Past features

Past features

How the 2000s changed tactics #9: Versatile attacking players

January 21, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #9: Versatile attacking players

The great attacking players of the late 1990s were easy to pin down to specific positions. Gabriel Batistuta, George Weah and Ronaldo were central forwards; Zinedine Zidane and Manuel Rui Costa were central playmakers; Luis Figo, Ryan Giggs and Marc Overmars were wingers.
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Teams of the Decade #15: Brazil, 2009

January 20, 2010
Teams of the Decade #15: Brazil, 2009

This Brazil side (with slight replacements in certain positions) has already been covered on this site, so it’s probably better for me to just link to the original article I wrote, although this focussed upon Brazil’s friendly against England, rather than the Confederations Cup side the Confederations Cup-winning players on the left.
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Teams of the Decade #16: Senegal, World Cup 02

January 19, 2010
Teams of the Decade #16: Senegal, World Cup 02

In terms of one-off results, Senegal beating France in the opening game of the 2002 World Cup was the biggest shock of the decade. It’s one of those results that has gone down in history, so it’s difficult to set the scene to describe what an upset it was. Here goes…
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How the 2000s changed tactics #10: The advent of attacking full-backs

January 19, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #10: The advent of attacking full-backs

England’s first competitive fixture of the 2000s saw them start with the Neville brothers in the full-back positions. England’s first competitive fixture of the 2010s will see Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson there – the shift in that position from solid, reliable players to pacey, positive players could not be more marked.
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Teams of the Decade, #17: Bologna, 2001/02

January 19, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #17: Bologna, 2001/02

To include a side on this list whose greatest achievement was to finish 7th one season may seem odd, but the final league table of the 2001/02 season doesn’t do justice to Bologna’s achievements that season – mixing it with the big boys, and only a final day defeat denying them the 4th place...
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