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April 2, 2005

‘We are on the road to recovery’ – Boxhill

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 10:17 am

The News Review:

* Hayward on Football: England’s rich talent dragging Eriksson along
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* Midweek Cup final proposed
* ‘We are on the road to recovery’ – Boxhill
* N.Korea pledge safety but blame referee
* World Cup ticket sales cause mass hysteria
* Tour de France to Start in Strasbourg in 2006, Enter Germany
* The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
* Ex-assistant links Armstrong to banned drug
* Brand Beckham – Forbes.com
* Court hears Cameroon kit case
* Winter on Saturday: Folly of contemplating a midweek FA Cup final
* World Cup Fever, Anyone?
* Beckenbauer hot tip for Uefa post
* The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan

Hayward on Football: England’s rich talent dragging Eriksson along
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 31, 2005
From June 2004 to the summer of 2006, England will have trampled on minor nations in qualifiers or pranced about in friendlies, teaching us nothing. St George rides himself into such a frenzy that his GP prescribes valium to stop him invading Germany before the World Cup even starts. A million flashbulbs are primed to immortalise David Beckham clutching sport’s greatest prize… Nor did it vindicate Eriksson’s inexplicable decision to guarantee him the captaincy at a tournament that is still 14 months away. Since this is the only promise Eriksson is offering, it is, by definition, a special dispensation for a player who sometimes needs the heat of media invective to concentrate fully on the job. In England’s winning World Cup campaign, it’s worth pointing out, Sir Clive Woodward appointed his captain game by game. But the spasms of optimism far out-number the doubts. A look at this England line-up at the national anthem stage is a treat for the eyes. So many good young players – so many of them still developing. Gary Neville, Beckham, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen are now fully mature internationals.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Apr 1, 2005
(Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan manager Carlos Alberto has apologised to Owen following his criticism of the player after England’s 2-0 win in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier. (The Sun)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants Spurs to sign David Beckham. (Daily Express, Daily Mirror)

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is the favourite to land the job as Portsmouth manager after Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric ruled out a move for Ronald Koeman. (Daily Express)

Chelsea’s Paulo Ferreira is expected to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a suspected fracture to his right foot in Portugal’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Wednesday. (Independent)

Kevin Kyle will not play for Sunderland again this season after discovering his hip injury may need another operation.

Midweek Cup final proposed
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 2, 2005
However they insist that the date of the final is still under review as they seek to give England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson four weeks to prepare his players ahead of any appearance in the 2006 World Cup finals. The FA have not confirmed or denied the report… However they insist that the date of the final is still under review as they seek to give England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson four weeks to prepare his players ahead of any appearance in the 2006 World Cup finals. The FA have not confirmed or denied the report. A statement read: “The FA board has agreed in principle for the domestic season to conclude on May 14, therefore allowing the England team the full four weeks’ preparation that FIFA has granted to every nation.

‘We are on the road to recovery’ – Boxhill
Jamaica Observer – Apr 2, 2005
If anything else,* it has reinforced our belief that youth is the way to go. As a policy of selection we want all our squads to have (if I could be allowed to use local parlance) – “shelf life”. In the next two years, we want to develop squads that can demonstrate meaningful transition from the Under-17 World Cup qualifiers in 2006, the Under-20 in the same year to the Pan Am games, the Olympic Qualifiers in 2007 and the Senior World Cup qualifiers which begin in 2008. Of course, something has to drive this. This kind of thinking has to precede the way we organise local competitions, go about our coaching, the requisite exposure internationally, and of course, the rewards that are available to keep our youngsters, and administrators at every level motivated and committed to the process and vision. This administration has a vision of all our youth programmes being developed as a separate arm of the Federation – and by this I mean its own administrative personnel, budget and especially its own marketing team. We have begun some progress in the latter.

N.Korea pledge safety but blame referee
Daily Express – Apr 2, 2005
Korea pledge safety but blame referee

02 April, 2005

PYONGYANG: North Korean football officials said Friday they will try to prevent a repeat of the wild scenes at this week’s World Cup qualifying match against Iran, but blamed the crowd unrest on “unfair” refereeing. “We will do our best not to repeat these unusual events in the future,” North Korean Football Association acting secretary general Ri Hi-Yon told reporters in Pyongyang in answer to a question from a Japanese journalist. However the press conference was held specifically to outline what Ri and other football officials described as “biased practices” by the referees in Wednesday’s match against Iran, and the previous week’s game against Bahrain… were biased against the DPR Korea team by nullifying the Fifa regulations and the fair play spirit,” Ri said in a prepared statement, an English translation of which was given to reporters. North Korea lost 2-0 to Iran in front of an estimated 70,000 fans at Kim Il-Sung stadium in Pyongyang, which all but closed the door on their World Cup 2006 ambitions after earlier 2-1 losses to Bahrain and Japan. In the closing stages of the Iran match, the North Koreans became incensed when Syrian referee Mohammed Kousa ruled play on after defender Nam Song-Chol fell in the penalty box. Nam, who was later given a red card, led a furious charge by nearly all the North Korean players at Kousa, who was forced to retreat more than 30 metres (100 feet) as match and team officials streamed on to the field. Kousa and the Iranian team were stranded on the pitch after the match as tens of thousands of fans remained in the stadium, hurling bottles, chairs and other objects. The Iranian team was later trapped in Kim Il-Sung stadium for nearly two hours as thousands of fans gathered outside before eventually being dispersed by hundreds of police.

World Cup ticket sales cause mass hysteria
Independent Online – Apr 2, 2005
93-million tickets are available to football fans and the race for the first batch of 812,000 tickets produced mass hysteria with two and a half million ticket requests registered on last Thursday’s deadline day alone. “The impressive figures underline the interest in the World Cup across the globe,” explained FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi. “The requests come from over 195 countries… 93-million tickets are available to football fans and the race for the first batch of 812,000 tickets produced mass hysteria with two and a half million ticket requests registered on last Thursday’s deadline day alone. “The impressive figures underline the interest in the World Cup across the globe,” explained FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi. “The requests come from over 195 countries. I can honestly not remember a World Cup where demand was so high.

Tour de France to Start in Strasbourg in 2006, Enter Germany
Bloomberg – Mar 31, 2005
The 93rd edition of the three-week race will begin July 1,2006, with a 7. 7-mile) prologue time-trial in thestreets of the eastern French city, organizers Amaury SportOrganisation said in a statement. Cyclists will cross the borderinto Germany on stage 2, which starts and ends in Strasbourg… The departureinto Germany may help organizers engage soccer fans following theWorld Cup finals in that country from June 9 to July 9. Thequarterfinals are scheduled for June 30 and July 1 in Berlin,Hamburg, Frankfurt and Gelsenkirchen. “Football fans often love cycling too,'' race spokesmanChristophe Marchadier said in a phone interview. “If we can takeadvantage of the supporters being there, that would be great butit wasn't planned. '' This year's edition of the 102-year-old race begins in theVendee region on France's Atlantic coast on July 2.

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
Peninsula On-line – Mar 31, 2005
The Swede, whose team face minnows Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifier at Newcastle?s St James? Park later Wednesday, has admitted more of his top players may follow the example of Manchester United?s Paul Scholes and retire from international football to spend more time with their family. Eriksson added that this could even happen to Scholes?s former Old Trafford midfield team-mate and England captain David Beckham after the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. ?I hope David Beckham is captain for the World Cup. 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,? Eriksson told Wednesday?s London Evening Standard. ?But mentally you might wake up one day and say ?I?m tired of this?. That?s why many players start saying ?no thank you? to international football.

Ex-assistant links Armstrong to banned drug
St. Petersburg Times – Apr 1, 2005
“Four more months and it’s over,” he told the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “I miss my kids and all the pressure I have on me is taking its toll. ”
TOUR COURSE: The 2006 Tour de France will start in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg to coincide with the World Cup across the border in Germany. The prologue will be July 1. SOCCER: Donovan back in U.

Brand Beckham – Forbes.com
Forbes – Apr 1, 2005
) Beckham already earns some $32 million a year, topping our list of the highest-earning soccer players, and he earns more from endorsements than any other player in the game. The captain of the England team plays club football in Spain for Real Madrid, where he is paid 25% less than teammate Zinedine Zidane. Beckham, though, has a presence that the shy, balding Frenchman lacks. Being married to Victoria Adams, the former singer also known as Posh Spice, doesn’t harm Beckham’s celebrity either, putting him at the heady nexus of music, soccer and fashion. Many believe that the polishing of Beckham’s image coincided with his marriage. That image is now smooth enough to let him be a face of Gillette in a deal reputed to be his biggest single endorsement, at an estimated $9 million over three years… ad campaigns, bolstered by a 2002 movie (Bend It Like Beckham), a Vanity Fair cover and his new beauty products deal, move Beckham the brand into a make-or-break phase. He has likely to have just one more big international tournament in which to star, the 2006 World Cup, but he turns 30 in May and needs to extend his range beyond soccer. In America his celebrity precedes him–can he outlast his playing days and actualize a brand that analysts have estimated to be worth $375 million?.

Court hears Cameroon kit case
BBC News – Mar 31, 2005
Fifa banned kit Puma made for Cameroon’s 2004 African Cup of Nations campaign in Tunisia, on the grounds that it violated rules on playing apparel. The jersey and shorts were combined to form a catsuit, which violated rules that both items must be separate. Football’s governing body imposed a six-point sanction on their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, after Cameroon continued to wear the offending kit in Tunisia. The sanction was subsequently reversed at Fifa’s 2004 centennial congress in Paris. Cameroon are no strangers to kit controversy, as they turned up for the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali wearing sleeveless shirts, which were subsequently banned by Fifa. Puma has alleged Fifa interfered in the firm’s legitimate business dealings and accuse Adidas, their bigger arch-rival, of instigating Fifa sanctions against Cameroon. Puma and Adidas are both located in the same German town.

Winter on Saturday: Folly of contemplating a midweek FA Cup final
Telegraph.co.uk – Apr 2, 2005
Look at the start of the season. If the Premiership kicked off on Aug 6, rather than the planned week later, the calendar can work. The Premiership can conclude on May 6, 2006 with the Cup final forming the traditional season’s climax on May 13… Look at the start of the season. If the Premiership kicked off on Aug 6, rather than the planned week later, the calendar can work. The Premiership can conclude on May 6, 2006 with the Cup final forming the traditional season’s climax on May 13. Sven-Goran Eriksson can then have his craved build-up time before the German fiesta starts in June. Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, stresses his competition requires “nine months”, explaining: “We have to have 32 weekends because there are only so many bank holidays and midweeks you can fit in around UEFA [games] and internationals. ” Yet he is open to suggestions.

World Cup Fever, Anyone?
Sports Central – Mar 31, 2005
I don’t speak Spanish, but I know that any shouts of GOOOOL will cue me to take my eyes off of the computer screen and on to the TV screen. Since football season is over, college basketball season is nearly over, and I won’t watch the NBA because of the showboats or MLB because of the steroids (just kidding — I pride myself on not being one of those grandstanding, self-righteous blowhards — but the NBA and MLB do bore me more than they used to for some reason), I’m finding soccer is filling the void quite nicely. Particularly, I’m enjoying the high-stakes game of world cup qualifying. So, just as with any sport, when I get interested, I pull out all the stops; I’ve watched four or five Cup qualifiers (thoughts below), have four or five more TiVo’d, and will watch or TiVo four or five more still before the weekend is out. Most notably, I unleashed my patriotism watching the United States play Mexico in Mexico City. A factoid appearing in Sports Illustrated piqued my interest: when ever the United States plays Mexico in a soccer match of import, the Mexicans invariably schedule the game in Mexico City… I don’t speak Spanish, but I know that any shouts of GOOOOL will cue me to take my eyes off of the computer screen and on to the TV screen. Since football season is over, college basketball season is nearly over, and I won’t watch the NBA because of the showboats or MLB because of the steroids (just kidding — I pride myself on not being one of those grandstanding, self-righteous blowhards — but the NBA and MLB do bore me more than they used to for some reason), I’m finding soccer is filling the void quite nicely. Particularly, I’m enjoying the high-stakes game of world cup qualifying. So, just as with any sport, when I get interested, I pull out all the stops; I’ve watched four or five Cup qualifiers (thoughts below), have four or five more TiVo’d, and will watch or TiVo four or five more still before the weekend is out. Most notably, I unleashed my patriotism watching the United States play Mexico in Mexico City. A factoid appearing in Sports Illustrated piqued my interest: when ever the United States plays Mexico in a soccer match of import, the Mexicans invariably schedule the game in Mexico City. Why not? The altitude is high (thin air) and the heat is scorching; think of the worst of Denver combined with the worst of Tucson.

Beckenbauer hot tip for Uefa post
TVNZ – Mar 31, 2005
“Whyshouldn’t he replace me?,” asked Johansson. “Franz was an excellentplayer and manager. “He wasDFB (The German Football Federation) vice-president and iscurrently Bayern president and head of the 2006 World Cuporganising committee. Beckenbauer, 59, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Uefapresidency with France’s 1984 European championship hero, MichelPlatini, his main rival. “It wouldbe a shame if he (Beckenbauer) decided to run in the same year I amstanding,” said Platini to magazine SportBild. “He could have puthimself forward for the post 10 years ago.

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s leading English Daily
Peninsula On-line – Mar 31, 2005
Fans threw bottles onto the pitch after disputing refereeing decisions in which Nam was sent off and North Korean lost 2-0. HONG KONG: Iran overpowered North Korea 2-0 in Pyongyang yesterday triggering an angry reaction from home fans while Japan were gifted a 1-0 win over Bahrain thanks to an own goal in their Asian World Cup qualifier. Japan?s victory got their bid to qualify for next year?s World Cup finals in Germany back on track after their away loss in Tehran last week, moving two points ahead of Bahrain and one point behind Group B leaders Iran. In Group A, South Korea shrugged off their disappointing 2-0 defeat in Saudi Arabia last week, beating Uzbekistan 2-1 at home. Group leaders Saudi Arabia play Kuwait in Kuwait City later Wednesday. Football?s governing body Fifa will not have been pleased by events off the pitch in Pyongyang. A mob of thousands gathered outside the Kim Il-Sung stadium after the match and stopped the Iranian players from leaving as hundreds of policemen were deployed inside and outside the ground in an effort to restore order… It was a result of my players trying to score a goal,? said Japan?s Brazilian coach Zico. At the World Cup stadium in Seoul, midfielder Lee Young-Pyo, who plays for PSV Eindhoven, opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with his fifth goal for South Korea from a close range shot. Lee Dong-Gook slotted home the second on 61 minutes to keep the South Koreans in sight of their sixth consecutive qualification for a World Cup finals in Germany in 2006. But South Korea allowed Uzbekistan back into the game after 77 minutes when Alexander Geynrikh, the star striker from CSKA Moscow, pulled one back after a defensive error. ?It always was a little bit scary, this game,? said South Korea?s Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere who desperately needed a win to answer growing criticism of his coaching style in the Korean media. ?We were too rusty, too hurried to score a third or fourth goal.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Apr 1, 2005
Three right-wing militants were detained after attempting to hang a banner insulting Albanians at Piraeus? Karaiskaki Stadium, a police source said. A young anarchist was later arrested in central Athens following an anti-racist gathering that culminated in clashes between left-wing protesters and riot police. Greek security forces were on alert throughout Wednesday night in expectation of the Greece-Albania confrontation, after the 2006 World Cup qualifier?s first leg in Tirana in September ended in defeat for the European champions, and was followed by clashes between Greek and Albanian fans in Athens and Salonika. The violence resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Albanian fan, who was stabbed to death by a Greek on the island of Zakynthos. Expecting trouble on Wednesday night, Greek and Albanian intellectuals had issued a call for calm prior to the match. The Greek national football team filmed a special TV spot also advising restraint, and a Greek left-wing group organised an anti-racist event in central Athens, inviting Greeks and foreign immigrants to watch the game on a screen erected before the City Hall. But the anti-racist event was followed by scuffles between left-wing and right-wing youths in Athens.

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