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April 4, 2004

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The News Review:

* Boyz get $millions – JFF guzzles $100m boost from Red Stripe
* Editorial – Beer boost for the Boyz
* Sports Features of Saturday, 3 April 2004
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA coach ready for challenge
* Troussier vows 2006 World Cup recovery
* Committed to PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW
* Scotland’s World Cup hopes under threat from friendly fire
* Bonhof signs Scotland U21 deal
* Roundup of today’s Iran sports news
* United not dead yet
* Sports News of Saturday, 3 April 2004
* Cahill living the dream
* Bafana coach jets into SA

Boyz get $millions – JFF guzzles $100m boost from Red Stripe
Jamaica Gleaner – Apr 2, 2004
Looking on (from left) are Sport Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Red Stripe marketing manager Roger Thompson and JFF first vice-president (marketing), George Evans. Roger Thompson, Red Stripe’s marketing manager, made the announcement at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Dubbed the ‘Red Stripe Reggae Boyz Journey to Germany 2006’, Mr. Thompson noted that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) would receive a guaranteed $75 million in upfront money, with the additional $25 million to be raised through sales promotions. “For every bottle of beer that is sold, Red Stripe will be giving one dollar to the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign,” he said… The Minister noted that even with the fiscal constraints the country was now experiencing, the football programme was a worthwhile investment that had real significant value. “Who can place a monetary value on what Jamaica has gained from having the Reggae Boyz as a focal point for national unity and as a free advertisement for the brand, Jamaica?” she asked. The Jamaican football team in 1998 made history by becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to play in the World Cup of football. Also in attendance at yesterday’s press conference was deputy head of Mission at the German Embassy, Werner Fleck-Chatelain, who greeted the press on behalf of Germany and wished the Reggae Boyz luck in acquiring a coveted World Cup final berth. html” >More Lead Stories |.

Editorial – Beer boost for the Boyz
Jamaica Gleaner – Apr 3, 2004
The evocation of national spirit at that time was unprecedented. We believe the memory of it drives the current fan support, hoping for another successful journey to the peak event of world football. Thus Red Stripe, combining patriotic commitment with business acumen, makes the case that the purchase of a bottle of beer means a dollar donated to the qualifying campaign to reach World Cup 2006 in Germany. The cash-strapped Jamaica Football Federation is obviously ecstatic at this injection of financial support as the new administration will be keen to match the success of the Burrell administration. The support will facilitate staging of the friendly preparatory games at home and abroad, which in turn should generate good returns. Capacity crowds at the National Stadium indicate that the fans will turn out both in the spirit of patriotism and in anticipation of high quality football. In this connection it is noteworthy that on the first day of the third Test match between West Indies and England in Barbados, English spectators outnumbered locals at Kensington Oval.

Sports Features of Saturday, 3 April 2004
ghanaweb.com – Apr 3, 2004
Africa`s presence at the world cup has been enhanced by the past sallies of Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Zaire (Congo DR) , Nigeria and Senegal in the competition. Since 1982, when the duo of Theophalous Abega and Roger Milla inspired Cameroun to a debut at the world cup, the Indomitable Lions have had only one miss in the comptition. In 1990 when Milla, then retired rejoined the team after a request by the Camerounian President, the Indomitable Lions recorded as the first African Nation to reach the quarter final stage, claiming notable scalps in the process. Nigeria was also big in their first appearance in 1994 with names like Rashiid Yekini,Daniel Amokachi, Sampson Siasia, George Finidi and Emmanuel Amunike… Although judging by their resent form, South Africa has a lot of grounds to cover if they are to achieve the level of enterprise that won them the Nations cup in 1996 when they hosted it for the first time. Rapidly establishing itself as a name in world soccer, the Bafana Bafana has been constantly present at the world cup final since 1998. Senegal , a hitherto unknown quantity in world football tore up the form book in the 2002 edition. El Hadji Diouf and associates who had taken over the mantle from Julius Bukande, Sulemane Sannie etc took the world by surprise beating the then world champions France in the opening of the competition. As the journey to Germany 2006 is in progress, we are waiting to see how they would take another giant step into the competition. Others like Egypt, home to two of the most potent clubs on the continent, Zamalek and Ahly, Algeria, Tunisia etc are as also commended for their appearance at the world?s biggest soccer jamboree, thus contributing to the formidable status enjoyed by the continent in world football. Qualifying to world cup is different ball game in Africa and for most countries, it took years of team building and organised team management.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA coach ready for challenge
BBC News – Apr 2, 2004
“I think Safa would want to move on and not repeat the mistakes they’ve made [in the past],” Baxter said. Reversing South Africa’s position in the global and continental rankings is a top priority for the coach who is taking up his first job in African football. “Let’s face it, South African football is in decline. “In 1996, they were number one in Africa but at the moment, they’re number seven, not in the world, but in the African continent. This is totally unacceptable. ”

Restoring ties

Repairing the relationship between Safa and the country’s European-based players is a key factor in Baxter’s plan for the national team. In particular, Baxter hopes that striker Benni McCarthy, who has shown excellent form with Porto in the Uefa Champions League and the Portuguese championship, will resolve his differences with Safa and resume his international career… “The situation with Benni is not one that was built over one or two evenings but a period of time. “I hope to take some of this tension away and help Benni make a decision with his heart. ”

With South Africa’s opening match against Cape Verde – in the joint qualifiers for the 2006 Cup of Nations and World Cup – fast approaching, Baxter said all hands must be on deck to start the campaign on a winning note. The game will be played on 6 June. “The [short] time for preparation is not ideal. But this should focus everyone’s mind on the task at hand.

Troussier vows 2006 World Cup recovery
Middle East Online – Apr 2, 2004
DOHA – Under-fire Qatar coach Philippe Troussier insisted on Thursday that the desert state can still make it through to the next stage of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup despite suffering a second successive defeat. Qatar, who hired the Frenchman in the hope he could repeat the success he had with Japan when he took the co-hosts to the second round of the 2002 World Cup finals, were beaten 1-0 by Jordan in Amman on Wednesday. In their opening Group 1 clash in February they were soundly defeated 3-1 by regional heavyweights Iran. “I think that the draw was not that good especially as we had to face two powerful teams away from home at the beginning of the qualifiers,” said the 49-year-old Troussier who now has four games left to clinch the one qualifying spot. “The players faced a lot of pressure after the first defeat in Iran and I felt that Jordan’s midfield played well yesterday, turning the game in their favour… “I think that the draw was not that good especially as we had to face two powerful teams away from home at the beginning of the qualifiers,” said the 49-year-old Troussier who now has four games left to clinch the one qualifying spot. “The players faced a lot of pressure after the first defeat in Iran and I felt that Jordan’s midfield played well yesterday, turning the game in their favour. “We still have hope of qualifying for the World Cup but it will not be easy. “At the end we still lost and we have to accept it. Well try our best to achieve our goals and ambitions and well try to get some results back in Doha,” he told the Asian Football Confederation website.

Committed to PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO KNOW
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Apr 4, 2004
April 04, 2004 Sports FIFA FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTERSCHAFT, DEUTSCHLAND 2006Blame it on fixturesReuters, AsuncionAs South Ame-rica’s footballers flew back to Europe after this week’s World Cup qualifiers, they may have been wondering whether the so-called co-ordinated international calendar was just a figment of FIFA’s imagination. Many will face their third match in eight days in different continents at the weekend after being subjected to exactly the sort of treatment the calendar was supposed to avoid. Players such as Hernan Crespo of Argentina and Chelsea, Ronaldo of Brazil and Real Madrid and Roque Santa Cruz of Paraguay and Bayern Munich were among them. All played for their European clubs last week, then flew overnight to South America, played for their countries on Tuesday or Wednesday and travelled straight back to their clubs. Most of the South American coaches had to make do with a single training session before matches which were crucial to their hopes of reaching Germany in 2006… But, in a move apparently aimed at appeasing European clubs, FIFA also ruled that the friendly international rule would apply in which players would only have to be available to their national teams 48 hours before kick-off compared to five days for competitive games. Like many compromise solutions, it ran the risk of pleasing nobody. The Argentina Football Association (AFA) protested to FIFA after Inter Milan included midfielders Javier Zanetti and Cristian Gonzalez in their squad for a Serie A match with Reggina last Sunday. Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa released them, saying they would not be in the right shape to face Ecuador in Buenos Aires on the Tuesday evening if they only arrived on Monday morning. “It’s an aggression against the players because it forces them to take on commitments in the wrong conditions,” said Bielsa. “They weren’t going to be able to meet the demands of professional football. “He added: “I told them that asking them not to travel in these circumstances showed that we value and recognise them as players.

Scotland’s World Cup hopes under threat from friendly fire
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 2, 2004
Vogts takes his team to Denmark in four weeks and there is little cause to believe Scotland can get a result in Copenhagen against one of the qualifiers for Euro 2004, when the Danes helped themselves to a win at Hampden 20 months ago, just as Ireland, Austria and now Romania have done. The last friendly at the national stadium before the real job begins is against Hungary in August. Should Scotland’s friendly disease not be cured by that time, then the campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals risks being damaged by fading morale before it begins. “We played Romania, who are 27th in the Fifa list,” Vogts said. “We are ranked 56th in the world. There is a big difference. After the defeats in Amsterdam and Cardiff, this was not so bad.

Bonhof signs Scotland U21 deal
go.com – Apr 3, 2004
The 52-year-old German, who won 53 international caps for his country between1972 and 1981, took over the position in August 2002. He said: ‘I very much enjoy working in Scotland, as there is a great deal oftalent here which will bring a bright future for the national team. ‘Bonhof, a World Cup winner with Germany in 1974, continued: ‘The new under-21team have some very skilful players and I look forward to working with them andputting together a team that will do well in the next UEFA qualifying group. ‘I am sure some of them will also move on to the national team. ‘David Taylor, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, said: ‘Iam delighted Rainer will continue to be involved in the development of our youngplayers at a very important time for Scottish football. ‘We are putting in place new structures and systems for the long-term benefitof the game in Scotland, and Rainer will play a key role in ensuring that ourelite youngsters make the progression from youth football to the national team. ‘He has gained enormous respect for his work with the youngsters since hisarrival here two years ago, and I am sure this progress will continue over thenext qualifying campaign with an exciting group of players at under-21 level… ‘Bonhof, a World Cup winner with Germany in 1974, continued: ‘The new under-21team have some very skilful players and I look forward to working with them andputting together a team that will do well in the next UEFA qualifying group. ‘I am sure some of them will also move on to the national team. ‘David Taylor, chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, said: ‘Iam delighted Rainer will continue to be involved in the development of our youngplayers at a very important time for Scottish football. ‘We are putting in place new structures and systems for the long-term benefitof the game in Scotland, and Rainer will play a key role in ensuring that ourelite youngsters make the progression from youth football to the national team. ‘He has gained enormous respect for his work with the youngsters since hisarrival here two years ago, and I am sure this progress will continue over thenext qualifying campaign with an exciting group of players at under-21 level. ‘Bonhof’s men lost 2-0 to their Romanian counterparts at Firhill on Tuesday, withthe coach admitting his troops will have to grow up quickly if they are to havea chance of qualifying for the European Championships in 2006. Scotland failed to make this summer’s tournament when they lost out aplay-offs to Croatia but in preparing for the next qualifying campaign they werehanded a football lesson by Romania.

Roundup of today’s Iran sports news
IranMania News – Apr 3, 2004
– The third week of the Asian Clubs? Super Cup contests will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday with 13 games. The most significant matches seem to be those of Sepahan?s against Al-Ettehad and Zob Ahan?s with Al-Qatar. – Following the 7-0 victory of Iran over Laos on March 31st as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Iran?s Football Federation awarded each fixed player 700,000 tomans ($833), subs who played in the game 500,000 tomans( $595) and that who did not play at all 400,000 tomans( $476) in cash reward. – The 2004 Baku Free-Style Wrestling contests will start on Saturday morning. Iran?s team includes Mohammad Aslani, Masoud Mostafa Jokar, Ali Asghar Bazri, Hadi Habibi, Majid Khodaei, Mostafa Younesinia, Alireza Heydari and Alireza Rezaei. – Iran?s Sepahan of Isfahan beat Esteghlal Ahvaz 4-2 at the start of the 23rd week of the pro league.

United not dead yet
go.com – Apr 3, 2004
That theory is absolute nonsense. And for those doubters who said United treated the trophy with contempt when they opted to play in the World Club Championship in 2000, the same applies. It seems to have been conveniently forgotten by many that had United not taken part and Germany – as they were anyway – were awarded the 2006 World Cup, the opportunistic papers would have blamed United for not backing the FA’s bid. Put simply, to win a major piece of silverware is success for any club and United are now 90 minutes away from a record 11th triumph in the country’s greatest cup competition. A 32nd minute goal from Paul Scholes was enough to separate the country’s best two clubs and end Arsenal’s bid to emulate United’s 1999 Treble success. At this stage I should apologise for not mentioning Arsenal much in this report. United have ended their two year grip on the cup, but the North Londoners are all but certain to take the championship off United.

Sports News of Saturday, 3 April 2004
ghanaweb.com – Apr 3, 2004
He said composition of the team for the tournament, whether to be dominated by home-based players or their foreign-based counterparts would affect how far the competition will travel. He, however, emphasised that either way, mid-week matches will dominate the league. Also on the football calendar is the Black Stars’ 2006 World Cup qualifiers which begin in June while Ghana’s representatives in the CAF competitions are expected to take away some weekends from the tight league calendar. With these challenges staring at them, the premier league clubs and executive of GHALCA ruled out the orthodox 30-game for each club league involving 16 clubs, and have instead proposed a novelty competition to forestall the looming problem. The decision was also taken in view of the time available for the submission of candidates for next year?s CAF club competitions. Even before they reached the bridge, GHALCA members are praying that CAF wears a generous face again to grant Ghana a special concession to submit its candidates later than required. Indeed, last year, CAF handed Ghana a concession to delay the submission of its representatives for this year?s competitions.

Cahill living the dream
go.com – Apr 2, 2004
‘I can’t really describe how I feel,’ said the 24-year-old,who joined Millwall when he was 16. ‘It has been a long haul, and people used to laugh when Isaid that I would play for Australia. ‘International football is what you aspire to as afootballer and my heart belongs to Australia. It’s a big step upand I’m still finding that out. ‘Judging by his superb form for Millwall, Cahill’seligibility for Australia is also good news for Farina as heprepares his largely British-based squad for the 2006 World Cupqualifiers. Cahill’s all-round midfield play, combined with a handyknack of scoring vital goals, has already attracted interestfrom premier league clubs. For now, however, he only has thoughts for Millwall andclinching a meeting with either Arsenal or Manchester United atthe Millennium Stadium and a guaranteed place in the UEFA Cup… ‘International football is what you aspire to as afootballer and my heart belongs to Australia. It’s a big step upand I’m still finding that out. ‘Judging by his superb form for Millwall, Cahill’seligibility for Australia is also good news for Farina as heprepares his largely British-based squad for the 2006 World Cupqualifiers. Cahill’s all-round midfield play, combined with a handyknack of scoring vital goals, has already attracted interestfrom premier league clubs. For now, however, he only has thoughts for Millwall andclinching a meeting with either Arsenal or Manchester United atthe Millennium Stadium and a guaranteed place in the UEFA Cup. ‘The club is really buzzing at the moment,’ he said. ‘Wehave a great chance to reach the final but are taking nothingfor granted.

Bafana coach jets into SA
iAfrica.com – Apr 3, 2004
Bafana Bafana manager Screamer Tshabalala said Baxter will watch
the Absa Cup soccer match between Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town
in Mmabatho on the same day. Baxter was appointed new Bafana Bafana coach two weeks ago after
impressing the search committee, led by technical committee
chairman Veli Mahlangu. The search committee was appointed by the
South African Football Association national executive to head-hunt
a new Bafana Bafana coach to replace Ephraim Mashaba, who was fired
shortly before the African Cup of Nations. Mashaba has since joined Premiership side Black Leopards as head
coach. Baxter was the England under-19 national coach before accepting
the offer to coach Bafana Bafana. He has pledged to take South
Africa to new heights. His first assignment will be against the Cape Verde Islands
during the opening 2006 World Cup qualifier at home in June… Baxter was the England under-19 national coach before accepting
the offer to coach Bafana Bafana. He has pledged to take South
Africa to new heights. His first assignment will be against the Cape Verde Islands
during the opening 2006 World Cup qualifier at home in June.

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