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General Discussion / I just had to bring it back
« on: June 04, 2008, 11:09:28 PM »

And realize that ah thread got merged into it too

Football / Russel Latapy Special on Football 07
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:11:11 PM »
Its on now on TV6

Going real decent

General Discussion / OKAY. TAKING QUESTIONS
« on: June 01, 2007, 12:27:16 PM »

Football / Thanks from the Warrior Nation
« on: October 11, 2006, 10:58:24 PM »
HI Guys,

Just got home after attending the game.. Went to CROBAR after and some friends and I were drinking Scotch out of the back of my padner pickup.. Was a nice lime , and our total domination over panama made the lime sweeter.. ;D

I just want to say thanks to this who assisted in the unveiling of our country's biggest flag. I hope we can build on this enthusiasm for future games , and make the Warrior Nation Experience A more exciting one.. Thank you..

Special thanks to Troy Piloy and Adam Ali who assisted in putting up the Warrior nation banner, and had key roles in the BIG  FLAG co-ordination... Thanks Guys...



Football / Wednesday Roll Call - T&T vs Panama
« on: October 09, 2006, 10:26:12 AM »
HI all,

ROLL CAll.. BIG FLAG MUST be in the stadium on Wednesday .. Dat is a MANDATE... But I Cyannot carry it by mih self..

So ROLL CALL.. Who comming so we cyan organize on wednesday >!

Football / Arsenal vs Man City
« on: August 26, 2006, 12:08:07 PM »
Like dem gunnars shooting blanks boy.. ::) ::) ::)

Cricket Anyone / T&T vs Nevis
« on: August 11, 2006, 09:03:40 PM »
Delayed  telecast going on now.. T&T demolishing Nevis.. Level licks..

Cricket Anyone / Is 20/20 here to stay?
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:26:18 AM »
Is 20/20 here to stay?
Tony Cozier

Thursday, August 3rd 2006

William Perkins of Trinidad and Tobago collects the Man of the Match US$25,000 cheque from R Allen Stanford. T&T beat Barbados in their quarter-final clash. Photo by Joseph Jones

No one, perhaps not even the billionaire originator Allen Stanford himself, could be certain what impact the first regional 20/20 tournament would have on West Indies cricket.

The participation of 19 teams, big and small, strong and weak, the significant developmental grants to each, the mind-blowing prize money and the appointment of 14 past West Indies greats as directors guaranteed the attention of the players and those individual associations not so insecure as to feel threatened by the involvement of a private investor.

But the public had to be convinced and matches confined to 20 overs an innings had to be shown to be relevant in the overall scheme of things and not simply a glorified form of tip-and-run.

The innovative promotions and live television coverage have stirred interest, especially in those islands unable to boast of first-class status, far less superstar cricketers.

Theo Cuffy, the former Trinidad and Tobago batsman who has been Cayman Islands coach for a decade, noted that it was the first time people there had ever seen their team perform on television. It was a thrill that held true for more than half the others.

After advancing to the semi-final, captain Rawl Lewis said there was a buzz about the tournament around Grenada he had not experienced since the island's world-rated 400 metres runner, Alleyne Francique, was on the blocks at the Olympics and World Championship.

It was a pertinent comment for cricket is being strongly challenged as No.1 sport throughout the West Indies after the past decade of disputes, debt and decline.

But Antigua itself, at Stanford's ideally suited ground next to the airport, with its grassed banks and its floodlights, is where the effect of 20/20 cricket is best gauged.

Antigua's geographical location and its wide cross-section of immigrants from the cricketing Caribbean - along with the free entry - meant capacity attendances and noisy, good-natured, flag-waving support for most teams, Guyana and Jamaica most of all.

One lady turned up for the Guyana-Jamaica semi-final bedecked in a dress designed as the Guyana flag. An entire family came in Jamaica colours, from head to toe. It's been like that every day and night.

Indeed, the most striking change in the composition of the crowds has been demographic. Women and children have been by far the majority, a welcome new fan base for West Indies cricket.

As is seemingly mandatory at every major sporting event, there have been the side-shows of pop music (Chickie transferred from his usual base at the ARG) and live star turns, here by Beenie Man ("the king of dance hall", I'm advised) and Patrice Roberts (the female soca equivalent, so I'm further advised).

Yet none of this is especially new. The same has occurred where 20/20 is already a part of the cricket landscape, in England, and South Africa where the teams each have a mascot, captains are driven to the toss in limos and golf buggies and dancing girls gyrate during the break.

The upcoming semi-finals and final in England have been sold out for weeks. County grounds that are usually as silent as cemeteries are filled to cacophonous capacity

Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan have followed the lead with similar results. India have reluctantly joined the queue. The first ICC sanctioned 20.20 world championship is scheduled for South Africa next year

Osman Samiuddin, the Pakistani writer, informs me by e-mall that it has provided "a tremendous boost to the domestic game in Pakistan which has long needed just such an injection of money, energy and most importantly, attention".

That's all quite fantastic but what of the repercussions of such an abbreviated, all-action matches on traditional cricket? Will it not create out-and-out sloggers and cowed, economy-minded bowlers?

A few fresh-faced youngsters have immediately debunked the former theory in the Stanford 20/20, some more experienced fast bowlers have emphasized the truth that applies to bowling in all cricket, that taking wickets is the surest way of limiting totals.

The Nevisians, Keiron Powell, the 16-year-old left-hander, and Tonito Willett, 21, Chesney Hodge, the left-handed Anguillan who, at 15, is the youngest player in the tournament, and William Perkins, the Barbados-born Trinidadian, 19, have thrilled everyone with the purity of their strokes. No cross-batted brute force has brought them their runs.

And Jerome Taylor, John "The Dentist" Maynard, Pedro Collins and Nixon McLean made early inroads into opposition batting that proved decisive.

Other attributes are being increasingly discovered in England after four seasons of the 20.20 county tournament.

"Hit-and-giggle has given way to plan-and-think and the repercussions are being felt beyond the realms of the (20/20) competition," Lawrence Booth wrote in The Guardian last week.

Jeremy Snape, the Leicestershire captain, believes it has "changed perceptions of what's acceptable in run chases".

"Players have become much better at managing risk," he said. "They're hitting boundaries and accumulating twos with fewer problems. No longer is six an over out of the question as it once might have been in 50-overs cricket".

South Africans attributed their record 50-overs run-chase of 487 to beat Australia in an ODI earlier this year to the experience of three seasons of 20/20.

Nor is it the batsmen alone who are using the urgency of 20/20 to their advantage.

Hylton Ackerman, the South African who plays for Leicestershire, speaks of bowlers "developing the ability to get batsmen off strike if they are playing really well" to get at one who has just come in or is struggling. It's a novel approach but it makes sense.

The weakest component in the Stanford tournament has been the running between the wickets. Prior to yesterday's quarter-finals, there had been 32 run outs in the 13 matches. It's a part of the game they'll have to get worked out before long.

So is 20/20 here to stay or is it a passing fad? Will it be still going in 20 years time?

Here is one opinion given by Scyld Berry, the much traveled writer of the London Sunday Telegraph, in July's Wisden Cricketer Monthly.

"It's the 50-overs game which might have died out. Administrators have tried in vain to soup-up 50 overs games with power-plays and super-subs but Twenty20 has done it already by cutting out those boring middle overs when batsmen push the spinners around for singles."

It's an interesting theory. In the meantime, the players are trying to get used to it in Antigua and a new fan-base has emerged to enjoy it.

Cricket Anyone / WICB, WIPA pledge goodwill in future
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:24:43 AM »
More promises
WICB, WIPA pledge goodwill in future

Thursday, August 10th 2006


The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) have again committed themselves to a new dispensation of cooperation, after settling their latest pay dispute.

The WICB have agreed to pay the players a total of US$100,000 for the four preliminary matches in the upcoming three-nation series, and an additional US$50,000 if the team reaches the Final.

The two sides have also pledged to work together to dispose of all outstanding matters no later than August 31.

"WICB and WIPA each recognise their common interest in the development and success of West Indies cricket," a joint statement signed by WICB President Ken Gordon and WIPA Executive President Dinanath Ramnarine.

"The relationship in the past has been one of conflict and controversy-a situation which is inimical to West Indies cricket, particularly for the stability, growth, and development of the game in the Caribbean.

The statement added: "Both parties recognise the goodwill which has made this agreement possible and restate their desire to improve the earnings of the Board and the Players whenever practicable."

Media reports have indicated that WIPA have agreed to accept a minimum fee of US$30,000 for the junior players and the upper figure for the more seasoned players now stands at US$75,000.

The WICB claimed Friday that WIPA's demands for payments ranging from US$40,000 to $US95,000 per player was unacceptable.

The agreed payments represent 30 per cent of the revenue the WICB will earn from the series, ten per cent lower than WIPA's original demand and five per cent higher than the Board's original offer.

The two parties have also committed themselves to making public statements on controversial issues, only after every reasonable effort has been made to resolve differences internally.

"Both parties acknowledge that there is a Dispute Resolution Process, as is contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which will be signed by August 31 and emphasise their commitment to follow this process," the joint statement said.

"Both parties commit themselves to engage in a relationship of mutual respect and the honouring of all agreements arrived at between the parties."

As a result, West Indies will send its strongest side to the limited-overs international series in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur next month.

India, whom they defeated 4-1 in a recent series, and World champions Australia are the likely opponents for the series.

After negotiations had broken down earlier, the WICB made their offer directly to the selected squad of 14 players using match/tour contracts, since its deadline for accepting the invitation from the Indian board for the tournament was approaching.

Football / Note to Wim Rijsbergen
« on: August 09, 2006, 11:17:50 PM »
Dear Wim,

Tho i am a little late let me first let me congratulate you on your appointment as national coach. Now let me get to the point..

We all know you will need some time with our boys, more specifically the new ones to get them up to speed to be a world class unit.. HOWEVER, regarding our upcoming show down with Jamaica, I am holding you personally responsible and will NOT be accepting anything but a 5 - 0 victory over our nothern neighbours.. A loss vs these "reggae youths" is NOT acceptable... I repeat.. Such an occurance is NOT acceptable... You simply CANNOT allow any foolishness to happen.

We can loose to any other more respected, more established teams in the world, BUT, we CANNOT loose to these lil fellahs from the north.. It just Cannot happen.. in fact, i am warning you.. DO NOT let that happen... DON't....

We all wish you all the best, and hope for tons of success with our Senior team.. BUT, this is a warning.. a loss against the reggae kids is NOT acceptable......

Be warned... >:(  :devil:

Cricket Anyone / West Indies settle payment disputes
« on: August 08, 2006, 05:34:50 AM »
West Indies settle payment disputes

Cricinfo staff

August 8, 2006

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have reached an agreement on player match fees for the upcoming tri-series in Singapore and Malaysia. The agreement ends the dispute between the two parties, which had earlier threatened West Indies' participation in the tournament.

The WIPA has agreed on a minimum fee of US$30,000 for the junior players and US$75,000 as the upper figure for senior players. Last week, the WIPA had demanded fees ranging from US$40,000 to $US95,000 per player, representing 40% of the net revenue which the WICB was to receive and almost double the premium on normal match fees, which the board considered "unacceptable".

The WICB then selected a squad of 14 players and issued tour contracts directly to the players, without consulting the WIPA. The players association were critical of the board,calling the board's action "premature" and accusing them of trying to "divide and rule".

Brian Lara, the West Indies captain, urged both parties to settle their differences, stating that he was looking forward to leading a full strength squad for the tri-series. The parties reached a compromise on Sunday, at the best interests of the game.

© Cricinfo

General Discussion / Back In Office!
« on: August 08, 2006, 04:50:25 AM »
After the World Cup, I had some projects due for my Masters Program which I am currently doing hence I was on a 1 month vacation from the Warrior Nation.. I am back out to work as of today and I would first like to thank Shanti for holding down the fort.

For the T&T members, the next thing on the cards is a Family Day in the month of August.  Keep tuned and have a wonderful Warrior nation Day.

Regional Head - T&T

Cricket Anyone / British Virgin Islands v St Lucia
« on: July 13, 2006, 04:59:54 AM »
Easy win for St. Lucia

Cricinfo staff

July 13, 2006

St Lucia 106 for 3 (Mathurin 28*) beat British Virgin Islands 105 for 9 (Pipe 39, Prospere 2-13) by 7 wickets

St. Lucia had an easy outing against British Virgin Islands, winning by seven wickets in the Stanford 20/20 tournament. St. Lucia put in a tight performance in the field, effecting three run-outs and restricting the opposition to a disappointing 105 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. Darren Sammy, Garey Mathurin and Alleyne Prospere bowled economically and shared five wickets between them as the batsmen struggled to force the pace. Maxford Pipe was the only batsman who looked comfortable in the middle, top-scoring with 39 but lacked support from the other end. Mathurin played his part with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 28 to guide St. Lucia to the target with over five overs to spare.

Score Card

General Discussion / Soft and Dry Dropping Standards
« on: July 12, 2006, 05:52:27 AM »
Allyuh ah cross and I had to vent..

There is a toilet paper Brand called Soft n Dry down  here I en know if allyuh know it..

Now I iz ah fellah I does by mih stocks in Pricesmart. i.e. Paper towels, Toilet paper, Soap, dem kinda thing nah..

Today i want to discuss Soft n Dry, the toilet paper brand.

Previous to the last batch of Soft n Dry TP i purchased , the texture was soft and mild. It was absorptive enough to wipe effectively. Such effective absorption ensured that your TP lasted longer and hence economical .. ( note * a 24 pack of Soft n Dry costs about $5 - 6 US in Pricesmart T&T )

New batch.
Apparently soft n dry are finding ways to cut costs on their end so that their profits are larger.

Imagine wiping your ass witha copybook page (* folks with some interesting school days should know the feeling *). Thats the feeling you get when using this new batch of Soft n Dry.. It is ROUGH, Less absorptive. It means you use on average 15 more pegs of TP per shit... Not COOL..

ALSO, each wipe bruises you and eventually your ass is raw.. Subsequent shits are unpleasant, and eating spicy foods ( doubles with slight pepper ) is not advised.. In addition to this, I am currently cleansing my self in preparation to restart training , it means on avg i shit 3 more times then normal per day..

Right now I am not pleased, and I am actually considering calling the Bureau of Standards to voice my disgust at the drop in standard of such an import commodity.. Needless to say I also have to immediately change brands of TP...

And its Not me alone too.. I spoke to 3 other co-workers this morning and their experience is the same..

Any of you guys going through this stress as well.. ?

Disgruntled TP user

Cricket Anyone / Bahamas v Cayman Islands
« on: July 12, 2006, 04:52:16 AM »

Track and field: Hurdler Liu sets world record; Arnold 2nd

By The Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Liu Xiang of China set a world record in the 110-meter hurdles Tuesday, surpassing the mark he shared with Britain's Colin Jackson.

Liu's time of 12.88 seconds at the Athletissima Grand Prix meet was .03 seconds better than the record he matched in winning gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Jackson ran 12.91 in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1993.

Dominique Arnold, a former Washington State standout, was second in 12.90, also faster than the previous world mark.

Arnold, 27, surpassed the American record of 12.92 shared by Roger Kingdom (1989) and Allen Johnson (twice in 1996).

Liu, 22, who covered his face with a Chinese flag after the race, said through a translator, "I can't believe it. I can't express it. I had a good start, and after the first five hurdles it was a perfect race. I wanted to break the record last year, but it wasn't working. I think I can still run even faster."

American Xavier Carter won the 200 in 19.63 — the second-fastest clocking of all time. American Michael Johnson won the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in 19.32.

Carter, competing for Louisiana State, won a record four titles (two in relays) at this year's NCAA outdoor championships.

Marion Jones, who earned five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, took the women's 100 in 10.94. It was the American's sixth win in eight meets this season.


• A U.S. relay team was denied a world indoor record because the runners weren't tested after the race for the banned substance EPO. The U.S. squad — Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Wariner — had a time of 3 minutes, 1.96 seconds in the 1,600-meter relay at the Feb. 11 Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Officials responsible for collecting samples for drug testing at the meet failed to request an EPO test from the laboratory, making the result ineligible as an official record, the IAAF ruled.

• Britain's Paula Radcliffe, who holds the women's world record in the marathon, is expecting her first child Jan. 6. The 32-year-old will be out of competition until next summer.

Cricket Anyone / Lara likely to miss Stanford series
« on: July 11, 2006, 07:49:53 AM »
Lara likely to miss Stanford series

July 9, 2006

Brian Lara,the West Indies cricket captain, is doubtful for the inaugural Stanford 20/20 tournament, which bowls off on Tuesday in Antigua.

Lara will be away on business in London during the period of the tournament. However, two other players who represented West Indies in the recently-concluded Test and ODI series against Zimbabwe and India, skipper Daren Ganga and Denesh Ramdin, have indicated to chief selector Dudnath Ramkessoon that they are available for the competition.

Dwayne Bravo, who also represented the regional side against Zimbabwe and India, will be unavailable. Bravo is in England for his debut season as a professional with Kent in the English County Championships.

Dave Mohammed, the left-arm spinner, is also out of the limited overs tournament. He has been included in the West Indies A team to tour England later this month.

A 15-member T&T team left on Friday for Antigua to take part in the official opening ceremony at the Sticky Wicket restaurant yesterday evening.

Shazan Babwah, a middle-order batsman, will sit in for skipper Ganga in the meeting of captains.

The T&T team will return home tomorrow after taking part in a friendly practice match against Antigua today at the Antigua Recreation Ground. Ramkessoon said the team for the competition will be finalised on July 16.

T&T will start their campaign on July 25 against the winners of the Cayman Islands and Bahamas match.

© Trinidad & Tobago Express

Football / / guidlines, recomendations to the TTFF
« on: June 28, 2006, 09:39:20 AM »
My Fellow Forumites,

In our capacity as the largest football fan base in the country, I think it is imperitive on us that we , given the collective skills that we have , put together a plan/ action points that should act as guidelines for the TTFF to ensure sustainability of the sport. These plans are by no means to interfere with the Technical Directors plan for development of the sport, but to act as adons.

I will list some points for us to consider and discuss, and if you have additional points please indicate. It is planned that the views expressed here will be compiled and further debated here before a final draft document is produced to be presented to the Federation. Time Line is 3 to 4 months .


There are different leagues that are run in the country. ( BANK League, SSFL, Pro League, Indoor League, etc etc etc ). We should seek to have the TTFF mandate a structure for these leagues. By Structure, consider the following:

  • Must Have Board of Directors
  • Must detail Amount of games to be players
  • Must Details Amount of teams
  • Availibility of medical staff
  • Officiating by TTFF sanctioned personel

*Note well this by no means complete the list for things to be considered for running leagues*

It is important that ALL leagues be run professionally, with guidelines from the TTFF. Ensuring that there is structure in this regard will have some trickle down effect to players and officials and foster an all round professional environment.


If we are to develop the country's own "style" of play, it means that an overall structure should be communicated to the various camps and schools through out the country.

All football academys should follow a basic frame work of coaching which fits within the wider National frame work.  Ofcourse each coach will have their own style, that is expected, BUT, they shouls follow a barebones structure for their school which more of less mimics the national structure. they can ofcourse have adons to it.

What is important here is that players both men and women can without  major issues be pulled from ANY sphere within the country and placed within a national program. Having an Overall guideline for Football Academy will ensure a relativly small learning curve for players.


The TTFF should mandate that inorder for Any one to be a coach of any School, Academy or professional outfit, they should have attained acceptable levels of coaching certification. Typical Guides can be

Football Academy
                Children 5 - 14    -   Certification / Classification
                Children 15 - 20  -   Cert...

Secondary Schools
          -    Classification

Again these are just preliminary thoughts and suggestions ..

What say you guys?. We all have the ability to effect change, lets act on it !

Regional Head - T&T
The Warrior Nation

Football / WARRIORS given....
« on: June 24, 2006, 04:12:00 PM »
24 players got 1 million each..
        750 k in Unit
        250 k cash

3 assistants got 250 k cash

16 players who did not get to germany got 250 k
        200 k Units
          50 k cash

Capt Dwight Yorke
         Additionally got 1.25 million
         Appointed as Sports Ambassador ( he is to be addressed as His Excellency)

Don Leo Beenhaker
         1 million cash

Football / ADOPT A Team - Pro League
« on: June 23, 2006, 06:53:42 AM »
Hey guys,

Based on our WC showing, it proves that , tho we have a small talent pool ( I estimate 200 000 or so ) we have some good talent. I am also sure most of you will agree that PLENTY of that talent is NOT tapped into.

I am saying this. Adopt a Pro League team and get to know its administrators, players coaches. Talk to them constantly, let them know of untapped talent, get to know the plans, their way forward and how they plan to fit in to the NATIONAL structure for building the sport.

 Under and we can create sub groups which you will actively participate in . these sub groups in effect will we the defacto FAN club for these Pro League Teams. The more involved you become, is the more people you can attract to the team, and ultimately means greater attendance in Pro League Games.

I am thinking along the lines of Jabloteh Fan Club, W Connection Fan club, etc etc.. Come up with a suitable name for the club. Lets get this started. I am putting it to you the interested folks to take the bull by the horn and Lets ALL start up discussions regarding this thrust.

Lets start the ball rolling by means of trashing out ideas in this thead.. Together with you, we can present something to TT Pro League heads in the next couple months..

What Say you ?

Regional Head
The Warrior Nation

Football / Well We getting some love from our Jamaican neighbours
« on: June 12, 2006, 09:40:49 AM »

General Discussion / WN / Lawyers
« on: June 12, 2006, 06:33:28 AM »

To all the lawyers on the board I need to get in contact with you to discuss something.

PM me please..

Regional Head - TT

Football / Sport Talk - Dubai Eye 103.8
« on: June 06, 2006, 08:47:07 AM »
Hi All,

At 11:20 am TT time I will be representing the Warrior Nation and via a phone in interview.

You all can listen from their website here

Regional Head - TT

Football / Fifa considers ethical audit to end own goals
« on: June 05, 2006, 07:35:45 PM »
Fifa considers ethical audit to end own goals
Paul Kelso
Tuesday June 6, 2006
The Guardian

Fifa's congress in Munich will tomorrow consider belated plans for the introduction of an independent ethics panel in an attempt to counter persistent allegations of sleaze at football's world governing body.

The executive committee yesterday agreed to put forward proposals that would see independent professionals adjudicate on matters currently dealt with by executive committee members.

The flaws in the current system were perfectly illustrated earlier this year when Jack Warner, a Fifa vice-president and advisor to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation, was cleared of any wrongdoing in relation to a ticket touting scandal.

All tickets for T&T's World Cup matches were allocated to a travel company owned by the Warner family. Fifa's in-house ethics committee referred the matter to the executive committee, which cleared Warner after he revealed that his family had relinquished its interests in the firm.

Meanwhile, Franco Carraro, forced to resign as head of the Italian FA amid allegations of match-fixing, continues as head of Fifa's audit committee. Carraro's troubles began after he took no action when first alerted to the scandals in Italian football. The audit committee which he heads was itself established following allegations that Sepp Blatter misused Fifa funds to secure a second term as president. Blatter conceded yesterday that recent scandals had exposed flaws in the system.

Football / Players who 'lunge' will get straight red at World Cup
« on: June 05, 2006, 07:17:46 PM »
Players who 'lunge' will get straight red at World Cup
Matt Scott
Tuesday June 6, 2006
The Guardian

World Cup referees have been ordered to send off players who "lunge" at opponents, a decree that is likely to set off a raging debate over exactly what the term entails.

The tournament's officials yesterday attended an open day in Frankfurt having been apprised of key topics in a circular sent out last week. That document, prepared by Fifa's head of refereeing José-Maria Garcia Aranda, referred to "proactive refereeing" aimed at ensuring "player safety [which] is paramount. . .we must protect the skilful players."

That will see referees issuing red cards for the sort of physical tackle that is ubiquitous in the English game. "Whether with one or two feet, players who lunge for the ball and make contact with an opponent must be dismissed for [serious foul play]," the circular states.

Though the wording, which suggests that mistiming a tackle will be considered a red-card offence, is likely to give John Terry sleepless nights, England's refereeing representative Graham Poll fully endorses the edict. "Protecting skilful players is the main thing," he said. "You want to see the best players playing the best football at the world's biggest sporting event. And referees have got to play their part in making sure they have the opportunity to do that."

As the England squad seek indicators of exactly what Fifa means by its diktat, they would be well advised to watch the first round of Group A matches on Friday involving Germany, Costa Rica, Poland and Ecuador. "It is key that we enforce them from match one or the credibility will be lost," said Aranda's missive.

Referees will be obliged to issue red cards for deliberate elbowing while any "reckless" use of the arm, regardless of intent, will earn a booking. Aranda referred to it as "a growing problem in the modern game [and] which must be dealt with very strongly this World Cup."

Mass confrontation is another issue and Fifa will attempt to eradicate players' attempts to overturn decisions by issuing cards. "The minimum caution count must be one [yellow] if the players are confronting the referee and two if they are confronting each other," the statement read. Time-wasting tactics such as belatedly handing the ball to another player at a throw-in, leaving the pitch slowly during a substitution or kicking the ball away at a free-kick will also draw cautions, while Aranda states that he expects "most" penalties to have to be retaken due to goalkeepers' encroachment.

The intention is that this World Cup will be a slicker affair than recent tournaments, particularly the much-derided officiating in Japan and Korea in 2002. To that end referees have sought intelligence on teams they are to handle, having been urged to familiarise themselves with video recordings of previous matches.

"What is important is not to prejudge players or teams, not to go in preconditioning your mind to 'this is a very physical team' or 'this is a very cynical team'," Poll said."But we must be prepared, for example, so that if a team that gets a free kick in the defensive third always hits a long ball, there is no good you loitering around the defensive third saying, 'Can we have it on that blade of grass, please'."

New orders

Serious foul play

Red card.

Elbowing (intentional) Red card

Elbowing (reckless)
Yellow card

Yellow card

Handball Foul. Yellow or red card according to circumstances

Simulation (certain, not probable)
Yellow card

Shirt removal
Yellow card

Time wasting

Taking free-kick from wrong place
Yellow card

Taking too long to go off after subbed
Yellow card

Kicking or carrying ball away from free-kick
Yellow card

Wrestling ball at free-kick or after goal scored
Yellow card

Delaying throw-in and handing to team-mate
Yellow card

Football / Real Football - Keith look Loy
« on: June 05, 2006, 06:15:11 PM »
Hi All,

The new television station CNMG ( Revamped TTT) Has a show called Real Football hosted by Keith Look Loy..

They are talking about the " classic" teams rignt now.. tune.. Channel 6 for all those who cable working.. Channell 13 for those using rabbit ears

Talking about archibald, and de leon, etc, .. ole time, savanah back in the days, interesting stufff.

Football / Chilly Germany poised to open World Cup
« on: June 05, 2006, 03:45:29 PM »
Chilly Germany poised to open World Cup

BERLIN -- The Ecuadoreans have colds. The Angolans are shivering. Trinidad and Tobago players stuffed their hands deep in their pockets as they took the field for an exhibition game.

In Hamburg, about 200 miles to the north, even the locals are bundling up in thick wool coats and scarves.

Cool temperatures are putting the b-r-r-r in Berlin and the rest of the Germany, with four days to go until the World Cup tournament starts.

"It's supposed to be hot here this time of year," Angolan defender Luis Delgado said. "Since we've been here, some days have been warm, but most have been cold. ... I don't like it."

Germany's average temperature in June ranges from the upper 60s in the north to the mid-70s in the south. Hardly tropical, but downright balmy compared with the cold, rain and gloom that's settled over the country the past two weeks. There was even some snow at the English and Dutch training camps, though it fell before the teams arrived.

On Monday, high temperatures throughout Germany hovered in the low 50s, while the low in Leipzig was 37. There was finally some intermittent sunshine, but not enough to warm the chill in the air.

"It is certainly cooler than normal," said Dorothea Paetzold, a meteorologist with the German Weather Service. "But it was expected because it was the same the week before."

That's little consolation for teams from warm-weather regions. Or those who mistakenly assumed the World Cup was a summer event.

"For some of the guys who play in Trinidad, it's tough for them because now it is summer. It should be summer in Europe," said Trinidad forward Stern John, who plays for Coventry in England's second division. "But that's how it is here."

Try being the four newcomers from Africa. Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo are all making their first World Cup appearance, a daunting enough prospect without having to train in weather that's the polar opposite of what they're used to.

Togo and the Ivorians have several players based in Europe, where the season just ended, and that makes their adjustment to the weather a little easier. Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, for example, plays for Chelsea, and everyone knows London isn't exactly the place for fine weather. Karim Guede of Togo plays in Germany at Hamburger SV, so this cold snap is nothing new to him.

But most of Angola and Ghana's players are based in domestic leagues. Both countries are in western Africa, near the equator. It was 90 degrees in Ghana on Monday, with the humidity making it feel more like 100. In Angola, it was 82 and humid.

"I'm used to playing in a tropical climate," Delgado said.

For some, though, the arctic air hasn't been a problem.

Portugal trained at home, where it's already nice and toasty in the upper 80s, and its World Cup base is in northwestern Germany. But trainer Darlan Schneider said the players have adjusted just fine. The Portuguese were more worried about humidity than cold, team doctor Henrique Jones said.

"It's much easier to adapt from hot to cold than vice versa," Schneider said.

Costa Rica got a little help from its embassy - and the air conditioner in its bus. Embassy staff warned that it was going to be colder than expected, so the team came prepared. When players travel in Germany, they turn the air conditioner to the coldest setting so it doesn't seem so bad when they get outside.

The Americans had their training camp in Cary, N.C., and have one of the northernmost bases in Hamburg. But half of the roster plays in Europe, including three players who are on German teams.

"It would be nice if it was a little warmer," said U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who plays professionally for Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach. "But we can't do anything about that."

Besides, it could be worse. When the World Cup was in Argentina in 1978, it was played in July - the middle of the winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It was cold and rainy, and dark by about 6 p.m. It wasn't unusual to see spectators bundled up; even the four generals of the ruling military junta showed up for the final in heavy woolen coats.

There's some good news, too: Temperatures are expected to rise by the end of the week - perfect timing for the start of the tournament.

"We are expecting summer degrees," said Paetzold, the meteorologist. "I think it should be OK."


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum, Associated Press Writers Jairo Anchique, Marianela Martinez and Eduardo Gallardo, and freelance writer Zoe Eisenstein contributed to this report.

Football / German town gets Saudi royal treatment
« on: June 05, 2006, 08:37:11 AM »
German town gets Saudi royal treatment
By Martyn Herman

BAD NAUHEIM, Germany, June 4 (Reuters) - The tranquil German town of Bad Nauheim, 40-km north of Frankfurt, rolled out the red carpet for a royal guest when Saudi Arabia destroyed its local team in a one-sided World Cup warm-up on Sunday.
Prince Sultan Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz, president of the country's soccer federation, sat in a pitch-side marquee surrounded by a sizeable entourage as his side beat a representative team from the Wetterau region 15-0.

The cobbled streets of the town centre were splashed with the green of the Saudi flag while local restaurants offered traditional Arab dishes and music.

After experienced captain Sami al Jaber scored seven goals, the Saudi players showed their appreciation by handing out green soccer shirts to hundreds of local children inside the Waldstadion.

The football-mad Prince, son of the late King Fahad, has offered attractive cash incentives for the Saudi players, and Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta said he liked to offer encouragement in the dressing room.

"He is very enthusiastic about the team and the tactics," Paqueta told reporters. "He talks to the players a lot and motivates them."
Paqueta, who was put in charge in December, was pleased with his side's build-up but labelled Sunday's victory nothing more than a training session.
"It gave some of the other players the chance to impress," he said. "We are ready for the World Cup, we face three very different matches."

The Saudis, who suffered a horrible 8-0 defeat by Germany in their opening match in 2002, will be desperate to avoid another shambolic start against Group H rivals Tunisia on June 14.

They also face Ukraine and Spain.

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