Sunday, December 14, 2014

FOOTBALL EXCLUSIVE: A Good €uropean - ESTONIA Women's Coach KEITH BOANAS Interview - Part One

The ESTONIA Women boss and former Charlton Athletic LFC manager talked
exclusively with THE FOOTBALL REPORT about his achievements in the
English FA Women's League, the ENGLAND Women's job and about the next
FIFA Women's World Cup dangers. (Part One) 



Estonia Women Manager Keith Boanas with FA's Sir Trevor Brooking  /Pict.: Estonia WFA

 by Richard IV

at St Georges' Park

BURTON-Upon-TRENT. ''I am over here'' Keith Boanas beckoned me over with an endearing
smile from his lobby's armchair as I glanced around for him in the entrance hall of the Hilton hotel yesterday at St. Georges’ Park, the English FA's dream coaching facilities situated in the leafy and breathtaking Burton-upon-Trent woodlands just inside the National Forest, on the occasion of the annual Football Association 2014 Licensed Coaches Club Conference.

WALKING THE WALK

The Englishman like many other countrymen and good Europeans, has set his career on the same path as Three Lions' manager Roy Hodgson by piling up international experience on the Continent, in the cold Baltic shores of Estonia except with the opposite genders sports side - in the now globally booming game of women's football.

HOMELAND RECALL

Likewise Hodgson, who coached in the past Switzerland, Finland and Inter Milan FC, Boanas has been transparent in coveting the desire to return home being an opening for the England job but after being short listed in therecent search for Hope Powell's successor the Three Lionesses job went quite surprisingly to young Welshman Mark Sampson, 31, who headed the Swansea FC Centre of Excellence during the Roberto Martinez time  and who then managed the rise of the Bristol Academy ladies to two FA's Women FA Cup finals and concluded his term as runners-up to Liverpool Ladies in last year's FA's Women Super League championship.


ON THE ENGLAND JOB

''Sir Trevor Brooking, (pictured above recently with Keith Boanas) the former FA's technical director who retired recently and in charge of the decision one year ago, felt to send me a letter of apologies'' said the Estonia FA Women's boss who seemed aggrieved by the decision and that his managerial track record of successes was overlooked.


IN COACHING & MANAGEMENT

The management career of Keith Boanas started in men football with Non-League Ryman League Tooting & Mitcham United FC before stepping into women's football when offered the Charlton Athletic FC Girls and
Women programme role. 


THE SILVERWARE

The Boanas masterpiece has been to accomplish an Herculean feat almost single-handed, with a largely amateurial structure, as he took Charlton Athletic FC Ladies firstly to a double FA Women's League Cup triumph and then to a FA Women's Community Shield success alongside three seasons title's runners up in the FA Women's Premier League final standings as well as reaching four times the pinnacle of the FA Women's Cup final and conquering the 'holy grail' at the third attempt in 2005 but alas sadly a beaten finalist in 2007.


TAKING CHARLTON ATHLETIC LFC TO THE TOP

The Londoner's had in their ranks England players like goalkeeper Pauline Cope (now his wife) and captain and Olympic Team GB captain Casey Stoney, plus current Lioness Fara Williams (coached by Boanas as a youngster and who joined from Chelsea LFC) and the striker Eniola Aluko, now in her full maturity, who can still do marvels for England.


GIANTS KILLING

Boanas took the club to a level never reached since, breaking up the overwhelming domination and stronghold in those years of women's football professional clubs like Arsenal Ladies FC and Fulham LFC which
fielded striker legends like Marianne Spacey and Norwegian sensation Marianne Pettersen.


THE SURREY COUNTY FA

Keith Boanas, besides his international coaching duties also maintains a solid foothold in The Football Association's members structure as President and Technical Director of one of its richest Counties, the
Surrey County FA Coaching Association, a job that makes the homeland's distance sweeter. He still feels honored and humbled to have the privilege of following the late great Sir Bobby Robson in this role.

'SEVEN SISTERS' CALL

The manager had however already fallen once for the White Cliffs sirens' chants by agreeing in January 2013 to manage the WSL outfit Lincoln Ladies FC but he changed his mind when the Estonia FA offered him a new
contract.


MARKET RUMOURS

''My name turned up again this summer when the Arsenal Ladies job was up for the grab but after asking for my CV I heard nothing afterwards until I was told they went for a Spanish guy'' Boanas  reveals with a bit of
disappointment - however he then adds to have been recently lined up by another WSL club, the Sunderland Ladies FC.


THE ENGLAND GAME

After the Three Lionesses disastrous debut at Wembley last month, trashed 3-0 by the European Champions and next summer's Canada World Cup favourites Germany, there were eyebrows raised over the new managements  efficiency. ''Have England improved since Hope Powell's departure?'' I asked.


ON HOPE POWELL

''They have'' replied a convinced Boanas ''Hope (Powell) lately lacked players' management'. 'She had somehow only heart and passion for her players'' he said calmly ''She had her favourites and the changing room was split'' he continued ''That's the reason why players like Leanne Sanderson couldn't find space'' he said.


ON THE 2015 FIFA WORLD CUP PITCHES CONTROVERSY


I then asked him about last Saturday's 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Draw as he was recently quoted in the media to be against the controversial deployment of synthetic turf instead of natural grass pitches in  next
summer's competition. ''Are you still against it?''


ON THE DANGERS OF ARTIFICIAL TURF

''I was partially misquoted on that'' he said ''We are normally using regularly 3/4G pitches in Estonia during the indoor winter training and also in the regular season but in the long range my experience has witnessed a consistent rise of knee, ankle and lower back injures’. ’However Canada's cold winter lead to synthetic grass pitches deploymentfor indoor training sessions so presumably those pitches were required by the World Cup organisers as a precondition or mandatory clause to host the FIFA tournament'' said Boanas. 


HAVE CANADA AN UNFAIR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE?

Shouldthat be an unfair advantage then for the Canadian team considering the overwhelming majority of the World Cup finalist teams have scarce confidence with the surface? ''Could that fact alter the normality and
outcome of the next World Cup?'' I asked.


WILL ARTIFICIAL PITCHES ALTER THE WORLD CUP?

''It is unlikely so'' was the sharp answer from Boanas ''Canada have been strong challengers in the past (they still rue over a controversial defeat against 2011 World Cup host, Germany) and I am an admirer of their meticulous and very competent coach who will already be analysing opponents' videos and carrying out a detailed study on them'' continued Boanas in emphasising how no stones will be left unturned by the
Canadian team management as they have an historic chance to grab their first 'soccer' world crown.

(End of Part I)



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Monday, December 01, 2014

EU POLICY: Is The European Union Over? Viviane Reding MEP Defends Our Union - TV Debate

The debate was broadcasted Saturday Nov 29th by Al Jazeera TV from the Oxford University.


 

By RICHARD IV
@lmenin

LONDON / David Cameron's Tories policies have called for a break up of one of EU's fundamental pillars, the Freedom of Movements Rights, forced to dance at the tune of the right-winged and break away movement of former commodities trader Nigel Farange.

EU's citizens, now branded 'foreign' emigrants will be in the future - according to the UK PM request - be equalled to criminals by reporting to Police stations, whenever they lose or will be without an employment.

We are therefore assisting at the death of the Union's principles with the blessing of Brussels and Strasbourg bureaucrats which for no less than twenty years have play down the Eurosceptic movements dangers rather than clamping it down at its beginning.

The movement, helped culpably by the UK media who gave them undeserved voice and space in all the news and political broadcasts, have now become a torrent which is risking to topple the UK government at next year's May elections. 

The European Union's only hope of survival and prosperity now lays only on the strong faith and mind of people of good will like the former EU Commissioner and Vice-President Viviane Reding MEP.    

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EU COMMISSION: The Day of Farewell is Nearing for President Jose' Manuel Barroso - INTERVIEW






by RICHARD IV
@lmenin

LONDON/ Barroso eyes freedom as his Commission Presidency terms draws to a close by the 31st of October, and speaks of his preference for focusing on the business at hand over fruitless political exhibitionism.

Not exactly a glorious reign his as it allowed euro scepticism to grow all over Europe by failing to clamp down on the UK's one. He let the EU Constitution treaty die in favour or his Lisbon's one that hear,hear will bear all the stigmata for the Union's break up as nations are allowed to leave without - apparently - no defined penalties or fines.

In fact he is the man who refused to impose the EU flag, the hymn and the metric system and to stop farther EU integration to Great Britain in a alleged deal to stay in power at the 2009 elections. Not exactly a lionhearted or a good European patriot he was or was he?

His only noticeable public dissent with the UK policies were when he came to London's LSE for a speech, a few years ago on the eve of the signing of the Lisbon Treaty , in which he politely rebuked Britain's attitudes toward the community for 'being in the EU but looking like it was never in it'. He stood against Scotland's independence in the build up to last month referendum. 

Sunday' s last public outburst should have to be considered his last belated roar in defence of the 'United States of Europe' by warning PM David Cameron  'not to make an historical mistake' by endorsing right wing policy of limiting a fundamental pillar of the EU, the freedom of movement for citizens.

We wish you well anyway Jose', presumably as the new Nato's secretary general, with UK's wilful endorsement of course.