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Blog Profile / Football Tactics


URL :http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thefootballtacticsblog/
Filed Under:Sports / Football
Posts on Regator:25
Posts / Week:0.2
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Premier League's best - by the numbers

You will probably know that Arsenal's Robin van Persie won the Premier League's Golden Boot for his 30 goals this season, and may have found out that Manchester City's David Silva made the most assists over the last 10 months, with 15...Show More Summary

Hodgson's first test as England manager

New England boss Roy Hodgson has been successfully parachuted into his role but the real work starts now. Without a single international to see his players in action under his stewardship, the current West Brom manager must choose who...Show More Summary

Hodgson's tactics will be to play to England's strengths

The Football Association has made a habit in recent times of appointing a manager in contrast to the previous incumbent, attempting to blow away the stench of failure as it seeks a bright new horizon.And yet in securing the servicesShow More Summary

Midfield battle key to Manchester derby clash

As seismic as it may be for Manchester City to win their first top-flight championship in 44 years, thereby denying their arch rivals Manchester United, both teams will be concentrating first on keeping 11 players on the field when they...Show More Summary

Chelsea can prey on Barcelona's weaknesses

Chelsea midfielder Ramires was rightly lauded for his display in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona where his determination and energy helped him track right-back Dani Alves. Their battle on the wing was...Show More Summary

Can Man Utd overturn Bielsa's Athletic?

Walking away from Old Trafford last Thursday as Athletic Bilbao continued Manchester United's woes in Europe this season, there was a nagging feeling that the hosts had underestimated their Spanish opponents. Roared on by 7,000 travelling...Show More Summary

Can Scholes be the fulcrum for England?

What was your reaction when Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp said Paul Scholes should go to the 2012 European Championship? Inevitable, after Scholes came out of retirement to remind us he is still one of England's best midfielders? OrShow More Summary

Result on Saturday will overshadow Suarez-Evra affair

Such is the subplot between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra as Manchester United host Liverpool this Saturday that it takes time to refocus on the football matters at hand. Suarez served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra in the...Show More Summary

Are club and country now working together?

As much as there is a growing sense of excitement about St George's Park finally opening its doors in August, there is also a feeling of what might have been. Taking a tour around the 330-acre site last week, it looks as if the Football...Show More Summary

Do two-footed tackles need kicking out?

One of the downsides of being an advocate for hard but fair tackling is that some people automatically assume that your feet are firmly planted in the destroyer's camp and you have no appreciation of the creative aspects of football. There...Show More Summary

The merits of buying and moving in January

If ever a Premier League manager needed a warning on the pitfalls of splashing the cash in the January transfer window, they need look no further back than a year ago. Last season, a record £225m was spent overall with Fernando Torres's...Show More Summary

Outflanked Bolton need to fight their corner

The moment a manager begins to openly criticise his players usually signals the beginning of the end, but it can also be a measure of the depths to which a club has already fallen. Bolton boss Owen Coyle is widely respected, but when...Show More Summary

Blackburn boo boys cannot help the team

There was a moment on Saturday during Blackburn's crucial win over Swansea where the dissenters calling for the head of Rovers manager Steve Kean seemed to cross a line. Ewood Park has not been a happy place for a while and the latest...Show More Summary

How statistics shaped a Hollywood blockbuster

Baseball, statistics and Brad Pitt are the unusual ingredients of Hollywood's new release.Moneyball tells the compelling true story of a coach who pioneered a radical use of data to turn around the fortunes of his side. Based on theShow More Summary

The case for Capello's defence

Less than 18 months ago it was no understatement to say that England's defence was in disarray, as the national team suffered a punishing 4-1 defeat by Germany in the second round of the World Cup. So, whatever the merit of the 1-0 victory...Show More Summary

Is Premier League defending getting worse?

After his side conceded six goals against Manchester City last weekend, it was perhaps not surprising that the priority on Saturday for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was defence. United sacrificed some of their attacking instincts...Show More Summary

Silva and Milner add guts and guile to fluid Man City

In football, a long-held personal view is that too much credence is given to formations. They have their value, of course, and provide a good starting point when talking about how a specific team sets up, but most of the time they allude...Show More Summary

Can Milner provide a third way for Man City?

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has some interesting dilemmas ahead of what is likely to be one of the most hotly-contested Manchester derbies in years at Old Trafford on Sunday. Does he play with two strikers - a formula that has...Show More Summary

Newcastle profit from Pardew's methodical approach

One of the hard truths about football coaching is that while many managers recognise the value of defensive discipline and team shape, spending hours doing it on the training pitch is a sure-fire method for ensuring most of the teamShow More Summary

Right-back Walker provides rich competition for England

Amid the maelstrom at White Hart Lane on Sunday was a battle between what could be England's future in the full-back positions. Arsenal's left-back Kieran Gibbs was pitted against Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker and both had an influence...Show More Summary

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