Theres also an amount of luck to it.. I remember Argentina outplaying Germany in 06 in the quarterfinals, and having Klose tie the score just 8 minutes before the second half ended... Then Lehman had a sheet that said how each player shot a penalty and he blocked all of them or the mayority... I don't think this Germany was better than Argentina at alll... In 2010 though, Argentina had more big names, and more Argentines doing well in the present they just had a numbnuts for a coach.... You had Zanetti and Cambiasso lifting the Champions League trophy, Bunch of Strikers doing so well.. Tevez scoring in England, Higuian and Lio in Spaying, Militto in Europe, Messi scoring 47 goals per season, you literally had a golden generation, but Maradona is a circus clown for a manager.. I don't know why the hell he played Veron all the elimination rounds as a "motor" and when the tournament good spicy and the team needed him the most he sat him in the bench, and had Maxi Rodriguez as a "6"
but for every position (apart from left-back) there is a Spanish player in the top 3 in the world. Villa, Torres, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Ramos, Pique, Casillas, Reina, Silva, Puyol... In a few years we will be saying the same about the German team that knocked out England and Argentina (Ozil, Khedira and Muller are very hot prospects). My point is that by encouraging young players that winning above all else is everything they will never be able to compete with the European and South American powers that consistently impress at tournament
I think thats an interresting statement, and I think Brazil and Argentina can really say that every year.. For every position they have top 3 or top 5 in the world.. they could make a B team that coud also compete for the trophy...
Can't speak of England's problem, because I'm not so educated in English footballl and the system and what not, but I think Argentina's been a series of problems :
2010- freak manager, Argentina owes so much too him they gave him the position and he motivated the fu** out of his players but tacticaly he was raw, knocked out 4-0 and fu**ed tactically
2006 - fu**ed everybody in the group stages, playing mad football, outpayed the germans in their own world cup, lost in penalties cause lehmann had a sheet explaining how each Argentine player shot..
2002 - no comments, horrible tournament, no idea what happened, lost to england, tied to the sweedish who where first in the group, beat nigeria, and lost to england due to a pk beckham shot to the middle.. 1 won, 1 tied, 1 lost, 4 points not enough to go through..
1998 - fu**ed everybody in the group stages, beat england in the first knocout round in pk's, and lost 2-1 to netherlands with the bergkamp goal in the 90th minute that you see in every video, sweet goal by the way...
in 1994 they knocked out early, and in 1990 they lost the final to the germans in an illegal goal, I realy think Argentina has the best players in the world, they just lack the organization and chemistry some other teams like Germany have every tournament...for the raw material they have, along with england, i think they are madly underachieving, cant believe italy has 4 world cups and argentina just 2 and england just 1, playerwise both nations are miles infront of italy imo. seriously some times its been luck, and sometimes its been terrible preparation for these two.. but they've always had super players.