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August 21, 2006

O’Neill magic is matched by Walcott

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 9:38 am

The News Review:

* Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
* Here’s to keeping cynicism well off the playing field
* Will the Premiership finally live up to its billing?
* O’Neill magic is matched by Walcott
* Brave Warriors improve ranking
* Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Ubiquitous cheating means…
* Ballack set to miss opener | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Andrew beats out Woodward
* Frills get the chop in McClaren revolution
* BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Countdown to Premiership kick-off
* Juventus take fight to civil court
* Bayern: Hands off Hargreaves | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Tim Vickery column
* Villa spoil Gunners house warming party
* ESPN.com – NFL – Leaf has footwork to move from quarterback to coach
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Bolton Wanderers | Allardyce…
* Swede Larsson faces anxious wait
* A-League ‘Version 2’ set to entertain

Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
Channel News Asia – Aug 19, 2006
Juventus, one of several clubs sanctioned for being involved in a match-fixing scandal which rocked the country shortly before Italy’s World Cup triumph, met with bosses from the Italian football federation (FIGC) in arbitration with the national Olympic committee (CONI). “The result of this meeting was not a positive one, but at least we had the opportunity to explain our position,” said Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli. “We pointed out how our punishment was disproportionately damaging to us financially and in terms of prestige. “We proposed to be allowed back into Serie A with a points penalty, but now our Board of Directors will meet on August 21 to decide the next step. ”

Juventus were stripped of their title, penalised 30 points and demoted to Serie B… “Our options are arbitration, but there is also the TAR administrative tribunal and the European Court,” said Cobolli Gigli. “We want the correct penalty for our club. ”

Meanwhile, Juventus begin life with the no-hopers of Italian football on Saturday when they face third division Martina in Bari in the first round of the Italian Cup. Juve take on the Serie C side who are based in the southern town of Martina Franca. The game will also be the first competitive match for coach Didier Deschamps. “There is always a risk with this kind of match. Martina have nothing to lose,” said the Frenchman.

Here’s to keeping cynicism well off the playing field
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 20, 2006
Get to Neptune and ask. But it will be good if their first visit is not their last, and if junction 11 of the M4 becomes an established Premiership bottleneck. The traffic there may stand still but football must not. The bookmakers get it right with depressing regularity. Chelsea are the shortest price title favourites in memory, and there are no prizes for guessing the next three names in the betting. It’s 50-1 upwards for everyone else. The newly promoted teams are the three tipped to drop off the Premiership map… It was a reality check, and football desperately needs a few of those. Reality is one thing but it cannot afford for its public to turn cynical. I enjoyed the World Cup. I saw a lot more good games than bad games. Haring up and down German autobahns with little time to worry about splits within the Wags, I found the atmosphere surrounding the tournament welcoming and uplifting.

Will the Premiership finally live up to its billing?
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 19, 2006
Chelsea, the defending champions, have their backs to the wall, a posture that perfectly suits their fortress mentality. Already embroiled in a row with Arsenal about the Gunners’ left back, they now confess to being appalled by the supposed racial slurs of their former chairman, Ken Bates, who has referred to the “Siberian shysters” who control a club with no financial constraints. Roll up, roll up!If ever a sport was under the spotlight, it is Association Football now. England’s latest World Cup failure, with underachieving millionaires competing with their ostentatious wives and girlfriends for space in the nation’s hall of shame, has concentrated even the most impressionable minds on the quality of domestic football, which is not nearly as good as its television paymasters believe it to be. Gary Lineker, no less, has pronounced that England have eight world-class players. Actually, if the phrase “world class” means anything, England have no players of that rank. But in football, words tend not to have the meanings that others ascribe to them, partly because there are far too many former players lying for a living in the media.

O’Neill magic is matched by Walcott
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 21, 2006
Three men who must have wondered where their summer was going, Martin O’Neill, Graham Poll and Theo Walcott, certainly all seized the chance to show their capabilities at the breathtaking new Emirates Stadium. Even a few days into his tenure at Aston Villa, the charismatic O’Neill and the Midlands club seem a perfect fit, bonded by a hunger for success. All the O’Neill trademark qualities are there, the sleeves-rolled stance and St Vitus’ dance, yet he admitted that domestic concerns have inevitably altered his view. “I am going to have to disagree with Bill Shankly,” observed O’Neill about the former Liverpool manager’s claim that football was more important than life or death. “But that doesn’t mean it [a result] doesn’t hurt me… Unused by England in Germany, the teenager relished his Arsenal debut, terrorising Villa with his touch and pace, even creating Gilberto Silva’s equaliser. “He’s young and already has to cope with a lot of pressure and I’m surprised he got criticism he didn’t deserve,” said his manager, Arsene Wenger, of the decision to take Walcott to Germany. “People in their minds overrate the World Cup. It’s not harder to play against Costa Rica or Ecuador than it is against Aston Villa. “He has played well and shown some potential; don’t destroy it. People are saying, ‘Give us a star in England’, but I have to be careful with him. He’s still only 17.

Brave Warriors improve ranking
Namibian – Aug 21, 2006
"We are keen to start fighting our way back," says Collin Benjamin, one the country’s biggest football stars who plays for Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga. "There is a lot to do still but we are determined to continue our rise. "Namibia, eliminated in the preliminary round of the qualifiers for the 2006 Fifa World Cup finals in November 2003, have suffered severely in the last years from a lack of competition and were without a coach for almost a year as they kicked their heels in self-imposed isolation. The Brave Warriors did not play a single international from May 2005 to mid-July this year but began their recovery in May with the appointment of Ben Bamfuchile as their new national coach. The former Zambian international, who had previously been in charge of his own country’s national side, has signed a four-year contract and been handed the demanding task of reviving football in Namibia. Despite its large land mass, however, Namibia has a population of just over 2 million and therefore only has a small pool of talent to choose from. Yet the export of many of its international players to the professional league in neighbouring South Africa, with several new players heading south at the start of this new season, hints that the upward trend might continue.

Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Ubiquitous cheating means…
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 19, 2006
The World Cup, the European Athletics Championships, Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the British Open are among the highlights. Over the last 10 years, the prominence that sport occupies in global culture has been transformed. It has become one of the key components of the global entertainment industry: great sporting occasions can be accessed by the press of a button in our living rooms, television sports rights have become hugely valuable, sports stars are global icons and role models, commanding millions in both income and sponsorship deals. While the popularity and centrality of politics has declined, that of sport has risen in inverse proportion… Its appeal as a great spectacle depends on its credibility, the belief that what we think is true is in fact – more or less – true: that, in the now ubiquitous phrase, borrowed from sport, sporting contests are conducted on a level playing field. This summer, alas, has provided growing reason to doubt this. Just prior to the World Cup, we learned that the top Italian football teams, most notably Juventus, were involved in a conspiracy to ensure that the referees chosen to officiate their matches were on their payroll and biased in their favour. The tentacles of this malfeasance reached beyond Serie A into European games, and so this cannot be dismissed as a purely Italian matter: the European championships themselves have been debased. As I watched the World Cup, I found myself wondering just how many matches were being officiated by bent referees in the pay of one or other of the teams. Once that thought occurs, and becomes widespread enough, then the place that football occupies in the hearts and minds of millions is inevitably brought into question. Or take the Tour de France.

Ballack set to miss opener | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Aug 19, 2006
Manager Jose Mourinho says Ballack’s improvement since lastSunday has been very small and he has not trained with theteam. Meanwhile, Chelsea have agreed an undisclosed fee with HamburgSV for Dutch international defender Khalid Boulahrouz, the PremierLeague champions said on their Web site. Boulahrouz, a member of the Dutch World Cup squad, will travelto London at the weekend to discuss personal terms and undergo amedical. The 24-year-old centre back joined Hamburg from RKC Waalwijk inAugust 2004 and made his first full international appearance thefollowing month. Boulahrouz was outstanding at the heart of the Hamburg defencelast season when they conceded only 30 goals in 34 Bundesligagames. He was in the starting line-up for the last two Dutch World Cupgames in Germany, a 0-0 draw with Argentina and the 1-0 defeat byPortugal in the second round. The deal to buy the Dutchman could be a signal that Chelsea areprepared to allow William Gallas to leave.

Andrew beats out Woodward
TVNZ – Aug 19, 2006
says much about the way he impressed the interview panel with hisvision and ideas,” it quoted RFU chief executive Francis Baron assaying. Andrew, who played for England in the 1991 and 1995 World Cupsand won 71 caps, was preferred to former head coach Clive Woodward,who steered England to the trophy in Australia in 2003. Woodward, now working at Southampton football club, left the RFUon sour terms with Baron after his World Cup victory. The RFU created the post after a review of their nationalcoaching set-up after which coach Andy Robinson survived a cull buthis three most senior assistants were sacked. Robinson’s team, a lowly sixth in the world rankings, lost thetwo-test series in Australia in June 2-0, going down 34-3 in Sydneyand 43-18 in Melbourne. “The search to appoint the Elite Rugby Director was a thoroughone and interviews took place in England, Australia, New Zealandand South Africa so that all potential candidates could be lookedat,” Baron added.

Frills get the chop in McClaren revolution
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 20, 2006
This even includes the possibility of playing 3-5-2, mere mention of which was enough to cause Eriksson to continually cross himself and hang garlic in the dressing room. Whatever the formation, “simple and efficient” is how McClaren describes his basic approach to how he wants his team to play football, which England displayed in spades during the thrilling 4-0 win over Greece. And while it is far too early to talk of a new dawn for England’s international side, McClaren’s first game in charge was a step in the right direction. More nights like Old Trafford, however, will quickly have the ticket touts back in full employment… Terry demonstrated that when he simply kissed his captain’s armband after the goal that opened McClaren’s era, rather than indulging himself in one of Beckham’s over-the-top celebrations. One could certainly never envisage Terry giving up the captaincy and certainly not in the mawkish, staged manner of Beckham, who gave a nauseating, self-pitying performance when he announced his resignation in Baden-Baden after England’s defeat by Portugal. Once again, he managed to turn the team’s World Cup exit into his personal tragi-carnival. Beckham, let it be said, delivered more often than not during a long career for England. But he failed when it mattered most, in the World Cups of 1998, 2002 and this summer, and by the end had become a liability because of the power of his celebrity. Terry, as he has already shown at Chelsea and demonstrated again on Wednesday, is a player who leads by example rather than reputation, a man renowned for a lack of frills off the pitch and on it. Not the least of McClaren’s triumph in midweek was to restore the passion and perhaps a sense of realism to a set of England players who have too long seemed too willing to swallow every sliver of hype about their abilities, continuing to swagger through tournaments even when their performances should have raised cause for concerns.

BBC SPORT | Football | Premiership | Countdown to Premiership kick-off
BBC News – Aug 19, 2006
Manchester United are the only team with three consecutive Premiership titles, winning between 1998 and 2001. United, Arsenal and Liverpool are tipped to be Chelsea’s nearest rivals. Reading, Sheffield United and Watford are the newly promoted clubs with the Blades kicking off the season just after midday when they host Liverpool. The big Premiership clubs have all been busy in the transfer market and a number of the big names from the World Cup in Germany will be making their debuts in England’s top league… United, Arsenal and Liverpool are tipped to be Chelsea’s nearest rivals. Reading, Sheffield United and Watford are the newly promoted clubs with the Blades kicking off the season just after midday when they host Liverpool. The big Premiership clubs have all been busy in the transfer market and a number of the big names from the World Cup in Germany will be making their debuts in England’s top league. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have been bolstered by two big-name summer signings, midfielder Michael Ballack from Bayern Munich and striker Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan.

Juventus take fight to civil court
CNN International – Aug 21, 2006
In the statement Juventus said that their relegation had resulted in top players leaving their club and would have "serious consequences" on their income. But the club also appealed for their broader, historic contribution to Italian football to be taken into account. "It (relegation) will also, above all, gravely damage the identity of Juventus FC, which in over a century of existence has contributed to writing the history of Italian football with a tradition of excellence which is alive and current as demonstrated by the nine Juventus players who took part in the recent World Cup final," the club said. Italy beat France in July’s final in Berlin with Juve players on both sides. Juve’s demotion has led to a number of top players leaving the club, among them Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, who has gone to Real Madrid and Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sold to Inter Milan. Coach Fabio Capello has left for Real Madrid and has been replaced by Frenchman and former Juve player, Didier Deschamps. Juve’s fourth-quarter revenues slumped by almost 23 million euros ($29… Juventus will ask a civil court to overturn their relegation to Serie B for match-fixing after their appeal with Italy’s top sports body failed, the club said on Monday. The soccer club said in a statement it would also consider filing a fresh appeal with the sports body’s arbitration court. A soccer tribunal in July stripped Juve of their last two Italian titles and demoted them to Serie B where they will start the coming season with a 17-point deduction following the match-fixing scandal. Last week at a meeting at the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) conciliation court Juventus failed to persuade the nation’s football federation to repeal their relegation.

Bayern: Hands off Hargreaves | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Aug 19, 2006
Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness says he has spoken withUnited chief executive David Gill and told him the club will notlet Hargreaves go. The club’s trainer, Felix Magath, says it is high time25-year-old Hargreaves showed he was committed to his contract,which runs through June 2010. United manager Alex Ferguson says he still hopes to persuadeBayern to sell the player, who was one of the few England successat the World Cup where they lost in the quarterfinals on penaltiesto Portugal… Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness says he has spoken withUnited chief executive David Gill and told him the club will notlet Hargreaves go. The club’s trainer, Felix Magath, says it is high time25-year-old Hargreaves showed he was committed to his contract,which runs through June 2010. United manager Alex Ferguson says he still hopes to persuadeBayern to sell the player, who was one of the few England successat the World Cup where they lost in the quarterfinals on penaltiesto Portugal.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Football | Tim Vickery column
BBC News – Aug 20, 2006
It is my club, he says, but it is not my team. He stays away, and so Brazilian football becomes ever more dependent on transfer money coming in from abroad, selling its stars instead of selling its spectacle. Tim Vickery takes part in Up All Night’s World Football phone-in every Saturday morning at 0230 BST on BBC Radio Five Live.

Villa spoil Gunners house warming party
Irish Times – Aug 19, 2006
Walcott made his Premiership debut, 17 minutes from the end with the Gunners trailing to an Olof Mellberg goal. He lifted the crowd, gave Arsene Wenger’s team more pace and directness on the left wing and set up an 84th-minute equaliser for Gilberto. Before his introduction, Villa had looked determined to wreck Arsenal’s house-warming party. Martin O’Neill’s new team went ahead through Mellberg’s header from an inswinging corner, eight minutes after the break… It was not the winning start Wenger wanted to the new era and Chelsea will be thrilled to see both Arsenal and Liverpool drop points on the first day. But the Gunners will be relieved to have avoided defeat after swapping Highbury for their new £390million home at Ashburton Grove. The 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium offers more seats, greater earning power and a bigger pitch which Wenger hopes will suit his team’s pass-and-move football. Arsenal passed and passed but struggled to find the net as Villa defended and defended and struck from a set-piece. It was a familiar feeling for many home supporters who have grown accustomed to their team’s over-elaboration. Eboue went close to the ground’s first goal when he surged forward from right-back in the fifth-minute. Eboue nipped past Jlloyd Samuel and unleashed a fierce right-footer from a tight angle.

ESPN.com – NFL – Leaf has footwork to move from quarterback to coach
ESPN – Aug 19, 2006
Bell said Leaf has plenty of patience and advice. He said Leaf told him: “Any time you’re feeling down and out, you can come to me because I’ve probably been there. “Leaf saw the best of football as an often unstoppable quarterback for Washington State in 1997, averaging 331 yards a game and leading the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl since 1931. He finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting, then became part of a debate over whether he or Manning should be drafted No. Time has proven the Colts made the right choice. The Chargers had an inkling they’d made the wrong one at No.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Bolton Wanderers | Allardyce…
BBC News – Aug 21, 2006
I hope it will be finalised this week. ”

Anelka has won 31 caps for France, scoring seven goals, but was not included in the World Cup squad. Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp also expressed an interest in Anelka but admitted the asking price was too high. Anelka made his name at Arsenal where he spent two seasons before moving to Real Madrid, costing the Spanish giants ?23m. However, he lasted only one season in Spain before moving on to Paris St Germain, Liverpool and Manchester City before arriving at Fenerbahce.

Swede Larsson faces anxious wait
CNN – Aug 21, 2006
A spokesman for the Swedish football association said its disciplinary committee will meet on Friday to discuss the incident. "They (the committee) will decide if there is any penalty (for Larsson)," he said. "It depends on how they react to the situation and what they see in the TV pictures. "Such penalties can include match bans, he said. Television on Saturday showed the former Barcelona and Celtic striker, who retired from the international stage after last month’s World Cup finals, giving what seemed to be a jab to the midriff of Elfsborg defender Jon Jonsson… "It depends on how they react to the situation and what they see in the TV pictures. "Such penalties can include match bans, he said. Television on Saturday showed the former Barcelona and Celtic striker, who retired from the international stage after last month’s World Cup finals, giving what seemed to be a jab to the midriff of Elfsborg defender Jon Jonsson. The Swede has said the blow was not serious and that he was trying to push Jonsson away. Jonsson did not continue the game. Assocation officials reported the incident to the disciplinary committee after the referee missed it during the game, a quarter-final cup match which Helsingborg won on penalties after a 4-4 tie after extra time. A prosecutor in Malmo in south Sweden has also said that the incident should be looked into, according to local media.

A-League ‘Version 2’ set to entertain
The Age – Aug 21, 2006
Under the banner of A-League Version 2, Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy and chief executive John O’Neill, along with the eight club captains and coaches, officially opened the second season of the competition at Sydney harbour. After the stunning success of the inaugural A-League, and the Socceroos’ superb performance at the 2006 World Cup, both FFA chiefs believed the second season of the league could further build on soccer’s rapid rise in Australian sport. And they were confident the competition would do so without a repeat of last season’s massive financial losses – where all eight clubs recorded deficits of between $1 million to $3 million. “Fox Sports’ seven-year $130 million broadcast deal has enabled us the board of the FFA to change the economic model,” O’Neill said. “About $10 million a year will be going into the eight A-League clubs, and that really does make their life substantially easier… Under the banner of A-League Version 2, Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy and chief executive John O’Neill, along with the eight club captains and coaches, officially opened the second season of the competition at Sydney harbour. After the stunning success of the inaugural A-League, and the Socceroos’ superb performance at the 2006 World Cup, both FFA chiefs believed the second season of the league could further build on soccer’s rapid rise in Australian sport. And they were confident the competition would do so without a repeat of last season’s massive financial losses – where all eight clubs recorded deficits of between $1 million to $3 million. “Fox Sports’ seven-year $130 million broadcast deal has enabled us the board of the FFA to change the economic model,” O’Neill said. “About $10 million a year will be going into the eight A-League clubs, and that really does make their life substantially easier. “The (club) owners, the players and coaches now have that level of financial stability that we only ever talked about.

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