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Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:42:45 PM »
Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
By: David Nakhid (wired868).


David Nakhid blogs for Wired868 on Barcelona and Madrid’s famous football duel
 
Like earlier versions of match-ups between these two high-flying teams, today’s Clásico is shaping to be a contest pitting a particular philosophy against a specific plan for a specific result.

After two decades of trial and error, Barcelona’s philosophy, the brainchild of the most cerebral football player of all times, Johann Cruyff, has reached its apogee.

The neophytes of the Barcelona “Renaissance” are reaping the abundant fruit but those who were familiar with the Barcelona of the early 1990’s will have witnessed first-hand both faces of the philosophy, the positive and the negative.

Transitioning seamlessly from offence to defense, contracting or expanding depending on whether you are in possession or not, might appear all too simple. Needless to say, it is anything but.

It requires a certain sacrifice that involves the best players ever seen in world football with the ball being transformed into the most aggressive pursuers of the ball ever seen in the game.

If you think that can be achieved by a couple training sessions or by hiring the most overrated football coach of all time, well, the proof comes in eating the pudding!

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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 07:38:00 AM »
I never know Maturana was such a boss tactician

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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 05:47:55 AM »
Mourinho takes title but Barca keeps crown
By David Nakhid (Wired868.com)


In football, more often than not, one plus one does not yield two; never was this more evident than in the most recent Clásico, which was played on Saturday.

It’s always something of an anti-climax when you write about an event at a time when all and sundry have had countless hours to analyse and dissect it ad nauseam.

Typically and predictably, the sport pages and electronic media pundits have been effusive in their praise of the victors, critical of the tactics and choices of the losers. But hindsight, they say, is 20/20 vision.
As I wrote in an earlier piece, personnel implementation and positioning from both Barcelona and Real Madrid would be the overriding factor in determining the approach and influence of play.

José Mourinho’s use of Mezut Özil from the start coupled with a relentless pressing made their positive intentions clear but earlier Clásicos had started in similar fashion but always ended with Barcelona in control and this Clásico was not different.

The awesome physical presence of Real’s players, in maintaining their high defensive line, disrupted Barca’s passing rhythm and gave them impetus going forward. '

The early 1-0 lead, however fortuitous, did not stop Barca from regaining dominance. It was not long before the 2012 Clásico reverted to type; Barca dominating possession and Real employing catennaccio-like retreat to rely on counter-attacks.

Real's surrender of possession and territory was not planned but was imposed on them by a Barca team whose top three players were clearly not at their best but who managed, in keeping with the team philosophy, to control the high-quality opposition.

The post-match pronouncements of Real Madrid’s players and football pundits that they had executed their match plan perfectly leave little room for doubt that Real are decisively second-rate compared to Barcelona when it comes to the playing of football.

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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 07:18:04 AM »
Its interesting to note the contrast in philosophies between Nakhid and Fenwick, obviously I think some biases play a part as well, but both football men seem to have seen the game in completely different lights.

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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 07:52:27 AM »
I never know Maturana was such a boss tactician



Neither did d players he coached. I guess it was lost in translation.
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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 06:04:24 AM »
True beauty is fleeting; just like Guardiola
By David Nakhid (Wired868.com)


When Barcelona’s soon-to-be-ex-coach Pep Guardiola related his “waiting for that eureka moment”, as he described his coaching ideology, many in the football world may have thought it pretentious.

The would-be philosopher-coach inspired by flashes of inspiration in search of the necessary tactical strategy to overcome any and every team in Barcelona’s ferocious path.

The imagery is compelling: Guardiola sitting in a dark room, poring over hours of footage until… “tah dah!” Tactics envisioned and then implemented as Barcelona cruised to another victory.

Far-fetched? Pretentious? Not really.

Guardiola has oozed creativity from every pore throughout his playing days as the fulcrum of the Johan Cruyff-inspired Barcelona “Dream Team” in the early 1990’s. His ability to navigate the difficult problems in a congested midfield with the vision and precision of his one-touch passing was, at times, spectacular and certainly avant-garde.

Besides being Cruyff’s right hand and tactical brain on the field, he became the ideal for other midfield greats to emulate. Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Iván de la Peña all paid him their tributes in this regard.

Who would have known that this level of creativity, this level of tactical genius, could make the transition so smoothly into the Coaching arena?

Truth be told, not many before him have.

Other than the Dutch master, Cruyff, who among the footballing greats has set the coaching world alight? Alfredo Di Stefano? Diego Maradona? Ruud Gullitt? Michel Platini? Franz Beckenbauer? All were awe-inspiring in their creativity and tactical nous as players but much less so as coaches.

Beckenbauer did help Germany to the 1990 World Cup title but he never silenced the doubters. As a coach, no standard was raised and no benchmark set; certainly nothing to match his mercurial ability as a player.

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Re: Philosophy, El Clásico and Nakhid.
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 06:14:43 AM »
Beckenbauer did help Germany to the 1990 World Cup title but he never silenced the doubters.

Also took them to de 1986 World Cup final. Won titles with Bayern Munich and Marseille.
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