It is tempting to go for the winning coach & Italy were unquestionably very well drilled, so Lippi is a fair shout.
Hiddink was impressive as ever, but rather blotted his copy-book with the selection of the custodian for the final group game. Scolari's Portugal were hard to beat, but played with a crippling lack of ambition. Pekerman made some appallingly negative changes in Argentina's QF & his team was rightly punished.
For mine tho, it's the dive bomber himself, Herr Klinsmann. Germany played with a joy that one doesn't immediately associate with the great but boringly, ruthless efficient German teams of yore. I know they reached the final last time, but with knock-out games v Paraguay, the US & South Korea they jolly well should have. I rememeber watching Ballack & thinking "you're too good for this mob, son"; this time, however the younger Germans have raised thier game to his standards. In Lahm, Frings, Schweinsteiger (sp?) & Podolski they have a core of talented young players who will all be closer to their peak in 4 years. He may've vacated, but Jurgen's left a golden inheritence.
Now watch them employ Toppmöller and leave Lahm with standing orders never to move further than his own penalty area.Quote:
Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
klinsman was awesome very exciting football he madeQuote:
Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
Hiddink and Klinnsman for me. Pekerman ruined it for his team, by making defensive changes as Brumby pointed out, I thought Scolari managed pretty well actually, just beaten by a better team on the day.
Originally Posted by cricketboy29
Using Ronaldo as a lone centre forward when chasing the game against 10 men. Genius.
Repeating the dose in the next game when it failed spectacularly. Give the man the noble prize for science :unsure:
Hahaha, Unless it's sports science you're talking about, I'm not sure why you would want to. I'd definitely give him a star for creativity though...:P
Guss Hidink, he was incredible..
I don't think anyone who even considered Zeljko Kalac as fit to grace the World's greatest statge is worth mentioning...
Plus using a one man advantage for 40 minutes to... sit back and hope for extra time.Quote:
Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
Klinsmann and Hiddink, head and shoulders above the pack. Klinsmann first though, because of the Kalac blunder.