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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Bastian Schweinsteiger

German football clubs, shall we say politely, generally import their creative players into the otherwise dreary Bundesliga. Now the Germans have what the Dutch have in Arjen Robben, Italy has with Totti, the Nigeria in Okocha and the Portuguese in Christiano Ronaldo: players which alone can change a match.

With Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich and the German national side have a player in this playmaking role. Expect him to figure heavily in Germany 2006 for the World Cup.

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Blogger Titan said...

I disagree with you on two counts:
1) I like Schweinsteiger. I've written about him and really do like him, but he's certainly no Robben or Okocha, and on his best days he might approach the form of a Totti or Ronaldo. Schweinsteiger lacks creativity. He's too bullish. The other players you've named use their speed and creativity to create options for themselves and their teammates, whereas Schweinsteiger, good as he is, rushes into a situation and creates chaos. That's certainly commendable, but it's not comparable to Robben's runs or passing or the charm of Okocha in the open field.
2) The Bundesliga is anything but dreary. Look at the numbers. Thus far, the Premiership sides have scored 619 goals in 239 matches, for an average of 2.590 goals per match. Thus far in the Bundesliga, 475 goals have been scored in 162 matches, for an average of 2.932 goals per match. Say what you will about the Bundesliga, but it is hardly 'dreary'.

Titan
http://blogsoccerblog.blogspot.com/

1/24/2005 5:54 AM  
Blogger Titan said...

Take a look at this link:http://blogsoccerblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/dreary-bundesliga.html

Titan
http://blogsoccerblog.blogspot.com/

1/24/2005 12:31 PM  

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