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September 4, 2003

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Cafu goes fourth

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Franz Beckenbauer
* Ditch Brazil Cup qualifiers – Rivaldo
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – Cafu goes fourth
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Player Profile – World Soccer News
* NI aim to end barren run
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wyatt crushed by Wales snub
* Player Profile – World Soccer News

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 2, 2003
?All of a sudden something like 300,000 people in Iraq starting shooting off their Kalashnikovs and the Americans didn?t know what was happening,? Stange said. ?They went on alert because they thought it was the start of an uprising. Now they?re seeing how important football is to Iraq. League suspended: The Olympic team are playing a rescheduled qualifier for Athens against Vietnam this month and the national side are gearing up for next year?s Asian Cup. The main aim is to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany ? Iraq last reached the finals in Mexico in 1986. ?If we can train properly again I think we have a good chance of getting to the World Cup,? said midfielder Ali Waheb Setet. Due to the lack of security in Iraq, the 20-team first division league has not resumed since matches were suspended before the war with 29 of the 38 rounds played… Now they?re seeing how important football is to Iraq. League suspended: The Olympic team are playing a rescheduled qualifier for Athens against Vietnam this month and the national side are gearing up for next year?s Asian Cup. The main aim is to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany ? Iraq last reached the finals in Mexico in 1986. ?If we can train properly again I think we have a good chance of getting to the World Cup,? said midfielder Ali Waheb Setet. Due to the lack of security in Iraq, the 20-team first division league has not resumed since matches were suspended before the war with 29 of the 38 rounds played. ?On the one hand it?s unfortunate that there is no league play right now but on the other hand we have a unique chance to keep the Olympic and international teams together all the time,? said Stange. The Iraq players were delighted to be in Germany and many said they were fans of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Franz Beckenbauer
World Soccer – Sep 2, 2003
Franz Beckenbauer: The Olympic stadium may have been built only in the early 1970s but it was clear for a long time it had no future. For many reasons it is not good enough for modern football and today’s fans. Clearly the vast majority of the people of Munich agree with us. Without a new stadium Munich would not have been able to host any games in the 2006 World Cup. The rest of the world would have laughed at us – and Bavarians would have been able to watch the Cup only on television. If the vote had gone against us we were prepared to move out of Munich altogether and just call ourselves FC Bayern… How do you rate England?
Since Sven Goran Eriksson took over, England have been fantastic. The great thing about England is that they have so many talented young players which means they will be a top team for many years to come. England will be contenders next summer, and by the 2006 World Cup they could be the best team in the world. I have never seen England play better than they did in Munich. They had pace, aggression, movement and skill. Michael Owen was unstoppable. His finishing was unbelievable.

Ditch Brazil Cup qualifiers – Rivaldo
go.com – Sep 3, 2003
However left-back Roberto Carlos, who like Rivaldo madetransatlantic trips virtually every month to play in thequalifying competition for 2002, is confident Brazil wouldregain their best form. BRAZILIAN PRESTIGE’The first image is the one that stays,’ he said. ‘This isthe first step for the 2006 World Cup. The prestige of thefive-times world champions is at stake. ‘Brazil only lose to themselves. If we play as we did at thelast World Cup, it will be very difficult to beat us. ‘Carlos added that motivation would be sky-high… ‘We’re not short of enthusiasm. I’m proud to be part of theteam. When the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) arrives atmy house, I jump up and down with happiness. ‘The first thing I did when I got here was to look at thebadge of the CBF to see if they had put on the fifth star,’ headded, referring to the stars which each symbolise a World Cuptitle. Your views on this story?.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Cafu goes fourth
go.com – Sep 4, 2003
‘How could I not be motivated if I’m equalling Pele’srecords for Brazil and I could even beat them,’ he said. ‘Football is my motivation. ‘Cafu played in the Brazil team which beat Italy on penaltiesafter a goalless draw in the 1994 World Cup final, lost 3-0 toFrance four years later and captained the side which beatGermany 2-0 to win a fifth world title in 2002. He will be 36 when the 2006 World Cup is played and isalready the only player to have taken part in three World Cupfinals. Pele won World Cup winners medals in 1958, 1962 and 1970,although he missed the 1962 final against Czechoslovakia becauseof injury. He also played in 1966 when Brazil were knocked out in thefirst round. ‘I want to play the same number of World Cups as Pele andincrease my number of caps for the team,’ Cafu added… ‘Football is my motivation. ‘Cafu played in the Brazil team which beat Italy on penaltiesafter a goalless draw in the 1994 World Cup final, lost 3-0 toFrance four years later and captained the side which beatGermany 2-0 to win a fifth world title in 2002. He will be 36 when the 2006 World Cup is played and isalready the only player to have taken part in three World Cupfinals. Pele won World Cup winners medals in 1958, 1962 and 1970,although he missed the 1962 final against Czechoslovakia becauseof injury. He also played in 1966 when Brazil were knocked out in thefirst round. ‘I want to play the same number of World Cups as Pele andincrease my number of caps for the team,’ Cafu added. Brazil begin the defence of their crown in Barranquilla onSunday and are at home to Ecuador three days later.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 4, 2003
Sheikh Hamad?s philosophy was that sporting activity would create healthy minds and bodies, allowing the Qatari people to achieve faster growth and development. He set up many sports clubs, providing them with excellent infrastructure at state expense, and encouraged Qatari sports officials to bid for big events. Games hosts: Qatar has hosted Asian, Olympic and World Cup soccer qualifying group matches and a raft of other Arab and Gulf-level competitions. Last year it won the right to become the first Gulf country to host the Asian continent?s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Asian Games, in 2006. Plans for the Games include building a multimillion-dollar Sports City and an athletes? village. At the Pusan Asian Games last year, Qatar won four gold, five silver and five bronze medals with their bowls players and shooting competitors outshining their rivals. Many Qatari sports officials now hold responsible positions in Asian and international bodies, including Asian Football Confederation chief and FIFA executive committee member Mohammed bin Hammam… He set up many sports clubs, providing them with excellent infrastructure at state expense, and encouraged Qatari sports officials to bid for big events. Games hosts: Qatar has hosted Asian, Olympic and World Cup soccer qualifying group matches and a raft of other Arab and Gulf-level competitions. Last year it won the right to become the first Gulf country to host the Asian continent?s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Asian Games, in 2006. Plans for the Games include building a multimillion-dollar Sports City and an athletes? village. At the Pusan Asian Games last year, Qatar won four gold, five silver and five bronze medals with their bowls players and shooting competitors outshining their rivals. Many Qatari sports officials now hold responsible positions in Asian and international bodies, including Asian Football Confederation chief and FIFA executive committee member Mohammed bin Hammam. The Qatar National Olympic Committee is headed by Sheikh Tameem bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir?s fourth son and heir apparent.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – Sep 3, 2003
5 million tickets are expected to be sold, more than the 1998 World Cup in France and Germany in 2006. Danny Jordaan, the committee?s CEO, who also celebrated his birthday today, said the bid book is a comprehensive proposal to Fifa to demonstrate that SA has the infrastructure, stadia, event management, capacity and passion of the people. He added that football in this country is about its people. Fifa requires hosts to have at least eight venues but South Africa will present 13. Among them is the revamped FNB Stadium, which will house about 95 000 fans and the new Rainbow Junction in Pretoria which will seat 41 000 spectators.

Player Profile – World Soccer News
World Soccer – Sep 2, 2003
More had been expected from the playmaker, but his domestic form has since gone from strength to strength. Despite the recent tragic death of two team-mates, hit by lightning during a training session, Hernandez has inspired Deportivo to the latter stages of the closing championship. His next big challenge is to guide Colombia towards the 2006 World Cup. This time the circumstances should be more suited to his style. Colombia staged their last qualifiers for 2002 in the cool mountain air of Bogota. Maturana has already said they will return to Barranquilla, where the intense heat often makes opponents wilt. Barranquilla was the base when Valderrama conducted the team to the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups… Maturana has already said they will return to Barranquilla, where the intense heat often makes opponents wilt. Barranquilla was the base when Valderrama conducted the team to the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Now it will be where ‘Prince’ Hernandez tries to become the new king of Colombian football. FACT FILE Club Deportivo Cali Country Colombia Born June 16, 1976, in Cali Previous clubs Once Caldas, America, Independiente Medellin International debut July 2000, v Peru International caps 9 (1 goal) Honours Copa America 2001; Colombian League 1997 (America).

NI aim to end barren run
BBC News – Sep 3, 2003
Northern Ireland lost to a late goal in Armenia last March, a bad blow for morale in the McIlroy camp. With established key players like Gerry Taggart, Jim Magilton and Kevin Horlock opting to retire from international football, McIlroy has been forced to draft in young fringe players more quickly than he might have preferred. He hopes they will reap the benefit of their early experience and be in better shape when qualifying begins for the 2006 World Cup. Northern Ireland cannot be in transition forever.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wyatt crushed by Wales snub
BBC News – Sep 2, 2003
The Llanelli Scarlets lock, capped 36 times, lost out to Brent Cockbain, who made his international debut in the tournament build-up win over Romania. “I’ve put a lot of time and effort into trying to get into the World Cup squad,” Wyatt told BBC Sport. “It’s obviously very hard when you find out that you’re not a part of it. “It’s hard to put into words what I’m feeling at the moment.

Player Profile – World Soccer News
World Soccer – Sep 2, 2003
But Crespo can take nothing for granted. By then he will be the senior citizen, fighting off the challenge of a new generation. A leading contender stars for River Plate, where Crespo made his name six years ago. Fernando Cavenaghi’s 15 goals in 19 games helped River to this year’s closing championship title and put him top of the national scorers’ chart… Cavenaghi will not always find life so easy. A knee injury on the opening day of the current campaign sidelined him for a month. But he was born with a gift for putting the ball in the back of the net, and in football that is no bad place to start. FACT FILE Club River Plate Country Argentina Born September 21, 1983, in General O’Brien, Buenos Aires Honours Argentinian closing championship 2002.

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