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EVEN before their plane touched down to a hero’s welcome yesterday it was clear the Greek football team’s Euro 2004 success would impact way beyond their own sport.
GREECE fans were today fighting the effects of a glorious hangover as bookies also celebrated over their shock Euro 2004 victory.
SO MIRACLES do happen, after all. Greece completed one of the biggest upsets in football history last night when the 80-1 Euro 2004 outsiders lifted the trophy at the expense of the hosts, Portugal, in Lisbon.
FIVE Malaysians were arrested and their computers and mobile phones were seized in the latest raid in a crackdown on illegal betting on the Euro 2004 soccer tournament.
BILL Tynan, the Labour MP for Hamilton South, tabled a Commons motion yesterday criticising the quality of refereeing in the Euro 2004 football tournament.
THE referee blamed by some for dashing England’s Euro 2004 hopes today came under fire from a Scots MP.
DICK Advocaat’s status as an object of vilification for Holland’s press and public has taken such a sinister turn that the former Rangers manager claimed that his work with the Dutch national team here at Euro 2004 has put him in danger.
ENGLAND captain David Beckham began to feel the backlash of his failure to make an impact at Euro 2004, as elements of the Far East market, which underpins his commercial value, turned against him.
IT WAS hardly the stuff of 1998, when effigies of David Beckham were hanged as fans blamed his sending-off following a petulant kick for England’s World Cup defeat to Argentina. Yet six years after a boyish, 23-year-old Beckham was vilified by the media, the knives were out again.
AS THE English searched for scapegoats, the Portuguese had their hero. The popular newspaper, Diário de Notícias, proclaimed that the nation had found a new footballing star to worship.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON insisted he is staying on as England coach after his side’s Euro 2004 defeat on penalties by Portugal - as he is determined to make it past the quarter-finals of a major tournament.
HATING the English, either seriously or in jest, has been a favourite Scottish pastime for generations.
ENGLISH football seems to have softened.
AN ENGLAND football supporter was seriously ill in the intensive care unit of a Portuguese hospital last night after he was stabbed in the back of the neck outside a bar in the Algarve.
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho would welcome Steven Gerrard "with open arms" if the Liverpool midfielder became available.
AN English fan was stabbed to death in Lisbon early today when a pickpocket targeted fans celebrating England’s victory in the Euro 2004 tournament.
EVERTON manager David Moyes has criticised England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for suggesting striker Wayne Rooney should be a target for Europe’s top clubs.
A CONVICTED hooligan deported from Portugal last week after hundreds of English football fans rioted through an Algarve resort has spoken out for the first time on his arrest.