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An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

August 9, 2010
An example of why three-man defences struggle against three-man attacks

ZM rarely covers anything other than top-flight football, but with 2010/11’s Premier League action not starting until next weekend, here’s an opportunity to focus on a lower league game.
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What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

July 30, 2010
What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

It’s this year’s must-have for any side looking to finish near the top of the Premier League: a player who prompts the question, ‘What does he do?’
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Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

May 21, 2010
Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

This is what the Champions League is all about: England’s best side against Spain’s best side in last season’s final in Rome, Italy’s best side against Germany’s best side this season in Madrid. This is an intriguing match-up between two sides who have underachieved in Europe in recent years, and between two of the...
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Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

May 12, 2010
Fulham v Atletico Madrid: tactical preview

The tactical craze of the 2009/10 season has been deploying inverted wingers (that is, the opposite side to which their strongest foot would generally dictate), so it’s fitting that we have a European final that showcases two sides who take this approach to wing play.
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What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

May 5, 2010
What has Steve McClaren been doing right?

Steve McClaren has done it. P34 W27 D5 L2, and top of the league for all but six weeks of the campaign, he has won the Eredivisie title for the first time in the history of FC Twente.
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