jueves, 8 de julio de 2010


By: Felipe Argote

After the drawing everybody knew what numbers were going out. Those are the "Monday morning break office coach" that is, the technical experts on Mondays in the recess of the office in the morning. Never mind. As this is not a sports blog and we spent the last month writing about South Africa, we need to do the analysis, although superficial, of what happened in the world cup. What led to the final to the Netherlands and Spain, while Latin American teams where let behind in the middle of the road.

I will not analize all Latin American countries, because the publisher is strictly on the number of bands that I use on each item, so that they are not that long that takes readers to boredom. Enough is to say that Mexico simply did not have enough. It had no human material to go further than they arrived and the coach Aguirre, who likes to kick opposite players, also has serious limitations. Much less Honduras with the loss of their best players even though many do not know that Honduras had a better line up than Mexico. Nor Chile, that although they have good players and had a good qualifying stage, these figures are not first class. Mad Bielsa, their coach at least did a better global role than in 2004, when he led Argentina, a great team, favored to win the World Cup and was out in the first round winning only one game to Nigeria. Paraguay did what they could without their top scorer Salvador Cabanas, who although only playing in Mexico, he should have to be playing in Europe for years.

Consider Argentina. Despite having an overwhelming front led by Messi, the best player in the world, Iguain, scorer of Real Madrid in the Spanish league, Tevez and Aguero suffered from the spine: they didn’t have a creator. Maradona 's thesis was that the axis of the equipment was to be Juan Sebastian Veron, the leader of the Estudiantes de la Plata football club. This did not work as Leo Messi finished playing the role of creator, to seek the ball down to the lack of this driver, therefore limited in their ability to get goals. Messi did what he could, but remember that he is not Xavi or Iniesta. In the generally he receives at Barza club passes from Xavi and Iniesta but they were not there, because they were busy playing in the Spanish team.

The case of Brazil is sadder. Dunga, a defender, who captained Brazil in 1984 and was coach of the Brazilian team at the World South Africa, decided to disappear Brazilian style, the famous Jogo Bonito, he said they had to choose between the jogo bonito, or to win games as if they were contradictory. So he not called Ronaldinho to the team, I know he is not still the best player in the world, but he is one of the best. In contrast to its ranks was Julio Cesar Baptista who almost did not play in the Rome of the Calcio. It was sad to see Brazil lose to Holland trying to play a practice football against a team that historically has the patent for the practical football: the so-called the mechanic orange.

The jogo Bonito instead was brought by Spain and a little by Germany because of his good creation midfield with Xavi and Iniesta in Spain and Bastian Schweinsteiger in Germany. Who would have thought...?

The next World Cup 1914 will take place in Brazil. It is time for Brazil to retrieve the style against Dunga's philosophy because that style is what has led them to five championships. Argentina should in turn take four years to get at least two midfielders of creation, to retire Veron and Riquelme.

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