Over the past few years, we've witnessed many different footballing styles - some successful and some not so.
Styles may lead to attractive play but that's not exactly what the fans are looking for. Trophies are what fans want first and foremost.
The Brazilian Samba style which consists of a very skillful, creative, free-flowing and fast-paced style of play brought Brazil success from the late 90's to the early 2000's.
'Total Football' was invented by Rinus Michels, a famous Dutch football trainer who was the coach at both Ajax and the Netherlands national team. It is a simple theory in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team.
In total football terms, a player who moves out of his position is replaced by another from his team, thus retaining the team's intended organisational structure. In this system, there is no fixed role for an outfield player; anyone can successively be an attacker, a midfielder and a defender. The only player fixed in a nominal position is the goalkeeper.
Many believe the 'Tiki-taka' style of play is the same as the 'Total Football' style of play, but actually this is not true. Johan Cruyff implemented a new possession game at Barcelona which became know as the Tiki-taka game.
Tiki-taka is a style of play in football characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession.
Barcelona and the Spanish national team have dominated world football from 2008 using the Tiki-taka system and arguably were the best teams ever to walk this planet but they now seem to be all but figured out.
After last year's UEFA Champions League campaign, one can't deny that the hard running German game might, and most probably will be the next dominating style of play.
Over time new styles get developed and some may bring glory whilst others may not, but the passion and love for the beautiful game will never die down.
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