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November 26, 2011

The matchday experience …

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:57 pm

Been very much enjoying games at suncorp … the football has been top notch, even when its only been 10000 in cavernous lang park the support has been noisy, fantastic stadium, good playing surface, good prices, easy to get to and from games, no security issues …

Loving it.  But good can always be better : )

Was waiting around for my cousin pre-match.  There were people milling around, a deejay, and a junior mini match … and I ended up killing time by making some calls and emails …

But what if I had no urge to kill time?  What if my matchday experience was SO GREAT that I (and many many others) were arriving 2 hours early?

My dream match day experience …

That lovely big space where the dee jay was – get some buskers and street performers in there … a mini stage maybe with a couple of bands playing?  And maybe that salsa / samba bunch (like friday nights near the casino/city library) … more small sided games for the kids.  a small sided game space for bigger kids / adults.  Oh, I saw this arcade soccer game when I was in Japan … where you have to take penalty kicks and place the ball in certain spaces in a grid – get one of those going and whoever scores the highest on the afternoon wins something (maybe a scarf).  The cafe space there should put out some outdoor tables and a little espresso stand.  Some of those soccer table games, with the handles.  A covered area with some playstations with fifa running …

a little kids keepy uppy contest?  a space for freestylers to do their tricky stuff?

and fire eaters.  And inside the stadium – a brass band playing seven nation army. Alternating with Led Zeppellin’s immigrant song.

A celebration of life, footy, and all that is good in the world.  And the best afternoon / evening’s entertainment available in the city.

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November 23, 2011

The attacking fullback – lessons from Brazil that apply to the Oz NT

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 9:15 pm

Tim Vickery has written a bunch of stuff on how reliance on attacking fullback has lead to a corresponding decrease in offensive responsibility for the CMs.  Think Maicon and Gilberto Silva.  Shields.  Extra CBs in effect.

The advent of the attacking fullback did not mean that coaches had decided to increase their team’s overall amount of attack / risks taken …

what it meant was that some offensive responsibilities / opportunities were switched from CM to FB.  And if the FBs are always “switched on”, that means the CMs are always “switched off” …

So if you want to see more from the CM positions, it means seeing a bit less from the FBs.   Which I wouldn’t mind – variety is the spice of life etc.

And how have teams taken on teams that rely on FBs for attacking width or attack initiation?  Pin them back with agressive, wide, high wingers. Its been done to Chelsea, Brazil … plenty of examples.

Nothing new under the sun eh?

So when I read that Osieck is gonna take his “best team” to play against the Saudis in the last qualifier … I have to wonder whether that means much – cos his best team wasn’t particularly effective when faced against an opponent looking to exploit systemic weaknesses.

Bring on the Euro league : )

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 8:40 pm

Watching AC Milan vs Barcelona … why not watch this kind of game every week?  A couple of games like this each week?  I have no team in Europe, so have no interest in “the sanctity” of the individual leagues.

The game has changed.  Europe has changed.

Don’t know if anybody likes the idea of a set in stone group though – apart from the owners.  A home and away relegation / promotion game within each country’s set of teams and you still have the opportunity to join the party – eg. 3 teams from England, the third place team plays a home and away against the (rest of) England champion.

November 19, 2011

Changing times …

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 9:15 pm

“Players away at Olyroos depletes A-league teams”

I love that headline.

Much better than the headlines we used to have,

“Olyroos lack match experience, would be lovely if a couple of them could get any game time at all in the A-league”.

And Bratten, Amini, Ibini and Antonis – significant contributers to their teams – could also have been away with the Olyroos – but weren’t.  Ok, there is no young Messi / Harry, but the kids are doing all right.  They are not just getting game time, they are contributing to their teams and being relied upon.

Be very surprised if this isn’t Antonis’s last season in the A-league.

Roar vulnerable – but unbeaten …

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 9:07 pm

What to think of yesterday’s game?  Hats off to the two teams.  Much better spacing and intensity than SFC vs CCM match.

Roar’s passing CAN be disrupted.  Brisbane CAN get the wobbles.  But it takes a fast, skillful, intelligent team display to do it.  Can anyone do that for 90 minutes?

They aren’t there yet, but Newc and Heart could be challenging for silver at the end of the season.

Massimo?  Probably he played well?  Good pressuring, always made himself available.  But expectations are now raised, and okay isn’t good enough anymore.  Shield the ball, stay on your feet, turn and play it forward.

Franjic an option at centre half?  Maybe.  Hingert looks good driving forward – wasn’t really asked to play high as a wingback though.  I think Franjic (and probably a lot of guys) have trouble with that wing-back role.  Rumbling on downfield with the ball at your feet can be easier from deep than being stationed so high up the pitch, and having your direct opponent keep much closer to you.  I think Franjic is doing the job in the wing back role, but it involves a lot more static play than a traditional attacking fullback role.  It stretches the play, keeps possession ticking over, but involves a lot less getting past your defender.

Issey needs to start looking over his shoulder … find those shooting boots or find a spot on the bench.

Would be interesting to know what Ange P wants from Meyer.  Is he on the bench because of a lack of work rate?  Would love to see him get more time.

My idea of a Brisbane plan B – Nichols at the tip of the front three coming from high to deep (false 9) but looking to turn and attack.  Berisha on the left staying high, Meyer on the right staying high.  Your three guys who consistently bring their shooting boots all up top.  Or Broich into central midfield.  Henrique or Broich could go into that Nichols role and Nichols stays at CM.  This set up emphasises passing to feet at speed … which fits with what BR is trying to do.

Or Brisbane magically finds someone like Heart’s Eli Babalj.  For a targetman to work for the Roar, he would have to consistently keep and protect the ball and have an excellent short passing game.  A Matt Simon style worker bee who throws himself around wouldn’t keep possession enough imho.

November 18, 2011

Horses for courses

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 9:28 pm

Long ago, when I started out blogging – I thought that playing in Asia would lead to several changes in how the NT plays.

One thought was that you don’t ask a bunch of big strong players to go chase the shadows of opponents half there size in extreme heat / humidity.

Vinnie G was the posterchild for this problem.  Good player, but not in those situations.

Mile Jedinak, Joshua Kennedy, maybe even Lucas Neill are not gonna operate well in those conditions, against those opponents.  A cool evening in Germany / Serbia?  Yes, those are the guys you want. Even Holman, in the condition he was in – whether injured or tired, didn’t look like he should have been out there.  Anybody who isn’t 100% ready to go shouldn’t be out there in that heat, against those opponents.

Massimo Murdocca is not normally a name you would see thrown around in NT discussions, but in that heat, against those opponents, dunno if we have anybody would be better placed to a) pressure the ball in midfield on defence, and b) constantly move into open spaces to give whoever has the ball a short simple pass option.  Same kind of deal with Jade North.  Probably still the best athlete we have at centreback.  Cahill in a central midfield role?  He’d give smaller opponents kittens on set pieces – unlike Josh (who seemed well and truly covered by much smaller defenders).  In this kind of game I’d see Emmo being somewhere down the spine of the team.  Why not play him as a CB against this kind of opponent?  Or central mid (more value than Jedinak in this setting imho).

That setup probably doesn’t help in this situation either – I am calling it a 4 – 2 – 2 – 2.  With a midfield … Box?  McKay and Emerton tuck in to make space for the fullbacks but if the fullbacks aren’t joining in, you are using a very narrow, central slice of the pitch.  Very congested.  Not a good choice against such small, mobile opponents.

Hmmm, Holger is not the messiah, nor particularly naughty.  But he doesn’t adapt very well – in games or selection wise.  No Guus or El Tel is probably gonna take the manager’s role anytime soon, so we are probably stuck with mid-level international managers till some of our own coaches start to look the goods.  Would Ange P make a good international coach?  Dunno, still has to prove himself at the club level methinks (what a strange thing to write – guy has coached 3 national champion teams).  Could Aurelio have a big future?  GVE?  Branko?  Some guy we haven’t even heard of yet?  Paul Okon?  Maybe Nick T will come back out of the woodwork and suprise everyone.

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