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September 17, 2010

Run of Play’s Pele week

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 4:45 am

Was brilliant stuff.

I learnt.  I was entertained.  Good stuff.

But their post on Brazillians’ attitudes to Pele made me do a massive rethink.  I HAD thought that it was a pity that the game’s greatest had played before my time.  Isn’t that a sign of decline?

Somewhere in that article I read something along the lines of – Pele won’t be topped, the spread of talent and excellence in modern football make this impossible.  It would be nigh on impossible for somebody to be that much better than their peers in modern football.

Pele’s place in the game, and the difficulty others face in taking over that spot, is a cause for celebration.

ps.  just watched the highlights of Arsenal and Barca’s midweek matches – it is videogame football.  utterly utterly brilliantly mad.

September 11, 2010

The best of times, the worst of times?

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:43 am

I am pretty much completely out of the loop on the A-league …

looking forward to watching some games at the pub when I get back to Oz in October

but the vibe is really negative at the moment.

and I keep on coming back to a couple of character demonstrating moments from the last couple of seasons … why?  I am not sure, but hearing all the talk recently makes me think about the FFA’s attempt to appoint GVE on the eve of the season (2 seasons back?), and how the Fury 2.0 situation was handled (cancel all the players and coaches contracts?). The former showed a lack of consideration for its partner clubs, the latter showed a lack of statesmanship.

The move to a league full of non-ethnic base clubs … it happened, so we now have clubs in our towns that everyone can support.  Big tick.

A more professional, less autocratic power structure?  Jury is out.

Who knows what happens next.

Some further random thoughts from that training match

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:34 am

Morimoto got the start, and showed his qualities – something just seems different to what the other Japanese strikers bring to the table, but he did not make a comprehensive, clear as day case that he is the better player than Okazaki (the guy who was getting time as the front man before the Honda as forward experiment at the world cup).

Iwamasa – the centreback is a no-nonsense, read the play, win everything in the air keep it simple centreback who should be starting for Japan all the time imho.  I am a fan.

Nagatomo – the left back, looks to have some newly found confidence after his move abroad … could he develop into a player who has the same kind of impact for Japan that Lahm has for Germany?  I think so.

September 7, 2010

Woohoo! Finally got to watch a game!

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:50 pm

Boo hiss!  It was a Japanese NT training match against Guatemala.

And no, I didn’t hang around for the end of it.

Well, it was fun in an exhibition match kind of way, and it was interesting to see the Blue Samurai after their recent WC showing, seeing some new faces get a chance … but like the matches against Peru and Belgium C last year, it was a training match for all intents and purposes.

Was fun to see Morimoto get a start.  And Honda was playing provider from a central attacking midfield spot …

I didn’t bother watching the end because neither team was particularly focused, just a bit of fluff, a training run.

We won’t really know about the knew coach, or the next edition of the Japanese NT till there are some points on the line.

August 24, 2010

Can anyone see the funny side to this?

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:57 pm

I thought the Kewell – Slater bout was good for a laugh.

I’m gonna paraphrase here, and I will probably stuff this up, but didn’t HK’s manager say something like …

“No-one told Harry to f%ck off.  In fact, Scott Chipperfield was the player who didn’t tell Harry to f%ck off …”

So player X was the person who didn’t say the thing in the stories. Why talk about a specific player if it never happened?  Aha!  Methinks it did happen!

In the big picture I don’t care – they just have to go out on the field and do their jobs.

August 19, 2010

2 speed sports and 1 speed sports

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 11:34 pm

The Aussie sporting market is an interesting place – and I figure the sports competing for attention in this market can be split into a 1 speed group and a 2 speed group …

Rugby League and AFL are the 1 speed sports.  If they are on, they have got people’s attention, and love, and money.

Swimming is probably the best example of a 2 speed sport.  At the Olympics and maybe at the World Championships, we love our swimmers, they’ll be flogging Wheatbix on TV and get a lot of attention.  But the rest of the time they will struggle for attention, love and money.  I’d also put Rugby Union into this category – WC time, and Super 15 time feel very different in terms of public interest.

A lot of people thought that Soccer would become a 1 speed sport – up there with AFL and Rugby League at the top of the Australian sporting hierarchy.  But it doesn’t look like its gonna happen.  Since the dawning of the A-league, it has been one of the 2 speed sports.  High interest when the big games are on, low interest for the rest of the time.

Can the A-league (and Soccer in general) gain that kind of constant, high level popularity?  Maybe.  But I don’t think it is the end of the world if it doesn’t.

PS.  I forgot to mention about the 0 speed sports – the sports don’t get attention.  Are the Kookaburras world champions at the moment?  Hehe, do you know what sport they play?

August 14, 2010

Mark van Bommel – I don’t trust my own judgement

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:38 pm

Here was something I was thinking about just after the WC, but never got around to writing.

In the last couple of WC games, van Bommel seemed like this strange master villain.  All he was missing was a funny mustache, a top hat and a cape, and a damsel to tie to the train tracks. It was amazing how he stayed on the field.  And rewatching how Timmy Cahill got red – carded, after seeing some of the stuff that vB did was quite flabbergasting.  Watching vB, it was like, it was like … watching a younger version of Kevin Muscat.   And a lot of the media I read was along the same lines.

I don’t trust my own judgement of van Bommel.

Now here is the strange thing.  vB isn’t a youngster.  I watched him play for Munich in the Champions league, for Barca a few years back too.  And never thought that he was particularly villainous.  Do mature players “change their spots” so drastically?  Overnight? Leopards don’t.

So I figure either I misjudged vB at the WC, or I didn’t notice his villainous nature/playing style when playing for other teams, because I don’t think that a mature player will change.  Either way, at some point, I was wrong about him.

PS. It’s like when Henry handballed, or Zidane got the red mist … the headlines of “Henry cheats”, and “Violent Billy Goat Zizou” really made me wonder “do people really watch these players?”, Henry was cheating for years, and Zidane had a history of reds for violent play.  They hadn’t changed their spots.

August 11, 2010

My hopes for the new Oz coach

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 11:25 pm

Don’t know much about the knew guy.  But I figure he doesn’t come with some of the past history of a Le Guen or a Sven G.E.

My hopes –

The coach makes a system in which the players understand their roles

The coach is comfortable working with our first string, second string and 3rd string squads

Friendlies are used to bring players into the national squad

The coach is capable of in game tactic changes and uses substitutions well

That’s all.  Oh, maybe that is asking quite a lot.

What do you want from the new guy?

August 8, 2010

gonna get quiet round these parts …

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:30 am

well, already has : (

In the middle of packing for the great trek back to australia.  Cancelled the satellite tv subscription.  Thought about buying internet access to the A-league for a month, but wasn’t sure how many matches I would be able to watch, so I didn’t.

May jot something down if I catch anymore J-league games before I head back to Oz.

July 27, 2010

Rewatching the Oz games

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 10:38 pm

I bought a satellite dish so I could watch the World Cup.  Most of the games were on free to Air, but I think the thing that swung it for me  was that only 1 of Australia’s games were on free to air.

So I bought the satellite dish and recorder, and hunkered down in front of the projector screen.  [Bad Clayton, stop gloating.]

And I told myself that I would watch the Oz games again.  Why? I paid for them.  I also felt that we might not have made it to SA if we were in the other Asian Qualification group (so being in SA was a thing to be cherished).  I also wonder if we will go to the next WC (I don’t expect our team to get worse, but if Iran, Saudi Arabia get their shit together, or if Iraq, China or Uzbekistan play to their potential, the going gets tougher).

Some utterly utterly random stuff from the games …

Unless we have a friendly against the Spanish U16s, I never want to see Timmy Cahill playing centre forward ever again. It was traumatising against the Japanese in the quals, and it was traumatising against the Germans.  Well, everything was traumatising against the Germans …Cahill’s is exceptional in the air and around the penalty box.  And functional outside of it.  A galloping gazelle with the ball at the feet he ain’t.  But it is hard to get the ball off him, his passing and movement are good, and he can hit a cross.  If the team presses up and spends more time in the other team’s half, then Timmy is the fulcrum.  But if the team is sitting back, I wonder if there are better choices for that behind the striker central mid … Bresc or Holman …

But, the coach and players turned it around in the last two games.

This team CAN play phases of smart, mobile ball possession.  But as soon as a bit of pressure comes, it can go out the window.  I would love to see them try to play through pressure more.  Is this a concentration issue?

I wish Chippers was staying on, even now he is a really handy wide attacker.

I want to see Wilkshire in the engine room – I think his future is in one of the central midfielder spots.  Top level attackers can show up his limitations as a defender.

As much as I respect what Craig Moore has done (even including in this tournament), watching Beauchamp do a job in the last game made me wish that the Beauchamp / Neil Combo had been used instead.

Watching the games again, some of my initial thoughts seemed off.  Ghana hadn’t outmuscled us as much as I had thought watching the game live.  It was a handful of times, which is more than usual, but not a major problem.  We had less control of the Serbia game than I thought we had. I cannot make any sense out of what happened defensively in the Germany game.

Did Pim get this team to play their best football?  No.  How far off was this squad from playing their best football?  Not that far.  Well, not far enough to crucify Pim for.  At times I think that he has used the players as a shield in the media (when other coaches would take the heat themselves), but compared to the meltdowns that Italy, England and France had, it is pretty clear that Pim wasn’t the worst coach at the WC.

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