• The Portuguese Football Federation has finalised its agreement with Sporting Football Club as to the use of its residential and training facilities at Alcochete. The national squad will hold a training camp between May 20 and June 2 at Obides before taking up residency at Alcochete for the duration of the tournament.

• An economic impact study has shown that the Portuguese State will earn 208 million euros from directly related income vis-à-vis the staging of Euro 2004. Total costs associated with hosting the Championships are believed to be around 800 million euros.

• Sven-Goran Eriksson has expressed his disappointment at Rio Ferdinand’s failed appeal against suspension for missing a drugs test. The England team will sorely miss the defender in June.

• Wales’ appeal against the ruling in the Titov doping case has been rejected by UEFA. The decision is final and Wales will have to concentrate on qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.