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March 23, 2003

Expansion plan for Germany 2006

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The News Review:

* Brazil set to host World Cup
* Hyundai Is Football’s Top Scorer In Europe
* Shearer resists England return
* Expansion plan for Germany 2006
* Solano dreams of World Cup with Peru
* SOCCER: Sven speaks from heart
* Pepsi secure one of the most lucrative sponsorships in sport
* Governor wants NFL title returned to Pottsville
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Australia’s game against Argentina off
* Cool-hand Wenger facing Arsenal crunch
* Hitzfeld fears Kahn departure

Brazil set to host World Cup
BBC News – Mar 18, 2003
Fifa’s decision to award the tournament to South America is part of its plan to rotate the event between continents. Asia hosted the World Cup for the first time in South Korea and Japan last year, when Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the final. The World Cup will return to Europe when Germany hosts the 2006 finals, while the 2010 event will be the first to be held in Africa. Brazil will, however, have to overcome some major stumbling blocks if it is to host the 2014 tournament. Its major stadia need rebuilding, and its infrastructure in terms of hotels, transport and communication links – may not be good enough. Colombia was set to host the 1986 finals but, confronted with the same sort of problems, ended up handing the event to Mexico. Brazil also suffers widespread poverty and deprivation, while drug-related crime is an increasing problem… Colombia was set to host the 1986 finals but, confronted with the same sort of problems, ended up handing the event to Mexico. Brazil also suffers widespread poverty and deprivation, while drug-related crime is an increasing problem. Brazil’s domestic football is also notorious for its corruption. Less than two years ago, the Brazilian Senate produced a damning
1,600 page report on the game. But Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Texeira claims the country would be ready to stage the 2014 finals. He said: “Normally, countries are only awarded the World Cup six years in advance, and this gives us a big advantage. “We have got a lot of time to work with and we can do this bit by bit – Brazil is up to the task.

Hyundai Is Football’s Top Scorer In Europe
carpages – Mar 17, 2003
The announcement was made at a special ceremony at UEFA’s
European headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 3 March by UEFA
Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner and Hyundai Motor Company President
and CEO Dong-Jin Kim. Hyundai Motor Company will also supply a large number of
vehicles to officials and organisers of Euro 2004 to help
with the logistics of the massive operation… The announcement was made at a special ceremony at UEFA’s
European headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 3 March by UEFA
Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner and Hyundai Motor Company President
and CEO Dong-Jin Kim. Hyundai Motor Company will also supply a large number of
vehicles to officials and organisers of Euro 2004 to help
with the logistics of the massive operation.

Shearer resists England return
BBC News – Mar 17, 2003
“After much consideration I feel it is only right and fair to make it absolutely clear that I do not wish to be considered for future selection by the England coach. “My comments following Newcastle United’s midweek match were made in good faith and truly reflected my enormous enjoyment of football this season. “But I honestly believe my remaining football ambitions can be fulfilled at club level with Newcastle United in the Premiership and in the Champions League. “I would like to express my gratitude to the many people who have made kind and complimentary remarks about my recent form and I would like to wish the England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and the England team the best of luck for the European Championships qualification campaign. ”

Shearer has returned to his best form this season after shaking off a series of knee injuries and scored his 24th goal of the season against Charlton on Saturday. And Eriksson has admitted he would have considered picking Shearer if the player made himself available again. “With the way he plays his football, he could maybe have been in the
squad,” said Eriksson on Sunday… And the first thing you
need to hear is a player saying he wants to play. “Congratulations to Shearer for what he’s done and what he’s doing. “But it’s the future now, with Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006. It can’t be
Shearer. ”

He is due to name his squad next weekend for the forthcoming Euro 2004 qualifiers against Liechtenstein
and Turkey.

Expansion plan for Germany 2006
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 20, 2003
What is more various football confederations are beginning to think there is much to like in the idea. Europe, for instance, would gain two more places, 15 teams instead of the present 13, and that would be particularly appealing following the increase in nations after the break-up of the Soviet Union. The way this proposal has emerged shows that the confederations have been working together to force Blatter’s hand. The idea came from South America who had been angered by a previous executive committee decision which cut down their share for 2006. They had five teams in Japan and Korea, with the fifth team, Uruguay, qualifying by beating the winners of the Oceania group, Australia, in a play-off.

Solano dreams of World Cup with Peru
SI.com – Mar 17, 2003
But he bemoans a lack of ambition in the Peruvian game and afailure to nurture existing talent and build a team worthy ofsucceeding Teofilo Cubillas’s brilliant generation of the 1970s. “I can never turn down my national team,” Solano said in aninterview with Reuters at his Newcastle home. “The best thing that can happen to you is to play for yourcountry,” said the wing back, who has 57 caps but has yet toplay in the World Cup finals. “We are not like Argentina, Brazil, we don’t have so manyplayers as to enjoy the luxury of saying we won’t play in thenational team.

SOCCER: Sven speaks from heart
U.TV – Mar 17, 2003
“I always want people to think better of me. But I don`t really care what they say. “At the end of the day, you have to look at your results as a football manager – that`s all that matters. “I know what I can do and what I can`t do. I know what trophies I`ve won and when I`ve won them. It`s 17 or 18 trophies. “We will qualify for Euro 2004 and I hope automatically… And the first thing you need to hear is a player saying he wants to play. “Congratulations to Shearer for what he`s done and what he`s doing. “But it`s the future now, with Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006. It can`t be Shearer. “Eriksson, whose side face Liechtenstein in Vaduz a week on Saturday and Turkey at Sunderland`s Stadium of Light on Sunday, used this afternoon`s Press briefing at the Football Association`s Soho Square headquarters to clear up two other issues. Asked if he would change his tactic of using players for just 45 minutes in friendlies, he said: “No I don`t think so. “You can`t play 45 minutes of league, Champions League and UEFA Cup games – but you can if you play a friendly.

Pepsi secure one of the most lucrative sponsorships in sport
PR Newswire UK – PR Newswire UK (press release) – Mar 17, 2003
“I am pleased for all sorts of reasons that Pepsi is to become an FA sponsor,” said David Beckham, Captain of the England Football Team. “I have worked with them on a personal level for over 5 years and really respect their enthusiasm for football. “Today’s announcement is very important for the future of English football,” commented England manager Sven Goran Eriksson. “Pepsi’s investment in the Football Association will ensure a sound structure for the development of youth talent throughout England. 2003 will see a series of unique football experiences provided by Pepsi. The campaign kicks off with the ‘OK Corral’ advertising execution, set to launch next month. In the advert, Pepsi brings together some of the world’s greatest football stars including David Beckham and Roberto Carlos thanks to their sponsorship of Manchester United and Real Madrid and individual deals with selected players… As Official FA Partner in the development of Youth Football, Pepsi will provide funding dedicated to supporting the emergence of the David Beckhams’ of the future. Allied to this, is shared sponsorship of the nation’s ‘Crown Jewels’ – The FA Cup and the England team – providing Pepsi with the platform to be at the heart of the national game for four years, up to and including World Cup 2006. Pepsi joins this groundbreaking partner scheme alongside Carlsberg, Nationwide, Umbro and McDonalds. As FA Partner in Youth Football, Pepsi will become title sponsors to the FA Youth Cup and FA County Youth Cup. Through this innovative scheme, Pepsi will support the new National Football Centre and the long-term development of football at every level. “Investing back in football is a key part of Pepsi’s strategy.

Governor wants NFL title returned to Pottsville
pittsburghlive.com – Mar 18, 2003
Ed Rendell has a different sort of goal in mind for at least one part of Pennsylvania, and he kicked off a statewide drive Monday to win it. Namely, reclaiming the National Football League 1925 championship title for the Pottsville Maroons. Rendell, who kept his gig as a commentator for the Philadelphia Eagles even after he won the November election, began recruiting city councils to ask the NFL to turn over the title to the long-defunct pro team in time for Pottsville’s bicentennial in 2006. “We want to get the Maroons recertified as champions,” Rendell told state Democratic officials during a party meeting Saturday in this Harrisburg suburb. “It’s crucial to the psyche of all Pottsvillians. ”
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“So, forget about the budget, forget about school finding,” Rendell quipped to laughter from the crowd… The teams will be decided after a training session Friday. HORSE RACING

Medaglia d’Oro was withdrawn from the Dubai World Cup because trainer Bobby Frankel thinks the horse is not ready. The winner of last summer’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga had been planning to run in the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 29. DOG SLEDDING

A dog died in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the first death in this year’s race. Joker, a 7-year-old male, was in the team of Jim Gallea. The dog died Sunday, as Gallea was traveling from White Mountain to Safety.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 17, 2003
Using the US football formula of World Cup matches leading to a splash on the international stage, US cricket officials plan to stage three or four games as part of the West Indies hosting the world?s best in 2007. ?We want to host some of the games to educate the American public on what cricket is all about,? United States Cricket Association president Atul Rai told AFP. ?We hope to improve the profile of the game in the United States. ? But cricket?s showcase event would compete for attention against National Basketball Association and National Hockey League playoffs and the start of the Major League Baseball season in April and May of 2007. ?The problem we face in this country is cricket is not as popular as baseball.

Australia’s game against Argentina off
go.com – Mar 19, 2003
has failed toreceive the necessary sanctioning by the Spanish FootballAssociation,’ SA said in a statement. SA finalised details of the game on Monday and called a newsconference as national coach Frank Farina boasted to reportershow the country were building on the success of their 3-1 winover England in London last month. Australia have not qualified for the World Cup since 1974. ‘The Spanish FA have stated that a conflict in theirexisting media contract with their broadcasting partner is thereason why they are unable to formally sanction the game. asis required under FIFA guidelines,’ SA said… ‘The Socceroos, who have several squad members playing in thepremier league, hope England can become their regular Europeanbase and the match with the two-time world champions wasoriginally mooted for London. ‘Soccer Australia would also like to confirm that while the match will go ahead, we are awaiting one final written document from the Spanish Football Association sanctioning the match to go ahead, communication that has been previously verbally issued to the Argentine Football Association,’ SA said in a statement on Monday. FIFA announced in December last year the Oceania FootballConfederation would be given a direct qualification place forthe 2006 tournament in Germany. Your views on this story?.

Cool-hand Wenger facing Arsenal crunch
SI.com – Mar 17, 2003
Eriksson, preparing for two critical Euro 2004 qualifiersagainst Liechtenstein and Turkey, said he would obviously haveconsidered picking Newcastle United’s Shearer if he wasavailable again — but the story was now closed. There were widespread reports over the weekend that Shearer,who played the last of his 63 matches for England three yearsago was considering a return to the national side — but thein-form striker said on Sunday he was not changing his mind. “With the way he plays his football, he could maybe havebeen in the squad,” said Eriksson. “But I can’t pick a playerwho doesn’t want to play. And the first thing you need to hearis a player saying he wants to play. “But congratulations to Alan for what he did and what he’sdoing, but the future of England can’t be Alan Shearer. If youare talking about Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006, the AlanShearer story is over, there is nothing to add… And the first thing you need to hearis a player saying he wants to play. “But congratulations to Alan for what he did and what he’sdoing, but the future of England can’t be Alan Shearer. If youare talking about Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006, the AlanShearer story is over, there is nothing to add. But he said there were a number of young players able toplay in the England attack along with automatic first choiceMichael Owen of Liverpool. “I think at this moment Emile Heskey is doing better andbetter, he scored yesterday,” said Eriksson, referring to theLiverpool forward’s goal against Tottenham Hotspur. “For the future there are a lot of players.

Hitzfeld fears Kahn departure
go.com – Mar 22, 2003
‘Kahn and his wife Simone, who has given birth to a boy sincethe news of her husband’s affair broke, have now separated. The 33-year-old Bayern skipper has a contract with the clubuntil 2006. Kahn is also captain of the national team and hassaid he planned to carry on playing international football untilafter the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Your views on this story?.

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