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Bielsa’s Chile the most tactically-exciting side

June 8, 2010
Bielsa’s Chile the most tactically-exciting side

Judge Chile by looking at their squad list and you might be rather underwhelmed, but many of those who saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side in action throughout qualification see them as the most intriguing prospect on offer in South Africa.
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Mexico’s fluid shape makes them dark horses

May 27, 2010
Mexico’s fluid shape makes them dark horses

“There’s a lot of movement arrows on that diagram”, you might be thinking. And you’d be right – there are, for that’s the key to Mexico’s system – movement from almost every player on the pitch and plenty of width when attacking.
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Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

May 14, 2010
Is Capello set to switch to a three-man defence?

There are strong rumours this morning that, in Gareth Barry’s absence, Fabio Capello is considering switching to a system featuring three centre-backs for the World Cup. It would unquestionably be a risky move, completely changing England’s shape that was so successful in qualifying, and installing a three-man defence that hasn’t been used effectively by...
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Lazio 0-2 Inter: both sets of supporters happy with the result

May 2, 2010
Lazio 0-2 Inter: both sets of supporters happy with the result

A game almost identical in context to the Liverpool v Chelsea game: the away side going for the title, the home supporters half-heartedly supporting their own team, knowing that a win would play into the hands of their biggest rivals. Lo and behold, the same scoreline.
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Teams of the Decade #1: Greece, Euro 2004

March 29, 2010
Teams of the Decade #1: Greece, Euro 2004

This Greek side achieved perhaps the most astonishing thing in the history of international football. There have been one-off shocks, games that went against the favourites because of a particular set of circumstances. USA 1-0 England in 1950. Senegal 1-0 France in 2002. But those things can happen; shocks in football happen because it’s such a...
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