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December 23, 2004

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The News Review:

* German Soccer | 23.12.2004 Klinsmann Brings California Sunshine to…
* Reading Room – Top stories of 2004
* Gerrard not part of the Real deal
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Croatia News
* Ronaldinho player of the year
* Sport turns to the law for answers
* RTÉ Sport: Swedish star keen on Spurs switch
* RTÉ Sport: Jol denies Wilhelmsson talk
* The year in review
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Surfing the Zeitgeist: Google
* Hathway plays truant, blackout stumps cricket lovers
* SOCCER: Ronaldinho gets world award
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* FIFA SHOWS ITS DENTURES
* BBC SPORT | Football | Gunners clock up winning record
* Cup-a-Soup study of the Beckhams lacks spice
* Henry eyes Gunners’ scoring record
* GoldenPalace.com Buys Titanic Artifact

German Soccer | 23.12.2004 Klinsmann Brings California Sunshine to…
Deutsche Welle – Dec 23, 2004
That is also my aim,” Klinsmann told the media at his first press conference. But he quickly realized and admitted to the public that the nation’s No. 1 goal could not be achieved with the squad that showed up at the Euro 2004, or at least not with their attitude. So, Klinsi, as he’s affectionately called, went to work. New players, new tactics and a new mentality were part of his game strategy. Before the friendly with Brazil in September, he called in a fitness trainer from the US to consult with the players, a first on the national squad. He also started bringing on new players, which caused more than a few eyebrows to rise.

Reading Room – Top stories of 2004
Sofia Echo – Dec 23, 2004
For Bulgarians, the day was declared a public holiday, with formalities, flag-raisings, fireworks and concerts, a small foretaste of similar celebrations that will be held when the day comes to join the EU. That day came some steps closer too, with the technical conclusion of accession negotiations, and again it fell to Passi to be among senior Bulgarian officials who travelled to Brussels on December 16 and 17 to hear the date on which Bulgaria’s accession treaty with the EU will be signed. As ever with the EU accession process, progress was not uniform. There were some within the country who were concerned about what they believed had been excessive speed in closing some of the negotiation chapters. An example was the fact that the justice and home affairs chapter had been closed, notwithstanding the continuing and well-canvassed problem of the failure to effect reform of the judiciary. Between the more serious moments, there were celebratory events, as Bulgaria marked centenaries and anniversaries of various diplomatic ties, including the hundredth anniversary of formal diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom. For all the celebrations, UK and Bulgarian officials were kept busy when allegations of irregularities in the issuing of UK business visas emerged, and for some time the embassies in Sofia and Bucharest suspended the processing of applications and the issuing of such visas… Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Foreign Minister Solomon Passi, and others pleaded for temperatures not to be allowed to run out of control, so as to enable diplomacy to take its course. At play

While some Bulgarian sports stars notched up victories, including Olympic medals, and others fell from grace and their careers after either testing positive for illegal substances or avoiding such tests, 2004 was the year in which Bulgarians took vicarious pride in two victories for the Balkans – Greece’s spectacular triumph in the Euro 2004 Football Cup, and its successful hosting of the Athens Olympics. Euro 2004 fever spread to Bulgaria, with Greek expatriates dancing in the streets on the night of July 4 after their team scored its final victory to bring the Euro Cup home. The glass eye

International Olympic Committee member Ivan Slavkov, of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and sundry other sports bodies, was plunged into trouble after BBC journalists using hidden cameras filmed him allegedly indicating that he was open to accepting inducements to help London get the 2012 Olympics. The IOC kicked Slavkov out, pending endorsement of this decision in Singapore in 2005. Bulgaria announced it was investigating the BBC team for breaking the law on using hidden cameras. The use of a hidden camera cost Romanian journalist George Buhnici 1000 leva and the confiscation of the camera, along with being ordered to pay the costs of the investigation, after he was found trying to use it to record alleged corruption by border police officials.

Gerrard not part of the Real deal
Independent Online – Dec 22, 2004
Madrid are holding out for ?7,5-million, but have hinted they will lower the price if an agreement can be reached over signing Gerrard next June. Madrid president Florentino Perez is worried Chelsea or Arsenal might beat him in the race for the England midfielder if he becomes available. A key member of Sweden’s Euro 2004 teamBut Anfield officials have made it clear to Madrid that Gerrard will not feature in negotiations to bring Morientes to Merseyside. Benitez wants to add at least two players to his squad next month, but has only ?5-million to spend. Businessman Steve Morgan yesterday reportedly withdrew his ?70-million bid for the club… Madrid are holding out for ?7,5-million, but have hinted they will lower the price if an agreement can be reached over signing Gerrard next June. Madrid president Florentino Perez is worried Chelsea or Arsenal might beat him in the race for the England midfielder if he becomes available. A key member of Sweden’s Euro 2004 teamBut Anfield officials have made it clear to Madrid that Gerrard will not feature in negotiations to bring Morientes to Merseyside. Benitez wants to add at least two players to his squad next month, but has only ?5-million to spend. Businessman Steve Morgan yesterday reportedly withdrew his ?70-million bid for the club.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2004 – Croatia News
go.com – Dec 23, 2004
Lucky I cherished the moment we even passed through to the second round. Because it’s not going to happen again. We drew with Switzerland. Switzerland! And despite it being half our fault, I stand by the fact that the referee, Batista, is absolutely insane. I want him kicked out of the refereeing world and put onto Mars. That’s where he belongs… We let an 18-year-old ruin our hopes of a Euro2004 second-round birth. The one day the referee wasn’t biased against us, we managed to totally lose the match on our own. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. I cried in front of everyone. Now I have to wait another two years to see Croatia play in another major tournament, and it will be really lucky if we even qualify for World Cup 2006. Euro2004 has taught me something. I have learnt that if you really, really want something, you won’t get it.

Ronaldinho player of the year
TVNZ – Dec 21, 2004
Newly-crowned European Footballer of theYear Andriy Shevchenko of AC Milan and Ukraine was third on253. “For me just to be selected and to be here was already anhonour,” Ronaldinho told the FIFA gala awards ceremony. “Of course I have to thank my Barcelona colleagues because Icould not have won it without them. “I am very happy at Barcelona, I want to be part of a newwinning era at the club and I have no plans to go anywhere else,”he added, dismissing suggestions he might be interested in a moveto Chelsea. It was the second successive year that Henry has finished asrunner-up in the poll based on the verdict of 157 internationalcoaches and, for the first time this year, 145 national teamcaptains. Five points were awarded for a first place nomination, three forsecond and one for third. Ronaldinho gained 89 first place votes,Henry 79 and Shevchenko 34… Five points were awarded for a first place nomination, three forsecond and one for third. Ronaldinho gained 89 first place votes,Henry 79 and Shevchenko 34. Last year’s winner Zinedine Zidane, who announced hisinternational retirement from the France team after Euro 2004, camefourth. Last year’s European Footballer of the Year Pavel Nedved ofthe Czech Republic was fifth. Ronaldinho has transformed Barcelona since arriving from ParisSt Germain in 2003 and they lead the Primera Liga by nine points. Unlike his rivals for the award, organised by world soccer’sgoverning body FIFA, Ronaldinho did not win a major club trophythis year. Ronaldinho did not take part in the Copa America won by Brazilas he was rested along with Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.

Sport turns to the law for answers
Telegraph.co.uk – Dec 23, 2004
David Beckham boasted that his over-the-top tackle against Wales was designed to incur a yellow card. The Football Association bizarrely found that his admission was “insufficient evidence” for a charge of bringing the game into disrepute. Meanwhile, I was a member of a team retained to argue that England should not be chucked out of Euro 2004 for any anti-social behaviour by their fans. The fans never rioted, England went out of the tournament anyhow, and the legal eagles remained on the bench. Finally, as a by-product of the globalisation of the sport, and the famous Bosman ruling on freedom of movement within the European Union, teams with a high proportion of ethnic minority players incurred abuse from the terraces both in the Bernabeu and in less salubrious English stadiums. Offenders could be, and were, prosecuted under legislation unique to football; Big Ron Atkinson paid a higher price, a sacking, for his off-camera observations on Marcel Dessailly, which were at the far extremities of political incorrectness. There then are the four horsemen of the sporting apocalypse – drugs; bribes; assaults, physical and verbal.

RTÉ Sport: Swedish star keen on Spurs switch
rte.ie – Dec 21, 2004
It is a very good club and I feel ready for the big leap in my career. I have experience from Euro 2004 and the Champions League, but the leagues in England, Spain and Italy are the biggest and I want to play with the best. ”
Wilhelmsson, who made his debut for Sweden in January 2001, did not feature in his country’s Euro 2004 qualifying campaign but caught the eye of some notable judges in the build-up to the finals in Portugal. After shining in friendlies against England and Portugal, he played in all three of their group phase games before they bowed on penalties against Holland in the quarter-finals. Spurs are also poised to sign Czech Republic youngster David Limbersky on loan until the end of the season.

RTÉ Sport: Jol denies Wilhelmsson talk
rte.ie – Dec 23, 2004
The Swedish winger declared earlier this week that a move to White Hart Lane would suit me perfectly , while his agent suggested Tottenham top a list of big clubs chasing the 25-year-old’s signature. But while Jol is on the lookout for a top-quality wide midfielder, he insistedSpurs have not made a move for Wilhelmsson, a member of Sweden’s Euro 2004 team. Jol said: “It’s not a surprise (he is interested), no. If you say Spurs, they are a top club, they all want to come. But we haven’t discussed anything.

The year in review
TVNZ – Dec 22, 2004
In recent years New Zealand has failed to capture the majorsuccesses that it often expects but this year delivered, and in theultimate fashion – three gold medals, world titles and worldrecords. The Olympics returned to their origins in the history-rich cityof Athens in Greece. Despite months of worry that the Games would not live up toexpectations, and that the host country would not have thingsready, the world was blown away with a memorable two weeks. For New Zealand, the first week went by slowly but as the secondweek came round, the Kiwis made their mark. Twins Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell captured the goldmedal in a domination of the women’s double sculls, while fourother crews made their respective finals. Sarah Ulmer smashed the previous world record in the women’sindividual pursuit to claim gold as the entire country watched fromtheir living rooms. The likeable Ulmer was given a haka by the rest of the Olympicteam when she returned to her base later that night and who couldforget that image of the beaming Ulmer draped in the New Zealandflag riding around the Olympic velodrome? If we thought that was good, things got a great deal better whenHamish Carter led Bevan Dougherty home in Kiwi one-two in the men’striathlon… In soccer Arsenal won the English premiership and set a newrecord of consecutive unbeaten games – 49 in total. Teenage sensation Wayne Rooney left Everton, not that they seemto be missing him after a great start to the new season, forManchester United, while Liverpool striker Michael Owen followedDavid Beckham to Real Madrid. FC Porto beat Monaco to win the Champions League title and thenPortugal hosted Euro 2004 in a big year for the soccer-madcountry. Greeced Lightning Greece surprised everyone to claim a stunning victory – beatingthe host country in the final. Back in our part of the world the new A-League Australiancompetition was unveiled and the entity formerly known as the Kingzwere announced to be part of its make-up when it starts nextyear. And the NZFC got underway with eight domestic teams playing in asummer league around New Zealand. Basketball’s Breakers were born and failed in their first questinto the Australian NBL and seemed destined to follow their debutseason up with a second losing season.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Dec 23, 2004
Junior?s prolific scoring had helped Calcutta?s East Bengal to claim their third national league title in April and the tragedy turned the spotlight on everything that was wrong in Indian soccer. That list can go on and on. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) was blamed for not reining in the offending goalkeeper Subrata Pal earlier, when he pushed down a rival player in a scuffle in another tournament. He was merely asked to explain his conduct. The AIFF finally suspended him, pending a disciplinary hearing, along with the referee, who was blamed for not promptly calling an ambulance or sending off Pal. Critics say the incident demonstrated the plight of the game in India and the administration?s lack of vision. Steady decline: India, among the top Asian countries and twice Asian Games champions in 1951 and 1962 in the amateur era, have fallen away while Japan, South Korea, China and the Gulf nations have fully embraced professionalism… Soccer is hugely popular in cricket-crazy India. Major events such as the World Cup, European Championship and the Copa America are broadcast live in the billion-strong country. ESPN-Star Sports channels even introduced Hindi commentary for Euro 2004 and said it doubled viewership. Cricket corners almost three-quarters of sports advertising in Asia?s fourth largest economy and many feel the potential is not exploited in soccer due to poor administration. ?All are looking at India along with China but we don?t have a marketing section,? Colaco said. No calendar: National coach Stephen Constantine has called for regular friendlies to improve the standard of Indian soccer, but a lack of advance planning makes such fixtures difficult to organise. The federation plans to meet top club officials to discuss problems before the national league starts in January, but there is scepticism about the proposed rule changes.

Surfing the Zeitgeist: Google
CBS News – Dec 23, 2004
In case you?re wondering, the Merriam Webster Online dictionary defines zeitgeist as “the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era” and who better to report those trends than a company that processes billions of searches a year. Although it?s not a scientific survey, it is a pretty good view of what Internet users have been curious about during the past 12 months… And even though Google might be headquartered in California, its audience is clearly international. British soccer star David Beckham came out as the No. 1 sports topic followed by Tour de France, Euro 2004 and, No. The Boston Red Sox (# 7) beat the New York Yankees (10) online as well as at the ballpark.

Hathway plays truant, blackout stumps cricket lovers
Hindu – Dec 23, 2004
“Till date, we have no clue on the precise number of cable connections in the twin cities and we have not increased the subscription fee as is being alleged,” he says. Total monopoly

The problem is unique to Hyderabad as Hathway has a virtual monopoly and the subscriber has no other cable platform to go to during such blackouts. Not the first time

This is not the first time that subscribers in the twin cities have missed live sports action. The Euro- 2004 football tournament by Ten Sports, too, was taken off the air for some days before better sense prevailed. Local cable operators are simply brushing away responsibility by blaming the network. “We are holding discussions to end the stalemate. We are optimistic of coming out with an alternative plan,” says Mr.

SOCCER: Ronaldinho gets world award
U.TV – Dec 21, 2004
Arsenal`s French striker Henry easily beat Andriy Shevchenko, who finished third, but perhaps paid the price for an unexceptional Euro 2004. Henry said: “If you do not win you cannot say you are happy but the other two are tremendous players. When you see what Shevchenko is doing in Serie A and Ronaldinho in Spain, they are the kind of players who make you jump off your seat.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Dec 23, 2004
The Anfield captain’s exit would signify a major setback for the Merseysiders, who lost Michael Owen to Real Madrid in the summer. The 24-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid, but Gerrard is eager to land a major trophy as skipper of Liverpool and has already resisted the chance to leave this year. Chelsea looked to be on the brink of signing the England midfielder after Euro 2004, but Gerrard stated at the end of June that he would remain at Anfield for the new Barclays Premiership season. His form has been inspirational since, moving into a more advanced midfield role over recent weeks and stunning goals against Olympiakos and Portsmouth, while also inspiring the victory over Arsenal. “I’m signed here for this season and another two so there is no situation. There’s a lot of speculation in the papers but that’s not down to me,” Gerrard told Sky Sports News. “As club captain all I want to do is help us get back up the table and into the Champions League again… His form has been inspirational since, moving into a more advanced midfield role over recent weeks and stunning goals against Olympiakos and Portsmouth, while also inspiring the victory over Arsenal. “I’m signed here for this season and another two so there is no situation. There’s a lot of speculation in the papers but that’s not down to me,” Gerrard told Sky Sports News. “As club captain all I want to do is help us get back up the table and into the Champions League again. To win a trophy as skipper would also be a dream come true.

FIFA SHOWS ITS DENTURES
Redissue – Dec 22, 2004
‘”It’s nice to see that Fifa has woken up for Christmas, but this is an absolutely pathetic response,” said. Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. “It gives licence to football authorities across the world to ignore racist behaviour, and every football fan will know it: ?48,000 for a football authority is luncheon vouchers – it’s not even Thierry Henry’s weekly wage. “This whole affair stemmed from the decision not to censure Aragon?s… Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. “It gives licence to football authorities across the world to ignore racist behaviour, and every football fan will know it: ?48,000 for a football authority is luncheon vouchers – it’s not even Thierry Henry’s weekly wage. “This whole affair stemmed from the decision not to censure Aragon?s. What he said about Henry was pure racism, and the Spanish FA did nothing, Uefa did nothing and Fifa did nothing, which led the fans to know they could do as they pleased and not face censure. This decision sends out a message that the world governing body is not prepared to do anything about racism. “Piara Powar, director and spokesman for Kick It Out, believes the ruling proves Fifa are not taking the issue of racism seriously enough. “Our reaction is [that] this doesn’t go far enough,” he said.

BBC SPORT | Football | Gunners clock up winning record
BBC News – Dec 23, 2004
The three were replaced by Norwich, West Brom and Crystal Palace, who beat West Ham in the play-off in Cardiff. The summer saw big-spending in the transfer market, with Wayne Rooney the central figure in the drama. Teenager Rooney returned to Everton after Euro 2004 with superstar status assured after stunning performances. And when he refused to sign a new five-year contract, Newcastle United opened the bidding at ?20m. A transfer request followed and Manchester United completed a ?27m deal just hours before the transfer window closed at the end of August. Rooney confirmed his worth with a hat-trick on his debut in the Champions League against Fenerbahce… The pressures of the top-flight were cruelly illustrated at Southampton. Paul Sturrock was sacked only two games into the new season, one of which was a win against Blackburn, and only 13 games in total at St Mary’s. Another manager to pay the price early-season was West Brom’s Gary Megson, who was sacked after revealing he would not renew his contract. He guided West Brom back into the Premiership, but his relationship with chairman Jeremy Peace was fragile. Bryan Robson succeeded him as he returned to his old club. In Scotland, Henrik Larsson bid an emotional and successful farewell to Celtic after seven glorious seasons. Celtic won the league and also the Scottish Cup, beating Dunfermline 3-1 in the final, with the Swede scoring twice to take his season’s tally to 41.

Cup-a-Soup study of the Beckhams lacks spice
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Dec 23, 2004
But the Beckhams aren’t going away. And so it fell to Jane Moore, the journalist, to snatch up the bright sword of truth, scrape back the ugly crust of speculation and, at least for an hour of our lives, to halt the spin with a fearlessly steady hand. It was an admirable project, but one perhaps not best served by speaking to three public relations consultants, the features editor of Elle magazine and a Radio 1 DJ. By my calculation, the programme talked to only one person who had been in a room with the Beckhams for more than 20 minutes and to nobody who had been in a room with them who wasn’t getting paid to be there. In these circumstances, it was not entirely surprising that Who Are The Beckhams? arrived at the resounding conclusion: “Your guess is as good as mine. ” Still, it’s always a pleasure to see regular Beckham experts report for duty. You can tick them off: someone from Heat, someone else from Hello!, Vanessa Feltz, Paul Morley… And her broader conclusion was the humane one that the Beckhams “have their ups and downs, just like the rest of us”. Only with more photographers, I would suggest. Certainly Becks had a poor, injury-hindered Euro 2004, and he was beset by alleged former lovers, whose televised kissing-and-telling we patiently revisited. “He’s a very satisfying lover, every time,” Loos said. ” Or, as Sarah Marbeck tremblingly put it, with her pupils dilating to the size of dustbin lids: “He’s an am-aaaa-zing guy. ” How i s a man to live down that kind of reputation? Moore delivered her thoughts while wandering about in a carefully chosen coat on what, it suddenly dawned on me, was my local high street.

Henry eyes Gunners’ scoring record
rte.ie – Dec 23, 2004
I just kept thinking, this is a goalscoring move. Three weeks later, Henry scored twice against Derby at Highbury and the floodgates opened. They have not shut since. He went on to score 26 goals for Arsenal that season, finishing the campaign as a Euro 2000 winner with France. Henry, now 27, hit 22 goals for his club the next season, followed by hauls of 32 in each of the next two campaigns. Last season, he eclipsed even those levels, finishing with 39 goals, and only France’s poor display at Euro 2004 surely prevented him beating Ronaldinho to the FIFA world player of the year award. However, while Henry holds Wright’s record in the highest regard, it was another striker whom he grew up idolising – Marco van Basten… He went on to score 26 goals for Arsenal that season, finishing the campaign as a Euro 2000 winner with France. Henry, now 27, hit 22 goals for his club the next season, followed by hauls of 32 in each of the next two campaigns. Last season, he eclipsed even those levels, finishing with 39 goals, and only France’s poor display at Euro 2004 surely prevented him beating Ronaldinho to the FIFA world player of the year award. However, while Henry holds Wright’s record in the highest regard, it was another striker whom he grew up idolising – Marco van Basten. “He was everything one could hope for in a striker. I grew up watching him and he was a wonder to behold,” he observed. “It was Martin Keown who told me to look closely at Ian Wright’s game and it’s true I have got a video of his goals.

GoldenPalace.com Buys Titanic Artifact
Casino City Times – Dec 21, 2004
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