The international sportswriters’ association, which goes by the acronym AIPS, held its two-day executive committee meeting this week in Doha, Qatar. The meeting’s guest of honor was Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, who is keenly sophisticated and moves fluidly between Arab and western cultures.
Russia beat Israel 3-1 to overtake Portugal at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday and move a step closer to the finals with their fate in their own hands.
Emanuel Sheffer - the coach who led Israel to their only World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970 - died on Friday aged 88, the Israel Football Association said.
FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.
Soccer's World Cup, played every four years, is being contested in Germany by 32 national teams from all parts of the world. One week of competition has gone by, three weeks to go before the championship game on July 9. The world is riveted. But not the American sports public, which has reacted with its usual collective yawn.
"I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed," the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose Earthquakes said in a phone interview. "But I think more has been made of this incident than it should."
Agoos did make the World Cup team in 1998, when the United States was eliminated in the first round, but didn't get to play. However, he made the roster again this year and hopes to be in the starting lineup when the United States plays is first match, against Portugal, on June 5 in Suwon, South Korea. Japan and Korea are jointly hosting the 2002 World Cup.
The World Cup pits the globe's top soccer nations against each other every four years, and, in popular interest, is considered the world's greatest single sporting event.