Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

March 11, 2005

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The News Review:

* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Heroes and villains: Vitalijs Astafjevs
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Eriksson makes vow…
* Adidas’ European Orders Stagnated, to Buy Back Shares (Update1)
* Greek bears his gifts
* Mostovoi makes return with Alaves
* City’s fire stubbed out
* Gunners out for revenge
* Liverpool in search of precious away goal
* How to view Virtual Replay
* Brazil’s coach has second thoughts about Confederations Cup team

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Mar 8, 2005
France are fourth in Group 4 with 10 points from six games played while Ireland lead the group with 13 points after seven matches.   The teams drew 0-0 in Paris last October. Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly and Lilian Thuram also retired after Euro 2004 but have not yet indicated a desire to return to the international stage.

Heroes and villains: Vitalijs Astafjevs
The Observer – Mar 6, 2005
That, we
thought, forlornly, was that. But for some of us, there was a wonderful
coda. Most fans visiting Portugal for
Euro 2004 would have been disappointed
to discover that two of their pre-booked
games would feature Latvia. Arriving at the bizarre stadium in Aveiro,
central Portugal – the one that looked as
if a toddler had just had a temper tantrum
involving a Lego box – we allied ourselves
with the huge men in burgundy Latvia
shirts and waited to greet our man. We
saw one other fan in a Bristol Rovers
shirt, who was also looking forward to
singing: ‘Oooharrr! He’s a Latvian. ‘Outnumbered by Czech fans, the
Latvians gave a good account of themselves,
as did their team, leading for half an hour.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Eriksson makes vow…
BBC News – Mar 7, 2005
I won’t feel the England job is complete until I’ve won something. ”

Eriksson added ahead of next year’s World Cup: “I hope we get the chance to give it a big try in Germany. ”

Eriksson’s England reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. “I’m proud of my record, but I’m not satisfied,” he said. “I’m not proud of the fact that we lost one quarter-final to Brazil and another, on penalties, to Portugal. “As far as I’m concerned there is unfinished business. “I believe we’ll qualify for the finals in Germany and I think that, this time, the possibilities for us will be bigger than in Japan and Portugal, now that we have the same preparation as the other countries.

Adidas’ European Orders Stagnated, to Buy Back Shares (Update1)
Bloomberg – Mar 9, 2005
Those figures exclude the impact of currency movements. Adidas-Salomon, like smaller competitor Puma AG, has seendemand ebb in markets including Germany, where unemployment hasreached a post-World War II record. In addition, this year doesnot have a major sporting event such as the Euro 2004 soccerchampionship in Portugal and next year's World Cup in Germany. Chief Executive Herbert Hainer reiterated that earnings thisyear will rise as much as 15 percent and sales will climb by a“mid- to high-single-digit'' percentage, according to thedocuments. Net income last year rose 21 percent to 314 millioneuros as sales gained 3 percent to 6. The company plans to raise its 2004 dividend to 1.

Greek bears his gifts
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 6, 2005
As he climbs into his club Honda and heads for home, though, Sotirios Kyrgiakos can reflect that, at his former club, such measures would have come in handy a couple of years ago. Panathinaikos were leading the Greek league by three points with two games to go in the spring of 2003. They had not won the title since 1996 and it only made matters worse that arch-rivals Olympiakos had claimed it at their expense in each of the intervening years. When they lost the main Athens derby 3-0, and the title on goal difference, 400 disgruntled followers stormed Pana’s serene, tree-lined training ground on the city’ s outskirts and trashed the players’ cars. The fact that its owner was a crowd favourite did not exempt Kyrgiakos’s car from the vandals. “It wasn’t a nice feeling,” he explains through Chris Tiropoulos, his interpreter. “It’s not nice to see in football… I haven’t really played with someone like Marvin Andrews before. He has a different style of football to Rene but we have established a good relationship and the more we play together the more we will understand one another on the pitch. ” His knee injury last season meant he missed Panathinaikos finally ending Olympiakos’s run of successive titles at the eighth attempt, and also his country’s unexpected triumph at Euro 2004. As a regular in the qualifying campaign, he would have been in Otto Rehhagel’s squad but feels his transfer to Rangers may be his belated share of the spoils. “I was in the team until their last qualifying game but, due to the injury, I lost out. It wasn’t nice but the guy up there, God, has helped me be successful so I am not complaining. Winning the tournament opens a lot of doors for Greek players because there are quite a lot of talented players in Greece.

Mostovoi makes return with Alaves
CNN International – Mar 11, 2005
The Basque side said the 36-year-old had agreed to play for the rest of the season, but that there was an option to extend the deal for another year if they win promotion. Mostovoi, who has not played since he was thrown out of the Russian squad at Euro 2004 for criticising coach Georgy Yartsev, said he was keen to get back on the pitch. "I’m pleased that the negotiations have gone well. I feel physically prepared and I’m looking forward to playing as soon as possible. "The former Spartak Moscow player was released by Celta Vigo after eight years at the club following their relegation from the top flight at the end of last season. He will occupy the place left vacant by Brazilian forward Mario Jardel, who abandoned Alaves at the end of last month after failing to resolve a contractual dispute with former club Newell’s Old Boys.

City’s fire stubbed out
manchesteronline.co.uk – Mar 8, 2005
It finally ignited in first half stoppage time when the man opposition fans love to hate but who is so beloved by Bolton followers, El-Hadji Diouf, tapped in from all of a foot. It proved more than enough to extinguish City’s hopes of a derby double. Liverpool outcast Diouf was registering his eighth goal of the campaign and he will never score an easier one after a gift of a cross from Greek Euro 2004 winner Stelios Giannakopoulos. Victory took Wanderers up to sixth spot, level on points with Diouf’s parent club. One can only imagine the Senegal international’s joy should they go on to overtake the men from Anfield. Three points also strengthened their hold on a UEFA Cup qualifying slot. That these two sides are still, with nine games left to play, both still in with a shout of European qualification for next season is a testimony to how level a playing field the Premiership has become for the middle classes… Elsewhere, David Sommeil came in for his first start in 14 months and Willo Flood was assigned to fill the huge boots – not literally of course – of Shaun Wright-Phillips, the home side’s leading scorer, leading provider and talisman who has had a date with the surgeon’s knife on a torn cartilage in his right knee. Club officials confirm that it went well. Quicker The omens were not then that promising for the Blues, who were looking to rise to ninth place and close within a point of their neighbours, who still harbour hopes of Europe by a second, and quicker route, the FA Cup. Still, they initially managed to silence the harbingers of gloom with a bright enough start in which they had some joy down both flanks. Danny Mills, surprisingly playing in his accustomed right back role with Sommeil assigned the left flank, caused consternation with a wicked delivery that sped across the six-yard box without attracting the touch it needed to find the net. The Blues, all intent and menace and quicker to the ball in the early stages than Wanderers, ought to have taken the lead in the 20th minute when Vincent Candela attempted to clear from his own area but only managed to help the ball back to keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who inexplicably spilled it at the feet of Robbie Fowler. City’s in-form hitman looked sure to secure Premiership goal number 152 but got too much elevation on his dink over the prone Finn and the chance sailed over the bar.

Gunners out for revenge
Camden Chronicle – London – Mar 9, 2005
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ARSENAL are out for revenge at Bolton on Saturday as they to aim book an FA Cup semi-final spot for the seventh time in eight seasons – but they are going to have to do so without Sol Campbell. The Gunners head north for the televised lunchtime clash protecting an unrivalled FA Cup record over the last decade, but they know it will be severely tested by Sam Allardyce’s side who beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Premiership at the Reebok Stadium in January. And Arsene Wenger’s cause has not been helped by the continuing absence of star defender Campbell who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since February 1. The injury, sustained in the 4-2 defeat to Manchester United, was not initially thought to be too serious but Wenger admitted: “Sol has still not been out on the training pitch because his ankle is not right and we have taken the decision not to rush him back. He must be completely right. “And although Wenger is hopeful his leading defender will be fit in time for the Premiership trip to Blackburn a week on Saturday, he admitted that Campbell may be a doubt for England’s two World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month. “At the moment the ankle is swollen and it will be for another week… “At the moment the ankle is swollen and it will be for another week. He could just be available for England on the 26th and 30th but he would have only one game back before then,” added Wenger who admitted that the injuries that have restricted Campbell to just 14 Premiership starts this season have taken their toll on the side. “He came back from Euro 2004 with an Achilles problem. It took him six to eight weeks to come back then he had an ankle problem and then this second one. “He is a heavy build and every time he turns his ankle it is a heavy weight to bear. There is no medical sign that he has a long-term problem but I cannot deny he has not played enough this season. ” With Pascal Cygan also likely to be out with a thigh problem, Philippe Senderos and Kolo Toure may be asked to continue their defensive partnership at the Reebok Stadium.

Liverpool in search of precious away goal
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 6, 2005
Second, they have that priceless away goal. At Anfield, their defence often looked vulnerable, but they have an abundance of alternatives in attack. Their preferred pair of strikers are Dimitar Berbatov, the talented and prolific Bulgarian who looked so sharp in Euro 2004, and Andrej Voronin, 25, a Ukraine international who joined during the summer from relegated Cologne. But there is also Franca, who once led Brazil’s attack at Wembley, and even the young American, Landon Donovan, who did well in the 2002 World Cup and figured late on at Anfield, as he did last weekend against VFB Stuttgart. Several of Liverpool’s players, including Dudek, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, have experienced first-hand the storm that awaits them in the BayArena. Three years ago they arrived on the banks of the Rhine with a 1-0 advantage from a quarter-final first leg, only to concede four times and tumble out 4-3 on aggregate. This season Leverkusen won their Champions League group in style, coming top with 11 points, equal to Real Madrid, but with a 13-7 goal difference while Real’s was 11-8… But Leverkusen have been spending busily and globally ever since, and still have two members of Germany’s 2002 World Cup squad in midfield. The accomplished Bernd Schneider and Carsten Ramelow were key figures in Germany’s advance to the final in Japan. Defence may not be the team’s strongest point — and it hasn’t helped Leverkusen to lose their much-capped but often injured veteran German international centre-back, Jens Nowotny, while the Brazilian Roque Junior has also dropped out — but they have two experienced South Americans available for duty there in Juan and the Argentine international Diego Placente, another player who featured in the last World Cup. The 20-year-old Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, a former German youth international, has been drafted into the back-line, while Nowotny and Roque Junior remain on the injured list. Wednesday, Sky Sports 2, 6pm, kick-off 7.

How to view Virtual Replay
BBC News – Mar 7, 2005
Use keyboard arrow keys to rotate your view around the action while playing or pausing. (This does not work in Default, Ball-cam or “first person” player views. ) Scroll backwards and forwards by clicking and dragging the red marker with your mouse. Use the space bar to play and pause animations. Virtual Replay won an interactive Bafta at the recent 2005 awards for England’s exit from Euro 2004… ) Scroll backwards and forwards by clicking and dragging the red marker with your mouse. Use the space bar to play and pause animations. Virtual Replay won an interactive Bafta at the recent 2005 awards for England’s exit from Euro 2004. To stop and rewind, click on the ‘Rewind’ button. You can change camera angle or player perspective at any point during the playback of an incident.

Brazil’s coach has second thoughts about Confederations Cup team
Jamaica Observer – Mar 8, 2005
“The idea is to take the strongest possible team at that moment, but I could test a few players,” Parreira said in an interview published yesterday in the Rio daily O Globo. The Confederations Cup, to be held June 15-29 in Germany, brings together eight top teams in a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. Brazil, the only five-time winner of the World Cup, is the seeded team in Group B, and will face Greece – the surprise winner of Euro 2004 – as well as Asian champion Japan, and Gold Cup winner Mexico. Argentina, Germany, Denmark and Australia will compete in Group A. Parreira’s problem is that nearly his entire team plays in Europe, where the grueling soccer season ends in the summer. If he takes Brazil’s best team to the Confederations Cup, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and the rest of the starting squad will not have had a lengthy vacation for nearly two years by the time of the World Cup. Still, the Confederations Cup will be a good dry run for the World Cup, Parreira said… Argentina, Germany, Denmark and Australia will compete in Group A. Parreira’s problem is that nearly his entire team plays in Europe, where the grueling soccer season ends in the summer. If he takes Brazil’s best team to the Confederations Cup, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and the rest of the starting squad will not have had a lengthy vacation for nearly two years by the time of the World Cup. Still, the Confederations Cup will be a good dry run for the World Cup, Parreira said. A handful of players compete for German clubs, but the others could get a rare chance to play in German stadiums that will host World Cup matches. The Confederations Cup will be played in Cologne, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Hanover and Frankfurt, at stadiums that will also be used for the World Cup. “For the coach, the most important thing is to define at least two players for each position, so we can use them in the World Cup,” said Parreira, without saying which players he might rest.

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