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September 27, 2004

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* 25% of Asian football fans face racism
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* The Inside View: Everton prediction was wrong
* Fenerbahce fear Man Utd duo
* Best of mates | England | International Cricket | Cricket | Sport |…
* Report: Henry not ‘indispensable’ to French national team,…
* You have been updated : this is not a warning
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney set for Man Utd…
* The inspector calls on eBay
* Mourinho’s winning formula based on bond of trust
* Arsenal taken to limit as Cole extends run
* Revived England shut out by B & B
* Final test for sport’s forgotten winners
* Changes set to stimulate the Portuguese market
* Fergie must sell to buy
* Bloody, but brilliant
* Man City hopeful of ending the Arsenal unbeaten streak
* Wenger’s Campbell admission
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25% of Asian football fans face racism
Guardian Unlimited – Sep 25, 2004
The survey, carried out by the newspaper Eastern Eye, also confirmed the impression given by Euro 2004 that increasing numbers of Asians felt comfortable backing the England team, despite the history of racism among some supporters. Nearly a quarter of Asian supporters said they had experienced or witnessed some sort of racial abuse at matches but, on the whole, this did not deter them from attending matches. Nearly 60% thought their club was doing something to stamp out racism… The survey, carried out by the newspaper Eastern Eye, also confirmed the impression given by Euro 2004 that increasing numbers of Asians felt comfortable backing the England team, despite the history of racism among some supporters. Nearly a quarter of Asian supporters said they had experienced or witnessed some sort of racial abuse at matches but, on the whole, this did not deter them from attending matches. Nearly 60% thought their club was doing something to stamp out racism.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Sep 27, 2004
The 30-year-old also had a goal disallowed which would have handed victory to the English just as he had when England lost to Argentina in the 1998 World Cup second round clash. Not just with his injury but also his mental side,” said Wenger, who selected Campbell for his first start of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City. “Sol was 100 percent convinced England would win Euro 2004. It was a big shock for him when they didn’t. “The shock of losing was very hard and it has taken him time to recover. ”
Wenger said that owing to Campbell’s size he had not wanted to push him too hard too fast when he was recovering from the Achilles injury… Not just with his injury but also his mental side,” said Wenger, who selected Campbell for his first start of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City. “Sol was 100 percent convinced England would win Euro 2004. It was a big shock for him when they didn’t. “The shock of losing was very hard and it has taken him time to recover. ”
Wenger said that owing to Campbell’s size he had not wanted to push him too hard too fast when he was recovering from the Achilles injury. “I’ve been accused of trying to protect Sol.

The Inside View: Everton prediction was wrong
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 25, 2004
I am not aware as to whether this conflict is still simmering, but Rooney’s transfer has been to the benefit of the Everton dressing room and consequently to Moyes himself. No one can cast any doubt on Rooney’s ability, which was enhanced tremendously during Euro 2004. However, we would be struggling to count on one hand the number of similar performances the youngster had given in an Everton shirt last season. It put Moyes in a very delicate position. His star player, still only 18, had returned to a fanfare of trumpets, to be immediately caught up in transfer and contract rumours as well as a number of sensational tabloid stories involving prostitutes… I am not aware as to whether this conflict is still simmering, but Rooney’s transfer has been to the benefit of the Everton dressing room and consequently to Moyes himself. No one can cast any doubt on Rooney’s ability, which was enhanced tremendously during Euro 2004. However, we would be struggling to count on one hand the number of similar performances the youngster had given in an Everton shirt last season. It put Moyes in a very delicate position. His star player, still only 18, had returned to a fanfare of trumpets, to be immediately caught up in transfer and contract rumours as well as a number of sensational tabloid stories involving prostitutes. Add this to the public boardroom differences and and, in my eyes, the relegation ingredients were being well and truly mixed.

Fenerbahce fear Man Utd duo
BBC News – Sep 27, 2004
“He has done it with a fabulous goals record over three seasons or more. That is what makes a legend at a club, not potential. ”

Rooney, meanwhile, has not played since breaking a bone in his foot in England’s quarter-final defeat at the hands of Portugal at Euro 2004 and is raring to play. He said: “Euro 2004 told me I could play with top players in a big tournament and I wanted to start doing that week in, week out. “When you are sitting there and a lot of England players are talking about the Champions League, you want to be part of that. “Going to Portugal was a big experience for me and, after doing as well as I did out there, I felt I had moved my game on and wanted to be playing in the Champions League.

Best of mates | England | International Cricket | Cricket | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 25, 2004
It is not that this generation is any different from previous ones – sportsmen, almost by definition, are insular and insecure – more that central contracts have allowed this spirit to flourish. England players now travel together, practise together, play together and socialise together to an extent that was impossible before. Previously, an England player’s strongest friendships were with his county colleagues. Now the England team are like a county team and it is here where an international player’s main loyalty lies. Whatever the reasons, it has been clear this summer that the bonds that bind Michael Vaughan’s team together are strong.

Report: Henry not ‘indispensable’ to French national team,…
Jamaica Observer – Sep 26, 2004
He has 27 goals from 66 caps. “A team is not built just around him,” Domenech said. “Otherwise, the day he is not playing well, you are in trouble. ”
Domenech, who took over from Jacques Santini after France’s quarter-final exit at Euro 2004, went on to say he feels the strike partnership of Henry and Juventus star David Trezeguet may not be right. “Over the last few matches their record has not been very satisfactory,” Domenech said. “Do they score when they play together? There are other options. ”

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Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 25, 2004
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BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney set for Man Utd…
BBC News – Sep 26, 2004
“He has a chance of playing and it is a toss of the coin whether he will be on the bench or he will start the game. “All the players wanted him to play at Tottenham but we wanted to give him a really good bit of training in order that he does not break down. ”

Striker Rooney joined United shortly before the transfer deadline on 31 August but had not recovered from the broken metatarsal he sustained during Euro 2004.

The inspector calls on eBay
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 26, 2004
This global giant attracts 7. 5m British customers a month. But it has begged us not to tell you where its office is or say how many people work there or divulge its phone number. This is serious corporate neurosis, apparently fuelled by the fear that its millions of customers would all beat a path to the HQ if they knew where it was. But next month it will have to be less bashful when it plays host to one group of outsiders… Users register for free, place their item on the website and then sit back and watch as bids roll in from Aylesbury to Ankara. Many people still consider eBay as an online hybrid of a flea market and an auction house for celebrity memorabilia. eBay was the market where the ball with which David Beckham missed that penalty kick in England’s Euro 2004 game against Portugal was sold for £18,000 by the lucky spectator who caught it. And where else would someone have sold Ronan Keating’s old leather trousers for £5,000 or gum allegedly chewed by Britney Spears for £265? However, in the past two years eBay has quietly evolved from something akin to a car boot sale for selling quirky trinkets into an international market place for thousands of businesses and professional traders who earn their living on the site. And now – nearly 10 years after the first eBay site went live and as global sales on its 29 sites in assorted countries are exceeding $100bn – Governments around the world want their fair share of the cake. Officials at the Treasury and the Inland Revenue are increasingly concerned that private individuals selling items for profit on eBay are not paying Capital Gains Tax on their profits. These officials are even more concerned by individuals who set up as traders on the site but do not pay the appropriate amount of income tax or any VAT.

Mourinho’s winning formula based on bond of trust
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 27, 2004
Mourinho, for all his colourful opinions, is never funny. And we all know how hard it is to like someone who seems to lack a sense of humour. There is not much attempt from Mourinho to disguise the arrogance with which he treats those he considers inferior, but then he doesn’t get paid by Roman Abramovich to persuade people to like him. He gets paid to win football matches and at the moment his Chelsea team are playing the best football I have seen that club play. On form they have every chance of winning the Premiership. Against Tottenham a week yesterday and… He gives Mourinho a great alternative on the left wing. Petr Cech in goal didn’t impress me at Euro 2004 but he has been solid as a rock for Chelsea. The bottom line is that they have a much greater chance of winning something this season than they did under Claudio Ranieri. They seem to be infinitely better organised and have a much greater understanding of what they should be doing. Which means that whatever everyone else thinks of the manager, the players obviously trust him. Clough was the same.

Arsenal taken to limit as Cole extends run
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 26, 2004
So worried, in fact, that he replaced three potential goalscorers with men sent on to protect the lead. When it was all over Wenger could point to an immaculate return for central defender Sol Campbell. He and Cole were in the kind of form that made them two of the genuine stars of Euro 2004. He beat Cole to the ball as it dropped over their shoulders from Richard Dunne and turned before cutting the ball back to Jon Macken, whose shot was held by Jans Lehmann at the foot of his near post. With Nicolas Anelka finding another opening but shooting wide and Lehmann out to save at Macken’s feet, City were playing the overture of champions… It had been a brave attempt to upset the odds by City but even their most ardent supporters had to concede that Arsenal’s win was competently achieved and not even the presence of James in the Arsenal penalty area for a last minute corner could give them they goal they craved. Match detailsMan City: James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Jihai, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Barton, Bosvelt (McManaman 76), Sibierski, Anelka, Macken (Flood 76). Subs Not Used: Waterreus, Jordan, Bradley Wright-Phillips. Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Ljungberg (Fabregas 88), Vieira, Edu, Reyes (Clichy 63), Bergkamp (Van Persie 88), Henry. Subs Not Used: Cygan, Almunia.

Revived England shut out by B & B
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 27, 2004
Did B & B confound only England’s startling revival in one-day cricket, which featured an authoritative victory over the Australians in last week’s semi-finals? Or will the damage turn out to be deeper? capable of seizing the Ashes when summer returns to these greying shores. No postcards, please, pointing out the difference between one-day and Test cricket. What’s under the microscope is not the format of the competition so much as the mindset of the protagonists. Ascending teams reveal their character in stages. The final and most brutal test is whether they can convert chances into trophies. In English football, the fish has been getting away since the 1990 World Cup semi-final. Off he swam again at the Oval on Saturday… “Look at the bigger picture and the way we’ve played over the last few weeks in one-day cricket,” Vaughan asked. “The players can also be proud of what they’ve achieved over the whole season. ” While south London’s Caribbean community rejoiced, there could be no serious challenge to the captain’s end-of-term report, even if there was that familiar sense of a chance going to waste (Euro 2004, the 2002 World Cup, France ’98 and so on and so on). The pity was that Bradshaw and Browne chose this day to step out of the long shadow that has fallen across cricket in their islands, not to mention their own relative anonymity. For England, though, summer takes its bat home at the end of an encouraging year.

Final test for sport’s forgotten winners
Guardian Unlimited – Sep 25, 2004
Despite this remarkable run there is a feeling within the game that Vaughan’s men have not received the credit they deserve from a public that too often during a packed sporting summer has been looking elsewhere when England’s cricketers have triumphed. Even with the emergence of a genuine heir to Ian Botham in the shape of the crowd-pleasing, match-winning all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, other sports have repeatedly trumped the game. The failure of England’s footballers at Euro 2004 and the exploits of the Olympic team in Athens appear to have captured the public imagination more readily than the performances of the cricketers. Vaughan acknowledges the challenge facing his sport. “We have to acknowledge that cricket is always going to be second to football,” he said. “This summer the European championships have taken a lot of column inches, the Olympics were happening and then the Ryder Cup, but I do think the public give us credit for what we have done. ” Duncan Fletcher, the coach who has presided over the renaissance of the team, admits resenting the reception his team’s exceptional performances have sometimes received… He says children are the key to attracting new audiences. “The game needs to promote its heroes better, and apart from Flintoff the administrators and agents seem slow to push the stars of this England side. They should be appearing on entertainment shows and youth TV, not just the sports strands. “The success of the England team does make it feel like a new epoch for cricket, which makes it a real surprise that they couldn’t sell out an England-Australia match. ” The true test of whether cricket still occupies a privileged place in the affections of the sporting public will come next summer, when Australia arrive to contest what is expected to be the closest Ashes series since England last won cricket’s most venerable prize in 1986-87. With no other major events to divert attention and football enjoying its six-week break, the game has the chance to reassert itself. There is no doubt that the players are ready.

Changes set to stimulate the Portuguese market
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 27, 2004
Andy Burridge, the sales and marketing director at the Parque da Floresta golf and leisure resort near Lagos on the western Algarve, has some timely advice for those seeking villas in the sun. “The biggest potential pitfall when buying in Portugal is not to use a lawyer,” he says. “You need someone who understands the red tape… Andy Burridge, the sales and marketing director at the Parque da Floresta golf and leisure resort near Lagos on the western Algarve, has some timely advice for those seeking villas in the sun. “The biggest potential pitfall when buying in Portugal is not to use a lawyer,” he says. “You need someone who understands the red tape. Although draconian at first glance, the changes when the fiscal fall-out is complete should, for most people, reduce the tax burden on buying.

Fergie must sell to buy
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 27, 2004
The 18-year-old striker is due to make his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce at Old Trafford tomorrow night after recovering from the broken foot he suffered in England’s Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat to Portugal. Rooney’s injury was not enough to prevent Ferguson splashing out ’27million to land the teenager from Everton just before the transfer window closed and the Scot believes his latest acquisition will go on to become a major Red Devils star. However Ferguson, who will move onto a rolling one-year contract when his current deal ends this summer, now knows he will have to release players if he is to add to his squad in January. For while United were today able to announce a record ’58. 3million operating profit for the financial year ending July 31 this year, they are also facing a loss of ’14million in media revenue for the Champions League and the Premiership for the year just started.

Bloody, but brilliant
go.com – Sep 27, 2004
1 –>Updated: Sep. 27, 2004Bloody, but brilliant Roberto GottaArchive It would be a great start of the Serie A season, were it not for the mounting criticism of referees, which has already hit a discomforting height only four matches into the campaign. Ref-baiting, not an Olympic sport otherwise Italy and other Latin countries would carry home a plethora of medals every four years, has now unofficially hit the big time, starting with the two officials in charge of assigning each ‘black jacket’ to a match writing a story in Italy’s leading sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, in which they detailed each and every ref’s mistake they’d done the day before. And that was barely 24 hours after the season had begun. No wonder then that Swedish ref Anders Frisk was then subjected to a torrent of missile-throwing before half time of the Roma-Dinamo Kyiv game only two days after that: once irresponsible media outlets start focussing on the odd mistake by the ref, overlooking much worse errors by players and managers and generally appealing to the worst instincts of the supporters, the latter are perhaps entitled to think it’s again open season on the match officials. Not that the throwers embedded in every stand, in every football stadium in Italy, needed any encouragement to vent their frustration at some poor soul in a black (or yellow) kit, and UEFA’s lenient punshiment of Roma for their fans’ actions (one hit his intended target and was filmed doing so but is still at large, many others missed and apparently do not count for UEFA)… Still, seeing players like Giampa and Zampagna, at 27 and 30 respectively both Serie A novices, score four times between them in the first four matches is a welcome sign. The boring two or three-way race for the Scudetto will probably be so again this year, but although it could be early to say there look like to be enough unexpected results to keep interest alive beyond the wealthy confines of Juventus, Milan and Inter. Or perhaps it’s just that those who took part – without distinction – in the Euro 2004 are still finding their feet, and once they do it will be all over for the Messinas, the Cagliaris and the Atalantas of this world. But you can probably blame the refs for that, too. com with your thoughts.

Man City hopeful of ending the Arsenal unbeaten streak
Jamaica Observer – Sep 25, 2004
But confidence was boosted by a 2-1 win over Premier League newcomer Crystal Palace last weekend and a 7-1 win over Barnsley in the League Cup in midweek. Arsenal are more concerned with whether to start defender Sol Campbell. The England international hasn’t played since Euro 2004, where he sustained an Achilles injury. “The decision will depend on whether I feel he’s needed or not and whether I feel he is capable of competing physically at the top level,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Pascal Cygan has been playing with Kolo Toure in Campbell’s absence, but the Arsenal defence looked shaky at times against Bolton and during the 1-0 Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven last week. Second-place Chelsea are also on the road this weekend, going to sixth-place Middlesbrough, who are yet to lose at home. Chelsea were held 0-0 by a defensively minded Tottenham last weekend… Arsenal are more concerned with whether to start defender Sol Campbell. The England international hasn’t played since Euro 2004, where he sustained an Achilles injury. “The decision will depend on whether I feel he’s needed or not and whether I feel he is capable of competing physically at the top level,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Pascal Cygan has been playing with Kolo Toure in Campbell’s absence, but the Arsenal defence looked shaky at times against Bolton and during the 1-0 Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven last week. Second-place Chelsea are also on the road this weekend, going to sixth-place Middlesbrough, who are yet to lose at home. Chelsea were held 0-0 by a defensively minded Tottenham last weekend. Spurs will need a similar performance today when they host Manchester United, who could field striker Wayne Rooney for the first time since his summer transfer from Everton.

Wenger’s Campbell admission
BBC News – Sep 26, 2004
Campbell is now fully fit after an Achilles tendon injury but Wenger admitted: “I was scared. Not just with his injury but also his mental side. “Sol was 100% convinced England would win Euro 2004. It was a big shock for him when they didn’t. “The shock of losing was very hard and it has taken him time to recover. ”

Campbell made his return to the Arsenal side in their 1-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

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Daily Star – The Daily Star – Sep 26, 2004
“I also expect him to understand that you cannot change everything,” he added. “The entire situation regarding the planning for the 2006 World Cup must be discussed quietly and in agreement with the leadership of the DFB. “Klinsmann also said he was not in favour of Germany playing the opening game of the 2006 finals, arguing it might be better for the hosts to avoid the pressure of such an occasion and have a few more days to prepare. Franz Beckenbauer, the president of the local World Cup organising committee, reacted calmly as ever, saying Brazil could play the opening match instead, providing they qualified. On the pitch at least, Klinsmann has done everything right so far. After a 3-1 win over Austria in his first game in charge, Germany, who reached a depressing low with their group stage exit from Euro 2004 that prompted Voeller to resign, produced their best display in years against Brazil… Franz Beckenbauer, the president of the local World Cup organising committee, reacted calmly as ever, saying Brazil could play the opening match instead, providing they qualified. On the pitch at least, Klinsmann has done everything right so far. After a 3-1 win over Austria in his first game in charge, Germany, who reached a depressing low with their group stage exit from Euro 2004 that prompted Voeller to resign, produced their best display in years against Brazil.

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