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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19 Responses so far.

  1. Yorugua Yorugua says:

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


    Current score: 2
  2. Farerets Farerets says:

    …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)

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    • FourThreeThree FourThreeThree says:

      Iceland’s feat is truly amazing, specially since they will probably win the group.
      The decline of the Dutch team is flabbergasting. This is the same team that spanked Spain 5-1 in the WC.

      Current score: 2
  3. Farerets Farerets says:

    …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)

    Current score: 3
  4. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    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?

    Current score: 1
    • Dutchfan dutchfan says:

      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,976 Why does the government support someone who indefatigably laments about being a small country, while the examples of Costa Rica and Iceland prove this to be nonsense? Tabarez is someone of the old guard, always talks about “actitud”, says Uruguay’s play should intrinsically be “respuesta” in stead of “propuesta”. I don’t see him capable of modernizing the play. He has had his chances and his fair share, in influence and money, so next generation, please! Uruguay is said to be so egalitarian, well, not in this case, I think.

      Current score: 2
  5. KangaCeleste KangaCeleste says:

    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

    Current score: 1
  6. FourThreeThree FourThreeThree says:

    When I saw it, I thought that the game against Costa Rica was a big improvement over the Panama game, and actually pretty even (I had to check the stats today, and saw possession was 52-48 CR-URU). There were some notable bad performances in my opinion like:
    – Gonzalez – who now thinks he is a dribbling star, lost the ball several times trying 1v1 and even 1v2, so now not only does he lose the ball passing but also dribbling
    – Arevalo – who is a shadow of the player he once was, and looks completely lost, it is the CDM’s responsibility to “sit” in front of his defense and cut off the long pelotazos that Costa Rica resorted to
    – Gimenez – was it me or did it look like Godin was completely alone in the back, on the goal Gimenez was completely out of position but was he trying to cover for another player?
    – DeArrascaeta – OWT has “broken” this player by sitting him continually on the bench, there is no creativity and his passing was terrible
    – Rolan – he has become the new Cavani, being asked to perform the same role of tracking back and defending, Rodriguez looked better but he wasn’t burdened with the defensive responsibilities that Rolan had.

    It was a difficult game to play specially since Costa Rica parked the bus for the second half (they were on a 10 game winless steak) and resorted to pelotazos but I did like:
    – Mayada – probably one of his best games, a definite improvement over Maxi
    – Rodriguez – who was unlucky to not have scored, he will only get better playing in the Liga
    – Corujo – he’s not a game breaker but I liked the way that he participated in the short passing game that Uruguay played at times.
    – Nandez – his anticipation was great, won alot of the 50/50 battles
    – Lozano – his speed makes him dangerous and he makes the defenders back up, he will only get better.

    Current score: 3
  7. Dutchfan dutchfan says:

    The normally very diplomatic Forlan is saying something similar:,890

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

    Current score: 1
    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

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

      Current score: 1
    • Dutchfan dutchfan says:

      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 he simply didn’t show up. After two hours of waiting, the taxi had to be paid and sent away.

      PSV had in the meantime invested so much time and money in Pereiro, that they persisted, although everyone advised to send Mr. C. to the moon with his manipulations. At the end of the story, here called the Pereiro-soap, a contract WAS signed, but it is unknown if extra money has been paid under the table to finally satisfy Mr. C.

      This soap was very much in the news. Every Dutch club will think twice before they will ever want a player with this agent. He is seen here as a mendacious mafioso. So although Mr. C. has probably ended up with more money than was intended, a lot of damage is done to the image of Uruguayan football.

      Current score: 2
    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      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 owe him money so the 50% club option can be easily bought out.

      On the damage done, I don’t know, many people in Europe know all about Casal’s strong-arm tactics… and teams will still be interested in taking a look at player hoping they can unearth the next Suarez or Cavani (which is not so easy to do.)

      Current score: 2
    • Dutchfan dutchfan says:

      Yes, many non-Uruguayans here are making fun of this “Uruguayan”:

      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 is ruud van nistelrooij!
      Pereiro; ” oh my god really?”
      Van nistelrooij; ” yes,yes. Listen you need to go to psv”
      Pereiro: ” oh ok”
      Casal: ” i want more money”
      Pereiro: ” shut up idiot That was ruud van nistelrooij”
      Casal: ” oh ok, i don’t want more money”

      But, to be serious, Pereiro says that in Uruguay, everybody thinks it more or less normal that Casal decides everything. Pereiro seems a bit surprised people here don’t think it normal.

      Pereiro’s agency seems to be in Nassau, The Bahama’s. Really a pity this agency didn’t choose the Netherlands as its location, as we are the biggest tax haven in the world. But okay, I understand, our weather is awful. The Bahama’s: apart from NO income tax AND no corporate income tax, you get free sun whole day! What we call a win-win situation, isn’t it?

      Current score: 3
    • Dutchfan dutchfan says:

      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?

      Current score: 0
    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      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 comes out of the shadow to represent Pereiro. Strange goings-on that’s for sure.

      Personally I don’t think Pereiro will reach the level Suarez or Cavani have reached. I suspect he’ll join Serie A (maybe… depends which team) or return to Uruguay. The fact that Tabarez hasn’t capped him yet but has already capped people like Lozano & Nandez says a lot.

      Keep us posted on Pereiro’s Dutch Soap Opera.

      Current score: 1
    • Dutchfan dutchfan says:

      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).

      Current score: 1
    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      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.

      Current score: 1
  8. Dutchfan dutchfan says:

    The normally very diplomatic Forlan is saying something similar:,890

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

    Current score: 1
  9. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    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 no taste for players.He prefers wooden clogs on the pitch.Costa Rica could have scored 4-5 goals at least,they completely outplayed our defense,cause they are not wooden clogs but fast,creative,and flexible players.Tigers.We didnt have such ones.We have mostly elefants and buffalos.Some outdated football.

    Current score: 3

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