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Football / Re: Ronnie Simmos, "I was disenchanted with TT football
« on: September 09, 2018, 08:41:21 PM »
Thanks vb

Before Ronnie Simmons, there was Veron Skinner

Really interesting how similar they were as players and how their respective football careers turned out.

Football / Re: The Future of Levi Garcia
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:09:23 AM »
forget about d dribbling
Totally disagree

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs United Arab Emirates Game (06-Sept-2018)
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:47:43 AM »
The downside of having one fixture booked ...
Really breds?  They would have been able to train on practice fields had there been multiple fixtures?

I don’t see how.

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs United Arab Emirates Game (06-Sept-2018)
« on: September 04, 2018, 04:36:40 PM »
TTFA President David John Williams is in continuous contact with Lawrence and has reached out the the UAE to solve the situation. “I am fully aware of the situation in Spain as I was updated by Coach Dennis and manager Richard Piper. They have our full support from this end and we are confident they will make the right decisions to protect our integrity” John-Williams told TTFA Media.
“Full support” AKA “as long as WConnection players get a outside contract, I good”

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs United Arab Emirates Game (06-Sept-2018)
« on: September 02, 2018, 08:14:32 PM »
How is Ryan Telfer flying under the radar?

Does anyone in the TTFA get any cut from Telfer playing at TFC?

Don’t be surprised to see Ranjitsingh being called up for Canada

It not profiting anybody (directly) to have him called up for T&T....so why will they pick him?

The T&T Men’s National team is prezzie de facto personal shopping cart.

Ray Charles and all could see that.  And he dead to boot

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Thailand Game (14-Oct-2018)
« on: September 01, 2018, 09:25:32 PM »
Will be interesting to see how many W connection players get selected for the Thailand trip

Looks like it is on.  Lawrence selected a 20 man squad. 

Contro will be happy.....Guerra get selected

Contro will benn......Ball Pest did not get selected

Stay tuned for Wired report

As for Lawrence’s comment that UAE has a strong football tradition, I was a little perplexed by that

I thought if anything, UAE more known for their cricket team than football team. 

Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:52:57 AM »
For all he Jackula ways, Jack infinitely more competent than this clown we have masquerading as a TTFA President.

And no....I not advocating for Jack Warner to be anywhere near our football.  I just outlining what dire straits T&T football is in with DJW and he crew.

Football / Re: TTFA News Thread.
« on: August 12, 2018, 08:44:30 AM »
Not taking side with DJW on this

Ahmmmmm....yes you are.  And you’ve done it consistently from when he was running for TTFA President.

Nothing wrong with that BTW. You free to support who you want.  But doh support and then play like you eh supportin

Football / Re: Men's U-14 Football Team Thread.
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:00:05 PM »
Allyuh should read the Wired report on what the US Embassy came out and said publicly about DJW in particular and the TTFA in this incident.

The US Charge d’Affaires John McIntyre reported that on July 31, after the embassy had already closed, the team representative applied for visas to be ready in time for August 3.

FYI, Emancipation Day, a public holiday in T&T, was on Augustth 1, effectively meaning the application would have been received on August 2 for August 3.

Not only that, according to Mr McIntyre, no names of players were submitted with the application.

Your TTFA Executive at “work” ladies and gents.

Ah sure Flex go post the article for everyone to see but heres the link anyway


Football / Re: Men's U-14 Football Team Thread.
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:44:19 PM »
Palos he been here coming up on 3 years in November

Thanks for the correction bro

The question remains tho.

Flex?  Andre?  Anyone care to answer?

Football / Re: Men's U-14 Football Team Thread.
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:36:13 PM »
Sad for the team

Hilarious the responses from officials

TTFA general secretary say talk to President and TD as he was only hired last year

Man paid to run the elite program say He don’t know anything and refer to the Press officers

Press officers nowhere to be found Tom give a comment.  Isn’t that their job?

Latapy George say they don’t get the visas because of heavy volume of applications at the US Embassy.

Guess no such volume in Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, Haiti, st Vincent, st Lucia, Grenada, and Jamaica

Your Trinidad and Tobago Football Association under David John Williams at “work” ever ruins.

Just over 1 year into its term, is this the worst football administration in the history of Trinidad and Tobago?

Football / Re: Kevin Molino Thread.
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:25:26 PM »
Raring Tallest?  ???  :o  ;D

Football / Re: Keron Cummings Thread.
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:53:12 PM »
Special player

And to think DJW did publicly and loudly waste down his selection when Ball Pest was selected to the Gold Cup team

Football / Re: The evolution of football and tactics
« on: July 17, 2018, 11:26:21 AM »
I was tongue in cheek in the first place knowing palos' feelings concerning Mourinho.

Just find it funny that people coming around to the philosophical descendant of Mourinho ball. It is a long evolution yes but you can see the roots of organization

Mourinho is a bus parker.  By and large, his teams play anti football.

A vast difference between him and what Deschamps accomplished.

I can understand a weak team employing those tactics against a clearly superior opponent.  T&T against Sweden.  Iran against Portugal etc

But when you have a team of superstars and employing those tactics as Mourinho routinely does?  Bare cowardice. 

Football / Re: The evolution of football and tactics
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:41:28 PM »
And people don't like Mourinho eh. He was a pioneer  ;D

Beat Barcelona at the height of tiki taka with Inter having less than 30% possession

How many times did Mourinho get his ass handed to him by Barcelona?

He lost wAaaay more than he won against them.

Mourinho was the special one against Barca alright.  Special like Radio

Football / The evolution of football and tactics
« on: July 16, 2018, 02:09:13 PM »
It's fascinating to me to see how football tactics, strategies, formations etc evolve over time

In 2010 South Africa, Spain won the World Cup for the first time and heralded in the age of "Tiki Taka". 

Possession football.   The longer you had the ball, the less opportunity it gave the opposition to score.   

If you don't have the ball.....you can't score.  Simple enough

Top teams that possessed the ball then, worked like demons to regain possession when it was lost.  It rendered opposing teams at the time virtually helpless.  I remember Barcelona playing Man U in a CL Final and making them look decidedly second class.

But as with all things......people evaluate and devise a scheme that will overcome that tactic

In 2014...Germany won the World Cup producing some devastating football in the semi against Brazil...thrashing them 7-1 at home in a display of ruthless and clinical efficiency.  They beat Argentina in a tightly contested final with both teams giving away little.

In 2018....France won despite being "out possessed" by nearly 50% in almost all of their matches.  Theirs was a triumph of efficiency, defensive solidity, and clinical counter attacking football.  And yeah...they could also play "champagne football" as they showed glimpses of in nearly every match.....but they weren't about that, and those glimpses only came about when they were on top.  They were about the efficiency

It will be interesting to watch how that will impact club football tactics.  Undoubtedly it will.  Essentially it says...."have the ball....keep it for as long as you want......come in and attack us.....and then BOOM....we ketch you on the counter".

This is not new.....but the hybrid of tactics from years past with new wrinkles thrown is what's intriguing.   Croatia played the football (in the first half).  France took home the spoils.  And at the end of the day....that's what has always mattered.

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: July 16, 2018, 11:27:48 AM »
Disagree with Asylum and Tallman

To say that France played with the only quiver they have in their arsenal (unless that was a sly dig at arsenal) is disingenuous IMO.

France was the most COMPLETE team at this world cup.  Bar none.

They didn't lose a match
They didn't have to go to penalties
They were in the toughest part of the knockout draw and purge everybody they played.  In normal time.  With relative ease to boot.

So they didn't turn on the style often enough for our liking.  So?

They did what they had to do....efficiently....even ruthlessly at times.

People bawling bout Griezmann dive.  So he did.  He didn't dive for Mandzukic to put the ball in the net though.  Mandukic did that all on his own.  Griezmann put in a quality ball.  And Griezmann is not the first to dive in this tournament.  Every single team did it.

As for the penalty.  Ball hit hand in the area.  Penalty.  Simple enough.   Unfortunate?  To some extent yes.  But that's the game.  Everybody plays the same game.

France were more than worthy champions IMO.  And I am not a France fan.  My team is Brazil.....the 2nd most COMPLETE team in the competition IMO. 

Croatia played the better game but goals win matches.
Again I disagree.  Croatia played the better 1st half.  Much better than France.

But yuh doh always win a game after the 1st half.

As dominant as Croatia were in the 1st half, France were just as, if not more dominant in the 2nd half than Croatia was in the 1st half.

Very similar to the Belgium vs Brazil game.  Except......while Belgium were better than Brazil in the first half, they weren't "dominant".  Brazil hit the bar and had numerous chances.    In the 2nd half....Brazil were dominant but failed to score the required number of goals.   That's the difference in the 2 games.

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:46:04 PM »
Mbappé have some TOES sah.  Wheeyyy!

Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: June 30, 2018, 07:44:50 PM »
Baba,Brow, Derek King and dem must be happy with this news  ;D

All the best Harty. HFX Wanderers very lucky to have you

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:49:29 AM »
Looks like Senegal denied a penalty to me...even with VAR

VAR not perfect.....I can't see how you review that and not give a penalty.

And I want Colombia to go through as I love how they play....especially Quintero

Football / Hope Solo....soccer is a rich white kid sport in America
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:45:56 AM »

Is she right?

Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was speaking at the Hashtag Sports conference in New York City. She said the sport in the U.S. is too expensive for Latino, African-American and rural kids to play -- adding that if she was a kid today her family wouldn’t be able to afford to help her advance in the game.

“We have alienated the Hispanic communities. We have alienated our black communities. We have alienated the underrepresented communities, even rural communities," Solo said, according to Sporting News. "So soccer in America right now is a rich white-kid sport.”

“Then we have to ask ourselves, ‘Well, no wonder why we are not qualifying for the World Cup, when we have alienated a huge population of really talented youth soccer players.’ And that’s the state of the game right now.”


Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 25, 2018, 01:25:31 PM »
What’s wrong with Argentina? We now value ‘balls’ more than talent
Jorge Valdano, The Guardian

So many things are wrong with Argentina we do not know what is wrong; so much is happening no one knows what is happening. You could start an article on the news pages with that same line but they fit on the sports pages too because these are turbulent times for our football. It was not always like this. For many years, football made up for our long political, social and economic decline.

There is no identifiable moment when it all started, nor one place where it began, and there is no dominant theory. What is true is that bit by bit we got further away from the ball, the one thing we loved more than the game itself. We got further from a style that used to draw us to the stadium, where we longed to shout “olé!” every time we saw someone dribble, trick an opponent, tease them; every time we saw a lightning one-two or some expression of cunning, that astuteness – that was our life. There was talent of the highest quality and in the greatest quantity and we allowed ourselves an act of genius once in a while.

Football matters to us; it allows us to feel like we are among the best in the world at something with huge popular significance. Its relevance is such that, to give but one example, through football we thought we had recovered the Malvinas in 1986 thanks to Diego Maradona, a national hero ever since. So the disaster of the national team leaves us with a feeling of neglect and emptiness that is hard to explain. How are we supposed to know what to do with football if we do not even know what to do with Lionel Messi?

Let’s go back to the start. The street was always our school, which had the great virtue of teaching us the trade, giving football a cultural weight and developing and celebrating players who were different. But the street as a formative stage has gone and no one has known how to replace it with an educational model like those in countries such as Germany or Spain. We always had too little money, organisational ability and vision – and, in our arrogance, too much confidence in our status as a predestined footballing power.

On top of that, an imperious, almost delirious need to win overcame the enjoyment of playing. The desire to win at all costs sweeps away your values. Dividing the world into winners and losers is an illness that infected football at a formative stage.

At the same time a passion for football was overcome by a passion for a team, as if a society that has become ever more individualistic needed something to reconnect it with tribal feeling. Turning clubs into mini-nations constructs an identity, a community that must be defended as a matter of life and death. In the stands violence took over; on the pitch, we said goodbye to the olés and welcomed in a world where huevos – balls – are more important than talent.

We saw that against Croatia. People were shouting at the players to show more huevos and sitting in the stands Diego expressed that by grabbing his testicles. Yes, Diego: the man who represented better than anyone else the best of what we had, our former style. That desire to fight turns every game in the Argentinian league into an indecipherable swarm like an ants’ nest, where someone kicks it and everyone runs more than they think, and where in the middle of it all it can be hard to work out who the good player is.

There are other variables in the equation: economic crisis, institutional chaos, televised football as a political weapon, corruption at all levels among those who run the game. The world did not help either: globalisation made us an export economy in which any player, however mediocre, is three goals away from being sold abroad. This premature escape, our footballing diaspora, saw us lose one of the great teachers: emulation. Maradona is a purely Argentinian product; Messi is a mix of his origins in Argentina and his development and completion in Barcelona.

Nor do I want to overlook something of great importance: the mediocrity of the debate, where a base crassness more suited to bad actors than good journalists bastardises the play and denigrates players. This infernal racket conditions everything, a deafening noise that surrounds everything and made the Argentinian people believe that if Messi does not win a World Cup he will never be Maradona; that made Messi himself believe it.

hirty-three titles later, Messi has taken that message to heart and when the World Cup starts he becomes a tortured soul who carries the fierce demands of 45 million people on his shoulders. And yet it’s not true: Messi has defended Argentina’s footballing pride like no one else for 15 years now and he has done so with an astonishing, scandalous consistency. But that perception became received wisdom and Messi is treated as if he was any old player by journalists who demand an excellence from him they cannot even dream of.

In Russia, it has all come together. The crisis of talent. (Did we really only find out on the day Croatia put three past us that we do not have anyone comparable to Luka Modric or Ivan Rakitic?). The lack of leadership. (Is there really no one around the national team who can shake them out of it with words worthy of the impending crisis?) The vulgarity and paucity of the debate. (Have we really forgotten what it was that made us great?) We have to evolve and after the tournament we must begin a revolution in education that can return our lost prestige. We have the genetics that can help us, a history that can propel us, a pride that will give us energy and strength. But education requires time, not haste, and in Argentina we have all lost patience and calm. How can we come up with an urgent solution with problems of such magnitude?

As we wait to play Nigeria, the team appear lost, the rumours about internal conflicts spreading, and no one knows what is going on inside the head of Messi – one of the best-known men in the world but whose silences no one can interpret. If Argentina think their problems will be resolved by appealing to courage and fight, their emotional and footballing collapse will follow and with it their discipline. We will finish the third game with someone sent off, a red card to add to the disaster.

The decline begins with culture, and we have to recognise the lads gave all the huevos the fans demanded. But huevos are not enough. To wear down a team like Iceland, to overcome a great team like Croatia and to confront Nigeria’s sense of adventure, we will need all the qualities and the values that Argentinian football has lost along the way. Skill, quality, fantasy, cunning, precision; we need to bring that together in a style that can create a collective conviction, an identity, capable of turning this disperse group into a team. Not even a genius can make up for so many failings. Still less, a genius who is dispirited.

Jorge Valdano scored for Argentina in the 3-2 win over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final and managed Real Madrid 1994-96.

What a fantastic article!  Thank you for sharing  :beermug:

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:14:21 PM »
The very best line of this World Cup so far

Kalinic declined the chance to make his World Cup debut as a late substitute in Croatia’s 2-0 win over Nigeria. Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that the forward exclaimed: “Allyuh take me for Brent Sancho or wot? Fire fe dat!
  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:10:17 PM »
Senegal in dey waist!!!   

:duel: :flamethrower: :wavetowel: :party: :whip: :applause: :cheers: :flamethrower: :flamethrower: :applause: :applause: :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:

What a waggonist!

By the way.....whey Robbing and dem?  :devil:

Football / Re: 2026 World Cup Thread
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:06:26 PM »
Anybody know when Holland playing?  Want to set meh PVR


Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: June 14, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
PRESIDENT of the TT Football Association (TTFA) David John-Williams said yesterday he has documentary proof to contradict national men’s youth football team coach Russell Latapy.
Documentary proof?

Ah wonder who was “flimmin”?  National Geographic?

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:17:30 AM »
Flex, wha Goin on wit yuh padnah DJW?

He doh care bout nobody or nutting or wha?

Andre Samuel....maybe you can shed some light bro?

Football / Re: Ryan Telfer Thread
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:35:02 AM »
Nice goal.  Left footed volley.

Canadian sportscasters already calling him the Canadian from Mississauga....

Football / Re: Jlloyd Samuel
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:58:47 AM »
Devastating news.  Condolences to his loved ones.  RIP J Lloyd

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