> > > The goal is to win and get to the final. It doesn't have to be
> > pretty.
> > > Offense sells tickets but Defense wins titles.
> > Not necessarily.
> > In the last 50 years, Italy won one WC and no European Cup, which is the
> > same mark as England and France and way below the mark achieved by
> > more offensive-minded countries such as Brazil, Argentina or Germany.
What a bunch of crap.
1968 European Championship: Italy 1 Yugoslavia, replay: Italy 2 Yugslavia 0.
In the last 50 years, which European countries have the most success?
Not counting Euro 2000:
champions final final four
1. Germany 6 (3EC, 3WC) 5 (2EC, 3WC) 4 (2EC, 2WC)
2. Italy 2 (1EC, 1WC) 2 (0EC, 2WC) 3 (2EC, 2WC)
3. France 2 (1EC, 1WC) 0 5 (2EC, 3WC)
4. USSR 1 (1EC) 3 (3EC) 2 (1WC, 1EC)
5. Holland 1 (1EC) 2 (2WC) 4 (2EC, 1WC)
6. Czech 1 (1EC) 2 (1EC, 1WC) 2 (2EC)
7. England 1 (1WC) 0 3 (2EC, 1WC)
8. Spain 1 (1EC) 0 1 (1WC)
You may not like the Italian style. I don't like it either. But the name of
the game is to win, not to get style points. In that regard, Italy
is the second most successful country in the past 50 years.
The way to crush the Italian style is to make it unsuccessful.
that's very difficult. As long as it is successful, it will be used.