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August 5, 2004

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The News Review:

* `Svengate’ rocks English soccer – again
* Devils are keen to make impression
* Scholes calls it quits
* African soccer digest
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Mavericks Reportedly Set to Send Walker to Hawks in 4-Player Deal
* SA welcome Fortune back
* Kenya plan comeback game
* Let’s get Samba beat for Bafana
* Troubled Morris is released by Leeds
* 2004 Chevy Optra motorcar for Lazaroni
* UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Federer sets Masters record

`Svengate’ rocks English soccer – again
Taipei Times – Aug 4, 2004
PHOTO: EPA Sex scandals, corruption, lies, betrayal. A new blockbuster movie? No, just the soap-opera world of the people who run and lead England’s national soccer team. The Football Association (FA), the organization that formulated the rules of the game more than a century ago, has been rife with dirty deeds for decades, and the home of soccer has become the home of sleaze. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, the man given the task of recapturing lost glory for the nation that invented the game, is at the center of a sex scandal. After an initial denial, his bosses at the FA admitted that he had an affair with one of its secretaries. They also admitted the same woman had an affair with the FA’s top administrator, chief executive Mark Palios. If that’s not spicy enough, it doesn’t end there… FIFA launched an inquiry and cleared both men but they never got back to the FA. FA chairman Bert Millichip was alleged to have reneged on a handshake deal with Germany over the 2006 World Cup. After England hosted Euro ’96, the veteran lawyer reportedly agreed to back Germany as host for World Cup 2006. Months later, the FA angered the Germans and put in a rival bid. Occasionally, the FA has been the victim. Don Revie walked out on England in 1977 to take a highly paid, tax-free job in the United Arab Emirates, negotiating the deal in Dubai instead of watching a game in Helsinki, Finland. Kevin Keegan, who replaced Hoddle and was Eriksson’s predecessor, stunned a post-match news conference after a World Cup qualifying loss at home to Germany by announcing he had quit.

Devils are keen to make impression
BBC News – Aug 3, 2004
The Red Devils even lead Tunisia 2004 semi-finalists Mali as well as Senegal’s Teranga Lions, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, in Group One. Often known as Congo-Brazzaville, the nation made an unexpected start to their qualifying campaign after beating Liberia and Mali at home, having lost to Senegal in Dakar in their opening fixture.

Scholes calls it quits
Hindu – Aug 5, 2004
While the FA continued its meetings about the Eriksson case, Scholes made his own stunning announcement. “This is a decision I have not taken lightly,” he said in a statement released on Manchester United’s website. “I have been considering retiring from international football for a while now. “Euro 2004 was fantastic, but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance. “I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future. ”

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who has always maintained Scholes and captain Roy Keane were his most influential players even in the David Beckham years, knew the decision was coming… “I discussed it with Paul before the (Euro 2004) championship and I said to him he must speak with Sven,” Ferguson said. “I think he had a few discussions with Sven in Portugal and he felt that the time was right to devote more time to his family. ”

Scholes probably would have been a regular in England’s World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign, which begins in September. England also plays Ukraine in a friendly on August 18, four days after the Premier League season begins. “I am very sorry that Paul has decided to retire from international football,” Eriksson said on the FA’s website. “Paul and I have been speaking about this since Euro 2004, and while he remained a key part of my plans for the England team, I fully respect his decision. ”

“Paul is a great player who has given so much to England over the last seven years,” Eriksson said.

African soccer digest
go.com – Aug 4, 2004
Kenya were banned by world football’s governing body in Junebecause of government interference in the running of theirfootball association. Steps to regularise the situation have been ongoing inrecent weeks and a FIFA delegation is expected in Nairobi onFriday to inaugurate new structures for Kenyan football,officials said. Kenya are hoping to still be included in the 2006 World Cupqualifiers, having missed their opening three matches in Africanzone group five. They are scheduled to play against Malawi next month and thematch against Uganda has been planned as a warm-up. It will beKenya’s first international since their appearance at theAfrican Nations Cup finals in Tunisia in early February. LIBERIA – Liberia are hoping to persuade Fulham teenagerCollins John to play for their national team in next month’sWorld Cup qualifier against Zambia in Lusaka. The 18-year-old striker would have to first seek permissionto change his footballing nationality after having already beencapped at youth level by the Netherlands.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Aug 4, 2004
Last month Safa took a decision to pay president Molefi Oliphant, bid committee chairman Irvin Khoza and committee chief executive Danny Jordaan about R12,3m (which amounts to about R7,4m after tax) each for their efforts in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. But after the announcement was made, it emerged that the cash-strapped Safa did not actually have the money. The soccer body was even forced to borrow R4m from the Premier Soccer League to send Bafana Bafana to the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in January. A national newspaper reported yesterday that bid ambassadors Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jomo Sono and Philemon Masinga are demanding their share from the beleaguered soccer association.

Mavericks Reportedly Set to Send Walker to Hawks in 4-Player Deal
Washington Post – Aug 4, 2004
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder made his England debut seven years ago, scoring 14 goals in 66 international matches. He was part of the national team at the recently completed European Championship. The move comes with England preparing for its first World Cup 2006 qualifying games in September. In East Rutherford, N.

SA welcome Fortune back
BBC News – Aug 5, 2004
Last week, the 27-year-old met with Baxter in the English city Manchester and indicated his availability for selection. Mashaba had been upset that Fortune claimed to be injured ahead of the Jamaica friendly and then played for his English Premiership club the day after his sick-note arrived at the South African Football Association’s headquarters. Yet Baxter’s attempts to convince the Manchester United player to participate in South Africa’s campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations have clearly succeeded. Fortune won the last of his 43 caps against Spain in the 2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. He is joined in the squad by recent absentees Benni McCarthy, who has ended his own international exile, as well as Charlton Athletic’s Shaun Bartlett. Baxter’s squad also includes four uncapped players – goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, defender Jeffrey Ntuka, winger Tyren Arendse and striker Thando Mngomeni. South Africa squad:

Goalkeepers: Rowan Fernandez (Kaizer Chiefs), Hans Vonk (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland)

Defenders: Bradley Carnell (Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany), Lucky Lekgwathi (Orlando Pirates), Mbulelo Mabizela (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Aaron Mokoena (Racing Genk, Belgium), Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos, Greece), Jeffrey Ntuka (Westerlo, Belgium)

Midfielders: Tyren Arendse (Santos), Delron Buckley (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Lance Davids (1860 Munich, Germany), Quinton Fortune (Manchester United, England), Steven Pienaar (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Elrio van Heerden (FC Copenhagen, Denmark), Benedict Vilakazi (Pirates), Japhet Zwane (Rostov, Russia)

Strikers: Shaun Bartlett (Charlton Athletic, England), Benni McCarthy (Porto, Portugal), Thando Mngomeni (Helsingborg, Sweden).

Kenya plan comeback game
BBC News – Aug 4, 2004
Fifa’s emergency committee will meet on 6 August to examine whether Kenya has made sufficient steps to implement the roadmap drawn up to restore order to the administration of football in the country. Efforts have been made to regularise the situation and a Fifa delegation is expected in Nairobi on Friday to inaugurate new structures for Kenyan football. Kenya’s Harambee Stars are hoping to play in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, having missed their opening three matches in Group Five. They are scheduled to play against Malawi next month.

Let’s get Samba beat for Bafana
Independent Online – Aug 4, 2004
“We will also look at what a city will be able to do after the World Cup. For example, if we build a 60 000-seater stadium there, will it be used after the World Cup? In Korea and Japan after World Cup 2002, they had to bring in the bulldozers to some stadiums. ”

Khoza and Sexwale, meanwhile, will travel to Germany, hosts of the 2006 World Cup, and Athens, hosts of the Olympics, among other cities, to observe what it takes to host a major event. “At the end of the day, SA is just the pitch,” added Sexwale. “This is a Fifa tournament and you have to do it in a certain way.

Troubled Morris is released by Leeds
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 3, 2004
After his initial arrest Morris was suspended by Leeds but later returned to training. The proposed £250,000 switch of Crystal Palace defender Darren Powell to Reading has been scrapped after it was discovered that the player was not fit enough to undergo a routine medical. Former England coaches Glenn Hoddle and Howard Wilkinson are among six candidates being considered to coach South Africa in their 2006 World Cup campaign. Molefi Oliphant, president of the South African Football Association, confirmed that South Africa would begin deliberations today on who will lead the Bafana Bafana.

2004 Chevy Optra motorcar for Lazaroni
Jamaica Observer – Aug 5, 2004
After their Group A game against the USA on August 18, Jamaica entertain Panama at the National Stadium on September 4, then travel to El Salvador for another game on September 8. The return-leg games follow. The top two teams from each of the three groups advance to the final phase between February and November next year, with the first three teams gaining automatic berths to the Germany 2006 Finals, and the fourth-place finisher facing the fifth-place finisher from Asia in a two-way play-off for the final World Cup berth. Talk Back

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UEFA Cup – News & Features – News Specific
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Aug 4, 2004
Wise said: “Josh may only have just turned 21, but he has a lot of quality about him. He is very direct, fast and a player of real promise and ability. ”
Rapid riseSimpson, who had been playing for the University of Portland in the United States, has made a rapid rise through the ranks of Canadian football. He impressed at the FIFA World Youth Championship last December before earning his first international cap in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Barbados in January, which Canada won 1-0. He also played for his country in their Olympic Games qualifiers. FA Cup finalistsMillwall will enter the UEFA Cup in the first round after reaching last season’s FA Cup final, losing 3-0 to UEFA Champions League qualifiers Manchester United FC. The London club have also signed goalkeeper Graham Stack on loan from Arsenal FC and former Chelsea FC midfield player Jody Morris… He is very direct, fast and a player of real promise and ability. ”
Rapid riseSimpson, who had been playing for the University of Portland in the United States, has made a rapid rise through the ranks of Canadian football. He impressed at the FIFA World Youth Championship last December before earning his first international cap in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Barbados in January, which Canada won 1-0. He also played for his country in their Olympic Games qualifiers. FA Cup finalistsMillwall will enter the UEFA Cup in the first round after reaching last season’s FA Cup final, losing 3-0 to UEFA Champions League qualifiers Manchester United FC. The London club have also signed goalkeeper Graham Stack on loan from Arsenal FC and former Chelsea FC midfield player Jody Morris.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Federer sets Masters record
BBC News – Aug 3, 2004
The achievement bears testament to the world number one’s success in 2004. The Swiss has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as three ATP Masters Series titles and recently went on a 23-match unbeaten run. “Last year’s title was one of the best wins of my career and I look forward to defending it,” he said. Federer has won eight tournaments this year and most recently emulated Bjorn Borg’s 1979 feat of claiming consecutive titles on grass, clay and hard courts with wins at Wimbledon, Gstaad and Toronto. He will be joined at the Masters Cup in Houston by the other top six players in the race rankings and the highest-placed Grand Slam champion who finishes between eighth and 20th.

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