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* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa issues Nigeria warning
* Germany’s League Of Limping Football Teams
* North Korea come out fighting
* SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
* Zandi hails football fans’ role in win over Japan
* No Arabs, no goals
* No one responsible for stadium incident
* The Hungarian Rubicon
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Lehmann given two-match…
* Soccer News of Monday, 4 April 2005
* BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Cycling | Thomas puts injury woe behind him
* Libya coach resigns
* Baxter must be ware of vultures
* Downswell on advanced course in Paraguay
* Yartsev Slams the Door

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Fifa issues Nigeria warning
BBC News – Apr 4, 2005
Fifa had given Nigeria until the end of last year to complete the reform of its statutes or be excluded from the ongoing World Cup qualifiers. Although the West African country was given a reprieve to complete the reforms at the earliest possible time in the new year, a bill abrogating the previous law governing the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) is yet to be passed by the national assembly, the country’s legislative body. Although the NFA congress approved a new set of laws for its operations, the previous law, which allowed the government to nominate members to the NFA board – in contravention of Fifa statutes – remains on the statute books. “We have come to the end of our patience with Nigeria,” a high-ranking Fifa official, who declined to be named, told BBC Sport… “Our programmes will be derailed [if we are banned] but it will not be of our making. “We are hoping and praying that this matter will be resolved soon. ”

Nigeria top their 2006 World Cup qualifying group, after beating Gabon 2-0 in their last match.

Germany’s League Of Limping Football Teams
BusinessWeek – Apr 4, 2005
But it’s Borussia investors who are really crying into their plastic cups of Pils. Shares in Germany’s only publicly listed football club are trading for just $3. 46, 76% below its offering price in 2000… Schechter, owner of London-based Schechter & Co. , which helps European teams issue debt. LACKING A CREDIBLE PLAN Under pressure to polish the sport’s image before World Cup comes to 12 German cities beginning in June, 2006, the DFL is leaning on teams to clean up their finances. 15 deadline to present detailed information. In the worst case, the DFL can withhold licenses from teams that lack a credible plan for becoming profitable. More likely, it will impose conditions on troubled teams, such as obliging them to trade high-priced players who may account for half of a team’s operating costs.

North Korea come out fighting
BBC News – Apr 4, 2005
A 2-0 defeat to Iran at the end of March, thanks to Javad Nekounam and an An Yong-Hak own goal, virtually ensured the North Koreans have no chance of qualifying for Germany 2006. However, North Korea finished second to China in the recent Under-17 Championship, and so qualified for the World Under-17 tournament in Peru later this year. The North Korean FA’s Vice-General Secretary Oak Il-Nam told BBC World Service’s World Football programme that this was now very much their focus. “We’re keen to bring along the next generation of players,” he said. “Our government is also paying special attention to this area as well… Between 1992 and 2003, they played 48 games – all away from home. They were also unable to qualify for last year’s Asian Cup as they were serving a 12-month suspension – the result of their refusing to complete a qualifier in Iran after a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch. But women’s football in the country is strong – they have won the last two Asian Championships and have qualified for the women’s World Cup. And now, youth football is also showing potential. Approximately 100,000 young people play the game, in addition to the men and women involved. Oak Il-Nam explained that the country had become major force in Asia because they invest in youth. “There are about 60 youth clubs in this country,” he added.

SABCnews.com – sport/soccer
SABC News – Apr 5, 2005
0 Thu Feb 01 23:56:18 2007 –> SA football needs to gain a lighter image: Hack. In his second stint as CEO of Safa, Hack started his new job on Friday. He occupied this position back in 1999 when Danny Jordaan was busy with the failed 2006 World Cup campaign. Six years later he is back, and has already held meetings with his staff including Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter. More meetings have been planned… More meetings have been planned. “A lot has to be done between now and 2010. We at a crucial stage trying to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, so we need to get the whole country behind the national association, not just Bafana Bafana but all of them,” said Hack. Public image is worryingBut what is troubling Hack the most is the public perception about Safa. Lately the organisation has been making the headlines for perhaps the wrong reasons – and he wants that to change. “We need to keep the media informed as to the pros and cons of the association and try to get the message the media is putting out to be a positive one to the public at large because what the public reads is what they believes and if we cannot be positive about our game, football, then the public is not going to support and they are not going to be positive,” said Hack. Despite his busy schedule as CEO, Hack will still serve on committees at FIFA and CAF, as well as at Wits Football Club and Safa’s anti-doping committee.

Zandi hails football fans’ role in win over Japan
IranMania News – Apr 3, 2005
“I played my first international game at home against Japan in Tehran, in front of 120,000 fans. You get goose bumps just listening to the national anthem. You can hardly describe the atmosphere and I could not even hear my own words,” Zandi said Saturday in an interview with the online site of his Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern. After experiencing his first two wins with Iran, Zandi said the national team was in a good position to qualify for the 2006 World Cup… You get goose bumps just listening to the national anthem. You can hardly describe the atmosphere and I could not even hear my own words,” Zandi said Saturday in an interview with the online site of his Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern. After experiencing his first two wins with Iran, Zandi said the national team was in a good position to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. The 26-year-old midfielder whose father is Iranian and mother is German, was quoted as saying it would be “something very special to be able to take part in the World Cup in Germany”. Iran is currently leading Group B with seven points out of three games followed by Japan with 6 points, Bahrain with 4 points and North Korea with no points. The first two teams are directly qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

No Arabs, no goals
Pakistan Dawn – Apr 3, 2005
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No Arabs, no goals
By Ezzedine Said
AL QUDS: ?No Arabs, No Goals,? crowed MP Ahmed Tibi as a second Arab-Israeli footballer smashed the ball into the back of the net, saving Israel?s World Cup prospects for a second time in less than a week. Aping the slogan beloved of Jewish extremists, ?No Arabs, no terror attacks?, midfielders Abbas Suan and Walid Badier are heroes in Israel?s heavily discriminated Arab community after their prowess kept football burning bright. Suan and Badier scored match-tying goals in back-to-back qualifier matches against Ireland and France in Tel Aviv last Saturday and Wednesday, keeping Israeli hopes alive for the 2006 German World Cup. Overjoyed with Badier?s feats in Wednesday night?s crucial match against France, Tibi telephoned a journalist from Israel?s right-wing Maariv newspaper. The rag thought Tibi?s slogan pertinent enough to reprint as its headline. ?All week he had been dreaming about how Abbas Suan and Walid Badier would save the homeland,? sneared a Maariv editorialist. Israeli by nationality, Palestinians at heart, Israel?s 1… By each socketing the ball to the back of the net, ?Suan and Badier kept the Israeli team on course to the World (Cup) and gave it hope?. Suan said he hoped that the exploits of Arab players could better strengthen peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews in Israel. ?I hope we can achieve what politics cannot: through football narrow the divide between Arabs and Jews,? he said. ?For the first time in the history of Israel, Jews and Arabs are united behind the same cause,? said Sakhnin, the team?s captain. com Banner Code ————– –>. floor(99999999 * Math.

No one responsible for stadium incident
IranMania News – Apr 4, 2005
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LONDON, April 4 (IranMania) – 10 days on since the Iran-Japan 2006 World Cup qualifier and the death of seven people and injury of 40 others in a stampede, no one has claimed responsibility for the mishap, yet. When tens of thousands of soccer fans were leaving Tehran’s Azadi Stadium after the Iran-Japan football game ended, the closed doors of the stadium- apparently a security measure- led to a stampede and death of a number of fans. Deputy Head of Iran?s Football Federation H. Alipour said that a committee has been established to follow up the case of the victims. The Iran-Japan world cup qualifier football match ended 2-1 in favor of Iran?s side… Deputy Head of Iran?s Football Federation H. Alipour said that a committee has been established to follow up the case of the victims. The Iran-Japan world cup qualifier football match ended 2-1 in favor of Iran?s side.

The Hungarian Rubicon
Sofia Echo – Apr 3, 2005
Stoichkov?s side for the Hungary match was boosted by the return of skipper Stilian Petrov and Martin Petrov, who were both suspended for the game against the Scandinavians. However, defenders Georgi Markov and Radostin Kishishev were banned for one game, following the Sweden clash. Hungary has only a slim chance of qualifying for the World Cup. The team, managed by German coach Lothar Mattheus, has picked up just six points from four games, all of them earned against the underdogs in group 8 – Malta and Iceland. The Hungarians have been all but impressive so far in this campaign, but they have always come though playing against the odds, especially in front of their fanatical supporters in Budapest. Speaking before the Hungary match, Stoichkov said, ?I believe we have already forgotten the bad emotions, following the Sweden loss. Now we should play better and win at any price.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Arsenal | Lehmann given two-match…
BBC News – Apr 5, 2005
The German was dropped by manager Arsene Wenger after making several crucial errors. Although he has since regained his place, he has been told by Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann that he must be playing regularly next season if he is to win a place for the 2006 World Cup.

Soccer News of Monday, 4 April 2005
ghanaweb.com – Apr 4, 2005
Ghana Telecom, the title sponsor is supporting this premier league with 4. 3 billion dollars, the highest sponsorship package that the league has ever had. According to a release issued by Global Media Alliance copied to the 2006 World Cup. The release said the Chief executive officer of the Ghana telecom, Mr Oystein Bjorge has reiterated his company’s commitment to developing and supporting the nation’s popular sports and hoped that the sponsorship package would help Ghana to qualify for the 2006 World Cup… Ghana Telecom, the title sponsor is supporting this premier league with 4. 3 billion dollars, the highest sponsorship package that the league has ever had. According to a release issued by Global Media Alliance copied to the 2006 World Cup. The release said the Chief executive officer of the Ghana telecom, Mr Oystein Bjorge has reiterated his company’s commitment to developing and supporting the nation’s popular sports and hoped that the sponsorship package would help Ghana to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Mr Bjorge also assured the nation that Ghana Telecom and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) would work closely to ensure that both parties maximise the benefits from the relationship. In a related development, Ghana Telecom and the GFA would jointly launch the 2005 GT Premier League programme at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence in Accra on April 6 at 6 pm. The Minister for Education and Sports, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo and the Chief Executive Officer of the GT Mr Bjorge are expected to grace the occasion.

BBC SPORT | Other Sport | Cycling | Thomas puts injury woe behind him
BBC News – Apr 5, 2005
The 18-year-old from Cardiff had his spleen removed following a freak crash during training in February. Thomas is now targeting a place in the Wales squad for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. “If selected, I’ll be hoping to race in the scratch, points and individual pursuit events,” Thomas said. “I’m obviously looking forward to being part of a Wales team. I can’t wait to pull on that Welsh red vest. “If anything, I should be stronger – physically and mentally… “If anything, I should be stronger – physically and mentally. ”

Thomas hit a piece of metal in the road and suffered internal bleeding after falling on his handlebars during training in Sydney, Australia. That caused him to miss the Sydney World Cup and his senior debut at the World Championships in Los Angeles – the scene of his World Junior track triumph last year. “I was really gutted to miss out on the World Cup and LA, but I just had to get on with it. I had to look towards the long term,” Thomas added. “I’m just pleased that I’ve only been off the bike for six weeks; it could have been much worse. ”

Thomas now hopes to return to competition at the end of the month in an Under-23 road race in Cornwall on 24 April.

Libya coach resigns
BBC News – Apr 3, 2005
El Khemisy, who guided Libya to two home victories against Benin and Egypt in
the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, made the announcement in the wake of their
recent 4-1 loss to Egypt in Cairo. “I’m doing the normal thing after this result,” said El Khemisy, who has been
criticised in the local media for the heavy defeat to their North African neighbours

El Khemisy took over, for his sixteenth spell as Libya boss, last August from
Croatian Ilija Loncarevic. The defeat saw Libya slip from second to fourth in Group Three. Before El Khemisy’s resignation, Al Saadi Gaddafi resigned as president of the Libyan Football Federation (LFF) last week. This led to the suspension of the Libyan league championship.

Baxter must be ware of vultures
Independent Online – Apr 4, 2005
That may sound a little odd but what else can we deduce from a Johannesburg-based tabloid carrying a two-page spread on Baxter’s alleged weaknesses last week?

The “expose” seemed to ask: How dare this foreign coach take our national team to the top of their 2006 World Cup qualifying group with an approach that is more effective than entertaining?

And, more to the point, why has he used so many coloured players – rather than Africans – to “accomplish” that. most of the coloured stars’ affairs are looked after by a white manTo add fuel to the fire, most of the coloured stars’ affairs are looked after by a white man based in Spain, Rob Moore – who also happens to be the agent for national skipper Aaron Mokoena (an African). If you asked me, I would say our national coach from Britain should not dismiss the feature outright, even if it did contain more emotion than fact. What I sense is that a war is being started against Baxter and that the newspaper concerned’s “analysis” is not far off from the beliefs of one or two people who might be eyeing Baxter’s job in the Gauteng area. This clever use of the media by soccer personalities has been done before under the guise of a need to make our soccer truly South African (if you know what I mean).

Downswell on advanced course in Paraguay
Jamaica Observer – Apr 5, 2005
The course, which is confined to national coaches with top-level qualification only, will update coaches on the new theories of the game; enhance the professionalism of coaches who have to work with high-quality players; and improve technical exchange between coaches in North, Central and South America. Downswell, who left the island on Saturday, is scheduled to return on April 13. The former Jamaican international winger was appointed head coach of the national senior team for the second time last December, following the exit of the Reggae Boyz from the CONCACAF semi-final round of the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. He went on to guide a new-look team to victory in the inaugural Digicel Caribbean Cup in Barbados in late February. It was Jamaica’s third triumph at the regional level, following victories in 1991 and 1998. Talk Back

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Yartsev Slams the Door
Kommersant – Apr 5, 2005
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