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August 17, 2004

Superstar of Soccer World retired from international football

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Rwanda get Swedish coach
* Emirates supports top-rated golf tournament in Munich
* European footbal teams begin journey to Germany
* Superstar of Soccer World retired from international football
* The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Major League…
* Scots handed big incentive
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Cole: My Arsenal better than England
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales hit by withdrawa…
* ESPN.com – OLY/SUMMER04/BOXING – Martirosyan batters Algerian for…
* ESPN.com – OLY/SUMMER04/SOCCER – Iraqis gets another soccer win
* Beckham backs Eriksson
* ESPNsoccernet – World – World: Greece faces Czech Rep.
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fortune pulls out of SA squad
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Baxter insists Fortune plays

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Rwanda get Swedish coach
BBC News – Aug 15, 2004
Rwanda’s goals came from Jimmy Mulisa and Olivier Karekezi while Uganda’s reply was scored by Eddy Sebalata. “We are very happy to have a new coach and hope that we can go on and do even better,” goalscorer Karekezi told BBC Sport. Rwanda’s football association (Ferwafa) has signed Palmgren on a new two year contract to replace Serb Ratomir Dujkovic. The Serbian, who led Rwanda to their first ever African Cup of Nations this year, did not have his contract renewed when it ended on 30 July. It is unclear why Dujkovic’s contract was not renewed but he has been criticised for the 2-0 defeat at home to Zimbabwe in a 2006 World Cup qualifier and poor team selection. Palmgren has previously worked in DR Congo and was also coach of Sierra Leone and his first big tasks will be to take Rwanda to a second Cup of Nations in 2006. “I’m confident we’ll qualify for the Nations Cup, but as for the World Cup, I need to see how the games progress,” he said… “I’m confident we’ll qualify for the Nations Cup, but as for the World Cup, I need to see how the games progress,” he said. “We have all the material we need in Rwanda to do it. ”

Rwanda’s next 2006 World Cup qualifier is away to Angola on 5 September. The 40-year-old’s contract means that he will also be the technical director of the under-20, under-19 and under-17 squads. He will also conduct training courses for local coaches, give lecturers at the new country’s new football academy as well as advising Ferwafa.

Emirates supports top-rated golf tournament in Munich
AME Info – Aug 17, 2004
The President of the Organisational Committee of the FIFA Football World Cup Germany 2006(TM), President of FC Bayern Munich and former team manager of the German national football squad, Beckenbauer has been named by Emirates as its “Worldwide Ambassador for Football”. “With our commitment to major international sports events in Germany, we are emphasizing the importance of the German market for Emirates”, commented Henry Hasselbarth, Regional Manager North and Central Europe. “Furthermore, our participation in sporting highlights, such as the BMW International Open and the Football World Cup 2006, underscores our position as one of the world’s leading airlines”, continues Henry Hasselbarth. At the BMW International Open, golf players from around the world battle for prize money totalling €1. The last points for qualification to the European Ryder’s Cup team are also awarded. Spectators can expect an exhibition of the very finest golf.

European footbal teams begin journey to Germany
Expatica – Aug 16, 2004
Four qualifiers will be played. In Group 1, Macedonia and Armenia clash in Skopje, with the home side being the favourites. Not only is Macedonia ranked 92 in the world – compared to 116 for Armenia, but coach Dragan Kanatlarovski can call on several players playing throughout Europe. Midfielder Vanco Trajanov, for instance, has just joined German Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld, while Artim Sakiri plays his club football for West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Superstar of Soccer World retired from international football
Jamaica Observer – Aug 17, 2004
But Zidane has denied his teammate’s statement. Despite the misconceptions and misunderstandings as to why the soccer star has retired, it is clear that Zinedine Zizou Zidane will be missed not only by his team and countrymen, but the world. Although Zidane will be absent from World Cup 2006, you will still see him in soccer action on the home front. Therefore it’s not completely over for the sports icon. With two more years left on his contract with club side Real Madrid, there is no telling what can happen. Sport lovers know greatness and quality when they see it. That is exactly why Zidane can never be replaced.

The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Major League…
AtlantaBraves.com – Aug 17, 2004
There are a lot of things in process and the owners want him to see it through. ”

Baseball’s owners approve of the job Selig has done since he became interim Commissioner in September 1992. His current contract is set to expire after the 2006 season and the owners are expected to vote 30-0 for the extension. Selig was given the job permanently in 1998, and has since presided over an economic change that includes a spike in MLB’s overall revenue to nearly $4 billion a season. A 34 percent sharing of each club’s local revenue now allows the trickle down of money from the large-market teams to the smaller ones, thus increasing competitive balance. During his tenure, Selig also fought for and won approval for Interleague Play, the consolidation of the American League and National League into one office, and the three-division format along with a Wild Card berth in each league. In addition, Selig has overseen strides in terms of a balanced schedule, worldwide recognition of the sport, relative labor peace, testing of Major League players for illegal substances and home-field advantage in the World Series for the winning league in the All-Star Game… It was a different world in 1994. ”

At the same time, there’s a push forward by all sides to keep expanding baseball’s revenue base. Selig and the owners think the World Cup-type tournament and the Baseball Channel are the best examples of this movement. MLB International has spent a year weaving through the complicated logistics of the tournament, which is projected to be staged every four years. MLB has had to negotiate international-style drug-testing rules with the union, the context of the event with the International Baseball Federation, which represents the 113 worldwide baseball federations, and most recently timing with the Japanese, who are restructuring their two 12-team professional leagues for next season. DuPuy, who was in Japan two weeks ago negotiating with the commissioners of the Japanese and Korean leagues, will brief the owners. Though staging the 16-team event next season may be problematic, MLB is holding out some hope that it will still happen.

Scots handed big incentive
BBC News – Aug 15, 2004
Manager Berti Vogts said: “This bonus arrangement has always been the German way – for success you get a lot of money, for failure you get nothing. ”

He added: “It wasn’t a fight to get the players to agree – not one of them was against this system being put into place. ”

Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor said: “The amount will be more than double what they would have received for qualifying for Euro 2004.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Cole: My Arsenal better than England
go.com – Aug 17, 2004
ARSENAL –>Updated: Aug. 17, 2004Cole: My Arsenal would beat EnglandAshley Cole believes Arsenal would beat England if Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side ever faced the Premiership champions. Cole insists the England squad are still determined to prove themselves in the2006 World Cup finals and achieve success for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as’maybe people are out to get him’. However, it seems without question that Arsenal under Arsene Wenger play muchmore adventurous and, quite simply, better football than England underEriksson. Cole not only admitted he has often played better for his club than hiscountry, but also that the national side must improve their passing to hold onto leads. Indeed, he revealed his belief that Wenger’s self-styled ‘invincibles’, withfar more experience of playing together, should have the edge if they took onEriksson’s side. Asked if he would expect Arsenal to beat England, he admitted: ‘I’ve got tosay yes.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales | Wales hit by withdrawa…
BBC News – Aug 17, 2004
I have to step up
a gear. I aim to take my game to a higher level this season. ”

And Bellamy insisted Wales have nothing to fear as they embark on their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. “Latvia are a good side – they had to be to get to the Euro 2004 finals – and look at Greece,” he said. “You can’t get any greater inspiration than that. They are a small nation and they won the whole thing – no one expected that. It shows what a solid defence can do, along with set-pieces.

ESPN.com – OLY/SUMMER04/BOXING – Martirosyan batters Algerian for…
ESPN – Aug 17, 2004
After a string of calamities that seems possible only in the wild world of amateur boxing, they went to Athens as friendly rivals hoping to fight each other for a medal. Of course, amateur boxing got the last laugh. welterweight Vanes Martirosyan got off to a promising start with a 45-20 victory over Algeria’s Benamar Meskine on Sunday.

ESPN.com – OLY/SUMMER04/SOCCER – Iraqis gets another soccer win
ESPN – Aug 15, 2004
Two months after qualifying, the team’s German coach, BerndStange, resigned, saying authorities told him to leave for hissafety. He was replaced by his assistant, Hamad, who coached Iraq’snational soccer team to victory in the West Asian Championship in2002 and played on the national team during the early 1980s. In July, Iraq reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup, a runthat included a 2-1 win over regional power Saudi Arabia. It wasIraq’s first win over the Saudis since 1988. Against Costa Rica, the referee added six minutes to the end ofthe second half, mostly to make up for time lost because of thefans. After the second Iraq goal, police and security called inreinforcements to guard the stands on either sideline, where mostof the 12,153 fans were seated. After the final whistle, the Iraqi players linked arms andjogged toward their adoring throng.

Beckham backs Eriksson
Independent Online – Aug 17, 2004
The England captain said he and his team-mates were fully behind the Swede after the controversy sparked by Eriksson’s affair with Football Association secretary Faria Alam. Beckham, who too has felt the full glare of publicity shone on his private life, said: “It’s not a nice situation to be in but all the players respect him and that’s all we look at. ”

The Real Madrid midfielder said it was time now for England to get on with the job of picking themselves up after their Euro 2004 quarterfinal defeat to Portugal and qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. “We’ll go out on Wednesday night and play as well as we can and try to win the game. That’s all we can do… ”

He conceded England had failed to sparkle in Portugal. “We were all disappointed after the summer as we felt that we could go a lot further than we did, but it wasn’t meant to be. We have to look forward now and look to qualify for the World Cup. ”

He insisted after all his own well documented personal problems he would bounce back. “I’ve never doubted myself, but there were a few doubts put in my mind. “However, when you’ve got a strong family base, like I have – including my parents and my wife’s parents – then it’s good. “Of course, I thought about how I felt in the tournament, because I know that what I’ve been given is a talent – and I know that can’t disappear just like that.

ESPNsoccernet – World – World: Greece faces Czech Rep.
go.com – Aug 16, 2004
16, 2004Germany starts Klinsmann era Reuters LONDON — Only six weeks have passed sinceGreece’s shock victory over Portugal in the final of Euro 2004– but that is now ancient history as far as European soccer’stop nations are concerned. After a short summer break, they are almost all back inaction this week as more than 20 friendlies and a handful oflow-key World Cup qualifiers in Europe signpost the way towardsa place in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. With other World Cup qualifiers taking place in North andCentral America and friendlies being played in Africa and Asia– including visits by Brazil to Haiti and Argentina to Japan –a total of more than 40 matches makes a busy start to the newseason. Most of Europe’s national teams are playing just onefriendly before they start their World Cup qualifiers onSeptember 4. Greece, basking in the sporting spotlight as both Olympichosts and European soccer champions, play their first matchsince their astonishing success in Lisbon by travelling toPrague to face the Czech Republic — who they stunned 1-0 in thesemi-finals in Portugal on July 1. Greek coach Otto Rehhagel has warned his men againstcomplacency before the start of their World Cup campaign — andwhile this match might have looked like a gentle workout when itwas first arranged before the European championship it will beanything but that on Wednesday.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fortune pulls out of SA squad
BBC News – Aug 17, 2004
Fortune’s withdrawal comes despite the insistence of South Africa coach Stuart Baxter that he would not be permitted to withdraw from the squad. Baxter said Fortune must play on a date that has been reserved by Fifa for international games. Wednesday’s friendly is a warm-up for both nations as they prepare for upcoming 2006 World Cup qualifiers. South Africa travel to Kinshasa to face the DR Congo on 5 September while Tunisia have an equally tough game away in Morocco a day earlier.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Baxter insists Fortune plays
BBC News – Aug 15, 2004
Fortune hasn’t played for Bafana Bafana side after a long-standing dispute with Baxter’s predecessor Ephraim Mashaba. Baxter is also threatening to ask Fifa to stop midfielder Macbeth Sibaya from playing for his Russian club after Rubin Kazan refused to allow him to travel for the match. Wednesday’s friendly is a warm-up for both nations as they prepare for upcoming 2006 World Cup qualifiers. South Africa travel to Kinshasa to face the DR Congo on 5 September while Tunisia have an equally tough game away in Morocco a day earlier.

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