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Barcelona’s Zonal Marking at Corners

August 7, 2011


Barcelona are on average, the shortest team in Europe but they have an excellent record when it comes to defending set pieces. There is a perception that defending set pieces is a function of height and physicality but Barcelona have challenged this belief by employing an effective zonal marking system when defending corners. THEORY INTO […]

Werder Bremen -Where Defending Has Become Optional

November 30, 2010


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 […]

Mexico’s problems defending corners

June 6, 2010


I wrote an article earlier about the flaws of the Mexican defensive set up. One thing I didn’t cover in that article was their problems in defending corners, something that has become obvious as I watch more of their games. I will focus my analysis on the Italy and England games because that is where […]