Free Kick Issue 4 October 2009

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3 Table of Contents State of Play Europe Pg. 4, Worldwide Pg. 9 Editorials Premier League Still Premier? Pg. 11, Catenaccio: Rediscovering the Old Tricks of the Trade Pg 15, Balls 19, Chatham Cup Pg 22, Coaches vs Players Pg 26 Fight for the Right Australia Pg 30 Comedy Diary of a Man With Money Pg 32 Legends Player: Enzo Uriarte Pg 37, Rinus Michels Pg 41 Training Shooting Pg 47 Website Pg 51 Staff Section Message from the Editor Pg 53, Staff Pg 54 Next Month Pg 55 Pg 32 Pg 47

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4 In each issue’s Free Kick, we take a look at what is happening in all of the world’s major leagues. Stats are correct as of Thursday September 24, 2009. The State of Play English Premier League In one of the most exciting seasons in recent years, we see a Chelsea team with a perfect start topping the table. It could be noted that they are showing title-winning determination, scoring winning goals against Hull and Stoke in 2nd half injury time. Right behind them is Manchester United, fed by the league’s current top scorer, Wayne Rooney. Rooney has effectively replaced Ronaldo because the on-form striker has 6 goals in 6 games. Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, and even Aston Villa, are all waiting in their footsteps. Burnley seems to be the overachiever, playing magnificently at home. Blackburn, Bolton, and Hull all seem destined for relegation battles. Meanwhile, Portsmouth is doing a great Derby County 07-08 impression by taking exactly 0 points from their first 6 games.

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5 Spanish La Liga Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all seem to have adjusted well to their new league. Ronaldo, David Villa, and Lionel Messi all lead the Liga’s scoring charts with 5 goals in 4 games. Barcelona and Real Madrid, seemingly destined for a 1st place tug-of-war, are tied for 1st after perfect starts. Sevilla and surprisingly Athletico Bilbao are right behind. Then there’s Mallorca and Valencia, keen on challenging for the Europa League spots. But the big shock is that Villareal and Athletico Madrid currently hold 18th and 19th place respectively, and are winless after their first four games. If not for a pitiful newly promoted Xerez, it could be clearly seen that they are in for a relegation battle. But with players such as Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Santi Carzola, and Capdevilla, surely that is not to be? A few records were broken in the league also, as Raul equaled the appearance record for Real Madrid, and also Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo were the first players to score in their first four consecutive games in La Liga.

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6 Italian Serie A As predicted, Inter and Juventus are on top after five games, both with 13 points. Sampdoria is very close with 12 points. Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, Genoa, and Parma are all not far behind. With just a quick glance at the table, Milan is almost nowhere to be seen. If you look for a while, you will see they are in midtable and have the lowest goal difference of all the teams tied on 7 points, probably because of their heavy 4-0 loss to Inter. And Antonio Di Natale from Udinese is top scorer with 7 goals, followed by Diego Milto, then Francesco Totti. The three teams in the relegation zone are also the three teams without wins; Catania, Livorno, and Atalanta face the threat of the drop. French Ligue One In the Droit, excuse me, French Ligue One, last year’s champions Bordeaux lead with 16 points from their first 6 games. Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, and Monaco are the other teams yet to suffer defeats, but too many draws has been their undoing. It looks quite even in the bottom half of the table, aside from Grenoble who sit at the bottom with an insufficient 0 points. Yoann Gourcruff, Asamoah Gyan, Nene, and Mamadou Niang all lead the league’s scoring chart with 4 goals apiece. Arsenal target Marouane Chamkah is right below them with 3.

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7 German Bundesliga Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen lead the Bundesliga with 14 points from the opening 6 games. A new look Bayern Munich team is three points behind, also tied with Hoffenheim and Mainz. Stuttgart is surprisingly near the bottom of the table, while previous champions Wolfsburg are rooted in midtable. Time to prepare for a relegation battle, Nuremberg, Koln, Bochum, and Hertha BSC. It’s quite surprising how Koln and Hertha are in the relegation zone considering Hertha’s success last season and also Koln’s transfer window success, securing Maniche and Lukas Podolski. Leverkusen’s Stefan Kießling is leading the Bundesliga scoring charts with 5 goals. Dutch Eredivisie: The Eredivisie looks very competitive this year. PSV, FC Twente, Ajax, AZ, Feyenoord, and FC Utrecht all look to be displaying the belief to win the title. Willem II, Heerenveen, Waalwijk, and FC Groningen are all teams struggling near the bottom half of the table. In fact, Waalwijk is yet to pick up a single point. Uruguayan Ajax striker Luis Suarez is leading the scoring charts with a super-impressive 10 goals from 6 games. Scottish Premier League: Usual story, yet again. This time Celtic is back on front with a slight lead over Rangers, but it’s very close there.

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8 Portugese Liga: Sporting de Braga is leading with a 100% record from 5 games. Benfica, Porto, and Sporting CP are close behind currently occupying the European qualifying spots. Belgian First Division: Club Brugge, Anderlecht, and Sint-Truiden all are tied for 1st with 17 points from 8 games. The big surprise, however, is that currently 6th place Standard Leige have only 14 points. Turkish Super Lig: Frank Rijkaard’s Galatasaray are tied in a tug-of-war battle for first with Fenerbanche. Both teams boast 100% records and are 6 points clear of 3rd place. Greece Super League: AEK Athens is the only team to maintain a perfect record after four games. Arsenal’s Champions League opponents Olympiacos are 2nd, still undefeated with 10 points. The former Barcelona manager has returned to winning ways at Galatasaray

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9 Russian Premier League: Rubin look set to reclaim the title with 47 points from 22 games. Spartak, CSKA, and Lokomotiv, all from Moscow, occupy 2nd through 4th spots. An Igor Akinfeev-led Zenit St. Petersburg sit in 5th place. A-League: Shane Smeltz, who scored 9 goals in his first 6 games for the Gold Coast, has, well, taken the Gold Coast team to 1st with 13 points from 7 games! They are ahead of Sydney FC on goal difference. Melbourne Victory, last year’s champions, are disappointing in midtable. Robbie Fowler’s North Queensland Fury is last with 6 points. United States Major League Soccer: Colombus Crew is edging out Chicago Fire for 1st place in the Eastern Conference. The New York Red Bulls have less than half of their amount of points, with only 17 points from 26 games. Juan Pablo Angel is not happy. The Western Conference looks very close with Houston, Seattle, Colorado, and LA Galaxy all making great attempts to win the Conference. Houston is two points ahead of LA and is in 1st, but LA has a game in hand.

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10 Premiera Division Argentina: It really is too early to tell at the moment. After five games, Estudiantes and Rosario Central are both tied for 1st spot with 13 points. The new teams are Velez Sarsfield, Banfield, and Newell’s Old Boys. Boca Juniors and River Plate are quite surprisingly both very low in the table; occupying 13th and 15th spots respectively. Brazilian Serie A: After 25 games, Palmeiras are first with 47 points. Sao Paulo comes next, followed by Internacional. Adriano’s Flamengo and Ronaldo’s Corinthians occupy 8th and 9th spot, respectively. A great season for both of those strikers individually, but they must be disappointed by their teams’ lack of success. --J. Gardiner

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11 Premier League Still Premier? With the strengthening of teams such as Man City and Spurs, and the supposed “weakening” of teams such as Liverpool and Man Utd, we knew from day one we were in for an exciting highly-competitive Premier League season. But at the same time, it was also thought that the Spanish La Liga had surpassed the Premier League in terms of quality. Despite having nine of the last twelve teams in the Champions League semi-finals, it appeared that the Premier League’s power was beginning to wane after some of the biggest stars in English football made the move to Spain this summer. With multiple Italian teams on paper significantly weakened as well, it appears this year’s race to the Champions League will probably be a war between Spain and England. Are England now underdogs? Will they come on top? Perhaps, for once, it is not an impossible statement to say that England has become a lot weaker.

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12 Xabi Alonso. Cristiano Ronaldo. These two former Premier League stars both joined Spanish club Real Madrid this summer. The big spenders Real both paid ridiculously high fees for the players. Regardless of the transfer fees, both players had a choice to make. To leave or not to leave? Why did those players leave regular Champions League challengers to go to a team that also competed in that competition last season but failed in epic proportions? Ironically, Alonso’s former club Liverpool beat Real Madrid 5-0 last season over the course of a two-legged knockout tie. So did Alonso and Ronaldo leave for money? To be in the news because of huge transfer fees? To experience a different lifestyle? To support their boyhood club? To play in the country that won Euro 2008? To experience having a Champions League final as…as a home game??? We may never know the truth to what happened but we do know that Real Madrid have a habit of convincing players to join their club regardless of who the player is and which team he plays for. Of course, it’s not that hard to convince anyone to join a historically great club for mega-wages!

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13 So is the Premier League’s power slowly falling apart? Are they still the Premier League of all of Europe? Well, the first round of the Champions League group stage had all four Premier League teams win. That’s a very rare occasion. Meanwhile, Italy’s only win came from AC Milan, as the three other teams failed to dominate their games. Spain, however, went undefeated with two of their teams comfortably winning. You can take from this many different conclusions. All the English teams won and it showed that even without Ronaldo and Alonso, the Premier League is still very strong. Or you could conclude that all the English teams played arguably inferior opposition yet all only scraped wins by one goal.

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14 It is inconclusive looking at just the Champions League results; regular Premier League viewers would note that Man Utd has quite effectively replaced Ronaldo’s goal with Rooney’s, and that Liverpool have replaced Alonso with a great albeit injury prone player in Alberto Aquilani. So perhaps the Premier League has not weakened at all; it has just “changed.” But if some top players leave for another country…England has undeniably not hugely strengthened but instead hugely strengthened Spain. So whether or not England’s Premier League has regressed or not, teams from Spain, Italy, Germany, and France have their best chance in a long, long time. --J. Gardiner Bayern Munich Has Their Best Chance in Ages

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‘Catenaccio’ Rediscovering the Old Tricks of the Trade ‘After some research on the sweeper system in defense, I discovered some old tactics, used when the beautiful game of football was still developing at a very fast and furious pace’ Catenaccio, which is an Italian phrase for ‘door-bolt’, placed great emphases on defense, intending to nullify any threat created by the opposing strikers. Since the emphasis of the system was on defense, the backline was well organized to parry attacks from opponents. Having its roots in Argentine tactician Helenio Herrara’s Inter Milan of 1960’s, Catenaccio was largely influenced by Austrian coach, Karl Rappan’s verrou (chain) system. Rappan, in his days as coach of Switzerland, played a verrouilleur; a sweeper in defense positioned ahead of the goalkeeper. Later the Italian club Padova, managed by Nereo Rocco in the 1950s used the system in Italy. By the 1960s, Catenaccio was made famous by Helenio Herrera; the then coach of Inter Milan. Other examples of teams using Catenaccio are Triestina during 1947, also managed by Nereo Rocco. Triestina played with tight man marking and a highly defensive approach, finishing the Serie A in second place.

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16 Having its roots in Argentine tactician Helenio Herrara’s Inter Milan of 1960’s, Catenaccio was largely influenced by Austrian coach, Karl Rappan’s verrou (chain) system. Rappan, in his days as coach of Switzerland, played a verrouilleur; a sweeper in defense positioned ahead of the goalkeeper. Later the Italian club Padova, managed by Nereo Rocco in the 1950s used the system in Italy. By the 1960s, Catenaccio was made famous by Helenio Herrara; the then coach of Inter Milan. Other examples of teams using Catenaccio are Triestina during 1947, also managed by Nereo Rocco. Triestina played with tight man marking and a highly defensive approach, finishing the Serie A in second place. The key to Catenaccio is the introductory use of a sweeper or a ‘libero’. The ‘libero’ or sweeper is a defensive player positioned behind other defenders to close down gaps and pick up loose balls. The sweeper laterally moves along the backline, behind fullbacks but not too close to the flanks. Since the sweepers are more versatile defenders than stoppers or centre backs, forward movement or passes while their team is in possession is beneficial. A sudden overlap by the sweeper is a threat to the opposing defense since an unmarked player joins the attack and as result easily finds space to shoot or launch an assisting pass. Good ball control, vision and experience are required from a sweeper since the role is analytical and anticipation should be good too.

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17 Catenaccio in International Football German legend Franz Beckenbauer is credited for popularizing the sweeper or libero position during the 1970s. On an international level, other teams such as Brazil and Italy also played with a sweeper for the first time in the 1990 World Cup (held in Italy). This tactic was heavily criticized by Brazilian legend Pele since Brazil was eliminated at an early stage in the tournament. On the other hand, Germany, while playing with a libero won Italia 1990. Advancements During the 1970s, Rinus Michel invented a new system known as Total Football, declaring Herrara’s Catenaccio as obsolete. However, some glimpses of Catenaccio were still seen, such as the sweeper. Like the Catenaccio, a sweeper has a free role behind the backline in Total Football too; however it consisted more of an assisting role to other defenders (Centre backs and Full Backs). The use of a second striker in Total Football is also derived from Catenaccio’s left wing midfielder. The most common form of the ‘catenaccio’. Two CBs, two full backs, the sweeper; key to the catenaccio. A four men midfield with a DMF and CMF, wing midfielders on each flank to support the lone striker. Usual pattern of attack was through counter attacks and long balls from the back.

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18 Catenaccio in Modern Football The use Catenaccio is fading rapidly in modern football as newer and modern tactics tend to offer fast flowing/attacking football. Some smaller clubs, especially the ones in Germany still employ a sweeper in their formation but the original form of Catenaccio is no longer in use in modern football. Some argue that since the Catenaccio offers defensive measures, teams using such tactics becoming far too defensive; hence play negative football. The most recent use of Catenaccio in modern football was by the Italian national team during the era of Caesar Maldini and Giovanni Trapottini as coaches. Both Maldini and Trapottini failed to hit real success using ‘the old Italian tactics’. Trapottini however won the Portuguese league with S.L. Benfica by applying Catenaccio during his time as manager of the Portuguese club. Old defensive tactics such as Catenaccio have faded away from football ever since more attack minded football was introduced. However it must not be forgotten that it was the striving efforts of such tactics that made the game so viable and delicate in the past. When talking of the Catenaccio, Dino Zoff’s use of Catenaccio should be mentioned. The former Italian goalkeeper secured a place in the finals for Italy in the Euro 2000, which Italy lost due to the ‘golden goal rule’. --Maaz Ahmed

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19 Spanish captain and Real Madrid shot stopper, Iker Casillas has come forward to speak against the design of the new UEFA Champions League ball, the Adidas Finale 9. In a recent interview the highly acclaimed goalkeeper stated: "The new ball of the Champions League is a total disaster. It's difficult to stop. I talked to [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Petr] Cech and [Pepe] Reina also. I'm sorry but it has reached a point where it cannot be,“ "The flight is impossible, we have seen that at the Confederations Cup and even at the Euros [ in 2008], every time the new balls are worse.“ Balls

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20 But it isn't only the Spanish goal keeper stepping forward, recently the Beskitas and Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber came out before the game against Manchester United and also said: “Ever since 2002 all of the Adidas balls that have been introduced have changed speed in the air,” he said. “The flight is not normal and it has made everything very difficult for goalkeepers. It is not just me and Casillas, ask any goalkeeper in the world and they will say the same thing. It has affected all of us. You could be the best goalkeeper in the world and it would not make any difference because of the flight. “But for everyone to keep on watching the Champions League it must be entertaining and for that to happen, goals must be scored. That’s why these balls have been introduced, even though it does put goalkeepers at a disadvantage.” So what does this mean exactly? Well to fully understand what we are dealing with here, I'll try to explain exactly how the ball is made and what sort of headaches it can cause and why FIFA would agree to it. "The Adidas Finale 9 features the new surface structure PSC-Texture. This surface structure is designed to aid players to control and direct the ball in all weather conditions. The PSC-Texture consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and football boot. Due to the usage of this material, the ball texture feels like goose bumps. It’s constructed with 14 panels, using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology.“ The cover is made from seamlessly thermal bonded PU, for a ball that flies exceptionally true, and the bladder is latex with "power balance" technology. It all sounds rather good, well if your anyone but the goalkeeper that is. If you thought the two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo were down to skill and a bit of horrible goal keeping, then I ask you to take a look at the replays again and see just how much movement the ball gives.

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21 Look at Chelsea v Liverpool last year in the Champions League, 4-4, routed by the masses as the best game of the year, but any true football pundit will tell you the goalkeeping on both ends was horrendous, yet the game where Chelsea blocked out Barcelona at the Camp Nou, hardly received such praises, despite Chelsea being the only club to stop Barcelona at home last season. It seems playing defensive for tactical reasons or otherwise has come to be frowned upon by the general viewing audience and leads to lower TV ratings, which overall means less coverage publicly and less money overall for everyone. The true football fan, will relish the side of a game that is nil all and tactically played to perfection, as much as the free flowing beautiful football put on by Barcelona of late. But unfortunately the general masses of football and the growing media of perception is that goals equals excitement and no one wants to see nil all. Then as Recbar says comes the newly designed footballs of late, steadily year after year the balls favour more and more the person scoring the goals, rather than the poor guy standing between the posts. First it was the UEFA European 2008 designed footballs that many said it was impossible to really see when struck from distance, and now it seems the new Adidas Finale 9, will help to feed the insatiable desire for goals by the general public. Expect to see a lot more goals from free kicks and distance this season in the Champions League and remember what I wrote here today, when you see the ball move with its own dance through the air, try not to blame the goal keepers too much, but rather FIFA and the new Adidas Finale 9. --Craig Ritchie

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22 CHATAM CUP The Chatham Cup is New Zealand’s version of the FA Cup, or national cup competition. It is one of, if not the oldest sports trophy in the country, having been held since 1923. I was at the 2009 Chatham Cup this time out, played at North Harbour Stadium. The teams playing were Three Kings United, of Auckland, and Wellington Olympic, of Wellington. The latter were founded by the city’s Greek Community. In front of a good crowd of 3-5000, it was United that opened the scoring. Glen Eie’s slide rule pass found Sam Mathews in the Olympic penalty area, who backheeled the ball to Brazilian star Luiz Del Monte. The South American duly finished past Olympic goalkeeper Nicholas Van Hattum, who was wearing an usually-coloured kit. He was wearing… bright pink. Not sure how that would help a goalkeeper in a situation like the goal conceded.

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24 Olympic though refused to lie down and came back hard, with a Raffaele de Gregorio free-kick hitting the crossbar with goalkeeper Gregg Walters stranded. They eventually found a way past Walters when Miroslav Malivuk fired a bouncing header past Walters from a Jimmy Haidakis corner. The teams went into the break all square at 1-1. The Wellingtonians again had the better of the opening exchanges in the 2nd half as they continued to besiege the Three Kings goal. United mainly had to resort to counterattacks, which very nearly paid off with Van Hattum denying Del Monte, who was through on goal. The winning goal was a controversial one. An Olympic long ball found De Gregorio in space, who burst into the penalty area and was tripped by a Three Kings defender. Referee Jamie Cross pointed to the spot amid heavy protests by the Three Kings players. TV replays showed they had a point. De Gregorio duly slotted the penalty past Walters. 2-1 to Olympic.

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25 United came back hard, 15-year old attacking midfielder Daniel Finlay’s volley skimming off the crossbar and onto the roof of the net. They also forced some heartstopping moments as the game drew to a close, with goalkeeper Nicholas van Hattum just clawing a cross away from towering Three Kings substitute Jesse van Kekum, then Andre Sherard just unable to connect with a low cross from Sam Mathews with the goal at his mercy. Despite Three Kings throwing goalkeeper Gregg Walters forward, Olympic held on for the win, their 1st ever in this competition. --Jay Telfer

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26 Coaches vs Players Who is More Important? We know it’s still early in the season, but coaches come and go at different times, last season we saw Paul Ince leave early after securing one win from nine and we also saw Big Phil being disgraced in the dressing room and publicly after snapping Chelsea’s hard worked home record and losing to every team in the big four besides themselves—maybe they even lost to themselves with all the low, morale and under-performing players. We then want to look at a couple of reasons why some mangers get cheered and some get jeered. And besides I will use teams from the EPL and Spanish Primera division to state my points.

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27 Are you a contractor? Some manager’s have left their posts after letting good players leave; some have made their season’s lively with a couple of signings and others well, let’s make do with what we have. Arsene Wenger signed Henry and Arshavin (remember his four goal salvo against the reds, Ferguson signed Rooney and Mourinho brought in Essien and Drogba who have been stalwart Chelsea players ever since. Flops like Veron, Shevchenko have put mangers in trouble when underperforming and who can blame them when they had wonderful previous seasons. A good example of players who destroyed seasons was Barthez, gifting goals to Henry and Wiltord at will. Now most recently enter Madrid whose president doesn’t care WHAT THE COACH WANTS he just buys stars who he feels will be molded into superstars. On the other hand Barcelona didn’t have to buy much to excel the way they did, they even got rid of Deco and Ronaldinho and achieved far greater success. So we see the balanced side here where coaches have to sign the right players and players have to deliver to be the “right” players. He owns a construction firm, so he must know about contracts

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28 Player Egos/ Rebellion This is a key factor in teams as we say the first “Galactio” team fall apart gradually, some will say they won the champions league and their era ended, but I will say they had too man stars they just couldn’t blend in anymore. We know of coaches who have close to ultimate control over the dressing room like Wenger who all his players seem to respect and some managers who have had one or two like Ferguson-Beckham, Benitez seems to have players who are highly satisfied with him. But of recent we had speculations of Capello being dropped of his Madrid job because Beckham left (I don’t know how true that is), and more concrete evidence emerged when Makelele stated that John Terry had a very big role in Jose Mourinho leaving the club and not far in London Juande Ramos coupled with bad results was grumbled about to the Tottenham board by the so called “elder’ players who (Ramos) then lost his job. The manager with a stern test this season is Mark Hughes, who added some really important players to his so called project at Manchester city, he added players like Tevez, Adebayor, Barry and a few, with his wage bill exceeding 100m and him having eight or more strikers mismanagement could get him the boot as arrogance and bad behavior already getting Adebayor suspended and will soon get Bellamy if the FA find him guilty. Another manager will similar tasks is Manuel Pellegrini, the quiet Madrid coach who was given the task to manage Ronaldo , Kaka , Benzema, Ramos and others, a rough patch could spell doom to his career at Santiago Bernabaeu. Atletico Madrid is off to a poor start and to with their Champions’ league spot expectations Resino could be sacked if they keep this up. Will he be laughing at the end of the season?

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29 I didn’t talk mush on some underground factors like place with the board as if you have a good board backing you, you can be a successful manager and also with the right results (take Barcelona into consideration) you could be a legendary manger, and one reason why one mistake is crucial for mangers are final games and referees, coaches can get sacked on wrong calls in knock-out matches but players live to fight another day, but in all players have more say than the managers. --Chibueze Osuoji Who knows if that penalty could have saved Avram Grant’s job?

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30 Fight for the Right: Australia In a new feature per issue, a different writer each time will tell why his or her country should host the world’s most prestigious football competition, the FIFA World Cup. So South Africa’s next. And then in another four years time, it will Brazil’s turn. But what will the next country be to hold the world’s most prestigious sporting event? As an Aussie (who doesn’t even live in Australia!), I definitely believe we should be allowed to host the World Cup. Australia is known to some as the sporting capital of the world, ahead of those Americans who don’t play “our” sports. Australia has arguably one of the best cricket and rugby teams in the world, and our league and fan support show it. An interesting fact is that the World Cup could coincide with Australia’s major rugby event, the State of Origin. This would be an added bonus, definitely, because it could create a record attendance for the Origin games and show the world more about Australian rugby. It would also make greater financial profits for both the rugby and the World Cup because of the added visitors. It could, on paper, be a great boost to the Aussie economy. Also, the World Cup would be hosted in the winter time. In Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, June would be the perfect time for a high intensity football tournament. Hopefully that would take away the fear of heart failures. Australia’s A-League is on the rise, as evidenced by this season’s new arrivals Jason Culina, Chris Coyne, and Miles Sterjowski, not to even mention Robbie Fowler! The Socceroos easily qualified for the World Cup. They have some fantastic senior players at the moment such as Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill, and Harry Kewell. Those player will probably not return for a World Cup in 2018 or 2022 but they could certainly return as coaches and present a great influence to Australia’s current great crop of youngsters.

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31 Australia has had great successes with previous major sports tournaments such as the youth World Cup, the 2000 Olympics, and the Rugby World Cup. A culturally diverse country, most teams should get support from people from all over Australia, rather than just the isolated Aussies. There would be support for Croatia, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Korea, among many other countries. Australia, of course a sports crazy nation, has never hosted a World Cup before and would be an obvious choice, in my opinion, for a future one. --J. Gardiner

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32 The Diary of a Man with Money Comedy

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33 July 1, 2009 Dear Diary, I see myself playing at Arsenal forever. They are the club that made me the best striker in the world. They nourished me, loved me, and almost worshipped me— even though their fans were pretty f-ed up. They couldn’t separate quality from inferiority; like an Adebayor to a Bendtner. But I must repeat: I love Arsenal so much I wouldn’t mind playing for free! Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!! July 18, 2009 Dear Diary, Ahh, feeling the love…These new owners are just like me! One, they want to win trophies. Two, they love money. Both of them sum up me, especially the second one. They’re much nicer than the owners at…at…“them”…Speaking of “them,” I’ve already planned ways to get revenge when we play them in, oh, just about 1,409 hours. Either I’ll score some goals, kill some fans, run across the entire field, or maybe even kill fans…Oh, that’s not nice! Killing is against this new Islam religion I have that the new owners converted me to. I don’t really care for it but if it brings me money, YUM YUM! Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!!

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34 July 25, 2009 Dear Diary (and Allah!), This diary is sponsored by (And yes, I get paid for writing this!) Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!! July 27, 2009 Dear Diary (and money), Nothing could hide my disappointment after I found out there is no Muslim money god. I told my owners that becoming their religion is not part of the job description. Of course, unless there is money involved… Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!! July 29, 2009 Dear Diary, My former teammate Kolo Toure has joined my club. We’ve already started several fights but so far he seems like a good influence! Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!!

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35 August 15, 2009 Dear Diary, Today was a good day. After finding a penny on the footpath in the morning, I scored a goal against Blackburn Rovers. I’m sure the Goon Fools are wishing they had me in these sorts of games! I singlehandedly destroyed them; they are so bad they don’t deserve money. Anyway, after the game we all went out to eat at a fancy restaurant. I didn’t buy anything to eat but everyone else did; I’m saving my money up for something big. Hmm, more money perhaps? Yours Truly, ADEBAYOR!!!

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36 September 12, 2009 Dear Diary, Today was a quite weird day. No, it wasn’t that weird—I still got paid—but today was very different throughout. I played a football game against the Goon Fools. We won 4-2. I can’t remember but I think I scored only one goal, so it was not one of my better performances but, yo, a goal is a goal just like…a dollar is a, mhmm, dollar! Well, after my goal I ran the entire length of the field to celebrate. The Goons booed me when I celebrated but…but the cheers were louder! I couldn’t believe it! I think I have now found my true love. This Man City team has changed me. My attitude, my work ethic…you know, all that good stuff. I love you world. I’m gonna love you forever and spread my love to the rest of the league. Yours Really Truly, ADEBAYOR!!! September 17, 2009 You Diary, They ban me for a few games and stole my money…Just because this Van Persie idiot got hurt. I can’t help it if he can’t get out of the way of a perfectly good tackle! Go die, you idiot referees and FA! ADEBAYOR!!! P.S. Refs, you know you can always pay me money to make up for your sins, you know? --J. Gardiner

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37 LEGENDS Player In a new feature to Free Kick, every issue we will take a look at two legends of the game—one player and one manager. Enzo Francescoli Uriarte Born: 12th November, 1961 Origin: Spanish/Italian Place of Birth: Montevideo, Uruguay

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38 Clubs: Games Goals Wanderers (Uruguay) 1980-1982 74 20 River Plate (Argentina) 1983-1986 113 68 Racing Club Paris (France) 1986-1989 89 32 Olympique Marseille (France) 1989-1990 28 11 Cagliari (Italy) 1990-1993 98 17 Torino (Italy) 1993-1994 24 3 River Plate (Argentina) 1994-1997 84 47 National team: Uruguay 1982-1997 72 15 Honors: South American Footballer of the Year Topscorer in the Argentine Primera 1985 Topscorer in the Argentine Primera 1986 Player of the Year of Argentina 1985 France Foreign Player of the Year 1990 Topscorer in the Argentine Primera 1994 South American Footballer of the Year 1995 Player of the Year of Argentina1995 Topscorer in the Argentine Primera 1996 Foreign Top Scorer for River Plate Foreign Uruguayan Top Scorer in Argentina

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39 Biography Uruguay’s leading light during the late 1980s and early 1990s, once the top scorer for River Plate in the Argentine league, winner of the French Championship with Marseille; statistics just cannot describe the excitement and brilliance Enzo Francescoli showed on the pitch. El Principe (The Prince) officially debuted for the Uruguayan club Montevideo Wanderers. It wasn’t long before the young creative midfielder was playing for the youth national team of Uruguay; soon to be signed by River Plate (Argentina). El Principe joined River Plate when the club was in tough times but he soon managed to show his talent on the Argentine stage where he became a prolific goal scorer, winning the Primera División Argentina in 1985/86 and the Copa Libertadores in 1996 during his second spell with the club. After his success in Argentina, Enzo Francescoli moved to Europe where he played for several French and Italian clubs. Apart from winning the French League title in 1989/90 with Marseille, he didn’t win the silverware he deserved in Europe. Regardless of the silverware, Le Prince (French for The Prince) left many youngsters influenced by his creative ways and fluid abilities on the ball for which he was renowned. One such youngster was Zinedine Zidane of Olympique Marseille. The French living legend admits that Le Prince was his favorite player during his time with Marseille and he used to watch him train. Zizou played against his hero in the 1996 intercontinental cup final where the two players exchanged shirts at the end of the match. It is reported that Zinedine Zidane used to sleep in that shirt during his days with Juventus and during the 1998 World Cup with France. Influenced by Enzo Francescoli, Zinedine Zidane named his son Enzo in honor of the Uruguayan legend.

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40 The Uruguayan prince played 72 times for the national team, this made him the most capped outfield player in international football for Uruguay. He also played two World Cups for Uruguay, the 1986 and the 1990 FIFA World Cups. Apart from his appearances in two world cups, El Principe’s success for the national team was marked by winning the Copa America thrice (1983, 1987 and 1995). He also appeared in the 1989 and 1993 editions of the tournament. In 1994, Enzo Francescoli returned to River Plate for a second spell with the club, this time winning everything with the Argentine club with the exception of the Intercontinental Cup in 1996, where they lost to Juventus in the final (the same match in which he exchanged shirts with Zinedine Zidane). El Principe finally retired in 1997, leaving his legendary mark in the minds of all who saw him succeed as a player. Currently, he is the vice president of Gol TV, the US football broadcaster. --Maaz Ahmet

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41 LEGENDS Manager Marinus ("Rinus") Jacobus Hendricus Michels Born: 9 February 1928 Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands Date of death: 3rd March 2005 (At the age of 77 years) Place of death: Aalst, Belgium Playing Position: Striker

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42 “Both as a player and as a trainer there is nobody who taught me as much as him. I will miss Rinus Michels. ... I always greatly admired his leadership." - John Cryuff. Appearances* Goals* Club: Ajax (Netherlands) 1946-1958 264 122 National team: Netherlands 1950-1954 5 0 * Senior club appearances and goals only counted for domestic league matches Teams managed: JOS (Amateurs) 1960-1964 AFC (Amateurs) 1964-1965 Ajax (Netherlands) 1965-1971 Barcelona (Spain) 1971-1975 Netherlands 1974-1974 Ajax (Netherlands) 1975-1976 Barcelona (Spain) 1976-1978 Los Angeles Aztecs (USA) 1979-1980 1. FC Köln (Germany) 1980–1984 Netherlands 1984–1985 Netherlands 1986–1988 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 1988–1989 Netherlands 1990–1992

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43 Honors (As a player): Dutch league winner 1947, 1957 (As a manager): UEFA European Football Championship winner 1988 FIFA World Cup finalist 1974 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Trophy Play-Off winner 1971 European Cup winner: 1971 European Cup finalist: 1969 Eredivisie winner: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970 La Liga winner: 1974 KNVB Cup winner: 1967, 1970, 1971 Copa del Rey winner: 1978 DFB Pokal winner: 1983 Named knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau: 1974 Named officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau: 1988 Named Dutch manager of the century: 1999 Named knight of the KNVB: 2002 UEFA Lifetime Award: 2002 Best Manager in 50 years of professional football in the Netherlands: 2004

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44 Biography The creator of 'Total football'; a player of quality who didn't win the silverware his talents deserved but a manager of sheer success who amassed a notable collection of trophies in his cabinet. Exciting football was always on offer when a team managed by Rinus Michels took on to the pitch. Michels turned towards football when his father gave him a pair of football shoes and an Ajax Jersey on his 9th birthday, soon he started playing football with his father on a small field near his house. In 1940, Michels was introduced to the Ajax football club through Joop Köhler; a family friend and commissioner of Ajax. The start of World War II and the Dutch famine (1944) halted Michels football career who was only a junior player at that time. French Club Lille OSC wanted to contract Michels but the negotiations didn't last since the Dutch Army intervened and sent him for duty. His chance finally came in the summer of 1946 when he was asked to replace the injured Han Lambregt in the Ajax first team. He debuted against ADO Den Haag (final score 8-3), finding the net five times on his debut. Rinus Michels was a strong hardworking player who relied more on his strength and less on his technical abilities. It didn't take long for Michels to be a regular for the first team of Ajax, he became a prolific scorer, scoring 122 goals in 264 appearances (league appearances only) for the Dutch club. Career with Oranje Michels's career with Oranje lasted only five matches. The Dutchman debuted for the national side against Sweden on 8th June 1950 on Swedish soil. The Dutch lost to Sweden 4-1. He also lost the remaining four matches oh his international career with Netherlands.

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45 Coaching career Michels's coaching career also started with Ajax. He hit real success with Ajax, winning the Dutch League four times and winning the League Cup ( KNVB Cup) three times in six years. He also managed to lead Ajax to their first ever European Championship final, being defeated by Milan. Later he won the first of the three consecutive European Championships with Ajax in 1971. Rinus Michels modernized the game of football by introducing tactics such as 'Total Football' and using the offside trap. He is also credited for discovering the young and exceptionally talented Johann Cryuff. Later in 1971, Michels was appointed manager at FC Barcelona (Spain) where he lead the Catalan club to win the Spanish league title in 1974. After his success in coaching at club level, Michels was appointed the coach of the Dutch national side which had already qualified for the 1974 World Cup. Rinus Michels lead the Dutch to an impressive winning streak in the 1974 World Cup. The captivating style of the Oranje was backed by their results as they advanced further, defeating Argentina and the defending champions Brazil in the second round group. The Dutch however were lost to hosts Germany in the final. The 1974 World Cup final was the last match of Rinus Michel's first coaching tenure of the Oranje. He later moved to USA where coached the Los Angeles Aztecs and then back to Europe where he coached German side 1. FC Köln. Michels finally ended his club coaching career with Bayern Leverkusen, also German. Michels returned to the Dutch national team after ending his club coaching career. This time he won silverware with the Dutch, winning the Euro in 1988.

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46 Death Michels died in the Belgian city of Aalst on 3rd March 2005 in a hospital due to heart problems. His death came after a heart surgery which was his second since 1986. Legacy Michels was named coach of the century by FIFA in 1999. He was regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and his humor and genius personality can never be forgotten. He was a strong man who hardly needed anyone to rely on, but often shared joy and enjoyed his friendship with his team-mates. The Rinus Michels Award, which rewards the best managers in Dutch football, is named in his honor. Rinus Michels contributed tactics to the game, which are still in use. He will always be highly regarded and his name will never fade away from the books of football. I will end this tribute with some quotes from Rinus Michels: “Professional football is something like war. Whoever behaves too properly, is lost. It is an art in itself to compose a starting team, finding the balance between creative players and those with destructive powers, and between defense, construction and attack – never forgetting the quality of the opposition and the specific pressures of each match. --Maaz Ahmet

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47 Note: Some photos are provided by Training will become a new feature in every issue. TRAINING GROUNDS Shooting What is needed the most in order to win matches? -Goals of course! Mostly, goals are scored when a player shoots the ball in the back of the net from an onside position. Otherwise, the ball is headed into the goal from a cross or sometimes, a player even dribbles it all the way to cross the goal line and score. No matter how they come, goals are goals but you need to learn to shoot properly to score them.

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48 A good shot on goal should be well controlled in terms of power and accuracy. A shot too high it will sail over the bar and a shot too wide will miss the goal; whether the shot is high or low, if it’s shot in the right angle it’s almost certain to be a GOAL! Should the shot be high or low? This depends on the situation. A low shot can be deflected on its way from any of the defenders/attackers, low shots can also bump on the surface and be troublesome for the goalkeeper while high shots cannot be deflected in and can neither bump on the surface due to the height. Higher shots also allow goalkeepers to pick up the flight of the ball and reach in the ball in time. Different situations call for different shots on goal. Let’s take a look on the right technique that is required to have an ideal shot on goal. Technique – The Ideal Shot On Goal It’s easy to shoot an inactive ball and hard to shoot the ball in active play, therefore shooting should be practiced on an inactive ball to begin with. Body posture is important to maintain while shooting, right footed shooters should point their left shoulder and foot towards the far post and follow through in the same direction while shooting (reverse the situation for left footed shooters). Once the right technique has been revised in your mind, look at the goal, after you have seen your target, keep it in mind and focus on the ball with head down and over the ball. Place your non-kicking foot beside the ball and extend your ankle (of the kicking foot), making contact with your laces and striking the ball through the middle. The shot should be aimed for the half of the goal and away from the goalkeeper. Shots away from the goalkeeper are harder to save and usually, only allow the goalkeeper to slightly parry the ball which may give other strikers a good chance on rebound. Never look up and away from the ball while shooting, once you have had a look on your target, the focus must shift down to the ball.

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49 Practice Makes Perfect The more you practice the more you improve. There are many drills to practice shooting; the simplest one just requires two players (one goalkeeper and one attacker). Since this drill helps you get your technique right, it’s based on inactive shooting. The goalkeeper will throw the ball in different directions and the attacker must look for the ideal shot from any direction in which the goalkeeper throws the ball. As you progress, try the 3 on 3 drill. The 3 on 3 involves three players in each team and one goalkeeper. The goalkeeper kicks the ball in open space, which ever team posses the ball must attack while the other team must defend. This allows the attacking team to organize themselves in attack and make situations for fellow teammates to shoot on goal.

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50 Variation Once you have mastered the most basic form of shooting, try different sorts of shots as bringing variations in the way you shoot the ball can make it harder for goalkeeper to save the shot. Here are some example of different sorts of shots you can practice: Outside of the boot: Hit the ball with the outside of your laces, this give curve your shot away from the goalkeeper, making it difficult for the keeper to save. 2) Instep drive: Keep your head and shoulder over the ball, place your non-kicking foot next to the ball, drive the ball through the middle with the inside of your laces. Once contact is made with the ball, drive through it with force as it doesn't exist. This is usually a very powerful shot and can be lethal if accurate. This technique can be practiced with out the ball, shooters must imagine the ball it their feet, and strike through the air imagining they drove through the ball with the inside of the laces. 3) The Chip shot: This shot calls for a perfect technique. Its the best way to score when one on one with the goalkeeper. The chip shot is very effective if its mastered to perfection. Place your non-kicking foot next to the ball, point the toes of you non-kicking towards the target. In a rapid motion, thrust your kicking leg forward without giving a lot of movement to the thigh, cut the ball sharply with the tip of your boots. This will allow the shot to loft over the goalkeeper and into the goal. Although regular practice with keeping the basics in my mind will make you a much better shooter, this still doesn't mean that you won't hit shots high/wide. If you really feel like missing a shot, shooting wide is less of a sin than shooting high! Even the best free kick takers shoot high and wide so do not worry if you fail to master, eventually, with good practice you will shoot the perfect FREE KICK! --Maaz Ahmet

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53 Staff Section Message from the Editor: Another great issue for our magazine. It seems we’re getting more people interested in us and more people are also therefore willing to contribute. The Free Kick—the free magazine, is in our eyes what the public want. It’s a magazine that welcomes interaction. It’s a magazine which has dedicated writers as well as a large population of reader-contributors, which is something unique to Free Kick we are thankful for. And having a pro blogger, Jamie Sanderson of, join our team is a great honour. I was speaking to one of our new editors for this issue, Maaz, and he told me he believes our magazine has so much potential. He’s not contributing with a long-term money profit in mind; instead he’d rather enjoy being a part of something big. Something that people will be talking about. Example: “Hey, have you seen this week’s Free Kick?” “Yeah, their opinionated editorial about how Platini is trying to destroy football was absolutely true!” “Yeah, it was a very clear and well written article, wasn’t it? Makes me just wanna go and punch that Platini is the face.” Now, now, we don’t have a grudge against Platini, just an example! But what we’re trying to say is that we envision a future in which Free Kick is talking about as the “it” magazine, and we want you to be a part of it. Send your articles to

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54 Editors: J. Gardiner, Maaz Ahmed, Jay Telfer, Craig Ritchie Contributors: YOU Email Articles to Kudos to Chibueze Osuoji (also known as Venger) for writing a great article on coaches and players!

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55 Next Month --Galacticos II: How Well Do They Play Together? --Fantasy Premier League: Who Were the Bargains? --Football Manager 2010 and FIFA 10 --And Much More!!!

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