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May 25, 2003

Johansson backs World Cup expansion

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The News Review:

* Short flight to Mr Freedom
* SA simply the best for 2010 Cup, say scribes
* Socceroos’ Oceania World Cup qualifying dates unveiled
* Johansson backs World Cup expansion
* Beaming Beckham meets Madiba
* Hughes growing into Wales job
* Iran, Bangladesh to play for Tata football tournament
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Tarantino producers plan Premier footie flick
* Olympians in Paris? French bid for 2012
* MLSnet.com — The Official Site of Major League Soccer

Short flight to Mr Freedom
Telegraph.co.uk – May 20, 2003
But, really, nobody could go so far as accusing him of using Mandela to improve his portfolio of commercial deals. When they landed, England were greeted by Zulu dancers and festooned with beads. Waiting at the airport was Danny Jordaan, who orchestrated South Africa’s 2006 World Cup bid in the face of considerable sabotage by England. It’s Jordaan who gets England off the charge of cynicism. In September of last year, when tomorrow’s match was arranged, Jordaan said: “We get to watch four to six Premier League matches over here every week, and to see David Beckham and Michael Owen walking alongside Nelson Mandela in the streets of South Africa and meeting ordinary people is something football fans over here could only dream about. Their visit will touch the lives of so many people in this country. “Transfixed, as we are, by the 12-hour flight to Durban.

SA simply the best for 2010 Cup, say scribes
Independent Online – May 23, 2003
“For me the World Cup in Japan and South Korea as a tournament was average. But as an experience, it was unbelievable. Football touches all countries and all societies in the world. ”

All the journalists the Saturday Star spoke to were firmly for the tournament coming to South Africa in 2010, ahead of any other African countries. They believe that from an organisational perspective, South Africa has what it takes to host a World Cup. “Organisationally, I have no complaints,” said Matt Dickinson of The Times at the England game. “The feeling in England is that South Africa are overwhelming favourites to get the World Cup (in 2010)… “Organisationally, I have no complaints,” said Matt Dickinson of The Times at the England game. “The feeling in England is that South Africa are overwhelming favourites to get the World Cup (in 2010). ”

“I felt that South Africa could host a World Cup in 2006,” said Winter. “You could do with some grass, but the bricks and mortar are there!”

The only quibbles over the country’s organisational abilities have come in the wake of the recent Bafana squad shambles involving Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, the South African Football Association (Safa) and the World Cup bid committee. “It doesn’t reflect well, and the situation is certainly very strange,” admitted Dickinson. “The problem with two squads needed to be solved, (but) they showed they could solve it,” said Tyler, on a more optimistic note. On the playing field, the consensus was that Bafana were not a bad outfit at all.

Socceroos’ Oceania World Cup qualifying dates unveiled
abc.net.au – May 20, 2003
qualifying dates unveiled (Getty Images). OFC said each team will play 10 home and away matches in the group, with the winner earning direct qualification to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The matches will be held on September 4 and 8, 2004 and in 2005 on March 26 and 30, June 4 and 8, September 3 and 7 and November 12 and 16. All the dates are FIFA-sanctioned international slots, meaning Australia would be able to field its strongest available squad in all matches, including Leeds United pair Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka. Socceroos coach Frank Farina has already signalled he will field his strongest possible squad in all games. Australia and New Zealand will be joined by the winners and runners-up from preliminary group tournaments featuring Tahiti, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and American Samoa in Group A and Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Tonga and the Cook Islands in Group B.

Johansson backs World Cup expansion
Telegraph.co.uk – May 21, 2003
Johansson, who is president of UEFA, vice-president of FIFA and chairman of FIFA’s World Cup committee, will vote for the increase on June 29 if a suitable way of organising an expanded competition is put forward. The proposal has been made by the South Americans, who are furious at losing two places for the 2006 World Cup. Johansson, speaking in Seville ahead of the UEFA Cup final, said: “You can understand the reaction of the South Americans… They believe it should be about quality of teams rather than quantity and point out how many World Cups they have won. “The Germans point out all the problems that will be created by having four more teams, but I will vote for 36 teams, though others on UEFA’s executive committee will not. “I am afraid that otherwise we will have a split in world football. South America have to come up with a solution for 36 teams that is acceptable and if they do I will support it, but if not, then sorry. “A competition with 36 teams would throw up problems of how to reduce it to a last 16, quarter-finals and so on. There are also fears that too many games would devalue the competition.

Beaming Beckham meets Madiba
iAfrica.com – May 22, 2003
“If you, the British, support us, many other countries will do that. I’m sure you will,” Mandela said to the laughter of reporters and invited fans, including some of his grandchildren. Beckham, who has already said he would like to see the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, then gave Madiba an English soccer shirt with his surname on the back and the number three. Mandela’s words of wisdom to the South African players were for them to walk tall. “When you are playing one of the best teams ? the English team are of course our friends ? you can make us walk tall, you have done so already. “We know in our hearts… “It’s time to prove that South African football has come of age,” he said. Asked what South Africa’s chances were of winning the bid for the cup, South African bid chief executive Danny Jordaan said he believed the country chances were “very good”. “We came close in 2006, the FIFA (soccer’s world governing body) technical committee ranked us equal to Germany. I am quite confident we have a strong case,” he said. South Africa lost the 2006 bid by a narrow one-vote defeat to Germany. He said the country needed to concentrate on a number of issues to make its chances stronger. They included security and a greater commercialisation of the game.

Hughes growing into Wales job
Telegraph.co.uk – May 25, 2003
As a player you only think of yourself. I understand that the pressure grows; the expectations are really high at the moment and if we don’t qualify it will disappointment a lot of people. “Hughes is contracted until after the World Cup in 2006 but he added: “If I was given a club job I think I could do it well. I’m much better prepared now than I was as an ex-player going into management. It’s my long-term ambition [to manage in the Premiership] but it’s not going to happen in the next few years. “Hughes has agreed with his counterpart, USA manager Bruce Arena, that he may use all his players meaning that several new caps are likely to be handed out. Squad detailsUSA (from): Cannon (Lens), Rimando (DC United); Agoos (San Jose), Brown (Chicago), Petke (DC United), Vanney (Bastia), Convey (DC United), Corrales (DC United), Lewis (Preston), Mulrooney (San Jose), Olsen (DC United), Reyna (Sunderland), Stewart (DC United), Suarez (San Jose), Ching (San Jose), Donovan (San Jose), Eskandarian (DC United), Kirovski (Birmingham).

Iran, Bangladesh to play for Tata football tournament
Times of India – May 20, 2003
For this, we are trying to provide them
necessary exposure to the international soccer,” AIFF secretary Alberto Colaco
told PTI from Goa. The under-18 team would also be sent to the Milk
Cup in Northern Ireland in July where they would face the junior squads of top
club sides like Manchester United, River Plate, Dinamo Kiev and others, he
said. The AIFF, which had earlier announced the ‘Project 2004’ and
‘Project 2006’ focussing on the next Olympics and World Cup, has selected 72
players for the first phase of the camp while another 22 boys would join on May
27-28, Colaco said.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 24, 2003
The uniform, which the players will wear for the next four years, includes two suits, an overcoat, an avant-garde, asymmetric raincoat, a revolutionary cardigan-jacket, underwear, sunglasses, watches and luggage. The new kit, in a colour palette of navy, light blue and pearl-grey, will be launched at a photo-call today. Armani is arriving to supervise final fittings and join the players at the photo-call… In light cashmere, with a polo collar and snap closure, it was personally chosen by Beckham and has already been christened the ?Beckham Jacket?. The team will wear the new wardrobe for the first time in an official capacity when the players fly off tonight to play a friendly against South Africa. 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. Beckham reportedly fell in love with the sporty cardigan-jacket Armani was wearing for the meeting, a sample from next winter?s collection.

Tarantino producers plan Premier footie flick
Guardian Unlimited – May 22, 2003
” Pioneering techniques will let the “camera right into the action for the first time”, he said, adding that the “meat of the story will be carried by actors but we will have very big name cameos from the game”. In the first film, the young American player will face “a fish-out-of-water struggle to adapt from life in LA to winter in a northern city”, Jefferies said, while in the second he will join a continental club. The last in the trilogy will coincide with the World Cup finals in 2006 in Germany. Meanwhile, leading British film distributor Hamish McAlpine has been arrested by French riot police after joining a French public sector workers’ protest at Cannes.

Olympians in Paris? French bid for 2012
St. Petersburg Times – May 22, 2003
Danny Talbott was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Talbott, 58, led Rocky Mount to the football, basketball and baseball state titles in 1962-63. Former ACC basketball stars Mike Gminski of Duke and Buck Williams of Maryland, longtime Campbell and East Carolina coach Earl Smith, 10-time NCAA swimming champion Sue Walsh of North Carolina and distance runner Betty Springs Geiger of N. State also were inducted. CYCLING: Australian Robbie McEwen won the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia… 6 mile course from Faenza to San Dona Di Piave in 5 hours, 44 minutes, 13 seconds. Gilberto Simoni kept his two-second lead over Stefano Garzelli in the overall standings. SOCCER: German organizers of the 2006 World Cup formally proposed that the opener be played in Munich and the final in Berlin. The tournament will run from June 9 to July 9 according to the plan, which must be approved by FIFA’s organizing committee. – Compiled from Times wires. [Last modified May 22, 2003, 01:30:54]
Baseball.

MLSnet.com — The Official Site of Major League Soccer
mlsnet.com – May 22, 2003
In case you haven’t figured it out – these

are as meaningless as FIFA’s silly world rankings. Two more

games until Victoria Street, two more games until Victoria Street…

6) Kansas City (7) – Need to stockpile points before LA and Dallas

wake up

7) Chicago (6) – That was an ugly loss

8) DC United (8) – Finally a goal, but still no wins

9) Dallas (9) – Good Davis strike and soft EZ red card earned the

point

10) Colorado (10) – Actually looked okay at times, but getting bad

breaks

WHAT’S HE DONE THERE?

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a great laugh. GONE ALL PEAR-SHAPED: In probably the most disgusting

footie-related story I can remember, fans of Aris Thessaloniki reportedly

smeared a black and white dog with tar and lit it on fire after the Greek

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