Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 21, 2004

Ferguson admits to flaws in his selection policy

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The News Review:

* Klinsmann hits out at his critics
* Football games look to score
* ESPN.com – OLY – Greek journalist, a sprint probe witness, stabbed
* Ferguson admits to flaws in his selection policy
* Liverpool held at bay by Pablo
* S&N sales brighten after dull summer
* Maybury to give a Rotterdam good run for money
* Conspiring to create a mystique
* Americans Abroad Enochs goal is ruled best in Germany for September.
* Tugay denies rift at Rovers
* Jan Palicka – a man who loves last-minute drama in the world of sport
* CTV.ca | Rabid fans bid last Expos hot dog beyond $1,000
* Reluctant guest sells wedding invite online

Klinsmann hits out at his critics
Independent Online – Oct 20, 2004
“From now on I’m not going to spend any more time justifying anything,” Klinsmann, who took the Germany coaching job less than three months ago, said in a newspaper interview. “I’m going to talk only about players and coaches who are now in the team. ”

‘Klinsmann has been criticised for firing his goalkeeping coach’Klinsmann has been criticised for firing his goalkeeping coach Sepp Maier, deciding not to pick his number one keeper until 2006 and changing Germany’s World Cup training venue. Klinsmann, once known as Mr Nice Guy, was labelled a “cold-blooded killer” by former Germany team-mate Lothar Matthaeus for sacking Maier… We’ve made decisions to improve the quality, on the sporting side as well as the surroundings. “What’s important is that we have a plan and we’re implementing it. ”

After a dismal Euro 2004 when they were knocked out in the first round under Rudi Voeller, Germany have won two of their first three matches under Klinsmann. The 2006 World Cup hosts also drew 1-1 against world champions Brazil. “What bothers me about all the debating going on is that the performance of the team isn’t getting the recognition it deserves,” Klinsmann said. “We’ve led the team from the bottom of the pit after Euro 2004. But we, the coaching staff, are always having to justify everything we do.

Football games look to score
BBC News – Oct 19, 2004
At times the game feels like a slowed-down version of ice-hockey, with players able to turn and move in superhuman fashion and the ball zipping around unfeasibly swiftly. The animation is good but the overall graphics would only have been impressive a couple of years ago. The club-related angle is curiously a lot less in-your-face than the England version that came along with Euro 2004, although you still get game presentation in the team colours, as well as bonus features like team-related stickers and bonuses to unlock. You also get authentic club chants – in the Liverpool version we tested, the fans repeatedly butchered You’ll Never Walk Alone with the utmost realism. The selection of teams featured now spans to the likes of Aston Villa, Juventus and Glasgow Rangers, but in light of the quality of the Fifa-shaped opposition, it would be hard to recommend the game firmly even to diehard followers of those teams. Though it is no disaster, CF2005 would have been infinitely more wisely released at a different time of year, not in direct competition with established franchises that are impossible to contend with… You never feel fully in control of your
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defence and overall the game mechanics feel very loose. Ball physics are OK
although the ball does not feel like it is a separate entity – merely
something that is glued to each player’s foot until they choose to release
it. After some time you do get used to the handling but it never stops feeling
unpredictable, unlike the tight and responsive control featured in Pro
Evolution Soccer. Overall, TIF is an average game in a crowded market where the benchmark is
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ESPN.com – OLY – Greek journalist, a sprint probe witness, stabbed
ESPN – Oct 19, 2004
He was attacked as he left a radio show he hosts in central Athens. “This was an attempt to kill him,” Eleftherotypia editorSerafim Fintanidis told reporters. “This was not an attack toscare him, it was an assassination attempt. “Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said Sirigos’ stabbing wasan attack on “freedom of expression and journalisticinvestigations. “Other political leaders joined condemnation of what wasbelieved to be the first such attack on a journalist in decades. Sirigos was sued last month for libel by Athens Games chiefGianna Angelopoulos and her husband, who have demanded 10million euros in compensation after a series of storiesalleging her involvement in Olympics-sponsoring programsthrough a company. The stabbing was the main story in the Greek media and wasraised in parliament… Sirigos was sued last month for libel by Athens Games chiefGianna Angelopoulos and her husband, who have demanded 10million euros in compensation after a series of storiesalleging her involvement in Olympics-sponsoring programsthrough a company. The stabbing was the main story in the Greek media and wasraised in parliament. With Greece basking in international acclaim for winning Euro 2004and holding a successful Athens Olympics, the attack exposed the sorrystate of the country’s domestic sports. Greece is struggling to clean up the image of sport at homeand rid it of widespread corruption, match fixing, doping andhooliganism. The government has pledged to root out the long-standingproblems in sports by increasing punishment for hooligans,corrupt sports officials and debt-ridden soccer teams that do notpay their players.

Ferguson admits to flaws in his selection policy
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 19, 2004
“I am picking the wrong teams for a variety of reasons,” the Manchester United manager said in a rare outbreak of contrition. The confession will not have come as much of a shock to the club’s fans, who have questioned some unorthodox selections: John O’Shea in central midfield, Louis Saha on the left wing, Phil Neville sent to Coventry. Ferguson claims to know nine or ten of his best XI but, aside from the trouncing of Fenerbahçe, United’s football this season has been as fitful as Arsenal’s has been fluid. The 11-point gap between United and the Premiership leaders reflects their respective form and, while injuries and suspensions have taken their toll, Ferguson is far from blameless. “Maybe at the moment I am making too many changes,” he said. But there will be more upheaval against Sparta Prague in the Champions League this evening, with the enforced absence of Roy Keane, with a flu bug, and Rio Ferdinand because of his grandmother’s funeral… Ferguson confessed that Keane should not have started Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham City, while Cristiano Ronaldo was so exhausted that he fell asleep on the team bus almost before it left St Andrew’s. Ronaldo may be rested tonight and Wayne Rooney could also start on the bench to keep him fresh for Sunday’s tumultuous Premiership game at home to Arsenal. Ferguson also confessed that Paul Scholes and other internationals had been rushed back prematurely after Euro 2004. Doubts remain over the goalkeeper and, most significantly, central midfield, given that the Scot does not seem to feel that Keane and Scholes have the legs to be an ideal combination.

Liverpool held at bay by Pablo
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 19, 2004
Carragher, now blossoming as a centre-half, was outstanding, driving Juan Valeron either deep or down cul-de-sacs. Alonso, encouragingly restored to the starting line-up, played the midfield conductor, setting the tone for Liverpool’s energetic rhythm. Baros, at last hinting at his Euro 2004 brio, roamed busily along the front-line. Concerns remain, however, about Benitez’s insistence on zonal marking at set-pieces, a strategy alien to Premiership players that almost cost Liverpool dear before Carragher, Alonso and Baros could find their stride. With Carragher and Sami Hyypia patrolling space, Martin Cesar was able to get the jump on them by arriving late to meet Alberto Luque’s corner. Only the positioning and reflexes of John Arne Riise prevented any damage, the Norwegian heading off the line… Benitez rang the changes, introducing Harry Kewell for Riise and Steve Finnan for Cisse, who responded to his withdrawal by tossing away the water bottle he had just been handed. As the Kop screamed “attack, attack, attack”, Kewell and Hamann dispatched free-kicks off-target. That encapsulated Liverpool’s night: close but not close enough. Information appearing on telegraph. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full copyright statement see.

S&N sales brighten after dull summer
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 20, 2004
The company – whose top four UK sellers are Foster’s, John Smith’s, Kronenbourg 1664 and Strongbow – issued a third quarter trading update, conceding the UK beer market had been “relatively weak”. It said the poor summer weather was “compounded by a drop-off in off[-licence] trade demand following the end of the Euro 2004 championships”… getElementById( ‘frameId630402’ ). Sales of the top four brands were up by 5%, despite a decision not to cut prices over summer. S&N – the market leader in seven European countries, including France, Russia and the UK – said its performance was down to “improving operational efficiency” and that “greater competitiveness across our businesses combined with recovering demand gives us confidence we will meet market expectations for 2004”. “We have seen a difficult trading environment, but we are performing well within the market. July was difficult, August improved and September was back to more normal levels,” said the S&N finance director, Ian McHoul. He said the company decided to issue an update after a run of weak trading statements from other consumer goods groups.

Maybury to give a Rotterdam good run for money
Edinburgh Evening News – Oct 21, 2004
But Robbie Keane scored the only goal of the game that night as the Irish succeeded where the likes of France and Brazil had failed. It was a memorable note for Maybury to finish his season on and as he prepares to go into battle this evening against Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup, the former Leeds United full-back is eyeing another Dutch masterpiece. The Jambos take on Ruud Gullit’s league leaders at De Kuip in their opening match in Group A tonight and although the odds are stacked against the men from Tynecastle, Maybury just has to look back to those 90 minutes in Amsterdam to know that anything is possible in a one-off situation. “Holland had a really strong team out for that game against us but we pulled off a great result,” he said… “When the group came out we realised it was probably one of the toughest we could have got as they are all top quality sides,” he said. “Having to face Feyenoord away is a really tough start for us as, like the Dutch nature, they will be very hard working with excellent technical ability. “These group games are slightly different now in as much as they are not played over two legs. We will want to sit in and keep it tight early on as we don’t want to be chasing the game too soon but having said that in these matches you can afford to be a bit more positive away from home. ” Levein has masterminded some stunning triumphs in the UEFA Cup despite being a managerial novice when it comes to European campaigns. The second leg of the Braga tie last month was just his sixth game on the big stage after taking the reins in Gorgie nearly four years ago and, impressively, he has just one defeat to his name – the 2-0 loss to Bordeaux at Tynecastle last season which rendered meaningless the magnificent 1-0 win which the Jambos carved out in France. It’s a proud record which is about to come under the most severe pressure in Rotterdam but Maybury is pinning his faith on his manager to come up with the goods again.

Conspiring to create a mystique
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 19, 2004
Thus, when the time came for Itzhak Shum, the Israeli coach, to part company with Panathinaikos two weeks ago, few could fathom the reasoning behind it. Was it not Shum who had led “The Greens” to the Greek league and cup double last season? It was their first championship in eight years. And was it not Shum who had led the side to maximum points from their opening three league matches this season and a 2-1 victory against Rosenborg in their opening Champions League fixture?Indeed, it was. And, indeed, he had to go, to be replaced by Zdenek Scasny, the Czech, after only 15 months in charge. And at least he had lasted longer into the 2004-2005 campaign than the unfortunate Angelos Anastasiadis, who had been dismissed by PAOK Salonika the previous week. Shum, 56, had met Yannis Vardinoyannis, the club’s leading shareholder, and Velimir Zajec, the team manager, to debate the way forward… Thierry Henry, Robert Pires et al will have to be at their most patient and incisive if they are to prosper. In midfield, Panathinaikos are strong. Angelos Basinas played in five of Greece’s six matches at Euro 2004, Srdan Andric, the Croatian, can take the holding role, too, and Lucian Sanmartean, the Romanian, and Ezequiel González, formerly of Boca Juniors, dictate the play. Rudolf Skacel, the Czech, patrols the left flank. It is when pressed, though, when harried by aggressive opponents, that they tend to buckle, especially in the harsher environs of the Champions League. Nippy forwards — of which Arsenal have a few — can quickly gain the high ground against cumbersome defenders. Panathinaikos are treated like Greek gods when they win.

Americans Abroad Enochs goal is ruled best in Germany for September.
SoccerTimes – Oct 20, 2004
striker Conor Casey was in the starting lineup for surprising Mainz 05 which came from behind to defeat defending Bundesliga champion Werder Bremen 2-1. Casey, however was removed before the fun started. After Greek Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas put Bremen ahead in the 56th minute, Casey left the game in favor of forward Niclas Weiland. Weiland used the opportunity and evened the score in the 83rd minute. In the 90th minute, Benjamin Auer scored from in front of the net to win it. It was the fifth time this season that Mainz has drawn even after being 1-0 down. And for the second time, Mainz recovered to get the victory… In Germany’s third-tier Regionalliga S?d, Tus Koblenz, with American defender Josh Grenier, won for the third time in as many games when it defeated FC Augsburg 1-0 at home. Koblenz (7-2-2, 23) remain in third place and travels next to SV Wehen where American defender Pellegrino Matarazzo plays. Matarazzo was once again not in the starting lineup for Wehen because of a stubborn eye infection when the team defeated FSV Mainz Amateurs 3-1 on the road. Wehen (4-3-4, 16) is in eighth place, one point behind American midfielder Grover Gibson and SSV Jahn Regensburg. Gibson, who didn’t see action last week, was back in the starting lineup Saturday for a 2-0 victory over local rival, the visiting Bayern Munich Amateurs. Regensburg (5-4-2, 17) is even on points with sixth-place TSG Hoffenheim. After three victories in a row, SV Elversberg with American coach Brent Goulet and former U.

Tugay denies rift at Rovers
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 21, 2004
Jurgen Klinsmann, the Germany coach, has promised to give Sebastian Deisler all the time he needs to recover after the Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a fresh bout of depression. Deisler, 24, was readmitted to a psychiatric institute in Munich after flying back from Turin, where Bayern Munich played Juventus in the Champions League. He was first diagnosed with depression in November last year, missing six months of last season and Germany’s involvement at Euro 2004. Hungarian champions Ferencvaros have launched an anti-racism campaign after they were fined following their recent UEFA Cup game against Millwall. The club’s fans were reported for abusive behaviour towards black players, and also for making anti-Semitic remarks.

Jan Palicka – a man who loves last-minute drama in the world of sport
radio.cz – Oct 19, 2004
The Olympics and the European Championship in Portugalwere the two most incredible events I’ve ever covered. "That truly must have been a sportswriter’s dream come true: let’sdiscussEuro 2004 first. What was the atmosphere like in Portugal?"I forgot it. No, I’m kidding! It was a fantastic month for me in abeautiful place in Penalonga, near the Czech team with great players, itwas amazing. "The Czechs did so very well led by Pavel Nedved, Poborsky, andothers. Milan Baros was crowned king of the goal scorers… They were very well prepared by coach KarelBruckner and they were not tired like in previous years. It was thehighest level of play reached by this generation. "Can we say now that Czech football has become truly world-class? Imean,the Czechs made it to the final of the European Championship in 1996 inEngland – they came in second against Germany, but they played a much moredefensive style then, far more similar to the style Greece used this yearto win. "That’s right: the Greek team this year used the same type ofdefensive tactics like the Czechs in ’96. This time around the Czechs werethe attackers, the playmakers, right side and left! In ’96 the Czechs wereall defence: with just one striker up front.

CTV.ca | Rabid fans bid last Expos hot dog beyond $1,000
CTV.ca – Oct 20, 2004
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The concept must be appealing to fans hungry for a piece of Montreal baseball history; before it was over, enthusiastic collectors had sent the price beyond the $1,000 threshold… One of the leading bidders is GoldenPalace. com, an online gambling site notorious for its publicity stunts. For example, it recently paid $28,000 for the soccer ball England’s David Beckham shot and missed during the Euro 2004 tournament playoffs — then sent it on a tour of European soccer stadiums. The plan for the Expos’ sausage is to send it into space aboard the Da Vinci Project private space flight endeavour the company is sponsoring. “If it costs a million dollars to get it, then that’s what it costs,” Goldenpalace. com’s Steve Baker told CTV News.

Reluctant guest sells wedding invite online
abc.net.au – Oct 21, 2004
“They’ve stupidly invited me to their wedding but I don’t want to go. ”

The auction for the invite ends on Saturday and has attracted nearly 80 bids from would-be gatecrashers, with the price quickly rising from an initial listing of 20 pounds. The highest bid so far is 10 million pounds, suggesting a re-run of the fake bids seen in an auction for the ball blasted over the bar by David Beckham in England’s Euro 2004 penalty shootout defeat to Portugal. The ball was eventually sold for 28,050 euros ($AU48,080).

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