Lord Zola wrote:The real issue is that people like Ronaldo are slowly but surely ruining the game.
The only way we will win a mojor tournament is to change are attitude to that of a more synical nature. Playing the ref, is built into players at a young age in other coutries. Ronaldo is just a kid himself, but his mentality towards winning (wether it right or wrong) is more atune than even are most experienced players.
That's a rather interesting point you make there. And one I have to agree with. but when it comes to the beautiful game we invented we have been in this situation before. And no doubt we'll be in it again. Recently I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of 'Soccer Revolution' by Willy Meisl. Althought Meisl wrote the book in 1956 it shows the English (and other home nations) football associations as rather blinkered.
Meisl predicted the Hungarian humiliation of England in the 50's and was able to talk openly about how the national game was far behind those of their other European opponents. And he was right. Now we seem to find ourselves in the same situation again. But this time the problem is somewhat different.
In the 50's Meisl speaks of how the 'British' game became a more speed and less accuracy style. The game was no longer about passing and moving but more about hitting and running. This time we have the uneviable task of deciding whether or not to adopt the rather foul and loathsome style of conning referees, both slyly or blatantly.
Cetainly there are joke clips on the net about training camps of player who on the blow of a whistle drop to the floor and rol about in mock agony. But now this is not so far from the truth, especially from the decarcle we saw on Saturday evening.
The art of conning the ref has really only been isolated to a numbero nations. Leaders in the field have always been Italy, but now there are new names on the crown of shame. Portugal. The Spanish player had a little of the reputation and the Germans did for a while with Jergen at Tottenham show his Olympic diving skills. But it's not al European players/nations that play on this. In 2003 I was in Austria watching a Budesliga match between Rapid Vienna and Salzburg and there was none of this play acting. There were strong and fair challenges but no one went down like Ronaldo (Runt for short). The Swiss, Dutch, even the French don't appear to adopt this foul cheating style of play. The South American's play open attractive football and they hardly resort to it. Certainly the Brazilians don't. Mind you at this moment in time it would take a JCB to drop Ronaldo should he become startled by something and actually break in to a run.
I know I drop the odd humourous note in here to lighten it somewhat. But the question is do we all become Runts or do we all remain Terry Butchers and carry on regardless.
Anyone interesting the book by Willy Meisl should try ebay for a copy. It is a little heavy going at first but the man REALLY knew his football. Soccer Revolution - one of the all time football MUST READS.
Thanks for listening
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