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July 6, 2005

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The News Review:

* The legacy of winning Euro 2004
* World Cup 2006 | 07.04.2005 The Specter of Hooliganism Returns
* FIFA World Cup: Greece wait for lasting legacy
* Aloisi rejects revised deal terms
* JJB Sports confirms David Whelan to step down as chairman UPDATE
* British gladiators are a cut above
* Live 8 attracts 9.6m UK viewers
* 10 of the biggest… Shocks
* Smokers to move their butts out: Green King
* Greek star Kapsis joins Olympiakos
* BRC: Late June sun brings uplift for some
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – News Specific
* Sollied unveiled as Olympiakos coach
* channel4.com – French Football
* channel4.com – French Football

The legacy of winning Euro 2004
BBC News – Jul 4, 2005
The same happened with us. “We achieved something that nobody ever dreamed about and directly we had the Olympic games back in their home country, so it was a celebration for Greeks all over the world. ”

The Greek national team had not won a game in a major finals before Euro 2004 but Bolton forward Giannakopoulos hoped the victory in Portugal would mark the start of a golden period. Alas one year since their night of triumph at the Stadium of Light, 33-year-old Giannakopoulos remains unconvinced. “Nothing brilliant has happened,” he said. “I had hoped after Euro 2004 that things would be better but that has not happened.

World Cup 2006 | 07.04.2005 The Specter of Hooliganism Returns
Deutsche Welle – Jul 4, 2005
Despite moving the potentially volatile clash between England and Germany to a stadium better equipped to cope with partisan fans, the authorities did not foresee the anarchy that would reduce the town center to a war-zone when the two rival ‘firms’ met in the alcohol-drenched hours before the game. Few incidents after prolific period of violence

And then, after the dust of Charleroi had settled, there was very little to report. Hooliganism looked to have been put on the back foot… “The troublemakers target countries where they can get away with more,” explained World Cup Organizing Committee Chairman Franz Beckenbauer after the violence. “The Slovenians underestimated the situation but that won’t happen in Germany. ”

Slovenia riots a message to the world

But not everybody is convinced. “The Slovenia game gave the Germans the opportunity to announce to hooligans all over the world that they were still here,” said John Williams, a European soccer hooliganism expert and one of the first academics to study the subject. “The riots put the message out there that the Germans are ready. ”

Williams admitted that the Slovenians didn’t implement the same security and ticket restrictions that have been uniform across most of Europe for the last few years. “There were tickets for sale at the game; the stadium was not sold out.

FIFA World Cup: Greece wait for lasting legacy
noticias.info – Jul 5, 2005
news – FIFA World Cup: Greece wait for lasting legacy. Otto Rehhagel’s team arrive unsuspected in Portugal, loot the treasure and flee before, stunned, anyone can react. Otto Rehhagel’s team arrive unsuspected in Portugal, loot the treasure and flee before, stunned, anyone can react… Champions Olympiacos CFP will kick off their title defence in front of an empty Georgios Karaiskakis stadium as part of a three-match punishment for crowd trouble. Distant prospect
“I hope that some day in Greece, rival fans will become civilised enough to watch a match together without causing trouble and without the need to have the police outnumbering the fans,” Dellas said. “But this will not happen overnight, not even with a European trophy on display”

New stadia
The Georgios Karaiskakis stadium is one of two renovated in Athens for the 2004 Olympics, which have arguably had a greater impact on the game in Greece than winning EURO 2004?. AEK Athens FC play at the Olympic stadium and there is evidence that crowds are beginning to return if the conditions are right. Victory in Lisbon awakened an appetite for football, but crowd violence has diminished it. Tough draw
Events on the pitch have not helped either. A difficult FIFA World Cup qualifying draw pitted Greece against Turkey and Ukraine in Group 2, and a tough opening fixture away to neighbours Albania came too soon for a squad still on a high from Lisbon.

Aloisi rejects revised deal terms
CNN International – Jul 5, 2005
The 29-year-old, available on a free transfer from Spanish Primera Liga club Osasuna, was offered a three-year contract last week. But problems with a knee injury that emerged during his medical prompted Panathinaikos to offer him a shorter stay which Aloisi turned down. "Following the medical examinations that all future players have to have before signing, Panathinaikos FC have decided not to complete the transfer of Australian player John Aloisi," the first division club said on its website. Aloisi has also been linked with English Premier League clubs Portsmouth and Manchester City as well as teams in France, Spain and Italy… "Following the medical examinations that all future players have to have before signing, Panathinaikos FC have decided not to complete the transfer of Australian player John Aloisi," the first division club said on its website. Aloisi has also been linked with English Premier League clubs Portsmouth and Manchester City as well as teams in France, Spain and Italy. Kapsis signsGreek champions Olympiakos announced on Tuesday it had signed Euro 2004 winning defender Michalis Kapsis on a two-year contract from French side Bordeaux. No financial details were released of the deal but it was announced that there is an option for an additional season if both sides agree. Kapsis, 32, played 29 matches for Bordeaux but has decided to leave after just one season. Bordeaux had signed him from AEK Athens after he impressed in the Euro 2004 finals. Also on Tuesday, Olympiakos unveiled new coach Trond Sollied from Norway and his assistants Chris Van Puyvelde and Cedomir Javenski.

JJB Sports confirms David Whelan to step down as chairman UPDATE
Forbes – Jul 6, 2005
The blended gross margin, which includes gross profits from the health clubs, was ‘slightly higher’. JJB noted that trade during more recent weeks has benefited from the better weather. However comparative figures arising from Euro 2004 increased in difficulty until June 23, the anniversary of England’s exit from the tournament. Total turnover for the six weeks ended July 3 fell 11. 7 pct when compared to the same period last year, and included a fall in like-for-like turnover of 13. If sales of football replica merchandise are taken out of the total turnover figure, then the fall becomes 2… JJB said membership levels at its 27 health clubs continue to be ‘entirely satisfactory’. ‘I do not anticipate any material improvement in retail trading conditions before spring 2006 which I hope will be followed by a successful sales campaign during the 2006 World Cup in May and June of that year,’ said Whelan. All rights reserved.

British gladiators are a cut above
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 6, 2005
Hatton calls the really violent fights ”gruellers”: a modification of gruelling, which is how many of our top sportsmen and women like it. This column is not about to burst into We’ll Meet Again or drape itself in bunting, even if a recent visit to a 60th anniversary VE day celebration in Sussex brought the subject of British valour and bloody-mindedness back to the mind’s surface. No sentient person can watch a Spitfire peel over the South Downs without wondering whether this country’s refusal to yield to Nazi Germany was indicative of some stubborn inner force. When Sir Bob Geldof urged British sailors on Monday to ”recreate Dunkirk” and ferry French anti-poverty demonstrators across the Channel, he was delving into the familiar word-sack of Second World War heroism. Nothing wrong with that, of course. It merely confirms that we view ourselves as a race who respond to adversity and provocation… Counter-arguments now storm the building. For years the Australians accused our cricketers of having balsa wood resolve. How many times have England’s footballers blasted the skies, the woodwork and the goalkeeper’s gloves in penalty shoot-outs? Italia 90, Euro 96, France 98, the 2002 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil and Euro 2004 point to a recurring inability to close the deal. Tim Henman? Not fair. At the quarter and semi-final stages, Henman is playing at the absolute limits of his ability, not his moral fibre. England’s baffling failure to cope with penalty shoot-outs aside, we are a spiky, obstinate island race, easily provoked, quick to raise our gloves and hard to beat in a “grueller”. Pride is our petrol, and, as Liverpool showed in Turkey and Hatton proved on Sunday, the tank is reassuringly full.

Live 8 attracts 9.6m UK viewers
BBC News – Jul 4, 2005
2% of the total TV viewing public at that time. The Live 8 ratings failed to match the 20. 7 million UK viewers who watched England’s football defeat to Portugal in Euro 2004 last June. They were also beaten by last year’s finale of ITV1’s I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here, which drew an average of 10… Organisers estimated that 85% of the world’s population would have been able to tune into the event. Madonna and US star Snoop Dogg were among those to use bad language prior to the 2100 BST watershed. The BBC, which did not use a time delay during the broadcast, apologised for the swearing. LIVE 8 STARS’ ALBUMS BOOST

1 Pink Floyd – Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd – 1343%

2 The Who – Then and Now – 863%

3 Annie Lennox – Eurythmics Greatest Hits – 500%

4 Dido – Life For Rent – 412%

5 Razorlight – Up All Night – 335%

6 Robbie Williams – Greatest Hits – 320%

7 Joss Stone – Mind, Body and Soul – 309%

8 Sting – The Very Best of Sting & The Police – 300%

9 Travis – Singles – 268%

10 Madonna – Immaculate Collection – 200%

Source: HMV

A spokeswoman for the BBC said it had received “just under” 400 complaints about its Live 8 coverage. She added: “Millions of people enjoyed our 12 hours of live broadcasting. “We are sorry if any offence was caused. ”

However the number of Live 8 complaints did not exceed the 4,000 complaints made to the BBC in May concerning its new 3D TV weather map.

10 of the biggest… Shocks
go.com – Jul 4, 2005
The African nation, making their World Cup debut were cannon-fodder, lambs to the slaughter. At least that’s what the script said. But the Senegalese had not read it. Pape Bouba Diop was the scorer of the game’s only goal after 30 minutes, but the star of the piece was El Hadji Diouf who terrorised the French defence at every given opportunity. Rocked and deflated France never fully recovered from the humiliation and crashed out of the tournament after failing to traverse the group stage. Many have tried to explain what happened: the French team were exhausted, with its stars having played an arduous European season; the Senegalese were fully motivated and had a point prove against their former colonial masters. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ are largely irrelevant: the result sent shockwaves and set the tone for a spectacular World Cup… The ‘how’ and ‘why’ are largely irrelevant: the result sent shockwaves and set the tone for a spectacular World Cup. Another shock worthy of note from the same tournament was the success of joint hosts South Korean, who managed to reach the semi-finals playing an expansive, attractive brand of free-flowing football. 2, Beware of GreeksGreece began Euro 2004 as 80-1 outsiders, but by July 4th the ramshackle outfit of unheralded workhorse players led by an equally unheralded German coach had become champions of Europe. We thought the tournament’s shock had arrived early when Greece spoilt the host nation’s party as they beat Portugal 2-1 in the opening fixture. But amazingly, more was to come. A further draw and a defeat allowed the Greeks to progress from the group stage, and then things really got interesting. Despite a disappointing 2002 World Cup France were still a powerful force, not to mention reigning European Champions, so when they were drawn against Greece in the quarterfinals many were plotting Les Blues progression to the final.

Smokers to move their butts out: Green King
ABCmoney.co.uk – Jul 6, 2005
Two-thirds of the group’s £732. 6m turnover was accounted for by the pubs division which has seen profits rise 13 percent. Total like-for-like sales, in just eight weeks at the start of the current fiscal year, had seen a rise of 1. The spurt in business during Euro 2004 soccer tournament was not considered.

Greek star Kapsis joins Olympiakos
go.com – Jul 6, 2005
OLYMPIAKOS_PIRAEUS –>Updated: July 6, 2005Greek star Kapsis joins OlympiakosATHENS, July 6 (Reuters) – Greek international defenderMichalis Kapsis joined Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday afterjust one season with Girondins Bordeaux. The 32-year-old Kapsis, who helped Greece to their Euro 2004triumph, has signed a two-year contract with an option of anextra year. Financial details were not disclosed but state broadcasterERT said the Greek double winners will pay Bordeaux 500,000euros ($594,800). ‘Bordeaux are not ambitious and did not meet myaspirations,’ Kapsis said in statement. ‘They let me go and I thank them. The future of a footballeris never secure and stable… OLYMPIAKOS_PIRAEUS –>Updated: July 6, 2005Greek star Kapsis joins OlympiakosATHENS, July 6 (Reuters) – Greek international defenderMichalis Kapsis joined Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday afterjust one season with Girondins Bordeaux. The 32-year-old Kapsis, who helped Greece to their Euro 2004triumph, has signed a two-year contract with an option of anextra year. Financial details were not disclosed but state broadcasterERT said the Greek double winners will pay Bordeaux 500,000euros ($594,800). ‘Bordeaux are not ambitious and did not meet myaspirations,’ Kapsis said in statement. ‘They let me go and I thank them. The future of a footballeris never secure and stable. From one minute to another hechanges teams.

BRC: Late June sun brings uplift for some
Politics.co.uk – Jul 5, 2005
Electrical and ElectronicSales were little changed from previous months: underlying conditions were still tough, with consumer caution and the slowdown in the housing market hitting big-ticket items. White goods such as washers, fridges and cookers continue to be badly affected, while smaller electricals such as coffee-makers were relatively stronger. Sound and vision sales remained difficult, though large flat-panel TVs held up better than expected against the strong year-ago comparisons when Euro 2004 had boosted trade. Internet audio sold well, but at the expense of old-technology portable audio. Satellite navigation continued to grow, helped by wider ranges and new price points. Digital cameras sales held up ahead of holidays but price deflation was a problem, and continued to be so for some computers and mobile phones. Department StoresSales showed some improvement over May, with the underlying sluggishness lifted when the long-awaited summer weather helped clothing and footwear as well as outdoor and holiday ranges… The like for like figure also monitors the increase or decrease at stores that have been open for at least one year. NOTESThe BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor measures changes in the actual value of retail sales from a sample of retailers. The Monitor measures the value of spending and hence does not adjust for price changes. If prices are rising, sales volumes will increase by less than sales values. In times of price deflation, sales volumes will increase by more than sales values. Retailers report the value of their sales and sales in the equivalent week a year ago. These figures are reported both in total and on a ‘like-for-like’ basis.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Jul 4, 2005
These are certainly the elements that mark both countries. com: UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal was a football festival in the sun. What kind of tournament can we expect in Switzerland and Austria?
CM: I think the focal point for both countries is the hospitality and services, transport, an infrastructure that is fantastically equipped, as well as experience in international events in Austria and Switzerland, which plays host to a number of international organisations. We will not always have 32 degree average temperatures in the two countries, but the mountains store certain warmth – and I am convinced we will be able to transmit this. com: There are also many commercial and economic possibilities… com: UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal was a football festival in the sun. What kind of tournament can we expect in Switzerland and Austria?
CM: I think the focal point for both countries is the hospitality and services, transport, an infrastructure that is fantastically equipped, as well as experience in international events in Austria and Switzerland, which plays host to a number of international organisations. We will not always have 32 degree average temperatures in the two countries, but the mountains store certain warmth – and I am convinced we will be able to transmit this. com: There are also many commercial and economic possibilities.

Sollied unveiled as Olympiakos coach
go.com – Jul 5, 2005
‘His (Sollied’s) capabilities and ambitions coincide with ours,’ he said. ‘We hope this year we can produce some spectacular football and that we will win titles in Greece and do better in Europe. ‘Previous coach Dusan Bajevic left Olympiakos a week after securing the double because of a widespread belief among club officials and their fans that he could not succeed in Europe. Olympiakos officials declined to comment on reports in the Greek media that Bordeaux defender and Greece Euro 2004 winner Mihalis Kapsis was about to sign for the club. ‘We never talk about a player that hasn’t signed. We only talk when it’s finalised,’ said an official. Your views on this story?.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Jul 5, 2005
Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud confirmed that the club would not be standing in the way of the 31-year-old’s wish to play in his homeland again next season. “Mike wanted to return to his country one year before the World Cup in Germany. He will be playing in the Champions’ League for Olympiakos,” Triaud said. The centre-back, who was a key figure in Greece’s Euro 2004 success, played 29 League matches for Les Girondins following his move from AEK Athens… “Mike wanted to return to his country one year before the World Cup in Germany. He will be playing in the Champions’ League for Olympiakos,” Triaud said. The centre-back, who was a key figure in Greece’s Euro 2004 success, played 29 League matches for Les Girondins following his move from AEK Athens.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Jul 4, 2005
Having signed attacking midfielders Wilson Oruma and Franck Ribéry, the Mediterranean club are keen to bring in a holding player before the season begins later this month. Basinas is their top target, but Panathinaikos are reluctant to release the Euro 2004 hero, while Birmingham City are also in the running for his signature. The 29-year-old has represented the Athens giants for the last eight seasons and still has one year left on his contract. Should they fail to land Basinas, Marseille will turn their attentions to his Greece teammate, Katsouranis of AEK Athens. A versatile player, Katsouranis, 26, can play in defence as well as midfield and scored 10 goals in 26 League matches last season. But once more, the French club could have difficulty in securing the player’s release… The former Auxerre, Monaco and Parma midfielder has already agreed personal terms with Marseille according to some reports, though Inter’s asking price could yet become a deterrent. Lamouchi, who scored once in 12 matches for Les Bleus, has one year left on his Inter contract. Meanwhile, Marseille have not given up hope of signing Argentinian playmaker Marcelo Gallardo. The former Monaco star recently stated his desire to stay at River Plate, but could re-consider after the recent Libertadores Cup semi-final defeat against Sao Paulo. Finally, Marseille are close to completing a deal for Bastia defender Pascal Chimbonda. If the 26-year-old signs, he will compete with Demetrius Ferreira for the right-back spot, as well as providing cover when Abdoulaye Meïté and Habib Beye leave for the African Cup of Nations in January.

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