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Germany 2-1 Holland: German flexibility outwits the static Dutch midfield

June 14, 2012
Germany 2-1 Holland: German flexibility outwits the static Dutch midfield

The second excellent Group B game of the night, and another encounter decided by superiority in one particular zone. Jogi Löw continued with the same starting XI that defeated Portugal on Saturday. Despite widespread predictions that Holland would change at least one of their front four, Bert van Marwijk’s selection featured only one change, with Ron...
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Germany 1-0 Portugal: Gomez gets the nod upfront, and nods in the only goal

June 10, 2012
Germany 1-0 Portugal: Gomez gets the nod upfront, and nods in the only goal

The quietest of Euro 2012’s four games so far ended with a narrow German victory. Jogi Löw had a few decisions to make – Mario Gomez, rather than Miroslav Klose, started upfront and Mats Hummels was picked over Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence. At right-back, Jerome Boateng played up against Cristiano Ronaldo, despite...
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Euro 2012 preview: Germany

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Germany

They didn’t win the competition, but Germany hit the greatest heights at World Cup 2010. While Spain embarked on a series of controlled but rather uninspiring 1-0 victories, Germany hit four goals past Australia, England and Argentina. The problem was, those matches tended to be won with predominantly counter-attacking football. It’s a little harsh to...
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Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid: what type of player to use as the number ten?

April 17, 2012
Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid: what type of player to use as the number ten?

Mario Gomez scored very late to give Bayern a slender advantage going into the second leg.
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Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona: Real press early on, but tactical switch gives Barca the upper hand

December 11, 2011
Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona: Real press early on, but tactical switch gives Barca the upper hand

Jose Mourinho surprised many with his team selection, but Pep Guardiola adapted to guide Barcelona to victory.
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