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January 11, 2004

Busy schedule for CONCACAF in first half of 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | British rivals’ fixture…
* Olympics bidders given help in race for success
* The Gambia start afresh
* Busy schedule for CONCACAF in first half of 2004
* Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
* Macken is rarin’ to join the fight
* Soccer News of Thursday, 8 January 2004
* Footballers target 2004 Tiger Cup win
* N.Ireland eye Nicholl as new manager
* Eriksson skips England fixtures meeting
* ABC Sport – Rugby Union – Whitaker named to captain Waratahs
* FIFA move to suspend Guatemala
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Rusedski calls for confessions
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Greg Rusedski statement in full

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | British rivals’ fixture…
BBC News – Jan 9, 2004
English football’s governing body would rather avoid a repeat of Euro 2004 qualifying, when it was forced to take the step of banning fans from travelling to Istanbul for England’s deciding final game against Turkey. The Football Association of Wales almost fell foul of Uefa, European football’s governing body, during Euro 2004 when its fans’ behaviour was investigated after trouble in Italy’s San Siro stadium. Uefa eventually praised the Welsh fans for their “admirable restraint under severe provocation”, but the FAW would rather not be put in that situation again. Ideally, Wales hope to start their campaign with a home tie against either the other domestic rivals in the group – Northern Ireland – or Azerbaijan, with England at home midway through the fixture list.

Olympics bidders given help in race for success
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 9, 2004
To help the organisers of such events, whether they be cities or national or international federations, Sportcal Global Communications has compiled a book, Bidding & Hosting, outlining key areas. These include finance, security, attracting and managing sponsorship, public relations, ticketing and managing the legacy, something that is vital when considering the staging of the Olympics. The author, Rachael Church, outlines the experience of many organising committees and looks ahead to events such as the 2006 football World Cup, detailing the cost of investing in stadiums. One of the most intriguing parts of the book deals with the problem of ambush marketing, such as at last year’s cricket World Cup; the tournament was sponsored by PepsiCo, and spectators who were found drinking Coca-Cola were ejected from grounds. PepsiCo itself ran into trouble with an Argentine court, which ordered the company to stop using an advertisement related to the 2002 football World Cup because consumers could have inferred that there was a “presumed sponsorship relationship” between PepsiCo and the tournament that did not exist.

The Gambia start afresh
BBC News – Jan 9, 2004
“The government is very much committed to getting us coaches and we hope it will be very soon,” he added. Bojang was referring to President Yahya Jammeh’s promise last week to hire foreign coaches for the GFA. The GFA decided to disband the national team, following the Scorpions’ failure to reach the group stages of the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying, shortly after having sacked The Gambia’s entire coaching staff, including manager Sang Ndong.

Busy schedule for CONCACAF in first half of 2004
Jamaica Observer – Jan 9, 2004
The Confederation will host four final round qualifying tournaments, Men’s & Women’s Olympic, Under-19 Women, and Futsal; the annual Champions Cup; and its biannual CONCACAF Congress (Grenada 2004). This year is also the start of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification in the region that kicks off next month. The Men’s Olympic Qualification is set for Guadalajara, Mexico from February 2-12, while Costa Rica hosts the Women’s series between February 25 and March 5. Two CONCACAF Men’s and Women’s teams will go to the Olympics. World Cup Qualifying, featuring 34 teams, start home and away series on February 18. The 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup, which has Trinidad and Tobago’s San Juan Jabloteh representing the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), has a straight knockout home-and-away system that begins on March 17.

Neville spells out importance of Eriksson
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
It was the time in English football history known as the pre-Sven-Goran Eriksson period. In fact, by the time Neville had finished, no-one in the room was in any doubt as to how highly the team’s senior players, of whom he is a leading member,… The alternative, Neville outlined, was more of the low morale and disorientation that he experienced as an England player, which had culminated on that “dark day” of Oct 7, 2000 when England lost to Germany at Wembley and Kevin Keegan resigned. England’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup begins on Saturday against Austria and the new campaign finds Neville in truculent, challenging form. He is an apostle of the Eriksson effect and he delivers his message without compromise. Before the Swede, Neville said, lay a time of uncertainty. Four different managers and an atmosphere in which, he said, “you didn’t know whether you were coming or going, we were changing systems, tactics, squads, ideals”. Put like that, it was not hard to see why Neville found the alternative to Eriksson so unthinkable.

Macken is rarin’ to join the fight
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jan 9, 2004
Should Macken become a regular with City, it would open the door to frequent football at international level for the Republic of Ireland, for whom he made his debut against Bulgaria 10 days ago. The call up to Brian Kerr’s squad came out of the Blue and since being capped, he has had to put up with teammates calling him ‘Jon O’Macken. ‘ But he would gladly put up with all the leg-pulling if it meant he could play in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. “I had mixed emotions really,” said Macken. “I was disappointed that I didn’t start but, obviously, to be involved in an international was a great buzz. And to get on at all was superb. “I think I could have done a little bit better and got into the game a bit more but I did what I could when I got on.

Soccer News of Thursday, 8 January 2004
ghanaweb.com – Jan 8, 2004
” “If you look at telecommunications, the facilities, the economy, I think South Africa is far, far ahead of all the others. ” As part of his support for the latest South African bid, Pele said he would be returning to the Oceania region next month with two other former African soccer stars – Roger Mila, of Cameroon, and George Weah, of Liberia. South Africa is facing tough competition in its bid to host the 2010 soccer World Cup, the president of the Oceania Football Confederation, Tautulu Roebeck, has said. South Africa had made an “impressive” presentation this week at a meeting in Auckland of the confederation, which would have one vote on the 24-member executive committee of Fifa that was to choose the host nation in Zurich in May, Roebeck said yesterday. Other countries bidding for the hosting rights, such as Morocco, had also made impressive presentations to Oceania members, however. “I think South Africa is ready to host with regards to facilities, security, and financially,” Roebeck said. “But it will be a difficult job to choose between South Africa and the other countries and we will have to think more about it… ” Egypt and Libya might also be planning to send delegations to Auckland before the Oceania voting position was decided at a meeting in May, Roebeck said. Steps would also be taken to ensure the Oceania delegate to the Fifa committee, Ahongalu Fusimalohi, of Tonga, was in no doubt about how to vote in Zurich, he said. The confederation did not want a recurrence of the embarrassment in 2000 when its delegate, Charles Dempsey of New Zealand, ignored instructions on which country to vote for when the Fifa committee chose the host nation for the 2006 World Cup. Dempsey decided to abstain in the final round, instead of voting for South Africa, which meant South Africa lost to Germany by one vote. “We did not tell Dempsey to abstain, but I think he had a lot of pressure and he said some of the members he managed to contact before the vote were telling him to make up a position on his own,” Roebeck said. “It will have to be clearer this time exactly what we want our delegate to do. ” After a meeting in Auckland earlier this week, the chief executive officer of the South African 2010 bid, Danny Jordaan, announced his committee had reached a “reconciliation” agreement with Dempsey, now “honorary” president of the Oceania Confederation.

Footballers target 2004 Tiger Cup win
Viet Nam News – Jan 10, 2004
The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Mai Liem Truc,
president of the federation, said the team should win at least a
bronze medal at the cup and achieve the best possible result during
2006 World Cup qualifying, based on its achievement at the 22nd SEA
Games in December. The ASEAN
Football Federation will meet on March 22 to choose Cambodia or Viet
Nam to host the cup. Southeast Asian
countries play for the cup at two-year intervals. Viet Nam placed
fourth in 2002 and won the bronze medal in 2000… The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Mai Liem Truc,
president of the federation, said the team should win at least a
bronze medal at the cup and achieve the best possible result during
2006 World Cup qualifying, based on its achievement at the 22nd SEA
Games in December. The ASEAN
Football Federation will meet on March 22 to choose Cambodia or Viet
Nam to host the cup. Southeast Asian
countries play for the cup at two-year intervals. Viet Nam placed
fourth in 2002 and won the bronze medal in 2000. They won the silver
medal when Viet Nam hosted the tournament in 1998.

N.Ireland eye Nicholl as new manager
go.com – Jan 8, 2004
McIlroy quit the post last October to become second divisionStockport County’s manager after finishing bottom of their Euro2004 qualifying group with three draws and no wins. They have failed to score a goal in their past 13 games andare ranked 122nd in the FIFA standings. Northern Ireland’s 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign willalso provide a stern test after being drawn with England,Poland, Austria, Wales and Azerbaijan in Group Six. Your views on this story?.

Eriksson skips England fixtures meeting
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 8, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. “It was simply felt that it was a meeting for administrators rather than coaches,” a source said. Eriksson has given his wish list to Trevor Brooking, the director of football development, and David Davies, the executive director, and will hope that they can haggle successfully. England will not want to conclude their campaign in Cardiff or Belfast in a group that features Wales, Northern Ireland, Austria, Poland and Azerbaijan. A spokesman for the Football Association of Wales said: “Most of the competing nations are represented by three or four people, usually consisting of a senior official, the general secretary, team manager or coach and a member of the international department.

ABC Sport – Rugby Union – Whitaker named to captain Waratahs
abc.net.au – Jan 9, 2004
Flanker Phil Waugh will serves as Whitaker’s deputy. The 29-year-old Whitaker stepped into the Australian captaincy role last year when regular skipper and scrumhalf George Gregan was rested from the World Cup pool match against Namibia.

FIFA move to suspend Guatemala
go.com – Jan 10, 2004
FIFA said in a statement it had made the move after a bodyacting for the Guatemalan government took control of thefederation’s headquarters on December 23. Federation president Jose Mauricio Caballeros and executivecommittee members have been barred from the building, FIFA said. The decision means that Guatemalan clubs and national teamsare banned from all international competitive and friendly gamesGuatemala are due to play a 2006 World Cup qualifying matchagainst Suriname or Aruba in June. The suspension also covers the Athens Olympics preliminarycompetition. The women’s national team is due to play its finalOlympic qualifiers in Costa Rica next month. Your views on this story?.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Rusedski calls for confessions
BBC News – Jan 10, 2004
“He will have a hard time now. I can’t imagine how bad he must feel. ”

Rusedski’s Davis Cup team-mate Tim Henman was surprised at the timing of the revelations.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Greg Rusedski statement in full
BBC News – Jan 9, 2004
There has been no explanation for this. I am one
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