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Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-09-17 16:07:28

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In the article I wrote about the scientific game, I did not specify more aspects and examples of this methodical football. As I have already mentioned, the scientific game is the game thought through, when the player makes the best decision in the face of other choices, when actions are calculated to save time and energy, both his own and that of his teammates. On some occasions, when the player has an advanced tactical sense and is aligned with an outstanding technique, the movements of the scientific game are even unexpected by the vast majority who see the game — genius.
Scientific game is not just ground game and short pass; these are the main methods, but not the only ones. However, given the previous definition of what a scientific game is, other methods that were not seen as essential are also considerable. Long pass, for example, is an essential method for this style of play.
In 1937, around the Central European Cup of that year, Robert Lang, one of the coaches of F.K. Austria, wrote an article commenting on the public's view of the new addition to F.K. Austria's style — the long pass. Yes, Die Violetten had started to execute long passes, but targeted, thought, analyzed and precise.
There is no need to pass the ball to each teammate on the way to the goal — to the player initially intended. After all, if time and energy can be saved in this aspect, why not apply the long pass?
As I write this article, I watch some UEFA Champions League matches and, by sheer reason of fate, one move serves as a perfect example for this column; the third goal of the Paris Saint-Germain team. Verratti received the ball, looked to the side and saw Neymar ready to receive a long and incisive ball, which would leave the Brazilian in perfect conditions to score. Imagine if Verratti and the Pariense team were to pass the ball to each player until it would eventually reach Neymar, obviously he would no longer be in a position to score the third goal.
Long pass can also be part of the scientific game. Too bad it was something somewhat neglected in the early days of football development on the continent, especially in Central Europe, where this option came late.
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