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August 9, 2006

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The News Review:

* ROUNDUP Adidas Q2 results beat expectations as World Cup spurs growth
* PIECES OF THE PAST – A fascination with football
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | QPR | Ward vows to make his mark
* Big clubs set for CL start | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
* Always on the ball
* Houghton wants one year to evaluate squad
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | High hopes for new SA season
* England’s WAGs shown the red card
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Charlton wrap up…
* GAME OVER! ………Downswell quits as national head coach
* Barthez eager to continue | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
* Azzurri or les Bleus: it’s time for the final choice
* T&T set South Africa 2010 target
* BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Wednesday’s…
* Walcott named in England U21 squad
* Crespo returns to Inter | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
* ‘Amnesty for clubs in scandal’ if Italy win World Cup
* Premiere Q2 EBITDA loss meets forecasts, but net surprises on…

ROUNDUP Adidas Q2 results beat expectations as World Cup spurs growth
Forbes – Aug 9, 2006
‘The results were better than the already optimistic forecasts and have significantly exceeded market expectations,’ said Merck Finck analyst Nils Lesser. He noted marketing expenses for the World Cup did bot burden Adidas’s operating performance as much as anticipated. Adidas, which was a main sponsor and supplier of the World Cup, did not disclose how much it spent on advertising for the football event. The Bavarian sporting goods maker confirmed its 2006 guidance of strong double-digit sales growth and double-digit net income growth. Net profit will ‘approach’ 500 mln eur this year, up from last year’s 383 mln, it reiterated. The group also raised its full-year forecast for currency-neutral sales growth excluding Reebok to 10-12 pct. It had previously predicted growth in the high single-digit percentage range.

PIECES OF THE PAST – A fascination with football
Jamaica Gleaner – Aug 7, 2006
Cole become the youngest player to represent Jamaica at the national level, selected at age 16 while still playing DaCosta Cup football for his alma mater Vere Technical. He also played for the Atlanta Chiefs in the North American Soccer League in 1968, and became the only Jamaican footballer to play in the Brazilian first division when he signed with Nautico in 1971. Jamaica and the World Cup

The first World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930 – a country that had won Olympic medals in the sport in 1924 and 1928. Only 13 countries sent teams and there were no qualifying matches… Carl Brown assumed the position from 2001-2004 when Lazaroni returned for a second try. He eventually left when the Reggae Boyz failed to qualify for the first round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers in November 2004. Jamaica failed to qualify for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Since then the team has been coached by Wendell Downswell. Today the National Premier League (NPL), the island’s highest league, counts 10 teams, major
corporate sponsors, regular media coverage and hundreds of thousands of spectators. They are increasingly reaping benefits from the sale of players to English and European teams. The NPL is well organised, fed by the parish leagues and their annual play-offs decide promotions to the national level.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | QPR | Ward vows to make his mark
BBC News – Aug 9, 2006
In 2005 he starred in the World Youth Cup and along with Wayne Rooney was named as one of Fifa’s young stars of the year. Playing for Perth Glory last season, Ward was voted the new Australian A-League’s inaugural ‘Rising Star’ – their young player of the year award. He was on the fringes of the Socceroos squad for this summer’s World Cup – and the Australian Football Federation were desperate for him to continue playing in his homeland. Ward tells BBC Sport why he decided to join the R’s and how he hopes to make his mark on the Championship.

Big clubs set for CL start | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
TVNZ – Aug 8, 2006
Arsenal, beaten by Barcelona in the Paris final in May and nowfacing Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday, are fortunate to be inthe qualifying rounds at all. Out of the running for most of the season, they only snatchedfourth place in the Premier League from Tottenham Hotspur on thefinal day. Arsenal will be without captain and main striker Thierry Henry,having only recently returned for pre-season training due to theWorld Cup, while keeper Jens Lehmann in suspended. In other matches, Valencia travel to Red Bull Salzburg, AjaxAmsterdam are away to FC Copenhagen, AEK Athens meet Hearts inEdinburgh, Hamburg SV host Osasuna and Benfica travel to AustriaVienna. The lucrative group stage of the competition starts inSeptember.

Always on the ball
Hindu – Aug 7, 2006
Besides providing a big business opportunity, it had a unique implication in the arena of sports, the debut made by Hindi commentators. Launched as an experimental venture during the Confederations Cup 2005, ESPN was ready with an expert panel of Hindi commentators for the World Cup comprising Ghaus Mohammed and Novy Kapadia. Ghaus and Novy are popular football commentators in India. Novy has covered five World Cups, two Asian Games and countless tournaments in the country while Ghaus, who began commentating in 1986, has covered prestigious events like the Confederation Cup (Germany), the 2004 Islamabad SAF Games, the first Afro-Asian Games in 2004 in Hyderabad, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the last 20 finals of the Subroto Cup.

Houghton wants one year to evaluate squad
Hindu – Aug 7, 2006
In his first interaction with the media ahead of India’s preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2007 Group A qualifier match against Saudi Arabia, Houghton said on Sunday that contrary to its image as a cricketing nation to the outside world, “I feel India is essentially a footballing country. ”

“The country is getting economically stronger and there is enough sponsorship football can look forward to,” he said. “The road to development is long but we can really make it to the World Cup, if not in 2010, maybe in the following edition,” he added. On evaluation of the side: Houghton said the next one year was crucial for him to judge the merit of the squad… We have changed the way we used to play and you will see a different approach,” he said. On Bhutia’s comeback chances: Houghton said he would welcome former captain Baichung Bhutia back into the squad, but said he had not spoken to him after the trip to Vancouver last month. “If you ask me whether we want him in the team, I would say, absolutely,” the coach said. On players of Indian origin: Houghton, who previously coached China for a World Cup berth, said he would like to have in his squad two or three foreign players of Indian origin, currently playing in Europe. “If we have two or three such players, then we can speed up the development process,” he said. The players are being identified and approached through different sources. The coach named Michael Chopra, who has signed for Cardiff City, as the most impressive of the lot.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | High hopes for new SA season
BBC News – Aug 7, 2006
But with the 2010 World Cup firmly on the agenda, the Premier League faces a more severe test of its credibility over the next nine months. The new season got underway with league champions Mamelodi Sundowns winning the Charity Spectacular, which features the four most popular teams. The Charity Spectacular traditionally offers a chance to look at early season form and is usually the forum where teams unveil their new signings. Sundowns won the tournament after beating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 in the final at Soccer City, on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

England’s WAGs shown the red card – Aug 7, 2006
England went out on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-final. The WAGs whose behaviour was scrutinised at every step included David Beckham’s wife Victoria, Wayne Rooney’s girlfriend Colleen McLoughlin, Joe Cole’s girlfriend Carly Zucker, Elen Rives, Frank Lampard’s fiancée, and Cheryl Tweedy, Ashley Cole’s partner. They were followed everywhere by journalists, photographers, football fans and fascinated but bemused residents. But Steve seems to think that it was all a bit over the top and could affect the way the team performs. ” But, while Victoria, Colleen and the rest of the WAGs may have left Germany and its designer shops, at least three British WAGs have made it to the World Cup final itself… The final is expected to be the most watched sporting event in television history. The match, which begins at 7pm, will be seen by 73,000 fans in the stadium and an estimated worldwide television audience of up to 300 million. The cumulative worldwide audience for the World Cup will be just under 6 billion, or 93 million per game, according to Initiative Futures, a global media agency that uses only data from the official television measurement supplier in each country, such as Barb in Britain. Publishers wishing to reproduce photographs on this page should phone 44 (0) 207 538 7505 or e-mail.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Charlton wrap up…
BBC News – Aug 9, 2006
Bolanos, 22, was in his country’s squad for the 2006 World Cup and impressed during a trial with the Addicks. Charlton have a clause in the contract allowing them to buy Bolanos and his signing comes just a day after the captures of Djimi Traore and Amdy Faye. “It has always been my ambition to play in the English Premiership,” Bolanos told the club’s website. “Several European teams showed an interest in me but I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent at the club and have been made very welcome. ”

Bolanos played for Saprissa against Liverpool in the World Club Championship last year and went on to have had a 10-day trial at Anfield.

GAME OVER! ………Downswell quits as national head coach
Jamaica Observer – Aug 9, 2006
I have accomplished much with limited resources

LESS than two years after being appointed head coach of the national senior football team, as well as other national outfits, Wendell Downswell has resigned from the job. According to a Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) release yesterday, following meetings between president Crenston Boxhill and Downswell, the JFF accepted the latter’s letter of resignation, which took effect last Friday. The JFF said this move was in keeping with the decision to restructure its technical department. “With the limited resources, look at what I have accomplished… It is not certain if Brown is aware of the JFF’s intention. Our sources further indicate that the Crenston Boxhill-led JFF is leaning towards Argentinian Jose Pekerman to fill the post of head coach. He guided his country to the quarter-finals of the World Cup Finals in Germany this summer. The 56-year-old Pekerman, a former youth team coach, who won three Under-20 World Cup titles, was promoted to the senior national side two years ago, replacing Marcelo Bielsa who was in charge at the 2002 World Cup Finals. Jamaican-born former England international John Barnes, as well as Bora Milutinovic and Dutch Under-21 coach Foppe Dehana, are also being considered for the post. However, it is believed the level of government assistance will determine which coach lands the job. Downswell has come under immense pressure following a string of resounding losses in recent months.

Barthez eager to continue | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
TVNZ – Aug 9, 2006
The 35-year-old, who played in the World Cup final when Francelost to Italy on penalties last month, also said that he is notready to halt his international career yet. “If I have to go for one or two extra years, I will,” Barthezwas quoted as saying by French daily L’Equipe. “I still feel like Ican give something to the youths or help them learn. Soccer meanseverything to me. Barthez was in contact with Ligue 1 side Toulouse during theclose season break but it failed to lead to any deal.

Azzurri or les Bleus: it’s time for the final choice – Aug 7, 2006
It’s not an easy decision to make for the famously fair-minded British, especially the middle classes, who have a love affair with both countries. You might as well ask whether they prefer Tuscany to Provence, or chianti to claret. Our fondness for the underdog will also not help. Both teams have overcome recent problems to make it to the final… Things looked so bad that their talismanic captain Zinedine Zidane, 34, had to come out of international retirement to give his team a boost. Italy, on the other hand, came into the World Cup with their country under a cloud of match-fixing allegations. Many of the team play for Juventus, a club facing demotion over the scandal. “I urge England fans to support Italy,” said Antonio Carluccio, the Italian restaurateur. “Italy is definitely the better team. They have all the fantasy and artistry of football and also the muscle.

T&T set South Africa 2010 target
BBC News – Aug 8, 2006
“I know the players,” he said. “We have to work on the future with the youth. ”

Jack Warner, Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s special advisor, said he was already looking towards the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “There’s no instant success in football,” he said. “We are building and for this reason I’m saying we have not stopped, we just continue working.

BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Wednesday’s…
BBC News – Aug 9, 2006
(The Sun)

Everton are weighing up a swoop for Manchester City forward Antoine Sibierski on a free transfer. (Daily Star)

Newcastle have reaffirmed their interest in strikers Dirk Kuyt of Feyenoord and Obafemi Martins of Inter Milan. (The Times)

Liverpool are also set to renew their interest in Kuyt. (The Independent)

Reading are set to miss out on Ivory Coast midfielder Emerse Fae because he is not convinced about a move from Nantes to the Premiership club.

Walcott named in England U21 squad
CNN – Aug 9, 2006
Eriksson stunned English football by taking Walcott to the finals in Germany as the 17-year-old had yet to play a match for Arsenal since joining them in January. Moving down a level, Walcott has been picked by Under-21 coach Peter Taylor for a European championship qualifier against Moldova at Ipswich next Tuesday. McClaren, who has said he will do things differently to Eriksson, faces his first game in charge of the seniors a day later in a friendly against European champions Greece in Manchester. McClaren, who was Eriksson’s assistant, revealed that he saw the Under-21s as a necessary first step to senior football for the likes of Walcott, striker Darren Bent and goalkeeper Scott Carson. "I wanted Darren, Scott and Theo to have the chance to play some competitive Under-21s football," McClaren said… "They are all still very much in my plans. I see the Under-21s as a very important stepping stone to the senior team and I will keep a close eye on them this season. "Walcott’s inclusion in the World Cup squad looked all the more curious as Eriksson called up only one fully-fit Premier League striker — Peter Crouch. Wayne Rooney, who was red-carded in England’s quarter-final defeat by Portugal, missed the start of the tournament after suffering a broken foot in April. Strike partner Michael Owen was still searching for match fitness after a foot injury, before rupturing a cruciate ligament in their final group game against Sweden.

Crespo returns to Inter | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
TVNZ – Aug 8, 2006
Crespo, who spent the 2002-03 season at Inter before joiningChelsea for $NZ51 million, has signed a two-year contract, theclubs said on their official Web sites. “For me it is a matter of pride to be back at Inter,” Cresposaid as he was officially presented at the club’s HQ in Milan. “I had left here crying and now I am back smiling. I thankChelsea, the chairman and the coach, because they understood myneeds and they were accommodating,” he said… No money changed hands in the deal, which will take him to theend of his Chelsea contract, but the English champions haveretained an option to take Crespo back after one season. Although one of the game’s top strikers, Crespo failed to settlein London and was loaned out by Chelsea in 2004-05 to Inter’s cityrivals AC Milan – helping them reach a Champions League finalagainst Liverpool in which he scored twice. The 31-year-old had a better time last term with the west Londonclub, helping them secure a second consecutive Premier League titlebefore playing for Argentina at the World Cup. However, he would have faced tougher competition for a startingplace this season at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea signed Ukrainestriker Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan. In his two spells at the London club Crespo has played 73 games,starting 47, and scored 25 goals.

‘Amnesty for clubs in scandal’ if Italy win World Cup – Aug 7, 2006
Clemente Mastella poured scorn on the trial of Juventus, AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina, and said it resembled the sort of bloodthirsty events “that used to be seen at the Colosseum”. Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina are facing relegation to Serie B, Italy’s second division, while Juventus could be demoted to Serie C. A sporting tribunal made up of six retired judges is expected to give its verdict on Tuesday.

Premiere Q2 EBITDA loss meets forecasts, but net surprises on…
Forbes – Aug 8, 2006
Analysts had forecast 267. Premiere said operating profit in the quarter was hit by 35 mln eur in licence and production costs for the football World Cup. Looking ahead, Premiere said it is ‘well positioned’ for the second half of 2006 and reiterated it will give a revised full-year outlook on Nov 7. Premiere also revealed it lost 79,256 subscribers in the second quarter, after it failed to secure key TV broadcasting rights for Germany’s Bundesliga football matches at an auction last year. The company said it had 3. 44 mln subscribers at the end of June, down 2.

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