Some time ago the great American Guru Brian Tracy found that there was one dominant English businessman who remarked that we’ve to learn from the Americans and was coming to England to do a series of discussions! What a shortsighted approach that’s. Tracy was disgusted and I am not surprised. It appears to me that here in England we’ve an incredible state that’s full of creative individuals, innovative eccentrics, and deep innovators, really some actual and brilliant brainpower; but at the exact same time one of our worst features is our inability to need to learn from others and other countries. We really are insular in the worst sense of that word.
The exact same thing applies to our football. Germany has won the World Cup. What can we learn from it? It appears to me rather a lot. They definitely didn’t win the tournament in Brazil’s World Cup in only the five weeks. All practical comment on the issue indicates they began in 2004 to reconstruct their team from the bottom up, and it is taken 10 years. To put it differently, it is been a long-term strategy. Compare that with the strategy of the last 40 years in England.
What we need is a magic bullet; the magic bullet would win us the World Cup and if only we could locate the magic bullet. Subsequently, obviously, we can carry on as we did! We are saved by the magic bullet from having to address the actual problems what’s wrong with the sport or with the national game. The same is true in lots of other fields – take medication. Folks need the magic bullet – or pill – which means they are able to treat their symptoms and get back to doing precisely what they were doing failure necessarily returns in due course as sickness does, therefore of course, they never have addressed the causes.
With regard to English soccer for the last 40 years, the magic bullet means always discovering the next high standing coach or manager who will make the world cup winning side: Sven Goran Eriksson, Kevin Keegan, etc and also so on upto Roy Hodgson. The matter is, they might be great people, but however great they were or are, they cannot create the winning side. That is the mistake: the truth of the issue is it is not down only in one inspirational man to win the World Cup, it is a collective effort that must involve the entire nation. And that means some distribution of electricity – the very thing the powers that be and the authorities fear and won’t permit. And it is not like it is only football that endures in this manner. Our fencing, our tennis and so and so on…
What we can learn from Germany, then, is: we want a more serious strategy, we want the entire country to be called for, and honestly, we should clear away all this deadwood of dead constructions and self important organisations that honestly bring our game into disrepute.