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February 18, 2003

Race against Time

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The News Review:

* Serbia and Montenegro Football Team
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Challenge Cup heads to Cardiff
* Race against Time
* Reggae Boyz help our World Cup bid
* To boost 2010 bid
* Other Sports of Thursday, 13 February 2003
* Not quite the Ashes… yet
* Infront emerges from Kirch’s ashes
* Soccer News of Friday, 14 February 2003
* Viduka: Base Socceroos in Europe
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News

Serbia and Montenegro Football Team – Feb 12, 2003
A total of 22 points the team managed to tot up giving them a 2 clear point lead over Spain. The former team known as Yugoslavia had not had much luck in the world cups, 2002 saw the team not qualify, 1994 the team were banned from playing due to Yugoslavian wars, the best the team have done since they first formed was in 1998 when they reached round two of the finals. There are many new teams in the World cup 2006, take advantage to get to know the players faces, above you will see a picture of the Serbia and Montenegro national football team and their Squad badge.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 12, 2003
The match will be the first for Carlos Alberto Parreira since he returned for a third stint as Brazilian national team coach in tandem with Mario Zagallo as his assistant after the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari. Zagallo, who coached Brazil?s 1994 world cup winning team, said the match was the first step on the road to the 2006 finals in Germany. ?Brazil?s goal is the 2006 World Cup and therefore we will play many different opponents so we can practise different strategies. ?The match against China is just the beginning,? said Zagallo, refuting claims Brazil only agreed to the game because of a reported 1. 25 million US dollar appearance fee. Zagallo said China?s new national soccer coach, Dutchman Arie Haan would help take Chinese soccer to the next level. ?I think it?s very important for China to bring a coach from another country where football is more advanced than here and who has great experience to help develop football in China,? he said.

Challenge Cup heads to Cardiff
BBC News – Feb 14, 2003
Wales and New Zealand will meet again in Cardiff this November as part of the Kiwis’ winter tour. Since the closure of Wembley, the 72,500-seater Cardiff venue has been used by the Football Association and Football League for their major finals and hosted the British leg of the World Speedway Championship. Rugby Football League executive chairman designate Richard Lewis said: “We’re absolutely delighted to take this historic, nationally-recognised fixture to the wonderful Millennium Stadium… “We are confident that rugby league fans will take Cardiff as much to their hearts as they have done Edinburgh, while Wales will discover that hosting the Challenge Cup final is an amazing experience. ”

The League have been keen to take their big final to south Wales, which has long been viewed as fertile territory for expansion, but were thwarted last year by a clash with the FA Cup final. The new national stadium at Wembley is unlikely to be ready before 2006 and, if next year’s event is successful, Cardiff could host a second or even third Challenge Cup final before the match eventually returns to the English capital. Lyn Davies, spokesman for the Welsh Rugby Union, which owns the Millennium Stadium, said: “This is only the beginning of what we hope to be a long-lasting relationship. “The two codes of rugby, as well as their supporters, have such a great affinity that we are convinced that the whole of rugby league will come to view the venue as a home from home. “The natural warmth generated by both hosts and visitors should ensure that the Challenge Cup final atmosphere will be unique. ”

If Great Britain are successful in their bid to host the World Cup in 2004, the stadium would also be a likely venue for matches and a favourite to stage the final.

Race against Time
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Feb 15, 2003
They presented state of the art stadia, telecommunication facilities, good transport system, high level security network among others. At the end of their inspection across the competing nations, and save for last minute political manouevres where Dimpson had to yield to European pressure voting against South Africa, the people of the former Apartheid enclave would have won the 2006 hosting rights ahead of more sophisticated countries like England, Germany. The South Africans presented such a remarkable and encouraging bid following a clear and focused effort put together by respected FA preident Danny Jordan and Ngaconge Balffour, South Africa’s Sports Minister. Then, Jordan told FIFA officials that they were encouraged to bid because of the high tech facilities they had on ground… As a standard FIFA pays utmost attention to marketing, safety and security of the 32 participating teams. They hardly compromise on this. Will there be any magic where Nigerians would be provided with the wherewithal to meet up the demand?
FIFA would be announcing the host of the 2010 event next year. Ostensibly, by that period, officials of the world football governing body would have visited all the countries bidding to host the event. During the period too, these countries are expected to meet at least 50 per cent of the total requirements. If that is the the case, can we meet the deadline?.

Reggae Boyz help our World Cup bid
Independent Online – Feb 13, 2003
Both teams will also use the match to prepare for the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup. Jamaica failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup. Burrell said it was difficult for the island nation to reach the World Cup finals because it did not have a professional league from which to draw players. Jamaica, however, have a number of players playing for foreign clubs. Some of them are Micah Hyde (Watford), Ricardo Garner and Jermaine Johnson (Bolton Wanders), Damien Francis (Wimbledon), Kevin Lisbie (Charlton), Onandi Lowe (Third Division Rushden & Diamonds), Deon Burton (Portsmouth), Trevor Benjamin (Leicester City), Darryl Powell (Derby County), Barry Hayles (Fulham), Theodore Whitmore and Ian Goodison (Hull City).

To boost 2010 bid
Hindu – Feb 12, 2003
Irvin Khoza, chairman of South Africa’s 2010 bid committee, said he was confident the cricketing spectacle would prove both the organisational capacity of the country and that it was a safe place to host the soccer World Cup. “One of the biggest problems we had when bidding for the 2006 World Cup was the perception that South Africa was unsafe for visitors and the crime rate was out of control,” Khoza told Reuters. “I’m confident this cricket event is going to show that the country is perfectly safe for visitors. The high rate of tourism is already showing this to be the case,” he said. South Africa narrowly lost out on hosting the 2006 World Cup finals to Germany but is now favourite in an all-African bid for 2010. “The cricket World Cup also shows the great capacity we have, both in terms of infrastructure and in terms of our organisational capacity,” Khoza said… “I’m confident this cricket event is going to show that the country is perfectly safe for visitors. The high rate of tourism is already showing this to be the case,” he said. South Africa narrowly lost out on hosting the 2006 World Cup finals to Germany but is now favourite in an all-African bid for 2010. “The cricket World Cup also shows the great capacity we have, both in terms of infrastructure and in terms of our organisational capacity,” Khoza said. “It has also shown that fears over ticket sales are unfounded. You can’t get into a cricket match over the next two months. They are all sold out and that is something that FIFA is going to take notice of.

Other Sports of Thursday, 13 February 2003 – Feb 13, 2003
He said that had created the situation where funds could not be made available for regular training and preparation of the teams, culminating in poor performance. Mr Osei-Kwaku announced that Cabinet had given approval to the Ministry to bid to host the African Cup of Nations in 2008 and that Nigeria had also indicated its desire to invite Ghana and three other West African countries to join her to bid to host the World Cup in 2010. He said those activities would psyche up the players and prepare them adequately to qualify for the World Cup in 2006. Mr Osei-Kwaku said a screening process was in progress to find a coach that would “groom, nurse and nurture a dream team for the country. “Apart from organising international training matches for them, the team will be used for the CAN 2004 in Tunisia, participate in the next Olympic Games in Athens in the same year and will also be used for the qualifier for the World Cup in Germany in the year 2006. He said “the technical Directorate of the GFA will be provided the necessary equipment and the encouragement to monitor the performance of Ghanaian players both at home and abroad.

Not quite the Ashes… yet – Feb 12, 2003
As an Australian that has lived in England for over 10 years, and been entirely convinced during that time of soccer’s status as the beautiful game, it is extraordinary to me that two of the oldest foes in international sport — witness the 381 cricket matches between them since 1877 — have only played five football matches, and never on England’s (presumably green and pleasant) turf. Nonetheless, as kickoff approaches for the first ever England home game against the Socceroos, I suspect I’m in the minority. With the controversial Cricket World Cup dominating the back pages of England’s newspapers, and the television viewing of most Australian sports fans, for many this historic game is at best a distraction, a meaningless friendly (some would argue there is no other kind). At worst, its a drain on the stamina of the Premiership’s best players, just as the business end of the season and Champions League gets underway. Certainly, that’s the opinion of top English club managers like Arsene Wenger, whose comment that his Arsenal players will be made available for this “important friendly” was about as sarcastic as a Frenchman from the village of Sarcasm could be in a sarcasm contest. The England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson, has done little to dispel this notion by deciding to name a squad packed with international debutants that will play, literally, a game of two halves — an entirely different 11 lining up either side of halftime. The callups for Southampton’s James Beattie and in particularly 17-year-old Evertonian Wayne Rooney — about to become the youngest ever England player — have certainly helped to raise the profile of the fixture, but for most there’s a distinct lack of the electric anticipation sporting fixtures between Mother Country and Colonials usually have… I’d been through this sort of thing as a quasi-England supporter with English family and friends watching England’s luckless penalty shootouts against Germany and Argentina, but in hindsight that was a paper cut compared to the punch-in-the-face misery of missing France ’98. Now of course, Australia’s chances of playing at the next World Cup are better than England’s. How can this be? Well, FIFA has guaranteed a place at Germany 2006 to Oceania, the regional confederation that also includes New Zealand, Tonga and American Samoa, who Australia thumped 32-0 in qualifying last time round — a World Cup scoring record. No longer will Australia have to clobber its South Pacific island neighbors to face the final hurdle of a proper team — Uruguay and Argentina in recent history — to make the cut. England meanwhile must face the likes of Italy and France. With that comes the future prospect of games that really matter between the two. It will happen, and soon.

Infront emerges from Kirch’s ashes – Feb 17, 2003
, Martin Steinmeyer and the Infront management team. Properties now managed by the new Infront include the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the German football Bundesliga, IIHF World Championship in ice hockey; European Handball Championship and the German Football Association (DFB), as well as many European national football associations and clubs. Said Infront CEO Oscar Frei: “We have managed to achieve a highly successful outcome and promising new start from an extremely difficult situation and we could not have done this without the steadfast support of our clients, some of whom have been working with us for more than 20 years. ” In one of the first pieces of business concluded under the new name, French national broadcaster TF1 has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights in France for the next FIFA Confederations Cup, which takes place in France from June 18-29. TF1 and EuroSport France will cover the 16 matches live, from three venues – Paris (Saint-Denis), Lyon and St-Etienne. The agreement was signed between TF1 and Infront Sports & Media’s subsidiary company, Infront WM AG, the rights holding entity for these important FIFA broadcast rights.

Soccer News of Friday, 14 February 2003 – Feb 14, 2003
The powerful Council after studying the recommendation of the 11-man interview panel chaired by Fred Pappoe did not find any of the three coaches suitable. The Council has, therefore, mandated the GFA Management Board to look for a new coach within one month while Afranie remains the Stars caretaker coach. The GFA General Secretary Mr Kofi Nsiah told the Graphic Sports that the sport’s governing body would work hard to ensure that a new coach is appointed by the middle of next month. ?Time is not on our side, that’s why we asked for one month to look for a top notch coach who is technically sound, commands respect among our players and whose demand falls within our range,” he said… “The interview was very detailed; we covered enough grounds with searching questions. We had also made enough background research on the coaches to guide us in our choice. ” In spite of the pitfalls of previous transactions, the FA is stuck with the established treaty of a renewable two-year contact, with the 2006 World Cup as the country’s ultimate target. A proposal by L-Sporto to cushion 40 per cent of the coach’s salary raised many eyebrows about the independence and loyalty of the national coach. And it dominated the marathon interview. The old adage that the one who pays the piper often calls the tune was raised in this respect. The reasoning was that L-Sporto, by that arrangement, could be vested with so much influence over the coach in similar manner that Nike reportedly wielded in the Brazil national team.

Viduka: Base Socceroos in Europe – Feb 14, 2003
‘We made people stand up and take notice of us Australians,’ he added. ‘Most of us make our livings in England but I don’t think too many English people have been able to see us together as a group with the national team and now they save we could beat their beloved England. ‘Now Oceania has been granted a place in the World Cup, Viduka believes Australia need to face more top-class opposition in the build-up to the 2006 World Cup. ‘We want to play as many quality friendly matches as we can,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, we can organise that now that we’ve shown we can beat teams like England. ‘Your views on this story?.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – – Feb 12, 2003

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