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- Jul 19, 2014
Picking up on your jazz example, I agree that a layperson can go quite far. But as far as I can tell, the gap between the perceptive abilities of good laymen and true elite musicians is enormous. The in-depth understanding of harmony, rhythm, form, interplay, etc., and the ability to understand on the spot how all of this interacts in a given musical situation. I'm rather sure this gap exists in classical music as well, especially when thinking of highly skilled composers and conductors, and their level of complex analytical hearing.Learning a lot about football tactics should not be beyond the average intellect. You also don't need to necessarily go through official systems to do so in terms of the theory, just as most people - if the interest is there - should be intellectually capable of teaching themselves classical music theory or jazz harmony from various resources and eventually getting to a very good standard as musician, without needing to go to a prestigious conservatory. It might be tougher, or less efficient learning process but if you put in the work it can be done for most, and the tactics used in football or any sport really is a lot simpler than that. we're not talking about complex physics that will be beyond the intellect of a significant percentage of the population here.
If the sport were impenetrable to the point only seasoned practioners could understand what was going on, then it would never have gained worldwide popularity.
In that sense Kolarov is talking nonsense and i'd imagine there is an element of self-serving arrogance in there. It's also obviously true that someone that actually played to a high standard will have a more in-depth perspective on the nuances of many things than a mere spectator/lifelong fan, and that becoming well versed in the tactics or technical aspects of football doesn't mean you can make it as a manager or coach.
I can't really say if that's a fitting analogy for contemporary football & the ability to analyze situations and larger tactical developments inside a game. But if it was, it would point to a different conclusion, imo.