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November 21, 2003

Keane targets place in World Cup

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The News Review:

* Hughes at a crossroads
* Reid Stands Out || – Unofficial Ireland FC News…
* Is Africa in trouble?
* Keane targets place in World Cup
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Boyz test readiness against El Salvador
* Egypt rests 2010 hopes on it’s people
* No clear route to World Cup

Hughes at a crossroads
BBC News – Nov 20, 2003
The coach faces a year of obscurity before qualification begins but insists parting company is more likely to be a decision made by the Football Association of Wales. “Given the choice, I would like to stay, but maybe the fact
we have not qualified means they will have something to say about
that,” Hughes said. He added: “My job is to try to get Wales to major championships and I have failed twice
to do that. ”

Bookmaker’s verdict (Graham Sharpe, William Hill): “We think Mark will want another crack at sporting immortality by getting Wales to the World Cup – and offer 3-1 that he is still boss when the 2006 World Cup finals get underway… But, with Hughes contracted to Wales until 2006, the Football Association of Wales would demand a compensation package that would prohibit an approach by financially-stricken Leeds. Bookmaker’s verdict: “This is a possibility, but would Hughes want to give up on one lost cause for another? You can have 10-1 that he becomes the next Elland Road manager – and at least he has the coaching badges.

Reid Stands Out || – Unofficial Ireland FC News… – Nov 20, 2003
Andy Reid and Robbie Keane seemingly building up an understanding, following a number of good through balls into the path of Keane from Reid in the first half. As more and more substitutions rolled on, the game lost all sense of direction, only to be topped off with Robbie Keane?s 2nd of the night ? and 18th of his international career ? after an insightful long throw from Rory Delap. The Republic of Ireland ending a dark year with a clear sense of light at the end of the tunnel, going to Portugal we may not be, but things are looking good for qualifying for World Cup 2006, a crop of young talent and the coming of age of others contributing to a good future. Liam Miller was not available for selection in this game, due to injury, but he is yet another youngster who is set for a big future and most probably in the Irish starting line up. Given the extended preparation time, it is the ideal opportunity for Kerr to play the team he expects will be competing at the World Cup 2006, including the likes of Andy Reid, Liam Miller and John Thompson. Matt Holland and Mark Kinsella have been great servants for Ireland, and their experience may be required in the future, but these friendlies really need to blood young players and give them every chance of gaining a first team place. For the first time in ages, the centre of the Irish midfield looked dangerous, it looked like it could puncture the Canadians with a well timed through ball, or a bit of skill to throw a few men out of the game… Perhaps what is needed more than anything is a real general, a leader and a figurehead. Kenny Cunningham is again a good player and an able captain, but a commanding and driving influence, he may not be. As much as Roy Keane is a traitor to the country and to Irish football, he would have never let the performance in Switzerland happen. You can bet that he would shout, roar and lead by example to get his team to step up to the plate, and challenge for a qualifying place. Instead, the game passed the Irish by, without much fight or inspiration, we wilted and failed miserably. One point from the twelve available against Russia and Switzerland simply is not good enough, even with the weaker teams doing us favours we still didn?t take advantage. I don?t blame Brian Kerr for that, but he must learn from the mistakes that were made in the past and look to build from them.

Is Africa in trouble?
BBC News – Nov 17, 2003
I just hope a lesson has been learnt from this mistake and that nothing like it will occur in future. Brics Sennamose, Gaborone, Botswana

I am totally against Caf’s new qualifying format. Teams who do not reach the group stage of 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying have to wait far too long for competitive international football. I am suffering from this feeling of depression after my national team The Gambia was knocked out. I am hoping that Caf will come back to the drawing board and come up with good programmes which will benefit the smaller nations in Africa.

Keane targets place in World Cup – Nov 19, 2003
While Keane’s form provided great comfort for Ireland manager Brian Kerr, the biggest plus point came in the impressive full debut of Andy Reid, the 21-year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder. Reid, who set up Damien Duff’s opener and Keane’s first goal, said of his debut: “It was a very proud moment and it was great to have my family here to see it. “The difference between club and under-21 football and playing this level is that there are better players alongside you and against you. But I didn’t find it hard to settle in and I’m just delighted with how it went. “Reid is likely to play a major part in Kerr’s gradual rebuilding as is his Forest team-mate, John Thompson, who came on as a second-half substitute. While Canada meant little in terms of a major scalp, the Irish believe the comfortable victory enabled them look ahead with confidence to the 2006 draw next month. Goalkeeper Shay Given said: “It doesn’t make up for losing in Switzerland but it’s important we got that defeat out of our system.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 16, 2003
?The most important thing is to be at the next World Cup, so I?m not interested in this romantic illusion about playing good football,? he told reporters. ?As far as I?m concerned, playing good football is about scoring more goals in the opponents? goal and balancing your team in such a way that the opponents don?t reach your goal. ?The Chilean team has a clear target which is not to play pretty football but to be much more effective than in the previous qualifiers, where we had to watch the World Cup on television. ? Chile, who finished bottom of the South American qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, have a reputation for playing attractive but often ineffective football… ?The Chilean team has a clear target which is not to play pretty football but to be much more effective than in the previous qualifiers, where we had to watch the World Cup on television. ? Chile, who finished bottom of the South American qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, have a reputation for playing attractive but often ineffective football. They have made a good start to the 2006 World Cup qualifiers under Olmos, grinding out a 2-2 draw in Buenos Aires against Argentina and scraping a 2-1 win in a rugged, bad-tempered match at home to neighbours Peru. They are away to Uruguay Saturday. Chile will be without injured midfielders Jorge Acuna and David Pizarro, while former Lazio and Juventus striker Marcelo Salas is also sidelined.

Boyz test readiness against El Salvador
Jamaica Observer – Nov 16, 2003
But when Caymanian referee Godfrey Bowen blows his whistle to start today’s game, regional and global rankings will be of little significance. The two countries have had close encounters in the recent past. In the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Jamaica edged the Central American side 1-0 via a spectacular 40-yard thunderbolt free-kick from Onandi Lowe here at the National Stadium. In the return leg at the Flor Blanca Stadium in San Salvador, the home side came away 2-0 victors. And having worked hard for a respectable 0-1 loss to five-time world champions Brazil, in Leicester City, last month, the pressure will be on technical director Carl Brown and his Boyz to register a victory at home. But as Brown confessed, there’s no practice games for him. “We are always under pressure,” he told the Sunday Observer… Whilst Williams and Ralph will be missing, the Reggae Boyz welcome the return of ace defender, Ian “Pepe” Goodison and the red hot striker, Ricardo Fuller. Fuller, who plays for Preston North End in the English Nationwide Division One, has not played here in almost three years, while Goodison returns to the team for the first time since a knee operation in the summer. Brown is pleased with the team’s preparation leading into this game and he will be using it as a tester to gauge the readiness of his players for next year’s start of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. And will revert to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation to start this game with Donovan Ricketts in goal. Goodison and Preston’s Claude Davis will marshal central defence, with Ricardo Gardner of Bolton Wanderers at left back. Right back will be played by Fabian Davis, who is also returning to the team for the first time in over a year. Captain Theodore Whitmore of Scottish side, Livingston, will patrol midfield alongside Bolton’s Jermaine Johnson, Jamie Lawrence and Micah Hyde, with Fuller and Kevin Lisbie carrying the attack.

Egypt rests 2010 hopes on it’s people
Independent Online – Nov 16, 2003
“Egypt has been the pioneer of Africa in many things and is at the heart of every African nation, be it economically, socially or culturally. We respect and admire our four other candidates in the bidding process, but in Egypt we have the necessary infrastructure and feel we can do it,” said Azmy. Despite its considerable pedigree and tradition in African football, Egypt is seen as an outsider in the race for the 2010 World Cup, with South Africa and Morocco clear favourites. Still, Azmy puts up an emotive argument. Asked about the strengths of the Egyptian bid, he doesn’t mention stadiums, accommodation, transport networks or telecommunications. He mentions people. “Egyptians are the strength of our bid.

No clear route to World Cup
The Age – Nov 15, 2003
The best the winning team from the Oceania region could hope for is a home-and-away series against the fourth-placed team from Asia, but even that is considered unlikely. Instead a “random draw” between the four regions with half spots is expected to be given close consideration at a FIFA meeting on December 5, while the worst case scenario – matches against the fifth-placed South American team – is still a distinct possibility. Nonetheless, acting Oceania president Tautulu Roebeck said his trip to Europe to meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA (Europe) president, Lennart Johansson this week had been a success. “We were pleased to have the support of FIFA and UEFA on a number of Oceania initiatives,” Roebeck said.

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