Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 25, 2004

Europeans are less ‘sporty’ than their American counterparts

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 10:49 am

The News Review:

* Teen sensation Rooney ‘not going anywhere’
* Everton put a price on Rooney
* Sport | Telegraph
* Europeans are less ‘sporty’ than their American counterparts
* A time to dream – Olsson
* Man of two halves
* GUNNERS DUO CLOSE TO RETURN
* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Endurance comic goes for record
* Sports and patriotism
* Wayne Rooney comes clean on the dirt
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Wright-Phillips exit fear
* Chelsea tops, United grabs win
* ESPNsoccernet – England – West Brom v Tottenham Report
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* ASX eyes Games supplier
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* SI.com – Soccer – Madrid, Man U., poised to clinch Champions League…
* No Spain pain for Alonso
* Azerbaijan target Wales win
* Sports stars put firm in the picture for success

Teen sensation Rooney ‘not going anywhere’
Independent Online – Aug 24, 2004
The future of Rooney, 18, has been the subject of intense media speculation since he scored four goals for England during Euro 2004. “I can confirm that we have received a ?20-million offer for Wayne Rooney from Newcastle United. This bid has been turned down,” said Everton spokesman Ian Ross. The Liverpool club is reportedly ?30-million in debt but has been desperate to keep Rooney, offering him a lucrative five-year deal. Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich has reportedly offered to plough ?20-million into the club but his firm has denied a deal was taking place.

Everton put a price on Rooney
Independent Online – Aug 25, 2004
But Moyes’s position shifted on Wednesday, with the emphasis now on the price rather than the principle of selling the most exciting young talent in English football for over a decade. “Newcastle said that the offer is still on the table. Well, it’s not on my table because we don’t want it there and it’s certainly not enough,” Moyes told the Everton website. If that’s the case, then he’s going to have to pay the most exciting price for him. “Didier Drogba has gone to Chelsea (from Olympique Marseille) for £24-million, so if he wants to be in the market then he’s going to have to pay far greater than that price… The teenager soon became a first-team regular and became the youngest England international when he turned out in a friendly defeat by Australia in February 2003 at the age of 17. Rooney followed up by setting another record in September of that year as England’s youngest ever scorer, still 17, in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Macedonia. Rooney was outstanding at Euro 2004, scoring four goals before limping out of England’s quarter-final defeat by Portugal after breaking a bone in his foot, an injury which is still keeping him on the sidelines. Speculation over his future at Everton has been fuelled by Rooney’s continued failure to agree a new five-year contract worth an estimated £50 000 a week. Rooney has been in the spotlight off the pitch over the past week after admitting he has visited prostitutes and massage parlours.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 25, 2004
Whatever happened to sportmanship and team spirit? DeniseLewis left her team members without a backward glance when it became obviousthat she was out of the running for a medal. Paula should not do the same. She will regain respect by being there supporting the other members of Team GB, advising where she can and competing even if she does notwin. These athletes went out as a team representing their country. Theyshould come back as a team, not as individuals who take their bat homewhen the game does not go their way. Marnie Spencer, Bingley, West YorkshirePaula should definitely race the 10,000 metres as she has nothing lose and the she would have to wait another four years for a chance of gold if she does not race… Second best was not enough and in that moment when she dropped into fourthplace, Paula was consumed by the weight of her country’s expectation, theweight of her own personal expectation and the weight of the media’sexpectation and she lost everything, just like a bereavement. Paula is still the World record holder and an exemplary ambassador forathletics and her country. If only our English footballers, manager and association could have someremorse for their dismal performance in the Euro 2004 Championships andapologize, like Paula, rather than blaming others for their lack of fitnesson the pitch. Paula has done enough, she has been put under enormous pressure by the pressand is emotionally spent, she should not race in the 10,000m event, butshould go away and come back to fight another day. Richard Stott,LondonDuring the early 1980s I ran two marathons. The first followed a heavy night’s drinking, very little sleep and a borrowed pair of training shoes. Result: 2 hours 43 minutes.

Europeans are less ‘sporty’ than their American counterparts
EurActiv.com – Aug 23, 2004
Portugal and Greece, so successful in Euro 2004, are the ‘laziest Europeans’. Background:Other related news’Street soccer’ on the move in EuropeEuropeans with high marks get on their marksSport makes it into the Treaty for the first timeOlympics more than just a ‘money making system’, says FIFA committee memberEYES: Focus on Slovenia’s “Hurray, it’s leisure time” projectAs most Europeans probably know, Greece and Portugal did notstop running to emerge as the top two teams of Euro 2004. Butperhaps fewer Europeans would be so aware that a Eurobarometersurvey in November 2003 showed that the two countries also have the’laziest’ inhabitants in Europe. Bottom of the pile come theGreeks, only 19 per cent of whom practise a sport at least once aweek. Not much better are the Portuguese, 22 per cent of whom are’sporty’ at least once a week.

A time to dream – Olsson
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 25, 2004
There is no doubt that it is a special time, even though it is often followed by a rapid and brutal return to reality. ” Wealth of surprisesThe UEFA CEO reflects on last season’s Champions League in particular, which brought a wealth of surprises in the knockout stages and two unexpected finalists in Porto and AS Monaco FC, as well as on Greece’s remarkable success at UEFA EURO 2004™ this summer. Favourites in danger”As the new season gets under way, the way in which last season ended, both in the UEFA club competitions and EURO 2004™, makes all those dreams all the more justifiable. If the favourites were knocked out last season, why not this year too?” he asks. Interest alive”If the ‘underdogs’ believe that anything is possible, they will have greater confidence in their ability and we will see other surprises, as we already did at the beginning of August, when Spain beat favourites Germany in the final of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Finland. The competition organisers do not mind the surprises either; after all it keeps interest in their competitions alive. ” Different questionsMr Olsson also said that such surprises were raising a variety of questions… ” Wealth of surprisesThe UEFA CEO reflects on last season’s Champions League in particular, which brought a wealth of surprises in the knockout stages and two unexpected finalists in Porto and AS Monaco FC, as well as on Greece’s remarkable success at UEFA EURO 2004™ this summer. Favourites in danger”As the new season gets under way, the way in which last season ended, both in the UEFA club competitions and EURO 2004™, makes all those dreams all the more justifiable. If the favourites were knocked out last season, why not this year too?” he asks. Interest alive”If the ‘underdogs’ believe that anything is possible, they will have greater confidence in their ability and we will see other surprises, as we already did at the beginning of August, when Spain beat favourites Germany in the final of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in Finland. The competition organisers do not mind the surprises either; after all it keeps interest in their competitions alive. ” Different questionsMr Olsson also said that such surprises were raising a variety of questions. “What is it that is causing the long-established hierarchy to be challenged? Are the top players victims of a choked-up calendar which takes the wind out of their sails at the end of the season? Or are we seeing a gradual levelling out of the game? Serious look”And if it is a question of the game becoming more even, is that because of the advances and quality of coaching throughout Europe, or is it furthered by the intermixing of players and the clubs losing their national identity? We will have to take a serious look at all of these questions, and more besides, since they affect the future of our game.

Man of two halves
New Statesman – Aug 23, 2004
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David Baddiel has a split personality. There he was on television during Euro 2004, in his customary place next to Frank Skinner on the sofa, looking sheepish but joining in with the laddish banter. Yet now, here he is again, the former Booker Prize judge with a double First from Cambridge and the author of a very serious novel. Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather during the Second World War, The Secret Purposes centres on the internment of German residents in Britain, the majority of them Jewish refugees, in camps on the Isle of Man. The injustices suffered by these Jews at the hands of the British government deserve to be more widely appreciated, and this book is most effective when Baddiel allows the facts to speak for themselves… Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather during the Second World War, The Secret Purposes centres on the internment of German residents in Britain, the majority of them Jewish refugees, in camps on the Isle of Man. The injustices suffered by these Jews at the hands of the British government deserve to be more widely appreciated, and this book is most effective when Baddiel allows the facts to speak for themselves. Not only did the British government suppress reports of increasing anti-Semitic atrocities in Germany, it also pursued a policy of interning German Jews residing in Britain – on the grounds that they might turn out to be Nazi spies. As a fictional representation of these facts, however, The Secret Purposes does not always do them justice. One problem is the raw power of the original testimonies: it is hard for any novelist to compete with accounts that record, for example, “a crying baby silenced with a shovel in front of its mother”. I found myself wanting to know more about the Isle of Man internment than I did about the sappy hero, Isaac, and his cliched band of supporting characters. Baddiel fails to make us feel genuinely sad about the separation of Isaac from his wife, Lulu, and it is only near the end of the novel, when the action skips to 2000 and we encounter a decrepit Isaac and his daughter Bekka bickering in their dotage, that the story acquires any real pathos.

GUNNERS DUO CLOSE TO RETURN
4TheGame – Aug 25, 2004
“Edu still looks short but he will be available for Saturday,” he added. “I don’t know if I will start with Robert Pires. “I feel that the players who had Euro 2004 are not completely ready physically. They need four or five games. Wenger is also unconcerned by his side’s long unbeaten run saying: “I ignore records. We know that any game we can win, lose or draw. “And we know that Blackburn have given us some very tough games in the past and are capable of stopping this run.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Endurance comic goes for record
BBC News – Aug 23, 2004
The former Cambridge Footlights member, originally from Bristol, said he had eaten a big meal, including a large bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese and several cola drinks, immediately before going on stage. He had a plan for every hour of his act, Watson added – but some were “looser than others”. Expected highlights include a debate on the existence of God, a Euro 2004 review, and readings from his debut novel, Bullet Points. Watson, who lives in London, said the idea for the marathon “just came into my head and once it was there, I could not go back”… He had a plan for every hour of his act, Watson added – but some were “looser than others”. Expected highlights include a debate on the existence of God, a Euro 2004 review, and readings from his debut novel, Bullet Points. Watson, who lives in London, said the idea for the marathon “just came into my head and once it was there, I could not go back”.

Sports and patriotism
Kathimerini – Aug 23, 2004
The experience is exceptionally useful for young Greeks invited to compete on various levels, but who, instead of experiencing spiritual satisfaction, only feel frustration in their search for a bogus reality. Indeed, the old British sentiment coined in the phrase ?It?s not the winning, but the taking part that counts? has no place in modern society. Athletes who won gold medals for Greece in the past but were excluded during these Games should not be regarded as unworthy or dishonorable, as they did nothing that different than foreign counterparts. And neither can we hope there will be some form of catharsis on an international level, that anabolic steroids will be banned, that we will see the spirit of athletics prevail ? because such a prospect goes against the spirit of the commercialism characterizing most modern sporting events. At stake for the political elite here is the successful organization of the Olympic Games in Athens which ? until now ? has been achieved. The commercial show has been running smoothly, revenues are much smaller than anticipated, but then there is always the risk of that at such events… At stake for the political elite here is the successful organization of the Olympic Games in Athens which ? until now ? has been achieved. The commercial show has been running smoothly, revenues are much smaller than anticipated, but then there is always the risk of that at such events. Both the Euro 2004 soccer championship in Portugal and the first week in the Olympic Games showed that Greeks are permeated by patriotic sentiment which ? against global contemporary trends ? was suppressed over the previous eight years. Naive reformists tried to mutate the makeup of the Greek people disregarding the fact that their internationalist ideas have not taken root in any of the countries they hold dear. Nationalism in the United States, for example, is so strong that Americans deem they have the finest political system in the world and they seek to export. Otherwise, they think, human civilization will come under threat. One may disagree with Washington?s policies but still find it hard to question whether the motives are patriotic or nationalistic, at least in the case of most Americans.

Wayne Rooney comes clean on the dirt
Daily News – Daily News (subscription) – Aug 23, 2004
The footballer hailed as England’s wonderkid during Euro 2004 two months ago confessed he had been “foolish” after it was revealed he had frequented a sleazy back-street brothel in Liverpool. In a story as ridiculous as it was sordid, it was alleged that Rooney, 18, even signed autographs as he stood in the waiting room of the dingy establishment. On another occasion, despite being warned the police were about to stage a raid, he was said to have fallen asleep on a sofa. Rooney is alleged to have visited the brothel at least eight times, around 18 months ago, having sex with a number of women including a mother-of-six who dressed as a cowgirl and a 48-year-old grandmother who wore a rubber suit. The revelations will put a new strain on the player’s relation-
ship with his girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin, 18, just weeks after call girl Charlotte Glover claimed she had a sex session with Rooney in a Liverpool flat… Now she has calmed down. But it has put a strain on their relationship. They are not the young innocents they were and Coleen is suspicious when Wayne is out on his own with his mates. ”
Yesterday a friend of Rooney said his management were also keeping a closer eye on the player, whom they believe is easily led astray. “The brothel incidents happened when he had just found fame and was hanging around with a bad bunch of kids,” said the friend. He knows he was foolish and stupid and he is committed to Coleen. ”
The revelations could threaten the teenager’s lucrative deals with brands including Coca-Cola, Nike, Ford, MasterCard and Pringles.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Wright-Phillips exit fear
go.com – Aug 24, 2004
He can expect Birmingham to give him the same respectand treatment. But Keegan believes Wright-Phillips can cope with the extra pressures on andoff the park. He said: ‘It is another stage and that will not bother Shaun. Heis a good, down-to-earth lad and he will cope okay. ‘As for the supposed instant stardom, that is not a problem either. He hasbeen a big star here for a few years now. ‘I don’t think it really has been instant stardom… ‘Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus is poised to sign a short-term contract with City until next January, Dutch television programme ‘Studio Sport’ said on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Dutch international, who left PSV Eindhovenon a free transfer at the end of last season, will stay until January 15, 2005. Waterreus, understudy to Edwin van de Sar at Euro 2004,played 285 games for PSV over a 10-year period. He has been recruited by City to replace Belgianinternational Geert de Vlieger, who ruptured his Achilles tendonin his third game of the season following his move from Dutchclub Willem II. Your views on this story?.

Chelsea tops, United grabs win
The Age – Aug 23, 2004
I knew what was waiting for us. “People still speak about money, stars and players coming from the moon, but I can tell you it’s very difficult to have top players fighting like my players are fighting. Normally, top players are not ready to fight so much. ” Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was satisfied with his side’s display, despite having to hang on for the last 15 minutes against a plucky Norwich side. “I think it was a good performance,” he said. “We kept our momentum and our attacking play going. “Liverpool made heavy weather of its win, with City’s French striker Nicolas Anelka scoring against his old club before Czech forward Milan Baros, top-scorer at Euro 2004, levelled after the break and Gerrard drove home the second… “I think it was a good performance,” he said. “We kept our momentum and our attacking play going. “Liverpool made heavy weather of its win, with City’s French striker Nicolas Anelka scoring against his old club before Czech forward Milan Baros, top-scorer at Euro 2004, levelled after the break and Gerrard drove home the second. Their new Spanish coach Rafael Benitez summed up his first game at Anfield, saying: “The score is good, the team played well, the supporters enjoyed it and at the end I’m very happy. ” Spurs rounded off a dismal week for Newcastle when new Cameroon signing Thimothee Atouba got a superb solo goal on the break after Jacques Santini’s men had soaked up the pressure. Fulham beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 on its return to Craven Cottage with both goals from Andy Cole, and striker James Beattie converted a stoppage-time penalty to give Southampton a dramatic 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers. In Scotland, Rangers manager Alex McLeish denied rumours linking French defender Jean-Alain Boumsong with a move to Newcastle United after his side’s 4-1 win against Hibernian.

ESPNsoccernet – England – West Brom v Tottenham Report
go.com – Aug 25, 2004
25, 2004, 10:20 PM UKWest Brom 1-1 TottenhamPAJermain Defoe gave England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson a timely reminder of his explosive talents ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign as Spurs drew 1-1 with West Brom. With Everton star Wayne Rooney still on the sidelines with the foot injury he sustained during Euro 2004, it would appear the second striking role alongside Michael Owen is up for grabs. • Defoe impresses bosses Manchester United’s Alan Smith started up front with Owen in last week’s 3-0 romp over Ukraine at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, but was replaced by Defoe as Eriksson explored his options. With Eriksson due to name his squad this weekend for the opening group matches against Austria and Poland early next month, Tottenham striker Defoe gave a command performance as both sides maintained their unbeaten starts to the season. Defoe deservedly grabbed Spurs’ 34th-minute equaliser after Zoltan Gera had crowned his first start for West Brom with the opener inside three minutes. Remarkably, Spurs manager Jacques Santini proved a law unto himself as he replaced the inspirational Defoe midway through the second half… ‘ Defoe proved a thorn in the side of Albion for the 67 minutes he was on thepitch, and West Brom boss Gary Megson was understandably relieved to see thepotential matchwinner substituted. ‘He is an excellent player with his movement, pace and his drive and you area very fortunate manager if you have someone like him in your side,’ saidMegson. ‘Although I was happy to see him go off, I was not so happy when I saw hisreplacement Robbie Keane come on, because he’s another excellent player. ‘ Albion have now started the season with three successive 1-1 draws and Megsonfelt this latest point was one gained rather than two dropped. Megson explained: ‘I was not very happy with the point against Aston Villa onSunday because I felt we should have had all three. ‘But tonight was a good point for us because we didn’t play particularly wellafter we scored early. ‘As soon as we scored we started to sit back a little bit and we letTottenham come back into the game – and it was an awful goal we gave away.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Aug 23, 2004
“As I told on my first day at Stamford Bridge. It’s better to win 1-0 than lose 4-5,” he added after the battling win. Elsewhere, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ensured that new manager Rafael Benitez emerged unscathed from his first Premiership game at Anfield by hitting the winner in a 2-1 win over Manchester City after Euro 2004 top scorer Milan Baros had cancelled out Nicolas Anelka’s opener. Newcastle’s nightmare week continued after Tottenham won 1-0 at St James’ Park, Spurs’ first victory under new manager Jacques Santini. England striker James Beattie, reportedly interesting Aston Villa and Charlton, scored an injury- time penalty to secure a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers and ease the pressure on Southampton manager Paul Sturrock. Beattie then affirmed: “I’m a Southampton player and hopefully I showed my professionalism today. ”
Saints chairman Rupert Lowe said Sturrock, who was rumoured to be under pressure to get some early positive results, was going nowhere: “All managers are judged on results – that’s a fact of football… Norwich, clearly refusing to be overwhelmed by the quality of the oppo- sition, eventually made this a similarly close contest. In the 67th minute, Huckerby skipped past Roy Keane on the left-hand by-line, centring for Mathias Svensson whose shot looked dangerous but was blocked by John OShea. However, it did not take long for the Canaries to cut the deficit, with two substitutes involved in making, and taking, the goal. In the 74th minute, a shot from Gary Doherty, making his City debut after signing from Tottenham on Friday, was blocked and collected by Paul McVeigh who controlled the ball well, steadied himself and beat Tim Howard from 10 yards. It was the start of a frantic final quarter-hour in the contest in which Norwich might have claimed a dramatic equaliser. Another replacement, Leon Mc- Kenzie, had the best chance to claim a point, getting goal-side of Keane but planting a disappointing shot into the side-netting ten minutes from time. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed to be a relieved man after watching his side sensationally come back from behind to beat Middlesbrough and equal the top-flight record for most games unbeaten yesterday.

ASX eyes Games supplier
The Age – Aug 24, 2004
Concept Sports, which sells merchandise at the Athens Olympic Games, announced on Wednesday that it would post a $1. 8 million loss instead of the forecast $1. 5 million profit for the year to June 30, due to lower-than-expected sales from events including the Euro 2004 soccer tournament and the formula one grands prix. Responding to an ASX query, Concept Sports issued a statement saying that while a large volume of financial information had been received this and last month, it was only on August 17 that it became aware revenue targets would not be met and that expenses had risen to a level that would affect the year-end result… 8 million loss instead of the forecast $1. 5 million profit for the year to June 30, due to lower-than-expected sales from events including the Euro 2004 soccer tournament and the formula one grands prix. Responding to an ASX query, Concept Sports issued a statement saying that while a large volume of financial information had been received this and last month, it was only on August 17 that it became aware revenue targets would not be met and that expenses had risen to a level that would affect the year-end result.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Aug 24, 2004
Djurgarden is trying to become the first Swedish team in the final stage of the Champions League since Helsingborg made it four years ago. There is some good news for Juventus. Czech striker Pavel Nedved has recovered from a knee injury suffered in Euro 2004 and is expected to start. “Pavel is a player who gives us added confidence and great support to the attack,” French striker David Tre- zeguet said. “We are used to decisive matches, thus I’m sure we will play with great determination,” he added. “The Swedish team is not defensive minded and offers great space for counterattacks. “We must take advantage of that… “Pavel is a player who gives us added confidence and great support to the attack,” French striker David Tre- zeguet said. “We are used to decisive matches, thus I’m sure we will play with great determination,” he added. “The Swedish team is not defensive minded and offers great space for counterattacks. “We must take advantage of that. ”
Inter Milan, home after a 1-1 draw at Basel, will have to do without several regulars. Defender Fabio Cannavaro, midfielder Cristiano Zanetti and striker Obafemi Martins are nursing injuries. Striker Christian Vieri is recovering from a knee injury and is likely to be on the bench.

SI.com – Soccer – Madrid, Man U., poised to clinch Champions League…
SI.com – Aug 23, 2004
Inter were eliminated at this stage four years ago when?it lost to Swedish club Helsingborg. Meanwhile Juventus coach Fabio Capello is hoping that European Footballer of the Year Pavel Nedved will be able to play at least some part in Wedenesday’s game against Djurgarden in Stockholm. Juve came from 2-0 down to draw the first leg 2-2 without Czech midfielder Nedved who has played little part in pre-season preparation after picking up a knee injury in the semi-final of Euro 2004. Djurgaarden will be no pushover and it will be a major embarrasment for Juve if they are eliminated. EASIER RIDE Last season’s beaten finalist Monaco should have an easier ride in their return match against Slovenian champions Nova Gorica but?its confidence was shaken on Saturday when?it lost 1-0 at promoted Caen,?its first defeat of the domestic season. Uruguay’s Ernesto Chevanton and Shabani Nonda, who are leading the attack, are both doubtful because of a leg injury and concussion respectively. League of Ireland Shelbourne could create history by becoming the first club to battle through from the first qualifying round to the competition proper — but they would have to cause a major upset at last season’s semi-finalists Deportivo Coruna to do so… "This is the most important game of the season for us," said club captain Mauro Silva, who is hoping to play after recovering from a muscle injury. "If I have to take a risk to play I will because it will be worth it for a match like this. " Deportivo will be without striker Diego Tristan who has not managed to shrug off an injury to his lower back. The 16 winners of this week’s ties join the 16 seeded teams in the draw for the competition proper which takes place in Monaco on Thursday. All rights reserved.

No Spain pain for Alonso
go.com – Aug 25, 2004
Alonso said: ‘Before I agreed to sign I talked to the Spain manager, I wasconcerned about leaving Spain to play in England. ‘But he told me that he would be following the Premiership and keeping incontact even though I was out of the spotlight in Spain. ‘He said he would come to watch me and that playing abroad would not hindermy international career. ‘ Alonso was a member of his country’s Euro 2004 squad but only played one fullmatch, the final group game which they lost to Portugal. He was a latesubstitute in the opener against Russia and was not selected for the draw withGreece. He said: ‘Real Madrid were interested in me, but I am now looking forward toplaying for Liverpool and I believe I have made the right decision. ‘Your views on this story?.

Azerbaijan target Wales win
BBC News – Aug 24, 2004
“I am sure we will be in good shape for the Wales match,” said Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain. “We want to start the campaign with a win. We respect our opponents, but are not afraid of them. ”

Torres has announced a 23-man squad to play Wales and Austria in Vienna four days later. The players will spend three weeks together to prepare of those matches, and Torres has brought his son, Alexandro, to help with the coaching duties. “He has watched the latest games of some of our qualification stage opponents,” said Torres

“Last week he was in Latvia. On 18 August Latvia hosted Wales and he has passed me some information… “He has watched the latest games of some of our qualification stage opponents,” said Torres

“Last week he was in Latvia. On 18 August Latvia hosted Wales and he has passed me some information. ”

Wales beat Azerbaijan twice – 2-0 away and 4-0 at home – in the recent Euro 2004 qualifiers. Azerbaijan squad:

Goalkeepers: Dmitriy Kramarenko (Baltika, Russia), Jahangir
Hasanzade (Neftchi) and Rauf Mehdiyev (Karabakh). Defenders: Rashad Sadikhov, Emin Guliyev (both Neftchi),
Aslan Karimov, Samir Abbasov, Elman Sultanov (all Karabakh),
Rafael Amirbekov (Baki), Aftandil Hajiyev (Turan), Emin
Agayev (Baltika, Russia), Mahir Shukurov (Antalyaspor,
Turkey). Midfielders: Mahmud Gurbanov, Zaur Tagizade (both Neftchi),
Adil Mammadov, Ismayil Mammadov (both Karabakh), Vusal
Huseynov (Shamkir), Rashad Abdullayev (Khazar-Lankaran),
Anatoliy Ponomarev (unattached). Forwards: Gurban Gurbanov (Neftchi), Nadir Nabiyev (Turan),
Samir Aliyev (Khazar-Lankaran), Ilgar Gurbanov (Fenerbahce,
Turkey).

Sports stars put firm in the picture for success
ic CheshireOnline – Aug 25, 2004
Football had always been the core part of the business but all of a sudden rugby overtook it by miles. “It’s not always about the signature. We are not just like autograph dealers – it is about selling a package. One we have got coming out soon is Wayne Rooney celebrating after he scored against Croatia at Euro 2004 – it’s all about the moment. “We are now diversifying into other ranges like signed shirts, signed balls – for example,, balls signed by the World Cup rugby team – and we are doing some signed cricket bats soon with Brian Lara. It is just creating different types of memorabilia and maximising the customer database… “It’s not always about the signature. We are not just like autograph dealers – it is about selling a package. One we have got coming out soon is Wayne Rooney celebrating after he scored against Croatia at Euro 2004 – it’s all about the moment. “We are now diversifying into other ranges like signed shirts, signed balls – for example,, balls signed by the World Cup rugby team – and we are doing some signed cricket bats soon with Brian Lara. It is just creating different types of memorabilia and maximising the customer database. “I think we have achieved our initial aim of becoming the most trusted and well known brand in UK memorabilia. But it is not the kind of business where you can just release a certain number of products – you have to keep moving on all the time.

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