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Date: Fri Jul 31  GMT+00:00 1998
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July 25  Birmingham City  (A)  result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo) result: D 2-2
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen) 
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)
      9  Charity Shield at Wembley
     18  Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial

Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 14:38:16 -0700
  From: L Harvey  

Subject: RE Cantona will don a United shirt again - confirmed  on GMR

I've just read my email and seen the above headline.  This wonderful news
has also been confirmed on GMR, Eric will indeed don a Red shirt again on
18th August and hopefully, also playing will be many of our greatest stars
of the 90's.

It's been a sad couple of years, with the gradual break-up of the
Double-winning side.  In the last couple of seasons, we have said goodbye
to so many heroes.  With the recent departure of Pally, we are left with
only Denis, Ryan, Peter and Roy from that great squad.  Personally, I've
found it tough - as much as I love our youngsters, I seem to have been in a
perpetual state of mourning as one after another, the players I adore have
left.   This very special game will not only honour the Busby Babes, but it
will also allow us to salute and thank some of the greatest talents ever
seen at OT.
And before anyone asks, Andrei and Ince will get as big a welcome from me
as will all the others - out of respect for what they helped us achieve.  
I'm in tears already - God help me on the 18th when Eric, Sparky, Robbo,
Brucey, Pally etc etc run out onto the pitch.  I'm going to need a bloody
ton of tissues!
Yours with a very big grin,
PS  I'm not sure about bloody Batty though!!

>On Thu, 30 Jul 1998, P.J. Thum wrote:
>> Man United 30 Jul 1998
  Eric Cantona has got his wish - to play for Manchester United again.
  The Frenchman has switched sides for the Munich Testimonial match at Old
  Trafford on Tuesday, August 18, and instead of playing against his former
  team-mates, Cantona will line-up with them.
  He will skipper the side for the last time and pull on his famous number
  seven shirt as Bryan Robson takes his place in the Cantona XI.
  Former United stars Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Gary Pallister, Paul Ince,
  Lee Sharpe and Andrei Kanchelskis are all expected to play along with David
  Batty, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed - three of Cantona's colleagues at
 Cantona's former French international partner Jean-Pierre Papin is also
 expected to turn-out.

Linda Harvey



This Issue:
1. Keane Ad (PA)
2. Kluivert / Yorke / Carew (TeamTalk)
3. Kluivert In 9m Deal To United (MEN)
4. Eric's Farewell (MEN)
5. ESL (Times)


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Subject: Keane Ad (PA) FA TO TREAT KEANE AD AS 'HUMOUR' Roy Keane is unlikely to face disciplinary action after admitting to a long list of footballing crimes in a magazine advertising campaign. The Manchester United midfielder, advertising Snickers chocolate bars, confesses to a priest about how he has kicked and punched opponents and sworn at referees. Keane, who has just returned after 10 months out with a cruciate ligament injury, claimed recently that his wild days are over. But Football Association spokesman Steve Double implied there will be no tough punishment for Keane from the English game's governing body - as has been suggested in the press - when he said: "It's humour and we treat it as such." PA Sporting Life
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 01:08:59 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Kluivert / Yorke / Carew (TeamTalk) United Confirm Kluivert Bid United have confirmed that AC Milan have accepted their offer for Patrick Kluivert. United have tabled a bid worth a reported 9m for the Dutch striker, but chairman Martin Edwards also added that a move for Kluivert does not end a move for Aston Villa's Dwight Yorke. Edwards said: "It doesn't mean our interest in Dwight Yorke has dropped because it hasn't. "We can be a bit more relaxed about the Yorke situation now." United officials must now arrange a meeting with Kluivert, who is expected to return from a Caribbean vacation on Monday. The capture of Kluivert, and indeed Yorke, would ultimately end Alex Ferguson's two-year search for a world class striker after previous knock-backs, namely Alan Shearer and Gabriel Batistuta. And with Saturday's European transfer deadline day fast approaching, United officials will be keen to complete formalities so that Kluivert will be eligible to play in United's Champions League qualifying games, starting against LKS Lodz. United also have until August 20th to register additional players for the group stages. One potential stumbling block, though, still threatens to jeopardise the move, that being Kluivert's insistence on a 500,000 signing-on fee. But there now appears to be favourable evidence to suggest that the former Ajax ace is willing to drop his wage demands to secure a move to the Premiership. Ferguson may well be forced into making an improved offer for Dwight Yorke, whose club manager John Gregory refuses to compromise over a 16m price tag. Gregory added: "The price is 16m. I will not budge. In fact I'm wondering whether I have underestimated Yorke at that. "I would think the next 48-hours will be interesting." There is also mounting speculation that United could make a move for the man who scored the opening goal against them on Monday. Valerengen striker John Carew caught Ferguson's eye and the Norwegian club are said to have offered him to United for 4.5m.
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 01:12:01 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Kluivert In 9m Deal To United (MEN) UNITED LINE UP KLUIVERT IN 9m DEAL AND STEP UP THEIR CHASE FOR YORKE Paul Hince Reporting WORLD Cup star Patrick Kluivert is on his way to Manchester United to end Alex Ferguson's two-year chase for the brilliant Dutch striker. Both the Reds and Kluivert's Italian club AC Milan confirmed today that they had agreed on a 9m fee for the powerful 22-year-old marksman. But the imminent arrival of the world-class Kluivert does NOT mean that United have abandoned their bid to land Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke. The one remaining obstacle to completing Kluivert's transfer to Old Trafford concerns the personal terms which the young Dutchman is demanding to bring his talents to the English Premiership. Arsenal dropped out of the race to sign the big striker because they were not prepared to meet Kluivert's pay demands which were reported to be a staggering 50,000 a week. But the Reds will not baulk at making their new capture the highest-paid player in English soccer. The timing of the deal means that United will be unable to complete Kluivert's signing before the European deadline on August 1. But that date only applies to the qualifying rounds of the Champions' League with clubs having a further two weeks in which to get new players registered in time for the Champions' League proper. United now play Lodz of Poland on Wednesday August 12 with the away leg on August 26. ``We have not actually had the opportunity to speak to the player as yet,'' says Reds' chairman, Martin Edwards. ``He went on holiday immediately after the World Cup finals and wasn't due back until today. Despite the 9m outlay on the exciting Kluivert, the Reds have no intention of shelving their interest in Villa star Yorke providing the Midlanders reduce their sky-high 16m asking price for the Trinidad international. The Kluivert-Yorke combination has been Ferguson's ``dream ticket'' all along and it now looks inevitable that the Reds will include Andy Cole in the package they will put to Villa to tempt them to part company with their prize asset. Meanwhile it is understood that, along with Arsenal and Liverpool, United have given the Premiership an undertaking that they will not be joining the proposed Euro midweek league. David Beckham seems set to miss United's second pre-season tour game in Copenhagen tomorrow because of an ankle injury sustained in Monday's 2-2 draw with Valerengen.
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 01:16:26 +0800 Subject: Eric's Farewell (MEN) CANTONA'S OLD TRAFFORD FAREWELL IN RED UNITED I STAND - ERIC By Tom Tyrrell ERIC CANTONA will play his final game at Old Trafford in a Manchester United shirt. The famous Frenchman says au revoir to his fanatical followers next month as he brings an all-star side to his former club to raise cash for the Munich Testimonial Fund. But instead of playing for the visitors, he wants to turn out for United on the big night. Original plans were for Cantona to begin the game playing against United then switching sides at half time. With a typical Cantonesque gesture Eric has changed things, and a packed house on Wednesday, August 18, will now see two of Old Trafford's most famous number sevens on the pitch at the same time - Cantona will skipper United while Bryan Robson leads the Cantona X1 ``Eric wanted to leave the shirt in his side clear for Bryan Robson,'' says a spokesman for the organisers. ``He has requested to play for United, the club is happy for him to do so and Bryan is delighted to lead the opposition.'' Former United stars Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, Lee Sharpe and Andrei Kanchelskis are all expected to play in Robson's side along with England's David Batty, Gary Speed of Wales and Scotland's Gary McAllister. There will also be an injection of foreign talent with Cantona bringing several of his French friends. They include goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta, and defender William Prunier, who had a short spell at Old Trafford in 1995. Others are Christophe Galtier, and Bernard Ferrer of Marseilles, Gilles Rousset of Hearts, Jean-Pierre Papin of Bordeaux and Pascal Vahirua from Caen. Originally the organising committee planned the event for February, but an FA Cup replay against Barnsley clashed with the date. Then Cantona left for Mexico to complete location work on ``Mooky'' in which he plays the part of a boxer. He has been keen to return to Old Trafford after he surprisingly quit football at the end of the 1997 season. His last game in a United shirt was at Coventry in May 1997 when he took part in the David Busst Testimonial, and the last time he played at Old Trafford was in the closing game of United's last championship winning campaign a week earlier. The shirts he wore in both those games were sold but this time Cantona will be handing back the kit to give a boost to the fund which will help the players who survived the 1958 tragedy and the dependants of the United staff and players who died in the crash.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 08:24:56 -0400 Subject: ESL (Times) Clubs ready to fight for right to join European super league BY ROB HUGHES THE whole of European football, and particularly the game in England, remained tense last night over the threat of a breakaway super league involving the elite of England's Premier League clubs. The FA Premier League had demanded written undertakings from Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal that they were not involved in discussions with a conglomerate, led by Italians, to form a midweek European league that would threaten the thriving Premier League. Nothing was received and the threat of a legal injunction to prevent English clubs from entertaining ambitions to join a franchise outside the Premier League or the Football Association remains. Conversely, the lawyers representing the proposed super league are considering a restraint of trade action against leagues that "prevent clubs maximising their earning potential". Furthermore, the authorities in Europe are well aware that more English clubs - Newcastle United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Leeds United - are being lured towards the proposed league. The danger, if it came to fruition, is obvious; if such a core of England's elite, the very glamour of the multimillion pound Premiership became involved, what power would the English authorities retain over the sport in their own land? Although Manchester United have refused to confirm it, I have it on good authority that representatives of the club have attended meetings set up by Media Partners and J. P, Morgan, the investment bank, who have no vested interest in the present Uefa tournaments. Furthermore, Liverpool and Arsenal attended a meeting for the proposed league for the first time at the end of last week. The other English clubs being mentioned in private dispatches have not attended any meetings so far. Proposals for the new league would be for 16 "permanent" members, the self-elected European elite, and then by clubs invited on an annual basis to take part. There is strength in numbers and Silvio Berlusconi, the owner of AC Milan, who has been desperate for some years to persuade others to form a breakaway league, is behind the new conglomerate. Berlusconi, and those in his conglomerate, view football as the milk cow of the late 1990s. Even Franz Beckenbauer, the president of Bayern Munich, is reported to have echoed the rhetoric of Berlusconi, stating that within the next decade, club football will completely usurp national team football in importance and scope. Uefa, European football's governing body, tomorrow intends to counter the super league proposals with its own ideas for the European Cup Champions' League beyond the millennium. These apparently revolutionary moves include conceding profits to the leading European clubs, thus diminishing Uefa's handout to the less privileged. Central to everything that Uefa intends, however, is that no team will play in its three tournaments unless they qualify to do so. This is the fundamental difference between Uefa and Berlusconi. The conglomerate is created for greed, while the existing bodies have a duty of care towards the grass roots. Yet, despite the meetings, it is arguable that it is not in Manchester United's interest to break with tradition or with existing structures. The only times in recent years that Old Trafford has been less than full to its 55,000 capacity have been on European nights. The fact is that England's tribalism, and the love for and identification with local teams, still guarantees a sell-out at most of the leading clubs, so long as the opposition is English - despite the trend at Chelsea and some other clubs for entire teams that scarcely contain an Englishmen. United can count on very nearly 2 million each time they play a domestic league match, which might explain why the club regularly abstains when the question of reducing the 20 clubs in the FA Carling Premiership is on the agenda. The proposed 3 million signing-on fee to clubs invited to join the super league is a drop in the ocean of United's worldwide merchandising income. Yet add to it the supposed guarantee of 20 million per club per season in a new super league, and you would have a sum that would pay even Chelsea's phenomenal wage bill. Against that, threatening to dismantle or destabilise what is working so profitably in England is a risk beyond contemplation. The "greed is good" league is on offer to the very few - but what the Italians, among others, really envy is the seductive glamour that allows United to sell merchandise and replica shirts through 200 established supporters' clubs from Altrincham to Singapore.
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