Philippines nationwide soccer staff coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes that countries like India, China and america of America will play an important position in shaping the way forward for modern-day soccer.
The previous England coach spoke to the media earlier than India’s loss towards Bahrain and mentioned that qualification to the last-16 for India in addition to Philippines, who play Kyrgyzstan on January 16, could possibly be immense for each nations the place soccer just isn’t the first sport.
Chatting with ESPN, Eriksson was requested in regards to the significance of progressing in competitions just like the Asian Cup and the coach began by stating, “It could be excellent. Particularly when the nation’s No.1 sport just isn’t soccer. I hope the entire of India talked about you (India) beating Thailand.”
Speaking particularly about India’s win towards Thailand, Eriksson claimed, “In soccer, you recognize you’ll be able to have large luck, [and] you win 1-0. However you (India) dominated the sport and also you scored 4 targets. Wow!”
He continued, “The entire world who noticed that match [felt] they had been bodily good, technically good gamers. Working laborious. And perhaps Thailand was….I am certain they had been stunned with what is going on on right here. And if you’re not 100 %, it is troublesome to vary to win the sport. All advantage to India.”
Ultimately, Eriksson moved to the angle of the domination of European and South American nations on the World Cup stage however mentioned that he would wish to see the likes of India, China and United States compete with the perfect soccer taking part in nations on the earth within the close to future.
He mentioned, “World Cup…you should not say this…however sadly, it is just like the Euro and you place in Argentina and Brazil. That is the groups who can win it. And I hope for soccer that adjustments. I am speaking about India, China, United States. Massive nations, however soccer hasn’t modified. What number of Messis do you have got in India if they’d the prospect to play?”
Lastly, the 70-year-old coach moved to the assertion that every one Asian and American soccer followers ought to care about as he mentioned, “It is not that India, China and america want soccer, however soccer wants these three nations. As a result of will probably be even larger. Soccer wants you.”