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May 28, 2005

Petrov planning to give O’Neill the perfect send-off

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The News Review:

* Algarve United and the Iberian lynx
* Your tributes to Liverpool
* Rafa has to be ruthless
* Petrov planning to give O’Neill the perfect send-off
* Holiday blues for Saha
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Algarve United and the Iberian lynx
BBC News – May 26, 2005
If you travel down the motorway from Spain to Faro, as you cross into Portugal, you drive under a great arch, bearing the message: “Welcome to the Stadium of Europe”. MagnificentSure enough, 20 minutes further on, adjacent to Faro Airport, is a most imposing structure. "The Algarve Stadium was built for Euro 2004. A handful of European Cup matches were played in it, and since then it has been virtually abandoned"

Follow the stadium signs off the motorway and very soon you are driving through endless acres of car parks surrounding this 30,000-seat, state-of-the-art football stadium. It is magnificent, but it has a sadly deserted and neglected air. Everything is locked up and weeds are growing between the flagstones. The story is all too familiar.

Your tributes to Liverpool
BBC News – May 26, 2005
Chris, England As a Valencia supporter I was very sad to see Rafa go, but tonight I’m happy for him and for Liverpool. What a sensational comeback! What great supporters! That’s the glory of football, and Liverpool can be proud to keep the trophy. JoanSpainWhat a game! They were very lucky but thoroughly deserved it!This must be the second most unlikely football turnout since Greece’s win of Euro 2004! George Blunkett, UK UEFA may say no to their appeal to defend the title, but, the Cup is won, the medals handed out, nobody can take that from them; they’ve earned it. I don’t think there is another football club that can say their players play with the spirit that our Reds did tonight. Nymart,EnglandTalk about the cliche of ” a game of two halves”. A wonderous achievment with Dudek doing a Grobellar at the end… Congratulations to Liverpool on another great European victory. Fingers crossed for next year! Christo, UK I am a Tranmere fan, not a Liverpool or Everton fan who watches the Rovers when there is nothing else on. I am passionately a white but I am also a Merseysider and this trophy, the European Cup, belongs on Merseyside. European Clubs chop and change managers every few months to secure this title. Teams like Man Utd spend tens of millions to win it. But Only Liverpool win it with heart and determination. They have won it witrh those qualities consistently and that is why the spiritual home of ther European Cup is Liverpool.

Rafa has to be ruthless
go.com – May 28, 2005
Fernando Morientes is already at the club and Djibril Cisse’s return, with his added capability in holding up the ball, will hasten the Czech’s goodbyes. Benitez may again turn to Valencia with their striker Mista a favourite son. Baros’ Euro 2004 performance continues to make him a saleable asset and a swap would seem prudent. Full-back Steve Finnan spent most of the early season benched in favour of Josemi. He has been fortunate in that his rival’s impetuosity won him a spot in the side. But Finnan was culpable for both Crespo goals and was subbed at half-time. With earnings from being European champions said to eventually total ?50m, Benitez will surely look to reinforce here… Carragher, who this season has gone from willing foot-soldier to chest-thumping talisman, carried on as normal, playing through the pain barrier to force a penalty shoot-out. Liverpool now have a reputation to protect. They’re European champions but have not been a force in their own league for 15 years. Emotional fragility cannot be tolerated if they are to reclaim a place as a domestic power. Kewell can expect a move to a Premiership backwater or a hotter continental clime. And what of Steven Gerrard? His goal was a captain’s goal. His winning celebration was the most frenzied and his future is the most queried.

Petrov planning to give O’Neill the perfect send-off
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – May 27, 2005
” It seems as if Petrov has been running ever since. The energetic Bulgarian is the heartbeat of the Celtic side, with his lung-bursting advances and then getting back to his own box to block opposition forwards. He did not shine as he ought to have at Euro 2004, but that has not stopped Everton taking an interest in him, while Barcelona have been alerted by reports from Hristo Stoichkov, a former idol at the Nou Camp, who is now Petrov’s national team manager. “I have two years left on my contract and we will wait and see,” was how Petrov cagily avoided pledging his future to Gordon Strachan. “As players, we just get on with our job. A new manager will come in and he makes his own decisions about players. “I don’t know Gordon Strachan.

Holiday blues for Saha
manchesteronline.co.uk – May 26, 2005
“This season has been my worst ever, and my confidence has been down because of my fitness. “But I have to put all that behind me now and concentrate on the future. Saha’s first knee problem cropped up at Euro 2004 with France and it forced him out of United’s pre- season preparations and the start of the campaign. The 26-year-old from Paris played two matches in August before being sidelined again for five weeks. He was involved for eight matches during the autumn before a knee injury KO’d him again from mid-November to mid-January. Another eight-match involvement ended with a fourth knee complaint and that wrecked a further two months. To compound his agony, he came back at Norwich in April and lasted just 17 minutes before a calf strain struck… “Everything becomes fatal,” Saha said. “You get sad and look for explanations. Maybe that is not the best thing to do. “You should keep working and get on with things; instead I was trying to find the solution all the time. But it doesn’t work like that. “You have to remain upbeat. There are many people in worse positions than me, so you have to be happy.

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Press-Enterprise – Press-Enterprise (subscription) – May 27, 2005
coach Bruce Arena said. This is the first game between England and the United States since 1994, when England won 2-0 at Wembley Stadium to avenge a loss the year before in Foxboro, Mass. "It’s important for young players to play against teams with another style, not always a European style," English coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said earlier this month. So why the makeshift roster? Gerrard and Carragher were part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League title in Turkey on Wednesday, and Real Madrid wanted Beckham and Owen to stick around through the end of the season. Several other big names opted to stay home and give their bodies a chance to heal up for the final qualifying games. England did bring Euro 2004 All-Stars Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole. The Americans aren’t at full strength, either… So why the makeshift roster? Gerrard and Carragher were part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League title in Turkey on Wednesday, and Real Madrid wanted Beckham and Owen to stick around through the end of the season. Several other big names opted to stay home and give their bodies a chance to heal up for the final qualifying games. England did bring Euro 2004 All-Stars Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole. The Americans aren’t at full strength, either. Captain Claudio Reyna is skipping the England game and next week’s World Cup qualifiers after missing most of the English season with a leg injury. Pablo Mastroeni and DaMarcus Beasley are hurt, too, and Oguchi Onyewu and Eddie Lewis are still in Europe for playoff games.

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Covers – May 27, 2005
, where it will
play Colombia in another exhibition Tuesday. ”It’s important for young players to play against teams with another style,
not always a European style,” English coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said earlier
this month. ”I think every second year, England should go out of Europe and
play. ”
And this is the best time to do it. The European club season is almost over,
and England doesn’t have another World Cup qualifying game until September. That means most of the English players have some free time on their hands… ”At the end of the day, it’s an opportunity for the squad that we’ve got,”
goalkeeper David James said Thursday. ”It’s another chance for people to prove
themselves. ”
England did bring Euro 2004 All-Stars Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole, as well
as Joe Cole, who started in the last two qualifiers. But much of the rest of
the roster is filled with youngsters hoping to play their way onto the World
Cup squad. Six players have yet to make an appearance with the national team. Six
others have 10 games or less of international experience. ”The thing about a game like this is sometimes when you’re playing
different personnel, it’s an advantage to them,” U.

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