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August 19, 2002

Zambia told to shape up

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The News Review:

* … .com – Soccer – Asia: China reportedly mulling World Cup bid…
* Gadafy’s new plan: to bring Libya in from the cold – through…
* Australia want the World Cup
* Zambia told to shape up
* Libya aim to co-host 2006
* … Soccer – Blatter backs Oceania for World Cup berth in 2006 -…
* Hughes courts Old Trafford
* SPORTS DIGEST Boxing promoter Arum escapes from fiery plane crash
* Croker set to open its doors within two years
* Kirch Sport leaves London

… .com – Soccer – Asia: China reportedly mulling World Cup bid…
SI.com – Aug 15, 2002
Soccer has the lowest profile of four major football codes in Australia and the national league was almost bankrupted earlier this year due to low attendances and poor TV ratings. But the global game is expected to get a boost if the Oceania Football Confederation gains a guaranteed berth at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Socceroos have missed out at the last qualifying stage for the last two World Cups, losing out to Iran in 1998 and to two-time champion Uruguay earlier this year in intercontinental playoffs. Soccer Australia chairman Ian Knop praised FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s support for an automatic place for Oceania at the next World Cup. Blatter, addressing the Asian Football Confederation annual congress at Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, said Oceania deserved a place soccer’s quadrennial showpiece. The FIFA executive will vote on the issue in December.

Gadafy’s new plan: to bring Libya in from the cold – through…
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 16, 2002
Publicity coup He attended many Serie A games and met the Brazilian star of the World Cup, Ronaldo – though he insisted he was supporting Italy during the finals in Japan and South Korea. In another brilliant publicity coup, Libya arranged for the Italian Super Cup, in which the Italian league winners and cup winners face each other, to be played in Tripoli. Libya also also appointed a former coach of Genoa, Francesco Scoglio, as national coach, as part of its mission to make sure the country qualifies for the 2006 World Cup. Gadafy Sr’s profile was not harmed by Juventus’ success. In May the club won the scudetto, the Italian league championship, for a record 26th time. In March it emerged that Lafico was trying to buy the Italian club L’Aquila, who play in the equivalent of the English second division, for an estimated £500,000. The deal was proof that profit was not the bottom line… ” A senior PAOK official confirmed yesterday that negotiations were under way. But Gadafy’s plans are not likely to stop if the PAOK deal goes through. South Africa is seen by many experts as favourite to host the World Cup, the most prestigious sporting event on earth, in 2010, but Gadafy sees Libya as a genuine alternative. His son has said: “Libya is in a position to organise the World Cup finals. We intend to construct the most beautiful stadiums in the world. We are not lacking on the economic front. We are prepared to invest a lot in this event.

Australia want the World Cup
BBC News – Aug 19, 2002
John Thwaites is the deputy premier of Victoria, and one of the driving forces behind the bid. He told me why they were presenting their plans some six years before the decision will be taken. “To mount a World Cup bid is a major project for a country, and it will take some years for the states and the national government and Soccer Australia to put together the bid and ensure we’re in a position to eventually win it” he said. “If soccer is going to expand in Oceania and reach the levels of popularity that it has in South America and Europe then we do need to see these countries on the World Cup map”. The Australian Prime Minister John Howard met with Sepp Blatter last week but refused to give the bid the backing of the federal government… If soccer is to be a true world game it needs to be played in Oceania, and I think that would follow from a World Cup held here in Australia”. “By our standards it’s not very far, and I think the world was very impressed by the way Korea and Japan ran the World Cup” said Thwaites. “I think the fact that it was played in different locations gave a great interest to the game. We in Australia are very fortunate in that we already have a number of venues that are in a position to hold the major games, like the stadium in Sydney and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Zambia told to shape up
BBC News – Aug 15, 2002
We are only serious when it’s too late. ”

“Teams like Senegal qualified for the World Cup because they were serious from the start. ”

He said it was high time Zambia took the preparations seriously with a view of building a strong team for the 2006 World Cup. However, both players pledged their availability if called upon by their national association. Related to this story:.

Libya aim to co-host 2006
BBC News – Aug 19, 2002
Caf is due to announce the hosts next month, after examining the bids since the deadline five months ago. Algeria, Libya, Ivory Coast and Egypt are the four countries vying for the privilege. Ultimate prize

The 2006 competition will, for the first time, be used as a qualifying event to select Africa’s five representatives for the World Cup later in the year. It gives the home team an enormous advantage – hence Libya’s desire to increase its chances by co-operating with probably its biggest rival. The Nations Cup in 2000 was the first and only time the competition has been co-hosted. Ghana and Nigeria were asked to stand in a short notice after Zimbabwe was unable to guarantee funding. Libya has staged the tournament once back in 1982, while Egypt has held it almost three times, most recently in 1986.

… Soccer – Blatter backs Oceania for World Cup berth in 2006 -…
SI.com – Aug 14, 2002
Blatter, head of soccer’s world governing organization, said two of the 31 slots that were filled at this year’s World Cup would be open for the next tournament in Germany. One slot would be created by the abolition, starting 2006 in Germany, of the automatic place for the defending champion; the other would result from the return to just one host country. This year, co-hosts Japan and Korea both received automatic places in the finals. “I can’t make any promises,” Blatter told a news conference to conclude the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress. But “you can do the mathematics. ” FIFA’s executive committee was due to assign the 31 slots at a meeting in mid-December, Blatter said… But “you can do the mathematics. ” FIFA’s executive committee was due to assign the 31 slots at a meeting in mid-December, Blatter said. Soccer officials in Asia — riding high after the 2002 World Cup, which Blatter praised as “practically perfect” — and the Oceania confederation are bidding heavily for the spots that are up for grabs. Blatter reaffirmed his support for Oceania, the only one of FIFA’s six regional confederations that doesn’t get a guaranteed spot at the 32-nation World Cup finals. “They should have one,” Blatter said in an interview with Associated Press Television News. “They are a fully recognized confederation.

Hughes courts Old Trafford
BBC News – Aug 14, 2002
Hughes must also come to an agreement with Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce – another former Old Trafford team-mate – over
the release of assistant manager Mark Bowen to continue his coaching duties with Wales next week. By the time Wales fly out to Croatia, Hughes looks set to have news of his full-time appointment. His agent, Dennis Roach, will meet Football Association of Wales secretary general David Collins on Friday to finalise negotiations for a new deal, which would run until the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Meanwhile, Hughes has slammed the Fifa rankings that still see his side
languishing 89th in the world. In the past few months, Wales have beaten World Cup finalists Germany and
drawn with current number two side Argentina, as well as holding the Czech
Republic, who are 21st. It is their best run of results for several years, but
in eight months Wales have only risen 11 places. Hughes said: “Everybody knows my opinion of the Fifa world rankings, it’s not a
reflection on current form… “I’m hopeful Ryan will be involved,” Hughes said. “I know Manchester United have a game on the Friday. “But I have discussed this with Sir Alex (Ferguson) and I have had a
favourable response. I would like Ryan to travel next week and have some part in the game.

SPORTS DIGEST Boxing promoter Arum escapes from fiery plane crash
San Francisco Chronicle – Aug 14, 2002
Women’s Amateur qualifying record, shooting a 3-under-par 68 for a 7-under 135 total in Scarborough, N. SOCCER: Portugal, which exited the first round of the World Cup, appointed Agostinho Oliveira as temporary national team coach. JURISPRUDENCE: Former NFL lineman Alonzo Spellman was ordered held without bail in a federal jail after a judge ruled he was too dangerous to be released. Spellman, 31, is accused of threatening a pilot and flight attendant and harassing passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Cincinnati to Philadelphia. BASKETBALL: Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls, an alternate on the U… national team, is expected to be added to the main roster as a replacement for the injured Ray Allen. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe signed a contract extension through January 2006, athletic director Pete Boone said. This article appeared on page C – 8 of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Croker set to open its doors within two years
Irish Independent – Aug 14, 2002
Finally, delegates at the GAA’s annual congress, who have voted against opening up Croke Park in each of the past two years, will have to be persuaded to accept the reality that they cannot afford to have the new stadium sitting idle for five months of the year. The FAI are watching developments with keen interest as they are facing a major reduction in seat capacity at Lansdowne Road from 2004 onwards. FIFA have decreed that temporary seating cannot be used in qualifying games for the 2006 World Cup finals and this would mean the capacity of Lansdowne Road being reduced from 35,000 to around 22,000. The FAI depend heavily on the income from international gate receipts to run the association which has expanded considerably in the last five years. They are also unable to meet the demand for tickets for home matches at present. If Croke Park were to open its doors by 2004 then the FAI would have to seriously consider switching their games from Lansdowne Road, although it would be with some reluctance given their excellent working relationship with the IRFU over the past 30 years. While the IRFU stand to gain from an open-door policy at Croke Park and the construction of the National Stadium, their plans to redevelop Lansdowne Road could be well and truly scuppered without Government support.

Kirch Sport leaves London
sportbusiness.com – Aug 14, 2002
Kirch Sport stated that the closure of its London office is part of a long-term business plan which provides for its headquarters being in Zug in Switzerland. As a consequence of the closure, Richard Dorfman -senior vice president of Kirch Sport and the man who has handled much of the World Cup rights sales during the past four years – will leave the company after electing not to relocate to Switzerland. Now operating as a ‘ringfenced arm’ away from its parent Kirch Media, the broadcast rights held within Kirch Sport include the 2002 and 2006 soccer World Cups, the IHF World Ice Hockey Championship, the European Handball Championships and various national and domestic football clubs and federations. The ring-fencing of Kirch Sport away from Kirch Media, which is in the process of analysing bids for its remaining array of assets, was aimed at protecting the valuable sports rights from the threat of insolvency that has gripped many of the other subsidaries of the debt-laden Kirch Group. For all the inside details and various bidders in the assets sale of the insolvent Kirch Media, see the features section of today’s sportbusiness… Kirch Sport stated that the closure of its London office is part of a long-term business plan which provides for its headquarters being in Zug in Switzerland. As a consequence of the closure, Richard Dorfman -senior vice president of Kirch Sport and the man who has handled much of the World Cup rights sales during the past four years – will leave the company after electing not to relocate to Switzerland. Now operating as a ‘ringfenced arm’ away from its parent Kirch Media, the broadcast rights held within Kirch Sport include the 2002 and 2006 soccer World Cups, the IHF World Ice Hockey Championship, the European Handball Championships and various national and domestic football clubs and federations. The ring-fencing of Kirch Sport away from Kirch Media, which is in the process of analysing bids for its remaining array of assets, was aimed at protecting the valuable sports rights from the threat of insolvency that has gripped many of the other subsidaries of the debt-laden Kirch Group. For all the inside details and various bidders in the assets sale of the insolvent Kirch Media, see the features section of today’s sportbusiness.

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