Posts Tagged ‘ sweeper ’

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona: Busquets takes ‘modern centre-half’ role a little further

September 20, 2010
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona: Busquets takes ‘modern centre-half’ role a little further

Barcelona claim a narrow victory in a fixture they’ve found difficult in recent years – but Lionel Messi was injured late on.
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Aston Villa 1-0 Everton: Villa strike early, then hold on

August 31, 2010
Aston Villa 1-0 Everton: Villa strike early, then hold on

A bizarre game that Everton dominated from start to finish, and yet still managed to lose.
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South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

June 11, 2010
South Africa 1-1 Mexico: a fair result but neither side will be happy

An entertaining game that finished with a fair result, a point apiece. Both sides will be relatively disappointed to come away from the opening game with just a draw, and the match demonstrated the faults of both sides more than it did their qualities.
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Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become...
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Teams of the Decade #12: Brazil 2002

January 28, 2010
Teams of the Decade #12: Brazil 2002

It’s easy to forget what a mess Brazil were in just months before the 2002 World Cup. They had their worst-ever qualification campaign for the tournament, and Luiz Felipe Scolari only took over in June 2001, with Brazil sitting outside the qualification places. Scolari struggled through – he lost his first game, but Brazil...
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