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 2 p.m. BST (9am ET) on Friday but you can send your questions now and we will save them for his arrival.
Hello everyone. Sorry I am late. Let's get started.
Matthew Oxford, MA
Janusz, I am sure this has been addressed before but I just cannot understand why so many players go to Chelsea. What is it? The money? The chance to be a bit player on a champion? The money? To sit on the bench or not even make the gameday squad? I just dont understand it.
I think all of the above. Football players, moreso than other professions, have a short window in which they can make money and take care of their futures. There is no doubt that at the moment Chelsea are the team that can pay the most, sometimes at the expense of playing time. Yes, I know you think that players on the bench should want to play and challenge themselves but until you and I are offered that type of money we can't really judge.
Beckham said he wouldn't foreclose the idea of playing in the MLS at some point in his career. Do you think the MLS has a chance of attracting other aging stars in the future?
MLS will always atract the aging stars, I am just not sure if this is the right choice for the MLS executives. I do think that David Beckham will play in MLS as he just opened an acadamy in Los Angeles and you have to think that living there would not be too bad for Posh either with Hollywood just around the corner.
Hey Janusz, the discussion regarding the technical development of English players was particularly interesting to me as an australian. Our elite coaching system is heavily influenced by the English. It seems that Englands top class technicians like Rooney, Gascoigne and hoddle are aberations of nature rather than products of a system. surely there are much better examples of technical development for Australia to follow. Your thoughts
I can't disagree with you as I think you have to know what the expectations are and the style of play preferred in your country. I happen to think that English players, for the most part, are technically good unless your expectations are for them to play like Ronaldinho. I am not sure if that is necessary in the English game as they have their own unique style of playing the game that supporters generally like.
Adam Mazurek (Sydney, nsw)
Janusz after watching poland play against the US the other week. i was quite impressed with the overall performance, only real problem i saw was that we (poland) may be lacking in fire power up front. Rasiak doesnt even make it to the bench for tottenham...how do you think the might poles will go at the world cup? i personally think we can beat germany! :)
If anything, I think that this present Polish team is more offensive than the one in South Korea or Japan. I am concerned that Rasiak is not getting much playing time but I think that you will see Zurawski and Frankowski starting up front and they certainly are capable of producing goals. Rasiak and Smolarek are also pretty good options as well. You have to think that the Polish team must advance out of this group. I feel the draw could have been much harder for them and I do not think they are without a chance in the Germany game.
Tice, Den Haag, Netherlands
Janusz, big fans of your show over here in Holland. I know you're an expert on the Eredivisie, so imagine you were Marco Van Basten. What would be your formation attacking wise and who would be in your starting lineup for the Dutch national team?
Tice, I think we have spoken before. I will do it your way with Kuyt on the right, Van Nistlerooy in the middle and Robben on the left. I am not sure if that is mine but I will go with it for your benefit.
Kevin, New York, New York
Janusz: Do you think it was a huge mistage for Germany to hire Jurgen Klingsman give the fact that he has lived in California and does not have day to day contact with the players or watch any Budesliga games live?
Kevin, we will only find out if it was a mistake after the World Cup is finished. Let's not put too much in to their recent disaster against Italy. If you remember they lost to England 5-1 before the last World Cup and went on to make the final. Klinsmann and his ways are a bit unorthodox but perhaps, as conservative as Germans are, it may be refreshing to see a manager think out of the box. This of course will only be true if they do well.
Hi Janusz Am an arsenal fan do think that we shall qualify for the CL. Thanks
Just a few weeks ago I thought there was no chance for Arsenal to get to fourth, especially given their away form. But if you consider the fact that Arsenal have five out of their last eight games at home. Things are looking better. You have to imagine that they should get full points from their next two home games against Charlton and Villa and the North London Derby against Spurs could be the deciding match for that fourth spot.
Hey Janusz...always looking foward to your chat wrap...question is why is almost everybody still betting that Brazil will lift the WC in Germany yet barely three months into the tournament their strikers (Ronaldo/Adriano) as well as Robinho are not fit physically and mentally to mount a strong challenge...to recover within three months for me seems unsurmountable??
Well, why would you bet against them. They have won enough World Cup Trophies in the past. They are better and more experienced than last time around. And, I hate to say it but Ronaldo and Adriano play better for the national team then for their respective clubs. I am not sure if Ronaldo will figure in the starting eleven any way and if you look at the depth of their squad they could easily put two or three teams together that would be tough to beat.
John (Philly, PA)
Lothar Matthaus has urged Bayern to sign Celtic's Petrov as a replacement for Ballack. What do you rate Petrov in the transfer market (now that he's signed an extension) and will Celtic be able to keep him at Parkhead?
I think Petrov has been tremendous for celtic after a couple of lean years in my opinion. I am not sure if he is the man to replace Ballack as I feel that those will be very big shoes to fill. I am not sure if Petrov at the moment needs that sort of pressure. I will tell you however that in my mind he is certainly capable of playing with Munich. Can he replace Ballack as a leader of the team? Maybe another question.
What should real madrid do to become a super power in football again??? who is best coach to lead real madrid now?? cappello or benitez... do you think sven erickson the england coach has a chance to be a real madrid coach ???
I think they are a superpower already. One that has not won much in the last three years. I would not be against getting Del Bosque back as the coach. As he won almost every trophy while being there. The idea of Galacticos should be put to bed and Real Madrid needs to find the right balance and the right players in all positions. As you know the names do not play. It is down to players, their effort and their love of the club.
who do you think from the african qualifiers has the best chance of progressing further at the world cup if so who will be their most influential player
Judging the recent African Cup of Nations you would have to say that Ivory Coast jumps to the forefront, however, I feel that Ghana may be the sleeper here. They showed their quality in the game against Senegal and you have to remember that they were without two influential midfielders in Essien and Muntari.
Thank you all for the questions and Happy St. Patrick's day for all you Irish...Even Tommy Smyth!