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March 6, 2005

WORLD CUP: CAF Lists High-risk Battles!

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | FA brings 2006 Cup final forward
* Second Referee Involved in Scandal (washingtonpost.com)
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Lechantre accepts Mali job
* WORLD CUP: CAF Lists High-risk Battles!
* A triumph deserving of praise
* What have they done to the Cup?
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola plans derailed
* Klinsmann names fitness test squad
* Bonanza for television viewers
* Diego to decide on surgery
* EMIRATES BACKS TAKE-OFF FOR ASIAN SOCCER
* Blades boss hits out at FA decision to scrap replays
* Major League Soccer: News: 03/03/2005
* BBC SPORT | Golf | American challenge excites Faldo
* Johnson: I may have to leave
* Umbro profits lifted by Euro 2004
* Soccer News of Thursday, 3 March 2005

BBC SPORT | Football | FA brings 2006 Cup final forward
BBC News – Mar 3, 2005
Any ties affected will go to extra-time and penalties if necessary. The arrangement will only be in effect next season. In a statement, the Football Association said: “This was deemed to be the only available solution to a very complex issue. “We believe it is crucial to allow the national team to be given equal preparation time to every other team competing in Germany next summer.

Second Referee Involved in Scandal (washingtonpost.com)
Washington Post – Mar 4, 2005
Referee Dominick Marks was handed $4,800 in his kitchen to fix the game between amateur clubs, the German Soccer Federation’s sports court said. inc –>_____Graphics_____• See ticket categories and prices for the… Marco van Basten, a striker on the 1988 championship team and current coach of the Dutch national team, called Michels the “father of Dutch soccer. Michels, who also coached in the North American Soccer League, retired from the national team for the third time after Euro ’92. He is credited with helping create the flowing “total football” style in the 1960s and ’70s with players such as Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens. Wembley Opening Set The first game at the new Wembley Stadium in London will be the FA Cup final on May 13, 2006. The English Football Association announced the date yesterday, moving the game a week earlier to give players on England’s national team a four-week break before the start of the World Cup in Germany. The Premier League will also end a week earlier. England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has pushed for the four-week pause.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Lechantre accepts Mali job
BBC News – Mar 5, 2005
The 54-year old signed an eight-month contract with the Mali Football Federation in Bamako on Saturday. He replaces national Mamadou Keita who goes back to his old job as technical director. Keita had took charge of the Eagles when another Frenchman Alain Moizan was sacked after a disastrous three-month spell. Lechantre has been tasked with reviving the Mali’s fortunes as the West Africans have picked up just two points at the halfway stage of World Cup qualifying. “The king of sports is ill and the people are suffering,” Mali sports minister Moussa Balla Diakite said at the signing ceremony… He said : “The main aim is to qualify for the African Nations Cup, to rebuild a competitive team that will give their maximum for the five matches to come. ”

“I will meet Mali players in Europe this week before I name my first squad. ”

”We are not in a good position for the 2006 World Cup and Nations Cup qualifiers but if we win the next five games then we will be qualify for the Nations Cup. ”

Mali are due to resume their 2006 Nations Cup campaign with a Group One tie at home to Togo on 27 March. Lechantre has coached in Africa before, leading Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions to victory in the 2000 Cup of Nations.

WORLD CUP: CAF Lists High-risk Battles!
Vanguard – Mar 5, 2005
“If a match is important to the home team, and because of that, huge publicity would be generated to draw the people to the stadium in high numbers, such a game could be listed as high-risk. For instance, Sudan have no chance of qualifying for the World Cup, but their match against Cameroon in Yaounde is listed as high-risk”, stated Ojo-Oba. The game between Senegal and Liberia in Monrovia was marred by deaths and the game between Guinea and Morocco in Conakry was also attended by crisis. The match in Lome between Stephen Keshi’s Togo and Mali’s Eagles also saw violence with many people injured. Ojo-Oba has been appointed to oversee the game between Cameroon and Sudan in Yaounde on Sunday, March 27. “Cameroon have played in the last four World Cup finals and are presently in a precarious position in this campaign.

A triumph deserving of praise
Jamaica Observer – Mar 5, 2005
The “new-look” Reggae Boyz crowned themselves in glory when they won the inaugural Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals, symbol of Caribbean football supremacy in Barbados last week. It was the third regional title for Jamaica, following victories in 1991 and 1998, and the US$100,000 won in prize money was a much-needed incentive for the cash-strapped Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Jamaica opened their campaign with a workman-like 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago, the only Caribbean team left in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. Teenaged striker Luton Shelton and captain Andy Williams were the scorers. The Boyz then limped to a 1-0 win over the host nation, following a fortuitous goal from Williams, and in their final assignment against Cuba, a must-win game, the Boyz prevailed 1-0, thanks to Shelton’s second-half strike. Often, failures are reviewed, but not successes. However, if progress is to be made, then one’s successes should also be reviewed, and in Jamaica’s case, it is most appropriate at this time, especially after the federation’s refocusing on youth and their development.

What have they done to the Cup?
CaleyThistleOnline.com – Mar 5, 2005
A Cup look set to devalue the greatest knock-out competition in the world, and could have harsh financial repercussions for England’s smaller clubs. It’s another smack in the face for the country’s football fans… Fortunately, the F. A is only planning to implement these rules for
the 2005-2006 season, and hopefully that will be it. With England aiming to win
the World Cup in Germany 2006, Eriksson demanded his players got a four week
break between the end of the season and the start of the tournament, and also
wanted to see players playing less domestic games for their respective club
sides. "This was deemed to be the only available
solution to a very complex issue. " read an official statement from the English
F. "We believe it is crucial to allow the national
team to be given equal preparation time to every other team competing in Germany
next summer.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola plans derailed
BBC News – Mar 4, 2005
Angola, who lead Group Four and must win in Zimbabwe on 27 March to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time, had arranged a game against the Cape Verdeans on 9 March. But the game is now off after the Cape Verde Islands pulled out of the encounter because they are unable to raise a team. The match was scheduled on a date outside Fifa’s co-ordinated international calendar, making it difficult for the Cape Verdians to call-up their players, most of whom are based in Portugal. Angola’s planned trip to Portugal, which also included a friendly against Sporting Braga, is now in the balance, officials said on Friday.

Klinsmann names fitness test squad
CNN International – Mar 4, 2005
"He’s one of six strikers we’re planning on for the World Cup next year," Klinsmann said, adding that Kevin Kuranyi, Miroslav Klose and Gerald Asamoah were currently ahead. Lukas Podolski, Thomas Brdaric and Neuville are also in the running. The tests are part of a programme the German football association plans to continue until the World Cup which Germany is hosting. The 33-man squad will undergo tests on March 22 and 23 in Frankfurt. Germany travel to Slovenia for a friendly on March 26, with a 20-man squad likely to be called up. On the first day of the tests, medical staff will assess body fat levels and analyse their blood. The players will undergo sprinting and endurance tests.

Bonanza for television viewers
Hindu – Mar 5, 2005
The 24-team Brazilian Championship will be the feature event and will be played almost over eight months staring from April 24. ESPN-Star Sports has also augmented the football package including the FIFA World Cup 2006 and the FIFA Confederations Cup to be played in June, informed Mr. Sricharan Iyengar, vice president-sales and marketing. — Our Sports Reporter

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Diego to decide on surgery
Calcutta Telegraph – Mar 5, 2005
But his doctor, Francisco Holguin, told local radio on Thursday that experts have been performing medical tests on Maradona at Cartagena?s clinic, and deemed the portly 44-year-old fit for the operating table. ?For any patient, deciding whether to go ahead with this type of operation is difficult,? Holguin said, adding that a decision was expected in the next two days. FA Cup final on May 13

London: The 2006 FA Cup final, the first match scheduled for the new Wembley Stadium, will be played on Saturday May 13, the Football Association said on Thursday. The final will be the last game of the English domestic season barring the lower league playoffs, providing a boost for England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who had asked for ample preparation time for the 2006 World Cup should his side qualify. The England team will now have a four-week break between the FA Cup final and the start of the tournament in Germany. Wright-Phillips injury

London: Manchester City?s England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips faces surgery on a knee injury that will sideline him for up to two months. Wright-Phillips, one of the most exciting talents in English football, tore the cartilage in his right knee in a 3-2 comeback win over Premier League rivals Norwich City on Monday, the club said on its website.

EMIRATES BACKS TAKE-OFF FOR ASIAN SOCCER
sportbusiness.com – Mar 5, 2005
These include the AFC Asian Cup 2007, the AFC Champions League, the FIFA World Cup 2006 – Asian Qualifiers and the Asian Football Qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Games. The agreement, brokered by World Sport Group, the exclusive sponsorship and broadcasting partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), will run from now until the end of 2008. Emirates’ commitment to Asian soccer started in 1996 when the airline was the Official Airline of the AFC Asian Cup 1996, the continent’s premier national team competition. In 2001, Emirates signed a four-year deal to become Official Supporter of Asian football. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates’ executive vice president – commercial operations worldwide, said: “We believe sponsorship is one of the best ways of getting closer to our customers.

Blades boss hits out at FA decision to scrap replays
The Standard – Mar 5, 2005
In order to give the England side a four-week break before the World Cup finals
next summer, the FA Cup final will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the new
Wembley Stadium. As a knock-on effect the end of the Premier League season will be brought
forward a week – and in return the FA has had to scrap replays in the FA Cup
fifth and sixth rounds for clubs still involved in Europe. Sides in the Uefa Cup will not be required to play replays in the FA Cup fifth
round or quarterfinals, while those in the Champions League will not have
quarterfinal replays and any ties affected will go to extra time and penalties. “It is an absolute disgrace and another example of how the authorities seem
intent on messing about with a competition that should be sacrosanct,” said
Warnock, whose side secured a lucrative fifth-round replay with Arsenal after
drawing at Highbury, before eventually losing out on penalties. “Can anyone who has the game’s best interests at heart seriously suggest we
should do away with the passion and edge-of-the-seat excitement of Tuesday
[when the Gunners visited Bramall Lane]?
“We have already had to put up with attempts to move next season’s final to a
Wednesday night.

Major League Soccer: News: 03/03/2005
FC Dallas – Mar 3, 2005
9, the side cruised through UNCAF Nations Cup, the Gold Cup qualifying tournament for Central America. The ticos picked apart Guatemala 4-0 in the semifinals before squeezing past Honduras on penalty kicks in the final, where Umaña provided the winning kick. Such success is heartening for Umaña, and a first Gold Cup title would be a welcome reward for his nation’s progress, but the ultimate goal is to advance to a second consecutive and third overall FIFA World Cup. “Our football is continuing to grow. But, we must work on it day by day; that is the nature of our sport,” Umaña said. “We are looking forward to earning a trip to the World Cup in 2006. This tournament is just one step on that path… “Our football is continuing to grow. But, we must work on it day by day; that is the nature of our sport,” Umaña said. “We are looking forward to earning a trip to the World Cup in 2006. This tournament is just one step on that path. ”

Jason Halpin is a contributor to MLSnet. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

BBC SPORT | Golf | American challenge excites Faldo
BBC News – Mar 3, 2005
“I hope my profile and success in the United States will be an advantage to the European team,” said Faldo. “Having played under five different captains, I’ve picked up a few tips and hope I can draw on my own experiences to guide Europe team to victory. ”

Faldo missed out to Ian Woosnam for the 2006 Cup, but has been awarded the captaincy for the event at the famous Valhalla course in 2008. “The Ryder Cup never fails to inspire both team members and spectators alike,” added Faldo. “With 11 previous appearances, I have so many fond memories of my time as a player and am honoured to be joining the list of great names that have captained the European team in the past. ”

Faldo, a six-time major winner, played in his first Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham in 1977. He went on to end a prolific Ryder Cup career at Valderrama in 1997 with a record 11 appearances, the most points won (25) and most matches won (23).

Johnson: I may have to leave
ic Newcastle.co.uk – Mar 4, 2005
Johnson, the leading English scorer in the Premiership with 18 goals, has been linked with a number of major clubs, from a long-standing connection with Liverpool to Italian giants Juventus. The 23-year-old has always maintained complete commitment to Palace’s cause and would dearly love to be playing Premiership football at Selhurst Park next season. But should the worst happen, Johnson conceded his need for top-flight football might force him to move on. “At this moment in time it would be very hard to leave a gaffer like Iain Dowie. He has done so much for me and I am learning every single day,” he said. “I think everyone is ambitious.

Umbro profits lifted by Euro 2004
BBC News – Mar 3, 2005
Umbro, which recently lost sponsorship deals with Chelsea and Celtic, said on Thursday it had signed a new four-year agreement with Scottish club Rangers. It hopes 2005 sales will benefit from the launch of a new England replica shirt ahead of the 2006 World Cup. In January, Umbro announced its sponsorship agreement with Chelsea, which gave Umbro the lucrative right to make replica kits, would end in 2006, five years earlier than expected. The firm, which is to receive a payment from Chelsea of ?24. 5m, said it is “appraising a number of additional investment opportunities as a result of this compensation”. Chief executive Peter McGuigan said the firm plans to grow sales both in the UK and internationally.

Soccer News of Thursday, 3 March 2005
ghanaweb.com – Mar 3, 2005
According to him, qualification of the Stars to the highest soccer fiesta is top on the ministry?s agenda and the Government was ready to offer the needed support, to ensure that dream is realized. The sports minister made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with the Stars? coach, Ratomir Dujkovic, and members of the GFA. Osafo-Maafo observed that lack of finance had always been identified as the bane of Ghana sports and assured that his outfit was bent on ending the trend. ?The Stars? qualification to the World Cup has always remained a top priority and we will do all that is within our capabilities to get there,? he said.

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