Confederations Cup gets technical

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For more than four decades, FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) has been observing international tournaments.

Starting at the 1966 England FIFA World Cup, the work conducted by the TSG now involves providing in–depth analysis of the latest trends in the game, and keeping FIFA's member associations abreast of tactical innovations. It is also, of course, a vital source of information for coaches at all levels looking to keep up with developments in what has become a fast–changing game. The analyses are compiled in a report and DVD for educational purposes. For the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup (held in South Africa between 14 and 28 June), the TSG will be made up of the following six internationally renowned football experts: African football legend Abedi Pele (Ghana), former coach of the French national team and current Technical Director of the FFF GÉrard Houillier (France), CAF Football Development Director Abdel Moneim Hussein (Sudan), head coach of the Costa Rican national team Rodrigo Kenton (Costa Rica), former head coach of the Hong Kong national team Kwok Ka Ming (Hong Kong), and Holger Osieck (Germany), former Canadian national team coach and the assistant coach of Franz Beckenbauer during Germany's victory at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. " The way in which teams approach this tournament will be very interesting in view of next year's FIFA World Cup, " said Jean–Paul Brigger, former Switzerland international and current director of FIFA's Technical Study Group Department, who is managing the TSG. The TSG members study the way in which the eight teams have prepared for the competition, as well as their training methods during the event, their tactics and their performances in the matches. On top of these duties, the TSG will also be responsible for nominating the winners of the various awards, including the Budweiser Man of the Match and the Adidas Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper, as well as for compiling the list of outstanding players from which journalists will ultimately choose the adidas Golden Ball winner. In addition, the TSG will award fair play points to the teams based on their behaviour on the pitch. Both these points and the number of yellow and red cards received by each team will go towards determining the winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award. Detailed information and updates on the TSG's work during the event, including brief analyses following each match, can be found in the tournament section at www. FIFA. com.

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