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The News Review:

* Xbox named official console of World Cup 2006
* FIFA eye early break for World Cup
* FA gives Eriksson a vote of confidence
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nigeria’s Aghahowa injured
* Rae’s say: Chairman on board
* Nedved opts to quit internationals
* Blake calls time on Wales
* ESPN.com – SPORTSBUSINESS – The band that bonds
* Ask Jay-Jay Okocha
* SVG may lose overseas stars
* De Mol snags football rights
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Stadler/Irwin in UBS Cup
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Fijian holds firm in Lumber
* European Football Finance Forum
* DRC assistant coach in court

Xbox named official console of World Cup 2006
ITworld.com – Sep 24, 2004
com – Xbox named official console of World Cup 2006. has signed a sponsorship deal with F�d�ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), soccer’s world governing body, that will make its Xbox gaming console the official console of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the company said Friday… Electronic Arts Inc. is producing a “FIFA Soccer 2005” game, which will be available for the Xbox. The FIFA 2006 World Cup is scheduled to be held in June and July 2006 in Germany.

FIFA eye early break for World Cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 23, 2004
The Football Committee and the Technical and Development Committee – the latter chaired by Michel Platini – met in Zurich yesterday and their view was that players, especially internationals, are taking part in too many matches. To help in this respect the April international date has been abolished. The proposals, which require approval from the Executive Committee, are: May 14, 2006 – final match day for all 2005-06 league and cup competitions (including finals) organised by national associations; May 15-22- rest period for players; May 23-June 8 – preparation period for countries taking part in the finals.

FA gives Eriksson a vote of confidence
Independent Online – Sep 23, 2004
The FA also refuted reports in the English media that Eriksson’s eventual successor could be appointed on a part-time basis. “Contrary to unattributed and unhelpful comments in certain recent reports, the FA would like to make clear that Sven-Goran Eriksson has the full support of the organisation,” the FA said in a statement. “The team has made a strong start to its World Cup qualifying campaign and everyone at the FA is looking forward to Sven and the players building on that as we move towards the 2006 World Cup. But a flurry of reports had suggested the FA would be prepared to see him go because of a lingering feeling that England’s results under Eriksson have not justified his hefty annual salary… The FA also refuted reports in the English media that Eriksson’s eventual successor could be appointed on a part-time basis. “Contrary to unattributed and unhelpful comments in certain recent reports, the FA would like to make clear that Sven-Goran Eriksson has the full support of the organisation,” the FA said in a statement. “The team has made a strong start to its World Cup qualifying campaign and everyone at the FA is looking forward to Sven and the players building on that as we move towards the 2006 World Cup. But a flurry of reports had suggested the FA would be prepared to see him go because of a lingering feeling that England’s results under Eriksson have not justified his hefty annual salary.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Sep 25, 2004
The Football Committee and Technical and Development Committee of world soccer?s ruling body met on Thursday in Zurich to discuss the sport?s co-ordinated match calendar. ?The view of the technical experts in world football is very clear ? players, especially internationals, are taking part in too many matches,? FIFA said in a statement. Both committees agreed that there should be a longer preparation period for the next World Cup, with a proposal to end 2005-06 European domestic seasons by May 14 before the June 9 start of the tournament in Germany. The meeting was chaired by FIFA vice-president Angel Maria Villar Llona and Executive Committee member Michel Platini.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nigeria’s Aghahowa injured
BBC News – Sep 23, 2004
The Super Eagles forward, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine, has been ruled out for up to two weeks due to a knee injury. Officials of the club said Aghahowa’s injury was the consequence of banging his knee against the goalpost in last Saturday’s league match at Metalurg Zaporizhya. Aghahowa is his club’s leading league goalscorer with four goals in seven matches. The injury also means that the striker will definitely miss Shakhtar’s European Champions League match away to Barcelona on 29 September.

Rae’s say: Chairman on board
go.com – Sep 25, 2004
For every one I receive endorsing the idea of bringing in an experienced European boss, there is another passionately defending the merits of Chukwu and his ability to bring the best out of Olofinjana, Obodo and Utaka. Then there are those who occupy the middle way, supporting Chukwu but advocating the appointment of a worldly technical advisor to take some of the pressure off him. Last week, the NFA ended the suspense, extending Christian Chukwu’s contract by two years, thus taking him through to the end of the 2006 World Cup Finals. For me, it’s the best decision Nigerian football administrators have taken in some time. For starters, Chukwu’s results have by and large been impressive and victories (such as the recent 3-0 triumph in Harare) have been achieved in an attractive manner befitting the Super Eagles. Secondly, it sends an important message to club coaches all over Nigeria, that foreign doesn’t necessarily mean better. ‘Chairman’ Chukwu deserves a vote of confidence from us all.

Nedved opts to quit internationals
CNN – Sep 24, 2004
"It really saddens me to be leaving the national team and I believe that my former team mates, who I was honoured to play with, as well as my fans will respect and understand my decision," he said in a statement. "I do not want to be seen as leaving without feeling or as being disgruntled. And because of this, I wish Czech football further success," he added. Nedved made his debut for the Czech Republic against Ireland in 1994 and played 83 times for his country, scoring 17 goals. He moved to Lazio from Sparta Prague in 1996, helping the Rome-based club to victories in the Italian Cup in 1998 and the European Winners’ Cup in 1999. The following season Lazio clinched the Italian league and cup double and Juventus paid 41 million euros ($49. 5 million) for Nedved in 2001… He helped Juventus win league titles in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 he missed Juventus’ Champions League final with AC Milan after a booking in the semi-finals. The Czech Republic will need to replace their most influential player for the remaining 2006 World Cup qualifiers after an opening 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands. Nedved did not play in that game. The Czechs play Romania in a Group One qualifier on October 9 and Armenia four days later.

Blake calls time on Wales
BBC News – Sep 23, 2004
“It’s come to a stage where I have to put myself and my family first,” Blake told BBC Wales Sport. “International football was becoming a very difficult thing to do because I was spending a lot of time away but not always being involved. ”

Blake, 32, made his Wales debut 10 years ago and went on to win 29 caps, scoring four goals. His last appearance for his country came as a substitute in last November’s 1-0 Euro 2004 second-leg play-off defeat to Russia in Cardiff. “If we qualified for the 2006 World Cup [in Germany] I’ll be 34 and the chances of me being involved would be very slight,” Blake added. “I think it’s just a good time to go… ”

Blake, 32, made his Wales debut 10 years ago and went on to win 29 caps, scoring four goals. His last appearance for his country came as a substitute in last November’s 1-0 Euro 2004 second-leg play-off defeat to Russia in Cardiff. “If we qualified for the 2006 World Cup [in Germany] I’ll be 34 and the chances of me being involved would be very slight,” Blake added. “I think it’s just a good time to go. ”

Blake, who has started only twice for his new club Leicester this season, insisted his decision to quit Wales had nothing to do with the imminent departure of manager Mark Hughes. Injuries have limited Blake’s club appearances over recent months, but the former Cardiff City forward says he hopes his retirement from international football will improve his chances of succes with the Foxes. “I’m having an indifferent time at the moment so I want to get my head down and try to make the most of it at Leicester,” he said.

ESPN.com – SPORTSBUSINESS – The band that bonds
ESPN – Sep 23, 2004
John Kerry and his wife, Teresa, “wrote a large check” to the foundation, Armstrong said he was delighted to see the Democratic presidential candidate wearing the bands on the campaign trail. “He basically refused to take it off,” Armstrong said. And it hit home again when he opened his hometown paper, The Austin American-Statesman, and saw two players on opposing high school football teams, down on the ground following the end of a play. Both had one thing in common — the bracelet. “I thought, at best, we’d sell maybe 500,000 of them, since that sounded like a lot,” Armstrong said. “We feel really lucky that this caught on in the way it did,” Armstrong Foundation spokesperson Michelle Milford said. “We thought the height of this was going to be during the Tour De France.

Ask Jay-Jay Okocha
BBC News – Sep 24, 2004
Okocha has had a long and controversial career, both at club and country level. His spectacular attacking play has resulted in some truly memorable goals, and some fine form since his arrival at Bolton has been instrumental in their climb from Premiership also-rans to their early-season place as contenders at the top of the table. The midfielder is also captain of Nigeria – flopped at the African Nations Cup earlier this year and who are now struggling to build a lead in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Okocha has now declared that he might be compelled to play a major role in the rest of their qualifying campaign… Okocha has had a long and controversial career, both at club and country level. His spectacular attacking play has resulted in some truly memorable goals, and some fine form since his arrival at Bolton has been instrumental in their climb from Premiership also-rans to their early-season place as contenders at the top of the table. The midfielder is also captain of Nigeria – flopped at the African Nations Cup earlier this year and who are now struggling to build a lead in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Okocha has now declared that he might be compelled to play a major role in the rest of their qualifying campaign. The deadline for questions has now passed. Thankyou for all your emails. Please listen out for the interview in a future edition of the programme on BBC World Service.

SVG may lose overseas stars
Jamaica Observer – Sep 25, 2004
Defenders Wesley Charles of Bray Wanderers in Ireland, Wesley John of Lixa in Portugal, and team captain Ezra Hendrickson of DC United in the United States have all apparently lost their first team places, after returning to their clubs late after national duties. The players were released from their clubs for matches against Mexico and St Kitts & Nevis, but were forced to remain away from the club action for a few extra days after both matches were rescheduled because of the passage of two hurricanes, Frances and Ivan through the region. Debbie King, office manager of the SVG Football Federation, said that she had sent off correspondence to the clubs notifying them of the situation. The clubs, however, are denying ever receiving any such information. King admitted that she had received news of John’s plight, and had learnt of both Hendrickson and Charles being omitted from their club’s fixtures immediately following their return. SVG have matches against Mexico on October 6 away in Pachuca and October 10 home, St Kitts & Nevis on October 13 away in Basseterre, and Trinidad & Tobago on November 17 away in Port of Spain remaining in their campaign. The team’s preparation was recently taken over by Yugoslav Zoran Vranes, who has replaced Britain’s Adrian Shaw as head coach.

De Mol snags football rights
Variety – Variety (subscription) – Sep 24, 2004
De Mol, through his investment company Talpa Capital, has bought up the rights to broadcast all six away away games for the Dutch team in the qualification rounds for the World Cup cup in 2006. Talpa outbid Dutch broadcasters RTL Netherlands, SBS Broadcasting and the Dutch pubcasters for the rights to the qualification matches which all three contenders said was too expensive for them to take on. First broadcast of the away games will be seen October 9, well before De Mol’s new venture is set to kick off, but De Mol reportedly sees it as an important promotional tool. De Mol made a deal to program the evening time slots on the Dutch channel Nickelodeon with Nick’s parent group MTV. The six away games for the Dutch team were said to have cost as much as E900,000 (US$1.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Stadler/Irwin in UBS Cup
BBC News – Sep 24, 2004
The two Champions Tour stars join US Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton and Ryder Cup player Jay Haas on the team, which is captained by Arnold Palmer. Mark McNulty and Sam Torrance were named to the 12-man Rest of the World team, led by Gary Player. They join European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie for the 18-21 November matchplay event.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Fijian holds firm in Lumber
BBC News – Sep 25, 2004
The world number one carded a level-par 72 to stay ahead of American Ryder Cup star Chris DiMarco (71). Jonathan Byrd and Matt Gogel were tied on nine under with two more players, Zach Johnson and Kent Jones, another shot further adrift. American Ryder Cup wildcard Stewart Cink shot 67 to climb to seven under. England’s Justin Rose handed in a 71 to reach four under with Spain’s former Masters champion Jose-Maria Olazabal on three under. Former Open champion Ben Curtis, who was just two
strokes behind Singh after the second round, slumped to a
nine-over 81.

European Football Finance Forum
go.com – Sep 24, 2004
An expert line-up of football clubs, banks, associations and analysts will be on hand during the two day Forum to provide solutions to football’s heavily documented problems and focus on the road to recovery and how the industry can achieve growth and stability. Delegates attending the event will be able to apply these strategies and solutions developed by some of the markets leading players directly to their business. Highlights include:’Event Chairman Dan Jones, Partner, Deloitte and Andrew Pearse, Director of Asset Finance, Credit Suisse First Boston, will discuss the financial aspects of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and how financial reporting, risk transfer mechanisms and securitisation will affect the success of the event. ‘Jon Holmes, Chairman and CEO, SFX Sports Group (Europe) Ltd. delivering a session on the role of agents and look at what is being done to tighten regulation, and the impact the media has on how agents are perceived. ‘Thomas Kurth, General Manager, G14 presenting an honest and informative talk on the financial impact of the battle between club and country. He will explain the future strategies of the richest and most powerful clubs in Europe.

DRC assistant coach in court
BBC News – Sep 24, 2004
The two players, goalkeeper Nkela Nkatu and striker Sasa Nseke, absconded in Paris a month ago while the Simbas were preparing for their 2006 World Cup qualifier against South Africa. However the case against him maybe dropped after the judge ruled that they cannot pursue the matter unless the person bringing the case is identified. “I was very stunned when I first heard that I was involved in the escape of Sasa and Nkela,” Mutubile told BBC Sport. “I’ve made a name for myself in football in this country and I think I
deserve some respect. ”

The DR Congo football association’s (Fecofa) statutes say that it can take a coach to court if found guilty of wrong doing with the national team… However the case against him maybe dropped after the judge ruled that they cannot pursue the matter unless the person bringing the case is identified. “I was very stunned when I first heard that I was involved in the escape of Sasa and Nkela,” Mutubile told BBC Sport. “I’ve made a name for myself in football in this country and I think I
deserve some respect. ”

The DR Congo football association’s (Fecofa) statutes say that it can take a coach to court if found guilty of wrong doing with the national team. But Fecofa officials say they do not think that Mutubile had any involvement in the disappearance of the two players. “I wanted to resign from the national team because there are rampant lies in this country but Fecofa officials have pleaded with me saying that they still need
my services. “They say that they are behind me.

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