Mohun Bagan Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick said FIFA World Cup 2014 has been one of the most competitive World Cup’s that he has ever seen. Mr Bhowmick said, ‘I have earlier never seen superior teams facing such fierce competition in World Cup. Almost every game was extremely competitive and thoroughly enjoyable, more so from the Round of 16 onwards.’ ‘Most of the relatively weaker teams played brilliant football and hardly gave any space to the players of teams like Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Holland and others. If you look back at the tournament, all the four semifinalists faced a similar situation where they could have been knocked out earlier. The results of the Germany vs France, Brazil vs Chile, Argentina vs Switzerland and the Holland vs Mexico matches could have gone either way,’ he said. About the Champions, Subhash Bhowmick opined, ‘After the second World War, Germany was completely devastated. However, they have recovered brilliantly and not only in football, economically also they are the richest country in the European Union. Their country has innumerable talented footballers and this is a result of an excellent youth development system. They also had an advantage as seven key players of their squad plays together in German giants Bayern Munich. This was in a way similar to the last World Cup where several players of the Champions Spain were from Barcelona.’ He said, ‘If you look at Brazil, maximum players of their country plays in different European clubs. If you get 67 players from the same club, it automatically helps to enhance the performance of the National Team. Germany won the World Cup this year, but I am sure that they had set this target 1012 years back and made their preparations accordingly. However, having said all this, if Argentina could have capitalized on one of the 3 chances that they got in the final, the result could have been a different one.’
An admirer of Lionel Messi, Technical Director of the green and maroon brigade said, ‘Everybody knows that I am a big admirer of Lionel Messi. I feel he has been brilliant in this World Cup, as he single handedly helped Argentina to win most of the games in the tournament. However, in the final match, he was also guilty of missing a chance. The way Messi got past one of the best defenders of the World Cup, Mats Hummels, was extremely praiseworthy but somehow he failed to keep his angular shot within the target.’ In this big stage that is the World Cup final, that miss proved extremely costly. However, in my opinion, I don’t think that winning the World Cup is the only criteria to be among the alltime greats. Take the example of legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff, who is considered to be one of the 5 best footballers of all time in World Football. Even Cruyff has failed to win the World Cup. I feel though Messi will get another chance in the next World Cup,’ he added. Subhash Bhowmick signed off saying, ‘It was an wellcontested final match. Though Argentina got more scoring opportunities, Germany also played brilliant football and kept their calm and composure to score the winning goal at the fag end of the game. Argentine defense was flawless till then, but when the ball came to Mario Goetze, he was left completely unmarked by 2 defenders and he grabbed the opportunity by scoring that brilliant goal.’ ‘This is football, an easy miss or a momentary defensive lapse can cost you the game. However, I would like to give full credit to Germany as they have been very consistent throughout the tournament,’ Mr Bhowmick added.
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