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July 19, 2006

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The News Review:

* Klinsmann steps down as Germany coach
* Thuram: SA on course for 2010
* Stereotypes linger amid the flag-waving | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Italy | Lippi resigns…
* World Cup: Retirement’s the name of the game for several stars
* ‘DIFFERENT PEOPLE LABEL US DIFFERENTLY’
* Fanzone – Forums
* RTÉ Sport: Scolari rejects Brazil offer
* Ask us about: Music details

Klinsmann steps down as Germany coach
Expatica – Jul 12, 2006
His first game will be an August 16 friendly against Sweden, the team Germany beat 2-0 in the round of 16 at the World Cup. His big task will be assuring qualification for Euro 2008, with Germany’s first qualifier on September 2 against Ireland in Stuttgart. Klinsmann did not renew his contract on Tuesday after leading Germany to third place at the World Cup which ended on Sunday. “It was no easy decision over the past days. But it was a decision I had to reach. It is my biggest wish to be with my family and to lead a normal life with my family. “I lost a lot of energy and don’t feel capable to continue with the same power and energy… I respect his decision,” said team captain Michael Ballack. “But at the same time I am glad that we have a new coach in Joachim Loew who knows the team and will continue working in the same way. ”
Even Ballack, in a column written earlier for the Stern weekly, admitted that he was cautious as well when Klinsmann started the job after Germany’s winless Euro 2004 exit. “I am not thrilled simply because something is new. I was a bit hesitant, maybe even sceptical, for instance concerning training methods,” Ballack wrote in Stern. But Chelsea midfielder Ballack, 29, was among those who had to admit at the World Cup that “Juergen Klinsmann was right. ”
DFB co-president Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said: “He not only gave the team belief and optimism.

Thuram: SA on course for 2010
Independent Online – Jul 19, 2006
“Make no mistake, Zidane was wrong, but I know he was provoked by Materazzi. ”

Thuram is in South Africa as he was chosen by the French embassy as an ambassador for the International Sickle Cell Control Organisation, which seeks to create awareness about a disease called sickle cell anaemia. It was not the defender’s first visit here, though, having represented Les Bleus in their friendly international against Bafana Bafana six years ago at Ellis Park. He enjoyed the experience, he says, especially because he got to meet Nelson Mandela. “I have a special interest in South Africa because of its history of the black struggle, and meeting Mandela was a highlight. ”

Although he will not be back here for the World Cup in 2010 (he’s 34 and says he’ll be retiring in two years’ time), Thuram has warmed to this country and believes the soccer world will, like him, enjoy their stay here in four years’ time. “From what I’ve seen and heard, the (2010) organisers are way ahead of schedule and there should not be too many problems… “You’ve got to have confidence to win the World Cup. African countries have individual stars but are lacking as a collective. Greece won Euro 2004 without a star in their side. They had the belief and confidence. ”

The future of most Juventus players has been a subject of speculation after their club were demoted from Serie A last week by a sporting tribunal, and Thuram has already been linked with top clubs. Barcelona, the Spanish and European champions, are reportedly close to signing him. “It’s still early to decide where I’m going,” he said.

Stereotypes linger amid the flag-waving | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 12, 2006
Angela Foster, a journalist with New Nation, wrote in this newspaper about being racially abused when she went to support England at the Greenwich big screening of the group match against Trinidad & Tobago. She feels she had become complacent, seduced by the idea that supporting England now embraces everybody in our rainbow nation. She is at pains not to generalise; support for England did attract black and Asian fans and, clearly, more women and girls than ever before. In New Nation’s poll before the World Cup only 50% of the paper’s black readers said they would be supporting England, but this was mostly because they were backing T&T or an African team representing their country of origin rather than because they felt excluded from supporting England. About the flag, though, Foster and the poll tell a different story. Most black people interviewed said they felt alienated by the flag of St George and still associated it with the BNP. “It doesn’t really show unity, does it?” said one respondent, a woman aged 17… Germany 2006 was a picture of England abroad, as seen in Spanish and Greek resorts every summer: oceans of drinking in football shirts but not much fighting in firms, progress of a peculiarly English kind. Football here, since its beginnings, has been marinated in ale, a tradition more actively promoted by the supermarkets and brewers this time. In a press release headlined “Probably the thirstiest fans in the world”, Carlsberg, sponsor of the England team, said £285m was thought to have been spent on beer during the tournament, massively up on Euro 2004. The company is convinced that large numbers drank Carlsberg because it was England’s “official beer”. The day of the England v Portugal quarter-final, 15 million more pints than normal were drunk in pubs, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. Vendors of crisps and burgers also did well. That might be a worry to some who believe that spending £3bn to bring the Olympics to London will inspire us all to be more sporty.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Italy | Lippi resigns…
BBC News – Jul 12, 2006
Davide Lippi works at a player agency linked to the scandal and is under investigation for “illegal competition with threats and violence”. Lippi took over from Giovanni Trapattoni after Italy’s poor performance at Euro 2004. In two years in charge Lippi lost just two matches – a 2-0 defeat on his debut against Iceland and a 1-0 loss in World Cup qualifying against Slovenia. But following that reverse Italy went 25 games unbeaten, a run, their longest since 1939, that culminated in a first world title since 1982 and a leap up the world rankings to second behind Brazil… Davide Lippi works at a player agency linked to the scandal and is under investigation for “illegal competition with threats and violence”. Lippi took over from Giovanni Trapattoni after Italy’s poor performance at Euro 2004. In two years in charge Lippi lost just two matches – a 2-0 defeat on his debut against Iceland and a 1-0 loss in World Cup qualifying against Slovenia. But following that reverse Italy went 25 games unbeaten, a run, their longest since 1939, that culminated in a first world title since 1982 and a leap up the world rankings to second behind Brazil. The World Cup final finished 1-1 before Italy won the shoot-out 5-3 and Lippi described the victory as “the most satisfying moment of my life”. He was recently linked with a move to Manchester United as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.

World Cup: Retirement’s the name of the game for several stars
Taipei Times – Jul 11, 2006
Kahn announced after the game that he was retiring from international soccer. PHOTO: AFP Zinedine Zidane was not the only star to depart the stage at the end of the World Cup. A clutch of household names also called it a day, although few in such a dramatic fashion as the France captain, who was sent off for headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest in Sunday’s final. Zidane had said before the tournament that he would not play another match after leaving Germany, but others announced they were simply ending their international careers after lighting up the world stage. Portugal said goodbye to one of its heroes when winger Luis Figo bowed out of international football after the 3-1 defeat to Germany in the third-place play-off. The 33-year-old Figo won his 127th cap when he came on in the 75th minute for a cameo role, providing the curling cross for Nuno Gomes to score Portugal’s consolation goal… The 33-year-old Figo won his 127th cap when he came on in the 75th minute for a cameo role, providing the curling cross for Nuno Gomes to score Portugal’s consolation goal. At the final whistle in Stuttgart, Figo was in tears after 15 years of international service came to an end. Farewell figo
Figo, the leading light of Portugal’s “golden generation” of players, helped his nation to the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, and in Germany took his country to only their second ever semi-finals in the tournaments history. Portugal will also have to find a new center-forward after Pauleta said he had played his last match for his country. Less illustrious than Figo, Pauleta nevertheless netted 47 times in 88 appearances, making him the nation’s all-time leading scorer, bettering Eusebio’s record of 41 goals in 64 matches. Pauleta also remains the last player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup, which he achieved against Poland at the 2002 finals. Oliver Kahn signalled the end of an era in German goalkeeping when the Bayern Munich stopper announced that his appearance in the third-place match was his last for his nation.

‘DIFFERENT PEOPLE LABEL US DIFFERENTLY’
Times of India – Jul 13, 2006
What do you think gave Bhoomi the edge here?

We were performing for the New
York Bengali community in 2004 when some UN officials landed up. They were
impressed by the way the audience reacted to our music. Honestly although we
gave them details of Bhoomi and the kind of music we played, we were not sure we
would get this opportunity. So
when it happened, we were obviously ecstatic. We are in extremely illustrious
company. Pandit Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar and L Subramaniam are the other
Indians who have performed at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the UN
headquarters in New York. Bhoomi earned this honour because of
its originality and also because it has stuck to its roots while experimenting
with different forms of music from all over the world… your first English language song. Are there going to
be more of these?

This English
song was composed because the UN had requested it. Incidentally, the song for
Euro 2004 was also in English but we don’t really plan on composing songs in
English as of now.

Fanzone – Forums
UEFA – Jul 11, 2006
I think Chelsea is a fantastic team but that doesn’t mean I always think they are going to win. If one day I think an opponent is at theirs level, you will see me “predict” a draw or even a defeat. For instance, I’m not sure but if next week Chelsea faced Lyon in France in a hypothetical Champions League semi final, perhaps my bet would be a Lyon win. About Poland vs Portugal, sorry, friend, my mistake! I noticed your topic in the National Teams forum but I haven’t replied. Yes, I watched the game. Poland played much better than Portugal, scored twice in the 1st half, and Portugal only scored a consolation goal in 2nd half injury time. I have no problems to talk about Portugal… That way, no matter what he would have the support of the “majority” for the simple fact he often takes positions against FC Porto. He acts as a “big hero”, “Portugal’s best ever coach”, “Portugal can’t live without him”… as if there wasn’t anyone good enough to coach this “team of nobodies”. He forgets he may have been 2nd in Euro 2004 and 4th in the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean another coach wouldn’t have done the same… or even better. So, now, let’s see what the “big hero” really is made of- for the first time he has a though qualifying group, let’s see if he can survive to it. Wojtekowski, I haven’t been at the National teams’ forum because of what it has become over the last months… You know what I’m talking about, that funny Korean who posts things such as “Cruyff the best ever” and other hilarious things. Perhaps if you, Adam and the rest of the guys can help me, we can revive it again.

RTÉ Sport: Scolari rejects Brazil offer
rte.ie – Jul 14, 2006
The O Globo newspaper reported that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has approached Portugal coach Scolari to replace Carlos Alberto Parreira, who has accepted responsibility for Brazil’s disappointing performance at the World Cup but remains in charge. Brazil were knocked out in a 1-0 defeat to France in the quarter-finals. The CBF are believed to have offered Scolari a contract until 2014 – the year in which Brazil is widely expected to host the World Cup – and the coach took two days before telling CBF president Ricardo Teixeira he does not want to move his family back to Brazil. O Globo claimed that Teixeira met with Scolari in Barcelona after Scolari’s team reached the World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to France before losing the third-place play-off to hosts Germany. Scolari and his parents live in Cascais, 30kms west of Lisbon, and his two children are both studying in Europe. Scolari guided Brazil to World Cup glory in Japan and Korea in 2002, and has continued to impress with Portugal, reaching the Euro 2004 final. Their defeat to France in the World Cup semi-finals was their first in 18 games… O Globo claimed that Teixeira met with Scolari in Barcelona after Scolari’s team reached the World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to France before losing the third-place play-off to hosts Germany. Scolari and his parents live in Cascais, 30kms west of Lisbon, and his two children are both studying in Europe. Scolari guided Brazil to World Cup glory in Japan and Korea in 2002, and has continued to impress with Portugal, reaching the Euro 2004 final. Their defeat to France in the World Cup semi-finals was their first in 18 games.

Ask us about: Music details
BBC News – Jul 18, 2006
Qu: What was the tune you used to introduce the Patrick Vieira interview on Football Focus today (19 Nov)? JACKIE BURKINSHAW, England
Ans: Ooh La La, by Goldfrapp. Qu: Hi guys can you please tell me the song that is played when the Premiership league tables are show on Match of The Day. Omar Ejaz, England
Ans: Hi Omar, Square One by Coldplay is the song you’re after. Qu: Could you name the background tune used during match analysis on MOTD2. James, UK
Ans: Tourist, by Athlete… Qu: What was the song used during the VT of Newcastle strikers and England, during the match between Northern Ireland and England on 7 Sep 2005? Kelvin Tan, Bournemouth

Ans: Drive To The Boatyard by Ilan Eshkeri – track six on the Layer Cake soundtrack. Qu: Just watched the National Team embarrass themselves against Northern Ireland, but what was the music at the close of the program??? Cheers Martyn Drogan, England

Ans: Let’s Get Lifted from the album of the same name, by John Legend. Qu: Hey, could you please tell me who composed the theme tune to the BBC’s Euro 2004 coverage in which the adverts had ‘Artists’ in it, it was a classical piece from the adverts. THANK YOU! Samiullah Choudhry, England

Ans: Hi Samiullah – the answer to this is Scene From The Balcony, by Craig Armstrong. It’s on the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, Volume Two. Thanx for your help.

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