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February 4, 2005

RTÉ agrees deal with FAI until 2010

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The News Review:

* One million ticket applications for 2006 World Cup
* BETTING SCANDAL Is German Soccer Rigged?
* How football unites Liberia
* RTÉ agrees deal with FAI until 2010
* Socceroos to play Iraq in Sydney
* Renault unveil new car
* Football fans want money back rigged match
* Iran bans women from qualifying game
* England against the Antipodes is unquestionably the theme of this year
* Irish Soccer, as Teams Face Cash Crunch, Reaps Sponsorship Boom
* donga.com [english donga]
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Monty aims to continue momentum
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Langer relinquishes Cup captaincy
* Uefa set to impose homegrown player quotas

One million ticket applications for 2006 World Cup
Expatica – Feb 3, 2005
“The run is immense and very positive. Most of fans want to see the final but the applications cover all 64 games,” said organising committee vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach. A first contingent of 812,000 tickets for the 9 June 9 July 2006, World Cup in 12 German cities went on sale worldwide on Tuesday via the official website www.

BETTING SCANDAL Is German Soccer Rigged?
Spiegel Online – Feb 1, 2005
Robert “call me Robby” Hoyzer, a rising star referee in German professional soccer, has admitted the unthinkable: He manipulated soccer games for money. Germany’s beloved national sport — indeed, its only major professional sport and the one channel Germans use to fete their country — has been rigged. Germans, already gripped 2006 World Cup fever in anticipation of Germany’s role as host to the event, have fallen into a state of stunned mourning. “Hoyzer has to be locked up,” writes one fan to the nation’s top soccer magazine, Kicker. “Soccer will never be the same for me,” says another. ” “The news makes me want to puke,” pens a third. The story of how Hoyzer manipulated at least six games in order to secure payoffs from high-stakes gamblers has been unfolding daily in the German press for more than a week… ” Rudi Assauer, a manager for the team currently in second place in the first division, Schalke 04, called it a “slap in the face for German soccer. ” The timing couldn’t be worse. In just 500 days, Germany will host the 2006 World Cup, an event it has been gearing up to for years. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who, not unlike most German boys, considered becoming a professional player in his youth, is so hyped about the World Cup that he has made television ads in which he kicks a soccer ball. Of course, he has reason to push the event. He’s hoping the spirit of the games will give his generally pessimistic people enough lift to keep them from focusing on high unemployment and the financial squeeze of his needed social reform program. 2006 is also an election year in Germany and according to an old adage, if the German team wins, the government stays in power.

How football unites Liberia
BBC News – Feb 1, 2005

And cheer they did, as the Lone Star almost, against all odds, qualified for the 2002 World Cup finals. But with Weah and other greats having retired, today’s team is more modest. Before their last game, a 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal, then Liberia coach Kadalah Kromah spoke about how football had been able to help the country. “One thing football has in it is enjoyment, the fun,” he said. “Secondly, when you bring people together, you can council them, talk one-on-one and you can develop sportsmanlike behaviour in them: you can win or lose, but you are still friends after. “I really see it as something good for all of us. ”

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But he also said there is pressure on his footballers, who are “expected to perform miracles.

RTÉ agrees deal with FAI until 2010
rte.ie – Feb 1, 2005
In addition, RT? will also hold television broadcast rights for all home friendly matches on a deferred basis from 1st August 2006 to 30th June 2010. The radio rights are for live coverage of both competitive and friendly home matches. RT? is already broadcasting the Republic of Ireland’s home qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In a statement, RT?’s TV Sport boss, Glen Killane, said: “This is great news for Irish football fans. I’m delighted that we are delivering coverage of the national team in both friendly and competitive matches to the widest possible audience. “It ensures that all of the Irish public will be able to participate in what looks like being an exciting time for the Irish national team. RT? is looking forward to continued partnership with the FAI in the years ahead.

Socceroos to play Iraq in Sydney
The Age – Feb 1, 2005
The match is part of a busy 2005 for the Socceroos, beginningwith a match against South Africa next week in Durban, followed bya game against an Asian All-Star team on March 29, probably inPerth, to raise funds for victims of the Asian tsunami. There will also be a match against Colombia and possibly NewZealand in the lead-up to the Confederations Cup tournament inGermany in June. Then the World Cup qualifying matches begin in September againstthe Solomon Islands, and if Australia progresses, a home-and-awayseries against the fifth-placed South American team for entry intothe 2006 World Cup in Germany. Mr Carr said there were many benefits to having the match inSydney. “It’s a boost for tourism, a recognition of the Arabic community(in Sydney) and a boost for football, which we’re cultivating,” hesaid. “It’s also a morale booster for them as they rebuildfootball… The match is part of a busy 2005 for the Socceroos, beginningwith a match against South Africa next week in Durban, followed bya game against an Asian All-Star team on March 29, probably inPerth, to raise funds for victims of the Asian tsunami. There will also be a match against Colombia and possibly NewZealand in the lead-up to the Confederations Cup tournament inGermany in June. Then the World Cup qualifying matches begin in September againstthe Solomon Islands, and if Australia progresses, a home-and-awayseries against the fifth-placed South American team for entry intothe 2006 World Cup in Germany. Mr Carr said there were many benefits to having the match inSydney. “It’s a boost for tourism, a recognition of the Arabic community(in Sydney) and a boost for football, which we’re cultivating,” hesaid. “It’s also a morale booster for them as they rebuildfootball.

Renault unveil new car
Calcutta Telegraph – Feb 3, 2005
She is suing for over $51,000 in damages. ARDAF had sponsored local gymnastics for the past two years and the scrapped contract would have been worth 100,000 euros ($130,400) in 2005. World Cup telecast

Kochi: Private broadcaster ESPN-Star Sports has acquired broadcast rights of the 2006 football World Cup for the Indian sub-continent. Under the terms of the agreement with Infront Sports and Media, Fifa?s exclusive TV partner for the event, ESPN Star Sports will provide full coverage of the World Cup, including all 64 matches on its two channels, Sricharan Iyengar, vice president, sales and marketing, ESPN Software India Private Ltd, said on Wednesday. More than 25 million households in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan would get the coverage. Messa at Bolivia helm

La Paz: Former international Ovidio Messa became Bolivia?s third coach of their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday when he was named as the replacement for Ramiro Blacut, who resigned last month. Messa, who is currently working with the municipal government of Alicante in Spain where he runs a soccer school for teenagers, takes over a team who are bottom of the 10-nation South American group.

Football fans want money back rigged match
Expatica – Feb 3, 2005
The DFB also said it will over the next days sign a contract with internet betting watchdog betradar. com to avoid further manipulation in the future. Zwanziger he could not estimate how long the affair, which has rocked German football one year ahead of the 2006 World Cup in the country. “I expect we are quite far in the case of the referee who has talked. I can not foresee how long the other cases will take,” said Zwanziger. Zwanziger said the main work will have to be done by the prosecution. “The DFB is a sports federation.

Iran bans women from qualifying game
Pakistan Dawn – Feb 1, 2005
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Iran bans women from qualifying game

TEHRAN, Jan 31: Iran officials have banned female fans from watching their country’s World Cup qualifying match against Japan in the stadium, the sports daily Iran reported on Monday. Vice-President and sports chief Mohsen Mehralizadeh said that women would not be allowed to enter Teheran’s Azadi stadium for the game against Japan scheduled for March 25. The match against Japan is regarded as the most important game for Iran on its way to the World Cup 2006 in Germany. The presence of women in football stadiums has been a controversial issue in the recent years with the government opposing it due to what they call the “immoral atmosphere” and use of foul language by the male fans. Reformist circles however say that there should be no discrimination and women should at least be able to come to the stadium with their families. Two chartered planes with about 600 Japanese fans, including women, are reportedly to come to Iran for the game. Foreign women are allowed to enter the stadium with prior coordination by the relevant embassy in Teheran.

England against the Antipodes is unquestionably the theme of this year
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 1, 2005
There are no fallow seasons in modern sport, no down-time in which to rub Dubbin on boots or linseed oil on bats. With no football World Cup and no Olympics in 2005, the overloaded armchair spectator could be forgiven for thinking the remote control will take a little less abuse… Imagine the festival of jingoism, cheap-shot journalism and general over-the-toppery if a divine hand is steering us towards a Germany-England final in a city that was the pivot of 20th century history. By then, the captain’s armband might have been wrenched off David Beckham and affixed instead to Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Sol Campbell. This is not in my £1 yankee for 2005, though now is the time to bet like men that Beckham’s special relationship with Eriksson will come under intense scrutiny as England complete the qualifying process for 2006. At Euro 2004 some of us felt we were witnessing the end of Beckham as a front-rank international footballer. Eriksson adores Beckham and mistrusts natural wingers (perhaps the two are related), yet the England coach is under mounting pressure to install Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stewart Downing on the right and left flanks, which would leave Beckham to fight Lampard and Gerrard for the two central midfield slots. Golf offers another time anomaly. Despite Europe’s sublime triumph in the 2004 Ryder Cup, no golfer from this side of the Atlantic has won a major tournament since Paul Lawrie and Jose-Maria Olazabal in 1999.

Irish Soccer, as Teams Face Cash Crunch, Reaps Sponsorship Boom
Bloomberg – Feb 3, 2005
, plans to use record sponsorshiprevenue to shore up its elite league and revive a national teamthat's slumped to an eight-year low in the rankings. The Football Association of Ireland last year signed accordswith companies including Eircom Ltd. , doublingthe value of its sponsorships to 29 million euros ($37. 6 million)in two years, Chief Executive John Delaney said. “The last couple of years have been very good in terms ofbuilding a business portfolio,'' Delaney said in a telephoneinterview from Dublin… “It's our responsibility to give players the opportunityto play at the best level they can. '' On the international stage, Ireland is struggling. Afterreaching the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990, it didn't qualifyfor last year's event or the past four European Championships. Ranked 49th in the world, the national team in October slippedbelow Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 13 years. “Even if the international team hasn't reached the heightsof late 80s and early 90s, our commercial revenue is outstrippinganything back then,'' Delaney said.

donga.com [english donga]
donga.com – Donga.com – Feb 3, 2005
on February 4 in Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Seoul, is the last mock test for the Korean National Team in the run up to the match with Kuwait, the first game in the Asia final preliminary for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany (February 9). Johannes Bonfrere, who recruited five Korean players from overseas professional football clubs, said, ?I?ll select the 18-member entry after watching their play in the actual game,? signaling that the game will be a place for fierce competition. Seize the Opportunity to Be Selected as the Final Entry-

The five players from overseas professional football clubs, including Seol Ki-hyun (Wolverhampton), Lee Chun-su (Numancia) and Park Ji-sung (PSV Eindhoven), who have been selected as final entries, will not participate in the game with Egypt. Accordingly, 21 players among 26 who reported for training will play in the game, and only 13 among them will be selected. The ?eldest brother,? Yoo Sang-cheol (Ulsan), who will cover the duty of center defense for the national team, will not play in the match with Egypt… on February 4 in Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Seoul, is the last mock test for the Korean National Team in the run up to the match with Kuwait, the first game in the Asia final preliminary for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany (February 9). Johannes Bonfrere, who recruited five Korean players from overseas professional football clubs, said, ?I?ll select the 18-member entry after watching their play in the actual game,? signaling that the game will be a place for fierce competition. Seize the Opportunity to Be Selected as the Final Entry-

The five players from overseas professional football clubs, including Seol Ki-hyun (Wolverhampton), Lee Chun-su (Numancia) and Park Ji-sung (PSV Eindhoven), who have been selected as final entries, will not participate in the game with Egypt. Accordingly, 21 players among 26 who reported for training will play in the game, and only 13 among them will be selected. The ?eldest brother,? Yoo Sang-cheol (Ulsan), who will cover the duty of center defense for the national team, will not play in the match with Egypt. This is partly because he is yet to recover after injuring his left thigh last November. But it seems that Bonfrere is sparing him for the match with Kuwait.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Monty aims to continue momentum
BBC News – Feb 2, 2005
The Ryder Cup winner is bouncing back after a turbulent 2004 and finished runner-up to Englishman Nick Dougherty in the Singapore Masters last week. “I think physically I am much fitter and stronger than I’ve ever been,” said the 41-year-old Scotsman. “Mentally, the desire and the drive I have is more than it’s ever been. ”

Montgomerie went through a painful divorce last year and claiming the Singapore Masters in 2004 was his only victory of the season as he slumped to 82nd in the world. He gained some redemption by sinking the winning putt as Europe won the Ryder Cup last September… “My goal this year is to try and get more podium finishes, if you like, top-three finishes. I hadn’t had enough of them last year. “We keep on trying and getting that world ranking back to somewhere where it should be. “I want to try to get in the top 25 in the world. I’m not that comfortable at 73rd and I have to get back firstly into the top-50 and then progress from there. ”

Former world number one Greg Norman, one of Montgomerie’s playing partners for the first two rounds, has agreed to wear a microphone to improve the television coverage.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Langer relinquishes Cup captaincy
BBC News – Feb 2, 2005
“If this is forthcoming then we will announce the captain on 2 March. “I would like to thank Bernhard once again on behalf of the tournament committee – and indeed all members of the European Tour – for his commitment as captain and to wish him every success in his quest to return as a player in 2006. ”

The 2006 Ryder Cup takes place at the K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland, from 22-24 September 2006.

Uefa set to impose homegrown player quotas
Independent Online – Feb 3, 2005
Sepp Blatter, president of world soccer’s ruling body Fifa, has accused major clubs of creating a “high-stakes trade in humans” by hoovering up players from less developed areas of the world in a desperate search for talent. This increasing “globalisation” has raised fears that strong bonds between clubs and their local fans will be weakened. Many countries including World Cup hosts Germany believe the lack of opportunity for local players is harming the national team. “The squad must be limited to 25 to stop some of the bigger clubs hoarding players and not playing them. This is totally unacceptable,” Olsson said. “Clubs have a social and sporting obligation and should be a model for lesser clubs in the same region and to set the highest example. ”

“Compared to 1995-6 when the Bosman ruling on freedom of movement was introduced, there are now 30 percent less players coming from one country playing for their clubs in that country in the top division,” Olsson said… “Clubs have a social and sporting obligation and should be a model for lesser clubs in the same region and to set the highest example. ”

“Compared to 1995-6 when the Bosman ruling on freedom of movement was introduced, there are now 30 percent less players coming from one country playing for their clubs in that country in the top division,” Olsson said. “The trend is very clear and European football has realised that it must be addressed and reversed. ”

More discussions will follow before the congress in April and opposition to the plan was expressed on Thursday especially by the English and Italian associations. David Davies, executive director of the English FA, said: “We recognise the strength of feeling in Europe on this issue but there is some significant opposition from our own Premier League clubs and from some of the bigger Italian clubs. “We understand the motives, we know why this has to happen, but there will be more talking before any decision is made in Tallinn.

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