here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|11 hours 48 min ago||Muller is my MVP||
|11 hours 51 min ago||Lots of hot women||
Great way to finish: )
|12 hours 5 min ago||Congrats Bayern Munich||
Champions League and World Cup!
|12 hours 18 min ago||Wolverine in Iowa nails it!||
Wow what a goal! Great set up by Schuerrle!
|12 hours 23 min ago||Messi does look ill||
Guys dropping like flies ouch!
|12 hours 39 min ago||Can't imagine the angst||
If you are a huge fan of either team...
|12 hours 52 min ago||Great defending both ways||
Midfielders have been ineffective.
|13 hours 4 min ago||Howedes plays offense like||
A true defender, lol
|13 hours 5 min ago||Two best keepers||
Could be looking at PKs
|13 hours 27 min ago||Two bad calls both favor defense||
Ref in OT mode
|13 hours 28 min ago||Was the ball in the box||
|13 hours 57 min ago||Good open half||
Tie is a fair result
|14 hours 9 min ago||Macca calling a good game||
Pretty entertaining game too.
|14 hours 13 min ago||Higuain is a dummy||
They really miss Di Maria.
|14 hours 15 min ago||Harsh yellow||
Get Schurlle in
|14 hours 30 min ago||Feeling a header goal coming||
|14 hours 40 min ago||Another trick free kick||
Germany are entertaining.
|16 hours 4 min ago||Messi versus the machine|
|1 day 12 hours ago||Anyone have their Man Utd Madrid tix?||
They were supposed to be mailed out by now?
|1 day 12 hours ago||3 rd rate refs||
Too many big mistakes for the WC 3 rd place game.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Congrats to Argentina||
|4 days 11 hours ago||Van Over||
|4 days 11 hours ago||I picked the wrong week to stop||
|4 days 13 hours ago||Card?||
|4 days 13 hours ago||Need more hot chicks shots||
|4 days 13 hours ago||This game needs a goal||
Otherwise both sides are too cautious.
|4 days 13 hours ago||The state of U8 soccer is all over the place.||
I wouldn't judge the US system by that or even u12 clubs. The quality of coaching here is improving at all ages, and the Academy system tends to mimic what they do in Europe.
Unfortunately High School soccer will now take a back seat like it does in basketball, hockey and other travel sports.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Dutch to win||
Di Maria's effectiveness/health could be the real difference. Machirano should get exposed.
Van Persie wakes up....
Netherlands 4 , Argentina 2
|4 days 15 hours ago||By 15, the best players are already playing all over the world||
for a club and being put in their club's system where they spend 98% of their training time.
Spain was great because so many of their players played for Barca (talk about a system of play introduced to their youngest).
Obviously Germany overhauled their system after the old system was deemed to not produce results, and look to have done a better job, but it is not that simple. I would argue that Germany's best players personalities fit more into a team concept . They are the Spurs and Brazil are the Heat without Lebron.
The USA is different from Europe and South American countries because it lacks fundamental skills and its squad are not used to playing at high speed/pressure mainly (because the MLS is a secondary league that is slower and less skilled). When more guys play in the big leagues abroad things will dramatically improve regardless of coach or system.
The deep understanding between the starting 6 (off the top of my head) Bayern/ German Nationals was very obvious. Germany look to have taken it to the next level with a system, quality skill (which they always had playing in the BL), and team understanding.
The more players play in the top leagues, and the more they play on the same club teams, the better the team usually does, regardless of the sport.
The USA has recently overhauled their national team program from top to bottom and hopefully it will work.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Agree you need both but||
I wouldn't proclaim the Brazilians as being the masters of street soccer and creatvity that they used to be. I found the forwards of Brazil to be very predictable, one footed, and slow to recognize open players - all things you woud not see from "street masters". They also play very direct and rarely had backward digonal passes when then advanced well on hte goal line.
Totally agree that the tactics for Brazil were also abysmal. I think a big part of the problem is that the players all play on different club teams and their strategy was "get the ball to Neymar, and then he dives". The guys who play on Bayern all seemed to be on the same page. Many of the great teams in WC history had players who played on the same club teams.