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February 16, 2004

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The News Review:

* Diouf has his suspension increased
* BBC SPORT | Football | African Cup of Nations | More than just a final
* Dutch rely on youth for USA match
* Bartlett hints at SA return
* Man Utd shares leap amid takeover rumour
* Eriksson plans to see out contract
* BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Euro 2004
* JFF gets bail-out
* VFF talks with ex-Thai coach
* ESPN.com – OLY – Bloom finishes third as Dawson wins moguls
* Tel Aviv to host Ireland
* ESPN.com – Drehs: NASCAR’s Passion for religion
* Eriksson looking for Rio’s replacement
* donga.com [english donga]
* Chukwu did well in difficult circumstances
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features

Diouf has his suspension increased
CNN International – Feb 14, 2004
The tournament’s organizing committee reviewed a video of the tempestuous match in Rades last weekend and then announced: ” The three-match penalty handed out to player El Hadji Diouf was increased to four matches for acts considered unacceptable and injurious to African football and the public. Diouf spent much of the match in a verbal battle with United Arab Emirates referee Ali Bujsaim and at the end of the 1-0 defeat had to be restrained from attacking him and members of the Tunisian bench. He will be unable to feature again for Senegal in a competitive match before October 10, when his country meet Liberia in Monrovia in group one of the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The competition is combined with the qualifiers for the next Nations Cup, to be held in Egypt in 2006. Three Senegalese officials who stormed on to the pitch after Tunisia’s controversial goal in the second half of the quarter-final match also failed with appeals. Assistant coach Abdoulaye Sarr had his suspension extended to 18 months and one-year bans on another assistant coach Amara Traore and team doctor Fallou Cisse were upheld. “The actions of assistant coach Mr Abdoulaye Sarr were considered unacceptable and his sanction increased to 18 months from participating in any CAF organized competitions,” the statement added… Assistant coach Abdoulaye Sarr had his suspension extended to 18 months and one-year bans on another assistant coach Amara Traore and team doctor Fallou Cisse were upheld. “The actions of assistant coach Mr Abdoulaye Sarr were considered unacceptable and his sanction increased to 18 months from participating in any CAF organized competitions,” the statement added. The Senegal Football Federation are also to pay US $3,000 in costs for the appeal, CAF added. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

BBC SPORT | Football | African Cup of Nations | More than just a final
BBC News – Feb 13, 2004
“I have a young team who play as a unit rather than individuals,” added Zaki. But meetings between these two sides rarely serve up goal feasts and Saturday’s match could well be decided by a flash of inspiration from the likes of Santos or Hadji, both of whom have three goals in the tournament. Adding further spice to the final – as if it were needed – is the fact Tunisia and Morocco also share the same 2006 World Cup qualifying group later in the
year. But, by then, one is likely to be firmly settled in the driving seat for the right to land the ultimate prize – the 2010 World Cup.

Dutch rely on youth for USA match
CNN International – Feb 13, 2004
team is preparing for the start of World Cup 2006 qualifying against Grenada or Guyana on June 13. midfielder John O’ Brien, who plays as a fullback for Ajax Amsterdam, it will be his first game with the U… squad since March 2003. O’Brien has recently returned from a lengthy tendon injury, but said Friday he “had a lot of his rhythm back” and was looking forward to playing against several of his Ajax teammates. “The Dutch team play such nice football and they possess (the ball) so well,” he said. “We’re going to have to hope just to stop them from scoring and then hope you can counter on them. -based players are due to arrive in the Netherlands Saturday.

Bartlett hints at SA return
BBC News – Feb 15, 2004
Bartlett recently announced his retirement from the international game saying he wanted to concentrate on his club career at Charlton Athletic. But the South African Football Association has told him they would love to have him back on board for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, which start next year. “It is something I have to think about,” Bartlett told BBC Sport. “The authorities have said they would welcome me back and that they haven’t accepted my retirement. “I might be going back but there is another African Cup of Nations in 2006, so I have to decide whether to take part in that or not as well. “When I announced my retirement in the autumn, it was to get out of the Nations Cup.

Man Utd shares leap amid takeover rumour
go.com – Feb 13, 2004
Leeds have been in talks for almost three weeks with the consortium and creditors – bondholders M&G, MetLife and Teachers, player-leasing agents Registered European Football Finance Ltd, as well as the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise. Premiership chief rejects further revenue sharingRichard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, has dismissed recommendations from MPs to increase the amount it hands out to lower league clubs. Arguing against the All-Party Football Group’s recommendations Scudamore said: ‘[The Premiership is] by far the most re-distributive league anywhere in Europe. ‘Our top clubs earn about 2. 6 times as much from TV as our smaller clubs, whereas in Italy that’s a ratio of about six-to-one and in Spain it’s seven-to-one. ‘Over ?30million goes to charitable causes, over ?30million to the Football League itself and ?12million to the PFA, which gets distributed for the benefit of Football League Clubs. ‘The Premiership is in the final year of a three-season ?1… The Daily Telegraph reported that Blatter suggested Brazil would be the ideal hosts as their national soccer federation will be the only South American federation celebrating their centenary in 2014. South America is set to host the World Cup under FIFA’s recently introduced continental rotation scheme. The World Cup will be staged by Germany in 2006 and by an African nation in 2010. O’Neill to head new Australian Soccer AssociationJohn O’Neill, the outgoing chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union credited with overseing the enormously successful 2003 Rugby World Cup, is to take charge of newly-formed Australian Soccer Association. O’Neill will leave his position with the ARU earlier than scheduled to become chairman of the new national governing body which replaces Soccer Australia after its financial collapse last year. Under O’Neill the ASA will aim to launch a new professional league in Australia to replace the National Soccer League and oversee Australia’s qualification to the 2006 World Cup. UEFA expect Euro2004 cash bonanzaUEFA expect that this summer’s Euro2004 championships will generate three times more revenue as the 2000 tournament, which made €255million.

Eriksson plans to see out contract
CNN International – Feb 15, 2004
He said: “There are clubs around Europe phoning and asking but I always say I’m not interested. I have a good deal and an excellent job. Eriksson, whose present contract expires after the 2006 World Cup finals, has been the subject of persistent speculation in the British press linking him to a move to Chelsea after he was photographed entering the London home of the club’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich. Eriksson added: “I have a contract until 2006 and I have no offer from any club and I’ve never had any discussions about it. “The situation has not changed now if you compare it with two or three years ago. Unfortunately, I went for a cup of tea with Roman Abramovich. But he admitted the speculation had become wearing… I have a contract to 2006 and I’ve had that since I came here. Nothing has changed. “England is not a small football country. It is a huge football country. I’ve never had discussions with a club. I have tried to convince people about that but it’s very difficult. “Eriksson added that he was due to start discussions with the Football Association about a two-year extension to his England contract.

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Euro 2004
BBC News – Feb 15, 2004
Last night he named his squad for the game on Wednesday against Portugal. Middlesbrough skipper is back in the side again, and he’s covering for the enforced absence of Rio Ferdinand, of course, and Gareth Southgate, and the injury to Jonathan Woodgate, Southgate’s team-mate, Danny Mills is back in the squad and the youngsters are there. We’ll get into that with the man himself… SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON:
Yes, you’re right, but they’re working on it, they’re working on maybe take away the replay in the FA Cup fifth and sixth rounds. They’re working round the solutions, but not to extend the season, that would be very bad. You could do it when it’s not a World Cup year or Euro year, then you could extend it, of course. But they’re working with it and I hope it will come true for next season. We need the break, all of us. DAVID FROST:
Absolutely. And you were saying you need a break – not that phrase – but from all these questions which are all over the papers again today, so let’s deal with it once and for all, all these, and then you’ll be free.

JFF gets bail-out
Jamaica Observer – Feb 14, 2004
Game-day entertainment will include a pre-match and half-time show which will feature DJs Beennie Man and the controversial Vybz Kartel. Four other popular artistes are down to perform. Meanwhile, Uruguay, currently fourth in the South American 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, boast a number of quality players parading in the best clubs in Europe. Headlining the list is a wily left-footer, Alvaro Recoba of Italy’s Inter Milan. Then there is Diego Forlan, a striker for England’s Manchester United. Both players have been confirmed for the game, according to a release from the JFF. Jamaica, too, have confirmed some of their overseas-based Reggae Boyz for the big clash.

VFF talks with ex-Thai coach
Viet Nam News – Feb 13, 2004
Withe said
the most important condition for him to take the job was his wife?s
willingness to stay in Viet Nam. He said his wife had travelled to
many countries with him, so if she liked life in Viet Nam, the
likelihood of taking the job would increase. During his
stay, Withe will watch at least one national team match ?
against Maldives on February 18 for the 2006 World Cup qualifying
round. The official
website of the ASEAN Football Federation, aseanfootball. com,
reported that Withe and the federation may agree to a two-year
deal but there were still some matters that needed to be
finalised. If the two
parties were in agreement, the Englishman would be the eighth
foreign coach employed to handle the national team. In addition
to the World Cup qualifiers, the new coach is expected to prepare
the team for this year?s Tiger Cup and the 2005 SEA Games in the
Philippines.

ESPN.com – OLY – Bloom finishes third as Dawson wins moguls
ESPN – Feb 14, 2004
Margarita Marbler of Austria was the top woman, recording herfirst World Cup victory. Bloom, who plays football at Colorado, has challenged the NCAA’srules on endorsement money. He hopes to compete at the 2006 TurinOlympics. Dawson received 25. 45 points, with Canada’s Jim Schiman secondat 24.

Tel Aviv to host Ireland
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 13, 2004
The decision followed talks in Zurich between FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the chairman of the Israel Football Federation, Itche Menahem, over the vexed question of lifting the ban on international games in Israel. It was imposed in March 2002 in response to rising tension in the area and, despite Israel’s protests, stayed in place for much of the last two years.

ESPN.com – Drehs: NASCAR’s Passion for religion
ESPN – Feb 13, 2004
— Imagine, the week before the Super Bowl, Jerry Jones removing the stars from the side of the Dallas Cowboys’ helmets and replacing them with a crucifix. Or on the eve of World Series Game 7, George Steinbrenner growing tired of the intertwined NY and exchanging it for a pair of praying hands on the left chest of every Yankee. Regardless of individual religious beliefs, people would wonder what was going on. Yet that’s just what’s happening here in Daytona this week, where Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller has replaced his company’s hood-sized logo on Bobby Labonte’s No. 18 Chevrolet with that of the controversial movie, “The Passion of the Christ. ” Promoting movies is nothing new — Miller has had specially painted cars for “The Hulk” and “Toy Story 2” in the past.

Eriksson looking for Rio’s replacement
go.com – Feb 14, 2004
‘I don’t have any offers to go anywhere else, absolutely not, and that’s thetruth. But if I lose three games in Portugal, what will your opinion be about theSwedish manager then? At the same time, you want me to sign until 2008. ‘The Football Association have, indeed, sought to draw a line under the wholeaffair, while pledging their support to the England coach by offering him atwo-year contract extension until 2008. However, while talks are expected to open in the next couple of months betweenEriksson and chief executive Mark Palios, no immediate agreement isanticipated. Eriksson admitted: ‘I have to think about it to commit myself for another twoyears. That’s a great commitment, I think. One day it might be changed… ‘Many figures at the FA would prefer the situation to be resolved before thissummer’s tournament, but Eriksson admitted: ‘I don’t know about that, I thinkthat you think about it much more than I do. ‘Asked if he would actually prefer to discuss it after the EuropeanChampionships, he responded with a simple ‘maybe’. Instead, Eriksson prefers to concentrate on the fact he has already committedhimself to England until after the 2006 World Cup. ‘I am amazed and surprised every time [this question ] comes up as I have acontract. People seem to have forgotten that I have a contract until 2006 andnothing has been changed from that,’ he declared. ‘I don’t think that I’m in an impossible situation. The people around me arevery quiet, calm and not worried at all.

donga.com [english donga]
donga.com – Donga.com – Feb 15, 2004
I feel comfortable with being a forward, rather than a wing. ?

Amid the increasing competition between the two, Coelho considers Cha Du-ri, of Germany?s Franfurt and Choe Seong-guk, Little Maradona, of Ulsan, to be forward candidates. Football watchers expect that the intensifying competition for the forward position will increase the overall scoring ability of the national team. ?The huge victory against Oman has meaning because it has reversed the downbeat mood,? said Shin Moon-seon, soccer commentator with the Seoul Broadcasting System. ?The players have regained self-confidence. They will be upbeat. ? He added, ?I expect to see a series of goals in their game against Lebanon on February 18, like the one in the second round of the preliminary tournament for the World Cup 2006 in Germany… ?The players have regained self-confidence. They will be upbeat. ? He added, ?I expect to see a series of goals in their game against Lebanon on February 18, like the one in the second round of the preliminary tournament for the World Cup 2006 in Germany. ?

Reinforced by top players who play in international leagues, the national team lived up its reputation as one of the World Cup 2002?s four strongest teams, performing impressively in the match against Oman. Attacks by Seol, Ahn, Cha and midfielder Park Ji-seong in turns decimated Oman?s defense. The two wingbacks, Choi Won-kwon and Kim Dong-jin, both of Ahnyang, and midfielder Kim Nam-il of Jeonnam, dominated the midfield by strongly pressing Oman players. The less than smooth coordination between attackers and defenders in the team has yet to be addressed, soccer watchers said.

Chukwu did well in difficult circumstances
BBC News – Feb 14, 2004
It is important that there are one or two officials
designated to check up on them, and do whatever is
required to keep them in good spirits whenever they
have injuries or other personal problems. This will give the players a good reason to be more
committed to the national cause. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers start soon and we are
going to need them to have a chance of getting
through. On the bright side, we have several young players
that can maintain the high standards that the football
world expects from us. But the big question is whether there will be
managerial stability and administrative competence to
build upon the positive points of this Cup of Nations
campaign. In spite of all the problems Nigeria went through at
this championship, I think Christian Chukwu has done a
fairly good job… This will give the players a good reason to be more
committed to the national cause. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers start soon and we are
going to need them to have a chance of getting
through. On the bright side, we have several young players
that can maintain the high standards that the football
world expects from us. But the big question is whether there will be
managerial stability and administrative competence to
build upon the positive points of this Cup of Nations
campaign. In spite of all the problems Nigeria went through at
this championship, I think Christian Chukwu has done a
fairly good job.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 13, 2004
Uncapped inclusionsFenerbahçe SK goalkeeper Volkan Demirel leads the list of uncapped inclusions for the match in Adana, having enjoyed regular first-team football since December. In defensive positions, Tolga Seyhan of Trabzonspor, Çagdas Atan of Denizlispor and Koray Avci of Çaykur Rizespor are all included. New midfield playersThere are three uncapped midfield talents in the squad – Istanbulspor AS’s Faruk Bayar, Vestel Manisaspor’s Ugur Inceman and Hamit Altintop, who has impressed in the Bundesliga this season for FC Schalke 04. Chance for ZaferFinally, 28-year-old Konyaspor forward Zafer Biryol, who has hit 15 goals in just 20 games this season, and Diyarbakirspor’s Murat Hacioglu, who has scored eight times, are given a chance to impress up front. Established players left outTo make way for these newcomers, Günes has left out many established internationals, Ümit Davala, Yildiray Bastürk, Ilhan Mansız and Hakan Sükür among them… Chance for ZaferFinally, 28-year-old Konyaspor forward Zafer Biryol, who has hit 15 goals in just 20 games this season, and Diyarbakirspor’s Murat Hacioglu, who has scored eight times, are given a chance to impress up front. Established players left outTo make way for these newcomers, Günes has left out many established internationals, Ümit Davala, Yildiray Bastürk, Ilhan Mansız and Hakan Sükür among them. Turkey are building towards the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers having been knocked out of UEFA EURO 2004™ at the play-off stage by Latvia. Turkey squadIbrahim, Ümit Özat, Tuncay, Selçuk, Volkan, Gökdeniz, Fatih Tekke, Tolga, Çagdas, Orhan Ak, Ömer, Ibrahim Toraman, Murat, Deniz, Serkan, Zafer, Faruk, Koray, Okan Yilmaz, Ugur Inceman, Rüstü, Emre, Nihat, Fatih Sonkaya, Hamit Altıntop. All rights reserved.

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