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December 25, 2006

UEFA ORGANISATION: Johansson urges unity

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The News Review:

* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Olympics 2004
* The better halves
* Portugal: Quaresma taking centre stage
* UEFA ORGANISATION: Johansson urges unity
* UEFA President Lennart Johansson’s Christmas and new year message
* Caught in time: Micky Walsh, goal of the season, 1974-45
* Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Olympics 2004
Irish Times – Dec 21, 2006
We find a little familiar schadenfreude in the haplessness of the Greeks, who, faced with 10 years of tax burden for hosting the carnival, find they have had all the joy and hoopla any country needs, thanks. They won Euro 2004. Who needs to wake up with a hangover and remember that the world is coming around later? At the latest count, eight days before the Games, 2. 3 million available tickets had been sold. Classic Olympic stuff. Occasionally too, gloriously when it happens, we will be moved… Subsisting uncomplainingly on grants, training three times a day, forever blistered, sore and fatigued and taking just a vitamin capsule and good diet advice to get them through it, Lynch and Towey (and the four – O’Toole, Coakley, Archibald and Griffin) are an amazing story. Should they get to stand on a pedestal at a medal ceremony over the next few weeks, they know their rewards will be slender beyond the satisfaction and joy of having honestly given everything they have to give. Fiscally, it’s not a fair world but how many of those who will stand on similar pedestals in Athens with dope of one sort or another still coursing furtively through their veins will be able to say the same thing – that they honestly gave everything. Set Sam Lynch’s words about fulfilment and effort against the tacky world revealed when the Feds lifted the lid on a little shop of horrors called Balco a few months ago and we have the great contradiction of the Olympics. Marion Jones’s achievements in Sydney smell so bogus now. Her long jumping in Athens will be met with indifference. A wagonload of American athletes will be missing, some of them busy posting world championship medals back for distribution to their rightful owners.

The better halves
Pakistan Dawn – Dec 21, 2006
The Daily Mail claims it coined the seminal anthropological term during Euro 2004 in Portugal. But arguably it was Grazia, the women?s weekly magazine that turned it into a full phenomenon during this summer?s World Cup. To Baden-Baden and the World Cup, the Wags brought their babies, and their mums and dads (MADs) to mind the babies; they wore city shorts with heels, carried must- have handbags, made use of the official touring spray tanning team and one or two stood on tables in the local hostelry singing ?I Will Survive?. At the hotel, on the half-hour they got up and promenaded around the swimming pool, never actually getting in the water (unlike their boys, proper Scouse girls don?t do sport). Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Tweedy, two footballers? wives with high careers, apparently tried to distance themselves from the scene, Tweedy later making pointed remarks as to how she didn?t need to borrow boyfriend Ashley Cole?s ?plastic to go shopping? because she had her own… In particular, we took to our collective, Grazia-reading bosom the three Liverpool Wags: Coleen McLoughlin (engaged to Wayne Rooney), Alex Curran (engaged to Steven Gerrard) and Abigail Clancy, ?on-off? girlfriend of Peter Crouch. When new England manager Steve McClaren banned the whole Cavalliclad carnival from all future tournaments on the grounds that they were a distraction, he sounded like Adam and his weaselly serpent sidekick blaming original sin on a collection of Fake Bake-tanned, fun-loving Eves. Anyway, did they crumble, did they lay down and die? No they did not. The Wags are enormously intimidating to southern scruffs like me and, as I am dispatched to meet them at the Scouserati night of the year, Cricket boutique?s fashion show, I am practically quaking in my very last-season boots. This year, there?s even more pressure on the night as the venue, the revamped Liverpool Town Hall, can seat only 300. Given the store has a customer base of thousands, aside from all the Wags and Emmerdale starlets that need to be accommodated, I am truly in possession of a scorchingly hot ticket. It?s an inauspicious start as I arrive in the soon to be Capital of Culture.

Portugal: Quaresma taking centre stage
noticias.info – Dec 22, 2006
His talent, skill on the ball and mazy dribbles quickly saw him dubbed the ‘Harry Potter’ of the Portuguese league. Sporting proceeded to win the 2002 league and cup double and, like Figo before him, the young Lisbon-born magician caught the eye of the scouts from Spanish giants Barcelona. Quaresma signed for the Catalan club in the summer of 2003 but was not to enjoy the same success at the Camp Nou as his much-feted elder. Used sparingly by Frank Rijkaard, he started just ten games, scoring only once. “I want to make a name for myself at Barcelona, but no one can prove their worth if they are not given a chance,” he lamented at the time. “For a young player like me, knowing that your coach believes in you is the most important thing. But I don’t know what the problem is, as he doesn’t talk to me!”To further compound his misery, a late-season foot injury saw the talented Portuguese miss out on the summer’s international competitions… “For a young player like me, knowing that your coach believes in you is the most important thing. But I don’t know what the problem is, as he doesn’t talk to me!”To further compound his misery, a late-season foot injury saw the talented Portuguese miss out on the summer’s international competitions. After watching the UEFA European U-21 Championship, UEFA EURO 2004 and the Olympic Football Tournament from his living room, Quaresma left Barca to return to his native land with FC Porto. The northern club had recently won the 2004 UEFA Champions League, although the loss of charismatic coach Jose Mourinho and a host of key players (Deco, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho) saw them lose their domestic crown to bitter rivals Benfica in 2005. The Encarnados would not enjoy bragging rights for long, with Porto bagging the following season’s league and cup double. Quaresma played a key role in the blue-and-white revival, notching five goals in 31 league games and being voted player of the season. Europe in his sightsNevertheless, Luiz Felipe Scolari opted to do without the services of the FC Porto winger for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany?.

UEFA ORGANISATION: Johansson urges unity
noticias.info – Dec 22, 2006
Extraordinary impactI’ll leave it to the technicians to judge the quality of the play and the tactical trends, and would just like to pay tribute here to Europe’s representatives, who monopolised the semi-finals and showed that the efforts of our national associations and clubs are really paying off. What also stood out was the extraordinary impact of the event and the party atmosphere that reigned for the whole duration, not only in Germany but all over the world. Football’s powerEven more than during UEFA EURO 2004? in Portugal, the World Cup finals in Germany reflected the immeasurable power of national team football to bring people together despite their differences and individual interests. We should not forget, however, that this phenomenon, which is largely, if not universally, acknowledged as being extremely positive, is built on shaky ground. In the current environment, the civil courts could at any moment place a question mark over the foundations on which the football pyramid is based, where national team football and club football live together in harmony. Sporting valuesFor many years now, we have been doing everything we can to gain acceptance of our belief that football must benefit from legal certainty and autonomy in order to be able to ensure that its institutions and competitions are well run in the interests of all, with priority placed on sporting values. Ray of hopeIn this respect, 2006 has left us with more than a ray of hope.

UEFA President Lennart Johansson’s Christmas and new year message
uefa.comUEFA.com – Dec 24, 2006
Extraordinary impactI’ll leave it to the technicians to judge the quality of the play and the tactical trends, and would just like to pay tribute here to Europe’s representatives, who monopolised the semi-finals and showed that the efforts of our national associations and clubs are really paying off. What also stood out was the extraordinary impact of the event and the party atmosphere that reigned for the whole duration, not only in Germany but all over the world. Football’s powerEven more than during UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal, the World Cup finals in Germany reflected the immeasurable power of national team football to bring people together despite their differences and individual interests. We should not forget, however, that this phenomenon, which is largely, if not universally, acknowledged as being extremely positive, is built on shaky ground. In the current environment, the civil courts could at any moment place a question mark over the foundations on which the football pyramid is based, where national team football and club football live together in harmony. Sporting valuesFor many years now, we have been doing everything we can to gain acceptance of our belief that football must benefit from legal certainty and autonomy in order to be able to ensure that its institutions and competitions are well run in the interests of all, with priority placed on sporting values. Ray of hopeIn this respect, 2006 has left us with more than a ray of hope.

Caught in time: Micky Walsh, goal of the season, 1974-45
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 24, 2006
The Chorley-born striker also collected 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland and merited considerable coverage on the news pages when his wife presented him with quads after pioneering IVF treatment with the now universally revered fertility expert Professor Robert Winston. However most remember Walsh as an integral part of Saturday nights in the mid-1970s when he scored Match of the Day’s goal of the season with a much replayed piece of opportunism. Back then, BBC TV’s football highlights show was not just the domain of the upper echelons, but was contractually obligated to delve into the lower divisions of the Football League. Blackpool were playing Sunderland in the old Second Division on February 1, 1975, and were not optimistic of a return to the top flight they left four seasons earlier. The Wearsiders, managed by Bob Stokoe, who signed Walsh in his previous job at Bloomfield Road, had battled back from a 2-0 deficit when the striker collected the ball just inside the opponents’ half from a clearance from Paul Hart. Walsh takes up the story. “They were the top side in the division at the time and favourites to go up… But that goal had a phenomenal impact on the rest of my life. It made me long-lasting friendships with the Match of the Day commentator Barry Davies and the late Mike Murphy, the youngest ever editor of the programme. I got to know Niall Sloane, head of football at the BBC, and worked for him at Euro 2004 in Portugal. I’ve worked in insurance, dabbled in the travel business, been an agent and now represent the executive recruitment consultancy GCG plc. But the goal seems to have had an influence in just about everything I’ve done. ” It took another two years for Walsh to move into the top flight with Everton and he admits the First Division never saw his best football. A tackle by Gordon McQueen of Manchester United left him with a broken foot.

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Spartanburg Herald Journal – Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription… – Dec 24, 2006
Walker spent four years at Leicester before being released on 6 May 2005 and joining Bolton on a one year contract. Walker was the goalkeeper for Bolton’s first ever European match away from England against Bulgarian team Lokomotiv Plovdiv In May 2006 Walker was rewarded for his patience in not playing a single league game by being given a further two year contract. International

Walker has been capped for the England national team four times, making his debut in 1996 against Hungary. His most infamous game was against Italy in a qualification match for the 1998 World Cup where he is widely believed to have been at fault to a Gianfranco Zola strike. England lost this game to Italy 1:0 at Wembley Stadium. He backed up David James at Euro 2004 but has now been overtaken by Paul Robinson, David James, Robert Green, Scott Carson, Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland in the pecking order… His most infamous game was against Italy in a qualification match for the 1998 World Cup where he is widely believed to have been at fault to a Gianfranco Zola strike. England lost this game to Italy 1:0 at Wembley Stadium. He backed up David James at Euro 2004 but has now been overtaken by Paul Robinson, David James, Robert Green, Scott Carson, Ben Foster and Chris Kirkland in the pecking order. Personal life

Walker and his former Page Three wife Suzi lived in a mock-Tudor mansion in Cobham, Surrey, as featured on MTV Cribs.

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