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Former South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira admits possession is no longer a must in football

2:01 PM IST 06/09/18
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One of the key points on the agenda of the one-day event is the technical and tactical outcome of the recent global competition

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) has invited head coaches and technical directors of all 211 member associations to its Football Conference. 

The technical experts of all six confederations have also been invited by the world football's governing body to the Fifa Football Conference which is set to take place in England's capital city, London on 23 September 2018. 

African football legend Aliou Cisse was in charge of his country, Senegal at the recent 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia and he will be amongst over 150 coaches, who are expected to attend the event. 

Meanwhile, legendary Brazilian coach and former Bafana Bafana mentor Carlos Alberto Parreira has discussed his views about the technical and tactical outcome of this year's World Cup.

Parreira, who was in charge of South Africa during the 2010 World Cup finals, is the head of Fifa’s Technical Study Group (TSG) having also won the 1994 tournament as the Brazil head coach. 

"The conference is a unique occasion and we have to make the absolute most of it. Sharing information and experiences is vital to the continued development of football, and there is no one better than coaches when it comes to giving opinions," Parreira said on Fifa's official website. 

“The World Cup is always an opportunity to assess the state of football and new trends, the new things that come in and should be used again," the 75-year-old tactician continued. 

"The people who took part in it have something to say about the problems they faced, the things that worked and what they felt and saw. And the people who weren’t there can pick up that information. It’s a really valuable dialogue because everyone benefits from it," he added. 

Africa's five representatives at this year's World Cup, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Morocco all underperformed as they all failed to reach the Last 16 from their respective groups

It turned out to be the worst World Cup for African teams in 36 years and Parreira believes that times have changed in terms of how teams play in the global tournament.

"You can’t compare different eras of the game and say, “it was a more beautiful game before” or “it was more tactical before”. There’s no such thing as more beautiful football or uglier football. Football changes. Possession of the ball is no longer a must," he said. 

"The teams were more concerned with playing in smaller spaces, in staying compact and getting into the opposition half as quickly as possible, and they won as teams, with individual talents playing for their teams," he concluded.