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July 6, 2004

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Okocha in new team plea
* Wenger approached by German Federation
* Blatter rejects Kenya request
* World Cup 2006 | 07.06.2004 Beckham’s Abdication Leaves No Hair…
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group One results
* France name new boss on Friday
* Dutch coach Advocaat has resigned
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Liberia stoned by fans
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* Kalusha’s trip 11 years on
* A force of physical and mental strength
* Greece didn’t nick title – we deserved it, says Dabizas
* Palios: England needs winter break
* Sudan dismiss Wazarek
* Why Baxter is smiling again
* SI.com – Soccer – Portugal’s golden generation just misses glory …
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal | Figo weighing up options

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Okocha in new team plea
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
“Many of us have been on holiday and, honestly, we simply were not fit for the match,” Okocha said on Monday. “Our fans should please show some understanding because we didn’t play as expected. “It’s the desire to win and respect we
have for the fans that kept us going in the game. ”

Defender Joseph Yobo headed the winner for Nigeria after 85 minutes to put Nigeria top of Group four with six points, one more than Zimbabwe and Angola.

Wenger approached by German Federation
rte.ie – Jul 6, 2004
The 54-year-old Gunners manager, whose contract at Highbury runs to 2006, was “surprised but non-commital” according to news agency Reuters. Franz Beckenbauer, head of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, has already proposed Wenger and Dutch-born Guus Hiddink, currently at PSV Eindhoven, as canditates to lead Germany to the 2006 World Cup. Hiddink led unfancied South Korea to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals four years after leading Holland to the 1998 World Cup semis… The 54-year-old Gunners manager, whose contract at Highbury runs to 2006, was “surprised but non-commital” according to news agency Reuters. Franz Beckenbauer, head of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, has already proposed Wenger and Dutch-born Guus Hiddink, currently at PSV Eindhoven, as canditates to lead Germany to the 2006 World Cup. Hiddink led unfancied South Korea to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals four years after leading Holland to the 1998 World Cup semis. Both Wenger and Hiddink speak German. Greece have already warned Germany about trying to poach their German coach Otto Rehhagel after he led them to their Euro 2004 triumph. Filed by Brendan Cole.

Blatter rejects Kenya request
BBC News – Jul 6, 2004
Officials from Fifa, the KFF and the Kenyan government are all expected at Fifa House on Friday, and Blatter asked Ayacko to name a representative from his ministry should he not be able to make the trip. Balala disbanded the KFF executive committee in March because of what he said was mismanagement and corruption. Kenya’s suspension from international football means the national team’s 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers have been postponed. The Harambee Stars were supposed to have played Guinea, Morocco and Tunisia since early June, but these Group Five matches have been delayed. Friday’s meeting is expected to find a solution to the impasse within Kenyan football and define a roadmap which will bring Group Five up to date.

World Cup 2006 | 07.06.2004 Beckham’s Abdication Leaves No Hair…
Deutsche Welle – Jul 6, 2004
Unless he decides to wear a curly wig or attach a stick-on ponytail to his bald pate, David Beckham will not be making any headlines this year with his latest hairstyle. Reverting back to the shaven headed look of 2001, the England captain will not be the focus of these European Championships when it comes to tresses. Gone are the extreme Mohawks of the pre-World Cup games of 2002 and the rooster cut of the tournament itself, Becks will have to stand aside this time to let a new King of the Coiffeur take center stage in Portugal. But who could carry such a weight? Beckham was more than man enough to take on the mantle once held by Ruud Gullit’s Rasta mop, the perennial perm of Rudi Völler and the rat tail of Roberto Baggio. In fact, no other footballer has ever inspired so many copycat hair atrocities. There were even reports that female fans in Japan were styling their pubic hair in the style of the Becks Mohawk. Sadly, there seems to be very few stars at Euro 2004 willing to let their hair down or inspire trends to such an extreme… Posh on England’s South African tour last year. Maybe someone like veteran Latvia defender Mihails Zemlinskis, with his Eastern European “soccer shocker” mullet, could play Prince Regent until a worthy successor comes along. The football may end up being breath-taking in Portugal but Euro 2004 looks set to be devoid of any hair-inspired highlights.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Group One results
BBC News – Jul 4, 2004
Oscar Mamouna got the only goal, picking up a long ball from his own goalkeeper and firing home at the other end. It was one of the few bright spots in a generally poor encounter. The result left Mali – semi-finalists at the African Nations Cup earlier this year – rock bottom of the group. In Monrovia, Liberia drew a very poor match against Togo.

France name new boss on Friday
rte.ie – Jul 5, 2004
“Nothing has been decided yet. It’s a very difficult choice because all the contenders have a lot of qualities,” Simonet was quoted as saying by sports daily L’Equipe. France begin their 2006 World Cup qualifiers in September and are grouped with Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands. Filed by Mark O’Neill-Cummins.

Dutch coach Advocaat has resigned
CNN International – Jul 6, 2004
When people talk about stoning and hanging you, I don’t find that normal any more. In such an atmosphere you can hardly work any more. "The 56-year-old started his coaching career in amateur football, before graduating to become assistant national coach under Rinus Michels. He later took charge and guided the Netherlands to the World Cup finals in 1994 but stepped aside later that year. He has had successful spells in club football with PSV Eindhoven and Rangers… In such an atmosphere you can hardly work any more. "The 56-year-old started his coaching career in amateur football, before graduating to become assistant national coach under Rinus Michels. He later took charge and guided the Netherlands to the World Cup finals in 1994 but stepped aside later that year. He has had successful spells in club football with PSV Eindhoven and Rangers.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Liberia stoned by fans
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
The Lone Star team had to be escorted from the stadium in Monrovia by an armoured personnel carrier. Both sides now have four points from their opening three matches in the campaign with Togo ahead of Liberia with a better goal difference. Togo seemed to be happy with the result away from home despite a match in which the team had dominated the first half. “Liberia have a good team and the game was okay, we played, but we couldn’t score,” said Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jul 6, 2004
“Necessary attributesHe added: “Spain might not be Brazil but with the physical strengths and quality that we do possess, we have all the attributes necessary to play good football and that is what I want to see with the Spanish squad. “First challengeAragonés’ first challenge will be a friendly against Venezuela in Las Palmas on 18 August. The match will serve as a warm-up to their FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 8 September. All rights reserved.

Kalusha’s trip 11 years on
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
It was a question of flight connections. We would have lost three days either way if we had gone back to Zambia. ”

Those six extra days of training were not quite enough for Zambia to continue their impressive start to the 2006 combined Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers. Senegal’s teenage striker Babacar Gueye scored after 20 minutes, and though the young Zambians created a host of second half chances, they were unable to convert any of them. Bwalya is in the process of introducing fresh new talent to the national side, and Zambia are likely to be a force in continental football in the years to come. Back in the present though, did ‘King Kalu’ find the trip to Senegal difficult?

“Not much,” he said. “We have played against Senegal since then, in Ivory Coast and in Zambia.

A force of physical and mental strength
Jamaica Observer – Jul 6, 2004
BA: Do you get homesick when playing for your English Club?RF: Not really I’ve been there for five years now. BA: Do you think Jamaica’s football is anywhere near the level of professionalism in Europe?RF: Hell No! Nowhere near! Considering wages, organisation, facilities, training, just about everything. Jamaican football has a lot of developing to do. BA: With the 2006 Germany World Cup just around the corner, do you think the Boyz have a chance of qualifying for the competition under the direction of new technical director Carl Brown?RF: Yes, I do. BA: How do you feel about Brown?
RF: Obviously some people don’t like him, but at the end of the day he is the coach and I am the player and I am a professional. We (Reggae Boyz) give him our all and he knows how to motivate us. BA: What factors got you to where you are now?RF: Persistence.

Greece didn’t nick title – we deserved it, says Dabizas
Edinburgh Evening News – Jul 5, 2004
On many occasions, we have scored from set pieces. He may have been criticised for his defensive tactics but he has proved what a great coach he is because he is a winner. ” Greece will now be confident of reaching the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, after being paired in a tough-looking group which includes the likes of Denmark, Turkey and Ukraine. “The important thing now is to maintain this level,” said Dabizas. “We are in a difficult group for the World Cup qualifying stages but we want to go to Germany and play against the best teams. I believe we have the right ingredients to produce the same results that we have done in Portugal. ” Greece coach Rehhagel side-stepped questions as to whether he would now be lured into becoming the new Germany boss ahead of the 2006 World Cup in his homeland… We are off to the hotel to celebrate this victory and there is no place for any other words,” he insisted. Rehhagel then added: “Sport speaks for itself. It is amazing how football has managed to unite all Greeks, something that politics is unable to do. “I would like to thank the team and everyone involved. We have worked hard over the past three years to develop the team and now you see the results. ” While Rehhagel will inevitably again be criticised for his defensive tactics, Charisteas had repaid his faith with the 57th-minute headed winner from a corner – his third goal of the tournament. “Perhaps his manager at Werder Bremen preferred other players but I have counted on him since the start and we have just seen the result of that,” he declared.

Palios: England needs winter break
go.com – Jul 4, 2004
England, under coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, reached the quarter-finals afterlosing to the host nation following a penalty shoot-out. The players were said to be tired and jaded after a hard season. Palios believes there is a need for change ahead of the World Cup finals inGermany in 2006 – the qualifiers begin in September. ‘I have been speaking to people at UEFA and they feel the gap betweenEuropean competitions and the European Championship is too small,’ he told BBCRadio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. ‘From a medical and technical point of view there is not sufficient a gap toenable top players to come to a tournament fresh. ‘Everyone knows Sven believes (a mid-season break) is part of the answer. ‘Indeed all the Premiership clubs know this would be beneficial to them inthe quest for Champions League success.

Sudan dismiss Wazarek
BBC News – Jul 6, 2004
Less than 24 hours earlier, the FA had told the Pole his job was safe despite a second home defeat in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday. “We believe that Wazarek did his best and that there was no more he could do,” Shams Magdi El Din, general secretary of the Sudan FA, told BBC Sport. El Din, who previously declared his federation had no intentions to change the team’s technical staff, explained why the body changed its mind. “We had to take such a step,” the general secretary explained. “Wazarek was working under tremendous pressure and we realized it was impossible for him to stay in such a hostile environment… ”

El Din also clarified that his federation was able to reach a settlement with the Pole to terminate his contract. “We reached an amicable agreement and we thanked him for his efforts,” El Din said. The Sudanese FA took its action after angry football fans, the media as well as authorities demanded Wazarek’s dismissal. Khartoum-based newspaper Ahkbar Alyoum revealed that the country’s FA is currently looking for a successor to the Polish coach. The newspaper tipped the Brazilian Branco, a former coach of club Hilal, and local coach Mohamed Abdalla Mazda as the main contenders for the job. Sudan are the only team yet to collect a single point from their home matches in the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Sudanese lost 3-0 to Egypt in their opening game, 1-0 to Libya in their next home qualifier after drawing with Benin in Cotonou.

Why Baxter is smiling again
Independent Online – Jul 5, 2004

In the other results from Bafana’s Group Two, Ghana, seeking a first appearance at the soccer World Cup, drew 1-1 in Uganda thanks to a late Asamoah Gyan equaliser after David Obua broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime. Cape Verde conceded a first minute goal to Alain Kavuyituka as DR Congo put uncertainty over the future of French coach Claude le Roy behind them, but Jimmy Modeste levelled midway through the opening half on the Atlantic archipelago. In results from other World Cup qualifying groups, African football giants Nigeria and Senegal rose from the canvas on Saturday to deliver knockout blows and enhance their prospects for Germany in 2006. After second round group losses two weeks ago, Nigeria and Senegal could not afford to slip at home, but success came only after much perspiration in front of their anxious supporters. Nigeria left it late against an understrength but spirited Algeria in Abuja as defender Joseph Yobo from English Premiership club Everton scored the only goal with five minutes left, heading a corner past Mohamed Benhamou. Victory lifted the Super Eagles above early Group Four pacesetters Angola into first place with six points. Zimbabwe and Angola have five, Rwanda three and Algeria and Gabon two.

SI.com – Soccer – Portugal’s golden generation just misses glory …
SI.com – Jul 4, 2004
He then kept on winning until Sunday’s final. Scolari part of Portuguese family despite defeat LISBON (Reuters) — Luiz Felipe Scolari could not lead Portugal to the Euro 2004 title they craved but the wily Brazilian can still be proud of his achievement in taking his adopted country so close to glory. Eighteen months ago, with the country still smarting from a dismal World Cup campaign, the Portuguese Football Association took the gamble of asking Scolari to try and repeat his success in leading Brazil to their fifth world title. That looked an unwise decision when outsiders Greece inflicted a traumatic defeat on the hosts in the opening match of Euro 2004 and Scolari woke the next day to headlines questioning his decision-making, temperament and tactics. Four games and four victories later, Portugal were through to a major final for the first time, Scolari had accepted a two-year extension to his contract and his status as a national hero was secured. In the end, there was to be no glorious finale, with Greece snatching a 1-0 win on Sunday they deserved for their awesome strength in defence. The 55-year-old Scolari once had a reputation for employing bullying tactics in his native Brazil and to an outsider he still seems to have something of the bruiser about him.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jul 5, 2004
After second round group losses two weeks ago, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa could not afford to slip at home, but success came only after much perspiration before anxious supporters. Nigeria left it late against understrength but spirited Algeria in Abuja as defender Jospeh Yobo from English Premiership club Everton scored the only goal with five minutes left, heading a corner past Mohamed Benhamou. Victory lifted the Super Eagles above early Group 4 pacesetters Angola into first place with six points. Zimbabwe and Angola have five, Rwanda three and Algeria and Gabon two.

BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | Portugal | Figo weighing up options
BBC News – Jul 5, 2004
The Real Madrid player was devastated after the loss at the hands of Greece but said that he might stay on until the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The 31-year-old said: “Now is not the moment to talk about my future. First of all I need to rest and think and then I will make a decision. ”

Rui Costa has already decided to retire and Fernando Couto may also quit. Lazio defender Couto, 34, said: “We have to look to the future and forget this game because we have proved that this team has quality but I have not decided what do myself yet.

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