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December 18, 2003

Iraqi football ‘needs peace’

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The News Review:

* Angola confirm Goncalves as coach
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* Sports Features of Monday, 15 December 2003
* Iraqi football ‘needs peace’
* New men’s soccer coach faces daunting challenge
* Sports Briefs: 12/16/03
* Modest Zizou wins global acclaim
* Australia set for early S America test
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Davis targets elite
* Lothar springs Hungary surprise
* Americans Abroad Q&A: Berhalter enjoys revival at Energie Cottbus.
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Scotland plan national…
* Tahoe Daily Tribune – Sports

Angola confirm Goncalves as coach
BBC News – Dec 15, 2003
Goncalves has been handed a contract that runs until the middle of 2006, football officials in the Angolan capital Luanda announced on Monday. The Angolan had been in temporary charge of the Palancas Negras as they played the second leg of their preliminary 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifier against Chad in November. Angola won 2-0 at home to qualify on away goals for the group qualification stages following their 3-1 away defeat in N’Djamena one month earlier. Goncalves was named as the new coach of Angola in October, but only now have Angolan officials confirmed the former youth coach as taking the job on a permanent basis. Goncalves steps up from coaching Angola’s under-20 and under-23 teams, having guided Angola to the African youth title in 2001… Goncalves has been handed a contract that runs until the middle of 2006, football officials in the Angolan capital Luanda announced on Monday. The Angolan had been in temporary charge of the Palancas Negras as they played the second leg of their preliminary 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifier against Chad in November. Angola won 2-0 at home to qualify on away goals for the group qualification stages following their 3-1 away defeat in N’Djamena one month earlier. Goncalves was named as the new coach of Angola in October, but only now have Angolan officials confirmed the former youth coach as taking the job on a permanent basis. Goncalves steps up from coaching Angola’s under-20 and under-23 teams, having guided Angola to the African youth title in 2001. In that same year, the manager also led Angola to the quarter-finals of the World Youth Championship in Argentina.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Dec 16, 2003
Lengthy gapThe match will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1997, when Wales won 1-0 in a friendly in Kilmarnock. The last time they met in Wales was in 1985, the two sides drawing 1-1 at Cardiff City FC. s Ninian Park in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. Play-off failuresBoth sides fell at the final hurdles as they sought a place in the finals of UEFA EURO 2004™, with each losing out in the play-offs… Play-off failuresBoth sides fell at the final hurdles as they sought a place in the finals of UEFA EURO 2004™, with each losing out in the play-offs. Wales were eliminated 1-0 on aggregate by Russia while, after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 at Hampden Park, Scotland lost 6-0 in the second leg. World Cup rivalsWales have been drawn in Group 6 in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, alongside England, Austria, Northern Ireland, Poland and Azerbaijan. Scotland, meanwhile, are in Group 5, which includes Italy, Norway, Belarus, Moldova and Slovenia. Qualification begins in September 2004. ©Reuters 1998-2007. All rights reserved.

Sports Features of Monday, 15 December 2003
ghanaweb.com – Dec 15, 2003
As at now, the final league table has not been relased because of the controversy, a situation that has left people wondering how the relegation exercise is going to be carried out. With the reported change of mind on the part of German coach Ralf Zumdick, the Black Stars are back to square one as far as the team’s coaching problem is concerned. It’s been said over and over again that the Black Stars are racing against time with regard to qualification for the 2006 World Cup. It’s imperative, therefore, that the void created by Zumdick’s departure is filled without any delay. We reiterate our view that the FA got off to a wrong move in the first place by offering Zumdick a three-month contract. The German definitely would have felt more secure in terms of job security with a longer contract. In all candour, we think the time and resources to be used on the celebration will better be spent when they are committed to our World Cup campaign.

Iraqi football ‘needs peace’
Expatica – Dec 16, 2003
The 55-year-old was criticised earlier when he took on the job of coaching the side under the FA’s head, Udai Hussein – the now deceased son of the former dictator, Saddam Hussein. Stange left the country when the US invasion started, but returned immediately the war had ended to start with the building-up of the national team. “It is impossible to play football in Baghdad. Neither international games, nor domestic league matches. We tried to, but all the violence and shootings forced us to stop. ” Stange said that he is now attempting to take the side to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. “Those who saw the conditions in Iraq – no showers, no physios, with everything missing – are surprised that we are hoping to qualify for Germany… Neither international games, nor domestic league matches. We tried to, but all the violence and shootings forced us to stop. ” Stange said that he is now attempting to take the side to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. “Those who saw the conditions in Iraq – no showers, no physios, with everything missing – are surprised that we are hoping to qualify for Germany. “I am hoping that peace will come back and that we can bring good football back to the country. ” In the preliminary round for Germany 2006, Iraq were drawn into a group with Uzbekistan, Palestine and Taiwan and Stange says he is confident that the team will advance to the next round. “In Baghdad the side is very strong and we are hoping to be able to play there towards the end of next year.

New men’s soccer coach faces daunting challenge
Globe and Mail – Dec 17, 2003
The women advanced, brilliantly, all the way to the World Cup semi-finals this fall, a great follow-up to reaching the final two in the under-19 championships the year before. Meanwhile, the under-20 men, without any expectations or fanfare, shocked everyone by reaching the final eight of their world championship last week before losing to Spain on a golden goal. Great stuff, all of that, after so many years in the wilderness… When Bob Lenarduzzi was forced out as the national team coach, his failure was cited as proof in some circles that a Canadian could not possibly be up to the job of leading this country back to the World Cup. In came Osieck, the best German the Canadian Soccer Association could afford, a guy with very definite ideas about how the show ought to be run. By all accounts, he did some good work on the development side, but never quite overcame the huge football cultural gap between here and there, and he eventually lost the support of his players. Osieck’s one great success, a victory in the Gold Cup in 2000 (with some extremely good fortune involved, but so be it) served only to artificially heighten expectations. When he departed, Canada was no closer to its greater goal than it was the day he arrived. Now it’s Yallop’s turn, a native, a very well-liked guy, and someone whose coaching wisdom was accrued not in all-knowing Europe, but in San Jose. Can he work miracles with the country’s best men as Even Pellerud has with the women? The truth is, it’s a very different situation.

Sports Briefs: 12/16/03
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Dec 16, 2003
, and most likely will play at The Netherlands on Feb. They start qualifying for the 2006 World Cup on June 13, against Grenada or Guyana. Birgit Prinz of Germany won the women’s player of the year vote, easily ahead of Mia Hamm. Hamm won the soccer honor the two previous years… Doton helped Wake Forest win the NCAA title. The All-American had repeated as ACC Player of the Year. In the district

Bob Palko, football coach at West Allegheny High School in Imperial will lead the East in the U. Army All-American Bowl. This is his second year with the Bowl, he served as offensive coordinator on last year’s East team.

Modest Zizou wins global acclaim
Independent Online – Dec 15, 2003
However, he has a wonderful sense of balance and the softest of touches, being able to glide past opponents with the ball stuck to his feet. He has scored 23 goals in 86 international appearances since making his debut against the Czech Republic in 1994. He has hinted Euro 2004 may be his last major tournament but if France triumph in Portugal he might be talked into playing in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Australia set for early S America test
The Age – Dec 16, 2003
The Australian Soccer Association confirmed yesterday it had reached verbal agreement with Venezuelan officials for a match in Caracas on February 18. Contracts are yet to be exchanged, but Socceroos coach Frank Farina said the match looked certain to go ahead. Venezuela could be the Socceroos’ opponent for a place in the 2006 World Cup finals, as it is fifth in the South American group. The winner of the Oceania group – likely to be Australia – will play the fifth-placed South American team in late 2005 for a place in the World Cup finals in Germany. “It’s a good game for us.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Davis targets elite
BBC News – Dec 15, 2003
“For me this was a breakthrough year, though some people said maybe I should have broken through a few years ago,” Davis told this website. “My goal at the start was to win which I didn’t do. But that aside, it’s the best season I’ve ever had. I’ve achieved a hell of a lot and created a great base for next year.

Lothar springs Hungary surprise
Calcutta Telegraph – Dec 15, 2003
The Hungarian Football Association made the announcement after a board meeting early on Sunday. Matthaeus will sign a two-year contract covering the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. The 43-year-old quit Partizan on Saturday after just a year in charge at the Serbia and Montenegro club citing personal reasons. He replaces Imre Gellei who stepped down earlier this month after Hungary?s disappointing Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. German media had reported that Matthaeus wanted to live in Budapest as his new wife, a Serbian businesswoman he married last month, has a business in Hungary… The Hungarian Football Association made the announcement after a board meeting early on Sunday. Matthaeus will sign a two-year contract covering the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. The 43-year-old quit Partizan on Saturday after just a year in charge at the Serbia and Montenegro club citing personal reasons. He replaces Imre Gellei who stepped down earlier this month after Hungary?s disappointing Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. German media had reported that Matthaeus wanted to live in Budapest as his new wife, a Serbian businesswoman he married last month, has a business in Hungary. Chelsea want Henry

Madrid: Arsenal received a formal offer from Chelsea billionaire owner Roman Abramovich earlier this week for Thierry Henry, the Spanish sports daily As said on Saturday.

Americans Abroad Q&A: Berhalter enjoys revival at Energie Cottbus.
SoccerTimes – Dec 17, 2003
He is well liked in Germany. People like to watch him and listen to him, so it’s good to have a guy like that. King: Did the upcoming World Cup in Germany play a role in your decision to stay? Berhalter: It played a role in the length of the contract because my contract is supposed to run through the 2006 World Cup. I did that on purpose to ensure that I stay in Germany, you know, with the preparation and the focus. Germany is a great place to be. Both leagues are good leagues and it’s just an exciting place to be. Germans do things right.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Scotland plan national…
BBC News – Dec 15, 2003
“Our aim is to have every player that goes to the next World Cup [in 2007] playing in the pro teams in Scotland,” said the new head coach. “Scottish players must be playing in Scotland to play for their country. “It will benefit the players and benefit the pro teams to perform better on the international stage. ”

Williams added that he “hoped” to force Scotland’s pro teams to field just two overseas players as of next season. “Ideally, there will be no overseas players in our professional teams,” he said.

Tahoe Daily Tribune – Sports
Tahoe Daily Tribune – Dec 17, 2003
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