Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

April 11, 2001

England’s famous win puts international football back on top

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 8:33 am

The News Review:

* UK Sports Minister opposed World Cup, says paper
* Soapbox: Football Should Be Free
* Egypt prepare bid for 2010 World Cup
* England’s famous win puts international football back on top
* Defenders: Lucas Neill, Tony Vidmar, Craig Moore, Stan Lazaridis,…
* German Reaction: ‘Beastly’ English go too far
* Avaya reveals details of FIFA deal
* Football News: Newcastle deny Williams link
* SportBusiness Group opens new German office

UK Sports Minister opposed World Cup, says paper
sportbusiness.com – Apr 9, 2001
Hoey recalled that she had been sacked by Blair in a short phone call in which he said that she had done nothing wrong. Blair told her that he needs to make space for “new people. Hoey said she had become aware that Britain’s football authorities were trying to undermine her in secret media briefings. Six months ago her job had been secure, she said, adding: “But I knew I had offended football. And I knew that this government has a fixation about football. Many Labour ministers are football fans who have been keen to show their links with the country’s favourite sport. Hoey told the Mail on Sunday: “To this government, football is sport.

Soapbox: Football Should Be Free
Croydon Guardian – Apr 9, 2001
Of course I always support the club that any one constituent supports as well. In the main, my support goes to Hendon Football Club and to good football in general. I watch football on television if time allows for it. This may not be possible for the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals. In 1997 the television rights for those finals were acquired from FIFA by a consortium of the Kirch Media Group and ISL for ?520 million. The Kirch Group was allowed to market the rights to those two finals in Europe. advertisement Kirch appointed an agency called Prisma to represent the rights on its behalf.

Egypt prepare bid for 2010 World Cup
BBC News – Apr 10, 2001
Egypt’s preparation comes as South Africa – who, narrowly and controversially, lost the bid for the 2006 World Cup to Germany – also prepare to launch their campaign later this month for the 2010 World Cup. Excitement in Egypt. The media, especially, have been lobbying the EFA, urging them to present proposals to the Egyptian government. At the EFA headquarters in Cairo, Egypt’s first and only woman on the FA executive, Dr Sahar El-Hawary, told the BBC that Egypt would be a strong and serious candidate for hosting the 2010 World Cup.

England’s famous win puts international football back on top
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2001
The statistics cannot lie. Torvill and Dean aside (yes, we were a nation of ice-dance addicts once), only boxing and occasionally the Grand National punctuate England’s hold on the top 20 sporting events as judged by viewing figures. The England-Germany World Cup semi-final in 1990 was watched by a staggering 25. 1 million pairs of eyes on BBC and ITV. The same match-up at Euro 96 drew 23. England’s penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina at France 98 was shown only on ITV but pulled in 23… For irrefutable proof of international football’s mastery, though, picture Paris on the night of July 12, 1998, after an ethnically mixed team of blacks, whites and ‘beurs’ (second-generation north-African immigrants) had beaten Brazil 3-0, and drawn millions on to the streets for the biggest celebration Paris had seen since the liberation at the end of the Second World War. The narcotic effect of France 98 explained why the television agents Kirsch paid £15 billion for the rights to the World Cups of 2002 and 2006. To be in that throng in Paris until dawn was to feel that this was a good way for the world to end, if end it must. There was probably that sense also when Emile Heskey’s goal, England’s fifth, flew past Kahn in Munich with a message attached. It read: This is as good as it gets.

Defenders: Lucas Neill, Tony Vidmar, Craig Moore, Stan Lazaridis,…
Football.co.uk – Apr 11, 2001
After a full game then extra time the match ended in penalties. A nail biting time for the Australians but they managed to clinch their place in the world cup beating Uruguay 4-2. For the first time in 32 years the Australians have reached the finals. Now that they have qualified the Socceroos are trying to arrange a few friendly matches against some of Europe’s finest teams to gain some knowledge and experience of opposing teams that they will have to face in 2006… After a full game then extra time the match ended in penalties. A nail biting time for the Australians but they managed to clinch their place in the world cup beating Uruguay 4-2. For the first time in 32 years the Australians have reached the finals. Now that they have qualified the Socceroos are trying to arrange a few friendly matches against some of Europe’s finest teams to gain some knowledge and experience of opposing teams that they will have to face in 2006.

German Reaction: ‘Beastly’ English go too far
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 9, 2001
“If we didn’t make the World Cup, the pressure on me would be enormous,” Voller said. “That would be too extreme and it would make no sense [to carry on]. “Franz Beckenbauer, the chairman of the 2006 World Cup committee, has admitted that either Belarus or Ukraine in a play-off would be “strong opposition”. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s general manager, Uli Hoeness, has recommended that Voller get rid of rebel striker Oliver Bierhoff. Berries Bossmann, a sports journalist on the broadsheet Die Welt, said the German press had no difficulty being generous to an English team who were “brilliant” on the night. “I think it happened once and will never happen again,” he said. “The English played brilliantly but nobody here will be nervous about the Germans because we know they will beat Belarus or Ukraine… Owen was wonderful, we hope we don’t meet him again. “Marco Pascolo, the Switzerland goalkeeper, retired from international football yesterday, 24 hours before his country’s World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg. Pascolo, 35, won his 55th cap in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Yugoslavia in Group One, a match which ruined Switzerland’s chances of reaching next year’s finals. The FC Zurich goalkeeper, who made his debut in 1992, played in the 1994 finals in the United States. Coach Kobi Kuhn said Pascolo’s retirement had nothing to do with the decisions by Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz and Grasshopper striker Stephane Chapuisat to quit the squad on Monday after being left out of Saturday’s team. “Marco told me of his decision two months ago,” Kuhn said.

Avaya reveals details of FIFA deal
sportbusiness.com – Apr 10, 2001
We have a very strong relationship with FIFA and have been in constant dialogue with them before and after ISL collapsed,” said communications director Neil Pattie. As part of its deal with FIFA, Avaya, which is already affiliated with US baseball, the National Football League and golf course owners Pebble Beech, will provide convereged telephony and data networks, unified messaging, conferencing and video conferencing for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2003 Women’s World Cup for an undisclosed sum. Contrary to earlier reports in the press, Avaya will not be building the official web sites for the events. In return, Avaya will be given two on-field billboards at each World Cup match and on-screen logo placements. Yvonne Curl, Avaya’s head of marketing at Avaya said: “Avaya is likely to become a globally recognised company after 2002. Hopefully by 2006, brand awareness for Avaya would have increased ten-fold or even 20-fold… As part of its deal with FIFA, Avaya, which is already affiliated with US baseball, the National Football League and golf course owners Pebble Beech, will provide convereged telephony and data networks, unified messaging, conferencing and video conferencing for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2003 Women’s World Cup for an undisclosed sum. Contrary to earlier reports in the press, Avaya will not be building the official web sites for the events. In return, Avaya will be given two on-field billboards at each World Cup match and on-screen logo placements. Yvonne Curl, Avaya’s head of marketing at Avaya said: “Avaya is likely to become a globally recognised company after 2002. Hopefully by 2006, brand awareness for Avaya would have increased ten-fold or even 20-fold. ”This is the biggest sponsorship deal Avaya has been involved in, but the company did not exist until seven months ago when it was spun off from phone equipment company Lucent Technologies. Since it de-merged from Lucent, Avaya has managed to weather the tech storm across the Atlantic.

Football News: Newcastle deny Williams link
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 11, 2001
Willie Carson, the former champion Flat jockey, will head a consortium that takes Swindon to the High Court today hoping to complete a £2 million takeover of the Second Division club. The consortium claim chairman Danny Donegan acted unlawfully in failing to call an AGM for the last two years. Donegan, who was responsible for appointing Roy Evans as manager in August, has said he would resign if he lost the case. David Platt, the England Under-21 coach, has named his strongest available squad for the European Championship play-off in Holland on Friday… Martin Allen, the former West Ham midfielder, is demanding £125,000 compensation from Reading after being sacked as assistant manager. The reason for his departure has yet to be revealed. Claims that one of Nigeria’s players in the recent world youth championships was over-age are being investigated by the country’s football association. DetailsENGLAND UNDER-21 SQUAD (v Holland, Euro Ch’ship play-off 1st leg, Friday): Kirkland (Liverpool), Robinson (Leeds), Taylor (Arsenal), Barry (A Villa), Bridge (Southampton), King (Tottenham), Terry (Chelsea), Wright (Liverpool), Young (Charlton), Carrick (West Ham), Chadwick (Man Utd), Davis (Fulham), Dunn (Blackburn), Greening (Middlesbrough), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Johnson (Leeds), Parker (Charlton), Prutton (Nottm Forest), Wilson (Middlesbrough), Pennant (Arsenal), Ameobi (Newcastle), Christie (Derby), Defoe (West Ham), Vassell (A Villa).

SportBusiness Group opens new German office
sportbusiness.com – Apr 10, 2001
com and Sport Business International magazine, is making the move as it looks to cement its position as the leading provider of global resources for companies with a commercial interest in sport. Andrew Knox, CEO of SportBusiness Group, said: “Germany is an extremely important market for our clients, it’s the second largest sport sponsoring market after the US and as the host of the 2006 World Cup, its status in the sports arena is only set to increase. ”The Munich office will be located in the centre of the city at Bayerstrasse and its operations will include brands such as Sport Business International magazine, Football Business International, Sports Television, Sport and Medicine Today and sportbusiness. It will be headed by Niels Raeder who assumes the position of managing director. Raeder said: “Our clients already have vested interests in German sports properties such as the F1 teams and the Bundesliga… com and Sport Business International magazine, is making the move as it looks to cement its position as the leading provider of global resources for companies with a commercial interest in sport. Andrew Knox, CEO of SportBusiness Group, said: “Germany is an extremely important market for our clients, it’s the second largest sport sponsoring market after the US and as the host of the 2006 World Cup, its status in the sports arena is only set to increase. ”The Munich office will be located in the centre of the city at Bayerstrasse and its operations will include brands such as Sport Business International magazine, Football Business International, Sports Television, Sport and Medicine Today and sportbusiness. It will be headed by Niels Raeder who assumes the position of managing director.

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