Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 21, 2004

Eriksson denies Real link

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The News Review:

* Fred’s hero status hit by poor timing
* Vincent van dosh
* Rio is still not a Red
* Eriksson denies Real link
* FERDINAND BAN UPHELD
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Man Utd v Liverpool Report
* The road to nowhere
* Gerrard’s injury forces new shape on England
* United need Rio’s return to halt decline Kuznetsova travels round…
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Ferguson admits relief
* Campbell may face Man City
* PZPN president Michal Listkiewicz (PZPN)
* Real ready to line up Eriksson
* shanklygates.co.uk – Story

Fred’s hero status hit by poor timing
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 21, 2004
He scored 102 not out in Antigua in the midst of the US Masters and Millwall toning up for the FA Cup. He scored 63, 94 and 54 in successive Tests against New Zealand, while David Beckham decided to stay in Madrid, Lord Coe took over the London 2012 bid, Tim Henman lost in the French Open semi-final, Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea, the Derby was run and the countdown to Euro 2004 began. He scored 58 against the West Indies at Lord’s in July. The headlines were obsessed with Brian Lara. He then scored 167 at Edgbaston, a feat almost entirely lost in the farcical aftermath of the FA scandal in which almost all the major characters were separated from their trousers or their jobs or both… He scored 102 not out in Antigua in the midst of the US Masters and Millwall toning up for the FA Cup. He scored 63, 94 and 54 in successive Tests against New Zealand, while David Beckham decided to stay in Madrid, Lord Coe took over the London 2012 bid, Tim Henman lost in the French Open semi-final, Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea, the Derby was run and the countdown to Euro 2004 began. He scored 58 against the West Indies at Lord’s in July. The headlines were obsessed with Brian Lara. He then scored 167 at Edgbaston, a feat almost entirely lost in the farcical aftermath of the FA scandal in which almost all the major characters were separated from their trousers or their jobs or both. He scored an unbeaten 57 at Old Trafford, but almost everyone was looking next door at Manchester United’s antics in the Champions League.

Vincent van dosh
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 19, 2004
A Van Gogh in the entrance? That would be top banana ostentation, partly because the canvas is within grabbing distance of the street. It is in fact a copy, a little ironic joke at Tchenguiz’s own expense, and a talking point for visitors. Yet while the picture’s not an original, the point is that you do have to ask to find out. Undoubtedly, Tchenguiz could afford to buy a few real ones and not worry about the MOT bill for the fleet of cars. And the fact that he won £1m wagering on the outcome of the Euro 2004 football tournament all adds to the moneybags image. But more of that later. Tchenguiz, along with his younger brother Robert, has spent 15 years quietly building up a portfolio of commercial property worth an estimated £4bn… Yet while the picture’s not an original, the point is that you do have to ask to find out. Undoubtedly, Tchenguiz could afford to buy a few real ones and not worry about the MOT bill for the fleet of cars. And the fact that he won £1m wagering on the outcome of the Euro 2004 football tournament all adds to the moneybags image. But more of that later. Tchenguiz, along with his younger brother Robert, has spent 15 years quietly building up a portfolio of commercial property worth an estimated £4bn. There’s a lot of debt with that, and the Tchenguiz brothers have been criticised in the market for what some argued at the time was reckless borrowing.

Rio is still not a Red
The Observer – Sep 19, 2004
Apparently it’ll be as big as the Second Coming. Or – an even greater event, in Red eyes – as massive as the Cantona Comeback of October 1995. The Return Of Rio, after his eight-month ban, is being hailed in some media quarters as the moment that will transform United’s season. Sir Alex Ferguson himself sacrilegiously made the Cantona comparison explicit last week… How did Eric make the news during his sojourn? Hardly at all: he kept his head down while garnering widespread acclaim for his work with kids, which he didn’t feel the need to publicise. Ferdinand by contrast, has been a Sunday tabloid fixture, often in the most tawdry of contexts, and the subject of some sensationally scurrilous internet-circulated rumours, all of which – fairly or unfairly – have tainted his image. Trying to broker a shortening of the ban so that he might play in Euro 2004 went down badly; the ban-mocking TV ad for his protectors and pals at The Sun simply caused outrage. And many Mancunian Reds find the wannabe-gangsta, faux-rapper, Peckham wideboy lothario shtick that Rio’s so good at to be a total turn-off, which only Beckenbauer-standard football could overcome. In short, we don’t feel Ferdinand is One Of Us in the way Cantona was. What does he owe us? For starters, eight months of head-down, commitment. Oh, and no more Godawful Afros, please.

Eriksson denies Real link
BBC News – Sep 21, 2004
The most prolific claims surrounded a move to Stamford Bridge earlier this year. On that occasion, the Football Association reacted quickly to offer their coach a new contract – and a hefty pay rise. However, many believe that Eriksson’s off-the-field problems, coupled with England’s disappointment at Euro 2004, mean the FA would not now stand in the way of an Eriksson departure. Had the England coach been sacked over the scandal surrounding his relationship with secretary Faria Alam in the summer, the FA would have been forced to pay huge compensation to the Swede. That was perceived as the stumbling block that saved Eriksson’s job. Conversely, an approach by Real Madrid for his services would allow the FA to claim significant compensation. But Beckham insisted the claims were purely hypothetical following Camacho’s departure after only three games in charge.

FERDINAND BAN UPHELD
Sportinglife.com – Sep 20, 2004
For the second time in three months, the ?29. 3million Manchester Uniteddefender faced a blaze of flashlights and attempted to come to terms with aneight-month suspension for a costly missed drugs test at his club’s Carringtontraining ground on September 23 last year. Unless he decides to go for – and win – another appeal at the Court ofArbitration for Sport in Switzerland, Ferdinand will now be banned from allfootball until September 20, ruling him out of the rest of United’s ailingPremiership campaign, the start of the next one, plus the whole of Euro 2004 andEngland’s first two World Cup qualifiers in Poland and Austria. It’s a hefty penalty for an act of forgetfulness, which is what theindependent three-man appeal panel indirectly acknowledged Ferdinand was guiltyof in missing the random test when their verdict was announced following athree-hour hearing and two-and-a-half hours’ deliberation. However, the hardline stance of FA chief executive Mark Palios ensured theoriginal suspension was upheld, even if the panel, chaired by leading QC IanMill rejected the governing body’s desire to see the punishment increased to 12months. Panel spokesman Nick Barron confirmed: “In reaching our conclusion, theappeal board discounted the possibility that Mr Ferdinand’s reasons for nottaking the test were drug-related. “But having considered the matter very fully, the appeal board have todaydismissed Mr Ferdinand’s appeals, both against conviction and sanction… That remains our view. A United statement later added: “We are disappointed given the nature of theappeal. “As the detailed judgement has not yet been received, it is impossible atthis stage for the club to make any further comment. Ironically, the QC demanding his punishment should be increased on Thursday, MarkGay, was the man responsible for Greg Rusedski escaping without punishment forhis positive test for nandrolone. Having expressed his own hope that Ferdinand may get a reduction in hispunishment, England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is sure to be dismayed. Should the Swede carry on in his present position, the next time he will beable to select Ferdinand will be against Wales – at Old Trafford of all places -on October 9. Ferdinand will now take advice on the issue before deciding whether to pushthe matter further, although how much leniency the defender can expect is opento question with the Court of Arbitration based in Switzerland, the powerbase ofFIFA president Sepp Blatter.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Man Utd v Liverpool Report
go.com – Sep 20, 2004
Neither United man could react fast enough to do anything but turn in horror as the ball rolled slowly over the line but, thanks to Silvestre, it did not prove to be the pivotal moment of the game. Ferdinand’s return had been widely predicted as a obvious solution to the defensive problems that have consigned United to an unusual mid-table berth even at this early stage of the season. Yet anyone observing the breathtaking first 45 minutes who had not seen the Red Devils in action already would have wondered what the fuss was all about. Djibril Cisse did have one early chance to put Liverpool in front but aside from that the visitors were metaphorically, and literally on a sodden Manchester evening, swamped. On the night he became only the third United player to make 600 appearances for the club, Giggs can be delighted with his personal contribution but yet again his wing twin Cristiano Ronaldo produced all the trickery, leaving the Liverpool defence floundering. Once the young Portuguese star gains the vision to match his skill, few defenders in the world will be able to live with him. As it is, there is still some work for Ferguson to do, although not as much as the beleaguered Liverpool defence were faced with trying to stop him… ‘With Ferdinand available again, Ruud van Nistelrooy reaching full matchsharpness after his third outing of the season and Cristiano Ronaldo showing noill-effects from his arduous summer, the United squad is starting to show itsstrength again. Ferguson still has a few players to come back, notably Rooney, who has yet tomake his debut since completing a ?27million move from Everton at the end oflast month. The 18-year-old had a further scan today on the foot he broke in England’sEuro 2004 defeat to Portugal this summer and the results were encouraging enoughto allow the United boss to pencil in a debut date against Middlesbrough onOctober 3. ‘It’s going to be about two more weeks,’ said Ferguson. ‘Wayne will go back to see the specialist on Thursday but I think we arelooking at the Middlesbrough game. ‘By that time we should have Gary Neville and Louis Saha back and then youwill start to see the strength of Manchester United. ‘Even with the players he currently has available, Ferguson’s men were too goodfor Liverpool, who were too timid in the opening half and were unable tocapitalise on their fortunate leveller.

The road to nowhere
go.com – Sep 21, 2004
A 3-1 midweek win at Ternana in the Italian Cup – a competition no one cares about until the two-legged final comes and the TV stations who air it start boring viewers senseless with ads promoting it – did little to raise the general feeling of uneasiness and the first half against Milan only served to deepen the gloom. Coach Carlo Mazzone wisely chose to field a defensively minded side. But being cautious should not mean barely getting into Milan’s half and the Rossoblu were constantly under siege, Pagliuca again standing out as the man-of-the-match – as voted by those renowned evaluators of talent, the journalists covering the game. Things looked slightly better in the second half, but Milan always looked a whisker away from scoring – Pippo Inzaghi hitting the inside of a post within minutes of coming on following a lengthy lay-off. Soon after Kaka was fouled by Colucci inside the penalty area and Shevcenko sent Pagliuca the wrong way from the spot. This sparked some ugly scenes in the section of the main stand where Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was sitting. Again, as in Roma last week, residents of the so called and grossly misnamed “tribuna d’onore” (tribuna means stand, and you can make your own joke about the true meaning of the “honour”-onore thing) were guilty of the worst excesses; blaming Galliani for the ref’s obviously correct decision… With the new 20-team format and three clubs going down it is more likely that at least a couple of the newly-promoted teams, despite their (predictably) strong starts, could fade. The big picture, though, matters more than the day-to-day proceedings. After the Milan match, during which a less than complimentary – but not obscene or strong worded – banner in the local dialect had been raised in the home end inviting Gazzoni to take cover if he doesn’t want to spend money, the owner himself said he’s willing to sell the club for 35 million euros (about 42 million dollars). A more than reasonable price. but who is going to buy it, if all he’d face is a constant struggle to balance the books.

Gerrard’s injury forces new shape on England
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 21, 2004
The curse of the metatarsal has plagued Eriksson’s reign since he lost Gary Neville to the injury – effectively a broken toe – for the 2002 World Cup and was forced to take David Beckham to Japan only half-fit after the midfielder was rushed back from a break sustained against Deportivo La Coruna. Wayne Rooney is still in the process of recovering from a broken metatarsal in his right foot sustained against Portugal at Euro 2004. Like Rooney, Gerrard faces a lay-off of about three months, meaning he will miss England’s matches against Wales and Azerbaijan next month. He will also miss the whole of Liverpool’s group stage in the Champions League and be unavailable for about 13 Premiership matches… The absence of Gerrard against Wales, when Eriksson will also be missing Neville and will have a tough decision to make on Rooney, could mean a first start for Shaun Wright-Phillips, who scored on his debut against Ukraine last month. He would take Beckham’s right-wing spot, with the England captain moving into a central role. The Manchester City winger was first choice to replace Gerrard if the Liverpool captain had not come through a late fitness test before the World Cup qualifier against Austria earlier this month. It would also allow England to combat the threat of Ryan Giggs with a player who also operates as a traditional winger. Eriksson could choose, however, to replace Gerrard with a similar ball-wining midfielder in Nicky Butt or Owen Hargreaves, although the option of Wright-Phillips would allow him to play Beckham in a role that is becoming his preferred position. The loss of Gerrard will prove even more devastating for Liverpool, who now look conspicuously light on ball-winning central midfielders since the departure of Danny Murphy – yet another England midfielder who has fractured a metatarsal in the past – to Charlton. They are left with Dietmar Hamann, relegated to the bench for the United match, and Xabi Alonso, the £10.

United need Rio’s return to halt decline Kuznetsova travels round…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Sep 19, 2004
Ferdinand, who was banned for missing a drugs test a year ago, is available for the first time for Monday’s match against Liverpool, by which time United could trail Arsenal by 12 points in the Premier League. The contrast with the time when the Ferdinand last took the pitch in the famous red shirt, at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Jan. 17, could not be greater. United were champions, led the Premier League and had eased into the last 16 of the Champions League. They had won 15, drawn two and lost two of the 19 League games in which the England defender featured. It took just 17 minutes from Ferdinand hobbling off injured at Molineux to start his ban for United’s season to take a turn for the worse when Kenny Miller scored a goal that proved to be a match-winner for Wolves. The next day Arsenal beat Aston Villa to leapfrog United and take a lead in the standings they never relinquished… Huge importance
Add to the mix the loss to injury for a month of another England defender in Gary Neville, and a stuttering 2-2 start to their Champions League campaign against Olympique Lyon and Ferdinand’s return takes on a huge importance. Expectations have always been high, however, for the 25-year-old Londoner, whose pace, comfort on the ball, strength in the air and ability to read the game make him a rare talent among British centre-halves. While missing the routine test that brought about his ban and ruled him out of Euro 2004 might call into question his judgement, there is no doubting his talent. Understandably, Ferguson will be delighted to welcome back the man he made the most expensive defender in the world when he signed him from Leeds United for 30 million pounds ($53. 99 million) in 2002. The Scot has backed Ferdinand in much the same way he did Frenchman Eric Cantona, whose nine-month ban for kicking a spectator in 1995 coincided with United losing the League title they had won the previous two years. "Rio has been fantastic," Ferguson said.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Ferguson admits relief
BBC News – Sep 20, 2004
He said: “It’s always welcome. You go through a period where there are a lot of changes in the team and injuries and you get the results you do not expect. “We were so dominant and played so well but we didn’t turn that into goals. “We couldn’t get going really and then they scored and that got us going again. I think we deserved to win. ”

Ferguson also revealed he expects Wayne Rooney to be ready for action in early October, possibly for the game against Middlesbrough on 3 October… I think we deserved to win. ”

Ferguson also revealed he expects Wayne Rooney to be ready for action in early October, possibly for the game against Middlesbrough on 3 October. The 18-year-old had a further scan on Monday on the foot he broke in England’s Euro 2004 defeat to Portugal this summer. “It’s going to be about two more weeks,” said Ferguson. “Wayne will go back to see the specialist on Thursday but I think we are looking at the Middlesbrough game. “By that time we should have Gary Neville and Louis Saha back and then you will start to see the strength of Manchester United. ”

Ferguson dropped Tim Howard for the Liverpool game, replacing him with Roy Carroll.

Campbell may face Man City
BBC News – Sep 21, 2004
The England defender played 90 minutes in a 4-0 win over Coventry to the delight of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. “I will give him time, but it could be short as he does not have fitness problems and it is a case of seeing how he reacts to injury,” Wenger said. “We could consider him for the next game, as we need defensive stability. ”

Campbell has been recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, aggravated while playing for England in Euro 2004. And his return will also lift England coach Sven-Goran
Eriksson, whose side face Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford early next month. Wenger added: “It was great to see Sol out there… “I will give him time, but it could be short as he does not have fitness problems and it is a case of seeing how he reacts to injury,” Wenger said. “We could consider him for the next game, as we need defensive stability. ”

Campbell has been recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, aggravated while playing for England in Euro 2004. And his return will also lift England coach Sven-Goran
Eriksson, whose side face Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford early next month. Wenger added: “It was great to see Sol out there. He was
playing in a good side with good young pros and it was his first game since the
European Championships. “It has been nearly three months and for us to have him back just before the
winter period is a tremendous boost.

PZPN president Michal Listkiewicz (PZPN)
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 20, 2004
And for boys growing up in the country, there were some famous role models to follow. Wasted opportunityFootball pitches all over Poland were full of youngsters playing in shirts with the names of celebrated players like Grzegorz Lato, Kazimierz Deyna, Zbigniew Boniek, Andrzej Szarmach and Jan Tomaszewski. Unfortunately, this gilt-edged opportunity to rejuvenate the game on the back of all this success was not taken, and new stadiums, football grounds and football academies did not appear. European droughtDespite our World Cup and Olympic triumphs, Poland have never reached the finals of the UEFA European Championship, a fact we at the PZPN are all too aware of. We came very close to rectifying this during qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™, but narrowly missed out to an inspired Latvia. Youth consolationOur consolation has been the consistent performances shown at youth level. Poland were UEFA European Under-16 champions in 1993 and U18 winners in 2001, runners-up in various age categories in 1961, 1980, 1981 and 1999, and placed third in 1972, 1974, 1978 and 1984… Unfortunately, this gilt-edged opportunity to rejuvenate the game on the back of all this success was not taken, and new stadiums, football grounds and football academies did not appear. European droughtDespite our World Cup and Olympic triumphs, Poland have never reached the finals of the UEFA European Championship, a fact we at the PZPN are all too aware of. We came very close to rectifying this during qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™, but narrowly missed out to an inspired Latvia. Youth consolationOur consolation has been the consistent performances shown at youth level. Poland were UEFA European Under-16 champions in 1993 and U18 winners in 2001, runners-up in various age categories in 1961, 1980, 1981 and 1999, and placed third in 1972, 1974, 1978 and 1984. So, in junior football, we have enjoyed some tremendous success down the years. Football academiesOn 1 September 2004, we plan to open football academies in 16 districts.

Real ready to line up Eriksson
chinadaily.com.cn – Sep 20, 2004
Real president Florentino Perez tried to recruit Eriksson last year and will
go back in for him if he fails today to talk Camacho out of quitting. A call from Madrid could be the answer to the FA??s prayers. Soho Square bosses wanted to ditch Swede Eriksson after he flopped at Euro
2004 and scored in the sack with FA secretary Faria Alam. But Eriksson??s ??5million-a-year contract, which runs until 2008, would hand
him a staggering ??14m pay-off. The FA would not have to pay Eriksson a penny if he decided to walk. Joining Real would see him link up with England stars Beckham, Michael Owen
and Jonathan Woodgate… Soho Square bosses wanted to ditch Swede Eriksson after he flopped at Euro
2004 and scored in the sack with FA secretary Faria Alam. But Eriksson??s ??5million-a-year contract, which runs until 2008, would hand
him a staggering ??14m pay-off. The FA would not have to pay Eriksson a penny if he decided to walk. Joining Real would see him link up with England stars Beckham, Michael Owen
and Jonathan Woodgate.

shanklygates.co.uk – Story
Shankly Gates – Sep 19, 2004
Alonso should be preferred again to Hamann after forging an impressive midfield partnership with Steven Gerrard against Monaco. Monday will see the return of Rio Ferdinand after his lengthy ban. Alex Ferguson said in his programme notes for the game; “Some might have thought that I would give Rio a warm-up game, but that has not been possible and I think it is best that I throw him in at the deep end. ” Also new signing Wayne Rooney could make the bench after recovering from his Euro 2004 injury. “Rooney is training,” said United manager Ferguson. “But we can’t do anything until he goes before the medics on Monday morning. “This tie represents the toughest test yet for Rafa Benitez but recent impressive displays and a stuttering start from United will give the Reds a lot of confidence ahead of the trip to the Theatre of dreams… Monday will see the return of Rio Ferdinand after his lengthy ban. Alex Ferguson said in his programme notes for the game; “Some might have thought that I would give Rio a warm-up game, but that has not been possible and I think it is best that I throw him in at the deep end. ” Also new signing Wayne Rooney could make the bench after recovering from his Euro 2004 injury. “Rooney is training,” said United manager Ferguson. “But we can’t do anything until he goes before the medics on Monday morning. “This tie represents the toughest test yet for Rafa Benitez but recent impressive displays and a stuttering start from United will give the Reds a lot of confidence ahead of the trip to the Theatre of dreams. Man Utd (from): Howard, Carroll, P Neville, Heinze, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Keane, Spector, Bardsley, Eagles, Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy, Djemba-Djemba, Miller, Kleberson, Bellion, Richardson, Fletcher, Giggs, Scholes, Smith, Liverpool (from): Dudek, Josemi, Carragher, Hyypia, Riise, Finnan, Gerrard, Hamann, Alonso, Kewell, Cisse, Baros, Garcia, Kirkland, Warnock, Biscan, Diao, Traore, Henchoz.

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