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Offline NEsoccerfan

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Re: D1 vs D3 comparison
« Reply #60 on: October 15, 2018, 12:29:04 pm »
And a +K to you as well and to your boy.
Over the last 40 years the best two players (arguably) have been two short South Americans.

I am 5 12' myself, and I think that guys 2 inches or more taller than I am have a bit of a disadvantage in the game.
A low center of gravity does wonders in terms of turning radius and overall manipulation.
There are tall guys that are really skillful ballers, but I think this is more rare than people think.

Also, you hit it on the head, brain speed is much much more important than height.

SLU has had a 6 6' center back for the past 16 years or so, and this works I think in that particular position, but still not necessary.
The sweeper I played with was 5 9'.

Brain Speed/Foot Speed combination is what it takes, this is not basketball or American football.

Iniesta one of my favorites. 5' 7" and not exactly a physical specimen relative to strength and traditional view of an athlete. Slightly built. But a magician on the field.  Pele and Messi short in stature but physically stronger build than Iniesta. All well under 6ft. Maradonna another. Like you said sometimes shorter players have and advantage over taller players. Short turn radius, often quicker in short distances, etc. Messiah did a mission type trip to Colombia summer 2017 where they played several amateur and one pro team.  Most were shorter players but my son said they all were extremely comfortable with the ball at their feet.

Just curious, how did they fare against the Colombian sides?

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Re: D1 vs D3 comparison
« Reply #61 on: October 15, 2018, 08:09:32 pm »

Just curious, how did they fare against the Colombian sides?

If I recall correctly they won 3 against amateur sides and lost maybe 5-3 to second division pro team.

Just looked up the team they lost to was Leones 2nd Division Pro Team. Looks like they were promoted to first division for 2018...interesting..first year ever in A division
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