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. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author. Other e-books written by Jack Martinez that you can read: “Children of the sun” a true Andes mountains story by Jack Martinez, Amazon.com writer http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003MQMQXI “Condors of the Grand Canyon” a wildlife story written by Jack Martinez, Amazon.com author - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003T0H984 “How to Improve your college Studying” by Jack Martinez, Amazon.com writer http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003QTDL1C Tactics, by definition are minute to minute previously studied, planned and executed routine actions that must be taken by a soccer playing team, in order to count goals, get an advantage over the adversary and win a game. Any Soccer World Cup team will do that, but what separates the boys from the men is strategy. We have seen so many times during the World Cup games how the losing team sunk into a deep crisis, right after the first goal was suffered, consequently, without making any changes on the field that would indicate a different posture to face the adversary. Case in point, the match between Germany and Argentina, where Messi briefly tried by himself to change the rehearsed playing routine, that had been carefully studied by German strategists days before. Messi showed a tremendous insight and was inspired when he alone, decided during the second half, to attack the German formation on its flanks, something that hadn’t been performed in previous games and was not a forecast maneuver or technique that Germans were expecting. Suddenly, all changed, the formal tactical plan and trajectory of the Jabulani was a
dangerously unknown threat to the Germans. Too bad that Messi was alone on the game, because his team mates didn’t give him the needed support, when penetrating the thick Germanic lines of defense. Otherwise, the final score would have been different. The same strategic mistake appeared when Germany played against the Spanish “Fury” After receiving the first and only goal of the game, the German squad realized that the possibility of failure and returning home in an unplanned manner was real. Germany got lost on the field, didn’t make strategic corrective changes and predictably lost the game to Spain. Call it lack of experience of a young German team (average age of players was about 21 years) or, call it bad luck, the thing is that Germany sunk into the same error that the Argentines had made few days before. You don’t win soccer games with fancy foot play, or brute strength, but with strategic planning to make timely changes of tactical nature. I might add that tactical schemes cannot alone resolve sudden, not calculated actions that will appear during the game, reason why coaches must have a strategic plan B or C that will address such threat and the plan will include, among other measures, the replacement of low performance players. Some soccer teams want to win on the fancy foot play, the epic battle, and not on final outcome. This is a tremendous lesson for people in business though, always change your tactical position or scheme when adversity comes knocking the door, be smart and expand your mind to the future, to what might or will happen if you do not make the necessary changes. Reposition your team; make it look brand new, as if the game is starting all over again. The opponent will have a hard time discovering your strategies, and when it does it will be too late.