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contentsNo 228 February 2006

SIMON GILL

World Cup Security “Many German supporters fear that isolated incidents are being used by police to legitimise a pre-emptive crackdown” p30

6 Editorial Video referees would hand even more control of the game to Sky 8 Diary Benfica blues for Alex Ferguson and the

Glazers; Sheffield United, big in China; Harry Redknapp on the move again; Crouch just keeps on scoring 12 Shot! Standing the test of time: Premiership grounds with some original architecture 14 Sidelines How Northern Ireland could find their new home a prison; philosophical differences between UEFA and the G-14; Big Ron’s cappuccino comeback; Macclesfield’s woes 18 FA Cup Meltdown Will a return to Wembley check the slow decline of what was once the domestic game’s most cherished competition?

20 Racism Rows Paolo Di Canio, fascist and proud of it;

the BNP get involved when Martin Allen is unhappy at Oldham fans’ choice of flag; a controversial sending-off at Southend

23 The Sunderland Slump Another unwanted record looms

Fans at Hanover’s World Cup stadium

24 Match Of The Month Rangers take on Hearts in a game between two sides on the slide, not long after winning or leading the SPL 28 Shot! Archive An Eighties goalkeeper under stress seems to have his head in his hands 30 World Cup Countdown Federal Germany’s security plans – all 16 of them; Portugal and Angola look forward to a game managing to last 90 minutes 34 Romário and Berkovic Still making a noise back home in Brazil,

or sulking with the crocodiles in Israel 36 Libel Lowdown Watch what you write or you’ll end up looking like Martin Samuel

40 Letter From... Russia, where one mogul has gone a step further than Abramovich – on to the pitch

46 A Season In Brief The birth of MLS as pro soccer

(but not relegation or draws) comes to the USA

Mick’s fortunes p23

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Regulars 27 WSC Books 37 On the Web 41 WSC Subs & T-shirts 42 Letters 45 Classifieds