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September 25, 2005

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The News Review:

* Burley at the very heart of new Romanov dynasty
* Pressley takes the lead as Tynecastle revolution grows
* Glory Hunt
* RTÉ Sport: Calamitous Real debut for Woodgate
* FOOTBALL EUROPE: Munteanu keeps on running
* BBC SPORT | Northern Ireland | Bigger stadium is planned for NI
* Bank and CBI clash on state of economy
* Eager Campbell swells crowd
* ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Kopcak: On the other Madrid
* UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific

Burley at the very heart of new Romanov dynasty
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 21, 2005
A Russian-born Lithuanian who used to sell Beatles records from the boot of his car back in the USSR 40 years ago, Romanov, 58, funded a Chelsea-style revolution during the summer months, bringing in a manager of his own choice — George Burley — and nine new players, most of whom were also of his own choice, after seeing his latest business interest finish fifth in the 2004-05 league campaign 43 points behind champions Rangers. It is Burley’s job to coach the players and select the team. What would appear to be a working practice fraught with pitfalls has, thus far at least, proved a remarkable success, sending a welcome gust of fresh air wafting through Scottish football. Of all Romanov’s acquisitions — and Czech international midfielder Rudi Skacel has already become an icon to the fans having broken a club record by scoring in all seven league games — the appointment of Burley, voted England’s Manager of the Year in 2001 when he guided newly-promoted Ipswich into Europe, may prove to be the most astute of all. Too young at 49 to remember when Hearts last won the championship in 1960, Burley knows is it 21 seasons now since Aberdeen briefly interrupted the Old Firm’s traditional domination and fully accepts that third place and entry to the UEFA Cup remain the club’s most realistic aims come next May… A Russian-born Lithuanian who used to sell Beatles records from the boot of his car back in the USSR 40 years ago, Romanov, 58, funded a Chelsea-style revolution during the summer months, bringing in a manager of his own choice — George Burley — and nine new players, most of whom were also of his own choice, after seeing his latest business interest finish fifth in the 2004-05 league campaign 43 points behind champions Rangers. It is Burley’s job to coach the players and select the team. What would appear to be a working practice fraught with pitfalls has, thus far at least, proved a remarkable success, sending a welcome gust of fresh air wafting through Scottish football. Of all Romanov’s acquisitions — and Czech international midfielder Rudi Skacel has already become an icon to the fans having broken a club record by scoring in all seven league games — the appointment of Burley, voted England’s Manager of the Year in 2001 when he guided newly-promoted Ipswich into Europe, may prove to be the most astute of all. Too young at 49 to remember when Hearts last won the championship in 1960, Burley knows is it 21 seasons now since Aberdeen briefly interrupted the Old Firm’s traditional domination and fully accepts that third place and entry to the UEFA Cup remain the club’s most realistic aims come next May.

Pressley takes the lead as Tynecastle revolution grows
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 24, 2005
Steven Pressley intends to prove that today by ensuring that Heart of Midlothian’s momentum remains untouched. The visit of Rangers gives Pressley yet another chance to prove how much he has matured since leaving his old club a decade ago. Not even the prospect of facing Dado Prso, who knocked out one of his recent opponents, will have Pressley shrinking from the challenge. The Rangers striker has outmuscled every marker since coming to Scotland 15 months ago. He even left FC Porto’s Pedro Emanuel with concussion after a collision in the Champions League 11 days ago and Prso will be wearing a bandage today at Tynecastle to protect his scarred forehead. Pressley, though, has his reputation to protect. Now, literally, the heart of the Scotland defence, as he approaches his 32nd birthday next month, the player has come a long way since Rangers put him up against Rudi Völler — the man whose goals won the World Cup for Germany in 1990 — in a Champions League game against Marseilles in 1992 at Ibrox… A number of teams have to be capable of beating the Old Firm. “We have signed players of great pedigree this summer. Takis Fyssas (the left-back signed from Benfica) won Euro 2004 with Greece, playing in a side that believed even though they were 250-1 outsiders. He goes into everything with a positive attitude. “Edgar Jankauskas has a Champions League medal after winning with Porto in 2004. We have players who are at the top of their game. ” If Pressley is too modest to shout about his own contribution, George Burley has no hesitation in naming the captain he inherited as equally valuable as those whose talents he bought.

Glory Hunt
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 25, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. It was not Rudi Skacel, the midfielder who can’t stop scoring, or Edgaras Jankauskas, the striker with a Champions League pedigree, or Takis Fyssas, the Euro 2004 winning left-back. In July the priority of the new Hearts manager was the recruitment of a 42-year-old former Wrexham midfielder. Without him the stream of international talent would soon dry up. Simon Hunt does not do many interviews and does not get his picture taken if he can help it. We are fortunate to catch up with Burley’s assistant manager and chief scout at all… Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. It was not Rudi Skacel, the midfielder who can’t stop scoring, or Edgaras Jankauskas, the striker with a Champions League pedigree, or Takis Fyssas, the Euro 2004 winning left-back. In July the priority of the new Hearts manager was the recruitment of a 42-year-old former Wrexham midfielder. Without him the stream of international talent would soon dry up. Simon Hunt does not do many interviews and does not get his picture taken if he can help it. We are fortunate to catch up with Burley’s assistant manager and chief scout at all.

RTÉ Sport: Calamitous Real debut for Woodgate
rte.ie – Sep 23, 2005
He scored an own goal and was sent off as he made a calamitous first league start for the club he joined in summer 2004. It was not too costly as Raul scored twice and Robinho grabbed his first goal for Madrid in a 3-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao. And the 25-year-old Woodgate, sidelined by a thigh injury since April last year, tried to look on the bright side. “Physically I felt good,” he said. “My leg was no problem and I felt strong. ”
Woodgate’s first meaningful action was to head Joseba Etxeberria’s cross-shot into his own net after 25 minutes to hand Bilbao the lead.

FOOTBALL EUROPE: Munteanu keeps on running
noticias.info – Sep 23, 2005
Here he won only the second league title of his career, having claimed an earlier championship with Dinamo. International experienceToo young to play at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Munteanu got his chance at the 1994 and 1998 tournaments as well as at the finals of EURO ’96? and UEFA EURO 2000?. But, after Romania failed to qualify for UEFA EURO 2004?, he found himself out of favour with coach Anghel Iordanescu. Age no barrierHowever, he has made a surprise comeback under Iordanescu’s successor Victor Piturca in 2005, with the coach saying: “Munteanu has such a way of playing that he cannot miss a match. He can help us a lot and his age does not matter. As long as he plays well, I will call him up, no matter how old he is. New roleAnd Munteanu is still going strong… His own manWith no one yet capable of filling his shoes, there is no danger of that. In the meantime, Romanian supporters can continue to watch a living legend. Not a hero like Hagi, perhaps, but a phenomenon all the same. datos de la noticia

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BBC SPORT | Northern Ireland | Bigger stadium is planned for NI
BBC News – Sep 20, 2005
The plan is now for a 42,000-seater facility, 12,000 more than first planned, meaning an increased estimated cost of ?85million. It is understood the venue could be modelled on FC Porto’s Dragao Stadium which was used for Euro 2004. The government has sent a revised business plan to football, rugby and GAA authorities in Northern Ireland. They must all support the new stadium for the project to go ahead. A government source said if the facility was built, it would be suitable for major events like the Uefa Cup football final or Irish rugby internationals.

Bank and CBI clash on state of economy
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 22, 2005
A significant cut in rates is essential to prevent further deterioration. “Ian McCafferty, chief economist of the CBI, said: “Part of the explanation in the dramatic change in direction is that last June was an especially good one. Euro 2004 was in full swing and the weather was hot, lifting sales of everything from garden furniture to barbecues. “Mr McCafferty said there are also differences between the way the CBI conducts its survey and the ONS methods. The CBI surveys 125 retailers accounting for about half of jobs on the high street. But the ONS surveys 10,000 retailers and includes booming online and mail order businesses, such as Ocado, Amazon and Boden. The CBI only picks up direct sales from traditional retailers, such as Tesco, the British Retail Consortium has a similar omission… In contrast to the gloomy news from the CBI, the Bank of England’s said lending has picked up. Its monthly survey showed that the number of new mortgages for house purchases was 96,000 in May, compared with 95,000 in April. The Bank’s number is slightly larger than that of the British Bankers’ Association published earlier in the week, which did not include building societies and some small banks. Net mortgage lending was £8 billion in May, up from £7. 3 billion in April.

Eager Campbell swells crowd
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 21, 2005
Unfortunately for Campbell, he has returned to a crowded stage. England’s World Cup qualifying hopes may be in the balance, along with the future of Sven-Göran Eriksson, but the head coach has no shortage of centre backs. Waiting in the wings behind Rio Ferdinand and John Terry, whose reputations remain high despite recent results, lies the imposing presence of Ledley King, who performed admirably alongside Campbell at Euro 2004, while those blessed with long memories may recall the potential of Jonathan Woodgate. And there is always Jamie Carragher. If Eriksson has nothing better to do tomorrow, he could do worse than to board a flight to Madrid, where Woodgate is set to make his Real debut against Athletic Bilbao after 17 months out with a thigh injury. If nothing else, the former Leeds United and Newcastle United centre back deserves encouragement after a painful rehabilitation. Campbell’s recovery has not been so tortuous, but those two towering headers against Everton represent a significant breakthrough… If Eriksson has nothing better to do tomorrow, he could do worse than to board a flight to Madrid, where Woodgate is set to make his Real debut against Athletic Bilbao after 17 months out with a thigh injury. If nothing else, the former Leeds United and Newcastle United centre back deserves encouragement after a painful rehabilitation. Campbell’s recovery has not been so tortuous, but those two towering headers against Everton represent a significant breakthrough. Eriksson was not there to witness the perfect synergy of athleticism and commitment that helped him to leap above the visiting team’s defence but will have been filled in by Tord Grip, his assistant. The former Tottenham Hotspur defender’s willingness to travel to the United States last summer sat well with the Swede and he has never ruled out his return to the fold. “John Terry had a great last season, and I have been absolutely happy with him when he has played for England, but I will never close the door on Sol Campbell,” Eriksson said. “I shall be monitoring his progress closely.

ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Kopcak: On the other Madrid
go.com – Sep 25, 2005
However, the appointment of Jes?s Gil y Gil, a familiar of legendary Atl?tico supremo Vicente Calder?n, to the club’s board of directors would change all that. Born March 11, 1933 in the sleepy Sorian town Burgo de Osma, the would-be veterinarian (reportedly too squeamish to wield a scalpel) eventually found his way to property development after a stint in auto sales. His success (and failure), not to mention his massive personality, solidified his media position. Gil, in his spare time, founded a pro-business political party Grupo Independiente Liberal (GIL) in June 1991 and became mayor of seaside Mediterranean Marbella in 1995; propelling the revitalization of the local economy with a one-two of Gil-backed redevelopment and tourism. He also adorned the town hall, funding construction of a Generalissimo Franco bust, who pardoned the fledgling magnate for his role in a 1969 construction disaster. A modern day Alcibiades-clad in businessman’s get-up and wielding statistics, the incidents in his life of playing both ends against the middle in the name of self gain, while colorful, are far too vast in occurrence to even attempt listing in so modest a framing. A former amateur center back, Gil professed his love of futebol the course of his entire part in this universal play… Acquiring French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin (Celta Vigo) and Argentine shot-stopper Leo Franco (Mallorca) as well as Columbian Luis Perea (Boca Juniors) and Spaniards Juan Velasco (Celta Vigo), Antonio L?pez (Osasuna), Pablo Ib??ez (Albacete) in defense, the club conceded a stalwart 34 goals, third best in La Primera, during the 2004-05 campaign. Despite the defensive record, the club finished eleventh. Last season it was the offense, which frustrated after suffering the retirement of Greek international Demis Nikolaidis after Euro 2004. The team’s anemic 40 goal return ranked sixteenth, above only the relegated sides – Albacete, Levante, and Numancia – and H?ctor C?per’s sixteenth-placed strugglers, Mallorca. For Atleti’s offensive tribulations, failing to replace Fernando Torres’ retired Hellenic strike partner was no help at all. Toward that end, Bianci has signed two Argentine flankers Luciano Galletti (Zaragoza) and Maxi Rodr?guez (Espanyol) in addition to recruiting ex-Chelsea striker Mateja Ke?man and Bulgarian road-runner Martin Petrov (VfL Wolfsburg). These world class reinforcements have stirred quite the buzz around the training facilities.

UEFA Champions League – News & Features – News specific
uefa.comUEFA.com – Sep 21, 2005
Frozen outThe 29-year-old was tied to the Athens team until December but is now free to negotiate with other sides, although if he agrees terms with another Alpha Ethniki outfit he will be unable to play until January. Basinas’s departure ends three months of talks between player and club after it became apparent he was not in coach Alberto Malesani’s plans for the season. Greek internationalA member of his country’s victorious UEFA EURO 2004™ squad, Basinas spent ten years at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium following his debut in 1995. He subsequently registered 27 goals in 199 league appearances, winning two championships and one Greek Cup, and Panathinaikos were keen to acknowledge his efforts. “We would like to thank Angelos Basinas for his contribution to the club over all these years,” a club spokesman said.

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