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January 14, 2004

Eriksson will not quit claims Grip

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The News Review:

* Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
* Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
* German Soccer | 01.11.2004 Vogts Resigns as Scotland Manager
* Eriksson will not quit claims Grip
* Republic land Brazil date
* Emirates appoints Beckenbauer as global ambassador
* Republic plan fixture strategy
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* ESPN.com – NFL – Favre’s magical run ends on OT heave
* IFA confident over Windsor
* Scott fears for London bid
* Mt. Lebanon native faces uphill battle on Israeli bobsled team
* Eriksson’s agent dismisses Chelsea links
* New disciplinary system in 2004?
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
Chosun Ilbo – Jan 13, 2004
bmp” >What is inside the head of Chung Mong-joon, the president of the Korea Football Association (KFA) and the vice president of FIFA? What is he planning for Korean soccer? Chung revealed his hopes of forming a united national football team for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and enhancing the status of Korean football in international sports society. Could you tell us your New Year??s resolution as the head of the KFA?We have big matches coming up this year, like the preliminary for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. I hope our national team does well in all of their matches. I hear you??re seriously interested in establishing soccer exchanges with North Korea. As a matter of fact, inter-Korean relationship cannot be done only with will or enthusiasm.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
Chosun Ilbo – Jan 11, 2004
jpg” >What is inside the head of Chung Mong-joon, the president of the Korea Football Association (KFA) and the vice president of FIFA? What is he planning for Korean soccer? Chung revealed his hopes of forming a united national football team for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and enhancing the status of Korean football in international sports society. Could you tell us your New Year??s resolution as the head of the KFA?We have big matches coming up this year, like the preliminary for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. I hope our national team does well in all of their matches. I hear you??re seriously interested in establishing soccer exchanges with North Korea. As a matter of fact, inter-Korean relationship cannot be done only with will or enthusiasm.

German Soccer | 01.11.2004 Vogts Resigns as Scotland Manager
Deutsche Welle – Jan 11, 2004
The German had expressed interest in coming home. Vogts, who led Germany to victory in Euro 1996, has faced mounting criticism following a string of poor results which has left Scotland in need of a miracle if they are to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. But Vogts, who also won the 1974 World Cup as a player with West Germany and was assistant coach when West Germany won the 1990 World Cup, was not shy in expressing his disgust at the treatment he had received during his tenure as manager. “With great reluctance, myself and the Scottish Football Association, and in particular John McBeth and David Taylor, who have been a source of great strength and support, have made a joint decision to close this chapter in my life at the helm of Scottish international football,” said Vogts in a statement. Spat upon

He said he made the decision “with a heavy heart” since he enjoyed his tenure at the hub of the Scottish national team. “I must say that the major factor in this decision has been the disgraceful abuse that I have suffered, especially of late.

Eriksson will not quit claims Grip
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 13, 2004
After establishing England’s road map to the 2006 World Cup at a fixtures meeting in Cardiff yesterday, Grip insisted the management pair would be in charge for the qualifiers against Poland, Wales, Austria, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan. Time – and Roman Abramovich’s purse and persuasiveness – will tell but Grip’s claim of Eriksson’s intensifying infatuation with England will delight the Football Association. Soho Square have offered Eriksson a two-year extension to a contract expiring after the 2006 finals in Germany. If the FA keep Eriksson and Grip to 2006, let alone 2008, the game’s governors will run the risk of busting their blazers with celebratory cartwheels. Aware of the scepticism within football of Eriksson’s long-term commitment to England, Grip stressed that the nation’s favourite Swedes “will be there” on the road to Berlin that begins for England with two tricky ties in Vienna and Katowice this September… Aware of the scepticism within football of Eriksson’s long-term commitment to England, Grip stressed that the nation’s favourite Swedes “will be there” on the road to Berlin that begins for England with two tricky ties in Vienna and Katowice this September. “Sven enjoys the job. I think he enjoys it more now than when he started. England is a fantastic football country. If you see the attendances we have had for friendly games it is unbelievable; for Denmark [at Old Trafford] it was 65,000.

Republic land Brazil date
BBC News – Jan 12, 2004
Talks are currently under way to secure further friendlies in April and May. “We will have world-class players in abundance playing in Dublin over the coming months and very testing opponents for our squad”, said FAI chief executive Fran Rooney. Ireland will face France, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands in European qualifying Group Four for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Emirates appoints Beckenbauer as global ambassador
Khaleej Times – Jan 13, 2004
Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates airline, addressing the media at the Mina A’Salam Hotel yesterday, said the partnership between Emirates and The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation further demonstrates Emirates’ support for sport and social activities on the world stage. Emirates is an official partner of Germany 2006 Fifa World Cup, and holds a football sponsorship portfolio numbering Chelsea Football Club in the English Premiership and Singapore’s Home United. Shaikh Ahmed said: “I am delighted that Franz has agreed to become our Global Ambassador and I am happy to support this important foundation. ” As one of the world’s legendary footballers, his international reputation can only enhance the Emirates vision for success both socially through his foundation and for his contribution to sport in general. “This new partnership, in addition to our major sponsorships of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, Chelsea Football Club and other major properties, will further help us to develop Emirates as a truly global brand as we continue to transform ourselves into a business that stretches across all continents. Beckenbauer, president of the Organising Committee for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany, thanked Shaikh Ahmed for his support and the great role Emirates will play in his foundation.

Republic plan fixture strategy
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 13, 2004
Chastened by their experience in the qualifiers for Euro 2004 in which they lost their last game in Switzerland and their chance of reaching the finals in Portugal next summer, the Football Association of Ireland are hopeful of reversing that outcome. Likewise they believe that their prospects of avoiding elimination in Group 10 of the preliminaries would be heightened by deferring the home leg of the French assignment until as late as possible… Chastened by their experience in the qualifiers for Euro 2004 in which they lost their last game in Switzerland and their chance of reaching the finals in Portugal next summer, the Football Association of Ireland are hopeful of reversing that outcome. Likewise they believe that their prospects of avoiding elimination in Group 10 of the preliminaries would be heightened by deferring the home leg of the French assignment until as late as possible. “This was the strategy that worked so well for us in the qualifying rounds of the last World Cup, but we’re conscious of the problems which may be encountered in the negotiations with the other teams in the group in the coming weeks.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 13, 2004
First and foremost will be the continuing lobbying for the host country for the 2010 World Cup which has already been promised to Africa. South Africa, denied by Germany by just one vote for the 2006 finals, are fighting Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya with the Moroccans being tipped to deliver another hammer blow to South Africa by a similarly narrow margin. The Arab Football Confederation is understood to be keen on the North Africans uniting behind Morocco. ?It does not matter even if there were 10 countries. Our aim is to get 13 out of the 24 votes on the FIFA executive committee members,? said Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the South African bid as he prepares to lobby hard here ahead of the vote in May. Also facing a tough time is African Football Confederation chief Issa Hayatou who faces a battle for re-election against Ismael Bhamjee… On the field, the 16 nations find themselves with the duty of restoring the reputation of a tournament which has served up insipid finals in the last two editions. The Indomitable Lions will start amongst the favourites and will be the neutral fan?s emotional choice to win after the death of Marc-Vivien Foe in the Confederations Cup last summer. A disappointing performance at the last World Cup by Cameroon was matched by Tunisia, Nigeria and South Africa who all failed to get past the first stage in South Korea and Japan. That left the road open for Senegal to capture everyone?s admiration with their magical journey to the quarter-finals based on their historic defeat of holders France. They too will be one of the favourites here. In Group A, Tunisia face debutants Rwanda, as well as Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo with coach Roger Lemerre looking to bounce back from his disastrous tenure as French boss at the last World Cup. Senegal, with the silky skills of El-Hadji Diouf playing a major role, are top seeds in Group B with Mali, Burkina Faso and Kenya forming the opposition.

ESPN.com – NFL – Favre’s magical run ends on OT heave
ESPN – Jan 11, 2004
“We were playing a soft coverage,” McKenzie said. “We weretrying to be very cautious and play it very easy and that’s whathurt us. “The fate of this football team was in our hands and wecouldn’t seal it. ” In the overtime, defensive coordinator Ed Donatell went back tothe blitz and the Packers forced a punt. The Green Bay offense,which had gained 381 yards in regulation, got the ball back at thePackers 32. Favre would bail them out, right? “Brett is the man, there is no doubt about it,” kicker RyanLongwell said. “He in my opinion is the best that ever played thisgame.

IFA confident over Windsor
BBC News – Jan 12, 2004
Linfield’s home in Belfast has been criticised for not being up to scratch for international matches. However, IFA president Jim Boyce has insisted that improvements will be made ahead of the qualifying group which includes England and Wales. A meeting takes place in Cardiff on Tuesday to work out fixture dates. Northern Ireland will also be up against Poland, Austria and
Azerbaijan in the six-team group.

Scott fears for London bid
BBC News – Jan 13, 2004
Paris for instance has revealed it does have a 20 or so countries who will vote for them whatever. “The Iraq War has not helped and even things like the Eurovision Song Contest and failed bids like our 2007 Rugby World Cup bid and the football 2006 World Cup bid were indications we are not really a deeply popular nation. “Manchester suffered from it, Birmingham suffered from it – the question is can London overcome it?”.

Mt. Lebanon native faces uphill battle on Israeli bobsled team
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Jan 11, 2004
Next was to increase our abilities and find a serious coach. After that, it’s to make it into the top 50 percent and build upon our success. ”

The Israelis, who are in sixth place among the 14 teams entered in the Americas Cup, will step up in class next month, entering a World Cup competition in Austria and the World Championships in Germany. There they will be going up against teams and participants who have already been to the Olympics and are considered the best in the world. “It’s a long road,” said Ross Dominikovich, 36, Israel’s coach and a former Olympic bobsledder for New Zealand. “The day I met them I thought there was potential — an NFL football player and a calm, cool, collected fighter pilot. “The bobsled can be pretty violent… At Munich in 1972, 11 members of its delegation (athletes, coaches, referees) were kidnapped in the Olympic village by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September and were later killed. Frank says he is well aware that by representing Israel the threat of danger to him is “real” and that preventive measures must be taken. The football star turned bobsledder will be 43 when the 2006 Winter Olympics take place. Dominikovich said there have been bobsled medalists near age 40 in the past. Frank won’t be the first NFL player to make it to the Olympic bobsled track, either. In 1992, former running back Herschel Walker was the brakeman on a United States two-man bobsled team that finished in seventh place. But no matter how you look at it, an Israeli bobsled team and John Frank are unique.

Eriksson’s agent dismisses Chelsea links
abc.net.au – Jan 11, 2004
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Eriksson’s agent dismisses Chelsea links

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s agent believes the Swede will still be England’s manager in 2006 and has dismissed the speculation linking him with Chelsea. Asked if Eriksson would be England manager in 2006 Athole Still said: “He has a contract until then and I have no reason to believe that he’s not going to go to the 2006 World Cup. ”

Eriksson pledged his commitment to England’s campaign to win this year’s European championship in Portugal, when they clinched a place at the finals with a 0-0 draw in Turkey last October. But newspaper speculation linking him with the Chelsea job held by Claudio Ranieri has continued since the Swede was pictured going to a meeting with the west London club’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich last July. However, Still told London-based monthly soccer magazine When Saturday Comes that Eriksson did not negotiate with Chelsea to become the club’s manager when he met Abramovich last summer. “I can say categorically there was no question of negotiations for Sven to go to Chelsea,” Still said in the interview… ”

Still told When Saturday Comes that he has a “very close relationship” with Eriksson and there was no way the England manager would do anything without his involvement. “As I said, at no time did I speak with anybody at Manchester United or with any third party purporting to represent United about Sven going there, and that’s exactly the same with Chelsea,” Still said. In November the Football Association (FA) offered the 55-year-old Eriksson a two-year contract extension that would have taken him through to the 2008 European Championship. Eriksson, who was upset that the offer had been made public, was told by the FA that he could take his time over the decision.

New disciplinary system in 2004?
BBC News – Jan 11, 2004
But if somebody does cross the border they’ve got to realise that because they’re footballers it doesn’t mean their clubs or somebody are going to help them get out of it. They’ve got to accept, you know, the results of their misdemeanours, I think. DAVID FROST:
Now your week then continues with a trip to Wales for arranging fixtures for the upcoming, well the upcoming World Cup after Europe. And obviously Sven at the moment has signed up until 2006 and the FA have offered him an extension already to 2008, and I gather he hasn’t formally responded yet. Do you hope you can persuade him to extend to 2008?

TREVOR BROOKING:
Yes, I think well everyone you know would want him to stay, because we have had some excellent results, and we’ve qualified well. The players respect him and respond to him. But again it’s down to Sven.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jan 13, 2004
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