The Big, Unnecessary Numbers Behind the Little King of Spain and Barcelona

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  1. indeed please spare us the running 6’3 donkeys(modern footballers) that can trap a ball further than they can pass it.

    i at 36, was lucky enough to see the last part of the golden age of football(1960to1990). where it was regular occurrences to see players alot shorter than their team mates. often they were the dribblers of the team, although i remember paul parker at 5’5 i think being an excellent defender for england.

    i mourn the passing of the lost arts:
    1)the lost art of ball dribbling, every team in the top flight used to have a dribbler that could glide around two players with the ball glued to his foot
    2)the lost art of plays, as in american football style plays (which infact is what barca are doing) either at free kicks(now everyone just hoffs it donkeylike at the goal)or inrunning. as i said what barca are doing and why they are so devastating is american football style plays. Instead of kicking-and-rushing, hitting-and-hoping, ‘running down the wing, then cross it into the box, and hope we either get a kind deflection or a player gets a head on it’ unstructured kids in a playground football most teams play.

    i mean really it is not hard to pass and move to prearranged positions using ‘Pattern delta-alpha’, which pull the opposition out of their positions, allowing your teammate to then exploit the gaps. liverpool in the 1980s did this too, brasil of the early80s
    3)the lost art of defending corners
    4)the lost art of the clean slide tackle, even defenders nowadays cant do this basic
    5)the lost art of the wingers being able to consistently cross the ball . so what that they can under close to olympic speed down the wing, if they cant cross the bloody ball

    As a consequence. i rarely watch kick-n-rush ball anymore. all power, litle skill – rugby has the same problem, i miss seeing twinkled toed backs jinking around diving tackles on their way to score a try. if anyone deserved to be paid the millions a year, it was the footballers between 1960to1990, who didnt demand hard enough to be paid what they were truly worth.
    Alot of lost arts are to do with the end of the young adulthood of the youngest babyboomers in the early 90s. A much smaller pool of youngsters will produce a much smaller pool of naturally genius or great-level talents. eg. brasil’s style of football has been noticeably coarse and more direct since the 90s because this. you see this effect also in the arts like music.

    Coming back to football and rugby. as the players are about 8inches taller and much faster than when the rules were mostly codified in the late 19th century. id increase the width of the pitches to create gaps that can be exploited by dribblers or rubgy backs, and for football id increase the size of the goal

    • Yeah, I remember your Golden Era of dribblers…when they didn’t play very good defense.

      The game is much better now.


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