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March 28, 2002

Senegal’s spirit high for Bolivia

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 10:41 am

The News Review:

* Football Focus : Referees to punish diving at World Cup
* Less England supporters to attend the World Cup
* FA want their own man in FIFA role
* Senegal’s spirit high for Bolivia
* Bidding hots up for CAN 2006
* The Hayatou Challenge

Football Focus : Referees to punish diving at World Cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 23, 2002
The former German international is being urged to challenge Blatter, who faces an bitter election battle to keep his job in May. But Beckenbauer said: “For the moment I’d say `no’. Once Germany have made a success of hosting the 2006 World Cup, I’d rather take up climbing and play a bit of golf. “The Bayern Munich president added that Issa Hayatou, the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), who announced his challenge last week, would not prevail over Blatter, who is facing corruption allegations. “After four years, two Somalians have come forward and said there was corruption when Blatter was elected to the presidency in 1998,” he said. “Why have they waited until now to come forward? It seems blatant to me. The collapse of ISL is the fault of ISL – not Mr Blatter.

Less England supporters to attend the World Cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 26, 2002
Many supporters have written off the Far East to save for the European Championship in Portugal in 2004 and the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Some are worried that they may be scapegoats for the.

FA want their own man in FIFA role
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 23, 2002
“People can laugh at me all they want while I’m walking to the bank to make a deposit,” he said. THE FA’s mission to win friends and influence people gathers pace this week when a delegation of top Chinese officials arrives for a series of tours and meetings aimed at improving relations between the two associations. The FA, stung by their humiliating defeat in the bidding for the 2006 World Cup, are determined to raise their profile on the global stage. Immediately after the World Cup vote they set up an international relations department and have earmarked around £500,000 a year to help develop the game worldwide. Earlier this year FA chairman Geoff Thompson attended the African Nations Cup in Mali to launch a programme of educational workshops across the continent. The three Chinese officials will be shown the inner workings of English football before attending this week’s under-21 and senior international games. “We want to raise our profile, raise the reputation of English football and build relations and friendships with other footballing nations,” says FA international relations officer Kim Fisher.

Senegal’s spirit high for Bolivia
BBC News – Mar 25, 2002
The squad, many of them new-comers and teenagers without club experience, had only a day’s practice before the trip to Africa. But playing Bolivia will allow Senegal taste Latin American football. Uruguay as well as Denmark are in their World Cup group. Metsu has called up two new players to join the squad that won the Nations Cup silver for the warm-up. The duo are striker Mamadou Niang with French club Troyes and AC Milan defender Mohamed Adama Sarr.

Bidding hots up for CAN 2006
BBC News – Mar 21, 2002
The Caf headquarters in Cairo has received from Ivory Coast, Libya and Namibia. They join four other countries that have already lodged papers with the organisation: Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and South Africa. The bidders for 2006

Algeria

Egypt

Gabon

Ivory Coast

Libya

Namibia

South Africa

Senegal (tbc)

The 2006 tournament will, for the first time, be used to select the five teams that represent Africa at the World Cup. The four semi-finalists, and the next best-placed team, will qualify.

The Hayatou Challenge
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Mar 23, 2002
I believe Blatter has done some good things for football but now I believe that the time has come for change. ”
Europe, Asia and Africa no doubt have one score or another to settle with Blatter, hence the seeming coalition. African football followers have not forgiven Blatter for playing the ostrich by handing over the 2006 World Cup hosting rights to Germany. Blatter had hitherto promised to bring the biggest football fiesta to Africa but reneged on the last minute. Subsequently South Africa which had a strong bid for the rights, was dumped. To Lennart Johansson who represents the European interest, Blatter remains an arch enemy and a cog in the development of the game across the world. He has been critical to Blatter’s programmes and activities.

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