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World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Soccer Wives and the Beautiful Game

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* World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Hosts Feel the Heat as Greek Clash Looms
* World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Europe’s Carnival of Soccer Gets…
* England fails in Women’s RWC bid
* World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Soccer Wives and the Beautiful Game
* Socceroos to play Iraq in March
* Germany fine tunes World Cup preparations
* Chinese soccer striving to survive
* ESPN.com – NCF – Urban’s legend begins as he tours Florida
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Aussies line up Iraqi showpiece
* Australia to host Iraq in 2005
* Iran’s Karimi voted 2004 AFC Player of the Year
* SOCCER: Domenech gets French job

World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Hosts Feel the Heat as Greek Clash Looms
Deutsche Welle – Dec 6, 2004
Portuguese coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will be feeling the pressure even more so now as his players look for that all important first win against the Greeks, who few expect to make an impact on the competition. Scolari’s players are well aware of the expectations of their home nation. “Pressure is usual in football,” said Portuguese defender Beto in an interview with CNN. “We are confident and united to begin the championships with a win, responding to the expectations of our country. ”
Portugal wary of first opponents
But Beto and his teammates will be wary of the Greeks who held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly last year and also finished ahead of Spain in their qualification group. “They are a strong team, with a solid defense and a dangerous counterattacking game. We know what we have to do to win, but for sure, we will face difficulties,” the defender added… The coach will understand the concept of pressure better than most. As Brazil chief in the 2002 World Cup, Scolari had a legacy of great Brazilian sides breathing down his neck as his samba stars looked to reclaim their title from France. He succeeded in that attempt and will be looking to get the best out of the remnants from Portugal’s “golden generation” as well as the new stars and emulate that feat at Euro 2004. With a full-strength squad, Portugal is in good shape as the tournament begins. The opposition, however, are also firing on all cylinders as the tournament begins. Greek coach Otto Rehhagel has welcomed back striker Demis Nikolaidis and defender Traianos Dellas from injury in the Greeks “nothing to lose” assault on the European Championships.

World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Europe’s Carnival of Soccer Gets…
Deutsche Welle – Dec 6, 2004
This year’s tournament will see some of the greatest names in the history of the finals going head to head for the title of European Champion. The Russians, who won the first ever championship and dominated the subsequent early tournaments of the Sixties, return to the fray while the Germans look to improve on their impressive record by stretching their lead as the team with the most championship wins to four. If they do so, it will be Les Bleus third triumph at the finals after wins in 1984 and 2000. The inclusion of Latvia this year will also have special significance. Although Euro 2004 will be the Baltic country’s third championship, it will be the first undertaken with official European Union membership, secured during the recent accession at the beginning of May. As a fully paid up member of the bloc, Latvia will truly be a European contender, if only in name… As a fully paid up member of the bloc, Latvia will truly be a European contender, if only in name. Despite spirited performances in the 1996 and 2000 finals, it is unlikely that the Latvians will progress to the latter stages of the competition. Those teams aside, there will be 13 other nations fielding a host of high-profile stars who will pound the Portuguese turf in their country’s cause, bringing the continent’s major players together for a festival of football in the Mediterranean sun. Global stars bring their skills to Europe
Fans in the stadiums and at home will get the chance to see the likes of Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham battle for midfield supremacy when France take on England; watch open-mouthed as Holland’s Ruud Van Nistlerooy tests the goalkeeping skills of Germany’s Oliver Kahn, and experience the riotous atmosphere between the neighbours when Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo bears down on Spanish defender Carles Puyol. These and many other enthralling contests await the viewing public. With each passing year, the European Championships increase in size, prestige and profile. In this era of the modern game; where the players are global celebrities, the audience is worldwide and everything from the water bottles to the motorized stretcher buggies carry sponsorship logos, the 2004 European Championships in Portugal look set to be one of the most glamorous in the tournaments history.

England fails in Women’s RWC bid
BBC News – Dec 7, 2004
The RFUW was dismayed after being the only country to submit a formal bid to the International Rugby Board (IRB). “It comes as a surprise and huge disappointment that the IRB have offered it to another nation,” said RFUW managing director Rosie Williams. “We believed we had submitted a tender that met all of the criteria set out. ”

The RFU had recently announced it would not bid for the 2011 World Cup, instead focusing on supporting the RFUW’s tender for the 2006 women’s event.

World Cup 2006 | 12.06.2004 Soccer Wives and the Beautiful Game
Deutsche Welle – Dec 6, 2004
Obviously a woman with a high tolerance to sweat, Helene Figo is the Scandinavian rock on which the perspiration of toiling Portugal playmaker Luis drips onto when he gets home. The famously moist Real Madrid midfielder should give thanks every day for his steadfast wife who endured death threats and abuse after her husband committed the heinous crime of leaving FC Barcelona for the galacticos. Helene, who models for the Elite agency under her maiden name Svedin, has shown more than enough backbone for both of them, standing firm in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Spanish football while raising two children and continuing her own career. Casanova Kahn left empty-handed
One high-profile player who will be pining for love during this tournament will be German captain Oliver Kahn. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper currently finds his plate empty after having his cake and eating it over recent months. Oli infamously deserted his wife Simone while she was eight months pregnant for the ample charms of brew house temptress 21-year-old Verena Kerth in March 2003. The saga that followed Oli’s flight from one blonde and the shacking up with another filled the pages of the popular German press for months as he dallied over his decision; one moment appearing to be wracked with remorse and wanting Simone back, the next boozing it up with Verena at discos across Bavaria.

Socceroos to play Iraq in March
The Age – Dec 8, 2004
“I’m as confident as I can be after nine months in the job,”O’Neill said. “We’re constantly being told that it’s wrong that the OFCdoesn’t have a direct spot and is the only confederation thatdoesn’t. The Iraq match will be an integral part of the Socceroos’ 2006World Cup preparations. The Socceroos’ next match is against South Africa in Durban onFebruary 9, with Croatia also being mentioned as a likely opponentin June.

Germany fine tunes World Cup preparations
Expatica – Dec 6, 2004
In addition, the ruling body DFB announced that the team will set up its World Cup quarters in downtown Berlin and not in Leverkusen as originally planned. “We believe we should present ourselves in the capital. We want to be in the midst of the World Cup fever,” said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. The Americas tour was planned for December 2005 with games in the U… , Mexico and Argentina. But German football officials and Bundesliga clubs raised objections, fearing player burnout which could hamper the players’ club performances and Germany’s chances at the home World Cup 9 June 9 July 2006.

Chinese soccer striving to survive
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But runner-up is still an excellent result for China as the team advanced to the final for only the second time. It lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia in the 1984 final. Looking to the West With hopes of reaching the 2006 World Cup vanished, CFA officials are vowing to take action – and hope hosts Germany can offer some help. A specially-assembled group, called the 2008-Star Team consisting of 27 young and promising Chinese football players, will undergo a two-year-long training session at Bad Kissingen. The talented 27, selected from the nation’s best youth players aged between 15-19, are expected to form the core of the 2008 Olympic team. Eckhard Krautzun, a former German Olympic team member with a 35-year-long coaching career, has been appointed head coach. This is not the first time China has sent it’s footballers overseas for training.

ESPN.com – NCF – Urban’s legend begins as he tours Florida
ESPN – Dec 8, 2004
Neither is the NFL. “None whatsoever,” he said. “It’s all about the pageantry andtradition of college football, which in my opinion is second tonone. “That’s also one reason Meyer doesn’t shy away from taking jabsat rivals, like when he refers to BYU as the team down south orwhen he has BYU stickers placed in Utah’s urinals the week of thegame. He wasted little time taking shots at Florida State andTennessee, referencing Spurrier’s “Free Shoes University”comments as well as his memorable line: “you can’t spell Citruswithout UT. ” Meyer said he loved both of them. “It’s probably well documented that we like to create sometraditions of rivalries,” he said.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – Dec 6, 2004
0 Wed Jan 31 18:43:14 2007 –> Safa sticks to its guns, continues with CEO post advert. The organisation says Jordaan will have to apply for the post like anybody else. Last week, a 15 member 2010 World Cup local organising committee was announced. Irvin Khoza was named chairperson. Jordaan, however, did not get the job of chief executive, as widely expected.

Aussies line up Iraqi showpiece
go.com – Dec 8, 2004
Australian Soccer Association chairman Frank Lowy released astatement saying the match would take place on March 26 at avenue to be decided. ‘Iraq showed by making the semi-finals at the Olympic Gamesand the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup that they are a qualityfootball nation and will be an important test for us as wecontinue on the road to Germany,’ Lowy said. ‘We played Iraq back in 1973 as part of World Cup qualifyingand we ended up making the finals for the first and only time soperhaps this is a good omen ahead of our World Cup qualifierslater in the year. ‘Lowy said Australia had agreed to pay the full costs for theIraq team and Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed binHammam said the fixture was an important step in strengtheningties between Asia and Oceania. ‘For Iraq’s players, the game gives them the chance to dobattle with truly world-class footballers,’ he said. ‘By playing quality top-flight opponents like Australia andbeing exposed to different styles of play, Asian football willdefinitely continue its upward curve. ‘Your views on this story?.

Australia to host Iraq in 2005
SI.com – Dec 7, 2004
"We played Iraq back in 1973 as part of World Cup qualifying and we ended up making the finals for the first and only time so perhaps this is a good omen ahead of our World Cup qualifiers later in the year. " Lowy said Australia had agreed to pay the full costs for the Iraq team and Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam said the fixture was an important step in strengthening ties between Asia and Oceania. "For Iraq’s players, the game gives them the chance to do battle with truly world-class footballers," he said. "By playing quality top-flight opponents like Australia and being exposed to different styles of play, Asian football will definitely continue its upward curve. "Copyright 2004.

Iran’s Karimi voted 2004 AFC Player of the Year
IranMania News – Dec 8, 2004
Bahrain forward A’ala Hubail and Japan playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura are the two other nominees for this year’s award. Although the outcome will be officially announced at the Palace of Golden Horses hotel in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, on Dec 8, the news was leaked Monday. Karimi, Hubail, and Nakamura are up for the AFC’s most prestigious individual award following the trio’s impressive displays at the 2004 Asian Cup in China, according to IRNA. Karimi and Hubail were the tournament’s joint top scorers with five goals each while Nakamura won the MVP of the Tournament award after helping Japan to lift its third Asian Cup title… Karimi, Hubail, and Nakamura are up for the AFC’s most prestigious individual award following the trio’s impressive displays at the 2004 Asian Cup in China, according to IRNA. Karimi and Hubail were the tournament’s joint top scorers with five goals each while Nakamura won the MVP of the Tournament award after helping Japan to lift its third Asian Cup title. All three helped their countries to reach the final round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, having also good seasons in their clubs. The 26-year-old Karimi inspired Al Ahly to victory in the UAE President’s Cup final. Hubail, 22, has been scoring goals on a regular basis since joining Qatar league side Al Gharafa after the Asian Cup. Nakamura, 26, remains a firm crowd favorite at Italian Serie A side Reggina. Karimi succeeds his compatriot Mehdi Mahdavikia, 2003 AFC Player of the Year, who plays for the German Bundesliga team Hamburg.

SOCCER: Domenech gets French job
U.TV – UTV – Dec 7, 2004
Roach added: “We had notification from the French that the decision had been made to stay with a French coach. “They did say that if they had decided to go for a foreign trainer they would have picked Glenn. “Meanwhile, Domenech`s appointment could be good news for Nicolas Anelka as the new man opened the door for the Manchester City striker to return to international football. Having been banished from Les Bleus by Santini after turning down a late invitation to play against Yugoslavia in November 2002, Anelka`s return could be imminent. It was one of the hot topics when Domenech spoke for the first time after being appointed to his new post, and the former France Under-21 boss was quick to hold out an olive branch to the 25-year-old. Anelka must firstly impress Domenech in the new season, and the August 18 friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina may come too soon, but Domenech could bring him in from the cold for the World Cup qualifier against Israel on September 4. The 52-year-old Domenech, who has been in charge of the under-21 side for the past 11 years, has kept close tabs on Anelka`s form for City… France are no longer world champions, and nor do they enjoy continental supremacy, after failing to successfully defend their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles. Domenech has noticed a lack of fighting spark, and plans to re-ignite the players` desire, and Domenech believes Les Bleus have sufficient talent to reclaim the World Cup title in two years` time. “The main objective is to qualify to the 2006 World Cup, win it and most of all re-create that spirit between the players and the French crowd which was so huge six years ago,” he said. “Being capable of making the French people happy as a result of the national team`s performance will definitely be part of my role. I think France can win the World Cup again. “This is not going to happen with a magic wand, success needs to be built up and well thought out. But we will definitely do everything we can to win the next World Cup.

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