Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 4, 2004

How did Eriksson survive?

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 1:18 pm

The News Review:

* Scholes stuns England by quitting
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Real to prepare Eriksson deal
* How did Eriksson survive?
* Lust could cost Eriksson – Soccer – www.theage.com.au
* Kuhn finds right blend to build on Hodgson legacy
* Cassano can hit the headlines
* McGeady not getting shirty with Totti
* Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
* Hiddink: Robben will shine
* BSkyB: ‘We will have 10m homes by end of decade’
* England must take the next step
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* It’s time for Splitsville 2
* BBC SPORT | Football | Welsh | Bowen back with Wales
* Why Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will triumph in September run-off
* SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Czech Nedved may end international career -…
* Vieira’s Real deal chances

Scholes stuns England by quitting
CNN International – Aug 3, 2004
"The 29-year-old made his England debut seven years ago, scoring 14 goals and earning 66 caps and was part of the team at the recent Euro 2004 finals. "This is a decision I have not taken lightly," Scholes said in a statement released on the Manchester United website. "I have been considering retiring from international football for a while now. "His move is another blow for the English FA who are trying to put a brave face on the sex scandal that has claimed the scalp of its chief executive and tarnished the reputation of national coach Sven Goran Eriksson. And Eriksson told the FA’s website: "I am very sorry that Paul has decided to retire from international football.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Aug 2, 2004
Martin Albrechtsen (?2. 7million, FC Copenhagen)
Albrechtsen turned his back on the chance to play Champions League football
for FC Copenhagen this season when he opted for the Premiership instead. A
Danish international, he won two league titles and a cup winners’ medal with his
last club, although was not in his country’s squad for the Euro 2004 Finals. Darren Purse (?750,000, Birmingham)
Purse is having to re-establish himself after rather losing his way following
injury and struggling to force his way into the side at Birmingham. At his best
a forceful defender, he will hope to bring his experience to bear at the back
for the Baggies. Tomasz Kuszczak (Bosman free, Hertha Berlin)
Polish international keeper Kuszczak arrived in England having been courted by
other clubs here as well as in Spain and Germany. At 22, he is still learning
his trade, but Gary Megson is confident that he has signed the real thing.

Real to prepare Eriksson deal
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 4, 2004
By using the diversion of Euro 2004, which will dominate football this summer, the Spanish side will hope to have the deal in place for Eriksson when he returns to London after the tournament. In the meantime they hope to have a definite answer from him by the start of June. As well as being multi-lingual, the Swede is seen by Madrid as a confident tactician who would be unlikely to make the same mistakes that saw the Spanish team so comprehensively beaten by Monaco on Tuesday. Robbie Savage, the Birmingham midfielder, added an edge to Manchester United’s visit tomorrow when he said that certain players in his old club’s squad were “no better than average”. The Welshman was one member of the 1992 FA Youth Cup-winning side who did not make the grade at United… Though the club’s financial stability may be palliative, Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner told Tottenham officals that the England Under-21 player was not for sale at any price. Leeds also plan to fend off the London club’s continued interest in goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Leeds will not gamble on the fitness of midfielder Eirik Bakke for their relegation tussle with Blackburn tomorrow. Bakke has just returned to training after five weeks out with a torn thigh muscle. Blackburn defender Craig Short will miss the match due to a calf strain and is likely to be replace by Lorenzo Amoruso, who has not played since November. Middlesbrough defender Gareth Southgate may still be fit for Euro 2004. His medial ligament should be healed a few days before Eriksson names his provisional England squad.

How did Eriksson survive?
BBC News – Aug 2, 2004
So should the Swede be seen now as a slippery customer, or as a football coach who had achieved modest success with England, and who is entitled to his private life?

He arrived in England as a respected coach, but little was known about the man. In four years, not much has changed. He says he does not like seeing his private life in the newspapers, but then embarks on affairs with a high-profile television personality and an office secretary. Such tales are manna from heaven for English tabloids, and he must have been aware of that, even if he did not agree with it. Courting Manchester United and Chelsea behind the FA’s back could also be seen as playing with fire. But faced with the possibility of losing Eriksson, who had just led England through a successful Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, the FA rewarded him with an improved contract in March. It made him one of the highest-paid national team managers in the world, despite the fact that his team were yet to win any trophies… Such tales are manna from heaven for English tabloids, and he must have been aware of that, even if he did not agree with it. Courting Manchester United and Chelsea behind the FA’s back could also be seen as playing with fire. But faced with the possibility of losing Eriksson, who had just led England through a successful Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, the FA rewarded him with an improved contract in March. It made him one of the highest-paid national team managers in the world, despite the fact that his team were yet to win any trophies. And thanks to that contract, the FA faced paying Eriksson an estimated ?14m in compensation if it decided to sack him, an option some FA board members are believed to have favoured. Away from the off-pitch scandals, Eriksson’s coaching skills have been under fire since England’s quarter-final exit at Euro 2004. His negative tactics were criticised after the defeats to Portugal and France, and his loyalty to the out-of-form David Beckham was also questioned.

Lust could cost Eriksson – Soccer – www.theage.com.au
The Age – Aug 4, 2004
For more reasons than one this high-profile position is very much the poisoned chalice of English, if not world, football. Initially popular – especially after he oversaw England’s 5-1 Munich demolition of bitter rival Germany as part of the qualifying competition for World Cup 2002 – Eriksson’s star has, more recently, been on the wane. Criticised for overcaution when a full-strength England could not get past a 10-man Brazil in a World Cup quarter-final two years go, he was condemned for the same failing two months ago when an overly defensive England paid the penalty for its coach’s negativity and lost to France in a Euro 2004 group game and then to host Portugal in a quarter-final penalty shootout. More than that, it is Eriksson’s character traits – real or perceived – that may undermine him. His sexual peccadillos and penchant for a good time with the ladies is one thing. Quite another is the perception that he is greedy – he renegotiated a massive long-term contract (about $35 million) just before Euro 2004 – that he is often on holiday and that he prefers to let others do the hard work, which is beginning to count against him… For more reasons than one this high-profile position is very much the poisoned chalice of English, if not world, football. Initially popular – especially after he oversaw England’s 5-1 Munich demolition of bitter rival Germany as part of the qualifying competition for World Cup 2002 – Eriksson’s star has, more recently, been on the wane. Criticised for overcaution when a full-strength England could not get past a 10-man Brazil in a World Cup quarter-final two years go, he was condemned for the same failing two months ago when an overly defensive England paid the penalty for its coach’s negativity and lost to France in a Euro 2004 group game and then to host Portugal in a quarter-final penalty shootout. More than that, it is Eriksson’s character traits – real or perceived – that may undermine him. His sexual peccadillos and penchant for a good time with the ladies is one thing. Quite another is the perception that he is greedy – he renegotiated a massive long-term contract (about $35 million) just before Euro 2004 – that he is often on holiday and that he prefers to let others do the hard work, which is beginning to count against him.

Kuhn finds right blend to build on Hodgson legacy
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 3, 2004
Again this season, in European competitions, Switzerland’s clubs were eliminated long ago. The attention given to the national championship has not changed just because someone has promoted the idea of a so-called super league. Super at the most can only mean the sporting and commercial dominance of Basle, but certainly not the general financial situation of the remaining clubs. The national team have given this small country, with its banks and aged stadiums, new respect and international esteem… Again this season, in European competitions, Switzerland’s clubs were eliminated long ago. The attention given to the national championship has not changed just because someone has promoted the idea of a so-called super league. Super at the most can only mean the sporting and commercial dominance of Basle, but certainly not the general financial situation of the remaining clubs. The national team have given this small country, with its banks and aged stadiums, new respect and international esteem. Football fans no longer need to talk blissfully of the times when the Englishman Roy Hodgson, as national coach, took Switzerland to the World Cup in 1994 and the European Championship in 1996.

Cassano can hit the headlines
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 4, 2004
Praise indeed, because Cassano made his Italy debut only last November, scoring in the 3-1 defeat by Poland in a friendly in Warsaw. Cassano first grabbed the attention aged 17 with a stunning individual goal for Bari in an Italian Cup tie against Inter Milan in 1999. At that stage, he had played just one Serie A game. Roma subsequently beat Juventus for Cassano’s £19-million signature after the Turin club were put off by the player’s high wage demands and low standards of discipline. Three years ago the poor kid from the south of Italy who grew up without a father was earning £80,000 a week… Cassano was rich and famous but had achieved very little. That soon changed and Cassano started to fulfil his potential with some dazzling displays – but the short fuse was always evident. He has twice walked out of the Under-21 squad because he was “only” on the bench and earlier this season when Capello asked Cassano, a substitute against Lazio, to warm up the player replied: “It’s not worth it for only six minutes. “Capello, who has won the European Cup and four Serie A titles with AC Milan and a championship with Real Madrid, did not take kindly to Cassano’s refusal to play. The same coach was similarly unhappy when the player was sent off in an Italian Cup final against Milan for insulting the referee, responding to the red card with a two-fingered gesture. Cassano, noticeable also for his blond hair, a large ear-ring and a large tattoo on his back, could benefit from the possible absence from Italy’s Euro 2004 squad of the.

McGeady not getting shirty with Totti
go.com – Aug 2, 2004
So it was no surprisethat the youngster made a beeline for Totti at the final whistle, only to bepolitely declined. ‘I tried to get his shirt but I got a knock-back,’ revealed McGeady. That has not diminished the teenager’s admiration for Totti, who is rebuildinghis career after being suspended for two of Italy’s three games at Euro 2004 forspitting. ‘I thought Totti had maybe missed the chance to make his mark on the worldstage at Euro 2004 but as far as I can tell he is a top, top, top player,’ saidMcGeady. ‘He is the type of player who likes to make things happen. Watching the gameit was like he was having a kick-about because everything he does is naturallygreat. He is just a quality player.

Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 2, 2004
By failing to carry through its grand project at the foot of the Acropolis, Greece wasted it. Philhellenes need to find another cause, because this one is lost. The Olympics is not, you might think, a cultural event. No one worries about the influence of Euro 2004 on the Portuguese art scene. But the return of the ancient games to Athens is a moment so rich in historical, artistic, architectural and even mythological associations that it becomes by definition a cultural as well as an athletic festival. Athens is staging a “cultural olympiad”, a collection of exhibitions and concerts under the aegis of the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. Meanwhile, even the new stadium and its surrounding complex aspires to be a work of art.

Hiddink: Robben will shine
go.com – Aug 3, 2004
‘Hiddink no doubt wishes he had Robben, Rommedahl and Kezman available fortonight’s Vodafone Cup encounter but, as is usual in Holland, the emergingtalents have now moved onto more lucrative pastures. Mark van Bommel looks like being the next player to move on, with Charltonamong those showing an interest in the midfielder. Unfortunately for Hiddink, the 27-year-old, now recovered from the Achillesinjury that ruled him out of Euro 2004, has not made the trip to England eitheras his wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child. It means the major discussion point, other than offering both teams a chanceto build their fitness ahead of crucial Champions League qualifiers next week,is the sight of Ruud van Nistelrooy making his first appearance of thepre-season programme against his former club. Van Nistelrooy has scored an incredible 109 goals in 144 games in the threeyears since his ?18. 5million transfer from Holland and Hiddink believes the28-year-old has earned the right to be compared with legendary Dutch frontmanMarco van Basten. ‘Over the past couple of years, especially in the Champions League, he hasestablished himself more as a leader and a man who is capable of rising to achallenge,’ he said.

BSkyB: ‘We will have 10m homes by end of decade’
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 4, 2004
Mr Murdoch answered calls from analysts and investors for a clear strategy to take the company towards digital switchover – pencilled in by the government for 2012 – by unveiling a series of new targets and initiatives and announcing a 65% rise in full year operating profits to £600m. “The framework that we are setting out today is one that is designed not only to ensure sustained and substantial profitability for the business, but also to position the group to continue to be a dynamic leader in the rapidly evolving UK digital television sector,” said Mr Murdoch. BSkyB said today it now had 7. 4 million subscribers to its Sky Digital pay TV service, leaving it on track to hit its immediate target of 8 million subscribers by the end of next year. Operating profits, before goodwill and exceptional items, increased 65% on last year to £600m, with total revenues up 15% to £3… But churn, the number of subscribers abandoning the service, increased slightly to 9. BSkyB blamed the rise on the surfeit of sport available on terrestrial channels over the summer including Euro 2004 and the Olympics. In addition to reaching a total of 10 million subscribers by 2010, the company aims to persuade at least one in four of those subscribers to take its Sky Plus personal video recorder and 30% to have more than one set-top box in their home. Mr Murdoch sets great store by the Sky Plus box which allows viewers to pause and rewind live programmes and automatically record programmes at the push of just one button. The company said 397,000 customers now had Sky Plus – up 75,000 in the last three months. BSkyB, which has built its success to date on the bedrock of top tier sport and movies, said that it planned to reach the new targets by introducing a new “more inclusive” marketing strategy that would “reintroduce” the Sky brand.

England must take the next step
BBC News – Aug 2, 2004
But before we get carried away, the barometer is not necessarily giving a true reading at present, and the memories of the most jingoistic of England fans can be surprisingly short. Two tours ago, as recently as December 2003, England lost a series in Sri Lanka. And only 12 months ago, they scraped a draw in a home series against South Africa – and many felt they were fortunate to do so. It is the next 12 months that will test the players’ mettle the most… He is now ranked a giddy fourth amongst the world’s leading spinners, but if he is to stay there he may need the support of a second top-class slow bowler. Gareth Batty and Richard Dawson both have international experience and both have have had decent seasons. Could one of them possibly shine at the highest level?

CATCHING

Some of the catches spilled at Lord’s and Edgbaston, if repeated against the Aussies, could be the difference between winning and losing matches. Michael Vaughan looked mystified after spilling the simplest of chances to get rid of the most in-form batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and poor old Graham Thorpe has attracted the ball like a magnet.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 2, 2004
Four-year contractVan Basten signed a four-year contract today along with his assistant John van ‘t Schip, taking over from Dick Advocaat who resigned after the semi-final defeat at UEFA EURO 2004™. The 39-year-old former Netherlands striker, who scored 24 goals in 58 internationals, said: “Football has to be played primarily to please the crowd. Of course, results are important too, but it is mostly about pleasure. You start playing football because it is fun. Tactics explained”When I played for the Netherlands we were often too defensive, meaning I got isolated up front,” he continued… But believe me, we will do anything we can to reach the finals in Germany,” said Van Basten, whose technical staff will include Rob Witschge as second assistant coach and Stanley Menzo as goalkeeping trainer, both on a part-time basis. Swift riseThis is Van Basten’s first job as a head coach. Previously in charge of AFC Ajax’s reserves, he admitted he had not intended to take such a high-profile position this early in his coaching career. “It all got speeded up because this opportunity came along,” he said. “I have been thinking long and hard about it, and realised that it would totally change my private life. That gave me the most trouble when making my decision.

It’s time for Splitsville 2
Times of India – Aug 4, 2004
If he plays he does that
for himself. He is that selfish. He is getting jacked from all sides now and if
he says he plays for the country, it’s only to keep up his image and nothing
else!”

JULIANA
PAES

She may not be his biological mother but Juliana Paes
voices her concerns about the Leander-Mahima split and the ugly turns of
events. I am hurt by the way Mahima is voicing her opinion about the
whole subject. I might not be Leander’s biological mother. But I have brought
him up and care for him no less. It’s such a terrible thing to do… But it isn’t
fair on Mahima’s part to air her bitterness in public. There is too much of
disparity in Mahima’s account. We don’t want Leander’s preparation for the
Olympics to suffer the way it happened to David Beckham during the Euro 2004. His game suffered when he had to deal with incessant gossip and
innuendoes. Even if it may have been Leander who was the cause of the
break-up, he is too decent and must have conveyed his decision in a gentlemanly
way. It’s unfair to pull in a third party and accuse Leander of being a
philanderer in order to downplay one’s deficiencies. I came to know
of Rhea Pillai from Mahima’s accounts.

BBC SPORT | Football | Welsh | Bowen back with Wales
BBC News – Aug 3, 2004
Wales will prepare for their World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to play Latvia in Riga on 18 August. They will be without key midfielder Simon Davies, as the Tottenham player is recovering from a shin operation. Also missing is Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, who is suspended for the first two games of the World Cup qualifiers and is therefore not needed for the friendly against the surprise Euro 2004 qualifiers. The action begins for real with matches against Azerbaijan on 4 September in Baku, then the home qualifier with Northern Ireland on 8 September. Wales squad to play Latvia in Riga, 18 August:Coyne (Burnley), Crossley (Fulham), Jones (Wolves), Ward (Forest), Collins (Cardiff), Delaney (Villa), R Edwards (Wolves), Gabbidon (Cardiff), Melville (West Ham), Page (Cardiff), G Roberts (Tranmere), Thatcher (Man City), Fletcher (Bournemouth), Johnson, Koumas (both WBA), Oster (Sunderland), Parry (Cardiff), Pembridge (Fulham), C Robinson (Sunderland), Savage (Birmingham), Speed (Bolton), Bellamy (Newcastle), Blake (Leicester), Earnshaw (Cardiff), Hartson (Celtic),
Taylor (Forest). Wales U21 squad to play Latvia in Riga, 18 August: Coates (TNS), Price (Ipswich), Worgan (Rushden & Diamonds), Duffy (Portsmouth), Gilbert (Plymouth), S. Jones (Swansea), Morgan (Wrexham), Parslow (Cardiff), Spender (Wrexham), Crowel (Wrexham), Davies (Bangor), Fish (Cardiff), Fowler (Huddersfield), Pipe (Notts Co), Tolley (Shrewsbury), Vaughan (Crewe), Birchell (Arsenal), Caliste (Man
Utd), Fleetwood (Cardiff), Hughes (Kaiserslautern).

Why Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will triumph in September run-off
Channel News Asia – Aug 2, 2004
However, it is not the central issue. Instead, her refusal to
take a leadership role has become a problem. Fourth, the presidential polls have not set Indonesia ablaze
– either literally or metaphorically. The national mood has
been subdued and nonchalant: The Euro 2004 football matches
and Indonesian equivalents of American Idol and Akademia Fantasia
have attracted far more interest. Decentralisation (known as regional autonomy in Indonesia) has
become a fact of life. Power has been shifting away from Jakarta
to the provinces and regencies. As a consequence, electoral battles at grassroots level have
become more intense because the authority to shape policy and
raise funds exists at the lower echelons of the government… Instead, her refusal to
take a leadership role has become a problem. Fourth, the presidential polls have not set Indonesia ablaze
– either literally or metaphorically. The national mood has
been subdued and nonchalant: The Euro 2004 football matches
and Indonesian equivalents of American Idol and Akademia Fantasia
have attracted far more interest. Decentralisation (known as regional autonomy in Indonesia) has
become a fact of life. Power has been shifting away from Jakarta
to the provinces and regencies. As a consequence, electoral battles at grassroots level have
become more intense because the authority to shape policy and
raise funds exists at the lower echelons of the government. While the overall trends favour SBY, Ms Megawati could well
stage a comeback if she were to do two things and abstain from
a third.

SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Czech Nedved may end international career -…
SI.com – Aug 4, 2004
" A Juventus spokeswoman confirmed the comments and the club posted excerpts from the story on its website, calling Nedved’s announcement a "a declaration of love for Juve. " The 32-year-old made his debut for the Czech Republic against Ireland in 1994 and has played 83 times for his country. He was forced to limp off the pitch injured after 40 minutes of last month’s Euro 2004 semi-final against Greece, which the Czechs lost 1-0. Nedved moved to Italy with Lazio in 1996, quickly becoming a firm favourite with the fans and helping the Rome-based club to victories in the Italian Cup in 1998 and the European Winners’ Cup in 1999. The following season he was highly influential as Lazio clinched the Italian league and cup double and Juventus paid out 41 million euros ($49. 5 million) to secure his signature in 2001. He was named European footballer of the Year in 2003… "Unfortunately, there are people in Moscow who hate blacks. Mendi said he would gladly move to France, where many of his compatriots play, or another Western country if the money were right. "If I got the same pay I would, but not for less," he said. "But in France, for example, you pay huge taxes while here in Russia we get cash. " Liechenstein calls up injured striker Beck VADUZ, Liechtenstein (Reuters) — Injured striker Thomas Beck has been included by Liechtenstein coach Martin Andermatt in an 18-man squad to face Estonia in a World Cup Gropu 3 qualifier in Vaduz on August 18. Swiss Andermatt, appointed as coach of the Liechtenstein national team in March, is confident FC Chiasso forward Beck will recover from a foot injury that has sidelined him in recent weeks. Andermatt keeps faith with the players who lost 2-0 to Greece and 1-0 to neighbours Switzerland in friendlies before Euro 2004.

Vieira’s Real deal chances
BBC News – Aug 4, 2004
The money for the stadium is in place, with ?260m secured via a stadium facilities banking group and ?97m raised by the club itself through Granada, Nike and sale of land. However, most clubs eventually decide they have to sell a player if he decides it is time to leave. CAN ANYONE REPLACE VIEIRA?

Knowing Wenger’s expertise, he will not have been caught off guard by this deal, and will have a replacement in mind. But bearing in mind Vieira’s inspirational and influence, only a player of the highest quality would suffice. There were whispers earlier this summer that Arsenal were poised to try and hijack Chelsea’s move for Steven Gerrard – although the Liverpool captain eventually snubbed all interested parties to remain at Anfield. Now Maniche appears close to a move to Highbury from European champions Porto, but the star of Portugal’s Euro 2004 campaign knows he has a big task to replace the Frenchman in the affections of the Arsenal crowd… But bearing in mind Vieira’s inspirational and influence, only a player of the highest quality would suffice. There were whispers earlier this summer that Arsenal were poised to try and hijack Chelsea’s move for Steven Gerrard – although the Liverpool captain eventually snubbed all interested parties to remain at Anfield. Now Maniche appears close to a move to Highbury from European champions Porto, but the star of Portugal’s Euro 2004 campaign knows he has a big task to replace the Frenchman in the affections of the Arsenal crowd.

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