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January 22, 2005

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* ‘There is quite a big community here, but they do not stick…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Every race, colour, nation and religion on earth
* England kit maker faces relegation as Chelsea pays £24m to change its…
* Recapping everything from sports to books to movies to DVDs and more
* England fans pick Lampard
* Getz tops class; Hyundai up 72%
* Rangers finally sign Kyrgiakos
* Rangers complete deal for Kyrgiakos
* What’s it like working for… Canon
* Take down that flag if you want to sell your house
* Soccer greats get a ‘chilly’ reception
* Murray facing six months out

‘There is quite a big community here, but they do not stick…
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 21, 2005
) With their savings, a few Portuguese started to open restaurants on South Lambeth Road, encouraged by the local authorities, who were pleased to see respectable businesses challenging the area’s drug economy. Now there are some 27,000 Portuguese in this part of London – the largest community outside Portugal – and 2004 was their year. Porto won the European Cup, and their coach, Jose Mourinho, now tops the league with Chelsea; the country hosted and nearly won Euro 2004 (knocking out England on the way); and let’s not forget that Nadia, Madeira’s favourite transsexual, won Big Brother. But still Eric thinks London’s Portuguese are overlooked. “You don’t see much in the newspapers, or on TV – only when something big happens like Euro 2004,” he says. “It’s only my opinion, but the English authorities don’t care much… ” Tonight, Porto have Leiria at home in the league, a bread-and-butter fixture. The club cafe – all blue and white, of course – is filling up with members ready to watch the game on satellite TV. They talk of how, on the night of England v Portugal in Euro 2004, a large contingent of Scots arrived unannounced to join the fun. Costa and some of the other officials have a club meeting to convene before kick-off, so they suggest a quick look at the boardroom. Up a dull staircase, and through a dim landing, Costa opens the door on to an extraordinary scene. Ordered, dusted and captioned, dozens – perhaps hundreds – of trophies and photographs chart the history of this little club. The obsession is no joke: a whole army of wives could not conquer these serried relics.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 21, 2005
Bomb threats: He knows that more serious security risks prevail, however, after Euro 2004 was staged in the shadow of the March 11 Madrid bombings over the border in Spain. ?The big threats come from accreditation and bombs,? he told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference. ?We had many bomb threats at Euro 2004, which wasn?t long after March 11. ?Hooligans are not such a problem. The worst are now classified and unable to travel. You might get one or two or 10 inside the ground but that?s nothing in a crowd of 65,000. ?We had a big fight with UEFA (the Euro 2004 organisers) over segregation and in the end we just had small barriers between the fans.

Every race, colour, nation and religion on earth
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 21, 2005
When I meet English people, which is not very often round here, my experience is that they are lost, really miserable people, sometimes with emotional problems. They don’t know how to speak to you. They are surprised you are open and nice to them. ” – Gosia, 25, from Poland. London in 2005 is uncharted territory… This reveals the insidiousness of the Tebbit test, which insinuates that a person’s sporting allegiance betrays their national allegiance. Every person I asked, when forced to choose, said they would prefer their country of birth to win against England in the World Cup final, but only just. One Portuguese man I spoke to said he was very upset when England and Portugal were drawn against each other in Euro 2004 because then he knew one of his teams would be knocked out. The real lesson here is that you cannot erase a person’s attachment to their country of birth, but nor should you try. This, combined with the availability of work, is the source of London’s great appeal. People do not come here to become English, in the way that they go to New York to become Americans. People come to London to be themselves – their children and grandchildren can be English if they want.

England kit maker faces relegation as Chelsea pays £24m to change its…
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 21, 2005
The loss of the Chelsea contract, worth £8m in sales last year and responsible for 6% of UK sales, is an embarrassment to Umbro, which floated on the London stock market last May and which four months ago announced it had lost a contract with the Scottish champions Celtic to the US firm Nike. Chelsea are understood to have considerably sweetened their pay-off to avoid legal action by Umbro, whose chief-executive, Peter McGuigan, said he was confident they would have won. “It would have taken three to four years and we would not necessarily have come out with more than what we settled for,” he said. Chelsea’s willingness to buy out of the deal emphasises the importance of the replica shirt market to leading clubs. The accountants Deloitte and Touche estimate that merchandising is worth £100m annually to Premiership clubs, and Chelsea is one of the few with room for growth. Umbro retains the contract for England’s shirts, a relationship that boosted profits by 50% to £10. 4m following Euro 2004 last summer when the new away kit became the bestselling replica shirt ever… Chelsea’s willingness to buy out of the deal emphasises the importance of the replica shirt market to leading clubs. The accountants Deloitte and Touche estimate that merchandising is worth £100m annually to Premiership clubs, and Chelsea is one of the few with room for growth. Umbro retains the contract for England’s shirts, a relationship that boosted profits by 50% to £10. 4m following Euro 2004 last summer when the new away kit became the bestselling replica shirt ever. It also retains the marketing power of England striker Michael Owen on a 15-year deal worth £1. 2m a year, whose profile has been boosted by his move to Real Madrid. Nevertheless yesterday’s announcement had an immediate impact as the company admitted Chelsea’s departure would knock up to £2m off profits for the year ending December 31 2005 and shares slumped 4.

Recapping everything from sports to books to movies to DVDs and more
SI.com – Jan 20, 2005
The Games came on the heels of the country’s win in the Euro 2004 soccer championships. No one thought?Greece had a chance, but they threw aesthetics out the door and played a tight, lockdown brand of soccer that got results. Worst Individual Performance: David Beckham’s missed penalty kick against Portugal at Euro 2004 was a sight to behold. It landed, I kid you not, in Row Q. I realize about seven people reading this will know what I’m talking about, but Shaun Wright-Phillips ought to be playing on the right side of England’s midfield. Best Book: The Closed Circle, by Jonathan Coe. It’s the sequel to The Rotters Club, so you should make sure you’ve read that one first.

England fans pick Lampard
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 20, 2005
It is a significant drop in popularity for England captain Beckham, the previous year’s winner, to be rated below Manchester City winger Wright-Phillips, who has been tipped to replace him. Lampard scored six goals in 13 internationals, an excellent return for a midfielder, which made him England’s joint top scorer with Rooney. England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, said: “I did not vote, so I wouldn’t say if it’s fair because that’s not my job. It’s up to the fans – if I voted I would have put a lot of the players No 1. We have many good players but I congratulate Frank, who has done very well for us… You can’t ask much more from a midfielder. “Eriksson said of Rooney: “He was well known in England before Euro 2004 but today he’s known all over the world. What he did at the tournament was fantastic and it was a great pity he was injured.

Getz tops class; Hyundai up 72%
Scoop.co.nz – Scoop.co.nz (press release) – Jan 21, 2005
“Clearly NewZealand is switching on to the Hyundai promise ofreliability, safety and value for money. The success ofGetz is clear in the numbers: its 1,100 units is more thandouble the 542 sold the previous year. It should not havecaught its competitors on the hop, as the car has beenselling well since its introduction, however Hyundai haspulled off a coup to oust other brands which long consideredthe class their own. And there’s more to come. The Getz isdue for a re-styling later this year and Hyundai will alsointroduce the diesel-engined version which caused such astir on the recent EnergyWise economy rally. Anotherpassenger model to more than double its sales was themuch-admired Elantra sedan and liftback, which jumped from222 to 476 sales. Meanwhile in the hard-fought SUV sectorHyundai’s success was just as remarkable, perhaps evenjaw-dropping… He expects that target to bereached in two to three years. While most carmakers seemto have had a not-so-good time in Europe’s 2004 decreasingcar market, Hyundai clocked up its best sales result inhistory. Hyundai’s efforts to raise brand awareness bysponsoring events such as the UEFA EURO 2004 and the SummerOlympic Games in Athens clearly paid off. Nearly 340,000Europeans bought a Hyundai in 2004, increasing Hyundai salesby 21 per cent. And last year was a record-breaker forHyundai Motor America, selling 418,615 vehicles for anincrease of 4. 6 percent over 2003. Now the brand is aimingfor sales of 484,000 vehicles in 2005, an increase of 65,000vehicles, as production at its new assembly plant in Alabamabegins in March.

Rangers finally sign Kyrgiakos
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 20, 2005
McLeish was delighted to secure the signature of the 6ft 4in central defender, who will go straight into the side against Aberdeen at Pittodrie this weekend. Kyrgiakos is a direct replacement for Jean-Alain Boumsong, sold to Newcastle United for £8m earlier this season. Kyrgiakos’s aggressive style saw him win 11 full caps for Greece before his clash with Klos ruled him out for the rest of last season and prevented him from sharing in his country’s surprise success at Euro 2004. “I am overwhelmed that Rangers want to sign me,” he said. “They have worked hard on the deal. There have been so many things to discuss because this is a big move for me. ” Murray used his private jet to bring the player and his entourage, including two agents and a masseur, to Glasgow on Tuesday… It’s a case of one down one to go for Rangers. Blackburn Rovers, meanwhile, were making more confident noises about retaining Barry Ferguson, although that may, of course, be part of the ritual which needs to be observed before the sale goes through. “I’m not resigned to Barry leaving us, not at all,” said his manager, Mark Hughes. “We’ll have to look and see which way we go with it. From my point of view I still want Barry to be a Rovers player.

Rangers complete deal for Kyrgiakos
go.com – Jan 20, 2005
75million feehaving already been agreed with Panathinaikos. But the defender, who replaces Jean-Alain Boumsong following the Frenchman’s?8million sale to Newcastle earlier in the month, has finally agreed to move toIbrox, although the length of his contract is unknown. The defender has won 10 caps for his country but missed out on Greece’sunexpected Euro 2004 triumph because of a knee injury. That had been picked up in a Champions League game last season – againstRangers. Meanwhile, Blackburn chief executive John Williams has warned Rangers the clubhas the financial clout to keep Barry Ferguson. The Scotland skipper is still awaiting a response to the transfer request hehanded in on Tuesday, with Rangers having had a #3million bid turned down. The 26-year-old is keen to move his family back to Scotland and Rangers, theclub he controversially left for Rovers in August 2002 in a #6… ‘ Hughes also appeared confident he could continue to pick the midfielderthroughout the season as the transfer window loomed nearer. He said: ‘It’s common knowledge Barry has now put in a transfer request,although I was aware last week there was a likelihood he may do that. ‘But I’m not resigned to Barry leaving, not at all. His request will bediscussed by the board over the next couple of days. ‘We will have to look and see which way we go with it and a decision willthen be made. ‘From my point of view I still want Barry Ferguson to be a Blackburn Roversplayer. I hope he will stay.

What’s it like working for… Canon
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 20, 2005
Not to mention the best-price policy on Canon’s electronic goods, which means up to 30 per cent off for staff. Mason himself owns three cameras despite admitting that he’s not a particularly keen photographer. Unsurprisingly, he is more enthusiastic when he recalls winning tickets for Euro 2004 in Portugual. Tickets to Canon-supplied events, including Uefa Champions League football games, are raffled off to staff, so it’s not only the champagne quaffers in marketing who benefit. The bad news for outsiders looking to join the party is that Canon UK recruited only two graduate trainees last year and prefers to promote staff internally and talent spot via existing staff, offering a £1,000 bonus per successful introduction. Mason says he didn’t expect to spend more than 18 months in his first job but still “looks forward to work every morning after seven years”. “When I got itchy feet, the company recognised that and gave me a new challenge.

Take down that flag if you want to sell your house
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 20, 2005
The survey found that national sporting flags, which enjoyed a renaissance during the Euro 2004 football tournament last summer, beat peeling paintwork, garden gnomes and “over-enthusiastic” Christmas lighting. More than 40 per cent of people said that they would not return for a second viewing if the property, or a neighbouring house, was adorned with a national sporting flag. Reasons for their scepticism included “I think there is always the fear that you are living next to a bunch of sporting hooligans” and “You associate people who wear sporting colours and outfits with less money and prestige”… More than 40 per cent of people said that they would not return for a second viewing if the property, or a neighbouring house, was adorned with a national sporting flag. Reasons for their scepticism included “I think there is always the fear that you are living next to a bunch of sporting hooligans” and “You associate people who wear sporting colours and outfits with less money and prestige”. Jim Buckle, the managing director of Propertyfinder. com, said: “When people sell their homes, they usually focus on getting the interior looking good.

Soccer greats get a ‘chilly’ reception
SLAM! Sports – Jan 22, 2005
But not when they slowed in their 30s and 40s and certainly not when they got off the plane to minus-20 C temperatures in Toronto for this afternoon’s Legends of Soccer tournament at the Air Canada Centre. Liverpool goalkeeper Gary Gillespie conducted interviews yesterday wearing a wool scarf — at room temperature in the middle of the converted ACC pitch. “There’s wind and rain at home, but nothing like this,” Gillespie said. “I was over here playing in Hamilton with Celtic in 1994, but that was in the summer. ”
Gillespie and the oldtimers from prominent teams began playing indoors about six years ago, in part, ironically, because arenas in British cities with hockey teams needed other revenue… “There is a lot of interest in Canada for Liverpool, Manchester as well as Celtic and Rangers. “You also have big ethnic communities here. I was here in July when Greece (won Euro 2004). There were a lot of fans in the streets and hopefully, some of them come and see us. ”
Doors open at noon, with the seven 20-minute round-robin games starting at 1 p. and ending at 3:25 p.

Murray facing six months out
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Jan 22, 2005
Meanwhile, the manager is hoping to make Czech defender Adam Petrous his first Wolves signing. The 27-year-old has been training at the club for the last fortnight, and has emerged as Hoddle’s primary target to shore up his back-line. Petrous, a Czech international, is under contract with Russian club Rubin Kazan until next December, but Hoddle insists the price being quoted at the moment is not acceptable. “We should fly there on Monday or Tuesday for talks,” said the Wolves boss. “Adam would first come on loan until the end of the season because the financial requirements of Kazan are unacceptable. “Petrous, who formerly played Champions League football in his homeland for Slavia Prague, is also a full Czech Republic international who just missed out on their squad for Euro 2004. “I played in some training sessions at Wolves and hope I didn’t disappoint,” he said… “We should fly there on Monday or Tuesday for talks,” said the Wolves boss. “Adam would first come on loan until the end of the season because the financial requirements of Kazan are unacceptable. “Petrous, who formerly played Champions League football in his homeland for Slavia Prague, is also a full Czech Republic international who just missed out on their squad for Euro 2004. “I played in some training sessions at Wolves and hope I didn’t disappoint,” he said. “When coach Hoddle expressed an interest in me I was delighted.

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