2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup is fast approaching. Football fans all over the world are no doubt looking forward to the big event that only comes about once every four years. This summer, from 11 June to the final in July, the world will be taken by storm with 32 teams competing and billions watching. 2010 FIFA World Cup is the first ever World Cup Tournament that will take place in Africa. The continent will host the World Cup and will take center stage for a month. So will the 32 teams who will be competing there to win the world cup and declare themselves the ผลบอลสด ruler of the soccer world.
Football is played on the pitch for 90 minutes but never starts or ends there. The preparations takes months and forming a good, functioning and effective team does not only depend on players but the also on the coach managing the team. The effect of the coaches on the team and the game is usually a curious discussion point. Some say that the game is played on the pitch and the coach effect is never more than ten percent. Others argue that the coach and his tactics are the maker or the breaker for the team. This will be a never resolving issue. What is true however is that the coaches are the first to blame whenever there is failure.
There are 32 countries participating in the world cup and they will go to South Africa after many qualification games that they have played to eliminate the rest of the world to reach the finals. Each country made their best effort to come to South Africa and when starting the campaign for qualifications, they chose the best coach they think is fit for the job. When you look at the list of coaches of the teams attending the tournament this summer, there is a striking domination of ex football players who are now in charge of the teams. Of the 32 teams, 30 coaches have actually played professional football in their day.
There are of course more famous ones like Diego Maradona, the Argentinian coach, or Carlos Dunga, the Brazilian. There are also less known or local ones like the Honduras coach Rueda or Ricki Herbert the New Zealand coach. But they all kicked the ball in the professional sense. The question that comes to mind is ‘Do you have to be an ex player to be a good coach?’ or rather ‘Are all players also good coaches?’ Looking at the list of coaches of the 32 teams, you have to say yes.