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February 19, 2005

Beckenbauer slams World Cup preparations

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The News Review:

* Data Protection vs. World Cup Tickets 1 – 0
* Blatter proves a staunch ally for referees
* Late arrivals worry Downswell
* Beckenbauer slams World Cup preparations
* Xbox and adidas Announce Global Alliance
* United still world’s richest club
* Yan Pays for CFA Woes
* Ireland’s GAA May Allow Soccer in Croke Park Stadium (Update1)
* Keane slams divers
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Clarke hits hole-in-one at Nissan
* Mitchell in demand both sides of the world
* BBC SPORT | Football | Uefa threat over foreign quotas
* Hospitality Net – Industry News – German Hotel Market Sees First…
* Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily

Data Protection vs. World Cup Tickets 1 – 0
Heise Online – Feb 18, 2005
2005 15:45 << Previous | Next >> Data Protection vs. World Cup Tickets 1 – 0The dispute surrounding the sales conditions for admission tickets to the. Consumer protectionists will be getting their way: the order form will be changed once again.

Blatter proves a staunch ally for referees
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 18, 2005
Blatter made the point that FIFA could not rule out the use of technology, and the weekend after next the International Football Association Board will discuss using a ball with a microchip inside which will be capable of determining when it is completely over the goal-line. However, this is only one item on the IFAB agenda, not a proposed law change. But the president said that FIFA’s motto is ‘For the good of the game’ and introducing any technology would have to benefit everyone in football. Blatter told us that “referees must always remain human beings and we must always keep the human face on the game of football”.

Late arrivals worry Downswell
Jamaica Observer – Feb 16, 2005
We were looking at one on February 9 and one later, but those efforts fell through. With friendly internationals we would be better able to assess the team and if we had got those friendlies we would be in a good position now in terms of our preparation,” Downswell said yesterday. Downswell, who succeeded Carl Brown after the failed Germany 2006 World Cup campaign, said a squad match involving the Under-20s tomorrow, possibly at the National Stadium, is the closest his players would have come in terms of a “competitive game” prior to the Digicel-sponsored tournament. A number of the players are expected to be given today off for a National Premier League (NPL) game between Harbour View and Portmore United at the mini-stadium this evening. “Some of the local-based players will be involved in a NPL game tomorrow (today) and after that they will be able to concentrate fully on the Digicel Cup,” Downswell told the Observer. Meawnhile, Jamaica’s opponents in the Cup, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago have been very active as they sharpen up for the tournament that will run from February 20-24. Both have played no less than four international matches in the past month or so… “The tournament could be considered to be the last straw for the federation in terms of teams in a competition and there is no doubt that the federation, coaches and players are cognisant of that and we will definitely be giving it our best shot,” Downswell said. The three top finishers in the Barbados tournament will gain automatic qualification to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jamaica qualified for this stage of the Caribbean Cup by swamping St Martin 12-0, the US Virgin Islands 11-1 and Haiti 3-1 in a four-team tournament at the National Stadium late last year. By virtue of topping their group, the Boyz had a home-and-away tie against St Lucia, which they won 3-2 on aggregate. In their semi-final tie against French Guiana last month, the Boyz won 5-0 on aggregate, comfortably booking their place in next week’s finals. “Leading up to this stage I believe that defensively we have done well, and offensively we have scored a high percentage of goals, and with each game, you could see that the players were growing in confidence, which is indeed a plus for us,” Downswell said. Talk Back

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Beckenbauer slams World Cup preparations
World Soccer – Feb 17, 2005
?We’ve been a disgrace for half a year," Beckenbauer, president of the World Cup organizing committee, said in a frank interview with German soccer magazine Kicker. "Since last July we’ve been virtually incapable of action. We must get back to normality.

Xbox and adidas Announce Global Alliance
prnewswire.com – Feb 18, 2005
” Xbox is supporting “Goal: The Movie” with a series of cross-promotional exercises with adidas. — Grassroots football events. Xbox will have kiosks at all adidas grassroots football events in the lead up to the FIFA 2006 World Cup. “The alliance between adidas and Xbox reflects the fact that sports,lifestyle and video games are inextricably linked,” said Peter Moore,corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing for Xbox atMicrosoft Corp.

United still world’s richest club
CNN – Feb 17, 2005
78b) mark this year, a report showed Thursday. United’s income of 171. 5 million pounds ($323. 8m) for the 2003-04 season kept them top of the list for the eighth year in a row, according to the Football Money League report, published by consultants Deloitte… 9 million, just ahead of Barcelona, who have benefited from large rises in broadcasting and matchday revenue. Barcelona’s income should increase further after this season’s Champions League run, though the Catalan club are still refusing any shirt sponsorship. Arsenal can look forward to the future benefits of their new 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium, which is due to open for the 2006-07 season. The remaining top 10 places are filled by Inter Milan ($207. 1 million), Bayern Munich ($206. 7 million) and Liverpool ($173. 3 million) — with Bayern having slipped from fifth place last year.

Yan Pays for CFA Woes
china.org.cn – Feb 18, 2005
Yan, 53, left his position as director of the Football Administrative Center — the core decision-making body of the CFA — to serve as chief of the National Sports Training Center. He will be succeeded by Xie Yalong, 49, former head of the Chinese Athletics Association. Yan has recently been sharply criticized for the national team’s abortive 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and the continuing chaos in the domestic league. Yan’s predecessor at the training center, Sun Changxin, had planned to retire this year but was nevertheless caught by surprise. “The decision came out somewhat hurriedly… Yan, 53, left his position as director of the Football Administrative Center — the core decision-making body of the CFA — to serve as chief of the National Sports Training Center. He will be succeeded by Xie Yalong, 49, former head of the Chinese Athletics Association. Yan has recently been sharply criticized for the national team’s abortive 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign and the continuing chaos in the domestic league. Yan’s predecessor at the training center, Sun Changxin, had planned to retire this year but was nevertheless caught by surprise. “The decision came out somewhat hurriedly. During the Lunar New Year holiday, administration officials said they hoped I would remain in my job for a few more months. But they came today asking me to retire,” Sun said.

Ireland’s GAA May Allow Soccer in Croke Park Stadium (Update1)
Bloomberg – Feb 16, 2005
The amateur organization's annual meeting, known asCongress, will debate the members' proposal April 15, GAAPresident Sean Kelly said in a statement today. The GAA promotesgaelic football and hurling, Ireland's national sports. Scrapping the ban, known as Rule 42, would allow Ireland'snational soccer and rugby teams to use the 82,000-capacitystadium when Lansdowne Road is being rebuilt between 2006 and2008. Without the use of Croke Park, Ireland's Six NationsChampionship rugby matches and qualifying games for the 2008European soccer tournament may have to take place abroad. “When the construction of the new Lansdowne Road starts,we'll be looking for temporary alternative accommodation with aminimum capacity of 50,000 and hopefully that will be inIreland,'' John Redmond, a spokesman for the Irish Rugby FootballUnion, said in a telephone interview. “If not, we'll have tolook elsewhere. '' Rugby and soccer matches are worth as much as 14 millioneuros ($18… that may be used forinternational soccer matches when Lansdowne Road is redeveloped,including Anfield in Liverpool, Old Trafford in Manchester andCardiff's Millennium Stadium, the Irish Independent said. World Cup Lansdowne Road, the world's oldest international rugby venuedating back to 1878, is undergoing a $330 million overhaul tochange the 55,000-capacity stadium into a 50,000 all-seater. TheIrish Rugby Football Union ceded its rights to stage matches inthe 2007 World Cup because of the redevelopment. The IRFU can'tgo back on that decision even if the Croke Park vote goesthrough, Redmond said. In the past two years, proposals to open Croke Park to othersports have been rejected by the GAA's motions committee. Asimilar plan in 2001 failed to gain the necessary two-thirdsmajority by one vote. “The benefits, both financially and culturally, outweighany scaremongering by some members'' of the GAA, Sean McCarthy,chief gaelic football correspondent at the London-based IrishWorld newspaper, said in a telephone interview.

Keane slams divers
manchesteronline.co.uk – Feb 16, 2005
“Players are going down far too easily and it seems to be getting worse. Two of Keane’s own team-mates – Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo – have in the past been accused of diving, while Wayne Rooney earned United a penalty in the first league clash with the Gunners at Old Trafford this season when he fell over Sol Campbell’s outstretched leg. Cheats Although new Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has vowed to stamp out the cheats, in all probability Keane, at 33, will be forced to curb his frustration as it does not appear to be a problem that will be cleaned up easily. The Irish midfielder also knows he is likely to face a greater degree of gamesmanship in next Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Milan at Old Trafford. Having famously missed the 1999 final victory over Bayern Munich through suspension, Keane is running out of time to earn a `legitimate’ winner’s medal from European football’s most prestigious club competition. The statistics suggest Keane may have had more success if he had accepted one of the many offers to move to La Liga or Serie A down the years. As it is, he appears certain to see out his days at Old Trafford, either at the end of his current contract in 2006 or a year afterwards… But my children were another consideration. I don’t ever regret staying, although I do like watching Italian and Spanish football. Now back in the Irish international fold and on course for a World Cup finals appearance to make up for the one he missed out on in the Far East when he walked out on Mick McCarthy amid a volley of abuse, Keane is part of a United squad facing up to a testing week that will determine their chances of landing some silverware this season. A tricky FA Cup trip to Everton precedes the Milan clash, although at least the return to training of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Smith this week has provided a timely boost. Is diving a serious problem in today’s game? Have your say.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Clarke hits hole-in-one at Nissan
BBC News – Feb 18, 2005
The Northern Irishman aced the 199-yard sixth as he shot a 66 to finish level with Luke Donald and Brett Quigley. Donald’s fellow Englishman Brian Davis led the way after a six-under 65. Tiger Woods, who could reclaim the world number one spot, was in a group two shots back after a 67, with four players failing to finish their rounds. Londoner Davis, who won the US Tour qualifying school in December, hit a four-iron to four feet for an opening eagle. He turned in a five-under 30 and then added another birdie at the 10th before finishing with eight pars in a row.

Mitchell in demand both sides of the world
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 18, 2005
Wasps and Perth, a new Super 12 franchise due to start in 2006, are both eager to speak to the New Zealander who is presently back home looking after Waikato. Mitchell, who is due to meet Perth officials next week, is understood to favour Wasps, but has yet to meet owner Chris Wright to discuss taking over from Warren Gatland,… He is recovering from a turbulent spell in charge of the All Blacks, which included a World Cup campaign that ended in the disappointment. Before joining the All Blacks, Mitchell had worked as forwards coach for England and Wasps after a first taste of professional coaching at Sale.

BBC SPORT | Football | Uefa threat over foreign quotas
BBC News – Feb 16, 2005
From 2006-07 teams must submit a 25-man ‘A’ squad with at least two players from the club academy and two others from the same national association. Clubs may be punished with reduced squads if they refuse to comply, although Uefa has ruled out legal action against offending clubs. Arsenal had 16 overseas players for Monday’s game with Crystal Palace. After the plan is introduced for the 2006-07 season the figures will rise by one for each of the next two seasons. So by 2008-09 the squad will have to contain four academy players and four others from the team’s country… “These days, the world is smaller. We have young players from all over the world in our youth set-up. “The world of football is changing, and there are some people who don’t likethings to change.

Hospitality Net – Industry News – German Hotel Market Sees First…
Hospitality Net – Feb 16, 2005
Better economic conditions, a return in domestic demand and improving visitor numbers, are all expected to have a positive impact on German hotel performance this year. The growth in foreign visitors is set to continue throughout 2005 and into 2006 when the Football World Cup is hosted by Germany. This year the country will also host a variety of international events including the FIFA Confederation Cup and World Games. All this puts German hoteliers in strong position to build upon the improvements in occupancy achieved in 2004 to further strengthen average room rates. Notes: All analysis in Euros. The HotelBenchmark Survey contains the largest independent source of hotel performance data outside of North America and tracks the performance of over 6,000 hotels and 1.

Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily
Thanh Nien Daily – Feb 17, 2005
You were invited by VFF chairman Mai Liem Truc to stay with Vietnam?s football after Sea Games 22 but you refused. I can?t receive any invitation when I have feelings that the invitation only comes from public pressure, not from an initial plan. It?s time for Vietnam to win bigger tournaments?
Your competitor, coach Calisto, is not much interested in winning medals at Sea Games 2005 or Tiger Cup 2006 and only focuses on training the foundation for Vietnamese football. How about you?
I share this opinion with him. The thing I would want to add is that it?s time for Vietnam to win a major tournament. It should be victory, not a ?near victory?. It requires the national team getting well-prepared and of course, a little luck helps… We could have used a little luck there. If you are selected and Vietnam continues on its old track and loses, as the head coach you would be fired, you will?
I don?t believe I will be fired. However, many big coaches in the world have been sacked, its part of the game. (Reported by Lan Phuong ? Translated by Minh Phat).

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