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Hugo Meisl's comments on the IX. Olympiad
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2021-03-11 12:25:29
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Hugo Meisl went to the Olympic Games, in Amsterdam, to watch some matches. After his return, he did not talk much about the tournament. However, he would mention his experience anyway, as the public wanted to know more. Meisl talked about the best teams, the difference between South-American football and the Central European forces. Meisl also selected the best XI.
In this article, Meisl mentioned three different classes of teams. The first one was the extraklasszis, which was formed by Uruguay, Argentina & Italy. The second one was average level, such as Belgium, Netherlands, Germany & Switzerland. The third group was called football embryos, formed by the weakest teams in the tournament.
When the comparison between the forces of South-America & Central Europe began, Meisl mentioned that the South American extraclass represents higher qualities than the Central European elite, only from a technical point of view, but their superiority in this direction is far from sufficient to fully balance the significantly more advanced strategy of Hungarian, Austrian and Czech football.
Meisl — tactically speaking — also mentioned that the conceptual shortcomings of the South American players escape the attention of the superficial public, but the expert soon sees that Uruguay & Argentina are tactically below players such as Konrád II., Gschweidl, Orth or Káďa.
The Italians, according to their game, produced a fine display only against Uruguay and Egypt, but were shockingly weak against the French and, for the first time, against the Spaniards.
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de Magnozzi Tarasconi
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As expected, the XI was formed by most South-American players. Only Raymond Braine and de Magnozzi were in Meisl's team. According to Meisl, Scarone could replace Tarasconi, and Petrone could replace Braine. Nevertheless, he chose the Belgium and the Argentine as his first choices.