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November 21, 2004

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The News Review:

* German Soccer | 20.11.2004 Germany’s Soccer Diplomats
* EU voluntary service may link up with 2006 World Cup
* AGENCIES, MADRI, RIO DE JANEIRO AND HONG KONG
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Togo’s Doves in Keshi’s good hands
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Casey apologises for ‘hate’ jibe
* Jamaica Gleaner – Boyz bid fails – Thursday | November 18, 2004
* Liberia shuns overseas stars
* Plenty of style, but is there any substance?
* ESPN.com – Nextel notes: NASCAR suspends Jr.’s spotter
* Wembley visit will be first test for bid

German Soccer | 20.11.2004 Germany’s Soccer Diplomats
Deutsche Welle – Nov 20, 2004
Sport in general, and specifically soccer, has long been considered a great tool for diplomacy — something that has not been lost on the German foreign ministry, which invited 22 German coaches to Leipzig for a conference supported by the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Olympic committee to discuss new ways of expanding this theme. “Just like sport in general, soccer coaches are generally a central element in the creation of understanding between nations in this area,” said Peter Dettmar, a leading foreign ministry advocate of diplomacy through sport, at the conference. “These football teachers firstly represent German sport, then German football and finally Germany as a whole. ”

Dettmar’s idea is nothing new. Sports personalities have been used as ambassadors for as long as competitive sport has taken place between nations. But it is an idea that is frequently interpreted and applied in different ways. The meeting of the 22 coaches, most of whom are based in Asia and Africa, concentrated on promoting Germany in the sporting world ahead of the 2006 World Cup… Sports personalities have been used as ambassadors for as long as competitive sport has taken place between nations. But it is an idea that is frequently interpreted and applied in different ways. The meeting of the 22 coaches, most of whom are based in Asia and Africa, concentrated on promoting Germany in the sporting world ahead of the 2006 World Cup. And it also looked into strengthening international ties through sports and the mutual benefits that arise. Horst Schmidt, vice president of the organizing committee for the 2006 World Cup, spoke of the give and take needed in dealing with foreign sports federations. It is no secret, he said, that the DFB has been working increasingly closely with the Asian federations and developing a close relationship, without which the World Cup may not have been delivered to Germany. “The Asians gave us their voice in the executive committee of (world soccer body) FIFA.

EU voluntary service may link up with 2006 World Cup
EurActiv.com – Nov 18, 2004
?It is understood?thatthe?Commission?would consider the World Cup an excellentopportunity for an EVS project and would?welcome a grantapplication. “The Commission is generally very interested in the furtherpromotion and application of the concept of collective EVS on theoccasion of major events, e… Following a recent evaluation andfacing a higher level of demand, the Commission is currentlyoverhauling EVS to develop it further and make it moreuser-friendly. ?The 2005?’User’s Guide’, which iseffectively a continuous call for proposals, sets out all criteriaand application procedures, will be published on the Commission’swebsite?in December. Meanwhile, at?a ceremony of Germany’s so called ‘footballparliament’ [DFB-Bundestages] on?22 October, Germany’sPresident Horst K?hler explicitly thanked around a millionvolunteers who work as coaches, trainers, referees or chauffeurs toaway games?to help?ensure that 80,000 games of footballare played every weekend. He described football in Germany asmore?than just a sport for the masses but onethat?effectively comes from the masses, with more?than”6m club members and?170,000 teams” playing every weekend. Headded that “around 2m young children and youths train in clubs -more than ever before!”During the speech he also stressed the opportunity that theWorld Cup represented as a showcase?for Germany and?”theconsiderable responsibility” footballers had as rolemodels. ?Against the backdrop of a lack of home-grown talentbeing produced for the German national team, he appealed forfootball talent to be unearthed wherever children are playing thegame and for?more development?of youth footballers. Among EU member states Germany has a particularly strongtradition of ‘Ehrenamt’ [volunteer work].

AGENCIES, MADRI, RIO DE JANEIRO AND HONG KONG
Taipei Times – Nov 19, 2004
PHOTO: AFP The same could not be said of the home crowd, who roundly booed England’s black contingent, fomenting still further a racism row dating back to recent disparaging comments by Spain coach Luis Aragones about Arsenal’s French star Thierry Henry. England started brightly enough, Wayne Rooney forcing home keeper Iker Casillas to make an alert stop as the Manchester United teen and star of Euro 2004 bore down on him. But Spain were soon into their stride and the early goal promptly came… Colombia also needed a headed goal from a defender, Mario Yepes of Paris St Germain giving them a 1-0 home win over Bolivia in Barranquilla. Colombia moved up to sixth with 13 points while Bolivia, who have 10, have begun to lose touch with the pack. China crashes out
China were sent crashing out of the 2006 World Cup by the narrowest of margins on Wednesday after a 7-0 thrashing of Hong Kong was not enough to stop rivals Kuwait pipping them at the post. Trailing Kuwait on goal difference heading into the final round of Group Four fixtures, China had needed a big win in Guangzhou to have any chance of reaching next year’s final qualifying round. But Kuwait’s 6-1 drubbing of Malaysia in Kuwait City scuppered China’s dream of reaching the World Cup finals for a second time following their debut appearance at the 2002 tournament. Kuwait’s victory left them with an identical goal difference to China of plus 13. But the Gulf side advanced to the final round of qualifying by virtue of having scored one goal more, 15 to China’s 14.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 20, 2004
That is what?s important to him. ? reutersFormer German footballer Frank Beckenbauer divorces his wife BERLIN: German footballing great Frank Beckenbauer has been granted a divorce from his wife Sybille and is expected to marry his lover and the mother of his two children, the top-selling Bild newspaper reported on Friday. Bayern Munich president Beckenbauer, who heads the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, has been separated from Sybille, a former secretary for the German Football Federation whom he married in 1990, for two years. The 59-year-old has been living for several years with Heidi Burmester, who used to work as a secretary for Bayern, and the couple have two children, Joel Maximilian, aged four, and one-year-old Francesca Antonie. Beckenbauer said this year he would marry his 36-year-old lover once his divorce was finalised. They live in the Austrian Alpine resort of Kitzbuehel close to the house he bought for Sybille. Beckenbauer is regarded as one of the game?s finest defenders, winning the 1974 World Cup as a player before guiding West Germany to the 1990 World Cup as coach… They live in the Austrian Alpine resort of Kitzbuehel close to the house he bought for Sybille. Beckenbauer is regarded as one of the game?s finest defenders, winning the 1974 World Cup as a player before guiding West Germany to the 1990 World Cup as coach. He is tipped as the next head of European football?s governing body UEFA. afpAnother Czech soccer club fined for dodgy dealings PRAGUE: Czech first division strugglers FC Opava will be docked six points and fined $20,800 after being found guilty of corruption, the Czech Football Association?s disciplinary commission said on Thursday. The head of the commission, Alexander Karolyi, said the points would be deducted at the end of the season because officials had been guilty of match fixing last season. Opava are the latest team in the country to be sanctioned following a major match-fixing scandal which cost the vice president of the Czech football federation (CMFS) his job. Milan Brabec was forced to stand down after being heavily implicated in the affair that has rocked the league.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 19, 2004
Their disastrous exit came despite beating Hong Kong 7-0. It proved in vain with Kuwait progressing from Asian Group 4 qualifying by virtue of having scored one goal more, 15 to China?s 14. ?Chinese football kills itself,? screamed the Beijing Youth Daily. ?Nothing can be worse than that, the Chinese team won by seven goals but still can?t qualify,? it said… ?Nothing can be worse than that, the Chinese team won by seven goals but still can?t qualify,? it said. ?China?s luck has been used up by Milu three years before,? it added, referring to former coach Bora Milutinovic who steered the team to its first ever World Cup finals appearance in 2002. ?Haan cannot save a weak Chinese football team. It?s no use crying, start self-treatment now. ? The Beijing News took a similar tack, saying that ?Chinese football has died many times, but hasn?t been reborn?. Coach Arie Haan, who took over from Milutinovic, was the major casualty of China?s World Cup exit, having his contract torn up. While some newspapers blamed him for the disappointment, others trained their sights on the China Football Association (CFA) and the players.

Togo’s Doves in Keshi’s good hands
Vanguard – Nov 20, 2004
And Sheyi Adebayor, their languid, yet dangerous finisher, is top of the entire qualifying scoring charts with five goals, same as Botswana’s Depsy Selolwane. No one was shocked when Togo lost 1-0 to Zambia in Lusaka on the opening day of the series. But everyone took note when they hammered 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists, Senegal, 3-1 in Lome in June. They then drew 0-0 in Liberia, and beat Congo’s Red Devils 2-0 and Mali’s superstars 1-0 at their Stade Kegue. Keshi has done so much work on the new team that he expresses confidence they would carry on with the same spirit when the qualifiers resume in March next year. “There is nothing for us to worry about. Our opponents are the ones under pressure, because they don’t want a tiny country like Togo to take them to the cleaners… Failure to reach Tunisia had broken a rare, fine run. Failure to reach Tunisia also meant the Chipolopolo, runners-up at the Nations Cup in 1974 and 1994, and bronze medallists in South Africa in 1996, had to pre-qualify for the World Cup group attrition. The return leg ended 1-1, but the Chipolopolo had made their journey into the group stage certain. When the qualifiers started at the beginning of June, Zambia hosted and picked three points off Togo. The performance was less than convincing, with several of the local stars failing to measure up as former legend, Bwalya, took full control of the team. He is the technical adviser, with another ex-international, Ben Bamfuchile, as chief coach.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Casey apologises for ‘hate’ jibe
BBC News – Nov 18, 2004
“That’s the point I was trying to get across. They probably failed to realise it really sort of riles us and the rest of the world. ”

The fall-out from Casey’s comments did not prevent him and partner Luke Donald scoring an 11-under-par 61 in the opening fourballs of the World Cup in Spain, to trail Ireland and Austria by only one. Donald, who also enjoyed a successful US collegiate golf career and lives in Chicago with an American girlfriend, sympathised with Casey. “I think people who are not Americans can get upset with Americans quite easily,” he said. “They do seem to be very insular and make rash comments that are really quite upsetting sometimes. ”

Donald used as an example comments made by American Tour player Ryan Palmer, who said shortly after the Ryder Cup that the Nationwide Tour – the second division in America –
was the second strongest tour in the world.

Jamaica Gleaner – Boyz bid fails – Thursday | November 18, 2004
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 18, 2004
The match ended in a 1-1 draw. – Reuters THE JAMAICA football team’s drive to the Germany 2006 World Cup hit its final road block at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio last night. The Reggae Boyz battled to a game 1-1 draw with hosts the United States but a historic victory was required as Panama trounced El Salvador 3-0 in Panama City to sweep past Jamaica and claim the second qualifying spot from CONCACAF Group A. The US had already qualified for CONCACAF’s final Group of Six round from which three teams automatically advance to the World Cup in two years time while the fourth-placed side plays off against an Asian team for a possible fourth berth from the region.

Liberia shuns overseas stars
BBC News – Nov 19, 2004
Minister Wheatonia Barnes said: “The decision is due to the current financial difficulty facing the Sports Ministry”. “The sports budget of US $170,000 approved by the government is already exhausted. ”

“And it would be a financial waste to incur huge expenses when it is almost certain that the Lone Star would not make it to both the 2006 World cup and the African Nations cup” Barnes said. She said the Liberian government spends at least US $50,000 each time it invites the overseas players… She said the Liberian government spends at least US $50,000 each time it invites the overseas players. “We will now prioritize our local players for the remaining matches and it is but prudent that they are utilized to get international exposure to develop their talents,” the Minister told BBC Sport. This decision is most likely to cause controversy with football fans always keen to see their overseas stars play for the Lone Star especially at home. The ministry added that it also intends to appoint some of its own staff members as coaches to the Lone Star as part of its cost cutting measures. The contracts of the current Liberia technical staff are due to expire at the end of the year. The Sports Ministry seems reluctant to spend money on the national team following Liberia’s dismal performances in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers so far. Liberia have managed just four points so far and lie second bottom of Group One just ahead of Mali.

Plenty of style, but is there any substance?
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 20, 2004
And yesterday’s presentation of the contents of the 600-page candidate file, including a precise anatomy of the facilities and funding that make up the bid, revealed a mass of impressive detail, drawing on the lessons learned from recent Olympics and from the unsuccessful bids of the past. A seductive vision of a 200-hectare (500-acre) Olympic Park in east London was unveiled – “a transformation of the most neglected area of our city”, in Livingstone’s words, – bringing jobs and a legacy of permanent facilities, including an institute for sport and an athletes’ village turned into affordable housing once the circus has moved on. Elsewhere there were visions of the triathlon in Hyde Park, gymnastics in the dome, archery at Lord’s, the modern pentathlon in Greenwich Park, shooting events at Woolwich Arsenal, tennis on Wimbledon’s centre court and football at the new Wembley stadium. Plus, of course, Brazilian beach volleyball players outside the prime minister’s kitchen window. A pristine vision was completed with pledges of copper-bottomed business plans based on low ticket prices, and promises of public transport capable of whisking 240,000 spectators an hour from central London to the Olympic Park, many enjoying the seven-minute journey on the bullet trains of the Olympic Javelin service. On the other side of the argument, lie the facts, which include the shambles of the Wembley rebuilding programme, the dishonoured pledge to hold the 2005 world athletics championships, the broken promise that undermined the 2006 World Cup bid, and a history of rotting urban infrastructure and government neglect of sport. All of which would take a great deal more than a brief video appearance by the prime minister and five minutes’ worth of in-person bluster by Tessa Jowell, the culture, media and sport secretary, to dispel… Plus, of course, Brazilian beach volleyball players outside the prime minister’s kitchen window. A pristine vision was completed with pledges of copper-bottomed business plans based on low ticket prices, and promises of public transport capable of whisking 240,000 spectators an hour from central London to the Olympic Park, many enjoying the seven-minute journey on the bullet trains of the Olympic Javelin service. On the other side of the argument, lie the facts, which include the shambles of the Wembley rebuilding programme, the dishonoured pledge to hold the 2005 world athletics championships, the broken promise that undermined the 2006 World Cup bid, and a history of rotting urban infrastructure and government neglect of sport. All of which would take a great deal more than a brief video appearance by the prime minister and five minutes’ worth of in-person bluster by Tessa Jowell, the culture, media and sport secretary, to dispel. Of the five candidate cities, none will present its case with more vigour and panache than London. In the strength of the promotion and marketing, however, may lie the weakness of the bid, a deep-rooted doubt concerning the sincerity of its claims. Paris, the strong and legitimate favourite for 2012, is bidding for the third time; that persistence, like its decision to build the Stade de France for the 1998 World Cup and a successful world athletics’ championships last year, shows a real commitment.

ESPN.com – Nextel notes: NASCAR suspends Jr.’s spotter
ESPN – Nov 20, 2004
I hope one of them is able tobring the trophy home this weekend. Whichever one gets it, that’sthe way it was meant to turn out. ” Busch will move up to the Nextel Cup series next season after asuccessful rookie campaign in the Busch series. He tied GregBiffle’s series record for most victories in a season by a rookiewith five, and battled Martin Truex Jr. down to the wire for thechampionship before coming in second. Communicating successNextel is completing the first year ofits 10-year, $700 million commitment to sponsor NASCAR’s premierstock car series and the head of the communications giant could notbe happier about the result. “This whole year has just been phenomenal,” Nextel CEO TimDonohue said Saturday during an interview at Homestead with TheAssociated Press.

Wembley visit will be first test for bid
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 19, 2004
In contrast, London has either failed to win – as with football’s 2006 World Cup finals – or, having been awarded a championships (as with the 2005 World Athletics Championships), had to withdraw humiliated. This makes the battle between these two cities like that between a politician seeking a second term and a newcomer who is confident he can cause an upset – and this has been reflected in the way the two camps presented their bids this week. On Wednesday, Paris unveiled its bid book from the stately 19th century City Hall, with lush carpets and glittering gold brocade chairs, and with the French sporting establishment on display. Not a single athlete was in sight… In contrast, London has either failed to win – as with football’s 2006 World Cup finals – or, having been awarded a championships (as with the 2005 World Athletics Championships), had to withdraw humiliated. This makes the battle between these two cities like that between a politician seeking a second term and a newcomer who is confident he can cause an upset – and this has been reflected in the way the two camps presented their bids this week. On Wednesday, Paris unveiled its bid book from the stately 19th century City Hall, with lush carpets and glittering gold brocade chairs, and with the French sporting establishment on display. Not a single athlete was in sight. Yesterday, London’s message to the world came from a modern building, Canary Wharf Tower in the capital’s Docklands.

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