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July 3, 2000

Scots prepare Euro 2008 bid

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 forum
* Govt gives R6,5m to 2006 bid
* FA campaign sinking fast
* Scots prepare Euro 2008 bid
* Stadium guide: Rugby pitches in
* Papers condemn Nazi nailbomber
* Out with the old?
* Making up the numbers?
* Hurst: England’s is the best bid
* Stadium guide: Wembley revamped
* Papers demand cheaper petrol

World Cup 2006 forum
BBC News – Jul 3, 2000
The contest, like so much in the murky world of football politics, is far from straightforward. For the average fan, little is known about the personalities invloved in the bidding process – or the “smoke-filled room” negotiations that go with it. But one man with an inside track on the subject is BBC Sports News correspondent Gordon Farquhar. He has followed the bidding war around the world since England made their official pitch at the Cannes Football EXPO in January 1999.

Govt gives R6,5m to 2006 bid
Dispatch Online – Jun 28, 2000
Speaking at a farewell function for the SA delegation, Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour said the amount was the government’s contribution to the bid campaign which started in 1994. The bid has already spent close to R45m — a large proportion of it from the private sector — in an aggressive campaign to sell South Africa to the world. Bid chief executive Danny Jordaan left for Luxembourg last night to make a final presentation to the UEFA top brass before heading for Zurich. Other SA Football Association officials will join Jordaan in Zurich… The bid has already spent close to R45m — a large proportion of it from the private sector — in an aggressive campaign to sell South Africa to the world. Bid chief executive Danny Jordaan left for Luxembourg last night to make a final presentation to the UEFA top brass before heading for Zurich. Other SA Football Association officials will join Jordaan in Zurich. The 24 Fifa executive committee members meet on July 5 and 6 to scrutinise the bids of England, Brazil, Morocco and Germany. The winner will be announced on July 6. Balfour told a large audience that there were only nine days left before the announcement that was set to change the course of South African football. “Since April 1994, our country has undergone changes of such magnitude that the rest of the world has been obliged to recognise us as serious global participants.

FA campaign sinking fast
BBC News – Jun 30, 2000
But while the recent behaviour of England’s dubiously-titled football fans has undoubtedly upset many on the continent, McGivan could be forgiven for thinking Europe had made its mind up to back Germany’s bid a long time ago. Ever since England announced its 2006 World Cup intentions in 1997, the FA has run into opposition from Germany, whose bid dates back to 1993, and Lennart Johansson, the president of Uefa, Europe’s governing body. The Germans have always been aggrieved by England’s decision to split the European vote, as they said it ran counter to a gentleman’s agreement brokered by former FA chairman Sir Bert Millichip and the German FA… But while the recent behaviour of England’s dubiously-titled football fans has undoubtedly upset many on the continent, McGivan could be forgiven for thinking Europe had made its mind up to back Germany’s bid a long time ago. Ever since England announced its 2006 World Cup intentions in 1997, the FA has run into opposition from Germany, whose bid dates back to 1993, and Lennart Johansson, the president of Uefa, Europe’s governing body. The Germans have always been aggrieved by England’s decision to split the European vote, as they said it ran counter to a gentleman’s agreement brokered by former FA chairman Sir Bert Millichip and the German FA. Having annoyed the Germans, the English FA, which has always denied the existence of any deal, upset Johansson by switching its vote at the eleventh hour to his chief rival Sepp Blatter in the 1998 vote for a new Fifa president.

Scots prepare Euro 2008 bid
BBC News – Jul 2, 2000
SFA chief executive David Taylor and the governing body’s executive committee
will mount a campaign to bring the tournament to Scotland, which would be
enhanced if England fail to secure the 2006 World Cup on Thursday. Taylor said: “I gave a presentation to the executive committee last week in which I set
out the advantages of Scotland bidding for this tournament. “We had a discussion about whether it was worth taking matters further or
not, in terms of further investigations. And the conclusion, I’m pleased to say,
was `yes’. “We cannot say at this stage whether it is feasible or practical because we
have got to look at a whole number of things.

Stadium guide: Rugby pitches in
BBC News – Jun 29, 2000
Many of the rugby grounds are already up to scratch following the Rugby World Cup which was held in South Africa in 1995. Ellis Park in Johannesburg is the home of rugby in the country and played host to the Rugby World Cup final. It was renovated in 1982 and, with a capacity of 60,000, is a likely semi-final venue. It has hosted a number of football matches including last year’s match in honour of Nelson Mandela when a select South African XI took on a World Stars XI… Ellis Park in Johannesburg is the home of rugby in the country and played host to the Rugby World Cup final. It was renovated in 1982 and, with a capacity of 60,000, is a likely semi-final venue. It has hosted a number of football matches including last year’s match in honour of Nelson Mandela when a select South African XI took on a World Stars XI. It is not up to Fifa standards yet – which is apparently why the Mandela tribute game was not held there – but when renovations are complete it will have a capacity of more than 110,000. South Africa have a number of other stadiums which were upgraded for the Rugby World Cup, all of which have capacities of over 40,000.

Papers condemn Nazi nailbomber
BBC News – Jul 1, 2000
Madame Fontaine tells the paper that the Queen showed warmth towards the idea of monetary union during a private meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. In response to the suggestion that there was a lot of hostility towards losing the pound, the Queen is said to have replied, in French: “But
if the euro is a success, we will enter. ”
Blair snubs World Cup hope

According to the Times, the Prime Minister has declined to head England’s presentation of its bid to host the World Cup in 2006. Football’s world governing body, FIFA, announces next week who will hold the tournament. Tony Blair’s decision, the paper says, is likely to end hopes that the World Cup will return to England, and could well lead to England being eliminated in the first round of the ballot. South Africa’s bid will be led by Nelson Mandela and there are rumours that Chancellor Schroeder will lead the German delegation. Abbey branches out

The Financial Times leads with a report that the mortgage lender, Abbey National, has drawn up plans to hand over its branches to local managers acting as franchisees.

Out with the old?
BBC News – Jul 2, 2000
But, with six of England’s 22-man Euro 2000 squad in their 30s, which other senior players should retire gracefully – and which news kids on the block should replace them?

England captain Shearer always intended to retire after Euro 2000, claiming his best international years were behind him. Yet there were six players in Kevin Keegan’s squad older then the 29-year-old Shearer, so is it about time for a few more stars to head gracefully for football’s retirement home?

Paul Ince could be the next to bow out, but who should replace England’s ageing stars?

With the World Cup qualifiers starting against Germany in October, it could be a case of out with the old and in with the new for Keegan, but how many youngsters should he introduce to his squad?

Which England players should retire from international football?

In 1990 England reached the semi-final of the World Cup. Prior to this Bobby Robson introduced large numbers of younger players and left out Kevin Keegan to make way for them, maybe this is why he is so reluctant to do the same? Winning major tournaments is not just about international experience it is about picking a squad with real depth that is full of form players… Alex,
UK

Tony Adams is too old and slow to be in the England side. Get someone like Woodgate or Ferdinand in there. Paul Ince was one of England’s best players in the England side during Euro2000 and should captain the side in the next World Cup. Andrew Smale,
England

Nicky Weaver has been in awesome form for Manchester City and he can only get better. He’s being carefully nurtured by Joe Royle into a class goalkeeper. In particular, he edged Richard Wright in the ‘battle of the goalies’ when City played Ipswich at Maine Road. There are plenty of good youngsters getting through: Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Smith, Jonathon Woodgate, Kieron Dyer, Stephen Gerrard, Gareth Barry, Francis Jeffers etc.

Making up the numbers?
BBC News – Jun 29, 2000
Italy, America, France, and then a combined bid from Japan and Korea – these are the last four bidders to be given the nomination to host the World Cup. Japan and the USA may not have the footballing pedigree of France or Italy, but all these countries have high global profiles. This is perhaps why Morocco’s bid is unlikely to succeed. For although the general feeling is that 2006 is Africa’s turn, Morocco are very much in South Africa’s shadow. And yet Morocco is arguably a more stable country than South Africa with a low crime rate – and the bid has a great deal going for it… Japan and the USA may not have the footballing pedigree of France or Italy, but all these countries have high global profiles. This is perhaps why Morocco’s bid is unlikely to succeed. For although the general feeling is that 2006 is Africa’s turn, Morocco are very much in South Africa’s shadow. And yet Morocco is arguably a more stable country than South Africa with a low crime rate – and the bid has a great deal going for it. Morocco facts

Population: 30,000,000

Capital city: Rabat

International honours: African Nations Cup winners 1976

Top teams: Raja Casablanca, WAC Casablanca, FAR Rabat

For one, it is ideally located – it may be in Africa, but it is also very close to the superpowers of Europe. This has the added benefit of kick-off times that will suit the lucrative European television market. And Morocco stands up well as a tourist destination with well-known cities including Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangiers.

Hurst: England’s is the best bid
BBC News – Jun 29, 2000
Is England’s bid the best of the lot?

We’ve always felt we have the best bid. I think we have everything in place in this country and I think the campaign team have done a great job. England have spent a great deal of money, is it too much?

Certainly a lot of time and money has been put in; the money I think is a sensible amount to be allocated for a bid of this nature. These days ?10m is about half the cost of a top striker – and that’s spread over three-and-a-half years… What were the most interesting places you visited?. Is it right that such small footballing nations have so much power in the world game?

I think it’s reasonable that the spread of football power is worldwide in the same way that the game should be spread worldwide. Isn’t that the argument for South Africa or Morocco hosting the tournament?
It is if they are capable of hosting it. Mr Blatter has made the point recently that Africa should host the tournament if and when they have the facilities. What do you make of the other bids?

I think right the way through we’ve said that we respect the other countries and their bids. They’re good footballing countries and we have to give them respect but we still feel that our’s is the best bid.

Stadium guide: Wembley revamped
BBC News – Jun 29, 2000
The budget is ?475m and when completed it will have a capacity of 90,000. Some of the history will be lost – the Twin Towers for a start – but far more will be gained by rebuilding what has become an inadequate home for a major international side. There has been a revolution in England’s football grounds since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and the country is now brimming with first-rate stadiums. Old Trafford is currently the biggest club ground in England with a capacity of over 61,000. However, by the time 2006 rolls round the ground will hold 68,400… However, by the time 2006 rolls round the ground will hold 68,400. Arsenal and Liverpool both also have current proposals to build stadiums that would house more than 60,000 people. Villa Park and St James’ Park will both be refurbished to produce grounds to hold more than 50,000 spectators while the ?90m City of Manchester Stadium which is being built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games will become home to Manchester City with a 48,000 capacity. England would then be able to choose from a number of other stadiums all able to seat more than 40,000 – including Goodison Park, Stamford Bridge, Pride Park, Hillsborough, the Riverside Stadium, and newly-planned stadiums in Coventry and Leicester. English stadiums also have the added benefit of having the crowd very close the pitch, ensuring a fantastic atmosphere, and there are no fences to obstruct the view.

Papers demand cheaper petrol
BBC News – Jun 30, 2000
The paper says 11 Health Action Zones are having their budgets reduced by a total of ?7m. One Labour MP describes the cuts as a “bombshell”. World Cup hopes

As the team bidding to bring the World Cup to England in 2006 prepares to put its case to European officials on Friday, there is disappointing news in theTimes. The paper says a report by football’s world governing body, Fifa, on the technical merits of each bid has ranked England below its two main rivals, South Africa and Germany. The leader of England’s bid is quoted as describing the report – which judged stadiums, hotels and security – as “an insult to everyone involved in English football”. The Times concludes that “there now appears to be little hope that the country will stage the tournament for the first time since 1966”. Cimabue masterpiece

The Guardian has a front page photograph of a lost masterpiece by the 13th Century Italian artist, Cimabue, which has been given to the National Gallery.

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