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    Fantasisitis, an Italian Disease....

    There was a time when the Fantasista was the most celebrated player in Italian football... the protagonists, these were the real Gods in Italy, the ones who provided fantasy to the game.... a spark of colour in a sea of black & white, or the artists midst the atheletes... Rivera, Mazzola, Baggio, etc - the history of Italian football is not complete without reviewing its legendary "Fantasista". Sadly, not only are the fantasista disappearing from the modern Italian game, its now more like a disease which is destroying the most talented crop of Italian football talent.... a disease called Fantasisitis...

    Fantasista (the fantasy player) has been typically employed as the Trequartista in the last few decades... Trequartista (which literally means "three quarters" in Italian) is a role of a creative playmaker who plays in the "hole" between your midfield and attack (ie three-quarters up the pitch). In the last few decades, Azzurri sides were built around their trequartista... whether it be Baggio, Zola, Del Piero or Totti, this is where the Italian national side got most of its fantasy from... The regista, a deep lying half brother to the fantasista, being the other role which provides creativity. But while the regista has flourished in the modern Italian game, which Pirlo making this role his own for most part of last decade, the fantasista is becoming more of an endangered species...

    Last summer, the inconcievable happened... the Italian squad in the World Cup lacked any players who could play as a trequatista... there was NO FANTASISTA! Not that the Italians have stopped producing such players (we have all heard/screamed arguements about how Totti/Cassano/Miccoli/Rossi should have made the World Cup Squad). Its more to do with the fact that Lippi did not have any use of a fantasista in his modern gameplan. It wasn't the form/fitness of the existing Italian fantasista's, or their undeniable talent, that stopped them from making the World Cup Squad... They were just clearly suffering from a case of fantasisitis, that typical Italian disease, where everyone and his mother praise you for your talent and skills, but somehow you are never good enough to start for a big team, due to vague issues related to team balance, tactics, workrate, contribution, experience, determination...

    The disease is spreading accross, slowly but surely... continued at http://www.footballspeak.com/post/20...n-Disease.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hadrian View Post
    Dude! You are really knocking out these blogs at a prolific rate! I am enjoying, though... keep them coming!
    Thanks mate. Will keep them coming

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