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Canuck Oranje

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  1. Romario is now a politician but I don't think he would be the biggest issue for FIFA. President Rousseff has basically said that Brazil will not be a slave to FIFA. While I think the Brazilian government will do what is reasonable (as the article alludes), there are some things that it feels are none of FIFA's business. One being laws about making tickets available at discounts to seniors and students. Re Stadiums, Brazil got off to a slow start but I don't think even stadiums will be the biggest problem in the end. The infrastructure around some of the stadiums are likely to be the most challenging.
  2. The developments in Brazil could prove to be interesting. With the President currently on a crusade against corruption that is growing in public support, it will be interesting to see if Ricardo Teixeira can avoid getting turfed. See the article as headlined below at the link below: Critics want red card for Brazil's football boss http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/uk-brazil-teixeira-idUKTRE79H0ZY20111018
  3. Strange that some fans are so quick to give up on a 23 year old central defender with 23 appearances at the Premier League level. But then, maybe they think Premier League coaches give appearances out like candy Just to be clear, there have only been 4 Championship league games this year. Edgar started one and was on the bench for two. The fourth when he did not play was the next game after the expulsion and was probably the suspension as a result of the red card. Incidentally, the red was the result of two yellows. Edgar also played the full 90 in the League Cup game that took place 10 days after the red card. I can understand why Edgar may have asked to stay with his club just as many national team players for other countries have done during the period following the World Cup. With a 23 year old central defender, we need to think of his continued development so that he can be the best he can be in two years time. 23 years is young for a central defender in the same way that hockey defenceman are considered young at 23. And if it's true that Canadian coaches are going to wait for him to ask to be considered again, they are equally ridiculous. Selection should be based on the best available players that will develop the best team possible in time for when it really counts. If player selection is based on anything other than that, we need to change the coaches.
  4. While Linford indicates in the Star article that he would like to see a Canadian as Coach, I suspect foreign coaches would still be invited to apply. Remember, we would all like to see a Canadian Coach, if one suitable was available. I could also see us pulling an Australia and hiring a name Coach in about 2009 when if the right "CEO" is hired, we would have a bigger budget. Linford is probably thinking the same way. At least, that's how I would interpret the Star article.
  5. No Linford was not involved and was long gone from Kitchener Minor Soccer Club when the crap hit. Linford's volunteer service record with soccer is below. While the Board is ultimately responsible, the day-to-day responsibility lies with the Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. Since the Board is a volunteer body, a strong ED/COO has the opportunity to shape how things are done at the CSA. It is really up to that person present a direction and execute on it. Also don't believe everything the media says. Their research is probably less than what happens on this forum. COLIN LINFORD The Ontario Soccer Association 2002 to present, President 2001-2002, Vice President 1998-2001, Director At Large Executive Committee 1992-1994, OSA Member of League Management Committee 1990, Board Representative from Southwest Regional Soccer Association Southwest Regional Soccer Association 1991-1999, President 2002, Life Member 1990, Vice President 1987, Youth Director Kitchener Minor Soccer Club 1986-1988, Past President 1984, President 1981, Member of Executive, Special Events Chair, Head Coach 1979, Competitive Coach 1978, Recreational Coach
  6. While the stadium deal might have irritated some Directors, I suspect it more broad than that. I know from my experiences at the community level that there is very little positive coming from the CSA. In fact, Pipe and the CSA can take very little credit for the growth of the sport in this country. It would have happened without any CSA. DeVos's point about accountability is an important one. The marketing ability and public image of the CSA is also very weak. One only had to attend the U-20 game at the Dome in Toronto last summer to be embarrassed by the image presented by our National Association. I hope we do a better job with the U-20 World Championships next summer. Part of this is doing a better job getting money through Corporate Sponsorships. In short, Linford may be telling it like it is. It may have simply been a cumulation of things that led to the decision. As well, I think the drums were beating far longer than is suggested by some.
  7. While the stadium deal might have irritated some Directors, I suspect it more broad than that. I know from my experiences at the community level that there is very little positive coming from the CSA. In fact, Pipe and the CSA can take very little credit for the growth of the sport in this country. It would have happened without any CSA. DeVos's point about accountability is an important one. The marketing ability and public image of the CSA is also very weak. One only had to attend the U-20 game at the Dome in Toronto last summer to be embarrassed by the image presented by our National Association. I hope we do a better job with the U-20 World Championships next summer. Part of this is doing a better job getting money through Corporate Sponsorships. In short, Linford may be telling it like it is. It may have simply been a cumulation of things that led to the decision. As well, I think the drums were beating far longer than is suggested by some.
  8. My experience with non-profit boards of directors would suggest that they are normally biased towards the status quo. That means I suspect this has been coming for a while. The CSA has been without a publicly stated strategic plan which includes publicly-stated performance goals. I also tend to agree with most of Jason deVos's comments. I also suspect the departure of Bate and Yallop probably hastened the process along. While changing the Executive Director now is not ideal, it is better than waiting a few months.
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