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Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd – two dropped points and two tactical errors from Ferguson

January 9, 2010
Birmingham 1-1 Man Utd – two dropped points and two tactical errors from Ferguson

Let’s make one thing clear – Birmingham are a very good side this year, and a point at St Andrews is not a disastrous result. Nevertheless, United will have been disappointed to come away with just a draw, because Birmingham didn’t play well on the night, and if you have 62% of possession, you...
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How will David Beckham fit into Leonardo’s Milan side?

January 9, 2010
How will David Beckham fit into Leonardo’s Milan side?

David Beckham returns for his second loan spell in Serie A hoping for regular first-team football, to prove to Fabio Capello he has the ability and fitness to justify a place in England’s 23-man squad this summer. The problem for Beckham, however, is that he’s joining a side who are both bang in form,...
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Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea – because Wenger didn’t seek to nullify Ashley Cole

December 1, 2009
Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea – because Wenger didn’t seek to nullify Ashley Cole

It’s hard to believe you’ll see two such similar goals in such quick succession all this season. First, an Ashley Cole cross from the left was turned into the opposite corner by Didier Drogba. Three minutes later, an Ashley Cole cross from the left was turned into the opposite top corner by Thomas Vermaelen,...
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Sporting 0-0 Benfica – Sporting’s lack of creativity produces a dull game

November 28, 2009
Sporting 0-0 Benfica – Sporting’s lack of creativity produces a dull game

Benfica made the strange decision of switching Pablo Aimar and Ramires from their usual starting positions, meaning Aimar was stranded out on the right, and Ramires’ surging runs from midfield were restricted against a Sporting side clearly looking to pack the midfield to stifle creativity.
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Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

November 14, 2009
Brazil – a 4-2-3-1 or a midfield diamond? Neither.

A later, more detailed piece on Brazil is here The outstanding football article of this year was written by Jonathan Wilson of the Guardian, on Brazil’s formation in the Confederations Cup. Trying to expand on Mr Wilson’s excellent prose would be suicidal, but since the piece came without diagrams – sacrilege – here is a brief summary...
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