Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 30, 2004

Rivaldo halts Liverpool

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* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* German Soccer | 30.09.2004 Bayern, Bremen Lift Euro Hopes Ahead of…
* Rooney not assured of Reds start
* Rivaldo halts Liverpool
* Porto old boys prove worth to Mourinho
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Zebina receives World Cup call-up
* Gymnast Hamm fights to keep all-around gold medal
* Knee injury rules goal-shy Vieri out of Anderlecht clash
* Comment: Will Rooney spell end for Scholes?
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Kaka: Milan call kill off Celtic chance
* 10 things about eBay
* Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Other Sports
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Sep 28, 2004
“He definitely has a chance of playing on Tuesday and it is a toss of the coin whether he will be on the bench or he will start the game,” said Ferguson. It was against the Turkish national team that Rooney made his full England debut in April, 2003, aged just 17. The youngster didn’t score in that Euro 2004 qualifier but his performance was hailed by many as one of the greatest by a player his age. Rooney has since become one the world’s most recognised players, having scored four goals for his country at Euro 2004 before limping out of England’s quarter-final defeat to tournament hosts Portugal. Ferguson was keen to praise his prodigy ahead of today’s encounter. “I honestly did not realise how good in the air he was until he came here,” the Scot said. “Of course I have seen him head balls but it was the leap he has got which surprised me… Rooney has since become one the world’s most recognised players, having scored four goals for his country at Euro 2004 before limping out of England’s quarter-final defeat to tournament hosts Portugal. Ferguson was keen to praise his prodigy ahead of today’s encounter. “I honestly did not realise how good in the air he was until he came here,” the Scot said. “Of course I have seen him head balls but it was the leap he has got which surprised me. He is a fabulous player, two-footed, quick, aggressive, brave, good vision – he has got everything. ”
United go into tonight’s night’s game in good form, having beaten Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their last two Premiership games, lifting them to fifth in the league after Saturday’s round of matches. Ferguson’s men meanwhile recovered from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw away at French outfit Lyon in their opening Champions League Group D tie a fortnight ago.

German Soccer | 30.09.2004 Bayern, Bremen Lift Euro Hopes Ahead of…
Deutsche Welle – Sep 30, 2004
It has been a mixed time for Charisteas, who scored the winning goal for Greece in their 1-0 Euro 2004 final victory over Portugal, but still cannot force his way into the Bremen starting line-up. Bremen paid €3 million, a club record at the time, to lure Charisteas to the Weserstadion from Aris Saloniki in June 2002, but after a promising start he dropped down the pecking order and scored just four goals last season. After Greece’s shock Euro 2004 win Charisteas may have thought he would have more first team action at Werder but Klose, Croat Klasnic and Paraguayan international Nelson Valdez are all preferred by manager Thomas Schaaf. The Greek icon refused to discuss his lack of first team action after the match preferring to concentrate on a result that gives Bremen a good chance of reaching the knockout stage of Europe’s premier competition. “We are delighted to win our first match in the Champions League,” said Charisteas. “We showed our quality in the second half and played some really attacking football. ”

That statement was backed up by Bremen chief Schaaf who was delighted to take the scalp of two-time Champions League runners-up Valencia… ”

Bayern captain Oliver Kahn likened Makaay to West Germany 1974 World Cup icon Gerd Muller, scorer of 68 goals in 62 internationals, and Munich president Franz Beckenbauer admitted there were some comparisons between the two. “Makaay has that instinctive nature in the penalty area like Gerd Muller,” said Muller’s former team-mate Beckenbauer. “I do not think you could say they were exactly the same as Muller scored most of his goals in the area, while Roy scores from different areas of the pitch. That was underlined by Makaay’s first goal. ”

The modest Dutchman insists Bayern victories are all that count. “We are delighted to win and it does not matter who scores the goals,” said Makaay. “I know what I can do and I think people have seen today what Bayern are capable of.

Rooney not assured of Reds start
The Age – Sep 30, 2004
“He’s done the same for many youngsters and is well respected for that. Wayne needs looking after and there is no better club for that than Manchester United. “Beckham said that Rooney, who scored four goals at Euro 2004 before a broken bone in his right foot sidelined him for three months, reminded him of Paul Gascoigne in his first appearances for England. “Rooney has the same bullish look as Gazza when he came through. He runs at players in the same way. He has great control and a great shot with both feet and he scares defenders,” the England captain said. United has climbed to fifth place after two league wins in a row and hopes to move closer to defending champion and Premier League leader Arsenal… David Moyes’ team, which is three points behind Arsenal, hosts mid-standings Tottenham on Saturday. “We only won nine (games) last season and we’ve already won five this year,” Moyes said. “That’s not enough to make sure you remain a Premiership club again but it’s a step in the right direction. “Down at the bottom, the three promoted clubs hold the last three places and nine are yet to win a game. Last-place Crystal Palace, which was promoted through the playoffs, has just two points from seven games and hosts Fulham on Monday. Next-to-last Norwich welcomes Portsmouth, which has slid to 14th, and West Bromwich Albion hosts Bolton, which is in fourth place and has lost just once in seven games. Norwich and West Brom have four points from four ties and three losses.

Rivaldo halts Liverpool
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 28, 2004
Olympiakos have lost at home only three times in eight years of Champions League football, though they are still waiting to win a match away. Liverpool started amid a deafening din and they started very poorly. Without Djibril Cisse in attack they did not create a single chance in the first half, while in defence they were made to look ponderous by the assertiveness of Ioannis Okkas. Only Olympiakos’s goalkeeper, Antonios Nikopolidis, started for Greece in their triumphant Euro 2004 final but this team were built along the same, stout lines. A little thicker round the hips, perhaps, from when his equaliser began Brazil’s revival against England in the World Cup quarter-final more than two years ago, but he has lost none of the vision and guile along the way… Liverpool started amid a deafening din and they started very poorly. Without Djibril Cisse in attack they did not create a single chance in the first half, while in defence they were made to look ponderous by the assertiveness of Ioannis Okkas. Only Olympiakos’s goalkeeper, Antonios Nikopolidis, started for Greece in their triumphant Euro 2004 final but this team were built along the same, stout lines. A little thicker round the hips, perhaps, from when his equaliser began Brazil’s revival against England in the World Cup quarter-final more than two years ago, but he has lost none of the vision and guile along the way. On 25 minutes, he galloped on to a lay-off from compatriot Giovanni and hit a rasping drive that hovered inches past Jerzy Dudek’s left post.

Porto old boys prove worth to Mourinho
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 29, 2004
This was a rearguard, remember, that did not need too much improvement after a run in the Champions League that, but for Claudio Ranieri’s tinkering in Monaco, would surely have been good enough to see them through to the final and a date with Porto. Instead, Chelsea had to wait until last night to tackle Jose Mourinho’s old side. No surprise at all that Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira started. This was an occasion demanding safe hands… 5 million, there were raised eyebrows when he was signed. That’s an awful lot of money to be paying for a full-back. Doubts increased when he was dropped by Portugal following a bad mistake in their Euro 2004 opener against Greece. Yet of all the positions across Chelsea’s defence, right-back was undoubtedly in need of most attention. Mario Melchiot had proved fitful, while the promising Glen Johnson needed time to mature. At 25, Ferreira arrived as a ready-made alternative. Across to his left last night, Carvalho, as usual, was looking calm and confident, the type of centre-half who makes defending look easy.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Sep 30, 2004
Russia midfielder Aleksei Smertin volleyed in Chelsea’s first in the seventh minute before Didier Drogba headed in a Damien Duff free kick five minutes after the break. Porto substitute Benni McCarthy capitalised when John Terry’s deflected header forced a loose parry from Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, firing in with 21 minutes left but Terry made amends by heading a Frank Lampard free kick two minutes later to complete the victory. Mourinho stuck with the side that won 1-0 at Middlesbrough but new Porto boss Victor Fernandez had to make do without injured first-choice full-backs Nuno Valente and Greece’s Euro 2004 winner Giourkas Seitaridis. Smertin wasted no time in scoring his first Chelsea goal. Striker Drogba laid off the ball to Ireland winger Damien Duff on the left, who cleverly clipped it over Valente’s stand-in Jorge Costa for Eidur Gudjohnsen. Running into the box, the Iceland striker hooked a pass towards Smertin in the centre, who volleyed his shot into the turf and beyond the reach of Porto stopper Vitor Baia. The reigning champions failed to create any chances in the opening exchanges… Derlei tested Cech with a low drive from outside the area in the 29th minute, but Chelsea had an even better chance to score 60 seconds later. Gudjohnsen won the ball in a tangle on the edge of the area and sent an inviting pass across the stranded Vitor Baia. Drogba rushed in at the far post but the Ivory Coast forward could not get there quick enough to double Chelsea’s advantage. Porto rallied in the last five minutes of the first half with Ricardo Quaresma trying his luck from distance. But they failed to re- appear for the second half with the same drive and five minutes after the interval, Drogba got his eighth goal in eight Champions League matches. Duff hit an inswinging free kick and the former Marseille hitman rose in the centre of the penalty area to head past Vitor Baia, who inexplicably had his hands by his side. McCarthy served notice on Chelsea when he turned in the box and forced a good save with a powerful low shot on 63 minutes.

Zebina receives World Cup call-up
CNN International – Sep 30, 2004
Olympique Marseille striker Peguy Luyindula lost his place to Sidney Govou, who could join forces with his Olympique Lyon team mate Sylvain Wiltord. Germans pick MertesackerPer Mertesacker of Hanover 96 and Aston Villa’s Thomas Hitzlsperger received their first call-ups in Germany’s 20-player squad for next week’s friendly in Iran. But goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is among those who will not make the trip to Teheran for the October 9 match. Coach Juergen Klinsmann said that the 20-year-old defender Mertesacker deserved the nomination after strong showings for Hanover and Germany’s under-21 team. "Mertesacker is a huge talent in defense. He is very calm for his age," said Klinsmann. He said that Hitzlsperger was developing very well in England… Some 100,000 football-crazy fans await us. It will an important experience for our youngsters to make their presence felt in such an atmosphere," said Klinsmann. The Iran game marks Klinsmann’s third since taking over from Rudi Voeller following the winless Euro 2004 disaster. He started in August with a 3-1 win in Austria and the team then drew 1-1 with Brazil in early September.

Gymnast Hamm fights to keep all-around gold medal
Seattle Times – Sep 28, 2004
He planned to fly home Sunday night to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. , before leaving for Ireland. Singh reportedly was not able to return home until yesterday. He found that his home was without power, and water was starting to enter the beachfront property. Tennis

Clijsters to return: Kim Clijsters, once ranked No. 1 in the world, will make her comeback this week from a five-month layoff caused by a wrist injury that required surgery. Clijsters has a first-round bye and is to play tomorrow in the Gaz de France Stars indoor tournament in Hasselt, near her Belgian hometown… Open finalist Elena Dementieva of Russia. Soccer

Rooney to play for Man U: Striker Wayne Rooney, 18, is poised to make his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League today, Man U manager Alex Ferguson said. Rooney, previously with Everton, fractured his foot playing for England in Euro 2004 in June. College basketball

Knight offers opinions: Texas Tech coach Bob Knight was the guest speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, D. , offering his opinions on several basketball topics and downplaying any ambitions to make the jump to politics from sports. “This is sports — as placed against the background of the world,” said Knight, holding a small white saucer in his right hand.

Knee injury rules goal-shy Vieri out of Anderlecht clash
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 28, 2004
Vieri, who has a tally of 106 goals in five seasons with Inter, has had a six-month scoring drought. He last found the net on April 4, converting a penalty against Juventus. He was also disappointing for Italy at Euro 2004 in Portugal. Inter beat Werder Bremen 2-0 in their first group match, with Adriano scoring both goals and Vieri missing an early penalty and now the German champions face a stern examination of their credentials when Valencia visit the Weserstadion in the other Group G clash tonight. Valencia lost coach Rafael Benitez to Liverpool in the close season but his replacement, Italian Claudio Ranieri, has guided the club to the top of La Liga with an unbeaten start. Champions League runners-up in 2000 and 2001, Valencia have high hopes for this season under Ranieri, who guided Chelsea to the semi-finals last season. A victory against Bremen would all but secure their passage into the next round… Bremen have a few concerns of their own with French defender Valerien Ismael suspended following his red card against Inter while captain Frank Baumann is struggling with injury. The inexperienced Christian Schulz, 21, could be an emergency solution at the heart of defence alongside Frank Fahrenhorst. “I do not have a lot of alternatives,” said manager Thomas Schaaf. Despite Werder’s defensive injury crisis Valencia will not be taking anything for granted, remembering their last Champions League match against German opposition. Back in 2001 Bayern Munich beat Valencia 5-4 on penalty kicks in the final of Europe’s premier competition, having drawn 1-1 after extra time.

Comment: Will Rooney spell end for Scholes?
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 28, 2004
Scholes has been that man but it is widely accepted that his form has dipped in the last 18 months. Retiring from England in the summer was meant to re-invigorate the 29-year-old. Struggle Instead he has continued to struggle – he has not scored in eight appearances this season – and missed the victory against Tottenham at the weekend because of a groin injury. Rooney is poised to enter the fray against Fenerbahce tonight and take that role after recovering from breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He is back in full training after suffering the injury during England’s quarter-final defeat against hosts Portugal in Euro 2004. The stage is set for arguably the nation’s brightest talent – he is not 19 until next month – after Ferguson decided not to risk him at White Hart Lane at the weekend. The Old Trafford boss believes he has a diamond in Rooney, even if the club have to eventually splash out ’27million to Everton… Struggle Instead he has continued to struggle – he has not scored in eight appearances this season – and missed the victory against Tottenham at the weekend because of a groin injury. Rooney is poised to enter the fray against Fenerbahce tonight and take that role after recovering from breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. He is back in full training after suffering the injury during England’s quarter-final defeat against hosts Portugal in Euro 2004. The stage is set for arguably the nation’s brightest talent – he is not 19 until next month – after Ferguson decided not to risk him at White Hart Lane at the weekend. The Old Trafford boss believes he has a diamond in Rooney, even if the club have to eventually splash out ’27million to Everton. “I am very excited, I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years,” he said. “Everyone is delighted by this signing.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 30, 2004
On the sports pages much of the commentary revolved around the return to form of two of the Madrid?s super stars – the so-called ?galacticos? – who had been woefully off-form, and even dropped, this season; local hero Raul Gonzalez and England captain David Beckham. ?We have to take credit for scoring four goals in the situation we were in. We held our nerve, dug in and still played good football, and that?s what we have not been doing so far this season,? said Beckham. The biggest selling Spanish daily Marca, which seems to be conducting its own campaign against Beckham, wasn?t convinced by his rejuvenation, calling him ?an enigma?, but otherwise Beckham was almost universally applauded. Beckham got his fair share of the praise but most of the plaudits were reserved for Raul, who scored two of Madrid?s quartet on Tuesday night. ?He?s called Raul and you might have thought he was dead but that?s the biggest lie around, even though his detractors would try hard to convince you of it. But Raul never dies,? commented Marca, perhaps getting a little too carried away even by the enthusiastic standards of Spanish sports writing… But Raul never dies,? commented Marca, perhaps getting a little too carried away even by the enthusiastic standards of Spanish sports writing. Closer to the mark was Marca?s more sober observation, ?Raul set off the recovery. ? After early goals by Roma?s Daniele Di Rossi and Antonio Cassano, Real came back into the game seven minutes before the break when a long-range shot from Raul took a fortunate deflection off Greece?s Euro 2004 hero Traianos Dellas. The goal ignited Real and second half goals from a Luis Figo penalty, Raul and Roberto Carlos sealed the nine-times European champions? stunning comeback. ?This was a life or death duel. But I was up for scoring goals,? said Raul. ?The important thing is that Real won this game.

Kaka: Milan call kill off Celtic chance
go.com – Sep 28, 2004
‘Winning will help us to strike a great mortal blow. ‘It is very clear what the final result of this group will be – Milan andBarcelona will go through to the following round. ‘It would be a miracle if the others go through and miracles do not happenvery often. ‘Meanwhile, the Welsh Football Association have issued a warning to travellingCeltic supporters heading for the San Siro. Wales fans had a variety of unsavoury missiles thrown at them during the Euro2004 qualifier in the same stadium a year ago. Welsh FA spokesman Ceri Stennet told the Scottish Daily Star: ‘Everyconceivable thing that could have been dropped on to our fans was dropped. ‘They lobbed concrete, vomit and urine on to our fans from above… ‘It would be a miracle if the others go through and miracles do not happenvery often. ‘Meanwhile, the Welsh Football Association have issued a warning to travellingCeltic supporters heading for the San Siro. Wales fans had a variety of unsavoury missiles thrown at them during the Euro2004 qualifier in the same stadium a year ago. Welsh FA spokesman Ceri Stennet told the Scottish Daily Star: ‘Everyconceivable thing that could have been dropped on to our fans was dropped. ‘They lobbed concrete, vomit and urine on to our fans from above. ‘And, when our supporters reacted, they were charged by the police and womenand children were clubbed by batons. ‘Celtic fans should be very careful – let no-one be in any doubt who runs theshow over there.

10 things about eBay
BBC News – Sep 28, 2004
Scams including selling fake goods, which might look real in photographs on the site, and the attempted theft of personal details. Despite people putting themselves, their wives, their virginity, a school, a castle and Britney Spears’ used bubble gum up for sale, not everything can be sold on eBay. Items banned include fireworks, drugs, guns and lock-picking devices. The most expensive item sold on the UK website was Lady Thatcher’s handbag, which went for ?103,000. The most expensive item globally was a Gulfstream Jet, which sold for ?3… Jamie Oliver’s scooter, which he auctioned for charity, was sold for ?7,600

9. Profit can always be made from misfortune. The football used by David Beckham when he missed his penalty in England’s final Euro 2004 match against Portugal sold for ?18,700 recently. The seller claimed he was sitting in Row Z when he caught the ball. And finally, some have found a spouse through eBay and haven’t even had to pay for them. It can claim several marriages as buyers and sellers have discovered they have more than the items they are buying and selling in common.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Other Sports
nwsource.com – Sep 29, 2004
The win was the first ever for CSKA in
Champions League action. Semak, CSKA’s captain, came on in the second half for injured Croatian striker
Ivica Olik and provided the home side with a much-needed boost. He entered the
contest not long after the break and needed just six minutes to make his mark. Semak did so with a fortunate diving header off a rebound from a shot by Love. The dangerous duo then accounted for the second goal when Semak was taken down
in the area. Love stepped up to take the penalty kick and converted to give CSKA
a two-goal advantage they would not relinquish. The downward spiral continued for PSG, which has now won just once this season
in 10 matches, including two Champions League losses… But Werder Bremen settled down and
came back to post a 2-1 victory that sent Valencia to its first loss of the
season. Miroslav Klose and substitute Angelos Charisteas scored for Werder Bremen. Both
Klose and Charisteas, a hero for Greece during its Euro 2004 triumph, struck for
goals against just 10 Valencia players due to Carlos Marchena being sent off
early in the second half after picking up two cautions. Inter Milan also picked up three points on Wednesday after posting a 3-1 win
over RSC Anderlecht without star striker Christian Vieri in the lineup. Vieri
was kept on the bench by new coach Roberto Mancini in favor of Adriano, Dejan
Stankovic and Obafemi Martins. The decision paid off in big fashion as all three
scored in the victory. Inter Milan now stands alone atop the Group G table with six points after two
matches.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Sep 29, 2004
Ancelotti, who led Milan to its sixth title two seasons ago, said his team still had a long way to go to reach the second round. “We have a good advantage with six points but we have got two very difficult games against Barcelona to come,” he said. “We will try not to make any calculations and try to play the games the best we possibly can. ”

His Celtic counterpart was dismayed. “I feel terrible,” said Martin O’Neill said. “We were a bit tentative in the first half, naturally. We were playing in the San Siro… Valencia suffered from the loss of defender Marchena for his second yellow card in the 52nd minute. The Spanish champion was already a goal ahead thanks to a second minute strike by Rodriguez Vicente. After Marchena’s dismissal, however, Miroslav Klose tied it in the 60th minute Angelos Charisteas, whose goals played a major part in Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004, finished off another slick move with a close range tap in with five minutes to go.

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