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April 26, 2005

Brazil bring in old and the new

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 26.04.2005 Klinsi Wants Confederations Cup Glory
* RTÉ Sport: World Cup tickets on black market
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Brazil bring in old and the new
* SA’s lagging in 2010 preparations
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Who will take on the men?
* Buenos dias, sports radio fans! | Tech News on ZDNet
* Besides NFL draft, watch the weather
* BBC SPORT | Tennis | Russia to face USA in Cup semis
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Smyth secures second Tour title

World Cup 2006 | 26.04.2005 Klinsi Wants Confederations Cup Glory
Deutsche Welle – Apr 26, 2005
“There will be possibilities to play the younger ones,” he said, “to get a feeling whether they are ready for the World Cup. ”

One man who is sure to feature is Klinsmann’s captain, Michael Ballack. The Germany coach took the opportunity to pledge his support for Ballack, saying that he expects the midfielder to prove critics wrong at the 2006 World Cup and show he can be placed on a pedestal with the other great playmakers in world football. Klinsmann backs Ballack to silence critics… “The criticism drives Michael on and he will silence the doubters,” Klinsmann said. “The 2006 World Cup on home soil will offer him the perfect stage to join recent greats such as Zinedine Zidane and Pavel Nedved. ” Ballack has scored 22 goals in 50 internationals for Germany marking him out as one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in Europe. “Michael is a world class player and all of us in the German national team know this,” added Klinsmann. “He is lethal in front of goal and capable of changing the game in an instant. ”
Vogts job row to go to a vote at DFB

Klinsmann refused to directly address the thorny subject of his proposed plan to give former national coach Berti Vogts which has turned into another row with the German Football Federation (DFB).

RTÉ Sport: World Cup tickets on black market
rte.ie – Apr 24, 2005
The World Cup organising committee (OK) went to great lengths to ensure tickets were purchased through the proper channels but yesterday tickets were available to buy on the online auction site Ebay. “This is the sort of thing we were keen to avoid,” OK vice-president Horst R. Schmidt told Bild am Sonntag. “We will take all the legal measures we can to combat it.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Apr 25, 2005
The World Cup organising committee (OK) went to great lengths to ensure tickets were purchased through the proper channels but on Saturday tickets were available to buy on the online auction site ?ebay?. ?This is the sort of thing we were keen to avoid,? OK vice-president Horst R. Schmidt told Bild am Sonntag. ?We will take all the legal measures we can to combat it… 93 million tickets are on sale to the general public and only the first batch of 812,000 tickets have been sold with four more sales periods still to come. But the OK and football?s governing body FIFA have been inundated with e-mails complaining about the shortage of tickets available to football fans and with demand outstripping supply many fans have turned to the black market. Ticket prices range from 35 euros to 600 euros for football?s biggest showpiece running from June 9 until July 9 2006.

Brazil bring in old and the new
BBC News – Apr 24, 2005
There is also the chance to gatecrash next year’s World Cup. Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has already stated almost the entire squad to defend his country’s title in Germany 2006 will be drawn from players already in Europe. But he is well aware of the pressures he will face between now and then. Brazil’s proud football culture is offended by the fact that all of the country’s best players are tempted abroad. As a kind of self-defence mechanism, the folk wisdom is that the foreign-based stars have grown fat and lazy, while those who are still playing at home retain the hunger the fans want to see in the national team… Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has already stated almost the entire squad to defend his country’s title in Germany 2006 will be drawn from players already in Europe. But he is well aware of the pressures he will face between now and then. Brazil’s proud football culture is offended by the fact that all of the country’s best players are tempted abroad. As a kind of self-defence mechanism, the folk wisdom is that the foreign-based stars have grown fat and lazy, while those who are still playing at home retain the hunger the fans want to see in the national team. The Brazilian press and public are always pushing for a call up for those who are in good form in domestic football. Four years ago the movement worked in favour of the likes of Gilberto Silva and Kleberson, who came in from nowhere to claim a World Cup winners medal and then make their way on to Europe.

SA’s lagging in 2010 preparations
Independent Online – Apr 25, 2005
A delegation from Fifa, the world controlling body, is coming next week to review progress, but it is unlikely to find much on which to report. The Local Organising Committee (LOC), the body which will stage the entire World Cup, has not yet been established, although this is expected to be done by the end of this month. Without the LOC, the World Cup cannot be organised – and venue upgrading and construction deadlines are looming. The country has committed itself to finalising the building and upgrading of stadiums before the end of 2007. Fifa’s deadline for the final assessment of readiness is June 2008… “We were looking to get this thing off the ground last September, but we had to shift that because of something to do with the government guarantee. ”

As part of the process of getting the World Cup, the government had to provide a guarantee to Fifa that they would cover any developments required on stadiums. “We’re waiting for Safa (the SA Football Association) to find out how to access the guarantee. We can raise money for rebuilding in the private sector if we can get the government guarantee. “Hopefully now, with Danny Jordaan working on the Local Organising Committee, these things can be fast-tracked. ”

Probably the most pressing problem of all – getting local municipalities on board and assessing their capacity to deliver on infrastructure needs – cannot start until the LOC is launched. Jordaan said last week that preparations were on track, though it might appear as if nothing had happened.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Apr 24, 2005
Under the French football federation?s own rules, Barthez should have received a minimum six-month ban for running on to the pitch from the bench during an ill-tempered friendly between Marseille and Wydad Casablanca to confront international referee Abdellah El Achiri. Video replays clearly show Barthez raising his arms toward the referee although no physical contact was made and then spitting on him. Sports daily L?Equipe headlined ?Barthez, affair of the state,? claiming French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour had intervened to prompt the federation to appeal the decision of its own disciplinary committee. Lamour no doubt wanted ?to avoid April 22, 2005 being labelled ?Black Friday? for our football,? L?Equipe said in an editorial, adding that the disciplinary committee had been ?discredited?. Critics reacted with scorn at the ban slapped on the 33-year-old goalkeeper who has won 73 caps for France and has said he will retire after the 2006 World Cup… Sports daily L?Equipe headlined ?Barthez, affair of the state,? claiming French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour had intervened to prompt the federation to appeal the decision of its own disciplinary committee. Lamour no doubt wanted ?to avoid April 22, 2005 being labelled ?Black Friday? for our football,? L?Equipe said in an editorial, adding that the disciplinary committee had been ?discredited?. Critics reacted with scorn at the ban slapped on the 33-year-old goalkeeper who has won 73 caps for France and has said he will retire after the 2006 World Cup. Bernard Saules, president of the French referees? union, said: ?I?m furious. The minimum is six months and he gets away with three. It?s making fools of us. ? A six-month ban would have prevented Barthez from starting the 2005-2006 season with Marseille on July 30 and could have led him to bring forward his retirement date.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Who will take on the men?
BBC News – Apr 26, 2005
World number one Annika Sorenstam attracted a lot of publicity by accepting an invitation to play in the men’s Bank of America Colonial Classic in 2003. She missed the cut by five shots and afterwards seemed stunned by the experience. “I had such a great week but I will go back to my tour where I belong,” said the Swede.

Buenos dias, sports radio fans! | Tech News on ZDNet
ZDNet – Apr 26, 2005
The radio channel, scheduled to hit the air starting in July 2005, will cover all major sports events in Latin America and Mexico, including baseball and boxing. But the prime offering will be the detailed coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup to be held in Germany. The Spanish language sports coverage on XM is currently limited to a weekday show, “Solamente Pelota,” hosted by Major League Baseball veteran Orestes Destrade. Cantor’s company Futbol de Primera, a syndicator of soccer programming for Hispanic radio, will produce the content for the channel. The dedicated sports channel is the latest in a growing list of Spanish satellite radio channels launched by XM. Rival Sirius Satellite Radio also airs Spanish radio channels… Is it impossible to match all radio audio to every TV delivery system?Read on. a solution is available to consumers, i.

Besides NFL draft, watch the weather
San Diego Union Tribune – Apr 25, 2005
So it probably came as little surprise that after being drafted by the Lions on Saturday, he showed up in Detroit in a short-sleeve shirt. Only problem: the late-spring snow in the area. Big number

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Internet asking price – per ticket – over the weekend by scalpers for some 2006 soccer World Cup quarterfinals matches. Williams needed a coat – fast – so he toured a few stores at Detroit's airport upon arrival. Cotsonika of Knight Ridder Newspapers reports that Williams stopped at a store that sold Lions wear and another that sold leather jackets, but couldn't find anything in his size. "I tried to stay in the limo as much as possible and just kind of jumped out and ran in here (to the Lions' offices) Williams said yesterday.

BBC SPORT | Tennis | Russia to face USA in Cup semis
BBC News – Apr 24, 2005
It would be a special tie. We’re all looking forward to it. ”

Dementieva, the world number five, was on the back foot in the first set against an aggressive Schiavone who won it 6-4. However, the Italian lost her nerve when presented with her match points in the second set and the tie-break went Dementieva’s way 7-2.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Smyth secures second Tour title
BBC News – Apr 25, 2005
Smyth won the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf by two shots from Tom Jenkins after carding a final round of one-under 71 to finish eight under par. Smyth was two shots off the lead going into the final round but took control of the tournament with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes. His previous win came in the SBC Classic in California in March.

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