football news - January 2002.
| With no friendly fixture until the end of March a squad training
camp has been arranged for February.
A full day's session will be held at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel. Players will meet up on
Saturday evening February 9th, a full day's activities is planned for Sunday before the
players return to their clubs on Monday morning.
The full day's activities on Sunday will discuss Euro 2004, matches against the Czech
Republic and Germany and include a light training session.
"We have not arranged an international friendly fixture for February and I
feel it is important to get the squad together." - Mark Hughes.
Thursday, January 31st 2002.
| The FAW have ruled out the possibility of playing some of the
Euro 2004 home qualifying matches away from the Millennium Stadium.
Secretary-general David Collins said the games wouldn't be switched to any of the smaller
Hopefully a meeting to arrange the fixture schedule can be held with the other four
nations on the 21st or 22nd of February.
"The Millennium Stadium is our home and that's where we want to play our
qualifying matches." - David Collins.
Sunday, January 27th 2002.
| Once again Wales have been handed a tough draw in Group 9 of the
2004 European Championship's. Italy, Yugoslavia, Finland and the former Soviet republic of
Azerbaijan will face Mark Hughes's men when the campaign start's either in September or
Fixture list for these games will be announced sometime in early February when all five
nations will meet, probably in Italy.
The winner of the group earns a place in the finals. The runner-up will contest a
home-and-away play-off match.
Friday, January 25th 2002.
| It has been confirmed that
Wales will only play two friendly senior matches before the end of season. The matches
against the Czech Republic (27.03.02) and Germany (14.05.02) will both be at home.
A date in April is also open with a possibility of a game or a squad get-together.
Regarding a Far East tour at the end of the season well discussion's are still in
"Singing area" tickets will be available for the above matches though general
ticket information will be confirmed shortly.
Friday, January 18th 2002.
| The FAW International
committee meets on Wednesday.
Announcements regarding senior and youth matches are expected. This is a bi-monthly
international committee meeting with manager Mark Hughes hopefully present.
With regards to the possibility of playing any B internationals in the future there are no
plans at the moment for this.
Monday, January 14th 2002.