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February 1, 2001

FA make pitch for 2003 Club Championship

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 7:04 am

The News Review:

* Blatter apologises for World Cup fiasco
* From booze to brilliance: soccer’s year to remember
* Lazio set for new Rome home
* FA make pitch for 2003 Club Championship
* Don’t think it’s all over
* Sir Bobby backs Man Utd cup move
* Returning Reds can satisfy Cup craving
* 2001: a space odyssey – PKF UK Opinion Piece – by Melvin Gold

Blatter apologises for World Cup fiasco
Dispatch Online – Jan 27, 2001
That meant only countries from the continent chosen to host the tournament would be bidding. It looks like Africa will get the taste of the rotation system first and sooner than 2010. The SA Football Association has asked Fifa’s permission host the 2003 Fifa congress. And in Blatter’s view, should South Africa be given a chance this would be a rotation because the congress had already been hosted by America and Europe. This year it would be in South America and next year in Asia. Speaking on the issue of club versus country, Blatter said Fifa would draw up a calendar next year, ensuring there would be no club matches anywhere in the world when major internationals are played. This would free players like South African captain Lucas Radebe from club commitments on such occasions… Speaking on the issue of club versus country, Blatter said Fifa would draw up a calendar next year, ensuring there would be no club matches anywhere in the world when major internationals are played. This would free players like South African captain Lucas Radebe from club commitments on such occasions. Blatter, who supported South Africa for the 2006 World Cup bid, said it was not only important to equalise representation within the Fifa executive but that all continents had to be represented well in all the competitions. “If you look at the performance of Africa in the Olympics, it has been great. You (Africa) have managed to win two (Olympic) championships in a row and that is because all the continents are well represented.

From booze to brilliance: soccer’s year to remember
Irish Independent – Dec 30, 2000
Crozier: The youthful chief executive has brought more decisiveness in 11 months at the Football Association than in the previous 11 years. Re-employing Peter Taylor, headhunting England’s first foreign coach and wresting control of Wembley from Ken Bates have demolished accusations that Adam Crozier, a former advertising executive, puts style over substance. Dempsey: Tens of millions of pounds were spent in two years of lobbying by presidents and prime ministers, but still poor old Charlie Dempsey could not make up his mind about where to stage the 2006 World Cup. His abstention from the vote gave the tournament to Germany ahead of South Africa. Curse him when you are watching matches in Cologne rather than Cape Town. Eriksson: A Swede talking Italian to explain his delight at becoming the new England coach was one of the most bizarre moments of the year. Scheduled to arrive on July 1, the Lazio coach is still stuck in an awkward limbo… Gormless: This year’s award for dim-wittedness by a footballer goes to Julian Joachim. Dreaming of sun, sand, surf and qualification for the 2002 World Cup, the Aston Villa striker flew to the West Indies in April to begin an international career for St Vincent. In all the excitement, Joachim had forgotten that he had played nine times for England U-21s and was therefore ineligible. It was a long journey home. Hooligans: Scandalous inertia by the Government and insufficient lobbying by the FA saw strict controls on the movement of known hooligans implemented only after hundreds of shopfronts in Belgium and The Netherlands had been stoved in. The early exit from the European championship finals spared UEFA from kicking England out.

Lazio set for new Rome home
BBC News – Jan 16, 2001
The stadium will be modelled on the Amsterdam Arena and designed by the same architects tasked with giving Berlin’s 1936 Olympic Stadium a face-lift in time for the 2006 World Cup. “We hope to be able to use it from the start of the 2003-04
season but you know how things are in Italy,” a Lazio spokesman
said. “We have a general election coming up this year and that
could change things, but I’m optimistic. ”

Lazio currently share the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium with arch-rivals AS Roma. And like most football clubs in Italy, they rent the ground from the local council… “We have a general election coming up this year and that
could change things, but I’m optimistic. ”

Lazio currently share the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium with arch-rivals AS Roma. And like most football clubs in Italy, they rent the ground from the local council. But Lazio’s Serie A home gate averages around 45,000 and the stadium, redeveloped for the Italia 1990 World Cup, is seldom full. Meanwhile Roma, who during their march to the top of Serie A have pulled in crowds of around 60,000, look set to stay at the Olympic Stadium and might buy it from the council. Lazio declined to give financial details of their planned move, saying they would present the project next month.

FA make pitch for 2003 Club Championship
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 5, 2001
“We’ve expressed an interest,” an FA spokesman said last night. National associations have until May 31 to withdraw or confirm their candidature with supporting documentation. Until now the FA have sent in only a declaration of interest form but they have the backing of the Premier League to convince FIFA, world football’s governing body, that the.

Don’t think it’s all over
The Observer – Dec 31, 2000
Wembley’s 12 directors will meet this Friday to decide if it can be done. The omens are not good. Whatever they decide, someone or something important – football, sports fans, the Twin Towers beneath which Bobby Moore led England to World Cup glory in 1966, England’s national honour and worldwide reputation, athletics, the Government and Britain’s chances of ever again hosting the Olympic Games – will lose out. It is an unenviable task.

Sir Bobby backs Man Utd cup move
BBC News – Jan 5, 2001
Unfortunately, the only time they could do it was January, and there was a conflict. But despite losing the bid to Germany, he would not change the decision with the benefit of hindsight. “The Football Association gave us the opportunity to go there and release us from our FA Cup commitments, and we are back in it again this year,” he said. “Nobody at Manchester United was in any way disrespectful to the FA Cup and what it meant. “It was a wonderful opportunity, and we decided to take part… But despite losing the bid to Germany, he would not change the decision with the benefit of hindsight. “The Football Association gave us the opportunity to go there and release us from our FA Cup commitments, and we are back in it again this year,” he said. “Nobody at Manchester United was in any way disrespectful to the FA Cup and what it meant. “It was a wonderful opportunity, and we decided to take part. “We know that the FA Cup is bigger than Manchester United or any individual or any team, and it would maybe suffer for this one particular period. “We are really pleased we are back in it.

Returning Reds can satisfy Cup craving
Irish Independent – Jan 6, 2001
Alex Ferguson spoke in glowing terms about the FA Cup yesterday, reiterating his disappointment at the club’s enforced withdrawal from the competition last season as he looked forward to the most mouth-watering tie of the third round, United away to Fulham tomorrow. The United manager still regrets that the club was put under pressure to miss the tournament in order to aid the Football Association’s ill-fated bid to stage the 2006 World Cup finals by attending the inaugural Club World Championship in Brazil. “Unfortunately, the way it happened last year, it is always going to be a stigma in the club’s reputation,” he said. To many, the competition was devalued by United’s absence, which Ferguson vehemently opposed. The club was criticised for a decision that he insists it was forced into, and Ferguson believes that the team’s detractors are hoping United pay the price tomorrow. “It might be that we’re getting what we deserve, landing a tie like this,” he said.

2001: a space odyssey – PKF UK Opinion Piece – by Melvin Gold
Hospitality Net – Jan 1, 2001
It is rather an examination of the issue of space, bedroom space, in the continent’s hotel sector. The hotel industry throughout Europe is generally in very good shape with a fairly stable set of economic indices, relatively low levels of new supply and travel growing steadily among both business and leisure users. But the key markets of the UK and Germany, which we cover in our monthly surveys, are experiencing very different trading conditions as we enter 2001. So what does the year hold?The UK market has been riding the crest of a wave for several years now and has confounded predictions that a downturn is imminent. At the end of October 2000 (the latest month for which data was available at the time of writing) occupancy in the UK outside of London was down 0. 3% from the previous year, but this was counteracted by a rise in average room rate of 4.

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