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* Soccer: Scandal tarnishes Germany’s clean-cut World Cup image
* Ex-football player outdoes Patriots with win streak
* Baxter in contract talks
* World Cup 2006 | 02.08.2005 What is the Bundesliga?
* Skier Bloom still thinking football
* US coach Arena has had to adjust plans
* Eriksson tells FA: ‘Give me a break’
* Soccer News of Tuesday, 8 February 2005
* ESPN.com – NCF – NCAA committee: Implement replay nationally
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Small beer for World Cup Germans
* Shaun desperate for World Cup chance
* Sport Briefs: Agassi returns to Davis Cup
* Keeper retires from US team
* Daley lone UK pick
* Notebook powerhouse Toshiba anticipates boost in sales with channel…

Soccer: Scandal tarnishes Germany’s clean-cut World Cup image
Channel News Asia – Feb 9, 2005
“The public allegations against me are correct,” confessed Hoyzer. “I regret my conduct in the extreme and apologise to the DFB, my refereeing colleagues and football fans. ”

Hozyer’s revelation shook German football to the core but it proved to be the tip of the iceberg with more skeletons coming out of the closet. “This whole scandal has had a damaging effect on the 2006 World Cup image,” said Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup organising committee. With Hoyzer naming and shaming, the German Football Federation (DFB) have revealed that three other referees Jurgen Jansen, Felix Zwayer and Dominik Marks are suspected of rigging matches. The match-fixing was initially restricted to the lower divisions but has now reached the Bundesliga with Jansen investigated in connection with Kaiserslautern’s 3-0 win over SC Freiburg last November. A total of 14 players from clubs outside the Bundesliga are also accused of taking financial “bonuses” from anonymous backers to influence games they were playing in… “I regret my conduct in the extreme and apologise to the DFB, my refereeing colleagues and football fans. ”

Hozyer’s revelation shook German football to the core but it proved to be the tip of the iceberg with more skeletons coming out of the closet. “This whole scandal has had a damaging effect on the 2006 World Cup image,” said Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup organising committee. With Hoyzer naming and shaming, the German Football Federation (DFB) have revealed that three other referees Jurgen Jansen, Felix Zwayer and Dominik Marks are suspected of rigging matches. The match-fixing was initially restricted to the lower divisions but has now reached the Bundesliga with Jansen investigated in connection with Kaiserslautern’s 3-0 win over SC Freiburg last November. A total of 14 players from clubs outside the Bundesliga are also accused of taking financial “bonuses” from anonymous backers to influence games they were playing in. Croatian mafia circles in Berlin are involved too in what is the biggest scandal in German football since 1971.

Ex-football player outdoes Patriots with win streak
USA Today – Feb 8, 2005
But Bloom said he needed to take sponsorship money to continue his other athletic pursuit — freestyle skiing. Bloom gave up his legal fight last summer and is now concentrating on the moguls. He hasn’t lost his knack for big plays. At the 2002 Olympic venue in Utah late last month, Bloom pulled off a sweep, winning the moguls and dual moguls events at a World Cup stop… )
CURLING
Cassie Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Jessica Schultz and Maureen Brunt took the silver medal at the Karuizawa (Japan) International Curling Competition. Johnson’s rink defeated Canadian Sherry Middaugh 8-7 in the semifinals before falling to the host nation 9-3 in the final, which was tied 3-3 after eight of 10 ends. LUGE
The cancellation of the World Cup season finale on the 2006 Olympic course left a couple of Americans just short of the top three on the season. The doubles pair of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished fourth overall with 470 points, seven points out of third. Tony Benshoof finished sixth with 474 points, just 13 points out of a tie for third. Ashley Hayden led the U.

Baxter in contract talks
BBC News – Feb 7, 2005
Baxter became Bafana Bafana’s eleventh coach in just over 10 years in April last year when he signed a two-year deal to take over from April ‘Styles’ Phumo. The 51-year-old Briton coach has since led South Africa to the top of their 2006 World Cup qualifying group. And the country’s governing football body – Safa- now appears keen for him to remain in charge until it hosts the 2010 World Cup. “The South African Football Association are talking to me at the moment about whether I’d contemplate staying on until 2010 when the World Cup comes here,” Baxter told Scotland’s Sunday Herald newspaper. “I don’t know the answer to that yet, but I’m very aware that, although my remit is until 2006, and I’ll be the one who’ll lose out if we don’t qualify for the next World Cup, this country is preparing for 2010 and that means so much to them. ”

However, Baxter believes that if he fails to record victories in Wednesday’s friendly with Australia and the World Cup qualifier against Uganda on March 26 he may find himself out of work.

World Cup 2006 | 02.08.2005 What is the Bundesliga?
Deutsche Welle – Feb 8, 2005
Bundesliga also get rewards. The German champion, the runner-up and third placed team qualify for the Champions League, the premier European club competition. The fourth and fifth place teams, plus the winner of the DFB Cup, go into the pot for the UEFA Cup. If the DFB Cup winner also holds a Champions League place then the cup runners-up will go into the UEFA Cup. Those teams which are relegated from the top flight German league at the end of the season drop into the second division for the next. Bundesliga is also made up of 18 teams which battle for the three promotion places up for grabs at the end of a campaign… Intricate infrastructure

The infrastructure that supports the first two leagues is a complex web of regional and state associations which support thousands of clubs and literally millions of players. The organization that regulates this intricate system is the German Football Association (DFB). The DFB divides the country into sectors all with their own governing body. There are five regional federations: the North, the North East, the South, the South West and the West. As a whole, these regional areas contain 21 state federations, approximately 26,239 registered clubs and over 6.

Skier Bloom still thinking football
USA Today – Feb 9, 2005
But the Colorado-born skier still has football on his mind. For two years, Bloom, 22, battled with the NCAA to win the right to play wide receiver and kick returner for the University of Colorado while also accepting sponsorship money to support his skiing career. In August he was thrown for a legal loss. “I’m permanently ineligible,” he said Tuesday in a conference call from Naeba, Japan, where he’s preparing for a weekend World Cup… I’m not skiing as much. But it should hold up for 2006. ”
Bloom finished ninth in Salt Lake City and is confident he can do well in Torino, without the partisan crowds he enjoyed in the USA. “It’s like playing an away game,” he said, with football once again on his mind. if (((new String(navigator.

US coach Arena has had to adjust plans
San Francisco Chronicle – Feb 8, 2005
faces Mexico on March 27 in an always difficult atmosphere in Mexico City, and Guatemala in Birmingham, Ala. Arena’s team will play 10 matches, concluding Oct. 12, in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. , Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are competing for three automatic berths.

Eriksson tells FA: ‘Give me a break’
ic Newcastle.co.uk – Feb 9, 2005
Eriksson wants skipper David Beckham and Co to be given a four-week break to ensure they are in the best possible shape for the tournament in Germany. One proposal to make such a window available is to play the 2006 FA Cup final – scheduled to be the first at the new Wembley Stadium – on a Wednesday evening before the end of the Premiership campaign. Eriksson believes England have paid the price in the past for not having had the opportunity for players to rest after a lengthy domestic campaign. He said: “What I hope to achieve was four weeks’ break before the World Cup and I am extremely happy about that.

Soccer News of Tuesday, 8 February 2005
ghanaweb.com – Feb 8, 2005
Among them are Beninoise national Coffi Codjia and Abdel Fata Essam El-Deen from Egyptian. The other Africans on the list are Daami Mourad of Tunisia, Jerome Damon from South Africa Mohamed Guezah of Morocco and Gambian national Modou Sowe. The six Africans are among the list 46 referees selected across the world by FIFA for the football fiesta in Germany. The selected referees have for the past years, gained enviable records in refereeing on the continent and are noted, for officiating high profile matches across the continent.

ESPN.com – NCF – NCAA committee: Implement replay nationally
ESPN – Feb 9, 2005
The recommendation by the Football Rules Committee will beconsidered by an oversight panel Feb. 24 and, if approved, will beput in place for the regular season this fall. “The response to video replay nationally and in the Big Ten wasoverwhelmingly positive,” said Chuck Broyles, the coach atPittsburg State and chairman of the rules committee. “When we havethe ability to correct a potentially game-changing error, and wehave the technology to do so, we feel this improves the fairness ofthe game and directly improves the student-athlete experience. He said many conferences have asked permission to try the replaysystem for the 2005 season.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 8, 2005
Iran, finalists in 1998 but beaten in a play-off with Ireland for a place in the 2002 tournament, have a score to settle with Bahrain in Wednesday?s other Group B game in Manama. The Iranians lost 3-1 to Bahrain in qualifying four years ago, a result which effectively led to their elimination. In Group A, meanwhile, 2002 World Cup semi-finalists South Korea will be seeking to maintain one of the proudest records in Asian football when they open against Kuwait in Seoul. The South Koreans have played in every World Cup since 1986, but have struggled to recapture their magical 2002 form in the years since. Saudi Arabia, attempting to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup, complete the Group A line-up along with former Soviet republic Uzbekistan, who they meet in Tashkent on Wednesday. The group winners and runners-up qualify automatically for the World Cup, while the two third place teams meet in play-off to determine who advances to a further play-off against the fifth placed side from CONCACAF qualifying zone.

Small beer for World Cup Germans
The Age – Feb 8, 2005
and business is bleating. Photo: Reuters Germany is investing billions of euros to stage the 2006 WorldCup that is expected to be the biggest yet in business terms, butthe honour of hosting the event has failed to impress Germancompanies, which are crying foul at being squeezed out by bigforeign players. It was a matter of national pride for Germany when the countrywon the right to stage the event – but hopes of using it as ashowcase for Germany folded when FIFA president Sepp Blatter bannedeverything from German cars to German beers and handed the”official provider” licences to foreign rivals. A couple of German companies such as Adidas have managed to getsome of the World Cup action, but for the most part Germany hasbeen left with the small-scale stuff. German troubles started when it was announced that German beerwould not be available at cup games because Anheuser Busch, thehuge US brewer, had won the rights. Then BMW, Mercedes andVolkswagen found Hyundai would provide official transport… German products will be locked out. With the German economy still in a desperate slump, many sawwinning the right to host the tournament as a chance to reviveit. Modern world cups are more than just a festival of football. Thehost nations get not just the prestige of hosting the tournament,but a boost to their economy. In Germany, for example, this waspredicted to be around EUR6 billion ($A10 billion). For retailers, World Cup business is forecast to turn over morethan EUR1. 6 billion worldwide.

Shaun desperate for World Cup chance
manchesteronline.co.uk – Feb 8, 2005
Now Wright-Phillips has the chance to press his claims to be part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s plans for the 2006 tournament in Germany. The Manchester City winger is a near certainty to make his first start for England in Wednesday’s friendly international with Holland at Villa Park. Wright-Phillips said: “To qualify for a World Cup finals is one of my dreams. “I’ve always watched the finals since I was a kid and I’ve always said that one day I’d like to say that I had played there – and even win it. “That is how much it would mean to me. My dad never got to achieve it and I’d like to go a step further and manage it one day. “He has told me about how he got injured before the 1998 World Cup and how he felt about having the chance to play on such a stage taken away from him… “What will be, will be at the end of the day and everyone knows what a great player David Beckham is as well as a person. “I’m just learning off him every day. I know if I want to go far in my football career I have to do as well as him. “If that means learning from him, I’m glad to learn from him because I like to learn to better myself with parts of my game that may need improving. Should Shaun start for England against Holland? Have your day.

Sport Briefs: Agassi returns to Davis Cup
Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Feb 8, 2005
, whose 13 Champ Car victories included two Indianapolis 500 titles, has died at 75. Zink, who was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in May, died Saturday at a hospital in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla. Soccer

Brad Friedel announced that he is retiring from the U. national team, leaving Kasey Keller as the favorite to be in goal through the 2006 World Cup. Volleyball

Lang Ping was hired as head coach of the U.

Keeper retires from US team
St. Petersburg Times – Feb 8, 2005
teamBy wire servicesPublished February 8, 2005 MIAMI – Brad Friedel retired from the U. national soccer team Monday, leaving Kasey Keller the favorite to be in goal for the 2006 World Cup. “I would like to spend my time away from my club team with my family,” Friedel, 33, said. “The second reason is based on prolonging my club career because I have picked up, albeit slight, muscular injuries recently. When I was traveling around, I was feeling worn down. ”
At the 2002 World Cup, he stopped penalty kicks against South Korea and Poland to help the Americans reach the quarterfinals… “The second reason is based on prolonging my club career because I have picked up, albeit slight, muscular injuries recently. When I was traveling around, I was feeling worn down. ”
At the 2002 World Cup, he stopped penalty kicks against South Korea and Poland to help the Americans reach the quarterfinals. He said that success, four years after the United States went 0-3, made his decision easier. Friedel played in the past three World Cups and has 24 shutouts in 82 international games. The starter since 2000-01, he said he wants to extend his deal with English Premier team Blackburn, which has 18 months left. OLYMPICS
German wants gold back
Show jumper Ludger Beerbaum appealed the doping disqualification that stripped Germany of the team gold in Athens and gave it to the United States.

Daley lone UK pick
Jamaica Observer – Feb 9, 2005
The Observer understands that a request was also made for first-choice goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, but he was reported injured. Daley and the American-based players, who are currently engaged with their teams in pre-season training, are expected to join the squad early next week. During Jamaica’s failed 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the senior team was comprised mainly of overseas-based professionals, most of whom were England-based. However, following the team’s exit from the competition, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) took a policy decision to place more emphasis on younger, locally-based players in the Digicel Caribbean Cup. That squad included a number of national Under-20 players, who acquitted themselves reasonably well against minnows such as St Martin, who were battered 12-0, and the US Virgin Islands, hammered 11-1. Haiti were beaten 3-1 in the first round. In the second round, the Boyz edged St Lucia 3-2 on aggregate, before outclassing French Guiana 5-0 in their two-way tie.

Notebook powerhouse Toshiba anticipates boost in sales with channel…
AME Info – Feb 7, 2005
“Toshiba’s win-win strategy grows the brand by motivating all levels of our partnerships”
With a reputation for innovation and leadership in mobile computing, Toshiba continues to present a cutting-edge technology to consumers by meeting growing demand for digital convergence and multi-media applications. Since control of the Middle East region was shifted in April 2000 to the company’s European headquarters in Germany, Toshiba’s market share has soared from barely double figures to some 25% this year. “Our sponsorship of such a prestigious event as the 2006 FIFA World Cup is fitting. Football is all about teamwork,” said Khalil. “What we see in the sport is reflected in Toshiba’s work ethic: competitive, strategic and always striving for first place.

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