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Football / Re: Men's U-17 Thread
« on: May 08, 2024, 09:10:09 PM »
‘ it wasn’t just a 2-1 victory, it was a hard-fought 2-1 result...We think we came out on top here today,” the T&T coach said.’

Idiotic statement from the coach.

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Football / Re: Men's U-17 Thread
« on: May 04, 2024, 11:43:11 PM »
T&T U17s beat Jamaica 1-0 on Friday.

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Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: April 05, 2024, 10:57:37 AM »
I say we name we team Jack Spanyah. Allyuh ever play around a jep nest full Jack Spanyah

Lol

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Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: April 05, 2024, 10:39:49 AM »
@Zandolie yuh kind of missing the point. Brazil nickname is not the "Samba boys, or Samba warriors".

You're 100% right on the rebranding and complete overhaul. We need a brand that is exciting, causes fear and something that is known. It's 18 years since Germany, and still many of them commentators calling we "Socca Warriors", thinking that "Soca" is a corruption of the word Soccer. That's embarrassing.

Soca has not achieved the international recognition like Reggae. Still decades away. Time for a new name, new brand. . New mentality.


Pitch, not really missing the point. I said they were associated with samba. If they called the samba boys or anything else it would have made no difference to their game whatsoever.  Brazil at its best created a joy that filled stadiums and made other teams want to play them. They were not aggressive, but they were extremely competent. And other teams loved to play them.

Maybe I'm just talking 'old man' talk. But the rebranding is the sexy part...but it follows on the heels of grueling, thankless toil by people you will never hear about.

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Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: April 03, 2024, 08:25:07 AM »
The most successful team in the world has long been associated with samba, a music genre that is generally less aggressive that soca.

A rebranding may be necessary. But it should be on the tail of a complete overhaul of the approach to football.

 

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: February 27, 2024, 09:44:27 PM »
3-0 loss. More of the same old same old.

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: February 27, 2024, 09:38:00 PM »
“Haynes seems to me to be naive. He didn't see Canada play before but thought that somehow was an advantage.

All this talk about most talented in 10 years actually highlights how weak T&T teams have been in a while.

Haynes comes across as not driven enough to get the best out of his players. Seems too concerned with being "Nice."

Of course I hope we win against Canada and continue to grow, but what reason do I have for optimism?”


+1



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Football / Re: 2024 Concacaf U-20 Qualifiers Thread
« on: December 10, 2023, 05:56:46 PM »
Same old nonsense. Same results. If it’s any consolation, Canada and many other teams have not announced squads as yet.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter if we have a team together for six months. If they still playing in the amateur schoolboy leagues, they will be outgunned by any country with an U-20 team built around professional players.


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Football / Re: U-15 Men's Football Team Thread
« on: November 10, 2023, 09:09:47 PM »
This is our Best performing youth team in a very long time. The powers that be should be putting serious effort into developing these youngsters. As soon as SSFL done….

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: October 07, 2023, 02:41:55 PM »
Madness even if good academies were established, as they should, would they come in enough numbers to make them viable and contributive to the national effort? There is a ‘big fish small pond strain of thought endemic to local football that will have to break to make it work.

Look Travis Mulraine just complained about Naps players who played in the Pro League willfully not following instructions that led to a loss against St. Benedict’s. This idea that the priority of the game is to have fun is well and good….if you’re 12 years old. Their better CONCACAF peers counterparts graduated from ‘fun’ a long time ago.




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What’s really going on here. There has to be a person/persons that stand to  make money or gain political influence to keep this gong show afloat

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread
« on: October 04, 2023, 07:11:56 PM »
2026, Lord put a hand.

Sometimes I wonder if the infatuation for playing school football is analogous with the fete match infatuation some of our player exhibit.

How can the game develop if the establishment continues to push adoration over professionalism?


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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: October 02, 2023, 09:04:32 PM »
This was one of the better U-17 teams in the last decade or so.

They need to start training as a team NOW, and play two matches each against at least 10 of the top twelve teams in CONCACAF at a bare minimum. It’s preferential but we don’t even need a big name coach. If Anton Bertille and Vranes could do it, Eve should be able to do it.

My reading is T&T teams require a comparatively longer time to gel as a team than their peers.

And they are invariably ‘surprised’ at the physical speed at which top tier CONCACAF counterparts play.

A quick glance at the set-up of all our 4 MNT/YMNT World Cup qualifying teams, or those that came close to qualifying (1989) shows a significantly longer period together, coupled with more games against top tier opposition.

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Football / Re: Kevin Molino Thread.
« on: September 02, 2023, 07:22:50 PM »
Molino just drop a nuclear bomb on Angus head.

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Football / Re: Fire Angus Eve Thread
« on: March 31, 2023, 04:52:30 PM »
I get the frustration, but after firing Eve who are we relying on to select a good coach? The same people who pick Eve in the first place?

You cannot have a federation racked with spinelessness and mediocrity, and in this kind of disarray and expect to be in the upper tier in COCACAF. Whether it be senior, youth male or female.

For all of Eve's glaring faults, we have beaten Bahamas, and Jamaica at home. and tied with Nicaragua, conceding 1 goal, scoring 5. Jamaica and Nicaragua without Molino, Levi, Daniel Phillips or Muckette, arguably our most effective players.

There is no value in throwing money at a 'super coach' to play Grenada, Guyana, Puerto Rico and Suriname and ignoring the issues that have been rotting the football for well over 10 years.


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Football / Re: Fire Angus Eve Thread
« on: March 29, 2023, 10:55:20 AM »
ZANDOLIE EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES... who are the big name coaches ? Have you ever paid attention to angus player selection

What excuses. Eve has serious deficiencies as a manager. His decision making and ability to adapt on the fly appears very poor. Again, he seems to be a good coach/trainer in terms of solid defensive structure as expected in modern international football (Jamaica, Bahamas etc), but terrible in terms of his in-game tactical responsiveness.


But at this point no coach taking us to the world cup in 2026.  Lets get that out of the way. I don't see the point in hiring a big coach when we are parked near the bottom of the world not just in rankings but in governance

More energy has to be directed to building a strong federation, bolstering the local leagues and developing a  competent youth development system.

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Football / Re: Fire Angus Eve Thread
« on: March 29, 2023, 01:31:11 AM »
Fire him and then what??? No fitball for three years, a local league that is professional in name only, nothing remotely resembling a competent development program, and  we basically in receivership. We really going to ignore harsh reality of these conditions and hire a BIG COACH in a futile attempt to get to the next world cup? No sah!


Beenhakker had Yorke, Latapy, Jones, Edwards, Shaka, Stern, Whitley and Cornell Glen. And we barely made it. Not even he could take this current lot to 2026.

Its like asking Lewis Hamilton to qualify for F1 with a 1969 Morris Minor. With no gas


We in a rebuilding phase, without the rebuilding. Lol, the patient does not need a lift and tuck, is pure cancer treatment.

Maybe the money spent on big name coaches in the last 15 years would be paying dividends had it been put into a thoughtful overhaul of the game, comprehensive youth development program, or modest facilities upgrade for 'professional' teams.

Job #1 is to sort out our financial mess. Job #2 is to clean out the old guard and bring competent people to run the game. Without this it will be decades spent in the football graveyard

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Nicaragua Game (27-March-2023)
« on: March 29, 2023, 12:22:20 AM »
Eve seems to do some scouting and prepare for the opening tactics of the opposing team. But why is he surprised at the dirty tactics of these Central Americans? That is who they are and how they play.

And he is quickly lost when having to adapt to changing conditions on the field. The difference between a coach and a tactician might not be apparent in practice but its huge in the clutch. Trinidad and Tobago has some great coaches. And zero great tacticians.

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It would be good if this fella was vindicated by having an outstanding season. But other local players have been doing well under national team training.

The proof will be in the pudding.

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"I does pay my players. He (Eve) does not pay them.”

“We does ask him (Eve) to play us a game and he never does. He will play Army three times a week. He will play Police. He will play Club Sando. But he will never play Rangers.”


What allyuh think ?

According to him, Rangers "does train harder" than the national team. They are currently in 7th spot out of 12 teams the TT PFL.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of a better training system.

Maybe he is trying to make a point about the haphazard approach of the national governing body. 





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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Jamaica Game (11 & 14 of March-2023)
« on: March 14, 2023, 08:09:31 PM »
"Michel Poon-Angeron finally grow into the potential Terry Fenwick saw. God keep him healthy I think he will be the Latapy of the future"

Blasphemy!

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Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Jamaica Game (11 & 14 of March-2023)
« on: March 14, 2023, 08:00:37 PM »
Good show fellas. Have not seen a mostly local team keep its shape and penetrate past the half with short passing since the 2006/2007 Caribbean cup against this level of opposition.  :beermug: :beermug: :beermug:

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: July 01, 2022, 10:59:46 AM »
Does the local association map the career trajectory of national youth team players? Is it me or do they tend to end up playing in 2nd tier local leagues after U-20? Have consistent barriers to success in the professional league been identified for these youth? If yes how can these barriers be reduced?

There are a lot of players who represent at CONCACAF or greater tiers then fall into national obscurity soon after. Strikers especially.

I’m thinking Juma Clarence, Jamaal Gay, Jerrel Brito, Dwight Quintero, Neil Benjamin, Kadeem Corbin, Aikim Andrews, Kishun Seecharan, Kathon St Hillaire, Brent Sam, Jamille Boatswain, Isaiah Lee among others.

I’m not even touching on youth development.

I’m asking if national youth strikers are being transitioned into the top professional local league then getting contracts abroad at comparable rates/status as other positions. A pair of 30+ year old midfielders have been dominating our goal scoring over the last decade. Where are our strikers that come up through U-20?


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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: July 01, 2022, 08:58:53 AM »
I could never understand why these Central Americans are out pacing Caribbean players to/on a ball. I don't remember seeing any Guatemalans or Nicaraguans in the 100 m final of any Olympics recently, yet alone winning a gold.

A man from Guat got a silver medal in 20km race walking in 2012.

A fella from Panama hit bronze in 100 meters...in 1948.

Dominican republic got a silver medal in mixed gender 4X 400 relay in 2020.

Yet their players exhibit consistently greater speed bursts AND greater endurance over 90 minutes. Add speed of thought, greater technical ability, better tactical awareness, better team play, and better coaching performance during games. Spells disaster.

Not to worry tho. In 2032 we'll adopt the training methods they were using in 2022. A couple webinars ought to bring us up to speed .

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Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: June 25, 2022, 08:23:21 PM »
Father, businessman, local football pioneer. Strong legacy with local football. Much less so on the national stage.

RIP

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:58:11 PM »
Well decision to play him as a striker  which he is clearly not ... I mean if he was to showcase to scouts angus really mess him up

 Would love to hear the rationale playing in in Eve's mind for that. To Khan's credit he did step up to score twice when pushed into those roles. Maybe its adaptability that coaches value in him.

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:48:13 PM »
Eve seems to be able to pull the best from key players but can't get a team performance to support his tactics.

Didn't watch the game so I won't make comment....but maybe when our financial house is in order we should step away from hiring local coaches for first time national duties. Its great to give chances to our own, but the team's future is more important than the coach's future.   

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:10:26 PM »
I guess these two goals will justify Angus decision now 

Showcasing players at the expense of the team?

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 23, 2022, 10:08:28 PM »
disgraceful performance and no answers from eve.

showed no fight, zero ability to anticipate where the ball will be, poor decision making especially under pressure.

silver lining is they can collectively soak in the lessons from a painful cut-arse.

eve and carrington....do better. if allyuh can't grow this team or if the dual post is no benefit to u-20 or smnt then drop a damn post


It's the same ole same ole that have been going on for decades and still no one has learned a darn thing, how can you compete with countries that invest in their sports discipline? just look around you and see which caribbean team that has been dominant over the north and central americans...there aren't any, and do you know why? because we in CFU are lazy self serving monkeys who don't want to put in the work but crave positions of leadership while relying on talent alone for past 60 years.


So save your disappointment mate, and do like me and watch with a coaches eye. the last straw for me was when they fired fenwick for angus, claiming that coaching was the reason for us flunking out of the world cup, when it wasn't coaching but lack of development, and the fact that most of our lads play in very poor leagues around the world.



As one of a thousand examples....30 years of boom kick and toepee up the field, and not a single one a defence splitting pass. That should be automatic jail time. Somebody is coaching the youth to  boomkick or not correcting them when its done. For 30+ years







That is most certainly not true. I had the pleasure of watching many age groups in the RBC tournament a few years back, different age groups, and except for a few cases on a couple teams in the U10 age group there was hardly any of that style played or coached. Where have you been observing this among the local youths in development ? At the higher youth levels their was exceptional player, the 1 major issue was discipline and punctuality from 2 teams in particcular, Patna Village and Laventille youths, however their player although NOT boom kick was reactive and rough. The coaches were still trying to give them proper directions though, given the obvious team issues. QPCC players, Trendsetter Hawks and 1 other team -  i think outta Barataria - coaches and supporters were a cut above the rest.  Funny though, I haven't seen any of the top players from that tournament move on, or maybe I may missed them.


I'm watching youths who play at the highest level, representing their country, not youths in a tournament. The pattern has been the same for decades and was on full display last night. When under duress our players instinctively move the ball forward through the air from the middle of the field toward or through the flanks. And far more often than not an opposing player takes possession of the ball.

Maybe there is an effort being made to do things differently now, but with the exceptions of 1991, Anton Corneal/Vranes world cup squads and the very capable 2015 U-20s no T&T youth team has been able to consistently advance a ball forward using rapid precise passing interchanges under pressure. To build a skilled player is one thing...to build a skilled team is another matter entirely

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Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 23, 2022, 09:58:06 PM »
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disgraceful performance and no answers from eve.

showed no fight, zero ability to anticipate where the ball will be, poor decision making especially under pressure.

silver lining is they can collectively soak in the lessons from a painful cut-arse.

eve and carrington....do better. if allyuh can't grow this team or if the dual post is no benefit to u-20 or smnt then drop a damn post


It's the same ole same ole that have been going on for decades and still no one has learned a darn thing, how can you compete with countries that invest in their sports discipline? just look around you and see which caribbean team that has been dominant over the north and central americans...there aren't any, and do you know why? because we in CFU are lazy self serving monkeys who don't want to put in the work but crave positions of leadership while relying on talent alone for past 60 years.


So save your disappointment mate, and do like me and watch with a coaches eye. the last straw for me was when they fired fenwick for angus, claiming that coaching was the reason for us flunking out of the world cup, when it wasn't coaching but lack of development, and the fact that most of our lads play in very poor leagues around the world.



As one of a thousand examples....30 years of boom kick and toepee up the field, and not a single one a defence splitting pass. That should be automatic jail time. Somebody is coaching the youth to  boomkick or not correcting them when its done. For 30+ years

That is most certainly not true. I had the pleasure of watching many age groups in the RBC tournament a few years back, different age groups, and except for a few cases on a couple teams in the U10 age group there was hardly any of that style played or coached. Where have you been observing this among the local youths in development ?
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