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January 27, 2007

Great player turns political force

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Middlesbrough | Middlesbrough…
* Firms positive on 2012 World Cup
* Unloved Parreira jets out
* Great player turns political force
* Young Boyz get in shape for U-17 World Cup qualifiers
* ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
* ESPN.com – TENNIS/AUS07 – Wilansky: Williams leaves little doubt…
* Ecuadorean footballer rebuilds village

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Middlesbrough | Middlesbrough…
BBC News – Jan 25, 2007
Lee has not played the required 75% of competitive internationals for his country in the last year but had been injured for the majority he missed. Boro coach Colin Cooper told BBC Radio Cleveland: “We’ve tested him physically and tactically. “He’s missed a lot of football, and he seems keen and very hungry to play. ”

The striker, who has scored 22 goals in 64 appearances for South Korea, has signed an 18-month contract with Boro. Highly-rated Lee missed out on the chance to put himself in the shop window at the 2006 World Cup after injuring knee ligaments in April. And the 2002 semi-finalists missed his predatory eye for goal in Germany when they crashed out at the group stage.

Firms positive on 2012 World Cup
BBC News – Jan 27, 2007
The Grant Thornton study said that just under half the firms anticipated gaining in the run up to the event. However only 14% expected to benefit during the World Cup itself, which provided a financial boost to the German economy in summer 2006. And crime in South Africa was a big worry for firms, the study also said. A total of 84% reported that they or their staff had been a victim of crime in the past year.

Unloved Parreira jets out
Independent Online – Jan 25, 2007
“Before that they’d had teams that played fantastic football but lost. You can’t please everyone. ”

Parreira’s worst criticism at the hands of the Brazilian media undoubtedly came at the end of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Brazil, overwhelming favourites for the tournament, under-performed and were knocked out in the quarterfinals by France. Parreira was widely criticised for sticking with older players like Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo, and not giving a decent chance to younger stars like Cicinho, who had helped Brazil to victory at the Confederations Cup in 2005. One particularly scathing Brazilian journalist, Fernando Calazans, wrote, according to the Guardian newspaper’s Website, that Brazil had played “without a tactical plan, without moves, without standards, without colour, without heat, without zeal. Without grace, without life, without happiness, without personality, without identity.

Great player turns political force
BBC News – Jan 26, 2007
In 1986, Platini and his team were strong favourites to win the World Cup. Their quarter-final with Brazil will go down in football folklore as one of the finest games ever seen, between two teams desperate to put on an exhibition of all that is great about the sport. An exhilarating end-to-end contest finished 1-1, with Zico having a second-half spot-kick saved, before France progressed on penalties, though an exhausted Platini missed his. Into the last four, they once again came up against West Germany. But France could not gain revenge for four years previously and Platini played only one more time for his country.

Young Boyz get in shape for U-17 World Cup qualifiers
Jamaica Observer – Jan 27, 2007
In preparation for its participation in the qualifying CONCACAF tournament, the National Under-17 team has organised a two-game international friendly series against the current world champions, Mexico on February 14 & 16 here in Jamaica. A team such as Mexico that has a history of dominance at this youth level within the region will provide the Jamaicans with worthwhile international experience ahead of the CONCACAF tournament in April. Jamaica drew 0-0 with Mexico in the first round of the 2006 Caribbean Football Union U-16 Tournament in Trinidad in August. Jamaica finished fourth behind the hosts Trinidad while Mexico won the tournament after defeating Haiti 3-0 in the finals. Talk Back

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ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
Irish Times – Jan 27, 2007
The standard of football in Ghana is best recognised by the fact that they won two World Cups at Under-17 level – 1991 and 1995 – while they have twice reached the final and finished third at that level. The West African country also featured strongly at the World Youth Championships to finish runners-up twice in 1993 and 2001. They have won the African Nations Cup on four occasions in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, which makes their absence from a World Cup until this year all the more surprising. The Black Stars lost their coach midway through qualification when Mariano Barreto left to join Portugese club Maritimo… The standard of football in Ghana is best recognised by the fact that they won two World Cups at Under-17 level – 1991 and 1995 – while they have twice reached the final and finished third at that level. The West African country also featured strongly at the World Youth Championships to finish runners-up twice in 1993 and 2001. They have won the African Nations Cup on four occasions in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, which makes their absence from a World Cup until this year all the more surprising. The Black Stars lost their coach midway through qualification when Mariano Barreto left to join Portugese club Maritimo. A stand-in was found in the shape of Sam Arday before Serbian Ratomir Dujkovic took charge in late 2004.

ESPN.com – TENNIS/AUS07 – Wilansky: Williams leaves little doubt…
ESPN – Jan 26, 2007
Expectations had hit a low point, and rightfully so, for a player who dominated the women’s circuit not so long ago. The effects of a chronic knee injury limited Williams to only 16 matches in 2006. Her world ranking plummeted to No. 140, her lowest since 1997. And for the first time in six years, she failed to reach a Grand Slam final. That’s all a moot point now. Fast forward two weeks and six matches later, and the seven-time Grand Slam champion finds herself in a familiar position: center court on the last day of competition.

Ecuadorean footballer rebuilds village
BBC News – Jan 27, 2007
We used to get fungus on our skin because of the dirty water. ”

Football success

The 32-year-old defender explains: “The 2002 World Cup, when Ecuador qualified for the first time, financed the 18km of water pipes and a treatment system. “The 2006 World Cup in Germany, when we reached the second round, was important because the success means I can finance a new sports and community centre, now under construction… The defender calculates he sends about 10% of his salary each month back to Ecuador, sometimes several times a week. There is also the big capital expenditure – like $200,000 for the sports and community centre. A lack of recognition

Despite providing 11 players for the national football team in the past two World Cup finals, the community feels it is not getting any recognition or help. De la Cruz’s best friend is Agustin Delgado, a forward for Ecuador who used to play for Southampton. They grew up together. Delgado set up a football academy in Juncal, next to Piquiucho six years ago. Seventeen graduates already play for two of the top teams in the country.

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