Posts Tagged ‘ passing ’

When will John Obi Mikel get the credit he deserves?

February 8, 2010

John Obi Mikel always starts against Arsenal – despite not always being a fixture in the first team, he has started home and away against Arsene Wenger’s side both this season and last. He’s a tremendous physical presence in front of the back four, he reads the game well, he keeps possession and passes calmly,...
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John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

February 1, 2010
John Terry hits back with a superb all-round display for Chelsea at Burnley

After the whole John Terry / Wayne Bridge / Vanessa Perroncel storm of last week, this was exactly what the current England captain needed. Chelsea didn’t play well at Turf Moor, and it was a poor game overall, but Terry turned in a terrific performance. In a way, it was precisely the kind of game Terry...
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League comparison #3: shooting and goals

January 30, 2010
League comparison #3: shooting and goals

In part one we looked at passing, in part two we looked at crossing. For the final instalment, we will look at what football is all about – goals. Firstly, a simple statistic – the average number of goals per game in the five leagues: The only major surprise here is that the Premiership is so far...
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Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

January 29, 2010
Teams of the Decade #11: Valencia 2001-04

There’s some debate about who first used the 4-2-3-1 formation that became so popular across Europe in the 2000s. It probably started its development in the mid-90s, and some would point to Manchester United of 1994 as a forerunner, and perhaps Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side and Real Madrid under John Toshack have claims to...
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League comparison #1: passing

January 24, 2010
League comparison #1: passing

It’s often argued that the major European leagues are becoming increasingly similar, and there are no longer significant variations in tactics.  What are the reasons for this? An increased number of foreign players and managers? More television coverage of foreign competitions? A greater number of European matches? Globalisation in general? That debate is for another...
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