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World Cup second round preview (part one)

June 26, 2010
World Cup second round preview (part one)

The eight World Cup second round matches are spread over the course of four days. Here’s previews for the first half…
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Argentina 4-1 South Korea: Attacking talents overwhelm Korean defence

June 17, 2010
Argentina 4-1 South Korea: Attacking talents overwhelm Korean defence

A game that Argentina dominated from the first minute, and the scoreline is an accurate reflection of the balance of play. Diego Maradona changed Argentina’s shape slightly, resulting in a more balanced and dangerous side when going forward.
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Argentina 1-0 Nigeria: Maradona’s men dominate but fail to convince

June 12, 2010
Argentina 1-0 Nigeria: Maradona’s men dominate but fail to convince

Eight years ago, Argentina started with a 1-0 win against Nigeria and then crashed out before the knockout stages. You wouldn’t bet on the same thing happening again, but this performance didn’t suggest that Argentina have the ruthlessness needed to win the trophy.
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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.
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How the 2000s changed tactics #2: Classic Number 10s struggle

March 26, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #2: Classic Number 10s struggle

The decade started with the most attacking, open tournament in modern football, at Euro 2000. The four semi-finalists all played ‘classic’ Number 10s in the hole between the opposition defence and midfield. France, Italy, Portugal and Holland had Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti, Manuel Rui Costa and Dennis Bergkamp respectively – it almost seemed essential...
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