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domingo, 25 de julio de 2010

The new order in the world’s football (Yahoo)



Without any doubt the final phase of each World’s Cup marks the end of a cycle and the beginning of the another in the International football. It does not seem to be different now, as from the lights and shadows, the successes and the defeats of the recent South African appointment, with some important changes of coaches in teams of the first level and a guess as to what may happen with others. The clear tendency is to seek to copy the scheme that such a good result gave to the Spanish team and that makes doubt some potencies whether their last politics have not went too far from an aesthetic model.

In the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) (Royal Spanish Football Federation) there is too much satisfaction as to think in changes and the renewal of the contract of the coach Vicente Del Bosque and his technical crew seems simple and they already have clear the first commitments, somewhat too risky, vs Mexico in Mexico City and afterwards vs Argentina in Buenos Aires, in September.

Very different to the Spanish team is the case of Italian and French teams, which seems to go parallel in everything since their teams were finalists in the World Championship in Germany 2006, they have never found their route. Both were defeated in the Eurocup 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, and though the French Federation maintained their coach Raymond Doménech against the critics received from the whole environment, his withdraw has been already decided when their participation in the recent World Championship in South Africa ended.

Their very bad performance in South Africa 2010 added to the scandal with Nicolás Anelka, who had to return to the country destituted by their own Federation, all this made that nobody doubted that the best would be that the ex defender World Champion in 1998, Lorent Blanc took the command with the explicit backing of his ex companion Zinedine Zidane.

The latter did not want to enter into the conflict of the French team but in one of his few appearances, when consulted, said “with Blanc this would not had happened” and with this he said almost everything. Blanc thinks now to start the new cycle (in which definitively the stars such as Thierry Henry, Robert Pires or Patrick Vieira are extinguishing possibly without convoking for the first friendly matches of August and September none of the World finalists, as a proof of the social dissatisfaction with the performance of the team in South Africa.

Italy seems to walk the same way though with even more changes of coach. When the World Championship 2006 finished with the obtainment of the fourth World Cup, the coach Marcelo Lippi renounced to take long holidays, but he had to take again two years later of the defeat of his successor, Roberto Donadoni, for the Eurocup 2008. With scarcely two years of work but without sufficient re-change of quality, Lippi had to confront the World Championship 2010 with a team without freshness and that could not pass even the first phase in a group with Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand without being able to win a single match.

But Lippi had already declared that as in Germany 2006 he would renounce once the World Championship ended and had already indicated his successor, the ascendant ex coach of the Fiorentina, Césare Prandelli.

It calls positively attention that the new coach of the South Korean team,, Cho Kwang Rae, says that he will follow the footballistic line of Spain, but it is not too clear what will do the apparently new Brazilian coach Muricy Ramalho, of 54 years and National tri champion with the San Pablo between 2006 y 2008.

With the challenge to have to win the next World Championship at home in 2014 as not to repeat the episode of the Maracaná 1950 vs Uruguay, the Brazilian press had bet on the veteran and winning character of Luiz Felipe Scolari, already World champion in Japan 2002, but the latter did not want to return because he is comfortable in the Palmeiras and because he knows the enormous responsibility of a position like this when there are no chances to lose without being submitted to the derision.

Then, there entered into competition those of the following generation as Mano Menezes (Corinthians), Ramalho (now conducing the Fluminense but in a few hours he could sign his contract with the Brazilian Confederation (CBF) and Leonardo, who has just left the Milan, and of a recognized good relationship with the majority of the players of his country.

Furthermore to Brazil, in the rest of South America it is clear that Oscar Tabárez (Uruguay), Gerardo Martino (Paraguay) and Marcelo Bielsa (Chile) will renew their contracts after very good performances of their teams in the recent world championship.

Different is the case of Argentina, that in spite it ended in a very bad manner the World Championship of South Africa, goaled by Germany, in the country there does not seem a serious debate on the future and so early next week, Diego Maradona would sign the renewal for another four years, though with the commitment to have to win the Copa America 2011 at home.

The other Federation that has rough times is the Mexican. When it seemed that Javier Aguirre was the ideal coach and had done it perfectly in the final hexagonal of the eliminatory, again the critic fell on him, when he was eliminated in eights and now there are many names in dance, among which the return of the controversial Argentine Ricardo La Volpe.

Meanwhile, another interrogative sign comes from Africa. Only South Africa decided that for this new cycle does not want to contract foreign coaches (as the Brazilian Carlos Parreira) to do it with the national, but not much is known about the rest after the great disillusion of 2010 when Ghana scarcely passed the first phase.

No thoughts are being heard from the directives of the Continent as to the reason they appealed to foreign coaches that let them lose the freshness and the game in the name of an European rationality whose efficiency with other footballists was never confirmed.

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