Football: Around The World: Beach party for elusive Edmundo

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Brazil

FIORENTINA'S BRAZILIAN striker Edmundo caused a storm at the weekend by playing in a pro-celebrity foot-volleyball match on Ipanema beach.

The game, involving a mixture of professional football players, soap opera actors and foot-volleyball specialists, took place at almost the same time that Fiorentina were losing 1-0 to Udinese in a crucial Italian Serie A fixture.

Edmundo is on a 10-day trip to Rio de Janeiro, which he says is to resolve pending judicial matters resulting from his involvement in a fatal car crash. The ian media, however, feel that the fact that his trip is at the same time as the nationwide carnival is simply too much of a coincidence.

Kuwait

KUWAIT HAVE denied making an offer to Diego Maradona to coach their national side.

"True, we are searching for a new coach for our national team but Maradona is not among the proposed names to fill the job," Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahd al-Ahmad al-Sabah, the head of Kuwait's football federation and president of the Olympic Council of Asia, said.

He was responding to remarks by the former Argentina World Cup captain to a radio station in which he said: "There is a very big chance that I will direct the Kuwaiti team."

Maradona had a short and unsuccessful career as a coach in Argentina after ending his playing career.

United States

THE LACK of a British presence means that the event will gain minimal coverage in this country - but the USA are proud to be hosting the Women's World Cup this summer and will give their team the same amount of media exposure as the men's senior side.

The third Women's World Cup will start in New Jersey on 19 June when the hosts, the current Olympic champions, take on Denmark. The final will be on the other side of the continent on 10 July in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the site of the 1994 men's World Cup final.

The draw took place on Sunday in San Jose, California, at half-time during an exhibition match between a World All-Star XI and the USA. Charmaine Hooper scored twice to give the World XI a 2-1 win. She plays for Canada, who must face the holders, Norway, in the first round of the World Cup.

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