I have only one comment after Brazil’s shocking loss to Germany: tiki-taka is dead. Samba is dead.
The next time someone dares to make stupid quotes like “football is all about scoring goals”, I will point them to Brazil 2014 and ask them to watch the Brazil 1-7 Germany and Spain 1-5 Netherlands match.
Defence is just as important, and anyone with the temerity to refute that has no understanding about the basic fundamentals of team sports. They have also probably never played as a defender or goalkeeper in their lives (for any kind of sport).
There is no such thing as a single, dominant type of football. Spain and Barcelona’s much renowned “tiki-taka” have been blown to shreds this season in the World Cup and the Champions League. Brazil’s beautiful samba game have been smashed to smithereens by Germany.
Even Netherlands’ universally revered Total Football of 1974-1978 was not infallible: they still lost in the World Cup finals for both years and could not secure the biggest prize.
At the end of the day, it’s a collaborative effort by everyone: the teamwork required by the players on the pitch, and the ability for the coach to adapt his tactics to suit the situation. That is the true principle and spirit of sports like football, and not something shallow and simpleminded like just “scoring goals”.