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Makelele no longer playing the “Makelele Role”

March 5, 2011


In his prime, Claude Makelele was so good that he got a position named after him. He was not the first ever holding midfielder but he did show the value of such a player in the Premiership which had been dominated by the straight line thinking of the 4-4-2. The concept of a holding midfielder […]

Guest Article – Gael Clichy’s Defensive Shortcomings

March 2, 2011


This article was wriiten by Jude Ellery, the editor of Football Farrago Arsenal’s current defensive problems lie not with their centre backs but with their left back, Gael Clichy. This is an opinion held by many Arsenal fans, including Arsenal Insider’s Josh Benson in his piece, ‘A Look at Gael Clichy’. Johan Djourou has been […]

Yaya Toure – Total Footballer

January 21, 2011


Before moving to Manchester City, Yaya Toure was known to the world as a holding midfielder, the defensive base of Barcelona’s world class midfield. Under Roberto Mancini at City, he has been used in a more attacking role but still provides steel in their midfield. Toure has now shown the world that he is a […]

The Education of Rafael

January 21, 2011


Rafael is the 20 year old Brazilian right back who plays for Manchetser United. When he came to the club he was a typical Brazilian wingback in that his attacking game was much better than his defending but his game is becoming more balanced now.He has been at the club for more than two years […]

Sven Bender- The Beast to Nuri Sahin’s Beauty

November 16, 2010


Borrusia Dortmund are top of the Bundesliga, playing beautiful football with a team full of young exciting players. Most of the credit for the team’s success has gone to Nuri Sahin and Shinji Kagawa (two excellent players) but an equally important part of the team that is not getting much attention is Sven Bender, the […]


August 12, 2010


David Luiz is the star centerback for Benfica and is a joy to watch. He got his call up to the Brazilian national team recently and he seems to be the natural replacement for Lucio. He is still only 23 but Benfica value him at 40 million Euros, with some justification. His unique skill set […]

Gilberto Silva is under-appreciated.

July 2, 2010


There has been a lot of criticism of Dunga’s Brazil (mostly from other Brazilians) that their midfield is too functional. Gilberto Silva has become the player singled out most as representing this new Brazil, that allegedly relies on counter attacks and set pieces and does not look to dominate possession. I don’t agree with any […]