Posts Tagged ‘ deep-lying playmaker ’

How the 2000s changed tactics #1: The fall and rise of the passing midfielder

April 24, 2012
How the 2000s changed tactics #1: The fall and rise of the passing midfielder

This article was originally written two years ago, but in the wake of Pep Guardiola’s departure from Barcelona, it seems appropriate to re-publish.
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Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle: Sublime Scholes dictates the game

August 16, 2010
Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle: Sublime Scholes dictates the game

A comfortable victory for Manchester United – the winning margin could have been greater, but Newcastle were not without their opportunities.
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What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

July 30, 2010
What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

It’s this year’s must-have for any side looking to finish near the top of the Premier League: a player who prompts the question, ‘What does he do?’
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Teams of the Decade #14: Milan 2002-07

January 22, 2010
Teams of the Decade #14: Milan 2002-07

Milan will go down as one of the classic teams of the decade, if only for the players that wore the Rossoneri shirts. It featured a true modern legend in Paolo Maldini, as well as Costacurta, Stam, Cafu, Nesta, Serginho, Pirlo, Redondo, Seedorf, Gattuso, Boban, Kaka, Rui Costa, Leonardo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Shevchenko, Ronaldo, Inzaghi,...
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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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