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Burrell pledges support for Soca Warriors

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The News Review:

* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* FIFA targets player burnout ahead of World Cup
* FIFA tells leagues to complete schedules three weeks before start of…
* Burrell pledges support for Soca Warriors
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Current Affairs | 18.12.2004 World Cup Perks for Parliamentarians?
* Oakland Trades Mulder to St. Louis for Three Prospects
* Soccer’s name change is necessary
* FIFA Will Pay Soccer Clubs for World Cup Injuries (Update1)
* FIFA: No women on men’s teams
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Morocco seeks fresh blood
* Gone for a Burton
* Boyz tackle St Lucia at ‘The Office’
* Other Iran sports news in brief
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wallaby Grey to make Japan…

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 19, 2004
Since that stunning 2002 World Cup run, South Korean fortunes have fallen, however. A mixed bag of results include a draw to Asian minnows Maldives and defeat to Vietnam. The team was so unsettled that the Korean Football Association fired coach Humberty Coelho, hired to replace World Cup coach Guus Hiddink, to make way for Bonfrere. Klinsmann has brought a squad that includes six survivors from the class of 2002 including Oliver Kahn, striker Miroslav Klose and captain Michael Ballack. But with 2006 in mind, he will be paying special attention to players who have yet to establish themselves at international level, including youngsters Bastian Schweinsteiger, 20, Philipp Lahm, 21, and 19-year-old Lukas Podolski as well as several others who have yet to win caps.

FIFA targets player burnout ahead of World Cup
chinadaily.com.cn – Dec 20, 2004
There are two exceptions, however, with FIFA giving the nod for the
Champions League final to be held on May 17, 2006 and the English FA Cup
Final three days later which is set to be the inaugural match at a rebuilt
Wembley. The move would allow “players representing the teams qualified for the
2006 FIFA World Cup sufficient time to recover and prepare for the final
competition. ”
“Any exceptions to this ruling may only be granted to top non-European
leagues and would require the approval of FIFA.

FIFA tells leagues to complete schedules three weeks before start of…
San Diego Union Tribune – Dec 19, 2004
FIFA also refused Mexican second-division club Celaya from using a woman, Maribel Dominguez, in league matches. The executive "stressed once again that there must be a clear separation between men’s and women’s football. "

"This is laid down in league football and in international matches by the existence of gender-specific competitions, and the Laws of the Game and FIFA’s regulations do not provide for any exceptions," FIFA said. FIFA also lifted the suspension of Niger’s soccer association after receiving assurance from the African country’s prime minister that the government would refrain from meddling in the association’s business. The executive also approved a request by New Zealand club the Football Kingz to continue to play in the Australian professional league next season. However, for every additional season, Football Kingz must submit another request, FIFA said.

Burrell pledges support for Soca Warriors
Jamaica Observer – Dec 20, 2004
Qualifying for a World Cup is a tremendous boost to the entire country

In a story on the T&T Football Federation (TTFF) web site, Burrell, a former president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), said the Soca Warriors have the support of Jamaica and, by extension, the whole Caribbean in their quest to qualify for the World Cup Finals. Burrell, in charge of Jamaica’s football at the time of their historic – first ever English-speaking Caribbean – World Cup qualification to France 1998, said in his current post of CFU marketing boss, he sees qualification by T&T being capable of boosting the region, not only in football terms, but also in several other aspects. “Qualifying for a World Cup is a tremendous boost to the entire country in economic and social aspects,” Burrell told T&TFF media on Friday from the United States before boarding a flight to Zurich, where he and CONCACAF president Jack Warner are on FIFA business. “If I am to use Jamaica as an example, when we qualified, tremendous benefits were derived. It gave the tourism industry a massive boost and it was a major lift to our social status as the morale of the people was greatly enhanced,” Burrell said. “Whenever this sort of thing happens it transcends the entire nation, creating a sort of euphoria that is unthinkable.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 19, 2004
After finishing as runners-up at this year?s Asian Cup, the Chinese team were eliminated from the 2006 World Cup despite a 7-0 demolition of Hong Kong last month. Dutch coach Arie Haan?s contract was terminated and he has returned to his home in Germany. Although the China Football Association (CFA) insists that soccer originated in the country more than 2,000 years ago, China?s first World Cup appearance came only two years ago. The euphoria of qualifying for their first World Cup was barely dampened by the loss of all three games and their failure to score a single goal under eccentric Yugoslav Bora Milutinovic. Then came this year?s Asian Cup and a controversial 3-1 defeat by Japan in the final, which provoked furious scenes in Beijing as Chinese fans hurled bottles, burned Japanese flags and fought pitched battles with police.

Current Affairs | 18.12.2004 World Cup Perks for Parliamentarians?
Deutsche Welle – Dec 18, 2004
Nevertheless, the news about the special treatment granted to lawmakers has been raising the hackles of ordinary football fans who will have to wait until Feb. 1, when preliminary ticket sales are scheduled. Three million tickets will be on sale for the championship. But for every fan who secures a ticket, there will be at least ten other fans who will go away empty-handed. In other words, the chance of actually getting a ticket are very slim.

Oakland Trades Mulder to St. Louis for Three Prospects
Washington Post – Dec 19, 2004
The 11th-seeded Cardinal needed rallies in the second and third games to win. The victory marked the 15th consecutive win and sixth NCAA title for Stanford (30-6). • FIGURE SKATING: Russians Irina Slutskaya and Evgeni Plushenko returned to figure skating’s summit by winning the Grand Prix Finals in Beijing, a little more than a year before the 2006 Turin Olympics. Slutskaya was sidelined most of last season because of an inflamed heart lining. She entered the world championships but was out of shape and finished ninth. • SKIING: Germany’s Max Rauffer captured a downhill in strong wind for his first World Cup victory, a race in which all the favorites fared poorly in Val Gardena, Italy. Overall World Cup leader Bode Miller blamed the difficult conditions for his poor finish, tied for 14th place.

Soccer’s name change is necessary
The Age – Dec 18, 2004
It does, after all, have a more than passing similarity tothe revamped British “New Labour” Party that, more than seven yearsago, swept to power under Tony Blair. But, if the makeover is as successful and the public supportanywhere near as great as Labour attracted then, Frank Lowy andJohn O’Neill, the architects of the soccer revolution, will haveplenty to smile about. Some might regard the Australian Soccer Association’s decisionto change its name to Football Federation Australia as a challengeto the established “football” codes, such as Australian footballand the rugbies, league and union. Others might see it as a recipe for disaster, sowing disorderand confusion in the sporting landscape… Also crucial to the success of the Lowy-O’Neill mission is theperformance of the national team. The name Socceroos might well, asLowy said on Thursday, fade to grey as soccer is replaced byfootball, but, for the next 12 months at least, they will live onin the popular imagination by that nickname. This time, they must play their part and deliver a World Cupplace. It was the television success of the past World Cup – in SouthKorea and Japan in 2002 – that shocked many neutral observers,particularly when the final, featuring Brazil and Germany was thesecond-highest rating program on Australian television that year,beating the viewing figures for all the other local football codes’grand finals. It would be a bold pundit who predicted that the Socceroos – orwhatever they are being known as then – could reach the final inGermany in 2006, but one can only imagine what the ratings would beif they did. Then, the football revolution would surely becomplete. But for now, as the Blair spin doctors would have said sevenyears ago as they prepared for New Labour’s first general electiontest, for “new football”, “things can only get better”.

FIFA Will Pay Soccer Clubs for World Cup Injuries (Update1)
Bloomberg – Dec 20, 2004
20 (Bloomberg) — FIFA said it will compensate soccerclubs for injuries sustained by their players at the 2006 WorldCup in a move that partly meets the G-14 group of top Europeanteams' demand for more of the revenue from international games. Each football association with a national team at theshowpiece in Germany will pay 5 percent of its prize money intothe insurance fund, creating a total kitty of around 15 millionSwiss francs ($13. 1 million) for the clubs. Any surplus will bereimbursed to associations after the tournament, world soccer'sgoverning body said in an e-mailed statement today. “With no solution on the insurance market, FIFA decided totake it upon itself to propose a reasonable solution,'' FIFAspokesman John Schumacher said in a telephone interview. “Thisis a test and we'll have to see how it works out.

FIFA: No women on men’s teams
San Diego Union Tribune – Dec 20, 2004
Maribel Dominguez signed a two-year deal Wednesday with the second-division club Celaya, which deferred to FIFA on whether a woman could play in the league. FIFA's executive committee denied the move during a weekend meeting. "This is laid down in league football and in international matches by the existence of gender-specific competitions and the laws of the game, and FIFA's regulations do not provide for any exceptions," the committee said in a statement. Dominguez scored 45 goals in 46 games for the Mexican women's national team and played one season in the Women's United Soccer Association in the United States… Imagine how I'm supposed to face a woman and have to slide into her. Well, what am I going to do?" Germans routedSecond-half goals by Lee Dong-gook and Cho Jae-jin gave host South Korea a 3-1 win over Germany in a soccer friendly match. Around the worldFIFA has ordered that soccer leagues must finish their schedules three weeks before the start of the 2006 World Cup. The executive committee said it acted to help players avoid burnout before the tournament. Jamaica scored a 2-1 victory over St.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Morocco seeks fresh blood
BBC News – Dec 20, 2004
“This camp is a golden chance for promising players. ”

During the tour, a game will be played against Navarre’s regional team on 29 December. The match is in preparation for a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Kenya on 9 February in Rabat. Morocco, who are two points behind leaders Guinea, are second in Group Five. Squad

Goalkeepers: Khalid Sinouh (RKC Waalwijk, Holland), Nadir Lamyaghri (Wydad Athletic Casablanca), Tarik Jarmouni (FAR)
Defenders: Jamal Allioui (Perugia,Italy), Tarik Chihab(Grasshoppers,Switzerland), Noureddine Kacemi (Istres,France), El Amine Rbati & Sami Tajeddine (both
Raja Casablanca), Nasir El Kasmi (Duisburg, Germany), Said Bakati (SC
Heerenveen, Holland)

Midfielders:
Mounir Diane (RC Lens, France), Nourdin Boukhari (Ajax Amsterdam, Hollland),
Mounir Hamdaoui (SBV Excelsior, Holland), Houssine Kharja (Ternana, Italy),
Mohamed El Yaacoubi (Osasu, Spain), Said Boutahar (NEC, Holland)
Strikers:
Moored Doodad (Latex Leech, Bulgaria), S?mi Sparser (Weeded Athletic
Casablanca), Belasis Ahnafouf (Duisburg, Germany), Yassine Abdessadki
(Strasbourg, France), Nabil Baha (Braga, Portugal), Ali Boussaboun (NAC
Breda, Holland).

Gone for a Burton
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 19, 2004
“I tried, as a patriotic Scot, to keep him for Scotland but I think he has made his mind up. I can see his reasons. ” The opportunity to play at consecutive World Cup finals, and the unstinting support from Baxter, has persuaded O’Brien that his international future lies elsewhere. The 23-year-old’s debut for South Africa, dependent on the completion of the formalities of international registration, will come 16 months after he sat on the bench for the duration of a Scotland future team defeat by Germany at Pittodrie. When Berti Vogts looked to his bench for a midfield replacement, he selected O’Brien’s then teammate at Livingston, John Paul McGovern, now playing under Paul Sturrock at Sheffield Wednesday. Few Scottish players have played as consistently well in the Premierleague since then, yet this was the last time O’Brien was contacted by the national team. “You would have thought they could have played him, to get him tied up,” said Gough… “It annoyed me that I didn’t play (at Pittodrie) after being involved. That’s just how it goes, the ups and downs of football. I was down at that time, but then Stuart came in for me and I’m delighted that he did. ” O’Brien was a regular for Scotland at youth level and made a handful of appearances for the under-21 team. One of these, as a substitute in the 89th minute of a European championship qualifier against the Czech Republic in 1999, looked to have decided his international future. Before joining Manchester United as Alex Ferguson’s No 2, and a brief spell as head coach of Real Madrid, Carlos Queiroz was in charge of South Africa.

Boyz tackle St Lucia at ‘The Office’
Jamaica Gleaner – Dec 19, 2004
, the new-look Boyz take on minnows St. Lucia at ‘The Office’ in their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Digicel Cup semi-final round return-leg tie that will determine which of the two teams advances to meet French Guyana for a place in the final round of the Gold Cup qualifiers to be held in Barbados. “It is really the only saving grace we have now after our World Cup attempt failed,” new national coach Wendell Downswell told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday. PLAYERS AWARE”The players are really aware of what the tournament means. They know how important it is to the team and to football in general,” Downswell said. Downswell will have to do some reshuffling in the midfield today as he is without his playmaking captain Andy Williams who was ejected in the first-leg tie. Downswell has already solved one problem, that of who will wear the captain’s armband, selecting central defender Damion Stewart as the man to marshall the troops on the field… “It is really the only saving grace we have now after our World Cup attempt failed,” new national coach Wendell Downswell told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday. PLAYERS AWARE”The players are really aware of what the tournament means. They know how important it is to the team and to football in general,” Downswell said. Downswell will have to do some reshuffling in the midfield today as he is without his playmaking captain Andy Williams who was ejected in the first-leg tie. Downswell has already solved one problem, that of who will wear the captain’s armband, selecting central defender Damion Stewart as the man to marshall the troops on the field. Stewart will have Fabian Davis as his deputy in the team which welcomes the return of midfield maestro Jermaine Hue and Robert Scarlett, players missing from the first-leg tie due to injuries. “Barring any disasters, Jer-maine Hue will definitely have to play as he is a key component of the explosive and compact game that we hope to play,” Downswell said.

Other Iran sports news in brief
IranMania News – Dec 19, 2004
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LONDON, Dec 19 (IranMania) – The Belarusian national football team is to play a friendly with Iran by February. – Iran has called for a friendly with South Korea. The South Korean Football Federation however has not replied to the request yet. – Iran?s Football Federation is negotiating with a number of travel agencies to pave the way for the presence of Iranian fans at Bahrain, Japan and North Korea for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. – Iran?s Arash MirEsmaili is out of the 17th World Student Judo contests in Russia as he was defeated by his Korean counterpart. – Iran beat Panama 1-0 on Saturday. The only goal of the friendly was scored by Ali Daei… – Iran has called for a friendly with South Korea. The South Korean Football Federation however has not replied to the request yet. – Iran?s Football Federation is negotiating with a number of travel agencies to pave the way for the presence of Iranian fans at Bahrain, Japan and North Korea for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. – Iran?s Arash MirEsmaili is out of the 17th World Student Judo contests in Russia as he was defeated by his Korean counterpart. – Iran beat Panama 1-0 on Saturday. The only goal of the friendly was scored by Ali Daei.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Wallaby Grey to make Japan…
BBC News – Dec 20, 2004
Grey, a member of the Wallabies team that won the 1999 World Cup, will join the Kyuden club at the end of the 2005 Super 12 season. “I’ve had a terrific career in Australian rugby and from next year it will be time to move on and take on another challenge,” he said. The 29-year-old played in 35 Tests for Australia, scoring seven tries.

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