Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 16, 2004

Owen will be Real deal, says Beckham

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The News Review:

* Eriksson excited by Owen transfer
* Zidane calls time on France after decade at the top
* Owen void tough to fill
* Owen will be Real deal, says Beckham
* Big job equals big money
* Sven hits out at press
* Greek baseball team of bits and bobs a big hit with locals
* Classy performer on an upward curve
* Eriksson’s squad looks to the future
* Arise, it’s Premiership time
* Are you excited about the Olympics?
* The last opportunity
* If we want the Olympics, we need Greece’s Gianna
* Talking Football: Blatter has duty to conform
* Games’ eagle-eyed sponsor police
* Dein in the frame for FA chairmanship
* Lynam ‘too old’ to front TV sport
* Cole plays catch-up for club and country

Eriksson excited by Owen transfer
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 14, 2004
After the retirement of Paul Scholes, he could do worse than put up his hand when Eriksson asks who wants to play in that much cherished role on the left side of midfield. John Terry, who has finally regained full fitness under the pre-season training regime of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, picks himself at centre-half. As does his partner Ledley King, who should not have been dropped after his magnificent display against France in the Euro 2004 opener. Both Defoe, if he takes to international football, and King, who appears to have done so with sublime ease, can expect to become regulars as World Cup qualification progresses. But the man with perhaps the most realistic chance of forcing a permanent change to Eriksson’s starting line-up is goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, recalled to the squad but yet to make his debut. If it were not for the new FIFA rules restricting managers to six substitutes in friendlies, he would have been a good bet to play a part against Ukraine. As Eriksson prepares to parade before the footballing public as England manager again for the first time since Euro 2004, he is aware that some might express hostility towards him.

Zidane calls time on France after decade at the top
Jamaica Observer – Aug 14, 2004
“I will continue to watch the French games with a pain in my heart. ”
In recent days, Zidane said his phone was switched off so he could contemplate retirement in peace. “I did not speak to many people. I did not want former players calling to tell me their sentiments,” he said. “No one would have changed my mind. ”
The golden era of French soccer, peaking with the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships, is over. New coach Raymond Domenech must now rebuild… ”
The golden era of French soccer, peaking with the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships, is over. New coach Raymond Domenech must now rebuild. Zidane had hoped Euro 2004 would be a glorious way to bow out. Instead, his 93rd and final match for Les Bleus ended with a 1-0 quarter final defeat to Greece. “Something broke during the Euro,” Zidane said. “France need a new generation of players. That starts today, not six months down the line.

Owen void tough to fill
BBC News – Aug 16, 2004
And maybe Liverpool’s new manager Rafael Benitez felt he wasn’t worth a reported ?100,000-a-week. The trick for Rafael Benitez is to find a replacement, but it’s not going to be easy because there are not too many Owens out there and there is hardly any time until the transfer window closes. Liverpool will certainly need someone because watching them at Spurs, Cisse is a bit like Michael in that was looking for space in and around the defence on the 18-yard line. And Milan Baros was anonymous, as he has been before for Liverpool, despite his successes at Euro 2004. Young Florent Sinama-Pongolle is a long, long way away so Benitez will have to strengthen. One man who has strengthened, spectacularly, has been Chelsea’s Mourinho and he had his reward in beating Manchester United… One man who has strengthened, spectacularly, has been Chelsea’s Mourinho and he had his reward in beating Manchester United. Much has been made of Chelsea defending deep to protect their lead. England were criticised for this in Euro 2004, but there is one major difference – they lost and Chelsea won. At times it can be a dangerous game, but if you win people can moan all they like and it makes no difference. Liverpool did exactly the same at Spurs after dominating the first half but could not protect the lead. Mourinho and Benitez were both known for caution at Porto and Valencia, and this is symptomatic of the way teams play on the continent. It is not the case that foreign coaches preach attack, attack, attack – unless you’re
Arsene Wenger that is.

Owen will be Real deal, says Beckham
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2004
“I have so much respect for Arsène Wenger as a manager and Arsenal as a club that I didn’t want to talk about Patrick coming to Real but I would have loved it. Patrick is a great player but he’s at a very good team at Arsenal. ”Real’s failed pursuit of Vieira will not dampen the Castillians’ insatiable appetite for illustrious players. Their latest target is the Italian defender, Fabio Cannavaro. “He’s a very good player,” nodded Beckham. “He’ll fit into the team perfectly… But in the pre-season games, and the Champions League game last week, I got forward a lot more. Last week was probably the best I’ve played for four or five months. ”England’s captain concedes his own contribution to Euro 2004 was disappointing, that he was distracted and drained in Portugal. “I don’t think I had a terrible championships but I know I can perform a lot better. I know the talent I’ve been given can’t just disappear. I never doubted myself but there were a few doubts put in my mind. I didn’t perform for four games as I can do.

Big job equals big money
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 14, 2004
I might have been killed in Gazzetta dello Sport for going out of Euro 2004 but they would not care what I am doing in my private life. But I was never tempted to walk away. “I could throw in the towel because of results but never because of mass-media intrusion into my private life. Qualifying for the World Cup is an absolute must for England.

Sven hits out at press
TVNZ – Aug 14, 2004
Adetermined Eriksson said he had no intention of resigning anddismissed any idea that his large salary was not justified by theresults after England’s quarter-final exit at Euro 2004. Erikssonsaid he had never considered quitting over the controversy. “I couldthrow in the towel because of football results, but not because ofmass media intrusion in my private life,” he said. “I canquit if we don’t qualify for the 2006 World Cup, but that’sfootball. “I don’tknow if I’m paid too much or not. I know what other managers areearning and I know I’m not the best paid manager in the world. “I neverread a word about how much (Fabio) Capello earns, or (Marcello)Lippi, (Jose) Mourinho, (Arsene) Wenger, or (Alex) Ferguson… “If youdon’t have the support of the players, the job is impossible. Erikssondenied that England’s results would be under closer scrutiny whenthey begin their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign in Austria andPoland next month. Criticisedheavily by the media after Euro 2004, he said: “I don’t feel morepressure. The pressure’s always there. The Swedeblamed bad luck rather than poor tactics for England’s exit onpenalties to Portugal, after the team spent most of the gamedefending following an early injury to teenage forward WayneRooney. “To pushthe defence up, you have to keep the ball up and when Rooney wentoff we really struggled to do that,” Eriksson said. “I think wewere a little bit unlucky.

Greek baseball team of bits and bobs a big hit with locals
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2004
And when, in the fourth inning, the first run in Greek Olympic history was smacked into the outfield, the fresh new stands erupted in patriotic fervour. The mayor of Athens, Dora Bakonyannis, spent much of yesterday reassuring the world’s press that the huge swathes of empty seats visible in the first couple of days of these Games would soon disappear. The Greek public, she claimed, would emerge in force to support their own athletes. The bleachers in the new baseball stadium were absolutely packed, their inhabitants leaping around doing all the hand movements as the public address system belted out the Village People’s YMCA… These were, however, baseball novices; suggest to this crowd that they take a seventh inning stretch and they would assume you were giving them a prison sentence. Here’s how fresh to the game they were: when the first foul-ball sailed into the crowd, the spectator who caught it threw it straight back into play with a big wave and a grin. Anyone who knows their baseball knows that is not the thing to do. You should take a bow, slip the ball in your pocket and head home, already planning your entry in the eBay sports memorabilia section. “Ladies and gentlemen, if a fly-ball lands near you, please accept it as our gift,” came the announcement soon afterwards. Even that got a cheer. What a great game this is, if you can go home with a ball and no one minds.

Classy performer on an upward curve
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 14, 2004
And why should it? He had made the crucial leap: from domestic do-gooder, a capable Premiership player, to someone whose reputation spreads far beyond these shores. Fifteen goals only served to confirm the rise in stature. Then along came the summer, international recognition and a further three goals in Euro 2004 as a regular member of England’s midfield. Where do you go from a near flawless 10 months? In the event, that is answered quite simply: in the general direction of solid silverware as part of Stamford Bridge’s exciting new regime. No danger here of resting on laurels. The rules have changed… “Didier Drogba’s movement has been really good. He’s strong and a good finisher. As a midfielder it’s great to have someone in front who’s not only quick but has got the right movement. Mateja Kezman is a goalscorer, you can see that right away. Has a bit of determination about him as well. He’s not scared to run back and tackle people. “Paulo Ferreira’s looked very comfortable on the ball, getting up and down as right-back and Ricardo Carvalho’s come in and looked very solid straight away.

Eriksson’s squad looks to the future
go.com – Aug 14, 2004
Cole has been struggling for full fitness lately, but Wright-Phillips andJermaine Jenas now have a chance to impress Eriksson next week after beingpreferred to Chelsea’s Scott Parker. Neville, meanwhile, has also been left out, while Chelsea’s Glen Johnson, wholooks set to start the season as the club’s second-choice right-back, has beengiven the boost of another senior call-up. There was also positive news for not only fit-again Liverpool keeper Kirkland,who replaces Walker, but also Alan Smith and Defoe, who both return to theEngland fold after just missing out on the Euro 2004 squad. Eriksson was already without Sol Campbell, Wayne Rooney and Jonathan Woodgatethrough injury, while Rio Ferdinand is still suspended and Paul Scholes hasretired from international football. His main problem therefore surrounds central defence, with Matthew Upsonrecalled to the squad as back-up to the probable partnership of John Terry andLedley King. Of the younger call-ups in the 24-man squad, meanwhile, Defoe made a bigimpression today in front of Eriksson at White Hart Lane in Tottenham’s 1-1 drawagainst Liverpool. But Eriksson confirmed he will start with his first-choice line-up, whichmeans Darius Vassell, who was on target for Aston Villa against Southampton, isalso in the running to partner Michael Owen… ‘You have to accept it as it’s a FIFA regulation. I don’t agree with it butthere we are,’ he said. Wright-Phillips, who was part of the squad for the build-up to Euro 2004,could nevertheless still make his senior debut as a substitute shortly afteragreeing a new contract with Manchester City. Johnson, meanwhile, will receive a major confidence boost from his return tothe squad, having made his debut against Denmark last November but not featuredsince amid injury problems last season. If Eriksson has moved onto the next generation, Phil Neville faces a battle toregain his international place, although his versatility may count in his favourin the months to come. Joe Cole must also try to find a niche for himself at Chelsea, withWright-Phillips and Jenas both having impressed Eriksson last season. Either of them could offer themselves as potential replacements for Scholes onthe left flank, although Eriksson may consider Kieron Dyer against Ukraine inthat problem position.

Arise, it’s Premiership time
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Aug 14, 2004
August 14, 2004 Sports Preview to the seasonArise, it’s Premiership timeLenin GaniEuro 2004 and the even the gossip surrounding Faria Alam and Sven Goran Eriksson may have to take a backseat. Why? Because for the ten months there is only one thing that matters who will be crowned kings of English football. Yes, a new Premiership season is upon us. It seems like only yesterday when Arsenal paraded their trophy. But all this time there has been plenty of moving and shaking in the unrelenting world of football managers… While Houllier and Queiroz paid a heavy price for failing to deliver silverware at Liverpool and Real Madrid respectively last season, Chelsea and more importantly their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, sent the likable Italian on his way after losing patience with his ‘tinkering’ style. Although it must be said Ranieri did guide the Blues to runners-up in the English Premier League as well as the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. But even that was not enough to satisfy his Russian paymaster because no sooner had Jose Mourinho masterminded FC Porto’s greatest title triumph then it was destination Stamford Bridge to join the Russian revolution. For all his technical expertise Houllier just managed to ensure the disenchanted Anfield faithful a fourth qualification spot in Europe’s elite competition. And sensing that the former French national coach had run out of tricks after six years in charge, the Reds brought in Valencia’s Rafael Benitez to kick-start the fortunes of the most successful English club. The new Premiership welcomes another foreign coach and his name is Jacques Santini. He will be hoping to erase memories of a disastrous Euro 2004, where France failed to defend their crown and instead take Tottenham Hotspur out of the shadows of North London rivals Arsenal.

Are you excited about the Olympics?
BBC News – Aug 16, 2004
I prefer to watch children’s programmes and the Weakest Link. I can be a fussy picker with what I do and don’t watch on TV! Certain things get my attention, but other things don’t (like the Olympics. ) They don’t interest me that much really!.

The last opportunity
Pakistan Dawn – Aug 15, 2004
Our Olympians are at the forefront in criticising Oltmans?s appointment as coach. But what reason can they cite for the disastrous decade under them, despite having extraordinary players like Shahbaz Ahmad. When team managers themselves were involved in indiscipline, by leaving the training camps for personal gains, then why a strict disciplinarian like Oltmans should not be given full-charge?
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If we want the Olympics, we need Greece’s Gianna
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2004
Or at least anyone who wishes to see London improve as a place to live ought to be. Wherever he went on his short stay in Athens, the Prime Minister would have seen evidence of a city transformed, evidence of what the Olympics can do to a town. It is not just a matter of a few banners on the lamp-posts, some potted plants on the central reservation of the motorway and a round-up of the local strays (dogs, cats and revellers left over from the celebrations of Greece’s Euro 2004 win). The place is so significantly different that anyone who came here even as recently as last summer would at times have difficulty finding their way around. There’s a swish new tube, neat new tramways, the whole area around the foot of the Acropolis, once noted for its dust and sleaze, has been repaved, repainted, spruced up to resemble the swankiest of Parisian street life. Cunningly, perhaps recalling what happened on New Year’s Eve 2000, when most of Britain’s newspaper editors were held up in a queue outside the Millennium Dome for two hours and subsequently wrote the pieces that condemned the place to ignominy, the organisers of Athens 2004 have ensured the world’s opinion formers are looked after. The streets ahead of the media buses were emptied of all other traffic after the opening event, allowing astonishingly quick regress, and gifting reams of priceless PR… Or at least anyone who wishes to see London improve as a place to live ought to be. Wherever he went on his short stay in Athens, the Prime Minister would have seen evidence of a city transformed, evidence of what the Olympics can do to a town. It is not just a matter of a few banners on the lamp-posts, some potted plants on the central reservation of the motorway and a round-up of the local strays (dogs, cats and revellers left over from the celebrations of Greece’s Euro 2004 win). The place is so significantly different that anyone who came here even as recently as last summer would at times have difficulty finding their way around. There’s a swish new tube, neat new tramways, the whole area around the foot of the Acropolis, once noted for its dust and sleaze, has been repaved, repainted, spruced up to resemble the swankiest of Parisian street life. Cunningly, perhaps recalling what happened on New Year’s Eve 2000, when most of Britain’s newspaper editors were held up in a queue outside the Millennium Dome for two hours and subsequently wrote the pieces that condemned the place to ignominy, the organisers of Athens 2004 have ensured the world’s opinion formers are looked after. The streets ahead of the media buses were emptied of all other traffic after the opening event, allowing astonishingly quick regress, and gifting reams of priceless PR.

Talking Football: Blatter has duty to conform
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2004
Pound’s words should reverberate through Blatter’s tiny mind. “Doping is the single most important problem facing sport today,” states Pound. Mired in self-interest, football clearly does not think so. It took a tentative, short-term compromise over WADA to ensure football’s presence in Athens. The intention is for FIFA and WADA to address their differences when the Olympics have concluded… Football is also concerned that one individual’s drugs offence would affect the whole team he plays for, so calling into question previous results. Wales hoped this rule would apply when a Russian player failed a test last season. Wales lost the case and Russia went on to Euro 2004. The campaign against drug-taking in sport, and the menace of drug-taking in society, would be immeasurably strengthened should Blatter accept Pound’s accord. FIFA boast 204 associations around the world which would automatically follow WADA procedures and strictures, so spreading the anti-doping message even further. Those in other sports view football as soft on drugs. The Football Association’s approach to doping offences is initially to show leniency, offering education and counselling with the raised-stick threat that a second offence is punishable with a life-time ban.

Games’ eagle-eyed sponsor police
BBC News – Aug 14, 2004
“That is not an official sponsor, I trust you are not trying to ambush us?” he says. He has a hit list of restricted items for spectators – just one of an array of measures Athens has taken to protect the 11 main Olympic brands like Coke, Kodak and Adidas. Each has paid about $60m to associate with the Games and none want unofficial advertisers stealing their thunder. Perhaps the greatest coup in “ambush marketing” came at in Atlanta 1996, when Nike bought a vast number of billboards around Olympic sites, thumbing their noses at Adidas. Brand consultants say such tactics represent one of the biggest threats to the future of major sports events because they strike at the deals that finance them… Industry experts say it is the purity of the Olympic name that makes it so attractive a target. John Allert, head of consulting at Interbrand, told the BBC: “Event marketers are taking increasingly aggressive steps to try to stamp out ambushing – but with limited success. “Nike was mentioned almost as frequently in Euro 2004 as Adidas – when Adidas was spending a fortune as official sponsor. Threat to Games

“These tactics cut to the heart of the commercial viability of the Games, and represents one of their single biggest threats. Without guaranteeing exclusivity, it is harder to play competitive sponsors off against each other. ”

Gerhard Heiberg, head of the IOC’s Marketing Commission, said the IOC worked hard to protect the values in the Olympic Charter. He said the Olympics were “unique for being the only major sports event that does not carry advertising in arenas or on athletes clothing”.

Dein in the frame for FA chairmanship
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 14, 2004
Contrary to reports that Dein’s power base at the heart of the national game was weakened when he relinquished his position as FA vice-chairman last week, The Sunday Telegraph has learned that either the Arsenal vice-chairman or Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks may end up taking over from Geoff Thompson to improve the FA’s tarnished image. Dein has held the post of FA vice-chairman since February 2000, nominated by the Professional Game Board. But last week he decided not to seek re-election, a move at first interpreted as Sven-Goran Eriksson losing yet another ally in the wake of the recent scandal over the England head coach’s private life. Thompson was re-elected as chairman only last year but his position can be challenged at any time and Dein and Sheepshanks are thought to be serious contenders to succeed him. Dein’s position as vice-chairman was deliberately removed last week so it would not compromise any move for the chairmanship… “We weren’t a willing seller. It had obviously been running through his mind for quite a while and eventually he made the decision himself. “There was a lot of manouevering going on at Euro 2004 which disturbs me. When you are trying to keep a stable team you don’t want players’ heads to be turned. There were three individuals who I will be asking searching questions about their part. It’s against FIFA rules to destabilise a player under contract.

Lynam ‘too old’ to front TV sport
BBC News – Aug 16, 2004
The 61-year-old former Match of the Day presenter made his comments to this week’s Radio Times magazine. He said: “I don’t think I’m doing the nation a great service by being decrepit in front of their fireplaces. ”

Lynam bowed out of TV sports presenting at the end of Euro 2004 and is due to return to the BBC with his own sports show on Radio Five Live. Lynam, who left the BBC five years ago and went on to present The Premiership on ITV, will interview sports personalities on the new show, called Des Meets. , which starts later this month… ”

Lynam’s slot on Radio Five Live begins on 21 August. The 24 half-hour programmes – in two series of 12 – on Saturday mornings starts with footballer Paul Gascoigne. Trust

Lynam said: “I’m not going to try to strip people bare. That’s not something I’d want to do. You’d have three interviews and then none of the other guests would come on it. I wouldn’t want to talk about his private life, but I would say, ‘Well, how do you cope with all this nonsense?’ I’m going to talk about the kind of people they are, what makes them tick and why they’re doing it, and look at some of the decisions they’ve made along the way.

Cole plays catch-up for club and country
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 15, 2004
Then it is England’s friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday and the incentive to stake a claim with Sven-Goran Eriksson as Scholes’s long-term successor in midfield. Cole is not a sulker but there have been times when he has wondered if he would ever get a decent chance to stamp his qualities on the game. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating. At Euro 2004, I was in the games room all the time playing pool or on the computers. In fact I spent most of the tournament there. I didn’t play well in the warm-up games but in the few starts I’ve had, I think I contributed without getting a decent run in the side… Cole is not a sulker but there have been times when he has wondered if he would ever get a decent chance to stamp his qualities on the game. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating. At Euro 2004, I was in the games room all the time playing pool or on the computers. In fact I spent most of the tournament there. I didn’t play well in the warm-up games but in the few starts I’ve had, I think I contributed without getting a decent run in the side. In Portugal, I certainly think I could have made an impact if I’d been given the chance. I was desperate to come on to the field but it was important for the squad to be professional about it.

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