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"A lot of the players who are playing this game are part-time players": BOUTSIANIS ON STATE OF THE GAME
BOUTSIANIS SPEAKING ON FOOTBALL Q&A EARLIER TODAY
Former Socceroo, Con Boutsianis has been highly critical of the youth development of young Australian players and their lack of talent in comparison to the Golden Era.
Boutsianis spoke to David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Q&A and was condemnatory of the way in which young Australian talent is developed at a young age and how players are training at a professional level.
“If I look at Don Bradman and Dawn Fraser, they didn’t have sports science, they had the ethics to be able work very hard over long periods of time and our players aren’t doing that,” Boutsianis said.
“A lot of the players who are playing this game are part-time players even if they are earning a lot of money because all they are doing is training a couple of hours a day and they should be doing more than that,” Boutsianis said.
Boutsianis also went on to talk about the recruitment strategies of A-League clubs and his belief that the marquee system is hindering youth development due to their lack of hard work.
“We need to develop a high-end player that can win games for us, but all those players should be able to do that, so we shouldn’t be wasting money on all these marquee players,” Boutsianis said.
“I don’t see how that generation is doing better than what our generation is doing before with less money, but we had the willingness to work. You can look at Okon, you can look at Kewell and a number of players going back, they had an unbelievable work ethic and they did a lot on their own,” Boustianis said.
Boutsianis who is a football development specialist for his Football First program added that he believes the mentality from top-to-bottom needs changing if Australian players are to succeed on a higher level.
“Until players, junior kids and coaches realise that unless they are doing a lot of work on their own they are never going to make it to a big stage,” Boutsianis said.
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Peru assistant coach Nolberto Solano says the team can only “focus on what they have” while they await the decision on banned captain Paolo Guerrero.
Guerrero is currently appealing the ban extended by the Court of Arbitration of Sport after the 34 year old tested positive for cocaine and metabolite benzoylecgonine.
“To be honest we’re really disappointed – Paolo is very professional and he’s a key player for us,
“Unfortunately, we don’t know what’s going to happen.” Solano said.
Peru has named a 24 man preliminary squad for the tournament but it is expected Guerrero will be included should the ban be lifted.
But despite his absence Solano told FNR_Football Nation Radio much of the focus throughout the qualifiers was adopting a team first mentality which Solano says is one of the team’s strengths.
“We never rely on individuals to win us games, we are a team and very competitive as a team,” Solano said.
Peru along with Australia, Denmark and France make up Group C and Solano says all teams are being treated with equal respect among the Peruvian camp.
“It’s very exciting and emotional for the country, we love football here in Peru,” Solano said.
Peru will be make their first World Cup Finals appearance since 1982 when they meet Denmark on June 16.
Football Extra airs every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hosted by Joshua Parish on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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listen to ron smith discuss how the ais dissolved
Former Socceroos technical manager Ron Smith believes the “philosophy” of the AIS changed when the FFA took over the football program in 2009.
The FFA centre of excellence dissolved in 2017 after it was revealed fewer than half of the graduates went on to have a professional career in the sport.
But respected football coach Ron Smith who was heavily involved in the centre believes it became more about fielding a ready made team for youth tournaments as opposed to developing players.
“It went from being one of developing individuals to one of preparing a team for an U17’s World Cup people were selected to play and qualify immediately,” Smith said.
Smith told FNR_Football Nation Radio he believes the program excelled in supporting the “national youth teams and beyond” and says it is a “shame we closed the centre.”
In addition, Smith says the philosophy of the program was “never [to] pick the National Youth Team” but to identify and develop the best players to be ready for professional football.
“We worked with the state federations to identify and develop the best individuals who could then play in the NSL or go overseas before playing in U20’s National Team,” Smith said.
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEST) hosted by David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to luke wilkshire on the preview show
Newly signed Wollongong defender Luke Wilkshire believes the “timing was right” for a return to one of his junior clubs.
Wilkshire made his debut for Wollongong in last week’s 5-1 loss to Sydney Olympic after only recently finishing with Sydney FC in the A-League.
Despite the short turnaround Wilkshire says moving on from disappointing losses is all part of the journey.
“You have to [move on] that’s football moving from one league to another and facing new challenges and opportunities,” Wilkshire said.
Wilkshire told FNR_Football Nation Radio he is determined to help the club “in any way possible” in their future ambitions both on and off the field.
“It’s not just about these 11 or 12 games in the NPL but it’s about the bigger picture,” Wilkshire said.
Wilkshire believes the “region is crying out for an A-League team” and says the club’s ambitions to be part of the expanded A-League contributed to his decision in signing.
“The club has a lot of history and being back here you can see how much football means to the people,”
Wilkshire has also made 80 appearances for the Socceroos.
The Preview Show airs every Friday from 3PM (AEST) hosted by Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the newly appointed Sydney fc head coach Steve Corica
Newly appointed Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica says he “won’t be making many changes” to the club’s style of play.
Corica was appointed the position yesterday and says while the club will be bringing in “new faces” he hopes to keep a core group of players to maintain the club’s culture.
Sydney FC has been known to recruit players with the “right personality” which the club believes has played an important role in their recent success.
“I know the players, the staff and what the club expects as well as the type of pressure put on Sydney so it’s nothing new to me,” Corica said.
Corica also told FNR_Football Nation Radio the “disappointment” of Sydney’s semi-final exit still surrounds the club and will be used as motivation in the new season.
“We’ve had a lot of time to reflect but the disappointment is still there as we expected to be in the final and to win it,” Corica said.
Corica believes the FFA could potentially look at re-introducing a system which rewards the team which finishes first in the regular season with a “second chance” in the finals series.
“Maybe it’s something the FFA will look at as they want the best teams in the final as well,” Corica said.
Corica also addressed the playing future of captain Alex Brosque who is still undecided about his future at the club.
“He’s still deciding but I’ve got a feeling he’s going to come back for another season,” Corica said.
Football Extra airs every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm (AEST) hosted by Josh Parish on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
LISTEN TO NEWLY APPOINTED pERTH gLORY ceo TONY PIGNATA ON FOOTBALL Q&A
Incoming Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata says a promotion/relegation system “is something that needs to happen” for football in Australia to grow as the A-League continues its plans for expansion.
Speaking to David Davutovic on Football Q&A, Pignata stressed the importance of giving grassroots football clubs a challenge in the pursuit of developing further Australian footballing talent and raising the game’s profile nationally.
“We need to give these [NPL clubs] some opportunity to make the next grade,” he said. “Whether they make the next grade or not, that’s up to them.
“If these clubs can fund themselves, it is going to grow the game, it’s going to produce the players, and I think it’ll work.”
With the bids in for the FFA’s planned two-club expansion of the A-League, Pignata believes “expansion should have been done a few years ago.”
“It’s needed,” he said. “Look at the amount of investors who want to get into the game. They’re spending a lot of money doing these bids at the moment, I just hope that the ones that miss out can still be there and the FFA can still nurture them.”
Pignata also spoke of the importance international marquee singings have played in promoting the A-League. Alessandro del Piero, who he says became “to the A-League what Beckham became to the MLS”, was signed during his tenure as Sydney FC CEO.
As well as drawing massive crowds and sponsorships, increasing membership numbers and attracting overseas TV coverage, Pignata believes the singing of the Italian international was instrumental in attracting other quality players, including 2017 Johnny Warren Medal winner Milos Ninkovic.
“When we signed Milos Ninkovic, he said his favourite player was Alessandro,” he said. “So we gave him [del Piero’s] number 10 jersey and he seems to have done pretty well with that.”
However, with heightened competition for signings from the Chinese Super League and the MLS, Pignata believes “it’s difficult for any A-League club now to sign a player like del Piero.”
Pignata’s appointment at Perth Glory will see him work alongside new head coach Tony Popovic, his former rival at Western Sydney Wanderers. Despite their supposed on-field rivalry, Pignata said the pair have a “very good relationship” and looked forward to working closely alongside him.
“He’s hungry,” he said. “He’s a winner, very much in the mould of [former Sydney FC head coach] Graham Arnold.”
“I think Perth are lucky to have him.”
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEST) hosted by David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to craig Johnston discuss how a football big bash would work
Liverpool legend Craig Johnston has proposed the implementation of a “football big bash” to improve skills and increase interest in the sport.
Johnston believes his “digital format of the sport” appeals to a new generation of football fans immersed in the technological age.
Johnston says his format revolves around players getting as many touches as possible and executing their skills at a faster pace.
“We need to make the game more interesting and more exciting,
“It’s a new format for the sport that’s six-a-side, four quarters, rotating subs and sin bins,” Johnston said.
Johnston believes youth development in Australia is “going backwards at an alarming rate” due to not enough “kids playing [football] often enough.”
“A football back in my day was the toy of the day and now you have Playstations…that’s where it’s at,” Johnston said.
Johnston suggests the A-League teams feature in this competition which is “based on the arts, crafts and skills of the game.”
Johnston spoke to FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Louise Taffa at the PFA History Conference this afternoon where he also featured as a guest speaker.
listen to Sydney Olympic ceo john boulous address the tim cahill rumours
Sydney Olympic CEO John Boulous says the club has “made [their] intentions clear” should an opportunity arise to sign Socceroo Tim Cahill.
Cahill is currently without a club ahead of the FIFA World Cup and has been linked to boyhood club Sydney Olympic following his stint with Millwall.
Mr Boulous told FNR_Football Nation Radio Cahill continues to “raise the bar” wherever he goes and “could bring a lot to [Sydney Olympic] both on and off the field.”
Cahill started his career at Sydney Olympic in 1995 before a brief move to Sydney United.
Mr Boulous says the club has no doubt Cahill will be making an appearance at his fourth consecutive World Cup.
“I think he’s got is mind firmly set and rightly so on the World Cup and as a former player at the club we wish him all the best for that,” Mr Boulous said.
The Preview Show airs every Friday from 3pm (AEST) hosted by George Donikian, Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to newly appointed perth glory ceo tony pignata on the review show
Newly appointed Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata says attracting a player like Alessandro Del Piero to the A-League today is “impossible.”
Mr Pignata believes the financial gap between the A-League and the MLS in particular has made it very difficult to attract marquee players for a lengthy duration.
“When Sydney did the deal with Del Piero it was a very unique deal but the MLS wasn’t at the level it is now,
“It’s huge money and A-League clubs just can’t sustain it,” Mr Pignata said.
Mr Pignata has held the Chief Executive position at the FFV, Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix prior to this appointment.
Along the journey, Mr Pignata says one of the most important lessons learned has been to “bridge relationships.”
“I’m going to go out to our fans in the shed and members just to touch base with them as well as out to the communities to hear what they expect from an A-League club,” Mr Pignata said.
Mr Pignata told FNR_Football Nation Radio he is excited to be immersed in a city with a “massive football history” and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“We have a new coach, there are about ten players we have to recruit and there’s a lot of hype,"
“We have to make sure June 18 when pre-season starts the focus is to ultimately get into finals and make the Grand Final,” Mr Pignata said.
The Review Show airs every Sunday from 6pm (AEST) hosted by George Donikian, Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano
listen to simon hill share his thoughts on VAR
Fox Sports commentator Simon Hill says the VAR malfunction during the Grand Final “underlines why the VAR is not for our game.”
Hill believes the technology takes “all the spontaneity and joy out of football” and says it is “extraordinary” how the technology experienced a software failure.
“You almost become blasé about it and say ‘oh well there’s another one that we’ll be talking about this week’,
“It’s a human game and an emotional game.” Hill said.
Hill believes the finals series was a “breath of fresh air” due to it providing fans with greater incentives to attend matches.
“It shows fans are still connected to their club, I think players respond when fans are inside the stadium and there’s something on the line,” Hill said.
In relation to the state of the game, Hill believes the congress issue is the “administrative constipation” which is holding the game back off the field.
“We’ve wasted so much time with in-fighting and factionalism that the game has stood still off the pitch,” Hill said.
The Congress working party has until 31 July, 2018 to make their recommendations as to the make up of the congress.
The election for the new FFA board will take place in November, 2018.
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEST) with David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio
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