Just like Jack Sprat who could eat no fat, and his wife could eat no lean, men have different tastes in women. Tastes that do not necessarily go deeper than the same taste that they would have for mangoes, apples, tangerines or plums. If a man likes Indian women or Chinese, it’s not about race, but rather about choice. There was a time in my life when I was only attracted to Chinese girls, yet I have Chinese male friends who have never dated Chinese girls and in fact have been married to black women. Choy Fan is delicious. It’s just choice, that’s all… comFootnote: so Greece has won Euro 2004. I was backing Portugal still, but I should have known. From that American horse Smarty Jones which ‘couldn’t lose’ but did, to our Jamaican horse Distinctly Irish which ‘couldn’t lose’ but did, Roy Jones who was knocked out, to France, England, Italy, Germany all losing, to Serena Williams losing at Wimbledon. I should have known. It’s the time of the underdog, and that’s why I love sports so.

Rehhagel turned down Germany job – Jul 10, 2004
Rehhagel told German Football Federation (DFB) negotiator Franz Beckenbauer ina telephone call that he wished to stay in charge of Greece – whom he led toEuro 2004 glory last Sunday in one of the biggest upsets in the history offootball. A statement on the DFB website read: ‘Otto Rehhagel will not bethe successor of Rudi Voller as national team coach of the German team. ‘He is contracted with Greece until 2006 and will now lead them into a toughqualifying pool for the World Cup, for which Germany are automatically qualifiedas hosts. Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has already turned down the post ashas Christoph Daum who was Germany’s coach-in-waiting before Voller but was notallowed to succeed Erich Ribbeck in 2000 after disclosures in the press abouthis private life. Arsene Wenger, from the region of Alsace which has a strong Germanic culturalidentity, has also claimed he has refused an overture from the Germans and willsee out his contract with Arsenal. Your views on this story?.

Man Utd cool on Rooney
BBC News – Jul 10, 2004
Rooney has been repeatedly linked with a ?35m move following his superb performances for England at Euro 2004. “I think he’s quite happy at Everton and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t stay there,” said Charlton. “At the moment Alex (Ferguson) has not come to us demanding: ‘Let’s have Wayne Rooney’. We are quite satisfied with what we’ve got… Rooney has been repeatedly linked with a ?35m move following his superb performances for England at Euro 2004. “I think he’s quite happy at Everton and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t stay there,” said Charlton. “At the moment Alex (Ferguson) has not come to us demanding: ‘Let’s have Wayne Rooney’. We are quite satisfied with what we’ve got. ”

Charlton, a director at Old Trafford, backed comments from the club’s chief executive David Gill that they have to be prudent in the transfer market.

SOCCER: Keane hails French threat Henry
U.TV – UTV – Jul 10, 2004
“It would be nice if I did break the record against France – then everyone wouldn`t be asking me questions all the time! I just hope to do it soon. “If Keane had been hoping for an insight into the French preparations ahead of the game, then he was to be disappointed as his new Tottenham manager Jacques Santini refused to spill the beans. Santini led France to the Euro 2004 finals with an unblemished record, but on the eve of the first game announced he would quit at the tournament`s conclusion, with White Hart Lane his surprise choice of destination. Santini is remaining loyal to France, as Keane added: “He spoke to us after the game against Everton at the weekend and wished all the international players good luck – except the Irish!”He said he would go and watch the game, but he didn`t say too much about it. I don`t think he wanted to give too much away. “Even Santini might be surprised at the likely make-up of the French side, which will lack a host of star names, those such as Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Zinedine Zidane and Bixente Lizarazu, stalwarts who quit international football over the summer. It will require a strong performance against Ireland to convince the French people that Domenech is the man to guide them to the 2006 finals in Germany… It will require a strong performance against Ireland to convince the French people that Domenech is the man to guide them to the 2006 finals in Germany. A goalless home draw with Israel in qualifying was followed just a few days later by an unconvincing 2-0 victory in the Faroe Islands, but Keane has not been fooled. “Their recent form has not been that convincing, but at the end of the day football can change and we are not going to take them for granted,” maintained Keane. “The players they still have can change a game in a matter of seconds, so we know it`s going to be tough. “But we`ve built up confidence in the last few games, so I don`t see any reason why we can`t get a result. “Kerr has virtually a full squad to choose from, with the exception of defender Richard Dunne who today returned to Manchester City to undergo intensive treatment on a calf injury.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Everton | Moyes makes Rooney pledge
BBC News – Jul 11, 2004
Rooney’s stunning display for England at Euro 2004 has fuelled speculation he will leave Goodison Park this summer. But Moyes responded in The People: “Tell me why I should give up on the best young player in Europe?

“I will fight to the very end to keep him at Goodison. Wayne would be within his rights to say ‘I want to go’ but he should give it a chance. ”

Everton have already offered Rooney a new five-year deal and have opened talks with his representatives. And Moyes is determined to continue to protect the teenager and nurture his talents… “To have it all too soon isn’t always a good thing, especially when you’re 18. ”

Chelsea and Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Rooney, but Manchester United is believed to the most likely destination if he decides to leave Goodison. United director Sir Bobby Charlton claimed on Saturday that they are not planning to make a move for the player. And United forward Louis Saha added: “We don’t need another striker. Ruud (van Nistelrooy) and I can give the United fans something they haven’t had since Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. “We also have Alan Smith, although he is a different type of striker, but it shows the options we have got in attack. ”

Moyes revealed he has his own incentive for Rooney – the chance to skipper the club he supported as a boy.

Striker Postiga makes Porto return
CNN International – Jul 9, 2004
Postiga joined Tottenham from Porto for ($11. 6m) last year and scored just one goal in 19 Premier League games. He came off the bench to score against England at Euro 2004 in the quarter-final won by Portugal on penalties. "There is no doubting Helder’s ability but maybe he came to the Premiership too soon," said Spurs sporting director Frank Arnesen on the club’s website. "He was keen to return home and, although we rate him highly here, we did not like to see him unhappy. "Mendes, 25, was a member of the Porto side which beat Monaco 3-0 in the Champions League final in May and is Spurs’ third signing under new manager Jacques Santini. "It is an excellent deal for us because Pedro gives us more options in midfield and brings with him experience in European competition," Arnesen said… In a statement to the London stock exchange on Friday, Tottenham also said they had agreed to buy midfielder Sean Davis from Fulham. The 24-year-old will sign a four-year contract. Fulham said both clubs had agreed that the transfer terms would not be disclosed. "This is a very important signing for the club and he will have a crucial role to play at the centre of our midfield," Arnesen said. Santini, the former coach of France, recently completed his new-look Spurs coaching team with the addition of French coach Dominique Cuperly. Spurs signed 18-year-old Brazilian Rodrigo Defendi last Saturday. It was also announced on Friday that 2.

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