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December 18, 2004

ADIDAS AND INTERSPORT SIGN WORLD CUP AGREEMENT

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The News Review:

* Zimbabwe’s nightmare year
* Sport on television: who shows what
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Dujkovic accepts Ghana job
* ADIDAS AND INTERSPORT SIGN WORLD CUP AGREEMENT
* Sponsors could pay $125 mn for Fifa 2010 World Cup
* North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classified…
* BBC SPORT | Golf | English pair relish Cup challenge
* Southern Cal, Majerus Join Forces
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Fifa invites bids in Europe for 2010 World Cup
* Shevchenko wins `Ballon D’or’
* 1. FC Koln stadium installs Philips chip technology for contactless…
* St Clair calls for Yorke to rejoin Soca Warriors
* Sports briefs for December 16, 2004
* ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Ortega wants to play at World Cup

Zimbabwe’s nightmare year
BBC News – Dec 17, 2004
But despite a creditable debut in Tunisia, 2004 has turned out to be one of the worst years in the history of the Zimbabwean game. The national team has dropped down the rankings after winning only one of its five qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup. The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is in tatters, with no general assembly operating and only three board members remaining. This week, most of Zifa’s assets were sold at an auction to raise money to pay off a debt with a car and bus hire company. It was a sorry sight as footballs, chairs, tables, filing cabinets, computers, televisions, a refrigerator and even reams of paper were sold off. Barely a third of the amount needed was raised, and Zifa’s two cars, one of which was donated by Fifa for the Goal Project, are also likely to go under the hammer.

Sport on television: who shows what
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 16, 2004
ITV: Formula 1 championship, UEFA champions league; University Boat Race. Channel 4: Test cricket until 2006; horse racing; Italian football; winter sports. Sky: Premiership live matches; UEFA champions league; Coca-Cola Championship; FA Cup; rugby union’s Zurich Premiership, Heineken Cup, Lions tour; rugby league’s Super League, Tri-Nations; golf’s Ryder Cup, US Open, USPGA; Tennis US Open, Masters. England Test cricket from 2006.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Dujkovic accepts Ghana job
BBC News – Dec 16, 2004
The 58-year old signed a two-year contract with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in Accra. He replaces Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto, who quit as coach in September to return home and manage domestic club Maritimo. Dujkovic said that his main aim is to lead Ghana to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I’m very happy to get this job because this is a great opportunity to get Ghana to the World Cup and that is my objective,” he said. “I want to remain for as long as possible but you know and I know and everybody else knows that only results will keep me in this job… The 58-year old signed a two-year contract with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in Accra. He replaces Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto, who quit as coach in September to return home and manage domestic club Maritimo. Dujkovic said that his main aim is to lead Ghana to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “I’m very happy to get this job because this is a great opportunity to get Ghana to the World Cup and that is my objective,” he said. “I want to remain for as long as possible but you know and I know and everybody else knows that only results will keep me in this job. ”

Dujkovic is the Black Stars’ fifth coach in two years but the GFA says they hope he will stay in Ghana much longer than his predecessors. The GFA’s vice-chairman, Kwasi Nyantekyi, said he is in no doubt that the association has landed the right man.

ADIDAS AND INTERSPORT SIGN WORLD CUP AGREEMENT
sportbusiness.com – Dec 16, 2004
In addition, adidas will be the dominant football brand in INTERSPORT stores across Europe, Russia and Canada. The financial terms of the deal have been kept confidential. INTERSPORT retailers will be given exclusive products, usage of adidas symbols and communication tools to support the product offering. adidas is Official Supplier of the UEFA Champions League and Official Sponsor, Outfitter and Licensee of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.

Sponsors could pay $125 mn for Fifa 2010 World Cup
Indiantelevision.com – Dec 15, 2004
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Speaking about television broadcast rights from a local perspective
was SABC Sports MD Mvuzo Mbebe. "The SABC intends taking a
more flexible approach towards potential sponsors. We will be asking
what the brand wants to achieve and we will be developing packages
that not only work for both of us but also for the sport. We encourage
marketers to take a long-term view.

North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classified…
NorthJersey.com – Dec 16, 2004
Soccer Federation is threatening to drop all experienced players from the roster for its next World Cup qualifier unless the union agrees to a new labor contract by Feb. If the USSF follows through and escalates the dispute, which centers on payments to players, it may damage the U. team’s chances to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. FOOTBALL
Mike Ditka is getting back into football as an owner. Ditka will become a minority owner of the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League, a league source told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

BBC SPORT | Golf | English pair relish Cup challenge
BBC News – Dec 17, 2004

The event is endorsed by the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour, with Wales represented by Becky Brewerton and Becky Morgan, and Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie in the Scottish team. Wales start against Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada, with Scotland facing Dorothy Delasin and Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines. World Cup line-up:

Australia: Karrie Webb and Rachel HetheringtonAustria: Natascha Fink and Tina SchneebergerCanada: Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-JonesEngland: Laura Davies and Karen StupplesFinland: Minea Blomqvist and Riikka HakkarainenFrance: Stephanie Arricau and Patricia Meunier-LeboucGermany: Martina Eberl and Elisabeth EsterlItaly: Diana Luna and Giulia SergasJapan: Ai Miyazato and Rui KitadaKorea: Jeong Jang and Bo Bae SongMexico: Lorena Ochoa and Alejandra Martin Del CampoNew Zealand: Gina Scott and Lynnette BrookyPhilippines: Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy DelasinScotland: Catriona Matthew and Janice MoodieSouth Africa: Laurette Maritz and Ashleigh SimonSpain: Ana Belen Sanchez and Paula MartiSweden: Carin Koch and Sophie GustafsonTaiwan: Candie Kung and Ya-Ni TsengUSA: Meg Mallon and Beth DanielWales: Becky Brewerton and Becky Morgan.

Southern Cal, Majerus Join Forces
Washington Post – Dec 16, 2004
The former Utah coach, who retired in January in his 15th season with the Utes because of health reasons, was signed by USC yesterday. Majerus, 57, immediately resigned his post as an ESPN basketball analyst. • COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich has been hired as coach of Ohio University, the AP learned. The school has scheduled a news conference for today. Solich will be introduced as the Bobcats’ new coach, a university source told the AP on the condition of anonymity. • HORSE RACING: Investigators have raided the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks operated by the New York Racing Association. A source familiar with the probe told the AP authorities are investigating whether bettors were properly informed when jockeys came in overweight at races… team’s chances to win at Trinidad and Tobago on Feb. 9 and possibly to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. • BROADCASTING: Dick Ebersol, the president of NBC Sports, was more seriously injured than previously reported in a plane crash that killed his son and two others Nov. 28, an NBC Sports spokeman said, but still is expected to make a full recovery. Mike McCarley said Ebersol, who is recovering at home in Connecticut, suffered six broken vertebrae in his back, a broken pelvis and elbow in addition to the previously reported three broken ribs and a cracked sternum. He also had fluid in his lungs.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 16, 2004
I?m looking forward to meeting the current and reigning Asian champions and Brazilian coach Zico. ?And we will welcome Japan when they will come back for the Confederations Cup in summer next year. ? The German Football Federation had promised to play these friendly games after the three countries gave Germany their backing for the 2006 World Cup.

Fifa invites bids in Europe for 2010 World Cup
Indiantelevision.com – Dec 17, 2004
Fifa has stated that the upcoming tender is a reflection
of its policy of transparency, compliance with applicable competition
law principles and its wish to give all interested parties the opportunity
to bid for the media rights to an event of the global stature of
the World Cup. In 2002, a cumulative audience of 28. For the next event in 2006, 30
billion people are expected to tune in over the four weeks of the
World Cup. The deadline for the submission of bids is 11 February 2005. Those parties interested in making a bid may obtain a copy of the
Invitation to Tender document on www.

Shevchenko wins `Ballon D’or’
Hindu – Dec 15, 2004
Prolific AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko won the `Ballon D’or’ (Golden Ball) award as Europe’s best soccer player on Monday, edging FC Barcelona’s Deco and Ronaldinho. The Golden Ball, awarded by France Football magazine, is a benchmark in soccer dating to 1956, when Englishman Stanley Matthews won. “I am very happy to receive this prize, which is very important,” Shevchenko told Canal Plus television after receiving the `Ballon D’or’ from France Football editor Gerard Ernault. “I would like to thank all the people who have helped me win it and I would like to dedicate the Golden Ball to the people of Ukraine,” he added. “I am Ukrainian and proud to be. It is hard to talk about the situation in Ukraine, but the people deserve a democracy… ”

Shevchenko’s brilliance is manifold. He is quick, alert and elusive inside the penalty box, strong in the air and regularly scores spectacular goals from outside the area and any angle. He has helped unbeaten Ukraine lead its 2006 World Cup qualifying group with 11 points from five matches, and scored twice in a 3-0 win away to Turkey in November. He totals 24 goals in 56 internationals. Since joining the Italian club giant in 1999 he has scored 136 goals overall — 102 in 163 Serie A games, and 20 in 49 European cup matches. — AP

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1. FC Koln stadium installs Philips chip technology for contactless…
SecureIDNews – Dec 16, 2004
FC Cologne has implemented a multi-function contactless ticketing solution based on Philips MIFARE DESFire chip technology. FC K?ln stadium, one of 12 venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, uses both Philips’ MIFARE DESFire smart cards and MIFARE DESFire SAM (ticketing interface), offering a combination of speed of access, data security and future proofing. FIFA World Cup 2006 Venue Uses MIFARE DESFire Solution for Security and Access Control SAN JOSE, Calif. –Royal Philips Electronics has announced that 1. FC Koln has implemented a multi-function contactless ticketing solution based on Philips MIFARE(TM) DESFire chip technology. Since the beginning of October, season ticket holders for the RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne — one of 12 venues due to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup — have been able to access the recently rebuilt 51,000 capacity arena using a contactless smart card… FC Koln has implemented a multi-function contactless ticketing solution based on Philips MIFARE(TM) DESFire chip technology. Since the beginning of October, season ticket holders for the RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne — one of 12 venues due to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup — have been able to access the recently rebuilt 51,000 capacity arena using a contactless smart card. Event organizers such as football clubs are increasingly looking to smart card technologies as a way of providing comprehensive access control that is simple to use. Globally, a growing number of clubs have already implemented Philips’ smart card solutions for access to their stadiums, including PSV Eindhoven in The Netherlands. More than an access control system, the cards can also work as a loyalty card or electronic purse, enabling football clubs to design applications around their fans’ needs. FC Koln implementation sets a new standard for the use of smart cards in a stadium environment.

St Clair calls for Yorke to rejoin Soca Warriors
Jamaica Observer – Dec 17, 2004
St Clair, who was in London last week to monitor his English-based players and look into facilities and techniques used by top English clubs, said the 33 year-old Birmingham striker would be an asset to the team, which qualified for the final round of the World Cup last month. Yorke has not played for the national team since 2001 after a well-publicised row with then coach Rene Simoes led to his quitting the team. St Clair, however, thinks this is a new era. “He’s been unhappy with his treatment in the past, but the country needs him now,” St Clair said passionately.

Sports briefs for December 16, 2004
Las Vegas Sun – Dec 16, 2004
“I thought it was ridiculous to change their policy in midstream. And how do you not at least put Thomas and Hart on your semifinalist list? There are all kinds of issues. Later this week, in the Football Writers Association of America newsletter, FWAA president Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News will question whether members should vote in the Doak Walker. Several voters also noted the rather surprising selection of Texas running back Cedric Benson as this year’s winner. Some writers heard Peterson had won, but that late politicking favored Benson. “Absolutely not,” said Doak Walker executive director Lisa Chou, who said voter results were sealed. “I have no idea where this is coming from… Incoming Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis sued the doctors in Boston who performed weight-loss surgery that nearly cost him his life two years ago. Weis was in a coma for two weeks after the gastic bypass surgery and was given last rites. Germans win in JapanMiroslav Klose scored two goals as Germany beat Japan 3-0 in a soccer exhibition match today in the Yokohama Stadium, the venue where the Germans lost to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final. Soccer Federation is threatening to drop all experienced players from the roster for its next World Cup qualifier unless the union agrees to a new labor contract by Feb.

ESPNsoccernet – World Cup – Ortega wants to play at World Cup
go.com – Dec 15, 2004
Ortega had previously been ordered to pay $11 million toFenerbahce after walking out on them in February 2003, failingto return after playing for Argentina in a friendly in theNetherlands. ‘I went through a bad time,’ said Ortega, who has played 86matches for Argentina and scored 17 goals. ‘The thing I mostlike doing in life is playing football. ‘ Ortega scored three goals – two penalties and a superbindividual effort – during Newell’s campaign and his presenceappeared to galvanise the team and the fans. Your views on this story?.

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