Third round Asian Qualifiers Russia 2018 – What they said….

Kuala Lumpur: A look at some of the best quotes to emerge following Thursday night’s Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers Final Round action.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing to start the third round with a win away against one of the best teams in Asia. I’m very happy for the result and hopefully it gives us more confidence but at the end of the day it’s only one game and one step from ten and we haven’t achieved many things yet even with this win.”
United Arab Emirates head coach Mahdi Ali after overseeing a 2-1 defeat of Japan

“In the second half we scored two, we hit the post, Tomi [Juric] had a very good chance, their keeper pulled off a couple of great saves. All in all against a difficult opponent I thought it was a good start.”
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou following his side’s 2-0 Group B win over Iraq

“We played well and we managed to score a goal which was enough for us while our opponents tried to go forward with counterattacks. We finished the match from one chance and this is football at the end of the day.”
A relieved Bert van Marwijk after Saudi Arabia had left it late to beat Thailand 1-0.

“In the last 15 to 20 minutes, it was frustrating to let China back into the game through our mistakes. In the end a comfortable game with us leading 3-0 in the second half became a difficult one. We were going well with 20 minutes left but we switched off and let in two goals. The important point is that we won a tough first game. We have to play well for 90 minutes and not just 70 minutes.”
Korea Republic coach Uli Stielike on his team’s 3-2 success against China.

“We wanted to give our fans a win and we managed that. We are happy. I know we made some mistakes in our game and that Syria are a good team, who are well organized and disciplined. My players showed character too. This is the first time Uzbekistan have started the final round of qualifying with a win.”
Samvel Babayan, head coach of Uzbekistan, in the wake of a 1-0 win against Syria.

“We had a very difficult game. It was a tense and highly tactical match. It was obvious that Qatar were looking to take advantage of our weaknesses in the first half, therefore we had a difficult first half. We tried to open up the game in the second half and put Qatar under more pressure. We had better scoring chances in the second half and we really played better during the half.”
Iran’s Carlos Queiroz reflects on Team Melli’s dramatic 2-0 defeat of Qatar.

“We had a big match tonight and the performance was excellent. The turning point was the penalty that we conceded but before that we managed to have a good performance and gave our opponents a hard time. We have improved a lot and we played on the flanks in order to reduce the threat of Saudi Arabia. In football, a small mistake can cost you and hopefully we will learn from this match and change the situation in the next match against Japan.”
Kiatisuk Senamuang remains upbeat following Thailand’s narrow 1-0 defeat in Saudi Arabia.

Photos: Lagardère Sports

Asian Football Confederation

Na TV também, aonde uma vai as outras vão atrás

Adnet, Porchat e Gentili com programas parecidos no "prime-time"

Adnet, Porchat e Gentili com programas parecidos no “prime-time”

As três principais emissoras, Globo, SBT e Record, com produtos similares, passaram a brigar muito forte na faixa da meia-noite, começo da madrugada, horário que só mais recentemente passou a merecer melhor atenção.

Processo semelhante aconteceu com as manhãs. Antes destinadas exclusivamente às programações infantis, foram necessários muitos anos para que maiores investimentos pudessem ser destinados a outros produtos em condições de oferecer melhor retorno comercial.

No caso das mesmas emissoras, apenas uma delas, o SBT, ainda resiste em apresentar desenhos animados, mesmo sob forte concorrência dos canais pagos.

Hoje, o período da tarde ainda é o único em estado de exceção ou aquele que continua como “ponto x”, apenas para reprises ou exibições de antigas novelas, mas nada que possa servir de maior atrativo para o público telespectador.

Isto só irá ocorrer, como aconteceu nas outras, quando uma delas for atrevida o suficiente para dar o primeiro passo e se dar bem com ele. Só aí as outras virão atrás.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Ufuk Talay appointed as Young Socceroos Coach

Ufuk Talay has been appointed as the new Young Socceroos Coach.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced Ufuk Talay as Head Coach of the Young Socceroos, Australia’s U-20 National Team.

Talay has been involved in the Australian National Team structure as the assistant coach of the Australian U-17 team (Joeys) and the FFA Centre of Excellence program at the Australian Institute of Sport. He replaces Paul Okon, who has been named as Head Coach of the Central Coast Mariners.

FFA CEO David Gallop described Talay’s appointment as a glowing endorsement for the structures put in place underpinning the Caltex Socceroos.

“We’re pleased to announce that Ufuk Talay will take over as Head Coach of the Young Socceroos,” Gallop said. “It shows the pathway is in place for not only players but coaches to progress through the National team structures as part of the National Team Unit’s strategy.

“When we became aware of Paul’s decision to take up the role at the Central Coast Mariners the National Team Unit, headed by Luke Casserly, Ange Postecoglou and Eric Abrams, identified Ufuk as the best man to take the position and we are pleased we have been able to ensure a smooth transition.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Okon for his contribution to the National Team coaching department and we certainly wish him every success as he takes the next steps in his coaching career with the Central Coast Mariners.”

Talay, who enjoyed a successful playing career overseas and was also part of Sydney FC’s inaugural Championship-winning Hyundai A-League team, was thrilled with the opportunity to lead the U-20s into the next World Cup qualifying cycle.

“This is a huge honour for me to be named coach of the Australian U20 team,” Talay said. “It’s a step forward and I look forward to working with the players to play the type of football our National Teams have been playing and qualify for the U-20 World Cup.

“I’d like to thank Luke Casserly, Ange Postecoglou and the FFA for having faith in me and also Tony Vidmar and Peter de Roo for the opportunity they gave me to join the National Team structure with the Joeys and the FFA Centre of Excellence and the knowledge they have shared with me.”

Talay will commence work immediately and will lead a 23-man squad to Bahrain for the AFF U-19 Championship in Vietnam from 11-24 September 2016.

The team leaves on Tuesday (6 September) and will play matches against Cambodia (12 September), Myanmar (14 September), Indonesia (16 September), Thailand (18 September) and Laos (20 September).

The Young Socceroos will then take part in the AFC U-19 Championships in Bahrain from 13-30 October 2016, where they face China PR, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the group stages of the 16-team tournament. The top four countries (excluding the Korea Republic) will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be played in the Korea Republic.

The 23-man squad for the AFF Championship is:

Keanu BACCUS Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Jackson BANDIERA Western Sydney Wanderers FC
George BLACKWOOD Sydney FC
Joseph CHAMPNESS Brisbane Roar FC
Patrick FLOTTMANN Sydney FC
Joshua HOPE Melbourne Victory FC
Jasmin KERANOVIC West Bromwich Albion FC, ,England
Steve KUZMANOVSKI Melbourne City FC
Tariq MAIA Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Daniel MARGUSH Adelaide United FC
George MELLS Adelaide United FC
William MUTCH Sydney FC
Connor O’TOOLE Brisbane Roar FC
Liam ROSE Central Coast Mariners FC
Dejan PANDUREVIC Manly United (NPL)
Jayden PRASAD Brisbane Roar FC
Kye ROWLES Brisbane Roar FC
Lachlan SCOTT Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Mario SHABOW Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Yaren SOZER (GK) Melbourne City FC
George TIMOTHEOU Sydney FC
Brandon VELLA Marconi Stallions FC
Liam YOULLEY Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Football Federation Australia

Football the sport of choice among teachers

Football's popularity in schools continues to grow.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Staff writer
Football’s increased reach into schools across the country continues to go from strength to strength following the release of the latest data from the $100 million Australian Government Sporting Schools program.

The snapshot from the report reveals Football is the most popular choice among teachers of all the codes and is officially the most participated team sport in the Sporting Schools program with some 700 schools and 50,000 primary students participating in a Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League branded program in the last 12 months.

FFA’s schools strategy was launched just two years ago with the primary objective to deliver quality, safe and enjoyable experiences to students. The Football program is delivered by trained coaches representing the Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League clubs and schools receive a free AIA Vitality MiniRoos equipment pack. Teachers also have access to the classroom resource which feature 8-12 lessons mapped against the Australian Curriculum for English, Maths, Art and Physical Education.

“The Sporting Schools results are a tremendous boost following our undertaking to align the Member Federations and Hyundai A-League clubs to help drive football’s push into schools with a united approach,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“The Sporting Schools program has not only given us an increased presence in schools but reduced duplication and provided clarity in the roles Member Federations and Hyundai A-League clubs play in the community and schools. There is still plenty of work to do but this is a fantastic start to our long term schools strategy.”

Schools wishing to take part in a Football program delivered by a Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League club as part of the Sporting Schools program are required to register at


Football Federation Australia