Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 25, 2005

Streller back in Swiss contention

Filed under: EURO 2004 — Ivan @ 1:39 pm

The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | The best teams in Europe?
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* Milan have pedigree, Liverpool desire
* Streller back in Swiss contention
* EVERTON: MOYES: I COULD HAVE LEFT
* Red for danger-Sport-Football-European Football-TimesOnline
* Conquering Kiev
* Mejuto relishes responsibility
* Baros claims: Stam’s my man
* Ancelotti hopes for ‘hattrick’
* Shirt unveiled in memory of tragic Stephen Smith
* Neville girl in victory over love cheat claims
* Final football riot thug caged three years on

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | The best teams in Europe?
BBC News – May 23, 2005
The giants – AC Milan apart – have fallen by the wayside and their cages are rattled as the Champions League becomes the underdog’s playground. Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid fell in the last 16, while Juventus were out in the quarters. Not what they had in mind when the competition was re-designed to make it the lucrative cash dispenser it is today. And they have not been slow to express their displeasure. Manchester United chief executive David Gill suggested the format was wrong after they exited against AC Milan, claiming seeding should be introduced to ensure the giants do not fall before the business end of the tournament… Liverpool have followed in the footsteps of Porto and Monaco, who outlasted their more illustrious rivals to reach last year’s final. They have been expertly coached by Benitez, then beaten and tactically outwitted supposedly superior opponents. It is a similar story to Jose Mourinho guiding Porto to Champions League victory last year – and on the international stage Otto Rehhagel leading Greece to Euro 2004 triumph. The format may be faulty – it will never recapture the drama of the old European Cup – and the prime motivation now appears to be cash rather than glory. But a tournament is never devalued by an outsider emerging as the eventual winner. Liverpool and Porto cannot be blamed for the failings of a format or the faults of their rivals. The only way the Champions League will be discredited is if the format is altered further to suit the richer clubs who feel they have not gone far enough.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – May 23, 2005
But Baros hopes that his success rate against Milan defender Jaap Stam, notably his impressive performance against the former Manchester United man in Euro 2004, could swing the decision in his direction. Baros ran Stam ragged and scored during a 3-2 win ? arguably the best match of the tournament in Portugal – and hopes it will have left a bitter mark on Stam's memory. "I have a pretty good record against Stam," said Baros. "I always seem to score against him and hopefully I will get the chance to do it again in Istanbul. "

The 24-year-old is desperate to weave his magic against Stam once again and claimed that recent quotes attributed to him attacking Benitez were taken out of context… "The translation of my interview in a Czech newspaper was very badly done," added Baros. "I said I was disappointed I wasn't scoring but I have never said anything negative about Rafa Benitez. I'm not in a position to criticise him. He's the manager. "I'm still committed to Liverpool and I still have a contract here. 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. It's always a difficult period when you're not scoring goals, but this is the final.

Milan have pedigree, Liverpool desire
Times of India – May 25, 2005
You’d probably discover you are a closet Liverpool faithful
tonight, and it could be a shocking realisation, but when was the last time you
wished for a team to win so bad? It’s got to do with a million little things. Prime among them, perhaps, is the happy sight of a certain equality creeping
into European football. Beginning with Porto’s win last season to Greece’s Euro
2004 triumph, this trend could not have been better-timed with the game
threatening to become more and more elite, high-brow and disparate with obscene
amounts of money making its way into select areas of the circuit. Istanbul 2005 could be another glorious chapter in this new
adventure. But first, the football. And at least 90 minutes of it. More than how
the Reds, on threshold an epoch-making return to the summit they had made their
own in the early 80s, deal with this sudden newfound success, it will be more
interesting to see how Milan tackle this recent Liverpool presence in the life
of Italian football.

Streller back in Swiss contention
CNN International – May 24, 2005
The 23-year-old forward was one of the key figures in Switzerland’s successful qualification for Euro 2004 but missed out on the finals after breaking his leg. Swiss coach Koebi Kuhn had hoped to name Streller for the team’s World Cup qualifier away to France in March, but the player decided he was not fit enough. Streller is joined in the 19-man squad for for next month’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands by 20-year-old midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta, who has also been out of international action since tearing his cruciate ligament during the 2-2 draw in Israel last October. Switzerland’s other long-term absentee, Murat Yakin, has not been included. Although now back in action for Swiss champions FC Basel, the central defender was not able to convince Kuhn of his fitness during the defeat to Grasshoppers at the weekend… Swiss coach Koebi Kuhn had hoped to name Streller for the team’s World Cup qualifier away to France in March, but the player decided he was not fit enough. Streller is joined in the 19-man squad for for next month’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands by 20-year-old midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta, who has also been out of international action since tearing his cruciate ligament during the 2-2 draw in Israel last October. Switzerland’s other long-term absentee, Murat Yakin, has not been included. Although now back in action for Swiss champions FC Basel, the central defender was not able to convince Kuhn of his fitness during the defeat to Grasshoppers at the weekend. Yakin’s younger brother, Hakan, has also been omitted after failing to make it into the first team at his new club, Galatasaray. Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos and Tottenham midfielder Reto Ziegler are likely to make their third appearance, with under-21 captain Alain Rocat the only new face in the squad. Switzerland will be strong favourites to see off the Faroe Islands, having already strolled through the home fixture 6-0.

EVERTON: MOYES: I COULD HAVE LEFT
noticias.info – May 23, 2005
“I could have left last summer and joined another club if I’d wanted to,? he said. “But I felt as if I had something to prove here. “Another Premiership club – and I’m not saying which one or even in which country – did ask me to be their manager so I could have left if I’d wanted to. “However, I still felt I was right for the Everton job. In fact, all the criticism just made me more determined to be a success. ”

Despite all the Blues? achievements, the Goodison Chief still can?t help wondering ?what if?? and although the Manager of the Season understands why Rooney left, he admits to being disappointed at not having the chance to work with him for longer. He said: “Maybe the way in which Wayne went had a positive affect and triggered what has happened to us this season but I can’t help keep thinking ‘What if we’d kept him? What if he’d stayed?’ Who knows what we might have achieved then… “But Wayne has gone on to prove the decision to join Manchester United was right for him because he looks a tremendous player – the player everyone thought he would become. ?

He continued: “The frustration for me is that at Everton we never saw the player he became during Euro 2004 with England – we never got the chance to benefit from his European Championship experience. ?In fact, we didn’t get Wayne Rooney back after Euro 2004. We developed him well enough for him to be selected for England and everyone was wondering how he’d do in the tournament. But he went there and became the star of the show. “That was great for England but it means I’ve missed out on the experience he gained from that, the improvement in his all-round game and the self-belief that comes from being one of the best players of that tournament. ” notas_de_prensa_archivo.

Red for danger-Sport-Football-European Football-TimesOnline
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 23, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. He can be caustic in seven languages, has spoken of “VIP racists” in the directors’ box and caused a rift on the eve of Euro 2004 by saying that his preferred role behind the strikers was non-negotiable. However, it is the Dutchman who has bucked the trend of AC Milan players focusing on Liverpool’s perceived negativity by lauding their opponents in the European Cup final for their Britishness. The 29-year-old midfield player has won the European Cup with three clubs from different countries — Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan — so he is well-placed to make cultural judgments before Wednesday’s final in Istanbul. And unlike some of his team-mates, Seedorf is wary of damning the Merseyside club. “This is new to the Liverpool players, but I know for sure that nerves will not be a problem for them before the game because they have an English mentality,” he said… ” That Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard are likely to be the only British players in the Liverpool team is irrelevant, according to Seedorf. “I know Rafael Benítez is Spanish and a lot of the players are not English, but when you are a foreign player — and I am a foreign player at Milan — you get into the mentality and culture of the team and the country,” he said. “It is not necessary for the English players to tell the foreigners. They will do this automatically. You absorb the culture of your club. “They have a European tradition, they have tremendous fans and the beating heart of the team is still English. Steven Gerrard symbolises this spirit.

Conquering Kiev
Kathimerini – May 24, 2005
It seems sure, however, that few Greeks would take to the streets, blaring horns and waving flags, had a Greek director won the film festival. That?s all well and good. Besides, Paparizou?s winning the songfest did not quite send people out into the streets in ecstasy. Any comparison to the mass celebrations following the triumph of the national soccer team at the Euro 2004 in Portugal is unfortunate, to say the least. Hard as television crews tried to trace hordes of people celebrating in Athens or Thessaloniki, these were conspicuously absent. Besides, the majority cannot identify with a song whose lyrics mean little to those with only basic English. However, if the lyrics were translated into Greek, everyone would realize how shallow the romantic cliches really are, how inadequate they are to carry the burden conferred by the political and religious elite ? that is, to ?write history,? ?export culture,? or ?carry our flag forward… That?s all well and good. Besides, Paparizou?s winning the songfest did not quite send people out into the streets in ecstasy. Any comparison to the mass celebrations following the triumph of the national soccer team at the Euro 2004 in Portugal is unfortunate, to say the least. Hard as television crews tried to trace hordes of people celebrating in Athens or Thessaloniki, these were conspicuously absent. Besides, the majority cannot identify with a song whose lyrics mean little to those with only basic English. However, if the lyrics were translated into Greek, everyone would realize how shallow the romantic cliches really are, how inadequate they are to carry the burden conferred by the political and religious elite ? that is, to ?write history,? ?export culture,? or ?carry our flag forward. ? A bit of lightness never did anyone any harm.

Mejuto relishes responsibility
Telegraph.co.uk – May 24, 2005
In February, the Spaniard refereed Manchester United’s 1-0 home defeat by Milan. As one of UEFA’s select group, Mejuto is relatively inexperienced at the highest level, having officiated at only one major finals – Euro 2004. Mejuto was also the referee when Chelsea drew 1-1 with Arsenal in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge in March 2004. While he sent off defender Marcel Desailly for two bookable offences committed within three minutes, the Spanish official won praise for the way he handled the tie… Information appearing on telegraph. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full copyright statement see.

Baros claims: Stam’s my man
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 23, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. The Czech Republic forward, who is not in the good books of Rafael Benítez, his manager, after complaining about team selections and being substituted, finds himself in a head-to-head fight with fit-again Djibril Cissé for the right to lead the attack against AC Milan in the European Cup final. Baros hopes that his impressive performance against the former Manchester United player in Euro 2004 will swing the decision in his direction. Baros terrorised Stam during a memorable group D match in Aveiro, Portugal, last June, a match in which the Czech Republic fell 2-0 behind before storming back to win 3-2. Baros and Vladimir Smicer, his Liverpool colleague, both scored. It was arguably the best match of the tournament and will remain in Stam’s memory… The Czech Republic forward, who is not in the good books of Rafael Benítez, his manager, after complaining about team selections and being substituted, finds himself in a head-to-head fight with fit-again Djibril Cissé for the right to lead the attack against AC Milan in the European Cup final. Baros hopes that his impressive performance against the former Manchester United player in Euro 2004 will swing the decision in his direction. Baros terrorised Stam during a memorable group D match in Aveiro, Portugal, last June, a match in which the Czech Republic fell 2-0 behind before storming back to win 3-2. Baros and Vladimir Smicer, his Liverpool colleague, both scored. It was arguably the best match of the tournament and will remain in Stam’s memory. “I have a pretty good record against Stam.

Ancelotti hopes for ‘hattrick’
Calcutta Telegraph – May 24, 2005
“I want to continue this run and I hope we can do that with a win in Istanbul”. “This final has a different feel to the one of two years ago. The team was not yet complete and was playing its first final. We opened a cycle with that win and this final is part of that cycle,” he said. When club owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned to his former player to replace Turk Fatih Terim, he gave Ancelotti the task of restoring Milan to the status they enjoyed in the early 1990s when they dominated at home and in Europe under the guidance of Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello. Spanish referee

Spanish referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez will be in charge of the Champions League final, Uefa said Monday. The 40-year-old was a referee at Euro 2004 and becomes only the third Spaniard to handle the final of this competition… When club owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned to his former player to replace Turk Fatih Terim, he gave Ancelotti the task of restoring Milan to the status they enjoyed in the early 1990s when they dominated at home and in Europe under the guidance of Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio Capello. Spanish referee

Spanish referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez will be in charge of the Champions League final, Uefa said Monday. The 40-year-old was a referee at Euro 2004 and becomes only the third Spaniard to handle the final of this competition. Since getting his Fifa badge in 1999, he has refereed 57 internationals

(REUTERS).

Shirt unveiled in memory of tragic Stephen Smith
CaleyThistleOnline.com – May 24, 2005
The incident was not Football
related. The family and friends of Stephen (left) –
who’s ashes were scattered at Molineux – have raised an incredible ?26,500 in
memory of their son and the money will be used for new equipment at
Wolverhamptons New Cross Hospital. A shirt donning the picture of the former
season ticket holder has been signed by the Wolves squad, including boss Glenn
Hoddle and will be displayed inside Molineux. Stephens farther, John, told the E&S "It really
does mean a lot, Stephen loved the place and his ashes were even scattered
there".

Neville girl in victory over love cheat claims
manchesteronline.co.uk – May 23, 2005
Emma Hadfield, 25, took action against the Sun newspaper after a front page article appeared in August last year headlined: “Neville lover’s a cheat. The paper made false accusations that Miss Hadfield had “shamelessly lied” and had “been brazenly cheating” on Neville by conducting an affair while he was abroad playing for England in Euro 2004. It went on to accuse her of being “vacuous and deceitful”. A libel trial was due to start in one month in London but today the England defender’s partner reached an out-of-court settlement with lawyers acting for the newspaper’s publishers, News Group. The Sun will now be printing an apology having agreed to pay the ‘75,000 damages together with Miss Hadfield’s legal costs that are expected to be more than ‘200,000. Devastated Miss Hadfield and Neville were not in court for today’s brief hearing before Mr Justice Eady… A libel trial was due to start in one month in London but today the England defender’s partner reached an out-of-court settlement with lawyers acting for the newspaper’s publishers, News Group. The Sun will now be printing an apology having agreed to pay the ‘75,000 damages together with Miss Hadfield’s legal costs that are expected to be more than ‘200,000. Devastated Miss Hadfield and Neville were not in court for today’s brief hearing before Mr Justice Eady. Miss Hadfield is a holistic therapy student from Middleton who has been dating 30-year-old Neville for two years. The court heard that she was “devastated” by publication of the false allegations and the newspaper’s refusal to print an apology or retract the claims over a period of several months. Miss Hadfield attempted unsuccessfully to persuade the Sun to apologise and publish an immediate correction after the articles were printed in August last year. The solicitor representing Miss Hadfield, Rachel Atkins of London-based lawyers Schillings, told the court today that the ‘sensational’ article was published by the Sun on August 4.

Final football riot thug caged three years on
Life Style Extra – May 25, 2005
He became the 82nd and last man to be prosecuted by the Met’s Operation Zamper team formed to trace the dozens of thugs who injured several police horses and officers during the shameful rioting that caused millions of pounds worth of damage. Scotland Yard confirmed today that jail sentences totalling more than 100 years have now been imposed on the hooligans and more than 400 years in banning orders dished out. Bricklayer Downs was charged with riot and violent disorder after he was arrested at Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport last June by cops working on the national ports operation in the run-up to Euro 2004. Senior officers at the Met’s Public Order Football Intelligence Unit believe Downs was travelling to Portugal hell-bent on causing more trouble at England’s matches. He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of both charges when he appeared on bail last month at Woolwich Crown Court. Today Downs, of Hardres Road, Ramsgate, Kent, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court and banned from all football grounds for eight years for his role in the riotsCopyright ? 2007 National News +44(0)207 684 3000

Syndicate:… Bricklayer Downs was charged with riot and violent disorder after he was arrested at Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport last June by cops working on the national ports operation in the run-up to Euro 2004. Senior officers at the Met’s Public Order Football Intelligence Unit believe Downs was travelling to Portugal hell-bent on causing more trouble at England’s matches. He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of both charges when he appeared on bail last month at Woolwich Crown Court. Today Downs, of Hardres Road, Ramsgate, Kent, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court and banned from all football grounds for eight years for his role in the riotsCopyright ? 2007 National News +44(0)207 684 3000

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