Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 18, 2004

Football of a different kind is on Sportsnet’s mind

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The News Review:

* German World Cup lion comes in for a mauling
* Beckham quashes rumours of early retirement
* London 2012: Spin doctors must deal with truth
* Football of a different kind is on Sportsnet’s mind
* Seven-goal China in World Cup exit
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kenya opt for new blood
* Beckenbauer warns about youth vs experience
* – NFL – FCC disappointed by sultry MNF intro
* France award Malouda his first cap
* International Preview
* New boy Euell in for the long haul
* Senior Boyz believe luck bound to change
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Felix who?
* Klinsmann hoping for another success
* Beckham denies early retirement rumors, turns down Hollywood offer

German World Cup lion comes in for a mauling
Expatica – Nov 16, 2004
Berliner Zeitung was left confused by the name Goleo VI which several newspaper described as a mixture of the Spanish “gol” for “goal”, the Spanish shout of approval “ole” and “leo” for “lion”. If only things could be that easy, it sighed. But no, the World Cup organizers insist Goleo was “named by his father (what father?) because he always shouted ‘go Leo go’ when he played football”. And if that is not daft enough, the newspaper suggested, the Roman numeral VI does not denote the 6 in 2006 but has been tagged on because the lion was the sixth candidate for the job. Goleo follows a series of forgettable World Cup mascots including the aliens Nik, Ato and Kaz who made virtually no terrestrial impression at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan two years ago. But Goleo VI, according to the Tageszeitung, “surpasses all previously known tastelessness”. The mascot, it said, is “a big, sluggish know-it-all: a German in lion’s skin.

Beckham quashes rumours of early retirement
Independent Online – Nov 15, 2004
British newspapers on Sunday suggested Beckham was going to retire in 18 months time, after the World Cup in Germany. “I was asked the question, ‘Will it my last World Cup,’ and I said, ‘Possibly it will be my last World Cup. ‘ But hopefully it’s not. “I want to continue playing for England as long as I can, If that means playing for England after the World Cup then great.

London 2012: Spin doctors must deal with truth – Nov 15, 2004
Well he won’t be getting any favours from me. This is the same Mike Lee who in 1995, when employed to spin for the Premier League, came to my office at the House of Commons to implore me to stop speaking out about football corruption and bungs in brown envelopes. He said it “would be in the interest of football” if I shut up. The Premier League are “sorting it out”, he said earnestly as he asked me not to call for an independent regulator for football. I politely declined. A few years later, when Sports Minister, I experienced his ability to spin and his negative briefings when I had again refused to kowtow to those powerful men running football… Forgive me for being cynical, but I have heard this before. Remember the World Cup 2006 bid. It was a certainty for England, according to the FA team. After every meeting with members of FIFA, the team would say how much support they were getting and most of the press would dutifully report it as fact. One or two journalists got it right and wrote that England had no chance of winning. They were treated as pariahs, as was anyone who questioned the £10 million wasted chasing the World Cup. I watched with dismay as the hype extended throughout the Government machinery.

Football of a different kind is on Sportsnet’s mind
Globe and Mail – Nov 17, 2004
The regional sports service announced it had acquired television rights to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Sportsnet outbid the CBC and TSN, paying between $4-million and $5-million for the soccer tournament. But don’t count out some games appearing on the CBC and perhaps TSN.

Seven-goal China in World Cup exit
CNN International – Nov 17, 2004
Pele is third in the all-time list with 77 goals for BrazilOnly the eight group winners — Iran, Uzbekistan, Japan, Kuwait, North Korea, Bahrain, South Korea and Saudi Arabia — go through to the next stage. The teams will be divided into two groups of four in a draw on December 9. The top two teams from each of those group will then qualify directly for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The two third-placed teams will face each other in a two-leg playoff and the winner of that will play a team from the CONCACAF region, again over two legs, for a place in the finals.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kenya opt for new blood
BBC News – Nov 16, 2004
The decision of coach Twahir Muhiddin to pick new players, mainly from the local league, is in sharp contrast to the attitude of his predecessor Jacob Mulee. Mulee had relied heavily on Kenya’s foreign-based players in the previous World Cup qualifiers. Muhiddin said his decision to pick home-based players was informed by the quality of players featuring in the league. “The local players are as good as any others, considering that most of them hold team positions in their Premier League clubs.

Beckenbauer warns about youth vs experience
Expatica – Nov 17, 2004
Beckenbauer told Sports Bild magazine Wednesday the 2006 World Cup in Germany would not be “a youth world championship” and it was important to get “the right mix” of players. Klinsmann was considering fielding the youngest defence in the country’s international history for Wednesday’s friendly against Cameroon in Leipzig. Moritz Volz, 21, Robert Huth, 20, Per Mertesacker, 20, Thomas Hitzlsperger, 22, and Andreas Goerlitz, 22, have all come into German international squads since Klinsmann took over in summer… Beckenbauer told Sports Bild magazine Wednesday the 2006 World Cup in Germany would not be “a youth world championship” and it was important to get “the right mix” of players. Klinsmann was considering fielding the youngest defence in the country’s international history for Wednesday’s friendly against Cameroon in Leipzig. Moritz Volz, 21, Robert Huth, 20, Per Mertesacker, 20, Thomas Hitzlsperger, 22, and Andreas Goerlitz, 22, have all come into German international squads since Klinsmann took over in summer. – NFL – FCC disappointed by sultry MNF intro
ESPN – Nov 17, 2004
ABC quickly apologized for the locker room intro. And the NFLcalled it “inappropriate and unsuitable for our Monday Night Football audience. “ABC has broadcast Monday Night Football with a 5-seconddelay this season, a precaution after singer Janet Jackson’s”wardrobe malfunction” at February’s Super Bowl halftime show –when singer Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson’s outfit,exposing her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 millionpeople. CBS is protesting a proposed FCC fine of $550,000 for thehalftime show.

France award Malouda his first cap
CNN International – Nov 16, 2004
As expected, Mickael Landreau will collect his third cap as a replacement for injured goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Domenech sees the Poland match as a crucial part of his methodical rebuilding process after the mass exodus of players including Zinedine Zidane, Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly and Claude Makelele. "I have one guideline: qualifying for the 2006 World Cup," Domenech said Tuesday at the Clairefontaine training camp. "We need to take players who have talent and staying power over several matches. Friendly matches help toward this goal. "In March, for our next two World Cup qualifiers, France needs to be ready. "The Poles are second behind England in their World Cup qualifying group, and forwards Maciej Zurawski and Jacek Kryznovek have scored three goals each in qualifying… In a presumed reference to critical comments from Robert Pires and Mikael Silvestre, neither selected for the Stade de France friendly, Domenech said: "I accept freedom (of speech) for others but that freedom stops once it touches on the French team. "Some players have understood that, but others haven’t yet. "Pires told France Football magazine that Domenech made him tense and Silvestre, not selected after a poor performance in their 2-0 victory over Cyprus on October 13, also criticized Domenech’s communication skills. Silvestre told French satellite television station TPS Star on Sunday: "I am not disappointed, I am very annoyed. There is alot of communication between the coach and the press but there is no communication at all within the squad. "I went to see the coach but there was no dialogue. "Team 1-Mickael Landreau; 19-Willy Sagnol, 2-Jean-Alain Boumsong, 17-Sebastien Squillaci, 5-William Gallas; 18-Benoit Pedretti, 4-Patrick Vieira, 8-Ludovic Giuly; 11-Florent Malouda, 9-Louis Saha, 12-Thierry Henry.

International Preview
BBC News – Nov 17, 2004
Other African nations play warm-up games on Wednesday, in preparation for the next round of World Cup qualifiers in March 2005. Morocco, with an outstanding Group Five game on 9 February against Kenya in mind, host Burkina Faso in Rabat and Algeria’s Desert Foxes meet Senegal in France. Nigeria’s Super Eagles face South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge match in Johannesburg, while Cameroon are in Germany for a date with the 2006 World Cup hosts. Ali Fergani, Algeria’s recently-appointed coach, invited 24 players for the Senegal encounter.

New boy Euell in for the long haul
Jamaica Observer – Nov 17, 2004
“But now I know we’ve still got a chance and tomorrow (today) I hope we can prove it was worthwhile. “Now Jason Euell, even with only two training sessions with his new team-mates under his belt, is looking forward to helping Jamaica create history and progress to the next phase. “Everyone wants to get to the World Cup and it is the same as me, and if I get my debut, it’s gonna be something different. international football is big, and playing against America over here is going to be even bigger, so it is one of those games where you just go out there and if we can play as well as we are capable of playing and get a positive result, that’s what it is about. “We don’t want to draw the game and wait on the other result because everyone is confident that we can get a positive result,” he said. And the man, who has led Charlton Athletic in goal-scoring for the past three seasons in the English Premiership, concedes that while he doesn’t know all the Jamaican players, he could still connect with them if given a run out today.

Senior Boyz believe luck bound to change
Jamaica Observer – Nov 17, 2004
A victory for the Boyz would guarantee them a place in the six-nation final phase between next February and November. The top three teams from CONCACAF gain automatic berths to the Germany 2006 finals, while the fourth-placed team engages the fifth-placed team from Asia in a two-way tie. The Jamaicans have played quality football, but have not got the results to match their level of play. From the five games played in the semi-final round, they have managed only one win and three draws, plus a stunning home loss to Panama. They are in second place, but marginally ahead of Panama, and a loss would end their aspirations for the Germany finals. However, the Boyz are confident of breaking the US jinx. “History against us?’ asked Jamaica skipper Theodore Whitmore rhetorically… The luck hasn’t been with us, but I hope it turns and we get some goals, that’s what we really need. “The confidence is really high, from we were in England I talked to everybody throughout the whole month, we were just talking about the match and everybody has a good vibes saying we’re going to win, and when we met at the airport in England, everybody kept talking about the match the same way. “It is important, most of these players have never been to the World Cup Finals and those of us who went, told them about the experience and they want to experience it for themselves, so I guess everybody will just have to put in their work and let’s go to Germany and experience it again,” said Goodison. Talk Back

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BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Africa | Felix who?
BBC News – Nov 17, 2004
Everybody knows the reigning African Player of the Year, with his transfer to Barcelona in the summer making headlines around the world. But outside of Spain, you would not be blamed for asking, Felix who?

Ettien has not received a call from Henri Michel, Ivory Coast’s manager, to help the Elephants in their quest to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals. Nevertheless, experts that have watched the 25-year-old in action for Valencia-based side Levante, are unanimous that his lightening-quick forays down the right wing have made him the top player in his position. Ettien, who is being rated above Real Madrid’s Luis Figo, has been a regular inclusion in the Team-of-the-Week selections produced by major newspapers in the country. It has been a tough road to the top for Ettien, who has been with Levante ever since he got noticed at the 1997 World Youth Championship. Ettien’s initial experience with Levante serves as a warning to na?ve African youngsters with stars in their eyes.

Klinsmann hoping for another success
Expatica – Nov 15, 2004
“There is a good rivalry between the two. There are no alternatives and both will receive a fair chance to play. Then one will see who plays in goal in 2006,” Klinsmann said. The only other time the two countries met was at the World Cup in 2002, when Germany won 2-0, but the president of the German association, Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder says that the match will not be easy. “Even the last game at the World Cup was much tighter than the result suggests. Cameroon has a strong team and in Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o they have one of the best strikers in Europe. ” Cameroon’s German coach Winfried Schaefer, has called up an experienced squad, led by captain Rigobert Song, who now plays his club football for Galatasary in Turkey.

Beckham denies early retirement rumors, turns down Hollywood offer
San Diego Union Tribune – Nov 15, 2004
It is to be set around the murder of a soccer coach, according to the movie’s Web site. Beckham, who will play for England in a friendly at Spain on Wednesday, denied reports that he might retire from international soccer after the next World Cup finals. "Possibly it – the 2006 – could be my last World Cup, but I’m hoping it’s not," the England captain said. "I want to carry on playing for England as much and as long as I can. "It’s one of the best honors I’ve been given," he added. Beckham, who has been out for a month with broken ribs, played the full 90 minutes against Albacete on Sunday in the Spanish league. "I had a little bit of pain afterward and apart from a bruised toe I’m fine," he said.

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