Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 20, 2002

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Oceania gets World Cup spot
* South America hits out at World Cup place cut
* David Beckham
* Millichip’s football legacy
* Blatter: South American will have to wait
* BET founder to head Charlotte’s NBA team
* Arena getting 4-year deal
* Danny Murphy
* Dietmar Hamann
* Emile Heskey
* SCHWARZER SETS SIGHTS ON WORLD CUP
* Urs Linsi named FIFA general secretary
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 17 December 2002
* Robbie Fowler
* Alan Smith
* Ulises De la Cruz

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 18, 2002
Australia have narrowly lost out in play-offs on the last two occasions, firstly for the 1998 World Cup against Iran and then last year for the 2002 World Cup against Uruguay. The last time a team from the region qualified for the World Cup finals was New Zealand in 1982. ?This will be the first time that a team from Oceania will be able to qualify directly,? commented a FIFA spokeman. A delighted Oceania confederation president Basil Scarsella said: ?As an Aussie, the news is great.

Oceania gets World Cup spot
BBC News – Dec 17, 2002
As a result, Europe and South America will lose what Fifa describe as “half a place”. That means that one less nation from each continent will qualify automatically. Instead, they will have to go through a play-off to make the finals. The African confederation, Caf, continues to have five places while Asia have four-and-a-half and Concacaf, the North and Central American Confederation, gets three-and-a-half.

South America hits out at World Cup place cut
abc.net.au – Dec 18, 2002
ReshuffleThe reshuffle left South America, which has won nine of the 17 World Cups, with fewer places than either Africa or Asia, who boast only one fourth-place finish between them. It also left the continent’s officials accusing world soccer’s governing body FIFA of ignoring the crucial role the continent has played in the tournament’s history. South American Football Confederation (CSF) spokesman Nestor Benitez said his continent’s teams invariably won their playoffs and the so-called half place had therefore been worth more. “I can assure you that, in fact, that half place was really 70 per cent of a place,” Benitez told Reuters in a telephone interview from the CSF headquarters in Asuncion. “This shows the potential of South America because, when the match is played on equal terms on the field, we have always won that half place. He added: “They couldn’t beat us on the field so they’ve done (so) on the table. “South American teams have emerged victorious in their last three playoffs… He added: “They couldn’t beat us on the field so they’ve done (so) on the table. “South American teams have emerged victorious in their last three playoffs. Colombia beat Israel to reach the 1990 World Cup, Argentina overcame Australia to qualify in 1994 and Uruguay also beat Australia to qualify in 2002. Before that, Chile were given a walkover to reach the 1974 World Cup after the former Soviet Union refused to play in Santiago’s National stadium, which was used to hold political prisoners after the previous year’s coup. Bolivia were beaten by Hungary in a playoff for the 1982 tournament. Fair playBenitez said the allocation of World Cup places seemed to be made increasingly on the number of countries in each continent rather than the quality of their respective football. “It’s a defeat for South America,” he said.

David Beckham
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
As a child he had attended one of Bobby Charlton’s football schools in Manchester and won the chance to take part in a training session at Barcelona, as part of a talent competition. He was part of United’s famous 1992 Youth Cup winning side, but didn’t make his full debut for the club until April 1995 against Leeds United – spending part of the season on loan at Preston North End. But it was the next season where Beckham would really make a name for himself. Scoring from the halfway line against Wimbledon, his profile rocketed and a great run of performances saw him net the Premiership’s Young Player of the Year award… Fans targeted his relationship with ‘Posh Spice’, who he would make his wife in July 1999, and their four-month old son Brooklyn. He was subjected to booing from rival fans throughout the following season, but on the pitch he was an integral part of Manchester United’s treble winning season in 1999 and was nominated for both World and European Player of the Year awards. Despite winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2001, and being named captain of his country, he was only really able to win over the England fans as the qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup reached its climax against Greece. With England down 2-1 and about to miss out on football’s biggest prize, Beckham’s inspirational performance and last-minute free-kick ensured that England drew the game 2-2 and made it through. His conversion from villain to hero was complete. Suddenly the country loved him again, and the media coverage in the build-up to the 2002 World Cup was dominated by the fact that he had broken his fifth metatarsal and was a doubt for the competition. Beckham broke his Argentinean hoodoo by scoring the winning goal and knocking the South Americans out of the tournament, but could only watch as a Ronaldinho free-kick for Brazil put paid to England’s hopes of winning.

Millichip’s football legacy
BBC News – Dec 18, 2002
And his reign came during a period of massive change in English football. He was at the helm of domestic football during the boom years of the early
1990s when the breakaway Premier League was formed in 1992. Sir Bert was also part of the committee responsible for the hiring and firing of England coaches throughout
his tenure… It paved the way for the modernisation of grounds in the top two
tiers of the English game. Millichip was an administrator, happiest working behind the scenes, indeed his only real public outings were to delve into the velvet
bags and pair up teams in the FA Cup. He was criticised for his handling of the campaign to bring the 2006 World
Cup. His German counterpart Egidius Braun insisting they had a
“gentleman’s agreement” that Germany would be Uefa’s choice for 2006 as
England had hosted the European Championships in 1996. Former FA chief Millichip dies

It was after those championships – seen as a fantastic success as England
showed it could stage a major event with panache – that Millichip stood down
from the chairmanship of the FA. He was an honorary member of Uefa from 1996 onwards and was life
vice-president of the FA as well as being a member of the FA council from 1970. He was president of West Brom up until his death, having been Albion chairman
until he took on the top job at the FA in the early 1980s.

Blatter: South American will have to wait
Independent Online – Dec 18, 2002
Discussions about who will follow Africa will take place at Fifa’s strategic planning committee in March and any decisions reached will go forward for ratification at the full Fifa Congress in Qatar next October. Blatter is keen for much of the administrative and legislative aspects of future World Cup locations to be in place in time for the organisations centenary in 2004. On Tuesday, CONMEBOL lost out in the bartering over places at the 2006 World Cup finals. South America will now just have four teams going to Germany, losing half a place over their 2002 quota. Many in the region feel hard done by considering the historical contribution of countries such as former World Cup winners Argentina and Uruguay, as well as five-time and reigning champions Brazil. The president of the Argentine football federation and Fifa vice-president Julio Grondona was furious at the decision. “South America has been punished,” Grondona said after the meeting.

BET founder to head Charlotte’s NBA team
Jackson Clarion Ledger – Dec 18, 2002
He was given a new four-year contract Tuesday as coach of the U. men’s soccer team, a deal that takes him through the 2006 World Cup in Germany. BASKETBALLMC’s Phillips player of week: Mississippi College senior forward Tracy Phillips has been named men’s basketball player of the week in the American Southwest Conference East. He scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots in a 78-62 win over Stillman. MISCELLANEOUSDSU signs 2 swimmers: Cleveland High standouts James Warrington and Tyler Godwin have signed national letters of intent with the Delta State swimming team. Kosciusko needs coach: Kosciusko is looking for a football coach… He scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots in a 78-62 win over Stillman. MISCELLANEOUSDSU signs 2 swimmers: Cleveland High standouts James Warrington and Tyler Godwin have signed national letters of intent with the Delta State swimming team. Kosciusko needs coach: Kosciusko is looking for a football coach. Dave Woodfin resigned this week after three years as head coach and has gone into private business, principal Jonathan Carnes said. He will accept resumes until Jan. For more information, call Carnes at 662-289-2424.

Arena getting 4-year deal
San Diego Union Tribune – Dec 18, 2002
18 against Canada in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Friendlies are in the works against Mexico, Argentina and Jamaica. 2006 World Cup slots
FIFA announced how it will divvy its 32 berths for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The winners: CONCACAF and Oceania. The losers: South America and Europe. TROPHIES
Jovan Kirovski: San Pasqual High alum scores his first goal in the English Premier League with Birmingham City in a 1-0 win over Fulham on Sunday. Major League Soccer: Reaches an agreement with German club Bayer Leverkusen to keep Landon Donovan in San Jose for two more seasons.

Danny Murphy
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The dead-ball expert’s consistency brought him to the verge of the full England squad – following on from Under-21 achievements. He made the full international squad for the first time under Sven Goran Eriksson for England’s World Cup 2002 qualifiers against Germany and Albania. His debut finally came in a 1-1 draw against Sweden in a friendly, and he opened his account six months later in a 4-0 thrashing of Paraguay – at Anfield. Injuries to a number of key players earned Murphy a place in the England squad for the 2002 World Cup – but then a matter of days before the finals began he himself was injured and replaced by Trevor Sinclair. Murphy fought back from injury to reclaim his peripheral role with England – coming on as a substitute against Portugal, September 2002, and Australia, February 2003. He became something of a cult figure at Anfield with his determined and creative displays in the midfield.

Dietmar Hamann
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Hamann won the English FA Cup with Liverpool in May 2006, once again coming on to provide a calming influence and wrestle the trophy from West Ham’s grasp. He scored a penalty in the 3-3 draw that eventually ended in Liverpool’s triumph on penalties. He then announced his international retirement, following his failure to make J?rgen Klinsmann’s German squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Emile Heskey
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
But Heskey was relegated to the bench for England’s next match against Finland, although came on for the final 20 minutes of the game for Steve McManaman. Heskey was a powerful forward option for England and also played on the left-wing under Sven Goran Eriksson. He was restored to his forward role for the World Cup qualifier against Germany in September 2001 and scored the final goal in England’s 5-1 victory in Munich. One of Eriksson’s favourites, he was selected in the squad for the 2002 World Cup and started in the left-wing role against Sweden, but looked far more effective when moved back into the forward line to partner Michael Owen. He netted against Denmark as England reached the quarter-finals, but many England fans did not believe he was the best option for England’s attacking line.

SCHWARZER SETS SIGHTS ON WORLD CUP
4TheGame – Dec 17, 2002
“It’s tinged with a little bit of disappointment in that we never actually qualified through the original qualifying process. “It would have been nice to prove that we could do it that way, but the fact that Oceania have got automatic qualification is fantastic, and it’s well deserved. “Football in Australia has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, and we deserve this prize – and it’s in Germany, which is fantastic for myself. ” Australia have suffered more than their fair share of World Cup heartache in recent years, losing out on away goals to Iran under Terry Venables in November, 1997 to miss out on France ’98. They also fell at the final hurdle four years later when, after seeing off New Zealand in a two-leg showdown, they then saw a 1-0 advantage over Uruguay overturned by a 3-0 defeat in Montevideo in November last year in the South America-Oceania play-off as a trip to Japan and South Korea was snatched from their grasp. Schwarzer, who lost his place at Boro to deputy Mark Crossley as he battled in his country’s cause last time around, was bitterly disappointed at seeing the big prize whisked from under his nose. However, that will simply serve to increase his resolve to make sure that the first direct spot available to the countries of Oceania is taken by Australia.

Urs Linsi named FIFA general secretary
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Dec 17, 2002
Endurance sportsmanIn the mid-1980s, he took up endurance sport, making a name as founder and president of the ‘Powerman Duathlon’ in Switzerland. He took part in the triathlon world championship in Hawaii in 1988, and was regarded as a key figure in promoting this sport, organising major world competitions. Direct place for OceaniaMeanwhile, FIFA said on Tuesday that Oceania will have a direct qualification place for the 2006 World Cup finals. UEFA will lose half a place, which means that 13 nations will qualify from Europe, as well as host nation Germany. CONMEBOL, the South American confederation also lose half a place and will have four teams at the next FIFA World Cup. Five African placesThe African confederation, CAF, continues to have five places, while Asia will have four and a half and CONCACAF, the North and Central American Confederation, three and a half. Play-offBefore past finals, the winners of the Oceania qualification group have had to play-off to reach the tournament proper.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 17 December 2002
ghanaweb.com – Dec 17, 2002
Breakdown of allocation by region for 2006 World Cup in Germany following meeting of FIFA executive committee here Tuesday: Europe: 14 (including hosts Germany) Africa: 5 Concacaf: 3 Oceania: 1 Asia: 4 Conmebol: 4 (South & Central America) Fourth-placed Concacaf country will play fifth-placed Asian country to decide 32nd and final spot Qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany will officially begin on February 28 2004 and finish by November 20 2005 including play-offs, FIFA announced on Monday. The sport’s world governing body’s organizing committee for the 2006 World Cup, meeting in the Spanish capital, also rubberstamped two important dates. December 5 2003 is the date for the qualifying draw in Frankfurt and Leipzig will host the draw for the finals in December 2005. The committee also formally approved the 12 host cities which had originally been named in Frankfurt on April 15 2002.

Robbie Fowler
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The striker had become a goalscoring legend at Liverpool during his first spell. But a move to Leeds went wrong as the West Yorkshire club hit financial troubles and his move to Manchester City also failed to take off. Once hailed as England’s most natural finisher, Fowler burst onto the Liverpool scene in September 1993 when he scored all five goals against Fulham in a League Cup match and swiftly made a name for himself as ‘the best finisher in English football’. Fowler made his international debut in 1996 against Bulgaria. The injury ruled him out of France ’98 with England… ‘However, they didn’t go on to win the league despite Fowler scoring 12 goals in 22 starts as Leeds finished in fifth place that season. He was part of Sven Goran Eriksson’s England plans, and netted against Mexico at Pride Park, and scored a great goal in a World Cup qualifier against Albania at St James’ Park. Fowler rubber-stamped his claims for a place at the 2002 World Cup with a goal against Italy in March of that year on his home ground. But he only made one appearance as a substitute at the finals, against Denmark. A hip injury sustained after the 2002 World Cup ruined his pre-season and, eventually, ruled him out until December. It proved to be the end of his international career. Rumours then began to spread that Manchester City were looking to take advantage of Leeds’ financial predicament and take the player in a cut-price fee.

Alan Smith
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
Smith, who moved to Old Trafford from Leeds following their relegation from the Premiership in 2004, had previously been transformed into a central midfielder from his striking role following Roy Keane’s demise. The player had become a vital member of the United side as they looked to secure second place in the Premiership and an automatic route into the Champions League. Smith joined Leeds’ Centre of Excellence at the age of 10, although his progress was checked somewhat when he went home from the now-defunct National Centre of Excellence at Lilleshall after failing to settle. At that time he was an England Under-16 international… At that time he was an England Under-16 international. The forward was awarded his first professional contract with Leeds in March 1998 – earning a lucrative, extended deal just a year later. He scored with his first touch in senior football as Leeds beat Liverpool in November 1998, going on to to establish himself as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first choice striking partner for the rest of that season. Smith couples a deadly eye for goal with a real aggression and a desire unusual in one so slight of stature. A fearless competitor, he had some high profile run-ins with the likes of Arsenal’s Tony Adams and half the Roma defence. After the appointment of David O’Leary in October 1998, Smith was one of several youngsters to benefit from the Irishman’s belief in his younger charges.

Ulises De la Cruz
go.com – Dec 17, 2002
The Scottish Premier League side had been desperate to hold on to one of their best players, but De la Cruz was eager to pit his wits south of the border. The experienced Ecuador international moved to Hibernian in the summer of 2001 and instantly became a hit with the fans, and he won many plaudits from the pundits. He went to the 2002 World Cup with his country, playing in all three games before the South Americans were knocked out in the group stage. He was arguably Ecuador’s best player at the tournament. Villa boss Graham Taylor was doing television work at the tournament, and he soon took a shine to De la Cruz. On his return to Villa Park he quickly set about signing the player. De la Cruz flew home from Hibernian’s tour of Finland to hold talks with Villa, and a move was soon agreed.

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