Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 26, 2005

City warned over Stelios deal

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The News Review:

* BBC NEWS / HAVE YOUR SAY
* Hilton confident as H1 pretax rises, improvement continues in H2…
* Baros moves to Villa Park
* City warned over Stelios deal
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
* SOCCER: Angel hopes Villa can soar with Baros
* UEFA EURO 2008™
* Pires out as big guns return
* Tudor In Bolton Talks || Walking Down The Manny Road – Unofficial…

BBC NEWS / HAVE YOUR SAY
BBC News – Aug 24, 2005
However, tourist season in full swing – swimming pools seem to be full. Carol, Limoges, France Limassol has been unbearable during July, with humidity well over 80% and temperatures in the high 30’s. Not as much water flowed into the reservoirs this year, and the levels are now dropping dramatically. But, it doesn’t seem to stop the locals hosing down their verandahs and patios twice a day – and the excess water just runs off down the streets until it evaporates!Sara, Limassol, Cyprus Desertification in southern Europe is not due to rampant growth but to changes in local climate and the lack of water and forest management policies. Indeed, local policies are inexistent or disregarded, but this is just a modest view of the issue because, on a global scale, there are also no visible actions to minimise the effects of climate change. Artur, Lisboa, Portugal My friend lives in Spain and told me today it was 47 degree in the shade! I was out there 5 weeks ago and it was so uncomfortable. The heat is extreme, but all you can do is put up with it… Miguel Sanchez, Milan, Italy I’ve been affected by water shortages, especially when I was travelling through southern Portugal. What is most alarming is that the former and the present governments didn’t take all the necessary measures to prevent this severe drought, which started to show its signs back in late November 2004. So one reaches the conclusion that there are a couple of billion euros to build ten new stadiums to host the Euro 2004 football championship, but resources are simply not there to prevent and combat these disasters. Bruno Ferrari, Lisbon, Portugal There’s no need for the elderly to lose their lives in a heatwave. I live in a western town where scarcely a summer passes without a 40 degree day or two and we do not lose dozens of old folk. Think simple common-sense measures! A few very low-cost, low-energy preventatives: Avoid exertion and going out during the heat of the day.

Hilton confident as H1 pretax rises, improvement continues in H2…
Forbes – Aug 25, 2005
Hilton made brief reference to the London bombings which it said had only a short term impact and have not hindered improvement in the second half. Worldwide Revpar in the half-year increased by 8. 4 pct, with occupancy up 3. 5 percentage points, and rate up by 2… Overall, chief executive David Michels said the trends in both Ladbrokes and Hilton remain positive going forward. Whilst the first half of the year proved tough for Ladbrokes compared with last year, Retail, Telephone and eGaming all grew revenue, he said. ‘It was also encouraging that overall gross win increased despite a fall in margin due mainly to unfavourable horse racing results and tough Euro 2004 comparatives. ‘ eGaming continued its rapid growth and in Retail the total number of bettingshops rose by 194 to date in 2005, including the recent acquisition of 141shops from Jack Brown Ltd in Wales last month. Michels said the business has also increased its investment in product development. It also continues to pursue vigorously opportunities presented by the Gambling Act, particularly the licence for a regional casino in Blackpool. He also said that, following the successful disposal of seven UK hotels earlier in the year, the sale of a further 18 UK properties, with a preference to maintain management contracts, is progressing well.

Baros moves to Villa Park
TVNZ – Aug 24, 2005
The23-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Villa. “Ofcourse, I am very pleased to join Villa. It is not easy to leaveLiverpool but Villa are also a big club, so I am happy to comehere,” Baros told the Villa website. “Hopefully, my best years are still to come. I am still young andvery ambitious. I want to achieve things here with Aston Villa. Baros saidVilla manager David O’Leary and midfielder Patrik Berger, a fellowCzech, had influenced his decision to move clubs… Barosjoined Liverpool from Banik Ostrava for $NZ6. 3 million inDecember 2001 and was under contract with the club until 2007. He hasscored 25 goals in 40 appearances for the Czech Republic, includingfive at Euro 2004 in Portugal where he was the tournament’s topscorer. Baros willmake his Villa debut at home to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. O’Leary’s side have lost one and drawn one of their first two gamesof the season.

City warned over Stelios deal
manchesteronline.co.uk – Aug 25, 2005
Despite signing Hidetoshi Nakata last week, Trotters boss Sam Allardyce says he will not let the Greek international leave until he has brought in another player. Liverpool have emerged as a potential rival to City for the Euro 2004 star’s signature, but Allardyce is in no mood to compromise – particularly given the threadbare nature of his squad. “Stelios’ situation is an extremely difficult one we need to resolve one way or the other and as quickly as possible,” he said. “I’ve said that to the chairman… Despite signing Hidetoshi Nakata last week, Trotters boss Sam Allardyce says he will not let the Greek international leave until he has brought in another player. Liverpool have emerged as a potential rival to City for the Euro 2004 star’s signature, but Allardyce is in no mood to compromise – particularly given the threadbare nature of his squad. “Stelios’ situation is an extremely difficult one we need to resolve one way or the other and as quickly as possible,” he said. “I’ve said that to the chairman. But as far as I’m concerned, a player of his quality is somebody that has to stay here. “If he does end up going then I need somebody in before he goes.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Aug 25, 2005
Zinedine Zidane, Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram are all included for their first competitive matches for Les Bleus since Euro 2004. All three had quit after that tournament but came out of international retirement earlier this month for the friendly with the Ivory Coast.   They heeded Domenech’s call to bail out the French who are facing a battle to qualify for next year’s World Cup. However Pires remains out of favour with Domenech, the pair having fallen out in a row over a T-shirt. Pires was fined last year after wearing a Puma top to a France press conference, as the national team are sponsored by adidas… However Pires remains out of favour with Domenech, the pair having fallen out in a row over a T-shirt. Pires was fined last year after wearing a Puma top to a France press conference, as the national team are sponsored by adidas. He hit out at Domenech and the French FA for imposing such a punishment and has not played for his country since last October. There is a strong Premiership presence, however, with Newcastle’s Jean-Alain Boumsong, Chelsea’s William Gallas and Claude Makelele, Arsenal’s Thierry Henry and Liverpool’s Djibril Cisse all included, while former Gunners Patrick Vieira and Sylvain Wiltord have also been selected.  France squad for matches against Faroe Islands (September 3rd, Lens) and Republic of Ireland (September 7th, Dublin): Gregory Coupet (Lyon), Mickael Landreau (Nantes); Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle), William Gallas (Chelsea), Gael Givet (Monaco), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Sebastien Squillaci (Monaco), Lilian Thuram (Juventus), Jonathan Zebina (Juventus); Vikash Dhorasoo (Paris St Germain), Alou Diarra (Lens), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Jerome Rothen (Paris St Germain), Patrick Vieira (Juventus), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid); Djibril Cisse (Liverpool), Ludovic Giuly (Barcelona), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon).

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 26, 2005
Malesani has also landed Greece Under-21 stars Evangelos Mantzios and Alexandros Tziolis. Spotlight on youthAEK Athens FC and PAOK FC have invested in youth too. Not capable of spending big, they have recruited some of the country’s most promising teenagers. It remains to be seen whether they will work patiently with these rough diamonds and give them the chance to shine. AEK promiseAEK certainly have more quality than last term, with the arrivals of Ukrainian striker Oleh Venhlinskiy, right-winger Vassilios Lakis and midfielder Miltos Sapanis. As for PAOK, they have welcomed back Greece captain Theodoros Zagorakis as well as capturing Egyptian teenager Shikabala, already considered one of the league’s most talented tyros.

SOCCER: Angel hopes Villa can soar with Baros
U.TV – Aug 26, 2005
“I am happy with the competition and if I do get in the side I will be doing everything I can to stay there. “O`Leary admitted that Baros` former Liverpool colleague and fellow Czech international Patrik Berger had played a major part in his decision to move to Villa. O`Leary said: “I tried to sign Milan initially before Euro 2004 but we hadn`t got the money to do it then. “He is a quality player who will only get better. The biggest thing for us in getting him here was Patrik Berger. Players do check managers out before they sign for clubs and Patrik has seen the way we do things here and told Milan. “That was a bonus for us and I also know he likes the way my teams play… I know he`s got a good record against Villa but hopefully we can bury it this weekend. “O`Leary has no problems with Blackburn`s style of play which has seen them hit the headlines. He said: “They are not a dirty side. They are a physical side who mirror their manager. When he played, he had an edge to his game. “But I won`t be saying anything to my team about keeping their discipline. I will be concentrating on us playing football and creating chances.

UEFA EURO 2008™
uefa.comUEFA.com – Aug 26, 2005
WBCP rightsWBCP, as licensing representative, has the rights to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2009, the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 2009 and the UEFA European Futsal Championship in 2007 and 2009. So far, McDonald’s, Carlsberg and JVC have been announced as official EUROTOP partners. Good relationshipUEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson said the agreement helped consolidate the co-operation established with WBCP for UEFA EURO 2004™ last summer. “We need someone to help us with the licensing programme because it is resource-consuming,” he told uefa. “In Portugal in 2004, we had a very good relationship with Warner Bros, so it is natural for us to continue and develop the relationship. Exclusive partners”Warner Bros are exclusive partners, and they are putting their resources at our disposal to get all of the different articles out to fans all over the world, because the European Championship has become a global event… ”
Fans and competitionsMr Olsson added that it was essential for a bond to be established between football enthusiasts and an event such as EURO. “This [agreement] is a way of building a relationship between the fan and the competition, rather than making money,” he said. “Fans do not have to go to matches to identify with a tournament. ”
Strategic initiative”It’s an honour for us to extend the agreement,” said Pilar Zulueta, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, Warner Bros Consumer Products. “We believe that football is a strategic initiative, and that by partnering with UEFA, we can get the most out of football. Creative retail programme”We will be managing the licensed products, while also having a very creative and aggressive retail programme,” she continued. “People can expect a larger range of products.

Pires out as big guns return
Irish Independent – Aug 26, 2005
It will be the first competitive games for Zidane, Makelele and Thuram since Euro 2004 however, Pires remains out of favour with Domenech, the pair having fallen out in a row over a T-shirt. Pires was fined last year after wearing a Puma top to a France press conference, as the national team are sponsored by adidas. He hit out at Domenech and the French FA for imposing such a punishment and has not played for France since October. Gregory Coupet will continue in place of the suspended Fabien Barthez while David Trezeguet is also suspended. FRANCE SQUAD – G Coupet (Lyon), M Landreau (Nantes); J-A Boumsong (Newcastle), W Gallas (Chelsea), G Givet (Monaco), W Sagnol (B Munich), S Squillaci (Monaco), L Thuram (Juventus), J Zebina (Juventus); V Dhorasoo (Paris St Germain), A Diarra (Lens), C Makelele (Chelsea), J Rothen (PSG) , P Vieira (Juve), Z Zidane (R Madrid); D Cisse (Liverpool), L Giuly (Barcelona), T Henry (Arsenal), F Malouda (Lyon), S Wiltord (Lyon)… It will be the first competitive games for Zidane, Makelele and Thuram since Euro 2004 however, Pires remains out of favour with Domenech, the pair having fallen out in a row over a T-shirt. Pires was fined last year after wearing a Puma top to a France press conference, as the national team are sponsored by adidas. He hit out at Domenech and the French FA for imposing such a punishment and has not played for France since October. Gregory Coupet will continue in place of the suspended Fabien Barthez while David Trezeguet is also suspended. FRANCE SQUAD – G Coupet (Lyon), M Landreau (Nantes); J-A Boumsong (Newcastle), W Gallas (Chelsea), G Givet (Monaco), W Sagnol (B Munich), S Squillaci (Monaco), L Thuram (Juventus), J Zebina (Juventus); V Dhorasoo (Paris St Germain), A Diarra (Lens), C Makelele (Chelsea), J Rothen (PSG) , P Vieira (Juve), Z Zidane (R Madrid); D Cisse (Liverpool), L Giuly (Barcelona), T Henry (Arsenal), F Malouda (Lyon), S Wiltord (Lyon). – Isabelle Rondeau Soccer.

Tudor In Bolton Talks || Walking Down The Manny Road – Unofficial…
CaleyThistleOnline.com – Aug 26, 2005
“We have agreed it with Juventus and we have been talking to the player for a couple of days. It’s just a question of getting him to Bolton and telling him what Bolton is all about and if we can do that then we will have got a good signing. “He has three years on his contract and Juventus are not keen to let him out on a permanent deal but they are quite prepared to let him out on a loan basis. We’ve got one or two others still on the list. We’ve had a good summer in terms of signings, we’ve managed to retain the rest of squad too, including Jay-Jay Okocha. ”

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