Thinking long term

The full article here.

Toyota, like Japan, is not a perfect example. The days of Japan as No. 1 are over. But it’s worth noting that the first plank in the Toyota Way is: “Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term goals.” That’s a good place to start as we rethink the American corporation.

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Song of the day

Пренараждам си старите дискове и попаднах на великия “Jazz” на Queen. Ето невероятното му начало:

Queen – Mustapha

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Животът в заглавия

Бех на някакъв мениджмънт курс и там ни накараха да опишем живота си в заглавия. Аз си избрах заглавия на песни, хронологично:

1. We’re not gonna take it
2. I Wanna Rock
3. …And Justice for all
4. Fiesta
5. Cliche
6. Master of puppets
7. I am only happy when it rains

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Song Of The Day

Видях този клип в The Metal News – много добро местенце за новини. Любимата ми песен от най-добрия метъл албум за миналата година (според мен 🙂 ). И дано не ме домързи и се занеса на концерта им в неделя.

Please heal me, I can’t sleep
Thought I was unbreakable, but this is killing me
Call me, everything, make me feel unbreakable,
Lie and set me free

IN FLAMES – Delight And Angers – HD

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Око с разкъсана ретина, зеница пълна със ужас,
Мозък обгорен от познание
Желание, мълчание, липса на съзнание
Права черта, празнота.

Разчленено тяло, обладано от последни конвулсии
И ето финалният спазъм.
Череп, безличен, ироничен сарказъм
Крясък, вик, тъмнина.

Оголена кост, слята с беззъба усмивка
Празна вечност – отрова.
Заспа ли? Умря ли? Страница нова:
Хаос, бял лист, дубъл едно.

Прясна кал, или беше божествена глина.
Сюрреалистичен режисьор.
Царство божествено за самотен актьор,
Финал, завеса, разкъсан декор.

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Анархистичен сонет

Искам текила, искам и бира
Искам всичко на света
Мразя всички, дайте ми секира
Да сека надежди и мечти

Искам водка със сокче от домати
Искам всичко на света
Мразя всички, дайте ми гранати
Да взривя надежди и мечти

Алкохол ми дайте да забравя
Всичко, всички, своята омраза към света
Мразя всичко, всички, мразя
Да изчезне всичко… остана ми като мечта

А дали тогава ще съм убеден
Че вината е във другите, а не у мен…

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Why are full-backs the key to winning?

Taken from

I absolutely agree with the view. And being a Liverpool supporter, it was not a surprise for me that last season’s first buys that Rafa did were full backs 🙂

Why are full-backs the key to winning?
by Jonathan Wilson

All the hype in football is about forwards and fantasistas, but increasingly the battle is won and lost among the full-backs

It was, strangely, Jack Charlton who first gave voice to the thought, claiming after the 1994 World Cup that the most important attacking player on the team was the full-back. At first, it sounds preposterous, until you consider that every World Cup since has been won by the team with the best pair of attacking full-backs: Jorginho and Branco for Brazil in 1994; Lilian Thuram and Bixente Lizarazu for France in 1998; Cafu and Roberto Carlos for Brazil in 2002; and Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Grosso for Italy three years ago.

Now of course, to an extent, that is coincidence. Nobody wins anything simply by having a pair of good full-backs, but what the trend highlights is the importance of full-backs to the tactical side of the game. Take, for example, Spain’s victory over Russia in the Euro 2008 semi-final. The game tends to be remembered for its 3-0 scoreline and used in evidence against Andrei Arshavin, but it started very evenly.

Arshavin, it’s true, struggled to escape the marking of Marcos Senna, but the decisive moment of the game came after 34 minutes, when David Villa was injured. Off he went, on came Cesc Fábregas, and Spain switched from 4-1-3-2 to 4-1-4-1. That brought Andres Iniesta and David Silva into more direct confrontation with Alexander Anyukov and Yuri Zhirkov, the Russia full-backs whose marauding had been such a feature of the tournament. With their forward surges inhibited, Russia lost fluency, Spain took control of midfield and went on to score three times in the second half. Counter-intuitively, without the tournament’s top scorer, they played more effective football – a useful reminder that goals are a measure of success, not a means to it.

Or consider the first leg of Manchester United’s Champions League meeting with Internazionale. In the first half, Park Ji-Sung, presumably selected ahead of Wayne Rooney for the purpose, restricted Maicon’s attacking surges from right-back, which, given how narrow Inter’s midfield was, allowed Patrice Evra to advance. If it looked at times as though United had an extra man it’s because, effectively, they did.

After the break, though, as Oscar Cordoba replaced the hapless Nelson Rivas at centre-back, Estaban Cambiasso was able to play higher – in the first half, he had almost become an auxiliary centre-back, so deep had he dropped to bail out Rivas – allowing Zanetti to push further to his right and so restrict Evra. Accordingly, the second half was far more even than the first had been.

Brazilian beginnings

The full-back, in the modern sense, developed in Brazil in the fifties. The genesis of the 4-2-4 is complex and disputed, but what is significant here is that at the 1958 World Cup, Brazil were using it and nobody else was. It may seem counter-intuitive that it should have been Brazil, with their reputation for attacking flair, who pioneered the use of four defenders as opposed to the three of the W-M, but formations are neutral; it is their application that gives them an defensive or aggressive aspect (which is another way of saying, yet again, that 4-5-1 is not inherently negative).

Terminology here is surely significant. In English the term “full-back” is used as a hangover from the days of 2-3-5. Those two defenders were pushed wider by the backward movement of the centre-half (another confusingly antiquated term) in the W-M, and then wider still when another midfielder (usually the left-half) was pushed deeper to form a back four (this is why the classic numbering of an English back four, reading from right-to-left, goes 2-5-6-3).

In Brazil, though, (and, for that matter, in Spanish-speaking countries as well) a “full-back” is a ‘lateral’. The term gives a notion of width, but not of depth: he was, in other words, a wide player, but not necessarily a defensive one, a mindset that was inherent in Brazilian football almost from the start. Arsenal toured in 1949 and, although broadly successful, were bewildered by what they found. “Suddenly, a bloke comes dashing through and he’s had a shot at goal and the ball went wide,” said the full-back Laurie Scott, describing Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Fluminense in Aidan Hamilton’s An Entirely Different Game. “And we started looking around to see who we’d got to blame for this. We couldn’t find it. We found out it was their full-back. See, they didn’t care. I never went up there like that.”

That exuberance had been a problem for Brazilian football – they won only two Copa Americas before the second world war, and it’s significant that both of Uruguay’s goals in the final game of the 1950 World Cup resulted from the left-back, Bigode, being caught out of position. The 4-2-4, though, gave just enough structure for those attacking tendencies to flourish.

Given the space in front of them, the full-backs were encouraged to advance, while at the same time providing immediate cover. Once marking had ceased to be man-to-man, it became a simple process for the fourth defender to react to the forward movement of the full-back by not pushing out himself, leaving his side still with the three-man defensive cover they would have had in the W-M. The pairing of Nilton Santos and Djalma Santos is often overlooked, but they were key to Brazil’s World Cup victories of 1958 and 1962.

Natural evolution

Even by 1962, though, the shape had changed, with Mario Zagallo shuttling up and down the left rather than acting as a traditional winger – as Garrincha most certainly was on the other side. England, in 1966, operated without wingers, using something that would today probably be described as a 4-1-3-2. Their full-backs, George Cohen and Ray Wilson, while nowhere near as flamboyant as their Brazilian forebears, had vital roles, and were noted for their overlapping runs. This, of course, is a natural evolution: if there are no wingers to defend against, the full-back can be more adventurous; and at the same time, if there is no winger, there is a need for the full-backs to advance to provide width.

In 1970, Brazil operated with just one attacking full-back, Carlos Alberto, with Everaldo tucking in on the left to provide balance. That was a function of the highly idiosyncratic development of that side, but it was symptomatic of a more general trend. Most European sides who used a libero tended to deploy one attacking full-back, balanced by a more defensive player on the other flank, who tucked in and operated as a marker: Giacinto Facchetti and Tarcisio Burgnich in Helenio Herrera’s Inter, for instance; Paul Breitner and Berti Vogts in West Germany’s World Cup-winning side of 1974; or Antonio Cabrini and Claudio Gentile in Italy’s World Cup winners of 1982.

In those last three combinations, the left-back was the attacking one of the pair, which was the orthodoxy. Gianluca Vialli has a theory that the right-back was always the worst player on the team. If he showed defensive ability, and was of average height or above, he would be moved into the centre; if he was good on the ball he would be pushed into midfield. The only players left to play at right-back, then, were those who were outstanding neither defensively nor technically. Left-backs were different, partly because left-footers are rarer and tend to be nurtured, and partly because of the example of Facchetti. That thinking has changed over the past 20 years.

The advent of wing-backs can be seen as attempt to liberate both full-backs again – particularly in a world without wingers, but as the gradual move to a single striker has led to a return to a back four, the full-back has again taken on attacking importance. That Dani Alves can be hailed as one of the greatest players in the world is an indication of how crucial the role has become.

Few sides today play with wingers who stay wide. Part of the point of a 4-2-3-1, in fact, is to restore dribblers to the game without risking becoming over-manned in the centre. Even in a 4-4-2, the wide midfielders rarely play high up the field, which means that, as Charlton said, the full-backs are the only players on the field who regularly have space in front of them, and where there is space there is opportunity: if there is no direct opponent, there is the chance to overman, as United showed in the San Siro.

Trying to counter the full-back

The danger, of course, is that sides become over-reliant on the full-backs to provide attacking width, as happened to Russia in that Euro 2008 semi-final. Equally, Chelsea under Luiz Felipe Scolari, after early success with Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole pushing forwards (a Brazilian coach employing a typically Brazilian tactic), found themselves restricted as teams began to deploy midfielders to pen them back.

The rise of players like Park and Dirk Kuyt, wide men who play high up the field but are capable of taking on a defensive brief, is one of the most striking features of the past couple of seasons (or look at the job Wayne Rooney did in Barcelona last season). In a sense they are modern incarnations of players such as Jair, who operated on the right for Herrera’s Inter. He was a tornante (literally “returner”), a wide midfielder characteristic of classic catenaccio, whose role was to occupy the opposing left-back and track his forward surges.

Most fascinating is what happens when genuine winger and attacking full-back clash, as happened in last season’s Champions League final. Cole has probably played Cristiano Ronaldo as well as anybody, and so Sir Alex Ferguson switched Ronaldo across to the left, putting him up against Michael Essien.

For half an hour, Ronaldo destroyed him, not merely twice beating him on the ground, but even leaping above him to head United into the lead. The temptation must have been to try to double up on Ronaldo, but Chelsea ended up doing the opposite. Essien drove by him again and again. That effectively gave Chelsea an extra man in midfield and as they came to dominate, Ronaldo became increasingly marginalised. Frank Lampard’s equaliser, of course, came from a half-blocked Essien drive. The course of the game mirrored exactly the ebb and flow of that battle between Essien and Ronaldo.

England’s 4-1 victory in Croatia, similarly, can be seen as a tale of winger and full-back. Danijel Pranjic had looked excellent in the Euros, his overlapping runs allowing Ivan Rakitic to drift infield off the left flank on to his favoured right foot. Faced with the pace of Theo Walcott, though, he never had the confidence to abandon his man and surge forward, which had the effect both of stymieing Croatia as an attacking force, and of exposing his own defensive shortcomings. That Walcott scored a hat-trick underlined the point, but came almost a bonus alongside his primary role of disrupting Croatia’s left flank.

Come next summer’s World Cup, of course, all the build-up will be about the forwards and fantasistas – Lionel Messi and Franck Ribéry, Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Robinho. Perhaps though, what we should be concentrating on is the full-backs: Sergio Ramos and Philipp Lahm, Alexander Anyukov and Patrice Evra, Dani Alves and Ashley Cole. For it is there, increasingly, where the battle is lost and won.

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A trip down the memory lane

Hey Captain 🙂

Вокално Инструментална Група “Кошмар”. Или Жоро, Иван и Коста:

Последен ден в СМГ

Коста и Сашо

Пицария в Созопол и Коста работи в нея 🙂

С Гецата, отново в Созопол

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Cool Joke

Two Irishmen, Patrick Murphy and Shawn O’Brian grew up together and were lifelong friends. But alas, Patrick developed cancer, and was dying. While on his deathbed, Patrick called to his buddy, Shawn, “O’Brian, come ‘ere. I ‘ave a request for ye.” Shawn walked to his friend’s bedside and kneels.

“Shawny ole boy, we’ve been friends all our lives, and now I’m leaving ‘ere. I ‘ave one last request fir ye to do.”

O’Brian burst into tears, “Anything Patrick, anything ye wish. It’s done.”

“Well, under me bed is a box containing a bottle of the finest whiskey in all of Ireland. Bottled the year I was born it was. After I die, and they plant me in the ground, I want you to pour that fine whiskey over me grave so it might soak into me bones and I’ll be able to enjoy it for all eternity.”

O’Brian was overcome by the beauty and in the true Irish spirit of his friend’s request, he asked, “Aye, tis a fine thing you ask of me, and I will pour the whiskey. But, might I strain it through me kidneys first?”

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Song of the day

От много време не бях поствал такава затова ето една от класиките на 80-те. За първи път я чух като кавър в изпълнение на Gun. Но оригинала си е много по-добре. Абе каквото и да си говорим, 80те са най великото време за музика – абсолютно невероятни неща са излезли.

Затова common baby tell me what’s the word. Word up….

Cameo – Word up

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Кеф :)

Минаха почти 3 пълни дни откакто Ливърпул вкара 4 гола на МанЮ. Ееееей голям кеф 🙂 И все пак горчилката от слабите резултати срещу слаби отбори остава. Какво би станало ако…

Но да не си развалям кефа…

Много ме беше страх от този мач. Моите хора доказаха, че са много добри срещу силните тази година, ама МанЮ са си доста силни. Не са Реал Мадрид, тъй да се каже. Голяма изненада за мен обаче беше стартовия състав на Юнайтед. Абсолютно различно от това което те играят тази година. Всъщност звадиха отбор изцяло съобразен със силните страни на Ливърпул. А не с техните си, на Юнайтед силни страни. И ето тук аз останах шашнат. Рядко съм виждал Фъргюсън да се съобразява с това как играе съперника. Обикновенно Юнайтед излиза и мачка. А сега – не. Смея да твърдя, че сър Алекс се беше уплашил. Смело твърдение, но мисля че е така. И това им изигра лоша шега, защото в течение на мача се оказа, че силните страни на Ливърпул са прекалено силни за този състав на Юнайтед.

Някак си безсмислено е да пиша дитирамби за Торес и Джерард – много са добри, ама мисля че хората които спечелиха този мач за Ливърпул са Масчерано и Аурелио. Ако последния беше здрав миналата година, ние щяхме да сме на финала за Шампионската Лига. Невероятно интелигентен ляв бек. Любимецът на Юнайтед (всъщност напълно заслужено такъв – много е добър) – Роналдо, все едно не игра тоя мач. Аурелио просто го “изяде”. И му остана време да се включва в атака. Невероятно добър мач.

А Масчерано е уникален. Той е всичко което харесвам в един футболист – страст, хъс, желание за победа, способност да се жертваш за отбора. Плюс всичките футболни качества които правят един футболист – футболист. Навремето харесвах Вини Джоунс, които играе на подобна позиция поради същите причини. Но разбира се футболните качества на Вини бяха мнооооого, мнооого по-малко от тези на Масчерано. Та Масчерано завладя центъра на терена – прегази всички които се опитаха да минат от там. И този път без глупостите от същия мач миналата година, когато си изпроси червен картон.

За Юнайтед мога само да кажа, че се идъниха тези които ама най-малко съм очаквал – Видич и Евра. И двамата са най-добрите играчи на Юнайтед тази година. И двамата в събота бяха трагедия. Не знам какво да си мисля. И докато Видич има оправданието, че Торес и Джерард са ама много добри, Евра имаше срещу себе си Карахър и Каут. Нито първия е десен бек (просто му се налага да играе там), нито втория е класическо дясно крило. Да, Каут много добре се справя отдясно, ама все пак…..

Но за мое съжеление не виждам как Юнайтед ще загубят 7 точки от тук нататък. Ама много лесна програма имат….

И за финал, за пореден път искам да кажа колко, ама колко не разбирам хората които казват, че Бенитес кара Ливърпул да играе защитно. Точно в този момент, след 29 изиграни мача, Ливърпул, Челси и Юнайтед са вкарали по 49 гола. И това със невероятно атакуващия стил на Челси и Юнайтед и защитния стил на Ливърпул. Е как става тоя номер не знам. Продължавам да се чудя, колко ли гола ще вкарваме ако случайно почнем да играем нападателно 🙂 🙂

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Unsung Heroes

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 08/06/1984
Birth Place: San Lorenzo, Sante Fe, Argentina
Height: 5’7
Weight: 13st 5
LFC 1st team games: 81
LFC 1st team goals: 1
International caps: 46
International goals: 2
Former clubs: River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham United

Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 24/09/1979
Birth Place: San Carlos Brazil
Height: 5’8
Weight: 11st 9
LFC 1st team games: 80
LFC 1st team goals: 3
International caps: 0
International goals: 0
Former clubs: Sao Paulo, Valencia

Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: 05/05/1980
Birth Place: Dimona, Israel
Height: 5’8
Weight: 9st 8
LFC 1st team games: 79
LFC 1st team goals: 15
International caps: 70
International goals: 19
Former clubs: Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Racing Santander, West Ham United

Others were wining the headlines. These three had been just playing 🙂 Well 🙂

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Недобросъвестната представа за нашата вселена гласи, че не се налага да търсиш проблеми прекалено далече. Възможно е те никога да не се прояват. Вместо това обърни внимание на вълка в собствената си кошара. Глутниците, шетащи отвън, може въобще да не съществуват.

Правителствените форми на държавно управление, които успеят да издържат на всестранния натиск и оцелеят, винаги се характеризират с нарастваща тенденция към сближаване с аристократичните формирования. В исторически аспект нито едно правителство не е успяло да избегне посочения модел. И редом с разрастването и развитието на аристократичните кръгове, то все повече и повече насочва дейността си в ащита на интересите на управляващата класа – независимо дали става дума за наследствена монархия, олигархия на финансови империи или окопала се бюрокрация с гарантирани привилеии.

Когато съм слаб, искам от теб да спазваш правата на моята свобода, защото така повеляват твоите принципи; когато съм по-силен от теб, аз ти отнемам свободата, защото това пък е в съответствие с моити принципи.

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Song of the day

Дани ми изпрати тази песен, след като разбра че много харесвам кавърът по нея на Sirenia. Наистина оригиналът е също доста добър. Май сега ще е добре да потърся неща на Leonard Cohen да го чуя повече.

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan

PS. Изтрих я без да искам, затова – възстановена 🙂

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Париж и неговите трудови бакшиши

Ето ме пак в Париж и може би трябваше да го очаквам де, но отново се сблъсках с този колорит на града – бакшишите. Та до преди 3 часа аз живеех с наивното разбиране, че целият метрополис със предгадия, квартали и център се нарича Париж. И с това ми наивно мислене излязох от летище Шарл Де Гол и подадох листче с адреса на хотела ми на шофьора на първата таксиметрава кола. Аз съм подготвен – знам, че хората не говорят английски, аз не говоря френски, та шансовете ми да обясня къде отивам стават минимални, ако не си нося листче с адреса.
– Париж? – пита човека.
– Париж. – отговарям аз гордо
Да ама нее. Човекът почва да обяснява нещо на френски от което аз разбирам, че такъв адрес няма в Париж. И така си комуникирахме около 10 минути, и най-накрая му дадох на човека телефона на хотела, обади се той след което гордо обясни, че видиш ли тоя адрес дето съм му го дал верно не е в Париж, а в Путо (Puteaux). Което е вярно, опитах се да го кажа няколко пъти, но явно ама хич не съм го произнасял правилно. А и за мен, както обясних в началото на този ми вопъл, живея с наивното вярване, че кварталите са си част от Париж 🙂 Та тръгнахме. И евентуално стигнахме.
Но най-големия идиотизъм беше, че 5-6 км след летището този титан на френския таксиметров транспорт намери хотела ми в GPS-a си при първия си опит. Е не можа ли първо там да пробваш бе пич 🙂 Ама нищо де – поне се опитваше до край да ми помогне и да ме светне колко съм прост, че си мисля че Путо е в Париж (прост бях, ама вече ше знам :)). Даже ми се изфука със Prius-a, който не харчеше нищо в задръстването и мотор не работеше. След като 5 минути мислех, че се опитва да ми обясни, че акумулатора е свършил и ше ме оставя там където бяхме (in he middle of nowhere), схванах идеята и верно бях впечатлен. Отдавна си мислех, че може би ако тръгна да си купувам нова кола, ще трябва да е хибрид. Сега съм на 100% убеден.
Та така – ако ще продулжа да идвам насам, верно ще трябва да науча френски. Иначе просто ще се побъркам.

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