Newsdesk - Beckham Survives Olympic Cut; Warsaw Stadium Stages First Club Match
April 18, 2012
Beckham wants to be chosen as one of the three overage players on the U-23 team. (Getty)
Beckham Survives Olympic Cut
David Beckham is among 80 footballers still in the running to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, according to an Associated Press report.
The former England captain survived manager Stuart Pearce’s latest cut and will remain in contention for one of the three overage spots on the U-23 team.
Beckham, 36, has in recent months publicly expressed his desire to play in London when Britain sends a football team to the Olympics for the first time since 1960.
After significant furor over the FAs of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales not wanting to field players for the British side amid fears they would lose their autonomy in the eyes of FIFA, only seven of the 191 players contacted by The Football Association in December indicated they did not want to be considered for the Games.
Following the cut from 184 to 80, Pearce is expected to pick his final 18-man squad in June.
Warsaw National Stadium Hosts 1st Club Match
Managers of Warsaw’s new National Stadium have its first-ever club match under their belts.
Euro 2012 kicks off June 8 at Warsaw National Stadium. (Getty Images)
Spanish side Sevilla topped reigning Polish Cup winners Legia Warsaw on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 20,000.
According to an AFP report, the friendly was considered by stadium staff as a sort of dress rehearsal ahead of the five fixtures scheduled there during Euro 2012, including the June 8 opener and a semifinal.
The 58,000-seater was originally supposed to host Legia on Feb. 11 for the Super Cup against Polish league champs Wisla Krakow. The match would have been its first but was cancelled days beforehand because police were having trouble communicating within the venue and were also worried there
was inadequate fencing to separate supporters of opposing teams in a country known for incidents of hooliganism.
Those same concerns almost compromised a Feb. 29 friendly between Poland and Portugal as well before authorities gave their go-ahead for Warsaw National Stadium’s official football debut.
FIFA Launches South African Legacy Fund
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust is now fully operational following its first board meeting at South African Football Association headquarters in Johannesburg.
“It is the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup that such a trust has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up,” FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke said Wednesday in a statement.
International auditors Ernst and Young will administer the $57.5 million transferred by FIFA into the Legacy Trust accounts for football development, education, health and humanitarian initiatives.
“From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa,” said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani.
South Africa 2010 CEO Danny Jordaan is chairing the Trust Board.
By INSIDER's Matthew Grayson
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