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Spain 3-0 Nigeria: Alba & Pedro crucial in a more direct match than Spain are accustomed to

June 25, 2013
Spain 3-0 Nigeria: Alba & Pedro crucial in a more direct match than Spain are accustomed to

Nigeria were more adventurous than the majority of Spain’s opponents, but they left plenty of space for the World Champions to break into. After changing almost his entire team for the thrashing of Tahiti, Vicente del Bosque returned to the outfield side that defeated Uruguay, although Victor Valdes was in goal. Stephen Keshi brought back Sunday...
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Spain 2-1 Uruguay: Del Bosque changes his midfield structure, Uruguay are disorganised

June 18, 2013
Spain 2-1 Uruguay: Del Bosque changes his midfield structure, Uruguay are disorganised

Spain’s level of dominance should have resulted in a much more emphatic victory. Xabi Alonso is unavailable for the Confederations Cup because of injury, and in his absence Vicente del Bosque changed the structure of his side, using Sergio Busquets as the sole holder, moving Xavi Hernandez into the role he plays at Barcelona, and...
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European Team of the Season, 2012/13

June 12, 2013
European Team of the Season, 2012/13

That time of the year again. Minimal explanation needed, although the list places a strong emphasis upon performances in big matches: key domestic games, and European Cup knockout games. - Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich Neuer played behind an excellent defence, and in a side that retained possession brilliantly for the majority of the campaign. That certainly helped the...
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Barcelona 4-0 Milan: Villa plays centrally and allows Messi space between the lines

March 13, 2013
Barcelona 4-0 Milan: Villa plays centrally and allows Messi space between the lines

Barcelona recovered from a 2-0 first leg defeat. Jordi Roura (perhaps with help from Tito Vilanova) used David Villa upfront, with Cesc Fabregas on the bench, and played Javier Mascherano rather than Carles Puyol. Max Allegri kept things close to the first leg XI – Mathieu Flamini replaced Sulley Muntari, with Riccardo Montolivo moving to the...
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Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

January 31, 2013
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Real press excellently but tire and allow Barca chances

Real pressed effectively in the first half, but Barcelona exerted their dominance after the break. With various absences, Jose Mourinho was forced to name a makeshift backline – Ricardo Carvalho played alongside Rafael Varane, Alvaro Arbeloa had to play left-back, so Michael Essien deputised on the right. New signing Diego Lopez started in goal, Jose...
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