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November 10, 2006

Zidane interested in Bangladesh job

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The News Review:

* AFL boss replaces O’Neill | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
* InBev and SABMiller taste profits from strong Latin American sales
* Vote of confidence
* Zidane interested in Bangladesh job
* Benitez rages over Kuyt injury
* From the Sidelines
* England find their level in mediocre goalless draw
* Fancy footwork sets West Ham up for glory days
* Kranjcar has point to prove
* N Ireland going up in the world
* Socceroos to face Danes in friendly
* Soccer legend Zidane delights Bangladeshis
* Round-up: Staunton receives FAI backing

AFL boss replaces O’Neill | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Nov 8, 2006
” Buckley, who played for North Melbourne’s Kangaroos in the AFL from1986-93, was formerly director of marketing for Nike Australia andNike Japan, and worked for the AFL for seven years. “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity by Frank and theBoard of FFA to lead the next phase for Football in Australia andlook forward to meeting the challenge and creating opportunitiesfor further growth,” Buckley said. “Football has made some giant leaps forward in the last few yearswith the success of the launch of the Hyundai A-League and therecent World Cup performance and I look forward to working with theteam at FFA and the wider Football Community to build on thosefoundations and accelerate the growth. ” Lowy believes Buckley is the right man to take over from O’Neill,who had been seen as key to the revival of soccer’s fortunes inrugby-mad Australia. “He has a wealth of experience at the grass roots and at thehighest commercial and strategic level of sport, as well as theenergy and enthusiasm to match football’s potential,” Lowysaid. “He is very well regarded within the broader sporting community andthe corporate sector and enjoys an excellent relationship withgovernments, broadcasters and major sponsors. ” O’Neill, former head of the Australian Rugby Union, oversaw thesetting up of Australia’s domestic A-League and a successful periodfor the national team.

InBev and SABMiller taste profits from strong Latin American sales
International Herald Tribune – Nov 9, 2006
But this football season was a high-scoring one for most other European brewers. “The World Cup was obviously helpful, as was the good weather,” said Teather & Greenwood analyst Nigel Popham. SABMiller had performed well, although the scale of its improvement came “a bit of a surprise,” he said. Both companies did well in Latin America — where InBev is dominant with its Brazilian beer Brahma and its recent purchase of Argentina’s Quinsa. The company sold 7 percent more beer by volume during the quarter, with total sales there hitting €1.

Vote of confidence
NEWS.com.au – Nov 10, 2006
"We’ve spoken already and I wish him well and I’m sure he’s more than capable of taking the game on to the next level. "
In a little under three years in tandem with Lowy, the Batman and Robin of Australian sport ripped out the code’s rotten core and made unprecedented strides, taking it from skid row to the top end of town. Football’s future
O’Neill, whose departure from rugby after the success of the World Cup in 2003 precipitated a rapid decline in the fortunes of the game, warns there is no room for complacency in a sporting market where the weak are trodden under foot. "The foundations are there and I feel the best is yet to come for the code," he predicted. "The move into Asia will take us to the next tier of world football. "It’s also vitally important to build on the engagement with the community that has already been achieved through the success of the Socceroos and the A-League. "We need more of the same… Football’s future
O’Neill, whose departure from rugby after the success of the World Cup in 2003 precipitated a rapid decline in the fortunes of the game, warns there is no room for complacency in a sporting market where the weak are trodden under foot. "The foundations are there and I feel the best is yet to come for the code," he predicted. "The move into Asia will take us to the next tier of world football. "It’s also vitally important to build on the engagement with the community that has already been achieved through the success of the Socceroos and the A-League. "We need more of the same. To build greater depth and to improve our talent identification systems so that we can produce future generations as good, or even better, than the Socceroos of 2006. "A lot of it is consolidation.

Zidane interested in Bangladesh job
Irish Times – Nov 10, 2006
The French legend, who is in the country at the invitation of2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, was speaking duringa visit to the villages on the outskirts of Dhaka City, where headdressed members of the Grameen Bank at its Kamal BashuliaLandless Women’s Association. “I’m overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the people ofBangladesh,” said the 34-year-old told the New Nationnewspaper. Zidane, who retired from the sport after the World Cup finalearlier this year, is one of the most gifted players to have everbeen involved in the game. He has played in two World Cup finals, scoring twice in the 1998showpiece against Brazil, and earning even more notoriety in thesecond, after headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in thechest in July of this year. He was red-carded for the incident in what was to be his lasttop flight game… The French legend, who is in the country at the invitation of2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, was speaking duringa visit to the villages on the outskirts of Dhaka City, where headdressed members of the Grameen Bank at its Kamal BashuliaLandless Women’s Association. “I’m overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the people ofBangladesh,” said the 34-year-old told the New Nationnewspaper. Zidane, who retired from the sport after the World Cup finalearlier this year, is one of the most gifted players to have everbeen involved in the game. He has played in two World Cup finals, scoring twice in the 1998showpiece against Brazil, and earning even more notoriety in thesecond, after headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in thechest in July of this year. He was red-carded for the incident in what was to be his lasttop flight game. Upon being asked if he had any interest in Bangladeshi football,Zidane responded: “I am not interested in playing here. “But yes, I am interested in training the Bangladeshi team,” headded.

Benitez rages over Kuyt injury
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2006
Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke has signalled his intention to join a group of 13 Trinidad and Tobago players in announcing his retirement from international football. The group are currently in dispute with the national federation over certain contractual obligations and Yorke, 34, has issued a statement on their behalf. He said: “We, the players of the national team that participated in the World Cup 2006, would like to announce our consideration to retire from international football immediately after our next two games. “We all recognise the fact that retirement must come to us all, but certainly didn’t anticipate this decision, especially following so hot on the heels of what has been our proudest and most memorable achievements in the game this summer. Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has taken a further step in his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, having been told he no longer needs the help of crutches to walk. Owen damaged his cruciate ligament during England’s World Cup match with Sweden and is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season.

From the Sidelines
Namibian – Nov 10, 2006
The rugby players, who have proven to be devastating on home ground, should brace themselves for an intimidating encounter in Casablanca, which will be accompanied by a hostile reception and a booing crowd ever time they score points. Kudos go to the management of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) who despite a financial crisis and a near player revolt forged ahead in making sure that the national team honoured all its matches, thanks to a generous sponsorship by MTC. The side will obviously want to go into next year’s Rugby World Cup in France with the aim of at least winning their opening matches and reach the latter stages of the tournament, unlike the disastrous tour they had Down Under in 2003. Namibia lost all their opening matches in their second World Cup participation in Australia and were bundled out of the competition, while off the field, there was a lot of negative publicity, especially in regard to the management that accompanied the team. NRU president Dirk Conradie has stood firm despite these negative reports and has managed to recruit a reputable coach in Johan Venter, who also led the side to the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. Conradie, who has been at the helm for over five years now, will deserve all the credit if the side qualifies for the World Cup because he fought tooth and nail to acquire the needed funds for the team and the union, but the winner here will be rugby in general. Rugby has reached the World Cup and top international tournaments in the various age groups more often than any other code in the country… Now, with rugby with one foot into the world rugby finals, it will be a good lesson for the national football team who are also in a quest to qualify for the African Nations Cup and the World Cup. The Brave Warriors will play most of their matches next year and it will be good to see that the country is represented by a properly constituted team which can compete and win matches. With the pieces of football now falling into place with the election of a new president and an executive committee, and the resumption of the domestic premiership, it will be vital for the national team coach to be given an opportunity to choose a side that can produce results. Namibia has improved drastically on the Fifa rankings and it is a positive development which can serve as encouragement to the authorities, the players and the general football fraternity, meaning that they should see hope for the game in terms of better things to come. Once a particular code is flourishing, especially on national level, it is important for the players and the administrators alike to maintain that consistency by putting in a bit of extra effort. Winning teams have dedicated and committed players, while their administrators have perseverance and face challenges head on with the aim of coming out at the top. Rugby has done just that.

England find their level in mediocre goalless draw
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2006
That is England’s standard. All right, not against Greece in a friendly or Andorra (population 71,000) but against anyone else remotely adequate. In fact, England played rather better than they did at the World Cup, but it wasn’t good enough to beat Macedonia. No one was outstanding, no one was world class, everyone looked less good than he generally does in club football, but then they play with better players at club level, i. Taken out of their cushioned existence at their respective clubs with skilful team-mates and day-to-day bonding, they are a below-par bunch, inferior to the ones we imagined before the World Cup when hype and hope whipped us up into a frenzy of adulation.

Fancy footwork sets West Ham up for glory days
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 9, 2006
“I took A-level chemistry, biology and maths. Dad wanted me to be a dentist, but I didn’t fancy looking at molars for the rest of my life. “A cynic might say that trying to make money in football is pretty close to pulling teeth, but that’s another story. After various jobs in the City, young Joorabchian rocked up in New York, where he moved into fund management. “Clients would deposit their money with Morgan Stanley and I’d invest it for them. “All went well until the stock market crashed in 2001. The Tech Wreck blew out Joorabchian’s portfolio… “I went to see for myself. Everything there was raw. Brazil has the best players, the wildest fans and has won the World Cup four or five times. “Yet there was hardly any money being injected into the game. Talent was leaving the country in droves. “I remember thinking, ‘I’ve just spotted an opportunity’. “Joorabchian’s target was Corinthians, the country’s second biggest club, based in Brazil’s industrial heartland of Sao Paulo.

Kranjcar has point to prove
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2006
He may not even be sure of his reception on the ground where he was named captain of Dinamo Zagreb just after his 18th birthday, launching a season that finished with him lifting the league championship. A year later, he quit Dinamo, moving to their chief rivals, Hadjuk Split. The son of Zlatko Kranjcar, who was part of the Rapid Vienna side who lost the 1985 Cup-Winners’ Cup final to Everton, Niko was football royalty. He shone fitfully at Split but dogged by complaints about his weight and lack of movement, he left the country after a tepid World Cup when Croatia, managed by his father, failed to win a single game. Portsmouth represents a new beginning for the 22-year-old but tonight the Croatian public will want a demonstration of his talents closer to home… A year later, he quit Dinamo, moving to their chief rivals, Hadjuk Split. The son of Zlatko Kranjcar, who was part of the Rapid Vienna side who lost the 1985 Cup-Winners’ Cup final to Everton, Niko was football royalty. He shone fitfully at Split but dogged by complaints about his weight and lack of movement, he left the country after a tepid World Cup when Croatia, managed by his father, failed to win a single game. Portsmouth represents a new beginning for the 22-year-old but tonight the Croatian public will want a demonstration of his talents closer to home.

N Ireland going up in the world
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2006
Over the last two seasons, Northern Ireland have produced some outstanding displays after a bleak period since the 1986 World Cup finals. Sanchez, who delays naming his line-up until just before kick-off, said: “You never know what is around the corner in football – anything can happen. “When I took over, England and the Republic were in the driving seat, Scotland and ourselves struggling. Now there is a transformation but that’s the nature of football. “By producing positive performances and results he hoped that when the campaign ends, and his contract expires, his squad could have overtaken the Republic in the rankings… Sanchez, who delays naming his line-up until just before kick-off, said: “You never know what is around the corner in football – anything can happen. “When I took over, England and the Republic were in the driving seat, Scotland and ourselves struggling. Now there is a transformation but that’s the nature of football. “By producing positive performances and results he hoped that when the campaign ends, and his contract expires, his squad could have overtaken the Republic in the rankings. Northern Ireland currently occupy 58th place, the Republic are 43rd.

Socceroos to face Danes in friendly
The Age – Nov 8, 2006
22 Denmark confirmedfor February 6 in London. The Denmark match will be held at Loftus Road in west London— the same venue for the Socceroos’ friendly against fellowWorld Cup round-of-16 team Ghana next Tuesday. “Games against Ghana and Denmark will give us the opportunity toget much-needed preparation matches against high-qualityopposition,” Socceroos interim coach Graham Arnold said. Meanwhile, Romania-based striker Ryan Griffiths has been calledinto the Socceroos squad for next week’s match against Ghana.

Soccer legend Zidane delights Bangladeshis
Pakistan Dawn – Nov 8, 2006
?I am completely taken aback,? Zidane, a Muslim, told the private Ntv television channel. ?I never thought that people living thousands of miles away in small villages here in Bangladesh would know who I am,? he added. But he brushed aside questions about the notorious World Cup final incident in which he head-butted Italian international Marco Materazzi and was sent off minutes from the end of play. ?Much has been said about that episode and so I don’t want to comment anymore,? he said. Rahima Ahkter, 50, who began begging in 1976 after the death of her husband, told the footballer she took a loan in 2003 for 500 taka (seven dollars) and began selling toothpaste and shampoo door to door. Another former beggar, Mohammad Babul, also 50, told how he was able to give up begging after taking out a similar-sized loan to sell vegetables. As well as meeting the former beggars, Zidane met women borrowers from the village… The bank targets women because it believes they are more astute at running family finances. ?I am stunned by the affection that people here have shown me,? he told reporters later in Dhaka. He said he hoped that football would thrive in Bangladesh and pledged to play a role in developing it. ?Football is a European game and that’s why European football is better than Asian (football). But I believe that if the Asian nations try hard they can narrow the gap,? he said, speaking in French through an interpreter. ?I will be happy to help football in Bangladesh. I hope that the organisers will also try hard to lift the standard of football in Bangladesh.

Round-up: Staunton receives FAI backing
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 10, 2006
If the Republic lose their home tie it will be the worst start to a campaign since Ireland lost the first four qualifying matches for the 1962 World Cup. Staunton’s predecessor Brian Kerr lost just four of the 32 games he was in charge – with just two of those qualifying matches – yet he was still shown the door by the FAI. Blood said: “There has been a lot of speculation in relation to our manager and our chief executive, and I want to allay fears their positions are under threat.

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