Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 9, 2005

Will Johnson join one-cap wonders?

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – France v Poland Report
* Four years on, Eriksson the experimenter takes a great leap forward
* Will Johnson join one-cap wonders?
* Greece seek to salvage World Cup hopes
* Euro 2004 riots: Teenager is jailed
* Sky deal will set cricket in decline
* Goalflashes and major incidents (all times GMT):
* Harte left in pain after move to Spain
* Greece chases points against Denmark
* Power to the players if it shakes up staid Eriksson
* Forward nets club record
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Chelsea | Lampard is voted England&#3…
* France on full alert for Faroes
* SOCCER: Baros okays Everton switch
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Campaigns come to the crunch
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Larsson looks for six-point haul
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 9, 2005
The 32-year-old former Czech captain, who won the award in 1998, 2000 and 2003, when he was also voted European Footballer of the Year, was outstanding last year for the national side, who made the semi-finals of Euro 2004. He retired from internationals in September due to persistent knee troubles to concentrate on his club career. Nedved beat Liverpool?s Milan Baros, the top scorer at Euro 2004, for the award. reutersHenin-Hardenne enters April?s Family Circle Cup CHARLESTON (South Carolina): Former world number 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium entered April?s Family Circle Cup on Monday. Henin-Hardenne?s first title in the United States came at the clay-court tournament in 2003. She skipped last year?s tournament because of an illness that sidelined her for much of 2004 and this year?s Australian Open. ?I know that Justine was very disappointed in not being able to defend her title last year,? Family Circle Cup executive director Frankie Whelan said… Henin-Hardenne?s first title in the United States came at the clay-court tournament in 2003. She skipped last year?s tournament because of an illness that sidelined her for much of 2004 and this year?s Australian Open. ?I know that Justine was very disappointed in not being able to defend her title last year,? Family Circle Cup executive director Frankie Whelan said. ?She is a very determined young woman and one of the most competitive players on the tour, so we look forward to having her back. ? apLjubljana goalkeeper dies during training session LJUBLJANA: Ljubljana goalkeeper Nedzad Botonjic collapsed and died during training late on Monday, Slovenian state agency STA reported. The 27-year-old Botonjic suffered a heart attack and died despite rapid medical attention, the report said. Club officials were not available for comment.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – France v Poland Report
go.com – Feb 7, 2005
The Juventus striker has been recalled to the French side for the first time since Euro 2004 after recovering from a dislocated shoulder and Pedretti thinks that both players will have more chance to express themselves now that Zidane has gone. “Since his (Zidane’s) departure, their role within the team will assume greater importance given the fact balls will be crossed to them directly instead of having Zidane picking up passes and then redistributing them,” Pedretti said. “Each one’s game complements the other, although it did not work as much as expected during Euro 2004, but they are two of the best strikers in the world. ”Meanwhile, goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has been forced to pull out of the squad with gastro-enteritis and will be replaced by Nantes custodian Mickael Landreau, while Lyon’s Gregory Coupet will start against the Swedes. “Fabien is the only absentee,” boss Domenech said. “He has been sick for two nights and we have sent a doctor to Marseille. ”The France coach also hopes his side build on the steady progress they made last autumn when they take on Sweden.

Four years on, Eriksson the experimenter takes a great leap forward
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 9, 2005
The fact is, those at the peak of the English game are capable of much more than has been asked of them and had Eriksson been proactive rather than reactive (as welcome as tonight’s team is, there remains the nagging doubt that by playing Wright-Phillips in this position he is merely mimicking the increasingly popular game plan used by Mourinho at Chelsea with Arjen Robben and Damien Duff), the national team would be farther up the evolutionary pyramid. It could be, for instance, that neither Wright-Phillips nor Stewart Downing, of Middlesbrough, is the answer and the young player most capable of transforming Eriksson’s England is the versatile King, of Tottenham Hotspur. Tonight, as at Euro 2004, there will not be a defensively minded player in advance of the back four, a flaw partly to blame for failure in the previous tournament when, worried by inbuilt vulnerability, England committed the fatal mistake of defending too deep after taking the lead against France and Portugal, inviting two outstanding attacking teams on to them, with inevitable consequences. King, behind a midfield three of Beckham, Gerrard and Lampard, could be Eriksson’s missing piece; except the previous time King was fit for a friendly international, he was used conventionally as a central defender and England played 4-4-2. So what did we learn that night? That King is a solid centre half. Gee thanks, professor. Still, Eriksson cannot be damned either way.

Will Johnson join one-cap wonders?
BBC News – Feb 8, 2005
Ricketts delivered a nerve-wracked, lumpen performance and was consigned to the international dustbin. The joke doing the rounds was that Ricketts actually won two caps that night – his first and his last. Johnson, however, said: “I’m not just here for the ride. Even if it means being fourth, fifth or sixth-choice striker, I’m happy to be here. But Eriksson has been fickle in the past when drafting in in-form stars, and while Johnson does not deserve comparison with Ricketts, he may suffer a similar fate if he does not deliver quickly. Ironically, Ricketts’ attacking partner in Amsterdam was, Darius Vassell, who scored in a 1-1 draw and worked his way into Eriksson’s 2002 World Cup plans and also went to Euro 2004… Even if it means being fourth, fifth or sixth-choice striker, I’m happy to be here. But Eriksson has been fickle in the past when drafting in in-form stars, and while Johnson does not deserve comparison with Ricketts, he may suffer a similar fate if he does not deliver quickly. Ironically, Ricketts’ attacking partner in Amsterdam was, Darius Vassell, who scored in a 1-1 draw and worked his way into Eriksson’s 2002 World Cup plans and also went to Euro 2004.

Greece seek to salvage World Cup hopes
Independent Online – Feb 8, 2005
The high of victory at Euro 2004 was followed by the low of losing their opening World Cup qualifying match 2-1 at little Albania and now they lie just fifth in Group 2 with five points from four matches. Greece trained on Sunday under the watchful eyes of coach Otto Rehhagel in freezing weather at Karaisiaki Stadium, Athens, where a sellout crowd of 33 000 is expected for the match. Giannakopoulos said he was dreaming of helping Greece to their second World Cup finals – the other was 1994 – but said no slip-ups could be tolerated now… Greece trained on Sunday under the watchful eyes of coach Otto Rehhagel in freezing weather at Karaisiaki Stadium, Athens, where a sellout crowd of 33 000 is expected for the match. Giannakopoulos said he was dreaming of helping Greece to their second World Cup finals – the other was 1994 – but said no slip-ups could be tolerated now. “As the situation is now, a draw is not good enough,” he said. “We all know how important the match is but we are European champions and we must win. ”

After losing to Albania, they drew 0-0 at home to Turkey and 1-1 in Ukraine before a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Athens got them back on track.

Euro 2004 riots: Teenager is jailed
Croydon Guardian – Feb 9, 2005
Terry Kevin’s family wept as he was led from the dock at Croydon Crown Court last Friday. Kevin, from Walton Green, New Addington, pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder on October 22 last year, although he had initially opted for a Newton hearing to discover the extent of his involvement in the riots on June 13 after England lost their opening Euro 2004 group match against France. But on Friday Kevin’s
defence said he had decided to abandon that hearing and he appeared before the court for sentencing. The court heard how Kevin had drunk about 10 bottles of beer on the night of the riots and was seen by police throwing bottles at officers. One officer, Detective Constable Decland Star, was said to have been hit by broken glass from one of the missiles thrown by Kevin causing two cuts to his right cheek. advertisement
Judge Cedric Joseph said he would be taking into account not only Kevin’s behaviour but that of the entire crowd as he jailed the teenager to 30 months in a young offenders’ institute… The court heard how Kevin had drunk about 10 bottles of beer on the night of the riots and was seen by police throwing bottles at officers. One officer, Detective Constable Decland Star, was said to have been hit by broken glass from one of the missiles thrown by Kevin causing two cuts to his right cheek. advertisement
Judge Cedric Joseph said he would be taking into account not only Kevin’s behaviour but that of the entire crowd as he jailed the teenager to 30 months in a young offenders’ institute. He said: “Deterrent sentences have to be passed to make clear that behaviour of this kind is utterly intolerable. ”
Kevin, who has two previous convictions for common assault, was also banned from football grounds and barred from watching England matches in pubs for six years. Ten men were jailed for a total of 22 years last month for their part in last year’s riots. 12:56pm Wednesday 9th February 2005.

Sky deal will set cricket in decline
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2005
The fateful decision was to remove cricket – at the sport’s own request – from the Government’s list of protected events. There are those who believe such lists are the product of a nanny state and a bar on the free operation of the market, but that view undervalues the role of sport in our national life. The BBC’s coverage of England’s quarter-final defeat to Portugal in Euro 2004 attracted a peak of 24 million viewers. These events attract casual viewers as well as sport fanatics: people who want to share the big moments but who can’t afford, or don’t want to pay for, a sports channel. The listed events are as much part of our heritage as the State Opening of Parliament: they should not be for sale exclusively to private operators. When cricket was taken off the list, nobody thought that the whole sport would disappear from live terrestrial screens. The Government said they wanted Test matches, in particular, to remain widely available… The Government said they wanted Test matches, in particular, to remain widely available. The fact that the new contract prevents this isn’t the fault of our colleagues in Sky Sports, who have a business to run, but it is a consequence of allowing the economics of subscription to blow the traditional channels out of the water. It is true that the BBC did not bid for the contract this time round, but that decision looks wise if the sums are as reported. Channel 4 offered a fee that seems reasonable for an advertising-funded channel and the BBC would have had to bid at a level that was good value for money for the licence payer, but both those figures are dwarfed by what makes sense for a pay-television business model. The frustration here is that there are plenty of examples of free-to-air and pay television co-existing happily. The BBC show the Rugby League Challenge Cup and Sky Sports own the rights to the Super League. We share the FA Cup with Sky and ITV share the Champions League with Sky.

Goalflashes and major incidents (all times GMT):
BBC News – Feb 9, 2005
2042: Craig Bellamy hits a left-foot shot wide of the far post after a good advantage played by the referee. 2040: Carl Robinson is within inches of putting Wales ahead as he hits the post from 12 yards out after Rob Earnshaw’s pass falls for him. 2039: The Republic of Ireland’s game with Portugal resumes after a flurry of substitutions. The Republic bring on Graham Kavanagh for Kevin Kilbane while Portugal introduce former Newcastle player Hugo Viana along with Nuno Gomes, Fernando Meira and Ricardo Costa in place of Pauleta and Deco and Chelsea duo Paulo Ferreira and Tiago. 2035: GOAL Northern Ireland 0-1 Canada Olivier Occean gives the 10-man visitors the lead as he thumps home a header from a left-wing free-kick taken by Norwich’s Jim Brennan. 2033: Danny Coyne has to be alert as he saves a 20-yard snapshot from Tamas Hajnal. 2030: HALF-TIME England 0-0 Holland No time is added on to the opening 45 minutes at Villa Park which ends goalless, with Dirk Kuijt’s shot against the woodwork the half’s best chance… Portugal are wearing a black and white strip to show a stand against racism. Team news:

Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison returns for the first time since being injured during the goalless draw in France. Matt Holland replaces the injured Roy Keane in central midfield while Steve Finnan switches to right-back in place of Stephen Carr, who is not fit enough to play. Portugal include Chelsea duo Tiago and Paulo Ferreira and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. Northern Ireland hand a debut to Aston Villa midfielder Steve Davis against Canada while Plymouth midfielder Tomy Capaldi returns from a broken leg. Maik Taylor and Chris Baird also return with Roy Carroll, Mark Clyde, Damien Johnson and Stuart Elliott missing out while David Healy will play up front on his own. Canada are captained by Hearts defender Kevin McKenna while Millwall’s Josh Simpson and Adrian Serioux and Norwich’s Jim Brennan are also in the line-up.

Harte left in pain after move to Spain
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 7, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Harte would not be able to play even if Brian Kerr, the manager, had named him in the squad because of an injury that has kept him sidelined for the past five weeks, and which will prevent him from playing for a further three, but the former Leeds United defender has been left both mystified and angered by what he perceives as a refusal on Kerr’s part to even acknowledge his presence, let alone pick him. Harte left Leeds last summer after the Elland Road club were relegated from the Premiership, but rather than remain in England, the 27-year-old chose to try his luck in Spain with newly-promoted Levante, the “second” team in the city of Valencia. It proved an inspired move, at least from a club perspective. Harte scored on his debut, Levante’s first Primera Liga goal in 41 years, and despite a recent hernia operation, he has established himself as a favourite with the fans. Yet his form in Spain has done little to persuade Kerr that Harte still has a part of play for Ireland and, having not featured since winning his 58th cap in the 0-0 draw against Poland in April last year, the Drogheda-born full back is at a crossroads in his international career.

Greece chases points against Denmark
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Feb 9, 2005
But that defeat strengthened our resolve to make it to the World Cup,” Fyssas told the daily Sportime. The match is being played at Karaiskaki, the home stadium of Olympiakos Piraeus. Albania hatch plan to contain Shevchenko:Elsewhere, Albania will not deploy man-to-man marking to combat Ukraine dangerman Andriy Shevchenko in today’s World Cup qualifier, coach Hans-Peter Briegel said. “Man-to-man marking is outdated, we shall try to contain them by playing a zonal defense,” German Briegel told a news conference at Albania’s team hotel. Striker Shevchenko, the 2004 European Football of the Year, is likely to play in the Group Two qualifier in Tirana having made a fast recovery from an ankle injury that was initially expected to rule him out. Albania, who beat European champions Greece in September, lie fourth in the group on six points, the same tally as Turkey and Denmark. Ukraine top the group with 11 points.

Power to the players if it shakes up staid Eriksson
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2005
Personally, I would be a lot more worried if David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard showed no interest in finding the right formation for today’s Anglo-Celtic commotion. There is no shock value in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s apparent tactical capitulation to his senior players, because he has built his career around not upsetting the rich and the powerful. Player power is Beckham playing in the 2002 World Cup when he was unfit, and staying on the pitch to the end at Euro 2004 when he was playing badly. Player power is Eriksson supporting Rio Ferdinand rather than his employers, the Football Association, during the missed drugs test saga… Personally, I would be a lot more worried if David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard showed no interest in finding the right formation for today’s Anglo-Celtic commotion. There is no shock value in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s apparent tactical capitulation to his senior players, because he has built his career around not upsetting the rich and the powerful. Player power is Beckham playing in the 2002 World Cup when he was unfit, and staying on the pitch to the end at Euro 2004 when he was playing badly. Player power is Eriksson supporting Rio Ferdinand rather than his employers, the Football Association, during the missed drugs test saga. It was tattooed on his soul.

Forward nets club record
Charlton Athletic Football Club – Feb 9, 2005
Meanwhile, four other Addicks are also set to be involved for their national teams on Wednesday night. After scoring his second Premiership goal to earn the Addicks a point at St James’ Park on Saturday, Danish winger Dennis Rommedahl is likely to be in action for his nation. Denmark play a World Cup qualifier against European champions Greece in Athens, although Charlton goalkeeper Stephan Andersen has not been selected. Although undefeated thus far, the Danes are currently second in European Group Two, five points behind leaders Ukraine, albeit with a game in hand, and desperately need to convert their draws into victories to close the gap. Shaun Bartlett, who made his 100th Premiership appearance at Newcastle United at the weekend, is in the South Africa squad that will face Australia in Durban on the same night. The services of Radostin Kishishev have also been requested by Bulgaria for a friendly against Serbia and Montenegro in Sofia, while Matt Holland’s Republic of Ireland face Euro 2004 finalists Portugal in Dublin. Talal El Karkouri’s Morocco entertain Kenya in an African Group Five World Cup qualifier, but the Addicks’ highest ever top-flight goalscoring centre-half will not be available… Although undefeated thus far, the Danes are currently second in European Group Two, five points behind leaders Ukraine, albeit with a game in hand, and desperately need to convert their draws into victories to close the gap. Shaun Bartlett, who made his 100th Premiership appearance at Newcastle United at the weekend, is in the South Africa squad that will face Australia in Durban on the same night. The services of Radostin Kishishev have also been requested by Bulgaria for a friendly against Serbia and Montenegro in Sofia, while Matt Holland’s Republic of Ireland face Euro 2004 finalists Portugal in Dublin. Talal El Karkouri’s Morocco entertain Kenya in an African Group Five World Cup qualifier, but the Addicks’ highest ever top-flight goalscoring centre-half will not be available. The ?1m defender, who has scored five goals since switching to The Valley from Paris St Germain in the summer, will serve a suspension after being booked in his country’s previous two qualifying games. Morrocco could go top if they win their game in hand in Rabat, with leaders Guinea two points ahead having played a game more. The match also counts as qualification to the next African Nations Cup tournament.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Chelsea | Lampard is voted England&#3…
BBC News – Feb 9, 2005
Lampard is also being tipped to win the Football Writers’ Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association player-of-the-year awards. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said: “If I was a player voting for the best in the year, then Frank Lampard would certainly be very high on my list. ”

Lampard enjoyed a successful Euro 2004, where he scored three goals in a series of impressive performances. He said: “It was the highest point in my career. The most enjoyable month in my career, probably of my life.

France on full alert for Faroes
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 9, 2005
In the tightly bunched Group Four, France lie fourth with 10 points from six games, with leaders Republic of Ireland, who they play in Dublin on Wednesday, on 13 points from seven games. Switzerland are second with 12 points from six games, with Israel third on 11 points from seven games… It’s as simple as that. “With Zidane back in the squad, the former world and European champions look more confident and solid. The influential midfielder scored in the 3-0 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly last month – their most convincing win since Domenech took over from Jacques Santini after Euro 2004. Many view Wednesday’s qualifier against Ireland as do-or-die, but Domenech warned his players against underestimating the Faroes, who are bottom of the group with only one point.

SOCCER: Baros okays Everton switch
U.TV – Feb 8, 2005
Everton chief executive Keith Wyness has confirmed today that “we are looking at a number of different striking options and we are currently reviewing them all. Baros is one of the names on the list”. But Wyness insisted that Everton had not made a formal bid for the 23-year-old, who was the top scorer in last year`s Euro 2004 finals. The mood in the Goodison Park camp, said one source was “very optimistic” that something can be sorted out, maybe even in time for Baros to pass a medical and be registered with UEFA before the end of the Thursday deadline to be allowed to play in next week`s Champions League qualifier at home to Villarreal. Everton will not go to the ?7million asking price but Liverpool would probably accept ?6million for a player who is now fifth in the strikers` pecking order behind Fernando Morientes, Djibril Cisse and Peter Crouch. There has been interest in Baros from Aston Villa, West Ham and Monaco but no offers that have interested Liverpool while, earlier this week, German side Schalke pulled out of the bidding. They were told in no uncertain terms by Liverpool that, after a week of negotiations, there was no chance of a season-long loan.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Campaigns come to the crunch
noticias.info – Feb 9, 2005
news – FIFA WORLD CUP: Campaigns come to the crunch. No team in any of the eight groups is yet assured of qualification – not even of a play-off place – but hosts Germany could soon have a clearer picture of their 13 continental rivals in next summer’s finals. No team in any of the eight groups is yet assured of qualification – not even of a play-off place – but hosts Germany could soon have a clearer picture of their 13 continental rivals in next summer’s finals. ,No,team,in,any,of,the,eight,groups,is,yet,assured,of,qualification,-,not,even,of,a,play-off,place,-,but,hosts,Germany,could,soon,have,a,clearer,picture,of,their,13,continental,rivals,in,next,summer’s,finals… Thirteen qualifyAll eight group winners qualify along with the two runners-up with the best records against the other top-six sides in their pool. The other second-placed teams meet in three home-and-away play-offs in November. Group 1Romania’s 2-0 August victory against bottom side Andorra moved them to within three and two points respectively of the Netherlands and the Czech Republic – but both UEFA EURO 2004? semi-finalists have four games left, including their 8 October showdown, to the Romanians’ two. The latter will be out of contention if they lose at home to the Czechs on Saturday, when the Dutch go to Armenia knowing victory would seal a top-two finish due to their head-to-head superiority over Romania. Four days later the Oranje play Andorra while the Czechs meet Armenia. Finland in fourth have only slim hopes, and take on Andorra and F.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Larsson looks for six-point haul
noticias.info – Feb 9, 2005
‘Clean slate’”We won our earlier games against Bulgaria and Hungary 3-0, so we know a bit about the teams, but these are all new matches and you shouldn’t read too much into past results,” said Larsson. “It’s a clean slate every time and both Bulgaria and Hungary are tough sides who are capable of winning any game. Portuguese hat-trickBulgaria will not relish a reunion with Larsson, who scored a hat-trick against them in a 5-1 Swedish success at UEFA EURO 2004?. However, the 33-year-old missed the countries’ last meeting in March and has yet to take on the Balkan team since Hristo Stoitchkov was appointed coach. Previous meeting”Bulgaria have a legend in charge and my path has crossed Stoitchkov’s before,” he said. “I scored when Sweden beat his Bulgaria team in the third-place play-off at the USA World Cup in 1994. That’s obviously a very happy memory for me and Sweden have a good history against the Bulgarians.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Feb 9, 2005
Henry worked inside his marker and delivered a perfect cross for Trezeguet to nod home past goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson. It was the eighth time Henry has set him up for a goal in French colors. France had not scored at Stade de France in three previous matches. Trezeguet returned to the French team for the first time since the quarterfinal loss to Greece at Euro 2004. Henry and Giuly both had chances as France continued to dominate before the interval. Domenech had planned to make four changes at the interval, but left the team unchanged until the 68th minute. In the 48th minute, Giuly’s cross found Henry and his powerful header was tipped over by Isaksson… It was the eighth time Henry has set him up for a goal in French colors. France had not scored at Stade de France in three previous matches. Trezeguet returned to the French team for the first time since the quarterfinal loss to Greece at Euro 2004. Henry and Giuly both had chances as France continued to dominate before the interval. Domenech had planned to make four changes at the interval, but left the team unchanged until the 68th minute. In the 48th minute, Giuly’s cross found Henry and his powerful header was tipped over by Isaksson. France survived a scare in the 64th minute when defender William Gallas’ mis-hit clearance forced keeper Gregory Coupet into a smart save.

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