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quarta-feira, julho 07, 2004

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La Vanguardia: "...el éxito que se ha apuntado Portugal en la organización de este macroacontecimiento supera con creces el mal sabor de boca que ha dejado la circunstancial frustración deportiva. Según los expertos, una Eurocopa representa el tercer acontecimiento deportivo de gestión más compleja, sólo precedida por los Juegos Olímpicos y los Campeonatos Mundiales de fútbol. En el caso de Portugal se ha desarrollado en ocho ciudades, que han acogido a 16 equipos y a sus respectivas aficiones, cuyo exquisito comportamiento no cabe achacar simplemente al azar, sino a una planificación minuciosa y a un estudiado crowd control (control de multitudes). Portugal'04 ha sido segura sin agobiar, el sueño dorado de organizadores y visitantes y, desde luego, deja una imagen bastante mejor que la ofrecida por la desigual exposición universal de 1998, celebrada en Lisboa. En definitiva, todo un espaldarazo internacional para el país vecino, que coincide con el acceso de un portugués, José Manuel Durao Barroso, a la presidencia de la Comisión Europea."

Newsweek: "The Portuguese organized the three-week, 31-game championship without a glitch. There were three nights of disturbances on the southern Algarve coast where English fans clashed with police. European soccer's governing body said the trouble happened away from game venues and was unrelated to the tournament. Because of the threat of terrorism, security was tight but unobtrusive."

France 2: "Les Portugais ont organisé un Euro parfait, marqué par l'absence des grandes nations européennes en finale. Un milliard de télespectateurs, des stades accueillants, peu de problèmes de sécurité, une ambiance conviviale, les organisateurs ont bien géré leur affaire. "C'est sans doute le meilleur Euro jamais organisé", a dit Lennart Johansson, président de l'UEFA."

The Guardian: "On the day after the Portugeuse beat Spain one of the local newspapers gave expression to the feeling of collective relief coursing through the nation. Its front page simply said Thank You. For providing a tournament of such grace and beauty the same words seem fitting. Obrigado."

Sky Sports: "What did emerge from this tournament it that there is undoubtedly a club and international football issue and there were some tired legs on display. However, it was a wonderful festival of international football and it is essential that these events still maintain their importance in the calendar. ... Overall, Euro 2004 was the most joyous European occasions I have been to. It even surpassed England '96 and it was way ahead of Holland and Belgium. Congratulations to Greece but a huge well done to the hosts Portugal as well."

BBC: "As the dust settles on Euro 2004 and the fans head home, they can reflect on a tournament rich in quality and entertainment. Thrilling games played in colourful stadia and a host nation that welcomed its visitors with genuine warmth has ensured the event will live long in the memory."

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