Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 18, 2005

New Zealand notebook

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The News Review:

* Nasief all about hard work and less glory
* World Cup 2006 | 16.06.2005 Brazil Show Otto Who’s King
* Germany passes first test with win over Australia
* New Zealand notebook
* Oil and mining gains push FTSE 100 to a three-year high
* EXCO opts for central marketing
* Committed to PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW

Nasief all about hard work and less glory
Independent Online – Jun 17, 2005
Are SA soccer players by nature not better technicians?

The top SA players would compare favourably, but there’s a difference between genuine technique and showboating. I think players on the European stage have a slight edge because they are able to round off their natural skill with focus on the team’s cause. Did Greece’s Euro 2004 success have the desired effect on their domestic game?

Not really. It was a shock result but there were no real major spin-offs for the local leagues. Life was soon back to normal and the Greek national team were in fact off to a poor start in their World Cup qualifiers. It looks like they’re not going to make it to Germany. What about life at Panathinaikos? Are you having fun?

I could not have wished for a better club to play for.

World Cup 2006 | 16.06.2005 Brazil Show Otto Who’s King
Deutsche Welle – Jun 16, 2005
“Sometimes they played too complicated but it was in order how we played. ”

The Brazilian play was definitely in order but unlike the first three matches, it took a while for the first goal to be scored. And how it was scored set the tone for the remainder of the match because Greece got in a situation they prefer not to be in, namely attacking soccer. After 40 minutes in which Otto Rehhagel’s Euro 2004 champs played aggressively enough to hold the Brazilians in check, Adriano finally broke the Gordian knot. In a moment when the Greeks failed to press the Inter Milan striker who then pulled up from 27 meters and launched a rocket that just squeezed inside the right post past a flying Greek keeper Antonis Nikopolildis. Second-half starts off disastrously

In the first half, Greece missed a golden opportunity in the first half-minute. The second-half would start with a golden opportunity for Brazil.

Germany passes first test with win over Australia
Expatica – Jun 16, 2005
“For us it was especially important to start off with a win in the tournament,” Klinsmann said after the official opening match of the tournament proved a crowd pleaser while leaving further question marks for home fans over Germany’s defence. After almost a year of friendlies, Klinsmann was relieved his relatively inexperienced side was able to secure their first points under his command. “The team didn’t really know before the game where it stood so there was a bit of tension around… Huth should have been sent off, Farina said. “It was a goalscoring opportunity, and he was last man. In a situation like this it is not a yellow card, it is a red card,” he said. “I thought we played very good football,” said the coach. “We deserved our goals. We showed great character to keep coming back from behind. When you score three goals you normally hope to get something out of the game.

New Zealand notebook
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 18, 2005
Joe Bennett, an award-winning columnist, writing in a Christchurch newspaper on what England means to him: “A stiflingly polite middle-class, an agreeably smug upper-middle-class and a breed of teenage male thugs of unrivalled barbarity. Good beer, good books, bad skin. ” Not that the English should get too upset. Bennett’s take on Ireland is: “Picturesque poverty, pubs that doubled as grocery stores and locals extolling their own Irishness while queuing up to emigrate. ” Talk about out of touch. Overheard on the Lions charter flight after erroneous reports of a training-ground dust-up were published in the UK this week. “Here, Whitey [Julian White]… Oh, so that’s all right then. Red or black? The decider. A study into Euro 2004 showed that teams scored more goals and had more wins when they played in red than in other colours. However, according to psychologist Angela Wright, “black absorbs all the energy coming towards you and is also a bit menacing”. Time for a lie down. The build-up to the first Test is getting ridiculous.

Oil and mining gains push FTSE 100 to a three-year high
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 18, 2005
JP Morgan upgraded the stock from neutral to overweight, and lifted its fair value price from 350p to 420p. Punch Taverns, Britain’s second-largest pub group, rose 12½ to 702½p after saying recent trading was reasonably good. It added the company now faces tough comparisons following last year’s Euro 2004 football tournament. Johnston Press, the publisher which warned on Wednesday that advertising conditions are worsening, fell 5½ to 477½p despite speculation that it could be a takeover target. Dealers wondered if it would make a good fit with Emap, up 5 to 806p. Plant hire group Ashtead crept up ¾ to 99¼p, brushing off rumours that it is considering a fund raising. Dealers said they were also waiting for the results of a legal appeal… 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.

EXCO opts for central marketing
noticias.info – Jun 18, 2005
New hostsHe added: “We think there is a lot of potential in this competition, and we hope it will also give countries who may not be able to organise a major final round the opportunity to stage an important tournament. We will also decide on the U21 hosts a couple of years before the tournament, rather than choosing the hosts from the teams that have qualified. EURO rest periodsTurning to the UEFA EURO 2008? final round in Austria and Switzerland, the Executive Committee agreed to allow competing sides to have the same rest period between the quarter-finals and semi-finals, which was not the case at UEFA EURO 2004? in Portugal a year ago. 2008 media rightsAn agency agreement has also been signed between UEFA and the Sportfive sports marketing agency, who were awarded the EURO 2008? European broadcast rights earlier this year. UEFA has decided to change its policy from the past, and is adopting a market-by-market approach in this area. Together with SportFive, UEFA will approach the markets individually in Europe and open a competition on the rights to each of the broadcasters in each territory. However, one of the conditions is that the main part of the transmissions should be free-to-air TV.

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Daily Star – The Daily Star – Jun 18, 2005
We created plenty of chances and played very well defensively,” Parreira said. “It was a very good start to the competition for us. This is the Confederations Cup, not the World Cup, but it had the feeling of the World Cup about it. ” Despite their typically robust defending, often with seven or eight men behind the ball, Brazil’s superior technique told as the artistry of Ronaldinho, Robinho, Kaka and Adriano found increasingly large gaps in the Greek defence. Greece could have gone ahead as early as the second minute, though, when the unmarked Sotirios Kyrgiakos wasted a clear header. It was their last clearcut chance until first-half stoppage time when Angelos Haristeas swept the ball into the side netting with only Brazilian keeper Dida to beat. Brazil missed a good chance after 17 minutes when Ronaldinho jinked his way past a defender to set up Robinho for a rasping shot which Nikopolidis saved superbly… Robinho could also have doubled Brazil’s lead with the last kick of the first half when he volleyed high and wide unmarked at the far post — although he made up for that seconds after the break with Brazil’s second. With the likes of Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo all missing from this squad, Parreira is testing younger players like right-back Cicinho and Robinho, who both acquitted themselves well. Greece’s German coach Otto Rehhagel, starting the match with eight of the players who won Euro 2004 a year ago, saw his team play with their usual gritty defensive strength. But the Brazilian rearguard, helped by an outstanding Roque Junior, performed even better and in the end, there was only one team in it. Rehhagel admitted: “It was a special feeling for us today, there were so many Greek fans here. “It was just a shame it was not a more open match and I wish we could have put up more of a fight against them. I think we played better in the second half but it was against Brazil and it is always difficult against Brazil.

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