World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010

The final analysis, part three: brilliant Busquets

July 16, 2010
The final analysis, part three: brilliant Busquets

As is customary after a Spain or Barcelona success, the performance of Sergio Busquets (two La Ligas, a Champions League and a World Cup after two seasons of professional football) has largely been ignored.
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The final analysis, part two: different ways of dealing with wingers

July 15, 2010
The final analysis, part two: different ways of dealing with wingers

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s lack of pace was cited as a potential weakness before every Holland game, and the Dutch captain seemed to acknowledge his weakness in that respect. Therefore, he made sure to stick tight to whichever winger he came up against. Here, Pedro comes very deep to get the ball, and van Bronckhorst...
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The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

July 13, 2010
The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

Here is Holland’s basic shape when they have the ball with their goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg. This shows their defence (red), their holding midfielders (yellow), the attacking band of three (green) and the striker (blue).
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Spain 1-0 Holland: Iniesta settles a tight game

July 12, 2010
Spain 1-0 Holland: Iniesta settles a tight game

Spain are the World Champions. They were the better side and played a more positive, cohesive brand of football throughout.
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Holland v Spain: tactical preview

July 11, 2010
Holland v Spain: tactical preview

So here we are, the biggest game in football. A clash of the two most successful sides in World Cup history to have never won the trophy itself, it is tactically fascinating in a historical sense.
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