As a scholar of football tactics [no, really] I know that there have been points in the history of the game when the received wisdom is rendered obsolete overnight. What is striking is that English Football has invariably tried to ignore it for as long as possible. So, here we are again. What have the [...]
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September 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Features, Football
July 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Features, Football
Now that reality has begun to settle in, and the shrill attacks on the players have subsided, what can be learnt from the four most successful teams in this World Cup? The English press and media couldn’t agree on who was to blame the most; the manager for not getting the best out of ‘world [...]
June 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Features, Football, Tactics
Don Fabio’s pre-tournament experiments have been exposed as elaborate diversionary tactics as WCO learns the starting line-up for the USA game. We have also seen the ‘stand-by’ line-up for either emergencies [the scores are level late in the game] or if the score allows England to rest key players for the Algeria turkeyshoot. He starts [...]
Looking at last months copy of Four Four Two magazine – Complete Guide to The World Cup, a strange pattern is emerging. Featured on the front cover is the list of ‘Interviewed’. Seven names appear. Drogba [out], Rio [out], Sir Alex [didn't make the cut], Ribery [doubtful] …and More [1966 hero, dead for years?]. Watch [...]