Football Notes: 17 Of 32 World Cup Football Managers No Longer With Their Teams
Germany won the World Cup three weeks ago, but the results of the tournament are "continuing to make an impact." Of the 32 coaches who led teams during the World Cup, only 15 remain in those positions. The list of "coaches leaving their teams could grow, with Cameroon's Volker Finke and Iran's Carlos Queiroz in negotiations" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 8/4). ... FA General Secretary Alex Horne said that new rules which prevent players and coaches from betting on any worldwide footballing activity "will help in the fight against match-fixing." Players from the top eight tiers of the English game "are banned from betting on the sport under new rules which came into force on Friday" (BBC, 8/1). ... Former I-League champions JCT, which had dissolved its football team in '11, on Saturday announced that it "will re-enter the I-League fray with a second division team." JCT Ltd. Chair Sameer Thapar said, "We have also decided to establish a football academy in collaboration with Arsenal Soccer School and 'India on track'" (PTI, 8/2). ... EPL Everton striker Steven Naismith has "pledged to buy home tickets for unemployed people across Liverpool this season." Naismith, who joined Everton in '12, said that he has "asked tickets to be left at job centres in the city, and handed out to selected people seeking employment" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/4).