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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Jul 07 05:58:36 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. REDS Are Going To Barcelona"  Pt 6/7 "RAMBLAS by Night"
2. www.red11.org Survey #50 Results + new question
3. CHADWICK COULD BE LATEST UNITED STAR 
4. The only solution" - what bollocks. Here's one which works.
5. Hello Hello
6. Chelsea manager tips United for title 
7. ROBERTO CARLOS: BECKHAM IS BEST
8. Pele hands United warning  
9. FOOTBALL: PETE BACK FOR FERGIE
10. Fuming Fergie bars the Mirror from United as Cup storm grows (Mirror)
11. Kaiser's best wishes for United give little hope to Banks' bid

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Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Wed 7th July 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Part 6 of the Barce epic today, final part tomorrow!
seems like Luke Chadwick could be a star of the future according to Fergie.
Another one of the young self bred young stars coming through! :)

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 NEXT MATCHES
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01-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Charity Shield, AWAY)
08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

Friendlies:
August 3rd Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th Wigan Athletic

****Pre season tour details JULY 1999 ***

Melbourne  Sydney  
Thu 15/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS evening in Melbourne 
    at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground- capacity 90,000.) kick off 20.00hrs.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 minutes from the city. Good transport available
 Tickets available - starts from $60.00 - behind the goal -next up is $90.00,
   $130.00 and $150.00

Sun 18/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS STADIUM AUSTRALIA, Olympic Boulevard,
    Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time 
     Tickets for Sydney game try here:
 http://www.ticketek.com.au/frame.asp?url=search/search.asp
   then type MANCHESTER in the search field.

   + Far East

Wed 21/7 Shangai first time ever!!!
 This match will be watched by 80,000 fans 
  The game has sold out with the Shanghai Star reporting the home side's
  chairman Yu Zhifei as saying: ''It is unprecedented that the tickets
  should sell out for a match five weeks in advance." 

Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game
 "ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.

UNITED Stats v All teams:
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*** FINAL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 16/05/99 ***
Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67

Here are all the matches for the coming season 1999/2000:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm
 
Subject:      First Team Fixtures 1999/2000 [All dates/times subject to change]
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   11.00  pre-season     -
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     -
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season     -
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season     -

 1/08/99    Arsenal      Wembley Charity Shield         -
 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium.

 8/08/99    Everton                  away      16.00
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   15.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 6/11/99    Leicester City           home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
18/12/99    West Ham United          away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               away PL   20.00
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                away PL   15.00
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           away PL   15.00
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
15/04/2000  Sunderland               home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              away PL   15.00
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f

http://www.red11.org/mufc/match.htm

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 THE FANTASTIC TRIPLE WAS WON!!
Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm

We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May
And all our supporters sang loudly & gay
And when it was over and all said and done
We beat Bayern Munich  by 2 goals to 1

The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest
The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best
We could have had 4 or we could have had 9
But we didn't start playing till injury time

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Subject: REDS Are Going To Barcelona" Pt 6/7 "RAMBLAS by Night" **Before you read this, sit down, relax a bevvie? then cast your mind back to 26th May 1999 - a date you & I will never ever forget - Footnote: everything you read here happened, anyone who knows me will vouch for that! ** I am writing this one month after it all happened, I am now on Summer Holiday but events from May are still very much inprinted in my mind! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wednesday 26th 23.00 - 27th May 0800 Pt 6/7 "RAMBLAS by Night" We now proceeded out of the stadium feeling high high high, myself, Bill, son Michael and Stephen. Bill now had to leave catching a coach to the airport. IMAGINE THIS FOLKS: Bill McArthur had flown from Canada - Manchester - Barcelona arriving Wednesday very early - then after one marvellous day incl. winning the ECFinal - left Barcelona just 15hrs later to fly home to Toronto via Manchester & Stanstead! THAT IS FANATICAL SUPPORT! Well done Bill, I only wish you could have stayed for the all night party! We then tried the Metro [closed] & taxi's, nothing was available so together with 1000's of other RED's proceeded the long trek to city center. Now if any locals in Barcelona had been remotely enterprising they could have made an absolute fortune, we walked and walked - not knowing the direction - It was ages before the first sign of a bar selling beverages. There was no sign of transport, a bus service would have made more than a few bob, if it had been there! After one hour or more we had vey tired legs and to our relief managed to stop a cab and then drove the last stretch to Cataluna Square. Henrik from the Danish party was waiting outside Hard Rock so we we joined forces to celebrate. The scenes were marvellous flags singing and REDS everywhere. First stop Hard Rock Cafe which was open and we ordered the obligatory Champagne. The bottle was RED "cool" and that liquid bubbly tasted like heaven! CHEERS! Thought about "Michael Collins Pub" but at this point was outvoted for a walk down Ramblas. One of the first people I met was RED Kelly himself, match reporter from our website. We had a quick chat and jump up and down still not quite believing it had all happened! There were literally thousands and thousands all the way down Ramblas, beer flowed and time was irrelevant, in fact time stood still. The police were there in force but only in the background, quietly looking on as we sang and sang. It was now that I purchased a couple of scarves one which now hangs in my office with the wording "EC FINAL MAY 1999 Bayern Munich v Manchester United" a fitting memory on the wall. The Danish TV crew were there doing interviews for a Danish Pete Schmikes Program. Henrik from "MUSC Scandinavia", still covered in RED flags, gave them a fine interview. I would like to point out at this point that there were many Germans around and they were VERY friendly. Some wore our colours and the one's I could speak English to were relativley happy saying that although we had been "lucky?" that we had the best team in Europe! I questioned the lucky bit and pointed out that Manchester United are never beaten until the final whistle and that if they reckoned on more Bayern goals, hitting the postwas no excuse - only goals in the back of the net count! I also told them that had we been 2-0 down at 89 mins then Ole would have scored two and we would have still won scoring 3 in the last 3 mins :)) QUOTE "Anything can happen when its the power of Manchester United Football Club that you are dealing with" All night we sang "Who put the ball in the German's net" [repeat 3 times] Ole Gunnar Solskjaer" Near the bottom end of Ramblas there was kind of high statue where a crowd had gathered. The pastime was climbing up to the top, sitting on the statue head then stripping off bollock naked to LOUD cheers. I was more worried about REDS falling down or the head actually breaking off but thankfully nowt' happened. THEN a young, brave & attractive girl slowly clambered to the top! This brought loud cheering and she proceeds to tease slowly stripping off :) She finally stripped down to her black bra and and remained there for quite a while hands in the air a while all the boys screamed for more! We did not get more as she proceeded to climb down, it had been great entertainment though. The Spanish police were there watching it all but as the proceedings were all jovial there was no intervention. The bars were starting to close, I think it was 4am so we walked further on down to the bottom of Ramblas where we heard that there was a bar still open. We were still "hi hi hi" in a RED way and wandered into the bar ordering 3 beers The place was packed & I decided it was time for a little boys visit. I wandered thro' a weird hole in the wall. Now, as I ventured towards the gents, I could not believe my eyes as I seemed to be in the middle of a Soho strip joint. Me being of sound mind carried on and eventually arrived back at the bar with a story to tell! I was pretty inebriated at the time so I informed a friendly RED with a broad northern accent that the toilets were just like the Clubs up north where there was often entertaiment on the way to the loo. He did not believe me of course, I directed him to the hole in the wall then curiously he went off to check it out! Five to ten minutes later he came back with BIG open eyes and gave me a sneaky smile :))) Explanation..... Apparantly the hole in the wall was a kind of private stage entrance to this strip joint at the back. Later we found that all the others were paying good entrance money for this sleasy club which we had unknowingly sneaked into for free hehehe.... We left that place an hour later it was now 6 am and they were starting the big clean up in the streets. At Catalunya there was a mass of RED bodies sleeping on benches, grass verges and any other suitable amenity. The first train home would be 8am so we wandered the streets for an hour befre catching the train 40 km North to the hotel in Calella and a loooong deserved kip! By this time we had stopped singing,,,,, Final Part 7/7 "REDS in Barcelona" [ THE FNAL DAY & Trip Home ] ..... in your post box tomorrow Barry Leeming Multi media: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm
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Subject: www.red11.org Survey #50 Results + new question -------------------------------------- If Alex Ferguson is to add to the squad this summer, what position should be strengthened? Defence 62 28.8% Central Midfield 55 25.6% Midfield (right) 40 18.6% Striker 23 10.7% Midfield (left) 19 8.8% NONE! 16 7.4% Total 215 voted Barry Comment: So even vote on defence 25/28% only 10% for a striker. looks like we all think we should bolster our defence or midfield on the right. Course now if we could find Ryan Giggs mk2 right footed that would not be a bad idea! :) Could be Blomqvist will come good, once injury free. As Sir Alex rotate's the squad so often I am sure all will be well. www.red11.org Survey #51: ------------------------------ Do you agree with UNITED participating in the FIFA World Team Championships at the expense of the FA Cup? Question now open! VOTE NOW: http://www.red11.org/mufc/survey/ The www.red11.org Web Team: Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Reports: OUR SALFORD LASS & Red Kelly Design: Diana Low Stats: Paul Hinson Masterfan 1999 Devil's Advocate REDitorials: http://www.red11.org/mufc/devilsadvocate Manchester United FAQ: http://www.red11.org/mufc/faq.htm Email:
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Subject: CHADWICK COULD BE LATEST UNITED STAR Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped 18-year-old striker Luke Chadwick to break into Manchester United's first team squad next season. Cambridge-born Chadwick joined the club as a trainee two years ago, and scored some spectacular goals at Under-19 and reserve level last season. "There is a possibility Luke could jump straight into the squad," said Ferguson. The United boss is also hoping that Mark Wilson, Jonathan Greening and John Curtis will make further progress. "I have one or two players who are going to develop, and they are all of a good standard and will have no problem at Premiership level. They give us ample back-up for the squad. "I also have Michael Clegg, Danny Higginbotham and Ronnie Wallwork who are a good standard. "Whether they have the experience to play in the Champions League is another matter and that can only be answered by themselves." Several United youngsters will see the world as Ferguson prepares them for the new millennium. The United boss is ready to ship out some of his Old Trafford talent to give them the chance to improve their football in places as far apart as Argentina, South Africa and Sweden. Some of United's young stars will head for South America in the next few weeks to have a short spell of training with Argentinian club River Plate while others go to Gothenburg and South African club FC Fortune.
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Subject: "The only solution" - what bollocks. Here's one which works. First of all, please do not read into this that I in any way want United to go to Brazil, because I personally would have told Blatter where to stick his tounament. However, if we must go (how many can see Davies climbing down that far?), then here's a solution which WOULD work. Obviously the FA are too thick to work it out. It DEFINITELY WOULD work, and would not mean significantly more fixtures at any period of the year. Indeed, if Fergie used his squad carefully in Brazil (we'd probably only need the first team against Real and Corinthians) then the lads COULD have a rest on the Copacobana. So we may even end up ahead! Also, it's not putting anybody else out too much AND there is no 'Bye in round 4' or 'Youth Team in Round 4' crap either. Anyway, here goes........ This is based on the assumption that the tournament in Brazil is 5-19 January:- 1. All teams playing European football are withdrawn from the League Cup (didn't this happen in the 60's anyway?). 2. The FA Premier League fixture list is amended such that (i) 3 of these (6?) teams play United on the dates of Worthless Cup rounds 3, 4, and 5, (ii) any dates freed up before Xmas by this re-arrangement are filled by post-Xmas games. Note that if this is too congestive, 1 or 2 of the fixtures could be brought forward even further to 18th August or 8th September, or possibly re-arranged to 2nd January. Each of the (6?) teams playing European football now has 0 or 1 free date, and United have 3 free dates - all post-Xmas. 3. Manchester United's League games on 3, 15, 22 January are moved to the 3 dates freed up as a result of step (2) above. This will again mean juggling the fixture list but it IS possible. 4. FA Cup Round 5, and ALL League fixtures (PL plus 3 divisions + lower leagues) on 5th February are SWAPPED. I.e. FA Cup round 5 is played on 5th February, the League fixtures from that day are played on 29th January. 5. FA Cup Round 4 is STILL played on 8th January, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF Manchester United's game which is POSTPONED UNTIL on or around 25th January. (Note in the extremely unlikely event that this clashes with the Worthless Cup Semi 2nd Leg, then the Worthless Cup game will have to be postponed. If United's 4th round tie ends in a draw, it is replayed on 5th February and the subsequent 5th round tie is postponed until 9th February allowing a replay (if necessary) on 16th February. The result of all this is that - The FA Cup's rounds 4, 5, 6 all have a 2 week gap between fixtures - plenty of time for replays or delays because the CL doesn't re-start until 1st March. - United's fixture list, compared to last year, includes only 2 more games before Xmas - due to the extended CL and not due to anything else. - United play 3 less Worthless Cup fixtures than they did last year, to compensate for playing in Brazil - United's post-Xmas fixture list is no more congestive than it would normally have been. - United have 5-6 days to recover when they get back from Brazil (and that's if they even get to the Final). - MOST IMPORTANTLY, the FA Cup is in no way de-valued. Jon (considerably brighter than the whole of the FA put together but then who isn't) Leigh.
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Subject: Hello Hello From: "Tony Smith" I was chatting to a Celtic-supporting mate today about sectarian songs. I mentioned the old United song: Hello, hello, we are the Busby Boys Hello, hello, we are the Busby Boys And if you are a City fan surrender or you'll die We will follow United I learned recently that this is the tune of a Rangers song, one with anti Catholic sentiments - stuff about Fenians etc in it. My mate told me how he'd almost died when he first went to Old Trafford and heard it - he didn't catch the United words, and assumed it was something anti-Celtic. I assured him that this was not the case, and that I (considering myself aware of most things that go on around me at OT) had not known about the Orange link until very recently. What I'd like to know, if anyone on the list can help are the following: First, when was this song first sung? It was being sung in the late 60s I know, and I assume it started around '67. Does anyone know for sure? Second, what were the circumstances that led to it being sung the first time? Third, and this is the most interesting thing, I wonder what the reaction to the song was/is of a man like Pat Crerand, and Celtic Catholic, of course. If anyone has Paddy's ear, this is a question I would love him to answer. It's a bit of a puzzle, especially with the Celtic/Catholic connections of United. I must take a look in the Red News book of United songs, but as those who have been in my study know, there's so much United material in here that I can't just lay my hands on it. Incidentally, I mentioned to the Celt that I was horrified on attending an Old Firm game at Parkhead last year, to hear that You'll Never Walk Alone is a Celtic anthem, and that 50,000 hold scarves aloft. I was the only one in the ground (OK, plus a few Rangers fans) sitting down, head on hands, while it was going on. Awful Scouse dirge. I told him it made me feel sick, but he said that Celtic sing it better than Liverpool (this is true), and that he likes it. So one-all on offensive songs, I suppose. Tony (Vowing to tidy this room up) (c) 1999
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Subject: Chelsea manager tips United for title By David Bond Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Gianluca Vialli has tipped Manchester United for the Premiership title - a month before a ball has been kicked. Despite taking his summer spending to 13m when he signed striker Chris Sutton in a record 10m deal, the Chelsea manager admits there is little he can do to stop United if they continue to play with the intensity which brought them their historic treble last season. But should they slip up he is hoping his all-star side will help Chelsea to take full advantage. Vialli said: 'We are going to try and be the best team in the country and we want to keep improving the team. 'But who knows, if Manchester United keep playing at the same level they did last season then it will be difficult to beat them.' The capture of Sutton, who had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Ewood Park once Rovers were relegated at the end of last season, comes one week after Vialli signed France captain Didier Deschamps from Juventus for 3m. And despite his belief that United may simply be too good to catch whoever Vialli buys, it looks like there could be more big money signings on the way before the season starts on August 7. Vialli added: 'Chris Sutton is not a cheap player. 10m is a lot but sometimes you have got to spend to strengthen the team.' Managing director Colin Hutchinson said: 'He is our third signing this summer and it's difficult to assess what might happen over the next few weeks. But I don't think that will be the end of it.' One player who won't be joining Chelsea however, is Lazio forward Roberto Mancini. Although Vialli said he had informal talks with the Italian striker two weeks ago, a deal is now unlikely leaving the way open for the veteran Italian forward to join Arsenal as part of the deal which is expected to take Nicolas Anelka to Lazio. Vialli said: 'I was with Roberto in Sardinia and we talked a lot - he is a very close friend of mine. Nothing has been done since then and now with Chris I think we are okay and nothing will be done with Mancini unless something strange happens.' Meanwhile, Eddie Newton will today join Birmingham City after successful talks with manager Trevor Francis. The Chelsea midfielder continued negotiations with the First Division club yesterday and, although the deal is not yet signed, it is still expected to go through. ------------------ HOW MAN U'S EUROPEAN CUP TRIUMPH CLINCHED DESCHAMPS' MOVE TO CHELSEA By Iain Spragg DIDIER DESCHAMPS has confessed it was Manchester United's European Cup triumph that convinced him to turn his back on Italy and join Chelsea. France's World Cup-winning skipper admitted to Football365 that United's dramatic success on the continent finally convinced him England was no longer a European football backwater and that his future lay at Stamford Bridge. The former Juventus midfielder tasted more than his fair share of the football high-life in Turin - including three consecutive European Cup Final appearances - and he revealed he always doubted whether an English side could ever offer him the same level of competition. United's last-gasp defeat of Bayern Munich in May, however, changed his mind. "English football is gaining a massive reputation and the improvement of the game has been phenomenal over the last three years," Deschamps told Football365. "Before, the football excited in England you, but you always had to question whether you wanted to sacrifice success for enjoyment. I guess it's a mix of the two, but all things being equal, I think the Premiership is the place to be at this moment in time. "If I didn't think the club would be successful I wouldn't have joined them. It will be an exciting season for me. A new environment, different football and a new challenge. Because Manchester United have won the European Cup there is an even greater focus on the league in England. I won't accept finishing second to anyone, it means nothing and you get nothing for it." Deschamps joined Chelsea in a 3m, three-year deal last month but could have become a Blue two years ago when Dutchman Ruud Gullit was still the manager. The 30-year-old turned down the proposed move because he believed Premiership sides were still lagging behind their Serie A counterparts but he now feels the balance of power has shifted. He is also convinced Chelsea can challenge both United and Arsenal on the domestic front and the cream of Europe in the Champions League. "I feel I'm joining at a time when I will be part of the club's major success," Deschamps said. "The big trophies are within their grasp and if they can improve upon last season they have a very good chance of competing with Arsenal and Manchester United."
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Subject: ROBERTO CARLOS: BECKHAM IS BEST Brazilian star Roberto Carlos has paid newly-wed David Beckham a huge compliment by claiming the Manchester United midfielder is the master of the free-kick. The Real Madrid left-back gained his reputation as a dead-ball genius with a sensational 30-yard free-kick against France at Le Tournoi two years ago. But it is Beckham who is the cream of the crop according to the 26-year-old former Inter Milan player. "David Beckham, he's got a much better shot from free-kicks than me," he said. "He really places the ball beautifully." Praise indeed from the man revered for his banana-bender of a left foot - yet Roberto Carlos insisted his freakish strike against the French was a fluke. "I just hit it like any other free-kick and the ball swerved around the wall really nicely. To be honest it wasn't completely deliberate," he told FourFourTwo magazine. As for other English-based players he admires, Roberto Carlos names Liverpool's Paul Ince and Emmanuel Petit, of Arsenal and France, as the two that have his respect. "The one who really impressed me was Paul Ince, I played with him at Inter. He's got real character and presence on the pitch and he's a great bloke off the pitch too," said the Brazilian. "I like Petit because of the way he has adapted to the English style of play. He's a quality player. Actually there are lots of players I like." One of whom, Steve McManaman, is to join him at the Bernabeu this summer. "We're always watching Liverpool's games here and you can see that he works a lot all over the pitch on both wings and he knows how to score," he said. "He's young too and I think he's got what it takes to succeed in Spanish football. "From the way he plays for the team I think he'll adapt to Spanish football more easily than some other English players who don't have his technical skill." PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Pele hands United warning Pele has warned Manchester United that they could regret their decision to participate in FIFA's World Club Championships in Brazil. The legendary World Cup winner has slammed his nation's abilities to stage such a prestigious event and said: " Brazil does not have one stadium of World Cup standard, or one that could even meet minimum FIFA conditions." There have also been fears expressed about the poor levels of hygiene in the country, with several Holland players struck down by illness during their tour of Brazil in May. Meanwhile, England's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup would have been in tatters had Manchester United decided not to play in the World Club Championships. That's the belief of Alex McGivan, the man charged with bringing the 2006 World Cup to England. McGivan was amongst the few who strongly approved of United's decision to pull out of the FA Cup in favour of FIFA's inaugural World Team tournament. McGivan also thinks that the 2006 initiative would have been handed to Germany had Bayern Munich replaced the Treble winners in Brazil. He said: "Three or four of the FIFA executive members have commented on the importance of our decision."
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Subject: FOOTBALL: PETE BACK FOR FERGIE Schmeichel has been asked to play in Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial match at Old Trafford on October 11. The organising committee have pencilled in Schmeichel's name for a Rest of the World XI to face Ferguson's Treble-winning side. The Danish goalkeeper has indicated he would relish the opportunity to face his old team-mates - if he can get permission from Sporting Lisbon. Unless his new club object, Schmeichel seems destined to step out at Old Trafford for one last time. His agent Ole Frederiksen said last night: "Peter has many friends at United and he has said himself that he would love to return one day. "He has a lot of respect for Alex Ferguson and will never forget the way in which his decision to leave United was accepted." After establishing United as the dominant force in European football, Ferguson is guaranteed a massive windfall from the benefit match, which is expected to be sold out within hours. Schmeichel will have to face his old mate David Beckham, who was yesterday described as the master of the free-kick by none other than Roberto Carlos. The Brazilian star, whose free-kick against France two years ago was widely praised as the best ever, said: "Beckham has got a much better shot from free-kcks than me. He places the ball beautifully."
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Subject: Fuming Fergie bars the Mirror from United as Cup storm grows (Mirror) FURIOUS Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson slapped an astonishing ban on The Mirror yesterday. In a bizarre outburst, Ferguson told a Mirror photographer who took his picture to "b****r off". Then he barred us from today's photocall for the senior team's first official day back at training. The petty revenge comes as thousands of fans continue to join our campaign to stop treble-winning United dumping the FA Cup for a new world club championship in Brazil. Yesterday German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer backed our fight, saying: "In Germany, we'd have found another date for the Cup." Ferguson blew his top after Mirrorman Dennis Hussey followed first and second players from the Reds' training ground, The Cliff, to another ground a mile away. Hussey, who took a picture of Ferguson which appeared in yesterday's Mirror, said: "When I got there, Sir Alex was in his car on the phone. He looked daggers at me as he got out, but walked off towards the changing rooms. "When he came out, he looked furious. I took a picture of him but didn't think anything of it. I've taken hundreds of pictures of him. "After I'd put my cameras down I heard him shouting. I walked over to see what the problem was, and asked `What's the matter?' He replied `You. You were at the ground yesterday and here again today, and I'm not having you keep hanging around.'" Saying Hussey would get "no access," Ferguson then asked him: "Where are you from?" Hussey said: "I told him, and he replied `You'll definitely not get any access at all. You were outside The Cliff yesterday, and you did well. Now b****r off'." Later, The Mirror was told it was banned from today's photocall of the senior squad. Club spokeswoman Diana Law said: "Alex has said everyone can come but The Mirror. We presume it's because you've had a guy hanging outside The Cliff for two days and Alex's picture is in your paper today. I don't think the ban is for good. I think this has just wound Alex up." BY last night 16,546 Mirror readers said United should stay in the Cup. Only 1,583 supported the club leaving it for the new club championship.
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Subject: Kaiser's best wishes for United give little hope to Banks' bid By Jeff Powell Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Franz Beckenbauer last night applauded Manchester United's decision to play in the new World Club Championship but ridiculed the notion that it will help England's 2006 World Cup bid. Beckenbauer, in Los Angeles for a high-powered session of FIFA meetings, said: 'It is the right decision that seems to have been made for the wrong reason.' As president of Germany's 2006 campaign and Bayern Munich, Beckenbauer said: 'If my club had won that Champions League Final-in Barcelona, I would have considered it our duty to go to Brazil. But the only reason for doing so would have been to represent Europe in the competition to find the best club team in the world. 'If Manchester have been withdrawn from your FA Cup in the hope that this decision will influence the vote next March for who hosts 2006, then they are wasting their time. 'It would be no more of an advantage for England than it is an advantage for Germany to be taking part in the Confederations Cup in Mexico this August. This has no relevance. Nor is it true that England are in the lead in this campaign. There are still eight months to go and a lot of persuading to do. 'I hope Manchester United win the World Club title for Europe. I am pleased they are going.' Germany's delegation to this week's FIFA congress has refused to take part in an eye-to-eye debate over who should stage the 2006 Finals, to which England were ready to commit campaign leader Alex McGivan and one of their football knights, Sir Bobby Charlton or Sir Geoff Hurst. The English delegation thinks the Germans are wary of unfavourable comparisons between the FA's bid, which McGivan claims is significantly stronger, and their own. The Germans say that the English are shooting themselves in the foot with their controversies and extravagance and that they have nothing to gain from being drawn into direct confrontation. So while England are ready for a fight, the Germans stand aloof on what they regard as the moral high ground. Whichever of them has gauged the mood correctly is likely to emerge as Europe's leading candidate to dispute the hosting rights to 2006 with South Africa, Brazil and Morocco. Understatement is a disarming characteristic of Beckenbauer, first gentleman of German football and legendary figurehead of their campaign. Early indications are that The Kaiser may have got this one right. FIFA do not want the 2006 contest degenerating into a slanging match - not while they are engaged in high-powered decisionmaking and high-profile marketing of the female game, in a week which will come to a climax with Saturday's Women's World Cup Final in a sold-out Pasadena Rose Bowl. England's more John Bullish approach may need to be modified as they lobby the 24 members of the FIFA executive committee, whose votes will decide on whose soil the World Cup after next will be played. The FA bid has raisedhackles from the outset, with most of Europe convinced that they reneged on a gentlemen's agreement by which England got Euro 96 in return for leaving Germany a clear run at 2006. Since then, chairman Keith Wise-man and chief executive Graham Kelly have been driven from office by a cash-for-votes scandal. Even their FA Cup sacrifice is beginning to look double-edged. The decision to send United to Brazil is seen in Europe as supporting FIFA president Sepp Blatter in his bid to wrest control of the club game from UEFA, while the furore it has aroused at home is confirming the impression abroad of England's island insularity. That could cement the UEFA votes behind Germany. The more noise Sports Minister Tony Banks makes - not least when back-tracking from positions taken in haste - the quieter Beckenbauer and his aids go about their business. This will be conducted at Soccerex, the symposium for the international game which is getting the political ball rolling here. Germany and England have taken World Cup stands at which they will entertain the FIFA delegates while explaining their bids in detail. With South Africa, FIFA' s favourites, and Morocco also exhibiting, the tenor of each country's pitch will be crucial. Germany are spending notably less than England's 10million budget for this campaign, but the Germans have waited until the eve of this congress to unveil plans for an all-new stadium in Berlin. It is all in the timing, as well as the tone. Brazil's officials have stayed home to concentrate on preparations for the World Club Championship. There, in January, they will have the chance to impress the FIFA executive with their powers of organisation - and their plans to restore the great Rio stadium of Maracana - just two months before the vote itself. As the Germans suspect, there is more to all this than meets the eye of the TV camera. ------------------------------------- Beckenbauer says Man Utd right to play in Brazil LOS ANGELES, July 5 - Franz Beckenbauer, head of Germany's 2006 World Cup bid, on Monday praised Manchester United's decision to take part in the world club championship in Brazil next January. But he said he did not believe it would enhance England's bid over that of his own country. Beckenbauer said United had a "duty" to take part despite having to withdraw from the English F.A. Cup. English officials, led by Sports Minister Tony Banks, are convinced that United's participation in the eight-club tournament will prove a huge boost to hopes of taking the World Cup to England for the first time since 1966. But Beckenbauer, in Los Angeles for the Soccer-Ex international football trade fair, responded: "United should be there to represent European club football. The F.A. Cup is a national affair, the world team championship is an international affair. "I would have tried to have changed the dates of the F.A. Cup to let them take part in both." Beckenbauer denied reports that German champions Bayern, of which he is president, had expected to go to Brazil in United's place. "Of course, if we had won the European Cup we would have gone. But until we knew whether United would take part there was no point in discussing it. "Does it help a country's World Cup campaign? Possibly. But more importantly you should go to represent your continent."
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