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November 24, 2004

Japan, South Korea separated in WC Asian round

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The News Review:

* Asian Football Annual Award Nomination
* Roger Federer wins record 13th final in a row
* Jobless Haan Reflects China’s Soccer Crisis
* Japan, South Korea separated in WC Asian round
* ESPN.com – NBA – Costly blows: Fans file suit for injuries in brawl
* Germany set to scrap American tour
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods romps to first win of year
* Brown gets the boot
* Daei, Iran’s football legend keeps scoring
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Jones schemes on England…
* Said and Done

Asian Football Annual Award Nomination
china.org.cn – Nov 23, 2004
The Asian Football Confederation has unveiled the nominations for its 2004 annual awards, which will be presented in Kuala Lumpur on December 8. Chinese young goalkeeper in the under-17 team Wang Dalei has been nominated as the Youth Player of the Year award, while the U-19 team is among the nominees for Women’s Team of the Year. The Chinese national team, who suffered a heartbreaking elimination from the 2006 World Cup, has only earned the nomination for the Fair Play Award. The most prestigious individual award, the AFC Players of the Year, will see the competition between Bahrain striker A’ala Hubail, Iran forward Ali Karimi and Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura… The Asian Football Confederation has unveiled the nominations for its 2004 annual awards, which will be presented in Kuala Lumpur on December 8. Chinese young goalkeeper in the under-17 team Wang Dalei has been nominated as the Youth Player of the Year award, while the U-19 team is among the nominees for Women’s Team of the Year. The Chinese national team, who suffered a heartbreaking elimination from the 2006 World Cup, has only earned the nomination for the Fair Play Award. The most prestigious individual award, the AFC Players of the Year, will see the competition between Bahrain striker A’ala Hubail, Iran forward Ali Karimi and Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura. The three are up for the award following their impressive displays at the Asian Cup 2004 in China. Hubail and Karimi were the tournament’s joint-top scorers with five goals each while Nakamura won the Emirates MVP of the Tournament award after helping Japan to lift their third Asian Cup title. They also helped their countries to reach the final round of the Asian qualifiers for 2006 World Cup.

Roger Federer wins record 13th final in a row
Seattle Times – Nov 22, 2004
Federer won his 74th match of the year, tying Andy Roddick for the tour lead. He moved ahead of Hewitt in career matches 8-7 by winning the past six in a row. Patrick McEnroe remains Davis Cup captain:
Patrick McEnroe will remain the U. Davis Cup captain through 2006. McEnroe is preparing his team for the Davis Cup final against Spain in Seville on Dec… 49 as well as the meet’s final event, the 100 individual medley, in 1:01. SPEEDSKATING

Fabris surprises Dutch in 1,500 at World Cup:
Italy’s Enrico Fabris surprised the powerful Dutch men by winning his first speedskating World Cup title, setting a course record for 1,500 meters. Fabris led six skaters who broke the Berlin mark, finishing in 1:46. Clara Hughes of Canada won the women’s 3,000 in a track-record 4:03.

Jobless Haan Reflects China’s Soccer Crisis
china.org.cn – Nov 21, 2004
Kuwait won the group and advanced by routing Malaysia 6-1 because it scored one more goal than China. Haan told China Central Television (CCTV) on Friday that his job in the team was over and he would return to Germany next week.

Japan, South Korea separated in WC Asian round
People's Daily Online – Nov 23, 2004
Eight teams, which have survived the first round of qualifiers, will be grouped into four seeded pairs with Japan and South Korea, the co-hosts of the 2002 World Cup finals, in the same pair, the Japanese Football Association said. The association said the other pairs are as follows, according to a document received from the Asian Football Confederation. The seeding was based on performances in the 2002 World Cup finals and qualifying matches.

ESPN.com – NBA – Costly blows: Fans file suit for injuries in brawl
ESPN – Nov 23, 2004
Investigators are reviewingvideotapes and interviewing witnesses. Artest and other Pacers hadnot been interviewed, Manning said. Another fan, John Green, has been identified as the one whothrew a cup that hit Artest before the Indiana forward charged intothe stands. Gorcyca recognized Green — a former neighbor — afterrepeatedly watching footage of the brawl. Once Artest was in the stands, Green grabbed him from behind andsucker-punched him, the prosecutor said. Green, a 39-year-old contractor, told reporters Monday that itmay have looked like he threw the cup, but he didn’t. “I wish the whole thing didn’t happen,” he said.

Germany set to scrap American tour
Expatica – Nov 23, 2004
Harald Stenger, spokesman for the German Football Federation (DFB), denied the federation could face a claim in the millions if it went back on agreements for Germany to play Mexico and the United States. Kicker sports magazine Monday said the DFB had contractual agreements with the Mexican and US federations to play matches in December 2005. But Stenger said there had been merely “preliminary talks with potential opponents”, with no contracts signed… Assistant coach Joachim Loew has now confirmed the new thinking, saying: “This America tour will now probably not take place. ” Oliver Bierhoff, the German national team’s sports manager, is expected to recommend cancelling the tour at a meeting with Bundesliga managers next on Monday. The tour had been planned by Klinsmann’s predecessor, Rudi Voeller, but the new coach wants the players to rest during next season’s winter break. The German team sets off on an Asia tour next month and will also be playing as hosts at the Confederations Cup next summer, giving international players little time to recuperate.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Nov 21, 2004
(Sunday Express)

Chelsea have moved to the front of the queue to sign Brazilian ace Robinho. The club have jumped a march on Real Madrid for the ?14m star. (News of the World)

David Beckham has refused to open talks over a new deal with Real Madrid until the end of the season. (News of the World)

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Malaga’s Juanito after the midfielder called off fresh contract talks with the La Liga club. (Sunday Mirror)

But any hopes of signing Barry Ferguson look to have been quashed by the club’s current striker crisis. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsene Wenger could offer Emmanuel Petit a return to Highbury on a short-term deal. The player has been training with the club.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods romps to first win of year
BBC News – Nov 21, 2004
Last year’s winner Thomas Bjorn of Denmark hit a closing 64 for 277, earning him seventh spot. Woods had failed to win in three previous visits to Japan. He finished eighth at the 2002 Dunlop Phoenix, 15th in the 1998 Casio Open and also lost in a sudden-death playoff at the 2001 World Cup. “It’s a great sign. I’ve come close in 2004 but to finally get over the top is such a great feeling,” said Woods.

Brown gets the boot
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 22, 2004
The decision comes hot on the heels of Jamaica’s elimination from the qualifying
competition for the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany, following a 1-1 draw with
the United States in Columbus, Ohio, last Wednesday. JFF President Crenston Boxhill declined to comment on the firing of Brown but
confirmed that he and his top executives held a meeting yesterday regarding
the ‘Road to Germany’ campaign and promised to divulge details at a press conference
within the next two days. In a telephone interview last night, Boxhill told The Gleaner he was "surprised"
at the fact that rumours of Brown’s dismissal had already been in the media. "I don’t know how they got that but it couldn’t have been an official
press release," he said. IMPORTANT MEETING
"We had a very long and important meeting, looking at the ‘Road to Germany’
campaign.

Daei, Iran’s football legend keeps scoring
IranMania News – Nov 22, 2004
He is unique at both regional and world levels. Daei won the title of the best world striker in 1996, 2000 and 2004. In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers he ranked third among world strikers. In 1999 he was chosen as the best Asian footballer. He scored his first goal for his country in 1993 and now with more than 130 caps, the Iranian legend shows no sign of stopping.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Jones schemes on England…
BBC News – Nov 21, 2004
And the Australian admitted he was not surprised that Woodward stepped down. “These sorts of jobs are fairly high pressure and Clive had been in the job about seven years. That’s a long stint for a national coach and I’m not surprised he moved,” said Jones. “He’s got the Lions tour to look forward to and then I suppose he’ll reassess where his priorities lie.

Said and Done
The Observer – Nov 21, 2004
‘MK Dons will have to find a new contractor, and we’ll be looking to ensure the club reimburse us for the detailed designs and work we have put out to date. ‘Moving OnIs Ryan Giggs really on his way to Bolton? Coded message of the week: ‘The time was right for Nicky [Butt] to move on,’ says Giggs. ‘He doesn’t regret his decision at all, playing regular football is just what he needed. ‘Horror LamaGermany’s World Cup 2006 mascot has provoked complaints from worried German parents. The ‘lion’, Geleo VI, dances, sings and talks like Barney the dinosaur, but, say German tabs, is a ‘naked horror blend of lion, lama and bear’. ‘What are they thinking?’ says Berliner Zeitung. ‘What does it have to do with Germany and why does it wear no shorts? Will the German FA go round naked, too?’ Read my lipsAlex Ferguson says diving has no place at Old Trafford.

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