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A brief chat to some of the foreigners in the A-League might help answer that question.

Ask people like Ninkovic, Toivenen, and Castro how they learnt their individual and team-based skills – I bet their answers are starkly different to the typical experience here (possibly not for the latest underage generation).

These guys (and most other foreigners who turn up here) have far better basic skills than even our national team players. And these guys are just one amongst many from the nations that produced them – why can’t we have a steady stream of players like that?

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

What’s wrong with some of our players is obvious at almost any A-League game.

If you watch the subs warming up during the half-time break you are treated to an array of players with excellent static ball-control skills.

Standing still tappy-tappy with the ball endlessly – foot to foot, loop-de-loop, head to shoulder, shoulder to shoulder, chest to knee to foot to shoulder etc etc. Same for passing – stand still and ping the ball to a stationary target – bullseye every time. Even the keepings-off circle games are basically done standing still with only piggy-in-the-middle moving.

Same players in a game – that is, when the whole world is in motion – can’t control the ball, can’t hit a straight pass, don’t know when to pass, can’t weight a pass, pass to where the player was not will be, and, too often have to stop to think before doing anything, by which time the world has moved on.

Watch a few Pep or Barcelona training vids and you’ll see what’s needed – endless, repetitious practice applying skills in dynamic, game-like settings. And then all of that is put into practice in games where the coach’s tactics build on the skills learnt in dynamic practice sessions. I can only guess that this kind of practice is missing from a lot of our youth and senior level coaching.

It’s a constant source of frustration to watch young Aussie guys who clearly have high level athletic and coordination ability, and who must spend several days a week practising football, but who cannot cross a ball to save their lives, or, play a pass so that it goes along the ground and arrives where the receiver is heading just as the receiver gets there, or, control a pas away from pressure.

There’s a long list of these basic things they seemingly can’t do – common to all is the requirement to apply skills in dynamic settings. It must shock Arnie and his ilk when some of these players turn up for national team training.

Training to play and then playing as trained…we seem not to do that very well here.

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

McGree may have been a victim of circumstances at Club Brugge…

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2019/06/27/former-club-brugge-coach-ivan-leko-questioned-by-detectives/

McGree’s time at Brugge coincided with Leko’s time there.

Riley McGree finally sheds the jinx of Joyce

Meier looked particularly cumbersome this week – maybe a hangover from the derby.

Will this be the most entertaining A-League season in years?

WSW are running on luck at the moment. They create so few decent scoring chances when the luck runs out they’ll slide down the table. Muller and Meier will have to do some magic to keep them winning.

Will this be the most entertaining A-League season in years?

It’s quite surprising how good McDonald is playing compared to his invisible performances for the national team ( against a few quite weak teams from memory).

I think a few good players suffered under Verbeek and Osieck and their dull approach.

Will this be the most entertaining A-League season in years?

A subtle difference…

Will this be the most entertaining A-League season in years?

Is this u17 squad the first group to come through the full National Curriculum? If so, it looks like a vindication of the approach taken.

I always have a chuckle when I read the negative comments about the Dutch influence on our youth dev. If you pull up a list of the current Dutch squad members you wonder how they do it with only half our population.

Hopefully our next generation will compete with the Dutch quality. Peupion, Hammond, Watt, Teague and Botic all look very good. I haven’t seen enough to know how good but it’s very promising. It all adds to the deluge of youth hitting A-League teams so far this season.

Will this be the most entertaining A-League season in years?

Phil Gould?

Dump the doubters: The A-League needs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

True, but benefit of the doubt and all that

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Zoran seems genuine though, which doesn’t mean we have to accept his take on things, but I’m not sure I’d lump him in with the regular troglodytes.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Zoran Peterson!

George would not be pleased with your misappropriation of his work. Every situation can be viewed from multiple angles – you’ve latched onto one narrow angle and have ignored the wider context.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Dustin Martin is free

Arnold must solve Socceroos' striker headache

Absolutely correct, and many governments are looking for votes by actively (or passively) encouraging racism.

Football has more work to do to stamp out racism

Check out the AFL tab today Zoran. These guys are terminally bored by the scraps they feed on in the AFL off-season. They come here to do a bit of bear-baiting to pep up their lives. We know they get off on being taunted and abused and we kind folk here are sometimes happy to oblige.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Nah Zoran – if I turned up out of the blue on the AFL tab and said something stupid and uninformed about the decline in the quality of the whole game based on one brief viewing of a single game I’d be dealt with very harshly indeed.

I’d probably score a series of hugely boring and very long defensive posts from the likes of Matt Munro, JoyofX etc (and the Birdman him/herself too, quite likely) pointing out just how wrong I am, backed by voluminous, but mostly concocted, statistical evidence.

I’d deserve it too – even though I would be absolutely correct about what I’d said. You know what I mean – AFL today is a drab U7s-like scragfest compared to the almost bearable standards of yesteryear.

Re the bullying – we just cut to the chase here – if you try to tell us the meaning of Football life but obviously don’t have a clue about Football we tell you to go away.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Birdman – you specifically mentioned the ‘del Piero era’ as a yardstick of of the current A-League’s quality. Clearly you never watched (or didn’t notice) that Sydney FC then were very poor, despite del Piero’s presence. Today’s Sydney FC would murder them.

Coupled with your clear AFL obsession (as evidenced by your comment history), your ignorant post deserved a virulent response.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Another soul lost in the vast unending emptiness of the AFL off-season.

Fun factor back in A-League opening rounds

Taking one for the country – that’s the spirit!

The Sydney derby was as good as any game in Europe

If good taste was a factor in sports viewing nobody would watch AFL.

The Sydney derby was as good as any game in Europe

Cricket has the worst problem of any of Australia’s popular sports, in that its best form – test cricket – exceeds the average attention span by around 29.5 hrs.

The modified versions of cricket try to narrow the gap between the sport and the average attention span. But all the shorter forms – 50 overs, 20 overs, double-wicket etc – strip essential ingredients from the game and end up make it very predictable and dull.

Cricket in Australia is at the mercy of whatever the Indians do to maintain interest in the game – we here have little control anymore.

The Sydney derby was as good as any game in Europe

From your comment, I can only assume you read the headline but not the article.

The product is already authentic and most games this season have been very good quality and well worth watching. Convincing people of that is a time-worn problem – for some people a single stray pass is enough to conform their negative bias.

The Sydney derby was as good as any game in Europe

WSW vs SFC was a great game – good to see WSW win for once, although SFC were excellent and should have won easily.

The stadium is superb for watching football, and pre-game, Church St was something to behold as the RBB did their thing. Every bar and restaurant was full-on WSW fans – loud, enthusiastic and a great ad for the A-League.

Only worry from an SFC fan’s perspective – what will we do when Ninkovic retires? He is outstandingly good.

As for WSW – Schwegler is a huge buy.

The Sydney derby was as good as any game in Europe

Sadly true of most Manu games nowadays. I prefer watching Man City, even Liverpool.

Sydney derbies, Caitlin Foord and Matt Simon entertain, Archie Thompson does not

I don’t know if it was Jim Beglin or Peter Drury commentating the Manu vs L’pool match, but whoever it was sounded like they were channeling Winston Churchill. The over-dramatisation was nauseating.

Sydney derbies, Caitlin Foord and Matt Simon entertain, Archie Thompson does not