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November 7, 2006

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The News Review:

* Bangladesh hails ‘messiah’ Zidane
* Crowds lose their cool as sun excites football fever
* The ‘Growler’ gives voice to Italy’s dreams
* Top 10 strikers | Newcastle | Premiership | Football | Sport |…
* Chirac forgives Zidane ‘the virtuoso’ for his World Cup madnes…
* RTÉ Sport: Ronaldinho honoured by fellow pro’s
* Young Socceroos miss Youth Cup qualifier
* Beckenbauer wants German football player quota
* BBC SPORT | Cricket | Shoaib may not return – Inzamam
* RTÉ Sport: Quinn backing Keane all the way
* Winter’s defeats are history us
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Keshi in frame for Zambian job
* A choice for Berlin – Old world or new?
* Put out more flags
* How the mighty can fall very far
* Bloomberg.com: Europe

Bangladesh hails ‘messiah’ Zidane
BBC News – Nov 7, 2006
“I am completely taken aback,” he told a television channel. Zidane has long been venerated in Bangladesh for his rags-to-riches success, especially among the young. Correspondents say his notorious head butting of an Italian player during the 2006 World Cup has done no damage to his reputation. “Bangladesh fans were shocked when he was sent off during the World Cup Final but he is still just as popular. We think of him as a football messiah,” the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation, Anwarul Haque Helal, told the AFP news agency. “His popularity here borders on idolatry and we feel very fortunate to have him come here and inspire our young generation of players. ”

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Zidane arrived at Dhaka’s Zia International airport on Monday night amid tight security.

Crowds lose their cool as sun excites football fever
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 6, 2006
The highest temperature recorded was at Heathrow Airport and at Pershore, in the west Midlands, both of which reached 29C (84F). In Canary Wharf, east London, where a 6,000-strong crowd had gathered, six people were taken to hospital and a further 10 were treated for minor injuries after glass bottles were thrown and fighting broke out in the main square.

The ‘Growler’ gives voice to Italy’s dreams
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 7, 2006
The players, after their heroics, should not be punished with relegation, they say. However, the hundreds of thousands of delirious fans staring up at Gattuso on giant screens across Italy’s piazzas were filled with a righteous zeal for truth and reform. For them, winning the World Cup and cleaning up football could be the first step on the path to changing Italy’s image from banana republic to major first-world power. “We saw another life, another country that is possible,” said La Repubblica newspaper. Certainly, two and a half months after the general election ushered out the Berlusconi era, Italy appears to be on the brink of major change. In Sicily, where Mr Berlusconi’s inattention allowed the Mafia to run rampant during his five years in charge, the new government has succeeded in capturing Bernardo Provenzano, the capo di tutti capi, and the heads of at least 13 major families. The Mafia, according to the police, is on its knees.

Top 10 strikers | Newcastle | Premiership | Football | Sport |…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 5, 2006
Jimmy GreavesNone scored with such ease yet so lethally, his nonchalance defying the fiercest challenge. Yet he tended to murder the inefficient, rather than steal from the formidable. Typically, he scored four against Norway prior to World Cup ’66 but failed in the opening three matches. Gary LinekerYou could say he had a secret for being in the right place at the right moment, yet his positioning was as much instinctive as intelligent and he took his chances as calmly as posting a letter. His temperament must have infuriated defenders and he scored when it mattered most – as when turning England’s fortunes against Poland in ’86… Michael OwenHis solo goal against Argentina in World Cup ’98 thrust him to the forefront of global attention and this most modest of strikers has deservedly been England’s linchpin after Shearer and before Rooney. He stunned Germany with his 2001 hat- trick and has emulated Lineker’s steely soft touch. Alan ShearerThere were elements in Shearer of the legendary Gerd Muller – so many games when he seemed to do nothing except score goals. Between moves, he would stroll around but, at crucial moments, the bully in him would emerge to strike fear into any defence, as when crushing Holland in Euro ’96.

Chirac forgives Zidane ‘the virtuoso’ for his World Cup madnes…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 7, 2006
“Dear Zinedine Zidane, what I want to express to you at this perhaps most intense and difficult time in your career, is the admiration and the affection of the whole nation – its respect too,” said Mr Chirac. You are also a man of the heart, of commitment, of conviction, and that’s why France admires and loves you. “The president drew a parallel between France’s football achievement and society as a whole. “You have shown to France that it is strong when it is united in its diversity and when it trusts itself,” he said. Thousands of fans lent weight to Mr Chirac’s words as they unreservedly cheered a grim Zidane as he bowed to flag-waving supporters from the Hotel Crillon in Paris… Liberation offered its readers this sobering thought: “For a month, France has dreamed alongside Zidane. This morning, it woke up with Chirac. “• The BBC won the World Cup final ratings battle with an audience of 17 million, beating ITV1 by five viewers to one. It was the BBC’s best-ever total for a World Cup but ITV1’s audience, which peaked at 3. 5 million, meant its all-day share fell below 10 per cent for the first time. Information appearing on telegraph.

RTÉ Sport: Ronaldinho honoured by fellow pro’s
rte.ie – Nov 6, 2006
Ronaldinho was delighted to have been handed the accolade for the second season running, and said: ‘This is a huge honour and also provides important motivation to keep striving for future progress. Four members of Italy’s World Cup-winning team – Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta and Andrea Pirlo – were chosen, while runners-up France had three selections – Lilian Thuram, Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry. Other members of FIFPro’s team of the year were England captain John Terry, Brazil’s Kaka and Barca duo Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi won the ASPIRE Young FIFPro Player Player’s Award and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was handed the ASPIRE Young Player Fan Award. Eto’o picked up the FIFPro Merit Award – an accolade given to the player who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the sport of football. The Cameroon international was praised for his commitment to football in Africa and Africa, and was also hailed for speaking out against racism in the game… Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi won the ASPIRE Young FIFPro Player Player’s Award and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was handed the ASPIRE Young Player Fan Award. Eto’o picked up the FIFPro Merit Award – an accolade given to the player who has made an exceptional and positive contribution to the sport of football. The Cameroon international was praised for his commitment to football in Africa and Africa, and was also hailed for speaking out against racism in the game. Barcelona won the FIFPro Players for Peace Award, following the club’s decision to give up its shirt advertisement space to UNICEF.

Young Socceroos miss Youth Cup qualifier
The Age – Nov 7, 2006
“We worked hard enough but unfortunately conceded two goals from set pieces which was rather disappointing, but once we fell behind we were always chasing the game and taking a few risks. “Australia’s group rivals China also failed to qualify for the world champs after being upset 2-1 by Jordan in its quarter-final in Kolkata. Japan booked a semi-final berth and World Cup qualification with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in Bangalore, while North Korea did likewise in beating Iraq 2-0.

Beckenbauer wants German football player quota
Expatica – Nov 7, 2006
“In the Champions League and the UEFA Cup there have to be rules which apply to everyone,” he said. Beckenbauer, who was president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, wrote in his column that the high number of foreign players in German football was partly to blame for the largely unattractive football played in the Bundesliga. “Too many players from different countries who hardly understand each other – that can lead to a team falling apart if you do not have a strong core of native players available,” he said. The former West Germany captain and coach said he hoped the European Union would “not stop football in a necessary reform. ” Werder Bremen chairman of the board Juergen L. Born was meanwhile sceptical of the idea of a having player quotas.

BBC SPORT | Cricket | Shoaib may not return – Inzamam
BBC News – Nov 6, 2006
Inzamam acknowledged the players were unlikely to be available for the World Cup in March next year even if their bans were reduced. Writing in his column on the bigstarcricket. com website, Inzamam blamed the positive tests on a lack of understanding of doping issues in Pakistan. “It’s very difficult to know about these things in Pakistan,” he said. “There is no awareness about the medicines.

RTÉ Sport: Quinn backing Keane all the way
rte.ie – Nov 7, 2006
The former Republic of Ireland team-mates, who famously found themselves on opposite sides after Keane’s pre-World Cup bust-up with manager Mick McCarthy, have forged a solid working relationship since the former Black Cats striker handed his compatriot his first job in management in August. Keane’s early months in charge have brought mixed fortunes to the Stadium of Light, but Quinn is confident he has got the right man at the helm. Speaking in a question and answer session on the club’s official website: the chairman said: ‘I am very, very comfortable knowing everything Roy has epitomises what I want brought into this football club. ‘As a director, the worst thing I could do is get busy and start interfering. ‘But at the same time, I must ensure that behind the scenes, I am preparing the playing side of things here exactly how the manager would want it, that there can be no friction between the two and the path is there for us to take.

Winter’s defeats are history us
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 6, 2006
Even when interest and anticipation were at their peak during last year’s Ashes contest, it did not approach the genuine excitement that the whole country feels when the world’s best footballers are competing for the greatest prize in sport. While Beckham, Rooney and co are trying to exorcise a few World Cup demons, and live up to the huge expectations upon them, a new-look England one-day side will be looking to banish some of our own. The winter tours to Pakistan and India ended with twin series defeats, 3-2 and 5-1, and there is a real determination from everyone that we show a marked improvement in home conditions, and acquire a winning momentum that will see us through to our own World Cup in April next year… The game moves so fast that, if you spend a few overs agonising over decisions, then the your chance to influence the game may already have passed. The planning stage prior to the start of the series is going to be crucial. Within the next month we will know if we have the best football team in the world, and we will be closer to knowing how near we are to being the one-day cricket equivalent. It could be a great month for English sport.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Keshi in frame for Zambian job
BBC News – Nov 5, 2006
“This is still the shortlisting process,” Faz spokesman Joseph Nkole told BBC Sport. “We will consult government and other stakeholders before revealing the procedure for interviewing the coaches. ”

Keshi, who was in charge when Togo achieved its maiden World Cup qualification last October, was sacked in February after a poor showing at the African Cup of Nations. He has not hidden his desire to coach the Chipolopolo. “I am definitely interested in the job as Zambia has a huge potential in football,” Keshi told BBC Sport. “If coaching Zambia is in God’s plan for me, so be it. If it doesn’t happen, so be it.

A choice for Berlin – Old world or new?
International Herald Tribune – Nov 5, 2006
Hertha’s team has encountered this on the road as well as in its own stadium. Ellery Cairo, another of Berlin’s rising stars, born in the Netherlands, was apparently the target of vicious racial taunting while playing for Hertha at Energie Cottbus a week ago. The anecdotal evidence in and around soccer, not only in the Bundesliga but at junior levels, has provoked the Deutsche Fussball Bund to form a task force aimed at combating violence and racism – and the German Football League, the DFL, plans a conference in Frankfurt on Nov.

Put out more flags
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 6, 2006
Even here there is no escape. The shelves are groaning with books rushed out to coincide with the tournament. For the fan looking for a diversion, something to keep you interested during the longueurs of Australia versus Japan, or John Motson’s revealing with a chuckle that the official on the far side is one of only three left-handed linesmen on Fifa’s international rota (“would you believe it?”), there is much to catch the eye. True, some of it is pure exploitation of the moment… We’re not happy about it, but what can we do?”Well, that’s me nailed. I also recommend Isabel Hilton’s piece on Paraguay. It doesn’t mention football at all, but is a brilliant account of a journey with Indian smugglers across the Brazilian border. Apparently, they used to wrap contraband cocaine in animal skins. Now they are getting more ecologically sensitive. They have stopped using the skins. If Hornby and Hilton are a little too straightforward in their language for you, then there is always How to Score: Science and the Beautiful Game by Ken Bray (Granta, £10.

How the mighty can fall very far
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 7, 2006
The young fan’s words, perfectly capturing the incredulity of so many when it turns out that their heroes have feet of clay, must surely have been echoing in homes, bars and town squares of France last night. But instead, it ended in disgrace as the French captain was sent off for head-butting an Italian opponent. Yesterday, there was but one question on the lips of even the most reluctant of football fans: “Why on earth did he do it?” But should we really be so surprised that he did? The problem is that the near-hysterical nature of sporting adulation means that fans are blinded to the flaws of the superstars. In the past fortnight, Zidane has been absurdly portrayed as some sort of demi-god. He is “the perfect professional”, to use the words of the former Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier, while even yesterday President Chirac was insisting that Zidane was “a virtuoso, a genius of world football”, who was also “a man of the heart”… Yesterday, there was but one question on the lips of even the most reluctant of football fans: “Why on earth did he do it?” But should we really be so surprised that he did? The problem is that the near-hysterical nature of sporting adulation means that fans are blinded to the flaws of the superstars. In the past fortnight, Zidane has been absurdly portrayed as some sort of demi-god. He is “the perfect professional”, to use the words of the former Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier, while even yesterday President Chirac was insisting that Zidane was “a virtuoso, a genius of world football”, who was also “a man of the heart”. The reality, however, is that Zidane has always had a dark side. In the 1998 World Cup, he was sent off against Saudi Arabia, while in the European Champions League in 2000, he was suspended for five matches after head-butting a Hamburg player. The French rock singer Jean-Louis Murat once observed that Zidane “grimaces like a serial killer”. Equally misguided has been the eagerness of French politicians and media to use Zidane as an emblem of racial integration, for the race card is now being used by his defenders to explain away his folly.

Bloomberg.com: Europe
Bloomberg – Nov 7, 2006
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