It’s official. Germany, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil are not good teams. The best teams in the whole world today are Holland and Spain. They will be battling in a match to separate boys from come on Sunday 11th of July 2010 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
While we will have to sit and deal with World Cup withdrawal symptoms next week, time will come to analyse teams and the direction of the game of football comprehensively and holistically. For now, we can all see one thing; the hottest teams did not make much effort trying to score goals.
Spain and Holland had then primary purpose to enjoy football, relaxing while they went about their business. They did football the football way – like a show. They performed in unison and in synchronised orchestra. They helped each other to enjoy, the more they pushed the ball to the next guy the sooner the ball came back to them and the more team spirit swells and everybody enjoyed.
They depended on sure footedness than luck, having patience while probing, being incisive to penetrate. Attacking options often run to a dead-end, in which case the Spaniards pushed the ball back to reconstruct another deadlier offensive. No matter how often they got thwarted, they regrouped and held their heads high, keeping possession.
Another thing observed here was how hard goals come when you force things, trying harder than you should. Goals come on their own when precisely and patiently waited for. The harder the teams and players tried the easier they failed. Do not force things. In football you also need to ride lucky spells like Spain and Holland. Their fans will not agree to that aspect and I would understand, but surely they played well though they really had to earn their money at the semi-final stages of the World Cup.
The obvious issue is how God blesses certain players at certain times, like Sneijder, Robin, Klose, Villar and Muller. By the same measure, the devil curses others; surely Ronaldo, Kaka, Rooney, Torres, and Messi.
Fans of “traditional football superpowers” and claimants of the game may argue that the best team doesn’t always win. That is sour grapes. Less said about them now, the better. Let us leave the vanquished to mourn and praise the conquerors.
As Spain and Holland meet in the final, they are a best advertisement for football because of their positive play and for the first time ever, there will be a brand new champion on July 11th 2010. I congratulate them and wish both teams the best of luck in their historic encounter. May both teams win the World Cup.