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Lazaroni Arrives
July 25
The new head coach of the Reggae Boyz, Brazilian Sebastiao Lazaroni, arrived in Jamaica on Saturday along with his three assistants, Nielsen Elias (goalkeeper coach), Joao-Carlos Costa (assistant coach) and Marcio Meisa (physical trainer). Jamaica Football Federation's president Crenston Boxhill, technical director Carl Brown and Burchell Gibson, the JFF general secretary, were also on hand. Lazaroni previously coached the Jamaican national team for less than three months in 2000 when he inherited the team from fellow countryman Rene Simoes. After a series of poor performances, Lazaroni questioned the commitment of the overseas players and the JFF saying that they frustrated his efforts and caused him to quit the team. Lazaroni, along with technical director Carl Brown and JFF president Crenston Boxhill, travelled to Panama last week on a two-day scouting and business mission where they watched Panama play to a 1-1 draw with nieghbours Guatemala in a friendly international. Upon his arrival at the airport, Lazaroni told the media that his vision was simply to get Jamaica to the 2006 World Cup in Germany saying that "I have had a break and now and if God blesses us, together we can try to do our best to be at another World Cup. It's not easy but we will try". Lazaroni and his team will get a look at some of the Boyz on Sunday when they tackle a Clarendon Invitational team at Jamalco Sports Complex starting at 3:30 p.m.
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Portsmouth dream over for Fuller
Sunday, July 18,
LONDON (AFP) - Ricardo Fuller's move to English Premiership side Portsmouth has collapsed after the Jamaican international striker failed a medical, the club said Saturday. The south-coast side insisted the 24-year-old had to undergo two medicals to prove that he had fully recovered from a serious cruciate ligament injury. And Portsmouth said that they opted out of the proposed 2 million pound (US$3.7m dollar) move from First Division Preston after taking advice from two medical sources. Fuller was out for nine months last year after having his left knee rebuilt by specialists in America. But he hit 19 goals for Preston in the league and cup last season, and Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp had been keen to acquire his services as he tries to build on his side's Premiership survival last season. "Fuller will return to Preston to join the rest of the squad for pre-season training," Preston said in a statement. More in the Forum

Lazaroni new TD of the Reggae Boyz
July 14
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has confirmed that the former technical director of the Brazilian national team Sebastiao Lazaroni will be contracted as head coach of the Reggae Boyz. The present technical director and head coach, Carl Brown will become a part of of Lazaroni's support staff but will also remain TD of the national program with the exception of the senior team. Lazaroni previously coached the Boyz in 2000 and had a string of poor results. From five internationals, Jamaica lost four and drew one, failing to score a single goal. Additional detailswill be provided at an upcoming press conference. More in the Forum

Portsmouth set to sign Reggae Boy Fuller
Monday, July 12, 2004
LONDON (CMC) - English Premier League club Portsmouth should be signing Jamaica international Ricardo Fuller, Lomana LuaLua, of Congo, and David Unsworth in a swoop for three players to boost their Premiership credentials, according to the club's official website.

Chief executive Peter Storrie stated that agreements have been reached in principle with Preston North End and Newcastle respectively, for strikers Fuller and LuaLua, and with Everton for defender Unsworth.
The trio will travel to Fratton Park for medicals this week.
Fuller, 25, has been in prolific form since joining North End in June 2002, scoring an average of a goal every two games, with 26 in 55 starts for the Deepdale club.

LuaLua, who had been linked with a move to West Brom, spent four months on loan at Fratton Park at the end of last season where he forged a successful partnership with Aiyegbeni Yakubu, scoring four goals in 10 starts as Portsmouth secured their Premiership survival with just one defeat in their last 10 games.

Unsworth has spent six seasons at Everton after joining in a three million pound deal from Aston Villa.
The 30-year-old defender will also provide Portsmouth with a valuable goal-scoring contribution, having netted 23 goals in his time at Goodison Park.
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Jamaica Jump to 49th on FIFA List
Port of Spain, Trinidad, CMC
July 9
JAMAICA REMAINED THE Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) top-ranked team in July's FIFA World Rankings released yesterday after eliminating Haiti in the CONCACAF Second Round World Cup qualifiers. Jamaica's Reggae Boyz moved two places up to 49th in the world, while the CFU's number two T&T jumped 14 places up the world ratings to 63rd after they knocked out the Dominican Republic. St. Kitts and Nevis have displaced Barbados as the fifth-ranked team in the CFU after eliminating the Barbadians in World Cup qualifiers last month. Big movers In the CONCACAF qualifiers last month, St. Kitts & Nevis whipped Barbados 3-0 in Barbados en route to a 5-2 aggregate triumph in the two-match series, and the result earned them the CFU's number five spot, occupied for several years by Barbados. St. Kitts and Nevis leapt 12 places to 108th in the world, while Barbados slipped to 116th on FIFA's list, and sixth in the CFU. Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba also climbed significantly up the rankings. There was a 14-place rise for Cuba on the strength of their regulation time drawn results - 1-1 and 2-2 - against the world's 29th-ranked Costa Rica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines jumped 10 places up the world list and knocked Antigua and Barbuda out of the CFU's top-10. SVG, who got past Nicaragua 6-3 on aggregate in the CONCACAF qualifiers, moved up to 153rd in the world and 10th in the CFU, while Antigua and Barbuda dropped one spot to 163, and are now 12th in the regional ratings. Mexico, FIFA's number six team, remain number one in CONCACAF, ahead of the USA (7th) and Costa Rica, with Jamaica fourth, and Honduras (54th) fifth. Five-time world champions Brazil stay number one ahead of France, followed by Spain, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. CFU rankings (world rankings in brackets) 1. Jamaica (49) 2. Trinidad & Tobago (63) 3. Cuba (66) 4. Haiti (91) 5. St. Kitts/Nevis (108) 6. Barbados (116) 7. St. Lucia (127) 8. Grenada (138) 9. Suriname (147) 10. St. Vincent & the Grenadines (153) 11. Bermuda (162) 12. Antigua & Barbuda (163) 13. Dominica (167) 14. Netherlands Antilles (169) 14. Dominican Republic (169) 16. British Virgin Islands (179) 17. Guyana (181) 18. Cayman Islands (183) 19. Bahamas (192) 20. Aruba (196) 21. Anguilla (197) 22. U.S. Virgin Islands (200) 23. Puerto Rico (201) 24. Turks & Caicos Islands (202) 25. Montserrat (205). More in the Forum

Taylor nets in Metro's 6-2 loss
July 5, 2004
WASHINGTON DC, CMC:
JAMAICAN FABIAN Taylor scored a second half goal but the New York/New Jersey Metro-Stars slumped to a heavy 6-2 loss to home team DC United in their US Major League Soccer (MLS) match at the RFK Stadium on Saturday. The 17-year-old Eddie Gaven gave the Metros an early lead but DC United roared back with three unanswered goals to lead 3-1 at the half en route to their handsome win. Gaven netted in the 18th minute before Ryan Nelsen (30th), Jaime Moreno (37th) and Alecko Eskandarian (41st) gave the home side control. Earnie Stewart made it 4-1 for DC United in the 57th minute, before Taylor made an almost immediate impact when brought on as a 60th minute substitute. SHOWED GOOD SKILL Taylor scored from close range in the 63rd minute when Gaven showed good skill and strength and crossed from the left, shrugging off two strong defensive challenges as he fought to keep possession of the ball. Reacting quickly, Taylor latched onto Gaven's lateral pass in the six-yard box, twisted the ball away from goalkeeper Troy Perkins with his first touch, and squeezed the ball into the goal with a left-footer from a tight angle. DC United made the game safe when Eskandarian (69th) got his second goal, and Ben Olsen scored in stoppage time. At the Crew Stadium, home team Columbus got goals in quick succession from Edson Buddle and Jamaica-born Jeff Cunningham to stop the Chicago Fire 2-0. Buddle broke free and scored in the 43rd minute, clinically chipping the ball over goalkeeper Henry Ring's head, and a minute later, Cunningham picked up a loose ball, and netted with a deflected shot -- his sixth goal of the season -- after fighting off Chris Armas. Chicago had Jamaica internationals Andy Williams and Damani Ralph in their line-up. In Saturday's third game, striker Davy Arnaud netted his first career hat trick and propelled the Kansas City Wizards to a 5-1 win over the Dallas Burn. More in the Forum

Hue, Harvey on target in T&T's PFL
CMC Saturday, June 26, 2004
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC)

Jamaicans Jermaine Hue and Chris Harvey and Guyanese Randy Jerome were among the scorers in the latest round of Trinidad and Tobago's Professional Football League (PFL) matches this week. The prolific Jerome struck Starworld Strikers' goal in a 1-1 draw against Defence Force in the mid-week schedule, while Hue and Harvey were on target for former champions W-Connection, as they shot past Tobago United 3-1. At the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, home team Tobago slumped to defeat against W-Connection, as Harvey and Hue, two of five Jamaicans on the W-Connection roster, netted in each half to give the two-time champions victory. Harvey opened the scoring in the 10th minute and Kendal Davis made it 2-0 on 25 minutes. Garth Woodley pulled a goal back for bottom-of-the-table Tobago 20 minutes into the second half, but Hue made the game safe with an 80th minute strike. Robert Scarlett, Oneil Thompson, and Lovell Palmer are the other Jamaicans signed up with W-Connection. More in the Forum

CONCACAF Roundup
CMC/AP Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Mexico hammer Dominica 10-0 SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CMC) - CONCACAF giants Mexico pounded Dominica, 10-0, in the first-leg of their second round World Cup qualifying series at the Alamodome on Saturday evening.
Adolfo Bautista, Jared Borgetti and Daniel Osorno each scored twice, while Duilio Davino, Jamie Lozano, Rafael M?quez and Juan Francisco Palencia added other goals for the Mexicans' handsome victory.The 10-0 margin was the most goals scored by Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match since an 11-0 win over visiting St Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) in Mexico City December, 1992. The return-leg of the Mexico-Dominica series will take place at the Estadio Victoria in Aguascaliente, Mexico on Sunday.

St Vincent stomp on Nicaragua 4-1 KINGSTOWN, St Vincent - St Vincent & the Grenadines emphatically reached the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 with a 4-1 win over Nicaragua in the return match of the second round at Arnos Vale on Sunday. The Vincentians, who held the Central Americans to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Managua last Sunday, win the series, 6-3, on aggregate.

Minnows St Kitts/Nevis oust Barbados NEW YORK - Callum Willock scored twice and Daryl Gomez once to fire St Kitts/Nevis into the semi-final round of CONCACAF qualification when they edged Barbados, 3-2, in the return leg of the second round in Basseterre on Saturday. Elsewhere, Honduras became the third side behind Canada and St Kitts/Nevis to reach the semi-finals when they trounced the Netherlands Antilles, 4-0, in San Pedro Sula.

T&T advance after crushing DR 4-0 MARABELLA, Trinidad - Stern John converted from the penalty spot Sunday as Trinidad & Tobago easily beat the Dominican Republic, 4-0, and 6-0 on aggregate to advance to the semi-final round in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Jason Scotland, Denzil Theobald and Scott Sealey also scored as Trinidad dominated the match at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium despite a scoreless first half.

Donovan leads US past Grenada ST GEORGE'S, Grenada - Landon Donovan scored a goal and set up another in the first half Sunday, leading the United States into the semi-final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 3-2 victory over Grenada. The result advanced the United States on a 6-2 aggregate and sent them to the group stage of the qualifying tournament.

Panama whip St Lucia 7-0 on aggregate VIEUX FORT, St Lucia (AP) - Panama advanced to the semi-final round in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying after beating St Lucia, 3-0, and 7-0 on aggregate at the National Stadium yesterday. Panama led 1-0 at half-time, with the goal coming from Luis Tejada in the 14th minute.

Jamaica Advances With 3-0 Win over Haiti
June 20
An aggressive Jamaica Reggae Boyz team launched an all out attack on Haiti scoring three unanswered goals to put an end to Haiti's world cup hopes tonight at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. After a series of early corners Jamaica was rewarded with the first goal in the fourth minute by Marlon King from a Ricardo Gardner corner. Jamaica kept up the pressure , terrorizing the Haitian defense from both sides of the field and was rewarded with their second goal in the 14th minute again from King with the assist from Damani Ralph. Haiti tried desperately to get their game going but seemed in shock as the Reggae Boyz danced all over them scoring their third goal in the 31 minute compliments of Marlon King with a hattrick. Both teams ended with 10 men as red card were issued to Jamaica's Garfield Reid and also to a Haitian player. Jamaica drew 1-1 with Haiti in their first leg encounter and will now advance to the semifinal round which begins in August. For a full play by play report

Today Is Do Or Die For The ReggaeBoyz
June 20
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz will face Haiti today as they try to secure one of 12 places in the semifinal round of their CONCACAF Zone World Cup qualifiers at 6:00 pm at the National Stadium in Jamaica. If the Boyz are to advance to the next round, they need to win or at least avoid conceding a goal. Defeat for Jamaica would mean an end to their World Cup campaign. In the first game that was played at Miami's Orange Bowl last Saturday, the Reggae Boyz came away with the advantage in their 1-1 tie. With the away goal rule in effect, Jamaica needs to avoid conceding a goal as a 0-0 result would advance the Boyz to the semifinal round which begins in August, while any draw with more than four goals would see Haiti advancing.

Technical Director Carl Brown is well aware of his team's poor performance in the first leg and has stated that he will be making changes, both tactical and with personnel, in order to get a good result. Brown is likely to adopt a 4-4-2 formation with captain Theodore Whitmore leading the charge in midfield with Jamie Lawrence, Andy Williams and Ricardo Gardner contesting for the other midfield positions. The other possible starters are, Donovan Ricketts in goal, Claude Davis and Ian Goodison at central defense; Craig Ziadie at right back and Garfield Reid at left back. Marlon King, who scored for Jamaica last week should remain upfront and will be partnered by either Ricardo Fuller or last weeks extremely dangerous looking second-half substitute Damani Ralph.

Haiti's coach Fernando Clavijo has expressed confidence in his players abilities stating "We know it is not going to be easy and we know that Jamaica is a very good team but at the same time we are confident in our strength and hope that we can put it to work against Jamaica as we are ready for the challenge". More in the Forum

Jamaica hangs on to 1-1 tie with Haiti
June13
Jamaica survived a scare from Haiti and held on to a 1-1 draw in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match Saturday night. A badly missed penalty by Haiti's Wadson Corriolan in the first 5 seconds of the game had Jamaica on the defensive as Haiti took the fight to Jamaica. Jamaica remaind composed and were rewarded in the 38 minute with a goal from Marlon King. The game continued to swing from side to side as both teams tried to take charge but it was the Haitians that seemed to have the edge as they were putting the better passes together. The half ended with Jamaica leading 1-0. Three minutes into the second half Haiti's attack paid off, as they were awarded a second penalty when Jean-Phillipe Peguero was fouled from behind by Jamaican defender Claude Davis deep in the goal area. Peguero made no mistake as he sent the Ricketts diving the wrong way. Both teams desperately attacked in search for the tiebreaker and Jamaica looked more dangerous after the introduction of Damani Ralph to the lineup but Haiti refused to give them the edge and fought all the way to the end. Both teams will meet in the second game on June 20 in Jamaica. More in the Forum

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Jamaica vs Haiti: June 12- Miami CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

Jamaica To Name Squad Today.
June 11
Carl Brown will today name Jamaica's 18-man squad for tomorrow's World Cup qualifying opening game against Haiti at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Key defender Ian "Pepe" Goodison was injured on Tuesday with a serious hamstring muscle strain during practice and will need to prove his fitness before the final selection is submitted. The full squad must be submitted to FIFA today. Missing will be Tyrone Marshall who is nursing a recurring injury. Dispite the defensive injuries, Brown yesterday indicated that Ricardo Gardner will be playing in his usual wide left position in midfield in order to take the fight to the Haitians. Brown will have to select his defense from Fabian Davis, Claude Davis, Stewart, Garfield Reid and Craig Ziadie. Jamaica will face Haiti in the first leg of their crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at 7:30 pm at the Orange Bowlin Miami, tomorrow. More in the Forum

Injury filled Reggae Boyz prepares for Haiti
June 7
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz sets up a week-long training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in preparation of Saturday's first-leg CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Haiti at Miami's Orange Bowl on June 12. Both teams are also scheduled to meet in the second-leg of this knock-out tie at the National Stadium in Jamaica on June 20. Players scheduled for the camp include Richard Langley, Deon Burton, Marlon King, Micah Hyde, Ricardo Fuller, Donovan Ricketts, Aaron Lawrence, Claude Davis, Ian Goodison, Damion Stewart, Gerald Neil, Garfield Reid, Fabian Davis, Cornel Chin Sue, Jermaine Johnson, Theodore Whitmore, Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Marshall, Fabian Taylor, Damani Ralph, Andy Williams and Craig Ziadie. The team is filled with injuries which is cause for concern amoung fans of the boyz. Players listed as not 100% are Craig Ziadie with strained quads, Ricardo Gardner bothered by swelling of the knee, Theodore Whitmore, reported to be about 80% fit and limping, Ricardo Fuller has problems with his knee, Fabian Taylor bothered by hamstring problems and Marshall who has not represented his club for some time due to injury. More in the Forum

Ireland 1-0 over Jamaica
June 3
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz last night lost against the Republic of Ireland 1-0 and ended the three-nation Unity Cup in last place. Graham Barrett got his first start for Ireland and beat Jamaica's goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in the 26th minute with a 25-yard shot. Jamaica's coach Carl Brown said that "I'm pretty satisfied with the team and that they have achieved what they set out for in two very tough games. Reports from our members indicates that The Boyz played the better football and certainly looked to be the more interesting side but arguing, squabbling and passing the buck that was going on between players which hurt the team. The Boyz travel to Jamaica tonight and will return to camp before the team departs for Florida on Monday. Jamaica - Donovan Ricketts, Damion Stewart, Ian Goodison, Gerald Neil, Garfield Reid, Cornel Chin Sue (Richard Langley 65th), Fabian Davis, Micah Hyde, Deon Burton (Narado Bernard 83rd), Kevin Lisbie (Jermaine Johnson 61st), Marlon King (Craig Dobson 84th).

Reggae Boyz to play Nigeria and Ireland
May 22
In preparation for their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game against neighbours Haiti on June 12 and June 20, the Reggae Boyz will travel to London England where thay will meet Nigeria on May 31 and Ireland on June 2. The venue is The Valley which is the home ground of Charlton Athletic and Tickets are available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk and also http://www.addicksonline.com.

Players slated for the England camp are Aaron Lawrence, Donovan Ricketts, Shawn Sawyers, Claude Davis, Ian Goodison, Tyrone Marshall, Damion Stewart, Craig Ziadie, Fabian Davis, Garfield Reid, Ricardo Gardner, Jermaine Johnson, Richard Langley, Micah Hyde, Andy Williams, Kevin Lisbie, Ricardo Fuller, Marlon King, Damani Ralph, Barry Hayles, Cornel Chin-Sue, Jamie Lawrence, Darren Byfield, Damien Francis, Jonathan Williams, and Theodore Whitmore.

Nigeria also named their 22-man squad for friendly internationals against Republic of Ireland on May 29 and Jamaica on May 31: Goalkeepers: Greg Etafia (Moroka Swallows, South Africa) Sunday Rotimi (Dolphin FC, Nigeria), Vincent Enyeama (Enyimba, Nigeria) Defenders: Joseph Yobo (Everton, England), Ifeanyi Udeze (PAOK Salonika, Greece), Seyi Olajengbesi (Freiburg, Germany), Joseph Enakarhire (Standard Liege, Belgium), Isaac Okoronkwo (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), George Abbey (Macclesfield, England), Gabriel Melkam (Hansa Rostock, Germany) Midfielders: Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha (Bolton Wanderers, England), Seyi Olofinjana (SK Brann, Norway), Garba Lawal (Elfsborg, Sweden), Ifeanyi Ekwueme (Wisla Plock, Poland), Wilson Oruma (Sochaux, France), Christian Obodo (Peruggia,Italy) Strikers: John Utaka (RC Lens, France), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth, England), Osaze Odemwingie (La Louviere, Belguim), Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal, England) and Obafemi Martins (Inter Milan, Italy).

The Irish squad includes Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Newcastle United), Nick Colgan (Hibernian), Paddy Kenny (Sheffield United) Defenders: Alan Maybury (Hearts), Steve Finnan (Liverpool), Kenny Cunningham (Birmingham City), Andy O'Brien (Newcastle United), Gary Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Breen (Sunderland), Clive Clarke (Stoke City), Matt Holland (Charlton Athletic), Jonathan Douglas (Blackburn), John O'Shea (Manchester United) Midfielders: Liam Miller (Celtic), Roy Keane (Manchester United), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Martin Rowlands (Queens Park Rangers), Mark Kennedy (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Michael Doyle (Coventry City), Steven Reid (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Quinn (Sheffield Wednesday), Rory Delap (Southampton), Stephen McPhail (Leeds United), Mark Kinsella (West Bromwich Albion), Jason McAteer (Sunderland) Forwards: Graham Barrett (Coventry City), Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Aidan McGeady (Celtic), Alan Lee (Cardiff City), David Connolly (West Ham), Clinton Morrison (Birmingham City)

Lowe sacked by Coventry City
May 20
Striker Onandi Lowe, who was arrested last month for alledged drug possession, was let go by English First Division club Coventry City in a nine player release. The contracts for Lowe, Pegguy Arphexad, Dean Gordon, Barry Quinn and Gavin Ward will not be renewed the club's web site stated.

Reggae Boyz stop Venezuela
April 29

Jamaica emerged 2-1 winners over Venezuela in their friendly international football match at the National Stadium last night. New Reggae Boyz striker Marlon King, scored a debut goal in the 10th minute and Andy Williams unleashed a screamer just before half time to give Jamaica the win. Both goals were assisted by Ricardo Fuller. Venezula's lone goal was scored by Juan Orango in the 27th minute as his 30 yards shot was misjudged by out-of-position Donovan Ricketts. There were a number of incidents between the players as the game was poorly handled by Barbadian referee, Noel Ford. The win serves a morale booster for the Reggae Boyz upcoming world cup qualifer on June 12 against Haiti.
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