As the CONMEBOL teams are gearing up for the World Cup Qualifiers by participating in “meaningless” friendlies, the Uruguayan media has finally woken up and instead of extolling the virtues of Maestro’s “proceso”, they are lamenting “el mal funcionamiento” without Cavani and Suarez. I believe that the question of who should replace OWT will become the next theme in the media’s coverage. So, it could be that nine years later, we are back in the same boat…having troubles in qualifying for the World Cup and with a brand of soccer that has not progressed. So I found myself reading some old articles by Jed Davies from a different site which analyzed the present situation in English football circa 2014 and in many cases, you could substitute the word “England” with “Uruguay” and get an accurate assessment of our soccer….

Tabárz: Man in charge

Tabárez: Man in charge

“At the very youngest age there wasn’t much emphasis on skill development…We had all of the great English traits: team spirit, great worth ethic, a never-say-die attitude. But the emphasis on our coaching has never totally been around skills and technical ability.” – Gareth Southgate

“In England you teach your kids how to win. In Portugal and Spain they teach their kids how to play.” – José Mourinho, 2006

“Technical skills like dribbling, good movement, the ability to pick a pass are key to breaking teams down, but you just don’t see it when England play, their style is always the same… They never changed, they never improvised and they never improved. They put the high ball into the area and try to head it in, but they need to focus on more technical skills.” – Carlos Alberto

“England used to rely on street football to produce players that would demonstrate world class qualities of creativity and despite clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool placing a level of importance on retaining street football qualities in their development models, the fear is that the raw benefits from street football have disappeared.” – Jed Davies

It is a three part series, an interesting read on the country that invented football. To me personally, it is amazingly that while other nations like England, Australia and even Canada have engaged different individuals at different levels and even looked at different successful nations in an attempt to replicate or mimic their success, the AUF has left the future of Uruguayan soccer in the hands of a single individual.

Here are some highlights or selective passages to whet the palate:

What’s Wrong With English Football And How Can We Fix It? : Part 1 –

“Concluding Thoughts – As of 2014-15 football in England will now see changes that impact the English game profoundly. Players will not play 11 vs. 11 until the age of 12; The 5 vs. 5 format will be used from the age groups of under-7 to under-8, only age appropriate proportional scaled fields and goals. Then from the age groups of under-9 to under-10 a 7 vs. 7 game format will be implemented; under-11 and under-12 will play a 9 vs. 9 format with appropriately sized pitches and goals.” (Source 1)

What’s Wrong With English Football And How Can We Fix It? : Part 2 –

“Through player rotation, players become comfortable playing in different areas of the field and in each different area of the field the player will learn to play under different pressures: the pressure not to give the ball away, to tackle, to score, to play the ball short or long and to assist etc. Through this rotation of zonal positioning on the field the scenario given where a defender is not comfortable under the pressures of not making a mistake is one easily eradicated; the central defender is then comfortable in possession and no longer resorts to consistently playing the long ball.”

“The consistent long ball, no matter how accurate each one is, will be the cause of problems tactically…it is unlikely that the midfield would be able to squeeze the play further up field and support the lone forward. However, the long ball player and the striker who makes the angled run and collects the pass will both be praised; the midfield is often criticized by the media for then not supporting the lone striker.”

“We should ‘teach’ our players to know how to play in at least 3 different positions for every playing system, ‘avoiding an early specialization’. It will ensure our players are exposed to different game situations (variability of motor patterns), providing them the opportunity to improve their technical, physical and tactical skills.” – Juan Luis Delgado Bordonau (Source 2)

What’s Wrong With English Football And How Can We Fix It? : Part 3 –

“The Future Game document expands on particular aspects of the playing philosophy and the key message is one that the attacking strategy is to have one priority as soon as you receive the ball from the opposition: can you counter attack with speed, control and directness into the attacking third? If however, the counter attacking option isn’t available, then the team should look to “build through accurate and controlled ball retention and [with an] incisive use of possession”

“The team’s defensive strategy is then detailed to win the ball back as high up the field as possible and if not possible, the team should drop back into their “balanced” and organized defensive shape.”

“Changes were made to youth football in Belgium in 2003 and as everyone can see, a decade on and we’re looking at the most talented influx of young players in Belgium, over every nation in world football.”

“Brazil is a nation with a strong identity but without a ‘formation’ per se attached to their very clear national identity. This issue has been highlighted over and over again in this last decade as the reason behind the lack of unity at national level in Brazil.” (Source 3)

• Mr. Jed Davies is the author of “Coaching the Tiki Taka Style of Play

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Yorugua
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Apologies for late comment posts… I just approved the comments. We’ll get this all sorted out.

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Farerets
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…if the cultural shift toward soccer in Iceland continues, it might not be long before the island nation turns into Europe’s version of Uruguay, a country that consistently outperforms expectations despite its tiny population… (from the article below)

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/09/10/iceland-qualify-euro-2016-uefa

Farerets
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…if the cultural shift toward soccer in Iceland continues, it might not be long before the island nation turns into Europe’s version of Uruguay, a country that consistently outperforms expectations despite its tiny population… (citate from the article)

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/09/10/iceland-qualify-euro-2016-uefa

Maldoror55
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Welcome back to LCB dutchy!What happened with you,since so long?Have you been enjoying holidays,somewhere in Corsica,Las Palmas or Madeira?We missed you,like seven dwarves Snowhite.
As you see,nothing essential happened.The agony of Karimov’s football concepts continues.Or as doctors would say;the illness is in progress.
I dont know what happened with Pereiro.He is in PSV,isn’t he?And enters every match as subs,doesn’t he?

Dutchfan
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Unfortunately, I didn’t travel abroad for fifteen years, which is boring, but that’s how it is. However, I will probably visit the UK next year. I hang back from again four years Tabarez, I’m not sure I will survive that, as a fan I mean. As there are no “dislike” buttons here and I can’t get less “likes” than I already have, I dare to confess here that I deliberately didn’t watch the last friendlies, in order not to feed my anti-feelings. Don’t understand why the government approves this inferior bungle http://www.futbol.com.uy/auc.aspx?283785,976 Why does the government support someone who indefatigably… Read more »
KangaCeleste
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Very hard to pick any good things from these two games.

Rodriguez has speed (duh).

That’s about it.

Our campaign could be over by round 6! Hope I’m wrong

Dutchfan
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The normally very diplomatic Forlan is saying something similar:
http://www.futbol.com.uy/auc.aspx?282745,890

And amazed about the AUF? People here in NL are amazed Gaston Pereiro’s agent is counteracting his own player.

Yorugua
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Enjoyed that link there…. What’s going on with Pereiro?

Dutchfan
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PSV desperately wanted Gaston Pereiro, so they talked with Nacional since the beginning of this year. At a certain point they had an agreement with Nacional. Pereiro also wanted to join PSV, but his agent, here called Mr. Cashall, had other plans. He wanted Pereiro in Porto, Juventus or Chelsea, but Pereiro feared to be hired out in that case. There were endless negotiations between PSV and Cashall. Two times they had an agreement, but soon afterwards, Mr. C. had additional demands. On a certain day a contract should be signed, so PSV sent a taxi for Mr. C., but… Read more »
Yorugua
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Mistah Cashall (Sounds like when a Non Uruuguayan makes fun of a Uruguayan and says, “Sos Uru-Guasho?” )…. but Ca$hall is right (lol). From my old understanding of how Casal works, he buys 50% of the players contract and the other 50% belongs to the club, this is why many clubs in MLS don’t want to deal with Uruguayan players because they don’t want to buy 50%, they want 100% of the player’s contract rights. With Casal though and going back to those old TBF articles of yesteryear, I’m assuming a lot of these clubs are indebted to Casal and… Read more »
Dutchfan
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Yes, many non-Uruguayans here are making fun of this “Uruguayan”: https://ermaggezongenworden.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/eetcafe-de-verlenging-verhoogt-plotseling-dinerprijs-pereiros-zaakwaarnemer-woedend/ This is about a restaurant, where Mr. C was eating after the negotiations, and when the food was consumed, the price of the dinner was suddenly much higher than on the price list. Casal could not appreciate that! And also this: Casal; ” i want more money” Brands (PSV)’; “no” Casal; ” i want more money” Brands’; “no” Casal; ” i want more money” Brands’; “no” Casal; ” i want more money” Brands’; “wait a minute” (Gives his mobile to Pereiro ) Pereiro; hello? Van nistelrooij; hello Gaston! This… Read more »
Dutchfan
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To add: I understand that Third Party Ownership is much more normal in Latin America, South and Eastern Europe, so to say the poorer parts of the world.

What is going to happen to Casal cum suis with the current ban on TPO? Is he going to buy a club in Uruguay, don’t know if that’s possible?

Yorugua
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Regarding your last comment – Brazil’s “Traffic” which has a similar setup to the one offered by Casal is being investigated as part of FIFA GATE, right now I don’t know where any of this is going. Basically we don’t know if FIFA will do anything in the end, it could be that simply having Blatter resign (although still FIFA Prez today) will be enough to satisfy the mob. Casal is a slippery figure, for a while it seemed he wasn’t interested in players (Cavani and Suarez, Uru’s two biggest stars are represented by European reps ) ––– but then he… Read more »
Dutchfan
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Didn’t see enough of Pereiro to have an opinion on him at the moment.
Tabarez capping someone or not doesn’t say anything for me. Sometimes on the contrary. I seldom see an interesting player on the field when Tabarez pastures his flock (apart from the usual ones).

Yorugua
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Fair opinion – but in the Old Man’s defense, he did support Suarez when many in Uruguay’s media wanted him gone from the NT.

Dutchfan
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The normally very diplomatic Forlan is saying something similar:
http://www.futbol.com.uy/auc.aspx?282745,890

And amazed about the AUF? People here in NL are amazed that Gaston Pereiro’s agent is counteracting his own player.

Maldoror55
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I watched both friendlies,and in both we played like a sh.t. First match we played against one of the most mediocree team in the world.And we won by goal de mierda.Even Estonia would win them.In the second,Costa Rica played with half of strength,however they gave us the lessons in counterattacking football.Terrible,.Urgently we need to sac old fossil,and call up Porras,Laxalt,Nico Lopez,Vecino,Pereyra,Tabare Viudez,Damian Suarez,otherwise we could now start to look for couches or sofas and plasma TV-s for watching World Cup 2018,at home in Uruguay. I have never seen more horrible Uruguay in my life.Tata Gonzales and Corujo,the worst.Tabarez really has… Read more »
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