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FIFA technical chiefs hail Ghana's display against Germany as World Cup's best

FIFA's Technical Study Group has hailed Ghana's display against Germany at the World Cup as the best match so far in the tournament in Brazil despite the Black Stars early elimination.

The Black Stars have been praised for their display against Germany

FIFA’s Technical Study Group has hailed Ghana’s display against Germany at the World Cup as the best match so far in the tournament in Brazil despite the Black Stars early elimination.

Ex-France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who is the┬ámost experienced member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the tournament in Brazil, tacitly praised the tactics employed by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in the match against Germany.

Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw in a match the Black Stars dominated which has been now been described as the best game of the tournament so far.

With eight matches still to play, this World Cup is shaping up as the best in terms of the quality of the football and entertainment, says the former France and Liverpool manager Houllier.

Houllier, the most experienced member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group which analyses tactics, trends and all aspects of technical play in the tournament, has seen nine World Cups and said he expected the trend of exciting, attacking football to continue.

“This has been the best one in terms of quality of football and entertainment.

“Some of the games, like the ones between Germany and Ghana, and yesterday between Belgium and the United States have been like basketball, end-to-end.

“There has been top quality drama right from the start of the group phase.

“Coaching has improved so much in the last 20 years, a lot of the rules brought in by FIFA and the International Board have really encouraged positive football and now we have a generation of outstanding strikers, top players really giving everything.

“The game is better and I expect it to continue.

“What has surprised me is the physical commitment of all the teams.

“Even in the last minute of the games in the last 16, for example the United States were giving everything and could have equalised.”

He said there was a crucial difference between the World Cup in South Africa four years ago and this one.

“The main difference is that the physical tempo of the game has been raised. This is the fastest ever tempo at a World Cup.

“The ‘magic moment’ in football is when one team loses the ball to the other and the transitional phase begins and here we are seeing teams stream forward, but not in a loose way, it’s controlled, they are moving as a team.”

“Everything is so quick, so fast in this transitional period of play now. It is one reason why substitutes have scored a record 29 goals here.

“Those fresh legs in the later stages of the game, and greater protection from referees to the attackers is one explanation. Time and space is a rare thing, but the best attackers are exploiting that.”

THREE AT THE BACK

Other key trends to catch Houllier’s eye and that of his fellow TSG member Sunday Oliseh, who played in two World Cups for Nigeria, is a fluid back three system in defence.

Oliseh, who played as a defensive midfielder for Nigeria in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, gave a players’ view of how teams are defending here.

“In the main the best teams are playing with three at the back, but they can quickly evolve into an attacking three as well, with the wide men not only overlapping into midfield but also into the attack.

“The timing of their runs has been so important, and the best teams have done it beautifully well. They are so fit now they are getting back quickly, working in combinations. It is very effective.”

Houllier agreed, adding: “This is a fact, it’s not a secret. The teams are so disciplined and we have seen teams like Chile, Uruguay and the Netherlands all play like this.”

He said that although Chile were eliminated by Brazil in the last 16, they epitomised the South American style of free-flowing football, saying he noted they played with “real aggressive bite.”

Asked if the exciting tempo of this World Cup was happening largely because it was being played in Brazil with an expected freedom of expression, Houllier replied: “No I think the game will continue to improve and this World Cup vibrancy will continue all the way to Russia in 2018.”

Since 32-team World Cups began in France 1998, the record number of goals scored in a 64-match finals was the 171 scored in France that year, at an average of 2.67 a game.

To date 154 goals have been scored at 2.75 a game, already more than the 147 scored in Germany in 2006 or the 145 in South Africa.

“With eight games to go the record could well be beaten,” said Houllier, “and I would not be surprised.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Emma says:

    Where is Germany, and where is Ghana now?

  2. Steezy says:

    So GSN, you want to delete my comments because I post video evidence of GFA being corrupt ehh? Okay, so you fools must also be corrupt. Foolish cows. You can join GFA in bringing disgrace to our nation and be corrupt like Nija.

    The rest of you go sarch on YouTube “Ghana match fixing”. Video evidence of GFA officials being corrupt. Ehba

  3. HNH says:

    This was due to Otoo Addo’s extensive scouting of the German team and not Akwasi Appiah’s tactics. Akwasi Appiah’s tactics lost us 2 games; BS v USA and BS v Portugal.

  4. Suglo Martin Truths says:

    Well I think it is simplistic to say that the actions put over by the Black Stars Players is quiet amazing and we soccer fans/ pandicts have to do is to rally round the coach together with the Managing team to try and employ tactics that can stirrup the team to flyer height. I personally debunked the issue the suspension been mated Kevin Prince and Sule Muntari for their actions but as such an advice it is better we look into this matter with care. Because one silly mistake could the population of millions of soccer fans in Ghana. For the saying that there is smoke without fire should not be down-played. The coach saying that Kevin Prince is no more part his plans is not a good message at all and we should not stand that he is a raining star in our Black Stars Squad and his involvement in the team at all matches tend to be contemplated issue each you are going to have an encounter with.
    We shouldn’t forget that we have a tournament to attend to come early next year in January, So re-building the is our priority and it should take effect now. For the fresh the coach is talking about, they might be good, but not experience to much high stage competitions like the world cup and African cup of nations. Because fresh limps as we all know about is is gather experience when they are introduce in the later part of the game.

  5. Suglo Martin Truths says:

    Well I think it is simplistic to say that the actions put over by the Black Stars Players is quiet amazing and we soccer fans/ pandicts have to do is to rally round the coach together with the Managing team to try and employ tactics that can stirrup the team to a flyer height. I personally debunked the issue of the suspension been mated out on to Kevin Prince and Sule Muntari for their actions but as such an advice it is better we look into this matter with care. Because one silly mistake could undermine the population of 20millions of soccer fans in Ghana. For the saying that there is no smoke without fire should not be down-played with. For the coach saying that Kevin Prince is no more part of his plans is not a good message at all and we should not understand that he is a raining star in our Black Stars Squad and his involvement in the team at all matches tend to be a contemplated issue each coach you are going to have an encounter with.
    We shouldn’t forget that we have a tournament to attend to come early next year in January, So re-building the is our priority and it should take effect now. For the fresh limps the coach is talking about,well they might be good, but not experience to much high stage competitions like the world cup and African cup of nations. Because fresh limps as we all know about is to allow them gather experience when they are introduce in the later part of the game.

  6. Nana says:

    Gha is always like that good team badmmanagement and bad management good team, so tell me again how many black star committee went to Brazil that are drinking and eating with their girlfriends at back of Ghanaian who cant afford a square meals, sad! So when a player see the exploits they get mad and want more n more

  7. Pharoah7 says:

    Oh it was someone else’s”extensive scouting” why Ghana drew but it was Appiah’s “incompetence”why they lost?Ghana’s failure had to do with poor management by both the government and the FA,more so the government,and indiscipline of players who lacked pride,dignity,honour,loyalty and a sense of duty to one’s nation.Instead of behaving like starving dogs-kissing money in front of the world media-and making not just Ghana but the whole of Africa and a race,the laughing stock of the world is totally indefensible and wholly unacceptable.Sorry but i will not be party to no anti Appiah bashing here while the true culprits-who lack racial and national pride-are let off the hook! To see the greedy dogs of Cameroon yet again letting down themselves and their people and then to see disgusting Eto’o burst into tears when he saw the hurt,confused and sorrowfully pained look on the face of a young fan who was waiting outside the team’s hotel begging to understand why and all shamed Eto’o could do was to hug him and say how sorry he really was to have betrayed him and the nation and by extension the race……………YET AGAIN!!! LEAVE APPIAH ALONE and tell the government to leave football’s money alone and the GFA to step up to the plate and the players that while we understand their need for their money and their mistrust of offialdom,which is very much justified,they have a duty to properly represent their people,nation and race with pride and dignity because it is only success on the field that will force the world to sit up and start respcting Africa and indeed bring her glory and not the sight of a little rat kissing money and then a few hours later sending Portugal into the lead with an own goal and HE COULD HAVE SCORED 2 MORE!!!With a settled,disciplined squad ready to give their all for Mother Ghana and Africa backed by a competent and properly organised FA this man i strongly believe can get the job done after witnessing such glorious football against the Germans that if it was a whiteman at the helm you all would be praising him and laying blame where it should be layed.Appiah and Keshi have now put beyond any shadow of a doubt that African coaches can compete with the best from any other part of the world,once they are properly backed and given full support.NO COACH WENT TO THE WORLD CUP OWED 7 MONTHS SALARY BUT UNLIKE THE CLOWNS WHO THREATENED STRIKES FOR MONEY HE,KESHI, PERFORMED FOR GOOD AND LOVE OF COUNTRY AND RACE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY….FOR AFRICA’S COACHES!!! Don’t believe for one minute that those of you on the continent are the only ones grieving over Africa’s failures over the years but every single one of us who has the blood of Africa coursing thru our viens also grieve.African Brazilians needed African teams to have done well as a collective to ,even for a month,ease the pressure of racial prejudice and injustice practiced against them-oh,they are the largest grouping of Africans in the world outside of Mother-but now they will or are forced to hang their heads in shame so too African Americans,African Caribbean peoples and others in the rest of South and Central America.When Africa does well in events like the World Cup it is a great source of PRIDE for those of us in the diaspora-decendants of those ancestors who were brutally uprooted and taken out of their MOTHER’S womb and brought here to the west.REMEMBER THAT PLEASE!!!

  8. selfmade says:

    Why did we play so well against Germany and performed abysmally against the yanks and Portugal!

    The answer is very simple! Those two matches were SOLD!

  9. David Amoah says:

    The tempo of the game is definitely high at this world cup. I only hope the players do not and did not use performance enhancing drugs especially the Americans.