Past features

Past features

Teams of the Decade, #18: Australia, 2006

January 19, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #18: Australia, 2006

It’s fair to say that Guus Hiddink could have had three sides in this list – his 2002 venture to the World Cup semi-finals with South Korea was probably his best achievement of the decade; his 2008 Russia side was probably his best team of the decade.
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Marouane Fellaini – superb in a deep-lying role for Everton

January 18, 2010
Marouane Fellaini – superb in a deep-lying role for Everton

Marouane Fellaini’s ability has never been in question – he’s not short of being the all-round footballer. Tall, strong, a fierce tackler, a good passer and the ability to find the net – he’s exactly what you want from a modern football player, and demonstrates why David Moyes paid £15m – yes, £15m –...
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Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

January 17, 2010
Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

It’s often been said that Eduardo da Silva is purely a goalscorer – the insinuation being that he’s lacking technically in other areas. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger has deployed Andrei Arshavin as the lone striker, with Eduardo on the left-hand side, but against Bolton Eduardo played through the middle as a lone central striker, and he...
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Teams of the Decade, #19: France, Euro 2004

January 15, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #19: France, Euro 2004

This side gets in here because of the idea behind it, rather than the actual outcome. France were poor at Euro 2004 – they were outplayed by England in the first game, and were utterly toothless when being dumped out by Greece.
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Teams of the Decade, #20: Sevilla 2005-07

January 13, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #20: Sevilla 2005-07

It’s hard to believe that, just two and a half years ago, Juande Ramos had a reputation as one of the most promising managers in Europe. In guiding Sevilla to consecutive UEFA Cups, a Copa del Rey and the Spanish and European Super Cups within two seasons, he oversaw by far the most successful...
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