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November 30, 2003

Wembley to open early

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 12:28 pm

The News Review:

* Bishop Tutu at World Cup football globe
* Sven asked to stay England boss
* Eriksson fears the ‘real’ France
* Wembley to open early
* Oceania to cut costs on qualifiers
* Horace Reid to stay on?
* Philip on Saturday: Giggs hits 30
* Mad Brit Diary Adu being shown a path littered with failure.
* Schumi, Sting to grace draw
* Soccer News of Friday, 28 November 2003
* Alicia Keys: The Diary of Alicia Keys | | Guardian Unlimited Arts

Bishop Tutu at World Cup football globe
Expatica – Nov 27, 2003
“We are very proud to have won such a famous personality for this event,” said Fedor Radman, an advisor for the World Cup organising committee board. The South African archbishop Tutu received the Nobel Prize in 1984. His visit is also highly symbolical because South Africa lost the election for the 2006 host nation by one vote to Germany. The giant football globe will make its second stop of the 12 World Cup host cities. The journey started in Berlin where some 110,000 people visited its exhibition including a World Cup history and the latest computer and internet technology.

Sven asked to stay England boss
BBC News – Nov 27, 2003
The new deal would take Swedish Sven’s term on until the end of the 2008 European Championship. Sven took England to the 2002 World Cup finals – thanks in part to a 5-1 win in Germany – only to see his team lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals. His current deal runs out after the 2006 World Cup. He’s not likely to make a decision for some time… The new deal would take Swedish Sven’s term on until the end of the 2008 European Championship. Sven took England to the 2002 World Cup finals – thanks in part to a 5-1 win in Germany – only to see his team lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals. His current deal runs out after the 2006 World Cup. He’s not likely to make a decision for some time. FA chief executive Mark Palios said: “He has already contributed enormously to the reputation of England in Europe and around the world. ”

But some people think Sven might be lined up to be the next manager at Chelsea since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovitch took over there.

Eriksson fears the ‘real’ France
go.com – Nov 29, 2003
‘Switzerland are a good side. They won their group and finished above Russiaand the Irish, so we should look at them. ‘They play a very mixed style of football, maybe because of their geography. In many ways they are quite German in their style but also they are more Italianat times. ‘Swiss football is progressing very quickly – at youth level they are verystrong. The Yakin brothers have been excellent for FC Basle, and StephaneChapuisat is still a dangerous striker. ‘Like other sides, they will limit their ambitions to getting through to thequarter-finals… ‘Like other sides, they will limit their ambitions to getting through to thequarter-finals. After that, who knows?’Eriksson has always stressed that he is looking at success in the long-termrather than in Portugal next summer but after a good run to the quarter-finalsof the World Cup expectations have risen – which is one of the reasons the FAthis week offered him an extended contract until 2008. The Swede, whose current deal runs until the World Cup in 2006, remainednon-committal on whether he would sign a longer-term deal. ‘Commitment to 2008 is a big one, a very important one, but we have time todiscuss that,’ he told BBC2. ‘It’s not that important (the discussions). The only thing I regret a littlebit is that it came out public. I don’t think it should have done but that’sfootball.

Wembley to open early
BBC News – Nov 28, 2003
“But, with work ahead of schedule, it’s likely that the stadium will be completed early in 2006, meaning that we’re hopeful that it will actually open with an England game. ”

Brazil, Argentina or Germany have been touted as the most likely potential opponents for England to open the new Wembley. But that would depend on the draw for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany if England were to qualify… These will not be football matches and will be non-competitive events that will attract sufficient numbers of people to properly test the stadium’s new modern facilities. Meanwhile, the FA is cashing in on the sale of the best corporate seats at the new stadium. WNSL has already sold more than ?150m from the sale of new Club Wembley seats and boxes. More than 95% of the 160 corporate boxes have also been reserved with a waiting list in operation for some types of boxes. Barron added: “We’re pleasantly surprised.

Oceania to cut costs on qualifiers
go.com – Nov 28, 2003
world –>Updated: Nov. 28, 2003Oceania to cut costs on qualifiersMELBOURNE, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) has announced it will combine next year’s Nations Cup with the regional World Cup qualifiers to save money. The OFC released a statement saying the decision to combine the two tournaments was devised to reduce the financial burden on the poorer participating countries. ‘The proposal to merge the two competitions was discussed at the last OFC executive committee meeting in Doha in October and we have since been working together with FIFA to fit this in with the coordinated international match calendar,’ acting OFCpresident Tautulu Roebeck said. ‘The preliminary draw will be made in Frankfurt, Germany on 5 December and we hope to confirm dates at the next OFC executive committee meeting in Auckland in early January. ‘Under the new format, the region’s two highest ranked teams, Australia and New Zealand, will receive a bye for the first stage of competition with the remaining ten countries playing off in two group tournaments… Two countries from each pool will join Australia and New Zealand in a six-team round-robin. The top two teams will advance to the Nations Cup final from which the winner will represent Oceania at both the FIFA Confederations Cup and AFC-OFC Challenge Cup in 2005. The teams will meet again in another playoff to decide who represents the region in the final stage of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. FIFA is expected to announce next month who the Oceania winner will have to play to reach the World Cup finals. Your views on this story?.

Horace Reid to stay on?
Jamaica Observer – Nov 27, 2003
A release from the JFF said Boxhill, accompanied by Reid and JFF executive, Burchell Gibson, will leave for Germany on December 2 to attend the preliminary draw for the 2006 World Cup. The release said the three will stop in London on their way back to meet well-wishers and national players. When contacted last night, Boxhill would say only “as soon as it is time to make a release, I will make a release”. He refused to confirm or deny reports that he has been encouraging Reid to stay on. Reid announced his resignation on the weekend following Boxhill’s dramatic 54-49 victory over Captain Horace Burrell who had led Jamaica’s football for nine years.

Philip on Saturday: Giggs hits 30
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 28, 2003
And so he might have been Ryan Giggs, of Manchester City and England, had Sir Alex Ferguson and Wales not snaffled him away. As Giggs celebrates his 30th birthday today, he has never quite fulfilled his teenage billing as the “second George Best” but he has come a good deal closer to emulating the wing maestro than the many earlier pretenders to that title, including Peter Marinello, Willie Morgan, Ian Storey-Moore and Leighton James. Although he has won medals galore with Manchester United, Giggs’ impact in the international arena has been minimal and given the fact that he will be closing in on 33 should Wales qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, many feel he made the mistake of a lifetime in choosing to represent Wales rather than England. He might have jettisoned his Welsh accent “because I got teased and wanted to fit in” at school in Salford, where he moved aged seven when his father, Danny, swapped rugby union for rugby league by joining Swinton, but Giggs could never have been anything but honest to his roots. “My mum [Lynne] was Welsh,” he explains, “my dad was Welsh and I was born in Cardiff. I’m Welsh and proud of it. “Although he may not be blessed with the true genius of Best, Giggs has brought untold pleasure to a new generation of United fans… Why has the aforementioned “Lawman”, Scotland’s greatest footballer, never become Sir Denis Law, for example, and isn’t there a nice ring to Sir Ian Botham and Sir John Charles? And what of the Great Britain men’s hockey gold medallists from the 1988 Seoul Olympics? While all nine (including the cox) of our victorious rowing eight from Sydney have been to Buckingham Palace to collect their gongs, 13 members of that gold-medal-winning hockey squad have yet to be honoured in the same way. Coach David Whitaker was awarded the OBE as was captain Richard Dodds, and subsequently Sean Kerly and Stephen Martin received MBEs for services to hockey. FYI, Prime Minister, the 13 gold medallists yet to be rewarded are: Ian Taylor, Veryan Pappin, David Faulkner, Paul Barber, Jonathan Potter, Martyn Grimley, Stephen Batchelor, Kulbir Bhaura, Richard Leman, Russell Garcia, Robert Clift, Jimmy Kirkwood and Imran Sherwani. I am indebted to Bernie Cotton, assistant manager of the British team in Seoul, for drawing my attention to this anomaly.

Mad Brit Diary Adu being shown a path littered with failure.
SoccerTimes – Nov 28, 2003
One U-17 Golden Ball winner currently doing well is American Landon Donovan who scored two goals in last Sunday’s 4-2 MLS Cup victory over the Chicago Fire. Donovan, 21, did well at the 2002 World Cup and one day could have a future overseas. If things go to plan, Adu could be playing on the U. World Cup team in Germany in 2006 — if the Yanks make it — a week or so after his 16th birthday. Wouldn’t that be a story?The mailboxRandall writes: “Until it makes sense, I, for one, will not get excited over MLS. I’m as big a supporter of the sport as there is but, I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel.

Schumi, Sting to grace draw
Calcutta Telegraph – Nov 27, 2003
Brazilian great Pele will join Fifa president Sepp Blatter among the 3,500 spectators at the December 5 event, one of the first major milestones en route to the finals in Germany. Organising committee officials told a news conference on Tuesday that over 100 countries are taking live TV coverage and several hundred million people are expected to watch the draw. About 700 journalists have registered for the event. Fifa deputy general secretary Jer?me Champagne will preside over the draw but a host of soccer greats, including triple African Player of the Year Abedi Pele of Ghana, will join Schumacher and Sting in making the draw.

Soccer News of Friday, 28 November 2003
ghanaweb.com – Nov 28, 2003
The President was optimistic that the company’s support, would urge the team on to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. President Kufuor as speaking at a ceremony at which a ?165 billion new packaging line for Guinness Ghana Limited was inaugurated at the factory at Kaase in Kumasi. He said, “being a football loving country, it is worth noting that Guinness Ghana is the official sponsor of our national team, the Black Stars, and its support has contributed significantly to their performance over the recent past”. President Kufuor, himself a former sports administrator, observed that sponsorship in the area of sports is significant in the overall development of the nation. He gave the assurance that the government would continue to support Guinness Ghana to succeed and excel in its operations in Ghana… The President was optimistic that the company’s support, would urge the team on to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. President Kufuor as speaking at a ceremony at which a ?165 billion new packaging line for Guinness Ghana Limited was inaugurated at the factory at Kaase in Kumasi. He said, “being a football loving country, it is worth noting that Guinness Ghana is the official sponsor of our national team, the Black Stars, and its support has contributed significantly to their performance over the recent past”. President Kufuor, himself a former sports administrator, observed that sponsorship in the area of sports is significant in the overall development of the nation. He gave the assurance that the government would continue to support Guinness Ghana to succeed and excel in its operations in Ghana. The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who also spoke at the ceremony, said the support Guinness is giving to sports and other areas of national development had made the company a household name in the country. He said this had made the company a good corporate citizen, and consequently wished the company more years of sustained growth.

Alicia Keys: The Diary of Alicia Keys | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 28, 2003
In two years, the 21-year-old New Yorker seems to have achieved a mass acceptance that stretches far beyond platinum discs. Politicians, not a social group renowned for their love of retro soul, seem to love her: she has performed at the House of Commons and spoken before a US congressional committee. As for prizes, Keys has won everything except the FA Cup: Grammies, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards, a VMA, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, World Music Awards and something called an ECCHO, which leads you to suspect that people are actually making up awards in order to give them to her.

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