Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 24, 2004

Wonder goals satisfy Anfield at last

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The News Review:

* Police claim home win in hooliganism battle
* Up front and personal
* Soccer : PSG puts Porto back in its place
* Wonder goals satisfy Anfield at last
* Turnover of £10m puts Beckham in league of his own
* Rivals rail at BBC’s champion summer
* Headlines give me headaches
* British sites hit by DDoS attacks – Breaking – http://www.theage.com.a…
* German FA splits its presidency
* Downing provides return on McClaren’s gamble

Police claim home win in hooliganism battle
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 23, 2004
The figures also reflect the increase in intelligence-led anti-hooligan operations in the past 12 months, funded by a £5m investment from the Home Office. Many forces have also made efforts to improve communications with supporters groups at local level, encouraging self-policing and establishing relationships with law-abiding fans that have helped them operate more effectively. The figures bear out the anecdotal evidence of a largely peaceful English presence at Euro 2004 in Portugal. There were only 76 England fans arrested in 2003-04, a reduction from 261 the previous season. Given that England took part in a major tournament, this is the most striking aspect. David Swift, deputy chief constable of Staffordshire police, who as the Association of Chief Police Officers spokesman on footballing issues led the successful Euro 2004 operation, said effective policing was behind the decrease in arrests. “Whilst I am pleased with the statistics we should not assume violence and disorder has gone away,” he said… Given that England took part in a major tournament, this is the most striking aspect. David Swift, deputy chief constable of Staffordshire police, who as the Association of Chief Police Officers spokesman on footballing issues led the successful Euro 2004 operation, said effective policing was behind the decrease in arrests. “Whilst I am pleased with the statistics we should not assume violence and disorder has gone away,” he said. “There has not been a massive reformation of trouble makers, rather rigorous controls and investigations by the police are having a positive effect. “The last 12 months has seen a concerted effort by the police service to control behaviour at and around football games and to ban the maximum number of hooligans from attending future events. More than 1,200 new bans with most matches now trouble free, shows the tactics are working and they will be continued throughout this season. ” Caroline Flint, the Home Office minister responsible for anti-hooligan operations, welcomed the findings: “These statistics paint a very encouraging picture.

Up front and personal
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 24, 2004
“We did sit back a little,” Heskey concedes. “But when they’re coming at you with Ronaldinho (before his sending-off), Ronaldo and Rivaldo, there’s not much you can do. ” And England could seemingly not do much about it again at Euro 2004 when the same fragility killed off hope against Portugal and France. Heskey was singled out in particular for what was condemned as a clumsy tackle on Zinedine Zidane to concede the free kick that resulted in Zidane’s equaliser in stoppage time, before the French maestro’s winning penalty. “I didn’t beat myself over that, no,” says Heskey. “I was back defending, trying to regain possession, and other days that free kick would not have been given. But overall it was very disappointing.

Soccer : PSG puts Porto back in its place
International Herald Tribune – Oct 22, 2004
On Wednesday, Porto took the field in Paris with a different aura: It is the reigning European champion. The irony is that, on the evidence of its 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain, it is now the team it was supposed to have been 12 months ago: a decent, hard-working member of Europe's soccer middle class, not quite good enough to do more than make up the numbers in the early rounds. Last season was not Porto's first triumph in Europe's top club competition. But like its compatriot Benfica and other former champions from small soccer-crazed nations, such as Glasgow Celtic and Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord of Rotterdam, it seemed to have been left behind by the financial realities of 21st-century soccer. All are clubs from small countries with one or two large cities, whose leagues are dominated by two or three big clubs. They have the advantage of a less-challenging domestic schedule that leaves them fresher for European games. They can use their smaller local rivals as feeder clubs for new talent… It lost its coach, half its defense and a complete set of midfielders. And although it brought in another boatload of young Brazilians, it banked enough money, according to L'Equipe the French sports daily, to reduce its debts to €35 million, or $44 million. That a club that has just won the Champions League and had a magnificent new stadium built for it by the Portuguese government for Euro 2004, still owes so much is a measure of how difficult it is for clubs from smaller markets to compete financially in Europe. Porto arrived in Paris on Wednesday not only as the champion but also, in the words of its coach, Victor Fernandez, as a young and rebuilding team. Against a Paris team that is languishing near the bottom of the French league and had lost its first two group games, Porto looked the brighter and crisper team for 30 minutes. PSG has gone from being an attention-getting loss-leader for Canal Plus, the French television broadcaster, to an embarrassing drain on resources for a parent that has become an unwanted part of the troubled Vivendi empire. In good times or bad, PSG under Canal Plus has always been run more as a reality TV show than as a soccer club.

Wonder goals satisfy Anfield at last
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 24, 2004
Liverpool’s 100 per cent home record was intact, another quest for qualification to the continent’s top table reinforced. Charlton had been thumped for three fours away from home and can consider themselves fortunate not to have been despatched to Anfield’s boundary. They were not so much outplayed as trampled under foot. Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager, is demanding greater consistency from his players and looked on in growing disbelief as they created, and squandered, a spate of first-half chances. Riise was among those culpable but blame was shared by his strikers, Djibril Cisse and Milan Baros… Liverpool resumed their sweeping offences and Sami Hyypia, rising unchallenged to head Garcia’s corner kick, was denied by Murphy’s goal-line block. Cisse turned away in exasperation after striking a post from 25 yards. The goal beckoned twice in five more frenetic minutes for Baros and twice the winner of the Euro 2004 Golden Boot fluffed his lines. Cisse snatched at a shot and dragged the ball across the face of goal. Baros, from the corner of the six-yard box, thrashed an effort high and wide. Cisse, not to be outdone, went higher and wider. Garcia was next up, but Charlton’s defenders ganged up on him and stifled his intentions.

Turnover of £10m puts Beckham in league of his own
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 24, 2004
His form for club and country, it is widely agreed, is not what it was. A deluge of revelations about extramarital trysts and steamy text messages mean he is no longer seen as the clean-cut, wholesome role model he once was. Yet none of the turbulence in his life over the past 18 months appears to have diminished his huge earning potential. Quite the contrary… He is believed to earn more than any other footballer in the world. He has deals with top brands including Pepsi, Gillette, Adidas, Police sunglasses and Rage software. In August, weeks after Beckham’s poor performance in Euro 2004, Vodafone signed him up for a year-long advertising deal reported to be worth £6 million. Mr Currie added: “You would not rate him as England’s greatest footballer, but he is earning more than any other footballer in this country – and I expect the world – from sponsorship. “There are huge names like Figo and Zidane and others at Real Madrid who are probably better footballers but his overall marketability puts him out in front. “I’d say £100 million is easily doable assuming he is a footballer for the next three years and has a high profile for the next five. “Beckham is, however, unlikely ever to earn as much America’s sporting superstars, because he has been unable to crack the US market.

Rivals rail at BBC’s champion summer
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 22, 2004
The third quarter is traditionally a fallow period for commercial broadcasters because its core audience of younger listeners tunes out and sports coverage comes to the fore on radio and TV. But the corporation’s critics seized on the figures to renew their calls for tighter regulation of its output. “If you have a significant guaranteed financial resource and the ability to really programme your stations however you want to and you have the benefit of significant cross-promotion, particularly on TV, then the BBC’s results are not surprising,” said David Mansfield, the chief executive of Capital Radio. Andy Parfitt, the controller of Radio 1, said his station provided music and special programmes that make it distinctively different from commercial broadcasters. “Radio 1 pursues a very distinctive programme strategy. “The new music that we champion, the live music and events that we cover in daytime, our commitment to news programmes in daytime, all serve a distinctive public service agenda. ” That Moyles’s laddish persona has proved attractive to listeners is widely acknowledged by his peers.

Headlines give me headaches
go.com – Oct 23, 2004
1 –>Updated: Oct. 23, 2004Headlines give me headaches Roberto GottaArchive It seems so clean-cut it’s almost too easy: Adriano v Shevcenko. The headlines are ready, and as headlines go, you should not expect too much sense from them. As every writer who’s submitted stories only to see them distorted by those inappropriate words written in block capitals knows, there can be a huge difference between what’s being used to lure readers – as if they were dummies with no knowledge – and what’s for real. Thus, next Sunday’s Milan derby between Milan (forget “AC Milan”: no one has ever used it in Italy) and Inter seems to come in pre-packaged, with all the focus on the two superstar strikers and little left for everyone else. Big mistake, although it is easy to understand why the best players for each team should be highlighted, especially as they play the same position. It could be one of the best matches of the season so far, and a bright spot at last in an otherwise messy period (the last five words, admittedly, could be used at any time for Italian football), with warring factions trying to take control of the League (Lega) in the upcoming elections for the new president… Powerfully built, strong and with that great left foot, he immediately became the first name new Inter coach Roberto Mancini would pen in his line-up. This caused a few problems earlier this season, when the twin set of Adriano and Christian Vieri – another left-footer, by the way – was criticized by owner Massimo Moratti for being crudely unbalanced. Vieri kept missing chances as he’d done in the Euro 2004, while his partner was earning all the headlines and the comparison was embarrassing for Italy’s centre-forward, who at least seems to have made strides in the last week, with the goals he scored against Udinese and in Valencia, where Inter ran riot in the second half and showed why Mancini is seen as the man who can provide results AND an entertaining side. Defensive mistakes, which caused veteran keeper Toldo to be dropped in favour of his older understudy Fontata, have meant Inter are still way off the top in the Serie A, but they seem to have momentum and are probably entering Sunday’s derby as slight favourites. Milan, on the other hand, have maintained a 100% record in the Champions League but have never looked great doing so: they won in Donetsk with a late Seedorf goal, struggled to beat Celtic again with late goals and did not look better than Barcelona last Wednesday, their goal coming after visiting goalkeeper Valdes had misjudged a right wing cross from Cafu which was then headed in by the brilliant Shevcenko. With Inzaghi still trying to recapture his form following injury and Kaka not at the same level he was this time last year, the Ukrainian has been Milan’s saviour more than once and has perhaps helped paper over some cracks in a team which has so far relied more on flashes of individual skill from one of their players than on an overall domination, but then that’s why you always want superstars (or “champions”, as Claudio Ranieri used to say translating the Italian word “campioni” literally – and wrongly) in your side. Milan have shown a sounder defence lately, and the quartet of Cafu-Nesta-Stam-Maldini has not given up a goal in three matches, but Maldini himself is not ecstatic at being deployed on the left and Belletti gave him trouble on Wednesday, partly because Seedorf was too busy keeping an eye on Deco to help him.

British sites hit by DDoS attacks – Breaking – http://www.theage.com.a…
The Age – Oct 22, 2004
Netcraft said sites which had large volumes of traffic wereincreasingly being targeted by online attackers who first tried toextort some money and then resorted to a DDoS if they wereunsuccessful. Betting sites in the UK have been regularly hit by such outages,including a rash of attacks during the Euro 2004 footballtournament and Wimbledon. The attack on The Register began at 7am British time onWednesday and continued till around 4. The publication turnedoff its CSS in order to cut the time for pages to download. The tech publication, which is known for its foirthrightjournalism, did not make any mention of a possible reason for theattacks but indicated that it expected more of the same… The publication turnedoff its CSS in order to cut the time for pages to download. The tech publication, which is known for its foirthrightjournalism, did not make any mention of a possible reason for theattacks but indicated that it expected more of the same. Top of Page Page Tools.

German FA splits its presidency
go.com – Oct 24, 2004
What’s important is that we work openly with each other. ‘Zwanziger said that he felt it was a reasonable compromise,as the DFB will have its hands full in the run-up to the WorldCup in 2006. ‘This is certainly not a model that will last beyond 2006,’Zwanziger said of the dual presidency. ‘But for the time being,it’s a reasonable solution. The alternative would have been abattle that would have caused damage to the organisation. ‘Mayer-Vorfelder was widely criticised for his handling ofthe search for a successor to Rudi Voeller, who stepped down asnational coach after Germany’s first-round exit from Euro 2004. Mayer-Vorfelder was slammed for not trying hard enough toretain Voeller, who had steered Germany to the 2002 World Cupfinal, and for not involving the rest of the executive board inthe search for a replacement… ‘But for the time being,it’s a reasonable solution. The alternative would have been abattle that would have caused damage to the organisation. ‘Mayer-Vorfelder was widely criticised for his handling ofthe search for a successor to Rudi Voeller, who stepped down asnational coach after Germany’s first-round exit from Euro 2004. Mayer-Vorfelder was slammed for not trying hard enough toretain Voeller, who had steered Germany to the 2002 World Cupfinal, and for not involving the rest of the executive board inthe search for a replacement. The DFB’s favoured candidate, former Bayern Munich coachOttmar Hitzfeld, rejected the offer to succeed Voeller whichexposed Mayer-Vorfelder to further criticism. Eventually Juergen Klinsmann, a contemporary as a player ofVoeller’s and his team mate in the West Germany side the won the1990 World Cup in Italy, was appointed. A former president of VfB Stuttgart and president of the DFBsince 2001, Mayer-Vorfelder has often come under attack for amanagement style seen by many in German football as arrogant andimpulsive.

Downing provides return on McClaren’s gamble
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 22, 2004
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