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September 10, 2003

Vogts aims to have last laugh

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The News Review:

* Parreira backing old hands
* Australia urged to lead in Oceania
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Vogts aims to have last laugh
* Bwalya accepts Zambia job
* Gabon appoint new coach
* Is Bwalya right for Zambia?
* Welcome home for Beckham
* Palios backs European ban on yobs
* Soccer News of Wednesday, 10 September 2003
* Sports Briefs for September 8, 2003
* Under-fire Emerson hits back at critics

Parreira backing old hands
BBC News – Sep 10, 2003
With a victory over Colombia the World Cup holders begin their qualifying campaign this weekend – the first time the champions have had to do so of course. And Brazil’s new coach is also their old one – Carlos Alberto Parreira led the team to it’s 1994 victory and is now back in charge for the 2006 challenge. Criticised during his last period at the helm for playing defensive football, Parreira claims he won’t change his style this time round. And he wants the same continuity in his personnel. Cafu was part of Brazil’s squad in 1994, and Parreira says it’s possible he could play a part in 2006… “We were no different from other teams, but we had three players no-one else had – Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. We had seven players to defend and those three to attack”. You can hear all of Aidan Hamilton’s interview with Carlos Alberto Parreira on World Football on Saturday 7 September. Use the audio link on the front page.

Australia urged to lead in Oceania
The Age – Sep 8, 2003
If the billionaire businessman, who took control of Soccer Australia in July, pays heed to the experienced Scarsella’s words it could mean a step up in involvement for Melbourne-based heavy hitter Ron Walker. The formula one supremo, a sporting, political and business mover and shaker, is now Australia’s point man in Oceania following the shake-up of the Soccer Australia board and the installation of the Lowy team, of which Walker is a key member. Scarsella, a former chairman of Soccer Australia, stood by his threat to quit on the weekend after a no-confidence vote in him by his OFC colleagues. Scarsella, who has shouldered the blame for the loss of Oceania’s direct qualification for the World Cup, lost the vote 6-5, having made it clear he would walk if he did not enjoy support from the rest of the region… The formula one supremo, a sporting, political and business mover and shaker, is now Australia’s point man in Oceania following the shake-up of the Soccer Australia board and the installation of the Lowy team, of which Walker is a key member. Scarsella, a former chairman of Soccer Australia, stood by his threat to quit on the weekend after a no-confidence vote in him by his OFC colleagues. Scarsella, who has shouldered the blame for the loss of Oceania’s direct qualification for the World Cup, lost the vote 6-5, having made it clear he would walk if he did not enjoy support from the rest of the region. A separate motion of no confidence in Oceania’s representative to FIFA, Ahongalu Fusimalohi, was also passed but the Tongan refused to resign and will appeal to FIFA on the legality of the vote. Speaking from Adelaide yesterday, Scarsella said the vote and instability in the region would give succour to those in the FIFA executive who had argued successfully that Oceania’s World Cup place should be taken away. “It will give those other confederations justification for what they did back in June. I think for the good of Oceania the politics have got to stop and Australia should be leading Oceania.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 10, 2003
Such was the joy that the reigning titleholders had got over a difficult opening match in contrast to the disastrous start they made to their campaign to qualify for the 2002 finals that 5,000 fans welcomed them back from Colombia. Ronaldo, who scored the first goal in the 2-1 win in Barranquilla, took 10 minutes to walk the 20 metres from the arrival hall at the airport. A bonus for the Brazilians this time is that the Real Madrid ace is fit and well, they sorely missed him in the 2002 qualifiers when his long-running right knee problems ruled him out, though he returned to devastating effect for the finals themselves. They will be looking to him and the rising star of the side, 21-year-old Kaka, to make it two wins out of two against opponents, who opened their bid to reach a second successive finals with a 2-0 victory over minnows Venezuela, who are the only side from the region never to reach football?s shopwiece event… We are going to have to put that right before the Uruguay game,? Santa Cruz said. Uruguay meanwhile are on a high having beaten Bolivia 5-0 in Montevideo in their opener. Colombia must travel from the low point of their weekend defeat to the highest international football pitch in the world at La Paz, Bolivia at 3,500m on Wednesday. Francisco Maturana, the coach of the South American champions Colombia, was realistic in defeat. ?We played far superior opponents who controlled the rhythm of the game. But the skill of our opponents in no way means we can shirk the responsibility of an opening defeat,? he said. Argentina travel to Caracas on Tuesday to play Venezuela after throwing away a two-goal lead against Chile to draw 2-2 in Buenos Aires.

Vogts aims to have last laugh – Sep 9, 2003
“There is a lot of pressure on Germany and that’s why they have brought this game to Dortmund,” he said. “I know the German mentality and they are looking only for a win but we have nothing to lose against the runners-up in the last World Cup. “Their focus is on the 2006 World Cup and Rudi Voller has young players. In 2006 they must win the World Cup because to be second at home will be a disaster. Maybe they forgot about qualifying for Euro 2004 but they are still strong enough to do it. “Vogts offered few hints about his own intentions but his options are so limited that it seems most likely that he will start with a back four with Steven Pressley, returning from suspension, replacing Lee Wilkie, and Christian Dailly, similarly available again, stepping into midfield at the expense of Paul Devlin. The Scotland manager was particularly coy about who would start up front, probably in a lone attacking role, and although he offered a broad hint that Steve Thompson would be given the job, it would mean dropping Paul Dickov, who scored on Saturday, for a player who is not a first team starter with Rangers.

Bwalya accepts Zambia job
BBC News – Sep 9, 2003
“I am now employed by Faz(Football Association of Zambia)
and we have agreed on a three-month contract,” Bwalya told reporters at a news conference in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. Faz’s decision to give the former African Footballer of the Year a short contract could be linked to the decision of the Confederation of African Football to merge the 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers. Should Zambia fail to scale through October’s preliminary round, it would not be involved in senior African football action until 2006, when the qualifying series for the 2008 Nations Cup would begin. Bwalya, who will appoint his own assistants, replaces Patrick Phiri who was sacked after Zambia failed to qualify for the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia. The Zambian legend ended his playing career in 2001 and took up a coaching job with Mexican side Vera Cruz, leading them to the top division in his first season.

Gabon appoint new coach
BBC News – Sep 8, 2003
Saramagna takes over less than a month before the start of the African qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup finals. Gabonese football federation officials said the new coach’s immediate task is to prepare the Panthers for the preliminary round tie against Burundi. Saramagna, once in charge of French club St Etienne, coached Mali from 1998 to 2000. But he was sacked after Mali’s Eagles lost to Libya in the preliminary round of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers.

Is Bwalya right for Zambia?
BBC News – Sep 10, 2003
Thumbs up to the Zambian FA. Just look at Zimbabwe – 23 years and no qualification to the World Cup or Nations Cup. They tried coaches from all over but failed. They turned to a local man and made it to Tunisia. All African FAs should learn to use their local coaches. Phidza, Zimbabwean in USA

Yes, yes, and yes… Phidza, Zimbabwean in USA

Yes, yes, and yes. Who better to lead Zambia out of the present predicament than Kalusha. Zambia is an African football powerhouse and she should remain in that position. Kalusha is the man for the job! Taiwo, California, USA

Kalusha opted for a three-month contract because if Zambia fail to beat the Seychelles they will not play any internationals until after 2006! I believe he will definitely extend the contract after the qualifier against the Seychelles. So I hope everyone gets behind this legend. Mario, Australia

Three months is ridiculous. Kalusha may not be able to make the Red Sea part in such a short period! I say dissolve the Football Association of Zambia and start afresh! Mfikeyi Makayi, Zambian in USA

I do not understand why the Football Association of Zambia took this decision.

Welcome home for Beckham
The Age – Sep 9, 2003
While his teammates flagged, Beckham kept his nerve to score a stunning injury-time goal from a free kick to earn the point England needed to top its group. It was a moment that elevated Beckham to god-like status among England fans. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Petit, 32, a World Cup winner in 1998, has bowed out of international football after winning 63caps for France. The Chelsea midfielder, who also won the European championship with France in 2000, told l’Equipe sports daily he believed he was still good enough to play at international level but saw he no longer figured in national coach Jacques Santini’s plans. “It’s a decision I didn’t want to take but it’s the most sensible. I don’t feel France is led by the right man,” he said. Brazil began its quest for a sixth World Cup crown with a 2-1 victory over Colombia, Peru was a 4-1 winner over Paraguay and Uruguay beat Bolivia 5-0 as the South American qualifiers for the 2006 finals in Germany began.

Palios backs European ban on yobs – Sep 8, 2003
He has backed controversial proposals which could see English football hooligans banned from every stadium in Europe. Palios gave his support to the initiative, drafted in Italy and due to be debated by EU ministers in the autumn. It would mean information on suspected trouble-makers would be circulated to police forces throughout Europe with a view to barring them from any match… “We have to respond better to events but my colleagues said I’d always regret it if I turned the job down. There’s a lot of stimulating work to do, I have a great team and I still have a passion for the game. “Palios has also held extensive talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson whose contract as England coach ends after the 2006 World Cup. But at no time, apparently, did the Swede, who has been linked with Chelsea, promise to see out his contract, raising questions about his commitment. “My conversation with Sven was to try and understand his version of events,” said Palios. Yet asked whether he had received direct assurances from the England manager, Palios said: “We didn’t specifically discuss that. You can plan for everything but events can potentially overtake you.

Soccer News of Wednesday, 10 September 2003 – Sep 10, 2003
Zumdick gets Ghana post -BBC Report German Ralf Zumdick has been given a three-month contract to manage Ghana’s national team. The former Asante Kotoko coach takes over from Burkhard Ziese, who was sacked after the Black Stars failed to qualify for the 2004 African Nations Cup. Zumdick’s first task will be to prepare the Black Stars for October’s 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup preliminary qualifier against Somalia. Ghana Football Association chairman Ben Koufie said their decision to hire Zumdick was influenced by his knowledge of Ghanaian football, acquired during his stint with Kotoko. Koufie told BBC Sport website that Zumdick would get a longer contract should he prove himself within the three-month period. “We would definitely would hand him the job if he does well,” Koufie said. The 43-year-old coach, who had a stint at German Bundesliga club Bochum, led Kotoko to the final of last year’s African Cup Winners Cup.

Sports Briefs for September 8, 2003
First Coast News – Sep 8, 2003
The United States plays Sweden the next day in Washington. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Just 14 months after Brazil won the 2002 World Cup, Argentina’s Kily Gonzalez got the first goal of qualifying for the 2006 men’s championship when he scored in the 31st minute of his country’s 2-2 tie against Chile on Saturday. Also on Saturday Ecuador beat Venezuela 2-0 and Peru beat Paraguay 4-1. On Sunday, Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 and Uruguay routed Bolivia 5-0 to complete the first group of South American qualifiers. GOLFHAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Bob Tway two-putted for bogey on the third hole of a playoff with Brad Faxon in the Canadian Open on Sunday to become the eighth player 40 and over to win a PGA Tour event this year. Tway, 44, earned $756,000 for his eighth tour title and first since the 1995 MCI Classic.

Under-fire Emerson hits back at critics – Sep 10, 2003
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