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January 2, 2005

Smiles and tears of Asian soccer in 2004

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The News Review:

* GERMANY FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2006 BETTING ODDS
* Average year for football, says Gibson
* Looking ahead to 2005
* Smiles and tears of Asian soccer in 2004
* Barbican, H View frolic in female football spotlight
* The year in Czech sport – a brief review
* Iran coach opposed to summer friendly with UAE
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* Soccer: Controversy but some glory for Asia in 2004
* That was the year that was
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Scots not unhappy to exit league
* Israeli Nasser set to coach Palestine
* Corrections and Clarifications
* The Bells strike fear into TV stars’ hearts

GERMANY FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2006 BETTING ODDS
Readabet.com – Jan 1, 2005
attachEvent(“onload”, resizeCaller) else window. Michael Owen and Frank Lampard struck the goals that meant England won the group,
The Republic of Ireland failed in their bid to reach the World Cup finals after drawing 0-0 with Switzerland at home. Already through to the main event, Portugal put three goals past Latvia in their group game, including two from Pauleta who finished as the top scorer in the European Zone with 11 goals.

Average year for football, says Gibson
Jamaica Observer – Jan 1, 2005
“We need to look at our administrative competence, which we are presently reviewing, and we will be looking at our efficiency and the quality that we offer to all our stakeholders,” he said. “And we have to also look at our various partners – the clubs, parish associations – and see how we can all work together to build a better football product,” he added. Since the collapse of the World Cup dream, the JFF has had to review its business plan as it tries to steer its way out of the financial wilderness. “We are now re-organising our business plan since our elimination from the World Cup. We are also looking at our cash flow, re-organising our financial outlook,” Gibson said. The JFF’s money worries were highlighted when Boxhill was reported as saying that there is not sufficient funds in the ‘kitty’ to honour the return fixture of the Reggae Boyz’ Digicel Caribbean Cup game against French Guiana in that country on January 15. It was reported that the federation wanted some $4 million to cover expenses for that trip.

Looking ahead to 2005
International Herald Tribune – Dec 30, 2004
Or are they? In 2005, there will be no Olympics, no Ryder Cup; no World Cup finals or Euro in soccer. There will be no World Cups in two sports that do exploit the comparative quietness of odd-numbered year – rugby union and cricket. But in the niche-stuffing business of games there is never a real shortage of content, and the best content is also becoming more evenly distributed worldwide. Though South America and Africa still lag, Asia, once an outpost, is gradually becoming a hotbed. China, gathering influence in sports as in everything, will play host to the year-end men's tennis championships, the final race of a particularly dense Formula One season and significant badminton and table tennis events.

Smiles and tears of Asian soccer in 2004
chinadaily.com.cn – Dec 31, 2004
After six rounds of matches, Dutch coach Arie Haan??s China
bowed out while Mohammed Ibrahim??s Kuwait reached the qualifying finals. Chinese
men’s national football team lost their tickets to the 2006 FIFA World
Cupafter a decisive 0-1 defeat in 13th,October 2004 despite thrashing Hong
Kong 7-0 in its last match. [newsphoto]
The competition between the two closest contenders of Group 4 turned out to
be the tensest and narrowest of all the eight qualifying groups. Despite the
opening 1-0 loss to China, Ibrahim, who stepped in for Brazilian Paolo Cesar
Carpeggiani in March, successfully guided his team to five consecutive
victories, including the decisive 1-0 over China in the return leg, the
penultimate match, on 13 October. With the two sides level on points, the
all-important final round saw both of them trying to score as many goals as
possible… Chinese
men’s national football team lost their tickets to the 2006 FIFA World
Cupafter a decisive 0-1 defeat in 13th,October 2004 despite thrashing Hong
Kong 7-0 in its last match. [newsphoto]
The competition between the two closest contenders of Group 4 turned out to
be the tensest and narrowest of all the eight qualifying groups. Despite the
opening 1-0 loss to China, Ibrahim, who stepped in for Brazilian Paolo Cesar
Carpeggiani in March, successfully guided his team to five consecutive
victories, including the decisive 1-0 over China in the return leg, the
penultimate match, on 13 October. With the two sides level on points, the
all-important final round saw both of them trying to score as many goals as
possible. After fierce attacking and incredible drama for 90 minutes, Kuwait
went through after a 6-1 win over Malaysia while China??s 7-0 drubbing of Hong
Kong was not enough as the 2002 FIFA World Cup participants were eliminated ?C
finishing just one goal short of what they needed.

Barbican, H View frolic in female football spotlight
Jamaica Gleaner – Dec 30, 2004
Meanwhile, Ian Forbes, Sherwin Williams’ managing director, urged other corporate entities to get involved. “I want to ask other corporate enterprises to follow the way set by Sherwin Williams and support women’s football,” he said. Sherwin Williams’ three-year sponsorship of the competition ends this year but Forbes announced that it will be on board for another two years after which it will again re-evaluate its role with women’s football in 2006. In the meantime, the island’s lone FIFA assistant referee, Paulette Riley, was acknowledged by the JFF for her exploits as an official. Riley recently did duties at the Women’s Under-19 World Cup in Thailand, adding to her long and enviable resume which includes being the first and only female assistant referee to officiate in international football matches – having covered the women’s Gold Cup (up to the third place play-off) in Los Angeles and Seattle, the Pan American Games (final) in the Dominican Republic and Olympic qualifiers in Suriname and the Dominican Republic in 2003. html” >More Sport |… Sherwin Williams’ three-year sponsorship of the competition ends this year but Forbes announced that it will be on board for another two years after which it will again re-evaluate its role with women’s football in 2006. In the meantime, the island’s lone FIFA assistant referee, Paulette Riley, was acknowledged by the JFF for her exploits as an official. Riley recently did duties at the Women’s Under-19 World Cup in Thailand, adding to her long and enviable resume which includes being the first and only female assistant referee to officiate in international football matches – having covered the women’s Gold Cup (up to the third place play-off) in Los Angeles and Seattle, the Pan American Games (final) in the Dominican Republic and Olympic qualifiers in Suriname and the Dominican Republic in 2003. html” >More Sport |.

The year in Czech sport – a brief review
radio.cz – Dec 30, 2004
Hopefully we can go through from this group to the WorldCup, because we haven’t been there for maybe 16 years. So that’s ourtarget and we want to achieve that, so we will do everything for that andhopefully we can do that. "And the Czech team have dropped only three points so far in their quest toreach the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In the domestic league, Banik Ostrava sent their home city and region intoecstasy by winning the title for the first time in over 20 years. But Banikhad a very disappointing start to the current season, and last season’scapacity crowds at their Bazaly stadium have become a thing of the past. Meanwhile, off the field, Czech football has been engulfed by a hugecorruption scandal. What many had whispered about for years is now comingout into the open.

Iran coach opposed to summer friendly with UAE
IranMania News – Jan 1, 2005
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LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) ? According to the UAE’s Football Federation, the UAE team is to play a friendly with Iran next year. But it seems that Iran’s head coach, Branco Ivnacovic is not that interested in the game, for he finds the date set for next summer?s friendly unsuitable. Branco says that Iran is to play the away game with Bahrain on June 7th as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers so it doesn?t need to play with other Arab teams to get familiar with their tactics. It seems that if the UAE Football Federation is eager to hold a friendly with Iran, it has to give a second though to the date of the game… com

LONDON, Jan 1 (IranMania) ? According to the UAE’s Football Federation, the UAE team is to play a friendly with Iran next year. But it seems that Iran’s head coach, Branco Ivnacovic is not that interested in the game, for he finds the date set for next summer?s friendly unsuitable. Branco says that Iran is to play the away game with Bahrain on June 7th as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers so it doesn?t need to play with other Arab teams to get familiar with their tactics. It seems that if the UAE Football Federation is eager to hold a friendly with Iran, it has to give a second though to the date of the game.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Dec 31, 2004
(Daily Express)

Charlton will pay up to ?2. 5m for Nottingham Forest defensive star Michael Dawson. (The Sun)

Middlesbrough may offer Alex Nyarko a route back into English football after inviting the controversial Ghana midfielder to train with their squad. (The Times)

Newcastle are set to complete an ?8m deal for Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong as he travels to St James’ Park for a medical. (Daily Record)

Fans of Brazilian side Botafogo have begged Celtic midfielder Juninho to return to Rio during the January transfer window.

Soccer: Controversy but some glory for Asia in 2004
International Herald Tribune – Dec 31, 2004
Bahrain drew comparisons with the Euro 2004 winner Greece as it reached the semifinals, where it lost, 4-3, to Japan in a pulsating game. Iraq, whose players train alongside grazing sheep in Baghdad, reached the quarterfinals and went on to reach the semifinals in the Olympics. North Korea did not qualify for the Asian Cup, making its run to the final round of Asian 2006 World Cup qualifiers all the more remarkable. It won its group to set up two politically sensitive matches against Japan next year. China's dramatic progress came to a shuddering halt as it failed to qualify. The Dutch coach, Arie Haan, was fired after a 7-0 demolition of Hong Kong was insufficient to see China through to the final qualifying round. To complete a bad year, the Chinese soccer association was embarrassed by a corruption scandal in its club league.

That was the year that was
Pakistan Dawn – Dec 30, 2004
In other sporting news, Greece won this year?s European Football Championships, while Russian women tennis stars, led by the stunning Maria Sharapova dominated the world of tennis. Maria became the third youngest female tennis player to win this year?s Wimbledon. The shirt worn by football legend, Pele when he scored two goals as a 17-year-old for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup Final against Sweden was sold for $105,600. In business the passenger aircraft maker, Airbus unveiled the world?s biggest jetliner, the A380 super jumbo jet, which will accommodate a whooping 555 passengers. The first A380 will fly in 2006. The company had won orders from 11 airlines for 129 of the giant planes and it expects to reach the 250-order break-even level on the $10. 7 billion programme by 2008.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Scots not unhappy to exit league
BBC News – Dec 31, 2004
Scotland will instead play in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy as part of a revamp of England’s domestic one-day competitions. Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith said: “It will free us up to arrange other fixtures in the second half of the season. “When we qualify for the World Cup, we will have plenty of other options. ”

Smith stressed that the Scots had been fully involved in discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board about the changes. The C&G Trophy is to become the main one-day tournament in the first half of the season, with two divisions of 10 teams, each playing each other once… “And, crucially, there is no time limit on our involvement with the C&G. ”

Smith pointed out that there were other options to keep his players sharp. “For example, we expect in 2006 to take part in an international tournament involving perhaps half a dozen other countries,” he said. “The Intercontinental Cup [which Scotland won this year] is now an annual competition in our calendar. “And we will be able to play more matches against overseas Test sides and A teams coming to the UK.

Israeli Nasser set to coach Palestine
go.com – Dec 30, 2004
30, 2004Israeli Nasser set to coach Palestine Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The Palestinian Football Association is set to appoint Israeli Arab Azmi Nasser as their new national team coach next week after he was allowed free access to the Gaza Strip by the army. Both Nasser and the Palestinian FA have said that they cannow sign a contract after reaching an initial agreement duringthe past month. One of the main obstacles was Nasser’s access tooccupied Gaza, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. ‘We are waiting for Azmi Nasser to come to Gaza to discussthe details of a new contract, he needs a permit to get toGaza,’ Palestine FA executive secretary Walid al-Lulu said. Nasser said he hoped to travel to Gaza on Sunday to discussthe details of his employment and sign the contract… ‘We usually only allow Israeli civilians into Gaza oncompassionate grounds or to journalists, but in this instance wemade an exception,’ an Israeli army spokesman said. Nasser helped lay the foundations for the currentPalestinian team in the 1990s when relations between Israel andthe Palestinian Authority were cordial before the four-year-oldPalestinian uprising began in October 2000. Palestine did not qualify for the next phase of the 2006World Cup qualifying competition after finishing third in theirfour-team group in the Asian zone second stage tournament whichended last month. The Palestine national team is made up by players from Gazaand the West Bank and by expatriates who live in Arab countriesand in Chile. There is no organised league in the Palestinian territoriesand Nasser said he expected to be able to travel freely to coachhis players. He said he expected training camps would be held inneighbouring countries. ‘There would be no point if I weren’t able to get all theplayers together in one place.

Corrections and Clarifications
Orlando Sentinel – Jan 1, 2005
* An item in The Buzz feature on Page C12 of Sunday’s Sports section about football player Wilber Marshall’s induction into the University of Florida’s Ring of Honor described him incorrectly. Marshall is not a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame. * An item in the Speed Read feature on Thursday’s front page about the Major League Baseball playoffs reported incorrectly the number of games in the division series. The teams play a best-of-five-game series. * The caption with a photograph on the front of Thursday’s Local & State section showing a roundup of suspects in a drug investigation mistakenly included a law-enforcement agency that did not participate. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was not involved. October 4, 2007

* An item in the How Epcot Grew timeline on Page A10 Sunday accompanying the continuation of an article about the 25th anniversary of that Walt Disney World theme park misidentified the company executive who cut an underwater ribbon when The Living Seas attraction opened in 1986.

The Bells strike fear into TV stars’ hearts
Edinburgh Evening News – Dec 30, 2004
Don’t hold your breath. Scots soldiers died in Iraq and, with George Bush back in the White House, the body count isn’t over yet. In terms of sport, the odd success at the Olympics can’t disguise a miserable year for Scottish football and rugby. Berti Vogts may be gone but he took with him our World Cup hopes for 2006. On top of all that we lost too many good people this year. Brian Meek, Russell Hunter, Rikki Fulton and my Uncle Kenneth to name just a few. This is the time of year for regret but it’s also an opportunity to take stock and be thankful for small mercies.

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