Today, I became “one of those fans”. The kind whose team just got relegated, whose goal now is merely to get back to what they once were, rather than in striving to be the best. The kind who are caught crying in the stands at the sheer helplessness of watching your team fail utterly.
It wasn’t just the score line that Argentina managed against Spain that I enjoyed this week. The team itself looks better-poised and more balanced, and lost none of the attacking verve that they displayed in South Africa. It also seems to augur the continued employment of Sergio “Checho” Batista as manage, another reason to be happy.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Barcelona won everything this year. Six titles in 2009 mean that the Catalonian club have completed a historic sweep of trophies that may not be rivalled until, well, 2010, by Barcelona.
This Kaká business got me thinking about team building. This whole “galáticos” concept has been making the rounds for decades. Even the Real Madrid of the 1950s with Alfredo DiStéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Paco Gento was built on that concept. But if one team is to blame more than any other, I think it’s the 1970 Brazilian World Cup squad, And the biggest problem with them is that they won.