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December 11, 2004

Porto’s life beyond Euro 2004

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Opening Game is Greek Tragedy for Heart…
* World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Europe’s Carnival of Soccer Gets…
* EURO 2004: Frank Lampard is not a diamond geezer
* Porto’s life beyond Euro 2004
* SOCCER: Sven looks to future
* SOCCER: Kerr on watching brief
* BBC NEWS | Business | Ad spend to rise further in 2005
* Over 50% of Brits are not allowed to watch the Olympics at work
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Race for the Champions League
* Thierry ready to captain Gunners’ ship
* Fine wines – all homegrown
* Ban this racist hymn, says bishop
* Fergie: Ronaldo’s coming of age
* Commission demands Aragones probe
* DAN’S WORLD A Goose smile says it all
* For the better: Performance of Radcliffe points the way
* Sportsmen and teachers take lead in honours

World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Opening Game is Greek Tragedy for Heart…
Deutsche Welle – Dec 6, 2004
The Greeks seemed to be equal to the marauding midfield duo of Figo and Rui Costa and caught the flamboyant hosts on the hop when Karagounis whipped in a surprise shot from the edge of the penalty area on 7 minutes which beat Ricardo in Portugal’s goal. The home fans were stunned but the Greek fans and neutrals in the stadium were ecstatic. Euro 2004 had officially begun but not as the home team would have liked. Greek shock goal fires Portugal
If the organizers wanted a flying start to the tournament, they soon got one. With the Greeks suddenly under pressure from a shocked Portugal, the game opened up into a blistering match of attack and counter-attack as the hosts swarmed forward in search of parity while Greece looked to expose the spaces left by the galloping hosts. Portugal stepped up the pace but the Greeks looked resolute under awesome pressure until Fernando Couto laid back a sublime ball for Andrade whose curling effort from the edge of the Greek box flew just wide on 16 minutes. Tempers started to fray in the 21st minute as the temperature reached fever pitch.

World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Europe’s Carnival of Soccer Gets…
Deutsche Welle – Dec 6, 2004
An ever changing concept
The European Championship finals have seen many changes in their 44 year history. Not only has the number of teams fighting it out been increased since its inception but its structure has also developed and the tournament has seen the introduction of new innovations in the game. In 1968 the championships changed from its original knock-out formula, where a team would have just one game against an opponent to see who advanced to the next round, to the qualification groups that are still in place today, where four teams play each other once with the top two teams going through. The tournament in England in 1996 saw the introduction of the “golden goal” rule, the first time the decider had been used in a major international tournament. Before when two teams were drawn after 90 minutes, they would have the whole extra-time period to win the game. This time if the matches were deadlocked by the end of regulation time, the games would be decided by the first team to score the “golden goal” in that extra half an hour.

EURO 2004: Frank Lampard is not a diamond geezer
Squarefootball – Dec 6, 2004
?Where is Gazza?? the people cry (or something similar). For Euro 2004 Sven Goran Eriksson has decided to ignore this tradition, possibly because he is Swedish, and has picked exactly the same squad as almost every TV, radio and newspaper pundit. Is this conclusive proof that he knows exactly what he is doing? Not quite. Sven knows his best XI, although it does include injury victim John Terry, but a question mark still hangs over the best way to deploy the midfield. The diamond system, adopted after the shocking 2-2 draw at home to Macedonia, seems likely to be axed in favour of a flat midfield four. The real reason for this is not so much to do with tactics as Sven?s desire to start with Frank Lampard in midfield… For Euro 2004 Sven Goran Eriksson has decided to ignore this tradition, possibly because he is Swedish, and has picked exactly the same squad as almost every TV, radio and newspaper pundit. Is this conclusive proof that he knows exactly what he is doing? Not quite. Sven knows his best XI, although it does include injury victim John Terry, but a question mark still hangs over the best way to deploy the midfield. The diamond system, adopted after the shocking 2-2 draw at home to Macedonia, seems likely to be axed in favour of a flat midfield four. The real reason for this is not so much to do with tactics as Sven?s desire to start with Frank Lampard in midfield. Replacing Nicky Butt with Lampard certainly makes sense in terms of form. Lampard has just enjoyed a fantastic season with Chelsea while Butt has been sat on the Manchester United bench casting envious glances in the direction of Phil Neville.

Porto’s life beyond Euro 2004
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 6, 2004
Doink! As their Dayglo -bright novelty toys bounced off the policeman’s forehead, he gave his assailants an indulgent grin and watched as they sought out their next victim. Indeed, it had nothing to do with the sport – despite supporters of FC Porto, newly crowned club champions of Europe, considering themselves experts in street celebrations. What I was witnessing was the ancient festival of São João (John the Baptist), which falls on June 23. Its origins are hazy, a blend of pagan and assumed religious practices – but what is clear is that the calendar’s biggest celebration is of celebration itself. For a week before the feast day, locals prepare cascatas, miniature modelled scenarios depicting the São João revels, and dress their streets and squares.

SOCCER: Sven looks to future
U.TV – UTV – Dec 8, 2004
As ever, however, England have few other left-sided natural options – although Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves would no doubt want to press their claims along with the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Scott Parker and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Butt`s summer move to Newcastle is certainly a boost for Eriksson, because it gives him a much better chance of regular first-team football than he enjoyed at Old Trafford last season. “I am delighted he has joined Newcastle. That is good for me,” the England coach told the Newcastle Chronicle… “I am delighted he has joined Newcastle. That is good for me,” the England coach told the Newcastle Chronicle. “He did not play enough at Old Trafford last season, and that did not help him. “As for Dyer, he has been in every England squad I have selected when he has been fit. That is how important I think he is to our squad overall. “Dyer has been very unlucky with injuries and he needs to stay clear of them this season.

SOCCER: Kerr on watching brief
U.TV – Dec 6, 2004
“We will be selfish about it and interested in the form of Switzerland and France, whether that will be of great relevance to September and October when we play them in the qualifiers, I am not so sure. “The fact that Kerr and his squad will be mere interested spectators during the European Championships was down in part to the Swiss, who beat Ireland both home and away as they won qualifying Group 10. And while the Republic manager believes England have the talent to progress to the last eight of Euro 2004, he insists the likes of Croatia and Jakob Kuhn`s men should not be underestimated. “It is going to be a tough group for England,” reflected Kerr, whose side upset Holland`s Euro 2004 send-off with a 1-0 win in Amsterdam last Saturday. “Croatia are a good side and Switzerland did very well to come out of our group. They beat us home and away, they know what they are about. “They have a tremendous spirit, a very strong work ethic and passionate play which took them right through qualification and they are not to be underestimated.

BBC NEWS | Business | Ad spend to rise further in 2005
BBC News – Dec 6, 2004
Chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell said on Monday that he expected the company’s earnings per share to grow by at least 10% in 2005. The agencies highlighted a greater willingness by companies to launch new products and stronger competition in the auto and pharmaceutical sectors. “We are convinced that they [companies] are not going to turn around and cut all of their advertising budgets as their competition is heating up,” said Robert Coen, senior vice president for forecasting at Interpublic. Stable growth

Growth will be slower than in 2004 when the combination of the Olympics, the US Presidential election and Euro 2004 football tournament added up to $3bn to advertisers’ budgets. According to Zenith Optimedia, global expenditure is expected to grow by about 7% to $369bn this year. 2005 will represent the third year of consecutive growth in spending after a slump at the beginning of the decade brought about by the demise of dot com advertising. Spending declined in 2001 and 2002 and grew marginally in 2003… Several agencies have upped estimates for spending, saying the industry has fully recovered from its 2001-2 slump. This year’s ad market was boosted by huge spending on the Olympics and the US Presidential election but underlying growth will continue unabated in 2005. The internet will be the fastest growing advertising medium in 2005. New products

Universal McCann, part of the Interpublic Group, has increased its 2005 growth forecast – not adjusted for inflation – from 5.

Over 50% of Brits are not allowed to watch the Olympics at work
Online Recruitment – Dec 8, 2004
It’s especially of interest to our US colleagues who are sponsors of the US Olympic team. ” “It’s important to boost staff moral as much as possible and giving them access to view significant sporting events is one of the ways we do this. We had Euro 2004 showing for all staff and the company didn’t grind to a halt as people managed their time effectively and got their work done. We will do the same with the Olympics. “The same question was put to a European audience that received a total of 3,497 votes. The results revealed the following:56% (1961 votes said) “No, watching sports on TV is not allowed under any circumstances”21% (734 votes said) “Yes, but only if it’s during my break”11% (389 votes said) “Yes, but only the most relevant competitions”11% (413 votes said) “Yes, at any time, my boss is a sports fanatic”The results show that just under half of Europeans would be able to catch some element of the Games, either specific events that their country participates in or the events that were being televised during their designated breaks. The Irish proved to be the breeding ground for sports fanatics, who are the most lenient with regards to staff taking time off to watch the games, over one third of respondents said that they are allowed to watch the games at any time of the day.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Race for the Champions League
BBC News – Dec 9, 2004
Werder Bremen also qualified with ease but despite boasting the talents of Miroslav Klose and Euro 2004 final match-winner Angelos Charisteas, their lack of depth could prove their undoing. The same could be said of Bayer Leverkusen – they currently lie eighth in the Bundesliga and must find the form that saw them thrash Real Madrid 3-0 in September to have any real hopes of further progress… With 14 of the remaining teams hailing from just five countries it is once again a tournament that will be dominated by the French, Italian, Spanish, German and English leagues, with just Porto and PSV Eindhoven the odd ones out. So who is shaping up to have a real crack at winning Europe’s premier club trophy and who should just be happy to be in the Friday 17 December draw?

BBC Sport considers the main candidates, country by country, for Champions League glory in 2005.

Thierry ready to captain Gunners’ ship
Mail & Guardian Online – Dec 6, 2004
“It is true that with Patrick out the other senior players have to take on more responsibility,” Henry admitted. “We have to show the younger players the way but I have no doubt that we have the quality to succeed. “Maybe I will be captain, I’m not sure yet — I would be proud to lead the team to victory. “Henry is well aware that his below-par performances in some of Arsenal’s biggest games and for France at Euro 2004 have taken some of the gloss off his reputation as arguably the best all-round forward currently playing the game. There is no doubt that the suggestion that he is (as they would say in his adopted city) a big game “bottler” is one that hurts Henry, regardless of what he says about not listening to his critics. “I scored my 16th and 17th goals of the season against Birmingham on Saturday, but I know it is not enough,” he said, visibly bristling at the suggestion he lacks the mental strength to make his unrivalled talents count when it matters most. “When I was young, my father always used to tell me you should never be totally happy with any performance… “We have to show the younger players the way but I have no doubt that we have the quality to succeed. “Maybe I will be captain, I’m not sure yet — I would be proud to lead the team to victory. “Henry is well aware that his below-par performances in some of Arsenal’s biggest games and for France at Euro 2004 have taken some of the gloss off his reputation as arguably the best all-round forward currently playing the game. There is no doubt that the suggestion that he is (as they would say in his adopted city) a big game “bottler” is one that hurts Henry, regardless of what he says about not listening to his critics. “I scored my 16th and 17th goals of the season against Birmingham on Saturday, but I know it is not enough,” he said, visibly bristling at the suggestion he lacks the mental strength to make his unrivalled talents count when it matters most. “When I was young, my father always used to tell me you should never be totally happy with any performance. So 17 goals, even for me it is not enough and there will always be people who criticise.

Fine wines – all homegrown
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 6, 2004
And last week British fizz was declared better than champagne. Saul Brookfield visits St George’s Vineyard in East Sussex, now up for saleEngland 9 – France 1. No, not the result from tomorrow’s match at Euro 2004. Rather, it is the verdict on sparkling wines delivered by a panel of expert tasters last week. It is a glowing tribute to one of Britain’s growing industries – and to the quality of the people behind it.

Ban this racist hymn, says bishop
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 8, 2004
A version was adapted as the anthem for the Rugby World Cup. The bishop said the words, written by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice in 1918, were “totally heretical” because they suggested that people should pledge their allegiance to their country before God. “My country, right or wrong is not an appropriate sentiment for Christians to uphold,” he said. He had no objection to the second verse but would not allow the first to be sung at any of his services and urged clergy to think “long and hard” before permitting it. Bishop Lowe criticised the hymn in Crux, the Manchester diocesan newsletter. “I quoted it as one example of my concerns about growing nationalism,” he told the Telegraph. “While I am proud to be English, it is dangerous for a nation to suggest that our culture is somehow superior to others… “I quoted it as one example of my concerns about growing nationalism,” he told the Telegraph. “While I am proud to be English, it is dangerous for a nation to suggest that our culture is somehow superior to others. “The bishop said the emergence of nationalism had been evident during the Euro 2004 football tournament and recent military anniversaries such as D-Day. “It is like American culture where there is this view that America is the land of the free when we know it is not. But there are those in America who want to maintain that it is and want to impose their understanding, their culture, their way of doing things on everybody else. “Three years ago a vicar in Greater Manchester refused a couple permission to have Jerusalem or I Vow to Thee, My Country sung at their wedding.

Fergie: Ronaldo’s coming of age
manchesteronline.co.uk – Dec 8, 2004
Despite the battering he took from opponents, the foreign culture of hamming it up led to criticism of the Portuguese international. But behind the scenes United have worked on the exaggerated tendencies in Ronaldo’s game. “The part that we really worked hard on with him was not to overplay getting fouls,” Sir Alex said. “He has improved a lot on that. We said with your courage you don’t need to do that. He has got fantastic courage. It doesn’t matter how many times he gets fouled he wants the ball right away again… He turns games – he changes games and changes the pattern of games. Along with Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher, Ferguson confirmed that Ronaldo will face Fenerbahce tonight, despite his recent arduous schedule. Olympic Games Following his first season in England, after arriving from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2003, the 19-year-old winger reached the Euro 2004 final with hosts Portugal. From the championships he then featured for his country in Athens in the Olympic Games. But Fergie is attempting to foster a unit among his younger players in the senior squad and avoid a ‘them and us’ situation developing between the first team regulars and fringe kids. It appears to be the kind of rebuilding of the spirit among the younger element that was natural to the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Nevilles when they grew up together in United’s ranks. “It is good to keep all the young ones together because they will hopefully grow up as a group,” Fergie said.

Commission demands Aragones probe
CNN International – Dec 10, 2004
The decision has been based on article 76 of Spain’s sports legislation which holds that misconduct in such a case can be sanctioned with either a fine, a temporary ban or even the sack. A disciplinary hearing has been on the cards since October, when Aragones unwittingly opened a powder keg by making a racist comment about Arsenal striker Thierry Henry during a training session. "We think the coach is sincere," said general director of the Sports Council Rafael Blanco, referring to Aragones insisting he had not meant to offend anyone. "However, his behaviour was incorrect and it must be punished. The law is the same for everyone. The anti-violence commission seeks to condemn and combat racism with all means at its disposal," added Blanco. Aragones said he had only been geeing up Henry’s Arsenal clubmate, Spain international Jose Antonio Reyes, but the row intensified at last month’s friendly between Spain and England in Madrid, at which thousands of home fans made monkey noises directed at England’s black players… In the run-up to the match Aragones, 66, blasted the English media for keeping the Henry issue burning, while also arguing that British colonialism was "racist. "Blanco said the federation had to show it supported "zero tolerance" of racism within the game and to take whatever steps were feasible to deal with a "deep-seated problem" in Spanish sport. Spain’s anti-violence commission, an offshoot of the education ministry, wants Aragones to answer for his behavior and there has even been talk of his position being under threat just five months after he replaced Inaki Saez, who resigned on the back of a first round Euro 2004 exit. The Spanish government said the day after the England game it deplored the racist chants and blasted the fans’ behaviour as "lamentable" and "intolerable" and, coupled with Aragones’ ‘contribution’ to the furore, the issue refuses to go away.

DAN’S WORLD A Goose smile says it all
iAfrica.com – Dec 6, 2004
A grin flicked across normally granite features ? a fleeting grin that many will have missed, but a grin nonetheless ? as the Goose approached the final green, Sun City’s hordes rising as one in appreciation of a masterful day’s golf. But when the trophy (and a not insubstantial cheque) were handed over, a smile slowly crept over Goosen’s features, and then, quite unbelievably, a quiet chuckle. Retief Goosen, it was clear, was a very happy man. Goosen’s deadpan expressions are the stuff of legend in modern golf; this week, unflinching features had more reason than usual to gaze impassively across Sun City. Goosen’s daughter Ella is but two weeks old, and on Wednesday was rushed to hospital with a nasty bout of what Goosen termed ‘bronchilitis’, a vicious sounding variant indeed. The little Gosling is okay, and was set to leave hospital on Monday morning, but on Wednesday evening her father was packed and ready to go… And then there is the celebration of good living that the tournament embraces ? extending occasionally to the field, one surmises, when glancing at the bottom of this year’s finishing list. If anyone symbolises high-adrenaline lifestyle, it’s Sir Richard Branson; the Virgin man arrived for just the first day, and was still at Sun City on Sunday. His Skybox was the hot ticket at the tournament, nestled atop the 11th green; and as long as you agreed to give Lee Westwood a standing ovation whenever he came anywhere near the Virgin suite, Sir Richard was a most welcoming host. Phillip Georgas is the man who has turned Sun City around, and created the platform for an exceptional golf event; he wakes up at five o’clock in the morning when at Sun City, and gets a fix on the atmosphere that lights up the place. When the golf hits town, that fix takes on a new high. It’s enough to keep the globe-trotting Branson a willing prisoner; it’s enough to bring 60 000 visitors to what is effectively the middle of nowhere; and most telling of all, it’s enough make Retief Goosen crack a smile. That on its own says it all.

For the better: Performance of Radcliffe points the way
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 8, 2004
But this has been bought up to 34-38 on the basis that Paula Radcliffe must be a certainty to win the women’s marathon. Sporting offer a price of 335-355 on the GB medal performance in all events, again based on 25 for gold, 10 for silver and five for bronze. This would have been made up as 410 for Sydney so, on the face of it, it looks a buy. However, having checked further back to Atlanta, where Britain were desperately disappointing in all events, the make-up was 135, in Barcelona 215, in Seoul 1988, 270 and, in Los Angeles in 1984, 340. This looks a serious opportunity to cane the bookies by selling as there is no outstanding favourite aside from Radcliffe, even though a clutch of medals is expected in the cycling, rowing and sailing… The track and field gets under way next week, with Asafa Powell a worthy favourite at 5-4 to win the men’s 100 metres. The most popular potential winner of the Games is Kostas Kenteris in the men’s 200m. A victory for the Greek sprinter would spark off celebrations similar to those seen in the city earlier in the year when the national football team won Euro 2004. Xiang Lu could be the value at 2-1 to win the men’s 110m hurdles while Saed Kamel is available at 8-1 to win the men’s 800m. In the men’s triple jump, Christian Olsson is an obvious favourite but Marian Oprea beat him in Stockholm earlier in the year and looks value at 12-1 for another upset. Argentina made an impressive start to the Olympic football on Wednesday and, although they are hot favourites for the Olympic gold, look hard to oppose as they appear to have taken a strong under-23 side to Athens. The rowing regatta seems to be where Britain have a great chance of winning some medals and the women’s quad sculls are worth looking into at 15-8.

Sportsmen and teachers take lead in honours
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 6, 2004
On the day before England begin their campaign to win Euro 2004, there is a knighthood for Trevor Brooking, a former international who is now director of development at the FA. He described it as “a wonderful honour and a huge privilege”. The Prime Minister’s recommendations for people who are not household names are designed to reflect his emphasis on education standards… Among Mr Blair’s allies to be honoured are Gerald Kaufman, the influential Labour backbencher who has backed the Prime Minister throughout his political difficulties over Iraq, and Sir David Omand, head of security and intelligence at the Cabinet Office, who played an important role in supporting the Government’s position at the Hutton inquiry last year. Mr Kaufman becomes a knight and Sir David, a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, is promoted to a Knight Grand Cross of the same order. Geoff Mulgan, the head of policy at No 10 Downing Street, is made a CBE, as is Clare Sumner, a civil servant in the Prime Minister’s Office who was involved in a row in 2002 over accusations that the office tried to enhance his role in the Queen Mother’s funeral. The Queen’s Birthday Honours also bestow CBEs on John Hurt, whose prestigious acting career has most recently encompassed the title role in The Alan Clark Diaries, and Patricia Routledge, who plays the social climber Hyacinth Bucket in the popular BBC situation comedy Keeping Up Appearances. The OBEs include Colin Parry, who rose to prominence with a campaign for peace after his son Tim was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington, Cheshire. Angela Rippon, the former newsreader, is also appointed OBE, as is Mark Hughes, the Welsh football manager. In the music world, Willard White, the Jamaican-born bass singer, is knighted and Rosemary Squires, who sang with big band leaders such as Ted Heath, receives an MBE.

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