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Argentina Beat The World Champions Germany: 4-2
A strong Argentinian squad defeated Germany in a friendly by a commanding score 4-2.
This revengeful win came to an Argentinian side partnering with a new manager, Gerardo Daniel Martino, on his very debutant match against a German squad that won the World Cup beating Argentina 1-0.
Winning this friendly on September 3rd, 2014, has boosted both the new coach's tenure and the Argentinian squad to aim positive formations over other games!
Besides, this friendly was played on German's home soil! Indeed, it is not a happy friendly ending for Joachim Loew who would expect a more favorable outcome for the World champions Germany!
While there should not be any excuses for players who were sidelined with injuries on both sides, an arguable change in tactical formation might have plunged Germany to lose this key friendly at the hands of their arch-rivals Argentina!
Interestingly, this friendly has pronged to the fact that Argentina are tactically tough--even for the recent World champions Germany!
It seems, furthermore, that Argentina know how to prep for important bouts, especially against the rivals in order to prove that Argentina are to be feared in any games!
The USA squad, to make a point, was a better streak than Germany, dancing over the Czech Republic 1-0.
This must be a wonderful day for Argentina cruising over the World champions!
How Important Is FIFA Ranking?
FIFA Ranking has been misinterpreted and for this purpose I had written a number of articles which shined some light on this key element of soccer. These editions were commented on earlier posts, giving a brief tab relating to this ranking. Lamentably, I visited some sites in which I realized that most soccer fans who comment on soccer are based on non-inquisitive inclinations where a soccer match is judged emotionally rather than knowledge about the game!
While numerous soccer fans are in darkness in terms of why FIFA Ranking plays a mainstay in soccer, there are cagey fans/commentators who refer to this ranking in order to evaluate a soccer team. To that aspect of the game, you don't have to memorize the formula used by FIFA to assess the ranking of a team, but you may have to know the basis, at least!
Most people are confused, furthermore, when it comes to an international friendly match or an exhibition fixture. Some will say, e.g, 'this was just a friendly--so it's not that important'; nonetheless, FIFA Ranking would be quite useless whether they would say the same thing! Clearly, a friendly game is different from an exhibition game.
An international friendly match does count in FIFA Ranking! In fact, FIFA assigns points to a friendly, Confederation qualifiers match, World FIFA Cup winner. When you mention an exhibition game, points are not given--it is simply to entertain a particular event such as when an organization fosters help.
What, then, is in question about this FIFA Ranking?
FIFA Ranking can be reduced to this statement: FIFA Ranking is a system which evaluates points for matches relating to Importance, Strength, Confederation.
While I will let the calculation for those who work for FIFA, I will highlight only two main points of that ranking. Firstly, a team gets 1.0 for winning a friendly, which means this point is entered into the formula. Then, a FIFA World cup winner squad obtains 4.0--equally figured in the formula!
A friendly match counts in the ranking! For instance, Germany were crushed by Argentina on the last friendly on home soil--that, too, will aggregate in FIFA monthly ranking. Probably, you have heard the rant of some soccer fans stating: 'This friendly match did not look so friendly at all!' The answer is evident because you see how brutal the play is such as a rude tackle, etc. A good or a smart squad always takes a 'friendly' seriously!
International Friendlies: The Price To Be Paid
By Georges Jean--September 19, 2014
In addition to the above article in which I related to the importance of FIFA rankings, I want to further this pertinent notion for those who spout that there is nothing to gain by winning an international friendly. This ignoramus attitude has to be swayed, especially to soccer fans who comment in Yahoo soccer posts and some other commentary soccer blogs!
In view that the insinuation of an international friendly match is given preponderance by FIFA rankings, let us see what I venture to explain in relation to the rankings for this month of September 2014. Firstly, despite losing an international friendly match, Germany is still on top, being seeded in first place, while Argentina occupies the second place. Why is that? Because of the fact that Argentina did not accumulate enough points in earlier bouts, Argentina could not move ahead of Germany. Netherlands, however, drops in ranking because Netherlands lost two friendlies. We see, therefore, Colombia is now in third place instead of Netherlands! Do you see my point? Thus, saying that a squad benefits nothing from winning an international friendly match is more than being ignorant of the rankings!
Losing an international friendly means that a team may drop in points. Although a friendly match casts the fact that a manager will assess different tactics in other matches, it provides an opportunity to the players to display what they can do in tandem on the field. Basically, the manager will know which players he can opt for in significant future matches!
In conclusion, there is some importance to both the manager and his players winning an international friendly match.
Germany vs. Argentina
The World champions will take on Argentina today, Wednesday, September 3rd 2014. Time: 14:45
This friendly, between these two heavyweights, will be a test subsequent to the World Cup 2014 where Germany triumphed 1-0 over a resilient Argentinian squad.
I predict that the final result will be a win for Germany 2-1 Argentina. Although Bastian Schweinsteiger, the new German's skipper, is sidelined with injuries, I think that Joachim may present some of the young players!
On the other hand, Argentina will play without Messi due to injuries. This friendly is essential for both Germany and Argentina, since the well-prepared Argentinian squad were unlucky to win the 2014 World Cup facing a fierce-tactical German squad. How different Gerardo Daniel Martino, the new Argentina manager will be, after replacing Alejandro Sabella, is a point to see, especially in tactical formation.
Anyway, this friendly is important for both sides!
In addition, even though Germany demolished Brazil 7-1 over the semi-finals, Brazil might be back in 2018.
Meanwhile, the World of soccer should conceive that the top-world squads are: Germany, Argentina, Netherlands.
Friendly: Italy 2-0 Holland
Today's international friendly, September 4, 2014, squared Italy vs. Netherlands, where Italy edged out Netherlands 2-0. That match was played in Bari, Italy, giving a clear advantage to Italy.
Netherlands, if we recalled, had shined in the World Cup, only to succumb to Argentina over the semifinals. In fact, Netherlands could have been into the finals contending with Germany.
Netherlands, furthermore, missed a number of golden opportunities to win a few World Cups [1974-2010-2014].
However, I surmise that Holland will be victorious clinching a World Cup someday!
A thing that we should direct our attention to is that international friendlies are somewhat essential due to FIFA Ranking and to assess the stride of a squad. For instance, whether Argentina proceed on winning various friendlies, Argentina will shine over Germany in ranking.
Germany, losing to Argentina, in the latest friendly, will not resonate well on home soil. That will only indicate that Germany have to do better, especially competing against unrelenting rivals.
Similarly, Holland, the third-place World Cup winner, have to perform in a more positive fashion in order to move on the game! Progressing does not stop once a squad has ended the World Cup.
Finally, Holland may win a World Cup someday!