The Best Team Doesn’t Always Win

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.


6 comments on “The Best Team Doesn’t Always Win

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  2. Well said bhuti. I am happy for these two teams because they play as a unit. The players are not selfish. I salute Holland. Very few people gave them the chance as the majority were talking about the mighty Brazil, Germany and Portugal. Matches are not won by your previous form or by the number of support or by the position you hold as far as FIFA standings are concerned. This is a very interesting WC. My prayer now is for Holland to be crowned champions on Sunday night.

    • Africa has to learn to unite, work together and for each other. They must not work too hard and sweat when they have what they need in their hands, except to protect it. The football concept is to keep the ball as long as possible, and get it back as soon as they lose it. Keeping it does not mean one guys running away with it. It means getting it to your fellow brethren as quickly as it arrives to you and so on. Do you think we will see the full potential of these teams come Sunday?

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