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Dazzling Germany’s Performance in


the FIFA World Cup 2010 –
The Secret of Synchronization
and Why Was Maradona Defeated:
Biomechanical Point of View
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Why was Maradona defeated by
Germany?
• The keyword is team-synchronization. The
most important quality of any high-
performance team is synchronization. Joachim
Low, the German coach, knew how to
synchronize both his team’s defense and (even
better) their fast counter-attacks. Diego
Maradona, however, did not understand this
concept.
• As a player, Maradona was one of the greatest talents in the
history of the game. And being a talent means: “don’t think,
no tactics, no strategy, simply do everything subconsciously”
- as this is the most efficient way. And that’s great – for the
very few rare occasions when it actually works. It worked for
Pele in Sweden 1958; for Paolo Rossi in Spain 1982; for
Maradona himself in Mexico 1986; for Ronaldo in
Korea/Japan 2002; and it almost worked for Johan Cruyff in
Germany 1974. And that’s all. If you have a superstar on
your team, you need to feed him the balls in order to utilize
his qualities - not the other way around. This year, it didn’t
happen; it didn’t happen for Cristiano Ronaldo, so Portugal
had to leave early; and it didn’t happen for Lionel Messi, so
Argentina had to leave after the quarter-finals.
Argentina’s defense was not
synchronized, and so it was easily
penetrated by German goal-scorers.
Argentina’s attack was not synchronized,
so they could not score a goal. Their
whole team was not synchronized
around Messi, so he did not produce the
expected high performance – pretty
much the same as with Cristiano
Ronaldo before.
Team synchronization, both in defense and in (counter-
)attack, is crucial for high performance. The youthful
German team has several players capable of penetrating
any defense (like Schweinsteiger) and scoring goals
(Muller, Klose). When they are synchronized, they
become an invincible counter-attack machinery.
Furthermore, their defense is synchronized full-time.
Poor Maradona didn’t have a clue about this
synchronization, and was consequently defeated.
So, what is synchronization – scientifically?
… to be continued:-)
Background
• Germany is historically one of the three most
successful national teams at international
competitions, having won a total of three World
Cups and three European Championships.
Besides, they were runners-up three times in
the European Championships, four times in the
World Cup, and also won three 3rd places in the
World Cup.
• In the past, Germany had a number of famous
players, to mention just the first three:
Background
• Franz Beckenbauer - “Der Kaiser” - the only
man to become the World Cup winner both as
a player and as a coach. In 1999, he was voted
second place (behind Johan Cruyff) in the
European player of the Century election held
by the IFFHS and he was voted third (behind
Pelé and Cruyff) in the IFFHS' World Player of
the Century election.
Background
• Gerd Muller – “Der Bomber” - the greatest goal-
scorer of the modern era, who scored an
amazing 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany
during the 1970s, including the win in the 1974
World Cup Final against the Cruyff’s “total-
football”; and
• Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, honoured twice as
European Footballer of the Year, a runner-up
player in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and at the
1986 World Cup.
Germany’s hypothetical pathway to
the champions’ title
The present youthful German team
• Under the superb leadership of the coach Joachim
LOW, with the captain Philipp LAHM and highly-
efficient goal-scorers Miroslav KLOSE and Thomas
MULLER, the new team has all the potential to
repeat their famous former glory and win the FIFA
World Cup for the fourth time. This prediction is
based on their last two impressive matches against
the previous world champions: England and
Argentina. This young German team is a strong
reincarnation of both Beckenbauer’s “chess-
football” and Cruyff’s “total-football.
Round of 16 against England
(4:1, Match 51 - 27 June)

Tactical players’ positions: top-Germany, bottom-England


Goals:
• Miroslav KLOSE (20'), Lukas PODOLSKI (32'),
Thomas MULLER (67', 70'), and Matt UPSON (37')
- for England
• Joachim Low's youthful side built a two-goal lead
through early goals from Miroslav Klose and
Lukas Podolski and although Matthew Upson
reduced the deficit before the break, the
Germans made sure of their quarter-final place
when Thomas Muller concluded two lightning
breakaways with a quick-fire double midway
through the second half.
Quarter-finals against Argentina
(4:0, Match 59 - 03 July)
Germany’s Team
Goals:
• Thomas MULLER (3'), Miroslav KLOSE (68',
89'), Arne FRIEDRICH (74')
• In the third minute Germany scores their
opening goal:

• Schweinsteiger with the free kick followed by


the soft head-touch by Muller.
Coach: Joachim LOW
• Joachim LOW is one of the most popular coaches for
Germany of all time. With his natural, personable
style and class, he has secured a place in the hearts
of German football fans. However, it is Low's
outstanding technical knowledge, demonstrated by
his meticulous match preparations and razor-sharp
analysis, that has really impressed. His coaching
credentials have long been held in the highest
esteem. He prefers to take an introspective approach
before the match. "I like to go into myself," he said. "I
consider whether we have discussed everything. I
watch the players prepare. Then I normally get a
positive feeling.”
Leading players
(in order of their Castrol Index)
• Philipp LAHM: Date of Birth: 11 November 1983, Height: 170 cm,
Shirt number: 16, Position: Defender, Current club: Bayern Munich
(GER), International Caps: 70, International Goals: 4, Castrol Index:
9.79, First international: Croatia - Germany (18 February 2004). A
small man with a big role and reputation, Philipp Lahm rates as one
of the most consistent performers in the Germany squad. Lahm
embodies all the qualities expected of a full-back in the modern
game. Capable of covering prodigious amounts of ground, he is a
sound defender, more than comfortable with the ball at his feet,
and very much at home as an auxiliary attacker. His low centre of
gravity – he stands just 1.70 metres in his socks – makes him a
good dribbler, especially when cutting in from the flanks. The
Munich-born player is intelligent both off and on the field, where
he demonstrates astute tactical awareness and excellent positional
play. Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus believes Bayern
Munich's Philipp Lahm will prove a strong skipper at the World Cup
finals.
Leading players
• Thomas MULLER: Date of Birth: 13 September
1989, Height: 186 cm, Shirt number: 13, Position:
Midfielder, Current club: Bayern Munich (GER),
International Caps: 7, International Goals: 4,
Castrol Index: 9.56, First international: Germany -
Argentina (3 March 2010). Thomas Muller, a
Bayern Munich striker with the same surname as
legendary Gerd Muller ("Der Bomber"), has
exploded onto the top flight scene in his first full
season as a pro, and surely has the potential to be
a major discovery for Germany. Thomas has been
elected MAN OF THE MATCH with England. He is
the youngest player since Pele to score multiple
goals in a knockout round, and the youngest
German since Beckenbauer to do so in any game.
Leading players
• Miroslav KLOSE: Date of Birth: 9 June 1978,
Height: 182 cm, Shirt number: 11, Position:
Forward, Current club: Bayern Munich (GER),
International Caps: 100, International Goals:
52, Castrol Index: 9.38, First international:
Germany - Albania (24 March 2001). He was a
FIFA World Cup runner-up in 2002, came third
in 2006, and was a EURO runner-up in 2008.
He also claimed the Adidas Golden Shoe as
top scorer at the 2006 World Cup finals. All he
is missing is the most-prized trophy of them
all, and 2010 may be the year that is rectified.
Leading players
• Bastian SCHWEINSTEIGER: Date of Birth: 1 August
1984, Height: 180 cm, Shirt number: 7, Position:
Midfielder, Current club: Bayern Munich (GER),
International Caps: 78, International Goals: 21,
Castrol Index: 9.17, First international: Germany -
Hungary (6 June 2004). Bastian Schweinsteiger has
long since shed the tag of the up-and-coming star of
German football. Bastian has been elected MAN OF
THE MATCH with Argentina. The Bayern Munich star
provided the assists for Germany's first and third
goals and was imperious in midfield throughout the
match. In defence he was tenacious in the tackle and
going forwards he invariably made the correct pass at
the correct time.
Leading players
• Manuel NEUER: Date of Birth: 27
March 1986, Height: 190 cm, Shirt
number: 1, Position: Goalkeeper,
Current club: Schalke 04 (GER),
International Caps: 10, Castrol Index:
9.18, First international: United Arab
Emirates - Germany (2 June 2009).
Players
• Arne FRIEDRICH: Date of Birth: 29 May 1979,
Height: 185 cm, Shirt number: 3, Position:
Defender, Current club: Hertha Berlin (GER),
International Caps: 77, International Goals: 1,
Castrol Index: 8.88, First international: Bulgaria
- Germany (21 August 2002).
• Per MERTESACKER: Date of Birth: 29
September 1984, Height: 196 cm, Shirt
number: 17, Position: Defender, Current club:
Werder Bremen (GER), International Caps: 67,
International Goals: 1, Castrol Index: 8.41, First
international: Iran - Germany (9 October 2004).
Players
• Mesut OEZIL: Date of Birth: 15 October 1988,
Height: 182 cm, Shirt number: 8, Position:
Midfielder, Current club: Werder Bremen
(GER), International Caps: 15, International
Goals: 2, Castrol Index: 8.40, First international:
Germany - Norway (11 February 2009).
• Lukas PODOLSKI: Date of Birth: 4 June 1985,
Height: 180 cm, Shirt number: 10, Position:
Forward, Current club: FC Cologne (GER),
International Caps: 78, International Goals: 40,
Castrol Index: 8.37, First international:
Germany - Hungary (6 June 2004).
References:
• http://www.fifa.com/
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_%28video_
game_series%29
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA
• http://fifa.easports.com/home.action

Author: Dr. Tijana T. Ivancevic

A World-Class Expert in Complex Sports
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