World Cup tactics: After the false nine, the ‘false 10′

June 19, 2010

“The concept of the false nine – a centre-forward who drops deep – is well established in modern tactical thinking, but in the early matches of the World Cup we have seen glimpses of another player, who facilitates the work of the false nine and operates in tandem with him to destabilise opposition defences: the false 10.” (Football Further)


Soccer Hatred Roils Brazil

June 19, 2010

“The extreme size of America’s extreme right became a trending topic in Brazil when Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck attacked the Brazilian national pastime, linking its concept of team play to Marxism and socialism. President Lula is a big futebol fan and 58 million Brazilians have gained internet access thanks to his ‘one nation for everyone’ strategy that projects the good side of globalism.” (Huffington Post)

Holland 1-0 Japan: Little tactical excitement

June 19, 2010

“There have been a few low-key games at the World Cup so far, but this was one of the worst. Holland continue to disappoint with a lack of attacking flair, whilst Japan were content with a draw, and didn’t threaten until the 90th minute. Both sides kept faith with their opening day line-ups. Holland continued to play both Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder despite the impressive substitute appearance of Elijero Elia against Denmark. Arjen Robben was not fit enough for consideration.” (Zonal Marking)

Netherlands 1-0 Japan – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – World Cup – 19 June 2010“The Netherlands, one of the countries who has yet to win the World Cup but always a threat, faced off against Japan in Group E on Saturday, June 19, 2010. The winner would be in great position to win the group while a loss wouldn’t hurt either side as both had three points going into the match.” (The 90th Minute)