‘Terror attack on 2006 World Cup was averted’

March 29th, 2008 - 2:22 pm ICT by admin  

(Football Snippets)
Berlin, March 29 (DPA) German security forces had scotched possible terrorist plans to attack the Munich stadium on the occasion of the opening game of the 2006 football World Cup, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has claimed. “People were observed who were quite clearly monitoring the stadium with the possible intention of carrying out an attack,” Herrmann told national commercial news broadcaster n-tv, acknowledging the incident for the first time. One person regarded as a potential security threat had been deported, he said.

News of the possible threat had been kept from the public “because we did not want to spread unnecessary fear”, Herrmann said. Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2 in the June 19, 2006, opening game of the tournament that passed off without incident and was seen as a major public relations success for Germany.


Everton’s Cahill injured, ruled out of season

London: Everton will have to do without influential midfielder Tim Cahill in their bid to secure fourth spot after the club confirmed that the Australian will miss the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal. Cahill, 28, had to come off after 10 minutes of Everton’s match against West Ham Saturday.

The club revealed Friday that Cahill has aggravated an injury he originally sustained last season. “It is disappointing but it happens - I think we can cope,” Everton manager David Moyes said. Everton are two points behind city rivals Liverpool in the race for fourth spot - the two sides meet at Anfield Sunday.


Polish, Ukrainian premiers promise ‘quality’ Euro 2012

Kiev: The prime ministers of Poland and Ukraine have promised their countries would co-host a “quality” Euro 2012 football championship. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk discussed preparations for the event with his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko during an official visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

“I am 100 percent sure that we will succeed,” Tusk told reporters. The UEFA awarded the two countries hosting rights for the tournament last April. Since then both Poland and Ukraine have seen delays in starting preparations due to insufficient funding and poor coordination between football and government authorities in both nations.


Liverpool co-owners say tie-up ‘unworkable’

London: George Gillett Junior has revealed the extent of the problems between himself and his Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks, describing their relationship as unworkable. Hicks has reportedly been trying to take sole ownership of the club for some time now, but Dubai Investment Capital are also interested in taking over.

“This partnership has been unworkable for some time,” Gillett said in an interview on Canadian radio, adding that the idea of selling his share to Hicks is now an “untenable” alternative. “We were very fair. We gave our partner a long period of time to try to make arrangements to buy us out. We didn’t put pressure on him but he ultimately did not get to the finish-line.”


‘Gomez will play big role at Euro’

Stuttgart: Striker Mario Gomez will play an important role for Germany at the European Championships, his Stuttgart club coach Armin Veh has predicted. Gomez, 22, scored twice for Germany in Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Switzerland in Basel and now appears to be first choice in attack alongside Miroslav Klose.

He has six goals in nine appearances for Germany since making his international debut just over a year ago, but has yet to play a full 90 minutes for the national team. “I am convinced that he will play a very important role at the European Championships. Mario is right now the best forward in Germany,” Veh said. Gomez was voted Germany’s footballer of the year last season after his 14 goals helped propel Stuttgart to a surprise Bundesliga title.

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