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January 22, 2003

Sponsorship boost for Wales

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 12:04 pm

The News Review:

* Bright future for young Pharaohs
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Nigeria ready to formalize World Cup bid
* Sponsorship boost for Wales
* Beckenbauer against Bundesliga plan
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – No change to WC format
* Scoop: 10 Downing St Briefings – Comments On War

Bright future for young Pharaohs
BBC News – Jan 20, 2003
Two years ago in Ethiopia, a different side of youth players won bronze and repeated the same medal performance at the World Cup in Argentina. The generations of Under-20’s could now combine to Egyptian hopes for the World Cup and Nations Cup in 2006.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 16, 2003
Coelho will lead the team for at least 18 months until August 31 next year, the association said, though the contract could be extended until the 2006 World Cup in Germany Coelho is expected in Seoul next month for a four-day visit for talks with KFA officials. Speaking Tuesday in Lisbon, Coelho said he had agreed to take over as South Korean coach from Hiddink. Coelho led Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2000 before being defeated by eventual winners France. He has also coached Morocco and played for Portuguese giants Benfica and French glamour club Paris St Germain… Coelho will lead the team for at least 18 months until August 31 next year, the association said, though the contract could be extended until the 2006 World Cup in Germany Coelho is expected in Seoul next month for a four-day visit for talks with KFA officials. Speaking Tuesday in Lisbon, Coelho said he had agreed to take over as South Korean coach from Hiddink. Coelho led Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2000 before being defeated by eventual winners France. He has also coached Morocco and played for Portuguese giants Benfica and French glamour club Paris St Germain.

Nigeria ready to formalize World Cup bid
SI.com – Jan 16, 2003
On the pitch Nigeria is one of Africa’s soccer giants but itfaces stiff competition from other parts of the continent. Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and South Africa have allsubmitted bids. South Africa, which boasts by far the best infrastructure onthe continent, narrowly lost out on hosting the 2006 World Cupto Germany. Nigeria have scored a high profile “own goal” last year whenit attempted to host the Miss World pageant in a bid to showthat it could put on a global entertainment event and to boostits credentials as a tourist destination. The competition lurched from fiasco to tragedy with riots inthe conservative Muslim north of the country that killed over200 people, forcing the organisers to move the event to London. African World Cup player appears in courtJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) — South African internationalJabu Pule, who played for his country at last year’s World Cupfinals, appeared in a Soweto court on Wednesday charged with thealleged abduction of a 16-year-old girl.

Sponsorship boost for Wales
BBC News – Jan 17, 2003
The building society has backed the Wales team since 1999 and the new deal will see its support continue until after the World Cup in 2006. The FAW will receive ?100,000 a year for four years. The news comes just a week after manager Mark Hughes signed a two-year extension to his Wales contract. The side’s next fixture will be a friendly with Bosnia on 12 February… The building society has backed the Wales team since 1999 and the new deal will see its support continue until after the World Cup in 2006. The FAW will receive ?100,000 a year for four years. The news comes just a week after manager Mark Hughes signed a two-year extension to his Wales contract. The side’s next fixture will be a friendly with Bosnia on 12 February.

Beckenbauer against Bundesliga plan
go.com – Jan 18, 2003
‘They have 20 teams in the top league, several cupcompetitions and it’s almost like they play 24 hours a day -even on Christmas and New Year’s Day. ‘Beckenbauer added that England’s protracted domestic seasonwas a significant factor in their disappointing performance atlast year’s World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan, wherethey lost to Brazil in the quarter-finals. ‘When it comes time to go the World Cup, they’re all tired. We all just saw that in Japan and Korea,’ he said. West Germany won the World Cup three times and Germanyunexpectedly reached the finals of last year’s tournament beforelosing 2-0 to Brazil. Beckenbauer, who captained the Germans to their 1974 WorldCup triumph and was the coach of the 1990 World Cup-winningteam, is now the head of Germany’s organising committee for the2006 World Cup. He is also an influential figure at Bayern Munich – who areoften leading contenders in the Champions League and won thecompetition in 2001… We all just saw that in Japan and Korea,’ he said. West Germany won the World Cup three times and Germanyunexpectedly reached the finals of last year’s tournament beforelosing 2-0 to Brazil. Beckenbauer, who captained the Germans to their 1974 WorldCup triumph and was the coach of the 1990 World Cup-winningteam, is now the head of Germany’s organising committee for the2006 World Cup. He is also an influential figure at Bayern Munich – who areoften leading contenders in the Champions League and won thecompetition in 2001. The head of the German footballassociation (DFB) tried to defend assistant referees on Saturdayafter a spate of recent controversial offside decisions – butended up unintentionally insulting them instead. DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said assistantreferees actually needed to have a ‘visual defect’ in order tobe able to see both the moving ball and running players at thesame time. ‘I wouldn’t want to be an assistant referee,’ DFB presidentMayer-Vorfelder said at a referees meeting in Frankfurt.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – No change to WC format
go.com – Jan 17, 2003
17, 2003FIFA: No U-turn on WC format
ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Reuters) – FIFA has insisted it has no plans to change the qualifying system for the 2006 World Cup despite reports that holders Brazil want the format changed. The Daily Mail reported on Friday that Ricardo Teixeira,president of the Brazilian football federation, will present anidea for a 40-team format – rather than the current 32 teams -for the finals at FIFA’s meeting in Qatar in October. Champions Brazil will not automatically qualify for theWorld Cup finals in Germany under the format set by FIFA’sexecutive committee in December, but the governing body insistedthey have no plans to make changes. ‘We do not plan any changes,’ a FIFA spokesman told Reuters. ‘We have not received any documentation from Brazil (asking forchanges).

Scoop: 10 Downing St Briefings – Comments On War
Scoop.co.nz – Scoop.co.nz (press release) – Jan 16, 2003
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