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Holland consider playing the fab four together

June 2, 2010
Holland consider playing the fab four together

There would surely be no more popular World Cup winners than the Netherlands. The country that has produced so many great footballers and such a distinct, wonderful way of playing the game is still without a World Cup win.
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Three strikers is a risky tactic for New Zealand

June 1, 2010
Three strikers is a risky tactic for New Zealand

New Zealand are the rank outsiders for this tournament – or 32nd favourites, if you like – available at up to 2000/1. They would see a single point as an achievement in South Africa, and their saving grace is that they are in a relatively weak group, alongside three fairly defensive sides.
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Portugal’s players are good enough, is the coach?

May 31, 2010
Portugal’s players are good enough, is the coach?

In theory, Portugal playing Cape Verde just before the World Cup was a decent idea. They’ve struggled to score throughout the past two years, so how about a morale-boosting thrashing of a former colony to get the goals flowing?
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Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

May 30, 2010
Two friendlies lead Capello back to square one

It’s difficult to analyse England’s 2-1 win over Japan, simply because it’s not clear what Fabio Capello was trying to discover. Was this match purely an audition for individuals to stake their claim, or was he trying to find a cohesive shape?
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Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

May 29, 2010
Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

It seems foolish to write off Greece after the miracle of 2004, but both on paper and on the pitch, this seems a fairly weak side – albeit on that is well-organised and has a good understanding between players.
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