Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

May 29, 2010
Greece: lightning probably won’t strike twice

It seems foolish to write off Greece after the miracle of 2004, but both on paper and on the pitch, this seems a fairly weak side – albeit on that is well-organised and has a good understanding between players. Read more »

Is Diego Maradona set to surprise people?

May 28, 2010
Is Diego Maradona set to surprise people?

“Maradona’s crazy! He doesn’t know what he’s doing!” is the general attitude towards Argentina’s manager since he took over 18 months ago. Read more »

An old-fashioned 3-5-2 for Uruguay

May 27, 2010
An old-fashioned 3-5-2 for Uruguay

The three-man defence may be fairly unpopular throughout Europe at the moment, but it is alive and well in Latin America. With Chile having used a 3-3-1-3 system throughout qualification and Mexico toying with a 3-4-3, Uruguay will join them, with a more traditional 3-5-2 formation. Read more »

Mexico’s fluid shape makes them dark horses

May 27, 2010
Mexico’s fluid shape makes them dark horses

“There’s a lot of movement arrows on that diagram”, you might be thinking. And you’d be right – there are, for that’s the key to Mexico’s system – movement from almost every player on the pitch and plenty of width when attacking. Read more »

North Korea: a better side than you might expect

May 26, 2010
North Korea: a better side than you might expect

For obvious reasons, there hasn’t been a great deal of media coverage about the North Korean national team, making a re-appearance in the World Cup for the first time since their famous adventure in the north of England in 1966. Read more »

Tactical analysis of England’s system

May 25, 2010
Tactical analysis of England’s system

With just a couple of weeks until the World Cup begins, this was a game posing more questions than offering solutions for Fabio Capello. Whilst England recorded a 3-1 win, they were outplayed and outpassed by a technically superior Mexico side for large parts of the game. Read more »

ZM’s end-of-season awards

May 24, 2010
ZM’s end-of-season awards

The Champions League final has been and gone, so we are now officially at the end of the 2009/10 season. This would not be an internet football site without an article outlining some reasonably pointless ‘awards’, but since this is a site focussed on tactics, hopefully the tactical angle will – like a newly-signed winger that doesn’t appear to fit into the team – ‘provide something different’. Read more »

Inter 2-0 Bayern: Milito the master of Madrid

May 23, 2010
Inter 2-0 Bayern: Milito the master of Madrid

Inter have deservedly won the Champions League – beating this season’s champions of England, Spain and then Germany on the way to collecting the trophy. Jose Mourinho has conquered Europe again, Inter have won the treble for the first time in the history of Italian football, and Italy retains its four Champions League places ahead of Germany. Read more »

Inter v Bayern: passing statistics

May 22, 2010
Inter v Bayern: passing statistics

The passing statistics after a Champions League game always make for interesting reading, particularly when Barcelona thrash a team, and we can point to the passing graphs and claim they sum up how much better Barcelona were, and how they won by passing the opposition off the pitch. Read more »

Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

May 21, 2010
Inter v Bayern: Champions League final preview

This is what the Champions League is all about: England’s best side against Spain’s best side in last season’s final in Rome, Italy’s best side against Germany’s best side this season in Madrid. This is an intriguing match-up between two sides who have underachieved in Europe in recent years, and between two of the greatest tacticians in modern times. Read more »