Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

January 25, 2005

New kid on the newsstand

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The News Review:

* Work in progress
* McLeish shuffles Rangers pack with his future at stake
* Confident Hughes throws Savage in at the deep end
* New kid on the newsstand
* Olof eyes top six finish
* Diouf steals the show
* channel4.com – Football Italia
* Romania renews interest in Euro 2012
* Antibes date for top referees

Work in progress
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 24, 2005
Array of activitiesIn his latest editorial column in the official UEFA publication uefadirect, UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson assures us that 2005 will not see European football’s governing body resting on its laurels. Mr Olsson emphasises that a wide array of activities remain on UEFA’s agenda. No transition period”The year that has just got under way is not going to see the excitement of an event on the scale of [UEFA] EURO 2004™,” said the UEFA CEO, “but nor will it simply be a period of transition between the tournament in Portugal and next year’s World Cup finals in Germany. Anything but quiet”On the field of play, as well as behind the scenes, the months ahead will be anything but quiet,” he continued. “No fewer than 13 UEFA champions will be crowned in 2005, starting with the Meridian Cup in February and followed by the European Futsal Championship, the men’s and women’s youth competitions, the UEFA Regions’ Cup, the European Women’s Championship and, of course, the club competition finals, including, notably, the 50th Champion Clubs’ final. And by the end of the year, the World Cup qualifiers will have reached their conclusion. ”
Meeting the challengeAs usual, UEFA will be meeting the challenge of serving the European football family as the parent body of the game on this continent.

McLeish shuffles Rangers pack with his future at stake
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 23, 2005
McLeish was fascinated as he watched Europe’s finest attacks — France, Portugal and the Czech Republic — impale themselves on Otto Rehhagel’s side. “They were really going back a few years in terms of tactics, they had two markers and a sweeper,” said McLeish. “Kirgiakos is pretty much a mainstay in the national squad. When Panathinaikos played Arsenal recently at Highbury, he picked up Thierry Henry outside the box.

Confident Hughes throws Savage in at the deep end
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 23, 2005
We won’t be doing business for that money. ” Hughes took the job at Blackburn after failing to lead Wales to Euro 2004 — something he describes as the biggest disappointment of his career. He arrived at Ewood Park to discover that he had inherited a fragmented, demoralised dressing room, Graeme Souness having decamped to Newcastle in September with Rovers next to bottom in the table, rapidly losing purchase on the Premiership’s greasy pole. “Within a few days of being here, I felt the team needed to be stronger and fitter,” Hughes said. “They weren’t demanding anything from each other. They accepted mediocrity, so I had to address that.

New kid on the newsstand
The Observer – Jan 23, 2005
‘Uncalled-for chucking-up tends to work. ‘ There is a brief, animated discussion of George Bush the elder throwing up into the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister. Of Zinedine Zidane heaving beside the penalty spot before knocking in the winner against England in Euro 2004. And of a possibly apocryphal photo of Sadie Frost leaving a nightclub oblivious to sick down her front. ‘That last one sounds a bit too Heat,’ Hilton suggests. ‘What else?’ ‘How about: look out, there’s a car in my shop. ‘ ‘Good,’ says Hilton… Before I had looked at it – and, indeed, after I had looked at it – I had assumed it was aimed cleverly at teenagers who didn’t quite have the balls, or the reach, to plunder the top shelf in the newsagent. In fact, as Mike Soutar, the editorial director of IPC magazines tells me, Nuts sells primarily to men in their mid-twenties and to a significant number in their thirties. What’s more, it is not just a magazine, but the painstaking result of a very long ‘consultative process’ with the British male. Things like Nuts do not simply fall to earth, fully formed. It all began, Soutar says, with a far-reaching piece of work called Project Tribal. Project Tribal was about listening. Soutar and his team gathered various insights about the changing habits and attitudes of British men and a feel for the dissatisfaction they had with the magazines that were already on offer, like Loaded and GQ.

Olof eyes top six finish
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Jan 23, 2005
Even so, while Mellberg accepts that his own personal circumstances could always change, the Sweden defender has his sights set on establishing Villa as a top-six side over the next three years. He will be 30 when his contract ends and he insists that Villa are not that far away from mixing it with the elite clubs – despite Doug Ellis and David O’Leary’s claims that they are off the pace when it comes to competing for new players. “I signed my contract with a view to winning things, but you can never get any guarantees about what sort of players are going to come into the club,” said Mellberg. “My goal is to take the next step up with this club. I would feel it would be a great achievement not only for Villa but for me personally. “For a while now, we have been behind those top clubs… “We had hard games after the Birmingham defeat this season. Our schedule was different last season. ”Mellberg insists he can match his own personal demands in a career where he has played solidly for Villa as well as being involved in Euro 2004 and the 2002 World Cup with Sweden. And he is satisfied that young defender Liam Ridgewell has risen to the challenge of partnering him at the back. Ridgewell has recovered from a bad injury suffered during the pre-season tour of Sweden but now looks assured and scored his first senior goal against Norwich last week. “Liam’s fitted in well and he’s not somebody I have to worry about,” said Mellberg. “He does his job well, leaving me to get on with mine, and he’s getting goals now as well.

Diouf steals the show
news24.com – Jan 25, 2005
It was a diabolical decision," said the former Wales handler. "We didn't even think he should have been on the pitch at that stage because in the first half he's elbowed Andy Todd in the face. "The referee is paid very well to make the correct decision and he's not made the correct decision. "
Even his Bolton counterpart Sam Allardyce agreed that it shouldn't have been given. "People will say yes (it wasn't a penalty) but I can point to six or seven others we should have had this season. From the referee's point of view it might have looked like a penalty. "In the end, you get some when you don't deserve to and you don't when you do… A pretty dire first-half had seen little goalmouth action with Blackburn posing the most threat. Bolton didn't manage a shot on target while their own most notable statistic was that they won the first period by two bookings to one with Diouf being the first into the book in the fourth minute. Wales midfielder Robbie Savage ensured that his fiery hardman image hadn't softened since he left Birmingham for Blackburn last week as he was booked for a foul on Stelios Giannakopolus – the Greek Euro 2004 winning midfielder was also booked later in the half for good measure. Rovers though had the most threatening player on the pitch in the shape of the in form Morten Gamst Pedersen who put in two crosses that had Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen having to punch clear under pressure from the Rovers attack.

channel4.com – Football Italia
Channel 4 News – Jan 24, 2005
The former Sampdoria and Atalanta youngster not only terrorised the Rossoneri’s defence throughout but also pounced on a loose ball, a fraction ahead of fellow striker Cristiano Lucarelli, to drive it beyond Dida’s reach. Colombo was once tipped to have a bright future but his career has stalled. The striker was hailed by some as a potential Italian international but he’s been unable to deliver the goods. Nevertheless, his hunger on Sunday was emblematic of an impressive team performance as the Tuscan club made sure they took four points from the champions this season. That shock result sees Juventus increase their lead at the top of the table to five points… But Italy boss Marcello Lippi wouldn’t have only been impressed with Montella last night. Antonio Cassano seems to have finally settled down again following a rather troubled start to the season. The former Bari starlet is again putting in the performances that forced him into Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2004 plans. There is no way that Lippi can afford to ignore this talent.

Romania renews interest in Euro 2012
go.com – Jan 25, 2005
Romania abandoned plans for a bid with its western neighbourin November because of infrastructure problems. ‘The FRF has written to UEFA starting proceedings forapplying to stage the 2012 European finals,’ FRF deputy generalsecretary Cristian Bivolaru told reporters on Tuesday. Bivolaru did not elaborate on Romania’s infrastructureproblems, which include a lack of suitable stadiums, roads,hotels and airports. Hungary, which failed in bids for the 2004 and 2008 EuropeanChampionships, has now joined forces with Croatia in a jointbid. Italy, Greece, winners of Euro 2004 in Portugal, Russia andthe Czech Republic are also interested in hosting thetournament, while Poland and Ukraine are considering a jointbid. The deadline for bids is January 31 and UEFA will draw up ashort-list of three candidates in November before announcing thehost in December 2006. Switzerland and Austria will co-host the next EuropeanChampionship in 2008… Bivolaru did not elaborate on Romania’s infrastructureproblems, which include a lack of suitable stadiums, roads,hotels and airports. Hungary, which failed in bids for the 2004 and 2008 EuropeanChampionships, has now joined forces with Croatia in a jointbid. Italy, Greece, winners of Euro 2004 in Portugal, Russia andthe Czech Republic are also interested in hosting thetournament, while Poland and Ukraine are considering a jointbid. The deadline for bids is January 31 and UEFA will draw up ashort-list of three candidates in November before announcing thehost in December 2006. Switzerland and Austria will co-host the next EuropeanChampionship in 2008. Your views on this story?.

Antibes date for top referees
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 25, 2005
The élite referees review the first half of the season with members of UEFA’s Referees’ Committee, while the newcomers to UEFA’s international list are given an all-important briefing on their duties as European match officials, while also being put through their paces in a fitness test. Review and previewThe review will serve as a basis for preparations for the second half of the campaign and the closing stages of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup. Last summer’s UEFA EURO 2004™ final round was already reviewed at the Elite and Premier referees’ summer gathering in Nyon last September. “However, the excellent refereeing performances at that tournament will still be at the forefront of the participants’ minds in Antibes,” UEFA says. Recommendations After material has been used at the course, it will be finetuned and distributed to UEFA’s 52 member associations. At the end of the course, UEFA will issue conclusions and recommendations, based on lectures and feedback from the participants, which will also be distributed to the national associations. Fitness workIn keeping with last year, the referees will not be required to undertake a formal fitness test… Recommendations After material has been used at the course, it will be finetuned and distributed to UEFA’s 52 member associations. At the end of the course, UEFA will issue conclusions and recommendations, based on lectures and feedback from the participants, which will also be distributed to the national associations. Fitness workIn keeping with last year, the referees will not be required to undertake a formal fitness test. However, their fitness levels will be monitored in a special session. The 30 European referees who are new to the international list in 2005 will take the standard fitness test, which includes sprint work and the Cooper Test, in which they have to run a minimum 2. 7 kilometres in 12 minutes. Practical work for the new referees will involve intensive theoretical work and active discussion on refereeing at international level.

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