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WINTER 201017: So what do you think is the single most important attribute a great keeper must possess?BW: People like Jennings and Shilton are very calm. 'Keepers need to be great actors, upon their stage, the penalty box. Even though inside you are dying a thousand deaths, thinking why the hell have I chosen to be a goalie. Every one of us thinks that way when we go to stand in that goal. You look around and think how the hell can they not score? So a built-in presence is vital. He's only young but Joe Hart seems to have it. There's a bit of the Schmeichel about him. He shouts at people who have much more experience than him and I like that. He's a real communicator. I was quick and agile and daft as a brush at diving at people's feet. I capitalised on everything that worked for me. And he's doing the same. You need to concentrate for 90 or 96 minutes. His alertness is excellent because if you don't expect the unexpected you will be made to look silly.: You were famous for risking life and limb, diving at people's feet. How has that skill developed since your day?BW: It hasn't! I didn't miss a single game in 1970-71. If I played today like I did then, I wouldn't last half a season. These days, players see you coming, they nudge it past you and leave a leg trailing for a penalty and 99 per cent of the time, the goalie gets sent off as well. It's a joke. Why do the authorities not have the sense to understand what's happening. The goalie's being brave. The striker's being cunning. You are putting your life on the line. It was a skill that was particularly close to my heart. Consequently, it's a talent which is now missing out of the goalkeeper's armoury.: There's been talk of Almunia or Arteta qualifying to play for England? You benefited from a change in the rules allowing you to play for Scotland, so should they benefit today?BW: Absolutely not. Of course they shouldn't play for England just because they've been here a few years. It was different for me. My mother and father were both Scottish as were their parents. They moved south for work and I was born in Derbyshire. But I had a kilt for heaven's sake! My great uncle was chairman of Glasgow Rangers. I played for England schoolboys with the likes of Nobby Stiles, yet my dad wouldn't watch me play against Scotland. If your mother and father move countries to look for work, you should be able to represent their country of origin. If they had moved to Hong Kong, does that mean I should only be allowed to play for China? Of course not. But that's as far as it should go. I don't think it should stretch to grandparents.: You're approaching 70 years of age. Shouldn't you be reaching for the slippers and a pipe rather than planning to cycle more than 1,000 miles in a fortnight? BW: I should be, but it's not really my style. We need more than £3 million every year. That way the Willow Foundation can continue to provide 1,500 special days a year for the recipients and their families. Before our daughter Anna died, she recognized there were all these amazing children's charities as well as support for the elderly. But for the age group 16 to 40 there was no charity that was doing things like this. Since we started, we've provided more than 7,000 special days and at the last count, we'd raised about £14 million. Next year I'll be entering my 71st year so we're linking that with the Arsenal double in '70-'71. I am going to start at Hampden Park, take in Ibrox and Celtic Park, then head for 20 Premier League clubs through the North East, North West, the Midlands, then London. I've got two colleagues with me, two riders. But we will be joined en route at the grounds by some of my old mates. We'll be averaging 70-80 miles a day and at this stage it looks pretty daunting. But I'm already training hard, cycling around 36 miles day. Fingers crossed we make it and we'll raise a minimum of £100,000 but I hope it will be a lot more than that. There'll be some tough times, I'm sure, but it's all for the love of this charity we set up. From raising a few pounds locally, we've grown into a national charity which helps provide much needed time out from the stresses of living with a life-threatening condition. It gives these young people and their families a chance to feel normal and to create happy memories.For more details of how you can help Bob and his team just visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk

BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESSThe business In the most ground-breaking intervention in modern-day football, goal-line technology is almost certain to be in place for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. World football bosses bowed to almost universal pressure following the controversial 'goal' disallowed by referee Jorge Larrionda when Frank Lampard's shot against Germany was clearly proved by television replays to have crossed the line.Sepp Blatter, president of world federation FIFA, said that the debate on technology had to be reopened after the fiasco over England's 'goal that wasn't' against Germany in Bloemfontein in the 2010 World Cup finals second round.He said: "It is obvious that after the experiences so far in this World Cup it would be nonsense for the [law-making] International Board not to reopen the file on technology at its business meeting to be held in July in Cardiff."Blatter revealed that he had apologised for refereeing blunders to the national associations of both England and Mexico.However, he insisted that the reopened debate on technology extended only to goal-line fact and not to 'judgement' calls such as the offside error which saw Mexico go down 1-0 to Argentina in their own second-round clash. Argentina went on to win decisively by 3-1 just as Germany had beaten England conclusively by 4-1.The International Board had considered two forms of goal-line technology, but both had inherent problems. A Hawk-Eye system was camera-based and Blatter said: "This was not 100 per cent efficient because there can be moments when maybe a goalkeeper's body is in the way, so the camera cannot see the ball."Different conceptA different concept had been developed in Munich by Cairos and Adidas, using a microchip in the ball. However this was both highly expensive and generated commercial complications which had yet to be resolved.Experiments had proved inconclusive and, in the meantime, the IFAB had sanctioned the Europa League experiment with an extra assistant referee alongside each goal, the pet project of UEFA's French president Michel Platini.Events in Bloemfontein forced the issue back on to the agenda as well as into FIFA's own discussions about improving match control (refereeing).He said: "It's an ongoing process within FIFA and we will come out in October or November with a new model to improve the standard of refereeing. We have already spent $40m on our referee assistance programmes. Now we will start a new concept of how to improve match control in high level competitions. Something has to be changed."Goal-line technologyPlatini warns against goal-line technologyHowever, despite the apparent warming of Blatter to such technology, his UEFA counterpart president Michel Platini has claimed introducing goal-line technology will lead to "PlayStation football".Platini, who is pushing for two extra assistant referees behind the goal-line at games, said football had to help match officials gain more respect.Football's law-makers last week took the first step towards introducing goal-line technology but speaking on a visit to Glasgow in October, Platini told www.scottishfa.co.uk: "Then we will have PlayStation football."He added: "One referee is not enough, not in the modern era where you have 20 cameras. It is unfair: the cameras can see everything but the referee only has one pair of eyes. Every time he makes a mistake, those cameras are there to focus on it."It is why for the past 10 years I have asked to change the job of the referee, to help improve the situation and to give the referees better support."The referee has to be helped by the clubs, the fans, by players, by the media and also by the authorities - everyone has a responsibility. It is why we have added two assistants for Champions League games this season."It is a logical step with so many cameras that can pick up incidents: the more eyes there to assist the referee, the better the chance of spotting those incidents."Platini attended the Old Firm derby at Parkhead where he watched Rangers win 3-1 - though Celtic disputed crucial decisions by referee Willie Collum, who was later subjected to death threats for his part in Celtic's defeat to their arch rivals.18WINTER 2010