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The News Review:

* Dates set for 2006 African Nations Cup
* World Cup plans on track for organisers and team
* Historic global FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour to start in Accra on 6…
* Jo Tuckman meets Mexican female footballer Maribel Dominguez |…
* BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Turin Games venues finished off
* Beckenbauer believes England could win cup
* Axed Nigerian soccer boss facing charges
* Burkina Faso name new coach
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* BBC SPORT | Golf | US Tour | Woods looking to reclaim top spot
* ABC Sport – Cricket – Aussies look to Ashes challenge
* BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Tweddle making progress after op
* BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Fans get first look at Wembley
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Davenport puts retirement on hold

Dates set for 2006 African Nations Cup
go.com – Jan 5, 2005
CAF president Issa Hayatou has refused previous calls tomove the tournament to a date in the European off-season eventhough the vast majority of players who participate at theNations Cup finals now come from clubs in Europe. The draw for the 2006 finals will be held in Cairo onOctober 20 this year, a fortnight after the qualifyingcompetition ends. The qualifiers for the 2006 Nations Cup finals have beencombined with those for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany andresume again in March, having reached the halfway stage. The winner of each of the five qualifying groups goes to theWorld Cup finals while the top three teams in each group qualifyfor the Nations Cup finals. As Egypt qualify automatically as hosts, the first threeteams excluding the Egyptians go through from their group. Your views on this story?.

World Cup plans on track for organisers and team
chinadaily.com.cn – Jan 7, 2005
5-billion-euro ($2. 04-billion) stadium building programme is on
schedule, tickets are about to go on sale and the tournament mascot — a huge
puppet lion with a sidekick talking football — is already busy on the PR work. It should come as no great surprise that Germany is taking care of business.

Historic global FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour to start in Accra on 6…
noticias.info – Jan 5, 2005
The official kick-off day will be followed by a public day offering football fans the unique chance to get a close-up look at the authentic FIFA World Cup Trophy. Free tickets for each stop are made available to consumers through local promotions in the respective countries. It is the first time that the real, solid gold trophy will be making a tour around the world, visiting 31 cities in 28 countries over a three-month stretch ending in Rome, Italy on 10 April 2006. It will mark the most extensive exhibition yet of the authentic FIFA World Cup Trophy, a prize that, in the past, has rarely been seen in public. The tour is an example of football breaking down barriers.

Jo Tuckman meets Mexican female footballer Maribel Dominguez |…
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 5, 2005
“It just made me more determined to play. ” As she got older Dominguez joined women’s teams in different parts of the capital, although none were very good. Then, at 20, she was called up to the national squad and the dream of making a living from football began. The team qualified for the Women’s World Cup in the US in 1999, and although they lost all their games they couldn’t fail but be caught up in the euphoria of the event that seemed to herald a new era for women’s soccer. The sport became particularly popular in the US and for a few years Dominguez went off to play in semi-professional US teams, and in 2003 joined the professional side Atlanta Beat which came second in the championship that year. The American league fell apart thanks to a lack of sponsorship immediately after, but the Athens Olympics provided Dominguez with enough to think about for 2004. She led the Mexican team into the quarter finals, while the men’s squad failed to get beyond the first round.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Turin Games venues finished off
BBC News – Jan 7, 2005
The skating arena is also receiving “final touches”. “For the first time in the history of the Olympics we have completed the main venues a year before the event,” said games supervisor Mario Pescante. The Cesana bobsled track, which will also be used for skeleton and luge, will host World Cup races from 20-23 January. The venue had fallen behind schedule when environmental problems forced builders to move the location. Completion required a 20-man team working in turn over two night shifts. The ski jumping facility in Pragelato is also complete and will host a World Cup event on 11-12 February. The Palavela skating arena in Turin will host a short track event from 14-16 January and the European figure skating championships are set for 24-30 January.

Beckenbauer believes England could win cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 5, 2005
“As for his own country, Beckenbauer has high hopes of a revival for the home nation under Jurgen Klinsmann, who initially didn’t fancy replacing Rudi Voeller as head coach, having lived without any pressure in the United States for several years, but who appears to be warming to the task. “We had a bad year in 2004 but Jurgen is young, fit and active and has brought in some new methods which appear to be working. “Once he has completed his role as head of the World Cup organising committee, Beckenbauer will switch his attention to succeeding Lennart Johansson as president of UEFA in what is expected to be a two-horse race with Michel Platini for the most high-profile position in European football. Hence his appearance at the UEFA Congress in Tallinn last week where his hopes were given a significant boost by Johansson’s decision to stay on for another year. Originally, the 76-year-old Swede was due to step down in 2006 but that would not have given Beckenbauer time to get his election campaign off the ground. Now, however, UEFA have agreed to put off the vote until 2007 in order to fall into line with new FIFA statutes that discourage presidential elections in World Cup or European Championship years. “I’ve said before that I am very interested in the position,” Beckenbauer said… “Once he has completed his role as head of the World Cup organising committee, Beckenbauer will switch his attention to succeeding Lennart Johansson as president of UEFA in what is expected to be a two-horse race with Michel Platini for the most high-profile position in European football. Hence his appearance at the UEFA Congress in Tallinn last week where his hopes were given a significant boost by Johansson’s decision to stay on for another year. Originally, the 76-year-old Swede was due to step down in 2006 but that would not have given Beckenbauer time to get his election campaign off the ground. Now, however, UEFA have agreed to put off the vote until 2007 in order to fall into line with new FIFA statutes that discourage presidential elections in World Cup or European Championship years. “I’ve said before that I am very interested in the position,” Beckenbauer said. “It would be a great honour. ” He certainly has powerful allies, including Pele, who may not be eligible to vote but who holds considerable sway among those who can.

Axed Nigerian soccer boss facing charges
Independent Online – Jan 5, 2005
Ministry officials said Musa Mohammed will present a bill to cabinet on Wednesday to abrogated the contentious decree. The bill will then be passed on to the parliament for repeal by next week. “This shows the sincerity and level of commitment to reform our football laws in line with what Fifa demand,” the official added. Nigeria’s next 2006 World Cup qualifying match is against Gabon on March 27. They are second in their African group, a point behind Angola… The bill will then be passed on to the parliament for repeal by next week. “This shows the sincerity and level of commitment to reform our football laws in line with what Fifa demand,” the official added. Nigeria’s next 2006 World Cup qualifying match is against Gabon on March 27. They are second in their African group, a point behind Angola.

Burkina Faso name new coach
BBC News – Jan 5, 2005
Simondi replaces former Stallions coach Ivica Todorov, after the French national of Yugoslav origin was sacked by the FBF on Tuesday. Simondi has been working in Africa since 2001, as the technical director of the Benin national side and then coach of Benin’s juniors. Last year, the Frenchman had a spell in charge of Tunisian side Etoile Sahel and led the eventual Champions League finalists in some of their early group games in the competition. Simondi’s immediate challenge will be to lead the Stallions into at least the top three of their 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifying group… Simondi has been working in Africa since 2001, as the technical director of the Benin national side and then coach of Benin’s juniors. Last year, the Frenchman had a spell in charge of Tunisian side Etoile Sahel and led the eventual Champions League finalists in some of their early group games in the competition. Simondi’s immediate challenge will be to lead the Stallions into at least the top three of their 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifying group.

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OhmyNews International – Jan 6, 2005
The country hosted the Asian Cup in July but off the field events, namely anti-Japanese sentiment among the Chinese soccer public, led to complaints from the Japanese government and a running argument between the media of the two countries, casting a shadow over the competition. On the field, China can be satisfied with a runners-up spot to Japan, although again the occasion was not without controversy as the legality of Japan’s first two goals were questioned by the Chinese and it came as no surprise when a section of fans rioted after the game. Still, a string of good performances suggested that the world’s most populous country was becoming a major power in Asia and the quest to prove itself on the global stage, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, was going well, until the penultimate game of the first stage of qualification in October. A defeat in Kuwait meant that the Chinese lost control of the group and the chance to participate in their second consecutive world cup. It’s going to be a long wait until the 2007 Asian Cup and the prize of FIFA’s best-mover for 2004, awarded for a jump of thirty two places in the world rankings, will be small comfort for Chinese football fans. At least the authorities can keep themselves busy looking for a replacement for Dutchman Arie Haan who resigned after the qualification failure. Domestically, the C-League staggered from crisis to crisis… ” Still, captain Lei Weifing turned up to lift the championship trophy. Japan holding its ownChampions of Asia were Japan at the start of 2004 and they still are in 2005. A perfect record in the first stage of world cup qualifying sandwiched a successful defense of the Asian Cup in China. Despite being greeted by hostile fans everywhere they played, Japan won the cup in Beijing, beating the hosts in front of 60,000 partisan fans at the Workers’ Stadium. Coach Zico will be delighted with 2004, as Japan cemented their position as Asia’s best. That claim will be tested in the second stage of qualifying when the skilful Iranians and the improving Bahrainis will be vying with the 2002 World Cup co-hosts for a place in the next World Cup in Germany next year. Japan will not relish a trip to the group’s fourth team, North Korea, especially as relations between the two countries are frosty at best.

BBC SPORT | Golf | US Tour | Woods looking to reclaim top spot
BBC News – Jan 6, 2005
Last year Dave Renwick caddied for Singh, but after a testing relationship towards the end of the season the two have parted company. Renwick is currently spending time with his family in Scotland and after the Mercedes Championships Singh’s former caddie Paul Tesori will take over the bag-carrying duties. World number four Retief Goosen is also competing in Hawaii and is looking to build on last season, when the South African capped a fine season by winning the Tour Championship. “They’ve [Singh, Woods and Els] have been on Tour here a little bit longer than me and people know them a little bit better,” said Goosen. “But I think a couple more years of good play, it might be a different story.

ABC Sport – Cricket – Aussies look to Ashes challenge
abc.net.au – Jan 6, 2005
“Certainly our guys are talking about it being that way so it’s an exciting time coming up for us. ”

Australia have won the last eight Ashes series but there are signs this year’s five-match contest could be a lot closer after England won eight successive tests and were unbeaten in 2004. “As professional cricketers we’re always keeping a close eye on what’s happening around the world,” Ponting said. “England have obviously played some great cricket lately and have won a lot of Tests, so they are a great side and we’re looking forward to playing them. ”

Australian leg spinner Shane Warne said he also thought the tour would be the toughest Ashes series in a long time. “Every time we go over there they think they have their best (team) in a while,” Warne said. “They’ve been saying that for the last few series but I think this time they have a real chance.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Tweddle making progress after op
BBC News – Jan 6, 2005
The 19-year-old had an operation to remove loose bone fragments from the left ankle she broke in 1998 and also had the right ankle ‘cleaned up’. “It’s been two weeks but I’ve already started jogging,” she told BBC Sport. “I will know more on Monday when I see the specialist. But I have not been in any pain which is a good sign… “I will know more on Monday when I see the specialist. But I have not been in any pain which is a good sign. ”

After missing out on a medal at the Athens Olympics, Tweddle ended 2004 on a high – winning silver in her main discipline, the asymmetric bars, at the artistic gymnastics World Cup Final in Birmingham. She also scored a personal best when she finished fifth in the floor exercise. The City of Liverpool athlete, who won gold on the uneven bars at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, now hopes to get her new season underway at the German and French Grands Prix in two months time. “Everything is going according to plan and I expect to be given the all-clear to step up my training next week,” she added.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Fans get first look at Wembley
BBC News – Jan 7, 2005
A handful of specially invited England supporters were taken 40 metres above the north-west London venue – which is just one year away from completion. Fans said they were impressed with the progress of the ?757m project but said their main concern was the availability and prices of tickets. The group was joined by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Davenport puts retirement on hold
BBC News – Jan 7, 2005
The 28-year-old world number one had said that she would quit at the end of last year, but after a successful season she has had a change of heart. “Finally I felt I put myself in a position to try and win Grand Slams again,” said Davenport. “It would be tough to walk away when I feel like I can contend so there’s no point in hanging it up quite yet. ”

Davenport has won three Grand Slams, the 2000 Australian Open, Wimbledon in 1999 and the 1998 US Open. Her career has been hit by a series of injuries but last year she started hitting top form and won seven titles… ”

Davenport has won three Grand Slams, the 2000 Australian Open, Wimbledon in 1999 and the 1998 US Open. Her career has been hit by a series of injuries but last year she started hitting top form and won seven titles. She was due to take part in this week’s Hopman Cup in Perth but decided she wanted to rest her knee. “I just really wanted to make sure my right knee was going to be able to really withstand all the rigours of the whole year coming up,” she said.

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