Posts Tagged ‘barcelona’

  1. Puyol Is Back!


    October 23, 2013 by Sean Charles

  2. Spain 0 (7) – Italy 0 (6): Spain advance on penalties


    June 28, 2013 by Zac MacPhee


    A dramatic and tactical masterclass, that. 

    Prandelli’s formation shift to a 3-4-2-1 was courageously adopted and brilliantly executed, forcing Spain (and perhaps more importantly, Jordi Alba) to play deeper than either are accustomed to. By playing Maggio and Giaccherini as wingbacks, Prandelli effectively marked the wide areas of the field as Italian territory, forcing the Spanish fullbacks, Alba and Arbeloa, into more defensive positions. 

    With De Rossi and Pirlo back in the starting eleven (the former sat due to suspension while the latter for injury), the Italian midfield more than held their own against the star-studded Spaniards. Indeed, the Spanish often looked bothered for much of the first half, unable to create good chances or set their own tempo, instead only being allowed to take what the Italians gave them.

  3. Neymar versus Gargano


    June 27, 2013 by Sean Charles


  4. Five Stars of the Euro U21s


    June 20, 2013 by Sean Charles

    Spain continued their dominance of almost every youth level by easily defeating Italy 4-2 in the Euro U21s Final on Tuesday night in Israel.  Here are a rundown of the five standout performers of the tournament:

    5) Adam Maher


  5. Pictures Of The Week: 15/03/13


    March 15, 2013 by Sean Charles

    A picture tells a thousand words:


    Steven Taylor celebrates Cisse’s last gasp winner with Newcastle fan.



    An explosion of emotion between Fatih Terim and Yilmaz as Galatsaray knock out Schalke.


    Spain Soccer Champions League

    David Villa purges some demons as he celebrates scoring the vital third goal against AC Milan.



    Two great fantasisti of the 00’s swap jerseys at the end of Thursday night’s Copa Libertadores clash between Uruguay’s Nacional and Argentina’s Boca Juniors.

  6. The Resurgence of the 3-5-2


    February 10, 2013 by Sean Charles


    At the end of the 90s and the turn of the millennium, the 3-5-2 (and its variants) was at the center of some of the biggest successes in the game. However, the formation began to fade into obscurity from about 2003 onward, until it was brought back from the dead around 2008 and is now thriving again.

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