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Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

June 28, 2013
Spain 0-0 Italy: a lopsided tactical battle but an evenly-balanced game

Spain progressed on penalties after an intriguing stalemate. Vicente Del Bosque recalled Fernando Torres and David Silva to play in the front three. Cesare Prandelli was without Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate through injury, and Riccardo Montolivo wasn’t 100% fit. Therefore, he switched to a 3-4-2-1ish formation, using an all-Juventus backline and introducing Alberto Gilardino upfront. This...
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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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Wigan 1-0 Manchester City: Wigan stifle City and attack with tremendous width

May 13, 2013
Wigan 1-0 Manchester City: Wigan stifle City and attack with tremendous width

Ben Watson headed a stoppage time winner as Wigan lifted the FA Cup for the first time. Roberto Martinez was able to call upon Antolin Alcaraz in the centre of his three-man defence, and he used James McArthur as a right-wing-back and Jordi Gomez in central midfield. Roberto Mancini picked Joe Hart despite having used Costel...
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Bayern 1-0 Dortmund: Bayern dominate

February 27, 2013
Bayern 1-0 Dortmund: Bayern dominate

Arjen Robben’s superb goal won the game, but Bayern’s nine shots on target to Dortmund’s one demonstrates the home side’s overall dominance. Jupp Heynckes used the XI that triumphed over Arsenal last week, with one exception – Franck Ribery was out, so Robben started on the left. Daniel van Buyten was alongside Dante again. Jurgen Klopp...
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Wigan stay up after a switch to 3-4-3

May 16, 2012
Wigan stay up after a switch to 3-4-3

The surprise package in the second half of Premier League season was the only side who switched to a back three on a permanent basis.
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