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July 23, 2004

Capsule preview: Chelsea vs. Celtic

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The News Review:

* RTÉ Sport: Klinsmann in German job talks
* Culture & Lifestyle | 21.07.2004 Germany’s Most Unwanted
* Rivaldo signs with Olympiakos
* Capsule preview: Chelsea vs. Celtic
* Scots sales growth outstrips rest of UK
* Klinsmann set to take reins
* Rate rise likely as Euro 2004 fans boost retail sales
* Fergie’s fears for Ronaldo
* EA’s Fun Is Just Beginning
* US commits troops to pricey Games
* Everton move a step closer to selling Rooney
* BBC NEWS | Business | Euro 2004 lifts High Street sales
* Give me time – new Liverpool boss
* Kluivert joins Newcastle
* Manchester United’s Ronaldo headed to Athens
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Lampard impressed by Mourinho style
* R210 000 for Beckham’s ball
* Benitez has striker headache | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Notebook: Ambitious owner transforms Chelsea

RTÉ Sport: Klinsmann in German job talks
rte.ie – Jul 21, 2004
The 39-year-old Klinsmann, who lifted the World Cup with Germany in 1990, lives in the United States and has been involved in sports marketing since ending his playing career. The former Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur striker has a training licence but no coaching experience. The DFB, desperately seeking a coach since Voeller stepped down after Germany’s group stage exit from Euro 2004, would not elaborate on the talks. Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel, who guided Greece to their Euro 2004 triumph, have been offered the Germany job but both have turned it down. Filed by Barry J Whyte.

Culture & Lifestyle | 21.07.2004 Germany’s Most Unwanted
Deutsche Welle – Jul 21, 2004
This would be a consideration worthy of discussion had it not been nearly a decade since Germany won a major title and even longer since the Germans held the air of invincibility on the world stage. There has been a long pause in the continued building of the legend, one which has watered down the prestige of the job. Instead of comparing themselves with more successful predecessors, there is more danger of German coaches joining the list of coaches who have won nothing alongside Erich Ribbeck and Rudi Völler in recent years. But why is this so? Coaches who have come to the job have done so in the past because they were deemed good enough to carry on the legacy of the successful German national team. Their records were impressive enough for them to be offered one of the biggest jobs in the game… Their records were impressive enough for them to be offered one of the biggest jobs in the game. Even the coaches who failed to deliver more titles were hardly inexperienced and yet the team has floundered in the last decade. Put off by under-achieving team?

Then could the state of German soccer be put down to the quality of the players? Could the fact that no one wants to coach the German national side in 2004 be linked to a void of talent? It seems unlikely given the players that formed the surprisingly successful 2002 World Cup squad and the exciting newcomers who pushed their way into the team in the run-up to the ill-fated Euro 2004 campaign.

Rivaldo signs with Olympiakos
TVNZ – Jul 23, 2004
The 32-year-old Brazil forward’s arrival is seen as anotherboost to soccer in Greece after their national team shocked theworld by winning Euro 2004 earlier this month. The club have not released the financial details of thecontract, which includes an option for a third year, but accordingto local media reports, Rivaldo could earn up to 1. 8 million euros($3. 26 million) per season. “Olympiakos would like to announce the transfer of Brazil’sinternational player Rivaldo for two-plus-one years,” the club saidin a statement.

Capsule preview: Chelsea vs. Celtic
Seattle Times – Jul 23, 2004
The Bhoys will not have long-time star Henrik Larsson, who returned to his native Sweden to play in Euro 2004 and has signed with FC Barcelona. THE TOUR

Other teams: Manchester United, FC Porto, AC Milan, Roma, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also playing in this 11-match, eight-city tour, promoted by East Coast-based ChampionsWorld. Tickets: More than 66,000 attended last year’s match in Seattle between Man U. and Celtic but ChampionsWorld does not expect a crowd that size in the 67,000-seat stadium. It should be more than 30,000.

Scots sales growth outstrips rest of UK
Edinburgh Evening News – Jul 21, 2004
4 per cent, with overall sales only five per cent up on June 2003. Sales of DVDs and CDs were strong, as were health and beauty products and cosmetics. Despite Scotland’s national team not appearing in Euro 2004, sales of football-related food and drink promotions were also high. However, items like furniture, some clothing ranges and footwear performed less well. The June report said: “The Scottish sales figures continue to be ahead of figures for all the UK. This has been a trend for much of this year, reversing the pattern when Scottish sales consistently underperformed those of the UK up until the start of 2003. ” Referring to sales bargains both in town and in out-of-town shopping centres, the report said: “The investment in new developments in the last two years is likely to be boosting sales and reducing leakage of sales out of Scotland.

Klinsmann set to take reins
chinadaily.com.cn – Jul 23, 2004
[file
photo]”I was delighted to see the German Football Association accept my offer to
help the German national team in their preparations for the 2006 World Cup in
Germany,” Klinsmann said in a statement. The former Germany captain did not say what his exact role would be but it
seemed likely that he would replace Voeller, who stepped down after his team
failed to survive the group stage of Euro 2004. The German Football Association (DFB), which had been desperately looking for
a coach over the past few weeks, had said earlier on Wednesday that Klinsmann
had been approached. DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder and his deputy Werner Hackmann met with
Klinsmann on Tuesday in New York, the ruling body said. The DFB said in a statement that the two officials had met Klinsmann “in
relation to the future of the German national team. ”
The 39-year-old, who lifted the World Cup with Germany alongside Voeller in
1990, lives in the United States and has been involved in sports marketing since
ending his playing career… [file
photo]”I was delighted to see the German Football Association accept my offer to
help the German national team in their preparations for the 2006 World Cup in
Germany,” Klinsmann said in a statement. The former Germany captain did not say what his exact role would be but it
seemed likely that he would replace Voeller, who stepped down after his team
failed to survive the group stage of Euro 2004. The German Football Association (DFB), which had been desperately looking for
a coach over the past few weeks, had said earlier on Wednesday that Klinsmann
had been approached. DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder and his deputy Werner Hackmann met with
Klinsmann on Tuesday in New York, the ruling body said. The DFB said in a statement that the two officials had met Klinsmann “in
relation to the future of the German national team. ”
The 39-year-old, who lifted the World Cup with Germany alongside Voeller in
1990, lives in the United States and has been involved in sports marketing since
ending his playing career.

Rate rise likely as Euro 2004 fans boost retail sales
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 23, 2004
Shoppers shrugged off the Bank of England’s four rate rises since November. Retail sales grew by 1. 1% during June, the Office for National Statistics said. The increase was almost four times analysts’ estimates of 0… Minutes from the Bank of England monetary policy committee’s July meeting showed that, although the decision to leave rates unchanged at 4. 5% had been unanimous, the committee thought “it was likely that the repo rate would need to increase further”. The strength of retail sales and mortgage lending suggests that consumer spending is not slowing yet – which makes a further rate rise in August extremely likely, Richard Iley at BNP Paribas said. Preliminary estimates for second-quarter GDP growth are expected today and may be even stronger than the 0. 9%-1% anticipated, given the continuing high street boom, analysts cautioned. Clothing sales decreased in June by 0. 4% after strong sales growth for the last few months.

Fergie’s fears for Ronaldo
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jul 23, 2004
The Manchester United manager is considering giving the youngster a two-month break following his stint in Athens. Ferguson is outraged that both Ronaldo and new recruit Argentina’s Gabriel Heinze, now playing in the Copa America, have been called up. “Portugal looked on Ronaldo as their saving grace in Euro 2004,” said the Old Trafford boss. “He was the one they saw as taking them to the championship, no question about that. “He emerged so brilliantly as the tournament progressed. “Now they (the Olympic people) have seen that and said: ‘We will have him too’. “When you cut up a cake too many times there is nothing left… Ferguson says he is only looking at Ronaldo’s long-term welfare. “He is only a boy of 19 and you can imagine the pressure on him,” he added. “I am not concerned about how much we are going to miss him but more about the future development of the player. “Ronaldo played in 24 games last season and was substituted 16 times. That shows you how we view the situation. “We have to look at his mental and physical development where he gets to a point that his potential is fulfilled. “We do not want a player like that to get to 24, 25 and we are still talking about potential because he has been delayed by over-use.

EA’s Fun Is Just Beginning
Motley Fool – Jul 23, 2004
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US commits troops to pricey Games
San Diego Union Tribune – Jul 22, 2004
counterterrorism official said yesterday, as security costs for the Games continue to swell. soldiers would be based: in Athens, on the nearby island of Crete or on alert in Europe, where they are based in Germany. The United States is in the process of discussing with the Greek government where the soldiers will be positioned, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official did not specify which branches of the military would be involved… The deadline to submit rosters to FIFA headquarters for the men's and women's tournaments was yesterday. Besides Ronaldo, Portugal will have new Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes, FC Porto striker Helder Postiga and Benfica goalkeeper Jose Moreira on its squad. Portugal, which lost to Greece 1-0 in the Euro 2004 final, and Italy will be among the favorites in Athens. men's team failed to qualify for Athens. Greek javelin thrower outGreek javelin thrower Costas Gatsioudis, who won a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships, will miss the Games because of a lingering shoulder injury.

Everton move a step closer to selling Rooney
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 21, 2004
His performances for England in Euro 2004 have raised his price to around £20 million, but Everton are still adamant they have not yet had a single official approach for him. The club’s chief executive.

BBC NEWS | Business | Euro 2004 lifts High Street sales
BBC News – Jul 22, 2004
1% on the month compared with 0. 7% in May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. According to the ONS’s figures, Euro 2004 pushed up sales of household goods as consumers bought new TV sets. The data is likely to increase expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month. Record growth

Sport shops also saw sales of football shirts increase, despite a general decline in sales at clothing stores in June. The figure for the month brought the year-on-year gain in High Street sales to 7.

Give me time – new Liverpool boss
Independent Online – Jul 23, 2004
The arrival of the former Valencia boss on Merseyside has helped Liverpool enjoy a good close season by hanging on to England stars Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard as well as bringing in French hitman Djibril Cisse. With Czech forward Milan Baros also deciding to stay after starring at Euro 2004, Benitez does not rule out a repeat of his success at Valencia, where he won the league in his first season. But he is realistic enough to recognise that overtaking current champions Arsenal, Manchester United and cash-rich Chelsea could take a little more time. “I am here to win trophies and I hope that I will be given the time.

Kluivert joins Newcastle
BBC News – Jul 21, 2004

But the Magpies boss would not be drawn on whether the club will make more signings before the transfer window closes. Newcastle had been chasing a new striker this summer as they look for a long-term replacement for Shearer, who is retiring at the end of this season. Kluivert has won 79 caps for Holland and was part of the Dutch squad at Euro 2004 but did not make it onto the pitch during the tournament, with Ruud van Nistelrooy winning the battle to start as the lone striker.

Manchester United’s Ronaldo headed to Athens
USA Today – Jul 21, 2004
The Olympic 10,000 is scheduled Aug. “Hopefully, I can have a respectable showing,” said Ritzenhein, who has had three major stress fractures in the last two years. “But it’s more to get experience for the next Olympics. ”
Ritzenhein, who has selected Peter Stubbs as his agent, has not signed a shoe deal. He plans to remain in Boulder, Colo. , but will not be coached by Colorado coach Mark Wetmore.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Lampard impressed by Mourinho style
go.com – Jul 22, 2004
CHELSEA –>Updated: July 22, 2004

Lampard salutes MourinhoFrank Lampard insists you cannot help but be impressed by new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The England midfielder was scheduled to arrive in the United States today with the rest of the squad for the start of a three-match tour following his return from an extended break after Euro 2004. Despite only having worked directly with the coach, who guided Porto to Champions League glory last season, for a few days earlier this week, Lampard revealed a visit from his new manager while away on international duty struck a chord with him and his Chelsea team-mates in the England training camp. ‘When you get a new boss, everyone wants to know whether they are in his plans, regardless of what has happened in the past,’ said Lampard. ‘He went out of his way to come and tell us that, and we respected him for that immediately. ‘There’s a unique style to his management, and there is a feeling that will be good for us… He brought his own style of management to the forefront and everyone was impressed. ‘With the arrival of several new faces ahead of the new season, Lampard hopes Mourinho will show some continuity by handing John Terry the captaincy on a permanent basis following Marcel Desailly’s retirement. ‘John Terry was a very good figure as a captain last year, so I would not be surprised he was captain again,’ said Lampard. ‘John is a great player and great professional and was very strong as captain last year and would thoroughly deserve it. ‘Lampard, 26, enjoyed a fine domestic campaign last season as Chelsea finished runners-up in the Premiership and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League before turning his attentions to helping England make the last eight of Euro 2004 in Portugal. It is club matters which now focus the attention of the midfielder, who returns to a Chelsea rejuvenated following the arrival of Mourinho – and with him a string of top-class signings. Those have included a club-record fee, believed to be ?24million, spent on Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba from Marseille, while Portugal international Tiago also completed his transfer from Benfica – reported to be worth ?8million – in time to board the plane to Seattle yesterday afternoon.

R210 000 for Beckham’s ball
Independent Online – Jul 22, 2004
The bid was the highest of more than a hundred from all over the world during the 10-day auction. A German offered ?10-million, but the bid was ruled fake when investigated by eBay. A similar football is normally worth ?90. Pablo Carral, a 25-year-old Spaniard from the northwestern city of La Coruna, grabbed the ball when it was blasted into the stands by Beckham… eBay was soon inundated by offers from bidders who were believed to include collectors and British newspapers. Astronomical bids made by pranksters forced the Internet auctioneer to involve departments in other countries and to control bidders by calling them. Carral said the authenticity of the ball could not be put in doubt, because it carried the official text “24. 2004 Quarter Final”. The Spaniard said he had not yet decided what to do with the money. “I need to finish paying a loan for my car, and a flat of my own would also not be bad,” he added.

Benitez has striker headache | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Jul 21, 2004
“But it gives me a selection headache and I will onlyknow who to pick after training. It is really the players’decision, it depends on how they do their job. “Milan Baros is very happy and confident after Euro 2004 and Iam glad he wants to stay with Liverpool. The more options for amanager, the better. At Valencia, I changed the forwards aroundnearly every match. “Maybe it won’t happen quite as often at Liverpool but the teamis the most important thing. Some strikers might have to acceptplaying only 20 times… Benitez said there could be two more arrivals at Liverpoolbefore next season. “I had a talk with the Chief Executive Rick Parry about thesquad on Tuesday,” he said. “It’s important not to spend a lot of money for the type ofplayers you already have. But we may have an interest in one or twoplayers. The arrival of 22-year-old Cisse from Auxerre follows a two-yearchase by Liverpool started by their former manager GerardHoullier. Cisse has been the top scorer in the French league for the pasttwo seasons but knows he is not guaranteed an automatic first-teamplace at Anfield. “Michael Owen is a well-known figure internationally.

Notebook: Ambitious owner transforms Chelsea
Seattle Times – Jul 21, 2004
Celtic fans, as Seattle found out last year, are among the most loyal and best behaved soccer fans in the world. They like to party before, during and after games and their tone toward their players and their opponents is generally good-natured. More than 100,000 Celtic fans traveled to Seville, Spain, for Euro 2004. There were no riots or arrests. TICKETS: Promoters do not anticipate a sellout at 67,000-seat Qwest Field, but it’s believed the crowd could approach the 66,722 fans who came out last July 22 for the Man U-Celtic match. Tickets range from $49 to $175. Bob Sherwin: 206-464-8286 or bsherwin@seattletimes.com

Copyright © 2004 The Seattle Times Company.

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