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February 1, 2005

4TH AFRICAN FOOTBALL AWARDS: Okocha, Enyimba, Obafemi Lead The Race

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The News Review:

* German match-rigging overshadows World Cup
* World Cup desire flares in N. Korea
* FA agrees to look at spring break
* 4TH AFRICAN FOOTBALL AWARDS: Okocha, Enyimba, Obafemi Lead The Race
* Opinion: A Shadow Over German Soccer
* ESPN.com – OLY – Bloom collects second World Cup moguls win
* English FA boost for Kerr
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Ugly side of the beautiful…
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* FOCUS ON AFRICA’S WORLD CUP CAMPAIGNERS: Dujkovic Comes With Fresh…
* Under-20 Boyz knocked out of contention
* German Soccer Club Suspends Its Captain Amid Match-Fix Probe
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Dougherty secures Singapore title
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Emergency operation for Coltart
* BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Snooker | Stevens curtails unwelcome record

German match-rigging overshadows World Cup
Expatica – Jan 31, 2005
The affair involving at least one referee and possibly other match officials as well as lower league players has damaged the once impeccable reputation of German football. But all parties involved hope that the dark clouds will be gone when the German team kicks off the World Cup on June 9, 2006, in Munich. “I believe the World Cup will be a success. We will not have this ugly incident deter us,” said interior minister Otto Schily in a talk show on ARD television on Sunday night… Schmidt said in a press release. At least another 300,000 will later become available on the free market until 15 January 2006. Of the other tickets, 347,000 are for the hospitality programme, 468,000 for the 31 qualified teams apart from Germany, 191,000 for the international football family, 389,000 for the German football family and 550,000 for FIFA and German World Cup sponsors. The average fan can, however, hope to get hold of these tickets as well, as each team playing gets a 4 per cent share per match. In addition, sponsors have indicated that around two thirds of their tickets will go to fans as well via lotteries. Coca-Cola, for instance, one of 15 FIFA sponsors who have paid 40 million euros for their exclusive World Cup rights, plan to distribute 8,000 of their tickets among the fans. “We want to allow the fans to witness the World Cup from very close,” said Coca-Cola World Cup manager Peter Rettig.

World Cup desire flares in N. Korea
Hindu – Jan 31, 2005
For years the two nations have been volleying barbs at each other — North Korea condemning and seeking compensation for Japan’s brutal colonial rule in 1910-1945, and Japan demanding the repatriation of citizens kidnapped to the communist state. “I used to tell the players that we should beat Japan no matter what,” Yoon Myung Chan, who coached the North Korean team in the early 1990s before defecting to South Korea in 1999, told South Korean media last week. Long before Japan and South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup tournament, the North Korean were Asia’s first football superstars. They routed Italy 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals at London in 1966 and took a three-goal lead before crumbling 5-3 to Portugal. North Korea maintained a powerful presence in Asian soccer in the ensuing years, although it never made it to the World Cup finals again. It disappeared from international soccer in the mid-1990s when their country engaged in a tightrope confrontation with the United States over its nuclear weapons program. South Korea’s amazing success in reaching the semifinals in 2002 — thus surpassing North Korea’s 36-year-old benchmark — stirred the North Korean leaders.

FA agrees to look at spring break
BBC News – Jan 29, 2005
Eriksson wants more time with his squad if they reach the finals in Germany. A working group will now investigate a handful of possible ways to find enough time within the hectic fixture list. The FA might scrap FA Cup sixth round replays or asking the Football League to do away with the two-legged semi-finals in the Carling Cup. The Premiership is scheduled to end next season on 13 May, the date on which Fifa wants all domestic leagues to finish ahead of the 2006 World Cup, which starts four weeks later on 9 June.

4TH AFRICAN FOOTBALL AWARDS: Okocha, Enyimba, Obafemi Lead The Race
Vanguard – Jan 29, 2005
The full list of awards and nominees was released by CAF on Monday, with the African Player of the Year nominations skimmed to four from the original five that had Okocha, reigning king, Samuel Eto’O Fils of Cameroon, Benedict McCarthy of South Africa, Didier Drogba of Cote d’Ivoire and Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor. While Nigerians were angry that he did not win at the 3rd Awards in Yaounde on April 30 last year, it could be rationalized that most people did not understand that the awards were for the Year 2003. Last year, very few people would dispute that Okocha was the best player on the continent… Obafemi Martins, who won the Youth Player of the Year at the Yaoundeawards, is sure to retain his crown after a great run of form this season, in which he has scored 11 goals in all competitions for Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A and has been the club’s saviour most of the time. He has also since the last awards found his way into the Nigerian senior team, which he previously shunned. Enyimba FC, which became the first club in 36 years to retain the Champions League (going back to when it was Champions Cup) will be leading candidate for Club of the Year, which they also won last year. Traditionally, the club that wins the Champions League gets the award, and Enyimba also added the Super Cup last year. They play Hearts of Oak in this year’s Super Cup, which is fixed for February 20 in Aba. Enyimba’s Coach Okey Emordi should get the award of Coach of the Year (as Kadiri Ikhana did last year)The Team of the Year award should go to Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles, who won their first African Nations Cup title on home soil in February, while Vincent Enyeama is candidate for the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Opinion: A Shadow Over German Soccer
Deutsche Welle – Jan 29, 2005
At best, German soccer, which has undeniably had its moments, was considered ‘workmanlike’ and efficient. That reputation of being hardworking and straightforward extended to German referees, which have been held in high standing internationally. German Football Association (DFB) ref Markus Merk was even voted the world’s best in 2004, exemplifying how fair and impartial German officials were thought to be. Though Dr Merk’s integrity may be beyond doubt, the same unfortunately can’t be said for some of his colleagues. Scandal on the pitch… Betting on fixed matches is, of course, nothing new and German soccer officials can do little against someone determinedly willing to manipulate the results for their own financial gain. But the incident couldn’t have come at a worse time. Germany is gearing up to hold the 2006 World Cup. Any sleaze that sticks to the DFB could end up tarnishing the tournament 17 months from now. There were already grumblings when Germany won the right to host the World Cup that there were backroom FIFA dealings that eventually torpedoed the chances of frontrunner South Africa. Germany’s reputation

And if German soccer doesn’t have the reputation of being professional and fair, what does it have? Marketing-wise the Bundesliga certainly can’t compete with England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A or Spain’s La Liga. Beyond the lacking star power, Germany’s top league suffers from the same preconceptions that haunt the national team: namely that German soccer isn’t offensive enough and there aren’t enough goals.

ESPN.com – OLY – Bloom collects second World Cup moguls win
ESPN – Jan 30, 2005
The only American to make it past the quarterfinals in the dualmoguls Saturday, Bloom swept through to win his second World Cupevent in three days and give the U. team all three men’s titles. Bloom, who led a U… So obviously I carried the weight of that on myshoulder,” Bloom said. “But I wouldn’t want it any other way. Bloom, the former University of Colorado receiver who gave upfootball to concentrate on skiing and the 2006 Olympics, camethrough for the home crowd. Bloom was clean off both kickers, with a 720-degree “ironcross,” on the first and a quad twist off the second — twistinghis skis four times high in the air and thrilling the crowd. Begg-Smith finished slightly ahead, but the time difference wasn’tenough to make up for a slip at the top of the course by theAustralian, giving Bloom a 24-11 win on points. “I saw him blow out in the middle. I actually slowed down,”Bloom said.

English FA boost for Kerr
Irish Independent – Jan 30, 2005
An FA working group is now investigating a handful of possible ways to find enough time within the hectic fixture schedule. These could include scrapping FA Cup sixth round replays, asking the Football League to do away with the two-legged semi-finals in the Carling Cup or moving the FA Cup final before the end of the Premiership season. The Premiership is scheduled to end next season on May 13, the date on which FIFA are requiring all domestic leagues to finish ahead of the 2006 World Cup, which starts four weeks later on June 9. However, while the Champions League final will be on May 17, the FA were also given permission to hold the FA Cup final – the first competitive game at the new Wembley – on May 20. Melchiot not fazed by wing wizards MARIO MELCHIOT will make a sentimental return to Stamford Bridge today in Birmingham’s FA Cup fourth round clash against Chelsea (4. 0) and could have his work cut out to deal with the wide threat of Arjen Robben and Damien Duff. However, the Dutchman insists that he will lose no sleep over that daunting prospect.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Ugly side of the beautiful…
BBC News – Jan 30, 2005
In Colombia the home crowd staged a near-riot as their team took on Chile in the South American Under-20 Championships. Two goals down after six minutes, the hosts launched a comeback that was a little too exciting for some of their supporters in the stadium in Armenia. If throwing bottles at the opposing bench was an Olympic event then Colombia could be sure of increasing its medal tally. One of Chile’s substitutes was laid out by a direct hit.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Jan 29, 2005
(The Sun) Pompey keeper Shaka Hislop wants to join his former boss Redknapp at St Mary’s Stadium. (The Sun) Edu criticises Arsenal for dragging their heels over his transfer to Valencia. (Various)Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists the Premiership and FA Cup double is still within the club’s reach, (Daily Mirror) – but according to the Daily Express he admits his side are in a ‘desperate position’ in the league. And staying at Highbury, Wenger will not be offering Jermaine Pennant a new deal at the end of the season but vows to stand by the England Under-21 during his latest court ordeal. (Daily Mail)Liverpool striker Milan Baros denies he is poised to join Italian club Fiorentina. (Daily Mail)Chelsea’s accounts to be released on Monday will show the club were ?60m in the red last season – ‘the biggest financial loss in football history’ says the Daily Express. Tottenham have signed Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini on loan with a view to a permanent ?3m switch in the summer and plan several more signings ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

FOCUS ON AFRICA’S WORLD CUP CAMPAIGNERS: Dujkovic Comes With Fresh…
Vanguard – Jan 29, 2005
For Ghanaian football fans, it is inconceivable that their national team has never been to football’s biggest spectacle. But that is the truth. And after more than five coaches in two years, the average ball fan simply lost hope in the ability of the present corp to put in place the right pegs that would ensure Ghana landed in Germany in 2006. The fact that the qualifying campaigns have been lumped together with those of the African Nations Cup this time, making it much tougher. After winning the African Nations Cup four times ( a record they share with Cameroon and Egypt), Ghana are tired of playing in the continental showpiece… After winning the African Nations Cup four times ( a record they share with Cameroon and Egypt), Ghana are tired of playing in the continental showpiece. What the people want, and where they want to see their team, is the World Cup finals. A ticket to the World Cup has become even more difficult to earn, with only one team out of six in each of the five African qualifying groups to make it to Germany. Coming tops among six teams is not something you can achieve if you don’t start your race well. And Ghana sure failed to start the campaign well last year. Travelling to nearby Ouagadougou, the Black Stars fluffed a golden opportunity to pick three points at the block, falling 1-0 to the Etalons. It was a silly conduct, and Portuguese coach, Mariano Barreto’s excuses did not wash with the ball fans back at home.

Under-20 Boyz knocked out of contention
Jamaica Gleaner – Jan 30, 2005
Although still with a game in hand against Canada this evening in Honduras, the young Reggae Boyz are yet to get a point after two games, making it impossible for them to advance from the four-team group to the Netherlands. Canada, with six points, have already booked a place in the World Championships while Mexico and Honduras, with three points apiece, will play tonight for the group’s final berth. The Jamaicans went down 4-3 to the hosts in their first game on Wednesday night and were edged 1-0 by Mexico on Friday evening. National coach Wendell Downswell, like many, saw the Under-20s’ qualification as a key factor in resuscitating football in Jamaica… National coach Wendell Downswell, like many, saw the Under-20s’ qualification as a key factor in resuscitating football in Jamaica. Following the disappointment of the senior Reggae Boyz who failed to qualify for Germany 2006, Downswell said it was important for the young Boyz to repeat the feat they first accomplished in 2001. “The fact that our train has been derailed (World Cup), we know that the Caribbean Cup and the Under-20s will have to restore the pride,” Downswell told The Gleaner on January 7. YOUNG PLAYERSIn the run-up to the last hurdle, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) took the bold decision to include a host of young players in the senior national squad in order for them to gain the experience of playing top-level football. Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, midfielders Akeem Pristley and Mario Harrison, defender Jermaine Taylor and strikers Luton Shelton and Richard West were all given a look at top-flight international football. Added to this, the JFF enlisted a group of psychologists to help the players work on the mental side of the game. Downswell’s boys also had some impressive results leading into the qualifiers, the most noteworthy among them being a 2-1 win over a full strength Tivoli Gardens and a 5-0 whipping of Haiti last weekend.

German Soccer Club Suspends Its Captain Amid Match-Fix Probe
Bloomberg – Jan 31, 2005
The match was refereed by Robert Hoyzer, who confessed Jan. 27 that he helped fix games on which he'd gambled, an admissionthat has led to an investigation into a number of other matchesthat may have been rigged. The probe comes in the year beforeGermany is scheduled to host the 2006 World Cup. Paderborn's Dutch captain passed the money on to histeammates after the German Cup match, in which Paderborn trailed0-2 before upsetting Hamburg 4-2 with the help of two penaltykicks. Hamburg player Emile Mpenza was sent off for insulting thereferee. German Interior Minister Otto Schily has called for toughsanctions against referees and players found guilty of match-rigging. “The toughest penalties have to apply to theculprits,'' Schily said in German newspaper Welt am Sonntagyesterday.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Dougherty secures Singapore title
BBC News – Jan 30, 2005
“It was an impressive effort from Nick and he deserves his win and all good luck to him,” Montgomerie said. “It was never going to be my day and when the ruling happened on the 16th, I knew that was going to be the case. ”

Liverpool’s Dougherty was taken under Faldo’s wing when the former world number one spotted him at one of his junior coaching clinics. Dougherty went on to become a key member of the victorious 2001 GB&I Walker Cup team and turned professional the following week. He was forced to go to Tour School at the end of the season but in his first full year on Tour in 2002 he finished 36th on the Order of Merit, winning the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. His 2003 season was hampered by glandular fever but he finished 60th in Europe before slipping back to 97th in 2004.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Jan 30, 2005
Michael Grunwald, a spokesman for state prosecutors in Berlin, said four premises had been searched on Friday evening and that four people had been arrested. He gave no further details. Berlin prosecutors said this week that the German Football Association (DFB) had notified them of a suspected link between Robert Hoyzer, the 25-year-old referee at the centre of the scandal, and a Berlin bar frequented by Croatian gamblers. Germany is hosting the 2006 World Cup and FIFA, soccer?s world governing body, has urged the DFB to resolve the scandal as quickly as possible. Hoyzer has told prosecutors in Berlin that other referees and players were involved in match-fixing, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a leading German daily newspaper, reported on Saturday. Hoyzer told authorities he was present when referees received payments and had heard about payments to players, the paper reported, without naming its source. He also admitted receiving $65,190 for fixing three matches, the paper said… He gave no further details. Berlin prosecutors said this week that the German Football Association (DFB) had notified them of a suspected link between Robert Hoyzer, the 25-year-old referee at the centre of the scandal, and a Berlin bar frequented by Croatian gamblers. Germany is hosting the 2006 World Cup and FIFA, soccer?s world governing body, has urged the DFB to resolve the scandal as quickly as possible. Hoyzer has told prosecutors in Berlin that other referees and players were involved in match-fixing, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a leading German daily newspaper, reported on Saturday. Hoyzer told authorities he was present when referees received payments and had heard about payments to players, the paper reported, without naming its source. He also admitted receiving $65,190 for fixing three matches, the paper said. Investigations are concentrating on a first-round Cup tie, two second division games and three others from the regional league but soccer chiefs have warned that the scandal could yet draw in other matches and players.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Emergency operation for Coltart
BBC News – Jan 29, 2005
The former Ryder Cup player, 34, was doubled up in pain after carding a second successive six-over-par 78 at the Singapore Masters on Friday. He returned to his hotel but as the pain increased he went to hospital, where he will remain for a few days. It means Coltart will miss next week’s Heineken Classic in Melbourne.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Snooker | Stevens curtails unwelcome record
BBC News – Jan 31, 2005
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