Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 29, 2004

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The News Review:

* History of the Olympic Games
* Friend to decide fate as Brooking stands by
* Thuram quits internationals
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
* Klinsmann learning hard way
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Kishishev to…
* Coach Eriksson’s private life in spotlight again Prosecutors…
* Likely successors should Sven go
* Sven’s No 2 defends him
* Philip on Friday: Keep it behind closed doors
* One eye on the ball – David Greenwood, FD of JJB Sports
* Football finance survey: The Foreign Legion
* Newcastle quiet on Miguel
* Fergie reveals December rest plans
* Trinity Mirror pledges further savings
* Ferguson is forced to fly in big guns
* SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Sing anthem and not chew gum, Putin says -…

History of the Olympic Games
Washington Post – Jul 27, 2004
com moderators retain editorial control over Live Online discussions and choose the most relevant questions for guests and hosts; guests and hosts can decline to answer questions. ________________________________________________ Washington, DC: Why are the Olympics being held in Athens THIS year — what is the significance of 2004? Alexander Kitroeff: There is nothing significant per se about 2004. After not being awarded the centenary Games of 1996, Athens wanted to bid again for the Games. This was the earliest Olympics they could bid for, and Athens were awarded the 2004 Games in 1997. _______________________ Washington DC: How would you characterize the treatment of Greece in the US press. Would the greek words hysteria, paranoia, and hyperbole, properly describe the Olympic coverage sofar? Alexander Kitroeff: Yes, and I can think of a few other words, unprintable, however… Athens is offering something deeper, history, ambiance, tradition, things that are central to the ways the Olympics define themselves. _______________________ Portland, OR: Do you think the success of the Greek National soccer team in the Euro Cup has any correlation with the return of the Olympics to Greece? Alexander Kitroeff: No, but there is a tie in at the other end. The Euro 2004 victory was a tremendous morale booster and has energized the Greeks in many ways, at a moment in which the country was getting so much bad press abroad. _______________________ Macon, GA: Is there any documented historical script concerning the legend of a woman who risked death and dressed as a man in order to enter the stadium at Olympia and watch her son compete? Alexander Kitroeff: Let me do the academic thing here: as a modern historian, and since I am not sure, I’ll pass on ancient history lest I step on the toes of the experts. However, this incident is widely cited in Greek accounts I have read. _______________________ New York, NY: What is your book about? What kind of resources did you use to research ancient Greece? Alexander Kitroeff: The book covers modern Greece’s role in the Olympics from the nineteenth century to the present, specifically the preparations for Athens 2004. I did not research Ancient Greece, i examined the way modern Greeks related to Ancient Greece.

Friend to decide fate as Brooking stands by
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 29, 2004
Along with David Dein, Davies was instrumental in Eriksson arriving at the FA. The wives of Dein and Davies even shared a villa during Euro 2004 with Eriksson’s then paramour, Nancy Dell’Olio. Davies, who returns from holiday in La Manga today, often operates as a peacemaker between manager and employer during troubled times. When Eriksson was being wooed by Chelsea or was upset over the FA’s handling of Rio Ferdinand’s missed drugs test, Davies played the diplomat, ensuring Eriksson re-focused on England. Eriksson has always trusted the personable Davies, who is understood to be the FA official who, on July 19, asked the Swede about his relationship with Alam in the wake of newspaper reports. After issuing a denial in legal letters to newspapers,… “The FA did not ask him [Eriksson] about his private life at any time,” stressed Eriksson’s assistant, Tord Grip. ” Four things are guaranteed at next week’s meeting. Firstly, questions will be asked about Thompson’s handling of this crisis. Some board members wanted the meeting to be held far more quickly to address the public feeding frenzy now eating away at FA credibility. Secondly, the behaviour of Mark Palios, the FA’s chief executive, in also having an affair with Alam will be mentioned by at least one board member. Thirdly, certain board members will air their resentment over Eriksson’s lucrative pre-Euro 2004 contract extension.

Thuram quits internationals
BBC News – Jul 27, 2004
I don’t intend to try to catch up with Marcel Desailly. ”

Thuram, who played right-back for Les Bleus, was a key part of France’s greatest successes – the wins at the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship two years later. But the Juventus star said that the quarter-final defeat at the hands of eventual winners Greece in Euro 2004 was not the cause behind his decision to retire. He first wanted to quit the international scene after France’s disastrous World Cup in 2002 – when they became the first defending champions to fail to score a goal. However, Jacques Santini, who took over as coach following that tournament, persuaded the defender to carry on. Santini has since been replaced by former Under-21 coach Raymond Domenech. L’Equipe added that playmaker Zinedine Zidane, goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and left-back Bixente Lizarazu might follow Desailly, who won 116 caps, and Thuram into international retirement.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Jul 28, 2004
Neither man is married, but Eriksson has made headlines before over his personal life. The Swede has threatened to quit if intrusive British tabloids continue to probe his private life but has no concerns about being fired because of the current firestorm, according to his assistant. “Sven is not concerned about his job,” said Grip, whose comments were published in several British newspapers Wednesday. “Nobody at the FA has said anything about his job. ”

if(!sops){if(p… England opens its World Cup qualifying campaign on Sept. The team was eliminated from the Euro 2004 championship in a quarter-final loss to Portugal on penalties.

Klinsmann learning hard way
TVNZ – Jul 29, 2004
The former Germany captain, who will be presented as RudiVoeller’s successor on Thursday, has already fallen out with theman who was supposed to become his assistant. The 39-year-old, who was not the preferred candidate, has alsobeen criticised for having no coaching experience and saying hewanted to continue living in the United States. Two days after announcing Klinsmann had agreed a two-year dealto coach the team he once graced, the German Football Association(DFB) said the man they wanted as his assistant, Holger Osieck, hadturned down the job. The ruling body said Klinsmann and Osieck, who was head coachFranz Beckenbauer’s deputy during Germany’s 1990 World Cup-winningcampaign, failed to agree on working together. It was not immediately known why Osieck, who has built afriendly relationship with Klinsmann over the years, has decidednot to work with the 1990 World Cup-winning striker. But it seemed likely Osieck could not accept Klinsmann’s plansincluding forming a group of specialists around the team to dealwith everything from tactics to psychology… Klinsmann, who has been living in the United States since endinghis playing career in 1998, was surprisingly picked after OttmarHitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel turned down the job. Former Bayern Munich coach Hitzfeld, who was the favourite, saidhe needed more time with his family. Rehhagel decided to stay withGreece after guiding them to the Euro 2004 title. Short of options, the DFB turned to Klinsmann despite the facthe has never coached a club and had strongly criticised the rulingbody, saying new structures were urgently needed. Klinsmann’s appointment surprised many, partly because theformer Bayern and Tottenham Hotspur striker, who has been involvedin sports marketing, lives in California with his wife and twochildren and loves the American way of life. With little time to waste before the 2006 World Cup on home soiland next month’s friendly against Austria coming up, the DFB wanteda quick, smooth solution. It has failed to come up with one.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Rep of Ireland | Kishishev to…
BBC News – Jul 27, 2004
Bulgaria lost all three group games at the European Championship. They were hammered 5-0 by Sweden in their opening game, before losing 2-0 to Denmark and 2-1 to Italy. “We did not deserve the Euro 2004 losses, but one cannot
always win. Now I want all this to be quickly forgotten,” said Stoitchkov. Bulgaria squadGoalkeepers: Zdravko Zdravkov, Dimitar Ivankov. Defenders: Elin Topuzakov, Ilian Stoyanov, Georgi Markov,
Radostin Kishishev, Ivaylo Petkov, Rosen Kirilov, Kiril
Kotev. Midfielders: Marian Hristov, Stilyan Petrov, Chavdar
Yankov, Hristo Yanev, Velizar Dimitrov, Emil Gargorov.

Coach Eriksson’s private life in spotlight again Prosecutors…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Jul 28, 2004
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Early start for Trabzon

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Early start for Trabzon

The Turkish Super League does not kick off until August, but here we are still in July and Trabzonspor begins its Champions League campaign in Latvia tonight against Skonto Riga in the second qualifying round
MICHAEL SEVERN
ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
While FIFA President Sepp Blatter continues blattering on about excessive fixture load, this evening provides us with an example of it. The Turkish Super League does not kick off until August, but here we are still in July and Trabzonspor begins its Champions League campaign in Latvia tonight against Skonto Riga in the second qualifying round. Coach Ziya Dogan watched Skonto at home to Welsh champion Rhyl in the previous round, from which Trabzon was exempt, and came back saying that he could not see a weakness in its play. He was doubtless exaggerating but he has been warning ever since that the opposition cannot be taken lightly and there is good reason for that. The last Turkish side which played in Latvia was the national team in a Euro 2004 playoff in November and we all know what happened… Coach Ziya Dogan watched Skonto at home to Welsh champion Rhyl in the previous round, from which Trabzon was exempt, and came back saying that he could not see a weakness in its play. He was doubtless exaggerating but he has been warning ever since that the opposition cannot be taken lightly and there is good reason for that. The last Turkish side which played in Latvia was the national team in a Euro 2004 playoff in November and we all know what happened. Turkey lost the first leg in Riga 1-0 and was held 2-2 in Istanbul in the second. It was Latvia not Turkey which went to Portugal for the European Championship finals. Tonight Trabzonspor is out to take some small measure of revenge. This will be the first Champions League appearance for Ziya Dogan and for almost all of his players.

Likely successors should Sven go
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jul 28, 2004
VERDICT: MAY HINGE ON VIEIRA, BUT EVEN THEN UNLIKELY. STEVE McCLAREN The Yorkshireman is a far more likely candidate than Wenger and would satisfy those who insist the national team coach should be English. Served as an assistant to Eriksson at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, so becoming manager would be a natural `in-house’ progression. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has given McClaren the go-ahead to assist Eriksson but would baulk at the thought of losing him entirely, particularly after entrusting him with a pot of money to spend on improving the squad. VERDICT: THE OBVIOUS CHOICE – BUT BORO CAN AFFORD TO REFUSE THE FA’S MONEY. ALAN CURBISHLEY The Charlton manager is tipped to manage the national team at some stage but if the job became available next week it may be too soon. The Addicks would obviously be loathe to let go the man who has helped establish the club in the Premiership without breaking the bank, but it is more likely he would take a big club job before the FA consider him fit to move up to international level… Bruce has been open about his ambition to manage England and admits it would be a very difficult job to turn down if it was offered. However, there are other English managers – namely McClaren and Curbishley – who are probably higher on the FA’s wish list at the moment. VERDICT: A BRIGHT YOUNG MANAGER BUT NOT LIKELY TO BE IN THE FRAME THIS TIME. SAM ALLARDYCE The Bolton manager’s reputation was improved significantly by leading the Trotters to eighth in the Premiership last season. However, the plain-speaking Allardyce may be a little too abrasive an appointment and was fined by the FA for comments made about referee Mike Riley less than two weeks ago. VERDICT: EXCELLENT MANAGER, THOUGH NOT REALLY THE ESTABLISHMENT MAN THE FA WOULD WANT. SIR ALEX FERGUSON The Scot is still too engrossed in the task of building a new Manchester United side to match the achievements of his all-conquering team of 1999.

Sven’s No 2 defends him
Independent Online – Jul 28, 2004
“Sven is not concerned about his job,” England No 2 Tord Grip was quoted as saying in a London newspaper today. “Nobody at the FA has said anything to him about losing his job. “He says they did not ask him about what was happening in his private life. He said he did not lie because nobody talked to him about this. ”

Grip was reacting to Tuesday’s announcement that the FA board would hold an extraordinary meeting on August 5 to discuss the situation… The 26-year-old Carvalho will link up with his former coach, Jose Mourinho, at the English premier league club. “Ricardo Carvalho tonight signed a three-year contract with Chelsea and will jet out with (chief executive) Peter Kenyon to join the squad in the US,” Chelsea said on their website. Carvalho played a key role in Porto’s Champions League-winning campaign under Mourinho last season and Portugal’s run to the Euro 2004 final. He has 10 international caps. “You could understand why I need another central defender, because the only player in 23 who could not play was exactly the central defender,” Mourinho said after his team beat Celtic in a friendly last weekend. “Imagine in high level competition this kind of situation. So we have this space to be occupied,” he was quoted as saying on Chelsea’s website.

Philip on Friday: Keep it behind closed doors
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 29, 2004
I have no way of knowing whether or not the English manager lied to his employers if or when confronted with allegations that he was involved in a relationship with FA secretary Faria Alam. But it is my opinion the FA – if, indeed, they did so – had no right to ask him in the first place. If you include chief executive Mark Palios in this curious ménage a trois, all three people involved are single and, however they conduct themselves in private, should remain exactly that – private. If they are good at their jobs – and if Sol Campbell’s “goal” against Portugal had stood, then England would have reached the semi-final stage at least of Euro 2004 and the present discussion of Eriksson’s tactical awareness would never have been raised – then surely what goes on behind bedroom doors should not concern us. There will be those who disagree with that view; if Eriksson did not tell the FA the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then even as an unmarried man, the Swede can expect no sympathy from some quarters… But it is my opinion the FA – if, indeed, they did so – had no right to ask him in the first place. If you include chief executive Mark Palios in this curious ménage a trois, all three people involved are single and, however they conduct themselves in private, should remain exactly that – private. If they are good at their jobs – and if Sol Campbell’s “goal” against Portugal had stood, then England would have reached the semi-final stage at least of Euro 2004 and the present discussion of Eriksson’s tactical awareness would never have been raised – then surely what goes on behind bedroom doors should not concern us. There will be those who disagree with that view; if Eriksson did not tell the FA the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then even as an unmarried man, the Swede can expect no sympathy from some quarters. How many of them do you suppose would not try to evade the question if challenged by their pay-masters? I repeat, what business is it of an employer, provided any such liaison does not affect efficiency or inspire resentment among colleagues? As far as is known, Eriksson, Palios and Ms Alam have hurt no one but themselves; no spouses will suffer, no children will be harmed, no homes will be broken.

One eye on the ball – David Greenwood, FD of JJB Sports
Accountancy Age – Jul 29, 2004
His 26-year tenure as FD puts him in league with only 10 other finance directors in the FTSE350 who have held their posts since the seventies and eighties. Just three other old timers beat Greenwood to the position of longest-standing FD in the FTSE250, according to the 2003 annual salary survey compiled by Financial Director. Greenwood, who enjoys a weighty pay packet, is not among the FTSE-250’s highest earners, but he does earn a not-too modest £215,000 a year with a total pay packet of £231,000. That’s not to be sniffed at – his salary grew by an inflation-busting 6% in 2002. But there is much work to be done before the FD and company secretary can even think of climbing the FTSE250 pay ladder. Besides falling revenues, last year saw the company fined £8. 3m, one of the largest fines ever imposed by the Office of Fair Trading, for alleged price fixing replica football shirts.

Football finance survey: The Foreign Legion
VNUNet.com – Jul 29, 2004
The performances of players have attracted interest from clubs all over Europe, and interest has been particularly keen from the Premiership. During the championships, a commentator remarked that more than 50 of the players involved in the quarter-final stages were from Premiership clubs. Clearly, there are many reasons for this. The attractions of London, the merchandising opportunities at Manchester United and the seemingly endless billions of Roman Abramovich (though his CFO Eugene Tennenbaum claimed in an interview that the Russian has said he wants to run the club as a business), indicate the more obvious factors… In the UK, we can split image rights from income and, in that way, give players a huge tax advantage. From the point of view of the average Premiership manager, when confronted with the demands of a foreign agent he can assure a significantly higher net income for a lower gross income. The negotiation does not rest entirely on image rights; there is also the question of ordinary residence. For an individual coming to the UK, their ordinary residence status depends on their intentions on arrival. This presents a conflict between the interests of an individual player and the aspirations of the club and, more importantly, its fans. The fans want long-term commitment and so do the management. A five-year deal gives them a chance to sell the player after three years with absolutely no chance of a Bosman ruling.

Newcastle quiet on Miguel
BBC News – Jul 27, 2004
Miguel’s impressive Euro 2004 campaign looked to have put him out of the club’s range but they are reported to have re-ignited their interest. A spokesman for the Tyneside club said: “We have been linked with the player since Euro 2004. “But manager Bobby Robson’s policy is that he does not confirm any transfers until they are signed. ”

The Magpies are initially believed to have tabled ?4. 2m, plus Hugo Viana and keeper Steve Harper, for Benfica’s right-back.

Fergie reveals December rest plans
go.com – Jul 27, 2004
MAN_UTD –>Updated: July 27, 2004Fergie reveals December rest plansManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to rest a number of his squad in December. Players who appeared in Euro 2004 are likely to stand down at different timesfor two weeks to recharge their batteries. That would see United deprived of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo,Louis Saha, Mikael Silvestre and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, for ashort spell. Ferguson believes giving them breaks could benefit the club long term in hisbid to re-take the high ground from Arsenal and Chelsea. He said: ‘I will give them two weeks rest during the season at differentperiods. ‘These players will have been involved in Euro 2004, so the month of Decemberlooks like the month to do that… ‘It is a great challenge for me and I want to play as many games as I can andget us back to the top where I feel we belong. ‘Every year when we come back pre-season I feel we will be in with a shout. ‘But it is not about Roy Keane winning the European Cup. It is aboutManchester United winning the European Cup. ‘There is such a fine line and you do need a bit of luck. ‘Ferguson may be tempted to give defender Jonathan Spector another run-outtomorrow against Celtic after his impressive show in the penalty shoot-outdefeat by Bayern Munich. The 18-year-old was not fazed by playing in his hometown of Chicago.

Trinity Mirror pledges further savings
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 29, 2004
7%, with advertising sales up 2. 8% growth in June related to the Euro 2004 football championship. However, the group warned the market remained “volatile”. Circulation revenues at its regional papers increased by 3. 9%, while advertising was up 6%, boosted by an improvement in advertising conditions and a “partial recovery” in the south of England. Trinity Mirror also said today it had reduced net debt by £81… 3% share for the first five months of the year. Trinity Mirror now uses market share as its “key metric” for judging its papers’ performance, accepting the decline of newspapers sales as an endemic problem. However, the Daily Mirror was not the only title to suffer: the People, one of Trinity Mirror’s two national Sunday titles, saw its share tumble from 10. The People’s circulation has also crashed 8. 1% year on year, even more than the Mirror’s 5.

Ferguson is forced to fly in big guns
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 29, 2004
Some sections of the 58,121 crowd at Soldier Field booed and there was stinging criticism in the Chicago newspapers. Ferguson admitted he was not happy with the prospect of them playing before they had completed the club’s requisite 10 days of summer conditioning, but will fly out new fitness coach Valter di Salvo to monitor their physical state. “There’s been a lot of criticism of the team we put out and I wish I could have put out a better one, but there was just no way I could do it,” Ferguson said. “The people here want to see the stars. I don’t think they understand why I would leave a player like Van Nistelrooy behind.

SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Sing anthem and not chew gum, Putin says -…
SI.com – Jul 29, 2004
"I told them to treat the anthem more seriously," the radio station quoted Koloskov as saying. "Other teams not only sing, but expressions appear on their faces that say they already do anything to defeat the enemy. And ours? They chew gum and smile. " Russia failed to advance from the first round at Euro 2004, finishing last in Group A. Midfielder Alexander Mostovoi was kicked off the team after complaining the players were exhausted from over-training. Russia’s national anthem is to the tune of the former Soviet Union’s anthem, but with new lyrics… "Other teams not only sing, but expressions appear on their faces that say they already do anything to defeat the enemy. And ours? They chew gum and smile. " Russia failed to advance from the first round at Euro 2004, finishing last in Group A. Midfielder Alexander Mostovoi was kicked off the team after complaining the players were exhausted from over-training. Russia’s national anthem is to the tune of the former Soviet Union’s anthem, but with new lyrics. Porto to sign Brazilian midfielder Diego SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Santos midfielder Diego has been signed by Portugal’s FC Porto, according to Pele’s Web site pele.

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