Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 16, 2005

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The News Review:

* Zidane has not ruled out early retirement
* GM gossip shunts Footsie into reverse
* Young keeper of a Russian tradition
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* ITV warned of advertising slowdown
* BBC SPORT | More glory for Athens star Holmes
* Dellas impressed by Rangers offer
* Sporting looking for victory on home soil
* Man is cleared of using car as a weapon
* Online Casino Hits PR Jackpot
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Porto pair to join Dinamo Moscow
* Zinedine Zidane in Madrid on Wednesday
* CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Da Luz D-Day for Rooney’s United
* ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
* Figo returns to international football
* ABC Sport – Football – Court overturns Sydney United ban

Zidane has not ruled out early retirement
Independent Online – May 12, 2005

Real have won their last seven league matches but remain six points adrift of Barcelona with just three games left to play. If the Catalans win their match against Levante on Saturday or match Real’s result at third-placed Sevilla they will claim the league title, while their arch-rivals will complete a second successive season without a major trophy. Zidane, who won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European championship with France, retired from international football after Euro 2004 and said he would not reconsider his decision to help his country qualify for the 2006 World Cup. “My decision is irreversible,” he said. “France will qualify. The situation is difficult but I’m sure they will do it. ”

France top their qualification group, but are level on points with Israel and have played a game more than both Ireland and Switzerland who are a point behind them in the standings.

GM gossip shunts Footsie into reverse
Guardian Unlimited – May 11, 2005
getElementById( ‘frameId245737’ ). While a break up is not inconceivable – Cadbury operates three businesses: chocolate, soft drinks and chewing gum – sector watchers think it unlikely that anyone would launch a bid with Cadbury shares at an all-time high. On a more fundamental tack, Cadbury is likely to issue an upbeat trading statement at next week’s annual meeting. In a research report issued yesterday, US broker Goldman Sachs said it expected Cadbury to confirm its goal of 3%-5% annual sales growth. The FTSE 100 finished 17. 9 points lower at 4,892… 5p – a four-month low – on concerns that slowing consumer spending is starting to affect demand for advertising. According to media buyers, bookings for June are down as much as 18% on last year’s. While some of that can be explained by the fact that June 2004 was an exceptionally strong month owing to the Euro 2004 football championships, analysts said the drop was still much bigger than anticipated.

Young keeper of a Russian tradition
Financial Times – May 13, 2005
” It was a performance worth celebrating. Akinfeyev saved a penalty as CSKA beat Krylya Sovetov 2-0, and went on to win the Russian championship for the first time since the fragmentation of the USSR. In the two years since, he has become not merely a regular with the former army club, but also a fixture in the Russia national squad. Had he been summoned from the bench, he would have been the youngest player at Euro 2004. “He’s got courage,” said the CSKA goalkeeping coach Vyacheslav Chanov. “He doesn’t get nervous. His main strength is his confidence, which transmits itself to his team-mates… Akinfeyev saved a penalty as CSKA beat Krylya Sovetov 2-0, and went on to win the Russian championship for the first time since the fragmentation of the USSR. In the two years since, he has become not merely a regular with the former army club, but also a fixture in the Russia national squad. Had he been summoned from the bench, he would have been the youngest player at Euro 2004. “He’s got courage,” said the CSKA goalkeeping coach Vyacheslav Chanov. “He doesn’t get nervous. His main strength is his confidence, which transmits itself to his team-mates. It’s very rare for him to make a mistake in positioning.

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Darkest hour”As fate would have it, the draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League [which brought together Liverpool and Juventus] highlighted the 20th anniversary of an event we will never forget,” Mr Olsson said. “What happened on 29 May 1985 at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels was the darkest hour in the history of the UEFA competitions. Comprehensive review”Whilst this tragedy could have called into question the future of the major European football competitions, particularly the Champion Clubs’ Cup, it soon became clear that defeatism was not the best way to pay tribute to the victims,” he added. “Football and the joy it brings its millions of supporters throughout the world was not at issue; instead a comprehensive review of the ways of tackling the problems associated with these big matches was required. Portugal proof”Consideration gave way to action and a series of measures were meticulously drawn up, revised and implemented. Last year in Portugal, [UEFA] EURO 2004™ proved that international co-operation between local and national governments, police forces and the governing bodies of football can go a long way to helping create the sort of festival atmosphere that should be associated with football. Sharing experience”Sharing that experience is another way of ensuring safety and security.

ITV warned of advertising slowdown
Guardian Unlimited – May 11, 2005
getElementById( ‘frameId245737’ ). But most analysts view the slump as a seasonal effect that does not necessarily portend a summer of woe. “I still think advertisers are going to spend. I still believe quarter three could be a good quarter and I don’t think this could be the beginning of a big spiral downwards,” said Kingsley Wilson, a media analyst at Investec Securities. Mr Wilson, who is predicting a 11% decline in June, said the picture could improve over the coming weeks. “Clearly the market is tough at the moment but it will not be as bad as 18% down,” he said… “Clearly the market is tough at the moment but it will not be as bad as 18% down,” he said. “Will it improve to -11%? We won’t know until the last day in June, but you do tend to get a lot of late money coming in. “One of the main reasons for June’s bad picture is the tough comparison with last year, when the Euro 2004 football tournament bolstered revenues. Paul Richards, a media analyst at Numis Securities, pointed out that ITV was up 15% in June 2004 compared with the year before, arguing the likely decline this year would be “by no means calamitous”. Mr Richards also said that June, along with July and August, was a relatively small month for revenues. He was expecting it to bring in around ?115m, compared with ?170-?180m for November. Earlier this week CSFB said there was “no obvious new news driving this worsening trend” in ITV’s projected advertising revenues.

BBC SPORT | More glory for Athens star Holmes
BBC News – May 16, 2005
She beat, among others, British dressage rider Lee Pearson, who won three Paralympic golds in Athens. The Boston Red Sox, who last year won baseball’s World Series for the first time in 86 years, won a special Spirit of Sport Award. Euro 2004 champions Greece won the team award, beating the Europe Ryder Cup team, who had been nominated for their record 2004 win over the United States. Chinese Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang triumphed in the newcomer category, which included English boxer Amir Khan, who reached the Olympic lightweight final in Athens. The awards are decided by the Laureus World Sports Academy, a jury of 40 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.

Dellas impressed by Rangers offer
BBC News – May 13, 2005
The 29-year-old is poised to leave Roma at the end of his current deal and is also being linked with English clubs. “I have had an official approach from Rangers,” he told the Sun newspaper. “A director from the club called me and I have to admit Rangers put on the table a good offer – one that will be difficult to refuse. ”

Dellas, who scored the silver goal to defeat the Czech Republic in the Euro 2004 semi-final, would join international team-mate Sotirios Kyrgiakos in the Ibrox defence should he move to Glasgow… ”

Dellas, who scored the silver goal to defeat the Czech Republic in the Euro 2004 semi-final, would join international team-mate Sotirios Kyrgiakos in the Ibrox defence should he move to Glasgow. But the former Sheffield United defender has other options available, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Bolton and Everton also linked. “I don’t want to rush things and I will not make any decision until the end of the season,” he said with his current side three points above the relegation zone. “I have to focus on Roma and once we are guaranteed survival in Serie A then I will speak with my agent to see what other offers I have. ”

Rangers were recently linked with another Greek defender – Lille’s Stathis Tavlaridis.

Sporting looking for victory on home soil
Independent Online – May 16, 2005
Three years after Feyenoord won the Uefa Cup in their own De Kuip Stadium, Sporting will attempt to match the feat at their Jose Alvalade ground in Lisbon. “Portugal were favourites to beat Greece (on home soil) in Euro 2004 and look what happened,” said Peseiro. “You can’t take anything for granted. ”

Three clubs have achieved the feat in European club competition historyOther than Feyenoord, three clubs have achieved the feat in European club competition history – Real Madrid in the 1957 European Cup, Inter Milan in the same competition eight years later and Barcelona, who lifted the 1982 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup… Three years after Feyenoord won the Uefa Cup in their own De Kuip Stadium, Sporting will attempt to match the feat at their Jose Alvalade ground in Lisbon. “Portugal were favourites to beat Greece (on home soil) in Euro 2004 and look what happened,” said Peseiro. “You can’t take anything for granted. ”

Three clubs have achieved the feat in European club competition historyOther than Feyenoord, three clubs have achieved the feat in European club competition history – Real Madrid in the 1957 European Cup, Inter Milan in the same competition eight years later and Barcelona, who lifted the 1982 Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup. Sporting’s only European trophy was the 1963-1964 Cup Winners’ Cup when they beat Hungary’s MTK Budapest.

Man is cleared of using car as a weapon
Comet 24 – May 12, 2005
Nathan Gabbidon was found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving on June 17 last year. His acquittal at Luton Crown Court last week came after he told the court he had been forced to flee for his life when his car was surrounded by a baying mob, who were damaging the vehicle in Bedwell, Stevenage. The incident happened on the night of an England game in the Euro 2004 championships. Gabbidon was living at Orion Court off Bedwell Crescent at the time of the incident but now lives in London. The prosecution said there had been some trouble earlier in the evening when Gabbidon and two friends had been racially abused as they left a pub where they had been watching England play… Nathan Gabbidon was found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving on June 17 last year. His acquittal at Luton Crown Court last week came after he told the court he had been forced to flee for his life when his car was surrounded by a baying mob, who were damaging the vehicle in Bedwell, Stevenage. The incident happened on the night of an England game in the Euro 2004 championships. Gabbidon was living at Orion Court off Bedwell Crescent at the time of the incident but now lives in London. The prosecution said there had been some trouble earlier in the evening when Gabbidon and two friends had been racially abused as they left a pub where they had been watching England play. One of his friends was later beaten up at a local fish and chip shop. The prosecution alleged Gabbidon and his friend went out in his car looking for revenge.

Online Casino Hits PR Jackpot
Wired News – May 13, 2005
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BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Porto pair to join Dinamo Moscow
BBC News – May 12, 2005
the ceding of the sporting rights of Maniche and Costinha to Dinamo Moscow. ”

They were both losing finalists with Portugal in Euro 2004 last summer.

Zinedine Zidane in Madrid on Wednesday
Calcutta Telegraph – May 13, 2005

Real have won their last seven league matches but remain six points adrift of Barcelona with just three games left to play. If the Catalans win their match against Levante on Saturday or match Real’s result at third-placed Sevilla they will claim the league title, while their arch-rivals will complete a second successive season without a major trophy. Zidane, who won the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European championship with France, retired from international football after Euro 2004 and said he would not reconsider his decision to help his country qualify for the 2006 World Cup. “My decision is irreversible,” he said. “France will qualify. The situation is difficult but I’m sure they will do it. ”

France top their qualification group, but are level on points with Israel and have played a game more than both Ireland and Switzerland who are a point behind them in the standings.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Da Luz D-Day for Rooney’s United
noticias.info – May 12, 2005
news – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Da Luz D-Day for Rooney’s United. It was the UEFA EURO 2004? quarter-final against Portugal and when Rooney limped off with a broken metatarsal after 27 minutes, England lost their prime weapon and eventually lost the match. It was the UEFA EURO 2004? quarter-final against Portugal and when Rooney limped off with a broken metatarsal after 27 minutes, England lost their prime weapon and eventually lost the match. ,It,was,the,UEFA,EURO,2004?,quarter-final,against,Portugal,and,when,Rooney,limped,off,with,a,broken,metatarsal,after,27,minutes,,England,lost,their,prime,weapon,and,eventually,lost,the,match… With his capacity to create something out of nothing, Rooney was involved virtually every time United threatened but, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, “he was a class act in need of a better supporting cast”. Worrying statisticsAlthough Sir Alex claimed afterwards that United had “just needed a little break but didn’t get it” his argument that the second half brought “some of that typical Manchester United abandonment” in their attacking play is countered by some worrying statistics. Ignoring qualifying matches, United have now not scored in seven of their last eight European outings. Their last two home matches have finished goalless – which is as many stalemates as Old Trafford had witnessed in 34 ties over the previous six seasons since United won the UEFA Champions League. Transitional periodUnited have sailed through the group stage in campaigns gone by, scoring for fun. Last season they struck 12 times in six matches, the season before 13. Right now the goals for column reads two.

ScottishFitba – the definitive Scotland website. Independent news and…
Scottish Fitba – May 13, 2005
Jerome is a great player and certainly worth 250k if we can get him for that. TraianosDellas\Defender\Roma\??? – The Euro 2004 winner has been linked with a move to the Stadium of light and what a signing that would be. Get your hand in your pocket Mick. SteveStone\Defender\Portsmouth\Free – A welcome signing at Sunderland and has more than enough Premiership experience. Sign him!Frazer Richardson\Right-Back\Leeds United\??? – Has made 41 appearences for Leeds this season, but most in midfield. I havn’t seen much of Frazer, so can’t really comment on his ability as a player… Derek wouldn’t command a large fee as his contract only has a year remaining. RobbieKeane\Striker\Tottenham Hotspur\5m – Very unlikely that Mr Keane will be joining Sunderland. But not because he wouldn’t. More so because he would take up all or at least a large chunk of Mick’s transfer kitty. TeddySherringham\Striker\West Ham\Free – In my eyes would be a great signing to ensure Premiership survival. Has scored 20 goals in the Championship and could score half that still in the top flight. KevinPhillips\Striker\Southampton\1.

Figo returns to international football
abc.net.au – May 14, 2005
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Figo returns to international football

Real Madrid winger Luis Figo is returning to international football, the Portuguese Soccer Federation said. Figo, who retired from playing for Portugal after Euro 2004, has been called up for the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on June 4 in Lisbon, the federation said on its website. The 32-year-old said last month he was reconsidering his decision to retire from the national team after struggling to hold down a place in the starting line-up at Real Madrid. He was dropped to the bench for the Primera Liga clash against his former club Barcelona last month. “I left the national team because I was tired and wanted to concentrate on playing for my club. But as I’m not playing at the moment my feelings have changed,” he said last month… He was dropped to the bench for the Primera Liga clash against his former club Barcelona last month. “I left the national team because I was tired and wanted to concentrate on playing for my club. But as I’m not playing at the moment my feelings have changed,” he said last month. “I know that I can play at the top level for another two more years and I will do that wherever I feel useful. ”

The former World and European Player of the Year hinted last month that he might even leave Real Madrid before his contract expires in June 2006. Figo is Portugal’s most capped player, with 110 appearances since 1991, and their third-highest scorer with 31 goals.

ABC Sport – Football – Court overturns Sydney United ban
abc.net.au – May 13, 2005
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Court overturns Sydney United ban

Sydney United Football Club has been reinstated to the New South Wales Premier League after winning a legal action in the state’s Supreme Court on Friday. Soccer New South Wales had suspended United after its Croatian fans violently clashed with the Serbian fans of the Bonnyrigg White Eagles. But on Friday the Supreme Court ruled that the decision was void because Sydney United was not given a chance to defend itself before the suspension. The judge will hand down a decision on Monday on whether the team will be allowed to to play the games it has missed. In the meantime the match between United and the Rockdale City Suns will go ahead as scheduled this Sunday. Sydney United player and former Socceroo Pablo Cardoso welcomed the decision. “I can only echo the feelings of the players and.

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