Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 2, 2004

Allardyce tackle on Brooking over the top

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The News Review:

* Germany play World Cup mind games
* Penalty prize eludes Shearer
* VIEW FROM THE SHEETS
* Allardyce tackle on Brooking over the top
* Gallagher earns Scotland spot
* Player of the Year shortlist | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Woodgate worthy of England call
* England to make Giggs deal
* Ferguson expresses Saha concerns
* McLeish in buoyant mood as Rae returns

Germany play World Cup mind games
CNN – Dec 2, 2004
Klinsmann feels the mental side of his players needs to be worked on after a disastrous Euro 2004 campaign in Portugal where Germany exited at the group stage. He has employed sports psychologist Dr. Hans-Dieter Hermann, 44, who has previously worked with the German ski teamHermann will begin working alongside the players during the tour to Asia from December 13 to 22. Klinsmann hopes the extra preparation will reap its rewards by the time the World Cup comes around in 2006. "We are delighted that he is there for the mental side of things," explained Klinsmann… "He has a lot of experience having worked with top sportsmen. "He can help them deal with stress and maximise their performance. "A World Cup winner in 1990 Klinsmann has already shown he is not afraid to change things with the introduction of new training ground regimes picked up from his time in America. Two other developments came to light on Thursday when Germany decided to make capital Berlin their base for the 2006 World Cup. It is a controversial move after the Federation (DFB) allegedly promised Leverkusen that honor in recognition of their backing for the World Cup bid. Klinsmann has also got his wish to cancel the planned trip to South America, originally scheduled for December 2005. Officials and the coach feared players would suffer from ‘burn-out’ ahead of the World Cup and are now set to give them time to recover in the winter hiatus.

Penalty prize eludes Shearer
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 1, 2004
“But if Shearer was looking for an argument over this one, then for once Old Trafford was not prepared to offer a defence. The Stretford End might have roared its disapproval as he put his case to Durkin, but those who had seen the replay on television agreed. Not just Sir Bobby Robson, but Sir Alex Ferguson and Durkin, too. A fixture so often laden with goals was denied one on this occasion by the most minute of refereeing misjudgements. These two teams had managed 30 goals between them in their last five meetings, but eventually this encounter came down to a dodgy back pass from Gary Neville and one of Howard’s first mistakes of the season. As the England defender pushed a short ball back to his goalkeeper, Shearer stole in, nudged the ball forward and went down as soon as he felt Howard’s boot strike his leg. “I asked him [Durkin] why I wasn’t booked for diving and he said, ‘Because I didn’t think you dived’,” Shearer said… And as both sides pounded each other into submission, it was impossible not to consider the contrasting futures they face. First Jonathan Woodgate, whose exemplary performance against Ruud van Nistelrooy was the best the Dutchman has been handled all season. Woodgate will be the third-choice England centre-back for Euro 2004, in the absence of Rio Ferdinand, who was dominant once again. The only reminder of the eight-month ban that awaits him was the remorseless barracking delivered by the Newcastle fans over his missed drugs test. There was a different purpose about the United side who emerged for the second half, fortunate still to be on equal terms with Newcastle. Their best chance of the half arrived in injury time, when Ryan Giggs could only head Kleberson’s cross straight at Shay Given. But the winger, who struggled to make an impact, was replaced by Diego Forlan at half-time with a back injury that could keep him out of Saturday’s game at Wolverhampton.

VIEW FROM THE SHEETS
Redissue – Dec 2, 2004
?David Bellion’s goal within seconds of the kick-off put United into the semi-finals. They were never at much risk of being overhauled. ?The depth of a club’s squad is not always to be measured by head count. These were the fringe players of United and Arsenal, but there was no marked resemblance between them. The visitors had a lineup with half-a-dozen teenagers and 10 players aged 21 or under. If there were to be any more food fights, jelly and ice cream might have been on the menu of missiles. ?Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were far more mature… If there were to be any more food fights, jelly and ice cream might have been on the menu of missiles. ?Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were far more mature. They were, to sum it up, captained by a man who collected his 50th cap for England at Euro 2004. Phil Neville could look around and see a World Cup winner in Kleberson ready to assist. This, however, was no underhand trick by the Old Trafford manager. ?It was a natural selection at a club so stacked with experience that one of the recurring problems is how best to blend a first XI. Arsenal appreciated that very well, but foreknowledge is no help and precocity was absent when they lost the opener in 20 seconds.

Allardyce tackle on Brooking over the top
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 1, 2004
If Allardyce really craves a successful England, which such a proud patriot surely does, then he should applaud and support Brooking in his rift-healing mission. All of those present at the peace summit in Manchester spoke of Brooking’s significant influence on proceedings. If England prosper at Euro 2004, it will be partly due to Brooking’s ability to calm down the dressing-room’s militant tendency and raise issues that need addressing. He will be the favourite uncle with the friendly ear tuned into the players’ concerns. Allardyce is right on one general principle: the FA do need someone with the proper coaching qualifications to head up the technical department. Ever since Wilkinson’s disappointing decision to head off to Sunderland when he was doing a good job at the FA, the highly-important role of technical director has been vacant. The widely-respected Les Reed is acting technical director, but a heavyweight name must be recruited to drive through important technical issues like the revival of the National Football Centre plan and the quality of coaching on these shores… The widely-respected Les Reed is acting technical director, but a heavyweight name must be recruited to drive through important technical issues like the revival of the National Football Centre plan and the quality of coaching on these shores. That job needs someone with all the relevant UEFA licences otherwise managers like Allardyce will query the logic in them sweating hard to acquire them. Brooking is not a technical director; he is a general manager of the England set-up and an advisor to Palios and ideally suited to both roles. He has played, has managed, albeit briefly with West Ham, and has experience of board level. He has the support of the media, experience of Whitehall from his Sport England days. If the Government were to appoint a football tsar, the only legitimate contender would be Brooking. English football is a better place with Brooking inside the FA, rather than on the outside.

Gallagher earns Scotland spot
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 2, 2004
The uncapped Gallagher, 19, has combined well with Blackburn’s new signing Jon Stead to enable their side to ease their relegation worries over the last week and is rewarded along with Wigan midfielder Gary Teale, Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller and Reading defender Graeme Murty. Newcastle confirmed yesterday that they would not be sending striker Craig Bellamy to meet up with Wales. Sir Bobby Robson, the manager, withdrew the player after Wednesday night’s match at Blackburn after he suffered a new knee injury on his comeback from a fifth operation on the joint. Fulham’s Luis Boa Morte and Hugo Viana, of Newcastle, are also in Luiz Felipe’s squad… Croatia have imposed a six-month suspension on their defender after he walked out on the squad before the match against Bulgaria last year. The chances are Biscan will not want to return to the fold after serving his ban. Wales will find out if their appeal against Russia’s inclusion in Euro 2004 is successful after a hearing in Switzerland on March 19. The Football Association of Wales launched their challenge to Russia’s participation after Yegor Titov failed a drugs test following the first leg of their qualification play-off which ended in a 0-0 draw in Moscow. Titov played in the second leg which Russia won 1-0 in Cardiff but it was later revealed he had failed a test for Bromantan. UEFA’s control and disciplinary committee rejected Wales’ initial complaint as unfounded but the Welsh FA have since launched their appeal.

Player of the Year shortlist | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Nov 30, 2004
Brazil’s Ronaldinho, a World Cup winner in 2002, has transformedBarcelona since arriving at the Nou Camp at the beginning of lastseason from Paris St Germain. Seven points clear at the top of the Primera Liga, Barcelona areplaying the most exciting club soccer in Europe and Ronaldinho’sskill and vision is at the heart of it. Ronaldinho did not play in this year’s Copa America, whichBrazil won. The consistent goal-scoring of Ukraine’s Shevchenko helped Milanto last season’s Italian title and his goal ratio during fiveseasons in Italy has been outstanding. Ukraine missed out on Euro2004. Henry finished second behind fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane invoting for the 2003 award. He finished top scorer in the EnglishPremier League with 30 goals, helping Arsenal to the title lastseason… Henry finished second behind fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane invoting for the 2003 award. He finished top scorer in the EnglishPremier League with 30 goals, helping Arsenal to the title lastseason. However, Henry failed to spark at Euro 2004 as France went outin the quarter-finals. The three candidates for Women’s Player of the Year are Mia Hammof the United States, Birgit Prinz of Germany and Marta ofBrazil.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 30, 2004
Brazil?s Ronaldinho, a World Cup winner in 2002, has transformed Barcelona since arriving at the Nou Camp at the beginning of last season from Paris St Germain. Seven points clear at the top of the Primera Liga, Barcelona are playing the most exciting club soccer in Europe and Ronaldinho?s skill and vision is at the heart of it. Ronaldinho did not play in this year?s Copa America, which Brazil won. The consistent goal-scoring of Ukraine?s Shevchenko helped Milan to last season?s Italian title and his goal ratio during five seasons in Italy has been outstanding. Ukraine missed out on Euro 2004. Henry finished second behind fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane in voting for the 2003 award. He finished top scorer in the English Premier League with 30 goals, helping Arsenal to the title last season… Ronaldinho did not play in this year?s Copa America, which Brazil won. The consistent goal-scoring of Ukraine?s Shevchenko helped Milan to last season?s Italian title and his goal ratio during five seasons in Italy has been outstanding. Ukraine missed out on Euro 2004. Henry finished second behind fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane in voting for the 2003 award. He finished top scorer in the English Premier League with 30 goals, helping Arsenal to the title last season. However, Henry failed to spark at Euro 2004 as France went out in the quarter-finals. The three candidates for Women?s Player of the Year are Mia Hamm of the United States, Birgit Prinz of Germany and Marta of Brazil.

Woodgate worthy of England call
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 1, 2004
Woodgate, if only he can keep fit, certainly has the talent to answer England’s call. All things being equal, he should be vying with John Terry for the spot next to Sol Campbell… They need him available if they are going to continue their recent revival. The display at Old Trafford was evidence enough. Not many people manage to subdue Ruud van Nistelrooy in quite such impressive fashion. The Dutchman hardly got a sniff, due, in good part, to Woodgate’s diligent determination, to his composed and measured approach in the face of sustained pressure. We are talking here about a finely-balanced defender, about a defender who stays on his feet whenever possible, preferring to usher attackers out of harms way with wit and guile rather than recklessly diving in and conceding free-kicks. His positional play is reassuringly sound. Rarely do you see him scrambling to recover having drifted out of bounds.

England to make Giggs deal
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 1, 2004
Giggs is banned for the first two matches of the campaign, which begins in the autumn, but his national coach Mark Hughes is believed to have reached an agreement with England counterpart Sven-Goran Eriksson that the two sides should not meet until October. Wales are set to push for the right to play two matches on the first available dates of Sept 4 and 8, possibly against Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland, when representatives of all their group opponents gather in Cardiff tomorrow to try and agree the schedule for the qualification programme. Spokesman Ceri Stennett said: “There are 12 available dates for 10 fixtures for each country, so you are not certain to be playing two games each time dates for double-headers come up… Spokesman Ceri Stennett said: “There are 12 available dates for 10 fixtures for each country, so you are not certain to be playing two games each time dates for double-headers come up. “We think it is important to get Ryan’s suspension out of the way quickly so we will want to play two matches on Sept 4 and 8. “Giggs incurred the ban for an elbow on Russia defender Vadim Evseev in a Euro 2004 play-off match in November. If Wales agree the deal, he could face his United team-mates on Oct 9 or 13, possibly at Old Trafford. Hughes and the English contingent of Tord Grip and David Davies will attend the Cardiff conference, along with officials from Poland, Austria, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan. Hughes insists that whatever tomorrow’s discussions yield he will see out his Wales contract to the end of the qualifiers.

Ferguson expresses Saha concerns
BBC News – Nov 30, 2004
Ferguson said: “He’s had a terrible time and every injury has been with France. It is unbelievable. “He has not been injured with us at all. It gives us concerns about him going to play for France again. 8m signing from Fulham, has made only 12 Premiership starts since arriving in January. The 26-year-old missed the club’s pre-season trip to the United States after aggravating a medial ligament injury at Euro 2004… 8m signing from Fulham, has made only 12 Premiership starts since arriving in January. The 26-year-old missed the club’s pre-season trip to the United States after aggravating a medial ligament injury at Euro 2004. He made his comeback in August but suffered a recurrence of the injury in a World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. The latest setback came when Saha lined up in France’s friendly against Poland on 17 November.

McLeish in buoyant mood as Rae returns
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 2, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Last year, the nation’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2004 proved to be a pipedream as the home team smashed six past Scotland in Amsterdam. For Rangers, it was Feyenoord who transpired to be their nemesis in 2002, ending the club’s Uefa Cup adventure that had yielded European competition beyond Christmas for the first time in ten years. There should be no such trepidation around the low countries tonight as Ibrox fans make their way to AZ Alkmaar for the third of their team’s Uefa Cup group F games. Perched on top of the Bank of Scotland Premierleague and also of this group, things could not be going more according to plan for Alex McLeish. The Rangers manager has a further bonus this evening when he can recall Alex Rae to the centre of his midfield for the match between the two unblemished records in group F… It is another Uefa cup game and more new for them than me. “I don’t have to show them anything because I play in Scotland for Rangers. I am not playing for Dutch people, I am playing for Scottish people. ” Co Adriaanse, the Alkmaar coach, has fashioned a winning side that blends youth with older legs, so much so that they are five points ahead of Ajax, the club that sacked him two years ago, in the table. Van Galen represents the veteran end of the spectrum. At 34 years of age, he established a record by becoming the oldest player to be given a debut by Holland recently. AZ ALKMAAR (probable; 4-3-3): H Timmer — J Kromkamp, J Mathijsen, B Opdam, T de Cler — D Landzaat, B van Galen, M Buskermolen — M Meerdink, S Huysegems, K Perez.

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