today 10:00 | Ability to accept new information and continue to work with it. This is exactly one of the things that is primarily lacking in Slovak football. In our country, although many claim to be trying to improve themselves, they still do practically the same thing. Only with cosmetic modifications. No wonder they still achieve the same results. Well, logically, worse. Above all, insufficient! The C-division of the League of Nations and only a theoretical chance to advance from it are proof. The world is improving, innovating working methods. It is difficult to keep up with him by stagnating or backing up. Knowing and being able to take responsibility Especially lately. Football has moved forward by leaps and bounds. What was enough a few years ago is not enough today and will be a laughing stock tomorrow. It is not a weakness to look for inspiration abroad, as long as the domestic scene is in evolutionary slumber. Foresight is a word that captures the essence. The Slovak market is weak, the Western European market is strong. It is natural that quality is generated by an economy with a larger output. To put it semi-pathologically, whoever has more money will pay more experts. The competition, or more precisely the results, subsequently influence the choice. The best train in big clubs, the less able in small ones or not at all. SYMPHONY AND JOURNEY Francesco Calzona worked in Naples, among other stops. He is 53 years old, so he does not belong to any experts in the field. He worked with Maurizio Sarri. With that coach who was subsequently chosen by Chelsea London and then Juventus Turin. Rome is currently in Lazio. With the guy who brought the “partenopei” to the Italian limelight, he played with the team for three seasons for the title and advanced from the group in the Champions League. Attractive football based on the desire to dominate. “My favorite was training when I turned my back to the field, closed my eyes and just listened to the team play. A wonderful symphony,” revealed Maurizio Sarri about his most successful coaching era. It’s no secret that they worked together with Francesco Calzona for a long time. According to Italian portals, an interesting incident is connected to the origin of their cooperation. At the turn of the millennium, Francesco Calzona led the Tuscan amateur club Tegoleto in the position of playing coach. In civilian life, he sold coffee as a sales representative. Due to time constraints, he later suggested that Sarri take over his position and he would act as his assistant. Then they parted ways for a while, only to meet again in Perugia in 2008. They spent a decade together in Alessandria, Sorrento, Empoli and Naples. Perhaps an unimportant detail for many. However, the Italians themselves claim that no detail is unimportant. It is engagements in smaller clubs and previous civilian employment that complete Calzon’s profile. According to him, this is not a naive dreamer, but a practitioner and pragmatist. An important qualification for a coach in Slovakia. COMPASS ARROW Let’s move on. Assistant to Eusebio Di Francesca in Cagliari. On the Apennine peninsula, this 53-year-old coach has great credit. As a player, he won the title with Roma AS. In the position of head of the implementation team, he shot the underrated Sassuolo first from the second league to the first and then to the top half of the Serie A table, respectively to the group stage of the Europa League. The successes were also on the bench of AS Rím. Third place in the domestic competition, plus progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the group from first place through FC Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and later sensationally through Barcelona. Cooperation with him shaped Calzona into a more complex coach. The native of Vibo did it almost to perfection in his second engagement in Naples alongside Luciano Spalletti. Another world expert who managed, among others, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Zenit St. Petersburg and Udinese. Last season, the Neapolitans fought for a long time for the dream “scudetto” and only the insufficient width of the squad, respectively the injuries of key players relegated them to the final third place behind both big Milanese clubs. All Calzon’s bosses had one thing in common. They wanted their team to play active football, based on excellent organization of the game and an effort to dictate the events on the pitch. Not because they were hopeless romantics, although they must have had a bit of a romantic soul. First of all, however, they were based on practice and trends that determined success in it. The needle of the compass pointed clearly. Slovak national football coach Francesco Calzona Source: TASR BINGO Only an assistant, some may sigh. Not fully knowing what they are doing. They are not to be blamed as long as they do not pretend to be experts. Worse are the so-called experts who continuously confirm with their speeches the age-old wisdom that silence is golden. The one who knows, who has information and who has personal experience should talk. Marek Hamšík recommended his former superior. Let’s forget the way in which the president of the Slovak Football Association, Ján Kováčik, covered himself as an alibi with this quilt, and let’s get to the point. Francesco Calzona was not a cone-carrier, a profiteer, or a plankton who only wanted to survive in any of the implementation teams. Anyone who thinks so is deeply mistaken. In fact, he was a major mover of the plot within the implementation team. This was confirmed by his former manager from Naples and current member of the Slovak national team, Stanislav Lobotka. Their cooperation in the club under Vesuvius worked very well last season. And Calzono’s signature signature is also beneath SSC’s current results – a runaway top spot in the Italian league, decorated with away wins over Lazio Roma and AC Milan. Plus first place in the Champions League group framed by a sensational 4-1 triumph over Liverpool and three points from the hot ground of Glasgow Rangers. “All tactical training in preparation for the match was conducted by Francesco Calzona. From video analysis to its training application directly on the field. The whole complex. Strengths and weaknesses of the opponent. How will we attack, who should move where, when and which spaces we will close. Plus everything related to setting up actions and leading the attack,” revealed Stanislav Lobotka. Bingo! Deducing the sequence is not difficult. When Calzona was an important man in Spalletti’s coaching staff, he very likely had a similar role in Di Francesco’s and most certainly in Sarri’s. So he is a man who knows and, moreover, knows how to take responsibility. In addition, Stanislav Lobotka highlighted his approach. “He was extremely human. He never raised his voice. He showed confidence in the players. He said that it is useless to repeat something ten times. An intelligent football player will understand the essence quickly. When he wants and is interested. It is, of course, natural to ask. He always seemed like a calm type, he was an absolute detailer. A specialist in tactics,” added Stanislav Lobotka. RESUME Francesco Calzona is the coach of the Slovak national football team. He chose his assistants, team manager and video analyst. Time stress cannot be avoided, because the days at the race and training are few, but the expectations are high. Fortunately, alibism is not characteristic of this Italian. He documented it at press conferences. He did not try to reduce the pressure and clearly declared that, despite all the circumstances, he wanted to win with the team. At the same time, he kept the agreement that he would not join the “twenty-one” squad, which is playing a tie for promotion to the European Championships with its Ukrainian peers. For the needs of the team led by coach Jaroslav Kentoš, he released Tomáš Suslov and David Strelac from A team. He included up to eight players from the Slovak league in his nomination. Most of the youngsters (Takáč, Rusnák, Ďuriš, Hrnčár), except for them, deservedly pulled out Kácer, but he also gave confidence to the more experienced ones. The re-call of Bénes seems positive. The selection was not only based on performance, but also on typology. We have a hole on the right behind Pekarík, Vallo with Rusnák and Hrnčár are now creating alternatives. All above-standard athletic equipment, the first two downright fast. In addition, the level of technical skills of individual footballers becomes important. Especially in midfield and attack. That’s why Bénes, Káčer, Ďuriš or Mráz found themselves in the representative menosword. Duda is not in it and he is not in it on purpose, although he has a card stop in the first match. The right move. Some need a psychological touch, the key is the subsequent reaction. The talent of the legionnaire from Cologne is indisputable, his contribution to the national team questionable. These circles can still intersect. Others, currently alive, will not find a breakthrough. The system and the organization of the game in it are essential. We will improve significantly here. Not by concreting, but on concrete. Francesco Calzona is a guarantee of that.
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