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Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

March 3, 2010
Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

It’s difficult to make the case for Michael Carrick being in the England side without coming across as a pretentious, know-it-all bore. Comments like “He does the quiet things well”, “He keeps things simple”, and “He brings the best out of his team-mates” are all classic ‘underrated player’ arguments. But like it or not,...
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Benfica – the most attractive side in Europe?

March 2, 2010
Benfica – the most attractive side in Europe?

Is there a side in Europe at the moment that plays more attacking, exciting football than this Benfica side? With two forwards, three attacking midfielders and two extremely offensive full-backs, the side is packed with creativity and energetic runners, making them extremely difficult to defend against.
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Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

November 14, 2009
Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

A later, more detailed piece on Brazil is here The outstanding football article of this year was written by Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian, on Brazil’s formation in the Confederations Cup. Trying to expand on Mr Wilson’s excellent prose would be suicidal, but since the piece came without diagrams – sacrilege – here is a brief summary...
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