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September 16, 2003

Time to talk Turkey over TV

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 12:18 pm

The News Review:

* Preventing Tragedy in the Soccer Stadium
* Carrasco committed to attack
* Zumdick exudes confidence
* Time to talk Turkey over TV
* Sierra Leone name coach
* Government plea over Turkey TV deal
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 16 September 2003

Preventing Tragedy in the Soccer Stadium
Deutsche Welle – Sep 14, 2003
Physics rather than emotions rule here
The project, first started in 1999 and supported by the German Ministry for Research and Development, initially developed international evacuation standards for large passenger ships. It is now in use at railway stations, airports and hotels. With the upcoming World Cup in 2006, the scientists then approached the German Soccer Federation (DFB) to try the same standards on soccer stadiums. The team uses a computer simulation model that reflects the conditions of a room from which virtual victims are trying to escape, but cannot use or see exits. The model relies on the laws of physics – distances, sizes and velocities rather than emotional states that usually dictate how crowds behave. The virtual spectators appear as particles that reflect an average person’s speed, size and desired distance from others. Wildly unpredictable behaviour
Dirk Helbing, a professor at the Institute for Economics and Traffic at the Dresden University of Technology and one of the initiators of the digital panic research technology, underlined the intricacy of the research given that it is subject to wildly fluctuating and unpredictable behavior of people caught in panic situations… Schreckenberg added though German stadiums have to have security and evacuation measures that meet national safety standards, “one can do much more with our current technology nowadays. The computer simulation models can pinpoint weaknesses in the stadium architecture and predict where one can avoid disasters. ”
It still remains unclear whether the German Football Federation will extend the research begun in Dortmund to the 11 other venues marked for the World Cup 2006 and check their evacuation capabilities. “If the research brings useful results, then we’re open for it,” spokesman for the World Cup organizing committee, Jens Grittner recently told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. He said panic research couldn’t be compared to comprehensive security procedures, but said it was rather “a small building block in a security concept that still has to be worked out.

Carrasco committed to attack
BBC News – Sep 15, 2003
Even before they had made their name at international level, both had already left South America. Delgado has joined Cruz Azul of Mexico, while Pinilla has been bought by Inter Milan of Italy, and loaned out to Chievo to gain experience. But in the World Cup qualifiers – and only in the Word Cup qualifiers – their home audience has the chance to see them and the other, more established stars of the global game… It casts an interesting light on the ever controversial club versus country debate. There are many in Europe who are opposed to international football, and strive to reduce its importance. Such a development would have one clear consequence; the millions of fans in poor countries would have almost no chance to see the best players in the flesh. Real Madrid pay Ronaldo’s wages, but that does not mean that they own him. He belongs to the world, and especially to Brazil – whose fans can celebrate the chance to see him in South America’s World Cup qualifiers.

Zumdick exudes confidence
BBC News – Sep 15, 2003
Ghana’s new coach, who was in charge of last year’s African Cup Winners Cup finalists Asante Kotoko, told BBC Sport website that he had enough experience to revive the West African country’s ailing fortunes. “I think my experience will help me a lot,” said the 43-year old German. “I know a lot of Ghanaian players from my time here and in Europe.

Time to talk Turkey over TV
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 15, 2003
Last night Richard Caborn, the sports minister, confirmed the extent of Government concerns when he said: “As a result of representations from colleagues we will approach broadcasters to share the match for this unique one-off occasion. Caborn has been prompted into action by Tony Banks, the former Sports Minister, who has put down an early day motion in the House of Commons urging “urgent discussions with BSkyB and BBC to see if an arrangement might be reached in the national interest”. He followed up by appealing to Caborn and David Blunkett, the Home Secretary. Banks, who met Blunkett yesterday, told me: “I want to make sure we remove the last vestige of excuse for any England fans to go to Istanbul. I might be excessively alarmist, but from my bitter experience of 2000 I fear UEFA are looking to make an example of England… Banks, who met Blunkett yesterday, told me: “I want to make sure we remove the last vestige of excuse for any England fans to go to Istanbul. I might be excessively alarmist, but from my bitter experience of 2000 I fear UEFA are looking to make an example of England. I do not want to give UEFA an excuse and should England be banned from 2004, then they will almost definitely be banned from the 2006 World Cup. “As an away match, the game in Istanbul is not protected by the “Crown Jewels” sporting legislation where certain sports events have to be shown on terrestrial television. Sky won the right to the match back in March 2002, having done a deal with Turkish FA, who hold the rights for this match, for a fee said to be £3 million. They sensed then that this would be a crunch match in the group. Sky refuse to comment.

Sierra Leone name coach
BBC News – Sep 16, 2003
The 51-year-old former international was given the job after Brazilian Jose Antonio Nogueira failed to get a renewal of his contract. It will be Sherington’s second spell as manager of the Leone Stars, after a short stint between 1996 and 1997. Alimu Bah, secretary-general of the Sierra Leone Football Association, told BBC Sport website that Sherington is being given a chance to use the experience he gained while he was Nogueira’s assistant. “We felt it was best to elevate coach Sherington to the position and give him the mandate to select his assistant,” said Bah. Sherington’s first task is to prepare the Leone Stars for their 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup preliminary qualifier against Congo in October… Alimu Bah, secretary-general of the Sierra Leone Football Association, told BBC Sport website that Sherington is being given a chance to use the experience he gained while he was Nogueira’s assistant. “We felt it was best to elevate coach Sherington to the position and give him the mandate to select his assistant,” said Bah. Sherington’s first task is to prepare the Leone Stars for their 2006 Nations Cup and World Cup preliminary qualifier against Congo in October.

Government plea over Turkey TV deal
go.com – Sep 16, 2003
Banks said: ‘I want to make sure we remove the last vestige of excuse forEngland fans to go to Istanbul. I might be excessively alarmist, but from mybitter experience of 2000 I fear UEFA are looking to make an example ofEngland. ‘I do not want to give UEFA an excuse and should England be banned from 2004,then they will almost definitely be banned from the 2006 World Cup. ‘There is a precedent for Sky to follow. In 1997, when England needed a draw inItaly to make France 98, they allowed ITV to show the game `as live’ immediatelyafter the final whistle. Your views on this story?.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 16 September 2003
ghanaweb.com – Sep 16, 2003
Ghana’s new coach, who was in charge of last year’s African Cup Winners Cup finalists Asante Kotoko, told BBC Sport website that he had enough experience to revive the West African country’s ailing fortunes. “I think my experience will help me a lot,” said the 43-year old German. “I know a lot of Ghanaian players from my time here and in Europe. But Zumdick admitted that the task of rebuilding the Black Stars will require a lot of hard work.

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