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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 07:44 GMT 08:44 UK
Euro 2004 diary
By Paul Fletcher and Phil McNulty
Our men in Portugal

Everton manager David Moyes
Moyes is reportedly looking at Russia's Dimitri Bulykin
Everton manager David Moyes was an interested spectator in the crowd for England's 2-1 defeat against France.

Moyes is casting his net around Euro 2004, with Russia's Dimitri Bulykin supposedly a target should Everton's board give their manager any money.

The Scot probably left with mixed feelings after the blockbusting performance of Wayne Rooney.

He must brace himself for a flurry of new rumours linking the 18-year-old with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher took a novel approach to being interviewed when talking in the build-up to England's game against France.

Carragher, who is an invaluable Mr Versatile in England's squad, is renowned for his ability to play in every defensive position.

But he was as flummoxed as the rest of us when he was asked: "What do you think is your best position?"

The reply: "Don't know... what do you think it is?" OK... central defence.

Dark forces are at work to throw the English media off their stride as they trek around Lisbon after Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.

The bulletin board of press conferences and training sessions in the main foyer is a useful tool to map out the day.

But a saboteur struck in the dead of night on Monday, scrawling a large black line and the word "CANCELLED" through all plans for the next day.

News that it was the work of a hoaxer prompted a few mad dashes to make the coach for England's morning training session.

Every team at Euro 2004 has been provided with their own casual wear.

This even extends to the bags in which the players carry their gear to and from games.

The Dutch have been issued with remarkable air stewardess-style dolly trolleys.

The sight of them trying to wheel them through the packed media area after their bruising encounter against Germany was a masterclass in bad driving.

Porto was flooded in a sea of orange as the Dutch travelled en masse to support their team against the Germans.

One group of fans spent the day in bright orange boiler suits, seemingly immune to the sweltering heat.

At the end of the night they eventually stripped, only to discover that their attire for the day had left them with white bodies and incredibly red faces.

Had Ruud van Nistelrooy not equalised late on, the embarrassed look might have lasted for some time to come.

Uefa is getting tough with Europe's media.

European football's governing body reports a total of 1,301 cancellations and 355 no-shows from the written press from the tournament's first four games.

"The data can be interpreted as own goals," read a Uefa press release.

Uefa is now threatening to reduce media capacity for the latter stages of this tournament, and a re-think of policy for Euro 2008.

Journalists - you have been warned.

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