Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of
the World Cup.
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Marcelo Bielsa - A Coach with a Stubborn Philosophy
The Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa appears to stick to his old system that
sent the Albiceleste packing for Buenos Aires after the disappointment in
Korea-Japan. Sometimes, it is worth to ask why Julio Grondona, the President
of Argentina Football Association, decided to keep Bielsa who brought shame
to Argentina’s Football? When coaches like Carlos Bianchi, Alfio “El Coco”
Basile and Dr. Carlos Bilardo could have been hired to bring back the glory
days of 1978 and 1986 back to the Rio Platense region. However, Grondona
decided to keep Bielsa to cause more pain to the fans of Argentina.
Each coach has his/her own philosophy, but when some strategies
do not work; then it is time to change them. If not, most likely the same
result will happen. Bielsa will not change his style of coaching, and
therefore will bring Argentina’s national team to the brink of disaster in
Germany 2006. Without doubt, Argentina will qualify for Germany 2006, but
that does not mean it is going to be easy for Bielsa and company. Being 2-0
against Chile and let Chile get back in it, this is not acceptable for a
country that is hungry of winning a third World Cup after twenty years. In
the second qualifier’s game, Venezuela could have easily caused an upset the
show if the Venezuelan strikers were up to par. If it were against Brazil
or Uruguay then it could have been all over for the men under the direction
of Marcelo Bielsa. It is quite unbelievable to see that after what happened
in Korea-Japan that Bielsa decided to use the same style of line-up against
Chile and Venezuela.
In 2006, Bielsa must know that he will face the giants of
Europe. He was taught a special lesson in 2002, but he refused to learn.
The only way Bielsa is going to learn that lesson is by sacking him as
Argentina’s national coach. Bielsa is a typical VanGaal. That VanGaal could
not even qualify Holland with all the Dutch superstars under his direction.
We saw what happened to FC Barcelona under Van Gaal. Soon, we shall see how
Bielsa will bring Argentina to her knees during his second reign. No one
in Argentina is worrying over Argentina not qualifying for the next World
Cup. They are worried over what will happen in Germany 2006. The future
looks very bleak for Argentina, but talented players like Aimar,
D’Alessandro, Riquelme, Saviola, or Tevez might be able to rescue Argentina
from this deep hole that it finds herself today.
Marcelo Bielsa is still calling players like Claudio Lopez and
Nelson Vivas while leaving out Carlos Tevez, the Boca Junior Superstar.
Claudio Lopez did not prove anything in Korea- Japan; none of his crosses
has ever found Batistuta or Crespo. Vivas, himself, who has not played a
good game for at least six months, received a call from Bielsa. To me, it
is quite unreasonable not to see any Boca Junior players in that squad. We
must remember that Boca is the best team in America and had won 3 world
championships in the past 5 years. It would have been great to hear Bielsa’s
explanation on this subject.
Another subject is the issue between Crespo and Saviola. We all remember
the saga between Batistuta and Crespo. Now we have to continue to deal with
the issue that Crespo and Saviola whom Bielsa refuse to line up these two
players together. The Grondonistas and the Bielsistas are ruining
Argentina’s football. It did not work in 2002, Bielsa! Now is the time to
change this unproven system by lining up the duo Saviola – Crespo on the
The great times of 1978 and 1986 are long overdue for Argentina’s fans. The
great times of Mario Alberto Kempes and Diego Armando Maradona are long
overdue. These great times may not happen if Bielsa remains at the helm of
the national team. The people of Argentina continue to show their
displeasure against Marcelo Bielsa, perhaps that will force him to resign
and hand the team to Carlos Bianchi. Having Bianchi at the helm of the
national team will restore prestige to Argentina’s Football and most
likely will guarantee a third world cup trophy that will bring back the
glory days to the Rio Platense region.
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