Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 20, 2004

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The News Review:

* Burns highlights signs of hope
* SOCCER : The high emotions and sordid displays
* Eriksson puts his arm around Rooney
* In this section
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* English elite bank on foreign ‘transformers’
* ‘Plavi’ purr for Petkovic
* Burns’ night ends with same result for Scotland
* Belgium’s long World Cup run has come to an end, coach says
* Hat in the rings
* Carsley confirms international retirement
* Injury niggle hampers Henry
* Rooney’s a marked man – Fergie
* Motson happy to tell it straight in Madrid
* Lars-Christer Olsson, UEFA Chief Executive (UEFA)

Burns highlights signs of hope
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 19, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Easter Road on Wednesday night was not exactly Paris at the height of the guillotine, but it had that same sense of futile lust for blood. The howling mob outside the main stand thought they had picked up the scent of David Taylor after the 4-1 friendly defeat by Sweden. However, the Scottish Football Association’s Public Enemy No 1 was slipping furtively out of a side door, no doubt with the members of the international board behind him, like a group of petrified 18th Century French aristocrats. How many more victims do the supporters — calling them the Tartan Army was stretching it a bit since most were well below the enlistment age — want? Berti Vogts has already gone. The SFA establishment might not be full of professional insight, but unless there is a collection of eminent Scottish football people waiting to fill a power vacuum — and there’s not, because people like Sir Alex Ferguson or Kenny Dalglish are too busy and don’t do freebies — the call to “sack the board” is about as useful as a chocolate fireguard… “I was worried about getting a real hiding,” the caretaker coach said. “The good thing, for me, is that 90 per cent of the team were from the Scottish Premierleague. Sweden are one of the best teams in the world and even if they were without their big-hitters, their Euro 2004 core was here. “I was proud to manage my country. I won’t die if I don’t get the job, but I did not think I would be given it even if we’d beaten Sweden. But I got a glimpse of how much of a step up it is to be in international management. I spent all last week making up plans of how I wanted to play and then I lost ten players, but you still get judged on the result.

SOCCER : The high emotions and sordid displays
International Herald Tribune – Nov 19, 2004
There was plenty of both in Tehran, where Ali Daei scored four of the seven goals by which Iran defeated Laos — and thus became the first player to score 100 international goals. His record stands at 102 goals in 133 appearances for Iran, and since Daei is only 35 years old, and the imbalance among Asian competitors is immense, we can anticipate a further score or more of goals from him before he is finished. There was also celebration in Athens, where Theodoros Zagorakis, captain of the team that won the Euro 2004 championship last summer, became the first Greek player to play a century of games for his country. He ended a winner, 3-1, against Kazakhstan. Yet even that joy was tempered because Greece trails in a group headed by Ukraine, which soundly whipped Turkey, 3-0, in front of 52,000 Turkish fans in Istanbul. Scorelines do not always reflect the balance of play, and from all accounts the Turks attacked and attacked, but could not score, whereas Andriy Shevchenko, the sharpest marksman never to go to a major tournament for his homeland, typically scored two of the Ukraine's three goals. So there was triumph, and much pleasure in the world game on Wednesday night… It's always a risk, flying players out of Europe straight to the heights of thin air in South America, counter the Brazilians. But knowing the risk, knowing that it has happened before and will happen again, why doesn't Brazil, with the greatest numbers of naturally talented players on earth, not select a team of home-based men for this task? Might it be that Nike, which pays the Brazil soccer federation an awful lot of dollars to sponsor the squad, will kick up a fuss if the stars are not ever-present? Might it be that the officials, from FIFA down, are too focused on the profit margins to put their house in order — by reducing the demands on players and by addressing issues such as racism? Within hours of losing in Ecuador, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho were back in the air, flying to their adopted home in Spain where on Saturday they should be key figures in the Barcelona-Real Madrid match, the fiercest contest in all Spain. It should not be necessary to note that all three are proudly black, and that Spain is proud to employ them. But Spain is being singled out by Richard Caborn, the British sports minister, who told the BBC on Thursday: "I will be writing to the Spanish sports minister to express my outrage at the scenes we witnessed in the Bernabéu. I would like to see him ask the Spanish FA to condemn the racism — I also expect FIFA and UEFA to fully investigate the issue. " Full investigations by the governing bodies of world and European soccer, followed by congresses and then the wringing of hands, has been the pattern whenever bigotry appears at soccer.

Eriksson puts his arm around Rooney
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2004
“Wayne has to learn. I don’t think it will happen any more. I’m not worried about it. Sometimes we forget he is just a boy. It was his first time in a stadium like this. Normally he’s very calm and cool. “But while age [19] is not an excuse, I would say it’s an excuse for me… Rooney apologised for the second time to Eriksson for tearing off the black armband all the England players were wearing out of respect for Emlyn Hughes and Keith Weller, who both died last week. Rooney told Eriksson he was frustrated at not being allowed to continue and meant no disrespect to anyone. A teenager’s tantrum was only one of several footballing problems that surfaced in Madrid to worry Eriksson, whose team tend to struggle when faced with intelligent, ball-using opposition (like Brazil at the 2002 World Cup and Portugal at Euro 2004). Spanish technique was superior and England were left chasing shadows. “The game was very disappointing in the first half, very disappointing,” Eriksson said. “Our shape was too long. We were very stretched and we gave them that advantage.

In this section
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 19, 2004
Euro 2004, the nail-biting countdown to the Athens Olympics and the ultimately joyous experience of staging the games in August. Coming back down to earth has not been easy, with some columnists invoking a severe case of “post-Olympic blues”. But one thing is sure: issues largely ignored in the hurly-burly of Olympic preparations have returned to centre stage. More column inches are now being written about the economy, bloated bureaucracy and the age-old Macedonian problem than at any other time in recent memory… Euro 2004, the nail-biting countdown to the Athens Olympics and the ultimately joyous experience of staging the games in August. Coming back down to earth has not been easy, with some columnists invoking a severe case of “post-Olympic blues”. But one thing is sure: issues largely ignored in the hurly-burly of Olympic preparations have returned to centre stage. More column inches are now being written about the economy, bloated bureaucracy and the age-old Macedonian problem than at any other time in recent memory.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Nov 18, 2004
Several black players, most notably Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole, were subjected to vile monkey chants by hundreds, if not thousands, of Spanish supporters. The scale of the abuse was particularly shocking, with several players left visibly shaken by the experience. Spain coach Luis Aragones failed to condemn the racist taunts, hiding behind the claim that he would only talk about the game, which ended in a 1-0 victory for his side. However, Sven-Goran Eriksson was outspoken in his criticism of the Spain fans, with the English FA demanding action be taken by UEFA and FIFA. Indeed, the international governing bodies now face a litmus test of just how seriously they take the fight against racism… However, Sven-Goran Eriksson was outspoken in his criticism of the Spain fans, with the English FA demanding action be taken by UEFA and FIFA. Indeed, the international governing bodies now face a litmus test of just how seriously they take the fight against racism. England were threatened with ground closure or possible expulsion from Euro 2004 if their fans continued to misbehave following problems in the qualifier against Turkey in April 2003. That provided a wake-up call to England fans and many observers believe that, unless Spain are now hit with similarly tough action, then UEFA and FIFA will have failed in their duties. The English FA will be detailing their concerns following last night’s abuse, as well as similar taunts in the Under-21 game the previous night. FA head of media Adrian Bevington revealed: “Sadly we have seen something that we have not seen in England for the best part of 20 years. We will be making a full report on this to FIFA and UEFA, and there will be a letter of complaint to the Spanish Federation.

English elite bank on foreign ‘transformers’
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 20, 2004
Not only is the opposition foreign. These islands’ representatives do not have an English head coach between them, although we should be grateful that Scotland have provided Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United their greatest period in the club’s history and Ulsterman Martin O’Neill (Celtic) was brought up on Brian Clough values at Nottingham Forest, where together they won two European Cups. Celtic, this time, bottom of Group F with three points from four matches travel to the formidable Nou Camp fortress of Barcelona close to admitting their best bet is relegation to the UEFA Cup competition. Barcelona and AC Milan are surely destined for the knockout phase that kicks off in the New Year… Liverpool should be lifted by the return from injury of Steven Gerrard and the stunningly imaginative play of Xabi Alonso, as seen in Spain’s midfield mauling of England last week. The downside is that Milan Baros will be missing. Baros emerged as one of the diamonds of Euro 2004 and has been reproducing the same form for Liverpool. He has a recurring hamstring problem that could keep him out until Christmas. You may recall the loud voices of dissent when foreign coaches first became involved in the English game. We don’t need them, people shouted.

‘Plavi’ purr for Petkovic
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 19, 2004
” Anthuenis bemoaned the lack of options he had when selecting a squad for the game, and the shortage of quality players in Belgian football. It is a situation that Serbia and Montenegro know all about. Savicevic frustratedAfter a 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying defeat against Azerbaijan prompted his resignation, former Serbo-Montenegrin coach Dejan Savicevic fumed: “Players from our national championship do not have strength and stamina to run for 90 minutes, even against Azerbaijan, and most of our [foreign-based] players are of an age when it is not easy to play quality football matches. “New directionWhen Savicevic quit, Ilija Petkovic – who had previously coached the team from August 2000 to February 2001 – was left to pick up the pieces. With former Yugoslavia stalwarts Predrag Mijatovic, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Zoran Mirkovic retiring at the same time as Savicevic, he was forced to change direction… ” Anthuenis bemoaned the lack of options he had when selecting a squad for the game, and the shortage of quality players in Belgian football. It is a situation that Serbia and Montenegro know all about. Savicevic frustratedAfter a 2-1 UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying defeat against Azerbaijan prompted his resignation, former Serbo-Montenegrin coach Dejan Savicevic fumed: “Players from our national championship do not have strength and stamina to run for 90 minutes, even against Azerbaijan, and most of our [foreign-based] players are of an age when it is not easy to play quality football matches. “New directionWhen Savicevic quit, Ilija Petkovic – who had previously coached the team from August 2000 to February 2001 – was left to pick up the pieces. With former Yugoslavia stalwarts Predrag Mijatovic, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Zoran Mirkovic retiring at the same time as Savicevic, he was forced to change direction.

Burns’ night ends with same result for Scotland
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 18, 2004
The heavy defeat inflicted by Sweden on perhaps Burns’s only night in charge of Scotland was not quite as bad as the 5-0 thrashing by France on Berti Vogts’s baptism in 2002. His inexperienced side played with far more verve than his predecessor but Sweden, who are ranked at 22nd in the world, illustrated their depth. However, this friendly result will not help Scotland’s caretaker national coach in his quest to secure the job for real. This fixture pitted two goalkeepers from the same club against each other, with Celtic’s Magnus Hedman and David Marshall, daily training partners, separated by the length of the Easter Road pitch. It was the latter who was required to show his capabilities first, saving a shot from Fredrik Berglund with his legs. Marshall’s counterpart was soon eclipsing that stop, as Kenny Miller — back on his old ground — gathered a fine pass from Barry Nicholson and cut inside Teddy Lucic before curling a fierce shot that looked bound for the far corner of the net until Hedman produce an impressive one-handed save to push the ball wide… However, Sweden needed only another 60 seconds to break the deadlock. A searing run by Christian Wilhelmsson shredded Kevin McNaughton before the Sweden midfield player delivered a sublime cutback for Allbäck to re-route the ball past Marshall from 12 yards with a deft right-foot touch that almost passed the ball into the net. The Euro 2004 quarter-finalists may have been without their stellar names — Henrik Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimov and Freddie Ljungberg were kept in protective custody by Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal — but that allowed Allbäck to underline that he is often unfairly maligned. This was a 22nd international goal for the man dubbed a misfit by Aston Villa fans and now earning his living in Germany. There was little doubting the style of the Swedish side, many of whom were eager to catch the eye of Lars Lagerback, the coach, but that was also the intention of a Scotland side that looked positive and knew what they were doing, in sharp contrast to the Vogts era. A swift exchange of passes between Miller and McFadden just after the half-hour allowed Miller to advance into the box past Mikael Nilsson and strike a raking shot that just drifted wide of the far post. Just two minutes before the interval, Scotland looked poised to earn their reward after a fine move split Sweden apart.

Belgium’s long World Cup run has come to an end, coach says
San Diego Union Tribune – Nov 18, 2004
We don’t have enough attacking potential," said Antheunis. Now, pressure is expected to increase on the coach to resign. After failing to reach the finals of Euro 2004, it would be the first time since the 1970s that Belgium fails to qualify for the final of a major tournament in two successive attempts. But Antheunis said he refuses to step down. "No, I won’t run away. That’s not my style… But Antheunis said he refuses to step down. "No, I won’t run away. That’s not my style.

Hat in the rings
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 20, 2004
London has drawn the right lesson from Athens: a city that had one of the worst transport systems in Europe now has an excellent legacy from the Games that should bring lasting benefits to its economy. The proposals to dismantle some of the venues and reassemble them elsewhere in Britain is as innovative as it is welcome. Some previous Olympic cities have found a surplus of stadiums, and a financial and political embarrassment; Lisbon, with nine stadiums left from Euro 2004, has only two teams that can regularly draw crowds of more than 20,000. Greece may also struggle to make best use of this year’s Olympic legacy. London, by contrast, has plenty of football teams in need of larger premises. And the rest of the country will be far more supportive of the bid if new sta-diums, rinks and gymnasiums will end up in Manchester, Leeds or Glasgow. The most significant decision in London’s bid is to place responsibility for both construction and security with the Cabinet… The Dome-induced nervousness over all big infrastructure projects must be overcome with a firm display of political will. That, at last, is in evidence. It is not only the celebrities who are underpinning the confident steps taken by Lord Coe; Mr Blair himself, after months of hesitation, has been enthused. Let the Games begin.

Carsley confirms international retirement
eleven-a-side.com – Nov 18, 2004
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Carsley confirms international retirement
November 18, 2004
Everton midfielder Lee Carsley, who announced a temporary halt to his international career earlier this year, has made permanent his decision to bring an end to his time in the Irish shirt. Carsley won 29 caps, making his debut against Romania in 1997 and appearing for the last time against Russia in an ill-fated 1-1 Euro 2004 draw at Lansdowne Road 14 months ago. The 30-year-old, heralded as a major reason behind Everton?s exceptional start to the Premiership season, had informed Brian Kerr in April that he would not be available for selection, and he announced this week that he would be casting his decision in stone. The former Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City man said: ?When the lads go on international duty, I don?t miss going. That probably means it is time to call it a day, not least because it is benefiting me here at Everton. ?I am not missing training and I am not getting up at silly hours to get planes after internationals… The 30-year-old, heralded as a major reason behind Everton?s exceptional start to the Premiership season, had informed Brian Kerr in April that he would not be available for selection, and he announced this week that he would be casting his decision in stone. The former Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City man said: ?When the lads go on international duty, I don?t miss going. That probably means it is time to call it a day, not least because it is benefiting me here at Everton. ?I am not missing training and I am not getting up at silly hours to get planes after internationals. Taking a break from international football has given me a chance to get the right kind of rest and do the right training. ?

Today’s Ireland international headlines:.

Injury niggle hampers Henry
go.com – Nov 18, 2004
Francesc is definitely one to watch, if not this season, certainly the next. ‘Arsenal defender Pascal Cygan has shrugged off criticism of his defensive qualities after the Gunners conceded seven goals in three Premiership games since Sol Campbell has been sidelined with injury. Cygan said: I have not been worried about it. It passes over me and doesn’t affect me. ‘The Achilles problem that has dogged Campbell since the Euro 2004 campaign last summer kept him out of England’s squad for the friendly with Spain in Madrid. Your views on this story?.

Rooney’s a marked man – Fergie
manchesteronline.co.uk – Nov 20, 2004
And he said the 19-year-old United star was not insulting the name of Emlyn Hughes when he ripped off his armband after being substituted by Sven Goran Eriksson before just before half time. Sir Alex was speaking after a dinner to commemorate his 1000th competitive game in charge of the Reds, when United play Lyons on Tuesday. He said: “In relation to the situation over the armband, it’s a load of rubbish. “He was just not happy about being substituted and being a Liverpool lad the last thing he’d want to do is insult anyone from Liverpool, especially someone who has had a career like Emlyn Hughes. “Incidentally, a couple of other England players had already taken their armbands off… They knew he was the main danger. “In time he will develop, and know how to handle these things. It was his first game after Euro 2004. Wayne will settle down and learn. I have no criticism of Sven Goran Eriksson for subbing him. Fergie, who will continue to take Rooney under his wing, helping him adapt to his fame on the domestic and international front, went on: “The best players in the world learn to look after themselves and how they react, and let their feet do the talking. “He’s an enormous talent.

Motson happy to tell it straight in Madrid
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 19, 2004
We had no complaints about John Motson raising the subject of racist chants. Our job is to broadcast things as they are. ” Motson recalled England’s Euro 2004 qualifying match away to Slovakia two seasons ago. Seated in a part of the stadium where he could not hear the abuse that occurred that night, he was criticised for failing to report it. “I was conscious of what had happened two years ago and, when I heard the abuse on Wednesday, I knew it would have been completely irresponsible editorially of me not to raise it,” Motson said yesterday. “It was clearly the big story that has come out of the game. Wednesday night produced the loudest and most concentrated abuse that I have heard for a long time.

Lars-Christer Olsson, UEFA Chief Executive (UEFA)
uefa.comUEFA.com – Nov 19, 2004
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