Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

November 27, 2004

Eriksson to question Beckham

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The News Review:

* Time for football reform
* The sporting architects who draw on passion
* Fresh start for the Boyz
* Eriksson to question Beckham
* A good first step
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa punishes Malawi
* Steel roses advance to FIFA U-19 Women’s final
* Thatcher banned for three games
* Phillips tries to heal rift within RFU
* BBC SPORT / FOOTBALL
* Lewis expects Tri-Nations to go Down Under
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Palmer asks US players to travel
* ESPNsoccernet – World – Will Ahn play on unified team?
* Dujkovic offered Ghana job

Time for football reform
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 24, 2004
Having been bumped from 2006 World Cup qualifying, changes were required to the national programme. The necessary number of heads had to roll and the federation, under the auspices of president Crenston Boxhill, needed to act quickly and decisively. Head coach Sebastiao Lazaroni was gone as soon as Jamaica’s bid to qualify for the World Cup 2006 in Germany ended, that was a given. Technical Director Carl Brown’s post was made redundant and the national senior team, which comprised a hodge-podge of ageing or relatively unproven local stars and foreign mercenaries, has now been superseded by the core of Jamaica’s junior teams ­ primarily the under-20s. However, the reality is that Boxhill had no choice but to throw out the old and bring in the new.

The sporting architects who draw on passion
Financial Times – Nov 26, 2004
This afternoon they are watching as normal fans, with the slight difference that they built the stadium. In fact, they are designing stadiums everywhere. The Munich stadium that will host the opening match of the 2006 football World Cup is theirs. So is the Beijing Olympic stadium for 2008. That same summer, Basle will be the main Swiss stadium for the European football championships, which Switzerland is hosting with Austria, and so the architects have a full house: the showpiece grounds of the world’s next three biggest sports competitions. “It’s totally amazing,” admits Herzog. Two days after the Basle match, in the villa where he and De Meuron started out 25 years ago, Herzog talks me through the past and future of sports grounds.

Fresh start for the Boyz
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 24, 2004
Those two will meet in the afternoon’s first game, set to kick off at 5:00. The focus on youth is being forged towards the short-term goal of preparing players for the final round Under-20 World Cup series; and by extension a long-term plan of readiness for the 2010 World Cup. DRASTIC TURNAROUNDElimination from the ongoing qualification series for the 2006 World Cup in Germany exactly one week ago after a 1-1 tie with the United States, triggered a drastic turnaround in the Reggae Boyz complement. Only eight members from that line-up were included in a 26-man roster – US-based Andy Williams, Khari Stephenson and Tyrone Marshall and Fabian Davis, Damion Stewart, Garfield Reid, Jermaine Taylor and Jermaine Hue. There have been coaching changes too, as head coach Sebastiao Lazaroni and his Brazilian staff’s tenure expired with the team’s failure to advance; and technical director Carl Brown’s job became redundant at the weekend. So it’s back to the basics, the real grassroots level which means even the wagon-full of supporters that recently backed the Boyz will stay away from the stadium and leave it to the bona-fide football fans. A man with deeply-sown local football roots, Wendell Downswell, who played in the National League for Reno and was a long-time coaching partner of Brown, has been given the job to quickly assemble the base for this new development… There have been coaching changes too, as head coach Sebastiao Lazaroni and his Brazilian staff’s tenure expired with the team’s failure to advance; and technical director Carl Brown’s job became redundant at the weekend. So it’s back to the basics, the real grassroots level which means even the wagon-full of supporters that recently backed the Boyz will stay away from the stadium and leave it to the bona-fide football fans. A man with deeply-sown local football roots, Wendell Downswell, who played in the National League for Reno and was a long-time coaching partner of Brown, has been given the job to quickly assemble the base for this new development. It is not expected to get a strong test in this afternoon’s opening encounter. This is because St. Martin do not have any record of note and have been beaten by some huge margins in Caribbean football. If there is any worry at all for Downswell’s Boyz, is should be based on a shortage of experience in his squad.

Eriksson to question Beckham
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 26, 2004
“I can’t believe David is finished as a football player and he’s not – I’m quite sure about that,” stressed Eriksson, responding to criticism of Beckham’s displays this year. The expectation at Real is they should win every game 5-0. When they’re not doing that, like now, it’s difficult for all the players there… Stewart Downing? Let’s see if he goes on. We’ll see in February. “Eriksson signalled his confidence in the team’s future when he autographed a huge flag of St George at the Swindon offices of Nationwide yesterday, scribbling “Here’s to World Cup 2006”. England are odds-on to qualify and Eriksson believes the team can win the tournament. “If there are no injuries and we have an extra week before the tournament to prepare, I think it is possible to win the World Cup. We must also not allow players to discuss transfers [during tournaments] because that can affect them mentally. “Yet a reminder of England’s tournament troubles under Eriksson came in his list of the best three players of 2004: Ronaldinho, of Brazil, France’s Thierry Henry, and Deco, of Portugal.

A good first step
San Diego Union Tribune – Nov 24, 2004
I would have supported their walking off (the field). "

See ya, China: There's still a year to go in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, and already we have our first major casualty: China. The world's most populous nation qualified for its first World Cup in 2002 behind coach Bora Milutinovic and appeared to be making progress after reaching the final of the Asian Cup earlier this year under his Dutch replacement, Arie Haan. But China crashed out in the second round of 2006 qualifying, finishing tied with Kuwait atop Group 4 with 5-1 records and losing out on total goals scored. Both teams had a plus-13 goal differential, but Kuwait scored 15 goals in its six games to China's 14. The headline in the Beijing Youth Daily: "Chinese football kills itself.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa punishes Malawi
BBC News – Nov 25, 2004
The distrubances took place at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre after Malawi’s Flames conceded two late goals against the reigning African champions. The general secretary of Fam, Roosevelt Mpinganjira, said that football’s world governing body has asked the money to be paid by the end of the year. “It’s a blow to our already struggling football association,” he said. Mpinganjira said he hoped that the fine would serve as a warning to many football fans who resort to violence.

Steel roses advance to FIFA U-19 Women’s final
chinadaily.com.cn – Nov 25, 2004
As Brazil1s frustration mounted China added to their uphill task with another
goal in the 42nd minute. The disorganised Brazil defence failed to clear a free
kick and the ball fell to Lou who calmly stroked home her second goal of the
night. The win for China was a great fillip for football on the mainland after the
failure of the men’s team in 2006 World Cup qualifying and the recent slide of
the senior women’s side, the once-mighty ‘Steel Roses’.

Thatcher banned for three games
BBC News – Nov 25, 2004
The Manchester City left-back was found guilty of stamping on Poland’s Kamil Kosowski during October’s 2006 World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Thatcher, who was also fined nearly ?3,500, will miss Wales’ Group Six double-header with Austria in March and the home qualifier against England. The Football Association of Wales has until the end of the week to appeal. Poland reported the incident to Fifa, world football’s governing body, after reviewing the match at the Millennium Stadium. “Fortunately Kosowski didn’t get a serious injury, because at first sight it looked like he could get damage of the skull and ear,” said team doctor Jerzy Grzywocz last October… The Manchester City left-back was found guilty of stamping on Poland’s Kamil Kosowski during October’s 2006 World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Thatcher, who was also fined nearly ?3,500, will miss Wales’ Group Six double-header with Austria in March and the home qualifier against England. The Football Association of Wales has until the end of the week to appeal. Poland reported the incident to Fifa, world football’s governing body, after reviewing the match at the Millennium Stadium. “Fortunately Kosowski didn’t get a serious injury, because at first sight it looked like he could get damage of the skull and ear,” said team doctor Jerzy Grzywocz last October.

Phillips tries to heal rift within RFU
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 24, 2004
The infighting comes a year on from England’s World Cup victory and shows that the RFU and the professional clubs are still at loggerheads, a problem Woodward cited when he resigned in September. The only logical conclusion is that Baron will eventually follow Cattermole out of Twickenham, but his departure seems some way off yet. Elsewhere, England have failed with another World Cup bid, this time for the women’s event in 2006. The International Rugby Board, who opted for France in the men’s game the following year, have awarded the tournament to Canada, which is likely to bring a protest from the English Women’s Rugby Union, who were led to believe that they were the only bidders. On the field, a rib injury means that France will be without Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, their goal-kicking scrum-half, when they meet New Zealand in Paris on Saturday. France coach Bernard Laporte has recalled two foreign-born players in centre Brian Leibenberg and prop Pieter de Villiers after the surprise defeat by Argentina. Dimitri Yachvili, the first-choice replacement for Elissalde, will have a scan on a calf injury today.

BBC SPORT / FOOTBALL
BBC News – Nov 25, 2004
Undoubtedly the greatest money furore surrounded the Wembley stadium plan, which eventually totalled a staggering ?757m and also led to major criticism in the media. That and the much-flaunted, but never delivered, ?50m National Football Centre led to further accusations of over-spending. Graham Kelly’s time (1988-1998) at the helm of the FA was overshadowed by the cash-for-votes scandal. He and chairman Keith Wiseman eventually resigned over the matter. Kelly was accused of offering the Welsh FA a ?3. 2m grant in return for its vote in a Fifa election… 2m grant in return for its vote in a Fifa election. Fifa launched an inquiry during which both men were cleared. There was also a failed bid to host the 2006 World Cup, which was criticised in the British press for being “shambolic”. And some of their coaching appointments have hogged the headlines for much of the time. There was Graham Taylor’s failed spell in charge of the national side, not to mention the scandal which led to Glenn Hoddle’s downfall. THOSE WHO HAVE TRIED.

Lewis expects Tri-Nations to go Down Under
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 24, 2004
Some Australian clubs have been expressing concern that the highly successful seven-match tournament put too much strain on their leading players. But British players, who generally play more games than their Australian counterparts, who they face in Saturday’s final at Elland Road, are backing the tri-nations… But British players, who generally play more games than their Australian counterparts, who they face in Saturday’s final at Elland Road, are backing the tri-nations. But the momentum needs to be maintained with a clear plan for the next few years. Lewis, vice chairman of the International Federation, said: “We have to decide how to build on a terrific success correctly. The international game is going from strength to strength and so there will be international football next year, that’s for sure. “My personal preference is that it’s over here in 2005, and that we will tour in 2006.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Palmer asks US players to travel
BBC News – Nov 24, 2004
Palmer, who is in Sydney to celebrate 100 years of the Australian Open, said some stars were dashing their hopes of being “world-class” by staying at home. “I had no problems travelling to the British or the Australian Open or Asia, Africa or anywhere else,” he said. The issue was raised when Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others opted out of the US team for the World Cup in Spain. The Australian Open is also missing the leading Americans, despite boasting a list of former champions that includes Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

ESPNsoccernet – World – Will Ahn play on unified team?
go.com – Nov 25, 2004
25, 2004Playing in the DMZ Doos Choi At first blush, a unified Korean soccer team resonates with symbolism but is it wishful thinking? Recently officials from both the North and South Korean soccer associations stated that they would consider forming a unified Korea team to compete in the 2006 World Cup. Incumbent President Roh Moo Hyun of South Korea has pushed forward his “Sunshine Policy” at every opportunity (some would say at too great a cost) and whilst the idea has seemingly originated from the North, his public relations office must be licking its lips at the prospect of a unified Korean team at the next World Cup. But what would this team look like? If squad selection was based purely on merit then I would imagine that a unified team would consist almost entirely of South Korean players. Surely domestic politics would demand a different demographic to the detriment of the team’s chances of success. For all of the symbolism of a unified team on paper, unless the unified team enjoys a degree of success in the tournament, there is a danger that the message becomes twisted – that North and South are in fact incompatible… A South Korean winger dribbles past the opposition midfield and executes a perfect through ball to a North Korean forward; it’s just the North Korean forward against the opposition goalkeeper and the ball flies high above the cross bar. The passion of South Korean supporters was plain to see during the 2002 World Cup. I wonder how forgiving a typical South Korean football supporter would be. And who would be in charge? For South Korea, the transition to life beyond 2002 has proved difficult with Jo Bonfrere taking up the reigns from Humberto Coelho as the second foreign manager to step into Guus Hiddink’s shoes with three domestic managers having played interim roles. It is difficult to imagine any serious manager agreeing to have less than absolute control over the composition of his team which brings us back to the first point. Some might accuse my appraisal of the North Korean squad as unfair – after all I am a South Korean! Admittedly, the friendly between North and South Korea shortly after the 2002 World Cup finals ended in a goalless draw and who can forget North Korea’s march into the knockout stages of the 1966 World Cup finals, beating Italy 1-0 on the way and bowing out with a respectable 5-3 defeat to Portugal. However the cynic inside me wonders at how diplomatically convenient the goalless draw was and whilst North Korea’s victory over Italy was indeed a great result, not many remember the rather unusual circumstances leading up to the 1966 World Cup finals which undoubtedly helped North Korea’s cause.

Dujkovic offered Ghana job
BBC News – Nov 24, 2004
The 58-year-old former coach of Rwanda has been offered a two-year contract and is expected in Accra next week to finalise the deal. He will replace Mariano Barreto who turned his back on the Black Stars in September to manage Maritimo in his native Portugal. Dujkovic came to international prominence when he led Rwanda to their first Nations Cup finals appearance in Tunisia early this year. But he left the East African country under a cloud after failing to agree a new contract with the Rwanda FA… Dujkovic came to international prominence when he led Rwanda to their first Nations Cup finals appearance in Tunisia early this year. But he left the East African country under a cloud after failing to agree a new contract with the Rwanda FA. GFA vice-chairman Kwesi Nyantakyi told BBC Sport on Wednesday that the Serbian “will bring his wealth of experience, hard work, organisation and loyalty which will culminate in qualification for the 2006 World Cup. ”

The GFA’s number one target was former South
Africa and Nigeria manager Philippe Troussier but
Nyantakyi said the Frenchman had not shown enough commitment to the Ghana job.

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