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Bielsa’s Chile the most tactically-exciting side

June 8, 2010
Bielsa’s Chile the most tactically-exciting side

Judge Chile by looking at their squad list and you might be rather underwhelmed, but many of those who saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side in action throughout qualification see them as the most intriguing prospect on offer in South Africa.
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Germany more aesthetically-pleasing than usual

June 8, 2010
Germany more aesthetically-pleasing than usual

“They haven’t got any great players, but you can never write them off” is the usual line about Germany. In 2010, that old cliche might not be appropriate.
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Paraguay – functional rather than spectacular

June 8, 2010
Paraguay – functional rather than spectacular

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino has used his pre-tournament friendlies for experimentation, both in terms of formation and personnel, making his starting line-up for the opening game against Italy difficult to predict.
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Nigeria may struggle for creativity in midfield

June 8, 2010
Nigeria may struggle for creativity in midfield

Nigeria have traditionally been the strongest African nation, at least in terms of the quality of players they’ve produced. The likes of Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and Egypt have shown quality at points throughout the past two decades, but Nigeria has produced a stream of genuinely top-class players.
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A defensive-minded 4-2-3-1 for Australia

June 7, 2010
A defensive-minded 4-2-3-1 for Australia

Australia got to the first round in their first World Cup, the second round in their second World Cup, so is a quarter-final spot the natural outcome for their third World Cup?
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