Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 27, 2005

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific

Filed under: EURO 2008 — Ivan @ 1:37 pm

The News Review:

* UEFA EURO 2008™
* Home truths hurt Eriksson
* Serial giant killers claim new victim in Ipswich-Sport-Football…
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific
* UEFA Intertoto Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* UEFA Intertoto Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* UEFA Intertoto Cup – Fixtures & Results – Match…

UEFA EURO 2008™ – Aug 26, 2005
Long-term agreementEuropean football’s governing body announced on Friday that it has signed a long-term strategic licensing agreement with WBCP. The deal also involves WBCP having the rights to other competitions which are part of the new UEFA EUROTOP programme. Licensing programmeWith relation to EURO 2008™, which takes place in Austria and Switzerland in three years’ time, the agreement means WBCP will handle the licensing programme to develop official licensed products as well as a major retail licensing operation. WBCP will also develop the EURO 2008™ mascot, in addition to the art elements required to support the licensing programme. UEFA’s projected revenue from the 2008 final round is some €1billion. EUROTOP programmeThe EUROTOP programme is a new programme developed by UEFA aimed at improving existing commercial offerings. This marketing concept is designed to offer six top UEFA partners a comprehensive integrated rights package for EURO 2008™ and other top national-team competitions within UEFA… ”
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.

Home truths hurt Eriksson
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Aug 21, 2005
Judging by the fans’ reaction to the dire capitulation in Copenhagen, Eriksson and his team would be hard-pressed to fill Crewe’s Gresty Road for a non-competitive match played at home. In the event of England qualifying for the World Cup as winners of Group 6, they will meet the two-time World Cup winners on the international date set aside for the playoffs between group runners-up. A neutral ground is deemed appropriate by both sides, and agreement has been reached on Geneva, which is one of the venues to be used at Euro 2008. The FA estimate that they would receive at least £2m from the sale of television and ancillary rights. On the evidence of last Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat, Eriksson and his employers could be accused of counting chickens, instead of goals against. Nobody who witnessed England’s defeat will be inclined to risk a single kroner on the same players holding off Poland to win the group. If there is any comfort to be had from a truly shocking result, it is that the players who collapsed and haemorrhaged three goals in seven minutes in the Parken stadium won’t be the same when qualifying resumes against Wales in Cardiff on September 3… The most significant consequence is that we may never see David James and Glen Johnson at this level again. James has been calamitous in goal once too often, and his admission that he “hadn’t prepared himself” to play amounted to an international suicide note. Why not, for heaven’s sake? Eriksson had announced beforehand that Paul Robinson would play no more than 45 minutes. Johnson was just as culpable after replacing Gary Neville but deserves some of the sympathy James has exhausted. A talented product of the West Ham academy, he is a victim of Chelsea syndrome — a young player seduced by the fame and fortune on offer at Stamford Bridge who has found his appearances on the pitch limited by the competition that exists within Jose Mourinho’s cast of superstars. Eriksson hopes that he will come good “eventually” but is not holding his breath, and has gone as far as to name Phil Neville as his brother’s understudy for the immediate future. As for goalkeepers, if Robinson was seriously injured tomorrow, James would be overlooked and Nigel Martyn recalled on a stop-gap basis.

Serial giant killers claim new victim in Ipswich-Sport-Football…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Aug 24, 2005
Hopefully our reputation has been fully restored. ” IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): L Price — L Castro, R Naylor, A Collins, M Richards — J Juan (sub I Westlake, 45), K Horlock, D Currie (F Wilnis, 45), J Peters (O Garvan, 45) — D McDonald, D Bowditch. Substitutes not used: S Supple, S Barron. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2): C. Weale — K Amankwaah, E Sodje, T Skiverton, C Miles (A Lockwood, 71) — A Davies, L Johnson, D Way, N Jones — P Bastianini (P Terry, 78), M Harrold (K Gall 69). Substitutes not used: S Collis, A Lindegaard.

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific – 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. – Aug 22, 2005
Rekindling enthusiasm”Similarly, the professionals could look to mini-pitch football to remember what football is really all about and to rekindle the enthusiasm that drove them when they still played at that level, where everybody knows that the game is meaningless if it is not played by the rules, despite there being no referee on the field,” the CEO continued. “Therefore, the rules are respected, for pragmatic reasons more than anything else, and though disputes are bound to arise from time to time, they are soon resolved so that the game can continue. ”
Lucky to have refereesMr Olsson added: “Professional football is lucky to have not only one referee but a whole team of referees to oversee a match. In addition, all those referees undergo specific, rigorous training to ensure that they are as fit as possible to officiate and that matches are played according to the Laws of the Game. Referees’ integrity”It is totally unacceptable that some players defy the spirit of the game by treating the referee as a judge who can be influenced by protest or deceit. The one or two cases that have tainted refereeing recently are rare exceptions and in no way should they be allowed to call the integrity of the referee into question. Crucial for football”Respecting the referee and his decisions is crucial for football, and the professionals, as well as their coaches and officials, need to realise that they have an example to set in this regard,” the CEO concluded.

UEFA Intertoto Cup – News & Features – News Specific – Aug 23, 2005

Highs and lowsThat European jaunt has had a rocky start, however, with new signing Edu sustaining a serious knee ligament tear in training on Saturday, which could sideline him for much of the season. Miguel Ángel Angulo may replace him in midfield after completing a seven-match ban, while Rubén Baraja returns from a knee problem to provide coach Quique Sánchez Flores with a welcome boost. ‘Strong side’Another newcomer, Portuguese right-back Miguel, was not registered in time for this evening’s game. Nonetheless, after losing just three Spanish Primera División home matches last term, Valencia expect to be able to cope without him, even if Mista concedes it will not be easy. “Hamburg are a strong side that like to press the opposition,” he said. “They proved a very difficult team to play against in the away leg. ”
Striking injuriesThe Bundesliga club’s cutting edge has been blunted by a series of injuries, though.

UEFA Intertoto Cup – News & Features – News Specific – Aug 23, 2005
Unlike Gillot, though, player-coach Dorinel Munteanu has selection problems to contend with. Goalkeeper Petru Turcas has a shoulder complaint and makes way for new boy Martin Tudor, while captain Vasile Jula is doubtful with a leg injury. Munteanu exampleMunteanu, however, will ensure his men do not go down without a fight. He equalled Gheorghe Hagi’s record of 125 caps for Romania against Andorra last week, and the veteran will be leading by example at the Stade Félix-Bollaert. “Like in Vaslui, we will play with three strikers,” he said. “We are going to France to win and to qualify, even if we know it will be very difficult.

UEFA Intertoto Cup – Fixtures & Results – Match… – Aug 23, 2005
Dindane hit the post on the hour as Lens continued to dominate and the killer second goal duly arrived on 75 minutes, Coulibaly the first to react to a loose ball from close range. Cousin penaltyTwo minutes later, Lens striker Cousin was floored in the box and dusted himself down to score from the penalty spot. Leading comfortably, Lens sat back and Munteanu’s consolation from beautiful free-kick did not change the outcome. All rights reserved.

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