Euro 2004: Germany's tohave role in final after all

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28 June 2004 , LISBON - The Euro 2004 final on Sunday will have a German element after all as Markus Merk was on Monday appointed referee of the decider in Lisbon. Merk, 42, will be joined by his usual linesmen Christian Schraer and Jan-Hendrik Salver. The Euro final is another milestone in the career of Merk, who is a dentist by trade and a referee of the world governing body FIFA since 1992. He was in charge of the 2003 European Champions League final between AC Milan and Juventus Turin and the Euro 2000

28 June 2004

LISBON - The Euro 2004 final on Sunday will have a German element after all as Markus Merk was on Monday appointed referee of the decider in Lisbon.

Merk, 42, will be joined by his usual linesmen Christian Schraer and Jan-Hendrik Salver.

The Euro final is another milestone in the career of Merk, who is a dentist by trade and a referee of the world governing body FIFA since 1992.

He was in charge of the 2003 European Champions League final between AC Milan and Juventus Turin and the Euro 2000 semi-final between the Netherlands and Italy.

In Portugal, he officiated France's dramatic 2-1 victory over England and the 2-2 draw between Scandinavian rivals Denmark and Sweden.

Anders Frisk of Sweden, meanwhile, was announced referee of the Wednesday semi-final between hosts Portugal and the Netherlands.

The second semi-final on Thursday bringing together surprise team Greece and the Czech Republic is officiated by Italian Pierluigi Collina.

Meanwhile, Otto Rehhagel was on Monday offered honorary Greek citizenship by the deputy minister of sport after the German coach took the national football team into the Euro 2004 semi-finals.

"No one will deny him the honour if he wants it. We will talk about it in the near future," deputy minister Giorgos Orfanos said in a radio interview.

Rehhagel has become a national hero in Greece with the team's strong showing at the finals in Portugal. Until Euro 2004 Greece had never won a match at a major football final, now they are in the final four with a quarter-final 1-0 upset over title holders France.

Orfanos said that Rehhagel was also rated highly because he said he would stay in Greece and was not interested in becoming Germany coach in replacement of Rudi Voeller.

"He showed this (his love for Greece) by saying that he will stay in Greece although he was offered the Germany coaching job," said Orfanos.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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