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October 16, 2004

Bafana caoch needs dose of cold reality

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The News Review:

* FA requesting Beckham observations
* BBC SPORT | Football | Mutu future in doubt at Chelsea
* RTÉ Sport: SFA hold fire on Vogts decision
* Bafana caoch needs dose of cold reality
* V. Williams loses Kremlin Cup quarterfinal match to Bovina
* Klinsmann dismisses criticism
* Diouf banned by Senegal
* More players just say no
* CFU teams struggle as US, Mexico and Guatemala advance
* Europe reshuffled before World Cup
* AFC to watch Chinese qualifier ‘carefully’
* Vogts to stay on as Scotland coach
* US gets big win in soccer
* SFA mull over the future of boss Berti
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nigeria call in new blood
* Schopp undergoes hand operation
* donga.com [english donga]
* Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace

FA requesting Beckham observations
CNN International – Oct 16, 2004
"As for possible repercussions, Eriksson said: "I don’t know if the FA or FIFA are going to do anything. For me it’s finished. "England’s next game is a November 17 friendly against Spain in Madrid, while the Group Six leaders continue their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup in March away to Northern Ireland.

BBC SPORT | Football | Mutu future in doubt at Chelsea
BBC News – Oct 16, 2004
The pair have been at odds over the striker’s fitness, with Mutu defying Mourinho’s wishes by playing a World Cup qualifier for Romania last weekend. Mourinho admitted on Friday that he could not be certain that Mutu would play for the club again. And a newspaper report on Saturday said Mutu had gone to Italy for a holiday without the club’s permission. Mutu was signed for ?15. 8m from Parma by previous manager Claudio Ranieri in August last year.

RTÉ Sport: SFA hold fire on Vogts decision
rte.ie – Oct 15, 2004
Speculation is rife over the future of the national team boss after the 1-1 draw against Moldova on Wednesday, with an emergency board meeting reportedly set to convene on Monday. McBeth, the former Clyde chairman, was away on other business today thus preventing any possible decision being made today. Vogts’ position has become the subject of concern after a string of disappointing results, with the result in Chisinau – against a team ranked 113th in the world – the last straw as far as many of the 1,800 travelling Tartan Army members were concerned. The former World Cup winner was not at his desk today as he was on a day off… The former World Cup winner was not at his desk today as he was on a day off. Sacking Vogts would require a substantial compensation package. His contract runs until the 2006 World Cup finals – coincidentally in Germany – and fellow countryman Rainer Bonhof, the Under-21 coach, is also contracted for the next two years. There have been no calls for Bonhof to leave but his current side have not won in almost a year, so he would be likely to depart with Vogts. Gordon Strachan and Walter Smith have already been touted as ideal replacements for Vogts and both are currently out of work.

Bafana caoch needs dose of cold reality
Cape Times – Cape Times (subscription) – Oct 15, 2004
It works every time. All those hailing coach Stuart Baxter as the umpteenth messiah of our troubled sporting land must perhaps be reminded that we’ve been through all of this before. Let’s not forget that qualifying for both the African Nations Cup and World Cup finals has always been non-negotiable for Bafana coaches. Beating the likes of lowly Uganda is par for the course.

V. Williams loses Kremlin Cup quarterfinal match to Bovina
Seattle Times – Oct 16, 2004
billionaire’s family said in a statement. Beckham is asked to respond: David Beckham has some explaining to do. The English Football Association asked the England captain yesterday to file a written explanation on his deliberate foul last weekend in a World Cup qualifier against Wales. The FA said Beckham could face a fine, suspension or an official warning for “bringing the game into disrepute. ”

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Klinsmann dismisses criticism
Expatica – Oct 14, 2004
Klinsmann told Die Welt daily he was saddened by the fact that the issue generated more headlines than the match in Teheran. “It is the right of people from many areas to criticise certain things. But they should all bear in mind that all we have in mind is the 2006 World Cup,” Klinsmann told Die Welt daily. The trainer added that it was natural for him to replace Maier with Andreas Koepke, who was goalkeeper of the German side Klinsmann captained to the Euro 1996 title. “It is natural to include someone I know and who I can trust,” said Klinsmann. Mayer-Vorfelder told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily that he fully supported Klinsmann, who replaced Rudi Voeller in July. “I would rate nothing I have seen him do as unreasonable,” said Mayer-Vorfelder.

Diouf banned by Senegal
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 16, 2004
Hearts even missed a penalty when 2-0 down as Steven Pressley hit the post following Jackie McNamara’s handball. Second-placed Rangers travel to third-placed Motherwell today. China and Hong Kong have been warned against fixing their crucial World Cup football qualifier next month. The Asian Football Confederation has told the two countries not to indulge in any “funny business” in their meeting in China on Nov 17 which the hosts must win by a wide margin to have any hope of reaching Germany 2006. “Both FIFA and the AFC will be watching the matches very carefully,” revealed Peter Velappan, the AFC general secretary. “If there is any funny business, they will face the music. “Velappan’s comments come after a leading Chinese sports newspaper, in what has been seen as a cynical attack on China’s corruption-plagued Super League, urged Yan Shiduo, the head of the China Football Association, to lean on Hong Kong to throw the match.

More players just say no
Mail & Guardian Online – Oct 15, 2004
But scattered around Europe, while their compatriots are sweating and fretting over the latest bout of qualifying matches for Germany 2006, a worryingly large number of elite footballers will spend the time with their feet up and their minds at rest. After the European Championship finals, a number of global superstars quit their national teams prematurely. It is not as though they can no longer cut it on the big stage: you can still catch former France captain Zinedine Zidane caressing the ball for Real Madrid. Pavel Nedved, one-time playmaker for the Czech Republic, is bewildering defences for Juventus… ”Fifa ought to be concerned that internationals are becoming a question of choice. A seasoned professional now asks himself: do I need this? It is a bitter experience for players who were part of the all-conquering France team of 1998 to 2000 to cope with being losers. It is no coincidence that the older generation, who doubt their effectiveness come their mid-30s at the 2006 World Cup, called it a day this year. Long gone, alas, is the spirit of Roger Milla, who danced his merry way through the 1990 World Cup finals at the ripe old age of 40. That is 11 years older than Scholes when he decided to make himself unavailable to England. Maybe it is Greece’s fault. Maybe players such as Zidane, Nedved and Luis Figo — whose bewilderment at the success of Otto Rehhagel’s team at the expense of more technically gifted opponents in Portugal was all too tangible — felt that their way was not working any more.

CFU teams struggle as US, Mexico and Guatemala advance
Jamaica Observer – Oct 15, 2004
In other matches: The United States extended their unbeaten streak to 12 matches when they crushed Panama 6-0 in Washington, DC; Guatemala sealed their berth with a 1-0 win over visitors Honduras in Guatemala City; and Costa Rica topped hosts Canada 3-1 in Vancouver. At the conclusion of the semi-final round on November 17, the two nations topping each of the three groups will advance to a final round of qualification involving half-dozen teams between February 9 and October 12 next year. The top three finishers in the final round of qualification will advance directly to the 2006 World Cup Finals. The fourth-place finisher will contest a home-and-away playoff against the fifth-place finisher of the Asian Football Confederation for one of the last berths into the World Cup. The playoffs will occur in November next year. At Warner Park: Two goals from Kendall Velox in the ninth and 82nd minutes, and one from Shandel Samuel in the 65th minute helped SVG win on the road against hosts St Kitts & Nevis. The win sees the Vincey Heat still having a mathematical, if not realistic, chance of reaching the final stage of qualification.

Europe reshuffled before World Cup
Taipei Times – Oct 15, 2004
Despite its domination in Oceania — which includes New Zealand and Pacific nations like Fiji and Vanuatu — Australia’s only appearance in soccer’s quadrennial showpiece was in 1974. The Australians failed at the final qualifying hurdle for France ’98 and Korea-Japan 2002 by losing intercontinental playoffs against Iran and Uruguay. The Oceania champion has to beat the fifth-ranked South American team in a playoff to reach the 2006 World Cup in Germany. To reach the World Cup, O’Neill knows that Australia’s national team needs better competition, more often. Oceania is the youngest of FIFA’s regional confederations and the only one that isn’t guaranteed at least one automatic place at the World Cup. Despite the push into Asia, O’Neill said Australia was committed to Oceania. “We will never abandon Oceania, which would be nothing without Australia,” he said.

AFC to watch Chinese qualifier ‘carefully’
chinadaily.com.cn – Oct 15, 2004
China must beat Hong Kong by a wide margin in their last Group Four match on
November 17 to have any chance of advancing to next year’s final round of Asian
qualifiers. Kuwait beat China 1-0 in midweek to go top on goal difference. The Gulf side, who are two goals better off than China, are at home to
winless Malaysia in their final match and now favourites to claim the one
qualification spot. “Both FIFA and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) will be watching the
matches very carefully,” AFC general secretary Peter Velappan told Reuters.

Vogts to stay on as Scotland coach
EastDay.com – Oct 14, 2004
The draw left
the Scots second from bottom of Group Five with just two points from three
games. Asked whether he intended to resign, the former German World Cup
winner would only say: “Please, ask the Scottish Football Association that
question. ”

Xinhua.

US gets big win in soccer
St. Petersburg Times – Oct 14, 2004
gets big win in soccerBy wire servicesPublished October 14, 2004 WASHINGTON – Established star Landon Donovan and rising sensation Eddie Johnson carried the United States into the region qualifying finals for the 2006 World Cup in emphatic fashion Wednesday night. Donovan scored the first two goals, then Johnson, a second-half substitute, got three in a row in a 6-0 rout of Panama. It was the first U. hat trick in World Cup qualifying since 1968 and only the third ever… gets big win in soccerBy wire servicesPublished October 14, 2004 WASHINGTON – Established star Landon Donovan and rising sensation Eddie Johnson carried the United States into the region qualifying finals for the 2006 World Cup in emphatic fashion Wednesday night. Donovan scored the first two goals, then Johnson, a second-half substitute, got three in a row in a 6-0 rout of Panama. It was the first U. hat trick in World Cup qualifying since 1968 and only the third ever. The victory extended the Americans’ longest unbeaten streak to 12 games and moved them one huge step closer to Germany ’06. They clinched a spot in the CONCACAF region finals, where the top three of six teams automatically make the World Cup field.

SFA mull over the future of boss Berti
go.com – Oct 15, 2004
world –>Updated: Oct. 15, 2004SFA mull over the future of boss BertiThe Scottish Football Association will make no decision on the future ofbeleaguered Scotland manager Berti Vogts until president John McBeth returns toHampden Park. Speculation is rife over the future of the national team boss after the 1-1draw against Moldova on Wednesday, with an emergency board meeting reportedlyset to convene on Monday. McBeth, the former Clyde chairman, was away on other business today thuspreventing any possible decision being made today. Vogts’ position has become the subject of concern after a string ofdisappointing results, with the result in Chisinau – against a team ranked 113thin the world – the last straw as far as many of the 1,800 travelling Tartan Armymembers were concerned. The German was sworn at by frustrated supporters, who made it clear theywanted him removed from the post… ‘Whether that return will be simply to clear his desk and depart remains to beseen. But any sacking would require a substantial compensation package. Vogts’ contract runs until the 2006 World Cup finals – coincidentally inGermany – and fellow countryman Rainer Bonhof, the Under-21 coach, is alsocontracted for the next two years. There have been no calls for Bonhof to leave but his current side have not wonin almost a year, so he would be likely to depart with Vogts. Gordon Strachan and Walter Smith have already been touted as idealreplacements for Vogts and both are currently out of work. Strachan has been out of management since February since leaving Southamptonwhile former Rangers manager Smith left Manchester United in the summer after abrief stint as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager. Former internationals Eric Black and Gary McAllister are other possibilities,while bookmakers have even suggested former England captain Terry Butcher, nowin charge at Motherwell, would also be an option.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Nigeria call in new blood
BBC News – Oct 14, 2004
They include defender Patrick Owomoyela who plays for German side Armenia Bielefeld, Stephen Makinwa from Italian second division team Genoa and Yussuf Ayila, who plays for Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv. Hungary will also participate in the four-nation tournament, which starts on 20 October. The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) says the tournament will help coach Christian Chukwu try out untested players before the Super Eagles resume their 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Nigeria play their next match against Gabon on 26 March. “There are hundreds of players that are untested and a competition of this magnitude will afford the coach a chance to see them in action,” NFA secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi told BBC Sport. “We just hope all the invited foreign players will be available. ”

However, the bulk of Nigeria’s 20-man squad is made up of players from the domestic league… They include defender Patrick Owomoyela who plays for German side Armenia Bielefeld, Stephen Makinwa from Italian second division team Genoa and Yussuf Ayila, who plays for Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv. Hungary will also participate in the four-nation tournament, which starts on 20 October. The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) says the tournament will help coach Christian Chukwu try out untested players before the Super Eagles resume their 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Nigeria play their next match against Gabon on 26 March. “There are hundreds of players that are untested and a competition of this magnitude will afford the coach a chance to see them in action,” NFA secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi told BBC Sport. “We just hope all the invited foreign players will be available. ”

However, the bulk of Nigeria’s 20-man squad is made up of players from the domestic league.

Schopp undergoes hand operation
go.com – Oct 15, 2004
BRESCIA –>Updated: Oct. 15, 2004Schopp undergoes hand operationVIENNA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Austria midfielder Markus Schopp, who scored two goals against Northern Ireland on Wednesday, underwent surgery on Friday to mend a broken hand. ‘Markus Schopp is now undergoing a hand operation,’ theAustrian Football Association said in a statement. ‘He will beable to begin training again in around two weeks. ‘The Brescia skipper broke a bone in his left hand duringWednesday’s 3-3 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Belfast. The Austrians have complained that Australian referee MarkShield permitted what they believe to have been overzealoustackling during the match. With Group Six pace-setters England and Poland both winning,Wednesday’s draw did little for either Austria or NorthernIreland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup… ‘The Brescia skipper broke a bone in his left hand duringWednesday’s 3-3 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Belfast. The Austrians have complained that Australian referee MarkShield permitted what they believe to have been overzealoustackling during the match. With Group Six pace-setters England and Poland both winning,Wednesday’s draw did little for either Austria or NorthernIreland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Your views on this story?.

donga.com [english donga]
donga.com – Donga.com – Oct 14, 2004
Korean soccer now is only frustrating its fans. A Group 7 match in the FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifiers against Lebanon was held on October 14. Korea, which was planning to celebrate its placement in the final round of the Asian qualifiers, was held to a 1-1 draw. The Korean team now has three wins, two draws, and 11 points, and has the lead in Group 7 by one point over Lebanon, which has 10 points (three wins, one draw, and one defeat). In the end, success or failure to advance to the final round of World Cup Asian qualifiers will be determined in Korea?s final match against Maldives on November 17. Again, Korea wasn?t successful in making goals… ? Another web user, ?uni1222,? reproached the national team, saying, ?Let?s cheer for the rookies who are making an effort. ?

There were other comments like, ?Let?s prepare for the future of Korean soccer by letting new players like Park Joo-young play. ?

Meanwhile, the tied game between Korea and Lebanon was picked as the most surprising World Cup qualifying match in a poll held by the Asian Football Confederation on their website (www.

Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace
manchesteronline.co.uk – Oct 15, 2004
Allardyce will sit down with his 35-year-old midfielder after tomorrow’s game with Crystal Palace to discuss the player’s future. However, the Bolton chief insists the matter will be resolved, one way or another, in weeks rather than months. Speed, who retired from international football after Wednesday World Cup defeat by Poland, is being touted as Mark Hughes’s successor either as manager or in partnership with ex-Wrexham and Swansea boss Brian Flynn. But he’s contracted to Wanderers until 2006 and Allardyce said: “We paid ‘750,000 for him and if he leaves they would have to pay that in compensation. “Any other demand on a part-time basis would have to be considered by me and him together. Gary has to think about his own future now in many ways including how many years he wants to play in the Premiership. “But I think it’s the right time for him to retire from international football… However, the Bolton chief insists the matter will be resolved, one way or another, in weeks rather than months. Speed, who retired from international football after Wednesday World Cup defeat by Poland, is being touted as Mark Hughes’s successor either as manager or in partnership with ex-Wrexham and Swansea boss Brian Flynn. But he’s contracted to Wanderers until 2006 and Allardyce said: “We paid ‘750,000 for him and if he leaves they would have to pay that in compensation. “Any other demand on a part-time basis would have to be considered by me and him together. Gary has to think about his own future now in many ways including how many years he wants to play in the Premiership. “But I think it’s the right time for him to retire from international football. His family hasn’t seen him for the best part of 8-10 years because all he’s been doing is playing domestically, playing European football at whichever club he’s been at and playing internationally on a regular basis.

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