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July 21, 2004

AFC Asian Cup China 2004

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The News Review:

* Germany job remains unfilled
* Lawyer questions Kenya trial
* Schaefer linked with Germany
* AFC Asian Cup China 2004
* ESPNsoccernet – Global – Qatar sack Troussier after defeat
* Culture & Lifestyle | 21.07.2004 Germany’s Most Unwanted
* Is Marimo the man for the Sea Robbers?
* Lavolpe threatens to resign again
* UEFA European U-19 C’ship – News
* Big Name Hunting: Cincinnati Names Robertson Interim Coach
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Davies makes strong start
* There is a total of 15,000 beggars in Istanbul with this number…
* Hamilton triumphs in thrilling showdown-Sport-Golf-The Open-TimesOnlin…
* Stop press from Spain
* Peru coach Autuori escapes chop

Germany job remains unfilled
BBC News – Jul 21, 2004
They have been targeting the 2006 tournament since winning the right to host it five years ago. But without a leader and only the merest hint of a side capable of mouting a serious challenge to win the trophy, Germany could instead be facing humiliation on their own doorstep. The limp performances of Rudi Voeller’s side at Euro 2004 has destroyed what optimism was created by a surprise World Cup final appearance two years ago – and tarnished the allure of the job of national coach. When the DFB, German football’s governing body, all too eagerly accepted Voeller’s resignation on the flight back from Lisbon, it was in the anticipation that former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld would swiftly be installed as his successor.

Lawyer questions Kenya trial
BBC News – Jul 20, 2004
James Orengo is defending former KFF chairman Maina Kariuki, general secretary Hussein Swaleh and treasurer Mohammed Hatimy. The former officials were charged on 7 July with fraudulently obtaining more that US $632,000 dollars from the federation. Orengo told the court on Monday that the charges were not justified since they were aimed at barring them from attending a tripartite meeting at the headquarters of football’s world governing body Fifa. The meeting in Zurich was organised to resolve the dispute that led to the suspension of the East African country from international football… Orengo told the court on Monday that the charges were not justified since they were aimed at barring them from attending a tripartite meeting at the headquarters of football’s world governing body Fifa. The meeting in Zurich was organised to resolve the dispute that led to the suspension of the East African country from international football. Fifa imposed the ban in June, which has prevented the Harambee Stars, Kenya’s national team, from participating in the group qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup finals. A decision by the Kenyan government to sack the KFF board, and appoint a caretaker committee to run football, was responsible for Fifa’s action. Meanwhile, Kenyan Sports Minister Ochillo Ayacko is scheduled to have talks in Zurich with Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday. The lifting of Kenya’s indefinite suspension as well as the country’s participation in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers are two items expected to be discussed at the meeting.

Schaefer linked with Germany
BBC News – Jul 19, 2004
The search to replace Voller, who stepped down after Germany crashed out of the 2004 European championship in the first round, was reopened when former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld unexpectedly turned down the job. Schaefer’s contract with the Indomitable Lions runs until after the 2006 World Cup. But Franz Beckenbauer, speaking in his capacity as vice-president of the German Football Federation (DFB), told the German newspaper Bild:
“Winni Schaefer is also one of our candidates. ”

Schaefer joins a group that is believed to include PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and Denmark coach Morten Olsen. Cameroon face a tough task trying to qualify for the World Cup as they have both Egypt and the Ivory Coast in their group. Schaefer has had a turbulent relationship with Cameroon’s football authorities.

AFC Asian Cup China 2004
Daily Star – The Daily Star – Jul 19, 2004
July 19, 2004 Sports AFC Asian Cup China 2004’Send ’em to Asia’AFP, BeijingWorld football chief Sepp Blatter has called on European clubs to boost the sport in Asia by sending players to bolster the region’s professional leagues. Blatter, president of soccer’s governing body FIFA, said Europe could play a key role in accelerating the development of football across Asia if clubs released professionals left languishing in reserve teams. In an interview with AFP, Blatter said it was time to reverse the trend of European clubs snapping up the best players in Asia, often with an eye on exploiting lucrative foreign markets. “Immigration should go the other way,” Blatter said. “In these congested leagues in Europe where clubs have so many players, they should bring these players to new horizons where they can play and earn their living honestly… But solidarity and commerce don’t always go together. ” Blatter meanwhile said he had been impressed by the development of Asian football in recent years, noting the performances of Japan and South Korea at the 2002 World Cup, where Korea reached the semi-finals and Japan the last 16. “I will be eager to see how the Asian teams perform at the World Cup in 2006 when they are not in their home countries,” Blatter said, adding fierce home support had given both sides an advantage last time around. “South Korea always had 13 players in 2002 because of their incredible spectators. They were like two extra players. Maybe Japan only had 12 players because their fans weren’t quite as loud,” he joked. “It is good to say the future of football is in Asia — but they still have a long march.

ESPNsoccernet – Global – Qatar sack Troussier after defeat
go.com – Jul 20, 2004
‘I respect the decision but I regret it because I think ithas been taken after misinterpretation of my comments, whichconcerned what happens after the Asian Cup. ‘Troussier, who signed a lucrative two-year deal in July2003, added: ‘I never thought I would stop at this stage as Iwanted to complete this competition with determination andambition. ‘Qatar have struggled under Troussier, finishing third at theGulf Cup earlier this year and losing to Iran and Jordan in 2006World Cup qualifiers. The QFA refused to let Troussier answer questions at animpromptu news conference at the team’s Beijing hotel. Their build-up to the Asian Cup was also dogged bycontroversy. Midfielder Jafal Rashid was banned for nine monthsfor a doping violation and FIFA blocked Troussier’s bid torecruit Brazilians Ailton, Dede and Leandro. Troussier guided Japan to the final of the 2001Confederations Cup and took the co-hosts to the second round ofthe World Cup in 2002… Troussier guided Japan to the final of the 2001Confederations Cup and took the co-hosts to the second round ofthe World Cup in 2002. The 49-year-old, however, dubbed the ‘white witch doctor’during successful stints coaching Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,Nigeria and South Africa, had frequent run-ins with his Japaneseemployers. He threatened to quit twice during the 2000 Asian Cup inLebanon, accusing the Japan Football Association of interferingwith his job. With Troussier gone, Saeed Al Mesned will be handed the taskof leading Qatar against Bahrain on Wednesday and against hostsChina on Sunday. Your views on this story?.

Culture & Lifestyle | 21.07.2004 Germany’s Most Unwanted
Deutsche Welle – Jul 21, 2004
Any coach would look at the likes of Michael Ballack, Philipp Lahm and Thorsten Frings and see the basis of a team with the potential to win the World Cup on home soil in 2006. They may have severely under-achieved until now but what an exciting challenge it would be to mould these undoubtedly talented stars into world champions. And yet, the queue of coaches wanting to inherit such a group of players ahead of the country hosting its biggest soccer event since 1988 has diminished to such an extent that the German Football Association is looking to foreign lands for the first time in its history as it searches for a new team chief. Respected team chiefs have all refused… Matthäus is disgusted by the idea of a foreign coach, telling the Bild tabloid: “You only appoint a foreign coach when you have reached a real low. Their job is to bring small countries forward. ”
“When Otto Rehhagel started in Greece their football had reached its lowest ebb, but the situation is different in Germany. ”

As the DFB soap opera rolls on, it would be hard to find a more damaging situation in German soccer since the Bundesliga bribery scandal in the early 1970’s. German soccer may have reached its lowest ebb.

Is Marimo the man for the Sea Robbers?
Independent Online – Jul 20, 2004
Many foreign coaches before Marimo failed to get Zimbabwe to the Nations Cup finals, but Marimo succeeded, to the joy of a nation. And Zimbabwe did not disgrace themselves in Tunisia, losing narrowly to Egypt and Cameroon, and then beating Algeria in their final match. However, Marimo resigned shortly before the World Cup 2006 qualifiers, citing the fact that the Zimbabwe Football Association wanted to appoint what he believed was an inadequate technical advisor to the side. Rahman Gumbo has taken over from Marimo as caretaker coach, and Gumbo was himself linked by one website to the Buccaneers on Monday. But he also vehemently denied the appointment. “I have spoken to no one,” said the man who also coaches Motor Aces in the Zimbabwe league. Pirates have been scouring the land for a coach almost ever since Roy Barreto left at the start of last season.

Lavolpe threatens to resign again
go.com – Jul 19, 2004
It’s not because of one bad result that we’re going tothrow everything overboard. ‘Lavolpe, reserve goalkeeper in Argentina’s victorious 1978World Cup squad, has had a testy relationship with the mediasince taking over in October 2002. Earlier in the Copa America, he said he would be leaving hispost in one year’s time, when Mexico will be at a crucial stagein their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. Lavolpe later said he had been misinterpreted and that heintended to say he would not take another professional coachingjob after he left his current post. Mexico enjoyed an excellent first stage in the Copa America,beating Argentina in a competitive international for the firsttime on their way to winning Group C. But it all went wrong against Brazil as the Mexicanscapitulated in the second half, conceding three goals in thelast 25 minutes. In the interview after Sunday’s game, Lavolpe was reportedto have reiterated that he was fed up with criticism of hiswork.

UEFA European U-19 C’ship – News
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Jul 20, 2004
With the 2002 FIFA World Cup bronze medallists having missed out on UEFA EURO 2004™, Turkey will be even more determined to reach the finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but Yanal also has an eye on the more distant future. Youth successTurkey qualified for the finals of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals earlier this year, but failed to progress from a tough group that included hosts and eventual champions France and regular challengers Spain. Gündüz Tekin Onay’s side have enjoyed better fortune at the U19 finals in Switzerland, however, clinching second place in Group B behind a strong Spanish side to earn a semi-final against the hosts. ‘Football’s roots’Yanal will be an interested observer as Turkey bid for a place in the final, having begun his coaching career with Denizlispor’s youth teams before progressing to assistant and finally head coach. “Football has its roots in youth,” he said.

Big Name Hunting: Cincinnati Names Robertson Interim Coach
Washington Post – Jul 21, 2004
Goin said Robertson has agreed to provide oversight and meet with players on a regular basis, as well as provide counseling on their academic responsibilities. Robertson will not have any off-campus recruiting duties, but will be allowed to participate in on-campus recruiting as permitted under NCAA rules, Goin said. ? COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The Big 12 Conference plans to propose NCAA legislation allowing teams to play 12 regular season games beginning next year, Commissioner Kevin Weiberg said. Weiberg said adding a 12th game would give schools an opportunity to build more revenue and add flexibility in scheduling. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to jump back and forth between 12- and 11-game seasons,” Weiberg said. The NCAA currently has plans to allow a 12th game only in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2019. ? WOMEN’S SOCCER: The Women’s United Soccer Association could return in a year or two using a more modest business plan devised to cut costs, former league commissioner Tony DiCicco said… ? WOMEN’S SOCCER: The Women’s United Soccer Association could return in a year or two using a more modest business plan devised to cut costs, former league commissioner Tony DiCicco said. DiCicco and several other soccer officials met in New York with consultants as well as prospective sponsors and owners to draft a plan that could relaunch the league. The WUSA folded in September, on the eve of the Women’s World Cup, after losing $100 million in three years. DiCicco said the plan will be put into a final form and presented to about four to six potential owners within 60 days. DiCicco said the owners — whom he would not identify — would determine what timetable to use. They could relaunch next spring, but DiCicco believes a more realistic approach would be more festivals next year with a restart in 2006. “We have to improve the business performance,” DiCicco said.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Davies makes strong start
BBC News – Jul 21, 2004
Davies leads by two shots from world number one Annika Sorenstam, Spain’s Marta Prieto and New Zealand’s Lynnette Brooky. A double bogey at the 12th wrecked 14-year-old Michelle Wie’s round and she finished on one under. “It could have been a lot better and I made a silly mistake,” said Wie. Wie was handed a special invitation for the event in France, which boasts the richest prize in women’s golf. But it was Davies’ play which lit up the opening day, and she credited her stint as a television analyst at last week’s Open for her form.

There is a total of 15,000 beggars in Istanbul with this number…
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Jul 19, 2004
This should not be misunderstood. If the Turks here support both the Turkish and the German teams, this means harmonization. "

Stating that he wanted to see Turkish players in the German national team, Daum said: "There are some key Turkish players in the Bundesliga, but I want to see Turkish footballers within the German national team at the World Cup Finals in 2006. Turkish players will make an important impact on German football in the upcoming years. "
Milliyet said: What sort of a democratic left is it?
Prior to the Democratic Left Party’s (DSP) convention scheduled for July 25, the list of candidates for leadership is increasing. However, the party’s official Web site is promoting only Zeki Sezer, who was declared as a candidate by the current DSP leader Bulent Ecevit and his wife, Rahsan. DSP provinces’ chairmen are opening their doors to Sezer, who went on a tour of Anatolia to meet delegates and hold meetings.

Hamilton triumphs in thrilling showdown-Sport-Golf-The Open-TimesOnlin…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jul 19, 2004
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Hamilton, who has only one victory on the US Tour to his credit, dropped a stroke on the 72nd hole but demonstrated steely nerves and great composure to overcome Els, who had been the pre-tournament favourite. So, for the second year in succession, an American had triumphed in the game’s oldest major championship. And, for the second time in three months, Els had his hopes of winning his fourth major championship dashed at the conclusion of the event. There is a strange coincidence linking the latest two Open champions.

Stop press from Spain
go.com – Jul 20, 2004
1 –>Updated: July 20, 2004Stop press from Spain Phil BallArchive So what’s been happening since Valencia popped La Liga trophy onto the cabinet shelf, Rafael Ben?tez turned Scouse and Spain took an early bath in Portugal? Well – quite a lot actually. For starters, the Spanish Football Federation decided to modernise their set-up in the wake of the disappointing Euro ’04 performance by sacking the 61 year-old I?aki Saez and handing the job to the 66 year-old Luis Aragon?s. Forward looking stuff then. Aragon?s, known as ‘The Wise Man of Hortaleza’ (his birth place) is an astute campaigner, respected by all and sundry, and witty and cynical enough to keep the press off his back, for however long he lasts. The trouble is that he should have been given the job years ago. Handing him the post as his pre-retirement swansong smacks of either a lack of viable alternatives or an absence of imagination at the heart of the national set-up… Handing him the post as his pre-retirement swansong smacks of either a lack of viable alternatives or an absence of imagination at the heart of the national set-up. And although Aragon?s cannot fail to improve on the affable but pitiful Saez, there is a feeling afoot of an opportunity lost. Whatever, his immediate job is to get the squad into the 2006 World Cup without too much gnashing of false teeth, and then give way to a younger buck. With regard to the bread and butter scene, Valencia also struck a blow for the oldies this weekend, the 40 year-old veteran Carboni turning up for the opening training session with ‘F**k the Press’ emblazoned on his t-shirt. Might as well start as you mean to carry on, as they say. Also in Valencia, Claudio Ranieri, finally liberated from any further attempts at reforming the English language, seems to have forgotten his Spanish completely and began a recent press conference entirely in Italian until he suddenly remembered where he was.

Peru coach Autuori escapes chop
go.com – Jul 21, 2004
Hosts Peru went out of the tournament after losing 1-0 toArgentina and Autuori’s tactic of fielding just one striker forthe match was criticised by sports commentators. The Brazilian coach had called up five forwards for the CopaAmerica but Claudio Pizarro and Flavio Maestri were unavailablefor the quarter-final because of injury and Jefferson Farfan wassuspended. ‘We’ve got to carry on (with Autuori) because we’ve stillgot a long way to go and a difficult road ahead in the (2006World Cup) qualifiers,’ Burga said. Peru are seventh in the 10-team South American qualifyinggroup with nine points from seven games. The top four teamsqualify for the finals in Germany directly with the fifthplaying off against the Oceania winners. Peru have not been to a World Cup finals since 1982. Your views on this story?.

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