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The News Review:

* NHL set to reject union’s proposal
* Asia trip to build German football’s team spirit
* Sponsors turn backs on JFF
* ESPN.com – SPORTSBUSINESS – Shutout: EA Sports corners NFL video…
* North Korea may host world cup qualifiers
* Interview with Iran’s Croat head coach
* Rosenborg: A study in managing resources
* Sports Briefs for December 14, 2004
* Round-up of stories in Africa
* Republic of Ireland boss backs FAI plan
* Real match abandoned after ETA bomb alert
* Downing likely to be given England chance
* Teams brace for Perth purchases | SUPER 14 | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz

NHL set to reject union’s proposal
San Diego Union Tribune – Dec 14, 2004
The woman, who is black, also claimed the department ignored her complaints of racial discrimination by her coach and teammates. SkiingWorld Cup leader Bode Miller won a slalom in Sestriere, Italy, to join Marc Girardelli as the only men to win races in all four disciplines in a season. The American won for the sixth time in 10 World Cup races by finishing two runs down the 2006 Olympic course in a combined 1 minute, 39. SoccerAC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko won the Golden Ball award as Europe's best soccer player, edging club teammate Ronaldinho and Barcelona midfielder Deco.

Asia trip to build German football’s team spirit
Expatica – Dec 13, 2004
” The trip is not without controversy because Bundesliga team officials are concerned that their players in the squad will return injured or exhausted. But the three matches have a sports-political aspect as well as Germany had an obligation after receiving the Asian votes in its successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup. However, not all stars will be in Asia. Frings, Baumann and Robert Huth of Chelsea are injured. Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Moritz Volz (Fulham) and Thomas Hitzelsperger (Aston Villa) have not been released by their clubs in the English Premier League, which unlike the Bundesliga has no winter break. A quartet of VfB Stuttgart players – Kevin Kuranyi, Philipp Lahm, Andreas Hinkel and Timo Hildebrand – will not be available for the first game in Yokohama because of UEFA Cup duties, but play in Seoul and Bangkok.

Sponsors turn backs on JFF
Jamaica Gleaner – Dec 14, 2004
The Boyz, who made history in 1998 by becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean island to play in the World Cup Finals, came up short in their CONCACAF semi-final round group fixture after finishing third behind the United States of America and Panama. Boxhill, with whom The Gleaner spoke yesterday, said he is still feeling the effects of that disappointment. “It turns out be a lot of pressure when you consider that we lost a lot of the sponsorship we would have gotten had we gone further in the campaign,” Boxhill revealed. SPONSORSHIP MONEYThe Boyz would have benefitted to the tune of $100 million in sponsorship money from Red Stripe had they booked a ticket to Germany… The Boyz, who made history in 1998 by becoming the first English-speaking Caribbean island to play in the World Cup Finals, came up short in their CONCACAF semi-final round group fixture after finishing third behind the United States of America and Panama. Boxhill, with whom The Gleaner spoke yesterday, said he is still feeling the effects of that disappointment. “It turns out be a lot of pressure when you consider that we lost a lot of the sponsorship we would have gotten had we gone further in the campaign,” Boxhill revealed. SPONSORSHIP MONEYThe Boyz would have benefitted to the tune of $100 million in sponsorship money from Red Stripe had they booked a ticket to Germany.

ESPN.com – SPORTSBUSINESS – Shutout: EA Sports corners NFL video…
ESPN – Dec 14, 2004
The partnership, which will commence with the publishing of Electronic Arts’ Madden game next August, eliminates the competitive battle EA endured this year with ESPN’s NFL 2K5 game, a joint venture between Sega and Take-Two Interactive. Without the use of team and player names, generic games have struggled for survival in the current environment. Before this year, EA’s Madden franchise — which the company has sold more than 40 million copies of since its debut in 1989 — previously dominated the football game marketplace. Bit players, including Midway, 989 Sports and Microsoft, dropped out of the licensed football game business this year.

North Korea may host world cup qualifiers
IranMania News – Dec 12, 2004
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LONDON, Dec 12 (IranMania) – As North Korea does not have a brilliant record in hosting international games as regards visa issuance for guests, it has to provide a written undertaking, before the Asian Football Confederation can officially announce it as the host of the second round of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. If North Korea declines, AFC will appoint China as the host of the games. In the 2nd round, Iran, North Korea, Bahrain and Japan are placed in the same group.

Interview with Iran’s Croat head coach
IranMania News – Dec 14, 2004
In the event representatives from Belgium, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Slovenia took part. In the event representatives from Belgium, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Slovenia took part. – Did you talk to the Italian coach about Iran-Italy friendly? – Yes, but it was only a short conversation… In the event representatives from Belgium, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Slovenia took part. In the event representatives from Belgium, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Slovenia took part. – Did you talk to the Italian coach about Iran-Italy friendly? – Yes, but it was only a short conversation. – How do you assess the different groups of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers? – The two groups are made up of the best 8 teams of Asia. There is no weak team in the two groups.

Rosenborg: A study in managing resources
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 13, 2004
Meanwhile, Arni Gautur Arason, the second-choice goalkeeper and Iceland No 1, is on course to become a solicitor. Elsewhere in the team ranks there is an economics degree and a masters of science. “Football is just some years between the age of 20 and 35,” Nils Skutle, the club’s general manager, said. “They have to be ready for the rest of their lives. We do not think that they can do that just having a bank account full of money. What do they do then?” Long-termism is a rare trait to find in football management. Rosenborg’s policy was probably rooted in the strong personal opinions of Nils Arne Eggen, the man who led the club to the first 11 Norwegian championships and has just returned as a consultant, aged 63… THE FA IS EXPECTED TO review the structure of its sponsorship programme after Brian Barwick, the new chief executive, takes up his post in the new year. The FA receives about £15 million a year from its “family” of five sponsors — Pepsi, Umbro, Nationwide, Carlsberg and McDonald’s — who were signed up under the Adam Crozier regime of slick marketing and rabid exploitation of the England brand. The arrangement, which expires after the 2006 World Cup, has been an uneasy alliance. The sponsors, particularly Nationwide, have complained about limited exposure in return for their £3 million annual outlay. With the arrival of Barwick, ITV’s controller of sport, the FA will undergo an internal review aimed at modernising processes. This will ultimately lead to a rethink of the organisation’s commercial strategy. Industry experts are tipping the FA to return to a more traditional format, with title sponsors for the FA Cup and the England team and a small cluster of lower-tier sponsors to promote the community, grass roots, women’s and elite game.

Sports Briefs for December 14, 2004
First Coast News – Dec 14, 2004
SKIINGSESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — World Cup leader Bode Miller won a slalom to join Marc Girardelli as the only men to win races in all four disciplines in a season. The American won for the sixth time in 10 World Cup races by finishing two runs down the 2006 Olympic course in a combined 1 minute, 39. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland was next, 1. Miller has won slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill races in a span of just 16 days.

Round-up of stories in Africa
go.com – Dec 14, 2004
14, 2004Round-up of stories in AfricaJOHANNESBURG, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A digest of soccer stories from around Africa in recent days. EGYPT – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) hasrejected an appeal by Ismaili against a seven-match stadium ban,officials said at the weekend. The club were banned from playing their next seven homematches in African club competition at their ground after fansrioted at the end of the 2003 African Champions League final. Ismaili were ordered to play home games more than 200km fromtheir base and pay a ?7,500 fine. They are due to play in next year’s African ConfederationCup. GHANA – The Ghana Football Association are seekingcompensation from former national coach Mariano Barreto, whoquit in September to return to Portugal… The FA contends Barreto breached his two-year contract bynot giving the required notice before his departure. Their complaint is still to be heard by FIFA’s player statuscommittee, a spokesman in Zurich said on Tuesday. Barreto, who took Ghana to the top of their 2006 World Cupqualifying group and helped the under-23 side qualify for theAthens Olympics, left for former Portuguese premier league clubMaritimo. He had been in Ghana for just nine months. BURKINA FASO – The football federation has excluded PlaneteChampion from the first division for the new season because theyconsider it to be a training centre rather than a club,officials said at the weekend. The federation said in a statement that it deemed PlaneteChampion a ‘centre of formation whose objective is to prepareplayers for eventual sale’. Planete Champion, which was opened in 1998, has links withFrench club Paris St Germain.

Republic of Ireland boss backs FAI plan
Sligo Weekender – Dec 14, 2004
??Now I think eircom League clubs are getting the players in earlier through various programmes, although some of the local clubs might not be particularly happy about it because they would like to see their players staying longer with them. ??From my point of view I think it is important that they get the right type of preparation and the right type of coaching ? in the right facilities. ??Preparations that are going to give them a chance of competing with their peers at a higher level, at an international level with their peers outside the country and inside the country,? said the manager, whose team currently lie at the top of their qualifying group for the 2006 World Cup. ?Sligo has been a strong soccer area traditionally and we have had players develop in Sligo for many years. ??On under-age teams we had the Rossiter brothers ? Mark, who unfortunately had to pack it in recently, and Ian, who played vital parts in our successes at underage level along with various other players. ??Conor O?Grady played in the team when we came third in the [UEFA] European U-19 Championships in Sweden in 1999 ? he played a key part in that ??and there have been several other players in recent years and that will continue. ?Obviously [FAI Regional Development Officer] Niall Harrison is doing fantastic work locally along with many other coaches, the likes of [former Sligo Rovers assistant manager] Leo Tierney, who had a great part in it also… ??I mean the enjoyment that children get when they start at the beginning ? when they start playing football at six, seven or eight of age years and the joy they have from kicking a football around the field with their parents. ??Then there is the joy that people get when they are nearly finished playing ? maybe when they are in their 30s or 40s ? when they are still happy to be able to get out and still run and play and have a few shots at somebody who is nearly as unfit as themselves!??The key message is that we want participation for everybody. Everybody can have a role in football whether it is at committee level, administration level, coaching level or as a player. ??The other main message is that we must improve the whole structure around the game the support systems, the type of coaching, the facilities that are available and the opportunity for players to have a pathway to the top or a pathway for a referee to get to the top or for administrators to get to the top or for coaches. ??In my time as an underage player and as a coach it was ?hit and miss? and you got opportunities on a lucky break and what personalities you would come across and meet and it was only your own determination gave you that chance. ??The FAI is continually bashed by the media for some of the failings of the administration but there is very few programmes or very few discussions about the good that goes on and the thousands and thousand of people that are organising the game every week and have competitive football and a lot of it is recreation football. ??A very small percentage of players in Ireland are paid.

Real match abandoned after ETA bomb alert
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 12, 2004
Midfielder Diego was sent off after converting Porto’s first kick for taunting Once’s Juan Carlos Henao in response to the goalkeeper’s attempts to put him off. This was the last annual meeting between the European and South American champions under the present one-off format. Japan will host a new-look 2005 and 2006 World Club Cup comprising a club from each of football’s six confederations. Andrei Shevchenko, the Ukrainian striker, underlined why he is widely tipped to be named European Footballer of the Year today by scoring twice for champions AC Milan to take his season’s tally to 11 in Italy. Milan beat Fiorentina 6-0, with Dutchman Clarence Seedorf also netting twice, to maintain the pressure on leaders Juventus. Bayern Munich reached the halfway stage as leaders on goal difference in Germany, snatching a 2-2 draw at home to Stuttgart just as nearest rivals Schalke were conceding a late equaliser to bottom club Freiburg. • Bolton midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha, of Nigeria, and the Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, of Ivory Coast, are among the five finalists for the 2004 African Footballer of the Year award.

Downing likely to be given England chance
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 13, 2004
“I’m very happy about the situation, it’s good and we’ll see what is happening. Having John Terry on the bench is great, but that’s life. ” Should England qualify for the World Cup in 2006, Eriksson is hoping to have an extra week with his squad to prepare for the tournament. “Going into a major tournament is different because you have a long season behind you and you have too little time to rest and have preparation. That was our problem in Japan and Portugal. I hope we have one week more in Germany. ” The Football Association have appointed Brian Barwick as new chief executive – and Eriksson is looking forward to working with Mark Palios’ successor… That was our problem in Japan and Portugal. I hope we have one week more in Germany. ” The Football Association have appointed Brian Barwick as new chief executive – and Eriksson is looking forward to working with Mark Palios’ successor. “I’m pleased it is settled,” Eriksson said. “I’ve seen him (Barwick) in many board rooms in the country and I think he has been to as many football games as I have over the last year. I look forward to start working with him at the end of January.

Teams brace for Perth purchases | SUPER 14 | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Dec 12, 2004
A less than covert West Australian operation to snare Super 12rugby players off contract at the end of 2005 is expected to beginearly in the new year with up to 30 footballers in the firing linefrom NSW, Queensland and the ACT. Clyde Rathbone, Matt Henjak and Bill Young are expected to behigh on the new franchise’s shopping list for 2006. But Fisher said the Brumbies would be hanging on to the cattlethey want. “I’d be confident that guys we want to keep we’ll be able tokeep. I don’t imagine we’ll be losing anyone we want to keep toPerth,” Fisher said today. Wallabies winger Rathbone, a former South African under 21captain, may be offered a leadership role in Perth as well as thecarrot of playing in his more preferred No… “There’s not a lot of guys who have played at that level (atprop) – that has got to be a priority for (Perth) I assume. “Someone with Nick Stiles’ experience is a prime prospect. Miller said Latham, who almost accepted a deal to play for Irishside Munster after the 2003 World Cup, had a love of Queensland butan offer from Japan to secure his long-term future would make himthink. As for winger Wendell Sailor who has already indicated he’dconsider a move to a new franchise, Miller was more positive. “I’d like to think Wendell would stay if we have a good yearwith the Reds,” he said.

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