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Old 01-26-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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sorry if I sound like a noob.

So everyone knows about Barca's famous tiki taka and how it has come to define Espana. I also came across the 2012 Copa Lib final between Corinthians and Boca Juniors and saw the flamboyant almost acrobatic stylings of CBF totally emphasized in Corinthians' play.

My question simply is this....in this age of foriegners aplenty in top leagues, do you all think that there is any correspondence between a general style of league play and the corresponding country's national team?

I ask because I often hear Premiership fans wondering if their Latin pickups can acclimate themselves to the "physicality" of the league relative to probably La Liga or Serie A. But when I watch top Prem teams they seem over all more "balanced" for lack of a better word compared to the English side I remember in South Africa.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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In pretty much every major league the game's become increasingly technical and possession focused, so that's done a bit to lessen the variation in style.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Belgium
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The football in the Serie A used to be the same that the Squadra Azzura played: very tactical, defensive, calculated. But lately I find the national team of Italy to play more attractive footbal than before.

The Dutch Eredivisie is still considered very open, with teams always aiming to score as many goals as possible. Oranje, the national team, used to play like that, but since South Africa 2010 they've become a more organized, tactical side.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Ohio
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thats a common misconception of Brazilian football, that they play that "joga bonito" style when in reality they are a very defensive minded team usually employing two holding midfielders and many of the coaches in the brasilerao are also very defensive minded

sure they have the occasional flair player like a Ronaldinho or Neymar, but the majority of brazilians are not like that
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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as for the point about the Premier League teams being more balanced than the English national team, thats because the teams a the top of the table are mostly based on foreign talent

the teams toward the middle and bottom of the table are mostly made up of brits and play some awful football like a Stoke City or Norwich

although to be fair some of the teams lower in the league are starting to bring in more non brits as well
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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how do you mean awful?
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:49 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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how do you mean awful?
Dont worry 'most' people in South America are under the impression that the English are nothing short of 'awful' when it comes to football, its a 'stereotype' that seems to have become entrenched over there, they genuinly believe that the English are inferior players that are only capable of running and playing long ball, like most 'stereotypical' views it will be hard to change.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Englands 2nd division is filled with more talent than every South American league except from Brazil and Argentinas top clubs.

Are you telling me Rooney, Wilshire, Ashley Cole, Joe Hart etc aren't world class players? And a few years ago Gerrard, Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Terry were up there with the best in their positions.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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thats a common misconception of Brazilian football, that they play that "joga bonito" style when in reality they are a very defensive minded team usually employing two holding midfielders and many of the coaches in the brasilerao are also very defensive minded

sure they have the occasional flair player like a Ronaldinho or Neymar, but the majority of brazilians are not like that
Yes, that's actually true. People watching the Brazilians play on World Cups always expect to see the most phenomenal things, the most dazzlingly brilliant football, while most of the time I've been rather disappointed after watching their games. Give me Spain over Brazil any day of the week.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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Ireland: **** league. **** national team
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