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February 8, 2007

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* Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
* ADVOCAAT FUMES AFTER WIN
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* CAMACHO DEFENDS BECKHAM
* D-DAY FOR WALES IN EURO 2004
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* DEISLER OUT OF EURO 2004 : Sporting Life – Football | Germany…
* EURO HOPEFULS AIM FOR ENGLAND SPOT
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* THURAM CRITICISES COACH : Sporting Life – Football | France Ligue 1…
* SVEN DELIVERS OWEN WARNING
* SANCHEZ’ EYE ON EURO 2004 : Sporting Life – Football | Spain…
* JUNE 2004 – A MONTH IN REVIEW: Sporting Life | Football Scores,…
* PALIOS GUARANTEES SVEN WILL STAY
* LIFE EURO 2004 RANKINGS: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* WENGER LOVES DENNIS BEING A MENACE
* BECKS HAPPY TO HELP OUT WIDE

Sporting Life – Football | Chelsea v Middlesbrough Live, Man Utd v…
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We know it will be difficult, but we believe in ourselves. Despite being the clear underdogs in a group including France, England and Croatia, Switzerland will not be there to make up the numbers when they arrive in Portugal. “Despite our problems and injuries, we have to look far in Euro 2004 and not just be content with being involved,” Chapuisat explained. “We’ve battled to get there, so it’s not the time to give it all up now. “I dream of being able to celebrate my 35th birthday over there on the 28th of June, that would mean we have passed the quarter-finals.

ADVOCAAT FUMES AFTER WIN
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“In comparison to the match against the USA we have played against Norway with more concentration and we gave away less space and chances because of that. “But on the other hand we have had far too little chances ourselves. When I look at the attack it’s not encouraging, considering the forthcoming Euro 2004qualifiers. Holland were drawn in Group 3 for the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, alongside the Belarussians, the Czech Republic, Austria and Moldova, while Norway are in Group 2 with Denmark, Luxembourg, Romania and Bosnia-Herzogovina.

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DAILY MIRROR: Roman Abramovich last night made a humble apology in a desperate attempt to end his bitter feud with Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. Also: Sven-Goran Eriksson last night admitted the nation will forgive him only if he can lead England to Euro 2004 glory this summer. DAILY MAIL: Sven-Goran Eriksson last night urged England supporters to judge him on the team’s performance at Euro 2004 and not his flirtation with Chelsea. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson’s freedom to compete with big-spenders such as Chelsea this summer will be severely curtailed by the Manchester United board, despite the club announcing soaring profits yesterday. DAILY EXPRESS: Chelsea last night performed an extraordinary U-turn after chief executive Peter Kenyon called Claudio Ranieri to Stamford Bridge to offer an olive branch and broker a peace deal. Also: Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he will have to lead England to glory in Euro 2004 in order to redeem his tarnished reputation with the fans. DAILY STAR: Roma manager Fabio Capello last night issued Chelsea with a `come and get me’ plea.

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usDAILY STAR: David Beckham last night roared: England are a better team than France. And he claimed he has looked in his players’ eyes and knows they are ready for Euro 2004 glory… DAILY MAIL: David Beckham rallied his England team last night, insisting they are stronger than favourites France and can win Euro 2004. THE GUARDIAN: `The years are dwindling now,’ Paul Scholes said this week, reflecting on the remaining opportunities to win something big with England. Not given to overstatement or unnecessary displays of pathos, Scholes was nevertheless unwilling to disguise the fact that for this generation of England players the time has come to secure their place in history. THE INDEPENDENT: June is shaping up to be a month of extremes for Ledley King, the Tottenham centre-half.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson last night urged England fans not to turn into hooligans who could destroy the nation’s hopes of Euro 2004 glory. DAILY STAR: David Moyes last night admitted that Everton will struggle to hold on to wonder kid Wayne Rooney if he lights up Euro 2004. But the Goodison boss insists that mega-rich Chelsea – and not Manchester United – are the only club that can afford to buy the 18-year-old England superstar. Also: Frank Lampard has hailed Sven-Goran Eriksson’s decision-making as an England trump card for Euro 2004.

CAMACHO DEFENDS BECKHAM
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“He knows there are players such as (Luis) Figo, (Zinedine) Zidane, Ronaldo,Roberto Carlos or Raul and that he won’t have to take responsibility foreverything. They will have to share the load. Speaking the day after England’s quarter-final defeat to Portugal at Euro2004, Beckham claimed that players at the Spanish club did not “do as muchconditioning work at Madrid as we did at Manchester United”. Beckham has since come in for criticism from Madrid president FlorentinoPerez, who claimed that the 29-year-old had undertaken no training during theSpanish league’s winter break. Perez told the Daily Mirror: “Yes, we understand your [Beckham’s]concerns. We agree with you that the training was not up to it and that theorganisation of the team was not right. “We will put that right next season.

D-DAY FOR WALES IN EURO 2004
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“UEFA have an opportunity to say something about drugs in our sport, whetherthey will and face the consequences of the decision they should make, it dependson the people involved,” said Hughes. “Why should we not do this? Anybody else would do the same. For too long wehave maybe felt that we are only Wales so what we say will not make adifference. “But that is not the case now, we have made people sit up and take notice onthe pitch and now we aim to do the same off it as well… “UEFA have an opportunity to say something about drugs in our sport, whetherthey will and face the consequences of the decision they should make, it dependson the people involved,” said Hughes. “Why should we not do this? Anybody else would do the same. For too long wehave maybe felt that we are only Wales so what we say will not make adifference. “But that is not the case now, we have made people sit up and take notice onthe pitch and now we aim to do the same off it as well. He added: “Logistics of ticket sales, hotels booked, draws made, should notcome into it. Yugoslavia dropped out in ’92 and Denmark came off the beach towin the tournament and just took over their fixtures, so there is no need for are-draw.

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Steven Gerrard last night insisted Wayne Rooney will not get carried away with his Euro 2004 success – because he is treating it like a game with his mates down the park. Frank Lampard last night spelt out how player power convinced Eriksson to ditch his diamond and find England’s winning formula for Euro 2004.

DEISLER OUT OF EURO 2004 : Sporting Life – Football | Germany…
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Deisler has been sidelined with depression for much of the season although he scored for Bayern in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Freiburg in the last match of the season. Deisler said after the match that he would not be in the squad. “I am not taking part, that’s definite,” said Deisler. “I had a chat with (Germany coach) Rudi Voller a few days ago.

EURO HOPEFULS AIM FOR ENGLAND SPOT
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And that, it seems, is as much the reason for Jermain Defoe moving toTottenham and Scott Parker switching to Chelsea as anything else, as they joinedLouis Saha and Jose Reyes as the transfer window’s biggest signings. Both will relish the chance to prove themselves at supposedly bigger clubs. Both, however, would be lying if they did not admit that the chance of sneakinginto the Euro 2004 squad was not also on their minds. Defoe has been accused of many things lately, but not failing to speak hismind. “I was still thinking about it [Euro 2004] while I was at West Ham and TrevorBrooking used to say ‘keep on doing your stuff and you might have a chance’. Ithink I have a chance now that I’m in the Premiership,” he insisted.

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usTHE SUN: Sol Campbell last night warned England not to gamble on John Terry in Sunday’s Euro 2004 blockbuster against France. Also: Marc Overmars is in line for a return to the Premiership with Newcastle. DAILY EXPRESS: Michael Owen has said it will be “a travesty” if England do not fulfil their rich potential by winning a major tournament in the next two years. Also: Arsenal are making a surprise move for Celta Vigo goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

THURAM CRITICISES COACH : Sporting Life – Football | France Ligue 1…
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Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly and notably Zinedine Zidane have also stooddown as has Claude Makelele who was not involved in the World Cup win. Thuram took aim at Domenech’s refusal to call on the services of ManchesterCity striker Anelka or Werder Bremen playmaker Micoud who was central to histeam’s Bundesliga title win last season. Anelka, who has a history of falling out with coaches, has not played forFrance since 2002 but has indicated he would like to return. Micoud, who was Zidane’s understudy for many years, retired from internationalfootball when Domenech’s predecessor Jacques Santini did not pick him for Euro2004 despite an excellent season. Thuram told L’Equipe: “I am surprised we can talk of a team in reconstructionwithout players like Micoud or Anelka who have a great international experienceand could help the team. “Playing abroad means something. I am not necessarily saying these playersare better than those playing in Ligue 1… Thuram took aim at Domenech’s refusal to call on the services of ManchesterCity striker Anelka or Werder Bremen playmaker Micoud who was central to histeam’s Bundesliga title win last season. Anelka, who has a history of falling out with coaches, has not played forFrance since 2002 but has indicated he would like to return. Micoud, who was Zidane’s understudy for many years, retired from internationalfootball when Domenech’s predecessor Jacques Santini did not pick him for Euro2004 despite an excellent season. Thuram told L’Equipe: “I am surprised we can talk of a team in reconstructionwithout players like Micoud or Anelka who have a great international experienceand could help the team. “Playing abroad means something. I am not necessarily saying these playersare better than those playing in Ligue 1. “But a person who has never lived abroad can not understand how difficult itis to adapt.

SVEN DELIVERS OWEN WARNING
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After recovering from that problem, a separate ankle injury ensured he played just four times in the next three months before returning at home to Aston Villa on January 10. Owen took time to find his touch but is confident that he has put his problems behind him ahead of England’s friendly, even though the goalscoring onus has increased after the withdrawal of Darius Vassell. Eriksson warned England’s Euro 2004 opponents: “It might help Michael to have had a break. “For the World Cup, we had some players not playing – Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard – and some others – Michael Owen and David Beckham – who were not 100% fit. “You can always discuss whether it was 100% right for me to pick them and play them. But when you talk about David Beckham and Michael Owen, I think that I should do it again. “They are two important players for the national team.

SANCHEZ’ EYE ON EURO 2004 : Sporting Life – Football | Spain…
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us Real Betis winger Joaquin Sanchezis determined not to miss this summer’s European Championships after being leftout of the last Spanish squad. His lightening runs down the right wing provided the spark which set some ofSpain’s games alight during the 2002 World Cup and a glittering future seemedassured. However, along with the rest of his Betis team-mates this season, the winger’sform has been inconsistent and he has struggled to convince in the PrimeraLiga. Joaquin’s fall from grace was confirmed when he was left out of the squad forlast week’s friendly against Denmark. If it was meant to be a wake-up call that his place in the national team isfar from assured, it seems to have hit home as the player is clearly worried atthe prospect of spending summer on the bench… If it was meant to be a wake-up call that his place in the national team isfar from assured, it seems to have hit home as the player is clearly worried atthe prospect of spending summer on the bench. “I have to get there,” he said. “I know I am not in the same form I have been at other times, but it would bea real blow not to go to the European Championships after playing so many gamesand playing all the time when [Jose Antonio] Camacho was coach. “I have to get there and not miss out. He does admit that he has no right to automatic selection, though. “It’s clear that I can’t be compared to Raul in that aspect, as we aretalking about one of the best players in Spain and in the world,” he said. “He has been with the national team for a long time and has an incrediblecareer behind him.

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Martin Jol was appointed assistant to new Tottenham boss Jacques Santini. 11th Sven-Goran Eriksson all-but ruled John Terry out of the Euro 2004 match against France, saying: “He will probably not be fit for Sunday. Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze signed a five-year deal with Manchester United in a ?6.

PALIOS GUARANTEES SVEN WILL STAY
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Palios and Eriksson were then repeatedly questioned about supposed breakclauses in the contract which are said to allow either party certain ‘get-out’criteria. These are thought to centre around 2006, when Eriksson had originally been dueto leave England, but neither man was about to give any details. “The important thing is that Sven will be with us for Euro 2004, the 2006World Cup and beyond, not the minutiae of his contract,” insisted Palios. When asked whether he could give a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that Eriksson wouldbe in place until the 2006 World Cup, the FA chief executive responded: “Yes,so hopefully the speculation has now gone. That would appear to indicate that what the FA have, in fact, achievedis to cement their first-choice coach’s future beyond the Euro 2004 finals andup to the 2006 World Cup. They have warded off Chelsea’s interest, as well as that of Real Madrid andInter Milan, at least for the time being. And they have ensured that should Eriksson be lured away from his post at anyfuture date, the club in question would have to pay a huge ransom demand forbreaking his lucrative contract until 2008.

LIFE EURO 2004 RANKINGS: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
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3 EnglandWent to within 90 seconds of beating the champions only for two mistakes to undo them. The 91 minutes that went before were beyond many England fans’ wildest dreams, though, with Wayne Rooney living up to all the pre-tournament predictions. It may sound strange but defeat may not have been a bad thing as the hype will be kept to a minimum. Must work on concentration to go far. 4 SpainJoint second-favourites with Italy now, the Spaniards threw the kitchen sink at Russia but only squeaked a 1-0 victory thanks to Juan Carlos Valeron. First-choice strikers Raul and Fernando Morientes were never at the races and Inaki Saez continues to ignore Fernando Torres at his peril. Looked strong defensively but harder tests await… First-choice strikers Raul and Fernando Morientes were never at the races and Inaki Saez continues to ignore Fernando Torres at his peril. Looked strong defensively but harder tests await. 5 Czech RepublicComing from behind to beat Latvia may not impress on face value but the Czechs look a force to be reckoned with going forward at least. Milan Baros looked a threat up front but the Czechs must tighten up at the back and stop lumping the ball onto Jan Koller’s head. Marek Heinz came off the bench to score, and he must have a chance of a start next up. 6 GermanyWe’ve been told time and time again not to write off the Germans and we saw in the 1-1 draw with Holland why. They weren’t particularly pretty to watch but did what was needed – until Ruud van Nistelrooy’s late goal.

WENGER LOVES DENNIS BEING A MENACE
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Bergkamp’s performances have come at the perfect time for Wenger who believesthose members of his squad who featured in Euro 2004 must be used sparingly atthe moment. Patrick Vieira and Sol Campbell are injured, but Robert Pires, FreddieLjungberg, Jens Lehmann and Ashley Cole played in Portugal and are available forselection. “The players who went to Euro 2004 are not ready physically just yet,” saidWenger. “They need four or five more games before they will be ready forregular inclusion. Arsenal are missing Campbell and Vieira for Wednesday night’s home clash withBlackburn while Brazilian midfielder Edu is absent through lack of matchfitness. The Gunners can go a league record 43rd successive game unbeaten if they avoiddefeat by Rovers – they equalled Nottingham Forest’s 42-game run on Sunday – butWenger is choosing to play down the achievement. “I have ignored the record.

BECKS HAPPY TO HELP OUT WIDE
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Beckham – who believes the Football Association made a mistake by unwittingly pressurising the Swede when they offered him a two-year contract extension before this summer’s tournament – would be “devastated” if Eriksson left his job as coach. Long overdue success at the Euro 2004 finals would not only ensure the football team match the success of their rugby counterparts but, the England captain points out, would also bolster Eriksson’s position. “I think it would definitely help. He’s a man who wants success, and if we can give him that then great,” said Beckham. He is still confident Eriksson will remain in charge after the tournament, especially with a contract until 2006. But he feels the FA should have waited until after the European Championships before offering a two-year contract extension until 2008 which is effectively forcing him into a corner.

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