Monday, July 25, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1556

There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Re: The retreat of the Icemen
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. Intertoto Cup 2005
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. European U-19 Championship 2005
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
4. Keane shoots Spurs to Peace Cup title
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
5. Re: Keane shoots Spurs to Peace Cup title
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
6. Theres only 1 Milan :)
From: Adrian Bagley <adrianbagley27@yahoo.co.uk>

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 17:48:00 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: The retreat of the Icemen

I'll be supporting Stoke this season as they have a new Dutch/Belgian
coach and even bought a Belgian defender now :)

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, marta_grimsdottir
<no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Stoke Holding - the Icelandic group that owns the controlling share
of
> Stoke City - has decided to put its stake in the football club up
for
> sale.
>
> The recent uncertainty at Stoke City has been further fuelled with
the
> news that the football club is being put on the market by its
majority
> shareholders.
>
> The Icelandic-based consortium Stoke Holding want £12 million from
> anyone interested in taking control of the club.
>
> Six years ago they paid £8 million for 60% of the club's shares.
>
> Former Chairmen Peter Coates and Keith Humphreys could be early
> candidates to bid for them, along with the American businessman Phil
> Rawlings.
>
> It's possible that the sale could take months or even go beyond the
> end of next season.
>
> In the meantime, the manager Tony Pulis has been told he has the
full
> support of the club's directors.
>
> Cooling
>
> The 2004/05 season saw a cooling of the relationship between certain
> members of Stoke Holding and the club's manager, Tony Pulis.
>
> The chairman of Stoke Holdings, Magnus Kristinsson said he wouldn't
be
> giving the club anymore money while Tony Pulis was manager and
> criticised his attitude to the club's owners.
>
> He said Tony Pulis had treated the club's owners with no respect and
> made a mockery of the Icelandic players.
>
> Tony Pulis responded to criticism saying that: "the manager's role
is
> to achieve the best possible results for the club.... that means I
> must always have the choice about selection."
>
> Background to the Icelandic takeover
>
> In November 1999 the Icelandic national team manager Gudjon
Thordarson
> got together a group of Icelandic businessmen to buy Stoke City,
with
> the aim of installing himself as team manager and getting the club
> into the Premiership within five years.
>
> Stoke Holding bought 60% of Stoke City with £8m. Its largest
> individual shareholder is Magnus Kristinsson who runs a trawler
> company on the Westmann Islands. He invested £1m into the original
> project and last season alone invested £1.5m.
>
> One of the original aims of Stoke Holding was to use Stoke City as a
> training ground for young Icelandic footballers.
>
> On April 27th, Magnus Kristinsson said one of the reasons he is
> withdrawing his financial support is because Tony Pulis did not show
> the owners any respect - and made a mockery of the Icelandic players
> the club had.
>
> One of the jobs of Stoke Holding is to appoint three of its
investors
> to sit on the board of Stoke City, one as chairman. One of Magnus
> Kristinsson's jobs as the boss of Stoke Holding is was to appoint
> Gunnar Gislason as the chairman of Stoke City. Gislason runs a fruit
> and veg importing business.
>
> Magnus says he was unhappy with Gunnar's decision to give Tony
Pulis a
> new contract.
>
> Gunnar says, this season alone Tony Pulis has declined to take two
> Icelandic players, one of whome is now at Tottenham Hotspur, the
other
> is at Celtic.
> ________________________
>
> I just hope the club remains in Icelandic hands or they buy a stake
of
> some other club. Or football won't be as fun anymore...

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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 18:06:52 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Intertoto Cup 2005

Two late Alan Shearer headers ensured Newcastle United a comfortable
passage into the Intertoto Cup semi-finals.

Newcastle dominant
Already holding a 3-1 lead from last week's first leg against FK ZTS
Dubnica in Slovakia, Newcastle were dominant and could have scored
well before Shearer - who was to have retired in the summer before
changing his mind late last season - added to his formidable goal
tally for the club. They now travel to Deportivo La Coruña on
Wednesday with the return a week later.

Jenas chance
While Dubnica were unchanged from their home match, Newcastle made
five alterations including the recall of Lee Bowyer and Jermaine
Jenas. And the latter went close early on, shooting just over, while
Shearer put the ball wide.

Perniš save
Dubnica goalkeeper Dušan Perniš did well to save a James Milner
effort on 21 minutes, and a Jenas free-kick beat the custodian but
rebounded off the crossbar. Perniš then stopped a Jenas header and
Shearer missed the rebound, and the visitors were able to weather the
storm until the break.

Chopra cameo
At half-time, Newcastle manager Graeme Souness introduced Michael
Chopra for Jenas to partner Shearer, but the 21-year-old forward was
on a stretcher within 60 seconds of the restart after colliding with
Perniš. Chopra returned, but not long before the hour was replaced by
winger Michael Brittain.

Shearer goals
However, Newcastle continued to push and after Perniš tipped away a
Bowyer shot, the resulting corner was sent in by Milner and Shearer's
header found the net. A similar Shearer effort from a Brittain cross
hit the bar, but in added time the captain's head again provided a
goal, Stephen Carr the provider. It was Shearer's 194th goal for
Newcastle, six short of Jackie Milburn's club record.

Round 3 (Jul 16 and 23)
SS Lazio Roma (Ita) - Tampere United (Fin) 3-0 1-1
[Manuel Belleri 28, Tommaso Rocchi 29, Paolo Di Canio 47]
BSC Young Boys (Sui) - Olympique Marseille (Fra) 2-3 1-2
[Mario Raimondi 61, Hakan Yakin 74; Wilson Oruma 14, Mamadou Niang 35,
Taye Taiwo 82]
FK ZTS Dubnica (Svk) - Newcastle United (Eng) 1-3 0-2
[LukᚠTesák 42; Michael Chopra 4, Charles N'zogbia 6, James Milner
70]
União de Leiria (Por) - Hamburger SV (Ger) 0-1 0-2
[Piotr Trochowski 56]
AA Gent (Bel) - Valencia CF (Esp) 0-0 0-2
Aigaleo Athinai (Gre) - Zalgiris Vilnius (Lit) 1-3 3-2
[Prokopios Saganas 85; Virmantas Lemežis 16, Igoris Morinas 60,
Branislav Jašurek 67]
Borussia Dortmund (Ger) - SK Sigma Olomouc (Cze) 1-1 0-0
[Florian Kringe 8; Jan Koller 44og]
Roda JC Kerkrade (Net) - FC Slovan Liberec (Cze) 0-0 1-1
CFR Cluj (Rom) - AS Saint-Etienne (Fra) 1-1 2-2
[Cosmin Tilinca 8; Frederic Piquionne 37]
Deportivo La Coruña (Esp) - Slaven Belupo Koprivnica (Cro) 1-0 3-0
[Ruben Castro 70]
IFK Göteborg (Swe) - VfL Wolfsburg (Ger) 0-2 0-2
[Andrés D'Alessandro 33, Maik Franz 51]
Varteks Varazdin (Cro) - RC Lens (Fra) 1-1 1-4
[Mirko Plantic 90+; Daniel Cousin 61]

Round 4 (Jul 27 and Aug 3)
Deportivo La Coruna (Spa) - Newcastle United (Eng) - -
VfL Wolfsburg (Ger) - RC Lens (Fra) - -
SS Lazio Roma (Ita) - Olympique Marseille (Fra) - -
Zalgiris Vilnius (Lit) - CFR Cluj (Rom) - -
Valencia CF (Spa) - Roda JC (Net) - -
Sigma Olomouc (Cze) - Hamburger SV (Ger) - -

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A few surprises again with the elimination of Borussia Dortmund and
Saint Etienne.
So we are going to have a very nice semi final between Zalgiris
Vilnius and CFR Cluj :p

Newcastle has a tougher task against Depor, but I believe they should
qualify.

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Message: 3
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 18:47:22 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: European U-19 Championship 2005

England produced a dramatic comeback to pip Norway to a place in the
European Under-19 Championship semi-finals thanks a header from
substitute David Wheater six minutes from time.

Dramatic turnaround
Needing a victory to progress, England took an early lead at The
Showgrounds through Matthew Mills, only for Karim Aoudia to swiftly
level. Martin Hunter's team looked to be heading out when Petter
Hanssen put Norway on front eleven minutes from time but Dexter
Blackstock forced in after a corner to level the scores. With seven
minutes remaining Wheater headed in another corner to secure
England's progress to a last-four meeting with Serbia and Montenegro
on Tuesday. In the other concluding Group B game, France defeated
Armenia to win the section.

Three changes
England coach Hunter introduced James Morrison, Matthew Fryatt and
Ryan Jarvis in his starting lineup following the 1-1 draw with
Armenia on Wednesday, while his Norwegian counterpart Toe Ole
Skullerund made four changes from the side defeated 3-1 by France on
Matchday 2. Hunter's changes initally proved the more effective,
Morrison crossing following a quick third-minute corner and Mills
beat Joachim Heier with a looping header.

Hanssen threat
Norway responded quickly, with Hanssen skipping away from his marker
down the left and putting in a dangerous ball which England
goalkeeper David Martin pushed on to his crossbar. In the 23rd
minute, Norway did level. Jesper Mathiesen intercepting Mark Noble's
clearance and finding Aoudia inside the area for the striker to prod
beyond Martin. England strove to regain the upper hand, with Lee
Holmes dribbling past two defenders before finding Jarvis, who turned
into space but sent his shot just past the post.

Further opportunities
Jarvis was denied by Heier just before half-time, although although
Jesper Mathiesen and Vidar Nisja threatened for Norway early in the
second half, before Mills had another chance but this time the
defender's aim was wayward.

Hanssen strikes
Hunter introduced Wheater with 17 minutes left, hoping to use the
defender's height to unsettle the Norwegian defence, but the tactic
looked to have backfired as Norway struck again six minutes later.
Hanssen cut in from the left, beat Martin Cranie, and shot past
Martin to seemingly ensure his team's progress.

Breathless finish
A minute later, however, England drew level again with substitute
Blackstock reacting fastest to prod his side back into contention
after Morrison's corner had caused confusion. With seven minutes
remaining, another corner undid the Norwegians, Lee Holmes delivering
a perfect right-wing cross for Wheater to beat Heier and head England
into the last four.

Qualified for final tournament:
England, Germany, France, Armenia, Greece, Norway, Serbia-Montenegro
and Northern Ireland (hosts)

Final Tournament (in Northern Ireland)

Group 1
18-07-05 Serbia-Montenegro 4-2 Germany [in Lurgan]
18-07-05 Northern Ireland 0-1 Greece [in Belfast]
20-07-05 Greece 0-3 Germany [in Lurgan]
20-07-05 Northern Ireland 0-1 Serbia-Montenegro [in Newry]
23-07-05 Northern Ireland 1-2 Germany [in Ballymena]
23-07-05 Greece 0-3 Serbia-Montenegro [in Belfast]

1.SERBIA-MONTENEGRO 3 3 0 0 8-2 9
2.GERMANY.......... 3 2 0 1 7-5 6
3.Greece........... 3 1 0 2 1-6 3
4.Northern Ireland. 3 0 0 3 1-4 0

Group 2
18-07-05 France 1-1 England [in Belfast]
18-07-05 Norway 2-0 Armenia [in Lurgan]
20-07-05 Armenia 1-1 England [in Ballymena]
20-07-05 Norway 1-3 France [in Belfast]
23-07-05 Armenia 0-1 France [in Lurgan]
23-07-05 Norway 2-3 England [in Newry]

1.FRANCE. 3 2 1 0 5-2 7
2.ENGLAND 3 1 2 0 5-4 5
3.Norway. 3 1 0 2 4-5 3
4.Armenia 3 0 1 2 1-4 1

Semi Finals:
Germany - France
England - Serbia-Montenegro

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mmmm, difficult to say which teams will qualify!

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 21:31:01 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Keane shoots Spurs to Peace Cup title

Tottenham Hotspur lifted the second Peace Cup in Seoul with a 3-1 win
over Lyon in Seoul.

The London club started well and were two goals to the good before
the ten minute mark.

In the 6th minute, Stephen Kelly crossed from the right only to see
Jeremy Berthod leap into the air and head the ball into his own net.

Two minutes later, Mido crossed from the left and Robbie Keane leapt
in between two Lyon defenders to head the ball home from close range.

On a hot and humid late afternoon in front of almost 50,000 fans,
Lyon enjoyed the lion's share of possession but it was Spurs who were
more incisive in front of goal as was demonstrated in a devastating
counter-attack just before half-time.

Andy Reid released Mido down the left and the Egyptian's first time
ball neatly dissected the French defence for Keane to score his
second of the game and fourth of the tournament –an effort that gave
him the `Golden Ball' as the Player of the Tournament with over 80%
of the vote, as well as the top scorer's prize of the "Golden Shoe."

Lyon pressed in the second half but needed a 73rd minute penalty to
get on the scoresheet. Hatem Ben Arfa scoring the spot kick after a
handball in the Tottenham area.

The London club picked up a $2 million cheque for winning the eight-
team competition.

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Oh no, extra cash to buy!! :p

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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 23:47:20 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Keane shoots Spurs to Peace Cup title

well done lads. more silverware to follow ;)

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> Tottenham Hotspur lifted the second Peace Cup in Seoul with a 3-1 win
> over Lyon in Seoul.
>
> The London club started well and were two goals to the good before
> the ten minute mark.
>
> In the 6th minute, Stephen Kelly crossed from the right only to see
> Jeremy Berthod leap into the air and head the ball into his own net.
>
> Two minutes later, Mido crossed from the left and Robbie Keane leapt
> in between two Lyon defenders to head the ball home from close range.
>
> On a hot and humid late afternoon in front of almost 50,000 fans,
> Lyon enjoyed the lion's share of possession but it was Spurs who were
> more incisive in front of goal as was demonstrated in a devastating
> counter-attack just before half-time.
>
> Andy Reid released Mido down the left and the Egyptian's first time
> ball neatly dissected the French defence for Keane to score his
> second of the game and fourth of the tournament –an effort that gave
> him the `Golden Ball' as the Player of the Tournament with over 80%
> of the vote, as well as the top scorer's prize of the "Golden Shoe."
>
> Lyon pressed in the second half but needed a 73rd minute penalty to
> get on the scoresheet. Hatem Ben Arfa scoring the spot kick after a
> handball in the Tottenham area.
>
> The London club picked up a $2 million cheque for winning the eight-
> team competition.
>
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>
> Oh no, extra cash to buy!! :p

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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 15:05:51 +0100 (BST)
From: Adrian Bagley <adrianbagley27@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Theres only 1 Milan :)

Milan Baros gave Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez a reminder of his talents Saturday night with two second-half goals as the European champions won an exciting friendly against the champions of Greece.

Czech striker Baros came on at half-time and apart from his goals set up another for Fernando Morientes before the Greeks came back with two late goals.

Baros’s future at Anfield had appeared uncertain after Benitez said he would listen to offers for him and then signed the lofty England striker Peter Crouch from Southampton for £7m.

But Baros took up the challenge last night and after putting Morientes in, he headed home a cross from Stephen Warnock before going round goalkeeper Erwin Lemmens and slipping the ball home.

Crouch made a good start on his debut, going close in only the second minute after combining well with French forward Djibril Cisse, whose cross fell just out of Crouch’s reach. Eight minutes later he sent a half-volley just wide.

Olympiakos had their moments, especially through dangerous forward Michalis Konstantinou. He had two excellent efforts at goal, the second drawing a great low save from Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Then, just after the half-hour, the 6ft 8in Crouch helped create the opening goal for Luis Garcia with a determined run into the penalty area.

But Olympiakos, who beat Liverpool 1-0 in Greece in last year’s Champions League before losing 3-1 at Anfield, equalised just before half-time when veteran Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo curled the ball beyond Carson.

After a Baros-inspired revival took Liverpool 4-1 ahead, Olympiakos reduced the deficit through Predrag Djordjevic’s penalty and a strike from Yiannis Okkas, but Liverpool managed to hold on for victory.

Crouch said he was happy with his first appearance in the red No 15 shirt. “It was good, I really enjoyed and I felt it was okay. It’s always good to get the first game out of the way and I think it went well,” he said.

“I’m settling in well at the club. It’s good that we’ve been away on tour because I’ve been able to get to know the lads and they’ve helped me.”

Crouch said he was ready to feature in Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier against FBK Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania on Tuesday.

He added: “The important business is on Tuesday, the lads have helped me settle and there’s a lot more to come.

“If you’re in the Champions League you expect top-quality competition and you need four great strikers.”

To add to Benitez’s delight, both Xabi Alonso and one of his other new signings, Momo Sissoko, gave impressive second-half displays.

You guys probably don't know this but, I've always wanted Milan to stay and not be sold. Yes, we've signed that 100ft beanpole from Southampton called Peter Crouch (He might surprise a lot of people in the upcoming season) but, I do believe that Baros is a better player than Crouch.

Aid


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