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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ghana’s coaching conundrum
* New German mantra: A time to make friends
* Klinsmann hopes to turn Germany?s fortunes
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Algeria name new coach
* ‘Tired’ Bielsa quits Argentina job
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nonda ready to roar again
* Argentina coach Bielsa ‘has quit’
* Free offer is the answer
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Fifa reschedules Kenya ties
* Hughes open to Ewood Park move
* Poor Super League hindering national team: Haan
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa sanctions Guinea Bissau
* SA’s 2010 World Cup strategy

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Ghana’s coaching conundrum
BBC News – Sep 14, 2004
While many experts blame the GFA’s poor management practices for the revolving door of foreign coaches, other point to local coaches as the answer to stability. In their opinion, their patriotic commitment to Ghana’s cause will be a refreshing contrast to foreigners, who will abandon the country whenever a better opportunity presents itself. Although the GFA released a statement assuring Ghanaians that their “dream to qualify for the 2006 World Cup remains on course” despite Baretto’s departure, many are sceptical of the future. The high turnover of national team coaches means the Black Stars lack the managerial stability needed to effect a long-term plan for success. That is a prospect Ghanaian fans will not be looking forward to, as it could undo the hard work taken to get the Black Stars to the top of their World Cup qualifying group. With local coach Sam Arday only taking temporary charge for their 10 October World Cup qualifier against DR Congo – the GFA are under serious pressure to recruit a man that can build on Barreto’s achievement in the long-term. The wrong choice could spell disaster for the Black Stars World Cup dreams.

New German mantra: A time to make friends
Times of India – Sep 15, 2004
It will be some time before the 31 other
teams book their berths but when those that get here will find a level-playing
field if there ever was one. Among the many moves the German football
federation DFB is making is one that will ensure that the playing surface at
every one of the 12 stadiums across the country is same. “We’ve already began
preparations to this end at a ‘pitch park’ that will cater to all the stadiums,”
the organising committee’s media officer Gerd Graus informed on Monday. “It will all be lifted and taken to the various stadiums just before
the World Cup,” he added as he spoke to a team of international sports
journalists being hosted by the Goethe Institute… It will be some time before the 31 other
teams book their berths but when those that get here will find a level-playing
field if there ever was one. Among the many moves the German football
federation DFB is making is one that will ensure that the playing surface at
every one of the 12 stadiums across the country is same. “We’ve already began
preparations to this end at a ‘pitch park’ that will cater to all the stadiums,”
the organising committee’s media officer Gerd Graus informed on Monday. “It will all be lifted and taken to the various stadiums just before
the World Cup,” he added as he spoke to a team of international sports
journalists being hosted by the Goethe Institute. The location of
the ‘pitch park’ is being kept a secret for now, the DFB quite conscious of the
huge role it can play in helping the world’s best footballers flaunt their
skills and tactics and entertain millions. There will be thousands of big and
small decisions that will have to be taken by the DFB in the build-up to the
quadrennial showpiece, and the governing body of Germany’s biggest sport have
given themselves the right start with a brand new office on the fringes of this
financial hub of Europe.

Klinsmann hopes to turn Germany?s fortunes
Calcutta Telegraph – Sep 14, 2004
The decision follows a World Cup tradition, which began in 1974, that will see the defending champions contest the June 9, 2006 match at Munich?s Allianz Stadium. ?We?ll make way for Brazil. The defending champions can open the World Cup,? Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Sunday. Germany are likely play to play their first match three days later at Berlin?s Olympiastadion, the site of the final.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Algeria name new coach
BBC News – Sep 15, 2004
Algeria Football Federation (Faf) president Mohamed Raouraoua said Fergani’s main task is to secure qualification for the 2006 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. “We are out of the World Cup for sure but we hope to reach the Nations Cup finals,” Raouraoua said. Fergani’s appointment, which is his second spell in charge, follows the sacking of Belgian Robert Waseige after a humiliating 0-3 home defeat to Gabon in their last World Cup qualifier. It was Algeria’s worst home defeat in 39 years and put the team at the bottom of Group Four. Fergani, who captained Algeria at the 1982 World Cup finals, was part of a team adjudged to be the best in the country’s football history.

‘Tired’ Bielsa quits Argentina job
CNN International – Sep 15, 2004
Bielsa had weathered Argentina’s shock first round elimination at the 2002 World Cup followed by almost two years of non-stop criticism, only to leave at a moment when his team were playing some scintillating football. Captain Roberto Ayala was caught cold by the announcement: "This news took me by surprise because I didn’t notice anything at any time," he said in a radio interview. Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona said he wanted to hire Bianchi, who won the South American Libertadores Cup three times in four years with Boca, the country’s most popular club. "The priority is Bianchi," said Grondona, who has less than one month to find a replacement before their next World Cup qualifier, at home to neighbors Uruguay on October 10. Argentina’s fortunes had changed for the better after Bielsa rebuilt the team, blending younger players such as forward Carlos Tevez and midfielders Javier Mascherano and Luis Gonzalez alongside established names like Cristian Gonzalez and Javier Zanetti. His team played some excellent football at the Copa America in July before losing the final in unfortunate fashion to arch-rivals Brazil in a penalty shootout. Bielsa, who was in charge for 68 matches, winning 42, drawing 16 and losing 10, then took the under-23 team — including a number of the Copa America squad — to the Athens Olympic Games where they won the gold medal in style with Tevez scoring eight goals… His team played some excellent football at the Copa America in July before losing the final in unfortunate fashion to arch-rivals Brazil in a penalty shootout. Bielsa, who was in charge for 68 matches, winning 42, drawing 16 and losing 10, then took the under-23 team — including a number of the Copa America squad — to the Athens Olympic Games where they won the gold medal in style with Tevez scoring eight goals. They followed that up with a 3-1 away victory in Peru in a World Cup qualifier 10 days ago to leave them a comfortable second in the South American group and firmly on course for Germany in 2006. Enigmatic figureBielsa, who comes from a family of lawyers, is regarded as one of the most eccentric figures international football and the black sheep of the family. His older brother Rafael is Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Bielsa remained a mysterious and enigmatic figure throughout his reign. He rarely shows emotion, even after his team play well, and often baffles the public with his long-winded, almost scientific explanations about his tactics.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nonda ready to roar again
BBC News – Sep 16, 2004
The coach, currently travelling in Europe, is also seeking to recall Frank Matingou of French club Bastia, who last played for the country at the 2004 Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The Sweden-based trio of Yannick Ngaba Bapupa, Rene Makondele and Blaise Mbemba were all called up for the first time since LeRoy took over as coach. DR Congo share top spot in Group Two with Ghana on seven points after four matches of the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Argentina coach Bielsa ‘has quit’
CNN – Sep 14, 2004
Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona told television: "This decision is possibly the result of so many years of hassle, which can make it difficult to find the energy to continue. " The 49-year-old fell out of favor when Argentina crashed out of the 2002 World Cup finals at the first hurdle but restored some of his popularity by reaching this year’s Copa America final where they lost to Brazil. Victory at the Olympics where they beat Paraguay 1-0 in the final led many to believe Bielsa would stay on in his post till after the 2006 World Cup finals. The most popular candidate to replace him is Carlos Bianchi, who quit from the Boca Juniors coaching post at the beginning of July citing family reasons. Bianchi won the South American Libertadores Cup with Boca Juniors three times in four years and led them to this year’s final, resigning immediately after they lost to Colombia’s Once Caldas… Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona told television: "This decision is possibly the result of so many years of hassle, which can make it difficult to find the energy to continue. " The 49-year-old fell out of favor when Argentina crashed out of the 2002 World Cup finals at the first hurdle but restored some of his popularity by reaching this year’s Copa America final where they lost to Brazil. Victory at the Olympics where they beat Paraguay 1-0 in the final led many to believe Bielsa would stay on in his post till after the 2006 World Cup finals. The most popular candidate to replace him is Carlos Bianchi, who quit from the Boca Juniors coaching post at the beginning of July citing family reasons. Bianchi won the South American Libertadores Cup with Boca Juniors three times in four years and led them to this year’s final, resigning immediately after they lost to Colombia’s Once Caldas. Bielsa’s reported resignation came just as he appeared to be winning back the confidence of the Argentine public following his team’s shock failure in Japan and South Korea. In the last three months, Bielsa has successfully rebuilt his team, blending in younger players such as forward Carlos Tevez and midfielders Javier Mascherano and Luis Gonzalez.

Free offer is the answer
Hindu – Sep 16, 2004
Although the few hard core football fans in India who still follow the sport with great enthusiasm have become almost resigned to sub standard performances, every defeat, particularly one which is so one sided, always causes immense dejection. Japan had earlier won the first leg 7-0 and so after two matches Japan has successfully underscored its superiority by an aggregate of 11-0. India could not score a single goal. Old timers sadly recall that in the very first official match between the two countries, India had defeated Japan 3-2.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Sep 16, 2004
The average age of the players should be 26 and by 2010 they should have played at least 30 senior and 20 junior international matches. To further this plan, Albert Mokoena, chief operations officer of the South African Football Association, and Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter on Tuesday left for France. They will hold talks with the soccer bosses there about their team-building exercises, which led to France winning the World Cup in 1998. The establishment of a national soccer academy is also crucial to Safa’s plan for ‘Winning Team 2010. ‘ Mokoena and Baxter told Parliament’s portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday that they have no illusion about the pressure that will be on a South African soccer team playing in the 2010 tournament. “If Bafana Bafana lose their first match in the tournament, the enthusiasm will be killed off,” said Mokoena… ‘ Mokoena and Baxter told Parliament’s portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday that they have no illusion about the pressure that will be on a South African soccer team playing in the 2010 tournament. “If Bafana Bafana lose their first match in the tournament, the enthusiasm will be killed off,” said Mokoena. In accordance with Baxter’s contract, Bafana have to deliver good performances in the 2006 African Nations Cup tournament in Egypt, the 2006 World Cup tournament in Germany and again in the 2010 contest in SA. Butana Komphela, chairperson of the portfolio committee, said it was expected that “the system” would deliver a winning team by 2010. A good performance by Bafana would contribute to people in the second economy being lifted to the first economy. Mokoena and Baxter emphasised that it would be too late if the development of a winning team didn’t begin immediately. Baxter pointed out that profiles of seven of the last eight winning teams in the World Cup tournament showed that the average age had been 26.

Fifa reschedules Kenya ties
BBC News – Sep 15, 2004
The Harambee Stars’ opening Group Five fixtures were indefinitely delayed after the country was suspended from international football. This followed governmental interference in the affairs of the Kenya Football Federation. Fifa lifted the suspension on 6 August, following which consultations were made with Kenya and the three concerned nations – Guinea, Morocco and Tunisia – to organise a match schedule. Kenya had been due to host Guinea on 5 June, but will now play the Syli Nationale on 17 November, while their game in Morocco now takes place on 9 February 2005.

Hughes open to Ewood Park move
rte.ie – Sep 14, 2004
The Wales boss is keen to return to Ewood Park where he spent two happy years as a player and succeed Graeme Souness, who left to take charge at Newcastle. Hughes has built a good reputation for himself since stepping into management as coach of the Welsh national team and has emerged as a popular choice to take charge at Blackburn. Wales narrowly missed out on making it to Euro 2004 in Portugal this summer and still have hopes of qualifying from the same group as England for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Hughes is very happy in charge of Wales but his dream is to manage in the Barclays Premiership and there is a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave if an offer came in. Blackburn are yet to talk to Hughes, but he is waiting and hoping they make an approach to the Welsh Football Association seeking permission to do so. Dennis Roach, who is Hughes’ representative, said: “Mark has a contract with Wales which he totally respects. “It has always been his ambition to manage in the Premiership if the right job at the right club came along, and there is a clause in his contract which allows for that to happen… “It has always been his ambition to manage in the Premiership if the right job at the right club came along, and there is a clause in his contract which allows for that to happen. “The people at Blackburn would have to go through the right channels with the Welsh Football Association but if they wanted to talk to Mark then he would be very interested to listen. ”
At the moment Hughes is preparing for Wales’ next World Cup qualifier – against England at Old Trafford on October 9 – but if Blackburn make their move this week then he could be installed as their new manager by the weekend. Filed by Barry McEneaney.

Poor Super League hindering national team: Haan
chinadaily.com.cn – Sep 14, 2004
com) Updated: 2004-09-14 16:44
China coach Arie Haan has claimed that
poor quality of Chinese Super League is hindering his work at national team. The Dutchman
made this criticism after watching the biggest match in this season so far –
Shenzhen Jianlibao’s 2-0 win at defending champions Shanghai Shenhua, as South
China Morning Post reported. The match, which Haan complained as being played at a low rhythm, left
Shenzhen four points clear at the top while Shenhua slumped from second to fifth
place. Haan said his job as manager of Chinese national team has become more
difficult, as his players didn’t play with intensity in league games. Haan previously criticized the league’s reduction of two teams this season,
saying it would make his players lack of matches… Haan said his job as manager of Chinese national team has become more
difficult, as his players didn’t play with intensity in league games. Haan previously criticized the league’s reduction of two teams this season,
saying it would make his players lack of matches. Additionally the Asian
Football Confederation(AFC)’s insistence on home-and-away mode, rather than a
centralized tournament for World Cup qualifying matches, has made the quality of
domestic league matches more important. Haan also noted his team would have only 10 days for preparation ahead of
World Cup matches, to compared with two months like before. Therefore, the
quality of domestic league must be increased, otherwise problems of various kind
would occure. Haan is more optimistic about Shenzhen’s fullback Zheng Zhi despite a series
of recent uncharacteristic errors, which culminated in his dismissal for two
yellow cards in the space of two minutes in last week’s World Cup qualifier in
Malaysia. Haan said Zheng Zhi had a good Asian Cup and lots of positive publicity and
it’s difficult to get back to the same level.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa sanctions Guinea Bissau
BBC News – Sep 14, 2004
Guinea Bissau’s participation in the GOAL project – in which Fifa helps to pay for a structural improvements or new facilities in impoverished member countries – is at the centre of the controversy. According to Fifa official Kamlam Sampon, over US $367,000 disbursed for the construction of a new headquarters for the Guinea Bissau Football Federation has not been accounted for. Sampon, a former Ivorian national coach, said construction of the complex – which would have included a training centre with accommodation for players – was to have started in 2002. Jose Medina Lobato, president of the Guinea Bissau federation, has promised an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible for stealing the money… Sampon, a former Ivorian national coach, said construction of the complex – which would have included a training centre with accommodation for players – was to have started in 2002. Jose Medina Lobato, president of the Guinea Bissau federation, has promised an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible for stealing the money. The former Portuguese colony, one of the poorest countries in the world, struggled to raise funds to participate in ther 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

SA’s 2010 World Cup strategy
news24.com – Sep 14, 2004
The average age of the players should be 26 and by 2010 they should have played at least 30 senior and 20 junior international matches. To further this plan, Albert Mokoena, CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) and Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter on Tuesday left for France. They will hold talks with the soccer bosses there about their team-building exercises, which led to France winning the World Cup in 1998. The establishment of a national soccer academy is also indispensable to Safa's plan for "Winning Team 2010". Mokoena and Baxter told parliament's portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday they had no illusions about the pressure on a South African soccer team to play in the 2010 SWC tournament. Mokoena said: "If Bafana Bafana lose their first match in the tournament, the enthusiasm will be killed off… Mokoena and Baxter told parliament's portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday they had no illusions about the pressure on a South African soccer team to play in the 2010 SWC tournament. Mokoena said: "If Bafana Bafana lose their first match in the tournament, the enthusiasm will be killed off. "
In accordance with Baxter's contract, Bafana Bafana have to deliver good performances in the 2006 African Nations Cup tournament in Egypt, the 2008 SWC tournament in Germany and again in the 2010 SWC tournament in South Africa. Must begin immediately

Butana Komphela, chairperson of the portfolio committee, said it was expected "the system" would deliver a winning team by 2010. A good performance by Bafana Bafana would contribute to people in the second economy being lifted to the first economy. Mokoena and Baxter emphasised that it would be too late if the development of a winning team didn't begin immediately. Baxter pointed out that profiles of seven of the last eight winning teams in the SWC tournament showed the average age had been 26.

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