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August 6, 2006

World Cup chief hopes for a Cinderella story

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* Rooney is so crucial that he has to go | England | International |…
* CNN.com – Rooney shown yet another red card – Aug 4, 2006
* Reminiscing about the football festival
* World Cup chief hopes for a Cinderella story
* Wenger still hurt by way unbeaten run was ended
* Hooligan stopped at airport is first to be banned from finals
* Vidmar confirms move to Mariners
* Sport | Telegraph
* Football Diary: Caribbean club
* O’Neill enters Villa’s revolving door
* Juventus head to sports court | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wrexham | Johnson cleared to join…
* World Cup 2006 | 08.06.2006 Some Soccer Fans Want to Reclaim the Game
* Count me out: women must earn coverage
* Next generation of the Reggae Boyz
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney wants longer Man…

Rooney is so crucial that he has to go | England | International |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 5, 2006
And yet, with Michael Owen, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell having played a handful of games between them in the last five months, the England manager would probably now want the season extended. There are likely to be few surprises in the provisional World Cup party Eriksson announces this afternoon, and fewer still in the squad who eventually travel to Germany. The real debate is over players who would walk into Eriksson’s first team but who have barely played a serious game of football recently. The question marks over those three players triples the problem surrounding Wayne Rooney’s broken metatarsal. Great managers make their reputations by making big decisions, and logic dictates that you cannot hope to win a World Cup carrying four players – five if you include Ledley King. Brazil might possibly get away with it, because of the more relaxed pace of their game, but if England are going to get anywhere near the final they will need to play at a high tempo, with 100 per cent commitment.

CNN.com – Rooney shown yet another red card – Aug 4, 2006
CNN International – Aug 4, 2006
Rooney received a straight red card four minutes before halfime when he struck Porto’s Pepe with his forearm while jumping, and Paul Scholes was also later dismissed in the 3-1 win. The 20-year-old Rooney was also sent off during England’s World Cup quarterfinal defeat by Portugal in June when he stamped on Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho. United manager Alex Ferguson sprang to his defense in Holland saying:: "The issue of a suspension is clearly a real worry for us now, but you just hope that fairness comes into it because Wayne’s sending off was unfair. "Their player made a meal of it, but that kind of thing is becoming endemic in the game today. "You worry about whether Wayne’s reputation is becoming an element with referees, though. I just can’t understand what the referee was thinking.

Reminiscing about the football festival
Hindu – Aug 6, 2006
Very few cases had come before the appeal committee, which was the final panel for appeal, said Mr. Lakshmanan, who was one of the two officials delegates from India, the other being All-India Football Federation (AIFF) president and Union Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, who was a member of the FIFA disciplinary committee. “All the 32 countries that participated in the World Cup represent 20 per cent of the world population, while China, India, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Canada and most of the Latin American countries, representing 80 per cent of the world population, did not participate in the event,” he said. “African predominance was seen everywhere. Even though some Asian countries qualified for the World Cup, you find that Asians were always underdogs there. ”

Asian countries, except Iran, could not afford to spend millions of dollars on football, though the Arab countries gave top priority to this game… ” In western countries, such as Germany, soccer stadiums had been built centuries ago, he pointed out. Lakshmanan was also captivated by the response of the football fans. Outside the field, the fans encouraged their national teams. “They became hysterical when their team loses, and when it wins, their joy knows no bounds,” he said. Lakshmanan, who discontinued his education after he reached the 10th standard, football is an obsession.

World Cup chief hopes for a Cinderella story
Pakistan Dawn – Aug 6, 2006
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To support his argument, Dehring, who was here for Indian launch of World Cup, pointed out minnows Kenya’s dream run in 2003 World Cup in South Africa where they reached semi-finals against all odds. ?They almost became fans’ favourites because people wanted to see Kenyans do well as they were underdogs. Similarly, in 2006 football World Cup Trinidad & Tobago were very popular even though they did not win any game. ?
?I would like to see underdogs or less popular teams do well, but let’s see how the tournament pans out to see whether 16 is right number or not. ?
In South Africa, 14 teams took part and this time as many as five qualifiers have joined 10 Test-playing nations and Kenya at March 11- April 28 tournament. Another issue that concerns the tournament is accommodation. It is feared hotels would hike up tariffs during World Cup, making it inconvenient for thousands expected to descend on the Caribbean.

Wenger still hurt by way unbeaten run was ended
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 4, 2006
“Wenger paused, but rather than continuing to look back in anger said: “What is much more important to me is to look forward as we are in a new adventure with this team. ” He thinks his side are “really back to our best” though Arsenal’s poor start means that their present total of 53 points is the lowest they have had after 31 games of a Premiership season, while they trail United by 19 points. “The quality of our football does not reflect the gap between the clubs,” said Wenger, who believes it is “80-20” that Chelsea will win the title despite their recent indifferent form. “I would not say they [United] have no chance, but Chelsea are in a comfortable situation. It is still a little bit open but still you would favour Chelsea. They have to lose a few games and have not done that yet.

Hooligan stopped at airport is first to be banned from finals
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 6, 2006
Police used emergency powers to detain Robbie Varle, who has convictions for violence, as he and three friends went to board a Ryanair flight to Frankfurt at Stansted Airport on Tuesday. Magistrates in Chelmsford, Essex, heard yesterday that Varle, 20, who is from Dunstable, Beds, had been identified by Greater Manchester Police as an associate of the “Men in Black” hooligan group.

Vidmar confirms move to Mariners
The Age – Aug 4, 2006
“I think it’s the right time for me to come back home and theMariners have given me that opportunity,” Vidmar said. “It’s nice to come back to your local competition and hopefullyit will be a success. Vidmar’s football career appeared over in May after he wasforced to withdraw from the Socceroos squad selection for the 2006World Cup because of an irregular heart rhythm. But successful heart surgery in London for a blood clot in hisleft coronary artery has led to doctors giving Vidmar the all-clearto resume playing. “Everything is good. I have had two further tests and it is allA okay and they have given me the green light to go for it,” hesaid. A senior member of the Socceroos team, Vidmar’s experience shonethrough when he converted one of Australia’s penalties during thetense shootout with Uruguay to qualify for the finals stage of theWorld Cup.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 5, 2006
Nicknamed the “Kaiser”, Beckenbauer played in West Germany’s European Championship victory of 1972 and the side’s World Cup win in 1974. After retiring from the game he became manager of West Germany, taking them to the runners-up spot in 1986 and becoming one of only two men to have lifted the trophy as a player and a manager when he led his country to success in the 1990 World Cup. In 1998 he became vice-president of the German Football Association and led the country’s successful bid to host this summer’s World Cup.

Football Diary: Caribbean club
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 4, 2006
“It’s a good job I had my wallet on me,” he said. Scent of successDavid Platt has framed shirts from every game he played during England’s Italia 90 campaign. “As my profile got bigger during the tournament, my shirts got better,” he says in FourFourTwo magazine’s World Cup supplement. “Against Italy [in the third-placed match] I got Franco Baresi’s shirt. But whereas all the others had smelt of sweat, his smelt of aftershave. It was magnificent – I nearly wore it when I went out that night. ” Ah, those Italians.

O’Neill enters Villa’s revolving door
The Age – Aug 5, 2006
O’Neill emerged as shock contender for the Socceroo job duringthe World Cup, after Football Federation Australia admitted he hadbeen in the frame before Guus Hiddink and could be a possiblesuccessor. However, the Northern Irishman has instead chosen to end his15-month hiatus from the game to become the 14th manager ofchairman Doug Ellis’ tumultuous second stint as Villa chairman,replacing David O’Leary. O’Neill, 54, was mobbed by hundreds of fans as he arrived atVilla Park to be formally unveiled as the Midlands club’s boss. O’Neill said he was excited and terrified by the challenge ofrousing a club often described as sleeping giants. Asked if he was nervous, O’Neill replied: “Petrified.

Juventus head to sports court | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Aug 5, 2006
7 the tribunal will hear former FIGC presidentInnocenzo Mazzini. Several top players have already left Juventus, includingItaly’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, who went to RealMadrid, and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, who signed with InterMilan.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Wrexham | Johnson cleared to join…
BBC News – Aug 4, 2006
Former Wrexham wing-back Carlos Edwards kept Johnson out of the Soca Warriors’ World Cup squad. But he is seen as Edwards’ heir apparent, having top-scored last season for the San Juan Jabloteh club – a team that produced former Dragons striker Hector Sam. T&T World Cup star Dennis Lawrence is also on the books at the Racecourse.

World Cup 2006 | 08.06.2006 Some Soccer Fans Want to Reclaim the Game
Deutsche Welle – Aug 6, 2006
I can’t but recall a saying from an Englishman about soccer fans: ‘We’re friends and rivals in a common affair’,” he said. On their Web site, BAFF turned the World Cup mascot — the oversized, cuddly, but unloved lion Goleo — into Prolleo, a beer-guzzling, teeth-baring lion, escorted by a bottle of lager. Prolleo’s raison d’etre can be read on the back of his blue jeans vest: “Eat the Rich.

Count me out: women must earn coverage
The Age – Aug 5, 2006
The preceding paragraphs consist of just over 100 words —around a sixth of this column. Australian netball captain Liz Ellisargued to the inquiry that the media should be compelled to providea mandated minimum coverage of women’s sport. So did FootballFederation Australia and the Australian Council of Health, PhysicalEducation and Recreation. The Women in Sports Media Group put a figure of a minimum of 30per cent. This, said spokeswoman Ann Mitchell, would break the”vicious cycle”. This is nonsense in so many ways, and it is worth a few morewords to say why. If nothing else, it will help us with ourquota… Women are as skilful, but only sometimesas strong and fast as men, and so their sporting pursuits mostlyare less of a spectacle. Media coverage follows this certainty. FFA complained to theinquiry that while the Socceroos received blanket coverage in theWorld Cup, the Matildas gained almost no attention when qualifyinglast week for the women’s World Cup. But the level of mediacoverage was a judgement on standard, not gender. This dynamic cuts all ways. AFL gets enormous coverage, but VFLlittle and other leagues less. Test cricket fills bulletins andpages, but coverage of interstate cricket has diminished and clubcricket almost disappeared.

Next generation of the Reggae Boyz
Jamaica Observer – Aug 5, 2006
The national Under-17 team is currently engaged in an eight-day training camp that started on Thursday and will end one week later. This camp is the final preparation stage for the 2006 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Youth Cup to be staged in Trinidad and Tobago on August 14-26. The Jamaican national U-15 team is the current Caribbean champion of the inaugural CFU Youth Cup held in 2005 and the team will be seeking to defend the title. In preparation, the team was scheduled to train yesterday at 4:00 pm at Duhaney Park and has two practice games in St Elizabeth today against Godfrey Stewart Technical High School and St Elizabeth Technical High School at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, respectively. The team departs for Trinidad next Saturday… The 2006 CFU Youth Cup will also double as the Caribbean Preliminary Qualification to the CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round with the group games due to take place in April 2007 in Honduras and Jamaica. The best Caribbean team (excluding Jamaica) from the 2006 CFU Youth Cup will advance to the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Final Round, along with Canada, Mexico and USA; two teams from Central America and final group hosts Honduras and Jamaica. The top two teams from each of the CONCACAF Final Round Groups will qualify to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007. The two third-placed finishers from each of the Final Round Groups will meet in a two-game playoff for the final Confederation berth in the FIFA event. Squad: Andre Blake (Clarendon), Marvin Boothe (Clarendon), Christopher Banner (Clarendon), John-Ross Doyley (Clarendon), Sean Fogah (Clarendon), Akeem Henry (Clarendon), Adrian Christian (KSAFA), Andre Beckford (KSAFA), Ateba Morgan (KSAFA), Jermaine Jarrett – captain (KSAFA), Kabari Palmer (KSAFA), Kevin Frater (KSAFA), Marlon Abraham (KSAFA), Oniel Wilson (KSAFA), Kenniel Hyde (KSAFA), Miguel Gordon (KSAFA), Romario Campbell (KSAFA), Andre Blake (KSAFA), Damaine Thompson (Hanover), Nicholas Ebanks (Hanover), Andre Steel (St Catherine), Allan Sylvester (St Catherine), Ryan Rodney (Portland), Christopher Baugh (Portland), Dever Orgill (Portland), Namar Tummings (St James), Jeffery Johnson (Trelawny), Shavor Brown (St Ann). Talk Back

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BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Rooney wants longer Man…
BBC News – Aug 6, 2006
This is a big club and no-one I know ever wants to leave. ”

Rooney said his driving ambition was to add to his medal haul, in order to be recognised as one of the sport’s all-time great players. “I want to win everything – the Premiership, the Champions League and, yes also, the World Cup,” he added. “It might not happen, but that’s what my aim is. That’s the reason I’m in football. ”

Rooney’s move has coincided with Chelsea’s rise, but the England star insisted he wanted to help his team-mates restore United to their former glories. “I don’t have any regrets whatsoever about joining United,” he said.

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