Former Aktüel and Esquire writer Ali Fikri Işık explained the new era of football in a nutshell: "You know the old saying, big fish eats small fish. However, that is not the way the world works anymore. Now, small and fast fish eat big and slow fish. If that is the case, we must change our football perception as soon as possible. We should build a ‘Great Wall of China' between our traditional way of playing football and the modern requirements of football. Almost all successful football cultures managed to do that, why not us?"
Of course, Işık's concept of speed is not the same as Slaven Bilic's. His theory suggests how to organize speed. On the other hand, Bilic and other traditional coaches often attribute speed to chaos. However, speed actually is the result of the right strategies and tactics, not necessarily the cause, and this is the breaking point between modern and traditional coaches. Modern coaches like Josep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa and Arsene Wenger expect their team to develop speed while they organize, in other words, first they expect the thing to be done correctly, rather than quickly. As famous writer Stephen R. Covey said: "If you are speeding up on the wrong road, you are not making progress." If we put it straight, first build an organized game, then organize speed.
Secondly, we must appreciate this analysis since it puts an end to the tyranny of dogmatic views in football. Like the Catholic Church in the dark ages, the concept of "transfer" was an unquestionable myth in old football. The code of success was simple, you get the best players around the world then you can win anything you want. That is why future generations will mention 20th century football with words like "might, glory, enormity." Nevertheless, the new pioneers of football will be remembered as Da Vincis, Michelangelos and Galileos of football. Football is free from any fictional restrictions now, anyone can beat anyone and that is why we are closer to the soul of the game than our ancestors.
Another point is this new perception of football pushes us to make a classification between schematic and systematic game play. The former, mostly emphasized by traditional coaches, actually does not have a meaning on its own. The scheme, which is crucial in a systematic game, is not sufficient to create a sophisticated game. On the other hand, what the system offers us in the first place is a center. Like any other organizational structures, states, armies, banks, the first thing to do is to build a main body for the structure. This body, which allows coaches to implement their plans, gives meaning to everything a team does on the pitch. In order to talk about a complete strategy, you must have a main source where you can check the validity of other movements. Otherwise, every action creates its own meaning in every moment and in the end all you have is a chaotic assemble of movements.
In the final analysis, as Işık explained, our game perception needs a drastic change. From the economic relations to strategic issues, we need to get rid of our traditional ways of playing football. This country managed to get rid of its chains economically, socially and politically in the last decade, why not football? We still let big old fish to eat small young fish. Turkish football is still being ruled by the Catholic Church, or in other words a bunch of elites. We need counter examples and we need them as soon as possible. Violence, corruption and poor quality, all take their roots from our old football mentality.