November 25, 2022 By Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Off

Newsletter T4/W8

Dear Parents,
A million supporters from around the world descended on the small but wealthy Gulf nation of Qatar to watch stars from 32 countries face off over the next four weeks in the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is the world’s second-largest sporting event after the Olympics. Already we have seen some measure upsets with Saudi Arabia defeating Argentina and Japan defeating Germany in the opening round of the competition. Unfortunately the Socceroos where no match for France in their opening game. We hope for a better outcome tomorrow night at 9pm against Tunisia in what will be a do or die for the team.

Remember to join us for our end of year Pizza night on Wednesday December 7th at the Wilis Sports Centre.

At training this week, players joined the spirit of the Cup as they were able to play under a team taking part in the World Cup. This surely brought out a lot of smily faces during training.

From a development point of view, we continued to make good progress with ball handling and game intelligence. The enthusiasm, commitment and determination from players was again very encouraging throughout the week. Watching young people learn to play the game with joy is very refreshing for the technical team.

Tomorrow will bring an end to our very successful Saturday Mini Soccer games for this year. Initially the plan was to create an environment for the players to play against external teams but I have to admit that keeping it internally has exceeded all expectations given the overall improvement of players. The culture and routine created around them has also contributed to it success. We look forward to continue with our mini games in 2023.

See you on the field. 

Cyrille

Japan turning over Germany, Saudi Arabia dismantling Messi & Argentina – it’s the biggest World Cup upsets of all time

Saudi Arabia and Japan have produced two huge shocks at the 2022 World Cup, with the competition having had a rich history of mega upsets.

Down the years, the World Cup has had a habit of throwing up some of the greatest upsets the sport has ever seen, as form, reputation and confidence all go out of the window in an instant, and so-called smaller nations seize their opportunity on the biggest stage.

These are games and moments that have been immortalised and re-lived time and time again, with teams and individual players written into the tournament’s folklore.

Here, GOAL runs through the most shocking turn ups for the books in the competition’s gilded history…