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Thursday, 18 October 2018

'Never in 100 years': A-League coach's Bolt call


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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has delivered a withering assessment of Usain Bolt's professional football ambitions.

The German told Swiss newpaper Blick that Bolt won't make the grade "in 100 years" despite all the love he's receiving during his stint with Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt has dominated the build up to the A-League season which kicks off tonight and Babbel clearly sees the Bolt machinations as a PR move for the competition.

The three time Olympic 100m champion and world record holder scored two goals on his starting debut in a friendly match last week sending the hype into overdrive, and flushing out a contract offer, that Bolt rejected, from a club in Malta.

"As a PR action it is sensational," Babbel told Blick. "The A-League receives much attention from him. But, honestly, I can not take that seriously.

"I saw him play. For all that love, that's not enough in 100 years."

Babbel, 46, played club football for Bayern Munich and Liverpool and  51 times for the German national team and has spent the past four years coaching Lucerne in the Swiss league.

He was asked about the A-League standard.

"Difficult to answer," Babbel said. "My wife said after a game in the Cup that the level was better than in Switzerland. Basically, it is similar. My job is also to grind young players and to enable them to jump from youth to the first team. A great challenge."

 

 

 

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has delivered a withering assessment of Usain Bolt's professional football ambitions.

The German told Swiss newpaper Blick that Bolt won't make the grade "in 100 years" despite all the love he's receiving during his stint with Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt has dominated the build up to the A-League season which kicks off tonight and Babbel clearly sees the Bolt machinations as a PR move for the competition.

The three time Olympic 100m champion and world record holder scored two goals on his starting debut in a friendly match last week sending the hype into overdrive, and flushing out a contract offer, that Bolt rejected, from a club in Malta.

"As a PR action it is sensational," Babbel told Blick. "The A-League receives much attention from him. But, honestly, I can not take that seriously.

"I saw him play. For all that love, that's not enough in 100 years."

Babbel, 46, played club football for Bayern Munich and Liverpool and  51 times for the German national team and has spent the past four years coaching Lucerne in the Swiss league.

He was asked about the A-League standard.

"Difficult to answer," Babbel said. "My wife said after a game in the Cup that the level was better than in Switzerland. Basically, it is similar. My job is also to grind young players and to enable them to jump from youth to the first team. A great challenge."

 

 

 

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