Croatian FA chairman Vlatko Markovic says his organization will demand 2.5 to 3.5 million Euros in damages from UEFA after the joint Croatia/Hungary bid was rejected as host to stage the 2012 European championships.
“We’ll ask between 2.5 and 3.5 million because all of our projects were suspended during the campaign to organize Euro 2012,” Markovic told the Jutarnji list daily.
Markovic, who spoke to UEFA’s chairman Michel Platini in Nyon over the issue, believes Croatia and Hungary were deceived in the Executive Committee’s final vote last Wednesday that was won by Ukraine and Poland.
“We told Platini we were in shock over UEFA’s decision in Cardiff and he replied, ‘Me too’.” What happened in Cardiff was a huge surprise both for him and for us, but I cannot go into details,” said Markovic.
The Croatian FA chairman had claimed that seven of 12 Executive Committee members eligible to vote had pledged to support Croatia and Hungary, but Ukraine and Poland came away as runaway winners in spite of the weakest infrastructure and the turmoil in corruption-ridden Polish soccer. The Croatian Prime Minister, Ivo Sanader, on the other hand called for Markovic’s resignation over the Croatian FA’s failure to win the right to stage the big soccer event five years from now.
Lyon’s double record
Thanks to Toulouse’s defeat of Rennes, Olympique Lyon won the Togel Singapore championship for the sixth successive time. Lyon claimed that they were already in posession of the French record even though Marseille also finished top five times in a row, but the Southerners were stripped of their 1992/93 title due to having fixed the game at Valenciennes.
Now the record is clearly Lyon’s by everybody’s criteria. Lyon have also become the first team from one of the European top-five leagues to have collected six consecutive titles. In Spain, Real Madrid were champions five teams in a row on two occasions, while Juventus and Turin both have had a five year winning streak in the past.
The longest runs in top leagues
France (6): Lyon (2002-2007)
Spain (5): Real Madrid (1961-1965 and 1986-1990)
Italy (5): Juventus (1931-1935), Torino (1943-1949)
Germany (3): Bayern (1972-1974, 1985-1987, 1999-2001)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (1975-1977) England (3): Huddersfield (1923-1926), Arsenal (1932-1935), Liverpool (1982-1984) and Manchester United (1999-2001)
Internazionale crowned champions in Italy
Two goals from Marco Materazzi at Siena coupled with Roma’s defeat at Atalanta gave Inter an unassailable lead at the top of the Serie A table and the 15th championship in their history.
This has been the first Inter league triumph achieved on the field after 18 years. Last year they had the title awarded to them by the Italian FA only because the two teams ahead of them had all their results annulled due to referee-tampering and match-fixing.
Surely, their rivals will try to minimize Inter’s merits for this “scudetto” as well and claim their path to success was made easier by Juventus’ relegation to Serie …