Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photos (Top to Bottom): Hyo Kim Suk...intends to establish a Korean international football school in Tasmania; action from the junior game between Tasmania and Korea; Korean practice game at University on Sunday; Korean practice game, which featured only about three non-Koreans; another Korean practice game at the University ground on Sunday

First, there was the visit by a Korean junior team for six games against Tasmanian opponents.

Then there were the plans to establish a Korean international coaching school in Tasmania.

The Korean coach has already moved to Tasmania with his family and is living in Kingston.

We await developments in regard to the school, but plenty of Koreans are in training here already.

On Sunday, two practice games involving Korean players were played at the University of Tasmania ground near Sandy Bay Road.

I wonder if they will enter teams in any FFT competition?

It’s all a bit reminiscent of the Malaysian Tigers club, which was active here in the 1960s. They also had a reserve side called Harimau.

We also await a reciprocal visit by a Tasmanian junior side to Korea soon.

Photo: Akuel Guot

Fawaz Ateem is the new president, while Awak Mario-Ring is the new secretary.

Prominent player Akwai Guot is the players’ representative on the committee.

Photos (Top to Bottom): "The Penalty King" (Football, London, October 1977) [Click on photo to get readable version.]

First, Robert Enke, who had been widely tipped to be Germany’s number 1 for the coming World Cup, apparently committed suicide.

His car was hit by a train at a level crossing.

Enke, 32, was captain and keeper for Bundeslinga side Hannover 96.

He had never quite recovered emotionally from the death of his 2-year-old daughter two years ago.

He had spoken of how he and his wife had kept vigil at their daughter’s bedside at the hospital and how they had eaten Christmas dinner of salmon and potato at the hospital cafeteria.

Enke was a modest individual who never big-noted himself. He had recently recovered from injury but had been depressed. It has been said that he had a fear of failure.

He and his wife, Teresa, lived on a farm and were staunch animal rights campaigners.

Although he drove a Mercedes, Enke travelled by rail to training and mixed freely with thousands of commuters each day.

How different this was to all those modern-day superstars who roll up to training in their expensive limousines and who flaunt their wealth.

Enke started his career with Karl Zeiss Jena and then moved to Barcelona, where he was rarely given a chance but was the eternal understudy to other keepers.

Barcelona off-loaded him to Turkish club Fenerbache, where he played just one game and suffered the ire of fans because it ended in defeat.

He then moved to Tenerife in Spain before transferring to Hannover 96 where he established himself as number one choice and captain.

His death came just as it seemed he had reached his peak in form.

And then came the news of former Chelsea and now Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini, who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident in London.

Cudicini, who was the understudy to Petr Cech at Chelsea before moving to Spurs, collided with a car on his BMW motorcycle and broke both wrists and suffered pelvic damage.

The police report describes his injuries as possibly ‘life changing’. That’s newspeak if ever I’ve heard it.

No-one at Tottenham knew Cudicini even owned a motorbike, let alone rode one, so it will be interesting to see what the insurance situation is as far as his playing career is concerned.

New Zealand have their keeper, Mark Paston, to thank for getting to the World Cup after he saved a second-half penalty against Bahrein in Wellington yesterday.

A 45th-minute header by Rory Fallon gave New Zealand a 1-0 win and a ticket to South Africa.

It will be New Zealand’s second appearance at the World Cup. They were involved in Spain in 1982,w here they were in the same group as Brazil and Scotland.

It’s wonderful for our region of the world that both the Socceroos and the All Whites will at last compete in a World Cup together.

Mark Schwarzer was also in excellent form for the Socceroos, who beat Oman 2-1 away with ten men to go to the top of their group in the Asian Cup qualifiers.

Luke Wilkshire and Brett Emerton got the goals, while Rhys Williams conceded a penalty and was sent off after just 17 minutes.

Since we are on the theme of goalkeepers, I’d like to share with you a short story I had published in the English magazine “Football” back in 1977.

This is only a work of fiction. Real life is often much stranger. The story, as published, is reproduced above.

Ben Horgan has been appointed as coach of Taroona for the 2010 Premier League season.

Horgan coached the club to promotion this year.

He also played in the senior side at times during the past season.

President Emma Bridge said there had been several excellent applicants but the selection committee decided on Horgan after careful consideration of the field.

Kingborough Lions United is now the only Premier League club yet to announce its coach for the 2010 season.