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My Thesis Points, inspired in part by the 2014 World Cup:
- Brazil has regressed in a way almost similar to Africa in that they are producing players for the European game, not players of their tradition, feeling and culture
- What separates Brazil from Africa is an obvious pride that is indistinguishable, they feel they are best in football; they take huge pride in the Brazil shirt
- A good tactic can, to a degree, be independent of players; but players, no matter how good, can never be independent of structure, cohesion and organisation
- The independent thinking player, the crack/craque, is vital. He can decide a game at any moment and he elicits above normal attention from opposition
- Speed, precision and discipline are vital with the non-possession phase now as important, if not more important, than the possession phase
Note: it may seem I’m always bashing Europe, I am not. Europe is the Mecca of football, the pinnacle of game. However, it is the responsibility of other nations/regions to preserve their own culture while producing a standard of player able to thrive in Europe’s best leagues. Africa in the past was able to produce Abedi Pele and Jay-Jay Okocha, for example, who shone brightly in Europe’s best clubs and leagues. Brazil had Zico, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho to name a few. Why can’t they produce the same player anymore?