Past features

Past features

Teams of the Decade #13: Chelsea 2004-06

January 25, 2010
Teams of the Decade #13: Chelsea 2004-06

Everyone knows that Arsenal went unbeaten in 2003/04, but it’s worth pointing out that Chelsea only lost one game the next season, a surprise 0-1 defeat away at Manchester City. OK so, Jose Mourinho had inherited a great squad, which had been added to over the summer with the likes of Cech, Drogba, Carvalho...
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League comparison #1: passing

January 24, 2010
League comparison #1: passing

It’s often argued that the major European leagues are becoming increasingly similar, and there are no longer significant variations in tactics.  What are the reasons for this? An increased number of foreign players and managers? More television coverage of foreign competitions? A greater number of European matches? Globalisation in general? That debate is for another...
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The woes of Michael Owen detailed

January 23, 2010

When will we get to the point where no-one will bother questioning Michael Owen’s omission from the England squad? For many, that point has long passed, although certain media pundits insist that Owen deserves his place in Capello’s 23. The reason Owen deserves to be considered, apparently, is that he is England’s best ‘natural born...
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How the 2000s changed tactics #8: Pace

January 22, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #8: Pace

There isn’t a great deal to say about this one – it pretty much does what it says on the tin. In the past ten years, pace has become arguably the most important quality for young footballers.
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Teams of the Decade #14: Milan 2002-07

January 22, 2010
Teams of the Decade #14: Milan 2002-07

Milan will go down as one of the classic teams of the decade, if only for the players that wore the Rossoneri shirts. It featured a true modern legend in Paolo Maldini, as well as Costacurta, Stam, Cafu, Nesta, Serginho, Pirlo, Redondo, Seedorf, Gattuso, Boban, Kaka, Rui Costa, Leonardo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Shevchenko, Ronaldo, Inzaghi,...
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