Zubeldía and Bilardo: the football revolution that was conceived on trains

With Zubeldía as coach and Bilardo as player, Estudiantes de La Plata won everything.  / Conmebol

With Zubeldía as coach and Bilardo as participant, Estudiantes de La Plata gained every part. / Conmebol

They had practiced a lot the way to depart in off aspect to the opponents, that they didn’t know the way to counter it. Osvaldo Juan Zubeldía received bored and went on nationwide tv to elucidate how the opponents needed to carry out in order that they might not fall into the lure of their leaders. Carlos Salvador Bilardo couldn’t consider it and received offended along with his trainer.

—Osvaldo, now what will we do?

“It was for the best, that’s what they make me think.”

Y the Foxas they referred to as him, devised new methods to beat rivals within the nonetheless balls towards and for, along with his demanding coaching classes in a Estudiantes de La Plata staff that dominated the continent within the second a part of the Sixties and that was the origin of Argentine and Colombian groups with these ideas.

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He labored on each element and took his potentialities to the restrict of the regulation. He typically overwhelmed him and came upon the intimate lifetime of the opposing gamers in order that through the recreation his staff would throw offenses and generate deconcentration in those that needed to win. Those who, additionally as soon as, had been poked with pins or smeared with a sure substance within the eyes.

But these practices had been the minimal in Zubeldía’s coaching, during which the psychological work and that of the bodily coach had been a precedence. Jorge Kinstenmacher started practices with cardio and workout routines to boost muscle power, whereas the Fox He ready every part for his work. He recreated actual recreation actions, repeated small and enormous of his protection, had them throw nook kicks on the close to submit and have another person head them on the second submit, he applied his 2-2-2-2-2. That was the scheme with which he needed his groups to assault.

“The fundamental thing is the positions of the players and the functions of those positions. The system consists of five lines of two players per line. The central idea is to cover all sectors of the field, both for the marking or destruction of the rival’s advance, and for the construction of one’s own when the ball passes into our power. Observing the positional scheme, it should not be understood that the position and function of the players are rigid and unalterable. First of all, individual characteristics will determine the position and role of the player. And within that position and role, the player will spend the most time working. In the remaining time he will occupy other positions and functions, ”Zubeldía wrote collectively along with his historic assistant, Argentino Geronazzo, within the e book Soccer techniques and techniquein 1965, explaining how the 4-2-4 with which Brazil gained the World Cup in Sweden in 1958 may change. That change of positions that Zubeldía proclaimed, in accordance with Rinus Michels, was the origin of complete soccer that Clockwork Orange applied within the World Cup in Germany 74 and that revolutionized the way in which of the ball.

In that yr previous to England 66, Zubeldía promoted an in depth diet and English educating plan for the gamers within the Argentina staff. However, he ended up going due to an offense that the Argentine Football Association had along with his technical duo, Antonio Faldutti. “We are going to look for good players, but let them go to the front. That they play, but that they do it during the 90 minutes. People who sweat the shirt, who are alive, who always fight. We are looking for guys who run to everyone, who play for the whole team, who make life difficult for the opponents. In short, players who perform”. A portrait of his mentality.

If the AFA had not needed to take away Faldutti, Zubeldía would have continued within the albiceleste and wouldn’t have gone one morning of that 65 to search for Bilardo at his home in La Paternal. He knocked on the door of the then Deportivo Español participant, who greeted him with insults as a result of he was interrupting his sleep. They chatted till daybreak. Zubeldía went to persuade him to signal with Estudiantes de La Plata and never with Argentinos Juniors. The midfielder promised to provide him a solution inside 24 hours. He informed her sure. That dialog, in the midst of mates and during which they imagined tactical actions that later turned a actuality, had the specified impact for Zubeldía. The Zubeldía duo on the bench and Bilardo on the court docket marked a revolution in the prick and in world soccer, together with Colombia.

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“I will never get tired of repeating that Zubeldía was my teacher, both in football and in human terms. I arrived at Estudiantes when I was 25 years old and I didn’t remotely think that football was going to be my exclusive profession. It is true that I liked him from the soul, but I had decidedly headed in medicine. Osvaldo showed me a new dimension of the role of the professional player. He explained to me how it can be done, based on a man with the necessary qualities, a careful goldsmith’s work and maximize it. When you understand that by training you get closer to perfection, to perform at your best, football takes on another meaning, it’s as if you rediscovered it,” Carlos Bilardo wrote in his book That’s how we win. The real fight for the Cup.

And it is that Zubeldía spent entire nights analyzing his rivals and finding new ways of training and playing. Before his arrival, Estudiantes was a club with mediocre results. But with him he achieved national, continental and world glory. He was the local champion in 1967 and the Copa Libertadores in 1968, 1969 and 1970. In 1968 he won the Intercontinental Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford. In the theater of dreams still lies one of his most famous phrases and which is also the title of one of his books: “Glory is not reached by a path of roses.”

His path continued briefly through San Lorenzo and Racing, and in 1976 he arrived at Atlético Nacional after negotiating with Hernán Botero Moreno, the then largest shareholder and president of the purslane squad. Since he arrived, Zubeldía changed all current training methods and imposed his rules, with which he won the Colombian championship in his first season. He repeated the title in 1981. Players emerged from that team who later became coaches, such as Francisco Maturana, Hernán Roll Gómez, Eduardo Retat, Norberto Peluffo, Pedro Sarmiento, among others. “You always have to talk to the player, explain the reasons for each decision. I finished with the strong breakfasts, the prolonged lunches and the siesta”, he mentioned the Fox.

“He taught us that onerous work is important for fulfillment,” said Maturana, who was a partner in Sarmiento’s 76, who assured: “Zubeldía taught us man-to-man marking.” Those who shared with him affirm that the Fox he hardly slept what was necessary, to dedicate most of the time to the sacred football. He sometimes read philosophy and, as he did since he was a child, he never stopped hugging some booties. He liked that his coaches could perform various functions on the pitch, that their teams were strong defensively, with all their players in function of recovering the ball, either with backward or forward lines, and that by having it they could quickly reach the rival area, mixing crawling and aerial passes.

Its premise: all based on everything and one complementing the other. That is why he preferred a full-back with projection and creative technique and another who practically did not go beyond the middle of the pitch and knew how to score with strength. An elegant centre-back with an exit and vision of the game, and another one who the opposing attackers were afraid of. A central midfielder with a pass, and another who did the relays and hit. An offensive midfielder with a dribble and back and forth, and another with pause and more intelligence. And a strong striker in the air who could fix the defenders, and another with imbalance and who would throw precise crosses. With these last characteristics, Juan Ramón Verón stood out, who also came to Colombia as a player and coach, and was champion with Junior in 1977.

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However, Zubeldía’s favorite student was Bilardo, who applied the concepts learned and led Deportivo Cali to its first Copa Libertadores final in 1978 and was Colombia’s coach in the qualifying round for the 1982 World Cup in Spain. This is how Zubeldía described him: “ He is the loyal friend, the man capable of risking himself in any situation, who always goes to the front, who often forgets even himself to defend the position of others… Capable, intelligent and with a lot of balance to give his opinion. And aside from our great friendship of many years, Bilardo represents me a lot on and off the pitch due to the consideration and affection that his teammates have for him”.

And in the tie for Mexico 86, Bilardo, who had already complemented in Colombia the revolutionary ideas that his teacher Zubeldía brought, worked on the tactical system that he invented: the 3-5-2. With him and a great Maradona he was world champion. After beating Germany he could only say: “Right now I don’t think about my family or anything, I think about Zubeldía. He was always by my side.” For him, in football “there are many ways, Zubeldía knew them all”. The Foxwho died in 1982 in Medellin after suffering a heart attack while making a horse bet, his other passion, knew that, in addition to the physical and tactical, the mental and emotional could not be neglected.

He didn’t cease transferring souls with concrete examples. He often took, along with 5 gamers, a prepare that left at 8:05 am from the Constitución station and took them to La Plata for the Estudiantes coaching. One day he modified the routine and had his purchasers arrive an hour and a half earlier. An avalanche of individuals handed them by the entrance and Zubeldía launched: “See? These are the real laburantes. They break the loin all day and they only have the little package to eat. You, on the other hand, work what you like and on top of that you get paid. They are lucky to be soccer players. If they don’t do the things that need to be done, they’re going to end up like this. If we plug in and they pay attention to me, we are going to win and everything is going to be different”.

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