After watching Korea trash Japan 2-0 today in an international friendly thanks to a well-placed drive and a last-minute penalty, I found myself on a soccer high. As a result, I got 9 other friends at 10pm and decided to play some 5 v 5 midnight soccer. Needless to say when I got home at 4 in the morning, my body was dead (mind you I stayed up at 3:45 AM to watch Internazionale beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final only the day before). But thanks to some gum, I find myself writing this blog post. Funny coincidence that it should be about a soccer show.
So the entire episode focuses on Kuro and his problem with Tatsumi as manager. He and his fellow center-back friend have been dejected from the squad but they realize by the end of the episode that there were several flaws with their team to begin with.
(1) They stayed too far back – in short, while everyone else was attacking, they stayed back. When the opponent team got the ball, they were able to exploit the huge gap and score. That still doesn’t explain the crappy goalkeeping, but no worries! They explain that too as they point out that…
(2) The goalkeeper stays out too far – I don’t know why the goalkeeper would stay outside his box on an opposing offensive play but hey, maybe that’s why it’s the Japanese league and not the Premier League, Serie A, or La Liga. It is these two errors that physically help the team lose. But as people say, sports are 10% physical, 90% mental.
(3) They panic when they concede – I would too, but I wouldn’t let that affect my playing that much. I’ll admit, I don’t usually panic but I found myself panicking a game a long time ago when we were tied 2-2 with a bad team (we won that 4-2 in the end, but our coach yelled at us for playing our ‘worst’ game ever – funny that was the team that broke our 8-year winning streak). Anyways, the last weakness is something I can easily and bluntly say…
(4) ETU sucks – there you go. Yes, as much as we hate to admit it, they have lost the first six games of the season. Six losses is usually the number of a bad team, especially in six games. As much as we love to see Kuro, Murakoshi, and the rest of the squad kick ass, we have to admit that ETU is probably one of the weakest teams. I could be wrong as Tatsumi has finally claimed to have “instilled spirit” into the team but we’ll see.
When Kuro and his center-back friend realize and admit that they were at fault, they start the next game. To nobody’s surprise, they concede another goal, but this time, Kura is encouraging everyone to keep playing harder as the game is not yet over. In my years of watching soccer, it’ll be a dramatic 2-1 comeback, or maybe a 1-1 draw to get the season finally kicking off (because 1 point from a possible 21 is sooooo good, right?) I’m enjoying this anime, but I’m getting pissed at Tatsumi. Come on, manager – let’s see your genius. But he’s still never going to be as good as Mourinho though.