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Dr. Káďa, 1947: The secret of a football team's success

Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-08-17 13:57:27

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— Dr. Karel Pešek-Káďa | 1947 —

Love for sport and self-knowledge is an important condition for achieving success. I play the sport I love because I enjoy it, and then I can get profit and other pleasures from it, but the opposite is detrimental to the sport and sports performance and is the cause of demoralization. Before I start practicing my sport, I go for a medical examination to see if my health is suitable for it; if not, I play a different game and I can't leave the sport disgusted. There are plenty of other sports in the world that my health is good enough for. It is not conceivable that a weak boy should seek his fortune in football. Everyone in the world can excel, but they must first find themselves.
Neither poverty nor illness prevents partial success. However, the character must be strong. The will and conscientious performance of sports under the guidance of an instructor leads to a certain goal over time and thus to the desired success. The one who has talent, which is an inborn thing, will reach the goal much sooner, and the one who lacks talent, will achieve at least partial success through conscientious work. Sport is for the whole nation and not everyone can be a born talent. From work, whatever it is, for example sports, health grows, from health comes contentment, contentment is the source of all joys. A noble mind is the builder of a healthy fit body. Choosing the right players requires expertise. The members and sometimes not even the club committee, apart from small exceptions, do not have them.
Therefore, there must be a coach or leader who knows well the football and the people from whom he has to select players for his team. After each game, he must have a small conference with the whole team, where he talks about the good and bad things that happened in the team. These conversations have an extraordinary value, because through them the trainer gets to know people more closely, and knows them better, and can guide them more easily. The price of each player should be judged according to how he can blend in with the team. No player is worthy of praise or reward and is priceless until he becomes a good member of the team. If I accept a new player, I will get information about his behavior and how he leads his life beforehand. Everyone has to learn, no matter how long they have been active in football. The coach, manager and all players must be aware of this. The coach's effort is to get as much as possible not only from their legs, but also from their brains. Any team can drop in performance extremely easily. They need to be watched like a thermometer. I'm convinced that seventy-five percent of players don't play as well as they could because they don't have enough confidence. Sometimes it happens that the one who is praised loses his head. Sometimes it even happens that a very young player starts to think that he already knows and knows everything and that he no longer needs to learn anything. It usually goes badly. Conceit is both foolish and harmful. Everyone can prove to be a perfect player only in the game, and not by what they think about themselves.
You all know very well that in sports you fight with or without luck. But it also shows that sport has no borders, it lives its own life without politics as a missionary of human friendship. A COACH SHOULD NOT BE JUST A PUSHED FIGURE
Football in our country goes forward on its own, and therefore it is not surprising that its decline is more permanent than we thought, and only occasionally, and even after a long time, it sometimes flashes back to its former glory. History proves to us in football that we encounter such a decline from time to time in every nation, especially at the turn between the old and new football generations. This goes without saying, but we must not stay in the decline for too long, otherwise the decline becomes protracted, difficult to recover from, and the result is that we fall into a pit of mediocrity from which it is difficult to get out, and thus we become a mediocre nation, with whom we then does not seriously count prominent international enterprises.
However, we cannot and must not allow this to happen when we remember how important a role we played in football on the international arena, among the Central European nations. One of the reasons that would help prevent a more permanent decline in our football would be enough capable coaches. I don't mean to say that coaches would prevent a more permanent decline in football, that they can teach someone to kick if they don't have the necessary skills and prerequisites for it. We have to admit that we suffer from a lack of capable coaches who would be armed for their function with both theoretical and practical knowledge. We live in a time when we can not only put our internal football affairs, on which the rise of Czechoslovak football depends, in order, but equip football in such a way that it is fully sufficient to fulfill the next tasks, which has not been the case so far.
The training of coaches is to be taken care of by the sports headquarters, which controls the destinies of our football in our country.
1. It is necessary to set up a seminar for coaches. All coaches who want to run their activity for the good of football, either voluntarily or for money, would go through it without exception; in it they would receive from the best experts the knowledge needed for their function. 2. Make an approximately uniform training program in winter and summer for both amateur and league clubs. 3. If the cadre of permanent trainers is not enough, it is necessary to join them with other instructors who would go through the same school. 4. Let the clubs, upon request, choose the person they like best to carry out the training. 5. Let a trained instructor or coach have unlimited power in assembling the team. In this way, we will have enough coaches in time and they will improve the level of the game both technically and tactically, so better results will be shown. Let the experienced coaches do the work and don't talk them into work and team formations! They certainly understand it more than those who have barely played football and want to make decisions.
The coach must therefore not be a stuck-up figure in front of whom officials bask when there are successes, and behind whom they hide when unprofessional interventions do not work. The coach must have the technical side of the team firmly in his hands and instruct them from the first goal kick to the most diverse charms of football art and exemplary social behavior. An experienced coach has to unlearn rashness on the wing, which is a greater danger for photographers than for the goal, just as he has to make sure that the players do not provoke the referee and the audience with their rudeness.
In addition to all this, it is necessary to equip the coach not only with the full confidence of all officials and players, but also with complete full power. Otherwise, the function of a coach has no general value and is often more of a detriment to the club than a desirable benefit. DIFFERENT SYSTEMS IN FOOTBALL
In the game of football, players have to face different systems of all possible nations, but none of them are perfect, each has its strengths and weaknesses, and each is correct, whatever it is, only if you have the right players. During my sporting career I have had the opportunity to play all over Europe against different teams and systems and I will introduce you to some of those systems here. THE SCOTTISH SYSTEM
It is no exaggeration to say that the Scots play the most perfect football in the world today. They are based on the principle that ground balls must be served accurately, always to a free player in a given situation, because that way it can be easily processed without much work and effort and quickly score goals with them in front of the goal. They play in a W system, insiders pulled back a little to their half-back line, centre-forward and both wingers up front. This system requires a centre-forward to have great skills, such as impeccable ball technique, speed, fearlessness, ferocity, forward movement with the ball and shooting readiness. The wingers are quick in carrying balls to the enemy's goal and accurate in crossing. The most difficult task in this system is placed on the insiders, which are the connecting and driving lever between the own half-backs and the offensive line. The inside forwards must excel in speed, endurance, ball technique, fighting potential, and these qualities require a good physical fund. Half-backs usually play defensively so that the centre-half is moved between the two defenders. The defenders are good in Scottish teams and usually decide the result with the attacking line. The goalkeepers, with few exceptions, are average. THE ENGLISH SYSTEM
The English system remains basically the same except that against the Scots the English resort too often from the ground game to playing half-high and high balls. It's a no frills system, simple, fast and very heavy. This system requires special attention, ball techniques, not to mention the game with the head, because the system itself requires it the most. The English play manly football, but not insidious and raw. THE HUNGARIAN SYSTEM
The Magyars have owed much to their reputation in recent years, having long since passed their peak. However, this does not matter, because we know very well that the rise and fall in football passes over time from one nation to another, as history proves to us. Hungarians have mostly adopted the English system, which best suits their nature and temperament. Against the English, they have a great advantage in the half-back line, which plays both offensively and defensively, which has the great advantage of supplying the attacking line with frequent and well-worked balls. The shooting power of their offensive line is very good. THE AUSTRIAN SYSTEM
The Austrians chose something from the Scots system for their attacking line and something from English, and because they have impeccable techniques in attack and are good shooters, they always achieve good results. They have retained the W system and their insiders have a task made easier by the fact that the half-back line supports the attack with frequent and well-worked balls. This allows the insiders to put as much power as possible into attacking actions and secure victory for their colors with well-aimed shots on goal. All series are quite balanced in their performances. The goalkeepers are first class. THE CZECHOSLOVAK SYSTEM
From the post-coup period until 1924, Czechoslovak football had no rivals on the continent. At this time, other European teams were defeated by Czechoslovakia's top clubs, especially A.C. Sparta and S.K. Slavia, by at least two goals. The crowd that came to watch the match debated, not how we would win, but by how much. The Czechoslovak system was self-developed, although we cannot forget that the Scots were our model after all. In our attack, the W system was not used before, but the attack of five forwards in one line. This system suited us as long as we had an unrivaled half-back line that could both support our own attack and defend at any given moment. Nowadays, when half-back lines have greatly reduced their performance, the W system is played by the vast majority, which places much less demands on the half-back lines. The Czechoslovak system requires accurate ground games, not high ones, because it does not suits neither our nature nor our temperament. THE ITALIAN SYSTEM
The Italians have made great strides in football in recent years. On the one hand due to the influence of foreign coaches, on the other hand the influx of South American players into their teams. They appropriated the English system, supplemented by special speed and hardness. Their forwards stand out for their fast, impeccable technique and shooting power. It is a nation that seeks victory for its colors at all costs. The quality of Italian football is evidenced by the fact that they twice won first prizes at Olympic tournaments. THE SPANISH SYSTEM
The Spaniards passed their culmination point in 1927 and can be compared to the Italians in terms of system, speed, hardness and temperament.
The Nordic nations, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Danes, the Swedes, the Norwegians, the Finns are only feared opponents in their homeland, but apart from the Swedes, they have not been able to do much abroad, probably due to the foreign environment. Of the southern nations, the Yugoslavs, Romanians, Bulgarians, Greeks, and Turks, the performances of the Yugoslavs and Romanians, whose game, system, speed, and toughness, can be most appreciated are among the Central European nations.
The question often arises as to which of these most used systems is good and which is bad. Please note that all systems are good if you win with them, there is no prescription here. It depends on the managers or coaches to choose one or another system according to the ability of individual players or wards. If the coach has five flawless technicians in the attack, he chooses the W system for them. The ball handler is the right or left insider. The right insider plays the long ball to the left winger and the left insider to the right winger. The right and left insider go forward with long ground balls or semi-high balls to the centre-forward. With this system, balls are passed long distances, accurately, and this requires players who excel in impeccable ball technique. Passing balls a long distance and accurately is much more difficult than a short one. If the coach does not have five impeccable technicians in the attack, he chooses the Y system for them, five forwards in one line. With this system, short passing is practiced, which is easier and does not require perfect ball techniques. A lot depends on the choice of system and you need to choose one that would suit not only the attackers, but also the whole team. The wrong choice of system also brings bad results. SCHEMATIC REPRESENTATION OF THE ATTACK SYSTEMS — most used throughout Europe today — Y system.
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W system.
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M system.
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C system.
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T system.