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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hercules follow the Mourinho formula and Barcelona fail to react.

September 13, 2010

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Hercules stunned the Nou Camp by defeating Barcelona 2-0 in the home opener this season. Barcelona lined up in their usual 433 and Hercules lined up in a 4411, very similar to how Inter Milan lined up against Barcelona in last season’s Champion’s league. The two shapes are shown below. BARCELONA DOMINATE POSSESSION. As expected, […]

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 […]