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FIFA U-17 World Championship Finland 2003
Finland inspection - a resounding success

The FIFA U-17 World Championship Finland 2003 will take place from Aug 13-30.
A FIFA delegation, led by Jack A. Warner, Chairman of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Committee, has just returned from an inspection in Finland, where this competition will next be staged from 13 to 30 August 2003.
North Korean 1966 FIFA World Cup" team revisit the past
"The Game of their Lives"

By Jonathan Ansfield
© Reuters Limited

Call it football diplomacy - 36 years after North Korea's 1966 FIFA World Cup" side overcame massive odds to beat Italy 1-0, the team's surviving members have set off on a journey back to Middlesbrough, England, the city that hosted the Cup's biggest ever upset.

Their long-awaited reunion tour stopped in Beijing en route from Pyongyang on Sunday.

14th Asian Games
Iran clinch gold with win over Japan

By Alastair Himmer
© Reuters Limited

Iranian teammates run a victory lap after defeating Japan in the Asian Games football final in Pusan, Korea.
Photo Jason Reed, Reuters
Defending champions Iran won the Asian Games men's football title for the fourth time with a 2-1 victory over Japan on Sunday after second-half goals from Javad Kazemeyan and Mohsen Bayatiniya.

Kazemeyan pounced on a mix-up between Hikaru Mita and substitute Takeshi Aoki to rifle home a right-foot shot from the edge of the box three minutes into the second half at Pusan Main Asiad Stadium. It was his first goal of the tournament.

France, Turkey and England score important wins

By Mike Collett
© Reuters Limited

European champions France maintained their perfect start to their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign when they crushed Slovenia 5-0 at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Of the other probable contenders for the European title in Portugal in 2004, England overcame a shaky start to win 2-1 in Slovakia, Turkey did the same to win 2-1 in Macedonia and Italy, runners-up to France in Euro 2000 two years ago, were held to a 1-1 draw by Yugoslavia in Naples.

Media Centre
Composition of FIFA standing committees
Details of the composition of the FIFA standing committees can now be accessed here on www.fifa.com. In accordance with the FIFA Statutes, these committees will serve for the 2002-2006 period. 15 Oct 2002
“Time to step up the fight against racism and discrimination”
“We have talked about it. We have put those words into action. But now I think it is time for us to take our efforts to a higher level and lead the fight against discrimination in football with renewed vigour. With this in mind, I wholeheartedly support UEFA’s recent declarations on this issue.” FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter today expressed his strong opinions of recent incidents involving racist taunts and acts in European stadiums. 11 Oct 2002
FIFA Statutes Revision Committee to set ball rolling
The FIFA Statutes Revision Committee will meet for the first time in Zurich on Sunday 3 and Monday 4 November 2002. This committee, set up by the FIFA Executive Committee at its last meeting on 23-24 September, will be responsible for reviewing, amending and changing the existing FIFA Statutes. 11 Oct 2002
FIFA supports the harmonisation of standards for artificial turf
As part of the joint efforts of FIFA and UEFA in supporting the development of artificial turf, a FIFA delegation will attend the annual meeting of the International Association for Sports Surface Sciences (ISSS), which will be held on 10th and 11th October at UEFA headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland. 09 Oct 2002

List of upcoming "A" matches
Upcoming "A" Friendlies (Men)
Upcoming "A" Friendlies (Women)
Photo Op
Shinji Ono of Japan celebrates after scoring the first goal against Jamaica during the first half of an international friendly match at Tokyo's National Stadium October 16, 2002. photo Kimimasa Mayama, Reuters
Various Announcements
There are currently no announcements. Media are advised to regularly consult the FIFA Media Channel by clicking on the logo at the top of the homepage on the right-hand side of the banner. 30.05.02
Reports provided by
Wednesday, 16-Oct
Eriksson wary of Macedonia threat
Tuesday, 15-Oct
Lizarazu vows to keep playing for France until Euro 2004
Rehhagel position 'not an issue' says Greek federation
Cyprus angered by UEFA treatment
France at full strength to take on Malta
France set to continue renaissance but Italy look shaky
Monday, 14-Oct
New faces in Poland squad for New Zealand friendly
Balakov doubtful for Bulgaria qualifier against Andorra
Yugoslav press praise impressive 1-1 draw in Naples
Inzaghi to miss clash with Wales
I won't quit says Italy coach Trapattoni
Croatia coach Baric called on to step down
Cyprus objects to postponement of Israel game
Dumitrescu quits as Romanian under-21 coach
McCarthy says he will quit after Euro 2004
N. Korean 1966 World Cup team revisit the past
Gambia hit Lesotho for six in African Nations Cup

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