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September 6, 2004

Eriksson: Only World Cup flop will make me quit

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The News Review:

* Eriksson not ready to resign
* Goodwood not glorious for William Hill
* Euro champions Greece aim to break barren: World Cup Soccer Qualifiers
* Eriksson: Only World Cup flop will make me quit
* SI.com – Soccer – Europe: France coach pleads for time after draw -…
* Security concerns force move of Italy qualifier
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Azerbaijan v Wales Report
* EURO 2004: Holland’s new generation can scoop trophy
* SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Streaker at qualifier faces two years in…
* Keane defies injury for Ireland
* Ireland off to a positive start
* Reject Volz gunning for sweet revenge
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Taylor vows to stay
* … legend Panenka says Czechs can go far if they advance from…

Eriksson not ready to resign
TVNZ – Sep 6, 2004
Eriksson was under scrutiny after England squandered a 2-0 leadwith 20 minutes to go in Vienna, a setback that follows adisappointing quarter-final exit at Euro 2004. “I have never, ever (thought about resigning). The only way Iwill leave this job is to not qualify for the World Cup. Otherwise,I’m staying till 2008,” he told reporters. Grilled by British media over whether his job was at risk ifEngland lost their next Group Six game in Poland on Wednesday, theSwede said: “Why should we lose in Poland? “Things happen in football but I’m positive, not negative aboutWednesday… “That’s something we have to discuss and talk about. We will dothat before the Poland game, that’s for sure,” he said. England threw away leads against France and Portugal at Euro2004. “Recently it has happened too often, it happened against Francefor example, that was incredible how we could lose that game,” hesaid. England were 1-0 up against France one minute into injury timein their opening Euro 2004 match, but lost 2-1. “We lost two points yesterday which, if you look one hour intothe game, it was impossible that we should not win,” Erikssonadded. “It has happened too often in games that we were winning and wedidn’t win.

Goodwood not glorious for William Hill
rte.ie – Sep 6, 2004
The group, which runs around 1,600 UK betting shops and offers telephone and online gambling, today recorded a near 40% in half-year profits, boosted by bumper winnings on football’s Euro 2004 competition. Shares in the company fell by 4% to 521p in London this morning. The shares have been a star performer since they were floated at 225p in June 2002. Advertisement
Chief executive David Harding said UK horse racing meetings at Goodwood and York in the summer months were bad for betting shops as more favourites won their races. The group said its gross win rose 18% in the first half of 2004 due to good results for it from the Cheltenham race meeting and Greece being the surprise winner of Euro 2004.

Euro champions Greece aim to break barren: World Cup Soccer Qualifiers
Pakistan Dawn – Sep 4, 2004
“We hope to break the negative series of the matches with the Albanian team because we have never won in Tirana,” Greece’s German coach Otto Rehhagel said. “We have come here for the three points. ”

Rehhagel said most of his players had not begun playing in club competitions yet, so he did not expect them to be up to the standard of fitness or form that secured the country a surprise victory at Euro 2004 in Portugal. He also refused to be drawn on the issue of the size of the bonuses paid to the players for their Euro 2004 win. “The coach deals only in the sporting issues of the team,” he said. The players want one million euros ($1. 22 million) each but the Greek government says it can only afford four million euros to be divided among the 23 squad members, around 173,000 euros each, the same amount it gives to Olympic medal winners… “We hope to break the negative series of the matches with the Albanian team because we have never won in Tirana,” Greece’s German coach Otto Rehhagel said. “We have come here for the three points. ”

Rehhagel said most of his players had not begun playing in club competitions yet, so he did not expect them to be up to the standard of fitness or form that secured the country a surprise victory at Euro 2004 in Portugal. He also refused to be drawn on the issue of the size of the bonuses paid to the players for their Euro 2004 win. “The coach deals only in the sporting issues of the team,” he said. The players want one million euros ($1. 22 million) each but the Greek government says it can only afford four million euros to be divided among the 23 squad members, around 173,000 euros each, the same amount it gives to Olympic medal winners.

Eriksson: Only World Cup flop will make me quit
SI.com – Sep 5, 2004
"I have never, ever (thought about resigning). The only way I will leave this job is to not qualify for the World Cup. Otherwise, I’m staying till 2008," he told reporters. Grilled by British media over whether his job was at risk if England lost their next Group Six game in Poland on Wednesday, the Swede said: "Why should we lose in Poland? "Things happen in football but I’m positive, not negative about Wednesday… "That’s something we have to discuss and talk about. We will do that before the Poland game, that’s for sure," he said. England threw away leads against France and Portugal at Euro 2004. "Recently it has happened too often, it happened against France for example, that was incredible how we could lose that game," he said. England were 1-0 up against France one minute into injury time in their opening Euro 2004 match, but lost 2-1. "We lost two points yesterday which, if you look one hour into the game, it was impossible that we should not win," Eriksson added. "It has happened too often in games that we were winning and we didn’t win.

SI.com – Soccer – Europe: France coach pleads for time after draw -…
SI.com – Sep 6, 2004
Nobody can rewrite history and nobody can make the past come back. "Zidane, (Lilian) Thuram and the others are not with us any more and we now have to learn to live without them. It’s no use clinging to the past. " Even if he did not say so directly, Domenech looked upset by the boos of the Paris crowd as his proteges strolled off the pitch on Saturday. Disappointed by the performance of their team, the fans also chanted Zidane’s name for the last 10 minutes. The result is even more frustrating after France dominated for most of the game and squandered three clear chances… At the World Cup, Germany beat Paraguay, the United States and South Korea before losing in the final. Since then, they have gone down 3-1 to the Netherlands, 3-1 to Spain, 1-0 to Italy and 3-0 to France. They then drew 1-1 against the Netherlands at Euro 2004. Ballack said Germany had become wary of taking risks on the field because the players feared being criticised in the media. "Some don’t play with intuition or take risks on the pitch," he said. "They’re protecting themselves so they don’t make mistakes because they’re afraid. "Otherwise they could end up being the idiot of the nation for five days in some newspapers.

Security concerns force move of Italy qualifier
SI.com – Sep 6, 2004
After spitting ban, injury keeps Totti off team ROME (AP) — Italian fans will have to wait at least another month before they see Francesco Totti suit up for the national team. The star playmaker injured his right ankle in a preseason game for AS Roma and did not depart on Monday with the rest of Italy’s team for a World Cup qualifier in Moldova on Wednesday. On Saturday, while Italy beat Norway 2-1, Totti served out the last of a three-match ban for spitting at a Danish opponent in Italy’s Euro 2004 opener in June. Totti injured himself on Saturday, which prevented his expected appearance with the national team for that evening’s match in Palermo. After arriving in Palermo on Sunday, Totti was forced to explain his absence. "I value the national team a lot and I’m sorry that my name is always associated with some sort of polemics," he said. "I had a good conversation with (coach Marcello) Lippi… Actually, I complimented him, as I did my teammates. They were all great against Norway. " After facing Moldova, Italy does not play again until visiting Slovenia on Oct. Youth injection raises hope for renewal ROME (AP) — One match into World Cup qualifying and Italy is doing its best to erase memories of a sour first-round elimination from Euro 2004. Fans and media are celebrating the play of new coach Marcello Lippi’s youthful squad. National team newcomers Daniele De Rossi and Luca Toni each scored in a 2-1 win against Norway on Saturday and there aren’t many worries about a match against soccer minnow Moldova on Wednesday.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Azerbaijan v Wales Report
go.com – Sep 4, 2004
4, 2004, 7:00 AM ETAzerbaijan 1-1 WalesReutersAzerbaijan 1-1 WalesBAKU, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Wales failed to reproduce the formthey showed in the Euro 2004 qualifiers and were held 1-1 awayby Azerbaijan in their Group Six World Cup qualifying match onSaturday. Defender Rashad Sadygov equalised with a 56th-minute freekick after captain Gary Speed’s 48th-minute goal had given thelead to Wales, who beat the Azeris 2-0 in Baku and 4-0 inCardiff in the Euro 2004 qualifiers. • Hughes: We can do betterThree minutes into the second half, a long, high ball fromthe left into the far side of the box was headed back intocentre by striker John Hartson and Speed stole between twodefenders to steer it past goalkeeper Dimitry Kramarenko. Azerbaijan equalised eight minutes later when Sadygovpowered a free kick from 30 metres past a two-man wall andseveral players in the box, beating the despairing late dive ofPaul Jones who managed only to touch the ball as it went in. Striker Robbie Earnshaw, who came on in the 88th minute formidfielder Jason Koumas, almost stole victory for Wales 21seconds before full time… Ponomarev almost put Azerbaijan ahead in the 58th minute butJones dived low to his right to turn away a low shot from theleft. Poland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in Belfast in an earlierGroup Six game while England were playing Austria in Viennalater. • Hughes: We can do better Mark Hughes admitted Wales did not play well in claiming a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan – but promised things would be different on Wednesday at theMillennium Stadium when Northern Ireland visit Cardiff. Hughes saw Gary Speed’s second half goal cancelled out by a long-range RashadSadikhov free-kick which flew through the wall and into the net off the flailingarms of Paul Jones. Hughes said: ‘The goal was a succession of mistakes, and if we had hung on toour lead for just a little longer I believe their heads would have started todrop and we would have gone on to win. ‘But in the first half our passing was not good enough and we didn’t get onto the ball enough. ‘In the second half we improved and got our front men into the game – earlierthey had been playing on scraps.

EURO 2004: Holland’s new generation can scoop trophy
Squarefootball – Sep 6, 2004
Each generation of supporters in the Netherlands has had a group of players worthy of great renown. From the twice World Cup runners-up of Cruyff, Rep and Neeskans to the European champions of the 1988 side which featured the supremely gifted van Basten, Gulliet and Koeman, Holland has given the football world much to smile about. There have been other individuals, like Dennis Bergkamp, who could rightly be regarded as among the finest players in the history of the game. Now, as the current side prepares to go into battle once more, a handful of new young players are set to take their place in the football radar.

SI.com – Soccer – Europe: Streaker at qualifier faces two years in…
SI.com – Sep 6, 2004
The woman waited on the field for nearly a minute before officers escorted her off. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was shown on television laughing throughout the incident, jokingly credited the woman’s run as the game’s turning point at a post-match press conference. Latvian prosecutors and soccer officials were not amused and charged her with hooliganism. If convicted, she could be sentenced to two years in jail, community service or a fine. A court date was not announced. Strawberry told police she ran on the field in the name of art, saying it made her happy to have brought so many smiles to the fans and to Scolari. Some fans posting on the popular Latvian Web forum Delfi on Monday thought the charges were severe… The group’s other side Belarus open their campaign at Norway on Wednesday while Italy visit Moldova. Vogts hopes to extend an unbeaten record in competitive games at Hampden. The Scots completed their Euro 2004 qualifying without losing at the national stadium and are aware of the importance of winning at home if they are to reach their first major finals since the 1998 World Cup in France. "Slovenia are a good side and are physically very strong but the most important thing is how we play," added former Celtic manager Burns. "I most definitely believe we have enough to win this game. " We’re worse than I thought, says Spain coach MADRID (Reuters) — Spain coach Luis Aragones has been surprised at just how badly his team have played in their two friendly matches under his charge. "Yes, we’re a good deal worse than I first thought," Aragones told ABC newspaper.

Keane defies injury for Ireland
rte.ie – Sep 6, 2004
But remarkably, Keane has shown amazing powers of recovery and, seemingly with the best wishes of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, today flew out with the rest of the Republic squad to Basle for Wednesday’s game against the Swiss at St Jakob Park. It seems unlikely Kerr would dare to put Keane on the bench, so for the first time in almost three years, the midfield general will line up in a competitive fixture for the Irish. Keane, though, will not be 100% but Kerr claims the player’s inclusion is not a gamble as Ireland bid to avenge the 2-0 defeat at the same venue 11 months ago which ended their bid for a place at Euro 2004. “With the type of injury he has – a bang in the ribs – it might hurt for a few months, but you are able to play”, stated Kerr. “That’s a situation Roy could be in for a couple of months. He will have soreness in the ribs, but it does not mean they have not healed – let me make that clear. Roy wanted to come… But remarkably, Keane has shown amazing powers of recovery and, seemingly with the best wishes of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, today flew out with the rest of the Republic squad to Basle for Wednesday’s game against the Swiss at St Jakob Park. It seems unlikely Kerr would dare to put Keane on the bench, so for the first time in almost three years, the midfield general will line up in a competitive fixture for the Irish. Keane, though, will not be 100% but Kerr claims the player’s inclusion is not a gamble as Ireland bid to avenge the 2-0 defeat at the same venue 11 months ago which ended their bid for a place at Euro 2004. “With the type of injury he has – a bang in the ribs – it might hurt for a few months, but you are able to play”, stated Kerr. “That’s a situation Roy could be in for a couple of months. He will have soreness in the ribs, but it does not mean they have not healed – let me make that clear. Roy wanted to come.

Ireland off to a positive start
rte.ie – Sep 4, 2004
But after 11 months of friendlies, incorporating nine matches during which Kerr has blooded the future for the Republic, Ireland did not disappoint on their long-awaited return to competitive action. Understandably, given the calibre of the opposition, it required a degree of patience from Kerr’s troops before they finally made what proved to be a deserved breakthrough just after the half hour. Cyprus had not come to defend, but due to the dominance of the Irish, they were forced into a rearguard retreat. If this is the shape of things to come, then Switzerland can expect retribution from a determined Republic team whose hopes of appearing at Euro 2004 were wrecked by home and away defeats to the Swiss during the qualifiers. Kerr now heads to Basel on Wednesday, scene of a 2-0 defeat last October and a result which led to the long and winding friendly road. However, as Kerr conceded, the one positive from the early exit was the opportunity to run the rule over up-and-coming young Irish players, with one in particular in Reid. The Nottingham Forest winger yesterday admitted to disappointment and frustration at failing to land a big-money move to the Premiership before the closure of Tuesday’s transfer window… Understandably, given the calibre of the opposition, it required a degree of patience from Kerr’s troops before they finally made what proved to be a deserved breakthrough just after the half hour. Cyprus had not come to defend, but due to the dominance of the Irish, they were forced into a rearguard retreat. If this is the shape of things to come, then Switzerland can expect retribution from a determined Republic team whose hopes of appearing at Euro 2004 were wrecked by home and away defeats to the Swiss during the qualifiers. Kerr now heads to Basel on Wednesday, scene of a 2-0 defeat last October and a result which led to the long and winding friendly road. However, as Kerr conceded, the one positive from the early exit was the opportunity to run the rule over up-and-coming young Irish players, with one in particular in Reid. The Nottingham Forest winger yesterday admitted to disappointment and frustration at failing to land a big-money move to the Premiership before the closure of Tuesday’s transfer window. Such feelings were not in evidence as he produced an outstanding performance which will have been noted by watching Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Reject Volz gunning for sweet revenge
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 5, 2004
But the 21-year-old German defender cannot hide the fact that he would love to stop the Arsenal juggernaut in its tracks this afternoon and prevent his former club making history as the first to go through a Premiership campaign unbeaten. Volz joined the Highbury staff as a 16-year-old at almost exactly the same time as Thierry Henry. But while Henry has gone on to super-stardom, Volz has been forced to move lower down the Premiership ladder. “I left Highbury on good terms and I’m still in touch with some of the staff,” he said… No team can go as far as they have unbeaten without a world-class goalie. They know they can rely on him. “Barring injury, Lehmann is certain to be part of Germany’s Euro 2004 squad and Volz would love to go the same way. Next year, he will be qualified to play for England but is not considering switching nationalities even though German scouts appear to know little about his progress. “I’m not a big fan of players being integrated just because someone may not have a strong national team. This, of course, does not apply to England but it’s about your identification. Although I love being here, I’m still seen as a German.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 5, 2004
The 18-year-old England striker, who moved to Old Trafford for ?27 million (40 million euros) from Everton on Tuesday, hinted that after a start to the season which sees Alex Ferguson?s side ninth in the table and seven points adrift of the top two, the title might be beyond them this season. ?We?ve got some good young players at the club and providing we can all grow together in the team, I think we?ll eventually come good again,? said the teenager. ?It?s a big challenge for us and we might not win the league this season; it might take two or three years. But I really think we?re capable of matching both Arsenal and Chelsea. ? Rooney will have to wait for his debut as he is till suffering from a broken bone in his foot, a legacy of his sensational performances at Euro 2004. afpKim shoots 6-under 66 to increase lead in PGA tournamentSPRINGFIELD (Illinois): Christina Kim followed up her career best round with a 6-under 66 here Friday to increase her lead to four strokes in the $1. 2-million PGA event… ?It?s a big challenge for us and we might not win the league this season; it might take two or three years. But I really think we?re capable of matching both Arsenal and Chelsea. ? Rooney will have to wait for his debut as he is till suffering from a broken bone in his foot, a legacy of his sensational performances at Euro 2004. afpKim shoots 6-under 66 to increase lead in PGA tournamentSPRINGFIELD (Illinois): Christina Kim followed up her career best round with a 6-under 66 here Friday to increase her lead to four strokes in the $1. 2-million PGA event. The 20-year-old Californian, who has yet to win in two years on the LPGA Tour, fired a 62 Thursday and picked up where she left off recording four birdies over the first eight holes. She was 7-under for the round with four holes to play but bogeyed the 15th.

Taylor vows to stay
BBC News – Sep 5, 2004
Taylor is widely regarded as the man responsible for Vogts’ appointment. But he told BBC Scotland on Sunday that he would not fall on his sword even if the manager fails to lead Scotland to the 2006 World Cup. “The coach is not picked by myself, but by the board – it is a shared responsibility,” he said. There have been reports of a split in the 11-man SFA board in recent days, with a source on the board allegedly revealing to journalists that Vogts could be voted out of the job at a board meeting on Thursday. Scotland play Slovenia at Hampden on Wednesday evening in their first World Cup qualifying match. “It’s typically exaggerated… ”

Asked if he expected Vogts to see out his contract, Taylor replied: “I expect him to get us to the World Cup finals. ”

The chief executive also accused some of Vogts’ critics of racism. “We’ve had some marvellous performances under Berti, particularly at Hampden in the (Euro 2004) qualifying matches and people seem to forget that,” he said. “I think there’s a touch of xenophobia about a lot of the criticism – nonsense like ‘we need a real Scot’. “No, we need a coach who can get the best out of our players. The Berti I know has more passion for Scotland than many Scots.

… legend Panenka says Czechs can go far if they advance from…
radio.cz – Sep 6, 2004
The only time the Czechs – orrather Czechoslovakia – won the European Championships was in 1976, whenAntonin Panenka’s famous chipped penalty entered football lore. Czechfootball fans have high hopes their team will do well in Portugal – buthow does the great Antonin Panenka rate their chances?… To my mind it’s a real disadvantage thatour first game is against Latvia, who are really an unknown quantity andwill want to make an impression in their first game. As for the Dutch,they’re one of the best teams in the world. And Germany may not be attheir best, but everyone knows they do well in tournaments. That said, Ibelieve we will advance from the group, and if we do that we can really goa long way.

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