Saturday, June 07, 2014

Swiss Super League FC Sion turn to Italy and Juve legend Gentile -

The former FC Juventus, Italy defender and U21 coach Claudio Gentile has signed a two-year contract to succeed Raimondo Ponte as coach of Swiss Super League club FC Sion.

    Sion turn to former Italy defender Gentile

    Claudio Gentile pictured during his time as Italy Under-21 coach ©AFP

    LONDON /  The former defender has succeeded Raimondo Ponte – whose contract expired at the end of the season – and signed a two-year deal to take charge of a squad that finished eighth in the ten-team Swiss Super League.

    In 60-year-old Gentile, Sion have hired a man who enjoyed great success as a player. While at Juventus, he won the UEFA Cup in 1977 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984 as well as six Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia twice. Six of his 71 international caps were earned during the Azzurri's triumphant 1982 World Cup campaign in Spain.

    Gentile's previous coaching position was with Italy's Under-21s between 2000 and 2006, leading them to the European crown in 2004. "Gentile helped develop the players that were part of Italy's World Cup-winning side in 2006," explained Sion president Christian Constantin. "He has experience, discipline and tactical know-how. He will help take one of the Super League's youngest teams forward."
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    Friday, June 06, 2014

    ENGLAND WCup Warm Up: In Miami's Heath THREE LIONS Experimented HandBags Before Fight Against ECUADOR| Respect | Empowersport

    ENGLAND’s warm up to FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil continued against LATIN opponents but not all when according to plan in the Three Lions' camp. 

    Hodgson's sincere admission that 'He didn't know much about Ecuadoran football and that asking him about it was like asking an Ecuadoran about Crewe Alexandra' ruffled feathers up in the Ecuadorian side that lead to incidents and injuries in the pitch. 

    At the Miami's Dolphins Sun Life Stadium, the Three Lions were reminded 'to stay on their feet'..or else as Sterling’s reckless tackle on Antonio Valencia showed.

    by Satish Sekar 
    They know Us Now
    MIAMI. The men who scored Ecuador’s goals yesterday had a message for England manager Roy Hodgson. Enner Valencia stunned England by heading his team into an 8th minute lead. “He probably has his reasons”, Valencia told me.“If he didn’t know, now he knows us a little more and hopefully we can play against him in the World Cup too”.
    Hodgson had previously admitted that he didn’t know much about Ecuadoran football and that asking him about it was like asking an Ecuadoran about Crewe Alexandra. His eyes were focused on World Cup opponents Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Hodgson said that the team would watch videos the afternoon before the match – after their final training session.
    Ecuador had never beaten England, or even drawn before yesterday. It is unlikely that either scorer featured heavily in the videos. Michael Arroyo was not a household name in England before yesterday, but he scored the goal of the match.
    Faulty Radar
    He won’t be passing under any radar now. “I think it was an important match and the goal was, well, it was a shot that I always take in training and thank God with it we were able to tie the game against a great team that is England, no”? Arroyo said.
    Questions were raised about England’s preparation for the match. They had not studied their opponents thoroughly, or developed tactics with these opponents in mind. Instead, they were selected with Uruguay in mind to prepare against a South American style of football, but is there such a thing? Ecuador’s style is their own – a reflection of the footballing philosophy of their Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda.
    We know that Ecuador are a very good team and we’ll have a meeting now where we’ve put together a video, which we’ll show to our players, which we hope will give them a pretty good idea how Ecuador play and where the dangers will come tomorrow”, Hodgson said at his pre-match press conference the day before the match.
    The matches here in Miami were about acclimatising to the conditions they are likely to face in Brasil and preparation against South American and Latin American styles of play.
     Roy Hodgson's comments before the match stirred Ecuadorian reaction
    When it comes to individuals you’ll have to understand our major focus is preparing for matches against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica”, Hodgson said “and these friendly matches, we’ve worked very, very hard on our own preparation.
    His focus was firmly on England in the preparations. Had they under-estimated Ecuador – a team that finished above Uruguay in qualification for the World Cup – as a result of focusing on themselves? “… as a result I must admit that we are not anywhere near as well prepared in terms of letting the players know everything there is to know about Ecuador as I hope we will be when it comes to the Italians”, Hodgson said.
    The Ecuadoran players and coach were keen to play down any row. They believe they proved themselves on the pitch. “Well I believe that they have Antonio [Valencia] over there in England, who is very renowned and if he [Hodgson] expressed himself like that, well I think we respect him a lot”, Arroyo said. “I believe that today he [Hodgson] found out about Ecuador, a team that has very important players and that will fight at the World Cup”. 
     'Ecuador’s style is their own' said  their Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda.
    Ecuador’s coach Rueda had previously said, “In the 21st century you have all those available options to see players and different logistics, so I don’t know if he’s just saying that”. It would appear not. Rueda also thought it impossible to gauge England’s chances against Uruguay from a match against his team. “In the end it [comparison] doesn't really exist”, he said. “These are preparation games and teams are not really the same”.
    And as for the main talking point – the double sending off. Sterling’s tackle on Antonio Valencia was reckless, but Hodgson disagreed. “The sending off was harsh, I thought”, Hodgson said. “It was a fierce challenge but it was also a fair one. Raheem Sterling was unlucky that Antonio Valencia reacted in the way he did. I’m a bit disappointed a senior professional like Antonio reacted in that way”.
    It could be argued that Valencia thought the tackle dangerous – one that could have put him out of the World Cup. Nevertheless, Valencia is experienced and as Ecuador’s captain he should have been responsible and mature enough not to react.
    Valencia’s name-sake Enner offered a more balanced perspective. “Well, perhaps those are plays that are seen in a normal game, but now in a friendly game we have to try to take care of each other” Enner Valencia told us. “The challenge – to tell you the truth – was seen as being very bad and then the reaction of Antonio too”.
    Hodgson continued defending Sterling. “I also thought young Raheem Sterling showed a lot of calmness when he was being attacked and when he was walking away to make sure he didn't give the referee any cause to send him off for fighting”, he said. “It’s a pity because I was quite looking forward to seeing him play on Saturday and it looks like that won’t be a possibility now”.
    Meanwhile, Enner Valencia is sure that Ecuador will not be taken lightly again by England. “We knew we were going to face a high-ranking team such as England with many players that we see on TV and now we tried to match them,” he said. “We met a great national team and I believe we also played a great game”.
    Hodgson accepted that he didn't know much about Honduran football either.

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