Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 7, 2004

World Cup press review

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The News Review:

* Culture & Lifestyle | 09.07.2004 Greeks Won’t Prevent…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Taylor vows to stay
* World Cup press review
* ESPN.com – NCF – Two relatives of FSU’s Bowden killed in storm
* Windfall for AIFF
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Tardelli is finished with Mido
* Does the new calendar work?
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt win Group Three thriller
* Desert Foxes in freefall
* Eriksson: Only World Cup flop will make me quit
* Big two cruising through
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 7 September 2004
* Dido returns to coach Viet Nam
* Farina frank on push for youth
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 7 September 2004
* Fans call in to hail Stars victory

Culture & Lifestyle | 09.07.2004 Greeks Won’t Prevent…
Deutsche Welle – Sep 7, 2004
One of the main obstacles between Otto Rehhagel and the job many other international coaches are avoiding like the plague was removed on Thursday when the Greek Football Federation announced that it would not force the country’s Euro 2004-winning coach to honor his contract, thus paving the way for “Rehakles” to take the reigns of the German team — if he chooses to. Greek football president Vassilis Gagatsis was quoted as saying that, although Rehhagel’s contract does not expire until after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, King Otto — just one of the terms of endearment he’s known by in Greece — could relinquish his Greek throne under certain circumstances. “In case the coach cites personal reasons and wants to disrupt his cooperation with us, we can’t keep him willy-nilly,” Gagatsis was quoted on the website of radio station Flash. “In such a case we must discuss it with him and see what can be done. I can’t rule out anything,” he said. Rehhagel steered the Greek team to victory in the European championships in Portugal, even though the Greeks were considered rank outsiders at the start of the tournament.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 6, 2004
English newspapers harshly criticized the team, coming down mostly on goalkeeper David James who let a shot bounce under him for the equalizer in the 73rd minute. Saturday?s result means England needs a victory at Poland on Wednesday in Group 6, or be faced with an uphill struggle to reach the World Cup finals in Germany. At a press conference in the Austrian capital peppered with blunt questions, the Swede was ask if he?d thought about resigning… Never, ever,? he said. ?The only way I will leave this job is to not qualify for the World Cup. Otherwise you have to see me sitting here until 2008. ? Asked if he thought that anything less than a victory in Poland might cost him his job, Eriksson considered the question with a nervous laugh. ?Once again, I don?t think I should think about a defeat in Poland. I can?t see any reason why we should go there and lose.

Taylor vows to stay
BBC News – Sep 5, 2004
Taylor is widely regarded as the man responsible for Vogts’ appointment. But he told BBC Scotland on Sunday that he would not fall on his sword even if the manager fails to lead Scotland to the 2006 World Cup. “The coach is not picked by myself, but by the board – it is a shared responsibility,” he said. There have been reports of a split in the 11-man SFA board in recent days, with a source on the board allegedly revealing to journalists that Vogts could be voted out of the job at a board meeting on Thursday. Scotland play Slovenia at Hampden on Wednesday evening in their first World Cup qualifying match. “It’s typically exaggerated.

World Cup press review
BBC News – Sep 6, 2004
In a commentary by Sud Quotidien, there was word of praise for French coach Guy Stephan and the performance of the side was hailed similarly. “Guy Stephan’s side has never been as good as the team we saw yesterday,” the paper writes. “In fact, this was a game they could have won against an inconsistent adversary. ”

However, the paper called for a close look at the goalkeeping of Tony Sylva… Mutations criticised Cameroon coach Winfried Schaefer for using Carlos Kameni in goal, dropping preferred choice Souleymanou Hamidou who had impressed in July’s 2-0 defeat of the high-flying Ivory Coast. “Schaefer had the audacity to use three centre forwards in a 4-3-3 system which the team had never tried before,” says Mutations. Another commentary on the Cameroonian football website, camfoot. com, called the playing system “suicide”. In the Ivory Coast, “Euphoric Elephants” was the headline used by state daily Fraternity Matin to describe the home side’s thumping 5-0 win over Sudan. “The Elephants snatched a precious victory from Sudan,” the newspaper continued, “and they did it with style. ”

“The public was happy, and among the angels looking at the insolent class of forward Aruna Dindane.

ESPN.com – NCF – Two relatives of FSU’s Bowden killed in storm
ESPN – Sep 6, 2004
— A grandson and a former son-in-law ofFlorida State football coach Bobby Bowden were killed when theircar was hit a by a utility truck that was helping to restore poweroutages caused by Hurricane Frances. John Allen Madden, a 45-year-old former Florida State linemanwho played under Bowden, and his 15-year-old son, Bowden Madden,were killed instantly Sunday when the passenger side of their carhit the front of the truck, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Millssaid Monday. Mills said the Bowden family had been informed of the deaths. “Most of us have been around all of the Bowden family a greatdeal, and it is a loss shared by all of us,” Florida Stateathletic director Dave Hart said in a statement.

Windfall for AIFF
Hindu – Sep 7, 2004
The 2006 World Cup football qualifier against Japan here may not fetch a favourable result for India, but the match will definitely revive the sagging fortunes of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). With the AIFF’s financial state not sound, the India-Japan contest couldn’t have happened at a better time and promises to fill the national body’s coffers. Though the amount was not officially disclosed, the AIFF is likely to earn around Rs. 4 crores from the telecast rights of the match, which has generated immense interest in Japan, as its national team plays to qualify for its second successive World Cup final. — Our Sports Reporter

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BBC SPORT | Football | African | Tardelli is finished with Mido
BBC News – Sep 6, 2004
The Pharaohs beat four-time African champions Cameroon 3-2 on Sunday in a vital 2006 World Cup qualifier without the AS Roma striker. Tardelli, who has been irritated by Mido’s behaviour since he took charge in March, confirmed that he is no longer interested in having the 21-year-old as part of his team. “He is not on my books,” the 1982 World Cup winner told BBC Sport.

Does the new calendar work?
BBC News – Sep 5, 2004
Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme. Fifa has devised a co-ordinated calendar to reduce fixture congestion and resolve the problem that national associations, especially African ones, have in getting their players released from Europe-based clubs for international engagements. Do you think that the new calendar has helped to strengthen the quality of African teams competing in the ongoing 2006 World Cup qualifiers?

Or has it not made any noticeable difference?

No matter how controversial your views may be, use the form to have your say. I do not like the new calendar. The gap between games is too long, it means that teams cannot really build a rhythm. Every game is a brand new game, especially as teams do not get to play each other back-to-back. This system could be advantageous in the less competitive groups, but, in the tougher groups it is a hassle.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt win Group Three thriller
BBC News – Sep 5, 2004
Goals from Mohammed Shawki in the 45th minute, an Ahmed Hassan penalty in the 71st minute and Tarek al-Sayed in the 90th gave the home side a 3-0 lead with just injury time left. But after Bill Tchato headed home in the first minute of injury time, Eto’o, Cameroon’s African player of the Year, struck two minutes later to bring a Cairo stadium packed with 30,000 fans to its feet.

Desert Foxes in freefall
BBC News – Sep 7, 2004
They are now at the bottom of Group Four with just two points from four games, trailing the likes of Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Gabon. The humiliating defeat, which led to the dismissal of national coach Robert Waseige, is the worst home result by the former African champions in 39 years. It can be compared to Rwanda’s maiden qualification for the last Cup of Nations as well as Tunisia’s 2-0 defeat to Mali in the opening game of the 1994 Cup of Nations, which they were hosting. Described as a national disaster and humiliation, the Desert Foxes’ thrashing made the front pages of most of the North African nation’s newspapers during the week.

Eriksson: Only World Cup flop will make me quit
SI.com – Sep 5, 2004
The only way I will leave this job is to not qualify for the World Cup. Otherwise, I’m staying till 2008," he told reporters. Grilled by British media over whether his job was at risk if England lost their next Group Six game in Poland on Wednesday, the Swede said: "Why should we lose in Poland? "Things happen in football but I’m positive, not negative about Wednesday. It’s impossible to think we will not win that game. " Looking ahead, he said: "I am quite sure we will qualify for the World Cup, even after yesterday’s second half.

Big two cruising through
BBC News – Sep 6, 2004
Brazil and Argentina can use the remaining 10 rounds to prepare their team
for Germany 2006. Meanwhile, the other eight nations are caught up in a
fierce fight to get on the plane. This might appear as a statement of the obvious. Brazil and Argentina are
South America’s acknowledged big two – the only teams who are feared
worldwide… Unforgiven for the 2002 World Cup flop, Bielsa has come in for vicious
treatment from supporters in Buenos Aires. Local FA boss Julio Grondona would
have made himself very popular by sacking Bielsa and replacing him with the
peoples’ choice, Carlos Bianchi. But Bielsa has hit back – first with the fine football of his team in the
Copa America, then with the Olympic title and now with Saturday’s 3-1 win
away to Peru. The victory in Lima would seem to be the clincher. Unless
things go badly wrong it is hard to see Bielsa being replaced before the
next World Cup. With qualification looking a relative formality, it means that next year’s
Confederations Cup takes on extra importance for Brazil and Argentina. The
competition will give them the chance to test their teams, under European
conditions, against worldwide opposition.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 7 September 2004
ghanaweb.com – Sep 7, 2004
Views sampled by the GNA Sports described the departure as heart rendering and an ill-timed one for the Nation’s quest to qualify for the next World Cup slated for Germany in 2006. Though many of the soccer administrators were mute on the effect of the coach’s departure, they reckoned that the timing is unacceptable and called for an immediate action to forestall any damage to the Nation’s World Cup aspirations. “The news is simply unbelievable, I think it’s important to establish contact with the coach to confirm or deny his departure”. These were the words of Mr Kwasi Nyantekyie, Vice Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA)… Views sampled by the GNA Sports described the departure as heart rendering and an ill-timed one for the Nation’s quest to qualify for the next World Cup slated for Germany in 2006. Though many of the soccer administrators were mute on the effect of the coach’s departure, they reckoned that the timing is unacceptable and called for an immediate action to forestall any damage to the Nation’s World Cup aspirations. “The news is simply unbelievable, I think it’s important to establish contact with the coach to confirm or deny his departure”. These were the words of Mr Kwasi Nyantekyie, Vice Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). He said, “The news shocked all of us and we initially thought it was a media gimmick.

Dido returns to coach Viet Nam
Viet Nam News – Sep 7, 2004
500 per month, promises
to accept only 75 per cent of his salary if he cannot help
the club get an in-grade promotion. He also asked for
permission to recruit four foreign players to play for the
team. Korean
players arrive in Viet Nam
The
Republic of Korea?s football team arrived in Viet Nam in
the early morning on Monday to prepare for the second leg of
the 2006 World Cup qualifier in group seven at HCM City?s
Thong Nhat Stadium. The
35-member delegation includes the nation?s top eight
players, all of whom competed in the 2002 World Cup, as well
as nine players who are returning from Athens. The
Korean team was scheduled to compete on Wednesday. Japanese
referees, who also arrived in Viet Nam on Monday, will
officiate the game. Former
national players to compete again
Eighteen
former national football players, including Nguyen The Anh,
Tran Viet Cuong, Nguyen Van Dung and Bui Van Co, gathered on
Sunday at the National Sport Centre No.

Farina frank on push for youth
The Age – Sep 5, 2004
While age is not everything, statistics give some indication. The average age of the successful teams – at least in the past two tournaments – has been in the mid-20s. Given that the squad Farina pulled together in London last week would, if it remained intact until the World Cup in 2006, have an average age close to 30, the need for change and refreshment is clear. National captain Paul Okon, 32, has been left out of the training group and Farina said it would be difficult for him to regain a place. Danny Tiatto was also absent from the London camp, but was likely to come back into consideration. Not everyone agrees that the future looks rosy. Certainly there are few young stars coming through who have made the sort of splash that Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Marco Bresciano had by their early 20s, although for young players like Alex Brosque, Carl Valeri and Spase Dilevski, all with big clubs, there is still time.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 7 September 2004
ghanaweb.com – Sep 7, 2004
Barreto’s sudden departure has stunned the Ghana Football Association, who claim to have not known of his intentions. Barreto, 47, coached Ghana to a 2-0 win over the Cape Verde islands in their World Cup African zone Group Two qualifier in Kumasi on Sunday, which puts them in top place and on course for a berth in the 2006 finals in Germany. The Portuguese coach, who worked previously as a fitness trainer at clubs in Germany and Russia, was appointed in February. He took Ghana’s under-23 side to the recent Athens Olympic Games football tournament. Portuguese reports said he had join Maritimo on Tuesday… Barreto’s sudden departure has stunned the Ghana Football Association, who claim to have not known of his intentions. Barreto, 47, coached Ghana to a 2-0 win over the Cape Verde islands in their World Cup African zone Group Two qualifier in Kumasi on Sunday, which puts them in top place and on course for a berth in the 2006 finals in Germany. The Portuguese coach, who worked previously as a fitness trainer at clubs in Germany and Russia, was appointed in February. He took Ghana’s under-23 side to the recent Athens Olympic Games football tournament. Portuguese reports said he had join Maritimo on Tuesday. His departure means Ghana have just one month to find a new coach before their next World Cup qualifier, a clash at home to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kumasi on October 10.

Fans call in to hail Stars victory
The Standard – Standard – Sep 5, 2004
"We have waited for this day and finally it is here," he said. "I just wish Harambee Stars post similar results in the subsequent matches," he said. Former Kenya Football Group (KFG) chairman, Fred Wanyonyi, called on the government to motivate players by giving them incentives. Alexander Simwa calling from Kakamega described the performance as a surprise, saying it was the least he expected from Harambee Stars. "I thought the Fifa ban had somehow affected the national team, but Stars have proved otherwise," he noted. He urged them to continue with the same spirit in the subsequent matches. Reuben Tsimango calling from Nairobi said the result was a good relief from the recent debacle in the Olympic games… I bet we can now forget about our undoing in the Athens games and forge ahead," he said. Onyango Onyango said Kenya’s victory was a strong warning to the rest of their opponents including Tunisia, Morocco, Guinea and Botswana. He said the team has proved that it can book a place in the Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2006 World Cup.

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