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Mike Tuckerman

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I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever encountered someone so determined to bark up the wrong tree, but okay…

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

A former SBS employee once told me they’d get written complaints about Football Asia.

They told me the attitude was: “if we can’t watch European leagues, then why should we watch Asian football?”

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Yep. Which is a shame, because I think the average A-League fan would be blown away if they tuned into a few J. League matches.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Hah!

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

I agree with AGO’s points! I never said otherwise.

None of that changes why Postecoglou quit as Socceroos coach, or moved to Yokohama, and it has very little to do with Japanese attitudes towards training.

There’s literally no conspiracy here. Is there supposed to be?

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Fadida, I can’t help but chuckle at some of your posts. You’d pretty much be spot on with so many of your theories… if only you posted the exact opposite of virtually everything that you say!

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

For what it’s worth, I think South Korea is as talented a football nation as Japan. Both teams have arguably been a bit robotic in the past, but I think players like Keisuke Honda and Son Heung-Min have broken the mould.
It certainly helps to have a hierarchical culture when you want to produce an army of technically proficient, tactically disciplined players, but I think both countries are starting to produce players who are a bit more capable of making decisions for themselves these days.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

There’s no reading between the lines at all. Postecoglou got wind of plans to replace him as Socceroos manager, so he quit, then he accepted a job coaching the sort of players he wants to coach. And unless something drastic goes wrong for either party this season, the City Football Group won’t be moving him on anywhere.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

I’m not telling anyone to do anything – I’m talking about the difference in attitudes between two cultures.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Don’t think there was on any naivete on Postecoglou’s part. Not only did he try to set up a tactical system that would allow Australia to compete with teams like Japan, but when he realised he had no support, he manufactured a move to a country that would allow him to play that style of football.

Worth remembering, too, that Japan sacked the coach who pulled off that victory before the World Cup kicked off. At least we have something in common with them!

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

This is precisely the sort of attitude I’m talking about that keeps Oz football from going anywhere. Here we have an opportunity to discuss a part of football culture we don’t know enough about in Australia, and what do we do? Scoff, sneer, demean and debase. Then we imply that results like Japan 2 – Australia 0 or Kashima Antlers 4 – Newcastle Jets 1 are proof that we’re on the right path. Incredible.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Yes, the Socceroos certainly showed Japan how to play football when the two teams last met in Saitama. A real lesson indeed.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Fair points. Were you stuck in the sun yesterday?

Everything is going great for Sydney FC - except for the results

I think everyone should just accept my opinion as gospel.

Everything is going great for Sydney FC - except for the results

Journalism, for me, is about holding people to account. So to ignore the most important news story of the week in favour of writing a match preview would be a betrayal of that fundamental tenet.

FFA have lost control of a narrative now threatening to consume them

To be honest Fadida, you can and I just did. And here’s why.

Firstly, Mary Konstantopoulos has a preview of the W-League grand final up today, so it’s not quite accurate to say this website has ignored the game.

Secondly, Alen Stajcic’s press conference was on Monday morning and I write for Mondays and Fridays. So today’s obviously the next day I could write about Stajcic.

Thirdly, new information did come to light last night – drip-fed (or leaked, depending on your preference) by the FFA to an ABC journalist. I linked to it in this column.

Fourthly, everyone from Richard Hinds to Robbie Slater has added their two cents on Stajcic’s sacking within the past 24 hours. The simple reality is that this story is still dominating the news cycle.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, columns about what’s happening on the pitch gain little traction compared to when I write about what’s happening off it. So if you want to see things like W-League previews, perhaps you should engage with them?

FFA have lost control of a narrative now threatening to consume them

He sort of played like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Bit strange – he’s a fantastic talent, but maybe being out of the Australian spotlight will suit him up in Suwon.

Brisbane Roar deal Adam Taggart to Asia

Jog on mate.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

Listen mate, if I wanted to censor your opinions on Australian football I would have done so long ago.

I’m not going to indulge your narcissistic desire to drag me into a debate on this, so I’ll state clearly for the record once more and once only: I didn’t see your comments and even if I did, I have nothing to do with moderation on here.

You’re as entitled to your opinion as the next poster, but you’re on shaky ground when you go basing your assumptions on things that never happened.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

You can agree or disagree with whatever you want, but I never saw your earlier comments and certainly didn’t ask for them to be removed.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

Great column.

Generational problem is Babbel's, not Wanderers

I think the only people using the size of the stadium inappropriately are the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Because their fans say they’re loyal but in reality they aren’t?

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Nope, but as I’ve said before Mahler, you are the problem. The only contribution you make on here is to complain about negativity… then never contribute to any other discussion.

I simply write about what people want to read. You’re obviously not interested in contributing to anything positive, so the person death-riding the A-League here is you, not me.

So I guess we’ll see you again in a week or two?

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

I agree wholeheartedly.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion