The Half-Spaces

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This article will delve into an oft-neglected area in tactics theory: the half-spaces.

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Game Analysis: FC Barcelona – Athletic Bilbao 2:0

Barcelona's wide central midfielders + Messi situationally dropping deeper in their 2-6-2 graduation.

Athletic Club looked to get a result away at the Camp Nou and Barcelona sought to continue its run as the only team in La Liga to have a 100% record. Barcelona celebrated the 300th National Day of Catalonia (September 11th) and wore the Senyera kit to commemorate the event. Both teams tried to achieve their goals through aggressive pressure, but […]

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Game Analysis: Everton – Chelsea 3:6

Basic formations at the start of the match.

Two of the higher level teams in the English Premier League met on Saturday for an exciting clash. There was a lot of anticipation coming into the match, how would Martinez’s possession-oriented Everton play against Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea squad? The match-up did not disappoint as it ended up becoming a goal fest in […]

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Villareal – FC Barcelona 0:1

Yet sometimes the #10 and the strikers went even deeper.

Barcelona wins against Villareal in the last minutes. The World’s flattest diamond nearly forced Barcelona on the wings and out of the game, but Lionel Messi’s run and the stability of Barcelona’s circulation provided the fundament for the win.

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FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund 2:3

The basic formations at the start of the match

Borussia Dortmund picked up the first points of their Bundesliga campaign with a 3-2 win away to FC Augsburg. Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated the first half and could have ensured victory with a little more ease, but conceded two goals in the last ten minutes of the match.

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Game Analysis: Manchester City – Liverpool 3:1

Liverpool exploiting the lack of compactness in City's defense.

On match day 2 the top 2 teams of last year’s Premier League met in the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool had a slight lead at the end of last season and an infamous 2:0 loss to Chelsea & a 3:3 tie with Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to steal the League title from underneath Liverpool’s noses. […]

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How Van Gaal will rebuild Manchester United

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Italy was the natural home of the back three in the last ten years. But it is enjoying a resurrection in international football at present and could be introduced to many clubs in domestic football leagues. Louis van Gaal led the Netherlands to a World Cup semi-final with a 3-4-1-2

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Three at the back, chains and variations of it

Costa Rica

In this World Cup we have witnessed a big tactical trend emerge: the abandonment of the back four as dogma. While only one team at the 2010 World Cup played without a back four, several teams used a different style of defense this time around.

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Germany – Argentina 1:0 (a.e.t)

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Germany win the World Cup! In a dramatic match the DFB team best Argentina 1:0 after extra time. RM, TR, MR and CE had a look at the game and saw a tactically diverse battle of rhythm…

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In-depth analysis: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Real Madrid 1956

He is regarded as one of the first “total” football players, considered the grand master of his playing style and the prototype of a leader; playful, tactical, psychological. His name is Alfredo Di Stéfano – and he influenced generations of footballers.

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