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U-17 WORLD CUP: WHERE STARS ARE BORN JOSEPH S
25 OCTOBER 2013
ENGLISH EDITION
Fédération Internationale de Football Association – Since 1904
150 years of The FA
The
Lords
of
the
Game
W W W.FIFA.COM
JOSEPH S. BLATTER:
WHAT WILL FOOTBALL
LOOK LIKE 15 YEARS
FROM NOW?
U-17 WORLD CUP:
WHERE STARS ARE
BORN
GUNTER NETZER:
“MESSI IS MY HERO”
W W W.FIFA.COM/ THEWEEKLY
CONTENTS
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North and
Central America
35 members
3.5 World Cup places
www.concacaf.com
150 years of The FA
England celebrates and dreams: The Football Association’s 150th
anniversary has seen a wave of nostalgia sweep the English game.
David Winner looks back at The FA’s illustrious history. Our picture
spread also documents The FA’s milestones from 1857 to today.
South America
10 members
5.5 World Cup places
www.conmebol.com
Turning point
Shannon Boxx
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On the inside
In Germany, a 'phantom goal' is given, while in England, Arsenal
are playing the football of the future, today. Over in Spain, Diego Costa
is working his magic, and in Italy, Juventus are reminiscent of a mobile
phone.
16
Interview with Gunter Netzer
The 69-year-old German legend tells us why he never became a
coach and raves about the heroes of our era. “I wouldn’t have enjoyed
everything that comes with playing the game these days,” he says.
19
Countdown to Brazil 2014
Stadium revolution: Brazilian spectators will enjoy unprecedented
comfort at the new World Cup arenas. The freshly-built stadiums also
hold out the prospect of a better future for the host nation.
24
FIFA U-17 World Cup
The FIFA tournament currently taking place in the United Arab
Emirates is an important shop window for young footballers.
The instinctive, intuitive football on offer at the U-17 World Cup
makes the competition great to watch.
29
Joseph S. Blatter
The FIFA President gives his view on the “football 15 years from
now” debate, saying: “As the confederation with the largest number
of members, Africa is woefully under-represented at the World Cup. This
situation must be remedied.”
2014 FIFA World Cup
Countdown
31
World Cup referees
FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca reveals the qualities
required to officiate at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
34
Our precursors
The FIFA Weekly is the tenth incarnation of a FIFA publication.
We look back at the paper's history and consider the future.
35
FIFA world rankings
Moldova are this month's biggest climbers. Coach Ion Caras’ team
have moved up 33 places in the world rankings.
Qualified
Qualified
USA
Brazil (hosts)
Costa Rica
Argentina
Honduras
Ecuador
Play-off 13 & 20 November 2013
Mexico-New Zealand
Chile
Colombia
Play-off 13 & 20 November 2013
Jordan-Uruguay
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“I was living in fear”
In this week’s “Turning Point” column, US women’s national team
veteran Shannon Boxx explains why she suffered with the autoimmune
disease lupus erythematosus in silence for so long, and how happy she
is today.
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T H E F I FA W E E K LY
THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL
Europe
53 members
13 World Cup places
www.uefa.com
Africa
54 members
5 World Cup places
www.cafonline.com
Asia
46 members
4.5 World Cup places
www.the-afc.com
Oceania
11 members
0.5 World Cup places
www.oceaniafootball.com
Interview with
Gunter Netzer
150 years
of The FA
Geoff Hurst
U-17 World Cup
Top scorer Nathan
On the inside
Diego Costa
Cover: Getty Images Contents: Getty Images, Imago, AFP
Debate
Joseph S. Blatter
Qualified
Play-offs (First Leg)
Qualified
Play-off 13 & 20 November 2013
Italy
Burkina Faso 3-2 Algeria
Australia
Mexico-New Zealand
Netherlands
Côte d'Ivoire 3-1 Senegal
Japan
England
Ethiopia 1-2 Nigeria
Iran
Russia
Tunisia 0 - 0 Cameroon
Korea Republic
Belgium
Ghana 6-1 Egypt
Switzerland
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Germany
Spain
Play-offs (Second Leg)
Play-off 13 & 20 November 2013
Jordan-Uruguay
Algeria-Burkina Faso (19 November)
Senegal-Côte d'Ivoire (16 November)
Nigeria-Ethiopia (16 November)
Play-offs 15 & 19 November 2013
Cameroon-Tunisia (17 November)
Por tugal-Sweden
Egypt-Ghana (19 November)
Ukraine-France
Greece-Romania
Iceland-Croatia
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
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UNCOVERED
Thomas Renggli
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did not take part in the first three FIFA World
Cups, but still christened themselves unofficial
world champions following victory over official
incumbents Italy in November 1934. England
remained unbeaten at home at Wembley until
1953, when they were dismantled 6-3 by the legendary Hungary side of that era.
ver since England were crowned world
champions in 1966, thanks in no small
part to the most famous crossbar in football’s history, something has always prevented them from repeating the feat,
whether it be Argentinian opportunism
in 1986, a penalty shootout against Germany in
1990, the goal that never was in 2010 or simply
their own shortcomings (repeatedly). It is
therefore hardly surprising that the land that
spawned the game continues to bask in its past
glory, according to David Winner in his FIFA
Weekly report on the 150th anniversary of The
Football Association.
The same venue provided the stage for
England’s coronation 13 years later, following
one of the most memorable matches in footballing history. At the end of extra time the
hosts were celebrating a 4-2 victory in a game
where Geoff Hurst and the goal frame played
leading roles, with the Swiss referee and Soviet linesman chief among the supporting cast.
On 30 November 1872, England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the world’s premier international fixture. Due to the dominance of British
football and a lack of other suitable opponents
at the time, England tested themselves almost
exclusively against Scotland, Ireland and Wales
over the next four decades. The Three Lions
The names of England’s conquering heroes
have stood the test of time, with the Charlton
brothers Bobby and Jack, Gordon Banks, Nobby Stiles, Alf Ramsey and Hurst still revered
to this day. Yet nobody embodied the team’s
success more than captain Bobby Moore.
Born in 1941, Robert Frederick Chelsea ’Bobby’
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Moore succumbed to cancer in 1993, but still
stands as the epitome of integrity and sincerity within the game. The imposing centre-half,
dubbed ’Lord of the game’ by fans and media
alike, was the heartbeat of England’s World
Cup winning crop and was handed the Jules
Rimet Trophy by Queen Elizabeth II. While
England’s desire for global success remains
undiminished almost half a century down
the line, their chances of ending their trophy
drought next summer appear remote. For one,
the present generation do not have a player in
the Bobby Moore mould, while the implementation of goal-line technology means a repeat
of Hurst’s infamous goal cannot happen. And
as for help from a higher power - they know
all too well that the Hand of God belongs to
an Argentinian. Å
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Jumping for joy: Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup quarter-final against Argentina
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T H E F I FA W E E K LY
150 Y E A R S O F T H E F A
WHERE THE
PAST SHAPES
THE PRESENT
1857
Nineteenth century sports gear: The forefathers of football in sporting white and elegant black, with and without
beards, some formal, some relaxed – but all primed for
action. These gentlemen founded the world’s first football
club at Sheffield College and also drafted the first set of
laws.
The Football Association, founded in London in 1863, is the world's
oldest national association, and for many English people the most
important. That's because in the motherland of football the past
continues to encroach upon the present, as David Winner explains.
S
ome weeks ago, The Observer, one
of Britain’s most prestigious newspapers, ran a preview of the new
season written by fans of teams in
the Premier League.
One aspect of the article would
have struck outsiders as bizarre.
Each writer was asked to nominate a former favourite they’d like to
see back with their team. Proposed returnees included Alan Ball
of Everton, Laurie Cunningham of
West Bromwich Albion and Fulham’s Johnny
Haynes. All wonderful footballers. But all
dead. The fans weren’t being macabre. The
piece simply reflected the English idea that the
most important thing about football is the
past.
Surprisingly, some of this hunger for history is decidedly modern. In the last decade, for
example, British stadiums have become encrusted with statues of old heroes. The BBC’s Match
of the Day programme has followed a similar
path. The show’s opening credits used to be a
simple action montage of current players. Now
it mingles past and present as if they are inseparable: footage of modern superstars merges
with fresh-looking footage from the 1970s and
80s. Such nostalgia actually serves the needs of
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the present. In an era of globalisation and dizzying transfer fees, evocation of romantic aspects of England’s football’s past is comforting.
Obsessed with the past
The English penchant for looking back is
also surely connected to their historic trauma
of diminished power and status. In 1962 the US
Secretary of State Dean Acheson observed
“Great Britain has lost an empire and not yet
found a role.” That is still true today.
In a documentary called The Living Dead,
film-maker Adam Curtis argued: “Britain is a
country haunted by its past. It is possessed by
the memory of a golden age, a time long ago
when this country was the most powerful on
earth.” Summoning up national myths gave a
sense of power, he argued, but there was a drawback: “the British people find themselves
trapped by their history.” Curtis was talking
about British politics, but much the same applies in football. Even when hedged about with
self-mocking humour, the sense of the game as
a form of ancestor-worship is never far away.
In this context, how should we view celebrations surrounding the 150th anniversary of
The Football Association’s birth and the first
definitive codification of the rules of the game?
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150 Y E A R S O F T H E F A
1863
1872
1882
The pub where it all began: In 1863, a group of interested
parties gather on the ground floor of the Freemason’s Arms
in London to found the English Football Association. Arthur
Pember is elected as the first president. The new association also revises the laws.
Unspectacular start: A crowd of around 4,000 see
England and Scotland play out a dour goalless draw in the
first-ever international fixture. Cuthbert Ottaway captains
the England team in Glasgow.
Laying down the Laws: The International Football
Association Board (IFAB) meets for the first time. The body,
comprising pioneer associations England, Scotland, Wales
and Ireland, is charged with supervising the Laws of the
Game. FIFA joins in 1913.
→
→
1871
1889
The inaugural FA Cup: For the first time, 11-a-side teams
play 90 minute matches.
The first professional football league is launched in
1870 to 1883
1901
England.
No more going it alone: In the space of 13 years, the
‘dribbling game’ is transformed into the more efficient and
watchable ‘passing game’. Co-ordinated, collective play is
far more pleasing to the eye.
100 million pound grassroots funding
Every age retools the past for its own purposes and this year The FA is using the occasion to stress a distinctly 21st Century idea of
the game. In the words of Prince William, the
Duke of Cambridge who is also The FA President, the organisation is a non-profit organisation investing more than £100m a year in
grassroots football for boys, girls and people
with disabilities “to ensure that football is
played in a safe, fun and welcoming environment for everyone – whatever their back­
ground.”
The contrast with the attitudes of the game’s patrician and patriarchal founding fathers
is vivid: they saw football as a manly and martial business. As a writer in The Field magazine
in 1864 said, the purpose of sport was to en­sure
“the youth of the nation is so trained that
when the time arrives it is prepared to command a division, lead a cavalry charge, bear the
brunt of battle, the hardships of the field, or
accept the responsibilities devolving upon the
men to whose hands is entrusted the government of the nation.”
Note the organisation’s name, by the way.
The FA is not and never will be “The English
FA” any more than the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church could ever be the “Italian
Vatican”. And, much as the Church once be­
lieved the sun and stars revolved around the
Earth, so the rulers of the English game imagined their creation as the centre of the football universe. Except it really was.
The FA’s pub foundations
The vast edifice of modern football grew
from a meeting in London in October 1863. In
what was then the world’s only superpower,
various forms of football were increasingly
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pop­u lar. Various versions of the game had
been adapted in the country’s elite private
schools from riotous ‘folk football’ played in
towns and villages ‘since time immemorial’.
Great start to the century: England play Germany twice
in the space of four days in the first internationals against
a team from continental Europe. The Germans leave for
home on the back of 12–0 and 10–0 drubbings.
The problem in in the 1860s was that
alumni of each school played by different rules. So a group of enthusiasts met at the Freemason’s Arms, a pub in the Covent Garden
district of London, to thrash out a unified set
of rules and create an association to administer the game.
The FA went on to organise the first internationals and the first competition of the
world’s favourite sport, the Football Association Challenge Cup, later known as ‘The English Cup’ and in our own age simply as ‘The FA
Cup’. From this all football competitions ultimately derived.
Celebrations of the birth of the founding
of what was once a bastion of English tradition have become traditional. The centrepiece
event for the 150th anniversary is a gala VIP
dinner held on 26 October at the Connaught
Rooms, a building which now stands on the
site of the Freemason’s Arms. This recalls the
FA’s 75th anniversary in 1938, which was marked by a “brilliant and historic’’ banquet for
450 VIPs in virtually the same location.
Doing the pioneers proud
Writing about that occasion in a book
commissioned to mark the ninetieth anniversary in 1953, Geoffrey Green of The Times (never call it ‘The Times of London’ by the way)
wrote that the spirits of the game’s pioneers
would have been proud and impressed: “How
could they, in their simple beginning, have
ever imagined that their humble association
would attain such heights of respect, authoriT H E F I FA W E E K LY
1924
Welcome back! The FA rejoins FIFA.
1928
Separate ways: A series of disagreements prompts the FA
to quit FIFA for the second time. England do not take part in
a FIFA World Cup until 1950.
1945
Thaw in relations: The FA joins FIFA for the third time.
1950
Ignominy in Brazil: England contest the FIFA World Cup
for the first time but are eliminated in the first round.
Derision and ridicule follow as the joint favourites lose 1-0
to the USA’s amateurs.
150 Y E A R S O F T H E F A
1906
1923
Star signing: The FA becomes a member of FIFA. England’s
Daniel Woolfall is named the second president of football’s
world governing body.
1914
Crowd puller: This year’s FA Cup final between Burnley and
Liverpool attracts a 70,000 crowd. King George V elects to
spend his afternoon at the Crystal Palace, where he sees
Burnley win by the only goal of the game. 29-year-old Bert
Freeman is the match-winning goal scorer.
1920
Irreconcilable differences: The FA resigns from FIFA.
Mass entertainment: On 28 April, Bolton beat West Ham 2-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The new stadium boasts a
capacity of 127,000, but on this particular day an estimated 250,000 find their way into the ground. Mounted policeman
George Score famously keeps order on his white horse, and the game goes down in history as the ‘White Horse Final’. The
stadium is renovated in 1963.
1955
Arthur Drewry becomes the second English FIFA president,
serving until 1961. His successor Stanley Rous holds the position until 1974 and also comes from the United Kingdom.
1968
1966
Premiere: Manchester United are the first English club to
win the European Cup.
Wembley’s finest hour: On 30 June, World Cup hosts England beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the Final. The 96,000
crowd witness Queen Elizabeth II presenting captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy.
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150 Y E A R S O F T H E F A
1969
1978
1985
The Heysel disaster: 39 fans die in Brussels prior to the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus. English
clubs are excluded from all European competition for the
next five years.
1989
Groundbreaking debut: On 29 November, Viv Anderson
becomes the first black player to represent England in a 2-1
victory against Czechoslovakia.
The Hillsborough disaster: The FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield is overshadowed by tragedy. 96 spectators die and
766 are injured by crushing in an overcrowded standing
terrace. FIFA and UEFA later mandate all-seater stadiums
for international matches.
Great leap forward: Foundation of the English Women’s
Football Association. Back in 1921, the FA banned women
from using their stadiums.
1996
Football’s coming home: England host the
UEFA EURO for the first time. The fancied
home team lose to bitter rivals Germany in
the semi-finals.
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ty and achievement? Football and The Football Association had indeed trod a long, exciting and difficult path.’’ Reflection on the
remarkable growth of the institution is itself
part of the ritual.
Today’s FA, by contrast, is genuinely modern and engaged with the world. It has evolved into a sleek and commercially-savvy organisation with more than 800 staff and its
headquarters at the Wembley Stadium.
In his memoirs, for example, Sir Frederick
Wall, FA Secretary between 1895 and 1934, who
was recommended for the job by Sir Francis
Marindin, whose upper-class credentials were
typical of the founding fathers (he was an Old
Etonian major who had fought in the Crimean
War) marvelled at the change “from a British
game played by the few to a world game played
by millions”. Sir Frederick, working with just
one junior clerk, used to do the catering for FA
Council meetings with his wife, cutting sandwiches, making coffee, and sending for more
cakes if the food ran out.
Note the stadium name, by the way. The
old-loved but decrepit original was demolished
a decade ago. It’s still 'Wembley' but much like
the organisation inside it, it is an entirely new
building. Å
Split with FIFA in 1928
But as well as being quaint (its telephone
number was not listed in the London directory
until the 1970s), The FA could also be isolationist and aloof. Instinctively pro-amateur and
focussed on empire rather than Europe, the FA
was wary of FIFA when it was founded in 1904
and broke with it in 1928 over the issue of payments to players. As a result England failed to
take part in a World Cup until 1950. Sir Frederick insisted there was nothing narrow-minded or insular about this: “The FA have done
much missionary work since 1899. This has
been carried out in our own way and in accord
with our own ideas … we have kept abreast of
modern movements while preserving our independence of thought and action.”
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150 Y E A R S O F T H E F A
1999/2005
2007
Nerves of steel: In 1999 and 2005, English teams prevail in two of the most memorable
Champions League finals. Manchester United defeat Bayern 2-1 with two stoppage time
goals. Liverpool beat Milan on penalties after a 3-3 draw at the end of normal and extra
time. Liverpool were 3-0 down at the break.
Finished at last: The new Wembley opens on 19 May after more than four years under
construction. The mighty arena costs 1.2 billion Euros and boasts a 90,000 capacity. It is
the second biggest stadium in Europe after Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
From Golden Goals to thermal underwear
The role of the International Football
Association Board (IFAB)
2013
Getty Images
Palatial surroundings: To mark 150 year s of The FA,
Prince William invites two of the nation’s oldest clubs to
Buckingham Palace Gardens on 7 October. Polytechnic FC
defeat Civil Service FC 2-1.
Football behaves rather like
life on Earth: it can only exist
within a relatively narrow
range of physical parameters.
A dramatic rise or fall in temperatures would threaten our
very existence. Even what
might at first glance appear a
small variation in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere could theoretically
put an end to life as we know it.
Football behaves in a very similar way. Overly radical changes
to the laws could do irreparable
damage to the game.
IFAB, guardian of the laws
Our footballing planet is
entirely dependent on a relatively unknown body by the
name of the International
Football Association Board
(IFAB). IFAB is charged with
protecting the essential foundation of our sporting discipline, the Laws of the Game.
The body meets once a year,
usually in Great Britain. It was
established in 1886 to draw up
and enforce a uniform code of
laws for football wherever it is
played on the planet.
with two representatives who
could comfortably be outvoted
by the 'mother lands' England,
Scotland, Wales and Ireland,
each of whon had two members
on the Board. The weighting
was amended in 1958, since
when the Board has comprised
four members appointed by
FIFA and one each from the
four 'mother lands'. Any change
to the Laws of the Game requires six votes, so neither the
British associations nor FIFA
can force through a decision
with a bloc vote.
Giving the right impulse
The Board has ruled on
every conceivable aspect of the
game, from the 'Golden Goal'
through to thermal underwear.
The body has consistently
erred on the side of discretion
and caution, knowing that
even the tiniest changes can
have far-reaching consequences. In the wake of the goal
drought at the 1990 World Cup,
the Board examined ways of
promoting a more attacking
style of play. At the 1991 meeting, the Welsh suggested a
change to Law 11: a player
FIFA joined IFAB in 1913, should no longer be deemed
initially in a subordinate role offside “if the ball is passed to
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him directly from his own half
of the field.”
Is the idea fit for purpose?
The idea was certainly tabled with the best of intentions, to increase the number
of goals scored. However, to
return to our planetary analogy, the consequences for the
game would have been comparable to a moon-sized asteroid crashing into the earth. It
would have meant an end to
any creativity in midfield and
football would have become a
game of huge punts up to big
men in the box. Fortunately,
prudence prevailed and the
minutes of the meeting read
like this: “The proposal tabled
by the Welsh FA was withdrawn.” By contrast, subtle
adjustments to the offside
law, a blanket ban on tackling
from behind and amendments
to the back pass law have fundamentally served their purpose. Å
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TALK ING POIN T S
O N
T H E
Bundesliga
T h e go a l t h at
wa sn’t
Sven Goldmann is a football
expert at Tagesspiegel newspaper
in Berlin.
After eight weeks, or 73
matches, or 6570 minutes
plus stoppage time of football, the first
goalless draw of the Bundesliga’s 51st season
finally occurred in last Saturday’s game
between Werder Bremen and Freiburg.
Under normal circumstances that would have
been a topic of discussion across the country,
as the Bundesliga is very proud of all its goals,
and delighted with the fact that nil-nil draws
are such rare commodities these days. Yet
the fact that the net failed to ripple once in
Bremen on Saturday has been widely overlooked. Instead, the spotlight has been fiercely trained on Friday’s match in Sinsheim,
where three goals were scored between
Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen, one of
which was instantly dubbed “the phantom
goal” in Germany. Leverkusen won 2-1, but
Hoffenheim have lodged an appeal for a
replay due to the nature of the victors’ second
effort.
According to the official statistics, the goal
was awarded to Stefan Kiessling. Twenty
minutes from the end, the forward’s header to
make it 2-0 did land in the goal, but it arrived
there via a hole in the side netting close to the
I N S I D E
around the stadium would have been enough
for referee Brych to see what the spectators
had already seen on their smartphones. In
accordance with FIFA regulations, however,
Brych was not allowed to do so.
All of which has created an uncomfortable
situation for the German Football Association. If they opt to replay the tie, it would put
them on a collision course with FIFA. If they
decide against it, they will get into even
bigger trouble with Germany’s football fans,
who have difficulty understanding why a goal
must be awarded due to a technicality when
everyone saw on television that it should not
have been given.
The phantom goal of Sinsheim will force that
question to be discussed, as well as the issue
of why the Bundesliga has not implemented
goal-line technology in its stadiums, as has
happened in England’s Premier League and
the Netherlands’ Eredivisie. At the 2014 FIFA
World Cup in Brazil, the “Goal Control”
system designed in Germany will be used.
The Bundesliga has pencilled in summer 2015
as the date for introducing such technology,
yet nobody has said whether that is due to
financial or technical constraints.
A somewhat ironic punchline to this rather
unsavoury episode is that it was Stefan
Kiessling of all players who scored the phantom goal. Kiessling has no trouble scoring real
goals on a regular basis, having been the
Bundesliga’s top scorer last season. The
Leverkusen forward is considered a strong
candidate for the national team by fans and
experts alike, yet despite his impressive
“Why has Germany not implemented
goal-line technology yet?”
left-hand post. Referee Felix Brych was not
ideally placed so asked Kiessling what had
happened, only for the striker to say he had
turned away after his header and had not
seen anything. Brych consulted his equally
perplexed assistants and made his decision
based on the policy of giving advantage to
the attacker when in doubt.
goalscoring record Germany coach Joachim
Low has resisted calls for his selection.
Kiessling’s most recent effort is unlikely to
change that. Å
Primera División
B i g- h it t i n g C o s t a
p e n n i n g h i s ow n
s c r ipt
Jordi Punti is a novelist and the
author of many football features
in the Spanish media.
Visiting Sao Paulo at about
this time last year, I saw for myself how the
Brazilian city was brought to a standstill at
nine o’clock one evening by a retired footballer
from Rio de Janeiro with a stormy love life and
a daughter looking for vengeance years after
being dumped at a rubbish tip. The final episode
of Avenida Brasil, one of the most successful
soap operas of recent times, was airing on TV,
and featuring among the supporting characters
was a striker called Adauto, or Chupetinha to
give him his nickname. Having missed a crucial
penalty years earlier on account of a childhood
trauma, Chupetinha finally came to terms with
his terrible secret in the show’s last instalment,
scoring a vital goal to earn his side, Divino FC,
promotion to the first division.
I’m reminded of Chupetinha every time I see
Diego Costa, the Brazilian front man who has
helped make Atletico Madrid the flavour of
the month. The player and the soap character
bear a striking likeness to each other. Like his
TV double, Costa is tall and muscular, blessed
with a build that helps him muscle his way
past defenders. And like Chupetinha he has a
likeable face with big ears, dark eyes and the
look of a slightly sulky child trying to get his
head round things. Yet when he gets on the
ball he is a man transformed, a player of
ferocious movement and pure instinct and
power but with the ability nonetheless to
convert the chances that come his way with
skill and panache. La Liga’s top scorer with
ten goals in only eight games, Costa has two
more to his name than Leo Messi and has
struck nearly half of all those scored by his
team. Perhaps more importantly, however, he
embodies the style of football embraced by
Atletico Madrid.
Since his appointment as Atletico coach in
December 2011, Diego 'El Cholo' Simeone has
taken the Argentinian approach to the game
and adapted it to the Spanish league, shaping
a side made up of uncompromising defenders,
creative midfielders and lethal strikers. Every
After the game both teams complained, partly
about each other, but then in unison to FIFA,
who still view the referee’s decision as final. A
glance at one of the many television monitors
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The offending item: A hasty repair job in Hoffenheim.
by Simeone. There are no traumas holding
these players back. The centre-forward slot at
Atletico Madrid has traditionally been a
stepping stone to bigger things, with
Fernando Torres, Sergio Kun Aguero, Diego
Forlan and Falcao all filling and then vacating the position in recent seasons. Yet Costa
could well break with that tradition. Here is a
striker who is planning not to move on but to
stick around, play finals, lift trophies and
score the winner, just like Chupetinha. And
having taken out Spanish nationality in July,
the Costa show could well be rolling into
Brazil next year. What a soap opera storyline
that could make for. Å
On the pitch he is indeed an animal. His
spiky character demands confrontation at all
times, be it with opposing defenders, match
officials or the fans. It energises him and
allows him to achieve what he wants, even if
it means flashing a Hannibal Lecter look at
the referee. Like all his team-mates, Costa
plays with the intensity demanded of them
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Premier League
The elega nce of
speed
David Winner is a London-based
author and journalist. His books
on football include ‘Brilliant
Orange’ and ‘Dennis Bergkamp:
Stillness and Speed’.
To the naked eye, the speedy passing and
movement that led to Jack Wilshere’s wondergoal for Arsenal against Norwich City on
Saturday seemed to have yielded nothing but
an offside blur. Only after the linesman failed
to raise his flag and the move was replayed in
slow-motion on the Emirates Stadium’s giant
screens did the crowd appreciate what had
happened. Only then did nearly 60,000 fans
gasp in astonishment.
Wilshere, along with his team-mates Santi
Cazorla and Olivier Giroud, had created a
moment that will be remembered long after
the circumstances of the match are forgotten.
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game is approached as if it were a final and
every passage of play is seen as an opportunity to weaken the opposition by pushing the
Laws of the Game to the limit, a practice that
his players seem to enjoy pursuing on occasion. Within a short space of time and thanks
to the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Juanfran,
Diego Godin, Koke, Arda Turan, Gabi and
Costa himself, the Colchonero coach has won
the Europa League, the Super Cup and the
Copa del Rey, fashioning a highly consistent
unit in the process. As Arsene Wenger recently observed, Atletico are shaping up to be one
of the surprise packages of the Champions
League, just as Borussia Dortmund were last
season. And they have Costa too. “That guy is
an absolute animal,” said the Arsenal coach.
“He can score from anywhere.”
The move was built from deep inside Arsenal’s half in a series of interlocking triangles
blended together at ever-increasing speed.
First, a routine ball to the wing. Then another
down the line. As Arsenal approached the
edge of the Norwich penalty area the pace
quickened.
Serie A
Ju ve nt u s r u n n i n g
l ow o n e n e r g y
Luigi Garlando is an editor at Gazzetta dello Sport
and is the author of numerous
In a couple of seconds the ball zipped from
Cazorla to Wilshere to Cazorla to Giroud to
Wilshere to Giroud … and suddenly Wilshere
was five yards clear, calmly side-footing into
the corner of the net. Each of the decisive last
three passes involved a flick of near-impossible deftness with the outside of a foot. The
goal was Arsenal’s first in a 4-1 win that
restored them to the top of the table and
strengthened the feeling that, inspired by the
arrival of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini,
the club has its best team since the Invincibles a decade ago. Some observers think
Arsenal might win the league. Others say it’s
too early to tell. Many years hence, of course,
no one will remember such stuff. But they will
still talk about that goal.
Arsene Wenger said it was his favourite goal
in his 17 years in charge at Arsenal: “It was a
team goal and it was at the speed you want
your team to play”. Wilshere’s wonder thus
takes its place in the pantheon alongside the
best of Thierry Henry and perhaps even
Dennis Bergkamp’s goals at Leicester or
Newcastle. Much like life itself, the culture
and practice of the game evolves through a
never-ending succession of tiny, incremental
advances.
During the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley
Bobby Moore received rapturous applause for
controlling a high ball on his thigh. The skill
seemed remarkable to the English crowd
then. Now most park players can do it.
Tiki-taka masters Xavi, Messi and Iniesta
have conjured similar goals for Barcelona.
But Wilshere, Cazorla and Giroud’s creation
seemed just a fraction quicker and less
probable. Some day it, too, will be improved
upon. For now, though, it stands at the thrilling outer edge of what is possible on a football field. Å
children’s books.
Andy Warhol once famously
said everyone would be
famous for 15 minutes. So it
was for Fiorentina on 20
October 2013 as they hit back to score four
times inside a quarter of an hour against
Juventus. With two-thirds of their Serie A
encounter gone, Vincenzo Montella’s side were
trailing 2-0 at home to the defending champions. But then, that sensational 15-minute spell
sparked unbridled joy in the city of Florence,
whose team had been waiting 15 years for a
victory at Stadio Artemio Franchi over their
rivals from the north.
Incidentally, the 4-2 result also blew the Serie A
title race wide open. La Vecchia Signora (the Old
Lady) now trail leaders Rudi Garcia’s trailblazing AS Roma side, who have recorded eight wins
racked up victory after victory, and it has been
their unwavering determination and enthusiasm that has marked them out. Conte’s tactics
of high-energy pressing, purposeful attacking
and an extremely high tempo have become
hallmarks, made possible by relentless drilling
on the training ground. An unswerving will to
win has been etched on the faces of the indefatigable Giorgio Chiellini, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal, among others.
These players would take to the pitch with a
burning will to succeed, seizing games by the
scruff of the neck. And if they scored the first
goal, there was no stopping them.
No more. This term, Conte’s charges have
fallen behind in games against Chievo Verona,
Inter Milan, Copenhagen and Galatasaray,
each time because of sloppy play and lapses in
concentration. This season it seems Juventus
require a shock to spur them into life. The
Champions League match against Galatasaray
was a case in point: after their trademark
battling qualities helped them turn things
around to lead 2-1, another careless error led to
an equaliser shortly before the end, and the
game finished in a 2-2 draw.
“Could Juve’s time at the top be over?”
from eight, by five points. Such a deficit at this
stage of the season should not be a cause for
too much concern, but the manner in which
they capitulated in Florence will have left the
backroom staff at the Turin club scratching
their heads. Could it be that Juve’s time at the
top may already be coming to an end?
More than any tactical or technical improvements, it was the change in mentality brought
about by new coach Antonio Conte that
formed the foundation on which the club’s
title-winning campaigns of the last two
seasons were built. After two catastrophic
years, Conte took over in the summer of 2011
and turned Juve into a seemingly unbeatable
machine possessed with the same fighting
spirit the legendary midfielder showed
throughout his career. Remarkably, Conte
guided I bianconeri to the Scudetto in his first
season in charge without losing a single game,
and Juve were crowned champions again last
season.
Over the past two years, Conte’s men have
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The Juventus of this season remind you of a
mobile phone that hasn’t been charged and
keeps turning itself off. Vidal, one of those
previously symbolic figures, arrived back late
from international duty with Chile last week
and was punished by being dropped to the
bench against Fiorentina. He has come to
embody the sense of sluggishness that now
afflicts the club.
During the last two hugely taxing seasons,
Conte’s team pushed themselves to the limit,
using every ounce of mental and physical
strength to execute the coach’s instructions.
That is no longer the case, and the collapse in
Florence typified this failing. Juve led through
goals from Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba and
controlled proceedings for an hour, only to run
out of gas.
The next few games will reveal whether Conte,
who is widely expected to leave the club at the
end of the season, manages to recharge his
team’s batteries or whether the power source
needs to be changed altogether. Å
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Name:
Gunter Theodor Netzer
Date of birth:
14 September 1944
Place of birth:
Monchengladbach
Height:
1.78 m
Position as player:
Gian Paul Lozza
Playmaker
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THE INTERVIEW
“I switch to auto-pilot
at times”
Few players have divided a nation like Gunter Netzer. The star of the 1970s was
a rebel, a babe magnet and a gifted playmaker. “But I wouldn’t have wanted all the palaver
that goes with being a pro today,” the German icon declared in our interview.
Gunter Netzer, which TV station will be
broadcasting your crisp analyses during the
2014 FIFA World Cup?
Mönchengladbach against Cologne all those
years ago, when I brought myself on as a sub.
Gunter Netzer: I haven’t yet decided
whether I’m going to Brazil. And if I do, it’ll
be as a private person. My days as a TV
pundit are over.
Could you tell us the story again?
But you enjoyed your time as a TV analyst.
I did. But at some point there comes a
time to stop. After a few years I always pick
up a signal or two, and I listen to those
signals. Then I draw my conclusions.
It was 1973. Coach Hennes Weisweiler had
demoted me to the bench at the start, and
when he tried to bring me on at half-time,
I refused. The game went into extra time.
It was 1-1, and I saw my team-mate Christian
Kulik lying on the ground injured. It was
chaotic out on the pitch. So I just took myself
over to the referee and spontaneously
brought myself on, although I’d actually
informed Weisweiler beforehand.
Were you always decisive?
Yes. When Hamburg hired me as general
manager in 1977 after I finished playing, it was
more or less by chance. All I wanted to do in
Hamburg was publish the club paper. But
suddenly there was a gun pointing at my
head, because the president forced me to take
over as manager. It was good, we had eight
successful years. But after that – and I was
keenly aware of it – I had to give it up, despite
enormous resistance. Football had sucked me
dry. It was an irrevocable decision. I had
plenty of similar offers later on, but I’ve stuck
to my decision ever since.
And then, with your second touch of the ball,
you scored the match-winning second goal.
Exactly, but I got lucky. If the ball had
taken a different bounce, I’d have missed the
target.
Would “bringing yourself on” be conceivable
nowadays?
Hardly. Even then, it was pushing the
limit for me to undermine the authority of
my coach like that. The coach commands
even more respect today, and rightly so.
Some experts think the young Pelé wouldn’t
have stood a chance against Messi.
These comparisons spanning different
generations aren’t legitimate. It’s certainly
true that our football had nothing like the
pace of the game today, but it was the best
football there was back then. The conditions
were completely different.
Could you imagine life as a professional
footballer now?
I could imagine it, but I definitely
wouldn’t want it. Franz Beckenbauer and
I were talking about this recently, and we
rapidly came to the same conclusion: we’d
take the money the players earn today, but
we would gladly do without all the palaver.
I’m just thinking about the speed of media
communications, the internet, smartphones,
the way everything comes out into the open
- it’s ridiculous. You should know this: in my
day, if I was invited to appear on Saturday’s
TV football show, my heart started beating
faster as early as the previous Monday.
Today’s players behave more intelligently.
They’re very savvy in terms of the media.
It’s no small thing to be under the spotlight
on every channel.
Are there still rebels like you?
You have seemingly infinite expertise. Why did
you never move into coaching?
The job of coach wouldn’t suit me. I’ve
always known what I’m capable of. But more
than anything else, I know what I’m not
capable of. I wouldn’t have enjoyed being out
there on the touchlines dealing with players
and tactics every day. And I’m not the kind of
guy who needs structures and plans.
Of course. But what you really have now
is heroes. Football fans need heroes, figures
they can identify with.
Who is your hero?
Lionel Messi. The lad is just an
unbelievable player.
Is he the greatest player of them all?
Never. I’ve always decided the most
important things in my life intuitively. At
certain times, it’s as if I switch to auto-pilot.
The greatest player is Pelé. He was truly
very special in every respect, and a really
fantastic person too. Diego Maradona was
arguably a better footballer than Pelé, but he
never had his life under control. Pelé is the
greatest because of the total package.
Controlled by whom?
So what about Messi?
I don’t know. Things just happen, and I
can’t explain it. It’s like the cup final with
He’s the best player of the current era and
a charming man away from the field.
But you must have had a master plan for your
career.
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Were you a complete player?
I was anything but complete. I was
talented, and I exploited my talent as best
I could. I was certainly ambitious as well,
but I lacked the obsession and the work ethic.
Otherwise I could have become the best
player in the world. Å
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New stadiums, new opportunities
The World Cup will give Brazilian clubs
a boost and provide fans with new levels of
comfort.
Sérgio Xavier, São Paulo
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hile the finishing touches are still being added to half a dozen new stadiums earmarked for the 2014 FIFA
World Cup, six of the total 12 new
arenas have already been inaugurated. With the exception of the Maracana, the venues in Brasilia, Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife and Belo Horizonte have all already
staged plenty of action, marking the start
of a new chapter in Brazilian football.
Curiously enough, however, the first of
14 new stadiums to be officially opened,
on 8 December 2012, will not even
stage any matches at next year’s
tournament.
The Arena do Gremio in the
southern city of Porto Alegre was
erected in record time, effectively a
stowaway that tagged along on the country’s
World Cup ticket. New or renovated venues
soon followed in Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Natal,
Curitiba, Manaus, Sao Paulo, Cuiaba and in
Porto Alegre itself, with matches programmed
at the city’s Beira-Rio stadium. The Palmeiras
Arena is the 14th new venue, and, like the Arena do Gremio, it owes its existence to the country’s World Cup enthusiasm and is set to be
completed in May next year.
Unfamiliar comforts
The 14 new stadiums are not only modern
sporting arenas, but are also responsible for
triggering a minor revolution in Brazilian football. Suddenly, attending a match will be a different experience entirely for the locals. No
longer will they be herded in through cramped
entrance ways, but will instead enter via broad
gates, functioning turnstiles, sit in comfortable seats and be able to use clean, hygienic
bathroom facilities. Furthermore, the pitches
are well maintained, the drainage system
works and surveillance cameras provide greater safety, while bars, small shops, parking
plenty of opportunities, and for the first few
months after the competition the gleaming
structures will remain as a special legacy for
the clubs who continue to use them.
spaces and connections to the public transport system will ensure visitors' first impressions are positive.
This is inevitably the case, as FIFA's infrastructure requirements when awarding hosting rights for one of its tournaments demand
the highest standards. The stadia promise
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The problems can come later. Chaotic organisation, even after being restructured by
outsiders, tends to gradually revert back to its
previous state, as even modern buildings still
require maintenance and care.
However, that maintenance rarely happens. The Engenhão stadium in Rio, which
hosted the Panamerican Games in 2007,
stands as a regrettable example. The rundown
arena is now closed, as strong winds could
cause it to collapse.
Who can take advantage?
It is clear then, that the 14 new stadiums
not only represent an opportunity but also a
responsibility. Spectators will appreciate
the modern venues and word of mouth
will ensure news of the improvements
swiftly spread. That will lead to higher
average attendances, meaning the small
shops nearby will sell more licensed merchandise. However, cities without large
fan-bases such as Cuiaba and Manaus may be
forced to witness the huge disused structures
fall into disrepair.
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Belo Horizonte (renovation)
Capacity: 62,547
7 Estadio das Dunas
Natal (new)
Capacity: 42,086
2 Estadio Nacional de
Brasilia
Brasilia (new)
Capacity: 70,042
8 Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre (renovation)
Capacity: 51,300
3 Arena Pantanal
Cuiaba (new)
Capacity: 42,968
9 Arena Pernambuco
Recife (new)
Capacity: 46,154
4 Arena da Baixada
Curitiba (renovation)
Capacity: 43,900
10Maracana
Rio de Janeiro (renovation)
Capacity: 76,935
5Castelao
Fortaleza (renovation)
Capacity: 64,846
11 Arena Fonte Nova
Salvador da Bahia (new)
Capacity: 56,000
6 Arena Amazonia
Manaus (new)
Capacity: 42,374
12 Arena de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo (new)
Capacity: 65,807
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Brazilian football will be given an opportunity to start afresh. The country has always
had exceptional players and fantastic supporters, but until now, the same could not be said
of its stadiums. The modern arenas will give
the nation the chance to address that, yet it
remains unclear exactly who will benefit. Å
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Samba, Caipirinha, a natural touch
on the ball ingrained into every fibre.
Beach soccer is a Brazilian cultural
asset. Imported by European
seafarers, it is part of everyday life
on Copacabana beach. The first
official tournament took place here
in 1957, and from here it grew into
what it is today – not just a sporting
discipline, more a way of life.
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The Beach Soccer World Cup has
been a FIFA event since 2005. The
first three editions were held on
Copacabana beach. But even at the
inaugural tournament, the form
book was turned on its head. Brazil
were bogged down in the sand, and
France took the trophy. Revenge was
swift, as the Brazilian beach boys
won the next four editions. But in
2011, a new force came ashore: Russia
became world champions, and they
recently retained their title in Tahiti.
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FREE KICK
W E E K LY T O P 11
The greatest shocks
in football history
Melted-down
dreams
Perikles Monioudis
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n the morning of 8 July 1966, British
Prime Minister Harold Wilson delivered
the opening speech of the 35th FIFA
Congress at London’s Royal Garden Hotel. The clearly upbeat head of the
­Labour government laid his pipe to one
side and began to speak of “England’s gift to
the world,” referring to “Association Football,”
as the game was generally called then to distinguish it from rugby. “I can hardly imagine a
greater contribution any nation has ever made
to the world,” beamed the Prime Minister, although he swiftly acknowledged that England
would no longer lay claim to the “pre-eminent
position in football.” Little was he to know that
just a few weeks later the motherland of football would claim the most important trophy in
the world game for the first and, thus far, only
time.
On that summer morning in London, the
fact contributing most to Wilson’s sunny disposition was the very presence of the Jules
Rimet Trophy, the World Cup of the time, the
Greek goddess of victory Nike glittering gold
and reaching to the heavens. A few weeks earlier, on 20 March 1966, she had become swag
for Sunday lunchtime thieves, who abducted
her from an exhibition of postage stamps at
Central Hall in Westminster. The crooks struck
at ten past midday, just as the security detail
were greeting the next shift. But now the
Rimet trophy was back in the possession of the
FA, “thanks to the joint efforts of the British
police and a dog,” reported Wilson.
A dog? Newspapers around the world were
indeed filled with pictures of a border collie by
the name of Pickles, who was said to have come
upon the trophy, wrapped up in old newsprint
in a London front garden. What or who exactly
caused Pickles to stumble across the precious
booty was shrouded in mystery. The only man
arrested and imprisoned was an intermediary,
Edward Betchley, after the staged handover of
a ransom and a dramatic chase. Pickles’ owner,
one David Corbett, was invited to a celebratory
feast for the players after the World Cup final
and received a £6,000 reward.
From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy
was the object of dreams for every serious
player before becoming the property of the
Brazilian Football Association (CBF) in perpetuity when the South Americans won it for the
third time. The trophy lived through eventful
times and came to a similar end. It survived
the Second World War unscathed in a shoebox
under the bed of then FIFA vice-president Dr.
Ottorino Barassi but was stolen again in 1983
from CBF’s offices in Rio de Janeiro. It is assumed the trophy was melted down and turned
into gold bars.
The new soberly-named World Cup Trophy,
designed by Italian craftsman Silvio Gazzaniga, was contested for the first time in 1974.
West Germany and their captain Franz Beckenbauer were the first to win it, and were
promptly given a replica for their trophy cabinet. The original has been kept in a secret location and meticulously guarded ever since. It
emerged from hiding a few weeks ago, going on
display in all six FIFA confederations and all 26
Brazilian federal states on the Coca-Cola World
Cup Trophy Tour. But Prime Minister Wilson’s
words back in 1966 are as relevant now as they
were back then: “For reasons of security, I cannot reveal where the cup currently is.” Å
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1954 FIFA World Cup. The miracle of
Bern. West Germany bring the ’mighty
Magyars’ of Hungary down to earth in
the final to win 3-2.
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1992 UEFA European Championship.
Denmark’s players are already on holiday when Yugoslavia withdraw from the
competition. Called up as replacements,
Denmark storm to the title.
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EURO 2004. Greece win the competition
in dramatic fashion, and Otto Rehhagel
attains legendary status among Greek
fans.
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1950 World Cup. The ‘kings of football’
are dethroned: USA 1-0 England.
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1992 European Championship qualifier.
12 September 1990 is a date Austrian
football fans prefer to forget – Faroe
Islands 1-0 Austria.
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1966 World Cup. First round: Italy 0-1
North Korea.
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1978 World Cup. The disgrace of Cordoba. Defending champions West Germany lose 3-2 to Austria in the second
round.
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2013 Austrian Cup final. In a shock upset
at Ernst Happel Stadium, third-tier Pasching triumph 1-0 against champions
Austria Vienna. For the first time ever,
the Austrian Cup goes to a third division
side.
1938 World Cup. Switzerland come back
from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Germany 4-2.
1950 World Cup. Uruguay overcome
hosts Brazil in the final to send the host
nation into despair.
2012 Champions League. APOEL Nicosia
reach the last eight of Europe’s elite competition, finally falling to Real Madrid.
Have there been any greater shocks?
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SPOTLIGHT
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“Football in its purest form!”
The world’s best junior teams are currently
contesting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the
United Arab Emirates. The tournament
where stars are born is the leading showcase for up-and-coming young players.
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Thomas Renggli
ith furious attacking onslaughts, mazy dribbling,
shots from every conceivable angle and an almost
complete lack of suffocating
tactics and strategic rigidity,
the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a
fans delight. “This is football
in its purest form, still based
on instinct and intuition,”
says Jean-Paul Brigger of the
tournament being played
out in the United Arab Emirates. The former
Switzerland international, director of FIFA’s
Technical Study Group, has spent the last two
decades monitoring junior football around the
world. At this level, coaching is far less likely to
influence the shape and structure of a match,
“and in this sense the way the juniors play embodies the fundamental basics of football,” he
says.
The modern greats of the world game hold
similar opinions about their World Cup appearances as teenagers: “It was a magnificent opportunity to measure ourselves against players of
the same age from abroad and get to know different footballing cultures,” says England’s Danny
Welbeck, a veteran of the U-17 tournament in
2007 in Korea. Ten years earlier, keeper Iker
Casillas and Spain made it to the semi-finals in
Egypt. Casillas describes the early international
comparison as “a unique opportunity and an unforgettable experience.” At the time he kept goal
for a team including current Barcelona icon Xavi.
The list of eventual superstars who laid
down an initial marker on the U-17 stage is almost inexhaustible. It includes the likes of Luis
Figo (Portugal, 1989), Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina, 1991), Alessandro Del Piero (Italy, 1991),
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Ronaldinho (Brazil, 1997), Carlos Tevez and Javier
Mascherano (both Argentina, 2001), Fernando
Torres (Spain, 2001) and Cesc Fabegras (Spain,
2003).
At the 2009 edition in Nigeria, a young Brazilian by the name of Neymar made his first
appearance at a World Cup. Defeats to Mexico
and Switzerland meant his tournament ended
after the group stage. This example of unexpected failure is absolutely typical of the competitive situation in the junior game. The tournament generally features teams drawn from
one single year group, so there is little by way of
an established dressing room hierarchy, and the
potential for shock results is greater than in the
senior game. The players are also still growing
and the dramatic physical differences have a decisive influence on the outcome. No African representative team has ever brought home a senior intercontinental trophy, but at the U-17 level
two of the most successful nations are African;
Nigeria with three wins and Ghana with two.
Jean-Paul Brigger thinks it is no coincidence:
“Experience says that African youths are further on in their physical development compared
to the other lads in their age group.”
However, predictions regarding possible
future stardom for boys of this age are notoriously unreliable: “The years after this are decisive in terms of physical growth, mental development and tactical training,” according to
Brigger. Former France coach Gerard Houllier
agrees with this opinion: “There’s undoubtedly
the chance you might uncover a talent at a U-17
World Cup. But you can never say for certain
that a player will go on and make the breakthrough. Such a lot depends on their tactical,
physical and social development.”
Coming at it from another angle, catching
the eye at a young age can be a huge dilemma
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The U-17 World Cup in the United
Arab Emirates runs until 8 November.
It is the second junior FIFA tournament to have been hosted by the UAE
following the U-20 World Cup in 2003.
Mexico are the current holders.
Brazil and Nigeria are the most
successful teams with three wins
each.
The final will be played at Mohammed
Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi
(capacity: 42,000).
2003 in Finland. Spain’s Cesc Fàbregas (left)
challenges Leandro Diaz of Argentina.
Seven years later, the young Spaniard was
a World Cup winner (picture p24).
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Only eight countries have ever
lifted the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Yet over 200 have been
winners with FIFA.
As an organisation with 209 member
associations, our responsibilities do not end
with the FIFA World Cup™, but extend to
safeguarding the Laws of the Game, developing
football around the world and bringing hope to
those less privileged.
Our Football for Hope Centres are one example
of how we use the global power of football to
build a better future.
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for a player who hits the headlines as a teenager and is suddenly confronted with the lure of
overnight riches. The agents and scouts, football’s entrepreneurs if you will, play a central
role here. Put bluntly, they are hoping to make
a killing from the tournament in the UAE. For
sure, the leading clubs put out feelers to the
biggest talents earlier and earlier, but the potential for a major discovery at a U-17 World
Cup remains great. “It’s the best shop window
for young players and people with an interest
in them,” says Brigger. “By the time they get to
a U-20 World Cup, the players are much more
likely to be contracted to major clubs.” From
time to time, the prospect of a better life leads
to questionable, even extreme incidents. After
the 2003 U-17 tournament in Finland, 12 of the
20-strong Sierra Leone squad (and two officials) absconded. Of Ghana’s 1991 World Cup
winning squad, 18 of the 20 players signed contracts to move abroad immediately after – and
even during – the tournament.
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FIFA has overseen the tournament at this
age group since 1985, initially as an under-16
contest, and in the present day U-17 form since
1991. The prestige associated with the tournament and overall standards of play have steadily risen. Where the first edition was a 16-team
affair and partly by invitation, the 24-team
format adopted in 2007 reflected at least in
part vastly improved youth development programmes at association level. FIFA’s dedicated
support programme makes an important contribution to this welcome progress. For example, the event in the United Arab Emirates includes an eight-day workshop for coaches from
the Middle East.
a) 1999 in New Zealand
In the past, the organisation of youth football was largely a matter for the clubs and associations. The prestigious BlueStars/FIFA
Youth Cup was first staged in 1939 in Zurich
and later attracted FIFA as a patron. Following
a path similar to the current world junior tournaments, the priority rapidly became the opportunity for cross-border competition. For Sir
Bobby Charlton, whose first taste of playing
abroad with Manchester United was in Zurich
in the 1950s, the continental reality of the time
was a footballing culture shock: “The Italians
pulled everyone back into their own penalty
box and did nothing but defend. We just didn’t
get it to start with – and we lost 1-0. That
taught us a lesson.” Charlton & Co learned from
the experience: England won the World Cup
in 1966 and Manchester United lifted the European Cup two years later. Å
c) 2001 in Trinidad & Tobago
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
USA’s Landon Donovan, now at
LA Galaxy.
b) 1999: Mali’s Seydou Keita, now at
Dalian Aerbin in China – previously
at FC Barcelona.
Argentina’s Carlos Tevez, now at
Juventus, previously at West Ham,
Manchester United and Manchester
City.
d) 2005 in Peru
Mexico’s Carlos Vela, now on loan
from Arsenal to Real Sociedad.
e) 2007 in South Korea
England’s Danny Welbeck, now
at Manchester United.
f) 2007
Germany’s Toni Kroos, now at
Bayern Munich.
g) 2009 in Nigeria
Brazils Neymar, now at Barcelona,
previously at Santos.
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T HE DEBAT E
Switched on: Fifteen years from now, footballers will be well acquainted with technological developments.
What will football look like 15 years
from now?
Sarah Steiner
The history of football is one of countless
rule changes, from the introduction of the penalty kick in 1891 to new substitution rules in
1967, the addition of the yellow and red card
system in 1970, the offside rule update in 1990,
and the back-pass rule introduced in 1992. All
of these changes have made football what it is
today, and new rule changes are being reviewed
all the time to help make the game even better,
faster and more exciting.
Tempo is a crucial factor, not only in terms
of players who are running faster than before,
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but also the speed and precision with which
the ball is struck. Modern football coaches focus on attacking play, their greatest challenge
being to create teams that can break through
solid defences whilst minimising the risk of
exposing flaws in their own defence in the process.
For many years, football was characterised
by defensive tactics such as the Schweizer
Riegel (“Swiss Bolt”) and Catenaccio, when the
aim of the game was to keep a clean sheet. Only
at the start of the 21st century did the focus of
the game shift forward as Barcelona and the
Spain national team, with their tiki-taka style
of play, demonstrated the success that the use
of technical finesse and rotating attacking formations can bring.
The current generation of players can only
keep up with this modern, physically demanding brand of football by being trained for every
aspect of the game, one in which intelligence
and mental strength are as important as physical conditioning. Today’s footballers have to
be complete players, and to achieve this each
player needs to be individually nurtured.
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
On 28 and 29 October in Zurich, the International Football Arena will address the topic:
“What will football look like 15 years from
now?” Opinion is divided over exactly which
rule changes will shape the future of football.
Goal-line technology is certainly one of them,
and will be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in
Brazil. Further suggestions such as the introduction of timeouts or the use of video replays
in decision-making are still the subject of
much discussion.
Irrespective of which new rules or tactics
are adopted across the globe, one thing is for
sure: football thrives on emotion, and that, at
least, will never change. Å
In the nex t weekly debate, we ask:
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This month’s International Football Arena
in Zurich will debate
the future of the game,
with a focus on tactics
and potential changes
to the laws.
T HE DEBAT E
Ten years ago I was certain my training
methods were state-of-the-art, but football
keeps on developing. Stamina is no longer the
priority in training. Methods are now geared
towards agility and pace over short distances.
Today’s young players are quicker and
physically more robust. They’re more skilled
and better passers of the ball. Defenders also
have far better technique. Possession has
become even more important than in the
past. That’s opened the way for progress in
terms of tactics, and it’s all making football
even more attractive.
Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland national coach
From an organisational point of view, the
clubs and national teams will be even more
closely defined and shaped by the competitions they’re involved in. This can only be
advantageous in my opinion. At a technical
level, I don’t see much changing. We already
have extremely high standards, and I think
significant improvement will be difficult. But
for all the changes, football is and will always
be football. The things you associate with this
sporting discipline are individual technique,
tactics, entertainment, passion and prepara­
tion. There may be changes in the way we
prepare, but not in such a way as to distort
the spirit and identity of the game.
Cesare Prandelli, Italy national coach
I was impressed when I saw Neymar playing
at the Confederations Cup. He has unbelievable presence on the field of play. He racks
up the kilometres and has extraordinary
power. He is what the players of the future
will look like. Pace, power and technique will
continue to develop along with everything
that contributes to football being even more
of a spectacle. Because let’s not forget one
thing: the players make football what it is,
and nothing else. What we’ll increasingly see
in the future are players capable of winning
matches single-handedly.
Gerard Houllier, Red Bull global sports director
The game will definitely become a little
quicker and more skilful. The really big leap
forward though will be in the area of
regeneration. Recovery time will become
much more important. Players will have to
recover and be capable of delivering 100%
PRESIDENTIAL NOTE
again in the shortest possible time. The
hallmark of the game is an utter determination to win, which is why I’m unreservedly in
favour of the new goal-line technology. If the
ball crosses the line, a goal must be given.
However, I have no time at all for possible
changes to the laws, abolishing offside for
example. Without offside, there’s no football.
Jean-Paul Brigger, head of FIFA's
technical department
Training conditions will be optimised and
become more specialised. In the past, it was
enough to have one coach for everything.
Goalkeeping coaches came along at a later
date. In the future, I imagine we’ll have
specialist coaches for every match situation for defending, build-up play, and finishing. I
‘Football
is and will
always be
football’
Cesare Prandelli
assume we’ll spend an increasing amount of
time on training. If there’s one change to the
laws I’d get behind, it would be to give
free-kicks for time wasting. We need to stop
teams who are in the lead from suffocating
the game in the last minute by monopolising
the ball down by the corner flag.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, Guangzhou R&F FC,
China, head coach
‘A specialist coach
for every situation’
A level playing field for
Africa!
W
hat will football look like 15 years from
now? It will still be 11-a-side that’s for
sure, and Sepp Herberger’s words of
wisdom will still be true: the game will last 90
minutes, and the ball will still be round. What
will change is the setting. In the future, football matches may become more of an ‘event’.
They will be big occasions, which don’t merely
start with kick-off and end with the final
whistle. I could imagine making matches even
more enjoyable for the whole family by incorporating show acts and concerts. For that to
happen, stadium infrastructure and facilities
must be improved. Football is culture and
entertainment rolled into one, and it requires
a setting worthy of that.
From a purely sporting perspective, I
would like to see globalisation finally taken seriously, and the African and Asian national
associations accorded the status they deserve
at the FIFA World Cup. It cannot be that the
European and South American confederations
lay claim to the majority of the berths at the
World Cup (18 or 19 teams), because taken together they account for significantly fewer
member associations (63) than Africa and Asia
(100).
Africa, the confederation with the most
member associations (54), is woefully under-represented at the World Cup with just five places. As long as this remains the case, African
sides may never win an intercontinental trophy, regardless of progress on the playing side.
This flawed state of affairs must be rectified. At
the end of the day, an equal chance for all is the
paramount imperative of elite sport.
Best wishes, Joseph S. Blatter
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
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THE EXPERT
“Respect for referees”
•T he maximum permitted age for a FIFA referee
is 45.
•T he number of FIFA referees has diminished
significantly over the last decade – from 1149
in 2003 to 883 now.
•153 African referees have forfeited their status
in this time, but the European total has held steady
at 272.
•Around 30 FIFA referees will be on duty at the
2014 World Cup in Brazil.
sion, while others arise when the referee
doesn’t have a perfect view. So co-operation is
extremely important. The players need to realise that football is a game that needs to be enjoyed and not ruined. It’s often very difficult
for the referee to make the right decision when
the players don’t play fair.
This way to the World Cup. Massimo Busacca issues instructions to Brazil 2014 candidates.
Massimo Busacca
A
n intense month in the football calendar has come to an end. The last group
qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
in Brazil have come and gone, and the
final berths are about to be claimed via
the playoffs. Slowly but surely, the
make-up of next year’s tournament is taking
shape.
Friedemann Vogel/FIFA
Yet this isn’t just an intense time for the
teams; the same is true for the officials. Impeccable performances and the fullest concentration are expected of them. Participation at the World Cup is on the line, and that
means there’s a lot at stake - a huge amount
in fact.
So it isn’t just the players and football associations who are feeling the pressure. The
world’s top referees are also in the spotlight.
My team and I will analyse those games in detail. Part of the prospective team of officials
for Brazil is currently in the United Arab Emirates for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, while other
referees are officiating at tournaments in the
confederations, taking the opportunity to
stake their claim for a part in the biggest and
most important tournament in the world. The
anticipation is building among the referees
too. The plan is for the world’s best to officiate
next summer. That’s what we are working towards. In a way, we’re leading “team neutral” to
the World Cup.
Let’s cast our minds back briefly. In midApril we organised four-day seminars in each
confederation. I led those intensive sessions,
which covered various theoretical and practical exercises. We are presently working with
three-man teams of officials from over 50
countries, but there is still an opportunity for
others to add their name to the list of those
who will referee in Brazil. Officials may not
have the necessary abilities today, but that
may not be the case tomorrow. Right now we
are still only at the qualifying stage and we
don’t yet know who’ll be in our team for the
World Cup!
The next thing for us to do is to make sure
that the candidates for 2014 make decisions on
the pitch based on uniform and consistent criteria. We are working towards achieving uniformity and consistency in our decision-making.
These are the vital factors we have to consider.
For me, the most important messages we
have to get across to the players and the rest of
the world are fair play and respect. We are travelling to Brazil, one of the top footballing nations. We need fair play and we need respect.
Some situations require a split-second deciT H E F I FA W E E K LY
One of the most important aspects of a referee’s training is to understand different footballing mentalities. How can referees improve
in this area? Through practising their skill relentlessly, just as a player or coach would do.
They have to watch and re-watch videos, noting down the differences. They have to “nourish” themselves with football, as it were.
We have to understand every zone, whether
it be Africa, Asia or Central America. That way
our referees won’t be caught out by unexpected
situations or reactions. We have to grasp the
different football cultures as best we can. We
place great importance on the referee being in
the best possible position during the game, focusing especially on his movement and where
he places himself during a game. A well-positioned referee can, for example, better assess
and recognise what’s happening in the penalty
area or in peripheral areas of the pitch where it
can be difficult to see exactly what’s taking
place. Obviously we can’t eradicate every mistake although we can do our utmost to minimise errors. But at the end of the day, we are all
human and we will always make mistakes. Å
M A S S I M O B U S A C C A (4 4 ) i s a f o r m e r
world- class referee. He is currently
F I F A’s H e a d o f R e f e r e e i n g .
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Place: Accra, Ghana
D a t e : Wed nesd ay, 2 5 Septemb er 201 3
Time: 3:45 pm
FIRST LOVE
Tine Harden
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HISTORY
1953–1962
1983
1929
1924
1905
2004–2009
1938–1940
2009–2013
1963–2003
Debates, opinions and reports
Perikles Monioudis and Yvonne Lemmer
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epending on who you ask, FIFA is a castle, a black hole or a bunker from which no
light ever escapes. Some commentators
appear determined to outdo each other
in their efforts to come up with the most
original imagery to describe the organisation. Amidst all of this it should not go unnoticed that FIFA has three separate branches
to prevent abuse, with executive, legislative and
judiciary arms. Recommendations that come
from the Ethics Committee have not been passed down from the Executive Committee, but
are instead drawn up entirely separately, and
decisions made by the Congress are binding for
the latter. FIFA’s efforts to ensure transparency
do not end there. This new publication that has
been launched to give voice to all the c­ hanges.
The aim of The FIFA Weekly magazine, which
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man, English, Spanish and French, is to provoke discussion and lead to a better understanding of FIFA’s work and responsibilities. You are
holding the first edition in your hands.
The FIFA Weekly’s precursors were originally designed as news bulletins. Victor E.
Schneider was a man whole-heartedly committed to any project he set his mind to, yet his
tenure as the first FIFA vice-president was plagued by misfortune. In 1906, Schneider began
work on an ambitious idea to organise a maiden international competition for European
clubs. He set the wheels in motion, informing
national associations, planning a four-group
tournament and even had the trophy made.
The semi-finals and final were to be played in
his homeland, Switzerland. There was only one
problem: not a single club showed any interest
in participating.
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
Scheinder had failed with a previous effort
to start another FIFA project a year earlier,
when in 1905 the Geneva native launched the
first FIFA publication at his own expense. It was
called ‘Bulletin Officiel de la Federation Internationale de Football (Association)’ and Schneider
not only took charge of editing duties, he also
bankrolled the printing costs himself. It was a
bold initiative, but Schneider soon found himself lacking the financial resources needed to
sustain it and the first FIFA publication was discontinued after just four editions.
After a tentative attempt to establish a presence with its ‘Official Communications’ in 1924,
FIFA stepped up its efforts a few years later. The
result was ‘World's Football’, which was printed
in colour and was available via an inexpensive
subscription from member associations. Between 1938 and 1940 its front cover achieved cult
status and its art-deco style would not look out
of place today.
From 1983 onwards world football’s governing body published the ‘FIFA Magazine’, including reports and interviews on glossy paper,
before replacing it with the monthly ‘FIFA World’. From today, the tenth FIFA publication will
appear. A product born of its past, The FIFA
Weekly heralds the future. Å
Reproduktion Marc Latzel
FIFA is taking a huge leap in the way it communicates. The FIFA Weekly, which is aimed at fans and
national associations in equal measure, gives you
the chance to take part in the football debate.
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Top spot Biggest climber Dominican Republic
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THE SOUND OF FOOTBALL
THE OBJEC T
Perikles Monioudis
Dealing with the sound of whistles, especially those from referees, was a part of everyday life for Diego Maradona during his playing
days. He loved to hear them when he was
brought to ground after a mazy solo run. and
detested them when he was adjudged to have
been the aggressor, a moniker which was always somehow beneath him. Whistles provided the framework for Maradona’s actions on
the pitch: his thoughts and emotions were governed by them and in a sense he was a slave to
their shrill song.
Hanspeter Kuenzler
Is there any song more closely associated with a football
club than “You’ll Never Walk
Alone” with Liverpool? In the
countdown to kick-off at
A nfield, when the stadium
­
resounds to the sound of
40,000 fans bellowing the
famous chorus, it sends shivers down the spine.
The tune probably has the
same effect on opposing teams,
although for very different reasons. Unsurprisingly, when
Pink Floyd wanted to emphasise the main message of their
song “Fearless” (taken from the
album “Meddle”), they used a
live recording of the Kop as a
backing track.
The pride and passion embodied by “You’ll Never Walk
Alone” is rooted in nostalgia.
The evergreen classic harks
back to Liverpool’s glory days.
Rewind to 1963 and the start of
a new football season. Beatle36
mania is at its height. Bill
Shankly had taken over as
Reds’ manager in 1959 and had
succeeded in taking the club
up to the top flight at the third
attempt followed by a respectable eighth-place finish in their
first season back in the First
Division. Shankly was a friend
of bandleader Gerry Marsden,
whose beat generation pioneers The Pacemakers had just
had two hit singles. During a
coach trip as a guest of Liverpool football club, Marsden
played Shankly his next single
- “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
A tune begets a title
The song was a cover version of a popular ditty from the
musical “Carousel”, composed
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar
Hammerstein and given its
world premiere on Broadway in
1945. Shankly was much taken
with what he heard, and soon
enough the press were reporting
that Liverpool had a new club
song. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
topped the British charts for
four weeks, and by the end of
the season Liverpool had
claimed their first league title
since 1947. The rest is history. Æ
Walk on...
Through the wind...
Walk on...
Through the rain…
Though your dreams be
tossed and blown...
Walk on... (walk on)
Walk on... (walk on)
With hope (with hope)
In your heart...
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone.
T H E F I FA W E E K LY
The subsequent stages in Diego's career
are widely known. Rudi Voller, Karl-Heinz
Rummenigge, Andreas Brehme and Tony
Schumacher, losing finalists with West Germany in Mexico City, chose diverging, although largely lucrative roles afterwards. In
that decisive match they had managed to fight
back from two goals down, only to lose 3-2.
So what of the black whistle that Brazilian
referee Romualdo Arppi Filho used that day?
It lies on a shelf in Zurich, encased in a plastic
bag marked: “Brand: Acme. Model: THUNDERER. Type: Plastico-Grande. Country of
origin: England.” It sits, unused, five floors below ground at the Home of FIFA, waiting in
vain to make another appearance. That said, it
has already made its most important outing.
Just ask Maradona. Å
Photo: Gian Paul Lozza, Illustration: Sion Ap Tomos
“ Yo u ‘ l l N e ve r Wa l k A l o n e ”
On one occasion, three urgent, extended
bursts of a whistle, seemingly aware of their
own significance, provided liberation for the
great man. Upon hearing them the Argentinian captain leapt into the air, hands aloft in
delight, as the sound marked the end of the
1986 FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico. Maradona's dream of becoming world champion had
come true.
TURNING POINT
“I was living in fear”
For the last six years, Shannon Boxx has been living with the autoimmune
disease lupus erythematosus. The USA veteran concealed her illness for a long time,
fearing rejection. The 35-year-old tells her personal story.
“The bad feelings started shortly before the
2007 World Cup. I was really looking forward
to the tournament of course. As a player, it
doesn’t get any better. But there was something in the back of my mind and I’d been worried about it for months: my chronic physical
weakness. I felt tired, I had a hard time getting my legs and muscles to recover. I was also
plagued by uncertainty. The doctors were at a
loss to explain it. I was already suffering from
Sjogren’s syndrome [a systemic autoimmune
disease characterised by dryness in the mouth
and eyes] but the medics ruled out the illness
as a factor in my ability to perform.
So there we were, gearing up for the World
Cup in China. And I acted as if nothing had
happened. I was frightened of the consequences. What if I lost my place on the team?
What if the coaches didn’t feel they could take
a chance on a “bad day” happening on the day
of a game? What if the media made a big thing
out of it? I chose to say nothing.
Simon Bruty/Getty Images
The World Cup went OK and we finished
third. I actually played reasonably well and
no-one seemed to notice anything. But the
state of my body was really getting me down.
I was having really bad attacks more and
more often, there were trainings I literally
had to push through with everything I had
because I was drained of energy. The low periods lasted for hours, sometimes for days,
and as well as the joint pain and skin problems, I needed to sleep the whole time. It was
a mental burden too. I had no one to talk to
about it. I always stressed about when a bad
day might hit and I feared my level of play
would suffer.
The turning point came one morning in
December 2007. It was the day when I was
able to confront my illness head on. After going to another doctor (now my 4th) and yet
another examination, my affliction acquired a
name: Lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune
disease. I started researching it. Lupus – as
I found out from the internet – doesn’t just
attack the joints and skin, it can also spread
to the internal organs. You even come across
fatal cases. I had a really odd feeling. On the
one hand I was relieved - the uncertainty was
gone. On the other hand, I was frightened by
the enormity of it all. I was prescribed medicine to help control my symptoms. But still I
remained silent.
Lupus has changed my life. I go for a
check-up every three months, and I know my
internal organs are in good shape. I’m free of
the mental burden, and that helps. At the end
of the day, I’m looking to the future. My first
baby is due in March 2014. Little more than a
year later it’s the World Cup in Canada. I want
to be there when we win the trophy.” Å
As told to Alan Schweingruber
I n Tu r n i n g P o i n t , p e r s o n a l i t i e s
reflect on a decisive moment in
their lives.
I needed time to come to terms
with the disease. It was 2011 before I summoned up the courage to inform my club Magic
Jack and the national team
about my suffering. It was a
good decision, because the
feedback was overwhelming. My team-mates and
the coach offered me
total support. I can
now officially take
time off when I need
it, but more than any­
thing else, I can talk
about it. My time in
hiding is over.
Name:
International appearances:
Shannon Leigh Boxx
186
Date of birth:
Position:
29 June 1977
Midfield
Place of birth:
Club:
Fontana, USA
Chicaco Red Stars
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This FIFA World Cup ended with a missed penalty – and it began with a missed penalty too. Who
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President:
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Secretary General:
Jérôme Valcke
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Director of Communications:
Walter de Gregorio
Chief editor:
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Perikles Monioudis (Deputy Editor),
Alan Schweingruber, Sarah Steiner
Contributors:
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London; Roland Zorn, Frankfurt/M.;
Sven Goldmann, Berlin;
Sergio Xavier Filho, Sao Paulo;
Luigi Garlando, Milan
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Contributors to this issue:
Yvonne Lemmer, Dominik Petermann
World Cup qualifiers were introduced in 1934. Only one country has taken part in every
single World Cup qualifying competition since 1934. Which one?
E Netherlands
I Luxembourg
L Turkey
T USA
Editorial assistant:
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Project management:
Bernd Fisa, Christian Schaub
Printer:
Zofinger Tagblatt AG
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How many goals did the Dutch score at the
2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan?
(Careful – this one may be trickier than you
think...)
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T HIS WEEK’S POLL
Who will take
this trophy home
in July 2014?
Brazil, Spain, Germany or a less-fancied team? Send your answers to: [email protected]
Question from Dieter Paul,
Cottbus: Why do the Squadra
Azzura wear blue?
COMING UP NEX T WEEK
2014 World Cup: DARK HORSES Belgium.
Answered by Dominik Petermann,
FIFA historian: Italy have traditionally played in blue. In historical
terms, this derives from the
national colours of the Kingdom
of Piemont-Sardinia and its ruling
Savoy dynasty.
Honey Thaljieh: Palestinian GIRL POWER.
Interview: MARIO KEMPES on Messi.
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The number of goals scored
by the top marksmen in
World Cup qualifying – Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Luis Suarez
(Uruguay) and Deon
McCaulay (Belize/
pictured). McCaulay
and Co failed to
survive the second
stage of CONCACAF
qualifying, but the striker
was on deadly form
against Montserrat,
Grenada, Guatema-
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T HE (UN)POPUL AR VO T E
THE STRONGER SEX
million girls and women
around the world play
football. The FIFA Women’s
Ranking includes 120 teams.
USA (Pictured: Abby Wambach) are in first
place, with
Kenya
currently
percent of the French
bringing up
public have an unfa-
the rear.
vourable opinion of
their own national team,
according to a poll published in daily paper
la and St.
“Le Parisien”. If footbal-
Vincent and the
ling decisions were taken
Grenadines.
by popular vote, coach
Didier Deschamps would
be out of a job. As it is, he will
attempt to guide his men to
success in the play-offs against
Ukraine.
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