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International Roundup + Technology Debate

Monday 5th September 2011
International football is all about pride. To play for your country is the

highest honour that can be bestowed on a footballer. All the money of the

national game goes out of the window. This isn't a job, this is representing

your country on a worldwide stage.

And that's the main reason I hate Capello. I must make clear at this point

that I don't hate him because he is foreign. My problem with Capello comes from

his lack of passion. Being the England manager is just a job to him, a pay

cheque (and quite a hefty one at that). He didn't even speak the language when

he took over. The position of manager should be appointed by the same system

that players are chosen, the best English man for the job should get it.

Redknapp and Hodgson are probably the best two English managers at club level so

the choice for Capello's replacement should be between them (or my personal

favourite, David Beckham). Thankfully, we only have to put up with his boring,

passionless, Italian football for less than a year now. Good riddance.

I am a massive England fan but Capello has made it harder to support our

boys. As much as I want England to win Euro 2012, I don't want our first major

tournament win since ‘66 to be under The Italian Galleon (I never thought I

would make a Harry Potter reference but life is full of little surprises like

that). I hate to start off so negatively on such a special time in football but

it is important to me that everyone realises how little time I have for him.

Right, onto the football. I am pleased to see the youngsters who were so

instrumental for the under-21's starting to break into the first team. It sets a

great example for the new batch of kids joining the under-21 setup. I was also

happy to see Wayne Rooney playing as well as we all know what he can do. If we

are to stand any chance of winning Euro 2012, Rooney needs to be playing at the

top of his game. He is our Messi, our star man.

As for the other home nations, bravo Wales, must try harder Scotland and

Northern Ireland. For Wales to go from getting no points and just one goal from

the first four games to beating the best defensive side in the group is a

fantastic turnaround. That result will give a huge confidence boost to a team

that is hopefully finally showing the ability that it has being promising for

years. However, that confidence will be very short lived if they get spanked at


In recent times, Northern Ireland have started the qualifying stage quite

well but then bottle it in the most important game. I know they are still in

with a chance of qualifying but losing to Serbia at home has taken it out of

their hands. On a more positive note, it does show how far Northern Ireland have

come in the last decade that a very narrow defeat to a good side like Serbia is

seen as a disappointment. I think Northern Ireland will get to a major

tournament eventually, most likely Euro 2016 in France when the amount of

participating teams is upped from 16 to 24.

Like Northern Ireland, Scotland also have a habit of ballsing up promising

starts. I am not convinced by Levein as the manager of a country but Scotland

have looked an improved side in their last few games. I expect them to get a big

win over Lithuainia. As long as no stupid decisions go against them at the last

minute again.

This leads me to the technology debate. I had wanted to do a post about the

introduction of technology into football for the last couple of weeks and having

seen the penalty that was awarded to Czech Republic, I decided to add it onto

this roundup.

I am pro-technology when it comes to decision making. Well, to be more

accurate, I do not like technology and wish that we could just cope with

referees and their assisstants but there is so much money in football that a

wrong decision really could cost a team millions. It has got to the point where

top level football can no longer survive without technology. It seems that come

the start of next season, the Premier League will finally be using video cameras

to aid the officials.

This is my main problem that I think a lot of people will realise when the

2012-2013 Premier League season starts. Goal-line technology will reduce the

amount of incorrect decisions but how many game changing moments occur away from

the goal-line? Think back to the penalty that cost Scotland three points and now

imagine if that penalty had been given in a game where goal-line technology was

in use. There would be new debates claiming that only one set of cameras on the

goal-lines are not enough.

In my opinion, video technology should be brought in soon but it should be

brought in all over the pitch and only be used as back-up to the referee. It

should only be referred to when an incident is ambiguous.

Anyway, more pants wetting excitement tomorrow with the Euro 2012 qualifying

groups getting to the best part, the part where teams actually start qualifying.

I will be back on Wednesday to review the hell out of it (leaving my opinions on

technology away from it all).

Oliver Friend
23 year old Psychology graduate from The University of Hull. Massive England fan and supporter of Birmingham City at club level. Currently spending a lot of time going to watch North Ferriby United in the Conference North. Also try to keep up with the major European leagues. Follow on Twitter: @ole1208

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