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Past features

Teams of the Decade #5: Roma, 2007

March 5, 2010
Teams of the Decade #5: Roma, 2007

Some great inventions were the result of years of design and graft, eventually producing something roughly approximating the design brief. Others, like Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, were an happened upon by complete accident. In that sense, Luciano Spalletti is modern football’s Alexander Fleming, and the 4-6-0 was his great discovery that he never intended...
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The top ten most strongly-contested World Cup positions

March 5, 2010
The top ten most strongly-contested World Cup positions

Some international selection dilemmas are a case of “Who is the least bad?”. Others are a little more positive, and often result in top-class players being left out of squads. Here is a list of ten positions featuring tremendous competition ahead of the World Cup. (Leighton Baines v Stephen Warnock missed the cut.)
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Teams of the Decade #6: Bayer Leverkusen 2001-02

February 25, 2010
Teams of the Decade #6: Bayer Leverkusen 2001-02

Ultimately, this Bayer Leverkusen side won nothing; the pressure of challenging on three fronts with a small squad had disastrous results at the end of the season, where they completed the most unwanted ‘treble’ in footballing history – losing the league on the final day of the season, losing in the German Cup final...
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Teams of the Decade #7: Spain 2008

February 23, 2010
Teams of the Decade #7: Spain 2008

It’s hard to place this Spain team on a list which attempts to focus upon tactical innovations as much as success and pretty football – on one hand, the side was so wonderfully fluid and dynamic it was difficult to categorise them into a set formation, on the other it became increasingly clear that...
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Teams of the Decade #8: Czech Republic, 2004

February 22, 2010
Teams of the Decade #8: Czech Republic, 2004

It may have been brief, but it was beautiful. The Czech Republic side of Euro 2004 was brilliant, because they had everything in an attacking sense. They had an aerial threat from 6′7 Jan Koller. They had pace upfront from Milan Baros. They had the finest footballer in Europe at the time in Pavel...
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