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June 30, 2003

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The News Review:

* World Cup strikes down expansion; Oceania loses berth
* Soccer News of Thursday, 26 June 2003
* Soccer dream in tatters
* Bafana handed World Cup bye
* Man United set to close Ronaldinho deal
* Key man may switch codes
* Soccer News of Friday, 27 June 2003
* Soccer News of Friday, 27 June 2003
* SI.com – Soccer – Now more than ever FIFA must curtail expansion -…
* Nextel’s Push To Talk Profits – Forbes.com

World Cup strikes down expansion; Oceania loses berth
USA Today – Jun 28, 2003
South America had been angered by December’s allocation in which its berths were cut to four. “The decision shows quality rules,” said Argentina’s Julio Grondona, an executive committee member. FIFA did not determine how the playoff system for the 2006 World Cup would work, but Blatter said options are available. Scarsella said Oceania would ask that instead of a simple home-and-home series, the playoff be combined with the one already scheduled between the No. 4 team from the North and Central American and Caribbean region and the No. Batter said the decision to strip Oceania of its guaranteed berth was made partly because of infighting among officials of Soccer Australia and the “poor performance” of New Zealand in the Confederations Cup.

Soccer News of Thursday, 26 June 2003
ghanaweb.com – Jun 26, 2003
Frankfurt am Main will take centre stage on 5 December 2003, when FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and a host of VIP guests hold the draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ qualifying groups. The global football family will gather at the city’s Festhalle. A number of FIFA meetings are scheduled ahead of the draw, and the German Organising Committee are also promising an attractive programme of events. The draw covers qualifying in five of the six confederations: AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North and Central America), UEFA (Europe) and OFC (Oceania and Australia). As always, the nations of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) will compete in a single group for places in the finals. Source:Ibrahim Daara Sannie.

Soccer dream in tatters
The Age – Jun 30, 2003
html” >Paris sharks with no honour. html” >France wins Confederations Cup Without even laying foot on ball, Australian soccer has been plunged back into despair – uncertain of its path to the 2006 World Cup, unsure about multi-million dollar sponsorships and still riven by uncertainty over its administration. It all happened in one unexpected blow when the game’s world governing body, FIFA, voted 22-1 in Paris at the weekend against Oceania, the division in which the Socceroos play, having one guaranteed berth in the World Cup final 32. The vote came as a shock to Australian authorities, who were overjoyed last December when Oceania was guaranteed the spot, largely thanks to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Yesterday Stefan Kamasz, the acting CEO of Soccer Australia, was loud in his condemnation of the weekend’s decision. “It’s atrocious, two-faced and an outrage.

Bafana handed World Cup bye
iAfrica.com – Jun 25, 2003
Thirty African countries will be split into five groups of six for 2006 qualifying, with just the top team in each pool going through to the finals. As an added incentive, and in a bid to reduce the congested international calendar, the top three teams in each group will go through to the African Cup of Nations finals, to be held in Egypt also in 2006. This is a positive step from the Confederation of African Football, and should ease the growing club versus country row in Europe. The draw for the first round of qualifiers will be made in Paris on Friday.

Man United set to close Ronaldinho deal
Independent Online – Jun 30, 2003
Graille met the 23-year-old Brazilian’s agent Roberto Assis on Sunday and expects the move to be concluded by the end of the week. Assis held talks with Kenyon last Friday and emerged confident of a deal being struck. ‘I believe I can become a first-team starter with United’World Cup winner Ronaldinho, best known for fooling England goalkeeper David Seaman with a 40m free-kick in 2002’s World Cup quarter-finals, has a contract with the French club until 2006. PSG’s new coach Vahid Halilhodzic is keen to hang on to the flashy forward but the club’s precarious financial position should force their hand. The only sticking point might be a deal struck by a French company called Sportfive which bought Ronaldinho’s image rights when he moved from Gremio Porto Alegre to PSG for $6,5-million two years ago… Graille met the 23-year-old Brazilian’s agent Roberto Assis on Sunday and expects the move to be concluded by the end of the week. Assis held talks with Kenyon last Friday and emerged confident of a deal being struck. ‘I believe I can become a first-team starter with United’World Cup winner Ronaldinho, best known for fooling England goalkeeper David Seaman with a 40m free-kick in 2002’s World Cup quarter-finals, has a contract with the French club until 2006. PSG’s new coach Vahid Halilhodzic is keen to hang on to the flashy forward but the club’s precarious financial position should force their hand. The only sticking point might be a deal struck by a French company called Sportfive which bought Ronaldinho’s image rights when he moved from Gremio Porto Alegre to PSG for $6,5-million two years ago.

Key man may switch codes
The Age – Jun 26, 2003
His office told The Age: “He doesn’t want to talk about that at the moment. ” Browne and several of his partners, notably David Galbally, QC, who was briefly chairman of the Melbourne Knights, and Dominic Cato, who is now football operations manager at Essendon, worked with Soccer Australia in the late 1990s and provided the legal advice for a failed restructure of the National Soccer League in 2000-2001. Brown has been known to speak enthusiastically of soccer’s potential in Australia, which is almost certain to participate in the 2006 World Cup now that the Oceania region has obtained direct entry into the cup finals. userAgent; if (agt… Browne has been a central figure in all of AFL football’s big projects, from the transformation of the VFL into the AFL, national expansion, television rights negotiations, the framing and updating of the rules of the code and mergers to the AFL’s part in the construction of Telstra Dome and tenancies at other stadiums. Should he depart Australian football for the global variety, the intellectual property lost to the AFL and gained by Soccer Australia would be immense. It would also possess an element of symbolism – as a coup for a game that lacks professional credibility in this country and as an untimely loss for the AFL when it is about to lose its longest-serving commissioner, Graeme Samuel, and chief executive of almost seven years, Wayne Jackson. The appointment of a new CEO of Soccer Australia will be one of the first – and most critical – tasks for the Lowy administration when it eventually takes control of the game. After several weeks of delay and obstruction by the so-called rump board, Lowy and his team of top businessmen and women (including Melbourne formula one supremo Ron Walker and Sydney advertising guru John Singleton) are expected to win office at a special meeting of Soccer Australia stakeholders on July 19. Stefan Kamasz, a long-serving soccer administrator, is acting CEO of Soccer Australia.

Soccer News of Friday, 27 June 2003
ghanaweb.com – Jun 27, 2003
In the early 90s, Ghana was ranked 15th in the world and undisputed 1st in Africa. Ghanaians are wondering what has changed so much that has pushed Ghana to 69th in the world and 13th in Africa. Last December, Ghana was 60th! The sad of the story is that the soccer governing bodies, CAF and FIFA did not seed the four time African champions in the 2006 world cup qualifiers. Senegal, South Africa, Cameroun, Tunisia and Nigeria were seeded for pla! ying in the finals of 2002 world Cup. Egypt, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo have also been handed seeding for chalking good positions in the Latest FIFA ranking. A cross section of the people interviewed by Space Fm attributed the problem to the unprofessional manner football has been administered in this country. According to them, Ghana has refused to embrace the basic tenets of professionalism that even countries like Iraq, Guatemala, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Uganda and Estonia have adopted and are reaping dividends.

Soccer News of Friday, 27 June 2003
ghanaweb.com – Jun 27, 2003
Ghana, who have often been heavily fancied to reach the World Cup finals but never made it, start their campaign against the war-torn Somalia, who forfeited home advantage in the last World Cup campaign because of the tenuous political situation in their capital Mogadishu. Somalia opted to play both legs of their preliminary round tie away in Cameroon on successive weekends in April 2000 when they were paired with the African champions at the start of the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup finals. They lost both matches 3-0. Among the goal scorers for Cameroon against the Somalis was Marc-Vivien Foe, the midfielder who died on Thursday after collapsing during the Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

SI.com – Soccer – Now more than ever FIFA must curtail expansion -…
SI.com – Jun 27, 2003
FIFA are contractually committed to organizing at least twomore Confederations Cup tournaments, so any thoughts of reducingthe number of matches elite players contest are largelyirrelevant for the foreseeable future. But there is one key decision FIFA can take this weekend,that will ensure that there will be no further expansion offootball at the very highest level. FIFA’s 24-man executive committee meets in Paris on Saturdayand must decide whether to increase the World Cup finals from 32to 36 teams. On the surface it sounds a simple decision. An extra fourteams sounds manageable, but the idea is fraught with problems. The immediate one is that reducing 36 teams to 16 teams fora knockout phase creates logistical and organizational problemsfor the competition as a whole. Whatever plan is devised for housing 36 teams, whether ninegroups of four teams are created or even 12 groups of three — anidea studied by the German organizers of the 2006 finals –nothing works as well as a 32-team competition with eight firstround groups of four teams.

Nextel’s Push To Talk Profits – Forbes.com
Forbes – Jun 30, 2003
03, 12:27 PM ETNEW YORK – Nextel Communications made history June 19 when it signed on to be the title sponsor of what will be known as the NASCAR Nextel Cup, starting with the 2004 season. Nextel replaces the current sponsor, Winston, which has been the title sponsor for 33 years. More on Nextel Communications.

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