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Algeria set to ditch their three-man defence

June 10, 2010
Algeria set to ditch their three-man defence

Algeria were one of the more tactically-interesting sides at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, switching between three separate formations, including a three- and four-man defence throughout the competition.
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South Korea lacking at both ends of the pitch

June 10, 2010
South Korea lacking at both ends of the pitch

Sometimes international teams simply produce too many of the same type of player. Portugal produce too many wingers and not enough strikers. Holland produce too many attackers and not enough defenders.
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Slovenia – 4-4-2, hard-working, organised etc

June 9, 2010
Slovenia – 4-4-2, hard-working, organised etc

In previous competitions, we might have Slovenia’s system as rather boring, but in a competition set to be dominated by 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3s and three-man defences, it’s quite nice to see someone persevering with the good old 4-4-2.
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Serbia: outsiders or real contenders?

June 9, 2010
Serbia: outsiders or real contenders?

How many times can a side be labelled dark horses before they cease to be dark horses? Serbia have been hyped up so much as potential overachievers that it’s difficult to know how they’ll live up the billing.
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Brazil start the World Cup as the team to beat

June 9, 2010
Brazil start the World Cup as the team to beat

If the World Cup television pundits tell you to forget everything you know about Brazil, then forget everything they tell you. This is a wonderful side that plays superb football.
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