Post by WhatsTheMata on Jun 26, 2015 11:17:52 GMT
Their managers recently haven't been great. That, as we sadly know, makes a big difference even to good players.
That's a problem faced by South American national teams in general. No team can build an identity by changing their manager at every four years like it is done, I hate that. Germany took 10 years to build a team to win the silverware in 2014, this is unimaginable for AFA. Another thing I never understood very well is the blind pride the population still feel for their national team. If you tell AFA to point out a foreign manager, they'll cut your head. It took Brazil that horrible WC shame to make people consider a foreign manager, to which CBF said no, immediately. Argentina has no such embarrassments as a recent 7-1.
Plain and simple - to South American nations who carry World Cups on their backs, nothing but winning another one is acceptable, otherwise almost everyone is labeled as crap. Argentina has this mentality too. Then, to try to please the angry fans after a disqualification in a competition, corrupted federations bring in known names - look at the rotation of Scolari/Parreira/Dunga/Gallo in Brazil. Maradona when appointed to coach Argentina. Uruguay keeps counting old glories, is thirsty to have them back. Then you have teams of less expression - like Chile and Colombia - that want to match those three very badly. The goal record counting by England with no expressive trophies is something that shocked me a little at first to be honest. If you tell that to an Argentinian, they'll tell you "ok but what trophies did he bring home?" Messi will be remembered as one of the greatest, but there will ALWAYS be "Messi or Maradona?" If he doesn't bring the cup home. One thing is on their favor though - the streets get very cheerful at those times visit Argentina as a Brazilian and vice versa around those times is very interesting and fun.
All of this is sad indeed, but it still surprises me how Argentina gets NOTHING. I can't remember the last time they won something important.