Strategy for the Game: A Close Look at The World Cup and The Emerging Strategy

 

Strategy for the Game: A Close Look at The World Cup and The Emerging Strategy

  

As we watch soccer take the world stage once again, we see some of the best players fight for the world title. What we also see is some of the best players´ and teams´ skills. In the past, tactics have taken a back seat while teams nurture their attack force, but as we look upon the game today, there is a new strategy arising allowing new teams to take the top spot. By analyzing the different strategies of the world´s top teams, we can see how the game is evolving from the way it was played 24 years ago.

 

What used to be a game played with a strong attack force, is now a game that nurtures a strong defense. Though having both, a strong attack and defense, is important, in the past, there has been more emphasis on a strong attack. It makes sense. But, in the most recent world cup games, we see teams relying on defense and tactics more than a strong attack. World class teams, like Brazil, with excellent attack and ball-handling skills are getting knocked out early. Why?

 

Well, teams, like Belgium, are using better tactics. They are pinpointing the other team´s weaknesses, in Brazil´s case: defense, and waiting for the right time to attack. Belgium, a strong candidate throughout the tournament, relied heavily on their defense.

 

Belgium would have eight players playing defense while they waited for errors from the other team. Upon each error, Belgium would attack the empty spaces, quickly, and use their speed to make it to the goal. The strategy is ingenious although it contributes to a more lackluster, unexciting game. Belgium wasn’t the only team leaping to the forefront with this strategy; France used it too. What does this mean for the game?

 

For now, it means games can be somewhat boring while teams ¨wait¨ for the right moment to attack rather than constantly attacking. As teams are waiting, fans are yawning. It is obvious the game is evolving from a more spontaneous and, maybe, reckless form to a more thoughtful one, but is it at the cost of entertainment? We aren’t here to watch a game of trivial pursuit. The fans want soccer.

 

 

 

Written by Michelle Gean

 

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