Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 14, 2005

Carlsberg seeks a more heady brew | | Guardian Unlimited Business

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The News Review:

* Fear not – we can win it, says Eriksson | England | International |…
* Balde welcomed back again after Marseilles misery
* Nelson tears United apart
* Carlsberg seeks a more heady brew | | Guardian Unlimited Business
* City line up Stelios | Man City | Premiership | Football | Sport |…
* Fear of hooliganism haunts World Cup draw
* West Brom agree to sign Ellington
* Makaay hat-trick rocks Leverkusen
* RTÉ Sport: City still keen on Bolton’s Giannakopoulos

Fear not – we can win it, says Eriksson | England | International |… – Aug 12, 2005
What I saw in the summer of the Ashes cricket, the reaction of the English people was amazing. I never knew about this rivalry before. If I had known, I would not have played them that night. World Cup seedsPool APool BPool CPool DEnglandAustraliaCroatiaIranGermanyAngolaCzech RepublicJapanBrazilGhanaHollandSaudi ArabiaArgentinaIvory CoastPolandSouth KoreaMexicoTogoPortugalCosta RicaItalyTunisiaSwedenTrinidad & TobagoSpainEcuadorSwitzerlandUnited StatesFranceParaguayUkraineSpecialSerbia & Montenegro”Then look at the US group – Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia. They are good teams. The US and Korea are particularly dangerous. But I am not nervous about the draw… “As well an injury-free run-in, Eriksson had one final prayer for the finals. “For football’s sake, let’s hope it’s not defence-dominated, like when Greece won Euro 2004. “How it will work:Friday’s draw in Leipzig:The eight seeded teams will be drawn into eight different groups. Germany have already been allocated Group A and Brazil Group F. Eight unseeded European sides will be drawn into the eight different groups. The lowest-ranked European side Serbia and Montenegro will be allocated to one of the groups containing either Brazil, Argentina or Mexico to ensure there is no more than two European sides in any group.

Balde welcomed back again after Marseilles misery – Aug 13, 2005
Aberdeen, meanwhile, are without Michael Hart, Andrew Considine, Darren Mackie and Richie Byrne. Hearts, whose bright start has attracted considerable attention, also play tomorrow against Dundee United, who drew 0-0 with Finland’s MyPa in the UEFA Cup on Thursday. George Burley, the Tynecastle manager, who has signed seven players, said yesterday that his latest acquisition, Greek Euro 2004 winner, Takis Fyssas, will not play automatically at Tannadice, where United have new arrival David Fernandez available. Motherwell, who have added Colin Meldrum to their squad, last night denied that the club’s owner, John Boyle, will sell his 76 per cent controlling interest to a consortium of interested businessmen. They travel to Kilmarnock, whose chairman, Michael Johnston, declared that the Ayrshiree club – £13 million in debt – will go bust if they are relegated. Elsewhere, today’s meeting of Dunfermline and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at East End Park and that of Hibernian – whose defender, Gary Caldwell, has a punctured lung – and Livingston, make up the weekend SPL card.

Nelson tears United apart – Aug 12, 2005
Stirred by present words and past deeds, United had started well, claiming the lead through Scholes, but then their game fell apart for the remainder of a chastening first half, torn to pieces by the rapier breaks of Nelson down Benfica’s right. Twice the skilful No 22 came raiding before the interval, danger doubling by the stride, his high-speed artistry creating both the hosts’ goals. His chosen victim, John O’Shea, did not know which way to turn, twisted into submission by Nelson’s sinewy surges. Resembling the cocky pupil of a harassed schoolmaster, the Irish defender sought to utilise fair means and foul to restrain his effervescent adversary but was continually embarrassed. Echoing Euro 2004, Wayne Rooney was immediately in the mood on Portuguese soil, locating Ryan Giggs in the middle after six minutes, the winger having drifted inside in search of a land of opportunity… Echoing Euro 2004, Wayne Rooney was immediately in the mood on Portuguese soil, locating Ryan Giggs in the middle after six minutes, the winger having drifted inside in search of a land of opportunity. Spotting Gary Neville’s run down the right, the Welshman swiftly transferred possession to his new captain. Hope quickened in United hearts. Neville responded well, galloping towards the byline and then firing across a ball which Scholes, ghosting in as of old, bundled over the line. It was not a thing of beauty, certainly not when compared to some of the Englishman’s thunderbolts, but Scholes did not care, celebrating avidly his first European goal since March 2004.

Carlsberg seeks a more heady brew | | Guardian Unlimited Business
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 12, 2005
Behind this range of beers are probably some of the most curious shareholders in the world. Many similar-sized brewers remain partly, if not wholly, controlled by descendants of their founding families. At Carlsberg, a bitter falling out between the founder, JC Jacobsen, and his eldest son and heir, Carl – after whom the business is named – took the company down a different path… Volumes at Carlsberg’s jointly owned Baltic Beverage Holdings, which has a 36% share of the Russian market, grew by 15% in the three months to June 30. Carlsberg said volumes from western Europe were down 5%, excluding the addition of Holsten. It said sales had been hit by a planned reduction in operations in Sweden as well as the absence of a football tournament to match last year’s Euro 2004. Otherwise, Carlsberg said, volume performance was “slightly better than the general market development”. The company said it had edged up its prices in the UK and Sweden during the half year. Chief executive Nils Andersen said the group was gaining market share in Britain. Carlsberg posted a 13% fall in interim operating profit to DKr1.

City line up Stelios | Man City | Premiership | Football | Sport |… – Aug 14, 2005
The Euro 2004 winner’s contract expires next summer and City are keen to firm up their interest with a formal offer. But a bid would not be welcomed by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, who is trying to get the Greece international to sign a contract extension amid rumoured interest from Liverpool. “The speculation is unsettling the player and all he wants to do is concentrate on playing for Bolton in the Premiership and the UEFA Cup,” Gartside said. City mananger Stuart Pearce sees Stelios a as a potential replacement for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Fear of hooliganism haunts World Cup draw – Aug 12, 2005
Hooligans typically have to sign on at a police station on a match day and hand in their passports when a British team are playing abroad. However, if England are drawn to play in Leipzig or Gelsenkirchen, the fans might opt to stay outside Germany, in Prague (126 miles) or Amsterdam (111 miles), respectively. One official said: “These cities are better known, and the fans who are quite inventive would also find them cheaper. “The Germans plan to print the holder’s name on all tickets, but could still face problems controlling ticketless fans if England and Holland are allocated smaller venues in tomorrow night’s draw in Leipzig. Germany and Brazil, the holders, are guaranteed to be playing group matches in the larger stadiums of Berlin, Munich and Dortmund… German officials have promised to do everything possible to increase the minimum allocation per team – eight per cent of the tickets for each match. But this relies on sponsors returning unwanted tickets after the draw. If not, there is a fear that some matches will take place with as many as 5,000 empty seats.

West Brom agree to sign Ellington
CNN International – Aug 13, 2005
"Nathan is excited about becoming a West Brom player. We have agreed all the terms and we shall be concluding the deal on Monday morning," said Peace. Ellington, who is in the final year of his current deal, has not proved himself at Premiership level but Albion manager Bryan Robson has every faith in his ability. "He is a quality player and he has a good goalscoring record and you cannot get too many strikers. "Robson now has Ellington, Kevin Campbell, Kanu, Geoff Horsfield and Rob Earnshaw and Diomansy Kamara at his disposal. It became clear that Ellington’s days with Wigan were coming to an end when he refused to sign a new contract. City bid for Greek internationalManchester City have made a £1m ($1… 8m) bid for Bolton’s Greek international midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos. City spokesman Paul Tyrell said: "We have contacted Bolton and made a substantial offer for the player and are awaiting a response. "Euro 2004 winner Giannakopoulos, 31, signed for Bolton after a long spell with Olympiakos in July 2003. He played 28 times for Bolton last season – scoring seven times. Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has insisted they want to hold on to the player, whose contract is due to expire next summer. "Stelios is under contract until the end of the season and negotiations are progressing well in respect of him signing an improved contract," said Gartside. "The speculation is unsettling the player and all he wants to do is concentrate on playing for Bolton in the Premiership and the UEFA Cup.

Makaay hat-trick rocks Leverkusen
CNN International – Aug 13, 2005
Makaay completed his hat-trick with strikes after 53 and 60 minutes and Marko Babic notched Leverkusen’s seconds eight minutes from the end. Top gearBefore the start of the season Bayern manager Felix Magath claimed his team would take some time to get going but two successive wins and eight goals suggest his team are already in top gear. Makaay said: "Unlike last season when I only had two weeks’ training after Euro 2004, I have been able to complete the whole training programme in pre-season and feel top fit. You can see the difference. " Schalke 04 are considered Bayern’s main challengers for the 2006 Bundesliga title and they achieved a notable a 2-1 win over derby rivals Borussia Dortmund. A capacity 81,264 crowd at the Westfalen Stadium produced an atmosphere befitting the occasion but the majority went home disappointed as German international Kevin Kuranyi scored twice (22, 58) to cancel out Ebi Smolarek’s controversial 17th minute effort. Cupping his arms like a volleyball player Smolarek controlled a cross with his forearm but, with everyone expecting a foul to be awarded, referee Herbert Fandel waved play on and Smolarek scrambled the ball in… Cupping his arms like a volleyball player Smolarek controlled a cross with his forearm but, with everyone expecting a foul to be awarded, referee Herbert Fandel waved play on and Smolarek scrambled the ball in. Schalke were livid but responded the best possible way with Kuranyi equalizing five minutes later with his first goal for the club. The second was not long in coming and Kuranyi’s 58th minute effort downed Dortmund. The 2002 German champions have failed to beat their old foes at home since November 1998 and the long wait goes on.

RTÉ Sport: City still keen on Bolton’s Giannakopoulos – Aug 14, 2005
City boss Stuart Pearce remains hopeful of landing the 31-year-old Euro 2004 winner even though the ?1million bid lodged by the Eastlands outfit just an hour before yesterday’s big Premiership kick-off has left the Trotters fuming. Having spoken to Bolton counterpart Sam Allardyce on Friday, Pearce had his verbal offer for Stelios firmed up into a formal bid by Blues chief executive Alistair Mackintosh. The move has been seen by Bolton as a deliberate attempt to unsettle the former Olympiakos star, who has so far rejected all overtures to extend his current contract, which runs out next summer. However, while Allardyce has insisted club chairman Phil Gartside will snub any City offer, a more pragmatic approach may be required. “Stelios is a player I like and I think he will benefit our squad,” said Pearce… He has had two years in the Premiership and played 30-odd games each season. Overall, he ticks a lot of the right boxes. ”
“Sam did tell me he does not want to sell him. But we have put the offer there. They might have a rethink and hopefully it will be enough to get him out of the club.

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