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Parreira on Russia 2018: Possession is now not a should

The top coaches and technical administrators of all 211 member associations, in addition to the technical consultants of all six confederations, have...


The top coaches and technical administrators of all 211 member associations, in addition to the technical consultants of all six confederations, have been invited by FIFA to the FIFA Soccer Convention to be held in London on 23 September 2018. To this point, over 150 coaches, together with FIFA World Cup winner Didier Deschamps (France), Zlatko Dalic (Croatia), Roberto Martínez (Belgium), Gareth Southgate (England), Tite (Brazil), Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia), Joachim Low (Germany), Hajime Moriyasu (Japan), Aliou Cisse (Senegal) and Luis Enrique (Spain) are anticipated to attend.

Forward of the convention, the top of FIFA’s Technical Research Group (TSG) and 1994 FIFA World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira shares his preliminary views concerning the technical and tactical consequence of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which can be one of many key factors on the agenda of the one-day London occasion.

You coached at six World Cups, although the motion on the pitch has by no means been analysed in such depth as will probably be on the London convention that follows Russia 2018. How can your colleagues from collaborating and non-participating international locations profit from what comes out of the convention?
It’s an important initiative to carry all these nice footballing names collectively. The convention is a singular event and we have now to make absolutely the most of it. Sharing info and experiences is significant to the continued improvement of soccer, and there’s no one higher than coaches in relation to giving opinions. The World Cup is at all times a chance to evaluate the state of soccer and new developments, the brand new issues that are available in and needs to be used once more. The individuals who took half in it have one thing to say concerning the issues they confronted, the issues that labored and what they felt and noticed. And the individuals who weren’t there can decide up that info. It’s a extremely priceless dialogue as a result of everybody advantages from it.

For those who had to decide on one soccer reminiscence from Russia, what wouldn’t it be?
You’ve obtained me there (laughs). There have been a number of however I’d should say the ultimate. And I’m not simply speaking concerning the match itself however arriving on the stadium, the entire build-up present, the groups strolling out onto the pitch, the pre-match formalities, the music, the followers, all of the photographers in motion. I really like all that ritual and it reveals that the World Cup and the excitement that comes with it truly is completely different. There wasn’t a aim or a transfer particularly. It was that sense of event that we’ll always remember, and the sport and the presenting of the trophy. That’s what I’ll keep in mind. Clearly there’s a cultural facet to it, the tourism and the meals, however the entire footballing dimension is exclusive. I took half in eight World Cups, was concerned in two finals, and I’ve seen the way it’s grown. It offers me goosebumps.

Earlier than Russia 2018 you mentioned, “It’s expertise that makes the distinction”. Is that the way it turned out?
That’s by no means going to vary. You may’t win the World Cup with expertise alone, however you may’t win it with out expertise both, so long as they play for the crew. They are saying that groups win trophies and that proficient gamers win matches. They will do the sudden, the out of the extraordinary. There was numerous expectation surrounding [Lionel] Messi and Neymar, however sadly they couldn’t do the whole lot the followers had been hoping for from them. Cristiano Ronaldo is a distinct form of expertise and he actually applies himself in a technical sense. Mbappe confirmed he was an important participant, whereas Belgium had Hazard, who was the excellent participant of the competitors together with Modric. Hazard was additionally in with an excellent shout of being named participant of the event, however Modric obtained the nod for his all-round work.

What’s the primary lesson realized from Russia 2018 from a technical and tactical viewpoint?
You may’t examine completely different eras of the sport and say, “it was a extra stunning sport earlier than” or “it was extra tactical earlier than”. There’s no such factor as extra stunning soccer or uglier soccer. Soccer modifications. Possession of the ball is now not a should. The groups had been extra involved with enjoying in smaller areas, in staying compact and entering into the opposition half as shortly as potential, they usually received as groups, with particular person abilities enjoying for his or her groups.

Having labored within the Center East, are you notably wanting ahead to Qatar?
The story begins yet again now, with the qualifiers and an extended highway forward. It’s a four-year cycle and when you’re concerned in it, it may be an extended course of. Groups have already begun their preparations and launched into processes of renewal. France have a strong basis and Brazil are going to herald new gamers. It’s a problem and an interesting activity for coaches. I’m going to maintain pushing for soccer to proceed its improvement, and there’s little question that Qatar will get its preparations proper and that the stadiums can be unbelievable. Each World Cup has one thing particular about it. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how the followers are going to work together in a much smaller nation than at earlier World Cups. They’ll even have the possibility to go to the encircling area. It’s going to be a celebration and it’s going to be enjoyable.