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* German beer qualifies for 2006 World Cup
* World’s best player ready to fight racism
* EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: Barcelona heads the standings in the Spanish…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* VietNamNet Bridge
* Soccer News of Thursday, 23 December 2004
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Chicago to stage 2009 Solheim Cup
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Koubek suspended after drugs test
* Squarefootball diary: City party shame, Souness admission, Gerrard…
* JS Online: Witty’s goal? Another 15 minutes
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods reveals his swing struggles
* Soccer News of Wednesday, 22 December 2004

German beer qualifies for 2006 World Cup
Expatica – Dec 21, 2004
OK vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach confirmed a report from the Bild daily that Germany,s Bitburger brewery had reached a deal with official World Cup sponsors Anheuser-Busch, the US brewing giants. Bitburger will supply beer to fans at the 2005 Confederations Cup and the 2006 World Cup. In return, Anheuser-Busch was granted the right to advertise their Budweiser (Bud) brand in German football stadiums.

World’s best player ready to fight racism
Independent Online – Dec 22, 2004
“Personally, I have never been the victim of racism but I got to know about several incidents. That’s why I decided to take part in a campaign against racism with Thierry Henry,” Ronaldinho said at Monday’s gala evening at the Zurich opera house. “We are trying to get through to football supporters that they must not think of this sort of ideology during the 90 minutes of a football match. ”

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said once again he was determined to eradicate racism from football. “During the last few weeks and months, football has once more emerged to become the victim of racism,” Blatter said… ‘I am very happy at Barcelona’Rumours suggest the Spanish football federation will suffer a severe punishment but Fifa declined to comment. Meanwhile, the top player of 2004, Ronaldinho, has simply had a great year. His club Barcelona are racing away at the top of the Spanish league and Brazil are well on course to qualify for the 2006 World Cup from South American qualifiers. Ronaldinho was acclaimed by Pele as the best player at the 2002 World Cup and it is not surprising his talent has been finally recognised with this award. Ronaldinho’s blinding pace unhinged England’s defence in the quarterfinals to set up a goal for Rivaldo, and his audacious free-kick caught out David Seaman to seal a 2-1 victory for Brazil. Arguably he was the most important component of Brazil’s vaunted ‘Triple R’ strike-force at those 2002 finals, surging forward from just behind Ronaldo and Rivaldo and pulling opposing defenders out of position. Undoubtedly he was one of the key components of Brazil winning their unprecedented fifth World Cup title.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: Barcelona heads the standings in the Spanish…
Taipei Times – Dec 23, 2004
Spanish soccer has been hit by a string of racist incidents. According to Spain’s Efe news agency, a Spanish soccer official said the federation would honor the fine and had no plans to appeal the sanction. GERMAN BEER
Legions of proud German soccer fans were happy to find out on Tuesday they won’t be forced to drink American beer in their own stadiums at the 2006 World Cup. Germans reacted with dismay when the news broke several months ago that only beers from Anheuser-Busch, whose “Budweiser” is the most famous of its brands, could be poured in stadiums during the World Cup in Germany. But the giant US brewery, a World Cup global sponsor, agreed to also let German brewery Bitburger pour its beer in the arenas. Bitburger said it didn’t strike the deal just because of deep German pride in its national drink, or even the anger of German fans. This story has been viewed 1460 times… GERMAN BEER
Legions of proud German soccer fans were happy to find out on Tuesday they won’t be forced to drink American beer in their own stadiums at the 2006 World Cup. Germans reacted with dismay when the news broke several months ago that only beers from Anheuser-Busch, whose “Budweiser” is the most famous of its brands, could be poured in stadiums during the World Cup in Germany. But the giant US brewery, a World Cup global sponsor, agreed to also let German brewery Bitburger pour its beer in the arenas. Bitburger said it didn’t strike the deal just because of deep German pride in its national drink, or even the anger of German fans. This story has been viewed 1460 times.

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Daily Times – Dec 22, 2004
Germany?s new manager Jurgen Klinsmann fielded a host of young talent while resting his top stars in goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, captain Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose. But his young tyros eased to victory over an unimpressive Thailand side still reeling form a surprise first-round exit earlier this month in Southeast Asia?s premier tournament, the Tiger Cup, at which they were defending champions. Germany had launched its three-match tour of the region last week with a confident victory against Asian champions Japan but ran into a Korean buzz saw Sunday which left them desperate to take home a second victory. From the off here at Rajamangala Stadium Thai keeper Kosin Hathairattanakool was put to the test but initially fared well, making point blank saves from Gerald Asamoah and Thomas Brdaric… Germany had launched its three-match tour of the region last week with a confident victory against Asian champions Japan but ran into a Korean buzz saw Sunday which left them desperate to take home a second victory. From the off here at Rajamangala Stadium Thai keeper Kosin Hathairattanakool was put to the test but initially fared well, making point blank saves from Gerald Asamoah and Thomas Brdaric. But the German offensive, at times appearing both clinical and lacklustre, steadily wore down Thailand?s defence. Kevin Kuranyi eventually opened the scoring when he fended off a challenge on the edge of the box and hit a low shot into the left corner in the 33rd minute. The VfB Stuttgart striker doubled the tally five minutes later with a header from a deft Asamoah cross, and almost made it a hat-trick in the second half when his shot was well saved. Thailand?s defenders were doing most of the work for the hosts but Sarayut Chaikamdee found the net in the 57th minute for the only Thai goal, threading in a pass by J Jakapong who had come onto the pitch as a substitute less than 10 seconds before. But the goal served only to galvanize Germany as substitute Lukas Podolski ? at 19 one of Klinsmann?s young players who have yet to establish themselves at international level ? scored two fine goals and Asamoah rounded out the rout in the 84th minute.

VietNamNet Bridge
VietNamNet Bridge – Dec 21, 2004
The basis for calculating points for national football teams in FIFA’s monthly rating list is the number of matches they play within the month. As a result, although Vietnam did not play well at the Tiger Cup 2004, its position in FIFA’s December rating list is still improved. Like Vietnam, national football squads of other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines also go up in FIFA’s list. Indonesia and Myanmar, the two most successful teams at the Tiger Cup, jump up 8 and 9 grades in the list. Malaysia is the only squad in Southeast Asia to maintain its position while Thailand and Brunei go down… The three top positions occupied by Brazil, France and Argentina are still unchanged. The title “Best team” goes to China, which jumped up 32 grades to stand at 54th position. Though China failed at the qualifier round of the World Cup 2006, with a record 101 points, the squad gained after 16 wins and four draw matches. 5pt; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; PADDING-LEFT: 1. 5pt; BACKGROUND: #336699; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1. 5pt; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; PADDING-TOP: 1.

Soccer News of Thursday, 23 December 2004
ghanaweb.com – Dec 23, 2004
The GFA has already given its consent to the request by Ratomir Dujkovic to have his compatriot for an assistant in addition to a local coach. Deputy minister for Youth and Sports, Joe Aggrey told Joy Sports that the ministry supports the arrangement, because it is the best way of ensuring that Dujkovic attains the national objective of qualifying the Black Stars to the 2006 World Cup in Germany… The GFA has already given its consent to the request by Ratomir Dujkovic to have his compatriot for an assistant in addition to a local coach. Deputy minister for Youth and Sports, Joe Aggrey told Joy Sports that the ministry supports the arrangement, because it is the best way of ensuring that Dujkovic attains the national objective of qualifying the Black Stars to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Chicago to stage 2009 Solheim Cup
BBC News – Dec 22, 2004
The LPGA has chosen the par-72 14-year-old Rich Harvest Farms course for the biennial women’s team event. Europe reclaimed the Cup in 2003 and will defend it in 2005 in Indianapolis, while the 2007 matches will be played in Halmstad, Sweden. “It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever played,” seven-time US Solheim Cup player Beth Daniel said. “The players are the best from Europe and the United States.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Koubek suspended after drugs test
BBC News – Dec 22, 2004
Koubek, who blamed an injection given by an Austrian doctor to treat a wrist injury, said: “I have acted correctly. ”

The failed test will have no bearing on Austria’s Davis Cup victory over Great Britain in September. Koubek beat Greg Rusedski in the decisive rubber to relegate Britain from the Davis Cup World Group. The Austrian tested positive for the banned substance triamcinolon acetonid at Roland Garros. “The doctor assured me that no prohibited substances were in the medication,” Koubek wrote in his diary on the www.

Squarefootball diary: City party shame, Souness admission, Gerrard…
Squarefootball – Dec 23, 2004
“We don’t want to force him when we don’t need to and we hope to have him for the AC Milan game. ” he said of his star striker. Scotland manager Walter Smith amuses everyone by refusing to rule his new side out of the race for qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Despite only gaining two points from their opening three games in Group 5, Smith remains adamant that he can help get the campaign back on track. “Of course it looks an extremely difficult task, but I believe we really need a couple of exceptional results away from home. We actually need to get a win in Italy to upset the current order of the group and put pressure on all the other sides. ” He said, with a completely straight face, apparently.

JS Online: Witty’s goal? Another 15 minutes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (subscription… – Dec 21, 2004
Congratulations, but we’re going to focus on the figure skater,’ or whatever. ”

Witty, meanwhile, is back to focusing on speedskating after splitting her time as an Olympic cyclist. She hasn’t won any World Cup medals since 2002, but the 2006 Games are still 14 months away and no one who has paid any attention to her career expects her to be out of the medal race then. Living a dreamPeople do pay attention to her career between Olympics, but those people just happen to live on different continents. She actually loses sponsors on this one after she wins at the Games, and she then picks them up again four years later. Witty wishes her sport didn’t revolve so much around the Olympics, but it’s her sport, and proving even once that she was better at it than anybody else in the world gives her something that money can’t buy. “That was a goal you set as a kid,” she said, “and to actually accomplish it is satisfying.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods reveals his swing struggles
BBC News – Dec 21, 2004
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Former world number one Tiger Woods has finally gone public on the struggles he has gone through rebuilding his swing. Woods, 28, finished 2004 with two tournament wins but endured a poor season overall and was overtaken as world number one by Fiji’s Vijay Singh. “It’s frustrating when you can do it at home but it doesn’t carry over into tournaments,” said Woods, who has not won a major since the 2002 US Open. “Last time it took me two years to get it right – it’s part of the process. ”

Former swing coach Butch Harmon accused Woods of being in “denial” over his swing after another poor showing at this year’s US Open.

Soccer News of Wednesday, 22 December 2004
ghanaweb.com – Dec 22, 2004
22, GNA – The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is scheduled to host players of the senior national team, the Black Stars for a cocktail party on Thursday, December 23, at the Hospitality Centre of the Accra Ohene Djan Sports Stadium. The party is to discuss the way forward for the team as they gear up for the second round of the 2006 World Cup qualifying series which resumes in March, next year. The meeting is also expected be attended by members of the management committee of the Black Stars as well as members of the management board of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

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