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January 1, 2005

Soccer: Controversy but some glory for Asia in 2004

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The News Review:

* Johansson on Portugal and progress
* Why the word game is a dangerous one to play
* Last chance to cast your vote
* Soccer: Controversy but some glory for Asia in 2004
* Football in brief
* Evening Telegraph: Sport: Blether with Brown
* Iran’s transport fleet needs overhaul
* The year in Czech sport – a brief review

Johansson on Portugal and progress
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 31, 2004
Incredible atmosphereThere are many different moments that spring to mind, beginning with the performances on the field, but what I remember most of all is the incredible atmosphere that pervaded Portugal for over a month. Everywhere you went there were decorated houses, flags flying, people singing and entire families in the street sharing their joy and excitement. Timely reminderIn the year when UEFA celebrated its Golden Jubilee, EURO 2004™ was a most timely reminder of football’s broad appeal and social importance, demonstrating that it is much more than a game. And for those of us in the driving seat, EURO 2004™ was also an extraordinary sign of encouragement for our task to accomplish UEFA’s core mission of promoting football and safeguarding its values and interests. Major initiativesAt European level, a number of major initiatives have been taken in this direction. We have introduced a club licensing system designed to improve infrastructure and the standard of football in general. We have also set up an assistance programme intended to strengthen the national associations and to help them better perform their centralising and regulatory role… Open UEFADialogue and consultation are essential working tools for a democratic organisation such as ours, allowing everyone to be heard and to defend their own interests. That is why UEFA has opened up fully to all components of the game through committees, panels and other bodies. In doing so, the idea is not to abandon the traditional ‘pyramid’ structure on which UEFA was founded, as this is clearly the best way to keep global interests to the fore and to ultimately ensure that sporting and ethical values always prevail over purely financial considerations. This is not easy in a world where selfish attitudes seem to be replacing traditional values. Working for unityAs the year comes to a close, I would like to thank everyone – including my colleagues on the Executive Committee, and in the committees, national associations, leagues, clubs and other institutions – who is working to look after the health of the game and especially its unity. I hope that the powerful images from EURO 2004™ will remain firmly fixed in their minds, to remind them that a game that can give so much pleasure deserves their utmost efforts. Happy new yearI would like to end with a personal message.

Why the word game is a dangerous one to play
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 31, 2004
” File under ‘cheat’. When Arsène Wenger’s heart told him that Ruud van Nistelrooy’s stamp at Ashley Cole amounted to cheating, his mistake was to allow his head to say so. Let’s call him a ‘hypocrite’. The labels can conceal any extenuating circumstances, they are easy to apply and very adhesive… The late, great commentator Brian Moore once said to me that the more we say, the more rubbish we come out with. I’ve endeavoured to do nothing to contradict him in my broadcasting career. With five minutes remaining of England’s Euro 2004 match with France, a close-up of Jacques Santini appeared on screen, and I told the largest television audience that I have ever commentated to that the new Tottenham manager might have to endure chants of “one-nil, one-nil” at every Premiership ground he visited. I was subsequently blamed for England’s dramatic defeat in some quarters. Such is the apparent power of the spoken word, it was a fair cop.

Last chance to cast your vote
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 1, 2005
com staff writers, who cover football in all 52 UEFA member associations on a daily basis, were responsible for the nominees. The selection criteria was straightforward, with any player who plays club football in Europe or who has played in UEFA club competitions in 2004 considered. With only a select few having hit the heights in each period, voters will have to calculate whether a good EURO 2004™ compensates for poor domestic form and vice versa. Fans decide While uefa. com’s writers have their say in deciding the nominees, the composition of the actual Team of the Year 2004 will be decided exclusively by the votes of the fans… com users’ Team of the Year 2004, with voting due to end at 12. Super sixtyThe poll, now in its fourth year, gives users of uefa. com, the official UEFA website, the chance to have their say about the players who made their mark in European football over the last 12 months. Sixty players and coaches have been nominated for 12 positions, including coach, and the final team will be revealed in mid-January.

Soccer: Controversy but some glory for Asia in 2004
International Herald Tribune – Dec 31, 2004
The Asian Cup also suffered disciplinary problems on the field, with 17 players sent off in 32 matches. The tournament almost descended into farce when Japan beat Jordan on penalties, having persuaded the referee to switch ends after it missed its first two kicks. Bahrain drew comparisons with the Euro 2004 winner Greece as it reached the semifinals, where it lost, 4-3, to Japan in a pulsating game. Iraq, whose players train alongside grazing sheep in Baghdad, reached the quarterfinals and went on to reach the semifinals in the Olympics. North Korea did not qualify for the Asian Cup, making its run to the final round of Asian 2006 World Cup qualifiers all the more remarkable. It won its group to set up two politically sensitive matches against Japan next year. China's dramatic progress came to a shuddering halt as it failed to qualify… Bahrain drew comparisons with the Euro 2004 winner Greece as it reached the semifinals, where it lost, 4-3, to Japan in a pulsating game. Iraq, whose players train alongside grazing sheep in Baghdad, reached the quarterfinals and went on to reach the semifinals in the Olympics. North Korea did not qualify for the Asian Cup, making its run to the final round of Asian 2006 World Cup qualifiers all the more remarkable. It won its group to set up two politically sensitive matches against Japan next year. China's dramatic progress came to a shuddering halt as it failed to qualify. The Dutch coach, Arie Haan, was fired after a 7-0 demolition of Hong Kong was insufficient to see China through to the final qualifying round. To complete a bad year, the Chinese soccer association was embarrassed by a corruption scandal in its club league.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 1, 2005
“Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle plans to sign the Tottenham central defender Dean Richards on loan. “We need to bring in a couple of players to stop the ball going in our net and to help us become more clinical,” said Hoddle. “It does not take a genius to work out what areas we need to strengthen. “Portugal is preparing to host a match between their national team and a squad made up of players from the Asian nations hit by the devastating tsunami to help raise funds to support victims of the disaster. The match will be held within the next fortnight at Lisbon’s 65,000-seat Stadium of Light. The venue hosted the Euro 2004 final on July 4 in which Portugal lost to Greece in one of the biggest shocks in football history. Money raised from ticket sales for the game will be handed over to charities working to aid victims of last Sunday’s earthquake-triggered tsunami, which the United Nations have warned may have killed up to 150,000 people… “Portugal is preparing to host a match between their national team and a squad made up of players from the Asian nations hit by the devastating tsunami to help raise funds to support victims of the disaster. The match will be held within the next fortnight at Lisbon’s 65,000-seat Stadium of Light. The venue hosted the Euro 2004 final on July 4 in which Portugal lost to Greece in one of the biggest shocks in football history. Money raised from ticket sales for the game will be handed over to charities working to aid victims of last Sunday’s earthquake-triggered tsunami, which the United Nations have warned may have killed up to 150,000 people.

Evening Telegraph: Sport: Blether with Brown
Evening Telegraph – Dec 31, 2004
?Football these days has everybody attacking and, with the perfect playing surfaces, the easier ball (in that it never gets too heavy) and improving techniques, we are fast reaching the stage where you might not get the ball off the opposition until they?ve scored,? said George, who has often contributed to this column. ?Similarly, of course, they can?t get the ball off you until you?ve scored. ?I liked the old-fashioned football when not only were Scottish club teams composed of mainly Scottish players but also some had mainly defensive duties, while others concentrated most on attack. ?I especially enjoyed watching good defenders who used the ball well and who had the skill to dribble past the opposition when this was appropriate. ?The best club defence I ever saw comprised Bobby Brown, George Young, Jock Shaw, Ian McColl, Willie Woodburn and Sammy Cox. ?They (Rangers) weren?t my favourite team, but these guys were so good they could be put into the Scottish team en bloc. ?In fact, I don?t think they ever were, because the selectors thought Shaw was getting too old and Woodburn was ever-likely to blot his copy-book… ?Jock Stein then took apart the Italians with Celtic in the European Cup Final. ?Eriksson is paid a reputed ?4 million a year to employ 40-year-old tactics. ?There was no comparing Eriksson to Portugal coach Scholari at last year?s Euro 2004 competition. ?Scholari had no hesitation in replace their top player Figo when he was having a bad game. ?Figo?s reputation meant nothing, but Eriksson still idolises Real Madrid?s David Beckham, who is over-rated and ineffective. ?

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Iran’s transport fleet needs overhaul
IranMania News – Jan 1, 2005
“In addition, the country needs more gas stations,” he said, noting that all this requires efforts to rebuilt and improve the infrastructures, which is unlikely to happen in the near future given the existing shortcomings in the sector. Semsari-Lor said once Euro-2004 and Euro-2005 standards are implemented throughout Europe, Iran’s transport fleet will sustain heavy losses due to restrictions in its transportation routes. “Also they will endure extra costs such as higher taxes which would in turn increase transportation costs and lowering their competitiveness. “At present, he said, neither light not heavy vehicles in Iran are equipped with such standards.

The year in Czech sport – a brief review
radio.cz – Dec 30, 2004
in front of me I had a big challenge – Chelsea -so for me it was maybe easier. " Staying with Euro 2004, Czech striker Milan Baros was the tournament’s topscorer with five goals. As well as the golden boot, Baros won fans aroundthe world; here in the Czech Republic he became a national idol as thecountry was gripped by football fever. But was Milan Baros aware of theatmosphere at home during the championships?"Of course the people lived with us, they supported us and we werehappy with that. We knew about the atmosphere here and what the peoplewere doing… Ski jumper Jakub Janda is thirdin the rankings – his performances have improved significantly after achange of coaches this year. Turning to tennis, Jiri Novak came good towards the end of the season: hewon his sixth ATP tournament in Tokyo in October, and three weeks laterdid it again, taking the biggest prize money of his career with victory inthe Swiss Indoors in Basil. The future of Czech tennis also looked brighter in 2004; Tomas Berdych,just 18, made a big splash by knocking Roger Federer out of the Olympics,while Nicole Vaidisova won two tournaments on the women’s tour – not badfor a 15-year old. After the ice hockey World Championships and Euro 2004, the Olympic Gamesin Athens were the next sports event to really capture the attention ofthe Czech nation, with the country bringing home eight medals, includingone gold. That was won by Roman Sebrle in the decathlon. Sebrle, who hassince been named Czech Athlete of the Year and Sportsman of the Year,describes here the moment he felt gold was within his grasp. "The best moment for me was when I jumped five metres, because when Ijumped it the first time I believed that I’d win.

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