The Evolution Continues

Sports Coaching is always about evolution, be it any sport. You might be the best coach in one era, but, if you are not upgrading, your ways would be figured out and would be countered.

New people keep coming and always bringing something new to the game. Everything has to be followed and studied and whatever is there to be taken for the enhancement of your system should be taken.

Tite, who is now the head of the coaching department at Selecao, is someone who is a big believer of this theory. He travels across continents to see how the managers and the coaches work in different areas.

The 55-year old had a tour of Europe before his glorious spell with the Corinthians in the Brazilian League last year and his formations in that tournament had a touch of Europe in it.

A hard-core Brazilian fan might not even like it for Brazilian Football has always been related to class and artistry. European style might seem Pragmatic, but, so what? You just have to do with productivity, haven’t you?

First week into his Brazil chair and Tite has begun his work already. He will be one of the faces in the dignitaries’ box this evening when Chile and Colombia go loggerheads in Round of 4.

The Brazilians are playing one of their next two World Cup qualification matches against Colombia and the coach is evidently keen to observe the strengths and weaknesses of what would be a not-so-mean opposition.

Given the lose situation of Brazil in the scheme of things in CONMEBOL, it is now about them fetching maximum output off every single match they are into. Finishing inside or at no. 4 in South America is essential for straight qualification.

Mexico wins group C

Mexico earns an important draw against Venezuela to win Group C thus keeping their hopes of avoiding Argentina alive. Indeed, Mexico will be keen to avoid the team that eliminated them at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

The match was harder than thought and Mexico have had to dig deep in order to earn the draw. Given that they were already qualified for the next round, Mexico fielded a much-changed team for the last game of the group. Continue reading “Mexico wins group C”

Vermaelen eyes Premier League return

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen might make a return to the Premier League with both Liverpool and West Ham interested in signing the Belgium international. The player has been disillusioned with a lack of first-team football at Barcelona and might consider a move away from the Spanish side.

Thomas Vermaelen has joined Barcelona in 2014 after leaving the Gunners but so far has only managed to make 14 appearances for the Spanish side. If he goes, he will be the second defender that will be leaving Barcelona after Marc Bartra. The latter has just left Barcelona to join German side Borussia Dortmund. Continue reading “Vermaelen eyes Premier League return”

Kompany: Hart is best goalkeeper for England

Vincent Kompany has come to the rescue of his Manchester City teammate by saying that he is the best goalkeeper for England and that they should feel lucky to have him in the team. Indeed, Hart has come under pressure recently after the goal he conceded for England and Kompany was keen to defend his teammate.

In one instance, Hart failed to clear a long-range free-kick from Ibrahimovic in the game against Sweden, and many England supporters have been criticizing the Manchester City goalkeeper. Fortunately, this was the only occasion that Wales had in the game as England quickly took control of the game and placed the Welsh team under pressure. Continue reading “Kompany: Hart is best goalkeeper for England”