Past features

Past features

Chelsea’s Premiership win: a lesson in bringing the best out of star players

May 10, 2010
Chelsea’s Premiership win: a lesson in bringing the best out of star players

Chelsea – Premiership champions 2009/10. A great side? Probably not, but it’s hard to argue that, over the course of the season, they do not deserve to lift the trophy.
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Teams of the Decade #1: Greece, Euro 2004

March 29, 2010
Teams of the Decade #1: Greece, Euro 2004

This Greek sideĀ achievedĀ perhaps the most astonishing thing in the history of international football. There have been one-off shocks, games that went against the favourites because of a particular set of circumstances. USA 1-0 England in 1950. Senegal 1-0 France in 2002. But those things can happen; shocks in football happen because it’s such a...
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Zonal Marking’s 20 teams of the decade – in full

March 28, 2010
Zonal Marking’s 20 teams of the decade – in full

After twenty trips down memory lane, this series has finally come to an end. Below are the twenty sides chosen, in descending order, to represent the 2000s in tactical terms. Choosing the sides was a difficult task. The intention was not to choose the twenty ‘best’ sides, but to choose twenty sides who were somehow...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #2: Classic Number 10s struggle

March 26, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #2: Classic Number 10s struggle

The decade started with the most attacking, open tournament in modern football, at Euro 2000. The four semi-finalists all played ‘classic’ Number 10s in the hole between the opposition defence and midfield. France, Italy, Portugal and Holland had Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti, Manuel Rui Costa and Dennis Bergkamp respectively – it almost seemed essential...
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Teams of the Decade #2: Barcelona, 2008/09

March 24, 2010
Teams of the Decade #2: Barcelona, 2008/09

What more can you say about this Barcelona side? European champions, La Liga champions and Copa Del Rey winners, all in the first season under the charge of Pep Guardiola. And they didn’t do it by merely winning games, they did it by winning in style, making them perhaps the most universally respected side...
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