How long has the "ugly/direct" vs "right way/possession is best" debate existed?
Anonymous Posted Aug 4, 2012 9:49 AM
I love the game and grew up playing, but I have been around club soccer for just a few years - as a parent. All I ever hear from my kid's coaches and DOC's, at camps, clinics, etc.. is that "we don't play direct". Meanwhile, everybody seems to Do the opposite of what they Say.
Clearly it's all talk. What I wonder, is whether this has been a recent change of philosophy (to try to emulate Barca, Arsenal, the Dutch) or whether is been talked about for decades? Any long timers who can say?