• Philippe Germain

      Philippe Germain entreprend en 2012 une 15e année consécutive de couverture des activités de l’Impact de Montréal, notamment neuf saisons à titre de descripteur des matchs de l’équipe à l’antenne de CKAC (2003-2005) et de XM Radio Satellite (2006) et à Radio-Canada (2007-2012) Correspondant pour le magazine britannique World Soccer depuis 2003, il est aussi l’animateur de SoccerPlus, la première baladodiffusion de langue française exclusivement dédiée au ballon rond.

      In 2012, Philippe Germain is entering a 15th straight year covering the Montreal Impact and North American professional soccer, including nine season as the club’s play-by-play man on radio and television. Canadian correspondent for World Soccer since 2003, he’s the host of SoccerPlus, the first French-language soccer podcast in North America.

    • "Stephen Hart was an amateur" - Olivier Occean



      The Canadian international striker also tells Radio-Canada he's open to an MLS transfer.

      Taking advantage of the winter break in Germany, Canadian international striker Olivier Occean is back in Montreal for the holidays and he did not mince his words in an interview he gave to Radio-Canada's Antoine Deshaies.

      One goal in 13 games is not really what can be called a shiny start for the 31-year-old Brossard, Quebec native who was transfered to the Bundesliga's Eintracht Frankfurt alongside Canadian Rob Friend after leading the Bundesliga 2 goalscoring race last season with Fürth.
      With two more seasons to his contract following this one, Occean is already preparing the ground for a homecoming, possibly in the summer of 2015.

      "The (Montreal) Impact is a possible club for me", Occean told Radio-Canada. "I hope there will be interest (on their part). I spoke to (sporting director) Nick DeSantis maybe twice in the last decade, but I hope we will soon be able to talk about my future."

      Occean also commented on how 2012 has been a disappointment for him on the international scene. The striker scored the opening goal of the qualifying campaign in Havana in June, but missed the 8-1 drubbing in Honduras after picking up a red card on the final home match of the round against the Cubans.

      He did not pity Stephen Hart's departure as the national team's head coach.

      "Looking at the training sessions it wasn't really top and lacked professionalism. He was like an amateur and did not seem to know how to manage the team. The sad thing is that we had a great group of players", Occean told Radio-Canada.

      The Canadian and his club are in the thick of the race for a Champions League spot, tied in third place on the table with Dortmund halfway into the season. The top three teams in Germany move on to the group phase while the fourth place club enters the competition in the qualifying rounds.
      Comments 42 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I am sure there's a lot of truth in Occean's statements, but if the players were so "great" they'd have not lost 1-8 in the most important game of the past many years, and they'd have taken responsibility for their own performances in Panama as well. Can't be a "great" player or club if your performances and the responsibility for them rest on the shoulders of the coach.
      1. Registrado's Avatar
        Registrado -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        I am sure there's a lot of truth in Occean's statements, but if the players were so "great" they'd have not lost 1-8 in the most important game of the past many years, and they'd have taken responsibility for their own performances in Panama as well. Can't be a "great" player or club if your performances and the responsibility for them rest on the shoulders of the coach.
        +1
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I am so damn sick of these idiots failing to take responsibility. Hart didn't bend over and take it in Honduras. They did.
      1. Miguel Fig's Avatar
        Miguel Fig -
        Hart was a terrible coach I have no idea why anyone would be defending him granted it wasn't all his fault but the CSA but up with him for so long because he was good enough for the price they where paying now it's time for the CSA to step up with the $$$ and get it right. I am personally glad Hart's gone maybe finally we could get a respectable coach someone who has won trophies internationally not a back water washout.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I second Occean's comment. It's about time that a player speaks up and it's also time for the CSA to invest in a coach that has a sizeable resume. How do you want someone who never coached a professional club team to do well with players that play in many different championships around the world. Stephen Hart clearly was not the right man for the job. Hopefully the CSA will wake up.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Hopefully we don't have to pay a million bucks for someone like the Honduran coach to lose 16-1 and learn players like Occean are the real amateurs.
      1. Matthew Harding's Avatar
        Matthew Harding -
        Occean was sent off with a straight red vs. Cuba (violent conduct)
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        irregardless if there is any validity in Occean's comments, he's the last guy who should be calling out Hart or anyone else.

        remember that "back problem" that kept him out of the Panama away match? funny how quick that creeped up and how fast that "injury" cleared up when he arrived safely on German soil. hmmmm....makes ya wonder

        gotta wonder who much respect he has among that "great group of players" who make up the MNT after that.

        Hart isn't Murinho or Sir Alex but I'm pretty sure that physically, the players were prepared to perform much better than 8-1 on that hot day in San Pedro Sula. By not pinning any of the blame for that gutless, hapless performance on the players who started that game, Occean has zero crediblility in the eyes of anyone with half a brain. Hart has paid the price for that result. his team failed and now he's unemployed. hit and run artists like occean won't be held accountable for their failures in the Canadian shirt, unless the next coach decides he doesn't want guys of questionable character and debatable ability.

        oh, and by the way, where were you Mr Occean on that fateful day in honduras? oh yeah, back in Germany because he took a silly and unneccessary red card in the home game vs. Cuba and rendered himself unavailable to play in what would have been the most important international game in his career.

        Mtl Impact should be careful about associating themself with this guy. he might be able to score goals (if he's getting excellent service) but is this the type of guy you want in the locker room? definitely not the type of classy leader that a Pat Bernier is
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        What a joke - take responsibility. The coach wasn't the one jogging at half speed during the second half in Honduras. Everyone on that field was a complete embarassment to Canada. They set Canadian back 10 years and now to blame the coach just shows the lack of character.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        No doubt that there is blame to be placed on Hart but it's pathetic for none of the the players to accept any. They were not good enough. If they had be able to score from open play and had not drawn Honduras 0-0 at home, then they wouldn't even be the the position to give the nonperformance in the 8-1 loss. But as I said, as a group they were not good enough.

        The biggest problem with Canada is that unlike almost every country in the world they don't have a league of their own for payers to develop. And as long as Canada is tied to the american MLS, it's going to be extremely hard to qualify. Look back at '86. A pool of players coming from the NASL where there were more than 3 Canadians teams and Canadians counted as domestic players on american teams. Are we content with being Wales? A nation that only qualified for the world cup in '56? A nation that has it's few large clubs playing in a foreign league and plaings very few Welsh players. Do we care more about club football (and a very low standard at that) than improving our national program?

        Why does Josh Janniere need to go to England to trial with Sunderland when Toronto FC is the worst team in the MLS? Why does Randy Edwini-Bonsu have to sit on the bench for a B2 club when he could make a difference for the Whitecaps?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Occean = Gutless Twat.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Poor character from day one. Was always there.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        It's always someone else's fault. Osieck, Yallop, Mitchell, Hart. I guess its a generational thing? Such a lack of accountability.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Hey Registrado,

        You wanted an example....is this good enough for you or are you still a wannabe douche? COACHING IS IMPORTANT. This should shut your filth mouth up.

        Dale Mitchell was a piece of shit...as was shown AT HOME at the Youth Cup. He gets handed the mens team for his failure and fucked up. Hart was useless. He got the best chance to qualify and failed. The team has not had a coach since Osieck.

        NO COACH = GUARANTEED FAILURE. Mariner will blow for TFC. Until CNMT coughs up the 3 mil per year for a good coach....they will fail miserably. Prove me wrong.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Please respect that Occean has trained and played at a much higher level than any of us. He is honestly comparing the training to what he has experienced first hand at his clubs. If he feels the Nats training sessions could have been better then let's acknowledge the feedback from one of our better players instead of alienating him with hate. I respect his honesty. We need that so we can change for the better.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Please respect that Occean has trained and played at a much higher level than any of us. He is honestly comparing the training to what he has experienced first hand at his clubs. If he feels the Nats training sessions could have been better then let's acknowledge the feedback from one of our better players instead of alienating him with hate. I respect his honesty. We need that so we can change for the better.
        Then why not bring it up privately with Hart and Fonseca at the time? Was he asked that during the Radio Canada interview?

        I know someone will probably say that if he aired his concerns at the time he would have been dropped from the squad but based on Hart's dealings with players I don't see that being case. Besides, maybe guys like De Ro and JDG liked how the training was done? Perhaps they were part of the problem. Who knows? Could be that Occean had an ax to grind on behalf of his buddy Bernier who he felt should have been a consistent midfield starter in place of someone like JDG or Johnson.

        Too many "key" players on this team with personal agendas.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        It's always someone else's fault. Osieck, Yallop, Mitchell, Hart.
        I'd like to get a refresher on some of the more controversial comments any of these guys made about specific players and events after their coaching tenures. For instance, I believe Mitchell made some comments about the U20s failure and I wouldn't mind getting a link to what he said. Osieck and Yallop must have some unflattering things that are in the public domain.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        Then why not bring it up privately with Hart and Fonseca at the time? Was he asked that during the Radio Canada interview?
        Who's to say he hasn't?

        Two sides to the coin here. I’m sure we’d all appreciate a greater amount of personal awareness and perhaps a little more tact when stating the issue, but the fact that he’s basically come out and said “this isn’t a professional setup” raises awareness of something that’s potentially ailing Canadian soccer at this moment.

        I want our players / coaches / anyone who has something to say, to speak out. This program is a fucking train wreck yet we can’t even muster a little criticism of people. It’s embarrassing how light of a brush the press goes over most things. It has to go deeper than “ok, we lost 8-1 so now let’s all keep our heads down and reflect. Nobody say anything because you’re guilty as well”.

        Let’s have a real discussion here and talk about whether this is a professional setup, and whether continuing to hire people like Steven Hart, Sean Flemming, Dale Mitchell, etc… - who all have similar profiles as coaches – is going to amount to anything.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
        I'd like to get a refresher on some of the more controversial comments any of these guys made about specific players and events after their coaching tenures. For instance, I believe Mitchell made some comments about the U20s failure and I wouldn't mind getting a link to what he said. Osieck and Yallop must have some unflattering things that are in the public domain.
        Very true, and hell while we're at it, let's talk a little bit about the profiles of these guys. If you continue to hire people who are minimally qualified - which all of them were with the exception of Osieck - is it even fair to say "oh well these players can't work with anybody".

        This also isn't a one or the other situation. Our players can suck and our coaches could both suck, neither could suck, one could suck and not the other.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Hey Registrado,

        You wanted an example....is this good enough for you or are you still a wannabe douche? COACHING IS IMPORTANT. This should shut your filth mouth up.

        Dale Mitchell was a piece of shit...as was shown AT HOME at the Youth Cup. He gets handed the mens team for his failure and fucked up. Hart was useless. He got the best chance to qualify and failed. The team has not had a coach since Osieck.

        NO COACH = GUARANTEED FAILURE. Mariner will blow for TFC. Until CNMT coughs up the 3 mil per year for a good coach....they will fail miserably. Prove me wrong.
        The only thing you've proved is you have zero interpersonal skills and an IQ of 10. Not a great combination.
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