Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 3, 2004

SI.com – Soccer – Italy looks to win over Norway, dispassionate fans …

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 2:16 pm

The News Review:

* Rooney: Europe was motive to move
* England still a world power – Eriksson
* EurActiv.com – Volunteer work and sport | EU – European Information on
* SI.com – Soccer – Italy looks to win over Norway, dispassionate fans …
* England still a world power – Eriksson
* Germany 2006 is the new goal
* Neville defends Eriksson’s record with England
* Beckham: ‘I’m happy in the middle’
* Growing pains of the millionaire teen
* WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GRP 4
* Sport | Telegraph
* Hartson brimming with confidence
* SI.com – Soccer – Greek team embroiled in dispute over Euro bonuses -…
* Wetherspoon sales growth slows
* Uncapped Pitak called up by Czechs
* Domenech ready for a new dawn
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Baku break haunts…
* Teen sensation Rooney joins Manchester United
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Desailly turns down Celtic

Rooney: Europe was motive to move
TVNZ – Sep 2, 2004
Rooney, 18, joined United from Everton on a six-year contractafter deciding during Euro 2004 that he also wanted to play clubfootball on the European stage. “When I went there I knew I could play with the big players andin the big tournament and I wanted to do that at club level,” theEngland striker told a news conference at Old Trafford onThursday. “It’s difficult when you’re sitting there (with England) and allthe players are saying who they are going to play in the ChampionsLeague. You want to be part of it. It’s the biggest clubcompetition in the world… You want to be part of it. It’s the biggest clubcompetition in the world. “It was frustrating not being able to achieve that at Everton. If they had been in the Champions League that would have been adifferent matter. “It’s tough for Evertonians as they have seen me come throughand they regard me as one of their own, but I wanted to my careerto move forward and Manchester United was the right choice. “I have supported Everton all my life and having played forEverton for two years then it made an even more difficultthing. “I’m very excited because of the players that play here and it’sunbelievable the team they’ve got and fans they’ve got all over theworld.

England still a world power – Eriksson
go.com – Sep 3, 2004
But Eriksson’s own confidence in his squad is unwavering as they begin thecountdown to the 2006 finals in Germany via what should be a comfortable ridethrough the qualifiers. He said: ‘Are we a world football power still? If you talk about England inother countries, I am sure the respect is huge for England, much more than it isin England especially in the media. ‘The days of being a big football nation are not over. We area big football nation. We reached the quarter-finals twice in two bigtournaments. ‘We lost by nothing more or less.

EurActiv.com – Volunteer work and sport | EU – European Information on
EurActiv.com – Sep 3, 2004
Co-operation between Member States on volunteering activities is gradually being stepped up. Related:NewsFrance to offer more sport at school (05 September 2007)’EU sports projects – a way to reach ordinary citizens’ (11 October 2006)FIFA 2006 World Cup: truly green? (31 May 2006)EU voluntary service may link up with 2006 World Cup (18 November 2004)Latest & next steps: The First European Conference on Civic Service and Youth may create momentum leading to strengthened co-operation and exchange of volunteers among civic services run at national and European level Policy SummaryLinks->Background: These are busy times for the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which falls under Action 2 of the EU YOUTH programme. In 2003, almost 3,500 young volunteers participated in EVS, which had a budget of almost 25m euros. Due to enlargement, the budget for 2004 was increased to 33m euros… But there are plans to create a new collective project format with higher number of volunteers (up to 60 in 2004, sometimes even more) in the same host project on the occasion of a specific event (sports, culture etc. Organisers and policy-makers are particularly anxious to do all they can to ensure that volunteers do not get bored and, in the worst case scenario, leave a given event prematurely. The Commission supported collective voluntary service projects for almost 200 European volunteers during the World Special Olympics in Dublin (2003) and for 53 European volunteers at the Euro 2004 Football Championships. It is very much aware of the difficulties in organising the logistics, training and support plus meaningful tasks for (European) volunteers. Issues: European volunteers were sent to the Euro 2004 European Football Championships for two months (see EurActiv 4 June 2004) in a project organised by the Portuguese Youth Institute. The volunteer tasks lay in fields were they presented an added European and intercultural value (communication, liaison, press information etc.

SI.com – Soccer – Italy looks to win over Norway, dispassionate fans …
SI.com – Sep 3, 2004
With Del Piero out, playmaker Francesco Totti serving the last of a three-match ban for spitting at a Danish opponent and Christian Vieri and Antonio Cassano still recuperating from injuries, new coach Marcello Lippi is set to debut a new attack. Parma’s Albert Gilardino and Fabrizio Miccoli, who recently transferred from Juventus to archrival Fiorentina, likely will start up front. Gilardino, or "Gila" as he is often called, is considered the best young striker in Italy and former coach Giovanni Trapattoni’s decision not to take him to Euro 2004 was widely criticized. He scored 40 goals last season for Parma and Italy’s European champion Under-21 team. Last week, he led Italy to the bronze medal at the Olympics. Miccoli, one of the shortest players in Italy at 1. 68 meters (5-foot-6), possesses great speed and could be the perfect compliment to Gilardino’s finishing capabilities.

England still a world power – Eriksson
go.com – Sep 3, 2004
But Eriksson’s own confidence in his squad is unwavering as they begin thecountdown to the 2006 finals in Germany via what should be a comfortable ridethrough the qualifiers. He said: ‘Are we a world football power still? If you talk about England inother countries, I am sure the respect is huge for England, much more than it isin England especially in the media. ‘The days of being a big football nation are not over. We area big football nation. We reached the quarter-finals twice in two bigtournaments. ‘We lost by nothing more or less.

Germany 2006 is the new goal
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 3, 2004
Defensive trioIsrael – three of whose players arrived at the airport to learn they had no seats on the flight to Paris – are without three central defenders in Tomer Ben Yosef, Avi Strul, and Shimon Gershon. In their places, coach Avraham Grant will field the trio of Adoram Keisi, Arik Benado and Tal Ben Haim. Gerrard doubtEngland could be without Steven Gerrard in Austria, together with Wayne Rooney, who has not played since limping out of the EURO 2004™ quarter-final against Portugal. If Gerrard misses out, Shaun Wright-Phillips could make his first start on the right, with David Beckham moving into the middle. Olisadebe outPoland striker Emmanuel Olisadebe is out of match in Northern Ireland because of a knee injury and in his absence, Pawel Kryszalowicz is expected to partner Maciej Zurawski up front. For their opponents, Jeff Whitley and Michael Hughes will start in midfield in the absence of Danny Sonner. Featured gamesCroatia’s new coach Zlatko Kranjcar will include his son Niko in the side to face Hungary, but is still without goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, meaning another start for Tomislav Butina.

Neville defends Eriksson’s record with England
chinadaily.com.cn – Sep 3, 2004
“It’s unrealistic to think ‘Let’s sack him and bring in someone else,’”
Neville told a news conference as England prepared for 2006 World Cup qualifiers
against Austria and Poland. “We’ve got to keep this manager because he is one of the best in the world
and we have to remain stable. Sacking him is not an option, this manager is
someone we should be delighted to have. ”
Looking back to England’s rainswept 1-0 defeat by Germany in 2000, which led
to Kevin Keegan’s resignation as manager, Neville pointed to progress in terms
of results and squad atmosphere. “That day at Wembley when we walked off the pitch with Kevin Keegan was a
dark day, and not just for the weather,” he said. “We can’t go back to that,
when we swap our manager every one or two years. “We’ve got to keep a manager for five, six or seven years, come what may… You’re changing tactics, changing systems and
changing squads. Let’s just stick to what we’ve got, because it’s worked quite
well. ”
England’s Euro 2004 exit on penalties to the host nation had been a bitter
disappointment, Neville said, particularly as expectations had been so high. “Before European Championship and even during, I woke up every morning
thinking we were going to win it. “I genuinely believed it and I didn’t think I was stupid in believing that. And I think a lot of people here and in Europe thought we had a chance.

Beckham: ‘I’m happy in the middle’
go.com – Sep 3, 2004
‘As long as I’m in the 11 it doesn’t matter, if that happens to be in themiddle I’m more than comfortable and capable of playing in that position. But wewill have to wait and see. ‘ The 29-year-old is glad to see the average age of the England squad hasdropped even further after Euro 2004. ‘It’s a good thing to have young players coming into the team. ‘Shaun Wright-Phillips is showing he can do it for Manchester City and forEngland. ‘Everyone’s confident and that if he comes into this World Cup qualifier hewill perform. ‘ Asked whether it was difficult to be ready for such important qualifiers soearly in the new season, Beckham added: ‘We have to be ready, we have to beready at any point in the season to play games like this… ‘ Asked whether it was difficult to be ready for such important qualifiers soearly in the new season, Beckham added: ‘We have to be ready, we have to beready at any point in the season to play games like this. ‘They are two tough away games and we need to get as many points as wecan. ‘ Beckham admitted it was ‘always a blow’ when Gerrard is not in the Englandteam. ‘But we are comfortable and confident that we have got the squad, so otherscan come in and do a job. ‘That’s what having young talent is all about, it’s about having theresources to do that. ‘ While Gerrard’s absence is yet to be confirmed, Wayne Rooney is definitelymissing as he continues to recover from the foot injury sustained as Englandwere beaten in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals by hosts Portugal. Rooney’s absence was ‘not a big problem’, according to Beckham.

Growing pains of the millionaire teen
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004
It was a very rude awakening. And I do not wish that on anyone… ”

The deal that sent Rooney from Everton to Manchester United will reportedly earn him ?50,000 a week. But while his life may have financial stability he faces huge challenges in his time off the pitch. Negative publicity

Described as shy, Rooney has been under immense scrutiny since he became a household name while playing for England during the Euro 2004 tournament. Over the summer, the tabloid press has been brimming with unsavoury stories about him, while his sporting future has been endlessly speculated upon on the back pages. After the signing with Manchester United, some observers expressed relief that Rooney would be under the tutelage of the notoriously hard-hearted Sir Alex Ferguson. Questioned about his latest prot?g?s difficulties, Ferguson was characteristically matter of fact, saying expected his dealings with Rooney to be straightforward. “It isn’t more difficult for me to look after young players than it has been in the past, simply because in my mind things are black and white,” Ferguson told reporters.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING GRP 4
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004

Kerr is not expecting the Cypriots to pull all 10 outfield players behind the ball but he acknowledged that the visitors may be hard to break down. “There will be stages in the game where they will have lots of people behind the ball so it will be difficult and we will need the crowd to be patient. ”
Kerr, though, is intent on putting behind him the disappointment of the Republic not being present in Portugal for Euro 2004. “It was the first time I’ve not had a team at the finals at any level since I started working for the FAI many years ago. “There was no great joy in that and I don’t want to experience it again.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 2, 2004
Cech, 21, has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and the club today said: “Petr Cech’s transfer was signed on Monday. He will leave Brittany at the end of the season. “Cech, who had been a first choice ‘keeper with Rennes since joining in 2002 from Sparta Prague, has won 15 caps and will be first choice for his country in Euro 2004. 9 million) to secure the signature of Cech on a five-year contract. Leeds caretaker manager Eddie Gray has said that David Batty will not play for the club again… 9 million) to secure the signature of Cech on a five-year contract. Leeds caretaker manager Eddie Gray has said that David Batty will not play for the club again. Batty’s contract runs out at the end of the season and has been told by Gray that he does not feature in plans to help Leeds avoid relegation. Batty, 34, was told the news this morning at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground. Gray said: “I have made a decision that I will not be using David again this season and I have done that purely from a footballing point of view. “Batty’s agent Hayden Evans said: “David was asked into a meeting this morning and told of the decision.

Hartson brimming with confidence
ic Newcastle.co.uk – Sep 3, 2004
And the Wales striker has a message for every country in their group six qualifiers – and that includes England. Finishing runners-up to the English and having a crack at reaching Germany 2006 via a play-off would probably satisfy the Welsh public. But not Hartson, who said: “We are not looking for second place, we are aiming to win the group. We will obviously have to see how the group progresses, but we are certainly not thinking about second place, have no worries about that. “And the reason for the Celtic man’s supreme confidence is he is over his back problems, feeling fine and enjoying a little and large double act with Newcastle’s Craig Bellamy. The pair have rarely had the chance to play as an attacking partnership for Wales, but they certainly will do in Baku tomorrow when Wales open their World Cup qualifying campaign against unfancied Azerbaijan… We can’t even think about Northern Ireland next Wednesday because we have to get the job done in Baku. “We are expecting a tough game, and we do not want to be playing catch-up on other countries. We have to get off to a flying start, like we did last time in our Euro 2004 group games. “I remember scoring there last time, Gary Speed got the other and Paul Jones made a very important save early on. In the end we had three points and really dominated the game, that’s what we must aim for this time around. “But we must not forget that when we last played Azerbaijan their football was in a mess with internal problems and no domestic matches. Now they have sorted that out, got a new manager and will be a lot more difficult to beat on their own soil.

SI.com – Soccer – Greek team embroiled in dispute over Euro bonuses -…
SI.com – Sep 3, 2004
The players want?€1 million ($1. 22 million) each but the Greek state says it can only afford €4 million to be divided among the 23 squad members, around €173,000 each, the same amount it gives to Olympic medal winners. The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) stepped in on the side of the players, saying the state’s offer was not enough. "The players must get one million euros each," said EPO president Vassilis Gagatsis.

Wetherspoon sales growth slows
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004
Turnover at Wetherspoon – which operates about 650 city centre pubs and bars – was up 8% to ?787. In July, it issued its second profit warning in three months, after sales suffered during Euro 2004. Wetherspoon lost out to rival pubs during the tournament because many of its outlets do not have televisions.

Uncapped Pitak called up by Czechs
CNN International – Sep 3, 2004
The problem was originally picked up in the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat by eventual champions Greece. Defensive midfielder Tomas Galasek is also unavailable due to a knee injury. If Poborsky is not fit for the match in Amsterdam, only Tomas Rosicky would remain from the Czechs’ Euro 2004 first choice midfield.

Domenech ready for a new dawn
go.com – Sep 3, 2004
world –>Updated: Sep. 3, 2004Domenech ready for a new dawnRaymond Domenech insisted Fridaythat he held no fears as he prepared for his competitive baptism as France coachat the Stade de France against Israel in a World Cup qualifying match. Domenech succeeded Jacques Santini after Euro 2004 and is tasked withrebuilding a French team that has been considerably weakened by the retirementsof Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram, Bixente Lizarazu and, most of all, ZinedineZidane. That quartet were all members of the 1998 World Cup winning and Euro 2000sides and Domenech has a considerable job on his hands. He started with a 1-1 friendly draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina at Rennes butSaturday’s match is his first at the Stade de France as head coach. ‘I am not afraid of the Stade de France,’ said Domenech at a pressconference on Friday. ‘It is true that people are expecting a lot of us but I am confident… That quartet were all members of the 1998 World Cup winning and Euro 2000sides and Domenech has a considerable job on his hands. He started with a 1-1 friendly draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina at Rennes butSaturday’s match is his first at the Stade de France as head coach. ‘I am not afraid of the Stade de France,’ said Domenech at a pressconference on Friday. ‘It is true that people are expecting a lot of us but I am confident. I sawthis week at Clairefontaine signs for the future. I am happy to see that. ‘ Domenech is not underestimating the importance of the game, saying: ‘I amaware that Saturday’s game is important.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Baku break haunts…
BBC News – Sep 2, 2004
“There is a big difference and the hot weather will be difficult, so we know this time around it is going to be much more demanding for us. ”

After the disappointment of losing out on Euro 2004 in a play-off against Russia, Delaney is relishing a group that includes Northern Ireland – who they face at home on Wednesday – and England. “We have got ourselves on a good run of results again after the disappointment of the play-offs, and we are going into this campaign full of confidence,” Delaney said. “It is hard not to think about England because it is the biggest game for us in the group. “But if we keep talking about that there is a danger of missing the boat in these next two games and letting ourselves down. To us they are the biggest games… ”

After the disappointment of losing out on Euro 2004 in a play-off against Russia, Delaney is relishing a group that includes Northern Ireland – who they face at home on Wednesday – and England. “We have got ourselves on a good run of results again after the disappointment of the play-offs, and we are going into this campaign full of confidence,” Delaney said. “It is hard not to think about England because it is the biggest game for us in the group. “But if we keep talking about that there is a danger of missing the boat in these next two games and letting ourselves down. To us they are the biggest games.

Teen sensation Rooney joins Manchester United
Seattle Times – Sep 1, 2004
Everyone is delighted by this signing. ”

In the hours before the signing, Rooney visited a Manchester hospital twice to have his foot examined. He broke it playing against Portugal at Euro 2004 in June and will be out for at least another month. AS Roma hires Voeller: AS Roma, which won the last of its three Italian-league titles in 2001, said it hired former Germany coach Rudi Voeller as manager to replace Cesare Prandelli, who resigned last week after three months at the club. Voeller, 44, a former AS Roma player, signed a one-year contract for $3. Incentives could increase that amount… Holdsclaw is the No. 2 scorer in the league, behind the Storm’s Lauren Jackson. Holdsclaw has not disclosed the nature of her health problem, which came up in late July and sidelined her for three of Washington’s four games before the Olympic break. On her Web site, she issued a statement saying she would “like to thank everyone for their wishes, support and prayers as I take some needed time to address a personal medical issue. The past several weeks have been difficult for me and it has meant a lot for me to receive such incredible support. ”

Golf

Life of Riley amuses Ryder Cup teammates: Chris Riley is the most enthusiastic player on the U.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 2, 2004
The Swede takes his squad into back-to-back qualifiers in Austria and Poland on Saturday and Wednesday under pressure to avoid any slip-ups in the wake of a disappointing Euro 2004. A common view amongst pundits is that anything less than four points would trigger a fresh crisis over Eriksson?s future as the world?s best-paid coach. But as his side gathered in the Hertfordshire countryside to begin their build-up to Saturday?s match in Vienna, he appeared relaxed and confident that he could maintain his record of never having lost a qualifier for a major tournament. ?I know the qualification games have gone well for us in the past and I hope that will continue but we have never had an easy qualification game. We have had to fight extremely hard to win all of them,?Eriksson said… ?I know the qualification games have gone well for us in the past and I hope that will continue but we have never had an easy qualification game. We have had to fight extremely hard to win all of them,?Eriksson said. ?Why not get six points? If we get less than four points life is more difficult to qualify but no, I don?t feel that my job will be in jeopardy if we don?t get four points. ? Eriksson was in a sufficiently laid-back mode to joke about the prospects of England?s World Cup winning rugby coach Clive Woodward switching his focus to football, which is the subject of much media interest at the moment. When asked if he thought the rugby boss would make a good football coach the Swede joked: ?Yes, maybe. Maybe I?m going to rugby. Who knows? There are a lot of people who want my job, the only problem is I have it until 2008.

Desailly turns down Celtic
BBC News – Sep 1, 2004
And Henri Camara has so far failed to impress during his loan spell from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Yorke, previously with Aston Villa, joined Blackburn from United for ?2m in 2002 and had a year of his contract to run. But he has not found the net in his four appearances in the English Premiership this season and has lost his place to Scotland international Paul Dickov. He came off the substitutes’ bench for Rovers against former club Manchester United on Saturday. O’Neill wanted another experienced defender ahead of the Champions League campaign and former France captain Desailly was approached. Desailly, released by Chelsea after the arrival of Jose Mourinho as coach, was an integral part of French success at the 1998 World Cup and European Championship two years later but played just one game in Euro 2004. Celtic were also been linked with Sunderland full-back Julio Arca, but the 23-year-old Argentine remained with the English Championship club… He came off the substitutes’ bench for Rovers against former club Manchester United on Saturday. O’Neill wanted another experienced defender ahead of the Champions League campaign and former France captain Desailly was approached. Desailly, released by Chelsea after the arrival of Jose Mourinho as coach, was an integral part of French success at the 1998 World Cup and European Championship two years later but played just one game in Euro 2004. Celtic were also been linked with Sunderland full-back Julio Arca, but the 23-year-old Argentine remained with the English Championship club.

Story tonight, the NFL and what they’ve revealed investigating the new England patriots. Tonight, the NFL has questioned Baratas Ray Ban nearly 40 involved in the game. And Paula Faris with the findings and the reaction. She was in the patriots locker room, one player walking off. Breaking its silence on deflate gate. Michael Hurley, CBS Boston: Patriots. “The Patriots would have covered two weeks ago if they hadn’t missed a PAT and then taken knees while inside the opponent’s 5 yard line. The Patriots would have covered last week if they didn’t have a wholesale jerseys missed FG and then again decided to go with some kneeldowns inside the 5 yard line to end the game. The Patriots need to knock it the heck off. They’re making this thing too difficult.”That’s really the only way to do it, and do it safely. I really wouldn’t recommend doing it longer than a day. It might just be something you can do, to clean the system out a little bit. There’s a lot of fiber found in fruit, be sure to eat all of the skin, that’s where all that fiber is cheap fake oakleys going to be http://www.cheapnfljerseyssu.com found. The NFL holds a lottery every year for the right to purchase up to 2 of the 500 Super Bowl tickets that are allocated to the lottery. If you are one of the lucky few to win the lottery, you are eligible to buy up to two Super Bowl tickets for face value.”But we’ll take it for sure.”Here are things to know as both teams try to rebound from a ragged afternoon:The game marked the regular season unveiling of the Dolphins’ renovated stadium and drew a sellout crowd of 65,176. But the home team’s performance had fans fleeing in the fourth quarter.”We’re too up and down on cheap oakleys outlet offense,” Gase said. It wasn’t all terrible, all the time. “For the record, my father was an amazing dad when he acted like one,” Angela says. “He really loved making us laugh, and you saw him early on trying to learn new skills, like cooking, to better care for us.”Plus, that “I’m gonna make you a lobster you can’t refuse” line was funny every time.”Cherry is a special little guy,” his owner, Paul, told HuffPost in an email Thursday. “When you adopt a companion animal you expect he/she to be a big part of your family. . Watching him with our 2 year old son and our newborn daughter is something more special than I could ever describe. He is always keeping an eye on them and he loves them so much. It’s hard to think of http://www.cheapnfljerseysshop.com my son without having Cherry in the picture.”10 Festivals in SeattleSeattle crawls out of its winter cocoon starting on Memorial Day Weekend with the annual Northwest Folklife Festival that celebrates the ethnic diversity of it’s residents with music, folk dancing demonstrations, and foods from around the world. The fun continues throughout the summer, with the annual Bite of nfl jerseys cheap Seattle and the Seafair Celebration with street fairs, barbecues and parades in many communities.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

© 2007 - EURO 2012 News