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It is official, LATAPY IS BACK!!!
« on: August 22, 2005, 10:11:34 AM »
Russell Latapy to rejoin T&T team.
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Scottish-based midfielder and former national football captain Russell Latapy has decided to make a return to international duty following a special late plea from Special Advisor to the TTFF Jack Warner and Team Captain Dwight Yorke.
The decision by the “Little Magician” came on Monday morning after Warner spoke to the Falkirk player/coach via mobile and requested, for a final time, his services to the “Warriors” who are now in a must win situation in their next 2006 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on September 3.
In the first instance, the 37-year-old Latapy has agreed to make himself available to the team for the match against Guatemala and the clash away to Costa Rica on September 7. Latapy’s local business handler Wayne Mandeville also said that Latapy met with Falkirk manager John Hughes on Monday morning shortly after speaking to Warner, to reveal his plans to rejoin the T&T camp.
“This has come about after several long thoughts and sleepless nights following the match against the United States,” Warner told TTFF Media. “A big part of it also has to do with Dwight telling me that he has spent so much time thinking it over and he believes that Russell needs to be back in the team. It is also a special plea from me to Russell to come back and play for the country and he has agreed to do this for the next two games in the first instance and we are thrilled about this latest development,” Warner added shortly before jetting off to Peru on FIFA business. He added that he will also be in touch with Latapy from there.
Latapy in an immediate response, said he was willing to make a contribution with the country’s interest at heart, particularly on the requests of Yorke and Warner.
“The situation is one where Dwight spoke to Warner and he spoke to me and a decision was then agreed upon. Warner made it clear that they would like me to contribute and for the cause at the moment, for Dwight, for Jack Warner and the country, I am willing to do whatever I can,” Latapy told TTFF Media.
“Everyone knows my situation with the coaching and my demands at Falkirk now and that is where my bread and butter is coming from so it’s obviously not going to be easy.  The coaching market is a hard one now at the moment and it’s not something that I can just run away from. There are a lot of things to consider with the club as well. But as I said the reality is that I would love to come back and do whatever I can for the country at this time,” Latapy said.
Previously during the “Journey to Germany” campaign, attempts had been made to get Latapy back in the set up but the former FC Porto man had explained that he commitments to Falkirk, particularly his new direction into coaching, would make it difficult to take up duties with T&T, especially as he preferred to contribute as an assistant coach as well.
But his change of heart is an obvious boost for the “Warriors” for the remainder of the campaign. Latapy last appeared for T&T in a 2002 World Cup Qualifier against the United States in June of 2001 before announcing his retirement from international football along with Yorke.
So far this season Latapy has earned plaudits for his performances for Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League, appearing in their four League matches so far.
Former teammate and assistant coach David Nakhid as well feels Latapy’s addition will bolster the T&T outfit. “This is great news especially considering the circumstances. It will give the team just the right boost that it needs at this time,” Nakhid said from Lebanon.
Young midfielder Silvio Spann, fresh from a creditable showing against the Americans, was also ecstatic on hearing of Latapy’s return.
“For a moment I still can’t believe it,” Spann said from Yokohama. “It’s delightful news for us because I for one have been longing for a chance to play with the skipper and I think the team will certainly welcome his return at this time. It’s a crucial period for us and to have him back will be a plus for us.”
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005, 10:17:03 AM »
Allyuh want Sam head to explode or what?
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005, 10:19:13 AM »
I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY

OOOOHHHH GGGGGAAAAADDD OO!!!

WE DOG COMING BACK!!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005, 10:22:24 AM »
f**k me, I absolutely cannot believe it, this should be a HUGE boost of morale in the team.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2005, 10:24:02 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005, 10:24:51 AM »
Well i bet yuh ain't nobody going to talk shit about Latas now eh...but then again we like to talk shit so i go start first....I glad the man come back I feel ain't nobody more happy than me but, why he had to wait so long to do this man.  Welcome back Magician.

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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005, 10:25:26 AM »
YES

Will Yorke still play midfield?  We may need someone with better defensive capabilities to pair with Latas in de middle
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005, 10:26:01 AM »
is like dream world right now...so midfield carlos, silvio, birchall latapy?

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005, 10:26:50 AM »
THAT IS A SERIOUS MIDFIELD RIGHT NOW BOY AYE AYE AYE

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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005, 10:27:30 AM »
great news..i just wish it was a little bit earlier though..if only  :(
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005, 10:28:00 AM »
I think news like this will bring out much more supporters for the game on Sept 3rd. I will finally be back home in T&T and able to see my Warriors in action. Whether he plays well or not or even at all, the fact that he has returned will be a BIG boost in morale for the team and you can't measure such things.

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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2005, 10:31:59 AM »
Well i bet yuh ain't nobody going to talk shit about Latas now eh...but then again we like to talk shit so i go start first....I glad the man come back I feel ain't nobody more happy than me but, why he had to wait so long to do this man.  Welcome back Magician.

Well here's my shit...meh whole system, jus get throw in the bamboo...Lucky for T&T, is BeenE system that counts..Since ah doh have much good to say right now, ah will shut d fck up...Suppose BeenE decide he is the Coach & not Jack or Yorke...ok...ok..ah hushing..

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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2005, 10:32:53 AM »
Breathe Sam...breathe! Take long breaths brodda... ;D
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2005, 10:35:05 AM »
    Just a thought, I wonder how much "bribe money" it cost Jackie boy? Anyway, if we beat Guatemala and at least draw CR that would have been a good "investment"...

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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2005, 10:35:50 AM »
Well i bet yuh ain't nobody going to talk shit about Latas now eh...but then again we like to talk shit so i go start first....I glad the man come back I feel ain't nobody more happy than me but, why he had to wait so long to do this man.  Welcome back Magician.

Well here's my shit...meh whole system, jus get throw in the bamboo...Lucky for T&T, is BeenE system that counts..Since ah doh have much good to say right now, ah will shut d fck up...Suppose BeenE decide he is the Coach & not Jack or Yorke...ok...ok..ah hushing..


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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2005, 10:36:55 AM »
why wait so 4king long..

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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2005, 10:40:22 AM »
Well i bet yuh ain't nobody going to talk shit about Latas now eh...but then again we like to talk shit so i go start first....I glad the man come back I feel ain't nobody more happy than me but, why he had to wait so long to do this man.  Welcome back Magician.

Well here's my shit...meh whole system, jus get throw in the bamboo...Lucky for T&T, is BeenE system that counts..Since ah doh have much good to say right now, ah will shut d fck up...Suppose BeenE decide he is the Coach & not Jack or Yorke...ok...ok..ah hushing..

x4kingzackly!.. ah glad meh boyhood hero is back..BUT!

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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2005, 10:41:56 AM »
Listen nah man i say the same thing but you know what I feeling real good about the next to games and getting six points.

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2005, 10:44:46 AM »
All yuh we coming together.... Praise de Almighty. De prodigol son has returned and is time to celebrate! It doh matter if it took him an eternity to come back to us, de fact is that we need him and he is back. Now leh we light up de rest ah dis flippin' world cup campaign!

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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2005, 10:46:57 AM »
What about Seabra, he is willing and we cyah give the man a passport

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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2005, 10:48:33 AM »
If the man was that good then they would ah give him one already right...so what you think they saying about him.

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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2005, 10:51:24 AM »
Wow!  I knew it was going to happen.

Latas knew from a legacy point of view that he had to at least symbolically do something to support T&T. This is ultra-crunch time and he couldn't push this coaching thing too hard as it would look selfish and petty in a time of crisis. I believe he reads this board and wasw sensing the vibes of a lost hero.

Further, Yorke had put down his weapons against the establishment which more or less made Latapy look alienated.  Well done Yorkie.  When you talk, Latas listens to you and I know he has been agonizing for months.

To Latas, I say I salute you Sir.  You will always be my biggest hero and the greatest footballer ever in T&T. You are even greater now as you had the balls to put pride aside and give it one last go for the country.  Whether you are strong enough to play 40, 30 or 20 mins does not matter.  Whether we win or lose it does not matter.

Better yet I can visualize the ultimate team with Carlos on your right, the forwards ticking and Dwight in his element.  I see the stadium filled to the max, music playing, the confidence high, a win against Guatemala AND Mexico and the rest.

I am a happy man today.
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2005, 10:52:16 AM »
Seabra better that Stern?  If so what them waiting on?
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2005, 10:55:59 AM »
Well boy !!!!!!!! like latapy read all my post and them.... I am thankful, had he not do this he would have been in my black books forever... I dont care how good he was....

Fellas lets not get to excited, Latapy is good but we still need a defensive midfielder and a left wing. Most likely Latapy will work under the strikers with Spanna and Birchall more defensive. Seabra woulda be nice on de left wing, he not great, but better that what we presently have.

Latapy I am sorry for blasting yuh,,, your country needs you and you answered, you didn't come when, and if we qualify and that you get my respect for. f**k Zamora and Samuel now.....

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« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2005, 10:56:40 AM »
Now i could get meh red finta with he name on the back   :D ;D

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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2005, 10:58:24 AM »
Fellas.....it is clear that everyone is excited by the return of Latapy. Myself included. If Beenie pick him to play at any point of the next game I doh think anyone could imagine how loud the cheer will be when they call his name...either from the start or off the bench.

But he is now 37 and is at the twilight of his career. Is he the same player that could run the TnT midfield? That would be nice. Has anyone seen Falkirk this season to give us  a report on how good our boy looking? Is there a chance Beenie mightn't even pick him? And waht do you think will be his more important contribution...his actual play on the field or the massive boost in morale the other players will feel just to have him around? Now that we get over the hysteria of the news...lehwe try to figure out the Latapy effect.

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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2005, 11:03:22 AM »
Beenie have to be mad not to play him because even if he only last 30 mins, that is thirty mins on him breaking down our opponents and supplying timely and game changing balls to our forwards.


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« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2005, 11:08:42 AM »
Yeah fellas, like Sam I am kind of surprised by this unbridled enthusiam.

The man hasn't played for us for four years and is 37 years old.

I also not excited about adding another man who cannot tackle to the midfield.

If Latas plays Yorke cannot be in the same midfield (unless he playing a wing) so that means it is unlikely that we will play with Jones and Sealey because Yorke will play up top..

Honestly until he shows that he is up to this level, which is well above the SPL I only see Latas as a 30 min - 45 minute man. Look at Yorke in his first game back, played well but wasn't good for the 90. And if the team goes back to "give to Latas and he will provide" we will be in trouble.

I expect much the same for Latas although it will make th etrip to CR very interesting.

Definitely good for giving the players confidence though.

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« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2005, 11:10:59 AM »
Yeah fellas, like Sam I am kind of surprised by this unbridled enthusiam.

The man hasn't played for us for four years and is 37 years old.

I also not excited about adding another man who cannot tackle to the midfield.

If Latas plays Yorke cannot be in the same midfield (unless he playing a wing) so that means it is unlikely that we will play with Jones and Sealey because Yorke will play up top..

Honestly until he shows that he is up to this level, which is well above the SPL I only see Latas as a 30 min - 45 minute man. Look at Yorke in his first game back, played well but wasn't good for the 90. And if the team goes back to "give to Latas and he will provide" we will be in trouble.

I expect much the same for Latas although it will make th etrip to CR very interesting.

Definitely good for giving the players confidence though.

Big magician must be wetting heself right now.


ah hear big magician wearing pampers as we speak!

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« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2005, 11:13:28 AM »
Like this place about to break out in ah Fete  :D
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