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12 Greatest Club Sides: 6) Internazionale 1962-67

July 1, 2012
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12 Greatest Club Sides: 6) Internazionale 1962-67

The long term readers among you might notice that this isn’t the first time we have discussed Helenio Herrera’s Internazionale side. Seeing as we have already discussed this Inter side’s tactical set-up, there is little need to cover old ground, so we will look at some of the other reasons people believe they achieved...

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12 Greatest Club Sides: 8) AC Milan 1991-96

May 1, 2012
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12 Greatest Club Sides: 8) AC Milan 1991-96

On the 18th of May 1994, Fabio Capello became a European champion for the first and only time in his career. Having spent the week listening to the taunts of his opposite number Johan Cruyff over the boring style he employed compared to his predecessor Arrigo Sacchi, Capello’s Milan took the more impressive Barcelona...

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Case Study: Siena 2-1 Napoli 9/2/2012

February 10, 2012
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Case Study: Siena 2-1 Napoli 9/2/2012

Although Napoli have disappointed somewhat this season, it wasn’t unfair to suggest they drew a long straw when they were lined up against relegation battlers Siena in their first ever Coppa Italia semi-final while Juventus and Milan locked horns in the other tie. However, clearly the advantage still wasn’t enough, with Giuseppe Sannino’s men...

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12 Greatest Club Sides: 12) Juventus 1994-1998

January 1, 2012
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12 Greatest Club Sides: 12) Juventus 1994-1998

This is the first in a 12-part series examining one-by-one the teams I believe to be the twelve greatest club sides in football history. Bear in mind the selection is completely based on my own opinion and picking the twelve greatest sides out of the hundreds and thousands that have played the game down...

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Serie A’s narrow problem

December 1, 2011
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Serie A’s narrow problem

In the opening game of the season, AC Milan and Lazio showcased a problem that has become increasingly noticeable in recent Serie A seasons. Miroslav Klose opened the scoring for Lazio after Stefano Mauri crossed from wide right, then they went two up when Mauri once again swung in a cross from the right...

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Case Study: Internazionale 1-2 Juventus 29/10/2011

October 30, 2011
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Case Study: Internazionale 1-2 Juventus 29/10/2011

For the first Derby d’Italia in a while, Juventus headed to their Milanese rivals looking the stronger side. After an abysmal start to the season under the unsuitable Gian Piero Gasperini, new coach Claudio Ranieri is still yet to turn the Inter ship around, and fortunes didn’t seem to be swaying in their match-up...

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Case Study: Juventus 2-0 AC Milan 2/10/2011

October 4, 2011
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Case Study: Juventus 2-0 AC Milan 2/10/2011

Despite their high profile, neither Juventus or champions Milan have set the world alight in Serie A so far this season. A thrashing of Parma to start the season aside, the Turin club have scraped past Siena and managed draws against Bologna and Catania, while Milan have had a tricky opening few games, drawing...

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Case Study: Palermo 4-3 Internazionale 11/9/2011

September 11, 2011
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Case Study: Palermo 4-3 Internazionale 11/9/2011

Having lost several key players over the summer and sacked their new coach Stefano Pioli after just two months without playing a single league game, replacing him with unknown youth coach Devis Mangia,  it was fair to suggest that Internazionale may have been favourites for this one. Evidently, things weren’t that simple. Gian Piero...

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Universality May Not Be the Answer – Part One

June 28, 2011
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Universality May Not Be the Answer – Part One

At the beginning of the year I made some predictions about how I think tactics will adapt over the next few years. They were all based on the idea that football works in cycles – things will go out of fashion, but eventually the landscape will change enough for them to be the answer...

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Napoli’s Game Organisation

January 24, 2011
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Napoli’s Game Organisation

In his debut post for Holding Midfield, Petr Chulkov presents to you the inner mechanisms and key principles of, the team currently runner-up in Serie A, Napoli’s game organisation in detail.

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