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January 5, 2005

Blatter wants offside altered

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The News Review:

* No boycott!
* Have your say
* German football chief’s family to stay in LA
* Blatter wants offside altered
* German soccer aids tsunami victims
* Zelic in Socceroo wish
* Why West Brom are going private
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Lehmann expecting Arsenal…

No boycott!
Jamaica Observer – Jan 4, 2005
“So I have to wonder if this is all the money we are to get,” he said. According to Smart, the general secretary told him his club would receive their payment by a certain time, but they are yet to meet with JFF to get a specific date for additional payments. Since the national team exited the World Cup 2006 campaign in November last year, the island’s football programmes have come under financial strain. The World Cup qualifiers were the JFF’s chief income spinner. Jamaica will play French Guiana in a return Caribbean Digicel Cup game on January 15, and already the JFF is struggling to find the $4 million to cover the team’s expenses for the trip. The first leg will be played on Saturday at the National Stadium. Talk Back

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Have your say
BBC News – Jan 3, 2005
Each week we throw up a different subject to let followers of African football have their say. Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme

What footballing event are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

There will be the battle for the five places at the 2006 World Cup in Germany as well as the race to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Before that, Benin hosts the African Youth Championship for under-20 sides, with the semi-finalists all qualifying for the World Youth Championship in Holland later in the year. The African Under-17 Championship will also take place this year in Gambia in May. Or will your highlight be your team’s domestic or continental campaign?

Use the form on the right to tell us what your highlight will be. The battle for the five places at the 2006 World Cup in Germany is my main highlight… I want Gabon to stun Nigeria to show them that they need to be more serious with the future. Has anyone heard from Sunday Oliseh, Victor Agali and Tijani Babangida?
Ezekiel Olagoke Jr. , USA

The return of the Eritrean football tradition. Eritreans made up the majority of the Ethipoian side that won the African Cup of Nations in 1962. If we can overcome regional conflict and stalled economic growth Eritrea can win games both regionally and continentally.

German football chief’s family to stay in LA
Expatica – Jan 4, 2005
Klinsmann has been criticized by parts of the German media for spending too much of his time in Los Angeles, were his family lives. Klinsmann said in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung”, that he would base himself permanently in Germany some ten weeks before the opening match. Being in Germany earlier would not make any difference,” he said. I do not even need to bring my family.

Blatter wants offside altered
Independent Online – Jan 4, 2005
“Let’s first complete the 2006 World Cup. And then, if I’m still in good health, I will still feel like continuing my work at Fifa because I was seriously hampered in my first term,” he told soccer magazine France Football. Blatter, 69, has repeatedly insisted he would only remain Fifa president for two four-year terms, but he made it clear he had changed his mind.

German soccer aids tsunami victims
CNN International – Jan 4, 2005
Football’s world ruling body FIFA on Tuesday pledged two million dollars to help rebuild the footballing infrastructure in Asian countries. FIFA said that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had also pledged one million dollars, meaning a "solidarity fund" of three million dollars. "FIFA and the AFC decided to concentrate on reconstructing the footballing infrastructure in the affected areas," it said. The football associations that will qualify for the aid are those in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The funds will be used to "donate football equipment (balls, shirts, boots, goals, etc) to these associations or their members. "FIFA added that it would be working with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) "to evaluate the situation in the African countries… 5 million euros ($4. 76 million) after floods damaged large parts of Germany. Germany, the 2006 World Cup hosts, play their next international friendly against Argentina in Duesseldorf on February 9. The announcement of the 1. 5m euro donation, which, like the cash from Bayern, will be made available immediately came at a joint press conference called Tuesday by the German federation and German league. Duty to help"Considering the unfathomable misery and the terrible images that have shaken us all, it’s football’s duty to help," DFL President Werner Hackmann said. DFB boss Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said the action was appropriate as "football unites the world and therefore the people".

Zelic in Socceroo wish
The Age – Jan 2, 2005
“I’ve always loved playing for my country,and maybe it’s time for us to all sit down and work through it. Obviously, Frank and I would need to clear the air, and I don’tknow how realistic that is, but I’m willing to give it a go. Now at his ninth club in his sixth different country, Zelicadmitted the prospect of playing in the 2006 World Cup finals inhis adopted homeland, Germany, was an incentive. “That definitelygot me thinking again,” he said. Zelic walked out of the national team in only Farina’s secondgame in charge, against the Brazilian Olympic (under-23) team inMelbourne in late 1999. Having been overlooked for the captaincy, and poised to bedropped as Farina discarded the sweeper system and reverted to aflat four-man back line, Zelic simply left the team hotel on theeve of the game without speaking to either the coach or most of histeammates. The issue dominated Farina’s first six months in the job, andvarious intermediaries tried to mend the situation, but Zelicremained in self-imposed exile throughout the unsuccessful 2001World Cup campaign… Zelic’s potential return to the fold will be helped by thepresence of his mentor, former AIS head coach Ron Smith, onFarina’s backroom staff. Selection-wise, his case has strengthenedon three counts: the indifferent form of Australia’s current batchof central defenders; the dearth of good young players pushingtheir claims; and FC Tirol’s three-man defensive formation, whichmirrors any role Zelic might have with the national team. “I need to be doing well to enjoy my football, and at the momentI can honestly say I’m very happy with my form,” Zelic said. “Thestandard of the Austrian league is quite good, not as quick asGermany but there are still some good players and good teams here. Grazer actually beat Liverpool at Anfield this season in theChampions League, and the top two teams in the league at the moment(Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna) have big ambitions to do well inEurope. Zelic has played 15 of FC Tirol’s 21 games so far this season,and the club has indicated its enthusiasm to offer him a newone-year contract. Top of Page Page Tools.

Why West Brom are going private
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 3, 2005
The cash option values the club at £10. 14 million and is to be funded by a Barclays loan repayable in three annual instalments from August 31. Like many other football clubs including Sunderland, the West Bromwich board decided it did not need to be a public company while few investors want to put money into the game via the equity markets. Free from the costs of a listing on the Alternative Investment Market, after floating in 1997, West Bromwich are still looking at life in the Coca-Cola Championship if Bryan Robson cannot turn things around. TO COMBAT THE growing number of forgeries in the sports memorabilia market, bigbluetube has joined forces with Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, to develop an authentication system to thwart unscrupulous dealers. The company has exclusive deals with leading sportsmen including Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andrew Flintoff, Martin Johnson and Pelé. It also represents nine members of the 1966 World Cup-winning team… Now he owns the show, which, for the first time in 40 years, will be on commercial TV. TVNL, his new mass audience family channel, launches in August, the start of the season. It already has the rights to six World Cup away games in 2006.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Lehmann expecting Arsenal…
BBC News – Jan 4, 2005
While watching matches, I cannot see that Almunia is better than me. ”

Germany goalkeeping coach Andy Kopke has told Lehmann he must be playing for Arsenal at the start of next season if he is to play for the national team. “Whoever wants to play in the 2006 World Cup in Germany has to have a regular place in their team at the start of next season,” Kopke told Bild newspaper. Lehmann was first choice for Arsenal as they went through last season unbeaten and he was threatening to displace Oliver Kahn as Germany’s number one. However, Wenger opted to replace the 35-year-old after Arsenal’s form stuttered in the wake of their defeat to Manchester United earlier this season. Borussia Monchengladbach have indicated they would be keen to sign Lehmann, although the German has so far said he wants to stay at Highbury and fight for his place. But Jogi Low, assistant to Germany national coach Jurgen Klinsmann, called upon Wenger to clarify Lehmann’s long-term position at the club.

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