Past features

Past features

Teams of the Decade – explained

January 11, 2010

This list is not attempting to name the best twenty sides of the decade, rather, on a site focussed upon tactics, it is attempting to outline the twenty most interesting sides in terms of the way they played, or in the way the team was set out on the pitch.
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Birmingham got a point from Manchester United, Hull didn’t. What was the difference?

January 9, 2010

This site, as much as any other, puts forward the view that successful football results can be attributed to thoughtful, well-crafted, intelligent tactics. Sometimes, though, it comes down to just putting your head in where it hurts. Manchester United went to both Hull and Birmingham recently, conceding a goal in each. But...
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How will David Beckham fit into Leonardo’s Milan side?

January 9, 2010
How will David Beckham fit into Leonardo’s Milan side?

David Beckham returns for his second loan spell in Serie A hoping for regular first-team football, to prove to Fabio Capello he has the ability and fitness to justify a place in England’s 23-man squad this summer. The problem for Beckham, however, is that he’s joining a side who are both bang in form,...
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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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