Guus Hiddink reckons the level of Football in English Premiership

Guus Hiddink reckons the level of Football in English Premiership is not the same as it was when he was into his first stint as the manager of Chelsea.

Hiddink had had a short stint at Chelsea a few years back.

According to him, at that time, the competition was used to be amongst the top 4 or 5 teams and the rest of the teams were not able to put up that much of a fight, but, what he is seeing this time around is that it has got much tighter and the minnows have also started winning games on a consistent basis.

Hiddink was quoted as saying, “I can see the Football in England is more intense now than before and you can’t take anyone for granted. “

“The teams who would always be around bottom 3 in the past are in the top half of the table these days because they are playing quality Football.”

“And, the fact that they have grown in quality and have fetched good results, it is now allowing them to lure top players in the world to join in.”

Hiddink, who is not the permanent boss of Chelsea this time around either and is at Stamford only on an interim basis just like it was the case with him in 2009, dropped hints that he would be looking to give opportunities to the youngsters in Chelsea Academy to play in the top tier, but, only if he feels they are good enough to take the pressure. (more…)

Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa has warned his players against complacency

Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa has warned his players against complacency when they take on Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. After having recently achieved a 2-1 win over Malawi, the team will be feeling confident ahead of this home clash.

Comoros are rated as one of the minnows in African football, butPasuwa states that this game could be a potential banana skin for the home team. Zimbabwe have been on a roll in recent months after achieving numerous victories. The 4-1 defeat against Namibia stands out as the only disappointing return in the last couple of months.

Zimbabwe were in the same group along with Swaziland, Guinea, and Malawi. After this positive result in the opening match, the national team will feel confident about their chances of reaching the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Pasuwa has managed to achieve this result by introducing a lot of freshness into the national team. There are some players who are part of the under 23 team, while the remaining have made up of the domestic top names. The two have combined extremely well and the tactics ofPasuwa cannot be better at the moment.Pasuwa was appointed as the coach only in April 2015 and he has since suffered only one defeat. (more…)

Zimbabwean football has suffered a major setback

Zimbabwean football has suffered a major setback after FIFA decided to eliminate them from the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers – even before it has begun – due to the outstanding payments that the national team have with former coach Jose ClaudineiGeorgini.

Zimbabwe are currently coached by Ian Gorowa and the team has largely been playing in friendly matches and African tournaments due to their latest suspension from FIFA. The lack of support from the government means that Zimbabwean FA finds itself in a huge amount of debt. As a result, they have been unable to pay their former coach.

The communications manager of the Zimbabwe FA says that they will be appealing against this decision by the world football Council. However, any resolution will have to be swift since the World Cup qualifying matches will start from October once the draw is made in July. Zimbabwe have never qualified for a World Cup tournament and they do not seem in a great position to do so once again. The team were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the qualification stage to add to the misery. The last competitive match played by Zimbabwe was back in June 2014 when they were involved in a 2-2 draw against Tanzania during the two legged qualification match. (more…)

Ronaldo claimed 3rd FIFA Ballon d’Or Title

A few weeks ago C.Ronaldo claimed his 3rdBallon d’Or title as he was the clear favorite on winning the prestigious award due to everything he accomplished in the previous 12 months but something controversial occurred with the 3 voters of Zimbabwe.

When the 2014 Ballon d’Or award was given to the star of Real Madrid C.Ronaldo, a day after that coronation and it was revealed that Charles Mabika, KalistoPasuwa and Wisdom Mutasa were the figures of Zimbabwe who voiced their opinion and voted for which player in their own mind was the best performer of the past year.

There are 209 countries which are members of the football governing authority and are allowed to vote. 1 media representative, the senior national team coach and the senior team captain of that country are the ones that have the task to place their respective vote. (more…)

São Paulo recent form could have won Cruzeiro Title

São Paulo have shown enough form in recent months to suggest that they could have won the title a Cruzeiro had they been more consistent earlier in the campaign. Cruzeiro have a seven-point advantage over São Paulo after 36 matches in the season.

There are only two games left in the Brazilian Serie A, but São Paulo also have the opportunity to do well in the Copa Sudamericana. The quarter-final match with Elemec gives a lot of positivity to São Paulo given that they managed a 4-2 win in the first leg. The return leg will be away from home in Ecuador. Hence, it is not a foregone conclusion that they will reach the finals.

Midfielder Kaka, who is on loan from Orlando City, says that he is confident that the Brazilian club can complete the job in the second leg. After all, São Paulo have been defeated only twice in the last nine matches.

One of those defeats was against Atlético Mineiro, who are one of the top teams in Brazil right now. It is likely that Kaka may not play in Brazilian football anymore. He will be moving to Orlando City for the new MLS season in 2015. For the moment, he is just enjoying playing in Brazil. The former AC Milan man has made 18 appearances and scored two goals.

“Our form is very good, and we are growing together at the right time. The team has a strong group, even with the rotation of the players.We have already had a few suspensions and injuries but the group has adapted and found a way to play,” said the midfielder on the club’s official site. São Paulo prepared for this match by getting a 2-1 win over Criciúma in the league. Kaka was completely rested for this match.