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Questions About the Future of Argentina Football National Team After Brasil 2014

Alejandro Sabella stepped down as head of Argentina National Team after achieving the second place in Brasil 2014. With his departure, the team he assembled will exist no more.

Yet, will the spirit and the defensive mentality that he created live on?
Will the new manager – supposedly Tata Martino – build on the legacy created by Sabella?
Will the next manager force a complete makeover or just a face lift?
And most importantly: Who will continue to represent Argentina from the current squad and until the next World Cup in Russia 2018?

Many key figures are already in their late 20’s and adding 4 years to the age of those players, we will end up with many squad members in their early 30’s. The most prominent name in this case is Lionel Messi who will be celebrating his 31st birthday in 2018.

Many current players will surely be fit for Argentina’s next big challenge: Copa America – Chile 2015 (from 11 June – 4 July 2015).

And hence, the next manager should depend on them before he decides on one of the three options he has:
1- Build on the legacy of Sabella
2- Complete makeover
3- Face lift and enhancements

Whatever happens next, the big question is:

Who will keep on representing Argentina from the current squad members?

My next post may hold some expectations, but I may postpone it until the next manager’s name is announced.

On a final remark, and since Sabella’s resignation is not official yet, and in case he stayed as head coach, then it is normal to face him with the same questions above while adding one more aspect to his tactics: Have some balls.

questions about the future of argentina

 

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Attempts to Empathize with Messi and Argentina in the World Cup

The World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany is now another game that will haunt me forever.

Argentina had better chances – or actually gifts from the German defenders – to score, but it was exactly what Gary Lineker said one day: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

Looking back at how Argentina performed throughout the tournament, it was a joy for the eye.

Well, if you were expecting the best forward players in the world to score 10 goals a game, then you were surely disappointed. Argentina played beautiful defence, whether you liked it or not. Before Sabella existed, Argentina never knew how to defend. Sabella did the best thing to ensure this squad makes it to the semi-finals – at least – for the first time in 24 years. He created a defensive system that I haven’t seen anything like it when it comes to the Argentina National Team. He knew his team’s weaknesses and worked hard to turn them into strength. Sabella succeeded in doing so, and showed extraordinary skills crafting the system he played with during the tournament.

However, while paying extra attention to the defence – which, again, was the only way to make it to the semi-finals – Sabella undermined the super attack he had and disengaged the midfield from the front line. He only depended on Messi to do what Messi wanted to do. Messi in return, scored half the team’s goals and created many others. He sacrificed himself for the team and always had 2 or 3 defenders from the opposition trying to take him down. He did not sit in the attack and waited for balls that will never reach him but rather sat deep in the second third of the pitch and created something out of nothing. He may have disappeared in the semi-final match, and in the second half of the final match, too, but he was instrumental why Argentina reached a World Cup Final for the first time in 24 years.

Brazil Soccer WCup Argentina Bosnia

The “disappearance” of Messi resulted in anger by the fans when he was handed the tournament’s best player. I was the first to slaughter Messi and refute the choice, but I was wrong to an extent. I forgot the golden rule that humans should not make statements or take action when under any kind of extreme emotional influence.

To be fair with Messi we should list the following:

  • Messi was over pressurized by media, fans, and everyone to win the World Cup on his own. He was asked to be a god.
  • Comparisons with Maradona were the only thing he ever heard; to the extent he forgot his own name.
  • Muscular burnout and fatigue were obvious to the eye but we decided to overlook them. He was vomiting all over the pitch, in the Final, while we were criticizing him.
  • Without Messi’s goals, Argentina would have earned only 2 points in the Group Stage and left the competition early. That’s how Argentina is weak, even though the opponents were mediocre teams at that stage.
  • Messi was given the role of the leader and he only accepted it so as not to be faced with treason. He never led a squad by his spirit or presence and always depended on his performance and goals to gain popularity.
  • Aguero, Higuain, and some others did not play well, but were not criticized as heavily as was Messi.
  • Sabella chose Gago to sit in the playmaker role, and both failed miserably, while Pastore and some other names could have done a better and much needed job.
  • Lavezzi played a great first half against Germany, but it will remain unknown why he was subbed off at halftime.

Messi was made the scapegoat when Argentina failed to win the Final. Fact is: If Argentina won, no one would even care about the physical and mental state of Messi.

lionel messi after the world cup final loss to germany

I am disappointed that Argentina did not win, and sort of confused if I should celebrate the best tournament achievement in 24 years or retreat in tears.

But what I am sure of is that I am worried about Messi. Is Messi’s body failing him? Is he mentally obsessed with stuff we do not know? Is he stuffed with titles and trophies that he doesn’t have anything to play for anymore? Did he lose passion for the ball? He needs to be checked by a psychologist, physiotherapist, and every possible doctor alive.

Between 2008 and 2014, Messi gave us some mesmerizing football. We should be thankful for that. For the better of the game, and for our own benefit, let us hope that he gives us at least four more years of extraordinary displays and plenty of goals.


World Cup Final – Brasil 2014: Argentina VS Germany

If you are looking for the extremely tactical analysis of the World Cup Final match, then please try to Google that.

Here, I am writing for you and me and for every fan about the waiting game before kickoff. We all have some thoughts before any match, and these thoughts are too overwhelming especially if it is a World Cup Final match.

For Argentina, this is the first final in 24 years, and players know that it will take them 24 more years to reach another Final. It is going to be played on their archrival’s home land and this is a thing they never dreamed of. It will be a chance to avenge the 2010 humiliating quarter-finals loss against the same opponent (and the 2006 feature, too). It is the game when Diego Maradona’s 1990 demons will finally rest in peace. It is one game that will put their names next to the best in the history of football. It is when Messi will be closer to the throne of Maradona.

Germany on the other hand, will play the second final in four tournaments, and the first since they gave away the 2002 one to Brazil. They are well equipped, more organized, and tactically diversified, as opposed to Argentina. They already got the acknowledgment and recognition for being one of the best teams, but they want to add the cherry on top: The Title. Players have nothing to prove against an opponent they already humbled four years ago, but it will be ‘lovely’ if they win it. They know they can reach another final or at least a semi-finals stage again in 4 years because they are really good and over confident. Winning 7-1 will be a source of motivation for them to win teh final as they want to prove it was not merely luck that helped them trash the host nation.

The best player in the tournament will be with no doubt picked up from the two finalists. It might be a 2002 repeat for the Germans when their keeper was on the losing side but got picked up as the tournament’s best. A failure for Messi will always haunt him, more than others, as he will not be voted the best in this cup or in history.

I wish I could have said: May the best win…

If I never post again on this blog, then it means I died out of extreme grief…

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Maradona Singing: Brasil, Decime Que Se Siete!

Adding salt to the wound, the legendary Maradona joined the crowds. Maradona was seen from inside the World Cup’s International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro celebrating Brazil’s loss with the staff of an Argentine television network. He was singing the now famous “Brasil, Decime Que Se Siente” but changed the word ‘siente’ with ‘siete’ to indicate number 7 and point out the 1-7 loss of Brazil.

 

Maradona Brasil Decime Que Se Siete

 

Enjoy the video!

 


Argentina Song For the World Cup: Brasil Decime Que Se Siente

If you have been following the World Cup in Brasil 2014, you surely couldn’t miss the one song that is repeated and heard everywhere by everyone.

The song is titled: Brasil Decime Que Se Siente.

 

Brasil Decime Que Se Siente

It is set to the tune of “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival — and predicts not just triumph for Argentina, but deep humiliation for Brazil. And the players themselves have joined the choir [Check this video from the locker room of Argentina after the win over Belgium >>> HERE].

The same song and tune have been around for some years, but the lyrics are altered to fit the occasion of the World Cup – Brazil 2014. The words focus on Argentina’s celebration on Brazilian ground, with reference to four main things: 1- Brazilian humiliation at home by Argentinians 2- The goal that Claudio Cannigia scored in the World Cup – Italy 1990, against Brazil [check HERE] 3- Messi winning the World Cup in Brazil 4- Maradona is greater than Pele.

The lyrics of the song in English are sort of not structured (you can blame Google Translate for that), but here they are in a way or another:

 

Brazil, tell me how it feels

Having your Daddy here at home

I swear after all these years

We are never going to forget

That Diego slipped it by 

To Cani who banged it home

You have been crying since Italy

Messi with no doubt

Will bring the Cup to us

Maradona is greater than Pele!

The Spanish words for the song are almost the following [You can download a clean version HERE]:

 

Brasil, decime qué se siente
tener en casa a tu papá…
Te juro que aunque pasen los años
nunca nos vamos a olvidar…
Que el Diego te gambeteó
que Cani te vacunó
que estás llorando desde Italia hasta hoy

A Messi lo vas a ver
la Copa nos va a traer
Maradona es más grande que Pelé…

 

Enjoy the song… Enjoy the atmosphere… Enjoy the videos below from everywhere…

 

 

 

 


David Luiz: NIKE’s Emotional Video for the World Cup

Hold on a second! Hold your horses! Before hating this blog or ridiculing this post or even the player, remember: LIFE IS FOOTBALL.

Well, David Luiz may not be the most loved player on planet Earth at the moment, but his promotional video produced by NIKE sums a lot about football, and yes, it is worth sharing.

NIKE released “DAVID LUIZ: THE BLOOD IN MY VEINS RUNS YELLOW AND GREEN” and it is a new that film highlights the passion and pride of Ladislau, father of David Luiz.

David Luiz NIKE AD

The beauty in this movie is it that it touches the dreams of every person and the pride of representing the National Team in a World Cup tournament.

In short, Ladislau Marinho was a footballer in Belo Horizonte who had a dream of playing for Brasil. Marinho never realized that dream – his son did.

His son is David Luiz…

Enjoy!


Brazil VS Germany: World Cup 2014 Semi-Finals Quick Thoughts

The Clash of Titans!

It’s the match between the biggest two names in world football.

Shocking enough, Brazil and Germany only met once in the history of World Cup tournaments.

My only memory of that match is Oliver Kahn and his two mistakes that led to the two goals scored by Ronaldo.

The previous encounter was in a World Cup final and this time it’s in a semi-finals stage. The two occasions are too big and just pay tribute to two big teams.

Brazil at this stage are the favorites because they’re the host nation. But that’s not enough. They are missing Neymar and Thiago Silva, while the Germans are fully equipped and have the dream of avenging the 2002 catastrophe.

Let’s hope we see a match worth the names of the two teams.

As a neutral, there’s one extra wish: Klose to surpass Ronaldo’s record.

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Kick Off Times for World Cup Matches – Quarter Finals – Semi Finals – Final

Matches Times are according to Dubai – United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and GMT Timezones

World Cup Matches - Quarter Finals - Time Lebanon Dubai GMT

 

OR; You can download the .pdf version of the table here>>> World Cup Matches – Quarter Finals – Time Lebanon Dubai GMT


KickOff Times for World Cup Matches – Playoffs (Round of 16)

Matches Times are according to Dubai – United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and GMT Timezones

 

World Cup Matches - Round of 16 - Time Lebanon Dubai GMT

 

OR; You can download the .pdf version of the table here>>> World Cup Matches – Round of 16 – Time Lebanon Dubai GMT


Brazil 2014: World Cup of Lies and Propaganda

Hold on! This is not about people finally discovering that Balotelli is overrated and overrated.

Brazil 2014 has by far been the best tournament since 1998 (or at least that’s what I think). However, and before it kicked off, there have been many incidents off the field that portrayed a different image about a football mad country. To name a few, there are the protests, the prostitution, the robberies, and other stuff.

I wouldn’t care about any of the above as long as we can focus on football itself. Yet, the yellow tabloids and media world showed hunger for stories that do not exist and created a lot of propaganda about the footballing aspects in this tournaments.

The amount of lies and fake news during this World Cup has exceeded my expectations and showed that social media is run and fueled by the slightest rumor. I am picking up 3 stories to highlight as fake, and you can either believe them or me or whoever wrote them.

  • NO! Mexico’s Goalkeeper does NOT have 6 fingers: After his heroic displays against Brazil, Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was hailed as a hero in his country and around the world. His miraculous saves were compared to those of legends and the search after the secret of his super powers ended up with the claim that he has six fingers.
  • Messi is not perfect and he did NOT meet the boy mascot: Well, Messi may not be human in football terms, but he is a human being who is allowed to miss out on shaking the hand of a young boy before a football game. Stories about Messi meeting the boy later on – and which were circulating to add to the image of holiness upon Messi – are only fake.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo loves his hair but did NOT shave it in solidarity with a dying kid: The zig-zag in Ronaldo’s hair was said to be in tribute to a young fan, Erik Ortiz Cruz, who had a brain surgery. The mother of the kid denied that. End of story.

All the above may look stupid stories and not worth following, but social media, and sick media are full with similar ones.

world cup of lies

 

FOCUS ON FOOTBALL! THIS THE WORLD CUP! NOT THE OH MY GOD HOW SWEET OR NASTY TOURNAMENT!


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