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November 15, 2004

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The News Review:

* Beckham to quit England after 2006 World Cup
* Pakistan a poor 36th in Asia
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Time for Toshack to deliver
* Kewell set to bend it with Beckham?
* ‘Bafana must aim for World Cup final’
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Other Iran sports news in brief
* ESPN.com – NCF – Maldonado gets second chance
* Hint of past as Socceroo push starts
* Sports Features of Friday, 12 November 2004
* Goal-shyness could be the ruin of Boyz – experts say
* USATODAY.com – DC United takes long road back to Cup title
* ESPN.com – Knutson: Formula dumb?

Beckham to quit England after 2006 World Cup
rte.ie – Nov 14, 2004
The 29-year-old Real Madrid midfielder is eager to play on at club level for several more years, and he is set to follow the lead of club-mates Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo by quitting the international scene in his early thirties. Beckham told the Daily Star Sunday: “I think the 2006 World Cup in Germany is probably as far as it will go for me as an England player. ”
Beckham is set to skipper England in Spain on Wednesday, on his home ground of the Bernabeu, providing he comes through tonight’s Primera Liga match against Albacete unscathed.

Pakistan a poor 36th in Asia
Pakistan Dawn – Nov 12, 2004
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Pakistan a poor 36th in Asia

KARACHI, Nov 11: SAF Games champions Pakistan have slipped one place down to number 36 in the latest Asian football rankings issued on Thursday. According to the world rankings announced by International Football Federation (FIFA) for the month of November, Pakistan are placed behind South Asian rivals Nepal at No. 176 in the world and at No. 36 at the Asian level. Maldives are the best-ranked South Asian team in Asia at No. 26 followed by Sri Lanka (27), India (29) and Bangladesh (33)… Maldives are the best-ranked South Asian team in Asia at No. 26 followed by Sri Lanka (27), India (29) and Bangladesh (33). North Korea’s qualification for the final round of the World Cup 2006 Asian Qualifiers has seen them move up six spots in the FIFA World Ranking. The North Korean side’s 2-1 win over Yemen in Pyongyang helped tThem to reach the final eight of the Asian Qualifiers and also saw them rise significantly in the ranking to 96th, their highest ranking since September 1995. North Korea’s impressive rise was emulated by Maldives, who also went up six spots to their highest ever position of 136th following their stunning 3-0 thumping of Vietnam for their first win of the World Cup qualifiers. Vietnam’s defeat in Male saw them plummet 13 positions to 109th, the most significant drop of the month. Asian Cup quarterfinalists Iraq also fell sharply as they dropped six spots to 45th after their 2-1 loss to Uzbekistan that eliminated them from the qualifiers.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 13, 2004
European soccer has struggled for years with the question of whether and how to limit the numbers of foreigners and the issue has reached boiling point in Germany where the hosts of the 2006 World Cup finals are worried by the slide of their national team down to 16th in the FIFA rankings. The German Football Association (DFB) and Football League (DFL) agreed last month to cosmetic changes that give the appearance they are clamping down on the number of foreigners. But genuinely tough measures wanted by the DFB, which fears young German talent is not getting the chance to develop at the highest level, were vetoed by club executives represented by the DFL. German teams have lined up with as many as 11 foreigners and many fans believe promising German players are being elbowed out of the Bundesliga, hurting the national team?s prospects. Now soccer authorities have decided enough is enough… European soccer has struggled for years with the question of whether and how to limit the numbers of foreigners and the issue has reached boiling point in Germany where the hosts of the 2006 World Cup finals are worried by the slide of their national team down to 16th in the FIFA rankings. The German Football Association (DFB) and Football League (DFL) agreed last month to cosmetic changes that give the appearance they are clamping down on the number of foreigners. But genuinely tough measures wanted by the DFB, which fears young German talent is not getting the chance to develop at the highest level, were vetoed by club executives represented by the DFL. German teams have lined up with as many as 11 foreigners and many fans believe promising German players are being elbowed out of the Bundesliga, hurting the national team?s prospects. Now soccer authorities have decided enough is enough. The DFB wanted to cut the number of non-Europeans from five to four from 2005-6.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Time for Toshack to deliver
BBC News – Nov 12, 2004
The former Real Madrid boss lasted 47 days and one game as a part-time manager before walking out on his country 10 years and eight months ago. Toshack was alarmed by the strength of support that remained among the fans for former manager Terry Yorath – discarded by Wales despite just missing out on World Cup qualification. Also unimpressed by the skill levels of the players, he retreated to the more comfortable climes of Real Sociedad. This time, however, the former Liverpool and Wales striker’s appointment comes free of any political baggage, and with the blessing of the majority of Welsh supporters. He also inherits a squad with greater strength in depth – never before has a Wales manager been able to call upon so many players who ply their trade in top-flight club football… As a group of players, they appear to have peaked two years ago. The 3-2 home defeat to Poland in October, which leaves Wales one from bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with two points from four games, was their 10th successive competitive game without victory. Thoughts of qualification for Germany 2006 can realistically be discarded even at this early stage, giving Toshack the luxury of a ‘honeymoon’ period to introduce his own style of play.

Kewell set to bend it with Beckham?
The Age – Nov 14, 2004
Beckham announced last week that he would play himself in themovie trilogy alongside Real Madrid teammates Zinedine Zidane andRaul. The film’s producers will approach Kewell in the next month totake a similar role in scenes alongside several other internationalfootball stars, including Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney andJapan’s Hidetoshi Nakata. “We are trying to help develop the game of football around theworld,” said producer Matt Barelle. “It wasn’t that difficult to tie up David Beckham. We are goingto use him, Zidane, and Raul in a football context. Once we got theball rolling with FIFA (international soccer body), then the otherscame on board very quickly. Directed by Danny Cannon, the man behind the CSI TVseries, Goal! tells a story over three films of a youngboy from Los Angeles who dreams of soccer stardom in Europe… The film’s hero, Santiago Garcia, will be played by Mexicanactor Diego Luna who recently starred in Dirty Dancing: HavanaNights and Y Tu Mama Tambien. In the first film, scheduled for release next August, Garciasigns for English club Newcastle United and helps the team win thePremier League before signing for Real Madrid for the movie’ssequel. The third instalment, scheduled for release after the 2006 WorldCup, will focus on the player’s fictitious experience at the finalsin Germany. Barelle, originally from Sydney, conceived the idea for the filmwith partner Mike Jeffries, who wrote the script, during the 2002World Cup. Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions are also production partners. Kewell has been singled out as the Australian component of aglobal marketing push for the film. Barelle said that theAustralian Soccer Association’s plans to launch the A-League nextseason had a significant bearing on plans.

‘Bafana must aim for World Cup final’
Independent Online – Nov 12, 2004
Your best day in the Bafana shirt?

Winning the African Nations Cup in 1996. That was some team, a great memory. Can Bafana become a force in world football?

As long as we regularly have all our best players available, we’ll have a great national team. Germany 2006 is not yet secured. Will we be there?

I certainly hope so. Would that be Shaun Bartlett’s final fling in a Bafana shirt?

Well, considering the disappointment of not making it to Korea and Japan because of injury, I definitely want to get to Germany. I played in all the 2002 qualifiers before I was injured, so I hope to stay fit this time as I really want to play in another World Cup before I retire.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 14, 2004
reutersBeckham dreams of World Cup showdown with GermanyBERLIN: Real Madrid star David Beckham is dreaming of captaining England to 2006 World Cup glory with a victory over hosts Germany in the final. Beckham, 29, has won the Champions League and several English Premiership titles with Manchester United but longs to win something in an England shirt before hanging up his boots. ?Playing against Germany in the 2006 World Cup final would be the highlight of my career,? Beckham said in an interview with daily Bild. ?England?s matches against Germany are always a heated affair. ? Beckham has fond memories of his last visit to Germany back in 2001 when England won 5-1 in Munich in a vital qualifier for the 2002 World Cup. ?The 5-1 win in Munich was a milestone in my career as I was England captain and people celebrated the win for days on end. ? Aside from his England ambitions Beckham intends to play for five more years and left the door ajar for a move to German titans Bayern Munich… ?The 5-1 win in Munich was a milestone in my career as I was England captain and people celebrated the win for days on end. ? Aside from his England ambitions Beckham intends to play for five more years and left the door ajar for a move to German titans Bayern Munich. ?I want to play football for five more years,? added Beckham. ?I am happy at Madrid but you can never say never. ? Beckham won the 1999 Champions League against Bayern in a Manchester United shirt. afpAussie rugby league star sacked over police matter SYDNEY: Canberra rugby league centre Jason Bulgarelli, whose playing contract was ripped up Friday, is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police, it was reported on Saturday. Bulgarelli had his contract terminated by the Australian National Rugby League club with a year left to run and the AFP Saturday confirmed it was investigating a matter referred to it by the Raiders.

Other Iran sports news in brief
IranMania News – Nov 13, 2004
– Iran?s 14-man futsal squad will leave for Taipei on November 17th to participate in the World Cup Futsal contests. – The World Wushu Federation agreed to the participation of Iranian women while wearing Hijab in the Asian contests in Myanmar. – In its first match within the framework of the World Wushu Stars Cup, Iranian Mohammad Reza Jaafari (-85 kg weight category) will battle with a Spanish counterpart. – Iran?s Karate team left for Mexico on Saturday morning for the World Karate contests. – Iranian footballers, Vahid Hashemian, Mahdi Mahdavikia and Rahman Rezaei will not accompany Iran in the Wednesday game with Laos as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Hashemian and Mahdavikia are currently playing for the German teams of Byern Munich and Hamburg respectively. Rezaei plays for Italy?s Messina… – In its first match within the framework of the World Wushu Stars Cup, Iranian Mohammad Reza Jaafari (-85 kg weight category) will battle with a Spanish counterpart. – Iran?s Karate team left for Mexico on Saturday morning for the World Karate contests. – Iranian footballers, Vahid Hashemian, Mahdi Mahdavikia and Rahman Rezaei will not accompany Iran in the Wednesday game with Laos as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Hashemian and Mahdavikia are currently playing for the German teams of Byern Munich and Hamburg respectively. Rezaei plays for Italy?s Messina. mimeTypes && navigator.

ESPN.com – NCF – Maldonado gets second chance
ESPN – Nov 12, 2004
A superstar talent from a privileged upbringing, Sammy wasn’t used to not getting what he wanted. On a bleak February day in 2002, increasingly worried about a son who seemed defeated, Rafael Maldonado called Sammy’s cell phone. Sammy had slipped into his own world, most days rarely leaving the couch in his off-campus apartment. He got up in time to watch Jerry Springer at 11, then played video games the rest of the day. Football was a past life. Sammy answered his phone but told his dad he couldn’t talk because he was in class. “No you’re not,” Rafael said.

Hint of past as Socceroo push starts
The Age – Nov 12, 2004
Australia will go back to the future next week when a nearfull-strength Socceroos squad dons a new strip for its London clashwith Norway. It will be exactly a year before Australia – should it defeatthe Solomon Islands in the Oceania play-off, as expected – lines upagainst a South American team in the deciding game for the finalplace at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The new kit resonates with Socceroos history, bearing a strongsimilarity to the plain gold shirt and simple dark green shortsthat the Australian team wore in its only World Cup appearance – in1974 when, coincidentally, the tournament was in Germany. Australian officials and coach Frank Farina might be hoping thatthe new look will prove prophetic, but Farina and his players knowthat this match, against the physical, well-credentialledNorwegians, represents the real start of the World Cupcampaign. Over the next 12 months, Australia will play at least nine gamesagainst different types of international opposition as Farina seeksto fine-tune his squad before its four-yearly date with World Cupdestiny. The stakes could not be higher for the coach – whose tenure willbe over should Australia fall at the final hurdle again – or forplayers such as Tony Vidmar, Stan Lazaridis, Danny Tiatto, CraigMoore, Tony Popovic, Mark Viduka and Josip Skoko, all of whom willbe more than 30 when the next World Cup is played… I am expecting him to play,so there’s no issues there. “As far as the national team is concerned, he’s never let usdown. There are eight English Premier League players in his 20-manparty, with the rest drawn from Italy’s Serie A, the Belgian firstdivision, the English Football League Championship (the old firstdivision), Romania’s top league, the Turkish top division, Korea’sK-League and Switzerland’s elite competition. The notable absentee is Simon Colosimo, who has figured inrecent World Cup and Oceania Championship matches. Viduka returns for the first time since the Middlesbroughstriker played against South Africa in March. There will be aminute’s silence in memory of Johnny Warren before the kick-off,and the Socceroos will wear black armbands. SOCCEROOS SQUAD To play Norway on Tuesday: Marco Bresciano, Tim Cahill,Scott Chipperfield, Ahmad Elrich, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella,Zeljko Kalac, Harry Kewell, Steve Laybutt, Stan Lazaridis, JonMcKain, Kevin Muscat, Lucas Neill, Tony Popovic, Mark Schwarzer,Josip Skoko, Mile Sterjovski, Danny Tiatto, Tony Vidmar, MarkViduka.

Sports Features of Friday, 12 November 2004
ghanaweb.com – Nov 12, 2004
In this few weeks Ghana Football has been hit by the latest Hurricane known as ?Hurricane Nyaho?, as the GFA chairman, Dr Nyaho Tamakloe is at logger-heads with his Executive council. In my opinion so much ink has been wasted on Nyaho Tamakloe?s power struggle with the executive council because Nyaho?s description of the Council is childish and does not deserve the publicity. The Executive council has been in existence for sometime now and with just eight months or so in office, Nyaho is calling for reforms to cut off the Executive council powers and size. It?s interesting to know that the medical practitioner who claims to be a politician wants to sideline the executive council and run the show alone I am finding it difficult to understand what the GFA chairman meant by describing the council as too large and unnecessary… He must be told that the GFA does not belong to him and should be reminded that he cannot toil with our football because that?s what most of us eat, drink, sleep and worship. Even for him to go to the law court tells you how paranoid he is. Has he forgotten that FIFA frowns on football being taken to the law court? The impasse between him and the Executive council is really affecting the progress of football in the country and the earlier they find a lasting solution to it the better for our dreams to qualify for the 2006 World cup in Germany. The Satellites have already been kicked out. The damage that hurricane Nyaho has caused Ghana football is so serious that macho men are being hired to threaten the lives of executive council members and now he is being sacked from executive council meetings. As the old adage goes, when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers and whatever is happening between Nyaho and the executive council could affect our football. He should know that in the long run it is Ghana football that will be at the receiving end.

Goal-shyness could be the ruin of Boyz – experts say
Jamaica Observer – Nov 13, 2004
Goal-shyness could be the ruin of Boyz ? experts say – JAMAICAOBSERVER. By next Wednesday night, the nation will find out whether the Reggae Boyz have progressed to the CONCACAF final Round of Six or if they have been eliminated by the United States of America (USA)… the Reggae Boyz can go there and pull off a result

In the crucial final game of Group A in Columbus, Ohio, the Boyz will seek to create history and deliver their first ever win against the North Americans. In the qualification tournament for Germany 2006, the USA have already advanced to the elite Group of Six, from which three teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup after playing each other on a home-and-away basis. The USA, have 11 points, while the Boyz are in second on six, Panama five and El Salvador on four. But the Boyz’ second spot offers no comfort as they are faced with a must win situation if they are to advance without fuss. Should the Jamaicans draw and the Salvadorans win, the two teams would be tied on points but the Reggae Boyz hold a big advantage over the Central Americans in terms of goal difference and head-to-head results.

USATODAY.com – DC United takes long road back to Cup title
USA Today – Nov 14, 2004
United won an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup on Sunday, beating Kansas City 3-2. United fell behind early, then scored three times in a seven-minute span of the first half to move in front for good. Alecko Eskandarian tied it 1-1, then added the.

ESPN.com – Knutson: Formula dumb?
ESPN – Nov 12, 2004
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