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The News Review:

* JFF exec says Reid’s World Cup TV, marketing rights claim untrue
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Wenger unhappy over…
* DFB to ask Beckenbauer to run for UEFA boss
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Scholes rejected…
* Beckham: I can be a winner with England
* Can Safa CEO Hack 2010’s marathon task?
* Heskey back in England fold
* Parma reaches UEFA Cup quarterfinals
* Pharaohs prepare for Libya
* channel4.com – French Football
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Maturity impresses coach…
* If tournament must die, then let Scotland host the wake
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy could be shorter
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Monty and Casey share China lead

JFF exec says Reid’s World Cup TV, marketing rights claim untrue
Jamaica Observer – Mar 19, 2005
He also said that the deal was signed long before the present administrators took office. Evans, in supporting his administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2010 World Cup campaign deal with the CFU, has charged that the federation, strapped for cash at present, could have lost in excess of J$100 million since the 1998 World Cup campaign, as a direct result of the current agreement. “Firstly, in today’s world, football is not driven financially just by transfers, gate receipts and merchandising,” Evans told Sporting World last week. “TV and marketing rights are the engine that drives football, both at club and national association levels, and in respect, that applies to the JFF. ”
TV rights, among other issues, received national prominence last year, and again recently when some members of the current administration questioned the wisdom of the previous Captain Horace Burrell-led administration signing the collective World Cup 2006 TV and Marketing Rights Agreement. Reid, in an earlier interview with the Observer, aimed at “setting out the facts” regarding some issues that were brought into the public domain, and which he claimed were “accompanied by misinformation and innuendoes”, said the present JFF leaders could have withdrawn at the congress in Paris, France, but they refused to do so. Said he: “It is important to point out that subsequent to the debate raised by the JFF in May 2004, this matter was addressed forthrightly at the 27th CFU Congress staged at the Hotel Sofitel-Forum Rive Gauche, Paris, on May 19, 2004… ”
At last month’s 28th Ordinary Congress of the CFU in Barbados, the matter of TV rights was again raised and president Austin “Jack” Warner was quite forceful in reiterating his view that each country within the CFU should renew their contracts for the benefit of the region as a whole. Declaring that “there is nothing to hide”, Warner appeared angry that contracts sent to member associations were not signed and returned by some countries, including Jamaica. This current agreement gives the CFU full rights for the 2006 World Cup TV and marketing rights from all member countries of the region. The rights were sold to a third party (Traffic Sports USA) for US$900,000. Part of the proceeds are then distributed to the members in proportion to the number of home games played and their advancement throughout the various rounds of the qualification. This agreement was also in effect for the 2002 World Cup campaign. The JFF earned US$47,000 for its participation in the 2006 World Cup campaign, and not US$57,000 as previously stated.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Wenger unhappy over…
BBC News – Mar 18, 2005
England will play friendlies against USA and Colombia on 28 and 31 May and Wenger said: “I cannot understand the logic of going to the United States. “On one hand you want the England national team to have a four-week break before the World Cup in 2006. “But then you don’t give them a holiday after a long and exhausting season,” he added in the Evening Standard. The Frenchman suggested there is an ulterior motive for the matches – rather than preparation for Germany 2006. Wenger said: “I think money might come into it. “I can not understand why international teams who are preparing for the World Cup have a busy summer this year.

DFB to ask Beckenbauer to run for UEFA boss
Expatica – Mar 18, 2005
The DFB board unanimously voted in favour of Beckenbauer, 59, running against Frenchman Michel Platini for the job once Lennart Johansson steps down, probably in 2007. Beckenbauer was on Wednesday named the ideal candidate by Theo Zwanziger, the DFB co-president, in a move seemingly not co-ordinated with Beckenbauer and fellow co-president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder. “We can not waste the chance if we can get such a position. It is important as well for the years beyond (the World Cup in Germany in) 2006,” Zwanziger said… Known as “Der Kaiser”, Beckenbauer is Germany’s most popular football figure. He won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and as a coach in 1990. He is president of the World Cup 2006 organising committee and of Bayern Munich – with his fourth term ending in November 2006. The UEFA president to succeed the Swede Johansson, who won’t run again, will likely be elected in 2007 instead of 2006, in order to have the vote in the same year as the world body FIFA. The UEFA executive board will deal with the issue in April. Platini, France’s European champion playmaker from 1984 and organiser of the 1998 World Cup, announced his candidacy earlier this week. DPA
Subject: German news.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England | Scholes rejected…
BBC News – Mar 20, 2005
Maybe I will try again. ”

Eriksson will name his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at 1900 GMT on Sunday. England will virtually make sure of their place in the 2006 World Cup finals if they defeat Northern Ireland at Old Trafford next Saturday and Azerbaijan at St James’ Park four days later. Manchester United midfielder Scholes quit the England set-up after Euro 2004.

Beckham: I can be a winner with England
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 19, 2005
But there is also nothing like nostalgia to focus the mind on present realities and, at 30 next month, he understands that time is running out for him to claim one of the international game’s glittering prizes. Next year’s World Cup in Germany is likely to be his last, while disturbingly frequent injuries, the surest sign of a sporting body wearing out, make one wonder whether he will survive long enough to sniff the alpine air at the European championships in Switzerland and Austria in 2007. Given the circus that is his life, premature retirement might even be a welcoming option if this England team continues to fail to live up to expectations. When Beckham goes, it will mark the end of an era, the breaking-up of the so-called golden generation of talented young players seemingly destined to wipe out all those years of hurt since 1966… There are Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermain Defoe, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen – who is still young, believe it or not – Rio [Ferdinand], Ashley [Cole], Wayne Rooney, and the incredible thing about this team is that those players are young but also experienced. “It would be disappointing if, at the end of my career, we hadn’t won something with those players but I believe we will go on and do so. At least we won’t have to acclimatise for next year’s World Cup finals in Germany. I know it sounds like an excuse but it is really tough for European teams to play in the conditions we experienced in Japan in 2002. ” What angers the passionate, cock-eyed optimists who follow England to every friendly, let alone major championships, is not defeat, nor even an obvious incapacity to match the likes of Italy and Brazil for technical ability, since even Eriksson takes that as a given; it is when England fail to maximise their traditional qualities of playing a high tempo, physical game and fighting until the final whistle. Against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final, they seemed to have nothing left after what proved to be Ronaldinho’s winner five minutes into the second half and in Euro 2004, they were desperately defensive after taking an early quarter-final lead against Portugal. Beckham was clearly struggling for fitness throughout that tournament, an accusation he fiercely denied until it returned in the form of an excuse when England were knocked out.

Can Safa CEO Hack 2010’s marathon task?
Independent Online – Mar 19, 2005
Supporters need not worry about their safety. ”

At least the Safa job is not uncharted territory for the Joburg attorney. He occupied the position in a caretaker capacity when Jordaan was heading up the bid for the 2006 World Cup; it was a tenure that has returned to haunt him because of claims from his detractors that, under him, Safa suffered a R20-million loss. What they do not take into account, however, are a number of projects, like the African Nations Cup and big retrenchment packages, that were not budgeted for before he took over. He acknowledges that there are destructive factions in SA soccer that leak damaging perceptions that are not based on fact. As a lawyer, facts are his business; one of his priorities is to establish an open door policy with the media so that they get the facts without falling prey to malicious whispers. Another immediate goal is to embrace the regions that make up SA soccer and are often its sternest critics… ”

There are two encouraging features of Hack’s appointment. Firstly, he is a man with no ego and, secondly, he has no hidden agendas. Football is not his livelihood; he has always been in the game because he loves it. Were they still with us, Ewert Nene and “Big” Jack Sello would no doubt confirm this.

Heskey back in England fold
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 20, 2005
The selection of Heskey gives England’s head coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, plenty of choices up front, particularly as the Crystal Palace striker, Andrew Johnson, will not train in the early part of this week until a slight foot niggle clears up. England, who head Group 6 by one point from Poland, are training at Manchester United’s Carrington complex in preparation for Saturday’s tie against Lawrie Sanchez’s men at Old Trafford. Heskey appeared to have fallen from favour after Euro 2004… I believe this current bunch of lads are some of the best players in Europe. And I believe we can win things. What’s better about 2006 [compared to the 2002 World Cup in Japan] is that it’s in Europe and we don’t have to acclimatise for any weather. It sounds like excuses but it’s tough for European players to play in those conditions. “Beckham also voiced his support for England’s head coach. “Everyone knows what I think of Mr Eriksson as a manager and as a person – and I believe we have got a good experienced team and also a young team with a lot of young players coming through. “I believe we can win something and it would be disappointing at the end of my career if we hadn’t won something.

Parma reaches UEFA Cup quarterfinals
Taipei Times – Mar 19, 2005
The market should not be left to companies that make big turnovers “with our shows. ”
“They are using our games and we don’t get anything out of it,” Zwanziger said. Zwanziger said the DFB was planning such a move after the 2006 World Cup, in cooperation with the German league, which runs the Bundesliga championship. Oddset, the state-run betting agency, is a national sponsor of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Zwanziger said the turnover of bookmakers on German matches was up to 3 million euros (US$3. 9 million) a year, “and we want to get a cut, since we provide the foundation. ”
Germany has been rocked by a match-fixing scandal, after referee Robert Hoyzer admitted accepting bribes to rig matches for a ring of Croatian gamblers who made huge winnings by placing bets with Oddset on manipulated matches.

Pharaohs prepare for Libya
BBC News – Mar 20, 2005
The four, who were left out of last week’s friendly against Saudi Arabia, are among a 24-man squad named by coach Hassan Shehata for the match in Cairo. Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam, who plays for England’s Tottenham Hotspur, has been recalled after being axed from the national team last September. Mido had claimed that he was injured but then played for former club AS Roma within 24 hours of the World Cup qualifier that he missed. Mido apologised to the Egyptian Football Association last month… Ahmed ‘Mido’ Hossam, who plays for England’s Tottenham Hotspur, has been recalled after being axed from the national team last September. Mido had claimed that he was injured but then played for former club AS Roma within 24 hours of the World Cup qualifier that he missed. Mido apologised to the Egyptian Football Association last month. The Turkey-based trio of Abdel Zaher El Sakka, Bechir El-Tabey and Ahmed Hassan are the other Europe-based players in the Pharaohs’ squad. Al Ahly midfielder Mohamed Barakat and Hosni Abd Rabou of Ismaili, who missed last week’s friendly against Saudi Arabia through injury, were also included in the squad. Egypt are currently fourth in Group Three with seven points, five adrift of leaders Ivory Coast. Squad

Goalkeepers:

Nader El Sayed (Al Masry), Abdelwahed El Sayed (Zamalek), Mohamed Fathi (Ismaili)

Defenders:

Wael Gomaa (Al Ahly), Bechir El-Tabey (Rizespor, Turkey), Mahmoud Fath Allah (Ghazl El Mahalla), Emad El Nahhas (Al Ahly), Abdel Zaher El Sakka (Genclebirligi, Turkey),Ahmed Abu Musallam (Al Ahly), Abdallah Ragab (Al Masry), Ahmed Fathi (Ismaili)

Midfielders:

Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly), Hosni Abd Rabou (Ismaili), Mohamed Shawky (Al Ahly), Samir Sabry (ENPPI), Mohamed Abu Treka (Al Ahly), Ahmed Eid Abdel Malik (Haras Al Hedood), Ahmed Hassan (Besiktas, Turkey), Hassan Mustafa (Al Ahly)

Forwards:

Emad Meteib (Al Ahly), Abdelhalim Ali (Zamalek), Amr Zaki (ENPPI), Mohamed Mohsen Abougreisha (Ismaili), Ahmed Hossam Mido (Tottenham Hotspur, England).

channel4.com – French Football
Channel 4 News – Mar 18, 2005
At the end of those six months we’ll look again at the situation. ” Despite strong rumours suggesting Troussier has already decided to quit the Mediterranean club, the Coach insists that no such choice has been made. But the ex-Japan boss admitted recently: "On a personal level, I’m not sure whether I’d prefer to be coaching at the World Cup in 2006, or in the Champions’ League.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Maturity impresses coach…
BBC News – Mar 19, 2005
“France bring through all these good young players and for them to take the step up from club rugby to international level is not as great as it is for our players,” he said. He also pleaded with the Italian authorities to show some patience with his team-building plans. “Clive Woodward was under pressure in 1998, but his bosses were patient and he helped England win the World Cup,” he said.

If tournament must die, then let Scotland host the wake
The Standard – Mar 18, 2005
International Rugby Board chairman Syd Millar suggested while in Hong Kong for
this year’s tournament draw in mid-February that there would be no room in an
already crowded international calendar for a World Cup Sevens should the
abbreviated form of the game become an Olympic medal event at the 2012 Games. “If rugby wins back its place in the Olympics, then this will be the pinnacle
of sevens. There might not be any need for a World Cup then,” Millar was
quoted as saying. “There could be another World Cup Sevens in 2009, but who knows after that. If
we are successful, the Olympics will be the biggest world stage for our
sport. ”
Irishman Millar, one of only three men – together with Carwyn James and Ian
McGeechan – to have led British and Irish Lions sides to series victories,
added: “What happens at July’s IOC meeting will have a bearing on the next
World Cup Sevens. “We will decide after that as to what course of action to take for 2009, and
whether to continue after that… Some 100 years later RWC Sevens was born. Rugby Sevens became a Commonwealth Games event in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 where New
Zealand emerged winner, beating Fiji in the final, and in Manchester in 2002 it
was the same pair in the final with the same result. The game will also feature in the 2006 edition in Melbourne where the top 16
Commonwealth countries will compete, with qualification determined by world
rankings after this World Cup. The hugely successful IRB Sevens Series has been in operation for just six
seasons with New Zealand winning the first five tournaments. “It is very important for rugby to be in the Olympics for then it would open
doors around the world,” Millar was quoted as saying while in Hong Kong. “Countries will get access to funds and facilities. Rugby is a global game and
it can only become bigger if it is an Olympic sport.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Champions Trophy could be shorter
BBC News – Mar 20, 2005

The International Cricket Council is now considering a proposal which would give direct entry to the hosts and the top five teams in the one-day rankings. A qualifying event would determine the other two competing nations. The biennial tournament is second only to the World Cup in importance. India is set to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2006, provided the Indian government agrees to give tax-exemption for the tournament. Otherwise, the event will go to Pakistan.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Monty and Casey share China lead
BBC News – Mar 19, 2005
The Scot wobbled early on with three straight bogeys but birdied the final two holes for a 68 to reach 16 under. Casey also hit a 68 as Plaphol shot 66 with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Terry Pilkadaris of Australia one shot back. Montgomerie is ranked 54 in the world and needs to finish second in China to get back into the top 50, who qualify for next month’s US Masters. The 41-year-old’s first task is to qualify for next week’s Players’ Championship – dubbed “the fifth major” – in Florida, which would boost his chances of staying in the elite for the 28 March Masters deadline. Ireland’s Paul McGinley, a Ryder Cup colleague of Montgomerie and Casey, was in a logjam on 13 under after a 69… Montgomerie is ranked 54 in the world and needs to finish second in China to get back into the top 50, who qualify for next month’s US Masters. The 41-year-old’s first task is to qualify for next week’s Players’ Championship – dubbed “the fifth major” – in Florida, which would boost his chances of staying in the elite for the 28 March Masters deadline. Ireland’s Paul McGinley, a Ryder Cup colleague of Montgomerie and Casey, was in a logjam on 13 under after a 69.

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