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December 19, 2001

Wembley will be magnificent but is it necessary?

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 12:27 pm

The News Review:

* Africa plan World Cup selection talks
* Blatter faces grilling over FIFA finances
* Vogts tops Scotland shortlist
* Wembley will be magnificent but is it necessary?
* Back down Wembley way
* Soccer News of Monday, 17 December 2001

Africa plan World Cup selection talks
BBC News – Dec 16, 2001
The new method, which some member countries are in support of, will have the Nations Cup finals serving as the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, he said. “The four semi-finalists in the tournament will qualify automatically for the World Cup, while an acceptable formula will be used to pick the fifth team,” Hayatou said in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde. The host country for the 2006 Nations Cup finals is yet to be chosen but Egypt, Algeria, South Africa and Gabon have submitted their bids. “We have noted that our professional players are being relied upon too much by their countries, and this creates problems with their
professional clubs… “European clubs can recruit our players and refuse to let them go, which is not good for our national teams. “Or they refuse to recruit African footballers, which is not good either, for the promotion of the continent’s footballers”. Football’s world football, Fifa, had tried in the past to solve the club-versus-country rows. It is now planning to introduce a uniform world football calendar for all its member associations.

Blatter faces grilling over FIFA finances
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2001
The general concern is that FIFA’s finances could affect the World Cups in 2002 and 2006. The 32 teams for next year’s finals are being offered £550,000 per match but they want double that. The German FA want £150 million for the 2006 World Cup but Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, president of the German FA, said they had not received any FIFA money so far. Concern about FIFA’s finances extends beyond Europe to Asia and Africa. One highly-placed FIFA source, from outside Europe, told me: “I understand three of the five areas raised by the Europeans can be answered easily but two will require further investigation. It could be a tough meeting. But in the past the executive have talked tough outside but not inside and Blatter has come out a winner.

Vogts tops Scotland shortlist
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 16, 2001
Despite reports that the Scottish Football Association might have to increase the salary to attract the right man, there is no truth that £1 million a year is on offer. As has previously been disclosed by the Telegraph Sport, the salary will be £250,000-£350,000 a year plus 50 per cent performance bonuses. If the new manager took Scotland to the finals of Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006, he would earn around £2. 5 million over a 4… Despite reports that the Scottish Football Association might have to increase the salary to attract the right man, there is no truth that £1 million a year is on offer. As has previously been disclosed by the Telegraph Sport, the salary will be £250,000-£350,000 a year plus 50 per cent performance bonuses. If the new manager took Scotland to the finals of Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006, he would earn around £2. 5 million over a 4.

Wembley will be magnificent but is it necessary?
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 17, 2001
Old Trafford is huge. Ditto St James’ Park. FA plans for a new Wembley began in the mid-1990s when officials dreamed of hosting the 2006 World Cup finals. At the time, club stadia did not appear big enough; not now, not with good new grounds in Pride Park, the Riverside and the Stadium of Light. The FA’s thinking does not reflect modern reality. Will the new Wembley pay for itself? Will visitors continue to be uplifted by playing at the home of football? Will Gary Neville and his Manchester United colleagues be booed as before?The new Wembley project smacks of ego and expediency: ego in that administrators such as Crozier love the idea of bequeathing a concrete-and-steel reminder of their reign and expediency in that Crozier has invested so much money in the Wembley site that it is easier to go on than back. Crozier has proved a breath of fresh air at the FA, blowing away countless cobwebs, but just because Beckham and Owen are being honoured this week does not mean the FA should forget their primary responsibility is to encourage and enlarge the talent factory… Will the new Wembley pay for itself? Will visitors continue to be uplifted by playing at the home of football? Will Gary Neville and his Manchester United colleagues be booed as before?The new Wembley project smacks of ego and expediency: ego in that administrators such as Crozier love the idea of bequeathing a concrete-and-steel reminder of their reign and expediency in that Crozier has invested so much money in the Wembley site that it is easier to go on than back. Crozier has proved a breath of fresh air at the FA, blowing away countless cobwebs, but just because Beckham and Owen are being honoured this week does not mean the FA should forget their primary responsibility is to encourage and enlarge the talent factory. English football will look pretty vacant if all it wins in 2006 is Stadium of the Year.

Back down Wembley way
BBC News – Dec 18, 2001
For many ordinary fans, the price of a return rail fare, an overnight stay, plus entry to the FA’s theatre of dreams will have to compete with the cost of a week’s holiday on the Costa Brava. Two years down the line, frankly, little has changed, but a lot has happened. England lost out on staging the World Cup in 2006. We had to hand back the World Athletics Championships in 2005, and our chances of staging the Olympic Games in 2012 (or indeed much before 2024) look remote. Wembley has been an embarrassment to most of the people involved in it. Frankly, we’ve looked daft. So let’s hope this is the end of the saga.

Soccer News of Monday, 17 December 2001
ghanaweb.com – Dec 17, 2001
It expects that the FA will declare how it utilised all the grants from FIFA and CAF as well as other sponsorship packages. Former Sports Writer and now Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Joe Aggrey who made this known urged that the move must not be seen as undue interference in the affairs of the GFA but as a means of making officials of the local sports body, accountable. He described the move to make the FA accountable to the Ministry as a step to towards making it autonomous. In the opinion of the Deputy Minister, the fight against corruption must be must be waged on all fronts and called on all the Interest groups in football to brace up to the challenge… In the opinion of the Deputy Minister, the fight against corruption must be must be waged on all fronts and called on all the Interest groups in football to brace up to the challenge. He was full of praise for the New GFA administration for drawing up a blue print – dubbed; “The Way forward, Vision” for the long-term development of Soccer. He said the GFA Blue Print had the great potential of injecting newblood into the Black-Stars, and would yield dividends and well yield dividends and give Ghana a World-Cup ticket in the year 2006.

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