Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 6, 2003

Giggs made to wait for UEFA verdict

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The News Review:

* Soccer: FIFA announce Europe’s qualifying pots for 2006 World Cup…
* What are your views on the draw?
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England face Wales and…
* Giggs made to wait for UEFA verdict
* Cheap tickets available for 2006
* Papers get their teeth into cannibal trial
* FIFA and Philips sign World Cup widescreen TV deal
* UEFA issue sanctions to Turkish FA
* Saturday’s show
* Soccer’s MasterCard stroke
* FIFA keep an eye on Rio probe
* Blatter urges Boxhill to keep construction deadline

Soccer: FIFA announce Europe’s qualifying pots for 2006 World Cup…
Channel News Asia – Dec 4, 2003
Below are the seven pots, which are composed of six pots of eight teams and one pot of three teams. All the teams are selected for the pots according to their results in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup and the Euro 2004 and also their ranking within UEFA. In Friday’s draw, the 51 teams will be put into eight groups (3 groups of 7 and 5 groups of 6). England, France, Italy and Spain will be put in groups containing six teams because of the higher number of matches played by their respective clubs in international competitions.

What are your views on the draw?
BBC News – Dec 5, 2003
Each week we throw up a different subject to let followers of African football have their say. Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme. Now that the draw for the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup has been done, we want to know what you make of your country’s qualifying group. Did you get the group you were hoping for or did the draw confirm your worst fears?… Countries like Nigeria, Algeria, and Zimbabwe are a force to reckon with – but perhaps we might cause another upset. Karumba Silver Richards, Kigali, Rwanda

Kenya should kiss the World Cup goodbye and focus their efforts on the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt. With the level of disorganization plaguing the local football scene in Kenya, it is hard to see them making an impact. It is a two-horse race between Tunisia and Morocco for the qualifying spot. David Monda, a Kenyan living in the USA

Cameroon and Nigeria might not make it this time, as Ivory Coast and Algeria might create the surprise. Watch out for Mali as well! Lazzi Berkani, Cleveland, USA

As a South African, I think our group is neither a group of death nor an easy one. South Africa will stand a great chance if they do not throw away their home games, because countries like Burkina Faso, Ghana and DR Congo will be hard nuts to crack on their home turf.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England face Wales and…
BBC News – Dec 5, 2003
It will not be easy at all. “I am sure Wales want to beat England at any cost but we want the same. “Poland always have good football players and it’s a good team. Northern Ireland and Wales are interesting, very interesting.

Giggs made to wait for UEFA verdict – Dec 4, 2003
4, 2003Giggs made to wait for UEFA verdictThe Football Association of Wales general secretary David Collins hopes UEFA bear in mind the ‘gross simulation’ which has left Ryan Giggs facing a potential World Cup suspension. Giggs is expected to learn tomorrow whether he has been found guilty ofimproper conduct for an alleged elbow on Russia full-back Vadim Evseev in theEuro 2004 play-off match in Moscow. The Manchester United star could be banned for the start of Wales’ World Cup2006 qualifying campaign, but the FAW insist Giggs was heavily provokedbeforehand and that he made minimal contact with the Russian, whose goal in thesecond leg in Cardiff settled the tie. ‘We will be very disappointed if Ryan Giggs is suspended,’ Collins told SkySports News. ‘We think very much that the Russian player was guilty of gross simulation. From our point of view, we hope he will survive to play for us again in the 2006qualifiers. ‘UEFA’s control and disciplinary body convened in Nyon, Switzerland, today tohear a number of disciplinary matters.

Cheap tickets available for 2006 – Dec 4, 2003
world –>Updated: Dec. 4, 2003Cheap tickets available for 2006FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The cheapest match tickets for the 2006 soccer World Cup finals in Germany will cost 35 euros, less than for a rock concert. The German organising committee had insisted there should bea category of affordable tickets and world ruling body FIFAaccepted their request. ‘Football is not only for the rich but also for people withmodest revenue, who must be able to buy a ticket,’ GermanFootball Association (DFB) president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfeldersaid after the tickets prices were announced on Thursday. The minimum price for first round matches for last year’sfinals in South Korea and Japan was the equivalent of 51 euros. The 35 euro tickets will be available for 47 first roundgames, but not for the opening match to be played on June 9 inMunich.

Papers get their teeth into cannibal trial
Guardian Unlimited – Dec 5, 2003
for the CSU’s constant objections during the debates about the reforms. ” A mood of rejuvenation was also appararent in the build-up to today’s draw for the qualifying stages of the Germany-hosted 2006 football World Cup. German television will devote two hours to the ceremony in Frankfurt, which kick-starts a tournament seen as a chance to present a fresh picture of the country to the world. The Austrian multimedia artist André Heller, who is in charge of the cultural events surrounding the tournament, asked Stern magazine: “What do you associate with Germany? Not primarily sensuality. Not light-heartedness, either.

FIFA and Philips sign World Cup widescreen TV deal
Forbes – Dec 5, 2003
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UEFA issue sanctions to Turkish FA
CNN – Dec 5, 2003
Team-mate Aslan Kemal was banned for four matches for punching two German players in the face after the final whistle. UEFA also banned Turkey player Asik Emre for four matches after he was sent off for elbowing an opponent in the senior team’s Euro 2004 playoff first leg match against Latvia in Riga on November 15. All the bans will apply to Turkey’s qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup starting next autumn. World Cup semi-finalists Turkey have no competitive matches before then as they failed to qualify for Euro 2004, losing the Latvia playoff 3-2 on aggregate. The Turkish FA also received a further 30,000 Swiss francs fine for “the improper and aggressive behaviour its players and officials towards the referee” at the end of the Germany under-21 match and for “delaying the kickoff” of the Latvia game. The Turkish under-21 team will also have to play its first two home matches of the next European under-21 championship qualifying campaign behind closed doors. In another ruling, Turkish club Galatasaray were fined 50,000 Swiss francs after their fans lit and threw fireworks at the Champions League game against Greek side Olympiakos in Istanbul on October 21… The visiting players’ behaviour after the match against France in Clermont Ferrand on November 18 had been described as “wild” and unacceptable” by French coach Raymond Domenech. Domenech had said the Portugal players “were not in their normal state” and claimed syringes had been found in their dressing room. But those comments sparked an angry response from Portuguese football chiefs who demanded a formal apology from Domenech. Portugal won the Euro 2004 U21 play-off on a penalty shoot out. All rights reserved.

Saturday’s show
BBC News – Dec 3, 2003
Here’s a taster of what is coming up:

Leeds United and England striker Alan Smith tells Focus how Leeds can pull away from trouble – both on and off the pitch. Blackburn boss Graeme Souness reflects on Rovers’ disappointing season so far. Reaction to Friday’s draw for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. A live link-up with Leicester boss Micky Adams ahead of Saturday’s visit of Arsenal. The legendary Brian Clough and his son Nigel, currently player-manager of Burton Albion, will be looking forward to Sunday’s televised FA Cup second round match between Albion and Hartlepool. We’ll also be hearing from inside the Woking camp – Focus’ latest ‘Road to Cardiff’ side – as they prepare to host Kidderminster in the FA Cup second round on Saturday. Tune into the show for your chance to be Manchester United’s mascot when they host fierce rivals Manchester City on Saturday 13 December.

Soccer’s MasterCard stroke – Dec 3, 2003
MasterCard retains the rights to use the official marks, logos and designations of each of the five events in advertising, promotions and merchandising. Through the agreements, MasterCard also receives on-field perimeter signage – two boards at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, three at Euro 2004, four double boards at the UEFA Champions League, four double boards at Copa America and four double boards at Copa Toyota Libertadores. Said John Stuart, senior vice president, MasterCard International: “MasterCard is proud of its continued relationship with the FIFA World Cup and we are excited to be integrating these five major events into one global marketing plan which demonstrates a renewed commitment to the sport of football. “The alliances with FIFA, UEFA and CONMEBOL provide MasterCard with a platform to reinforcebrand image and awareness, particularly in Europe where our long-standing strategic ally, Europay International, merged into the global organisation as MasterCard’s Europe Region less than one year ago. “At the same time, these agreements allow us to create business-building opportunities for member financial institutions at the global, regional – Europe and South America – and local levels in key markets such the host nation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Germany,” Stuart added. In addition to its sponsorship of the five major football properties, MasterCard has assembled aportfolio of high-profile sports sponsorship assets. They include the PGA and Senior PGA Tour; LPGA Tour; Major League Baseball; and the NHL.

FIFA keep an eye on Rio probe – Dec 5, 2003
He could even instruct FIFA’s special committee for doping issues to increaseany suspension if he believes the sentence is not severe enough – and in theworst case scenario that could threaten the Manchester United defender’sparticipation in Euro 2004. Blatter said: ‘I cannot presume what the FA will do but the case will have tobe submitted for appreciation by FIFA’s special committee for doping issues,then we will see. ‘Football should remember respect and discipline is necessary at all levels from clubs up to confederations. The executive committee has given me a mandate jointly with our disciplinary committee to be stricter than before, and to act. ‘Otherwise we run the risk of seeing football lose its way or at least go ina different direction that is not in keeping with our objectives – as a game andas a value in life. ‘Blatter also gave both barrels to the Football Association and ManchesterUnited over the Ferdinand saga, accusing United chief executive David Gill of’reacting aggressively’ to his view that the player should have been suspendedpending the disciplinary hearing. Gill had said earlier this week he found it ‘incomprehensible’ that Blattershould have become so involved, but asked about the criticism the FIFA presidentsaid: ‘Perhaps he does not have a very clean conscience and that’s why hereacted so aggressively.

Blatter urges Boxhill to keep construction deadline
Jamaica Observer – Dec 4, 2003
I am very pleased to hear that you plan to further the development of the world’s favourite game in Jamaica and that you wish to dedicate your time to national development. ”
The FIFA boss also told Boxhill that his chosen path “would no doubt include the improvement of facilities and programmes for youth development. ”
Boxhill is currently in Frankfurt, Germany, along with Burchell Gibson, to attend the qualification draw for the World Cup Finals in Germany in 2006. Talk Back

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