Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 15, 2004

Cisse and Baros see Liverpool home

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Nedved not ready for Czech return
* Pubs boot out World Cup TV
* Cisse and Baros see Liverpool home
* Sport on TV: Ryder Cup has become very uncivilised
* Blackburn move in on Hughes
* Hostilities are resumed in Europe
* Yeovil could keep Stolcers
* Mikael’s ready to take on old mate
* Deco plays down Celtic chances
* Owen exit boosts Monaco
* Ruud rallies Reds
* Inside Soccer: Season rolls; world’s a stage
* Soccer News of Monday, 13 September 2004
* Pub chain drops pint price in line with profits
* LA TANIA UPDATE
* Rooney and a cast of thousands

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 15, 2004
? Fabio Capello will be looking for a measure of revenge when he takes Juventus to Ajax on Wednesday as it was the Dutch side that beat his then AC Milan team in the 1995 Champions League final. One major doubt for Capello is Brazilian star Emerson, who suffered a leg muscle injury during the 3-0 victory over Brescia on Sunday, but on the positive side there was a goalscoring display by Czech maestro Pavel Nedved and summer signing from Ajax Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Nedved, though, claimed that he was still not fully fit after suffering an injury in the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat by Greece. ?I am only playing at half my capacity,? he said. ?But that is a warning to the rest of our rivals as I will very soon be back to my best and I am looking this season to win the Champions Leaguye at any cost,? he added. Morientes? former club Monaco travel to Liverpool where they will cross swords with former defender John Arne Riise and on the back of a convincing 3-1 victory at the weekend which saw their latest star, on-loan Argentine striker Javier Saviola, open his scoring account. However Monaco coach Didier Deschamps will have to do without the Olympic gold medal winning striker?s services as he is serving a suspension after being sent off in Barcelona?s UEFA Cup defeat by Celtic last season.

Nedved not ready for Czech return
CNN International – Sep 14, 2004
The 32-year-old midfielder has missed two internationals since suffering the injury during the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat by Greece, sparking debate in the Czech media about his willingness to play for the national team. "My health condition is so serious that it does not enable me to show equally strong and reliable performances for both the Czech team and Juventus," said Nedved. "This is the reason why I decided to only play for Juventus while my health troubles linger and while my treatment continues," he added. Nedved missed the Czech Republic’s 0-0 draw against Greece in a friendly in August and last week’s 2-0 defeat to Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier… The 32-year-old midfielder has missed two internationals since suffering the injury during the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat by Greece, sparking debate in the Czech media about his willingness to play for the national team. "My health condition is so serious that it does not enable me to show equally strong and reliable performances for both the Czech team and Juventus," said Nedved. "This is the reason why I decided to only play for Juventus while my health troubles linger and while my treatment continues," he added. Nedved missed the Czech Republic’s 0-0 draw against Greece in a friendly in August and last week’s 2-0 defeat to Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier. But he played for Juventus in a Champions League qualifier and their opening Serie A match against Brescia last Sunday.

Pubs boot out World Cup TV
Croydon Guardian – Sep 13, 2004
Only eight bars in Croydon showed England’s World Cup clash against Austria on Saturday with 20 of the 34 town centre bars choosing not to. The Guardian reported last month that Croydon Pubwatch, the group that liaises with pub managers and the police, was considering suggesting that the pubs in the town did not televise England’s World Cup qualifying matches. advertisement
It was also thinking of extending the ban to live coverage of Crystal Palace’s Premiership matches after football fans went on the rampage, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage after England’s defeats against France and Portugal
during Euro 2004. Croydon police, who had extra officers on standby for the England match on Saturday, said there was no trouble after the match and no arrests for violent disorder… Only eight bars in Croydon showed England’s World Cup clash against Austria on Saturday with 20 of the 34 town centre bars choosing not to. The Guardian reported last month that Croydon Pubwatch, the group that liaises with pub managers and the police, was considering suggesting that the pubs in the town did not televise England’s World Cup qualifying matches. advertisement
It was also thinking of extending the ban to live coverage of Crystal Palace’s Premiership matches after football fans went on the rampage, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage after England’s defeats against France and Portugal
during Euro 2004. Croydon police, who had extra officers on standby for the England match on Saturday, said there was no trouble after the match and no arrests for violent disorder.

Cisse and Baros see Liverpool home
CNN International – Sep 15, 2004
"Liverpool lead the standings with three points after Deportivo Coruna and Olympiakos drew 0-0 in the other game in Group A. A lacklustre Monaco discovered the difficulty they face in this year’s competition as they failed to reproduce the form that took them to the final against Porto last May. "We did not have many chances, actually we did not play," said France defender Squillaci. ‘Made us pay’"We were not really there from the start and they made us pay for it. "We need to start our games much better. From a psychological point of view, we were not at our best. "Monaco keeper Flavio Roma had to be in top form to keep the scoreline down as Liverpool dominated the tie… Monaco’s Emmanuel Adebayor forced Jerzy Dudek into a flying save with a header from Douglas Maicon’s corner with 20 minutes to go — the French side’ s only clear chance. Garcia then embarrassingly pulled a powerful shot wide of the target after Steve Finnan’s knock down left him with time in front of goal. An exhilarating late cameo by Euro 2004 top scorer Baros secured the win. He controlled Josemi’s long punt from deep on his chest, shrugged off two defenders and then stepped away from Roma before shooting home.

Sport on TV: Ryder Cup has become very uncivilised
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 15, 2004
But the Sunday night programme offered the opportunity to work in tandem with Gary Lineker’s familiar old show, as a sort of naughty cousin, not tugging the forelock but taking the mickey. An idea like that (you can almost hear the word “irreverent” being bandied around in the production meeting) is fraught with danger. Remember – just to pluck a name at random here – Baddiel and Skinner’s Euro 2004 Fantasy Football. But MOTD2 has taken the values and humour of the fans in the stand and applied them to television in a way that bears comparison with Sky’s previously peerless Soccer AM. It works because it doesn’t try too hard. That and the fact that for once we are confronted by a television presenter who has been chosen because he has encyclopedic knowledge of the subject in hand, is comfortable engaging with experts and has a stand-up’s ability to deliver spontaneous one-liners which are designed to make people laugh, rather than demonstrate how clever he is. Well come on, unlike most of his contemporaries on British TV, Adrian Chiles was not chosen for his looks, was he? Chiles has a face – all glowering brow, buried eyes and the sort of crinkle-cut hair that must have the ladies in make-up wielding their spray cans in despair – that used to be described as “perfect for radio”… The point is, though, he has that rare gift of being sceptical while remaining passionate and of being cheeky without being cocky. Compare him to say, John Barnes, and you have proof positive that when it comes to choosing sports presenters, looks and celebrity are no match for talent. Not that the presenter is working alone here. Sunday’s filmed report from the Portsmouth against Crystal Palace match by the comedian Kevin Day, which centred on Harry Redknapp’s nightclub singer of a personal assistant (Britain’s leading Karen Carpenter tribute act, no less), should be framed and hung on the wall as the perfect example of how to do short packages. Meanwhile, in the studio, everything may look easy and spontaneous, but that is only thanks to exhaustive production. When Chiles borrowed the quirky list item from his old Radio 5 show, he was nobly assisted by whoever trawled through the BBC’s film archive. This week, the shots to illustrate the top five fathers and sons in football were a delight.

Blackburn move in on Hughes
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 15, 2004
Wales narrowly missed out on making it to Euro 2004 in Portugal this summer and still have hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. However, whether Hughes, 40, will still be in charge remains to be seen after Rovers indicated that he is their first choice to succeed Souness. FAW general secretary David Collins confirmed the approach for Hughes had been made… “The most pressing concern is whether Wales will still want Hughes in charge for the two games against England and Poland next month. It is reported Blackburn would be happy to allow Hughes to take control of the games on Oct 9 at Old Trafford and in Cardiff on Oct 13. Hughes technically does not have a release agreement in his contract but there is a buy-out clause which means someone – either Hughes or Blackburn – would have to pay compensation, and that gives the FAW room for negotiation. Hughes will be expected to take coach Mark Bowen with him to Ewood Park. The former Norwich and West Ham defender has only recently left Birmingham where he was Steve Bruce’s first-team coach. But there is the prospect that Eddie Niedzwiecki, Hughes’ other coach and Arsenal’s reserve team manager, could be asked to step in as caretaker for the matches against England and Poland. As for possible successors, Sir Bobby Robson has been mentioned following his departure from Newcastle.

Hostilities are resumed in Europe
Independent Online – Sep 14, 2004
“There is not one single manager of a club involved in European competition who wouldn’t prefer to be given another week to prepare for the Champions League,” said Mourinho. “When the players go away for 10 or 15 days they can get tired, pick up injuries or lose focus. You never know how the players are going to react. ”

PSG are in a state of crisis. The French runners-up to Lyon last year are without a win this season and languish in the bottom half of their First Division… The French runners-up to Lyon last year are without a win this season and languish in the bottom half of their First Division. Meanwhile Manchester United are also enduring a miserable start to their season having won only once in five games and are already nine points behind Arsenal. The Gunners are on a rollThe Old Trafford giants travel to Lyon without at least eight senior players after injuries to Louis Saha, John O’Shea and Gary Neville while wonderboy Wayne Rooney is still three weeks away from kicking a ball following his Euro 2004 foot injury. United face a familiar adversary today in the shape of Sylvain Wiltord, who joined Lyon from Arsenal in the summer on a two-year contract. Wiltord could partner experienced Brazilian Giovane Elber. The third Anglo-French clash this week sees Liverpool meet Monaco on Wednesday with new Anfield boss Rafael Benitez, who took Valencia to the Spanish title last season, urging long-suffering Merseysiders that he can’t guarantee instant success. “I can’t promise trophies, just that I’ll prepare the Liverpool team in the best way I can,” said the Spaniard.

Yeovil could keep Stolcers
BBC News – Sep 14, 2004
“We’ll just have to wait and see. If he can help us while we try to get him match fit it’ll only help all round. ”

Johnson knows Stolcers from his spell as a coaching consultant with Latvia at Euro 2004.

Mikael’s ready to take on old mate
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 15, 2004
“For a defender, it helps if you know your opponent because you are ready for what he might do,” said the former Inter Milan player. “I know Sylvain well because we played together with Rennes and with France and I am sure that will benefit me. Like the United defence as a whole, Silvestre has not enjoyed the best start to the new campaign. The 27-year-old attracted plenty of criticism for the part he played in the blunder which led to Les Ferdinand’s goal for Bolton at the Reebok Stadium last Saturday, and with fellow left-footer Gabriel Heinze finally installed at Old Trafford, there have been suggestions Silvestre’s place in the Red Devils line-up may be at risk. With the injured Gary Neville and suspended Rio Ferdinand still sidelined, and John O’Shea less than 100 per cent fit after his recent thigh injury, Ferguson is unlikely to contemplate leaving Silvestre out. But as Silvestre knows, it remains an option for the future unless United’s creaky defence can stop conceding the sloppy goals which threaten to derail their season almost before it has begun. “I don’t know why we are making so many mistakes,” he said… “I don’t know why we are making so many mistakes,” he said. “If I did, we wouldn’t be making them. “It’s probably due to a mixture of things; the late return of players from Euro 2004, injuries and Rio’s ban. “When you are missing so many players, it is not easy to get ready for a new season. “At the moment all we can do is try to get everyone back as quickly as possible and stop making mistakes, because there have been far too many so far. And one man who will be ready to take advantage of any slips is Wiltord, who says: “We start with a big European clash and it would be nice to take all three points from a club like Manchester United.

Deco plays down Celtic chances
eleven-a-side.com – Sep 14, 2004
Deco rubbed salt in to the wounds of Celtic even further by stating that Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk were a more formidable side than the Celts. The former Porto player was part of the side that won the Champions League last season and the Uefa Club 12 months previous when the Portuguese side defeated Celtic 3-2 after extra-time. The diminutive playmaker moved to the Nou Camp during the summer following a disastrous Euro 2004 campaign that saw the Brazilian born midfielder turn out a number of poor performances for Portugal. “Seeing the draw it would be a catastrophe if Barcelona and Milan did not make it to the following round,” Deco told skysports. “However, in football everything is possible. Porto demonstrated last season how to be champions without being amongst the favourites for the title… “However, in football everything is possible. Porto demonstrated last season how to be champions without being amongst the favourites for the title. “The match in Glasgow will not be easy, but this Barca team is superior to the Scottish team. This situation is excellent for us. More than the Scottish team, Shakhtar Donetsk worries me. They can be one of the surprises of the group, since drawing or losing against them would be a disaster for the opponent.

Owen exit boosts Monaco
go.com – Sep 13, 2004
I believe he had some problems with his contract and I don’t know the full story, but no one enjoys playing against Owen so he is a big loss for Liverpool. ‘Even without him, they are far from short of top strikers. Baros showed what he can do at Euro 2004 and we know all about the ability of Djibril Cisse. Once he settles in England, I trust him to be a big success. ‘Cisse is a rare talent. Powerful, athletic, quick and skilful and there’s more to come from him. He’s a confidence player and when he is on his game, he takes a lot of stopping and is a lot like Michael Owen in many ways… ‘Two Spanish championships and a UEFA Cup speak for themselves. He’s clearly a good organiser, knows exactly what he wants and sets his team up to play purposefully and attractively. But in a new country, it will not be easy for him to produce quick results. ‘Liverpool have many, many strong individuals, players with a great pedigree. Hyypia is an extremely solid central defender, Baros is a talented striker, the German, Hamann, has a lot of experience and works intelligently to hold the midfield together. Then you have the young Spanish international Xabi Alonso, who looks a good prospect in the middle of the field. ‘They are all dangerous, but Liverpool depend a lot on Steven Gerrard.

Ruud rallies Reds
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 13, 2004
It is important for me now to get games,” said Ruud. “It was a good positive for me to have shaken off the injury and I am back playing now. The last proper game I had was in Euro 2004. “I had 45 mins against PSV in the Vodafone Cup and then I found out I needed an operation. It’s great to be playing again and I need games. I haven’t had any friendlies. “I was happy with 75 minutes at Bolton and now I want to build on that… ‘We have only lost one but are drawing too many. It is up to everybody, not just the strikers, to turn points into wins. We have worked so hard and sometimes we have been a bit unlucky. If we can play well as a team together I think we can pick it up together. ‘We are not far off. If you win one then you can get on a good run.

Inside Soccer: Season rolls; world’s a stage
nwsource.com – Sep 14, 2004
World Cup qualification got under way on five continents, with the usual suspects winning in Asia, England’s coach getting a little breathing room, and more teeth-grinding in France and Spain. CUP QUALIFIERS: Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson bought himself space with England’s 2-1 toppling of Poland in Chorzow on Wednesday courtesy of an own goal from Arkadiusz Glowacki. Still reeling from a sex scandal and a Euro 2004 exit that is unfairly being blamed on his preparation, Eriksson needed all the help he could get. Ironically, Eriksson got a respite from Britain’s tabloid front pages when FIFA’s president, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, weighed in after the match to criticize the England players for failing to talk with their media last Wednesday. The team made the stand after a newspaper published an illustration that featured goalkeeper David James as a donkey. James, sometimes nicknamed Calamity James by the news media, has been widely criticized for giving up a critical goal in a 2-2 tie against Austria. Blatter is also to meet with Eriksson personally… Speaking of San Jose, Friday is the deadline set by AEG, owners of the Quakes, for local ownership to emerge. The team is on the block and last week local media reported on a consortium of 50 area businessmen looking to buy the team. If not, AEG will sell to Mexico’s Club America, which wishes to relocate to Houston. Chiming in was commissioner Don Garber, who basically said this week that San Antonio would get a team. A similar statement was made about Seattle this year, and right enough, Seattle is odds on to enter in 2006. That Seattle team is playing right now — the Sounders, who are part of the bid group and are expected to in essence step up to MLS — and put on a championship performance this past weekend. The Sounders beat Vancouver 2-1 on aggregate and will face Montreal for the A-League crown Saturday.

Soccer News of Monday, 13 September 2004
ghanaweb.com – Sep 13, 2004
Subsequently, the company submitted its proposals for consideration and had since been in talks with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the works to kick-start. Based on its track record as having done similar jobs for most English clubs including Arsenals’ Anfield, Tottenham Hotspurs as well as the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, the Ministry entered into a gentleman’s agreement for work to begin while talks continued. The company also did some work on ticketing for the just ended Athens Olympic Games and the Euro 2004 games in Portugal. Mr Alex Tait, Chief Executive Officer of the company told the GNA Sports in Accra that the amount involved has not been finalized because a myriad of factors would have to be taken into account, which include the number of turnstiles to be serviced and the labour force required. Chiefly among the proposals is the need to use local work force while the unserviceable turnstiles are to be replaced at 7,000 pounds each. A software known as “Sentinel” is to be installed while the entire turnstile is to be networked to record the number of spectators who will entire the stadium at a given point and its correspondent revenue. The device is to check pilfering, promote the culture of advanced ticket sales and also give early emergency signals in case of any eventuality… Based on its track record as having done similar jobs for most English clubs including Arsenals’ Anfield, Tottenham Hotspurs as well as the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, the Ministry entered into a gentleman’s agreement for work to begin while talks continued. The company also did some work on ticketing for the just ended Athens Olympic Games and the Euro 2004 games in Portugal. Mr Alex Tait, Chief Executive Officer of the company told the GNA Sports in Accra that the amount involved has not been finalized because a myriad of factors would have to be taken into account, which include the number of turnstiles to be serviced and the labour force required. Chiefly among the proposals is the need to use local work force while the unserviceable turnstiles are to be replaced at 7,000 pounds each. A software known as “Sentinel” is to be installed while the entire turnstile is to be networked to record the number of spectators who will entire the stadium at a given point and its correspondent revenue. The device is to check pilfering, promote the culture of advanced ticket sales and also give early emergency signals in case of any eventuality. Mr Tait told the GNA that the Kaneshie and Kumasi stadia would also be taken care of and perhaps the new stadia to host the African Cup of Nations in 2008, but added, that it will be contingent on how effective the Accra Stadium work was executed.

Pub chain drops pint price in line with profits
Watford Observer – Sep 13, 2004
“This notwithstanding, we achieved another increase in sales per pub to their highest level ever and continue to generate strong cash flow. ”

According to Mr Martin, competitive pricing schemes by supermarkets have lead to a change in drinking habits – with more people opting to enjoy a tipple at home than ever before. He said: “When Wetherspoons started business 25 years ago, off-trade sales accounted for about 20 per cent of beer, wine and spirit consumption. “Estimates suggest that off-sales rose to a record 40 per cent of overall sales during Euro 2004 and that present trends indicate that off-sales could rise to about 50 per cent by 2010. ”

Mr Martin also said the past year had presented a challenging “political climate” for pubs. Heavy media coverage about binge drinking and anti-social behaviour has resulted in increasing scrutiny of pubs across the country. In response to this pressure, JD Wetherspoon has stopped two-for-one drinks deals and offering special double measures for the price of singles… Heavy media coverage about binge drinking and anti-social behaviour has resulted in increasing scrutiny of pubs across the country. In response to this pressure, JD Wetherspoon has stopped two-for-one drinks deals and offering special double measures for the price of singles. However this has not stopped the chain from introducing some competitive measures of its own. These include dropping the price of the firm’s biggest selling standard strength lager – Carling – to ?1. 49 per pint and launching an ambitious marketing campaign promoting a new traditional ale range. 10:35am Monday 13th September 2004.

LA TANIA UPDATE
Natives – Sep 14, 2004
Many familiar faces around this summer
with one of the biggest nights the Le Praz Summer World Cup Ski
Jumping. This was won by a Polish guy with a 127 metre jump on to
the astroturf – his madness only matched by the base jumpers from
helicopters opening up just above the 4,000 strong crowd and the
1am La Tania race UP the ski jump.

Rooney and a cast of thousands
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 13, 2004
But the sale has angered the Manchester United star’s former club, Everton, who only recently sold the cast on their new e-auction website to raise money for charity. The ‘1,600 raised then was split between the Down’s Syndrome Association and Claire House Children’s Hospice, on the Wirral. But the anonymous winning bidder has now placed the cast, signed by Rooney, on ebay for ‘400 more, although he claims he will make a donation to Liverpool Hospice once the auction is complete. An Everton spokesman said: “We are very disappointed… But the anonymous winning bidder has now placed the cast, signed by Rooney, on ebay for ‘400 more, although he claims he will make a donation to Liverpool Hospice once the auction is complete. An Everton spokesman said: “We are very disappointed. It is not in the spirit of what we are doing with e-auction. Rooney, who joined United in a ’27 million deal last month, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot following a tackle by defender Jorge Andrade during England’s quarter- final defeat by Portugal. It was a crushing blow to England’s chances, as the 18-year-old wonderkid had set the tournament alight, scoring four goals in the group stages.

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