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April 1, 2004

Ja, Honduras face off

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The News Review:

* Motosport plans ‘World Cup’
* Eriksson affair reveals football is post-moral
* Argentina remains unbeaten
* Ja, Honduras face off
* JFF says ticket sales going well
* Waseige will keep Algeria waiting
* It’s all uphill down under
* Palios nearly quit over Ferdinand
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | South Africa seek new start
* Fifa to reject joint bid
* GRANMA INTERNAtIONAL DIGITAL, CUBA ENGLISH
* Germany sweep Belgium aside
* Court bans travelling soccer fans
* Republic to face Chelsea new boy
* Galaxy to play national team of Iran
* Japan coach Zico leads charmed life
* National service
* donga.com [english donga]

Motosport plans ‘World Cup’
BBC News – Mar 30, 2004
The A1 Grand Prix championship – the brainchild of the Crown Prince of Dubai – is scheduled for September. The tournament will see up to 30 identical cars, with 3. 5-litre Langford engines, racing in the European winter months when Formula One is off-season. Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, China, South Africa, Malaysia and Australia would host the first races, organisers added… In a statement released on Tuesday organisers said the event had been sanctioned by the governing FIA. The series will be run on a franchise basis, with A1 organisers responsible for providing cars and engines and handling logistics. Organisers say they have recruited Richard Dorfman – who helped negotiate the television rights for the 2002 and 2006 football World Cups – as commercial director.

Eriksson affair reveals football is post-moral
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 31, 2004
Stay with it just long enough to read the following anecdote, which comes from Bates’s new newspaper column in The Sun. In his role as a member of the Football Association’s Challenge Cup committee, the former Chelsea chairman was cross-examining Eriksson on his support for a winter break when he “looked into the eyes” of the England coach and said: ” ‘You are asking us to do this to help you win the World Cup in 2006 but will you actually be leading England into that competition?’ He glanced at me the way he does, sort of sideways over the top of his glasses, and said, ‘I have a contract until 2006. ‘ “I said, ‘Sven, thank you for answering a question I didn’t even ask. I will now repeat my original question. There was a long pause, we locked eyes and he finally said, ‘Yes I will… Stay with it just long enough to read the following anecdote, which comes from Bates’s new newspaper column in The Sun. In his role as a member of the Football Association’s Challenge Cup committee, the former Chelsea chairman was cross-examining Eriksson on his support for a winter break when he “looked into the eyes” of the England coach and said: ” ‘You are asking us to do this to help you win the World Cup in 2006 but will you actually be leading England into that competition?’ He glanced at me the way he does, sort of sideways over the top of his glasses, and said, ‘I have a contract until 2006. ‘ “I said, ‘Sven, thank you for answering a question I didn’t even ask. I will now repeat my original question. There was a long pause, we locked eyes and he finally said, ‘Yes I will.

Argentina remains unbeaten
Hindu – Apr 1, 2004
Two-time champion Argentina continued its unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday while Chile moved back into the hunt for a spot in the 2006 football tournament. Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo scored the lone goal as Argentina pipped Ecuador 1-0, while Chile bounced back from two straight losses to top Bolivia 2-0. The top four teams qualify automatically for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The fifth-place team will advance to a playoff with a team from a different region. In Buenos Aires, Crespo knocked in the lone goal in the 60th minute with a strong kick from 15 metres at Monumental Stadium to put Argentina — at least temporarily — into first place in the 10-team group with 11 points from five matches… Two-time champion Argentina continued its unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday while Chile moved back into the hunt for a spot in the 2006 football tournament. Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo scored the lone goal as Argentina pipped Ecuador 1-0, while Chile bounced back from two straight losses to top Bolivia 2-0. The top four teams qualify automatically for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. The fifth-place team will advance to a playoff with a team from a different region. In Buenos Aires, Crespo knocked in the lone goal in the 60th minute with a strong kick from 15 metres at Monumental Stadium to put Argentina — at least temporarily — into first place in the 10-team group with 11 points from five matches. Paraguay is next with nine points, followed by five-time winner Brazil with eight. Chile now has seven points from five matches, while Bolivia remains on three points.

Ja, Honduras face off
Jamaica Gleaner – Mar 31, 2004
Looking on is Jamaica Football Federation’s president Crenston Boxhill. Brown was speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Jamaica Football Federation’s office in Kingston ahead of tonight’s game at the National Stadium, which starts at 7:30 p. “This game will be treated very seriously. It’s about trying to organise our team and develop consistency,” Brown said.

JFF says ticket sales going well
Jamaica Observer – Mar 31, 2004
He pledged that JFF members would be playing a more active role at the entrances. Evans also requested that spectators keep their ticket stubs for gate prize draws, which would provide them with opportunities to win admission tickets to future games. Patrons in the Grandstand can win two tickets for each game leading up to the 2006 World Cup, while patrons in the Bleachers can win four tickets for each game leading up to the 2006 World Cup. Talk Back

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Waseige will keep Algeria waiting
CNN – Apr 1, 2004
Algerian state radio reported last Saturday that Waseige, currently in charge at strugglers Charleroi, would take over Algeria from April 1 until 2006. But the 64-year-old said on Thursday: "Even if the Algerian football association and myself have agreed on a two-year contract, it is not signed yet. "He added: "I still have to go to Algiers to sign the contract with the Minister of Sports and I don’t have a date to do so yet. "I am still very busy with my task with Charleroi, which is to keep the club in the first division… Algerian state radio reported last Saturday that Waseige, currently in charge at strugglers Charleroi, would take over Algeria from April 1 until 2006. But the 64-year-old said on Thursday: "Even if the Algerian football association and myself have agreed on a two-year contract, it is not signed yet. "He added: "I still have to go to Algiers to sign the contract with the Minister of Sports and I don’t have a date to do so yet. "I am still very busy with my task with Charleroi, which is to keep the club in the first division. "But the Algerian FA was very clear. Once the contract is signed, they want me as soon as possible there to coach their team.

It’s all uphill down under
go.com – Mar 30, 2004
Football is hardly top of the pops in Australia, ranking well below cricket, the two rugby codes and the ubiquitous Aussie rules. For years it was viewed merely as an ethnic game played and watched by the many immigrant groups who settled in Australia after the Second World War. While young sporting hopefuls arriving from far-flung places, such as Greece, the former Yugoslavia and Scotland, might have wanted to emulate Pele or Cruyff, the bulk of the population was far more preoccupied with the pace bowling exploits of Lillee or the batting prowess of Chappell. On the face of it, little has changed in recent years. Football still struggles to avoid the ‘follow-on’ and fans of the game are under no illusion as to the role of the country’s domestic league, the NSL Premiership… Whether it’s John Aloisi of the Spanish side Osasuna or David Zdrilic at SPL club Aberdeen, Farina can tell you when they’ve excelled and when they’ve had a stinker. Mind you, the Aussie boss knows better than most what his players go through since the peak years of his own career were spent playing club football in France, Belgium and Italy. “ Last year’s shameful decision to renege on a commitment to award Oceania an automatic slot in the 2006 World Cup Finals will continue to sting for years to come down under. A promise is a promise. ” So, what do you do when your staff members work in satellite offices far from home? The answer in Australia’s case is, you go to them. Sensibly, given the working addresses of Emerton, Moore, Cahill and co. , Farina’s Socceroos decided to stage this week’s friendly against South Africa, neither in Sydney nor Melbourne but rather at a home away from home, namely Loftus Road in London.

Palios nearly quit over Ferdinand
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 1, 2004
It didn’t just happen overnight at the weekend. “I never put a deadline on it and we just worked to persuade him of the benefits of staying with us. We told him that he could be walking away from the chance to be a World Cup-winning manager. If he wants to go back to club football, 2006 is only a couple of years away. “We thought at the weekend, ‘Strike while the iron’s hot’ and we got a good result. That is what the fans care about. Sven is the best man for the job and we have delivered him through 2004 and 2006.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | South Africa seek new start
BBC News – Mar 30, 2004
The game may only be a friendly but it will give Bafana-Bafana’s newly-appointed coach Stuart Baxter, who starts his job on 1 April, a good idea of the talent at his disposal ahead of the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers which start in June. In theory, South Africa have an infinitely stronger look than the mainly locally based outfit that plodded along at the Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The return of Dutch-based goalkeeper Hans Vonk should stabilise the defence which is sure to be kept busy by the talents of Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka, Australia’s main marksmen. While the Socceroos’ strike force will have to be closely watched, the Bafana-Bafana midfield could nullify that threat by taking charge of matters in an area where the exciting Steven Pienaar makes a welcome return from injury. The 21-year old Ajax Amsterdam midfielder, together with Sibusiso Zuma and Delron Buckley, possess a depth of talent and their combination with the likely attacking duo of Shaun Bartlett and Siyabonga Nomvethe holds the key to a possible victory.

Fifa to reject joint bid
BBC News – Mar 31, 2004
which is excellent,” said Blatter. Franz Beckenbauer, president of the German 2006 World Cup organising committee, recently questioned the decision to rotate the tournament amongst continents, partly on economic grounds.

GRANMA INTERNAtIONAL DIGITAL, CUBA ENGLISH
Granma International – Mar 30, 2004
March, 30 2004

SOCCER WORLD CUP 2006
Technical director optimistic
before decisive elimination round against the Cayman
Islands
? Cuba beats Panama 3-0 in second
friendly, after drawing 1-1 in the first

BY
ANNE-MARIE GARC?A ?Special for Granma
International?

CUBA
beat Panama in the second of two friendly games
organized as part of the preparations for the
regional elimination rounds for the World Cup 2006. The two teams drew 1-1 at the end of
the first game. Cuba?s technical director, Peruvian
Miguel Company, summarized the match for Granma
International: "After the first half during
which Cuba had a slight advantage when they scored
just before half-time, we had a strong start to the
second half and ended the game very relaxed after
scoring another two. "
He added: "It was good preparation
for us, most of all during the second game, because
there were lots of incidents in the first game and
not a lot of good football. "
In the second game, Cuban midfielder
Jaime Colom? particularly excelled, after opening up
the scoring in the 43rd minute… "
"Cheche" Hern?ndez, who has managed
Panama since last September, said that the friendly
games in Cuba are the first preparation games for
the Germany 2006 elimination games. Although he was not happy with the
final draw on the first day and even less with the
defeat on the second, Hern?ndez commented, "I very
much enjoyed the combativeness of the players, they
fought for every ball, the team was good. "
He believes the match contained "very
little football and lots of blows" whilst he praised
the goal from forward Ricardo Phillips in the eighth
minute. Unmarked on the right at the edge of
the penalty box, Phillips received a pass from Anel
Canales in the midfield and took a left-footed shot
passing goalkeeper Odel?n Molina on the left-hand
side. However, Hern?ndez was furious on
the second day after being sent off in the 60th
minute. "The referee was disgraceful, I
don?t understand what giving away a friendly game to
the home team does for anyone. It?s a useless
exercise for both teams," he said, obviously upset
and without wanting to discuss the game.

Germany sweep Belgium aside
Independent Online – Apr 1, 2004
“I can’t reproach my players. They did what they could. ”

The visitors, warming up for the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, woke up in the final stages and raced forward in a bid to reduce the arrears. They were denied by a couple of fine saves from Arsenal’s Jens Lehmann, deputising in the Germany goal for rested captain Oliver Kahn. Lehmann, who caused uproar by saying he was better than Kahn and should be the number one, was hardly tested until the final minutes. Germany, who laboured to a 2-1 win in Croatia in their previous outing last month, still have plenty of work to do before travelling to Portugal, where they will face the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Latvia in their opening qualifying group. Outplaying a weak Belgium side is not enough to designate them as Euro 2004 favourites but Wednesday’s game provided a reminder that Germany should not be written off.

Court bans travelling soccer fans
BBC News – Apr 1, 2004
A Northumbria Police spokesman said it followed a joint operation with West Yorkshire Police and was part of a five-day operation ahead of the game. Deterrent message
A group of Bradford City supporters were stopped at Newcastle Airport and the two men detained under section 21 of the Football Spectators Act 1989. Detective Sergeant Paul Evans, from the football intelligence unit, said: “This is not just about Euro 2004, we are looking towards the 2006 World Cup in Germany and all qualifying games. “This message should be a deterrent to those intending to travel and cause trouble. ”

Meanwhile, one supporter from Lancashire, is expected to be deported from Gothenburg on Wednesday having flown into the city from Glasgow. Another, from Northallerton, in North Yorkshire, is in custody in Sweden for an alleged drugs offence. Operation praised

The man, in his 20s, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of having drugs in his body.

Republic to face Chelsea new boy
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 30, 2004
“Ireland captain Kenny Cunningham believes the Czech Republic will pose a bigger test than world champions Brazil who drew 0-0 here last month. While the Czechs fine-tune their preparations for Euro 2004 Ireland continue their build-up to the start of the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign in September. Cunningham said: “This game does not have the same magical appeal as the Brazil game but I think they will be a sterner test. “Ireland manager Brian Kerr said he would use no new faces from the start, though Liam Miller, the Celtic midfielder, Nottingham Forest defender John Thompson and Tottenham’s versatile Stephen Kelly can expect their first taste of international football at some stage. REP OF IRELAND (probable): Given (Newcastle); Carr (Spurs), Cunningham (Birmingham), Doherty (Spurs), Harte (Leeds); Reid (Nottm Forest), Holland (Charlton), Kilbane (Everton), Duff (Chelsea); Keane (Spurs), Morrison (Birmingham). CZECH REP (probable): Cech (Rennes); Grygera (Ajax), Bolf (Banik Ostrava), Ujfalusi (Hamburg), Jankulovski (Udinese); Sionko (Graz AK), Galasek (Ajax), Nedved (Juventus), Stajner (Sparta Prague); Baros (Liverpool), Koeller (B Dortmund).

Galaxy to play national team of Iran
OurSports Central – OurSports Central (press release) – Mar 30, 2004
On the field, Iran is lead by forward Mehdi Mahdavikia, who was named the AFC Playerof the Year for 2003, becoming the third player from his country to claim the honor. Currently, Mahdavikia plays for Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga. Iran are presently tied with Jordan atop Group 1 of AFC qualifying to FIFA World CupGermany 2006 after earning the maximum of three points in their first match, a 3-1defeat of Qatar at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on February 18. The Iranians return tothe pitch for their next qualifier on March 31 at Laos. The Iran Soccer Federation was founded in 1920 and joined the ranks of the sport’sworld governing body, FIFA, in 1945. Iran played in FIFA World Cup France 1998,bowing out after the first round, despite a 2-1 defeat of the USA. During the club’s nine-year history, the L.

Japan coach Zico leads charmed life
go.com – Apr 1, 2004
But statistics do little to mask the fact that only a latewinner from substitute Toshiya Fujita in Wednesday’s 2-1 victoryover Singapore saved the Brazilian from another media roasting. Japan had scraped a 1-0 home win over Oman in their openingGroup Three match last month, prompting a public protest callingfor Zico’s dismissal. As disgruntled fans streamed for the exits in Saitama,Tatsuhiko Kubo spared Japan’s blushes with a low drive threeminutes into injury time. Japan flirted with disaster again in Singapore before Fujitafired an 82nd-minute winner following a Hidetoshi Nakata corner.

National service
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 31, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. 30pm today)Nothing but the best will do for Ireland as they build towards their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts with a home match against Cyprus in September. After the 0-0 draw against Brazil, the world champions and No 1 team in the world, in Dublin last month, they take on the Czech Republic, joint No 6, at Lansdowne Road. In June, they play away to Holland, who lie at No 4. In October, in their third World Cup qualifier, they play France, the No 2 ranked side, in Paris. Only by booking the toughest opponents, Brian Kerr, the Ireland manager, reckons, can his team gain the experience to compete at the highest level.

donga.com [english donga]
donga.com – Donga.com – Apr 1, 2004
His relations with the KFA, his supposedly staunch ally, are passive at best. Widespread Complacency among Players and the KFA?
?It is now a commercial incentive, not commitment or patriotism, that is driving players,? said a people close to the KFA. ?What were updated during the FIFA World Cup were not their skills but their eyes for commercial gain,? Shin Moon-seon, the soccer commentator at the Seoul Broadcasting System, quipped. The technology committee is also harshly criticized for its less than sufficient job in selecting players for the national teams and scheduling their training. What Future Holds for Coelho?

?Under the contract, Coelho?s term is guaranteed until the Asian Cup scheduled for July,? the KFA said while it made it clear that he wouldn?t be removed from his post. However, more and more soccer experts are beginning to believe that public distrust and disappoint with him appear to be too widespread to be ignored. ?I will take responsibility for everything… This outcome won?t repeat,? said Coelho after the game. The national team will have an exhibit match with the Paraguayan team on April 28. On June 8, it will battle the Vietnamese in a third-round qualifying match for the 2006 World Cup. Time is running out for Coelho.

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