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November 1, 2006

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter apologizes to Socceroos

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The News Review:

* The Lost Boyz – After playing in two World Youth Championships (WYC),…
* Blatter denies Italy comments
* Nine members added to FFA Hall of Fame
* FIFA chief Sepp Blatter apologizes to Socceroos
* Managing Globalization: Risk management and the playing field
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Parreira admits he made mistakes
* Carling out to click with clubhouse community
* Mystique means All Blacks already have upper hand
* Skelton sets sights on richer pickings | Equestrianism | Other Sports…
* ESPN.com – NCF – Ex-Colorado State players indicted in fraud case

The Lost Boyz – After playing in two World Youth Championships (WYC),…
Jamaica Gleaner – Oct 30, 2006
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The “talk” has proven expensive too. Jamaica failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2002 and 2006. Several local and foreign coaches – some demanding hefty salaries – have come and gone. A new one is on the way. Meanwhile, Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner is the only national player today who broke into the senior team under age 20 who could claim – legitimately – to be a star. Gardner shone as a teenager at the ’98 World Cup, earning a contract at Bolton Wanderers, but he never played on the ’99 or ’01 WYC teams… Wherever the blame finally settles, it is clear Jamaica dropped the football. Coming off the success of qualifying for the finals of World Cup ’98, the country was sitting on possibly its richest vein of collective talent in decades – players weaned on the same football philosophy and who had invaluable international experience playing in WYCs. Yet Jamaica has not returned to a world football tournament final stage since. “It is for the organization in place to say these guys did not go to two World Cups by mistake,” Shavar Thomas explained. “Somewhere along the line, maybe, that vision got lost. ”
The young Boyz did too. HOPE

The ex-coach thinks the current JFF administration’s push to build a football academy in St.

Blatter denies Italy comments
NEWS.com.au – Nov 1, 2006
article-tools –> November 01, 2006 12:00am FIFA president Sepp Blatter yesterday denied making negative comments about world champions Italy during his trip to Australia. A statement from soccer’s world governing body said Blatter had been misquoted by Australian media in comments about diving and foul play at the 2006 World Cup. The Italian Football Federation was fuming at comments reported by Blatter who was said to have apologised to Australia for their elimination by world champions Italy at the World Cup. According to the reports, Blatter at the weekend told the Australian TV channel SBS that the Socceroos should have advanced to the World Cup quarter-finals instead of Italy. "FIFA wishes to point out in all clarity that the FIFA president never did make disrespectful comments about the reigning world champions," a statement said. "With my statement I simply wanted to pay credit to the Socceroos as well because they played a great match and their lack of experience did not permit them to go to extra-time.

Nine members added to FFA Hall of Fame
The Age – Oct 31, 2006
Mitchell, 44, was further honoured with a place among theall-time greats of Australian soccer, receiving entry intoprestigious Hall of Champions. Fellow Socceroos who also received inductions to the Hall ofFame included Robert Zabica, Charlie Stewart, Peter Sharne and 1974World Cup member Ernie Campbell. Other inductees included journalist Fred Villiers, referee RaySandell, player-coach Raul Blanco and noted Socceroos historian,German-based Andre Kruger. “It’s a great honour, I started out just like anyone else as agrassroots player, and now to be included in the Hall of Fame andthe Hall of Champions, it means a lot to me,” Mitchell said. Glasgow-born and raised, Mitchell moved to Australia as ateenager and began his career with local club Enfield, andprogressed to powerhouse National Soccer League club Adelaide Cityin 1980. The winger-striker then moved to Sydney City in 1983 for twoseasons before switching to Europe and plying his trade with powerclubs such Glasgow Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, Feyenoord, Chelseaand Newcastle United.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter apologizes to Socceroos
Taipei Times – Oct 30, 2006
Australia was eliminated after Italy was awarded a penalty in the final seconds — Fabian Grosso went down in the penalty area under pressure from Socceroos defender Lucas Neill. Spanish referee Luis Medina pointed to the penalty spot and Francesco Totti scored to give Italy, which had been reduced to 10 men, a 1-0 win. “I would like to apologize to our football fans in Australia,” Blatter said in an interview yesterday on SBS Television. “The Socceroos should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy… Australia was eliminated after Italy was awarded a penalty in the final seconds — Fabian Grosso went down in the penalty area under pressure from Socceroos defender Lucas Neill. Spanish referee Luis Medina pointed to the penalty spot and Francesco Totti scored to give Italy, which had been reduced to 10 men, a 1-0 win. “I would like to apologize to our football fans in Australia,” Blatter said in an interview yesterday on SBS Television. “The Socceroos should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy. They were up to beat Italy.

Managing Globalization: Risk management and the playing field
International Herald Tribune – Oct 31, 2006
” So, in the absence of actual insurance, a different sort of risk-sharing has emerged. When clubs offer a transfer fee or a contract for a player, they look forward and take account of the risk of injury. Take a high-priced example: Michael Essien, the star midfielder whom Chelsea Football Club bought from Olympique Lyonnais for roughly $44 million in 2005. Chelsea would have probably paid more to Olympique Lyonnais and raised Essien’s wages had he been insured against injury when he played for Ghana, his home country. In turn, Olympique Lyonnais would have probably paid more to Sporting Club Bastia it they bought him, and so on, all the way back to Essien’s first club in Ghana, Liberty Professionals. By accepting lower transfer fees and wages, all the clubs, and the player, share the risk that he’ll ever be injured while playing for his country. The same thing has been happening as risks of catastrophe multiply around the globe… A few insurance companies might not be willing to pick up the risk of players’ injuries, but that doesn’t mean the clubs couldn’t insure each other in a single, centralized pool. In economic terms, FIFA and the national soccer associations would also be logical contributors to the pool, since they also lose out if a player is injured. FIFA has already taken a step in that direction, by putting aside $12 million, or about 5 percent of the prize money for the 2006 World Cup, to pay clubs whose players were injured during the tournament.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Oct 30, 2006
Disregarding rumours that the Cup may be moved to Australia or the United States, Jordaan said Fifa?s ?Plan A is to have the World Cup in South Africa. ?Plan B is to have the World Cup in South Africa and Plan C is to have the World Cup in South Africa. ?
Speaking at the launch of the Friends of the Nelson Mandela Museum initiative in Qunu last week, Jordaan said South Africa as a country had already proved to Fifa it could become a multi-racial democracy, capable of throwing off the shackles of apartheid. ?Fifa said this country must meet two conditions for its return into international soccer,? Jordaan said in a keynote address. One was that apartheid had to end and the other was that all soccer bodies representing the race groups under white rule needed to be united. ?South Africa met both those conditions and returned to Fifa in 1992… ?You now say to me you can liberate a country but you can?t build stadiums? No, then there is something wrong,? Jordaan said to loud applause. ?There is no way we won?t have the World Cup. ?
He said Safa would propose that big screen TVs be erected in every city in South Africa to broadcast the football spectacular. Turning to South Africa?s biggest sporting inspiration, Nelson Mandela, Jordaan challenged the newly launched Friends of the Nelson Mandela Museum (FNMM) to carry on Madiba?s legacy up to 2010. ?If every South African can be a member of Nelson Mandela?s friendship league, imagine what a wonderful nation we could be by the time 2010 comes,? Jordaan said. ?Post 2010 South Africa must be a significantly better South Africa than pre-2010. ?

Jordaan also regaled guests with the story of Madiba?s personal involvement in making sure that South Africa was awarded the 2010 World Cup.

Parreira admits he made mistakes
Independent Online – Oct 31, 2006
To train with (an audience of) 3 000 people morning and afternoon was not easy. ‘It was a technical and medical decision’”Before the 2006 World Cup we did not come to Brazil. It was a technical and medical decision… ‘It was a technical and medical decision’”Before the 2006 World Cup we did not come to Brazil. It was a technical and medical decision.

Carling out to click with clubhouse community
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 31, 2006
But his commitment to the cause – of rugby, that is – is unmistakable. Carling’s theory is that major sports are in risk of losing touch with their core communities. He feels that football stars are already far removed from most of their fans, insulated by wealth and protected by their clubs and their agents. “That’s a shame,” he said. “But I think rugby still has the opportunity to stay in touch. “Which is what he will be trying to bring about with RuckU. The plan is to allow small rugby clubs to tap into the expertise of top coaches and fitness experts and offer them the opportunity to win visits from internationals, past and present… There are signs of financial stability now, but one theme that was alive during Carling’s playing career still persists. The days of the men he castigated as “old farts” have largely passed, but he bemoans the continuing conflict between club and country, along with the falling-off in the national side since the World Cup victory of 2003. “England achieved the ultimate, winning the World Cup Down Under,” Carling said. “But since then we seem to have lost our way. I think that retaining the coaching set-up en bloc after that victory was a mistake. People were in a comfort zone, not pushing each other, not challenging themselves. “He has found the more recent regime equally puzzling.

Mystique means All Blacks already have upper hand
Telegraph.co.uk – Oct 30, 2006
While not everybody takes a direct interest in the game, I am sure that virtually nobody is unaware of the progress of the national team. There is no British equivalent of a successful All Blacks captain. Even if the England football team had won the World Cup in Germany this summer, there would be pockets of the population who either did not know or did not care. Allied to this, because of the physical nature of the sport, players get respect no matter what team they play for. No one thinks they are overpaid, unprofessional, half-wits. This brings with it huge pressure to succeed and the Kiwis have learnt to accept this and use it as a continual spur. They are conscious of their rugby heritage in a way that we are not and aware that failure is not acceptable.

Skelton sets sights on richer pickings | Equestrianism | Other Sports…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 1, 2006
The London show underlined the potential of Gredley, who was still competing in juniors in 2004, when he won a team gold and individual silver in the European Championships. Taking on his seniors in 2005, he was fifth in the King George V Gold Cup on Fabriana, won Holland’s Leeuwarden Grand Prix on Omelli, and narrowly failed to reach the jump-off for the World Cup at Olympia. Dubai also stages a round in the Arab League of the World Cup, which will include Khaled al Eid, the Saudi Arabian competitor who won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

ESPN.com – NCF – Ex-Colorado State players indicted in fraud case
ESPN – Nov 1, 2006
— Two former Colorado State footballplayers have been indicted on charges of defrauding banks of$90,000, bringing to at least five the number of current and formerteam members accused in the case. Former players Cleodis Enrique Floyd of Seattle and AlphonsoRyan Williams of the United Kingdom were named in the latestindictment, handed up last week. The indictment listed 65 counts of theft, forgery and violationof Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act. Floyd faced all 65counts and Williams faced 63 counts. Also indicted last week was Michael Keith Justice of Washington,a friend of Floyd’s who was not a member of the team.

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