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March 11, 2003

Looming war threatens FIFA youth champs in UAE

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Soccer News of Wednesday, 5 March 2003
* Football in brief
* Looming war threatens FIFA youth champs in UAE
* UEFA Cup Final: Double miss costs Arsenal glory
* 2014 World Cup in South America
* Iraq football coach dreams of peace
* Tom Bower Simon & Schuster, 342pp, £17.99
* Soccer News of Saturday, 8 March 2003
* Ask Albert – Number 94
* Middle East Online
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Hewitt to face Corretja
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Felgate: No more excuses

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 9, 2003
Currently, national federations hold the right to demand players from clubs, although the latter have been known to get around releasing players by numerous means, including feigning injury. For this reason, FIFA have included two dates – with a four or five-day gap in between – in the proposed calendar, which is intended to satisfy both national team coaches and club coaches. The football confederations of Africa and South America have signalled their intention to try and reduce travelling across continents for many of their Europe-based stars as much as possible. CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, has already agreed not to demand clubs to free players for international friendly matches being played outside Europe during the period 2003-2005. In their qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the South Americans will put forward a calendar with seven ?double? dates from the 18 required, a measure which should reduce travelling. The Copa America (the south American equivalent of the European championships) will now only be held every four years starting from 2004. The African confederation (CAF) has already made efforts to eliminate unnecessary fixtures… The football confederations of Africa and South America have signalled their intention to try and reduce travelling across continents for many of their Europe-based stars as much as possible. CONMEBOL, the South American confederation, has already agreed not to demand clubs to free players for international friendly matches being played outside Europe during the period 2003-2005. In their qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the South Americans will put forward a calendar with seven ?double? dates from the 18 required, a measure which should reduce travelling. The Copa America (the south American equivalent of the European championships) will now only be held every four years starting from 2004. The African confederation (CAF) has already made efforts to eliminate unnecessary fixtures. The qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup will also serve as qualifiers for the African Nations Cup, saving 10 international match days. ?This is in the best interests of everyone in football – clubs, leagues, federation and players.

Soccer News of Wednesday, 5 March 2003
ghanaweb.com – Mar 5, 2003
Speaking at a Press conference to introduce the new Black Stars coach, Koufie said the road to success would not be an easy one and there is the need to provide the required atmosphere for the coach to work. Koufie said even though there is a clause in the contract which allows the coach or the GFA to back out if any party is not satisfied, there would not be any back out since the they are ready to give the coach the free hand to build a winsome team for the nation. “We are going to provide the needed atmosphere for the coach to enable him give us the results we require, that is to qualify the nation to the 2004 Nations Cup and the 2006 World Cup”, the GFA chairman stated. He said there is no reason why the nation would not stick to the new coach since the ultimate aim of the nation is to make representation at the 2006 World Cup to be staged in Germany… Speaking at a Press conference to introduce the new Black Stars coach, Koufie said the road to success would not be an easy one and there is the need to provide the required atmosphere for the coach to work. Koufie said even though there is a clause in the contract which allows the coach or the GFA to back out if any party is not satisfied, there would not be any back out since the they are ready to give the coach the free hand to build a winsome team for the nation. “We are going to provide the needed atmosphere for the coach to enable him give us the results we require, that is to qualify the nation to the 2004 Nations Cup and the 2006 World Cup”, the GFA chairman stated. He said there is no reason why the nation would not stick to the new coach since the ultimate aim of the nation is to make representation at the 2006 World Cup to be staged in Germany. Koufie said the 2004 Nations Cup would be used as platform for the future adding that in the event of a failure “that would not be the end of the road for the nation”. In response Ziese said there is the need for a good relationship between the GFA, the press, officials and coaches of all premier league clubs for the nation to succeed in her quest to take part in the 2004 and 2006 World Cup. Coach Ziese said his task is to place the nation at respectable position in the FIFA ranking and put Ghana among the best five in Africa.

Football in brief
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 5, 2003
Their president Sepp Blatter said: “The majority of the executive committee take the view that to go from 32 to 36 teams is a good idea. Under the new format, to be approved at an executive committee meeting on June 28, Europe would gain two more places. The others would go to CONMEBOL and the winners of a play-off between Asia and North America… But Burns said: “Berti Vogts is a guy with a good reputation, great experience and we asked him to take over the shambles that was Scotland when he came in. There was no structure, no plan for the future. “Vogts also received the backing of Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor. He said: “Results and performances matter, but the contract is for four years, not two. “Fulham go in search of an historic treble tomorrow when they meet Charlton Athletic in the FA Women’s Cup Final at Selhurst Park. They are already National Division Champions and have won the Premier League Cup. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has admitted that Tony Adams’s retirement may have cost Arsenal the title.

Looming war threatens FIFA youth champs in UAE
SI.com – Mar 5, 2003
The final is April 16. FIFA’s executive is also scheduled to discuss the Confederations Cup in France, the Under-17 World Championship in Finland and the Women’s World Cup in China. The body will also hear a status report on preparations for the 2006 World Cup in Germany as well as an update on the bids to host the 2010 World Cup. After receiving a list of requirements from FIFA at the end of February, the six national associations — South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia — who have declared an interest in staging the 2010 event will have until May 31 to confirm their bids. Another competition up for discussion will be the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship. A market study will likely be required to decide whether television rights would be better sold by a FIFA body or through individual financial partners.

UEFA Cup Final: Double miss costs Arsenal glory
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 9, 2003
Again Galatasaray’s keeper stood between Arsenal and victory, reacting superbly to twice repel shots from the rampaging Kanu and set up penalties. And so ended a day that all, outside Istanbul, will want to forget. At the end of the longest day, a sorry tale of stabbings and sirens, a football match broke out, albeit one unable to dispel the gathering of the darkest of clouds across Euro 2000 and England’s bid for the 2006 World Cup. This should have been an occasion for celebrating the achievements of two good footballing sides, for lauding the magical moments of Hagi and Dennis Bergkamp, but the mind kept being dragged back to the probability of worse trouble this summer when English and Turkish fans will surely meet on their travels through the Low Countries. As for 2006, England’s attempt to take the moral high ground on security matters looks based even more on shifting sands. Whatever the innocence of the Arsenal fans here, the globally transmitted television pictures of street brawling will have had FIFA’s decision-makers shaking their heads in disgust. And in keeping with the day’s theme of antagonism, this UEFA Cup final produced the prickliest of first halves… Shortly after the break, Galatasaray really should have taken the lead but Sukur’s shot cannoned off Seaman’s left-hand upright. The huge banner born from the shores of the Bosphorus and hung from the rafters of a Scandinavian stadium was beginning to ring true: “We have come to shake the cradle of football”. But the representatives of the nation who gave football to the world showed their character. Moments after Sukur’s chance, Arsenal went raiding. Silvinho, a lively, quicksilver presence down the left, released Thierry Henry, whose cross raced across Taffarel’s box. Arriving unmarked was Keown but the centre-half scooped the ball over. Arsenal were seeking to play on the counter-attack, using the speed of Henry and Overmars to catch the Turks unawares.

2014 World Cup in South America
go.com – Mar 7, 2003
world –>Updated: March 7, 20032014 World Cup in South AmericaThe 2014 World Cup will be played in South America, world football’s governing body FIFA today announced. The decision was made by FIFA’s executive committee at a meeting in Zurich aspart of their agreed policy to rotate the finals around the continents – the2010 tournament is to be staged in Africa. Meanwhile FIFA are considering a proposal to increase the number of teamscompeting in the finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany from 32 to 36countries. FIFA president Sepp Blatter told a news conference: ‘We decided that afterEurope hosts the next World Cup and Africa in 2010 there is a continent whichhas not organised a World Cup since 1978 – although having won it nine times intotal – and that’s South America. The 2014 World Cup will go to SouthAmerica. ‘Argentina hosted the 1978 finals and Colombia were due to stage the 1986 WorldCup but had to pull out due to financial problems and Mexico stepped in. Blatter insisted the economic problems which have affected much of LatinAmerica in the last decade, notably Argentina, need not prove a hindrance.

Iraq football coach dreams of peace
BBC News – Mar 10, 2003
Bernd Stange is the coach for the Iraqi national football squad – answerable to Saddam Hussein’s son Uday – and is desperate to win them a place in the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Now forced back to Germany by the threat of war, with his footballers mobilised in the Iraqi army, he has told French newspaper Liberation he fears that international politics will crush his dream of bringing an Iraqi squad to Germany. “Iraq is a great footballing nation,” says the former East German coach. “It’s ranked 50th in the world, and only needs to climb a few places in the Asian qualifiers to get through. It would drive me mad if politics thwarted my plans… ”

The self-confessed former Stasi informant, who passed details of his footballing colleagues to the East German secret police, has found himself the subject of criticism for his latest ties. Tabloid papers denounced him as “Saddam’s lackey”, whose studs were splashed with blood. But football, he insists, is simply football, wherever in the world it is played. “I have worked for communist regimes, capitalists, for a sultanate, and now for a dictator. But my work is always the same. It’s only ever about one thing – getting the ball in the net.

Tom Bower Simon & Schuster, 342pp, £17.99
New Statesman – Mar 10, 2003
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Tom Bower admits he knew very little about the world of football before he started researching this book. The press release describes him as the first non-sports writer to take on the football giants. This has meant that he has had the advantage that, unlike pundits in the newspapers and on radio and television, he doesn’t need favours in future from those running the sport. So he has been able to dig deep and tell it as it is. The book covers the period from the George Graham “bung” scandal, which led to his eventual dismissal by Arsenal in 1995, up to the forced resignation last year of the Football Association’s chief executive Adam Crozier… He threatened that the soccer authorities would abandon co-operation even with the weakened body. I was still battling within government for our promises to the fans to be carried out when the 2001 election came and the new team at the culture department gave in. But they did not win the race to host the 2006 World Cup. Bower accurately shows how the bid to hold the tournament in England influenced early decisions on the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium. Corners were cut and scrutiny of the ?120m of Lottery money that Sport England allocated to Wembley Stadium was non-existent. This book should be read by all who love the game. It proves, definitively, that an independent regulator is needed more than ever.

Soccer News of Saturday, 8 March 2003
ghanaweb.com – Mar 8, 2003
Mr Kofi Nsiah, General-Secretary of the GFA, who was speaking to the GNA Sports in Kumasi on Wednesday, said provision has therefore been made by the GFA to meet all demands by the coach. “If Bukhard fails, the GFA has also failed and we are not prepared to repeat the experiences that we had with Milan Zivadinovic. That is why we are liaising with all stake holders to ensure the way forward for Ghana football. He said as part of the provision, the GFA was working out with teams whose players had been called to the Black Stars to release them on time for camping… Mr Kofi Nsiah, General-Secretary of the GFA, who was speaking to the GNA Sports in Kumasi on Wednesday, said provision has therefore been made by the GFA to meet all demands by the coach. “If Bukhard fails, the GFA has also failed and we are not prepared to repeat the experiences that we had with Milan Zivadinovic. That is why we are liaising with all stake holders to ensure the way forward for Ghana football. He said as part of the provision, the GFA was working out with teams whose players had been called to the Black Stars to release them on time for camping.

Ask Albert – Number 94
BBC News – Mar 5, 2003
David says: “In the list of England captains, we only keep the name of those who start the match as skipper. Otherwise, it would get out of hand to include all the players who have taken over the armband during a game. There were three in the match we played in Morocco just before the 1998 World Cup. ”

Howard Bearmore, England
Who holds the record for scoring most goals for England in one game?

Three players share that distinction, each with five goals in a full international for England. They were Steve Bloomer in a 9-1 win over Wales in Cardiff (March 16 1896) Willie Hall scored five goals in the 7-0 win over Ireland at Old Trafford (November 16 1938) and Malcolm Macdonald with all five when England beat Cyprus 5-0 at Wembley (April 16,1975). Dave, Barnet, England
What is the latest date for the ‘new Wembley’ to stage its first FA Cup final, as several different ones have been mentioned since the old stadium closed?

The FA are confident that the new stadium will be ready in the spring of 2006, and that is the date earmarked for the Cup Final to return to Wembley. Norman, Huddersfield
What is Ron Harris, Chelsea’s FA cup-winning captain against my team, Leeds, in 1970 up to these days?

After he retired from football, Ron bought a run-down golf club in Wiltshire, rebuilt it and sold it – hard work and smart business… They were Steve Bloomer in a 9-1 win over Wales in Cardiff (March 16 1896) Willie Hall scored five goals in the 7-0 win over Ireland at Old Trafford (November 16 1938) and Malcolm Macdonald with all five when England beat Cyprus 5-0 at Wembley (April 16,1975). Dave, Barnet, England
What is the latest date for the ‘new Wembley’ to stage its first FA Cup final, as several different ones have been mentioned since the old stadium closed?

The FA are confident that the new stadium will be ready in the spring of 2006, and that is the date earmarked for the Cup Final to return to Wembley. Norman, Huddersfield
What is Ron Harris, Chelsea’s FA cup-winning captain against my team, Leeds, in 1970 up to these days?

After he retired from football, Ron bought a run-down golf club in Wiltshire, rebuilt it and sold it – hard work and smart business. Now 58,’Chopper’ is on the dinner circuit doing chat shows with Peter Osgood. He has just quit as honorary coach of Jersey’s national team in the Channel Islands after criticism “from within. ”

Terence, Singapore
Earlier this season Liverpool had their second-worst league run, they went 11 games without a win. How long was the first?

What happened in the Premiership from November to January was Liverpool’s worst league spell for 49 years – since season 1953-54, when they went 14 games without a win and were subsequently relegated.

Middle East Online
Middle East Online – Mar 5, 2003
Topping the list of events threatened with postponement in the likelihood of a fresh US-led assault on Iraq is the 2003 FIFA world junior football championship finals, scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates between March 25 and April 16. FIFA is to decide shortly whether or not to postpone the 24-team competition, which is held every two years. Kuwait’s football federation has already cancelled two friendly matches against Egypt and India “because of the tension prevailing in the region. Nearly 140,000 US and British soldiers are currently stationed in Kuwait, Iraq’s southern neighbour, which is likely to be the main springboard for an invasion, as the two allies build up their forces in the region to around 250,000. The football federation in Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has also kicked into touch an April 1 testimonial for striker Khamis Eid against a Brazilian side due to have included Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos. In Jordan, a country which has said it will not be used as a launchpad for US forces against its Iraqi neighbour, a soccer friendly against Bulgaria was cancelled “because of the current situation in the Middle East. In the golf world, organisers of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic and Qatar Masters have been rocked by the pullout of tens of high-profile players, not least world number one Tiger Woods and British star Colin Montgomerie, who has his own course in Dubai… Paradoxically, sports, notably football, are continuing as normal in Iraq, where the stadia are packed out at Friday league matches. But German Bernd Stange last month lost his job as Iraqi national football coach after just three months when he left the sanctions-hit country because of the fears of looming war. “My job as Iraqi national coach is at an end,” said Stange, a former coach of East Germany who signed a four year contract last November aimed at leading Iraq to the 2006 World Cup. “Anyway, my players will be called up to the army in the next few days,” Stange added. “I am bitterly disappointed that politics can find no other way than lobbing bombs on my footballers. The president of Kuwait’s Olympic Committee Sheikh Talal al-Fahd al-Sabah has struck a defiant note, however, vowing that “sports will continue, even if there were a military strike on Iraq. “Only martial law will tone down these activities,” he pledged.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Hewitt to face Corretja
BBC News – Mar 7, 2003
Hewitt, playing his first tournament since helping Australia to a Davis Cup win over Great Britain four weeks ago, edged a closely-fought first set 7-5. But the veteran South African veteran had no answer to the world number one in the second set and Hewitt won it easily 6-1. The world number one will play sixth seed Alex Corretja in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard defeated Arnaud di Pasquale 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1. Hewitt and Corretja have played five times, with the Spaniard surprisingly leading the series 3-2… Hewitt, playing his first tournament since helping Australia to a Davis Cup win over Great Britain four weeks ago, edged a closely-fought first set 7-5. But the veteran South African veteran had no answer to the world number one in the second set and Hewitt won it easily 6-1. The world number one will play sixth seed Alex Corretja in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard defeated Arnaud di Pasquale 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-1. Hewitt and Corretja have played five times, with the Spaniard surprisingly leading the series 3-2. But all three of those wins came on the former French Open finalist’s favourite surface of clay.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Felgate: No more excuses
BBC News – Mar 5, 2003
“We’ve got players capable of breaking through like Martin Lee, Alex Bogdanovic, Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, but I want more. “More players in the top 300, more in the top 200, more in the top 100. “I’m not saying they are all going to win Wimbledon, I’m not saying they are all going to play Davis Cup, I just want those guys that do to have good competition.

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