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May 1, 2005

Burns needs to push malfunctioning FA in the right direction

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* No Europeans have the same affinity with flags as the English
* Slow-coach Zidane unhappy with left-wing role
* Burns needs to push malfunctioning FA in the right direction
* Wright-Phillips ready to take Beckham’s place
* channel4.com – French Football
* Scolari mum over Figo’s return
* From The Times

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Apr 30, 2005
?I don?t have the acceleration I had when I was 20 or 25,? the 32-year-old told El Pais. ?If you play on the wing and you?re not quick, like me, you can?t play your best. ? He wants to revert to a central play-making role. ?Everybody know I?m best there,? he added… Zidane, who says he will walk away from football when his contract with Real expires in 2007, says the game does not get any easier. ?And I think it will get harder,? he added. Zidane, FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, retired from international football after Euro 2004. He won 93 caps for France and his two headed goals in the final against Brazil secured the 1998 World Cup. He became the world?s most expensive player in 2001 when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for $63. Zidane has picked up three Italian and Spanish league winners medals, as well as winning the Champions League in 2002 with Real.

No Europeans have the same affinity with flags as the English
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 30, 2005
Not when a mere six of the 27 players used in the match are English and both the managers hail from the Iberian peninsula. Nor will next month’s FA Cup final allow us to make any fundamental conclusions about the condition of our national game, even if it does feature the two clubs Patrick Vieira describes as England’s finest. How could it, when it will pitch Scot against Frenchman in the dug-out and is unlikely to showcase more than seven Englishmen kicking a ball around a patch of Welsh turf. In fact, if someone coming fresh to the sport wanted to understand what it is that makes English football unique, it might be more instructive to side-step matches featuring our top teams and head instead to the local bookshop. David Winner’s recent top seller, Those Feet, A Sensual History of English Football, has this week been joined on the shelves by the photographer Stuart Clarke’s England the Light, giving us two books which come as close as any to defining the English game… The cover of his book of pictures consists of a wonderful, wide-angled shot of England fans at Euro 2004, their flags draped over every corner of Lisbon’s Stadium of Light, announcing affiliations to Hastings, Crawley, Ambleside and Kettering. These flags, with their messages adorning the cross of St George (“London Clarets”, “the Three Tuns, Willenhall”, “Salop Boys Love Gravy”) carry abroad reminders of small-town home. And once there, they are displayed with all due reverence; tellingly, in Clarke’s photo, not a single flag appears to overlap another. Speaking from his home in Cumbria, Clarke says of the new English standard-bearer: “The flag gives him gravitas. It was borne by the Crusaders and bedecked the ships of the explorers and of those who ‘civilised’ the world and in recent times saved the free world.

Slow-coach Zidane unhappy with left-wing role
Independent Online – Apr 29, 2005
“I don’t have the acceleration I had when I was 20 or 25,” the 32-year-old told El Pais. “If you play on the wing and you’re not quick, like me, you can’t play your best. ”

He wants to revert to a central play-making role. “Everybody know I’m best there,” he added… “And I think it will get harder,” he added. He won 93 caps for France and his two headed goals in the final against Brazil secured the 1998 World Cup. He became the world’s most expensive player in 2001 when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for 63. Zidane has picked up three Italian and Spanish league winners medals, as well as winning the Champions League in 2002 with Real.

Burns needs to push malfunctioning FA in the right direction
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 30, 2005
The FA do not so much require an independent chairman as a proper replacement for the weak Thompson, whose habitual reaction to a crisis is to hide behind the sofa. Soho Square has been besieged with calamities in recent years, partly because chief executives such as Adam Crozier and Mark Palios did not have a strong enough chairman to guide them properly. Thompson stirred little respect among his chief executives, who rarely if ever turned to him for advice. Burns is right to address the chairmanship issue, and certainly remove it from the council’s influence, but appointing someone from outside football is not the solution. Ousting Thompson, and then bringing in the right leader from within football, is the way forward… It is bizarre that the three most important constituent parts of the game – fans, players and managers – lack a proper voice on the FA board. If Burns really wants to improve the FA’s executive structure, he should demand the presence on the board of a former footballer, a heavyweight ex-manager and someone who actually pays to attend matches and can give the terrace perspective. Security shadow over IstanbulThe last time English football was involved in a major game in Istanbul, the visiting supporters were banned from England’s Euro 2004 qualifier with Turkey. Now, up to 30,000 English fans are expected at the 70,000-seat Ataturk Olympic stadium for the Champions League final on May 25. Thousands of them will be in unsegregated areas. The winners of Tuesday’s Liverpool-Chelsea semi-final second leg will receive an allocation of 20,000 tickets, with a similar number going to either AC Milan or PSV Eindhoven. On top of the 20,000 entitlements, about 5,000 tickets costing from £35-£100 have already been sold by UEFA to English fans.

Wright-Phillips ready to take Beckham’s place
Telegraph.co.uk – May 1, 2005
“The hardest part for Shaun is to make his mark in a game that really matters…I haven’t seen a player quite like him in all my time in the game. “The complication is that England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson faces what he sees as a profound dilemma: can he afford to drop his captain, David Beckham? There is, of course, an important principle in management: remaining loyal to dependable players irrespective of club form. Yet Beckham’s fitness and form in the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 have, in the opinion of some professional observers, questioned whether Eriksson can afford not to exclude him. Beckham would lose nothing from Wright-Phillips being given his chance from the start in the friendly against Holland at Villa Park on Feb 9. Few international players fully find their feet until they have played a dozen games and are no longer burdened mentally by anxiety that they are “playing for their place”. At 23, Wright-Phillips is overdue promotion if he is to figure meaningfully in next year’s World Cup finals, assuming England qualify. There is no doubt that he is a phenomenon, as was Beckham when Glenn Hoddle tentatively brought him on as substitute for Paul Ince against Romania in the 1998 World Cup… There is no doubt that he is a phenomenon, as was Beckham when Glenn Hoddle tentatively brought him on as substitute for Paul Ince against Romania in the 1998 World Cup. At some stage, Eriksson will need to establish a mutual trust with Wright-Phillips, as he has with Beckham. When does the changeover arrive?Wright-Phillips may not have Beckham’s deadly dead-ball touch, nor his uncanny flighting of crosses. Yet he possesses two qualities missing in England’s current captain: searing pace, and dribbling skills. These can frighten the life out of the opposition, nowhere more than on the wing, where there is less scope for defensive cover. Jim Castell, manager of City’s academy, introduced Wright-Phillips in trials at the age of 16, the youngster having quit Nottingham Forest. “Shaun has superb, God-given balance and ability on the ball,” he says.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Apr 30, 2005
I’ve lost that explosive power, but I’ve got other things. ” The former Bordeaux and Juventus player also revealed how he feels he is not suited to playing on the left-wing, the position he occupies with current club Real Madrid. “If you play on the wing and you’re not very quick, which is my case, you are left with few options,” he said. “But I play there because it’s important for the team. But I would prefer to play a free role in midfield where everyone knows I’m better. ” Zidane, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1998, retired from international football in the wake of France’s disappointing exit from Euro 2004 at the hands of eventual winners Greece… “But I play there because it’s important for the team. But I would prefer to play a free role in midfield where everyone knows I’m better. ” Zidane, who won the Ballon d’Or in 1998, retired from international football in the wake of France’s disappointing exit from Euro 2004 at the hands of eventual winners Greece.

Scolari mum over Figo’s return
People's Daily Online – Apr 28, 2005
“You have to ask that to Figo, he is the one who knows,” said Scolari during a tribute ceremony for him by the Portuguese-Brazilian Chamber, when questioned about the hypothesis of the return of the Real Madrid star, who claimed he would not return to the national team, at the end of the Euro 2004 held in Portugal. Figo recently hinted at a prompt return to the national team coached by Scolari, who has reiterated he talks often with the player and that the team’s doors remain open for the midfielder. “The day he decides to come back, he would only have to talk to me,” said Scolari. On August 18, 2004 Figo said he was taking “a pause” in his participation in the national team after 15 years of being summoned to it in different categories. The 31-year-old midfielder has played 110 matches with the national team, the last one on July 4, 2004, in the Euro final the host lost 1-0 to.

From The Times
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 27, 2005
Borussia Dortmund in 1997-98 were similarly futile domestically, finishing 25 points behind 1FC Kaiserslautern. They were knocked out by Real Madrid, 2-0 on aggregate. Liverpool might find some solace in the fact that their league position, fifth, is not quite unprecedented among European Cup semi-finalists. In 1999-2000 Real Madrid were crowned European champions, despite finishing a lowly fifth in La Liga. However, on that occasion they finished just seven points back and were in the hunt for the title as late as April, before a late season collapse. Liverpool are on course to reach 59 points in the Premiership. Only once in the past ten years have they gained so few points, back in 1998-99… And, if you discount the League Cup as a proper trophy, only Carragher, Gerrard and Hyypia remain from the last Liverpool side to be consistently succesful, the Uefa Cup, FA Cup and League Cup-winning side of 2001. Unable to count on star power, know-how or tradition, Benítez may want to take a different approach against Chelsea, just as he did so well against Juventus in the quarter-final. It’s the approach Otto Rehhagel took with Greece at Euro 2004, perhaps the only formula that can enable a group which doesn’t have a shared history of success (in fact, they don’t have much of a shared history at all: of the XI who grabbed the crucial draw at the Delle Alpi, only five were regulars last season), doesn’t have players who can win games singlehandedly (apart from Gerrard) and generally appears overmatched in every area of the pitch. For lack of a better word, it’s a tactical approach, aimed at shutting down the opposition and rattling them, something Benítez did masterfully against Juventus. The blitz he engineered in the first half of the first leg left Juventus stunned. In Turin, Liverpool applied Benítez’s instructions perfectly, harassing Emerson and channelling the Juventus strikers towards the centre of the pitch, where they foundered against Igor Biscan and Xabi Alonso. This often forced Juventus to take the aerial route, where their strikers were no match for Hyypia and Carragher.

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