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August 15, 2006

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The News Review:

* Hargreaves welcomes start of a new England era
* Mammoth task must not be lost in translation
* Reid calls for overhaul of JFF administration
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man City | Isaksson completes Man…
* Compilation – Goal! EMI, Music CD, Rs. 395
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Carson signs for…
* Referees to get instant TV replays
* Mourinho worried by unfit players
* New era for Socceroos skipper Muscat
* What cost for World Cup glory?
* The Columbus Dispatch – Sports
* Germans kick up a fuss over boots
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Reid eager to claim Republic…
* Soccer: New coaches try to get up to speed
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Appiah inspires Ghana victory
* Ellis loved being centre stage
* RTÉ Sport: Nedved lines up for last Czech game
* My Sport: Monty Panesar
* Harte content with life in La Liga

Hargreaves welcomes start of a new England era
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 15, 2006
And Bayern Munich’s Hargreaves said: “Ever since I’ve been involved with England he’s been here. “There’s a different feel when he’s not here – but in football players and people come and go all the time. “Football’s a difficult business – but that’s the way it is. The Bayern midfield player was booed by England fans but then found himself feted after some top displays by those same supporters during the quarter-final exit at the hands of Portugal… The Bayern midfield player was booed by England fans but then found himself feted after some top displays by those same supporters during the quarter-final exit at the hands of Portugal. “Deep down I’ve always had faith in myself that in big games I could play my best so I was quietly confident,” he added. “With an amount of negativity before the World Cup it was difficult at times and I was frustrated but I surrounded myself with the positives. “I was happy to receive the opportunity (to play) and was able to turn the negatives into positives. “Any time you ask if you want a boo or a cheer you would always have a cheer. “I tried not to focus on it – obviously I was disappointed but I didn’t let people know that. ” Hargreaves, 25, claimed he had not heard his name being sung by the England fans during the last-eight game, saying: “I didn’t hear it.

Mammoth task must not be lost in translation
Independent Online – Aug 13, 2006
Even though his track record is well chronicled in a glowing CV, the questions abound as he prepares to become South Africa’s 14th national coach in 14 years. Does he have a manual to groom and guide Bafana Bafana to their own World Cup in less than four years time? Other than his vast experience, what exactly does he offer South Africa? Does he have the personality to blend with the local culture? Does he have the appetite for such a huge challenge after the bitter disappointment of losing to France in the quarterfinals in Frankfurt barely six weeks ago?
top. Many years of high-pressure work must already have taken their toll. A month ago it was said that he was afraid to walk on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians hurled abuse at him for failing to deliver in Germany. He was accused of being too defensive and conservative with a team that was supposed to go all the way… His inspiration came in 1970 when he was appointed fitness trainer to the legendary Brazilian team that included such players as Pel?, Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tost?o. It was at the World Cup in Mexico that year that they beat Italy 4-1 in the final to help galvanise the coaching ambitions of their 27-year-old fitness trainer. He went on to coach four national teams at World Cups – Kuwait in 1982, the United Arab Emirates in 1990, Brazil in 1994 and 2006, and Saudi Arabia in 1998 when that team was held to a 2-2 draw by Bafana Bafana and he was fired after just two matches. While the nature of Brazilian coaches is to encourage players to express their individualism, Bafana Bafana hopefuls should not think that Parreira will come here with a laissez faire attitude to training. For all their creative flair and natural aptitude for the game, Brazilian players do not make it to the top without a very high work ethic. Parreira is quick to point out that the highly gifted Ronaldinho, for example, would have trained 20 hours a week as a boy at the Gremio club in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. It would be interesting to know whether any South African footballer has ever put in 20 hours a week on the practice pitch, but this is something for Parreira to discover.

Reid calls for overhaul of JFF administration
Jamaica Observer – Aug 13, 2006
success on the field cannot be possible without competence off the field

In a hard-hitting address at the joint presentation ceremony of the Captain’s Bakery Western Confederation Super League and Westmoreland Football Association’s Major league, held on Thursday at Hotel Commingles in Sav-La-Mar, Reid said that as one who is qualified to speak about the state of the game in Jamaica, “I wonder, whether or not the much publicised overhaul of the (JFF’s) technical department should not go hand in hand with a major overall of the administrative department”. Reid said it had always been his fervent view that “success learned on the field of play cannot be possible without simultaneous competence off the field”. Reid, who attended the recent World Cup Finals in Germany as part of the Trinidad & Tobago delegation, said football is not just for sports and recreation any more. “It is a tremendous catalyst for galvanising the masses and is a business,” he asserted, adding that this has been forcibly brought home over the past decade. “One only needs to follow the events of international football at both club and national levels, to recognise this,” he said. Stock exchange
According to Reid, major clubs in Europe were now listed on the stock exchange and “advertisers are lining up to pay huge dollars for branding rights to major, world renowned competitions and tournaments”. He said while Jamaica did not take part in the recent World Cup, the advertising spent on it here was in the tens of millions of dollars.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man City | Isaksson completes Man…
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
The 24-year-old, who played at the World Cup and has been capped 42 times, joins Stuart Pearce’s side from French club Rennes. “To come to England and play for a club like Manchester City is an honour for me,” Isaksson told the club website. “I think the English league is the best in the world. It’s tough but I grew up with it on television in Sweden. ”

The goalkeeper had been training with City on Monday before finalising the deal on Tuesday.

Compilation – Goal! EMI, Music CD, Rs. 395
Hindu – Aug 14, 2006
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The football World Cup won’t come back for another four years but you can keep the fever alive with Goal!, a compilation of some of the best football anthems ever made. Over the years a few numbers have become iconic due to their association with football. Though they have been chartbusters in their own right, the association with football has taken them to a whole new level of popularity. And some of the numbers have even made it as official anthems of football clubs. With youth today “Song 2” by Blur is the most easily associated with football.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Liverpool | Carson signs for…
BBC News – Aug 14, 2006
The 20-year-old was England’s third goalkeeper at the World Cup and is currently with the U21 squad. Last month the former Leeds goalkeeper extended his contract at Anfield by two years until 2011. He had a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season and was called up to England’s World Cup squad after injury ruled out Robert Green. Carson becomes Liverpool’s second England squad goalkeeper to go out on loan. Chris Kirkland, who is part of the senior England squad preparing for Wednesday’s friendly against Greece, is currently on loan at Wigan.

Referees to get instant TV replays
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 13, 2006
The clubs are determined to press ahead despite the opposition of Fifa, football’s world governing body, whose president Sepp Blatter believes that ‘we should live with the errors, not only errors of the players and coaches but also errors of the referees’. But the decision will be widely welcomed by leading managers, such as Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, who have long backed technology to help referees. Sports such as rugby, cricket and American football already use it. What the ref missedThe Essien tackleGame: Chelsea v Liverpool, Champions League group, 6 December 2005. Incident: Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien commits an awful challenge, with his studs showing, on Liverpool’s Dietmar Hamann, catching him below the knee – ‘the worst [tackle] I have ever suffered’, Hamann said later. Referee Herbert Fandel did not see it, or did not view it as a foul. But European football’s rulers, Uefa, banned Essien for two matches… What should have happened: Spurs should have been awarded a goal and won 1-0. Under the new system: The referee would see from TV replays that Mendes scored. The Henry ‘foul’Game: Spain v France, World Cup second round, Hanover, Germany, 27 June 2006. Incident: Thierry Henry of France falls to the ground clutching his face after an innocuous challenge by Carlos Puyol, who does not touch Henry’s face. Referee Roberto Rosetti gave a free-kick, which put France 2-1 up. Under the new system: Rosetti checks TV, possibly cautioning Henry for ‘simulation’.

Mourinho worried by unfit players
CNN International – Aug 13, 2006
But he added that he would be content to measure himself and his players over the marathon test of the full league season. "They deserved to win. We had quite a good percentage of ball possession but sometimes in football that means not a lot, especially when the difference in pace, intensity, rhythm and sharpness is so big," he said. "I could feel when the game was broken, they were much stronger than us. In the second half I could guess they would inject fresh blood and people with pace at a moment when we could not cope with it. "I tried to make the team a bit more compact but not many of my players were in condition to play 90 minutes. "Mourinho spent most of the build-up to Sunday’s game complaining that he had had so little time with his players, many of whom were on World Cup duty and returned to training only two weeks ago… In the second half I could guess they would inject fresh blood and people with pace at a moment when we could not cope with it. "I tried to make the team a bit more compact but not many of my players were in condition to play 90 minutes. "Mourinho spent most of the build-up to Sunday’s game complaining that he had had so little time with his players, many of whom were on World Cup duty and returned to training only two weeks ago. He will lose most of them again this week for Wednesday’s big night of international friendlies and then faces three quick-fire Premier League games, starting with his season-opener against Manchester City next Sunday. "This week I have to work with two goalkeepers and two Portuguese players, the rest are away," he said. "Then the next week I have two matches. I cannot work, only play.

New era for Socceroos skipper Muscat
The Age – Aug 14, 2006
His international career looked over following last year’s ill-fated Confederations Cup, when he failed to snare a spot in any of Guus Hiddink’s Australian squads. But with the country’s European-based stars unavailable for the Kuwait match, interim coach Graham Arnold recalled the veteran to add some much needed experience to the squad of A-League players. The game will be Muscat’s 46th full international and fifth as captain after leading the Socceroos during four games of the Oceania World Cup qualifiers in 2001. As a national team leader, though, the Kuwait match presents Muscat with arguably his biggest challenge – leading a vastly inexperienced Socceroos line-up in a game the Australian public will expect them to win after the success of the World Cup. Not that Muscat believes he’ll need to verbally drum into his players the importance of the match. “Most of the boys have had a taste of international football, there are a few that haven’t been capped, but it’s not so much pulling people aside to talk to them,” he said. “You have to just go about you’re business the right way, and try to be as professional as you can, and hopefully things rub off on people.

What cost for World Cup glory?
Jamaica Gleaner – Aug 13, 2006
He is also the first coach to take four different teams beyond the first round (all the above except China), but Jamaica won’t be joining that list. A trek over to South America saw Argentine Jose Pekerman’s name emerge and he was requesting a cool US$2 million (J$130 million) a year or J$520 million over four years. Outstanding youth coach
Pekerman, an outstanding youth coach – winning three world titles with Argentina, resigned after his team was knocked out of the 2006 World Cup by the hosts at the quarter-final stage. The choice has apparently been narrowed down to Englishmen John Barnes and Glen Hoddle, two unnamed Brazilians and Foppe de Haan from the Netherlands. De Haan led the Netherlands national under-21 football team to victory in the European Under-21 Championship. All these coaches, it is believed, are asking in the region of US$1 million or less a year, which could swing the JFF in their favour. It is understood that former coach Rene Simoes has applied for the post and would love to start in January.

The Columbus Dispatch – Sports
Columbus Dispatch – Aug 13, 2006
As always, thanks for writing. Editor: In the past two years, Columbus passed a ban against smoking in public places. Can they pass a citywide ban against Maurice Clarett being allowed in our city? How may strikes-against on a person can there be? He is the biggest waste of talent in the history of college football. 13 this year during Buckeyes games should be encouraged to burn their jersey, and I am willing to pay $20 per jersey to see it happen. He makes Lawrence Phillips look like Billy Graham. ? David Woolard Grove City Editor: Big Mo?s actions only confirm what my pappy always said: “Beauty is only skin deep, but stupidity goes clear to the bone… professional soccer is considered in the same way as children playing house: Sure, they mimic the adults and say many of the same things, but do they know what they?re doing? Before the game, the Chelsea coach said of MLS players: “They play like they are the same level you are. Of course, they aren?t. ” Afterward, he claimed that his team, made up primarily of players who had played in the World Cup one month before, “were without legs” and that “this was a training session against other players. And no more than that. ” Open mouth, insert foot. This was a huge game with a surprising result, capped off by an egotistical coach awkwardly swallowing his own words. It was deserving of much better coverage by The Dispatch.

Germans kick up a fuss over boots
CNN – Aug 15, 2006
Several national team regulars, including World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, wear boots made by rival sportswear companies when they play for their clubs. Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday that players were ready to strike before Wednesday’s friendly against Sweden, but team manager Oliver Bierhoff played down the threat. "All the players are still here," Bierhoff said at a news conference on Tuesday ahead of the European Championship warm-up game in Gelsenkirchen. "Talks are going on between the DFB, the sponsors and the clubs and I hope a solution can be found… Several national team regulars, including World Cup top scorer Miroslav Klose, wear boots made by rival sportswear companies when they play for their clubs. Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday that players were ready to strike before Wednesday’s friendly against Sweden, but team manager Oliver Bierhoff played down the threat. "All the players are still here," Bierhoff said at a news conference on Tuesday ahead of the European Championship warm-up game in Gelsenkirchen. "Talks are going on between the DFB, the sponsors and the clubs and I hope a solution can be found. "Under the terms of Germany’s sponsorship and equipment contract, players must be completely kitted out in Adidas gear.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Reid eager to claim Republic…
BBC News – Aug 14, 2006
The Blackburn Rovers player is set for his third straight start in Wednesday’s friendly against Holland in Dublin. “I went to the World Cup four years ago and that remains the highlight of my career,” said Reid. “But I have not played in enough qualifying matches and big games and that’s what I want to do this season. ”

The 25-year-old signed a new contract with Rovers in the summer after an outstanding season with the Ewood Park club. Republic boss Steve Staunton is an admirer with Reid playing the full 90 minutes of both matches under the new manager. Reid knows the pressure is on to continue to play at a high level for both club and country.

Soccer: New coaches try to get up to speed
International Herald Tribune – Aug 15, 2006
It holds the Asian Cup, but its failure at the World Cup accelerated the departure of Zico and the arrival of Ivica Osim as national coach and savior. Zico tried to liberate the Japanese, to make them more like Brazilians, more in tune with the instincts that moved him as a player in his prime. Osim, a 65- year-old Bosnian, wastes neither time nor words in instituting change:"As a whole, we went ahead on a tempo that might be all right for the first match," Osim said after Japan beat Trinidad and Tobago in a warm-up game last week. "But I am concerned because football is about 90 minutes, and some of our players could not run 90 minutes. This is very serious because the Japanese are short on muscular or tall players… Zico tried to liberate the Japanese, to make them more like Brazilians, more in tune with the instincts that moved him as a player in his prime. Osim, a 65- year-old Bosnian, wastes neither time nor words in instituting change:"As a whole, we went ahead on a tempo that might be all right for the first match," Osim said after Japan beat Trinidad and Tobago in a warm-up game last week. "But I am concerned because football is about 90 minutes, and some of our players could not run 90 minutes. This is very serious because the Japanese are short on muscular or tall players. What matters is how much they can outdo opponents in running. "The coach is not a philistine who sees the game as merely a running contest. He led Yugoslavia for six years and blended those fine talents of the now divided parts of his homeland to the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Appiah inspires Ghana victory
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
On the hourmark, he skipped past one defender before teeing up forward Razak Pimpong to drive home from 12 yards. In the dying minutes, substitute Alex Tachie-Mensah converted Appiah’s pinpoint cross from the left to give the scoreline a more credible look. Ghana fielded a strong line-up, including several players who performed at the recent World Cup finals in Germany. The most surprising inclusion was midfielder Michael Essien who played despite breaking a bone in his wrist in Sunday’s Community Shield between Chelsea and Liverpool. The battling 23-year-old even struck the stanchion after 77 minutes in a match where Ghana missed a number of chances. Laryea Kingston returned for the first time since earning a four-match ban for his Nations Cup dismissal against Senegal, making a considerable impact before his second-half substitution. Togo, meanwhile, fielded an experimental side and Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor was a notable absentee from Otto Pfister’s team as he watched from the sidelines.

Ellis loved being centre stage
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 15, 2006
It is testimony to the business skills of Ellis, who was one of the first to realise the growing popularity for foreign holidays and shrewdly made a successful business from holiday travel. Ellis’ departure will also mean that one of the big beasts of English football is finally calling it a day. Ellis loved to be at the centre of football politics and let everyone know how important he was. He loved to be on every committee of the FA and Premier League and the gap between what he thought he could achieve and what was realistically possible was well illustrated in 2000 when England was bidding for the 2006 World Cup. Ellis had been put on the FIFA marketing committee by the FA and bragged that in his new position he would be able to help England get the World Cup. The reality was that this was a doomed project and most of the FIFA executive committee members did not even know who Ellis was. What was undeniable was that Ellis was a good host in the Villa boardroom and regaled his fellow chairmen with tales of his achievements, many of which they took with a large pinch of salt… Ellis’ departure will also mean that one of the big beasts of English football is finally calling it a day. Ellis loved to be at the centre of football politics and let everyone know how important he was. He loved to be on every committee of the FA and Premier League and the gap between what he thought he could achieve and what was realistically possible was well illustrated in 2000 when England was bidding for the 2006 World Cup. Ellis had been put on the FIFA marketing committee by the FA and bragged that in his new position he would be able to help England get the World Cup. The reality was that this was a doomed project and most of the FIFA executive committee members did not even know who Ellis was. What was undeniable was that Ellis was a good host in the Villa boardroom and regaled his fellow chairmen with tales of his achievements, many of which they took with a large pinch of salt. It was not unusual on match days for them to be entertained by Ellis and told that the salmon they were eating was one he had fished in Scotland the previous week – only for another Villa man to murmur it was actually bought from the local fishmonger.

RTÉ Sport: Nedved lines up for last Czech game
rte.ie – Aug 15, 2006
The midfielder, who has scored 18 goals in 90 games for his country, hung up his international boots after Euro 2004 but opted to return to the national team during qualifying for this summer’s World Cup. Nedved’s first World Cup ended in disappointment however, with the Czechs knocked out in Germany having failed to make it past the group stages. He will continue to play for club side Juventus in Serie B, but wants to give younger players the chance to prove themselves on the international stage. He said: ‘I would like to say that the match against Serbia tomorrow will be my last match for the national team… The midfielder, who has scored 18 goals in 90 games for his country, hung up his international boots after Euro 2004 but opted to return to the national team during qualifying for this summer’s World Cup. Nedved’s first World Cup ended in disappointment however, with the Czechs knocked out in Germany having failed to make it past the group stages. He will continue to play for club side Juventus in Serie B, but wants to give younger players the chance to prove themselves on the international stage. He said: ‘I would like to say that the match against Serbia tomorrow will be my last match for the national team. ‘I have decided to end my international career and free the place for youngsters. My decision is final.

My Sport: Monty Panesar
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 15, 2006
I was a seam bowler and I took a couple of wickets in my first game. I was quite quick, and had modelled myself on Wasim Akram, and had a late in-swinger. The first memory I have of a major sporting event is watching the World Cup in 1992, with England playing Pakistan in the final. Sports watched: Football – I support Luton but also Arsenal because they are an entertaining team. I used to see Luton play quite often but when cricket took over I didn’t have much time to go. I like snooker, too. I loved watching Jimmy White, because I was a left-handed player myself.

Harte content with life in La Liga
Irish Times – Aug 15, 2006
I’ve been saying this since January,” Harte said in May. “Once the season is over, hopefully I can move back to England. Once there I can start enjoying my football again. “It has been tough in Spain, but I’ve given it a go and it’s been a good experience.   But now is the time to come home. I’m just not happy. “But despite pleas to both Premiership and Championship clubs, few if any sides were actually forthcoming… “Harte, too, is settling back into the Ireland squad having been overlooked by Brian Kerr – although he did also struggle with injuries – for much of the Dubliner’s reign. A difference of opinion with Kerr was eventually ironed out and Harte came back for the latter part of the unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign after a 14 month spell in the wilderness. “It was really difficult to watch the World Cup on TV,” he sighs, “but the thing was we lost silly points at home to Israel. “For this campaign we need to be much more together. This week we’re missing three quality players in Robbie, Richard and Shay but lets hope they’ll be okay for the qualifier with Germany in a few weeks. “I’ll certainly be keeping my fingers crossed and saying a few prayers for them as they’re the key players that can win us these crucial games. And we can win them.

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