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and blue-and-yellow hats col-
ored the streets of Sarajevo yes-
terday as the young nation
readies to celebrate World Cup
Bosnia leads its group on goal
difference and will earn an auto-
matic place at next year s tour-
nament in Brazil with a win in
Lithuania today, and public
enthusiasm could hardly be
The team, led by Manchester
City striker Edin Dzeko and Ger-
man-born playmaker Zvjezdan
Misimovic, celebrated its latest
victory with a fireworks display
at Bilino Polje Stadium in Zenica
after beating Liechtenstein with
four goals in 12 minutes.
But Bosnia has been close
It has twice been denied a
place at a major championship
---the 2010 World Cup and 2012
to Portugal in the playoffs. And
yesterday, team officials pleaded
"We understand the desires
and patriotic feeling felt by all
fans, but excessive euphoria is
not something we need at the
moment," the Bosnian Football
Association said in a statement.
To the disappointment of an
estimated 10,000 traveling fans,
no celebration has been organ-
ised in advance.
Bosnia and higher-ranked
Greece are level in Group G with
22 points and identical 7--1--1
records, but the Bosnians lead
after scoring 29 goals and con-
ceding six, compared to the cau-
tious Greeks tally of 10--4.
Greece has the easier task
today, hosting Liechtenstein, and
defensive midfielder Costas Kat-
souranis returned from suspen-
sion to say that the pressure
would be on his group rivals.
"We are ready for the playoffs
but let s see what happens in
the other match," Katsouranis
said. "Let us win our own game
and we ll see."
For many Bosnians, football
success has been a rare cause
for celebration since the country
descended into nearly four years
of war two decades ago, killing
more than 100,000 people and
leaving a legacy of poverty, high
unemployment and never-end-
ing political strife.
"I m fed up with bad news.
Let me enjoy this success for
least a short while until reality
hits me again," said Mirsad Besic,
an unemployed 40-something
wall painter who has lost all hope
of finding a job and decent
prospects for retirement.
Serbs and Croats in ethnical-
ly-split Bosnia typically support
the national teams of their
But with Serbia already elim-
inated and Croatia struggling,
many are being drawn to attack-
ing game of a Bosnian team
whose players are based in 13
different countries with a qual-
ification scoring record level with
England and only bettered in
Europe by the Netherlands (32)
and Germany (31).
Bosnia coach Safet Susic
remains a widely respected fig-
ure across the former Yugoslavia,
once a valuable attacking mid-
fielder in its national side who
spent most of his club and
coaching career abroad.
Djana Trbic, a 38-year-old
Sarajevan, was reduced to tears
when she heard residents in the
Serb-dominated city of Banja
Luka--- Sarajevo s wartime
enemy---had publically stated
their support for the Bosnian
"I guess everybody loves win-
ners. I guess success unites peo-
ple," Trbic said.
"Will it really be soccer and
this great team we have that will
united this country at least a
Free-scoring Bosnia seeks
calm for last qualifier
MANCHESTER---First came the stand, then a bronze
statue. Now Alex Ferguson has had a road named
after him close to Old Trafford to honour his near-
27 years of service at Manchester United.
Surrounded by family, friends and United fans on
a gray afternoon in Manchester, the 71-year-old Scot
unveiled the road sign named Sir Alex Ferguson Way
on a street adjacent to United s stadium.
"You don t expect these things in life," said a beam-
ing Ferguson, who earlier yesterday was given the
Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at
a formal ceremony nearby.
Ferguson ended his trophy-laden spell in charge
of United in May and is now a director at the Premier
League club. One of the sides of Old Trafford is home
to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, while the former
manager is also immortalised in a nine-foot statue
outside the ground.
He left United as English champions for the 20th
time but the team is languishing in ninth place in
the standings after seven games of the new season
under successor David Moyes, further enhancing
Ferguson s legacy.
Another former United manager, the late Matt
Busby, also has a street named after him close to the
Road near Old
Manchester United's former manager Alex Ferguson
poses for photographers after unveiling a street sign
named in his honour near Old Trafford Stadium,
Manchester, England, yesterday. Earlier in the day
the side's manager for over 26 years was awarded
the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford.
SAO PAULO---Another wave
of fan violence hit Brazil over
the weekend, with seats
destroyed at a World Cup sta-
dium in Fortaleza and dozens
of supporters detained after
clashes in Sao Paulo.
World Cup organisers said
yesterday that about 100 seats
were destroyed at the Arena
Castelao by Fortaleza fans upset
with the team missing out on
promotion to the second divi-
sion. The stadium will host six
matches in next year s World
Local media, citing police, said
the number of damaged seats
could be close to 3,000.
Police also confronted fan
groups inside two other stadi-
ums, including where Brazilian
league leader Cruzeiro played
No serious injuries were
reported in the incidents.
Several teams have been pun-
ished by Brazil s sports tribunal
this year because of fan violence,
and more penalties are expected
after this weekend. Vasco da
Gama, Corinthians and second-
division club Palmeiras all have
lost home-field advantage
because of fan confrontations
this year. The tribunal has
already said it will look into the
problems this weekend.
The problem at the Arena
Castelao happened after third-
division club Fortaleza couldn t
manage more than a 2--2 draw
against Sampaio Correa, a result
that kept the traditional north-
eastern club from having a
chance to reach the second divi-
sion. Nearly 60,000 Fortaleza
fans packed the stadium, and
some of them began destroying
the seats after the final whistle
ended the team s hopes.
The goal that sealed Fort-
aleza s elimination came in sec-
ond-half injury time.
Local World Cup organisers
told The Associated Press that
they were still assessing the
damage at the venue, but an ini-
tial probe showed that about
100 seats and some portable toi-
lets will have to be replaced.
Brazil will play one of its
group-stage matches at the
Arena Castelao, which was the
first World Cup stadium to be
delivered for next year s tour-
At the Morumbi Stadium,
police hit fans with batons to
keep Sao Paulo supporters from
invading the Corinthians fan
section. Television images
showed bloodied fans throwing
punches at officers and some
fans with small children trying
to flee the chaos.
After the match, supporters
from both teams clashed at a
major avenue. A bus carrying
Sao Paulo fans had nearly all of
its windows destroyed and police
seized several iron bars and rocks
used in the confrontation.
Authorities detained at least
30 people involved in the clash,
including several women. The
Lance sports daily showed a
video of dozens of Sao Paulo
supporters lying on the ground
face first and with their hands
on their heads.
Police, who had to use rubber
bullets to control the situation,
said the confrontation might
have been set up ahead of time
on the Internet.
At the Independencia Stadium
in Belo Horizonte, police had to
use tear gas to contain Cruzeiro
fans during the team s 1--0 loss
to rival Atletico Mineiro. Police
found homemade bombs with
some of the fans. No one was
Fans vandalise World Cup stadium in Brazil
Misimovic, right, is
during their World
Cup 2014 Group G
match at Stadium
Bilino Polje in
Zenica, Bosnia, on
Friday. AP PHOTO
VIENNA---Czech players Radek Stepanek and Lukas
Rosol earned straight-set wins in the opening round
of the Erste Bank Open yesterday.
The fifth-seeded Stepanek beat Martin Fischer of
Austria 7--5, 6---3, despite being broken three times
in the opening set. He converted six of his own 13
break points in total.
In the only other first-round match, eighth-seeded
Rosol hit 13 aces on his way to a 6--3, 7--5 win over
Jesse Huta Galung of the Netherlands.
Also, the son of 1988 Olympic champion Miloslav
Mecir came through three qualifying rounds to earn
his first main draw entry. The 25-year-old Miloslav
Mecir Jr of Slovakia, who is ranked 240th, plays Pablo
Andujar of Spain today.
Rosol reach second
round in Vienna
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