Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 11, 2004

Wales fade as Sparky departs

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The News Review:

* Door may be opened for new Euro 2008 bid
* UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson (UEFA)
* Eriksson denies Real link
* Wales fade as Sparky departs
* AP, LONDONAP, SOFIA, BULGARIA
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
* uefa.com

Door may be opened for new Euro 2008 bid
rte.ie – Oct 4, 2004
Legal challenges have made it difficulty to have the Grasshoppers’ Stadium ready in time for the tournament leaving the co-hosts with only seven grounds – eight are needed – with a suitable capacity. The Scottish FA have confirmed that they would be interested in hosting the tournament should UEFA take it away from Austria and Switzerland. However with the renovations for Lansdowne Road not scheduled for completion until 2008 and Croke Park still off limits to non-GAA sports, it is uncertain whether Ireland would be part of the new bid. An SFA spokesman told the Daily Record: “We have had no notification from UEFA yet, but staging the European Championship in 2008 is certainly something we would consider if they did. ”
“We were aware that there has been a problem with one of the venues in Switzerland for some time now. ”
“Of course, there would be a lot of logistical problems to overcome in such a short space of time if the tournament was taken away from Austria and Switzerland, but, until UEFA contact us directly, we can’t make any plans or say anything more. ”
The FAI have, so far, made no comment on any possible new bid to host the Championships.

UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson (UEFA)
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 16, 2004
Concern expressedThe call was made by European football’s governing body after a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Sofia, Bulgaria today. The committee expressed its concern about several matters in the wake of the recent news that the new Hardturm Stadium in the Swiss city of Zurich – one of eight planned venues – will not be ready for the tournament. Aside from Zurich, the venues for UEFA EURO 2008™ are Basle, Berne and Geneva in Switzerland, and Vienna, Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria. Stadium voteAlthough the people of Zurich cast their vote in favour of the stadium project, appeals were made by local residents and environmental groups against planning permission for the arena, on the grounds that the construction of the venue would lead to traffic congestion in the area. The subsequent administrative and legal issues mean that the stadium will not be ready by the summer of 2007 and pre-tournament testing. Lengthy talks”We discussed at length the situation in Switzerland, and partly in Austria, for the organisation of EURO 2008.

Eriksson denies Real link
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 21, 2004
“I have not talked to anyone from that club. I have a contract and that’s it. I think they have a new coach don’t they? So it’s not a matter to discuss. I haven’t had any approaches from anyone. The chief obstacle would be the wages he commands – £4 million a year –which would dwarf the earnings of any former Real coach… The chief obstacle would be the wages he commands – £4 million a year –which would dwarf the earnings of any former Real coach. Eriksson is also contracted to the Football Association until after Euro 2008 and they would be entitled to compensation if he was poached. However, there would also be opposition to his appointment at the Bernabeu among the more conservative elements at the club who have been dismayed by allegations made about Eriksson’s private life after the Faria Alam scandal.

Wales fade as Sparky departs
go.com – Oct 11, 2004
Defeat to England on Saturday, leaving Wales with just two points from their first three games of their World Cup qualifying campaign, means the prospect of a glorious farewell to their international careers receded still further. There is evidence of decline, too, in recent results. Wales have not won in their last nine competitive games, stretching back to May 2003. Away fixtures in Serbia-Montenegro, Italy, Russia and England and the absences of key players like Giggs, Bellamy, Davies and Robbie Savage are mitigating circumstances, but it is the kind of run more associated with Bobby Gould’s shambolic outfit. It is to Hughes’ credit that he successfully camouflaged the Welsh weaknesses to take them to the brink of Euro 2004. But the paucity of his resources was perfectly illustrated when the late withdrawal of centre back Melville, on Saturday, resulted in the introduction of an attacking midfielder, Jason Koumas, necessitating two positional changes. A lack of alternatives to Melville meant right back Mark Delaney played in the centre of defence against England; a shortage of options there resulted in midfielder Davies dropping into defence… Without their manager, will veterans like Speed, Jones, Melville and Pembridge concentrate on club football? What, too, of Ryan Giggs, mocked for his infrequent appearances before Hughes’ appointment? Paul Scholes has already prioritised prolonging his Old Trafford career ahead of international football, and he is younger than the winger. Playing for Wales may satisfy national pride but the financial rewards, as was revealed in the build-up to the England game, are meagre. And defeat in Poland would probably leave Wales seven points adrift of second place in Group 6, making Euro 2008 a more realistic aim for Hughes’ successor than the World Cup in Germany. Robert Earnshaw and the assured Danny Gabbidon, former Cardiff team-mates, and the worryingly injury-prone duo of Davies and Bellamy, could form the core of that team. However, Savage, Thatcher and Hartson, the most important component of Hughes’ 4-5-1 formation, will be well past 30 then. The next Wales manager will depend on the next generation and Cardiff, who once aimed to blood them in the Premiership, are battling to avoid relegation to League Two. Realism dictates that a country of fewer than three million people is unlikely to reach major international tournaments.

AP, LONDONAP, SOFIA, BULGARIA
Taipei Times – Sep 18, 2004
UEFA announced a new anti-doping program Thursday in an effort to step up its fight against drugs in soccer. Speaking to journalists after a two-day meeting of its Executive Committee, UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson said the new program would allow an increase in the quantity and frequency of doping tests carried out during competitions sanctioned by the organization, including at youth level and in women’s soccer. Olsson also said UEFA was concerned about the failure of authorities in Zurich, Switzerland, to secure a permit for rebuilding the Hardturm Stadium in preparation for Euro 2008. Switzerland and Austria will co-host the next European Championships. UEFA called for stronger political commitment by the Swiss and Austrian authorities and set an end-of-year deadline for a report by both that all requirements will be met. At its meeting, UEFA’s executive body also agreed on the participation of the Champions League winner in the new FIFA Club World Championship on an invitational basis only. Olsson also criticized the level of refereeing at the Athens Olympics, saying it was “not up to standards… UEFA called for stronger political commitment by the Swiss and Austrian authorities and set an end-of-year deadline for a report by both that all requirements will be met. At its meeting, UEFA’s executive body also agreed on the participation of the Champions League winner in the new FIFA Club World Championship on an invitational basis only. Olsson also criticized the level of refereeing at the Athens Olympics, saying it was “not up to standards. ”
“The game is developing faster than the level of refereeing,” he said and offered UEFA’s support to other soccer associations. He expressed full support for Swedish referee Anders Frisk, who was badly injured by Roma fans during Wednesday’s Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev, calling the incident “regretful. ”
In a show of sympathy for victims of the hostage drama in a school in North Ossetia, Russia, UEFA’s Executive Committee offered two mini-pitches to the school in Beslan as part of its reconstruction program. This story has been viewed 1380 times.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Sep 16, 2004
Speaking to journalists after a two-day meeting of its Executive Committee, UEFA chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson said the new program would allow an increase in the quantity and frequency of doping tests carried out during competitions sanctioned by the organization, including at youth level and in women’s soccer. Olsson also said UEFA was concerned about the failure of authorities in Zurich to secure a permit for rebuilding the Hardturm Stadium in preparation for Euro 2008. Switzerland and Austria will co-host the next European Championships. UEFA called for stronger political commitment by the Swiss and Austrian authorities and set an end-of-year deadline for a report by both that all requirements will be met… Olsson also criticized the level of refereeing at the Athens Olympics, saying it was “not up to standards. ”

“The game is developing faster than the level of refereeing,” he said and offered UEFA’s support to other soccer associations. He expressed full support for Swedish referee Anders Frisk, who was badly injured by Roma fans during Wednesday’s Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev, calling the incident “regretful. ”

“There is no need to change regulations which are very strict,” Olsson said and added “we should emphasize the importance of their implementation. ”

In a show of sympathy for victims of the hostage drama in a school in North Ossetia, Russia, UEFA’s Executive Committee offered two mini-pitches to the school in Beslan as part of its reconstruction program.

uefa.com
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 4, 2004
We want to introduce here a system whereby somebody with less money but a serious training programme has a better chance than today to compete at the top level. This project is not about quotas or foreigners or nationality or reversing Bosman. ”
QuotasHe also addressed quotas on non-EU players, an issue that he described as complex and fragmented, given EU expansion and the impact of individual agreements that EU member states have with non-EU countries, not to mention the potential impact of EU competition law. The solution, he argued, was a uniform requirement for clubs to train at least some of their own players. Central marketingDelegates also discussed EU broadcasting policy in Friday’s session, via a presentation by Alasdair Bell, UEFA’s legal adviser on EU affairs. He explained the benefits of UEFA’s central marketing strategy – formally approved by the EU last year – as helping the tournament retain its ‘unique brand identity’ while also being convenient for broadcast partners.

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