Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 24, 2004

Fly.be rapped for ‘harass Swiss ref’ email ad

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The News Review:

* Nedved quits Czech team
* England primed to sweep out of the shadows
* Tottenham v Man Utd: Preview
* Fly.be rapped for ‘harass Swiss ref’ email ad
* Saying a prayer for Hearts
* Giggs is handed Wales squad recall
* Soggy summer spells boardroom gloom
* Cole maintains England ambitions
* Campbell on verge of Gunners return
* Blake calls time on Wales
* Summer of sport: It’s over
* Manchester City braced for Arsenal visit
* Sun Jihai’s Man City braced for Arsenal visit
* English Premier League previews
* SI.com – Soccer – Klinsmann’s desire to move World Cup base…

Nedved quits Czech team
BBC News – Sep 24, 2004
Nedved, who suffered the injury in the Euro 2004 semi-final defeat to Greece, said: “It really saddens me to be leaving the national team. ”

He added: “I believe that my former team-mates, who I was honoured to play with, as well as my fans will respect and understand my decision. “I do not want to be seen as leaving without feeling or as being disgruntled. ”

Nedved’s last game was in the semi-final defeat in Euro 2004 and he was sorely missed in the team’s last two matches, a 0-0 draw in a friendly against Greece and a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands in their first World Cup qualifying match. “I was surprised by his decision,” Czech coach Karel Bruckner said. “I accept it as a reality.

England primed to sweep out of the shadows
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 24, 2004
The ICC Champions Trophy is not the Cricket World Cup, but with no Olympics, Wimbledon or Euro 2004 in opposition, it is big enough to steal the main scene and earn reviews that could live on for years to come. Although finalists in three World Cups (1979, ’83 and ’92) the big one-day win has eluded them. Adding such a weighty trophy to their summer whitewashes, as well as.

Tottenham v Man Utd: Preview
go.com – Sep 24, 2004
During Rio Ferdinand’s enforced absence from the scene, Ledley King has excelled both for Tottenham and England, producing memorable performances at Euro 2004 and again in the recent World Cup qualifiers. But now Ferdinand is back and he is set to make his second Barclays Premiership start of the season for Manchester United against Tottenham, determined to regain his England place. As Tottenham head coach Jacques Santini acknowledged, Eriksson has a “little problem” heading into the World Cup qualifier against Wales, with Chelsea’s John Terry and Sol Campbell – if he can shake off his Achilles injury – also pushing for selection. Santini identified King soon after arriving at Tottenham as the man to base his rebuilding project on… During Rio Ferdinand’s enforced absence from the scene, Ledley King has excelled both for Tottenham and England, producing memorable performances at Euro 2004 and again in the recent World Cup qualifiers. But now Ferdinand is back and he is set to make his second Barclays Premiership start of the season for Manchester United against Tottenham, determined to regain his England place. As Tottenham head coach Jacques Santini acknowledged, Eriksson has a “little problem” heading into the World Cup qualifier against Wales, with Chelsea’s John Terry and Sol Campbell – if he can shake off his Achilles injury – also pushing for selection. Santini identified King soon after arriving at Tottenham as the man to base his rebuilding project on. No longer would King sit in the midfield holding role, he was to command from the back.

Fly.be rapped for ‘harass Swiss ref’ email ad
Register – Sep 22, 2004
be said the email did not contain any negative Swiss stereotypes. It asserted that the email reflected the mood of the nation, in a humorous way, on the day after England’s defeat to Portugal in Euro 2004. The airline claimed their email did not encourage recipients to harass Mr Meier, but “merely to leave him feedback”. The Authority rejected this argument and upheld the complaint. Yes the email was intended to be humorous, and did not contain any negative Swiss stereotypes, but it was irresponsible of Fly… be said the email did not contain any negative Swiss stereotypes. It asserted that the email reflected the mood of the nation, in a humorous way, on the day after England’s defeat to Portugal in Euro 2004. The airline claimed their email did not encourage recipients to harass Mr Meier, but “merely to leave him feedback”. The Authority rejected this argument and upheld the complaint. Yes the email was intended to be humorous, and did not contain any negative Swiss stereotypes, but it was irresponsible of Fly. be to direct more attention at Meier, ASA ruled.

Saying a prayer for Hearts
BBC News – Sep 23, 2004
That is carrot, as in soup, rather than carat, as in precious metal. Of course, two and a half grand, for most of us, is not a sum to be sniffed at. It equates to a lot of time at the coal face for your average working man. But, in the glitzy world of football at the highest level, I have to inform you that this is loose change in the pocket of your average superstar. Some will have earned it in the time it has taken me to sweat over this epistle… But if there are to be more such joyous occasions then Hearts will have to make their defence lock fast in Portgual. I suspect Levein will need another goal over there in the Estadio Municipal, a stadium uniquely constructed for Euro 2004 in the sense that they dispensed with the tradition of a stand behind a goal and made do with a cliff face. Rangers, at Ibrox against Maritimo, I am convinced will make it, and Celtic are never without hope wherever they play, even in the glorious atmosphere of the San Siro, one of the truly legendary stadia of the world. I love European nights, the anticipation of seeing new faces and adventuring to different lands. And I adore the swagger that comes when a Scottish club has done well. But I offer a special prayer for the Hearts.

Giggs is handed Wales squad recall
CNN International – Sep 23, 2004
Giggs was suspended for the disappointing draws against Azerbaijan (1-1) and Northern Ireland (2-2) but his return for the England match at Old Trafford, his home ground, on October 9 is a huge boost for outgoing manager Mark Hughes. Giggs, who has 48 caps for his country, was unavailable for the first two Group Six qualifiers after UEFA handed him a two-match ban following an elbowing incident in last season’s Euro 2004 playoff defeat by Russia. Birmingham’s combative midfielder Robbie Savage is also in the squad, although he will be suspended for the match against England after he was sent off in the match against Northern Ireland. Wales, who have not qualified for a major finals since the 1958 World Cup, last played England 20 years ago when they won 1-0 in Wrexham. Hughes is in charge of his last two matches after taking over at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on September 15… Giggs, who has 48 caps for his country, was unavailable for the first two Group Six qualifiers after UEFA handed him a two-match ban following an elbowing incident in last season’s Euro 2004 playoff defeat by Russia. Birmingham’s combative midfielder Robbie Savage is also in the squad, although he will be suspended for the match against England after he was sent off in the match against Northern Ireland. Wales, who have not qualified for a major finals since the 1958 World Cup, last played England 20 years ago when they won 1-0 in Wrexham. Hughes is in charge of his last two matches after taking over at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers on September 15.

Soggy summer spells boardroom gloom
BBC News – Sep 24, 2004
Analysts say current corporate pressures need to be set against a background of cutthroat competition, interest rate increases in May, June, and August and rising fuel costs. Euro 2004 boost

Despite the rate rise, High Street sales raced ahead in May as a spell of sunny weather encouraged shoppers to continue spending. In the run-up to the Euro 2004 football championships, TVs, clothing, sportswear and garden furniture were selling fast and supermarkets reported beer sales had doubled. JJB Sports was benefiting from Euro 2004 as replica football shirts flew off the shelves… Later on poor weather affected garden centre sales, and prompted clothing retailers to slash prices to attract customers. Heavy discounting followed and resulted in a rise in clothing and footwear sales in August compared with July. But not all retailers were able to benefit. Kingfisher found sales of kitchen and bathroom ranges at its B&Q stores helped offset poor sales of garden equipment. But discount retail chain Your More Store said it was shutting 70 of its 180 shops after suffering increasing pressure from tight margins and heavy competition. Winners and losers

The gloom is not universal, however. Tesco, Next and John Lewis have come out with sparkling results in recent weeks.

Cole maintains England ambitions
go.com – Sep 23, 2004
Cole noted that several other flair players, presumably including the likes ofMatt Le Tissier, Steve McManaman or Rodney Marsh, had never made theinternational impact that their talent seemed to warrant. While he was reluctant to place himself in the same category, it is clear thatthe Chelsea midfielder is worried whether he can force his way into Sven-GoranEriksson’s plans. After all, Cole travelled to the Euro 2004 finals but failed to play a singleminute in any of England’s four games at the tournament. And just when he was then being hailed as the possible replacement for PaulScholes on the left flank, he was left on the bench in Austria and did not evenmake it out of the stands in Poland. Given that he has been a regular in Chelsea’s side over recent weeks,something which Eriksson demanded of him before he could play for England, it isnot hard to see why Cole seems frustrated. He declared: ‘Obviously, I feel that I’m the man to do the job. England needa player like me… England needa player like me. People keep on saying it, but how many times have England hada flair player in their ranks and not used them? ‘I don’t know whether it’s because we’re naturally a pessimistic race, asopposed to the Spanish or Portuguese, with their flair and Latin blood. ‘But there’s been many great players down the years – and I’m not puttingmyself in the same category as them – who never got a chance for England. Luckily, I’m still young and I’ve got time on my side. ‘I’ve felt that, when I’ve played for England, I’ve deserved to stay in theside at times. But I’m not going to let this get me down. ‘I love playing for my country and I feel that I’ve got so much to offer.

Campbell on verge of Gunners return
go.com – Sep 24, 2004
ARSENAL –>Updated: Sep. 24, 2004Campbell on verge of Gunners returnArsenal defender Sol Campbell was today facing a fitness test to determine whether he is ready to make his long-awaited comeback after injury in tomorrow’s match at Manchester City. Campbell, whose previous competitive game had been England’s quarter-finaldefeat by Portugal at the Euro 2004 finals, took part in Arsenal’s reservesclash against Coventry on Monday night. In his reappearance after an Achilles injury, the 30-year-old centre-backlasted for the full 90 minutes, and Wenger must be tempted to bring him straightback into the first-team. After all, although the Gunners lead the Premier League by two points and areunbeaten, they have conceded seven goals in their six league games so far thisseason. That is already six more goals given away than second-placed Chelsea and thetwo goals conceded at home to Bolton last weekend at Highbury led to two pointsbeing dropped. With Pascal Cygan having at times been exposed in Campbell’s absence, Wengeradmitted earlier this week that ‘we could consider Sol for the next game, as weneed defensive stability’… That is already six more goals given away than second-placed Chelsea and thetwo goals conceded at home to Bolton last weekend at Highbury led to two pointsbeing dropped. With Pascal Cygan having at times been exposed in Campbell’s absence, Wengeradmitted earlier this week that ‘we could consider Sol for the next game, as weneed defensive stability’. He is, however, still keen not to rush Campbell back into action too quickly,being determined not to risk the defender’s long-term fitness for a short-termgain. It all adds to a considerable selection dilemma for the Arsenal boss, who willotherwise continue to pair Kolo Toure with Cygan in central defence at the Cityof Manchester Stadium. ‘I don’t know yet,’ admitted Wenger last night. ‘It is too early to makethat kind of decision. It is a possibility, even though at the moment I want tosee how Sol reacts in training every day.

Blake calls time on Wales
BBC News – Sep 23, 2004
“It’s come to a stage where I have to put myself and my family first,” Blake told BBC Wales Sport. “International football was becoming a very difficult thing to do because I was spending a lot of time away but not always being involved. ”

Blake, 32, made his Wales debut 10 years ago and went on to win 29 caps, scoring four goals. His last appearance for his country came as a substitute in last November’s 1-0 Euro 2004 second-leg play-off defeat to Russia in Cardiff. “If we qualified for the 2006 World Cup [in Germany] I’ll be 34 and the chances of me being involved would be very slight,” Blake added. “I think it’s just a good time to go… “International football was becoming a very difficult thing to do because I was spending a lot of time away but not always being involved. ”

Blake, 32, made his Wales debut 10 years ago and went on to win 29 caps, scoring four goals. His last appearance for his country came as a substitute in last November’s 1-0 Euro 2004 second-leg play-off defeat to Russia in Cardiff. “If we qualified for the 2006 World Cup [in Germany] I’ll be 34 and the chances of me being involved would be very slight,” Blake added. “I think it’s just a good time to go. ”

Blake, who has started only twice for his new club Leicester this season, insisted his decision to quit Wales had nothing to do with the imminent departure of manager Mark Hughes. Injuries have limited Blake’s club appearances over recent months, but the former Cardiff City forward says he hopes his retirement from international football will improve his chances of succes with the Foxes.

Summer of sport: It’s over
BBC News – Sep 22, 2004
Alas, autumn is now officially upon us, and the glorious summer of sport is nearly at an end. Once the ICC Champions Trophy is over, that will be it. But hey – do not allow depression to tug at your trouser-legs. Sure, there’s sadness in the air – but oh, the memories, the memories. THE MIGHTIEST MAN

Almost 20 years ago, huge-haired rock siren Bonnie Tyler surveyed the dearth of talent in English cricket and asked: “Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods?… Two months later, 17-year-old Amir Khan punched his way to an Olympic silver medal and found none other than former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield cheering in his corner. Then, as September began, 17-year-old Andrew Murray stormed to the US Open junior title with a straight-sets win that looked so easy you wondered if he was holding two racquets. Girls – put that in your pipe and smoke it. At the very least it’ll make a pleasant change from the weed.

Manchester City braced for Arsenal visit
abc.net.au – Sep 24, 2004
The former England manager is hoping, however, that a 2-1 win over promoted Crystal Palace and a 7-1 League Cup demolition of Barnsley will make his team believe they can get a result against Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking Gunners. “We have got some momentum going and we have a good spirit around the place,” Keegan told the club’s web site. “There is a very thin line between a lack of confidence and people saying that the spirit is not good. “Players, when they don’t win football matches and repeatedly get disappointed when they think they are going to go forward, can lose confidence. “That can look sometimes like a lack of spirit when it is a lack of confidence. Now we have two wins on the trot and a game on Saturday that everyone will relish. ”

Keegan said the key for his players was to set targets… “Anyone can be negative but being positive is something you have to be and you must picture yourselves beating Arsenal,” he said. Campbell hopes

Arsenal need no such motivation as they look to extend their unbeaten league record to 47 games against a side they also meet in the League Cup third round next month. Manager Arsene Wenger hopes England central defender Sol Campbell will play his first game since Euro 2004 after injury, providing a further boost for the league leaders after the successful return from injury of skipper Patrick Vieira. In other Premier League matches, second-placed Chelsea get the action underway in Saturday’s early kick-off at Middlesbrough, Manchester United travel to unbeaten Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool host Norwich City. Surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Spurs last weekend, Chelsea are likely to face two players they recently offloaded to Boro – striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and fellow Dutchman Boudewijn Zenden in midfield. Boro are tough to beat on their own turf and Jose Mourinho’s side need to put aside thoughts of next week’s Champions League matches against their manager’s old club Porto. Manchester United, buoyed by the return of defender Rio Ferdinand in Monday’s victory over old rivals Liverpool, aim to become the first team to beat Spurs this season.

Sun Jihai’s Man City braced for Arsenal visit
chinadaily.com.cn – Sep 24, 2004
The former England manager is hoping, however, that a 2-1 win over
promoted Crystal Palace and a 7-1 League Cup demolition of Barnsley will make
his team believe they can get a result against Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking
Gunners. “We have got some momentum going and we have a good spirit around the
place,” Keegan told the club’s website. “There is a very thin line between a lack of confidence and people
saying that the spirit is not good. Players, when they don’t win football
matches and repeatedly get disappointed when they think they are going to go
forward, can lose confidence. “That can look sometimes like a lack of spirit when it is a lack of
confidence. Now we have two wins on the trot and a game on Saturday that
everyone will relish. ”
Keegan said the key for his players was to set targets… “Anyone can be negative but being positive is something you have to be
and you must picture yourselves beating Arsenal,” he said. CAMPBELL HOPES
Arsenal need no such motivating as they look to extend their unbeaten
league record to 47 games against a side they also meet in the League Cup third
round next month. Manager Arsene Wenger hopes England central defender Sol Campbell will
play his first game since Euro 2004 after injury, providing a further boost for
the league leaders after the successful return from injury of skipper Patrick
Vieira. Second-placed Chelsea get the action underway in Saturday’s early
kick-off at Middlesbrough, Manchester United travel to unbeaten Tottenham
Hotspur and Liverpool host Norwich City. Surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by Spurs last weekend, Chelsea are
likely to face two players they recently offloaded to Boro — striker Jimmy
Floyd Hasselbaink and fellow Dutchman Boudewijn Zenden in midfield. Boro are
tough to beat on their own turf and Jose Mourinho’s side need to put aside
thoughts of next week’s Champions League game against their manager’s old club
Porto. Manchester United, buoyed by the return of defender Rio Ferdinand in
Monday’s victory over old rivals Liverpool, aim to become the first team to beat
Spurs this season.

English Premier League previews
SI.com – Sep 24, 2004
Goalkeeper Russell Hoult will also come back after missing two matches with illnes. Manchester United (8) Despite being "available to play," striker Wayne Rooney will not make his United debut against Spurs. The 18-year-old Rooney hasn’t played since breaking his foot in Euro 2004. But the Red Devils are still riding high after the return of Rio Ferdinand from an eight-month ban. Tottenham midfielder Thimothee Atouba, who took a blow to the knee last weekend, will likely sit out Saturday. Michael Carrick remains short of full health with a bad ankle… Manchester United (8) Despite being "available to play," striker Wayne Rooney will not make his United debut against Spurs. The 18-year-old Rooney hasn’t played since breaking his foot in Euro 2004. But the Red Devils are still riding high after the return of Rio Ferdinand from an eight-month ban. Tottenham midfielder Thimothee Atouba, who took a blow to the knee last weekend, will likely sit out Saturday. Michael Carrick remains short of full health with a bad ankle. Sunday, 26 September: Portsmouth (13) v.

SI.com – Soccer – Klinsmann’s desire to move World Cup base…
SI.com – Sep 24, 2004
Zwanziger said the DFB was bound by contract to Leverkusen and that making decisions such as choosing the training base exceeded Klinsmann’s competence. Klinsmann insisted Thursday that he and his coaching staff alone would decide where the team would be staying and practicing. The Bayer Leverkusen stadium and a hotel in the area were picked by DFB and Klinsmann’s predecessor Rudi Voeller, who stepped down after Germany’s dismal showing at Euro 2004. Leverkusen, near Cologne, was chosen as the site of Germany’s training camp partly because the BayArena stadium, with a capacity of 22,500, is too small to host World Cup matches and because the club’s corporate sponsor, the pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, financially helped Germany’s campaign to get the World Cup. Voeller had also come to the national team from Leverkusen and the DFB and the club had close ties until Klinsmann’s arrival. Klinsmann said he was in no rush to make the decision and that it could come as late as after the Confederations Cup next summer in Germany, the dress rehearsal for the World Cup. The players have backed Klinsmann, who is not happy with the distances between the Leverkusen stadium and the hotel… Voeller had also come to the national team from Leverkusen and the DFB and the club had close ties until Klinsmann’s arrival. Klinsmann said he was in no rush to make the decision and that it could come as late as after the Confederations Cup next summer in Germany, the dress rehearsal for the World Cup. The players have backed Klinsmann, who is not happy with the distances between the Leverkusen stadium and the hotel. Klinsmann, in a departure from previous German habits, said the team may change its quarters two or three times during the competition. Since taking over two months ago, Klinsmann has shaken up the country’s staid soccer establishment.

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