- Jul 14, 2014
Agreed with that, good review.A few thoughts:
- Impressed by West Germany's fluidity in moving players both horizontally and vertically. They were quite comfortable operating with any of their back four alternating across the defensive line. But more importantly every time they overloaded, usually Beckenbauer moving forward or Muller dropping deep, they could play their way into attacking positions quite easily. While England looked like three disjointed defence/midfield/attack units, that fluidity and synergy in West Germany's shape really enhanced their midfield where Netzer was pure class, Wimmer purposeful, quick and energetic, Hoeness mobile and able to create space.
- England sorely lacked a central midfielder with natural defensive instincts in there. They gifted Netzer so much space. The English midfielders had enough legs to press the first ball, but there was little in the way of defensive positioning or collective organisation in there. It was criminal that Ramsay didn't choose Mullery, who later said:
- England lacked much patterned build up - it was all back-to-front and play off the two target men up top. Seemed a waste of a fairly talented midfield unit.
- After all my criticism of the majority of the team, England's full-backs grew into the game particularly in the second half when they were able to push on. Madeley was class and you can see why @Edgar Allan Pillow always picks Crazy Horse. His half-volley on his left foot was perhaps the tastiest exemplar of technique of the whole game, aside from Netzer and Beckenbauer's outside-of-the-boot sprayed passes.
- The Banks/Moore axis that had served England so well in 1966 and 1970 was starting to creak. Moore's legs were no longer as quick as his mind (not that he was ever swift) and he was at fault for two goals. And I thought Banks should have done better with Netzer's penalty - it reminded me of the inagile way another English keeper tried to stop spot-kicks in the next shootout between the sides 18 years later. Muller's finish for the third though was just the pure instinct of a thoroughbred goalscorer.
- One of these seminal once-in-a-generation beatings England take where they are outdone by fluidity between the lines. You'd think the lessons would be learned.
Yeah, I think that was visible. Moore's long balls were still ace though, for example before Hughes hit the crossbar.The Banks/Moore axis that had served England so well in 1966 and 1970 was starting to creak.
I think that's rather typical for that era - the same was true for other great players like Overath & Breitner in many games I saw. Even Beckenbauer sometimes, although very rarely. But a certain untidiness & easy turnovers seem to have been a constant feature in these times, and I've rarely seen teammates complain when it happened.Netzer on the other hand was unstoppable with his runs from deep, even when he didnt have space he just bulldozed through players. Passing was a bit meh though, at least through the goggles of a elite playmaker, a bit too much hit and miss for my liking.
Matches with my general impression of Maier: extremely proactive & brave, and usually effective at controlling his box, but he also made quite a few blunders overall. Not sure how much I'd blame him for the goal, though.Sepp Maier had a monster game apart from a period of a few minutes where he was at fault for the goal and made a mess of one cross, though i reckon he picked up 20 of others in the whole game.
Yep, yep, yep. Although peak Moore was an absolute sensation among the earthlings imo, even more so when keeping in mind the point of time at which he did it.Player of the week: Der Kaiser
(...) Absolute joke of a player, never seen anyone that plays the game with such an ease at the highest level. Had few shaky moments while defending as did the whole defence who btw played great as a whole, lead obviously by Kaiser but the impact he has on the team in possession is ridiculous. In a draft game if you had a possession team and you had Moore/Ferdinand or who ever that was a great player and great on the ball you would pretty much equalize the impact on a game but the difference from Kaiser to them is night and day. Ones are from planet earth while other is from another galaxy.
True(and pitches play a big part, though it didnt bother Kaiser )but you still had someone like Gerson in same era that was neat and tidy.I think that's rather typical for that era - the same was true for other great players like Overath & Breitner in many games I saw. Even Beckenbauer sometimes, although very rarely. But a certain untidiness & easy turnovers seem to have been a constant feature in these times, and I've rarely seen teammates complain when it happened.
Absolutely. Him and Schwarzenbeck were fabulous as a stopper pair there - as I remember, that dominance continued in the actual Euro tournament games.Edgar mentioned schwarzenbeck but id also add Hottges, guy was everywhere and whenever i watched Seeler for germany he was playing behind him and was always quietly impressive.
For Bayern, he also took over buildup / made attacking runs surprisingly often (compared to his image). Of course Beckenbauer was the main man by far, but Schwarzenbeck wasn't just his ogre, like German football folklore has it. Maybe I do a compilation of on-the-ball scenes one day.More I watch the match, more I feel Schwarzenbeck is quite flexible. He can be played in a back 3 for example on either flank too.
Like it! Although, I would never get tired of those Denmark 80's and 90's teams.I always enjoy games with a bit of drama and a good underdog story.. Had a couple of other matches in mind but this one should do
Netherlands vs. Denmark - Euro 1992 Semi Finals
Another good call, plenty of drama in this one.I always enjoy games with a bit of drama and a good underdog story.. Had a couple of other matches in mind but this one should do
Netherlands vs. Denmark - Euro 1992 Semi Finals
Was thinking a bit more about that, and I'd say it depends a lot on circumstances & matchups.More I watch the match, more I feel Schwarzenbeck is quite flexible. He can be played in a back 3 for example on either flank too.
Cheers.. I loved how well Denmark defended for the first 90 minutes.. As you pointed out Henrik Andersen was brilliant until he got injured.. Incidentally, the injury kept him out for 11 months and then he made just one more appearance for DenmarkProper festival of football indy 120 minutes of good competitive football, penalties and Denmark winning. You cant ask for much more.
Disappointed with Holland tbh, very poor performance considering the gulf in individual quality between the teams but more about that later.
Regarding player performances:
F. De Boer partly at fault for the first goal though the whole defending from the team was comical. Two players going to block a cross from Laudrup, second centerback in neverland, Bergkamp out of all people "marking" second post and gk doing his best Mazurkidurkadurka impression.
Koeman was pretty good actually. As we all know his passing is top notch and tbf denmark lack of technical players(specially after Laudrup left the pitch) made it a bit easier for him. Had one comical piece of defending and while not entirely his fault for second half its a situation where you separate truly great defenders from the ones that are not. He reacted on a reflex which is funny as he has one of a dead cat but top tier defenders either leave that ball to a keeper or just make a better clearance.
Bergkamp was classy in first half, later pretty weak. Roy was the worst player on the pitch, though he is a winger what can you expect. @Physiocrat
Van Basten probably the worst i ever saw him play, missed a penalty as well but feck me even when is having a mare he is impressive! Few great flicks, produced best play of the game(alongside that block from Piechnik) with a genius pass for Gullit who missed. But dont get me wrong, he was very poor.
Thought Laudrup was fantastic, everything went through him and his workrate was impressive. Had him for a prime candidate for a player of the week but then he got injured fairly early in the game.
After that thought denmark leftback is impressive, Henrik Andersen. Not only had he Ruud Gullit(also gave us the worst throw in ever and was wank the whole game) in his pocket the whole game but he also contributed fairly on the other hand being by overlapping or by carrying the ball. Obviously i cursed him as well as he got injured around the 70 minute.
Number 7 was also fantastic for denmark, Jensen. Not the flashiest on the ball but solid enough while also giving a proper warrior performance, guy never stopped for 120 minutes.
Schmeichel similar to Maier from last week, hugely impressive performance but could have done better for the goal. Dominant in the box entire time, great throws, few great saves and obviously saved a penalty in the shoutout. Ohh and not to forget a heroic block from Piechnik in ET, match winning block
Person of the week: Moller Nielsen
Changing it from player this week. Your star player fecks up a goal, you lose your best player to injury, you lose your second best player on the day to injury and you still manage to win the game against much better opposition. Not only that, its how you win it! Absolutely amazing side, well drilled, played great as a team and was a joy to watch. Not to mention him and his staff produced the best moment of the game with a proper fiesta on the bench during the game, everybody drinking beer and think one guy even smoked a pipe!
Wanker of the week: Rinus Michels
From best football ever in 74' to doing a homage to Big Sam with a GOAT stacked team.