ARE ‘SYSTEMS of PLAY’ OUTDATED? (THOUGHTS FROM HOLLAND) First of all, I am going to split this subject into two
Another World Cup and probably more surprises as more and more countries are capable of causing upsets. Gone are the days when you could almost pick out the semi-finalists. That day has gone with the game spreading across the planet like never before. Teams are tactically smart & talented be they a small country like Belgium to a giant like Brazil. Plus the media coverage is vast and if Ronaldo catches a cold the whole world knows about in less than a day.
Remember BRAZIl ’14? it came flew by and most can hardly remember the moments that shocked the world – Spain, the then world champions in the first round losing in spectacular fashion to Holland 5-1 to the final game, the final itself with Germany defeating Argentina to deservingly taking the Cup back to Berlin.
It was the 2016 MLS Cup Final and the game went to penalty kicks. Michael Bradley, the captain and arguably