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July 3, 2004

Euro 2004: Fresh setback for German football

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The News Review:

* Is Euro 2004 an ad bonanza?
* Bafana get down to business
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
* Euro 2004: Fresh setback for German football
* Milutinovic resigns as Honduras coach
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group Five results
* Ronaldo strikes again
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Aragones becomes new Spanish coach
* Zizi Roberts operated on
* Sponsors count cost of new world order
* BBC NEWS | Middle East | Palestine’s football pride
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA league may be delayed
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Ghana squad named
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Attuquayefio in quit threat
* Scolari inks new contract for two more years as boss
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features

Is Euro 2004 an ad bonanza?
BBC News – Jul 2, 2004
“We have great momentum and this momentum will continue well into 2006 and beyond. ”

Success on the billboards, like on the pitch, requires preparation and a lot of money. Having spent 18 months putting together the current campaign, Adidas is already planning its media assault on the 2006 football World Cup. The company, famous for its three-stripe logo, spends 13% of total group sales on marketing. Last year, that worked out at 807m euros (?541m; $982m), split evenly between advertising and promotion. Greater audience

The Adidas TV ad for Euro 2004 features stars such as England’s David Beckham and Portugal’s Rui Costa. According to industry estimates it cost close to ?1m to produce.

Bafana get down to business
Independent Online – Jul 1, 2004
Not that coach Stuart Baxter will be complaining. No longer did he have to think about a departing Fish or late-coming captains. Finally the focus was on football, and Saturday’s World Cup 2006 qualifier against Burkina Faso. It was somewhat appropriate that Bafana finally trained at Soccer City, though Baxter remained concerned about the state of the pitch come Saturday. “Orlando Pirates are training here this afternoon, we train here tomorrow morning, and Burkina Faso train here on Friday morning. When are they going to get the pitch ready?” he mused.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
BBC News – Jul 2, 2004
“They will be coming at us with everything, but spirit is high in camp and we don’t have any problems,” he said. South Africa coach Stuart Baxter will be without Mark Fish when his side host Burkina Faso in a Group Two tie. Fish surprisingly resigned from international football earlier this week after recent criticism in the media. But there is some better news with the return of Benni McCarthy and that could inspire Bafana Bafana to put a disappointing 3-0 loss in Ghana behind them. In Group Four Nigeria are boosted by the return of captain Jay-Jay Okocha and a return to fitness for striker Obafemi Martins as they play injury-ridden Algeria in Abuja.

Euro 2004: Fresh setback for German football
Expatica – Jul 1, 2004
“This decision has been very, very difficult for me,” said the 55-year-old Hitzfeld, who had been expected to accept the post and coach the national side at the 2006 World Cup, which will be hosted by Germany. “But at this time I’m not in the condition necessary to help the national team prepare for the 2006 World Cup, not in the way I believe is absolutely necessary. ” Hitzfeld, who left Bayern Munich at the end of the season and is free to begin a new job, was the overwhelming favourite to succeed Voeller. He is Germany’s most successful club coach highlighted by European Champions League titles with Bayern Munich in 2001 and Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and a total of six Bundesliga titles during his 12 years at the two clubs. Hitzfeld went on to thank DFB President, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, for the trust he has shown in him. “I had a good talk and we had reached agreement on all the important points,” said Hitzfeld, contradicting slightly the fact that he is not taking up the post.

Milutinovic resigns as Honduras coach
Jamaica Observer – Jul 3, 2004
Milutinovic resigns as Honduras coach – JAMAICAOBSERVER. Honduras are in CONCACAF’s Group B of the semi-final round qualifiers with Canada, Costa Rica and Guatemala ? scheduled to begin on August 18 ? for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. A statement by Milutinovic said: "After careful consideration, I have concluded that the best course of action, for the team, and for me in particular, is to step aside and make way for a new coach to be appointed by the federation. "

"The prevailing atmosphere, created by comments made by the country’s managers, officials and press, have made it impossible for me to carry out my work here," the statement went on to say. The Honduras Football Association said: "Bora’s resignation is a serious blow for Honduran football, but given the federation’s stated objective of leading the team to Germany 2006, we have no choice but to continue fighting and do everything in our power to get there. "

Honduras qualified for the group stages of the region’s qualifiers for Germany 2006 after their 4-0 second-leg win over the Netherlands Antilles on June 18… A statement by Milutinovic said: "After careful consideration, I have concluded that the best course of action, for the team, and for me in particular, is to step aside and make way for a new coach to be appointed by the federation. "

"The prevailing atmosphere, created by comments made by the country’s managers, officials and press, have made it impossible for me to carry out my work here," the statement went on to say. The Honduras Football Association said: "Bora’s resignation is a serious blow for Honduran football, but given the federation’s stated objective of leading the team to Germany 2006, we have no choice but to continue fighting and do everything in our power to get there. "

Honduras qualified for the group stages of the region’s qualifiers for Germany 2006 after their 4-0 second-leg win over the Netherlands Antilles on June 18. The side had narrowly won the away leg 2-1 in the Dutch Antilles the week before.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group Five results
BBC News – Jul 3, 2004
Morocco collected all three points against Botswana with a 1-0 win. Youssouf Mokhtari’s free-kick in the 27th minute gave the Moroccans their first win in the qualifiers. Guinea came away with a point as they ended their game in Malawi locked at 1-1. Guinea were rescued by Kaba Diawara in the latter stages of the game after picking up a long ball from his goalkeeper Kemoko Camara and firing home the equalizer in the 80th minute.

Ronaldo strikes again
BBC News – Jul 1, 2004
He was also involved the quick thinking that led to Maniche’s second that sent Portugal into ectsasy and left Lisbon’s streets jammed with traffic and echoing to the sound of car horns deep into the early hours. Scolari, never a man to miss a gesture, brandished his wedding ring as he talked of the union with Portugal football federation president Gilberto Madail that now looks likely to take him through to the World Cup in Germany in 2006. But it appears it is the marriage between Scolari and the very name Ronaldo that is made in heaven. Ronaldo has grown into the tournament, improving as he has gone along – and even though he lost his compelling battle with England’s Ashley Cole in the quarter-final, the way he never gave up the fight and kept coming back for more was worthy of credit… He was also involved the quick thinking that led to Maniche’s second that sent Portugal into ectsasy and left Lisbon’s streets jammed with traffic and echoing to the sound of car horns deep into the early hours. Scolari, never a man to miss a gesture, brandished his wedding ring as he talked of the union with Portugal football federation president Gilberto Madail that now looks likely to take him through to the World Cup in Germany in 2006. But it appears it is the marriage between Scolari and the very name Ronaldo that is made in heaven. Ronaldo has grown into the tournament, improving as he has gone along – and even though he lost his compelling battle with England’s Ashley Cole in the quarter-final, the way he never gave up the fight and kept coming back for more was worthy of credit.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jul 3, 2004
African champions Tunisia are idle in Group 5 as Kenya are banned due to government interference in football, and any one of Botswana, Guinea, Malawi or Morocco could top the table come Saturday evening. Minnows Botswana host Morocco, runners-up to hosts Tunisia in the 2004 Nations Cup, fresh from an impressive home win over Malawi, who entertain Guinea in Lilongwe. The five group winenrs qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the top three in each pool secure places at the African Nations Cup in Egypt earlier that year.

Aragones becomes new Spanish coach
CNN International – Jul 1, 2004
"I want to confirm that we have decided to appoint Luis Aragones to the post of Spain coach," Federation president Angel Maria Villar told a news conference in Madrid. "He will take charge of the team for approximately the next two years through to the 2006 World Cup. "Villar said Aragones was the consensus choice amongst the nine-man committee. Saez quit following the team’s poor showing at Euro 2004. "The reasons for choosing Luis Aragones were that in the first place he is a magnificent coach," he said. "Secondly he has a great sporting history, third he is very keen to take up the post and fourthly he enjoys the support of all those people connected with Spanish football… Saez quit following the team’s poor showing at Euro 2004. "The reasons for choosing Luis Aragones were that in the first place he is a magnificent coach," he said. "Secondly he has a great sporting history, third he is very keen to take up the post and fourthly he enjoys the support of all those people connected with Spanish football. "Villar added that Mallorca had agreed to release the coach from his present contract. He also said that former coach Saez would be offered the opportunity of supervising the national team’s youth sides, a post similar to the one he occupied before taking up the Spain job. Aragones, who will turn 66 later this month, is the most experienced coach in the Primera Liga, with 757 league games under his belt. He has had spells in charge of leading clubs Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid during his 30-year career as a coach.

Zizi Roberts operated on
BBC News – Jul 1, 2004
“I have been experiencing pain in my knee for a long time but until now I have opted for a conservative course of treatment, including wearing a brace and resting,” he said. So far this season Roberts has made just five appearances for his club and scored a single goal. The striker’s operation comes as a blow to Liberia as they prepare to host Togo on Sunday in a 2006 World Cup qualifier. The Liberia Football Association have been trying to get Roberts to return to the Lone Star squad but the knee injury has prevented him from joining the squad. The striker however refused to rule out a return to the national side. “I hope they can win with flying colours but right now, my priority is to become healthy”. His last appearance for Liberia was last year when he helped the Lone Star qualify for the group stages of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers when they beat the Gambia 3-0 at home.

Sponsors count cost of new world order
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jul 3, 2004
Fifa, world football’s governing body, says it is not concerned about the trend seen at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 of the big teams going out early because of club match fatigue. It does not expect the rise of the young football countries to have a detrimental impact on the value of the 2006 World Cup media rights, which are being marketed at present.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Palestine’s football pride
BBC News – Jul 1, 2004
But Palestine’s football team is involved in a different sort of struggle – qualifying for the World Cup. Palestine was granted nation status by Fifa in 1996, even though there is no Palestinian state. They remain in a strong position to qualify for the 2006 tournament in Germany, having beaten Taiwan 8-0, drawn 1-1 with Iraq and lost 3-0 to Uzbekistan, who currently top the group. For many of the players, being able to represent Palestine is a political statement. “In my first game, when we sang the national anthem, I could feel my body shiver,” goalkeeper Ramzi Saleh told BBC World Service’s Playing for Palestine programme.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | SA league may be delayed
BBC News – Jul 2, 2004
Newspaper reports suggest match-fixing is not confined to Premiership games, but also involves cup ties and matches in the first division. Reports claim referees have received up to US $6,500 to rig
matches by awarding dubious goals and penalties as well as key players being unfairly expelled. Among the referees arrested were Petrus Mathabela, Simon Motau
and Ronnie Marhule, who are on a panel chosen by world football
governing body FIFA to control international fixtures this year. Mathabela has been dropped as referee of a 2006 World Cup
qualifier between Sudan and Libya in Omdurman this weekend with
compatriot Daniel Bennet taking over. It is alleged match-fixing in South Africa has been taking place
for several years. Police say they are poised to arrest a ‘mastermind’, widely reported to be a member of Safa… Reports claim referees have received up to US $6,500 to rig
matches by awarding dubious goals and penalties as well as key players being unfairly expelled. Among the referees arrested were Petrus Mathabela, Simon Motau
and Ronnie Marhule, who are on a panel chosen by world football
governing body FIFA to control international fixtures this year. Mathabela has been dropped as referee of a 2006 World Cup
qualifier between Sudan and Libya in Omdurman this weekend with
compatriot Daniel Bennet taking over. It is alleged match-fixing in South Africa has been taking place
for several years. Police say they are poised to arrest a ‘mastermind’, widely reported to be a member of Safa.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jul 2, 2004
South African Football Association national teams director Barney Kujane said Burkina Faso were taken to their hotel soon after landing at the Johannesburg International Airport. They play Bafana Bafana at FNB Stadium tomorrow in a match that the South Africans have to win at all costs in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Germany and Nations Cup in Egypt in 2006 alive. It will be the South Africans’ third qualifying match. They beat Cape Verde Islands 2-1 in Bloemfontein, but went on to suffer a 3-0 humiliating defeat to Ghana in the second match in Kumasi three weeks ago… South African Football Association national teams director Barney Kujane said Burkina Faso were taken to their hotel soon after landing at the Johannesburg International Airport. They play Bafana Bafana at FNB Stadium tomorrow in a match that the South Africans have to win at all costs in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Germany and Nations Cup in Egypt in 2006 alive. It will be the South Africans’ third qualifying match. They beat Cape Verde Islands 2-1 in Bloemfontein, but went on to suffer a 3-0 humiliating defeat to Ghana in the second match in Kumasi three weeks ago. -Sapa

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BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Ghana squad named
BBC News – Jul 1, 2004
The Black Stars squad has been training in Mozambique for the past 10 days and is due to arrive in Uganda on Friday. The Ghana Football Association’s Protocol Officer, Alexander Asante, said that the team that will once again be led by Stephen Appiah of Juventus in Italy. The squad boasts a wealth of talent from all over Europe, including veteran Bayern Munich defender Sammy Kuffour. Both Kuffour and Appiah were part of the Black Stars side held to a 1-1 draw by Uganda in Kumasi last year in a 2004 African Cup of Nations qualifier… The Black Stars squad has been training in Mozambique for the past 10 days and is due to arrive in Uganda on Friday. The Ghana Football Association’s Protocol Officer, Alexander Asante, said that the team that will once again be led by Stephen Appiah of Juventus in Italy. The squad boasts a wealth of talent from all over Europe, including veteran Bayern Munich defender Sammy Kuffour. Both Kuffour and Appiah were part of the Black Stars side held to a 1-1 draw by Uganda in Kumasi last year in a 2004 African Cup of Nations qualifier. The Cranes also managed a shock win over Ghana in the opening game of the same qualifying campaign. The US-based defender Suleiman Tenywa is likely to miss the game as the Uganda Football Association have failed to get in touch with him.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Attuquayefio in quit threat
BBC News – Jul 2, 2004
The Ghanaian is currently back at home in Accra as the Squirrels prepare to take on Egypt in a 2006 World Cup qualifier in Cotonou on Sunday without him. He confirmed that he will not be in charge for the game against Egypt as a protest over the terms and conditions of his current contract. “My contract terms have not been fulfilled and there are a lot of issues that need to be looked at,” he told BBC Sport. “But it appears no one is interested and therefore I have no choice but to protest by coming home. “I hope that having made my point clear, they will call me back if they still want me,” Attuquayefio said.

Scolari inks new contract for two more years as boss
chinadaily.com.cn – Jul 2, 2004
And later that night he led the hosts to their first major final. “I have a message for my friends,” the Brazilian announced to cheers after
Portugal’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals at Euro 2004. “The president of the Portuguese football association has been talking about
our marriage. I have here the ring and I say ‘yes’ to two more years. ”
Scolari took charge of the Portuguese team after guiding his native Brazil to
victory in the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002. Brazil beat Germany
2-0 in the final on June 30. Unlike Brazil, Portugal have no history of success at full international
level and Scolari said he rated his achievement at Euro 2004 with his adoptive
country even more highly… “Brazil had been world champions four
times before I arrived and they had nothing to do with me. “Portugal have never reached a final so in terms of my CV and of personal
satisfaction this is even more important. ”
Meanwhile, Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat is likely to stand down after
Wednesday’s defeat, even though he has a contract that runs to the 2006 World
Cup. The vastly experienced 56-year-old has run out of patience with the bitter
criticism of his tactics, some of it of an unpleasantly personal nature, from a
country where expectations outrun reality and everyone is an expert. “I know that in my job there always is criticism and I accept that. But some
people violated every rule of decent behaviour without realizing what their
pronouncements meant to the people back home,” he said in an emotional outburst
in the build-up to Wednesday’s game. “It all went much too far.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Jul 2, 2004
The vaunted Atlas Lions arrived in Gaborone two days ahead of match to
acclimatise themselves with the weather here before the game that is
expected to thrill spectators. The game will also test the competitiveness of the Zebras in international
soccer, particularly against Africa's greatest football nations. Coach Jelusic Veselin told BOPA after a Wednesday morning training session
that despite minor injuries in the team the Zebras were not intimidated by
the Atlas Lions who were expected to be at full strength. Morocco has
brought all its best players.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jul 2, 2004
Round robinThe tournament will see both European sides take on Japan and each other in a three-sided tournament. Japan play Slovakia in the opening game in Hiroshima while the two European sides will go head-to-head two days later before the hosts play Serbia and Montenegro in the final game on 13 July. Real valueWhile there is an €80,000 prize on offer for the winning side, the European sides may find the real value of competing is getting extra practice ahead of the start of the qualifying campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Great preparation”We will not travel to Japan as tourists, but as serious contenders,” said Serbia and Montenegro coach Ilija Petkovic. “Aside from the friendly international against Slovenia on 18 August, this tournament will be the real warm-up for the start of the World Cup qualification [campaign]. “Youth opportunitiesPetkovic has named six players from the Serbia and Montenegro squad who finished as runners-up at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship in his party for Japan, including Vladimir Stojkovic, Djordje Jokic, Bojan Neziri, Milos Maric and Simon Vukcevic, none of whom have been capped for the senior team. Fellow debutants”I want to give a chance to young players who have shown great quality in Germany,” explained the coach, who also chose U21 star Danko Lazovic in his squad… Slovak perspective”Players need to gain confidence on the international scene and the Kirin Cup is gives us this opportunity,” said Slovakia coach Dušan Galis who has named a 25-man party to travel to Japan, many of whom will be making their first steps on the international scene. No promises”I do not want to talk about the outcome of the tournament, but I promises that we will play in our best,” added the coach. “We are expecting a good tournament with high-quality football. Our opponents are very good teams and it will be a great challenge. ”
Serbia and Montenegro squadJevric, Banovic, Stojkovic, Sarac, Pantic, Neziri, Jokic, Dudic, Vukmir, Petkovic, Mladenovic, Ilic, Maric, Vukcevic, Zajic, Markoski, Milosevic, Kolakovic, Lazovic, Jestrovic, Boskovic. Slovakia squadContofalský, Perniš, Poljovka, Doležaj, Borbély, Durica, Škrtel, Cech, Sninský, Belák, Žofcák, Urban, Zošák, Dovicovic, Reiter, Babnic, Kiška, Breška, Mucha, Števko , Poncák, Hricko, Onofrej, Šebo, Krejcí.

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