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September 23, 2006

O’Neill not ready to cut ties with game

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* World Soccer Stadiums
* BBC SPORT | Sport Academy | Your Game | Showtime for Homeless World…
* Kewell to have surgery | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
* O’Neill not ready to cut ties with game
* Deisler, Gorlitz back in training
* United honors Etchevery – iht,sports,football,soccer,MLS United…
* It’s been a ‘difficult start’ for Chelsea
* BBC NEWS | Business | Fifa ready to act on compensation
* Paper View: Ferguson a fan of Makelele
* FA must ask for outside help to clean up our game
* BBC SPORT | Football | Football Focus | Saturday’s show
* Argentina cruise into Davis final
* Jordaan slams 2010 warning

World Soccer Stadiums
ESPN – Sep 21, 2006
Despite the token gentrification, the ground still has a ramshackle feel, with huge areas of terracing populated by banner-waving, die-hard supporters, where temperatures rise and blood boils at the slightest perceived injustice, of which there are many each match. Football red in tooth and claw. ESTADIO CENTENARIO, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAYFor the football fan with any sense of history, a visit to Estadio Centenario in Montevideo is a must. Built to host the first-ever World Cup finals held in Uruguay in 1930, as well as to celebrate 100 years of Uruguayan independence — hence the name — Centenario stands as a monument to the brash ambitions of a sport that, since the stadium’s creation, can legitimately claim to have conquered the world. Around 100,000 people crammed into the classically uncomplicated concrete bowl, marked by a towering spire piercing the Montevideo skyline, to see the hosts come back from a goal behind to beat fierce rivals Argentina 4-2 in that inaugural final as Uruguay became the first-ever world champions. Already passionately followed in South America and Europe, the game has spread its influence in the intervening 75 years, undergoing many changes, but Centenario still stands, largely unaltered, save for a reduced capacity of just 76,000 now, as a tangible link between present and past. The game to see, if you can get a ticket, is the classico of Penerol against Nacional.

BBC SPORT | Sport Academy | Your Game | Showtime for Homeless World…
BBC News – Sep 21, 2006
Over 500 players from 48 countries are playing in the tournament which aims to tackle global poverty through sport. Last year’s winners Italy play teams such as Afghanistan, China, Brazil, USA, Ireland, England and Scotland. Portugal legend Eusebio kicked the first ball and said: “It demonstrates that grass roots soccer can change lives, change the world. ”

He added: “To open and to kick off the Homeless World Cup is a poignant moment for everyone.

Kewell to have surgery | FOOTBALL | SPORT |
TVNZ – Sep 21, 2006
“Again, contrary to some media reports Harry does not have andhas never suffered from gout. “This suggestion originally came from one of his own Australianteammates during the tournament in Germany and is totallyincorrect. “On his return to Liverpool following the World Cup, Harry wasactually diagnosed as having Septic Arthritis. “A primary procedure to drain the infection was performed inJuly but it will require further surgery to address his subsequentproblems. “Only after that (the second operation) will we have an accurateidea on the length of his rehabilitation period.

O’Neill not ready to cut ties with game
The Age – Sep 22, 2006
O’Neill, a former rugby union administrator credited withplaying a big role in the renewal of Australian soccer, announcedhe would not be staying with the game last month. It was a move most observers believed to be a consequence of hisworsening relationship with FFA’s chairman Frank Lowy. But O’Neill emphasised yesterday that he had not fallen out withLowy. “I continue to talk to the chairman,” he said… “I am very keen … in what capacity we have not determinedyet. The FFA is likely to bid for the Asian Cup in 2011. We alsoneed to decide whether we will bid for the World Cup in 2018. Itcould be that I get involved in those kinds of exercises. While he acknowledges that the chances of South Africa failingto come up to speed were slim, he accepted that should Australia becalled on to fill in at short notice, it could prove to be achallenge he could not refuse. “I really hope it (South Africa) hosts the World Cup,” O’Neillsaid. “It could do that nation a world of good.

Deisler, Gorlitz back in training
CNN – Sep 21, 2006
"I no longer have any problems but it is too early to give a date when I will play in the Bundesliga again," said Deisler. The 26-year-old missed this summer’s World Cup after sustaining a serious knee injury in March. Playmaker Deisler needed another operation on his right knee — a persistent problem area that caused him to miss the 2002 World Cup — but is now back in the fold. "He has made a good impression and I hope he is back soon to help the team," said club director general Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "But Deisler was injured for six months and we need to be patient with him. "Deisler has been known to put too much pressure on himself and his fragile temperament has seen him booked into Munich’s Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry in Munich twice in the past three years… "Deisler has been known to put too much pressure on himself and his fragile temperament has seen him booked into Munich’s Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry in Munich twice in the past three years. Defender Gorlitz, capped twice by Germany, has not played since November 2004 with the 24-year-old constantly picking up new injuries. "I just want to play football again without any pain. I need to take it one step at a time," Gorlitz said. Tools: Save |
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United honors Etchevery – iht,sports,football,soccer,MLS United…
International Herald Tribune – Sep 23, 2006
United statistical category: fourth in goals scored (34), first in assists (101), and second in games played (191), minutes played (16,305), shots (319), shots on goal (156) and game-winning goals (11). A graduate of Tahuichi Academy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Etcheverry made 72 international appearances and scored 13 goals for the Bolivian national team. He played one World Cup match for his country in 1994.

It’s been a ‘difficult start’ for Chelsea
International Herald Tribune – Sep 22, 2006
By the standards of the two-time defending champions, it’s been a difficult start. That may change, beginning with Saturday’s match at Fulham. After a hectic few weeks after the World Cup, Chelsea has had a quiet week to prepare and practice; no games, no absent players on vacations and few distractions. “We had a difficult start to the season,” said goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has 53 shutouts in 94 games with Chelsea. “We had so many players at the World Cup, and many players came back late and came back tired. “We started straight away in the competitions and it wasn’t easy. We need a little time to settle down… The game featured a 65-yard (meter) goal by Xabi Alonso which beat backup goalkeeper Steve Harper. He was filling in for the injured Shay Given. “We showed that we can play good football, we can create chances and score some goals,” Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez said. “Maybe we deserved one or two more goals, but at the end of the day we got one very good score and one amazing goal. ” In the League Championship, Cardiff and Birmingham have opened up a three-point lead over Burnley. At the bottom, Queens Park Rangers have only six points. Three clubs have seven — Leeds, Hull and Sheffield Wednesday.

BBC NEWS | Business | Fifa ready to act on compensation
BBC News – Sep 21, 2006
it is a difficult procedural problem that has to be looked at. ”

However he said the compensation pot established for the World Cup contained “too little” cash. Alluding to the Charleroi case, legal counsel for G-14, Jean-Louis Dupont, said: “There is a case in court where we are trying to convince a judge on the business of legal arguments that the current system is not legal. A better system is possible. “We do not ask the judge to create a new system. The objective is to say ‘a better system has to be put in place’.

Paper View: Ferguson a fan of Makelele – Sep 21, 2006
Ferguson also said that one of his biggest regrets was not signing Paul Gascoigne, who opted instead to join Tottenham from Newcastle in 1988. Coming, as it did, just prior to United embarking on a 10-year domination of domestic football, it is possible Gascoigne harbours the odd regret too. The Express also reports that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told new signing Julio Baptista he must shed a few pounds if he wants to earn a regular starting spot at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal staff were reportedly “dismayed” at the condition of the Brazilian when he arrived on a year-long loan from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day… The Daily Star carries quotes from Benitez, who defends his decision to play Steven Gerrard in a wide midfield role instead of his preferred central position. “I know what’s best for him and for Liverpool,” declares Benitez before once again insisting that his team, who are already eight points adrift of Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premiership, are still serious title contenders. Despite their slump in form following the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, West Ham United are looking to add another player of international repute to their ranks, Italy World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi. According to The Daily Mirror, Portsmouth are also interested in the Juventus player but with Upton Park obviously a massive draw for players looking to further their careers, there would appear only one viable option for the pony-tailed midfielder. The Mirror also claims Manchester City are close to signing Colombian right-back Jairo Patino, who is a free agent and can therefore move outside the transfer window. Speaking in The Sun, Rio Ferdinand tells the story of how severe turbulence forced the plane carrying England’s players home from the World Cup to make an emergency landing. According to Ferdinand, Wazza (Wayne Rooney) screamed the loudest during the drama, which the Manchester United defender saw as a metaphor for England’s World Cup campaign.

FA must ask for outside help to clean up our game – Sep 21, 2006
Once again the integrity of a sport that has been good to me for the past 41 years has been called into question. It left me, as I’m sure it left most of you, thinking: ‘When on earth is this all going to be sorted out?’ The answer, I’m afraid to say, is not any time soon. I no longer feel that the Football Association are capable of self-regulation. Since the inception of the Premier League and the establishment of the top tier of clubs, football has changed beyond all recognition. It has always been a cash industry, don’t get me wrong. I could fill the pages of this newspaper with stories I have heard of bets for certain people being placed here, or ‘gifts’ offered there… If they are unable to deal firmly with anyone misbehaving, they must pass on that responsibility to an independent body. The image of the game has been tarnished in recent times. Only a few months ago we were bemoaning the cheating and gamesmanship that threatened to ruin the World Cup. At the same time we had the farce surrounding the WAGs. What were they even doing there, for heaven’s sake? Now, just a month into the season, we have been faced with a new crisis. My worry is that we will get to January, the transfers will be closely scrutinised and then people will forget about it and the same old problems will resurface. I am interested to see what the reaction is to the upcoming Stevens inquiry.

BBC SPORT | Football | Football Focus | Saturday’s show
BBC News – Sep 21, 2006
Here’s a taster of what is coming up:

Further reaction to the controversial bung claims made in BBC Panorama this week. Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt on life at Anfield following his ?10m summer transfer from Dutch club Feyenoord. David Beckham chats about his reaction to being dropped by England, what went wrong at the World Cup and his future at Real Madrid. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on the Premiership title, the Champions League and Sunday’s defeat to rivals Arsenal. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho chats to Gavin Peacock about the Blues’ main title rivals this season and new signings Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack. Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn on the impact Roy Keane has had on the club since his headline-grabbing appointment as Black Cats manager last month. And we’ll be paying tribute to Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly, who died 25 years ago next week.

Argentina cruise into Davis final
CNN – Sep 23, 2006
in their only previous final appearance in Cincinnati in 1981. The result prompted wild celebrations in the 14,000 crowd which included football legend Diego Maradona. Thousands of pieces of paper rained down onto the court, resembling the ticker tape celebrations which greeted teams at the 1978 World Cup held in the country. The match had created huge expectations because of the presence in the Australian team of Lleyton Hewitt, who has clashed with several Argentine players in the past. The relationship between Hewitt and Nalbandian is especially acrimonious, the Argentine saying before the tie that none of his team were friends with the former world number one. Australia arranged extra security for Hewitt but, despite a rowdy crowd whipped up by the home players and Maradona, a one-sided contest never produced fireworks. The turning point proved to be Hewitt’s five-set defeat to Jose Acasuso in the second singles, which began on Friday and finished Saturday morning after being interrupted by rain and fading light.

Jordaan slams 2010 warning
Independent Online – Sep 22, 2006
Organising committee chief Danny Jordaan is to ask Beckenbauer to explain his comments that South Africa is having “African problems” in staging the event. “I do not understand,” Jordaan said. He insisted that South Africa’s projects to build the stadiums were on track. Beckenbauer, lauded in his home country as “Der Kaiser”, was the head of the 2006 organising committee… South Africa needed 30 months to build a stadium and had 44 months before the 2010 World Cup. “I will write to him and get an understanding of what he meant. ”

Jordaan said he would meet SA Football Association president Molefi Oliphant to discuss the issue before calling a press conference in the next few days. Jordaan played down a report that Fifa wanted to send a top German official to help South Africa’s organisers. “Fifa is entitled to send whomever they want to send to their Johannesburg office,” Jordaan said. But an official would not be sent as “a fire engine”. Dealing with progress on the Green Point Stadium, provincial 2010 co-ordinator Laureen Platsky said this morning: “We’re on track.

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