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June 24, 2005

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* Touts to trouser millions in a sell-out summer
* World Cup 2006 | 23.06.2005 King Otto in Trouble after Greek Exit
* Former FA secretary tells of life and love in Soho Square
* Japanese Knock Greek Gods from Pedestal
* Cycling: French riders labor in the shadow of pétanque
* Klinsmann says Germany ready to take on Brazil
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Lyon still hopeful of…
* Argentina will be stiff competition for Germany
* Wilkie’s cruel summer
* Redknapp admits interest in Stone
* Mexican Triumph over Brazil
* Blues must up Basinas bid

Touts to trouser millions in a sell-out summer
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 19, 2005
An internet-only business, it took credit card payments for tickets and hospitality packages at its website, and eschewed traditional street-corner sales. Soon its proprietor was making literally millions. Euro 2004, last summer’s showpiece football tournament in Portugal, offered the Essex entrepreneur the chance to earn on a massive scale. In the months beforehand, the 16 staff at Select’s base in Islington, north London, were working flat out to meet requests for tickets. Acquiring several thousand tickets posed no problem for a man with Blackaby’s contacts. The convictions he had picked up for illegally reselling tickets for football matches across England had not disrupted his lucrative set-up. But a few weeks before the event kicked off, Uefa, European football’s governing body, won a High Court injunction ordering Blackaby, business partner Rebecca Henderson and Select Promotions to stop selling tickets or hospitality packages for Euro 2004… Islington Council is taking him and Henderson to court this week, seeking an order restraining them from selling any more tickets over the internet. In addition, the Crown Prosecution Service is considering whether to charge Blackaby with fraud over Select’s collapse. He is not currently working as a tout. Jonathan Taylor, the lawyer who obtained Uefa’s injunction against Blackaby, says: ‘Ticket touting isn’t just a bloke in a pub. These are sophisticated, well-manned, resourceful organisations which have proved adept at accessing and trading in large numbers of tickets, sometimes thousands. ‘ Before last month’s European Cup Final, in which Liverpool beat AC Milan, Taylor got injunctions against, or agreements with, 48 different firms, websites and individuals not to sell unauthorised tickets. Since it began selling tickets last November for the Ashes match it is hosting in September, Surrey County Cricket Club have added 100 new names to their list of people banned from buying tickets in future, after they were caught selling their Ashes seats on the black market.

World Cup 2006 | 23.06.2005 King Otto in Trouble after Greek Exit
Deutsche Welle – Jun 23, 2005
Victory against Kazakhstan, Denmark and Georgia in the final three matches could see Greece sneak in via a play-off but a barren spell in front of goal does not bode well. “We obviously have a problem in attack,” Rehhagel said. “We have not scored for five games and you can not win games without scoring.

Former FA secretary tells of life and love in Soho Square
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 22, 2005
During her employment tribunal, she described how executives, many of them married, competed for her favours with late night phone calls, e-mails and text messages and bombarded her with compliments and suggestive remarks. She named two colleagues who had also been victims of an executive “trying it on”. Miss Alam, 39, lifted the lid on the scandal-prone Soho Square offices of football’s governing body during a hearing in which she is claiming constructive unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination. As well as claiming that she was constantly pursued and sexually harassed by David Davies, an allegation the FA’s executive director vehemently denies, the former model admitted that she had had relationships with Mr Eriksson, 57, and Mr Palios, 52. She claims that she was forced to resign from the FA after details of the two affairs emerged in the newspapers in July 2004… “Just before the European Championships in Portugal in June 2004, they began a relationship, but she claimed she was reluctant to take it too far while he was still with Miss Dell’Olio. “Mr Eriksson told me that he and Miss Dell’Olio had been leading separate lives for over a year,” she said. “After Euro 2004, at Mr Eriksson’s invitation, I went to his home in Sweden for two days. I was falling in love with him and thought that he felt the same. We had two wonderful days together. I found him very understanding, caring and very attentive. As well as the physical side of our relationship, we talked and talked.

Japanese Knock Greek Gods from Pedestal
dw-world.de – Jun 19, 2005
Trouble is there appears to be few younger stars coming through to carry the dream on. Greece look in trouble. Nothing should be taken away from Greece for their Euro 2004 win and two defeats does not mean a return to international mediocrity, especially when one was a master class by the World Champions.

Cycling: French riders labor in the shadow of pétanque
International Herald Tribune – Jun 23, 2005
The sports reporting consisted of shots of the beaten French soccer team returning from the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, of French victors in two sports, driving and golf, more easily thought of as recreational activities, and yet another report from Athens on lagging construction of Olympic sites. Of that day's national bicycling road race championship, there was not a word or picture. That was a pity, since the winner of the blue, white and red jersey – one he had to discard for the leader's yellow jersey that he wore with great courage for 10 days in the Tour de France shortly thereafter – was Thomas Voeckler. He had just turned 25 and had all the elements of a color story at least as gripping as the one about whoever finished first in the motoring competition. Voeckler, a native of Alsace, was reared on Martinique, where his father, a sailor, was lost at sea… The sports reporting consisted of shots of the beaten French soccer team returning from the Euro 2004 tournament in Portugal, of French victors in two sports, driving and golf, more easily thought of as recreational activities, and yet another report from Athens on lagging construction of Olympic sites. Of that day's national bicycling road race championship, there was not a word or picture. That was a pity, since the winner of the blue, white and red jersey – one he had to discard for the leader's yellow jersey that he wore with great courage for 10 days in the Tour de France shortly thereafter – was Thomas Voeckler. He had just turned 25 and had all the elements of a color story at least as gripping as the one about whoever finished first in the motoring competition. Voeckler, a native of Alsace, was reared on Martinique, where his father, a sailor, was lost at sea. Moving back to the motherland in his teens, Voeckler followed his dream of becoming a bicycle racer, first progressing through the amateur ranks and then, living for years in a room with a hot plate and a bed in western France, turning professional in 2000 with the Bonjour team, which became Brioches la Boulangère before it turned into Bouygues Télécom this season.

Klinsmann says Germany ready to take on Brazil
Expatica – Jun 24, 2005
But Klinsmann said Germany would need a “perfect performance” against the Brazilians in what is the biggest test for his team since he took charge following Euro 2004. Klinsmann said the match in Nuremberg would be “a great experience” for his young side a year ahead of the World Cup finals on home soil. Both Germany and Brazil will be among the favourites at next year’s finals, with many experts already predicting a repeat of the 2002 World Cup final. Captain Michael Ballack said with the World Cup one year away “it will be a great success if we can lift this trophy”. Klinsmann meanwhile dismissed claims that Brazil were suffering from tiredness… (Juergen Klinsmann)”We shouldn’t be speaking about a tired Brazil,” he said. “All this talk will be getting on their nerves and they will be all the more dangerous. “They are being criticised at home and that is not very helpful to us. We would prefer it if they were being highly praised. ”
For Germany, Ballack will return after he was rested against Argentina. Midfielder Bernd Schneider, who took over the captaincy in the 2-2 draw on Tuesday before being substituted at half-time, will also start, Klinsmann confirmed. Schneider could be asked to slot into the left-side of midfield to replace the suspended Bastian Schweinsteiger, but the coach left it open.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Lyon still hopeful of…
BBC News – Jun 21, 2005
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas told French newspaper l’Est Republicain: “We have not lost hope of recruiting him. Baros remains on our list. ”

Liverpool will demand ?8m for Baros, who was top scorer at Euro 2004 and helped them win the Champions League. Baros’ representative Dalibor Lacina had said: “Milan’s decision has been made easier by the fact that Liverpool are playing in the Champions League. ”

He added: “This is not a decision against Lyon – this is a decision for Liverpool. ”

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez may yet have the final say, however, as he chases Southampton’s Peter Crouch and Feyenoord’s Dirk Kuijt. Baros was critical of Benitez on occasions last season and could be surplus to requirements… ”

Liverpool will demand ?8m for Baros, who was top scorer at Euro 2004 and helped them win the Champions League. Baros’ representative Dalibor Lacina had said: “Milan’s decision has been made easier by the fact that Liverpool are playing in the Champions League. ”

He added: “This is not a decision against Lyon – this is a decision for Liverpool. ”

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez may yet have the final say, however, as he chases Southampton’s Peter Crouch and Feyenoord’s Dirk Kuijt. Baros was critical of Benitez on occasions last season and could be surplus to requirements.

Argentina will be stiff competition for Germany
Expatica – Jun 20, 2005
Klinsmann believes the results mean that the two big South American nations now have greater respect for Germany, but the coach knows he is facing the biggest test yet for his developing side. “Argentina are a top team, perhaps even the best team in the world,” said Klinsmann of the challenge awaiting him. “It will be an exciting game and one we want to win. It is our aim to be the group winner… Alternatives are Patrick Owomoyela, Andreas Hinkel or even midfielder Bernd Schneider, who has filled the role recently. There was also a question mark over goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who has been nursing a sore back but was expected to be available. However, Klinsmann would not be drawn on whether the Bayern Munich man would be back between the posts after Jens Lehmann played faultlessly in the 3-0 defeat of Tunisia, or whether he might even give third-choice Timo Hildebrandt a rare outing. Argentina coach Jose Pekerman has indicated he would be making some changes from the side that defeated Australia 4-2 as he continues the search to find his best starting line-up. Brazil’s 1-0 defeat against Mexico in Group B means neither side can speculate on who their semi-final opponents might be. Captain Juan Pablo Sorin said Argentina would be going all out for the three points to finish top of the group. “Both teams want to be first,” he said.

Wilkie’s cruel summer
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jun 19, 2005
“Apparently it’s not carried out in Britain because of a fear of CJD being transmitted, but it’s been very, very successful,” he says. “I’m told it’s a straightforward transplant and I should be ready to fly home about 10 days later. ” It would not be unreasonable to have encountered a player fearful of his career prospects, but instead the 6ft 4in Scotland international, “Streakie” to his teammates, is convincing in expounding his belief that he will be back in action before the end of the new season. “People think I should be going round with a long face,” he says, grinning, “but I’ve no fears at all about my future. I’m much more positive this time… I’m almost glad to hear that someone else is injured, because they can keep me company in the gym. ” Still only 25, another massive disappointment of his enforced absence has been his shunt to the sidelines as Walter Smith has taken over as Scotland manager. Wilkie won 11 caps under Berti Vogts, and while some of his performances attracted criticism, he scored the winner against Iceland in a Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden in March 2003. He could even have been in contention for a place against Italy this September given that Steven Pressley is banned, but he has to erase such thoughts from his mind and concentrate on recovery and helping Dundee in their promotion bid. “The club come first. anything else would be a bonus. I don’t allow myself to think what might have been with Scotland.

Redknapp admits interest in Stone
BBC News – Jun 24, 2005
5m in June 2004 for van Damme, who is a regular in the Belgian squad at just 21. Van Damme also failed to make an impression and stated he did not want to stay at St Mary’s when Saints were relegated. With Graeme le Saux’s retirement and Olivier Bernard’s short-term contract expring, van Damme’s exit leaves Saints without a recognised senior left-back. Saints are also poised to sell Swedish international midfielder Mikael Nilsson, who they signed from Halmstad for ?400,000 a year ago. Brondby have made a bid of ?250,000, but face competition from fellow Danish club Copenhagen, and French outift Rennes. Despite being a regular Sweden international who played every minute of their Euro 2004 campaign, Nilsson struggled to cope with the physical demands of the Premiership… Saints are also poised to sell Swedish international midfielder Mikael Nilsson, who they signed from Halmstad for ?400,000 a year ago. Brondby have made a bid of ?250,000, but face competition from fellow Danish club Copenhagen, and French outift Rennes. Despite being a regular Sweden international who played every minute of their Euro 2004 campaign, Nilsson struggled to cope with the physical demands of the Premiership.

Mexican Triumph over Brazil
SportsAustralia.com – Jun 20, 2005
Up stepped the striker himself and coolly converted what he thought was his 31st goal for his country. To
his dismay one of his Mexican team mates had encroached slightly and the referee stuck to the letter of the
law in requiring it to be retaken. At the second attempt Borgetti beat Dida but not the woodwork as he saw his effort crash off the crossbar. Was that the end of the story? Not quite, Dida had moved off his line to illegally assist his efforts in
stopping the penalty and once more the referee ordered a retake. Borgetti refused to relinquish the penalty taking responsibility however and this time Dida made a
legitimate save down to his right, and Borgetti was left to reflect on a major chance wasted. Buoyed by that let off Brazil resumed the ascendancy. After being fed by Robinho, Cafu’s stand in Cicinho went on an impressive run before firing a shot into the
near post but the Mexican keeper Sanchez was equal to it and Brazil were finding it difficult to truly break
down their determined opponents… And after a Ronaldinho corner the Bayern Munich centre back had the best late chance with a closer range
volley but yet again Sanchez was proving infallible in the Mexican goal. The final whistle was eventually blown and Brazilian despondency was as evident as Mexican joy. Brazil now need to get a result in their next match against Japan who beat Euro 2004 winner Greece 1-0
earlier in the day to qualify for the semi finals. ? Have a view on this story? Send us your.

Blues must up Basinas bid
4TheGame – Jun 24, 2005
“For a player of Angelos’ calibre that offer is far too low, for that sort of money he will not be sold. “I read that Birmingham received £1. 75million for Darren Carter. Angelos is better than Carter and has the experience of playing in more than 50 Champions League games. “If Birmingham come back with an increased offer, then there would be a discussion about it.

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