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Case Study: Wales 1-0 Belgium 12/6/2015

June 17, 2015
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Case Study: Wales 1-0 Belgium 12/6/2015

Wales’ rapid rise under Chris Coleman, thanks in large part to the groundwork done by Gary Speed, faced its biggest test against Belgium. Marc Wilmots’ team being ranked second in the world suggests FIFA heads are too busy shredding documents to sort any real comparison, but it’s a decent measure of the task at...

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Are Spain boring?

July 16, 2012
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Are Spain boring?

First of all, this might just be the most utterly pointless argument to have reared its head in football discussion in quite some time. What constitutes being boring is extremely subjective, and it’s not exactly something that can be changed. If something bores you, what do you do to make it interesting? Focus more...

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Platini proposes Euro tournament changes

July 8, 2012
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Platini proposes Euro tournament changes

Jared Mercer deconstructs Platini's argument.

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Euro 2012: A Spanish Wrap

July 6, 2012
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Euro 2012: A Spanish Wrap

Jared Mercer looks at the Euro 2012 winners.

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Oranje Crushed: why the Dutch failed

July 3, 2012
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Oranje Crushed: why the Dutch failed

Jared Mercer performs an autopsy on the Dutch campaign.

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Euro 2012 Awards

July 2, 2012
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Euro 2012 Awards

Slavek and Slavko were two young boys who lived either side of the Ukrainian-Polish border. The boys shared a love of football and would sneak off to each other’s villages to play with one another. When it was announced their countries would host Euro 2012, they were wildly excited and decided to have a...

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Hodgson’s failings are not due to his formation

June 29, 2012
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Hodgson’s failings are not due to his formation

Tim Palmer looks at the problems surrounding the 4-4-2 formation.

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What The Stats Tell Us: England 0-0p Italy 24/6/2012

June 25, 2012
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What The Stats Tell Us: England 0-0p Italy 24/6/2012

All statistics are from InStat Football. 1) Andrea Pirlo ran the game Post-match the focus was on the Juventus man, just as it had been before the game. Pirlo had been singled out as the one England needed to stop and yet they did an appalling job of doing so. Early on, Danny Welbeck...

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Case Study: Czech Republic 1-0 Poland 16/6/2012

June 17, 2012
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Case Study: Czech Republic 1-0 Poland 16/6/2012

In a tense match bereft of quality, the result was decided by Poland’s main flank: the right one. With Poland needing a win it was odd Smuda selected the same team that set out to stop a highly efficient Russia side playing on the counter, starting the match in a 4-1-4-1 with Robert Lewandowski...

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Case Study: Poland 1-1 Russia 12/6/2012

June 12, 2012
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Case Study: Poland 1-1 Russia 12/6/2012

As the battles between fans outside the stadium threatened to steal the headlines, Franciszek Smuda and Dick Advocaat prepared their sides for what looked, and proved to be (so far), the most interesting match of Group A. Russia were unchaged in their 4-3-3 but Smuda looked to solidify his midfield by bringing in Dariusz...

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