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May 16, 2003

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The News Review:

* Bigger World Cup ‘ridiculous’ says Zico
* Can London host the Olympics?
* Cabinet puts its weight behind World Cup bid
* ESPN.com – GOLF – Singh: Annika has no business playing Colonial
* … – Soccer – US – Blatter: US favored to host Women’s…
* ABC Sport – Soccer – Ireland friendly vital for Cup preparations:…
* Palios sees ‘firm foundations’ at the FA
* SARS postpones East Asian tournament
* Ex-Huskers coach fights for agents legislation
* Wembley…wouldn’t it be nice?
* Wembley: a love rekindled
* Wembley’s top ticket

Bigger World Cup ‘ridiculous’ says Zico
go.com – May 16, 2003
world –>Updated: May 16, 2003Bigger World Cup ‘ridiculous’ says Zico Alastair Himmer TOKYO, May 16 (Reuters) – Japan coach Zico has called a proposal to expand the 2006 World Cup finals to 36 teams ‘ridiculous,’ arguing that enlargement could destroy the tournament’s credibility. The Brazilian, who played in three World Cups, warned thatan expanded format would cause fixture congestion, place addedstrain on players and ultimately dilute the quality of thecompetition. ‘First, even 32 teams are too many. Increasing the World Cupto 36 teams is obviously a political decision. It’s a ridiculousidea,’ Zico said.

Can London host the Olympics?
BBC News – May 15, 2003
Can London make it a success?

Backing: The British Olympic Association is very keen on bidding to host the Games in London. But without the support of the British government, London’s bid would be dead in the water. The money spent on the failed bid for the 2006 football World Cup will have left the British Government cautious. Affordability: The Games are expected to cost around ?1. 8bn to stage, with ?1bn being refunded by the IOC. Any London bid is likely to cost the Treasury ?494m. The event could make up to ?79m, or a loss of up to ?145m, depending on tourism.

Cabinet puts its weight behind World Cup bid
Independent Online – May 15, 2003
The cabinet also expressed its appreciation for the multifaceted partnerships developing around the bid campaign. South Africa’s World Cup team – headed by Danny Jordaan – should start as Africa’s favourites to bring the competition to the continent.

ESPN.com – GOLF – Singh: Annika has no business playing Colonial
ESPN – May 14, 2003
She’s the best woman golfer in the world, and I want to emphasize ‘woman. ‘ We have our tour for men, and they have their tour. She’s taking a spot from someone in the field. “– Vijay Singh He wants to her miss the cut next week in the Colonial. And on the odd chance that he is paired with her, Singh says he won’t play.

… – Soccer – US – Blatter: US favored to host Women’s…
SI.com – May 14, 2003
, as always,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter told The Associated Press during a sports industry conference in Madrid. “It’s a very serious contender. “They have shown us how good they can organize a Women’s World Cup because of the importance of women’s football and the perception by the public of women’s football in the country. ” Blatter said the timing of the 32-match, three-week tournament next fall also gives the United States an advantage. “At that time, especially in Europe, there will be a lot of other football competitions,” he said, referring to domestic league and European cup games. “To relocate this competition is not easy. ” Blatter said a decision would be made by FIFA’s executive committee or emergency committee “as soon as possible,” probably by the end of the month… com’s Complete Coverage MADRID, Spain (AP) — The United States is the front-runner to host this year’s Women’s World Cup, the president of soccer’s world governing body said Wednesday. The 16-nation tournament originally was scheduled to be played in China from Sept. 11, but FIFA decided earlier this month to move the quadrennial championship because of SARS. The United States, which staged the tournament in 1999, has applied to take over the event.

ABC Sport – Soccer – Ireland friendly vital for Cup preparations:…
abc.net.au – May 14, 2003
Australia has not played the Republic of Ireland at senior international level. Farina says he hopes the Socceroos will have six to eight more games over the next 15 months after having played just one since November 2001. “If that was the case, if it was to continue in that manner, then it would be very dangerous for us leading into the World Cup qualifiers, but I think we’re on track at the moment, that’s behind us,” he said. The clash was originally reported earlier this month but SA bosses delayed a formal announcement as they struggled to deal with the turmoil unleashed by the controversial Crawford Report. Ireland is currently ranked 15th in the world FIFA rankings and has scheduled the match as part of its final Euro 2004 qualifiers against Russia on September 6 and Switzerland on October 11.

Palios sees ‘firm foundations’ at the FA
go.com – May 16, 2003
‘The football industry has changed considerably in recent years and my workat PwC has allowed me to see how the game has developed and provided an insightinto some of the challenges I will face. ‘From what I can see, the FA clearly has talented and committed staff andloyal and high-quality commercial partners. ‘The FA enjoys a fabulous name in world football and owns some of the game’smost prestigious brands, including the FA Cup, the England team and Wembley. ‘All of this provides us with a firm foundation on which to take our businessforward. ”Mark’s business experience will be a huge asset to us at a time when the FA,and the game as a whole, must face up to a number of challenges,’ said FAchairman Geoff Thompson, one of the men who backed Littlewood for the post. ‘Not only do we remain one of this country’s highest profile organisationsbut our decision to rebuild Wembley means our business and our finances areconsiderably more complex than at any time in our history. ‘If getting to grips with the monetary issues was not enough, Palios will alsohave to tread his way carefully through a minefield of power struggles withinEnglish football as a hole, with key figures within the Premier League andFootball Association frequently taking opposite views on key issues, Crozier’sdeparture and the debacle over Littlewood’s proposed appointment seen as primeexamples… ‘Not only do we remain one of this country’s highest profile organisationsbut our decision to rebuild Wembley means our business and our finances areconsiderably more complex than at any time in our history. ‘If getting to grips with the monetary issues was not enough, Palios will alsohave to tread his way carefully through a minefield of power struggles withinEnglish football as a hole, with key figures within the Premier League andFootball Association frequently taking opposite views on key issues, Crozier’sdeparture and the debacle over Littlewood’s proposed appointment seen as primeexamples. There is also the task of maintaining improved relations inside UEFA, whichCrozier did so much to enhance after the fall-out from the failed bid for the2006 World Cup, which exposed England’s lack of influence inside Europeanfootball’s corridors of power. ‘Mark has played the game at professional and amateur level and this can onlybe an asset in his new role as he seeks to build an understanding with players,coaches, managers, fans and fellow football administrators at all levels of thegame, both at home and overseas,’ added Thompson. Your views on this story?.

SARS postpones East Asian tournament
SI.com – May 15, 2003
Yokohama city officials said tickets for the final were sold out. On Thursday, Okano said organizers would hold a meeting to determine how refunds would be handled. The tournament was devised to enhance regional development after China, South Korea and Japan qualified for the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by the Korean and Japanese federations. Laudrup renews coaching contract with BrondbyCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Michael Laudrup, a former international midfielder, said Thursday he extended his coaching contract with Denmark’s Brondby through 2006. Laudrup who played with Brondby from 1982-1983, last year signed a two-year contract with the suburban Copenhagen team which is second in the SAS League tournament with 48 points, behind FC Copenhagen which has 50 points. The 38-year-old Dane will coach the yellow-and-blue club till June 30, 2006. “I have a good time in the job as chief coach at Brondby,” Laudrup said… 3 million people, plans to mark the bicentennial of Andersen’s birth with hundreds of events, parties and festivals. Panathinaikos appeals for coach Markarian to stay ATHENS (Reuters) — The president of Panathinaikoswas due to meet coach Sergio Markarian on Thursday in an attemptto persuade the Uruguayan to withdraw his resignation. Markarian announced he was quitting Greek football afterbeing involved in a confrontation with fans who stormed thetraining ground on Tuesday. The incident came just two days after a 3-0 defeat at rivalsOlympiakos that almost certainly cost Panathinaikos the title. Olympiakos have taken over at the top for the first timethis year thanks to a better head-to-head record against theirtitle rivals with the two teams level on 67 points. If both clubs win their remaining game, as expected,Olympiakos will claim their seventh successive title. But Panathinaikos president Angelos Phillipides said hewould not accept Markarian’s exit before talking to him inperson.

Ex-Huskers coach fights for agents legislation
St. Petersburg Times – May 16, 2003
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In briefEx-Huskers coach fights for agents legislationBy Compiled from Times wiresPublished May 16, 2003 WASHINGTON – Nebraska football coach-turned U. Congressman Tom Osborne argued Thursday for legislation ending no-holds-barred recruiting by sports agents. Osborne, in testimony to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, recalled the disappearance of his quarterback as his team boarded a bus in Miami. The player was found in a hotel lobby, cornered by two agents… South American qualifying for the 2006 World Cup will start Sept. 6, three months early, because European clubs have complained South American players must return home for too many qualifiers. BOXING: Vitali Klitschko will face unbeaten Cedric Boswell on the undercard of the fight between heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Kirk Johnson on June 21 in Los Angeles. If he wins, Klitschko will fight Lewis by the end of the year. OBITUARY: Rik Van Steenbergen, a three-time world cycling champion, died after a long illness.

Wembley…wouldn’t it be nice?
go.com – May 14, 2003
Or that even the stadium’s bog-standard seats will be roomier than even those in the old Wembley’s Royal Box, ensuring that anyone taller than 5ft 3″ won’t need knee-replacement surgery at fulltime. They’ll even have cup holders. Well these were among a myriad of upbeat claims made on Tuesday at the Football Association’s plush central London offices by Wembley National Stadium Limited, the FA subsidiary in charge redeveloping Wembley. WNSL gathered the press together to launch Club Wembley, a raft of corporate hospitality packages and exclusive ticketing options that will help pay for the lion’s share of the ?757-million stadium. The national press in England is a strange and, quite frankly, grumpy beast and the Wembley saga has underlined that it takes a dim view of bold and costly projects. When the plans to rebuild Wembley stalled the hacks barked: ‘The home of football without a home for football; it’s a disgrace’. Then when the plans received the go-ahead they roared: ‘How much? What a waste of money, keep England on the road… There is nothing wrong with getting carried away, particularly if you can back up enthusiasm with tangible facts and figures. Cunnah and those at WNSL think they have just that. However, there are problems and while a brand spanking new stadium which is the envy of the sporting world is something English football fans should be excited about, it is worth retaining a sense of perspective. The various seat packages that went on sale on Tuesday are expensive and arguably come with unwanted baggage. Although WNSL readily accepts that the seats are costly, they stress that the prices compare favourably with other premium hospitality packages available at famous sporting venues like Wimbledon, Ascot or Twickenham. But for the packages to sell WNSL must convince big-spending corporations that the facilities and sporting spectacles on offer at the new Wembley will outstrip that which is on offer elsewhere. Hospitality is a great tool in business, but only when it works.

Wembley: a love rekindled
Telegraph.co.uk – May 15, 2003
They can thank their lucky stars there was an even whiter elephant across town in Greenwich. England’s popularity has flourished in stylish and atmospheric settings around the Premiership provinces, and we have witnessed all manner of gripping club dramas in luxurious rented accommodation in Cardiff. Love for Wembley has been on the wane. Bad sanitation does little for sentimentality. Then there were the seats with a good view of the fences, and the long stationary Saturday nights on the North Circular Road… There was a basic fairness behind a case strengthened by the success of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. The wrangles and scandals surrounding Wembley’s future have smacked of self-promotion and greed. Cynicism and suspicion have grown wild around the home of football. It should take a great deal more than a clever virtual reality tour to clear that away, but the electronic artist’s impression of the new Wembley filled me with a renewed sense of optimism and excitement. I am almost past hard-headed caring as to how and if it can be paid for. I just like the idea of workmen ahead of schedule with the construction of something so grand and spectacular. It looks like a new Wembley should do, and I can’t wait to watch and work in it.

Wembley’s top ticket
sportbusiness.com – May 14, 2003
Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) launched sales for the new venue with opportunities for fans to snap up ten-year licences or corporate boxes at the venue. The pre-sales of such seating is crucial to the financing of the project. The stadium, which is due to open in 2006, will have a capacity of 90,000 and boast a range of entertainment and leisure facilities. Said WNSL chief executive Michael Cunnah: “It’s a simple proposition: we’re marrying the world’s favourite sport with the world’s best venue. In terms of scale and comfort, Wembley is on an entirely new level to any other stadium, which is why it’s important to give fans a vision of what’s to come. ” Meanwhile, the English Football Association, of which WNSL is a subsidiary body, could find itself with a cash shortfall in TV revenues, after Sky – current joint rightsholders with the BBC for FA Cup and England internationals in a £90m ($144… Said WNSL chief executive Michael Cunnah: “It’s a simple proposition: we’re marrying the world’s favourite sport with the world’s best venue. In terms of scale and comfort, Wembley is on an entirely new level to any other stadium, which is why it’s important to give fans a vision of what’s to come. ” Meanwhile, the English Football Association, of which WNSL is a subsidiary body, could find itself with a cash shortfall in TV revenues, after Sky – current joint rightsholders with the BBC for FA Cup and England internationals in a £90m ($144. 9m) deal – said it may not renew its contract. Sky CEO Tony Ball made the comments after revealing a rise in pre-tax profits for the pay-TV platform of £65.

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