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sabato 20 agosto 2011
Franky goes to Abu Dabi
Franky Vercauteren will take up the reins at Al Jazira. He will be joined by defender Lucas Neil, Australian international and former West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers, and Galatasaray. Vercauteren, a legend of Belgian football, was the team's first choice after Alejandro Sabella left to become the Argentina national coach. Reports are that Vercauteren has agreed a two-year contract worthy $US9.8m. Transfer rumors involving some of his former players, as Jelle Vossen, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois, upset Genk's fans. Vercauteren is just last of a top class list of coaches that left their team attracted by lucrative contracts in UAE. He joins Al Ahli's Ivan Hasek, Al Wahda's Josef Hickersberger and, of course, Al Wasl's Diego Maradona. Well known as The Little Prince while he played as left winger with Anderlecht, Vercauteren enjoyed huge success as manager as well. A 4-4-2 fan, Vercauteren likes an attacking football brand such it was here under former Jazira coach, Abel Braga. "I want football to be played the proper way, with the ball on the ground and every single person in the team playing his part," he said. His schemes stress quick movements of the ball and encourages midfiielders to coming from behind to support forwards. In this way, he lead his teams to be the best attack in the domestic league. He wants a strong attitude and high intensity approach that could have problem to work in UAE.