Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 31, 2004

Eriksson lavish in his praise of `classy’ Rooney

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The News Review:

* Hungary coach Matthaeus axes Babos
* Rooney cannot turn down United
* Old Trafford close in on Rooney
* Eriksson lavish in his praise of `classy’ Rooney
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* Heskey left out of squad
* Lippi will ring the changes for Italy
* Could or would Woodward?
* Farewell my summer
* Owen shines on Real debut
* Get set to go, Greek PM advises Coe a warning
* Baggage weighs Vogts down more
* Drugs are weightlifting’s heaviest load
* Athens Games beating Sydney in TV race
* THE ‘TOUCHSTONE’
* Livermore’s gold medal redemption
* RTÉ Sport: Irish and Swiss squads depleted
* Juve sign Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro
* When the party’s over

Hungary coach Matthaeus axes Babos
CNN – Aug 31, 2004
Swiss call up Haeberli and ReySwitzerland have named uncapped striker Thomas Haeberli in their squad to face the Faroe Islands and Ireland in their Group Four World Cup qualifiers. Young Boys forward Haeberli, 30, has earned the call-up after scoring four times at the start of the Swiss season, with Neuchatel’s Alexander Rey, 31, also joining him in the squad for the qualifiers on September 4 and September 8 in Basel. Rey — replacing the suspended Alexander Frei — who sits out both qualifiers as a result of his ban for spitting at England’s Steven Gerrard during Euro 2004 — has not played for Switzerland since April 2001. Switzerland coach Koebi Kuhn delayed naming his squad until holding talks with Stephane Chapuisat at the weekend, but the veteran forward decided not to play in the two qualifiers having retired after Euro 2004. Under-21 international Davide Chiumiento also decided against making himself available as he continues to consider whether to commit his international future to Switzerland or Italy, where he plays for Juventus. Kuhn is without injured defender Bruno Berner because of an abductor problem and has named Auxerre’s Stephane Grichting as his replacement. Nigeria are hit by injuriesIn Africa, striker Obafemi Martins and defender Joseph Yobo have both been ruled out of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe through injury.

Rooney cannot turn down United
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2004
But for £25 million you are not buying potential, you are buying a player people will expect to see in the team and scoring goals every week. Rooney looks like the type who can handle that kind of pressure. He managed it at Euro 2004 over a concentrated period of games, but doing it at Old Trafford will be a much sterner test. Not only is he playing for a side who are expected to win but he is playing at a club who, by their own high standards, are starting to feel the pressure. They failed to win the Premiership last season and are already trailing Arsenal and Chelsea this time. United are not just trailing the other two by eight points but they are looking a long way behind in terms of form. When the new striker arrives he will be expected to change all that.

Old Trafford close in on Rooney
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2004
Negotiations are expected to go right down to the wire in one of the most dramatic pieces of transfer brinkmanship in recent years, but one thing has become clear: Everton have to sell Rooney today. They fear that their most valuable asset will not be worth the same kind of money come the next transfer window in January. The 18-year-old, who will not be fit until next month after breaking a metatarsal bone at Euro 2004, simply cannot play for Everton again after being turned on by his own fans. The first of those is based on Rooney’s success with United and the second is a guaranteed part of any transfer fee the Old Trafford club might subsequently make on the 18-year-old. That is believed to add up to around £27 million.

Eriksson lavish in his praise of `classy’ Rooney
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2004
One of the reasons why Rooney is so good is because he is very cold out there on the pitch. He is confident about his own skill. “When we played a [Euro 2004] qualification game at home against Turkey, I told Rooney in the morning that he would be starting. Starting for England as an 18-year-old should scare anyone. But it didn’t scare him. He just said: `OK’. He never shows any nerves or worries about anything… “What Rooney showed in Portugal was absolutely fantastic. He is in the England squad, and that means he is at a very high level and I am sure he will become even better. “Not many managers if they were offered Wayne Rooney would say `no. ‘ I hope Wayne is ready for our qualifiers in October. “He should have a fantastic career. I don’t know if we rely on Wayne. We always relied on Michael Owen, who has been was our best goalscorer over the last years.

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CNET News.com – Aug 31, 2004
Good idea for fantasy baseball dorks such as myself, but the novelty has run its course. Staring into my laptop was fun while it lasted, but nowadays, I choose a remote, not a mouse. The FT report said this year’s Euro 2004 may see the end of a standalone streaming service on its Web site. Not because there’s no demand, but rather because hunger for live, readily accessible event programming will shift the feature into a new generation of TVs and set-top boxes.

Heskey left out of squad
TVNZ – Aug 30, 2004
The Football Association (FA), posting the squad on its websiteon Monday, said Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole was back after missingthe 3-0 friendly win over Ukraine earlier this month due toinjury. Eriksson said Heskey remained in his plans despite hisomission. “The door is not closed for Emile Heskey,” he said. “But I’veseen a lot of Alan Smith and Jermain Defoe recently and theydeserve their chance this time. “However, I want to make clear that Emile has never let Englanddown and he is still very much a part of my thinking. Eriksson was evidently happy to see Cole holding down a place inthe Chelsea side, saying earlier on Monday: “I think it’s importantfor him at club level to find a role. “I should be very happy to see him play in the same position fora number of games,” Eriksson told the FA website… 25 millionpounds ($16. 5 million) in the close season after then-Liverpoolmanager Gerard Houllier finally ran out of patience with his lackof confidence and goals. He lost his place in England’s starting line-up to 18-year-oldWayne Rooney prior to Euro 2004 where the teenager scored fourgoals. Heskey has only netted five times in 43 games for thenational side. Rooney Out Rooney is still out, recovering from a broken foot sustained inthe Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat to Portugal in June soManchester United striker Alan Smith is expected to partner newReal Madrid signing Michael Owen in attack. Smith has scored four times for United in the Premier League andChampions League qualifying so far this season after signing fromLeeds United at the end of last season. Both Owen and captain David Beckham will arrive late for Englandtraining this week due to commitments with Real Madrid.

Lippi will ring the changes for Italy
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2004
“However, there could be many changes against Moldova. It will be necessary because almost no one is ready to play twice in that space of time. “Lippi said that lack of match fitness had also led him to leave out Roma’s Antonio Cassano and Simone Perotta, two players who had impressed during Italy’s Euro 2004 campaign. Lippi, who replaced Giovanni Trapattoni as coach after Italy’s first-round exit at Euro 2004, suffered a shock 2-0 friendly defeat by Iceland in his first game in charge and readily took some of the blame for that setback. It’s the most difficult system to play, to explain and to take on board,” said the former Juventus coach who will now opt for a traditional 4-4-2 formation… Saviola joined Barcelona from River Plate in 2001. He was still only a teenager when he arrived at the Nou Camp but he hit 17 league goals in his first campaign and added 27 more in the next two years. But his partnership with Patrick Kluivert, now at Newcastle, did not bring the club the major trophy they coveted.

Could or would Woodward?
BBC News – Aug 31, 2004
“The skills Clive has shown with the England team are definitely transferable. ”

Woodward analyses every aspect of his team’s preparation to see if there is any way he can boost their match-winning potential. By way of example, he was present for England’s Euro 2004 warm-up match against Japan, a game that finished 1-1, and could not believe that the England players were not then given the chance to practice a penalty shoot-out in a match scenario. His reasoning? They would probably have to do it at some stage in the forthcoming tournament – and practising in a noisy, packed stadium would have been the ideal preparation. THE PROBLEMS

Woodward knows rugby inside out. But the methods that have served him so well in union might not be so instantly adaptable to football. To actually manage in the Premiership, he would need a Uefa licence.

Farewell my summer
BBC News – Aug 30, 2004
But it has also been a distinctly odd few months. Perhaps phenomena such as fish raining on Powys in Wales, or a typhoon tearing through a circus tent as the troop rehearsed in Southwold, Suffolk, can provide an alternative source of memories. WATER POLLUTION

Unfortunately it has not just been the cars of embattled Cornish folk that have ended up in British waters. Dead fish, eye and ear infections and gastroenteritis are just some of the delightful side effects of huge quantities of sewage being washed into rivers and the sea… Wimbledon saw rain and indeed Sunday play to make up for lost time. But it produced memorable champions, with Roger Federer and 17-year-old Maria Sharapova winning fans over. And then there was the cricket, England’s unanimous victory over the West Indies reinforced the belief that this summer was truly unlike any other. Add your comments on this story, using the form below.

Owen shines on Real debut
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 29, 2004
Away from David Beckham, who started, Owen had looked a lonely figure, warming up with the substitutes before retiring to the bench where he, of course, spent the end of his Liverpool career. It was in the same Estadi Son Moix that David Beckham made his first competitive appearance in Spain a year ago in the embarrassing 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the Super Cup but at least he started that match. Owen’s selection as a mere substitute may not have been a surprise but it meant that his introduction to Real’s fans was hardly the tumultuous event that Beckham’s was 12 months ago. His natural role, spinning off the shoulder of the last defender, is occupied by the Brazilian whose darting runs seemed more infrequent than ever last night. The work is done by Raul and it was the Real Madrid captain who hobbled to the sideline on 23 minutes… Owen stole out to the wing to make space and on 34 minutes nipped in ahead of the defender Fernando Nino to squeeze a header just wide of the Mallorca post. In the meantime, Beckham set about resurrecting his tough-guy image in Spain with a couple of snapping tackles in midfield. He looked very different to the jaded figure who struggled through so much of Euro 2004. Owen’s first touch as a Madrid player had been a poorly judged pass back to Michel Salagdo. But by the time Owen scampered down the right wing on 52 minutes, he had acclimatised. He brushed past the Swiss centre-back Patrick Muller and picked out Ronaldo at the back-post, who steered the ball in with his chest. The former Liverpool striker was engulfed in one of those Real Madrid group hugs that include upwards of £100 million of talent.

Get set to go, Greek PM advises Coe a warning
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2004
”A keen sports fan and a Manchester United supporter, the prime minister visited many of the venues during the Games. “It was significant that the Greek athletes performed beyond expectations,” he said. “The same was true at Euro 2004. I spoke to Otto Rehhagel [the German coach of the victorious Greece football team] after the final. I told him his greatest achievement was converting players not considered world superstars into the most effective team in the tournament… “The same was true at Euro 2004. I spoke to Otto Rehhagel [the German coach of the victorious Greece football team] after the final. I told him his greatest achievement was converting players not considered world superstars into the most effective team in the tournament. He wished Lord Coe,.

Baggage weighs Vogts down more
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2004
Vogts was not for quoting at Glasgow Airport but David Taylor, the SFA chief executive, found himself at the heart of a media scrum at the check-in desks. As Vogts knows perfectly well, an opening defeat against Slovenia at Hampden Park next Wednesday will make his position untenable, and with an SFA board meeting scheduled for the day after the match he could not be expected to last the week in such circumstances. “We go into the campaign with Berti… “My judgment is that the fans are still behind Berti, by and large. We have a manager here with the qualities and experience that made him by far the best candidate at the time he got the job. He has done what was expected of him – he got us into the Euro 2004 playoffs and at times it has been an exhilarating experience. “The highest Scotland have ever been in the FIFA rankings is 20th. We’re well down on that just now but the rankings can be quite volatile – Uzbekhistan just jumped about 20 places just for winning a couple of games”, said Taylor. “Everybody can speculate `what if’, but what’s needed is a united front with the board, the manager, the players, the staff and, dare I say it, the media”. Such solidarity would perhaps be easier to achieve were it not for Vogts’ contradictory or irritable statements.

Drugs are weightlifting’s heaviest load
Independent Online – Aug 29, 2004
The Iranian icon summoned up all of his awesome power to set a new world record in the superheavyweight class by lifting the equivalent of two fridge freezers above his head but his amazing feat of strength did not silence the critics. Rezazadeh, the sport’s one true superstar, was confronted with the drugs issue – which has seen 11 weightlifters kicked out of the Olympics – at his victory press conference on Wednesday. “Our (Muslim) religion forbids doping,” he said. “It is up to athletes to compete properly and fairly… Gold-laden Greek weightlifters were the poster boys of the Olympics with their images on billboards, phone cards and soft drink cans but they won a solitary bronze and were engulfed in doping controversy. Leonidas Sampanis was reduced to tears after being stripped of his 62kg bronze and triple Olympic champions Pyrros Dimas and Akakios Kakiasvilis failed in their bids for record fourth golds. Dimas, who is more popular than the country’s triumphant Euro 2004 footballers, was given a five-minute ovation by a fiercely patriotic crowd after taking a bronze in the 85kg class. His body wracked by injuries, Dimas left his shoes on the stage to announce his retirement but the 35-year-old Kakiasvilis vowed to repay the country for their support by competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The ultra-talented Chinese squad did not wait until their home Olympics to secure dominance in a sport previously ruled by the old Soviet Union and drug-tainted Bulgaria. China topped the medal table with 12 medals, including three golds from the women’s ‘Dream Team’ and two from the powerful men’s squad. Teenager Liu Chunhong, the 2003 women’s World Lifter of the Year, was the star performer for China beating three world records on her way to the 69kg title.

Athens Games beating Sydney in TV race
International Herald Tribune – Aug 30, 2004
7 million Britons who watched as she withdrew from the race pales in comparison with, say, the 24. 7 million who watched England lose to Portugal on penalty kicks during the Euro 2004 soccer tournament. In Germany, too, the Olympics have lacked the concentrated appeal of a major international soccer competition, but the cumulative audiences are significant. The average rating for the 111 hours of programming on the ARD and ZDF networks during the first week was 4. 8 percent, according to Initiative, up from 2. 6 percent during the comparable period of the Sydney Games… East Coast, while Athens is seven hours ahead — make live programming less popular in America than the taped prime-time shows. The availability of Olympic programming on four cable networks owned by NBC, a unit of General Electric — USA Network, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC, which typically reach far smaller audiences — makes overall ratings comparisons difficult, with the European figures or with previous Games. Ratings agencies said comprehensive viewing figures from the Asia-Pacific region would not be compiled until after the Games. Time differences may have deterred some viewers in Asia, but early numbers suggest that the Games often gained sizable shares of the hard-core television viewers who tuned in during the early morning hours in the Asia-Pacific region. In New Zealand, for example, the Games' opening ceremonies drew an audience share of 75 percent, meaning that 75 percent of the televisions that were switched on at that time were tuned to the ceremonies, Nielsen said. But because the show took place on Saturday morning in that country — Friday night in Athens — the competition for viewers would have been less intense than elsewhere.

THE ‘TOUCHSTONE’
Redissue – Aug 30, 2004
Ronaldinho could have been the successor, but United did not recruit aggressively enough and the Brazilian chose Barcelona. While they questioned whether they could afford Rooney, the real question this time really should have been whether they could afford not to buy him. Although only 18, Rooney did show at Euro 2004 that he is not a character overawed by the big stage. Many have been overwhelmed at Old Trafford, but Alex Ferguson recalls Cantona walking into the Theatre of Dreams, sticking out his chest and saying that this was the place for him. Rooney appears to have a similar mentality. Article continues below.

Livermore’s gold medal redemption
The Age – Aug 29, 2004
Rather than being left to bear the brunt of an entire nation’s disappointment, this time he hugged his wife and eight-month-old daughter, Kyra, who were in Athens to share his redemption. At the Sydney Olympics, Livermore missed from the penalty spot in the semi-final shoot-out against the Netherlands. While many still argue it was the goalkeeper’s reflexes and not Livermore’s poor execution that proved so costly, he has been haunted ever since. Before the Athens Games he was even compared with David Beckham, whose missed penalty was crucial in England’s elimination from Euro 2004. Yet, rather than dodge the issue, Livermore has confronted it with the same strength that marked his team’s single-minded quest for a historic gold… At the Sydney Olympics, Livermore missed from the penalty spot in the semi-final shoot-out against the Netherlands. While many still argue it was the goalkeeper’s reflexes and not Livermore’s poor execution that proved so costly, he has been haunted ever since. Before the Athens Games he was even compared with David Beckham, whose missed penalty was crucial in England’s elimination from Euro 2004. Yet, rather than dodge the issue, Livermore has confronted it with the same strength that marked his team’s single-minded quest for a historic gold.

RTÉ Sport: Irish and Swiss squads depleted
rte.ie – Aug 30, 2004
“It is unlikely that either Matt Holland or Roy Keane will be fit as they did not feature for their clubs,” said Kerr. Manchester United skipper Keane is suffering from a rib injury while Holland injured his ankle in a match for Charlton. Robbie Keane and Clinton Morrison, though, who had been injury doubts, have both returned to action for their respective clubs, Spurs and Birmingham, and should be available. Swiss manager Kobi Kuhn has named his squad for their games against Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Stephane Chapuisat, Fabio Celestini and Jorg Stiel, who were all part of the squad that pipped Ireland to qualification for Euro 2004, have all retired from international football… Robbie Keane and Clinton Morrison, though, who had been injury doubts, have both returned to action for their respective clubs, Spurs and Birmingham, and should be available. Swiss manager Kobi Kuhn has named his squad for their games against Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Stephane Chapuisat, Fabio Celestini and Jorg Stiel, who were all part of the squad that pipped Ireland to qualification for Euro 2004, have all retired from international football. Alexander Frei, meanwhile, is suspended. Ireland play Cyprus on September 4 and then Switzerland in Basel on September 8. Switzerland squad for games against Faroe Islands on Saturday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 8. Goalkeepers: Roth (Servette), Zuberbuhler (Basel) Defenders: Grichting (Auxerre), Haas (West Bromwich Albion), Henchoz (Liverpool), Magnin (Werder Bremen), Muller (Mallorca), Spycher (Grasshoppers), Murat Yakin (Basel).

Juve sign Ibrahimovic and Cannavaro
rte.ie – Aug 31, 2004
Juventus coach Fabio Capello has signed Ibrahimovic on a four-year deal. No financial details have been officially revealed but the transfer is expected to cost the Turin-based club around ?25 million. 22-year-old Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian-Croat parents, saw his value soar at Euro 2004 where Sweden were eliminated at the quarter-final stage on penalties by Holland. Juventus are understood to have paid no fee for 30-year-old defender Cannavaro after convincing Inter Milan to accept Uruguayan keeper Fabian Carini as part of a straight swap deal. Carini, currently on loan at Standard Liege, may not arrive until next summer. He has signed a four-year contract with Inter who see him as a long-term replacement for Francesco Toldo. Filed by James Boylan… 22-year-old Ibrahimovic, who has Bosnian-Croat parents, saw his value soar at Euro 2004 where Sweden were eliminated at the quarter-final stage on penalties by Holland. Juventus are understood to have paid no fee for 30-year-old defender Cannavaro after convincing Inter Milan to accept Uruguayan keeper Fabian Carini as part of a straight swap deal. Carini, currently on loan at Standard Liege, may not arrive until next summer. He has signed a four-year contract with Inter who see him as a long-term replacement for Francesco Toldo. Filed by James Boylan.

When the party’s over
Kathimerini – Aug 30, 2004
The important thing is that over the past two months, from the Euro 2004 soccer championship final in Portugal to the Athens Olympics, Greece has been flying high, in the midst of victories, triumphs, surprises, outbursts of enthusiasm and self-esteem. There have been moments of bitternesss, but these were transcended by the feeling we were able to do more than we ever imagined possible, that we belong among the deserving winners. Greece?s victories this summer have not only been won in the stadiums but also in the arena of life, symbolically and practically speaking. We have proved, most of all to ourselves, that we can achieve important goals as long as we are dedicated, focused, persistent. We also showed an astonished international public the stereotypes of the undisciplined and unreliable Greeks are no more that ? simply stereotypes, shallow and ridiculous… The important thing is that over the past two months, from the Euro 2004 soccer championship final in Portugal to the Athens Olympics, Greece has been flying high, in the midst of victories, triumphs, surprises, outbursts of enthusiasm and self-esteem. There have been moments of bitternesss, but these were transcended by the feeling we were able to do more than we ever imagined possible, that we belong among the deserving winners. Greece?s victories this summer have not only been won in the stadiums but also in the arena of life, symbolically and practically speaking. We have proved, most of all to ourselves, that we can achieve important goals as long as we are dedicated, focused, persistent. We also showed an astonished international public the stereotypes of the undisciplined and unreliable Greeks are no more that ? simply stereotypes, shallow and ridiculous. At the crucial moment, we showed not only that we had organizational and technocratic abilities, but good taste and a high standard of hospitality, politeness and discipline. More than that, we actually enjoyed it.

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