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September 4, 2004

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The News Review:

* WORLD CUP 2006: Greece were worthy champions – but they need to…
* Confusion over Woodward
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt’s FA backs coach
* Congo fever grips confident Bafana
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Liberia take risk
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kenyan trio face court
* Mystery besets Woodward’s future
* Race for Germany 2006 starts Saturday
* We’re still up with the best, says Sven
* Kerr urges patience against Cyprus
* Okocha makes Nigeria pledge
* Clockwatch: World Cup qualifiers
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Northern Ireland v Poland Report
* SERIOUS BUSINESS – Boyz go to work against Panama
* I can live with the pressure, says Baxter
* No World Cup in Ireland

WORLD CUP 2006: Greece were worthy champions – but they need to…
Squarefootball – Sep 4, 2004
Malta 0 – 7 Sweden, France 0 – 0 Israel, Albania 2 – 1 Greece. The reigning European champions beaten by a semi-professional Albanian team, consisting of men who earn they bread off the football pitch – a milkman, a postman, a bricklayer and a teacher. The previous champions meanwhile were held to a dire goal-less draw at home to a barely professional Israel side. Is the gap between Europe?s elite and the also-rans getting progressively narrow? That is what the coaches would have us believe… Bar Germany, with their complete lack of superstars, although they now seem to have joined the rest in under-achievement. Which brings us back to the reigning European champions. A disgrace for football, I?m often told, that a team of the stature and playing mentality of Greece should be crowned champions of Europe. How absurd! Because they played to their strengths, which happened to be in the less attractive end of the pitch? Because they played with grit, commitment and passion? Or because they showed pride in pulling on the national jersey, which seems an art on the brink of extinction today? Thierry, Becksy, Raul & co could learn a thing or two about attitude and professionalism from the apparently lesser Greeks. They are the most deserving champions Europe has seen for a long time.

Confusion over Woodward
TVNZ – Sep 2, 2004
“I will talk more about it at tomorrow’s pressconference. Woodward’s wish to resign was a second major blow for England intwo days following the decision of team captain Lawrence Dallaglioto retire from international rugby. Woodward, who wanted to play for top-flight club Everton as aboy, is reportedly keen to get fast-tracked into a role with theEngland football team before making a bid to succeed SwedeSven-Goran Eriksson as manager after the 2006 World Cup finals. Appointed as England’s first full-time rugby coach in September1997, Woodward revolutionised the country’s approach to theinternational game with his professionalism, meticulous methods andmotivational skills. He developed an England team that stayed unbeaten for threeyears against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa — theheavyweights of southern hemisphere rugby — and ended a run of SixNations disappointment with a rare grand slam in 2003. Woodward signed a new contract last year to lead England at the2007 Rugby World Cup in France and has also been appointed coachfor next year’s British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. However, his relationship with the RFU is believed to havesoured over the release of England players from their clubs toprepare for internationals, and the limit on matches to be playedeach season… However, his relationship with the RFU is believed to havesoured over the release of England players from their clubs toprepare for internationals, and the limit on matches to be playedeach season. Woodward, a former England and British Lions centre, felt the 16release days and 32-match seasonal limit, as proposed by the RFU’selite player scheme, were inadequate. He has always been passionate about football and is a closefriend of Premiership club Southampton’s chairman RupertLowe. “I’m a Chelsea fan. My whole background is in football,”Woodward said in an interview with the September issue of BusinessLife magazine. “I love football and I go to as many games as I possibly can. Inever had that passion for rugby I have for football.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | World Cup preview
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004
The striker’s return is a big boost for new coach Mohamed El Khemisy, who is missing captain Tarek El Taib through suspension. El Masli hopes to maintain his record as the leading African scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. He has scored four goals so far. Libya’s current form suggests they will take all three points in Tripoli, after a goalless draw with Cameroon and pulling off a shock 1-0 away victory in Sudan. In contrast, Benin have secured just two points in their last two games, after disappointing home draws with Sudan and Egypt. Benin’s preparation has been haphazard, with the local media suggesting that new French coach Herve Revelli intends to only use players in the Beninoise league for the Group Three match.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt’s FA backs coach
BBC News – Sep 2, 2004
“We will respect our contract with him,” insisted Egyptian FA board member Viken Djizmedjian. With only one win in their last three games, the media blame Egypt’s poor run on Tardelli’s failure to pay more attention to the team. Sources within the EFA told BBC Sport that Tardelli came close to being sacked after Egypt’s draw against the Squirrels of Benin and he is not out of the woods just yet. Since taking up the post in April, Tardelli has spent over half of the time in his native Italy.

Congo fever grips confident Bafana
Independent Online – Sep 4, 2004
And we must be the ones trying to dictate the game from the outset,” said right back Nasief Morris, who, after recovering from a bad knock at training this week is confident of taking up the Congolese challenge tomorrow. His is the kind of defiance that has typified the team’s approach and one which bodes well for Sunday’s game. It would be overstating things to say tomorrow’s game is a matter of life and death, but as far as Bafana’s 2006 World Cup cause goes, it’s absolutely massive.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Liberia take risk
BBC News – Sep 2, 2004
“We have made our reservations clear to the ministry, given the experience we had before. “But they insist on having the delegation stay as it is,” Borsay said. Coach Kadallah Kromah admitted to BBC Sport that the arrangements made for the Lone Star could put their 2006 Cup of Nations and World Cup dreams in jeopardy. “It’s risky to travel with a few local players. “But if my employers say they’ve done their homework to get the foreign-based players, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Kromah said. Liberia, who are second from bottom in Group One, need a win against Zambia to remain in contention for the sole World Cup ticket. Congo lead the group, while Mali are at the bottom with just one point.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kenyan trio face court
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004
The three men have been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than US$632,000 from the KFF between April 2002 and May this year. A decision by the Kenyan government to sack the KFF board and appoint a caretaker committee led to the country’s three-month international suspension by Fifa. Fifa’s sanction had prevented the Harambee Stars, Kenya’s national team, from playing their first three games in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Following negotiations between Kenyan government officials and Fifa, the suspension was lifted. The Harambee Stars, whose missed World Cup games will be rescheduled, face Malawi’s Flames in Nairobi on Saturday.

Mystery besets Woodward’s future
chinadaily.com.cn – Sep 3, 2004
“I will be handing in my resignation tomorrow,” he said as he left the
meeting. Woodward’s wish to resign was a second major blow for England in two days
following the decision of team captain Lawrence Dallaglio to retire from
international rugby. Woodward, who wanted to play for top-flight club Everton
as a boy, is reportedly keen to get fast-tracked into a role with the England
football team before making a bid to succeed Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson as
manager after the 2006 World Cup finals.

Race for Germany 2006 starts Saturday
Expatica – Sep 3, 2004
Eight teams (Macedonia, Romania, Finland, Armenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg) have already played a qualifying match, but most of them are not considered strong enough to challenge for a place at the finals. Ironically in Group 1, the two teams that have already won a game – Macedonia and Romania – meet in Skopje. Both sides know that a victory will keep them at the top of the table, irrespective of the outcome of other matches… In Group 2, the pressure will be on surprise Euro champions Greece to continue where they left of in Portugal. Otto Rehhagel’s side faces an uncomfortable trip to Albania, who have long shed the image of whipping boys of European football. Denmark and Ukraine, who are expected to provide tough opposition for Greece for a place at the finals, clash in Copenhagen, while Turkey are at home to Georgia. Portugal, who are still reeling with the disappointment of having lost the Euro final against Greece, start their World Cup campaign in Latvia in a Group 3 match. Also in the same group are Russia (at home to Slovakia) and Estonia, who take on Luxembourg. The 1998 world champions, France, play their first qualifying game against Israel – a team that knocked them out of the 1994 World Cup.

We’re still up with the best, says Sven
manchesteronline.co.uk – Sep 4, 2004
But he admitted they lack the mentality to be able to emulate the disciplined style of play employed by Greece to earn them European Championship glory in Portugal this summer. The belief in the England squad that it was time to add to the success of 1966 proved unfounded with heart-breaking quarter-final exits in the last two major tournaments. Now all eyes will be on Eriksson to justify that faith when England launch another World Cup campaign with away qualifiers in Austria later today and Poland next Wednesday. Anything less than two comprehensive victories is unlikely to be looked upon kindly by a footballing public which had barely recovered from the disappointment of Euro 2004 before Eriksson’s private life dominated the headlines.

Kerr urges patience against Cyprus
rte.ie – Sep 3, 2004
Ireland are the clear favourites to get their World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign off to a winning start over the Cypriots, but Kerr has warned both players and supporters alike that nothing can be taken for granted. The Irish manager said: “I’ve reminded the players Cyprus have good players and their front two, Konstantinou and Okkas, have good goalscoring records at international level. ”
“They’ve also got a number of players playing in Greece who are getting the experience of Champions League football,” he added. Kerr revealed that he does not expect Cyprus to sit back and defend for 90 minutes, in the hope of snatching a draw, at Lansdowne Road tomorrow. “I’m not expecting them to be heavily defensive – although I expect them to be forced into being defensive at times – because from what I’ve seen up until now, they’ve been adventurous in getting players forward,” he said.

Okocha makes Nigeria pledge
BBC News – Sep 3, 2004
Okocha, who has missed two of their three group matches so far, had indicated that he was going to reduce his international commitments. Now leading the Super Eagles in Sunday’s qualifier against Zimbabwe’s Warriors, Okocha intends to make himself available for future selection, if Nigeria is unable to build a healthy lead in their qualifying group. “I’ll try to feature as much as I can. The earlier we start getting points, the better for me,” Okocha told BBC Sport… They’ve got determination,” he said. Nigeria coach Christian Chukwu is also treating his opponents with a lot of respect. “Zimbabwe’s football has come up. They’re a good playing nation and we won’t take this game for granted. “But I’m happy with the squad that we’ve got for the game. We’re better prepared than we were for the match in Angola, where we lost 1-0,” he said. Zimbabwe are expected to field their strongest side in many years, with striker Benjamin Mwaruwari back in the squad after injuries led to an absence of over a year.

Clockwatch: World Cup qualifiers
BBC News – Sep 4, 2004
2012: David James rushes out of his goal to gather the ball at the feet of Mario Haas, who takes a theatrical tumble to try and win a penalty. 2011: Michael Owen races through and as Alex Manninger rushes from his goal the keeper appears to handle outside his area, though the referee once again waves play on. 2006: England are enjoying the lion’s share of the possession but seem in no hurry to try and add to their one-goal lead. 1955: GOAL: England take the lead from the back-pass free-kick. David Beckham shapes to shoot but cleverly passes wide to Frank Lampard, who strokes the ball into the empty net. Austria 0-1 England

1953: Gary Neville’s right-wing cross is well-blocked by Martin Stranzl, but he then amazingly taps the ball back to Alex Manninger giving the referee no choice but to blow up for a back-pass. 1948: Michael Owen heads powerfully over the bar from Frank Lampard’s right-wing centre… 1938: Mario Haas nearly gets in down the Austrian left but Gary Neville is alert and puts the ball out for a corner. 1933: England pass the ball around with confidence in the early stages and Alan Smith fires in a low shot that Alex Manninger gets down well to save. 1931: Austria kick-off England’s opening World Cup qualifier in Vienna. 1853 FULL-TIME: The final whistle brings to an end a disappointing start to Wales’ World Cup qualifying campaign. 1849: Wales are agonisingly close to stealing the three points when John Oster beats his man down the right and sends over a teasing cross for substitute Robert Earnshaw, but his diving header is tipped onto the post by Dimitry Kramarenko. 1817: Anatoli Ponomarev goes close to putting Azerbaijan in front when he turns and shoots and Paul Jones does well to get a hand to it. 1815 GOAL: Azerbaijan equalise with a stunning free-kick from Kashad Sadigov.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Northern Ireland v Poland Report
go.com – Sep 4, 2004
4, 2004, 7:00 AM ETNorthern Ireland 0-3 PolandNorthern Ireland 0-3 PolandBELFAST, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Poland got their World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign off to a perfect start on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland, despite finishing the match with 10 men. The result will boost the Poles before they host Group Six favourites England on September 8, although they will be without first-half goalscorer Piotr Wlodarczyk following his 79th-minute dismissal. • Sanchez: We were the architects of our own downfallFor Northern Ireland a miserable run of form in competitive matches continued – they set a European record for the longest goalless run during the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign and have not won at Windsor Park since 2001. ‘You don’t get to be up in the 20s in the world by being a poor side,’ said Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, referring to Poland’s 29th place in the FIFA rankings. ‘There were 80 places between the teams competing out there, and the only place it showed was in the quality of the finishing – when they had their chances, they took them… The player was silly to getinvolved. ‘It was a promising show but we know England will be tough opponents. ‘They play very good football and this game today gives us a taste of what toexpect. ‘We hope to finish second at least in the group. Apart from England, theteams are evenly matched.

SERIOUS BUSINESS – Boyz go to work against Panama
Jamaica Gleaner – Sep 4, 2004
in a crucial encounter against Central American opponents Panama in Group A of the CONCACAF Group semi-final round. This evening’s game is a must win for both teams as one slip could make that unfortunate team an early candidate for exit from the semi-final round. For Jamaica this game is of even more significance with the importance of home advantage… Jamaica and The United States sit above Panama with a point each following their 1-1 draw, while El Salvador are atop the group with three points. Though they have their home matches to look forward to, Panama know that to finish pointless in Kingston would mean almost certain exit. According to the head of the Panamanian Football Association, Dr. Ariel Alvarado, only a win will help them to achieve their objective. “Our objective is to reach the next round and in order to do that we have to win all of our remaining matches,” he said. According to him his team dominated their last game against El Salvador but were unfortunate to lose 1-2. A repeat of that would not do them any good.

I can live with the pressure, says Baxter
Independent Online – Sep 3, 2004
There’ll always be people out there who want to know better, but I have to trust myself. I’m just a very focused person. Which job in world football is better than yours?

I got no great desire to return to England, so United is out. (Laughs) Not even the England national job would do for me. Coaching one of the big Spanish or Italian teams like Barcelona or AC Milan would be a challenge, though… Only the best players must play for Bafana, but it’s up to the development process to ensure that players of all communities are afforded the opportunity to get to the national stage. If there is one thing in football you could change, what would it be?

Better relationships between Safa and the clubs where our overseas players are based. Have you met Nelson Mandela and what were your impressions?

I met (Madiba) briefly when we were in Zurich for the World Cup 2010 announcement. I cannot begin to tell you how the man intimidated me by just being in the same space. I’ve never met a person with such a strength, with such an aura. I didn’t know what to say to him. I mean, he’s an unbelievable asset to the world.

No World Cup in Ireland
TVNZ – Sep 4, 2004
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