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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | Irish have favourites’ look – Henry | eleven-a…
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Deaths mar World Cup weekend
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt sack Tardelli
* WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: Wales was outclassed in its match at Old…
* World Cup 2006 | The player ratings | eleven-a-side.com
* Hughes deserved a better farewell
* Owen clinches England win in Baku
* Bafana go one step closer
* World Cup pressure
* Baxter expected to recall Pule
* Shocks galore in African qualifiers
* Cole fired up for Gunners
* German goalkeeper battle escalates
* The gossip column
* Kahn to stay silent about rivalry with Lehmann
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Do-or-die game – Reggae Boyz in crucial match tonight

World Cup 2006 | Irish have favourites’ look – Henry | eleven-a…
eleven-a-side.com – Oct 13, 2004
World Cup 2006 | Irish have favourites? look ? Henry | eleven-a-side. com, at the home of Irish soccer on the Web, carrying news, views and reports on all aspects of Irish football, from the eircom league at home to the acheivements of those Irish players making their name abroad, and, of course, the international team.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Deaths mar World Cup weekend
BBC News – Oct 11, 2004
There was also crowd trouble at a number of other matches around the continent. In Conakry, there are unconfirmed reports that three people died in a crush to get tickets for Guinea’s game with Morocco. The match was so keenly anticipated that some 35,000 fans had gathered at the stadium six hours before kick-off trying to get to see the Group Five game. Another three were killed and eight more injured when fans panicked and stampeded in Lome after the lights in the stadium went out just minutes after the final whistle in Togo’s 1-0 win over Mali… In Malawi, police fired teargas to dispel stone-throwing crowds after they drew 2-2 with Tunisia. In the last five years, more than 200 people have lost their lives at football stadiums across the continent. Violence has regularly blighted major football encounters including the last two African Champions League finals, for example. While the Confederation of African Football has threatened to close some venues because of poor pitch conditions, it has never sought to stop the use of stadia which are no longer suitable for matches in important competitions like the World Cup. Caf has the power to close down stadiums it feels are inappropriate for international football and can use the threat
of such sanction to force the hand of government and municipal authorities. Suketu Patel, a Caf executive committee member, says African football’s governing body will be discussing the incidents at their meeting in Cairo that starts on 18 October. “There are several courses of action we can take including imposing fines and banning stadia, as we have done in the past,” he told BBC Sport.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt sack Tardelli
BBC News – Oct 11, 2004
Egypt’s 2-1 loss in a World Cup qualifier in Tripoli left them in fourth place in Group Three, five points behind leaders Ivory Coast and with just two wins from their opening five matches. Tardelli, 50, had been in charge since April and was specifically recruited to pilot the country to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. Egypt have not been at the World Cup since 1990. The sacking was announced on Monday just hours after Tardelli told reporters he was determined to see out his contract which was to last till 2006. Essam Abdel Moniem, president of the interim Egyptian Football Association (EFA)board, said the public outcry over the Pharaohs poor results had forced them to act. Moniem also said that Tardelli’s decision to spend extended periods of time in Italy, instead of staying in Egypt, was a sign that he was not committed to the job.

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: Wales was outclassed in its match at Old…
Taipei Times – Oct 11, 2004
The Poles have scored six goals in their last two games, both away from home. In key results: Slovenia upset Italy 1-0 in Group 5, France and Ireland drew 0-0 in Group 4, tiny Liechtenstein drew 2-2 with Euro 2004 runner-up Portugal in Group 3, and Spain defeated Belgium 2-0 in Group 7. Among the 23 European qualifying games for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic bounced back from a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands by beating Romania 1-0 to slow the Romanians’ quick start in Group 1. Finland beat Armenia 3-1 to draw even on nine points with Romania. Borussia Dortmund striker Jan Koller scored the Czech’s lone goal, ending a three-game winless streak. “Nothing but victory would’ve worked for us, and we got it,” Czech coach Karel Bruckner said. In the other group game, the Netherlands was held to a 2-2 draw at Macedonia… Scotland is winless after two home games with German coach Berti Vogts on the ropes. The German, who led his homeland to a Euro ’96 triumph at Wembley, said he didn’t expect to be fired. “Ask the question to my president (Scottish Football Association president John McBeth) not me,” he said. “My only target is the 2006 finals and I do not expect to be sacked. ”
In Group 7, Spain defeated Belgium 2-0 on second-half goals by Raul and Alberto Luque. The victory moves Spain on top with Lithuania. The two play Wednesday in Lithuania.

World Cup 2006 | The player ratings | eleven-a-side.com
eleven-a-side.com – Oct 13, 2004
World Cup 2006 | The player ratings | eleven-a-side. com, at the home of Irish soccer on the Web, carrying news, views and reports on all aspects of Irish football, from the eircom league at home to the acheivements of those Irish players making their name abroad, and, of course, the international team.

Hughes deserved a better farewell
BBC News – Oct 13, 2004
Back then, such were the confidence levels flowing in Welsh football that almost a year later an unprecedented 8,000 fans descended on Milan expecting another performance to savour. It wasn’t to be, and Wales stumbled into the play-offs after managing just one more point from two home matches in the remaining qualifiers. The Wales revival under Hughes had been based on defensive organisation rather than attacking flair, but no-one was complaining as long as the positive results kept on coming. He was even managing to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to release Ryan Giggs to play in a few friendlies. Hughes was also given support from the Football Association of Wales when he demanded the finances to bring a more professional approach into the Welsh set-up… He had no experience of countless club games to fall back on. The former Manchester United striker never attempted to hide his ambition of eventually leaving Wales to manage in the Premiership. But after promising to stay in charge for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, there was a sense of betrayal when he announced last month he was joining Blackburn. Would he have rejected Blackburn’s advances had Wales have won rather than drawn both of the opening qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland?

Victory against England and Poland would have been a perfect send off. Instead he leaves Wales under a cloud having failed to win any of his last 10 competitive matches in charge. But now it’s time to move on, and there is no doubt that Hughes’ successor will inherit a side in better shape than the one left by Gould five years ago. It is an ageing side, however, and there is precious little quality waiting in the wings.

Owen clinches England win in Baku
CNN International – Oct 13, 2004
The Real Madrid striker, standing in for suspended club teammate David Beckham as captain, broke the deadlock with his 28th international goal after 22 minutes, finishing off a superb cross from Ashley Cole. England were made to work hard in cold and windy conditions in Baku, although the home side rarely threatened Paul Robinson in the visitors’ goal. The result puts them one point clear of Poland at the top of the group, with the Poles winning 4-3 in Wales. "It was always going to be a difficult game away from home," said Owen.

Bafana go one step closer
Independent Online – Oct 11, 2004
A Benni McCarthy penalty in the 63rd minute of a bruising encounter against Uganda at a packed Mandela National Stadium had at around the same time secured Bafana an important 1-0 victory. Former Santos player Nasief Morris, normally used at right back, was the star of the show, playing in his favourite centre back position in place of suspended former skipper Mbulelo Mabizela.

World Cup pressure
BBC News – Oct 13, 2004
Actually maybe it should be 14 if you count all three coaches that have left Malawi’s ‘coaching panel. ‘

In April the Football Association of Malawi named three coaches John Kaputa, Yassin Osman and Kinnah Phirri to work together for a year before the best one was given the job permanently. The Flames are now looking for a new coach after the resignations of the three at various times since April, Yassin Osman was the latest to go. Osman stepped aside after the Flames drew 2-2 with Tunisia as they let slip a two goal lead against the African Champions… Actually maybe it should be 14 if you count all three coaches that have left Malawi’s ‘coaching panel. ‘

In April the Football Association of Malawi named three coaches John Kaputa, Yassin Osman and Kinnah Phirri to work together for a year before the best one was given the job permanently. The Flames are now looking for a new coach after the resignations of the three at various times since April, Yassin Osman was the latest to go. Osman stepped aside after the Flames drew 2-2 with Tunisia as they let slip a two goal lead against the African Champions. Another recent casualty is Liberia’s Kadala Kromah who quit his post on Tuesday, following the ransacking of his house on Sunday after the Lone Star lost 3-0 at home to Senegal. On Monday, Egypt fired their Italian coach Marco Tardelli, a former World Cup winner, after a rare defeat at the hands of neighbours Libya.

Baxter expected to recall Pule
Independent Online – Oct 12, 2004
The talented Pule last featured for Bafana Bafana during the African Nations Cup qualifying rounds in October after going absent without leave at Chiefs. Various soccer experts, including former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono and Ertugral, has been urging Baxter to recall Pule to stabilise the midfield. Mbulelo Mabizela will also be included in the team to play against the Super Eagles after missing Sunday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala. Mabizela, who plays for English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur, did not go to Kampala since he was serving a one match suspension in the game won 1-0 by Bafana Bafana. South African Football Association acting chief executive officer Albert Mokoena has confirmed the eagerly-awaited November 17 against the Super Eagles. Mokoena said the deal for the match has been signed and sealed by the two federations. He added that Safa will announce the venue after discussions with Baxter and his technical staff… Mbulelo Mabizela will also be included in the team to play against the Super Eagles after missing Sunday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala. Mabizela, who plays for English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur, did not go to Kampala since he was serving a one match suspension in the game won 1-0 by Bafana Bafana. South African Football Association acting chief executive officer Albert Mokoena has confirmed the eagerly-awaited November 17 against the Super Eagles. Mokoena said the deal for the match has been signed and sealed by the two federations. He added that Safa will announce the venue after discussions with Baxter and his technical staff. Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein are reported to be bidding to host the match which is expected to attract football lovers from as far as Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The two football federations have agreed that Nigeria will select their strongest possible squad, which is expected to include the big names like Jay-Jay Okocha, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Obafemi Martins.

Shocks galore in African qualifiers
Independent Online – Oct 11, 2004
Photo: AFP Shocks galore in African qualifiers October 11 2004 at 11:05AM The fifth round of matches in the African qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup provided several upsets at the weekend, as favourites continue to stumble. Considered by many as the flagship of African football, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions are in danger of losing out on a place at the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 after being held to a 1-1 draw in Sudan on Sunday. It could have been worse for the five-time finalists, as they needed an injury-time goal from Joseph-Desire Job to equalise Hamouda Bachir’s first half lead for the home side. The result sees Cameroon in third place in Group 3, trailing Cote d’Ivoire by four points.

Cole fired up for Gunners
ic Birmingham.co.uk – Oct 13, 2004
“The 22-year-old midfield player earned his first cap for Germany in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Iran and could be available on a free transfer in the summer when his contract with Villa expires. This has attracted the attention of the north German side who are keen to strengthen their squad with home-grown talent. Hamburg coach Klaus Toppmoller said: “It would be good to have a few German internationals from our side at the 2006 World Cup.

German goalkeeper battle escalates
Expatica – Oct 13, 2004
“We will train even more intensively at Bayern Munich so that Jens Lehmann will have no chance whatsoever to play in 2006,” said Maier. That was the latest Tuesday in the ongoing saga about whether Arsenal’s Lehmann or Bayern Munich’s Oliver Kahn is the true number 1 between the posts for Germany. Coach Juergen Klinsmann has stripped Kahn of his number 1 status, giving Lehmann a chance to become a starter in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in Germany… “There is no justice in the tough football business,” said Maier, who was tended goal when Germany won the 1974 World Cup. While the Euro 1996 keeper Andreas Koepke is the designated successor of Maier in the national team, Maier will continue to work with Kahn in Munich. It is not known yet whom Klinsmann will field in Germany’s next match on November 17 in Leipzig against Cameroon, but Kahn is likely to be the number 1 in the Asian tour in December with matches in Japan (16th), South Korea (19th) and Thailand (21st). After all, Lehmann has club obligations with Arsenal at the time and number 3 Timo Hildebrand may also not be available because his club VfB Stuttgart has a UEFA Cup game during the time. The Bild daily, meanwhile, said on Tuesday that Klinsmann had told Lehmann that he must wear the gloves of Germany’s national team suppliers Adidas instead of his regular Nike gloves.

The gossip column
BBC News – Oct 11, 2004
Major Manchester United shareholder John Magnier will be asked to clarify his plans for his stake in the club by the Stock Exchange (The Telegraph). Arsenal star Thierry Henry has denied reports that France boss Raymond Domenech has questioned his mental state (The Sun). But the Highbury striker is unsure whether his country can qualify for the 2006 World Cup after Saturday’s goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland (The Independent). Norway skipper Claus Lundekvam says his former boss at Southampton Gordon Strachan is the ideal man to manage his struggling national team (Daily Mail). Meanwhile, former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is only interested in taking charge at Saints if he has complete control of playing affairs (Daily Express). But the Frenchman’s former first-team coach at Anfield, Christian Damiano, is definitely set to join the St Mary’s coaching staff on Monday (The Guardian).

Kahn to stay silent about rivalry with Lehmann
SI.com – Oct 11, 2004
“I kindly request your understanding in this,” Kahn said, before turning and walking away. Earlier, Maier told reporters nothing was fair in football. “I’m sorry for what happened,” said Maier, who won the World Cup with West Germany in 1974 and was on the coaching staff of the 1990 team that won the title again. “For me the matter is history. I wish the team all the best. I would have liked to have been part of my ninth World Cup.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Oct 11, 2004
We haven?t played Wales for a long time and this is the win we wanted. We all worked well together and I think we?re all pleased with the result. ?It?s a good three good points and hopefully we can go on from here and qualify for the World Cup finals. ? With Paul Scholes now retired from international football, Rooney has found himself playing in a similar deep role once occupied by his Manchester United club teammate. ?I think it went pretty good for me in that role. I found a lot of space to get on the ball, I did get on the ball a lot and I made things happen,? said Rooney. ?I wasn?t surprised to play that role.

Do-or-die game – Reggae Boyz in crucial match tonight
Jamaica Gleaner – Oct 13, 2004
Jamaica will play El Salvador today in a crucial World Cup qualifying game. This evening’s World Cup qualifier is another opportune moment for the Jamaicans to stamp their class on the Central Ameri-cans as they chase three crucial points. That would significantly strengthen their goal of claiming one of two qualifying spots from this Group One quadrangular semi-final series in which all the teams boast a mathematical chance to advance… Jamaica will play El Salvador today in a crucial World Cup qualifying game. This evening’s World Cup qualifier is another opportune moment for the Jamaicans to stamp their class on the Central Ameri-cans as they chase three crucial points. That would significantly strengthen their goal of claiming one of two qualifying spots from this Group One quadrangular semi-final series in which all the teams boast a mathematical chance to advance. The Boyz are joint second in the group on five points with Panama, three behind the front-running United States.

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