Tuesday, February 18, 2014
FIFA VIAREGGIO CUP: AC Milan 3-1 FC Anderlecht. Youth Tournament's Record Ninth Triumph for Rossoneri 'Primavera' over Belgian holders - Video
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
WORLD CUP FINAL 1970: BRASIL v ITÁLIA (1h 37' VIDEO) The Mother of All The Football Matches - Critical Review On Why ITALY Deserved the RIMET Cup
In MEMORY of JOHN 'Jack' SEEL: The Greatest Football Match There Ever Was. Critical Review Explaining Why ITALY Should Have Deserved to Keep the Jules Rimet Cup
In MEMORY of JOHN SEEL
Dedicated to the memory of John 'Jack' Seel (1925-2013) from Wilmslow, Cheshire, a keen and fair football and Manchester United fan who died last year, on his chair in front of telly, just minutes before Wembley's Champions League Final kick off and whose courtesy and kindness was instrumental for me to analyse this match.
by Richard IV
LONDON / For years we have lived the assumption that Brazil is the land of football and their way of playing and the results achieved in international competition after the Second World War put them in an untouchable top seat in the mind of world football fans and organization.
Without diminishing the actual achievements and value of 'Futebol Brasileiro' of which I am - like I presume all true and honest football fans - a total admirer, I would like to analyse here following why - limited only to this match but not only to it should I also consider the times before this year's benchmark - how Italy was morally the winner of the Jules Rimet Cup on the evidence of how the result on this match has matured.
It struck me recently what implications for Italian football would have the TV documentary 'The Forgotten World Cup' - a document brought to light from Argentine colleague Sergio Lewinsky which found it out that in 1942 an unofficial World Cup was played in the non-war stricken land of Patagonia, a southern territory of South America's Argentina - as it turned out that an Italian team had won even that 'friendly' World Cup and then how many could have the 'Azzurri' added in FIFA's Tally?
Considering Italy's world dominance at the time - they deservedly dominated the last century's world scene. Together with Uruguay, since the 20's they collected two Jules Rimet World Cup (1934-38) and two Olympics medals, 1928 and gold in 1936 Berlin in an epoch when Olympic medals were non official World Cups or Championships.
That period however was interrupted by the WWII's years where two further World Cups weren't disputed and at the restart of Competitions the 'Azzurri' competitiveness was fatally hampered by all-winning 1948 AC Torino team air crash loss that overnight wiped out the national team backbone ahead of 1950 Brazil's Tournament and beyond until the 60's.
It also took me years after my playing time finished and took the necessary mind change steps into coaching first and refereeing later to realise the importance of this 1970 World Cup, which was played for the first time at unnatural altitudes (2000 m) and at an unnatural - for TV necessities - kick off times under a vertical scorching noon sun.
It has been defined the world's best ever game and this came after subsequent World Cups - up to the absolutely deluding 2010 Tournament - showed that football Law's new changes in terms of athlete fitness and Laws' applications and interpretations did not manage to produce a better spectacle of the one played in the past.
I am therefore inviting everyone of you, fine and unbiased football fans, to watch the full game here above 'courtesy of FIFA' and made your own consideration of what could have happened if the referee had fairly protected the 'Azzurri' best players from marauding unpunished 'Cariocas' challenges from the beginning of the final match until Brasil managed to scored following shameless awarding of nonexistent free kick in the second half.
Had Mr Glockner properly acted upon his right albeit late decision to sent off a Brazilian player to whom a red card was rightly shown but who unbelievably stayed on the pitch at the end of the first half we would have probably seen another outcome.
Italy probably wouldn't had crashed morally in the second half as they did - and not because of the legs knackering or exhaustion from the historical 120' thriller 4-3 semifinal win against a formidable 1966 World Cup runners up Germany who earlier eliminated Rimet Cup's holders England - and would deservedly grabbed their third and definite Jules Rimet cup which would have put history right.
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
A World Cup without Groups? FIFA knows its Pizza is the best in the World but it was poorly served and ingredients mixed in wrong way. They left everything to chance and the result is a disaster.
|The FIFA World Cup|
By RICHARD IV
COMMENT: We continue the quest for a fairer World Cup See our previous article here exclusively on WORLD FOOTBALL REPORT pages. We have asked Leandro Shara, the Chilean maths expert from Santiago whose company MatchVision has developed and patented an Advanced Model Tournament System for the FIFA World Cup - to comment on the controversial 2014 World Cup Brazil Draw in Salvador.
Leandro's vision of world football is of a metaphorical palatable global brand in which FIFA appears as the chef dishing out for the worldwide fans table.The menu turned out to be indigestible to many fans perhaps jeopardising the ethics of the sport itself and FIFA's own pledge to be the world's guardian of social responsibility and is instead dividing and instigating hostility and resentment.
LONDON / SANTIAGO de CHILE/ by Leandro Shara / FIFA's effort to do a serious job in allocating the seeded teams - moved away from the usual criteria based on their previous World Cup results stats - gave themselves a serious headache by making the Draw a Tombola.
In fact the seeded group included Switzerland, eliminated after the 1st stage in the last 2010 World Cup edition and also had Belgium and Colombia, teams that did not even participate in the last edition. I do not think there has been cheating in this World Cup Draw. FIFA cannot afford to make that mistake. In my opinion now – but it may be changing soon - is that the method used is not the best.
Old fashion Tombola: not a method suited for the most popular sport in the world
It's like scratching your left ear with your right hand putting your arm behind your head; an unnecessary complication that does not always end well.
|Lucky dip style lots: not a serious system for a worldwide audience|
It can be also compared to a pizza order. FIFA knows its pizza is the best in the world but it was poorly served and the ingredients mixed in the wrong way. FIFA left everything to chance and the result is a disaster. Everyone has their favourite. Do you want thin or thick crust? I prefer thin, it is easier to digest. In addition, most enjoy the flavours that accompany it, and you will not only just fill yourself up with dough. Do you want pepperoni or 4 cheeses? That depends on the organizer.
|Dishing out the biggest world pizza requires ethics not to manipulate the Pot luck to make everyone happy|
Now the issue is when you have to make decisions for a large group of guests having them happy and satisfied. That's the point. This on coming World Cup’s great pizza, called Draw, wasn't to everyone's taste. Not many understand it.
|Guinness World Records' greatest world pizza is still the one made in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1990.|
I think FIFA themselves are still unaware of what are the world expectation from the game. FIFA knows its pizza is the best in the world but was poorly served and mixed the ingredients in a wrong way. Result: a disaster and nobody is realising it yet. Leaving everything to chance is not the issue. Not knowing how to organize raffles or tombola - as they seem to have turned the draw into it - can be a disaster and this last Draw was a disaster. I'll explain the reasons why.
1. Mixing a POT DRAW criteria with a TOMBOLA: This was the biggest disaster. The result is here to see.
|FIFA 2011 Preliminary Draws shows Five POTS in clear vision / Picture: FIFA.com|
Tombola 1: The mixed criteria
a. FIFA's logic used this time to assemble the seeded group was a double standard and gave everyone a "serious headache" in trying to understand the thinking behind it. It selected the first eight teams according to the official FIFA Ranking moving away from the traditional method based on previous World Cup tournament results. So ailing Uruguay - although fitting in the old criteria seed selection of World Cup winners - it still had qualifying statistics below par and only qualified by a late play-off, with a non positive goal difference and with only half of their qualifying matches won, including both play-off matches with Jordan - were seeded due to their 6th overall place in the World Ranking
b. The fact of relying on the FIFA Ranking at a certain date (31st of October) made the bewildering results to include Switzerland, eliminated in the 1st. Round in the last World Cup, Belgium and Colombia, not even participated in the last edition to be seeded leaving out traditional World Cup major teams such as Netherlands and Italy.
c. The mismatched pairing resulting from the Draw means that two most difficult groups like the ones of Uruguay and Germany are facing tremendous challenges including the fact they have to play in equatorial Amazonian environment and unnatural match time conditions. These are far worst situations than in the other groups of Colombia, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina or Brazil.
d. The other 3 POT Draws have turned out to be more in a pot luck mode as in a RAFFLE or TOMBOLA, resulting in a rare mix of geographic locations, leftover teams going from one raffle to another and even a last minute rule change that no one really understood. In fact why was Platini's favoured
|Zone||Qty||Teams||FIFA Ranking October 2013|
|15||13||Ukraine||20||(*) Additional Spot|
|16||14||Sweden||25||(*) Additional Spot|
|22||6||Venezuela||37||(*) Additional Spot|
|28||6||Mali||41||(*) Additional Spot|
2. Great disparity even within TOMBOLA: It wasn't even a good Tombola. Here are two examples.
a. In Tombola number 2 (POT 2): on pairing Italy (9) and Cameroon (59) - in brackets the FIFA ranking. It didn't matter if you played with Italy in your group - which was arbitrarily shifted from the European POT 4 to make room for UEFA's lowest ranked France - as it happened to be for Uruguay and England but Cameroon, the weakest of the 32, strangely ended up in the group of the powerful local Brazil
b. Tombola number 3 POT 3: USA (13) was matched to Australia (57) not considering that the Antipodeans who belong to the Asian group and are ranked alongside Cameroon with the worst ranking and yet remain on the same level as the powerful American team as well as Mexico, who are still strong despite a difficult classification process.
|Live Televised FIFA 2013 Draw showed no hands in the POTS / Picture: BBC|
When the table is set and all the ingredients are chosen, the served pizza resulted in an unbalance of flavours and ingredients. On the left side of the table (see FIFA's graphics below) four previous World Cup winners Germany, Uruguay, England and Italy were mismatched and are presumable doomed even before the tournament starts. This exposes the unbalance in this of fixture format table (groups A, B, C and D) as potential winners team cannot possibly progress further than the 1st stage combined with the unsuitable environments match locations. Dead by kick off time and thrown to the piranhas in the Amazon.
|FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil Match Format Table / Picture: FIFA.com|
Instead, for both groups of death teams, being on that side of the fixture format table, it means an early exit. Brazil the host, on the other wing of the table, can easily advance to the 3rd stage having had a more easy and comfortable start but their only serious challenges will only be posed from one of the two finalists of the last 2010 edition or from the unpredictable Chile.
|FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw set in Salvador / Picture: FIFA.com|
If this were Tennis, it's like Djokovic and Federer the world's top seeded, meeting in 1st round and then having to meet with Nadal, in the next round. It is simply unsporting, uneconomical, and attentive to the outcome of the tournament. Going back to what happened in South Africa in 2010, in different draw Portugal could have gone through at least to quarter finals, like Chile who had an easy draw but than faced Spain and Brazil at a later stage.
Difficult to understand how Draw has been done
Everything I have explained it is difficult to understand by everyone because of the complexity and the non transparency of the criteria chosen; the result is a system that submits teams to exaggerated pressure and produces less goals and therefore resulting in a lost opportunity for football.
|FIFA's Draws ethics resembles vintage Fair Ground Hustle Odds stacked against players.|
The last three World Cups, together with Italia '90, are the ones have the lowest average scores in football history. It is becoming worse and worse. In my opinion, Brazil 2014 will be amongst the 6th World Cups with the lowest goals average. I here invite FIFA to consider a more simpler Draw. Only in 3 POTS system rather than as it is now.
Leandro Shara's POTs System © Format
Why three POTS? Because in the 1st Round all teams will play only 3 games. And what would be the order of these ones? By the FIFA Ranking as shown in the graphics below.
Returning to my pizza metaphor If the guests want particular conditional ingredients i.e:
- Europeans do not have to play with each other;
- The same for South Americans
We cannot cater for this. In our system the answer will be ‘It will not be on the menu’. In fact we
Thinking by Ranking
Pot A: The top 12 teams
Pot B: The 12 medium teams
Pot C: The 12 emerging teams.
So no matter in which POT teams are, every team will play a team from Pot A, one from POT B and then another from C and every one gets a fair crack at the ball. Simple and easy to understand without major complications as the last Draw in December. Under this modality there are NO groups. Yes, you read it correctly. A World Cup without groups.
How it works
Team will compete against each other in a fairer and more competitive tournament. An extra seasoning in 2nd stage knock out stage will be:
That the 1st qualified on POT A to face the 16th of the same POT;
The 2nd qualified will face the 15th;
The 3rd would face the 14th
And so on and so forth in this order to complete the pairings with the 8th and 9th.
The system eliminates any manipulation resulting from defensive teams committed not to lose the 1st or 2nd matches and who will now need a point in the 3rd match to go through to the next stage.
The system will force POT's top table ranked squads to take seriously the upcoming 3rd game. In fact even when the teams may have already won two games and are looking to walk the 3rd match to avoid injuries, yellow cards and other setbacks. May be envisioning the luxury of choosing their 2nd knock out stage opponents although these in the other wing of the fixture format table groups are not yet defined and thinking to plan adjusting tactics in a favourable manner for the outcome of the game - they are unable take the risk of being overtaken by opponents given the points and goal difference structure that 'keeps everyone on their toes'.
The 3 Pots Draw system we will avoid the injustices we see in the last 2014 Brazil Draw.
Costa Rica would not be facing 3 former world champions. Australia could face a similar level team. Argentina, Germany, Colombia would face other A team, proposing challenging unseen opening matches like Argentina v Italy, Colombia v Spain and why not Brazil v Germany, the latter meeting seen only once in the last 19 World Cups.
Furthermore, as all the matches are assigned according to the FIFA Ranking, once through the 2nd stage, it is therefore guaranteed Brazil or others will not face Spain or Holland or Chile and giving therefore an equal and balanced run to final stages. Depending in fact on the results from the first stage Brazil may face opponents shown here in the POTs tables below by the Leandro Shara System © POTs System ©.
Then the 3 Pots are the follows, based in FIFA Ranking:
|Position||POT A||Position||POT B||Position||POT C|
Then the following is an example of first stages matches outcome for every teams with a simulated scores:
|1st Match||2nd Match||3rd Match|
|B3||Greece||4||vs||3||Korea Republic||C10||A3||Argentina||3||vs||1||France||B9||C10||Korea Republic||0||vs||2||Argentina||A3|
|B11||Ghana||2||vs||3||Costa Rica||C2||A11||Brazil||3||vs||1||USA||B1||C2||Costa Rica||0||vs||1||Brazil||A11|
In a rotation system there would be no more matches played at "half speed "; all the teams will compete to get to the top of Tables. No more loitering or ducking and diving. In a 3 matches system, it will be an ALL against ALL tournament. A World Cup where all teams are on a level playing field where positions by points earned and goal differences.
A competition where all qualified teams play against all in a World Cup which keeps the attention from the beginning to the end and where performance merits outweigh direct clashes outcome.
To recap, a Three POTS Draw and no more shambolic results of Raffles and Tombola and behind the scenes manipulations. Each team to plays one match with a top team, the next with mid placed team and the third and final game with an emerging team or in reverse order.
Time for change: a new menu
The football world is tired of eating unpalatable pizzas with no natural ingredients impossible to swallow and sometime giving sickening results. The football world wants something simple, with just the right seasoning to invite guests interested in enjoying good tasteful food with healthy ingredients.
Hopefully FIFA will react and take note of this proposal known as POTs System © Format, a format that will fill up with flavour the table of football and other sports as well. A format that invites everyone to be participating in dream World Cup that starts from the first minute of play and not after three weeks in the Tournament. A World Cup where the top football nations' fans will still have the television on at the end of it.
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