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January 28, 2005

Eriksson gives hope to Powell

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The News Review:

* Pompey seal swoop for Greek duo
* Football Diary: Shearer reads Cup tea leaves
* Kings of the wing face off
* Eriksson gives hope to Powell
* Hartley and Riordan in Scots call
* donga.com [english donga]
* ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
* Arts + Features Olympic champion
* EURO 2008™ board takes shape
* Portsmouth to sign keeper Chalkios

Pompey seal swoop for Greek duo
BBC News – Jan 28, 2005
Goalkeeper Chalkias, 30, was number two during Greece’s successful Euro 2004 campaign and signed for a nominal fee after completing a medical. And midfielder Skopelitis, 26, is joining for ?1m from Egaleo to replace Amdy Faye, who has joined Newcastle. Both players have been registered in time to be available for Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Southampton. However, the signing of Russian striker Dmitri Bulykin has been delayed by paperwork and he will not be available for the game at St Mary’s Stadium. Chalkias, who is 6ft 5in, comes from Panathinaikos, the former club of Pompey manager Velimir Zajec… “Skopelitis is a solid defensive midfield man who fills the hole left by Amdy Faye very nicely. ” And Mandaric is also considering signing more players before the end of the transfer window. “We may not have finished yet and are still looking to possibly bring in two more players with one of them an offensive midfield man,” he added.

Football Diary: Shearer reads Cup tea leaves
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 27, 2005
The Walsall fan hopped over the wall and took over between the posts, and was about to be forcibly removed by stewards when Davison returned to intervene on his behalf. He might have preferred to have been chucked out, however, as Walsall were ultimately beaten 5-0. Chance to blast it over like BeckhamIt was the moment the nation let out a collective groan: David Beckham’s penalty soared high into the Lisbon night sky and England were on their way out of Euro 2004. Think you could have done better? Well, while it’s impossible to recreate the moment, it is possible to line up the same ball – bought memorably on eBay for £19,000 by GoldenPalace. com, and now used to raise money for charities – in a shoot-out competition that will raise funds for Tsunami Relief. And, if you’re more successful than Becks, you could end up £100,000 richer. The shoot-out takes place at Molineux during half-time of Wolves’ match against Gillingham on Feb 19… For further details visit the CharityShootOut. Rhapsody in blueIt is not often a manager speaks publicly in praise of a referee. But then Neil Warnock is no ordinary manager. The other day Warnock rhapsodied about Peter Walton, the Northampton official. More surprisingly his praise came immediately after Sheffield United had lost 1-0 at Sunderland, and received four yellow cards in the process, though Warnock’s words do require a number of asterisks. “I think that Peter Walton’s one of the best referees in the country,” said Warnock, “and I’m not taking the p***.

Kings of the wing face off
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jan 26, 2005
He went as far as touring Old Trafford and the Carrington training ground with his dad, and the Reds put in a ‘5million bid for the player. Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon, armed with inside knowledge of United’s finances, wrapped the player up two months later with a ’12million offer gladly accepted by PSV Eindhoven. Robben was quick to point out that money was not the motivating factor. “It’s easy for people to say that I chose Chelsea ahead of Manchester United for the money,” he said after joining the Blues in the summer. “That’s simply not the case. I’ve gone there because Chelsea are on the rise. I feel that maybe Manchester United’s best years are now behind them… Now the two wing wizards find themselves in direct opposition in what has already been billed a showdown between two of the Premier League’s principal entertainers. Robben’s dismissive words about United will not have been forgotten in the United dressing room, and Robben can expect some close attention as he comes up against the Reds for the first time – he missed the league game in August through injury and the goalless first leg through suspension. But, as he proved as Holland’s leading light in Euro 2004, and as he has emphasised since bursting onto the English scene with Chelsea, Robben has the makings of a real world star. Ronaldo’s potential has been evident since his youth, when the great Eusebio picked him out as a star of the future, while Ruud Gullit has long sung the praises of his countryman. The parallels do not stop there. Both made impressive debuts as substitutes in 4-0 wins over Lancashire clubs, Ronaldo against Bolton and Robben against Blackburn. Robben has the edge in terms of goalscoring – he has netted eight times in his 22 games this season, while Ronaldo has just one more in his total of 70 first-team appearances.

Eriksson gives hope to Powell
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 28, 2005
Illustrious lineup Eriksson was part of an illustrious lineup who attended the draw for the eight-team final tournament at the same City of Manchester stadium where England defeated Iceland 6-1 on 5 June 2004 prior to their trip to Portugal. A year to the day later, Powell will hope for a similar outcome when the hosts get their WOMEN’S EURO 2005 campaign under way against Finland ahead of matches against Denmark and second-favourites Sweden. Blackburn finalTwo teams will advance from the pool, with the winners meeting the runners-up from Group B – featuring Germany, Norway, France and Italy – and vice-versa, with the semi-finals to be played in Preston and Warrington. Ewood Park, Blackburn has the honour of staging the final on Sunday 19 June and whether England progress remains to be seen… Women’s football has been strong in Sweden and Norway particularly for a number of years so it’s not really a surprise that they’re involved. I spoke with England manager Hope Powell about the draw and she was rather happy so I hope that they go through. You don’t know today, maybe Germany are the favourites, but all the teams are of a similar standard. The English men’s team haven’t beaten Sweden for something like 30 years so we have to see if the women can do it.

Hartley and Riordan in Scots call
Edinburgh Evening News – Jan 28, 2005
Hibs hot-shot Riordan had been widely tipped to step up from Rainer Bonhof’s Under-21 squad having scored 17 goals already this season, 11 of them coming in his last 12 matches, while Hartley has been a key figure for Hearts with 13 goals from midfield. Riordan’s Easter Road strike partner Garry O’Connor, who won four caps under Vogts, is also in the squad for the gathering between February 6 and 9, as are Hearts international regulars Craig Gordon, Steven Pressley and Andy Webster along with Hibs defender Gary Caldwell. Weir returns after quitting international football when he was slated by Vogts following the 2-2 draw in the Faroe Islands in 2002 while Sullivan, now with Leeds United, won the last of his 30 caps in the friendly against New Zealand at Tynecastle almost two years ago. Bonhof also named his Under-21 squad for the friendly against Northern Ireland in Belfast next month, Steven Whittaker the only Edinburgh player included for a match in which he will face his Easter Road team-mates Dean Shiels and Sam Morrow. Smith said: “I am hoping to get the right balance in the squad. “Five of the boys are still eligible for the under-21 team and nine are over 30. The older ones will probably wish they were a bit younger and I do, too, but we need that experience to help the younger players come through.

donga.com [english donga]
donga.com – Donga.com – Jan 28, 2005
At the age of 17 in 1993, the ?new soccer emperor,? Ronaldo Luiz Nazario De Lima transferred to Cruzeiro of Brazil to PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands. Afterwards, he moved from Barcelona (Spain) and Inter Milan (Italy) to Real Madrid (Spain) and now enjoys his fame as a super star who received $45 million (about 45 billion won) for changing teams. Wayne Rooney of England, who won the title of being the second highest scorer in last year?s Euro 2004 Football Championships by making four goals, decided to switch teams and wear the uniform of the Manchester United FC after receiving an astronomical amount of money (27 million pounds; about 56 billion won). For his part, Park Joo-young is expected to join a local professional team and then advance to a European team one or two years down the road. The average European super soccer star gets paid more than 10 billion won for joining its team. If Park?s currently eminent play continues, he is likely to receive a minimum of three billion won when he joins a European team. It is also almost certain that he will join the national soccer team… It is also almost certain that he will join the national soccer team. Experts agree that he will do so after the International Youth Soccer Tournament that will be held in the Netherlands in June. Diego Armando Maradona, at 18 years of age, was not selected as a player of the Argentinean national soccer team due to his young age. Yet, all other great players like Pele, Ronaldo, and Rooney were chosen as national soccer players before they reached 20 and grew to become world-renowned stars who play in broad stages such as the World Cup and the Euro Tournament.

ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
Scottish Fitba – Jan 27, 2005
Both are able to compete in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie with Southampton. Chalkias was the second choice keeper for Greece during the recent Euro 2004 tournament, in which they won the title. Skopelitis has a reputation as a hard working midfielder, but also with a fair touch of skill to his game. There will be some who are cynical about these signings purely on the basis that they’re not established names in this country, but personally I believe we’ve got to put our faith in the management and what they think is right. Milan has put his money where his mouth is and wouldn’t invest a large amount if he didn’t believe it was worth it. But there’s still more to come; Milan has also announced that, “We may not have finished yet and are still looking to possibly bring in two more players with one of them an offensive midfield man… Chalkias was the second choice keeper for Greece during the recent Euro 2004 tournament, in which they won the title. Skopelitis has a reputation as a hard working midfielder, but also with a fair touch of skill to his game. There will be some who are cynical about these signings purely on the basis that they’re not established names in this country, but personally I believe we’ve got to put our faith in the management and what they think is right. Milan has put his money where his mouth is and wouldn’t invest a large amount if he didn’t believe it was worth it. But there’s still more to come; Milan has also announced that, “We may not have finished yet and are still looking to possibly bring in two more players with one of them an offensive midfield man. ” Of the new signings, he said, “Konstantinos is a giant of a goalkeeper regarded as one of the top in Greek football and in my book you can never have enough class keepers. Skopelitis is a solid defensive midfield man who fills the hole left by Amdy Faye very nicely.

Arts + Features Olympic champion
St Petersburg Times, Russia – Jan 28, 2005
A few weeks later, Athens hosted the Olympic Games without a hitch, despite widespread predictions that nothing would be ready in time. Likewise, an undistinguished Russian cafe on Dekabristov has emerged as a Greek restaurant to trump its more glitzy rivals, notably the vast and shiny Oliva Greek taverna up the road on Bolshaya Morskaya. Before describing its merits, it’s worth noting that Olimpos remains a modest venue and for those who care about the exact difference in definition between a "restaurant" and a "cafe," it has to be said that Olimpos falls squarely into the latter category. No host will greet you and no server will seat you… Before describing its merits, it’s worth noting that Olimpos remains a modest venue and for those who care about the exact difference in definition between a "restaurant" and a "cafe," it has to be said that Olimpos falls squarely into the latter category. No host will greet you and no server will seat you. The service will be functional: on a recent visit, night lights (not candles) which had burned down were not replaced for new guests; ashtrays took a while to be cleared and replaced; uncertainty lingered about whether the food would be served at all and whether courses would be served at the same time (they were). Olimpos seats possibly 25 people at a stretch in one street-side room with a bar. It is decorated in the requisite sky blue and off-white tones, with various pots, urns and plants dotted about. There’s a warming coal-effect heater at the end of the room, set into a stone fireplace. Smart-looking placemats have been ingeniously formed from unfolded navy blue serviettes with frayed handkerchiefs on top.

EURO 2008™ board takes shape
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jan 28, 2005
Close co-operationThe board will now work closely together with the Swiss and Austrian associations in preparing for the 2008 tournament. The staging agreement for the final round was signed by the two association presidents in Vienna in November. Geared for successAustria and Switzerland have expressed their determination that the 2008 finals will be as resounding a success as UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal last summer. The first time a European Championship final round was hosted by two countries was in 2000, when Belgium and the Netherlands staged the event. Confident and optimistic”By agreeing on the board members and the principles of work of the Euro 2008 S. A, we now enter the real project work phase involved in the preparations to host the final tournament of the UEFA European Championship in 2008,” said Mr Stickler. “We all know how successful the last tournament in Portugal was and we are confident and highly optimistic that UEFA EURO 2008™ will build on that and be even more successful… “Following today’s meeting we can continue moving forward confidently. All the stadium contracts in Switzerland have now been signed and I can confirm that in Zurich, the stadium will be the rebuilt Stadion Letzigrund. ”
Zurich newsThe news that the Letzigrund stadium is Zurich’s proposed venue follows last autumn’s announcement that the planned new Hardturm stadium in the city would not be ready for the finals. Residents and environmental groups appealed against planning permission, on the grounds that the construction would lead to traffic congestion. Preparation processMr Olsson welcomed the latest developments, which will accelerate the preparation process involving UEFA, the two host countries and the Euro 2008 S. body being set up to organise the tournament.

Portsmouth to sign keeper Chalkios
go.com – Jan 26, 2005
PORTSMOUTH –>Updated: Jan. 26, 2005Portsmouth to sign keeper Chalkios Barney Spender ATHENS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Portsmouth are to sign Greece’s international goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias from Panathinaikos, the Greek champions said on Wednesday. Chalkias, who was number two to Antonis Nikopolidis duringGreece’s successful Euro 2004 campaign, was in England tocomplete his medical and agree personal terms. ‘We expect the deal to be completed on Thursday,’ aspokesman for Panathinaikos said. The fee to be paid by the Premiership club wasnot disclosed but is unlikely to be large because Chalkias wouldhave been out of contract at the end of the season. The move was initiated by Portsmouth’s director of footballVelimir Zajec who earlier this term filled the same role atPanathinaikos. Zajec appears to have failed in his bid to landPanathinaikos’ Greece midfielder Angelos Basinas, who will alsobe out of contract at the end of the season… Chalkias, who was number two to Antonis Nikopolidis duringGreece’s successful Euro 2004 campaign, was in England tocomplete his medical and agree personal terms. ‘We expect the deal to be completed on Thursday,’ aspokesman for Panathinaikos said. The fee to be paid by the Premiership club wasnot disclosed but is unlikely to be large because Chalkias wouldhave been out of contract at the end of the season. The move was initiated by Portsmouth’s director of footballVelimir Zajec who earlier this term filled the same role atPanathinaikos. Zajec appears to have failed in his bid to landPanathinaikos’ Greece midfielder Angelos Basinas, who will alsobe out of contract at the end of the season. However, he is still reported to be looking at bringing AEKAthens midfielder Kostas Katsouranis and Egaleo defender GiorgosAlexopoulos to Fratton Park. Your views on this story?.

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