Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday 10: Lines from Klinsmann's Pre-Game Pep Talk

Editor's Note: We continue a great new feature on the Free Beer Movement site. In collaboration with the quality soccer site, "The Other 87 Minutes" we present the "Tuesday XI" (and sometimes the "Tuesday Ten") a thoughtful list on a variety of topics in the world of soccer.

Make sure you head over to "The Other 87 Minutes" and check out all the... well... other great writing on their site. What do you think of the "Tuesday XI"? Let us know in the comments section!

Top 10 lines from Jurgen Klinsmann's pre-game pep talk. 

We hope we're not making this face Wednesday.
1. Remember, the most important thing is not whether you win or lose, it's whether you make me look good in my first game.

2. OK, so here's the gameplan. Give the ball to Clint and let him…wait, has anyone seen Clint?

3. I know it’s risky, going with an all-out-of-favor-with-their-clubs starting XI, but I’ve already put everyone’s CV’s on Craigslist already, so go get ‘em.

4. Now, the public is expecting a tactical masterstroke. Howard, you’re up top. Jurgen Klinsmann's Secret Identity

Klinsmann's Secret Identity
5. Yes, it really was all Jogi in Germany. No, that does not mean I will answer to Boo Boo.

6. Remember, our keys to the game: Never-say-dietude and stick-to-itiveness.

7. God I haven't done this in a while...[stretches]. Now, who are we playing?

8. Alright, we’re 2-0 down, but we have a long 45 minutes ahead of us…what? Yes I know it hasn’t started, but I was told it was the only way to motivate you, is it not?

9. Where did I leave that bottle of “Jurgen’s Secret Stuff”? They may take this game, but they'll never take...

They may take this game,
but they'll never take...
10. I don’t know what to say really. Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, must remember that great moments are born of great opportunity; what we do in life echoes in eternity, and I think you’ll find it’s the exact same measurements as our gym back in Hickory. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die and ducks always, always fly together. Eye of the tiger, boys.

About "The Other 87 Minutes"

What is this new site we're exposing you too? We'll let them explain:
The Other 87 seeks to provide something that’s not instant analysis or eve of matchday previews. Think of us as the good bits of your favorite soccer coverage: the profiles that examine what makes a certain player tick, the historical background that sheds some light on how the sport has evolved to the present day, the silly features that are more than just tacking names on a list, but considering and explaining why each one deserves to be there.
O87 wants to be a home for soccer writing that makes you think, but that also treats the game as just that, a game. The greatest game, the one we obsess over and fixate on, to the point where we can’t read that gas costs 3.43 a gallon without thinking of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winning team. But a game nonetheless.
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. The best players - the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards - will have the ball maybe four minutes. Lesser players - defenders - probably two minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball…. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” -Johann Cruyff

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