Posts Tagged ‘ Beckham ’

PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Ancelotti justified in using a brave starting line-up

April 3, 2013
PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Ancelotti justified in using a brave starting line-up

Barcelona twice took the lead, PSG twice equalised. Carlo Ancelotti surprisingly named David Beckham as part of a midfield two, with four outright attacking players used in a 4-4-1-1 system. Tito Vilanova played Alexis Sanchez, rather than Cristian Tello, as part of his front three. Barcelona dominated in terms of possession and territory, and there was an...
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PSG 2-0 Marseille: PSG attack at speed, but fortunate to keep a clean sheet

February 25, 2013
PSG 2-0 Marseille: PSG attack at speed, but fortunate to keep a clean sheet

A closer game than the scoreline suggests. With injury problems in defence, Carlo Ancelotti named Sylvain Armand as his left-sided centre-back. David Beckham was on the bench. Élie Baup named an unchanged side from the XI that triumphed over Valenciennes last week. PSG’s four outright attackers combined effectively at times, but Marseille will feel they had enough...
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LA Galaxy 3-1 Houston Dynamo: working the channels and maximising set-piece chances

December 2, 2012
LA Galaxy 3-1 Houston Dynamo: working the channels and maximising set-piece chances

The Galaxy won their second consecutive MLS Cup after a second half turnaround. Juninho and Landon Donovan returned to Bruce Arena’s side, in place of Marcelo Sarvas and Edson Buddle respectively. Dominic Kinnear chose a 4-4-2 system, with Calen Carr upfront alongside Will Bruin. Macoumba Kandji was only on the bench. The goals broadly fitted the pattern...
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Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Houston Dynamo: Donovan moves upfront to score the winner

November 21, 2011
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Houston Dynamo: Donovan moves upfront to score the winner

LA Galaxy dominated for almost the entire game, but had to wait until the 71st minute to go ahead through Landon Donovan.
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How the 2000s changed tactics #5: Back to four ‘bands’ in formations

March 8, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #5: Back to four ‘bands’ in formations

Outfield football positions are still generally broken down into three types: defenders, midfielders and forwards. Go to any fantasy football website, or look at a UEFA squad list, and you’ll see players broken down into these three categories. Of course, this ignores the progression of football tactics in recent years, where the pitch is often...
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Posted in Tactics in the 2000s | 15 Comments »