Monday, July 02, 2012

Revisionist Theories

We are all 'guilty' of comparing things from different eras, whether that be football teams, television programmes, albums etc, it's part of the human condition, these collective memories are benchmarks or standards by which we consciously or unconsciously judge subsequent occurrences. The Spanish football teams success at the weekend has divided critics into two groups based almost exclusively on age with those old enough to remember the great Brazil side of 1970 labelling them as the team to which the young Spanish side must aspire to.

Certainly that Brazil side, and to a lesser extent the Dutch side of 1974-1978, set standards of play which other teams aspired to but couldn't match and I suspect it will be the same with the Spanish.

The Dutch side in particular is the one where better comparisons can be drawn than the Brazilian one. Holland had undergone a revolution in its approach to youth football when firstly Feyenoord (in 1962), others followed, decided to scrap using full size football pitches for players under the age of 12. This simple act, combined with the emergence of total football, paved the way for a style of football that would be taken from Holland to Spain by its greatest exponent, Johann Cruyff, and used to transform Spanish football. A revolution that as we speak has seen Spanish national sides win not only the senior European Championships but also the Under-21 Championship (in 2011) and the Under 19's Championship.

I saw one comment on which said that the Spanish had achieved something that the great Brazil side couldn't do, namely winning two European Championships and a World Cup - well let's be honest, they would have had problems winning the Euros wouldn't they! What Brazil did do however was win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups - in the 1966 tournament they were the victims of sone black arts from Portugal.

Brazil had eleven world beaters during 1970, it would be difficult to think of many players from outside of that all conquering team who could have made some fantasy Brazilian team. Certainly Bobby Moore and Gordon Banks from England, Gerd Muller and Franz Beckenbauer from West Germany would have improved the squad but beyond that you would be struggling. The Spanish side of 2010 could only really be improved by substiuting Ashley Cole for Joan Capdevilla and Lionel Messi for Pedro Rodriquez.

I suppose if 'sporting legacy' is the true test of greatness then it will take more than a couple of days for the impact of Spain's achievements 2008-2012 to be assessed but right now it's difficult to argue with the argument for Brazil being the greatest international side of all time with, for me at least, the Dutch side of Johann Cruyff being second and Spain a close third.


oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, burberry outlet, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, nike air max, polo outlet, nike air max, kate spade, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin shoes, kate spade outlet, chanel handbags, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, burberry handbags, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, replica watches, nike outlet, christian louboutin uk, longchamp outlet, coach outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin, gucci handbags, coach purses, prada handbags, michael kors outlet online, true religion outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet store, polo ralph lauren outlet online, prada outlet, nike free, jordan shoes

oakleyses said...

lululemon canada, jordan pas cher, nike tn, hollister uk, nike free uk, air max, louboutin pas cher, new balance, longchamp pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike air max uk, north face, hollister pas cher, ray ban uk, converse pas cher, guess pas cher, michael kors outlet, polo lacoste, ralph lauren uk, nike air max uk, hogan outlet, timberland pas cher, mulberry uk, true religion jeans, sac vanessa bruno, oakley pas cher, nike roshe, nike free run, sac hermes, burberry pas cher, michael kors pas cher, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, true religion outlet, nike blazer pas cher, north face uk, true religion outlet, nike air force, sac longchamp pas cher, polo ralph lauren, vans pas cher

oakleyses said...

ugg boots, pandora charms, thomas sabo, ralph lauren, toms shoes, lancel, nike air max, ugg uk, ugg boots, ugg, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, hollister, hollister, karen millen uk, louboutin, uggs on sale, juicy couture outlet, converse outlet, swarovski crystal, uggs outlet, links of london, montre pas cher, ray ban, ugg pas cher, gucci, wedding dresses, supra shoes, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, replica watches, coach outlet, converse, swarovski, vans, marc jacobs, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, juicy couture outlet, uggs outlet