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June 30, 2004

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The News Review:

* Is your country good enough?
* World Cup 2006 | 29.06.2004 Bouncing Czechs and the Legend of…
* Benni: It’s brilliant to be back for Bafana
* Barthez could quit France
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Le Roy ‘to quit’ DR Congo
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Mido out (again)
* 419ers score football lottery winner
* Voeller believes in Hitzfeld
* Your reaction to England’s defeat
* Euro 2004: Hitzfeld the only candidate for Germany job
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Fifa suspends SA referee
* Soccer News of Monday, 28 June 2004
* Beckham portrait defaced
* – OLY – Abdullah makes history at US rowing trials
* The money game

Is your country good enough?
BBC News – Jun 30, 2004
Each week we throw up a different subject to let followers of African football have their say. Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme. Three rounds of the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifying campaign have now been completed. Nigeria top their group, Egypt are struggling and Congo are the surprise leaders of Group One. Are you content or concerned by your country’s start on the journey to Germany 2006?… The Warriors of Zimbabwe are knocking on the door of Germany 2006. We took the sting out of the Wasps in Kigali and we are not expecting anything else but the clipping of the Eagles wings in the National Sports in September. Mutamba, Zimbabwe

It is a fact that there are no more minnows in football. Ask Portugal and France! The likes of Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa have Angola, Ivory Coast and Ghana breathing down their necks. I really fear there’s going to be a casualty amongst the three. I just hope it’s not Nigeria! Chimezie Ezima, Nigeria

Three games, two wins and a draw. Not a 100% performance against the Ivory Coast, but hurray to the Lions for beating the Elephants.

World Cup 2006 | 29.06.2004 Bouncing Czechs and the Legend of…
Deutsche Welle – Jun 29, 2004
The Czech Republic face Greece in a clash of the dark horses and the minnows. With their free-flowing football and even freer-flowing hair, the Czech Republic are the dark horses with luscious manes that are taking the European Championships by storm. The only team to get to the semi-finals with a perfect record of four wins so far, the Czechs are looking to maintain their momentum all the way to the final on Sunday. However, what looks increasingly like one man’s unlikely destiny seems to stand between them and the Henri Delauney trophy. That man is the Greek god they call “Rehhacles. ”

Neither the Czech Republic nor Otto Rehhagel’s Greece were among the favourites at the start of the tournament.

Benni: It’s brilliant to be back for Bafana
Independent Online – Jun 29, 2004
His name was certainly on the lips of the South African football media on Monday, but the words journalists were uttering about him weren’t particularly kind ones, after McCarthy snubbed them following Bafana’s morning training session at Johannesburg Stadium. “Look, I’ve got nothing against anybody,” McCarthy explained. “It’s just that I am not ready to speak to newspapers or television crews. I am here because I want to be focused on what I need to do on the field and I’ll gladly talk after the game… McCarthy is one of those guys you either love or hateWhat can’t be denied, however, is that what he does do on the field is more often than not the difference between Bafana’s collective success or failure. That’s why, whatever your thoughts on his many international retirements, it’s extremely important for Bafana’s 2006 Soccer World Cup cause that “Benni’s in the 18-area” again. “I really don’t know what to expect when I come out to play against Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium on Saturday,” McCarthy told The Star in an exclusive interview. “I don’t know if there will be much sympathy for me, or whether people will be out to try and murder me because of my retiring from international football before the African Nations Cup. But what I can say is that from a footballing perspective, it’s brilliant to be back for Bafana. ”

He opted out of the Nations Cup to further his career at Portuguese club Porto, but has no regrets, as he went on to score 20 league goals to help Porto clinch this season’s Portuguese championship, and another five crucial Uefa Champions League goals which helped them win European club football’s ultimate prize.

Barthez could quit France
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
The defeat followed a poor performance in the 2002 World Cup and Zidane, a World Cup winner in 1998 and European Champion in 2000, said: “It could be the end of a cycle. “We’re all responsible for our elimination, we did not pull together. ”

The 32-year-old Real Madrid star has yet to confirm whether he will lead France’s assault on the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Le Roy ‘to quit’ DR Congo
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
And Le Roy’s comments come just four days before the Congolese play their next Group Two qualifier in the Cape Verde Islands. The French coach told local reporters there was no willingness from officials or the government to provide facilities for the team. The former Cameroon and Senegal manager said that he will leave his post on Wednesday unless he got a clear commitment from the Congolese FA and sports ministry.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Mido out (again)
BBC News – Jun 28, 2004
The Italian has excluded both players from the Pharaohs squad for the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin in Cotonou on 4 July. Mido, who plays for French side Marseille, has not featured in either of the Pharaohs’ two qualifying matches so far. He missed Egypt’s opener against Sudan after not joining the squad in time and then failed to play against the Ivory Coast despite being unexpectedly recalled to the squad. His absence from Tardelli’s latest 24-man selection comes as little surprise given the bitter relationship between the rebellious striker and his coach. The two fell out before the Sudan qualifier when Mido said he was injured but refused to attend a medical check-up for national team players in Cairo.

419ers score football lottery winner
Register – Jun 29, 2004
The Boys from Lagos have cooked up a footballing variant of the familiar lottery ruse in preparation for World Cup 2010, in South Africa. Not even the beautiful game is safe from exploitation by these shameless scammers:From: Gracious Holdings Inc. [mailto:graciousholdings_inc@telstra. com]Sent: 22 June 2004 12:59 document.

Voeller believes in Hitzfeld – Jun 28, 2004
Hitzfeld is torn between making a rapid return to football, after leaving Bayern Munich in May, and spending the next year out of the game, devoting time to his family. Voeller, who resigned the post last week, said: “It’s not my job to pick the new coach of the national team, but I see Ottmar Hitzfeld in a similar light to most experts. Because of his success, his experience, his titles and his manner, Ottmar would surely be a very good and logical solution, particularly as he is available. ”
Filed by Mark O’Neill-Cummins.

Your reaction to England’s defeat
BBC News – Jun 29, 2004
It’s not like he would have saved it anyway. And I’m sick of England going out on penalties. It is the most cruel and unfair way to decide a football match. But I’m sure we will be back for the World Cup in 2006. And before anyone says anything, please don’t blame Beckham this time!.

Euro 2004: Hitzfeld the only candidate for Germany job
Expatica – Jun 29, 2004
“I have been in contact with Ottmar Hitzfeld for a few days. There has been neither direct nor indirect contact with other coaches, incuding Christoph Daum,” Mayer-Vorfelder said in a press release at the former German Euro 2004 camp in Almancil. Mayer-Vorfelder did not give any further details, but sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa, that the tlaks were progressing well. Hitzfeld, however, wants to talk things over with his family, whom he initially promised a break from the job after being forced to leave Bayern Munich last month… “I can not tolerate this on behalf of the league,” Hackmann said at the Euro finals in Portugal. Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge agreed. “He (Mayer-Vorfelder) must work together with Hackmann, (World Cup 2006 organising committee head and DFB board member) Franz Beckenbauer and opinion leaders in the Bundesliga,” said Rummenigge. “He is not acting well from a tactical point of view. Mayer- Vorfelder would be well advised not to do this on his own. ” Mayer-Vorfelder on Saturday slapped an information ban on his search for a new coach, with Hitzfeld considered the favourite but Christoph Daum reportedly a candidate as well. Rummenigge said that a Bundesliga working group on the national team agreed that Daum, a designated Germany coach in 2001 who was then dropped in the wake of a cocaine affair, was not a suitable candidate.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jun 28, 2004
we will see, I don?t know yet. At a certain point one must know it is time to change the personnel. It is of course imperative something changes and to change it one cannot wait till six months before the 2006 World Cup finals. I have not decided yet, I do not know what I am going to do. I will think about it and afterwards we will see. ? Zidane, who like fellow Real superstars David Beckham, Luis Figo and Raul have underperformed at Euro reflecting the dreadful slump their Spanish side had endured from January onwards, said regarding the new coach he had a favourite but was not going to reveal who it was. The favoured two candidates at the moment – though there are nine applicants – are former midfield great Jean Tigana, who coached Monaco to the 1997 title, and Zidane?s fellow World Cup and Euro winning team-mate Laurent Blanc.

Fifa suspends SA referee
BBC News – Jun 30, 2004
Petros Mathebela, one of three Fifa accredited referees arrested in South Africa last week, has been withdrawn from the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifier between Sudan and Libya in Khartoum on Saturday. He will be replaced for the Group Three tie by compatriot Daniel Bennett, Fifa said. Fifa referees Mathebela, Simon Motau and Ronnie Marhule were all arrested last week as part of the investigation codenamed ‘Operation Dribble’, which is looking into widespread match-fixing in the country’s premier league and first division. The trio are among 16 South African referees arrested so far in the ongoing probe. Marhule appeared in court last week while Mathebela and Motau were given bail after their court appearances on Monday… On Monday, two more club officials and another referee were the latest to be arrested. A total of five club officials have now been arrested, all of them from clubs in the country’s first division. The investigation was requested by the South African Football Association several months ago after consistent complaints from clubs over refereeing performances and media outrage at dubious decisions.

Soccer News of Monday, 28 June 2004 – Jun 28, 2004
Last Sunday the Black Stars served notice to South Africa that the days of playing second fiddle are over. And boy did they do it in style. Three unanswered goals in 90 minutes of entertaining football completely dominated by the Ghanaians in their World Cup qualifying match on Sunday brought down the house and left Ghanaians serenading into the wee hours of the night. The result which was characterized by the South African press as humiliation of that nation?s flagship football team brought back the smiles on the faces of all Ghanaians and resurrected our chances of making it to our first ever World Cup, Germany 2006. After making a disastrous outing against our neighbours to the north, Burkina Faso who beat us 1-0 in our very first match of Group B pressure was on Barreto and his players to redeem themselves and they did just that. Udinese-based Sule Muntari set the tone for a harvest of goals when he put the Stars ahead in the 14th minute of the first half. A brace by the captain of the team put the game beyond the reach of the South Africans who were without most of their foreign legion.

Beckham portrait defaced – Jun 29, 2004
It is enormously irritating. We hoped the Academy would inspire everybody to good behaviour. You do not expect people to act like football hooligans – it is very frustrating. “Mr Grob said the Academy had sold around 10 edition prints of the Beckham portrait at £7,500 each, and around 30 smaller versions costing £335 each. The list of the 125 greatest living players to feature in the exhibition was specially selected by Brazilian superstar Pele. It is due to visit 12 other countries, before it finishes in Berlin in time for the World Cup in Germany in 2006… “Mr Grob said the Academy had sold around 10 edition prints of the Beckham portrait at £7,500 each, and around 30 smaller versions costing £335 each. The list of the 125 greatest living players to feature in the exhibition was specially selected by Brazilian superstar Pele. It is due to visit 12 other countries, before it finishes in Berlin in time for the World Cup in Germany in 2006. – OLY – Abdullah makes history at US rowing trials
ESPN – Jun 30, 2004
MacKenzie has overcome three years of adversity to achieve herlifelong dream. She was slowed by Lyme disease in 2001, got cutfrom sculling camp in 2002, and started on the bottom rung at sweepcamp before working her way up to stroking the women’s eight to agold medal in the world championships. In 2003, she missed the world championships with a ruptureddisc. Samsonov and Walton will make their first Olympic appearances. The 23-year-old Samsonov moved the United States from Russia at age14 and gained citizenship in 2001. Borgman and Schlenker are also first-time Olympic qualifiers.

The money game
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jun 28, 2004
However, this is football, so all logic is automatically abandoned. How is it that a manager can be rewarded for failure? Not only is the Swede still in the job after England’s defeat by Portugal, he is getting a pay rise. The FA may have backed itself into a corner over Eriksson’s contract for fear of losing him to Chelsea, but it could have introduced some performance-based caveats. When Karel Brückner can lead the Czech Republic to a European Championship quarter-final on a £70,000-a-year salary and Otto Rehhagel can take Greece to the semi-finals on £490,000, isn’t it about time England got realistic? Top chief executives only get the top dollar if they produce the goods. In a government paper entitled “Rewards for Failure” published last year, the recommendations of best practice included shortening notice periods to one year or less and limiting severance pay. Turning in the equivalent of two profit warnings (Brazil and Portugal) would mean the boot in any company with a decent appraisal of how best to serve its shareholders (the fans)… If Vodafone were Swiss, I’d blame them. DAVID BECKHAM has not only lost his mantle of Asian football icon and the most watched player in the England side, he has also been overtaken by Wayne Rooney as the most searched-for player on the internet. Megasoccer, the world’s only specialist football search engine, has the 18-year-old Everton forward in the top spot, knocking the England captain, Pavel Nedved, Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane down the list. Some consolation for England fans: Rooney also keeps Cristiano Ronaldo, of Portugal, in second place. THE Stadium of Light is 100 per cent more effective for Euro 2004 sponsors than the other tournament venues, according to analysis by Sports Marketing Surveys, a sports and sponsorship research group. During the France v England game, they received 12,000 seconds of exposure compared with 8,597 seconds for the Switzerland group game at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra. The variation is down to a different board layout at the Stadium of Light.

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