Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 18, 2005

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The News Review:

* Rooney returns to face Everton fury
* Hugh McIlvanney: No time to talk of Sven axe
* Wright-Phillips has the class to match Rooney on the big stage
* Greats of world game in Tsunami charity match
* No way forward
* Heart of the City
* Bonhof fighting for time
* Baros confident of winning race for Europe
* Ireland in safe hands
* Spending Freely, Again
* Saha: Roo can do it!
* F & N Coca-Cola aims to remain on top

Rooney returns to face Everton fury
BBC News – Feb 18, 2005
It was a 16-year-old’s public symbol of lifelong allegiance to his club – but Rooney may just get a reminder of that ill-fated gesture on Saturday after what Evertonians regards as one of the greatest acts of betrayal on Saturday. He returns to Everton in the FA Cup fifth round tie for the first time since leaving for Manchester United in a ?27m deal after his stunning performances for England in Euro 2004. Rooney, who is expected to start, will be guaranteed a reception boiling over with hostility by those who idolised him and regarded him as the shining symbol of the future. Everton have called for calm, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to dilute a volatile cocktail of emotions by keeping Rooney in wraps for the Champions League game with AC Milan. And yet an examination of the evidence since Rooney’s departure suggests, when emotion is set aside, that the deal contained elements that suited all parties. THE TRANSFER FEE

Newcastle United’s sudden, ultimately fruitless entry, into the Rooney transfer chase in August forced Manchested United to bring their interest forward by 12 months… For Everton, it helped to stabilise a financial crisis and gives manager David Moyes room for manouevre in the transfer market. On this deal, the price was right for both clubs – if Moyes is allowed to spend the cash. THE TEAMS

Only those with a flimsy grasp of football would say Everton have not missed Wayne Rooney, but the Premiership table presents a compelling case to suggest the removal of a world-class superstar has given others the freedom to step forward. Everton occupy fourth place in the Premiership, with a style built around a lone-striker system occupied by Marcus Bent. The remaining weeks of the campaign, and whether Everton qualify for Europe, will provide the test of how serious the sale of Rooney – and indeed Thomas Gravesen – has hit them. For Manchester United, Rooney’s unpredictable brilliance has added an element of fantasy to an already star-studded line-up. And with his European reputation already established, Rooney could yet give Ferguson that extra spark he needs to claim another Champions League title.

Hugh McIlvanney: No time to talk of Sven axe
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2005
But it was Johnson who stirred maximum sympathy. Coming on at the same point as Downing, he was made to operate on the right touchline, a decision so illogical that the cynical might have suspected Eriksson was yielding to pressure in fielding him while unsubtly minimising his prospects of having a memorable impact. I am not one of those persuaded that the extreme sharpness, pace and instinct for the kill Johnson has displayed so devastatingly for Palace will make him an outstanding plunderer for his country but it was brutally unfair that he was denied the remotest hope of shining at Villa Park. Too often his experience of that kind of fixture has involved showering the pitch with substitutes on his way to unsatisfactory results… Too often his experience of that kind of fixture has involved showering the pitch with substitutes on his way to unsatisfactory results. It is natural enough that he should ask to be judged on his record of having lost only three competitive matches in four years but his fiercest critics regard the defeats, by Brazil in the World Cup finals of 2002 and by France and Portugal at Euro 2004, as proof that his approach to his vastly remunerated job is ultimately flawed. My own view is less comprehensively harsh. I have frequently criticised Eriksson, above all for his eagerness to cosset the egos of his players, especially that of his celebrity captain, David Beckham, but also for shortcomings in the practical effects created on the field and an apparent inability to intervene with sufficient spirit and authority when problems were developing. That latter failing was crucial in Japan, where England should not only have been capable of beating 10-man Brazil but of emerging as world champions from the least impressive global finals I have known. Succumbing tamely was a huge blemish but I think the narrow losses at Euro 2004 were much more excusable.

Wright-Phillips has the class to match Rooney on the big stage
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 13, 2005
“I haven’t really spoken to him about Wednesday but what happened will not make any difference to him. I hear he got some stick for missing a couple of chances but he’s just about the best player in the country at the moment and he’s proving that week in, week out. My honest opinion is that he’ll not only play a lot of times for England, but he’ll be an absolute star for them. “Against Holland, I just think that because of all the expectation and all the hype and talk about moving Beckham, people expected Shaun to be almost like [Wayne] Rooney was at Euro 2004 – and it didn’t quite happen. “Keegan believes Wright-Phillips could become as important to England as Rooney and, possibly, in what many believe is the latter’s best position, just behind the main striker, reading and scripting the play. Among Englishman of a certain age, it has become known as the Peter Beardsley role. Keegan said: “I’d love to think Shaun could play that role one day… I hear he got some stick for missing a couple of chances but he’s just about the best player in the country at the moment and he’s proving that week in, week out. My honest opinion is that he’ll not only play a lot of times for England, but he’ll be an absolute star for them. “Against Holland, I just think that because of all the expectation and all the hype and talk about moving Beckham, people expected Shaun to be almost like [Wayne] Rooney was at Euro 2004 – and it didn’t quite happen. “Keegan believes Wright-Phillips could become as important to England as Rooney and, possibly, in what many believe is the latter’s best position, just behind the main striker, reading and scripting the play. Among Englishman of a certain age, it has become known as the Peter Beardsley role. Keegan said: “I’d love to think Shaun could play that role one day. Peter was very clever at it but you’ve got to bear in mind he was at Vancouver Whitecaps at this age.

Greats of world game in Tsunami charity match
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2005
UEFA will announce in December 2006 which country has been chosen to stage Euro 2012. The Italian federation have already been assured of government support in their bid, including investment for new stadiums. Carraro’s previous four-year mandate was less than successful for Italian football, with the national team facing early elimination in the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2004, and Italian clubs feuding about quotas on television rights. Valencia president Juan Bautista Soler has said he will not discuss the future of coach Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season. The champions’ 2-1 home defeat by Deportivo Coruna on Saturday extended their winless run to five games and left them fourth in the Primera Liga table, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.

No way forward
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2005
The entertainment on offer was so poor that even star-struck small boys were grumbling and joining in the half-hearted booing at the end. What should Eriksson do? Play with two strikers, for a start. Owen and Rooney frightened the life out of most defenders at Euro 2004, so use them in harness, not with one as an ersatz left-midfielder. Chelsea and Manchester United are able to make 4-3-3 work because they possess two fast goal scoring wingers and a centre-forward who can lead the line and bring others into the play with his back to goal.

Heart of the City
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2005
Accepting this has been essential for Manchester City and their skipper. Last season, when the team toiled, Distin’s diffidence became an issue. City could not cast off their troubles until their armband was cast to someone less meek. “It was difficult, because we had bad results, and when that happens, people try to find the — how do you say? — weakest link, ” says Distin in his formidable English. “I was French… ” Distin has a lively mind, but admits to being a “person of instinct”. To make the captaincy work, he had to go away and reflect. Watching Euro 2004 while lounging on the beach on holiday last summer, in his mind the armband remained on his arm. “I kept analysing, ‘How could you be a better captain?’ ” He talked to former skippers such as Marcel Desailly, but when inspiration came, it was from an unlikely source: Manchester United. He found a role model in one of their former players. “I searched to find someone who had the same attitude and spirit as me, and the easiest one to pick, as a Frenchman, was (Laurent) Blanc,” he says. “Do you remember him shouting at anyone? He was always confident and calm.

Bonhof fighting for time
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2005
I remember thinking to myself, ‘Mr Cruyff, you want to pass me, there’s no way’. When I was a young lad it would have been more like ‘Oh goodness, Mr Cruyff is coming at me, what can I do?’. You’re not confident, but when you have experienced such situations before, you know what’s needed. Then later you can say, ‘Mr Cruyff? Not a problem. Bring it on’. ” With that he reclines in his seat, relaxed in the knowledge that during his own international career he put actions to these words. Mr Cruyff will still remember Mr Bonhof with respect… His job was to bring new talent through and he did that. He was often saying the truth about the state of the game here, but nobody wanted to hear it. ” What brought about Vogts’s darkest hour, Bonhof contends, was his finest one: the 1-0 Hampden victory over Holland in the first leg of the Euro 2004 playoff in November 2003. To that point, Vogts’s record in competitive matches, the dreadful draw in the Faroes aside, was at least a par. Until the triple bogey that was that 6-0 defeat in Amsterdam. “What broke the Scottish hearts was the away match in Holland,” adds Bonhof. “The hope and expectation was so high after the Hampden win that we would go through, but a reasonable person would have said then, ‘It cannot be that there won’t be a reaction’.

Baros confident of winning race for Europe
Independent Online – Feb 15, 2005
Baros, the top scorer at Euro 2004, insists there is enough time to claw back the five-point gap on David Moyes’ side. “Our aim in the Premier League is clear – qualifying for the Champions League,” he said. ‘Our aim in the Premier League is clear’”We are in fifth place and there are five points between us and fourth place, where Everton are. But there are 11 rounds of the competition left and we have to play our biggest rivals at home, so it might be achieved. ”

Liverpool face Everton at Anfield on March 20 and entertain Bolton, Tottenham and Middlesbrough in April… “He is a great footballer and for our team it is super he has come. He is great in the air, you can easily exchange quick passes with him and we will certainly understand each other. “Our communication is limited as he does not speak English, but he is learning fast. He is a modest man and we understand each other. ”

Baros also hopes to put behind him the injuries that have affected him this season. “I am completely fit now and I hope to remain fit for a long time,” he said.

Ireland in safe hands
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 13, 2005
“Of course, you never know what’s going to happen but as far as I’m aware it is just speculation. ” But Given was more expansive on the winning habits that Kerr has instilled into the Ireland team. In 15 matches since the 2-0 defeat in Switzerland in October 2003, which crushed their hopes of reaching Euro 2004, the team has been beaten only once, 3-0 by Nigeria in the Unity Cup. But Given did not play that day. Wednesday’s match was Kerr’s 25th in charge and the players, Given says, are now fully aware of what he expects. Given toasted a fourth successive clean sheet on Wednesday night as Portugal failed to adapt to the physicality of Ireland’s game, epitomised most keenly when Duff bowled over Cristiano Ronaldo early on and grappled with him as he rose. Jose Mourinho, who came to watch, would have appreciated it.

Spending Freely, Again
Brandweek Magazine – Feb 14, 2005
All told, the value of new deals hit $6. 4 billion, a 9% increase from $5. 8 billion the prior year. As 2004 drew to a close, The World Sponsorship Monitor (TWSM) tallied 1,382 new deals, up from 1,353 in 2003… 6% in 2003), while broadcast deals remained stable with an 8% share. With forecasts indicating that the global advertising market will increase in the 5-6% range in 2005, hotly contested sectors, including pharmaceuticals, autos, air travel and financial services, are expected to drive media outlays—and sponsor commitments—auguring a robust market. [Editor’s note: TWSM, produced by the independent research firm Sports Marketing Surveys in London, since 1998, only logs new deal activity and not the value of existing multiyear efforts. Nor do its figures reflect the size of the global sponsorship market, which is valued at roughly $30 billion. TWSM also added capabilities in Asia last year, so some of 2004’s gains are due to better reporting from that growing region. ]Highlights from the past year: the Beijing Olympic Games, slated for summer 2008, garnered sponsors in several top categories (automotive sponsor Volkswagen alone will pay $100 million for tie-in privileges), as did high-value commitments for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which will also stage a women’s tourney in 2007. Gatorade, Visa and Sirius radio’s NFL pacts collectively pulled in $1 billion in fees for the U.

Saha: Roo can do it!
manchesteronline.co.uk – Feb 18, 2005
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is pondering whether to pick the 19-year-old England striker. However, Fergie’s final decision will have nothing to do with whether Rooney’s temperament can stand a hostile reception, but the fact that the Reds face AC Milan at Old Trafford next Wednesday in the Champions League last 16. And Saha confirms that the Liverpudlian hitman will not bat an eyelid if chosen at Goodison. “It won’t bother Wayne at all,” Saha told M. “It is a high pressure match, but that won’t worry him one bit… ‘That kind of game you want to win, but the target isn’t to win or just score yourself to impress anyone from your former club. It is just about being professional. ‘Wayne played as a teenager in Euro 2004 for %England with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and that was pressure. ‘But he carried it so easily. He was unbelievable in Portugal. ‘So pressure against Everton? No way. ‘ Will Rooney keep his cool against Everton if selected? Have your say.

F & N Coca-Cola aims to remain on top
Daily Express – Feb 17, 2005
Its managing director, Datuk Ng Jui Sia said at present the company’s carbonated and isotonic drinks accounted for 70 percent and 90 percent of the total market share respectively. Despite the high market share which is almost four times greater than its nearest competitor, Ng said they were not complacent and would continue to dish out new products and new flavour to stay ahead of others. Last year, overall sales volume grew by seven percent to 42 million physical cases from 39 million in the previous year, posting a revenue of RM919 million. In order to maintain its strong grip in the market, Ng said the company would intensify its promotion efforts and allocate more funds to achieving its goal. “Last year we concentrated in the Olympic Games and the Euro 2004. This year we will still be involved in sports related events plus musical shows,” he said after attending the company’s Chinese New Year treat for residents in Perak Home For The Aged in Jelapang near here Wednesday… Last year, overall sales volume grew by seven percent to 42 million physical cases from 39 million in the previous year, posting a revenue of RM919 million. In order to maintain its strong grip in the market, Ng said the company would intensify its promotion efforts and allocate more funds to achieving its goal. “Last year we concentrated in the Olympic Games and the Euro 2004. This year we will still be involved in sports related events plus musical shows,” he said after attending the company’s Chinese New Year treat for residents in Perak Home For The Aged in Jelapang near here Wednesday. Last month, F&NCC Beverages Sdn Bhd and F&N Coca-Cola (M) Sdn Bhd renewed a five-year bottler’s and distributor’s agreement with Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company. The agreement marked its well established 68-year relationship between them. It was first bottled in Malaysia in 1936 and currently has three production facilities with 22 offices throughout the country.

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