Soccer

How has soccer changed since the 2014 World Cup?

Posted On: Jun 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Yardbarker

“Show the world you can be better than Messi”, said Germany manager Joachim Low when he subbed on then 22-year-Mario Gotze in the 88th minute of the 2014 World Cup Final against Argentina. Gotze's match winning goal in the 113th minute off Andre Schurrle's cross was the culmination of a generation of grassroots football foresight and planning. But in an example of how fast the game moves in four years, neither the 26-year-old Gotze nor the 27-year-old Schurrle were named to the current Germany side after each struggled with fitness and form in their years since their Brazil moment.Belgium carries the burden of a generational rebuild this time around with 15 out of 23 players returning from their 2014 roster, but overarching tactical and ideological battles have largely given away to the pragmatism of a long club season. If 2010 crowned Spain's tiki taka era, and 2014 legitimized Germany's counterpress, 2018 is a vestige of the style from four years ago. We look to the club game for cues on on the direction of

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