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Wales football news - February 2002.
 Euro 2004 cheer.
The FAW will host the meeting to arrange the fixtures for Group 9. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel on Monday 11 March.

With two other friendly matches planned before the campaign starts one piece of good news regarding Ryan Giggs.

As reported here last September, Giggs who was sent off in Norway actually only received a one-match ban and therefore having missed the Belarus game in October is eligible for the first Euro 2004 game.

Wednesday, February 20th 2002.
 No hurry.
Mark Hughes has revealed that he is in no hurry to make a decision on whether he will retire from playing at the end of the current season.

Hughes is due to become full time manager on June 30, and the FAW has made it clear they want him in by then.

"FAW have never pushed on this subject. There is no issue at the moment. When I make a decision. I will be the one to do it." -
Mark Hughes.

Monday, February 11th 2002.
 Game confirmation.
It has been confirmed that Wales will play Argentina at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff on Wednesday 13th February 2002. Kick off time will be 7.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale from 9.00am Wednesday, 6th February.

"This is a great opportunity for our players to show what they can do against one of the best sides in the world. It is a great start to our build-up for the Euro 2004 campaign." -
Mark Hughes.

Tuesday, February 5th 2002.
 Announcement Monday.
The FAW will be meeting early Monday morning to discuss the Argentina friendly on Wednesday 13th February.

An announcement on whether the friendly will go ahead won't be made until late afternoon, but it now seems it's up to Argentina.

If the proposed match goes ahead the squad the will remain the same but obviously the training schedule will be amended, if it falls through the squad will revert back to training camp.

"It'll probably all come down to whether Argentina truly want to play us in Cardiff, It's more or less up to Argentina now" -

Sunday, February 3rd 2002.
 Argentina friendly.
The FAW will be busy this weekend trying to arrange a friendly against Argentina on Wednesday 13th February.

Despite having tried to arrange a match for 3 months Argentina only contacted the FAW on Thursday night as they want to play under the Millennium Stadium's closed roof.

The Millennium Stadium authorities have raised no real objections about the game but clearance has to be granted by the police and the relevant authorities first.

It's planned to keep the 10 admission price, and that the FAW are hoping for a capacity crowd.

"We really want to play this match. We will be working all over the weekend and will then make a decision first thing on Monday morning." -
Mark Evans (FAW).

Friday, February 1st 2002.


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