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December 11, 2002

Another big decision looms over Malta FA president Joe Mifsud

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The News Review:

* South America 2006 puzzle
* Wembley towers demolition begins
* Senegal moves up 40 places in world football rankings
* Another big decision looms over Malta FA president Joe Mifsud
* ESPN.com – NCF – Recap
* London goes for gold in the race for riches
* A London Olympics: for and against
* Listen To What The People Say
* No Future Ambition (NFA)
* The Crayon Game

South America 2006 puzzle
BBC News – Dec 9, 2002
Argentina have already sold their rights
on the basis of having nine home fixtures. But South America’s current economic crisis has hit advertising revenue, forcing down what the television companies are prepared to
pay. And some football associations have found the market prepared to pay only around 50% of the fee charged for the last set of World Cup
qualifiers. Now there is a movement inside the Federation in favour of a return to the previous system, where the 10 countries were divided into groups. Bolivia and Uruguay are believed to be pushing for such a change and will attempt to gain support for their position. The best argument in favour of South America’s one big group format is that
the overall quality of football has improved as a result. Ecuador are an excellent example.

Wembley towers demolition begins
Guardian Unlimited – Dec 6, 2002
The main demolition work on the towers, which had always been seen as the beacons to follow by football fans as they started their walk up Wembley Way, is not due to commence until the new year. Bulldozers began work on September 9 and already the west end of the ground is completely demolished. It emerged in November 1998 that the famous towers would be demolished as part of a new ?757m, 90,000-seater stadium, scheduled to open in 2006. Upon the announcement of the plans, English Heritage launched a campaign to save the towers but withdrew its objections after plans for the new stadium were officially unveiled in July 1999. At the time, football personalities including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst still expressed hope they could be included in the designs for the new stadium. But the site of the new Wembley is slightly different to that of the old, and the landmark would have ended up in the middle of the pitch. The towers would have been too expensive and difficult to move in one piece or rebuild – so it was decided they would be smashed into pieces… It emerged in November 1998 that the famous towers would be demolished as part of a new ?757m, 90,000-seater stadium, scheduled to open in 2006. Upon the announcement of the plans, English Heritage launched a campaign to save the towers but withdrew its objections after plans for the new stadium were officially unveiled in July 1999. At the time, football personalities including World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst still expressed hope they could be included in the designs for the new stadium. But the site of the new Wembley is slightly different to that of the old, and the landmark would have ended up in the middle of the pitch. The towers would have been too expensive and difficult to move in one piece or rebuild – so it was decided they would be smashed into pieces. The then sports minister, Tony Banks, dismissed the towers as “non-functional” while the FA chief executive of the time, Graham Kelly, admitted he could “not get excited” about them as the nation was set to posses one of the best stadiums in the world. Months later, Lord Foster’s original design was amended and the plan for four sky-scraping masts was ditched in favour of a giant “triumphant arch” – which is seen as the symbolic replacement for the stadium’s old twin towers.

Senegal moves up 40 places in world football rankings
Sri Lanka Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka Daily Mirror (subscription) – Dec 9, 2002
Norway
641, 29. Colombia 639

Asia insisting on five automatic
berths for 2006 World Cup
BEIJING (AFP) – Asian football nations should expect five
automatic berths to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, with the
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) doing everything in its power
to realize the goal, AFC officials said Saturday. AFC vice president
Asad Taqi made the remarks during the draw for the preliminary and
qualifying rounds for the 2004 Asian Cup which will be held in China. "We are
fighting very strongly and are hoping and are almost certain that
the number of places will increase to five seats in 2006,"
Taqi told journalists. "Everyone
should know that the AFC is fighting, especially after the results
of the 2002 World Cup, for increasing the numbers of places in the
World Cup finals. "

Asia had four
teams at the 2002 finals, including co-hosts South Korea and Japan.

Another big decision looms over Malta FA president Joe Mifsud
di-ve.com – Dec 10, 2002
Scotland?s new First Minister Jack McConnell and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern are supporting the bid. The Irish Government has agreed to join forces with Scotland to bid for the hosting of the Euro 2008 football tournament. IN FAVOUR?England 2006

The fiasco surrounding FIFA?s decision on who should host the football World Cup in 2006 threatened to undermine the credibility of an organisation. THE VERDICT ? Thumbs Up

The prospect of having a European Championship jointly organised by Ireland and Scotland has its disadvantages, but there are probably even more advantages. The special atmosphere of the British Stadia undoubtedly plays a crucial role in making the European Championships such a magical experience for the millions of people who will watch the game around the world. In 1996, Wembley Stadium was been the setting of some for the most dramatic moments in football history.

ESPN.com – NCF – Recap
ESPN – Dec 7, 2002
, arun that matches Penn for the sixth-longest in Division I-Ahistory. Miami’s streak is the longest since Toledo won 35 straightfrom 1969-71. “I may be the luckiest coach in the world,” said Miami’s LarryCoker, who was doused with a bucket of water as he ran off thefield. Miami will attempt to become only the second team to repeat asnational champions since 1980 and first since Nebraska wonback-to-back crowns in 1994-95. The Hurricanes have won fivenational titles since 1983, under four coaches. The ‘Canes put themselves in position for another title bywinning a game that Coker called “quite a crazy attraction. ” Miami seemingly had control with a 49-21 lead early in the thirdquarter, but the Hokies (9-4) came up with three big plays to pullwithin striking distance and then hung in until the end.

London goes for gold in the race for riches
The Observer – Dec 8, 2002
Blair has given an early indication of his opinion. At a reception on 27 November for sports stars and administrators, he pressed Clegg on one issue: the ‘winnability’ of a British bid. In other words, if we decide to bid, can we win? A guest who overheard the conversation recalled: ‘The Prime Minister basically said that, after England had failed to land the 2006 football World Cup, officials had told him that they’d never had any chance of getting it in the first place. The PM’s view was: “Well, why did we bother bidding at all then?” He wanted Simon to reassure him that a London bid for 2012 wouldn’t end up in humiliation as that bid and both Birmingham and Manchester’s Olympic efforts did. ‘ Painful memories remain of the 2006 World Cup bid, which saw England steamrollered by arch-rival Germany. While England deployed Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton and then Sports Minister Tony Banks in the quest for votes, the Germans easily trumped that with a potent strikeforce of ex-Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and supermodel Claudia Schiffer. These days securing big sports events such as the Olympics and World Cup requires a similarly imaginative combination of sport, politics and glamour.

A London Olympics: for and against
BBC News – Dec 10, 2002
IOC president Jacques Rogge has already said that London would have, “a very strong bid”. Against

The collapse of Britain’s efforts to host the 2005 athletics World Championships and the money spent on the failed bid for the 2006 football World Cup have left both the British government and many members of the IOC wondering if it is even worth bidding this time. For

Both Barcelona and Sydney were cities reborn after they had hosted the Olympics in 1992 and 2000 respectively. Barcelona’s investment in infrastructure, urban renewal and tourism have left a lasting positive economic and cultural legacy – and a successful British bid could have a similar effect on London. Against

Neither the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona nor Stadium Australia in Sydney have seen much use since hosting the Games – and the shadow of the Millennium Dome still hangs over London. For

Hosting an Olympics could revitalise British sport.

Listen To What The People Say
Scottish Fitba – Dec 5, 2002
“Good on you- the championships would be a wonderful thing for Scotland- Seeing Sydney during the Olympics and the effect it has had since tells me that there is much to lose if we do not try our best to secure the championships for two great nations. ” from Steven Miller, Sydney, Australia. ” from Richard Finnegan, Dublin. “We have a fantastic bid in the making and bringing Euro 2008 to Scotland would be the best thing that has EVER happened to this country. The Champions league final was superb but only lasted for 1 day imagine having it last for 2 weeks. We can do it!” from Andrew Wright… I wish that the dream of the first Euro Championship in CELTIC countries would come true. All the best for people from Scotland and Ireland!” from Nenad Lavadinovi, Beograd, Serbia. “As my country has got the WC 2006, it would be great to see European football in Scotland and Ireland as the people and fans over there are known as very nice, fair and warm. It would be just great to see the games on the background of that kind of crowd. ” from Michael Bruch. “The two best group of fans in the world come together with the two best whisk(e)y’s in the world, played in the two most gorgeous countries in the world. That’s what makes this bid the best joint bid in the world! Good luck for 2008” from Neil Paterson.

No Future Ambition (NFA)
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Dec 7, 2002
I just hope that he can gird his loins to chart a new course for our football akin to what he may have done as Kano State sports commissioner. But my joy with his antecedent is that he has always spent government’s money judiciously, which gives hope that there would be some level of probity in the FA. I scared of Galadimma’s ability to lift our football administration from the doldrums given the praises coming from the same people that ruined the past NFA boards. They have started flooding the media with praises of Galadimma especially their previous dealing with him. Galadimma would have no justification in moving for the abrogation of Decree 101 having being installed by that process. Decree 101 did not stop the NFA board from writing all the affiliated FAs to FIFA for international friendly matches. Decree 101 did not prevent the NFA board members from being members of CAF and FIFA committees even when such committees are non-functional at the NFA… It is also not the reason why most pitches are balding yet the NFA keeps picking such turfs to host international matches to embarrass the nation. Decree 101 is not the reason why no Nigerian club has lifted the Africa Championship trophy since its inception in 1963. It is also not the reason why the NFA in concert with the sports ministry allow our players to share the gate-takings accruing to Nigeria for participating in three World Cup competitions since 1994. Decree 101 did not instruct the NFA to pay players $2,500 as ticket refunds when it could purchase such tickets at lower prices only if the NFA board members can think of ways to make the association solvent. However, the kind of NFA chairman that Nigerian football needs today is an undertaker that would jumpstart the association’s plans towards being self-financing by 2006. The permanent news from the NFA is that of lack of funds to execute their projects, pay outstanding bills of coaches and other sundry matters. No hotel in Nigeria would touch NFA when it comes to doing business on trust.

The Crayon Game
BBC News – Dec 6, 2002
Vijay was inspired to put pen to paper after seeing Rooney’s wonder goal against Arsenal earlier this season. He has put a halo on the teenage wizard in the hope that Rooney will be “the wonder angel” who helps England to win the 2006 World Cup. And some would say a little divine intervention is the only way England will get their hands on the world’s greatest football prize. Do you reckon you can do any better? Well, here’s your chance. Send us your drawings of your favourite sports stars and we will publish our favourites. The winning artists will be rewarded for their efforts with a BBC Sport Online goodie bag!

You can e-mail scans of paintings, drawings or sketches to.

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