Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 26, 2004

Klinsmann agrees to become German coach

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The News Review:

* Sleepless in Seattle for Chelsea
* Kishishev back in Bulgarian squad
* Rooney saga brings back memories
* Klinsmann agrees to become German coach
* Trabelsi deal falling apart for Gunners
* Eriksson and Nancy
* Klinsmann ready for coaching role
* Arsenal signal interest in Maniche
* Big Phil’s Everton claim
* FIFA: Soccer invented in China, not Britain
* RTÉ Sport: Kluivert expects to fight for his place
* Fergie’s right over Olympics
* SI.com – Soccer – World Soccer’s Glanville: Is Eriksson value for…
* Eriksson left with no margin for error
* To see the sun go down on Galway bets
* IOC boss expects ‘good Games’ in Athens
* Winning the race to be ready
* Wave United boots opportunity on northwest swing
* SI.com – Soccer – UK: Nevilles sign five-year deals at Man Utd, media…
* Friendlies: Arsenal go double Dutch

Sleepless in Seattle for Chelsea
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2004
As comedian Peter Cook once observed, it is no way to run a ballroom. So while careful to display politeness to his American hosts, Mourinho made it clear that, had he been in charge of Chelsea’s pre-season activities, they would not have been within a galaxy of this ChampionsWorld tournament, not after the demands Euro 2004 put on his squad. “Euro 2004 is the key because I have two groups of players, those who played in Portugal and have just reported for training and those who were not there and have been training for 18 days,” he said. So I have had to focus on the most important items and forget the complementary ones that make a team better and make a difference. For example, I have had no time to change set plays.

Kishishev back in Bulgarian squad
CNN International – Jul 26, 2004
The Charlton Athletic right back was left out of Euro 2004 by former coach Plamen Markov after walking out on the team shortly before a qualifier against Belgium. Kishishev had been unhappy after being overlooked for the captaincy. Midfielders Georgi Peev, Daniel Borimirov and Milen Petkov and defenders Predrag Pazhin and Zlatomir Zagorcic, who all featured in Euro 2004, have not been included in a 22-man squad announced on Monday. Stoichkov said he would cut the squad to 18 after a training camp next month.

Rooney saga brings back memories
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2004
The sides meet on the first day of the season and it would be cause for concern if either one took the field on Aug 15 without their talisman. The Rooney saga, for me, is an interesting one; not least because of the parallels that are being drawn between the boy wonder and my situation at Everton in 1986. I moved from Everton to Barcelona after the World Cup, having reached the quarter-finals with England and won the golden boot so yes, I was a much-talked about striker who had just enjoyed a succesful major championship and yes, I was a key figure for Everton in ’86. But there the similarities end. In my day – it was 18 years ago – the Merseyside club had a great team throughout. They weren’t dependent on me for success (indeed, I never actually won anything with them) and they were financially stable… The club are in turmoil and it is incredibly sad because their supporters do not deserve to see such plight. But it is not Rooney’s fault and of course he is right not to commit himself to anything just yet. The fact that he did not travel to the United States with the squad for their pre-season tour means nothing because he is still recovering from the injury he picked up at Euro 2004, but, to be honest, I can’t really see any other option over the next few weeks than for him to leave his boyhood club behind. They have done everything but admit that they have to sell Rooney and a club like Manchester United, who are in financially rude health, now know that they do not have to spend £40-£50 million to buy him. However, while Rooney’s performances in Portugal this summer are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, potential buyers will be aware that the 18-year-old is the most marketable product around for the start of the season, and they will certainly not want to miss out.

Klinsmann agrees to become German coach
Expatica – Jul 26, 2004
Although the deal is not signed yet, Klinsmann has effectively already started his job as successor to Rudi Voeller, who resigned on 24 June. The former Germany captain is the ninth national team coach since Otto Nerz first took the job in 1930. His first match is an 18 August friendly in Vienna against Austria. “Juergen Klinsmann and the DFB agreed that the coach will sign a two-year contract. The upcoming talks are only about sports details,” said DFB spokesman Harald Stenger… He was Canada coach between 1998-2003, winning the 2000 Gold Cup. The 36-year-old Bierhoff was the two-goal hero in the 1996 Euro final and spent most of his active career in Italy with Udinese, AC Milan and Chievo Verona. The hunt for a new coach began after Voeller’s resignation on 24 June, the day after Germany’s first round exit at Euro 2004 in Portugal. Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel, who led Greece to the Euro 2004 title, rejected DFB offers before Klinsmann entered the frame. A first round of talks was held last Tuesday and Klinsmann left his current home town of Los Angeles on Friday to complete the deal. Klinsmann has called for new structures within the DFB and the national team as an important precondition for his signature. His main task, though, will be to strengthen and reshape the team in the final countdown to the World Cup.

Trabelsi deal falling apart for Gunners
go.com – Jul 26, 2004
Trabelsi, however, apparently preferred the Arsenal option but it appears hissalary and signing-on demands have proved too rich for the Premiershipchampions. Wenger is ready to pull back from a proposed deal and has also declared he is’not interested’ in potential Vieira replacement, Nuno Maniche, FC Porto’sPortugal midfielder. Porto have claimed Arsenal are already negotiating to buy the Euro 2004 starbut Wenger said: ‘I speak to a few agents but that doesn’t mean I want to buythe players. ‘I rate him (Maniche) but we have enough players, if not too many, in themiddle of the park. ‘Wenger has been decrying the almost annual mass media speculation overVieira’s future for more than a week but now comes out in the strongest possibledefiance on Arsenal’s official website, insisting his captainwill be in his usual place at the start of the season – if fit. The Highbury boss said: ‘He will not go to Real Madrid. I have said it 100times… ‘I rate him (Maniche) but we have enough players, if not too many, in themiddle of the park. ‘Wenger has been decrying the almost annual mass media speculation overVieira’s future for more than a week but now comes out in the strongest possibledefiance on Arsenal’s official website, insisting his captainwill be in his usual place at the start of the season – if fit. The Highbury boss said: ‘He will not go to Real Madrid. I have said it 100times. If it was going to happen it would have happened a long time ago. ‘He will be here at the start of the season if he is the best in his positionand fit. ‘Some sources say Real want to clinch a deal to buy Vieira before next Thursdayso that he is eligible for their two-leg Champions League qualifier.

Eriksson and Nancy
Calcutta Telegraph – Jul 26, 2004
The Football Association today had to make the embarrassing admission ? an ?own goal?, some papers are calling it ? that one of its secretaries, Faria Alam, 38, has been having an affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson, the 56-year-old Swedish-born England coach. The FA had earlier backed up Alam?s claim that there had been no such affair and threatened newspapers which repeated the story with legal action. On Monday last week, Alam issued an emphatic denial, in which she said: ?I have been shocked by these untrue allegations. I can?t imagine how anybody could accuse me of being involved with him… But she is supposed to a former model and the paper has run a fetching catwalk picture of her in a green sari. Alam and Eriksson met ?as far back as September? ? a week, it has to be remembered, is a long time in the romantic world of football ? blossomed over Christmas and ?was still going strong earlier this month?. Observers have noted that Eriksson made frequent use of his mobile telephone during Euro 2004 ? some of his calls, it has been claimed, were to Alam. It is possible that England football fans will now blame Alam for distracting their coach during the critical days of Euro 2004 when their side was ousted by Portugal.

Klinsmann ready for coaching role
CNN International – Jul 24, 2004
"It is correct that my role is to be that of team boss," Klinsmann told a news conference shortly after arriving in Germany from his Los Angeles home. "It is not only a challenge but also an honor. "Klinsmann added: " I know the expectations are huge, but that is part of the challenge. I can deal with the pressure. " Klinsmann is to take over from Rudi Voeller, who resigned on June 24 in the wake of Germany’s first-round exit at Euro 2004. Klinsmann held a first meeting with DFB officials on Tuesday in New York, with further talks scheduled for the weekend and next week in Frankfurt… I played at three World Cups and three Euro tournaments and was team captain," he said. Looking at the current team, he said: "The team has potential. The results (at Euro 2004) could obviously could have been better. But the players did a good job and could have done better with a little more luck. "If I didn’t believe that I could build something with the team I wouldn’t be sitting here," said Klinsmann.

Arsenal signal interest in Maniche
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2004
It was his performances at club level which pushed him back into contention, including a starring role in the 3-0 Champions League final win over Monaco. Maniche scored against Russia and Holland at Euro 2004 before Portugal’s 1-0 defeat by Greece in the final. Meanwhile, Fulham have reached deadlock in their attempt to sign midfielder Junichi Inamoto on a permanent basis. Manager Chris Coleman confirmed last night that the Premiership club were refusing to meet Gamba Osaka’s valuation of £2.

Big Phil’s Everton claim
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Jul 25, 2004
“For that reason I was keen not to make public any information on the discussions with Benfica. But that’s not what happened. ” Just before Euro 2004 got underway it was reported by the Portuguese media that Scolari had reached an agreement to join Benfica. Angered by the story, Scolari called a snap press conference to deny the speculation and furiously accuse the media of trying to create a rift between the north of the country and the south. Tradition has it that Portugal coaches are accused of favouring either the Lisbon clubs or Porto teams, and Scolari had already faced criticism that he was pro-Lisbon. But a spokesman for Everton dismissed Scolari’s claim. Ian Ross told BBC Sport: “This is absolute nonsense.

FIFA: Soccer invented in China, not Britain
CTV.ca – Jul 24, 2004
It’s a historical fact. ”
“I feel very proud and I think if we can invent football, then we can win the World Cup within 10 years,” said another optimistic fan in Beijing. With FIFA’s acknowledgement of soccer’s Chinese origins, English fans are now forced to reflect on yet another disappointment. “Considering how we played in Euro 2004, I’m not surprised someone else invented it,” an England fan said. What a pity that someone invented the penalty kick.

RTÉ Sport: Kluivert expects to fight for his place
rte.ie – Jul 25, 2004
He was very important for my move to Newcastle. I spoke to players who had worked with him, and also he worked at Barcelona and did a very good job. ”
Kluivert is hoping a strong showing from him at Newcastle will help rejuvenate his international career after not making an appearance for the Netherlands at Euro 2004 this summer. But the striker is refusing to make any bold predictions for how Newcastle will fare in their quest to bring an end to their 35-year wait for a trophy. He reflected: “We have a good team and will look at it from match to match, play as good as possible and then we will see where the ship ends. ”
After being allowed to return to Barcelona to tie up his personal affairs Kluivert is expected back on Tyneside early next week, although he is unlikely to play any part in Wednesday’s friendly at Ipswich. However, the striker could well make his debut at the weekend when the Magpies take on Rangers, Feyenoord and Sporting Lisbon in the Newcastle-Gateshead Cup tournament.

Fergie’s right over Olympics
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jul 24, 2004
Says Ferguson: “There is nothing wrong with wanting to represent your country. “But it is not in the players’ interests to be taking part in the Olympics after playing in the Copa America and the European Championships. “With Heinze we have a lad who might be denied the opportunity to have a career at United, because I might now have to get another left-back for the start of the season. “During Euro 2004 Ronaldo became Portugal’s saving grace. Then, all of a sudden, it was a case of: `Oh, we’ll have him for the Olympics, too’. But when you cut up a cake so many times there is nothing left… “But it is not in the players’ interests to be taking part in the Olympics after playing in the Copa America and the European Championships. “With Heinze we have a lad who might be denied the opportunity to have a career at United, because I might now have to get another left-back for the start of the season. “During Euro 2004 Ronaldo became Portugal’s saving grace. Then, all of a sudden, it was a case of: `Oh, we’ll have him for the Olympics, too’. But when you cut up a cake so many times there is nothing left. There have been times in the past when Fergie – with some justification – has been accused of placing club before country.

SI.com – Soccer – World Soccer’s Glanville: Is Eriksson value for…
SI.com – Jul 25, 2004
Compare and contrast what the winner of the competition, Otto Rehhagel, was earning with Greece –?a pittance by comparison. And no, it would be too much to go back to the late ’60s when Alf Ramsey, who actually won a World Cup, was being paid ?3,000 a year (even now hardly worth more than ?60,000. ) Now we await a report on Euro 2004, in which Eriksson?(just as in the 2002 World Cup) showed a sad lack of dynamism and tactical flair, compiled jointly by Trevor Brooking –?and Eriksson himself! Shades of Hutton and Butler. What can it possibly be but an irrelevant whitewash? Personally, I’d be very happy to see Trevor step in as the England team manager, a job which I’m sure he’d perform with distinction, but it’s hardly going to happen. Meanwhile, the FA might in a rare moment of lucidity ask itself what Eriksson was doing on that yacht and why his connection with Abramovich seems alive and well. Perhaps Jose Mourinho will ask himself that question, too, in the week in which he has gambled such a hyperbolic sum on Didier Drogba. Is he going to be second-guessed? Even eventually replaced if all that huge expenditure doesn’t bring swift success? Has he already been too vociferous in talking a good game? Of what might politely be called Sven-Goran’s romantic life, I’ve nothing to say… "Who does?" he replied. Best emphasized how difficult it was to turn. Putting knee injuries as a constant hazard, not to mention burns on the leg when a sliding tackle is attempted. But Sepp will Blatter on. Who, alas, can stop him? Tthough at least we know that some of his ideas, a World Cup every two years, kick-ins rather than throw-ins and the rest, have been firmly kicked into touch. IT surprised me that the signing of Peter Crouch, that blond, towering beanpole of a center forward, raised fears that Southampton would be playing the long ball game. I have followed Crouch’s interesting career for several years now and have always been impressed by the fact that despite his huge height, he is if anything more effective on the ground.

Eriksson left with no margin for error
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2004
There are some at the FA unhappy that Eriksson was given a contract extension in March, following the revelation that he had a meeting with Peter Kenyon, chief executive of Chelsea, which suggested he might be lured to Stamford Bridge. His contract was extended to 2008 at a salary said to be worth £5 million. One council member who was opposed to the extension said: “I always felt we should wait until Euro 2004 to see how he performs before giving any extension. We got to the quarter-final which I think is par for the course for a team like England. We are getting used to such stories about Sven but it is getting harder. “Palios’s affair with Alam and the fact that the FA appear to have been economical with the truth about it even as late as last Friday – in emails they sent to their lawyers – has raised more delicate issues. One councillor said: “With Palios I am surprised he had a fling so close to home… “Palios’s affair with Alam and the fact that the FA appear to have been economical with the truth about it even as late as last Friday – in emails they sent to their lawyers – has raised more delicate issues. One councillor said: “With Palios I am surprised he had a fling so close to home. It is not so much what he did in his private life but whether misleading information was given as to whether he had a fling with this lady or not. “Mark came in with the promise of bringing a new broom and making sure that past practices of bending the truth was not followed. Again I do not think it is a sacking offence but on the face of it this makes a dent on the open and transparent image Mark Palios is seeking to build. “Both Eriksson and Palios have so far had the firm support of FA chairman Geoff Thompson, a man very proud of his religious beliefs about always doing the right thing and never being deceitful. England’s World Cup qualifying campaign starts in September against Austria.

To see the sun go down on Galway bets
Irish Independent – Jul 25, 2004
Next week they’ll be roaring them home at Galway for seven days on the trot, with a demented passion rarely witnessed even at this raucous festival – and that’s just in the Fianna Fail stroking enclosure. And if there is any justice in the cosmos, the bookies are due a bit of a drubbing. Between no-hopers Greece winning Euro 2004 and rank outsider Todd Hamilton winning the British Open, the satchels must be bursting with money. Throughout Ireland, not to mention Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the aggregate payout for punters on these two events would hardly get you a night’s bed’n’breakfast 40 miles from Eyre Square. So if there’s any justice… And if there is any justice in the cosmos, the bookies are due a bit of a drubbing. Between no-hopers Greece winning Euro 2004 and rank outsider Todd Hamilton winning the British Open, the satchels must be bursting with money. Throughout Ireland, not to mention Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the aggregate payout for punters on these two events would hardly get you a night’s bed’n’breakfast 40 miles from Eyre Square. So if there’s any justice. but of course, as any builder and property developer will tell you, you can’t be relying on justice alone to get ahead in this world, a bit of information doesn’t go amiss either.

IOC boss expects ‘good Games’ in Athens
Independent Online – Jul 26, 2004

The key, he said, will be for local organisers, together with the government and IOC, to be flexible and act quickly to solve any early problems. “Once these difficult two or three days are over, then you come into cruising speed and most of the difficulties are gone,” he said. While domestic ticket sales have been sluggish, Rogge believes there could be a boost from Greece’s stunning triumph at the Euro 2004 soccer championship in July. Greece, a 100-1 shot, had never even won a game at a previous major championship. “If you see the enthusiasm, this is wild, like a volcanic eruption,” Rogge said of the soccer celebrations in Greece. “The Greek football success will not alter any of the fundamentals, but we will see something very special in terms of enthusiasm of the Greek public. I think they will see the games as their second biggest victory… Greece, a 100-1 shot, had never even won a game at a previous major championship. “If you see the enthusiasm, this is wild, like a volcanic eruption,” Rogge said of the soccer celebrations in Greece. “The Greek football success will not alter any of the fundamentals, but we will see something very special in terms of enthusiasm of the Greek public. I think they will see the games as their second biggest victory. ”

No matter how the games turn out, one thing is certain: Rogge won’t follow Samaranch’s tradition of calling them the best ever. “Unlike my predecessor, I will never say that any games during my mandate were the best ever,” Rogge said. “It is not fair to compare between different games that are held at different times in different countries, with different cultural and political and social systems.

Winning the race to be ready
Hindu – Jul 24, 2004
94bn) from the time of their award in 1997. The Finance Minister, Giorgos Alogoskoufis, said that, if Greece were to bid for the Games today, “I don’t think we would be as excited. ”

Euro euphoria

But the hugely unexpected victory of the country’s football team at Euro 2004 is being credited with leading to a marked change in the public sentiment. Millions celebrated Greece’s success with impromptu street parties. They woke up the next morning with a giant hangover but also with a newly discovered determination to make the Olympics work. Recently published polls show public interest is higher than it has been for more than a year. “The historic victory of the soccer team is the best promotion of Greece internationally,” said Seraphim Kotrotsos, the spokesman for the Athens organisers… “But in September it will be a wonderful place. ”

Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect in charge of the redevelopment of the Olympic stadium, has said he believes Athens’s regeneration ahead of the Games surpasses that of Barcelona before the 1992 Olympics. “I think Greece has deservedly won respect for its efforts in the past few years, not just at the Olympic Stadium but all the Games projects,” he said. “I have seen Barcelona, Montreal and Munich but I think that Athens is not just equal to Barcelona but it is more important. ”

Massive security

Volunteers are already at the airport waiting to welcome the first of the 10,500 athletes from a record 201 countries, along with the hundreds of thousands of spectators. The massive security operation is relatively discreet at the moment but the closer the Games approach the more Athens will begin to resemble a militarised zone.

Wave United boots opportunity on northwest swing
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription… – Jul 26, 2004
Still, Wave United coach Art Kramer insisted he was pleased with his team’s 1-1-1 finish to a tough three-game Western Conference trip. Now United will have a few days to regroup before hosting the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Uihlein Soccer Park. “It was a little disappointing not to get the three points,” Kramer said. “But all in all, we’re in a good position. ”

United, which opened the season with a 1-7-1 mark, has gone 7-1-2 over its last 10 A-League games. It trails Seattle by one point (but has played two fewer games) in the battle for the fourth and final conference playoff berth… The action was intense, and Chelsea’s new players were out to impress. Ferguson said he was delighted with the experience ManU had in America last year, when it had fewer players lost to injury or other reasons. This year, many of the team’s stars were unable to be in the United States because of their participation in the Euro 2004 Championship (those players are required to have 28 days off) or Copa America. But despite the best efforts of Bayern Munich and German national team goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who starred in the penalty-kicks portion, the soccer show was sub-standard in Chicago, no doubt about it. ties opener

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SI.com – Soccer – UK: Nevilles sign five-year deals at Man Utd, media…
SI.com – Jul 24, 2004
"I’m very relaxed about it. I’ve been involved in the international side for virtually 10 years now, but I enjoyed having the summer break. "If I’m needed, then brilliant. And if not, I wish them good luck. " Southgate said England "did have a chance" to win Euro 2004. England was knocked out by host Portugal in the quarterfinals, with Portugal then losing to unheralded Greece in the final. "I think given the way the tournament went and in the sides that got knocked out, and the fact Greece won it, you’d have to say we did have a chance," he said.

Friendlies: Arsenal go double Dutch
go.com – Jul 24, 2004
Arsenal’s side was lacking in seniority and experience by the end but theyheld on for a win. Luton’s prestige friendly against Dutch champions Ajax ended in a 5-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road on Friday night. Ajax’s side featured a number of players – including Nigel de Jong, Johnny Heitinga and Rafael van der Vaart, who had starred at Euro 2004 – and they established a 3-0 lead by half-time with goals from Tom Soetaers, Wesley Sonck and Maxwell. Sonck added a fourth after the break and substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another who played in the recent Euro 2004 finals with Sweden, added a fifth in the 72nd minute. Scunthorpe edged Grimsby on a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup clash at Blundell Park. Cleveland Taylor made the score 5-4 on penalties before Paul Musselwhite produced his second shoot-out save from Tony Crane. League One side Hartlepool lost 2-0 away to Ross County, the former club of Pools manager Neale Cooper… Bank of Scotland Premier League side Hearts were indebted to an instant impactfrom substitute Graham Weir for their 1-1 draw at Airdrie United. Leicester’s new signing David Connolly gave manager Micky Adams reason to becheerful as the Foxes warmed up for the Coca-Cola Championship with a 2-0 winover St Johnstone. The Republic of Ireland striker, signed for #500,000 from West Ham this week,did not get on the scoresheet but formed an excellent partnership with DionDublin, who scored City’s second goal from a Connolly pass in the 62nd minute. Leicester’s first goal came midway through the first half as Lilian Nalis andJason Wilcox combined to set up James Scowcroft, who scored with a volley from12 yards. Wolves were held to a frustrating goalless draw at Northampton. Centraldefender Joleon Lescott limped off with a jarred knee but manager Dave Jonesinsisted the injury was not a serious one. Dundee United beat Forfar 4-2 at Station Park, while League One side BristolCity were convincing 3-0 winners over fellow west country side Yeovil.

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