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FULHAM MAKES PROMOTION CAMPAIGN
FOOTBALL - ROBERT JOURNAL
LONDON -- Fulham FC of London have forever, been a Division Two side, with no where to go. That has changed. Since Nick Romanow's takeover of the club, late last season, Fulham have been on a sharp uphill trend, and they look like they just might have a shot at promotion.
The Cottagers have been on a major role this season, so far. Only one lose has been recorded, an away fixture versus Calisle United, the team who is currently atop the table, and only two fixtures have ended in a draw. The rest of the matches have been wins, and there is no lack of them at all. Fulham is currently second on the table, only one point behind Carlisle United. Nearly every player playing match in, and match out, has been doing extremely well, and Romanow's new tactical formation, the 3-5-2, has been working to perfection. But, just how is Romanow managing to bring Fulham from zero to hero?
Romanow is a historic Canadian prodigy of a manager. He had a very short lived career. His career technically kicked off at the age of sixteen, when he became a striker for the Canadian Under-17 team. His professional career started out in Oxford Unitied, playing in League 1 for most of his time. In Oxford, Romanow became a Rhodes Scholar, and spent two years earning an associate's degree in Biology. Not long after graduation, he was abruptly, and somewhat happy to be, sold to the Toronto Blizzard, who were a North American Soccer League (NASL), aand have since ceased to exist, and could be considered a previous incarnation of today's Toronto FC. After the Blizzard's break up in 1993, where he then was moved to the Toronto Italia, part of the second rate, Canadian National Soccer League. He, for the first time in his career, was a routine starter, and lead his team to two regular season championships. After Toronto Italia abruptly disappeared, went to San Jose Clash, where he was yet again, a substitute, Finally, in 2001, Romanow moved back to Canada, to play for London City, where his squad did not qualify, and hence, the poor career of Nick Romanow ended.
Romanow was always a small player, and he always depended on finesse and fundamentals to get him to a manageable calibre. His coaching career kicked off, coaching the varsity squad at the University of Toronto, he then worked his way slowly up the chain for managerial football. After spending four decent years at the U of T, Romanow moved into the Canadian Soccer League team, the Toronto Croatia. At Croatia, Romanow kept his squad finishing within the top three for nearly every year, until he left after the 2009 season, and went to manage AFC Wimbeldon, for one year, and then joining Fulham.
Romanow has taught the boys of Fulham, to play with skill, not with physicality, for the most part. Because Romanow is an expert of playing good football regardless of physical size and/or power, he has taught that to the team and they are much more fundamentally crisp. Crisp as a whistle, and Romanow is bringing his team to former glory.