Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The sub way

Despite a fiery start to World Cup 2006 with hosts Germany taking on less-fancied Costa Rica in an, excuse the sports cliché, enthralling encounter that saw the ball find the back of the net six times, the tournament has slowed down considerably. This is not to say that it has become boring, all it means is that tactics are starting to play much more of a role. This sentiment is shared by Paul Jewell who pleaded fans not to siren the alarm after England’s disappointing encounter against Paraguay.

The main example of this has been the moment of clarity and experience shown by the always-impressive Guus Hiddink whilst trailing 0-1 to Japan. Hiddink decided to bring on Everton’s attacking midfielder Tim Cahill and national team goal machine John Aloisi (24 goals in 42 matches). The inspired substitutions immediately paid dividends with Cahill finding the net twice within 5 minutes (and with about the same amount of time left in regulation) and Aloisi rubbing salt Japanese wounds by scoring in time added on.

The “sub way” also proved effective for South Korea’s man in charge in their match against Togo. Despite being named after an orange liqueur, coach Dick Advocaat brought on Jung Hwan Anh in the second half after Mohamed Kader opened the scoring for Togo in the first half. After Chun Soo Lee broke Togolese hearts, Anh finished off the African minnows with a splendid shot from outside the box to beat the goalkeeper and earn Korea all three points.

Some would say that this type of managerial brilliance cannot be taught or bought – I beg to differ – sure, it cannot be taught but if the price is right the coach will come. If only Bafana Bafana could dosh up and snatch a coach of this caliber…

4 comments:

mullet said...

Going a little overboard with your comment moderation there Head, Im sure that some things are worth sharing. Haha. Just thought I'd let you know that word in the rumour mill is that Bafana Banana are planning an offer in the region of £4million for one of those top bosses (Sven is aparently quite high on the list).

henno said...

Yeah I heard about that, but I doubt anything those damn journalists say can be believed (:P), but then again, that's what I thought when I heard Beckham was going to Madrid, or Ballack to Chelsea or Shevchenko...well these days I pretty much believe anyone when they so "so and so" are going to Chelsea.

mullet said...

I heard that some dude called Alan Hills is going to Chelsea. Just thought that as a journo, you might find that....interesting. Haha. Proof that you cant believe everything you hear. Otherwise you might look into working for one of those celeb gossip mags.

henno said...

Alan who? never heard of him, must be a rumour (guess I'll have to change my tune if I want tickets for the game when you actually play for them!).