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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Expectations of excellence

While I hate Juve with a passion that is only exceeded by my loathing for Manchester United, I have nothing but respect and admiration for their relentless expectations of excellence. The Italian champions just fired their second manager in two years for the crime of only winning the Serie A title.
Juventus fired coach Maurizio Sarri on Saturday after his first season in charge ended with the team’s Champions League exit. Despite winning the Italian title, Sarri paid the price for the round-of-16 loss to Lyon on Friday.

“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football,” the team said.

Serie A success won't be enough for the club's gamble to be validated, given that it's won nine straight domestic titles, and the last two have been followed by managers hitting the exit. Champions League success is the ultimate goal, and since Cristiano Ronaldo was acquired from Real Madrid two years ago to help Juventus return to Europe's summit, its Champions League performances have ended in a quarterfinal exit under Massimiliano Allegri and a last-16 exit under Sarri.
This relentless and remorseless pursuit of excellence is the philosophy that I hope to inculcate in Castalia, in Unauthorized, in Infogalactic, in the LLOE, in my own writing, and in every other project in which I am involved.

And it's fascinating to see Andrea Pirlo who was a brilliant manager on the field for the Mondiale-winning Azzurri as well as six Seria A-winning teams, ascend to the highest level of club football management. It will be interesting to see if Il Maestro's on-field skills translate effectively to the sidelines or not.

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37 Comments:

Blogger Shimshon August 09, 2020 8:24 AM  

Don't forget the Replatforming. It has achieved woke excellence previously considered impossible. Thank you. Its virtue signaling capability is so powerful mere mention of it suffices. To raise actual support or level is best avoided.

Blogger Lazarus August 09, 2020 8:42 AM  

At first I wondered why Vox would hate Juventus, so I searched "reasons to hate Juventus", and now I hate them too.

Blogger Unknown August 09, 2020 8:51 AM  

Many people outside of Italy don't understand how big a club Juventus is. Owned for decades by the family who owned FIAT and besides the 40s, when Torino were dominant and mid 80s to mid 90s when AC Milan ruled the roost (lets non mention 2006-2007 :)) they've been the dominat club in Italy since the 1930's. Still Forza Lazio/Inter/Verona.

Blogger Attila is my bro August 09, 2020 9:09 AM  

God have mercy on those loathed by the Dark Lord! I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. But if Manchester had stock, I'd be shorting it right now.

Blogger Ransom Smith August 09, 2020 9:12 AM  

There's an interesting book to be written, about the failure of so many world class players transitioning to manager: Matthaüs, Gullit, Maradona.
While many average players have a reputation as great managers: Clough, Klopp, Hitzfeld.
Interesting to see how Pirlo fares.

Blogger Shane Bradman August 09, 2020 9:28 AM  

Juve are under-achievers that thought they could win just because they bought an excellent player. Bayern Munich, a far superior team, is not only stacked with great players, but great players that work well together.

Blogger Gettimothy August 09, 2020 9:50 AM  

This relentless and remorseless pursuit of excellence is the philosophy that I hope to inculcate in Castalia, in Unauthorized, in Infogalactic, …


bravo.


TGE is a walking, talking lesson in excellence surely being studied and emulated by those of us who want to leave Christendom in better shape than we found it.

When/if Infogalactic services supplant the failing education models , the absolute key attribute of her will be excellence in the minds that she forms and attracts.



Blogger Miguel August 09, 2020 10:08 AM  

Our very own Cristiano Ronaldov is breaking record after record there.

Proud to have a Lusitano shining there.

Blogger Matthew Baker August 09, 2020 10:14 AM  

I’ve always been a Manchester city fan because I loved Carlos Teves (who played for both United and Juve). It will be interesting to see if the excellence pursuit of City can yield results.

Blogger Basta Con La Droga August 09, 2020 10:20 AM  

Sorry about the OT comment. I stumbled upon this https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/28/authors-condemn-saudi-arabias-bid-to-host-world-science-fiction-convention and I find the whole thing. Ah, the irony... and the hypocrisy. I wonder where these do-gooders were when Milo was saying the very same things.

Blogger Delete August 09, 2020 10:24 AM  

used to be a big fan of the soccers, but since corona, i can't get into it without the fans there, it is so sad. listen, juve is the king but if i had to choose one team there it is inter. i hate fiats

Blogger Cinco August 09, 2020 10:29 AM  

Yeah, it probably has to die with their innate intelligence and knowledge of the game vs. their natural speed/strength. Their are plenty of examples of this across all sports.

Blogger Ransom Smith August 09, 2020 10:30 AM  

But if Manchester had stock, I'd be shorting it right now.
They do. The Glazers took them public years ago.

Blogger Paddy J S August 09, 2020 10:30 AM  

Why do you hate Man United man?

Blogger Gregory the Tall August 09, 2020 10:31 AM  

It proves that Good has not only Evil as its enemy, but is fighting yet another formidable power: the Better.

Blogger Ora Tevzre August 09, 2020 10:34 AM  

Pirlo is sheer class. He made the England goalkeeper look like a total muppet in Euro 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXFWmpB-cPQ

Blogger John Best. August 09, 2020 10:40 AM  

It worked for Real, Chelsea and Juventus still need the European Cup. For them its a shame they came up against Barca and Real in the final, those teams were excellent, just came up against truly great teams. Must be annoying seeing Liverpool getting to 4 finals and winning 2 in the last 15 years when they have been poor for most of that time.

Blogger Jonas August 09, 2020 10:51 AM  

Although Clough was far from average. One of the best strikers of his generation, just cut short by injuries.

Blogger Nostromo August 09, 2020 11:07 AM  

Agree. The super players have knowledge of the game, but are also blessed with superior talent. They can get buy with knowing less than the moderately talented player who needs every trick in the book to merely compete.

Blogger R Devere August 09, 2020 11:55 AM  

There's an interesting book to be written, about the failure of so many world class players transitioning to manager: Matthaüs, Gullit, Maradona.
While many average players have a reputation as great managers: Clough, Klopp, Hitzfeld.
Interesting to see how Pirlo fares.

This happens in many sports: The stars fail as managers/coaches, while poor middling stiffs excel!

The reason is simple: Stars never learned the intricacies of the game they play, relying on natural talent to outperform lesser-gifted players. They don't have to think or ruminate on what they do, they just do it, right down to their mindset, field of vision and anticipation of the "next play!"

My son, a decent hard-working player told me why he was always second-fiddle to a certain excellent and talented teammate: "Dad, I guess where the ball is going and try to get in position for a play; John knows where the ball will be and uses his speed and skill to be there, receive it cleanly and either dribble or pass it, without thinking!"

While fundamentals can be drilled into players through hard, exacting work, those natural skills can't be taught!

Blogger Ransom Smith August 09, 2020 11:56 AM  

Although Clough was far from average. One of the best strikers of his generation, just cut short by injuries.
In the second Division. Maybe a would be talent, but never known as world class like Charlton.
Yeah, it probably has to die with their innate intelligence and knowledge of the game vs. their natural speed/strength. Their are plenty of examples of this across all sports.
Sometimes, but it's shocking how many players that were known for vision and intelligence could never translate that. And it's highly likely they may have been the wrong personality to lead whole teams.

Blogger yoyoyoBigD August 09, 2020 12:00 PM  

Miguel wrote:Our very own Cristiano Ronaldov is breaking record after record there.

Proud to have a Lusitano shining there.

All his life he played for big teams, that got tons of penalties, at least at Real he had to take turns with Messi, Juve holds all cards in Italy.

Blogger Emmanuel August 09, 2020 12:00 PM  

Juve was the club of Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini, two French legends. I'm torn on your article. The pursuit of excellence is at odds with quantity. This is all fine on a football pitch, where your 11 players cannot be outnumbered.

In real life though ...

Military mastermind Napoleon (God often sides with the biggest battalions) and uncanny criminal Iosif Stalin (Quantity as a quality of itself) would beg to differ with your view. Outside of a football pitch, espacially as not the foudning CEO in the corporate world, good is good enough.

For example, I fear that the prowess of the LLoE helps ennemies frogleap their lawfare skills, even though deserving heroes will each get 1/73th of Patreon's scalp.

Blogger Scuzzaman August 09, 2020 12:38 PM  

I hate Manchester United because I became a Manchester United fan to annoy an English friend from Arsenal, and I don’t believe in changing allegiance just because it’s not easy to be a Manchester United fan any more. I just hate them for their multi-million pound contracts and their lacklustre performances.

Blogger Sean August 09, 2020 12:41 PM  

Looks like I'm not the only one who loathes Man U, hahaha.

Hoping that Pirlo does well as manager, he's my top 2 players of all time, the other being Fernando Morientes.

Blogger Jack Amok August 09, 2020 12:46 PM  

The reason is simple: Stars never learned the intricacies of the game they play, relying on natural talent to outperform lesser-gifted players. They don't have to think or ruminate on what they do, they just do it, right down to their mindset, field of vision and anticipation of the "next play!"

NFL backup QBs are a great example of this. Something else to consider, the backup QB (or maybe the 3rd string guy) usually runs the Scout Team at practice, and so has to learn as much as possible about the offense of each week's upcoming opponent, while the starting QB just runs the same offense week after week.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell August 09, 2020 1:18 PM  

I'm still upset about them picking up Ronaldo from Madrid.

Blogger Happy Camper August 09, 2020 1:22 PM  

>This relentless and remorseless pursuit of excellence is the philosophy that I hope to inculcate in Castalia,


I know this may be off topic but I am thankful you published Moira Greyland's story.

I am reading the reviews on Goodreads, and predictably, people are clutching their pearls over her "bigotry".

I've seen her called horrible names for believing what she believes, with no compassion for what she and her brother went through.

I've had the pleasure of "talking" to her on Facebook, and found her kind and gracious.

Blogger Newscaper312 August 09, 2020 1:37 PM  

I'm reminded of Bill Curry coaching Alabama in late 89s, w best record since Bear Bryant, who got run off w a crap contract renewal offer, just because he couldn't beat Auburn.

Blogger Shane August 09, 2020 2:41 PM  

To be honest if there's one team I detest it's Manchester City. Undoubtedly Abrahmovic's money totally warped the premier League but Chelsea had something of a history. Liverpool fans can be hard to listen to but what they've achieved has for the most part been earned, similar to Manchester United. City however to me have always been obsessed with preening about how their previous lack of achievement gave them a moral superiority to their neighbours. They were then given a brand new stadium from the city council gratis which had been developed for the commonwealth games and then got an Arabian sugar daddy in a Qatari money laundering operation. A Chelsea supporting friend described them as the town slut welfare queen who gets knocked up and gets a free house off of the council and then spots a drunk Hadji, bangs him, gets a bun in the oven and now free bling from his family and her illegitimate progeny for the rest of her days. But she's so much morally superior to that girl in Old Trafford

Blogger weka August 09, 2020 3:06 PM  

Their one eyed smugness and pursuit of the woke dollar is only exceeded by Arsenal.

Blogger Avalanche August 09, 2020 4:02 PM  

@5 "There's an interesting book to be written, about the failure of so many world class players transitioning to manager"

Sssshhhhh. The Dark Lord is already too busy for two Dark Lords, and he has spoken often of this in Dark Streams... The guys to whom it comes naturally can neither teach nor perhaps lead, as well as can a middling player. The natural player has no solid idea HOW he does what he does; where the middling player had to work hard on it.

If you want to help -- go pull all Vox Day's discussions of this, and form those into a book. I'm hoping for an "SJWs Always Project" sometime shortly AFTER the updated "Corporate Cancer" and somehow wrapped around the Arts of Dark and Light: both extended book two AND third book.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia August 09, 2020 7:40 PM  

Ransom Smith wrote:There's an interesting book to be written, about the failure of so many world class players transitioning to manager: Matthaüs, Gullit, Maradona.

While many average players have a reputation as great managers: Clough, Klopp, Hitzfeld.


And of course, Alex Ferguson, who bounced around the Scottish leagues for a decade and half and got a few Scotland caps. Of course the fact that you can last that long, even in a second tier league says something about determination.

Blogger johndoe03526 August 09, 2020 8:17 PM  

Much respect to Serie A for not bending the knee to BLM.

Blogger Ransom Smith August 09, 2020 9:36 PM  

Sssshhhhh. The Dark Lord is already too busy for two Dark Lords
I'm not suggesting he write a book I should instead write myself.
And of course, Alex Ferguson, who bounced around the Scottish leagues for a decade and half and got a few Scotland caps.
Not a huge Fergie fan. In part because he's a Scottish Commie. But also I think he got lucky with a huge academy pool and rode it through to retirement. I don't at all think it's a coincidence that Fergie retired around when Scholes and Gary Neville did.

Blogger nswhorse August 09, 2020 10:17 PM  

I'm a Manchester United fan, and I hate them too. They've settled for overpaid mediocrity since Sir Alex left. Seems no one running the club actually shared his philosophy of demanding excellence and refusing to accept less. Worse, far worse, is how openly and brazenly they've embraced the woke gospel. I would not be surprised if at some point they stop memorialising Munich because the entire club was white back then. And the final insult is being owned by 'American' Jewish financial elites who couldn't give the first damn about football, the club, or its history.

Blogger Karen took the Kids August 15, 2020 7:03 AM  

The same mentality exists at Real with managers and players. Googling Pirlo quotes is quite enjoyable. Made life on and off the pitch look effortless.

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