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January 14, 2005

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The News Review:

* WORLD CUP 2006: Opportunity knocks for Saudi youngsters
* Eriksson made to wait over break
* WORLD CUP 2006: Adebayor touches the heights with Togo
* Blatter to receive SA honour
* Italy launch Euro 2012 bid
* WORLD CUP 2006: Parreira and Pele warn against complacency
* WORLD CUP 2006: France thrills to Mexico fightbacks
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland ready for San Siro…
* EMIRATES GIVES AWAY 100 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS TO SKYWARDS MEMBERS
* Italy launch bid to host Euro 2012
* Wembley verdict could be delayed until April
* ESPN.com – GOLF – Sobel: The next generation
* SABCnews.com – politics/government
* UEFA CUP: Frei seeks Rennes renaissance

WORLD CUP 2006: Opportunity knocks for Saudi youngsters
noticias.info – Jan 12, 2005
With these words in mind, Calderon will be more than satisfied with the arrangements made by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation as it plans ahead for Germany. The team are expected to be involved in more than 40 warm-up matches, official or otherwise, before travelling to the finals next summer. Since they secured their fourth successive FIFA World Cup? finals appearance, the Gulf giants have been involved in just one friendly match – at home against Ghana. They lost the game 3-1 but even in defeat, Calderon saw enough to come away with a positive feeling and the coach remains upbeat about the team’s future. “We scored first but then we lost concentration. I would rather lose to Ghana in Riyadh than suffer a similar defeat at the World Cup finals,” he said. In Qatar, Saudi Arabia have been drawn in Group C of the West Asian tournament with arch-rivals Kuwait and Palestine… Many of the players participated in the final FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Korea Republic in Seoul in August, where they managed to achieve a remarkable 1-0 victory to convince their coach that they deserve a further chance to display their abilities. Calderon is thus hoping that the tournament will prove a stepping stone for several of his brightest prospects. “I believe that there is a lot of untapped talent in Saudi football and I am sure that many of those players who will be taking part in the West Asia tournament will also be part of our side in Germany 2006,” he concluded. datos de la noticia

Noticia n?:
124507

Fuente :
FIFA World Cup (English)

Marca
FIFA World Cup

Ciudad:
Berlin

Pa?s:
Alemania

Agencia emisora:
(no informado)

Grupo.

Eriksson made to wait over break
BBC News – Jan 11, 2005
But Fifa says the FA Cup final could be delayed to help ease congestion. An FA spokesman said: “We are still to confirm the date of the final but we’ll try everything to find a solution. The England coach may yet find that although the Premiership programme is completed by his deadline, the FA Cup final has to be delayed for a further six days until May 20… An FA spokesman said: “We are still to confirm the date of the final but we’ll try everything to find a solution. The England coach may yet find that although the Premiership programme is completed by his deadline, the FA Cup final has to be delayed for a further six days until May 20. And with the rest of European domestic football now scheduled to finish on 14 May next year, that would leave him at a disadvanatge with his rivals. On Monday, Eriksson repeated his appeal to the FA to give his squad enough preparation time before the tournament, which begins in Germany on 9 June. “It was one of the reasons why we only had a quarter-final in Portugal in Euro 2004 and Japan in the 2002 World Cup,” he told the FA’s website. “Three weeks was too little. That’s why I’m fighting for more.

WORLD CUP 2006: Adebayor touches the heights with Togo
noticias.info – Jan 12, 2005
In Togo, his exploits have been closely followed by all and earned him the award for Togolese Footballer of the Year in 2004. From an early stage, many saw him as the successor to the likes of Bachirou Salou and Djima Oyawole in the national team and, by happy coincidence, his own emergence coincided with the dawning of a new era for the national team. The arrival of the Nigerian Stephen Keshi sparked this fresh start and from very early in Keshi’s reign, Adebayor established himself as the leader of this new generation and demonstrated his immense qualities throughout the course of 2006 FIFA World Cup? qualifying. He sowed panic among many an African defence, chalking up 11 goals to finish as the top scorer in the African Zone – and, just as in 2004, the continent acknowledged his dazzling success by voting him one of the top five African players of 2005. Of his 11 goals in African Group 1, none were as important as those scored in the home and away qualifiers against Senegal that effectively won the Togolese first place – and secured their debut finals appearance – ahead of their fancied rivals. He opened the scoring in the 3-1 victory over the Senegalese in June 2004 and 12 months later grabbed a crucial 71st-minute equaliser in Dakar to earn Togo a 2-2 draw – and preserve their two-point lead at the head of the section. Adebayor, a great admirer of the Nigerian Nwanko Kanu, really lives life to the full and is determined to savour every moment of his success… It’s just the way I am. The Yorouba prince is simply following his star of destiny. Next summer, it will be shimmering over the football fields of Germany. datos de la noticia

Noticia n?:
123999

Fuente :
FIFA World Cup (English)

Marca
FIFA World Cup

Ciudad:
Berlin

Pa?s:
Alemania

Agencia emisora:
(no informado)

Grupo.

Blatter to receive SA honour
BBC News – Jan 11, 2005
Blatter arrives in Johannesburg on Wednesday and will meet with the chief executive of the South African Football Association Danny (Safa) Jordaan. He will then go to Pretoria for a meeting with government officials and to receive the award. Jordaan said while questions surrounding the hosting of the 2010 World Cup were important, he believed Blatter would be concentrating on the successful presentation of the 2006 event first. “Because 2010 will be Africa’s first World Cup, there are questions about the hosting of it – questions from the continent itself,” said Jordaan. “He [Blatter] will want to know what is happening, how different the 2010 event will be, and so on. ”

The weekly Sunday Times reported last month that Fifa and Safa had clashed over the timing of the appointment of the local organising committee’s chief executive. The South Africans want the appointment to be made before the end of February while Blatter prefers it to be made after Safa’s congress in September.

Italy launch Euro 2012 bid
TVNZ – Jan 13, 2005
“With thisbid, our prestige will be judged not only by Italy but by the wholeof Europe. We will be more credible if there are moves to fight andbeat the racism and violence that we have seen around soccermatches,” Italian Football Association (Federcalcio) chairmanFranco Carraro said. Italy,which hosted the World Cup in 1990, won the European Championshipfor the only time in 1968. Thetournament has grown into a 16-team event, second only in size tothe World Cup and worth millions of euros to the host country insponsorship, ticket sales and the boost to tourism. “We allknow the importance of football in this country and Italy’s greatsoccer history,” Undersecretary Gianni Letta told a newsconference. “We aim towin this race that would mean so much for our sport and for thecities that would host the championships. “Becausewe are a tourist country, we already have the roads, the trains,the airports necessary to handle this event.

WORLD CUP 2006: Parreira and Pele warn against complacency
noticias.info – Jan 12, 2005
“I have in my hands a winning team, one that won the last World Cup and will also win the next one,” said the coach. “Our players are the best on the planet and I am certain that we will return from Germany with another title. If Brazil were already favourites to lift the trophy for a sixth time going into 2005, then they will emerge from the year having strengthened their credentials as the team to beat. Despite a 3-1 loss to Argentina in June, the Sele??o recovered to finish top of the South American qualifying group and were able to avenge that result by inflicting a demoralising 4-1 defeat on their great rivals in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup. “There have been some important triumphs this year and I’m optimistic that in 2006, we’ll be able to live up to the high expectations that the group’s hard work has created… “Playing in the qualifiers forced the team to train hard, and we have players of great technical ability. Coach voices his concernsHowever, no sooner had Parreira predicted a sixth world crown for the Sele??o than he was warning against the complacency that could come with being such overwhelming favourites. “From now until June 2006, you’ll get tired of seeing interviews from all over the world in which people are considering Brazil the big favourites to win the World Cup. This will not bring us anything,” he advised, pointing to Brazil’s ill-fated campaigns of 1982 and 1998. Parreira’s concerns hinge on three key factors: a worry that his players will believe the hype that hails the holders as champions-in-waiting; Brazil’s perennial struggle to achieve FIFA World Cup success in Europe, a continent in which they have won just one of their five titles; and finally, the quality of the opposition. Despite the tutorial Brazil gave Argentina in the FIFA Confederations Cup final earlier this year and the Albiceleste’s recent loss to England in Geneva, Parreira still believes the biggest threat to their hopes will come from their South American neighbours. “If we look at value, I think our number one rivals are Argentina for next year’s World Cup.

WORLD CUP 2006: France thrills to Mexico fightbacks
noticias.info – Jan 11, 2005
The section was still wide open with the Netherlands, Mexico and Belgium vying for just two spots in the last 16. All would be decided in two nerve-wracking ties played simultaneously in Bordeaux and Marseille. El Tricolor and the Oranje, joint leaders on four points after both had beaten Korea Republic and drawn with Belgium, were left to battle it out against each other in their final game. The Red Devils, meanwhile, had already drawn against the top two and faced what looked like an easier fixture against bottom side Korea Republic… The task facing El Tri was made harder still when, just moments before kick-off, the Aztec God of rain, Tlaloc, made his presence felt. An almighty downpour swept across the province and did not let up for the entire first half. The conditions played right into the hands of the Europeans, who thrived in the wet with their fast, one-touch football. Mexico were made to suffer as they vainly tried to keep their shape and balance on the slippery surface. After four minutes the Netherlands translated their superiority into goals. A classic through-ball from Bergkamp allowed Cocu to outpace Duilio Davino and fire past Jorge Campos, who had slipped and lost his footing. For Mexico, it was the worst period of play of their entire tournament.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Scotland ready for San Siro…
BBC News – Jan 13, 2005
10,000 Scottish fans are expected to travel for what will be Walter Smith’s first match in charge. “I would always prefer to play this match in one of the bigger stadiums,” said Smith, who believes Scotland can still reach the 2006 finals in Germany. “Going to one of the world’s best stadiums will add to the occasion. It’s something to look forward to. ”

Meanwhile, Scotland will start next season with an away international friendly in Austria, on 17 August.

EMIRATES GIVES AWAY 100 FIFA WORLD CUP TICKETS TO SKYWARDS MEMBERS
noticias.info – Jan 11, 2005
?Skywards members earn tier miles on an annual basis whenever they fly with Emirates or SriLankan Airlines. Tier miles help members progress through the membership tiers from Blue to Silver and Gold and are earned at a rate of one tier mile per mile flown in Economy Class, one and a half tier miles per mile flown in Business and two tier miles per mile flown in First Class. Less than a year away, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany? is eagerly awaited by football fans who follow the sport in 123 countries around the world, and who will be cheering on their home teams in action-packed matches across Germany. * This offer is applicable only to members resident in the UAE, the GCC, the UK, Germany and Australia. datos de la noticia

Noticia n?:
114207

Fuente :
Emirates Airlines

Marca
Emirates Airlines

Ciudad:
Dubai

Pa?s:
Emiratos ?rabes Unidos

Agencia emisora:
(no informado)

Grupo.

Italy launch bid to host Euro 2012
go.com – Jan 12, 2005
‘With this bid, our prestige will be judged not only byItaly but by the whole of Europe. We will be more credible ifthere are moves to fight and beat the racism and violence thatwe have seen around soccer matches,’ Italian FootballAssociation (Federcalcio) chairman Franco Carraro said. Italy, which hosted the World Cup in 1990, won the EuropeanChampionship for the only time in 1968. The tournament has grown into a 16-team event, second onlyin size to the World Cup and worth millions of euros to the hostcountry in sponsorship, ticket sales and the boost to tourism. ‘We all know the importance of football in this country andItaly’s great soccer history,’ Undersecretary Gianni Letta tolda news conference. ‘We aim to win this race that would mean so much for oursport and for the cities that would host the championships. ‘Because we are a tourist country, we already have theroads, the trains, the airports necessary to handle this event.

Wembley verdict could be delayed until April
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 12, 2005
Early on, the Wembley project was driven by the campaign to host the 2006 World Cup with the final being played at Wembley. The World Cup went to Germany but, if the FA Cup final is held at Wembley in May, the FA will feel some pride has been retrieved.

ESPN.com – GOLF – Sobel: The next generation
ESPN – Jan 13, 2005
I always wanted to be known as doing stuff that no one ever thought of. I just want to push myself to the limit. I want to be known as [someone] that changed the world and changed how people think. ” –Michelle WieHONOLULU — Those words. Young, yet powerful. Haven’t we heard this before? From.

SABCnews.com – politics/government
SABC News – Jan 13, 2005
“Fifa intervened then on the side of those who fought for a democratic and non-racial SA. It made an important and enormous contribution to the freedom that we achieved today. “Blatter also revealed today that the 2010 World Cup will be more profitable than the 2006 event because of the huge business interest in this country. Blatter says the future of the World Cup in SA is guaranteed because of the international economic world heading this way. Blatter returns home to Switzerland tonight.

UEFA CUP: Frei seeks Rennes renaissance
noticias.info – Jan 12, 2005
“As a striker you just have to accept periods like this,” Frei said. “For some reason the ball’s not going in but I keep believing that my luck will change. International tensionThe former FC Basel 1893 frontrunner admits he was affected by Switzerland’s tense 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Frei had an opportunity to fire his country directly into the finals when he was played clean through in the closing stages of their qualifier in the Republic of Ireland, but saw his shot saved by Shay Given. ‘Immense pressure’He made amends, however, scoring a penalty and creating two goals against Turkey in the play-off. “Without the immense pressure of the World Cup campaign, I can focus more on scoring for Rennes,” he said. A fresh startFrei backed up those words by netting in the 4-1 win against Toulouse FC on 20 November, and B?l?ni hopes his talismanic marksman has made a fresh start.

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