I witnessed Sam Kerr’s genius eight years ago

Sam Kerr celebrates one of her three goals against Japan at the Tournament of Nations.

Eight years ago, on a scorching hot Saturday in Sydney, I witnessed something that I’ve never forgotten.


I was sat outside Leichhardt Oval’s modest media box covering a W-League game between hosts Sydney FC and Perth Glory in front of a few hundred of the faithful.

An entertaining clash at the elite level of Australia’s domestic women’s game, it went 5-2 to the Sky Blues.

But the game was remembered by me because of an unknown 16-year-old playmaker/striker in the purple shirt of Perth.

Sam Kerr.After the game I spoke to a colleague and predicted, “Today, I saw the future of women’s football in Australia… potentially the greatest footballer in the world.”

Her name? Sam Kerr.


‘Picking up possession just inside the sky blues’ half,’ I wrote back then, ‘the pint-sized playmaker wriggled clear of her markers and launched an audacious 35 yard shot into the top corner to light up Leichhardt Oval.’

She reminded me instantly of Maradona. It was voted goal of the season.

Kerr had another audacious effort from long-range a few minutes later just to remind Sydney she could do anything she wanted to.

Kerr was a natural. And she was doing it with a smile on her face.

That sort of natural talent, athleticism and confidence just can’t be coached (sport ran in the family, too, her brother is former AFL star Daniel Kerr).

The opposition coach that day was one Alen Stajcic – the man who’s engineered Australia’s rise as a women’s football power since 2014 and one of the most respected coaches in women’s football both here and globally.

Sam Kerr.

“Staj” knew all about this kid from East Fremantle who’d played AFL til the age of 12 before switching to the world game, mentoring the youngster in national age teams.

“Linda [O’Neill] had a great game on her but Sam is fantastic,” said Stajcic at the time. “I’ve watched her develop as a player since she was 12. Glory have three or four of the best attacking talent in the country in Sam, Lisa De Vanna, Kate Gill and Collette McCallum.”


By 2009, Kerr had already debuted as a Matilda aged just 15 – solid proof of Australia’s ability to plan for the future.The following year she was an Asian Cup winner.

And that future is reaping huge dividends right now – spearheaded by the fabulous Kerr, now 23 – and a clutch of experienced yet young Aussie teammates and established stars in leagues all over the world

It hasn’t been a straight line – injuries have stymied Kerr’s rise. She’s played club football in Australia and the US with success but not at the level her potential suggested back then.

But right now, aged 23, she’s where I thought she might be. She’s got it all – and is back playing with a smile on her face.

Sam Kerr of Sky Blue FC has been named player of the month by the NWSL Media Association.She’s learnt that to just enjoy herself – not to take her football too seriously – it is the default mindset that brings out the best in her.

Kerr’s a huge star in the US NSWL with Sky Blue FC, top scorer in the league, and Australia’s X-factor on the international stage after tormenting Japan at the Tournament of Nations on Monday.

She’s the star of her own goal-scoring virals from the W-League and NWSL (and now famous somersault goal celebrations, which have certainly improved since the Asian Cup of 2010) and has the look of a winner who can do anything.

Just like that day in 2009.

And the next four years, under Stajcic’s canny guidance, she’ll only get better.

Around 50 caps down, the next 50 should be something to behold.

Sam Kerr.I finished my report back in 2009 with this prediction… “Remember that name…Sam Kerr.”


Australia, your latest football superstar Sam Kerr is here.

See her in action on Aussie soil this September for the Matildas versus Brazil, and during Season 10 of the Westfield W-League.

My latest prediction? She’ll be deemed world’s best player by the time of the next World Cup.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Sam Kerr on fire as Aussies ease past Japan

Kerr stars as Matildas down Japan

A classy Westfield Matildas have defeated Japan 4-2 in an entertaining clash at the Tournament of Nations, with on-fire Sam Kerr smashing a first-half hat-trick in San Diego on Monday morning (AEST).

After Friday’s incredible high following an historic first-ever win over the USA, the Aussies continued their eye-catching form on a warm day in California to make it two wins from two in the tournament.

The clash between two of Asia’s big guns in women’s football lived up to its billing with an open, entertaining game full of technical quality across the pitch.

But Australia again proved too good for Japan after the Matildas knocked Nadeshiko out of the Olympics qualifiers in Osaka last year.

The Matildas will now go into their final game against powerhouse Brazil on Friday (Australian time) in Carson confident of making it three wins from three after their breakout showing at this tournament – and with Sam Kerr on fire up front, few teams can stop them right now.


►Three goals in the opening 15 minutes had the fans on their feet, with Australia conceding first before hitting back twice in quick time thanks to classy Kerr, who made it a hat-trick just before the break.


Japan, Mina Tanaka 5’, 0-1

Japan had got in behind to win a corner, they worked it short and the cross was headed on to Mina Tanaka who flicked it past Mackenzie Arnold for the opener.

Australia, Sam Kerr, 10’ 1-1

Kennedy with the brilliant long ball over the top for the pacy Raso, who got in behind her full back, and a simple low cross found Kerr ahead of her defender and she couldn’t miss, sweeping home the equaliser.

Australia, Sam Kerr, 14’ 2-1

A defensive howler saw Japan caught in possession around 30m out. Kerr took advantage, burst through and slotted past Ikeda,

Australia, Sam Kerr, 43’ 3-1

Kerr got in between her defenders to burst through again. Her one-on-one with Ikeda was blocked by the Japan keeper before sweeping home the rebound to make it a hat-trick inside 40 mins. Cue her trademark somersault celebration.

Australia, Emily Van Egmond, 62’ 4-1

A handball in Japan’s box and the ice-cool Van Egmond made no mistake.

Japan, Momiki, 90+2’ 4-2 

Neat interplay and a low shot that looked like it took a deflection, to beat Mackenzie Arnold for a late consolation.

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

ONG de Russomanno rebate Anatel e vê “lesão” a consumidor no caso Simba

Resultado de imagem para Simba Record SBT Rede TV!

O INADEC – Instituto Nacional de Defesa do Consumidor – entrou em contato com a coluna para se manifestar a respeito de reportagem publicada na última sexta-feira (28): “Anatel descarta desconto por exclusão de canais abertos da TV paga”. Na ocasião, entre outras informações, foi dito que o parecer da agência era uma notícia ruim para a Simba, na guerra contra as operadoras.

Sobre o assunto, a ONG, que tem Celso Russomanno entre os fundadores, diz considerar “um avanço a Agência reconhecer o direito do consumidor do rompimento contratual sem pagamento de multa por fidelização, vez que foram interrompidos o fornecimento dos serviços dos canais abertos, alterando-se unilateralmente o contrato de prestação de serviços sem contraprestação equivalente e, assim, infringindo a Lei de Proteção ao Consumidor”.

Porém, em relação a não concessão de desconto correspondente na mensalidade pelo usuário afetado pela retirada dos canais abertos, “o INADEC é contrário ao posicionamento da Procuradoria Federal Especializada da Anatel (PFE). Não pelo que diz a agência, no tocante à obrigatoriedade ou não do oferecimento dos canais abertos pelas operadoras de TV. Mas, pelo que foi exposto na denúncia – sobre a descontinuidade de serviço ora apresentado”.

De acordo com o instituto, “sempre houve, durante a oferta dos pacotes, publicidades que seduziam o consumidor com a promessa de que as TVs abertas teriam melhor qualidade de imagem, e estas, foram exteriorizadas nos contratos e inclusas em seu preço final, inclusive nos pacotes básicos, e não simplesmente por cortesia. Considerado que em toda oportunidade de venda dos pacotes de TV por assinatura, sempre foi oferecido que os canais abertos seriam potencializados com melhor qualidade de imagens (sem chuviscos e imperfeições), está foi uma das razões para que os assinantes adquirissem os pacotes”.

E prossegue: “Diante dos fatos, A Lei consumerista brasileira responsabiliza o prestador de serviços, independentemente da existência de culpa, pela reparação dos danos causados aos consumidores por defeitos relativos à prestação dos serviços, bem como por informações insuficientes ou inadequadas sobre sua fruição e riscos”.

E conclui: “Desta forma, entendemos pertinente o restabelecimento da transmissão dos canais retirados e/ou abatimento proporcional no custo de assinatura de cada um dos consumidores a fim de cessar a lesão aos direitos dos consumidores”.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Tite é o convidado de hoje do #NoiteDeCraques no Esporte Interativo

Resultado de imagem para Tite Libertadores 2012

O técnico Tite, da seleção brasileira, estará nesta terça-feira no programa “Noite dos Craques”, pelo Esporte Interativo.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Silvia Pfeifer fez participação especial em novela em Portugal

Resultado de imagem para Silvia Pfeifer


Silvia Pfeifer está voltando ao Brasil, depois de fazer novela em Portugal na condição de convidada especial.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Silvio Luiz fez críticas sobre as ruas esburacadas de São Paulo e recebeu as respostas

Resultado de imagem para BURACOS nas ruas de SP


Silvio Luiz, sempre muito ativo nas redes sociais, foi persistente em suas críticas aos buracos nas ruas de São Paulo… … Tamanha insistência levou o prefeito João Doria, da China, a ligar para ele, com as devidas explicações . Culpa do orçamento.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery