Let's Define "World Class New Zealand Footballer"
What Is A "World Class" NZ Footballer?
"In my book there are only two "world - class" players playing today: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo... I don't mean to demean or criticise any of the great or very good footballers who played for me during my 26-year career at United, but there were only four who were world - class: Cantona, Giggs, Ronaldo and Scholes... And of the four Cristiano was like an ornament on the top of a Christmas tree." - Sir Alex Ferguson
We clearly see the potential of a vibrant and thriving New Zealand football development landscape with the "correct" set of environmental conditions in place. In order to consistently produce "world - class" footballers from New Zealand, because it can be done, a "fundamental transformation" is required in the country's current player learning model i.e. how the beautiful game is played (and taught).
So, let's define "world - class footballers from New Zealand."
Definition of "world - class" footballers from New Zealand: A Kiwi footballer capable of playing in one of the world's top leagues. To belong in and be regarded alongside the current crop of "Class of the World" players i.e. Chris Wood, Winston Reid, Ryan Thomas, Marco Rojas, Jeremy Brockie, Ben Sigmund... players capable of competing internationally for New Zealand and making a living within the modern 21st century game. Not Lionel Messi. Not Cristiano Ronaldo. Not Paul Scholes or Eric Cantona. They are of another class, a class above the rest. It is highly unlikely that New Zealand will ever produce a player of the "master - class."
Now that we've got that out in the open, that's exactly what we believe New Zealand can do. And do consistently. Year in and year out. Decade in and decade out. We've shown that with the "correct" set of conditions in place this can be done. As for the "correct" set of conditions, we feel that The Olé Way is the way forward. It is our aim to share this process oriented approach with you along the educational journey of The Olé Way Blog.