The predictable outrage is threatening to drown out the real football news, predictably, because outrage is all the rage these days, but we will simply say that DJ Martin Solveig should not have asked first woman ever Ball d’Or award winner Ada Hegerberg if she were capable of twerking.
It was 2013 all over again. It almost surprises than anyone knew about what Solveig was talking.
Ange Postecoglou, who with smoke and mirrors and possibly some incantations qualified the Socceroos for the 2018 FIFA World Cup before handing off to Bert van Marwijk, who possibly left Russia ahead of the Socceroos to leave Graham Arnold to deal with the Australian national team, is staying put in the J. League for another season with the Yokohama F. Marinos, the side he coached to 12th of 18 in his first year.
Yokohama was a scoring juggernaut, second only to champion side Kawasaki Frontale, but they did little to keep the ball out of their own net and were in danger of relegation going into the final rounds of the season.
Postecoglou admitted that he went in with a mindset to flip the style of the club. “It’s always been a consistent club. One that’s built on a very defensive, pragmatic approach. I flipped it all on its head,” he told SEN. “I knew we’d get some extremes in form.”
It never seemed, during Postecoglou’s five-year term with Australia, that the Socceroos were scoring too many goals.
Postecoglou, asked if he would consider a return to big-time international football, told reporters, “At some point I’ll jump back in to international football but right now club football is where I get most stimulation. I’d like to achieve something before I move on.That’s a key driver now.”
Escaping relegation might have been steering him as well.
Returning to the Ballon D’Or, the men’s award went to Luka Modric. He was not asked to twerk, but he did not seem slighted in the least.