TActics in The globe Cup: A bintle between AesThetics And resultsThe Conversinion #World_CupFebruary 11, 2019
The football World Cup may be yet to kick off, but there have already been innumerable discussions on the various playing styles that each country will adopt.
Debates around formations sometimes mask the fact that the World Cup has always been a battlefield for tactics, which support what the Brazilians refer to as “futebol d’arte” (simple, attacking football) or “futebol de resultados” (defensive football).
The Brazilian teams from the 1958 to 1970 World Cups produced some of the most exhilarating and creative football ever played.
This is where the terms “futebol d’arte”, “samba football” or “beautiful game” were first coined.
Not only did these Brazilians entertain the masses but they also won the World Cup three times: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Other attacking tactics included the Dutch philosophy in the 1970s, which became known as “total football” .
The Dutch team of 1974.In this era, it was clear to many national teams that they could not match the attacking flair of the Brazilians or the Dutch.
Italy won the 2006 World Cup with a defensive approach to the game.EPA/Thomas EisenhuthSo dominant and successful was this “futebol de resultos” that even the Brazilians moved away from flair and invention and adopted a more physical approach, with set roles meaning more positional discipline and less freedom for players to express themselves.
Spain won the 2010 World Cup using this tactic.
With all the problems now plaguing FIFA with its handling of the legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Qatar corruption scandal and the unrest in Brazil, it would perhaps pray for a Brazil win playing “futebol d’arte” against a “tika-taka”-playing Spain.