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August 18, 2006

Brown back at the helm

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | BBC pundits on England
* Perfect start for McLaren | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Andrew accepts top England role
* Brown back at the helm
* Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | SportsDay: Top Stories
* Retail sales drop after World Cup
* Andrew the political choice
* Put pressure on stars, says Arnold
* United confirm hunt for Hargreaves
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Swansea City | Swans tempt Lawrence…
* I did not apply for job – Simoes
* ‘Soccerwhos’ bid for the future
* Soccer: Among friendlies, some are alone
* Reminiscences of football movies
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Owen may face…
* Parreira signs contract to coach South Africa

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | BBC pundits on England
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Everybody was making good moves, getting the ball and making it happen quickly. We just looked really sharp and really about ourselves and I thought it was a really good message we sent out. I was impressed with the way the boys went about the job. They were under a lot of pressure off the back of the World Cup, I think they just came out and did a good job.

Perfect start for McLaren | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Aug 17, 2006
McClaren, who replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach after theWorld Cup, watched his side romp to a 4-0 lead before the breakwith new skipper John Terry, Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch, twice,all on target. With former captain David Beckham left out of the squad, OwenHargreaves wore his old number seven shirt and combined well inmidfield with Steven Gerrard and Lampard. “I thought Owen Hargreaves was phenomenal,” McClaren said. “He set the standard for the others to follow, not just hisattitude but his whole game. You saw the likes of Gerrard andLampard follow that and produce performances which we’re alldelighted about,” he told the post-match news conference.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | Andrew accepts top England role
BBC News – Aug 18, 2006
The former England fly-half will oversee all aspects of representative rugby in England, from the regional academies to the full senior side. The post was created in April after a review of England’s coaching set-up following a disappointing Six Nations. Andrew beat 2003 World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and former Lions supremo Ian McGeechan to the job… “We achieved a lot during my time at the club, developed a lot of exciting players and the support I had from the board, players and supporters was invaluable throughout my time here. “Moving away from Newcastle has of course been a difficult decision for me to make but the challenge offered by the elite rugby director role was one I couldn’t turn down. ”

The 43-year-old led the Falcons to the Premiership title in 1998 as well as two Powergen Cup victories and will be replaced by former Northampton and Newcastle centre John Fletcher at Kingston Park. Andrew will also mastermind strategy and selection for the England team, recruit coaches and try to broker a deal with the clubs over player availability.

Brown back at the helm
Jamaica Observer – Aug 17, 2006
(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Former technical director Carl Brown was yesterday unveiled by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) as the new interim head coach of the national senior team, as was first reported in last Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Observer. “National football is something that I am committed to and I will always answer the call as long as the powers that be believe that I can offer some assistance to the national programme,” Brown declared yesterday. “I would never turn down the national programme,” insisted the former Jamaica skipper, who was being appointed national coach for the fifth time. Brown, 56, took up his appointment yesterday and his tenure will run for three months through November 16, 2006. By that time the JFF hopes to have inked a deal with an international coach… national programme
“We welcome Carl into the fold. We know we’ll get the very best from him and that can only benefit the national programme,” he said. Meanwhile, Brown, who was sacked following an emergency meeting of the JFF executive days after Jamaica ended their Germany 2006 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against the United States in Ohio in 2004, told the media he plans to pull the curtains on his international coaching career. “I really want to end it this year. I was deciding to make an announcement that this year would be the final one that I would make myself available for national duties,” he said. “It is 23 years as a national coach that I have participated, plus 10 years as a national player between 1970 and 1980 and I believe right now that the time has come for me to pay some attention to other things,” added Brown, who plans to focus on his beloved Boys’ Town football club. “I have had commitments; I have had to break some of them, particularly the Boys’ Town area.

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | SportsDay: Top Stories
Dallas Morning News – Aug 18, 2006
But Clarke said Hislop will be in Los Angeles for Sunday’s MLS match and will start in Wednesday’s Open Cup contest at Houston. Managers commonly rotate in second goalkeepers for matches in concurrent competitions. Hislop’s most recent contest was during the World Cup for Trinidad and Tobago. Ruiz doesn’t delay return from Guatemala match: Team officials were delighted to see striker Carlos Ruiz at practice Thursday. He played the first 45 minutes Wednesday in Guatemala’s 1-1 tie with Haiti in Miami. Ruiz took a 6:40 a… Frisco ISD will play five games at Pizza Hut Park: The Frisco ISD football schedule is out, and the school system closely aligned with Pizza Hut Park will play five games at the 20,500-seat facility. FC Dallas officials can’t be sure how much those games will chew up the field since just one game took place there in 2005. The final 2006 football game will be two weeks before the MLS Cup final at PHP. Team officials say they can remove the football lines before the nationally televised Nov. All 15 grass fields at PHP remain happily green, including the re-sodded main field, where fresh grass went down late last week. The 145-acre facility, including all landscaping and trees, is watered from two re-use ponds and therefore unaffected by local watering restrictions.

Retail sales drop after World Cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 18, 2006
The Office for National Statistics said sales volumes fell 0. 3pc in July, the first decline in six months, compared with expectations of a rise of 0… 4pc despite big discounts in the sector. The ONS said this was partly due to sales of electrical goods tailing off after the boost to flat screen TV sales from football fans wanting to watch the World Cup. Economists expect sharp rises in utility bills to dampen future consumer spending. “This is a small correction after the World Cup effect,” Holger Schmieding, co-head of European economics at Bank of America in London, told Bloomberg. “Consumer spending’s growth rate will moderate, especially as high utility bills bite. “June’s rise was also revised lower to 0.

Andrew the political choice
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2006
So for once England are selecting from strength and if the above mathematics are correct, it is going to be a close call. The ‘prize’ is considerable – the most powerful job ever created within the RFU’s playing structure. The man appointed might not be expected to turn English fortunes around before next year’s World Cup but he, and his coaching team, will certainly be expected to deliver a World Cup triumph for the most powerful and wealthiest union in the world in New Zealand in 2011.

Put pressure on stars, says Arnold
The Age – Aug 17, 2006
His predecessor and mentor, Guus Hiddink, admitted soon after the World Cup that he felt he could rely on only 14 or 15 of the 23-man party he took to Germany, such was the gulf in ability and experience. Arnold, preparing to select a team for the third Asian Cup qualifier in Kuwait City next month, is determined to close that gap and believes that the A-League can play a crucial role. He insists that the men who did Australia proud in Germany cannot rest on their laurels and believes that the Socceroos will need a nucleus of 30 high-quality players if they are to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in four years and do themselves justice. And Arnold believes that a handful of the players who did the job in the 2-0 victory against Kuwait on Wednesday night can put pressure on the established stars. They could snare a spot in what will be a "best of the best" squad for the friendly against Paraguay in Brisbane and the Asia Cup qualifier against Bahrain in Sydney in October.

United confirm hunt for Hargreaves
CNN – Aug 18, 2006
Ferguson said he would have liked to have signed a player who would guarantee 20 goals a season to replace van Nistelrooy but added he was not worried about the striking resources at his disposal. Wayne Rooney will shoulder the greatest responsibility for firing United’s title ambitions and Ferguson expressed his surprise and disappointment at the three-match bans handed to Rooney and Paul Scholes following their sendings-off in a pre-season tournament hosted by Ajax in Amsterdam. United had initially understood from the Football Association that Rooney, who is available for the opening game of the season against Fulham on Sunday, would face no sanction. "We are all disappointed but we will get on with it," said Ferguson, who made it clear that his team will not be attending the Ajax tournament again.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Swansea City | Swans tempt Lawrence…
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Lawrence, 32, asked for the move after League One side Swansea made their interest known with an initial bid. Swansea have been looking for a central defender since Garry Monk was ruled out until the New Year with a knee injury. “At 32 this is a great move for me. It’s a big club and a big challenge for me.

I did not apply for job – Simoes
Jamaica Gleaner – Aug 16, 2006
Boxhill (Crenston) who called me in Iran to discuss the matter. Great joy

“I told him that it would be with great joy that I would accept the invitation, but after January 2007. I have a contract until December 2006 with the Iran Football Federation and the Olympic Committee Association,” Simoes said in communication with The Gleaner. When contacted yesterday, Boxhill told The Gleaner that, “over a two weeks period Simoes’ very good friend Neville Bell called me not less than five times saying that Rene would like to speak with me and, as a matter of fact, Rene had asked him to get a feel of the atmosphere in Jamaica from the general public and the JFF”. “Because I had my short list, I ignored the discussion,” he said. “But Neville convinced me to hear what he had to say. Out of respect, I spoke to him and he said to me that Jamaica was looking for a coach and he was interested, but he was not available and was going to Brazil the following day and if we were interested I should contact him (there)… In search of coaches

Currently, the JFF is looking for two coaches to run the football programme – one to take charge of the football academy and the other for the team. The list has being narrowed based on the JFF’s financial constraints with Englishmen John Barnes and Glen Hoddle, Foppe de Haan of the Netherlands and top Brazilian club coach Oswaldo de Oliveira being the frontrunners, along with Argentinean Jose Pekerman, who resigned after the World Cup. However, Simoes who led Jamaica successfully to the World Cup in 1998 before resigning in 2000, said he had no problem applying, but just wanted to set the record straight. “I’m not saying applying would make me look with less value because after the Reggae Boyz ’98, the list of coaches interested in working in Jamaica is so big and makes me very proud of that,” he said. Simoes, 54, is a well-travelled Brazilian and is the current coach of Iran Under-23 national team. He also coached the Trinidad and Tobago national team. In 2004, he led the Brazilian women’s team to the final of the women’s Olympic football tournament, losing to the United States.

‘Soccerwhos’ bid for the future
The Age – Aug 16, 2006
Despite the absence of their megastars, the Socceroos areoverwhelming favourites to defeat the Kuwaitis and become the firstnation to qualify for next year’s Asian Cup. Kuwait won the Asian Cup in 1980, but is now 67 places belowAustralia in world rankings and recruited from amateurs otherwiseengaged as army officers, teachers and oil workers. Tonight’s game may not be of World Cup standard or significance,but it is regarded by Football Federation Australia chief JohnO’Neill as a vital step in the consolidation of soccer as a bigforce in domestic sport. The game provides an early opportunity to justify banners thatappeared at the World Cup: “Australia. Socceroos interim coach Graham Arnold will tell his players togo out and entertain. While admitting he’ll gladly take a 1-0 win in Australia’s firstgame since the World Cup, Arnold said he also wanted his team ofA-League stars to put on a show in front of an expected capacitycrowd.

Soccer: Among friendlies, some are alone
International Herald Tribune – Aug 17, 2006
Beckham did what an athlete must do: He dashed to the ground, changed, and ran, all alone, for 45 minutes. While he was running, so was the England team he used to lead. No longer captain, no longer wanted for duty after the World Cup of faded English boasts, Beckham, at 31, is facing the afterlife of a world-famous player. His place at Madrid, where he is renowned for selling more replica shirts than Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Raúl and Zinédine Zidane combined, is by no means secure. Capello is a stickler for effort, for punctuality, for performance. Reputation will count for less than nothing. By the time Beckham had showered and left, England was already in full swing at his old field of dreams, Old Trafford, the Manchester United stadium… It was, like most matches Wednesday, merely "friendly," or preparatory, action. But van Basten made it clear the old stagers should not expect a recall anytime soon; he is rebuilding the Netherlands for the 2008 European Championship, and he has new blood in his planning. "The Dutch showed their class and gave us a football lesson," conceded Staunton after Ireland received its biggest thrashing ever on home turf. Rafael van der Vaart controlled the contest. Two goals came from Klaas Jan Huntelaar, one from Arjen Robben and one from Robin van Persie. Asked about calling time on van Nistelrooy, the coach replied: "Huntelaar scored two goals and he made two assists – he played very well.

Reminiscences of football movies
Hindu – Aug 17, 2006
Quite deservedly so. After all, `The Cup’, directed by Khyentse Norbu, will count among the finest films with sport as a central theme. It is about how a World Cup football tournament changes lives in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Madhu, a documentary filmmaker based in Malappuram, also focusses on some other notable films about football, both feature and documentary. The book cannot claim to be a definitive guide about football films; the author himself says that it is about some of the films that were shown at a festival of football films conducted in Malappuram. Besides `The Cup’, the films Madhu talks about are `Two Half Times in Hell,’ `Escape to Victory,’ `Garrincha: Lonely Star,’ `George Best’s Body,’ `Maradona: Victim or Villain,’ `Maradona – Kicking the Habit,’ `The Explosive 80s: How Heysel Changed Football’ and `Goal’. The book, published by DC Books, would either help you relive the moments of watching those films or make you want to see them again.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Owen may face…
BBC News – Aug 17, 2006
Owen, 26, ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in England’s 2-2 draw against Sweden at the World Cup finals and is set to have an operation. “It’s a long term injury. I don’t know if he’ll play again this season,” Roeder told BBC Radio Newcastle. “He’s getting the best possible treatment and will have the best surgeon in the world operating on him.

Parreira signs contract to coach South Africa
SportingNews.com – SportingNews.com (subscription) – Aug 16, 2006
“I wanted to spend more time with my family and they understood that,” Parreira said. He will become the nation’s 14th coach since it returned to international competition 14 years ago. South Africa, the 1998 African Cup champion, qualified for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, but finished third in its qualifying group for 2006, five points behind qualifier Ghana. Parreira led Brazil to its fourth world title in the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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