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Chile’s New Tactical Set-Up

August 18, 2011

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I was a big fan of Marcelo Bielsa’s Chile team and even wrote them a love letter during the World Cup last year. Bielsa is gone now and Chile have changed their tactical set-up while still retaining the core philosophy of relentless pressing and attacking in numbers. Claudio Bhorgi plays more of a 3412 (or […]

Guest Article -The Revival of The Libero

March 7, 2011

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This article was written by Jude Ellery – Editor of www.footballfarrago.com. www.twitter.com/footballfarrago When Chelsea paid Benfica €25 million for their defender, David Luiz, it was a signal of intent. Worried about teams learning how to ‘park the bus’ at Stamford Bridge and escape with a point, Carlo Ancelotti forked out for a player who has […]

Makelele no longer playing the “Makelele Role”

March 5, 2011

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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 […]

The Reactive Defense

February 14, 2011

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Most teams develop a solid defensive scheme and stick to it, only tweaking it slightly to suite the opponent. In recent years however, we have seen two examples of teams who were willing to radically change their defensive structure depending on whether the opponent was playing with two strikers or one. These two examples are […]

The “False Nine” and The Centerback’s Dilema.

January 20, 2011

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The False Nine tactic is not widely used but the teams that are using it this season have been giving opposing centerbacks headaches. Two teams clearly using this tactic are Barcelona and Manchester City, which suggests that the false nine has to be an exceptional attacking player for the tactic to succeed. The false nine […]

Werder Bremen -Where Defending Has Become Optional

November 30, 2010

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Under Thomas Schaaf, Werder Bremen have been known as an all out attacking team, with defense being a “secondary concern”. This strategy has been relatively successful, with the team consistently finishing in the top 3 and playing in the Champion’s League. Schaaf sacrifices defensive solidity for offensive efficiency and it usually leads to his team […]

Manchester United’s 4-5-1 – external article

November 5, 2010

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I wrote an article for Football Farrago on Manchester United’s alternative 4-5-1 tactic that they use in Europe.  You can read it HERE.