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June 12, 2003

Germany ends tough year on dismal note

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The News Review:

* Eriksson looks to the future
* Blatter opposes World Cup expansion
* Diplomats Hold Their Own Mini World Cup
* Germany ends tough year on dismal note
* Embattled Blatter faces internal revolt
* IAAF show Blatter the way
* SI.com – Soccer – Americas: Uruguay invites foreign legion to train -…
* SI.com – Soccer – World: German boss believes Cup won’t grow -…
* Inside Soccer: Seaman’s in the net — and Man City’s in the…
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wilkinson boost for Bracken
* Sat.1 win German TV rights

Eriksson looks to the future
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 12, 2003
Davies said: “What was the alternative? Sven would have preferred for it not to have come into the public domain but we knew that it would become public, so we confirmed it. He is genuinely flattered by the offer but there is no deadline. I want to emphasise, though, that he is under contract until the World Cup. “A week, let alone three years, is such a long time in football that it is not inconceivable that neither Eriksson nor Wales manager Mark Hughes will still be in their jobs when the 2006 qualifying matches that looked so enticing on paper on Friday night become reality next autumn. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are hoping that the prospect of pitting wits against England and Wales, will encourage a few more big names to put themselves forward to succeed Sammy McIlroy as manager, although they do not expect to make a decision until the end of January. Hughes, who has recovered his own enthusiasm following the disappointment of Wales’ defeat by Russia in the Euro 2004 play-offs, said: “We proved in that campaign that we can live with expectations. For years we did not have any but the players have shown that they can compete at the highest level and the sort of expectation that will come with the games against England will not faze them anymore.

Blatter opposes World Cup expansion
BBC News – Jun 11, 2003
Blatter hopes to persuade Africa’s four delegates on Fifa’s executive committee to frustrate the South American proposition. Africa are not due to get an extra place in the expansion plan, so Caf president Issa Hayatou and the African delegation may form an unlikely alliance with Blatter. “I will fight to make sure that we stay with 32 teams,”
Blatter told Wednesday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper. “I want to avoid internal fighting but the South Americans
have to understand… “I will fight to make sure that we stay with 32 teams,”
Blatter told Wednesday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper. “I want to avoid internal fighting but the South Americans
have to understand. “In the decision between 32 and 36 teams, the credibility of the world’s biggest football festival is at stake and we want to preserve that credibility. It’s as simple as that.

Diplomats Hold Their Own Mini World Cup
Moscow Times – The Moscow Times – Jun 10, 2003
Diplomats Hold Their Own Mini World Cup
By. Teams from 18 local embassies — along with Russian teams from the Foreign Ministry and the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs, or MGIMO — battled all day in the “mini football on grass” tournament, which was organized and hosted by the MGIMO athletic department.

Germany ends tough year on dismal note
SI.com – Jun 12, 2003
It had to wait for a headed goal by Miroslav Klose with one minute left followed by a Fredi Bobic effort in added time to escape one of the most humiliating results in its history. Beckenbauer criticism “I really doubt that we can make it in 2006,” Beckenbauer told Thursday’s issue of soccer magazine Kicker. Before the game, the president of Germany’s 2006 World Cup organizing committee had said the team could not play football and for most of Wednesday’s game, it proved him right. Playmaker Michael Ballack, already bothered by a calf injuryduring Saturday’s dull 1-1 draw with Scotland in Glasgow, did not play in Torshavn and his absence was sorely felt. “When Michael is not there or has a bad day, we show very little,” said Germany coach Rudi Voeller. “We have to do something about that. German media poured scorn on the team Thursday, top-selling daily Bild calling its performance “shameful” and speaking of Germany’s “luckiest win ever.

Embattled Blatter faces internal revolt
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 12, 2003
The Sunday Telegraph understands that the 2005 edition of the Confederations Cup, dubbed ‘Blatter’s Baby’, could well be the last. “FIFA has signed a contract up to 2005 but, after that, it is unlikely to continue because there is no great support for it,” said one FIFA official. “On the other hand, the World Club Championship is very popular outside Europe and will definitely return in 2005. “Meanwhile, the Football Association have made it clear to Blatter that they will not allow FIFA to dictate the punishment meted out to Rio Ferdinand at the Dec 18-19 hearing into the player’s missed drugs test… “FIFA has signed a contract up to 2005 but, after that, it is unlikely to continue because there is no great support for it,” said one FIFA official. “On the other hand, the World Club Championship is very popular outside Europe and will definitely return in 2005. “Meanwhile, the Football Association have made it clear to Blatter that they will not allow FIFA to dictate the punishment meted out to Rio Ferdinand at the Dec 18-19 hearing into the player’s missed drugs test. “We all agree that the process should be speeded up, which is exactly why Mark Palios has set up a review of the disciplinary procedure,” said David Davies, the FA’s executive director. “But under current rules, Manchester United have done nothing wrong and are perfectly entitled to have acted as they have. There is no precedent for FIFA supplementing or changing any decision that is taken by a national association.

IAAF show Blatter the way
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 12, 2003
Instead, in his extraordinary outburst before the 2006 World Cup draw, Blatter did as much to raise Ferguson’s newly found litigious qualities by suggesting that United’s chief executive, David Gill, had been delaying an FA hearing because he “had a bad conscience” over the matter. Blatter is not always the most statesmanlike of footballing statesman. At times he appears more like football’s greatest gesture politician, personally ordering this season’s ludicrous crackdown on goalkeepers moving before penalty kicks, which seems to have been quietly abandoned by referees.

SI.com – Soccer – Americas: Uruguay invites foreign legion to train -…
SI.com – Jun 12, 2003
Carrasco included a number of uncapped players and othersoverlooked for the 2002 World Cup finals after being involved inthe qualifiers. Among these is Richard “Chengue” Morales, who scored twicein the playoff victory over Australia that put Uruguay, worldchampions in 1930 and 1950, into the finals last year for thefirst time since 1990. Carrasco, 46, who took charge in April after only two years’coaching experience with club side Fenix, said after Sunday’swin that Uruguay would be a surprise team in the 2006 World Cup. “I imagine Uruguay at the World Cup playing as well as orbetter than many teams, surprising everyone and people saying:is that Uruguay? But they used to be slow and play the longball,” Carrasco said. Uruguay have two warm-up matches scheduled against Peru, inLima on July 24 and Montevideo on July 30, in preparation forthe qualifiers. Foreign-based Uruguayan players invited to join thehome-based squad:Defenders: Gonzalo Sorondo (Inter Milan), Sebastian Morquio(Uralan, Russia), Diego Lopez (Cagliari), Dario Rodriguez(Schalke 04), Washington Tais (Real Betis)Midfielders: Gianni Guigou (AS Roma), Marcelo Romero(Malaga), Sergio Orteman (Olimpia), Ruben Olivera (Juventus),Gonzalo De los Santos (Valencia), Guillermo Giacomazzi (Lecce),Nelson Abeijon (Cagliari)Forwards: Gustavo Varela (Schalke 04), Mario Regueiro(Racing Santander), Walter Pandiani (Real Mallorca), Ivan Alonso(Alaves), Vicente Sanchez (Toluca), Diego Forlan (ManchesterUnited), Javier Chevanton (Lecce), Dario Silva (Malaga), MarceloZalayeta (Juventus), Richard Nunez (Grasshoppers), RichardMorales (Ossasuna), Fernando Correa (Atletico Madrid) AlvaroRecoba (Inter Milan). Brazilian coach gets plaque for staying putRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — The coach of Brazilianfirst division club Ponte Preta has been presented with a silverplaque for refusing to leave in the middle of the championship.

SI.com – Soccer – World: German boss believes Cup won’t grow -…
SI.com – Jun 12, 2003
Germany is the host of the upcoming World Cup and will back the position of Sepp Blatter, head of the world soccer governing body FIFA, who has vowed to fight expansion. “I’m assuming that at the next meeting, the issue will be decided the way Blatter and I believe it should,” Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, head of the DFB, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily. Mayer-Vorfelder is a member of FIFA’s executive committee, which will meet at the end of the month to decide on the proposal to add four teams, whose chief backing comes from Brazil and Argentina. South America lost one berth in the upcoming Germany World Cup.

Inside Soccer: Seaman’s in the net — and Man City’s in the…
nwsource.com – Jun 10, 2003
Don’t expect Kevin Keegan’s men to finish ahead of Manchester United next Premier League season, but Wednesday’s signing of England goalkeeper David Seaman is a step in the right direction. Seaman, 39, agreed to a one-year contract with City, leaving Arsenal after 13 years. “I want at least one more season of guaranteed first-team football in the Premiership and honestly feel I am as fit as I have ever been,” said Seaman, who would have been a backup at Arsenal next campaign. Seaman has had an inconsistent year. Blunders against Brazil in last year’s World Cup — who could forget Ronaldinho’s long-range free kick sailing over his head in England’s quarterfinal loss? — and Macedonia in Euro 2004 qualifying soon after convinced many that he was finished. But the pony-tailed wonder ended the regular season strong, making several key saves against Southampton in May’s F… “I want at least one more season of guaranteed first-team football in the Premiership and honestly feel I am as fit as I have ever been,” said Seaman, who would have been a backup at Arsenal next campaign. Seaman has had an inconsistent year. Blunders against Brazil in last year’s World Cup — who could forget Ronaldinho’s long-range free kick sailing over his head in England’s quarterfinal loss? — and Macedonia in Euro 2004 qualifying soon after convinced many that he was finished. But the pony-tailed wonder ended the regular season strong, making several key saves against Southampton in May’s F. Cup Final and pulling off the stop of the season in the semifinals of the same competition. And Peter Schmeichel — the ‘keeper Seaman replaces — had a fine final season at age 39.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wilkinson boost for Bracken
BBC News – Jun 11, 2003
“New Zealand is a fantastic rugby country,” he said. “And it’s great to be here. “It’s a rugby heartland and we want to make sure we don’t waste this opportunity. “Monday’s victory over New Zealand Maori gave the squad a whole boost.

Sat.1 win German TV rights
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jun 11, 2003
1 proposal to show 13 matches on its primary channel shows a firm commitment to, and belief in the competition as a whole,” European football’s governing body said in a statement, adding that discussions on the remaining German rights are continuing. Track record”UEFA believes that the deal will further strengthen audience share for the UEFA Champions League in a major market, as ProSiebenSat. 1 are one of the top free to air channels in Germany, and have a strong track record in producing major football competitions for the German market,” the statement added. These competitions, UEFA said, included the German Bundesliga and FIFA World Cup. Positive and exciting”We are pleased to welcome ProSiebenSat. 1 as a new partner to the UEFA Champions League,” said UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner. “This is a positive and exciting development for the competition, and I am sure that ProSiebenSat… Track record”UEFA believes that the deal will further strengthen audience share for the UEFA Champions League in a major market, as ProSiebenSat. 1 are one of the top free to air channels in Germany, and have a strong track record in producing major football competitions for the German market,” the statement added. These competitions, UEFA said, included the German Bundesliga and FIFA World Cup. Positive and exciting”We are pleased to welcome ProSiebenSat. 1 as a new partner to the UEFA Champions League,” said UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner. “This is a positive and exciting development for the competition, and I am sure that ProSiebenSat. 1 will provide a fresh enthusiastic approach to broadcasting the matches.

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