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March 30, 2005

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The News Review:

* Zero-tolerance for World Cup hooligans: Stoiber
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kanu issues warning to West Brom
* BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korea football violence erupts
* All soccer eyes on Legion tonight Field comes to life in World Cup…
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kanoute ‘fine’ after Mali…
* Comment: Yes, we can do it
* World Cup security in question after fan trouble
* Defiant Eriksson stands by Beckham
* Soccer coach under probe
* Ukraine marching towards World Cup
* Threat to kill football star
* IOL : 2003 World Cup
* I’m getting better, warns Rooney
* Ivory Coast give up on Kalou
* Football violence in Slovenia and Mali (?)
* Dujkovic reassures Kuffuor
* Kerr looks to the future via China

Zero-tolerance for World Cup hooligans: Stoiber
Expatica – Mar 30, 2005
“Hooligans will have zero chance in Germany,” said Bavarian prime minister Edmund Stoiber. “We know the hooligan scene. Police can have the hooligans under control before the World Cup. This will already become obvious at the Confederations Cup (in June 2005),” he said.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kanu issues warning to West Brom
BBC News – Mar 29, 2005
“Everyone is saying we are going down but we the players feel otherwise and are ready to give our best all the time. “But if the team goes down I will leave. ” Kanu, who inspired the Super Eagles to a 2-0 win over Gabon in a 2006 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, believes playing in the lower division will endanger his career. “I don’t want to be playing in the lower division, as it is not good for my career,” he said. “I believe I still have about four years left to play and I’d rather end my career like I started it – by playing in the top flight. “I have played at two World Cups, won a World under-17 title, an Olympic football gold, the Uefa Cup and the Champions league. “But before I retire from football I hope to celebrate something bigger – maybe the World Cup with the Super Eagles,” he concluded… “I believe I still have about four years left to play and I’d rather end my career like I started it – by playing in the top flight. “I have played at two World Cups, won a World under-17 title, an Olympic football gold, the Uefa Cup and the Champions league. “But before I retire from football I hope to celebrate something bigger – maybe the World Cup with the Super Eagles,” he concluded.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korea football violence erupts
BBC News – Mar 30, 2005
Bottles, stones and chairs were thrown on to the pitch in Pyongyang after a North Korean player was sent off. Violence then spilled over outside the stadium and thousands of angry fans reportedly prevented Iranian players from boarding the team bus. North Korea, which lost 2-0, is bottom of its World Cup qualifying group. It has already lost to Japan and Bahrain and must win its three remaining matches to stand a chance of making it through to next year’s World Cup finals in Germany. Wednesday’s violence erupted in the second half of the match at the Kim Il-sung stadium, which was broadcast on international satellite television.

All soccer eyes on Legion tonight Field comes to life in World Cup…
Decatur Daily – The Decatur Daily – Mar 30, 2005
With wins counting three points and ties counting one, Guatemala sits alone in second with four points while Mexico leads with six points. The United States and Costa Rica both have three points. The top three teams in CONCACAF automatically make it into the 2006 World Cup in Germany. A fourth team will vie for a spot in a winner-take-all playoff game with a qualifier from the Asia region. While the loss to Mexico hurts, head coach Bruce Arena said tonight’s game isn’t a must-win for the United States. “Not with seven games left, it isn’t,” Arena said. “But you’d like to win this game.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kanoute ‘fine’ after Mali…
BBC News – Mar 29, 2005
Kanoute had not been in touch with the club since Mali fans threatened to kill him during a pitch invasion which ended their World Cup qualifier against Togo. “I’m fine,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m just a little tired after the travelling. ”

Mali looked set for victory before conceding two late goals which led to a riot during which fans declared: “Give us Kanoute. We are going to kill him.

Comment: Yes, we can do it
manchesteronline.co.uk – Mar 28, 2005
And to avoid any confusion, it’s the team in white I’m talking about. OK, it’s a quantum leap to go from perpetual quarter-final losers to world champions if you are basing that suggestion on the strength of England’s demolition of Northern Ireland. Lawrie Sanchez’s side are currently in 111th place on FIFA’s ranking list – sharing that dubious honour with mighty Uganda! So if David Beckham and his highly-expensive colleagues can’t beat a team like that – and beat them convincingly – they might as well not bother turning up for next summer’s finals in Germany.

World Cup security in question after fan trouble
Expatica – Mar 29, 2005
“The incidents are being taken very seriously by the World Cup organising committee,” Alfred Sengle told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. “The security plan has to be reviewed now. ”
Five German and 20 Slovenian hooligans have been charged by Slovenian police after violence marred Saturday’s friendly football match in Celje. Two policemen – one Slovenian and one German – were slightly injured and several shop windows in downtown Celje were smashed during the trouble before and after the game which Germany won 1-0… “The incidents are being taken very seriously by the World Cup organising committee,” Alfred Sengle told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. “The security plan has to be reviewed now. ”
Five German and 20 Slovenian hooligans have been charged by Slovenian police after violence marred Saturday’s friendly football match in Celje. Two policemen – one Slovenian and one German – were slightly injured and several shop windows in downtown Celje were smashed during the trouble before and after the game which Germany won 1-0.

Defiant Eriksson stands by Beckham
dailymail.co.uk – Mar 30, 2005
‘He is a good captain’”Yes, he is a good captain and if you ask all 23 members of the squad they will agree. He is not in the starting XI because of other reasons other than how he plays football. “Physically there is no reason at all why he shouldn’t go on playing football for a number of years at the highest level and after the next World Cup. “But mentally you might wake up one day and say, ‘I’m tired of this’ and that’s why many players start saying, ‘no thank you’ to international football. It’s too much – the travelling, staying in hotels etc. Eriksson did admit that England have other leaders in their squad such as Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Steven Gerrard to ensure they do not have to look solely to Beckham for inspiration anymore. He said: “We have more leaders to share the workload.

Soccer coach under probe
Calcutta Telegraph – Mar 28, 2005
Kaiser confirms

Berlin: Franz Beckenbauer has confirmed his interest in standing for the 2006 Uefa presidency. ?It?s clear that I?m interested. It?s a task and challenge that is attractive,? Beckenbauer, head of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, told a German television channel. Germany?s 1974 World Cup winner said, however, that he will not offer his candidacy if the current president, Swede Lennart Johansson went for a second mandate. Johansson is set to announce during Uefa?s next meeting in Estonia if he will stand again. The congress will also decide if the election of the president will take place in 2006 or 2007. German fear

Berlin: Fan violence before, during and after a friendly international match in Slovenia on Saturday left Germans fearing a revival of football hooliganism as the country prepares to host the 2006 World Cup… Johansson is set to announce during Uefa?s next meeting in Estonia if he will stand again. The congress will also decide if the election of the president will take place in 2006 or 2007. German fear

Berlin: Fan violence before, during and after a friendly international match in Slovenia on Saturday left Germans fearing a revival of football hooliganism as the country prepares to host the 2006 World Cup. The German football association (DFB) moved quickly to apologise to Slovenia after German fans smashed windows of cars and restaurants while shouting racist slogans in the Slovenian city of Celje several hours before the evening match. There was further violence at the Stadium where German fans hurled flares onto the pitch and clashed with local police. There was also fighting between German and Slovenians outside the stadium after the match ended, German officials said. Annika steps towards history

California: Sweden?s Annika Sorenstam took a major step in her quest for a Grand Slam sweep and a piece of LPGA history, seizing a five-stroke lead at the Kraft Nabisco championship here.

Ukraine marching towards World Cup
CNN International – Mar 30, 2005
"Denmark dominated in the first half, but the second half was more even. ""People would say we’re lucky to come away with three points. Yes, but without luck there is no football. "Denmark coach Morten Olsen was left to rue his team’s missed chances. "My team did well. I can’t demand more (but) we did not score on our chances," Olsen told Danish television. "They (Ukraine) were lucky.

Threat to kill football star
News & Star – Mar 28, 2005
The rioters also targeted several Togolese restaurants, which they smashed up, ignoring Ivorian and Cameroonian restaurants nearby. Police again used tear gas to keep at bay a crowd that tied to ransack the Malian Football Federation offices. Mali, which is in last place in Group 1, will be mathematically eliminated from reaching the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany if the African soccer federation awards the victory to Togo. Other stories from this category that may
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IOL : 2003 World Cup
Independent Online – Mar 30, 2005
“I do not want to be one of them, like Beckenbauer and also not like Pele, who always pulls things down,” the 44-year-old said. “I am simply Diego. ”

The 1986 World Cup winner said that he has no aspirations of becoming a football official. “I will never sit at a desk. I want to coach young players or professionals. ”

Maradona is to open the South American under-17 world championships that get under way in Venezuela on April 1. He has recently undergone stomach surgery to help him to reduce his weight.

I’m getting better, warns Rooney
dailymail.co.uk – Mar 30, 2005
Rooney believes his summer move to Manchester United has enabled him to progress in his career. “I think that it’s helping me in a lot of ways,” he told the Football Association’s website. “I’m around top players, who have all played in World Cups and European Championships and who all still want to learn themselves. “You can only get better being around those type of players and it shows in the intensity of training every day. Rooney admitted he still has “a lot to learn” in handling himself on and off the pitch as he set his sights on emulating “perfect pros”, such as team-mates Gary and Phil Neville. For all of his incredible talent, Rooney has still come in for criticism over recent weeks, both for swearing too much on the pitch, as well as becoming embroiled in an alleged bar brawl.

Ivory Coast give up on Kalou
BBC News – Mar 28, 2005
The 19-year-old Feyenoord striker has rejected several invitations to join the team, which is on course to reach the 2006 World Cup, even though his elder brother Bonaventure is the captain. Ivorian Football Federation president Jacques Anouma said they had given Kalou a deadline to make a decision but that he had not responded. Anouma added that Lecce defender Axel Konan would also no longer
be considered for the Elephants. “We are now turning the page. The deadline has passed for their decision and they will no longer be part of our plans,” Anouma said… The 19-year-old Feyenoord striker has rejected several invitations to join the team, which is on course to reach the 2006 World Cup, even though his elder brother Bonaventure is the captain. Ivorian Football Federation president Jacques Anouma said they had given Kalou a deadline to make a decision but that he had not responded. Anouma added that Lecce defender Axel Konan would also no longer
be considered for the Elephants. “We are now turning the page. The deadline has passed for their decision and they will no longer be part of our plans,” Anouma said. Kalou has said in the past that he would rather play for Holland and is already trying to obtain Dutch nationality.

Football violence in Slovenia and Mali (?)
Redissue – Mar 28, 2005
We are ashamed,” said Germany’s coach J?rgen Klinsmann. “It was absolutely senseless and dangerous. It gave a very, very bad picture of us as host of the 2006 World Cup. It’s a shame that a few rioters were able to use an international match as a platform for their mindless and dangerous actions. ” ?The DFB president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, who was attacked as he left the stadium, added: “It’s our shame. It’s a very, very sad matter. “? And again in the Guardian:?Violence reared its ugly head again in Africa’s World Cup qualifying campaign when a riot brought a premature end to Mali’s home match with Togo in Bamako on Sunday.

Dujkovic reassures Kuffuor
BBC News – Mar 28, 2005
However the coach added that Kuffuor must stay in shape if he wants to play in future matches. Kuffuor did not play for the Black Stars as they drew 1-1 against DR Congo in Sunday’s 2006 World Cup in Kinshasa amidst claims that he was injured; something that the player strongly disputes. The Serbian coach told BBC Sport that he had taken the decision not to include Kuffuor in the side on sound advice. “Someone from the Ghana Football Association told me Kuffuor was injured and I accepted that because the player didn’t tell me anything to the contrary,” Dujkovic said after the match in Kinshasa… Kuffuor did not play for the Black Stars as they drew 1-1 against DR Congo in Sunday’s 2006 World Cup in Kinshasa amidst claims that he was injured; something that the player strongly disputes. The Serbian coach told BBC Sport that he had taken the decision not to include Kuffuor in the side on sound advice. “Someone from the Ghana Football Association told me Kuffuor was injured and I accepted that because the player didn’t tell me anything to the contrary,” Dujkovic said after the match in Kinshasa.

Kerr looks to the future via China
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 28, 2005
This is Kerr’s 27th game as Republic of Ireland manager and he has awarded 15 new caps but none in the 11 competitive games since he succeeded Mick McCarthy two years ago. When it comes to World Cup football, Kerr falls back on his tried and trusted who are undefeated in five Germany 2006 ties. Kerr will use tonight’s match to give “shadow” players further experience in case suspensions or injuries force the manager to move away from the team.

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