...in time. After a fan comment stated the belief that Liverpool could not gain the success of Barcelona because 'Barcelona are Barcelona' what does that even mean? How did Barcelona get their and why shouldn't Brendan Rodgers try everything in his power to emulate such success at Liverpool?
After a recent post about Liverpool’s main ambition for the season being to finish above cross-city rival’s Everton one fan, of an ambiguous following, posted this comment on the subject matter…
TheRedChristmasTree • a day ago −
Not being relegated should be Liverpool's main target this season. Barcelona are Barcelona that's why they are the most talented group of players in the world not just anybody can gain the success they do playing that style of football.
While I disagree with the relegation remark I disagree with the secondary remark even more especially the ‘Barcelona are Barcelona’ argument.
There appears to be this bizarre belief that Barcelona are the best team in the world through some kind of divine right, that once enrolled in La Masia you will go on to super-stardom and win countless Champions League medals, Balon D’Or’s and so on when it simply isn’t the case.
While Barcelona are 112 years old the same cannot be said for La Masia, which first came to prominence in 1979 and the reason behind the change was one man, Johan Cruyff.
While Barcelona as a club have always been a sign and symbol of Catalan defiance the style of play they currently adopt didn’t come as a birth right, in fact towards the end of the 1960’s Helenio Herrera, the founding father of the defensive Italian style of play known as Catenaccio was at the helm during a period of inner turmoil at the Catalan giants
When Cruyff arrived it must be noted that Barcelona had not won La Liga in 14 years, a feat achieved in his first season which included a 5-0 El Clasico victory in the Bernabeu. But the European Cup, a competition dominated by Real Madrid in the ‘50s was still elusive to Barcelona.
Cruyff wanted to enhance the youth team at the club to a level he had previously been accustomed to at former side Ajax. As well as that he wanted to adopt a distinct mixture of the ‘tika-taka’ Spanish style and the Dutch total football of which he was a pioneer and upon his recommendation La Masia was born.
In 1988 Cruyff returned as manager and the first signs of success from La Masia were emanating with the likes of Albert Ferrer and Pep Guardiola in the side as he lead Barca to Four La Liga titles on the bounce and that elusive European Cup in 1992.
The point I am trying to make is that Barcelona are not just Barcelona and that is it the end of it. They were formed after the genesis of many different cultural, tactical and progressional methods moulded together to create a magnificent youth system, with a footballing philosophy the world is now in awe of and a magnificent scouting model for players that fit the bill perfectly; players such as Lionel Messi didn’t sign for Barcelona for Barcelona’s sake they did so because they were meticulously scouted and developed, despite issues over size, immigration and family.
Barcelona was not born great; they created this current team slowly and it all started with the signing of one man almost 40 years ago.
So teams like Barcelona can be replicated but it just might not fit in with the instant success model of this modern world.
Upon the entrance to La Masia used to sit proudly a picture of three of their most infamous and first graduates way back at the start of the 1990’s Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer and Pep Guardiola with an inscription underneath that is, I feel appropriate to the argument; it read:
‘’With effort and sacrifice, you can also make it. Just do it, it is worth it!’’
What are your thoughts?
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