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The Sabbatical
Football has a funny way of steering us to unknown directions and destinations.  One moment you are in the full stadium with cheering fans, and the next the lights and sounds of the stadium are a distant memory.  One moment the pressure of getting results push stress levels above and beyond human limitations, and the next you actually have the time to enjoy simple pleasures of life.  As the project at Shimizu S-Pulse came to an unexpected conclusion, I entered a surprising rewarding period in my life.  After a life long quest to be the best, to bring out the bes... More
 
Jan 21 2015
Kolon Group, Seoul, South Korea
Team Building and Leadership Learned Through Soccer
Afshin Ghotbi was the presenter at the Kolon Groups headquarters in Seoul, December 3rd, 2014.   The ninety-minute lecture titled, “Team Building and Leadership Learned Through Soccer”, attracted several hundred directors and managers of Kolon Industries.  Ghotbi shared his ideology in management, and the similarities of the challenges facing managers in every in ...
 
Jan 20 2015
By Sean Carroll
Gap in Quality
The Asian Cup is underway but the competition is yet to really spark…    We are now 10 games into the 2015 Asian Cup, but in many ways it doesn’t really feel as if the tournament has gotten started. While there have been a couple of mildly entertaining clashes – Iran v. Bahrain and UAE v. Qatar were both reasonably tasty affairs, although plent ...
 
Jan 18 2015
I'll be back!
The Sabbatical
Football has a funny way of steering us to unknown directions and destinations.  One moment you are in the full stadium with cheering fans, and the next the lights and sounds of the stadium are a distant memory.  One moment the pressure of getting results push stress levels above and beyond human limitations, and the next you actually have the time to enjoy simple pleasures of li ...
 
Oct 22 2014
Modern Management Methodology
Go 2 Goal!
In my last piece, I wrote about my visit to Shimizu S-Pulse, in 2011, Afshin Ghotbi’s first season at the helm of the club. Last week, I had another rare privilege to visit with Afshin and learn from him, only this time, at the conclusion of his tenure at S-Pulse. It was a fascinating glimpse into the process Afshin takes his staff and players through, in order to prepare for a match ...
 
Sep 29 2014
by Santo Rivas
Go 2 Goal!
In the fall of 2011, I had the rare privilege of travelling to Shizuoka, Japan to visit Afshin at Shimizu S-Pulse. As a US Soccer Instructor and Coach, I was naturally excited by the chance to visit a top flight club in the J-League, but the amount of access and information Afshin shared with me on my visit was absolutely astounding. Afshin gave me VIP access to the club and its facilities. ...
 
Sep 25 2014
by Jon Steele, for JSoccer Magazine.
So Long Kokuritsu ... see you soon!
So Long Kokuritsu ... see you soon! by Jon Steele, for JSoccer Magazine. At the end of May 2014, the final curtain fell on one of Japanese football’s most important venues. Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium, Kokuritsu Kyogijo, closed for a five-year renovation period, with the renewed facility due to open in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Kokuritsu is oft ...
 
Aug 09 2014
Good-Bye Shizuoka!
Good-Bye Shizuoka, Three and half year has come to an abrupt end.  I feel an enormous pain to part with my staff, players, and supporters who I considered family.  I poured my heart and soul, blood and sweat into the Shimizu S-Pulse.  The results did not always illustrate the progress we made, but the journey inspired a new generation.  I have no regrets; only wonde ...
 
Jul 27 2014
Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Kashiwa Reysol
Nearly Perfect Performance!
Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 Kashiwa Reysol   S-PULSE GOALS Novakovic (30) Own goal (49) Hiraoka (58) CAUTIONS None ATTENDANCE 11095   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Yoshida, Hiraoka, Sugiyama MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Omae, Novakovic, Takagi T   Hiroi on for Kawai (87) Murata on for Omae (89) Ishige on for Takagi T (90)   REPO ...
 
Jul 26 2014
Gamba Osaka 4-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
Disaster in Osaka...
Gamba Osaka 4-0 S-PULSE   CAUTIONS Jakovic 13, Yoshida 31 ATTENDANCE 10898   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Sugiyama, Yoshida MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Novakovic, Omae, Takagi T   Takagi Y on for Omae (60) Ishige on for Takagi T (60) Takaki on for Kawai (77)   REPORT   Shimizu suffered in Suita this even ...
 
Jul 21 2014
Shimizu S-PULSE 0 vs Kawasaki Frontale 2
Tough Loss!
S-PULSE 0-2 Kawasaki   CAUTIONS Jong-a-Pin (81) ATTENDANCE 15305   GK Aizawa DF Jakovic, Hiraoka, Sugiyama, Yoshida MF Honda, Musaka, Kawai FW Omae, Novakovic, Takagi T   Jong-a-Pin on for Honda (70) Murata on for Kawai (70) Takagi Y on for Takagi T (88)   REPORT   After the summer World Cup hiatus, J1 was ...