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Posted by Mohd (Mohd) Thursday, July 21, 2011 Go To Comments

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is one of my favorite movies of all times, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. In short Neverland is a place where your imagination takes control. Think of something good and you will get it. Think that you can fly and you will, think that you are a hero fighting pirates and you will be…you got the point.

For the sake of this writing, I will imagine I am living in a world where in recent times Argentina has had decent coaches that took the right decisions. In that world I will be a happy supporter, because in this real world I am disgusted.

Let’s start the journey in 2002. I know most of the fans here like Bielsa, well I agree he’s the best we had but still he is responsible for the 2002 catastrophe. First of all neglecting Riquelme at his absolute best was a crime. Saviola was also on the rise and I bet having him on the bench instead of Caniggia would have been better. During the matches, Bielsa insisted that either Veron or Aimar should play when both would fit perfectly together. He also played Batistuta – way off his prime – and kept Crespo while being at his best on the bench. The result was a heartbreak that I swear I still remember till now.

I wish Riquelme was there, I wish Veron and Aimar had started together against Sweden, I wish Crespo had started…in Neverland the 2002 world cup is ours.

Now to the stupidity of 2006. Yes again I saw here many people calling for Peckerman back. I find this weird when recalling how Peckerman cost us Germany match in one of the most stupid coaching exhibitions I ever witnessed. Playing against a power horse in front of their home fans and we are in complete control. I specifically remember how German fans were mute in the second half as if they had no hope of climbing the match back with their team unable to produce a single shot on goal. Then the genius of Peckerman strikes: Riquelme is withdrawn and we surrender the ball to Germany who got control over the match. Then strike number two: Crespo is withdrawn and Messi – the most feared young talent on earth – is kept rotting on the bench at the same time where we reverted to counter attacks! Oh, by the way I am still seeking an answer about why would Zanetti watch the tournament at home while Peckerman spends the whole tournament looking for a right back…

I wish Zanetti was our right back, I wish Riquelme was not subbed; I wish Messi came on to finish the Germans…in Neverland the 2006 world cup is ours.

Forward to Copa America 2007…we are playing the final against Brazil and Basile comes up with a master plan: assemble a midfield that is the slowest and most rigid in history. A quarto of Mascherano, Cambiasso, Riqueleme, and Veron (!!) was only good enough to enter an Olympic race against turtles. We were overrun by Brazil and again we were left in agony.

I wish Basile never existed…Copa 2007 would have been ours.

In 2010, yet again against Germany, Diego found the ultimate formation: 4-1-5 ! Mascherano was left to face the entire Germany midfield and we were made fool of. Maradona thought after Mexico match that it was “a sin to change”. The only sin in 2010 was to allow the circus called Diego Maradona to lead us in the World Cup.

I just wish we had a decent coach to lead our most talented group of players we had in years…in Neverland 2010 WC is ours.

As for 2011, well it’s still so fresh that I won’t dwell about it. But Batista cost us the Copa played in Argentina…

Back to reality, I know that even without these catastrophic mistakes there is no guarantee that we would have actually won the tournaments as no one could predict what could happen in a single match. However, I strongly believe our chances would have been very high.

No country suffered and continues to suffer from the amount of bad coaching as much as Argentina; I will always wonder how many trophies would have we won with a semi-decent coach. The worst part is that there are no signs that things will change anytime soon.

My only consolation is that every now and then I visit Neverland and picture Messi holding the World Cup. I guess this is the closest we will ever get.




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Freeman E
(Namibia)
Posted on 7/4/2013 at 5:48 AM
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Peckerman not playing La Pulga against the germans in 2006 was the most painful one for me. Followed by the the Bielsa blunder of not creating a system which could have had Bati and Crespo playing together before the world cup.Zanetti's absence was also weird both in 2006 and 2010, given the fact that on both ocassions the preferred players on right side of defense cost some decisive blunders.I hope Sabella has the balls to make brave decisions in KO matches next year.


Tony Montana
(United States)
Posted on 3/6/2013 at 10:54 PM
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Politics has ALWAYS been a problem in AFA!


Shinobushinobu
(Singapore)
Posted on 3/13/2012 at 3:03 AM
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Hmm, reading your post, I can't help but thinking that all the blames lies on Grondona and the coaches he picked! Argentina should start producing talented coaches. We have enough of the players.


fanfrom78
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 7:16 PM
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just want to add during the last world cup klinsman was a bbc host pundit for the bbc coverage along side gary lineker etc

when they talked of the 2006 world cup and the German and Argentina game was being talked about klinsman started talking about how Argentina are dirty basically and have no control over there feelings and how THEY LET THEMSELVES DOWN WITH THE FIGHT AT THE END OF THAT GAME EVERYONE AGREEING AND NODDING WITH EACH OTHER IT WAS BLATANT LYING AND CORRUPT TV REPORTING

the fact fifas found germany gilty of racism was totally hidden it was disgraceful tv by the bbc the look on gary linekers face was like we are lying and everyone knows....

these things are always reported on back to front HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HERE THAT ARGENTINA DELAYED THE FINAL IN 78 AND TOOK OFFENCE3 TO A PLASTERCAST ON A DUTCH PLAYERS ARM AND HOW THIS MAKES EVERY SINGLE ARGY A DIRTY BASTARDO

BUT WHAT INST REPORTED IS HOW THE DUTCH TEAM BUS TOOK A DELIBERATE WRONG TURN TO GO THREW THE STREETS WINDING UP THE PEOPLE OF ARGENTINA AND COURSING A BIG KICK OFF AND HOW IT WAS THE DUTCH PLAYERS THAT STARTED THE DIRTY TACTICS WHEN ARGENTINA TOOK A 1 NIL LEAD (JUST LIKE GERMANY 2006) the level of corruption and anti Argentina shit going on is unbelievable

i have many other storys about this we aint just fighting afa corruption we are fighting a global hatred of argentina sorry to tell u but its true....

big ron and his NIGGER insults champians league but what isnt reported is he siad far more about veron and the people of argentina of camera than he did about blacks YET THAT DOESANT MATTER !!!!!


fanfrom78
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 7:00 PM
1
CHAINSAW !!!!!

we went out in 2006 due to professional cheating by Germany they planned on taking out the goal keeper knowing are reserve keepers were well not up to scratch LUX was it are first choice keeper was goal keeper of the tournament and was playing remarkably well he also was thowing the ball out perfectly every time and helping keep possession

the germans got a player to knee the keeper in the rib cage he was rushed to hospital and we went to penos

yes peckerman bottled it and took roman off etc but the german player didnt for the assult on are keeper he was taken to hospital and germany won on penos

after the game a large number of german players basically called Argentinian's NIGGERS AND BACKWARD PEOPLE black faces etc and how the german race was superior

resulting in the argentina players going ape shit and kicking some arse

fifa took action( but also covered it all up) 1 they were german (racism isn't going to look good ww2 and all) and secondly the world cup was in Germany a number of german players received bans from playing and fines

ayala and a few other players kicked some serious arse and the legend goes the argenina team won the scrap in the tunnel the fact this event is now totally hidden by fifa and the global media STINKS to high heaven of blatant corruption

the germans again did the dirty on Argentina breaking demi's cheek bone in the pre wc friendly there dirty they cannot loose fare and are racially motovated IRONIC AS THEY NOW USE TURKS AND BLACKS ETC IN THE NATIONAL TEAM KARMA IS A BITCH !!!!!






aka Mr. D
(Peru)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 11:05 AM
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For me there's only one crime and that's not giving your team the best possibility of winning. Not selecting the right players and not getting the best coach available are far more painful to me than losing.


Johnny
(Thailand)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 8:27 AM
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My Neverland fantasy for today is that the unexpected happens and Bilardo is booted out along with Batista. And, since it is a fantasy, Grondona's son along with them.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 4:14 AM
0
1998 we had a good team. The elimination somehow came out of nowhere when the alcogol freak Ortega tried to get a penalty instead of making chance for other players, and not just that failed but he did worse and got himself sent off for a stupid headbutt. And right after that Bang we're OUT!

2002 shamble was the most embrassing time in decadeds for Argentina, as a team full of stars and hope got eliminated in the group stage thanks to the same old brainfarts that coaches bring at the most crucial times. 2 goals in 3 matches, one from a corner and the other one from a rebound of a missed penalty! Lowlight of this embrassment? Marcelo Bielsa and Ariel Ortega!

2006 we had the best team I saw after Maradona era. Pekerman though not calling up Zanetti but really made a team out of Argentina. But as usual, when the crucial moment arrived he started his brainfarts again, doing all kind of mistakes against Germany, in a game which Argentina was in full control of the match before Pekerman started doing his changes and gave the match to Germany.

2010, Maradona did the most stupid choice of players for defence against Germany. Benching SAMUEL for Burdisso, putting him alongside an already unreliable Demichelis, putting the CB Otamendi as the RB, and the usual mediocre Heinze on the left side! Let's not even talk about midfield which was a bigger LOL, seeing Maxi Rodriguez and Di Maria in totally odd posts in the midfield, totally owned by Germany in the entire game. Maradona neglection of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Gabi Milito (who was a solid defender at that time) were way more costly than Pekerman's exclusion of Zanetti at WC2006.


Mohd
(Lebanon)
Posted on 7/25/2011 at 1:53 AM
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@Otro Seba: yes its true Peckerman lost a substitution due to goalkeeper sub, but Riqueleme was never a player that put so much effort so the sub was a tactical change by Peckerman.
Actually i have heard Peckerman himself say that! He currently works as an analyst for Aljazeera Sports channel and one of the journalists asked him about the Riquelme/Cambiasso change, the answer was he wanted to shut down the Germans! this is ultra weird when they were not able to get close to the ball.

As for Messi, well he subbed Crespo with Cruz. why not Messi instead of Cruz?


Otro Seba
(Canada)
Posted on 7/24/2011 at 10:31 PM
0
I don't think your criticism of Pekerman is fair. You forget that Pato was injured and a substitution was forced that took away any chance of Messi getting into the game. I didn't like the Riquelme was subbed for either but he was gassed (probably from the overtime game is Mexico). I don't think Pekerman made any tactical mistakes as much as was a victim of bad luck and bad timing (can you imagine if Messi was just a few years older)>


Mohd
(Lebanon)
Posted on 7/21/2011 at 9:58 AM
0
@Abs: the limit is your imagination. go crazy!


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 7/21/2011 at 9:44 AM
0
If the only difference between your Neverland and reality is coaches, then am sorry to tell you that your wonderland sucks !!


Chris
(Poland)
Posted on 7/21/2011 at 7:56 AM
0
I can add Passarella not taking Redondo on WC because he got long hair.. or something like that


Mohd
(Lebanon)
Posted on 7/21/2011 at 3:11 AM
0
by the way, just forgot to mention that in Neverland, Grondonas do not exist. or at least they are the ones get their ass kicked by super heroes all day long :)
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