Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 18, 2004

Campbell gives added strength

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT / FOOTBALL
* Cisse and Baros breathing new life into Benitez regime
* Ferdinand return excites Ferguson
* Campbell gives added strength
* PREMIERSHIP: Sam Allardyce – manager of the year
* Fergie: Bad start is down to me
* Rae’s say: Hail to Henrik
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features

BBC SPORT / FOOTBALL
BBC News – Sep 18, 2004
That ban comes to an end on 20 September. But how did the events unfold?

23 September

An official UK Sport drug-testing team arrive at United’s Carrington training ground to carry out random samples. Ferdinand is one of four players to have his name picked out of a hat. The players are allowed to shower after training before taking their tests but Ferdinand leaves before doing so and is later photographed shopping in Manchester city centre… Once Barber has left, a vote is taken and the players unanimously agree that they will threaten to strike if Ferdinand is not recalled. 8 October

Talks aimed at averting a strike start at breakfast time and continue throughout the day, even though the players do turn up for training. At 1600 BST, Barber tells the media the FA will not back down and that the players are meeting later to consider whether to go ahead with their threat to boycott the game. Five hours later, Eriksson and FA chief executive Mark Palios emerge to announce the squad will be travelling to Turkey after all. The players do not appear but launch a bitter attack on the FA in a written statement which is handed to journalists. 12 October

The FA announces it has begun a formal review of the affair and gives details of plans to seek retractions for any slanderous comments made against it with PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor thought to be a likely target. 13 October

Ferdinand – together with his legal team and PFA representatives – attends a personal interview with FA head of compliance Steve Barrow.

Cisse and Baros breathing new life into Benitez regime
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 16, 2004
Fine strikes from Djibril Cisse and the substitute Milan Baros brought three Group A points but it was the unsung work of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia that also impressed. A modest gathering from Monte Carlo, scarcely two yacht-loads, added to the gaps on the Anfield Road End. The Kop, though, was in typically good voice, lauding the contributions of Gerrard, Cisse and Benitez’s well-balanced Liverpool. Before Cisse’s spectacular 22nd-minute intervention, Benitez had been gesticulating towards the striker to bend his runs so as to avoid triggering Monaco’s well-drilled offside trap. Few tactics, however studiously researched or applied, could have prevented the move that culminated in this thrilling finish from Cisse… Gerrard drilled the ball from left to right, Finnan headed down to the unmarked Garcia, who slipped a left-footed volley horribly wide. Any anxiety disappeared with six minutes remaining. Josemi lifted a long ball through to Baros, who suddenly metamorphosed into his Euro 2004 persona. Bringing the ball down on his chest, the Czech Republic international glided around two attempted challenges, dummied to shoot with his right before transferring the ball on to his left and placing the most confident of shots into the net. Baros almost added a third but the visiting keeper saved. Milan against Roma, Liverpool against Monaco: it really was a European night at Anfield. Information appearing on telegraph.

Ferdinand return excites Ferguson
CNN International – Sep 17, 2004
Over the next few weeks we hope that once Gary Neville comes back, we will get back to playing a regular back four and then you’ll see the results will change. "United won only seven of their final 16 league games last season once the central defender’s suspension started in mid-January. The England international, who also missed Euro 2004, carried on training with his United team mates. "Rio has done fantastically well. You need a lot of patience and sacrifice because after training every day, you don’t have the joy of playing on a Saturday. And that is a big loss to a footballer," Ferguson said. "What we’ve tried to do with Rio is to try and focus on the fact that other players, namely Eric (Cantona) but also players like Roy Keane, Wes Brown and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have missed whole seasons because of injury and you have to treat it in the same sort of vein… And that is a big loss to a footballer," Ferguson said. "What we’ve tried to do with Rio is to try and focus on the fact that other players, namely Eric (Cantona) but also players like Roy Keane, Wes Brown and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have missed whole seasons because of injury and you have to treat it in the same sort of vein. "It’s not easy, but you have to keep digging away, looking forward to the day you come back. "Ferguson did not say whether the 25-year-old Ferdinand would make an instant return to the starting line-up. "I’ve got a major decision to make because what I’m trying to avoid is all the hype before Monday. "Manchester United have got a serious game against Liverpool and that’s the most important thing. Which individuals are going to play in the match is incidental to the importance of the match.

Campbell gives added strength
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 18, 2004
The England centre-half has not played since Euro 2004 but could return to first -team action against Manchester City next Saturday. Manager Arsène Wenger said: “He has had two or three weeks training with the ball and this is great news for Arsenal – he is back to normal now and it is healed. “At this stage of the season it is good to go into a period when you need all your players because at the start you do not need to rotate so much. But in October and November players go away for internationals and it is good to have everybody available.

PREMIERSHIP: Sam Allardyce – manager of the year
Squarefootball – Sep 18, 2004
As a result of this foreign influx, and with the steady consistency from the likes of Jaaskelainen and Pedersen, Sam is still building and creating stars as Bolton progress up the table. Kevin Davies has re-ignited his career and such players as Okocha are bound to have a great influence upon the likes of Nicky Hunt and Kevin Nolan rising through the Bolton ranks. Now Sam is attracting big names such as El Hadji Diouf one of the (self-proclaimed) top-ten players in the world, Real Madrid legend Ivan Campo and Euro 2004 winner ?Stelios?. The story of the Greek national side winning this summer?s tournament is not too dissimilar to that of Bolton?s. The labels of a hard-work ethic and underrated squad can be attributed to both Stelios? club and country. With the addition of Welsh international Gary Speed and Premiership veteran Les Ferdinand Bolton Wanderers are suddenly flooded with big names. You just have to look at squad player Fernando Hierro?s achievements in Spain and European competitions to now see the strength in depth at the Lancashire club.

Fergie: Bad start is down to me
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 18, 2004
The manager has taken the blame for the Reds’ worst start to a season for 15 years, saying it was his decision to agree to a tour of the United States which back-fired. With startling honesty, Sir Alex admitted to making a series of blunders when he took the initial decision to return to the USA, a decision that was taken shortly after the squad returned from their 2003 tour. Sir Alex said he had not considered the impact that the Copa America and Olympic Games might have in terms of making demands on players, although when the decision was taken, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Gabriel Heinze – the two men called away to play in those tournaments – were United players. And the manager had even got his dates mixed up over the end of the European Championships, believing they would finish at the end of June, when in fact the final was on July 4. The result was that a weakened squad was flown across the Atlantic, and then the Reds, coming under heavy criticism, were forced to call on the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes and Mikael Silvestre after just three days of training. With Ronaldo and Heinze at the Olympics, Kleberson at Copa America and other players returning late to pre-season after Euro 2004 commitments, United’s preparations were fragmented – and that is a big factor in the team’s current malaise. Now Sir Alex plans to give those players breaks during the season, once the current injury and suspension crisis is cleared up… And the manager had even got his dates mixed up over the end of the European Championships, believing they would finish at the end of June, when in fact the final was on July 4. The result was that a weakened squad was flown across the Atlantic, and then the Reds, coming under heavy criticism, were forced to call on the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes and Mikael Silvestre after just three days of training. With Ronaldo and Heinze at the Olympics, Kleberson at Copa America and other players returning late to pre-season after Euro 2004 commitments, United’s preparations were fragmented – and that is a big factor in the team’s current malaise. Now Sir Alex plans to give those players breaks during the season, once the current injury and suspension crisis is cleared up. Training “We knew we were going to struggle, because we had an obligation to go to America,” said Sir Alex. “In hindsight we made a mistake going there. “I wasn’t aware of the Copa America when I took on the US tour a year earlier.

Rae’s say: Hail to Henrik
go.com – Sep 17, 2004
Those of us who have sat down for one-on-one interviews with Larsson frequently find one particular tendency of his, rather unnerving. I’m referring to his habit of shunning direct eye contact while answering questions, looking off to one side instead. You quickly get the picture that it’s not that he’s being impolite. Essentially an introvert, Henrik Larsson simply prefers to let his football, rather than his mouth do the talking. It was exactly that way earlier this week. After coming on as a substitute midway through the second half, the ‘magnificent seven’ helped turn the tide in favour of his new club and at the expense of his old one. Larsson had a hand in the creation of Ludovic Giuly’s second goal and then accepted a gift from Alan Thompson, who seemed momentarily to forget which side his erstwhile teammate was on… Martin O’Neill’s men looked ordinary for much of their first European match post-Larsson. People at the club know deep down that without his hefty contributions, there would have been no trip to Seville for the UEFA Cup Final sixteen months ago and probably less domestic silverware. If none of this hits home with English doubters, consider the positive impact Larsson had on Sweden when he came out of international retirement to play for them at Euro 2004. Just as at the 2002 World Cup, the super Swede demonstrated that he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as the best strikers in the world. So, let’s forget any notion that Larsson has an asterisk against him through not having performed in the Premiership, shall we? The last time I checked, Van Basten, Shevchenko and Ronaldo have never played in England’s top flight. Henrik Larsson has nothing to prove to anyone.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 18, 2004
The Dutchman will also be leaving FC Flora where he has combined the role of coach with his national team duties since 2000. Unanimous voteThe EJL reached its decision late last night after an unanimous vote from its 13 board members. EJL president Indrek Kannik told uefa. com: “As a coach, a teacher of our young players and one of the creators of the coach education system in Estonia, Pijpers did an excellent job and has made a great contribution to the development of Estonian football… ”
Three titlesPijpers took the dual role of Flora and Estonia coach in November 2000 and he led the club to three consecutive titles between 2001 and 2003. This season Flora have struggled to match those standards and they are currently third in the league. With the national team, Pijpers had a good UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign, collecting eight points and recording goalless draws against Croatia and Bulgaria – both of whom reached the finals in Portugal. Arguably Pijpers’ best result in four years came in March 2002, when Estonia beat Russia 2-1 in a friendly. Final matchEstonia have won two of their opening three FIFA World Cup qualifiers and Pijpers’ last game in charge of Estonia will be the Group 3 match against Latvia on 13 October in Riga. With his contract ending on 15 November, it remains to be seen who will take charge of Estonia for their final international this year, the World Cup qualifier in Russia on 17 November. Under-21 coach Jelle Goes and FC Levadia Tallinn’s head coach Tarmo Rüütli are possible candidates.

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