Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Felipao Gets Fired


Reuters pic, July 14, 2014
Brazil fired national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (best known by his nickname Felipao), local media reported yesterday – only hours after Germany won the World Cup.
Scolari had said that he would let Brazil’s football confederation (CBF) decide his fate after his team lost the match for third place 3-0 to the Netherlands on Saturday, and after being pulverized by Germany in a demeaning 7-1 defeat on Tuesday. I guess he didn’t realize just how quick they would make that decision. Hardly, a surprise in a football-mad nation – I suppose.
England manager, Roy Hodgson needn’t worry even though he too had failed in Brazil. He still keeps his job but don’t expect the English team to perform as long as he is in charge.
I was back at MidValley Cititel to attend the MidValley Toastmasters meeting yesterday. I was given a speaking slot at 12:48 PM on that day itself and I accepted two minutes later. I decided to deliver an Advanced speech from the Specialty Speeches manual – an “Uplift the Spirit” speech titled “The Last Hope”. It was an intriguing speech and I did well enough to be voted Best Assignment Speaker – although my evaluator Wong Woon Pen said I could still do better. The meeting started and ended on time and this augurs well for the club. I would award this meeting a 7 over 10 score.


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