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Football News - Blatter, 2010 & Lineker 27/10/02
'King Blatter' To Abdicate in 2006
Employing regal language befitting his status as the most omnipotent figure
in world football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced he would step
down in 2006. Blatter was re-elected for a second term in office in May
this year, easily defeating Cameroon's Issa Hayatou 139 votes to 56 .
Blatter, who will be 70 when his second term expires, said in an interview
with Sports Business Magazine, that he would hand-pick his successor
in 2004 - FIFA's centenary year. 'At that time I will be able to foresee
who should or could be in such a position.'
Blatter still faces a legal challenge initiated by former FIFA General Secretary
Secretary, Michel Zen-Ruffinen, alleging corruption and malfeasance during
his autocratic reign. However, only two of the initial 11 signatories -
Italy's Antonio Mattarese and South Korea's Chung Mong Joon - appear interested
in persuing the case.
Brazil's To Mint World Cup Coins
Brazil's Central Bank will mint a special series of gold and silver coins
in celebration of the national team's fifth World Cup win in Korea/Japan
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World Cup 2010 Bidding
FIFA has written to the 52 member countries of the African Soccer Federation (CAF)
informing them that they have until the end of this year to declare an interest
in hosting the 2010 tournament. Interested nations will then be asked to
reconfirm by April 30, 2003 with the final decision to be taken in May 2004.
South Africa are the front-runners to host Africa's first World Cup after
narrowly missing out to Germany for the 2006 competition.
Turkey Joins 2003 Confederations Cup
Turkey has accepted an invitation from FIFA to join holders, France, World Cup
winners, Brazil, South American champions Colombia, New Zealand, Cameroon,
the USA and Japan in the 2003 Confederations Cup to be played in Lyon, Pais
and St. Etienne, France June 18-29.
Jubilo Iwate are three points clear of Gamba Osaka at the top of the J.League
Second Stage following a 3-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos. Urawa Reds fell
to third after losing their second straight game 1-0 at home to Tokyo Verdy
1969. Kyoto Purple Sanga ended a three match losing streak with a 2-1 extra
time win over Nagoya and remain in eigth place.Consadole Sapporo became
the first club to be relegated following a 3-2 over-time loss to fourth-place
The Chunnam Dragons closed the gap at the top of the K.League to four points
with a 2-1 win over Busan I.cons while leaders Songnam Chumna fell 1-0 away
to the Anyang Cheetahs. The Cheetahs, Ulsan Tigers and Pohang Steelers are
all tied for third place on 32 points.
Leicester City Go Into Administration
Leicester City is the latest English club to go into financial administration
with debts of over US$70 million. Players have already agreed to a wage
deferment deal at the Division one club, which was relegated from the Premiership
last season. Former striker and home-town boy, Gary Lineker is heading a
new consortium bidding to take charge at Leicester. Liverpool striker Emile
Heskey, who began his career at 'The Foxes' has also pledged around US$160,000
to Lineker's appeal. The Lineker consortium faces a rival take-over bid
from another 'mystery' consortium.
Derby County, who were also relegated from the Premier League along side
Leicester, have asked their players to take a 25% pay-cut in addition to
a 20% cut at the end of last season. Life outside the Premiership is becoming
increasingly precarious following the collapse of ITV Digital and their
multi-million pound TV rights deal with Nationwide Football League clubs.
Colombian Player Killed by Lightening
Herman Gaviria, a member of the ill-fated 1994 Colombian World Cup squad, was
killed by a bolt of lightening during training with his team Deportivo Cali
this week. Another player, Giovany Cordoba, remains in critical condition.
League-leading scorer Carlos Ruiz netted a golden goal in sudden death overtime
as L.A. Galaxy won their first ever MLS Cup championship with a dramatic
1-0 victory over New England Revolution in front of a 60,000 crowd. Four
days later L.A. Galaxy were on the receiving end of a 1-0 scoreline in the
U.S. Open Cup as they went down to Columbus Crew in Ohio.
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