Friday, July 24, 2009
Fangzhuo played just a few games before returning home last year and the failure of Chinese and other Asian players to match the impact some Korean and Japanese have had in the top leagues is the subject of great debate, not least among coaches such as Ferguson.Charlton agrees that foreign coaching is one of the keys to getting the best out of talented youngsters in China, a strategy apparently abandoned by China in April when they replaced experienced Serbian coaches with 43-year-old Gao Hongbo.
Fangzhuo played just a few games before returning home last year and the failure of Chinese and other Asian players to match the impact some Korean and Japanese have had in the top leagues is the subject of great debate, not least among coaches such as Ferguson.Manchester United great Bobby Charlton is worried about the fortunes of another team in red -- China.So impressed was he by the skill of the Chinese, Charlton persuaded United manager Alex Ferguson to take two of them, Wu Chongwen and Su Maozhen, back to Manchester with him to train alongside Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Joel Santana is focused on guiding South Africa to the Confederations Cup final despite the hype about his battle with his countrymen.
The Bafana Bafana boss is highly regarded in his homeland and is one of only a handful of coaches to have won the league title with the four clubs - Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.
However, he has played down the fuss, calling for full support for the host nation ahead of the clash with the defending champions in Johannesburg in tomorrow's second semi-final.
"I am 100% focused on Bafana Bafana," he said. "My work is in Africa. I respect the opponents, but I don't really care about them because I am now with Bafana Bafana.
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"It's very respectable that Chelsea made it to five semi-final in the past six years - it is a sign of big ambition.
"But this is the last occasion for these players to be where they want to be.
"They have a lot of desire to win the Champions League. We must play with intelligence and emotion - if we combine both we have a very good chance."
Following the goalless draw in Spain last week, Barcelona have been critical of Chelsea's tactics, accusing them of playing negatively and behaving over aggressively.
They then disposed of Spanish championship rivals Real Madrid with ease, winning 6-2 at the Bernabeu over the weekend.
As a result, motivation within the Barca camp is now at a high, but Hiddink watched the La Liga encounter and is confident he will keep Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o at bay