Benny D

Benny D

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A huge NYY fan, Baseball & Football enthusiast. Yes... I call "soccer" football...
I try to be respectful on this site... I feel everybody's entitled to their own opinions...

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  • artizanista 's posted 4 days ago

    artizanista 's

    'Wangle' it means getting someone with loads of money to pay for it basically. More info on my local club here Benny... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-19410566

  • artizanista 's posted 7 days ago

    artizanista 's

    sorry Benny can't seem to delete the double post

  • artizanista 's posted 7 days ago

    artizanista 's

    I do enjoy the World Cup but I also think its a bit of a false indicator of football in general terms. National football doesn't really 'crack' it for me... probably cos Wales and England aren't very good at it... but also having played and managed for most of my life, 'proper' or club football is a seasonal sport spread over 30-40 games with all the unpredicatable twists and turns which that necessarily involves... tournament football is OK with the team you played with throughout the season but 11 individuals suddenly coming together because they were born in the same country for just one specific tournament kind of defeats the object of the team ethic which has been crucially developed over an entire season... or indeed all the preceding seasons that you have played together. Because the UK is such a multi-ethnic country I manage multi-national teams even at my lowly level of local football so nationalistic factors are really non-existent and makes football in the UK bloody marvellous... transcending any and all nationalistic allegencies... or more importantly reduces them to nothing more than a subject of banter and ridicule? The next time you are in the UK for your holidays you should let me know so that I can take you to some EPL games... but also my local team games... I'm sure you'd love it... we also sometimes play in South/Central America/West Indies so will also let you know the dates for the next time we 'wangle' it?

  • artizanista 's posted 7 days ago

    artizanista 's

    I do enjoy the World Cup but I also think its a bit of a false indicator of football in general terms. National football doesn't really 'crack' it for me... probably cos Wales and England aren't very good at it... but also having played and managed for most of my life, 'proper' or club football is a seasonal sport spread over 30-40 games with all the unpredicatable twists and turns which that necessarily involves... tournament football is OK with the team you played with throughout the season but 11 individuals suddenly coming together because they were born in the same country for just one specific tournament kind of defeats the object of the team ethic which has been crucially developed over an entire season... or indeed all the preceding seasons that you have played together. Because the UK is such a multi-ethnic country I manage multi-national teams even at my lowly level of local football so nationalistic factors are really non-existent and makes football in the UK bloody marvellous... transcending any and all nationalistic allegencies... or more importantly reduces them to nothing more than a subject of banter and ridicule? The next time you are in the UK for your holidays you should let me know so that I can take you to some EPL games... but also my local team games... I'm sure you'd love it... we also sometimes play in South/Central America/West Indies so will also let you know the dates for the next time we 'wangle' it?

  • artizanista 's posted 7 days ago

    artizanista 's

    Now you ask!!!...Squad numbers used to be a reliable indication of where a player played on the pitch but not so much in recent years... a bit confusing for everyone really cos some teams stick to the tradition others don't. Managers will also start the game in a certain formation then change, sometimes after only 5 minutes... just to confuse the opposition. Tactics can often win or lose games but not always... mostly they probably do nothing at all but no one would actually admit to that! Like all sports there's a lot of bluff and bluster (BS) so the more you watch the more you understand... or more appropriately... the more you understand the BS. Modern football likes the idea that all players should be able play any position on the pitch but as you can probably tell most of the big blokes tend to play in defence so its an ideal rather than actually being practical or a rule. Most players have a preference for playing on one side of the pitch because they favour either their left or right foot but from the earliest age you are continually trying/trained to use both feet equally... which all the best players do extremely well!
    Not sure that 'national styles' per se is a particularly good way of looking at football... sure German efficiency vs South American flair or whatever but again not very accurate in footballing terms cos if you assume as such you will always be caught out! One general rule I would promote is the team ethic versus 11 great individuals... "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" is highly applicable in football... as you have just seen in this WC. There is nothing like playing football with 10 other blokes who all want to win as much as you do and are all equally prepared to sacrifice themselves/work as hard/not give up etc to achieve that joint cause... bit like hunting Mammoths I suppose? We didn't have managers getting in the way in those days, but I'm sure we had captains though?

  • artizanista 's posted 8 days ago

    artizanista 's

    You clearly know what a 'cracker' is or means now though! Probably comes from the Irish originally (craic) I reckon? Our premiership kicks off on the 16th August... not long to wait. My nearest prem teams are Swansea, WBA and Aston Villa so I usually get to see the 'big boys' at these stadium's. I lived in London for a bit too long but never missed a quality game whilst there. Also lived in Germany/Holland for too long again but also managed to watch some excellent football there too. I am hoping to manage a decent team again this season though so I may have to miss out on some of the big games. Do you go to see the Yankees?

  • artizanista 's posted 12 days ago

    artizanista 's

    ooer!... bit boring then... except for Mascherano who was outstanding... glad its Messi and co vs the German machine in the final though... let's all hope for a cracker then... but I'm not holding my breath just yet!

  • artizanista 's posted 13 days ago

    artizanista 's

    You're right of course regarding rivalries and 'better' was the wrong word... I think I meant more sensational which this WC has had-a-plenty so the best player in the world against possibly the best team is a far better footballing prospect for the final. It's gonna be a 'tight' game tonight so I'm hoping for an early Dutch goal to open up the game... fingers crossed... the alternative cagey game may just become a bit boring?

  • artizanista 's posted 14 days ago

    artizanista 's

    Wow... thought Brazil would struggle but that was horrible! One down and the Dutch next to go out... can't see the Argies banging in 7 though... heyho you never know!... specially in this amazing World Cup? Got to say a german/dutch final could produce an even better final though... they absolutely hate each other ;-)

  • artizanista 's posted 17 days ago

    artizanista 's

    Now you ask!!!! I don't think Argentina are out of first gear yet... and now Brazil's 'talisman' is out I'm thinking the 'Argies' for the cup... but the 'Jerries' look perfectly capable of stifling any team... so a Germany v Argentina final with a dull German victory for me... but I haven't got a clue really Benny... what about you?

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