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July 12, 2003

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Teixeira re-elected as Brazilian soccer chief
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Africa and Asia restore ties
* FA confirm new tv rights deals
* Sports Features of Saturday, 12 July 2003

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jul 12, 2003
?It?s another adventure, another challenge, a big one for me,? said the 48-year-old. ?But I believe in myself, my capabilities and my philosophy and I am hopeful of succeeding in my mission. ?My first objective is to develop a new football culture, inculcate a totally new approach to football. I hope everyone will agree with me when I say the time has come for drastic changes. ? Troussier, who has replaced fellow Frenchman Pierre Lechantre, made no secret of the fact that the job on hand is indeed a tough one. ?It is quite a tough task to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Asia have four and a half berths – four straight and a possible fifth in a play-off against the Oceania qualifier… I hope everyone will agree with me when I say the time has come for drastic changes. ? Troussier, who has replaced fellow Frenchman Pierre Lechantre, made no secret of the fact that the job on hand is indeed a tough one. ?It is quite a tough task to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Asia have four and a half berths – four straight and a possible fifth in a play-off against the Oceania qualifier. ?To snatch one of these, we will have to work very hard,? Troussier told The Peninsula newspaper. ?I know the higher authorities in Qatar are keen to promote sports in this country. They are ambitious to put Qatar on the world sports map.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jul 11, 2003
The UEFA Cup winner will play 15 matches. UEFA spokesman Mike Lee said the changes meet the demands of major clubs and should give a boost to the competition, whose television audiences have been flagging because of rivalry from the Champions League. ?It will give some of the clubs more guaranteed European football, which a number have been requesting, but at the same time it sticks within the current calendar,? he said. The existing qualfying system for the UEFA Cup, involving direct qualification for top-placed teams in national leagues, the preliminary qualifying rounds and the Intertoto Cup, will stay. The executive committee also decided on what it dubbed ?improved? qualifying formats for European national sides in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. ?In general, what we have achieved is what most of the associations have asked us to do, to play more competitive matches,? Aigner said. UEFA officials said less friendlies would be played in Europe at international level as a result… ?It will give some of the clubs more guaranteed European football, which a number have been requesting, but at the same time it sticks within the current calendar,? he said. The existing qualfying system for the UEFA Cup, involving direct qualification for top-placed teams in national leagues, the preliminary qualifying rounds and the Intertoto Cup, will stay. The executive committee also decided on what it dubbed ?improved? qualifying formats for European national sides in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. ?In general, what we have achieved is what most of the associations have asked us to do, to play more competitive matches,? Aigner said. UEFA officials said less friendlies would be played in Europe at international level as a result. ?We?re recognising that many friendly matches have become meaningless and are not really wanted by fans and by TV,? Lee said. Fifty-one European nations will compete for 13 European slots in the World Cup finals, through eight groups, under the plans UEFA will forward to world football governing body FIFA for approval.

Teixeira re-elected as Brazilian soccer chief
SI.com – Jul 10, 2003
“They put pressure on me, I thought and I accepted,” he said. “How many federations have managed to get to three (successive) World Cup finals. Teixeira also guaranteed that under-fire national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira would keep his job until the 2006 World Cup. “I’m absolutely sure,” he said. “I didn’t choose him to take charge of two games, it’s a project. Brazilian goalie gets 180-day ban for attacking ref RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) — A Brazilian goalkeeper was banned for 180 days Wednesday for attacking a referee during a second division match. America-Belo Horizonte’s Fabiano was grabbed by police and taken to a station for questioning immediately after the incident in the game away to Avai on July 1.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Africa and Asia restore ties
BBC News – Jul 10, 2003
Caf cut off all relations with the AFC three years ago after Asia voted for Germany instead of South Africa in the closely-contested ballot. Furious Caf officials accused the Asians of betrayal after Germany were awarded the finals to leave South Africa broken-hearted. All contacts between the two continental federations were scrapped, bringing to an end Afro-Asian club and national team
competitions, as well as exchange programmes for match officials… Caf cut off all relations with the AFC three years ago after Asia voted for Germany instead of South Africa in the closely-contested ballot. Furious Caf officials accused the Asians of betrayal after Germany were awarded the finals to leave South Africa broken-hearted. All contacts between the two continental federations were scrapped, bringing to an end Afro-Asian club and national team
competitions, as well as exchange programmes for match officials.

FA confirm new tv rights deals
go.com – Jul 10, 2003
It also enables much greater access to top-quality footballfor an even larger number of people. ‘The FA have not revealed the size of the deal, and have still yet to put out totender overseas TV rights, domestic radio rights and new media rights. BBC director of sport Peter Salmon said: ‘The new partnership with the FAwill enable the BBC to give terrestrial audiences unprecedented access to theEngland team during their passage to the World Cup in 2006. ‘Our production teams and talent have also worked hard over the last twoyears to bring back the magic of the FA Cup and we look forward to building onour successes over the next four years. ‘Sky have the rights to show all England Under-21 and youth games live. Sky Sports managing director Vic Wakeling said: ‘We’re pleased to be involvedyet again with the FA Cup and with England. ‘It is equally important that we cover the game at all levels, and the youngstars we have seen develop over the past 10 years or so in the FA Youth Cup, andat Under-21 level, will now be featuring in our live UEFA Champions Leaguecoverage.

Sports Features of Saturday, 12 July 2003
ghanaweb.com – Jul 12, 2003
The 1-0 defeat inflicted by war-torn Rwanda, means that for the first time since 1992, the four-times champions of Africa would not be counted among the elites of the African game. It is one news item that has brought gloom to the faces of many of the game’s followers in this country. The defeat must rank among the worst national outings since football, as a sport became an organized national event with the formation at Cape Coast in 1903 of the Excelsior Football Club to lay the foundation of the game along the West Coast of Africa. By every stretch of imagination, the conclusion of the three-nation league format with Ghana bottom of the group featuring Rwanda and Uganda represents a catastrophic failure on the part of this nation that pioneered the game along the West Coast. Our failure against strife-torn Rwanda means in simple terms, that we are not good enough to be counted among the comity of international footballing nations. That is why talk of preparing for the 2006 World Cup, is sounding hollow. Like the proverbial vulture, we seem to be concerned about the way things are done, when there is a disaster… By every stretch of imagination, the conclusion of the three-nation league format with Ghana bottom of the group featuring Rwanda and Uganda represents a catastrophic failure on the part of this nation that pioneered the game along the West Coast. Our failure against strife-torn Rwanda means in simple terms, that we are not good enough to be counted among the comity of international footballing nations. That is why talk of preparing for the 2006 World Cup, is sounding hollow. Like the proverbial vulture, we seem to be concerned about the way things are done, when there is a disaster. In footballing terms there could not have been a worst disaster than failing against the likes of Uganda and Rwanda, both minnows of the African game. As we mourn our exit from the continental championship, it behooves all of us to take a closer look at the way the game is administered in this country with a view to finding solutions to the myriads of problems plaguing the game. Weekend Agenda believes Bukhard Ziese; the West German contracted after a protracted wrangle to handle the national soccer team has no future with the Ghanaian game.

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