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September 5, 2006

Germany backs World Cup in SA

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* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | West Ham Utd | West Ham on the up -…
* Thuram slams ‘inappropriate’ Mourinho
* World champions Italy stumble | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* Germany backs World Cup in SA
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola ‘favoured’ in 2010…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Macedonia tipped to qualify
* Hammers ready to reach a new level
* Inter mourning death of Facchetti
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Swaziland 0-2 Angola
* It’s the only game in town
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn to…
* Field of dreams
* Mourinho rapped for ‘slave’ remark
* Waddle wants international revamp
* Time for England to take fresh approach in team selection
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola to host 2010 Nations Cup

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | West Ham Utd | West Ham on the up -…
BBC News – Sep 3, 2006

Argentina World Cup stars Tevez and Mascherano joined the Hammers in a shock deadline-day move from Brazilian side Corinthians on Thursday. West Ham confirmed to the stock exchange on Friday that they are having “exploratory discussions” over a possible takeover. The identity of the group behind the bid has not been revealed – but under new proposals set to be adopted by Fifa, they will not be able to remain anonymous. World football’s governing body is determined for there to be transparency regarding the ownership of clubs and will soon no longer allow investors to purchase teams under the name of a business, while they themselves remain anonymous. Uefa treasurer and Dutch FA president Mathieu Sprenger was recently asked by Fifa to investigate investment funds and mystery backers buying into football clubs.

Thuram slams ‘inappropriate’ Mourinho
rte.ie – Sep 4, 2006
The Barcelona defender lined up alongside Chelsea midfielder Makelele in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Georgia. Makelele was called up for the match despite declaring his international career over after the World Cup. The 33-year-old has put the retirement issue on hold until after Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy, the team who beat France in the World Cup final. Makelele has already revealed his objections to his call-up and declared his hope that ‘the situation will be resolved so that there is no ambiguity’ in the near future. However Mourinho’s claim that ‘Makelele is not a football player, Makelele is a slave”as a result of the French Football Federation’s stance has upset Thuram. Thuram told L’Equipe: ‘Mourinho obviously does not know what slavery is… The 33-year-old has put the retirement issue on hold until after Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy, the team who beat France in the World Cup final. Makelele has already revealed his objections to his call-up and declared his hope that ‘the situation will be resolved so that there is no ambiguity’ in the near future. However Mourinho’s claim that ‘Makelele is not a football player, Makelele is a slave”as a result of the French Football Federation’s stance has upset Thuram. Thuram told L’Equipe: ‘Mourinho obviously does not know what slavery is. If he is comparing Makelele’s situation to slavery he ought to say sorry, he does not know what he is talking about. ‘Maybe he wanted to shock but it was not an appropriate expression.

World champions Italy stumble | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Sep 3, 2006
There was also a big upset in Bydgoszcz where Poland, under newDutch coach Leo Beenhakker, crashed to a shock 3-1 home defeat byFinland, who have never reached the finals of a majortournament. Elsewhere, the first big night of qualifying action ended invictory for all the favourites to reach the finals in Austria andSwitzerland in two years’ time. World Cup runners-up France won their first competitive match ofthe post-Zinedine Zidane era in impressive fashion by crushingGeorgia 3-0 in Tbilisi. There were also opening wins for England, who beat Andorra 5-0at Old Trafford, Germany, who overcame a spirited Ireland 1-0 inStuttgart, the Netherlands who squeezed a 1-0 win over Luxembourg,and Spain, who beat Liechtenstein 4-0. Germany, playing in a qualifying match for the first time innearly three years after going through automatically to the WorldCup finals as hosts, beat Ireland with a 57th-minute shot fromLukas Podolski which took a wicked deflection off Ireland skipperRobbie Keane. Ireland’s manager Steve Staunton was banished to the stands forkicking a water bottle in protest. The Dutch had an unexpectedly tough battle in Luxembourgsecuring all three points with a 17th-minute goal from JorisMathijsen.

Germany backs World Cup in SA
BBC News – Sep 5, 2006
Security fears in South Africa have led to speculation that the tournament could be switched to Australia but Zwanziger says that would be a fiasco. Germany held a highly successful tournament from June to July and the chief said he would be more than willing to pass on helpful information. “This World Cup has to be in South Africa. Anything else would be a fiasco for Africa and a real setback for Fifa,” Zwanziger said… “You can not deny the Africans the joy of this tournament. The German Football Federation wants an African World Cup with the fascination similar to that in Germany and will help in any way it can. ”

Germany controversially edged South Africa for the right to host the 2006 World Cup, winning by a single vote.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola ‘favoured’ in 2010…
BBC News – Sep 3, 2006
Surprise qualifiers for this year’s World Cup finals in Germany, Angola seek to become the first Portuguese-speaking country to host Africa’s biennial championship. Angola face stiff competition, however, from Libya, Nigeria and a joint bid from Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Both Libya and Nigeria have previously hosted the tournament. Caf’s 13-man executive committee will hear final presentations from the candidates on Monday and are scheduled to take an immediate vote before announcing the winning bid at 1645 GMT. Angola have promised to build four stadiums if they win the right to host the tournament.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Macedonia tipped to qualify
BBC News – Sep 4, 2006
Sakiri, 32, told BBC Sport: “We drew against England and in the World Cup qualifiers we drew twice with Holland. “Nobody expected it – we’ve a good team and a chance to be first or second. ”

Sakiri says Macedonia’s recent World Cup qualifying campaign was ultimately scuppered by two poor results against Andorra, who are also in Euro 2008 qualifying Group E – with England, Russia, Israel, Estonia and Croatia.

Hammers ready to reach a new level
CNN – Sep 5, 2006
Pardew also said that he regarded the pair as long-term captures for the Hammers. He said that, despite media speculation, he had had assurances they would not be leaving in the January transfer window and had signed four-year contracts. The pair were a remarkable transfer coup for West Ham last week, recalling the capture 28 years ago of Argentine World Cup winners Ossie Ardiles and Ricardo Villa by fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur. "We want to challenge the big teams in this division and this is a route to do that," Pardew told a news conference at Upton Park with the players, both 22, sitting either side of him. "As a team manager I want to work with the best players in the world… "Mascherano explained the pair’s choice of West Ham when he said: "For a player the most important thing is to be shown how important it is (for a club) to have you in their squad. West Ham perhaps showed the most will. "He added that "for any South American player, and in this case Argentine, it is a dream to play in European football. This was a very important goal for us. "Highlighting the lure of the English top-flight, he said: "Everyone knows it’s one of the most important leagues".

Inter mourning death of Facchetti
CNN International – Sep 4, 2006
"We passed many years together and saw each other regularly when we had both finished playing. There was a very strong rapport between us," he said. Dino Zoff, captain of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning team said: "I have wonderful memories of Giacinto. We played many years in the national side together. "He was an extraordinary lad, you couldn’t fail to like him," added the ex-Juventus and Italy goalkeeper. "He was the captain of our generation," said former Italy striker Gigi Riva, now an official with the Italian Football Federation. "He was a clean face and unfortunately he has left us far too soon… We played many years in the national side together. "He was an extraordinary lad, you couldn’t fail to like him," added the ex-Juventus and Italy goalkeeper. "He was the captain of our generation," said former Italy striker Gigi Riva, now an official with the Italian Football Federation. "He was a clean face and unfortunately he has left us far too soon. We had an excellent relationship. He knew he could count on me and I knew I could count on him. I have lost a friend and a companion in many wonderful adventures," said Riva.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Swaziland 0-2 Angola
BBC News – Sep 3, 2006
Using the bulk of the squad that played at the World Cup finals, Angola took the lead in the 21st minute through Joao Jamba. Jamba’s wild shot took a wicked deflection off Swazi full back Sipho Gumbi before sailing into the net. Angola’s second goal came in the 80th minute when defender Loco took a corner that the Swazi defence failed to clear. The World Cup debutants could have increased their tally had strikers Flavio and
Mantorras made better use of their chances. Benfica striker Mantorras, given a rare starting berth in the Angolan side, missed a glaring opportunity in the 39th minute and was taken off early in the second half.

It’s the only game in town
The Age – Sep 3, 2006
Sheedy and Parkin both wished for a 5-3 scoreline, code for agood game. Outgoing Football Federation ofAustralia chief executive John O’Neill said before the game thatAustralia could host a World Cup tomorrow if asked. “And I hope weget the chance. ” For soccer, this was a night for thinking big.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn to…
BBC News – Sep 4, 2006
The 28-year-old’s current contract runs out at the end of the season – when he will be able to leave for free. Blackburn turned down an offer from Liverpool before transfer deadline day for Neill, who joined Rovers in 2001. Blackburn chairman John Williams said: “He did turn our first offer down before the World Cup but we will be offering him an improved version. ”

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is keen to keep Neill and made the player captain for Rovers’ last match against Chelsea.

Field of dreams
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 5, 2006
The choice was certainly a gamble. Walcott has not played first-team football since his £12 million transfer to Arsenal in January. But the boy is extraordinarily quick on his feet – and there is no more exciting sight in football than a forward beating a defender to a long ball. He also has a superb sporting pedigree, as the great-nephew of Sir Clyde Walcott, the West Indies batsman. There is another positive portent, for Theo can draw inspiration from another 17-year-old. This one arrived at the 1958 World Cup finals unknown outside his own country… He also has a superb sporting pedigree, as the great-nephew of Sir Clyde Walcott, the West Indies batsman. There is another positive portent, for Theo can draw inspiration from another 17-year-old. This one arrived at the 1958 World Cup finals unknown outside his own country. He left famous the world over and with a winner’s medal round his neck. His name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Better known as Pele.

Mourinho rapped for ‘slave’ remark
CNN – Sep 3, 2006
"Asked what he thought of Makelele being included in the squad, Thuram said: "The situation is clear. Domenech had the right to call up Claude for these matches. "Thuram had the same experience when Domenech forced him out of international retirement to help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup. "Last year, Domenech chose to bring me back into the squad against my will, too. Apparently he has made the same choice with Claude. He has the law on his side", Thuram said. Under FIFA rules, if Makelele had refused to play for France he could have been suspended from playing for Chelsea… He has the law on his side", Thuram said. Under FIFA rules, if Makelele had refused to play for France he could have been suspended from playing for Chelsea. The 33-year-old midfielder confirmed on Thursday he had wanted to retire from international football after the World Cup but pledged to do his best for France if selected. Domenech picked him for France’s 3-0 win over Georgia in Tblisi on Saturday. He came off in the 58th minute with a sore ankle, however. France’s medical staff are to decide whether he will be fit to face Italy on Wednesday, a spokesman said on Sunday. Tools: Save |
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Waddle wants international revamp
BBC News – Sep 4, 2006
The result is a collapse in quality. “Having so many games flatters the national pride of countries, who all have a vote with Fifa. “But it no longer has any value at the playing level. What ranks a player now is how he performs for his club… “I remember playing against Turkey and Greece many moons ago and we were beating them 7-0 at the time,” Hoddle told Five Live Sport. “They were whipping boys but now look at them. Turkey have got to the semi-final of the World Cup and Greece have won the Euros. “I’m not saying Andorra are going to do that but they will improve if they continue to play the top teams over the next 15 years. “So it shows that Fifa and Uefa have to allow these teams to play for them to improve. “We are not going to gain anything from it but certainly that has to happen over a period of time. ”

Luxembourg are the lowest-ranked European country in Fifa’s official rankings at 195 out of 205.

Time for England to take fresh approach in team selection
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 5, 2006
Has Andy Robinson got what it takes to follow suit? The decision of the England football manager to pick untried, untested, 17-year-old Theo Walcott for his World Cup squad has sent out a striking message of intent, one that goes against the grain of the normally cautious Swede. Robinson also has a conservative streak. However, with the imminent announcement of a touring party to Australia, as well as a Churchill Cup squad to Canada, England’s beleaguered head coach has the chance to show his mettle ahead of his own World Cup jaunt in France next year.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Angola to host 2010 Nations Cup
BBC News – Sep 4, 2006
The southern African country beat off the challenge of Libya, Nigeria and a joint Gabon-Equatorial Guinea bid. Angola will become the first Portuguese-speaking nation to host the event, six months before the 2010 World Cup finals take place in South Africa. The Confederation of African Football announced Gabon & Equatorial Guinea will jointly stage the tournament in 2012, while Libya will host it in 2014. Monday’s decision marks the first time that Caf has named hosts for three successive tournaments at the same time. Nigeria, the only country to lose out in Caf’s new arrangement, has been selected as a reserve candidate should any of the hosts be unable to stage the competition. Caf general secretary Mustapha Fahmy also said they would back Nigeria to stage the 2009 Under-17 World Championship should they declare their interest in doing so.

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