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September 21, 2002

Davies cool on chance to succeed Crozier

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 4:24 am

The News Review:

* – Soccer – World: Brazilian group could have interest in…
* Nations Cup blow for Ivory Coast
* FA need a new guardian angel
* Davies cool on chance to succeed Crozier
* Scolari warns successor to expect tough ride
* US basketball team in world quarterfinals
* Lukoil offers $1m reward to trace kidnapped executive
* Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph – Soccer – World: Brazilian group could have interest in… – Sep 19, 2002
“The soccer authorities are actively looking for a coach crewfrom Italy to replace the sacked coach,” the official said. Hedid not elaborate further. Football is highly popular in Libya. The country hosted theItalian Supercup last month and is bidding to stage the 2006African Nations Cup and the 2010 World Cup finals. The federation’s president is Al-Saadi Gaddafi, son of theLibyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Karpin loses right to appear as EU playerMADRID, Spain (AP) — Real Sociedad’s Russian international Valery Karpin will no longer enjoy the same privileges as European Union players in the Spanish league, Spain’s soccer federation said Wednesday. The decision was an apparent response to an earlier court ruling which suggested that players from countries with EU associate agreements could claim EU status, threatening the advantage of Spanish players.

Nations Cup blow for Ivory Coast
BBC News – Sep 21, 2002
It is unlikely to Ivorians will be able to guarantee security for that event and whether they can convince Caf that all will be well in 2006 remains to be seen. Perhaps the best thing going for the country is that they did stage arguably one of the most successful finals back in 1984. Much will be riding on the 2006 finals as well, because it will act as the qualifiers for the World Cup finals in Germany.

FA need a new guardian angel – Sep 12, 2002
Many people throughout the world are grateful for what our forefathers did for them – look at the number of parliaments throughout the world. “His vision is of kind-hearted Englishmen tending to the world. “I remember being in Seoul where two South African journalists pinned me up against the wall and said: ‘We are going to really beat the living daylights out of you’,” recalled Thompson of a time of English unpopularity through making a rival bid for the 2006 World Cup. “But then someone came along and said ‘Leave him alone, the FA are doing a lot of good work in South Africa’. “The feeling remains that English football would be far better served with Thompson left to roam the world on FA missionary work while a real leader, someone of energy and presence, becomes chairman.

Davies cool on chance to succeed Crozier – Sep 11, 2002
Over the past few months, Davies has spent much of his time abroad successfully re-establishing the credibility of English football around the world, especially within FIFA and UEFA, following the 2006 World Cup debacle. But FA sources say there is a growing move towards replacing Crozier, initially at least, with at least two existing and well-respected FA executives – almost certainly including Davies and FA secretary Nic Coward – rather than gambling on a single successor from outside the organisation. Such an arrangement could well be put in place as early as tomorrow, at least on a temporary basis. Long-term contenders include PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, former Football League chairman Keith Harris and Rick Parry, Liverpool’s chief executive. Tomorrow’s FA Board meeting will also quash speculation regarding the possibility of Sven-Goran Eriksson quitting as England manager in the wake of Crozier’s resignation.

Scolari warns successor to expect tough ride – Sep 11, 2002
Scolari led Brazil to its fifth world title in June but only after it had struggled through the South American qualifying competition, using 60 players and four coaches. “It will be long and difficult again,” said Scolari, who stepped down in August saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and possibly coach a club in Europe. His successor, who will lead the side towards Germany 2006, has yet to be named. “Brazil’s big difficulty is that they have never learned how to play qualifiers.

US basketball team in world quarterfinals
St. Petersburg Times – Sep 20, 2002
Chievo’s Brazilian midfielder, Luciano, was suspended indefinitely by the Italian league for playing under a false name, Eriberto, and age the past several years. Former Albany coach Ron Selesky will join the Storm as assistant head coach and director of player personnel. Selesky, a former Tampa Bay assistant, was named af2 coach of the year after leading the expansion Conquest to a 14-4 record and a playoff spot last season. BOXING: HBO said the 154-pound title fight between Fernando Vargas and Oscar De La Hoya Saturday was bought by 900,000 customers, making it the second-biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view event ever.

Lukoil offers $1m reward to trace kidnapped executive – Sep 13, 2002
A spokesman for Lukoil said that the company, which produces 20pc of Russia’s oil exports, was mystified as to why Mr Kukura has been kidnapped. However, an official at the Russian prosecutor general’s office suggested that the abduction could be linked to a dispute over the Moscow football club Spartak, which is sponsored by Lukoil. Dmitry Sychev, a Spartak footballer, who shone in the recent World Cup, wants to break his contract with the club, which is due to expire in 2006. “Maybe they want to get Sychev’s transfer,” the official commented.

Sports Round-up | Sports Round-up | Other Sports | Sport | Telegraph – Sep 19, 2002
CyclingAlessandro Petacchi scored Italy’s sixth stage win in the Tour of Spain yesterday when he beat more than 130 riders to the line after the longest stage of the race between Segovia and Burgos. Britain’s David Millar profited from an accident to German Jorg Jaksche in the last mile and moved up to ninth. AthleticsThe International Association of Athletics Federations have awarded the next World Cup to Los Angeles in 2006 in an effort to boost interest in the United States where American football, basketball and baseball are more popular. It will be the first IAAF event on US soil since the 1992 World Cross Country Championships in Boston. Motor RacingSarah Fisher, 21, will become the first woman in a decade to drive a Formula One car when she takes the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes later this month. The Indy Racing League driver will perform a demonstration run next Friday at Indianapolis on the first day of practice for the United States Grand Prix. RallyingFormer world champion Colin McRae is talking to his former Subaru team about a possible switch from Ford next season.

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