ACL Half-term Report

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Yesterday marked the conclusion of Round3 of this year’s ACL group stage so it’s time for a half-term report. So who have been the class swots, the class clowns and those that should really get expelled for bringing the game into disrepute. Each ‘student’ gets a grade with a letter for effort and a score for ability. 

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Form E

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
JEONBUK HYUNDAI MOTORS (KOR) 3 2 0 1 6 4 2 6
JIANGSU FC (CHN) 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
FC TOKYO (JPN) 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
BECAMEX BINH DUONG (VIE) 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1

Jeonbuk Hyundai  Grade : C1

Although Jeonbuk is top of the class, he appears to have been doing the bare minimum to get by including an underwhelming performace at home to Binh Duong and a loss in China. Must do better or may get overtaken after half-term.

Jiangsu Sainty Grade : B2

Jiangsu informed me that she returned late from her Winter holiday and this clearly had an impact early on in the term as she struggled with Vietnamese. Doesn’t seem to have made full use of her top quality new study aids.

FC Tokyo Grade : B3

Tokyo has performed reasonably okay but needs to up his game if he wants to fulfil his potential.

Binh Duong  Grade : A4

Not everyone can go to Oxford and we are all about fulfilling potential. Binh Duong has improved greatly from last year and has exceeded my expectations.

Form F:

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
FC SEOUL (KOR) 3 3 0 0 14 2 12 9
SHANDONG LUNENG FC (CHN) 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6
SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA (JPN) 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 3
BURIRAM UNITED (THA) 3 0 0 3 0 12 -12 0

FC Seoul Grade :  A1

If Seoul keeps up this level of performance, he looks certain to get a prize come prize-giving.  Has been the star of this class, answering all questions thrown at it with answers way above what is expected at this level.

Shandong Luneng   Grade : B2

Started brightly but has faded badly in recent weeks.  The results of her last test were nothing short of disastrous and I wonder if she did any studying for it at all.  Needs to pull her socks up if she hopes to progress.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima  Grade : C3

Started the year with a good reputation but has not shown any of that potential so far.  Her answers to questions are superficial at best and she has struggled with the tougher elements of the course.  Much work will be required in the second half of term if she wants to pass.

Buriram United  Grade :  D4

Having taught Buriram before I have seen firsthand how he has blossomed in recent years. This year however has seen him take a step backward and I fear that he will have to repeat the year.  He has seemed distracted and disorganised; perhaps you could arrange to come and see me and we can discuss any troubles you may be having outside of the classroom and how to try and salvage this academic year.

Jeremy Paxman gives his view of Seoul v Buriram
Jeremy Paxman gives his view of Seoul v Buriram

Form G:

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
SHANGHAI SIPG (CHN) 3 2 0 1 5 4 1 6
MELBOURNE VICTORY (AUS) 3 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
GAMBA OSAKA (JPN) 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
SUWON SAMSUNG BLUEWINGS FC (KOR) 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2

Shanghai SIPG Grade : A2

It’s always tough being the new kid in school but Shanghai has adapted relatively well and tops Form F at half-term.  Apart from that unseemly fight with Melbourne, she has been a leader in the classroom and looks to have a head older than her years.  Keep up the good work!

Melbourne Victory   Grade :  B2

I am aware that Melbourne lives quite far away from school and she sometimes seems tired by the commute.  Her performance in the debate against Suwon was slightly disappointing given that it was supposed to be her specialist subject, her home turf if you will…with more long trips to come there is no room for complacency.

Gamba Osaka  Grade : C3

I think this has been a disappointing half-term for Gamba.  After his strong performance last year and nomination as a potential prefect I expected more than his tepid performance.  I know he has often started slowly in the past but there is a real risk of him being left behind this year.

Suwon Samsung Grade  : D4

This year was always going to be tough for Suwon but she hasn’t put in the necessary effort and seems to be lacking the teeth for the fight. Suwon will have to focus on her goals for the rest of the term if she wants to avoid being put in the bottom set for the rest of the year.

Form H:

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
SYDNEY FC (AUS) 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
POHANG STEELERS (KOR) * 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
URAWA RED DIAMONDS (JPN) * 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE (CHN) 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2

Sydney FC   Grade : A2

Sydney has handled the long commute to school better than expected and this is reflected in his grade for the half-term.  Given that he has opted for home-schooling for most of the second half of term, I am optimistic that he can get a good result come the end of term exams.

Pohang Steelers Grade : B2

It’s always tough being the younger brother at a school where your siblings have excelled and we have tried to moderate our expectations for the latest Steeler sibling. Results over the half-term have been mixed with decent performances on his Chinese and Japanese tests but a disastrous effort on his essay on From Summer Bay to The OC: a Treatise on Home and Away Actors’ success in Hollywood, which frankly was garbage. Pohang is still in with a good shout of finishing the term well but will need to demonstrate which is his true self.

Urawa Reds  Grade :   C3

A topsy-turvy half-term for Urawa.  He started strongly, faltered in the middle and came back right at the end.  If he maintains his momentum, he could still make the top set.

Guangzhou Evergrande  Grade :  D4

Massively disappointing from last year’s star pupil.  Has looked distracted all term and I wonder if she has issues at home.  The decline in performance has been astounding and I wonder if we should have a chat about signs of drug-use or abuse as declines of this level are normally a cry for help.  While there is still time for things to turn around, it will not be easy at all.

'Big Phil' accepts his 48 Shades report card.
‘Big Phil’ Scolari receives his 48 Shades report card.
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