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How the 2000s changed tactics #6: The death of the ‘poacher’

February 21, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #6: The death of the ‘poacher’

If you could travel back to the mid 90s and ask 100 football fans who the best finisher in the Premiership was, you’d find a majority telling you the answer was Robbie Fowler. He wasn’t tall, he wasn’t fast, he wasn’t strong and he wasn’t mobile, but if you gave him the ball, he...
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Teams of the Decade #9: Arsenal 2001-04

February 12, 2010
Teams of the Decade #9: Arsenal 2001-04

Amongst the universal praise for Arsenal’s incredible unbeaten 2003/04 season, their achievements of two seasons before are often overlooked. In that season they became the first team in modern times to go the whole season unbeaten away from home (equalled, obviously, by themselves two years later), and they also became the only side in...
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Teams of the Decade #10: Roma 2000-01

February 9, 2010
Teams of the Decade #10: Roma 2000-01

Into the top ten we go! And to start the top ten, it’s the oldest side on this list, the superb Scudetto-winning Roma side of nine years ago. Roma played wonderful football, had a XI packed with really likeable, talented players, and a manager (Fabio Capello) who consistently got his tactics spot on. And...
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Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

January 29, 2010
Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

There’s some debate about who first used the 4-2-3-1 formation that became so popular across Europe in the 2000s. It probably started its development in the mid-90s, and some would point to Manchester United of 1994 as a forerunner, and perhaps Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side and Real Madrid under John Toshack have claims to...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #7: Squad rotation

January 28, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #7: Squad rotation

Although this doesn’t directly concern on-field tactics, the concept of squad rotation has become almost mandatory for the top sides in Europe, and has a large impact on the team selection of the managers concerned.
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