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April 16, 2003

Blatter steps up attack on FA ‘delays’

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The News Review:

* Athlone stadium to launch World Cup bid
* Blatter slams G-14 clubs
* Nigeria opt for foreign coach
* Blatter steps up attack on FA ‘delays’
* SI.com – Soccer – German coach Stange hopes to rebuild Iraq team -…
* No more quarterback shuffle for Bengals – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
* SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kirch collapse to slash revenues -…
* Doesn’t Walker deserve a shot with the United States men?
* FA to tender new TV rights deals

Athlone stadium to launch World Cup bid
Independent Online – Apr 15, 2003
The South African 2010 soccer bid company has an R80-million budget to get the country behind the bid and woo Fifa’s 24-member executive committee members. Balfour said he was “never more confident than now” that South Africa would pull it off, after the disappointment of losing out to Germany by one vote to host the 2006 competition. ‘This is what Cape Town has been waiting for for many years’The former Oceania Football Confederation president Charles Dempsey had refused to cast a ballot when the Fifa executive decided to award the 2006 World Cup finals to Germany. Balfour said of Dempsey: “Thank God he is now gone. ”

Twelve government departments, parastatals, MECs, mayors and other senior politicians as well as the private sector will take the message about the “enormous benefits” of hosting the World Cup all over South Africa. In the first week of next month, the bid company will meet the main South African towns likely to host World Cup games. Balfour also asked for “patience, understanding and tolerance” when citizens may be inconvenienced because of inspection visits to venues throughout the country.

Blatter slams G-14 clubs
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 12, 2003
It is our duty and responsibility to go to the clubs. We offer dialogue but we will not act under threat. “The lone bright spot yesterday was provided by the German organising committee for the World Cup, who persuaded FIFA to have a category of tickets for 2006 which will be cheaper than for some Nationwide League matches. For £20, fans will be able to see one of the qualifying group matches. Some of these tickets will be on sale over the internet, although the organisers cannot say at this stage how many will be available. However, with stadiums capable of holding 55,000 to 58,000, they hope it will be a significant amount. There will be a total of 3.

Nigeria opt for foreign coach
BBC News – Apr 11, 2003
The decision was taken during an NFA board meeting in Abuja. “It was a unanimous decision by the board that we need a foreign coach,” FA secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi told BBC Sport. “We intend to get the person within three months and he will supervise all the national teams. ”

Christian Chukwu, who has been in charge of the Super Eagles since last August, has not lost a match since taking over the team… “It is true that Chukwu has done a good job and we commend him for what he has done so far. “But when he took up his job, we made it clear that he may have to work under a foreign coach and he agreed to this,” Ogunjobi said. The foreign coach would be tasked with leading the Super Eagles to the 2004 African Nations Cup and the World Cup finals in 2006.

Blatter steps up attack on FA ‘delays’
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 12, 2003
He revealed that he had taken up the Ferdinand case both with Prince Andrew, the patron of the FA, and Geoff Thompson, the chairman. “I had the opportunity to speak with Prince Andrew when we met in Dubai during the World Youth Championships,” he said. “The case of Ferdinand is not under the direction of FIFA, but it is a serious case and I spoke to Geoff Thompson yesterday and said such cases must be dealt with immediately… This is not the way we in FIFA want to see infractions and non-observations of regulations dealt with. Football is played every second or third day and we have to deal with the violations of rules immediately. “Blatter hinted that FIFA could review any punishment the FA might give Ferdinand but they have little or no powers to increase the punishment. He also accepted that he was wrong when he recently insisted football did not have a drug problem. Just over a month ago, at the.

SI.com – Soccer – German coach Stange hopes to rebuild Iraq team -…
SI.com – Apr 16, 2003
“Football for me represents peace and that’s why we shouldget back to playing again as soon as possible,” said Stange, 54,who signed a four-year contract to coach Iraq last year. “I’d like to get my team together and go on an internationaltour with them, perhaps to London or other cities. Right up tothe war they kept playing the championship, they’re all fit. “They’re professional sportsmen but they’re not gettingwhat’s needed there now, lacking water and proper nutrition,”Stange said in an interview from his home in Germany. He stayed in telephone contact with his assistants and Iraqifootball association officials until a few days after the warstarted and knew first division matches were being played upuntil Baghdad was invaded by U… “Thenational team kept training right up until the war reachedBaghdad but after that it was no longer possible to practice. Stange said Olympic qualification matches with Vietnam setfor April had been postponed indefinitely by FIFA due to thewar. He believes Iraq still have an excellent chance of reachingthe World Cup finals in 2006. “We were ahead of Scotland, Wales and Austria in the FIFArankings in February and ranked fifth in Asia,” Stange said. “We have a good team that plays well together — Kurds, Shiites,Sunnis and Christians all play in harmony on the pitch. Saddam’s payroll Rejecting suggestions he might not be allowed to coachbecause he was on Saddam Hussein’s payroll, Stange said he hadnever met or had anything to do with the ousted Iraqi presidentor his playboy son Uday, the head of Iraq’s football associationand Olympic committee. Stange drew widespread criticism in Germany for posing for aphotograph during his contract negotiations in Baghdad last yearin front of a giant Saddam portrait.

No more quarterback shuffle for Bengals – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
pittsburghlive.com – Apr 13, 2003

EARTH TURNED FOR ULTRAMODERN NFL STADIUM

After six years of controversy, rejections and snags, there finally is physical evidence that the Arizona Cardinals will have their own stadium. Team officials, business partners, members of the state Tourism and Sports Authority and politicians used silver-plated shovels to turn spadefuls of earth in a 30-foot sandbox, symbolically breaking ground on the site west of Phoenix. The $355 million building is viewed as the future site of Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, World Cup soccer, concerts, festivals and conventions. It will rise out of a former alfalfa field 500 yards south of the new Phoenix Coyotes arena, which will be finished in December. Since moving to Arizona in 1988, the Cardinals have leased Sun Devil Stadium from Arizona State University. A trace of emotion crept into owner Bill Bidwill’s voice when he spoke of his family’s 73-year involvement with the last NFL team to share a college stadium. “In all those years, we’ve never had our own home,” Bidwill said… The design takes its cue from a barrel cactus, with alternating vertical glass slots and smooth metal side panels to mirror the way a cactus expands after rainfall. The slots and a translucent fabric roof will distribute light throughout the interior even when the roof is closed for fan comfort. The Cardinals hope to open the stadium in 2006, with the Fiesta Bowl planning to move its annual bowl game from Sun Devil Stadium to the new venue in January 2007. “We started in November 1996 on this project,” team vice president Michael Bidwill said. “We were told early on we couldn’t get it done, and I said, ‘That’s a bunch of bunk, we’re going to get it done,’ and today here we are. It’s been a long, hard fight, but it’s been worth it. ”

At various times, the stadium seemed headed for Tempe, Mesa or the Gila River Indian Community — all on Phoenix’s east side.

SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Kirch collapse to slash revenues -…
SI.com – Apr 16, 2003
But the club then fell out with the DFL because of astatement by the body in charge of German professional soccerwhich described Bayern’s attitude as “morally reprehensible. Basler mulls Qatar moveBERLIN (Reuters) — Kaiserslautern’s Mario Basleris the latest former German international to ponder a big-moneymove to Qatar. “I seriously want to play football for at least two moreyears. This unfortunately isn’t possible anymore atKaiserslautern,” Basler, who has allowed himself to bephotographed in traditional Arab costume, said on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Basler, whose contract at strugglingKaiserslautern has not been renewed, could join up with hisformer Bayern Munich team mate Stefan Effenberg, who isreportedly close to agreeing to move to the Gulf. Qatar clubs have lured a number of big names in a bid toboost soccer’s profile, including Brazilian strikers Romario andPaulo Sergio and Ghanaian international Tony Yeboah. Basler insisted the 2 million euros he would earn in theGulf state, currently location of the U… Qatar’s Rayyan Sports club are, meanwhile, reportedlyinterested in signing former Denmark international BrianLaudrup. German news magazine Der Spiegel listed a host of playersapproaching the end of their playing careers who are mulling amove there. The list included former Italy striker Fabrizio Ravanelli,ex-England forward Les Ferdinand and French World Cup winnerYouri Djorkaeff. Related informationStories.

Doesn’t Walker deserve a shot with the United States men?
SoccerTimes – Apr 16, 2003
coach Bruce Arena. Walker is only 28 which makes him younger than Friedel and Keller, and for that matter Marcus Hahnemann, but older than Tim Howard. As he was putting together the World Cup squad for 2002 in South Korea, Arena took the position that his top two spots were filled and that bringing a keeper back and forth from Chile to compete for the third slot with veteran Tony Meola and Howard, did not make much economic sense. Now, Arena says his mission is to develop keepers for beyond 2006. That is why he is working so intently on Howard and looking at even younger keepers like D… Walker is only 28 which makes him younger than Friedel and Keller, and for that matter Marcus Hahnemann, but older than Tim Howard. As he was putting together the World Cup squad for 2002 in South Korea, Arena took the position that his top two spots were filled and that bringing a keeper back and forth from Chile to compete for the third slot with veteran Tony Meola and Howard, did not make much economic sense. Now, Arena says his mission is to develop keepers for beyond 2006. That is why he is working so intently on Howard and looking at even younger keepers like D. But given the age to which keepers play these days, even in 2010 Walker will still only be in his mid-30s.

FA to tender new TV rights deals
go.com – Apr 15, 2003
fa –>Updated: April 15, 2003FA to tender new TV rights dealsThe FA will today begin the tendering process for the TV rights to the FA Cup andEngland internationals. Bidders for the rights for period covering the 2004-5 season to the 2006-7season can register their interest from midday. FA director of marketing and communications Paul Barber said: ‘The Englandteam evokes a passion that makes it UK television’s most attractive sportproposition while The FA Cup holds a special place in the hearts of footballfans. ‘Last week’s European qualifier with Turkey drew the largest TV sportsaudience this season with over 12 million viewers – the England team has anentire country as its fan-base. ‘The FA Cup’s combination of glory and unpredictability makes it the world’sgreatest cup competition. ‘Your views on this story?… fa –>Updated: April 15, 2003FA to tender new TV rights dealsThe FA will today begin the tendering process for the TV rights to the FA Cup andEngland internationals. Bidders for the rights for period covering the 2004-5 season to the 2006-7season can register their interest from midday. FA director of marketing and communications Paul Barber said: ‘The Englandteam evokes a passion that makes it UK television’s most attractive sportproposition while The FA Cup holds a special place in the hearts of footballfans. ‘Last week’s European qualifier with Turkey drew the largest TV sportsaudience this season with over 12 million viewers – the England team has anentire country as its fan-base. ‘The FA Cup’s combination of glory and unpredictability makes it the world’sgreatest cup competition. ‘Your views on this story?.

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