npv708 wrote:I have a newb-question about the German team:
Why was Podolski used in a limited role throughout this World Cup? I seem to remember him being up front in 2006/2010, so did he fall off that strongly of late?
tifosi77 wrote:shafnutz05 wrote:
How this ended up being a foul on Higuain still baffles me.
Rocco wrote:Lucroy doing his part to make sure Game 7 is at PNC. Dee Gordon has ludicrous speed.
WDWBurghGooner wrote:There's all these crazy Arturo Vidal rumors going around. Like Conte is resigning because he would never authorize the sale of Vidal to United. And that the deal might be concluded in the very near future. There are also rumors that United never had any chance of signing him. I have no idea what is going on.
DelPen wrote:Thinking of getting into Premier League this year if I only to give me another reason to start drinking before noon.
Now I just need to find the right team to root for.
Rocco wrote:Scary thing about this German team is that their average age is 26. They could bring back a lot of guys from this team who will be in their primes or just slightly past their primes but still good in 2018. Klose is retiring. Podolski's likely gone. Schweingsteiger will be 33 and may need replacing (had the game lasted another five minutes he might have died). Lahm will be 34 but I could see him aging well enough to still be playing. Mertesacker will be 33 which isn't that old for a CB and it may be a good thing if he's gone. Khedira will be 31. The rest of their outfield players will be 30 or younger. They also had guys who would have made this team but were hurt. You can insert your own joke about Germany successfully invading Russia this time here and get used to a bunch of them over the next 4 years.
I doubt they could rip off a Pax Espana-style run of winning titles over the next six years because other European teams (namely Spain and Belgium, and I think France) have a strong group of young talent as well. Plus winning a title is really hard and takes luck that isn't always there. On a better day Higuain converts one of his chances, or in an alternate reality Man City don't play Aguero when he's not healthy and he makes it to the tourney in one piece and gives Germany more trouble. It would however not be shocking if they added to their trophy haul either in 2016 or 2018 or even 2020 with this core. Hopefully Jurgen can find a few more Germans with American ancestors that won't crack the German setup and convince them to come home.
redwill wrote:I wonder if that's why the World Cup is so special. Sure, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man City, etc. are fantastic teams. But they're so corporate. They're like watching hired guns. Great football no doubt, but no allegiance.
No soul. Only a fraction of the passion. No ... community.
tifosi77 wrote:Actually, one of the reasons why I'm such a fan of Barcelona is their development system and the association that comes with certain players. A lot of the long-time FCB guys of the current generation are products of the team's development system, La Masia. Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Puyol, Pique, Valdes.... even former coach Pep Guardiola. Between youth and senior careers, Xavi has been with FCB for over twenty years. Messi has been there for sixteen years now, which is four years longer than he lived in Argentina.
Do they have the big 'hired guns' from time to time, like Ibra and now Neymar? Sure. But the core of the team is, to me, that farmhouse development system.
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he has "supported the surgery" of 23 children in Brazil in the wake of his side's World Cup triumph.
Ozil, 25, helped fund operations for 11 sick children in the World Cup host nation before the tournament and Germany's successful World Cup campaign has inspired him to donate more money.