martedì 27 marzo 2012
The idea to don't see the Under-23s in London was unimaginable. But it happened and raised some questions. For the United States, Olympic soccer is important because, unlike European and South American players, it's a great chance to improve the experience of its players. The Olympics offer a rare chance for younger players to improve. The U-23s wast this chance. About the coaching job, U-23 head-coach Caleb Porter will return to his job at the University of Akron. How good is to have a part-time head coach in a such important place? How good are the young men from this generation? The result exposed the lack of defensive depth. Ike Opara was a mess throughout the tournament; Perry Kitchen faced rough days against Canada and El Salvador; Kofi Sarkodie was poor; Jorge Villafaña showed to have to grow to succeed at this level. Individual errors on defense aren't Porter's fault.
venerdì 9 marzo 2012
has been replaced after just seven months on the job. The dismissal of Vercautern is the 58th managerial change since 2008. Vercauteren paid the price for the bad relations with his players and for the tactics he employed. Players criticized coach’s favourite 4-2-2-2 system, preferring the 4-2-3-1 they saw under Brazilian Abel Braga. Vercauteren's fire is just latest example about how hard is the life for foreign managers in UAE. Jorvan Vieira, David O'Leary, Ioan Andone, Henk ten Cate all struggled. Pro League's owners are the kind of men who should win every competition. So the expectetions are highs. There is just one secret to avoid the sack as a coach in the UAE : win every single game. The policy of hiring and firing managers is usual here. Boards of directors put pressure on the coaches. Every manager in the country has to understand this culture. But the problems are also on the field. Some coaches, like Laszlo Boloni did in the past at Wahda, had trouble interacting with their players, adjusting their methods to the players' culture. Some coaches trained players too hard. Coaches are particularly vulnerable in the Pro-League because owners are often on the players' side and players are far from the professionalism. Coaches have not enough time and resources to success.
The 20th J.League season is underway. Last season newly promoted Kashiwa Reysol shocked everyone by claiming their first ever J1 Championship. Can a newly promoted team repeat it? Hard to image. The newly promoted trio includes FC Tokyo, Sagan Tosu and Consadole Sapporo. Big things are expected in Tokyo where the team recovered from their relegation in 2010. It will be a key season for 6”4 striker Sota Hirayama, who struggled to show the potential he had. Hirayama, Kazuma Watanabe and Kentaro Shigematsu will have to show to be able to become the real goalscorer that the team needs. It will be exciting to see how the new manager Ranko Popović will build his team. Sagan Tosu's chances to avoid relegation rely on Yohei Toyoda, 23 goals last season. Consadole Sapporo team hopes to avoid Montedio Yamagata's fate. Nobuhiro Ishizaki's team counts on young players to reach the goal. Urawa had a very bad season last year. The answer were an obviously technical and tactical change. Mihailo Petrovic is an experienced manager and veteran internationals Tomoaki Makino and Yuki Abe also added experience to the Serb's 3-4-2-1 system. The departure of Petrovic left a void to fill in Hiroshima, where Sanfrecce also lost Tadanari Lee to Southampton. We will see how manager Hajime Moriyasu will lead the new era. Albirex Niigata lost Gotoku Sakai and ChoYoung Cheol and could get in troubles. Consadole Sapporo is a yo-yo club that will need of Australian international Jade North and Brazilian striker Thiago Quirino to stay out from the bottom three. Shimizu S-Pulse is a promising team under under Afshin Ghotbi regime. Freddie Ljungberg has gone, but veterans Shinji Ono and Naohiro Takahara will lead a good core of young players. Midfielders Junichi Inamoto and Kengo Nakamura, with Yu Kobayashi and Rui Komatsu, are the key for the success of Kawasaki Frontale. One of the most exciting teams to watch, Cerezo have seen a lot of youngsters like Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui flew to Europe latest seasons. Manager Sergio Soares needs to retain Hiroshi Kiyotake if he wants to enjoy success this year. On the other side of Osaka, Gamba lost Korean forward Lee Keun-Ho but still has Lee Keun-Ho. 61-years-old manager Jose Carlos Serrao's appointment is the surprise...we will see. Vegalta Sendai hopes to repeat last season and it needs of Shingo Akamine's goals to do it. One to watch is North Korean midfielder Ryang Yong-Gi. Jubilo Iwata has a nice potential but needs to Ryoichi Maeda to find the net. Kashiwa has a exciting duo in Brazilians Leandro Domingues and Jorge Wagner and remains a strong side. Antlers lost head coach Oswaldo Oliveira and will have to adjust to new manager Jorginho's system. Veteran Juninho up front could help. Yokohama F. Marions seems ready to challenge this year with the pair of veteran Shunsuke Nakamura and young winger Yuji Ono.
, defender Nelson Rivas and holding midfielder Davy Arnaud. Impact head coach Jesse Marsch built a solid back line adding Bobby Burling, Zarek Valentin, and Tyson Wahl. Andrew Wenger, the MLS top pick in the SuperDraft, has lined up as a midfielder and forward in preseason. All the roster is technically gifted.