Futbol vs soccer / Football vs soccer | ESP-ENG
AL BAYT STADIUM - AL KHOR - QATAR
The national soccer team of the United States of America after a period of 8 years of absence in World Cup territory, after its failure to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia 2018, returns to an appointment of this category, after undergoing a generational process, the team of the Stars and Stripes arrives in Qatar, not only to play soccer, but also to compete, due to the fact that it has a number of players in its roster, who play in the main leagues worldwide, they have a youth and a good collective game that truly brought them here, as one of the teams that have shown a development and soccer progress, which is reflected on the field in the last 4 years.
FUTBOL VS SOCCER / FOOTBALL VS SOCCER
The activity of the foot ball in the United States has always been called ''Soccer'' and it is not until the 1994 World Cup when this country organizes a World Cup, that the term ''Futbol'' is adopted to refer to this sport, but nevertheless still and to this day, in some places it is still called soccer, in some places it is still called soccer, but in the same way it has evolved as a sport in this country, bringing with it performances of its national team that have transcended, accumulating in its records international cups and presences in its different presentations, even reaching the 4tos de final in a world cup.
All these changes, and all these respective evolutions over time in their game, have brought them to this World Cup in Qatar, as a selection, despite being young, they already have the respect for what they have shown so far on the field, supported by players who no longer only play in the local championship, the United States is presented in this group stage, in its second presentation against the creators of this sport as it is England, ready to add equal to equal against the English, being what in my opinion deserved to win this match.
Soccer is not about merit, in this sport you have to execute things and achieve the goal to achieve your goals, and this has always been the Achilles heel of Uncle San's team, they present very orderly and very physical teams, but they fall by the wayside because of the lack of goals and even technique, But in this match against the royals, they showed more than that, and at times they were the masters and lords of the game, managing to corner an England team that did not look at all like the 6-2 drubbing against Iran in their previous presentation.
In my perception, and I think in that of many, the team led by Gareth Southgate, only showed that power against the Iranians, simply because it was a very inferior opponent, and what sometimes happens to them in soccer is that they have very good squads but they do not know how to play very well together, They win against easy opponents, and when they face rivals of higher category, or of greater preparation, what happened to them against the American team happens, they are unable to decipher this type of rivals or simply find themselves against a reality that turns out to be superior to them.
To say that the United States is a team of category, are very deep words, perhaps we could say that a person saying this is hallucinating, but what really happened? The American team rose to the occasion and stopped the English, believe it or not, they left them 0-0, and if it wasn't for luck and Pulisic's left footed shot, who crashed the ball into the corner, after a powerful shot, and the useless jump of the England goalkeeper, we would be talking about a real great goal, they proposed more and looked like a great team on the field.
When we go to the actual statistics, we can see that it was a clean game and that despite the 0-0 draw, the attitude of the Americans was one of management and always looking for the result, with a total of 10 shots at the opponent's goal, This shows that they had a clearer intention than the English, with a possession of the ball just a little less than their rival, they managed to transform that danger in the area in up to 7 corner kicks, which does not suggest that the team coached by Gregg Berhalter cornered the English team in this aspect.
EL RESULTADO DE UN BUEN ARBITRAJE / THE RESULT OF GOOD ARBITRATION
English and Americans are undoubtedly two world powers, not only in soccer but in many sports, they have the infrastructure for it, and their culture and society are clearly well formed in this sport, they have domestic leagues that support it, perhaps the Premier League on the side of England is superior to the famous Major League Soccer, The result once again, as in their previous confrontations, is that it was a flawless game, something very curious in world championships that I believe had never been seen before, or at least I in particular in my 8th world championship had not seen before.
Y es que la terna arbitral, netamente Venezolana, encabezada por Jesus Valenzuela, llevo el partido de una manera tal, que no mostró ninguna tarjeta, claro hubo faltas pero fueron concebidas y manejadas con una pulcritud y autoridad que no les fue necesario sancionar con los famosos cartones de colores a los distintos jugadores involucrados, la actitud de los protagonistas del partido también colaboraron para que esto se diera así, pero sin quitarle ningún tipo de méritos, lo hecho por estos Venezolanos, fue verdaderamente profesional y ético, dignos de los más grandes del arbitraje a nivel mundial, un toque Venezolano en un partido profesional de esta envergadura, para darle más fluidez al estilo de estas 2 grandes selecciones y borrar un poco lo mal que lo han hecho otros árbitros en este mundial, al tomar decisiones erradas, incluso que pudieron cambiar el resultado final de los partidos, como lo dice el famoso dicho popular, los árbitros en este compromiso no fueron los protagonistas, los protagonistas de esta historia fueron los que siempre deben serlo, los jugadores, que a pesar del 0a0, mostraron un buen espectáculo.
And the fact is that the refereeing crew, purely Venezuelan, headed by Jesus Valenzuela, led the match in such a way that did not show any cards, of course there were fouls but they were conceived and handled with such neatness and authority that it was not necessary to punish with the famous colored cards to the various players involved, the attitude of the protagonists of the match also collaborated for this to happen, but without taking away any merit, what was done by these Venezuelans, was truly professional and ethical, worthy of the greatest referees in the world, a Venezuelan touch in a professional match of this magnitude, to give more fluidity to the style of these two great teams and erase a little of the bad things that other referees have done in this World Cup, by making wrong decisions, even that could have changed the final result of the matches, as the famous popular saying goes, the referees in this match were not the protagonists, the protagonists of this story were those who always should be, the players, who despite the 0-0, showed a good spectacle.