Harvey Dent said: The night is darkest before the dawn. It's a dark night all right. but MSD has probably lived long enough to be the villain now.
Guys like Scolari and Pereira decided what the 82 team of Zico, Socrates, Junior, Falcao did wasn't good enough and replaced it for this.
— Giggs Boson (@giggs_boson) July 8, 2014
|Kolkata refuses to identify this Brazil|
|Putting the ditch in Last Ditch|
|It's Up For Grabs Now !|
|When you meet your idol !|
#BRA #GER '02 Final #ARG #NED '78 Final #GER #ARG '86 &' 90 Final #GER #NED '74 Final #BRA #NED '10 QF Rematch #BRA #ARG - OMG! OMG!It is quite clear that with four big names - history will be repeated and made when the semi-finals and the final take place. And curiously enough, this is the first time ever that both Brazil and Argentina have qualified for the semi-final.
— Suhel Banerjee (@suhel) July 6, 2014
Que tercia y atrás el metíche jajaja pic.twitter.com/SFU9Ni8tZ2Group B: The golden era of Spain, finally came to an end, as the Louis van Gaal coached Netherland thrashed them with stunning pace and precision on the counter, while Chile (still inspired from their time under Biesla) pressed them into submission. Australia, too were worthy participants as Tim Cahill probably scored the goal of the tournament so far.
— Miguel Herrera (@MiguelHerreraDT) June 18, 2014
|Counter Strike: The Dutch mean business this time|
|A Dance with Dragons: Colombia on song|
|Strikeforce: Karim Benzema|
|Messi: One man vs the world|
And don't forget to wear your jersey !! #businessattire RT @ussoccer: Need note to get out of work Thurs? #LetsDoThis pic.twitter.com/fa49OKM0huStar of the show: Asamoah Gyan scored goals for Ghana, but this time - it has all been about the prolific Thomas Mueller for Germany.
— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) June 25, 2014
|Algeria use their head|
Brazilian football, unlike any other cultural interpretation of a particular sport, has the ability to conjure up in one’s mind an essence of mystery, of carnival, of rhythm, of unadulterated joy and freedom.Futebol is so deeply, so passionately interwoven into the fabric of Brazilian culture that the two entities are inextricably linked, they define each other and share an intrinsic identity, an instantly recognisable global image....... The philosophy which underpins Brazilian football is, as has been demonstrated since football’s genesis in the country, based around exuberance, enjoyment and individual brilliance within the team collective. As Gilberto Freyre wrote in 1959, “The Brazilians play football as if it were a dance…for [they] tend to reduce everything to dance, work and play alike"And what about Argentina, how do they like to play the game ? Simon Kuper (describing the logic of the mistake behind appointing Maradona as coach in 2010) explains on FT.com:
Almost every country has its own nationalist view of how its national team should play. The Argentine view was explained to me one morning in Buenos Aires in 2002 by the late, great Argentine football cartoonist and novelist Roberto Fontanarrosa. Sitting in a smoky café, in a city that was then pretty much ruined, drinking coffee at US$0.40 a cup, Fontanarrosa said that the only bit of Argentina that had consistently been first-world was its football team. It had won prizes, and played with a certain style that was somehow inherently Argentine. “Maradona could never have come from Belgium,” said Fontanarrosa.
Other things had gone wrong in Argentina – “it’s the only undeveloping country on earth,” says Jorge Valdano, Maradona’s old Argentine teammate turned writer – but the Selección almost always stood proud. Those 11 young millionaires in blue and white shirts embodied the nation, more tangible than the flag, not ridiculous like the president.
Argentines wanted the Argentine team to play Argentine football: an attacking game featuring the undersized pibes, or boys, who epitomise the national style. The pibes would play with ganas, desire, and not be mere professionals. They would love Argentina.
There they were hammered 6-1 by Czechoslovakia, and the shock changed the mentality. Through the 60s, Argentinian football became increasingly negative, culminating in Osvaldo Zubeldia's thuggish Estudiantes side, who won three straight Copas Libertadores, and beat Manchester United in a famously brutal Intercontinental Cup final.Up until then, Argentina enjoyed great success on the pitch (in non World Cup events) playing a brand of thrilling attacking football best exemplefied by the legendary story of The Angels with Dirty Faces. Since, then, they have oscillated between the sides of darkness and light. César Luis Menotti, the coach of the 1978 world cup winning side is remembered for his side which played entertaining football, while Carlos Bilardo coached his side pragmatically to victory in 1986 and up to the finals of 1990. The team had one Diego Maradona of course to win them the games, but they were also coached by someone who was a Master of the Dark Arts - perhaps it was the pragmatism of the rest of the team which kept the opposition at bay, while allowing Maradona to flourish and win.
It was a game, moreover, that lay on a fault-line of history. It may not have been the day that football died, but it was the day that a certain naivety in football died; it was the day after which it was no longer possible simply to pick the best players and allow them to get on with it; it was the day that system won. There was still a place for great individual attacking talents, but they had to be incorporated into something knowing, had to be protected and covered for.So, Brazil and Argentina - both have had to temper their flair based, individual styles, compromise with their ideals of the beautiful game to try and achieve success. Argentina's win in 1986 (despite Maradona's individual genius) and Brazil's ugly win in 1994 are illustrations of this pragmatic approach, having worked to some extent. And the functional midfields of both the teams on display even in 2014 demonstrate the same.
|Angels and Demons|