Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 12, 2005

Bolton hopeful on Giannakopoulos

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The News Review:

* Football Riots Demonstrate Dangers Of Bingedrinking (from Croydon…
* Kirkland’s fresh start at Albion
* BBC governors want fewer repeats
* Bolton hopeful on Giannakopoulos
* Sports World pitches in for Umbro
* The GenNext Laudrup Brothers
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Red mist clears over Russia
* BBC ‘spending up but ratings dip’
* WORLD CUP 2006: Duel in Zagreb as Spain fear for fate
* LIVERPOOL FC: CARRAGHER HAILS MENTOR BENITEZ
* McLeish’s French passion
* channel4.com – French Football
* Sam: Stelios will stay

Football Riots Demonstrate Dangers Of Bingedrinking (from Croydon…
Croydon Guardian – Jul 8, 2005
Sean McElroy, 19, Sydenham Road, Croydon, sentenced to 30 months, Matthew Carroll, the son of a High Court judge, from Cheyne Walk, Addiscombe, and Stuart Morris-Brooks, from Northampton Road, Addiscombe, both 20, who were jailed for 27 months, all had their sentences upheld. Lewis Rees, 21, from Lillie Road, Biggin Hill, who was given 34 months behind bars, also had his appeal thrown out at the Royal Courts of Justice in London last Friday. advertisement
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, rejected submissions from barristers that the sentences given to the four men were too harsh and said the law-abiding citizens of Croydon were entitled to be left in peace. But Bill Killick, 21, from Penfold Road, Crawley, who was involved in the disturbances after England’s defeats against France and Portugal in the Euro 2004 tournament, had his sentence cut from four-and-a-half years to three years and nine months… “It seems that they just haven’t taken public opinion into consideration, we had over 1,000 names on a petition agreeing the sentence was too harsh, so I’m surprised they have chosen not to take notice, though we never held much hope of getting anywhere. “He Lewis doesn’t want to hear much more about it now, he just wants to get on with it. There’s not much we can do about it so the best thing we can do is carry on. ”
Chief Inspector David Clayton of Croydon police said: “Sentencing is clearly a matter for the courts to decide and not the police. However, having brought these offenders to justice we were satisfied with the outcome of the appeal court before the Lord Chief Justice. “This should still send out a clear message that the police will actively pursue those responsible for alcohol-related crime and disorder. ”
9:19am Friday 8th July 2005.

Kirkland’s fresh start at Albion
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 8, 2005
And now, fully fit after recovering from an operation on a bulging disc in his back, Kirkland, 24, is looking forward to re-establishing himself as one of England’s most promising goalkeepers. To do that, as he is quick to point out, he has first to win a place in the team at West Bromwich Albion, where he is spending a season on loan from Liverpool. However, it is hard to imagine Kirkland will not become first choice at The Hawthorns if he can recapture the form that took him to the fringe of the senior England side only two years ago. If, too, he can at last steer clear of the injuries that have plagued him ever since Liverpool paid Coventry £6 million for his potential four years ago. Kirkland’s tribulations, mostly the result of collisions, began in January 2003, when he damaged knee ligaments in an FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace. Then, on Boxing Day that year, he fractured a finger playing against Bolton. Sidelined until late February 2004, he fought his way back into the Liverpool team, only to break a wrist in a training accident… “It was just before Euro 2004,” he recalls, “and I thought I was in with a shout of going (with England). I was in the team at Liverpool at the time, and things were going OK when it happened. It was a real sucker punch, that one. I was out for the rest of the summer. “It’s been very frustrating for me.

BBC governors want fewer repeats
BBC News – Jul 12, 2005
without endangering its distinctiveness”. “Our best programmes are the ones that come from the heart,” said Mr Thompson, who cited Doctor Who, Blackpool and Auschwitz as examples of shows audiences “remember and treasure”. Spending within the BBC rose ?101m over the last year, he said – much of it due to coverage of Euro 2004 and the Athens Olympics. Mr Grade, meanwhile, said BBC radio “has had a strong year overall” and that Radio 1 and Radio 2 were offering services “distinctive from their commercial rivals”. However, he added that there was “no room for complacency”… Spending within the BBC rose ?101m over the last year, he said – much of it due to coverage of Euro 2004 and the Athens Olympics. Mr Grade, meanwhile, said BBC radio “has had a strong year overall” and that Radio 1 and Radio 2 were offering services “distinctive from their commercial rivals”. However, he added that there was “no room for complacency”.

Bolton hopeful on Giannakopoulos
BBC News – Jul 8, 2005
The 30-year-old, who was a member of Greece’s Euro 2004 winning side, will be out of contract in one year’s time. He has not yet signed the extension on offer, amid interest from Liverpool, and is currently away on holiday. Allardyce said: “I am very optimistic that he will stay. I am hopeful he will sign a new deal. ”

Champions League winners Liverpool have yet to officially announce their interest in Giannakopoulos but have been heavily linked.

Sports World pitches in for Umbro
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 9, 2005
8% to 127p as takeover speculation gathered over a company that floated in April last year. The market appeared to take a different view from Umbro executives, who believe the stake acquisition is an investment and nothing more. A spokesperson for Umbro declined to comment yesterday while Sports World International did not return calls. Umbro is 33%-owned by private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co, which backed a management buyout of the company in 1999 but reduced its holding from 56% to the present level in a placing earlier this year. Sports World’s stake was acquired on Wednesday, when 14m shares were sold in a day of frantic trading. Mr Ashley was placed at number 51 in the Sunday Times rich list this year with an estimated fortune of £626m. He also owns the Sports Soccer stores and his brand portfolio includes Karrimor, the outdoor sports company, and Donnay, the ten nis equipment firm that once counted Bjorn Borg among its clients… Earlier this year it said the re-establishment of its brand in the US was “going well”, buoyed by a distribution deal with sports goods retailer Foot Locker, which has given it a presence in 2,000 stores. Despite its move away from replica kits, the England deal is an important earner and profile-raiser for the company. It reported in this week’s trad ing statement that the new England home strip, launched in March, was matching last year’s sales, when Euro 2004 brought a spike in demand from fans. However, its strips business has brought problems. Two years ago the Office of Fair Trading imposed a £6. 6m fine on the company for fixing the price of replica kits. The fine was lowered to £5.

The GenNext Laudrup Brothers
Times of India – Jul 8, 2005
Michael continues his
association with the game and is currently the manager of Danish club Brondby FC
which, a few weeks ago, annexed the Danish League
title. Brian, on the other
hand, lives a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen and
coaches a school for nine months of the
year. When a few of the coaches
and assistant coaches were asked about the reaction back home when Denmark drew
with Sweden in Euro 2004, to put out Italy, they said the match was not fixed as
claimed by the Italian media. It was a fair game and could never have been
fixed. It was an error by the defender in the final minutes that cost us a win. Though the outcome was bad for football as Italy is a good side, the result was
a fair one, they said. The
football-crazy Danes are now hoping that the junior Laudrups emulate their
father and take Denmark to the pinnacle of world
football.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Red mist clears over Russia
noticias.info – Jul 9, 2005
With the battle for second place in Group 3 set to be a fierce one, anything but a victory for Russia could put a major brake on their qualification chances. Lisbon humiliationThe debacle in Lisbon last October prompted many changes within Russian football. The Football Union of Russia’s long-term president Viacheslav Koloskov resigned in the wake of the game and was soon followed by national coach Georgi Yartsev, who had led Russia at UEFA EURO 2004?. Malafeev miseryFor FC Zenit St. Petersburg goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev, it also proved to be a critical moment. Having been beaten seven times, the man considered one of Russia’s best goalkeeping prospects endured a run of bad form, losing his first-choice status with both club and country. Young teamThere was no place for Malafeev in Saturday’s qualifier against Liechtenstein… Coach Yuri Semin fielded a team with an average age of 23 – a sign of how the side has changed since the last meeting with Portugal – but facing their nemeses will be a great chance to test the strength of this new-look Russia. Level peggingLevel on 18 points with Slovakia in second place, a win against the group leaders would boost Russia’s hopes ahead of their trip to Bratislava for their final qualifying game. Both sides are five points behind the Portuguese, who will not lack motivation either at the Lokomotiv stadium. Russian-based playersA victory would virtually guarantee Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team top spot in the section and a finals berth, while the two Portuguese internationals based at FC Dinamo Moskva – Maniche and Costinha – would love to silence their critics after announcing their intention to leave Russia as soon as possible. Impressive displayWhile two Aleksandr Kerzhakov goals gave Russia a 2-0 win against Liechtenstein at the weekend, Portugal underlined their strength with a 6-0 demolition of Luxembourg which led Semin to say: “I did not expect to see the Portuguese players in such good form. Determined sideHowever, the opposition are not the overriding concern for a Russia side determined to get the right result tonight. Kerzhakov might have been tempted to celebrate after masterminding the Liechtenstein triumph, but afterwards his mind, and those of his team-mates, were on other things.

BBC ‘spending up but ratings dip’
BBC News – Jul 7, 2005
6% in the last 12 months. The BBC said it would not comment until the report is published on 12 July. The Times predicted the BBC would report losses of ?188m, compared with ?249m in 2004. The Guardian said the corporation had exceeded its target for shows made by independent production companies, reaching 30%. It has been under increasing pressure from the independent sector after missing its 25% quota for three years. Job cuts

The most popular independent programmes included Murphy’s Law and Casanova… The programme budget was up from ?2. 47bn, the papers reported, with some of the extra money spent on covering the Olympics and Euro 2004 football tournament. The Guardian also reported the corporation spent ?62m on its restructuring programme, which will result in 3,780 job cuts. The cuts, which will take place over three years, are aimed at saving ?355m. The cuts led to a one-day strike at BBC offices throughout the UK in May.

WORLD CUP 2006: Duel in Zagreb as Spain fear for fate
noticias.info – Jul 10, 2005
With three wins and two draws at home and three draws away, Spain have not turned in a really poor performance, but nor have they managed to get the away win against Lithuania or Bosnia-Herzegovina that could have made all the difference. Those results show us a team back to their old ways – playing polished football, as in the first half against Serbia Montenegro, and then inexplicably going missing. Certainly Spain’s attack has not lived up to its reputation, with only 11 goals in eight matches, five of which came against lowly San Marino. But with Fernando Morientes injured, Aragones has decided to back his team to avenge past failures by reinstating the capital-based pair of Raul and Fernando Torres against Belgium. Belgians still believeTwo teams apart from Spain can still claim second place. After a disastrous start to their campaign, which brought just one point from three matches, Belgium are back in the hunt albeit only just: they have to beat Spain by more than two goals, win in Lithuania on Wednesday and then hope that Bosnia-Herzegovina lose in Belgrade. As for Bosnia-Herzegovina, they are just one point behind Spain and believe in their chances too, but will need to win in Belgrade on 12 October, and that is a very big ask… Croatia are eyeing their third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals and do not intend to fall at this hurdle. In their four home games they have won three times and drawn once (2-2 with Bulgaria), scoring a small matter of 12 goals. Having succeeded Otto Baric as coach after EURO 2004, Zlatko Kranjcar has coped admirably with the transition to a new generation of players, among them the coach’s own son, Niko, who is the team’s only international playing in the Croatian league. Croatia put in a surprisingly poor performance in Malta last month to draw 1-1, but home fans will hope their minds must have already been focused on Saturday’s match. datos de la noticia

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LIVERPOOL FC: CARRAGHER HAILS MENTOR BENITEZ
noticias.info – Jul 10, 2005
You have to give him great credit. Rio and John are younger than me but they are players I look up to as well. I saw Sol’s performances in Euro 2004 and he was outstanding and Rio was one of the best players, if not the best defender at the 2002 World Cup. “That shows the competition I am facing. I have got no qualms about that. I know how good these players are and I am delighted when the squad is picked to see my name amongst these players. “My most comfortable position is centre-back.

McLeish’s French passion
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jul 10, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. He signed Franck Sauzee for Hibs before the World Cup win, in February 1998, and his passion for Gallic footballers has lingered despite their failure to defend either their titles or reputation at World Cup 2002 and Euro 2004. That fall from grace has still to be arrested, with Raymond Domenech’s side toiling in fourth place in their qualifying group behind Ireland, Switzerland and Israel. While other nations once dreaded a trip to the Stade de France, all three of France’s rivals for World Cup qualification have taken 0-0 draws from their visits. Last term, for the the first time in 47 years, they completed a season without a home win. McLeish can recall a similar cycle from his own playing career… “ You can meet the players and their agents in an informal setting without them travelling halfway across Europe to Glasgow and the press being all over it. I find they remember our games against Marseille and Monaco in the Champions League or Paris Saint-Germain in the Uefa Cup and that helps too, but not every French signing has been a success, we had (Stephane) Guivarc’h, (Basile) Boli and (Lionel) Charbonnier although I think our batting average has been good. ” There are echoes of Sauzee about Hemdani and not only because both played for and captained Marseille. Sauzee came to Scotland after falling out with his coach at Montpellier, who felt threatened by his presence, and warmed to McLeish’s self-confidence and communication. Hemdani arrives after a fallout with Phillipe Troussier that saw him sidelined for most of last season after captaining the club to the 2004 Uefa Cup final which they lost to Rafa Benitez’s Valencia after the sending-off of Fabien Barthez. He was outstanding in that run, particularly when catching McLeish’s eye as he curbed Alan Shearer in the semi-final first leg at Newcastle. Marseille also eliminated Liverpool with Hemdani operating as the spare man in their back three and Martin O’Neill and David Moyes considered him for Celtic and Everton last summer but Marseille wanted £800,000 then.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Jul 11, 2005
75m for Alexander Farnerud from Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart. Having already lost Mamadou Niang to Marseille, the Alsace outfit are determined not to let their 21-year-old Swedish midfielder go quite so cheaply. "It’s a big sum, especially for a youngster like Alex, but we believe in him and we don’t think he’s reached his full potential yet," commented Strasbourg President Egon Gindorf. "We won’t give in at that price. And whatever the price on offer, we won’t let him go before we find a replacement of the same quality. " The Coupe de la Ligue winners are said to have already made enquiries about Czech international Marek Heinz, currently plying his trade at Borussia Moenchengladbach, and also a target for Everton… And whatever the price on offer, we won’t let him go before we find a replacement of the same quality. " The Coupe de la Ligue winners are said to have already made enquiries about Czech international Marek Heinz, currently plying his trade at Borussia Moenchengladbach, and also a target for Everton. The 27-year-old managed just one goal in 20 matches last term, but netted 19 times for Banik Ostrava the year before and was one of the Czech Republic’s most impressive performers at Euro 2004.

Sam: Stelios will stay
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jul 8, 2005
The Greek’s contract is due to expire at the end of the coming campaign and although Bolton have offered the Euro 2004 winner a lucrative extension he has so far failed to indicate whether he will be willing to sign it. The popular Greek midfielder is not due back off holiday until next week but Allardyce believes once he returns he will commit his future to the Lancashire outfit. “I am very optimistic that he will stay,” he said. “I know there has been some speculation that Liverpool want him and that would interest anybody but I am hopeful he will sign a new deal. “He hasn’t said anything yet but I think we will get it signed off when Stelios comes back from holiday… The Greek’s contract is due to expire at the end of the coming campaign and although Bolton have offered the Euro 2004 winner a lucrative extension he has so far failed to indicate whether he will be willing to sign it. The popular Greek midfielder is not due back off holiday until next week but Allardyce believes once he returns he will commit his future to the Lancashire outfit. “I am very optimistic that he will stay,” he said. “I know there has been some speculation that Liverpool want him and that would interest anybody but I am hopeful he will sign a new deal. “He hasn’t said anything yet but I think we will get it signed off when Stelios comes back from holiday.

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