Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

June 15, 2004

A Good Step Forward

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The News Review:

* Idrissou faces World Cup ban
* Americans spice up Grenada 3-0 in qualifying opener
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kalu out for Nigeria
* A Good Step Forward
* ESPN.com – NHL/DRAFT2004 – ‘Taking the right strides’
* World Cup Round-up
* Germany 2006: Okocha Arrives, Joins Eagles Camp
* At 100, World Soccer Gov’t Still Autocratic, Secretive
* S.Korea acting coach Park resigns
* TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
* Emirates to sponsor Team New Zealand
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Woodward wields axe
* Kerr adopts a watching brief
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Pumas make three changes
* Coach Waitt leaves All Whites
* Pros to fly to Praia
* Josephs set to start against Ghana

Idrissou faces World Cup ban
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
A report made to world football governing body Fifa claimed he was born in 1977, as opposed to his official birth date of 8 March 1980. Idrissou, who plays in the German Bundesliga for Hannover, has been kept out of Cameroon’s 2006 World Cup qualifiers until the matter is resolved. Fifa has asked the country’s football federation, Fecafoot, to clarify the discrepancy. But they are yet to furnish Fifa with the documents that confirm the player’s official birth date. Idrissou has denied any attempt to give anyone the impression that he is younger than 24, which he insists is his actual age… A report made to world football governing body Fifa claimed he was born in 1977, as opposed to his official birth date of 8 March 1980. Idrissou, who plays in the German Bundesliga for Hannover, has been kept out of Cameroon’s 2006 World Cup qualifiers until the matter is resolved. Fifa has asked the country’s football federation, Fecafoot, to clarify the discrepancy. But they are yet to furnish Fifa with the documents that confirm the player’s official birth date. Idrissou has denied any attempt to give anyone the impression that he is younger than 24, which he insists is his actual age. “I was born in 1980 and I have only this date of birth,” he told BBC Sport.

Americans spice up Grenada 3-0 in qualifying opener
USA Today – Jun 13, 2004
However, five seconds into injury time, U. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley saved the team’s reputation, not to mention its hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, by heading in Claudio Reyna’s cross. In the 71st minute Beasley again made a terrific run and scored his second goal when he one-timed a perfect pass from Landon Donovan with his left foot. It was the first two-goal game in Beasley’s national team career. In injury time, defender Greg Vanney scored his first national team goal just before the final whistle. For the USA, no one played bigger than the 136-pound Beasley… “Now that it’s just 3-0, that crowd will be huge. ”
Still, Debellotte knows overturning the 3-0 aggregate would be a long shot next Sunday, even with the support of the home crowd at the 15,000-seat Cricket National Stadium. The Americans have not lost a World Cup qualifier by three or more goals since Mexico routed them 5-1 in 1980. “That will be a difficult task, but we are hoping that at least we could win,” Debellotte said. “But if we get four, we’ll accept it. ”
Grenada put forth a valiant effort in the first half. Defender Kennedy Phillip cleared Carlos Bocanegra’s header off the goal line in the 39th minute.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kalu out for Nigeria
BBC News – Jun 14, 2004
Kalu, who was called up in place of Perugia midfielder Christian Obodo, has failed to recover from a groin injury. The Wisla Krakow player joins Obafemi Martins, Rabiu Baita and Ifeanyi Udeze, who have all been ruled out of the Nigeria squad through injury. “Uche Kalu has a groin injury and will not be part of the squad going to Angola,” the Nigeria FA secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi told BBC Sport. “We spoke to him on the phone on Sunday and he told us about the injury, so we have subsequently excused him from the game.

A Good Step Forward
Newswatch – Newswatch (subscription) – Jun 14, 2004
The federation was dissolved March 25, by the sports minister, Najib Balala, who accused the sports officials of incompetence. FIFA gave the minister up to June 1, to reverse the decision, which was ignored. With the ban, the country cannot participate in international football tournaments. Kenya was due to play their first 2006 world cup qualifier with Guinea June 5. Guinea was awarded the three points at stake. © 2003 Newswatch Communications
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ESPN.com – NHL/DRAFT2004 – ‘Taking the right strides’
ESPN – Jun 14, 2004
[Playing for the Stanley Cup] seemed like the same for them. The only difference that I noticed was the media. Besides that, they were doing the same thing and nothing changed. “”The next day they flew us to Toronto. I met with 18 teams there.

World Cup Round-up
Jamaica Observer – Jun 15, 2004
Both goals came in the second half as the eight-time Caribbean Cup champions were made to work hard on a bumpy surface at the Olympic Stadium. The result placed coach Bertille St Clair’s men in a healthy position for the return leg this Sunday at home – the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. T&T, ranked number two in the Caribbean, behind Jamaica, are expected to be without their Wrexham utility player Carlos Edwards for the return game. He went down in a tackle in the 51st minute and was hospitalised with a damaged left knee… SVG hold Nicaragua 2-2 away
DIRAMBA, Nicaragua (CMC) – Renson Haynes and Shandel Samuel sparked a commendable 2-2 draw for St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) against Nicaragua in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying second round match on Sunday. Playing in front of a partisan crowd of about 7,500, Haynes and Samuel had a goal and an assist each to avoid defeat in Central America – usually a perilous trip for most Caribbean teams. El Salvador, Panama post victories
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador and Panama posted victories over Caribbean Football Union (CFU) opposition in their respective first-legs of the CONCACAF Second Round World Cup qualifying on Sunday. El Salvador defeated visiting Bermuda, 2-1, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, while at the Estadio Rommel Fern?ndez in Panama City, St Lucia fell, 4-0, to the hosts. Canada whip Belize 4-0
KINGSTON, Canada – Canada pumped in three second-half goals en route to a 4-0 victory over Belize in their second round CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the Richardson Stadium on Sunday. Goals by Jim Brennan, Kevin McKenna, Paul Peschisolido and Tomasz Radzinski led Canada to their handsome win over visiting Belize. The second-leg series will take place tomorrow as the Canadians entertain Belize, again at Ontario’s Richardson Stadium.

Germany 2006: Okocha Arrives, Joins Eagles Camp
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jun 14, 2004
Okocha’s arrival will finally lay to rest all doubts around his availability for this weekend?s crucial World Cup qualifier against Angola in Luanda. Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Secretary General Taiwo Ogunjobi told THISDAYSports yesterday that Okocha would join the Eagles training camp at Sango Ota, Ogun State today. “We are expecting him on Sunday night. He told us he is coming home and will be reporting at Ota on Monday,” Ogunjobi said yesterday. Okocha?s loyalty to the country has been put to test since he was dramatically excluded by coach Christian Chukwu from the Eagles squad that defeated Rwanda a fortnight ago in a World Cup qualifier after he shunned a pre-qualifier training camp in London.

At 100, World Soccer Gov’t Still Autocratic, Secretive
Berkeley Daily Planet – Jun 15, 2004
This spring, it is celebrating its 100th anniversary with pomp and circumstance, including photo exhibitions, emotive tributes and a flurry of press attention. Yet FI FA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, international soccer’s governing body, is virtually unknown here in the United States. Almost everywhere else—in France, Brazil or Iran—soccer fans regard the acronym with a mixture of dread an d respect. FIFA’s sole business, since it was launched in Paris in 1904, is overseeing the corrupt and unruly multi-billion dollar business of international soccer. The federation has a classic pyramidal structure. It grants membership to one soccer ass ociation from any “independent state recognized by the international community… During a testy press conference, Warner and Blatter lashed out at reporters (Warner insinuated I wasn’t old enough t o be challenging his management of the championship) and refused to answer questions about why Warner’s family was raking in millions of dollars in tournament-related business. If Blatter was reluctant to investigate there were ample reasons. He was fac ing an election and needed Warner’s support to fend off a challenge to his presidency, tainted by charges of financial mismanagement, cash-for-votes allegations, and the still murky collapse of FIFA’s marketing arm, which controlled television rights to t he 2006 World Cup in Germany. With Warner’s help, though, Blatter was re-elected the next year; both he and Warner still hold on to their posts today and still are among the most powerful officials of the 24-member Executive Committee. The next election s are in 2007. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who led his team to win the 1986 Mexico World Cup, famously called FIFA a “mafia, a sect. ” The accusation may be exaggerated, but it is not off the mark in at least one sense: Like a criminal organization or a cult, FIFA answers to no earthly power.

S.Korea acting coach Park resigns
go.com – Jun 15, 2004
“By fulfilling my duty to take charge of matches with Turkeyand Vietnam as well as to submit a preparatory squad for theAsian Cup, I think I have done my job as acting coach”, Parksaid in a statement released by the Korea Football Association(KFA). The KFA said it had accepted Park’s resignation and wouldprepare for Asian Cup, which starts on July 17, and World Cupqualifying matches as soon as a coach had been brought in. Park steered the team to a 2-0 victory over Vietnam in a2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier last week. He also managed awin and a loss in two friendlies against Turkey earlier thismonth. The search for a replacement for Humberto Coelho, who quitas coach in April after a humiliating 0-0 draw with the Maldivesin an Asian World Cup qualifier, has not run smoothly. The KFA failed to reach an agreement with favoured targetBruno Metsu. Negotiations with the former Senegal manager, who was pickedfrom a KFA shortlist of four, stalled over pay.

TSN : SOCCER – Canada’s Sports Leader
TSN.ca – Jun 13, 2004
As if knowing what was about to happen, the sun disappeared at kickoff and the skies opened at Richardson Stadium, soaking a pro-Canadian soccer crowd of 8,245. It was Canada’s first game at home since a 0-0 draw with Mexico in Toronto in November 2000. Ian Mork, the technical director of the Belize Football Federation, paid tribute to his young team’s spirit. “This is really a building experience for us. this is a whole different level,” he said of the Canadians… The top two teams from each group will advance to the final round of six next year, which will send three teams to the 2006 World Cup finals. A fourth team will play an Asian country in a playoff for another berth at Germany 2006. FIFA ranks Canada 10th in the region and 95th in the world. 180 out of the 205 rated by FIFA.

Emirates to sponsor Team New Zealand
AME Info – Jun 14, 2004
Emirates Team New Zealand, as the syndicate will be known, will mount a campaign to regain the Cup from its current holder, the Geneva-based Swiss team Alinghi, in the 33rd edition of the regatta that will culminate in the waters off the Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain in 2007. In signing the lead sponsorship naming rights agreement here, on behalf of Emirates, the airline President Tim Clark said: ‘We are proud to take Emirates into a leading role in the rich 153-year history of the oldest sports trophy on earth, and to support the New Zealand syndicate in its great challenge. ‘Emirates Team New Zealand is a tremendous promotional opportunity on a global stage, and underscores our commitment to New Zealand. Our airline is expanding rapidly into new markets and the America’s Cup regatta provides us with a world stage to keep raising awareness of our brand.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Woodward wields axe
BBC News – Jun 15, 2004
World Cup heroes Matt Dawson, Mike Catt and Steve Thompson miss out after the 36-3 drubbing in Dunedin. Gloucester scrum-half Andy Gommarsall is in for Dawson, Stuart Abbott ousts Catt and Mark Regan replaces Thompson. Wing James Simpson-Daniel loses out to Tom Voyce, Steve Borthwick replaces Grewcock and Wasps flanker Joe Worsley takes over from Chris Jones. Woodward has decided to wield the axe following England’s worst defeat in an international for six years. Centre Catt, hooker Thompson and flanker Chris Jones do not even gain places on the bench.

Kerr adopts a watching brief
Irish Independent – Jun 13, 2004
Both France and Switzerland, who are in Group B, are in Ireland’s qualifying pool for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and Kerr said: “I will be looking at it only from our point of view. I won’t be interested in England’s performanc
Kerr adopts a watching brief IRISH manager Brian Kerr intends to do a bit of homework on England’s opponents during the Euro 2004 group phase. Both France and Switzerland, who are in Group B, are in Ireland’s qualifying pool for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and Kerr said: “I will be looking at it only from our point of view. I won’t be interested in England’s performances. We will be selfish about it and interested in the form of Switzerland and France… Davids ready to sign deal with Barca DUTCH midfielder Edgar Davids is close to an agreement with Barcelona on a three-year deal, Barcelona’s assistant coach Henk ten Cate revealed yesterday. Davids, 31 and a member of the Dutch Euro 2004 squad, joined Barcelona at the beginning of this year on a loan deal and his contract with Juventus ends in the close season. Overmars announces decision to quit HOLLAND winger Marc Overmars will retire from international football after Euro 2004. The 31-year-old has decided it is time for the younger generation to come through and has joined Jaap Stam and Frank de Boer in opting to step down at the end of the tournament.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Pumas make three changes
BBC News – Jun 13, 2004
Prop Mario Ledesma, scrum-half Nicolas Fernandez Miranda and fly-half Juan Fernandez Miranda have been included for next Saturday’s final Test. All three were part of Argentina’s squad at last year’s World Cup. Agustin Pichot, Ignacio Corleto and Juan Martin Hernandez are still away on club duty with Stade Francais in the French championship semi-finals. Pablo Cardinali, Lucio Lopez and German Bustos – none of whom made the starting XV in the first Test victory – have been dropped to accommodate the returning trio. Argentina squad:

Backs: Matias Albina, Lucas Borges, Manuel Contepomi, Felipe
Contepomi, Martin Gaitan, Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, Nicolas
Fernandez Miranda, Juan Fernandez Miranda, Jose Orengo, Jose
Maria Nunez Piossek, Hernan Senillosa. Forwards: Patricio Albacete, Pablo Bouza, Martin Durand,
Eusebio Guinazu, Omar Hasan, Mario Ledesma, Gonzalo Longo,
Federico Mendez, Lucas Ostiglia, Rodrigo Roncero, Martin
Schusterman.

Coach Waitt leaves All Whites
TVNZ – Jun 15, 2004
Waitt metwith New Zealand Soccer chief executive Bill MacGowan and directorof football Paul Smalley, to review his role as headcoach. His fatewas sealed after the shock 4-2 defeat to Vanuatu allowed theSolomon Islands to win through to the next round alongsideAustralia. Waitt’scontract lapsed one week after the All Whites’ elimination from the2006 World Cup and MacGowan says no no appointment will be madeuntil a new job description has been approved by the board. With Waitthaving been in the head coaching role for two years, MacGowan saysthe time is now right to review the role especially with an everincreasing number of players based overseas. He saysthe failure to qualify in Adelaide will have an impact on the AllWhites international activity in the short term and that in turnwill dictate the role of head coach.

Pros to fly to Praia
New Vision – Jun 14, 2004
The 17-man party that arrives Wednesday, will then be joined by professionals Ibrahim Sekkagya (Argentina), Phillip Ssozi and Nestroy Kizito (Serbia) and Sulaiman Tenywa (US) on Thursday. Zubair Galiwango will travel as leader of delegation.

Josephs set to start against Ghana
iAfrica.com – Jun 15, 2004
The Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper has for a long time been earmarked for the Bafana number one jersey, but Vonk’s consistently impressive performances kept the 24-year-old on the sidelines. However, Vonk’s Dutch club Heerenveen sent the South African Football Association a letter claiming the stopper is struggling with an Achilles tendon injury, and will be not be able to play against the Black Stars. Vonk’s withdrawal presents a golden opportunity for Josephs to stake his claim for the number one jersey, but the Ajax star is taking nothing for granted, and insists he is not a shoe-in to start on Sunday as Kaizer Chiefs’ Rowan Fernandez and Supersport United’s Calvin Marlin have also been included in the Bafana squad. “I’m sorry to hear about Hans’ withdrawal,” said the talented Josephs. “It would be foolish of me to expect to just walk in and grab the ‘keeper’s shirt. There’ll be two other ‘keepers to contend with, and it’s obviously going to be up to the coach as to who gets to play against Ghana.

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