Holding Midfield

World Cup 2010 Awards

With the first African World Cup now over, it's time to pass judgement. Here is my own humble awards ceremony. Player of the Tournament Made an erratic if impressive showing at his first World Cup as a left winger, 4 years on and Bastian Schweinsteiger has matured into an accomplished holding…

5 Great Strike Partnerships

Dennis Bergkamp/ Thierry Henry (Arsenal) Neither Bergkamp or Henry could be described as orthodox strikers; originally a winger, Henry took  position out towards the left, coming inside on his favoured right foot, while Bergkamp played in a withdrawn role. Both were blessed with sublime skill and complimented each other brilliantly,…

Gourcuff vs Ozil

In the run up to the World Cup there's been plenty of young playmakers touted to take the tournament by storm, and, outside of Lionel Messi's class of his own, Yoann Gourcuff and Mesut Ozil are the two highest profile names to be mentioned. Their careers have hit the right…

Ones to Watch

The youngest player at this World Cup, Christian Eriksen is unlikely to start for Denmark but should appear off the bench. The Ajax man has been compared to Michael Laudrup and has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona. In his few appearances he's shown an excellent reading…
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