Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 26, 2004

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* Winter on Saturday: Peace initiative in Spain shows Beckham’s…
* ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Armchair Sweeper: Eto’o
* Apt gift at an appropriate time
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Croatia wrangle over Biscan call up
* Cheryl Hasn’t Flicked Ash
* Nunez set for reserves run-out
* Italian fans beginning to switch off

Winter on Saturday: Peace initiative in Spain shows Beckham’s…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 26, 2004
“David went in to see Collina at half-time and made sure that things did calm down,” added the source. “These are things that happen in private, but it’s important that David’s qualities as a captain are known. The lead-up to the tournament [Euro 2004] was a difficult time, but David made sure we got there with the right equilibrium. ” Beckham is not the most popular player in the England dressing room – David James probably is – and there are increasing alternatives to him as captain, such as Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard, but his allies within the England camp are keen to stress how seriously he takes the role of captain. “David has always fulfilled his obligations as captain. The England players get deluged with shirts and balls and other things that need signing for charity and David is very good, along with the other players, of making sure they get signed. Beckham and the players sign hundreds of items at every England get-together and each item can raise £500 upwards in charity auctions.

ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Armchair Sweeper: Eto’o
go.com – Nov 24, 2004
Impressive defensively at the start of the season, Chelsea’s recent offensive surge has erased all doubts about the team’s ability to score and play attacking soccer. The fuel injection that has provided this surge is mostly due to the long-awaited introduction of Arjen Robben, back after a layoff from injury. Robben, who was arguably Holland’s best performer during Euro 2004, has provided electric pace, creativity and goal-scoring from his left wing spot. Compounding the headache for defenders is his ability to play upfront, on the right or behind the strikers. His style of play is best described as Dennis Bergkamp blended with Marc Overmars. With Damien Duff and Arjen Robben, Chelsea has the luxury of fielding 2 of the best 4 left-sided players in the Premiership. If Didier Drogba starts living up to his hefty price tag and goal-scoring reputation, I doubt even Arsenal can keep pace with Chelsea this season… West Bromwich Albion’s Nigerian star Kanu recently told reporters how wearing the captain’s armband has made him a better player. “It’s a great responsibility. I am not only thinking about Kanu and scoring 20, 30 goals, but I am also thinking about the team. “Call me a cynic, but it’s just as well Kanu’s captaincy means he is no longer thinking about scoring 30 goals a season. At his current pace he’s on track for around 5 Premiership goals this season. To make matters worse, I’m not entirely sure he’s become a better player either. His astounding miss a couple of weeks ago vs.

Apt gift at an appropriate time
Hindu – Nov 25, 2004
Gary Neville scored one of his rare goals while Van Nistelrooy netted his 34th in his 35th Champions League game. In between, goalkeeper Roy Carroll let a 35m shot by Mahamadou Diarra through his arms for a blunder that may mean a return for American ‘keeper Tim Howard. In the other Group D game, Fenerbahce won 1-0 at Sparta Prague thanks to an own goal by Radoslav Kovac but it was not enough for the Turkish club to catch United and Lyon. Dutch striker Roy Makaay scored two second half goals after Claudio Pizarro, Hasan Salihamidzic and Torsten Frings had put Bayern in charge in Munich. Barukh Dego converted a penalty in the 56th to pull one back for Maccabi. Juventus made sure of finishing at the top of Group C by beating four-time European champion Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 in Turin. A 15th minute goal by Uruguayan forward Marcelo Zalayeta gave the Italian league leader its fifth victory in five games… Raul Gonzalez levelled for Madrid, which has a chance to advance by winning in Rome in the eerie atmosphere of a silent stadium. Roma, which lost 2-0 at Dynamo Kiev, is already out and still serving a punishment after a fan threw something from the stands and hit referee Anders Frisk in a Champions League game against Kiev on September 15. More misery

There was more misery for Roma on Tuesday when Traianos Dellas, one of the heroes of Greece’s Euro 2004 triumph in Portugal, headed in an own goal and Maksim Shatskikh scored with 10 minutes to go to give Kiev a routine triumph. Kiev leads the Group B standings with 10 points while Leverkusen and Madrid have eight and Roma one. Qualification from Group A is also open after Olympiakos edged Deportivo de La Coruna 1-0 thanks to a 68th minute goal by Predrag Djordjevic and Javier Saviola netted Monaco’s goal in a 1-0 beating of Liverpool. Liverpool was furious that the Argentine’s goal counted, however, as its players were convinced Saviola handled the ball on the way to scoring. The results mean that Olympiakos remains on top with 10 points, Monaco has nine and Liverpool seven.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 24, 2004
He will will be expelled from Portugal after he serves his sentence and will be prohibited from re-entering the country for a period of 10 years. Abramov stabbed 28-year-old Stephen Smith in the heart on June 22 during an apparent botched robbery attempt which took place in the historic centre of Lisbon during early morning celebrations for England?s 4-2 win over Croatia. The win gave England a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. Smith, of Wolverhampton in central England, had been in Portugal since the start of the European Championship on June 12, staying in the southern Algarve resort region which many England fans used as a base during the finals. His murder sparked concern in Portugal over rising unemployment among the tens of thousands of immigrants, many of them from the Ukraine, who have moved to the country in recent years. Many of them were lured by the construction boom which was triggered by the preparations for the Euro 2004 finals, but a recession has damaged their employment prospects. afpLiu sues newspaper and department store BEIJING: China?s Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang is sueing a Beijing-based newspaper and a department store for unlawful use of his image, state media said on Tuesday… ?His wife Heather is having hospital tests to determine the severity of recent internal problems,? Clarke?s management said in a statement. ?He discovered his wife could be seriously ill on his return after winning for the first time this season nine days ago in Japan. ?He immediately decided not to play again for the foreseeable future. ? Clarke, a member of Europe?s triumphant Ryder Cup team at Oakland Hills, Detroit in September, won his first title of the year in the Japan Golf Tour?s Taiheiyo Masters at Gotemba. He was scheduled to play in the Sun City event alongside Americans Jim Furyk, Chris DiMarco, Jay Haas, Chad Campbell and Todd Hamilton, Australia?s Stuart Appleby, South Africans Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, Zimbabwe?s Nick Price, Swede Fredrik Jacobson and defending champion Sergio Garcia of Spain. ?Much as I am disappointed in having to withdraw from my obligations, I hope that everybody understands that it is vital I am with my wife and family at this time,? Clarke added in the statement.

Croatia wrangle over Biscan call up
go.com – Nov 24, 2004
24, 2004Croatia wrangle over Biscan call upZAGREB, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar wants to pick Igor Biscan even though the national association maintains a tough stance against the Liverpool midfielder it banned from the national squad last year. ‘I need Biscan for the World Cup campaign and I will callhim up,’ Kranjcar was quoted as saying by sports daily SportskeNovosti on Wednesday. Biscan, 26, walked out on the eve of Croatia’s Euro 2004qualifier against Bulgaria in October 2003. He later said he wasnot motivated to play for Croatia and refused to apologise. The Croatian FA banned Biscan from the national squad for asix-month period, which expired in June, but FA president VlatkoMarkovic says the midfielder will not play for Croatia as longas the FA leadership remains in charge. ‘I’m not interested what Kranjcar or anyone else says aboutBiscan. It is well known what the FA thinks about his action andits consequences,’ he said.

Cheryl Hasn’t Flicked Ash
Sky News – Nov 25, 2004
Who says? The Geordie lass herself, who admits she is smitten and has NOT dumped him. getElementById(obj); if (el… “Things are really good between us,” she said. “He makes me very happy and puts a big smile on my face. ” Ash, 23, one of England’s stars in Euro 2004, has even met her mum, who Cheryl revealed to us recently has begun dressing like her. And he hasn’t even had top open his bulging wallet to make his way into her affections. “My mam really approves of him,” she said, before adding “he hasn’t bought me any presents yet. ” And she is already planning a surprise for him for his 24th birthday next month. “He won’t be disappointed,” she added.

Nunez set for reserves run-out
go.com – Nov 24, 2004
The Spanish winger, who joined Liverpool as part of the deal which tookMichael Owen to Real Madrid, suffered a knee injury in his very first trainingsession. He is now considered fit enough to play some part in the Barclays PremiershipReserve League match away to Leeds. Nunez has already had one false start in hisrehabilitation and Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will not take any shortcuts with his compatriot’s fitness. “It is a danger to do that, it will be his first game for us in the reserves,and he needs two more weeks work to be fit enough for the first team,” Benitezinsisted. Djibril Cisse’s broken leg will keep him out all season and strike partnerMilan Baros will not play for a month with a hamstring problem. Nunez has yet to kick a ball in anger for the club while Vladimir Smicer – whohad an excellent Euro 2004 with the Czech Republic – cannot play until the newyear because of an Achilles operation. Luis Garcia is out for three weeks after tearing a hamstring in the 1-0Champions League defeat away to Monaco last night while full-back Josemi,suspended anyway for Sunday’s game with Arsenal, returned to Merseyside with 20stitches in a head wound while captain Steven Gerrard has only just returnedafter two months out with a fractured metatarsal… “It is a danger to do that, it will be his first game for us in the reserves,and he needs two more weeks work to be fit enough for the first team,” Benitezinsisted. Djibril Cisse’s broken leg will keep him out all season and strike partnerMilan Baros will not play for a month with a hamstring problem. Nunez has yet to kick a ball in anger for the club while Vladimir Smicer – whohad an excellent Euro 2004 with the Czech Republic – cannot play until the newyear because of an Achilles operation. Luis Garcia is out for three weeks after tearing a hamstring in the 1-0Champions League defeat away to Monaco last night while full-back Josemi,suspended anyway for Sunday’s game with Arsenal, returned to Merseyside with 20stitches in a head wound while captain Steven Gerrard has only just returnedafter two months out with a fractured metatarsal. Your views on this story?.

Italian fans beginning to switch off
go.com – Nov 26, 2004
61 per cent ofthe audience. Italian national team games, avaliable on state broadcasterRAI have also seen a major slump, Gazzetta said. The traditional Sunday evening highlights show 90th Minutehas seen its audience share drop by over 3 percent and presenterPaola Ferrari said that while that fall was not dramatic therewere signs fans were worn out by saturation coverage. ‘There is some tiredness from the public. It comes from thedisappointing Euro 2004 for Italy, the increased number of gamesand also because in Serie A Juventus have been on top from thestart and some of the Inter, Roma and Lazio fans have beenlost,’ she said. One of the few programmes to show a slight increase inaudience share is ‘Biscardi’s Trial’ – a controversial paneldiscussion show which frequently descends into loud and bitterrows. ‘I talk about the sickness in football and as the game isseriously ill people are interested and they watch,’ Biscardisaid… The traditional Sunday evening highlights show 90th Minutehas seen its audience share drop by over 3 percent and presenterPaola Ferrari said that while that fall was not dramatic therewere signs fans were worn out by saturation coverage. ‘There is some tiredness from the public. It comes from thedisappointing Euro 2004 for Italy, the increased number of gamesand also because in Serie A Juventus have been on top from thestart and some of the Inter, Roma and Lazio fans have beenlost,’ she said. One of the few programmes to show a slight increase inaudience share is ‘Biscardi’s Trial’ – a controversial paneldiscussion show which frequently descends into loud and bitterrows. ‘I talk about the sickness in football and as the game isseriously ill people are interested and they watch,’ Biscardisaid. Your views on this story?.

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