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March 29, 2004

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Morocco to host Blatter

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The News Review:

* I have right to be ambitious says Sven, £3m the richer
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt coach faces tough task
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Morocco to host Blatter
* Can you help us?
* Algeria set to name Waseige
* The Sphinx may yet have the last laugh
* Hollywood picks Newcastle
* Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
* From the press: The Sphinx may yet have the last laugh
* France, Italy team up for soccer toon
* FA guilty of fuelling Sven-mania
* Iraq’s national soccer team to tour England
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Woodward looks forward
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Woodward turns to Lydon
* Caribbean Net News

I have right to be ambitious says Sven, £3m the richer
Guardian Unlimited – Mar 29, 2004
The deal was announced after a fraught weekend of negotiations sparked by revelations that he had been in renewed discussions with Chelsea. It involves a two-year extension to the 54-year-old’s deal with the Football Association that sees him contracted until after the 2008 European championships.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt coach faces tough task
BBC News – Mar 26, 2004
The North Africans have not reached the finals of football’s most prestigious event since the 1990 tournament in Italy and are desperate to return to the global stage. But earning the sole ticket from a tough qualifying group has made the former Inter Milan and Bari manager realise that reaching Germany would require hard work.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Mar 27, 2004
Bafana Bafana will still miss the face of Benni McCarthy whose prolific performance against Manchester United effectively put the English giant out of the Uefa Cup. Sure, on this occasion, with the domestic competitions heating up and local clubs less keen to release players for an international friendly, it suits the powers-that-be to name a squad consisting of just two players with careers in South Africa. In some ways, the fate of South African and Australian Football Associations is re- markably similar. Both have a list as long as a giant kangaroo’s hop of top quality players based overseas. And with this situation comes the undesirable job of juggling local-based talent with the foreign-based players invariably participating at a higher level of competition. South African football authorities have generally shown in the past few years that there is no place for a circus juggling act in national administration, albeit at the cost of looking like a bunch of clowns; South Africa clumsily bowing out at the first round of the Tunisian tournament. Now, with the bonfire for Tuesday’s game against the Aussies roaring, the national executive committee of the South African Football Association has employed a “flame- thrower” to take the helm as coach of the national side from April 1… I’m aware Stuart Baxter’s announcement as coach has ignited a rage of shock and criticism in South Africa. Although he will be attending the game at Loftus Road’s Queens Park Rangers new stadium, he will merely be attending as Safa’s “guest”. When he does take over, to drive the South African caravan along the bumpy road towards the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, his flame-throwing antics could either singe the nose hairs of the executive or add a class act to the woes of the South African troupe. Eastern Cape
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BBC SPORT | Football | African | Morocco to host Blatter
BBC News – Mar 27, 2004
During the tour Morocco will play a friendly against Angola on 31 March in Rabat and a month later they will host Argentina in Casablanca. One of the high points of the schedule will be a two-day visit by the Fifa president Sepp Blatter. This is Morocco’s fourth attempt to host the World Cup after failing in previous bids to stage the 1994, 1998 and 2006 finals. Many people see South Africa as the favourites to host the event but Morocco’s campaign is gaining ground, which was helped by their recent good showing at the Cup of Nations in Tunisia where they finished as runners-up. However questions about possible security problems will have been raised after several Moroccans were arrested in connection with the recent bombings in Madrid. Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are the other three countries bidding to become the First African host of the World Cup, the winners will be announced by Fifa on 15 May in Zurich.

Can you help us?
BBC News – Mar 27, 2004
Why don’t we talk about the some of the things that have happened in the UK, why not look at the fans in Europe? If you don’t think that Egypt can host the World cup 2001 then come and see for yourself. Why not ask the players of Real Madrid or AC Roma or other teams that have played in Egypt in the last 10 years. You will see how much football means to the Egyptians. Lets not forget too that Egypt is to host the 2006 Cup of Nations. Moamed Abou Samra, UK

My memories of African stadiums are more of drumming and dancing than tragedies. As a Nigeria football fan the performance of the Official Supporters of the Super Eagles makes me want to be anywhere that the national side plays. Their singing, dancing and attitude almost makes you forget who is winning the match.

Algeria set to name Waseige
BBC News – Mar 27, 2004
The Belgian should take over on 1 April on a contract that runs until 2006, the deal will be signed once the financial side of the contract has been finalised, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF). Newspaper reports quote a FAF source as saying that the 64-year-old would have a monthly salary of US $30,450. Waseige, who helped Belgium reach the second round of the 2002 World Cup where they lost to eventual champions Brazil, replaces Algerian Rabah Sadane. Sadane resigned last month after the Desert Foxes lost 3-1 to Morocco in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia… The Belgian should take over on 1 April on a contract that runs until 2006, the deal will be signed once the financial side of the contract has been finalised, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF). Newspaper reports quote a FAF source as saying that the 64-year-old would have a monthly salary of US $30,450. Waseige, who helped Belgium reach the second round of the 2002 World Cup where they lost to eventual champions Brazil, replaces Algerian Rabah Sadane. Sadane resigned last month after the Desert Foxes lost 3-1 to Morocco in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Waseige’s is the second Belgian in recent years to take charge of Algeria, after Georges Leekens who unexpectedly resigned from the job less than a year ago.

The Sphinx may yet have the last laugh
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 27, 2004
Because Egypt is hosting the African Cup of Nations in two years’ time, stadium development is already at an advanced stage. The country also scores points over its rivals in terms of telecommunications, safety and security and, significantly, is the only African nation to have already staged an official FIFA tournament – the Under-17 World Cup. Such is its passion for football, Egypt argues, that every game in 2010 would be keenly supported regardless of which teams are involved, preventing half-empty stadiums. “We speak the language of football, not the language of politics or the language of money,” said bid campaign chief Hisham Azmy, who is criss-crossing the globe in a tireless final effort to woo FIFA’s 24 voting members. “You can have a very successful World Cup by having good transportation and infrastructure but what you need most, above all else, are fans. “However, there are a number of major concerns about their bid, not least of which concerns the question of alcohol. Being a predominently Muslim nation, many restaurants are ‘dry’, hardly the ideal scenario for European fans who enjoy a very different culture and lifestyle… Such is its passion for football, Egypt argues, that every game in 2010 would be keenly supported regardless of which teams are involved, preventing half-empty stadiums. “We speak the language of football, not the language of politics or the language of money,” said bid campaign chief Hisham Azmy, who is criss-crossing the globe in a tireless final effort to woo FIFA’s 24 voting members. “You can have a very successful World Cup by having good transportation and infrastructure but what you need most, above all else, are fans. “However, there are a number of major concerns about their bid, not least of which concerns the question of alcohol. Being a predominently Muslim nation, many restaurants are ‘dry’, hardly the ideal scenario for European fans who enjoy a very different culture and lifestyle. Egyptian officials are playing down such concerns but the reaction of England supporters discovering they can only quench their thirst with non-alcoholic beer or a fruit juice cocktail is a somewhat scary prospect. Perhaps in an effort to redress the balance after last night’s England squad announcement, Michael Svensson has accepted defeat in his battle to be fit for Wednesday’s friendly in Gothenberg.

Hollywood picks Newcastle
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 29, 2004
St James’ Park will be the home for the fictional team and the producers have not ruled out cameo roles by Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson and fans’ favourite Alan Shearer. The sequel will see the player transfer to Real Madrid and play in the Champions League with the final chapter set during the 2006 World Cup. Diego Luna will play the lead role, Swedish-born Good Will Hunting star Stellan Skarsgard will be the team’s manager, and also on board is top Hollywood director Michael Winterbottom. He said: “This movie is really important for me.

Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
Mmegi – Mar 29, 2004
The news comes at a crucial time for a country awaiting Fifa?s decision on 15 May on whether to award it the continent?s first World Cup tournament in 2010 against a handful of rivals from north Africa led by Morocco. Bafana Bafana crashed out of the first round of the 2004 Cup of Nations in February in their most dismal performance in the tournament. Baxter must start afresh when he opens the side?s 2006 World Cup campaign on 5 June at home to Cape Verde. One of his tasks will be to bring alienated overseas stars back into the fold. Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune, Charlton Athletic defender Mark Fish and Porto striker Benni McCarthy led a host of accomplished overseas-based players who missed out on the Nations Cup after falling out with coach Ephraim Mashaba, who was sacked on the eve of the tournament. Baxter?s interpersonal skills were apparently a determining factor in Safa?s choice, but he will have his work cut out to revive public enthusiasm for Bafana Bafana after the Nations Cup fiasco, especially given broad scepticism from across the nation?s media and football personalities.

From the press: The Sphinx may yet have the last laugh
Al-Ahram Weekly – Mar 28, 2004
Because Egypt is hosting the African Cup of Nations in two years time, stadium development is already at an advanced stage. The country also scores points over its rivals in terms of telecommunications, safety and security and, significantly, is the only African nation to have already staged an official FIFA tournament — the Under-17 World Cup. Such is its passion for football, Egypt argues, that every game in 2010 would be keenly supported regardless of which teams are involved, preventing half-empty stadiums. "We speak the language of football, not the language of politics or the language of money," said bid campaign chief, Hisham Azmy, who is criss-crossing the globe in a tireless final effort to woo FIFA’s 24 voting members. "You can have a very successful World Cup by having good transportation and infrastructure but what you need most, above all else, are fans. "
However, there are a number of major concerns about their bid, not least of which concerns the question of alcohol. Being a predominantly Muslim nation, many restaurants are "dry", hardly the ideal scenario for European fans who enjoy a very different culture and lifestyle… Such is its passion for football, Egypt argues, that every game in 2010 would be keenly supported regardless of which teams are involved, preventing half-empty stadiums. "We speak the language of football, not the language of politics or the language of money," said bid campaign chief, Hisham Azmy, who is criss-crossing the globe in a tireless final effort to woo FIFA’s 24 voting members. "You can have a very successful World Cup by having good transportation and infrastructure but what you need most, above all else, are fans. "
However, there are a number of major concerns about their bid, not least of which concerns the question of alcohol. Being a predominantly Muslim nation, many restaurants are "dry", hardly the ideal scenario for European fans who enjoy a very different culture and lifestyle. Egyptian officials are playing down such concerns but the reaction of England supporters discovering they can only quench their thirst with non-alcoholic beer or a fruit juice cocktail is a somewhat scary prospect.

France, Italy team up for soccer toon
C21Media – Mar 29, 2004
2m animated series about kids who decide to hold their own world cup. Titled Football de Rue (Street Soccer), the series is adapted from a children’s book by Italian author Stefano Benni. The novel was adapted by Italy’s Marco Beretta and France’s Serge Rosenzweig and turned into a 26×26′ series. Produced by Philippe Alessandri, Football de Rue follows attempts by a group of disenfranchised kids who put together their own sporting competition. The series is aimed at the 6-10 demographic and will be completed in June 2005, one year before the start of the 2006 World Cup. The French partners are providing 70% of the budget, while Italy is making up the remaining 30%… The novel was adapted by Italy’s Marco Beretta and France’s Serge Rosenzweig and turned into a 26×26′ series. Produced by Philippe Alessandri, Football de Rue follows attempts by a group of disenfranchised kids who put together their own sporting competition. The series is aimed at the 6-10 demographic and will be completed in June 2005, one year before the start of the 2006 World Cup. The French partners are providing 70% of the budget, while Italy is making up the remaining 30%. Maria Esposito

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FA guilty of fuelling Sven-mania
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 27, 2004
This has been unnecessary and financially imprudent, even if the latest speculation that Eriksson is bound for Stamford Bridge may appear to vindicate Mark Palios and his anxious colleagues at Soho Square. If Eriksson were to go, it would be a bit disappointing, not least because he is such a pleasant chap. But it would not affect England’s chances of winning the European Championship, which I am not alone – well, not quite alone – in considering very good indeed… But that is their business. The national footballing interest would be best served by reverting to the old custom of hiring an Englishman for better or worse. There have been suggestions that Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football development, might take over in the short term, as he did at West Ham last season. But I can never understand the reluctance to give serious thought to Roy Hodgson, an old adversary of Eriksson’s from their days in both Sweden and Italy. And then there is Steve McClaren, who has worked under Eriksson with England and Ferguson at United and has done so well at Middlesbrough that last month, after a wait of more than a century, the club had to build a trophy cabinet in order to accommodate the Carling Cup. With McClaren in charge, I’d fancy England just as strongly to thrive in Portugal. And he would be cheaper than Eriksson (more money for the grass roots, wherever they may be found).

Iraq’s national soccer team to tour England
abc.net.au – Mar 26, 2004
Iraq will play three games starting against third division Bristol Rovers on May 18, the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Iraqi footballer to play for an English side. Youra Eshaya played for Rovers for 16 months in the 1950s before returning to Iraq to take his place in the national side. Iraq will also face Trinidad and Tobago and a Football League side at third division Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose stadium. Iraq’s team regrouped under German coach Bernd Stange after last year’s US-led invasion of the country, which removed president Saddam Hussein from power. The team have since toured the world in search of opponents to prepare for the Asian Cup and the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and have already played warm-up matches in Tehran, Bavaria, Kuala Lumpur and Perth… Iraq will also face Trinidad and Tobago and a Football League side at third division Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose stadium. Iraq’s team regrouped under German coach Bernd Stange after last year’s US-led invasion of the country, which removed president Saddam Hussein from power. The team have since toured the world in search of opponents to prepare for the Asian Cup and the 2006 World Cup qualifiers and have already played warm-up matches in Tehran, Bavaria, Kuala Lumpur and Perth.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Woodward looks forward
BBC News – Mar 27, 2004
The world champions were outplayed by an impressive French outfit, who claimed the country’s fourth Grand Slam in eight years. “This Six Nations was always going to be hard after the Rugby World Cup but I’ve very proud of the way we played out there,” Woodward said. “We’ll build from this and look forward to the summer. We have to move on. ”

Scrum-half Matt Dawson was full of praise for his forward pack after they set the stage for Englnd to win the second half 19-3. “I’m sure there were a lot of critics who thought we were going to get beat by 50 points after the first half but Lawrence Dallaglio led by example,” said Dawson.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Woodward turns to Lydon
BBC News – Mar 28, 2004
In the last three years the former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league star has turned England’s Sevens team into one of the best in the world. On Sunday they won the Hong Kong Sevens for the third year in a row. “Joe worked a lot with us before the World Cup, and he has got a very important role to play,” said England coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Caribbean Net News
Caribbean Net News: Jamaica – Mar 26, 2004
Caribbean Net News Reprinted from Caribbean Net News caribbeannetnews. com Northern Ireland Caribbean tour to go ahead without Jamaica Friday, March 26, 2004 BELFAST, N. Ireland: The CONCACAF Football Federation has announced that Northern Ireland will be going to the Caribbean for a summer tour after all. The tour had been in doubt after Jamaica pulled out of the original three-match series, but according to the official CONCACAF website, Barbados have stepped in and will now play Lawrie Sanchez’s side in late May. The website states: “The Caribbean Football Union President Jack Warner has been able to confirm the three matches and also secure Barbados as a replacement for Jamaica who have opted for an England training camp in late May. “Northern Ireland begin the Caribbean tour on 30 May in Barbados, and then visit St. Kitts & Nevis on 2 June… The Irish squad concludes the tour with an encounter against Trinidad & Tobago on 6 June. Northern Ireland set a European record for the longest goalless run in a disastrous Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. The tour will help new manager Lawrie Sanchez prepare for 2006 World Cup qualifiers starting in September. Copyright? 2007 Caribbean Net News at www.

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