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June 14, 2002

SEIZE YOUR BEST CHANCE, ERIKSSON TELLS PLAYERS

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The News Review:

* World Cup: Any chance of African glory?
* France out of the dance
* Wembley twin towers’ crowns removed
* SEIZE YOUR BEST CHANCE, ERIKSSON TELLS PLAYERS
* World Cup Debut Exposes Gap between China and Soccer Elites
* Prague’s Hanspaulska Liga – Football League
* Sammy’s back and playing in Macc

World Cup: Any chance of African glory?
BBC News – Jun 12, 2002
But still no African team has made the semi-finals. In 1990, Cameroon stunned reigning champions Argentina 1-0 in the first game of the tournament, only to succumb to England in the quarter-finals. Nigeria thrilled everyone with their gifted players in 1998 but were comprehensively beaten by Denmark in the second phase. Some doubt African teams have the discipline for World Cup glory, although this year’s participants, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia boast plenty of raw talent.

France out of the dance
SLAM! Sports – Jun 12, 2002
It won’t happen again. The tradition of giving the defending champion a spot at the next World Cup ends with this one.  Only one team will get the free ticket to World Cup 2006 – host Germany.  Of all the giants of the game, the teams who have won World Cups in the past, the one that most seemed to expect least from at this World Cup was Germany.  They set records this day, too. Germany has now reached the second round at every World Cup since 1938. Getting through this time was their 13th consecutive success… Here the two teams drew a World Cup-record two red cards and 12 other yellow cards. And it was Germany, down a man for most of the game after defender Carsten Ramelow was sent off after the 40th minute, which scored two second-half goals despite the situation, one set up by Klose and the other scored by the striker who turned 24 on Sunday.  ”Strangely enough, we started to play good football after we were down to 10,” said German coach Rudi Voeller.  HE’S GOOD IN KLOSE That’s five goals for Klose now. And wasn’t Germany the country which was supposed to be seriously short of strikers? ”There was great pressure on us and it was only when we were one man down that we played good football,” said Voeller.  It was Cameroon coach Winnie Schaeffer who may have put it best for the Germans and the Irish (who needed two goals against Saudi Arabia to get through and scored three).  ”They played fantastic football.

Wembley twin towers’ crowns removed
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 12, 2002
Bulldozers began demolition on September 9 and the west end of the ground has already been completely demolished. On announcement of the plans, English Heritage launched a campaign to save the towers but withdrew its objections after plans for the new stadium were officially unveiled in July 1999. Football figures at the time, including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst, still expressed hope they could be included in the designs for the new stadium. But the site of the new Wembley is slightly different to that of the old, and the landmark would have ended up in the middle of the pitch… On announcement of the plans, English Heritage launched a campaign to save the towers but withdrew its objections after plans for the new stadium were officially unveiled in July 1999. Football figures at the time, including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst, still expressed hope they could be included in the designs for the new stadium. But the site of the new Wembley is slightly different to that of the old, and the landmark would have ended up in the middle of the pitch.

SEIZE YOUR BEST CHANCE, ERIKSSON TELLS PLAYERS
4TheGame – Jun 14, 2002
Eriksson has a developing young team who are already being hailed as realistic contenders for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. However, even a player with the undeniable world-class talent of Paul Gascoigne only ever played in one World Cup, a fact acknowledged earlier in the tournament by Kieron Dyer. Eriksson has faith for the future but has told his players that they must simply concentrate on producing what they are capable of when it matters most – now. Asked if the key is making the most of what could always prove a solitary opportunity for World Cup glory, he admitted: “I agree with that. “You can’t afford to have a bad game or you will be out.

World Cup Debut Exposes Gap between China and Soccer Elites
People's Daily Online – Jun 14, 2002
“At this level, the small details make a big difference,” added Milutinovic, who has confirmed that he would step down from his post after the World Cup. As newcomers in the premier soccer event, China were not favored to progress from a group which also included… This means we have made a good decision to take them to the World Cup. ” said Milutinovic, who has insisted on giving opportunities to the youth since he took over the team in January, 2000. Now that World Cup craze has well and truly gripped China, and with Chinese players now in the spotlight for overseas clubs, chances are that a much more formidable side will return to.

Prague’s Hanspaulska Liga – Football League
radio.cz – Jun 14, 2002
So far the championship has seen no shortage of surprises, with highly-favoured France and Argentina making early exits, and Italy barely hanging on to reach the next round. which teams will reach the vaunted final is becoming more and more a speciality for fortune tellers to guess… With any luck perhaps 2006 will be the year this country of 10 million will once again make it’s mark on the world stage of kopana, perhaps this time going all the way. Stay tuned as Magazine continues: we look at what has become a grand tradition of football at the grass roots level – Prague’s famous Hanspaulka League. What you’re hearing now could probably best be described as the quintessential football experience here in Prague – competition in the Hanspaulska Liga, the famous Czech amateur football league. Thirty years ago when it began there were just eight teams in the league but it has grown incredibly since: today Hanspaulska Liga boasts an unbelievable 792 teams. So, if you had any doubts, football is obviously a very popular game here.

Sammy’s back and playing in Macc
Macclesfield Express – Jun 12, 2002
Sparkout Moscow – made up of the fathers of Macc Boys’ under-10sside, beat Congleton Corpses thanks to the goalkeeping heroics ofChris Booth. Before the tournament, the question had been whether theexcitement and tension of England’s win against Argentina and theupset of Portugal’s defeat to the USA could be reproduced on theplaying fields of Macclesfield College. The teams taking part proved that, despite a slightly higheraverage age than the England squad, it could be done! Speed, skill, stamina, free flowing football, movement off theball, effort and commitment belied the age of most of theplayers. Last year’s finalists, John Collins’ AR Dons, also faded -leaving Real Ale Madrid, Viagra Vikings and Sparkout Moscow toprogress. In Group B, Nick Shatwell’s Sanatogen Studs looked to have beentaking their pills, qualifying without losing a game. The surprisingly lively Congleton Corpses, who pipped JeffForeman’s OAP Eindhoven on goal difference to qualify, joined them… Before the tournament, the question had been whether theexcitement and tension of England’s win against Argentina and theupset of Portugal’s defeat to the USA could be reproduced on theplaying fields of Macclesfield College. The teams taking part proved that, despite a slightly higheraverage age than the England squad, it could be done! Speed, skill, stamina, free flowing football, movement off theball, effort and commitment belied the age of most of theplayers. Last year’s finalists, John Collins’ AR Dons, also faded -leaving Real Ale Madrid, Viagra Vikings and Sparkout Moscow toprogress. In Group B, Nick Shatwell’s Sanatogen Studs looked to have beentaking their pills, qualifying without losing a game. The surprisingly lively Congleton Corpses, who pipped JeffForeman’s OAP Eindhoven on goal difference to qualify, joined them. Despite not losing, Macclesfield Council’s ‘INA Coma’ slippedquietly out of the competition along with Oldan’ Arthritic, AKPanicin-Lifelus and last year’s winners Ryles Park Rheumatics.

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