How Can Asian Football Develop into World Cup Contenders?

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How Can Asian Football Develop into World Cup Contenders?

Postby Stiggles123 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:38 am

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Re: How Can Asian Football Develop into World Cup Contenders

Postby SteveW » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:22 am

I think one of the first challenges is acknowledging where they actually are right now.

Korea in this World Cup performed to their ranking, they were the lowest ranked team in the group and finished last. And yet, the reaction from some quarters is astonishing.

For all the talk of talented players playing abroad and progress being made the other side of that coin is that other countries are making progress too.

The bottom line is that if an Asian country wants to compete then they need to develop world class players, get them playing regularly in competitive high-quality leagues (preferably their own), put together a world class coaching team to lead them team, give them time to organise and develop the squad and have their national teams challenged at a high level of a consistent basis.

That's probably a 50 year project and not one that any single country can do on their own.

My sense is that the money and power is becoming more concentrated in Europe and the gap becoming bigger for the rest of the world. Geography can compensate that to some extent as we see in the current WC but unless you have a team with 8 or 9 guys competing at the business end of the Champions League then you probably aren't going to in the final stage of the WC without a hell of a lot of luck.

At the minute the best Asian players are generally squad men or at lower-mid table sides. While that's the case then some times they will go out in the groups, sometimes they will make the last 16 and on really good years with a bit of luck the QFs.
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Re: How Can Asian Football Develop into World Cup Contenders

Postby Stiggles123 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:49 am

SteveW wrote:I think one of the first challenges is acknowledging where they actually are right now.

Korea in this World Cup performed to their ranking, they were the lowest ranked team in the group and finished last. And yet, the reaction from some quarters is astonishing.

For all the talk of talented players playing abroad and progress being made the other side of that coin is that other countries are making progress too.

The bottom line is that if an Asian country wants to compete then they need to develop world class players, get them playing regularly in competitive high-quality leagues (preferably their own), put together a world class coaching team to lead them team, give them time to organise and develop the squad and have their national teams challenged at a high level of a consistent basis.

That's probably a 50 year project and not one that any single country can do on their own.

My sense is that the money and power is becoming more concentrated in Europe and the gap becoming bigger for the rest of the world. Geography can compensate that to some extent as we see in the current WC but unless you have a team with 8 or 9 guys competing at the business end of the Champions League then you probably aren't going to in the final stage of the WC without a hell of a lot of luck.

At the minute the best Asian players are generally squad men or at lower-mid table sides. While that's the case then some times they will go out in the groups, sometimes they will make the last 16 and on really good years with a bit of luck the QFs.


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