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WORLD CUP DELEGATES READY TO SEPP TO IT! ELECTION HELD TODAY

          The "direction of world soccer is on the line Monday as
     delegates from 198 nations cast secret ballots in Paris for
     their choice in the FIFA presidential elections," according
     to Steve Davis of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Outgoing FIFA
     President Joao Havelange is backing his Secretary General
     Sepp Blatter, who is opposed by European "soccer leader"
     Lennart Johansson (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/8).  USA TODAY's
     Christopher Winner reports that Blatter "has gained
     significant ground" in the race as he has now recruited
     European "backers to pad out already strong Third World
     support."  It was England's "defection to Blatter's camp on
     Friday ... that suddenly placed Johansson on the defensive." 
     But Winner writes that "many observers insisted today's
     election is too close to call" (USA TODAY, 6/8).  
          THE ROTHENBERG FILES: U.S. Soccer Federation President
     Alan Rothenberg was profiled by Joseph Gallivan of the N.Y.
     POST, who wrote that Rothenberg "is the envy of the
     international sports world for his uncanny ability to score
     the big bucks despite the [U.S.'] limited success on the
     field."  Prior to '90, the USSF's budget was less than $1M,
     but now it is $25M, and Gallivan wrote that Rothenberg's
     legacy "will be that, through judicious marketing and
     administration, the United States can become the final piece
     in the global jigsaw that is soccer" (N.Y. POST, 6/7).

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