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February 25, 2004

FA denies Eriksson rift

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The News Review:

* Arie Haan ??·?
* Grounds for a rethink on World Cup venues
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* FA denies Eriksson rift
* McBerti taps Strachan for Scots job
* ESPN.com – NCF – Colorado receiver, skier accepts endorsement
* Scolari backs Morocco’s 2010 World Cup bid
* Dussuyer may stay on
* New report from doctor may get Roy back onside
* Splash of cash can keep docks venue afloat
* Caldwell lends Berti support
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Scots reject Woodward swipe
* Fifa turns in €89m-plus profits
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Weir retains Nissan title

Arie Haan ??·?
chinadaily.com.cn – Feb 24, 2004
In a rare interview, Haan spoke to. com about his
new job, expectations for Germany 2006 and one of the greatest goals in FIFA
World Cup history.

Grounds for a rethink on World Cup venues
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 24, 2004
But the World Cup is different. It is not an event that should be allowed to hip-hop into different territories as the swing of a builder’s wrecking ball. Ironically, England are the only home union not to have been cut into the old boys’ World Cup carve-up. The Rugby Football Union were the only country to bid against France for the 2007 tournament. Ireland does have a get-out possibility. There is a stadium of sufficient size and status in the country just a few miles from Lansdowne Road. Indeed, Croke Park is the best ground in the country.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 24, 2004
Date agreed The Latvia Football Federation (LFF) and the Football Association of Wales confirmed today that they have arranged a fixture for 18 August in Riga. “We tried to arrange a fixture last year, but didn’t succeed,” said LFF general secretary Janis Mezeckis. “Now the Welsh have agreed to visit Riga in August. We will surely come to play them in Wales, but the date of that will be decided later.

FA denies Eriksson rift
BBC News – Feb 22, 2004
Eriksson has been linked with a move to Chelsea and has voiced his unhappiness at some of the FA’s recent decisions. But Palios told the News of the World: “We get on fine, there is no rift. “Sven is talking positively about the 2006 World Cup and trying to shape things even longer term. No-one has to smooth relations between us… Eriksson has been linked with a move to Chelsea and has voiced his unhappiness at some of the FA’s recent decisions. But Palios told the News of the World: “We get on fine, there is no rift. “Sven is talking positively about the 2006 World Cup and trying to shape things even longer term. No-one has to smooth relations between us. ”

Eriksson openly criticised the FA for dropping Alan Smith from the England squad for the game against Denmark in November.

McBerti taps Strachan for Scots job
go.com – Feb 22, 2004
22, 2004McBerti taps Strachan for Scots jobScotland manager Berti Vogts has revealed he has approached Gordon Strachan tobe his successor. Ironically, the former Aberdeen player is the man many of the Tartan Army wantto see in charge right now following Wednesday night’s 4-0 thrashing in Wales. But Vogts’ offer was to join the coaching staff after a summer hip operationwith a view to taking over after the 2006 World Cup finals. He said: ‘I will have another talk with Gordon after his operation. ‘I spoke to him three or four weeks ago and he said then he only wanted towork with younger players. ‘I thought that would be perfect – he could work with our under-16s,under-17s and under-19s. ‘Strachan is without a job after leaving Southampton to speed up theappointment of a successor after he announced he would quit in the summer… ‘I thought that would be perfect – he could work with our under-16s,under-17s and under-19s. ‘Strachan is without a job after leaving Southampton to speed up theappointment of a successor after he announced he would quit in the summer. Vogts said: ‘He isn’t interested in professional football at the moment but Isuggested to him if he got back at this level he could take over from me in2006. ‘Whether Vogts survives until then remains to be seen as the Scots have let in10 goals without reply in their last two games. And the German admitted he had been contemplating heeding the flood of callsfor him to step down. He said: ‘Yes, I was thinking about those things and in certain moments Ihave doubted myself. ‘But I love working here.

ESPN.com – NCF – Colorado receiver, skier accepts endorsement
ESPN – Feb 22, 2004
Bloom will be featured in an Equinox Fitness Club campaignexpected to include billboards in New York, Chicago and Los Angelesand ads in Vogue, Vanity Fair, New Times and Variety magazines. For the past two years, Bloom has played football for Coloradowhile competing on the World Cup moguls ski circuit with the goalof competing in the 2006 Olympics. NCAA rules prevent him from accepting endorsement money whileplaying football. Bloom last month said he needed money to continuehis ski training and would begin to sign endorsement deals. He saidthe NCAA would have to declare him ineligible to play football tostop him. The NCAA has given no timetable on when it may issue a ruling.

Scolari backs Morocco’s 2010 World Cup bid
Middle East Online – Feb 24, 2004
Morocco, which bid for the 1994, 1998 and 2006 World Cups, has promised to build three new stadiums after FIFA’s decision. Three new stadiums are now under construction in Agadir, Marrakesh and Tangier. South Africa, who lost the 2006 bid by one vote to Germany, successfully staged the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the cricket World Cup in 2003. FIFA makes its choice on May 15 in Zurich.

Dussuyer may stay on
BBC News – Feb 24, 2004
Fode Capi Camara, the secretary general of the Guinea Football Federation (FGF), has said the FGF is satisfied with the coach’s performance since he took over the Syli Nationale in September 2002. “We are happy with Dussuyer as he has been able to improve the standard of our national team by taking us to the quarter-final stage of the Nations Cup,” Camara told BBC Sport in the Guinean capital Conakry… ”

Dussuyer returned to France following Guinea’s Nations Cup exit and is due to arrive in Conakry on 28 February to have talks with the FGF about a possible contract extension. The French coach revealed to the BBC during Tunisia 2004 that he would like to continue his job with the Syli Nationale. If Dussuyer does have his contact extended, his first task will be to prepare Guinea for the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying match against Kenya in Nairobi on 4 June. Guinea are in Group 5 along with Morocco, Tunisia, Botswana and Malawi.

New report from doctor may get Roy back onside
Irish Independent – Feb 22, 2004
Senior sources in Irish football are convinced that the Manchester United captain has had a change of heart and wants to help his country qualify for the World Cup in 2006. Sir Alex Ferguson still holds a veto on his captain’s international ambitions. But Keane’s club manager has remained silent on the controversy which sparked to life again last week following comments from Keane which indicated he would like to return. Sources at the Manchester United said Sir Alex is still worried about his captain’s long-term health and his priority should remain club not country. Keane’s representative, solicitor Michael Kennedy, and Irish manager Brian Kerr refused to be drawn on the footballer’s statements last Thursday that appeared to open the door for a possible return.

Splash of cash can keep docks venue afloat
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 22, 2004
The moment came after 56 minutes when Preston striker David Healy headed past Norway’s goalkeeper, Thomas Myhre. The ball was in the net and the supporters celebrated as if they had won the World Cup. Despite the 4-1 defeat it was an encouraging night for the new coaching team led by Lawrie Sanchez. Particularly impressive to me was the complete silence in the ground for the Norwegian national anthem and the impeccable behaviour of the fans. The Irish Football Association deserve some recognition for their community work which has resulted in a sectarian-free atmosphere. The Government must urgently give the go-ahead for the upgrading of the Windsor Park floodlights and other improvements required by FIFA before a World Cup qualifying game can take place… Despite the 4-1 defeat it was an encouraging night for the new coaching team led by Lawrie Sanchez. Particularly impressive to me was the complete silence in the ground for the Norwegian national anthem and the impeccable behaviour of the fans. The Irish Football Association deserve some recognition for their community work which has resulted in a sectarian-free atmosphere. The Government must urgently give the go-ahead for the upgrading of the Windsor Park floodlights and other improvements required by FIFA before a World Cup qualifying game can take place. Then the chants of “Bring on the England” heard last Wednesday can become a reality.

Caldwell lends Berti support
Edinburgh Evening News – Feb 23, 2004
He said: “I wasn’t on the park in Cardiff. It looked difficult and it was obviously a bad result. The Press has been a bit harsh. Obviously some new players have been getting a chance and things went wrong, but to be slaughtered like the boys have been I think is very harsh… The Press has been a bit harsh. Obviously some new players have been getting a chance and things went wrong, but to be slaughtered like the boys have been I think is very harsh. Berti has always said, let him and the team be judged in World Cup qualifiers. If we all wait until then I’m sure we’ll be fine. ” Caldwell left Newcastle to join Hibs last month in search of the first-team football he knows he must have to remain part of the Scotland set-up. He said: “We’ve got a young team at Hibs and we’ve still got a lot to learn. But as long as you play well for your club, international football will hopefully take care of itself.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Scots reject Woodward swipe
BBC News – Feb 23, 2004

Anderton added: “Clive Woodward has achieved great things coaching England to the World Cup but I am driven by the needs of 68,000 paying customers. ”

The SRU insist England were told on three occasions the pre-match protocol, whereby the visiting team run out first, followed by the Scottish side. Woodward became embroiled in a disagreement with officials when Scotland failed to follow England straight onto the field, keeping his side waiting on the pitch for three minutes.

Fifa turns in €89m-plus profits
Irish Independent – Feb 22, 2004
The world football governing body revealed that it had generated revenues of €451. 8m in 2003, with expenditure of just over €363m. The Swiss-based sporting organisation also had cash equivalent to €202m… The world football governing body revealed that it had generated revenues of €451. 8m in 2003, with expenditure of just over €363m. The Swiss-based sporting organisation also had cash equivalent to €202m. With Fifa’s finances having come under scrutiny in recent years, the figures are the first to be drawn up in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and have already been reviewed by external auditors KPMG. Previously Fifa had reported its financial figures over three-year periods.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Weir retains Nissan title
BBC News – Feb 23, 2004
Weir led by five strokes overnight and did just enough as he carded a level-par 71 in the final round. Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama, co-leader with Weir after the first two rounds, shot a final-round 67 to secure second. World number one Tiger Woods went into the final day 14 strokes off the pace but vaulted up the leaderboard with an eight-birdie 64 to tie for seventh. Stuart Appleby was third after shooting a 66 to finish on 14 under, while John Daly followed up last week’s win at the Buick Invitational with fourth place on 13 under after a 67

Weir normally wins tournaments by coming from behind, rather than leading from the front. “I have never defended a title before and now I can also say I won a tournament with a lead,” said Weir. “I played aggressive, but I also wanted to play smart. “You can’t play defence in golf.

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