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June 24, 2004

Beckenbauer looks to future

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 23.06.2004 Dutch Threaten Bar-Room Brawl at Last…
* Voeller resigns as Germany coach
* Boyz take aim at US
* Beckenbauer looks to future
* Great survivors put to the sword
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Schaefer promises changes
* Rooney gets Pele backing
* Comment: Rooney is ‘the real thing’
* Newcastle to host England
* granma.cu – Five US soldiers killed in Iraq
* Brown still in hot seat
* Galadima’s Threat May Bring FIFA Sanction
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* ESPN.com – MLB – Contreras family reunited
* Taking the heat out of football
* Massive wake-up call for Bafana
* End the soccer saga now, says Sexwale

World Cup 2006 | 23.06.2004 Dutch Threaten Bar-Room Brawl at Last…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 23, 2004
But instead of focusing on a performance to save their campaign, the fractious Oranje are on the verge of an untimely implosion. The Netherlands face the prospect of a very public humiliation in Braga on Wednesday night as the volatile Dutch take on Latvia — and their own inner demons — with a quarter-final place, and more importantly their reputation in the world game, at stake. With one draw and one loss in their unremarkable Euro 2004 campaign so far, the Dutch take on the solid Latvians while stuck in a precarious position. Both teams share the same single point, just one behind Germany with everything to play for. A win for any of the three teams hoping to follow the Czech Republic through to the knock-out phase would be enough as long as their rivals falter. For the Dutch, such a scenario is unthinkable… “If I’d said 10 days ago that now I’d be talking about qualifying for the quarter-finals it would have seemed like a joke,” said coach Aleksandrs Starkovs. The Latvians will not be overawed by the Dutch, he added and that, match by match, his team’s confidence is growing. “We’ve shown we can play big teams,” said Starkovs, whose side could qualify if they beat the Dutch and the Czech Republic do not lose to Germany. “We have a realistic chance to reach the quarter-finals. ”

Latvia relishing every game

“It’s already a victory to still be talking about making it into the last eight before the third group game. We can play attacking football but — as against Germany — we can play defensively and still create more chances than our opponents. ”

“The draw against Germany is without a doubt our most significant international result because it was in an international tournament and because it was against the Germans,” Starkovs said.

Voeller resigns as Germany coach
Expatica – Jun 24, 2004
“The World Cup 2002 was the highlight. It was almost like winning the title,” said Voeller, who announced that he will take some time off before deciding on his future. Hitzfeld, 55, is now finally expected to take the national team job in the buildup for the 2006 World Cup – a difficult task given the lack of classy players especially in midfield and attack. He was already a strong contender in 2000, but was not released by Munich. He is available now after being sacked in Munich last month. “It is natural that the name Hitzfeld will be prominent in all considerations,” said Mayer Vorfelder. After all, Hitzfeld is Germany’s most successful Bundesliga coach.

Boyz take aim at US
Jamaica Gleaner – Jun 22, 2004
Nodley Wright, Freelance Writer,b>LESS THAN a day after disposing of Haiti in the World Cup march to Germany 2004, JFF President Crenston Boxhill says preparations are already under way for Jamaica’s next opponents, the United States. “The work continues on all fronts,” said Boxhill in an interview from his JFF office yesterday. “Our next assignment is the United States in August and we are in discussions with a number of countries regarding preparatory matches for the US game.

Beckenbauer looks to future
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
Germany’s record in the competition so far has been mixed – they were unlucky not to beat Holland in a 1-1 draw, but played very poorly against Latvia and were fortunate to escape in a match that finished 0-0. But there has been clear evidence of a new generation of players on the fringes of the squad – Philipp Lamb, Kevin Kuranyi, and in particular Bayern Munich’s 19-year-old forward Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has impressed coming on as a substitute in both games. “We’re very happy to have him, because he’s one of our hopeful youngsters,” Beckenbauer told BBC World Service’s World Football programme. “But that’s not enough – we need more in the future. I think for the next World Cup in 2006 in Germany, we will see a different team. ”

‘Never trust the Germans’

Many of Germany’s squad are nearing the end of their playing careers, with a number having featured in the side’s last European Championship victory at Euro ’96. Certainly, the likes of Oliver Kahn, Christian Woerns, Fredi Bobic and Christian Ziege are unlikely to be the men that Rudi Voeller – should he stay in the job – will be building his side around in two year’s time… “We’re very happy to have him, because he’s one of our hopeful youngsters,” Beckenbauer told BBC World Service’s World Football programme. “But that’s not enough – we need more in the future. I think for the next World Cup in 2006 in Germany, we will see a different team. ”

‘Never trust the Germans’

Many of Germany’s squad are nearing the end of their playing careers, with a number having featured in the side’s last European Championship victory at Euro ’96. Certainly, the likes of Oliver Kahn, Christian Woerns, Fredi Bobic and Christian Ziege are unlikely to be the men that Rudi Voeller – should he stay in the job – will be building his side around in two year’s time. Beckenbauer said that he thought Germany would be lucky to make the quarter-finals of the current competition, and predicted an England-France final.

Great survivors put to the sword
BBC News – Jun 24, 2004
An example of damning with faint praise was his words about Stuttgart striker Kuranyi, whose radar was trained on anything other than Jaromir Blazek’s goal. “He worked hard but has certain deficiencies when it comes to scoring goals and shooting at goal,” Voeller said. Whoever replaces Voeller and leads Germany into the 2006 World Cup on home soil, will have a major rebuilding job to do. His decision to quit looked inevitable after the game in Lisbon, as a decent but downcast man was clearly pondering his next move. Germany should have won, but they failed against a virtual Czech Republic reserve side. In days gone by victory would have been achieved by whatever means… Ballack was magnificent, carrying his colleagues, scoring and creating – but the lack of
quality around him, especially in attack, and the ponderous nature of the team hardly
bodes well for 2006. Nothing goes on forever, not even that German habit of scrapping their way through to the closing stages of major tournaments. It does not happen often, but Germany now have their noses pressed up against the window as the big players of European football move on into the last eight of Euro 2004. And for Voeller, faced with a painful choice, decided he was not the man to put pride back into a fallen super-power.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Schaefer promises changes
BBC News – Jun 24, 2004
“The attackers I have are doing their best, but we need a natural goal scorer. ”

Schaefer conceded that his team has not shown “great form” in the combined 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign so far. After coming from behind to beat Benin 2-1 in Yaound?, Cameroon were held to a goalless draw in Libya.

Rooney gets Pele backing
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
“This lad has done terrifically well and he’s got an incredible future ahead of him. ”

Ball did not need to add the rider that by time he was Rooney’s age, Pele already had a World Cup winner’s medal. “This tournament will bring him on again and when we’ve qualified for the World Cup in 2006 then you can really make the comparison.

Comment: Rooney is ‘the real thing’
manchesteronline.co.uk – Jun 22, 2004
And that’s where things get really exciting because this current England side, settled and organised despite some midfield flaws and defensive lapses, have shown in this tournament that they are maturing with every game and, what’s more, with perfect timing. Perhaps to seize the trophy on offer here, though Thursday’s quarter-final challenge against hosts Portugal is fraught with danger and France have not yet hit their smoothest gear. Perhaps to fulfil the predictions of increasing football experts who say their peak will arrive at the World Cup in 2006, though there are few certainties in the ebb and flow of professional sport. How ironic, however, that as Rooney’s star rises, along with that of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, Beckham has never seemed a more peripheral figure and Michael Owen, so long the England saviour, has retreated to the shadows. Perhaps it’s just a matter of flavour. After all, Beckham endorses another brand of soft drink. As for Rooney if he continues at this rate he’ll not just be enchanting football fans across the globe, he’ll be teaching the world to sing.

Newcastle to host England
BBC News – Jun 22, 2004
The match is Sven-Goran Eriksson’s last chance to prepare for the start of England’s World Cup qualifiers. “We’re looking forward to playing again in such a magnificent stadium, with such passionate fans,” said Eriksson. Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd added: “We will be very proud to welcome the England national team and our Football Association friends. ”

England begin their campaign to reach the finals in Germany in 2006 when they travel to Austria on 4 September. St James’ Park last hosted an England game when Eriksson’s side beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on 5 September 2001 thanks to goals from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler… “We’re looking forward to playing again in such a magnificent stadium, with such passionate fans,” said Eriksson. Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd added: “We will be very proud to welcome the England national team and our Football Association friends. ”

England begin their campaign to reach the finals in Germany in 2006 when they travel to Austria on 4 September. St James’ Park last hosted an England game when Eriksson’s side beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on 5 September 2001 thanks to goals from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.

granma.cu – Five US soldiers killed in Iraq
Granma International – Jun 22, 2004
?We
lacked wisdom, that?s what a major international
clash gives you,? said team manager Miguel Company
to Granma daily after the return match in
Costa Rica. ?We
suffered from naivety, at times seriously so. But I
believe that Cuban football has grown up, tactically
speaking there?s more discipline, and more flexible
distribution amongst the players on the field,?
added Company. He
summed up the pain of the Cuban players, some of
whom could not hold back their tears after the
qualifying match: ?I feel hurt because I?m a dreamer
and I wanted Cuba to go to the World Cup. ?

With
great difficulty, the Costa Rican squad drew 1-1
with Cuba on June 20 and will continue in the
qualifying rounds for World Cup 2006 following the
initial 2-2 draw in Havana on June 12. In
this crucial game for Costa Rica ? a nation that
stopped in its tracks in order to watch the match ?
the team started off powerfully, closing in on the
Cubans but the first goal only arrived in the 30th
minute when forward Ronald G?mez drove a header to
the left of the goal outplaying Cuban goalie Odel?n
Molina. The
locals picked up the pace with this goal whilst the
Cubans threw themselves into the attack to achieve a
draw in the 45th minute… But I
believe that Cuban football has grown up, tactically
speaking there?s more discipline, and more flexible
distribution amongst the players on the field,?
added Company. He
summed up the pain of the Cuban players, some of
whom could not hold back their tears after the
qualifying match: ?I feel hurt because I?m a dreamer
and I wanted Cuba to go to the World Cup. ?

With
great difficulty, the Costa Rican squad drew 1-1
with Cuba on June 20 and will continue in the
qualifying rounds for World Cup 2006 following the
initial 2-2 draw in Havana on June 12. In
this crucial game for Costa Rica ? a nation that
stopped in its tracks in order to watch the match ?
the team started off powerfully, closing in on the
Cubans but the first goal only arrived in the 30th
minute when forward Ronald G?mez drove a header to
the left of the goal outplaying Cuban goalie Odel?n
Molina. The
locals picked up the pace with this goal whilst the
Cubans threw themselves into the attack to achieve a
draw in the 45th minute. Alain Cervantes received
the ball and took a shot that goalkeeper Ricardo
Gonz?lez was unable to stop. During added time, the locals were unable to take
the lead against the Cuban defense, with goalie
Molina transforming himself into a hero by
deflecting all the rivals? attempts.

Brown still in hot seat
Jamaica Gleaner – Jun 23, 2004
This time, the rumours are just as widespread as they were towards the back-end of the Captain Horace Burrell-led federation. The 1-1 draw against Haiti in the first-leg World Cup qualifying match in Miami brought on the latest wave of rumours, which have grown sharper over the past week despite the Reggae Boyz’ emphatic 3-0 result in Sunday’s return-leg victory over the Caribbean side at the National Stadium. Asked to verify the rumours in a late evening telephone interview yesterday, JFF President Crenston Boxhill said: “Not that I know of. That is just speculation and that speculation has been around even before we came into office… this is just the first step in the very long journey to Germany. “The Haiti games were the first in the World Cup 2006 eliminators for the Reggae Boyz and they have now advanced to a four-nation semi-final group with the United States, El Salvador and Panama. They will play a round robin competition on a home and away basis with the top two qualifying for CONCACAF’s final round six-team play-off from which the top three will automatically earn a berth in Germany. There is talk that given the performance of the team in the Haiti ties though, it is unlikely that Jamaica will achieve its goal. Brown was understudy to Brazilian Rene Simoes, the technical director of the country’s only successful World Cup qualifying series. Asked if he felt the team’s performance under Brown reflected shortcomings that suggested change for a coach with greater international experience, Boxhill did not say yes.

Galadima’s Threat May Bring FIFA Sanction
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jun 22, 2004
Reacting to THISDAYSports’ story of yesterday, a Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mr. Deji Gbadeyan (mni) said in a telephone chat that, “the fact that Galadima was pushed to the wall is no more hidden. He is voicing the frustration of deep government interference in the administration of the game as against the rules, letters and spirit of FIFA has been established and we should expect FIFA’s ban any moment from now. ”
According to the well-informed sports follower: “The fact remains that the Sports Ministry has not given the NFA Board room to operate… Reacting to THISDAYSports’ story of yesterday, a Lagos-based legal practitioner, Mr. Deji Gbadeyan (mni) said in a telephone chat that, “the fact that Galadima was pushed to the wall is no more hidden. He is voicing the frustration of deep government interference in the administration of the game as against the rules, letters and spirit of FIFA has been established and we should expect FIFA’s ban any moment from now. ”
According to the well-informed sports follower: “The fact remains that the Sports Ministry has not given the NFA Board room to operate.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 22, 2004
Kaba Diawara scored in each half as Guinea opened their Group 5 campaign with a 2-1 home win over African champions Tunisia, who set up a thrilling second half when Brahim Dehja reduced arrears in the 53rd minute. Botswana celebrated a rare World Cup victory after beating Malawi 2-0 in Gaborone through first half goals from United States-based striker Diphetogo Selolwane and Nelson Gabolwelwe. The fixture between Morocco and Kenya scheduled for Casablanca was postponed indefinitely as Kenya were banned from international football on June 1 due to government interference in the sport. Brilliant saves by Abdalla al-Ammi kept Cameroon at bay during a 0-0 Group 3 deadlock in Libya and the ?Indomitable Lions? are two points adrift of Ivory Coast, who won 2-1 in Egypt with Aruna Dindane and Didier Drogba on target. Benin were held 1-1 by Sudan in Cotonou with Ahmed al-Sater scoring on the stroke of half-time for the East Africans to cancel the 30th-minute lead Ogoubiyi Mouritala gave the ?Sparrows?. The third round of qualifiers are scheduled for the weekend of July 3-4 and will be dominated by the Group 3 showdown in Yaounde between Cameroon and Ivory Coast, who have never reached the finals. Winners of the five groups qualify for the 2006 World Cup and the top three countries on the final standings in each pool advance to the African Nations Cup in Egypt earlier that year… Benin were held 1-1 by Sudan in Cotonou with Ahmed al-Sater scoring on the stroke of half-time for the East Africans to cancel the 30th-minute lead Ogoubiyi Mouritala gave the ?Sparrows?. The third round of qualifiers are scheduled for the weekend of July 3-4 and will be dominated by the Group 3 showdown in Yaounde between Cameroon and Ivory Coast, who have never reached the finals. Winners of the five groups qualify for the 2006 World Cup and the top three countries on the final standings in each pool advance to the African Nations Cup in Egypt earlier that year.

ESPN.com – MLB – Contreras family reunited
ESPN – Jun 24, 2004
“Her actions show how badly she wants to be here,” Torres said of Contreras’ wife. And Contreras said he felt alone without the family he’d leftbehind. “My dream was to pitch for the Yankees in a World Series,”Contreras said. “Now that my family is here, I’m complete. “Last week, when the Yankees were visiting the.

Taking the heat out of football
BBC News – Jun 23, 2004
A new football shirt, designed by Northumbria University student David Evans, uses sensors to monitor heart and hydration rates. Information is sent to a computer on the team bench, alerting coaches to the player’s condition. Silicon strips are connected to the top of the players’ backs and react to sweat loss to monitor hydration levels. Additionally, a sensor on the shirtsleeve allows the bench to communicate with players out on the pitch by sending radio waves to a transmitter that gives off a small vibration and alerts the player to look towards the dug-out when necessary. The information is sent back to a laptop or PDA handheld computer in the dug-out via a small radio-frequency communication panel at the bottom of the shirt… The design has already received interest from sports manufacturers and David hopes it will be picked up and put into production ready for the 2006 World Cup. David, who is studying a Design for Industry degree, said: “I wanted to look at the possibility of monitoring players out on the pitch and find out when they are at their peak performance levels. “If the coach can see that a player’s heart rate is escalating, it could alert them to make a substitution and protect the player when they are most vulnerable. ”

Prolonged exercise

He added: “I was already interested in designing something along these lines, but when Marc Vivien-Foe had a heart attack on the pitch last year, I realised that this was something which could have a real impact on the game. “Performance can also suffer when players become dehydrated.

Massive wake-up call for Bafana
Independent Online – Jun 22, 2004
I want to get the best group of players, performers for their country, who might not be the best names, but are the best for the job. I’ve got to get that quickly and work with them,” said Baxter. Bafana may be guaranteed an appearance at the 2010 World Cup, but suddenly Germany 2006 looks a whole lot further away.

End the soccer saga now, says Sexwale
Independent Online – Jun 23, 2004
Guilty parties should be prosecuted in order to “clear the air and remove the clouds of uncertainty”, he said on Tuesday. Sexwale is a member of the 2010 World Cup preparations committee. He is also the chairperson of Mvelaphanda Holdings – the company that recently announced a R15-million sponsorship of the national First Division league. He said credit should go to the leadership of South African soccer for bringing the matter to the attention of the police. “The investigation into alleged malpractice and wrongdoing is more than welcome. It is important that the investigation comes at this stage, as it needs to be finalised long before the 2006 and 2010 World Cups… ”

“We owe this not just to the administrators, the players and the spectators, but to the entire nation which has shown how united it is behind the 2010 World Cup,” said Sexwale. He said Mvelaphanda knew the First Division was “fraught with problems” when it chose to become involved in the game. Good corporate governance was now needed in football, he added, with the emphasis on proper professional administrative systems, sound financial controls, and an element of transparency and accountability. “We are confident that the leadership of soccer will put the fundamentals in place in respect to the proper training and monitoring of referees, linesmen and match officials, and other related sports administrators. “We are also confident that new measures have been put into place to strengthen the management and governance of the First Division. ”

He said players, too, needed to resist the temptation to be corrupted. “It is important that soccer players themselves begin to recognise the confidence that our people have in them.

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