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The News Review:

* WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: USA tackle Mexico, Azteca, history
* A time to make friends: Homepage of the FIFA World Cup 2006 is…
* Football: Klinsmann gathers big World Cup squad
* Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
* ABC Sport – Football – Door opens for Socceroos to join Asia
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Algeria boss feels the heat
* Fifa in deal to launch its own shops and clothes
* Drogba’s dream of glory
* Fifa is working to a World Cup goal
* Dickov injury leaves Smith short up front
* Eriksson plays pride card
* WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: Italy present toughest of starts for…
* WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: Solid Zaid has big shoes to fill
* Platini warns off Beckenbauer
* Sports News of Wednesday, 23 March 2005
* JFF targets September for first phase of National Academy

WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: USA tackle Mexico, Azteca, history
noticias.info – Mar 23, 2005
And although it is still early days, the two camps are leaving no stone unturned in readying for what has become CONCACAF’s incomparable ‘clasico. ‘ Bad blood, acrimony, politics and football all chaotically converge when these two sides take the pitch. It is not always pretty, but never boring. Playing at home at the Azteca – where Mexico have only ever lost one FIFA World Cup qualifier ? will most likely make all the difference. This is the big one, serious business for both sides… ‘ Bad blood, acrimony, politics and football all chaotically converge when these two sides take the pitch. It is not always pretty, but never boring. Playing at home at the Azteca – where Mexico have only ever lost one FIFA World Cup qualifier ? will most likely make all the difference. This is the big one, serious business for both sides. History and Background: Mexico keen to cling, States to surge
By most accounts Mexico remain the top team in CONCACAF. Their overall qualifying record of 13 wins, three losses and five draws against the States attests to as much.

A time to make friends: Homepage of the FIFA World Cup 2006 is…
noticias.info – Mar 23, 2005
Secondly, it shows Germany as a hospitable and tolerant country that is open to the world. Thirdly, it is a website about football and so, of course, a lot of it is about the game itself. Chats and World Cup tickets on the homepage

With a little understanding of football and a little luck, something special can be won on the homepage of the World Cup website: two World Cup admission tickets, which are supplied by World Cup sponsor Continental AG. In order to take part in the prize raffle, the player must correctly answer three brief questions. A solvable problem, as demonstrated by two young football fans from the public. However, the public was not only invited to participate in the prize raffle. At the same time an online chat was held with three football experts.

Football: Klinsmann gathers big World Cup squad
Expatica – Mar 21, 2005
Of the 36, 19 will on Friday make their way to Slovenia for a friendly the following day. “Everything is directed towards the World Cup, we will continue firmly in this way,” said Klinsmann. Liverpool’s Hamann, who was not due to play in Slovenia, is unavailable due to a knee injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby against Everton. Other currently sidelined players such as Jens Nowotny, Andreas Goerlitz, Philipp Lahm and Christoph Metzelder were invited to come to Frankfurt as Klinsmann planned to thank all players for a good start into his job since last year and to outline the next moves… Of the 36, 19 will on Friday make their way to Slovenia for a friendly the following day. “Everything is directed towards the World Cup, we will continue firmly in this way,” said Klinsmann. Liverpool’s Hamann, who was not due to play in Slovenia, is unavailable due to a knee injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby against Everton. Other currently sidelined players such as Jens Nowotny, Andreas Goerlitz, Philipp Lahm and Christoph Metzelder were invited to come to Frankfurt as Klinsmann planned to thank all players for a good start into his job since last year and to outline the next moves.

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About…
Chosun Ilbo – Mar 21, 2005
The final round of regional preliminaries for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany offers golden opportunities for the companies to get their brands known. LG Electronics inked an official sponsorship contract with British football club Liverpool on Monday. The value of the contract is W1. For the next two seasons, LG Electronics has the right to promotional events like online marketing and can offer contents download services to Liverpool FC fans With this contract, LG Electronics aims to become one of the top three mobile phone brands in the U.

ABC Sport – Football – Door opens for Socceroos to join Asia
abc.net.au – Mar 23, 2005
AFC president Mohamed Bin Hamman says the executive committee, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, has unanimously endorsed the wishes of Australia to join the AFC. Australia sought to leave the Oceania Football Confederation to join the AFC in the hope of making World Cup qualifying easier. It is understood the move will have to be endorsed by football’s world governing body FIFA.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Algeria boss feels the heat
BBC News – Mar 23, 2005
“The match against Rwanda is a life or death game,” Fergani said. “If we do not win, I think we will not be able to reach the Nations Cup finals. ”

The Desert Warriors will host the Amavubi in Sunday’s game, which is also a qualifier for the World Cup. “We have to win, otherwise we are going to be too far adrift.

Fifa in deal to launch its own shops and clothes
Guardian Unlimited – Mar 22, 2005
Mr Sieff’s Global Brands Group has also obtained the rights to license merchandising for Fifa World Cups after the 2006 tournament in Germany. It plans to build on the four-yearly merchandising rush by developing a retail presence for the Fifa name itself… David Beckham signed a £10m deal to promote the range, though the contract was not renewed last year, in part because of the England captain’s departure from the Premiership. Mr Sieff, who has 20 years’ experience in retailing and consultancy, said he is looking to develop a network of permanent shops and department store concessions under the Fifa brand as well as temporary kiosks to exploit four-yearly World Cup tournaments. The merchandising rights to World Cup 2006 are owned in Japan by Dentsu, the far east’s largest advertising firm; and in Europe by German media firm EM. Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave his backing to efforts to develop the association’s name in retail markets. “This venture is a thrilling prospect for Fifa and we are confident that Global Brands’ expertise in the licensing and retail industry will ensure that Fifa merchandise reaches as many fans as possible in every corner of the world through this unique store concept and development of a Fifa-licensed product range. ” Jonathan Sieff is the great- great-grandson of Michael Marks, a founder of Marks & Spencer, and is the son of Sir David Sieff, who was an M&S board di rector for 29 years until 2001.

Drogba’s dream of glory
BBC News – Mar 23, 2005
We have to go there and do our very best. “I know that if we reach Germany, we can do something that people will speak about for a long time,” Drogba confidently said. With quality players like Bonaventure Kalou, Kolo Toure, Aruna Dindane and Aruna Kone at the Elephants’ disposal, African football experts rate the current Ivorian side as the best assembled in recent history. Not displeased about the new-found respect for the Ivorian side, Drogba insists the current national team must work hard to prove they are worthy of the respect commentators are giving them. “We’ve got a collection of players that we have not had in a long time. But we have not won anything yet,” he admits. “We have a winning team that can qualify for the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup… “Most players in the team are in Europe, with some of the best teams, so we know what to do. “[Ivory Coast’s French manager] Henri Michel gives us confidence. “He has told us that we can do it (go to the 2006 World Cup) and we must believe in ourselves. ”

Overcoming adversity

Joining Chelsea from French club Olympique Marseille for a record fee of US$44 million last year, which makes him Africa’s most expensive player, Drogba is yet to recreate the devastating form that made him the 2003 French Player of the Year.

Fifa is working to a World Cup goal
VNUNet.com – Mar 23, 2005
The World Cup Organising Committee plans to work closer with local authorities using combined internet telephony and data networks in offices around the country. Local networks will connect to Fifa’s Avaya backbone (Computing, 1 September 2004) to help the committee and city officials share information on issues such as safety, traffic congestion and security, in the build-up to the football tournament. Avaya has also won a contract to install a converged voice and data network at the Frankfurt Waldstadion, which will host one of the World Cup quarter-finals and the final of the Confederations Cup. As part of a ç126m (£87.

Dickov injury leaves Smith short up front
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 21, 2005
“Discussions were held earlier in the season with Gary and his agent,” said Wyness. “An agreement couldn’t be reached at the time and it was decided to wait until the end of the season to review the situation so there is no further news either way. ” Rangers’ Croatian striker Dado Prso has revealed that he will retire from international football after the 2006 World Cup. The 30 year old won his first medal in Scotland after.

Eriksson plays pride card
manchesteronline.co.uk – Mar 23, 2005
It is finally `real’ games again to look forward to, by that I mean ones where you can have the three points. “That is always exciting when you play for something other than the pride. If we win these two games we are closer to the big event next summer in Germany (World Cup 2006) which is very important. “Three points is the most important thing when you are talking about qualification games but we are going to try and play good football. Eriksson added: “People ask me `When was our last exciting performance?’ but I think all last summer in Portugal was exciting in the European Championships. “After that the performance away to Poland was not bad and the away game with Austria was not as bad as the critics said it was. We didn’t play that badly.

WORLD CUP 2006: Head-2-Head: Italy present toughest of starts for…
noticias.info – Mar 23, 2005
The nations’ first encounter was back on 20 May 1931 in Rome, when Italy set the tone for future matches with a 3-0 victory. Among their scorers that day was Giuseppe Meazza, the great striker after the San Siro stadium is otherwise known. Another three decades passed before Italy and Scotland met again, this time on 9 November 1965 in Glasgow for the first of two qualifying matches which would determine which of the pair progressed to the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. An 88th-minute goal from John Greig gave Jock Stein’s men victory, and put them level on points with the Italians at the top of their qualifying section. It all came down to the return match the following month in Naples, where Italy ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Ezio Pascutti, Giacinto Facchetti and Bruno Mora as Scotland missed out on a World Cup taking place on their doorstep. After Italy’s 1-0 friendly victory in December 1988, the sides’ next competitive meeting came in qualifying for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. As in the mid-60s, it was Italy who would advance as group winners… They subsequently drew 1-1 in Moldova, Steven Thompson scoring. As Rangers manager in the 1990s, Smith won six league titles but he is seeking success of a different kind now: his immediate task will to be restore confidence and it would not be a surprise if Smith initially took a cautious approach, with the aim of making Scotland hard to beat. He will doubtless look to two players he knows very well from club football, Rangers midfield player Barry Ferguson and Everton defender David Weir ? whom he signed while manager of the English Premiership club – to lead by example. In attack, meanwhile, Paul Dickov’s absence with a groin injury will be sorely felt, especially given Smith is also missing the Everton forward James McFadden. Key match-up: Totti v Weir
Totti scored twice in Italy’s most recent victory, the 4-3 defeat of Belarus, and is the man charged with making things happen in the Azzurri attack. His presence should ensure that Weir ? who was lured out of international exile by Smith – will have to be at his best on his return to the Scotland side after an absence of more than two and a half years. Now 34, Weir has excelled for Everton this season and will need to reproduce his best form here.

WORLD CUP 2006: Player to Watch: Solid Zaid has big shoes to fill
noticias.info – Mar 23, 2005
The 2004 season was a hectic, though fruitful, one for the Al Ittihad keeper. Injury meant he was unavailable for the Asian Cup, where Saudi Arabia bowed out in the group stage, but he did help his team win the Gulf Cup, conceding only two goals in six matches. During the ten-month second phase of FIFA World Cup qualifying last year, he played five of his country’s six matches, helping them reach the last eight. He was sidelined by injury, however, for the two-legged final of the 2004 AFC Champions League, although his side still went on to lift the trophy after beating Korean giants Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6-3 on aggregate. Now the new year of 2005, with a place at Germany 2006 on the line, provides another exciting proposition. Drawn into a tough Group 1 with 2002 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists Korea Republic, Gulf rivals Kuwait and central Asian powers Uzbekistan, more heroics are expected of him by the supporters and new coach, former Argentine great Gabriel Calder?n. Keen on a European move
On June 1 at the Sapporo Dome in Japan, Zaid, then the third keeper in Saudi Arabia’s World Cup squad, watched from the bench as eight times the Saudi net bulged against Germany… “To be honest, to play against Asian sides is not enough to develop myself into a world-class goalkeeper,” he explained. “I am looking to move to a high-level European league so I can improve at a quicker rate. ”

Zaid’s dream seems a difficult one considering the Saudi football authorities have been reluctant to let their top players move overseas. Only veteran striker Al Jaber (Wolves) and Fahd Al Ghashayan?s (AZ Alkmaar) have managed to buck the trend. But for the ambitious Zaid, nothing is impossible. “I hope one day I will play with a top European club so that I have the opportunity to learn from the big names in the footballing world. Then, when I return home, I could teach these lessons to the younger generations,” he concluded.

Platini warns off Beckenbauer
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 22, 2005
“Until 2006, Beckenbauer is busy with the World Cup,” the former France coach and captain told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine. “After that he can do what he wants but it would just be a shame if he chose to run in the same year that I’m standing. He might have stood for this 10 years ago. “Platini, 49, announced last week that he would stand for the UEFA presidency when the post falls vacant next year… Last month, the mother of Sao Paulo’s Grafite was held for a day before police rescued her while the mother of Santos’s Robinho was held for 41 days before being released after a ransom was paid. Earlier this month, the mother of Luis Fabiano, of Porto, was also kidnapped. Real Mallorca have urged the Spanish Football Association to discipline Sevilla defender Javi Navarro after a challenge that put their player, Juan Fernando Arango, in hospital. The Venezuelan was knocked unconscious after colliding with Navarro’s raised elbow during Sunday’s game between the two clubs. Arango, 24, broke his right cheekbone and needed help breathing but has since regained consciousness.

Sports News of Wednesday, 23 March 2005
ghanaweb.com – Mar 23, 2005
We have chalked as well, remarkable successes, at least at the continental level. However, when we started making conscious efforts at trying to qualify for the World Cup, disappointments have been what! We however, seem not to have come to the full realization that it takes not just a desire to get to the world stage, but also proper planning. For some time now, every four years seem to bring some renewed hope and confidence among sporting fans that we would be making it, only to get to a stage where we start praying for misfortunes to befall those of our group members who had made better preparations, and were on the verge of qualifying, so we could qualify by default. Over the years, we have approached this game we call our national passion in an adhoc manner… The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) has threatened to withhold the release of its players to the national team, if the GFA chairman continued in office. We cannot depend on only our foreign-based players and expect the kind of results we are looking out for. We need to assemble our best squad for the mission ahead to bear fruitful results! The danger of the 2006 World Cup eluding us is real. Nyaho-Tamakloe’s resignation bring us any miracle? He has always sounded like a very tough person and this is a time for him to demonstrate his strength by lifting this burden from our shoulders! We shall know whom to hold responsible if the Black Stars flunked. Source:Ghanaian Chronicle.

JFF targets September for first phase of National Academy
Jamaica Observer – Mar 23, 2005
Guest speaker, the former national youth player, coach, administrator, and Country Officer Citigroup, Peter Moses, while lauding the JFF for its vision and direction, advised the federation of the importance of having an administrative structure. Moses proposed a professional league with the help of the business sector, and also argued for the revamping of the traditional Manning and daCosta Cup competitions. Meanwhile, Boxhill said the JFF has got past the recriminations of the failure of the Reggae Boyz to reach the final round of the 2006 World Cup qualification, and the recovery has already begun. He said the critical areas of focus in the coming months are as follows:
“The continued reshaping of the national senior team to reflect a clear process of transition for youth teams and local players. “To use our recent Caribbean success as a launching pad to rebuild the marketability of teams. “Initiate profit-making ventures (not necessarily involving football) that can help us fund our administrative expenses. “To deliver on our promise to revamp both the structures, competitions and support programmes that presently exist at both the parish and Confederation levels as the youth arm of the sport… He said the critical areas of focus in the coming months are as follows:
“The continued reshaping of the national senior team to reflect a clear process of transition for youth teams and local players. “To use our recent Caribbean success as a launching pad to rebuild the marketability of teams. “Initiate profit-making ventures (not necessarily involving football) that can help us fund our administrative expenses. “To deliver on our promise to revamp both the structures, competitions and support programmes that presently exist at both the parish and Confederation levels as the youth arm of the sport. “To begin the first phase of the construction of the proposed FIFA GOAL Project on lands identified at Munro in Malvern by the end of September. “Beef up the marketing and PR support for all our programmes and engagements. ” The Boxhill-led administration, which benefited from a policy decision to select a youthful squad that won the Digicel Cup, said recent events “has reinforced our belief that youth is the way to go.

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