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August 13, 2002

Sports Politics: Radical changes afoot in running of UK sport

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The News Review:

* Blair backs Afghanistan’s World Cup dream
* Is Libya the right move for Mboma?
* A new football kick-off
* Sports Politics: Radical changes afoot in running of UK sport
* Group Nine: Hughes effect gives Wales feel-good factor
* Zico to Visit China with Japan’s Under-21 Soccer Squad
* Robinson backs Hughes’ hopefuls

Blair backs Afghanistan’s World Cup dream
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 8, 2002
The Afghans can cheer their own sides again and matches are quite rowdy and cheerful occasions. ” Mr McFadden – now back in Britain and advising the Scottish FA on a joint bid with the Irish to stage the European Football Championship in 2008 – said: “If this is successful I think it could have a big impact. Football brings people together as shown by the spirit generated by the World Cup. Nothing would be better than to see Afghanistan participating in 2006. ” Nation game for play ·The Afghanistan Football Federation was founded in 1933, affiliated to Fifa in 1948 and was a founding member of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954 ·The first match was a friendly against Iran in 1941 which they drew 0-0. The last match was in the 1984 Asian Cup qualifiers, when they drew 0-0 with Hong Kong ·The national team has never qualified for the World Cup ·The recent match in Kabul against the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) saw 25,000 people in the stadium with 20,000 wanting to get in. ·Under the Taliban spectators were forbidden to cheer and all players had to be fully clothed and bearded.

Is Libya the right move for Mboma?
BBC News – Aug 13, 2002
Daniel George,
USA

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A very lazy player like Mboma should actually have no problems playing in Libya

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Roger Mana, Germany

Mboma is a very talented player. I think what he has to do now is prove during the African Nations Cup and World Cup 2006 that this move made him stronger than ever. Daniel,
USA

A very lazy player like Mboma should actually have no problems playing in Libya. He has mearly gone to where he belongs. Roger Mana,
Germany. That Mboma has pitched his tent with a Libyan side goes to show that he can no longer cope with the pace of the modern game, as was evident during his brief spell with Sunderland.

A new football kick-off
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 10, 2002
getElementById( ‘frameId459962′ ). More than 1,000 were served with banning orders, requiring them to surrender their passports. Similar exercises are being planned for the 2004 European championship in Portugal and the World Cup in Germany in 2006. But John Denham, minister responsible for the police, was right to call this week for more consistent use of legal sanctions at home. The league tables released by the Home Office this week show a wide variation in the use of banning orders… More than 1,000 were served with banning orders, requiring them to surrender their passports. Similar exercises are being planned for the 2004 European championship in Portugal and the World Cup in Germany in 2006. But John Denham, minister responsible for the police, was right to call this week for more consistent use of legal sanctions at home. The league tables released by the Home Office this week show a wide variation in the use of banning orders. While Stoke (107 banning orders) and Cardiff (125) have been firm, Tottenham Hotspur (7 out of 105 arrests) and Sunderland (13 out of 129 arrests) have not. Much of the hooligans’ disorders have moved out of the grounds, where offenders can be identified through CCTV cameras, to the surrounding residential streets.

Sports Politics: Radical changes afoot in running of UK sport
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2002
No 10, following England’s failure to get the 2006 World Cup and the humiliating circumstances in which Britain withdrew. The report’s authors have spent six months talking to influential figures in British sport and while some of the early drafts floated some radical ideas, the final draft, now with Tessa Jowell, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Richard Caborn, the sports minister, is not as radical… Winning certainly generates a feel-good factor but while a winning goal by David Beckham – who along with the rest of the England team was a guest of Tony Blair last night – may generate a lot of that, there is no evidence that it would make people take to sport. Much of the report is concerned with the curious hybrid that is British sport. In some sports, such as football, Britain has four teams, but in the Olympic Games there is one British team. No other country enjoys such a privilege and it has led to the absurdity that the only Olympic sport Britain does not take part in is football, the greatest sporting passion of this nation. Under Olympic rules, only a British football team could play and the four home countries’ football associations feel.

Group Nine: Hughes effect gives Wales feel-good factor
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 9, 2002
Rarely has Welsh football been so buoyant; the confused era of Mike Smith and uncontrolled period under Bobby Gould has been followed by a brave new world with the words Mark Hughes followed regularly by the word ‘respect’. For a whole year Wales have remained unbeaten, in six games. It is the best sequence of results for 15 years while Wales last went 12 months without loss in 1981. Importantly, they have responded to an ocean of optimism by delivering a telling victory, courtesy of goals from John Hartson and Simon Davies… Currently contracted to the end of the 2004 European Championship campaign, on a salary of around £100,000 a year, it is understood that negotiations currently on-going are aimed at securing the 39-year-old’s services until the 2006 World Cup campaign is completed with the former Manchester United forward, now committed to managing full-time, increasing his pay by anything up to three times his current wage. “We are hoping there will be an announcement by the end of the month,” David Collins, the secretary general of the FAW, said. “We want Mark to lead us to Portugal and we will move heaven and earth to make sure nothing goes wrong. “Yet, after such high expectations, the first half performance was poor. Ryan Giggs failed to be inspired by his golden boots while his team-mates laboured to make an impression.

Zico to Visit China with Japan’s Under-21 Soccer Squad
People's Daily Online – Aug 12, 2002
Zico, who has become the new head coach of the Japanese national side, left Brazil for Japan on Saturday and is regroupingthe national team. It is believed that many Japanese players from the visiting youth team will play a key role in the future national team to compete for the qualification of the 2006 World Cup finals. Zico has asked the Japanese Football Association (JFA) to organize at least three international contests for the national squad in the last three months of this year so that he can get familiar with and review all the players. So far, the JFA has fixed an international friendly against theArgentine national team in Tokyo on November 29. Zico has expressed the hope that a friendly with Jamaica could be held in October. As the 2002 World Cup finals’ co-hosts, Japan advanced beyond the group stage but was beaten by.

Robinson backs Hughes’ hopefuls
BBC News – Aug 13, 2002
The 30-year-old Charlton player announced the end of his international career on Tuesday, but he’s confident his former team-mates can progress to Portugal. “It’s probably the worst time to come out of Welsh football in a professional point of view,” said Robinson, who is quitting to spend more time with his family. “I can see no reason why they cannot qualify for Euro 2004. They have shown a lot of character over the years – allied to the skill and talent there – and I’ll be putting money on them to go through… ”

Hughes looks set to have news of his own full-time appointment by the weekend. His agent, Dennis Roach, will meet FAW secretary general David Collins on Friday to finalise negotiations for a new deal, which will need to be ratified by the FAW council next month. He looks set to be offered an extension which would run until the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Wales squad (v Croatia in Varazdin, friendly, 21 August):
Goalkeepers: Paul Jones (Southampton), Mark Crossley (Middlesbrough), Darren Ward (Nottingham Forest). Defenders: Darren Barnard (Grimsby), Mark Delaney (Aston Villa), Steve Jenkins (Huddersfield), Andy Melville (Fulham), Robert Page (Sheffield United), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff). Midfielders: Andy Johnson (West Bromwich Albion), Carl Robinson (Portsmouth), Jason Koumas (Tranmere), Mark Pembridge (Everton), Simon Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Paul Evans (Bradford), Robbie Savage (Birmingham). Forwards: Nathan Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Hartson (Celtic), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff), Iwan Roberts (Norwich), Gareth Taylor (Burnley).

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