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March 15, 2005

AFA delay Soccerroos decision

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The News Review:

* … beating the drum on the Internet for the Soccer World Champi…
* New Coach, No Matches
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Price wins senior Wales call…
* AFA delay Soccerroos decision
* Venezuelan FA to be banned?
* Libya drop Gaddafi
* The British Are Coming: England to Play in US in May (washingtonpost.c…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Souness critics must eat humble pie
* Chinese league faces crisis
* Flak for Mourinho as Frisk bows to threats
* Soccer Chief: China’s Football Potential Is Boundless
* Fearful Frisk retires as ref
* Ivankovic: 100,000 Iranian fans will cheer TM with their heart
* Club before country? Robbie Savage
* Other Iran sport news in brief
* Soccer to take centre stage on ESPN Star Sports
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Stenson builds two-shot advantage
* Pelé Autobiography a Big Coup for S&S
* Other Iran sport news in brief

… beating the drum on the Internet for the Soccer World Champi…
Heise Online – Mar 14, 2005
The centerpiece of this artistic and cultural program was the mobile pavilion entitled the Football Globe, which was currently on a tour through all twelve German FIFA World Cup Host Cities, he said. The German federal government is supporting these events to the tune of about 30 million euros. Meanwhile the data protection watchdogs of both the federal government and the federal states are continuing to call for a revision of the still. In a joint resolution (.

New Coach, No Matches
china.org.cn – Mar 12, 2005
Though the CFA has confirmed the national team will be established, reassembled and will play matches, the national squad’s very existence, as some reports have suggested, is dependent on sponsorship and, given its rock bottom image, little of that is likely to be immediately forthcoming. Quite what sort of matches Zhu has in mind have left people were wondering. The world’s most populous country lost out in the race to qualify for the 2006 World Cup to unfancied Kuwait last year. The only remaining competition they could qualify for is the far less significant Doha Asian Games in 2006. With a football history of more than 2,000 years, China’s first World Cup appearance came only two years ago under the guidance of Milutinovic. Its World Cup debut, however, ended in ignominious defeat when it lost all three games in the group stage and failed to score a single goal. And fans fear they will have to wait for China to host the event before they make another World Cup appearance… The world’s most populous country lost out in the race to qualify for the 2006 World Cup to unfancied Kuwait last year. The only remaining competition they could qualify for is the far less significant Doha Asian Games in 2006. With a football history of more than 2,000 years, China’s first World Cup appearance came only two years ago under the guidance of Milutinovic. Its World Cup debut, however, ended in ignominious defeat when it lost all three games in the group stage and failed to score a single goal. And fans fear they will have to wait for China to host the event before they make another World Cup appearance. But no mater how many matches may lie ahead or how important a role he plays, Zhu knows it was, and never will be an easy task he faces. “As league club coach, you have chances to win back the points you lose in one round.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Price wins senior Wales call…
BBC News – Mar 14, 2005
Price’s first-team opportunities at Portman Road have been limited to nine appearances this season by the form of Kelvin Davis. But the Bournemouth-born player, who qualifies for Wales through his father, has enjoyed extra first-team football during a loan spell at Cambridge. Wales realistically have no chance of qualifying from Group Six for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. But the matches against Austria in Cardiff on 26 March and in Vienna four days later are important as new coach Toshack begins rebuilding the Wales side in earnest. Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is named in the squad and should be fit, despite missing his side’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Southampton on Saturday with a facial injury. And John Hartson is available again to spearhead the Wales attack after he, like Giggs, was a late withdrawal from the team to play Hungary. David Partridge, Gavin Williams, Danny Collins and Sam Ricketts get another chance after impressive debuts last month against Hungary.

AFA delay Soccerroos decision
go.com – Mar 12, 2005
ofc –>Updated: March 12, 2005AFA delay Soccerroos decisionTOKYO, March 12 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it is too early to make a decision on Australia’s request to join the AFC. Australia have asked world soccer’s governing body FIFA forpermission to leave the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) andjoin the AFC in order to make World Cup qualification easier. The AFC acknowledged talks with the Football Federation ofAustralia (FFA) had taken place but said no formal decision wasmade. ‘The president of the AFC, Mohamed Bin Hammam, wishes topoint out that no final decision has been taken at any level,’the AFC said in a statement on Saturday. ‘It is therefore premature to state that Australia has leftthe OFC to join the AFC. Any such decision concerning membershipto the AFC must be in agreement with… ‘AFC officials are set to discuss in detail Australia’srequest for entry into the Asian confederation after 2006 attheir executive committee meeting on March 23. Australia’s hopes of joining Asia are nothing new but theyintensified after FIFA went back on a previous promise to awardOceania direct entry to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. At present, the Oceania winners, Australia or the SolomonIslands, have to face a South American team in a two-leg playoffwhile Asia has four automatic qualifying berths and a playoff. Australia are the dominant force in the region but have onlyqualified for the World Cup finals once, in 1974. Your views on this story?.

Venezuelan FA to be banned?
go.com – Mar 12, 2005
World soccer’s governing body FIFA had threatened to suspendthe nation unless the Venezuelan Football Federation held theelections for a new president and executive by March 19. An internal federation dispute, which was taken to theSupreme Court, had twice caused the postponement of theelections. The threatened FIFA ban would have ended Venezuela’s hopesof reaching the 2006 World Cup finals. Although Venezuela are ninth in the 10-nation World Cupqualifying competition, the team that has been for years theCinderella of South American soccer has produced severalsparkling performances recently. Leading figures in Venezuelan soccer, including popularnational team coach Richard Paez, have appealed to the SupremeCourt and to the federation to solve the dispute and therebyavoid the FIFA ban. Venezuela have won four of their 11 South American World Cupqualifying matches and still have a chance of reaching the 2006finals in Germany. The next game in the tournament is againstColombia on March 26.

Libya drop Gaddafi
BBC News – Mar 13, 2005
Striker Ahmed El Masli is back in the frame after being sidelined by injury for more than a year. El Masli is Libya’s top scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers with four goals to date. He was scheduled to join Egyptian giants Ahly last year but the move was scuppered after Ahly officials claimed the 25-year-old had a serious back injury. “I’m very fit and I’ve started to score goals again,” a confident El Masli said. He added: “I’ll prove to the Egyptians that their decision not to sign me was wrong. ”

El Khemisy has overlooked Al Saadi Gaddafi despite the fact that the son of the Libyan leader joined the team in a two-match tour of Australia last month… ”

El Khemisy has overlooked Al Saadi Gaddafi despite the fact that the son of the Libyan leader joined the team in a two-match tour of Australia last month. But influential skipper Tarek El Taib is expected to lead the Libyans into battle against the Pharoahs in Cairo on 27 March. El Taib, who plays his club football in Turkey, and Italy-based striker Gehad Montasr are the only two Europe-based players called up for duty. The Libyans are due to set up a training camp in Tunisia before flying to the Egyptian capital. Libya lie second behind the Ivory Coast in qualifying Group Three at the halfway stage. But they are three points better off than Egypt who are in real danger of slipping out of the frame for Germany 2006. Squad:

Goalkeepers: Meftah Ghazalla, Samir Abboud , Mohamed El Bira

Defenders: Sami El Kaeed, Walid Osman, Osama Hamady, Naji Shushan , Younes
El-Shebani ,Mahmoud Makhlouf

Midfielders: Osman El Fergani, Abdessalam Khamies, Khaled Hussien , Marei
El-Ramli, Solyman Abdelsadek, Tarek El Taib, Abu Bakr Al Sewaee, Ali Rahuma

Strikers: Nader Karra , Ahmed El Masli, Salem Rewani, Ahmed Saad, Gehad Montasr.

The British Are Coming: England to Play in US in May (washingtonpost.c…
Washington Post – Mar 12, 2005
The United States, likely to have most of its top players available, will be preparing for World Cup qualifiers on June 4 against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City and June 8 at Panama. inc –>_____Graphics_____• See ticket categories and prices for the… England captain David Beckham and forward Michael Owen, who play for Real Madrid, are likely to miss the exhibition games. Real Madrid is scheduled to play its final Spanish League game of the season on May 30. Other top English players could miss the tour if Liverpool or Chelsea reach the final of the European Champions Cup, scheduled for May 25 in Istanbul. England’s top midfielder, Steven Gerrard, plays for Liverpool.

BBC SPORT | Football | Souness critics must eat humble pie
BBC News – Mar 14, 2005
Souness is no stranger to silverware, and even though expectations at Newcastle will be massive, the man I know from my playing days at Liverpool will be loving every second of that – he lives for that sort of pressure. There is still some work to be done in both cup competitions. Manchester United will be fierce opposition for Newcastle, and have a superb FA Cup record, but it will come down to one game on one day and Souness’ side have some very good individuals. So Graeme Souness may yet be the man to end Newcastle’s long wait for a trophy – and I suspect we won’t be hearing those complaining voices then.

Chinese league faces crisis
BBC News – Mar 14, 2005
3bn people really made its mark on the world stage. But recent history has not been kind to the Chinese. They lost the Asian Cup final to bitter rivals Japan – and then Kuwait knocked them out of qualifying for the World Cup finals in Germany in 2006. And while the new league, began in 2004, was meant to usher in a new period of professionalism, it ended with one side, Beijing Hyundai, walking off the pitch halfway through a game. Beijing’s actions were partially in protest at some questionable refereeing decisions, but also in a more general complaint about the running of the game… As a result, the second half of the season was a flop – attendances fell sharply, with fans feeling cheated. In turn, this made football less attractive to sponsors. In January, electronics company Siemens – concerned by the turbulent state of affairs – announced it would no longer sponsor the Super League. As yet, no new backer has been found. In a partial effort to try and restore confidence, Yan Shiduo, the head of the Chinese FA, was sacked last month. Most believe his replacement, Xie Yalong, will have to implement total reform total restore the public’s faith in the game.

Flak for Mourinho as Frisk bows to threats
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 14, 2005
Roth, the most influential man in European refereeing, said that coaches were indirectly to blame for the type of incident that prompted Frisk, who could have officiated at the 2006 World Cup finals, to abruptly and prematurely retire from football. Mourinho had suggested that Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard visited Frisk’s dressing room at half-time during the first leg of the Champions League tie at the Nou Camp. “I hope that Mourinho says more than ‘what a pity’ in the days to come,” said Bo Karlsson, chairman of the Swedish FA’s referees committee.

Soccer Chief: China’s Football Potential Is Boundless
china.org.cn – Mar 13, 2005
Xie, 49, is the third man to take charge of the CFA since 1994, when the world’s most populous nation first played a professional league. There is not much to crow about football wise at the beginning of the New Lunar Year. The Year of the Monkey brought disappointment with the men’s national team failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the women’s side slumping to an unprecedented 8-0 defeat at the hands of Germany, and the inaugural Super League becoming widely associated with scandals, match-fixing, gambling and financial difficulties rather than football on the pitch. It will be a tough challenge for Xie Yalong. However the former deputy president of Beijing Sports University is definitely up for it. The author of the celebrated book “On Sporting Athleticism” and thesis on football marketing told FIFA. com of his optimism that all would turn out well.

Fearful Frisk retires as ref
Calcutta Telegraph – Mar 13, 2005
The US-England clash will be the first between the two countries since September 7, 1994 at Wembley Stadium, won by the hosts 2-0. No decision on Australia now

Tokyo: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) says it is too early to make a decision on Australia?s request to join the AFC. Australia have asked Fifa for permission to leave the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and join the AFC in order to make World Cup qualification easier. The AFC acknowledged talks with the Australian Football Federation (FFA) had taken place but said no formal decision was made. AFC officials are set to discuss Australia?s request for entry into the confederation after 2006 at their executive committee meeting on March 23. Walia to officiate

New Delhi: International umpire Kukoo Walia has been nominated as umpire manager, by the FIH, for the six-nation under-21 international hockey tournament to be held in Kuala Lumpur. The tournament, to be played from March 27 to April 3, would be Walia?s fifth assignment as umpire manager at the international level.

Ivankovic: 100,000 Iranian fans will cheer TM with their heart
Iran Sports Press – Mar 12, 2005
About the team’s strength, in all positions there is a good age balance with highly technical players that are capable of changing the result of the game. Suzuki, Nakamura, Hidetoshi Nakata, Santoz and team’s goali Kavaguchi are few examples. Considering your game against Bahrain, what is your plan for Iran – Japan game?Obviously this game is very important and has a significant effect on both teams’ destiny in qualifying for 2006 World Cup games. A victory over Japan will ease our path to reach World Cup, so we will have an attacking tactic against Japan. Ivankovic, how hopeful are you about Iran’s victory over Japan?We do not think about anything but a victory in this game. I respect Asia’s Champions but we a win in Tehran.

Club before country? Robbie Savage
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 14, 2005
“Savage’s manager at Blackburn, Mark Hughes, was formerly in charge of him with Wales. Savage played a key role in the unsuccessful campaign, under Hughes, to qualify for last year’s European Championships, during which the country beat Italy at home and were denied after a play-off defeat at the hands of Russia. The campaign for World Cup qualification has also begun poorly. A 3-2 defeat by Poland at the Millennium stadium, followed by defeat at the hands of England, a disappointing 2-2 draw with Northern Ireland and 1-1 draw in Azerbaijan has put a severe dent in the country’s hopes of qualifying for Germany 2006… Savage played a key role in the unsuccessful campaign, under Hughes, to qualify for last year’s European Championships, during which the country beat Italy at home and were denied after a play-off defeat at the hands of Russia. The campaign for World Cup qualification has also begun poorly. A 3-2 defeat by Poland at the Millennium stadium, followed by defeat at the hands of England, a disappointing 2-2 draw with Northern Ireland and 1-1 draw in Azerbaijan has put a severe dent in the country’s hopes of qualifying for Germany 2006.

Other Iran sport news in brief
IranMania News – Mar 13, 2005
com

LONDON, March 13 (IranMania) – Iran?s Football Federation is to arrange a welcome ceremony for Iranian-German footballer, Fereydoun Zandi who is to visit Iran. Although Zandi played for Iran in the 2006 World Cup qualifier with Dubai, he has not visited Iran yet. – Germany?s Arminia was beaten by Hamburg 4-3 on Saturday. Iranian Mehdi Mahdavikia scored the fourth goal for Hamburg in the 71st minute. – Iran?s Group B National Team (a team recently formed, made up of the representatives of Iranian football clubs) will play a friendly with Georgia early April… com

LONDON, March 13 (IranMania) – Iran?s Football Federation is to arrange a welcome ceremony for Iranian-German footballer, Fereydoun Zandi who is to visit Iran. Although Zandi played for Iran in the 2006 World Cup qualifier with Dubai, he has not visited Iran yet. – Germany?s Arminia was beaten by Hamburg 4-3 on Saturday. Iranian Mehdi Mahdavikia scored the fourth goal for Hamburg in the 71st minute. – Iran?s Group B National Team (a team recently formed, made up of the representatives of Iranian football clubs) will play a friendly with Georgia early April. – Iran?s two-man cross country ski squad left for Istanbul, Turkey to win its share of the 2006 Winter Olympics quota.

Soccer to take centre stage on ESPN Star Sports
Indiantelevision.com – Mar 12, 2005
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ESPN Star Sports, which already boasts of a stellar football-programming
that includes the English Premier League, the Spanish Primera Liga,
the UEFA Champion’s League, the UEFA Cup, the FA Football Package
and the Asian Football Confederation Package, has added the 2006
FIFA World Cup too in its kitty for the Indian sub-continent, the
FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and Brazillian soccer. Soccer action from the best of leagues on ESPN Star Sports is supported
by a line up of interesting feature programming on EPL covering
predictions, highlights, news and information, as well as pre and
post game analysis, including Here We Go, Tiger First
Edition, Football Forecast, Premiership Saturday,
Super Sunday, Football Extra, Football Focus,
Goals, Football Crazy, Football Up Close and
the football magazine show produced out of India – Football
Locker Room. ESPN Star Sports has also taken its football coverage to a whole
new level with the addition of one of England’s best-loved
and well respected coaches, Sir Bobby Robson to its team of presenters
on the FA Cup and English Premier League matches this season. Sir
Robson joins regular hosts John Dykes and Andrew Leci in Singapore,
in expert commentary and discussions during live matches, and pre-
and post-game programs. Schedule of the matches this weekend:
FA
Cup.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Stenson builds two-shot advantage
BBC News – Mar 12, 2005
Overnight leader Richard Green slipped to second alongside Niclas Fasth after making only one birdie in his 73. Ernie Els continued his improvement with another 69 but is five shots back. The world number three, who began the tournament with a 73 that contained only one birdie, made two on each nine and dropped only one shot to move up from joint 24th to a share of 10th. Els is the only player from the world’s top 50 taking part this week, but did not rate his chances of coming from behind to win, as he did in Dubai last week. “I think it’s almost impossible to go very low here,” he said… ”

Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam was another to find things difficult, running up four successive bogeys in a round of 76 that left him in a tie for 71st at four over. Stenson, now based in Dubai, pitched to within inches at the 12th, and got up and down at the 306-yard 16th after his drive rebounded off a limestone rock in front of the green. His round was 22 shots better than that of his compatriot Fredrik Andersson, who had two triple bogeys and four doubles in an 88 that left him 10 shots adrift at the foot of the field.

Pelé Autobiography a Big Coup for S&S
Book Standard – Mar 14, 2005
S&S UK is certain to find itself at the center of an international bidding war for the book at the LBF. It also controls serial rights. CM8ShowAd(“Middle”); Andrew Gordon, S&S non-fiction editorial director, said: “Pelé is one of the very few people in football who transcend not just the game but sport itself, and we are delighted to be involved in what will be a worldwide publishing event. S&S bought the book from Jonathan Harris of Sport & Artist Management, acting for Duet Sport & Entertainment. Publication will be next summer, to coincide with the 2006 World Cup… CM8ShowAd(“Middle”); Andrew Gordon, S&S non-fiction editorial director, said: “Pelé is one of the very few people in football who transcend not just the game but sport itself, and we are delighted to be involved in what will be a worldwide publishing event. S&S bought the book from Jonathan Harris of Sport & Artist Management, acting for Duet Sport & Entertainment. Publication will be next summer, to coincide with the 2006 World Cup.

Other Iran sport news in brief
IranMania News – Mar 14, 2005
com

LONDON, March 14 (IranMania) – Iran and North Korea will meet in April as part of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. – The new head coach of UAE?s Al-Ahli football team described the team?s Iranian striker, Ali Karimi as the team?s savior. – Iran?s third class beach volleyball squad made up of Kia Shoushtari and Rouhollah Salehinezhad will also take part in the Asian Championship contests to be held next month in Thailand. – The Polish Wushu Federation invited Iran to take part in the second international Wushu contests in Poland. The competitions will be on early July.

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