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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 June, 2004, 06:35 GMT 07:35 UK
Euro 2004 diary
By Phil McNulty and Paul Fletcher
Our men in Portugal

Swiss fans
The Swiss fans are in no doubt as to where their allegiance lies
Switzerland's fans have provided a colourful backdrop to Euro 2004 - despite less than impressive performances from their team.

They have splashed red everywhere, with hordes of fans decked out in their colours. And their unusual banners have also provided a source of amusement.

One such banner created a bit of a stir as they "taunted" England and their supporters before the game in Coimbra.

In giant letters came the slogan "Go home - try cricket." Cruel wit indeed.


Tight security has been in evidence at every game throughout Euro 2004 as the authorities take measures to eradicate the threat of both hooliganism and terrorism.

The hottest job in town must be that of the security guards who have to patrol the horseshoe-shaped roof of the stadium in Coimbra.

Wearing heavy duty clothing as they video the crowd and monitor all corners, it can not be a pleasurable experience in temperatures that have soared past the 100 degrees mark.


Sven-Goran Eriksson's multilingual skills have been much in evidence throughout Euro 2004.

England's coach has adeptly answered questions in Italian and Portuguese as well as English.

After translating both the questions and his answers at one press conference, Sven was moved to ask FA media man Adrian Bevington: "Do I get more pay for this?"

Not with that nice new four-year contract in your pocket you don't, Sven - it's all part of the service.


Denmark have given the appearance of being a relaxed and happy squad so far at Euro 2004.

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen reckons the secret is they way they spend their time between training and playing.

And his answer made all the hard-working journalists green with envy.

"We are able to relax, play golf and even allowed to spend a few minutes down at the pool," he explained.


Despite Denmark's creature comforts, there is no such joy for the Czech Republic players.

The Czechs are based at the Penha Longa resort and golf course near Lisbon - but coach Karel Bruckner wants them to keep out of the sun.

Vladimir Smicer is finding the regime hard to take, and is suffering from golf withdrawal symptoms.

The Liverpool forward reckons that he has had night after night of dreams in which he is playing golf.


English referee Mike Riley made no friends in the press for the way he refereed Germany's game with Latvia.

It is Riley's first major championships - and it seems most of Europe's journalists hope it is his last.

His failure to award Latvia a certain penalty when Maris Verpakovskis was hauled to the ground met with clenched fists and angry groans.

Germany don't seem too popular either and Latvia's well-earned point was met with a hearty round of applause.





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