Friday, April 28, 2006

Scolari to England?

It seems that Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the candidates for substituting Sven-Goran Eriksson in the command of England. As a portuguese football fan, I know Scolari for almost 4 years, since he came to my country after winning the World Cup 2002 with Brazil. I think he's a good coach, maybe not great as I think Rijkaard, Mourinho or Wengèr are; but one thing he knows for sure: how to unite a group, how to make a team strong psychologically. I remember seeing images of Brazil praying after the World Cup final. In Portugal, he implements, for example, "samba", the brazilian dance, and his squad loves him. I say "his squad" because that relates to what I believe is the only (although huge) problem about Scolari as a coach: he's stubborn and has a group of not much more than 30 players to choose from since the Qualifying Round of the World Cup; players like Costinha, Maniche, Nuno Valente, Miguel, Quim or Hélder Postiga are or have been in bad phases throughout this season, but Scolari always called them for the team. For example, Costinha and Quim aren't nowadays playing for their squads (Dinamo Moskva and Benfica), but they'll surely be on the World Cup. Scolari doesn't attend to the form of his players and he doesn't care about some he just puts out of the squad: in Brazil Romário was excluded; here in Portugal having excluded Vítor Baía, Sérgio Conceição and João Pinto is one of Scolari's main problem with the media. Personally I think I won't miss him if he really goes to England, although I recognize his qualities as a coach; if I were british I would be worried about the possible exclusion of players like Beckham (who may have problems with being just one part of a group).


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God, a manager who speaks worse English than Sven.



4/28/2006 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

The only way England can improve their international results is for Sven-Goran Eriksson to fkcu off and be replaced...oh my golly gosh its for the good of the nation Sven, just promise you wont sob bout it! please.

4/29/2006 11:06 AM  
Blogger FTNChen said...

Looks like the english press has successfully damage their national team's future successes again.

I remember how 2 years ago, the english press hounded the english team captain for his colorful private life, heaping unjustified pressure on him on the months leading to Euro 2004. Did they foresee that he would perform better or not under the pressure of scandal? Both Sven and the english press were villains in England's below-par accomplishments.

And so the english press does it again, hounding the man most competent in bringing World Cup glory back to the home of football, essentially scaring him off the job. Scolari may not be perfect, but he has the tactical genius and courage to bring strategic revolution for his team (Brazil and 3-5-2 in World Cup 2002 anyone?). As much as I'd like to see an english coach, they still need more time to prove themselves.

But now with Scolari gone, England will have to continue to suffer from mediocre minds.

5/01/2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger legal alien said...

As an Englishman living in Portugal, I too have closely followed Scolari's progress and I agree that he's too inflexible in his choices(Costinha, for example hasn't played for 4 months!)Also his relationship with the media, and let's face it they're a lot tamer here, would have created big problems for him in England.

5/06/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger BIGMAC said...

Olá aqui vai um pouco de humor, espero que gostes, gostava de trocar umas dicas sobre futebol e humor a intençáo é informar e divertir aí o pessoal.


Bigmac, abraços de Portugal, divulga se puderes.

9/01/2006 1:27 AM  

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