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December 12, 2003

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The News Review:

* Forbes.com – Magazine Article
* England in top eight | England | International | Football | Sport |…
* International football association apologises to China over Tibet…
* ‘If Eriksson left, I doubt I would ever see England win a World…
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Rivaldo wanted back home in Brazil
* South Korea, Japan struggle to revive World Cup form
* Samba drowns out Reggae Boyz beat
* Scotland 1-1 Turkey: Referee duped
* Inside Soccer: Dutch vs. Czechs, Round 3
* Iran to play 3 home matches in fan-free stadium

Forbes.com – Magazine Article
Forbes – Dec 9, 2003
So what will happen in 2006 if you don’t have a wide-screen TV and want to watch the World Cup? You could fly to Germany and attend one of the initial games for as little as 35 euros ($43 at current exchange rates), or you can stay at home and see the wide-screen broadcast crammed onto your old TV. And we do mean crammed: either the game will display in the so-called letter box format–where black stripes at the top and bottom of the screen reduce the image size by a third–or your provider will reformat the event and the image will be significantly chopped off. If you’re a true soccer fan, the perspective might just be dispiriting enough to make you go wide.

England in top eight | England | International | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 10, 2003
FIFA will rubber stamp the exact formula for the European seedings at their extraordinary congress in Qatar next weekend, but UEFA have recommended that the qualifying tournaments for Euro 2004 and the 2002 World Cup are used to determine countries’ coefficients. This involves taking the total number of points won and dividing it by the number of games played.

International football association apologises to China over Tibet…
Phayul – Dec 11, 2003
FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, confirmed today that it had apologised to Beijing after receiving complaints from the Chinese Football Association and people in China. The People’s Daily reported today (10 December): ‘The misinformation, spreading worldwide through the Internet, drew the ire of the Chinese people. Many domestic websites are awash with complaints from indignant readers and surfers who sent missives to FIFA, seeking an explanation. ’ The People’s Daily said that according to a message posted on the Chinese website www… FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, confirmed today that it had apologised to Beijing after receiving complaints from the Chinese Football Association and people in China. The People’s Daily reported today (10 December): ‘The misinformation, spreading worldwide through the Internet, drew the ire of the Chinese people. Many domestic websites are awash with complaints from indignant readers and surfers who sent missives to FIFA, seeking an explanation. ’ The People’s Daily said that according to a message posted on the Chinese website www.

‘If Eriksson left, I doubt I would ever see England win a World…
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 9, 2003
They have gained experience from what they have achieved at their clubs and both Eriksson and England owe a debt of gratitude to managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier. If Claudio Ranieri can now follow their lead, then the England players at Chelsea will gain considerable European experience over the next two seasons to present Eriksson with a group of players of both the right age and right international experience to put England in the frame to win the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Look at all the previous World Cup winners. Only one country have won the tournament when it was held outside their continent: Brazil, in 1958 in Sweden, again in the United States in 1994 and a third time in Japan and South Korea last year. World Cup-winning teams usually have an average age of between 27 and 30, and all successful countries have squads with players who boast 30 caps or more. They also have individuals who have appeared in previous tournaments… Sven is well on the way to a successful conversion. He does not need derailing before the summer of 2006. If things were to go wrong over the next six months the Football Association would be letting both the country and the players down if they were to dismiss Sven, and he would be doing exactly the same if he was to walk away. I am not in any way belittling the forthcoming European Championships, because a successful campaign – and I would term a semi-final appearance successful – would go a long way towards preparing an England squad of the right age and experience for a World Cup. The 2006 tournament will be played on our continent and in a climate which is acceptable to us. It might just be too hot and a bit too early for some of the players in Portugal. David Beckham and his pals should be at full maturity two years down the line, so that 5-1 triumph in Munich could yet be surpassed.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Dec 9, 2003
The Zebras have been drawn against Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Malawi andGuinea in their Group Five World Cup qualifying matches that will alsodetermine the qualifiers for the 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Botswana Football Association (BFA) secretary general Falcon Sedimo concededduring an interview with Yarona FM that it was tough draw, particularlyagainst Tunisia and Morocco. However, Sedimo said Kenya should not be also taken for granted given thatthey have qualified for next year's African Cup of Nations finals inTunisia. The Zebras since December last year recorded an impressive improvement whichhave seen their African FIFA rankings improve every month, moving eightplaces up from 36 to 28 last month… The Zebras have been named Movers-of-the-Year after qualification for theWorld Cup qualifying group. This is a rare feat for the Zebras and look set to make history as theyventure into the unknown, seeking to shed off their “Whipping Boys ofAfrica” tag. However, they face a fierce battle against Morocco and placed sixth inAfrican FIFA rankings, the Atlas Lions (Lions de I'Atlas) are old horses ofinternational football having been to the 1994 World Cup. Morocco has also been to the African Cup of Nations many a times but most ofit all the Atlas Lions would want to prove that they are capable of hostingthe 2010 World Cup and would not want to disappoint. Also known as Les Aigles de Carthage, Tunisia have proved to be a force toreckon with in the African Cup of Nations having reached the 1996 finals inSouth Africa. According to soccer pundits, the rivalry between Tunisia and Morocco, bothof which are bidding to host the 2010 World Cup finals will highlight GroupFive.

Rivaldo wanted back home in Brazil
CNN – Dec 10, 2003
Sao Paulo’s director of football Juvenal Juvencio told Brazilian television that he wanted to talk to Rivaldo, who played for the club’s two biggest rivals Palmeiras and Corinthians earlier in his career. “We need to see how much he wants to earn but it would be very good to talk to the player,” Juvencio said. Rivaldo joined Milan from Barcelona after winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 but never managed to reproduce the form that made him such a success in Spain. After a low-key first season he was left on the bench for the Champions League final against Juventus and this year has been on the fringes. Rivaldo recently described the past year as the worst of his career, while Brazilian media have criticised Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. However, Rivaldo has kept his place in the Brazil team and scored his team’s goal in last month’s 1-1 draw away to Peru in a qualifier for the 2006 World Cup… After a low-key first season he was left on the bench for the Champions League final against Juventus and this year has been on the fringes. Rivaldo recently described the past year as the worst of his career, while Brazilian media have criticised Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. However, Rivaldo has kept his place in the Brazil team and scored his team’s goal in last month’s 1-1 draw away to Peru in a qualifier for the 2006 World Cup.

South Korea, Japan struggle to revive World Cup form
Taipei Times – Dec 9, 2003
Zico, like Coelho, has big shoes to fill and has so far failed to deliver. The East Asian Championship title would be a start but nothing to get carried away with. Japanese and Korean officials would do well to avoid knee-jerk reactions with the Asian qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup set to begin in February. But a sharp improvement in fortunes is needed quickly to halt an alarming decline for Asia’s top two teams. This story has been viewed 1776 times.

Samba drowns out Reggae Boyz beat
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 10, 2003
“Do you remember the parable of David and Goliath and how David walked away with the title?” wrote Capt Horace G Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation, in the match-day programme. In the second half his athletic and skilful team played with spirit, but in the first half, the team who have only once reached the World Cup finals (in 1998) did not look capable of giving the world champions the testing workout national coach Carlos Alberto Perreira had sought before their next set of World Cup qualifiers next month. Brazil, forced by a FIFA directive to become the first World Cup holders to go through qualifying for the next tournament, have already begun their campaign to defend their title in Germany in 2006. Victories over Colombia and Ecuador have given them a strong start in their group of 10, but tough back-to-back tests against Peru and Uruguay await. Perreira’s full-strength squad bore witness to the importance he had invested in this gathering of his Europe-based players… “Do you remember the parable of David and Goliath and how David walked away with the title?” wrote Capt Horace G Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation, in the match-day programme. In the second half his athletic and skilful team played with spirit, but in the first half, the team who have only once reached the World Cup finals (in 1998) did not look capable of giving the world champions the testing workout national coach Carlos Alberto Perreira had sought before their next set of World Cup qualifiers next month. Brazil, forced by a FIFA directive to become the first World Cup holders to go through qualifying for the next tournament, have already begun their campaign to defend their title in Germany in 2006. Victories over Colombia and Ecuador have given them a strong start in their group of 10, but tough back-to-back tests against Peru and Uruguay await. Perreira’s full-strength squad bore witness to the importance he had invested in this gathering of his Europe-based players. Only Flamengo’s young goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, had travelled from Brazil to join the training camp at an isolated health resort near Ashby de la Zouch. Brazil have not forgotten their shaky last-gasp qualification prior to Japan 2002.

Scotland 1-1 Turkey: Referee duped
go.com – Dec 11, 2003
‘It is hard for refs and I don’t want to sit and criticise because I realisethat it is a difficult job, but they sometimes get tricked and conned by playersand I think that is what happened. ‘A lot of the Turkey players started to do that when they got a man sentoff. ‘Meanwhile, Caldwell admits he is desperate to get away from St James’ Park inorder to make sure he is in Scotland manager Berti Vogts’ plans for the 2006World Cup qualifiers. The Newcastle player knows that unless he gets regular first team football hewon’t be pushing for a place in the top team when qualifying for the World Cupin Germany starts next September. The centre-half has been unable to force his way into the Newcastle top teamthis season and is desperate to get his career back on track after wasting thelast few months on the sidelines. Vogts recently admitted that in the past he has been wrong to select playerswho are not regular picks for their clubs and hinted that only first teamregulars will be selected in future. Caldwell still believes he can do a job for Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson,but wanted to send a message to the veteran manager – either play me or sellme… ‘Hopefully I can get away soon or maybe the manager could have a change of heart and start to play me – that would be ideal. I want to play for Newcastle and get picked for Scotland, but I won’t be able to do that unless I am playing regularly. ‘I am tired of watching football every Saturday and I just feel that I am being paid for nothing at the moment. I would love things to happen for me at Newcastle, but it does not look like it is going to so I will have to find someone that wants me. ‘Your views on this story?.

Inside Soccer: Dutch vs. Czechs, Round 3
nwsource.com – Dec 9, 2003
Czechs, Round 3
By RAVI UBHASPECIAL TO THE POST-INTELLIGENCERThe Netherlands and Czech Republic will meet yet again. Two of the most powerful teams in football are in the same World Cup 2006 qualifying group. They were in the same qualifying group for Euro 2004 and, late last month, were slotted in the same division for the actual tournament. “At least we’ll know perfectly well how to get there,” Dutch coach Dick Advocaat said. “It’s difficult to say if it’s a piece of good luck or bad luck,” Czech coach Karel Brueckner said. Romania is also in Group 1, easily Europe’s Group of Death.

Iran to play 3 home matches in fan-free stadium
IranMania News – Dec 11, 2003
12, the AFC?s Disciplinary Committee also issued its verdict and named Iran the 3-0 winner over North Korea. It also punished the Koreans as the Jordan was declared the 3-0 winner for Korea?s refusal to issue visas. The confederation?s ban on Iran means it is forced to play three 2006 World Cup preliminaries at home in a stadium without spectators. North Korea walked off the pitch of Azadi Stadium, 10km west of Tehran, in the 60th minute of its Asian Cup qualifier versus Iran when a firecracker was thrown onto the field, slightly injuring the Korean midfielder Su Hyok Chol. According to Davoud Abedi, a reporter of Iranian News Channel, talking live on TV from the stadium, the injured Korean player was rushed to (Farabi) hospital. He added the AFC will announce Korea the 3-0 winner if the doctors confirm the footballer has been seriously injured and Iran will be the winner with the same result if the player had feigned injury. Later, Sadeq Doroudgar, an executive official of Iran’s Football Federation, who was present in the hospital quoted Dr… According to Davoud Abedi, a reporter of Iranian News Channel, talking live on TV from the stadium, the injured Korean player was rushed to (Farabi) hospital. He added the AFC will announce Korea the 3-0 winner if the doctors confirm the footballer has been seriously injured and Iran will be the winner with the same result if the player had feigned injury. Later, Sadeq Doroudgar, an executive official of Iran’s Football Federation, who was present in the hospital quoted Dr. Mirzaei as saying that the player has no physical problem and his vision has not been damaged and he had feigned. Iran was ahead 1-0 in the second leg as veteran skipper Ali Daei converted a penalty three minutes before the incident.

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