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Do we have to change our coaching set up to the 'Brazilian model' now??
Spain Knackered. But Do They Need Striker?
Congratulations to Brazil, it was much deserved. I don't think this makes them favourites over Spain for the world cup though, Spain looked knackered. Iniesta was out on his feet and fell over more times than Ji-Sung Park - I think Brazil were just fresher, not necessarily better. When you miss a penalty, get a man sent off and have a certain goal cleared like that - it's just not your day. Looks like the Brazil we all grew up admiring are on the way back though.
Always nice to see the twunt Ramos miss a penalty. I hate that man with a passion, he's always cheating. Falling down because he got touched ten seconds ago and has nowhere to go, appealing when he kicked the ball straight out of play and shouting at the official for making the correct decision (or 'call' now, apparently) and just generally being a t**t.
How did Pedro make it this far? He's just a Spanish Ashley Young - cutting inside and making the easy pass. A better player with a better first touch to set up the shot would have given Luiz no chance with his clearance.
How frustrating is Marcelo? I've never seen a player make so many wrong decisions with the ball. I know they can't see what we see, but most players tend to do the right thing most of the time. This man plays like he has Edgar Davids' signature goggles on, no vision and no football brain at all. Plus he has stupid hair.
Fair play to Neymar, he's been sh*te all five times I've watched him but the man came good last night. Shame about him cheating, though.
I can't believe I'm going to say it. I didn't get into the 'good times' trend on Facebook and I certainly don't call an attacking midfielder a 'number 10'. Are Spain better with a...'FALSE 9'. Torres and Villa aren't what they were (though maybe it was just the tiredness last night) but Fabregas did well in that role previously and so did the team. Or maybe I'm reading too much in to Spain losing one game (against Brazil)?
Silvio (Hosting a Dante and Friends charity football game, it's just Pirlo taking penalties while we stare at his face) Dante
Allow Subs In Extra-Time
While watching the Spain Vs Italy match a few nights ago and tonight's final, I couldn't help but notice in extra time how tired all the Italian players in the semi and Spanish players in the final were and how fatigue was becoming a major factor in the humid heat in Brazil.
There are going to be similar conditions next year for the World Cup. In this heat, games are fading out as teams aren't able to keep playing at such a high tempo for 120 minutes. When teams like Italy or Spain get to a final after going through extra time, they are at a significant disadvantage to teams like Brazil who played a day before them and only played 90 minutes.
Would it be a good idea to allow extra subs in extra time? This would help prevent games from fading out in extra time which was evident in extra time as Italy were shattered, it would help prevent players from getting injured and being unavailable for the next round, it would prevent teams going down to ten men because they have used all their subs and players succumb to cramp. It would also help stop games being decided by the mistake of a fatigued player rather than that of a moment individual brilliance. On top of that, Spain would have been able to match Brazil's tempo tonight!
The Continuing Demise Of Gerard Pique
Sometimes my work performance falters when I've been kept up all night by something white and Columbian.
Alas, any similarly between myself and Gerard Piqué ends there. I don't have a beard for starters (sorry F365 transfer blog), and if I have admittedly phoned in a couple of shifts at work, I have at least kept a relatively high level for a few years.
Piqué's atrocious foul on Neymar last night epitomised the defender's increasingly lacklustre effort and form: A lazy, cynical challenge from a player more interested in shouting at people these days than actually getting a good tackle in. I sometimes wonder whether he was actually that good - after all, he plays for a team who used to press so high up the pitch and had so much possession that they could play Javier Mascherano as a central defender...in a back three. Was Piqué any good? Why does he look so slow now? What's with the extra weight? And last night: Did he just feel like landing Ramos in it for the last part of the game? Contrast his performance with that of David Luiz and it becomes even more stark.
Perhaps he achieved everything he wanted in such a short space of time that he's no longer bothered. I imagine a CL medal or two, along with Shakira, may make you re-evaluate life. But the fact remains that Gerard Piqué is only 26 and currently looks nothing like a player who was frequently selected in world 11s. It will be telling if it turns out that Piqué's peak came during the years that he was required the least: If he can't step up and actually defend now it's actually necessary for him to do so, was he even a top defender at all?
Stu (Luiz doesn't allow the likes the Pedro), Chiswick
Them fellas from last week were 100% correct, Oscar is twice the player that Neymar lad is, he's going to get found out this season coming up against the best defenders La Liga has to offer.
...Is that Neymar still over-rated, fellas?
Sagar (Proper game, that), Washington DC
Some Confeds Cup Thoughts
1. Spain should play Cazorla as for all Spain's possession outside the box they have nobody who is a constant threat from shooting outside the box.
2. Think Neymar has closed the Oscar vs. Neymar debate once and for all.
3. Navas will be a great singing for Citeh. Direct as always but looks very confident and assured which hampered him at times in years gone by.
4. Pique has lost it since he met his missus.
5. Seeing Torres picked ahead of you for Villa, Soldado and co. must be like getting constantly punched in the face.
6. Irish punditry is a laughing stock. Ronnie Whelan commented after the game on how Spain have no good young players coming through in midfield. Speechless.
7. Jo is still alive.
8. Yep, somehow Jo is playing for Brazil.
Niall (great name for the back of a shirt though) AFC
...* Neymar is bloody brilliant, and those sods writing in to slam him are merely jealous.
* Lucas Moura, Ramirez, and Dante were missing from action for one reason or another; Brazil will tear the World Cup apart.
* Spain ought to re-evaluate their tactics, especially the physical side of the game; players like Paulinho, Varane and Silva find it too easy against them.
* Brazil vs Germany would be a cracker.
* Arsenal need to sign Cesar, he is just the leader and reliable presence they need.
* This thing where the camera pans to Shakira whenever Pique has a stinker needs to stop!
* The referee let Ramos off for a straight red, and had no choice but to send Pique off...in hindsight, two excellent decisions.
* I thought Fred had retired! Looked better than he ever was.
* Julio Cesar's son... legend.
Yusuf Bulama, AFC and Nigeria
Did Hoddle Get A New Agent?
I'm finding it more and more disconcerting that Glenn Hoddle is getting an increased amount of column inches in recent weeks.
Did he get himself a new agent who is now trying to raise his profile?
The press are starting to describe Hoddle as some kind of guru, and backed by 'Arry, the bandwagon is gaining momentum.
This worries me.
As we all know (but the press are quickly forgetting to reference) this is the man who was dismissed from his position as England for making abhorrent comments about disabled people and aligning himself with cod philosophers.
Secondly, he hasn't had an influential position in football for 15 years, which makes him significantly off the pace.
And finally, he wasn't that good a coach. A fine player, definitely, but his management credentials? Underwhelming.
I approach articles showcasing Hoddle's opinion with great caution, and an increasingly larger pinch of salt. "Our young players aren't very good", "We need to hold the ball better". How very insightful.
Whoever is representing this man, I congratulate you for getting his name back out there. But do me a little favour: back off. Hoddle is not a messiah sent to save our game.
He might think he is, but I don't buy it.
It's a rather damning indictment of the British education system, that of all three BBC pundits covering last night's final (Hansen, Shearer and Vialli), the Italian speaking in his second language had by far the best diction and widest vocabulary.