Chat with Janusz Michallik
Janusz played 44 games with the US National Team from 1991 to 1994 and won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991 and US Cup in 1992. He won indoor National Championships with Louisville and Canton in 1986 and '87 respectively before enjoying a career in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution.
Janusz holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' coaching license and coaches with Connecticut's Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Youth Player Development Program (YPDP). He is currently the National Director of SoccerPlus FieldPlayer Academy, the Director of Coaching for FSASoccerPlus Premier Football Club, a soccer analyst for ESPN and serves on the Board of Directors for the US Soccer Foundation. A member of Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame, he is married to Marzena and has a son, Daniel.
Janusz won't be stopping by until 2pm GMT (9 a.m. ET) on Friday but you can send your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.
Hello everyone, thanks for your questions. Let's get started.
amiel (suva, fiji islands)
hi janusz i jus wntd 2 ask wat u think about Liverpool in the new year? do u think they wil do well n do u think they can win cups? m a big fan of liverpool n i jus wntd to knw wat u thought about them k thnx take care ..amiel ariyan..
As you know they have been doing great so far and I anticipate that Rafa Benitez will get it right at some point. I think that the trip to Tokyo killed their momentum a bit. At this point Chelsea has won the games while they were gone and they will have extra pressure to win those 2 games they have in hand.
Stephen, Melbourne Australia
Do you think that Fiorentina can stay in a Champions League position?
Stephen, I do think that Fiorentina can, especially if Luca Toni keeps scoring at this rate. You almost have to wonder what happens if he gets injured but let's hope that does not happen to the Viola.
Central Coast, Australia
How did you find Sydney FCs performance in the club world championship? And what do you think are the chances of the A-League sides succeedingn in Asia?
You have to say that it was a very good performance. As realistically you knew that they were not going to challenge for the trophy. I thought that for long spells they were the better team against Saprissa and I think that given the fact that this was their first international experience there is much to look forward to if you are a Sydney FC supporter.
Do you feel, as I do that the 2006 World Cup is a "put up or shut up" tournament for England? They have probably the best marketed league and have been touting their team for years as if only Brazil is better than they are. But with one international title on home soil almost 40 years ago isn't it about time for England to fulfill its potential for greatness and actually win something?
I feel, as you do, every time a big competition comes around. Everything that you have said in your question seems true to me, I don't mean to be harsh but you are absolutely right- at some point England will have to win a big competition to silence their critics.
hi Janusz, love reading your posts.what do you think of man utd chances of doing the treble(EPL,FA cup and the Carling cup) and who do you reckon would win the champions league this season?
Loaded question here...On paper it is possible but in reality it is highly unlikely. I think they can win the cup competition but I think their chances of winning the Premiership are not good.
Who do you see prevailing to the ultimate prize of CL title this season?
Bill, before Champions League started I predicted that Chelsea would win it. As the competition goes on, Barcelona seems to have taken over the role as favorites but something tells me that it will be Juventus that will ultimately claim the big prize.
Is it fair that the same ref (Rob Styles)not once but twice fails to send off the same player Essien for horrendous tackles and flying elbows and the FA do nothing about it? Has Roman somehow managed to buy the refs as well?
Harsh comment about Roman. Nothing against Rob Styles but it makes you wonder howcome there are no suspensions for the referees when they have a bad game. when players play badly they usually find themselves on the bench. Perhaps the same should happen to the referees more often.
In the wake of recent happenings, everyone must agree that Manchester United is no longer that dominant force that captivated European football five-six seasons back. They seem to be lacking the consistency that made them a force to be reckoned. My question is: why is this? Is it the players? Are Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy and Rooney not capable of fathoming things like that of Cantona, Beckham and Keane? Sir Alex has made it clear he plans on buying in the summer, that being the case, what position does he need to strengten and more specifically, what players can the gaffer bring to the club?
I have been, at times, one of the harshest critics of Manchester United but let's be truthfull here- it is in many ways a changing of the guard and no matter how big the name of the team is and whatever the expectations may be, sometimes you are just going to have a few bad seasons. I just hope that Sir Alex Ferguson will take this time to truly rebuild the team.
Shaj (Huntingtown, MD)
Hi, do you think the Americans have a chance to go through their world cup this year, and do you think it will show that the US are for real?
Shaj, let me answer this the only way I can without being partial. For me, the Americans will either do great or it will be a very tough tournament for them. On one hand, I think that they are capable of beating Czech Republic in the first game as there are a lot of questions in my mind about that team. I think they peaked in the last Euro tournament and players like Smicer and Poborsky are getting on with age. Koller may not even make it back from injury for the tournament and Milan Baros is not the same as he was, that of course still leaves Petr Cech and Pavel Nedved and they are class acts. If the Americans can get a result here then there are possibilities for them to move on. If they do not, there will be a lot of pressure for a must win Italy game which they do not need to have on them. That game in itself has enough pressure on its own. The Ghana game may or may not be relevant and it will be mostly up to Ghana how much meaning this game will have. They are a good team but I will question their mentality if they have nothing to play for in this last game. So, you may say that there is a lot of wishful thinking here but I hope you understand that I, of course, will always wish for the US team to succeed.
Mark, Ottawa, Ontario.
As good as Alan Shearer was or maybe still is do you approve of his overly aggressive approach to his game.To me any player who plays the opponent first and not the ball is not good for the game and whats up with referees who do not penalize him because he is shearer?
Mark, I have a lot of respect for Alan Shearer as a player but I do think that he is not as innocent as he wants us to believe. Tough thing to be a striker in the Premiership as they do take a lot of punishment but I must agree that he does step over the line from time to time.
You being a former USMNT player, what is your opintion on the draw for the US? And what will there record be?
No question in my mind that it was a tough draw and in many ways this could be the toughest group. This is, I think, something that the US team expected in many ways as no matter where they landed you could make a case that they would be the underdog. I think if 1-1-1 would get them through to the next round coach Arena and the rest of the team would pay money for that.
Justin Reynolds (Twin Cities, Minnesota)
What ever happened to Shaun Wright-Phillips? Not his brightest move going to Chelsea was it?
Justin, I questioned the move when it happened as I thought that at this stage it would have been better for his development to play rather than sit on the bench. That was a given. But we can't question the glammer of playing for a club like Chelsea and the paycheck that comes with it.
Pacharo Kayira, Lund, Sweden
Who do you think is at fault in the row between Jose and Arsene.Arent both being plain childish?
Strong personalities, egos, television and the rest of the media. Of course, it is all nonsense but it makes for a good laugh. You can't tell me that you do not enjoy following this story.
Chris: Central Coast, Australia
Do you think the Club World Championship can be successful?
Maybe it could be, and I thought it was in it's old format. There were too many games this time around but I can see how you would want all continents to be involved. I just think that the chances of clubs outside of Europe and South America are very slim
I have to run now to finish my Christmas shopping. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year and may all your favorite teams win....Janusz