Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More with Less

With the star player rule eliminated for this year's tournament, significant pressure was put on teams to perform at a high level with barely any "star" performers. The two teams that did the best? Norway and Nigeria - the only two playoff teams without a majority of players in Division 2 or higher.

Since I'm unfamiliar with Nigeria's roster I'll focus on Norway. Plus, this is a Norway blog.

Norway had only three star players on its roster: Stefan Husdal, Reis Cooper and Andrew Baulin, and Reis was out for the tourny after Norway's second game. The remainder of the players came from lower divisions or, in the case of FIVE players, do not play at all besides the WCP Cup.

How did Norway do so well against teams like Jamaica, El Salvador and France? Good team chemistry and a lack of ego mostly. Norway doesn't have a coach and everyone gets equal playing time. The only way that can work and a team can be successful is if there are 0 losers playing for the squad.

I'm not going to fault teams for stacking up on star players because of course that is the best recipe for success. However, all the weaker teams in the tournament should keep in mind that you can still have success without great players - just figure out how to keep the idiots off of your squad.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

good job el salvador for stacking your team and still losing to norway. How was that even possible especially if they were missing reis for that game. They shouldn't even be ranked ninth if they lost to a team that only had two star players. Arent there like five huskie players on es?

Anonymous said...

Norway.. Lack of egos? HA Braden has one of the biggest egos ever. Or wait maybe he just has an abnormaly large head.

Anonymous said...

Theres no way Braden if players(ex Brett,Collins,Jay T, Dion Morgan,Yianni,etc) that came up to you and said I am interested playing for Norway. I am not saying all them at once but if they came individually you would say no? what about Kevin K as a keeper, you need to strengthen that department.

Playmaker said...

Here's the thing - most of our guys are good heritage players (ties to Norway). We've turned down players who wanted in because we didn't feel they would fit right with our team. Granted, when we won in 2007 we had a pretty stacked roster. But this year's team had a lot of success with many of the same players, but less "star" players. Our keeper this year was one of the guys who doesn't play at all during the year. Considering that fact, I thought he did all right. Give him another year and he'll be OK for the 2011 team

Anonymous said...

The only idiot you want to keep off your squad is playmaker as your already painting the biggest bulls eye on yourself and the upcoming tournament is a year a way.
Well done, keep embarrassing yourself.

Anonymous said...

Who are the Huskie players on ES?
Dion Morgan and Jerson?
Other then that who else?

Anonymous said...

chico-jordain cant spell it sorry

Playmaker said...

My bad, I was thinking Bubba and Alvaro too but neither of them is on the team.

Anonymous said...

laos only has northey and scottie

Playmaker said...

and irinici, and ailsby, and murrell, and paraiso, and boun, and anthony, and krump.... and probably a few more that I'm forgetting about

Playmaker said...

I'm pretty happy that Norway doesn't follow the Ireland formula - it's a team game and everyone pays the tournament fees. Therefore everyone should have the equal opportunity to play.
And I never said all superstar players were idiots because obviously that isn't the case. I was merely offering advice to teams with less skill on how to beat teams with plenty of skill. Looking at Norway's record this year (and how we made the playoffs) I can say I am in a good position to offer that advice. If you don't agree - good - I hope ES uses the same playing time strategy next year.

Anonymous said...

Not all teams charge there players.