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Guest Article -The Revival of The Libero

March 7, 2011


This article was written by Jude Ellery – Editor of 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 […]

External Article – The Increased Value of Versatile Defenders

March 5, 2011


I wrote an article about the increased value of versatile defenders in the Premiership. You can read it on Football Farrago

The Reactive Defense

February 14, 2011


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


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 […]

World Cup Trends

June 17, 2010


The first round of games is over so I thought I would write about some defensive trends I have noticed at this World Cup. This analysis is based on my own statistics and I welcome any corrections. As usual, I focus only on the defensive side of things. Excellent team defense – The weaker teams […]