Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 30, 2004

Rooney exits in disgrace as England put to shame-Sport-Football…

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The News Review:

* Scotland pin hopes of revival on Smith
* Arsenal urged to boot out grass
* Becks: Next World Cup is last
* Rooney exits in disgrace as England put to shame-Sport-Football…
* Fulham 1 Chelsea 4: Reliant Robben runs show-Sport-Football-TimesOnlin…
* Aragon├ęs rails against accusers in racism row-Sport-Football-TimesOnli…
* Millionaire with the Midas touch-Sport-Football-TimesOnline

Scotland pin hopes of revival on Smith
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 30, 2004
He then had a spell at Manchester United as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson. Although the SFA hope that Smith might be able to revive Scotland’s frail chance of reaching the World Cup finals in Germany in 18 months, it is accepted that realistically the chance of making the later stages of the tournament was all but blown after a start to the qualifying campaign that saw the Scots draw with Slovenia and lose to Norway at Hampden Park before being held to a 1-1 draw in Chisinau by the group makeweights, Moldova. Smith’s remit is to qualify for the finals of Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland and it is understood that he has already indicated that he will not follow Vogts’ habit of filling every spare international date with friendlies. Although the policy gave a degree of experience to otherwise raw squad members, the many defeats suffered by Scotland in these fixtures dragged the country steadily down the rankings with the consequence that the Scots’ seeding status likewise fell and it became increasingly difficult to qualify for major finals. Vogts had pencilled in a friendly for Scotland in February 2005 but no opponents had been confirmed. Smith, who watched with concern as Vogts’ World Cup squads were badly affected by call-offs, will not take up the February date. This means that his first match in charge of the full international squad will be in March when Scotland travel to take on their group favourites, Italy.

Arsenal urged to boot out grass
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 11, 2004
The International Board have accepted it, FIFA have accepted it and England will accept it. “He added: “The quality of artificial surfaces is now much better, certainly much better than a lousy grass pitch in England in December. “Johansson admitted that he did not expect the board of the English champions to give in. “No I haven’t spoken to David Dein [vice-chairman of Arsenal] because I know David Dein. Like all Englishmen, he is very conservative… “We have sanctioned its use from the start of next season but only as long as it is the latest generation of artificial turf and meets a whole series of standards. “UEFA had ordered a two-year study into synthetic surfaces to monitor any differences from the bounce of the ball to the number of injuries suffered by players. The UEFA decision extends beyond European club matches to qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup and the Euro 2008 qualifiers that would follow. However Lars-Christer Olsson, the UEFA chief executive, made it clear that while qualifying matches could be played on artificial surfaces, when it came to the finals of a tournament such as the World Cup or European Championship, games would be played on one surface and this was more likely to be grass. He said: “In a final tournament you cannot switch matches between grass and artificial. There is a difference between the two surfaces which is difficult to explain but it means the same surface must be used. “Johansson stressed the executive fully backed the switch to artificial grass.

Becks: Next World Cup is last
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 14, 2004
Beckham, 29, who took a full part in Real Madrid’s training session yesterday after recovering from a broken rib, was quoted as saying: “I think that the 2006 World Cup in Germany is probably as far as it will go for me as an England player. “I want to play on for as many years as people want to give me, but when I start fading out and the legs start getting heavy, then I’ll look to do something else. ” It is not uncommon for players to retire from international football after a major tournament as there is a two year gap for qualifying between the European Championship and the World Cup. By the time of Euro 2008, Beckham would be 33 and a little leg weary. The Madrid midfielder is expected to play some part against Albacete tonight and should he come through that, he will captain England on Wednesday, and be back in his stride for Madrid’s trip to Barcelona on Saturday for a fixture whose shadow is already cast over the international. Madrid have Iker Casillas, Michel Salgado, Ivan Helguera, Guti, Raul, Beckham and Michael Owen involved in the Bernabeu friendly, as are Barça captain Carles Puyol and playmaker Xavi. Owen can expect a good round of applause from those madridistas who take up their usual seats at Real Madrid’s stadium for Wednesday’s game… “I want to play on for as many years as people want to give me, but when I start fading out and the legs start getting heavy, then I’ll look to do something else. ” It is not uncommon for players to retire from international football after a major tournament as there is a two year gap for qualifying between the European Championship and the World Cup. By the time of Euro 2008, Beckham would be 33 and a little leg weary. The Madrid midfielder is expected to play some part against Albacete tonight and should he come through that, he will captain England on Wednesday, and be back in his stride for Madrid’s trip to Barcelona on Saturday for a fixture whose shadow is already cast over the international. Madrid have Iker Casillas, Michel Salgado, Ivan Helguera, Guti, Raul, Beckham and Michael Owen involved in the Bernabeu friendly, as are Barça captain Carles Puyol and playmaker Xavi. Owen can expect a good round of applause from those madridistas who take up their usual seats at Real Madrid’s stadium for Wednesday’s game. If they doubted his calibre when he began his Madrid career and then went goalless and sometimes unused from the substitutes’ bench for nearly two months, the last seven games have elevated Owen in their affections.

Rooney exits in disgrace as England put to shame-Sport-Football…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 18, 2004
He ripped off the black armband that the England players were wearing in honour of Emlyn Hughes and appeared to swear in the direction of those on the substitutes’ bench as he headed to the sidelines. “It is not the first time it happened in football,” Sven-Göran Eriksson, the England head coach, said. “He was not thinking of disrespecting anyone, it was frustration. I took him off because I suspected that even a light tackle after his yellow card might have seen him sent off. He is young, he is learning and he was sorry in the dressing-room. ” Rooney was booked for a senseless shove on Iker Casillas, the Spain goalkeeper. “It’s like he was on another planet,” Casillas said.

Fulham 1 Chelsea 4: Reliant Robben runs show-Sport-Football-TimesOnlin…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 14, 2004
“Sometimes you need an individual who can open the door for you. Robben is one of those,” he said. “Bringing him to Chelsea was not my decision. If it was Mr Ranieri, thanks a lot, you did your job. If it was Peter Kenyon or Mr Abramovich, they should become managers. ” From the start, Chelsea imposed their superior skills. Their example came from John Terry, a towering captain in defence and also intent on making forays into the Fulham half.

Aragon├ęs rails against accusers in racism row-Sport-Football-TimesOnli…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 17, 2004
In that regard, he was mistaken. Eradicating bigotry from English football remains such a priority to the FA that last night the England squad trained at the Bernabéu Stadium for tonight’s friendly international wearing T-shirts bearing anti-racist slogans. Coincidental or not, their move could be interpreted as outright condemnation of Aragonés. While the Spain coach was clearly not enamoured by the questioning, it was not until his pre-match press conference had concluded that he lost his temper. Thanked for his time and wished good luck for tonight’s match, he rounded on English journalists. The confrontation was later broadcast on Spanish television. “The questions aren’t important,” he said.

Millionaire with the Midas touch-Sport-Football-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 14, 2004
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