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May 6, 2002

The EURO2008 Fight Goes On

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 10:58 am

The News Review:

* SA withdraw bid for 2006
* Blatter warned over FA’s vote
* Ivory Coast’s World Cup bid
* The EURO2008 Fight Goes On
* Ferguson must answer some hard questions
* BBC NEWS | Programmes | Hooligans | Kicking off

SA withdraw bid for 2006
BBC News – Apr 26, 2002
After Safa informed the Confederation of African Football (Caf) of its decision, six countries – Algeria, Gabon, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya and Namibia – are left in the race. Safa boss Danny Jordaan had previously said they were considering withdrawing the 2006 bid in order to secure support from Egypt for hosting the World Cup in 2010. Fifa’s president Sepp Blatter has said the 2010 World Cup will be held in Africa, but the procedure for selecting the host has not been decided.

Blatter warned over FA’s vote
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 27, 2002
As Europe’s vote is likely to be split between the two candidates, England’s position is crucial. The views of the FA chairman, Geoff Thompson, one of the most respected figures in the game, are sure to be influential following his recent appointment as a UEFA vice-president. Four years ago, the FA switched their vote at the last minute from supporting the UEFA president, Lennart Johansson, to Blatter in the hope of securing the 2006 World Cup finals which eventually went to Germany – they are anxious not to repeat the error. At last week’s UEFA congress in Stockholm the two men, who have worked together for 15 years, virtually avoided each other for two days. Zen Ruffinen, FIFA’s general secretary, is furious at Blatter’s decision to suspend the financial inquiry and has pledged to reveal delicate details of the true position at Friday’s emergency meeting of the world governing body’s 24-strong executive committee.

Ivory Coast’s World Cup bid
BBC News – May 3, 2002
Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Genevieve Grebe
revealed that Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo had confirmed that the country wanted to organise both the 2006 African Nations Cup and the 2010 World
Cup. Gbagbo had presented his proposal during recent talks in Abidjan with Fifa boss Sepp Blatter and Caf
president Issa Hayatou. “The Ivory Coast is a great country and I believe
that we are capable of organising these tournaments,” Grebe said. “I hope that our bids
will be successful… Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Genevieve Grebe
revealed that Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo had confirmed that the country wanted to organise both the 2006 African Nations Cup and the 2010 World
Cup. Gbagbo had presented his proposal during recent talks in Abidjan with Fifa boss Sepp Blatter and Caf
president Issa Hayatou. “The Ivory Coast is a great country and I believe
that we are capable of organising these tournaments,” Grebe said. “I hope that our bids
will be successful. ”

Realistic chance

Grebe added that she plans to travel to
the Far East this summer during the World Cup to launch the Ivorian campaign and to start lobbying influential figures in African and world Football.

The EURO2008 Fight Goes On
Scottish Fitba – Apr 27, 2002
” Scotland’s stand was one of only a few that newly re-elected UEFA President Lennart Johansson found time to stop at and McConnell did not miss the golden chance. McConnell said: “Johansson came to to our stand – but did not make it round the others. Everybody in football knows the three big Glasgow stadiums and, while it is only the start of a long haul, the message is getting through: We can deliver”. SWEET FA BACKING With the English national stadium having to be redeveloped using a German bank’s money (another excuse to show ‘that’ game on the news – again!), you would think that the FA’s executive director, David Davies, would be keeping a low profile. However, he appears to be contradicting previous messages of support for our EURO2008 bid by saying that the FA’s board of management have not decided how they will vote. This appears to be at odds with the support offered by the FA’s president Geoff Thompson to his SFA counterpart, Jack McGinn over a month ago. Davies suggested that with the strength of the other bids in mind, Scotland and Ireland should prepare to be disappointed as England were were the 2006 World Cup vote went to Germany… However, he appears to be contradicting previous messages of support for our EURO2008 bid by saying that the FA’s board of management have not decided how they will vote. This appears to be at odds with the support offered by the FA’s president Geoff Thompson to his SFA counterpart, Jack McGinn over a month ago. Davies suggested that with the strength of the other bids in mind, Scotland and Ireland should prepare to be disappointed as England were were the 2006 World Cup vote went to Germany. Davies went on the dam with feint praise when he said: “Those of us involved in EURO96 know it is a very exciting time for the SFA and FAI. What we experienced that June will live with us for the rest of our lives. If the Scots and Irish get it, I have no doubts they will do it extremely well. Winning a competition like this brings the country together like never before.

Ferguson must answer some hard questions
Irish Independent – May 5, 2002
Watching their players singing along with the crowd at the final whistle, acknowledging their support by joyfully flinging themselves to the turf in the sort of spontaneous celebration rarely seen these days at Highbury or Old Trafford, the tune seemed apt because Leverkusen are such a homely club. Their modest ground will not be staging any World Cup matches in 2006, since, despite being modern and comfortable, the Bundesliga’s sole all-seater stadium only holds 25,000 people. As one one of the last true factory teams, Leverkusen generate little support from outside the local community and are far from fashionable within Germany. Their hitherto unknown coach, Klaus Toppmoller, is still in his first season at the club. Yet, Leverkusen are in the Champions League final with Real Madrid. Ahead of Manchester United, ahead of Bayern Munich and ahead of all the other big names in Europe with their bloated budgets and squads assembled specifically to cope with the demands of the Champions League.

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Hooligans | Kicking off
BBC News – May 2, 2002
Many will remember the disturbing images of so-called fans running riot in the street. Their behaviour helped destroy England’s chances of holding the World Cup in 2006. Many were arrested and later deported. But what happened to them when they came home?

This nine month investigation, filmed undercover often in the middle of riots and running street battles, tracks their activities since Euro 2000… Many will remember the disturbing images of so-called fans running riot in the street. Their behaviour helped destroy England’s chances of holding the World Cup in 2006. Many were arrested and later deported. But what happened to them when they came home?

This nine month investigation, filmed undercover often in the middle of riots and running street battles, tracks their activities since Euro 2000. The programme shows how one hooligan group helped stir up the recent Oldham race riots and how another, the Cardiff City Soul Crew -one of the biggest and most notorious in Britain – has become involved with the club’s high-profile owner, Sam Hammam. There is also startlingly frank testimony from a former far-right activist and Chelsea hooligan, – now in hiding after he turned informer, who was present at the Euro 2000 and involved in the Oldham riots – and the veteran undercover policeman who tried to combat hooliganism at home and abroad.

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