Is Real Madrid’s Galacticos Strategy Outdated?

Real Madrid have built their reputation on fielding teams filled with “Galacticos.” Throughout soccer history every great player in their prime is linked, and maybe signed, by Real Madrid at some point in their careers. This reputation stems from the reign of Francisco Franco who was an avid Real Madrid fan and poured money into the club so they could field the best players from around the world. Players like Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and now Cristiano Ronaldo have graced the grounds of the Bernabeu and been a part of some of the greatest teams this world has seen. It is no surprise that the strategy of garnering the world’s greatest players can lead to a great team. This is why so many current teams that are rich with oil baron money are willing to spend massive amounts of money to get the best players for their team. It is simple math, great players equal a great team and a great team equals glory. However, at a certain point when does this strategy become too much? When does the desire for the best players obfuscate the more important need for the best team?

There’s a reason young children like shiny new things, because they are eye-catching and foreign to them. The problem with children and shiny new things is that once the child finds a newer shiny object the appeal of the old shiny object loses its luster. In this metaphor Real Madrid is the child and the shiny new objects are the breakout players around the world. Last year the shiny new object was Gareth Bale and this year it is James Rodriquez, the Colombian breakout star of the World Cup. James Rodriguez is undoubtedly a prodigious talent with a very high ceiling. Although he has very few years of top flight European experience, his showcase during the World Cup has proven that he is capable of being a very special player. It is no wonder that teams around the world wanted him. The odd thing is not that Real Madrid admired his talents, but that they were willing to pay a transfer fee upwards of £71m to get a player they do not really need. Real Madrid currently has a wealth of attacking talent to draw from. They don’t need James Rodriguez. By bringing him on, Real Madrid will most likely have to sell Isco and Angel Di Maria to fund the transfer due to Financial Fair Play rules. Angel Di Maria was a key reason why Argentina advanced as far as they did in the World Cup and was the MVP of the Champions League final and Isco is one of the most promising young talents that Real Madrid has on their roster. By getting a young attacking talent in James Rodriguez they are getting rid of one of their best players and a young star with a high ceiling. These losses coupled with the potential loss of the more defensively minded Sami Khedira will more likely weaken Real Madrid rather than strengthen it. It could turn out that Real Madrid was better off refraining from the shiny new object and focusing on strengthening the weaker parts of their squad.

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Real Life Reenactment Of The FIFA Video Game

This is a very well done video of a reenactment of the FIFA video game if it were played in real life. I know what most of you are thinking, “Isn’t a reenactment of the FIFA video game just a regular soccer game?” That is technically true but this game incorporates the camera angle, the colored diamonds over the players heads, the celebrations, and even the voice of Martin Tyler. After watching this video I’m jealous that all the real life soccer games I play don’t have Martin Tyler commentating over them.

Carlos Lobatón Scores Golazo For Sporting Cristal In Peru

I have no idea who this player is. Apparently he’s 34 so there’s not much chance we ever see him move to a league outside of Peru. Nevertheless that takes nothing away from the goal which is an absolute strike. The goalie is out of position but even if he was further back I doubt he gets on the end of this. You have to respect the goalie’s dive towards the end. Even if you can’t get it you have to at least lay out for it and try, if nothing else it makes you seem at least a little less culpable.

Arsenal Players Try To Imitate New York Accent

In preparation for our friendly against the New York Red Bulls, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini attempt famous New York phrases in their best New York accents.

After listening to these horrible imitations  I can see why Arsenal doesn’t tour the United States that often…

 

Rory McIlroy Tells Pro-Liverpool Crowd He’s A Man United Fan And It Does Not Go Well

Terrible idea Rory, just terrible. You are playing at Royal Liverpool, do you think the fans are going to enjoy hearing a Manchester United fan won in Liverpool? He should just be glad he didn’t mention this during the tournament or else he would have been booed at every shot.

h/t SB Nation

Seattle Sounders Make A Wish Come True, Let Xander Bailey Start Against Tottenham

 

This is incredible. These Make A Wish videos always get me because they clearly mean so much to these kids. It’s also great to see pro athletes humanized  and show how big a role they play in the lives of kids. Like it or not, athletes are role models and the ones in these Make A Wish videos always live up to their billing. What makes this Make A Wish so special though is they actually let the kid in the game. Granted it was a friendly and he only played like thirty seconds, but imagine the memories this kid will have for the rest of his life. A brave kid such as him deserved this and I find myself becoming a Seattle Sounder fan just because of how well they enacted this scenario.

h/t Fox Soccer