Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

May 19, 2003

…And the Winner is South Africa

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The News Review:

* New Britain can prevail
* Japan coach Zico keeps Brazil options open
* Top security for Beckham and mates
* …And the Winner is South Africa
* Lesson Plans: Politics and general studies Armani turns England out…
* Saint James in the mood for a cup miracle
* Under-fire FA may forfeit Macedonia tickets

New Britain can prevail
The Observer – May 18, 2003
Britain’s unmatchable contribution to world sport, inventing and codifying so many games, is another huge asset, which the IOC president, Jacques Rogge, has noted. It is, though, one that needs careful handling in order to avoid accusations of the arrogance, premature triumphalism, post-imperial superiority, call it what you will, that is an unhelpful – and, to many abroad, offputting – feature of British sport. It bedevilled the campaign to bring the 2006 football World Cup here and the more recent bid for the 2007 rugby equivalent, another humiliating miss. There is a welcome reluctance to give the papers ‘We’re going to win’ soundbites. ‘London has a one in three chance’ is the official line. To hear Sir Steve Redgrave warn the other day against the dangers of complacency was very refreshing. As one key 2012 official admits: ‘The reason Birmingham and Manchester’s Olympic bids [in the 1980s and 1990s] fared so abysmally is not because they were based on the wrong city – that’s just a convenient excuse – but because the whole strategy was wrong.

Japan coach Zico keeps Brazil options open
SI.com – May 19, 2003
I won’t say I’m definitely going to rule it out,” Zico told Reuters in an interview. “But right now, my commitment is to Japan. My focus is to get Japan to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, to get results there and then. I’m not thinking beyond that… He has come back from all his injury problems and still produces on the pitch. That’s the mark of a great player. Long established among the pantheon of football greats, Zico also suffered a serious knee injury that would have kept him out of the 1986 World Cup had the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) not persuaded him to play. “I was in no condition to do a job for Brazil but the CBF said they needed me. For your country you go,” said Zico, who missed a penalty after coming on as a substitute in the quarterfinal defeat by France. “I didn’t bury my head in my pillow or lose sleep afterwards. I did my best for Brazil with my knee in the condition it was in.

Top security for Beckham and mates
Independent Online – May 17, 2003
World Cup 2010 bid CEO Danny Jordaan said on Friday that Safa had booked up every room of the team’s Umhlanga hotel so as to make the England footballers’ stay as comfortable and hassle-free as possible. This would go some way to guaranteeing that next Thursday evening’s friendly match against South Africa at Durban’s Absa Stadium will successfully launch South Africa’s campaign to host the World Cup in 2010… This would go some way to guaranteeing that next Thursday evening’s friendly match against South Africa at Durban’s Absa Stadium will successfully launch South Africa’s campaign to host the World Cup in 2010. It is expected that thousands of curious soccer fans will follow the squad, which includes Manchester United idol David Beckham and Liverpool star Michael Owen, as they move from their Umhlanga hotel to training sessions and official receptions. ‘We are feeling quite relaxed about it’However, Jordaan denies that security strategy is so tight that fans won’t be able to get near their heroes. “We are feeling quite relaxed about it,” said Jordaan on Friday. “We have had several meetings in Durban and are satisfied that security arrangements will be adequate without being over-the-top.

…And the Winner is South Africa
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 17, 2003
One would have thought that those crying foul would have shown us the sign-on letter? They have not, instead we are being shown a document sent on May 5 when a lot of transaction would have taken place between that time and now as illustrated by the letter CBF sent to NFA on May 13. Clearly even if the Brazilians are to play in Abuja, it thus appear that they would be parading rookies since their clubs would be neck deep playing domestic football. What it means is that aside the Confederation Cup, nothing can be important to the Brazilians to compel their big stars to play against Nigeria. And I dare say that nobody should watch the June 11 game if the names being advertised fail to participate in it. We must learn to do things properly and put our money where our mouth is. Organising big games of that nature does not happen like that. What does it mean to the bidders when they finally learnt that England have already secured the Brazilian team to open their national stadium in 2006? What it means is that these football nations work with a plan that is forward looking and one that does not accommodate unserious football nations like Nigeria… But is anyone surprised that Galadima spoke well? Any qualified university graduate like Galadima who allowed the university pass through him would easily express himself on a subject that he or she holds fondly. At the risk of insulting him, I want to remember him as a doll baby NFA chairman who would rather watch things happening than make them. When he is not sidetracked in the infamous 2010 World Cup bid, he is being compelled to say that he missed the flight to USA when indeed he was excluded. The good thing about Galadima in terms of the USA trip is that he has not done the bidding of the bidders. Otherwise, one cannot put a finger to what he has done thus far. I have been told that he would be in Swaziland and I also don’t need anyone to tell, that he would also be in Finland. But may I ask Galadima what he has done to call the bluff of Globacom in terms of the league sponsorship?
Globacom has made the NFA look like rubber stamp and it is unfortunate because the body ought to have asked Globacom to take a walk when the firm refused to respond to actualise their league sponsorship mandate.

Lesson Plans: Politics and general studies Armani turns England out…
Telegraph.co.uk – May 19, 2003
They will also wear the uniform for Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Beckham was reportedly the chief inspiration behind the new uniform. A heavy-duty Armani shopper, he regularly goes on retail-therapy spending sprees in the Emporio Armani shop in Manchester. Sven-Goran Eriksson, the England coach, is also an Armani fan. Initial ideas were thrashed out at a meeting in London just before Christmas.

Saint James in the mood for a cup miracle
Independent Online – May 17, 2003
He was a young star under Wenger at Monaco, where he played in the 1997 French title-winning team and scored 20 goals, largely as a winger. After helping France win the World Cup in 1998, he moved to Juventus but scored only three goals in seven months before teaming up once more with Wenger, this time at Arsenal. Although Henry still attacks from wide positions, Wenger has turned him into more of a central striker and the result has been 82 league goals in four seasons, which included a league and FA Cup double last season. Henry completed his own personal double this term when he was voted Player of the Year both by his fellow players and the media. “It’s a great pleasure to win this trophy but I’d rather have won the league,” he said. “You suffer all year for the title and there’s no greater pleasure than to win a major trophy with your team… “You suffer all year for the title and there’s no greater pleasure than to win a major trophy with your team. I’ve been so happy in England although sometimes I know it doesn’t look like that on the pitch. I know how much football means to the fans here and that’s why I yell and shout on the field. ”

After four seasons at Blackburn, where he failed to make an impact, Beattie moved south and began scoring for the Saints. After five in his first season, he failed to hit the target the following year and then scored 11 as Saints finished a respectable 10th in 2001. Stronger in the air than Henry but nowhere near as good on the ground, he scored 12 last season but really began to terrorise defences this term with performances that could attract bigger clubs. Right now, however, he has a contract for three more years and he sees no reason to leave the Saints.

Under-fire FA may forfeit Macedonia tickets
Telegraph.co.uk – May 17, 2003
In the meantime, of course, there is the qualifier against Slovakia at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on June 11 to be negotiated. Bad blood exists between the two sets of fans following the skirmishes and shootings in Bratislava last October, so it would be naive to expect the event to pass off entirely without incident, especially after the Sunderland experience up the road. On a less unsavoury note, Bevington dismissed as “premature” reports that the FA plan to open the new Wembley stadium in March, 2006, with a friendly against Brazil. While it is likely that the inaugural game will be against high-class opposition, the final choice will be left until it is known which countries England will face in the first round of the World Cup finals later that year. Assuming they qualify, that is. Information appearing on telegraph… Bad blood exists between the two sets of fans following the skirmishes and shootings in Bratislava last October, so it would be naive to expect the event to pass off entirely without incident, especially after the Sunderland experience up the road. On a less unsavoury note, Bevington dismissed as “premature” reports that the FA plan to open the new Wembley stadium in March, 2006, with a friendly against Brazil. While it is likely that the inaugural game will be against high-class opposition, the final choice will be left until it is known which countries England will face in the first round of the World Cup finals later that year. Assuming they qualify, that is. Information appearing on telegraph. uk is the copyright of Telegraph MediaGroup Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence.

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