U.S. teen sensation Freddy Adu’s burst of pace and inch-perfect pass for Bobby Convey to finish a six-second counter attack was a moment to remember among many on quarter-final day at the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003. FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) also marvelled at a slick interchange between Nilmar, Carvalho and Kleber for Brazil against Japan.
Alvin Corneal (TRI): “Blistering pace”
"The counter-attack that led to the U.S. goal against Argentina was most definitely the play of the day from Abu Dhabi. It came from an Argentinacorner kick and the ball went straight up into the air after a deflection.The 'little man' Freddy Adu controlled the ball perfectly, looked up, sawspace in front of him and burst up the field with blistering pace. Hepicked his head up, sent a beautiful well-weighted and well-timed pass tohis captain Bobby Convey, who in turn fired a fine shot past the keeper.The USA went from their own penalty area to the back of the Argentine net in no more than six seconds - fantastic!"
Chief Onigbinde (NGA): “The move that didn’t count”
“Yes Brazil scored five goals but my play of the day was one where they were caught out by the assistant referee's flag. It all began in thecentre-circle. Nilmar passed it cleverly to Daniel Carvalho, who slipped itback beautifully into the number 10's stride. Nilmar waited for his fellowstriker Kleber to make his move and a split-second before he did so - sogood was their understanding today - he laid on the perfect pass. Of course, it was not the perfect pass because he was a fraction offside but it was a fine move all the same.”
What is the TSG?:
When does a deflected shot become an own goal? At what point does a good pass become an assist? What are the objective facts that lead to the nomination of a "Man of the Match" at a FIFA World Cup™ match? Such questions are meat and drink to the TSG, or Technical Study Group, a prestigious phalanx of some of soccer's top technicians. Their mission: to dissect the most effective tactical plans and latest advances in the game in order to transmit them to the world.
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Members of the TSG in UAE:
Abu Dhabi: Gabriel Calderon (ARG), Jean-Paul Brigger (FIFA), JurgNepfer (FIFA)
Dubaï: Chief A.O. Onigbinde (NGA), Kalil Al-Zayyani (KSA)
Al Ain: Horst Kriete (GER)
Sharjah: Alvin Corneal (TRI)