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October 25, 2004

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The News Review:

* Football’s faults lie with officials
* German FA splits its presidency
* Red Devils about to confront the Gunners
* Craig Burley: The delay in sacking Vogts is just disgraceful, a no…
* Soccer News of Sunday, 24 October 2004
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BOPA Daily News Archive
* ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Germany battle influx of foreigners
* BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Horse Racing | Breeders’ Cup schedule
* Football Ireland
* Fecafoot denies ‘conflict’ reports
* Reactions: Boston vs. St. Louis

Football’s faults lie with officials
chinadaily.com.cn – Oct 25, 2004
The team finished second at the Asia Cup 2004 and this
turned out to be a source of pride for the FA, if not the fans, and secured Haan
another year as head coach. However, fate has not been on his side and his team flounder when they meet
with tough rivals. The FA never expected the national football squad to exit from the group
matches for the 2006 World Cup. The situation is untenable. For them, this humiliation justifies the reason to dismiss the coach. Haan has a solid track record. He represented the Netherlands in two World
Cup finals for nearly three decades.

German FA splits its presidency
go.com – Oct 24, 2004
24, 2004German FA splits its presidency Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Germany will host the 2006 World Cup under two football association (DFB) presidents after the job was formally split at a weekend congress. The DFB appointed treasurer Theo Zwanziger as a secondpresident alongside the 71-year-old Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelderfollowing a long power struggle. The two men will share the office for the next two years, acompromise reached in July after Zwanziger allies nearly forcedMayer-Vorfelder out amid criticism of his handling of the DFB,in particular the troubled search for a new World Cup coach. The 59-year-old Zwanziger will take over day-to-day runningof the DFB while Mayer-Vorfelder will remain in charge ofinternational relations and continue as chairman of the WorldCup organising committee supervisory board. ‘I don’t see any problems,’ Mayer-Vorfelder told Bild amSonntag newspaper.

Red Devils about to confront the Gunners
Taipei Times – Oct 24, 2004
The match ended in a brawl, with four Arsenal player suspended and the club fined ?175,000 (US$320,000 000). Scottish soccer officials met Friday to consider the future of national team manager Berti Vogts. The German coach appears likely to be dismissed after Scotland picked up just two points from its first three qualifying games for the 2006 World Cup. Last week’s 1-1 draw in Moldova left the Scots with virtually no chance of qualifying. Officials declined comment after the meeting. Any decision could come Tuesday when the full 11-member board meets.

Craig Burley: The delay in sacking Vogts is just disgraceful, a no…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 24, 2004
So what are the faceless blazers at the SFA waiting for?. Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story… If it wasn’t possible, if Vogts had been maximising the potential of his players, however poor, he would have been kept on. We don’t have our strongest side, but they are capable of more than they are showing at the moment. As for the World Cup, if we make it to the play-offs, get the open-top bus ready and get the gala organised. It would be a miracle. A more realistic target is to make the team competitive and hard to beat. How many good international games do we see? Most are pretty boring, a lot of draws and not many goals, unless Scotland are playing Holland.

Soccer News of Sunday, 24 October 2004
ghanaweb.com – Oct 24, 2004
Mr Quansah was however of the opinion that the decision of Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe to take the matter to court was unprecedented in the history of Ghana football and this will rather opened the floodgates for series of litigations that could paralyse soccer. On the senior national team, the Black Stars, Mr Quansah called on officials of the GFA to employ the services of a competent coach to handle the team to ensure that the team qualified for the 2006 World Cup. “We cannot continue to lay claims on the fact that we are a top football nation without going to the World Cup. He said as Ghana prepared to host the Nations Cup in 2008, there was the need for the government to put in place the right mechanism to ensure that the nation puts up a good show. “Hard work is about to come, the whole world would be looking at us and the world of sports is urging authorities to provide the infrastructures that will reflect modern trend in football… Nyaho-Tamakloe to take the matter to court was unprecedented in the history of Ghana football and this will rather opened the floodgates for series of litigations that could paralyse soccer. On the senior national team, the Black Stars, Mr Quansah called on officials of the GFA to employ the services of a competent coach to handle the team to ensure that the team qualified for the 2006 World Cup. “We cannot continue to lay claims on the fact that we are a top football nation without going to the World Cup. He said as Ghana prepared to host the Nations Cup in 2008, there was the need for the government to put in place the right mechanism to ensure that the nation puts up a good show. “Hard work is about to come, the whole world would be looking at us and the world of sports is urging authorities to provide the infrastructures that will reflect modern trend in football. ” Mr Quansah expressed his appreciation to corporate bodies and individuals who helped in the organisation of the event.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Oct 25, 2004
Since the Bosman ruling in 1995, EU countries have been forbidden from imposing limits on EU players in teams. The five non-EU players per side in Germany represented a higher threshold than in most other European leagues. But officials in Germany, which is due to host the 2006 World Cup, have been concerned at the increase in foreign nationals in the Bundesliga and the DFB has long been pushing for lower limits.

BOPA Daily News Archive
Republic of Botswana – Oct 25, 2004
This follows the opening of an account by the Botswana Football Association
(BFA) last May. BFA CEO Thabo Ntshinogang told BOPA in an interview that most of the
contributions came from individuals, with the rest coming from companies. Ntshinogang is hopeful that given the recent good performance by the team,
Batswana would be encouraged to make more contributions to the fund. He said
they were working with their marketing partners to explore other avenues
through which they could raise more funds for the national team. Since the beginning of the year the BFA has been dogged by financial
constraints and have at one point threatened to pull out the Zebras from the
competition… Gabolwelwe was given marching orders by Angolan referee Eugene Colombe for a
second bookable offence six minutes from full time after he mistook him for
Michael Mogaladi. Video footage confirmed that it was Mogaladi who was involved in the
incident. However, Ntshinogang revealed that according to the 2006 FIFA World Cup
rules and regulations protests were not encouraged, saying BFA wrote FIFA
just to make a note of the outcome of the game. There is a high probability that Gabolwelwe will miss the games against
Kenya and Tunisia.

ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Germany battle influx of foreigners
go.com – Oct 23, 2004
Since the Bosman ruling in 1995, EU countries have beenforbidden from imposing limits on EU players in teams. The five non-EU players per side in Germany represented ahigher threshold than in most other European leagues. But officials in Germany, which is due to host the 2006World Cup, have been concerned at the increase in foreignnationals in the Bundesliga and the DFB has long been pushingfor lower limits. Former Germany coach Rudi Voeller was especially critical ofthe declining number of German players in the Bundesliga, sayingit was hurting the national side. Many league clubs, however, led by Bayern Munich chairmanKarl-Heinz Rummenigge, opposed limits. Rummenigge said Bayernpreferred foreigners as long as they were superior. While not as glamorous as some other European leagues, theBundesliga can offer good salaries, with attendances of morethan 50,000 on average at the top clubs.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Horse Racing | Breeders’ Cup schedule
BBC News – Oct 25, 2004
No British or Irish horse has ever won and that duck will not be broken this year as there are no European challengers. However, Frankie Dettori, who has never won a Breeders’ Cup race on dirt, rides the Japanese-trained Personal Rush. Pleasantly Perfect is looking for back-to-back Classic victories – since winning last year the six-year-old has also claimed the Dubai World Cup and is reported by trainer Richard Mandella to be better than ever. Another runner is Freefourinternet – formerly trained in the UK by Brian Meehan – who will be ridden by female jockey Greta Kuntzweiler.

Football Ireland
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Oct 24, 2004
That Foran should have escaped so lightly is surprising given the identity of the Motherwell boss — one Terry Butcher. The former Ipswich, Rangers and England defender was never known for his love of all things Irish. One of Butcher’s most memorable quotes is contained in All Played Out, Pete Davies’ book on the 1990 World Cup in Italy. ‘I don’t like U2,’ Butcher sneers. ‘That’s rebel music, southern Irish. And Simple Minds? I found out that Jim Kerr was a Celtic supporter, so all my Simple Minds tapes went out the window. ’ Foran should read that and be glad he was in the starting line-up against Aberdeen yesterday, much less still have a job… No major infrastructural project in Ireland over the past few years has been free of planning objections — from the demolition of the Ballymun towers to the construction of the Kildare bypass and even the erection of the Spire. The idea that residents of Lansdowne Road will not object to the revamp is about as likely as Roy Keane holding a media barbie on the front lawn of his Cheshire mansion. O’Donoghue reckons that planning permission will be secured in 2006, with the diggers moving in that July, construction throughout 2007 and the new improved Lansdowne Road being open for business by the end of 2008. Which would make it about the first big development in Ireland to be delivered on schedule since Irish independence in 1922. The diary is willing to take plenty of two to one, as the great Damon Runyon would have said, that there’ll be no housewarming at Lansdowne until 2010 at the earliest. Butler’s bitter war of wordsWith an employment tribunal pending, the vigour with which Sunderland attacked former player and Ireland international Thomas Butler in a statement released on Thursday was surprising to say the least. The circumstances of Butler’s departure from the club are disputed, but in their statement Sunderland claim that Butler left of his own accord and, astonishingly for a player now lining out for Dunfermline, had twice indicated to club officials that he had no more enthusiasm for playing football.

Fecafoot denies ‘conflict’ reports
BBC News – Oct 23, 2004
Following the Indomitable Lions’ poor results in the first half of 2006 World Cup qualifying, stories have been circulating in Cameroon of indiscipline in the national squad. With the team lying four points adrift of Group Three leaders the Ivory Coast, Cameroonian newspapers have published tales alleging that players are refusing to turn out for the national team and that German coach Winfried Schaefer is losing his authority. Yet Fecafoot’s deputy secretary general, Prince Ndoki Mukete, has denied the reports. “To the best of our knowledge there is no conflict in the team between the players and their coaches,” he told BBC Sport… Following the Indomitable Lions’ poor results in the first half of 2006 World Cup qualifying, stories have been circulating in Cameroon of indiscipline in the national squad. With the team lying four points adrift of Group Three leaders the Ivory Coast, Cameroonian newspapers have published tales alleging that players are refusing to turn out for the national team and that German coach Winfried Schaefer is losing his authority. Yet Fecafoot’s deputy secretary general, Prince Ndoki Mukete, has denied the reports. “To the best of our knowledge there is no conflict in the team between the players and their coaches,” he told BBC Sport. “The players have not attacked the authority of the coach or that of the skipper, Rigobert Song, as rumours carry it.

Reactions: Boston vs. St. Louis
CNN – Oct 25, 2004
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