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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 “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 […]

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 […]

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.

Defensive Midfielders – The incentives of production

July 20, 2010

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This year’s World Cup has shown just how important it is to play with a holding midfielder. These kind of players have become a tactical necessity but they do not all perform the same role. We have seen different interpretations of the holding midfielder from Sergio Busquets to Nigel De Jong to Rafael Marquez to […]

Gilberto Silva is under-appreciated.

July 2, 2010

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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 […]

Germany have to defend THE HOLE

July 1, 2010

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Germany will play Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals and their defenders will have to be at their best against Argentina’s 3 man attack. As shown below, Messi plays behind Tevez and Higuain, operating in the space between midfield and defense i.e. THE HOLE. Tevez likes dropping deep and operating in this area as well […]