The case is about the difference between two of the greatest soccer attack combinations to grace the field; two combinations that are currently dominating the game. First up is the Real Madrid FC front three made of Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Welshman, Gareth Bale. Second is the FC Barcelona front three which has Neymar Dos Santos, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Both these sets of attack are made of superb quality players. What is the difference between how the two fronts operate on the pitch? Case one is what makes the FC Barcelona front three clicks so perfectly in a way that has not been seen in world football. Case two is on what makes the Real Madrid FC front three such a lethal attacking force despite their egos and individualism.
Reasons why these Two Cases were picked
This case is picked because, apart from telling us what makes two of the most dominant teams in European football different, it also gives insight into one of the greatest rivalries in world football, a question that hasn't really been answered to date, who is the greatest of the two? It also shows the contribution of each player to their attacking trio and how they would fit if they were to change teams with each other. The most exciting part is asking us questions about the hypothetical no matter how unlikely it is to happen.
Theories by Different Authors and why they were picked
Butler will be the first theorist in this work. Her focus on performativity is very relatable to these teams. All the four aforementioned features described by her theories are elements found in both teams but, with varying levels of intensity. Her opinions about true gender and the resistance to calculation by gender performance are important. J.L Austin's theory of speech works will also be discussed. Austin talks about on how to get things done merely by use of words, and these players do so in press conferences and even at times dictating how the team should be run. That is why this theory is included in the work.
1. Performative Acts and Gender Constitution, Judith Butler (1988)
2. J.L Austin, The Speech Act Theory 2nd Ed