World Cup: Carlos Queiroz, a plan author in 1998 to win the USA by 2010, now leads Iran

Current Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz was hired by US Soccer in 1998 to develop an action plan to make the US against the 2010 World Cup contenders.

Over 24 years ago‘Project 2010’ was revealed. It was a grand 12-year, $50 million plan designed to see the United States win the world’s most coveted trophy by 2010.

The US launched the plan just before the 1998 World Cup and brought its lofty ambitions to France – where it was the last to fall on its head.

U.S. Soccer commissioned Queiroz to look at U.S. soccer without any restraint to address what needed to be improved to lead it into the next century.

And quite clearly, there was a lot to address. Queiroz’s analysis developed into a 113-page report.

Ahead of the project’s supposed 2010 deadline, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati said, “He [Queiroz] gave us an independent view of the landscape here with a third party.

Current Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz was hired by US Soccer in 1998 to develop an action plan to make USA against the 2010 World Cup tournament participants

He knew a thing or two about the US. He coached here in 1996 [with the MetroStars]. He is multilingual, was heavily involved in the development of youth players in Portugal, had coached at a professional level in Portugal, Japan and the US.

“The document is different from the perception,” Gulati said. You’ve probably heard certain people say, “The Americans are crazy.” You had other people say, “Absolutely, think big.” ‘

But Americans rarely shy away from thinking big, and Queiroz seemed to capture that feeling by pasting a photo of the moon landing and an astronaut holding the Word Cup trophy and kicking a soccer ball to the front of the file.

He even compared South Africa’s goal of winning the World Cup to the Apollo XI moon landing, calling the report “We Can Fly.”

He also drew inspiration from President John F. Kennedy, who quoted, “I believe this nation must be committed to achieving, before this decade is out, the goal of landing a man on the moon and bringing him safely to return to Earth.’

The Plan, Titled 'Project 2010', Compared South Africa'S Goal Of Winning The World Cup To The Apollo Xi Moon Landing And Called The Report 'We Can Fly'

The plan, titled ‘Project 2010’, compared South Africa’s goal of winning the World Cup to the Apollo XI moon landing and called the report ‘We Can Fly’

“It’s certainly a tall order,” wrote Queiroz, who co-authored the report with Dan Gaspar, men’s coach from the University of Hartford.

But through candid evaluation, careful planning, and a commitment to change the goal of the goal, making Project 2010 a reality is certainly within reach.

“As Americans, you live in a country rich in human resources and unlimited opportunities, where hopes and dreams often come true. In the years leading up to 2010, you have every opportunity to set up the infrastructure to create an environment where the sport can move forward in a meaningful way.”

Queiroz Leads The Iran National Team And Us World Cup Rivals In Group B In Qatar

Queiroz leads the Iran national team and US World Cup rivals in Group B in Qatar

Queiroz added: “In my country we have the saying, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ But this is what the United States is doing when they invest time, energy and money in the preparation of the national youth teams, but they do nothing to improve the competitive system that develops players.”

Queiroz’s blueprint for change included revamping the coaching and development system for youth players, establishing a technical department, establishing a network of 99 coaches at the national, regional and state level, improving coaching training and establishing a national under-19 competition. , among other recommendations.

Some of those recommendations have been used in programs. One turned into the US Developmental Academy, which was founded in 2007. The USDA trains and plays players at the Under-16 and U-18 levels with clubs that play regionally and play for a national title each year.

But US Soccer made the decision to end the operation in March 2020 due to the financial situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it’s safe to say that by the time the US started its Rustenburg campaign against England, Project 2010 had failed.

Despite a somewhat triumphant 1-1 draw against England in the group stage, similar to Black Friday’s struggles, the USMNT had little to gain from the tournament and fell to Ghana in the Round of 16.

American Football Fans Were Devastated When The Team Fell To The Last 16 In 2010

American football fans were devastated when the team fell to the last 16 in 2010

The Us Men'S National Team Managed To Level With England In South Africa

The US men’s national team managed to level with England in South Africa

In 2010, Gulati claimed that the plan had always been more of a long-term vision. He said, “I don’t think there were a lot of specific things where we said, ‘Okay, we’ll take these 20 things and implement them.’

“It was really a long-term view and what he thought were shortcomings and where we could improve. And in that sense, Project 2010 has really been a vision and goal that has gradually been filled in with all kinds of quantifiable actions.’

But the project may not have been a complete waste of time, but rather a late bloomer, as the USMNT in Qatar offers glimpses of a promising future.

The young, energetic and passionate squad from the USA is beginning to make its claim on the world football stage.

It managed to keep the number 5-ranked England team in a goalless stalemate on Friday and may have even been the better side.

The Us Managed To Hold The No. 5-Ranked Team England In A Goalless Stalemate On Friday

The US managed to hold the No. 5-ranked team England in a goalless stalemate on Friday

And with an average age of 25 years, the youthful team has countless opportunities to develop further.

By the time the next World Cup arrives, hosted by the US alongside Canada and Mexico, the country may have even more young stars to boast of in its own tournament.

13 members of Gregg Berhalter’s roster play in one of Europe’s top leagues and with the increasing talent America produces, there could be more in four years.

But before we get too carried away, there is still the World Cup to focus on.

Gregg Berhalter'S Young Team Must Beat Iran To Advance To The Round Of 16 On Tuesday

Gregg Berhalter’s young team must beat Iran to advance to the Round of 16 on Tuesday

The man who could be commended for bringing the US down this path is now coaching the team that is holding the Americans and the knockout stages in their way.

There is still work to be done for Berhlater’s team as they must beat Iran on Tuesday to progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.

After two draws against both Wales and England in the first two Group B matches, another draw or loss will not be enough.

Ironically, the US also faced Iran at the 1998 World Cup, the year of ‘Project 2010’, where it lost 2-1, which didn’t exactly bode well for Tuesday’s game.

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