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December 10, 2001

FIFA stand by South Africa in wake of disaster

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The News Review:

* Algeria, Egypt, Gabon Bid for 2006 Nations Cup
* Four bids for CAN 2006
* Back from the wilderness
* FIFA stand by South Africa in wake of disaster
* For The Record | News Story | More Sports | Sport | Telegraph
* Wembley’s charmed life faces reality check
* Beautiful game meets murky world of politics
* FIFA secure final World Cup partner
* Eriksson commits to England

Algeria, Egypt, Gabon Bid for 2006 Nations Cup
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Dec 6, 2001
Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and South Africa all met the 30 November deadline imposed by African football’s ruling body. Surprisingly, Morocco, which seemed certain to bid for the tournament, have not applied. They have designs on hosting the World Cup in 2010, and winning the bid for the Nations Cup could boost their chances. That is certainly on the minds of Egypt and South Africa.

Four bids for CAN 2006
BBC News – Dec 4, 2001
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Both have their hearts set on hosting Africa’s first World Cup. There is another equally important reason for winning the right to hold the 2006 Nations Cup. Caf has taken the decision to use it as the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The five best performing teams will automatically go to Germany, and the Nations Cup hosts will have the bonus of home advantage. With so much at stake, it seems unlikely that Gabon will be able to match the resources that Egypt and South Africa will be able to put into their bids. Similarly, Algeria’s hopes are destined to be dashed because of the threat of the fighting which exploded in 1990, the year the country last hosted the tournament. Evenly matched

Egypt have hosted the finals three times in the past, and South Africa once.

Back from the wilderness
BBC News – Dec 7, 2001
In Kabul, if you worried about a place’s history you’d never play anywhere again. It’s been a long time sionce Afghanistan played any international football. After a week in which all eyes turned to Japan and South Korea for the World Cup draw, here in Afghanistan they’d simply like to have some sort of international recognition again. The draw they’ll be concerned with is the one for the next World Cup group stages, and whether or not they’ll be included in the Asian groups for the World Cup in 2006. You can hear all of Phil Mackie’s report from Kabul on World Football on Saturday 8 December. Check local listings fior exact times.

FIFA stand by South Africa in wake of disaster
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 4, 2001
The game was half-an-hour old and the score tied at 1-1 before officials realised fans were being crushed against perimeter fencing. Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the South African Football Association (SAFA), said the country should learn from the tragedy but that it would not affect plans to bid for the 2010 World Cup. “This was a tragic incident that is not good for the image of our soccer but we will be able to learn and make sure the mistakes never happen again,” he said. Jordaan suggested that derbies between the Chiefs and Pirates would never again be played at night and that tickets for the game would be sold exclusively beforehand and not at the stadium before the match. South Africa made an unsuccessful bid for the 2006 World Cup finals, losing by just one vote to Germany in controversial circumstances last year. Messages of condolence have poured in from around the world today while a FIFA spokesman sent a message to South Africa from president Sepp Blatter… “This was a tragic incident that is not good for the image of our soccer but we will be able to learn and make sure the mistakes never happen again,” he said. Jordaan suggested that derbies between the Chiefs and Pirates would never again be played at night and that tickets for the game would be sold exclusively beforehand and not at the stadium before the match. South Africa made an unsuccessful bid for the 2006 World Cup finals, losing by just one vote to Germany in controversial circumstances last year. Messages of condolence have poured in from around the world today while a FIFA spokesman sent a message to South Africa from president Sepp Blatter. “The president and the whole of the FIFA family are deeply distressed by the tragedy in South Africa and are in mourning along with all the families affected by the events,” said the spokesman. David Davies, the Football Association’s executive director, has sent a letter to Jordaan, saying: “As I told you on the phone earlier today, everybody here in England is deeply shocked by what happened at Ellis Park. “We can only imagine how you are feeling and obviously our sympathy goes out to the families of all those people who have lost their lives in such terrible circumstances.

For The Record | News Story | More Sports | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 6, 2001
Tried to win it back again this year, but failed. 1997-1999 Tony BanksTony Blair gave Banks the job despite the left-wing Chelsea FC supporter’s tendency to go “off-message”. He was eventually pushed into concentrating on England’s bid for the 2006 World Cup. Attracted controversy for the pressure he put on Manchester United to drop out of the 2000 FA Cup and attend the FIFA World Club Championship in Brazil. Banks has stood by Chelsea chairman and former chairman of the Wembley project, Ken Bates. 1999-2001 Kate HoeyWell-liked by sports journalists, the former PE teacher was not afraid to show her delight at British success – especially during the Olympics. However, her perceived interference in the doomed Wembley project did her no favours.

Wembley’s charmed life faces reality check
The Observer – Dec 9, 2001
It was hoped a rebuilt Wembley would prove the trump card in bids for the 2006 World Cup, the 2012 Olympic Games and a future World Athletics Championships. Wonderful modern facilities allied to dewy-eyed memories of Wembley’s key role in soccer folklore – ‘the church of football’, said Pele – sounded like a winning combination. Two crucial mistakes of the countless blunders were made early on. Ministers decided that the Football Association should own and build the new stadium, and that it be given £120 million from Sport England’s Lottery Fund to buy the site. Perhaps inevitably, a national project using the people’s money became, in effect, a private enterprise by the FA.

Beautiful game meets murky world of politics
Irish Independent – Dec 9, 2001
They will be opening the biggest sports festival in the world after the Olympics against the World Champions, France. The entire world will watch as the carnival begins. For the reigning champions, the tournament will be primarily about football. After success in their own country three years ago and then the unprecedented achievement of a double when they won the European Championships last summer, France will hope to remain in the tournament until the final on the last day of June… They will be opening the biggest sports festival in the world after the Olympics against the World Champions, France. The entire world will watch as the carnival begins. For the reigning champions, the tournament will be primarily about football. After success in their own country three years ago and then the unprecedented achievement of a double when they won the European Championships last summer, France will hope to remain in the tournament until the final on the last day of June.

FIFA secure final World Cup partner
sportbusiness.com – Dec 9, 2001
“Football and the internet are two of the most global terms in today’s world. By signing this agreement with Yahoo!, FIFA has gained the industry leader as an official partner for the new internet product category,” said Blatter. “In the short space of the three months since we restructured our marketing activities by setting up FIFA Marketing AG, we have been able to achieve our aim of completing our group of official partners for the first ever FIFA World Cup in Asia. The agreement centres on the official website of the FIFA World Cup – FIFAWorldCup. com, which Yahoo! will now complement with a number of important resources, including a web-based messaging service, technical support, and portal services… By signing this agreement with Yahoo!, FIFA has gained the industry leader as an official partner for the new internet product category,” said Blatter. “In the short space of the three months since we restructured our marketing activities by setting up FIFA Marketing AG, we have been able to achieve our aim of completing our group of official partners for the first ever FIFA World Cup in Asia. The agreement centres on the official website of the FIFA World Cup – FIFAWorldCup. com, which Yahoo! will now complement with a number of important resources, including a web-based messaging service, technical support, and portal services. Yahoo! is the fifth official partner to sign up under the new FIFA marketing program for the 2002 event following in the footsteps of Avaya, Toshiba, NTT and Philips.

Eriksson commits to England
BBC News – Dec 9, 2001
“I have a long contract with the Football Association and I am very happy
with it. ”

Eriksson had earlier told the News of the World: “I have never even thought about going to Manchester United. “I will
be with England for ages. ”

He added: “David Beckham will be captain in the World Cup, no doubt about it. “As a captain I am very pleased with him… ”

Eriksson had earlier told the News of the World: “I have never even thought about going to Manchester United. “I will
be with England for ages. ”

He added: “David Beckham will be captain in the World Cup, no doubt about it. “As a captain I am very pleased with him. He is playing well and I have no
reason to change it. ”

The reaffirmation of Eriksson’s commitment to England was welcomed by FA chief executive Adam Crozier. “I’m not surprised.

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