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August 31, 2002

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* Eriksson must cut the excuses
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Africa: Nations Cup host to be decided in…
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – Americas: Firecracker protest for Flamengo fans …
* CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: Galatasaray brings Hakan Unsal back -…
* Scolari asks successor to start afresh
* The St. Petersburg Times – World – SPORTS WATCH
* BOPA Daily News Archive

Eriksson must cut the excuses
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2002
Dyer, however, was a different kettle of fish. Eriksson denies adamantly that he was persuaded into taking the recuperating midfielder by Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson, but to argue there were no quality alternatives is nonsense. What about Darren Anderton, Steve McManaman and Ray Parlour?The bottom line here is that England bowed out of the 2002 World Cup not because they were on their knees with tiredness, but because they were led by a coach unable to get the very best out of their limited talent in tournament conditions after, commendably, rescuing the qualification campaign from ignominy. Eriksson complains that his team faded in just about every second half in Japan, but can offer only fatigue and the concomitant poor passing in mitigation. So where do we go from here? Premiership football is not going to take a mid-season breather just because Eriksson and the Football Association’s chief executive, Adam Crozier, say it must. The chairmen of the 20 clubs, dead set against any costly reduction of numbers or fixtures, have already made that abundantly clear. The logical conclusion, therefore, must be that the Swede will find his occupation of the job increasingly untenable as he approaches Euro ’04 and the 2006 World Cup with the same perceived handicap of over-playing… So where do we go from here? Premiership football is not going to take a mid-season breather just because Eriksson and the Football Association’s chief executive, Adam Crozier, say it must. The chairmen of the 20 clubs, dead set against any costly reduction of numbers or fixtures, have already made that abundantly clear. The logical conclusion, therefore, must be that the Swede will find his occupation of the job increasingly untenable as he approaches Euro ’04 and the 2006 World Cup with the same perceived handicap of over-playing. Understandably, that gloomy scenario was not addressed last Friday by Eriksson in advance of tomorrow’s announcement of his 23-strong squad for the friendly against Portugal at Villa Park next Saturday that will act as a warm-up for the start next month of the Euro ’04 qualifying process. Rather, the England coach again stressed the potential of his young squad. What it amounts to in practice is that, having supplanted Nigel Martyn in the Leeds team, Paul Robinson, the Yorkshire club’s young goalkeeper, is likely to take his place in the England squad as well. And Robinson, 22, is expected to be joined by team-mates Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Africa: Nations Cup host to be decided in…
SI.com – Aug 27, 2002
Gabon, Namibia and South Africa also announced an interestin bidding but later withdrew from the race. The hosting of the 2006 finals is seen as a major advantagein the bid to qualify for the World Cup as the host nation willnot have to go through the qualifying competition, earningautomatic qualification into the 16-country field, from whichfive countries go on to the World Cup. The semifinalists at the 2006 Nations Cup finals qualify forthe World Cup but CAF have yet to decide what process to followin order to determine the fifth African representative forGermany 2006. The next Nations Cup finals are to be hosted by Tunisia inearly 2004. Niger government seeks donations to relaunch sideNIAMEY (Reuters) — Niger, one of the world’s poorestcountries, is asking families to stump up a few pennies each toget its soccer team back on the road after two years in thewilderness. A financial crisis at the West African country’s soccerfederation has halted league and international fixtures for twoyears, but the government wants to enlist popular support tosend a side to play Ethiopia in September. Niger’s Mena — “The Gazelles” in a local language — lastplayed against Ivory Coast in July 2000, losing 6-0 in thequalifying stage of the 2002 African Nations Cup.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – Americas: Firecracker protest for Flamengo fans …
SI.com – Aug 29, 2002
Former AS Roma striker Fabio Junior gave Cruzeiro an earlylead and full-back Rogerio equalized nine minutes later. Both Parreira and Luxemburgo have coached Brazil before. Parreira led the country to victory in the 1994 World Cup andLuxemburgo was sacked following the 2000 Olympics after anunsuccessful and controversial two years in charge. Juventude, coached by former Paris St Germain and Brazildefender Ricardo Gomes, went back to the top of the table with a2-0 win over Fluminense, both their goals coming from a strikernicknamed Claudio Pitbull. Juventude have 13 points from six games. Newly-promoted Figueirense marked the debut of coach MuricyRamalho, winning their first game in six attempts. They beatBahia 2-1… Bielsa surprised to get another chance with ArgentinaBUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina coach MarceloBielsa was surprised to be given another chance after his team’sfirst round elimination at this year’s World Cup, he said onThursday in his first interview since the tournament. “I was surprised when they offered me the chance to carry onbecause it is not often one can continue after a failure,” saidBielsa, whose team started the finals in South Korea and Japanas favourites but failed to get beyond the first hurdle. The reclusive coach, who isolated himself on a farm deep inthe province of Santa Fe after returning home, has been given anew contract until the end of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers inwhat has been dubbed “The Revenge” by local media. The contract will be extended to the tournament in Germanyif, as expected, Argentina reach the finals again. Bielsa, who has agreed to take a large pay cut, is the firstArgentina coach to have his contract renewed after a World Cupwithout having won the tournament. Instead of being judged on three matches, he has insteadbeen rewarded for his team’s performances in the previous fouryears, during which they sailed through the South Americanqualifying competition, won friendlies away to Italy and Germanyand were acclaimed as the best in the world. “I have the strength, the will and the aptitude to face thisnew period in the same way that I did in the previous period,”he said at a news conference lasting more than three hours.

CNNSI.com – Soccer – World: Galatasaray brings Hakan Unsal back -…
SI.com – Aug 28, 2002
Sychyov, 18, impressed many observers with his play in this year’s World Cup, even though the Russian team was knocked out of the competition in the first round. Russian news reports say he had attracted the interest of a number of European clubs, including AC Milan. Last week, he has asked Spartak to release him from his contract, which runs out in 2006, reports said. Russia’s poor World Cup performance, in what was regarded as one of the easiest groups, forced the resignation of coach Oleg Romantsev, who was criticized for using outdated tactics and players past their prime. Romantsev, however, stayed on as head of Spartak Moscow. Russia’s new coach, Valery Gazzayev, said Sychyov would not play in September’s European qualifier against Ireland, because he is “lacking playing practice,” the ITAR-Tass news agency said. PAOK Salonika escape relegation over unpaid debtsATHENS (Reuters) — Leading Greek club PAOK Salonikaescaped relegation on Wednesday after meeting a FIFA deadline topay debts to players, coaches and foreign clubs.

Scolari asks successor to start afresh
Calcutta Telegraph – Aug 23, 2002
?Whoever is picked ought to bear in mind that we always have difficulties and they should try and keep their feet on the ground. The Penta should be forgotten,? Scolari said. ?For Brazilian football, the image that remains is one of a strong group which chased its targets with discipline. ?

Scolari, who wants to coach a club in Europe, did not want to talk about Brazil?s future. Brazil may have to start their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup as early as next July. Scolari took over Brazil with the team in disarray in June last year and led them to the world title only 13 month later. He finished with a record of 18 wins, one draw and six defeats in 25 games… ?For Brazilian football, the image that remains is one of a strong group which chased its targets with discipline. ?

Scolari, who wants to coach a club in Europe, did not want to talk about Brazil?s future. Brazil may have to start their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup as early as next July. Scolari took over Brazil with the team in disarray in June last year and led them to the world title only 13 month later. He finished with a record of 18 wins, one draw and six defeats in 25 games. Scolari, a strict disciplinarian, signed off in poetic flourish inspired by the words from a samba song. ?Let yourselves be carried along by life.

The St. Petersburg Times – World – SPORTS WATCH
St Petersburg Times, Russia – Aug 23, 2002
“Oleg Romantsev has been admitted to a Moscow hospital,” Spartak spokesperson Alexei Zinin said. Romantsev guided Russia to the World Cup but was replaced after their dismal showing resulted in a first-round exit. Zinin did not know the nature of the illness, but said the 48-year-old coach, who has suffered from heart problems in the past, will remain in hospital for the rest of the week at least. On Wednesday, Spartak said 18-year-old Sychyov, Russia’s best player at this year’s World Cup in South Korea and Japan, had submitted a written request to annul his contract with the champion, which tied him to the club through 2006. Spartak said the news, which “came as a shock for the Spartak management,” had worsened Romantsev’s condition, calling the player’s action inappropriate. Please Come Home BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese Basketball Association has pleaded with the country’s first National Basketball Association player, Wang Zhizhi, to return to the national team for the world championships… Romantsev guided Russia to the World Cup but was replaced after their dismal showing resulted in a first-round exit. Zinin did not know the nature of the illness, but said the 48-year-old coach, who has suffered from heart problems in the past, will remain in hospital for the rest of the week at least. On Wednesday, Spartak said 18-year-old Sychyov, Russia’s best player at this year’s World Cup in South Korea and Japan, had submitted a written request to annul his contract with the champion, which tied him to the club through 2006. Spartak said the news, which “came as a shock for the Spartak management,” had worsened Romantsev’s condition, calling the player’s action inappropriate. Please Come Home BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese Basketball Association has pleaded with the country’s first National Basketball Association player, Wang Zhizhi, to return to the national team for the world championships. Wang, who also plays in China for the military-run Bayi Rockets, did not report for mandatory training with the national squad after finishing the season with the Dallas Mavericks, fueling media speculation he might be seeking to defect. But Wang, who has become a free agent able to sign with any NBA squad, said he opted to spend the off-season in Los Angeles to practice and rejected reports of a possible defection.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Aug 28, 2002
Daily News does not publish on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Please email your comments to. bwFrom 6 July 2006, a graphic version of current edition is availableat the… The competition which carries a whooping P58 000 first prize will becontested by all Super League teams and will this year also include firstdivision teams to add flavour. It is billed to start on September 8, with the finals taking place onIndependence Day. Chairman of the sponsors, World Group of Companies, said at the launch thatthe event will be an important contribution to efforts to build a sportingculture in the country. "We know that it takes money and effort to do this and the World Group hasdecided to be a part of this endeavour," he said about the three-year dealthey signed with the Botswana Football Association, last year.

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