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Brazil boost as Ronaldo gets call-up

As squads begin to shape up for the summer&#39s World Cup, we are beginning to get an idea of which teams are settled and which teams might find the right personnel in time for a successful tournament.

Ronaldo has been confirmed in Brazil&#39s squad for the friendly against Yugo-slavia, which could prove hugely beneficial for the Brazilians. There is also considerable significance in the apparent return to fitness of the young German midfield star Sebastian Deisler.

Hailed as the most complete young midfielder to emerge in Germany since Steffan Effenberg, Deisler is now back from a knee injury which has kept him out since October.

Meanwhile, the wealth of striking talent in Argentina has been shown again by the omission of Gabriel Batistuta from their squad for a friendly match against Cameroon. Veteran striker Claudio Caniggia, however, retained his place while the other strikers, Hernan Crespo and Claudio Lopez, also keep the great Batistuta out.

There was further disruption to the preparations of South Africa recently when Carlos Queiroz, the coach, wilted under enormous pressure and resigned from his position as coach of the national side.

This is, of course,no time to start repacing key personnel but South Africa had performed poorly in the African Nations Cup when they were knocked out by Mali in the quarter-finals.


Davies staying on to finish off job at the FSA

IFAs believe that Howard Davies&#39 contract as chairman and chief executive of the FSA has been extended by 18 months because of his close personal involvement with ongoing reviews such as polarisation and Equitable Life.They say there are too many unresolved matters which Davies has linked himself to, including the regulator&#39s role in the Equitable […]

Genesis Home Loans Planet & Moons Mars

Type: One-year discount Discounted term: Until June 1 2003 Discount: 1.6% Payable rate: Full status &#45 6.27%, self-certification 6.52% Minimum loan: £25,001 Maximum loan: £200,000 Income multiples: 3.5 x plus 1 or 3 x joint Arrangement fee: £395 Redemption fee: 6% in year one, 6% in year two, 5% in year three, thereafter 1% or […]

600 fund prices now on C4 Teletext

Teletext is introducing a fund price service on its financial pages on Channel 4.The service will provide pricing information for more than 600 of the most popular unit trusts and Oeics.The information will be updated each weekday eve-ning. Teletext already provides share and investment trust price listings on page 500 of the channel. The fund […]

New Star revamps website

Fund manager New Star has relaunched its retail website to improve the product information it offers intermediaries and investors. The site at now provides comprehensive information on its funds, including the UK growth, European growth, UK aggressive and higher-income funds.The site has a comparative fund performance section letting visitors generate charts to analyse the […]


Guide: what you need to consider for your auto-enrolment project

In this guide, Johnson Fleming reveals what items you need to understand to gauge the impact of auto-enrolment on your business. The guide focuses on: the impact that your auto-enrolment scheme will have on you; assessing your workforce; understanding your staging date; reviewing your current provision; and modelling contribution levels and costs.


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