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November 22, 2006

Blatter says foreign takeovers of clubs damaging the game

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The News Review:

* Australia no longer No.1 Asian team
* Burrell mum on hiring of Bora Milutinovic
* Girlz face Canada in crucial semi-final
* Blatter says foreign takeovers of clubs damaging the game
* My Sport: Simon Hughes
* Hodgson, Sheridan out for season
* Adidas Extends Partnership With Hilal
* Drug offenders will face two-year bans
* McCarthy insists feud is dead and buried
* West Ham takeover is imminent
* ESPN.com – NCF – Washington QB Johnny DuRocher has brain tumor

Australia no longer No.1 Asian team
The Age – Nov 22, 2006
Australia has dropped two places in FIFA’s November rankings to39th, with Iran jumping five spots to 38 to claim bragging rightsamong nations in the Asian Football Confederation. Australia had held the top ranking of AFC nations since July,when it leapt to number 33 following the Socceroos stunning surgeto the second round of the World Cup in June. But despite an impressive 1-1 draw with Africa powerhouse Ghanain a friendly in London last week, Australia has again slippedfurther down the list. Iran surged ahead after beating South Korea 2-0 in an Asian Cupqualifier in Tehran last week. Brazil remained at number one ahead of World Cup winners Italy,with Argentina third, France fourth and England fifth… But despite an impressive 1-1 draw with Africa powerhouse Ghanain a friendly in London last week, Australia has again slippedfurther down the list. Iran surged ahead after beating South Korea 2-0 in an Asian Cupqualifier in Tehran last week. Brazil remained at number one ahead of World Cup winners Italy,with Argentina third, France fourth and England fifth.

Burrell mum on hiring of Bora Milutinovic
Jamaica Gleaner – Nov 20, 2006
He is a coach who has achieved, in football terms, a high level of success in his job. ”
Milutinovic has coached five separate teams in World Cup finals, a feat no one else has accomplished in global football. Yet when asked if Milutinovic is a suitable candidate or would be his own choice to lead Jamaica’s football programme, Burrell again distanced himself from the issue. “I will offer no personal position as to whether or not (the JFF made the right choice),” said Burrell, who explained that he did not want to get into another round of verbal sparring with Boxhill and the JFF at this time. “I am not in the JFF now.

Girlz face Canada in crucial semi-final
Jamaica Observer – Nov 22, 2006
On the eve of one of the most celebrated holidays in the USA, the Reggae Girlz hope to provide the many Jamaican expatriates here with an early Thanksgiving present, as victory over the more-experienced Canadians would propel them into the history books – a first qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in China next year, as well as a first-ever appearance in the final of the Gold Cup tournament. By virtue of their semi-final appearance, Jamaica have already qualified as the Caribbean representative for the Pan American Games to be hosted by Brazil next year. The two semi-final winners will contest the 2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while being automatic qualifiers for the World Cup Finals, but the losers would get another ‘bite’ of the proverbial ‘cherry’ when they challenge for the third-placed play-off on Sunday at the same venue. The third-placed winner will oppose Japan in a home-and-away play-off for the final berth to the China World Cup Finals. Jamaica will enter today’s crucial contest somewhat depleted, as main striker Venicia “String Bean” Reid has been suspended following two cautionable offences in Sunday’s victory over Panama. Reid, the team’s leading goalscorer with 15 of the 38 strikes thus far in this campaign, will be replaced by defender Christina Murray, who will slot in at left-wing back as coach Vin Blaine juggles his troops to accommodate Reid’s absence. “Well, I am confident in the ability of the girls, but we go in with a weakened team, as our main striker is out and that is always a concern,” Blaine told the Observer yesterday.

Blatter says foreign takeovers of clubs damaging the game
International Herald Tribune – Nov 21, 2006
“We need to be careful football doesn’t end up in the hands of people who want football to serve them, instead of them serving football,” Blatter said. He described some foreign investors as “not transparent,” but said the problem was beyond the remit of soccer’s governing bodies. “It is a very delicate matter and we need the help of the judicial authorities,” Blatter said. On Tuesday, Icelandic federation president Eggert Magnusson headed an 85 million pound (US$161 million; €125. 6 million) takeover of West Ham… “We must safeguard football’s independence and we need the help of politicians to do so,” he added. Amid widespread calls for video replays to be introduced, Blatter said technology which can show whether the ball has crossed the goal line will be used in next year’s World Club Championship. Blatter said that although tests on the technology at the under-17 World Cup in Peru had been inconclusive, they will continue in junior tournaments during 2007. No other form of video replay is under consideration by FIFA. Blatter also repeated FIFA’s desire for a minimum of six homegrown players in every team, describing it as a means of achieving “a balance in the different clubs and leagues. ” Referring to a Serie A game last season in which Inter Milan fielded only one European player, Blatter said a restriction would help clubs to become more equal. “Local and national identification doesn’t exist when there are 11 players from 11 different countries,” he said.

My Sport: Simon Hughes
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 21, 2006
The lawn was approximately 22 yards long and had a slope like Lord’s. Sports played: Cricket for Middlesex, Durham and elsewhere. Football – I played up front for Durham University in what was the Northern Alliance. In one game, we lost 15-0 to Gainsborough. I occasionally play golf (off 20-ish)… …and to miss: England’s international football matches. The team are poorly coached, poorly manned, poorly selected, and always disappoint. Greatest change you would like to see in the running of your sport: Less one-day internationals, less Test matches, and the ICC Twenty20 World Cup abolished. Twenty20 is great for developing interest in the game, but not on a world stage. How do you think cricket is covered in the media? Cricket is covered pretty well in the papers, but serves the professional game poorly. With cricket coverage on television, too much is still assumed about the audience’s knowledge of the game. I would like to see international under-19 cricket removed from our screens.

Hodgson, Sheridan out for season
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 21, 2006
The players will undergo operations over the next week. The news is a major setback for the Premiership champions, who were beaten 26-18 at home by Newcastle on Friday, and for England head coach Andy Robinson, who is under huge pressure despite the win on Saturday, his team’s first in eight Tests. With World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson sidelined until the new year while he recovers from kidney damage, England’s number 10 jersey for the final autumn international against the Springboks is likely to be taken by Leicester’s Andy Goode, who kicked the winning conversion after replacing Hodgson on Saturday. Toby Flood, of Newcastle, and Bath’s Olly Barkley are also contenders. For the Sharks stand-off, the injury threatens his participation in a second World Cup after he missed the victorious 2003 campaign with ligament damage to his other knee. Sheridan missed a large chunk of last season due to injury also suffered on international duty and, like Hodgson, now faces a long rehabilitation period. Robinson said: “Everyone feels for Charlie and Andrew, and we wish them all the best for their recovery… Thomas twisted his right knee in the 61-26 win over Canada on Friday and the Wales camp were awaiting results of scan. The Heineken Cup will break new ground in January after tournament organisers confirmed reigning champions Munster will play Bourgoin in Geneva. The French side can expect a club record crowd after moving their Pool Five fixture across the Swiss border to the 30,000-capacity Stade de Geneve, home of the Servette football club which will also be used for the 2008 European Championships. The match is scheduled for the second weekend in January, though an exact date and kick-off time will not be confirmed until after December’s round three fixtures. It is the latest example of the Heineken Cup’s growing success. The tournament is set to break total attendance records this season. Cardiff Blues attracted 26,654 to the Millennium Stadium for their match with Leicester in the same pool.

Adidas Extends Partnership With Hilal
Arab News – Nov 22, 2006
? Founded by Abdulrahman ibn Saeed in 1957, the Al-Hilal Sport Club has since won 45 football titles including six King Cup, six Crown Prince Cup, five Saudi Federation Cup and six Asian titles. With so many esteemed titles to their name, the team is considered the most crowned club in Saudi Arabia, and is also Asia?s most successful club. The Al-Hilal football team sported the Adidas +Unit Jersey last season; the very jersey that made its entrance at the FIFA World Cup this year. Adidas also provides for various other divisions within the club, including basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, track and field, athletics and taekwondo.

Drug offenders will face two-year bans
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 21, 2006
Following a six-month stand-off with the World Anti-Doping Agency, football has been out of step with other sports over the severity of punishments handed out to those who fail drugs tests. Fifa were one of the last international governing bodies to agree to implement the code, which states that any athletes caught in competition using performance-enhancing or recreational drugs should be banned for two years. However, Fifa finally signed up to the code at their pre-World Cup congress in June. Under the terms of that deal all national associations must adopt the regulations, which the FA agreed to do along with rugby, cricket and tennis a month later. It has taken until now for the rules to be put before the FA council but providing there are no last-minute hitches, the regulations should be implemented in January… Following a six-month stand-off with the World Anti-Doping Agency, football has been out of step with other sports over the severity of punishments handed out to those who fail drugs tests. Fifa were one of the last international governing bodies to agree to implement the code, which states that any athletes caught in competition using performance-enhancing or recreational drugs should be banned for two years. However, Fifa finally signed up to the code at their pre-World Cup congress in June. Under the terms of that deal all national associations must adopt the regulations, which the FA agreed to do along with rugby, cricket and tennis a month later. It has taken until now for the rules to be put before the FA council but providing there are no last-minute hitches, the regulations should be implemented in January.

McCarthy insists feud is dead and buried
Irish Times – Nov 21, 2006
McCarthy was manager of the Republic of Ireland when he had aninfamous bust-up with Keane during the 2002 World Cup finals inJapan and South Korea. Keane retired from international footballand only returned once McCarthy had ended his reign as manager. But McCarthy claims the pair have ended their feud and thatthere will be no ill feeling when they come face to face on thetouchline. McCarthy told Beacon Radio: “Four years on I was man enough tomake a call to Roy Keane recently and he was gracious enough totake it. “We both did what we thought was right at the time during the2002 World Cup and we have made our peace with each other.

West Ham takeover is imminent
Irish Times – Nov 20, 2006
Theyhave a good manager with good players and a very strong fanbase. “I have always had a soft spot for West Ham – their trademarkfor many years was good attacking football, and that’s what I like. It is also unbelievable how many good football talents they havehoned in east London. “They have a lot of history, which is important for a footballman like myself who has been interested in the game for a very longtime. “They have had so many good players – Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurstand Martin Peters were the basis of England winning the World Cupin 1966, and they had a great manager at the time in RonGreenwood. “I have been involved in football and business all my life andthis is something that just came up and like everything you getinterested and I decided to look into this. © 2006 ireland… It is also unbelievable how many good football talents they havehoned in east London. “They have a lot of history, which is important for a footballman like myself who has been interested in the game for a very longtime. “They have had so many good players – Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurstand Martin Peters were the basis of England winning the World Cupin 1966, and they had a great manager at the time in RonGreenwood. “I have been involved in football and business all my life andthis is something that just came up and like everything you getinterested and I decided to look into this. © 2006 ireland.

ESPN.com – NCF – Washington QB Johnny DuRocher has brain tumor
ESPN – Nov 20, 2006
DuRocher first told the Web site Scout. He did not travel with the team for last weekend’s Apple Cupagainst rival Washington State. DuRocher told Scout. com that the tumor is about the size of agolf ball, and he should be able to play baseball this spring oncehe recovers from surgery. DuRocher started his career at Oregon and transferred toWashington after his freshman season in Eugene. He played in fivegames as a sophomore, and two this season.

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