Posts Tagged ‘ spain ’

The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

July 13, 2010
The final analysis, part one: the basic shapes, and pressing

Here is Holland’s basic shape when they have the ball with their goalkeeper, Maarten Stekelenburg. This shows their defence (red), their holding midfielders (yellow), the attacking band of three (green) and the striker (blue).
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Spain 1-0 Holland: Iniesta settles a tight game

July 12, 2010
Spain 1-0 Holland: Iniesta settles a tight game

Spain are the World Champions. They were the better side and played a more positive, cohesive brand of football throughout.
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Holland v Spain: tactical preview

July 11, 2010
Holland v Spain: tactical preview

So here we are, the biggest game in football. A clash of the two most successful sides in World Cup history to have never won the trophy itself, it is tactically fascinating in a historical sense.
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Holland v Spain: two teams rooted in similar history

July 10, 2010
Holland v Spain: two teams rooted in similar history

This is a tremendously intriguing final for a variety of reasons.
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Germany v Spain: tactical preview

July 7, 2010
Germany v Spain: tactical preview

The pre-tournament favourites versus the most impressive team in the competition so far. A repeat of the 2008 European Championships final it may be, but this is completely different contest.
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