His high school classmates called him “soldier,” and that’s exactly what Dominic Oduro thought he would become while growing up on a military camp.
But the Columbus Crew forward is far from the soldier his father, Anthony, was during 20 years in the Ghanaian Army.
Unlike with his father’s profession, Oduro has realised that certain points arise in the career of a professional soccer player when moving on is the best option, however painful it may be. Loyalty is practically nonexistent for a 28-year-old journeyman who has played for five teams in eight MLS seasons, just one move shy of the league record.
Fresh from handing Ange Postecoglou a five-year deal to become the Socceroos coach, Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy made his expectations clear: to become Asia’s best team and compete boldly at the next two World Cups. Lowy has made it known that near enough is no longer good enough for the national team.
”The objective is definitely to be the No.1 team in Asia. There is no question about it,” Lowy said in Sydney.
”We have the knowledge, the ability and players, and now we have the coach. The rest is that we want to do better than we did in the past [at the World Cup], but that may take a little bit more time.”
Sports people of all persuasions are waking up to the benefits of media training, so much so that many codes now include marketing as an important part of their pre-season orienteering programmes.
For a young, up and coming sports personality, it is important that they be aware of positive personal branding because of its impact on the media interview process.
This applies not only during their sports career but also in their later career aspirations.
Football Federation Australia’s decision to go Dutch after qualifying for the 2006 World Cup isn’t producing players good enough to play for the Socceroos, says former Australian Institute of Sport soccer program chief Steve O’Connor.
O’Connor oversaw the development of the likes of Lucas Neill, Mark Viduka, Luke Wilkshire, Brett Emerton, Josh Kennedy, Mark Bresciano and Craig Moore.
That group made up the bulk of the sides that have qualified for the last three World Cups and came through during his 15 years in the role in Canberra.
Photo: Theo Markelis with his player manager Jon-Paul Michail of FIA Sports Management.
Former Melbourne Victory and Young Socceroos attacker Theo Markelis has returned to his former football home Spain, signing with Racing Santander.
He joins the Spanish club after a brief stint at the Victory, where unfortunately Markelis was not given many opportunities to show his value.
The young footballer originally left for Spain from the age of 15 to join the world-renowned Academy at CF Valencia, where his talent was nurtured alongside teammates and friends David Villa of Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona’s Jordi Alba.