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June 3, 2004

Oruma buries the hatchet

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The News Review:

* UK officers seek role at World Cup
* Soccer News of Thursday, 3 June 2004
* Germans need good Euro 2004
* Oruma buries the hatchet
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
* Bafana arrival in Bloem delayed
* Rwanda lose captain
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Winterbottom leaves football film
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mido eyes Newcastle move
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Barreto slams Ghana’s FA
* Could Ireland and Wales play-off for Euro 2004?
* I’m at the top of my game, says Zidane

UK officers seek role at World Cup
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 2, 2004
In an unprecedented step, British police may seek to have uniformed officers patrolling with their German counterparts at the World Cup in 2006 in a “community constable” role. A UK police team, including “spotters” trained to weed out trouble-makers, will be in Portugal at the finals of Euro 2004 later this month. But further steps could be taken, said David Swift, the deputy chief constable of Staffordshire and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ leading officer tackling football hooliganism.

Soccer News of Thursday, 3 June 2004
ghanaweb.com – Jun 3, 2004
Now as the world cup qualifiers kick off, Mariano Barreto says he and his players will do all it takes to take Ghana to World Cup 2006. Can Ghana make the 2006 world cup? It is the mighty question on many people’s lips as the crucial qualifiers kick off this weekend. Since I started following Ghana football closely, courtesy that stunning win by the national U-17 side at the world cup, every world cup campaign began with hopes that “this could be the year Ghana qualifies for the world cup. In 1994, it was a first day fumble in Burundi and a dramatic last minute breakdown against Algeria in Tlemcen that turned Ghana’s dream on its head and forced many people into tears. The players wept along with the nation but typically, there was talk of ‘this will be Ghana’s year’ again as the 1998 qualifiers approached. But the Stars could manage only a draw in Gabon before struggling to draw 2-2 at home against Morocco… He now spoke of a good atmosphere in camp, of how his players wanted to win and how he himself wanted to see the Black Stars qualify for the world cup. Every one in Ghana wants that. From journalists to football fans and executives driving around in the latest and flashy cars, there is an insatiable yearning for world cup football. Barreto feels though that the desire is not matched by the preparations. When I asked him on Tuesday whether he was aware that Ghanaian football fans wanted world cup qualification badly regardless the many problems with preparations, he said: “People only know how to say ‘we must win’ but never put in place the conditions necessary for winning. Barreto’s fury has to do with the fact that two friendly games he had scheduled in the run up to the world cup qualifier had been cancelled. There was a proposed camping session in France that was called off.

Germans need good Euro 2004
Expatica – Jun 2, 2004
Voeller told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa, in an interview there was always a danger of going out of the European Championships at an early stage. But with Germany hosting the 2006 World Cup the way the team plays at Euro 2004 in Portugal starting 12 June will be important, he said. “We have to play a good European Championships so that there is a certain amount of optimism among the public over the next two years that we will also play well at the World Cup in Germany,” he said. “I am convinced we can.

Oruma buries the hatchet
BBC News – Jun 1, 2004
Oruma, who has not played competitive football for Nigeria since the 2002 Cup of Nations, was bitter with the decision of manager Christian Chukwu not to invite him for the 2004 edition in Tunisia. But he told BBC Sport in London that a meeting with Chukwu has helped to improve relations between them. “I came to London to join the team for the Unity Cup tournament, even though I was injured, so that I could have a chat with the manager… “I am not asking for any favours but just a chance to show my abilities,” he said. Although he will join the Super Eagles for their opening 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda in Abuja, Oruma said a muscle tear could rule him out of the game. “I hope I can play but my injury makes me a doubt for the team. But we will have to wait and see. ”

A captain of the Nigerian Under-17 side that won the World Championship in 1993, Oruma said he is keen to play in the English Premiership. “A move to England would be good but I am hoping to get European Union nationality which would make a transfer easier.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Jun 2, 2004
Kenyan authorities had committed a “clear violation” of FIFA statutes, the world governing body said. Kenya’s Sports Minister Najib Balala said FIFA’s action was misguided and no solution to the problems facing the Kenya Football Federation, which he said has suffered years of mismanagement and corruption, undermining Kenyan soccer. The ruling bars Kenya’s national teams and clubs from friendly or competitive matches, including the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup. Kenya, ranked 74th of FIFA’s 203 member federations, was scheduled to play Guinea in a June 5 World Cup qualifier. FIFA, which gives financial help to soccer federations in developing countries, also said it had frozen payments to Kenya… FIFA said it “does not ignore the difficulties faced by Kenyan football. ”

However, it said, “Blatant interference in local football affairs in contravention of FIFA principles cannot be accepted. ”

Balala rejected this. “It’s disappointing and we blame FIFA for not appreciating the action (the government took) and the reasons behind it.

Bafana arrival in Bloem delayed
iAfrica.com – Jun 2, 2004
Baxter explained that they had experienced what he termed “teething problems” with the new luxury bus which had been donated to the team on Monday. “It was a lot longer journey than I anticipated,” said the English-born coach, who will be in charge of Bafana for the first time against the unknown Cape Verde. Baxter was more annoyed with the Norwegian Football Association, who had earlier refused to release Lillestrom goalkeeper Emille Baron. “It was a piece of absolute nonsense. The NFA were told by somebody at FIFA ? he may have been the cleaner ? that the match was not official and that Lillestrom did not have to release Baron. I rectified that issue and Baron will be on the next flight to Joburg. However, we (the SA Football Association) must decide on what sort of protest we can make against the NFA for their pathetic handling of this matter… Bafana captain Mbulelo ‘OJ’ Mabizela said he was happy to be back in Bloemfontein and promised three points. “We don’t know anything about Cape Verde, but we realise how important it is to win and get our World Cup campaign off to a winning start. ”

Baxter described the match as the first step in a long road to Germany for the World Cup in 2006. “Make no mistake Cape Verde will be no pushovers and we will have to be on our toes.

Rwanda lose captain
BBC News – Jun 2, 2004
The striker suffered a broken leg while playing for his Belgian club St. He will miss the matches against Nigeria, Gabon and Zimbabwe. “Our captain was injured when playing for his club and will not play until September,” Rwanda FA assistant secretary general, Jules Kalisa, told BBC Sport.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – Jun 1, 2004
He said: “Safa has gone out of their way to make an effort with the players, I don’t think people in SA realise how difficult it is for a player to get out of their clubs to play for their country, everyone wants to play for their country but at the end of the day the club is your bread and butter. ” The defender camped in front of the TV to watch the 2010 bid announcement, saying: “I was in tears when I saw Madiba sitting there, I know what the people of Safa have gone through, the people of SA and how they supported the bid, it’s a great achievement not only for African football but for SA in general. ” Fish hopes that with his experience, he’ll be able to help the team qualify for both the World Cup in 2006 and the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 3, 2004
The 31-year-old has suggested that if he were fit by the time of the 2006 World Cup finals he would consider playing but realistically this is the the last chance for himself and several other members of the ?golden generation? who won the 1991 World Youth Cup to capture an international title. Figo, the 2001 FIFA world player of the year, came closest to at least making a final in Euro 2000 but was frustrated at the last by France being awarded a controversial penalty which resulted in pandemonium and several Portuguese players being heavily punished for their protests. ?That was a difficult moment for us because we were so close to making the final and then we get the wrong decision against us,? complained Figo, who made his name at Sporting Lisbon where he made his debut aged 16. ?We then thought, oh well, at least there is the World Cup in two years where we can make things right but now this is the last chance for many of us and I am desperate to win something at this level for myself and my country,? added Figo, whose Swedish wife Helene is a model. The 2002 World Cup finals are something that Figo and his team-mates would rather forget as they tumbled out in the first round including being humiliated by the United States with their playmaker being especially disappointing.

Winterbottom leaves football film
BBC News – Jun 3, 2004
Winterbottom’s latest film Nine Songs has caused controversy because of its sexually explicit nature. Goal!, the first in an expected trilogy, is set at Newcastle United’s ground, St James’ Park. Co-producer Milkshake Films said it was seeking a new director, but added the film was still due for release in 2005. The ?55m film features Mexican actor Diego Luna, star of Y Tu Mama Tambien and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, as an American Latino footballer who transfers to the English Premiership… The first movie will be released in February next year, with the final instalment due to hit cinema screens in time for the 2006 World Cup. Winterbottom had originally only been confirmed to direct the first movie. Nine Songs caused controversy at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for featuring scenes of unsimulated sex. The film has not yet been given a classification for release in the UK.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mido eyes Newcastle move
BBC News – Jun 1, 2004
“It was a setback for me but I hope to make up for it. ”

Mido’s international career has also been the subject of much speculation, following his refusal to join a training camp for the Pharaohs. This led to manager Marco Tardelli saying he will not to call him up for their opening 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Barreto slams Ghana’s FA
BBC News – Jun 1, 2004
Ghana kick off their campaign for Germany 2006 with an away fixture against Burkina Faso on Saturday. But of the 19 foreign-based players called up, only 10 had bothered to turn for camp late on Monday. A furious Barreto told BBC Sport that attitudes had to change given the importance of Saturday’s match.

Could Ireland and Wales play-off for Euro 2004?
Squarefootball – Jun 2, 2004
Forty-five years of hurt was about to turn into 47 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Germany in 2006. That is until the FAW hit upon an interesting idea, that of attempting to get Russia thrown out of the Portuguese shin-dig this summer. After Russia’s 1-0 victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff it emerged that one of their number, Yegor Titov, had failed a drug test. Initially, this particular drugs scandal did not carry quite the same weight as Riogate, but now it seems that the Welsh authorities had been sneaking around in the dark and making plans all along. UEFA should get tough on drug offences they claimed, echoing recent sentiments of FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

I’m at the top of my game, says Zidane
Independent Online – Jun 2, 2004

The statement was surprising from a shy character like Zidane who has always been reluctant to brag about his abilities despite outstanding performances for both club and country. ‘Winning is something you never get enough of’It was also in stark contrast with his views last month after Real Madrid had been knocked out of the Champions League quarterfinals by Monaco. Zidane, world footballer of the year three times, said then he was playing his worst football for five years. Madrid also finished fourth in the league to end a disappointing season. “The longer it lasted, the more distressing it was… “Winning is something you never get enough of. ”

The French number 10 has not made up his mind yet but Euro 2004 could be his last major international tournament. Zidane will be 34 at the 2006 World Cup should France qualify and, despite his lack of plans for his future after soccer, it’s far from certain he will carry on until then. “My life is dedicated to soccer. This is what I do for a living.

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