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Italy’s problem with creativity must be overcome

June 10, 2010
Italy’s problem with creativity must be overcome

No-one is talking about Italy ahead of this tournament, despite them being the holders, despite them breezing through qualification, despite them having received the most favourable draw of any side.
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Japan worse than the sum of their parts

June 10, 2010
Japan worse than the sum of their parts

Japan probably should be better than they are considering their attacking talents, but manager Takeshi Okada is intent on playing a certain way, even if it means leaving out star names.
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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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