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October 7, 2000

Brazil launches investigation of soccer corruption

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The News Review:

* FA reveals 2006 bid costs
* Rivals play it by the book
* Blatter wants Oceania World Cup place
* Brazil launches investigation of soccer corruption
* The metaphor of Wembley
* England, whose England?
* Big cash boost for Mandela Soccer Challenge

FA reveals 2006 bid costs
BBC News – Sep 22, 2000
77m spent on the failed attempt to win the right to host the 2006 World Cup. While stressing a commitment to “transparency”, the release of the figures is likely to revive the debate about the wisdom of the campaign. Some have argued that England were fighting a losing battle from the moment the FA reneged on what Germany believed was a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that England would not seek to host the 2006 World Cup. After a contentious campaign, Germany prevailed in a controversial final vote against South Africa as New Zealand representative Charles Dempsey abstained.

Rivals play it by the book
BBC News – Oct 3, 2000
Author David Downing has chronicled every meeting between the nations and his book, The Best Of Enemies, has been released to coincide with Saturday’s Wembley clash. Downing insists there could be no better fixture for the last game in front of the twin towers, despite the heartache caused by Geoff Hurst’s dodgy goal in the 1966 World Cup final, Germany’s numerous penalty shootout wins and their victory over England in the race to stage the 2006 World Cup. His claims are backed up the remarkable story of the First World War football match staged between English and German troops in the no-man’s-land of The Somme and the acknowledgement that the two nations share similar styles and work ethics. They respect bravery, stamina and hard running, the things that English people like to see in their football… Winning in 1972 was one of the great German football memories as they won in style and won comprehensively. They will be up for this

David Downing, author

“They love playing at Wembley. Winning in 1972 was one of the great German football memories as they won in style and won comprehensively. “They will be up for this,” he added. Downing’s book also recalls some of the stories connected with the fixture, including allegations of German foul play at the 1970 World Cup, when Gordon Banks was sidelined by food poisoning for their quarter final clash. “I don’t think anyone really believes it was done deliberately, but if it was then it was more likely to be the Mexicans who did it,” jokes Downing. “Alf Ramsay had alienated the whole of Latin America so much with some of his comments that the Mexicans were thoroughly supporting Germany.

Blatter wants Oceania World Cup place
BBC News – Sep 20, 2000
Blatter, in Australia to watch the Olympic football
tournament, tipped the country as a future venue for a World
Cup tournament, but gave no hint of when that might be. Blatter told Justin Madden, the state of Victoria’s
minister of sport, that he was impressed by what he had seen so
far at the Olympics. He said Australia had a chance of hosting three
international tournaments in 2003 – the Confederations Cup,
the World Club Championship and the Women’s World Cup… Blatter, in Australia to watch the Olympic football
tournament, tipped the country as a future venue for a World
Cup tournament, but gave no hint of when that might be. Blatter told Justin Madden, the state of Victoria’s
minister of sport, that he was impressed by what he had seen so
far at the Olympics. He said Australia had a chance of hosting three
international tournaments in 2003 – the Confederations Cup,
the World Club Championship and the Women’s World Cup.

Brazil launches investigation of soccer corruption
CNN – Oct 3, 2000
The charges came after the runner-ups in the last World Cup suffered a string of losses that led to the firing this week of national coach Wanderley Luxemburgo, contributing to what has been called the worst soccer crisis in years. “The objective is to open the black box of Brazilian soccer, where the relevant facts are hidden, denigrating the image of our country abroad,” Sen. Alvador Dias, the lawmaker that proposed the investigation, told Reuters. Dias said if the allegations directed at Brazil’s Football Confederation (CBF) are true, it will involve “a lot of corruption. The congressional commission, which has special legal powers to investigate, won the support of lawmakers on Tuesday as Congress opened after an electoral recess… “There are accusations of inappropriate intervention by Nike in the national side that the players they sponsor are called to play,” said Dias. A Nike spokesman denied the charges, saying, “We in no way interfere in the team, Nike does not call on players nor line-up players. Nike supplies Brazil’s national side with sportswear under an agreement that stretches until after 2006 World Cup. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

The metaphor of Wembley
BBC News – Sep 24, 2000
Well, who knows, now that there are further complications with the contractors and no 2006 World Cup deadline to worry about?

We’ll all have our favourite recollections of course. Those of us old enough may even have them burned onto the mind’s eye in television’s black and white which now seems to me to have been the best way of building up to the real thing. So after watching Cup Finals and England internationals at home in fuzzy monochrome, I – like millions of others – experienced the small boy’s awe and wonder as I walked up the stairway and out into Wembley’s concrete bowl for the first time to see a schoolboy international. Revisionists

Never mind that the game was scoreless and that I was straining to see over adult heads to the action in a distant goalmouth. The colour, the scale and the sense of drama explained it all.

England, whose England?
Hindu – Sep 20, 2000
The intensity of car use has made
the rest, the pedestrians and the few determined and foolhardy
cyclists, into a nuisance to be controlled, curbed, and cursed,
if not mown down by the racing streams of mechanical monsters. The retreat from the public space has left more and more of that
space to those who see it (if they notice it at all) as no more
than a vehicle for the imposition of their own urges and vices
upon the rest. The evidence for that has recently become
wretchedly obvious; the worst behaviour of England football fans
during the Euro 2000 championships was organised by a small
number of very dangerous neo-Nazis, but the British Government,
although forewarned by police intelligence, had already decided
not to confiscate passports for fear that any adverse publicity
resulting would jeopardise England’s chances of hosting the 2006
World Cup. In sharp contrast, the German Government, well aware
of the plans of German neo-Nazis, confiscated 8,000 passports. Germany won the World Cup bid. The British Government’s – self-defeating – pusillanimity in this
matter provoked a long-overdue public debate about the
contemporary English identity. It was widely noted, for example,
that the centres of supposedly-peaceful English provincial towns
and cities are increasingly colonised, even in the daytime, by
gangs of drunken and boorish young men, with a permanent air of
menace and violence… The evidence for that has recently become
wretchedly obvious; the worst behaviour of England football fans
during the Euro 2000 championships was organised by a small
number of very dangerous neo-Nazis, but the British Government,
although forewarned by police intelligence, had already decided
not to confiscate passports for fear that any adverse publicity
resulting would jeopardise England’s chances of hosting the 2006
World Cup. In sharp contrast, the German Government, well aware
of the plans of German neo-Nazis, confiscated 8,000 passports. Germany won the World Cup bid. The British Government’s – self-defeating – pusillanimity in this
matter provoked a long-overdue public debate about the
contemporary English identity. It was widely noted, for example,
that the centres of supposedly-peaceful English provincial towns
and cities are increasingly colonised, even in the daytime, by
gangs of drunken and boorish young men, with a permanent air of
menace and violence. Sexual and racial abuse are a common feature
of their braying progress along the streets. Some commentators
have concluded that to be English today is to be a drunken,
bullying, racist and sexist young white man.

Big cash boost for Mandela Soccer Challenge
Dispatch Online – Sep 22, 2000
First National Bank yesterday further strengthened their relationship with the local soccer scene by announcing a multi-million rand sponsorship highlighting the value of the Mandela Challenge. Announcing the sponsorship at a press briefing FNB’s brand director Derek Carstens said: “Following on from our successful relationship with the South African Football Association in domestic competitions like the Bob Save Superbowl and the 2006 World Cup bid we felt the pressure to strengthen our ties”. Safa and FNB have signed a three year contract. This year’s Challenge match will be held at the Ellis Park Stadium on October 4 when Bafana take on World and European champions France but will return to the FNB Stadium in 2001 and 2002. Responding to the announcement South African Football Association CEO Danny Jordaan expressed his happiness at the deal and said he hoped the new relationship with FNB would be as fulfilling as the previous one. “We are pleased to have FNB on board as we’ve had a long and fruitful relationship with them… Safa and FNB have signed a three year contract. This year’s Challenge match will be held at the Ellis Park Stadium on October 4 when Bafana take on World and European champions France but will return to the FNB Stadium in 2001 and 2002. Responding to the announcement South African Football Association CEO Danny Jordaan expressed his happiness at the deal and said he hoped the new relationship with FNB would be as fulfilling as the previous one. “We are pleased to have FNB on board as we’ve had a long and fruitful relationship with them. We believe this new partenership will improve football in the country,” said Jordaan. Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz was also present at the briefing and the former Sporting Lisbon guru said the Mandela Challenge allowed South Africa the rare opportunity to pit their skills against the best in the world. “The best way to improve our game is to play against the best and the Challenge gives us that chance,” said Queiroz.

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