Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two Great Reads

I have been busy the last few days with visitors, but not everyone with access to a keyboard has been slacking.

First, we have yet another hallmark moment in an already legendary Mikkel Diskerud thread over at BigSoccer: today, former teammate and employer Inge André Olsen drops by to write a "recommendation letter" for Mix (as if he would need one) to clear up some incorrect rumors that once went around Norway.

Next, we have a Tony the Tiger-style grrreat bit on why tactics do actually matter by Bobby Warshaw, an American forward playing in the Swedish second flight for GAIS. It would seem this fella has two soccer talents. Every fan that thinks formations and such do not really amount to much should read this. Maybe twice.



- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

Brian B said...

I knew nothing of this thread over at BigSoccer until now. It took me a solid hour or so to catch up... "Legendary" is an understatement, Gregory. Holy shit.

In a nutshell, the thread begins 5 years ago, when Mix was first being rumored to have interest from the U.S. Over the next few years, Mix becomes an active participant in the thread, occasionally answering questions and shedding insights when he can. Eventually, some Norwegian (Staebek fans) begin explaining how it is (allegedly) common knowledge that Mix's father often poses as Mix as an online presence, only to culminate in a testimonial-type letter from a former teammate.

Thanks for sharing, Greg. I gotta say, never seen anything like it.

dikranovich said...

I actually found the comments section a better read than the bobby Warsaw article itself. Some of the classic comments were from that guy himself

It would be so pleasant, if these "writers" could pen an article, without feeling it so necessary to talk down to their audience.

Was it a shot at the fans, when he described Germany and counter attacking soccer? Because I think traditionally, fans will think Italy and counter attacking soccer. He mentions gegenpressing, a high pressure approach to defending, and seems to have a fondness for Germany, and b Munich,.

Hey, cr7 worked pretty hard today and it will not get any easier in the Allianz. More games between now and manus. I wonder how Ronaldo is going to like the little scrapers DMB and zusi up in his azz? The Germans are doing us a favor.

I don't know bobby from mechanichsberg, via Stamford., maybe we could do with a little less of the condescending attitude.

Most coaches have found that you coach up your players, you don't talk down to them. Maybe it's sort of the same thing when writing these articles.

Brock Hannsen said...

Or maybe you're a piece of poop.

dikranovich said...

You have to wonder, who had the better game plan back in 2002 when USA and Portugal last faced off.....

dikranovich said...

I would like to amend my first post and say that for me the best point from the Warsaw article was the idea that any number of sound tactics can win it, and that it is all the parts working together in a harmonious fashion, that's when real results are produced, regardless of the tactics.

These points were very sound and better than the comments. So it was sort of like a little white lie, my first post.

Unknown said...

"the rise of the mythical 4-2-3-1"

How do you drop this nugget in the first paragraph and leave it hanging there, unexplained?

justinwkoehn said...

I'm hooked on this Mix thread. I need to stop because it's going to take me all day. A couple things he said early on like "Adu is going to be big" and Anthony Wallace (now in NASL after playing for Rapids) was as good as Magnus Eikrem.

andrés said...

@justin, not a fanboy of either men, but it's reasonable to believe that both statements could've been true if not for some twists and turns. I get why those comments might stand out but I'm certain their talent was apparent enough for anyone to see.

Nick Haycock, the U21 coach at West Ham, said some interesting things about Sebastian Lletget yesterday. Basically that the kid's talents are obvious, it's his mindset that's holding him back. The same might've been true for Adu and Wallace.

justinwkoehn said...

I agree. It's just interesting looking at the comments in 2009 and what really happened in the last 5 yrs.

Jon said...

Greg, why don't you post on bigsoccer? We'd love to have you.

And yes, Mix's thread is an all-time great.

Tony M said...

Off point, but my all time favorite Bigsoccer thread is "Yank kid at Torino?"

Doesn't end like Mix's story, but awesome detective work...

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Jon:

What makes you think I never have? :D

Jacob Klinger said...

The Freddy Adu career projection thread is a gem too.