Traversa: The Diaries of Shadowstriker #3

De Gea, Morata, Illara, Isco, Thiago, Koke and so on

Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Isco. A Spanish generation of three glorious playmakers — roaming, deep-lying, advanced.

Their UEFA EURO U21 triumph of 2013 is now lost and forgotten, given to the times we live in. Yet four summers ago in Israel they confirmed there was life after Xaviniesta /Xabialonso/.

Let us now bring on the notion of national succesion.

Today, Spain has Saúl Ñíguez, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos to boast of. The next trio of indisputable talents. Though at recently finished UEFA EURO U21 the talent was not the case, as poetics is often being strangled by system.

A 4–2–3–1 system of German football, advocating fierce and intensive pressing.


Janik Haberer was supposed to be a striker /and yes, I verified this through FM17/. Yet the last games of the tournament, including the final, he paired Max Arnold in the deep midfield, acting as the main defensive midfielder, letting the Wolfsburg man to indulge in the creative phase of the game.

Lahm, T. Muller, Gonzalo Castro, Goretzka — and this is not the whole list of those versatile German soldiers…

Breitner, Beckenbauer, Matthaus, Sammer.

The chains of analogous players, produced by a single country, have nothing to do with hasty generalizations or stereotyping. It’s only a fact:

Typically tough Brazilian CBs — Alex, Dante, Thiago Silva, Douglas (one of many), Lucio;

DMs — Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Emerson, Dunga;

Magicians — Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Neymar;

Or, another example — not really bright/ intellectually/ English wingers: S.Wright-Phillips, Wallcott, Ox, Sterling, A. Lennon… Just lacking some flair here.

…Argentinian Enganches and all-around strikers, Italian midfield maestros, Spanish silky and cheeky playmakers, German versatile soldiers, Flying and non-flying Dutch fine artists. And this particular list goes on and on…

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