Tiki taka

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Tiki-Taka or Tiqui-Taca describes a style of football that is characterized by a short passing game and a high percentage of ball possession by the attacking team. Almost the entire team is in constant motion and lets the ball circulate through their rows. The style of play with Spanish connotations is very similar to total football from the Netherlands .


Characteristic of this tactic is a mobile short passing game through patient combination, in which the positions constantly castle and permanent triangles are formed by the player. Wide passes are largely avoided.

Since the defenders also often intervene in the passing game, the opponent is forced to cover a larger area. The long ball relays also lead to criticism because they make the game boring and unattractive for the audience.


The name Tiki-Taka corresponds to the Spanish term for click-clack balls . The journalist Andrés Montes popularized the term during the 2006 World Cup on the Spanish television channel La Sexta to describe the then new style of the Spanish national team.

Dissemination and criticism

The Spanish national team practiced this style of play during the Euro 2008 , the World Cup 2010 and the Euro 2012 and won all three tournaments under the direction of Luis Aragonés and later Vicente del Bosque . Also, the FC Barcelona applies this game system and won with it in time from 2009 to 2013 fifteen titles. A prerequisite for the success of the tactic is a very good technique of the players, which allows precise passes, and a reliable defense, which thwarts a counterattack if the ball is lost.

Pep Guardiola , formerly a successful coach at FC Barcelona, ​​brought the Tiki-Taka tactics to his new station, FC Bayern Munich . After the club's elimination in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 home defeat to Real Madrid, the Tiki-Taka strategy was criticized as "fruitless possession of the ball" that does not lead to goals, which degenerates into an end in itself.

Internationally, too, the so-called “ball possession football” has recently brought less success. For example, sports journalist Andreas Babst wrote during the 2018 World Cup after Spain's defeat by Russia in the NZZ : “Is the Tiki-Taka at the end? It already seemed that way back in 2014 when Spain failed in the group stage. "The Spanish national coach Fernando Hierro said after the Russia game:" We wanted to believe in this idea. We have an identity, you can see it. We have a personality, that's a good thing ”. It is difficult to let go. Babst also asked whether it was worth having the ball at all: “Three quarters of the season the Spaniards were in possession of the ball against Russia. Together with the passes, that was a statistical dominance that you rarely see. Argentina also had more possession than France in Saturday's round of 16, Portugal more than Uruguay, each around 60 percent. Nevertheless, the French and Uruguay were always more dangerous and mostly superior thanks to fast counterattacks . "

Web links

Wiktionary: Tiki-Taka  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Times: New coaching breed gives heart to Spain
  2. ^ Rahn, Horst-Joachim : Tips for successful football, Leipzig 2017, p. 131.
  3. Florian Haupt: FC Barcelona wants to get away from Tiki-Taka , fussball.de from September 27, 2013.
  4. Jed C. Davies: Coaching the Tiki Taka style of play . Soccertutor.com, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9576705-4-9 .
  5. ^ Moritz Kielbassa: rabbits in the ball In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. July 7, 2010, p. 35.
  6. Mundo Deportivo: Empieza el 'tiqui-taca' de la selección española
  7. Spain is like love without sex
  8. "Tiki-Taka" as a Valium tablet
  9. victory of Tiki Takanaccio
  10. ^ Eva Lavric: The Linguistics of Football . 1st edition. Gunter Narr Verlag, Tübingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-8233-6398-9 , p. 354 .
  11. ^ Wiener Zeitung : With "Tiqui-taca" also to the world title? , June 8, 2010 (accessed November 20, 2013)
  12. n24.de: Puyol buries German World Cup dreams ( Memento of the original from July 9, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.n24.de
  13. "Ancelotti makes Guardiola's Tiki-Taka ridiculous"
  14. Pep becomes Sepp
  15. Is this the end of tiki-taka football? , Neue Zürcher Zeitung of July 2, 2018, accessed on the same day