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January 26, 2005

As Chelsea bails out on Umbro, FAI signs it up

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 Qualification: Asia – Saudi Arabia looking to bury the…
* Opinion: Germany’s Own Goal
* ESPNsoccernet – World – Few public tickets for ’06 World Cup
* As Chelsea bails out on Umbro, FAI signs it up
* RTÉ Sport: German referee in match fixing scandal
* Germany mulls border checks for World Cup
* Sport Briefs: No big changes for NASCAR
* China opts for local coach to replace Haan
* Proceeds From Saudi Soccer Team’s Matches for Tsunami Relief
* Referee scandal stuns Germany
* Sabina renovation will meet deadlines, contractor says
* AP, LONDONAP, FRANKFURT, GERMANYAP, LEEDS AND LONDON, ENGLAND
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods finally ends title drought
* Smith tries to heal young scars
* channel4.com – Football Italia
* Other Iran sport news in brief
* Radio Waves

World Cup 2006 Qualification: Asia – Saudi Arabia looking to bury the…
Squarefootball – Jan 23, 2005
Thirty-nine teams out of forty-four registered Asian countries dreamed of appearing in Germany in 2006. Bhutan, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines had no such dreams and declined to enter while Myanmar were not allowed and have to watch from the sidelines as eight teams remain and battle it out for Asia?s 4. 5 allocated places. The eight have been divided in two groups of four… The top two from each group automatically qualify while the two third-placed teams play-off. The winners of those two games will meet the fourth placed team from the CONCAFAF region for a final play-off. The leading lights of Asian football will be hoping to prove to the rest of the world that the continent?s success in 2002 wasn?t a fluke and that Asian football is a force to be reckoned with. Group One
Saudi Arabia
In contrast to the South Koreans, the Saudis will be hoping to prove to the world that 2002 was a fluke as the team lost all three games, including a humiliating 8-0 defeat at the hands of Germany. Qualification for the second stage was achieved impressively but the second stage will be much more of a challenge. 2004 saw the Saudis knocked out of the Asian Cup and Gulf Cups at the first round. Those two exits partly came about because of defeats inflicted by fellow qualifying hopefuls, Kuwait and Uzbekistan.

Opinion: Germany’s Own Goal
Deutsche Welle – Jan 23, 2005
Instead of showing off sleek Teutonic flair – like the logo in ’74 – the new one ended up a horrendous orgy of form and color. Rather than come up with something original, someone has thrown together a few vapid smiley faces in an attempt to grin the world into submission. Who created this masterpiece of dilettante design? Franz Beckenbauer’s 12-year-old niece?

One shutters to think what FIFA and the German Football Association shelled out for its amateur loveliness. Especially since Germany is chock full of creative graphic designers who could have come up with something better. So forget merchandizing revenue. This logo is so painful to look at, who in their right mind would buy a t-shirt with it emblazoned across the chest? You can almost hear foreign visitors in 2006: “That’s the best they could come up with? My God it’s true, the Germans really don’t have any taste. ” So much for shaking that image of being a land of mustard-colored blazers and mullets.

ESPNsoccernet – World – Few public tickets for ’06 World Cup
go.com – Jan 24, 2005
93 million tickets would beavailable for sale. But this would be reduced by the needs ofsponsors, 205 soccer federations that are members of soccer’s worldgoverning body and others. Participating nations get eight percent of the tickets for each of their matches, while national associations, tournament sponsors, media, VIPs and the so-called German Football Family are offered the rest of thetickets, with any unused tickets from those groups to go back onpublic sale. The actual number of tickets available to the public will belimited to about 1. “We are going to have some disappointed people,” organizingcommittee president Franz Beckenbauer said. “There’s no way ofavoiding that… “That was veryfrustrating. “We want to create an opportunity to return tickets so thatthey can be ploughed back into sales. “The World Cup finals, featuring 32 teams, kick off on June9, 2006. Germany, who automatically qualifies as the host, is theonly nation certain of taking part. Tickets range from $46 to $784. Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

As Chelsea bails out on Umbro, FAI signs it up
Irish Independent – Jan 23, 2005
Umbro lost out in that one too. ******** ADIDAS-Salomon AG, the world’s second-biggest sporting goods company is to pony up a staggering $351m (€267m) to Fifa for sponsorship rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. Adidas, which is also helping bankroll the Germany 2006 World Cup, will be main supplier and licencee of the competitions. It seems a lot, especially considering the 1982 World Cup in Spain brought in a total of $19m in sponsorship. As one could imagine, Fifa is certainly suggesting that it mightn’t be such a wild punt after all. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa has already attracted more marketing and television attention than the upcoming German tournament, according to Fifa supremo Sepp Blatter. Adidas expects to boost its share of the global football equipment market to 35 per cent, following heavy exposure at the 2004 European championships… As one could imagine, Fifa is certainly suggesting that it mightn’t be such a wild punt after all. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa has already attracted more marketing and television attention than the upcoming German tournament, according to Fifa supremo Sepp Blatter. Adidas expects to boost its share of the global football equipment market to 35 per cent, following heavy exposure at the 2004 European championships. Adidas says it will have sold about €900m worth of football gear in 2004 and forecasts that football sales will rise to €1bn in 2006. ******** THE Heineken Cup competition is certainly bringing in the punters, setting new attendance records for the pool games in what is club rugby’s top European competition. Some 630,810 fans went through the turnstiles in the pool stages, about 40,000 more than last season. Nearly 120,000 ticket holders turned up for the final round of pool matches, smashing earlier records.

RTÉ Sport: German referee in match fixing scandal
rte.ie – Jan 23, 2005
Referee Robert Hoyzer, who according to the DFB has denied the allegations, is suspected of betting on the first round German Cup tie between first division Hamburg SV and regional league side SC Paderborn last August. Hamburg took a 2-0 lead but went on to lose 4-2 after Hoyzer sent off striker Emile Mpenza in the first half for insulting him and awarded two penalties to the regional league side. The DFB, breaking news of their suspicions in a statement released on Saturday evening, said they were also looking into other matches Hoyzer had refereed. The 25-year-old Hoyzer, who did not referee any first division matches, resigned on Friday night, the DFB said… The DFB, breaking news of their suspicions in a statement released on Saturday evening, said they were also looking into other matches Hoyzer had refereed. The 25-year-old Hoyzer, who did not referee any first division matches, resigned on Friday night, the DFB said. The scandal threatens to overshadow the announcement on Monday of ticket sales procedures for the 2006 World Cup, which Germany is hosting. The DFB called an emergency meeting on Monday and said they would look to complete their investigation as soon as possible. “It is always the obligation of the board of control to reach their conclusions swiftly, particularly in so stressful a case,” board president Horst Hilpert told German sports news agency SID on Sunday. DFB spokesman Harald Stenger added: “We will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. ”
Hamburg SV said they would consider legal action if their suspicions were confirmed.

Germany mulls border checks for World Cup
Expatica – Jan 25, 2005
Schily said the government might impose regular border security checks for a period to coincide with the tournament from 9 June to 9 July next year. Germany is party to the Schengen Treaty in which internal border checks have been abolished in all pre-enlargement European Union member states except for Britain and Ireland. The Schengen area also includes non-EU members Norway and Iceland. Schily said security authorities would be braced for all potential danger before and during the World Cup.

Sport Briefs: No big changes for NASCAR
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Jan 25, 2005
In resisting the urge to tinker with the system, NASCAR will begin the season without any major changes for the first time in four years. Golf

Whistling Straits, the links-styled course along the shores of Lake Michigan that played host to the PGA Championship last year will get golf’s fourth major in 2010 and 2015, along with the Ryder Cup in 2020. Football

Maurice Clarett hasn’t played a football game in more than two years. Apparently, he still qualifies as an all-star. Clarett will join seven other NFL prospects in the College Football All-Star Challenge. The field also features 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White, Michigan star receiver Braylon Edwards and California quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The challenge takes place Jan… It’s the second consecutive week and the third time this season that Houston has been recognized by the conference. Former Connecticut standout Rebecca Lobo holds the league record for most freshman and rookie of the week honors in a season with seven in 1991-92. Soccer

Only about one-third of the seats for the 2006 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, will be available to the public. Organizers said about 2. 93 million tickets would be available for sale. But this would be reduced by the needs of sponsors, 205 soccer federations that are members of soccer’s world governing body and others. The actual number of tickets available to the public will be limited to about 1.

China opts for local coach to replace Haan
People's Daily Online – Jan 23, 2005
“The head coach post is to be assumed by a local coach, while a foreign coach will serve as the technical director,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying. Haan departed after the team’s early exit from the 2006 World Cup Asian qualifiers. Xinhua said the decision not to appoint another foreign coach reflected the sports authorities’ disappointment at the capabilities of overseas hires. Dutch coach Haan took over the Chinese team in December 2002 and led them to the finals of the Asian Cup last year, but his failure to steer them to the World Cup finals was seen as a bitter pill to swallow. Zhu, who led Shenzhen Jianlibao to the title of the inaugural Chinese Super League last season, is tipped to take over the vacant post. “Zhu is a very capable coach, but he is just one of the candidates,” said Yang.

Proceeds From Saudi Soccer Team’s Matches for Tsunami Relief
Arab News – Jan 24, 2005
The matches will be held in the Kingdom and participants include the national teams of Kuwait, Uzbekistan and South Korea. Mohammed ibn Hammam Al-Abdullah, president of the Asian Football Confederation, thanked Prince Sultan for the noble gesture. Al-Abdullah said that the new gesture follows Prince Nawaf ibn Faisal?s announcement of an SR1 million donation by Saudi sportsmen for the tsunami victims as well as the contribution of $500,000 for Palestinian sports. Earlier, Saudi Arabia had announced $30 million worth of assistance to the countries devastated by the tsunami catastrophe in South Asia together with over $80 million realized from the telethon.

Referee scandal stuns Germany
Daily Express – Jan 25, 2005
Referee Robert Hoyzer, who according to the DFB has denied the allegations, is suspected of betting on the first round German Cup tie between first division Hamburg SV and regional league side SC Paderborn last August. DFB joint-president Theo Zwanziger said on Sunday that there was also evidence of manipulation of other games involving the 25-year-old Hoyzer, who resigned on Friday. “Since Friday we have had evidence that he rigged games,” Zwanziger said on German television station ARD. The match at the centre of the allegations is Hamburg’s Cup defeat by Paderborn on August 21, 2004… “I always hoped that football was clean but you have to doubt that now. ”
Germany was rocked by a massive corruption scandal in 1971, with sanctions eventually imposed on 53 players, two coaches, six officials and the clubs Arminia Bielefeld and Kickers Offenbach. The current scandal threatens to overshadow the announcement on Monday of ticket sales procedures for the 2006 World Cup, which Germany is hosting. The DFB called an emergency meeting on Monday and said they would look to complete their investigation as soon as possible. “It is always the obligation of the board of control to reach their conclusions swiftly, particularly in so stressful a case,” board president Horst Hilpert told German sports news agency SID on Sunday. DFB spokesman Harald Stenger added: “We will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. ”
Hamburg SV said they would consider legal action if their suspicions were confirmed.

Sabina renovation will meet deadlines, contractor says
Jamaica Observer – Jan 23, 2005
” Of immediate concern, is the field which must be dug up, completely overhauled – with a new irrigation and sub surface drainage system – and resurfaced, before the arrival of the South Africans for a one-day international against the West Indies in early May. Upgrading of the field is part of phase one of the renovation project, which will begin tomorrow with demolition and remodelling work in the George Headley Stand. The field has been sub-contracted to Gregori International, the same firm that improved the National Stadium’s football field to international standard. Dr Wayne Reid, chairman of Jamaica Cricket 2007 – set up to facilitate the Jamaica leg of the World Cup – told the Sunday Observer that while not all the work in the George Headley Stand will be completed before early May, the important things, including the field, will be. “I am not unduly worried at all, the work that we have to do between now and the match (one-day international) we think we can handle it… a major exercise”, but he too sounded confident that deadline targets will be met. The well over 100 year-old Sabina Park will host seven World Cup games including the tournament opener and a semi-final, with the West Indies set to play all their first round games there. The World Cup’s opening ceremony will also be held in Jamaica – at a new stadium to be built in northern Trelawny. When the Sabina project is completed in 18 months’ time, the 16,700 permanent seats will include 100 private, luxury boxes – up from the current 70. An additional 4,000 temporary seats will be installed for the World Cup to take the capacity to 20,700. Phase one, starting tomorrow, will include conversion of the parking area below the George Headley Stand to a new spectator concourse.

AP, LONDONAP, FRANKFURT, GERMANYAP, LEEDS AND LONDON, ENGLAND
Taipei Times – Jan 23, 2005
The Gunners are 10 points behind the Blues, but Wenger said he had not given up hope of retaining the title. “I am not at that point,” he said. “I can understand the thinking from outside but football doesn’t work like that. I just feel we have to take the Chelsea situation as a challenge. “OK, they are playing well, they are winning games. Let’s make it as tough as we can for them and get the best out of us. Let’s go as close as we can and, you never know… “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to get the club back to where it belongs in the Premiership and with the help of the fans, who have stuck by the club through thick and thin, we are going to do everything in our power to ensure that happens. ”
Bates said he would retain Kevin Blackwell as manager. Beckham and England
Sven-Goran Eriksson left no doubt Friday about picking David Beckham on his team as England attempts to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder has been in a slump at the Spanish club, and some have suggested his place on the right side of the England midfield should be taken by Man City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips. “Of course David is part of my plans,” Eriksson said. “He’s captain, he’s playing regularly for Real Madrid and that’s not bad. “He’s criticized when he’s not the best man on the pitch, but he is our captain and he will be picked for sure.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Woods finally ends title drought
BBC News – Jan 24, 2005
Britain’s Luke Donald carded a fourth-round 73 and ended on 13 under with Tom Lehman and Charles Howell III. European Ryder Cup skipper Bernhard Langer was tied fifth on 11 under while Vijay Singh was 24th on five under. The 29-year-old Woods, seeking to regain the world number one ranking from Singh, only overtook joint-overnight leader Lehman on the penultimate hole after Lehman fired an approach shot into a bunker. Woods sealed his victory with a birdie at the last to secure his first PGA Tour strokeplay title since the American Express Championship in October 2003. Woods prevailed in the Target World Challenge, which he hosts, in December and won in Japan in November. “It feels great,” said Woods, who played 31 holes in total on Sunday after the third round was delayed because of fog. “The start I got off to wasn’t very good, but I hung in there… ”

But while Woods celebrated his slump coming to an end, Lehman was left to ponder his continuing drought. The 2006 Ryder Cup captain has not secured a tour win in five years. “I’m disappointed,” Lehman said. “I really felt it was a great chance for me. “I don’t get many chances to play in the final group with Tiger Woods and for 30 holes I held my own. I had felt confident.

Smith tries to heal young scars
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 25, 2005
He also made it clear that he does not intend to emulate the discredited tactic of his predecessor, Berti Vogts, whose random trying and discarding of young players left several promising talents with scars which have yet to heal. Smith, cautious but not defensive and compassionate without being soft, promised to nurture the nation’s emerging talent with care… ” Smith’s assistant, Tommy Burns, elected to draw a comparison between the impact new manager Tony Mowbray has made at Easter Road this season and the positive contribution Smith may make to the national side. “There you have an untried young manager taking over a club and you can see how quickly he’s turned things round,” said Burns. “Hibs play a good technical style of football and more and more fans are turning up to watch them. “The crowd gets behind them and that breeds confidence in the team – that’s what we need. “More immediately, Livingston, who have taken only one point from five outings, attempt to improve on that dismal record when they entertain Hearts at Almondvale tonight. Victory would lift Livingston from the foot of the table but Hearts need the three points to revive their dwindling hopes of a UEFA Cup slot. Home manager Richard Gough strengthened his squad by signing Middlesbrough’s former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson on loan.

channel4.com – Football Italia
Channel 4 News – Jan 24, 2005
He is now not only Serie A’s highest scorer but has gone clear at the top of the European rankings. If the diminutive striker continues in this vein, Monty could win UEFA’s Golden Boot at the end of the season. No wonder he’s already dreaming of World Cup glory in 2006. But Italy boss Marcello Lippi wouldn’t have only been impressed with Montella last night. Antonio Cassano seems to have finally settled down again following a rather troubled start to the season. The former Bari starlet is again putting in the performances that forced him into Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2004 plans. There is no way that Lippi can afford to ignore this talent.

Other Iran sport news in brief
IranMania News – Jan 24, 2005
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LONDON, Jan 24 (IranMania)- The Azad University two-man cycling squad of Iran cycled 45 countries in a symbolic move to express Iran?s interest ?in peace and friendship?. – Iranian nationals residing in Germany expressed joy that Fereydoun Zandi is to join Iran?s national team by sending emails to Zandi?s website. – The technical manager of Brazil?s Sao Paolo football team currently in Khuzestan, southern Iran said that in Brazil Iran?s football is known by the name of Ali Daei. The Brazilian team is in Iran for the international ?Dehdari? Tournament. – Iranian Vahid Hashemian will play for Germany?s Bayern Munich on Sunday in a game against Hertha Berlin. On Monday he will be back in Iran to take part in the national team?s training sessions. – Iran?s Foulad Khuzestan is to leave for the UAE to hold a training camp in Dubai… – Three selected Iranian referees, Masoud Moradi, Hedayatollah Mombini and Mohsen Ghahremani will head for Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday to take part in the Asian Football Confederation?s courses scheduled for January 26th. – Iran?s embassy in Bahrain has promised to provide the Iranian national team with the best accommodation facilities in Manama. The team is to play with Bahrain as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. The national team players and staff believe that the poor lodging and food quality played a serious role in Iran?s defeat by Bahrain three years ago. – Iranian football team of Malavan Bandar Anzali was fined 100,000 toman ($113) following its fans misbehavior in the Sabab Battery-Malavan December 31st game. – Iranian Ali Karimi is to play for UAE?s Al-Ahli on January 30th and since the Iranian star has played a decisive role in Al-Ahli?s recent games, the club may not let him join Iran?s national team for the upcoming friendly with Bosnia.

Radio Waves
San Francisco Chronicle – Jan 23, 2005
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