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November 19, 2006

Bora and World Cup qualification

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The News Review:

* Ferenc Puskas Career Box – iht,sports,football,soccer,Puskas Career…
* Reports say Cannavaro wins 2006 Golden Ball
* ‘Little fat chap’ a football giant
* Bora and World Cup qualification
* Convert to the cause
* ESPN.com – NCF – Remembering the man who made Michigan football
* Do or die affair
* RTÉ.ie Sport – Rugby chiefs decide dates for World Cup
* Rival coaches White, Robinson in trouble ahead of two meetings
* How English rugby dropped the ball | Rugby union | Guardian Unlimited…
* Inside Football: Super Eagles let Reed slip
* Green well versed in beating blues
* ESPN.com – MLB – Ex-Marlin Girardi, Tigers’ Leyland are top…
* Swanz downed again | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz

Ferenc Puskas Career Box – iht,sports,football,soccer,Puskas Career…
International Herald Tribune – Nov 17, 2006
1961: Wins first of five successive Primera Liga titles with Madrid. 1962: Scores hat-trick in European Cup final but Madrid loses 5-3 to Benfica. Plays for adopted country Spain in World Cup but fails to score. 1966: Wins third European Cup with Madrid despite not playing in final, a 2-1 win over Partizan Belgrade. 1967: Retires after scoringd 512 goals in 528 games for Madrid. Goes into coaching, starting at Alaves. Has spell in United States coaching San Francisco and Vancouver… 2002: Nepstadion in Budapest is renamed Puskas Ferenc Stadion. 2003: Named best Hungarian player of the past 50 years by Hungarian Football Association. 2006: Admitted to intensive care at a Budapest hospital on Sept. 16 suffering from a fever and pneumonia.

Reports say Cannavaro wins 2006 Golden Ball
International Herald Tribune – Nov 17, 2006
The Real Madrid defender will receive France Football magazine’s prestigious award in Paris on Nov. 27, Spanish and Italian newspapers said Friday. Leading Spanish sports daily Marca said France Football’s editor visited Cannavaro in Spain after reports began circulating Thursday that he had won. “Of course I would like to win it,” Cannavaro, 33, said earlier this week.

‘Little fat chap’ a football giant
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 19, 2006
Eintracht Frankfurt were no simpletons, having torn Rangers apart in an earlier round, yet now Real, in the most glorious form with Puskas scoring four times and Di Stefano three, shredded the Germans in a 7-3 victory. Four years later Puskas was in the squad for Real’s sixth European Cup title, though he missed the final and retired the following year.

Bora and World Cup qualification
Jamaica Observer – Nov 18, 2006
We agree with the outgoing head coach Mr Carl Brown that while the Jamaica team didn’t “flow” as would have been ideal, they showed enough to suggest that with time and work, this squad will seriously challenge for a spot in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. We fully expect that Mr Milutinovic, who it is being suggested will earn on or around US$1 million per year, will have the sort of support structure, including people like Mr Brown, to help him along the way. For quite apart from the available football talent, there is much about Jamaica, its culture, values and attitudes, that a national coach will need to understand if he is to make a success of his assignment over the next four years. One of the attributes of the now legendary Brazilian Mr Rene Simoes, who made history by guiding the Reggae Boyz to the 1998 World Cup Finals, was his appreciation of the importance of national culture to football. His conscious effort to understand and interpret aspects of Jamaican culture, including music and folk language, as he sought to get the best out of the Jamaican players drew widespread admiration. No doubt Mr Milutinovic, with his wealth of experience – having taken various national teams to five World Cups – will have his own ideas about Jamaica’s talent pool. He, we are sure, will keep an open mind as he seeks to, for example, find the right blend between youth and experience… No doubt Mr Milutinovic, with his wealth of experience – having taken various national teams to five World Cups – will have his own ideas about Jamaica’s talent pool. He, we are sure, will keep an open mind as he seeks to, for example, find the right blend between youth and experience. He may want to take a leaf from the book of the Trinidadians who wisely utilised the skills of aging but highly respected players Messrs Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy, not only in qualifying the Soca Warriors for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but during the finals campaign itself. In that respect, Mr Milutinovic may want to keep a close eye on one of our true heroes of the ’98 campaign, Mr Theodore Whitmore, whom we understand is playing good football for his club Seba. At another level, there are those who will question the very high level of expenditure on football that comes with the employment of Mr Milutinovic when there is so much need in so many other vital sectors, including health and education. But as we have said before in this space, sport is an extremely important element in the psyche of any nation. And in our case we need only look back at the feeling of national pride and unity that came with the Reggae Boyz’s success in the late ’90s and indeed the ongoing sense of well-being at the success of our athletes on the world stage.

Convert to the cause
The Age – Nov 18, 2006
When Wilson was sitting in Sydney’s Telstra Stadium watching theSocceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in November lastyear, he said to himself that if they won, 2006 would be his “yearof joy”. That the product of that year, Australia United, managesto be both touching and comedic, despite the outcome, is aremarkable achievement, although the more passionate supporters ofwhat Wilson sometimes refers to as “round-ball football” might wishto skip chapter 12, which recounts the infamous decision of Spanishreferee Luis Medina Cantalejo to reward an Italian dive with a shotat goal. But Australia’s heartbreaking loss in “the WatershipDown of football games”, as Wilson writes, fails to spoil thebook’s celebration of the world game and its diehard fans. For a WASP from an eastern suburb of Melbourne to embrace thecode until recently known colloquially as “wog ball” may have beenunusual. The journey began, however, with Aussie rules. DermottBrereton and Jason Dunstall, rather than Marco Bresciano and MarkSchwartzer, were Wilson’s childhood heroes; Hawthorn’s place at thecentre of the universe a given due to father Ray’s membership ofthe 1971 premiership side. But it was not such a happy team atHawthorn for the footy-mad Wilson, now 34, who was drafted in 1991only to be devastated when recurring injuries led quickly to theexit door… I made a vow that I would be there the day weavenge this loss. The audition tape for Race featured the passionateItalian coach of a local under-sevens side — “He trained themas though they were going to the World Cup, put them on a specialdiet and everything” — and his subsequent journey took him tothe World Cup in Paris, where he tried to have the ugly vocalsignature “Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi” consigned to the rubbishbin of history. Despite attending the doomed 2001 World Cup qualifier in Uruguayand being a keen follower of Melbourne Victory, Wilson says hiscredentials as a soccer fan pale in comparison with some of thediehard supporters he encountered on the German campaign, such astwo Sydneysiders who between them had missed only one homequalifier since 1969. Despite being mildly insulted by The FootyShow jumping on the World Cup bandwagon, he takes the view thatsoccer has been on the outer for so long in this country that itwould be churlish not to welcome anyone who wants to join —with the possible exception of John Howard. “Those pictures of hisphoto op wearing the tracksuit … ” he recalls with a shudder. “I’m much more passionate about the Socceroos, but in terms of thewhole AFL versus soccer thing, I think both are great games. Weshould get used to talking about both of them that way.

ESPN.com – NCF – Remembering the man who made Michigan football
ESPN – Nov 18, 2006
On behalf of Major League Baseball, I offer my condolences to his family and friends. ” — Bud Selig, MLB commissioner “Words cannot adequately describe the pain I am feeling today at the loss of someone who I loved and admired so much. The Michigan family — along with the entire college football world — has lost a giant. Bo was a man who shaped his young players into men both on and off the field. It was just a few weeks ago that when asked by ESPN executive Mark Gross why Bo Schembechler was my favorite coach, I replied without hesitation that Bo took me under his wing at a critical juncture in my life. In 1988, I was an 18-year-old kid going off to college and leaving home for the first time. In just a few short years, Bo prepared me to be a man ready to take on the world.

Do or die affair
Jamaica Observer – Nov 19, 2006
The game, a knockout encounter, marks the opening of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup tournament, which will also be used as a qualifier for the World Cup Finals, as well as for next year’s Pan Am Games in Brazil. In the second game at 7:00, Trinidad & Tobago meet Mexico. The two winners move on to the semi-finals in California on Wednesday, with the final and third-placed play-off set for next Sunday in California. This will mark Jamaica’s fourth appearance at the Gold Cup and today the Girlz are eager to make an impact and advance to the semis for the first time.

RTÉ.ie Sport – Rugby chiefs decide dates for World Cup
rte.ie – Nov 17, 2006

The September-October window was preferred by New Zealand but unless there is a change to the structure of the global season, it will disappoint the northern hemisphere unions. The 2007 World Cup in France is also in September and October and affects the fixture scheduling of two domestic seasons. Rugby Football Union chairman Martyn Thomas said recently: ‘As England always said in their unsuccessful bid for next year’s World Cup, the French bid will result in a disruption of two years. ‘That has only just come home to roost but no-one accepted that at the time. We have a problem for two years as a result of the World Cup.

Rival coaches White, Robinson in trouble ahead of two meetings
International Herald Tribune – Nov 17, 2006
While Jake White is resisting calls to resign after the Springboks lost 32-15 to Ireland, Andy Robinson will be aiming to stop an eighth straight test loss for the first time in England’s 135-year-old history. England lost to Argentina 25-18 at Twickenham on Saturday for the first time and the Rugby Football Union Robinson has publicly said Robinson’s future will be decided after the second test on Nov. The world champions have now slipped to seventh in the IRB rankings, one place below Argentina. The Springboks were knocked out in the 2003 World Cup quarterfinals, and White took over as coach and led the team to the Tri-Nations title in the following year. But after five consecutive losses, including a 49-0 loss to the Wallabies, he is under pressure despite home wins over New Zealand and Australia… The world champions have now slipped to seventh in the IRB rankings, one place below Argentina. The Springboks were knocked out in the 2003 World Cup quarterfinals, and White took over as coach and led the team to the Tri-Nations title in the following year. But after five consecutive losses, including a 49-0 loss to the Wallabies, he is under pressure despite home wins over New Zealand and Australia.

How English rugby dropped the ball | Rugby union | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 18, 2006
We just need to admit we’ve made some catastrophic errors and start building for 2011 instead. “Best insists that “the rebuilding process should have begun the day after we became world champions. But we spent a year parading the World Cup around the country, patting ourselves on the back and telling each other how wonderful we were while doing nothing about reshaping the team or attending to the very flawed structure of rugby in this country. So this long barren period is not surprising. “Four years ago the grinding attrition of the Premiership helped England’s pack build a platform on which they could complete their World Cup triumph. But now that New Zealand have remembered the significance of the set piece and gained not only parity but supremacy over the English scrum, the lack of creativity in the Premiership is glaring.

Inside Football: Super Eagles let Reed slip
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 17, 2006
The 53-year-old former FA technical director had signed a contract to become the African nation’s first-team coach earlier this year and was due to take over in time for this summer’s World Cup. However, the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the finals sparking a period of mass upheaval and infighting at the Nigerian FA. This prompted Fifa and general secretary Urs Linsi to set up an investigation and, at one stage in May, the country were threatened with expulsion over government interference… They are now so confident of buying the club, that they have even begun discussing the possibility of opening talks with London Olympic chiefs over moving the club to the new Olympic stadium at Stratford. Having enjoyed pole position for so many weeks, the Joorabchian bid finally looks to have fizzled out. Shareholder talk at the FADespite having won the battle over the Burns report with the Football Association council last month, reformers at Soho Square still face a tough task to get the changes past shareholders. Senior executives have calculated that to get the review through they need 814 of the 1085 votes held by the miscellany of clubs, county FAs and other organisations, which make up the FA’s shareholding members. But rather than rush into a vote in January, as planned, the FA want to hold a meeting in March after the festive season to prepare the paperwork and convince any doubters. Adu move offFreddy Adu’s upcoming trial with Manchester United is unlikely to lead to the 17-year-old American moving to Old Trafford in the summer. Although Adu and his advisers, the Wasserman Media Group, are desperate to test the Ghana-born player on the toughest stage in Europe, they feel that he needs one more season in Major League Soccer before moving on.

Green well versed in beating blues
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2006
The latter topic comes up in conversation because the 26-year-old from Surrey found himself in that general vicinity this summer when visiting his two sisters, Gemma in Auckland and Rachel in Sydney. Yet if things had been different, if a horrific accident had not intervened, those family visits would not have been possible. Green was earmarked instead for duty in Germany, sampling the World Cup as one of England’s back-up goalkeepers. That all changed, though, when he moved to save a free kick in England’s B international against Belarus in May, feeling a niggle in his groin as he went to ground. “I thought I’d tweaked a nerve in there which I’d done before,” he says. That idea, however, was quickly dispelled when he stepped up to take the resulting goal kick. “Before I’d even gone to kick the ball, it had gone… I’ve broken all sorts – my back, my wrist, my ankle – but that pain was beyond belief. I kept blacking out. “The England doctor, Leif Sward, said he’d only seen the injury once before in his 20 years in football. Our physio at Norwich said it had only happened four or five times since medical records began. “I took a philosophical view of things, or tried to, anyway. The obvious disappointment is there, of course – getting such a serious injury as that. But if you’d said to me then that in six months’ time I’d be playing in the Premiership at West Ham, I would have taken it.

ESPN.com – MLB – Ex-Marlin Girardi, Tigers’ Leyland are top…
ESPN – Nov 17, 2006
Bobby Cox, who won the AL award in 1985, left the Blue Jays that year to become the Braves’ general manager. Other interesting facts:• Girardi is the first manager to win the award with a losing record. • Tony La Russa, whose Cardinals won the World Series, is the first manager not to receive a single vote in the season his team won the title. Six weeks after he was fired by Florida, Girardi won the NL honor Wednesday for keeping the rookie-laden Marlins in contention nearly all season. Jim Leyland took the AL award after a quick turnaround with the.

Swanz downed again | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
TVNZ – Nov 17, 2006
They train fulltime and carry a squad of 30odd players. It’s a real eye opener when they can bring on anyoneand still play one-touch football like that. The Swanz will return to China in 10 months for the women’s WorldCup.

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