Friday, June 11, 2010

Understanding the World Cup with the help of a pro

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Not everyone in New Orleans is a soccer fan but with nothing really on from early morning to early afternoon, there’s a chance most everyone will see some soccer. With the United States and England set to square off tomorrow, we brought in New Orleans Jesters head coach Kenneth Ferrell – a former Irish Premiere League player and championship coach of the locally-based Chicago Fire Juniors – to explain some of the basics of the world's biggest sporting event and what to expect.

-

click to enlarge Coach Ferrell

-

Photo lifted from nolajesters.com

-

Besides the fact that it’s 32 countries playing soccer, how is the World Cup different than other top-tier soccer tournaments?

-

The Club level is so good if you look at the Champions League, the English Premiere League, La Liga in Spain and the top leagues in South America. The clubs in Europe make the best players in all over the world because they’re the best played leagues with players from every country participating. To play for a national team, you have to have a passport for that country or parents from that country and the teams go through 2 ½ years of qualifying to make it to the World Cup Finals. There are 6 regions of the world produce that produce 32 countries for the World Cup.

-

You didn’t mention the U.S. Is our National team really any good at soccer?

-

We have a problem where Major League Soccer is not one of the top levels in the world, but it’s going to take time. We have to get our best talent out of the country so we can maximize the potential of our players. MLS has to continue to get stronger but that’s a long way off from them being at the level where we can encourage players not go to foreign leagues if they don’t want to.

-

So what does the U.S. have to do to win this team?

-

The top teams that are favored, teams like England, Spain, Brazil, have a lot of skill. The big sides with the many good players will dominate possession. But the great part about the World Cup is that a small country will be able to pull a result. South Korea made a semi-final [at the 2002 World Cup] that wouldn’t have been expected. If the U.S. wants to make it to the Semis they have to counter attack.

-

So we’re going to get killed, aren’t we?

-

We don’t’ have a world-class player on the U.S. If you’re a U.S. You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching England dominate possession and the U.S. will try to keep it close as possible to get a counterattack. That’s the strategy and, in the end, the result is the result.

-

If the U.S. is eliminated, what reason will we have to watch any other games?

-

If you get up early for the England-U.S.A. game, you’ll find people form other countries that don’t have a team to support so they go against a team and they show up to cheer against England. A lot of people root against France, or Argentina, all historical lines from old wars. It’s an interesting aspect because teams usually only play each other for that one game.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Speaking of...

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in Blog of New Orleans

Top Topics in Blog of New Orleans

Food & Drink (74)


Music & Nightlife (63)


A&E (46)


Film/DVD (39)


News & Politics (30)


More by Alejandro de los Rios

Recent Comments

© 2014 Gambit
Powered by Foundation