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September 7, 2003

Eriksson linked with Chelsea job

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 5:09 am

The News Review:

* Argentina stumble as 2006 World Cup kicks off
* 2006 World Cup qualifiers about to begin in Rio
* – NCF – Recap
* Eriksson linked with Chelsea job
* Tunisia, Libya to bid jointly for 2010 World Cup
* Tweed fears worst in Germany fixture

Argentina stumble as 2006 World Cup kicks off
Times of India – Sep 7, 2003
In the day’s two other games, Peru came from behind to
hammer Paraguay 4-1 and Ecuador started with a 2-0 home win over Venezuela as
the marathon battle for four automatic berths began nearly three years before
the final is due to be played. Argentina, particularly coach Marcelo
Bielsa and midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, have yet to win back the confidence
of the public after the team’s spectacular failure in Japan and South Korea,
where they arrived as favourites only to crash out in the first
round. Veron was booed every time he touched the ball by the crowd in
Buenos Aires, although the new Chelsea signing had a good match in midfield and
was gradually winning the supporters over before he was surprisingly substituted
for Matias Almeyda midway through the second half. Chile, missing
Italian-based midfielder David Pizarro and striker Marcelo Salas through injury,
appeared tailor-made for the occasion… Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano headed Peru level
after 34 minutes and eight minutes later set up the second for Club Bruges
striker Andres Mendoza with a 60-metre pass out of defence. Peru
soaked up Paraguay pressure for most of the second half then struck with two
more goals in the last ten minutes from locally-based Jorge Soto and Jefferson
Farfan. In Quito, already enjoying the advantage of playing at 2,800
metres above sea level, Ecuador were gifted an early goal by Venezuela, the only
members of the South American Football Confederation who have never played at
the World Cup. The visiting defence stood and watched as Giovanni
Espinoza nipped in to put Ecuador ahead after five minutes after a free kick was
floated in from the left. Carlos Tenorio headed home the second in
the second half. Ecuador visit defending champions Brazil, who begin
their campaign in Colombia on Sunday, next Wednesday with coach Hernan Dario
Gomez in confident mood. “We’re going to try and win,” he

2006 World Cup qualifiers about to begin in Rio
Taipei Times – Sep 5, 2003
Brazil, who beat Germany 2-0 in Yokohama on June 30 last year to win an unprecedented fifth world title, launch their defence one day later in the steamy Caribbean port of Barranquilla, new FIFA rules having deprived them of a guaranteed place in the finals. Ronaldo, who scored both goals against Germany in the 2002 final, will play the first World Cup qualifier of his remarkable career. Recent qualifying competitions have kicked off on small Caribbean islands but a curious combination of circumstances deprived the likes of Dominica and Dutch Antilles from briefly capturing the attention of the football world. The 2002 qualifiers were launched in Port of Spain, where Trinidad beat the Dutch Antilles 5-0, while the road to France in 1998 began at a rickety cricket ground on the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica. This time, the action will focus on the 60,000-capacity Monumental stadium on the banks of the River Plate, venue for the final in 1978 when Argentina beat the Netherlands. The early start is the result of a compromise between FIFA and the South American nations, who wanted to retain their marathon qualifying tournament in which the 10 teams play each other twice. Previously, the qualifiers were squeezed into 18 months, angering European clubs who lost many of their South American players on a monthly basis as they journeyed across the Atlantic to represent their countries… However this compromise has produced anomalies. Three years is a long time for a team to stay intact and the Argentina side that will launch the campaign on Saturday could have a very different look to the one which finally competes in Germany — providing they qualify. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers begin before the 16 finalists have been settled for next year’s European championships while three Champions League finals, two African Nations Cups and a Copa America will be played between Saturday and the 2006 finals. By July 2006, Brazil’s Cafu, who is due to captain his team on Sunday, will be 36, Rivaldo will be 34 and even Ronaldo will be nearing his 30th birthday. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will be 63 and assistant director Mario Zagallo will be a month short of his 75th birthday. Former World Cup hero Romario, ever-hopeful of a national team recall, will be 40. Argentina’s match with Chile will be immediately followed by Ecuador against Venezuela in Quito and Peru against Paraguay in Lima. – NCF – Recap
ESPN – Sep 6, 2003
“If we do, it will be a long day next week atOhio State. While the Wolfpack was scratching their heads over the loss, theDemon Deacons were celebrating an upset that drove their smallstudent section onto the field in a failed attempt to tear down agoalpost. Celebrating big football wins doesn’t come naturally at WakeForest, an academic school known best for a basketball team thatoccasionally tops the ACC. But beating a league powerhouse infootball? Not supposed to happen. “We came out and played hard and got the victory,” saidreceiver Willie Idlette, who scored on a 50-yard punt return. “Hopefully the quad will be white with toilet paper. Chris Barclay scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, Nick Burneyadded two scores and Cornelius Birgs scored on a 16-yard run asWake Forest scored four rushing touchdowns while gaining 202 yardson the ground.

Eriksson linked with Chelsea job – Sep 7, 2003
Eriksson released a statement through the Football Association to attempt to explain the potentially embarrassing meeting with Abramovich, but stopped short of denying that he had been offered Ranieri’s job. But the real victim will surely be Ranieri, who has already warned Abramovich to stay out of team affairs and now seems likely to face the sack from the club’s ambitious new owner. Eriksson said in his statement that he had known Abramovich for only a matter of months, but it will not go unnoticed at the FA that the meeting, which took place last Thursday, came just 48 hours after the news broke that the Russian had bought Chelsea for £150 million… “Therefore, I would like to once again categorically re-affirm my total commitment to my role as England head coach. I am thoroughly enjoying the current European Championship qualifying campaign and I am looking forward to leading England to success in the future. “That Eriksson was even prepared to have discussions with Abramovich at such a sensitive time suggests that the England coach, who is contracted to take England to the next World Cup in 2006, still finds the restrictions of the international game frustrating and would consider a route back into club football. He was involved in a similar controversy last season when Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that the Swede agreed to an informal deal with Manchester United to take over at the club before the Scot cancelled plans for his retirement and signed a new three-year contract. Although United have denied that any such agreement took place, Eriksson is still viewed by England’s richest clubs as a serious target – especially now that the FA’s financial problems make them powerless to match a big offer from the Premiership. The meeting also demonstrates the remarkable influence and standing of Zahavi, who has been recruited by many of Europe’s top clubs to put together huge deals. It was to the Israeli agent that Joan Laporta turned in order to reach a preliminary deal to take David Beckham to Barcelona and although that failed, Zahavi is working on United’s bid for Ronaldinho.

Tunisia, Libya to bid jointly for 2010 World Cup – Sep 5, 2003
Soccer’s governing body has said the tournament will be reserved for Africa, which has never hosted the event. The next World Cup will be in Germany in 2006… He is also a professional soccer player and vice president of his country’s football federation. Initially, the two neighboring North African nations intended to bid separately. Four other African countries have announced their candidacies — South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria. The countries have until Sept. 30 to present official bids to FIFA.

Tweed fears worst in Germany fixture
Edinburgh Evening News – Sep 6, 2003
“They’ve also lost against Spain, Portugal and Holland but although they were beaten 1-0 by Italy in Stuttgart in their last match, it was the best I’ve seen them since they defeated the Ukraine to qualify for the World Cup. “In the second-half they simply steam-rollered the Italians, created a lot of chances but were unable to score. “I think Germany have taken qualification for the European Championship finals as a foregone conclusion, their whole system is gearing up for the World Cup finals here in 2006. ” Tweed lives in a hot-bed of German football with Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Munchen Gladback and Bayern Munich, Koln, Bochum, Aachen and Essen all within striking distance and he’s determined to be at the Westfalen Stadium for this match. He said: “Dortmund is about an hour’s drive away and I’m desperately trying to get tickets. The Westfalen Stadium has recently been taken up to a capacity of 76,000 and a stand behind one of the goals holds 33,000 alone. “I’m also hoping to get along to Scotland’s hotel to say hello to the likes of Steven Pressley, Rab Douglas, Lee Wilkie, Gavin Rae and Christian Dailly.

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