The game and its effectiveness

The game and its effectiveness

You must be effective in both, to defend your own and to attack the opponent’s. These are some of the statements often used to define-downsize the football debate. Of course, it’s almost a commonplace that the vast majority of goals are scored in the areas, so that’s where matches are won or lost.

But often I suspect that this self-evidence is emphasized with a disguised intention of underestimating – or ignoring – the process, the individual and collective movements, the previous scheme, the distribution of the players, in short the idea of ​​the game. What seems a ‘wise’ and simple explanation of the game is in practice the rarest and most difficult action, because on the one hand these are the areas where games are won or lost, and that these are the most and best guarded areas.

With many, if the plan is to relapse. Keep the opponent at a distance, if the intention is to push through. And on the other hand, because the offside regulation restriction (or offside as we are used to) forbids reaching the area without first having been called in by the penultimate defender. To get to the box and try to win the game, you must first think, prepare, unbalance, make combinations, put players in a number of positions and functions that emphasize their virtues, have a function, whatever it may be , an idea of ​​​​how, without falling out of line, you can overcome many obstacles, win their back and manage to invade the rival’s territory to define and win.

Areas are the end of the road. You have to have a plan to walk that path and take out rivals at the same time. As this plan has more quality, the chance of visiting the areas with more advantage increases. If football were only analyzed on the basis of its effectiveness or not in the areas, history would have told us nothing about Austria’s ‘die Wunderteam’ and its great figure Matías Sindelar, the ‘Mozart of football’, of the Hungarian golden team from 1954, of the “beautiful game” of Brazil, of the “total football” of the Netherlands, or of the endless possession of Barcelona, ​​​​between hundreds of game ideas yesterday, today and always essential and required to try achieve efficiency.

And if the effectiveness in the fields was really the only reason why we are passionate about football, then we would just have to stand in front of the television and watch one of those programs that specialize in passing goals. Had that been the case, football certainly could not have become the great mass phenomenon that it is.

Source: El heraldo