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May 31, 2003

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* A three-month contract worth a cool 1.5 million dollars
* Asian chief: World Cup hard to beat
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* SI.com – Soccer – Ballack back in Germany squad to face Scotland -…
* Stadiums under the spotlight
* Aigner exits as UEFA prepare to battle Platini
* BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Stadium booze ban ‘holds city back’
* Honeymoon period over in the Lyons’ den

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 28, 2003
In a bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and to excel in the Asian Games which it is hosting the same year, Qatar is signing up big names in the hope that some of their magic might rub off on the local players. The pick of the crop is Romario, the mercurial Brazilian striker who won the World Cup in 1994 and remains a folk hero in his homeland. He was recruited by Al-Saad in February on a contract worth a cool 1. 5 million dollars (1. 4 million euros) – not bad for three months? work… The 34-year-old Basler told a press conference in Doha called to announce his signing: ?I?m very happy to be in Doha. I have been a professional for 14 years and it is important that I do something for Al-Rayan. ?I noticed the difference in standard between Arab and European football after the match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at the last World Cup. ? He was being diplomatic – Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 in that match in Japan with the Saudis only managing three shots on goal, underlining the footballing gulf between the two continents. The deputy secretary general of the Qatari Football Federation, Majed Al-Khalifi told AFP that the imported stars can help the Qataris bridge the gap. ?Without any doubt, our players are going to benefit from the experience of these stars,? said Al-Khalifi. ?They will also teach them discipline, that they must respect training sessions and team meetings and that it is important to obey the coaches.

A three-month contract worth a cool 1.5 million dollars
Middle East Online – May 27, 2003
5 million dollars Qatar, new Eldorado for ageing football stars Romario, Effenberg are among football stars Qatari clubs are hiring in bid to improve Qatar’s football standard. By Ziad Raad – DOHA The oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar is rapidly becoming a magnet for some of Europe’s ageing but still star footballers, lured by one massive payday before they hang up their boots. In a bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and to excel in the Asian Games which it is hosting the same year, Qatar is signing up big names in the hope that some of their magic might rub off on the local players. The pick of the crop is Romario, the mercurial Brazilian striker who won the World Cup in 1994 and remains a folk hero in his homeland. He was recruited by Al-Sadd in February on a contract worth a cool 1… 5 million dollars Qatar, new Eldorado for ageing football stars Romario, Effenberg are among football stars Qatari clubs are hiring in bid to improve Qatar’s football standard. By Ziad Raad – DOHA The oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar is rapidly becoming a magnet for some of Europe’s ageing but still star footballers, lured by one massive payday before they hang up their boots. In a bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and to excel in the Asian Games which it is hosting the same year, Qatar is signing up big names in the hope that some of their magic might rub off on the local players. The pick of the crop is Romario, the mercurial Brazilian striker who won the World Cup in 1994 and remains a folk hero in his homeland. He was recruited by Al-Sadd in February on a contract worth a cool 1. 5 million dollars (1. 4 million euros) – not bad for three months’ work.

Asian chief: World Cup hard to beat
SI.com – May 31, 2003
Peter Velappan, general secretary of the Asian FootballConfederation, said South Korea and Japan — co-hosts of lastyear’s tournament — had injected pride and inspired a projectto improve the game elsewhere in Asia. “The whole world still talks about the Korea-Japan WorldCup, the Asian World Cup,” he said at a new photo exhibition atthe Seoul stadium. “In 10 years from now there will be many more[Asian] teams capable of the performances of Korea and Japan. On May 31 last year, South Korea launched the tournament atSeoul’s stadium — Asia’s largest soccer-only venue… Peter Velappan, general secretary of the Asian FootballConfederation, said South Korea and Japan — co-hosts of lastyear’s tournament — had injected pride and inspired a projectto improve the game elsewhere in Asia. “The whole world still talks about the Korea-Japan WorldCup, the Asian World Cup,” he said at a new photo exhibition atthe Seoul stadium. “In 10 years from now there will be many more[Asian] teams capable of the performances of Korea and Japan. On May 31 last year, South Korea launched the tournament atSeoul’s stadium — Asia’s largest soccer-only venue. Senegal’s1-0 win against 1998 champions France there in the first matchset the tone for a month of surprises, on and off the pitch.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 30, 2003
Twelve months after the Koreans shocked the world by reaching the semi-finals and Japan confounded the sceptics by advancing to the last 16, both football teams are adjusting to life out of the spotlight. For Japan, the process of building towards the 2006 World Cup began with the exit of former coach Philippe Troussier, whose last match in charge was the 1-0 second round defeat to Turkey last June. Brazilian legend Zico took over as coach, and is now busily preparing his Japanese side for the Confederations Cup in France this summer. But the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome crisis in Asia and war in Iraq have already given created a headache for Zico, who knows he is under pressure to match Troussier?s achievements. Long-awaited away matches against Uruguay and the United States in March were cancelled due to the war, Portugal and Nigeria both scratched friendlies, and the inaugural East Asian championships were also ditched.

SI.com – Soccer – Ballack back in Germany squad to face Scotland -…
SI.com – May 26, 2003
There is no newcomer in the squad. Goalkeepers: Hans-Joerg Butt (Bayer Leverkusen), Oliver Kahn(Bayern Munich), Frank Rost (Schalke 04) Defenders: Frank Baumann (Werder Bremen), Arne Friedrich,Michael Hartmann, Marko Rehmer (all Hertha Berlin), AndreasHinkel (VfB Stuttgart), Tobias Rau (VfL Wolfsburg), ChristianWoerns (Borussia Dortmund) Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Jens Jeremies (both BayernMunich), Joerg Boehme (Schalke 04), Paul Freier (VfL Bochum),Torsten Frings, Sebastian Kehl (both Borussia Dortmund), CarstenRamelow, Bernd Schneider (both Bayer Leverkusen) Strikers: Fredi Bobic (Hanover 96), Miroslav Klose(Kaiserslautern), Kevin Kuranyi (VfB Stuttgart), Benjamin Lauth(TSV 1860 Munich), Oliver Neuville (Bayer Leverkusen)Hain faces sanction over Leverkusen deal claim BERLIN (Reuters) — Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Mathias Hain faces disciplinary action for suggesting that Bayer Leverkusen had struck a deal with Nuremberg to make sure of escaping relegation from the Bundesliga. The German Football Association (DFB) said Monday it had asked Hain for an explanation. The ruling body said the player could be sanctioned for unsportsmanlike conduct if he failed to provide evidence to back his accusations. Leverkusen, which beat relegated Nuremberg 1-0 in the Bundesliga’s final programme Saturday, needed victory to make sure of remaining in the top flight. Hain, whose Bielefeld club was eventually relegated and would have needed Leverkusen not to win to have a chance of staying up, pointed out that Klaus Augenthaler had just been appointed Leverkusen coach after being sacked by Nuremberg and suggested the two teams had made an arrangement. “I trust the players but not the officials who dealt with Augenthaler’s move,” he told Thursday’s issue of soccer magazine Kicker… 7 million per club. A study by the German Football League (DFL) suggested the clubs would have to reduce their costs by 20 percent on average next season. FIFA, Germany fail to resolve World Cup differencesFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German organizers of the 2006 World Cup and FIFA failed to resolve their differences over the distribution and pricing of tickets during a meeting Monday. “We’ve come closer in fundamental questions but details need to be worked out,” said organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer. “We’ve made a step forward in the big things,” said FIFA’s general secretary Urs Linsi. But the key dispute over the distribution and pricing of the tickets remains a sticking point between the two sides. “We’ve sold the problem by saying we are going to let everyone in for free,” Beckenbauer joked, tounge-in-cheek.

Stadiums under the spotlight
uefa.com – UEFA.com – May 28, 2003
Associations and clubsThe fifth Stadia and Arena Exhibition and Conference will be held at the new stadium in the Swiss city, the Stade de Genève, on 4 and 5 June, and the event will be attended by numerous national football associations, as well as major clubs such as Arsenal FC, Internazionale FC, Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC. Key pointerThe partnership between UEFA and ESMA is an important element of the pan-European campaign to ensure that spectators at football events can watch the action in the best possible stadium environment. Interesting programmeStadium and arena managers, architects, developers and expert consultants will also attend the event, whose programme includes dealing with racism – an issue which is being given full attention by UEFA at present – stewarding, and revenue generation. The joint organisers of UEFA EURO 2008™, the Austrian and Swiss football associations, will make a presentation at the event, and UEFA officials will also address the conference on relevant subjects. Delegates will visit UEFA’s headquarters in nearby Nyon on 5 June. Artificial turfThe United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police will explain their planning for major sports events, and attendees will be given an insight into the artificial turf experiment at the new stadium in Salzburg, Austria – one of the venues selected by UEFA for further research into the possible future use of artificial turf playing fields for UEFA competition matches… Interesting programmeStadium and arena managers, architects, developers and expert consultants will also attend the event, whose programme includes dealing with racism – an issue which is being given full attention by UEFA at present – stewarding, and revenue generation. The joint organisers of UEFA EURO 2008™, the Austrian and Swiss football associations, will make a presentation at the event, and UEFA officials will also address the conference on relevant subjects. Delegates will visit UEFA’s headquarters in nearby Nyon on 5 June. Artificial turfThe United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police will explain their planning for major sports events, and attendees will be given an insight into the artificial turf experiment at the new stadium in Salzburg, Austria – one of the venues selected by UEFA for further research into the possible future use of artificial turf playing fields for UEFA competition matches. Perfect location”Geneva is the perfect location for this year’s event,” said project director Alan Levett. “Because the Stade de Genève will be the latest stadium to be completed in Europe, I am sure it will attract tremendous interest.

Aigner exits as UEFA prepare to battle Platini
Telegraph.co.uk – May 28, 2003
He has not got it from the UEFA executive committee. He is the only one who thinks this. “Platini wants to succeed Johansson when his term ends in 2006 and his plan would be attractive to the eastern European countries who have been frozen out since the Soviet empire collapsed and largely excluded from the Champions League riches. UEFA’s top brass, led by Aigner, have always distrusted Platini, the three-times European Player of the Year, yet last year Johansson, thinking it would be better to have Platini ‘on board’, agreed to support his candidature for the executive. Earlier this year, while Johansson and Aigner were in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 36, Platini, reflecting Blatter’s views, opposed it. The result was that the UEFA executive could not agree a view and when the matter came before FIFA, UEFA disunity was displayed. Johansson wants to ensure there will be a strong candidate ready to take on Platini in 2006… “Platini wants to succeed Johansson when his term ends in 2006 and his plan would be attractive to the eastern European countries who have been frozen out since the Soviet empire collapsed and largely excluded from the Champions League riches. UEFA’s top brass, led by Aigner, have always distrusted Platini, the three-times European Player of the Year, yet last year Johansson, thinking it would be better to have Platini ‘on board’, agreed to support his candidature for the executive. Earlier this year, while Johansson and Aigner were in favour of expanding the World Cup from 32 to 36, Platini, reflecting Blatter’s views, opposed it. The result was that the UEFA executive could not agree a view and when the matter came before FIFA, UEFA disunity was displayed. Johansson wants to ensure there will be a strong candidate ready to take on Platini in 2006. Last week’s choice of UEFA marketing man Lars-Christer Olsson as Aigner’s successor was another attempt by Johansson to safeguard the Champions League. Olsson and Johansson, both Swedes, are allies.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Stadium booze ban ‘holds city back’
BBC News – May 31, 2003
The Edinburgh stadium was the venue for the final in 2000 and 2002. Commercial marketing director Phil Anderton said the SRU had submitted a “very aggressive bid” for next year’s event. “Unfortunately Rugby Football League (RFL) officials informed us that our bid was strong but they have chosen to opt for the Millennium Stadium,” he said. Licensing laws

“They indicated to us that a key reason for their choice is rugby league supporters’ preference for the Millennium Stadium and in particular the proximity and availability of alcohol-serving bars both outwith and within the stadium. “This announcement strengthens our resolve to work alongside the Scottish Executive to endeavour to achieve a relaxation in the licensing laws effecting Murrayfield which holds back our efforts to attract major events and, in turn, has adverse consequences financially on the city of Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole. ”

The SRU said Murrayfield was the only international rugby venue in the world which could not sell alcohol… RFL executive chairman Richard Lewis said a decision on the 2004 location had been delayed until after that match to gauge the public’s reaction. “Everybody connected with the game was delighted by the way in which the 2003 final was staged by the stadium and the welcome afforded to our fans by the Welsh people,” he said. “We are due to return to Wembley in 2006 but we have built into this new agreement the option of playing at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 and 2006 should Wembley’s rebuilding run into any unforeseen delays.

Honeymoon period over in the Lyons’ den
Irish Independent – May 29, 2003
Will the Dubs continue where they left off last year, with a swagger which saw them go to within a hair’s breadth of an All-Ireland final appearance or will the second year syndrome hit the likes of Ray Cosgrove and Alan Brogan, both of whom were so impressive in Lyons’ initial Dublin campaign? And what of Meath? The silence has been deafening but they have sent a missive from the long grass to tell us that there will be six championship debutants facing Westmeath. Under Sean Boylan, such a starting outpost has often led all the way to the Holy Grail, but this time Luke Dempsey will be asking the biggest of all questions of his maroon and white troops – can you go where no Westmeath team has never gone before and beat Meath in a Leinster senior football game? He will tell his team there can be no excuses; they either build on what they laid down two years ago, or they go back to being the easy touch for the bigger counties at this time of year. Offaly and Laois served us up the best football championship match to date, with both sides in the end feeling they wriggled off the hook of defeat at Portlaoise. I thought Offaly had the bigger chance to advance and Paul O’Kelly’s interview with RTE where he could barely conceal his disappointment at not winning, underlined that belief. He now will have a dilemma – to stick with the youngsters like John Reynolds and Niall McNamee (both of whom were revelations on the day) or revert to the tried and trusted like Vinny Claffey and Roy Malone. For a county which spent the winter giving out about the lack of forwards to choose from, it is a change in parliament to have this type of selectorial headache. You have to expect that Micko won’t allow his charges to be as bad again… WALLY OF THE WEEK: I’ve always had a soft spot for Colin Montgomerie and secretly wished a Major into his possession before he puts his snout into the trough on a serious basis. But Mrs Doubtfire was far from funny or fair in his remarks about our Pádraig not playing Wentworth last weekend. And you know what? I think there would have been more invective forthcoming except the Scot had his eye on the Ryder Cup captaincy here in 2006. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We must be the only sporting organisation in the world who are about to tell the players that they should put in less effort,” – GPA boss Dessie Farrell on GAA plans to restrict county training sessions. PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: You couldn’t be up to the pair of them. Aidan O’Brien and Mick Kinane stole the 1,000 Guineas with Yesterday, much to the chagrin of the French connections of Six Perfections, which most people thought was unbackable and unbeatable. TEAM OF THE WEEK: It is not often than Antrim footballers grab the headlines, but their win over Cavan in the Ulster Championship suggests that the minnow county of the north could at last be on the rise.

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