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* ‘Iranian police may on duty for 2006 World Cup’
* Philips brings the 2006 FIFA World Cup live to your home
* Farina’s responsibility – Soccer – www.theage.com.au
* BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
* CNN.com – Czech ranking best for six years – Apr 20, 2005
* Heptathlon today, skeleton tomorrow
* uefa.com
* EXCO talks in Tallinn
* Fener’s Anelka rules out France comeback under Domenech
* Jay Jay’s special cuisine excites mates
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Logan to end career…
* Father Ted star in new football show
* Blatter to run again
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Myskina pulls out of Fed Cup tie

‘Iranian police may on duty for 2006 World Cup’
IranMania News – Apr 19, 2005
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LONDON, April 18 (IranMania) – Iranian police could be assigned to the 2006 World Cup, if Iran’s national football team qualifies for the global football event, the daily WAZ reported on Monday. “Any nation whose football team will play in Dortmund, will also send a team of policemen to Dortmund,” said the spokesman of the state criminal office in North-Rhine Westfalia, Frank Scheulen. He added his bureau would contact the relevant authorities of those countries following the December 9 World Cup drawings which will determine the game venues for the World Cup participating teams. The policemen are to accompany Iranian fan crowds to ensure that everything is peaceful. More than 100,000 German police will be on duty for the 2006 World Cup (June 9 – July 9).

Philips brings the 2006 FIFA World Cup live to your home
AME Info – Apr 18, 2005
Sports – football in particular – is an ideal subject matter for widescreen viewing as widescreen display recreates the experience that the fan in the stadium enjoys. Football fans around the world enjoy watching the World Cup broadcasted entirely on large screen TVs, as it provides a sense of involvement in the game. Louis Hakim, CEO of Philips Middle East commented on the deal: ‘Philips is an Official Partner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in the consumer electronics category. As one of the world’s leading innovators of television and display technologies, it has been a pioneer of the application of widescreen home entertainment since the 1960s. Philips offers some unique advantages in terms of technology, performance and style… Philips offers some unique advantages in terms of technology, performance and style. ‘The widescreen broadcasting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ will add an exciting new dimension to home viewing of the world’s most popular sport,’ added Khalid Tuer, Consumer Electronics General Manager for Philips Middle East. To highlight the home entertainment benefits that widescreen broadcasting will bring to sports fans all over the world, Philips is offering high value packages this season including:
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Farina’s responsibility – Soccer – www.theage.com.au
The Age – Apr 20, 2005
At the time these interviews are being scheduled, he is theface of the Australian game. His uncommunicative responses in post-match interviews just cannot be sanctioned. It is well known that Farina has not seen eye to eye with thebroadcaster, FFA’s media partner until the end of the World Cup in2006, for several years. He has had run-ins with not just Orsattibut SBS head of sport Les Murray and believes they have beenovercritical of his selection and tactics and have been trying toforce him out of the job. Whether they have an ulterior motive is beside the point. Theyare exercising their journalistic right to criticise, and, much assportsmen and coaches in the media spotlight might not like itsometimes, it goes with the turf. In some ways, the extra pressure is a testament to the successthat FFA is having in selling the Socceroos and the game to a widerpublic and more mainstream media.

BBC SPORT | Football | The gossip column
BBC News – Apr 20, 2005
(Daily Mirror)England captain David Beckham says he is happy at Real Madrid and does not want to return to the Premiership. (The Independent)Celtic goalkeeper Magnus Hedman is in talks with AIK Stockholm about a return to Sweden. (Daily Record)England World Cup winner Alan Ball is selling his medal from the 1966 final victory for a fee of about ?120,000. (The Daily Telegraph).

CNN.com – Czech ranking best for six years – Apr 20, 2005
CNN International – Apr 20, 2005
The Euro 2004 semifinalists are second in European zone Group One, a point behind the Dutch, and fill their highest position for six years in the rankings. World champions Brazil remain in top spot, with Argentina, currently leading the South American qualifying competition for the 2006 World Cup, still in third. France, who continue to struggle in their qualifying group, slipped two places to fourth. The Netherlands and England have both climbed two places, to fifth and sixth respectively, with Spain and Mexico going the other way to seventh and eighth. FIFA rankings (March position in brackets):1. Brazil, 834 points (1)2.

Heptathlon today, skeleton tomorrow
USA Today – Apr 18, 2005
Heptathletes compete in the long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin throw, 100-meter hurdles and 200- and 800-meter races. “The variety is the biggest thing I love about it, that I’m not doing the same thing every day at practice,” Pikus-Pace says. To fill time on the World Cup circuit, Pikus-Pace took up oil painting, carried along some crochet projects and bought a guitar in Latvia to teach herself to play. In the summers, she plays shortstop on four slow-pitch softball teams. She also finds time to wakeboard and water ski. She met her husband, whom she married in July 2002, playing basketball. “At the beginning,” he says, “it was really hard to get her to sit down… I rolled my ankle,” she says. Her second year of bobsledding began with what she thought was a drill on “this little cookie sheet-looking thing. ” The coach had her put on a helmet and football-style shoulder pads and lay stomach-down, headfirst on the sled. “Then he just kicked me off. He’s yelling out, ‘This is called the skeleton!’ while I was going down,” Pikus-Pace says. “At first I was screaming for my life. By the end, I was just screaming in enthusiasm.

uefa.com
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Apr 19, 2005
Decided todayThe qualifying-round format was decided by UEFA’s Executive Committee at its meeting in Tallinn, Estonia on Tuesday. The qualifying phase for EURO 2008™ consists of one group of eight teams and six groups of seven. The qualifying competition will begin in the autumn of 2006, after the FIFA World Cup in Germany that summer. Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland will qualify automatically. 2004 formatThe format for UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal involved ten group winners qualifying for the final tournament, along with the host country and the winners of five qualifying play-offs staged over two legs on a home-and-away basis. This time around, no qualifying play-offs will be staged, UEFA decided on Tuesday. 2007 Futsal ChampionshipIn another decision, the Executive Committee decided to award the UEFA European Futsal Championship final round in 2007 to Portugal, with the tournament taking place in the Oporto region in November of that year.

EXCO talks in Tallinn
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Apr 19, 2005
Tallinn weekThe Executive Committee is meeting in the Estonian capital ahead of the XXIX Ordinary Congress in the city on Thursday, which will be attended by senior officials from UEFA’s 52 member associations as well as other prominent football politicians. EURO qualifiersThe EURO final round in 2008 will be jointly hosted by Austria and Switzerland, and the Executive Committee will decide on the format to be used for the qualifying phase, starting in the autumn of 2006 after the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The format for the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals involved ten group winners qualifying for the tournament in Portugal, along with the host country and the winners of five qualifying play-offs staged over two legs on a home-and-away basis. Final venuesThe Executive Committee will also take a decision on the stadiums that will host the prestigious Champions League and UEFA Cup finals in the next two seasons. The candidates for the former tournament include: Stade de France, Paris (2006 or 2007), Olympic Stadium, Athens (2006 or 2007), Luzhniki, Moscow (2006), Wembley Stadium, London (2007) and Olympiastadion, Berlin (2007). In contentionThe UEFA Cup hopefuls are: Karaiskaki, Athens (2006 or 2007), Hampden Park, Glasgow (2006 or 2007), Philips Stadium, Eindhoven (2006 or 2007) and Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Seville (2006)… The candidates for the former tournament include: Stade de France, Paris (2006 or 2007), Olympic Stadium, Athens (2006 or 2007), Luzhniki, Moscow (2006), Wembley Stadium, London (2007) and Olympiastadion, Berlin (2007). In contentionThe UEFA Cup hopefuls are: Karaiskaki, Athens (2006 or 2007), Hampden Park, Glasgow (2006 or 2007), Philips Stadium, Eindhoven (2006 or 2007) and Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, Seville (2006). This season’s Champions League final will be held at the Atatürk Olympic stadium in Istanbul on 25 May, while the UEFA Cup showpiece takes place a week earlier at Lisbon’s Estádio José Alvalade. The hosts will also be selected for the 2007 UEFA European Futsal Championship at the Executive Committee meeting. Homegrown proposalsThe Congress in Tallinn will be dominated in particular by discussions between UEFA and its member associations on the local training of players, following proposals put forward by the European body earlier this year. The regulations would apply to future UEFA club competitions, and UEFA has also asked its 52 member associations to consider applying the same rules for their domestic competitions.

Fener’s Anelka rules out France comeback under Domenech
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Apr 20, 2005
“I don’t think I’m going to play for ‘Les Bleus’ again as long as Domenech is in charge,” Anelka was quoted as saying by weekly magazine France Football. “Even when there are dozens of guys injured, Domenech doesn’t pick me. “I’d rather he be honest with me and tell me that he doesn’t feel he can rely on me. ” The former PSG and Arsenal striker moved from English Premier League side Manchester City to Istanbul side Fenerbahce during the winter. Feud:Anelka, 26, has not played for France since he rejected a late call-up from former coach Jacques Santini for a friendly against Yugoslavia in Paris in November 2002… Still talented?Anelka, who argued he still had the talent to play for a major European club, said: “When the best guys were in the squad, France won. Today, only good guys are picked, and you know what the results are. ” France has failed to impress during its 2006 World Cup qualifiers despite heading the European Zone Group 4 table and has yet to win a home match since Domenech took over last July.

Jay Jay’s special cuisine excites mates
Vanguard – Apr 20, 2005
Fadiga who was part of the ‘African experience’ at the Korea-Japan 2002 World Cup, which saw a move from French side Auxxere only to face an eminent ‘Life without football’ following doctors report of ‘irregular heartbeat. ’ Like Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu, who before him was also diagnosed with a ‘weak iota valve’ by the Italian medics, but shrugged it off and sought medical treatment in Cleveland, Ohio, United States before playing for Arsenal FC in England, Fadiga too has now found a home in Lancashire following successful treatment in Belgium. His stay at Bolton is made more remarkable by the presence of Okocha who Fadiga says is more than a friend. He told the Manchester Evening News that along with Tunisian defender Radhi Jaidi and compatriot El Hadji Diouf, they meet regularly to share their African experience and nostalgia. “We always try to eat at someone’s house every week… We had some special Nigerian food, which was great. There’s a good friendship between us and we are proud to be representing Africa at this club,” Fadiga told the paper. Fadiga who believes Senegal are on course for a consecutive second World Cup finals appearance in Germany 2006, says his wife was his greatest fortress during the trying days. “She was with me through the good and bad moments and I had a lot of bad moments last year. I wanted to prove to her that I am not the type of guy that gives up,” Fadiga told M.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Logan to end career…
BBC News – Apr 20, 2005
The French contingent will include Thomas Castaignede and Sebastien Chabal. Former Lions players Darren Morris of Wales and England’s Mark Regan will vie for front-row selection. The squad will again be coached by Australian World Cup winner Bob Dwyer. He will be joined from the southern hemisphere by several top-ranking Wallabies, Springboks and All Blacks for the two-match tour. The Barbarians face England at Twickenham on Saturday 28 May. Barbarians president Micky Steele-Bodger said: “Visiting Aberdeen for the match against Scotland is a new departure, but we are confident that it will be a popular one. “Great touring sides such as the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies have played in Aberdeen in the days of the long tours and we are delighted to be part of a new era of top-class representative rugby in the north of Scotland.

Father Ted star in new football show
C21Media – Apr 18, 2005
Title Leagues Apart, the show is currently in pre-production with Midas Productions’ entertainment chief Billy McGrath currently sewing up copro finance. Midas will have a promo tape ready for June and the full series delivered in spring 2006 ready for the World Cup. “This is an exciting original series using the most popular sport on the planet as a backdrop while including travel and history in the mix. The mix of genres is very attractive and offers a brilliant opportunity for a UK coproduction,” said McGrath. He is also looking for copro partners for a second season of The Liffey Laugh, an Irish stand-up show for RTE, with plans to develop the brand into an international televised stand-up event based in Dublin with the pubcaster attached.

Blatter to run again
Independent Online – Apr 19, 2005
The agency has reduced its out-of-competition checks by more than half – from more than 5 000 in 2003 to 2 400 in 2004. – Sapa-AP

Bleus for Anelka

Paris: French soccer rebel Nicolas Anelka says he has no chance of an international return under coach Raymond Domenech. “I don’t think I’m going to play for Les Bleus again,” Anelka told weekly magazine France Football. “Even when there are dozens of guys injured, Domenech doesn’t pick me. I’d rather he’d be honest with me and tell me that he doesn’t feel he can rely on me.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Myskina pulls out of Fed Cup tie
BBC News – Apr 19, 2005
Myskina lost to 15-year-old Nicole Vaidisova in the Family Circle Cup last week and wants to rest her injury. “We decided it was better not to take risks because we have Roland Garros coming up,” said coach Jens Gerlach. World number 12 Nadia Petrova may join Elena Dementieva, Elena Bovina and Dinara Safina in the Russian team.

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