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March 12, 2005

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The News Review:

* WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: Rusol revelling in rapid rise
* Egypt ‘on course’ for 2006
* WORLD CUP 2006: The day the Elephants were born
* WORLD CUP 2006: Double hurdle for Hiddink’s Australia
* WORLD CUP 2006: Panama out but not down
* Turkish referee to officiate 2006 World Cup
* Scandal rocks Senegal’s football
* Formal complaint filed as new World Cup ticketing row starts
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man City | Keegan walks out of the…
* channel4.com – French Football
* China name Zhu as their new coach
* Australia & New Zealand
* Wembley set to open in March 2006
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Faldo backs Donald to win major
* German player arrested over fixing
* Murray’s a man, exuding passion but not violence. Rooney’s a…

WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: Rusol revelling in rapid rise
noticias.info – Mar 10, 2005
Rusol could hardly believe his eyes. Just 21 at the time, the defender was not far off 70 appearances for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Wischa Liga, the Ukrainian top flight, but a call-up to the national squad came out of the deepest of deep blue. He was a consistent but in no sense star performer in club football, boasting a modest record for his country with a single U-21 outing. If his call-up raised eyebrows among the nation’s footballing cognoscenti, no-one was more surprised than Rusol himself. “He was just a youngster, and no-one outside Dnipropetrovsk really knew much about him. I decided to take the risk and hand him a place in the national team,” Blokhin explains. Rusol’s debut on 31 March 2004 ended in a 1-0 defeat by FYR Macedonia, but without prior warning, Ukraine had gained an inspirational defensive tactician… “He was a touch nervous out there to start with,” the coach remembers, “but he quickly matched my expectations and justified my faith. A little over a year later, the 22-year-old has amassed 16 senior caps and scored once for his country. That goal was Ukraine’s 40th-minute opener in a 2-0 victory in Albania in February, his most significant contribution to date as the former Soviet republic forged ahead towards the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany?. Ukraine ultimately became the first European nation to seal a berth at the biggest sporting event in the world next year. After twice falling agonisingly in the play-offs, the nation took to the streets in celebration once their ticket to Germany was finally booked. “It’s a great honour to be taking part. The Ukrainian people love their football,” Rusol reflects, looking forward “to finding out where we stand against the best in the international game”.

Egypt ‘on course’ for 2006
BBC News – Mar 10, 2005

The organising committee boss rejected claims that Egypt lost interest in hosting the 2006 competition because it was not the qualifying tournament for the World Cup finals in Germany, as first thought. “Definitely our fans were shocked when they were told the bad news,” Reida admitted. “However, the fact is that everyone will be looking forward to it, as our chances of reaching the World Cup finals are slim. ”

In another development, Khaled Abdel Aziz has been named as the new tournament manager, replacing Hecham El Kheshen, who resigned early last week. The tournament mascot will be revealed at a media conference on 20 March.

WORLD CUP 2006: The day the Elephants were born
noticias.info – Mar 11, 2005
And before long, the flow of talent from the ASEC academy to clubs in Europe began in earnest. But just who were these ASEC teenagers? Look down the C?te d’Ivoire squad that has just qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals and you will see them: Kolo Toure, Boubacar Barry, Didier Zokora, Abdoulaye Djire, Gilles Yapi Yapo, Siaka Tiene and the substitute that February afternoon in 1999, Dindane. Today all are household names across the African continent and all playing top-level club football in Europe. As the Ivorians look ahead to their FIFA World Cup finals debut, it would seem they owe a big debt of gratitude to the vision of Ouegnin. datos de la noticia

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WORLD CUP 2006: Double hurdle for Hiddink’s Australia
noticias.info – Mar 11, 2005
news – WORLD CUP 2006: Double hurdle for Hiddink’s Australia. And their debut in West Germany proved little more than a painful learning experience as they took an early flight home after earning only one point from a goalless draw against Chile following defeats by both East and West Germany. And their debut in West Germany proved little more than a painful learning experience as they took an early flight home after earning only one point from a goalless draw against Chile following defeats by both East and West Germany.

WORLD CUP 2006: Panama out but not down
noticias.info – Mar 10, 2005
On the surface, their failure to reach the finals is exactly what was expected of the Panamanians in their first appearance at the final hurdle of North, Central American and Caribbean qualifying. But after clawing their way to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, the overall strides made have been nothing short of massive. In a nation where boxing and baseball are king, football always seemed to get lost in the shuffle. But recently things have been shifting down Panama way. Aided financially by a windfall thanks to FIFA’s Goal Project ? which offers assistance to developing national associations ? Panama are suddenly in the throes of a huge upswing in fortunes and results. Though their two points from eight matches in CONCACAF qualifying for Germany 2006 do not look overly impressive, Panama ? rock-bottom in the six-team group ? have had their moments in only their first-ever foray into the cutthroat world of final round qualifying, holding mighty Mexico and Guatemala to draws and stretching Costa Rica on two occasions. Golden summer for PanamaMoreover, the Central Americans found a rich vein of form at the Gold Cup in the United States in July to reach their first international final… Foraging forward Luis Tejada edged out such luminaries as the US’s Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley and Mexico’s Jared Borgetti for the award for Gold Cup player of the tournament, while Jaime Penedo scooped up the competition’s best goalkeeper award after turning in some inspired performances. With Felipe Baloy, Ricardo Phillips, Jorge Luis Dely Valdes (twin brother of Julio ? Panama’s favourite footballing son) and Luis Moreno all putting in outstanding shifts in the States, the nation was all smiles and high expectations heading into the crucial post-Gold Cup qualifiers. Crashing back to earthSadly, for those expecting a dramatic reversal of fortune in the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Panama sputtered in their next outings, losing out to Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica. And now with two games to go, they find themselves officially out of the hunt for a spot at Germany 2006. Though several members of Panama’s pioneering generation are rapidly reaching their sell-by date (notably the Dely Valdes brothers at 37), a group of youngsters including Tejada, Penedo, Roman Torres and Gabriel Gomez are prepared to pick up the mantle. And even farther along on the horizon, Panama’s two consecutive qualifications for the FIFA World Youth (U-20) Championships (UAE 2003 and Netherlands 2005) surely augur well for the Central Americans. With an inaugural final-round qualifying campaign along with a rampaging run through to a regional final, 2005 must be considered a banner year for the courageous Canaleros.

Turkish referee to officiate 2006 World Cup
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Mar 9, 2005
Hakan Anaz could be a referee in the 2006 World Football Championships in Germany. Anaz is married and a father of two. He says he started playing soccer at the age of seven and has played on various Australian football teams. His career as a referee started in 1996 as a category A referee, when he blew the whistle on a green field for the first time in Victoria, Australia. When he earned enough club and assessors’ marks he was allowed to referee the First League of Victoria matches.

Scandal rocks Senegal’s football
BBC News – Mar 10, 2005

Senegal top Group One but are only ahead of Togo and Zambia, who also have 10 points, on goals difference. Despite the destabilising effect the scandal might have on Senegal’s 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations prospects, Stephan acknowledged that the law must take its course. When BBC Sport asked top FSF and sports ministry officials to comment on the unfolding affair, they declined to give an official response. “We haven’t had any meeting since the arrests and there’s no official position of the federation. Therefore, I cannot comment,” Mbaye Ndoye, FSF vice-president, told BBC Sport. Although Said Fakhry replaced El Hadji Malick Sy as FSF boss in October 2003, it is the four-year tenure of the latter that continues to cast a dark cloud over Senegalese football.

Formal complaint filed as new World Cup ticketing row starts
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Mar 9, 2005
Fifa said that supporters will be able to use other cards later in the process and when tickets are allocated to individual national football federations. The EC criticised the ticketing arrangements for the World Cup in France in 1998, when tickets were priced more cheaply for French residents… Which? wants the EC to allow people to pay by any method, including other credit cards. MasterCard is the official sponsor of the tournament. “We believe the deal between Fifa, the DFB [the German Football Association] and MasterCard is anti-competitive and puts football fans in the UK and around Europe at a disadvantage, as well as meaning they will incur additional costs,” Phil Evans, principal policy adviser at Which?, said. “Unless action is taken, European competition laws will be breached. “EU law exists to protect the consumer and to create a level playing field.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man City | Keegan walks out of the…
BBC News – Mar 11, 2005
Keegan’s critics will revive his reputation as a serial “quitter”, leaving City just days after insisting he would stay until the summer of 2006. It is another dramatic chapter in the story of one of football’s most honest and endearing characters, a story that has mixed glorious highs with desperate lows. Keegan has walked away from City, as he walked away from Newcastle United and, most dramatically of all, England. And the 54-year-old Yorkshireman leaves City with the old questions still being asked about his management style… “Unfortunately in football, especially in the Premiership, you need to defend as well as attack. I think in all honesty he has never recovered from that. Keegan quit England after a World Cup defeat against Germany in the last game at the old Wembley on October 2000, walking into a storm of criticism.

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Mar 11, 2005
Officials at the Corsican club are currently negotiating with teams in America’s Major Soccer League, with a view to terminating the 30-year-old’s contract. "Things are going smoothly and it should all be worked out by Sunday at the latest," said Vanney, who joined Bastia in 2002. "I’m the first American to have played in France, but the challenge that excites me now is taking part in World Cup 2006. "If I stay at Bastia, that might be difficult. I have to play regularly to have a hope of being picked but right now sometimes I play and sometimes I don’t. " The Los Angeles native has made only 18 appearances so far this season, and 18th-placed Bastia are prepared to part ways with Vanney if it means reducing their wage bill. "It’s been a great experience, though," he added.

China name Zhu as their new coach
CNN International – Mar 11, 2005
"The CFA has strict standards for appointing the national team coach. We did not have to appoint a Chinese coach but Zhu is the right choice. "Zhu led Shenzhen Jianlibao to the Chinese Super League title last year and had been the national team’s interim coach since Haan was fired in November for failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The 55-year-old will be in charge for the friendlies in Spain on March 26 and in the Republic of Ireland three days later. Zhu will also have control of China’s under-23 squad, arguably a more important task as they prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. CFA officials have said that a foreigner would serve as technical director but have yet to make an appointment. Haan became China coach in December 2002 and built an attack-minded side that reached last year’s Asian Cup final in Beijing… But the team’s shock elimination from the Asian World Cup qualifiers cost the Dutchman his job. German Klaus Schlappner, Englishman Bobby Houghton and Yugoslav Bora Milutinovic had spells in charge before Haan’s arrival. China reached their first World Cup finals in 2002 under Milutinovic but lost all three matches.

Australia & New Zealand
Bloomberg – Mar 10, 2005
Football Federation Australia said today in a statement ithas been in discussions with world governing body FIFA and theOceania and Asian confederations “since late last year'' aboutmaking the switch. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederationsupport the move, AFC General Secretary Peter Velappan said. Socceroos coach Frank Farina has called for Australia toalign itself with Asia to give the national team the best chanceof qualifying for the four-yearly World Cup. In 2003, FIFAreneged on a pledge to guarantee Oceania direct entry into thefinals. The other confederations all have assured places.

Wembley set to open in March 2006
BBC News – Mar 10, 2005
The 2006 FA Cup final had been expected to be the first fixture at Wembley following its redevelopment. The Football Association needs to stage an event with only half to two-thirds of the 90,000 capacity in attendance. A full test of the stadium’s safety, organisational and power systems must be carried out before Wembley will be awarded its safety certificate. Wembley chief executive Michael Cunnah said: “The stadium will basically be ready by the end of January. “But before we have the first official match, the FA Cup final, we will stage a couple of ‘soft events’ in order to gain the safety certificate from Brent Council.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Faldo backs Donald to win major
BBC News – Mar 9, 2005
The last European to win a major was Paul Lawrie in 1999 but Faldo believes that Donald gives hope for the future. “Of all the British talent out there right now, I feel Luke Donald is mentally the most complete,” Faldo told Golf World magazine. “He has the self-belief and the confidence, he is technically very good and has a great wedge game. ”

Faldo, who won three Opens and three US Masters, has recently been named captain of the 2008 European Ryder Cup team… “I don’t care how much we keep on talking about the amount of pressure players are under in a Ryder Cup,” he said. “The fact is that if it isn’t a major then it’s not ‘the real thing’. “The Ryder Cup is matchplay. You can make seven on a hole and still win. You have 11 other guys holding your hand. In a major, you are on your own. “A lot of ‘our boys’ performed brilliantly under the gun at Oakland Hills last year but put them in contention on the back nine of a major on Sunday and they’d find it a totally different experience.

German player arrested over fixing
CNN International – Mar 11, 2005
Prosecutors said Karl was arrested for that reason. "Because Steffen Karl has used dishonest methods to influence a witness with that phone call there is a danger of collusion and the necessity for his arrest," they said. Hoyzer, 25, is at the heart of the scandal that has tarnished football in Germany, hosts of the 2006 World Cup finals. He was arrested in February but released two weeks later. Hoyzer has admitted fixing matches for money from a Croatian gambling gang based at a Berlin nightclub and is cooperating with prosecutors. He has implicated other referees and players. A second referee, Dominik Marks, was arrested on Wednesday at his apartment in Berlin on suspicion of fraud and money-laundering.

Murray’s a man, exuding passion but not violence. Rooney’s a…
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 10, 2005
Hopefully, Beckham, the father of three boys, took the teenager by one of his prominent ears and said meaningfully: “Don’t do that again, Wayne. ” As the chairman of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools,… Unfortunately, Rooney is already the one in football, adorning the new FIFA 2006 Play-Station game flying off the retail shelves. It features the boy celebrating a goal with a snarl on his face, apparently the cultural image of our time. So great is Rooney’s sway over the whole football world that no one dare say a word aloud against him, and presumably his agents, who would swiftly phone Chelsea and demand their price. He is beyond discipline and too daft to apply it himself. Where this leaves England is anyone’s guess. “If Rooney keeps showing referees such a lack of respect, he’ll find it hard to stay on the pitch,” Neilsen predicted after the sending-off offence in Spain. “When you are getting mad with opponents and referees it affects your performance.

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