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The News Review:

* From the sublime to the ridiculous
* US Soccer’s Latest Opportunity Poses a Quandary
* Australia ready for World Cup bid
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Italian trio relegated to Serie B
* Scandal to kick-start transfers | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* … impeccable arrangements by Fifa and the Germans, World Cup…
* Woodward scathing over Cup failure
* Australia to bid for 2018 World Cup
* GOAL 2010 THE WORLD CUP HAS INSPIRED AIFF to give football a big push…
* Arena leaves job after eight years
* Wilkinson targeted by Chinese FA
* World Cup bid for 2018 gets political clout
* The worst scandal of them all
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Togo FA members resign
* Cup provides carnival of politics
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site

From the sublime to the ridiculous
Pakistan Dawn – Jul 16, 2006
These are the sound bites coming from the post-final showdown of football World Cup 2006. But as the saying goes, every exit has an entry somewhere. The French captain, Zinedine Yazid Zidane, 34, was awarded the Golden Ball award 2006. He bagged 2,012 points during voting by journalists covering the event, mostly carried out at half-time. Zidane?s first name is Arabic, which means ?the ornament of faith?.

US Soccer’s Latest Opportunity Poses a Quandary
Washington Post – Jul 15, 2006
Soccer’s Latest Opportunity Poses a QuandaryBy Mike WiseSaturday, July 15, 2006; E01Considering the usual dearth of national attention the sport receives, it was a monster week for soccer domestically. The sport was bantered about on television and radio as if Ben Roethlisberger played the game. First, Zinedine Zidane head-butted his way out of the World Cup final because a mouthy Italian apparently employed the old “Your mama wears combat boots” line. The replay of Zidane launching his dome like a projectile into his opponent’s chest generated debate at home over whether the French star had a legitimate beef or whether Zizou had simply gone cuckoo. I thought the man was an idiot for succumbing to such a small-time psychological ploy in his last match. Then yesterday, in a clear referendum on the U… But amid the post-World Cup buzz, fewer than 16,000 people turned out for the match. What first-division Spanish team that has not lost in two months would draw so few people?But then, what first-division Spanish team would be forced to play on a field identified more by the Nationals’ base paths than the goals on either end? A complete outline of a baseball infield at RFK can be plainly seen from above and on the ground. “When you have to brush over your baseball diamond to play football, it doesn’t help your credibility as a country,” said Ronnie Cully, who has written on soccer for the Evening Times in Glasgow since 1974. “It makes the rest of the world think you don’t take it serious. “The better TV ratings on ESPN and Univision for the World Cup prove plenty of people take soccer seriously, but that could be part of MLS’s problem. The Internet and soccer-specific cable channels make it easier than ever for followers of the sport to watch the Premier League in England and Serie A in Italy. The real paradox facing the game at home: The more popular it becomes, the more American consumers of soccer want and demand the best the sport has to offer, regardless of where it is played.

Australia ready for World Cup bid
CNN – Jul 14, 2006
The possibility of bidding for the right to host the tournament was discussed at an annual meeting between the national government and the heads of the eight state and territory governments. Prime Minister John Howard said there would be enthusiastic support. "All governments agree enthusiastically that if the national body, the Football Federation of Australia, put in a bid for the 2018 World Cup then all governments would support that bid very enthusiastically," Howard told reporters in Canberra. Australia reached the World Cup finals in Germany for the first time in 32 years and surprised many by reaching the second round, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Italy. Soccer has struggled to gain a foothold in Australia behind rugby, cricket, rugby league and Australian rules football, but the World Cup transfixed fans across the nation despite matches being played late at night or early in the morning local time. Australian officials are already considering lodging a late bid to stage the 2011 Asian Cup as part of a plan to host the game’s showpiece event in 2018 or 2022. Football Federation Australia has said Australia wanted to host the Asian Cup to prove it could host the World Cup.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Italian trio relegated to Serie B
BBC News – Jul 14, 2006
Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli said: “This verdict is unheard of. We expected a balanced sentence not only in form but in substance, our expectations were different ones. “We could have expected relegation to the second division but to be also handed a 30-point deduction is almost like relegation to the third division… FIGC prosecutor Stefano Palazzi also charged 26 individuals for sporting fraud and violating fairness and probity. All four clubs implicated denied the accusations. Thirteen of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad play for the clubs involved, with five at Juventus, who also have Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet, Pavel Nedved and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks. Many of them are expected to seek transfers to other leading clubs in Italy or Europe to limit the damage to their careers.

Scandal to kick-start transfers | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Jul 15, 2006
Juventus had eight players involved in this month’s World Cupfinal and few, if any, will be expected to stay with the Turin cluband start next season in Serie B. The imposition of a 30-point penalty on Juventus for next seasonmeans they are almost certain to have to pass at least two seasonsin the second tier – a highly unattractive prospect for their topinternational players. Three of Italy’s hugely impressive World Cup winning defencewill likely be looking for new clubs now and there will be noshortage of suitors for Azzurri captain Fabio Cannavaro, goalkeeperGianluigi Buffon and attacking full-back Gianluca Zambrotta. Fabio Capello, the coach who guided Juventus to the last twoSerie A titles, which they were stripped of on Friday, has alreadyjumped ship, taking over last week at Spanish club Real Madrid andit would be no surprise if he were to look to Juve for defensivereinforcements. Argentine born winger Mauro Camoranesi, who had his ponytail cutas Italy celebrated their World Cup final triumph over France inBerlin on Monday , is another player who will not find it hard toget a new contract in the top flight in Italy or elsewhere.

… impeccable arrangements by Fifa and the Germans, World Cup…
Pakistan Dawn – Jul 16, 2006
There weren?t any surprises in the script, but only a broken needle that ensured that nothing spectacular happened with the results. And in the end, even the World Cup winners, Italy, could not come up with a Riva, Rossi or Baggio. The World Cup 2006 was a story that many failed to predict. No rank outsiders managed to create the headlines we wanted to read and none of the pre-tournament favourites did what they should have done best. And yet, we are already looking forward to 2010. From Germany?s victory over Costa Rica in the opening match in Munich on June 9 to Italy?s triumph over France in the final in Berlin exactly one month later, a cast of 32 teams from Angola to the US conspired to excite and enthral during a 64-match, 147-goal marathon attended by 3,359,439 people in the 12 stadiums ? and billions more (according to one count, 30 billion) across the world. And predictably, thank God, there were records that were established, albeit ones that we weren?t particularly looking forward to… His final act as a professional footballer was to walk off the pitch, head down, past the trophy and into the dressing room. Just a day later, he was named the player of the tournament. Such is the irony of the game called football. Why he did what he did, when his aging legs had rediscovered their magic and led the Les Blues into their second final in eight years, is still a raging controversy. And yet, such is the appeal of this man that he was not only forgiven, but is still revered by fans and foes alike. Though there weren?t any surprises, there were still highlights of the tournament. Ghana provided excitement when they beat the Czech Republic and the USA on their way to meeting mighty Brazil in the round of 16.

Woodward scathing over Cup failure
CNN – Jul 14, 2006
"Our overall performance was so abject that it merely proved that English international football needs to be modernized and reinvented from top to bottom if we’re ever going to win another trophy," the former England rugby coach told FourFourTwo magazine. "The FA need to take a long hard look at themselves. "He asked: " Do they even know what has to be done? There’s massive scope for change and the time is now.

Australia to bid for 2018 World Cup
Independent Online – Jul 14, 2006
Australia are 33rd on Fifa’s world rankings, promoted nine places after the Socceroos were among the last 16 in the World Cup in Germany. Australia are now the top-ranked Asian nation, ahead of 2006 World Cup under-performers Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Australia qualified to play in Germany as an Oceania country but are now in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Fifa president Sepp Blatter welcomed Australia’s shift to the AFC, saying it could be the fillip the region needs to lift the profile of the game. “Perhaps the arrival of the Socceroos will bring some new incentive to Asian football,” he said in Germany earlier this month. AFF chairperson Frank Lowy met Blatter in Germany and received support for Australia’s World Cup bid.

GOAL 2010 THE WORLD CUP HAS INSPIRED AIFF to give football a big push…
Hindu – Jul 15, 2006
Going by the prevailing scenario in Indian football, the outlook is extremely bleak and chances of the Indian team playing in the final rounds of the world’s premier football tournament seem too far-fetched. But recently a plan was unveiled which is aimed at giving a big push to the game in the country. A concentrated effort involving the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Zee Sports is underway with the objective of enabling the national squad to qualify for the FIFA World Cup of 2010, or at the latest, in 2014. While admitting the task was indeed difficult and India’s track record in the recent past has not evoked any confidence, football administrators nevertheless felt that it is not totally impossible to achieve the target.

Arena leaves job after eight years
CNN International – Jul 14, 2006
"We’ve not talked to any potential coaches. We will start that process now. "Jurgen Klinsmann, who led hosts Germany to third place at the World Cup, has been mentioned as a possible successor. He resigned from the Germany post on Wednesday and lives in Southern California with his American wife. In 2002, Arena sprung a surprise by guiding the US squad to the World Cup quarterfinals, but they were unable to get past the first round in Germany this summer. Arena, who may take over at Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, insisted in a statement that he leaves with football in the US in good shape. He said: "I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who have been with the program over the last eight years… He resigned from the Germany post on Wednesday and lives in Southern California with his American wife. In 2002, Arena sprung a surprise by guiding the US squad to the World Cup quarterfinals, but they were unable to get past the first round in Germany this summer. Arena, who may take over at Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, insisted in a statement that he leaves with football in the US in good shape. He said: "I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who have been with the program over the last eight years. Their tireless effort has helped transform the national team program into something we can all be proud of. "I am extremely optimistic about the future of the sport in our country. As for me, I am planning to take some time off to weigh my future opportunities.

Wilkinson targeted by Chinese FA
CNN International – Jul 14, 2006
He has been approached by senior Chinese Football Association officials, the South China Morning Post said. "We approached Mr Wilkinson about the head coach position two weeks or so ago," Wong Yingquan, general manager of CFA’s marketing arm Infront China, told the paper. "We have narrowed down the selection to three foreign coaches and we will announce our decision within the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner". Speculation in Chinese media suggest Frenchman Philippe Troussier and Dutchman Wim van Hanegem are the other two names on the list. Chinese officials made several trips to Europe during the World Cup finals to interview candidates… "We have narrowed down the selection to three foreign coaches and we will announce our decision within the next two or three weeks, maybe sooner". Speculation in Chinese media suggest Frenchman Philippe Troussier and Dutchman Wim van Hanegem are the other two names on the list. Chinese officials made several trips to Europe during the World Cup finals to interview candidates. On Friday, Chinese newspaper Sanqin Daily quoted a CFA official as saying Wilkinson was on the list and that contact had been made in Europe. Serbian Bora Milutinovic took China to the World Cup in 2002 — making them the fifth national team he had steered to qualification — but quit after they lost all their group matches and failed to score a single goal. Dutchman Arie Haan was fired after China failed to qualify for Germany 2006.

World Cup bid for 2018 gets political clout
The Age – Jul 15, 2006
Prime Minister John Howard yesterday said all governments wouldsupport a bid, if one came, for Australia to host the event in2018. “All governments agreed enthusiastically that if the nationalbody, the Football Federation of Australia, put in a bid for the2018 World Cup, then all governments would support that bid, andsupport that bid very enthusiastically,” Howard said. FFA’s head of operations Matt Carroll said the process would betougher than winning the rights to host an Olympic Games and thatAustralia must first lift its profile in the soccer world. “We welcome the support of the federal government and the stategovernments, in order to bid for the FIFA World Cup, you requirethat support,” Carroll said.

The worst scandal of them all
BBC News – Jul 14, 2006
Lazio and Fiorentina were also demoted, without the extra penalties, while Juve’s fellow giants AC Milan were spared demotion, but were handed a 15-point penalty. But where does this episode rate in terms of the history of football?

BBC Sport examines other times when the sport’s integrity has been called into question and examines whether Italy 2006 is the biggest scandal of them all. CORRUPT REFEREES IN GERMANY

The 2006 World Cup gave German football a feel-good factor, but it is easy to forget that only last year the sport was rocked by scandal. Referee Robert Hoyzer confessed to trying to fix matches in the second division, third division and German Cup. And his testimony uncovered a murky network of corruption linked to a Croatian gambling syndicate.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Togo FA members resign
BBC News – Jul 14, 2006
“After what happened in Germany, we do not think that we are in a position to continue with the federation. It is better for us to leave,” Dogbatse said. Togo’s maiden World Cup campaign, which ended in the first round, was marred by a dispute between the FTF and its player over bonuses and allowances. This compelled Fifa to intervene and promise to pay the allowances out of Togo’s $5. 6 million World Cup appearance fee. While Dogbatse admitted that he and his colleagues were unhappy with the management style of the FTF president, he said they were taking collective responsibility for the problems affecting the national side. “We are all responsible.

Cup provides carnival of politics
The Age – Jul 15, 2006
At half-time, with the Rossies taking a belting, an old Meathman behind me sank to the ground with the words, “England’s gone,we’re doing OK, and the rest can go to fook”. Fook, I gather, is adistant place in Irish mythology. As Australians wandering through Scotland and Ireland, we werecommonly met with the words, “You were robbed”, and indeed it waspossible to be proud of being Australian. The Socceroos went forit.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jul 14, 2006
South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Raymond Hack yesterday admitted that they were yet to receive recommendations from the technical committee led by Sturu Pasiya. This means that the name of the next Bafana Bafana coach is a long way from being announced as Safa still needs to negotiate with the technical committee?s chosen man. ?We are getting impatient, probably more than the public out there. We are meeting with the technical committee tomorrow (Friday) where they will give us their final recommendations… South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Raymond Hack yesterday admitted that they were yet to receive recommendations from the technical committee led by Sturu Pasiya. This means that the name of the next Bafana Bafana coach is a long way from being announced as Safa still needs to negotiate with the technical committee?s chosen man. ?We are getting impatient, probably more than the public out there. We are meeting with the technical committee tomorrow (Friday) where they will give us their final recommendations. ?It is then that the national executive will meet and discuss the recommendations which should take about a day or two.

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