Friday, February 24, 2012

How do you like them oranges?

As everyone races to confirm Barcelona as the best soccer side ever, Diego Maradona has some news for all: they couldn't touch the 1974 Dutch national team.

"I have not often fallen out of my chair, but that happened watching the Dutch team in 1974," Maradona told Sport 360. "They played quite monumentally then. They didn't just beat the opponents, but also humbled them... I was 14 when I saw them play for the first time and it seemed exactly as if they played soccer without touching the grass.... The players seemed to have eyes in the back of their heads... And then Cruijff came out of midfield to enchant the fans with his magical actions."

As for mighty Barcelona, Maradona offered this assessment:

"Perhaps Barcelona seems so great because the level in international football has decreased drastically. A Barça game concludes with them having 80% ball possession, frequently due to the timidity of the opponent."

So, I take it that settles that then. Jawel?

- Greg Seltzer


Alex said...

He also supports hugo chavez and hates almost everything american. i guess that settles that.

Greg Seltzer said...

Okay, but Maradona is not a politician or country-ranker.

I mean, you wouldn't put much stock in Gordon Ramsay's soccer opinion or ask Snoop Dogg which opera is best, right?

UnitedDemon said...

Football has gotten faster- Barcelona have done what only that team could do twice as fast.

It means stars have less time to wow with footskill, and more emphasis is placed on Messi dribbling at full sprint.

Greg Seltzer said...

Okay... so what happened if they had the air taken out of the ball? Or if someone held the ball? Or if someone actually tried to pin them back?

It's not like they win every game and tournament. They can be beaten. Most teams don't really try - much like Oranje tactically wussed out against Spain in the World Cup final.

Alex said...

Yeah Maradona is no poli-sci major. And to be honest I don't know who is the better of the two sides, but considering his drug problems/ego problems/Maradona being Maradona problems I just don't feel like his opinion should be the one that settles anything.

Greg Seltzer said...

On any other subject, I'd agree with you.

dikranovich said...

Maradona was like 12 years old in 1974

brian said...

any from the mouth of maradona now a days needs to be taken with a grain of salt, this settles nothing. 1970 hahaha

Phil McCracken said...

Agreed, Greg.

I'll add to that list, Piers Morgan's opinions on soccer, but unfortunately Fox believes that we need that here in the States.

Phil McCracken said...

Maradona is correct about the lowered standard of international football.

Barca is great (tough for a Madrid fan to say), but they're not infallible as many La Liga sides have pointed out this season.

Jay said...

Is anyone else amused to see Cruyff jumping on a plane to Mexico? Because boy-oh-boy, I've been agog about that all day.

UnitedDemon said...

Greg, not sure what your comment implies.

I'm saying that the game is played at a higher pace.

I think Barca is the best team ever because they have accomplished so much with increased speed and indeed competition from other clubs.

They can be beaten? So can any team in history. But in consecutive seasons, the only thing that beat them was a volcano with a resurgent Inter Milan tag teaming.

Not sure where the disconnect is here, but it definitely exists.

Greg Seltzer said...

I recall them being beaten by Osasuna a couple weeks ago. And Getafe not too long before that. They had a couple of shocking losses last season, too, Hercules was one.

And yes, I'm saying opponents often submit to their Barcelona beatings. That doesn't mean they aren't great. But if people want to call them the greatest side ever, this sort of thing will come up.

Frankly, I don't think this Barcelona team could handle the 1974 Germany side, either.

Greg Seltzer said...

I'd assume it went without saying... but to be clear, obviously I'm referring to 1974 West Germany and not East Germany.

dikranovich said...

greg, your last post was posted at 420. how appropriate.

you plan these little gems, dont you?

brian said...

yeh he does narkid…all while sitting back in some coffee shop being all forgetful.

Greg Seltzer said...


That was 10:20 on my clock. And fear not, I am clothed. Good grief, you maniacs.

Plus, I am home, as last night I suffered a minor knee knock in my weekly game. Could have easily torn my LCL... got away with a sprain. With non-refundable tickets and reservations, and a job to do in Genoa next week, right now I'm high on gratitude for having bendy ligaments.

I've decided to convince myself that breakdancing is the magical reason for this flexibility, so I suppose it could be argued there is a bit of hallucination going on here.

I'm also quite hungry at the moment, but that may be because I've yet to manage to eat dinner.


Greg Seltzer said...

@ Jay: No, I'm not at all amused or bemused or even c-mused at Cruyff.

I am rather curious about what Chivas is doing with this. That's the funny part to me.

Jay said...

I haven't followed the tiff with Cruyff too closely, but my impression is that there's a healthy dose of petulance and bruised egos involved in his departure in the first place.

What does Chivas think he can possibly do for them in the short term? They're almost half way through the Clausura. I haven't seen the full relegation table, but I can't imagine that they're in any drastic danger there.