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April 28, 2004

Yanal All in, Signs Four-Year Deal

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The News Review:

* Injury keeps out Keane
* O’Shea excels during Ireland’s spring stroll
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Cameroon panel ‘to stay’
* Yanal All in, Signs Four-Year Deal
* SFA insists Vogts will command World Cup campaign
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Boyz tackle Venezuela
* Hamstring injury delays Keane’s Ireland return
* SI.com – Soccer – Africa: CL game delayed due to Zimbabwe club…
* PUMA statement concerning the Cameroon UniQT
* Blatter would give draws the boot
* TIME.com: Sepp Blatter — Apr. 26, 2004 — Page 1
* RTÉ Sport: IRFU confirm new O’Driscoll deal
* Nigeria picks local squad
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* Ailing Cameroon turn to youth
* Europe warms to stadia deals
* Arsenal ready to honour Wenger reign

Injury keeps out Keane
TVNZ – Apr 27, 2004
Keane, 32, retired from internationals after a high-profilebust-up with former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. He has sincebeen won over by McCarthy’s successor, Brian Kerr, who named theUnited skipper in his squad last week. Keane’s withdrawal is the latest in a string of set-backs forKerr as he prepares for the Polish clash in Bydgoszcz, which ispart of Ireland’s preparations for 2006 World Cup qualifiers laterthis year. Earlier, Kerr called up Shelbourne striker Jason Byrne andCoventry City duo Graham Barrett and Michael Doyle to replace WestHam’s David Connolly and Charlton Athletic’s Matt Holland, whosustained injuries playing for their clubs over the weekend. On Sunday, Blackburn Rovers pair Jonathan Douglas and StevenReid, and Sheffield Wednesday’s Alan Quinn were added to thetravelling party following the withdrawals of Sunderland’s GaryBreen and Jason McAteer, and Chelsea winger Damien Duff. Injury also put Everton’s Kevin Kilbane and Southampton’s RoryDelap on an absentee list which already included Tottenham Hotspurdefender Stephen Carr and Sheffield United’s Paddy Kenny. A question mark also hangs over Tottenham striker Robbie Keanewho received a head injury against premier league champions Arsenalat the weekend, although Kerr is hoping he will join the squad inPoland.

O’Shea excels during Ireland’s spring stroll
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 28, 2004
Keane could have got through this stroll in the late afternoon sun, even with his troublesome hamstring. The former Ireland captain, whose international comeback was put on hold because of injury, no doubt watched the game from the comfort of home, assuming his powers of endurance allowed him to complete the full 90 minutes, even as a viewer. Ken Brown, the former Norwich manager, was in the Zawisza Stadium compiling a dossier for England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, ahead of the 2006 World Cup qualifying tie against Poland on Sept 8. The Poles started with a diamond formation, using Emmanuel Olisadebe as a lone striker, but the mass substitutions saw changes of personnel and formations that out-tinkered even Claudio Ranieri at his most restless. “I think Poland will be disappointed with the way they played,” said Ireland manager Brian Kerr, who added: “They were quite near their best team while we were looking at potential, but I think they will be a handful for any side… Miller, 22, will link up with Keane at club level when he joins United from Celtic this summer and Kerr said: “This was a big match for him. He got stronger as the game went on. “Had this been a World Cup qualifier, Ireland would have been delighted with a point but the tempo and tackling would have been raised a few notches in a competitive encounter. It was 22 minutes before the first corner and there was not an effort on goal until Shay Given gave proof he had not nodded off in the mind-numbing tedium when he saved Sebastian Mila’s 25-yard shot. Apart from that, there was little of note in the worst game most of those present had ever witnessed. “We could have used the ball better,” said Kerr. “It was not at the level I would have liked, but I’m satisfied.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Cameroon panel ‘to stay’
BBC News – Apr 28, 2004
After Fifa announced the punishment, Cameroon’s former sports minister Bidoung Mkpatt assembled a 12-member panel of legal experts and football administrators to appeal against the decision. Mkpatt was then sacked last week and replaced by Sigfried Etame Massoma. Cameroon start their 2006 World Cup qualifiers in June in a group which includes Egypt, Sudan, Benin, Ivory Coast and Libya. The matches will be played on a home-and-away basis and only the group’s top team will go through to the finals in Germany.

Yanal All in, Signs Four-Year Deal
Zaman Online – Apr 27, 2004
Yanal’s assistant, Mesut Bakkal, trainer Ozcan Bizzati and goalkeeper coach Metin Bayindir also appended their signatures to the contract at yesterday’s ceremonies. In a statement issued after the ceremony, Turkish Football Federation Chief Haluk Ulusoy said he believed Yanal would lead the National Team to 2006 World Cup. “Our goal is the 2006 World Cup. Ersun Yanal and his team have the capacity to succeed in that… Yanal’s assistant, Mesut Bakkal, trainer Ozcan Bizzati and goalkeeper coach Metin Bayindir also appended their signatures to the contract at yesterday’s ceremonies. In a statement issued after the ceremony, Turkish Football Federation Chief Haluk Ulusoy said he believed Yanal would lead the National Team to 2006 World Cup. “Our goal is the 2006 World Cup. Ersun Yanal and his team have the capacity to succeed in that. We wish him and his team the best of luck” Ulusoy said. During the ceremony Yanal stressed that being appointed manger of the National Team would honor and elate any Turkish coach. “We will do our best to carry out this task.

SFA insists Vogts will command World Cup campaign
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Apr 28, 2004
“The old SFA were fairly distant towards players and we wanted to indicate to them that we are right behind them and the manager. “We are the best supporters the national team can get. Everyone knows that football managers are judged on results and Berti’s task will be to qualify for the World Cup finals. That is how he will be judged. ” Taylor backed Vogts’s decision to ban his players from speaking to journalists. Apparently, Vogts believes that undergoing such a “negative” experience impacts on the team’s performance: being the subject of far harsher media scrutiny did not seem to trouble Holland too much before they routed Scotland 6-0 in Amsterdam in the second leg of the Euro 2004 play-off. “Berti is entitled to make his own decisions about preparations,” Taylor said.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Apr 27, 2004
I hope I do not need to use my casting vote. I promised when I won the Fifa presidency that one day the World Cup finals would be held in Africa. “I am proud that I have made good on my promise. “I am in South Africa for three reasons, to celebrate the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki, to speak to the South African Football Association and for the 2010 World Cup bid,” said Blatter. He said he expected the race for the 2010 World Cup finals to be as tight as it was when Germany pipped South Africa by a single vote for the right to stage the 2006 World Cup finals. But he again stressed that Fifa would not accept joint votes as proposed originally by Tunisia and Libya… “I am proud that I have made good on my promise. “I am in South Africa for three reasons, to celebrate the inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki, to speak to the South African Football Association and for the 2010 World Cup bid,” said Blatter. He said he expected the race for the 2010 World Cup finals to be as tight as it was when Germany pipped South Africa by a single vote for the right to stage the 2006 World Cup finals. But he again stressed that Fifa would not accept joint votes as proposed originally by Tunisia and Libya. “I have told both the Libyan and Tunisian football asso- ciations that we (Fifa) will not accept co-hosting unless under exceptional circumstances which was the case in 2002 when it was a political decision to allow South Korea and Japan to stage the World Cup jointly. ”
Blatter said he was confident that no matter which of the five African countries was successful, he believed that the continent would produce “a wonderful World Cup”. Blatter also side-stepped the issue of terrorism and how it would affect South Africa’s biggest contender Morocco.

Boyz tackle Venezuela
Jamaica Gleaner – Apr 28, 2004
“The team, along with coach Richard Paez, did not attend the press conference as they had arrived later than planned and were at their hotel resting. STILL ON A HIGH Venezuela are still on a high from their 3-0 thrashing of Uruguay on March 31 and had a noticeably large entourage of football officials and administrators and several Venezuelan media men. President of the Venezuelan Football Federation, Rafael Esquivel, represented the team at the briefing and said that the side was expecting a highly competitive match. Both teams played last in Caracas, Venezuela last April where the home team won 2-0. National technical director Carl Brown said the team that will face Venezuela is an improved one from last year and as such the result should reflect that. “It’s a different set of players than the team that met Venezuela last year… “This team is more mature and experienced. “Like Venezuela, Jamaica are stepping up their World Cup preparations. This is the third friendly international the Boyz have played in three months. After the 2-0 defeat to Uruguay on February 18, Jamaica gave up a 2-0 lead at halftime to draw 2-2 with Honduras on March 31. While hinting that the present squad is more talented than the team he was with at the 1998 World Cup, Brown said that the ’98 Reggae Boyz functioned more as a team. “We have a far more talented group of players now than the group that went to World Cup in 1998.

Hamstring injury delays Keane’s Ireland return
SI.com – Apr 26, 2004
" Keane, 32, retired from internationals after a high-profile bust-up with former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. He has since been won over by McCarthy’s successor, Brian Kerr, who named the United skipper in his squad last week. Keane’s withdrawal is the latest in a string of set-backs for Kerr as he prepares for the Polish clash in Bydgoszcz, which is part of Ireland’s preparations for 2006 World Cup qualifiers later this year. Earlier, Kerr called up Shelbourne striker Jason Byrne and Coventry City duo Graham Barrett and Michael Doyle to replace West Ham’s David Connolly and Charlton Athletic’s Matt Holland, who sustained injuries playing for their clubs over the weekend. On Sunday, Blackburn Rovers pair Jonathan Douglas and Steven Reid, and Sheffield Wednesday’s Alan Quinn were added to the travelling party following the withdrawals of Sunderland’s Gary Breen and Jason McAteer, and Chelsea winger Damien Duff. Injury also put Everton’s Kevin Kilbane and Southampton’s Rory Delap on an absentee list which already included Tottenham Hotspur defender Stephen Carr and Sheffield United’s Paddy Kenny. A question mark also hangs over Tottenham striker Robbie Keane who received a head injury against premier league champions Arsenal at the weekend, although Kerr is hoping he will join the squad in Poland.

SI.com – Soccer – Africa: CL game delayed due to Zimbabwe club…
SI.com – Apr 27, 2004
This was not done by the Angolan Football Federation, giving AmaZulu legal grounds on which to refuse a Saturday kickoff. After a two day stand-off, the Confederation of African Football ordered that the tie be played on Tuesday afternoon. The first leg in Bulawayo earlier this month ended in a goalless draw. The winners will play in the third round next month against title holders Enyimba of Nigeria. UGANDA – Mike Mutebi has been appointed coach of Uganda, just over one month before they start their World Cup qualifying campaign… The 54-year-old has also worked in Gabon, Tunisia, the Middle East and France, where he was also a footballer. He will replace the Frenchman Jean-Paul Rabier, who was sacked after the African nations Cup finals in Tunisia earlier this year. Todorov will have one month to prepare his side for the start of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Burkina Faso compete in Group Two and host Ghana in their first match on June 5. The Cape Verde Islands, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Uganda are in the same group. EGYPT – Cairo giants Al Ahli have been fined US$13 300 for their withdrawal from the Arab Champions League competition, the Union of Arab Football announced on Monday. They will also not be allowed to participate in next year’s competition.

PUMA statement concerning the Cameroon UniQT
Cameroon-info.net – Apr 26, 2004
In addition the Cameroon Football Association (F?d?ration Camerounaise de Football ? Fecafoot) has also been fined CHF 200. The FIFA sanctions were imposed as a consequence of Cameroon?s failure to comply with the equipment requirements as per Law 4 of the FIFA ?Laws of the Game? at the recent 2004 Conf?d?ration Africaine de Football (CAF) African Cup of Nations in Tunisia when the Cameroon National Team wore their one-piece playing kit (aka Cameroon UniQT) in the three group stage matches as well as in the quarterfinal versus Nigeria. As the official supplier to Fecafoot, PUMA A.

Blatter would give draws the boot
CNN International – Apr 27, 2004
I don’t ever want to see television cameras decide whether it was an offside or if the foul occurred inside or outside the box. "Blatter, whose mandate expires in 2007, did not rule out seeking a third term and suggested Franz Beckenbauer should run for the presidency of UEFA. "His job as president of the 2006 World Cup (in Germany) ends after the finals," Blatter said of Beckenbauer. "Then will come the vote for the UEFA presidency. I believe he should run for that, even if Michel Platini has ambitions. "I believe those who come from football should have a say in football.

TIME.com: Sepp Blatter — Apr. 26, 2004 — Page 1
TIME Magazine – Time – Apr 26, 2004
“Just after the elections, I felt bitter,” said Blatter, “but we have to look forward and be optimistic. They lost the power game. ” FIFA’s principal business is running the World Cup tournament, which will be next staged in 2006. Germany edged South Africa for the privilege. African nations felt dissed. South Americans are unhappy about the number of spots they get in the tourney. In Europe, the big pro clubs, such as Inter Milan, are demanding money for lending their pricey players to national teams for qualifying rounds.

RTÉ Sport: IRFU confirm new O’Driscoll deal
rte.ie – Apr 28, 2004
The deal will keep the centre at Leinster until the end of the 2006 season. Following much speculation linking the Leinster centre with big money moves to France and England, O’Driscoll has committed the next two years to the Lions. Leinster coach Gary Ella admitted his delight at the news: “It’s great news for Leinster and for Irish rugby. We can really start planning for next year now that Brian has agreed to stay on.

Nigeria picks local squad
BBC News – Apr 27, 2004
Senegal are sending a junior squad since their senior squad are involved in a friendly match in French first division side Guingamp in France. The winners of Wednesday’s games will face each other in the final on Friday in Lagos, with the losers also playing each other on the same day. The Nigeria Football Association see the four-nation tournament as part of the Super Eagles preparations for the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers. Nigeria starts its Group 4 campaign at home to Rwanda on 5 June. The other sides in the group are Zimbabwe, Algeria, Angola and Gabon. Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers:
Sunday Rotimi (Dolphin), Sam Okoye (Enugu Rangers), Chijoke Ejiogu (Berger)

Defenders: Muritala Abdulrazak (Wikki), Okey Odita (Rangers), Japhet Joseph (Gombe), Seyi Ogusanya (Enyimba), Lukman Suraju (Pillars), Peter Dolough (Sharks), Abubakar Ibrahim (Pillars)

Midfielders:
Imadu Dooyum (Insurance), Onyekachi Okonkwo (Enyimba), Ogbonna Abosi (Sharks), Ishola Shuiabu, Ndubuisi Eze (both Berger), Paul Obiefule (Nationale), Adewunmi Adetunde (El-Kanemi), Abubakar Ibrahim (Kano Pillars), Tim Nimzing (Plateau)

Strikers:
Emeka Akueme (Kwara), Igho Otegheri (Rangers), Chukwudi Nworgu (Enyimba), Uche Ugochukwu (Gabros), Obedia Ifeanyi (Gabros), Ndubuisi Eze (Berger).

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Apr 27, 2004
The game, which will be played the same day, is part of the Zebras'
preparations for the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying
games, which start in June. Botswana is in Group Five with African Cup of Nations regning champions
Tunisia, finalists Morocco, as well as Malawi, Kenya and Guinea. Buoyed by their 2-0 win against South Africa premier league outfit, Jomo
Cosmos, last week, the Zebras will be attempting to continue where they left
off. On the other hand, the "Brave Warriors" will be eager to avenge their 0-1
loss that saw them making an early exit from the COSAFA Castle Cup last
year. Zebras' coach Jelusic Veselin hopes to use the game to try his new
combinations upfront,
especially with the likes of Notwane's nimble-footed striker Pontsho Moloi
and Extension Gunners' midfielder Tshepo "Talk Talk" Motlhabankwe who made
their debut for the Zebras against Cosmos last week… Calls have also been made that Batswana should
set up a special fund for the team and that each Motswana should contribute
something as happened when the University of Botswana (UB) was built. Others suggested that the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) should
slash allocations for other sports codes to beef up the Zebras' coffers. They argued that unlike in other sports codes losing a game of football was
more devastating because of its mass appeal.

Ailing Cameroon turn to youth
go.com – Apr 28, 2004
failed to correct our flaws andthings must change for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. ‘The central African nation face an uphill task in thequalifiers as world soccer governing body FIFA has docked themsix points as a punishment for ignoring its order not to weartheir one-piece kit in their Nations Cup quarter-final againstNigeria. Cameroon begin their qualifiers in June in a group whichincludes Benin, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya and Sudan and only thetop team will qualify for the 2006 finals in Germany. Your views on this story?.

Europe warms to stadia deals
sportbusiness.com – Apr 27, 2004
Sport+Markt was central to the price evaluation of naming rights to the Allianz Arena in Munich, the largest naming rights deal in Europe, and is the only organisation to have developed a price evaluation model for naming rights that has been implemented outside of the US. Said a company spokesman: “The rise in significance of naming rights in Europe is a result of a number of factors. Euro 2004 in Portugal and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany have seen a number of new stadia built, while in the UK a number of football clubs, such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Cardiff City, are planning new stadia as a means of generating greater revenues. “The circumstances of new stadia are much more favourable for a naming rights sponsor as the competition for attention from a traditionally entrenched previous name is not an obstacle to a successful engagement. Furthermore, the income generated can be directly put to use in the financing of the stadium – a concrete association that can add to a positive image build amongst the fans, who may otherwise resist the commercial elements of the game. “Furthermore, site holders and sponsors are beginning to realise the opportunities that naming rights offer in providing an exclusive platform to guarantee exclusivity in an increasingly saturated market. ” In the UK, one of the most established naming rights sponsor, Reebok, which has sponsored the stadium of Premier League club Bolton Wanderers since 1997, achieved the best recall score among the 600 British football fans aged 15-69 surveyed by Sport+Markt.

Arsenal ready to honour Wenger reign
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 28, 2004
If, for instance, he wants another striker, then the money will be there as long as it isn’t too high. “Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Jens Lehmann’s well-reported feud with compatriot Oliver Kahn appears to be over after a meeting between the two German goalkeepers. Germany coach Rudi Voller said the two had talked before flying to Bucharest, where the World Cup runners-up play Romania in a friendly this evening. Arsenal’s Lehmann upset Kahn and Voller by saying he was better than the Bayern Munich and Germany captain and should be the No 1. “It’s all been sorted out,” Voller insisted yesterday. Kahn, who is bothered by a sore knee, is expected to play just one half with Lehmann playing the other. Voller had reacted to Lehmann’s statements by saying Kahn remained the No 1… Voller had reacted to Lehmann’s statements by saying Kahn remained the No 1. Meanwhile, across north London, another candidate for the vacancy at Tottenham emerged yesterday when France coach Jacques Santini put himself forward. Santini’s contract with the French Football Federation is due to expire this summer and he is open to offers. He said: “If Tottenham contact me and they want to talk, then I will listen. I have always thought that one day I might manage abroad. “One player who will not be at White Hart Lane next season is French midfielder Stephane Dalmat, who has returned to Inter Milan after Tottenham’s decision to cancel his loan contract.

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