The BARCA Way of Playing
"Nothing in this world is forever." I am paraphrasing one sports commentator who announced the defeat of the Spanish team in its second game against Chile in its group in the last World Cup, after the devastating loss in the hands of the Dutch. It was obvious that the Spanish national team were suffering from aging, tired, and injury-prone players. Their defeat already had been heralded by the disastrous performance of the FC Barcelona (BARCA) team in the last season: they were completely trophy-less, with the exception of the minor Supercopa in Spain. They were beaten by their archrival Real Madrid in both the King's Cup and the Champions League and succumbed to Atletico de Madrid in the Liga. Since seven of the lead players in the Spanish national team were from BARCA, it wasn't a surprise that "its remarkable run of success (two consecutive European League titles and the World Cup of 2010) had to come to an end eventually" as an AFP report predicted a few days before the start of the last World Cup. I would, however, disagree with those who are mourning the death of tiki-taka, the positional and possession-based game based on team work and precision passing that won for the Catalan team under the management of Pep Guardiola fourteen trophies in four seasons, a record that would be very difficult for any team in the world to beat.