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January 30, 2007

Top Socialist sacked for saying French team is ‘too black’

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The News Review:

* IOL: Parreira: Soccer’s ultimate pragmatist
* … – Football | Premiership Live, West Ham v Liverpool, Footbal…
* Owen Hargreaves column
* Top Socialist sacked for saying French team is ‘too black’
* Scotland; Is Big Eck The Right Man?
* Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
* ABC Sport – Football – Barca retain top spot
* – TENNIS/AUS07 – Australian Open: Domination by Serena
* – TENNIS – Re-Pete: Sampras to compete in over-30 tournament
* – HORSE – Finley: Barbaro’s legacy positive
* – MLB – Bonds passes physical, inks 1-year deal from Giants

IOL: Parreira: Soccer’s ultimate pragmatist
Independent Online – Jan 29, 2007
One might have thought a lover of painting, oriental carpets, and the theatre might prefer an artistic form of football. But Parreira is football’s ultimate pragmatist. “History remembers champions, not good football,” he said during the team’s World Cup 2006 campaign, Parreira’s third spell in charge of Brazil, as complaints rang out about the way Brazil were performing. Ultimately, however, Brazil were knocked out in the quarterfinals, and Parreira comes to South Africa unloved as a coach in his home nation. There also has to be some doubt about Parreira’s achievements with smaller nations. He did well with Kuwait, but he failed to win a match with the UAE in Italy, and was sacked during the 1998 World Cup finals when coach of Saudi Arabia. Whether he can turn a bedraggled South Africa into a winning team remains to be seen.

… – Football | Premiership Live, West Ham v Liverpool, Footbal… – Jan 30, 2007
FIFA have so far only backed Africa as hosts. Mbeki agreed the challenge of staging a successful tournament would be “huge”. “There’s been, by all accounts, a very successful 2006 World Cup. Germany has organised very well, so I think we understand the eyes of the world now turn on South Africa,” he said. “We have to focus very closely on all elements that concern the preparations for the World Cup, stadiums, transport, communications, security, all of these elements. “It’s going to be demanding work clearly, but the 2010 Local Organising Committee members have been in Germany the whole of this month seeing what the Germans have been doing. Indeed, they have been visiting Germany even before that to see the preparations.

Owen Hargreaves column
BBC News – Jan 30, 2007
Meanwhile recently Franz Beckenbauer, the head of Germany’s 2006 World Cup organising committee, said he would support a bid from England to host the next World Cup which is set to be staged in Europe, in 2018. If England was to host the tournament then it would present the country with a massive opportunity. For me as a player the 2006 World Cup was a chance to present myself to a wider public but for Germany it was a chance to redefine how it is perceived. During last year’s World Cup a lot of the England players told me they could not believe how beautiful Germany was. My cousin came over from Wales for a week and said that she found Germany and its people so lovely that she would now seriously consider it as a holiday destination… I think that they helped to create such a great atmosphere through the tournament that it helped the young German team reach the semi-finals. In Germany they reckon that whatever Beckenbauer says then happens. I think he understands that only a few countries in the world have the passion for football that England has. A World Cup takes years of preparation – the tournament itself is the icing on the cake – and in Germany the standard of organisation was exceptional. But I think Beckenbauer knows that a World Cup can have a much greater importance than what happens out on the pitch.

Top Socialist sacked for saying French team is ‘too black’
Guardian Unlimited – Jan 28, 2007
The comments are particularly embarrassing for the left, as the issue of the composition of the team in France has usually been associated with the country’s far right. When France won the World Cup in 1998, the leader of the National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen complained that the ‘Black, Blanc, Beur’ – Black, White and Arab – team that won the World Cup did not look sufficiently ‘French’. During the 2006 World Cup, Le Pen returned to the theme, accusing Raymond Domenech of selecting too many black players.

Scotland; Is Big Eck The Right Man?
Squarefootball – Jan 29, 2007
Walter Smith rocked the SFA just over two weeks ago by deciding to quit the post to take over at Rangers, so the haste with which a successor has been found will doubtless be welcomed. Yet opinion is still somewhat split about whether the former Aberdeen defender is the right man to lead Scotland in the remainder of their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and beyond. He inherits a side sitting top of Euro 2008 Qualifying Group B, unbeaten in its first four outings. That run included a shock 1-0 victory over 2006 World Cup finalists France, when Gary Caldwell?s goal was met with a fair degree of national delirium… Yet opinion is still somewhat split about whether the former Aberdeen defender is the right man to lead Scotland in the remainder of their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and beyond. He inherits a side sitting top of Euro 2008 Qualifying Group B, unbeaten in its first four outings. That run included a shock 1-0 victory over 2006 World Cup finalists France, when Gary Caldwell?s goal was met with a fair degree of national delirium. Yet with world champions Italy also lurking in a tough looking section aswell as an improving Ukraine, McLeish was wise to play down Scotland?s chances of reaching their first major international tournament since France ?98. The Scots have yet to face Italy either home or away, and still have the small matter of a visit to Paris on the agenda in September. With matches against Georgia and Lithuania also on the fixture list before then, McLeish needs to settle in quickly to his new role. The wave of optimism surrounding Scottish football at the moment could soon evaporate should the side fall out of contention for Austria and Switzerland in the coming months.

Dispatch Online – Your premier Eastern Cape news site
Dispatch Online – Jan 30, 2007
They play Premier Soccer League outfit Bloemfontein Celtic next Wednesday, also at the Absa Stadium. The visiting Swedes were welcomed by a contingent of soccer officials and local politicians, including the Eastern Cape 2010 soccer World Cup co-ordinator, Gogo Manqoyi, Buffalo City mayoral representative Mamkomo Pango, Buffalo City 2010 Project Manager, Vuyo Zambodla, and Safa Amathole vice-president Xolani Bishoti. Bishoti is also the president of the Buffalo City Local Football Association. Their coach, Per Olsson, and his assistant, Thomas Anderson, made it clear that to them the visit was a routine pre-season tour. Olsson said he would be experimenting with new players in preparation for the re-start of the Swedish First Division (Allsvenskan) which resumes in April. ?Results are not important to us. We want to play our football and concentrate on our own game… ?We are here to win both games and play good football,? he said. Olsson was a student of former Bafana Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter, with whom he said he coached in the early 1990s. Baxter coached Bafana Bafana until he resigned in 2005 following his failure to take Bafana to the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Squad: Goalkeepers: Mattias Hugosson; Martin Sundstr?m; Peter Bergqvist. Defenders: Tomas Hedlund; Andre Grim; Andreas Revahl; Anders Wikstr?m; Daniel Bernhardsson; Jonathan Hellstr?m (Swedish Under 19 International); Andreas Dahlen. Midfielders: Johannes Ericsson (Captain); Yannick Ngabo Bapupa (from Democratic Republic of Congo); Johan Claesson; Mathias Woxlin; Petter Osterberg; Jonas Lantto (Swedish internation – 11 Junior Caps); Marcus Hansson (Swedish Under-17 International); Tomas Fernandez Gonzalez; Rene Muzola Makondele (DRC International – Star of the team). Strikers: Johan Oremo; Daniel Ytterbom; Tomasz Stolpa; Daniel Westlin; Joel Stillmark.

ABC Sport – Football – Barca retain top spot – Jan 29, 2007
Ronaldinho restored the home side’s lead with a disputed penalty soon after, and substitute Ludovic Giuly scored a breakaway goal at the end to seal the victory. Barcelona have 42 points, one ahead of second-placed Sevilla who earlier beat Levante 4-2 for their first win of 2007. The UEFA Cup holders were set on their way by Frederic Kanoute, who finished off a swift break in the first half, before Alexander Kerzhakov doubled the lead early in the second. Levante’s Damiano Tommasi scored an own-goal to put Sevilla 3-0 ahead in the 66th minute but the game was far from over as the home side fought back. An Ian Harte corner was glanced in by Frederic Dehu in the 68th and soon after Harte’s free kick was headed home by Gustavo Reggi, before the excellent Alejandro Alfaro wrapped up the win for the visitors with a late header. Real Madrid are third with 38 points after losing 1-0 at Villarreal on Saturday. Fourth-placed Valencia remain on 36 after they fell 2-1 at Real Betis to two goals from Brazilian striker Robert. – TENNIS/AUS07 – Australian Open: Domination by Serena
ESPN – Jan 29, 2007
1 ranked player in the world come Monday, Maria Sharapova’s absolute reign over the rest of the women’s tour will have to wait a little longer. That’s because Serena Williams absolutely crushed the top-seeded Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Australian Open. The fact that she won another Grand Slam title is not a surprise; but the manner in which she won this one made Serena the story of the tournament. – TENNIS – Re-Pete: Sampras to compete in over-30 tournament
ESPN – Jan 29, 2007
Open final in September 2002. He didn’t announce his retirement until a year later, then neverreally re-emerged until playing exhibitions and World Team Tennisin 2006. But those didn’t get his competitive juices flowing theway he expects the senior events will. “The stakes are a little bit higher playing in a tournament andagainst some former greats,” Sampras said. “There’s a sense ofsatisfaction in that. Not like it used to be, but you want to winand play well. – HORSE – Finley: Barbaro’s legacy positive
ESPN – Jan 30, 2007
Horses get hurt at racetracks every day and many have to be euthanized. Too many horses who come off the track have no place to go and are in risk of being sent to slaughter. In 2006, 100,800 horses were slaughtered in the three-foreign owned slaughterhouses operating in this country. That shocking number includes thousands of ex-race horses. Horse racing will never be perfect, but the point is that it can always make improvements and people should never stop trying to make it a sport that is kinder to its horses. After all, after what we have all seen with Barbaro, never again can anyone claim that people don’t care about the horses. – MLB – Bonds passes physical, inks 1-year deal from Giants
ESPN – Jan 30, 2007
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