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The News Review:

* Olympic football is still golden
* Mulee warns Kenya
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Diao returns for Senegal
* German Soccer | 08.09.2004 The Future Beckons for Klinsmann’s…
* SOCCER: Pires wants action over Aragones
* Eriksson calls for England to impress
* Bhutia is captain
* Burundi’s footballing exodus
* WORLD CUP 2006: Brazil are tournament favourites – but Italy are more…
* ENGLAND: Tradition is the killer
* Klinsmann to announce German squad
* ESPN.com – BOXING – Iron Mike floored by Williams
* Sankar returns with good memories and marks
* Can Ghana’s Meteors soar?
* FIFA World Cup – News & Features
* SPORTFIVE IN 15-YEAR EINTRACHT DEAL

Olympic football is still golden
BBC News – Aug 9, 2004
Their success, repeated in Amsterdam four years later, had two important
consequences. First, it meant that English football, with its muscular straight-line
running, ceased to be the sole reference on how the game should be played. Second, it sparked off a fever for football that led to Uruguay organising –
and winning – the first World Cup in 1930. The success of this tiny South American country sped up the process of
football becoming the truly global game. The subsequent growth of the World Cup means that these days the Olympic
title is no longer anything like as important as it was. But it has its value aside from the historical prestige. It is also an excellent halfway house between Under-20 and senior football as squads are made of Under-23 players, bolstered by three veterans.

Mulee warns Kenya
BBC News – Aug 9, 2004
The East African nation returned to international football on 7 August, following a two-month suspension by Fifa due to government interference in the affairs of the Kenya Football Federation. Although Mulee is pleased that the Harambee Stars can now participate in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, he believes the suspension was a deserved wake-up call. “Fifa has been very lenient with Kenya by giving us an open cheque to try and solve our problems.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Diao returns for Senegal
BBC News – Aug 11, 2004
Diao is one of 19 players named for the friendly against the Ivory Coast that will be played in the French town of Avignon on 18 August. Diao’s Liverpool team-mate El Hadji Diouf is still serving his four match ban after he was sent off in the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia earlier this year. The two African nations are preparing for 2006 World Cup qualifiers next month. Senegal play Mali in Bamako on 5 September in a Group One qualifier while the Ivorians meet Sudan in Abidjan in Group Three on the same day. Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Pape Mamadou Diouf (Jeanne d’Arc), Tony Sylva (Lille, France)

Defenders:
Habib Beye (Olympique Marseille, France), Souleymane Diawara (Sochaux, France), Pape Malick Diop (Lorient, France), Ibrahima Faye (Caen, France), Mamadou Seck (AC Ajaccio, France), Ibrahima Tall (Sochaux, France)

Midfielders:
Salif Diao (Liverpool, England), Pape Bouba Diop (Fulham, England), Dino Djiba (Metz, France), Guirane Ndaw (Sochaux, France), Moussa Ndiaye (Istres, France), Sylvain Ndiaye (Olympique Marseille, France)

Strikers:
Issa Be (Chateauroux, France), Henri Camara (Celtic, Scotland), Babacar Gueye (Metz, France), Diomansy Kamara (Modena, Italy), Frederic Mendy (St Etienne, France).

German Soccer | 08.09.2004 The Future Beckons for Klinsmann’s…
Deutsche Welle – Aug 9, 2004
“We want to know where the team stands 21 months before the 2006 World Cup, which is so important for German football,” Bierhoff told the assembled reporters on Tuesday. Players dismiss talk of revenge

The players themselves are also unconcerned about avenging the heart-breaking defeat in Yokohama. “Talking about revenge is absurd,” Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn told magazine Kicker. “You cannot compare a World Cup final with a friendly match. ”

Meanwhile, Brazilian-born Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi also has other things on his mind, like showing the country of his birth what it let slip away.

SOCCER: Pires wants action over Aragones
U.TV – UTV – Aug 10, 2004
Pires, though, was left less than impressed over the alleged comments directed towards his Highbury team-mate. “I did not know about it and I have not had the opportunity to talk about that with Thierry,” said Pires from Clairefontaine, where Les Bleus have been training in preparation for their 2006 World Cup qualifiers with the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus. “It could be necessary to take him to court, we should not be nice to him. If this is a joke, it is a weird one… Pires, though, was left less than impressed over the alleged comments directed towards his Highbury team-mate. “I did not know about it and I have not had the opportunity to talk about that with Thierry,” said Pires from Clairefontaine, where Les Bleus have been training in preparation for their 2006 World Cup qualifiers with the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus. “It could be necessary to take him to court, we should not be nice to him. If this is a joke, it is a weird one. “Anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out have, meanwhile, called for UEFA to take action over the “disgusting” incident. Piara Powar, director of the Let`s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign – which is supported and funded by the English game`s governing bodies – said: “Whatever the context, just using those words together is totally unacceptable.

Eriksson calls for England to impress
go.com – Aug 10, 2004
10, 2004Eriksson calls for England to impressSven-Goran Eriksson has warned that England must ‘hit the ground running’ in next week’s friendly against Ukraine as he looks to put the controversy over his personal life behind him. The England coach knows there is considerable pressure on him to achievecreditable results in the opening two games of the 2006 World Cup qualifyingcampaign next month. After all, he has alienated several members of the Football Association’sboard in the wake of his affair with secretary Faria Alam. While he kept his job, tricky away trips to Austria and Poland on September 4and 8 respectively have left his players with little time in which to find theirsharpness at the start of the new season. The England coach is therefore concerned to ensure that next Wednesday’sfriendly in Newcastle gives them the necessary preparation for two suchimportant ties. ‘This is a big game for us.

Bhutia is captain
Hindu – Aug 11, 2004
Star striker Baichung Bhutia was retained the captain of the Indian football team as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced a 20-member squad on Tuesday for the LG Cup football tournament in Vietnam and the 2006 World Cup qualifier against Japan. Five players were named standbys and will train with the first 20. The AIFF steered clear of any controversy and chose seven players from East Bengal despite the club ignoring the National body’s directive to release the players for the camp. The AIFF secretary, Alberto Colaco, and chief coach, Stephen Constantine, acknowledged that most of the East Bengal players were too good to be left out. The new four-member selection committee acceded to most of the names proposed by Constantine, and made only a couple of alterations in the final list of 25, including the standbys.

Burundi’s footballing exodus
BBC News – Aug 9, 2004
Juma Ngenzirabona, the head of the Burundian FA’s youth development committee, told BBC Sport that “corruption and mismanagement” is responsible for the appalling state of affairs. As a result of their inability to account for the US$114,000 given to them under Fifa’s Financial Assistance Programme, world football’s governing body suspended assistance to the East African country. “There is no serious football competition in my country because the people who are in charge are not interested,” he told BBC Sport in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. “When there is an international match like a Cup of Nations qualifier, players are picked up from Rwanda without proper organisation and we end up losing,” he said. Burundi were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup qualifiers by Gabon. Cheap labour

According to Ngenzirabona, up to 30 Burundians are playing in the Rwandan championship, with no transfer fees being paid for their services. Others, such Ramadhan Wasso and Mwinyi Rajab, are playing in Tanzania… “There is no serious football competition in my country because the people who are in charge are not interested,” he told BBC Sport in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. “When there is an international match like a Cup of Nations qualifier, players are picked up from Rwanda without proper organisation and we end up losing,” he said. Burundi were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup qualifiers by Gabon. Cheap labour

According to Ngenzirabona, up to 30 Burundians are playing in the Rwandan championship, with no transfer fees being paid for their services. Others, such Ramadhan Wasso and Mwinyi Rajab, are playing in Tanzania.

WORLD CUP 2006: Brazil are tournament favourites – but Italy are more…
Squarefootball – Aug 9, 2004
By then Ronaldinho will be at the peak of his powers but greats like Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo will be well past their prime. South American teams don’t win European based World Cups (the exception being Brazil winning in Sweden in 1958) and so look to a European team to prevail. There is a possibility that because so many South Americans play in Europe now they will be acclimitised, but so many play in the heat of southern Europe which is less of a shock than the game played in northern European leagues like Germany.

ENGLAND: Tradition is the killer
Squarefootball – Aug 9, 2004
The national pastime of laying blame has turned up two favourite characters, Sven and goalkeeper David James, who admittedly looked less than international class on Austria?s second goal. But those who seek to find fault are not really looking to change things. In truth, Sven-Goran Eriksson?s tenure as English Manager has been a continuation of the worst traditions of English football. And as such, as long as he remains as manager, England will continue to perform as they have in past tournaments, winning matches they are supposed to win, and losing matches that require anything resembling a fresh tactical approach… The national pastime of laying blame has turned up two favourite characters, Sven and goalkeeper David James, who admittedly looked less than international class on Austria?s second goal. But those who seek to find fault are not really looking to change things. In truth, Sven-Goran Eriksson?s tenure as English Manager has been a continuation of the worst traditions of English football. And as such, as long as he remains as manager, England will continue to perform as they have in past tournaments, winning matches they are supposed to win, and losing matches that require anything resembling a fresh tactical approach. The great outcry that ensued following Eriksson?s appointment masked the subtle fact that, although the FA were appointing a foreigner to run their national side, they were NOT appointing a man who had novel ideas about how English football should be played. Sven?s favoured system of play is a classic version of how the English, in their traditional and time-honoured narrow mindset, believe that football was meant properly to be played. Sven espouses a standard, strict 4-4-2 alignment, and even has managed to respect the traditional English difficulties in finding a left-footed player to fill the left sided midfield position.

Klinsmann to announce German squad
Expatica – Aug 10, 2004
The 108-times capped former team captain Klinsmann took the job on 1 August in succession of Rudi Voeller, who resigned in the wake of a winless first-round exit at Euro 2004. Klinsmann said he planned to field new players, but has no intention to completely revamp the team after the Portugal debacle. “I will not slam the door shut for anyone,” Klinsmann told Monday’s edition of Kicker sports magazine. Apart from Jens Jeremies, who no longer wants to play international football, all 22 other players from the Euro squad could continue playing under Klinsmann.

ESPN.com – BOXING – Iron Mike floored by Williams
ESPN – Aug 10, 2004
“Tyson, who left without talking, won the first three rounds, but Williams was landing well to the head and when he began throwing punch after punch with Tyson near a neutral corner, Tyson couldn’t answer back. It was Tyson’s first fight in 17 months, and only his secondsince taking a beating from former heavyweight champion LennoxLewis two years ago. But Lewis was a legitimate world champion,while the 31-year-old Williams’ biggest claim to fame was winningthe British heavyweight title. He was desperately trying to resurrect a career that made himmore than $300 million, but the loss to a 9-1 underdog perhapssignals the end of an era in the heavyweight division. “People forget this isn’t a peak Mike Tyson. This was a MikeTyson who was 38 years old. I thought I could win.

Sankar returns with good memories and marks
Hindu – Aug 10, 2004
FIFA Assistant Referee Komaleeswaran Sankar, the only Indian to do duty at the Asian Cup football tournament held in China, is back home richer in experience and confidence. Sankar, also the only Indian to officiate in a World Cup (the Korea-Japan 2002 edition), was delighted to get high evaluation from the Asian Referees Commission chairman Farook Bozo. “I was given the chance to stand in seven matches, including a semifinal and the third place match. My record was perfect,” Sankar said with a glint in his eyes. Considering the opportunities he and the Maldivian FIFA Assistant Referee Mohd. Saeed (both were together in all the seven games) were given, Sankar felt that the two had come under close scrutiny for possible inclusion in the list of officials from Asia for the 2006 World Cup in Germany… My record was perfect,” Sankar said with a glint in his eyes. Considering the opportunities he and the Maldivian FIFA Assistant Referee Mohd. Saeed (both were together in all the seven games) were given, Sankar felt that the two had come under close scrutiny for possible inclusion in the list of officials from Asia for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I think one of us will get a chance,” he said modestly, unwilling to elaborate on who had a better chance. Not having risen much as a player, this pint-sized official who works for Indian Bank in Chennai has done well in the most demanding and thankless job — refereeing — and emerged as one of the best in India, perhaps even in Asia. The Asian Cup in China was his third in a row after doing duty in the UAE edition in 1996 and Lebanon (2000). Getting it right

His near-flawless work on the line was easily the highlight of the China tour.

Can Ghana’s Meteors soar?
BBC News – Aug 10, 2004
If Ghana are to succeed in Athens, a lot will depend on Juventus’ Stephen Appiah who is one of three over-aged players in the under-23 side. The midfielder has been instrumental for Ghana in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers with his passing and creative play. But this Ghana team will not rely solely on Appiah as captain Yussif Chibsah, a tough-tackling midfielder who plays for Asante Kotoko, will be a vital cog alongside him. He was an ever-present during the qualifiers which saw Ghana beat South Africa, Zambia and Algeria to the Olympic ticket. In attack, Barreto will rely on the experienced duo of Isaac Boakye and Baffour Gyan, who also play together in the senior national side. Ghana’s opening game against Italy will pit four Italy-based players – Appiah of Juventus, John Mensah of Chievo, Asamoah Gyan and Sule Muntari of Udinese – against familiar opponents.

FIFA World Cup – News & Features
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Aug 10, 2004
The friendly will be played in Moscow on 18 August and will serve as a warm-up for both teams’ 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns. Žutautas returnsDarius Žutautas is a notable inclusion, having not been involved for several years. The defender is now playing for national champions FBK Kaunas after impressing in Russian football with FC Dinamo Moskva and FC Alania Vladikavkaz. However, Mantas Samusiovas has declined an opportunity to play in order to concentrate on his commitments with FC Torpedo Moskva. Duo overlookedDonatas Vencevicius and Igoris Morinas are without a club and are overlooked, although No1 Gintaras Stauce is included despite being released by Kallithea FC.

SPORTFIVE IN 15-YEAR EINTRACHT DEAL
sportbusiness.com – Aug 9, 2004
The deal kicks off in the 2005-06 season with SportFive handling the full range of marketing and sales roles, from shirt sponsorship to boxes and luxury seats. SportFive is also part of a consortium, along with facility management specialists HSG and the City of Frankfurt, to operate and market Eintracht’s home stadium. The Waldstadion, which is also home to the Frankfurt Galaxy American Football team has been rebuilt ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. “Eintracht and the city of Frankfurt have enormous potential,” said Thomas Rottgermann, managing director of SportFive GmbH. “The combination of Frankfurt as a major city and business centre, the newly built stadium and the club’s large fan base hold enormous opportunities for development.

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