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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
 
Mar 26 2015
Japanese Soccer
Hits an Unexpected Rough Spot
Overshadowed by the Japan Football Association’s declaration 10 years ago that it wanted to win the World Cup by 2050 was another pledge that seemed more easily achievable: having the team ranked in the top 10 by 2015. There is still plenty of time for the World Cup, but time is running out to meet that top-10 goal. Currently, Japan is ranked 53rd in the world by FIFA. That r ...
 
Mar 20 2015
Football Fusion
  Ghotbi’s sabbatical is also an investment in connecting with new environments and developments in football. The world of football is developing so fast that it is almost an obligation to your coaching skills to look around in other football environments and Ghotbi does that continuously. Europe does not have all the knowledge, although a lot of football institutions do hav ...
 
Feb 02 2015
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Football on the up down under...
  Football is not the most popular sport in Australia, but now the Socceroos are Asian champions the players believe the game will continue to grow…   Australia’s Asian Cup triumph was historic in its own right – being the first major title the Socceroos have picked up – and the 2-1 extra-time win over South Korea o ...
 
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 ...