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July 30, 2003

McIlroy agrees new deal

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The News Review:

* International bottleneck
* SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA delays decision on Israeli ban -…
* SI.com – Soccer – Americas: Passarella loses Uruguay appeal – Friday…
* McIlroy agrees new deal
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Clockwatch: Aus 21-50 NZ
* Philip on Saturday: Major test on US seniors tour

International bottleneck
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 30, 2003
In FIFA’s co-ordinated international match calendar for 2004 and 2005, which takes in the qualifying campaign for Germany 2006, there are back-to-back competitive games scheduled for Sept 4 and 8, Oct 9 and 13 (2004), March 26 and 30, June 4 and 8, Sept 3 and 7, Oct 8 and 12 and Nov 12 and 16 (2005). These effectively will be the qualifying dates for the 2006 World Cup finals, with a similar schedule for Euro 2008, and the proposal is that the top two nations from each of the seven groups qualify for the finals with no play-offs. To counter the increased competitive workload when Germany 2006 gets under way, FIFA have reduced the number of friendly dates to two for 2004 (Aug 18 and Nov 17) and 2005 (Feb 9 and Aug 17) though some countries may be forced to play competitive ties on these days. UEFA have also cut down on the maximum number of ties in the Champions League from 17 to 13. The demands on top international players has prompted FIFA president Sepp Blatter to announce he will propose at the extraordinary congress of world football’s ruling body in Qatar in October that the number of clubs in the top division of all national leagues does not exceed 16. Blatter said: “If an association is a member of FIFA, it has to abide by the rules… He said: “I think it’s normal, very normal, at a team like Real Madrid to have to fight hard and I think with the arrival of Beckham we will have to try to work harder,” he said. The French international said he did not think the former Manchester United icon would have any trouble settling into the Spanish style of football. “It’s good for him to learn another style, but the most important thing is that he’s going to try for the team. “Zidane, who reiterated yesterday that he will retire when his contract runs out in two years, said it was important that Beckham was quickly accepted by the other players. “When I arrived I was well welcomed by the team and I can say that Beckham is also well welcomed by the team,” Zidane said. “In that way he can be a part of the group.

SI.com – Soccer – World: UEFA delays decision on Israeli ban -…
SI.com – Jul 30, 2003
The venue has yet to be decided but Yokohama is still being considered. The tournament clashes with the two-leg J-League championship final and takes place at a time when many of Japan’s Europe-based stars may not be available due to club commitments. “Japan must use this opportunity to build for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers,” said Shunichiro Okano, president of the East Asian Football Federation. “South Korea, China and Hong Kong will bring their best players so it’s important for Japan to be at full strength too. Champion Seongnam crashes 2-1 at Suwon in K-League SEOUL (Reuters) — Ulsan Tigers was held to a goalless draw by bottom club Bucheon SK but still moved a point clear at the top of the K-League on Wednesday after champion Seongnam Ilhwa lost 2-1 at Suwon Blue Wings. Ulsan, runner-up in 2002, lacked a cutting edge in attack at home to struggling Bucheon, which ended a winless run of 21 matches last weekend. But Seongnam, who are chasing a third straight K-League title, failed to take advantage and were 2-0 down by halftime against Suwon after goals from striker Jung Yoon-sung and Romanian midfielder Gabriel Popescu.

SI.com – Soccer – Americas: Passarella loses Uruguay appeal – Friday…
SI.com – Jul 25, 2003
The coach, who as a player captained Argentina to theirfirst World Cup victory in 1978, steered his present clubMonterrey to the Mexican league Clausura title last month. Uruguay reached the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and SouthKorea under Passarella’s successor Victor Pua but failed to getpast the first round group stage. Uruguay edges Peru in seven-goal friendlyLIMA (Reuters) — Uruguay pipped Peru 4-3 in ahigh-scoring friendly on Thursday as both teams continued theirpreparations for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Only a sparse scattering of spectators turned up for theglut of goals on a chilly Lima evening. Jefferson Farfan bagged two for the hosts either side ofManuel Marengo’s effort. But two goals from Uruguay’s Martin Liguera, one fromMarcelo Sosa and a Nicolas Vigneri strike clinched the visitorsvictory. Despite the result, two-goal Farfan took heart from hisperformance.

McIlroy agrees new deal
BBC News – Jul 29, 2003
McIlroy’s new deal will take Northern Ireland into their 2006 World Cup campaign. Irish Football Association International president Jim Boyce revealed the international committee was unanimous in their support for the manager. Northern Ireland are currently suffering a barren run and have not scored in any of their last 10 matches. But an encouraging scoreless draw against Spain in June went a long way in helping McIlroy’s negotiations with the IFA. McIlroy will be looking to secure at least one victory in the remaining three Euro 2004 qualifiers against Ukraine, Armenia and Greece.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Clockwatch: Aus 21-50 NZ
BBC News – Jul 26, 2003
It is the All Blacks’ highest ever total against Australia. Australia 21-50 New Zealand

78 min Australian centre Mat Rogers races over for a fine try to narrow the lead.

Philip on Saturday: Major test on US seniors tour
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 25, 2003
“Now young Sam Torrance is ready to join the grown-ups. On Aug 29, five days after turning 50, he will make his debut in the Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe, testing the waters on behalf of a clutch of star names who will undoubtedly follow. Torrance’s Ryder Cup mucker, Mark James, will reach seniority in October, as, over the next five years, will Howard Clark (2004), Greg Norman (2005), Costantino Rocca (2006), Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer (2007), Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle (2008). The so-called ‘Golden Five’ of Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer, Lyle and Woosnam will undoubtedly have their eyes focused on America where the highly-lucrative seniors circuit has been renamed the Champions Tour, but if Slammin’ Sam harbours similar ambitions, he may not find Uncle Sam quite so willing to embrace those who pitch up without a major on their CV. “The US seniors tour is very, very exclusive,” explains Tommy Horton, now 62 but still possessed of a swing as sweet as honey… Torrance’s Ryder Cup mucker, Mark James, will reach seniority in October, as, over the next five years, will Howard Clark (2004), Greg Norman (2005), Costantino Rocca (2006), Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer (2007), Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle (2008). The so-called ‘Golden Five’ of Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer, Lyle and Woosnam will undoubtedly have their eyes focused on America where the highly-lucrative seniors circuit has been renamed the Champions Tour, but if Slammin’ Sam harbours similar ambitions, he may not find Uncle Sam quite so willing to embrace those who pitch up without a major on their CV. “The US seniors tour is very, very exclusive,” explains Tommy Horton, now 62 but still possessed of a swing as sweet as honey. “And next year they’re going to make it even more difficult for foreigners because there will only be four spots available via the qualifying school, where you’ll have 1,500 guys chasing those four places. They don’t want amateurs-turned-pro or club pros no one’s heard of, they want to keep the Champions Tour elite.

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