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August 30, 2006

Soccer boss O’Neill quits

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* TF1 sees H2 opg down on World Cup, programming costs up max 3 pct in…
* Keane named Sunderland boss | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* I am no slave, says Makelele
* Soccer boss O’Neill quits
* FA paid price for Eriksson folly
* 2010 hosts face twin pressures
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Football | Tim Vickery…
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Hargreaves says Man Utd…
* Czechs name Rosicky as new captain
* RTÉ Sport: Keane signs three-year contract at Sunderland
* Serbia’s Zigic moves to Santander
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Middlesbrough | Woodgate & £6m…

TF1 sees H2 opg down on World Cup, programming costs up max 3 pct in…
Forbes – Aug 29, 2006
8 mln eur in the period, down 16. 7 mln a year earlier, hit by a 90 mln eur surge in programming costs due to the FIFA World Cup. ‘As a consequence, the second half of the year will be lower impacted by the Football World Cup costs,’ TF1 warned. The tournament finished on July 9.

Keane named Sunderland boss | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Aug 29, 2006
He won seven league titles and four FA Cups with United, and wasteam captain until his departure last year following a disagreementwith manager Alex Ferguson. Keane moved to Celtic last December and helped them to theScottish title before being advised to quit by doctors because of apersistent hip problem. Cork-born Keane won 66 caps for Ireland and played in the 1994World Cup. He retired from international soccer last October afterIreland failed to reach this year’s World Cup in Germany. Keane famously missed the 2002 World Cup after walking outshortly before the finals following a row with then manager MickMcCarthy. Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League last seasonand moved off the bottom of the second division thanks to Tuesday’swin. They are 23rd in the 24-team league.

I am no slave, says Makelele
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 29, 2006
To add to the confusion, Fifa spokesman Andreas Herren said: “The general situation is that any player is free to decide that he is not playing for his national team. There is no Fifa rule to prevent any player stopping his international career, that’s up to him. “Makelele came out of international retirement a year ago to help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Mourinho said on Sunday that his player was being treated like “a slave” by France coach Raymond Domenech, who wants him to continue even though Makelele expressed his wish to “re-retire” from international football. Yet Makelele seemed to accept playing on for France more than Mourinho, whom the player claimed spoke differently to him than he did to the media. Makelele said: “He is going a little bit too far as his words are slightly different when he talks to me.

Soccer boss O’Neill quits
The Age – Aug 29, 2006
The results spoke for themselves in Germany – a coveted spot inthe final 16 and a fairytale run that ended only in a contentiouslast-minute penalty to eventual winner Italy. More importantly, the sport had captured the imagination of theentire nation as never before. O’Neill never professed to be a football aficionado. He even referred to a World Cup result using tennis terminology- “one-love” – rather than football’s “one-nil”. But so what?He looked upon the Socceroos as the game’s “rain makers” – thegroup whose exploits could shake rich rains from the heavens tofertilise the fields below. During his tenure it did not rain but it poured. Football’s garden grew but its roof no longer leaked.

FA paid price for Eriksson folly
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
Eriksson’s critics, and they now easily outnumber his supporters, point angrily towards a reported ?25m bill for the Swede leading England to three major tournament quarter-finals and ultimately failure. Barwick’s backing for Eriksson is a typical show of loyalty and understandable. There is no mileage in the Football Association chief executive raking over the coals of England’s farcical World Cup campaign when the message must now be of a bright new era under Steve McClaren. But there is no argument that when the final bill was added up, it represented far better value for Eriksson than it did for the FA. And the irony of it all was that the last big, fat contract was effectively a reward for Eriksson’s betrayal in talking to Chelsea. Eriksson’s time as coach cannot be passed off as total failure, not when he rescued England’s 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign from the wreckage of Kevin Keegan’s reign, complete with that historic 5-1 victory in Germany. And some of the criticism he received for the crime of not being English was too often allowed to colour judgements on his efforts… He picked a desperately unfit David Beckham at the 2002 World Cup. He was thrown by Wayne Rooney’s injury in the Euro 2004 quarter-final defeat against Portugal. And he presided over a 2006 World Cup campaign that was little short of a debacle. Eriksson’s squad selection and tactics were fatally flawed, and his whole demeanour smacked of a man either bursting with misplaced optimism, or a man de-mob happy at the prospect of leaving someone else to shovel up the muck after his circus had left town. The normally ice-cold Swede suddenly became chatty, even chucking in the odd gag and becoming an almost happy-go-lucky character.

2010 hosts face twin pressures
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
The football association has paid nearly $15m to secure the services of Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira as head coach of the Bafana Bafana. The hosts also face a race against time to address high crime levels which tourism officials fear could put off fans from visiting. The focus of concern is mainly to do with the safety of visitors outside the stadia. Poor results

Since 1992 when South Africa was re-admitted into international football, there have been 14 national coaches in 14 years. They have included Clive Barker, whose side won the 1996 African Nations’ Cup, Philippe Troussier, Carlos Queiroz and Stuart Baxter, who recently stepped down… ”

Allie said the South African Football Association (Safa) must take its share of the blame for the Bafana Bafana’s lacklustre performances. “There’s been a litany of administrative bungling ranging from not securing the release of overseas-based players to messing up hotel bookings and visa requirements and meddling by certain administrators in the affairs of the coaches. ”

While Parreira was a popular choice going into the 2006 World Cup in Germany, his side’s premature exit at the hands of France had cooled enthusiasm. “Many feel that he had a very good side and that he could not produce the goods,” said Allie. He said there were question marks about his salary especially as he will be permitted to fly back to Brazil when the South African national side is not in training. Fans safety

Off the pitch, concerns have been voiced from various quarters at home and abroad about South Africa’s ability to host to such a major event.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Football | Tim Vickery…
BBC News – Aug 28, 2006
Even so, the event should fully justify the full house it is likely to draw to the Emirates Stadium. As well as the exciting attacking talent Argentina displayed in the World Cup they also look set to give a debut to wonderfully talented 18-year-old Sergio Aguero, who has been in excellent pre-season form with his new club, Atletico Madrid. Brazil, meanwhile, are trying to find their way after the World Cup disappointment. Rather like Roy Keane taking over at Sunderland, the appointment of the inexperienced Dunga to coach the team is fascinating. This is his second match in charge. On the evidence of the recent 1-1 draw with Norway there will be changes from the essentially counter-attacking approach of the Germany 2006 ‘Magic Quartet’ side. Instead, rather like the USA ’94 team which he captained, Dunga appears to be placing more emphasis on patient possession… Rather like Roy Keane taking over at Sunderland, the appointment of the inexperienced Dunga to coach the team is fascinating. This is his second match in charge. On the evidence of the recent 1-1 draw with Norway there will be changes from the essentially counter-attacking approach of the Germany 2006 ‘Magic Quartet’ side. Instead, rather like the USA ’94 team which he captained, Dunga appears to be placing more emphasis on patient possession. Will his Brazil be able to do it against the best passing side on the planet?

There is plenty to intrigue and excite, then, as the global city plays host to the masters of the world game. Tim Vickery takes part in Up All Night’s World Football phone-in every Saturday morning at 0230 BST on BBC Radio Five Live.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Hargreaves says Man Utd…
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
The England midfielder was keen to leave Bayern Munich for Old Trafford, but the German club have refused to sanction the transfer. Hargreaves’ agent Roman Grill said: “We have to accept there is no way Bayern will allow this transfer to happen. “His only hope is that if United remain interested in him the deal could happen at a later date. ”

United have been chasing Hargreaves and were thought to be willing to pay ?17m for the player, who was one of England’s few success stories at the World Cup.

Czechs name Rosicky as new captain
CNN – Aug 30, 2006
The 25-year-old succeeds Czech great Pavel Nedved, who retired from international football following the 3-1 friendly defeat by Serbia a fortnight ago. "Football is a team game and our common objective is to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals," said Rosicky, who has scored 17 goals in 57 appearances for the Czechs. Rosicky was an integral part of the Czech side that reached the Euro 2004 semifinals but disappointed at the World Cup finals going out in the first round. Rosicky scoring a superb individual goal in their sole victory over the United States. Rosicky, who will debut as captain in Saturday’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Wales, is the sixth player to captain the Czech side since it achieved independence in 1993. The previous five were Vaclav Nemecek, Miroslav Kadlec, Jiri Nemec, Tomas Galasek – who is still in the squad – and Nedved… The 25-year-old succeeds Czech great Pavel Nedved, who retired from international football following the 3-1 friendly defeat by Serbia a fortnight ago. "Football is a team game and our common objective is to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals," said Rosicky, who has scored 17 goals in 57 appearances for the Czechs. Rosicky was an integral part of the Czech side that reached the Euro 2004 semifinals but disappointed at the World Cup finals going out in the first round. Rosicky scoring a superb individual goal in their sole victory over the United States. Rosicky, who will debut as captain in Saturday’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Wales, is the sixth player to captain the Czech side since it achieved independence in 1993. The previous five were Vaclav Nemecek, Miroslav Kadlec, Jiri Nemec, Tomas Galasek – who is still in the squad – and Nedved. Tools: Save |
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RTÉ Sport: Keane signs three-year contract at Sunderland
rte.ie – Aug 28, 2006
The former Manchester United captain agreed to a three-year deal with the Stadium of Light side. ‘This represents a major coup for our football club,’ Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn told the club website. ‘The fact that one of the most influential figures in world football is willing to come here should make all the Sunderland fans very happy. ‘
Sunderland have also confirmed that Leicester’s Tony Loughlan, will be Keane’s head coach rather than former Blackburn boss Brian Kidd, as had been speculated… The former Manchester United captain agreed to a three-year deal with the Stadium of Light side. ‘This represents a major coup for our football club,’ Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn told the club website. ‘The fact that one of the most influential figures in world football is willing to come here should make all the Sunderland fans very happy. ‘
Sunderland have also confirmed that Leicester’s Tony Loughlan, will be Keane’s head coach rather than former Blackburn boss Brian Kidd, as had been speculated. Quinn added: ‘Roy Keane’s standards of professionalism are legendary and his desire and determination to succeed are precisely what this club requires. ‘Let’s all support and enjoy one of football’s true greats as he embarks on what we all hope will be a fantastic new chapter in Sunderland Football Club’s rich and proud history. ‘
In the light of today’s victory, Quinn believes Keane’s arrival is already starting to have an effect.

Serbia’s Zigic moves to Santander
CNN – Aug 30, 2006
02 meters tall, scored 45 goals in 76 appearances for Red Star. He won league and cup doubles with the club in 2004 and 2006 and was voted the Serbian league player of the year in 2003 and 2005. Zigic played for Serbia & Montenegro at the World Cup and has scored four goals in 13 internationals. Serbia, coached by former Spain boss Javier Clemente, now play as an independent team, while Montenegro have yet to gain international soccer recognition. Serbian champions Red Star have also sold international midfielder Nenad Kovacevic to Lens. "We are happy with the terms… 02 meters tall, scored 45 goals in 76 appearances for Red Star. He won league and cup doubles with the club in 2004 and 2006 and was voted the Serbian league player of the year in 2003 and 2005. Zigic played for Serbia & Montenegro at the World Cup and has scored four goals in 13 internationals. Serbia, coached by former Spain boss Javier Clemente, now play as an independent team, while Montenegro have yet to gain international soccer recognition. Serbian champions Red Star have also sold international midfielder Nenad Kovacevic to Lens. "We are happy with the terms. These two lads earned it with their attitude and the fact that they are sought by western clubs speaks for their quality," club president Dragan Stojkovic told Red Star’s Web site.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Middlesbrough | Woodgate & £6m…
BBC News – Aug 30, 2006
The former Leeds and Newcastle defender has been plagued by injuries since moving to Spain in a ?13. 4m move in August 2004 and has only played 14 games for Real Madrid. Southgate has been tracking Huth for most of the close season but the towering defender’s move fell through because of an ankle injury picked up while on World Cup duty. Huth failed a medical in July but Southgate maintained his interest and promised to monitor the situation.

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