Tuesday, September 06, 2005

[forza_italia] Digest Number 292

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1. ISFA football news update - full coverage from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania
From: "Sam Crozier" <scro3982@bigpond.net.au>


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Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 13:11:06 +1000
From: "Sam Crozier" <scro3982@bigpond.net.au>
Subject: ISFA football news update - full coverage from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania

World Cup qualifying: Brazil samba over bland Chile

The spectators who forked out between R$60 and R$300 (US$20-100) for tickets at Brasilia's Mané Garrincha were treated to a five-goal party that saw Brazil through to hunt down the holy grail of the 'hexa' (sixth World Cup)...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17495
World Cup qualifying: Paraguay stun Argentina

Roque Santa Cruz scored an early goal to give Paraguay a 1-0 win over Argentina, their first ever in a World Cup qualifier, and move them close to a place at the 2006 World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17494
Group analysis of European World Cup qualifying

Group-by-group analysis of European World Cup qualifying, ahead of a further 24 matches being played on Wednesday...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17493
African World Cup Qualifying Report

The battle for Africa's five representatives in the 2006 World Cup finals continue and a couple of stunning results emerged from last weekend's qualifying matches...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17492
World Cup qualifying: Cole fires lacklustre England to the top

A deflected shot by midfielder Joe Cole gave England a laboured 1-0 victory over Wales in their World Cup Group Six qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17491
World Cup qualifying Recap: USA 2, Mexico 0

With a 2-0 win over Mexico in front of 24,685 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, the Red, White, and Blue are the first to qualify from CONCACAF for Germany 2006...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17490
US: MLS Wrap

Rundown of all the action from the latest round of the MLS...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17489
World Cup qualifying: Zalayeta hat-trick lifts Uruguay

Uruguay moved up to fifth position on the table after a dramatic 3-2 victory over direct rivals Colombia at the Estadio Centenario in front of over 60,000 fans...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17488
Van Nistelrooy shows Dutch the way to 2006 World Cup

The Dutch put in their worst performance of their World Cup qualifying campaign so far in Armenia, but still ended the day with a 1-0 win and a guaranteed playoff spot for next year's finals in Germany...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17487
World Cup qualifying: Cameroon eye finals after stunning Ivory Coast

Angola, Ghana and Togo kept on course for a first ever World Cup finals appearance, but wins for the trio were overshadowed by a storming performance from Cameroon...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17486
World Cup qualifying: Venezuela thump Peru, keep mathematical hopes alive

Venezuela have thumped Peru 4-1 to keep alive a mathematical chance of qualifying for their first World Cup...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17485
World Cup qualifying: Uzbekistan beat Bahrain to take slender playoff lead

Uzbekistan beat Bahrain 1-0 in the first leg of a controversial Asian Zone World Cup qualifying playoff match in Tashkent...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17484
World Cup qualifying: Scots revive hopes after deserved draw with Italy

Scotland revived their slender hopes of making it to the World Cup Finals in Germany next summer with an impressive performance against Italy which ended in a 1-1 draw...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17483
World Cup qualifying: Adriano hat-trick increases Brazil dilemma

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has an embarrassment of riches... One of the following five players has to be left out of the team: Ronaldo, Adriano, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17482
World Cup qualifying: 2010 hosts South Africa almost out

South Africa's slim hopes of reaching the 2006 World Cup finals are all but over after a 3-1 defeat away to Burkina Faso...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17481
Early goals put Ghana on brink of World Cup finals

Early goals from Michael Essien and Matthew Amoah earned Ghana a comfortable 2-0 win over Uganda in Kumasi on Sunday and put them one point away from their first World Cup finals appearance...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17480
World Cup qualifying: Guinea qualify for African Nations Cup finals

Guinea joined the list of qualifiers for next year's African Nations Cup finals after beating Malawi 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17479
World Cup qualifying (Africa): Dreams made, and crushed

Overjoyed Ghanaians cheered wildly and honked car horns to celebrate their Black Stars World Cup qualifier 2-0 victory over Uganda, echoing jubilant scenes in victorious Togo and Cameroon...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17478
Australia outclass Solomons to the tune of seven

Australia will take a 7-0 advantage into their second-leg World Cup Oceania playoff in Honiara on Tuesday, after outclassing the Solomon Islands in front of 14,715 spectators at Aussie Stadium...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17504
Muscat earns point for Melbourne

Former Australian international defender Kevin Muscat scored a late penalty goal for Melbourne Victory to salvage a 2-2 draw with Perth Glory in their A-League match in front of a sellout crowd of almost 18,000 at Olympic Park...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17503
Honours even in Central Coast-Newcastle derby

Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets were forced to share the spoils with a 1-1 draw in a sometimes heated A-League local derby...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17502
Easy as expected, says Australian coach Hiddink

Guus Hiddink described his Australian national coaching debut thrashing of the Solomon Islands as "easy"; admitting many facets of the game worked on during training would be better tested against higher quality opposition...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17501
Queensland warned to curb raw aggression

Queensland Roar midfielder Matt McKay has warned his A-League teammates to curb their aggression or risk being sidelined for crucial games later in the season...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17500
Australia's Grella unhappy with timing

Australian international midfielder Vince Grella has slammed the scheduling of Australia's Oceania World Cup qualifier second leg against the Solomon Islands in Honiara, set to be played in searing 30 degree-plus temperatures in the middle of the day...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17499
Forgotten feeling for Australian captain Viduka

Mark Viduka admitted to being unsure about his responsibilities as skipper in the Oceania World Cup playoff against the Solomon Islands...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17498
Injury sends Queensland's Shin home

Queensland Roar midfielder Tae-Yong Shin will return to Korea later this week to discover the extent of a recurring ankle injury...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17497
FIFA to probe Kewell deal

Liverpool and Leeds face the threat of a transfer ban for using an unlicensed agent in Harry Kewell's move...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17496
World Cup qualifying: Balaban double earns Croatia 3-1 win over Iceland

Bosko Balaban scored twice in six minutes to help Croatia beat Iceland 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier and stay on course for a place in next year's finals in Germany...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17477
Tunisia edge closer to World Cup with 2-0 win in Kenya

African champions Tunisia moved to within one point of a third successive World Cup finals after beating 10-man Kenya 2-0 behind closed doors in Nairobi...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17476
World Cup qualifying: Angola take step closer to World Cup finals

Angola are one win away from qualifying for the World Cup finals for the first time after a 3-0 home victory over Gabon...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17475
World Cup qualifying: Late burst keeps Nigeria's World Cup hopes alive

Three goals in the last eight minutes ensured Nigeria kept alive their chances of World Cup qualification with a 5-2 away win over Algeria...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17474
World Cup qualifying: John's late double keeps Trinidad in the hunt

Stern John scored twice in the last five minutes as Trinidad and Tobago produced a dramatic comeback to beat Guatemala 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17473
World Cup qualifying: Denmark hold Turkey 2-2 to put Ukraine through

Substitute Soren Larsen scored an injury-time equaliser to earn Denmark a 2-2 draw in Turkey and send Ukraine into the 2006 World Cup as winners of Group Two...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17472
World Cup qualifying: Delgado double moves Ecuador closer to World Cup

Agustin Delgado scored twice to give Ecuador a 2-1 win away to Bolivia and put them on the brink of a second successive World Cup appearance...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17471
Japan: J-League- Gamba jump into first

"I'm glad I left Araujo in..." Gamba Osaka manager Nishino said, as he admitted that he toyed with the idea of switching J-league's #1 scorer for Masanobu Matsunami after a dangerous first half against Tokyo Verdy...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17470
Korea: K-League- Battling Bucheon in first

In the sole K-League fixture of the day, Bucheon SK jumped into first place with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Chunnam Dragons...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17469
World Cup qualifying: Ukraine qualify as World Cup fever intensifies

Ukraine have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time, while the United States booked their place for the fifth time in a row...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17468
World Cup qualifying: Morocco squeeze past Botswana thanks to El Karkouri

Morocco remained one point behind Group E leaders Tunisia after a second-half goal from Talal El-Karkouri clinched a 1-0 win over Botswana in their World Cup African zone qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17467
World Cup qualifying: Karhan double gives Slovakia win over Germany

Slovakia took advantage of Germany's ongoing defensive problems to beat the World Cup hosts 2-0 in a friendly international...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17466
World Cup qualifying: France brush aside Faroes with Cisse double

Two goals from an outstanding Djibril Cisse helped France overrun the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17465
World Cup qualifying: Croatia determined to deny Sweden top spot in group

Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar expects a tight struggle with Sweden for the top spot in their World Cup qualifying group and is confident his side would emerge victorious...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17464
World Cup qualifying: Costa Rica cruise to easy win in Panama

Costa Rica emerged as firm favourites to take the third CONCACAF spot at the 2006 World Cup after their 3-1 win away to Panama...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17463
Spain warm up for Serbia with 2-1 win over Canada

Neatly taken strikes from Raul Tamudo and Fernando Morientes earned unimpressive Spain a 2-1 win at home to Canada in a friendly international...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17462
US: New England set for MLS record

Super sub Khano Smith scored in the 76th minute to give the New England Revolution a 1-0 victory at Real Salt Lake...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17461
China: C-League title race opens up

The Chinese Super League suddenly changed its complexion as Tianjin Teda's Yu Genwei inflicted Dalian Shide's second defeat of the season and second-placed Shanghai Shenhua scored a vital winner to close the gap at the top to seven points...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17460
World Cup qualifying: Ecuador's Delgado at the double against Bolivia

Ecuador worked hard to overcome a struggling Bolivian side in the altitude of La Paz, and almost certainly guaranteed themselves a place in next year's World Cup Finals in Germany...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17459
World Cup qualifying: Sweden beat 10-man Bulgaria 3-0

Sweden produced a second-half blast to beat Bulgaria 3-0 in their World Cup Group Eight qualifier and stay firmly in the hunt for a place in the finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17458
World Cup qualifying: Libya qualify for African Nations Cup finals

Libya qualified for their first appearance at the African Nations Cup finals in more than two decades, but their celebrations were tempered by a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Sudan in Tripoli...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17457
World Cup qualifying: Zimbabwe beat Rwanda to qualify for African Nations Cup

Zimbabwe qualified for the African Nations Cup finals by beating Rwanda 3-1 in Harare to make sure of a berth at next January's tournament...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17456
World Cup qualifying: Switzerland, Israel miss chance to pull clear

Switzerland and Israel did just about enough to keep their World Cup qualifying chances alive after scrapping their way through a messy 1-1 draw...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17455
World Cup qualifying: South Africa struggling to reach African Nations Cup

South Africa, out of the 2006 World Cup finals, are also struggling to reach next year's African Nations Cup finals after all but two places in the 16-team field were settled at the weekend...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17454
World Cup qualifying: Serbs set record in win over Lithuania

Goals from Mateja Kezman and Sasa Ilic gave Serbia and Montenegro a 2-0 win over Lithuania in their World Cup qualifier and lifted them to the top of Group Seven...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17453
World Cup qualifying: Portugal rout Luxembourg to close in on finals

Pauleta and Simao Sabrosa hit two goals apiece to help Portugal crush Luxembourg 6-0, to take a big step towards next year's World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17452
World Cup qualifying: Poles squeeze past Austria to top group

Celtic striker Maciej Zurawski squeezed home a penalty rebound to give Poland an edgy 3-2 victory at home to Austria, which keeps them above England at the top of World Cup qualifying Group Six...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17451
World Cup qualifying: Pedersen's last-gasp strike for Norway sinks Slovenia

Morten Gamst Pedersen's dramatic injury-time winner gave Norway a 3-2 triumph over Slovenia in their World Cup Group Five qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17450
World Cup qualifying: Northern Ireland beat Azerbaijan 2-0 to end win drought

Northern Ireland ended a four-year stretch without a competitive home win with a 2-0 victory over bottom-placed Azerbaijan in their World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17449
World Cup qualifying: Mutu revives Romania hopes after 2-0 win over Czechs

Juventus striker Adrian Mutu has fired Romania to a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic, to revive their hopes of reaching next year's World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17448
World Cup qualifying: Latvia qualification hopes jolted by defeat in Estonia

Latvia's chances of World Cup qualification took a nosedive when they lost 2-1 to Baltic neighbours Estonia in a Group Three game...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17447
World Cup qualifying: Kerzhakov double leads Russia past Liechtenstein

Alexander Kerzhakov's double helped Russia overcome spirited Liechtenstein 2-0 in a World Cup Group Three qualifier to keep alive their hopes of reaching next year's finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17446
World Cup qualifying: France and Spain need to show their pedigree

The log jam in Group Four of European qualifying for the 2006 World Cup could be eased on Wednesday, when Ireland face France in one of the juiciest of the night's 24 games...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17445
Gamba top in Japan for first time in five years

Gamba Osaka have won 1-0 at Tokyo Verdy to go top of the J-League for the first time in five years...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17443
CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying Preview: Uruguay v Colombia

Uruguay and Colombia face off in a vital encounter that will determine a huge part of their World Cup fates...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17442
Hungary thump Malta 4-0 to keep alive World Cup chances

Hungary crushed Group Eight rivals Malta 4-0 to keep alive their outside chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17441
World Cup qualifying: Bosnia beat Belgium to revive finals hopes

Sergej Barbarez's second half goal gave Bosnia a 1-0 win over Belgium, reviving their hopes of qualifying from World Cup Group Seven...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17440
World Cup qualifying: Toughest part still to come for resurgent France

France's convincing 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands was a necessary step on the road to the 2006 World Cup finals, but the toughest part of the week is still to come with a trip to Dublin...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17439
World Cup qualifying: Norway coach a relieved man

Norway coach Aage Hareide was a relieved man after a last-gasp Morten Gamst Pedersen strike enabled his side to grab a crucial 3-2 win over Slovenia...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17438
World Cup qualifying: England aim for two wins

England can avoid the need for a nail-biting World Cup qualifying group finale against Poland if they defeat Northern Ireland and Austria in their next two matches...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17437
World Cup qualifying: Albania savour 2-1 win over Kazakhstan

Albania beat Kazkhstan 2-1 to take their tally to 12 points in Group Two, the most points they have ever collected in a World or European Championship qualifying competition...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17436
World Cup qualifying: Eight teams so far join Germany in World Cup finals

The following countries have secured a berth alongside hosts Germany in the 32-team 2006 World Cup finals following the weekend's qualifying matches...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17435
World Cup qualifying: Andorra stand firm to hold Finland

Andorra have produced an impressive defensive display to earn a 0-0 draw at home to Finland, effectively ending the Scandinavian side's 2006 World Cup qualifying hopes...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17434
World Cup qualifying: England make heavy weather of new system

England shuffled closer to next year's World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over Wales, without doing anything to advance their claim as potential winners of the trophy...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17433
Brazil: Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos injuries not serious

Striker Ronaldo and defender Roberto Carlos limped out of Brazil's 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Chile, but their injuries were not serious, the team said...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17432
Marquez threatens to boycott Mexico

Mexico defender Rafael Marquez has threatened to boycott the team and not play the World Cup if coach Ricardo La Volpe is sacked, local media said...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17431
Spain put brave face on uninspiring win over Canada

Spain coach Luis Aragones said their uninspiring 2-1 friendly win over Canada would not affect the outcome of this week's World Cup qualifier against Serbia & Montenegro...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17430
England don't impress Wales manager Toshack

England have been told they still have to prove they can compete with the top six in the world...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17429
Brazil: Romario to carry on playing

Former Brazil striker Romario has shelved plans to retire this December and revealed he will now play on until the end of 2006...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17428
Ecuador, Paraguay move closer to World Cup

Ecuador and Paraguay put themselves on the brink of qualifying for next year's World Cup after winning key matches...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17427
World Cup qualifying: Uzbekistan want FIFA to probe disallowed penalty

Uzbekistan have called for a FIFA probe after a referee controversially disallowed a penalty in their World Cup qualifier with Bahrain...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17426
Brazil coach says freedom key

World champions Brazil are successful because their style is less mechanical and robotic than European teams, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17425
World Cup qualifying: Brazil's Ronaldo will never ask for time off again

A regretful Ronaldo said that he would never ask to be rested from Brazil matches again...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17424
World Cup qualifying: Back to the drawing board for Argentina coach Pekerman

Argentina coach Jose Pekerman tinkered again and his side slumped to their third defeat in four months, this time going down 1-0 to neighbours Paraguay in their World Cup qualifier in Asuncion...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17423
World Cup qualifying: US beat Mexico to reach finals

Second-half goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the United States a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Mexico to secure their place in the 2006 World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17422
World Cup qualifying: Wolfsburg's Karhan at the double for Slovakia

Two first-half goals from VfL Wolfsburg's Miroslav Karhan gave Slovakia a thoroughly deserved victory over Jürgen Klinsmann's inconsistent Germany in Bratislava...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17421
World Cup qualifying: Ukrainians toast success with Soviet champagne

Jubilant Ukrainian fans drenched their players in Soviet champagne after the team returned to Kiev with a ticket to the World Cup finals for the first time in the nation's history...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17420
World Cup qualifying: Scots call up Severin for Norway crunch

Scotland set off for a make-or-break World Cup qualifier in Norway, with manager Walter Smith sweating over the fitness of his three first-choice midfielders...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17419
World Cup qualifying: Zalayeta hat-trick gives Uruguay dramatic win

Striker Marcelo Zalayeta scored a hat-trick to give Uruguay a dramatic 3-2 win over Colombia...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17418
World Cup qualifying: Uzbeks consider complaint after playoff controversy

Uzbekistan officials are considering lodging a complaint with FIFA after Japanese referee Toshimitsu Yoshida controversially ruled out a first-half penalty during their Asian World Cup playoff victory over Bahrain...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17417
World Cup qualifying: Ronaldo attempts to break five-match Brazil duck

Ronaldo will attempt to break a five-match scoring duck for world champions Brazil in their World Cup qualifier at home to Chile...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17416
World Cup qualifying: Ukraine through to 2006 World Cup finals

Ukraine have secured qualification for next year's World Cup finals, after Turkey's 2-2 draw with Denmark handed them an unassailable lead in Group Two...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17415
World Cup qualifying: Salas and Pinilla to lead Chile attack against Brazil

Veteran striker Marcelo Salas will partner Sporting Lisbon's Mauricio Pinilla in a two-man attack when Chile face world champions Brazil...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17414
World Cup qualifying: Mutu double earns Romania victory over Czechs

Juventus striker Adrian Mutu fired Romania to a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic to keep alive their hopes of reaching next year's World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17413
World Cup qualifying: England must do better in Belfast, says Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson called on England to move up a gear against Northern Ireland next week after they toiled to beat Wales 1-0 in their World Cup Group Six qualifier...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17412
World Cup qualifying: Duff fit for Ireland's France clash

Winger Damien Duff is fit and available to take his place in a confident Ireland team for this week's World Cup qualifier against a resurgent France at Lansdowne Road...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17411
France: PSG hit by FIFA double player ban

World football's ruling body FIFA have thrown a spanner into the works of Paris Saint Germain after revoking a temporary permit which allowed two promising Uruguayan players to be transferred to the club...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17410
Brazil (Seleção): World Cup classification bonuses revealed

According to reports published in respected São Paulo broadsheet 'A Folha De São Paulo', AC Milan's Dida and Cafú are slated to pocket around US$25,000 as soon as Brazil qualify for the German World Cup finals in 2006...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17409
Brazil: Corinthians' Tevez criticised for red cards

Corinthians coach Marcio Bittencourt apparently has grown weary of Carlos Tevez's red cards, publicly criticising the Argentine international after his second dismissal in less than 30 days...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17408
World Cup qualifying: Italy coach Lippi blows his top as pressure mounts

Italy national team coach Marcello Lippi let his usually elegant style slip when he swore at a television cameraman following his side's 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at the weekend...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17407
World Cup qualifying: Foreign-based trio pull out of Algeria side

Algeria have been hit by the withdrawal of three of their foreign-based players ahead of Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17406
World Cup qualifying: 'We can beat England', says Northern Ireland's Elliott

Northern Ireland star Stuart Elliott insists the minnows are capable of beating England when they host Sven-Goran Eriksson's superstars at Windsor Park on Wednesday...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17405
World Cup qualifying: Cameroon move closer to finals with late winner

Cameroon scored a late winner to upset the Ivory Coast 3-2 away from home and put themselves one win away from a fifth successive World Cup finals appearance...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17404
US: MLS Preview- MetroStars v Kansas City

The Eastern Conference playoff picture becomes clearer by the week. If the MetroStars, who are 6 points off the pace, are to make a move, it must start here... Alas, they run up against a KC side that's won 4 of 5...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17403
US: MLS Preview- FC Dallas v San Jose Earthquakes

The top two teams in the Western Conference square off in The Oven this weekend, but the heat should stay on the home side...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17402
US: MLS Preview- Colorado Rapids v DC United

The Rapids are riding a 4-game unbeaten streak, quietly solidifying their play-off spot. DC United have looked like the champions they are, though their form hasn't always translated into results...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17401
US: FC Dallas add former England u-21

FC Dallas have swooped for former Manchester United and Middlesborough midfielder Mark Wilson...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17400
US: Colorado grant Melamed's request

The Colorado Rapids waived senior international defender Guy Melamed, complying with the player's request...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17399
US: Chivas give Zuniga office job

MLS expansion club Chivas USA handed veteran goalkeeper Martin Zuniga a front office position within the club after he was deemed surplus goods at the Home Depot Center...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17398
Tunisia move within one point of World Cup finals

A fifth successive World Cup win has left Tunisia needing only a draw from their last match to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17397
Japan: Retired referee Collina may blow whistle in J-League

Pierluigi Collina, arguably the world's best football referee, who abruptly announced his retirement last week, will be asked to officiate in the Japanese professional league...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17396
Holland: Injury blow for NAC defender

NAC Breda defender Rob Penders has admitted he is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a leg injury...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17395
Greece: Levadiakos and Ionikos draw

Levadiakos and Ionikos opened their Ethniki Katigoria seasons with a 1-1 draw on Sunday in Greece...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17394
Germany: Gladbach win friendly 17-0

Borussia Monchengladbach made good use of the international break by giving debuts to new signings Kahe and Krisztian Lisztes in a confidence-boosting 17-0 win over amateur side SC Weser-Solling...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17393
England: Newcastle's Solano hints at Peru return

Nolberto Solano has risked the wrath of his new employers after hinting that he may come out of international retirement to play for Peru...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17392
England: King gives Tottenham a boost

Tottenham captain Ledley King has given boss Martin Jol some good news by revealing that he's on course to return for Saturday's match with Liverpool...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17391
England: Arsenal pre-tax profit and cash reserves rise

Pre-tax profit at Arsenal rose to 19.3 million pounds (US$35.50 million) from 10.6 million and cash reserves at the English Premier League club soared in the last financial year...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17390
But returns to Russia

Vladimir But has returned to Russia and signed for Premier Liga side Shinnik Jaroslawl...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17389
Brazil (Seleção): Kaká and Robinho call for concentration against Chile

Parreira's new attacking midfield pair, given Ronaldinho Gaúcho's enforced absence due to the three yellow cards picked up in the course of the WCQ so far, have sent a warning shot out to those who see this game as a walk in the park...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17388
Anthuenis days numbered as Belgium coach

Aime Anthuenis's days as Belgium coach are numbered after the national team's 1-0 defeat in Bosnia at the weekend ended their bid to reach next year's World Cup finals in Germany, national football federation president Jan Peeters said...

-> http://www.isfa.com/news/?id=17387

That's all the news for now. We'll be back with another update tomorrow...

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