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January 12, 2007

JJB Sports tops market hopes for Christmas but plays down bid talk…

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 6:27 am

The News Review:

* ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
* ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
* Beckham adds pinch of spice to US soccer
* JJB Sports tops market hopes for Christmas but plays down bid talk…
* Zidane’s final `header’ booted out
* Walter Smith Factfile
* The Daily Word
* ABC Sport – Football – Under-20 keeper in for Reddy
* Beckham’s rollercoaster ride
* ESPN.com – NCF – Louisiana Tech fires coach Bicknell after 3-10 season
* ESPN.com – NCF – Fourth ex-player to join lawsuit vs. New Mexico State
* ESPN.com – GOLF – Sobel: Singh rides Mercedes win to FedEx lead

ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
Irish Times – Jan 12, 2007
“You don’t get a bigger bandwagon than this one and we’re happy to have them. That’s the opportunity really that we’re trying to grasp; showcasing that bandwagon and inviting people to get on board and see if we can’t hang on to them,” he said. Ultimately, what will taking part in the World Cup mean for football in Australia? “I’ll call you in July,” laughs Parmenter. “We’ll be straight into the pre-season for A-League at the back of the World Cup. the Socceroos are playing in an Asian Cup qualifier on August 16th, five weeks after the World Cup finishes.

ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
Irish Times – Jan 10, 2007
An exasperated Keane announced he would quit international football after the World Cup having expressed his dissatisfaction with Ireland’s preparations. When clear-the-air talks with Mick McCarthy descended into a “slanging match”, McCarthy sent Keane packing. “You’ve seen the training pitch and I’m not being a prima donna,” said Keane. “Training pitch, travel arrangements, getting through the bloody airport when we were leaving, it’s the combination of things. I would never say ‘that’s the reason or this is the reason,’ but enough is enough.

Beckham adds pinch of spice to US soccer
San Francisco Chronicle – Jan 12, 2007
Surely, this wasn’t what soccer icon David Beckham had in mind. As an attention-seeking, worldwide celebrity with an equally famous wife (Victoria, a… Then again, that’s rather a hopeless case, isn’t it? The MLS could bring in Ronaldinho, Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and the entire roster of Italy’s World Cup-winning team without changing the American perspective. We’re too set in our ways, we prefer our own football, and we like sports that employ the use of hands. This doesn’t mean either side is right or wrong; it’s just the way it is, now and forever, no matter how many U. kids so joyously take to soccer. If Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and George Best couldn’t make a long-lasting impact during their North American Soccer League days of the ’70s, don’t expect any shifts in the landscape now.

JJB Sports tops market hopes for Christmas but plays down bid talk…
Forbes – Jan 10, 2007
‘We remain sceptical about a bid but underlying performance is better than expected,’ said the broker’s retail analyst, Richard Ratner. Looking to the year to end-Jan 2008, Knight said it will be impossible to match the high levels of replica revenue achieved during 2006, a football World Cup year, given 2007 is a non-competition year. However, he reckons much of the shortfall will be offset by the increasing profitability of the leisure division and by results that will follow from the differentiation of JJB’s product ranges from its rivals through enhanced brand relationships with Adidas (other-otc:.

Zidane’s final `header’ booted out
Hindu – Jan 10, 2007
Final stages

The final stages of the last game was 110 minutes old, deep into extra-time, with the game labouring toward a penalty shootout when the Zidane-Materazzi flare-up happened and the Frenchman was shown a red card. As the three-time FIFA Player of the Year walked past the World Cup trophy, the smiles of satisfaction disappeared from the faces of Sepp Blatter and his FIFA colleagues. They knew that the 2006 World Cup — which has the letters “FIFA” at the head of its official title — would forever be known as the competition where one of the greatest players the game has ever seen ended his career by head-butting an opponent. No reference

When the official report came out six months later, Blatter, UEFA president Lennart Johansson and local organising committee chairman Frank Beckenbauer all wrote forewords to the document without making reference to Zidane’s head-butt or even his ejection. While rightly praising the organisational skills of the Germans, the report skipped over some glaring errors by some of the referees. To its credit, the report criticised players and coaches for the increasing practice of feigning injuries as a tactical ploy. The report simply ignored the tournament’s single biggest moment.

Walter Smith Factfile
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 11, 2007
1984: Dundee United lose a European Cup semi-final to Roma. 1986: Moves to Ibrox as number two to Graeme Souness. Assistant to Scotland manager Alex Ferguson at the Mexico World Cup. 1991: Takes over from Souness as manager of Rangers, who clinched the title four matches later – their third successive championship. 1992: Guides Rangers to the double. 1993: Rangers win the treble and finish a point off a Champions League final spot behind eventual winners Marseille. 1994: Rangers take title by three points from Aberdeen and retain League Cup… Scotland re-ignite their World Cup campaign against all odds with a draw against Italy and victory in Norway. Home defeat by Belarus ends hopes of a play-off spot for Germany 2006 before a 3-0 win in Slovenia. 2006: Scotland win the Kirin Cup thanks to 5-1 triumph over Bulgaria and draw with hosts Japan. They follow up wins over the Faroe Islands and Lithuania with a famous 1-0 triumph over World Cup finalists France. Days later a 2-0 defeat in Ukraine ends the 100 per cent start to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. 2007: Smith is strongly tipped for a return to Ibrox after Paul Le Guen leaves his post as Rangers manager. Scottish Football Association chief executive David Taylor confirms Rangers have made contact with the SFA over Smith.

The Daily Word
SportingNews.com – SportingNews.com (subscription) – Jan 11, 2007
pay someone 250 million dollars to be on their team? No one cares about soccer here. How many people know who the Los Angeles Galaxy are? Soccer is only important during the world cup,and for Americans that means nothing. He will make $50 million a year for kicking a panda colored ball into a fish net. Is there anyone out there who can come up with another athlete who is worth that kind of money, if so let me know… There were many stories for us Geniuses,Head Coaches,General Managers,Fantasy League Owners and everyone else who sit in front of the Plasma,HDTV,or Computer screen watching,screaming and cursing as our teams ,players, either celebrate the joy of victory or the agony of defeat. Vince Young single handedly beat USC. The game was a classic and Texas won its first football championship in years. Young,Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart have all gone on to the NFL where their legend will only continue to grow. The first pro championship of the year went to the Pittsburgh Steelers and deservedly so. They knocked off the Bengals,Colts,and Broncos all on the road. Were they dominant as the famed Steel Curtain, no way? But they won it all and Bill Cowher and Jerome Bettis deserved it.

ABC Sport – Football – Under-20 keeper in for Reddy
abc.net.au – Jan 11, 2007
Roar coach Frank Farina had to seek special permission from Perth Glory to use Velaphi on loan, who is champing at the bit to take his chance. “Any opportunity that comes along I am more than glad to take it so I am happy I am in Queensland Roar colours that is for sure,” Velaphi said. “Any kid growing up playing football as a youngster always wants to play in the A-league so I was happy to go along with it.

Beckham’s rollercoaster ride
BBC News – Jan 11, 2007
For the time being football is still of paramount importance to the 31-year-old, but a more pertinent question is whether you would want him at your club. As many as 15 clubs were reported to have shown an interest in the midfielder, including Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premiership, Milanese rivals AC and Inter in Serie A – but it is to America that the Beckhams are heading. Planet Beckham will move to the LA Galaxy in the summer after signing a ?128m five-year deal with the Major League Soccer club. The move to California – with all the abundant attractions of Hollywood and the glamorous lifestyle – will form the latest chapter in a rollercoaster career of dizzying highs and desperate lows. Beckham, having turned down the advances of Tottenham as a youngster, left east London for Manchester United where he signed professional forms at Old Trafford in 1992… After Euro 2000 he was appointed national captain and completed his redemption from figure of hate to national icon with a last-minute free-kick against Greece that sent England to the 2002 World Cup finals. But having hit the heights, the rollercoaster ride soon slowed and would ultimately be derailed. A metatarsal injury curtailed his impact at the World Cup and cracks began to open up in his relationship with Ferguson who was not amused by the manner in which one of his star players courted the limelight. By February 2003 they became deep fissures when Beckham left Old Trafford after an FA Cup defeat by Arsenal with an X-marks-the-spot plaster on his eyebrow. Ferguson had kicked a boot across the dressing room that caught Beckham and was soon to kick the player out of the club after United finished the season by claiming the Premiership title. Beckham insisted Real were the only other club he would ever play for and in a ?25m deal he had his wish. He was a galactico.

ESPN.com – NCF – Louisiana Tech fires coach Bicknell after 3-10 season
ESPN – Jan 12, 2007
— Louisiana Tech fired football coach JackBicknell on Monday following a 3-10 season. Bicknell leaves after eight seasons and an overall record of42-53. “It was a good ride,” Bicknell said. “We battled extremelyhard and did the very best we could every single day. This teamnever backed down from anybody.

ESPN.com – NCF – Fourth ex-player to join lawsuit vs. New Mexico State
ESPN – Jan 11, 2007
The trio sued the university and coach Hal Mumme last August, alleging they were dismissed from the team because of their religious beliefs. The federal lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Mu’Ammar Ali and brothers Anthony and Vincent Thompson, who are seeking unspecified monetary damages. Jacob Wallace, a running back with the Aggies from 2002 through 2006, petitioned the court last week to join the lawsuit. Wallace alleges he was subjected “to an environment that was actively hostile to his religion” and that he and the other Muslim players were prohibited from wearing keffiyehs, headwear that is significant to the followers of Islam. He said Aggie coaches implied during his last season that they were keeping him on the team as the sole remaining Muslim. However, he said he played less and less. His petition said one non-Muslim player, Dawson Wilbur, told him he didn’t know why he was being played instead of Wallace, since Wilbur considered Wallace a better athlete.

ESPN.com – GOLF – Sobel: Singh rides Mercedes win to FedEx lead
ESPN – Jan 10, 2007
Maybe it is also fitting that the notorious curmudgeon couldn’t give a hoot about the FexEd Cup right now. It was hardly in the forefront of his consciousness while winning the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship this week. On Thursday, just one — yes, one — round into the season, Singh said of the new system, “There’s so much going on about FedEx Cup, I’m tired of listening to it, you know? It’s nothing else but the FedEx Cup.

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