Saturday, December 8, 2012

Football, but only briefly

FIFA coach Fritz Schmid alongside asst/coach Bouy Dary at training today
Occasionally, football finds it way to this blog from my dedicated football blog here but not often. It has to be a special occasion. I think a first-time friendly match between my club, Phnom Penh Crown and a visiting team made up of Korean and Japanese League players is worth a mention. The Korea All Stars Union team are in town for one game, a brief holiday on the beach and then back to Korea to prepare for their own season. Korea is currently regarded as the best football nation in the whole of Asia and with the visitors playing in the top divisions in Korea as well as Japan, its going to be a tough test for Crown tomorrow (Sunday). The match kicks-off at 3.15pm at the Olympic Stadium and is being televised live. Also fresh off the boat so to speak, is Fritz Schmid. A FIFA instructor for twenty years, he's also the number two with the Austrian national football team and is here for two weeks in order to impart some of his vast knowledge to Crown's coach Sam Schweingruber and the team. He met the squad at training yesterday afternoon. In order to improve Cambodian football, we need to learn as much as we can from people like Fritz.

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