Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 11, 2002

The man who’s seen it all

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The News Review:

* Bottled off to the highest bidder
* What might have been…
* World Cup 2006 | We can do it! | eleven-a-side.com
* The man who’s seen it all
* Asian Soccer Official Proposes Joint League of China, Japan, S. Korea
* indiantelevision.com’s Media, Advertising & Marketing Watch…

Bottled off to the highest bidder
New Statesman – Jun 10, 2002
They were rough and ready tournaments in passionate countries, to which you didn’t need to be a millionaire to travel, everyone into the football. It was exciting – the people’s game. If football mirrors society, then the 2002 World Cup shows that passion has become a commodity, something to be controlled and channelled towards a profit. The media’s build-up was relatively low key – Japanese riot police abseiling from the rafters of a designer stadium as they practised for the arrival of those famous English football hooligans, a high-tech mob run by top faces Bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Or you could watch Frank Skinner tucking into freshly killed, still-moving chunks of octopus, before moving on to cooked dog, a big smile on his face as he marvelled at South Korean civilisation – slow strangulation and a tenderising death by blowtorch. And back home, the BBC redrew Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen as some sort of manga cartoon strip, the big link with reality the arrival of Gazza over on ITV – funny, smart, human. This World Cup emphasises just how much money dominates the modern game – the fans forgotten years ago in the rush to give the event to the country with the best telecommunications industry, rather than the most passionate supporters… They were, after all, responsible for rising standards of play and crowd behaviour, just as they are responsible for everything else they consider positive in society. Probably the best moment of the recent documentary series Hooligans on BBC2 was one of Chelsea’s finest pointing out how glad he was that England had not been awarded the 2006 World Cup. Because that’s what people feel. Euro 96 was a joke, the tickets overpriced and the grounds packed with thousands of leeches clutching hospitality tickets. Euro 96 also saw the cross of St George replace the Union Jack, a sign of how successful the EU has been in destroying British identity, narrowing people’s horizons inside a backward-looking EuroLand theme park. Talk to anyone who is not ethnically English, and most will tell you that being British feels more inclusive than being English.

What might have been…
BBC News – Jun 11, 2002
This time there were no wild men antics and, if they went down, then at least they did so with all guns blazing. Theirs is a young team, who will have picked up invaluable experience. The likes of Carini, Sorondo, Garcia, Recoba, Varela, Regueiro and Forlan could all have a role to play in Germany 2006. The chances of Uruguay ever winning the World Cup again are not good. Even so, though, talk of their decline can be exaggerated. It is closer to the truth to say they are victims of their own success. Uruguay practically invented modern football, capturing the imagination of the world with their new short passing and balletic style in the 1924 Olympics.

World Cup 2006 | We can do it! | eleven-a-side.com
eleven-a-side.com – Jun 11, 2002
Taking into account the fact that Ireland have never scored twice in a World Cup finals fixture before, today’s task is a tough one. The Irish will be nervous, especially after leaving four points behind us in the first two games. Let?s make no bones about it: we SHOULD have beaten both Germany and Cameroon; we SHOULD be looking down at the chasing pack from the summit of the table. With the exception of the first half against Cameroon, Ireland enjoyed almost complete dominance in those two games, and two goals from three hours of football is a poor return. And a worrying one… The Irish will be nervous, especially after leaving four points behind us in the first two games. Let?s make no bones about it: we SHOULD have beaten both Germany and Cameroon; we SHOULD be looking down at the chasing pack from the summit of the table. With the exception of the first half against Cameroon, Ireland enjoyed almost complete dominance in those two games, and two goals from three hours of football is a poor return. And a worrying one. We are not a team to score heavily, even when totally in control. A lot will depend on the attitude of the Arabs: if they are intent on wrecking our World Cup dream, then they could do so. There is no pressure on them and they are a far better side than their opening performance suggested.

The man who’s seen it all
BBC News – Jun 9, 2002
Malcolm Brodie is at his 13th World Cup and he has seen the immense change in football. “The whole concept of football has changed, never mind the World Cup, for me, and sometimes not for the better,” said Brodie. “The first World Cup I ever attended was in Switzerland in 1954, and of course it hadn’t the commercial significance it has now. You really felt it was about football… The days of the World Cup promoting small countries like Sweden and Switzerland are over. There just aren’t the facilities. ”

And will he be coming back to Germany in 2006?

“That’s in the lap of the gods,” he said. “I’d like to think that as long as I have my health I’ll be here, because I get a stimulus from the World Cup. “I come away from them learning something more about the game and appreciating the ultimate talent and genius of so many great players.

Asian Soccer Official Proposes Joint League of China, Japan, S. Korea
People's Daily Online – Jun 10, 2002
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indiantelevision.com’s Media, Advertising & Marketing Watch…
Indiantelevision.com – Jun 11, 2002
com’s Media, Advertising & Marketing Watch KirchSport monitors channels, sites to protect FIFA broadcast rights (Posted on 11 June 2002 3:15 pm) KirchSport AG, the company responsible for global marketing and sales of the broadcast rights to the 2002 and 2006 FIFA has appointed UK based Sports Marketing Surveys as its official television research and monitoring centre. The live monitoring of the event will cover all major international markets and broadcast channels, ensuring that the World Cup is not being broadcast on any non-rights holding channels. Moreover, there will be a watch on 120 channels to ensure that sponsors’ and partners’ rights are fully protected, says an official release. In addition, an Internet Infringement Programme carried out by Sports Marketing Surveys will identify any audio, video or virtual content appearing on the internet. The programme will monitor websites in football-oriented and commercial markets, such as sports sites, broadcaster sites, betting sites, news sites and TV replays. About 3,000 key websites have already been subject to automated and manual searches, which will continue during and after the event, says the release.

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