Spectacular football rewards its winners
Since 2005 when Ronaldinho and Eto were selected in FIFA’s World XI and Ronaldinho was named FIFA World Player of the Year, the signs and message that the game is changing towards superior quality, creativity and inspirational attractiveness became evident. The challenge has been there, since.
Historically, those nations that initiate positive changes in football and are able to give birth and develop new successful trends also produce world winners. This is the remarkable case of Spanish football. By developing a superior type of player Spain started winning European competitions at all levels in 2008 and then the World Cup in 2010. The advanced model of Spanish talent development that was REPRODUCED by Germany and then copied by few others is responsible for what we see today in world class football; more players with technical brilliance, creativity and flair.
As expected, after a decade or so of major changes in the way players are developed and the way the game is played, the winners are ALL coming from the PHILOSOPHY OF SPECTACULAR FOOTBALL:
FIFA World XI: Manuel Neuer (Germany); Marcelo (Brazil), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Dani Alves (Brazil); Andres Iniesta (Spain), Luka Modric (Croatia), Paul Pogba (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Neymar ( Brazil)
FIFA World Coach of the Year (Men’s): Luis Enrique (Spain)
Puskas Award: Wendell Lira (Brazil)
Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
TWELVE OUT OF THESE THIRTEEN FIFA WINNERS ARE THE PRODUCTS OF SIMILAR AND/OR IDENTICAL FOOTBALL CULTURES!!
NO AFRICAN PLAYERS? WHY?
It continues to remain an unfortunate and terribly sad situation that African football has NOT OPEN ITS EYES TO A NEW ERA OF FOOTBALL. Dominated by outdated play mentalities – mostly copied from old European football – without effective talent development, irrelevant coach education and poor general technical knowledge, African football is denied progress.
If maximized, the natural attributes of African players could revolutionize the way the game itself is played, beyond current standards. They have the skill, creativity and dynamics potential to transform the way GLOBAL fans think of the sport itself.
If the sport leadership and African footballing community consistently fails to accept and implement radical changes then there will be NO SPECTACULAR FOOTBALL OR WORLD WINNERS IN AFRICA.
Source : Dumitru Ted