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November 3, 2005

Mixed Zone: Ireland eye up the French connection

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The News Review:

* Anxiety gnaws at Arsenal
* Young Adu talks out of turn
* Greek game comes full circle
* Mixed Zone: Ireland eye up the French connection
* Matsushita Elec H1 net profit rises 14.6 pct on strong PDP TV sales -…
* Top players are omitted by Sweden
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Chelsea strike a blow for England
* LIVERPOOL FC: BAROS TARGETS LIVERPOOL RETURN
* Rehhagel receives backing of Greek FF
* ARSENAL: Head to head: Campbell v King
* Stu: Vass could make World Cup
* FIFA WORLD CUP: Belgium awaits coach decision

Anxiety gnaws at Arsenal
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 3, 2005
“I still think this squad have the potential when everyone is fit. In January it was difficult to add players because there was no obvious candidate free on the market. “At the moment we are not good enough, that has been shown. But the difference is very minor. No matter what you do in the last two years, as long as you don’t win the European Cup people say ‘you are rubbish’ but I don’t feel like that. “The difference, it seems, is very, very little and there are so many teams out there who can win it that it makes it even more difficult. “Arsenal’s record-breaking campaign last year has put added pressure on Wenger to succeed, and he added: “If we don’t win a trophy it certainly will not be remembered as one of the great seasons of the club… “They have this season; at Highbury, Bolton came from behind twice to end Arsenal’s 100 per cent start to the season and then, in January, a goal by Stelios Giannakopoulos damaged further Arsenal’s Premiership ambitions. Not one to waste the opportunity to tweak the slightest advantage out of a motivational tactic, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce called on the club’s Greek midfielder to show off his winner’s medal from Euro 2004 to his team-mates. Giannakopoulos said: “I brought my Euro 2004 medal into the club because the manager asked me to show it to the rest of the squad before the Arsenal game. “It was the first time that I had brought it into the club, but it is good motivation for the players because it shows what can be achieved if you work as a team.

Young Adu talks out of turn
International Herald Tribune – Oct 26, 2005
Born in Ghana, raised in the United States since he was 8and heralded there as the "Phenom" of Major League Soccer, Adu understandably yearns to make the World Cup in the week of his 17th birthday next June. And why on earth should gifted youth not be so impatient? Why, if Pele was trusted by the greatest playing nation in a World Cup at the age of 17, should Adu not aspire to strut his stuff for America, itself a fledgling of the global game?If the United States doesn't baptize the boy at senior level, then under international rules he still has the option of representing Ghana, which has qualified for the World Cup for the first time.

Greek game comes full circle
uefa.comUEFA.com – Oct 28, 2005
Not only has the national team gone from also-rans to European champions back to FIFA World Cup non-qualifiers, but the domestic game has not been without its problems, financial and political. Rehhagel offerThe slide from UEFA EURO 2004™ glory to fourth place in their 2006 World Cup group has again brought the national team back to the top of the HFF agenda. Gagatsis, who credits the success in Portugal to the appointment of Otto Rehhagel as coach, is keen for the German to remain in position. “We made an offer to him during the FIFA Confederations Cup,” Gagatsis told uefa… Not only has the national team gone from also-rans to European champions back to FIFA World Cup non-qualifiers, but the domestic game has not been without its problems, financial and political. Rehhagel offerThe slide from UEFA EURO 2004™ glory to fourth place in their 2006 World Cup group has again brought the national team back to the top of the HFF agenda. Gagatsis, who credits the success in Portugal to the appointment of Otto Rehhagel as coach, is keen for the German to remain in position. “We made an offer to him during the FIFA Confederations Cup,” Gagatsis told uefa. “We believe in him and we are waiting for his answer at the end of November.

Mixed Zone: Ireland eye up the French connection
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 3, 2005
He is an outstanding player. Every defender in the Premiership would say he is the one they fear most. “But beyond the domestic scene? Sent off in the World Cup v Senegal in 2002, he was indifferent in Euro 2004. Trezeguet, for example, on fewer caps has scored more goals?”A lot of top club players from Europe did not deliver for their countries in Portugal. The Italians, the Spanish, Germans, the French.

Matsushita Elec H1 net profit rises 14.6 pct on strong PDP TV sales -…
Forbes – Oct 28, 2005
‘The first-half results were much better than we had initially anticipated as we had been bracing for sales and profit to tumble,’ Matsushita Electric senior managing director Tetsuya Kawakami said at a press conference. He said the company was expecting lower sales in the absence of a major global sporting event this year. Last year’s Athens Olympics and the Euro 2004 soccer tournament buoyed sales of Matsushita’s digital home appliances such as flat TVs and DVD recorders, he said. ‘We are keeping our previous forecasts unchanged due to uncertainties such as where crude oil prices are headed,’ he said, adding the sales climate in the fourth quarter is likewise uncertain at the moment, although he hinted of a possible upward revision later on. Brisk sales of digital home appliances was the key growth driver in the first half. ‘As the world is now witnessing a major shift to digital from analog, brisk sales of our digital home appliances led the growth in the term,’ Kawakami said. Matsushita, maker of the Panasonic and National brands of consumer electronics products, sold some 900,000 PDP TVs in the first half, about 2… 5 times more than its year-earlier performance. ‘We are accelerating our sales push in the run-up to the Christmas sale season and aim to capture some 40 pct market share’ of the global PDP TV market, Kawakami said. The company did not disclose its current market share but the latest figures give it nearly 70 pct of the Japanese market, some 50 pct of the US PDP TV market and nearly 30 pct of the UK market. ‘The market share is a very important factor in the digital era because unless you have sufficient market share, you cannot be a price leader,’ Kawakami said. The world’s largest consumer electronics maker forecast its year to March 2006 global PDP sales to reach 2. 1 mln units, unchanged from its previous forecast last revised upwards in July. The previous target had been to sell some 1.

Top players are omitted by Sweden
CNN – Nov 3, 2005
One of those is Tobias Hysen, the key player in Djurgarden’s clinching of the Swedish double and arguably the best player on Swedish soil at the moment. "It feels great to bring along Tobias. It’s always interesting with a player with his qualities, not least the speed," Lagerback said. Hysen, whose father Glenn captained Sweden in the eighties, has only won two caps so far but it will be the 23-year-old’s second match with South Korea against whom he made his international debut in January when Sweden drew 1-1. Lagerback has included Panathinaikos midfielder Mikael Nilsson in the squad. Nilsson was a Sweden regular in Euro 2004 but has struggled recently to make it into the first team. Lagerback said that friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in January would feature a squad drawn only from Nordic clubs… Hysen, whose father Glenn captained Sweden in the eighties, has only won two caps so far but it will be the 23-year-old’s second match with South Korea against whom he made his international debut in January when Sweden drew 1-1. Lagerback has included Panathinaikos midfielder Mikael Nilsson in the squad. Nilsson was a Sweden regular in Euro 2004 but has struggled recently to make it into the first team. Lagerback said that friendlies against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in January would feature a squad drawn only from Nordic clubs. Squad:Goalkeepers: John Alvbage (Viborg), Eddie Gustafsson (Ham-Kam)Defenders: Christoffer Andersson (Lillestrom), Mikael Dorsin (Rosenborg), Petter Hansson (Heerenveen), Teddy Lucic (Haecken), Daniel Majstorovic (Twente), Alexander Ostlund (Feyenoord)Midfielders: Fredrik Risp (Genclerbirligi), Niclas Alexandersson (Gothenburg), Daniel Andersson (Malmo), Tobias Linderoth (Copenhagen), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Christian Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht), Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos)Strikers: Marcus Allback (Copenhagen), Johan Elmander (Brondby), Mattias Jonson (Djurgarden), Markus Rosenberg (Amsterdam), Tobias Hysen (Djurgarden).

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Oct 27, 2005
Senegal’s participation was confirmed by the South African Football Association (Safa) chief executive officer (CEO) Raymond Hack last night. Hack said Safa are still weighing up options before they can make a final decision on the host city. The showdown between the two countries will not be the first of its kind as the two sides met in November 2002 in Johannesburg where they played to a 1-1 stalemate. Bafana subsequently succumbed 1-4 on penalties. Senegal was the country that pulled off the greatest upset in modern football when they beat the then defending world champions France 1-0 at the World Cup in Korea. It didn’t end there as the country went to compete in the finals of the 2002 African Cup of Nations where they were beaten by Cameroon in the finals. Both South Africa and Senegal meet while tending their wounds after missing out on a World Cup 2006 spot… Senegal boast with players like former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf who found himself out of favour at Anfield after reported incidents of misbehaviour. However, Diouf has been enjoying a new lease of life at Reebok Stadium with Bolton Wanderers where he plays alongside Nigeria’s great Jay Jay Okocha. Reigning European champions, Greece were the first country earmarked for this year’s event but the Euro 2004 heroes pulled out of the deal forcing Safa to go on a search for another candidate. England was the second stop but the English apparently wanted the match to be played in London thus forcing Safa to look to their African brothers. Eastern Cape
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Chelsea strike a blow for England
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 3, 2005
Yesterday was not a good time for the FA to be trumpeting about how £757 million is being well spent on Wembley rather than national training and coaching centres. Terry and Lampard, the frontrunners for Footballer of the Year honours, are the obvious and stirring exceptions to the well-established concerns about the true health of English football… Wenger is being linked with Michael Essien, Lyons’ prolific midfielder. If Ferguson is taking his usual summer holiday in the south of France, he could do worse than stop at Rennes and Lyons en route. The 22-year-old Swedish international goalkeeper, Andreas Isaksson, succeeded Cech at Rennes after Euro 2004 and has continued to impress. At Lyons, two African midfielders are earning rave reviews, the Mali international, Mamadou Diarra, 23, as well as the Ghanaian, Essien, 22. A new goalkeeper and midfield dynamo would stiffen the resistance of a good side laced with talents such as Ferdinand, Gabriel Heinze, Cristiano Ronaldo and, of course, Rooney. It is far too premature and presumptuous to be writing valedictory notices about Ferguson or United. Ditto at Arsenal, who have a good coach, a sensible board, a promising youth policy (albeit packed with overseas teenagers) and a magnificent stadium rising around the corner.

LIVERPOOL FC: BAROS TARGETS LIVERPOOL RETURN
noticias.info – Oct 28, 2005
“In the first season I played just 15 minutes in the Champions League. The next season was quite okay and I scored a few goals but then I was injured. I came back from that, then it was Euro 2004 where I did well, and then the Liverpool manager changed. I started well last season and scored 11 goals in 20 games. Then I picked up an injury again and when I came back I could not find my previous form. ”

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Rehhagel receives backing of Greek FF
rte.ie – Oct 26, 2005
The federation’s president Vassilis Gagatsis said he thought Rehhagel would probably stay until the 2008 European Championship but that the German’s decision would not be known until November 20. “We all have faith in Rehhagel, he is the coach that can give more to this team and is the most reliable solution for us,” Gagatsis said in an interview published on the federation’s website. “Perhaps some people have a different opinion. At this moment, those who are making decisions at the federation believe that Otto is the one to lead the national team to the European Championship. ”
Rehhagel stunned the soccer world when he led an unfancied Greek team to the Euro 2004 title in Portugal but the side missed out on the World Cup after finishing fourth in a strong group containing Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark… “Perhaps some people have a different opinion. At this moment, those who are making decisions at the federation believe that Otto is the one to lead the national team to the European Championship. ”
Rehhagel stunned the soccer world when he led an unfancied Greek team to the Euro 2004 title in Portugal but the side missed out on the World Cup after finishing fourth in a strong group containing Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark.

ARSENAL: Head to head: Campbell v King
noticias.info – Oct 29, 2005
Campbell was, of course, club captain at Spurs before he made the switch to Arsenal in the summer of 2001. His departure turned out to be a blessing in disguise for King as it allowed the then rookie defensive midfielder to drop back to his preferred position in the centre of defence. The 25-year-old stopper has rapidly developed into one of the most accomplished defenders around and put in an outstanding performance for England against France in Euro 2004. Campbell meanwhile, has won countless medals since his move to Highbury and been a regular in the England side. However, he has been hampered by injuries in this calendar year. Nonetheless, both players are in line to start as Arsenal and Tottenham do battle on behalf of their fans for the bragging rights in North London. But how have the two commanding centre backs performed in the early part of the current campaign? According to the stats, both King and Campbell have impressed despite their limited appearances… The Tottenham man has made six appearances in the league thus far ? twice as many as Campbell. And King has excelled in that time with a faultless 100 per cent record for his tackling. Campbell?s tackling has not been bad either, especially when one considers his prolonged absence from the first team, and he has a success rate of 80 per cent from his five attempts. King also comes out on top in the passing stakes, with a success rate of 57 per cent to Campbell?s 50 per cent perhaps a reflection of the Spurs man?s early career in midfield. However, Campbell has scored twice in three appearances this year ? both goals coming via his head from Jose Antonio Reyes deliveries against Everton in September. King meanwhile has a solitary strike from his half a dozen appearances. Clearly, their respective teams suffer when the two England men are not present.

Stu: Vass could make World Cup
manchesteronline.co.uk – Oct 28, 2005
Vassell has netted two Premiership goals so far for City and is forming a promising partnership with veteran Andy Cole. However, Vassell has drifted out of Sven Goran Eriksson’s plans since Euro 2004. Pearce told The Sun: “I have been around long enough to realise players who have not even played for England before could be in the squad fo next summer. “To rule Vass out would be absolute folly. “He is playing well enough and I have been delighted with him. Do you think Vassell will force his way back into the England squad? Have your say… Vassell has netted two Premiership goals so far for City and is forming a promising partnership with veteran Andy Cole. However, Vassell has drifted out of Sven Goran Eriksson’s plans since Euro 2004. Pearce told The Sun: “I have been around long enough to realise players who have not even played for England before could be in the squad fo next summer. “To rule Vass out would be absolute folly. “He is playing well enough and I have been delighted with him. Do you think Vassell will force his way back into the England squad? Have your say.

FIFA WORLD CUP: Belgium awaits coach decision
noticias.info – Oct 28, 2005
Last straw
Following his team’s absence from UEFA EURO 2004? in Portugal, the failure to reach next summer’s showpiece in Germany proved to be the final straw for Aim? Anthuenis. “A coach who fails to qualify for two major tournaments should not stay on,” was his reaction to the decisive defeat by Spain on 8 October. Early departure
Anthuenis’s contract was due to expire after the World Cup finals, but he has agreed with the Belgian Football Association that he will stand down on 31 December. Now the chairman of the FA technical committee, Michel Preud’homme, must work on finding a suitable successor. Divided nation
However, perhaps unsurprisingly in a country divided into Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia, achieving a consensus on a single ideal candidate will be a tough task for the former international goalkeeper and R. Standard de Li?ge technical director.

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