World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010

Mexico 2-0 France: Organised v disorganised

June 18, 2010
Mexico 2-0 France: Organised v disorganised

Tactics can only explain a team’s victories or defeats to a certain extent – this awful French performance was quite clearly a failing in terms of motivation, team spirit and countless other factors that aren’t directly concerned with strategy.
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Argentina 4-1 South Korea: Attacking talents overwhelm Korean defence

June 17, 2010
Argentina 4-1 South Korea: Attacking talents overwhelm Korean defence

A game that Argentina dominated from the first minute, and the scoreline is an accurate reflection of the balance of play. Diego Maradona changed Argentina’s shape slightly, resulting in a more balanced and dangerous side when going forward.
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Spain 0-1 Switzerland: Spanish failings the main reason for the scoreline

June 17, 2010
Spain 0-1 Switzerland: Spanish failings the main reason for the scoreline

We were looking for Spain to really get the tournament going – they did exactly that, but by being on the end of the biggest shock so far, rather than providing an amazing attacking display.
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Honduras 0-1 Chile: Bielsa’s men live up to the billing

June 16, 2010
Honduras 0-1 Chile: Bielsa’s men live up to the billing

It’s been a World Cup dominated by defensive football so far, so Chile’s all-out attacking strategy was a welcome change. They deserved the win, but should have scored far more goals.
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Why Brazil’s breakthrough was always going to come from Maicon

June 16, 2010
Why Brazil’s breakthrough was always going to come from Maicon

It was inevitable that Brazil would eventually score against North Korea, and it was almost as inevitable that they would do so through Maicon, their rampaging right-back. Here’s why.
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