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THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL6JamaicaWhile the Caribbean island nation’s second-placefinish at this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cupmay have been sensational, it was no accident.Now their German coach Winnie Schafer isseeking to lead his team to their second WorldCup. As Sarah Steiner presents a portrait of thiscult coach, we reflect on the team’s developmentand the era of Bob Marley, who adored thebeautiful game.North andCentral America35 memberswww.concacaf.comSouth America10 memberswww.conmebol.com162335SudanExcitement is rising among Sudanese footballfans at the prospect of a potential CAFChampions League semi-final showdownbetween Al Merreikh and Al Hilal.Sepp Blatter“We must put an end to clubs rushing into thearms of investors from outside the game andlosing control over their own interests for shorttermfinancial gain,” says the FIFA President inhis weekly column.Gunter Netzer“Appointing a good head of youth developmenthas become an essential requirement,” says ourcolumnist Gunter Netzer.15 MexicoClub Leon are backon form. (Pictured:Mauro Boselli)Oh, Jamaica!Our cover image shows Jamaicanmusician Bob Marley (1945-1981) inAmsterdam, and was taken shortlybefore one of the reggae legend’sconcerts in 1977.David Burnett / Contact PressThe FIFA Weekly appFIFA’s magazine The FIFA Weekly is publishedin four languages every Friday and is alsoavailable free of charge on smartphone andtablet. http://www.fifa.com/mobile28 U-17 World CupCoach Carlos Jara Saguier hasskilfully guided Paraguay to theupcoming FIFA showpiece in Chile.2015 Copa Libertadores finalRiver Plate (ARG) 3-0 Tigres (MEX) (first leg 0-0)imago, Getty Images, Valerio Pennicino / Getty Images, Clive Brunskill / Getty Images2 THE FIFA WEEKLY


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UNCOVEREDMore than easy-goingMario Wagner / 2AgentenThere are many small and beautiful countries in the world about which themajority of people know little or nothing, and then there are those small andbeautiful nations that everyone can immediately identify with, even if theyhave never been there. Jamaica is one of those places. With its three millioninhabitants, broad sandy beaches, easy-going attitude and Bob Marley musicplaying on every corner, it is an island of dreams.Jamaicans clearly cherish their laid-back lifestyle, but even though theReggae Boyz undoubtedly draw strength from their serenity, it is not the onlykey to the national side's recent success - crowned two weeks ago by a glorioussecond-place finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Any team capable of toppingtheir group ahead of Costa Rica and Canada before eliminating tournamentfavourites USA must also be tactically, technically and physically adept.German coach Winnie Schafer has never managed a major club, but he realisedat an early stage in his career that his unique combination of footballingexpertise and social skills could be used to accomplish great things. In thisweek’s issue, Sarah Steiner presents a portrait of this Caribbean cult figure, whilewe also revisit Jamaica’s first World Cup qualifying campaign and reflect on BobMarley’s love of the beautiful game. ÅAlan SchweingruberTHE FIFA WEEKLY5


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JAMAICAAfter their second-place finish at thissummer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup,Jamaica are now turning their attentionto Russia and 2018 FIFA World Cupqualifying. Coach Winnie Schafer isthe man tasked with taking them there,as Sarah Steiner writes.Winfried SchaferThe cult coach – seen hereahead of the 2015 GoldCup final – is makinghistory with Jamaica.MR COOLTHE FIFA WEEKLY7


JAMAICAWinfried “Winnie” Schafer is nothing if not a globetrotter.From Germany, Cameroon and Dubai by wayof Azerbaijan and Thailand, the list of destinationsin which the 65-year-old has already coached makesfor impressive reading. These days his home is in Jamaica– specifically Kingston, the Caribbean island’scapital. With its endless summer, sun and sand, hasWinnie Schafer found paradise? “Jamaica is a veryspecial place,” says the German, before expressinghis admiration for the locals’ attitude to life. “If youask someone how things are going, they always answerwith: ’Wonderful, fantastic’. You never hearanybody say they’re feeling bad,” he explains.Although Schafer lets his Reggae Boyz play with this same positive attitude,the development of Jamaican football still has some way to go. Thecountry’s greatest achievement by far was qualifying for the 1998 FIFAWorld Cup France, but the team has been at the fringes of football’sworld map ever since.Nevertheless, Winnie Schafer has ambitious plans. “Although peoplestill remember the 1998 World Cup fondly, 17 years is a very long time infootball,” he says. “That’s why we’re working hard to give Jamaicans somenew memories.” Plenty of tough preparations are on the team’s agendaas their first Russia 2018 qualifying tie against Nicaragua in Septemberdraws ever closer.Historic Gold Cup successAt this year’s Copa America between 11 June and 4 July, Jamaica werein a tough group containing Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Althoughthey lost all their matches 1-0, the calibre of their oppositionmeant Schafer considered the campaign a success. “I’m very proud ofmy team,” he said after the tournament. “Even though Lionel Messiis the best player in the world, it was Angel di Maria who was namedman of the match after our game against Argentina. That means wemanaged to make sure Messi couldn’t play his best football.”“It’s the same everywhere when it comes todiscipline. If you’re not careful the lads will runrings around you, whether you’re in Germany,Thailand or at Real Madrid.”Winnie SchaferImmediately after the Copa America the team moved on to theCONCACAF Gold Cup, where Schafer’s confidence in his team borefruit. Jamaica won Group B with seven points from three matchesbefore overpowering Haiti in the quarter-finals. Although manythought the last-four encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA wouldmark the end of the Reggae Boyz’ American adventure, they provedtheir doubters wrong with a 2-1 win to become the first Caribbeanside to reach a Gold Cup final. “I’ve been in football for more than 40years and seen it all but believe me, I’ll never forget this night.Thank you all!” Schafer tweeted after the semi-final.Jamaica were ultimately defeated 3-1 by Mexico in the final. “Forme this second place is more than just a silver medal; it’s worth itsweight in gold. The country should be very proud of this team –I know I am,” the German said after the Caribbean island’s best-everGold Cup performance, beating their previous third-place finishin 1993.A great day Jamaica qualified for their first-ever World Cup on 16 November 1997.Copa America Lionel Messi did not have it easy against Schafer’s team.Ben Radford / All Sports / Getty Images, Gabriel Rossi / LatinContent / Getty Images8 THE FIFA WEEKLY


JAMAICAPARTY IN JAMAICAJamaica have only ever qualified for a World Cup once, sealing their place at the 1998 finalson a historic day in November 1997. Four bobsleigh riders at the Winter Olympicsin Calgary likewise made history for their country.Mauritius ImagesAfter Jamaica’s recent defeat to Mexico in the Gold Cup final,the country had to take stock and reflect on the opportunitythat had passed them by. They have won the CaribbeanCup six times, doing so most recently last year, but havenever lifted the Gold Cup – the prestigious continental title– and have certainly not done so on U.S. soil. Perhaps coachWinnie Schafer was right in saying his team could have wonthe final if they had not previously played at the Copa America.Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but who would actuallyreject an invitation to play at such a big and traditionaltournament in South America?Jamaicans have shown they know how to celebrate onmany occasions. The island state’s almost three million inhabitantsare proud of their athletes, who train abroad andshow the world there is more to the nation than just a ’hammockculture’. When Usain Bolt competes in the OlympicGames, everyone in Kingston takes to the streets. The samething happened at the end of July, when Jamaica’s nationalteam eliminated title favourites USA from the Gold Cup inthe semi-finals. The match was broadcast onto huge screens,with Schafer the star. Meanwhile, it was a seminal eveningfor USA’s German coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has beenheavily criticised and faces questions as to whether he isstill the right man for the job.There were fireworks for daysin Kingston after Jamaica qualifiedfor the World Cup in 1997, while DJs filledthe streets with music.Party timeWhile there was a great sense of disappointment after losingthe Gold Cup final, the overriding feeling in Jamaica wasone of joy at their sensational runners-up finish, a resultthat stands as one of the biggest achievements in the nation’sfootballing history. In that regard it faces competitionfor the number one spot from the side that qualified for aFIFA World Cup for the first and to date only time on 16November 1997.That day Jamaica drew 0-0 with Mexico in a poor gamethat featured countless long balls in temperatures thatreached what seemed to be 50 degrees Celsius. Even beforeLegendary The bathtub scene from Cool Runnings (1993).the match kicked off several of the 50,000 spectators receivedmedical attention due to heat stroke. As the ReggaeBoyz had accumulated plenty of points in their earlier qualifyingfixtures, the draw was enough for them to secure aticket to the finals in France the following year. There werefireworks in Kingston for days afterwards, while DJs filledthe streets with music. The wild celebrations went on and onand were reminiscent of those on 6 August 1962, whenJamaica acquired independence from Great Britain.Cool RunningsAnother key part of Jamaica’s sporting history is theworld-famous bobsleigh adventure in Calgary, Canada in1988. It takes a certain amount of creativity to imagine fourCaribbean men on ice at the Winter Olympics, as not evenin Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, with peaks reaching 2,000 metres,is there snow. Yet American businessmen George Fitchand William Maloney had the idea to scour Jamaica for goodathletes and fast runners. After using posters to attract applicants,their Olympic project did in fact materialise. Twooutstanding 100 metre sprinters, Michael White and ChrisStokes; a middle distance runner, Devon Harris; and a helicopterpilot, Stokes’ brother Dudley, took part at the gamesin Calgary. Despite their poor performance they becamestars and their spectacular story was turned into a Hollywoodfilm – ’Cool Runnings’ – a few years later in 1993.Alan SchweingruberTHE FIFA WEEKLY9


JAMAICASavouring the moment Jamaica’s players soak up the atmosphere ahead of the Gold Cup final.From Africa and Asia to the CaribbeanThat final loss meant Schafer missed out on his second continentalcrown, having previously led Cameroon to victory in the 2002 Africa Cupof Nations. He was lauded for his ability to instil team spirit among hisplayers as he led the Indomitable Lions to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, withonly a golden goal from France denying them glory in the ConfederationsCup final a year later. The 65-year-old looks back fondly on his time inCameroon, saying: “It was love at first sight.”From Africa, Schafer continued his journey around the globe, helpingAl Ahli become champions of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai in 2006before winning the Etisalat Emirates Cup, President Cup and UAE SuperCup with Al Ain in 2009. A year later the German signed a two-yearcontract with Azerbaijani club FK Baku and was subsequently namedThailand coach in 2011.Winnie Schafer has now been managing teams around the worldfor 14 years, and, despite the obvious cultural differences, can see aRoberto Maya / MEXSPORT / AFP10 THE FIFA WEEKLY


JAMAICAcommon thread running through all these experiences. “It’s the sameeverywhere when it comes to discipline,” he explains. “If you’re notcareful the lads will run rings around you, whether you’re in Germany,Thailand or at Real Madrid.” This vastly experienced coach knows exactlyhow to adapt to a new country and its people, always tries to treatunfamiliar cultures with respect, and is far from tired with his life’swork. “Every time I want more, more, more,” says Schafer, whose contractin Jamaica runs until 2018.“Now we’ve got to take this vitalstep forward. We’ve got to keep this spiritand carry on working hard.”Winnie SchaferKarlsruher’s talent poolWhen Winnie Schafer’s career in football began more than 45 years agohe featured on the pitch rather than alongside it, winning the Bundesligaand UEFA Cup with Borussia Monchengladbach. After hanging up hisplaying boots, he switched to coaching and soon took charge at KarlsruherSC. His 12 years at the helm produced the most successful decade inthe club’s history, including promotion to the Bundesliga and numerousheady nights in the UEFA Cup. The evening still remembered most fondlyin Baden-Wurttemberg is Das Wunder von Wildpark (’The WildparkMiracle’), when Karlsruher inflicted a resounding 7-0 defeat on thenSpanish league leaders Valencia and advanced all the way to the semi-finals.Winnie Schafer made a virtue of necessity during his time in Karlsruhe,as a lack of funds for marquee signings forced him to build a successfulteam from the youth ranks instead, with Oliver Kahn, MehmetScholl and Jens Nowotny among the eventual world-class footballers tolearn their craft from him. He is still hailed as a hero in Karlsruhe, wherehe is affectionately nicknamed Winnie Wahnsinn (’Crazy Winnie’).“Bringing a dead club to life and taking them to the semi-finals of theUEFA Cup is something people don’t forget,” he says.Stunning the football world Jamaica beat the USA 2-1 on 22 July 2015.David Goldman / AP / KeystoneA specialist in team buildingAlthough Schafer’s once-sandy hair is as long now as it was during in hisKarlsruher days, it has since turned white. Nevertheless, he has no intentionof retiring any time soon, explaining: “I’ll stop when I can’t runanymore.” Another talent that remains undimmed is his ability to moulda group of footballers into a functioning team – a skill he proudly namesas his greatest strength and around which his entire coaching philosophyis built. On his arrival in the Caribbean, Schafer discovered theconditions for progress were optimal in more ways than one. He explainsthat Jamaican football was badly organised and lacked a long-term vision,presenting him with a situation requiring plenty of hard work andsome carefully chosen words.The coach has made great strides since then. Jamaicans once againhave confidence in their national team, while Schafer has managed tomix older, more experienced players with young, hungry hopefuls toform a team with a promising future. Despite this achievement, there isstill a long way to go. “Now we’ve got to take this vital step forward,” hesays. “We’ve got to keep this spirit and carry on working hard.”“Take the blame, good sir”Jamaica are set to play their qualifying tie against Nicaragua on 4 and8 September. If they pass that tough test, they will meet Costa Rica,JAMAICACapital city: KingstonSurface area: 10,991 km²Population: 2,950,210 (July 2015)Independent since: 6 August 1962System of government: Parliamentary monarchyFootball Federation founded: 1910Number of football clubs: approx. 275Confederation: CONCACAFFIFA member since: 1962FIFA IN JAMAICA: As part of its Goal Programme, FIFA has supportedthe Jamaican Football Federation with $1.8m USD since 2003.The money has been invested in diverse projects aimed at improvingthe training conditions across the country, with trainingpitches and changing rooms constructed in Mona, for example.Between 2011 and 2015 the Financial Assistance Programmecontributed $2.6m USD.THE FIFA WEEKLY11


JAMAICABattersea Park, London Bob Marley plays with his band, the Wailers, against the Island Records team in 1977.56 Hope Road Music / Urbanimage.tv12 THE FIFA WEEKLY


JAMAICABob Marley:“Football is freedom”In what might be a unique moment in world history,Jamaica simultaneously witnessed the birth of botha nation and an entirely new musical genre.Reggae has been an intrinsic part of Jamaica’s culturalidentity ever since it gained independence in the summer of1962. In March 1964, almost a year before the country’snational football team played their first-ever World Cupqualifier against Cuba, 17-year-old Millie Small stormed theinternational charts with “My Boy Lollipop”. At around thesame time, Bob Marley and the Wailers celebrated their firstnumber one hit on the island with a signature style then stillreferred to as ska rather than reggae.The rhythm and blues sound made famous by artists suchas Fats Domino was enormously popular in Jamaica, butwhen this genre fell out of fashion in the USA, proprietors ofwandering Jamaican discos or “sound systems” filled the gapin supply with productions of their own. The looming prospectof independence gave them the confidence to take libertieswith this venerable musical style, in particular byswitching the rhythmic emphasis from the first to the secondbeat – and ska was born.Panama and either Haiti or Grenada, who also meet in September for aplace in Group B of the fourth round of CONCACAF qualification.Throughout all this, the German’s target will remain the same: to takethe Reggae Boyz to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Schafer can rely on strong support from this Caribbean island nationas its enthusiasm for football hits new heights. The gratitude towardsWinnie Wahnsinn is illustrated by an open letter published in Jamaicannewspaper The Gleaner a few days ago. “Thank you, Mr Schafer! YourGerman engineering has given a nation full of potential some optimismmoving forward,” the author writes. “A nation full of challenges oftenneeds this type of positive vibe. The players and management staff speakhighly of you. I was even more proud when I saw you singing the nationalanthem at the Gold Cup final. Take the blame, good sir. This one youtruly deserve!” Å“Thank you, Mr Schafer!Your German engineering has given a nationfull of potential some optimism moving forward.”Open letter in Jamaican newspaper The GleanerDreadlocks and mopedsEverything moved very quickly after that, as Jamaica’s youngpeople discovered their voice and with it their future. Duringthe Sixties, ska gave rise to the slightly slower bluebeat andthen reggae – a style of music capable of expressing the entirespectrum of human emotion in an emerging nation.Another key component of this musical movement was theideology of Rastafarians with their dreadlocks, spliffs, mopeds– and footballs. The beautiful game, not cricket, was thesport most closely associated with reggae. Bob Marley wasalso a pioneer in this respect after growing up as an ardentadmirer of Brazilian club Santos and Pele in particular. “Footballis freedom,” he once said, as well as: “If you want to getto know me, you’ll have to play football against me and theWailers.”David Goldman / AP /KeystoneBattle of the bands on the pitchAs well as playing professionally for Atlanta Chiefs, Allan“Skill” Cole served as the band’s tour manager for manyyears. Marley regularly organised matches against otherbands or his record company and was buried with both hisguitar and a football when he died.The link between reggae and football endures to this day.In 2002 an entire album entitled Football Reggae – A Tributeto the Reggae Boyz was compiled in the national team’s honour,while Bob Marley’s oldest daughter Cedella activelysupported the Jamaican women’s team’s efforts to fund theirFIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 campaign. Across the AtlanticOcean in England, the Harry J Allstars’ popular hit “The Liquidator”continues to rouse players and fans alike beforeevery Chelsea home game.Hanspeter Kuenzler, LondonStopping the USA “I’ll never forget this night,” Schafer (right) later tweeted.THE FIFA WEEKLY13


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TALKING POINTSO N T H E I N S I D EMexico: Liga MXLeon rediscoverformer strengthSven Goldmann is a leadingfootball correspondent at Tagesspiegelnewspaper in Berlin.The Lions are back, hungry forgoals and eager for the successthey enjoyed when the greatest Mexican playerthis century laced his boots in Leon.positioned. The game took a turn for theworse for Veracruz after the interval though,when Arturo Paganoni blocked Argentiniandefender Guillermo Burdisso’s header on theline with his hand after 60 minutes. Paganoniwas sent off but breathed a sigh of reliefwhen his goalkeeper Meliton Hernandezsaved the ensuing penalty from Leon’ssecond Argentinian, Mauro Boselli.In the end, however, it did turn into anArgentinian evening at the Nou Camp afteran inspired substitution by Leon coachAntonio Pizzi. Four minutes after Boselli’smissed spot-kick, the Santa Fe native broughton veteran striker Miguel Sabah, and the35-year-old equalised four minutes later.Leon seized the initiative and Burdissoquickly added another before Boselli steppedup to the penalty spot again to make it 3-1.Shortly before the end Boselli grabbed hissecond, with three goals from Argentiniansleaving the Mexican Lions satisfied at thefinal whistle. ÅRafael Marquez has since moved on, to ItalianSerie A side Hellas Verona, but his departurewas keenly felt at Club Leon. Between 2012 and2014 Marquez played at the Estadio Leon,known simply as the Nou Camp by the locals.That it shares its name Barcelona’s home,where Marquez plied his trade for severalyears, is mere coincidence. He has woneverything there is to win in club football: theChampions League, the Spanish and Frenchleague titles and even the Club World Cup.However, the Mexican did not win any silverwarein his homeland before moving to Leon.In the leadClub Leon’s Argentiniandefender Guillermo Burdissocelebrates after putting hisside 2-1 up against Veracruz.After arriving he led the club, based in thestate of Guanajuato, to the 2013 Apertura titleand the 2014 Clausura; the sixth and seventhchampionships in their 72 year history. Ascaptain and defensive rock, Marquez was apillar of the side and since he moved to Italyfollowing the FIFA World Cup in Brazil lastsummer, Leon have struggled to cope. Theyfailed to finish among the top eight for twosuccessive campaigns, thus missing out on thechampionship play-offs. Now, however, thegreen and whites are striking fear into theirLiga MX opponents once again in the recentlystarted Apertura 2015, with two wins from twoputting Leon top of the table on goal differenceahead of three other teams.Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruzwitnessed Leon’s return to form first hand onMatchday 2, with Leon triumphing 4-1 in anentertaining game that only went the leagueleaders' way in the second half.Isaac Ortiz / MEXSPORT / AfpThe ‘Red Sharks’ from Veracruz were anequal match for Leon and went in frontmidway through the first period thanks to astunning strike from Uruguay’s Juan AngelAlbin. Leon subsequently increased thepressure and were unlucky not to equalisewhen Elias Hernandez hit the bar when wellTHE FIFA WEEKLY15


Leading the wayMarhoum Mohamedand his Al Merreikhteam-mates currentlytop the table inSudan.Sudan: Premier LeagueMore abu zzthan everMark Gleeson is a Cape Townbasedjournalist and footballcommentator.There are many leaguesaround the world where justa handful of clubs dominate the winners’podium but few where there are just twowho have a complete stranglehold, as is thecase in the Sudan. Since a national championshipwas first introduced in the northAfrican country in 1962, neighbours Al Hilaland Al Merreikh have almost totally dominatedthe honours’ board. In 50 previouschampionships, Al Hilal have won 28 times,Al Merreikh 19 times and there have onlybeen three league titles taken by other clubs,the last time in 1992.Any thoughts that this season’s championshipchase might be any different are fancifulas Al Merreikh and Al Hilal are alreadyan effective nine points clear of the chasingpack. Al Merreikh lead the standings bythree points from Al Hilal, who have playedone match less and therefore, effectively, thetwo rivals are evenly matched as they go intothe final three months of the title race. Thisafter Al Merreikh dropped points on Sundayat Merreikh Al Fasher.Al Merreikh must still host Al Hilal in theclosing stages of the campaign. The two havestadiums close by in Omdurman, the sprawlingsuburb of the capital Khartoum whichsits on the western bank of the River Nile,and their rivalry is among the most passionateon the African continent. That there islittle to choose between them is reflected intheir last three meetings, which have allended in draws, the last two without anygoals.This year’s chase for the Sudan title, however,could be overshadowed. Over the lastdecade, both clubs have also become constantcontenders in the annual African clubcompetitions, although Al Merreikh are theonly Sudanese club to have won a trophy – in1989 in the now-defunct African Cup Winners’Cup. Al Merreikh and Al Hilal are oncourse to meet each other in the CAF ChampionsLeague semifinals in September asHilal head their group and Merreikh liesecond in the other pool.This prospect is as appetising as any of theirprevious derby clashes have ever been andwith games this weekend in the ChampionsLeague set to provide clarity on the grouppositions, Sudanese fans are more abuzzthan ever. Taking their age-old rivalry out ofthe Sudan league and onto the stage ofAfrica’s top club competition could mark anew chapter for both clubs. Åaugenklick16 THE FIFA WEEKLY


Netherlands: EredivisieAjax want thetitle backAnnette Braun is a staff writeron The FIFA Weekly.The names of the playerswho have passed throughPSV Eindhoven or Ajax ontheir way to successful careers on the worldstage form an impressive list: Romario,Ruud Gullit, Ronaldo, Arjen Robben, JohannCruyff, Edwin van der Saar, Zlatan Ibrahimovicand Luis Suarez, to name but a few.The Dutch top flight may only be viewed as aspringboard to one of Europe’s top leagues,but the youth work done at Eredivisie clubshas long been considered outstanding.Just this summer, for instance, Arsenalsigned 16-year-old striker Donyell Malenfrom Ajax, forcing the Amsterdam-basedside to bid farewell to a hugely promisingtalent and the league itself to lose an upcomingstar. That is the fate the Dutch clubshave come to learn to live with, even if Ajaxexpressed their disappointment at theyoungster’s departure.In the wake of that transfer, head coachFrank de Boer will be keeping a close eye onJasper Cillessen’s situation. The goalkeeperis on Manchester United’s radar, but De Boeris hopeful the Netherlands international willstay put and lead the team into the newseason.That would be a positive step in helping theclub achieve its aim of winning the titleback. Ajax won the Eredivisie for fourconsecutive years before PSV Eindhoventook the honours last season, finishing 17points ahead of the Amsterdam giants, AZAlkmaar and Feyenoord to lift the trophy forthe first time since 2008.The new season was due to kick off on 7August, but a proposed strike by policeofficers could put paid to that plan and leadto some matches being postponed, amongthem the meeting between reigning championsPSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag.It seems as if PSV’s main rivals will be inaction, however, with Ajax set to kick offtheir campaign against AZ Alkmaar, andFeyenoord doing likewise against FC Utrecht.Last season’s top four are not onlyunited by their title ambitions, but also bytheir respective coaches. De Boer (Ajax),Phillip Cocu (PSV), Giovanni van Bronckhorst(Feyenoord) and John van den Brom(Alkmaar) are all well-known names whohelped shape a generation of Dutch footballin their playing days. As well as lacing theirboots in the domestic league, all four alsomade waves abroad, in Spain, England andTurkey.Now the quartet are all in their mid-40s andhave their sights set on silverware as coaches.Cocu goes into the new season as defendingchampion; Van den Brom has ten yearsexperience on the touchline; De Boer has ledhis team to the title four times, while VanBronckhorst is a debutant. It is a blend thatlends the league even greater appeal. ÅimagoFully focusedAjax coach Frankde Boer (m.)prepares his sidefor the new season.THE FIFA WEEKLY17


HISTORYPromotion joy to top-tier gloryEvery now and then the euphoria of promotion inspiresa team to kick on and win the title again in their new league.Just ask Nottingham Forest, Bordeaux or Kaiserslautern.It is sometimes said that victory is all thesweeter when it is unexpected. In football,championship glory for a club who haveonly just climbed into the country’s highestdivision remains an exceptional achievement,especially when the side in questionare making their top-flight debut. A quickglance at domestic football’s history books revealsa whole host of sides who have made thisswift transition from promotion hopefuls tonational champions.Surprises and recordsBordeaux’s maiden first-division title in the1949/50 season was a proud moment for theFrench club. Promoted from the second divisionat the beginning of the season, they immediatelymade their mark in the top flight butstill trailed frontrunners Lille by six pointsmidway through the campaign. Bordeaux weremore than up for the challenge as they were averitable tour de force throughout the remainderof the season. The unlikely title-chaserswere boosted by a new signing in Dutch wingerAlbertus De Harder, and when the dust finallysettled after the final matchday, the debutantswere crowned league champions, six pointsclear of Lille.Some 14 years after Bordeaux’s triumph,Saint-Etienne followed in their footsteps, winningthe second division in 1963 to then go onand claim their second Ligue 1 title the followingyear. The man who captained Saint-Etienneto that historic championship was none otherthan Aime Jacquet, who as France nationalteam coach led Les Bleus to victory at the 1998FIFA World Cup on home soil.Matching the feat were fellow-French sideMonaco, who captured their third Ligue 1crown in 1978 under coach Lucien Leduc. Theirvictorious campaign was notable for the exceptionalperformance of young goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori, who went on to start between theposts in 604 matches for his side, a record thatstill stands to this day. Monaco’s win surprisedalmost everyone, not least their own players,with forward Christian Dalger admitting afterwards:“We never thought we’d win the league.We were confident we could finish halfway upthe table maybe!”An unexpected triumphNottingham Forest defenderKenny Burns shows off thechampionship trophy in 1978.Bob Thomas / Getty Images18 THE FIFA WEEKLY


HISTORYChampions at lastLekhwiya first tasted leaguesuccess in 2011, just monthsafter gaining promotion.Karim Jaafar / AFPThat same year, in England, there was amassive upset in the top flight when newcomersNottingham Forest defied all the odds to piptitle-holders Liverpool to the post. Nor was it aflash in the pan for Brian Clough’s side, whothen went on to lift the European Cup the followingtwo seasons.In 1978, NottinghamForest defied all theodds to pip title-holdersLiverpool to thechampionship.Rosario’s golden momentEven by the standards of Argentinian football,fans of Rosario Central are notoriously passionateabout their club. Perhaps the most famousRosario supporter of all was the writerRoberto Fontanarrosa, a native of the city, whoonce wrote: “Rosario Central’s supporters alwayslove to think that their side is best ateverything, at least outside of Buenos Aires.Rosario were the first side from the provincesto win the first division, the first to play in theCopa Libertadores and the first to win an internationaltitle.”But of all the club’s great achievements, theone the fans treasure most came in the 1986/87season, when they beat bitter hometown rivalsNewell’s Old Boys by one point to win the PrimeraA after being promoted from the seconddivision the season before. Rosario’s coach atthe time, Angel Tulio Zof, showed how much thewin meant in an interview shortly after the titlewas confirmed. “It’s so emotional. There are nowords to describe what we’re going throughright now. These feelings, the people aroundus – it’s just what we dreamed of. Thankfully,this is for the good of football. These youngplayers are dedicated and have done what theyneeded to do to become champions.”The legends of KaiserslauternIn Germany, FC Kaiserslautern were relegatedto the second tier ahead of the 1996/97 season,but coach Otto Rehhagel never lost faith in theside and brought them straight back up to theBundesliga, where they proceeded to stuneveryone by romping to a fourth league titlethe following year.That Kaiserslautern side had a host of starnames in its ranks, including Andreas Brehme,whose goal had secured West Germany the1990 FIFA World Cup, Ciriaco Sforza, MichaelBallack and Olaf Marschall, with the latter finishingsecond-highest scorer in the Bundesligathat year.Lekhwiya’s meteoric riseIn Asia, Lebanese outfit Olympic Beirut had adramatic start to the new millennium, movingup from the second division to claim a leagueand cup double with a nucleus of local players.In Qatar, meanwhile, Al Gharafa had lookedset to dominate the Stars League in the2010/201 season having won the previous threeleague titles, but that was discounting lowlyLekhwiya. The club rose from the second tierto snatch the crown to the astonishment ofmost observers. In a recent interview withFIFA.com Algerian coach Djamal Belmadi hadthis to say about his side’s achievement: “Thequestion everybody is asking is how a new clubcould come from the second division and dowhat we did. I talked with the players and toldthem we had a single aim this season, but whenI said that we were going to win the league theythought I was crazy. It was an incredible feelingto win.” Lekhwiya quickly cemented their placeat the pinnacle of Qatari football by winningthree more championships, most recently inthe 2014/2015 season.Finally to Japan, where Kashiwa Reysol becamethe first side in Japanese history to winthe second and first division titles in successiveyears. The club then crowned an unforgettable2011 by finishing fourth at the FIFA Club WorldCup Japan 2011, where only a penalty shoot-outdefeat by Qatar’s Al Sadd denied them a podiumfinish. ÅMohammed HallalTHE FIFA WEEKLY19


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WOMEN'S FOOTBALLPRESIDENTIAL NOTEFans pack the standsin England and USAFans continue to show their supportfor women’s football in the wake of theFIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.Football must remainindependentWembley More than 30,000 spectators gathered to watch the Women’s FA Cupfinal between Chelsea and Notts County.The landmarks continue to tumble for English women’s football,with the latest being a record club attendance of 30,710 at WembleyStadium for the FA Women’s Cup Final - the first to be playedat the famous London venue.There was a first for Chelsea too as they scooped the club’s inauguralsilverware with a 1-0 defeat of Notts County on 1 August 2015.A lone first-half strike from Korea Republic star Ji Soyun, followingan assist from player of the match Eniola Aluko, proved enough toseparate the sides.It was a case of recent history repeating in USA’s NWSL over theweekend of 1 and 2 August as strong attendance figures combinedwith yet more goals for one of the league’s form players. Seattle Reignstretched their lead at the summit on the back of a 2-1 win at BostonBreakers in front of a sell-out crowd. There was also a full house atChicago Red Stars where the locals saw Christen Press score twice,only for the visiting Kansas City to twice draw level. ÅtfwFootball’s popularity and global appeal also have their downsides.For example, our sport can be abused as an object of speculationand literally become a plaything for investors. In this regard FIFAmade the policy decision – which came into force on 1 May 2015 – toban third-party ownership and acquisition of players’ rights. At theend of July, a first instance tribunal in Brussels supported the newregulation and rejected the case made by sporting rights agencyDoyen Sports Investments and Belgian second division club SeraingUnited for a temporary injunction to suspend the implementationof the worldwide ban on third-party ownership (TPO) of players’economic rights. In other words: the transfer of players’ rights cannow only be made from club to club.Even though this reform could cause short-term financial difficultiesfor some clubs, it is of utmost importance to the future of thegame. The reason is that currently 30 per cent of all internationaltransfer fees go to third parties – meaning clubs miss out. The worstcasescenario is that this could lead to the foundation of footballbeing undermined. The scale of the issue can be gauged by lookingat the flow of money. According to the FIFA Transfer MatchingSystem, clubs from Europe’s top five leagues alone (England, Spain,Germany, Italy and France) invested $466m USD in the 2014/15winter transfer period.The ban on TPO ensures clubs’ independence and integrity, andtherefore football’s credibility. Nevertheless, it should not put theaffected clubs at a disadvantage. In light of the sports-political scopeand the legal complexities of this matter we must proceed withcaution.Yet the objective is to regulate the market sensibly. We must putan end to clubs rushing into the arms of investors from outside thegame for short-term financial gain, thus becoming embroiled in aconflict of interest and losing control over their own destiny.Getty ImagesBest wishes, Sepp BlatterTHE FIFA WEEKLY23


ONE-GAME WONDERSCrowned Mike Trebilcock (m.), whose brace helped Everton win the FA Cup, celebrates with team-mates Brian Harris (l.) and Brian Labone.HEROES FOR ONE GAMESometimes one match is enough for a player to earn aplace in football folklore. Stephen Sullivan looks back onplayers who won championships, staved off relegationand defined World Cups.Keystone24 THE FIFA WEEKLY


ONE-GAME WONDERSEvery team has its heroes. And, in most cases, the elevated statusof these legendary figures has been secured gradually over yearsof outstanding service. There are, however, a group of footballerswho bypassed this long route to adoration. For this select few, onegame has been sufficient to etch their names into the folklore ofclub and country.Take, for example, Mike Trebilcock. The overall statistics from thestriker’s Everton career – 14 appearances, three goals – would suggestthat his time at Goodison Park was at best underwhelming. But Trebilcock,who now lives in Australia, is guaranteed a hero’s welcome wheneverhe returns to Merseyside because one of those 14 matches was acareer-defining performance that yielded an FA cup win.It was Trebilcock, after all – surprisingly picked ahead of England internationalFred Pickering for the 1966 FA Cup final – who scored twice toinspire Everton to come from two goals down to beat Sheffield Wednesday3-2. “People still talk to me about that cup final day, it never changes,” theWembley hero said years later. “People say to me, ‘When did you stopcelebrating?’ And I say, ‘We haven’t!’ Even in Australia people rememberthat match. I’m still asked about it and I always say, ‘We’re still celebratingand I’ll be celebrating until the day I die’.”Title-winning goalAnother of Britain’s great football cities has produced a similar type ofhero. It would be near-impossible to find a Celtic fan with a bad word tosay about Harald Brattbakk and yet, if pressed, all would admit that theNorwegian was largely unimpressive during his three years in Glasgow.But while all the striker’s below-par performances have faded easilyfrom the memory, what remains is the unforgettable image of a goal thatended one of the bleakest periods in the club’s history.Celtic had been waiting 10 years to win the title when Brattbakk roseto prominence in 1998. On the final day of the season he scored thedecisive goal against St. Johnstone to make it 2-0 to Celtic, sealing thechampionship in the process. “That goal stopped Rangers winning tenin-a-row,which would have broken Celtic’s record,” Brattbakk explained.“As achievements go, that was definitely the highlight of my career. Itmeant so, so much to so many people.”Goalscoring keeperIt would be tough to beat the drama and emotion of a title-clincher onthe last day of a season, but if anyone has a claim to having done so, itis Jimmy Glass. The journeyman keeper was on loan at struggling CarlisleUnited in 1999 and kept goal for their final match of the campaign, whena win against Plymouth Argyle was needed to prevent the club fallingout of the football league altogether.“I always wasa frustrated forward”Goalkeeper Jimmy Glass (Carlisle United)With just ten seconds remaining and the score locked at 1-1, Glasslumbered forward for a corner and, when the ball fell loose, volleyedunstoppably past his opposite number. Carlisle survived – and a legendwas born. “I always was a frustrated forward,” he told The Independent.“People think the goal was a bit of a freak occurrence but I scored a hattrickthe day before in training.” This fateful match was one of just threeGlass played for Carlisle and within two years – aged just 27 – he had hungup his gloves for good.Clive Brunskill / Allsport, Alex Morton / Action Images, ReutersUnforgettable Harald Brattbakk’s (l.) goal secured the title for Celtic on the final day of the season;goalkeeper Jimmy Glass (top right) scored to keep Carlisle United in the football league; Roy Essandoh made historyafter replying to an advert from Wycombe Wanderers before firing them into the FA Cup semi-finals.THE FIFA WEEKLY25


ONE-GAME WONDERSGerman joy Nia Kunzer (top left) headed Germany’s women’s team 2-1 up against Sweden to win the World Cup;Dirk Weetendorf’s (bottom left) brace kept Hamburg in the Bundesliga; David Odonkor’s run against Poland helpedGermany to a group stage victory at the 2006 World Cup.Advertising for a strikerAnother player who appeared suddenly in the headlines and then disappearedjust as quickly was Roy Essandoh. In 2001, fourth division sideWycombe Wanderers reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, wherethey faced Premier League outfit Leicester City. However, with six strikerson the injury list Wycombe were short of options up front, forcingmanager Lawrie Sanchez to resort to unconventional methods. He placedan advert on the now-obsolete digital TV news service Ceefax for a fit,non-cup-tied forward. Essandoh was the only person who answered. Theclub would not regret the decision to field him, as his headed winnerhelped Wycombe into the semi-finals, making it probably the most importantgoal in their history.Yet the Northern Irishman’s strike was the only goal he scored in13 appearances for the club, and he spent the rest of his career almostexclusively in non-league obscurity.Championship winners and relegation heroesBritain may provide some of the most memorable examples, but onegamewonders are a global phenomenon. Every football fan in Argentinawill, after all, know the names of Claudio Benetti and Ruben Bruno, andyet neither hit spectacular heights during their respective careers.Benetti, though, scored a goal every bit as important for Boca Juniorsfans as Brattbakk’s was for Celtic. He made his debut for the club againstSan Martin in December 1992 on the final matchday of the Aperturachampionship, and his goal sealed a first title in 11 years. Bruno, meanwhile,ended River Plate’s longest-ever period without a trophy in 1975,claiming, aged 17, the goal that won Los Millonarios’ first championshipsince 1957.Just as this duo will never be celebrated among their country’s alltimegreats, so Dirk Weetendorf is unlikely to feature on any list ofBundesliga legends. He did, after all, find the net just three times in adisappointing top-flight career. Nonetheless, Weetendorf remains abeloved figure at Hamburg – even earning the nickname ‘Horst-Uwe’,referring to club idols Horst Hrubesch and Uwe Seeler – because two ofthat trio of goals came in a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund that helpedsave the club from relegation in 1997.German fairytaleGermany also has an international equivalent. In 2013, David Odonkorretired from professional football at the age of 29, cutting short hiscontract with Ukraine’s Hoverla Uzhhorod and bringing down thecurtain on a career that never lived up to its promise. Yet in his homeland,this flying winger will always be remembered fondly for the 2006FIFA World Cup, when his injection of pace and inch-perfect crossprovided a goal for Oliver Neuville that sunk Poland and was pivotalin Jurgen Klinsmann’s side’s memorable campaign. Germany’s summerfairytale ended with a bronze medal at the tournament on home turf.When Germany’s women’s team won their first-ever FIFA Women’sWorld Cup title in 2003, one player in particular played a major role inthe triumph: Nia Kunzer, who netted the Golden Goal in the final againstSweden with a powerful header. She was still 23 at the time, and seemedto have a glittering career ahead of her. But while Germany and teammatessuch as Birgit Prinz went from strength to strength, Kunzer suffereda cruciate ligament injury just a few months later and never fullyrecovered, retiring from the game in 2006.World class displaysWhile on the subject of wonder goals, everyone will surely rememberSaudi Arabia’s Saeed Al-Owairan weaving his way through the Belgiandefence to provide one of the great World Cup moments at USA 1994, andGetty Images, Reuters, pixathlon26 THE FIFA WEEKLY


ONE-GAME WONDERSput his side through to the last 16. But if you are wondering why littlewas heard of him thereafter, it is because his career petered out, with anadir reached when Al-Owairan was suspended from football for a yearand jailed for violating his country’s alcohol laws.Josimar is another player who left his mark on a World Cup, and notonly with a stunning strike against Northern Ireland at Mexico 1986.However, while the 25-year-old Brazilian was voted the tournament’soutstanding right-back and seemed set for a stellar career, the pressuresof overnight fame led to a spectacular fall from grace. “I just lost it,”Josimar said in an interview with FourFourTwo. “I was poor one day buta celebrity the next and everyone knew me. Off-field distractions causedme to lose my perseverance and concentration.”World Cups have a habit of throwing up career-defining matches andno-one knows that better than Oleg Salenko. The Russian striker arrivedat USA 1994 without a single international goal to his name and yet, inone single match – a 6-1 demolition of Cameroon – he scored five, settinga new group stage record in the process. Remarkably though, while thathaul made him joint-winner of the tournament’s adidas Golden Boot, hewas out of the team for Russia’s next match. Indeed, Salenko – perhapsthe ultimate one-game wonder – never appeared for his country again. Å“I was poor one day but a celebrity the next”Brazil’s Josimarimago (3)Post-World Cup falls from grace Despite being voted as the best right-back at the 1986 Word Cup, Josimar (l.) failed tohave a successful career; Oleg Salenko (top right) scored five goals for Russia in a single game against Cameroon but neverappeared for his country again; Saeed Al-Owairan was unable to reproduce his displays from USA 1994.THE FIFA WEEKLY27


U-17 WORLD CUP CHILE 2015Mission accomplishedParaguay’s U-17 captainOscar Rodas (m.) celebratessealing a World Cup berthwith his team-mates.Paraguayare backAfter a 14-year absence,Paraguay will onceagain participate at theU-17 World Cup in Chile.They have Carlos JaraSaguier to thankfor their success,writes Diego Zandrino.At the Men’s Olympic Football Tournamentin 2004, Carlos Jara Saguiercoached Paraguay’s U-23 side to thesilver medal. This year he will takea team to the FIFA U-17 World Cupin Chile, marking the first time inover a decade that a Paraguayan side inthat age category will take part in thetournament. It is an achievement that underlinesthe quality of the work beingdone by the supremo and his staff.Even before this latest success, thesurname Jara Saguier already had a placein Paraguay’s footballing history. Carlos isone of seven brothers to have played professionallyin the South American nation.“I don’t think there’s any other family inthe world that’s done that,” the 64-year-oldcoach said with a smile. “And that’s not all.My father also founded Rubio Nu, whonow play in the first division. I’m one personwho can definitely say that I’ve gotfootball in my blood.”The birth of a dynastyJara Saguier has no fewer than six sistersand six brothers. The latter – Dario, Toribio,Enrique, Angel, Alberto and Crispulo– grew up football fanatics, which meant alot of broken windows at the family homeand a fair bit of damage in the garden.“That’s the way it was,” he recalled.“We had to put the whole house back togetherafter every family gathering. Wenever had a single fight though,” he added,as if making a point for his young chargesin the Albirroja U-17 side.With the exception of Alberto, themale siblings all played for Cerro Porteno.Four of them were star players and leaguechampions and are still remembered todayat Ciclon, as the club from the BarrioObrero, in a district of Asuncion, is known.Some say that Carlos was the best of them.“We all had something to offer,” heexplained. “I was an attacking midfielderbut I played for Cerro at the same time asNorberto Duarte / AFP28 THE FIFA WEEKLY


U-17 WORLD CUP CHILE 2015Saturnino Arrua, who was in a class of hisown in that position, so they put me in thecentre of midfield. Thanks to my vision andskill on the ball I was still lucky enough toscore quite a few goals.”Carlos won three league titles with ElCiclón between 1972 and 1975 before joiningMexican club Cruz Azul, where he also becamea firm favourite in picking up two league winners’medals. He then returned to Cerro, wherehe called time on his career in 1985. Four yearslater he returned to Mexico to take up his firstcoaching position, with Monterrey.The experience factorFive of the seven brothers also played forParaguay: Dario, Enrique, Angel, Alberto andCarlos, who had the longest international careerof them all, featuring in the FIFA WorldCup qualifying competitions for Germany1974, Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. Each ofthose campaigns ended in failure for LosGuaraníes, hence his delight at the U-17 side’squalification for Chile 2015.“I don’t see it as payback in any way,” saidthe coach, who has been in charge of the sidesince 2014. “For me it’s a wonderful opportunityto find out how it feels to be involved in aWorld Cup. I tried hard to achieve that when Iwas playing and I know how difficult it is.“That’s why I’m thinking about these kids.They have to know that they might not experiencesomething like this ever again, and theyneed to enjoy it. They have to show the samekind of responsibility as they did at the SouthAmerican championships, but they still needto go out there and have fun.”Jara Saguier’s experiences as a player arehelping him to bridge the generational andcultural gap between him and his players:“Teenagers like to rebel but if you give themthe right kind of guidance you can help themacquire the experience they need.“We chat to them so that they can understandjust how important this phase is in theircareers. I’m happy with these kids becausethey listen and they give their all in everythingthey do.”Lessons to learnJara Saguier’s “kids” came through a baptismof fire in hosting the South American Championships.After winning their first-roundgroup, La Albirroja beat direct rivals Uruguayin their last game to secure the fourth and finalWorld Cup berth.“They really felt the pressure but you’dexpect that with 16-year-olds,” he explained.“We weren’t always able to control it and that’swhy we were inconsistent.” The Paraguayansshowed plenty of promise in World Cup qualifyingthough and boasted the most prolificattack in the tournament.“We played well up front. Averaging twogoals a game is no easy task,” said their appreciativeboss. “We did have problems at theback, though, and we must find some balance.You have to do three things if you’re going toplay well: create chances, convert half of themand don’t give the opposition any chances.We’re going to work on the third one becauseyou pay for your mistakes in a World Cup.”Jara Saguier saw no reason to wait for theFinal Draw to lay down Paraguay’s objectivesin Chile. “I’d be lying if I said we’re going therewith designs on winning the trophy or fightingfor it.“What I’m concerned about right now ismaking them understand that they have towork as hard as they can, because there are alot of things that can work against you in football:your opponents, the ball, the referee, thepitch etc. One thing people can’t stop youfrom doing, though, is giving your all in tryingto play good football and getting a result.”That sound philosophy stems from hisfamily life, and even today the experiencedcoach continues to seek advice from his brothers:“I ask for their opinion on things and weexchange ideas. I always try to look for what’sbest for Paraguay.”In taking charge of the country’s talentedyoungsters, Jara Saguier is also proud to maintainthe long-established links between hisfamily and the sport he loves: “It’s great tokeep the name in a prominent place in Paraguayanfootball.” ÅMastermindCarlos Jara Saguier is preparing for the tournamentin Chile and fine-tuning his tactics.privately (2), Nestor Soto / CONMEBOLFootballing familyEnrique, Dario and Angel (l. to r.) in Cerro Porteno’s colours.At home on the pitchCarlos (l.) and Alberto.U-17 World Cup:a platform for youthSince the first FIFA U-17 World Cup was held inChina in 1985, the best youth sides on the planethave met every two years to crown a newworld champion. Nigeria will be the defendingchampions at the 2015 tournament hosted byChile between 17 October and 8 November. Atotal of 24 U-17 national teams will take partthis year after qualifying for the finals via theirrespective continental championships. Thegroup stage draw was held on 6 August, afterThe FIFA Weekly went to press, creating sixpools of four sides. For all the latest news, visit:http://tinyurl.com/2d5j9dzTHE FIFA WEEKLY29


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NETZER KNOWS!QUOTES OF THE WEEKWhat makes a good headof youth development?“Zlatan’s the best. We usually sleptin the same room before games.One night he woke up and said,‘Adi, wake up! I had a nightmare.I dreamed Ronaldo was better thanme!’ He only went back to sleep afterI told him, ‘No, Zlatan, no! You arethe best in the world! Calm down!’”Adrian Mutu on former Juventusteam-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic“If I was playing today, I would betanybody that I would be the best inthe world two or three times. The wayfootball is overseas, I would definitelyhave over 50 goals per season.Easily. Especially in Spain.”RivaldoimagoAlways on the move Monchengladbach’s playmaker Gunter Netzer at the age of 20.Appointing a good head of youth developmenthas become an essential requirementfor any ambitious club. Although ithas long been common knowledge that it ispossible to steer the course of an emergingplayer’s career – something major clubs realisedat an even earlier stage – there was littleunderstanding of the consequences of unprofessionalyouth work based primarily onchance.A good head of youth development mustbe sensitive, as they are both in constantcontact with the first team coach abovethem and responsible for the youth teamsbelow them. The fact that they bring thesestrands together means their opinion is oftenpivotal when it comes to making contentiousdecisions, such as the right time for atalented youngster to make their senior debut.If it were up to the player and thosearound them – and possibly the press too –then the preference would be to get the buddingstarlet out on the pitch as soon as possible,but it goes without saying that this isnot always the best option.Just like a good teacher in school, theability of a youth coach or head of youth developmentto respond to the needs of eachplayer individually is crucial. They need toappreciate that their team is made up ofmany different characters without ever pamperinganyone, they must sense what eachplayer needs in order to improve – whetherthat means motivating some youngsters orreining in others – and, of course, quicklyestablish whether or not they have the potentialto pursue a professional career.The issue of bringing youngsters in fromoverseas is even more delicate. A player’s personalenvironment plays a particularly importantrole for teenagers, and that potentiallymeans organising a move for theirfamilies. Lionel Messi is a prime example ofwhat can happen if you get everything right,as Barcelona did. ÅWhat have you always wanted to know about football?Ask Gunter Netzer: feedback-theweekly@fifa.org“Fashion is my passion. To me it’s justa confidence thing – confidence inwhat you’re wearing. My butt’s out,my legs are showing, and I enjoy it.As long as you dress and look good,you feel good, and the weatherdoesn’t really matter.”Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew)“I understand people need scapegoatsand they also need heroes. Messicarries the two roles on his shoulders.When the team wins and he contributesto the success with his fantasticfootball, we go to the altar to worshiphim. When the team loses, we go tothe same altar to sacrifice him.”Jorge Valdano on Lionel MessiTHE FIFA WEEKLY35


TURNING POINT“If you scorehere, you’vemade it”Carolina Morace is a figureheadof women’s football in Italywhose record four goals atWembley in 1990 secured hera permanent place in sportinghistory.Alex Livesey / FIFAAlthough I rarely remember specificdates, I make an exception for 19 August1990. It was the day I played forthe Italian women’s national teamagainst England at the legendary WembleyStadium ahead of the FA CharityShield between Liverpool and ManchesterUnited. As the players sat together in thedressing room before the match, the coachtook me to one side and said to me: “Carolina,if you score here then you’ve made it as a footballer.”Those words really got through to meand I went out onto the pitch full of motivation.We won the match 4-1 and I scored all ofItaly’s goals. I was just happy to have got onthe scoresheet at Wembley when the firststrike went in, but I could barely contain myelation after scoring the second. When thethird and fourth goals prompted thunderousapplause and even a standing ovation fromthe spectators, I knew something special washappening. No player, male or female, hadever found the target at Wembley four timesin a single game before.Although I’ve achieved many things in mycareer – I’ve lifted trophies, been namedamong the four best players in the vote forplayer of the decade and was the first womanto be inducted into the Hall of Fame in myhomeland – there is no doubt that my successin London is the moment that will live longestin my memory. The wonderful thing about itis that it was accepted as the record withoutany gender discussions, thus confirming thefact that I never felt the need to specificallyprove myself just for being a woman throughoutmy time as a striker. In fact, the exact oppositewas true – I always felt the same senseof regard from everyone.Things are slightly different when it comesto coaching. You need an exceptional backgroundto be accepted as a female coach, andwill struggle to establish yourself if you’re unableto point to any major past successes. MyWembley goals helped me in that respect. Thatachievement, together with my skills as a televisioncommentator, showed the world that Iknow something about the game and openeddoors for me all the way to my current job ashead of a training camp in Perth. That’s whyI’ll always remember that record. Plus, there’sno way anyone can ever beat it – after all, theold Wembley Stadium no longer exists! ÅCarolina Morace was speakingto Annette BraunNameCarolina MoraceDate and place of birth5 February 1964, Venice (Italy)PositionStrikerClubs as player (selected)1989–1991 AC Reggiana1991–1993 ACF Milan1996–1998 C.F. ModenaClubs as coach (selected)2000–2005 Italy2009–2011 CanadaMajor honoursEuropean Championship runner-up(as a player)12-time Italian champion (as a player)2010 Gold Cup winner (as coach)National team150 appearances, 105 goalsIn Turning Point, personalities reflect on a decisivemoment in their lives.THE FIFA WEEKLY37


MEN’S WORLD RANKINGLeaderMoves into top tenMoves out of top tenMatches played in totalMost matches playedBiggest move by pointsBiggest move by ranksBiggest drop by pointsBiggest drop by ranksArgentina (unchanged)Chile (10th, up 1)Netherlands (12th, down 7)29Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, USA (6 matches each)Albania (up 166 points)Jamaica (up 21 ranks)Germany (down 185 points)Serbia (down 23 ranks)Last updated:6 August 2015Rank Team+/- Points1 Argentina 0 14252 Belgium 1 12443 Germany -1 12264 Colombia 0 12185 Brazil 1 11866 Portugal 1 11777 Romania 1 11668 England 1 11579 Wales 1 115510 Chile 1 112411 Spain 1 111012 Netherlands -7 103213 Croatia 1 102314 Slovakia 1 101614 Austria 1 101616 Italy 1 100117 Switzerland 1 99718 Uruguay -5 98819 Algeria 0 94120 Czech Republic 0 93321 Côte d’Ivoire 0 91222 Albania 14 88823 France -1 88224 Iceland -1 87725 Denmark -1 87626 Mexico 14 83827 Ghana -2 82728 Bosnia and Herzegovina -2 81929 USA 5 81630 Ukraine -3 79131 Russia -3 78232 Scotland -3 77433 Poland -3 76934 Tunisia -2 76835 Hungary -4 76336 Ecuador -1 75837 Sweden -4 75238 Costa Rica 3 72839 Senegal 0 72240 Northern Ireland -3 72141 Iran -3 71842 Cameroon 0 66743 Congo 4 66644 Greece 0 66145 Turkey 3 62746 Slovenia 3 62647 Israel 4 62048 Venezuela -3 61749 Peru -3 61250 Cape Verde Islands 2 60850 Republic of Ireland 2 60852 Egypt 3 60653 Nigeria 4 60154 Korea Republic -2 599Rank Team +/- Points Rank Team +/- Points Rank Team +/- Points55 Jamaica 21 596 108 Guatemala -3 299 163 Timor-Leste 2 13056 Trinidad and Tobago 8 595 110 El Salvador -22 289 164 Bhutan 2 12856 Japan -6 595 111 Namibia 3 284 165 Suriname -2 12458 Paraguay -2 588 112 Bahrain 1 282 165 Indonesia -1 12459 Congo DR 1 555 113 Mauritania 15 273 167 New Caledonia 0 11860 Guinea -2 552 114 Benin -18 269 168 Malaysia 0 11661 Australia -2 551 115 St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 268 169 Central African Republic 1 11162 Equatorial Guinea 1 546 116 Kenya 0 266 170 Bangladesh -1 10263 Mali -2 545 117 Syria 0 259 171 Pakistan 1 10164 Gabon 1 544 118 Palestine 1 255 172 Chad 1 10065 Panama -3 528 119 St Kitts and Nevis 1 254 173 Dominica 1 9866 Serbia -23 523 119 Cuba -15 254 174 Yemen -3 9667 Bolivia -1 515 121 Botswana -1 253 175 Maldives 1 9068 Norway -1 495 122 Madagascar 0 251 176 US Virgin Islands -1 8869 Bulgaria -1 489 123 Belize -5 242 177 Laos 0 8670 United Arab Emirates -1 484 124 Korea DPR 5 240 178 Montserrat 0 7471 Burkina Faso 1 482 125 Philippines -1 239 179 Chinese Taipei 0 7272 South Africa -2 478 126 Kuwait -3 237 180 Cambodia 1 6673 Zambia -2 465 127 Moldova -3 236 181 Mauritius -1 6374 Uganda -1 463 128 Lesotho 3 229 182 Sri Lanka 1 6275 Faroe Islands -1 456 129 Dominican Republic -3 224 183 Brunei Darussalam 1 6176 Uzbekistan -1 452 130 Lebanon 0 223 184 Nepal 1 5777 Montenegro 4 423 131 St Lucia -4 220 185 Seychelles 1 5678 Estonia 4 420 132 Swaziland 6 218 186 Comoros 1 5079 China PR -2 416 132 Burundi -1 218 186 Tahiti 2 5080 Togo 3 415 134 Afghanistan 0 212 188 Macau -7 4981 Honduras -1 409 135 Bermuda 1 209 189 São Tomé e Príncipe 0 4882 Cyprus 3 391 135 New Zealand 1 209 189 Cayman Islands 0 4882 Morocco 2 391 137 Aruba -2 201 191 Solomon Islands 0 4784 Haiti -5 387 138 Barbados 3 198 192 San Marino 0 4085 Iraq 1 386 139 Thailand 1 197 193 Turks and Caicos Islands 0 3386 Latvia 1 377 140 Tanzania -1 194 194 British Virgin Islands 0 2787 Sudan 3 375 141 Kazakhstan 1 193 195 South Sudan 0 2288 Armenia 1 373 142 Gambia 1 191 196 Vanuatu 1 2089 Angola 3 371 142 Guinea-Bissau -9 191 197 Samoa -1 1989 Finland 1 371 144 Nicaragua -1 188 198 Fiji 1 1791 Rwanda -13 369 145 Luxembourg 1 187 198 Tonga -1 1792 Jordan 0 357 146 Guam 8 185 200 American Samoa 1 1293 Saudi Arabia -1 351 147 Liechtenstein 0 182 201 Papua New Guinea 1 994 Libya 2 345 148 Curaçao 1 173 201 Andorra 1 995 Qatar 1 344 149 Turkmenistan 3 172 203 Eritrea 1 896 Belarus 4 341 150 Puerto Rico 0 169 204 Mongolia 1 697 Mozambique -2 339 151 Hong Kong 3 168 204 Somalia 1 698 Malawi 10 335 152 Guyana 7 167 206 Djibouti 1 499 Ethiopia 2 330 153 Vietnam -10 166 206 Cook Islands 1 499 Oman 3 330 154 Georgia -1 165 208 Anguilla 1 0101 Canada 2 323 155 Singapore -5 162 208 Bahamas -8 0102 Niger -6 312 156 Kyrgyzstan 1 160103 FYR Macedonia 2 311 156 India 0 160104 Sierra Leone 7 304 158 Tajikistan -10 159105 Antigua and Barbuda 2 303 159 Malta -1 157106 Azerbaijan 2 302 160 Grenada 0 153107 Lithuania 3 301 161 Liberia 0 150108 Zimbabwe 4 299 162 Myanmar 0 142http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/index.html38 THE FIFA WEEKLY


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