Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 25, 2005

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The News Review:

* Cup coach encourages Socceroos
* CNN.com – Czech ranking best for six years – Apr 20, 2005
* Stopping the naturalized citizen trend
* BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Salmon quits as head of BBC…
* Stelios wants Euro prize
* UTV turns to radio in search for new market
* channel4.com – French Football

Cup coach encourages Socceroos
The Age – Apr 24, 2005
It faces must-win games awayto Turkey and at home to group leaders Ukraine, which, led by Milanstar Andrei Shevchenko, is favourite to take the automaticqualification from this group. In a long coaching career in top-level football, Rehhagel, whocarved out a reputation as a tough and uncompromising defender, hasenjoyed huge success. He is not worried by critics who labelled his Greek team boringand anti-football for what they considered an overtly defensivetactical approach at Euro 2004. “We played a pressing game, defending from the front. Weachieved a miracle. We could not play an attacking game againstteams like France… It faces must-win games awayto Turkey and at home to group leaders Ukraine, which, led by Milanstar Andrei Shevchenko, is favourite to take the automaticqualification from this group. In a long coaching career in top-level football, Rehhagel, whocarved out a reputation as a tough and uncompromising defender, hasenjoyed huge success. He is not worried by critics who labelled his Greek team boringand anti-football for what they considered an overtly defensivetactical approach at Euro 2004. “We played a pressing game, defending from the front. Weachieved a miracle. We could not play an attacking game againstteams like France.

CNN.com – Czech ranking best for six years – Apr 20, 2005
CNN International – Apr 20, 2005
The Euro 2004 semifinalists are second in European zone Group One, a point behind the Dutch, and fill their highest position for six years in the rankings. World champions Brazil remain in top spot, with Argentina, currently leading the South American qualifying competition for the 2006 World Cup, still in third. France, who continue to struggle in their qualifying group, slipped two places to fourth. The Netherlands and England have both climbed two places, to fifth and sixth respectively, with Spain and Mexico going the other way to seventh and eighth. FIFA rankings (March position in brackets):1.

Stopping the naturalized citizen trend
go.com – Apr 24, 2005
He agreed only after being told he had no future with the French national team. Such an example reflects the willingness of coaches to use players who can only be loosely described as nationals. The win-at-all cost mentality not only makes a mockery of the principles of a “national” team, but risks alienating a population that expects to be represented by its own flesh and blood. A country should not be able to arrange for a good national team; rather it inherits one as a byproduct of fostering a culture where kids incessantly play soccer. Generally, the countries with the best national squads are those who give the most back to the sport. From the perspective of a player, there should be a feeling of pride associated with representing the country that introduced him to the game. While the quality of a player shouldn’t make any difference, someone of Deco’s stature has helped shine new light on the issue… If Portugal and Germany meet in the Final of the 2006 World Cup, two Brazilian-born goalscorers might decide the outcome. At the behest of Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, former Porto and current Dynamo Moscow striker Derlei, who recently adopted Portuguese citizenship, is reportedly contemplating the same move Deco made two years ago — representing the Portuguese national team. Like most in Portugal, Scolari recognizes the country’s desperate need for someone to pounce on all the opportunities likely to be created next summer by Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma and co.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Salmon quits as head of BBC…
BBC News – Apr 21, 2005
The following year, he presided over the BBC’s Summer of Sport, featuring the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Sport Relief. Mr Salmon earned ?289,000 in 2004, a year which was considered one of the BBC’s most successful in recent years for sport coverage. Among other things, BBC Sport broadcast live coverage of the FA Cup final, Euro 2004, the Olympics, Wimbledon, the Open golf championship, the Grand National and the Derby.

Stelios wants Euro prize
manchesteronline.co.uk – Apr 22, 2005
He was the focus of attention last August when he stepped off Cloud Nine on his return to the Reebok following Greece’s remarkable Euro 2004 victory in Portugal. Stelios recalled: “All the players were asking me to talk about it when I came back to the dressing room. “I told them that if Greece can win the Euro 2004 then why can’t Bolton qualify for the Champions League. They all laughed at me. But, with four matches of the season to go, it is still a possibility – with a place in the UEFA Cup more likely – and Stelios, scorer of four goals in the last eight games, added: “I’ll remind them about it before we play Aston Villa tomorrow. He added: “We had a great chance to go closer to the Champions League when we played Southampton on Tuesday, but it is a more complicated situation now because we drew. “But we have had a bit of luck with United and Arsenal getting to the FA Cup final because it means the team who finish seventh will go into Europe… “He is a tremendous player with good skills and good pace. He helps us to keep a high tempo to our game. “I’d like to see him back here next season and why not? “He’s always happy and smiling, making jokes and keeping the atmosphere good. “Every club needs someone like him.

UTV turns to radio in search for new market
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 24, 2005
5m on revenues of £14. “This was on the back of a good year for advertising, boosted by Euro 2004,” he says. “We do not sense that TWG has run this business with excessive costs either, so there may be little UTV can cut out other than possibly news costs. ”The local stations, meanwhile, all broadcast to populations of about 1m. TWG also recently won a competition for a speech licence in Edinburgh. “In some ways, their profile is similar to UTV’s radio business in Ireland and they are profitable,” says Menzies-Gow.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Apr 22, 2005
"In terms of technique, he’s out of this world," agrees Monaco general manager Henri Biancheri. "He’s too good. He’s like a Ferrari!" The 23-year-old’s career certainly seemed to accelerate at breakneck speed last season, taking him from anonymity on the principality club’s bench to the Czech squad for Euro 2004 in less than a year. He hadn’t featured in any of his country’s qualifiers before Karel Brückner included him in the final list for Portugal, but stand-out displays in Monaco’s Champions’ League run were enough to earn him 70 minutes in the Czech’s 2-1 win over Germany. As always, though, the real story is a little different. Plasil had been at Monaco since 1999, and while his technique was never in question, his physique and temperament definitely were. "He was just a kid," remembers Claude Puel, the first-team Coach at the time… He needed to build his confidence and that’s exactly what he did. " With two-footed Plasil able to play on both wings, Giuly was ironically one of the players keeping the youngster on the sidelines upon his return. But his and Rothen’s departures last summer freed the way for Plasil to make himself a fixture in the first eleven – although not before another injury kept him out of action at the start of the season. The fact that he has overcome injuries and doubts about his suitability to the French game should really come as no surprise, however. He is driven by fierce determination and didn’t hesitate when Monaco sought to pluck him from his surroundings as a tender 17-year-old. Spotted during the European Youth Championships on Czech soil, he elected to leave his family far behind and start a new life on the Côte d’Azur, despite not speaking a word of French. That decision now looks to have been fully justified and he is undoubtedly a player to look out for in the coming years – whether it is the footwork or the hair that give him away.

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