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Entries Tagged as 'Euro 2012'

Black Mountain Blues

October 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Football

Just like the current, dreadful, Heavy Metal revivalists, the teams spawned from the former ‘Brazil of Europe’ [copyright Jonathon Wilson], are almost a parody of the Yugoslavia national teams of the past. With Yugoslavia, home to many a technically gifted national team and now divided into six countries [soon to be seven or eight?], that […]

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Capello, with all these injury’s we are spoiling you.

September 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Features, Football

In the last two England games FabCap may just have got lucky in a way that Bobby Robson did in 1990. Unbeaten in qualifying, but pilloried by the media and public after a poor start to the World Cup, Robson lucked out when his own players insisted on a change of formation and team. The […]

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England go Back to the Future

September 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Features, Football

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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What can England learn from the semi-finalists?

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 […]

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England’s New Team for 2012

July 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Features

After all the recriminations of the last two weeks the future needs to start now.  As Capello will be the manager for the next major tournaments in 2012 and 2014 the rebuilding needs a radical approach. One of the most important aspects will be the first team experience needed to mould a young team, a […]

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