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October 5, 2006

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* World Cup 2006 | 10.03.2006 The Outsider’s View of Germany’s…
* Barthez retires from soccer – iht,sports,football,soccer,Barthez…
* WORLD CUP FILM PREMIERE Germany Celebrates a Summer to Remember
* Football: Inter owner Maratti questioned by investigators
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | World Cup rocked me, says…
* Moore a ‘no show’ for Socceroos training
* So this is football’s idea of art | Art And Architecture | Arts |…
* Umbro set to be World Cup winner
* Eriksson’s gamble | England | International | Football | Sport |…
* Danone – World Cup Marketing Campaign
* FA chief tells Eriksson ‘2006 is best chance’
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Eriksson link to Benfica denied
* Wayne’s Word: Rooney signs £5m deal to write five books
* `Indian set-up needs total revamp’
* BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Thursday’s footbal…
* Anelka is recalled to French squad
* Flat screen TVs lift Dixons
* Ferdinand salutes passionate McClaren

World Cup 2006 | 10.03.2006 The Outsider’s View of Germany’s…
Deutsche Welle – Oct 3, 2006
From the beginning of June, the teams and supporters of 31 other countries will begin to descend on Germany for the actual tournament. While the World Cup soap opera has been playing almost constantly in the host country since it was awarded the championships in 2002, the other participating countries have had other things on their minds, like qualification and their own chances of lifting the trophy. So have such widely debated topics as security, stadium safety and ticket allocation made any impact outside Germany? Do the other nations really care about the preparations as long as the World Cup takes place?

Patrice Armand of the French Football Supporters Union remembers the build up to France’s tournament in 1998, the last World Cup to be played on European soil. “In France it felt like we were cut off from the rest of the world while preparing for the tournament in 1998,” he said. The French faced a number of similar challenges to the Germans in the build-up to their World Cup but Armand believes Germany has had a tougher job this time round. A changing world with changing challenges.

Barthez retires from soccer – iht,sports,football,soccer,Barthez…
International Herald Tribune – Oct 5, 2006
“I grew up surrounded by rugby. ” Barthez made his international debut in a 1-0 loss to Australia in 1994. He missed France’s final four World Cup qualifiers ahead of the 2006 tournament, but still got the starting job ahead of Coupet. Barthez quit Man United in January 2004 after 139 appearances and two English Premier League titles. He then rejoined Marseille, where he played 180 league games and in 1993 helped it become the only French team to win the European Cup. Barthez also played for Monaco, where he won French league titles in 1997 and 2000. Not everything was easy for Barthez, however.

WORLD CUP FILM PREMIERE Germany Celebrates a Summer to Remember
Spiegel Online – Oct 4, 2006
But the real star of the film was missing: ex-national coach Jürgen Klinsmann. 0 Wed Oct 31 22:26:36 2007 –>… On German Unity Day, Tuesday October 3, the country got a chance to relive the excitement and football fever that swept the nation for one long month this summer, as a new documentary opened which takes a close-up view of the German national team during the 2006 World Cup. A Summer Fairy Tale” (more.

Football: Inter owner Maratti questioned by investigators
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Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti was held for two hours of questioning in Rome, following allegations that his club requested the wiretaps that helped uncover the Italian match-fixing scandal. Meanwhile, FIFA is confident about South Africa’s preparations for 2012 world cup. On Tuesday, South Africa’s World Cup organizers also received an apology from German, Franz Beckenbauer for his recent comments. Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti arrived at the Italian football headquarters to testify about allegations that the club’s officials requested the wiretaps that helped uncover widespread match-fixing in Serie A. Moratti has denied the allegations, but refused to comment to the media. Inter Milan was awarded the 2005-2006 Serie A title as the highest-ranked team not implicated in the scandal. Juventus has been relegated with a 17-point penalty for their major role in the scandal, while four other Serie A clubs — AC Milan,Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina — were forced to begin the season with points penalties for participating in the scandal… Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti arrived at the Italian football headquarters to testify about allegations that the club’s officials requested the wiretaps that helped uncover widespread match-fixing in Serie A. Moratti has denied the allegations, but refused to comment to the media. Inter Milan was awarded the 2005-2006 Serie A title as the highest-ranked team not implicated in the scandal. Juventus has been relegated with a 17-point penalty for their major role in the scandal, while four other Serie A clubs — AC Milan,Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina — were forced to begin the season with points penalties for participating in the scandal. FIFA confident on S. Africa to host World Cup
South Africa must begin the construction of its stadiums for the 2010 World Cup finals by January next year despite increasing concerns about the soaring costs. But amidst all these concerns, FIFA secretary-general Urs Linsi told the media that South Africa, in partnership with FIFA, have the capabilities to meet these challenges and he is confident that the event will be successful.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | World Cup rocked me, says…
BBC News – Oct 3, 2006
“After the World Cup I rued the fact that I had not scored any goals,” Lampard told BBC Radio Five Live. “You have to shut your ears off and not take to heart what is being said because we all doubt ourselves in certain moments. “I had a few weeks off and now I just want to work hard. The only way you can put things right is on the pitch.

Moore a ‘no show’ for Socceroos training
The Age – Oct 4, 2006
Moore was a notable absentee at interim coach Graham Arnold’sfirst training session at Suncorp Stadium, and had also beenscheduled to take part in a children’s football skills clinicearlier in the day along with five other Australian players. The FFA released a statement saying Moore’s failure to arrive inBrisbane was a breach of the national team players’ agreement andcode of conduct. The statement said the FFA would investigate the matter withMoore to determine how the breach occurred before deciding whetheraction would be taken. Moore, a former Socceroos skipper, was tipped to be handed thecaptain’s armband for Saturday’s friendly with World Cup skipperMark Viduka unavailable for the Paraguay game and next Wednesday’sAsian Cup qualifier… The 33-year-old, who made his Socceroos debut against Colombiain Brisbane 11 years ago, will join goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac,midfielder Stan Lazaridis and defender Tony Vidmar in biddingfarewell to their Australian careers on home soil. Josip Skoko, who skippered the Socceroos in last month’s AsianCup qualifier loss to Kuwait, was also reportedly consideringhanging up his international boots, with interim coach GrahamArnold making it clear he wants all pending retirements made publicby Friday. Popovic, who started in Australia’s 2-0 loss to Brazil at theWorld Cup but was forced off with a calf injury before halftime,admitted the friendly presented a rare opportunity for him to exiton his own terms and in front of a home crowd. And he is keen to give something back in return to Australianfootball and the fledgling A-League. “I’ve got a one-year contract (at Qatar club Al Arabi) and afterthat contract finishes we’ll see what happens,” Popovic said. “I’d like to put something back into the game in Australia, Ithink I can offer something, whether that’s playing or off thefield, we’ll just have to wait and see. After being released by English Championship club Crystal Palacein the off-season, Popovic opted against an early return toAustralia to sign a lucrative contract with Al Arabi worth areported $1 million.

So this is football’s idea of art | Art And Architecture | Arts |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 5, 2006
The controversial choreographer talks to Jim WhiteIn the grand surrounds of the Staatsoper on Berlin’s Unter Den Linden back in early February, the 2006 World Cup got under way. It was the opening night of an international arts festival planned to tie in with football’s biggest carnival, and Berlin’s cultural elite had gathered for a new show from the Belgian choreographer Alain Platel.

Umbro set to be World Cup winner
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 3, 2006
capitalgainstaxhead H1. Following the relaunch of England’s away strip, chief executive Peter McGuigan, who yesterday reported a 5. 4pc rise in annual pre-tax profits to £23m, has turned his attention to the debut of a Philip Treacy-designed leisurewear range. He said: “We have concluded negotiations with the Football Association and in China. We also see excellent growth opportunities in the US… Following the relaunch of England’s away strip, chief executive Peter McGuigan, who yesterday reported a 5. 4pc rise in annual pre-tax profits to £23m, has turned his attention to the debut of a Philip Treacy-designed leisurewear range. He said: “We have concluded negotiations with the Football Association and in China. We also see excellent growth opportunities in the US. JJB Sports, the sportswear chain that has an agreement to use the Umbro brand on the official merchandise of Glasgow Rangers, has signed a 10-year licensing deal with the Scottish football club. It will pay £18m plus a guaranteed minimum of £3m a year for the next decade.

Eriksson’s gamble | England | International | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 5, 2006
Eriksson always insisted he would leave the door open for any late-emerging talents, but Walcott has climbed in through a back window unnoticed. He has yet to kick a ball in anger for Arsenal, has not been included in Arsene Wenger’s 18-man squad for next week’s Champions League final and learned of his World Cup summons yesterday after sitting the theory section of his driving test. “It’s a gamble,” Eriksson admitted yesterday as he announced a commendably exciting and youthful 23-strong squad for Germany… “It’s a gamble,” Eriksson admitted yesterday as he announced a commendably exciting and youthful 23-strong squad for Germany. It’s just a feeling I have. I decided this morning. I have seen a lot of him on videos. I think he’s ready.

Danone – World Cup Marketing Campaign
Deutsche Welle – Oct 5, 2006
To avoid drowning in a sea of yoghurt, Danone is now concentrating on health products. One major advertising campaign is the Danone Nations Cup. Teams of young footballers from all over the world participate and now the organisers are jumping on the World Cup 2006 bandwagon. They see football as an ideal medium for advertising health food products.

FA chief tells Eriksson ‘2006 is best chance’
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 3, 2006
“Hopefully the break will mean the England manager and coaches have their best opportunity for many years. But there are no pushovers in the competition. “The 2010 World Cup will be held in South Africa, and, four years later, Fifa would like to take the finals to South America for the first time since 1978, so it will be 12 years before the competition will be back in Europe. Queens Park Rangers have been fined £5,000 by the FA, and warned about their future conduct, for the part played by their players in a brawl at Stoke just after the end of their Championship win last December. Sheffield Wednesday, of the Championship, have signed Liverpool’s goalkeeper Scott Carson – a former trainee at Leeds United – on a month’s loan, subject to approval from the Premier League. Bolton midfielder Kevin Nolan has been named Barclays player of the month for February. Nolan will tomorrow face West Ham manager Alan Pardew, who picked up the managers’ award.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Eriksson link to Benfica denied
BBC News – Oct 5, 2006
Businessman Carlos Alberto Quaresma is in the running for the Lisbon club’s presidential elections this month and has pledged to appoint Eriksson, 58. But agent Athole Still said: “Sven is forever being linked with jobs and most of the time it is speculation. This time there is definitely nothing in it. “Sven and I have had absolutely no contact at all with Quaresma.

Wayne’s Word: Rooney signs £5m deal to write five books
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 3, 2006
Michael Doggart, the publishing director of Harper Sport, who recruited Rooney, said it would be 2014 before the world could read the player’s full autobiography. But there was no need to despair as there would be plenty to read before then. “The first book will take him from the time he kicked his first football to his first World Cup,” promised Mr Doggart.

`Indian set-up needs total revamp’
Hindu – Oct 4, 2006
Houghton is here to train the team ahead of the Asia Cup qualifying match against Japan slated for next week at the Sree Kanteerva Stadium. India will be playing for pride and assessment as Japan and Saudi Arabia have already qualified from the group. Yemen is the fourth team in the group. India will play its last match against Yemen on Nov… “India is 27th in Asia and languishing around 130 in the world ranking and still has a long way to go. But realistically speaking, there is a lot of planning and system to be put in place,” he said. A very tough task

“We need to target, say 2014, for a possible World Cup qualification and for that to happen, we need to be amongst the top five in Asia”, he said. “Playing Saudi Arabia (twice) and Japan (once) for the first three matches is no easy task for any coach and the results have been a disaster. So a good performance against Japan next week will be great,” he said. “At the international level, six out of every ten goals is from set-pieces and for that to happen we need really tall and well-built players.

BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Thursday’s footbal…
BBC News – Oct 5, 2006
(Daily Mirror)

Stoke want to sign Sunderland midfielder Rory Delap on loan. (Daily Mirror)

Yeovil want to make Marcus Stewart’s loan move from Bristol City permanent. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce will swoop for winger Vikash Dhorasoo, with the Frenchman set to leave PSG after claims he feigned injury to miss training. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs are ready to hijack West Ham’s ?500,000 January swoop for 18-year-old Millwall keeper Preston Edwards… (Daily Express)

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OTHER GOSSIP

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is being lined up for his third stint with Benfica – if Carlos Alberto Quaresma wins the club’s presidential elections. (The Sun)

Terry Venables wants to make his role as technical adviser with the England team a permanent one instead of on a match-to-match basis. (Daily Mirror)

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic was appalled by England’s “boring” displays during the 2006 World Cup and believes current boss Steve McClaren, whose side face the Croatian team on 11 October, must shoulder some of the blame. (The Sun)

McClaren singled out Wayne Rooney for a private word after England’s training session on Wednesday and urged the Manchester United striker, who has not scored since the opening game of the Premiership season, to start enjoying his football again. (The Sun)

Rooney is still angry at the Football Association over the three-match ban for his sending off in the pre-season Amsterdam tournament. (Daily Mirror)

Scotland coach Ally McCoist believes the Scottish Football Association are playing with fire in their failure to open new contract talks with manager Walter Smith. (Daily Record)

France coach Raymond Domenech says Scotland will provide a sterner test for his side in their Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday than World Cup winners Italy.

Anelka is recalled to French squad
CNN – Oct 5, 2006
8 million pounds ($131. He made his French senior debut in 1998 but was not chosen for the World Cup in France that year and missed out again in 2002. When Jacques Santini took over from Roger Lemerre, Anelka fell out of favor after snubbing a call-up for a friendly. He was exiled from the international scene for three years until 2005 when Domenech brought him back. After his omission from the finals in Germany this summer, when Govou was preferred to replace Djibril Cisse, Anelka said: "My absence is a real shame. I think I could have helped France.

Flat screen TVs lift Dixons
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 5, 2006
capitalgainstaxhead H1. Underlying profit for the financial year to April 29 will be £312m to £318m, according to a trading statement this morning, compared with previous expectations in the City for £300m to £310m. Like-for-like sales rose 9pc at Currys and by 8pc at Dixons in the 24 weeks to the end of April. DSG shares jumped 10¾ to 205p in morning trade.

Ferdinand salutes passionate McClaren
International Herald Tribune – Oct 5, 2006
“I don’t think there’s anything better than hearing the manager being honest in front of the lads or even to your face by yourself, telling you where you went wrong and what you’ve got to do to improve,” Ferdinand said. “Because it will only make you a better player. ” Since England’s quarterfinal exit at the World Cup, the team has won three straight games without conceding a goal. England leads its 2008 European Championship qualifying group going into Saturday’s game against Macedonia at Old Trafford, and one reason for their success has been the freedom given to the defense to push forward. Ferdinand is loving the chance to express more of himself in the national jersey. “I’ve always been brought up like a free spirit playing football,” he said. “It wasn’t really encouraged under the last regime… England leads its 2008 European Championship qualifying group going into Saturday’s game against Macedonia at Old Trafford, and one reason for their success has been the freedom given to the defense to push forward. Ferdinand is loving the chance to express more of himself in the national jersey. “I’ve always been brought up like a free spirit playing football,” he said. “It wasn’t really encouraged under the last regime. ” The new flexibility has transformed England, he explained, with the establishment of a fluid unit, attacking and defending. “In the past I think England teams have been too rigid. Players have been put into positions and then, that’s it.

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