St. Pauli 2-4 Mainz

December 19, 2010


“St. Pauli came into this game needing a win to achieve their declared mid-season target of 20 points. Like Mainz, the newly-promoted club started the campaign promisingly before tailing off, only rather more dramatically. Holger Stanislawski’s team had managed just one win in their last eight matches, and faced their guests without ‘keeper Thomas Kessler, red-carded in the defeat at Bayern München last week, Markus Thorandt, also suspended after being sent off, and flu-victims Deniz Naki and Richard Sukuta-Pasu. Thomas Tuchel, who saw his side suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Schalke in Round 16, had the luxury of a near full-strength squad to choose from at the Millerntor – only Bo Svensson and Jan Šimák were ruled out. Although Mainz had dropped to fourth in recent weeks, they knew a win would – temporarily – take them back up to the silver medal spot.” Defensive Midfielder

Tactical Breakdown: How Mainz Overcame St. Pauli In A Six-Goal Thriller
“St. Pauli came into this game needing a win to achieve their declared mid-season target of 20 points. Like Mainz, the newly-promoted club started the campaign promisingly before tailing off, only rather more dramatically.” Goal

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Milan 0-1 Roma: Borriello punishes parent club

December 19, 2010

“At first it looked like Roma were coming for a draw, but they ended up leaving with a win. Max Allegri stuck with his 4-3-1-2 shape, the only change being Luca Antonini replacing Gianluca Zambrotta at left-back. Claudio Ranieri made five changes from the team which beat Bari last weekend – the major news being that Francesco Totti was omitted, with Adriano making his second start for Roma. Daniele De Rossi returned.” Zonal Marking

AC Milan 0-1 AS Roma – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – Serie A
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Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona: high line exploited

December 19, 2010

“Barcelona scored five for the third time in their last four games. Mauricio Pochettino played a variation of his usual 4-2-3-1 – Luis Garcia started out on the right and Jose Callejon switched to the left. Pep Guardiola chose what seems to be his first choice XI, the same one that started the legendary 5-0 victory over Real Madrid.” Zonal Marking


Home & Away

December 19, 2010


“Cypriot football’s story is more complicated then you could ever imagine. With the first of a two-parter, here’s Ryan Hubbard” In Bed With Maradona


Bojan. Is That It?

December 19, 2010

“When is it reasonable for the next global superstar to be the first name on a teamsheet? Can one goal define a career? Bojan Krkić, still waiting to make that final step up, must be hoping it cannot. Alex Dimond wonders whether momentum is slowing.” In Bed With Maradona


The Legend Of Willy Garbutt

December 19, 2010

“Name us ten English coaches that have acheived success outside of the UK. Did you get Willy Garbutt? Well done you. Here’s Sam Lee on a true football revolutionary.” In Bed With Maradona