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Postby Pitchfork » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:07 pm

Omar Bugiel has revealed that he has turned down the opportunity to represent Lebanon this week to stay and fight for the cause for FGR.

Even though Omar was on the bench in Korea, it is an honour and a privilege to be part of your country's squad. I admire his loyalty to Forest Green and hope he is in the team either tonight, or in Saturday's game against Notts County.

Well done Omar and Mark Cooper for this decision.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby 20yrs and counting » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:48 pm

Happy about that. Maybe Omar doesn’t see much game time on international front. Why waste energy flying halfway round the world and poss waste the opportunity of a good league 2 career. Still prefer him either behind the striker or front of a midfield diamond, best running from deep and has good through balls.

Defo has to play in centre, wasted in wide positions. Young as well, looking forward to his development. Good luck Omar.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby TreeHugger » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:10 pm

Beat me to it Pitchfork. Glad someone posted this.

I don't think we should underestimate just what a sacrifice Omar has made here. Could potentially jeopardise his international career in order to stick by his club.

Shows real dedication and guts. Well done sir.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby king giraffe III » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:17 pm

Very noble of him. Well done, good sir.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby camel » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:23 pm

Omar is quality. Huge respect for him doing this.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby GETCARTER » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:32 pm

Lovely bloke, lovely family who we have had the priveledge of spending time with, good choice from him, hope it does not affect his future with the national squad. Rock on ........
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Earl » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:34 pm

Very encouraging news and shows great commitment to the cause.
If his decision reflects a team togetherness and a desire to work hard for the manager, then there must be hope.
Maybe there is a core of players who believe in their manager and will fight all the way to reverse the string of poor results.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby NewForestRover » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:43 pm

Thank you Omar.
I'm so pleased that you know you are needed.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Bronco » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:26 pm

TreeHugger wrote:Beat me to it Pitchfork. Glad someone posted this.

I don't think we should underestimate just what a sacrifice Omar has made here. Could potentially jeopardise his international career in order to stick by his club.

Shows real dedication and guts. Well done sir.


Maybe but going away on international duty could jeopardise his club career. It's more important for him to cement his place in a League 2 side right now than be flying to Pyongyang to sit on the bench all game
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Greeners » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:37 pm

Hi
Why would they be going back to Pyongyang?
Lebanon are the home team this time and playing in Beirut
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Bronco » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:49 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
Why would they be going back to Pyongyang?
Lebanon are the home team this time and playing in Beirut


Because I was using the example of his last call up to demonstrate the unattractiveness of international duty for him right now
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby king giraffe III » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:10 pm

Greeners wrote:Hi
Why would they be going back to Pyongyang?
Lebanon are the home team this time and playing in Beirut


That doesn't make it sound any more attractive.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Tomiswalking » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:30 pm

Nice one OMAR :D :D
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby The Old TomCat » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:25 pm

https://www.forestgreenroversfc.com/new ... -out-there
From FGR website:

For the modern day footballer their phone is rarely too far away from outstretch of a hand, whether it be to post their latest activities on Snapchat, check the news on Twitter, or add a filter to a picture on Instagram.

However, for Forest Green Rovers forward Omar Bugiel, he had to deal with life without his trusted companion on one of football’s more bizarre away trips.

Having joined Rovers in January this year from non-league side Worthing, it wasn’t long before the German-born player was catching the eye of the national coaches from his father’s country of birth, Lebanon.

In May he earned his first international call up for an Asian Cup qualifier with Malaysia and despite not featuring, it was on the flight home that he was told by the head coach to expect to be involved with the squad for the next game, an away tie with Korea DPR.

With Omar engulfed in pre-season training with Mark Cooper’s side preparing for the club’s first season in the Football League, there was little time for the 23-year-old to think about his impending trip until he boarded the plane.

“I wasn’t really that worried about it because my mind was on Forest Green,” he said.

“The pre-season had started and the first few games going on but as soon as I got on that plane to Abu Dhabi, that’s when it hit me.

“When you look at the news with what is going on out there at the present time, it’s a bit of a shock but I was pretty sure we were going to be looked after as we were there under FIFA.”

It was a trip that he would never forget and an insight into a culture he had never come close to experiencing before.

Each morning Omar and the rest of his teammates were given an unusual wakeup call, with the national anthem streaming into his hotel room on the 30th floor from the streets lined with people below.

With no WiFi and a choice between Russia Today and the local propaganda news channel to pick from for entertainment, Omar found himself getting to know more about his new teammates over games of cards.

Even trips out of the hotel had to be supervised and officials from both FIFA and the North Korean football federation monitoring their use of cameras, but it was something that Omar was more than happy obeying.

“I actually really enjoyed it,” he explained.

“It’s not often you get the chance to go to a place like North Korea.

“It was a massive culture shock if I am being honest.

“We went to the capital Pyongyang, which was brilliant and very clean.

“As soon as we got there we got told there wasn’t any WIFI and my main worry was not being able to get in contact with my family, I got about five missed calls from my mum when I got back to Beijing.

“It’s a different world out there. They still live with no internet.

“It was brilliant though. It was a different culture to embrace and without internet, you spend more time with you teammates and do things with them.

“We were guests there and had to respect their rules and their culture.”

Omar was an unused substitute in the game, which ended in a 2-2 draw but it was the unique atmosphere in the national stadium, which has a large picture of Kim Jong-Un towering ominously above it, which struck the young footballer.

“The stadium had a capacity of 30,000 people I think and it was a bit of a shock because everyone was wearing the same clothes,” he added.

“They were in white shirts and everywhere you looked, they were all uniform.

“The fans were great and they supported their team well and even clapped us at the end because we earned a draw out there.

“It was a very friendly country and we didn’t have any problems or abuse.”

Omar missed out on the chance of re-joining his Lebanese teammates this week for the home qualifier with Korea DPR to focus on Forest Green, however, he hopes to be back involved with the national team, who sit top of group B, when they travel to Hong Kong in November, before their final group game at home to Malaysia next March.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Pitchfork » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:35 pm

This is an excellent, informative interview from Omar. North Korea is a dangerous, but fascinating country and it's interesting to read about Omar's reflections on his visit.

Good idea to copy onto the forum OTC. I hope the article is reproduced in our programme to give it an even wider circulation.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby michael » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:13 pm

Good idea to copy onto the forum OTC. I hope the article is reproduced in our programme to give it an even wider circulation.


probably more a poor reflection on me-but am constantly amazed that people don't refer to official info/sites first-and then if they want a bit of fun-look on the forum second.

how many times do people ask questions on here-when it is already out there on the official site.

i guess its the changing world-where people seem to 'trust and believe' social media more than what a company actually says.
'but it said on the forum '-must be right then !!!!

that seems madness and stupid to me-but i am probably the one out of sync with it all ;and suitably qualifies me as an old fxxt '
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby Tomiswalking » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:44 pm

Dear Omar,

Thanks for scoring for us against notts county. Sorry you didn't get a start this week, crazy in my opinion. We needed more upfront and a strong player and I was looking forward to giving you a hero's welcome.

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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby camel » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:51 pm

Tomiswalking wrote:Dear Omar,

Thanks for scoring for us against notts county. Sorry you didn't get a start this week, crazy in my opinion. We needed more upfront and a strong player and I was looking forward to giving you a hero's welcome.

Tom


I can't understand why he doesn't start. He earned it last week. His goal, his support of Doidge and incredible work rate, really did earn it. We looked a different team and I was gutted for us collectively when he didn't play but also for Omar, who has sacrificed his intl career for now and delivered whenever he is called upon. If I was him I'd be asking what I need to do to get a run in the team.
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Re: Thanks Omar

Postby andymac26 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:10 pm

Agree, completely daft leaving him out.
Is the answer to camel's last sentence above....."learn to play more in midfield and to pass it sideways, back, and not forward into the box. Then you'll get a game....."
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