Tottenham’s Tactical Transformation

August 1, 2012 in Premier League

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Last night, Andre Villas-Boas played a fashionable “double-pivot” against the New York Red Bulls in New Jersey (New York’s based in Jersey? I don’t get it either). That’s a 4-2-3-1 for the uninitiated.

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Disunity - a convenient excuse?

July 4, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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So Spain once again are champions of Europe. It can now be argued that they are one of the finest national sides of all time, alongside the great Brazilian sides of 1958 and the 1970s. It is hard for me to compare this side to those as I wasn’t even a glimmer in my mother’s eye when the great Pele was plying his trade. However, what I can certainly say is that this is the greatest team I have seen since the France side that won both the World and European cups in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The mercurial Fabien Barthez protected by Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly and my favourite, Bixente Lizarazu. Up front the pace and finesse of Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka was supported by Youri Djorkaeff and Christophe Dugarry, and what is left to say about Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane that hasn’t already been said?

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AVB’s appointment can only be good news! I think.

July 3, 2012 in Premier League

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After the metaphorical scream that was Harry Redknapp’s dismissal from Tottenham Hotspur, we were all treated to three weeks of whispers about potential candidates and their preferred personnel, all fuelled by the radio silence from the boardroom. This has finally been shattered.

Andre Villas-Boas has been announced as Spurs Head Coach this afternoon.

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Dutch Decline

June 19, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Football is a funny game. In just a short space of time, a team can go from being on top of the world, to rock bottom. It is what keeps us fans hooked. Over the years many teams have fallen down this road. France, Italy and obviously England, but now we can add another team to that list. Holland.

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Germany and Portugal put Danes and Dutch to the sword

June 18, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Yesterday’s results saw Germany and Portugal enter the last eight of the competition along with the Czech Republic and Greece, after a riveting end to arguably the most exciting group of the tournament.Predictions were made before the two decisive Group B games, and after such a poor start by the competition’s third-favourites Holland, and with Denmark needing a win against hot favourites Germany, it was widely expected that Portugal would go through along with Germany. But this is football, and as proved on Saturday night with Russia crashing out, anything can happen. At the end of the first 45 minutes, it was still possible and not stupid to suggest that Portugal and Denmark would be the teams to advance.