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July 12, 2004

Eriksson drops Sweden hint

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The News Review:

* Rehhagel snubs Germany
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Minister demands changes
* Mourinho accused of telling lies by Mutu
* Eriksson drops Sweden hint
* Germany struggling to find new coach
* France set to name coach
* Blatter renews World Cup direct-entry promise for Oceania
* Gascoigne eyes Stockport job
* Taneo: God is Greek
* Mali’s low-flying Eagles
* SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Bayern boss says Ballack staying – Monday…
* SI.com – Soccer – Neighbors Argentina, Uruguay play for quarterfinal…
* New hi-tech football shirt that alerts managers to players heart rate…
* Burst-ball protest
* ESPNsoccernet – World – Copa America: Peru makes final eight
* Eagles Need A Foreign Technical Adviser Now — Mastoroudes
* Mexico demands and Lavolpe delivers

Rehhagel snubs Germany
BBC News – Jul 10, 2004
Rehhagel follows former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld in rejecting the 2006 World Cup hosts. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also ruled himself out after informal talks with DFB vice-president Franz Beckenbauer. The Greek Football Federation (EPO) was always confident Rehhagel would stay in the post and try to guide them to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Minister demands changes
BBC News – Jul 12, 2004
“The government cannot be an observer in matters that affect citizens,” Ayako said. “This is not a committee where resolutions will be sorted out by voting, it is a committee where issues will be sorted out by consensus,
negotiations and compromise. ”

Meanwhile, Kenya’s national side look set to start training once again as it looks to regain its place in the qualifying rounds for the 2006 World Cup finals, according to Keino. “Harambee Stars will resume training this week for the first match on 4 September,” he said. Kenya are due to play Malawi on that date and so far the side has missed games against Guinea, Morocco and Tunisia in Group Five of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. “Fifa is keen to assist us in building a strong football base. There
is a lot of money available for youth development,” said Keino… “Harambee Stars will resume training this week for the first match on 4 September,” he said. Kenya are due to play Malawi on that date and so far the side has missed games against Guinea, Morocco and Tunisia in Group Five of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. “Fifa is keen to assist us in building a strong football base. There
is a lot of money available for youth development,” said Keino.

Mourinho accused of telling lies by Mutu
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 10, 2004
“The governing bodies generate vast amounts of revenue through an asset they get for free. ” FIFA are opposed to clubs receiving any compensation and, as a mark of his total rejection of the proposal, Blatter has cut off contact with the G14 group. Meanwhile, FIFA are set to impose a break of three-and-a-half weeks for players ahead of the next World Cup finals in 2006 as they attempt to tackle the problem of “player burn-out”. Their major worry is that, by being made to play too many games, top performers will be forced into premature retirement. Under the proposals, which FIFA plan to ratify in December, national associations will have to end their domestic league and cup schedules by May 14, 2006. There would then be an eight-day rest period before players join their national sides for 17 days of preparation, leading up to the start of the tournament in Germany on June 9. Andy Cole, the Fulham striker, has been banned for a further three games and handed a £10,0000 fine plus costs after he was found guilty by the Football Association of violent conduct and abusing a match official in an ill-tempered game at West Bromwich Albion last month.

Eriksson drops Sweden hint
BBC News – Jul 11, 2004
The England boss made the comment at a leadership seminar after he had appeared as a guest at the Swedish Open tennis tournament in Bastad. “I would like to coach Sweden at some point,” he said. “But before doing that I would prefer to be a coach for a club and feel the atmosphere of the dressing rooms. ”

However, Eriksson confirmed his desire to see out his contract with the Football Association, which ends in 2008… ”

However, Eriksson confirmed his desire to see out his contract with the Football Association, which ends in 2008. “Sweden have just changed coach, with Tommy Soderberg stepping down and Roland Andersson joining Lars Lagerback, so I do not think Sweden’s FA is even thinking about making a new change,” he added. “When thinking about football, the big thing is to take England to the next World Cup in Germany, not to look for some other job. ”

Eriksson took the England job in 2001 and has been linked with a variety of clubs since then, including Chelsea and Real Madrid. England have only lost three competitive matches under Eriksson’s leadership and reached the Euro 2004 quarter-finals before losing to Portugal on penalties.

Germany struggling to find new coach
Expatica – Jul 12, 2004
The German Football Federation (DFB) – itself embroiled in a power struggle – seems to have run out of candidates for the job after Rehhagel’s surprise snub in a telephone conservation Saturday with DFB vice-president Franz Beckenbauer. Rehhagel was regarded in Germany as almost certain to leave the Greek national side he had just coached to the Euro 2004 title for the honour of leading his home country to the next World Cup, which Germany is hosting. Reports said the DFB was prepared to pay him EUR five million for the next two years, a sum he could have increased considerably in sponsoring and marketing deals. But the 65-year-old coach said he wanted to finish the job he had started with the Greeks, fulfilling his contract until 2006 with the Greek federation EPO.

France set to name coach
BBC News – Jul 12, 2004
The announcement – to be made by FFF chairman Claude Simonet – is expected to be made at 1000 BST in Paris. After interviewing six candidates, including ex-England boss Glenn Hoddle, the FFF has a shortlist of three. The list comprises of ex-international Laurent Blanc, former Fulham manager Jean Tigana and former France Under-21 coach Raymond Domenech. Hoddle’s chances ran into trouble when his interview with Simonet revealed an alleged unwillingness to work closely with FFF technical director Aime Jacquet… Tigana, 48, was part of the team that won France’s first European title in 1984, playing alongside Michel Platini, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse. Blanc has no coaching experience, while Tigana took Monaco to the French title in 1997 and steered Fulham into the Premiership in 2001. France begin their 2006 World Cup qualifiers in September and are grouped with the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, Cyprus and the Faroe Islands.

Blatter renews World Cup direct-entry promise for Oceania
Jamaica Observer – Jul 10, 2004
He said that had been rectified with the appointment of Reynald Temarii of Tahiti as president and a much better organisational base in the Oceania Football Confederation. “I’m sure this time it will work,” Blatter said. “When I became the president of FIFA, I said I would bring the World Cup to Africa. I was not successful the first time, but I was successful the second time,” he said. The 2010 World Cup will be played in Africa. “When I say now we go again to work for a direct entry (for Oceania) it must be, and I am sure the spirit of the executive committee of FIFA (will be different),” Blatter said.

Gascoigne eyes Stockport job
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 12, 2004
Sir Trevor Brooking yesterday called for football’s governing bodies to issue clear guidelines to teams over how to react in the face of racist abuse. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was among those who said he would have backed England’s players had they walked off the pitch during their controversial friendly in Spain. But in the absence of any official statement, Brooking – the Football Association’s director of football development – believes confusion could surface. Brooking, speaking at the FA’s second annual Football for All conference at Valley Parade in Bradford, said: “To walk off is to duck the issue to a certain extent, but it is up to the authorities to decide. ”Portsmouth striker Lomana Tresor LuaLua has been charged with abusive behaviour by the FA. The charge relates to gestures made towards the crowd during the match at Middlesbrough on Oct 24. Sunderland’s Steven Caldwell has had his sending off against West Ham on Saturday rescinded by the FA… Norwich City midfielder Damien Francis is trying out a face mask to see if he will be comfortable enough to play. Francis fractured his cheekbone in a training collision with Leon McKenzie. Deutche Bahn AG, the German rail company, have been confirmed as the sixth and final domestic sponsor for the 2006 World Cup. The sponsorship from Deutsche Bahn completes the 60 million euro (£41 million) package for the World Cup.

Taneo: God is Greek
sunstar.com.ph – Jul 12, 2004
Only Russia had beaten Greece, 2-1, when the latter had already qualified for the quarterfinal round, but the way the Greeks played, even the surprisingly underachieving Italians and Germans couldn?t have beaten the Greeks. By dint of hard work and teamwork, the Greeks, eschewing the fantastical and the poetic, ran roughshod over the opposition by scoring a mere seven points in six games. Get to the average and it almost validates the contention that football is a boring low-scoring sport. But this boring low-scoring sport has got the sporting world by the cojones. No other sport can get 200,000 people in one place bounded by walls… And whatever it is that made the Greeks win over superior (on paper at least) sides, not even those victorious Spartans and Trojans? descendants could fully explain besides attributing it to hard work, hunger and a Colossus-like luck. Those cynical but clinical bookies are not convinced and are sure not to give Greece anything higher than 30-1 odds of duplicating their Euro win in the Fifa World Cup two years from now in Germany. Those efficient Germans, hosts of the 2006 World Cup, will be there higher on the totem pole. The disappointed Italians, Spaniards and Dutch will be back not so much for payback but for self-confidence recoup. The always-brilliant-even-when-bad Brazilians will defend the title. The 18-carat gold Jules Rimet trophy and the precious claim that ?God is Brazilian.

Mali’s low-flying Eagles
BBC News – Jul 11, 2004
Yet the news is not nearly as astonishing as the fact that Moizan was given the job in the first place. Moizan was not even a smudge on the horizon of the Malian sporting public’s eye when the FMF began casting around for a successor to Frenchmen Henri Stambouli… Secondly, Moizan had a powerful backer for Bamako-born France legend Jean Tigana, who has great clout in Malian sporting circles, was a former team-mate of Moizan’s in the French national team. What is more, Moizan was said to have been determined to put one over the Senegalese, who are in Group One of the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside Mali. Moizan had applied several times to coach the Dakar Lions, only to be met with a firm refusal on each occasion. Ironically, the French coach was sacked before he even got to lead the Eagles against Senegal – with Mali’s next game coming against the Lions in September. But when Moizan was appointed national coach in April, his evident determination – coupled with Tigana’s support – were enough to convince the FMF.

SI.com – Soccer – Germany: Bayern boss says Ballack staying – Monday…
SI.com – Jul 12, 2004
"It’s extremely important that our coach has decided to stay, it gives the national team the stability it needs," said inspirational central defender Traianos Dellas. Midfielder Costas Katsouranis said: "We feel that we are continuning as a family," while Bolton Wanderers winger Stelios Giannakopoulos added: "He’s our guy and he showed that he loves and believes in this team. " Franz Beckenbauer, who heads a commission at the German Football Association (DFB) charged with replacing Voeller, admitted on Saturday that he had failed to convince Rehhagel to take charge of the national team. "I was surprised. I was expecting to discuss the details of the contract. I think emotional reasons prevailed for Rehhagel," said Beckenbauer on Sunday. The Greek FA announced on Friday that Rehhagel had agreed to honour his contract to 2006 but speculation remained that the coach would be tempted by the German offer… I think emotional reasons prevailed for Rehhagel," said Beckenbauer on Sunday. The Greek FA announced on Friday that Rehhagel had agreed to honour his contract to 2006 but speculation remained that the coach would be tempted by the German offer. Greece begin their qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup away to Albania on September 4. Sparta Prague to sign Simak PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) — Sparta Prague is to sign offensive midfielder Jan Simak, who was released by the German Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusn last week, news reports said Monday. Simak had been loaned to Hannover 96 by Leverkusen until the end of the 2003-04 season, but was diagnosed with exhaustion last September and quit the club to return to his native Czech republic for treatment. He was finally released from his contract with Leverkusen last Monday. The 25-year-old, seen as the ideal replacement for superstar Michael Ballack at Leverkusen until publicly declaring he can’t take the pressure and is unable to perform at a top level due to exhaustion, was to finalize his contract with the Czech vice-champion later Monday, the www.

SI.com – Soccer – Neighbors Argentina, Uruguay play for quarterfinal…
SI.com – Jul 12, 2004
The tough-nosed Juventus defender has severe back pains and will be replaced by Alejandro Lago. Vicente Sanchez will also start in place of an injured Christian Gonzalez, who was also suffering from back problems. Uruguay, which has struggled recently in World Cup qualifying play, is coming off a 2-1 win over Ecuador. It started the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Mexico. The results have helped to overshadow the team’s delayed arrival at the tournament because of a dispute over pay, which remains unresolved. Still, coach Jorge Fosatti said his team has an added incentive against Argentina. "Every Uruguay player looks forward to this game," he said… Uruguay: Luis Barbat, Gustavo Varela, Joe Bizera, Alejandro Lago, Dario Rodriguez, Vicente Sanchez, Omar Pouso, Marcelo Sosa, Diego Forlan, Carlos Bueno, Dario Silva. Gentle Montero proud to be back CHICLAYO, Peru (Reuters) — The real Paolo Montero is a gentle man who smiles as he poses for photographs with children and signs autographs for them with endless patience. When he goes on to the football field, however, the Uruguay and Juventus player is someone to be feared, one of the world’s best and most bruising defenders. Montero has smashed Serie A records for red cards and suspensions and once congratulated rival forward Francesco Totti for his cunning after the Italian international dived to win a penalty against him. But he says the image that most people have of him is not the genuine one. "I’m a calm person, really," Montero told Reuters as he signed more autographs for Peruvian schoolchildren after a training session at the Copa America. "But everyone changes when they go on to the field.

New hi-tech football shirt that alerts managers to players heart rate…
News-Medical.net – Jul 10, 2004
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, allowing the bench to monitor the team as a whole or select individual players for attention. The shirt is made from electro-textile materials and can be easily washed. The design has already received interest from sports manufacturers and David hopes that it will be picked up and put into production ready for the 2006 World Cup after it is exhibited at the New Designers exhibition in London next month. Manchester City fan David, 23, from Woodley in Cheshire, has not only designed the football shirt, he has also turned his attentions to football boots and has designed a boot with a pressure sensitive insole that highlights when the pitch conditions are too hard or soft for the studs which could cause unnecessary pressure and injury to the players. David, who is studying a Design for Industry degree at Northumbria University, took advice from sports scientists from Northumbria and Liverpool John Moores Universities while coming up with his designs. He said: â??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… The shirt is made from electro-textile materials and can be easily washed. The design has already received interest from sports manufacturers and David hopes that it will be picked up and put into production ready for the 2006 World Cup after it is exhibited at the New Designers exhibition in London next month. Manchester City fan David, 23, from Woodley in Cheshire, has not only designed the football shirt, he has also turned his attentions to football boots and has designed a boot with a pressure sensitive insole that highlights when the pitch conditions are too hard or soft for the studs which could cause unnecessary pressure and injury to the players. David, who is studying a Design for Industry degree at Northumbria University, took advice from sports scientists from Northumbria and Liverpool John Moores Universities while coming up with his designs. He said: â??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. â??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.

Burst-ball protest
Telegraph.co.uk – Jul 11, 2004
Walter Bassegio’s 64th-minute strike burst the ball on impact but it still flew into the net. La Louviere claim a match should be stopped if the ball bursts and play should resume from where it happened. In Italy, ten-man Reggina, with only one win from nine outings, inflicted a first defeat of the season on Juventus. The leaders lost 2-1 while Inter Milan drew for the eighth time in 10 Serie A matches, 1-1 at Fiorentina.

ESPNsoccernet – World – Copa America: Peru makes final eight
go.com – Jul 12, 2004
Ecuador, bottom of Group B with no points, has only amathematical chance of reaching the last eight but coach Gomez,who pondered resigning after last week’s 6-1 loss to Argentina,said on Monday he wanted to stay on. “I’d like to continue,” he told Reuters. “I’ve got thechance to bounce back in the qualifiers and to take the team tothe (2006) World Cup. “Away from the football, hundreds of people were strandedaround the country when the government halted Aero Continente’soperations, saying the airline had not submitted its newinsurance policy. Aero Continente’s insurance expired on July 10. The companysaid it had secured a new policy and notified the government,which said on Saturday it was prepared to guarantee thecompany’s insurance and keep it flying. But the Transport Ministry said in a statement on Mondaythat since the Economy Ministry had received no documents it washalting flights for “the security and peace of mind of thousandsof passengers.

Eagles Need A Foreign Technical Adviser Now — Mastoroudes
This Day – This Day (subscription) – Jul 11, 2004
Mastoroudes, who once served on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said at the weekend that ‘for the nation to avoid the nightmare of struggling all through the qualification for 2006 World Cup, now is the time to get a coach to lead the Eagles to the world stage. ”
Speaking shortly before the last match of the Eagles against the Desert Warriors of Algeria, Mastoroudes criticised the non-challant attitude of the Super Eagles players who joined the team’s camp at their convenience. “We should never have had that kind of situation if we have a manager who is firmly in control of his team. It does look like Christian Chukwu is in control,” he noted. Mastoroudes insist that blaming the NFA and the Sports Ministry for the problems in the Eagles was absolutely wrong, “the manager should be the link between the NFA and players to ensure that everything is in order… Mastoroudes, who once served on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said at the weekend that ‘for the nation to avoid the nightmare of struggling all through the qualification for 2006 World Cup, now is the time to get a coach to lead the Eagles to the world stage. ”
Speaking shortly before the last match of the Eagles against the Desert Warriors of Algeria, Mastoroudes criticised the non-challant attitude of the Super Eagles players who joined the team’s camp at their convenience. “We should never have had that kind of situation if we have a manager who is firmly in control of his team. It does look like Christian Chukwu is in control,” he noted. Mastoroudes insist that blaming the NFA and the Sports Ministry for the problems in the Eagles was absolutely wrong, “the manager should be the link between the NFA and players to ensure that everything is in order.

Mexico demands and Lavolpe delivers
go.com – Jul 11, 2004
It is results,results, results and nothing else. Maybe this one will allow meto work in a bit more peace. ‘Mexican football has improved a lot and today we are goodenough to play anyone,’ he said. Lavolpe, reserve goalkeeper in Argentina’s victorious 1978World Cup squad, casually told reporters on Thursday he mightresign in a year’s time because of the criticism, before sayingthe following day his comments had been misinterpreted. The 52-year-old said he wants to stop coaching professionalteams when he leaves his current position and concentrateinstead on juniors and grass roots. If he were to resign next year, he could leave Mexicomanagerless at a crucial stage of the World Cup qualifiers,which are almost certain to be followed by the tournament itselfin Germany in 2006. Your views on this story?… Maybe this one will allow meto work in a bit more peace. ‘Mexican football has improved a lot and today we are goodenough to play anyone,’ he said. Lavolpe, reserve goalkeeper in Argentina’s victorious 1978World Cup squad, casually told reporters on Thursday he mightresign in a year’s time because of the criticism, before sayingthe following day his comments had been misinterpreted. The 52-year-old said he wants to stop coaching professionalteams when he leaves his current position and concentrateinstead on juniors and grass roots. If he were to resign next year, he could leave Mexicomanagerless at a crucial stage of the World Cup qualifiers,which are almost certain to be followed by the tournament itselfin Germany in 2006. Your views on this story?.

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