Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

February 22, 2004

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The News Review:

* Chukwu’s 2006 target
* I miss international football, says Keane
* I’ve had my innings – Oliphant
* ESPN.com – NCF – Sixth rape accusation levied at CU program
* Souness backs non-Scots
* Morocco announce World Cup initiative
* Wheeler dealer behind TV sports
* Boyz shock Uruguay
* Indiantelevision.com’s News Room Headlines Indian football stars…
* DAILY EXPRESS NEWS
* Winning start by top teams
* A lot of positives, but .
* Zidane extends Real contract
* Little Earnshaw cuts Scotland down to size with hat-trick
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Football | England 2-0 Denmark
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* VN kick off 2006 Cup qualifiers

Chukwu’s 2006 target
BBC News – Feb 21, 2004
“Chukwu will only keep his job if he keeps hope of a world ticket alive, otherwise we will look for another foreign coach,” said Olu Amadasun, the spokesman of the board of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA). Speaking in the same vein, another member who demanded anonymity said “we need a technically sound coach who can meet the aspirations of Nigerians to be at the 2006 World Cup finals. “We don’t want to take any chances, we don’t want to be in any difficult situation this time around. ”

Nigeria were set to employ former England international Bryan Robson as manager last year, but pulled out of the deal on financial grounds.

I miss international football, says Keane
Independent Online – Feb 20, 2004
Former Republic skipper Keane was sent home in disgrace two years ago following a row with then manager Mick McCarthy at the squad’s pre-World Cup training base in Saipan with the Manchester United midfielder calling time on his international career. But now United captain Keane appears to have changed his tune. “I have always said I have missed international football – but then felt it was important to move on,” said Keane. ‘I can’t see Arsenal slipping up’”But part of me has always said that I had unfinished business and it will always be that way. Keane was speaking 24 hours after the Republic’s creditable goalless friendly draw with world champions Brazil in Dublin… Keane was speaking 24 hours after the Republic’s creditable goalless friendly draw with world champions Brazil in Dublin. And Keane, 32, said whether he pulled on a green shirt again would be as much Kerr’s decision as his. “I don’t think it would be as simple as me saying that I would come back to international football. It would be down to Brian Kerr – it’s as simple as that really. “It would probably be unfair on the players and Brian while it would also create a lot of media frenzy.

I’ve had my innings – Oliphant
Independent Online – Feb 20, 2004
Oliphant, Safa president since 1997, feels he’s served his dues: “I’ve had my innings,” he said yesterday. “It’s time somebody took over. ”

He wouldn’t say who he would like to pass the baton to: “Democracy should take it’s course. ”

Many would disagree, but he is of the view he’s done a good job… That coaches were fired on the eve of major events, Bafana’s performances at the Nations Cup worsened with every participation and players retired prematurely was just unfortunate. “It’s disappointing not to have won the Nations Cup. And the fact that we could not secure the rights to host the World Cup in 2006 was another low point. “The early retirement of our top players has no doubt affected the country badly and that situation needs to be rectified. But generally, I’m content with my contribution to football. ”

Oliphant moved to dispel the notion he’s just a token president and that Irvin Khoza is actually the man running the game. “I want the evidence that makes people say I’m just there.

ESPN.com – NCF – Sixth rape accusation levied at CU program
ESPN – Feb 20, 2004
“This was a particularly brutal case,” Boulder Police ChiefMark Beckner said. The alleged victim said she was sodomized. The university football program is at the center of a scandalthat may end up costing Barnett his job. However, CU president Elizabeth Hoffman left open the possibility that Barnett “could be on the sidelines this fall,” if he proves the football program is not hostile to women and pending the results of an independent committee’s investigation, the Denver Post reported Friday. Hoffman placed Barnett on paid administrative leave Wednesdaypending the outcome of the investigation into CU’s recruitingpractices and the rape allegations. The committee, appointed by the board of regents, is to hold its first meeting March 2 and its report is due April 30. Three womenhave sued the school in federal court, saying they were raped byfootball athletes in 2001.

Souness backs non-Scots
BBC News – Feb 20, 2004
“I think that Scotland should be looking at every possibility, because right now they’re in trouble in terms of the quality they have. “They don’t have the strength or depth they’ve always enjoyed, particularly during my playing career,” Souness continued on BBC Radio Lancashire. “In the time I’ve been interested in football, I think this is the weakest Scottish group of players there has ever been. ”

Motherwell manager Terry Butcher also believes Scotland should explore all available avenues… “They are strong defenders and they can’t afford to lose Barry Ferguson either. They haven’t got that calibre of player waiting in the wings. “When it comes to qualification for the World Cup in 2006 that’s when Berti Vogts should be judged.

Morocco announce World Cup initiative
go.com – Feb 21, 2004
World soccer’s governing bodyFIFA will announce the host nation of the tournament, to bestaged in Africa for the first time, on May 15. Kettani said if Morocco is successful it would transfer tothe new initiative the funds that are normally given by FIFA tothe hosts to help with the costs of running the event. WITHOUT FRONTIERSHe said this scheme was to be called ‘Football WithoutFrontiers’ and was aimed at using sport in general, and footballin particular, as a means to fight terrorism, ill-health anddespair all over a continent wracked by poverty and disease. For the 2006 World Cup finals FIFA gave hosts Germany about$200 million to run their local organising committee. That would be enough in Africa, said M’hamed Zeghari, amember of the Morocco bid team, to fund the budget of theAfrican Football Confederation (CAF) for four years. He said the cash would be used to lay artificial pitches,build football club facilities and provide balls, kit and othermaterials vital to spread the sport all over the continent. ‘I believe this would create something really special foryoung people all over Africa and help us with education,(tackling) terrorism and many things, and give real hope for thefuture,’ he said… Kettani said if Morocco is successful it would transfer tothe new initiative the funds that are normally given by FIFA tothe hosts to help with the costs of running the event. WITHOUT FRONTIERSHe said this scheme was to be called ‘Football WithoutFrontiers’ and was aimed at using sport in general, and footballin particular, as a means to fight terrorism, ill-health anddespair all over a continent wracked by poverty and disease. For the 2006 World Cup finals FIFA gave hosts Germany about$200 million to run their local organising committee. That would be enough in Africa, said M’hamed Zeghari, amember of the Morocco bid team, to fund the budget of theAfrican Football Confederation (CAF) for four years. He said the cash would be used to lay artificial pitches,build football club facilities and provide balls, kit and othermaterials vital to spread the sport all over the continent. ‘I believe this would create something really special foryoung people all over Africa and help us with education,(tackling) terrorism and many things, and give real hope for thefuture,’ he said. The Moroccan bid team have already deposited more than $140million in an escrow account in a Swiss bank to cover anyshortfall in the budget of their local organising committee(LOC), if they are successful.

Wheeler dealer behind TV sports
Richmond and Twickenham Times – Feb 20, 2004
In 1995 Brian was promoted to Head of Production and a year later he was made Head of Television Sport, BBC Production. He reflected: “I switched channels as I felt I needed a change of scene and a new challenge. That has happened, with ITV screening the Rugby World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Premier League football and the RTS award-winning Formula One motor racing. ”
He played down the loss of the Premiership highlights, which go back to the BBC for three years, starting next season. Brian would only say: “It’s very disappointing, but you can’t win everything. And as a negotiator, I’ve won more than I’ve lost. The BBC have paid ?105 million for the three-year Premiership package… I actually bought two World Cups at the same time and the next is costing ?30 million – the increase in price is because it will be in France in our time zone so viewers can watch matches in the afternoons and evenings instead of early in the mornings from Australia. ”
The shrewd Barwick’s record of success is staggering. He was part of the team which renewed the Champions League contract for ITV in 2002, and joint negotiator with the BBC in securing the Football World Cup in 2002 and 2006. He also did the deal which brought the Premiership highlights from BBC to ITV four years ago. It gave him great satisfaction to lure Des Lynam from the BBC: “Getting Des showed a huge vote of confidence in our coverage. We have a fantastic team. Andy Townsend is one of the most interesting and insightful analysts on TV and there is a superb chemistry with Ally McCoist, who has great wit and charm, and Robbie Earle, who brings realism and knowledge.

Boyz shock Uruguay
Jamaica Gleaner – Feb 19, 2004
This happened at the 34th minute when a penalty kick taken by Italy’s Serie A midfielder Ernesto Chevanton was saved by Jamaica’s goalkeeping captain, Donovan Ricketts, who dived to block the powerful shot. Jamaica’s programme needed the boost following its Under-23 team’s failure to qualify for the Olympic Games in a final round play-off in Mexico barely a week ago and the fact that the sport’s governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), is in debt to the tune of just under $30 million. Technical director Carl Brown, under pressure to keep his job due to previous unimpressive showings by the team in its build-up towards CONCACAF’S 2006 World Cup qualifying schedule, was full of optimism after the Boyz’ excellent performance. “This augurs well for football,” Brown said. “It’s a statement and it’s a good enough one for me. “The tempo was set from the opening whistle with both teams hitting two good shots apiece at goal inside the first four minutes and the attacking trend continued throughout the entire game. RUNNING HARD Uruguay, two-time World Cup winners and fourth in South America’s current qualifying campaign a point behind Brazil and Argentina and two behind leaders Paraguay, came running hard at Jamaica in the early going.

Indiantelevision.com’s News Room Headlines Indian football stars…
Indiantelevision.com – Feb 21, 2004
com’s News Room Headlines Indian football stars to protest against Doordarshan Indo-Asian News Service (21 February 2004 4:30 pm) KOLKATA: The Indian football fraternity is planning to protest against the state-owned Doordarshan television channel’s alleged apathy towards the game and want live coverage of India’s upcoming pre-World Cup matches. Dozens of footballers, coaches, sports journalists and soccer lovers are expected to stage a protest outside the Doordarshan office, on Monday 23 February 2004, in support of their demand. India’s public broadcaster failed to telecast the Asian zone qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup in Germany Wednesday when India beat Singapore by a solitary goal in Goa. East Bengal football club’s coach Subash Bhowmick and former footballer Surajit Sengupta are the prime movers of the planned demonstration. "Whether this was due to administrative failure or disinterest in football, neither is desirable in the interest of the game," said Sengupta… com’s News Room Headlines Indian football stars to protest against Doordarshan Indo-Asian News Service (21 February 2004 4:30 pm) KOLKATA: The Indian football fraternity is planning to protest against the state-owned Doordarshan television channel’s alleged apathy towards the game and want live coverage of India’s upcoming pre-World Cup matches. Dozens of footballers, coaches, sports journalists and soccer lovers are expected to stage a protest outside the Doordarshan office, on Monday 23 February 2004, in support of their demand. India’s public broadcaster failed to telecast the Asian zone qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup in Germany Wednesday when India beat Singapore by a solitary goal in Goa. East Bengal football club’s coach Subash Bhowmick and former footballer Surajit Sengupta are the prime movers of the planned demonstration. "Whether this was due to administrative failure or disinterest in football, neither is desirable in the interest of the game," said Sengupta. "So it becomes important that football lovers voice the concern against this attitude," added Bhowmick. "We hope all lovers of football will turn up in front of the Doordarshan office to take part in the demonstration," Sengupta said.

DAILY EXPRESS NEWS
Daily Express – Feb 20, 2004
Strikers Hairuddin Omar and Nizaruddin Yusoff also failed miserably to live up to the expectations. Despite playing as the skipper, Hairuddin was lost in the game except for the first 20 minutes. Weigang, at a post-match press conference, said he took full responsibility for Malaysia’s loss in the first match of the 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany. The German believes Malaysia has a fighting chance to beat Kuwait when both teams meet on March 31 during their second group match. Kuwait playing away to China, lost by a solitary goal Wednesday night. “We lost because we didn’t make our chances count. We didn’t get the result we wanted.

Winning start by top teams
Pakistan Dawn – Feb 19, 2004
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Winning start by top teams

HONG KONG, Feb 18: South Korea, Japan and China got off to winning starts Wednesday on the long Asian march to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. But while South Korea, 2002 World Cup semifinalists and Asia’s most successful representative in football’s showcase, always looked in control in a 2-0 win over Lebanon, Japan and China left it late with single goal wins over Oman and Kuwait. Goals in each half from Cha Du-Ri and Cho-Byung-Kuk handed all three points to the Koreans, who are bidding for their sixth straight appearance in the World Cup finals. However, the Lebanese could have opened the score in the 30th minute when Mahmoud Chahoud was fouled in the area. Korean goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae easily smothered the Mohammad Kassas spot kick.

A lot of positives, but .
Jamaica Observer – Feb 21, 2004
They say speed kills, and Johnson almost did that to the Uruguayans. They had no answers to his trickery and speed, but if only he could be consistent and smart. At his best he could be as deadly as any in world football. Ziadie on the other hand was pure intellect and clean technique. Damani Ralph also entered the game as a substitute and his eye for goal was evident, which was another positive. As soon as he settles into this team he should make his mark. He seems to have the ingredients to be a good striker.

Zidane extends Real contract
Independent Online – Feb 20, 2004
“His game his based on technique and intelligence and so we are confident he will be able to maintain his high competitive standards. ”

After guiding France to victory in the 1998 World Cup and the European championships in 2000, Zidane was targeted by Real president Florentino Perez as part of his plans to construct a “superteam” for the club’s centenary season. Lengthy negotiations followed, but Perez finally persuaded Juventus to part company with the French midfielder in July 2001 for a world record fee of $66-million. Zidane had a difficult start at Real and some commentators even doubted the wisdom of his signing after his first few games for the club. But after his hesitant first few months, he gradually settled and went on to become an integral part of the team under then coach Vicente del Bosque. He played a key role in helping Real to a record ninth European Cup in his first season, scoring a spectacular winner in the 2-1 final victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park… This term he has weighed in with some delightful efforts to help Real to the top of the table and it was his unhurried presence in midfield that provided the key to important victories over arch-rivals Barcelona and title contenders Deportivo Coruna before Christmas. Last December he succeeded Real Madrid team-mates Luis Figo and Ronaldo as World Player of the Year, the third time in his career he has received the award. He will helping France defend their European championship title in Portugal this summer, but it is not yet clear whether he will extend his international career to take in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Little Earnshaw cuts Scotland down to size with hat-trick
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 19, 2004
If Earnshaw’s hat-trick, increasing his international strike rate to six goals in only ten appearances, gave Wales the perfect tonic after their failure in the European Championship play-offs last November, it also exposed the paucity of talent at Vogts’s disposal. Vogts looked aghast as he reflected on a result that gave his Scotland team another unwanted record — their heaviest defeat in 103 meetings with Wales since 1876 — and weighed up his options for the World Cup qualifying campaign. It is questionable that he needs the services of Lorenzo Amoruso or Didier Agathe, who could soon be eligible under changes to Fifa’s eligibility regulations, but Scotland could certainly do with unearthing a player such as Earnshaw, who far outshone their own prodigies, Darren Fletcher and James McFadden, before Gareth Taylor scored Wales’s fourth goal. Earnshaw, who has scored 22 goals for Cardiff City this season, was acclaimed by Vogts and Mark Hughes, the Wales manager, as the difference between the teams, but he was by no means the only one. Wales, who had not won in their previous seven matches, rediscovered the purpose and swagger that took them so agonisingly close to qualification for their first leading tournament since 1958, whereas Scotland gave ammunition to those who feel they have failed to progress in two years under Vogts, an allegation that the coach strongly rejects. Vogts faced a hostile inquisition during the post-match press conference and, much as he spoke of his efforts to rejuvenate his squad, few of his other responses gave the impression of a man who is hopeful of taking Scotland forward… ” Scotland’s abject display, particularly in defence, confirmed the suspicion that Holland did them a favour with a 6-0 win in the second leg of the Euro 2004 play-offs, a result that allowed them to focus on the more realistic goal of qualification for the next World Cup, in Vogts’s native Germany. “Qualifying for this summer’s finals was never the target when I came two years ago,” he said. “I’m under contract until 2006 and it was a long-term plan for the Scottish Football Association. Qualification for 2006 is the real target.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 21, 2004
? Valdano added that he was not concerned by the fact that Zidane would be 35 when he completes his new deal. ?His game his based on technique and intelligence and so we are confident he will be able to maintain his high competitive standards. ? After guiding France to victory in the World Cup in 1998 and the European championships in 2000, Zidane was targeted by Real president Florentino Perez as part of his plans to construct a ?superteam? for the club?s centenary season. Record fee: Lengthy negotiations followed, but Perez finally persuaded Juventus to part company with the French midfielder in July 2001 for a world record fee of $66 million. Zidane had a difficult start at Real and some commentators even doubted the wisdom of his signing after his first few games for the club. But after his hesitant first few months, he gradually settled and went on to become an integral part of the team under then coach Vicente del Bosque. He played a key role in helping Real to a record ninth European Cup in his first season, scoring a spectacular winner in the 2-1 final victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park… This term he has weighed in with some delightful efforts to help Real to the top of the table and it was his unhurried presence in midfield that provided the key to important victories over arch-rivals Barcelona and title contenders Deportivo Coruna before Christmas. Last December he succeeded Real Madrid team mates Luis Figo and Ronaldo as World Player of the Year, the third time in his career he has received the award. He will helping France defend their European championship title in Portugal this summer, but it is not yet clear whether he will extend his international career to take in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

BBC SPORT | Football | England 2-0 Denmark
BBC News – Feb 19, 2004
Louise Hansen was quick to warm the hands of England goalkeeper Pauline Cope with a testing shot from distance inside a minute, before Casey Stoney failed to make the most of Rachel Unitt’s left-wing cross at the other end. Cope denied Hansen again from closer range on the half-hour mark after a mistake by England captain Faye White, and the lively Fara Williams was then wide of the target from 25 yards after a neat lay-off from Smith. The 25-year-old’s lack of football was a concern prior to kick-off, but Smith shrugged off any doubts about her fitness with a dynamic performance against a side ranked four places higher than England in the world. Jody Handley brought the crowd to life in the 56th minute by ending a dynamic surge through the middle with a vicious 25-yard, dipping effort which rebounded off the crossbar, but Cederkvist parried substitute Kristy Moore’s follow-up. Corinne Yorston was then introduced from the bench and her long ball out of defence provided Norway-based Moore with another chance which she blazed wastefully wide. But England were ahead in fortuitous circumstances in the 73rd minute when Moore’s right-wing cross rebounded off Gitte Andersen and the unfortunate Cederkvist allowed the ball to squirm through her fingers at the near post. The Danes almost struck back immediately from the restart, when Cope had to be alert to block from Lene Jensen, but Smith sent Cederkvist the wrong way in the 82nd minute after being fouled by Anne Eggers.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 21, 2004
The 29-year-old, playing in a Polish side that was missing a number of regulars, captalised on good work from Wisla Kraków forward Maciej Zurawski and a series of errors from the Faroese defence to help his team to an emphatic win. Seventh straight winDefender Tomasz Klos made the score 5-0 a minute past the hour, and another defensive player, Mariusz Kukielka wrapped up the win three minutes from time. The win was Poland’s seventh consecutive victory, a record sequence now achieved five times in Polish football history. World Cup challengeThe result was achieved without the vast majority of Poland’s foreign-based contingent, who returned to their club’s following Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Slovenia. Poland lost out to Sweden and Latvia in the race for a place in UEFA EURO 2004™, and face England, Wales, Austria, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. ©Reuters 1998-2007. All rights reserved… The win was Poland’s seventh consecutive victory, a record sequence now achieved five times in Polish football history. World Cup challengeThe result was achieved without the vast majority of Poland’s foreign-based contingent, who returned to their club’s following Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Slovenia. Poland lost out to Sweden and Latvia in the race for a place in UEFA EURO 2004™, and face England, Wales, Austria, Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. ©Reuters 1998-2007. All rights reserved.

VN kick off 2006 Cup qualifiers
Viet Nam News – Feb 19, 2004
This is the
team?s first match of the year and the first complete national
squad since the 2002 Tiger Cup. The team
includes 12 players from the country?s silver-medal-winning 22nd
SEA Games team and has been training at National Sports Training
Centre No1 in Nhon Town, outside Ha Noi, said coach Nguyen Thanh
Vinh. The team
will take an offensive tack employing a 4-4-2 man formation,
against their more defence-centric rivals, said Vinh. "Actually,
the Maldives must play defensively when up against a stronger
team," said the Maldives? head coach, Portuguese national,
Manuel Goncalves Gomes.

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