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November 8, 2004

All sense lost beneath a mist of myth and gods

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The News Review:

* No border checks on England fans entering Portugal Euro 2004
* The Savill years may leave a lasting legacy
* Inzaghi sidelined after operation
* All sense lost beneath a mist of myth and gods
* Rooney’s not at his best
* It’s going to be great, apart from one thing…
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* Wolfsburg lose as Bayern move up
* Everton maintains its success rate
* Cassano kicked out of Roma squad
* Rogue mail: Don’t give up — teach our rivals to be as bad as us
* Santini l’etranger

No border checks on England fans entering Portugal Euro 2004
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 6, 2004
The fans, in hire cars carrying Spanish number plates, headed for the Algarve, southern Portugal, after catching flights to Jerez, Cadiz and Seville in Spain, and Gibraltar. They were waved through the Portuguese border, west of Seville, and only slowed down to be given a complimentary presentation package by local tourist officials. Even a burly supporter wearing an England replica football shirt was not stopped. In fact if it was not for the gift we would not have even known we were in Portugal. “Airlines flying to the south-west of Spain said they were almost fully booked with soccer fans desperate to find the cheapest route to Portugal… Many will drive the 150 miles to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, on Sunday for England’s first match against France but thousands more will stay in the south and watch the match on big screens. Police and security officers were out in force when charter and scheduled flights disgorged 2,000 supporters yesterday at Faro. In Britain, 13 England fans were the latest to be stopped from travelling to Euro 2004. Three suspected hooligans were served with notices at their homes banning them from travelling to Portugal. Others were stopped at Liverpool, Stansted, Luton, Manchester, East Midlands and Leeds-Bradford airports, a Home Office spokesman said. Seven of the fans have already appeared in British courts, with two receiving two-year banning orders. The rest are prevented from going to the tournament pending the end of court proceedings against them.

The Savill years may leave a lasting legacy
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 7, 2004
For nobody, in recent memory, got into as many scrapes in the political arena as Savill – and many of those present should have had axes to grind. Or, whether they turned out in force to make sure he kept walking. Peter Savill achieved much for racing. Prize-money has increased to a relatively more acceptable level, racecourse attendances have gone up, the number of horses in training has increased – and.

Inzaghi sidelined after operation
CNN International – Nov 8, 2004
This is the second time in eight months that Inzaghi has required surgery on his left ankle. The first operation followed Milan’s exit from the Champions League in April. Having sat out Euro 2004, the 30-year-old made his return in a Serie A match against Bologna in September. Inzaghi will now miss Milan’s key Serie A contest against leaders Juventus in December, as well as the remainder of their Champions League group phase matches. Sprained kneeBenfica striker Nuno Gomes has suffered a sprained left knee but will not need surgery, the Portuguese league leaders said on Monday. The Portugal international was hurt in a clash with Vitoria Setubal goalkeeper Marco Tabuas during Benfica’s 4-0 win on Sunday. A medical examination confirmed the 28-year-old had suffered a sprained left knee and did not need surgery, Benfica said in a statement… The Portugal international was hurt in a clash with Vitoria Setubal goalkeeper Marco Tabuas during Benfica’s 4-0 win on Sunday. A medical examination confirmed the 28-year-old had suffered a sprained left knee and did not need surgery, Benfica said in a statement. They did not say how long he might be out of action. The win over Vitoria Setubal gave Benfica a three-point lead at the top of the premier league table. The Lisbon side have 20 points after nine games, ahead of Maritimo, Vitoria Setubal and Boavista who all have 17.

All sense lost beneath a mist of myth and gods
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 8, 2004
As a competitor slips on the cobbles on the way down from one of the world’s most spectacular ruins, the picture caption in the next morning’s papers will read ‘Cyclist comes Acropolis in the road race’. We can expect over the next fortnight Turkish weightlifters to be warned of the need to be wary of Greeks bearing gifts, we will be told that victory in the most unpredictable 100 metres on record is in the lap of the gods, and a colour writer dispatched to cover the rhythmic gymnastics will declare that the arcane considerations of the judging panel which placed the graceful, balletic Romanian several points behind the robotic automaton Chinese were “all Greek to me”. If the organising committee have spent much of the past year running test events in their swish new stadiums to assess everything from evacuation procedures to the ease with which the concession stands can warm up hot dogs, then Euro 2004 was the laboratory for the journalistic efforts at this Olympics. The unexpected progress of the Greek team to victory in Lisbon was accompanied by a full roster of creaking old truisms. Gary Lineker may have unwittingly set the tone by asking the Match of the Day panel sitting in judgment of Otto Rehhagel’s team as they took on Spain in their second group game whether the “Greeks might be resting on their laurels after beating the Portuguese in the opening match”. From then on, we were told that Homer himself would not have dared script the progress of the unfancied Hellenes, that Zeus had a new rival in the shape of Angelos Charisteas, scorer of the goal which won the final and, in fact, that this wasn’t so much a victory for the dark horses as the wooden horses… The unexpected progress of the Greek team to victory in Lisbon was accompanied by a full roster of creaking old truisms. Gary Lineker may have unwittingly set the tone by asking the Match of the Day panel sitting in judgment of Otto Rehhagel’s team as they took on Spain in their second group game whether the “Greeks might be resting on their laurels after beating the Portuguese in the opening match”. From then on, we were told that Homer himself would not have dared script the progress of the unfancied Hellenes, that Zeus had a new rival in the shape of Angelos Charisteas, scorer of the goal which won the final and, in fact, that this wasn’t so much a victory for the dark horses as the wooden horses. Despite what one tabloid writer suggested, Romulus and Remus were unlikely to have been too impressed by the Greek victory, given that Romulus was the founder of Rome and, if he had any interest in the tournament, would still have been covered in shame following the phlegm-filled performance of local boy Francesco Totti. But hey, rather like the art house cinema round the corner from me which is kicking off its Olympic-themed movie classic season with a screening of Spartacus, followed by Russell Crowe in Gladiator, it is all ancient history, so there’s no need to be too specific.

Rooney’s not at his best
manchesteronline.co.uk – Nov 8, 2004
The 19-year-old was signed from Everton on transfer deadline day in August in a deal worth ’23million-plus after a string of eye-catching performances for England at Euro 2004. A broken foot in that tournament delayed his appearance for his new club but true, to form, Rooney marked his debut with a stunning Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce. However, since then Rooney, a second-half substitute in the goalless Manchester derby, has scored just once – against Arsenal two weeks ago – and Best believes the Old Trafford club deserve more from their major signing this season. “For that sort of money you would want him to be performing every week and he is not. But he is still very young,” said Best… A broken foot in that tournament delayed his appearance for his new club but true, to form, Rooney marked his debut with a stunning Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce. However, since then Rooney, a second-half substitute in the goalless Manchester derby, has scored just once – against Arsenal two weeks ago – and Best believes the Old Trafford club deserve more from their major signing this season. “For that sort of money you would want him to be performing every week and he is not. But he is still very young,” said Best. “It was inevitable it was going to happen. He has come onto the big stage with a bang, scored three terrific goals and that does not happen every week. “You have your bad spells and he has found out very quickly how life can be tough at the top.

It’s going to be great, apart from one thing…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 6, 2004
It’s better still this time, because we’re definitely going to win. I’ve read all the pull-out newspaper supplements, watched the build-up shows, talked long into the night. Euro 2004 will be glorious. But in all the anticipation, there is one terrible downside, one bum element to make the spirits sink. The return of Baddiel and Skinner. It’s the paucity of imagination that makes you want to weep… Have we really not moved on from its debut in 1994, and all the self-conscious acting the lad that went with it? Has nothing changed?One thing that certainly has – while David Baddiel has been reaching 40 and Frank Skinner 47 – is the England team. It’s when you try to reconcile today’s fearless, young, gifted crop of players with the two old lags making knob jokes on the Fantasy Football sofa that you see just how misguided it was to commission another series. The Sven Goran Eriksson squad could not be further away from the lame, bloated old England of Euro 96, when Skinner and Baddiel were in their pomp and everyone was singing their song, “Football’s coming home”. Frankly, it’s a bit of a dirge. The lyrics – “I still see that tackle by Moore.

World Cup 2006 | 11.06.2004 Championship Facts and Figures
Deutsche Welle – Nov 6, 2004
Last minute changes are being made to the pitches in Coimbra and Guimaraes because according to Angelo Brou, vice-president of the Portuguese Soccer Federation, “they were not the ideal color for television broadcasting. ”
Lisbon international airport will get 12 new boarding gates and 40 new airplane parking spots to handle all the extra traffic during the championship. Around 90 percent of the more than one million tickets for the tournament’s 31 matches had already been sold by mid-May. An estimated seven billion people are expected to watch on television. Security
Portugal has spent nearly €20 million on new police equipment to be prepared for possible hooligan fan violence which hit the last European championship in 2000.

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Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – Nov 6, 2004
to play United in a winner-take-all showdown that seemed improbable throughout the season. But don’t count out the Revolution. Not these days, when New England sports teams reign supreme. Coaching Gaffe While the Revolution celebrated its newfound life, the Crew was left to deal with the disastrous collapse. Actually, it could easily be traced back to one decision: Crew coach Greg Andrulis’ inexplicable decision not to start Edson Buddle and Jeff Cunningham. While Columbus needed goals, its two best scoring threats sat on the bench. Buddle, clamoring for a national-team call-up with 11 goals, and Cunningham, whose nine goals were second-most on the team, were benched in favor of Dante Washington, who had played all of 19 minutes for the team this season… It remains to be seen whether Argentina and Brazil will field their full teams (history would suggest otherwise), but even Argentina B and Brazil B are better than most nations’ A sides. It should be a true dogfight to determine Group B’s second-place team should Brazil take first. Mexico and Japan are at about the same level (both were ousted in the second round of World Cup 2002), while Greece will be a challenge if it shows half the grit it displayed at Euro 2004.

Wolfsburg lose as Bayern move up
CNN International – Nov 6, 2004
D’Alessandro plunged his arm into the back of Markus Schroth and picked up a red card for his immature conduct. "The sending off was on the border line but we have to accept it," admitted Wolves coach Erik Gerets. "Criticizing the referee is not my style. "Down to ten men Wolfsburg collapsed and Mintal added two goals (28, 49) to his first minute opener to notch his second hat-trick of the season. German champions Werder Bremen were left cursing a late concentration lapse in a 1-1 away draw at Hertha Berlin. Greece’s Euro 2004 winner Angelos Charisteas had put Bremen ahead in the 80th minute using his thigh to force in a Johan Micoud cross. But Hertha fought until the final whistle and Alexander Madlung produced an alimighty leap to head in an equaliser in the dying moments of the encounter… "Criticizing the referee is not my style. "Down to ten men Wolfsburg collapsed and Mintal added two goals (28, 49) to his first minute opener to notch his second hat-trick of the season. German champions Werder Bremen were left cursing a late concentration lapse in a 1-1 away draw at Hertha Berlin. Greece’s Euro 2004 winner Angelos Charisteas had put Bremen ahead in the 80th minute using his thigh to force in a Johan Micoud cross. But Hertha fought until the final whistle and Alexander Madlung produced an alimighty leap to head in an equaliser in the dying moments of the encounter. Elsewhere Dutch manager Dick Advocaat failed to inspire Borussia Monchengladbach to victory with his first match in charge ending in a 1-1 draw at Mainz 05. Czech marksman Vaclav Sverkos scored after 13 minutes for Gladbach before Nikolce Noveski equalized in the 58th minute.

Everton maintains its success rate
Taipei Times – Nov 7, 2004
It’s a big test for us and one we’re looking forward to see how far we’ve come. ”
Last season Everton finished one place above the relegation zone despite having Rooney in the lineup. After Rooney’s goal-sciring exploits for England at Euro 2004, offers flooded in for the teenage star. The financially-struggling Everton sold him to Manchester United in the offseason for ?30 million (US$55. It hasn’t bought anyone since. Chelsea, meanwhile, has spent close to ?200 million (US$369 million) on new players since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in July 2003… Moyes has spent ?15. 4 million (US$28 million) in 20 months at Everton. “We do not have a big check book — we can’t do what Chelsea have done,” Moyes said Friday. “But we are more than just being about spirit and effort and if we can make a good fist at bucking the trend maybe it will give encouragement to a few other clubs like us. “The two sides go on the pitch together as equals, we have earned that. ”
Despite two losses at home, Everton is the only English club yet to lose away in league play. Rooney is long forgotten.

Cassano kicked out of Roma squad
go.com – Nov 6, 2004
“We are not talking about selling Cassano, he is a Romaplayer who hasn’t respected the rules and so is off the squad. End of story,” she said. Cassano played for Italy at Euro 2004 but has not beenselected since by new coach Marcello Lippi. The Bari-born striker has clashed in the past with othercoaches including former Roma boss Fabio Capello. He refused to play for the Italian Under-21 side afterfalling out with coach Claudio Gentile but that didn’t stop himmaking the full national side under Giovanni Trapattoni. Your views on this story?.

Rogue mail: Don’t give up — teach our rivals to be as bad as us
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 7, 2004
This is a message of thanks. A plea not to give up football management, as you say you will after your experiences in Scotland. You claim it has robbed you of your energy, but you must pick yourself up, dust yourself down, and think about the opportunities that lie before you. Opportunities that could see you regain the affections of the people of Scotland. Berti, there are other countries that need you. We are not the only nation that requires to be brought down a peg or two… We are not the only nation that requires to be brought down a peg or two. Look at those cocky Greeks. Only a couple of decent players, but somehow they managed to win Euro 2004, marshalled into shape by your compatriot, Otto Rehhagel. If only you could rudely divest them of this misapprehension.

Santini l’etranger
go.com – Nov 8, 2004
However, the Spurs strangers’ frugality appeared an achievement in itself as Santini forged a tight defensive unit from six newcomers and only one survivor of David Pleat’s team. Indeed, the enforced negativity of the two central midfielders made seven components in that defence. Santini showed a fondness for two anchor midfielders in Euro 2004 and even Sean Davis and Pedro Mendes, his preferred pairing in England, looked attacking compared to Tottenham’s full backs. They rarely crossed the halfway line, though the uncompromising Noe Pamerot did score at Everton. But within that tight defensive unit, with Pamerot and Erik Edman flanking Ledley King and Nourredine Naybet, the veteran Moroccan appeared imperious on his introduction to English football. Left exposed against strikers, his lack of pace is highlighted. King, however, has been flawless… Santini’s brief era has coincided with the blossoming of the centre back into an undeniably classy performer. But, as much as the ‘parked bus’ method, the excellence of King and goalkeeper Paul Robinson accounts for the clean sheets. If all defence and no attack made Jacques a dull manager, Santini is not alone in making a solid foundation his initial focus. The great unresolved question is whether a less cautious approach would have emerged if Santini had stayed longer. As it was, there was a chronic dependence on Jermain Defoe to score and perhaps England’s best finisher was starved of both service and support. The failure of players of the calibre of Robbie Keane and Frederic Kanoute to score in Santini’s tenure is an indictment of a one-dimensional approach. The three Premiership defeats that preceded Santini’s departure revealed other weaknesses.

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