Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 22, 2005

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The News Review:

* Scholes suffers silent trauma
* Soccer: Cup goes to Russia with Love
* Baros wants to follow Owen route to glory
* The Big Interview: Xabi Alonso | Sport | The Observer
* Ronaldo, Ronaldinho called up to play in Confederations Cup
* To win, see red
* United ready to give Arsenal one more twist of the knife
* Rooney sets his sights on decisive final fling
* The Thin Line – End of Season Review
* Wenger’s volley draws Chelsea into feud chain
* Move over Beckham, the Yanks are here
* Soccer Latino style

Scholes suffers silent trauma
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 22, 2005
German goalkeeper saves his too-timid shot. Scholes was not part of the England set-up when Gareth Southgate was the fall guy at Euro 96, but in an international context he had been here before. He did not take a penalty in England’s shootouts against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and versus Portugal at Euro 2004, but shared in the communal misery of those defeats. He has a chequered relationship, too, with major cup finals. Everyone remembers Roy Keane missing Manchester United’s European Cup denouement in Barcelona in 1999, but it is often forgotten that Scholes was agonisingly absent from that occasion also because of suspension.

Soccer: Cup goes to Russia with Love
International Herald Tribune – May 20, 2005
But on Wednesday, despite conceding home territory and playing against the emotions of 48,000 Portuguese supporters in Lisbon, the Russian Army club CSKA came from behind to win the UEFA Cup. The match was turned on its head during 18 minutes of the second half in which the Moscow team scored three times to beat Sporting Lisbon, 3-1. It was played in Sporting's splendid Alvalade stadium, and the manner of the home side's first-half mastery, the silky moves, the unison of players and crowd, took us back a year to the spirit of Euro 2004 in Portugal. Rogerio, one of the Brazilians integrated into Portuguese soccer, translated Sporting's supremacy into a deserved lead. He stole the ball from his countryman, Daniel Carvalho, who is by no means the only Brazilian earning his living in post-Communist Russia. But though Carvalho was negligent when Rogerio robbed him and shot into the net, the man-of-the-match award ended up in Carvalho's pocket. His Today in Sports… "His first decisive pass, a curling free kick, allowed Alexei Berezutskiy to head the equalizing goal after 57 minutes. His second and third punished poor defending and gave goals to Yuri Zhirkov and Wagner Love. That third scorer's name tells you that Carvalho is not the lone Brazilian earning a crust in the Russian capital. The Samba is everywhere. There are 400 Brazilians scattered across the soccer map, and from Ronaldinho at Barcelona to Vagner Love in Moscow, the climate seems to be of little consequence as long as the money is right. In fact, this message of from Russia with Love is a timely reminder that most teams need that extra flair that Brazil is blessed with. To hire it takes cash, and it is possibly an irony that while Chelsea, bankrolled by a Russian, has no Brazilian player, CSKA has two.

Baros wants to follow Owen route to glory
Independent Online – May 21, 2005
You may only get one chance to play in the Champions League final. It’s a dream for everyone to win this trophy. ”

Czech striker Baros has not scored in his last 10 Liverpool appearances and admits his future at the club is unclear after the return to fitness of Cisse and the arrival of Fernando Morientes from Real Madrid. “I’m still committed to Liverpool and I still have a contract here,” he said. “We can sort out what’s happening with me after the final, but all I want to focus on for now is the Champions League and we’ll be discussing my position later. ”

Baros believes he can make an impact in the final after coming out on top against Milan’s Dutch defender Jaap Stam in recent meetings, including scoring in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands at Euro 2004 in the group stage. “I played against AC Milan in a pre-season tournament in Madrid, which was one of the most important games for me… “I’m still committed to Liverpool and I still have a contract here,” he said. “We can sort out what’s happening with me after the final, but all I want to focus on for now is the Champions League and we’ll be discussing my position later. ”

Baros believes he can make an impact in the final after coming out on top against Milan’s Dutch defender Jaap Stam in recent meetings, including scoring in a 3-2 win over the Netherlands at Euro 2004 in the group stage. “I played against AC Milan in a pre-season tournament in Madrid, which was one of the most important games for me. We won 2-1 and I scored,” he said. “As for Stam, I’ve played a lot of games against him. The Czech Republic and Holland seem to face each other every six months.

The Big Interview: Xabi Alonso | Sport | The Observer
The Observer – May 22, 2005
But I don’t feel like a leader at all. ‘ Steven Gerrard is the player most widely seen as the key to Liverpool’s fortunes but Alonso’s name is chanted before the cap tain’s when the team run out at Anfield. His partnership with Gerrard has not yet completely taken off because both have suffered from injuries and the odd suspension at different times during the season, restricting them to fewer than 20 games together. It could be the foundation for Liverpool for years to come. ‘Stevie covers lots of ground, goes forward more often and has an impressive shot,’ says Alonso. ‘I keep the ball, offer myself for the pass, mix short and long passes and go forward less frequently. In England in the past, when long balls were the rule, the central midfield player did not have to link the game… Molby adds: ‘He’s got what I call football intelligence. He doesn’t have to score and he’s never going to be a double-figures man, but you can tell he gets more pleasure out of creating chances for others. ‘I remember seeing him play for Sociedad and he impressed me in Euro 2004 when he came on for Spain a couple of times. Every pass he made, I was saying, “That’s the right one, that’s the right one. ” When he signed for Liverpool, a lot of fans would’ve said, “Xabi who?” But I knew this kid was special. He’ll only improve, too, when Benítez builds a team that’ll keep the ball better. You can tell Alonso is absolutely central to his plans.

Ronaldo, Ronaldinho called up to play in Confederations Cup
Jamaica Observer – May 21, 2005
“We know Cafu and Roberto Carlos well enough by now. ”
All other top European-based players were called up for the Confederations Cup despite speculation that most of the country’s elite stars were going to skip the competition. Because of the tournament, the European-based players will not be able to have a lengthy vacation until after the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “Nobody had officially said that they didn’t want to play,” Parreira said. The only surprises in the roster were Hertha Berlin defender Gilberto, and Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva, a 2002 World Cup veteran who had been away from the team because of a string of injuries. Bayer Leverkusen defender Roque Junior, who missed the qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay in March because of an injured knee, returned to the roster. Santos’ standout striker Robinho, one of the top players to come out of Brazil recently, was called up for the third consecutive time… In the Confederations Cup, Brazil are hoping to avoid a repeat of their disastrous showing in the 2003, when they fielded a mixed squad and were eliminated in the first round. Eight teams will play in Cologne, Nuremberg, Leipzig, Hanover and Frankfurt, at stadiums that will also be used for the World Cup. Brazil are in Group B with Euro 2004 winner Greece, Asian champion Japan, and Gold Cup winner Mexico. Argentina, Germany, Tunisia, and Australia are in Group A. Roster:
Goalkeepers – Dida (AC Milan), Gomes (PSV Eindhoven) and Marcos (Palmeiras). Defenders – Leo (Santos), Belletti (FC Barcelona), Cicinho (Sao Paulo), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Juan (Bayern Leverkusen), Roque Junior (Bayern Leverkusen). Midfielders – Renato (Sevilla), Emerson (Juventus), Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Kaka (AC Milan), Alex (Fenerbahce) and Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona).

To win, see red
The Age – May 20, 2005
In the first serious study of how colour influences competitiveperformance, researchers analysed the results of four 2004 Olympicevents and found that athletes who wore red frequently triumphedover opponents sporting other hues. There was one catch: red only seemed to work in contests betweenclosely matched opponents. “If you’re hopeless, wearing red is notgoing to make you a winner,” says Robert Barton, an anthropologistat the University of Durham and co-author of the study in today’sedition of the journal Nature. What makes the findings so intriguing, scientists say, is thatthey appear to draw a direct link between observations of animalbehaviour in the field and human behaviour on the playingfield. For example, among mandrills, colourful primates found in therainforests of western Africa, the most aggressive males typicallyhave the reddest face, genitals and rump. Researchers also foundthat the redder an animal is, the higher its levels oftestosterone. Some athletes may have subconsciously learned the red lesson… But when they excluded forfeitsand lopsided matches, scientists found that 16 of 21 rounds in eachcompetition produced more red winners. The effect may also hold true in team play. In an analysis ofresults from the Euro 2004 soccer tournament, the researchers foundteams scored more goals and racked up more wins when they worepredominantly red jerseys. Scientists don’t know exactly what’s going on. Red might boostathletes’ testosterone levels or even trip some primordial fearcircuit in competitors. Scientists at the University of Bristol,for example, recently showed that mice fear the colour and avoidred cages.

United ready to give Arsenal one more twist of the knife
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – May 21, 2005
Arsenal finished the game with 10 men, after a red card for captain Patrick Vieira, while accusations of diving directed at United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy further embittered the affair. Add the fact that much of Arsenal’s silverware in recent years has come at United’s expense, while their bid for a third consecutive FA Cup was stopped by Ferguson’s men last season, and there will be no shortage of emotional baggage. There will also be plenty of excitement in the individual duels, not least with the captains’ battle in midfield between Vieira and Roy Keane. Bruising encounter:Arsenal left back Ashley Cole will try to reproduce the performance which kept Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in Euro 2004, while Cole’s team mate Jose Antonio Reyes faces another bruising encounter with Gary Neville. United prodigy Wayne Rooney, who has a habit of scoring against Arsenal, faces another tangle with Sol Campbell, seven months after the former won a disputed penalty off the latter. Rooney later rubbed salt in the wound by scoring United’s second. The 6-2 aggregate hiding which United have given Arsenal in the league is an ominous one for the north Londoners, though they are without doubt enjoying the better current form… Add the fact that much of Arsenal’s silverware in recent years has come at United’s expense, while their bid for a third consecutive FA Cup was stopped by Ferguson’s men last season, and there will be no shortage of emotional baggage. There will also be plenty of excitement in the individual duels, not least with the captains’ battle in midfield between Vieira and Roy Keane. Bruising encounter:Arsenal left back Ashley Cole will try to reproduce the performance which kept Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in Euro 2004, while Cole’s team mate Jose Antonio Reyes faces another bruising encounter with Gary Neville. United prodigy Wayne Rooney, who has a habit of scoring against Arsenal, faces another tangle with Sol Campbell, seven months after the former won a disputed penalty off the latter. Rooney later rubbed salt in the wound by scoring United’s second. The 6-2 aggregate hiding which United have given Arsenal in the league is an ominous one for the north Londoners, though they are without doubt enjoying the better current form. Arsenal’s run of eight wins and a draw, including last week’s stunning 7-0 win over Everton, has ousted United from second place and the other automatic Champions League slot.

Rooney sets his sights on decisive final fling
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 21, 2005
He has a habit of scoring spectacular goals on the biggest occasions, as he demonstrated at Old Trafford with a stunning hat-trick against Fenerbahçe in a Champions League tie eight months ago. Unlike some of Sir Alex Fergusons’s recent signings, 17 goals for his new club so far this season have proved that the teenager thrives on playing at the highest level. Rooney is willing to concede that his sensational debut, three months after breaking a foot while playing for England in Euro 2004, may have made life harder for him at his new club. “It was a big night and really my only aim was to get 90 minutes under my belt,” he told MUTV. “I guess it couldn’t have gone much better in the sense I scored a hat-trick, but I suppose it might have also added a bit more pressure on me. ” His manager confirmed that it was the finest debut he had witnessed. A goal was all that was lacking from Rooney’s full England debut, a 2-0 victory against Turkey at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, two years ago… The critics have probably done the same things as Wayne has,” Moyes said. “They are the people who should look into their own consciences and realise this young boy is doing the same things as them and me when we were his age. “Just because he is a very good footballer does not mean he should be treated the way he is being treated. Wayne has become what everybody hoped he would become. We wish he was still here, but we have moved on and so has he. ” José Mourinho got little wrong in his first season in England, but he is likely to be ruing his response when asked whether he was interested in signing Rooney last summer. “Why would I need Wayne Rooney? I have Mateja Kezman,” the Chelsea manager and Manchester United supporter for the day, said.

The Thin Line – End of Season Review
CaleyThistleOnline.com – May 20, 2005
First Michael Reiziger, fresh from his impressive performances in Euro 2004 was snapped up from Barcelona. “Middlesbrough is very romantic… The Hitman, Mark Viduka was traded in for The Missman, Michael Ricketts. It was probably the greatest piece of business that the club has ever done. The official line is that the two deals were not connected. Ray Parlour arrived at Darlington station on the InterCity and within a couple of hours, was a Boro player. Here was a world class player signed from the English League Champions! Now things were getting very serious indeed. But they got even more serious when a press conference was announced for a Friday lunchtime in early July. In walked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of all people and now we were contenders instead of also rans.

Wenger’s volley draws Chelsea into feud chain
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 21, 2005
“They are a financially doped club,” he said on the eve of the FA Cup Final. “They have enhancement of performances through financial resources which are unlimited. “It puts pressure on the market that is not very healthy. They can go to Steven Gerrard or Rio Ferdinand and say ‘how much do you earn? We’ll give you twice as much’. I don’t know if there is anything we can do to stop it. ” Wenger admitted that the Chelsea renaissance had at least made the domestic scene more interesting. “We have a third competitor now,” he said… I suffered watching the team lose and I suffered watching them win. ” That 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford was Campbell’s last match for four weeks and he has since missed a further three months of a tortuous season. He admits that he tried to come back too quickly after playing through Euro 2004 with an Achilles injury. “It took a couple of injuries to wake me up and say you’ve got to get yourself together,” Campbell said. Senderos has time on his hands and has given the impression that he would take being omitted today with a shrug of the shoulders. Campbell, who spoke of his “tonnes” of experience, may be less phlegmatic. The 30-year-old knows that there are those damning him as injury prone and, while he dismisses the accusation and says all players will go through what he has, he desperately needs a trouble-free run towards Germany 2006.

Move over Beckham, the Yanks are here
Malaysia Kini – May 20, 2005
Football though, being something of a religion for some (many) fans, boycotting the FA Cup match was never really a genuine option, so the Independent Manchester United Supporters’ Association (IMUSA) have exhorted fans to “wear black” during the Final because, as IMUSA spokesman Mark Longden told The Times, this “represents what is happening at the club”. The Glazer takeover has dominated the news for days. This is perhaps not so surprising, given football’s huge popularity in Britain. Switch on the television on any given day during the season, and chances are that one channel or another will be showing a football match. Football is played the length and breadth of the country. Overseas fans may only think of Premiership teams like Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool when one mentions English football, but there are many, many teams that compete in the various English leagues. On any given weekend, a football fan can enjoy his hobby in many ways – watching a match live at a stadium, congregating with friends to watch a match in a pub, participate in a game in the park or even pretend to be Rooney by playing a football game on the PlayStation or Xbox… Some are aghast at the way parents, like some Premiership managers, seem unable to accept defeats. For all its faults though, football has claimed one major victory. Before Euro 2004, the English flag was largely the preserve of ultra-right groups like the British National Party and Combat 18. Skinhead thugs would wield the flag while calling for non-whites to leave. During the Championships, this changed. More and more people started reclaiming the flag as their own as they rediscovered a sense of pride in being English. This feeling might not have lasted long – England went out in the quarterfinals – but more and more people are beginning to wrest the flag back from being a symbol of the ultra-right.

Soccer Latino style
SLAM! Sports – May 20, 2005
Like Caray, they speak a language with which I am not familar. But that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. fctAdTag(“bigbox”,MyGenericTagVar,1);

Now, let’s face it, there is less scoring in a soccer game, for the most part, than at a Trekkie convention. Goals are harder to come by than good quotes from Jacques Martin in his days as the Ottawa Senators’ head coach… Followed by: C-O-LLLLL-OM-BIA!
Followed by: G-G-G-G-G-G-O-O-O-O-O-L-L-L-L-L-L! That lasted another eight seconds. We’re talking about 20 seconds of pure sugar for the ears, 20 seconds of oral (insert your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor here). It was similar in Euro 2004 in a game between Sweden and Italy. Thankfully, the commentary was in Italian which you just had to know was going to be more entertaining then Swedish. (Hey, which has more pizzazz? A Ferrari or a Volvo?)
When the Azzurri’s Antonio Cassano scored the first goal of the game in the 37th minute, the play-by-play guy let go with a six-second G-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-L-L-L!
Not as impressive as his Spanish-speaking counterpart’s 10-second outburst, but the Italian guy rebounded with a machine-gun burst of 12 rapid-fire calls of “GOL!” The goal calls are, of course, the most remarkable part of the Telelatino’s broadcasts. Almost as impressive is the announcers find something to talk about – quite animatedly – during the entire game. Now, in terms of action, their isn’t much going on for the most part.

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