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February 25, 2000

World Cup idea scores

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The News Review:

* SA cries foul in battle to stage 2006 World Cup
* Africa Media Watch
* Beckenbauer defends Argentine superstar
* World Cup idea scores
* – World Soccer – African Nations Cup publicity not expected…
* – Inside Game – Gabriele Marcotti – Inside World Soccer -…
* Germany take 13-0 win | FOOTBALL | SPORT |

SA cries foul in battle to stage 2006 World Cup
Dispatch Online – Feb 14, 2000
The biennial Nations Cup, which ended in mid-February, was plagued by power cuts in Ghana, by disturbances in Lagos when Nigerian fans hurled stones and plastic bottles after their team’s goalless draw against unfancied Congo and by a pitch invasion in the Senegal match, and by the eccentric reaction of Ivory Coast’s military leader after his side’s first round elimination. General Robert Guei ordered the national team to be detained in army barracks for two days “to teach them lessons in patriotism and discipline”. They were forced to undergo military drills in front of television cameras. None of this has anything to do with South Africa’s attempt to stage the first World Cup soccer finals on African soil, say officials… ”

Jordaan’s presentation of South Africa’s case won the loudest applause when the World Cup bidders outlined their proposals at a special gathering in Accra before the start of the Nations Cup in January. In early February, President Thabo Mbeki threw his weight behind his country’s bid in an address to Parliament. “Fairness and the development of soccer demands that the 2006 World Cup should take place in Africa for the first time. There can be no better venue than the land of human hope, that has all the necessary facilities which our country has,” Mbeki told MPs. A major stumbling block to South Africa’s chances remains the bid by its north African rival, Morocco. Issa Hayatou, Cameroonian president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), said: “The political leaders of South Africa and Morocco should meet so that we could have a single African bid. Any move by CAF to make a decision will split the organisation.

Africa Media Watch
BBC News – Feb 18, 2000
The Ivorian team were detained on their homecoming, Burkina Faso’s coach got the sack and a writer in the South African Mail & Guardian wondered whether England’s chances of hosting the next World Cup might not have been boosted by the tournament. “In Lagos the crowds let themselves, their country and their continent down,” wrote Andrew Muchineripi, “with some sensational sections of the English media using incidents to pour scorn over the 2006 World Cup bids of South Africa and Morocco”. “African Football Confederation officials once again proved far too lenient and, hopefully unintentionally, supplied ammunition for the English World Cup bid committee to use against South Africa and Morocco. ”

The Moroccan internet daily Al-Anbaa disagreed completely. “The African Cup of Nations has started to compete with its European rival in every way – organisation, TV coverage and particularly technical preparation,” the paper said. Different class

The South African Sunday Times thought the Nigerians were “in a different class” – and thought it knew why.

Beckenbauer defends Argentine superstar
Dispatch Online – Feb 9, 2000
“The footballing world must help Maradona in this difficult period for him, as he has given so much to football,” Beckenbauer said. Maradona is currently in a detoxication clinic in Havana, Cuba after a cocaine overdose last month. The former World Cup winner’s ongoing problems with drugs led him to admit that he faced death if he relapsed into his addiction. “In football, Maradona has always been an example to others, but sadly his dependence to drugs has seen society turn against him,” added Beckenbauer.

World Cup idea scores
BBC News – Feb 22, 2000
Gary Cook, from Glasgow, has organised a petition arguing for Scotland, Ireland and Wales to hold the tournament. MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s sports committee studied the petition from Mr Cook, who said it would be good for the footballing public, as well as boosting for tourism and the economy… Supporting the petition, committee convener Mary Mulligan said the idea already had support in the Republic of Ireland. Two Scottish National Party MSPs were at the centre of controversy last month when they signed up to Germany’s bid to host the 2006 event. They were opposed to England holding the finals and, to add spice to the debate, England are again thought to be involved in the race for 2010. Kenny Gibson, MSP for Glasgow, and Lothian MSP Kenny MacAskill, were branded “anti-English”. – World Soccer – African Nations Cup publicity not expected… – Feb 8, 2000
“We are all fighting hard to host the event and other candidates have been putting over their own positive points. But we are extremely satisfied with the organization of the event. ” Morocco and South Africa are bidding to host the 2006 World Cup, with England, Germany and Brazil also in contention. South Africa is the favorite. But Alec McGivan, the head of England’s bid team, which Tuesday flew to Paraguay to lobby South American FIFA members, last week claimed that there had been a “definite shift” toward his own country’s candidature. One of the key concerns for FIFA’s 24-member executive committee, which will next July decide which country will host 2006 World Cup, is security, an issue under scrutiny following serious disturbances at two Nigeria games. After a match against the Republic of Congo, fans threw stones at the team bus, shattering windows in the process… UEFA suspends Russian referee until season’s end UEFA on Tuesday suspended Russian referee Sergei Khusainov until the end of July over allegations that he and fellow officials got drunk before a UEFA Cup tie in Israel last September. UEFA’s control and disciplinary body reconsidered the case following a successful appeal by Khusainov against its original ruling in December, which provisionally suspended him from any European function until disciplinary proceedings concluded. The Russian Football Union in October moved to suspend Khusainov and three other Russian officials for the rest of the season following the incident. They were barred by local soccer officials from refereeing the match between Hapoel Haifa and FC Brugge of Belgium and replaced at short notice by another team of officials. After re-examining the case, the disciplinary body suspended Khusainov “on a definitive basis for a serious breach of duty until 31 July,” UEFA said in a statement. “His three assistants are suspended until 30 April. ” The officials have until Friday to appeal the decision. – Inside Game – Gabriele Marcotti – Inside World Soccer -… – Feb 15, 2000
In midfield, Geremi and Marc-Vivien Foe battled Oliseh and Okocha to a standstill, while up front Patrick Mboma tormented Taribo West for much of the afternoon. It’s a shame to see a team as talented as Nigeria once again underachieve, just as it did at USA ’94, when it squandered a late lead and a man advantage against Italy, and at France ’98, when it imploded against Denmark in the second round. But it’s a greater shame that crowd trouble and off-field problems will probably cost Africa its chance to host the World Cup in 2006. The Nigerian team bus was surrounded by an angry mob after the team’s first round draw with the Congo. And the pitch was invaded by Nigerian fans after the Super Eagles took a 2-1 lead over Senegal in the quarterfinals. Throw in the fact that the Ivory Coast squad was locked up for two days on an army base by military strongman General Robert Guei after its disappointing showing and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for Africa. In fact, these events simply reinforce the West’s worst stereotypes: that Africa is unruly, unpredictable, unsafe and unfit to host soccer’s showcase event… It’s bigger, stronger and better than everybody else, but it invariably falls victim to the Davids of this world, teams which put as much of an emphasis on discipline and organization as they do on skill. It happened again in the African Nations Cup final on Sunday, when the Super Eagles were beaten by Cameroon on penalties. The score was close, but Nigeria was thoroughly outplayed. Never mind the fact that Victor Ikpeba’s penalty clearly crossed the line after smacking the underside of the crossbar — though neither the referee, Morocco’s Mourad Daami, nor his linesman seemed to notice. It is botched refereeing such as this that calls into question the integrity of the game and gives rise to riots. Indeed, given the crowd unrest which blighted Nigeria’s quarterfinal win over Senegal, Daami can thank his lucky stars that the stadium scoreboard didn’t show a slow-motion replay of the penalty.

Germany take 13-0 win | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
TVNZ – Feb 9, 2000
Joachim Loew’s side were 6-0 up by the interval against hopelessopposition and never eased up as they humiliated their mostlyamateur opponents. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Hitzlspergerall scored two goals each with Michael Ballack, Arne Friedrich andBernd Schneider (penalty) also on target. The result is Germany’s best ever in a competitive, non-Olympicgame and surpasses their 12-0 victory over Cyprus in a 1969 WorldCup qualifier. Germany’s all-time record win was a 16-0 victory over Russia inthe 1912 Olympics. The result was also the worst in San Marino’s history – they hadlost 10-0 to Norway in 1992. Podelski began the rout in the 11th minute with a well-placedglancing header from a Bernd Schneider cross. Ballack then missed a great opportunity, firing over an opengoal from close-range after San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini failedto hold on to a Schweinsteiger shot.

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