Yaya Toure – Total Footballer

January 21, 2011

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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 […]

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The Education of Rafael

January 21, 2011

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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 […]

I am back

January 21, 2011

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Hello everyone. I am feeling much better and can actually use my laptop without feeling like death. I will be away this weekend but I will upload some articles before I leave. Thank you to all the well wishers and readers. I really appreciate it and glad to see that there is still interest. Updates […]

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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 […]

Blog Hiatus

December 30, 2010

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Hello readers. I am currently struggling with illness and have not been able to post on the blog. Hopefully I will be back to normal soon.   sorry for the silent treatment.

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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 […]

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Sven Bender- The Beast to Nuri Sahin’s Beauty

November 16, 2010

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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 […]

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