Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Tuesday XI: "Proving to Daddy We’re Not a Fool" Edition

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 M
inutes" 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!

Inspiration from....

Some of you likely have a couple of more weeks before the schoolhouse doors open again, but here in Other 87 country, the big yellow buses are already lengthening our morning commute. Here’s a squad of famous students (and one teacher) in honor of the beginning of the school year, lined up in a Marcelo Bielsa 3-3-1-3:

Greatest American Goalkeeper?
GK - Ralph Hinkley — Alright, Mr. Hinkley, the one-time Greatest American Hero, is technically a teacher, but someone’s got to mind the net while all the kids are out running around. Has no trouble claiming crosses since — believe it or not — he can walk on air. 

LCB - Bill S. Preston, Esquire 
CB - Marty McFly 
RCB - Ted “Theodore” Logan — For all their general incompetence, our backline never seems to make a glaring error that leads directly to a goal. Plus, they’re good for morale, as Marty McFly and his Wyld Stallyns play concerts to entertain teammates. Works just as well on the field as in the dojo 

Works just as well on the field
as in the dojo
LWB - Daniel La Russo — Something of a fish out of water on the left, La Russo still has the ability to parry opposing attacks down that flank. Plus, you can probably guess how he takes the team’s free kicks. 

CDM - Squall Leonhart — Balaamb Garden’s finest, he can be a bit distant and a bit of an ass at times, but is a hard hitter in the center of the park. 

RWB - Max Fischer — Overeager and slightly annoying perhaps, but his enthusiasm and involvement in all areas of the pitch makes him a valuable part of the squad. 

CAM - Ender Wiggin — The youngest player on the pitch but still the captain and Fearless Leader. There’s no one better at manipulating space and opponents to draw them out and make them vulnerable to a killing stroke. 1. Step Over 2. Hip Swivel 3. Nutmeg 

1. Step Over 2. Hip Swivel 3. Nutmeg
LW- Ferris Bueller — Strengths: Adaptation, improvisation, incredible instincts for getting out of trouble. Weaknesses: Bit of a ball-hog. Stops constantly to explain to the crowd exactly what he’s doing. 

CF - Jimmy Chitwood — It may take him a while to round into form, but once he does his game is simple. He shoots; he scores. 

RW - Stephen Dedalus — Unlike his counterpart on the opposite wing, Dedalus tends to be ponderous, pausing on the ball before making his move. Yet his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery, and he has the ability to fly by whatever nets the defense sets before him. 

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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