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January 11, 2005

Coaches will be urged to make voting public

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The News Review:

* Jorge has been told to get Cameroon to the 2006 World Cup
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Has the FA Cup lost its magic?
* Coaches will be urged to make voting public
* Sven to coach tsunami charity match?
* Fatih Terim: “Nuri Sahin is first in line”
* Ali Daei sets sights on Germany 2006
* Cricket, Olympic triumphs for the Caribbean in 2004
* Klinsmann off to flying start
* Whistling in the wind
* Pitiful, horrible, lost
* Lehmann vows to stay with Arsenal
* UAE to Play Friendly International Against China
* Iran and Kuwait to play a friendly
* Fit to tackle ace players
* BBC SPORT | Golf | US Tour | Appleby defends title in Hawaii

Jorge has been told to get Cameroon to the 2006 World Cup
BBC News – Jan 10, 2005
Some of your views will be read on Fast Track – the BBC’s African sports programme. Cameroon’s search for a new national coach has ended with the appointment of Artur Jorge. The Portuguese coach has been told that his main task is to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. But is he the right man for the job?

And as this is his first job in Africa, how will he cope with the demands of African football?

Does he have enough time to turn around the fortunes of the Indomitable Lions?

And how long do you think he will stay in the job before getting the sack?

Let us know what you think. Use the form on the right to have your say on Cameroon’s new coach. With the standard that Cameroon have set over the past 16 years in Africa, Jorge is definitely aware of the Herculian task he has ahead of him. With the slim chances Cameroon have of qualifying for the World Cup in 2006, Jorge knows he can’t afford to drop any single points.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 8, 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.

Has the FA Cup lost its magic?
BBC News – Jan 10, 2005
Winning the cup last season also salvaged an otherwise trophy-less season for United but there is little doubt that Ferguson, too, would rather win the Premiership or the Champions League. WHAT ABOUT THE LITTLE CLUBS?

Exeter created headlines after drawing 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford. And their director of football Steve Perryman, a former FA Cup winner with Spurs, is in no doubt that the FA Cup is still a hugely important competition. “We are riding high on the back of that magic,” he told BBC Sport… United, for their part, have always maintained the decision was made at the behest of the FA to help with their bid to host the 2006 World Cup. The 1999-2000 season also saw the FA Cup brought forward in the fixture list, with the third round played in December and the final no longer bringing down the curtain on the English season. The competition schedule was restored to its former position the following season, but there is no question that tinkering with a formula long held as sacrosanct did little to enhance the credibility of the competition. Furthermore, purists argued that sponsoring the FA Cup has damaged the status of a competition regarded as timeless and a bastion of tradition in the face of football’s ever increasing commercialism. IS THE FA CUP STILL AS IMPORTANT AS IT WAS?

A lot of people in England might think that the magic has well and truly left the FA Cup but opinion overseas would suggest otherwise.

Coaches will be urged to make voting public
San Diego Union Tribune – Jan 10, 2005
The future of the coaches poll in the BCS process will be one of the major topics this week at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention in Louisville, Ky. Front and center is the future of the coaches poll, which is coming under more scrutiny now that The Associated Press has pulled its poll out of the BCS process. In November, AFCA executive director Grant Teaff polled the 61 coaches who vote to gauge their reaction to the idea. They voted 32-29 to keep their votes secret despite calls from media organizations. Kevin Weiberg, the Big 12 commissioner and BCS coordinator, has also encouraged the coaches to make their votes public… Open, beat another hard server, American Taylor Dent, 7-5, 6-3 to win the Australian Men's Hardcourt tennis title. CyclingAmericans Rebecca Quinn and Jenny Reed won medals on the final day of competition at the third round of the track cycling World Cup in Manchester, England. Quinn won the silver behind Australian Katherine Bates in the women's scratch race, with France's Virginie Moinard third. Reed claimed the bronze in the women's Keirin, which was won by Belarus' Natalia Tsylinskay. Snow sportsItaly's Giorgio Rocca won his second straight slalom, easily capturing a race in which overall World Cup leader Bode Miller failed to finish the first leg in Chamonix, France.

Sven to coach tsunami charity match? – Jan 10, 2005
If I could do something which would help to raise money, Iwould do it at once. ‘Eriksson told the Football Association’s website: ‘Football issomething which involves the whole world, especially when you are in England. ‘People see FA Cup and Premier League games all over the world. I thinkEnglish football has been very good, the Premier League have sent money, manyclubs have done it as well and I’m sure individual players did too. ‘In a situation like this, everyone should try to help. I’ve been toIndonesia, it’s a beautiful part of the world, and for more than 150,000 peopleto lose their lives is incredibly sad. ‘The cricketing world have just held a similar fixture in Melbourne and FIFAhave been involved in talks with UEFA, as well as various national associations,over the past few days.

Fatih Terim: “Nuri Sahin is first in line” – Jan 10, 2005
Renato of Brazil and Dos Santos from Mexico have also caught my eye. I was slightly disappointed by Italy, who normally produce a strong team, but overall all of the teams have good players for the future. Could you give us an overview of the development of Turkish football in recent years?After the Uefa Cup win in 2000 and the third place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, we perhaps became complacent and allowed our work rate to ease off slightly. We already felt like a major footballing nation but we did not do enough. When you have success it is particularly important to work harder. Now things are improving for us step by step. You mentioned earlier that there are more talented young players in Turkey than previously… So many Turkish people live outside Turkey, we simply have to do it. We have to spread the word not only in Germany but in Holland, Austria and everywhere: “We are interested in you!”Let us finish by talking briefly about the senior national team. Do you still think they can qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany 2006?When we play Germany on 8 October, Denmark play Greece. If Denmark win or draw, we have a good chance of making the play-offs. I would say our chances are around 70 per cent. It is important for Turkey to qualify because it would be a great shame not to play in Germany in front of the many Turks who live there. It would almost be like a home World Cup for us.

Vanguard – Jan 8, 2005
Football contests between Nigeria and Angola are always fierce sessions, and any side not properly prepared would be prepared to fail. The Nigerian Olympic team won a skin –teeth advantage over Angola in the race for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. And both countries are currently locked in a tussle for the World Cup 2006 ticket from group 4 of the African qualifying series. Angola top the pool with 11 points, with the Super Eagles second on 10. The only loss the Nigerian team has incurred in the race so far came against Angola in Luanda. The Baby Panthers have not had an opportunity to prove themselves in African competition and during the week, Secretary-General of the Angolan Football Federation, Delcio Costa Ferreira said the team relishes the clash with the Nigerians. “If we can beat Nigeria to qualify for the African championship, we would be sure to qualify for the World Championship in Peru and do very well there”… We are hopeful all the same, and will not be going there to under-rate any opposition”. Commentators continue to lambast Sports Minister, Muhammed over the changes made on the margins of Christmas, without consideration for preparation of the teams involved in major competitions at the turn of the year. On Tuesday, world football -governing body FIFA warned it would ban Nigeria from the international game if the decisions to change the management team headed by Ogunjobi is not rescinded. When the Golden Eaglets play Angola this weekend, it would be with the same set of players who were widely criticized for their sloppy performance against Sierra Leone in the earlier round. The team only made it to this stage on the strength of away goal, after drawing 1-1 in Sierra Leone and failing to cash in on any of the opportunities that were available in the return leg in Abeokuta. Should both Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets perform below expectations, where would the blame go?Coach Godwin Izilien took the Super Falcons to their fourth African title in South Africa in September but there is no magic in football and though Angola only qualified after the withdrawal of Lesotho in the earlier round, the Baby Panthers know all about the eternal grudge between both nations and will fire from all cylinders. After winning the inaugural tournament in China in 1985, the Golden Eaglets reached the Final in Canada two years later, only to lose on penalties to former USSR.

Ali Daei sets sights on Germany 2006
IranMania News – Jan 9, 2005
The 35-year-old Daei, who has spearheaded Iran’s attack for more than a decade, has scored 102 goals in 133 appearances for his country and wants to improve on that magnificent tally during the final round of Asian qualifiers, which kick off on February 9. Daei played for Iran at the 1998 World Cup in France but was bitterly disappointed when the team failed to make it to the 2002 finals. “Football has been my life and scoring goals has been my top priority. I always want to get as many goals as possible for both club and country. But there is one thing of which I am sure, 102 goals is not the end–I am hoping to score 120 before we go to (the World Cup finals in) Germany,” a supremely-confident Daei said in an interview published on FIFAworldcup.

Cricket, Olympic triumphs for the Caribbean in 2004
Jamaica Observer – Jan 8, 2005
Harris returned to Germany for a rematch with Urkal in October and won again, by 11th round technical knockout. Guyana and T&T shared the Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) overall title. Busy year for regional football
After a plethora of games that started early in the year, Trinidad and Tobago emerged as the only Caribbean team to reach CONCACAF’s 2006 World Cup football qualifying final round, placing second in their semi-final round Group C qualifiers behind Mexico. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), and St Kitts and Nevis all appeared in the semi-final round but missed the mark. And as the year was ending, several of the region’s top teams, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Haiti and SVG had advanced to the third round of the new Digicel Caribbean Cup slated for January 2005. Jamaica’s Harbour View became Caribbean Club champions and will contest the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup in March 2005. At the Caribbean basketball championship in mid-June in Havana, the hosts Cuba were dominant in both categories.

Klinsmann off to flying start
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 10, 2005
Now another icon of the period, albeit shorn of his Eighties haircut, is leading a veritable hurricane of change through an institution that had become the epitome of solidity and stability: Germany’s national team. Jürgen Klinsmann is back in football, in the biggest way imaginable, coaching Germany as they prepare to host the 2006 World Cup. He has zero managerial experience and has spent the past few years working primarily on his tan in southern California, but he nevertheless managed to secure one of the most high-profile jobs in international football. The stakes could not be higher. In recent years, Germany’s record in international competition is distinctly mediocre, at least by their standards. They have not won a match at the European Championship finals since Euro 96.

Whistling in the wind
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 9, 2005
Used on article pages to rotate the images of a story. Fifa and the International Football Association Board, who have guarded the rules of the game for the past 119 years, confirmed last night that using video playbacks during matches is out of the question — and even field-testing the much vaunted adidas microchip ball during a competitive match —will not happen this year or any time soon. “How often does an error such as the Manchester United v Tottenham one happen with this clarity in major football?” asks Markus Siegler, spokesman for Fifa and its president, Sepp Blatter. “Maybe once in 20 years. It’s important to remember human beings make mistakes, and that human factor is absolutely a part of the game. ” Moreover, Duncan Anderson, development director for Mitre — the Manchester firm that supplies balls for the Football Association and the English and Scottish Leagues outside the Premiership — points out that there are contractual as well as scientific reasons why this micro-technology is not imminent… The official supplier of balls to the Premiership is Nike, which also has exclusive contracts with the Brazilian and Spanish leagues and with clubs and associations on three continents. Fifa has a partnership with adidas, and could in theory aim the goal-line technology at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. However, it has not yet broached the issue of whether adidas would share its technology with other ball makers or sell it on licence, or co-operate in any way with its rivals. All that, like the testing of micro-chip effectiveness in action, is uncharted territory. So is the question of sabotage. Even if the ball flew truly, sworn enemies across the manufacturing divide embraced the advance for the good of the game and the philosophy that the referee is the sole arbiter on the pitch were waived, what if some clever and devious soul behind the goal devised a transponder to point to the spot and move the goal-line a few centimetres — or even the full metre by which Pedro Mendes’s shot crossed Carroll’s line? With the technological solution worth millions of pounds in ball sales and costing hundreds of thousands to set up, who can bet the minds of computer hackers or criminal cartels who gamble on football will not crack the frequency? We veer from the game to science fiction.

Pitiful, horrible, lost
Irish Independent – Jan 9, 2005
Now he neither runs nor plays’ Beckham had a penalty saved in the opening game against France, missing a chance to give England an unassailable 2-0 lead, and ended Euro 2004 with a truly dire shot into Row Z in the quarter-final shootout against Portugal. Asked about his fitness, frame of mind and aptitude for the England captaincy during the tournament, Beckham responded with a spirited but largely irrelevant tirade against intrusions into his private life and attacks on his confidence. When the same sort of questions resurfaced at the start of this season as England began the process of qualification for the 2006 World Cup, Beckham even more bizarrely pointed to his performance in a friendly against Ukraine as proof that he was still on top of his form. Beckham followed this with the not-so-clever booking against Ben Thatcher, though he did produce a magnificent winning goal against Wales, thereby silencing some Old Trafford critics who had been on his back for most of the match. If that was a glimpse of the old Beckham, there have been very few such moments for club or country since the metatarsal injury that threatened his participation in Japan three years ago. In the event Beckham made it to the World Cup but was not influential on the pitch, a sequence repeated at Euro 2004. There is every chance of something similar happening in Germany next summer, assuming Beckham is still in the England team by then.

Lehmann vows to stay with Arsenal
BBC News – Jan 9, 2005
Lehmann, whose deal at Highbury runs until 2006, has been displaced by Manuel Almunia and boss Arsene Wenger feared the German may quit Arsenal. But Lehmann said: “I like it here. I came for three years and I can still win three trophies, even this season. “I don’t want to go. I’m very convinced that I will play soon… But he will return to the bench when Arsenal play at Bolton on Saturday. Lehmann knows his absence from the first team has harmed his chances of replacing Oliver Kahn at national team level. Lehmann has been warned by Germany’s goalkeeping coach Andy Kopke that he needs to be playing regular first-team football next season if he hopes to compete with Kahn for the World Cup finals. Wenger admitted recently that Lehmann may have to leave this summer if he has not won back his place before then. “Jens is a fighter but he is in a difficult position,” said Wenger. “If he cannot establish himself as the first choice then I expect him to leave. I’m prepared for that.

UAE to Play Friendly International Against China – Jan 8, 2005
UAE football authorities had been trying to arrange a game against the Republic of Ireland but, when plans fell through, they turned to China, the 2004 Asian Cup runner-up. The game is slated for either March 26 or 27. With both teams out of the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the friendly will serve as a chance for both sides to experiment with new players. The UAE has confirmed it will play a friendly match against Switzerland on February 9 and is in the process of lining up a game against Iran in June. (Xinhua News Agency January 8, 2005)… UAE football authorities had been trying to arrange a game against the Republic of Ireland but, when plans fell through, they turned to China, the 2004 Asian Cup runner-up. The game is slated for either March 26 or 27. With both teams out of the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the friendly will serve as a chance for both sides to experiment with new players. The UAE has confirmed it will play a friendly match against Switzerland on February 9 and is in the process of lining up a game against Iran in June. (Xinhua News Agency January 8, 2005).

Iran and Kuwait to play a friendly
IranMania News – Jan 8, 2005

LONDON, Jan 8 (IranMania) ? Before playing in the last round of the 2006 world Cup qualifiers, Iran is to play a friendly with Kuwait. According to the Asian Football Confederation, Kuwait which is getting ready for the qualifiers will play another friendly with Norway before its January 26th game with Iran. Iran will also play with Bosnia a few days after the January 26th game with Kuwait. mimeTypes && navigator.

Fit to tackle ace players
Irish Independent – Jan 9, 2005
Ireland’s most high-profile football agent isn’t much of a geezer. But Fintan Drury has more guises than Fu Manchu. The former RTE presenter is chairman of Paddy Power bookmakers, runs a sports and leisure company and was part of Anglo Irish Bank’s inside team which surprised everyone by picking perceived lon
NOT a sheepskin jacket, fat cigar or chunky sovereign ring in sight. Ireland’s most high-profile football agent isn’t much of a geezer. But Fintan Drury has more guises than Fu Manchu… “It was ridiculous,” suggests Drury. While the agency business is an important part of the company, sports sponsorship also rakes the cash in. Drury is closely associated with the European Tour and is playing a pivotal role behind the scenes in arranging the Ryder Cup in 2006, which will be held in the K Club. “People don’t realise how big this is,” he says. “It’s the third largest televised sports event in the world, after the World Cup and the Olympics. ” But there’s more to the Drury empire, recently rebranded as Platinum One. “The reality is that no matter how successful we are in the sports industry in Ireland, the sports industry here is just too small,” he admits.

BBC SPORT | Golf | US Tour | Appleby defends title in Hawaii
BBC News – Jan 10, 2005
The Australian closed with a 67 to edge out Jonathan Kaye by one shot on 21 under par overall. Tiger Woods (68) and Ernie Els (71) tied for third, two shots behind, but overnight leader Vijay Singh slumped to fifth place. The world number one had a triple bogey at the 12th as he struggled to a 74. Appleby arrived in Hawaii last Tuesday with an inflamed nerve which caused pain in his left leg. But after a lacklustre 74 in the opening round he picked up his game and mastered the tricky conditions on Sunday to claim the title. After three days of benign weather, a front swept through overnight, dumping two inches of rain and forcing a four-hour delay. There was also a strong wind and most of the leaders struggled to break 70.

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