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June 21, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group One round-up
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Tardelli still confident
* World Cup 2006 | 21.06.2004 England Face Croatian Test in Group B…
* World Cup 2006 | 21.06.2004 Swiss Call on the Gods, French Call Zidane
* GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
* World Cup 2006 | 20.06.2004 More than Just the Shirt on your Back
* World Cup preview
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* The football yobs have gone. . . for the moment
* ‘Have boots, will travel’
* Soccer News of Saturday, 19 June 2004
* Battle of Luanda: Angola Plan to Torment Eagles Again
* The money game

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group One round-up
BBC News – Jun 19, 2004
Kanoute’s 80th minute goal gave Mali their first point of their Group One campaign but the result is a setback for the African Nations Cup semi-finalists, who lost their first group match to Liberia two weeks ago. Mali fell behind to a 16th minute goal from Zambia’s burly striker Harry Milanzi before Kanoute rescued the point. Zambia also played the last five minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of Edwin Phirri after he recieved his second yellow card. Saturday’s World Cup qualifiers in Africa were dominated by some of the continent’s lightweights, who recorded rare wins.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Tardelli still confident
BBC News – Jun 21, 2004
“They are the ones at fault, they weren’t keen to play for their country,” Tardelli insisted. Ivory Coast manager Henri Michel was more than pleased with the victory. “It’s a major step on the road to reaching the World Cup finals,” he said. “The Egyptians played a world class game and we were lucky to beat them. ”

Michel dedicated the triumph to the memory of Mama Ouattara, their assistant coach who collapsed and died in Paris last week. “This is our gift to his soul, ” he added poignantly. The Ivory Coast are the only team in the whole Africa qualifying campaign to have won both their winning matches after their 2-0 win over Libya in their opening game.

World Cup 2006 | 21.06.2004 England Face Croatian Test in Group B…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 21, 2004
Paul Scholes, Sol Campbell and Steven Gerrard returned to training on Sunday after missing out on Saturday after sustaining blisters in the Switzerland game, but the Croatia match will come too soon for Nicky Butt who is still struggling with a knee injury despite improvements in recent days. Owen receives backing of coach and captain
Eriksson fielded a number of questions about the form of Rooney’s current strike partner Michael Owen at the team’s press conferences over the weekend and insisted that he still has confidence in the Liverpool forward despite substituting him in both of England’s opening games. “All the world knows he is a great goalscorer and sooner or later, he will score,” the Swede said. “All of (the strikers) make the same small mistake. They think they must score and are stuck mentally, rather than going out to play football,” Eriksson said. Eriksson admitted that he had spoken with the striker and pondered whether his own decisions to replace him with Darius Vassell had undermined Owen on some level. “I cannot you tell you I’m sure he will score a goal but I wouldn’t be surprised at all… “All the world knows he is a great goalscorer and sooner or later, he will score,” the Swede said. “All of (the strikers) make the same small mistake. They think they must score and are stuck mentally, rather than going out to play football,” Eriksson said. Eriksson admitted that he had spoken with the striker and pondered whether his own decisions to replace him with Darius Vassell had undermined Owen on some level. “I cannot you tell you I’m sure he will score a goal but I wouldn’t be surprised at all. He feels he’s not been playing extremely well so he’s very hungry and he wants to show that,” the coach said. David Beckham is also confident that Owen will produce the goods.

World Cup 2006 | 21.06.2004 Swiss Call on the Gods, French Call Zidane
Deutsche Welle – Jun 21, 2004
The Swiss need to beat France by three goals and hope Croatia and England draw for the seemingly impossible to happen and for them to book a quarter-final place at the expense of the reigning champions. “We are still in the tournament and that is good,” said Switzerland coach Kobi Kuhn. “I can only hope that the god of football will decide to wear red and white a little. ”
Swiss aim to break goal drought
The Swiss have just one point from their two group games, both of which they finished with a man short after seeing red against Croatia and England. But it won’t just be a prayer for all his players to stay on the pitch that Kuhn will be offering up, he’ll hope that his Swiss side can finally break a scoring drought. The Swiss have not managed a goal in either of their games so far. “We had our chances to score against England but did not take them.

GiveMeFootball.com – The Professional Footballers’ Association
GiveMeFootball.com – Jun 21, 2004
Got all my pictures printed out – quality! Best football weekend ever! Better than West Ham going to Cardiff for the play-off final. I now hope England go to World Cup 2006 – I will surly get all tickets and stay in Germany until England, god-willing, lift that World Cup for the second time: 1966 – 2006!

G. Singh

Euro fever has gripped the nation!

Another European campaign underway and the same problems inflicted upon us – injury list, players out of form, media questioning team selection ahead of our meeting with France. England will not get past the quarter finals,I here you say. Why has Euro 2004 gripped the nation like no other? In the 40 or so years of my life, including the famous World Cup win in 1966 and disappointment in 1970, I have never seen nationalism and unity behind the England team such as that being shown now.

World Cup 2006 | 20.06.2004 More than Just the Shirt on your Back
Deutsche Welle – Jun 20, 2004
The red shirt is made from 99. 9 percent silver weave called X-Static and claims to warm the players in lower temperatures and cool them in hot environments. The manufacturer claims the heat transfer and moisture management system is a first for football and it is hoped that it will pay dividends when employed by England in Portugal this summer. Supporters boost shirt profile… The European Championships are seen as a lucrative time for the sports manufacturers. Adidas, the German sports giant that provides the kit for the German, French, Latvian, Greek and Spanish national teams at the tournament, are expecting great things. Adidas hoping for great returns
Anne Putz of Adidas Salomon told DW-WORLD that, although sales figures for their shirts would not be available until after the tournament, in general soccer accounts for 15 percent of the total sales of the company’s sports division. She also added that since Adidas started producing soccer clothing in 1972, teams wearing the company’s shirts have won all but one European Championship. With the popularity of the soccer shirt now assured and the advances in kit production, the 2004 European Championships are likely to be the most fashionable, dry and well-ventilated on record for players and supporters alike.

World Cup preview
BBC News – Jun 20, 2004
However the matches in Luanda and Kumasi could well be overshadowed by the clash of two pretenders in Group Three as Egypt play host to the Ivory Coast in Alexandria on Sunday night. The much anticipared match-up between Marseille strikers Didier Drogba and Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam will not happen after all, following the withdrawal of the Egyptian striker. The Egyptian Football Association says the Mido has a muscle strain and needs at least 10 days rest. “Mido is suffering a muscle strain and needs a 10-day treatment,”Samir Adly the Egytpain’s administrative manager told BBC Sport. Adly denied that Mido was dismissed by his Italian boss, Marco Tardelli. Mido had apparently deliberately injured a player in a friendly on Thursday between the Pharoahs and a third division club. Initially the the unsporting behaviour lead to Tardelli kicking the striker out of the squad but his assistants persuaded him to delay the decision until after Sunday’s match… The Teranga Lions’ captain Pape Malick Diop on Friday said that discipline and rigour would be key to a win for the Lions. African champions Tunisia departed on Friday for their Group Five clash Guinea in what will be their first competitive game away from home this year. The match will be Guniea’s first game of the 2006 World Cup group campaign after their march against Kenya was postponed when Fifa banned the East Africans indefinitely. The ban for government interference in the running of football also means that Kenya’s trip Morocco has also been postponed. In Group Four Algeria have rought in Mounir Zeghoud as a late replacement for their game against Zimbabwe in Harare to cover for Brahim Zafour and Antar Yahia, both of whom are unavailable. Zimbabwe have a full squad for the game giving their new coach Rahman Gumbo mush cause for optimism. “We know we really have to win this one.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 19, 2004
?A provisional contract was signed with Bonfrere on June 17 and he is scheduled to come to South Korea on June 23 to take over the national soccer team,? the Korean Football Association (KFA) said in a press release. South Korea have been without a national coach since Portugal?s Humberto Coelho quit two months ago following a string of poor results. Bonfrere, 58, will lead the team until the end of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the association said, declining to reveal other details of the contract, including salary. ?Bonfrere has expressed his strong willingness to coach the South Korean team in a series of meetings with KFA officials,? an association spokesman said… ?A provisional contract was signed with Bonfrere on June 17 and he is scheduled to come to South Korea on June 23 to take over the national soccer team,? the Korean Football Association (KFA) said in a press release. South Korea have been without a national coach since Portugal?s Humberto Coelho quit two months ago following a string of poor results. Bonfrere, 58, will lead the team until the end of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the association said, declining to reveal other details of the contract, including salary. ?Bonfrere has expressed his strong willingness to coach the South Korean team in a series of meetings with KFA officials,? an association spokesman said. Bonfrere is South Korea?s second Dutch coach after Guus Hiddink, a national hero here after leading the side to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup. His successor Coelho failed to sustain the high expectations inherited from Hiddink, a burden now shouldered by Bonfrere, the former head coach of Nigeria who also has lengthy experience in the Middle East. South Korea turned to Bonfrere after former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu turned down the coaching job offer, reportedly over pay differences.

The football yobs have gone. . . for the moment
Telegraph.co.uk – Jun 21, 2004
This is but a skirmish won: the war is not over. The policy may have worked for a country such as Portugal, a bit too far away for freelance travel arrangements. The next major tournament, however, is but a hitch-hike under the Channel; those steel shutters may see some service at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

‘Have boots, will travel’
SLAM! Sports – Jun 19, 2004
That is, if nothing gets in the way. But deVos is a professional athlete and something always seems to get in the way. For example, what if Canada fails to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany? Would deVos consider playing internationally until he’s 36 for another try? What if he’s playing so well he can’t walk away from the game when he’s 33 and his contract at Ipswich is up? DeVos has been away from his home in Wigan, where he played for the English Second Division team, since May 26. He’s been travelling with Canada’s national team as it begins the qualification process for the World Cup. “The honest answer right now is that I just don’t know what I’m going to do,” said the 30-year-old native of Appin, just west of London. “I’m thinking this may be my last contract in England and if we don’t qualify for the World Cup, I don’t know if I would do it again. “The time you spend away from your family is getting harder… The last three weeks have been the hardest for me. I have a two-year-old at home that I miss terribly. “Alan Shearer (of England) retired from international football because he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. At that time, I didn’t understand. But I do now, I really do. A great many things can happen in professional sports over three years. DeVos is probably more aware of that than most.

Soccer News of Saturday, 19 June 2004
ghanaweb.com – Jun 19, 2004
This Sunday will be one of them. Ghana’s world cup qualifiers got off to another bad start in Ouagadougou two weeks ago but as the Black Stars prepare to face South Africa in the second round of qualifying matches, there will be more than three cup qualifying points at stake. It is a nation’s pride, its past and future at stake. It is a moment too for Ghana toto put the ghost of Bafana Bafana behind them. And in these times, trying to be objective is a hard job even though over the next few paragraphs I will try. From somewhere late last year when the draw for the world cup qualifiers was made, Ghana versus South Africa in Kumasi is all we have waited for… And in these times, trying to be objective is a hard job even though over the next few paragraphs I will try. From somewhere late last year when the draw for the world cup qualifiers was made, Ghana versus South Africa in Kumasi is all we have waited for. Many sports analysts have said group two which also includes Congo DR, Cape Verde and Burkina Faso will be a straight fight between Ghana and South Africa and that one of Africa’s representative at the 2006 world cup will definitely come from one of these two countries. That verdict hasn’t changed even after that bad defeatto Ghana in Burkina Faso two weeks ago. Mamadou Zongo’s goal marked another poor start by the Black Stars in the qualifying campaign but it has not altered the thinking of many that the Black Stars will give Bafana Bafana a fight for the world cup ticket that will go straight down to the wire. For Ghana, the Bafana match will be a perfect opportunity to right a few wrongs. Since South Africa’s re-admission into the international sporting scene, they have always found a wayto inflict pain on Ghana on the football field.

Battle of Luanda: Angola Plan to Torment Eagles Again
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jun 20, 2004
Goncalves, who was promoted to handle the senior national team from being the U-20 and U-23 coach at various times, led the team to win the 2001 edition of the African Youth Championships and his youngsters went on to reach the second round of the World Championship in Argentina same year. The Angolans have never hidden the fact that the sole ticket to the Germany 2006 World Cup is within their reach, a dream they are jealously nurturing carefully. To get to their destination, they lined up several preparatory matches including playing DR Congo, Ghana and Egypt before the away match against Algeria in Annaba on June 4 where they pulled a brilliant 1-1 draw. The result is enough to fire their zeal against a highly rated Super Eagles of Nigeria, whose preparation has not only been haphazard but uncoordinated. Even the manner of travelling arrangement to Luanda was so disjointed. Worse, the new arsenals of the Eagles in Inter Milan’s Obafemi Martins and Batholomew Ogbeche have been ruled out by injury.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jun 21, 2004
David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen are among the stars objecting to the use of their images to market Carlsberg, the Danish beer that is one of the FA’s five commercial partners. The company is finding it increasingly difficult to secure the services of the big-name players, who are reacting to changing social trends and a new culture within football that is less dominated by post-match drinking. The situation is understood to be difficult for the FA, which received £20 million from Carlsberg as part of a £100 million multi-partner sponsorship package that expires after the 2006 World Cup. Under the agreement, the five sponsors are allowed access to at least three members of the England squad at a time on a rotation system. There is already disquiet among some sponsors — particularly Nationwide — about whether they are getting value for money. McDonald’s, Pepsi and Umbro are the other three sponsors. Carlsberg is a principal backer of football, as a Uefa partner and the shirt sponsor of Liverpool… There is already disquiet among some sponsors — particularly Nationwide — about whether they are getting value for money. McDonald’s, Pepsi and Umbro are the other three sponsors. Carlsberg is a principal backer of football, as a Uefa partner and the shirt sponsor of Liverpool. “Someone should point out to Gerrard and Owen what name they are wearing on their chests every week for Liverpool,” a source said. “Do they refuse to play for their club? No, of course not. ” It is generally accepted that the FA partners programme will not be renewed in its present form. The deal, constructed by Adam Crozier when he was FA chief executive, was controversial for its unrealistic expectations about the amount of time England players had outside club and personal commitments.

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