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February 14, 2007

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* … Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
* MAY 2006 – A MONTH IN REVIEW: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Footbal…
* New football coach to scout for overseas talent
* Sogecable sees 2007 paid-TV programming costs increase below 2006’…
* Australia out of 2011 running
* PFF lifts Akhtar’s suspension
* KEANE FORCED TO QUIT FOOTBALL
* … Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
* Ghana`s Black Stars receive more donations
* … CONTENTION: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football Transf…
* Figo to end top-level career in Italy
* … Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
* Al Jazeera English – Sport
* HARGREAVES GETS FANS’ VOTE
* NBA Trade talk vol.1 Atlantic Division

… Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 12, 2007
October 13: FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is astonished by Beckham’s admission and “disappointed with his behaviour”. Beckham issues a statement in which he admits he “made a mistake” and apologises to the FA, England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, his England team-mates and England fans. November 13: Beckham reveals in Sunday newspaper that he will “probably” quit international football after the 2006 World Cup finals. 2005, March 30: Beckham stars and scores as England move closer to a World Cup place with a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan in a qualifier in Newcastle. April 10 – Inspires Real to a 4-2 win over bitter rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu Stadium. October 8 – Sent off after receiving his second yellow card in World Cup qualifying match against Austria. November – Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.

MAY 2006 – A MONTH IN REVIEW: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Footbal…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 14, 2007
Oxford were relegated from the Football League, Colchester and Southend were promoted to the Championship, while Carlisle, Northampton and Leyton Orient went up from League Two. 7th Manchester United claimed second place and automatic Champions League qualification with a 4-0 victory over Charlton on the final day of the Premiership season. It marked Alan Curbishley’s final game as manager of the Addicks and saw Ruud van Nistelrooy make a possible exit from the Red Devils after leaving the ground before kick-off… World Cup-winner Mike Catt was recalled to England’s squad for two Tests in Australia after a near two-year absence. 16th Glenn Roeder was confirmed as Newcastle’s new manager, signing a two-year contract following a successful spell as caretaker boss. Rangers signed Czech Republic midfielder Libor Sionko on a three-year contract from Austria Vienna.

New football coach to scout for overseas talent
Times of India – Feb 12, 2007
Houghton also has plans to cast his net in South Africa, which is an emerging
football power with plenty of players of Indian origin. He would also do well to tap
the talent in the Caribbeans and the US. The path chosen by Houghton has already
been explored by other countries, some of them major football powers. In the 2006 World Cup itself,
there were players who turned out for the country of their forefathers. For
instance, Mauro Camoranesi, the Italian midfielder, continued the tradition of
Argentines of Italian descent playing for their country of origin. For the Chopras and Rajkumars
to play for India some changes would be required to the rules governing the
benefits to Overseas Citizens of India. But that shouldn’t stop the hunt for
overseas football talent to shore up the Indian football team.

Sogecable sees 2007 paid-TV programming costs increase below 2006’…
Forbes – Feb 14, 2007
5 pct year-on-year increase seen in 2006. Speaking during a conference with analysts, executives for the broadcaster said much of the 2006 cost rise was due to payment for World Cup broadcasting rights. ‘We are going to review, and reduce, the 6. 5 pct of programming costs in 2006 for a lower rise in 2007,’ Sogecable CEO Javier Diez de Polanco said. Fourth quarter 2006 programming costs rose by just 1. 1 pct from a year earlier, due a rise in football rights costs and a fall in other costs, the company said… 5 pct of programming costs in 2006 for a lower rise in 2007,’ Sogecable CEO Javier Diez de Polanco said. Fourth quarter 2006 programming costs rose by just 1. 1 pct from a year earlier, due a rise in football rights costs and a fall in other costs, the company said. In an analyst note today from Santander, programming costs were predicted to rise by just 3. 3 pct in 2006 excluding World Cup costs. On audience share at its Free-to-Air channel Cuatro, Polanco said ‘we are in a very strong position.

Australia out of 2011 running
The Australian – Feb 13, 2007
”(But) If the allocation process for 2011 is rigid and we can’t bid then we’d certainly be interested in 2015. ”
Australia wants to host the Asian Cup as soon as possible to strengthen its case to stage the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022, but is wary of trying to jump the queue in Asia. It only joined the AFC in 2006 after ditching Oceania in search of tougher competition and an easier qualifying route to the World Cup, but Australia’s move has drawn a mixed response. While FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said Australia’s shift into Asia would benefit the whole region, not everyone agrees, with the head of Kuwait’s Olympic Committee, Sheikh Talah al Fahd al Sabah, calling for Australia to be kicked out of Asia. Australia qualified ahead of Kuwait for this year’s Asian Cup, to be co-hosted by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam in July, and is among the early favourites to win the tournament. module-content –>.

PFF lifts Akhtar’s suspension
Pakistan Dawn – Feb 12, 2007
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PFF lifts Akhtar?s suspension
By Shazad Ali
KARACHI, Feb 11: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has ended suspension of Akhtar Mohiuddin, the former national football coach who was suspended last year for what PFF believed was violation of code of conduct. Through a letter dated Feb 10, 2007, PFF secretary Arshad Lodhi ?cancelled? the suspension, warning Akhtar to ?remain in parameters of PFF code of conduct. ?
?Please treat PFF letter referred above regarding your suspension as cancelled as requested by you. You are directed to remain within the parameters of PFF code of conduct,? the secretary wrote to the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) football coach. The decision came after Akhtar recently requested PFF to lift the suspension in the interest of football in Pakistan… As a matter of principle, the team, its captain, and probables should have been first approved by PFF president Faisal Saleh Hayat before being announced by headquarters in Lahore. Tariq again came into limelight for all the wrong reasons when he breached the code of conduct, blaming the then chief selector Col Younis Changezi for Pakistan?s poor performance at a press conference. According to Tariq, it was because aging Haroon Yousuf was dropped at the behest of Younis for World Cup qualifiers that Pakistan performed poorly. Yousuf, who was at the twilight of his career, was removed from the World Cup qualifiers squad with an aim to infuse young blood. com Banner Code ————– –>. floor(99999999 * Math.

KEANE FORCED TO QUIT FOOTBALL
Sportinglife.com – Feb 14, 2007
August 15 – Makes United league debut at Norwich. 1994: Marks first season with Manchester United by helping club complete their first League and FA Cup double. Helps the Republic reach the second round of the World Cup in the United States, figuring in all four matches. 1995: Sent off for first time in career for stamping on Crystal Palace’s Gareth Southgate during FA Cup semi-final replay. Hit with disrepute charge by Football Association and later fined ?5,000. Shown red card twice in first three months of 1995-96 campaign, at Blackburn in August and at home to Middlesbrough in October. 1996: March – Sent off on his 30th appearance for the Republic of Ireland against Russia in Mick McCarthy’s first match as manager… Helps the Republic reach the second round of the World Cup in the United States, figuring in all four matches. 1995: Sent off for first time in career for stamping on Crystal Palace’s Gareth Southgate during FA Cup semi-final replay. Hit with disrepute charge by Football Association and later fined ?5,000. Shown red card twice in first three months of 1995-96 campaign, at Blackburn in August and at home to Middlesbrough in October. 1996: March – Sent off on his 30th appearance for the Republic of Ireland against Russia in Mick McCarthy’s first match as manager. May – Helps United clinch historic second double with 1-0 FA Cup Final win over Liverpool. Fails to report for McCarthy’s testimonial and Republic training after going on holiday to Italy, is denied Republic captaincy and left out for six matches by the national boss.

… Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 13, 2007
The atmosphere should be another hurdle for Frankfurt to overcome. “None of my players have experienced anything like it in their lives, except Spycher,” added Funkel. Christoph Spycher was involved in ugly scenes which marred Switzerland’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup at the Ataturk Stadium. He has chosen to remain silent so as to take a little pressure off the trip while his team-mate Benjamin Huggel, who is suspended, will be spared a return to Istanbul. Huggel was banned for four international matches after kicking out at Turkey assistant coach Mehmet Ozdilek in violent scenes in November 2005. Funkel added: “It is going to be a hot, aggressive atmosphere inside the stadium. Both clubs need to win the game to guarantee a place in the last 32, although a draw could see the home side through despite Fener winning just one of their previous three games – a 3-0 success against a depleted Palermo team.

Ghana`s Black Stars receive more donations
AngolaPress – Feb 13, 2007
The officials noted Thursday`s grant from the Continental
Commodities Trading Company (CCTC) which doled out (150,000 US
dollars) and 250 bags of rice to the team at an elaborate
ceremony in Accra. The miners of Ashanti Goldfields, however, still top the list of
sponsors with a three million-dollar package upped by a further
100,000 dollars recently. Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited and Areeba, a mobile phone
service providing company, are some of the major sponsors of the
Germany-bound footballers.

… CONTENTION: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football Transf…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 13, 2007
com!Ruud van Nistelrooy has told Holland coach Marco van Basten he is no longer available for the national team. The 30-year-old Real Madrid striker, who has been capped 54 times by his country, has not featured at international level since last summer’s World Cup. His announcement will come as a blow to van Basten, who thought he had built some bridges with the former Manchester United man. “(It is) disappointing, I always played for Oranje with much pleasure and I would have liked to continue to do that,” said van Nistelrooy in a statement. Van Basten said: “We [himself and assistant John van’t Schip] have had a good conversation [with Van Nistelrooy] in Madrid about the cooperation over the past year. “We ironed out some folds… Van Basten told van Nistelrooy he could not guarantee him a starting place in the side. “We have told Ruud when he asked us about this, that the situation about his position is no longer the same as a year ago. “In 2006, we saw other candidates for the striking position. “That is why he should be prepared to compete with the others. We cannot guarantee him a starting place. That would be not be fair to the other candidates for the position. That standpoint was the obstacle for Van Nistelrooy to make himself available for Holland again.

Figo to end top-level career in Italy
The Australian – Feb 13, 2007
"I’m waiting to see if I go or not," he said. "Any decision has to be taken carefully and thoughtfully. "
Figo quit international football with 127 caps after Portugal finished fourth at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. He joined Inter in 2005 having previously worn the colours of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon. module-content –>.

… Football | Bolton v Arsenal Live, Football Scores, Football…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 14, 2007
Wanderers’ fringe players gave manager Sam Allardyce plenty to think about as a much-changed line up gave Coca-Cola League One promotion-chasers Doncaster a footballing lesson. Midfield playmaker Andranik, signed by Allardyce in the summer after appearing in the 2006 World Cup finals, slammed home the fourth goal soon after the restart to put the game well beyond Rovers. Doncaster made two changes from the side who helped mark the first match at their new ?32million home on New Year’s Day with a 3-0 league win over Huddersfield. Gareth Roberts (suspended) and Paul Green were replaced by James Coppinger and Brian Stock respectively. Bolton made wholesale changes – goalkeeper Ian Walker, Abdoulaye Meite, Stelios Giannokopoulos, Ricardo Gardner, Andranik, Quinton Fortune, Ricardo Vaz Te and Tal all drafted into the starting line-up. Paul Heffernan had claims for an early penalty waved away when Abdoulaye Faye caught him while chasing a through ball into the penalty area.

Al Jazeera English – Sport
Aljazeera.net – Feb 13, 2007
“So within the AFC region there are many opportunities to re-develop the national leagues, and also our AFC continental club competitions, to ensure we are competitive and progressive. Bin Hammam, who is expected to be re-elected to the AFC presidency in May, told AFP that poor competition structures in Asia were directly to blame for the inadequate performances of South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Qatari gives the English Premier League as an example of what he would like to see Asian football leagues strive for. “There are different things to be learned from many leagues around the world,” Bin Hammam said. “We look mainly at some of the European leagues, and particularly the commercial success of the FA Premier League.

HARGREAVES GETS FANS’ VOTE
Sportinglife.com – Feb 12, 2007
usBy Simon Stone, PA Sport Chief Football WriterOwen Hargreaves has been named Nationwide England Player of the Year. The midfielder, who looks increasingly likely to remain at Bayern Munich for the rest of the season despite much-publicised interest from Manchester United, had already been voted best England player at the World Cup. Now the 26-year-old has scooped a second individual award after receiving 29% of the vote in a fans’ poll conducted on the official Football Association website, beating off competition from Steven Gerrard (18%) and Peter Crouch (15%). Hargreaves, who won 14 caps during 2006, is currently in the final stages of his recovery from a broken leg and hopes to be fit for the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Israel and Andorra at the end of March. “Any time you can receive the support of the fans is very special,” Hargreaves told www… The midfielder, who looks increasingly likely to remain at Bayern Munich for the rest of the season despite much-publicised interest from Manchester United, had already been voted best England player at the World Cup. Now the 26-year-old has scooped a second individual award after receiving 29% of the vote in a fans’ poll conducted on the official Football Association website, beating off competition from Steven Gerrard (18%) and Peter Crouch (15%). Hargreaves, who won 14 caps during 2006, is currently in the final stages of his recovery from a broken leg and hopes to be fit for the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Israel and Andorra at the end of March. “Any time you can receive the support of the fans is very special,” Hargreaves told www. “I am hoping 2007 will be a really good year too.

NBA Trade talk vol.1 Atlantic Division
SportingNews.com – SportingNews.com (subscription) – Feb 13, 2007
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