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November 30, 2004

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* Eriksson reveals selection fears
* Opportunity missed? – Martial arts guru believes he could have helped…
* Online edition of Sunday Observer – Business
* Football industry’s global marketplace
* Sports Features of Saturday, 27 November 2004
* ESPN.com – NBA – Union appeals for reduced brawl suspensions
* ESPN.com – BOXING – MaxBoxing: For the ages
* Smith ‘offered’ the Scotland job
* Barwick walks alone into the FA minefield
* Chinese footballers to train in Germany
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* SFA edge closer to hiring national coach
* FA dismisses Wembley roof concern

Eriksson reveals selection fears
BBC News – Nov 28, 2004
I would be happy taking no players from Champions League or Uefa Cup sides. ”

Players such as Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stuart Downing may be a given a chance to stake a claim for a regular place. Eriksson also explained that he would need more time to prepare his squad immediately prior to the 2006 World Cup – if England qualify for the tournament. “I hope we can have one week more preparation next season before we go to the
World Cup,” he said. “Fifa president Sepp Blatter has spoken about that, so hopefully he
is strong enough to bring it in. “We can’t have that as well as the winter break but, if we can have one extra
week’s rest, then that would be very good.

Opportunity missed? – Martial arts guru believes he could have helped…
Jamaica Observer – Nov 27, 2004
Opportunity missed? – Martial arts guru believes he could have helped Reggae Boyz – JAMAICAOBSERVER. But believe it or not, this is the man who believes he could have helped deliver the Reggae Boyz to the Germany 2006 World Cup… so they are tired and need relaxation

Maxwell – a fitness consultant and trainer and massage therapist – is preaching his message of the importance of a healthy mind, body and soul in life in general and in sport in particular. He believes that had he been taken seriously by local football’s governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the Reggae Boyz’s train could still have been rolling on its way to Germany. Jamaica’s senior football team crashed out of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers at the semifinal stage when they could only manage a 1-1 draw against the USA recently in a must-win situation, and Maxwell believes that had he made the trip with the Boyz, things would have been different. With former technical director Carl Brown at the helm of the senior team, Maxwell had worked with the Boyz, helping them to mentally prepare for important games through tai chi, yoga and reiki. Tai chi, according to Maxwell, is a Chinese form of martial arts which involves “exquisite” body movements, yoga is a holistic exercise involving meditation while reiki is a hands-on relaxation technique, all of which, he claims, would have worked wonders for the Boyz on their rigorous World Cup campaign. “There is no guarantee, but if they had used me, I feel they definitely would have qualified,” Maxwell told Sporting World. The 36 year-old, who has been practising these oriental arts for 12 years, said his methods have reaped success with all the football teams he has worked with.

Online edition of Sunday Observer – Business
Sunday Observer – Nov 28, 2004
As a prelude to the big event, Goleo VI, the official mascot for the
2006 games was unveiled recently by the Federation Internationale de
Football Association (FIFA) in Leipzig, Germany. Goleo the lion and his
companion, Pille the talking football, were introduced to the world at
this event. Goleo VI is said to be the first versatile "living" character
to be used by FIFA as its official mascot. He can talk, dance, play music
and make people laugh.

Football industry’s global marketplace
BBC News – Nov 28, 2004
Then, German media giant Kirch, which owned the rights to the two World Cups, admitted to a court it could not pay its debts. Fortunately the World Cup rights had already been stripped out and placed into a separate entity before the insolvency was declared. That came on top of the collapse of FIFA’s marketing partner ISL the previous year, with total losses of 51 million Swiss francs ($28.

Sports Features of Saturday, 27 November 2004
ghanaweb.com – Nov 27, 2004
Africa`s presence at the world cup has been enhanced by the past sallies of Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, South Africa, Zaire (Congo DR) , Nigeria and Senegal in the competition. Since 1982, when the duo of Theophalous Abega and Roger Milla inspired Cameroun to a debut at the world cup, the Indomitable Lions have had only one miss in the comptition. In 1990 when Milla, then retired rejoined the team upon a request by the Camerounian President, the Indomitable Lions recorded as the first African Nation to reach the quarter final stage, claiming notable scalps in the process. Nigeria was also big in their first appearance in 1994 with names like Rashiid Yekini, Daniel Amokachi, Sampson Siasia, George Finidi and Emmanuel Amunike… Although judging by their recent form, South Africa has a lot of grounds to cover if they are to achieve the level of enterprise that won them the Nations cup in 1996 when they hosted it for the first time. Rapidly establishing itself as a name in world soccer, the Bafana Bafana has been constantly present at the world cup final since 1998. Senegal , a hitherto unknown quantity in world football tore up the form book in the 2002 edition. El Hadji Diouf and associates who had taken over the mantle from Julius Bukande, Sulemane Sannie etc took the world by surprise beating the then world champions France in the opening of the competition. As the journey to Germany 2006 is in progress, we are waiting to see how they would take another giant step into the competition. Others like Egypt, home to two of the most potent clubs on the continent, Zamalek and Ahly, Algeria, Tunisia etc are as also commended for their appearance at the world cup, thus contributing to the formidable status enjoyed by the continent in world football. Qualifying to world cup is different ball game in Africa and for most countries, it took years of team building and organised team management.

ESPN.com – NBA – Union appeals for reduced brawl suspensions
ESPN – Nov 28, 2004
No NBA team has ever made such an appeal, according to theleague. Pacers spokesman David Benner said the team had not yet decidedif or how it might contest the penalties. Artest bolted into the stands after being hit by a cup thrown bya fan, touching off a brawl in which players exchanged punches withfans, who also threw drinks, popcorn, and other debris at thePacers. “This is the third time that I’ve been hit with something outof the crowd,” said Artest, who claimed he had been struckpreviously in Detroit and in Cleveland. Jackson also went into the stands and exchanged punches withfans, while O’Neal hit a fan who ran onto the court. The Detroit fan who authorities say threw the cup that hitArtest described the player as a “thug. ” John Green, a39-year-old contractor, made the comments during an appearance onABC’s “Good Morning America.

ESPN.com – BOXING – MaxBoxing: For the ages
ESPN – Nov 28, 2004
Somehow Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales duplicated, and perhaps even surpassed, the action and drama of their all-time great first battle, which took place four years ago at 122 pounds. Older, heavier and a lot richer, Barrera and Morales showed the world that they haven’t lost any of the desire, skill or heart that made them champions and the pride of Mexico. They also showed that they haven’t lost any love for each other, as they boxed and beat each other for 12 thrilling rounds in front of a frenzied standing room crowd at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. Barrera, a 2-1 betting underdog, won a majority decision by one- and two-point margins on two of the judges scorecards to go 2-1 in the best boxing trilogy of this era. Like the first fight and the rematch, which took place at featherweight in 2002, there were many close rounds, lots of back-and-forth action and plenty of differing opinions of who “really” won the fight. Judges Jerry Roth and Larry O’Connell scored the bout for Barrera, who picked up the WBC 130-pound title with the victory, by scores of 115-113 and 115-114.

Smith ‘offered’ the Scotland job
CNN International – Nov 29, 2004
Smith has reportedly been in talks with the Scottish Football Association about the job which became available after German Berti Vogts resigned earlier this month. Sources said Smith is expected to be confirmed in the post on Thursday or Friday. Smith won 13 trophies with Rangers in Scotland before taking over as manager of Everton in 1998. He struggled to repeat his success south of the border and was sacked in 2002, but has been the favorite to succeed Vogts. Scottish Football Association (SFA) spokesman Andy Mitchell said on Monday: "We’ve got no comment to make on speculation about the national manager’s position… He struggled to repeat his success south of the border and was sacked in 2002, but has been the favorite to succeed Vogts. Scottish Football Association (SFA) spokesman Andy Mitchell said on Monday: "We’ve got no comment to make on speculation about the national manager’s position. "Vogts, the first foreigner to coach Scotland, stood down after a dreadful start to the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign left the side struggling to reach the finals in Germany.

Barwick walks alone into the FA minefield
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 28, 2004
Barwick reports that he was given Salmon’s ‘blessing’ – something that, according to BBC sources, was a surprise to Salmon. But it is now vital that Hill and Barwick build the sort of cordial relations Palios enjoyed with the BBC and Sky. If Barwick fails to meet these challeneges, then mark August 2006 as the date for the next major FA crisis. By then England will have been to the World Cup in Germany and it is likely he will need to find a new coach as Sven-Goran Eriksson aims to return to club football. At the same time the FA’s commercial contracts will be up for re-negotiation, Wembley will be on stream and the broadcasters will be looking at their contracts. No one said life in room 8b would be easy. Colin Gibson was sports editor of The Sunday Telegraph from 1993-1999.

Chinese footballers to train in Germany
Expatica – Nov 29, 2004
The agreement came shortly after China failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany – a major setback for the football-crazy country. Under the contract some 50 Chinese talents will train at the football academy in Bad Kissingen under coach Ekart Krautzun for the next two years. The players will play test matches in Germany and in other European countries. The players will also travel to Argentinian top club River Plate for several weeks and some of them will also train at German Bundesliga clubs.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 29, 2004
Spain hosted England earlier this month in a match which became more known for the racist insults hurled at a number of England?s black players from the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium than for England?s 1-0 defeat. England?s dismal performance against Spain was largely criticised, and Eriksson, according to the Sunday Times, found his hands were tied in what he termed a meaningless match that he said had been ?all about money?. Eriksson said: ?The friendly in August (against the Ukraine) was very important as preparation for the two World Cup qualifying ties we had in September (against Austria and Poland) and the friendly we?ve got in February (against Holland) is needed before the World Cup games in Match (against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan). ?It?s much more difficult to see the importance of playing in November… Eriksson said: ?The friendly in August (against the Ukraine) was very important as preparation for the two World Cup qualifying ties we had in September (against Austria and Poland) and the friendly we?ve got in February (against Holland) is needed before the World Cup games in Match (against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan). ?It?s much more difficult to see the importance of playing in November. ? Eriksson?s implications that the Spain friendly, and Beckham?s inclusion, had been part of the FA?s television deal could do damage to the Swede?s aims of building a winning team in time for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The report added that when it came to picking players for the friendly, Eriksson?s hands were tied by stipulations in the four-year television deal that is worth $567 million. Eriksson wanted to experiment by selecting Manchester City?s Shaun Wright-Phillips instead of Real Madrid midfielder Beckham, but was barred by conditions in the contract. Although reluctant to comment on the specifics of the deal, which was signed in July, Eriksson is said to have asked a member of the FA: ?How far can I go on this?? Eriksson also wanted to hand a cap to Middlesbrough?s exciting left winger Stewart Downing. And when asked why he hadn?t given Wright-Phillips and Downing their chance, Eriksson replied: ?There?s the TV contract.

SFA edge closer to hiring national coach
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Nov 28, 2004
The interviews were all conducted in Scotland by the SFA’s four office bearers — John McBeth, George Peat, Campbell Ogilvie and John Smith — and David Taylor, the chief executive, although Taylor has refused to reveal if all were present at each interview. This five-man panel hope to put forward their recommendation for manager to the other six directors on the SFA’s board on Thursday, and the former Rangers manager is still the favourite to get the nomination despite the populist appeal of Gordon Strachan. This factor could have the strongest influence on McBeth, the SFA president, and Taylor, who are blamed by many supporters for allowing the reign of Vogts to persist to the detriment of Scotland’s chances of reaching World Cup 2006. Supporters chanted for Taylor to resign at the recent 4-1 friendly defeat by Sweden and for Strachan to be appointed as manager, although it remains unclear whether Strachan actually wants the job and whether the SFA can afford a manager still coveted by Premiership clubs. Smith, meanwhile, is the favoured choice of Peat and John Smith and had an excellent and fruitful working relationship with Ogilvie at Rangers. Support from his former Ibrox colleague would give him a majority among the office bearers and Taylor said that he hopes a unanimous nomination will be put forward to the board. “All the people that we wanted to speak to on the initial list we have spoken to,” said Taylor… That’s the ideal situation. ” Taylor also admitted that the all-Scots shortlist had been prompted, in part, by the fraught reign of Vogts and said there was a “better choice” than last time round. “The experience of the last couple of years suggests that, at this point in time in developments, given that it didn’t work out for Berti and given the feeling around that it would be better to have a person who knows the Scottish football scene and the Scottish culture of football. That was a factor that the board discussed when they were thinking about the shortlist. ” The SFA have also unveiled a new team for the implementation of their Youth Action Plan after another flawed appointment by them. Gareth McKenna, the original project implementation manager, resigned from the job after four days. He had been put in charge of the £31m plan (funded by the SFA plus central and local government) despite previous convictions for fraud.

FA dismisses Wembley roof concern
BBC News – Nov 28, 2004
The News of the World claims the opening could be delayed as consultants had been drafted in to recalculate computer data. But the FA’s Nick Barron said the ?757m stadium will be completed “on time and on budget”. The venue in north-west London is due to open in 2006 for the FA Cup final. Mr Barron said the roof – the biggest single span roof in the world – will be put in place in early 2005. He told BBC News: “Despite what is in the papers today the FA has no concerns about the stadium. Fixed price

“The FA is satisfied that the new Wembley Stadium will be completed on time and to budget. “To say that it will now cost more is ridiculous as it is a fixed priced contract.

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