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* The Star Online eCentral – Malaysia Entertainment
* World Cup screens to be erected across Germany
* MPs’ bid support is not unconditional
* News in brief | News | Football | Sport | Telegraph
* China opts for local coach for national soccer team
* IKEDDY’S INSIDE OUT:If Not Odegbami?
* Maradona comes up for air
* Fuller: Ja’s failed World Cup bid big disappointment
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* No crack in ice impasse
* SOCCER: Gerrard optimistic about 2006
* Stuttgart interested in Lehmann

The Star Online eCentral – Malaysia Entertainment
Malaysia Star – Jan 20, 2005
Astro also announced that it had acquired the broadcasting, radio and mobile rights to the 2006 FIFA World Cup championship. This spells good news for subscribers who will be able to catch all 64 matches of the World Cup live, which will be held in Germany from June 9 to July 9, 2006. Even better news for subscribers is that there will be no pay-per-view for the World Cup 2006 matches and no additional subscription charges to the three new sports channels. And as a build-up to the World Cup, Astro has already started screening the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and will be bringing more football action with the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup live from Germany from June 16 to 29. It looks like football fans will have a lot to look forward to, as Goal TV, the dedicated football channel, will be offering 24-hour coverage and over 200 hours of football programming a week. On top of it, Goal TV is separated into two channels, Goal TV 1 and 2, and will be bringing the top four English Premier League (EPL) club channels. They are, in no particular order, Manchester United TV, Chelsea TV, Liverpool TV and Arsenal TV.

World Cup screens to be erected across Germany
Expatica – Jan 20, 2005
Infront said in a statement at its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, that it had come to an agreement with the ruling body FIFA to allow public viewing free of charge not only in the 12 World Cup host cities, but in the entire country. “There will be no license fee charged for any non-commercial public viewing events across Germany,” Infront said in a statement. “This would include non-commercial activities conducted by cities, communities, schools, churches, local clubs and bars, ensuring the widest range of viewing opportunities.

MPs’ bid support is not unconditional
Independent Online – Jan 20, 2005
On Wednesday there were two men on the SA Rugby delegation who were closely involved in that victorious World Cup – Pienaar and Edward Griffiths. Griffiths, who was chief executive of the SA Rugby Football Union at the time, masterminded the “one team, one nation” campaign. He has also written the bid books for Cape Town’s 2004 Olympic bid and South Africa’s two soccer World Cup bids of 2006 and the successful 2010 one. He has been assigned to do the same for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The recent disharmony in South Africa is expected to have little, if any, influence on South Africa’s bid, even though the minister of sport, Makhenkesi Stofile, was involved in the row. Stofile’s brother, Mike, who is the third most senior official in the SA Rugby Union, accused the body of marginalising him and took out his wrath on deputy president Andre Markgraaff. Mike Stofile’s accusations prompted his brother to become involved.

News in brief | News | Football | Sport | Telegraph – Jan 22, 2005
“I’ve left messages on Arsene Wenger’s answering machine saying that we fully respect his decision,” said Klinsmann. “I wouldn’t ever second guess another coach. It’s none of my business. His priority is Arsenal… “He needs to be on the pitch for the rhythm of that World Cup season, to be able to deal with the ups and downs of the season. ” Thomas on mendFormer England midfielder Geoff Thomas is in remission from leukaemia, having first been diagnosed in July 2003 after a career spanning 550 games. A statement from Crystal Palace, one of his seven former clubs, read: “After a very tough past 12 months, everyone connected with Crystal Palace FC wishes Geoff well on his road to full recovery. “Merry McLeish Rangers manager Alex McLeish has not been shy in talking up Sotirios Kyrgiakos, his new signing from Panathinaikos. “I think he has all the hallmarks of being a top centre-half in the UK.

China opts for local coach for national soccer team
People's Daily Online – Jan 20, 2005
Two years after its first World Cup appearance, China’s failure to qualify for the 2006 finals was a bitter pill to swallow, particularly after Hann had led the team to the runner-up of the 2004 Asian Cup. According to Yang, a combination of five local and two foreign coaches will carry on the hopes of raising the standard of Chinese football. “The head coach post is to be assumed by a local coach, while a foreign coach will serve as the technical director,” he said. Zhu Guanghu, who led Shenzhen Jianlibao to the title of the inaugural Chinese Super League last season, is tipped a hot favorite for the vacant post. Yang was reluctant to reveal how the selection of a head coach is going on, only saying “Zhu is a very capable coach, but he is one of the candidates.

Vanguard – Jan 22, 2005
As we wrangle the Super Eagles would recommence the World Cup qualifiers in March. It is an away game. The qualifiers are essential for a place in the World Cup in Germany 2006. There are also preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. We look forward to the elections into the associations and the controversies they elicit. 2006 could meet us battling these matters. Congrats, Siasia’s Boys SAMSON Siasia has qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship.

Maradona comes up for air – – Jan 21, 2005
I would love to be a manager, but my name comes with baggage. Many people would say I’m not qualified and I would have to prove myself on the field. I would be very honoured if someone called me to be a top coach in the future. com: Will you be going to the 2006 World Cup?Maradona: I certainly hope to be in Germany next year and I think Argentina are the favourites. And not just because they’re my team. They won the Olympics and have a lot of good young players.

Fuller: Ja’s failed World Cup bid big disappointment
Jamaica Observer – Jan 22, 2005

The Reggae Boyz became the first English-speaking Caribbean team to reach a World Cup final when they achieved the feat in France,1998, and were hoping to mirror that performance for next year’s event. Now Fuller says he hopes the disappointment of not reaching Germany would not hinder the progress of the sport in Jamaica. “Since 1998, football in Jamaica has grown organisation wise, but it is a small country; there’s only 2. 5 million people on the island, so to achieve what we have so far is incredible. Hopefully we can keep it going and not let the disappointment stop us. Talk Back

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Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 21, 2005
As manager of the Luz stadium that hosted the Euro 2004 final in Lisbon, Jitesse Arquissandas has first-hand knowledge of the pitfalls World Cup organisers in Germany are likely to face. ?The worst people in the stadium are the VIPs,? Arquissandas warned the country?s soccer community during a technology and security forum held at the World Cup stadium in Hamburg, one of the 12 host cities for the tournament. ?You send an invitation to a president, the president brings his son and there?s no way anyone?s going to stop him. We have to tell everyone that they must accredit ? everyone.

No crack in ice impasse
San Diego Union Tribune – Jan 21, 2005
Six current and former South Carolina football players were charged with stealing $18,000 worth of equipment from Williams-Brice Stadium shortly after the Gamecocks learned they would not go to a bowl as punishment for an on-field brawl with Clemson. Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady is being sued by a man who had the tip of his nose bitten off by the player's Rottweiler last year… Sam Houston State hired Tarleton State coach Todd Whitten to be its new head coach. Winter sportsTanja Poutiainen of Finland took over the lead in the World Cup standings after winning a slalom race in Sljeme, Croatia. Poutiainen finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 50. 71 seconds to edge American Kristina Koznick by.

SOCCER: Gerrard optimistic about 2006
U.TV – UTV – Jan 20, 2005
Since shaking off the injury problems which blighted his early career, Gerrard has fulfilled his potential to become arguably the most important cog in Sven-Goran Eriksson`s England wheel. And the roving midfielder believes world football`s nearly-men can go all the way next year… “Portugal were the hosts and they played well on the night, and unfortunately we lost out on a penalty shoot-out. “The lads were disappointed with how we played in that last eight game because we feel as if we could`ve done a lot better. “Despite his vast experience in the game Gerrard has never represented England in a World Cup, missing the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan through injury. He explained: “It hurt really bad, probably one of the lows of my career, being injured for that. “I was desperate to go. I`ve had a bit of a bad time with injuries as far as the international set-up is concerned and I`d like to put that right. “I was a bit hot and cold in Portugal too, so I`m looking to make amends in 2006.

Stuttgart interested in Lehmann
BBC News – Jan 20, 2005
Stuttgart president Erwin Staudt said: “Jens Lehmann is a topic for us as we’re thinking about how to continue when Hildebrand leaves. Staudt added: “I’m sure that Mathias Sammer knows Jens Lehmann like no other person. ”

Lehmann has been warned by Germany national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he needs to be playing regular football next season to win a spot in the 2006 World Cup squad. Stuttgart’s interest comes after Lehmann reiterated his desire to remain at Highbury and displace Manuel Almunia in the Arsenal first team. Lehmann’s current deal runs until 2006, and he told German TV: “I want to fulfil my contract. “I will keep fighting and try to win my place back. It is very, very likely I will stay with Arsenal for a long time.

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