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February 6, 2005

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The News Review:

* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Italy News
* England against the Antipodes is unquestionably the theme of this year
* Transport division’s spurt helps Decaux lift revenue
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Pires omitted from France squad
* Rooney is prey for the public
* The changing face of New York City
* Return of the King
* SOCCER: Baros unsure on Reds future
* .:: Yanks Abroad ::.
* Dutch discard the old guard
* Ballack on his way to Chelsea?

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Italy News
go.com – Feb 5, 2005
While, I think Italy will qualify for the World Cup quite easily, I for once, don’t feel as good about the national team for the 2006 World Cup. But it didn’t happen, and now the depth is not as strong. But, on the otherhand, Italy went to the World Cup final in 70, 82 and 94. 2006 is 12 years later. With the Serie A season slightly past its midway point, I see a lot of good young players in some roles, but dissapointment in others. I am convinced that Giorgio Chiellini, who just turned 20 years old, is a Giacinto Facchetti clone at left back… Alberto Aquilani of Roma (born in 1984), is a young superstar midfielder and alongside Daniele De Rossi (born in 1983), they are the future of Roma. Everyone was worried about Roma because of it’s financial trouble, but it’s youth sector is so strong right now that it is able to bring kids in to replace these guys. Roma’s top young kid might not even be De Rossi or Aquilani. It could be forward Alessio Cerci, who was born in 1987 and has already made his Serie A debut. Alessio turned 17 in late July, so he was 16 when he made his debut. But if I were to give an indication as to what the team might look like in Germany (assuming Italy qualifies), here are some of the players I think that might be featured. Players are listed with their current clubs, followed by the last two digits of the year they were born).

England against the Antipodes is unquestionably the theme of this year
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 1, 2005
Yet the eye keeps snagging on all the time-canyons between what we want and when we last had it. Chelsea supporters will recognise the sensation. Chelsea, the Premiership race’s hot favourites, have not planted their flag on the summit of English football for 50 years. We may say this every year, but the Premiership, the bouncy castle of European leagues, will have to switch off the air if none of the four English clubs who have reached the last 16 of the Champions League fail to progress to the final in Istanbul. Manchester United, the European winners in 1999, remain the sole English finalists in the expanded event’s 13-season history. With 25 per cent of the contenders, the Premiership will learn, perhaps definitively, whether the pinball wizardry required to prevail in these islands is applicable overseas. Our top three sides are not lacking in artistry… By then, the captain’s armband might have been wrenched off David Beckham and affixed instead to Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Sol Campbell. This is not in my £1 yankee for 2005, though now is the time to bet like men that Beckham’s special relationship with Eriksson will come under intense scrutiny as England complete the qualifying process for 2006. At Euro 2004 some of us felt we were witnessing the end of Beckham as a front-rank international footballer. Eriksson adores Beckham and mistrusts natural wingers (perhaps the two are related), yet the England coach is under mounting pressure to install Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stewart Downing on the right and left flanks, which would leave Beckham to fight Lampard and Gerrard for the two central midfield slots. Golf offers another time anomaly. Despite Europe’s sublime triumph in the 2004 Ryder Cup, no golfer from this side of the Atlantic has won a major tournament since Paul Lawrie and Jose-Maria Olazabal in 1999. Only Lawrie and Nick Faldo have won one for Britain in the last 10 years.

Transport division’s spurt helps Decaux lift revenue
Guardian Unlimited – Feb 3, 2005
Jean-Charles Decaux, chairman and joint chief executive, struck a note of caution, reminding investors that revenue gains from airports tended to come at lower margins. However, sales gains were not isolated to the transport division. Revenues from street furniture advertisements, such as scrolling publicity on bus shelters and toilet cubicles, grew steadily throughout 2004 – up 5. JC Decaux said particularly strong performances were recorded in the UK and Portugal, with the latter benefiting from publicity around the Euro 2004 football tournament. The group’s billboard business also showed growth – up 4… Revenues from street furniture advertisements, such as scrolling publicity on bus shelters and toilet cubicles, grew steadily throughout 2004 – up 5. JC Decaux said particularly strong performances were recorded in the UK and Portugal, with the latter benefiting from publicity around the Euro 2004 football tournament. The group’s billboard business also showed growth – up 4. 4% at €434m after stripping out currency fluctuations, acquisitions and divestments. Mr Decaux said: “2004 was a year of strong organic growth across all of our activities, with an acceleration in the second half, allowing us to outperform the advertising market. ” The group will publish full results for 2004 and comment on current trading next month.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 5, 2005
?My contract runs until 2007 and I won?t go any further,? the 32-year-old Frenchman said on Friday. ?At the latest I will end my career in 2007. Stopping before then is not on my agenda, but who knows? I won?t go further than 2007 but I would like to go all the way,? he said. Zidane, among the most gifted players of his generation, said it would be ?nice to win another European Cup? with Real before calling it quits. Zidane put an end to his international career after Euro 2004 with 93 caps and 26 goals. ?I?m no longer part of France?s team but I watch them as a fan. The most important thing is for them to go to the World Cup,? he told French pay television channel Canal Plus… Stopping before then is not on my agenda, but who knows? I won?t go further than 2007 but I would like to go all the way,? he said. Zidane, among the most gifted players of his generation, said it would be ?nice to win another European Cup? with Real before calling it quits. Zidane put an end to his international career after Euro 2004 with 93 caps and 26 goals. ?I?m no longer part of France?s team but I watch them as a fan. The most important thing is for them to go to the World Cup,? he told French pay television channel Canal Plus. ?Little by little, the team has changed but it remains something special to me,? he said. The two goals he scored in the 1998 World Cup final against Brazil remained the best moments in his career, he said.

Pires omitted from France squad
World Soccer – Feb 3, 2005
"The French team is very important to me, whatever I might have said or done. It’s also important for France to qualify for the 2006 World Cup for I sincerely believe we can finish top of our group," he added. Domenech has recalled striker David Trezeguet, who has not played for France since a 1-0 defeat by Greece in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals in June. Squad
Goalkeepers: Fabien Barthez (Olympique Marseille), Gregory Coupet (Olympique Lyon)
Defenders: Patrice Evra (Monaco), William Gallas (Chelsea), Gael Givet (Monaco), Eric Abidal (Olympique Lyon), Sebastien Squillaci (Monaco), Jonathan Zebina (Juventus)
Midfielders: Camel Meriem (Girondins Bordeaux), Rio Mavuba (Girondins Bordeaux), Olivier Dacourt (Roma), Benoit Pedretti (Olympique Marseille), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Vikash Dhorasoo (AC Milan)
Strikers: Ludovic Giuly (Barcelona), Peguy Luyindula (Olympique Marseille), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), David Trezeguet (Juventus), Louis Saha (Manchester United), Florent Malouda (Olympique Lyon).

Rooney is prey for the public
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 4, 2005
Ferguson admitted that the Manchester United teenager has become a target for unscrupulous individuals determined to profit from the striker’s growing celebrity status. Ferguson’s comments come in the week that a young student withdrew an allegation that he was assaulted by Rooney in a Manchester nightclub last month. Rooney, 19, has become perhaps the most recognisable footballer in the country since starring for England at Euro 2004 and his subsequent £30million transfer to United last August and Ferguson has vowed to protect the youngster after suggesting that certain members of the public now see the player as a ‘golden pot’ from which to make money. Ferguson said: “The problem for Wayne Rooney is that we’ve had George Best, Paul Gascoigne and then David Beckham, but they’re not here anymore so people are looking to feed off someone new and that person is Wayne Rooney. It’s unfair, but we understand what goes on. “If you’re standing in a bar having a drink with a few mates and a guy comes up shouting and bawling at you, and you ignore him, what more can you do?”Wayne is still only 19. What’s he going to do, sit in the house all day for the rest of his life and not go out? What happened doesn’t surprise me… “If you’re standing in a bar having a drink with a few mates and a guy comes up shouting and bawling at you, and you ignore him, what more can you do?”Wayne is still only 19. What’s he going to do, sit in the house all day for the rest of his life and not go out? What happened doesn’t surprise me. “Human beings these days are not stupid. People go into nightclubs, they see a footballer and they think ‘There’s a golden pot here, there’s an earner’. “That’s the sad part about it. The guy who alleged this incident with Wayne then turned up at a police station with a tabloid reporter. What’s going on? The club had CCTV which showed that nothing had happened.

The changing face of New York City
BBC News – Feb 3, 2005
“Washing machines,” said Zenya. “The electricity stays on all the time,” said Jorge. Walt Whitman, the great 19th century poet, said, “Here is not merely a nation, but a teeming nation of nations. ” That was the truth of it at the turn of the 20th century, and 100 years later, it still is. Identity absorbed New York absorbs its newcomers. ? It gets under your skin… ?After all, 4 July is Independence Day and the stars and stripes are supposed to be on display. What was happening? Well, the answer was easy. Greece had just won the Euro 2004 championship. But the area is changing before my eyes. ?’Newest New Yorkers’On my street, there is a Bangladeshi sari shop and an arts centre where I see local children learning to play the tabla drums. ?There is a tiny Colombian restaurant at the corner. It is easy to spot because it has a satellite dish on top big enough to receive images from Mars.

Return of the King
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 6, 2005
Such is the England head coach’s belief in the value of playing in the Champions League that, should Woodgate return to full fitness and play for Real Madrid, King could find himself fifth choice. Which is not to say he is the fifth-best English centre-back. Ferdinand’s suspension and injuries to Terry, Woodgate and Gareth Southgate meant King was drafted into the England team for last June’s Euro 2004 tie against France in Lisbon. He played with authority and skill and did not look like anybody’s understudy. There have been many times this season, most obviously in Spurs’ valiant 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, when he has been formidable. Against Holland at Villa Park in midweek, he should play at least one half and again show how well he handles himself at the highest level… Such is the England head coach’s belief in the value of playing in the Champions League that, should Woodgate return to full fitness and play for Real Madrid, King could find himself fifth choice. Which is not to say he is the fifth-best English centre-back. Ferdinand’s suspension and injuries to Terry, Woodgate and Gareth Southgate meant King was drafted into the England team for last June’s Euro 2004 tie against France in Lisbon. He played with authority and skill and did not look like anybody’s understudy. There have been many times this season, most obviously in Spurs’ valiant 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, when he has been formidable. Against Holland at Villa Park in midweek, he should play at least one half and again show how well he handles himself at the highest level. His difficulty is that however well he plays in an England friendly, it does not count for much compared to, say, Terry outplaying Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o in the European Cup or Ferdinand doing well against Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko.

SOCCER: Baros unsure on Reds future
U.TV – Feb 3, 2005
I love the fans and am proud of being able to play here. “All I want is to play regularly. If it`s not going to be here, then I hope that I will get a good offer from elsewhere. “After being the leading scorer at Euro 2004, Baros looked set for a prominent role at Anfield following the departure of Michael Owen and a serious injury to Djibril Cisse. “I stayed at Liverpool in the hope I would be playing more,” added the 23-year-old. “After Owen left for Real and Cisse got injured, it looked like I could begin making regular appearances in the starting line-up. “But it seems they just don`t regard me as a regular starter.

.:: Yanks Abroad ::.
Yanks Abroad – Feb 3, 2005
“Every time you get injured, you go through why you got injured and try to figure it out. You do certain exercises to make that area stronger, get more coordinated, more effective. ”

The question surrounding Ajax is whether or not they have made themselves stronger and more effective with the capture of Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas. The Greek striker arrived during the winter break, a pause that saw the champions docked five points adrift of the Eredivisie lead. A lengthy winning run was snapped by a galling Amsterdam ArenA draw with nearby nemesis ADO Den Haag last weekend, dropping the club another pair of points behind PSV Eindhoven. Though O’Brien says the team still hope to defend the crown, he conceded the clubhouse cry of the moment is more accurately something akin to ‘At least second place!’. “We’ll see how we recover from last weekend,” he nodded.

Dutch discard the old guard
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 6, 2005
Nor, for that matter any De Boers, nor Stam, Cocu, Van Nistelrooy, Davids, Seedorf or Kluivert. Wednesday’s will be an unfamiliar sort of Dutch team for anybody whose acquaintance with them extends to their past three major tournaments. Holland reached the semi-finals at Euro 2004, a stage better than England did and a level further than many of their followers thought likely. Then came the retirements, such as those of defenders Frank de Boer and Jaap Stam, and the appointment of a new head coach, the daring promotion of Marco van Basten to his first senior managerial job. A fabulous playing career — injury saw him retire at barely 30, by which time he had been European Footballer of the Year three times — insures Van Basten against the sort of impatience shown to his predecessor, Dick Advocaat, by Holland’s louder critics. What he cannot claim is automatic immunity from the edginess that has been about the Dutch team for the best part of a decade. If he guides them through to the World Cup finals by the end of this year, at least he will have done better than Louis van Gaal, who, despite having a squad including Ruud van Nistelrooy, plus a Patrick Kluivert then close to his peak and the prolific Roy Makaay, failed to win sufficient matches to qualify for 2002… What does concern the coach is the absence of club activity from players around whom the Dutch would usually assume their first XI might be constructed. The failure of Kluivert, Holland’s record goalscorer, to make good his reputation after his summer transfer from Barcelona to Newcastle is abundantly compensated for by Van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben — although they are both injured for Wednesday — Bayern Munich’s Makaay and Feyenoord’s Dirk Kuijt, the leading goalscorer in the Dutch First Division. But Van Basten will be more concerned with midfield, where Edgar Davids is not commanding a place at Internazionale. “It would be unfair on other players for me to have selected Davids,” explained Van Basten.

Ballack on his way to Chelsea?
iAfrica.com – Feb 6, 2005
“It goes without saying that we want to keep Michael in Munich and will hold talks with him,” Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness told television channel Premiere. “I can imagine that his current contract can be improved but Mr Abramovich seems to be printing money at home and there is nothing you can do to combat that. ”

Oil magnate Abramovich has spent millions to lift Chelsea to the Premiership summit and would not refrain from reaching for the cheque book again to capture one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe. In 50 appearances for Germany Ballack has scored an impressive 22 goals. He almost joined Spanish giants Barcelona for €12-million after Euro 2004 when Bayern admitted they were prepared to let him go for the right price. “My contract expires in a year and a half so we will see what happens,” declared Ballack. “Moving abroad does appeal to me as I can discover something new… ”

Oil magnate Abramovich has spent millions to lift Chelsea to the Premiership summit and would not refrain from reaching for the cheque book again to capture one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe. In 50 appearances for Germany Ballack has scored an impressive 22 goals. He almost joined Spanish giants Barcelona for €12-million after Euro 2004 when Bayern admitted they were prepared to let him go for the right price. “My contract expires in a year and a half so we will see what happens,” declared Ballack. “Moving abroad does appeal to me as I can discover something new.

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