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August 11, 2005

Figo’s Real love affair comes to an end

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The News Review:

* Zidane re-thinks retirement
* Zidane: “I’m not Zorro”
* Angst in Adland
* Figo’s Real love affair comes to an end
* Woodgate’s world torn apart again
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Ferdinand misses out
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt names squad for friendly

Zidane re-thinks retirement
TVNZ – Aug 4, 2005
Thethree-times World Player of the Year, who won the World Cup in 1998and the European championship two years later with France, hadannounced his retirement from international football after Euro2004 a year ago. “Francehave given me so much that I want to help them,” the 33-year-oldsaid on his website. The newscame as a surprise after Zidane had said several times over thepast few months that he would not change his mind. “For thefirst time in my life I am changing my mind on something veryimportant,” said the Real Madrid player, who added that he hadtaken his decision after several meetings with France coach RaymondDomenech. “I hadthought about it carefully before taking my initial decision… I didso again this time. This is very emotional. “I was onholiday and I realised that I did not have that much time left infootball and I wanted to make the most of it. FrenchFootball Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes praised Zidanefor having the courage to change his mind. “It’s abrave decision because he is taking risks with his image,”Escalettes told Reuters. “It showshow much he loves France. He’s a great player and a great man.

Zidane: “I’m not Zorro”
TVNZ – Aug 5, 2005
But theReal Madrid playmaker, who has 93 France caps, said he did not wantto be dubbed the team’s “saviour” despite the hopes hisannouncement raised in the country on Thursday. Zidanewill return when France meet Ivory Coast in a friendly on August 17in Montpellier after quitting international football followingtheir exit at the hands of eventual winners Greece in Euro2004. “I havefound again the motivation I might have lost a while ago,” Zidanetold Canal Plus in an interview on Friday. “But I’mnot coming back as a saviour, I’m not Zorro,” he added. Zidane, aworld champion with France in 1998, said he was eager to feel underpressure again with the team struggling in their World Cupqualifying Group Four in fourth place behind Ireland, Switzerlandand Israel… But theReal Madrid playmaker, who has 93 France caps, said he did not wantto be dubbed the team’s “saviour” despite the hopes hisannouncement raised in the country on Thursday. Zidanewill return when France meet Ivory Coast in a friendly on August 17in Montpellier after quitting international football followingtheir exit at the hands of eventual winners Greece in Euro2004. “I havefound again the motivation I might have lost a while ago,” Zidanetold Canal Plus in an interview on Friday. “But I’mnot coming back as a saviour, I’m not Zorro,” he added. Zidane, aworld champion with France in 1998, said he was eager to feel underpressure again with the team struggling in their World Cupqualifying Group Four in fourth place behind Ireland, Switzerlandand Israel. “To be atyour best, you need to be constantly under pressure and that iswhat I want,” he said.

Angst in Adland
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 5, 2005
capitalgainstaxhead H1. Executives tell Guy Dennis they are not sure whether it is a blip or something worseThe godfather of soul boomed across the ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane on Wednesday as magazine executives partied the night away at the Periodical Publishers Association industry awards. Tanked up on rioja and Australian shirazcabernet, they strutted the disco floor to James Brown’s I Feel Good. However, the painful truth is that most media execs do not feel particularly good. In radio, television and in print, there are growing concerns about a downturn in advertising. Quite simply, bookings have slumped… “Ten per cent would not be unrealistic,” said Phil Hall, the head of television at media buyer Mediacom. “But I don’t think the decline will be much greater than 10 per cent. “ITV’s advertising revenues look relatively poor because last year’s second quarter was boosted by the Euro 2004 football championship. Bullish media executives point to positive advertising sales forecasts for the year as a whole. ZenithOptimedia, the media buyer, is forecasting a 4. 9 per cent rise in total UK advertising spending in 2005 compared with last year. Its rival, MindShare, forecasts 4.

Figo’s Real love affair comes to an end
Independent Online – Aug 5, 2005
Rather than risk having a potential loose cannon within the camp for another season, Real opted for a clean break and decided to offload the winger to Inter a year before his contract was due to expire. But the significance of Figo’s departure for Italy far exceeds his mere importance as a player. If it had not been for Figo, Perez might never have become Real president in the first place. After all, it was the construction magnate’s promise to make off with the most prized possession of arch-rivals Barcelona that was largely responsible for his victory in the 2000 club presidential elections. Barca’s loss was Real’s gainPerez kept his word and paid a then world record $56-million (about R360-million) to buy Figo out of his contract with Barca, a move that provided a world-class addition to the Real squad and at the same time dealt the Catalans a blow from which they took almost five years to recover. With his move to Real, Figo immediately became a symbol of a new generation of the sport’s global superstars whose own interests superseded those of the club they play for – in short he was the first of Real’s Galacticos. Barca spent a combined total of $75-million (about R480-million) on new players in an attempt to make up for the loss of Figo, but they were unable to find an adequate replacement for the Portuguese star who underwent an overnight transformation from hero to the vilest of villains in the eyes of their fans… The next season he scored a career-high 10 league goals as Real pipped Real Sociedad to the Spanish title. He was one of the few players who could hold his head up after the club’s trophyless campaign in 2004, and up until he was dropped by Luxemburgo in the latter stages of last season he was one of Real’s most consistent performers. Internationally he appeared to be falling out of favour with Portugal’s Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after a more than a decade of service but the two managed to work together well enough to help their team to the final of Euro 2004 on home soil. Portugal’s most-capped player with more than a century of appearances, he retired after that tournament but had a change of heart this year and returned to the national team. There is little doubt, though, that the 32-year-old’s footballing powers are on the wane and although his effort can never be faulted, Luxemburgo quickly came to appreciate that the Figo was not suited to the more rapid counter-attacking game that he wanted his team to play. In terms of close control, individual skill and versatility Figo is a more complete player than Beckham, but the England captain’s passing skills and non-stop running fit more neatly into Luxemburgo’s game plan. Figo did relocate from the right wing to a position behind the two strikers for a short time, but was eventually forced out of the starting XI after Raul was moved into midfield in order to make room for the in-form Owen.

Woodgate’s world torn apart again
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 11, 2005
The timing could not have been worse. Having finally regained his fitness and made his long-awaited Madrid debut a full season after joining for £13. 4 million, Woodgate had been expected to earn an England recall. David Beckham, the England captain, had backed him to resume his international career and revealed that coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has maintained a keen interest in the defender’s progress. Eriksson announced his squad almost immediately after the final whistle in Madrid, but the Middlesbrough-born defender was ruled out… Since then, he has been unable to make seven consecutive league appearances. He made 20 starts in his final season at Newcastle but did not make his Spanish debut until Sept 22. His last England cap was won against Sweden in a friendly before Euro 2004. “How do I summarise my England career?” said Woodgate in a recent interview, “there hasn’t been one. “I was banned and then I had my injuries. It hasn’t started for me yet. It frustrates me because I want to play for my country.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Aug 8, 2005
?It was a good fight until yesterday night, Loeb was very good here,? Gronholm said. ?We have won this rally many times and I?m happy for that. Today we had to be cautious not to hit any stones or holes which could do damage to the car, it was not fun to drive the last stages. ? Estonia?s Markko Martin took third place for Peugeot, 1:35. Peugeot has now moved past Citroen to lead the manufacturer?s championship by one point. The 31-year-old Loeb still increased his overall lead by one point… apZinedine Zidane to captain France on returnPARIS: Zinedine Zidane will wear the captain?s armband when he returns to international duty for France in a friendly against Ivory Coast in Montpellier on August 17. ?Zidane is the captain,? France coach Raymond Domenech told French television TF1 on Sunday. Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira has captained France since Domenech took over as coach from Jacques Santini last year following France?s exit in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2004. France lost to eventual winners Greece, prompting Zidane and players like Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram and Claude Makelele to retire from international duty. Zidane, however, announced his international comeback on Wednesday and is determined to help Les Bleus qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Midfielder Makelele has also decided to resume playing for the national side. ?The essential thing is that the players wanted to come back,? said a delighted Domenech.

Ferdinand misses out
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2005
Ferdinand, briefly deployed as a holding midfielder in training last night, boasts the class to return to the England back-four, but his slightly blase attitude to his career development needs addressing. It would represent a massive waste of an immense aptitude if he did not deliver on an international stage. Ferdinand attended France 98, but did not feature. He was dropped for Euro 2000. He shone at the 2002 World Cup but then missed Euro 2004 after failing to attend a drugs test. England team: Robinson, Carragher, Young, Campbell, Terry, Lampard, Gerrard, Cole, Beckham, Owen, Crouch.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Aug 10, 2005
Frank Lampard took over penalty duties and the Chelsea midfielder converted England’s first spot-kick since Euro 2004 after Michael Owen was fouled before Beckham was booked twice in the space of three second-half minutes and was sent off for the second time in an international. Whether or not his second booking was harsh, the midfielder had already ruled himself out of the final group game against Poland with his fourth caution of the campaign before his second challenge on the same player, defender Andreas Ibertsberger, saw him red carded. Beckham’s departure left England to hold on to a narrow lead for a full half-hour, not only without their captain, but also without Wayne Rooney, whose indiscipline in Belfast had led to his own suspension. Eriksson must at least have been relieved Rooney’s replacement, Peter Crouch, rose to the occasion as he strengthened his claims for a place in the squad – if England qualify. There was also a measure of irony as Rio Ferdinand, who had been unceremoniously dropped from the side, came on to replace the injured Sol Campbell as England managed to stem the late tide of Austrian pressure… Frank Lampard took over penalty duties and the Chelsea midfielder converted England’s first spot-kick since Euro 2004 after Michael Owen was fouled before Beckham was booked twice in the space of three second-half minutes and was sent off for the second time in an international. Whether or not his second booking was harsh, the midfielder had already ruled himself out of the final group game against Poland with his fourth caution of the campaign before his second challenge on the same player, defender Andreas Ibertsberger, saw him red carded. Beckham’s departure left England to hold on to a narrow lead for a full half-hour, not only without their captain, but also without Wayne Rooney, whose indiscipline in Belfast had led to his own suspension. Eriksson must at least have been relieved Rooney’s replacement, Peter Crouch, rose to the occasion as he strengthened his claims for a place in the squad – if England qualify. There was also a measure of irony as Rio Ferdinand, who had been unceremoniously dropped from the side, came on to replace the injured Sol Campbell as England managed to stem the late tide of Austrian pressure. And so they held on – just.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Egypt names squad for friendly
BBC News – Aug 8, 2005
Mido is one five Europe based players who were called for the game against the Euro 2004 finalists. “It will be a tough match and a good experience for our side,” Egypt manager, Hassan Shehata said. The Pharaohs have missed out on qualifying for the 2006 Fifa World Cup finals in Germany after losing to Ivory Coast 0-2 back in June. But they’re using the encounter against the Europeans as part of their preparations for the African Cup of Nations finals next year. The North Africans are hoping to win the continent’s most prestigious football event which they will host at home next year.

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