Read the football match reviews.
- Chelsea v Leeds united
Neither Gary Kelly nor Lee Bowyer looked pleased when
they missed penalties against Leicester City on Wednesday
night and ended their club's involvement in the Worthington Cup for another season. David O'Leary, the Leeds
united manager, though, seemed unperturbed. Leeds have risen to a stature now where they need to be ruthless in the
identification of their priorities. The Worthington Cup was nowhere near the top of the list. The match tomorrow
will mean much more.
- Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
For John Gregory and Danny Wilson this must feel like a game of Russian roulette, with the position
of each manager under threat. Wilson, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, is facing relegation for the second
time in three years, having supervised Barnsley's descent in 1997-98. Now, as then, it is hard to offer an
encouraging word with any conviction. Wednesday are bottom of the League and there is no money to improve the
team. Gregory, the Villa manager, continues his touchline ban, but seems determined not to be allowed to
sit on the bench again. His pronouncement that the referee should have been shot for awarding West Ham a penalty
in the last match will hardly endear him to officialdom.
- Sunderland v Southampton
Sunderland are fourth in the league but the club still looks for help to lever itself upwards. The £6.5 million
invested by BSkyB yesterday will help fund the proposed youth academy. The shape of more immediate things to come
may also be evident at the Stadium of Light this afternoon. While peter Reid, the manager, may
be reluctant to pitch a new signing straight into the line-up,there must be a temptation to introduce
Kevin Kilbane. Yet in the interest of perspective, they may have to remind themselves that eminence in the
premiership can be fleeting.
- Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
Bryan Robson, the Middlesbrough manager, has launched a vigorous defence against accusations of
maladministration, but today comes the last word on the club's recent departure from both domestic knockout
competitions. It promises to be loud. While there is little suggestion that Robson's position is under
immediate threat - he remains a close friend of Steve Gibson, his chairman - the public will form their own
judgement. After a sequence of seven matches without victory, Robson will be without three key players for
Tottenham's visit to Teeside. Tottenham's manager, George Graham, will be hoping for better fortune
there than on previous visits to the North-East.
- Bradford City v Newcastle united
The last time these sides met with league points at stake, ten seasons ago, it was in the old second division,
and Ppaul Jewel was still regularly (not) scoring for Bradford City. Now the club's manager, Jewell
must pit his wits against the grand master of the game. The effect that Bobby Robson has had on Newcastle
united's from and fortitude has been immense. In their last six games, Newcastle have taken 12 points in an unbeaten
run. According to Jewell, Bradford have also 'improved vastly' over the past six weeks, but in their case it
has not been reflected in results. They would welcome a point from today's game but many not get it.
Olympics and Football
Answer questions 1-14 by referring to the article previewing football matches. Some of the choices may
be required more than once.
Which team manager(s)
- did not seem to mind losing a game?
- feels his team are playing much better than before?
- has a very good relationship with his employer?
- has been punished for criticising officials?
- has experience of his team going down to a lower division.
- has lost matches when he was last in
that part of the country.
- is recognised as the most experienced in the league.
- Is being critised for not running the club very well?
- may include a new player in his team?
- may lose his job if the team lose this game?
- must decide which competitions are the most important for his team?
- needs to remember that good results
may not be maintained?
- used to play the team he is managing?
- George Graham
- John Gregory
- Paul Jewell
- David O'Leary
- Peter Reid
- Bobby Robson
- Bryan Robson
- Danny Wilson
Birth of the Olympics
It all began in 776 BC, with a simple foot race of
about 200m held at Olympia in Greece.
four years from then athletes as well
poets and artists met there for a festival in honour of the god Zeus.
from foot racing, the event came
include wrestling, boxing and the pentathlon. Winners
became overnight heroes and
festival merited a permanent place in the Greek calendar to mark a span of four years
they called the Olympiad.
for nearly 1200 years, until AD
the Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius I
banned all such 'pagan' celebrations. A millennium and a
half later, a French baron began a campaign to recreate that spirit
good-natured but serious competition.
Baron pierre de Coubertin's family wanted
to become an officer in the French Army. But
de Coubertin believed that the cause of peace
be better served
a regular meeting of amateur, world-class athletes and dedicated his
realising his dream. During the 1890s he
speech after speech to international sports
last persuaded them to revive
the name and spirit of the ancient Olympic Games.
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