Thursday, 6 June 2013

On the continuous death of football

It was the worst result possible, much worse than any ungraceful 0-0 drawing. If the lethal goal hadn’t arrived just about 3.35 AM, along with the first rays of sun on my window, it wouldn’t have been so terrible. But this Náutico team made me stay awake till that late so to completely frustrate my first go on the Brazilian football here — it should have been about Flamengo and its glories, not its bloody mania of always losing the easiest matches.

The final score was Náutico 1, Flamengo nil, but it could have been worse. In the latter’s borrowed home in Florianópolis, part of their poorly planned tour around the country due to a lack of stadiums in their own hometown, it was clear who entered the pitch to win and who didn’t. While Fla’s disordered attempts to hit the net were stopped by either bad technique or worse decision-making skills, Timbú’s positioning (everyone behind the ball) and very defined purpose (kick the ball away till it eventually enters the goal) proved much more effective.

How it's called "highlights" I surely don't know.

That’s the materialization of the worst contribution to the game from the Germans, this “playing for the result no matter what.” You see, Flamengo delivered a fairly good set of skills in the first half. They made good passes, got a few through balls that should have been better taken by the striker and nearly hit the target once or twice. But then the nearness of the last whistle brought by the final half and the pressure to win imposed by their unforgiving supporters lead them to fall miserably in the opponent’s trap.

What Nautico did was just wait for they prey to get tired. After a major contribution in the form of bad substitutions given by Flamengo’s coach (seems like his specialty), they naturally succumbed. The fatal blow came in the 80th minute and served not only to make sure that the year is going to be tough for the red-and-black side, but also that no matter how beautifully one team might play there’s always going to be a German-like one that will eventually win.