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The News Review:

* International football ban for Iran over sacking
* Japan book their place in the World Cup
* The Queen called footballers prima donnas for the way they feign…
* ABC News Iran Is Suspended From World Soccer
* SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Nov 24, 2006
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* Magazine
* England and Australia laid bare by ancient battle
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Polished Platini has the skills of a master politican
* Namibia slides on Fifa rankings
* New trial for goal-line technology
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* Houston, DC United draw assignments in Champions Cup

International football ban for Iran over sacking
Guardian Unlimited – Nov 25, 2006
The ban, ordered by football’s world governing body Fifa, jeopardises Iran’s chances of participating in next year’s Asian Cup, for which it qualified last week by beating South Korea. It was imposed after the country’s sports body ignored a Fifa deadline to re-instate Mohammed Dadkan as president of the Iranian football federation. Mr Dadkan was sacked in June amid fierce criticism of the national team’s performance in the World Cup… Iranian officials are defiant. One unnamed source, speaking to the semi-official Mehr news agency, said Fifa’s action was “completely illegitimate”. State involvement in football issues is conducted openly in Iran, where national team victories are often greeted by euphoric street parties. Mr Ahmadinejad, a football fan, trained with the national squad as it prepared for the World Cup. During the tournament, government officials, including the foreign ministry spokesman, were sent to Germany to mediate in a row between rival groups of players.

Japan book their place in the World Cup
rte.ie – Nov 25, 2006
It was an impressive display by John Kirwan’s side, who never looked troubled by Korea in front of a capacity crowd at the Hong Kong Football Stadium. Full back Go Aruga – son of former international Ken Aruga – put in a first-half performance that was in stark contrast to that he managed against Hong Kong last week. Having failed to kick a single successful conversion against the hosts in the first half, this time he made them all to help his side to a dominant first-half lead, and he continued his impressive display in the second period. The first try came after 10 minutes when Mitsugu Yamamoto broke through to touch down and Aruga successfully kicked his first conversion of the evening… It was an impressive display by John Kirwan’s side, who never looked troubled by Korea in front of a capacity crowd at the Hong Kong Football Stadium. Full back Go Aruga – son of former international Ken Aruga – put in a first-half performance that was in stark contrast to that he managed against Hong Kong last week. Having failed to kick a single successful conversion against the hosts in the first half, this time he made them all to help his side to a dominant first-half lead, and he continued his impressive display in the second period. The first try came after 10 minutes when Mitsugu Yamamoto broke through to touch down and Aruga successfully kicked his first conversion of the evening. Five minutes later Japan were 14-0 ahead as Aruga raced down the left to score before kicking the conversion.

The Queen called footballers prima donnas for the way they feign…
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 24, 2006
“I think she meant when they fall over on the floor and that they’re good actors. “Though England have not given the Queen cause to attend a World Cup final since 1966, it seems she does enjoy watching it on the TV. According to reports during the 1998 World Cup she got positively carried away when Danish referee Kim Nielsen ruled out a Sol Campbell header that would have put England ahead in the quarter-final against Argentina. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Eric Milligan, who watched the game with the Queen at Holyrood Palace, was later reported as saying: “She was excited at the standard of football on display. When Sol Campbell’s goal was disallowed, the Queen lifted her hands and said, ‘One is not amused by that’. “But it earned her a mild rebuke from Fifa, world football’s governing body… “Though England have not given the Queen cause to attend a World Cup final since 1966, it seems she does enjoy watching it on the TV. According to reports during the 1998 World Cup she got positively carried away when Danish referee Kim Nielsen ruled out a Sol Campbell header that would have put England ahead in the quarter-final against Argentina. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Eric Milligan, who watched the game with the Queen at Holyrood Palace, was later reported as saying: “She was excited at the standard of football on display. When Sol Campbell’s goal was disallowed, the Queen lifted her hands and said, ‘One is not amused by that’. “But it earned her a mild rebuke from Fifa, world football’s governing body. “I am not sure Her Majesty has a better understanding of refereeing than the referee in the match,” said Fifa’s communication director, Keith Cooper, at the time. Information appearing on telegraph.

ABC News Iran Is Suspended From World Soccer
ABC News – Nov 23, 2006
FIFA said Iran was not abiding by rules regarding the “independence of the decision-making process of the football governing body in each country and the way in which changes in the leadership of associations are brought about. Iran, which played in the 2006 World Cup and has qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup, will be reinstated only after drafting new statutes and organizing a new election under the supervision of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation. “The lifting of this suspension would depend on the above road map being accepted and fully implemented by the relevant authorities in Tehran,” FIFA said. Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Nov 24, 2006
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Nov 24, 2006
stalwarts Mia Ham and Julie Foudy. In addition; Canada beat Jamaica 4-0 in the opening semifinal to book its World Cup spot. English fans riot in Germany ahead of UEFA Cup match: English football fans rioted in the German city of Cologne overnight on Wednesday ahead of Tottenham’s UEFA Cup match against Bayer Leverkusen, police said. A group of about 80 fans smashed up the interior of a pub, causing damage costing 5,000 euros (6,450 dollars) and a car was damaged. One English supporter was hurt in the incident. Police said a group of up to 500 English fans had remained in the center of Cologne until the early hours of Thursday morning.


Daily Sun – Nov 25, 2006
“As far as I am concerned, I have played at the World
Cup finals,” the inspirational midfielder relished in
an exclusive chat with Saturday Sunsport upon arrival from
Brazil after the 2nd edition of the World Beach Soccer. “I feel fulfilled,” he went on. “If I cannot
go to the World Cup to represent Nigeria in grass football
and I am able to do it in beach soccer at the World Cup, it
is all the same thing. Whether it is grass football or beach soccer, I have played
at the World Cup finals,” he maintained. The former Lobi Stars diminutive midfield workaholic, who
described his experiences at both the African qualifying championship
in South Africa and the World Cup proper in Brazil as wonderful,
believes that Nigeria has bright prospects in beach soccer
at the global level if the nation’s football authorities
would pursue a deliberate and articulate programme towards
developing the sport in the country. “It was a wonderful experience right from South Africa
where we surprised many people by qualifying for the World
Cup, even though beach soccer was relatively alien to us. Many of us were playing beach soccer for the first time, though
we all play grass football.

Magazine
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Nov 24, 2006
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England and Australia laid bare by ancient battle
Hindu – Nov 23, 2006
The Ashes, created in 1882, may not enjoy the global reach of those other great international tournaments but to the participants, two nations with long sporting pedigrees, they represent a biennial journey, interrupted only by baser conflicts, through the peaks and troughs of every conceivable emotion. Brisbane’s Gabba stadium will be packed on Thursday for the opening day of this latest five-match instalment of the ancient rivalry between England and Australia. Only two nations with so much shared history could engender a rivalry so deep that it seems to touch and expose their essence, an extension by other means of their intimate but often abrasive relationship — social, political, cultural. It has been called the most eagerly anticipated cricket series of all time but the threads of 124 years of combat form an intricately worked background to this meeting between the sides led by Ricky Ponting and Andrew Flintoff… And so, once the Australian public have got over the shock of hearing the swimmer Ian Thorpe, their No. 1 individual sporting hero of the past 10 years, announcing his retirement on Tuesday, they will turn their attention to six weeks of cricket that promise another epic narrative. You might not think that the 2006-07 Ashes series would need much in the way of hype but the Aussies are doing their best to raise the temperature. The arrival of Michael Vaughan at Brisbane airport on Monday inspired claims of a secret England plan to spring him on the Australians on Thursday, an Achilles emerging from seclusion to answer his army’s despairing call. Capable

Meanwhile Warne, 37, and Glenn McGrath, 36, promise that a side packed with 30somethings will be more than fit enough to humble the Poms. Last time around, even in defeat, Warne was the undisputed Man of the Series, while the two victories that gave England the Ashes were achieved in McGrath’s absence. Whatever these two have left in the tank, it will be drained to the last drop.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Nov 24, 2006
The Barcelona striker, who has been sidelined since September with a long term knee injury, faces a tough challenge again from the Chelsea pair of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien, who finished second and third behind him last year. Eto?o pipped Drogba by just two votes for the 2005 crown in the closest finish in the 35-year history of the award. The two other finalists, named by the Cairo-based Confederation of African Football, are Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika and the surprise selection of Nigeria?s Nwankwo Kanu. Eto?o is expected to stand a good chance of winning again on the back of UEFA Champions League success with his Spanish club but is hampered by the fact he did not play at the World Cup finals, unlike Drogba and Essien. Drogba also captained his Ivory Coast side to the final of the African Nations Cup in February and Essien was a major factor in Ghana getting past the first round of the World Cup in their debut appearance. English champions: Both were also English champions with their club. Aboutrika was the pivot behind Al Ahli?s successful defence of their African Champions League title earlier this month and played for Egypt in their Nations Cup-winning team at the start of the year… Eto?o pipped Drogba by just two votes for the 2005 crown in the closest finish in the 35-year history of the award. The two other finalists, named by the Cairo-based Confederation of African Football, are Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika and the surprise selection of Nigeria?s Nwankwo Kanu. Eto?o is expected to stand a good chance of winning again on the back of UEFA Champions League success with his Spanish club but is hampered by the fact he did not play at the World Cup finals, unlike Drogba and Essien. Drogba also captained his Ivory Coast side to the final of the African Nations Cup in February and Essien was a major factor in Ghana getting past the first round of the World Cup in their debut appearance. English champions: Both were also English champions with their club. Aboutrika was the pivot behind Al Ahli?s successful defence of their African Champions League title earlier this month and played for Egypt in their Nations Cup-winning team at the start of the year. Kanu?s selection comes on the back of his recent scoring form at Portsmouth in the English premier league.

Polished Platini has the skills of a master politican
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 23, 2006
“It is 20 years since I stopped playing,” he said. “I am not a player any more. Am I fool? I was president of France’s World Cup organising committee and adviser on football to Sepp Blatter. ” He then described how he had proposed the law change which prevents a goalkeeper picking up back passes. Platini sympathised with England’s Paul Robinson for his recent howler against Croatia and then said: “Had we not changed the rule, he could have picked up the ball. But the rule change has been good for the game. He added: ”Johansson is right.

Namibia slides on Fifa rankings
Namibian – Nov 24, 2006
The November ranking by the world football body saw Namibia sliding down nine places from the 104th position it held in October. Namibia is now below neighbouring Botswana (104), Uganda (102) Liberia (112) and Benin (111). On the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ranking, Namibia moved down two places from 27th to 29th position. Any improvement in Namibia’s world ranking would depend on how they fare during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup qualifier in 2007. The country’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the AFCON 2008 showpiece in Ghana and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa… On the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ranking, Namibia moved down two places from 27th to 29th position. Any improvement in Namibia’s world ranking would depend on how they fare during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup qualifier in 2007. The country’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the AFCON 2008 showpiece in Ghana and the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. West Africa soccer powerhouse Nigeria still heads the CAF ranking, followed by Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Ghana, Tunisia, Mali, Morocco and Senegal. Nigeria is the only African country to make the Fifa Top Ten list after being placed ninth in this month’s world ranking. Globally, Brazil hold off world champion Italy in second place, followed by Argentina and France in third and fourth places. England is fifth followed by Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

New trial for goal-line technology
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 23, 2006
World football’s governing body had planned to use the technology in this summer’s World Cup but dropped the idea after trials proved inconclusive. “In 2005 we did different tests at the Under-17 World Cup in Peru but the evidence wasn’t clear so we will carry out trials in junior competitions in 2007,” Blatter said. “We will then use it at the 2007 World Club Championship and offer its use at other Fifa competitions. “The English Premier League welcomed the news, describing it as a “step in the right direction”.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Nov 23, 2006
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?If this World Cup was in England, you wouldn?t get even a single English newspaper saying bad stuff about their organisation. But it is in South Africa, and our media is the one telling the rest of the world that we are not ready,? he said. ?When we lost the World Cup to Germany, we all cried to the world telling them that we were ready. But when we were awarded it, we all of a sudden believe we can?t host it. Honestly, I?m tired of debating this nonsense. ?
His outburst comes a day after a media conference scheduled for Tuesday failed to materialise because the meeting Jordaan and other Local Organising Committee (LOC) board members were in, ran over time.

Houston, DC United draw assignments in Champions Cup
USA Today – Nov 25, 2006
United will face Honduras’ Olimpia in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions Cup, the regional club title of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Mexico’s Pachuca will play Guatemala’s Deportivo Marquense or Honduras’ Victoria, according to Saturday’s draw. The other match will involve Mexico’s Apertura winner against the Caribbean Football Union champion. United will be on the road for their first-leg matches in the home-and-home, total-goals series. The first legs will be from Feb… Semifinal legs will be played from March 13-15 and April 3-5, and the final legs will be April 17-19 and April 24-26. The winner qualifies for the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This

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