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September 1, 2004

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The News Review:

* FIFA sets up 2006 World Cup system
* Woodward resigns as England coach
* Airport patrol for football thugs
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt in World Cup dilemma
* Argentina hope for more glory
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ugandan player deported
* Ajax trio plan to give Bafana a bumpy ride
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt’s Mido joins AS Roma
* Eriksson missing big names as qualifying starts
* Mo’ money for Boyz
* Mali leave out stars
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | NI ready insists Sanchez
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Vieira ready for comeback
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Chevanton to miss Uruguay qualifier
* Wembley stadium is ‘topped out’
* Hard to remove Greece stains here

FIFA sets up 2006 World Cup system
VNUNet.com – Sep 1, 2004
‘The complete network and IT systems will be tested during the FIFA Confederation Cup in 2005, with further trials taking place afterwards to ensure it is ready for kick off in 2006. ‘A reliable and flexible communications network is crucial to successful preparations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup,’ said Mike Kelly, general manager, event IT, at FIFA. The world football governing body has selected Deutsche Telekom as its official telecommunications partner, with Yahoo! providing web site support, while Toshiba will look after PC hardware. Earlier this year German World Cup 2006 officials said RFID tagging would be used on tickets to speed entry to games and cut down on counterfeiting (Computing, 5 February). Tickets will include match and seating data, but officials would not confirm whether ticket owner’s personal data would be recorded… ‘A reliable and flexible communications network is crucial to successful preparations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup,’ said Mike Kelly, general manager, event IT, at FIFA. The world football governing body has selected Deutsche Telekom as its official telecommunications partner, with Yahoo! providing web site support, while Toshiba will look after PC hardware. Earlier this year German World Cup 2006 officials said RFID tagging would be used on tickets to speed entry to games and cut down on counterfeiting (Computing, 5 February). Tickets will include match and seating data, but officials would not confirm whether ticket owner’s personal data would be recorded.

Woodward resigns as England coach
CNN International – Sep 1, 2004
Woodward, who masterminded England’s 20-17 victory over hosts Australia in last year’s World Cup final, met with English Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron on Wednesday to discuss speculation that he was planning an unprecedented move into football. He told reporters outside the RFU’s Twickenham headquarters later in the day that he was stepping down, adding that he would explain his reasons on Thursday. "I will be handing in my resignation," he said. "I will talk more about it at Thursday’s press conference. "It was a second major blow for England in two days following the decision of team captain Lawrence Dallaglio to retire from international rugby.

Airport patrol for football thugs
BBC News – Aug 31, 2004
Fans heading to Austria and Poland for the World Cup qualifying rounds face strict security screening. Plain clothes officers will patrol Manchester Airport, to stop known hooligans flying to the games. Supt Paul McIver said the operation would “stop troublemakers ruining the reputation of genuine fans”. A similar operation was carried out during Euro 2004.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt in World Cup dilemma
BBC News – Aug 30, 2004
French club Marseille told the Egyptian FA that Mido is suffering from a groin injury. The 21-year-old is yet to play a match in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup qualifying series. Forward Ahmed Bilal, who has scored 17 goals in only 16 appearances for
his country, has been struggling to regain form, while captain Hazem Emam failed to pass a fitness test. Abdel Halim Ali, the top scorer in the league, is suspended while
Denmark-based Mohamed Zidan was ignored after revealing his desire to play for Denmark. “It is a real dilemma, before such a crucial match,” Samier Adly, administrative manager of the Egyptian national team, told BBC Sport. With a dearth of experienced strikers for the qualifier, 22-year-old Osama Hosny, who has made only five appearances for the national team, is expected to lead the attack.

Argentina hope for more glory
BBC News – Aug 30, 2004
Bielsa paid tribute to these men in the post-Olympic final press conference. “They formed a great team,” he said, “who received less than they deserved. ”

Is the new team on course to do better? Can the reigning Olympic gold
medallists also become the world champions in 2006?

First they have to get to Germany – and after two months of non-stop tournament football there will be some tired legs in the team that travels to Lima to face Peru in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. But assuming that they make it through safely, Argentina look set to light
up the World Cup with some flowing and attractive football. The Olympic win, though, has not completely removed the impression that when
it matters most Argentina struggle to turn their domination into goals. It
proved their undoing in July’s Copa America. Perhaps, as well as Maradona, there is another player from Argentina’s past
whose absence is being felt… “They formed a great team,” he said, “who received less than they deserved. ”

Is the new team on course to do better? Can the reigning Olympic gold
medallists also become the world champions in 2006?

First they have to get to Germany – and after two months of non-stop tournament football there will be some tired legs in the team that travels to Lima to face Peru in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. But assuming that they make it through safely, Argentina look set to light
up the World Cup with some flowing and attractive football. The Olympic win, though, has not completely removed the impression that when
it matters most Argentina struggle to turn their domination into goals. It
proved their undoing in July’s Copa America. Perhaps, as well as Maradona, there is another player from Argentina’s past
whose absence is being felt. A welcome addition would be a player with the characteristics of 1978 World Cup hero Mario Kempes.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ugandan player deported
BBC News – Sep 1, 2004
“They were arresting people at the airport and I was arrested, they refused to listen to my explanation,” he told BBC Sport. The Cranes’ head of delegation, George Kabwimukya, told BBC Sport from Burkina Faso that airport officials had told him that the player was arrested as he tried leave the airport and go into Abidjan without an Ivorian visa. The secretary general of the Uganda football association, Haruna Mawanda, has said that they will be investigating the matter after the team comes back from Burkina Faso. The deportation means that Uganda’s squad is left in Burkina Faso with just one goalkeeper for the qualifier in Ouagadougou. “Now we have to try and look for US$1,200 to fly Muwonge to Burkina Faso on Friday because we can not risk playing with just one goalkeeper,” Mawanda said… The 22-year-old was on his way to join the rest of the Cranes for their 2006 World Cup qualifying game against Burkina Faso on Saturday. There was some confusion as to why the player has been deported. “I’m so upset, because I was arrested for no good reason because I even had a letter from the Ugandan FA,” the player said. Muwonge claims that police at Abidjan Airport had arrested him because he had no visa for Burkina Faso in his passport. “They were arresting people at the airport and I was arrested, they refused to listen to my explanation,” he told BBC Sport.

Ajax trio plan to give Bafana a bumpy ride
Independent Online – Aug 31, 2004
The duo will link up with team-mate Bageta Dikulu, already in the Congo’s training camp. An upbeat Tshinyama said Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s concerns about the playing conditions for the crucial fixture were valid as the Congo team would endeavour to make life on the pitch as tough as possible for their visitors. “This is our home game and we’re not going to rolling out the red carpet for them,” said Tshinyama. “We are desperate to qualify for the World Cup finals, especially after such a poor showing at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia earlier this year… An upbeat Tshinyama said Bafana coach Stuart Baxter’s concerns about the playing conditions for the crucial fixture were valid as the Congo team would endeavour to make life on the pitch as tough as possible for their visitors. “This is our home game and we’re not going to rolling out the red carpet for them,” said Tshinyama. “We are desperate to qualify for the World Cup finals, especially after such a poor showing at the African Nations Cup in Tunisia earlier this year. ”

The Bafana players’ mental strength remains Baxter’s biggest pre-match worry. The coach acknowledged that he needed to figure out how to stop his charges from being beaten before they had even taken the pitch.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt’s Mido joins AS Roma
BBC News – Sep 1, 2004
Roma appointed former Germany manager Rudi Voeller as coach on Tuesday in place of Cesare Prandelli who resigned for family reasons last week. Mido had been linked with a move to English Premiership side Manchester City but the deal fell through because the player appeared keen to stay with Marseille. The young striker has been plagued by injury in recent months, with his latest groin problem forcing him to withdraw from Egypt’s 2006 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.

Eriksson missing big names as qualifying starts
SI.com – Aug 30, 2004
If Eriksson’s men can gain at least four points from those two away games, they will have taken a big step towards World Cup 2006 and the scandal that could have cost him his job will be forgotten by the England fans. A month ago, the Football Association admitted the Swede and chief executive Mark Palios were each involved in affairs with an FA secretary, Faria Alam. Palios, Alam and the FA’s chief media spokesman, Colin Gibson, all quit but, after an investigation, the FA’s executive board ruled Eriksson had done nothing to breach its rules. Now he can concentrate on the World Cup. “I am looking forward very much to it and I hope the form of the players is going to be the same as it was against Ukraine,” Eriksson said in reference to a 3-0 beating of the Ukrainians two weeks ago.

Mo’ money for Boyz
Jamaica Observer – Sep 1, 2004
The announcement of the patronage, which has been billed the “Platinum Sponsorship”, was made at a press briefing the Terra Nova Hotel. President and chief executive officer of SVL, Brian George, in making the announcement, said: “The Platinum Sponsorship is worth up to $33 million (and) is specially earmarked for incentives to the team members and covers matches won and drawn in the qualifying series leading up to Germany 2006. ”
The sponsorship is separate and in addition to the lottery comapny’s contribution of millions of dollars to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) through the CHASE Funds. JFF president Crenston Boxhill praised SVL for its swift response to prime minister PJ Patterson’s appeal in June for private sector support for the World Cup campaign. Jamaica started their CONCACAF semi-final Group campaign against the USA on August 18 at the National Stadium, where they surrendered an 88th-minute lead to end the game 1-1. After their encounter against Panama, the Boyz will journey to San Salvador to face El Salvador next Wednesday. On October 10 they play away to Panama, then host El Salvador before playing away to the USA on November 17… After their encounter against Panama, the Boyz will journey to San Salvador to face El Salvador next Wednesday. On October 10 they play away to Panama, then host El Salvador before playing away to the USA on November 17. If Jamaica are successful in the semi-final phase of the competition where the top two finishers advance, they will contest the Final Six play-offs from where the top three finishers will automatically earn a berth to the World Cup Finals in Germany in 2006. Talk Back

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Mali leave out stars
BBC News – Sep 1, 2004
For his first official game in charge, new coach Mamadou Keita has shipped out at least five players who might have expected to start the match. Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, defenders Fousseyni Diawara, Sammy Traore, Boubacar Diarra and goalkeeper Fousseyni Tangara will all be wondering why they have not been selected for the twenty-man squad. Mahamadou Diarra, who plays in France for Lyon, will be particularly surprised as he is currently regarded as one of the best African midfielders. Instead of the stars, Keita has put his faith in several of the youngsters who performed so impressively at the Athens Olympics, where Mali reached the second round.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | NI ready insists Sanchez
BBC News – Aug 30, 2004
“We have raised expectations with our performances. Now we must deliver. ”

Sanchez, although not predicting Northern Ireland can qualify for the 2006 finals, is confident they can pull off some shocks and push for second place in Group Six. “We are at home, which is great, and we are playing Poland who I believe are the second highest-ranked team in our group. It will be a difficult game. “The bigger the game the bigger the nerves. I know the players will have lots of people wishing them well when they arrive in Belfast.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Vieira ready for comeback
BBC News – Aug 31, 2004
The Arsenal star has not played since France took on Switzerland on 21 June. “I lack match activity but I am confident about my form as I have been training with Arsenal and the French team and things went well,” he said. He added: “It could be tough, but I am not worried because I am ready in my head. And time will do the rest… “This is going to be a difficult match for us but it could be for them too as our prime objective will be to clinch maximum points,” he said. “We must leave some time for the group to settle, find its reflexes and be fully efficient again. “The objective right now is the well-being of the team, to perform on the pitch and put ourselves in the best possible conditions to book our ticket to Germany in 2006.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Chevanton to miss Uruguay qualifier
go.com – Aug 30, 2004
Uruguay have lost their last three qualifiers and havedropped to ninth in the 10-team group with seven points from thesame number of games. However, they enjoyed a revival at theCopa America where they finished third. The top four in the group qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The fifth team plays off against the winners of the Oceaniaregion. Your views on this story?.

Wembley stadium is ‘topped out’
BBC News – Sep 1, 2004
The 1,750 tonne arch is four times the height of Wembley’s long-gone but world famous twin towers. On Tuesday, in a BBC poll for BBC London, members of the public voted that they preferred the towers. But the stadium’s architects are positive that the arch will become as much a part of English football as the three lions. England captain David Beckham said: “As a national captain I think it’s very exciting to have an England stadium… ”

At the ceremony, the England manager and captain also began the national team’s campaign to qualify for the World Cup in Germany in 2006. On Thursday the team will fly to Austria for a qualifying match. Now all hopes are pinned on the new landmark’s role in winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Wembley National Stadium Ltd chief executive Michael Cunnah said: “It’s incredible to think that only a few England home internationals remain until the England team return to Wembley. “Wembley is also a major part of Britain’s 2012 Olympic bid, and this is the perfect opportunity to show our support.

Hard to remove Greece stains here
SLAM! Sports – Aug 30, 2004
Every Olympics, the media shows up, after ignoring most of these athletes for four years, and complains how an uncomfortably high percentage of our athletes turn to mental mush instead of seizing the moment and winning enough medals to write home about. We leave here after the better part of a month interviewing people with some of the greatest stories to tell and go home to hockey, football and baseball teams and those endless “next game is a big one” stories that occupy entire sports pages with two-paragraph reports about Canadian athletes internationally in Sports Digest, if reported at all. Well, four years away from Vancouver 2010 are the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The next one is a big one. Look at what China did here. Can you imagine what they’ll do in 2008 in Beijing? If Canada doesn’t get its spit together right now, playing host to the Olympic Winter Games isn’t going to be what it should be – not that it should matter when or where our athletes are competing at an Olympics. Remember Montreal ’76? The government poured the money in at the last minute… The facilities not being finished until the last minute and the serious security concerns kept the world away. Athens may have been a hell of a sports town in 1896, but it wasn’t in 2004. But it’s off to Montreal for the World Cup of Hockey and the Canada-U. opener, where the nation will focus on our household names. Lori-Ann Muenzer, Kyle Shewfelt, Adam van Koeverden and the rest of our Olympians will be out of sight and out of mind when they drop the puck in Montreal. Maybe when the World Cup of Hockey ends and there is no hockey for an entire winter, we might take time to focus beyond what’s wrong with the home team’s power play and think about where we are in the world when it comes to the Olympics.

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