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The 1998 World Cup Final – on reflection…

March 6, 2010
The 1998 World Cup Final – on reflection…

Extended highlights of the 1998 World Cup Final is currently on repeat on a particular British television channel showing ‘classic’ sporting encounters. Most famous for Zidane’s two headers and Ronaldo’s pre-match breakdown, it’s not a game that is generally held up as a great tactical victory.
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How the 2000s changed tactics #6: The death of the ‘poacher’

February 21, 2010
How the 2000s changed tactics #6: The death of the ‘poacher’

If you could travel back to the mid 90s and ask 100 football fans who the best finisher in the Premiership was, you’d find a majority telling you the answer was Robbie Fowler. He wasn’t tall, he wasn’t fast, he wasn’t strong and he wasn’t mobile, but if you gave him the ball, he...
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Ivory Coast – a solid spine, but weak full-backs and lark of creative spark may be their downfall

February 3, 2010
Ivory Coast – a solid spine, but weak full-backs and lark of creative spark may be their downfall

The Ivory Coast will go into this year’s World Cup as ninth- favourites, the shortest-priced African side to ever go into a World Cup tournament. They play a fairly standard 4-3-3 system, with two wingers happy to rotate, attacking full-backs, and a solid, physical midfield.
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Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

January 31, 2010
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United: Wayne Rooney brilliantly demonstrates the value of a ‘false nine’

It’s one thing to go out, play to your manager’s orders and get results. It’s an entirely separate thing to go out and score great goals. And when those two come together, you have perfect football. This doesn’t happen too often – playing to your manager’s orders is often associated with defensive, negative football –...
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