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EXTRA EXTRA www.red11.org DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ON PETER SCHMEICHEL
Date: Thu Nov 12 17:46:09 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. SCHMEICHEL TO QUIT UNITED
2. BBC Schmeichel to leave Old Trafford 
3. Peter Schmeichel is to leave Manchester United at the end of the season
4. GREAT DANE A UNITED LEGEND
5. Schmeichel, United modern-day hero, leaves Old Trafford 
6. Thursday 12th Nov 1998 Schmeichel to quit United!!  
7. Tribute to Peter
8. Factfile on Peter Schmeichel 

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DAILY NEWS SPECIAL PETER SCHMEICHEL

Thursday 12th November 1998
"Schmeichel shocker! ....... Peter Schmeichel is to leave Manchester United at the end of the
 season! ............ Nov 12 98 - The Great Dane, 35 years old next week, may follow his
 countryman Brian Laudrup back to Denmark in the summer, though he has been linked with a
 possible move to France. He admits: 'I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting
 harder to keep pace. 'I need to train more than I have ever had to and in order to prepare
 myself properly I need more time between games than I can get in England.'  The club have
 agreed to release their goalkeeper at the end of the current season."

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Subject: SCHMEICHEL TO QUIT UNITED By Steven Baker, PA Sport Peter Schmeichel factfile Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season. The 34-year-old Danish international is to retire from English football after a trophy-laden seven-year spell at Old Trafford. At a news conference at Old Trafford today, the club released a statement saying: "Peter Schmeichel is to retire from English football at the end of the season." Schmeichel's position at United has been increasingly questioned this season because of his age, injuries, and crucial blunders, and his most likely destination is a club in France. The Dane's mistake in the last minute of United's Champions' League game against Bayern Munich in September cost them two points. Schmeichel, who will be 35 in six days, has also been dogged by injuries recently and has missed two games this season with back trouble. United have been reportedly searching for a successor to Schmeichel and have been consistently linked with Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who becomes a free agent in the summer under the Bosman ruling. Schmeichel is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and was a hugely influential figure behind the United success story of the 1990s. He has helped the club win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup. Last February against Derby he also became the first goalkeeper to keep 100 clean sheets in the Premiership. He was an ever-present during Denmark's World Cup campaign this summer and notched up his 100th international against Saudi Arabia in June. Schmeichel's departure will mean United will need a new goalkeeper for next season. His understudy is Raimond van der Gouw, who himself is actually eight months older than the Dane at 35. United's other keeper is 20-year-old Nicky Culkin, who has yet to play a League match for the senior side. Schmeichel's exit from Old Trafford will further weaken the link with the great United sides of the early 90s and will leave Denis Irwin and Ryan Giggs as the team's most experienced players. Schmeichel said: "I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace. I need to train more than I have ever had to in order to prepare myself properly. I need more time between games than I can get in England." PA Sporting Life
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Thursday, November 12, 1998 Published at 13:28 GMT Subject: BBC Schmeichel to leave Old Trafford Schmeichel: "I need to train more than I ever have" Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season. The news was announced at a news conference at Old Trafford on Thursday afternoon. Schmeichel said: "I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace. I need to train more than I have ever had to in order to prepare myself properly. I need more time between games than I can get in England." He has insisted that he wants to continue to play at the highest level, including international football with Denmark. Schmeichel's position at United has been increasingly questioned this season because of his age, injuries, and crucial blunders. The Dane's mistake in the last minute of United's Champions' League game against Bayern Munich in September cost them two points. Schmeichel, who will be 35 in six days, has also been affected by injury recently and has missed two games this season with back trouble. The BBC local radio station in Manchester, BBC GMR says the keeper's likely destination at the end of the season is France. Both Marseille and Monaco have been linked with the player. Schmeichel is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has been a hugely influential figure behind the United success story of the 1990s. He has helped the club win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup. Last February against Derby he also became the first goalkeeper to keep 100 clean sheets in the Premiership. The Dane has won more than 100 caps for his country and was an ever-present as Denmark made the World Cup quarter finals during the summer. Despite his advancing years Schmeichel had been tipped to remain at Old Trafford for another few seasons. But he has increasingly made mistakes which has led to his future being questioned. The first cracks in Schmeichel's invincibility appeared in an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Barnsley when he sliced a back-pass to gift the Yorkshiremen their goal in a 1-1 draw. The Tykes subsequently won the replay to end United's cup hopes. United boss Alex Ferguson has consistently backed Schmeichel, who has made more than 300 appearances for the club, and has refused to criticise him for any of his mistakes. Aussie's return? Schmeichel's departure will mean United will need a new goalkeeper for next season. His understudy is Raimond van der Gouw, who himself is actually eight months older than the Dane at 35. United's other keeper is 20-year-old Nicky Culkin, who has yet to play a League match for the senior side. In recent months United have been consistently linked with their former keeper Mark Bosnich. The Australian left Old Trafford in the early nineties because of work permit problems. He has since made his name with Aston Villa but his contract runs out next summer when he will become a free agent in the summer under the Bosman ruling.
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Subject: Peter Schmeichel is to leave Manchester United at the end of the season By Mike With Thursday, November 12, 1998 The Great Dane, 35 years old next week, may follow his countryman Brian Laudrup back to Denmark in the summer, though he has been linked with a possible move to France. He admits: I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace. 'I need to train more than I have ever had to and in order to prepare myself properly I need more time between games than I can get in England.' The club have agreed to release their goalkeeper at the end of the current season. 'It is important that I am now allowed to concentrate totally on the rest of the season,' said Schmeichel. 'I have had a fantastic career with Utd and I owe it to the club, players and fans to do everything I can to finish on a successful, and that means winning, note.' The club are still in the Champions League, despite a costly mistake from Schmeichel which cost two points against Bayern Munich, and they are second in the Premiership. They also moved into the quarter-finals of the Worthington Cup last night, though with their 'second' team. The surprise announcement comes just a week after another Dane, Brian Laudrup, left chelsea for his hometown club, FC Copenhagen, Laudrup claimed to be homesick, but it means that both of Denmark's greatest footballing exports are leaving England. Schmeichel has made 242 appearances for the club since arriving from Denmark, but he has been struggling with injuries as well as his form this season. Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson says: 'He is the best goalkeeper Manchester United have ever had and the best I have worked with. He ranks up there with Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Lev Yashin and the rest of them. 'He is brave, quick and has a massive presence. He has been a model professional who has inspired us all on his way to becoming one of the most influential players in our success. 'He has made clear his plans and done everything the right way to give us plenty of notice of his intentions, and I respect him for that.' Schmeichel was signed for 505,000 from Brondby eight years ago. As goalkeeper, spokesman and a very vocal player on the pitch, Schmeichel was quickly taken to the hearts of United supporters around the world. His imposing style made him an excellent captain during Roy Keane's absence through injury. His relative isolation at the back was no obstacle - the Dane has long been celebrated for his ability to make himself heard. But time moves on, even for the man ofton named the 'world's greatest goalkeeper'. Dutch keeper Raimond van der Gouw has played four games for Manchester United this season, two of them because Schmeichel was injured. However, manager Alex Ferguson will want to sign a more consistant replacement if Schmeichel leaves. Aston Villa's Mark Bosnich has been linked with Old Trafford in the past. He is set for a free Bosman-style transfer at the end of the season. Ipswich's England Under-21 keeper Richard Wright has also attracted much attention over the last two seasons.
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Subject; GREAT DANE A UNITED LEGEND By Graham Shaw, Sporting Life Peter Schmeichel's decision to retire from English football at the end of the season should bring mixed feelings for Manchester United fans. They should be sad at losing the man who for the last six years has been probably the best goalkeeper in the world. But they should be happy that this man is going out at the top before his powers wane even further. During Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden reign at Old Trafford there have been two massive catalysts for United's glory. The first was Eric Cantona - the man who it seemed single-handedly transformed a team of nearly men into swashbuckling stars. And then there is Schmeichel, who has been the immovable object for strikers all across Europe. Schmeichel has had a magnificent career in England. He has taken the position of goalkeeper to another level - quite simply no-one can compare with his standard of performance during the past few years. His value to Ferguson was best demonstrated in the second half of the 1995-96 season. At Christmas United, with Cantona just back from his suspension and a team of youngsters around him, were heading nowhere fast. They had just been beaten 4-1 at Spurs without the injured Schmeichel, and were a street behind Newcastle in the Premiership. But an amazing run after Christmas brought them to the unthinkable - a second league and Cup double in just three seasons. Most scribes pinpointed Cantona's influence as his goals brought United a crucial string of 1-0 victories that overhauled the Toon Army in the title race. But the real catalyst for that success was Schmeichel. His goalkeeping in the second half of that season was out of this world - without him one goal would not have been enough to win most of those tight games. And the most shining example of that came in March in what was billed as a title decider at Newcastle. In the first half the Geordies were rampant, with Ferdinand and Asprilla looking lethal, and should have been six up at the break. But the reason they weren't was a string of magnificent saves by the great Dane. You could almost see the confidence drain out of Kevin Keegan's men, and a lone Cantona goal won the game for an unimpressive United in the second half. Cantona took all the accolades that season, but it was Schmeichel who deserved most of the glory. More proof of United's reliance on Schmeichel came in Europe in 1994-95. Without Cantona they managed a win and two draws against Gothenburg, Galatasaray and Barcelona. That seemingly left them in a good position to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions' League. But without Schmeichel in the next two games they were crushed 4-0 in Barcelona and 3-1 in Gothenburg. It wasn't just the goals poor old Gary Walsh conceded, more the way the whole defence lost its air of invincibility without Schmeichel behind them. When he first came to England Schmeichel looked a great shot-stopper, but not that great on crosses. But once he put that right they developed into the most dominant back line in British football. His performance as surprise packages Denmark won the 1992 European Championships was stunning. But amazingly he got even better after that. He has everything a goalkeeper needs in the modern game. A huge man, he dominated the area with his physical presence. But he also has the lightning reflexes to pull of some amazing saves from any range. Recently though there have been signs that all is not quite as well for Peter the Great. The howler that cost United crucial Champions' League points in Munich is not the way he should be remembered. These moments are starting to creep into Schmeichel's game more and more. He should be remembered more for the amazing stop from a downward header in Vienna in 1996 that brought back memories of Gordon Banks. Injuries also seem to be catching up with the Dane, and as he says there is not much time to recover between games in English football's packed domestic programme. Schmeichel is hated by most opposing fans, and it's doubtful his style endears him to all fans and players inside Old Trafford. But part of the reason for United's success must have come from the fact the defenders in front of him were too scared to make mistakes. Schmeichel is still a great goalkeeper, but he isn't as great as he used to be. And his decision to quit at the end of the season should be applauded. So many athletes ignore the old maxim: quit at the top. But Schmeichel is showing he has sense as well as talent by leaving England the way he entered it, right at the top. And if United were to finally land the holy grail of the Champions' League this term it would be a fitting end to a great career here. As for replacements, Mark Bosnich, Richard Wright and the rest are all excellent keepers, and I'm sure they'd do a fine job at Old Trafford. But as good as Schmeichel in his pomp - don't make me laugh. Try as they might United will never truly be able to fill the void left by Schmeichel's departure. Maybe that is the biggest compliment anyone can pay to a truly great goalkeeper. Will United ever be able to replace Schmeichel? PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Schmeichel, United modern-day hero, leaves Old Trafford By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Nov 12 - Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was the final piece in the jigsaw needed to revive Manchester United's glory days. United manager Alex Ferguson snapped up the 'Great Dane' for just 550,000 pounds ($911,800) in 1991 and he swiftly became an ever-present in United's goal, replacing Jim Leighton. The next year he won his first honour in England as United took the League Cup before helping Denmark to the European Championship. Over the next five years United, with Schmeichel a towering figure at the back, dominated English soccer. He took on legendary status on the terraces of Old Trafford as the last line of United's defence. A scout sent to look at Schmeichel at former club Brondby reported back that he had just seen the best 'keeper in Europe. United fans would say he was the best in the world. The Dane's larger-than-life frame, allowing strikers only the tiniest sight of goal, and his pinpoint throws to beyond the halfway line releasing winger Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe became vital to United's success. That, with the strict, vocal marshalling of defenders Dennis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Parker, earned Schmeichel an awesome reputation. In 1993 Schmeichel helped United win the league title -- their first for 26 years. Three more titles followed, along with two F.A. Cups, and Schmeichel was central to United's success. When he was injured, the defence lost much of its potency. But on Thursday the 35-year-old announced the English game, after eight years' hard labour, had become too tough for him and he would quit Old Trafford at the end of the season. He will not be quitting the sport, and says he hopes to play abroad -- and internationally -- until he is 40. "There are too many games in English football now for me to prepare myself properly to keep up the standards I need for a club like United," he said. "I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace. I need to train more than I ever had to and, in order to prepare myself properly, I need more time between games than I can get in England. "Unfortunately the demands of the game in England means that I cannot get the time I need which is something I truly regret. Last season saw Schmeichel go straight from a tiring English season, in which United failed to win a trophy, into a gruelling World Cup campaign with Denmark. He played 44 games for United last season and missed seven through injury. Schmeichel said his decision to quit had nothing to do with a stomach muscle and hamstring injuries that have plagued him this season, rather a desire to go out at the top. "I have had a fantastic career at this club and I want to finish on a winning note," he said. Schmeichel refused to comment on radio reports linking him with a move to Monaco or Olympique Marseille, saying: "I never thought it would be fair for me to start looking for another club before I made this announcement. "I expect there will be some interest in me after this. If there isn't come next June then I will be worried," he joked. United manager Alex Ferguson paid the 'keeper tribute and said the club would allow him to leave on a free transfer. "Peter has been a major player in Manchester United's success over the last eight years," he said. "When I signed him from Brondby back in 1991 it gave me immense satisfaction because I believed I had signed a player who was to become one of the most influential people in one of this club's most successful periods." ($1=.6032 Pound)
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Subject: Thursday 12th Nov 1998 Schmeichel to quit United!! United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has confirmed he will retire from English football at the end of the season. Schmeichel: End of an era!! Schmeichel said: "There are too many games in English football now for me to prepare properly to keep up the standards I need for a club like United. "I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace." Schmeichel also confirmed that he would not be quitting the international scene. It's believed the 34-year-old Danish international will now move to France - Monaco and Marseille the favourites - or a return home to former club Brondby in Denmark may well be on the cards. United are believed to have been searching for a successor to Schmeichel and have frequently been linked with Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who becomes a free agent in the summer under the Bosman ruling. Signed from Danish side Brondby for 550,000 in 1991, Schmeichel quickly established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He has helped the club win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the League Cup. Last season against Derby County, he also became the first goalkeeper to keep 100 clean sheets in the Premiership. He was an ever-present during Denmark's World Cup campaign this summer and claimed his 100th international cap against Saudi Arabia in June. Manager Alex Ferguson wasted no time in praising Schmeichel in the wake of his decision to retire. Ferguson said: "Peter Schmeichel has been a major player in the success achieved by the club over the past eight years. "He has been a model professional who has inspired and influenced everyone with Manchester United." Fergie would not be moved, however, on whether a replacement had been lined up already. He added: "I've had to do a lot of thinking in the last few weeks since Peter and I had our chat. "Obviously we'll have to move quite soon, but we've been looking at some situations." Finally, United confirmed they would not be seeking a fee for Schmeichel. Schmeichel statement Peter Schmeichel today announced his decision to retire from English football. And in an emotional speech, the Great Dane said: "I need more time between games than I can get in England - I certainly need more than 12 days summer holidays! "Unfortunately, the demands of the game here means that I cannot get the time I need which is something I truly regret. "I have asked Manchester United to release me at the end of the season which they have generously agreed to do and for that I am truly grateful. "It is important that I am now allowed to concentrate totally on the rest of the season. I have had a fantastic career with United and I owe it to the club, players and fans to do everything I can to finish on a successful, and that means winning, note." When asked about his immediate future in the domestic game, Schmeichel said: "I'd like to keep playing, maybe in Denmark. But I didn't think it was fair to use my energy to find another workplace. "I'll concentrate on playing until the end of the season. If no-one has come in for me by March or April, then I'll start to worry!"
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Subject: Tribute to Peter In my opinion Van Der Saar would be a perfect replacement Schmeichel, United modern-day hero, leaves Old Trafford By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was the final piece in the jigsaw needed to revive Manchester United's glory days. United manager Alex Ferguson snapped up the 'Great Dane' for just 550,000 pounds ($911,800) in 1991 and he swiftly became an ever-present in United's goal, replacing Jim Leighton. The next year he won his first honour in England as United took the League Cup before helping Denmark to the European Championship. Over the next five years United, with Schmeichel a towering figure at the back, dominated English soccer. He took on legendary status on the terraces of Old Trafford as the last line of United's defence. A scout sent to look at Schmeichel at former club Brondby reported back that he had just seen the best 'keeper in Europe. United fans would say he was the best in the world. The Dane's larger-than-life frame, allowing strikers only the tiniest sight of goal, and his pinpoint throws to beyond the halfway line releasing winger Ryan Giggs and Lee Sharpe became vital to United's success. That, with the strict, vocal marshalling of defenders Dennis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Parker, earned Schmeichel an awesome reputation. In 1993 Schmeichel helped United win the league title -- their first for 26 years. Three more titles followed, along with two F.A. Cups, and Schmeichel was central to United's success. When he was injured, the defence lost much of its potency. But on Thursday the 35-year-old announced the English game, after eight years' hard labour, had become too tough for him and he would quit Old Trafford at the end of the season. He will not be quitting the sport, and says he hopes to play abroad -- and internationally -- until he is 40. "There are too many games in English football now for me to prepare myself properly to keep up the standards I need for a club like United," he said. "I am enjoying the game as much as ever but it is getting harder to keep pace. I need to train more than I ever had to and, in order to prepare myself properly, I need more time between games than I can get in England. "Unfortunately the demands of the game in England means that I cannot get the time I need which is something I truly regret. Last season saw Schmeichel go straight from a tiring English season, in which United failed to win a trophy, into a gruelling World Cup campaign with Denmark. He played 44 games for United last season and missed seven through injury. Schmeichel said his decision to quit had nothing to do with a stomach muscle and hamstring injuries that have plagued him this season, rather a desire to go out at the top. "I have had a fantastic career at this club and I want to finish on a winning note," he said. Schmeichel refused to comment on radio reports linking him with a move to Monaco or Olympique Marseille, saying: "I never thought it would be fair for me to start looking for another club before I made this announcement. "I expect there will be some interest in me after this. If there isn't come next June then I will be worried," he joked. United manager Alex Ferguson paid the 'keeper tribute and said the club would allow him to leave on a free transfer. "Peter has been a major player in Manchester United's success over the last eight years," he said. "When I signed him from Brondby back in 1991 it gave me immense satisfaction because I believed I had signed a player who was to become one of the most influential people in one of this club's most successful periods." ($1=.6032 Pound)
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Subject: Factfile on Peter Schmeichel MANCHESTER, England, Nov 12 - Factfile on Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel who said on Thursday he would leave the club at the end of the season: Born: Gladsaxe, Denmark on November 18, 1963 Career: 1984 - joins Hvidovre and plays 88 league matches -- scoring six goals -- for the club. 1987 - joins Brondby where over next five seasons he plays 119 league matches, scoring twice. Brondy won the Danish League championship in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991 and the Danish Cup in 1989. 1988: May 10 - wins first Danish cap in 2-2 draw with Hungary 1991: August 12 - joins Manchester United for 550,000 pounds ($912,700) making his league debut five days later in 2-0 win over Notts County. 1992 - wins first honour in English soccer as Manchester United beat Nottingham Forest to win League Cup. 1992 - Schmeichel helps Denmark win European Championship title. 1993 - wins first of four English premier league titles with United. Others follow in 1994, 1996 and 1997. 1994 - wins first of two F.A. Cup winners medals as United win English Cup and League double for first time. 1996 - United win F.A. Cup and League double for second time. 1998: June 12 - wins 100th cap for Denmark against Saudi Arabia in World Cup and goes on to tally record 107 caps on September 5 in 0-0 draw with Belarus in Minsk. August - nominated as a candidate for the European Goalkeeper of the Century Award to be announced in January 1999 November 12 - announces he will leave Manchester United at the end of season.
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