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October 27, 2002

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The News Review:

* Egypt win bid to host 2006 Nations Cup
* Mexico hot seat for Lavolpe
* Fifa opens race for 2010
* England 2006: Liverpool expects
* Blatter to retire in 2006
* RTE – Sport
* Palestinians hunt Latin footballers
* Turkey accept Confederations Cup invitation
* Plumes, feathers mark start of Grasim Mr. International
* Bertrand Tavernier’s latest film causes a stir | | Guardian…
* Fortress America | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
* Photography: The brothers of Vaagaa | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

Egypt win bid to host 2006 Nations Cup
Independent Online – Oct 24, 2002
The 2006 edition of the 16-team event will have added importance with the Nations Cup tournament also acting as Africa’s qualifiers for the World Cup finals in Germany later the same year. Hosts Egypt now have a distinct advantage, though, by not having to qualify for the 2006 Nations Cup finals. Observers said on Thursday that Egypt had benefited from the tense political situation in both Algeria and the Ivory Coast, where on-going civil strife severely damaged their bids. Egypt’s victory means the next two Nations Cup finals will be played in north Africa, long a dominant force in continental football. Tunisia host the next edition of the Nations Cup in 2004… Hosts Egypt now have a distinct advantage, though, by not having to qualify for the 2006 Nations Cup finals. Observers said on Thursday that Egypt had benefited from the tense political situation in both Algeria and the Ivory Coast, where on-going civil strife severely damaged their bids. Egypt’s victory means the next two Nations Cup finals will be played in north Africa, long a dominant force in continental football. Tunisia host the next edition of the Nations Cup in 2004. Egypt previously hosted the event in 1959, 1974 and 1986. They won the tournament at home in 1959 and 1986.

Mexico hot seat for Lavolpe
Calcutta Telegraph – Oct 24, 2002
?The Village will provide a world-class facility for the athletes and will deliver long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for Melbourne,? Premier Steve Bracks said. An alternative to the Parkville site had been proposed near the Docklands stadium in a non-residential area of the city. Egypt may host Nations Cup

Cairo: Egypt are tipped to be named on Thursday as hosts of the 2006 African Nations Cup, which is the continent?s qualifying tournament for the World Cup finals to be held in Germany later that year. Egypt head a list of four countries bidding to host the tournament but are expected to win ahead of Algeria and the Ivory Coast, where there is political uncertainty, and Libya, who lack facilities. The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will hear 30-minute submissions from the four candidate countries on Thursday before voting on a final decision. New Uefa Cup dates on cards

Berlin: Uefa is considering a change in dates for Uefa Cup matches while retaining the competition?s knockout format, chief executive Gerhard Aigner said on Wednesday. Aigner said Uefa Cup games, played on Thursdays while Champions League matches take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, could be staged on Wednesdays following the shortening of the Champions League programme.

Fifa opens race for 2010
BBC News – Oct 23, 2002
World football’s governing body has written to members of Caf, the Confederation of African Football, telling them they have until the end of the year to declare an interest. Interested countries will then be asked to reconfirm by the end of April 2003. Those countries that do so will have until 31 August to submit official bid documents. Inspection teams will later visit each prospective host country and report back to the organisation’s ruling executive… World football’s governing body has written to members of Caf, the Confederation of African Football, telling them they have until the end of the year to declare an interest. Interested countries will then be asked to reconfirm by the end of April 2003. Those countries that do so will have until 31 August to submit official bid documents. Inspection teams will later visit each prospective host country and report back to the organisation’s ruling executive. A final decision will be taken in May 2004.

England 2006: Liverpool expects
LFC Online – Oct 24, 2002
The high octane summer festival of football that unfolded in Japan and Korea seems like an eternity ago, as the autumnal chill descends upon stadia across the country. Looking back, as ever, there were euphoric highs and sickening heartaches. England?s top 23 players reached the shores of the Far East in battle-scarred condition. The inspirational Steven Gerrard, left back home, lost cruelly to injury days before the off was an almighty blow. For England captain David Beckham a rushed recovery from his metatarsal break was achieved just in time, subsequently meaning his fitness for the tournament was borderline… Some surprising performances made us forget that this team?s time was not now. They would have their day, that was certain, but not yet, not in the land of the rising sun. It was always considered that the next World Cup would be the time to judge the current squad and when Eriksson?s teachings and influence will have have reached its zenith. For 2006 in Germany, the England side will be built around a nucleus of Liverpool players with expansive, regular experience in Europe?s premier competition. This spine will be Chris Kirkland, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen Chris Kirkland, skillful, vigilant and with supreme concentration will continue to develop and grow over the next couple of seasons increasing pressure on Jerzy Dudek as the Anfield number one. Once he has secured his position in between the sticks for Liverpool, it will simply be a matter of time before he realises his dream of becoming the safest pair of hands in England. Then there is Gerrard.

Blatter to retire in 2006
Calcutta Telegraph – Oct 25, 2002
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Blatter to retire in 2006

Zurich: Sepp Blatter has said he will stand down from his role as Fifa president in 2006. Blatter, who will be 70 in 2006, said in an interview with the December issue of Sports Business magazine that he would leave at the end of his second four-year term as the head of soccer?s world governing body. ?I have said I am in the second half of the football game,? Blatter said. ?From the very beginning I said my presidency will not be more than two mandates. I am now in the second mandate and at the end of it I will be 70 years old. I think it will be the correct time then to leave the organisation. ?

Blatter was re-elected in May on the eve of the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, defeating Cameroon?s Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football… I am now in the second mandate and at the end of it I will be 70 years old. I think it will be the correct time then to leave the organisation. ?

Blatter was re-elected in May on the eve of the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, defeating Cameroon?s Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football. He said he would begin considering a suitable replacement in 2004, the year in which Fifa celebrate their 100th anniversary.

RTE – Sport
rte.ie – Oct 24, 2002
Blatter was re-elected for a second term in May, just before the World Cup Finals in South Korea and Japan. He defeated Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football. “I have said I am in the second half of the football game,” Blatter told Sport Business. “From the very beginning I said my presidency will not be more than two mandates. I am now in the second mandate and at the end of it I will be 70 years old… Blatter was re-elected for a second term in May, just before the World Cup Finals in South Korea and Japan. He defeated Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, the head of the Confederation of African Football. “I have said I am in the second half of the football game,” Blatter told Sport Business. “From the very beginning I said my presidency will not be more than two mandates. I am now in the second mandate and at the end of it I will be 70 years old. I think it will be the correct time then to leave the organisation. “He said he would begin considering a suitable replacement in 2004, the year of FIFA’s 100th anniversary.

Palestinians hunt Latin footballers
Independent Online – Oct 23, 2002
The Palestinian team failed to get past the first qualifying round of the Asian zone for this year’s World Cup in Japan and South Korea, earning only seven points from six games. Fifa has agreed that Palestinian soccer players could be sought overseas, given the political and social turmoil at home. “Palestine’s domestic situation has limited the country’s football potential. This initiative is positive. but the players, once chosen, would not be able to represent other nations in official tournaments,” said Fifa’s representative in Chile, Alfredo Asfura… It is a door that has opened,” said midfielder Abdala. But the search is not limited to Chile and Hadway has already identified players in Peru, Honduras and Mexico. Although the most pressing challenge is to compete in an international competition between African and Arab nations in Kuwait in December, the medium-term objective is to qualify for the World Cup in Germany in 2006, says Hadway. Only half-joking, he said the team had very high ambitions. “Our main goal is to reach the finals in Germany and become the world champions. There wouldn’t be much point taking up this gauntlet without having ambitious objectives. Players from Latin America can help us, there’s no doubt about that.

Turkey accept Confederations Cup invitation
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Oct 22, 2002
European and world championsWorld football’s governing body said that Turkey would join the reigning European champions and Confederations Cup holders France, 2002 world champions Brazil, Colombia (from the South American confederation CONMEBOL), Cameroon (African confederation CAF), the United States (North and Central American confederation CONCACAF), New Zealand (Oceania confederation OFC) and Japan (Asian confederation AFC). Four venuesThe eight teams will play matches in Lyon (Stade Gerland), Paris (Parc des Princes), Saint-Denis (Stade de France) and St-Etienne (Stade Geoffroy-Guichard). The FIFA Confederations Cup features successful teams from world and continental championships, and is played every two years. Germany in 2005The 2002 World Cup runners-up Germany have declined to take part in the 2003 Confederations Cup for domestic and international fixture list-related reasons. However, Germany is set to host the 2005 competition as a dress rehearsal for the 2006 World Cup… The FIFA Confederations Cup features successful teams from world and continental championships, and is played every two years. Germany in 2005The 2002 World Cup runners-up Germany have declined to take part in the 2003 Confederations Cup for domestic and international fixture list-related reasons. However, Germany is set to host the 2005 competition as a dress rehearsal for the 2006 World Cup. All rights reserved.

Plumes, feathers mark start of Grasim Mr. International
Times of India – Oct 22, 2002
Beginning with the peacock feathers of Mr. Bolivia and the rich
yellow and blue silks of Mr. China, the contest moved on to the black sailor
suit of Mr. Denmark and the yellow-black football gear of the 2006 World Cup
donned by Mr. India’s Raghu Mukherjee dressed as a prince,
complete with an embroidered kurta-pyjama, cummerbund and turban, and carried a
bejewelled sword. But it was the wild, vibrant and multi-coloured feathers
of the tribal warrior-king costume of the Malaysian participant Ooi Han Boon and
the dancing silks and bells of Arjuna Senanayake from Sri Lanka that carried the
day.

Bertrand Tavernier’s latest film causes a stir | | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 23, 2002
One of the most delightful moments in Laissez-Passer is directly inspired by The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Devaivre, suffering from a heavy cold, is whisked from under the Nazis’ noses to deliver secret papers to the British in London. It’s a hair-raising journey, but all the Brits care about is pouring tea down his throat. “I thought of all those British films where they propose a cup of tea in the most bizarre places,” Tavernier laughs. “In the submarines, the flying fortresses, in the house that has been bombed, the battleship, there’s always someone saying you need a nice cup of tea. I remember all those moments with someone bringing Noël Coward and Jack Hawkins a cup of tea. ” Devaivre’s clandestine, whistle-stop day trip to England wasn’t a figment of Tavernier’s imagination. This actually happened, albeit with out the tea.

Fortress America | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 25, 2002
getElementById( ‘frameId354015’ ). The outside world disappeared behind riot barriers, temporary fencing and waist-high concrete blocks. Inside the checkpoints, officers with guns and restless gazes began patrolling, day and night. Politely but firmly, every visitor to the two streets was required to explain themselves. And every resident, uniquely for Britain, was asked to carry an identity card. These security measures have remained in place, without ever being publicly requested by the United States, ever since… The spokesman I meet plays down the need. Most of what the embassy does, he says with studied casualness, is “authentically boring and mundane”. As the air-conditioning hums and no sound penetrates his office from the noisy Mayfair streets, he tells expertly-extended anecdotes about taking phonecalls from members of the public praising the good behaviour of American golfers in the Ryder Cup. Outside, pinned to the new fencing around the building, are notices informing people where to go for visas. Despite all the policemen, and the eagle on the roof, it is difficult to see the embassy as purely intimidating. In secretive Mayfair after all, with its private clubs and expensive hotels, the embassy is hardly the only place that wards off the curious. And these days, in some ways at least, the embassy’s power may be diminishing.

Photography: The brothers of Vaagaa | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
Guardian Unlimited – Oct 24, 2002
I arranged to meet them there. I was taking a week’s course in November last year at the school of photography in Vaagaa, a small town five hours northwest of Oslo, and had been looking for subjects for a series of photographs I was putting together called “Twos”, about different pairs of people. Someone mentioned that I should look up the Ramen brothers; the man at the hotel in Vaagaa found me their number. At first, they were very shy… In the bedroom they had two radios, covered in plastic, and two sets of binoculars. They used the binoculars a lot, just to look out at what was happening on the other side of the fjord. I think the binoculars brought them a bit closer to the outside world. I learned later that there was another “good” living room, which they never used. In the 1960s they had borrowed a television for a while, but they decided not to keep it. It took up too much time, they said. They also complained that when people started getting TVs in the houses around them, they didn’t go on coffee visits any more.

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