Asia partners with UEFA to boost football growth

Updated 12 December 2012
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Asia partners with UEFA to boost football growth

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Football Confederation has signed a cooperation pact with European governing body UEFA to boost development of the sport in the region.
Under the pact, UEFA will help the AFC in areas such as education, training, technical development and refereeing, as well as promotion of grassroots and youth football.
AFC acting President Zhang Jilong says Europe has set the standards for world football and that the partnership will bolster Asia’s game.
UEFA President Michel Platini said after the signing yesterday that “Asia is the future” and that Europe can learn from the region in terms of marketing and women’s football.
Platini remains ardently opposed to the use of goal-line technology, which is being employed by FIFA for the first time at the Club World Cup, and said the money would be better spent developing the game.
The technology was employed in Thursday’s Club World Cup curtain raiser between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City in Yokohama as soccer’s governing body FIFA finally answered calls for it to join the 21st century.
While once-skeptical FIFA President Sepp Blatter changed his mind after a series of controversial decisions in high-profile matches, Platini is not for turning.
The Frenchman delivered a blunt “No” when asked by reporters if he would follow Blatter’s lead.
“It is not a question of goal-line technology, it is a question of technology,” he said. “Where do you begin with the technology and where do you end with the technology? “To put goal-line technology in our competitions is 50 million Euros ($64.63 million) in five years. I prefer to give the 50 million to the grassroots and development in football than to put 50 million into technology for perhaps one or two goals per year.
“It’s a lot (of money) a goal, yeah?” Platini has long been tipped to succeed Blatter as the head of the world governing body in 2015 when the Swiss has said he would step down.
By that time the technology could be commonplace in stadiums around the world as FIFA presses on with its implementation despite the cost.



Hawk-eye, widely used in cricket and tennis, and GoalRef, which uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal, are being used at venues in Toyota and Yokohama.
FIFA will analyze the results and could use one of the systems at the Confederations Cup in Brazil next year.
Platini, who is in favor of deploying extra officials instead of technology to help make decisions, will have the opportunity to discuss the issue with Blatter and the rest of the FIFA executive committee at a meeting in Tokyo on Friday.
“We supported the additional referees that is now accepted by the international board, and with the referee one meter from the line I think if he has good glasses he can see if the ball is inside the goal or outside,” he said.
While Platini is resisting calls to introduce technology, the 57-year-old has been responsible for sweeping changes in soccer since becoming UEFA president in 2007, a position he was reelected to unopposed last year.
He introduced ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules in an effort to curb overspending by European clubs, and offered more automatic places in the lucrative Champions League group stage for domestic champions.
Platini has also said UEFA has put fans first with its radical decision to stage Euro 2020 in cities across Europe rather than one or two host countries.
Criticism of the plan was premature, he said yesterday.
“The idea was decided, there is nothing else. Now we will create committees to think about what could be the best idea for what we have to do in the eight years before Euro (2020).”


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.