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Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

January 17, 2010
Eduardo’s excellent link-up play against Bolton key to Arsenal victory

It’s often been said that Eduardo da Silva is purely a goalscorer – the insinuation being that he’s lacking technically in other areas. In recent weeks, Arsene Wenger has deployed Andrei Arshavin as the lone striker, with Eduardo on the left-hand side, but against Bolton Eduardo played through the middle as a lone central striker, and he...
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Teams of the Decade, #19: France, Euro 2004

January 15, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #19: France, Euro 2004

This side gets in here because of the idea behind it, rather than the actual outcome. France were poor at Euro 2004 – they were outplayed by England in the first game, and were utterly toothless when being dumped out by Greece.
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Teams of the Decade, #20: Sevilla 2005-07

January 13, 2010
Teams of the Decade, #20: Sevilla 2005-07

It’s hard to believe that, just two and a half years ago, Juande Ramos had a reputation as one of the most promising managers in Europe. In guiding Sevilla to consecutive UEFA Cups, a Copa del Rey and the Spanish and European Super Cups within two seasons, he oversaw by far the most successful...
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With Alex Song away, can Arsenal rely on Denilson to get the tackles in?

January 11, 2010

The general consensus amongst Arsenal fans seems to be that Alex Song has been the club’s best (or at least, most important) player so far this season, sitting in front of the back four in the holding role, and winning the ball in the centre of the park. But Song has departed for a month...
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Teams of the Decade – explained

January 11, 2010

This list is not attempting to name the best twenty sides of the decade, rather, on a site focussed upon tactics, it is attempting to outline the twenty most interesting sides in terms of the way they played, or in the way the team was set out on the pitch.
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